Lord Rogan Portrait

Lord Rogan

Ulster Unionist Party - Life peer

Became Member: 16th July 1999


Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lords)
6th Nov 2017 - 12th Jun 2023


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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL]
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 - 201 Noes - 227
Speeches
Wednesday 14th February 2024
Lung Cancer Medicines
My Lords, the Minister will be aware that this drug is due to be withdrawn from the UK market in …
Written Answers
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Casement Park: Regeneration
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Gaelic Athletic Association with regard to increasing the …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Rogan has voted in 246 divisions, and 21 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
9 Feb 2022 - Dissolution and Calling of Parliament 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 - 200 Noes - 160
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care 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 - 213 Noes - 154
16 Jan 2024 - Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) 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 - 102 Noes - 212
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
(14 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
(8 debate interactions)
Baroness Berridge (Conservative)
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(11 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(10 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(8 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Rogan, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


Lord Rogan has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


154 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
21st Dec 2022
To ask the Leader of the House when they expect to answer the Written Question tabled by Lord Rogan on 17 November (HL3519) and due for answer on 1 December.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has confirmed a response to your written question was initially issued on time, but a technical error prevented it from being published by the 1 December deadline.

The FCDO has assured my office that a new response will be issued in the week commencing 9 January 2023 and the Department will write to you directly with an explanation for the delayed response.

My office will continue to work closely with all departments, including the FCDO, to ensure they conduct regular reviews of their systems and processes to prevent future incidents.

I regret the error and I will be reminding all colleagues at Front Bench of their duty to provide prompt responses to written questions in the House within the 10 day target, as stipulated in the Companion.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
12th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the government departments in Northern Ireland to ensure that all required information is provided to the UK COVID-19 Inquiry in the absence of a functioning Northern Ireland Executive.

Government departments and the devolved administrations, including Northern Ireland, are individual core participants to the UK COVID-19 Inquiry, so departments are not able to provide support to them in responding to the Inquiry.

Government departments and devolved administrations make their own decision on whether to apply for core participant status.

A core participant is an individual or organisation that has a specific interest in the work of the Inquiry with a formal role as defined by the Inquiry Rules 2006. Core participants have special benefits in the Inquiry process, including early sight of evidence and the ability to make opening and closing statements and present their position to the Inquiry.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions the Prime Minister has held with the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of Australia regarding the AUKUS agreement.

The Prime Minister holds frequent discussions with both President Biden and Prime Minister Albanese on a range of security and defence matters including AUKUS.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister is responsible for efficiency and transformation, following the resignation of Lord Agnew of Oulton on 24 January.

The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP was appointed Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, in the Cabinet Office, on 8 February. He will be responsible for realising the opportunities arising from Brexit and increasing the efficiency of government.

A full list of ministerial responsibilities will be published in due course.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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.

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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
26th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the projected reduction in Northern Ireland GDP in 2021 as a direct result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
30th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what tangible outcomes have resulted from the Northern Ireland Investment Summit in Belfast on 12–13 September.

1000 jobs were announced at the Summit and work is now underway to deliver a strong legacy from it, with more investments expected as a result, including follow up activity such as the No. 10 hosted venture capital roundtable, aimed at encouraging venture capital investment into Northern Ireland. We also offered support for Joe Kennedy III’s incoming mission to Northern Ireland in October 2023 (US Special Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland).

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with manufacturers about providing support for opening electric vehicle factories in Northern Ireland.

My officials regularly engage with the automotive industry to discuss manufacturing opportunities in the UK, including in Devolved Administrations.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what research, if any, they have commissioned into the fire risk to public safety of lithium-ion batteries in e-scooters and e-bikes; and if so, whether this will be published.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has established a safety study to understand the data and evidence of the risks presented by e-bikes and e-scooters. This includes investigating incidents and taking enforcement action when needed, commissioning research, targeting unsafe products at the border and providing public safety information.

A research project on batteries has been contracted with Warwick Manufacturing Group, part of Warwick University and a centre for innovation in science and technology. This will examine the safety of the lithium-ion batteries within Personal Light Electric Vehicles. The research will be published in due course once completed.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the role and responsibilities of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero; and whether the department has jurisdiction in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.

Details of the role and responsibilities of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero have not yet been published. They will be published in due course.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect to complete the process of delivering £600 in energy support payments to all households in Northern Ireland.

On 19th December, the Government announced that all households in Northern Ireland will receive support with their energy bills this winter through a single payment of £600. This is made up of £400 of the Energy Bills Support Scheme and £200 of the Alternative Fuel Payment. This will be delivered through electricity suppliers, with payments starting in January and concluding as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions (1) ministers, and (2) civil servants, have had with Members of Parliament representing seats in Northern Ireland in each of the last six months about the Energy Bills Support Scheme and its implementation in Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has been working at pace with a range of different stakeholders to deliver this support to households in Northern Ireland. BEIS Ministers have engaged in debates and drop-in sessions with MPs to share progress and answer questions.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government (1) when, and (2) by which mechanisms, households in Northern Ireland will receive financial assistance with their energy bills.

The Energy Price Guarantee will save a typical British household around £700 this winter. This is on top of existing government plans to give all households £400 off their energy bills through the Energy Bill Support Scheme. A comparable scheme to the Energy Bill Support Scheme is being developed to deliver £400 to households in Northern Ireland. Details of how this will run will be announced in the coming weeks and payments will be backdated to October.

The government is working with electricity suppliers to explore how the £100 Alternative Fuel payment could be delivered to homes in NI that use alternative fuels for heating, such as heating oil or LPG, instead of mains gas via electricity bills under a similar delivery model.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish further details of how the £39.8 billion research and development budget for the financial years 2022–23 through to 2024–25 will be allocated; and when the first tranche of grant funding will be made available to bidders.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. I will correspond directly with the noble Lord.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Gaelic Athletic Association with regard to increasing the £15 million intended to contribute towards the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast; and how much the overall project is currently estimated to cost.

The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland is responsible for the procurement process for the redevelopment of Casement Park, including direct engagement with local partners on their funding contributions.

We are working closely with partners in Northern Ireland to make sure that EURO 2028 leaves a lasting legacy across the whole United Kingdom.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with Scouts UK in regards to providing financial support towards the £1 million cost of relocating the UK Contingent from the site of the 25th World Scout Jamboree in South Korea.

His Majesty’s Government is in regular contact with the Scout Association about the incidents that occurred during the World Scout Jamboree.

HM Government has provided significant support in recent years to uniformed youth organisations, including the Scouts. This includes over £16 million so that uniformed youth organisations can recruit more volunteers, tackle waiting lists, and increase the locations able to offer positive activities to young people.

This forms part of the Government’s National Youth Guarantee: that by 2025 every young person will have access to regular clubs and activities, adventures away from home, and opportunities to volunteer. This is supported by a three-year investment of over £500 million in youth services, reflecting young people's priorities and addressing the inconsistencies in national youth spending with a firm focus on levelling up.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
9th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding they are expecting to contribute to the redevelopment of Casement Park; and when the building work is due to be completed.

