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Lord Jones

Labour - Life peer

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
8th Jun 2015 - 1st Jul 2019
Extradition Law
12th Jun 2014 - 25th Feb 2015
Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill [HL]
28th Oct 2013 - 16th Dec 2013
Draft Communications Data Bill (Joint Committee)
28th Jun 2012 - 28th Nov 2012
Shadow Secretary of State
1st Jul 1988 - 9th Apr 1992
Shadow Secretary of State
11th Jun 1983 - 11th Jun 1987
Public Accounts Committee
3rd May 1979 - 15th Nov 1982
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)
7th Mar 1974 - 4th May 1979


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Thursday 10th June 2021
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
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Thursday 22nd July 2021
Cadet Forces: Funding

My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lingfield, for this debate and I acknowledge his most loyal, persistent and …

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Monday 26th July 2021
Research: Finance
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they provided for research and development to the (1) aerospace industry, (2) …
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39 Written Questions in the current parliament

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12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they provided for research and development to the (1) aerospace industry, (2) steel industry, and (3) manufacturing sector overall, in (a) 2010, and (b) 2020.

The numbers below are taken from the Office for National Statistics survey of Business Enterprise R&D on what industry reported it received as public funding, by product. They do not include support through R&D tax credits; nor do they completely cover all public R&D expenditure which may be directly or indirectly related to particular products. The figures below are available for 2010, and the latest numbers are for 2019 (with the next update due later this year).

The reported figures for 2010 were:

  • Aerospace: £160m
  • Casting of iron and steel: less than £0.5m
  • Total manufactured goods: approximately £943m. It is difficult to be exact with this total due to suppression of data for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

The reported figures for 2019 were:

  • Aerospace: £150m
  • Casting of iron and steel: less than £0.5m
  • Total manufactured goods: £1,184m.
Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist the UK aerospace industry in the light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are supporting the aerospace industry through the Aerospace Growth Partnership, with £1.95 billion of funding for research and development (R&D), matched by industry, over 13 years up to 2026.

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) is also providing £125 million to the Future Flight Challenge for research on greener ways of flying through advances in electric and autonomous flight technology, which is expected to generate an additional £175 million of match-funding from industry. We are also co-investing in aerospace productivity improvement and innovation programmes to support small and medium-sized businesses, backed with over £135 million of public funding.

In addition, the aerospace sector and its aviation customers are being supported with over £8.5 billion of support through the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility, grants for R&D, loan guarantees, and support for aerospace exports. We are in discussion with the sector, through the Aerospace Growth Partnership, about how to best support the industry to recover.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they provided in research and development grants to the aerospace industry in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.

The Government and industry have made a joint commitment to invest £3.9 billion in aerospace research and development (R&D) from 2013 to 2026. The Government’s share of the £1.95 billion is managed through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme. An annual breakdown of expenditure and budgets for the years requested is set out in the table below:

Fiscal Year

Expenditure (£m)

Allocated Budget (£m)

2018/19

140

154

2019/20

149

150

2020/21

N/A

150

The aerospace industry is also supported through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Around £60 million was allocated to a suite of high-value manufacturing aerospace projects in 2017, and aerospace companies are eligible for the current ISCF challenges, such as the Future Flight Challenge (£125 million) and Driving the Electric Revolution (£80 million).

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of research and development grants for the aerospace industry are earmarked for (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.

The Government and industry have made a joint commitment to invest £3.9 billion in aerospace research and development (R&D) from 2013 to 2026. The Government’s share of the £1.95 billion is managed through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme. An annual breakdown of expenditure and budgets for the years requested is set out in the table below:

Fiscal Year

Expenditure (£m)

Allocated Budget (£m)

2018/19

140

154

2019/20

149

150

2020/21

N/A

150

The aerospace industry is also supported through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Around £60 million was allocated to a suite of high-value manufacturing aerospace projects in 2017, and aerospace companies are eligible for the current ISCF challenges, such as the Future Flight Challenge (£125 million) and Driving the Electric Revolution (£80 million).

