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Lord Hay of Ballyore

Democratic Unionist Party - Life peer

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Tuesday 7th June 2022
Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]
My Lords, first I add my words of condemnation of the footage that is doing the rounds at the moment, …
Written Answers
Friday 22nd July 2022
Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of jobs in the Republic of Ireland …
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Hay of Ballyore has voted in 172 divisions, and 7 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Mar 2021 - Financial Services Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 296 Noes - 255
17 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 326 Noes - 248
9 Dec 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 313 Noes - 236
5 Oct 2020 - Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 152 Noes - 166
13 Apr 2021 - Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 300 Noes - 225
10 Jun 2021 - Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 104 Noes - 241
21 Oct 2021 - Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Hay of Ballyore voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 150
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(4 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(2 debate interactions)
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Northern Ireland Office
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Department for Transport
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102 Written Questions in the current parliament

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26th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union as it relates to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and whether this role affects the sovereignty of the UK.

Implementation of the Protocol has led to considerable disruption in the movement of goods and clear diversion of trade. Traders of all sizes have faced additional burdens, supply chains have been disrupted, and costs increased. At least 200 companies in Great Britain are no longer servicing the Northern Ireland market.

We welcome the EU’s recognition that there are serious problems with the Protocol which need to be solved. We are currently engaged in a process of technical discussions with the European Commission in order fully to understand their proposals. However, it’s clear there is still a substantial gap between our two positions.

Governance is critical to ensuring that we have a balanced settlement that is durable in the long term. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sits at the apex of a system in which EU laws are imposed on NI without consent. Addressing these problems is essential in order to ensure that any agreement can be supported by all communities in Northern Ireland.

We would prefer to settle these issues consensually and reach a positive outcome through negotiations. However, we have been clear that if an agreement cannot be reached Article 16 is a legitimate safeguard provision, the conditions for the use of which have been met.

26th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether plans they have, if any, to trigger Article 16 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland unilaterally in order (1) to protect the Great Britain to Northern Ireland supply chain, and (2) to restore the integrity of the UK Single Market.

Implementation of the Protocol has led to considerable disruption in the movement of goods and clear diversion of trade. Traders of all sizes have faced additional burdens, supply chains have been disrupted, and costs increased. At least 200 companies in Great Britain are no longer servicing the Northern Ireland market.

We welcome the EU’s recognition that there are serious problems with the Protocol which need to be solved. We are currently engaged in a process of technical discussions with the European Commission in order fully to understand their proposals. However, it’s clear there is still a substantial gap between our two positions.

Governance is critical to ensuring that we have a balanced settlement that is durable in the long term. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sits at the apex of a system in which EU laws are imposed on NI without consent. Addressing these problems is essential in order to ensure that any agreement can be supported by all communities in Northern Ireland.

We would prefer to settle these issues consensually and reach a positive outcome through negotiations. However, we have been clear that if an agreement cannot be reached Article 16 is a legitimate safeguard provision, the conditions for the use of which have been met.

26th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU's response of 13 October to their request to alter the text of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Implementation of the Protocol has led to considerable disruption in the movement of goods and clear diversion of trade. Traders of all sizes have faced additional burdens, supply chains have been disrupted, and costs increased. At least 200 companies in Great Britain are no longer servicing the Northern Ireland market.

We welcome the EU’s recognition that there are serious problems with the Protocol which need to be solved. We are currently engaged in a process of technical discussions with the European Commission in order fully to understand their proposals. However, it’s clear there is still a substantial gap between our two positions.

Governance is critical to ensuring that we have a balanced settlement that is durable in the long term. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sits at the apex of a system in which EU laws are imposed on NI without consent. Addressing these problems is essential in order to ensure that any agreement can be supported by all communities in Northern Ireland.

We would prefer to settle these issues consensually and reach a positive outcome through negotiations. However, we have been clear that if an agreement cannot be reached Article 16 is a legitimate safeguard provision, the conditions for the use of which have been met.

26th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) scale, and (2) cause, of trade difficulties at UK ports since the introduction of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Implementation of the Protocol has led to considerable disruption in the movement of goods and clear diversion of trade. Traders of all sizes have faced additional burdens, supply chains have been disrupted, and costs increased. At least 200 companies in Great Britain are no longer servicing the Northern Ireland market.

We welcome the EU’s recognition that there are serious problems with the Protocol which need to be solved. We are currently engaged in a process of technical discussions with the European Commission in order fully to understand their proposals. However, it’s clear there is still a substantial gap between our two positions.

Governance is critical to ensuring that we have a balanced settlement that is durable in the long term. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sits at the apex of a system in which EU laws are imposed on NI without consent. Addressing these problems is essential in order to ensure that any agreement can be supported by all communities in Northern Ireland.

We would prefer to settle these issues consensually and reach a positive outcome through negotiations. However, we have been clear that if an agreement cannot be reached Article 16 is a legitimate safeguard provision, the conditions for the use of which have been met.

26th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU's negotiating strategy on outstanding issues regarding arrangements under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Implementation of the Protocol has led to considerable disruption in the movement of goods and clear diversion of trade. Traders of all sizes have faced additional burdens, supply chains have been disrupted, and costs increased. At least 200 companies in Great Britain are no longer servicing the Northern Ireland market.

We welcome the EU’s recognition that there are serious problems with the Protocol which need to be solved. We are currently engaged in a process of technical discussions with the European Commission in order fully to understand their proposals. However, it’s clear there is still a substantial gap between our two positions.

Governance is critical to ensuring that we have a balanced settlement that is durable in the long term. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sits at the apex of a system in which EU laws are imposed on NI without consent. Addressing these problems is essential in order to ensure that any agreement can be supported by all communities in Northern Ireland.

We would prefer to settle these issues consensually and reach a positive outcome through negotiations. However, we have been clear that if an agreement cannot be reached Article 16 is a legitimate safeguard provision, the conditions for the use of which have been met.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Northern lreland's place in the United Kingdom since the introduction of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s integral place in the United Kingdom has, and will, remain unaffected as a result of the UK leaving the EU. The Protocol itself is clear that Northern Ireland remains an integral part of the UK’s internal market and customs territory, and guarantees unfettered access for NI businesses to the rest of the UK.

12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless veterans in England in each year since 2018.

Homelessness data relating to veterans is currently available through H-CLIC (Homelessness Case Level Information Collection). In the financial years of 2018/19 and 2019/20, less than 1% of households who were owed a homelessness duty were assessed as having a support need as a result of serving in the Armed Forces (1,820 out of 269,510 and 1,920 out of 289,800 respectively).

The Government has taken a number of measures to ensure that veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness, are provided with appropriate support. In June 2020, the Government published new statutory guidance for local authorities to improve access to social housing for the Armed Forces and veterans community. The Homelessness Reduction Act includes a statutory duty for members of the Armed Forces, who it is believed may be at risk of homelessness after discharge, to be referred to a local housing authority. The MOD, through Veterans UK, also delivers a Defence Transition Service which provides service leavers with enhanced support, and the Veterans Welfare Service.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of mental health support services provided for armed forces veterans.

All of NHS England’s commissioned services for veterans are evidence based, having been developed and delivered from intensive engagement with experts, members of the armed forces community and service charities. NHS England and NHS Improvement assesses need based on a variety of published data, research output and consultation and engagement exercises. As a result of these assessments, the Government and NHS England recently announced Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, which will ensure veterans know where to go for help. Op COURAGE combines three bespoke veterans’ mental health services to provide a complete mental health care pathway for veterans, with individuals benefiting from personalised care plans, ensuring they can access support and treatment both in and out of hours.

For veteran specific mental health services, in 2020-2021 NHS England provided £16.5m, which will be increased to £17.8m for 2021-2022.

Service charities are supported by the Government through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, which benefits from £10m annually, and in both years an additional £10m has been allocated to support veterans’ mental health needs. During 2020, the COVID-19 Impact Fund has provided nearly £6m in grants to over 100 Armed Forces charities across the United Kingdom. Of the charities awarded funding, 68% of grants sampled supported members of the Armed Forces and veterans’ community for mental health and crisis support, and 77% for easing isolation and loneliness.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what checks will be required at Northern Ireland ports to comply with the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021.

Following the statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 9 December, updates will be made to the House shortly setting out further detail on all Northern Ireland Protocol issues. Extensive guidance has also been published on gov.uk.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the negotiations in relation to a UK–EU trade deal.

The UK Government is in close contact with officials and ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive regarding a UK-EU trade deal.

The Paymaster General has regular calls with Northern Ireland Executive Ministers, including both the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and other devolved administration counterparts, to discuss progress with the EU negotiations.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster chaired a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) on 16 July to discuss the negotiations with devolved administration counterparts. Both the First Minister and deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive attended.