The joint UK / Republic of Ireland bid to host EURO 2028 was submitted to UEFA on 12 April 2023. The bid proposes 10 stadia, with the inclusion of Casement Park in Belfast enabling Northern Ireland to be a prospective host for the tournament, so that local communities can benefit from the considerable socio-economic benefits of hosting an event of this scale.

There has been a long-standing commitment in Northern Ireland, as part of the regional stadium development programme, to redevelop Casement Park – alongside the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park and Kingspan Stadium, which have already undergone improvements. Given the inclusion of Casement Park in the bid, HM Government is working closely with partners in Northern Ireland to ensure that the redevelopment is adequately funded, is delivered in good time, and complies sufficiently with UEFA’s technical requirements.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
9th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will release the funding for football stadia in Northern Ireland on a sub-regional basis in advance of the re-establishment of a Northern Ireland Executive; and whether the amount of funding will be increased to reflect inflationary pressures since the funding was announced in 2011.

Sports policy is a devolved matter, and the allocation of funding for stadia is a matter for the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.

It remains the UK Government’s firm view that the right people to make these decisions are locally elected politicians in a fully functioning Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the BBC about cuts to local radio services; and whether they have had any indication that (1) BBC Radio Ulster, or (2) BBC Radio Foyle, will be affected by such cuts.

His Majesty’s Government is disappointed by the extent of the BBC’s proposed changes to local radio services. We will be raising this issue with the BBC and wait to hear more from the BBC on how it expects these changes to affect local communities, including the provision of local news and media plurality.

The BBC’s recent announcement will only affect the BBC’s local radio services in England. There should be no impact on BBC Radio Ulster or BBC Radio Foyle.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) representatives of the devolved governments, and (2) trade unions, regarding the geographical discrepancies in starting salaries for teachers across the UK.

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) makes recommendations on Teachers’ Pay and Conditions in maintained schools in England. If my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, agrees to these recommendations they are implemented through the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.

In 2023/24, the government fully accepted the STRB’s recommendations for teachers’ and leaders’ pay awards.

This means that teachers and leaders in maintained schools received a pay award of 6.5% this academic year, the highest pay award for teachers in over thirty years.

This award also delivered the government’s manifesto commitment of a minimum £30,000 starting salary for school teachers in all regions of the country, with a pay award of up to 7.1% for new teachers outside London.

Teacher pay is a devolved matter in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and is not affected by this pay award. Any decisions on pay within the education sector of devolved administrations is a matter for their national governments to decide upon. Departmental officials have regular contact and discussions with their devolved administration counterparts on developments on respective pay and conditions policy.

The department engages with unions regarding pay and other matters throughout the year. Furthermore, all statutory consultees (including unions) have the opportunity to provide written and oral evidence to the STRB and are consulted on the department’s proposals for pay and conditions.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions ministers have had with the Department for Education in Northern Ireland regarding the shortfall in school places for children with special educational needs.

Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only.

Ministers meet with Cabinet colleagues regularly to discuss a variety of topics.

In March this year, the department published the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan. This applies to England only, but the department shared a draft with the devolved administrations ahead of publication, to help build understanding of the proposals.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
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 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.

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 who are currently without home internet access.

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.

13th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of food purchased by UK public sector bodies in each of the last three years has been sourced from UK producers.

The Government does not collect data on the quantity of UK produced food sourced by public sector bodies. Defra consulted on proposed changes to the public sector Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services last year and expect to publish revised standards in due course. Proposed changes to data reporting in the public sector supply chain formed part of this consultation.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
25th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence provided by the British Veterinary Association to the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in their inquiry on the Windsor Framework, which stated that in the current form "failure to obtain a permanent solution could see Northern Ireland lose access to 51% of the veterinary medicines it currently receives"; and what action they intend to take in response to address any reduction in access to veterinary medicines.

Under the old Protocol over half of existing UK veterinary medicine product lines supplying Northern Ireland could have been at risk at the end of 2022, which would have had serious consequences for human and animal health in Northern Ireland.

The Windsor Framework removed that cliff edge, with a three year extension. This was important to solve the immediate problem, but the British Veterinary Association are right to emphasise the need for a long-term solution which protects the supply of veterinary medicines into Northern Ireland. This is what we are now working on.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
25th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of food inflation on family budgets in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) England, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales.

Tackling inflation is this government’s number one priority, with a plan to more than halve inflation this year.

Annual food price inflation, reported by the ONS, was 19.1% in April 2023. This was a decrease of 0.1 percentage points on the March 2023 rate. Overall CPI inflation decreased to 8.7% in April 2023 down from 10.1% in March 2023. The rate of food price inflation in the UK equalled the average rate for the EU in March 2023.

The recent high levels of inflation have primarily been driven by higher energy prices and pressures on global supply chains and there are signs those are beginning to ease. Industry analyst expectations are that we are either at or approaching the food price inflation peak, from which point they expect food price inflation to gradually decrease over the remainder of 2023. We will need several more months of data to be confident that the fall this month is a reflection that the peak has already been reached.

While we do not have individual data on food price inflation rates for the devolved nations, we do have some statistics from the Office of National Statistics on differences in average household spend for the different devolved nations. For the year from April 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021, UK households spent on average £64.90 on food and non-alcoholic beverages, compared to £65.50 for England, £62.20 for Wales, £60.10 for Scotland and £70 for NI. As a proportion of total expenditure, this was 11.7% for UK, 11.5% for England, 12.7% for Wales, 12.4% for Scotland and 14.6% for Northern Ireland.

The average impact of food inflation on household budgets within each of the devolved administrations will depend on both the relevant food inflation rate, and the proportion of total expenditure spend on food per household in that region.

The Government understands the pressures people are facing with the current exceptionally high cost of living. To protect the most vulnerable from the worst of cost-of-living pressures, the Chancellor recently announced a package of targeted support worth £26 billion, which includes continued support for rising energy bills.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Benyon on 23 March (HL Deb col 954), what discussions they had with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs minister in the Northern Ireland Executive about his embargo on the recruitment of veterinarians to deliver controls on (1) sanitary, and (2) phytosanitary, goods arriving at Northern Ireland ports; and what assessment they have made of this decision.

The operation of checks is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive (as sanitary and phytosanitary checks are a devolved competence). Defra Ministers have written and spoken to Minister Poots about staffing and infrastructure for conducting checks at Northern Ireland points of entry. Defra officials talk regularly to their DAERA counterparts about implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol including operations at points of entry.

We remain fully committed to fixing the problems with the Protocol and to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all its dimensions. We will continue our intensive talks with the EU in order to resolve these.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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, 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 Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Johnson of Lainston on 12 December (HL3913), what role Invest Northern Ireland will play in the delivery of the trade and investment event in Northern Ireland in 2023, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn Statement on 17 November.

The Northern Ireland Office and Department for International Trade are working closely with Northern Ireland partners, including the Executive Office, the Department for the Economy and Invest Northern Ireland, to deliver a trade and investment event in Northern Ireland in 2023. The UK Government and Northern Ireland partners will work together to deliver an event to attract international investment and to showcase Northern Ireland as a great place to live, work and do business.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 17 November (HC Deb col 853), whether they will set out the details of the upcoming trade and investment event in Northern Ireland which was announced in the Autumn Statement.

