Lord Wigley

Plaid Cymru - Life peer

EU Goods Sub-Committee
23rd Apr 2020 - 7th May 2020
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee
17th Oct 2017 - 23rd Apr 2020
Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee
16th May 2013 - 6th Nov 2013
Leader and Party President, Plaid Cymru
1st Jan 1991 - 1st Jan 2000
Public Accounts Committee
25th Jul 1997 - 16th Dec 1997
Welsh Affairs Committee
9th Jun 1983 - 15th May 1987
Leader and Party President, Plaid Cymru
1st Jan 1981 - 1st Jan 1984


Scheduled Event
Friday 9th September 2022
10:00
Legislation - Main Chamber
9 Sep 2022, 10 a.m.
Government of Wales (Devolved Powers) Bill [HL] – Second Reading
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Wednesday 13th July 2022
Procurement Bill [HL]
My Lords, I have waited until the latter stages of this debate before intervening, for the simple reason that my …
Written Answers
Tuesday 24th May 2022
Tanzania: Ethnic Groups
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Tanzania concerning the forced eviction of …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
Monday 6th June 2022
Government of Wales (Devolved Powers) Bill [HL] 2022-23
A Bill to provide that powers devolved to Senedd Cymru must not be amended or withdrawn without a super-majority vote …
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Wigley has voted in 237 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord True (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
(25 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(21 debate interactions)
Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (Conservative)
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(20 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Procurement Bill [HL] 2022-23
(5,719 words contributed)
Subsidy Control Act 2022
(4,825 words contributed)
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Act 2022
(3,686 words contributed)
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Commons initiatives

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5 Bills introduced by Lord Wigley


A Bill to provide that powers devolved to Senedd Cymru must not be amended or withdrawn without a super-majority vote of its elected members; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 6th June 2022
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Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 9th September 2022

A Bill to make provision for a review of access for people with learning disabilities to healthcare and other services; to make provision for a review of the provision of learning disability services across government; to make associated provision for the reform of such services; to provide a statutory code of practice on the public sector equality duty for public bodies for matters relating to learning disabilities; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading
Thursday 10th February 2022
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A bill to make provision to ensure that the police forces in England and Wales have sufficient resources to deliver police services; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 5th February 2020
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A Bill to require the Secretary of State to introduce proposals to halve the disability employment gap; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - None

A Bill to Make provision to ensure that the terms and conditions of employment offered by employers do not put workers who are permanently domiciled in the United Kingdom at a disadvantage through offering any bonus or payment in kind; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Tuesday 10th June 2014

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


79 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
13th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for answering written correspondence from the general public; and what percentage of answers met that target in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021.

The Government places great importance on the effective and timely handling of correspondence, including from members of the public. The Cabinet Office currently aims to respond to correspondence from members of the public in 20 working days, in line with the guidance on handling correspondence.

The Cabinet Office has responded to: 48% of public correspondence received in 2019 within 20 working days, 82% of public correspondence received in 2020 within 20 working days, and 88% of public correspondence received between 1 January and 31 October 2021 within 20 working days.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that any decision to place a contract to procure (1) services, and (2) equipment, during the COVID-19 pandemic is not influenced by any individual involved in the procurement process having a personal connection to the company providing such services or equipment.

As we tackle this Covid-19 outbreak, Government contracts must be awarded efficiently and responsibly. Regulation 24 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 requires contracting authorities to take appropriate measures to prevent, identify and remedy conflicts of interest arising in the conduct of procurement procedures.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister met with the First Minister of Wales, either physically and virtually, between 1 June and 1 October.

There has been extensive engagement between the UK Government and Welsh Government at all levels across many key policy areas. The Prime Minister and First Minister of Wales have had regular recent discussions, focused on the joint Covid-19 response. This includes a bilateral meeting on 21 September in addition to Ministerial COBR meetings.

Frequent engagement with the devolved administrations is led by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster through calls with the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, and the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, alongside the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to the First Ministers of (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland, in relation to actions being taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been regular discussions between the UK government and Devolved Administrations throughout the crisis, including through the COBR committee and Ministerial Implementation Groups. This is in addition to regular official and ministerial engagement, including weekly calls led by the Secretary of State for Health.

As was the case under the previous administration, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster continues to lead engagement with the Devolved Administrations through regular calls with the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, and the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland. The most recent call took place on 24 July.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the registered number of deaths of all causes between 1 March and the most recent available date; and what is the figure for deaths per 100,000 population this number represents for (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) Wales.