At official level, UK Government officials continue to work alongside their counterparts in the Northern Ireland Executive, and other devolved nations.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the UK’s energy security.

Energy security is a top priority for this Government, which is taking the necessary steps to ensure security of supply this winter.

The Government’s British Energy Security Strategy, published on 7 April, sets out ambitious measures to deliver secure, clean and affordable energy for the long term.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of shale gas extraction and a short-term lifting of the moratorium on shale gas extraction.

In 2019, the Government confirmed that the pause on the exploration of shale gas reserves in England would remain in place unless and until further evidence was provided that shale gas extraction could be carried out safely. Any exploration or development of shale gas would need to meet rigorous safety and environmental protections both above ground and sub-surface.

In April, the Government commissioned the British Geological Survey to undertake a review of the latest scientific evidence around shale gas extraction. This review has now been completed and the Government is considering their detailed and technical report.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the affordability of energy for elderly people during the winter; and what steps they plan to take to make energy bills more affordable for elderly people.

The Government provides a range of support to eligible UK pensioners such as the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

In recognition that households across the UK are struggling to make their incomes stretch to cover the rising cost of living, the Government announced on 26 May a £15 billion package of cost-of-living support, in addition to the £22 billion already announced. As part of the Energy Bills Support Scheme package, pensioners in receipt of Winter Fuel Payments, will receive an extra £300 this year, in addition to a £400 rebate on all energy bills, from October and a £150 Council Tax rebate for households, including pensioners, living in bands A-D in England.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of shale gas as a domestic energy source.

According to data published by the Oil and Gas Authority in 2021 (based on 2020 data) and set out on the North Sea Transition Authority’s website, oil reserves and resources in the UK Continental Shelf stand at 7.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent, as well as 560 billion cubic metres of gas, based on ‘probable’, ‘proven’ and ‘contingent’ reserves and resources. It is not possible to say with certainty how much of this could or will be extracted, as this will be driven by a range of commercial and regulatory factors, however UK oil and gas production is expected to decline over time in line with the natural decline of the UK Continental Shelf basin coupled with a decrease in domestic demand for natural gas. The Oil and Gas Authority has published a report titled “UK Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources Report 2021” on their website which includes further information on UK reserves and resources.

As set out on the British Geological Society’s website, estimates of the total gas-in-place for the Bowland Shale Formation and Hodder Mudstone Formation vary. Initial estimates were between 822 and 2281 trillion cubic feet (tcf). However, other estimates have suggested the total gas-in-place volume could be considerably less, around 140 tcf.

The Government has been clear that shale gas development must be safe and sustainable – both for local communities and the environment. On the basis of the current scientific evidence, the Government has confirmed that it will take a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents, which are required before hydraulic fracturing operations can take place. Even if the current moratorium were lifted, development would also need to secure environmental permitting and planning consents, and it would take some years of exploration and development before commercial quantities of gas could be produced.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of (1) North Sea (a) oil, and (b) gas, and (2) shale gas, in the UK; and under what circumstances they would exploit such resources.

According to data published by the Oil and Gas Authority in 2021 (based on 2020 data) and set out on the North Sea Transition Authority’s website, oil reserves and resources in the UK Continental Shelf stand at 7.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent, as well as 560 billion cubic metres of gas, based on ‘probable’, ‘proven’ and ‘contingent’ reserves and resources. It is not possible to say with certainty how much of this could or will be extracted, as this will be driven by a range of commercial and regulatory factors, however UK oil and gas production is expected to decline over time in line with the natural decline of the UK Continental Shelf basin coupled with a decrease in domestic demand for natural gas. The Oil and Gas Authority has published a report titled “UK Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources Report 2021” on their website which includes further information on UK reserves and resources.

As set out on the British Geological Society’s website, estimates of the total gas-in-place for the Bowland Shale Formation and Hodder Mudstone Formation vary. Initial estimates were between 822 and 2281 trillion cubic feet (tcf). However, other estimates have suggested the total gas-in-place volume could be considerably less, around 140 tcf.

The Government has been clear that shale gas development must be safe and sustainable – both for local communities and the environment. On the basis of the current scientific evidence, the Government has confirmed that it will take a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents, which are required before hydraulic fracturing operations can take place. Even if the current moratorium were lifted, development would also need to secure environmental permitting and planning consents, and it would take some years of exploration and development before commercial quantities of gas could be produced.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the manufacturing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, we have engaged closely with manufacturing industry through sector roundtables and by talking directly to businesses. This has helped shape the Government’s unprecedented package of support which has included loan schemes, grant funding, tax deferrals and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all of which is designed to be accessible to businesses in most sectors including manufacturing.

We are also investing £147 million through a Manufacturing Made Smarter Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme and have invested £730 million in the seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, supporting manufacturers in bringing new technologies to market.

We recently announced £8 million in new Government funding to help manufacturing SMEs increase productivity, competitiveness and drive up efficiency by adopting industrial digital technology, building on the success of our Made Smarter North West Pilot.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has introduced an unprecedented and comprehensive package of business support measures to help as many individuals and businesses as possible during this difficult period.

As part of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) (LRSG), business premises that are required by law to close during the current period of national restrictions since 5th January can access grants of up to £4,500 per 6 weeks of closure.

In addition to the LRSG, each closed business will be eligible for a one-off payment of up to £9,000 to help them through Spring.

Local Authorities in England have been allocated a further £500m in discretionary funding to support businesses that are significantly impacted by the restrictions even though not required to close. This is in addition to £1.1bn already allocated in November 2020. Local Authorities have discretion to use this funding to support businesses in the way they see fit.

Between March and September 2020, small businesses were supported through the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF), the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) and the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF).  As of 30th September, more than £11.6 billion has been dispersed to more than a million business premises across the three schemes. These schemes are now closed.

Devolved Administrations have received funding according to the Barnett formula to develop and administer grant schemes to support small businesses.

In addition to grant support, the Government has announced further measures which build on the existing business support package, including extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of April 2021, extension of the Coronavirus Loan Guarantee schemes until 31 March 2021, and introduction of Pay As You Grow measures, meaning businesses now have the option to repay their Bounce Back Loans over a period of up to ten years.

As off 24 January 2021, BBLS has seen 1,471,001 loans approved worth £44.74 billion, and CBILS has seen 87,529 loans approved worth £20.84 billion.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the lockdown restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the small business sector over the Christmas period.

The Government is working closely with Local Authorities in England to support the implementation of grants to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and monitor the distribution of grant funds.

Where local authorities are in Tier 3 (Very High) funding will continue to be provided to support those businesses required to close, through the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed), a grant up to £1,500 every 14 days.

Alongside those businesses who have been mandated to close, funding will also be provided to support those business who have had their trade adversely affected by restrictions. The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) provides further discretionary funding to Local Authorities whilst in Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions so they can support businesses that are impacted but not required to close.

The Additional Restrictions Grant was provided to Local Authorities as a one-off lump sum discretionary scheme, providing support to businesses severely impacted by restrictions as well as wider business support.

The Christmas support payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs is a one-off grant payment of £1,000 for wet-led pubs in Tier 2 and 3 who have had their trade effected due to localised restrictions during the Christmas period.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) will provide funding of grants of up to £1,500 every 14 days for businesses mandated to close on a sector basis, such as nightclubs.

This is in conjunction with the extension of the application deadline to the 31 January 2021 for three Coronavirus business interruption loan schemes – the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Eligible businesses will be able to ‘top up’ existing Bounce Back Loans should they need additional finance.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support from large technology companies for tackling online problem gambling.

The government launched its Review of the Gambling Act 2005 on 8 December with the publication of a Call for Evidence. As part of the wide scope of that Review, we have called for evidence on the case for greater controls on the design of online gambling products, including pre-release testing.

We welcome steps taken by technology companies to support people who are experiencing problem gambling. This includes Google’s recently announced plans to allow its users to opt out of gambling advertising.

According to the 2016 Combined Health Survey, the rate of problem gambling among those who had gambled online during the past year was 3.5%. The 2018 Health Survey for England found a problem gambling rate of 4.2% among past-year online gamblers.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of levels of online problem gambling.

The government launched its Review of the Gambling Act 2005 on 8 December with the publication of a Call for Evidence. As part of the wide scope of that Review, we have called for evidence on the case for greater controls on the design of online gambling products, including pre-release testing.

We welcome steps taken by technology companies to support people who are experiencing problem gambling. This includes Google’s recently announced plans to allow its users to opt out of gambling advertising.