The UK Government will deliver a trade and investment event to attract international investment and showcase Northern Ireland as a great place to live, work, and do business. The Northern Ireland Office and the Department for International Trade will work together with Northern Ireland partners to maximise the benefit to people and businesses in Northern Ireland. The event will demonstrate the UK Government’s commitment to building on the progress of the Good Friday Agreement and supporting Northern Ireland to achieve its economic potential.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other countries about best practice in the regulation of e-scooters.


Departmental officials engage with public and private sector contacts from many countries to understand how regulation of e-scooters is being used to integrate micromobility into different transport systems, the challenges this has raised and the solutions that have been developed. The Department also monitors international experience through literature research.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether existing legislation relating to the use of e-scooters in urban areas is fit for purpose.

In the UK, e-scooters are treated like any other motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act which means that they are subject to laws requiring them to be built and used safely. The law was not drafted with e-scooters in mind and therefore it is not possible for most e-scooter users to comply with the legal requirements for motor vehicles as set out in this paragraph. As a result, the use of private e-scooters is illegal under current legislation, and enforcement is a matter for the police.

The Department is currently running trials of rental e-scooters in 24 areas across England, including urban areas, to assess their safety and wider impacts. The trials will help us to better understand the benefits of e-scooters and their impact on public space, and help consider options for future regulations for e-scooters.

When parliamentary time allows, the Department intends to create a Low-speed Zero Emission Vehicle (LZEV) category that is independent of the cycle and motor vehicle categories. The first beneficiaries of this new system will be e-scooters, which we intend to legalise for private and rental use through secondary legislation. No decisions have been made on the details of the regulations for e-scooters, and we will consult in due course.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 March (HL Deb col 906), how Eurotunnel and the expansion of services in the short straits between Southern England and France will directly improve the urgent supply of (1) food, and (2) other items, to Northern Ireland via the Cairnryan to Larne sea route.

My remarks referred to the Short Straits as an example of what is being done to provide sufficient capacity.

Operators are endeavouring to run additional services across different routes, including the short straits and Cairnryan to Larne route, to absorb the demand created across affected P&O routes. For example, Stena are already running an additional vessel on the Cairnryan to Larne route.

My Department is regularly engaging with all relevant operators, to maintain an up to date picture of demand management across sea routes into the UK and between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I am aware that officials in Defra are regularly engaging with a wide range of food suppliers, to monitor the supply of food to the UK, including Northern Ireland. Officials across Government are conducting similar engagement with suppliers of other goods.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 February (HL5872), what plans they have to make causing death by dangerous riding of an e-scooter a criminal offence.

The Department for Transport is considering options for how best to regulate e-scooters. New measures being considered will include applicable offences.

Currently, e-scooters are classed as a type of mechanically propelled vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988. This means that the offence of causing death by dangerous driving could currently apply to people riding e-scooters, although this is a matter for enforcement authorities and the courts. The Department has no plans to remove e-scooters from the classification of mechanically propelled vehicles.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
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 Secretary (HM Treasury)
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 Secretary (HM Treasury)
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.

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.

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.

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.

4th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care intends to respond to the letter from Lord Rogan dated 13 October 2023 enclosing correspondence on behalf of the board of trustees of EGFR Positive UK, and if so, when.

The Department has received the noble lord’s letter of 13 October 2023 and will reply as soon as possible.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or are intending to have, with (1) Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and (2) EGFR Positive UK, following the withdrawal of the drug Mobocertinib from the UK market.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is engaging with Takeda Pharmaceuticals. This is to ensure that where appropriate, patients can have continued access to Mobocertinib following its withdrawal from the United Kingdom market.

The MHRA has not had discussions with EGFR Positive UK, but if approached would answer any questions they may have regarding the withdrawal of Mobocertinib from the UK market.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Markham on 19 July (HL9282, HL9283 and HL9284), what steps they are taking to protect community pharmacies in Northern Ireland from closure in the continuing absence of a Northern Ireland Executive.

Community pharmacy is a devolved matter. A fully functioning devolved government is essential to the delivery of necessary healthcare reforms, including effective policies to protect community pharmacies. As an interim support, the Secretary of State has introduced appropriate measures to protect the delivery of all public services and has set a budget that protects spending to address the critical health pressures in Northern Ireland. This budget allocation gives the Northern Ireland Department of Health a total allocation of £7.3 billion, an increase of £20 million above 2022-23.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many prescriptions were issued and filled by the NHS in each of the past five years; and what estimate they have made of the average gross profit margin for the pharmacist on each prescription.

The table below shows the total number of items dispensed in the community in England in each of the last five financial years broken down by English dispenser account type.

Dispenser Account Type

2017/2018

2018/2019

2019/2020

2020/2021

2021/2022

English Appliance Contractor

8,627,910

9,043,637

9,787,035

10,020,141

10,908,020

English Dispensing Doctor

69,672,685

70,368,215

72,024,656

70,530,057

72,082,457

English Personal Administration

14,829,104

14,606,249

14,468,189

13,180,273

13,231,305

English Pharmacy Contractor

1,013,292,403

1,015,065,205

1,035,763,855

1,016,856,763

1,043,054,789

Total

1,106,422,102

1,109,083,306

1,132,043,735

1,110,587,234

1,139,276,571

Source: NHS Business Services Authority

The table below shows the average medicine margin retained per item for English pharmacy contractors for the five financial years (2017/18 – 2021/22). Medicine margin being the difference between what the pharmacy pays for a medicine and what they are reimbursed by the National Health Service. These figures do not include any fees for service provision by the pharmacy paid by the NHS. Where it was measured that pharmacy contractors retained margin above or below the contractually agreed level, an adjustment would have been made through changes to Category M (part VIII of the Drug Tariff) reimbursement prices.

England only

Average margin per item (£)

Prescription items (m)

2017/18

£0.79

1013

2018/19

£0.62

1015

2019/20

£0.72

1036

2020/21

£0.96

1017

2021/22

£0.89

1043

Source: Department of Health and Social Care

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards releasing the £50 million they pledged in November 2021 to fund Motor Neurone Disease; and what are the reasons for the delay.

Funding for Motor Neurone Disease research has always been available via open competition. In 2021/22, NIHR spent £3.8 million on MND research, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), through the Medical Research Council (MRC), spent around £10.8 million. On 12 December 2022 the Government announced how at least £50 million of committed funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research would be allocated over the next five years:

£8 million to early phase clinical research for MND via the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres.

£2 million to the MND Collaborative Partnership, for the research community to coordinate efforts, adding £1 million already contributed by government.

£12.5 million to MND research in the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI), where seven of its fifty research programmes are focused on MND.

£6 million connect the UK DRI to the Francis Crick Institute Laboratory of Molecular Biology, the MND collaborative partnership, and the UK Dementias Platform.

The remainder (at least £21.5 million) is available via an NIHR and the Medical Research Council (MRC) rolling call for MND research supported by a joint Highlight Notice.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
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.

16th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to review official travel advice for UK nationals visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

In accordance with the rest of the international community, with the sole exception of Turkey, the UK does not recognise the self-declared "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" as an independent state. The UK recognises the Republic of Cyprus as the sovereign authority of Cyprus. We regularly review official travel advice for UK nationals travelling abroad, including to the Republic of Cyprus.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many British expats currently reside in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; and by how many this number has increased since 2004.