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in total they gave to the aerospace industry for research and development in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, and (4) 2018.

Industry and Government have made a joint commitment to invest £3.9 billion in aerospace R&D from 2013 to 2026. The Government’s share of £1.95 billion is managed through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme. An annual breakdown of expenditure and budgets for the years requested is set out in the table below:

Fiscal Year

Expenditure (£m)

Allocated Budget (£m)

2015/16

126

150

2016/17

146

148

2017/18

149

150

2018/19

140

154

2019/20

n/a

150

2020/21

n/a

150

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in total was proposed for British manufacturing's research and development in 2019; and how much they estimate to provide in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that expenditure on R&D performed in UK businesses was about £25.0bn in 2018, of which about £16.3 billion was related to manufactured products. Most of this was financed by businesses themselves. Data for 2019 is planned for release in November.

The Government announced in Budget 2020 that it will be increasing overall R&D funding to £22 billion by 2024/24 and further plans will be set out at Spending Review later this year.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the agency that directs research and innovation funding in the UK, supports research into new processes and materials across different areas of manufacturing and supports businesses engaged in R&D through Innovate UK.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many current apprentices are (1) female, and (2) male.

In the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year, reported to date, there were a total of 575,900 apprentices participating.

In the first two quarters of the 2015/16 academic year, there were 708,900 participating apprentices reported at the equivalent point that year. Finalised full year figures show there were 899,400 participating on an apprenticeship in the 2015/16 academic year.

In the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year, reported to date, there has been 269,200 female and 306,700 male apprentices participating.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices were in training in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2020–21.

In the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year, reported to date, there were a total of 575,900 apprentices participating.

In the first two quarters of the 2015/16 academic year, there were 708,900 participating apprentices reported at the equivalent point that year. Finalised full year figures show there were 899,400 participating on an apprenticeship in the 2015/16 academic year.

In the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year, reported to date, there has been 269,200 female and 306,700 male apprentices participating.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of female apprentices in the manufacturing sector.

In the 2019/20 academic year, women accounted for 49% of all apprenticeship starts.

The representation of women in science, technology, engineering, construction, digital and maths (STEM) is increasing, in the 2019/20 academic year, women accounted for 11.4% of STEM apprenticeship starts, up from 10.1% in 2018/19 and 8.8% in 2017/18.

We are working with some of the country’s most influential employers in the manufacturing sector through the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, including Siemens, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce, who are actively increasing female representation in STEM roles. The Network is also seeking to share examples of employer best practice in bringing women onto STEM apprenticeships and successfully retaining them. The Network will report during National Apprenticeship Week 2022 on how to better reach out to target underrepresented groups and improve retention.

Our Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge programme is raising awareness of apprenticeships in schools, encouraging female students to consider apprenticeships in traditionally male dominated fields. This free service provides schools and teachers with resources and interventions to help better educate young people about apprenticeships. We have seen involvement from large employers such as Toyota who delivered interactive live broadcasts to promote careers in STEM to students, increasing their awareness of the available opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what annual financial allowances they provide to apprentices in the manufacturing sector.

In the 2021-22 financial year funding available for investment in apprenticeships in England is almost £2.5 billion, double what was spent in the 2010-11 financial year. Employers of all sizes can access funding for apprenticeship training and assessment. There is no ring-fenced annual apprenticeship budget for any individual sector, such as the manufacturing sector.

Employers in all sectors are able to choose which apprenticeships they offer, and when, in order to meet their skills needs. There are over 140 high-quality employer-designed apprenticeship standards in the engineering and manufacturing sector available for employers to use, including the level 3 print technician standard and the level 5 food and drink engineer standard. In the 2019/20 academic year, there were 52,000 apprenticeship starts in the engineering and manufacturing technologies sector.

