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Lord Rogan

Ulster Unionist Party - Life peer

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Division Votes
Monday 17th January 2022
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 2 Ulster Unionist Party No votes vs 0 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 242 Noes - 185
Speeches
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Peat
My Lords, the Minister may be aware that DAERA has undertaken a consultation on the peatland strategy for Northern Ireland. …
Written Answers
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Union regarding the extension of planned alcohol …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
None available
Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Rogan has voted in 143 divisions, and 18 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 214
12 Jan 2021 - Medicines and Medical Devices Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 324 Noes - 241
9 Dec 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 215
20 Jul 2020 - Business and Planning Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 135 Noes - 267
24 Jun 2020 - Fisheries Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 281 Noes - 263
23 Jun 2020 - Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 241
17 Jun 2020 - Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 233
15 Jun 2020 - Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 275 Noes - 256
15 Jun 2020 - Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 314 Noes - 230
21 Jan 2020 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 300 Noes - 220
20 Jan 2020 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 205
20 Jan 2020 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 186
26 Apr 2021 - Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 243
28 Apr 2021 - National Security and Investment Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 241
21 Oct 2021 - Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 169 Noes - 147
6 Dec 2021 - Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 25 Noes - 74
8 Dec 2021 - Armed Forces Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 173
15 Dec 2021 - Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Entry to Venues and Events) (England) Regulations 2021 - View Vote Context
Lord Rogan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Ulster Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Ulster Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 38 Noes - 205
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Commons initiatives

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Lord Rogan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Rogan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Lord Rogan has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Rogan has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


50 Written Questions in the current parliament

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21st Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they agreed to medicines being included within the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and what plans they have, if any, to reverse this decision.

The Protocol was agreed at a particular moment as part of a broader deal that delivered on the referendum result, delivered on the democratic will of the British people and took us out of the EU. We hoped that with sensitive handling the Protocol could be made to work, but we always knew there were risks. That is why we included a number of safeguard provisions.

As we now know, the Protocol was not handled sensitively and we are now in a different world. To move on, we need to find sustainable, long-term arrangements that take proper account of the nature of supplies of medicines as an inherent part of the delivery of national health services. As in our Command Paper of 21 July, we propose to remove medicines from the scope of the Protocol in their entirety.

We are working through the detail of the EU’s proposals received on 13 October. We are now in discussions with the EU on their and our proposals to see if the gaps can be bridged and a solution found which delivers the significant change needed.

21st Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with private sector businesses to find technological solutions to the delivery rate of goods between Great Britain to Northern Ireland following the activation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The Government is working closely with businesses to understand their concerns with the Northern Ireland Protocol. This includes formal meetings through the NI Business Working Group, direct contact with Ministers and engagement across a number of departments. We continue to listen to businesses on this issue and reflect their concerns in ongoing negotiations with the EU, and some of these contacts have covered potential technological solutions in this area.

13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the (1) shortage of HGV drivers, and the (2) agreement to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, on the delivery of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

No assessment has been made specifically of any effects of the lorry driver shortage on the delivery of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, though the Government agrees with industry assessments that there is a significant acute shortage of lorry drivers on top of a longer-term structural shortage. That is why on 20 July, the Department for Transport, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs jointly announced a suite of measures to support the industry in addressing the driver shortage. These measures will be focused on increasing the recruitment, retention and throughput of domestic drivers. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-package-of-measures-to-support-road-haulage-industry.


On 21 July, the Government published a Command Paper (Northern Ireland Protocol: the way forward, CP502) outlining how the Northern Ireland Protocol is not working in its current form or delivering on its objectives. We are seeking to negotiate significant changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol to achieve a new balance that puts the UK-EU relationship on a stable footing. This must involve goods flowing much more freely into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

4th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted a risk analysis of the consequences of the UK invoking Article 16 of the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland; and, if so, whether they will publish it.

As I made clear in my statement to the House on 2 February, there is an urgent need to address all outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland and restore confidence. The letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on 2 February, sets out the issues that the UK Government consider must be addressed, including grace periods.

The Government continues to regularly engage and work with stakeholders, including suppliers and hauliers in Great Britain. To assist traders, this Government launched the £200m Trader Support Service in December 2020, providing guidance, training and support for businesses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on moving goods and any limited processes that may apply. Over 32,000 traders have registered, so far, for this service - including 3,000 hauliers.

In the days immediately following the end of the transition period, we were aware of a small number of traders who temporarily suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland. We are keeping this under review.

COVID-19 remains the main economic pressure being faced in Northern Ireland but the Government continues to monitor the flow of goods into Northern Ireland.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about extending the grace periods contained in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and which specific grace periods they have discussed.

As I made clear in my statement to the House on 2 February, there is an urgent need to address all outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland and restore confidence. The letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on 2 February, sets out the issues that the UK Government consider must be addressed, including grace periods.