In accordance with the rest of the international community, with the sole exception of Turkey, the UK does not recognise the self-declared "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" as an independent state. The UK recognises the Republic of Cyprus as the sovereign authority of Cyprus. Approximately 30,000 British Nationals reside in Cyprus, of which we estimate that 10,000-15,000 are based in the north of the island. We do not monitor year on year changes in the number of British Nationals residing in the north of Cyprus.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 September (HL9844), what discussions if any they are holding with the government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to support both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots living in the village of Pile.

In accordance with the rest of the international community, with the sole exception of Turkey, the UK does not recognise the self-declared 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' as an independent state. The UK recognises the Republic of Cyprus as the sovereign authority for the island of Cyprus. We have engaged with all parties, including Turkish Cypriot authorities, about recent events in the UN Buffer Zone. We welcome the diplomatic understanding announced on 9 October and recognise the constructive approach taken by all sides, along with the critical role of the UN, to find a way forward that meets the needs of both communities.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of Northern Cyprus to open the town of Maraş/Varosha and invite Greek Cypriot property owners to reclaim their properties.

In accordance with the rest of the international community, with the sole exception of Turkey, the UK does not recognise the self-declared 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' as an independent state. The UK recognises the Republic of Cyprus as the sovereign authority for the island of Cyprus. The UK supports the numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) covering the issue of Varosha, the alongside the related 2021 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Statement. On 12 July the UK, as UNSC President, issued a press statement on Cyprus stressing the need to avoid unilateral actions which could raise tensions on the island and undermine the prospects for a peaceful settlement.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what logistical support, if any, they are providing to Turkish Cypriots wishing to travel to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from the UK.

In accordance with the rest of the international community, with the sole exception of Turkey, the UK does not recognise the self-declared 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' as an independent state. The United Kingdom recognises the Republic of Cyprus as the sovereign authority for the island of Cyprus. The FCDO publishes travel advice which provides guidance on the most relevant issues for British nationals visiting or resident in Cyprus. This includes information for those travelling to the north of Cyprus.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what official support, if any, was provided to former Prime Minister Liz Truss in relation to her recent visit to Taiwan.

His Majesty's Government does not get involved in the independent travel decisions of parliamentarians who are not a member of the government. As is standard practice, the FCDO provided a short background note setting out HMG's position on Taiwan and facilitated logistical contact between the former Prime Minister's accompanying protection team and the Taiwanese authorities. No official support was provided on the visit programme.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Apr 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what were the policing costs for (1) the visit by President Biden to Northern Ireland, and (2) the Agreement 25 Conference at Queen’s University, Belfast; and whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland will be reimbursed.

President Biden visited the UK as a Guest of Government. It is long-standing policy not to comment on protective security arrangements. To do so could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals concerned.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many official representatives of the government of the Republic of Ireland are employed in the UK; and at which locations.

We have interpreted "official representatives" to mean diplomatic agents or consular officers. Article 1(e) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 defines "diplomatic agent" as "the head of the mission or a member of the diplomatic staff of the mission". Article 1(1)(d) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 defines "consular officer" as "any person, including the head of a consular post, entrusted in that capacity with the exercise of consular functions".

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) publishes details of foreign embassies, high commissions and consular posts in the UK on gov.uk, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk. This page includes the London Diplomatic List which contains the addresses and contact details of all embassies and high commissions, as well as the names of heads of mission and other diplomatic agents appointed in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961. The entry for the Embassy of Ireland, as of February 2023, lists 24 diplomatic agents in the locations set out below.

Embassy of Ireland

17 Grosvenor Place SW1X 7HR

Passport & Visa Office

114A Cromwell Road SW7 4ES

In addition, consular officials are appointed to the Consulates General of Ireland in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Manchester. FCDO records list 6 consular officers appointed to the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh; 3 consular officers to the Consulate General of Ireland in Cardiff; and 2 consular officers appointed to the Consulate General of Ireland in Manchester.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
31st Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The strength of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Ireland is of fundamental importance to both countries. Our interconnected histories, cultures, and economies make it vital that the UK and Ireland are able to work together in a spirit of friendship, understanding, and cooperation. We have a shared responsibility for upholding the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, to which the Government is firmly committed. Most recently, the Prime Minister spoke to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on 23 January, and the Foreign Secretary to Tanaiste and Foreign Minister, Micheál Martin on 2 February.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 January (HL3519), how many consular officials are currently serving the Consulates General of the government of China in (1) Belfast, (2) Manchester, and (3) Edinburgh.

Further to my Written Answer of 9 January (HL3519), as of 18 January 2023 FCDO records list 11 consular officers appointed to the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Belfast, 13 consular officers to the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Manchester and 10 consular officers to the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Edinburgh. Article 1(1)(d) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 defines "consular officer" as "any person, including the head of a consular post, entrusted in that capacity with the exercise of consular functions."

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government how many diplomats from China are based in the UK; and in which locations.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office publishes details of foreign embassies, high commissions and consular posts in the UK on gov.uk, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk. This page includes the London Diplomatic List which contains the addresses and contact details of all embassies and high commissions, as well as the names of heads of mission and other diplomatic agents appointed in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961. The entry for the People's Republic of China, as of December 2022, lists 127 diplomatic agents in the locations set out below. In addition, consular officials are appointed to the Consulates General of the People's Republic of China in Edinburgh, Manchester and Belfast.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

49-51 Portland Place W1B 1JL

Consular Section

31 Portland Place W1B 1QD

Defence Section

25 Lyndhurst Road NW3 5PA

Economic and Commercial Office

16 Lancaster Gate W2 3LH

Cultural Section

11 West Heath Road NW3 7UX

Education Section

50 Portland Place W1B 1NQ

Science & Technology Section

10 Greville Place NW6 5JN

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what updates they can provide to the political parties in Northern Ireland regarding the ongoing negotiations with the EU on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The Foreign Secretary and Vice President Maroš Šefčovič are in regular contact and officials on both sides continue to meet to discuss solutions on this issue. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is also in regular contact with political parties in Northern Ireland. Our preference is for a negotiated solution but should one not be reached we will press ahead with the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in the interests of Northern Ireland. The Bill allows for a negotiated solution to be incorporated directly.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan following her appointment; and if not, what plans she has to do so.

The Prime Minister has not spoken to President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, and currently has no plans to do so.

8th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their negotiations with the European Commission on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; what consultations they are holding with (1) the Northern Ireland political parties, (2) representatives of the Northern Ireland business community, in relation to the progress of these talks; and when they expect the negotiations to conclude.

The tenth meeting of the Ireland and Northern Ireland Specialised Committee took place earlier this week. We made clear our ongoing determination to address all outstanding issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol, and to find durable solutions as soon as possible for the benefit of people and businesses in Northern Ireland.

We are not setting deadlines but there are still significant gaps and the need for solutions is urgent.

In addition to talks there is also regular ongoing Ministerial and official engagement with political parties, business groups, civil society and other stakeholders in Northern Ireland.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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)
14th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Penn on 12 July (HL9073), how enabling duty-free shopping between Northern Ireland and the EU would "undermine frictionless trade with the EU"; and why this is not the case in relation to trade between Great Britain and the EU.