To help employers in all sectors to offer new apprenticeships, employers can claim a £3,000 incentive payment for each apprentice they take on as a new employee until 30 September, as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs. This is paid in addition to the funding available to employers for training and assessing apprentices, and the extra payments we already make to support employers and providers meet the needs of the youngest apprentices and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan. Individual employers can choose how to spend the incentive payment to support their apprentices, including meeting any of the costs associated with supporting a new apprentice in the workplace, such as uniforms or travel costs.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the effectiveness of careers advice in secondary schools.

We are continually reviewing the effectiveness of careers policy. We are aware that information on education or training options provided by schools at key transition points too often fails to correct, or even reinforces, the impression that technical education, including apprenticeships, is somehow second-best to academic study.

Through the ‘Baker Clause’, introduced in January 2018, all maintained schools and academies must publish a policy statement setting out opportunities for providers of technical education courses and apprenticeships to visit schools to talk to all year 8 to year 13 pupils, and to make sure that the policy is followed.

A January 2019 report by the Institute for Public Policy Research found that, whilst one in three schools say the situation improved in the year since the Baker Clause was introduced, only 40% of schools were complying with the Baker Clause.

In the Skills for Jobs White Paper, the department announced plans to go further to improve compliance with the Baker Clause through the introduction of a 3-point-plan. This is an important step towards real choice for every pupil. We will create clear minimum legal requirements, specifying who is to be given access to which pupils and when. We will take tougher formal action to enforce compliance. The government’s investment in careers will be conditional on Baker Clause compliance.

Through the work of the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), we are increasing young people’s exposure to the world of work and supporting schools and colleges to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance. As set out in the Skills for Jobs White Paper, we will continue the national roll-out of Careers Hubs, digital support, Careers Leader training and the Enterprise Adviser Network to all secondary schools in England. This will continue to accelerate the progress of all schools and colleges towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks so that all young people are equipped to make informed career and learning decisions.

We have also committed in the Skills for Jobs White Paper to take steps to improve both local and national alignment between the CEC and the National Careers Service to create a clear, all-age careers system. Professor Sir John Holman has been appointed as Independent Strategic Adviser on Careers Guidance and will advise on closer alignment of the National Careers Service and the CEC, based around 4 important principles:

  • Completing the national roll-out of careers infrastructure
  • Developing an enhanced National Careers Service website
  • Better collaboration at an area-level
  • Complementary personal guidance for young people

The department is working closely with Professor Sir John Holman, the National Careers Service and CEC to agree what further action that can be taken across all 4 principles to make sure that young people and adults have access to a joined-up careers offer across their lifetime.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprenticeships there were in the aerospace industry in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020; and how many of those apprentices were (a) female, and (b) male.

The department has published information on apprenticeship starts by broad industry sector between the academic years 2012/13 and 2019/20.

Apprenticeship starts relating to aerospace technology are not currently published separately, however they are most likely to be included in sector H: Transportation and Storage.

The following table shows the number of apprenticeship starts by gender in the transportation and storage industry in the academic years 2017/18 to 2019/20.

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total matched apprenticeship starts

364,840

366,170

301,410

Total Sector H: Transportation and Storage

9,080

11,140

9,450

Male

6,620

7,640

6,460

Female

2,470

3,500

2,990


Regarding the number of apprentices in training in British airports, this information is not held centrally. For further information on apprenticeship starts by sector subject area or geographical location, the ‘Apprenticeships and traineeships: January 2021’ publication is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/apprenticeships-and-traineeships-january-2021.The data in the table above relates to apprenticeship starts where a match has been found between the Department for Education’s Individualised Learner Record and the Office for National Statistics Inter-Departmental Business Register. This match allows information about apprentices to be linked to business information relating to the apprentice’s employer. In the academic years 2017/18 to 2019/20, 93% of all apprenticeship starts were matched to an employer.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) students, (2) teachers, and (3) other staff, at (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, and (c) further education institutions, have been reported as having COVID-19 since 31 January 2020.

The department collects data on the number of pupils who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on a daily basis. This data is published from this collection at both national and local authority levels as part of the official statistics series. The publication can be found here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak. Data is published from 9 September 2020, but prior to 12 October 2020 information on pupils who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 was not comprehensively collected. This data is collected at school level, not pupil level.