The Government continues to regularly engage and work with stakeholders, including suppliers and hauliers in Great Britain. To assist traders, this Government launched the £200m Trader Support Service in December 2020, providing guidance, training and support for businesses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on moving goods and any limited processes that may apply. Over 32,000 traders have registered, so far, for this service - including 3,000 hauliers.

In the days immediately following the end of the transition period, we were aware of a small number of traders who temporarily suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland. We are keeping this under review.

COVID-19 remains the main economic pressure being faced in Northern Ireland but the Government continues to monitor the flow of goods into Northern Ireland.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of suppliers based in Great Britain that have suspended delivery of goods to Northern Ireland since 1 January.

As I made clear in my statement to the House on 2 February, there is an urgent need to address all outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland and restore confidence. The letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on 2 February, sets out the issues that the UK Government consider must be addressed, including grace periods.

The Government continues to regularly engage and work with stakeholders, including suppliers and hauliers in Great Britain. To assist traders, this Government launched the £200m Trader Support Service in December 2020, providing guidance, training and support for businesses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on moving goods and any limited processes that may apply. Over 32,000 traders have registered, so far, for this service - including 3,000 hauliers.

In the days immediately following the end of the transition period, we were aware of a small number of traders who temporarily suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland. We are keeping this under review.

COVID-19 remains the main economic pressure being faced in Northern Ireland but the Government continues to monitor the flow of goods into Northern Ireland.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having, or have had, with (1) suppliers, and (2) hauliers, in Great Britain to address any shortfall in goods being delivered to Northern Ireland since 1 January.

As I made clear in my statement to the House on 2 February, there is an urgent need to address all outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland and restore confidence. The letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on 2 February, sets out the issues that the UK Government consider must be addressed, including grace periods.

The Government continues to regularly engage and work with stakeholders, including suppliers and hauliers in Great Britain. To assist traders, this Government launched the £200m Trader Support Service in December 2020, providing guidance, training and support for businesses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on moving goods and any limited processes that may apply. Over 32,000 traders have registered, so far, for this service - including 3,000 hauliers.

In the days immediately following the end of the transition period, we were aware of a small number of traders who temporarily suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland. We are keeping this under review.

COVID-19 remains the main economic pressure being faced in Northern Ireland but the Government continues to monitor the flow of goods into Northern Ireland.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 October (HL2999), when they last communicated with the government of Norway regarding the gas supply from that country to the UK; and when the next discussion at ministerial level is planned.

The UK benefits from diverse sources of gas supply. While we do not have the ability to intervene in international markets, we maintain a working level dialogue with key energy partners such as Norway. In addition to this, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State held a call with his counterpart in Norway, the Norwegian Energy Minister Tina Bru, on 20 September 2021.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 October (HL2999), when they last communicated with the government of Russia regarding the gas supply from that country to the UK; and when the next discussion at ministerial level is planned.

The UK benefits from diverse sources of gas supply, including domestic production, pipeline imports from reliable suppliers like Norway, and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). BEIS has held no discussions with Russia on gas.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with (1) Amazon, and (2) other suppliers, about the fall in volume of goods being delivered from Great Britain to Northern Ireland since the agreement of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in December 2020.

The Government has been speaking with businesses regularly regarding shipment of goods to Northern Ireland (NI), including parcel operators and online marketplaces. We have working groups with business where they are updated on the latest guidance and have the opportunity to seek further clarity on operational related issues. Assistance is also available from the Trader Support Service, which guides businesses trading with NI through all import processes at no additional cost.

Furthermore, the Brexit Business Taskforce has held regular meetings between my noble Friend the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office (the Rt. Hon. Lord Frost), other Ministers, and key business sectors.

HMRC held constructive engagement with the postal and parcel industry in the run up to the 31 December 2020 announcement of temporary arrangements for express operators to continue moving the majority of goods with minimal requirements. This engagement will continue for the duration of the temporary arrangements.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
4th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) teaching unions, and (2) the devolved administrations, regarding making teaching a more attractive profession in all four nations of the United Kingdom.

Recruitment and retention of teachers is a devolved matter. Ministers and officials from the Department for Education regularly engage with the teaching unions and hold UK wide discussions on issues around the recruitment and retention of teachers.

It is for each nation to develop its own recruitment and retention policies to meet local and national need. In England, the department published a recruitment and retention strategy in 2019 which was co-designed with stakeholders, including teaching unions. We regularly and routinely meet with teaching unions to discuss the implementation of our strategy. Engagement with stakeholders, such as teaching unions is a key part of our policy development and delivery processes.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the devolved administrations to agree a four-nation approach to broadening skills in the fashion and textiles sectors.

Skills provision is a devolved matter. It is for each nation to develop its own skills policies to meet local and national need. In England, we have introduced a range of skills polices and also published the ‘Skills for Jobs’ White Paper in January 2021, which sets out our blueprint to reform post-16 education and training. It is focused on giving people the skills they need, in a way that suits them, so they can get great jobs in sectors the economy needs and boost this country’s productivity. By 2030, almost all technical courses will be on employer-led standards, ensuring that the education and training people receive are directly linked to the skills needed for jobs.