Introducing duty free shopping between Northern Ireland and the EU (which includes the Republic of Ireland) would require implementing allowances for the movement of these goods, to stop the uncontrolled flow of tax-free goods into either Northern Ireland or the EU (including the Republic of Ireland). These allowances would require enforcement. Therefore, if this were to be implemented, controls on the movement of goods between NI and the Republic of Ireland would be required, contravening the shared ambitions of the UK, Ireland and the EU.

By contrast, the movement of goods between the EU and Great Britain is subject to full third-country controls. This enables the enforcement of allowances for duty-free goods for passengers travelling into and out of Great Britain.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will provide additional funding under the Barnett consequentials to fund public sector pay awards in Northern Ireland, reflecting those offered to public sector workers in England and Wales.

The Government is accepting the headline pay recommendations of the independent Pay Review Bodies in full for 2023/24. This will be funded from within existing department budgets through a combination of greater efficiency and reprioritisation.

The Northern Ireland Executive are well funded to deliver all their devolved responsibilities, receiving at least 20% more funding per person than equivalent UK Government spending in other parts of the UK. As the Northern Ireland Fiscal Council acknowledges, Northern Ireland is receiving the funding it needs. Spending Review 2021 also set the largest annual block grants, in real terms, of any spending review settlement since the devolution Acts. This provided £15 billion per year for the Northern Ireland Executive.

A full breakdown of changes to devolved administrations’ block grants, including Barnett consequentials, is set out in the published Block Grant Transparency document.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Penn on 12 April (HL7072),  what discussions they plan to have with the European Commission to enable residents of Northern Ireland to buy duty free products when travelling from Northern Ireland to the EU.

The Government’s duty-free policy remains unchanged after the agreement of the Windsor Framework. Northern Ireland enjoys frictionless trade with both the rest of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – the Government is committed to ensuring that remains the case.

Enabling duty-free shopping between Ireland and Northern Ireland could lead to significant distortions of trade on the island of Ireland as well as a significant revenue loss for both UK and Ireland by creating a legal route for unlimited amounts of alcohol and tobacco to flow into the UK and EU markets duty-free.

The Government therefore has no plans to raise this matter with the European Commission.
Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
31st Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister visited Northern Ireland when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The Prime Minister did not carry out any official visits to Northern Ireland during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP, visited Northern Ireland on 1st June 2022.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent in each financial year since 2016–17 to create a national digital platform to mitigate the effects of regulatory barriers to trade and to ensure the swift movement of goods between Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the EU following the UK’s exit from the EU; and when they expect this to be delivered.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.
Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Penn on 7 February (HL5670 and HL5671), what assessment they have made of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the levels of smuggling of red diesel across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Government has not made such an assessment.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) produces an annual estimate of the tax gap across all taxes and duties administered by HMRC. This is the difference between the amount of tax that should in theory be collected, and what is actually paid. In HMRC’s latest report, the Northern Ireland diesel illicit market share is estimated at 4% in 2019 to 2020. This resulted in an estimated loss of £20 million in duty and a further £10 million in VAT, giving a total loss of £30 million. These estimates cannot be disaggregated by type of fraud such as smuggling.

HMRC continues to work in partnership with other enforcement agencies including the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland to tackle this risk. This extensive multi-agency, cross border cooperation is a key element of HMRC’s operational response and commitment to tackling fuel duty fraud.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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 when the technical working group established to explore the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland will next meet; and whether this meeting will be open to the public.

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.

17th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article by Dr Gareth Clay Spreading like wildfire: the need for a UK Fire Danger Rating System (FDRS), published by the University of Manchester on 26 June; and what plans they have to introduce such a system.

The Home Office works across Government with a wide range of stakeholders including the National Fire Chiefs Council, England and Wales Wildfire Forum and other Departments and Agencies including DEFRA and the Met Office to promote planning and prevention for wildfire incidents in England.

The government is aware of the work to which you refer [“Toward a UK Fire Danger Rating System”]. The government would welcome seeing the full outputs from the research in due course which will help inform any future plans.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
21st Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether (1) police officers in England and Wales, (2) police officers in Scotland, and (3) Police Service of Northern Ireland officers who had completed five full calendar years of service on 6 May, or who participate in Armed Service Coronation events during the course of 2023, will receive a Coronation Medal.

The King’s Coronation Medal will be awarded to all emergency services personnel in the UK who have been in paid service, in a retained or voluntary capacity, dealing with emergencies as part of their conditions of services and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 May 2023. Individuals who have actively contributed to the official Coronation events in Westminster Abbey and processions, and other officially recognised ceremonial Coronation events will also be awarded with the medal.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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.

24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the powers of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

There are currently no plans to review the powers of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
8th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to deploy UK Armed Forces to the Indo-Pacific region to help counter the threat from China to Taiwan.

The UK has a clear interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. We consider the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue, without the threat or use of force or coercion. We do not support any unilateral attempts to change the status quo. This includes increased Chinese assertiveness towards Taiwan.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether any operational tours of the armed services are currently being conducted in Northern Ireland; and if so, what are the names of the operations and whether operational service medals will be awarded.

The UK's Armed Forces conduct a number of tasks in support of the Police Service of Northern Ireland including explosive ordinance disposal. This support is a standing task provided under Military Aid to the Civil Authority (MACA) principles and mirrors the support provided to the Police in Great Britain. There are no plans to award operational service medals for this task.

20th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many British service personnel stationed in Cyprus have been murdered by terrorists in that country, and by which named terrorist group, in the past 30 years.

In the last 30 years there have been no terrorist related murders of British Service personnel in Cyprus.

9th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect to conclude their review of the number of Challenger 3 tanks which will comprise the full operating capability to be delivered by 2030.

As announced by the Secretary of State on 16 January 2023, the number of Challenger 3 Main Battle Tanks are being reviewed as a matter of priority following lessons learned from Ukraine, and to ensure the Army's Main Battle Tank fleet remains sufficient to meet Defence's needs.

9th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what is the reason for the delay in the completion of the delivery of Challenger 3 tanks for use in demonstration trials from 2024 to early 2025.

There is no delay to the delivery of the Challenger 3 prototypes. The Challenger 3 prototypes will be delivered for use in demonstration trials from 2023, as scheduled. Additional Challenger 3 prototypes have now been purchased and are due for delivery in early 2025.

17th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect that their commitment to increase defence spending to three per cent of GDP by 2030 will have on the number UK service personnel.

Defence is re-organising and re-equipping to face future threats, however, as the Secretary of State has stated, as the threat changes, we need to change with it.

The 2021 Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper highlighted that we must focus on capabilities rather than troop numbers.

Information regarding the Government’s spending plans are currently due to be announced in the Autumn Statement on 17 November. It would not be appropriate for the MOD to pre-empt the Chancellor’s statement.

20th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Ministry of Defence intends to respond to the letter sent by Lord Rogan on 17 May.

I replied to the noble Lord's letter on 16 June 2022. A further copy has been despatched in light of this question.

26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government which UK military bases are served by outside catering contractors.