As part of the publication, ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak’, staff COVID-related absence data has been included in today’s release.

This data is as reported directly by schools via the department’s daily education settings survey. It is not the primary source of data on infection, incidence and COVID-19 cases overall. Further detail on this, from data owned elsewhere in government such as by Public Health England, can be found within the coronavirus in the UK dashboard: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/?_ga=2.91108568.335840232.1603021384-1347302696.1578321854, national COVID-19 surveillance reports: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports, and coronavirus infection survey pilot statistics: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronaviruscovid19infectionsurveypilot/16october2020.

ONS has published results from the first round of the COVID-19 Schools Infections Survey (SIS), covering 3 November – 19 November, investigating prevalence levels among primary and secondary school students and staff. The SIS survey link presents a summary of estimates, with further data contained in the associated dataset. Comparisons between groups should be done with caution because of the small sample size. Results can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/covid19schoolsinfectionsurveyround1englandnovember2020.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance the teaching of foreign languages in England.

We are improving the teaching of foreign languages through our £4.8 million MFL Pedagogy Pilot, which commenced in December 2018. It is managed by the newly appointed MFL Centre for Excellence and is run through nine school-led hubs, to strengthen languages teaching at key stages 3 and 4 and to improve take up and attainment in the subject.

Recruiting and retaining excellent languages teachers is also a priority for this government. This is why we are offering tax-free bursaries of £26,000 for languages trainees with a 2:2 degree or higher starting their teacher training in 2020/21. Languages teachers will also receive three early-career payments totalling £6,000 spread across years 2, 3 and 4 of teaching. Those teaching languages in 39 local authority areas we have identified as having high need for teachers will receive higher payments totalling £9,000.

The department is also offering prestigious scholarships to those starting their teacher training in 2020/21 in languages. These scholarships are delivered in partnership with the British Council and successful scholars will receive a tax-free bursary of £28,000, as well as the same early-career payments as those who receive a bursary. All successful scholars will also receive a package of support provided by the professional bodies including free membership, resources and early career support.

These targeted initiatives form part of our wider strategy to recruit and retain teachers. The impact of commitments in the strategy - such as the Early Career Framework and plans to raise starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022/23 - will be felt by teachers of all subjects, including languages.

In terms of wider support for languages study, the English Baccalaureate performance measure, which includes languages, has seen the proportion of GCSE entries from pupils in state-funded schools in a modern foreign language (MFL) increase from 40% in 2010 to 47% in 2019. The reformed national curriculum now makes it compulsory for pupils in maintained schools to be taught a foreign language in key stage 2.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate of the size of the UK sheepflock.

The total number of sheep and lambs on agricultural holdings in the UK was estimated to be 33.58 million as at 1 June 2019.

(Source: UK Agriculture departments June Survey/Census of Agriculture)

5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate of the size of the UK dairy herd.

The UK dairy herd was 1.87 million head as at 1 June 2019. Dairy herd is defined as female dairy cows aged two years and over with offspring.

(Source: Cattle Tracing System (CTS) in England, Wales and Scotland and the equivalent APHIS system in Northern Ireland)

5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have paid in total to farmers as direct payments.

By the end of February 2020, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) have paid £1.91 billion to farmers, land managers and foresters in England. The RPA fully appreciates how important these payments are and are working hard to ensure remaining payments are made as quickly as possible.

29th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance the prospects of hill farmers after Brexit.

Hill farmers will benefit from our future agriculture policies, along with other types of farmers and land managers. Having left the EU, we will replace the current subsidy system, which simply pays farmers based on the total amount of land farmed, and instead reward them for the work they do to enhance the environment and improve animal welfare. We will also help farmers to produce high quality food in a more sustainable way.

Our upland landscapes and habitats are well placed to provide the public goods that are valued by society and our intention is that upland farmers will be sufficiently rewarded to deliver them.

