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Lord Rooker

Labour - Life peer

2 APPG memberships (as of 22 Jul 2022)
Food and Health, Gasworks Redevelopment
5 Former APPG memberships
Charity Retail, Corruption, Folic Acid Fortification, Poverty, War Heritage
Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee
13th Jun 2019 - 21st Jan 2020
EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 2nd Jul 2019
Select Committee on Charities
25th May 2016 - 26th Mar 2017
Draft Deregulation Bill (Joint Committee)
17th Jul 2013 - 11th Dec 2013
Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee)
6th Jul 2011 - 26th Mar 2012
Barnett Formula Committee
10th Dec 2008 - 12th Nov 2009
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)
2nd Jul 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
1st Jun 2005 - 5th Oct 2008
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food)
9th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
9th May 2005 - 27th Jun 2007
Procedure and Privileges Committee
15th Jun 2005 - 8th Nov 2006
Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Regeneration and Regional Development)
13th Jun 2003 - 10th May 2005
Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing & Planning)
29th May 2002 - 13th Jun 2003
Minister (Home Office) (Asylum & Immigration)
11th Jun 2001 - 28th May 2002
Minister of State (Department of Social Security)
29th Jul 1999 - 7th Jun 2001
Minister of State (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)
6th May 1997 - 29th Jul 1999
Public Accounts Committee
13th Jan 1989 - 22nd Jan 1991


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 6th September 2022
15:00
Economic Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: UK labour supply
6 Sep 2022, 3 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Mike Keoghan - Deputy National Statistician for Economic, Social and Environmental Statistics at Office for National Statistics
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 7th September 2022
Oral questions - Main Chamber
Re-opening UK gas storage capacity in the North Sea
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 7th September 2022
10:30
Division Votes
None available
Speeches
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Water Companies: Environmental Pollution
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the penalties for environmental pollution by water companies.
Written Answers
Wednesday 20th July 2022
Bread and Flour: Folic Acid
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb cols 1001–2) regarding …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 30th June 2015
Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [HL] 2015-16
A bill to amend the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to require flour to be fortified with folic acid.
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Rooker has voted in 239 divisions, and 11 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 18 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 143 Noes - 311
9 Feb 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 15 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 127 Noes - 296
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 140 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 284
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 133 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 259 Noes - 283
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 137 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 339 Noes - 235
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 15 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 153 Noes - 309
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 138 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 278 Noes - 283
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 11 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 119 Noes - 263
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 12 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 255
9 Feb 2022 - Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour Aye votes vs 67 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 120 Noes - 230
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 51 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 145 Noes - 179
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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)
(53 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(17 debate interactions)
Lord Kamall (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(61 debate contributions)
Home Office
(28 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(26 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Lord Rooker has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Rooker has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lord Rooker


A bill to amend the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to require flour to be fortified with folic acid.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Tuesday 30th June 2015

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


25 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
30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Dear Lord Rooker,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010 (HL6324).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the ‘National life tables; England’ dataset[1] on 25 September 2019. The latest available figures show that period life expectancy at birth for the years 2016 to 2018 was 83.18 years for females and 79.56 years for males. The corresponding figures for the years 2008 to 2010 are 82.33 for females and 78.31 for males.

Period life expectancy assumes mortality rates remain constant into the future. For further information, please see ‘Period and Cohort Life Expectancy Explained’[2].

The bulletin published with the national life tables contains further information about these tables[3].

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/datasets/nationallifetablesenglandreferencetables

[2]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/methodologies/periodandcohortlifeexpectancyexplained

[3]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/bulletins/nationallifetablesunitedkingdom/2016to2018

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the estimated energy savings that could be made by moving the UK to the GMT+2 hour time zone during the summer months, and to GMT+1 hour time zone for the rest of the year.

The Government has no plans to change the daylight-saving arrangements.

The Government believes that the current daylight-saving arrangements represent the optimal use of the available daylight across the UK.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 21 October (HL Deb, col 252), what steps have they taken to (1) detect, or (2) require others to detect, the prevalence of Xinjiang Cotton in garments (a) manufactured in, or (b) imported into, the UK.

HM Government have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We advise all businesses with Xinjiang supply chain links to conduct appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that their activities do not support any violations or abuses.

We have committed to introduce financial penalties for non-compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, which asks large businesses to report on how they are tackling forced labour in their operations and supply chains. More widely we are committed to ongoing discussions on cotton and trade related matters at the WTO and continue to update Overseas Business Risk guidance.