According to the 2016 Combined Health Survey, the rate of problem gambling among those who had gambled online during the past year was 3.5%. The 2018 Health Survey for England found a problem gambling rate of 4.2% among past-year online gamblers.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the BBC about free television licences for people aged over 75.

The government meets with the BBC on regular occasions to discuss a wide range of issues, including the over 75 concession. The Government has consistently made clear its disappointment with the BBC's decision to restrict the over 75 licence fee concession to only those in receipt of pension credit. We recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s and believe they should be funded by the BBC.

The BBC remains responsible for the administration of the concession and it will be responsible for setting out what those affected will need to do. It must look urgently at how it can use its substantial licence fee income to support older people and deliver for UK audiences of all ages.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Ofsted ratings on the ability of a school to (1) attract, and (2) recruit, teaching staff.

The department does not hold data to assess the impact of Ofsted ratings on the ability of a school to attract and recruit teachers. However, the number of teachers remains high, with over 453,000 working in schools across the country, which is over 12,000 more than in 2010. This academic year (2020/21), we have provisionally recruited over 41,000 new trainee teachers – 23% more than last year (2019/20). The proportion of schools now rated by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding has also risen from 68% in 2010 to 86% in 2020.

We are moving forward with implementation of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy which the government published in January 2019. This includes commitments to reduce teacher workload, improve continuing professional development, and provide greater opportunities for flexible working.

Whilst delivering on these commitments will support all schools, we recognise that some schools and local areas face greater challenges with recruitment and retention than others. To supplement the national strategy, we are delivering targeted programmes to support recruitment and retention in challenging areas, including funding a range of regionally targeted initiatives.

The government is also committed to supporting leadership development for schools in challenging contexts so that all pupils receive equal access to excellent teaching. Over £40 million of scholarships funding has been made available between 2017 and 2020 to support teachers and leaders in the areas of the greatest need to take up a National Professional Qualification (NPQ). This funding has successfully supported many more people to access NPQ courses than originally intended, including those in some of our most challenging schools.

23rd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to raise educational standards in schools across the United Kingdom.

Education is a devolved matter, and the response will outline the education reforms for England.

Since 2010, this government has been committed to raising educational standards in all schools across the country to ensure that all young people leave school with the knowledge, qualifications, and skills they need to succeed in life. The proportion of schools now rated by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding has risen from 68% in 2010 to 86% in 2020.

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak poses great challenges to the education system. That is why in June 2020, the Department announced a £1 billion catch-up package, which includes £350 million for the National Tutoring Programme. This will increase access to high-quality tuition for the most disadvantaged young people, helping to accelerate their academic progress and tackle the attainment gap between them and their peers. More recently, in February 2021, we committed a further £700 million of funding for the 2021/22 academic year. This package includes a new one off £302 million Recovery Premium for state primary and secondary schools, building on the Pupil Premium, to further support pupils who need it. The devolved administrations are receiving additional funding through the Barnett formula in the usual way. This funding enables the devolved administrations to deliver support where programmes do not apply across the whole of the UK.

26th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of (1) haulage companies, and (2) other organisations involved in the goods supply chain, about recent disruptions to the UK supply networks.

Over recent months the Government, predominantly through the Department for Transport and Defra, has had a sustained dialogue with haulage companies and other organisations involved in the goods supply chain, as well as ministers and officials in the Devolved Administrations. This has included ministerial and industry roundtables, industry summits and tailored workshops.

Through this dialogue, we have been able to strengthen communication between government and industry and discuss issues and solutions, on a range of matters that have the potential to cause disruption to UK supply networks, especially with regard to the supply of food. This includes logistics issues at ports of entry for goods entering the UK, labour shortages across the supply chain (particularly lorry drivers), and the domestic supply of carbon dioxide.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential bilateral fisheries agreement between the UK and Norway.

The Government's assessment following the conclusions of all fisheries negotiations for 2021 was delivered in a written ministerial statement to both Houses on 10 June.

The UK looks forward to bilateral discussions with Norway this autumn with a view to concluding fisheries arrangements for 2022. We will develop our negotiation priorities based on the scientific advice and will be engaging stakeholders over the coming months.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the proportion of goods consignments from the rest of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland that contain agri-food products.

In 2018, external purchases of all goods (including agrifood) into Northern Ireland totalled approximately £17 billion. Of that total, £10.4 billion (approximately 60%) came from Great Britain.

At present, the Government estimates that agrifood trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland totals approximately £2.5–£3.4 billion per annum.

These two metrics cannot be directly compared, but the Government believes that by value, the proportion of goods consignments from the rest of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland that contain agri-food products could range from approximately one quarter to one third.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enforce the UK's fishing rights.

As an independent coastal state, the UK has full responsibility over how it ensures compliance in its fisheries. All fishing vessels in UK waters are required to fish in accordance with UK laws and the conditions of their licences. As control and enforcement is a devolved matter, Defra, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Irish Executive work together to share information and ensure a coordinated approach to monitoring, compliance and enforcement across UK waters.

In England, the Government has undertaken a significant increase in the number of personnel and surveillance assets relating to fisheries protection with a sizeable increase in personnel, an increase in the number of planes available for aerial surveillance and an increase in the level of at-sea surveillance. This strong presence will deter against fisheries infringements, while also enabling our agencies to take robust action where they may occur. In addition, the Joint Maritime Security Centre has been established to enhance joint working between maritime agencies, increase information sharing across Government and maximise benefit from surveillance assets. This enables a more efficient, effective and prioritised maritime patrol enforcement.

12th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Netherlands, (2) Sweden, and (3) Iceland, about future access to British fishing stocks.

Negotiations are ongoing for a fisheries framework agreement with the EU. To date there have been no direct discussions with the Netherlands or Sweden around future access to British fishing stocks.

In the negotiations, we have been clear throughout that we want a simple, separate fisheries framework agreement which reflects our rights under international law and which provides for annual negotiations over access and fishing opportunities. Any access negotiated with the EU will only cover the UK's exclusive economic zone and not the 0-12nm zone. This remains the case.

On 11 November, the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iceland to enhance cooperation on fisheries matters. The MoU, which will come into effect on 1 January 2021, establishes a UK-Iceland Fisheries Dialogue whereby both countries can share best practice and cooperate on a range of issues, including product innovation and the traceability and marketing of seafood products. This MoU does not provide for fishing opportunities or access to either party's waters.

5th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of jobs in the Republic of Ireland dependent on trade with the UK in June.

Experimental estimates published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report around 207,000 workers in the Republic of Ireland were supported by exports to the UK in 2018 (latest year for which estimates are available).

More timely estimates for June 2022 or estimates for employment supported by total trade between the Republic of Ireland and the UK (exports plus imports), are not available.

Source: OECD Trade in Employment (2021 ed.) database, https://www.oecd.org/sti/ind/trade-in-employment.htm

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatalities there were in each of the last three years on (1) motorways, (2) dual carriageways, and (3) single carriageways.

The number of fatal casualties in reported accidents on motorways, dual carriageways, and single carriageways in Great Britain for each year since 2017 can be found in the table below.

Fatal casualties in reported road accidents by road type, GB: 2017-2020

2017

2018

2019

2020 1

Motorway2

99

107

105

83

Dual carriageway3

268

282

252

*

Single carriageway3

1366

1332

1330

*

Source: DfT, STATS19

1 The number of fatalities on motorways in 2020 is provisional. Data for 2020 fatalities on dual carriageways and single carriageways is due to be published in September 2021.

2 Includes motorways and A(M) roads.

3 Excluding motorways and A(M) roads.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents involving private leisure craft were caused by the consumption of alcohol in the last three years.

There is no obligation for leisure craft owners to report accidents directly to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) so the data provided to answer this question cannot be considered complete.

Further, unless the accident was fully investigated, it is only possible to state that alcohol was a factor in the accident, not that it was causal.

In the last three years, the MAIB have been notified of eight accidents where alcohol was a factor, none of these accidents required a full investigation.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current support available for (1) the aviation sector, and (2) its supply chain.

The Government recognises the challenging circumstances facing the aviation industry as a result of Covid-19 and businesses across the sector can draw upon the unprecedented package of measures announced by the Chancellor. We continue to take a flexible approach and keep all impacts and policies under review.