Our polices and reforms are aimed at delivering high-quality provision across a range of sectors, including fashion and textiles.

The introduction of T Levels will boost access to high quality technical education for thousands of 16-19 year olds. T Levels in Craft and Design, developed by relevant employers including the British Fashion Council and UK Fashion & Textile Association, will be available for first teaching from September 2023. While T Levels are currently an England only offer, we are exploring the possibility of extending T Levels outside of the English market, giving opportunity to other administrations to benefit from the quality and ingenuity of T Levels where this fits with their overall post-16 provision

We are also committed to supporting more people to benefit from the high quality training that apprenticeships offer, including those at the start of their career or those looking to retrain. The department is responsible for apprenticeships policy in England only. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland receive a share of levy funding and it is the responsibility of the devolved administrations to decide how they spend this share to fund and operate their apprenticeship programmes.

In England there are currently 54 high quality employer-designed apprenticeship standards available for the creative and design sector, including 6 for fashion related opportunities. As of 3 August, we have introduced a £7 million fund to help employers in England set up flexi-job apprenticeships agencies, to support sectors such as agriculture, construction and the creative industries.

The government is investing £3 billion in the National Skills Fund, which includes £500 million in Barnett funding for the devolved administrations. We have not had any discussions with the devolved nations about a joint approach to broadening skills in the fashion and textiles sectors through the National Skills Fund, but in England, the government is supporting any adult who does not have A level equivalent or higher qualifications, to access over 400 fully funded level 3 courses, with Free Courses for Jobs. The offer includes qualifications that can support adults to progress in the fashion and textiles industry.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to procure, and (2) to deliver, (a) laptops, and (b) home internet access, to disadvantaged students in Leeds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department has provided laptops, tablets and connectivity support to schools and social care services during the COVID-19 outbreak to enable them to support disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Over the summer, over 220,000 laptops and tablets were provided to allow schools and social care services to support disadvantaged pupils in year 10, children with a social worker, and care leavers.

This term, the department has bolstered this support by providing laptops and tablets to schools where face to face education has been disrupted in order to enable them to support pupils in years 3 to 11. We will have made over 500,000 devices available by the end of the year and invested nearly £200 million to support remote education. The devices and connectivity support are provided to local authorities, trusts and schools. They are best placed to know which pupils need access and are responsible for onward distribution.

The department publishes delivery data periodically. We therefore have two snapshots, summer term as of 27 August and current term as of 23 October.

As of 27 August 2020, 3,016 laptops and tablets had been delivered to Leeds Council and schools. Delivery data reflecting support provided over the summer is published here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/912888/Devices_and_4G_wireless_routers_progress_data_as_of_27_August_2020.pdf.

Given that devices for non-maintained schools were provided to academy trusts, and that these can span multiple local authorities, we cannot provide a precise figure for the number of devices received by schools in Leeds during summer term.

Information on the laptops and tablets provided this term to schools, local authorities and academy trusts as of 23 October 2020 is published below. We have delivered 105,508 nationally: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/929064/Ad-hoc_stats_note_shipped_data_231020_FINAL.pdf

We will be publishing further delivery data after the end of term.

For deliveries during both the summer and autumn term, the department has allocated a number of laptops and tablets to each school. This term, schools are invited to order from this allocation when face to face education is disrupted.

To arrive at this allocation of devices, the department used data on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals in each school. The department expects that pupils’ device needs will be met to some extent by existing school laptops and tablets that the school already owns.

To identify the number of children who require support to access the internet, the department used data on pupils eligible for free school meals in each school, taking into consideration estimations by Ofcom and reflecting that some pupils would already have access to a private internet connection.

Schools, local authorities and academy trusts can request additional devices if their allocation from the department does not meet their needs. These requests can be submitted to covid.technology@education.gov.uk.

7th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many laptops they committed to provide to schools in (1) England, and (2) Leeds, during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many have been delivered.

The department has provided laptops, tablets and connectivity support to schools and social care services during the COVID-19 outbreak to enable them to support disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Over the summer, over 220,000 laptops and tablets were provided to allow schools and social care services to support disadvantaged pupils in year 10, children with a social worker, and care leavers.

This term, the department has bolstered this support by providing laptops and tablets to schools where face to face education has been disrupted in order to enable them to support pupils in years 3 to 11. We will have made over 500,000 devices available by the end of the year and invested nearly £200 million to support remote education. The devices and connectivity support are provided to local authorities, trusts and schools. They are best placed to know which pupils need access and are responsible for onward distribution.

The department publishes delivery data periodically. We therefore have two snapshots, summer term as of 27 August and current term as of 23 October.

As of 27 August 2020, 3,016 laptops and tablets had been delivered to Leeds Council and schools. Delivery data reflecting support provided over the summer is published here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/912888/Devices_and_4G_wireless_routers_progress_data_as_of_27_August_2020.pdf.