20th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which debt collecting agencies the Department for Work and Pensions has ceased to use within the last five years; and what were the reasons in each case.

The DWP has a Debt Market Integrator (DMI) Contract running from 01/04/15 and runs until 20/09/22. Under this contract, Indesser manages several agreements for the provision of debt collection, analytics and litigation services.

The contract was placed in 2015, which is a joint venture between HMT and TDX Group, an Equifax company.

The Framework was formed to provide a single point of access to a wide range of debt management and collection services for government departments and the wider public sector.

DMI presents opportunities to leverage economies of scale across Government giving high power to Government Purchasers. Currently Indesser works with nine government departments: HMRC, DWP, Home Office, DVLA, Student Loans Company, MOJ, Legal Aid Agency, Local Authorities.

Indesser hold direct contracts with debt collection agencies (DCA). Each are subject to the Framework standards. They are managed and monitored for performance by Indesser. Current and Historical DCA information and further details of DWP influence on selection/removal of DCAs are outlined below.

List of current DMI DCAs that provide services to DWP

  • Advantis Credit Limited
  • BPO Collections Limited
  • CCS Collect – (full name Commercial Collection Services Limited)
  • Moorcroft Debt Recovery Limited
  • Resolvecall Limited

Any previous DCA providers over the last 5 years

  • Drydens Limited – DCA chose to exit the framework
  • Akinika Limited – DCA chose to exit the consumer debt collection market
  • Fredrickson International Limited – DCA chose to exit the consumer debt collection market

DWP influence on the selection of DCA providers

DWP does not directly influence the selection of DCA providers that provide services to them. The DWP panel was selected by TDX Group and Indesser based on the characteristics of the DWP debt and their suitability to collect the debt and the value for money offered by the DCA.

Whilst DWP do not directly influence the selection of the panel, any changes to the DCA panel will be managed through the Contract change control process therefore DWP would need to approve any changes.

DWP influence on the removal of any DCA providers

DWP do not influence the removal of DCA providers. The panel is closely monitored on a series of performance metrics and where a DCA fails to meet the framework standards they could be removed from a particular client’s panel.

Whilst DWP do not directly influence the removal of a DCA from their panel, the change would be managed through the Contract change control process therefore DWP would be required to approve the change.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb cols 1001–2) regarding the scientific evidence available regarding folic fortification, whether they will publish the science brief referred to by Lord Kamall referencing heliocentrism versus geocentrism.

The scientific contestation referred to is summarised in the paper Folic acid and neural tube defects: Discovery, debate and the need for policy change by Professor Nicholas Wald. Professor Wald asserts that the United Kingdom should pursue a higher level of fortification than would be permitted by the UK’s Tolerable Upper Level (TUL). A copy of the paper is attached.

The Government and its independent scientific advisory bodies have agreed that fortification of non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid, at a level informed by the guidance for supplemental intake of folic acid intake advised by the UK Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals, is a safe and effective measure to reduce the number of neural tube defects (NTDs).

This view is supported by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) and by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). In 2018 COT published Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment: COT position paper on the current upper level for folic acid intake in response to a previous paper by Professor Wald, addressing the technical points raised in objection to the TUL and continuing to recommend its use. A copy of this paper is attached.

Deaths associated with high levels of folic acid refers to potential unintended harms which may arise following the fortification of flour with folic acid, such as an increase in the potential masking of vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anaemia where the deficiency can cause permanent neurological damage which can lead to death if untreated.

No recent discussions have taken place with countries which have implemented folic acid fortification on unintended consequences of the policy. However, evidence from a number of countries, including those which have implemented folic acid fortification policies, was considered by the SACN and COT to establish the safety and efficacy of fortifying food with folic acid. Analysis by COT and the SACN found that there was insufficient evidence to discount a number of potential risks at very levels of fortification.

While there is no specific scientific briefing relating to the debate between heliocentrism versus geocentrism, as I stated in the debate, we will routinely review the policy post-implementation to ensure it meets the objective of reducing NTDs while avoiding any unintended consequences. The forthcoming consultation will outline the proposed fortification levels with the supporting scientific rationale.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with governments of other nations which operate a policy of mandatory fortification with folic acid regarding any unintended consequences which have arisen.

The scientific contestation referred to is summarised in the paper Folic acid and neural tube defects: Discovery, debate and the need for policy change by Professor Nicholas Wald. Professor Wald asserts that the United Kingdom should pursue a higher level of fortification than would be permitted by the UK’s Tolerable Upper Level (TUL). A copy of the paper is attached.