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

Dear Lord Wigley,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what was the registered number of deaths of all causes between 1 March and the most recent available date; and what is the figure for deaths per 100,000 population this number represents for (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) Wales (HL6919).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for publishing numbers of deaths registered in England and Wales. The most recent annual figures published are for deaths registered in 20191. However, we do publish provisional weekly deaths registrations, which are currently published for deaths registered up to 3 July 20202. National Records Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for publishing the number of deaths registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

Table 1 provides the registered number of deaths from all causes between 1 March 2020 and the most recent available weekly deaths data in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Table 2 provides the number of deaths registered and age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 persons using the most consistent date range possible. Table 2 covers deaths registered between 1 March 2020 and 3 July for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, but between 1 March and 5 July for Scotland.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Table 1: Number of deaths registered between 1 March and most recent weekly deaths date, by country of usual residence, United Kingdom[1][2][3][4]

Number of deaths

England

Wales

Northern Ireland

Scotland

224,398

13,601

6,227

29,728


Source: ONS

Table 2: Number of deaths registered and age-standardised mortality rates, between 1 March 2020 and 3 July 2020 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and between 1 March 2020 and 5 July 2020 for Scotland[5][6]

Country

Deaths

Rates

England

224,398

415.2

Wales

13,601

409.5

Northern Ireland

6,227

385.1

Scotland

28,302

541.5


Source: ONS

[1]Figures are based on deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring in the specified year.

[2]Geographic boundaries correct as of May 2020

[3]Deaths of non-residents of each country are excluded

[4]Deaths have been provided for the most up-to-date weekly data available. Deaths for residents of England and Wales are included up to week 27 (week ending 3 July 2020), for Northern Ireland up to week 26 (week ending 3 July 2020), and for Scotland up to week 28 (week ending 12 July 2020). Note: week numbers differ across the countries so dates have been provided for clarity.

[5] Deaths have been included for weeks that are most consistent across the 4 countries, to aid fair comparison. Deaths for residents of England and Wales are included up to week 27 (week ending 3 July 2020), for Northern Ireland up to week 26 (week ending 3 July 2020), and for Scotland up to week 27 (week ending 5 July 2020). Note: week numbers differ across the countries so dates have been provided for clarity

[6]Rates are age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) per 100,000 population, standardised to the 2013 European Standard Population. ASMRs are a better measure of mortality than the number of deaths, as they account for the population size and age structure. They are also better for comparing between areas and over time.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the steel used in the UK manufacturing industry was produced (1) in the UK, (2) in the EU, and (3) in the rest of the world, in the last year for which figures are available.

We are unable to identify the country of origin for steel used in the UK manufacturing industry specifically.

In 2020, the UK consumed 9.0mt of finished steel (World Steel Association report, copy attached). According to the International Steel Statistics Bureau, 50% was sourced from UK producers. The remaining 50% was imported from foreign producers. Based on import data, we estimate the following proportions for the regions below:

  1. The EU: 35%
  2. The Rest of the World: 15%

According to the Future Capacities and Capabilities of the UK Steel Industry (attached), c.20% of the demand for finished steel products in 2015 was for manufacturing (defined as automotive, machinery & engineering, and packaging).

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards the construction of small modular reactors at the nuclear sites at (1) Trawsfynydd, and (2) Wylfa.

The Government notes growing local and regional interest in a number of sites for further nuclear development, including at Trawsfynydd and Wylfa. A new National Policy Statement for nuclear electricity generation infrastructure deployable after 2025 will be developed to reflect the changing policy and technology landscape for nuclear and support the transition to net zero. This will be consulted on in the usual manner, in due course.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider the proposal for building a Severn Barrage to generate electricity from a renewable source; and what plans they have to discuss this with the Welsh Government.

The Government remains open to considering well-developed proposals for tidal range projects in British bays and estuaries, provided that such proposals can demonstrate energy system benefits, plausible environmental impact mitigation strategies, and value for money in the context of other forms of low carbon generation. The Government engages regularly with the Welsh Government on matters of common interest.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the UK's energy needs are currently being met from the UK's own resources; and what proportion of this is dependent on the importing of (1) oil, and (2) gas, from overseas suppliers.

The most recent data (Energy Trends, December 2021) for the 9 months to September 2021 shows 60.4 per cent of our energy needs was met from indigenous production. Of the remaining 37.4 per cent (with stock changes accounting for the residual difference), 20 per cent of our net imports was for primary oil and oil products and 64 per cent for gas. The vast majority of our gas imports came from reliable suppliers such as Norway.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with those in charge of laboratories in Oxford who are working on the generation of electricity from nuclear fusion; and what resources they are making available to accelerate this research and its practical application.

The Government works closely with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the UK’s fusion research organisation based in Oxfordshire. UKAEA is widely recognised as a global leader in fusion R&D and is critical to the delivery of the UK’s Fusion Strategy, which was published last year. Since 2017 the Government has committed around £500m towards new UKAEA research programmes and facilities and will continue to support fusion research over the new Spending Review period with £708m allocated to UKAEA within the Government’s £39.8bn R&D budget for 2022-2025. This will help to keep the UK in pole position to commercialise fusion energy, which would be low-carbon, sustainable and secure.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of coal tips in England that (1) pose, and (2) potentially pose, a danger to nearby communities; and what is the estimated cost of addressing any such dangers.