Given that devices for non-maintained schools were provided to academy trusts, and that these can span multiple local authorities, we cannot provide a precise figure for the number of devices received by schools in Leeds during summer term.

Information on the laptops and tablets provided this term to schools, local authorities and academy trusts as of 23 October 2020 is published below. We have delivered 105,508 nationally: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/929064/Ad-hoc_stats_note_shipped_data_231020_FINAL.pdf

We will be publishing further delivery data after the end of term.

For deliveries during both the summer and autumn term, the department has allocated a number of laptops and tablets to each school. This term, schools are invited to order from this allocation when face to face education is disrupted.

To arrive at this allocation of devices, the department used data on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals in each school. The department expects that pupils’ device needs will be met to some extent by existing school laptops and tablets that the school already owns.

To identify the number of children who require support to access the internet, the department used data on pupils eligible for free school meals in each school, taking into consideration estimations by Ofcom and reflecting that some pupils would already have access to a private internet connection.

Schools, local authorities and academy trusts can request additional devices if their allocation from the department does not meet their needs. These requests can be submitted to covid.technology@education.gov.uk.

7th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total number, and (2) the percentage, of schoolchildren in (a) England, and (b) Leeds, currently without access to a laptop at home.

The department has provided laptops, tablets and connectivity support to schools and social care services during the COVID-19 outbreak to enable them to support disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Over the summer, over 220,000 laptops and tablets were provided to allow schools and social care services to support disadvantaged pupils in year 10, children with a social worker, and care leavers.

This term, the department has bolstered this support by providing laptops and tablets to schools where face to face education has been disrupted in order to enable them to support pupils in years 3 to 11. We will have made over 500,000 devices available by the end of the year and invested nearly £200 million to support remote education. The devices and connectivity support are provided to local authorities, trusts and schools. They are best placed to know which pupils need access and are responsible for onward distribution.

The department publishes delivery data periodically. We therefore have two snapshots, summer term as of 27 August and current term as of 23 October.

As of 27 August 2020, 3,016 laptops and tablets had been delivered to Leeds Council and schools. Delivery data reflecting support provided over the summer is published here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/912888/Devices_and_4G_wireless_routers_progress_data_as_of_27_August_2020.pdf.

Given that devices for non-maintained schools were provided to academy trusts, and that these can span multiple local authorities, we cannot provide a precise figure for the number of devices received by schools in Leeds during summer term.

Information on the laptops and tablets provided this term to schools, local authorities and academy trusts as of 23 October 2020 is published below. We have delivered 105,508 nationally: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/929064/Ad-hoc_stats_note_shipped_data_231020_FINAL.pdf

We will be publishing further delivery data after the end of term.

For deliveries during both the summer and autumn term, the department has allocated a number of laptops and tablets to each school. This term, schools are invited to order from this allocation when face to face education is disrupted.

To arrive at this allocation of devices, the department used data on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals in each school. The department expects that pupils’ device needs will be met to some extent by existing school laptops and tablets that the school already owns.

To identify the number of children who require support to access the internet, the department used data on pupils eligible for free school meals in each school, taking into consideration estimations by Ofcom and reflecting that some pupils would already have access to a private internet connection.

Schools, local authorities and academy trusts can request additional devices if their allocation from the department does not meet their needs. These requests can be submitted to covid.technology@education.gov.uk.

17th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to compensate companies that recruited additional qualified veterinarians to administer checks on meat and dairy products entering the UK from the EU from 1 April who may now face redundancy following the decision to delay the introduction of these checks and health certificates; and what plans they have to meet with representatives of the affected companies.

Defra is working with PHAs to have new staff (including OVs) recruited and trained in advance of October, and will continue engaging with a number of organisations, including vet providers, to ensure we meet those timelines. PHAs are continuing to recruit OVs in order to train, familiarise and prepare themselves for the changes from 1st October.

8th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully qualified (1) veterinarians, and (2) meat hygiene inspectors, they estimate will be required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland when the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires.

The recruitment of veterinary professionals for carrying out veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. This means that the responsible department is the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA).

Veterinary controls and inspections do not only take place in ports and airports but include work done on farms and in various types of establishment, including slaughterhouses.

During the month of June 2020 (being typical of the base-line position for calendar year 2020) the number of staff employed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland to carry out veterinary controls and inspections was in the order of:

- 114 qualified veterinarians,

- 69 qualified meat hygiene inspectors, and

- 27 trainee meat hygiene inspectors.

At that time the number of staff employed in northern Ireland’s ports and airports, and authorised to carry out veterinary controls and inspections and participate in the goods clearance process was of the order of:

- Veterinarians – 1

- Portal Inspectors – 41

Inspectors working in the ports are not meat hygiene inspectors but are portal inspectors who have received training in that specific role. Meat hygiene inspectors are only employed in DAERA’s Veterinary Public Health Programme which delivers the Official Controls in Food Business Operator premises on behalf of the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland.