The Government and its independent scientific advisory bodies have agreed that fortification of non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid, at a level informed by the guidance for supplemental intake of folic acid intake advised by the UK Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals, is a safe and effective measure to reduce the number of neural tube defects (NTDs).

This view is supported by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) and by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). In 2018 COT published Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment: COT position paper on the current upper level for folic acid intake in response to a previous paper by Professor Wald, addressing the technical points raised in objection to the TUL and continuing to recommend its use. A copy of this paper is attached.

Deaths associated with high levels of folic acid refers to potential unintended harms which may arise following the fortification of flour with folic acid, such as an increase in the potential masking of vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anaemia where the deficiency can cause permanent neurological damage which can lead to death if untreated.

No recent discussions have taken place with countries which have implemented folic acid fortification on unintended consequences of the policy. However, evidence from a number of countries, including those which have implemented folic acid fortification policies, was considered by the SACN and COT to establish the safety and efficacy of fortifying food with folic acid. Analysis by COT and the SACN found that there was insufficient evidence to discount a number of potential risks at very levels of fortification.

While there is no specific scientific briefing relating to the debate between heliocentrism versus geocentrism, as I stated in the debate, we will routinely review the policy post-implementation to ensure it meets the objective of reducing NTDs while avoiding any unintended consequences. The forthcoming consultation will outline the proposed fortification levels with the supporting scientific rationale.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb col 1000), whether they will give details of the cases where people “have died because of high levels of folic acid”.

The scientific contestation referred to is summarised in the paper Folic acid and neural tube defects: Discovery, debate and the need for policy change by Professor Nicholas Wald. Professor Wald asserts that the United Kingdom should pursue a higher level of fortification than would be permitted by the UK’s Tolerable Upper Level (TUL). A copy of the paper is attached.

The Government and its independent scientific advisory bodies have agreed that fortification of non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid, at a level informed by the guidance for supplemental intake of folic acid intake advised by the UK Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals, is a safe and effective measure to reduce the number of neural tube defects (NTDs).

This view is supported by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) and by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). In 2018 COT published Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment: COT position paper on the current upper level for folic acid intake in response to a previous paper by Professor Wald, addressing the technical points raised in objection to the TUL and continuing to recommend its use. A copy of this paper is attached.

Deaths associated with high levels of folic acid refers to potential unintended harms which may arise following the fortification of flour with folic acid, such as an increase in the potential masking of vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anaemia where the deficiency can cause permanent neurological damage which can lead to death if untreated.

No recent discussions have taken place with countries which have implemented folic acid fortification on unintended consequences of the policy. However, evidence from a number of countries, including those which have implemented folic acid fortification policies, was considered by the SACN and COT to establish the safety and efficacy of fortifying food with folic acid. Analysis by COT and the SACN found that there was insufficient evidence to discount a number of potential risks at very levels of fortification.

While there is no specific scientific briefing relating to the debate between heliocentrism versus geocentrism, as I stated in the debate, we will routinely review the policy post-implementation to ensure it meets the objective of reducing NTDs while avoiding any unintended consequences. The forthcoming consultation will outline the proposed fortification levels with the supporting scientific rationale.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb col 999), whether they will cite the “scientific contestation” referred to concerning folic acid fortification as part of the Bread and Flour Regulations review.

The scientific contestation referred to is summarised in the paper Folic acid and neural tube defects: Discovery, debate and the need for policy change by Professor Nicholas Wald. Professor Wald asserts that the United Kingdom should pursue a higher level of fortification than would be permitted by the UK’s Tolerable Upper Level (TUL). A copy of the paper is attached.

The Government and its independent scientific advisory bodies have agreed that fortification of non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid, at a level informed by the guidance for supplemental intake of folic acid intake advised by the UK Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals, is a safe and effective measure to reduce the number of neural tube defects (NTDs).

This view is supported by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) and by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). In 2018 COT published Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment: COT position paper on the current upper level for folic acid intake in response to a previous paper by Professor Wald, addressing the technical points raised in objection to the TUL and continuing to recommend its use. A copy of this paper is attached.

Deaths associated with high levels of folic acid refers to potential unintended harms which may arise following the fortification of flour with folic acid, such as an increase in the potential masking of vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anaemia where the deficiency can cause permanent neurological damage which can lead to death if untreated.

No recent discussions have taken place with countries which have implemented folic acid fortification on unintended consequences of the policy. However, evidence from a number of countries, including those which have implemented folic acid fortification policies, was considered by the SACN and COT to establish the safety and efficacy of fortifying food with folic acid. Analysis by COT and the SACN found that there was insufficient evidence to discount a number of potential risks at very levels of fortification.