In total, we estimate that by the end of April 2021 the air transport sector (airlines, airports and related services) will have benefited from around £7 billion of Government support since the start of the pandemic. This includes support through loan guarantees, support for exporters, the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The extension of Government-backed loans and furlough payments announced at the budget build on this and will help ensure this vital and vibrant part of the UK economy is ready to bounce back in the wake of the pandemic.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they have made available to support Belfast International Airport during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The aviation sector is vital to our future as a global trading nation, playing a critical role in local economies, including in Northern Ireland. The national measures taken in response to COVID-19 have been unprecedented, enabling airlines, airports and ground handlers to benefit from a very significant amount of taxpayer support. This includes, but is not limited to, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and financing facilities. The Government is also working on a strategic framework for the medium and long-term recovery of the aviation sector in the form of a recovery plan.

Airport policy is devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE). NIE has provided business rates relief to airports in Northern Ireland worth £2.2 million. NIE are continuing to consider appropriate support for airports in Northern Ireland.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the lockdown restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the airline industry over the Christmas period.

The Government is in regular contact with the aviation sector to understand their passenger forecasts and financial projections, including regarding the impact of COVID-19 over the Christmas period. Airlines are putting in appropriate operations to meet any increase in demand over Christmas, during which the Government have has agreed to lift travel restrictions from 23 – 27 December.

Firms can also continue to draw upon the unprecedented package of measures announced by the Chancellor, including schemes to raise capital, tax deferrals, and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

The Government announced on 5 November that the CJRS will be extended until March 2021 and furloughed employees will continue to receive 80% of their current salary. This will continue to protect jobs across in the UK in the difficult winter months.

The national restrictions as a result of the pandemic have not changed the way we engage regularly with the sector. We continue an open dialogue as we work towards our shared ambition of getting aviation up and running again in a safe and secure way.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to protect jobs in the UK maritime sector.

Since the beginning of this crisis the Department has engaged heavily with the maritime trade unions, representative bodies and industry to understand the scale of the issue, urging them to take steps to protect the maritime workforce and offering support where appropriate.

This has been alongside Government’s Job Retention Scheme and will continue when the replacement Job Support Scheme comes into effect next month.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the MOT process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government introduced legislation to exclude light vehicles (cars, vans, motor cycles, etc.) that were due to be examined between 30th March 2020 and 29th March 2021 from the requirement to hold a test certificate for a one-off period of six months. This was later amended to end the exemption on 30 July 2020, in order to minimise disruption to the testing regime.

At the peak of restrictions, in April, there was a 78.86% reduction in the number of vehicles being tested. However, as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted garages reopened, and testing resumed. July saw a decrease in testing volume of 5.72% when compared with 2019. Once mandatory testing was reintroduced from 1st August, testing volumes increased relative to 2019 levels by 9.88 per cent in August and by 16.28 per cent in September. Volumes are increasing as vehicles which were granted the exclusion become due for test, and both DVSA and the Department continue to monitor the situation.

Roadworthiness and vehicle testing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and they have taken their own approach to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the suspension of driving tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to extend the validity period of driving test theory certificates.

The two-year validity period of the theory test certificate is set in legislation and the Government has taken the decision not to lay further legislation to extend it. The primary reason is that the two-year validity is in place to ensure that a candidate’s theoretical knowledge remains current. Extending the validity would provide less reassurance that this is the case, particularly over a period when a candidate was also unlikely to be having driving lessons. It is important that road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date as learners prepare to take their practical test.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the rise in National Insurance contributions from April, what financial support they will provide to support employees of umbrella companies.

The Government has consistently said that the best way to support people’s living standards is through good work, better skills, and higher wages. To that end the Government has taken decisive action to make work pay by cutting the Universal Credit taper rate from 63% to 55%, meaning that claimants will be able to keep more of their earnings. At the same time, we have also increased the Work Allowance by £500 a year, this is the amount that households with children or a household member with limited capability for work can earn before their Universal Credit award starts to be tapered, meaning many claimants will be able to earn over £550 each month before their Universal Credit begins to be reduced.

The taper is applied to earnings net of tax, national insurance contributions, including the proposed increase from April, and 100 per cent occupational/personal pension contributions.

Reducing the taper rate from 63% to 55% means that the marginal effective tax rate for someone paying basic rate tax and national insurance will fall from around 75% before these changes to under 70% in 22-23 (this is after accounting for the introduction of the Health and Social Care Levy).

In the Spring Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the earnings threshold where people start paying National Insurance would increase to £12,570 from 6 July, which is worth over £330 a year for employees.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that compensation payments to survivors of historical institutional abuse living in Great Britain do not affect means-tested welfare payments.

Existing powers to disregard redress payments for the purposes of means-tested benefits, which are provided for by the Historical Institutional Abuse Act (Northern Ireland) 2019, only cover claimants living within Northern Ireland.

The Government is currently considering how best to address this issue for those who happen to live elsewhere in the UK.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of compensation payments to survivors of historical abuse living in Great Britain on any means-tested welfare payments to which they may be entitled; and what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Dissolution. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help people affected by large scale (1) retail, and (2) hospitality, sector redundancies to find employment.

Throughout Great Britain, the Department for Work and Pensions through the Rapid Response Service (RRS) gives support and advice to employers and their employees when faced with redundancy. This includes those in the retail and hospitality sector.

The range of support available from Jobcentre Plus and partners may include:

  • Connecting people to jobs in the labour market.
  • Help with job search including CV writing, interview skills, where to find jobs and how to apply for them.
  • Help to identify transferable skills and skills gaps (linked to the local labour market)

Moreover, the Government has announced and implemented the Plan for Jobs measures to create, support and protect jobs, and help everyone to find a job, whoever they are and wherever they live in Great Britain.

The Plan for Jobs measures cover support for youth (Kickstart/DWP Youth Offer) including skills and apprenticeships, for individuals recently made unemployed (Job Entry Targeted Support Scheme), as well as support for those who maybe unemployed for over 12 months (Restart).

The package of measures is underpinned by the extra 13,500 work coaches who have been successfully recruited, who can provide personalised support at the point of need.

Employment support is transferred to Northern Ireland, so this support is provided by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of funding delivered to community mental health projects in the last two years.

While no formal assessment has been made, we have committed to invest at least an additional £2.3 billion a year to expand mental health services in England by 2023/24, including community mental health support.

In 2020/21, we provided £500 million to accelerate plans to improve National Health Service mental health provision. This included £15 million for prevention and early intervention in over 250 local projects promoting better mental health and wellbeing in 40 of the most deprived local authority areas in England. We also provided an additional £10.2 million to support mental health charities, including Samaritans and the Campaign Against Living Miserably in response to the pandemic.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of autism support services.

No specific assessment has been made. However, in 2021/22 we have invested £10.5 million to improve autism diagnostic and post-diagnostic pathways. In 2022/2023, we will develop guidance and support to embed effective post-diagnostic pathways.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to end geographical disparities in (1) Alzheimer's, and (2) dementia, care.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for services and support for people with dementia. We would expect CCGs to commission services which take into account the relevant guidance, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines and the dementia care pathway, which provides standards to improve the delivery and quality of care. Following a dementia diagnosis, patients should receive information on local services and access to relevant advice and support.

In 2021/22, the Government allocated £17 million to NHS England and NHS Improvement to address dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses. This funding was made available to CCGs in June 2021. Later this year, we will set out plans for dementia in England.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term support they are providing for (1) people with, and (2) carers of people with, dementia; and what steps they are taking to ensure those with dementia are diagnosed quickly.

In 2021/22, the Government allocated £17 million to NHS England and NHS Improvement to address dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses. This funding was made available to clinical commissioning groups in June 2021.

Following a dementia diagnosis, patients should receive information on local services and access to relevant advice and support. We will continue to support carers to provide care as they would wish and to do so in a way that supports their own health and wellbeing, access to education, employment and life choices. Local authorities are required to undertake a Carer’s Assessment for any carer who appears to have a need for support.

Later this year, we will set out plans for dementia in England. The new strategy will include a focus on improving the experience of being diagnosed and living with dementia, both for people with dementia and their carers.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) level, and (2) quality, of (a) Alzheimer’s, and (b) dementia, clinical research in England.

No recent assessment has been made. However, between 2015/16 and 2019/20, the Government’s expenditure on all types of dementia research, including for Alzheimer’s disease, was approximately £420 million. We will set out plans for dementia in England for future years in a new strategy to be published later this year. The strategy will include the ambitions for all types of dementia research

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to work with (1) the Northern Ireland Executive, (2) the Scottish Government, and (3) the Welsh Government, to ensure cooperation between the COVID Pass Services in each constituent part of the UK; and in particular to coordinate arrangements for people who have had one dose of the vaccine in one constituent part of the UK and the other dose in another.