When the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires Northern Ireland the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs currently estimates that the number of staff required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland will, in total, approximate to:

- 186 qualified veterinarians,

- 69 qualified meat hygiene inspectors, and

- 27 trainee meat hygiene inspectors.

The most recent estimates for the numbers of staff that will be required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland ports and airports, when the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires, is as follows:

  1. Staff officially authorised to participate in the goods clearance process:

- Veterinarians – 72

- Officially authorised portal inspectors – 122

- Officially authorised portal administrative officers – 80

  1. Staff providing operational support:

- Industrial grade animal handlers – 12

- Stevedores – 72

  1. Support staff providing general administrative, professional and technical services:

- Veterinarians, Portal Inspectors and admin staff - 3

DAERA is on track to spend a total of £16m on personnel, infrastructure and IT systems to the end of the current financial year for the work necessary to carry out the required sanitary and phytosanitary checks at Northern Ireland’s Points of Entry.

8th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully qualified (1) veterinarians, and (2) meat hygiene inspectors, were employed to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland from 1 January to 31 December 2020.

The recruitment of veterinary professionals for carrying out veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. This means that the responsible department is the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA).

Veterinary controls and inspections do not only take place in ports and airports but include work done on farms and in various types of establishment, including slaughterhouses.

During the month of June 2020 (being typical of the base-line position for calendar year 2020) the number of staff employed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland to carry out veterinary controls and inspections was in the order of:

- 114 qualified veterinarians,

- 69 qualified meat hygiene inspectors, and

- 27 trainee meat hygiene inspectors.

At that time the number of staff employed in northern Ireland’s ports and airports, and authorised to carry out veterinary controls and inspections and participate in the goods clearance process was of the order of:

- Veterinarians – 1

- Portal Inspectors – 41

Inspectors working in the ports are not meat hygiene inspectors but are portal inspectors who have received training in that specific role. Meat hygiene inspectors are only employed in DAERA’s Veterinary Public Health Programme which delivers the Official Controls in Food Business Operator premises on behalf of the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland.

When the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires Northern Ireland the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs currently estimates that the number of staff required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland will, in total, approximate to:

- 186 qualified veterinarians,

- 69 qualified meat hygiene inspectors, and

- 27 trainee meat hygiene inspectors.

The most recent estimates for the numbers of staff that will be required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland ports and airports, when the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires, is as follows:

  1. Staff officially authorised to participate in the goods clearance process:

- Veterinarians – 72

- Officially authorised portal inspectors – 122

- Officially authorised portal administrative officers – 80

  1. Staff providing operational support:

- Industrial grade animal handlers – 12

- Stevedores – 72

  1. Support staff providing general administrative, professional and technical services:

- Veterinarians, Portal Inspectors and admin staff - 3

DAERA is on track to spend a total of £16m on personnel, infrastructure and IT systems to the end of the current financial year for the work necessary to carry out the required sanitary and phytosanitary checks at Northern Ireland’s Points of Entry.

8th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to recruit fully trained veterinary professionals to carry out the necessary veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland.

The recruitment of veterinary professionals for carrying out veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. This means that the responsible department is the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA).

Veterinary controls and inspections do not only take place in ports and airports but include work done on farms and in various types of establishment, including slaughterhouses.

During the month of June 2020 (being typical of the base-line position for calendar year 2020) the number of staff employed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland to carry out veterinary controls and inspections was in the order of:

- 114 qualified veterinarians,

- 69 qualified meat hygiene inspectors, and

- 27 trainee meat hygiene inspectors.

At that time the number of staff employed in northern Ireland’s ports and airports, and authorised to carry out veterinary controls and inspections and participate in the goods clearance process was of the order of:

- Veterinarians – 1

- Portal Inspectors – 41

Inspectors working in the ports are not meat hygiene inspectors but are portal inspectors who have received training in that specific role. Meat hygiene inspectors are only employed in DAERA’s Veterinary Public Health Programme which delivers the Official Controls in Food Business Operator premises on behalf of the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland.

When the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires Northern Ireland the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs currently estimates that the number of staff required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland will, in total, approximate to:

- 186 qualified veterinarians,

- 69 qualified meat hygiene inspectors, and

- 27 trainee meat hygiene inspectors.

The most recent estimates for the numbers of staff that will be required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland ports and airports, when the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires, is as follows:

  1. Staff officially authorised to participate in the goods clearance process:

- Veterinarians – 72

- Officially authorised portal inspectors – 122

- Officially authorised portal administrative officers – 80

  1. Staff providing operational support:

- Industrial grade animal handlers – 12

- Stevedores – 72

  1. Support staff providing general administrative, professional and technical services:

- Veterinarians, Portal Inspectors and admin staff - 3

DAERA is on track to spend a total of £16m on personnel, infrastructure and IT systems to the end of the current financial year for the work necessary to carry out the required sanitary and phytosanitary checks at Northern Ireland’s Points of Entry.

1st Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Government funding has been spent in the current financial year on physical infrastructure at sea ports in Northern Ireland.