All UK military bases are served by outsourced contract caterers with the exception of the following three sites:

Credenhill, Stirling Lines, Hereford

Pontrilas Army Training Area, Hereford

C-Site, Northern Ireland

26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 12 April (HL7458), what daily amount of money has been allocated for food per serving British Army soldier stationed in barracks each year for the past 10 years.

The daily amount allocated for food per serving British Army soldier stationed in UK barracks is calculated on a quarterly basis. This is called the Daily Food Charge (DFC).

The table below sets out the DFC that soldiers feeding in barracks pay for the three core meals in total. Figures are only available for the last seven years:

Month/Year

Daily Food Charge (DFC) per core meal

Oct-15

£4.80

Jan-16

£4.81

Apr-16

£4.82

Jul-16

£4.75

Oct-16

£4.91

Jan-17

£4.95

Apr-17

£4.99

Jul-17

£5.05

Oct-17

£4.95

Jan-18

£4.97

Apr-18

£4.87

Jul-18

£4.92

Oct-18

£5.26

Jan-19

£5.35

Apr-19

£5.35

Jul-19

£5.35

Oct-19

£5.35

Jan-20

£5.29

Apr-20

£5.45

Jul-20

£5.45

Oct-20

£5.45

Jan-21

£5.45

Apr-21

£5.61

Jul-21

£5.61

Oct-21

£5.61

Jan-22

£5.61

Apr-22

£5.61

Jul-22

£5.61

Oct-22

£5.61

26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the food budget was for UK troops each year for the past 10 years, excluding all training and deployments in the UK or abroad.

Personnel not undertaking training or deployed on operations can purchase food on a pay as you dine basis in messes or self-cater in their accommodation. Catering is supplied to bases via seven regional contracts with HESTIA. The contracts provide mess catering, retail, cleaning, laundry, and services such as tailoring and cobblers. The MOD sets specific requirements for food content and controls the price of meals. HESTIA provide 24 million meals per year and the contract for catering and facilities is £75 million per year. I refer my Noble Friend to the answer I have given to his related question HL7980 where the Daily Food Charge is set out.

26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) military chefs, and (2) cooks, were employed within the UK by (a) the British Army, (b) the Royal Navy, and (c) the Royal Air Force, in each of the last 10 years.

The number of personnel serving with a specialisation of Chef or Catering Services employed within the UK by (a) the British Army, (b) the Royal Navy, and (c) the Royal Air Force, in each of the last 10 years is shown below along with the total stationed in the UK. Cook is not a specified military designation on the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system and records for non-military chefs/cooks are not held on JPA.

Navy

Army

RAF

Financial year

Total Trained Regular Chefs

of which stationed in the UK4

Total Trained Regular Chefs

of which stationed in the UK4

Total Trained Regular Chefs

of which stationed in the UK4

01 April 2012

801

790

2,299

1,720

595

589

01 April 2013

724

715

1,972

1,548

503

496

01 April 2014

702

692

1,588

1,223

447

442

01 April 2015

717

708

1,282

1,027

431

428

01 April 2016

716

709

1,223

1,084

436

433

01 April 2017

751

745

1,188

1,082

436

433

01 April 2018

717

711

1,137

1,026

435

432

01 April 2019

712

706

1,063

963

422

418

01 April 2020

715

708

993

954

409

404

01 April 2021

687

682

974

933

420

417

Source: Analysis (Tri-Service)

Notes:

  1. Trained Strength for the Services comprises military personnel who have completed both Phase 1 and 2 training.
  2. Personnel based in the UK are those with a stationed location within of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland at the dates specified.
  3. Personnel deployed on operations to an area away from their stationed location are shown against their most recent stationed location.
  4. Across the time period, there was on average less than 1% of Trained Regular Chefs with a stationed location of “No Value”. These personnel may have been stationed in the UK.
  5. Figures represent the Strength of Trained Regular Chefs at each situation date; personnel are included for each situation date that they are on Strength. These figures are Strengths, rather than the intake of Chefs in any given year.
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many serving members of the UK Armed Forces are unable to fund their own food bills on a monthly basis and require assistance to pay for their basic meals.

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many professionally qualified cooks have been employed by the Royal Logistics Corps each year for the past five years.

The table below shows the Strength of Trade Trained Regular Army with a Main Trade for Pay of "Chef", as at 1 April each year between 2017 – 2021:

1 April 2017

1 April 2018

1 April 2019

1 April 2020

1 April 2021

1,188

1,137

1,063

993

974

Source: Analysis (Army)

Notes:

1. The figures above are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.

2. Figures include personnel serving in The Royal Logistics Corps or in Senior Soldier Career Posts with a Main Trade for Pay of "Chef".

3. Figures represent the Strength of Trade Trained Regular Chefs at each situation date; personnel are included for each situation date that they are on Strength. These figures are Strengths, rather than the intake of Chefs in any given year.

29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what daily amount has been allocated for food per serving British Army soldier each year for the past five years.

The daily amount allocated for food per serving British Army soldier is calculated on a quarterly basis and is called the Daily Messing Rate (DMR). Units may claim this rate to fund feeding at sea, on exercise or on operations with a cost range to allow for the nature of the activity undertaken, and in the case of the Falkland Islands, the location.

The table below sets out the Daily Messing Rate, by quarter for the past five years:

Month/Year

3000kcal DMR

4000 kcal DMR

5000 kcal DMR

BFSAI (Falklands) DMR

Apr-17

£3.03

£3.49

£5.40

£3.03

Jul-17

£3.06

£3.52

£5.44

£3.06

Oct-17

£3.11

£3.50

£5.47

£3.41

Jan-18

£3.11

£3.50

£5.47

£3.39

Apr-18

£3.13

£3.51

£5.56

£3.44

Jul-18

£3.12

£3.50

£5.56

£3.53

Oct-18

£3.32

£3.76

£5.87

£3.61

Jan-19

£3.45

£3.90

£6.01

£3.66

Apr-19

£3.49

£3.93

£6.06

£3.67

Jul-19

£3.55

£3.99

£6.12

£3.67

Oct-19

£3.56

£4.01

£6.13

£3.70

Jan-20

£3.53

£4.08

£6.33

£3.56

Apr-20

£3.58

£4.14

£6.39

£3.59

Jul-20

£3.62

£4.17

£6.41

£3.63

Oct-20

£3.63

£4.19

£6.43

£3.47

Jan-21

£3.63

£4.19

£6.43

£3.38

Apr-21

£3.64

£4.21

£6.45

£3.38

Jul-21

£3.66

£4.22

£6.47

£3.41

Oct-21

£3.63

£4.11

£6.06

£3.66

Jan-22

£3.63

£4.11

£6.06

£3.77

29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on (1) directly employed cooks, and (2) outside contractors, to cater for British Army soldiers each year for the past five years.

Due to the complexities of the contracts system and the way in which overseas provision is made, the department is unfortunately unable to provide the level of detail which has been requested.

(1) While the Army has trained chefs within the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), the number of which has been provided in response to question HL7457, it does not directly employ external cooks.

There are approximately 48 military chefs and 12 x Locally Employed Civilians deployed within the Permanent Joint Operating Bases to provide catering. However, as they are employed within combined messing facilities, we are unable to a provide a specific breakout for the Army element.