We regularly engage with the devolved administrations to ensure NHS COVID Pass interoperability. Bi-directional live vaccine data flows have been established by NHS Digital with Wales and Scotland, which update both general practitioner records and NHS COVID Pass status. There is currently no data sharing process in place with Northern Ireland, although we are aiming to put this in place as soon as possible.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow GP surgeries to issue COVID Passes to those who are unable to use the website, app or telephone services.

We have no plans to do so. However, we are exploring interoperability with third-party general practitioner apps which comply with our robust data protection and security commitments.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the vaccine booster rollout, in particular for those designated as clinically extremely vulnerable.

The first booster vaccine was administered on 16 September 2021 and in the week commencing 20 September 2021 over 1.5 million people were invited for their vaccine.

Booster vaccines will be offered to individuals who received vaccination in phase one of the vaccination programme in priority groups one to nine, including all those aged 16 to 49 years old with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises that the dose is offered no earlier than six months after completion of the primary vaccine course, and that the programme should as far as possible be deployed in the same order as phase one.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on diabetes services in England in 2019/20.

Information on total diabetes spend is not collected or held centrally as most services for people living with diabetes is commissioned locally.

To date NHS England has invested approximately £120 million of transformation funding into local services to target variation and improve performance in the treatment and care of people living with diabetes since 2017/18.

12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those designated as clinically extremely vulnerable do not have to travel more than 115 miles to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

In England, more than 98% of the population are currently within 10 miles of a vaccine site. Many of those who are designated as clinically extremely vulnerable are able to receive their vaccines at these sites. This is informed by advice from their general practitioner and community teams and agreement with their family and/or carer to facilitate this process.

In a small number of highly rural areas, vaccines are provided by mobile units and those who are housebound or in a nursing home would receive their vaccines from roving vaccination teams.

1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder they have supported in 2020.

The data requested is not held centrally.

27th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned into the UK's success rate at treating breast cancer compared with other countries, namely in Europe.

It is difficult to compare data in England to other countries, including countries in Europe, in a meaningful way due to time lag on data being published, and issues with data completeness.

Despite this, a 2019 CONCORD study shows that breast cancer deaths are falling faster in Britain than in the rest of Europe as diagnosis and treatment improves. Death rates this year will be below the European Union average after a 18% drop in little more than half a decade, according to comparisons that suggest the National Health Service’s focus on better organisation, screening and care has paid dividends.

23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for future (1) funding, and (2) planning, arrangements in the health and social care sector.

The Government is delivering on its historic five-year National Health Service settlement. The NHS budget will increase by £33.9 billion a year in cash terms by 2023-24 (compared to 2018-19), reflecting that the NHS is this Government’s top domestic spending priority and helping to fund the NHS Long Term Plan.

As regards social care funding, the Government provided councils with access to an additional £1.5 billion for adult and children’s social care in 2020/21 on top of maintaining £2.5 billion of existing social care grants. This was to support local authorities to meet rising demand and continue to stabilise the social care system. In addition, we have now made £3.7 billion available to local authorities so they can address pressures on local services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including in adult social care.

On 21 July the Chancellor launched the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review which will set out the Government’s spending plans for health and social care for future years.

23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard young people by preventing the use of controlled drugs.

The Government’s Drug Strategy is clear that we are committed to reducing the number of young people using drugs. Our approach combines universal action with targeted action for those most at risk or already misusing drugs and includes investing in a range of evidence-based programmes. This includes developing its ‘Talk to FRANK’ service, continuing to develop and promote the ‘Rise Above’ digital hub and developing school-based prevention resources to support the roll out of Relationship, Sex and Health Education from September 2020. This material uses evidence-based approaches to give children and young people the resilience and critical thinking skills needed to support decisions around drug use.

One of the themes of part two of Dame Carol Black’s review of drugs will be preventing drug use by young people, in addition to supporting their treatment and recovery.

23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the treatment of young people with mental health conditions.

We remain committed to investing at least £2.3 billion of extra funding a year into mental health services by 2023-24 through the NHS Long Term Plan. This funding underpins our aim for an additional 345,000 children and young people able to access support through National Health Service-funded services or school and college-based mental health support teams.

We also remain committed to delivering the core proposals of Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper, including the introduction of senior leads in mental health and mental health support teams in schools and colleges, as well as the piloting of a four-week waiting time for specialist NHS services, so that there is swifter access for those children and young people that need it.

6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who care for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease are fully supported.

We recognise the crucial role that unpaid carers play in supporting people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Government published the Carers Action Plan 2018 – 2020: Supporting carers today which sets out a cross-Government programme of targeted work to support all carers in England over two years until the end of this summer.

The Action Plan puts a focus on practical actions to support carers, recognising and supporting unpaid carers to provide care in a way that protects their own health and wellbeing, employment and other life chances. A copy of the Action Plan is attached.

A final report on the Action Plan will be produced later this year and, alongside this report, the Government will consider next steps.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States regarding its diplomatic relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia.

We maintain an open and regular dialogue with the Government of the United States of America about a range of issues, including diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of business investment for (1) the remainder of 2021, and (2) 2022.

As well as addressing the immediate challenges of COVID-19, the Government recognises the importance of acting now to create the conditions for an investment-led recovery driven by private sector growth.

Stimulating private sector investment will create jobs, drive innovation, and revitalise local areas and regions across the UK. This is central to the Government’s plan to secure a strong recovery and the Budget announced a package of measures to achieve this, including the new super-deduction to support business investment.

The Office for National Statistics, as part of the Quarterly National Accounts, published revised outturn figures for business investment in Q1 2021. In real and seasonally-adjusted terms, business investment fell by 10.7 per cent (£5.4 billion) in Q1 2021 compared to the previous quarter, or by 16.9 per cent (£9.2 billion) compared to Q1 2020.

At Spring Budget 2021, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which produces forecasts on the economy and public finances, revised upwardly the medium-term business investment outlook, expecting a return to its pre-crisis level in Q2 2022.

In the March 2021 Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the OBR highlighted the potential impact of the super deduction:

“As a temporary measure, it provides companies with a very strong incentive to bring forward investment from future periods to take advantage of the temporarily much more generous allowances. We assume that at its peak in 2022-23, this will raise the level of business investment by around 10 per cent (equivalent to around £20 billion a year) as spending is brought forward.”

9th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the total cost to UK businesses of EU tariffs being applied on goods entering Northern Ireland from elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

The Northern Ireland Protocol is clear that Northern Ireland is fully part of the UK’s customs territory. As such, there should be no tariffs on internal UK trade and tariffs should only be charged if goods are destined for Ireland or the EU Single Market more broadly, or if there is a genuine and substantial risk of them ending up there. Traders are able to declare goods ‘not at risk’ and therefore face no duty if their goods are for sale to, or final use by, end consumers located in the UK that are brought into Northern Ireland by a trader authorised under the UK Trader Scheme.

The Government has also made full use of provisions in the Protocol to waive tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, even where they are classified as ‘at risk’ of entering the EU market. In addition, the Government will establish a reimbursement scheme for goods that attract a tariff, but which can subsequently be shown to have remained in the UK customs territory.

In order to help traders moving goods, the Government has also provided £270 million to support businesses trading between Great Britain and Northern Ireland through the Trader Support Service. More than 39,000 traders have registered for this free to use service which provides education for traders and can complete customs declarations on their behalf.

9th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last three months to support self-employed people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government announced at Budget 2021 that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will continue until September, with a fourth and a final fifth grant. This provides certainty to business as the economy reopens and means the SEISS will continue to be one of the most generous schemes for the self-employed in the world.

The fourth SEISS grant was available to claim from late April to 1 June, and was worth 80% of average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of annual profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

The fifth and final SEISS grant, covering May to September, will include a turnover test  in order to ensure that the most generous support is targeted at those who need it most. This will determine whether individuals can continue to receive a grant worth 80% of three months’ average trading profits, capped at £7,500 or a 30% grant, capped at £2,850.

Further, the SEISS is just one element of a substantial package of support for the self-employed. At Budget, the temporary £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance was extended for six months, and the Government also extended the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor for three months, to the end of July 2021, so that where self-employed claimants' earnings have fallen significantly, their Universal Credit award can continue to take into account their lower earnings. In addition to this, they may also have access to other elements of the package, including Restart Grants, the Recovery Loan scheme, business rates relief, and other business support schemes.

12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they plan to provide to homeowners after the mortgage payment holiday scheme ends.

Following the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government worked quickly with lenders and financial regulators to give people access to payment holidays on their mortgages. This gives customers a much-needed respite period, where no repayments on these products are due. It was necessary to bring this temporary measure in, in order to give customers time to smooth out their finances that may have taken a hit by the pandemic. As borrowers still requiring assistance after 31 October could be in serious financial distress the FCA believe it is right that lenders are able to understand their financial position in order to lend responsibly

The FCA published guidance on mortgage payment holidays on 14 September setting out that firms should continue to provide support through tailored forbearance options for those borrowers that are facing ongoing financial difficulties. This could include granting new mortgage payment holidays. As part of this guidance any forbearance granted beyond 31 October will be reflected on the consumer’s credit file in the usual manner.