While there is no specific scientific briefing relating to the debate between heliocentrism versus geocentrism, as I stated in the debate, we will routinely review the policy post-implementation to ensure it meets the objective of reducing NTDs while avoiding any unintended consequences. The forthcoming consultation will outline the proposed fortification levels with the supporting scientific rationale.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Written Statement by Lord Kamall on 11 October (HLWS298), what progress is being made in introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

Officials from the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are working to implement folic acid fortification, as part of the review on the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 and the Bread and Flour (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1998.

The UK Government and the devolved administrations have engaged industry on the decision to fortify non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid and are now developing draft legislation and an impact assessment for future consultation.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to purchase UK-made biodegradable PPE products as opposed to single use plastic products.

The Department has investigated biodegradable personal protective equipment (PPE) from United Kingdom and overseas suppliers. However, waste stream channels from health and social care settings do not facilitate the separation of these products, unless they have been used for non-healthcare functions, such as catering. Most biodegradable products are single use and contribute to the environmental impacts from excessive manufacture, transportation and storage. Therefore, biodegradable products are not the most effective solution for single use health care infected PPE. The Department is exploring reusable products for Type IIR masks, eye protection and transparent masks.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their response to the Forty-Second report of the Public Accounts Committee 2019–21 on 28 April, what steps they will take to incentivise the NHS Supply Chain to buy PPE which is made in the UK.

NHS Supply Chain is working with 30 United Kingdom manufacturers to build resilience within the manufacture of personal protective equipment. This also includes addressing innovation, sustainability and fit testing of masks for the National Health Service and social care.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1701), what plans they have to consult scientists on folic fortification, following their consultations with the devolved administrations.

There are no current plans to further consult scientists on flour fortification. We are finalising agreement of a four-nation response to the United Kingdom-wide consultation on the proposed mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid which ran from 13 June to 9 September 2019. The next steps will be laid out in the Government’s response.

14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1702), what are the stated "implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol" in respect of folic fortification, given that nutrition is a matter for EU member states.

Under the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, European Union legislation will apply in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland. Regulation 1925/2006 on the Addition of Vitamins and Minerals to Foods is included the Northern Ireland Protocol. Consideration is therefore necessary in discussion with the devolved administrations to ensure the consultation response and any proposed fortification policy takes into account the Northern Ireland Protocol.

30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research conducted by the University of Southampton into foodborne pathogens and the effect of chlorine washing of salad products and meat, in particular the study Viable but nonculturable Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica Thompson induced by chlorine stress remain infectious, published on 18 April 2018.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that it is aware of this research. The FSA’s view is that whilst it is plausible that viable but nonculturable cells could potentially cause foodborne disease, to date there is no documented evidence that demonstrates this occurs in the food chain. There remains a high level of uncertainty over the likelihood of occurrence and conditions that would be needed for this to happen but the FSA will continue to review the literature and monitor the latest developments on the topic.

30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of local authority food hygiene inspections that have been carried out over the last (1) 12 months, (2) five years, and (3) 10 years.

Data for 2019/20, the most recent reporting period, is not yet available. Data for 2010/11 to 2018/19 in provided in the following table. Interventions include hygiene inspections and audits, verification and surveillance, sampling visits, advice and education and intelligence gathering.

The total number of interventions for the period 2015/16 to 2018/19 and for the period 2010/11 to 2018/19 are also shown.

Local authority food hygiene and other interventions - 2010/11 to 2018/19

Year

England

Northern Ireland

Wales

Scotland

United Kingdom total

2018/19

305,483

14,076

25,182

38,753

383,494

2017/18

306,419

16,037

27,892

41,715

392,063

2016/17

306,646

19,425

24,627

43,494

394,192

2015/16

318,461

16,325

25,203

44,562

404,551

2014/15

314,292

13,354*

28,802

46,027

402,475

2013/14

319,072

19,681

30,689

41,635

411,077

2012/13

324,394

18,204

28,822

43,879

415,299

2011/12

327,677

19,989

30,139

45,001

422,806

2010/11

331,915

21,150

31,187

47,600

431,852

2015/16 to 2018/19

1,237,009

65,863

102,904

168,524

1,574,300

2010/11 to 2018/19

2,854,359

144,887

252,543

392,666

3,657,809

Note:

* Based on 9 months data for Northern Ireland.

24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people claiming contributory benefits as a result of the change to National Insurance contributions.