We want to give all farmers, including hill farmers in the uplands, as much certainty as possible. The Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) (DPLC) Bill has received Royal Assent in January 2020. It will provide continuity for farmers across all upland areas in the UK and ensure farming subsidies are paid for 2020. Furthermore, we have guaranteed that any projects under CAP Pillar 2 where funding has been agreed before the end of 2020 will be funded for their full lifetime. This means that the Government will continue to fund farmers, land managers and rural businesses for these projects until they finish.

Our Transition plans, as indicated in the new Agriculture Bill, are based on a seven-year Transition period. This will give hill farmers and land managers time to adapt and plan for the changes we need to make in moving to the new approach.

During the transition we will offer financial assistance to enable upland farmers to invest in the equipment, technology and infrastructure that they need to improve their productivity, manage the environment sustainably and deliver other public goods. We will be also be investing over £1 million in 2020 in a package for farmers to support their business resilience and personal wellbeing as we go through these changes.

Our new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme will enable upland farmers to receive payment for the vital environmental public goods they provide, alongside the crucial role they play in vibrant communities and producing delicious food.

Upland farmers play a vital role as stewards of the countryside. They already provide many environmental benefits, such as clean air and water, and help maintain our most iconic landscapes. Upland farmers will therefore be well placed to benefit from our new ELM scheme, which will reward farmers for the public goods they provide.

Hill farms are an iconic part of our heritage. The new Agriculture Bill provides reassurance that hill farmers will be able to benefit for the service they provide in protecting our cultural and natural heritage.

29th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of hill farmers in England and Wales.

We are able to provide the number of farms within Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) which cover mountainous and hill farming areas. The LFAs are subdivided into two areas. The more environmentally challenging areas within LFAs are classed as ‘Severely Disadvantaged Areas’. The remainder are classified as ‘Disadvantaged Areas’.

Figures for England and Wales in 2018 are shown below:

Number of holdings

England

Wales

Less Favoured Areas

17,868

29,824

of which Disadvantaged Areas

8,345

13,461

of which Severely Disadvantaged Areas

9,523

16,363

22nd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount in remittances sent abroad from the UK in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.

Based on available data it is estimated that the UK sent remittances overseas in 2018 totalling $10.4 billion and that in 2019 the estimated total of remittances sent overseas from the UK was $10.5 billion. Recognising the importance of remittance flows to developing countries, the UK, together with the Swiss government, launched a Call to Action in May to highlight and address the significant predicted fall in remittances caused by the COVID-19 crisis. We are working hard to improve the flow of remittances by improving price transparency, supporting digitisation and working across Government to address issues of money transfer operators de-risking.

28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure cross-border rail routes benefit from the Government's investment in HS2.

As planned, HS2 trains will run directly to Scotland via a connection to the West Coast Main Line south of Preston, reducing journey times and improving reliability for rail services between England and Scotland.

The Department for Transport has been working with Transport Scotland, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to identify further options for improvements to cross-border routes, which could further reduce journey times, ease congestion, and create jobs, investment opportunities, and environmental and economic benefits for the whole of Scotland.

For North Wales, the plans would see passengers benefitting from an HS2 interchange at Crewe, with shorter journey times to London, Birmingham, the towns and cities of the Midlands and the Thames Valley area via Old Oak Common and elsewhere.

In August 2019 the Prime Minister asked Doug Oakervee to chair an independent review of HS2 to provide advice on how and whether to proceed. The Government will set out the next steps for High Speed 2 in due course.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that HS2 will reach and serve Crewe.

Crewe will be served by Phase 2a of HS2. The advice from Allan Cook in his HS2 Ltd Chairman’s Stocktake Report, published in September 2019, indicated that a phased opening of Phase One between 2028 and 2031 is possible, with Phase 2a being delivered to the same schedule as Phase One.

As part of the Terms of Reference, the Oakervee Review has considered whether the schedule for HS2 is realistic, including the advice from Allan Cook. The Government has made clear its intention to publish the Review’s final report and will set out the next steps for HS2 in due course, including Phase 2a and hence when Crewe will be served by HS2.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the benefits of HS2 to the Crewe-Chester-Holyhead rail route; and when such potential benefits will be realised.