A total of £16m is on track to be spent by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of Northern Ireland on infrastructure, IT systems and personnel to the end of the current financial year for the work necessary to carry out the required sanitary and phytosanitary checks at Northern Ireland’s Points of Entry.

15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with (1) road hauliers, and (2) the devolved administrations, about the recruitment of additional HGV drivers across the UK.

We communicate with the road haulage industry regularly and have recently held additional weekly stakeholder meetings to communicate and engage with proposals, some of which centre on the recruitment of HGV drivers. The Government is actively considering the suggestions put forward by hauliers and continues to support industry in recruiting domestic drivers where appropriate.

We have engaged with devolved administrations through cross-Government discussions, which involves topics such as the situation on the recruitment of HGV drivers.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any department provided advice in the period up to and including 31 January 2020 noting a possible shortage of HGV drivers after the UK’s departure from the EU; and if so, whether they will deposit all internal Government correspondence that relates to this matter in the House of Lords library.

The shortage of HGV drivers is longstanding and predates the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Publishing all government advice on this issue could not be done without incurring disproportionate costs.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with airlines about restoring flights to and from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The Government welcomes the resumption of services to and from Belfast City Airport. We recognise that the impacts of COVID-19 on the civil aviation sector will continue for some time, and that connectivity between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK had already been adversely affected by the collapse of Flybe. The Department speaks regularly to both airlines and airports as part of our engagement on restart and recovery in the sector and will continue to do so as we look to rebuild regional connectivity throughout the UK.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 30 June (HL1403), what is the value of the current contract awarded to Capita Business Services Ltd to carry out Personal Independence Payment assessments in Northern Ireland.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments in Northern Ireland are administered by the Department for Communities for Capita Business Services, so therefore the Department of Work and Pensions would not hold the information requested. Please contact the Department for Communities Health Transformation Team.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their role in (1) awarding, and (2) monitoring, the contract for Capita Business Services Ltd to carry out Personal Independence Payment assessments in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments in Northern Ireland are administered by the Department for Communities, and not the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The PIP contract has been managed and monitored by Department for Communities since contract signature, which also includes management of all extension negotiations directly.

DWP continually work with its assessment providers to further improve the PIP assessment process and are keen to share best practices. We regularly engage with Department for Communities to discuss best practice, align process and contract management approaches where possible.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Department for Communities on the operation of the contract for Capita Business Services Ltd to carry out Personal Independence Payment assessments in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments in Northern Ireland are administered by the Department for Communities, and not the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The PIP contract has been managed and monitored by Department for Communities since contract signature, which also includes management of all extension negotiations directly.

DWP continually work with its assessment providers to further improve the PIP assessment process and are keen to share best practices. We regularly engage with Department for Communities to discuss best practice, align process and contract management approaches where possible.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the contracts awarded to (1) Capita Business Services Ltd, and (2) Independent Assessment Services, to carry out Personal Independence Payment assessments, broken down by region.

The country is divided into 3 Lots, made up of North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, Scotland (Lot 1), East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales (Lot 2) and East of England, London, South East, South West (Lot 3).

Lot 1 belongs to Independent Assessment Services and has a value of £746,000,000.

Lot 2 belongs to Capita and has a value of £349,000,000.

Lot 3 belongs to Independent Assessment Services and has a value of £606,600,000.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with (1) the devolved administrations, and (2) travel companies, to ensure that the costs of COVID-19 test kits are not a prohibitive factor to families on limited incomes having a summer holiday.

Government officials attend regular meetings with their counterparts from the devolved administrations to share updates and coordinate and align on testing efforts where possible. The Government also recognises that the devolved administrations have their own testing systems and individual discussions with the travel industry on international travel.

Since requirements were introduced for international travel testing, the costs of testing have fallen significantly. The Government is committed to working with the travel industry and private testing providers to reduce the cost of travel testing whilst also ensuring travel is as safe as possible.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) officials, and (2) ministers, in the Northern Ireland Executive Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs about the recent award of a three-year contract to supply Meat Hygiene Inspectors to assist Official Veterinarians in Northern Ireland; and what contingency plans they have put in place in the event of a default on this contract.

As part of a Service Level Agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in relation to official controls, the Food Standards Agency has ongoing discussions with DAERA about resourcing at official level.

DAERA have taken forward a recruit-to-train project, recruiting staff as trainee meat inspectors. The agency contract is to secure agency workers to maintain continued delivery of official controls until such time as these trainees become fully qualified.

DAERA have established a group of vets and ex-meat inspectors in the Department who can be called upon to carry out meat inspection duties as a contingency in the event that the current contract is unable to deliver.

7th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many CARE badges have been distributed to social care workers following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 15 April that these would give recipients the same "recognitions and benefits" as NHS staff.

Since the Secretary of State’s announcement around 15,000 badges have been distributed at no cost to social care providers or members of the workforce.