At Spring Statement 2022, the Government announced increases to the earnings thresholds from which Class 1 and Class 4 National Insurance is paid.

This change does not affect eligibility for contributory benefits entitlement as the Lower Earnings Limits and Small Profits Thresholds are unchanged.

Therefore, no change in the number of people claiming contributory benefits is expected.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
20th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which debt collecting agencies Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has ceased to use within the last five years; and what were the reasons in each case.

HMRC does not have a direct relationship with debt collection agencies. It draws their services from a panel provided by a joint venture private and public sector framework contract, which is managed by the Cabinet Office.

In the last five years, seven debt collection agencies have ceased to provide a service to HMRC via the joint venture. They either withdrew voluntarily or they ceased providing services due to commercial reasons.

HMRC cannot provide more details, including the names of the agencies or specific reasons they ceased providing services, due to commercial interests.

Debt Collection agencies form an integral part of HMRC’s debt collection strategy.

3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current UK financial contribution to INTERPOL, in relation to (1) membership subscriptions, and (2) other gifts, grants and subsidies.

The Home Office does not hold information on the number UK citizens permanently employed by INTERPOL. Currently seven UK officials are seconded to INTERPOL, four of which are law enforcement officers.

In the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) acts as the National Central Bureau for INTERPOL.

INTERPOL receives statutory contributions from member countries. In 2021, the UK’s financial contribution to INTERPOL was € 2,875,173 Euros

(approximately £2,461,205.59 GBP). Additional contributions to specific projects are agreed between UK Government Departments and INTERPOL on an ad hoc basis. Information on INTERPOL’s funding is published by the INTERPOL General Secretariat (IPSG) and can be accessed on the Interpol.int website.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which body they have appointed to be the National Central Bureau of the UK, as required by Article 32 of the INTERPOL constitution.

The Home Office does not hold information on the number UK citizens permanently employed by INTERPOL. Currently seven UK officials are seconded to INTERPOL, four of which are law enforcement officers.

In the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) acts as the National Central Bureau for INTERPOL.

INTERPOL receives statutory contributions from member countries. In 2021, the UK’s financial contribution to INTERPOL was € 2,875,173 Euros

(approximately £2,461,205.59 GBP). Additional contributions to specific projects are agreed between UK Government Departments and INTERPOL on an ad hoc basis. Information on INTERPOL’s funding is published by the INTERPOL General Secretariat (IPSG) and can be accessed on the Interpol.int website.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens are employed by the General Secretariat of INTERPOL; and how many of these are serving police officers.

The Home Office does not hold information on the number UK citizens permanently employed by INTERPOL. Currently seven UK officials are seconded to INTERPOL, four of which are law enforcement officers.

In the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) acts as the National Central Bureau for INTERPOL.

INTERPOL receives statutory contributions from member countries. In 2021, the UK’s financial contribution to INTERPOL was € 2,875,173 Euros

(approximately £2,461,205.59 GBP). Additional contributions to specific projects are agreed between UK Government Departments and INTERPOL on an ad hoc basis. Information on INTERPOL’s funding is published by the INTERPOL General Secretariat (IPSG) and can be accessed on the Interpol.int website.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they make, if any, of a nation’s adherence to the rule of law in determining who to support in elections held by INTERPOL.

The UK delegation to the General Assembly of INTERPOL, which will be held in Turkey from 23-25 November, will be led by Stephen Rodhouse, Director General of Operations in the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Proportionate due diligence is undertaken into individuals seeking election to the role of INTERPOL President. The decision on who to support will be based on a thorough assessment of the merits of each candidate.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which candidate, if any, they intend to support at the election for the new President of the General Assembly of INTERPOL on 21 November.

The UK delegation to the General Assembly of INTERPOL, which will be held in Turkey from 23-25 November, will be led by Stephen Rodhouse, Director General of Operations in the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Proportionate due diligence is undertaken into individuals seeking election to the role of INTERPOL President. The decision on who to support will be based on a thorough assessment of the merits of each candidate.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who (1) pay a bribe, or (2) use a personal connection, in order to access public services in the UK; and what assessment they have made of comparative numbers in the UK’s main trading partner countries.

The UK regularly assesses the threat from bribery and corruption, including through intelligence assessments and research.

The most recent published update on implementation of the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy includes comparative global indicators of national data on bribery and corruption threats. The UK also actively participates in reviews of its adherence to international standards, including: the UN Convention against Corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions; the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption.These processes allow the UK to compare its performance and systems with that of other countries.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)