(2) The majority of facilities management contracts, which include catering, are Defence level contracts, therefore we are unable to break out specific Army related costs.

22nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to utilise (1) current, and (2) former, Ministry of Defence Service Family Accommodation units to house (a) individuals, and (b) families, fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Under the UK Government's 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme, as of 20 March 2022, over 150,000 expressions of interest have been received from individuals and organisations. The Ministry of Defence is assessing how the Department can contribute to the scheme, noting the unique nature of Service accommodation, which includes potential security implications where accommodation is 'behind the wire'.

22nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence Service Family Accommodation units are currently unoccupied in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.

As at 21 March 2022, the Department has the following number of unoccupied Service Family Accommodation units in the United Kingdom:

England

7,477

Scotland

665

Wales

223

Northern Ireland

427

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.

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.

31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to release the Levelling Up Fund Round 3 allocation ring-fenced for Northern Ireland.

Further announcements will be set out in the usual way.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how much Round 3 Levelling Up funding has been ring-fenced for spending in Northern Ireland; and when, and by whom, the decision was taken to exclude Northern Ireland from the announcement on 20 November regarding the release of Round 3 funding for the rest of the UK.

£30 million has been reserved for Northern Ireland from Levelling Up Fund round 3. The Northern Ireland budget pressure is a critical factor affecting Northern Ireland’s economic prosperity and the lives of citizens. In this context it is right that UK Government should consider its approach to funding available for Northern Ireland in a rounded way. As part of our commitment to levelling up, we want to work with a restored Executive to find the best approach to supporting people in Northern Ireland, taking account of current budget pressures.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they had a policy in place to allow only one bid per local authority area in Northern Ireland to be awarded funding in Levelling Up Fund Round 2; and whether that policy was in place elsewhere in the UK.

Bids were assessed against the criteria set out in the Levelling Up Fund prospectus to deliver a shortlist of the strongest bids. Ministers then followed the published decision-making approach outlined in section 3 and section 5 of the Levelling Up Fund technical note.

As set out in the published technical note, the shortlists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland were separate.

Ministers agreed to prioritise a fair spread of approved projects in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This is explained in the explanatory note published on 19 January 2023.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 2 February (HL4921), why the Levelling Up Fund Round 2 allocated (1) 9.98 per cent of funding to Wales against an entitlement share of 4.70 per cent of UK funds under the Barnett formula, (2) 3.41 per cent to Northern Ireland against an entitlement share of 2.75 per cent, and (3) 8.49 per cent to Scotland against an entitlement share of 8.08 per cent.

I refer the noble Lord to the answer to Question UIN HL4921 on 2 February 2023.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what was the amount allocated per head of population in round two of the Levelling Up Fund to (1) England, (2) Northern Ireland, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales.

Details of the assessment and decision-making process for round 2 of the Levelling Up Fund are available in the published (attached) explanatory note(opens in a new tab). A detailed breakdown of funding requested and awarded in round 2 can be found in the published (attached) geographic and thematic analysis(opens in a new tab). The department does not request nor record the costs incurred by applicants to the Fund. As set out in the (attached) Written Ministerial Statement(opens in a new tab of 19 January, I am pleased to say there will be a third round of the Fund and we will outline more information on this in due course.

Unsuccessful applicants to this second round will be provided written feedback to support future applications into levelling up funds.

The published Levelling Up Fund Round 2 technical note set out the additional considerations that could be taken into account when making funding decisions. This included taking into account other investment in a local area, including investment made from the first round of the Fund to encourage a spread of levelling up funds across places.” The published explanatory note outlines the specifics of how decisions for the Levelling Up Fund Round 2 were made. Applicants to the Fund were informed of the outcome of decisions by letter sent on the 18 January.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will announce the outcome of the Levelling Up Fund Round 2 bidding process.

Levelling Up and driving growth across the UK is a key priority of this Government.

All bids to the second round of the Levelling Up Fund are currently being assessed in line with our published guidance. I expect to announce the outcome of round 2 by the end of the year.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Sep 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government who is responsible for the final decision on successful bids from Northern Ireland to the Levelling Up Fund.

As set out in the published Levelling Up Fund technical note, decisions on the selection of successful bids will be made by UK Government ministers. In round 1, final decisions were confirmed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Levelling Up Secretary and the Transport Secretary.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many written meeting requests relating to his ministerial responsibilities the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland received in 2023; how many were granted; and how many are yet to receive a reply.

All meetings that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland undertakes as part of his ministerial responsibilities can be found in transparency reports. Links for January to March 2023, April to June 2023, and July to September 2023 are available. The transparency report for October to December 2023 is due to be published in due course. The exact number of meeting requests granted and yet to receive a reply are not centrally collated and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The Northern Ireland Office processes all ministerial meeting requests in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
29th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term impact of the redevelopment of Casement Park in preparation for hosting the UEFA Euro 2028 competition on domestic football in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Regional Stadia Programme, including the redevelopment of Casement Park, is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Department for Communities.

Matters such as the assessment of the long-term impacts of the completion of stadiums in Northern Ireland rests with the Department for Communities and the Regional Stadia Development Programme Board. My department has no role in the Regional Stadium Development Board.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
7th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will reimburse the Police Service of Northern Ireland the £6.2 million in additional policing costs incurred as a result of (1) recent visits to Northern Ireland by (a) the President of the United States, and (b) His Majesty King Charles, and (2) the Agreement 25 conference at Queen’s University, Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Office has received correspondence from the Police Service of Northern Ireland seeking assistance with £6.2 million policing costs for the visit by President Biden and for events linked with the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The Northern Ireland Office is currently in discussions with other Government Departments about this matter. A response will be issued to the Police Service of Northern Ireland once discussions have concluded.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
27th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will publish in full the initial revenue raising options he has requested by 30 June 2023 from the permanent secretaries of the devolved Northern Ireland departments.

The Government will treat all advice and information received in a manner consistent with the legal obligations and protections applying to advice given to Ministers. It would be inappropriate to disclose the information, which will be used to support policy development, at this time.

It is the Government’s expectation that a returning Executive will consider the same information and use this to make the necessary decisions to put Northern Ireland’s public finances on a sustainable footing. If this does not happen in a timely manner, it is the Government’s intention then to direct a series of public consultations which will give the public and all interested parties an opportunity to consider the range of options being examined and to feed in their views.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
21st Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Caine in Grand Committee on 26 April (HL Deb col 442GC), what progress has been made towards having the Union flag fly in Erskine House on designated days.

The Northern Ireland Office is not the lead tenant in Erskine House and it is not responsible for decisions around flag flying for the building. Erskine House has several tenants, including UK Government departments, and does not currently have a flagpole installed. Unfortunately, as a tenant, we do not currently have permission to install one.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
3rd May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff.

The Government is acutely aware of the broader pressures facing health services in Northern Ireland and remains committed to supporting the restoration of the Executive in Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

As such, a locally elected, accountable and effective devolved government is, and will remain, the right way to address this issue. The Government stands ready to work with a restored Executive, but we have a responsibility to ensure public services and management of public funds can continue in its absence.