Additional badges of recognition have been procured and we expect to be able to start distribution of these badges shortly. Details of how they will be distributed to people working in social care who want to wear this badge will be available in due course.

13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have with the government of Portugal regarding the recognition of proof of vaccine status against COVID-19 issued by the NHS in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) England, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales.

We are working closely with Portuguese partners, including through the British Embassy in Lisbon, to ensure all travel restrictions are communicated to UK nationals, including on the recognition of vaccine status. As of 28 June 2021, travellers from the UK to Portugal who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency do not need to quarantine upon arrival. We are working with the Portuguese to confirm how UK travellers demonstrate vaccine status. The Autonomous Region of Madeira accepts the proofs of vaccination status issued for residents in the UK who were vaccinated under the UK's domestic programme. Full information is available on our FCDO Travel Advice pages, which we update regularly.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Union regarding the extension of planned alcohol duty reforms in Great Britain to Northern Ireland; and what were the results of such discussions.

As set out in our Command Paper in July, we are seeking a more flexible settlement with regard to the Northern Ireland Protocol to ensure all of the UK can benefit from tax changes, such as the alcohol duty reforms announced at Budget.

The Government will continue to discuss the application of alcohol duty reforms to Northern Ireland with the EU during the consultation period of the alcohol duty review.

30th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have (1) held, or (2) planned, with (a) Northern Ireland business representatives, (b) Northern Ireland consumer groups, and (c) Northern Ireland political parties, about extending alcohol duties reforms due to apply in Great Britain from 2023 to the whole of the United Kingdom.

As set out in our command paper in July, we are seeking a more flexible settlement with regard to the Northern Ireland Protocol to ensure all of the UK can benefit from tax changes such as the alcohol duty reforms announced at Budget.

The Government will continue to discuss the application of alcohol duty reforms to Northern Ireland with the EU and interested stakeholders during the consultation period of the alcohol duty review.

29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which tax changes proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement on 27 October will not apply to Northern Ireland.

Tax changes announced at Autumn Budget that do not apply to Northern Ireland are:

· All business rates measures, which apply only to England

· The freezing of carbon price support rates from 2023-4, which applies only to Great Britain

· The rate of Air Passenger Duty on direct long-haul flights from Northern Ireland, as that rate setting power has been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which individuals and groups have been invited to present evidence to the technical working group established to explore the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland; and when it plans to publish this evidence.

The government established a technical working group to explore the operational and legal challenges to changing APD in Northern Ireland at Budget 2018.

Members include representatives from industry, experts, and civil servants from both the UK government and Northern Ireland.

Since the Technical Working Group was established, the UK Government has published a consultation on aviation tax reform, to consider how APD could better support Union connectivity and our environmental objectives. We have engaged with the Northern Ireland Executive as part of this process and will be considering their views as we consider the consultation responses in detail.

We will update on the next steps following the consultation in due course.

6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the membership of the technical working group established to explore the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland was chosen and by whom.

The government established a technical working group to explore the operational and legal challenges to changing APD in Northern Ireland at Budget 2018.

Members include representatives from industry, experts, and civil servants from both the UK government and Northern Ireland.

Since the Technical Working Group was established, the UK Government has published a consultation on aviation tax reform, to consider how APD could better support Union connectivity and our environmental objectives. We have engaged with the Northern Ireland Executive as part of this process and will be considering their views as we consider the consultation responses in detail.

We will update on the next steps following the consultation in due course.

6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the minutes of all meetings of the technical working group considering the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland.

The government established a technical working group to explore the operational and legal challenges to changing APD in Northern Ireland at Budget 2018.

Members include representatives from industry, experts, and civil servants from both the UK government and Northern Ireland.

Since the Technical Working Group was established, the UK Government has published a consultation on aviation tax reform, to consider how APD could better support Union connectivity and our environmental objectives. We have engaged with the Northern Ireland Executive as part of this process and will be considering their views as we consider the consultation responses in detail.

We will update on the next steps following the consultation in due course.

8th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Metropolitan Police officers were diverted from their other duties, and (2) police staff hours were expended, due to policing the Insulate Britain protest in Westminster on 3 November.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) confirmed that there were 59 arrests made in connection to the protest by Insulate Britain at Parliament Square on 4 November.

Figures are not currently available relating to number of officers diverted, police hours expended, or total cost of that protest. However, MPS has stated that the cost of policing Insulate Britain protests between the 13 September and the 10 October totalled £1,961,616.44. The breakdown of these costs are; opportunity costs of £1,721,700.31, fleet costs of £22,020.90 and overtime amounting to £217,895.23.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
8th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government the total cost of policing the Insulate Britain protest in Westminster on 3 November.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) confirmed that there were 59 arrests made in connection to the protest by Insulate Britain at Parliament Square on 4 November.

Figures are not currently available relating to number of officers diverted, police hours expended, or total cost of that protest. However, MPS has stated that the cost of policing Insulate Britain protests between the 13 September and the 10 October totalled £1,961,616.44. The breakdown of these costs are; opportunity costs of £1,721,700.31, fleet costs of £22,020.90 and overtime amounting to £217,895.23.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
8th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Metropolitan Police officers were injured, and (2) protesters were arrested, during the Insulate Britain protest in Westminster on 3 November.