Plans would see passengers benefitting from an HS2 interchange at Crewe, with shorter journey times, including to London, Birmingham, the towns and cities of the Midlands and other communities across the UK. The HS2 interchange at Crewe will improve connectivity with places on the Crewe-Chester-Holyhead rail route.

In August 2019 the government commissioned the independent Oakervee Review to provide advice on whether and how to proceed with HS2. The Government will make a decision on HS2 shortly.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the manpower of the NHS Ambulance Service in England (1) in 2010, and (2) at present.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the full time equivalent (FTE) number of staff working in all ambulance trusts in England as at March 2021, the latest data available and at March 2010.

FTE in all ambulance trusts in England

March 2010

34,408

March 2021

47,932

Source: NHS Digital HCHS Monthly Workforce Statistics

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS hospital beds there were in (1) 2010, (2) 2015, and (3) 2020.

Information is not available in the format requested as data is not collected on the total number of hospital beds by year.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Accident and Emergency units there were in England in (1) 2010, and (2) 2018.

This information is not collected centrally.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospital beds there were in England in (1) 2010, and (2) 2018.

Information is not available in the format requested as data is not collected on the total number of hospital beds by year.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been recorded as having contracted COVID-19 in 2020 to date.

As of 7 August 2020 in England, 10,471 COVID-19 cases were recorded for children and young people aged 19 and under.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered mental health nurses there are in England.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator of nurses, midwives and nursing associates. The NMC’s last registration data report, published 30 September 2019, showed 70,159 registered mental health nurses with a home address in England.

In addition, there were a further 29 dual qualified registered nurse/midwives, with an address in England, who also hold mental health nursing qualifications.

24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) A400M, and (2) C17, aircraft are currently in service in the Royal Air Force.

There are currently a total of 20 A400M Atlas and eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft in RAF service.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they provided in total monies for the A400M project.

Up to the end of March 2020, the UK had spent £2.3 billion on its acquisition of A400M aircraft against a total provision for acquisition of £2.6 billion.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M aircraft they have obtained for current service.

To date, 20 A400M aircraft have been delivered to the Royal Air Force.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M aircraft are currently on order.

The UK has ordered 22 A400M aircraft, 20 have been delivered, with two remaining to be delivered.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) army cadet forces, (2) sea cadet forces, and (3) air training cadet forces, there were in the UK in (a) 2018, and (b) 2019.

We are incredibly proud of our cadet forces, which provide the young people of our nation with confidence, resilience, and a sense of civic duty and values which will serve them well throughout life.

The information requested is available as an open-source document, and can be found at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-sponsored-cadet-forces-statistics-2019.

A copy of the report is attached for ease of reference, and should the noble Lord wish to compare, data for 2020 can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-sponsored-cadet-forces-statistics-2020

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total amount of uncollected poll tax, post poll tax abolition.

The Department no longer collects data on the amount of community charge that remains uncollected.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to make Ministry of Defence cadet force adult volunteering a position of trust for the purposes of child sex offences.

I recognise that there are concerns about those who might abuse their position of power over a 16 or 17-year-old to pressure them into engaging in a sexual relationship. Such behaviour is likely to be caught by the robust laws we already have in place.

We remain committed to protecting children and young people from sexual abuse and we want to ensure that existing offences are being used effectively to tackle this behaviour, and that those working with young people understand their responsibilities and act appropriately.

To that effect my department, working closely with colleagues across government, has taken forward a review of the existing law, to check that that it is working effectively and to ensure young people are protected. This review involved feedback from a wide range of stakeholders.

It is important that in any consideration for reform in this area we achieve the sensitive balance between the protection of young people and ensuring we do not infringe upon the sexual rights and freedoms of those over the age of 16 granted to them by Parliament.

This is a complex area and we are now considering the findings of the review and next steps.

We expect to be in a position to update Parliament on this work shortly.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)