As such, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has introduced the Northern Ireland (Interim Arrangements) Bill to ensure continued clarity on the powers for Northern Ireland Departments to maintain delivery of public services. This will mean that decisions in crucial areas - such as to ensure the maintenance of public services - can continue to be taken in the absence of an Executive.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
27th Apr 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Police Service of Northern Ireland about providing financial support to increase officer numbers.

Policing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland's main budget is allocated by the Department of Justice from the Northern Ireland block grant. It is for the devolved administration to determine the allocation of funding to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from the Block Grant.

The recent Budget that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland set for Northern Ireland, in the absence of a functioning Executive, provides the Northern Ireland Department of Justice with a total allocation of £1.2 billion.


In addition to the block grant, the UK Government provides the Police Service of Northern Ireland with additional security funding to tackle the SEVERE threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism. In the financial year 2022/3, this was £32 million and is confirmed through to 2024/5.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
8th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to regulate the use of electric scooters in Northern Ireland in the absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive.

In the absence of Northern Ireland Executive ministers, the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc.) Act provides Northern Ireland civil servants with the clarity they require to take the limited but necessary decisions to maintain delivery of public services and operate in the public interest. The Act does not however give the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland direction powers on specific policies, other than in relation to pressing public appointments and the requirement to set the regional rate.

The swiftest way for legislation on Northern Ireland affairs such as this is for the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive to be restored. It remains the Government’s priority to work towards the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
8th Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government whether, in the absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive, they plan to legislate to regulate the use of electric scooters in Northern Ireland.

In the absence of Northern Ireland Executive ministers, the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc.) Act provides Northern Ireland civil servants with the clarity they require to take the limited but necessary decisions to maintain delivery of public services and operate in the public interest. The Act does not give the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland direction powers on specific policies, other than in relation to pressing public appointments and the requirement to set the regional rate.

Legislation on Northern Ireland affairs should rightly be considered and passed by a local and accountable Northern Ireland Assembly and it remains the Government’s priority to work towards the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
22nd Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Community Pharmacy NI about funding for pharmacies in Northern Ireland.

This Government has had no discussions with Community Pharmacy NI about funding for pharmacies in Northern Ireland.

The former Minister of State for Northern Ireland met a member of the Community Pharmacy NI board in December 2021 as part of a wider visit to businesses in Northern Ireland.

The Government is acutely aware of the broader pressures facing health and social care services in Northern Ireland. A programme of reform at the devolved level is needed to tackle long-standing and systemic problems. Consecutive Executive Ministers have failed adequately to address this issue.

In the absence of an Executive, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has introduced a Bill that clarifies the powers for Northern Ireland Departments to maintain delivery of public services. These powers are, however, limited. The Secretary of State has also set a Budget for this financial year. This Budget for Health provides £7.28bn in funding which is an increase of £228m above 2021/22 spending which included significant COVID-19 funding, or £786m if we compare to last year’s funding excluding the one-off COVID-19 funding. This will protect spending to address the critical health pressures in Northern Ireland.

The Government’s immediate priority remains facilitating the restoration of a fully functioning Executive that can progress long-term solutions to transform healthcare in Northern Ireland. That is the best way to progress the necessary long-term solutions to healthcare.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
3rd Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of holding new Assembly elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The maximum amount that can be recovered by the Chief Electoral Officer in relation to the costs of an Assembly election is currently £4.4m and this is set out in The Northern Ireland Assembly Elections (Charges Order) 2022. This does not include the costs of candidates' free election mailings which is difficult to estimate as it depends on the number of candidates and the take up of mailings by candidates.

The Government plans to uprate the existing charges order and bring a new one into force in advance of the next Assembly election.

The Chief Constable of the Police Service for NI (PSNI) has said that he estimates the cost for a future Assembly election for the PSNI to be in the region of £670,000.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
1st Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of ministers in the Northern Ireland Office in the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive.

The UK Government has no plans to increase the number of ministers in the Northern Ireland Office in the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
13th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister will participate in direct talks with the local political parties in Northern Ireland before 28 October.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has met and continues to meet all the Parties in the Executive. This will continue in advance of 28 October.

The Secretary of State has made clear that there is no reason not to have a fully functioning Executive. The Government continues to urge the parties to form an Executive before the deadline of 28 October when the Secretary of State will fall under a duty to call a fresh election.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
12th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had since September with trade unions representing teachers in Northern Ireland in the absence of a functioning Northern Ireland Executive.

The Northern Ireland Office has not met any trade unions representing teachers. Education policy is devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive. While there is not an Executive in place at present, the Northern Ireland Education Minister remains in post and as such has responsibility for engaging with trade unions.

We continue to engage with local parties and urge them to reform an Executive to tackle the issues affecting Northern Ireland, including education.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 25th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement in 2023.

Preparations are underway to mark this historic milestone appropriately and give it the recognition it deserves. Further details will be announced in due course.

This Government remains totally committed to the 1998 Agreement which has underpinned so much of the progress that we have seen in Northern Ireland for almost a quarter of a century.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has travelled to Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months; and how many of these visits included an overnight stay.

Between February 2021 and February 2022, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland made the following visits to Northern Ireland:

February 2021: 3 trips

March 2021: 5 trips

April 2021: 5 trips

May 2021: 4 trips

June 2021: 4 trips

July 2021: 2 trips

August 2021: 1 trip

September 2021: 2 trips

October 2021: 2 trips

November 2021: 2 trips

December 2021: 2 trips

January 2022: 4 trips

February 2022: 2 trips

These include 22 overnight trips.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
21st Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for ministers to meet (1) the Northern Ireland Football League, and (2) the Irish Football Association, to discuss the funding of sub-regional stadia.

The sub-regional stadia programme is a devolved matter for which the Executive is responsible. I understand the Northern Ireland Communities Minister recently met local representatives to discuss the funding of the programme.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
10th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to introduce a commissioner to "enhance and develop the language, arts and literature associated with the Ulster Scots/Ulster British tradition" in Northern Ireland, as set out in the New Decade, New Approach agreement, published on 9 January 2020.

The Government remains committed to the introduction of legislation for the package of identity and language measures as set out in New Decade, New Approach. The legislation will faithfully deliver what was contained in that document.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
26th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they held in relation to amending the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill to allow an MP to (1) seek a dual mandate as an MLA, and (2) hold both mandates for the duration of the current Parliament; which political parties participated in these discussions; what agreement was reached; and (a) when, and (b) by whom, the decision was taken not to move any relevant Government amendments at Report stage in the House of Lords on 19 January.

The subject of dual mandates was debated extensively in the House of Lords during Committee Stage of the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill, following the tabling of an amendment by Lord Alderdice, which was supported by a number of noble Lords. At the conclusion of the debate, I undertook to consider the matter further with a view to returning to it at Report Stage. Following this, I carried out broad engagement in parliament, and spoke to representatives from a number of political parties setting out the Government's proposed approach.

After the Government tabled the amendment, however, the majority of Northern Ireland parties made clear that they did not wish to see any change to the current arrangements. As a result of this widespread opposition, the Prime Minister announced to the House of Commons on 19 January the Government’s decision not to move its amendment.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)