The Government also has support in place for qualifying borrowers that cannot afford their mortgage interest. Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) provides financial help to homeowners who qualify for an income related benefit. Claimants must be in receipt of Universal Credit for nine assessment periods (nine months), before receiving support through the SMI scheme. The loan is then repayable upon sale of the property. The primary purpose of SMI is to enable people to stay in their homes without fear of repossession.

6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure consistency in customs regulations throughout the UK.

The Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol brings the whole of the UK out of the EU Customs Union at the end of the transition period. Northern Ireland remains part of the UK’s customs territory and as such businesses in Northern Ireland will benefit from future trade deals negotiated by the UK. Northern Ireland traders will also benefit from unfettered access to the rest of the UK’s internal market. This will be delivered through legislation by the end of the year. Any processes on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be kept to an absolute minimum to protect the integrity and smooth functioning of the UK internal market.
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on the granting of pre-charge bail to terror suspects.

Individuals suspected of terrorism-related offences can be arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) or the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT). Those arrested under TACT cannot be released on police bail, while those arrested under PACE must be bailed once the grounds for detention no longer apply.

In the year to December 2021, of the 186 people arrested in Great Britain for terrorism-related activity, 32 people (17%) were arrested under section 41 TACT 2000 while 154 people (83%) were arrested under other legislation including PACE 1984.

The Government considers that the current legislative framework provides an important flexibility, allowing the police to make an operational judgement on the circumstances of each case, and allowing them to decide whether or not to arrest under PACE or TACT.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time police officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The latest officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The number of police officers (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 30 September 2019 is provided in the table below.

Police Officers, England and Wales
As at 31 March, 2019

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

2,691

Bedfordshire

1,191

Cambridgeshire

1,490

Cheshire

2,010

Cleveland

1,226

Cumbria

1,174

Derbyshire

1,800

Devon & Cornwall

2,999

Dorset

1,229

Durham

1,125

Dyfed-Powys

1,141

Essex

3,187

Gloucestershire

1,119

Greater Manchester

6,539

Gwent

1,294

Hampshire

2,666

Hertfordshire

2,030

Humberside

1,901

Kent

3,548

Lancashire

2,898

Leicestershire

1,803

Lincolnshire

1,076

London, City of

753

Merseyside

3,588

Metropolitan Police

30,940

Norfolk

1,644

North Wales

1,505

North Yorkshire

1,433

Northamptonshire

1,255

Northumbria

3,084

Nottinghamshire

1,925

South Wales

2,995

South Yorkshire

2,394

Staffordshire

1,579

Suffolk

1,180

Surrey

1,899

Sussex

2,647

Thames Valley

4,206

Warwickshire

945

West Mercia

2,129

West Midlands

6,405

West Yorkshire

5,168

Wiltshire

975

Total

124,784

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time police officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2020.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The latest officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The number of police officers (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 30 September 2020 is provided in the table below:

Police Officers, England and Wales
As at 30 September, 2020

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

2,886

Bedfordshire

1,300

Cambridgeshire

1,597

Cheshire

2,131

Cleveland

1,373

Cumbria

1,229

Derbyshire

1,861

Devon & Cornwall

3,197

Dorset

1,268

Durham

1,168

Dyfed-Powys

1,183

Essex

3,318

Gloucestershire

1,200

Greater Manchester

6,965

Gwent

1,340

Hampshire

2,812

Hertfordshire

2,152

Humberside

2,005

Kent

3,836

Lancashire

3,031

Leicestershire

2,053

Lincolnshire

1,073

London, City of

811

Merseyside

3,659

Metropolitan Police

33,177

Norfolk

1,684

North Wales

1,587

North Yorkshire

1,513

Northamptonshire

1,343

Northumbria

3,309

Nottinghamshire

2,077

South Wales

3,081

South Yorkshire

2,574

Staffordshire

1,681

Suffolk

1,240

Surrey

1,993

Sussex

2,799

Thames Valley

4,415

Warwickshire

1,034

West Mercia

2,256

West Midlands

6,846

West Yorkshire

5,391

Wiltshire

1,019

Total

132,467

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police community support officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2020.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The latest police community support officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The number of police community support officers (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 30 September 2020 is provided in the table below:

Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), England and Wales
As at 30 September, 2020

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

315

Bedfordshire

45

Cambridgeshire

70

Cheshire

187

Cleveland

89

Cumbria

67

Derbyshire

191

Devon & Cornwall

188

Dorset

124

Durham

129

Dyfed-Powys

143

Essex

104

Gloucestershire

105

Greater Manchester

552

Gwent

131

Hampshire

214

Hertfordshire

195

Humberside

166

Kent

326

Lancashire

267

Leicestershire

190

Lincolnshire

94

London, City of

5

Merseyside

189

Metropolitan Police

1,260

Norfolk

-00

North Wales

175

North Yorkshire

233

Northamptonshire

88

Northumbria

178

Nottinghamshire

160

South Wales

352

South Yorkshire

138

Staffordshire

219

Suffolk

42

Surrey

156

Sussex

275

Thames Valley

283

Warwickshire

83

West Mercia

217

West Midlands

467

West Yorkshire

576

Wiltshire

125

Total

9,115

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police constables there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) The latest officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Total officer numbers are collected and published twice each year covering the situation as at 31 March and 30 September. Data covering officer rank, however, is collected only once and covers the situation as at 31 March. The number of police constables (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 31 March 2019 is provided in the table below:

Constables, England and Wales
As at 31 March 2019

Force

Constables

Avon & Somerset

2,115

Bedfordshire

917

Cambridgeshire

1,155

Cheshire

1,549

Cleveland

941

Cumbria

885

Derbyshire

1,399

Devon & Cornwall

2,228

Dorset

924

Durham

859

Dyfed-Powys

841

Essex

2,425

Gloucestershire

793

Greater Manchester

4,960

Gwent

1,036

Hampshire

2,080

Hertfordshire

1,565

Humberside

1,495

Kent

2,811

Lancashire

2,257

Leicestershire

1,404

Lincolnshire

800

London, City of

535

Merseyside

2,621

Metropolitan Police

24,235

Norfolk

1,237

North Wales

1,104

North Yorkshire

1,057

Northamptonshire

896

Northumbria

2,413

Nottinghamshire

1,516

South Wales

2,271

South Yorkshire

1,860

Staffordshire

1,186

Suffolk

920

Surrey

1,387

Sussex

2,072

Thames Valley

3,204

Warwickshire

614

West Mercia

1,497

West Midlands

5,101

West Yorkshire

4,164

Wiltshire

754

Total

96,084

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police community support officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The latest police community support officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The number of police community support officers (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 30 September 2019 is provided in the table below:

Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), England and Wales
As at 30 September, 2019

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

313

Bedfordshire

51

Cambridgeshire

73

Cheshire

194

Cleveland

128

Cumbria

76

Derbyshire

174

Devon & Cornwall

199

Dorset

115

Durham

126

Dyfed-Powys

144

Essex

111

Gloucestershire

106

Greater Manchester

575

Gwent

129

Hampshire

233

Hertfordshire

209

Humberside

184

Kent

300

Lancashire

248

Leicestershire

177

Lincolnshire

101

London, City of

5

Merseyside

211

Metropolitan Police

1,273

Norfolk

0

North Wales

191

North Yorkshire

178

Northamptonshire

98

Northumbria

215

Nottinghamshire

167

South Wales

365

South Yorkshire

177

Staffordshire

211

Suffolk

42

Surrey

108

Sussex

253

Thames Valley

349

Warwickshire

83

West Mercia

225

West Midlands

436

West Yorkshire

594

Wiltshire

144

Total

9,292

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens that have been arrested following extradition requests from other nations were extradited to the country of their arrest in each year since 2018.

It may assist if the following is explained.

  • The Home Office processes extradition requests from non-EU territories for individuals believed to be in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland under Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003.
  • The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service processes requests for individuals believed to be in Scotland.
  • The National Crime Agency processes extradition requests from EU Member States under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 and data relating to these requests is published annually on the NCA website.

Thus, the arrest of an individual sought for extradition would take place in the territory to which a request has been sent. If extradition is to proceed, after the legal process has concluded, and extradition is to proceed, the individual will be extradited to the territory which made the request. As such, the question has been interpreted to reflect those provisions and the response relates only to those extradition requests received by the Home Office.