There were no reports of injuries to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers who responded to the protest by Insulate Britain on Thursday 4 November, which took place on Parliament Square in Westminster. MPS confirmed that there were 59 arrests made in connection to the protest.

The right to peaceful protest is a vital part of a democratic society. However, this does not extend to unlawful behaviour. Should a protest contravene the law, the police have comprehensive powers to deal with activities that spread hate or deliberately raise tensions through violence or public disorder. The use of these powers and the management of demonstrations are an operational matter for the police.

Through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the Government is introducing new measures which will allow the police to take a more proactive approach in managing highly disruptive protests.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what formal role Ministers have in scrutinising the work of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

HMICFRS is deliberately independent of government and the bodies they inspect. However, Home Office Ministers have a number of formal scrutiny / oversight roles in relation to its inspection work, which are laid out in legislation:

  • Provisions in the Police Act 1996 require Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in England & Wales to obtain the Home Secretary’s formal approval of the Inspectorate’s annual police inspection programme and framework. The Chief Inspector must also submit to her (and lay before Parliament) an annual report on these inspections, including its assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales. The Chief Inspector may also decide to carry out inspections that have not been set out in the inspection programme, but prior to doing so must consult the Home Secretary. The Home Secretary can also direct HMICFRS to carry out additional policing inspections on issues of concern.
  • Provisions in the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 require Her Majesty’s Chief Fire and Rescue Inspector for England to obtain the Home Secretary’s formal approval of the Inspectorate’s fire & rescue inspection programme and framework. The Chief Inspector must also submit to her (and lay before Parliament) an annual report on these inspections, including its assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of fire & rescue services in England. The Chief Inspector may also decide to carry out an inspection of a Fire & Rescue Authority in England not set out in the inspection programme, but prior to doing so must consult the Home Secretary. The Home Secretary can also direct HMICFRS to carry out additional fire & rescue service inspections on particular issues of concern.

For both policing and fire & rescue service inspections, Ministers can ask for HMICFRS to take account of pertinent issues. Ministers also have the opportunity to scrutinise HMICFRS inspection findings. They will often receive embargoed copies and a briefing prior to publication of reports where they can discuss and raise any concerns on any of HMICFRS’ findings.

Responsibility for scrutiny of the corporate aspects of HMICFRS lies with the Permanent Secretary (as the Principal Accounting Officer). However, Ministers will have sight of pertinent issues and their approval is sought where necessary e.g. Ministers approve the annual operating budget for HMICFRS.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the legal powers of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services differ in relation to Northern Ireland compared to Great Britain.

HMICFRS carries out inspections under a range of legislative powers. Police Forces in England and Wales are inspected under powers set out in the Police Act 1996. HMICFRS inspections of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are carried out under powers set out in the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
1st Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required to notify any authorities of their intention to move troops and equipment to the Falkland Islands; and if so, (1) who must be informed and (2) under what restrictions are such movements conducted.

There is no requirement to provide advance notice of Armed Forces personnel or military equipment arriving in the Falklands.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the work of the British Army's BAME network.

The Army's Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network was launched in November 2017 and is supported in several ways. These include an appointed Race Champion - Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch - who represents their views and experiences at Army Board level; Race Champion membership of Business in the Community which involves networking and a BAME mentoring initiative; membership of the Army Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Working Group, and Conferences, mentoring schemes, events, including virtual events, and publicity about the BAME Network in both internal Army communications and external media. Army D&I policy and briefings also highlight the BAME Network and both personnel and the Chain of Command are made aware as to how concerns and issues raised by the network are fed into policy.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether anyone representing (1) the Northern Ireland Office, or (2) the Ministry of Defence, attended the meeting at Lambeth Palace on 2 November to discuss the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland; and if so, who authorised any such attendance.

The Government is committed to working with civic society, including victims groups, the NI parties and the Irish Government to seek a way forward for everyone.

The Archbishop of Canterbury hosted a seminar at Lambeth Palace in November to discuss a presentation from a team of academics at Queen's University on the legacy of the Troubles. Officials from the Northern Ireland Office attended in a listening capacity. The Northern Ireland Office is often invited to discussions on this important issue. Events hosted by the Archbishop are a matter for Lambeth Palace, and not the Government.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
7th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ministers and officials in the Northern Ireland Executive about providing emergency support funding for Translink.

Public transport within Northern Ireland is devolved and the responsibility of the Department for Infrastructure. The Government has been working closely with the NI Executive to ensure continued transport connectivity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Government has not been approached by the Executive with regard to specific support funding for Translink, which would be for the Executive to resolve in the first instance. In June, the NI Executive’s Finance Minister provided Translink with an additional £20m to cover loss of income as a result in the sharp drop in passenger numbers.

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