Twenty British nationals have been extradited to the requesting territory since 2018, eight of whom were dual nationals.

Year

Number extradited

Territory

Number of dual nationals

2021

1

India

N/A

2020

6

USA, the Falkland Islands

3

2019

8

Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, USA

4

2018

5

Albania, Antigua & Barbuda, USA, Peru

1

All figures are from local management information and have not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such they should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change. As implied above, the figures do not include arrests made in Scotland.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current levels of (1) knife crime, (2) anti-social behaviour, and (3) gun crime, in England and Wales.

The ONS published the findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (for year ending March 2020) on 8 September 2020, which included a section on perceptions of anti-social behaviour (ASB) incidents. The report noted that 7% of all adults in England and Wales reported a high-level of perceived ASB, a similar proportion to the year ending March 2019 and an overall reduction in the perception of high-levels of ASB since 2003 (21%). Furthermore, firearms offences recorded by the police in England and Wales decreased by 7% in the year ending September 2020, compared with the previous year (to 6,242 offences). And offences involving the use of knives or sharp instruments decreased by 3% over the same period (to 47,119 offences).

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
27th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the devolved administrations, and (2) the government of the Republic of Ireland, about legal high psychoactive substances.

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”) made it an offence (with limited exceptions) to supply, possess with intent to supply, produce, import or export psychoactive substances. Substances that were previously referred to informally as “legal highs” have been subject to these provisions since the 2016 Act came into force, provided they satisfy the definition of a psychoactive substance and are not exempt under the 2016 Act.

The Home Office regularly engages with the government of the Republic of Ireland on a wide range of topics and we continue to engage with Devolved Administrations on drugs policy. In February this year, the Crime and Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, held a UK Drugs Summit, bringing together experts and Ministers from all four nations of the United Kingdom. A follow up UK Drugs Ministerial took place in September, continuing the conversation on drug misuse with Ministers and eminent experts from across the UK

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
6th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps being taken to address cross-border crime involving (1) people, and (2) fuel smuggling, between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The UK’s approach to the Common Travel Area (CTA) is that there are no routine immigration controls on journeys to the UK from Ireland and the Crown Dependencies. Both the UK and Irish Governments are committed to taking all necessary measures to continue to protect this joint agreement and secure the CTA.

The Home Office, Ireland’s Garda National Immigration Bureau and Border Management Unit, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and other police forces work together to tackle abuse of the Common Travel Area by conducting intelligence-led checks and enforcement operations.

Our priority will always be to keep the British public safe and we are determined to remove foreign criminals from the UK wherever it is legal and practical to do so.

The Government remains committed to tackling all forms of tax evasion and avoidance. The estimated tax gap for diesel in Northern Ireland remains at 6% maintaining an all-time low.

Extensive multi-agency, cross border cooperation is a key element of the operational response to fuel fraud. HMRC chairs a multi-agency cross border Smuggling Group, a sub-group of the NI Organised Crime Task Force. The group shares intelligence and information, and coordinates targeted joint operations to tackle criminals who deal in illicit fuel and cheat the exchequers in the UK and Ireland.

HMRC has maintained its capacity for fuel testing and investigation of fuel fraud in NI. HMRC activity focuses on detecting and deterring outlets facilitating the supply of illicit fuel, with special units performing risk-based interventions throughout the fuel supply chain; at fuel retailers, wholesalers, and at “huckster” sites.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide mental health support to British armed forces personnel upon their return from duty in Afghanistan.

I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave on 2 September 2021 to Question HL2389 to the noble Lord, Lord Taylor of Warwick.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vaccine rollout within British armed forces and security personnel.

As at 10 September 2021, 87% of UK Armed Forces personnel had received at least one COVID vaccination and 67% were fully vaccinated. Given the age profile of our personnel, these rates are slightly ahead of comparable statistics for the general population. Defence continues to work to improve COVID vaccine uptake for all eligible personnel.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the mental health and wellbeing support available 24 hours a day to serving members of the British Armed Forces.

We are committed to the mental health and wellbeing of our Service personnel and recognise that Service life can cause stress. All Regular Service personnel are supported by dedicated medical services including mental health support. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) also provides a 24-hour mental health helpline for Serving personnel and their families to provide support for any mental health problems anytime, anywhere.

The available evidence indicates that the mental health of the Armed Forces is broadly comparable to that of the general population and we are working with the single Services, Defence Medical Services, and others to promote good mental fitness and breakdown stigma. As a supplement to existing provision, in April 2020 the MOD, in partnership with The Royal Foundation, launched HeadFIT, a mental fitness tool to support the Armed Forces community.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former military sites are currently vacant in the UK.

A copy of the list showing the land and buildings that are in the process of being disposed of by the Ministry of Defence has been placed in the Library of the House. The majority of these sites are still occupied whilst being prepared for disposal. However, 25 part or whole sites are currently vacant and have been physically handed over to Defence Infrastructure Organisation for disposal.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of recruits to the Armed Forces who take sick leave return to complete their training.

Whilst the Ministry of Defence records the medical employability and deployability of Service personnel, more specific information about the level of sickness absence in the Armed Forces is not held centrally. As at 1 June 2020, medical employability for the trained UK Armed Forces was 98 per cent.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless people living in England in each year since 2018.

Levels of homelessness in England can be best estimated by looking at the number of households in temporary accommodation at the end of each year. In Q4 2018 this was 83,540; in Q4 2019 this was 88,310 and Q4 2020 is provisionally 95,370.

We are putting in place an unprecedented level of support to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over 2021/22, over £750 million. This includes the £310 million Homelessness Prevention Grant, giving local authorities more control and flexibility in managing homelessness pressures and supporting those who at risk of homelessness.

7th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided to religious groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government recognises the huge contributions places of worship and faith groups have provided to the response effort in supporting communities during the pandemic.

We are only too aware of the financial impact the pandemic has caused to our places of worship and faith groups.

In England, charity registered faith groups and places of worship have been able to access the range of government-backed financial support measures available during the pandemic. These include the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Funds and the Local Authority Discretionary Grants.

We regularly engage with faith groups through our Places of Worship Taskforce and faith roundtables and will continue to work with them to further understand how Government can further support their response to the pressures they face during this time.

27th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made to date on their plans to reinvigorate fishing towns and communities.

This Government recognises the unique challenges facing coastal communities and is committed to levelling up all areas of the UK. Through our £229 million Coastal Communities Fund we are supporting communities across England, including fishing towns. Now, through the £3.6 billion Towns Fund we are investing up to £25 million in fishing towns such as Blyth and St Ives. Coastal communities will further be supported through our flagship Fisheries Bill, creating new powers to set fairer fishing opportunities.

30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address (1) homelessness, and (2) rough sleeping, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of vulnerable people have been housed in emergency accommodation in England, thanks to the hard work of local councils and charities – saving hundreds of lives.

On 13 October, we announced a new £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support councils get rough sleepers off the streets during the winter by helping them to provide more self-contained accommodation. This is in addition to £2 million for faith and community groups to help them provide secure accommodation?for rough sleepers. Alongside this, comprehensive guidance will be shared with the sector, produced with Public Health England, Homeless Link and Housing Justice, to help shelters open more safely, where not doing so would endanger lives.

On 18 July, we launched the Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP), making available the financial resources needed to support English local authorities and their partners to prevent people from returning to the streets. On 17 September we announced local authority allocations for the short-term funding aspect of NSAP. £91.5m was allocated to 274 councils in England to help vulnerable people housed during the pandemic. The remaining £13.5 million of funding will be used to support local authority to tackle new and emerging challenges over the winter.

We are also supporting those at risk of homelessness, with an injection of over £9 billion into the welfare system. This includes increasing the Local Housing Allowance rates for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants so that they are set at the 30th percentile of market rents.

In addition, we have introduced legislation that means, from 29 August 2020, landlords must give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict in most circumstances. This helps ensures those most at risk are protected and provides time for tenants to agree a solution with their landlord if they are unable to pay their rent. The Government is providing £4.8 billion to help councils to manage the impacts of COVID-19 which includes their work to support homeless people.

We will continue to focus on delivering support to those who are most vulnerable from this pandemic, and these measures further demonstrate our commitment to assist the most vulnerable in society.

23rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many royal pardons have been issued in the last 10 years.

One Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been issued to Her Majesty the Queen in the last 10 years. Alan Turing was pardoned in December 2013.

In addition, five remission pardons have been granted since 2015. We have not been able to provide the requested information regarding sentence remissions from 2012 to 2015. Information prior to 2015 could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the highest number of total previous offences an offender had committed before being given an immediate custodial sentence in each of last two years.

Obtaining the necessary information to answer the question fully, requires access to the Police National Computer (PNC). This system can only be accessed via a fixed location in our offices, for security reasons. Access to the PNC has thus been severely restricted since March 2020 due to the national restrictions and the need to minimise non-essential travel.

I will write to the noble Lord in due course with the information requested, once my officials are able safely to access the PNC and will place a copy of my letter in the House Library.

23rd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of mental health and wellbeing provision for victims of crime.

This Government is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the public, including victims of crime, and to ensuring that the right support is in place to help victims cope and recover both within and beyond the pandemic.

In recognition of the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of victims, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) established the Victim and Witness Silver Command Group in March 2020 in order to identify and assess developing risks and issues that may have an impact on victims of crime, including their mental health support needs. This group continues to meet on a fortnightly basis and its comprehensive membership consists of representatives from across government including representatives from the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England, criminal justice agencies, external stakeholders, and the third sector.

In 2021-22, we will provide just under £151m for victim and witness support services, including an extra £51m to increase support for rape and domestic abuse victims, building on the emergency funding from this financial year to help domestic abuse and sexual violence services meet increased levels of demand.

Additionally, on 23rd November 2020 the Government published 'Staying Mentally Well: Winter Plan 2020 – 21' which includes a commitment, backed by £50 million, to boost capacity and support good-quality discharge for mental health service users from inpatient settings. We have also announced that in 2021/22 the NHS will receive around an additional £500 million to address waiting times for mental health services, give more people the mental health support they need, and invest in the NHS workforce. We are absolutely committed to our ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan to expand and transform mental health services in England and to investing an additional £2.3 billion a year in mental health services by 2023/24.

27th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for the sale or distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products there were in each of the last four years.

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on prosecutions and convictions by detailed offence and figures relating to the offence “Sell or supply adulterated medicinal products or falsifying medical products” can be found in the Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code data tool available at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888344/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2019.xlsx

The data tool can be filtered by ‘Detailed offence’, for the above offence. Filter to the following:

“Sell or supply adulterated medicinal products or falsifying medical products (triable either way offences)”

In 2016 there were 4 convictions for the offence of selling or supplying adulterated medicinal products or falsifying medical products. In 2017 and 2018 there were 0 convictions for this offence; and there was 1 conviction in 2019.

Please note that prosecutions and convictions relating to the offence of the sale or distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products may fall under some separate summary offences other than the one mentioned above, but these cannot be separately identified.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent overcrowding in prisons.

We are committed to reducing crowding across the prison estate which is why we are investing up to £2.5bn to provide 10,000 additional prison places to ensure we have the prison places we need to manage incoming demand.

In addition , we have already delivered 2,100 uncrowded prison places at HMP/YOI Berwyn, 206 uncrowded places in a house block at HMP Stocken and continue to work at pace to deliver modern, decent, uncrowded prisons at the former HMP Wellingborough and HMP Glen Parva sites, which are due to open in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
5th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to date to attract inward investment into Northern Ireland in 2022.

The Government is committed to promoting investment into Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Office Minister of State, Conor Burns attended Northern Ireland Day at the Dubai Expo earlier this year where he promoted Northern Ireland businesses already exporting globally, including White’s Oats, Kiverco and Greenfields, as well as meeting Sovereign Wealth Funds to promote the fantastic investment opportunities in Northern Ireland. Representatives of these Funds have been invited to visit and explore investment opportunities in areas of mutual interest.

Northern Ireland Office Ministers and the Special Envoy to the United States on Northern Ireland also undertake frequent visits to the United States to promote the benefits of business in Northern Ireland and attract investment. Northern Ireland is already the number one international investment location for US Cyber Security firms, and the UK Government aims to build on this great potential.

Also, through the New Deal for Northern Ireland we have invested £8 million into expanding Invest NI’s presence overseas, with posts in Tokyo, Singapore and Guangzhou already underway, enhancing Northern Ireland’s investment opportunities. In addition, the Department for International Trade has opened a Northern Ireland hub in Belfast, offering bespoke support for Northern Ireland businesses, including looking to attract investment.

Lord Caine
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps they are taking to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to encourage the recovery of the Northern Ireland economy.

The UK Government is committed to levelling up and promoting economic growth across the whole of the UK to ensure that no community is left behind, particularly as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Government has already taken steps to support individuals and businesses in Northern Ireland by providing £3.8bn funding to the Executive to help fight coronavirus.

In addition, Northern Ireland businesses and individuals have benefited from UK-wide support measures such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme which have both been extended to September 2021. The UK Government has also provided over £1.3bn in government-backed loan schemes to businesses in Northern Ireland, protecting jobs across the region.

The Government is also driving forward investment in Northern Ireland. We are delivering a comprehensive and ambitious set of City and Growth Deals across Northern Ireland, which will help key sectors to flourish, committing more than £600m to this program. In February, the UK Government signed the Heads of Terms on the Derry/Londonderry and Strabane City Deal, which will support a range of projects in the North West region. We are also investing £400m to support the NI economy through the New Deal for Northern Ireland and have committed over £500m to the PEACE PLUS programme, which will carry out vital work that promotes peace and reconciliation and contributes to the cross-border economic and territorial development of the region.

The Government has also recently announced the creation of several new funds, which will create opportunities for further investment in people, communities and infrastructure. This includes the UK Community Renewal Fund, the Levelling Up Fund and the Community Ownership Fund, each of which, organisations in Northern Ireland will be able to bid into specific funding.

All of this additional funding comes on top of £2bn of support for the New Decade, New Approach Agreement and measures to help traders navigate new arrangements as part of the Northern Ireland/Ireland Protocol.

The Government welcomes the Executive’s roadmap to recovery and we want to see Northern Ireland realise its economic potential. We will continue to work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive to maximise opportunities for economic recovery and growth, both now, in Northern Ireland’s Centenary year, and in the long-term.


Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
26th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about a UK-wide approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic during the Christmas period.

The UK Government and Devolved Administrations continue to work closely together to ensure a coordinated approach to the pandemic across the United Kingdom. As set out in our joint statement on 25 September, the UK government and devolved administrations hold a shared commitment to suppressing the virus to the lowest possible level and keeping it there.

There have been regular discussions between Ministers and officials from the UK Government and from the Northern Ireland Executive. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been attending COBR meetings, as have the First Minister and deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland on occasion.

We have been co-ordinating with the NI Executive on our response to Covid throughout this year, seeking alignment in policy and approach wherever it is appropriate to do so. I was pleased we could agree on a shared approach across the UK to Christmas planning last week.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
26th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to implement the Culture and Community Fund set out in New Decade, New Approach, published on 8 January.

The UK Government remains committed to delivering what was set out in the New Decade, New Approach agreement published on 8 January.

The UK Government has provided £2 billion of funding to support implementation of the New Decade, New Approach deal. £553 million of this has already been allocated. The £2 billion includes a £1bn Barnett-based investment guarantee from the UK Government, which will include significant new funding to turbocharge infrastructure investment. This guarantee will apply in all circumstances, and allow the Executive to plan new investment over a five year period.

The Northern Ireland Executive are responsible for the establishment and implementation of the Culture and Community Fund. The UK Government’s commitment in relation to the Culture and Community Fund is to provide funding to the Executive once they have agreed to progress plans for its establishment. The Executive will then be responsible for administering the funding provided by the UK Government. We continue to work with the Northern Ireland Executive on this matter.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
12th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent comments by (1) Marks and Spencer’s, and (2) Sainsbury’s, about the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on the supply and cost of goods in Northern Ireland.

The UK and the EU have committed to an intensified process of engagement to resolve all outstanding issues with the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which includes securing the flexibilities we need for trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. This is particularly important for supermarkets, where we have been clear specific solutions are required.

We will continue to work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive as discussions continue with the EU through the Joint Committee process.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they have made available to the Northern lreland Executive to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK Government will provide at least £2.2 billion to the Northern Ireland Executive for 2020/21 to allow the Executive to respond to Covid-19.

This is in addition to the UK-wide measures that the people and businesses in Northern Ireland will benefit from, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. This will give people and businesses the best possible opportunities to bounce back and recover.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

The threat from dissident republican terrorism continues to be SEVERE in Northern Ireland. This Government’s first priority is to keep people safe and secure right across the United Kingdom. Terrorism, paramilitary violence and criminality have no place in Northern Ireland - they must not hold us back from progress towards a peaceful and prosperous future. The Police Service of Northern Ireland, MI5 and others who work to keep people safe have our full support for the public service they give.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)