The vast majority of disused tips in England are now in either local authority or private ownership along with the legal responsibility for preventing any danger to the public. The majority of spoil tips were transferred to the current owners following the closure of the coal industry and break up of British Coal (formerly National Coal Board) and disposal of its land. The Coal Authority own eight tips in England, and these are kept under regular inspection with an annual budget allocated to undertake any necessary maintenance and safety works.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restart generating nuclear power at the former sites at (1) Trawsfynydd, and (2) Wylfa.

The Magnox reactors at these sites are being decommissioned by Magnox Ltd, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The UK civil nuclear sector is developer led, therefore it’s for potential developers to bring credible proposals to Government. Government remains open to new nuclear projects with any viable companies and investors wishing to develop sites in the UK including Wylfa Newydd and Trawsfynydd.

The Government is clear in its recently published Net Zero Strategy that nuclear is an important part of our plans to achieve net zero. The Government has set out a new £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund towards the development of nuclear projects. More details of the Fund and how it will operate will be released in due course.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the advice given by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies is shared, on a routine basis, with the devolved administrations.

The Devolved Administrations are core participants of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). They therefore routinely receive all evidence papers and advice that SAGE provides.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the additional finance recently announced for the arts and culture sector in England will be (1) by way of grant, and (2) by way of loans.

On 5 July, the government announced a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. This funding will provide targeted support to organisations across a range of sectors, including performing arts and theatres, museums and galleries, heritage sites, live music venues and independent cinemas.

The package will include a £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England, delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent advice on playing the game of rugby (1) in schools, and (2) between clubs, in England.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active. The Government has made it clear that it will adopt a phased approach based on scientific and medical advice, and that the primary goal is to protect public health.

The government has released new guidance to enable competitive grassroots team sports to be played – starting with cricket from 11 July. The government has asked individual sports including rugby union and rugby league to consider the steps that would need to be taken, and the conditions that would need to be met, for their activity to resume. Once those plans have been cleared by the government, the sport will be able to return.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set up a review of the terms of reference of the Gambling Commission and the extent to which that Commission is working to meet those terms.

The government is committed to reducing gambling-related harm and works closely with the Gambling Commission. We have committed to review the Gambling Act 2005, which is the basis for the regulation of gambling in Great Britain, including the powers and duties of the Commission. We will announce further details in due course. We welcome the National Audit Office’s report on Gambling Regulation: Problem Gambling and Protecting Vulnerable People and are considering its recommendations carefully with the Commission.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
10th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Let Us Learn Too and Disabled Children's Partnership's The SEND Money Survey, published on 7 February; and what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) finance, (2) mental health, (3) physical wellbeing, and (4) families with disabled children, from having to pay for specialist support privately.

The government recognises that the current special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system does not consistently deliver the outcomes we want and expect for children and young people with SEND, their families, or the people and services who support them. This was highlighted by a SEND Money Survey conducted by Let Us Learn Too and the Disabled Children’s Partnership.

The department is conducting a review of SEND provisions in England. This is to ensure that children and young people with SEND get the right support, in the right place, at the right time, to improve outcomes and experiences within a financially sustainable system. The department has met with representatives and organisations, including Let Us Learn Too and the Disabled Children’s Partnership.

On 1 February 2022, the government announced more than £45 million of continued targeted support for families and parents of children and young people with SEND over the next three financial years. Additionally, councils will be provided with £30 million to set up more than 10,000 additional respite placements, helping to provide positive opportunities for children and young people with SEND.

In March 2021, the government published the mental health recovery action plan. It is backed by an additional £500 million of targeted investment to ensure that there is support in place for this financial year. This support includes £79 million to expand support in children and young people’s mental health services.

Education policy is devolved. Therefore, arrangements covering SEND policy and provision in Wales are a matter for the Welsh Government.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
16th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow schools in England to resume overnight trips for their pupils to any location in the UK provided that such schools (1) carry out risk assessments, and (2) follow appropriate safeguarding guidelines.

The Department for Education continues to advise against both overnight and non-overnight domestic (UK) and overseas educational visits (trips). This advice is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice-for-educational-settings/coronavirus-travel-guidance-for-educational-settings.

In the autumn term, schools can resume non-overnight domestic educational visits. Guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.

All such visits should be compliant with COVID-19 guidelines and subject to a thorough and ongoing assessment of the risks to ensure that they can be undertaken safely. Schools should consult the health and safety guidance on educational visits when considering any visit, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits.

Schools should not resume overnight visits for the time-being. This is consistent with the latest government guidance on meeting people from outside your household, which advises that you should not stay overnight away from your home with members of more than 2 households: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-people-from-outside-your-household-from-4-july.

The above guidance will remain under review and will be updated in line with guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Transport and Public Health England.

3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to protect maritime communities in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, from the effects of rising sea levels.

The UK Government is responsible for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, this responsibility rests with the devolved governments.

This Government is investing a record £5.2 billion in flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes in England. Of this, approximately £1.6 billion will be spent on protecting coastal communities.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to safeguard the export of lamb products from the UK to EU markets in their negotiation for a trade agreement with the EU.

The UK Government intends to achieve a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU by December 2020.

The Government wants a free trade deal, based on friendly cooperation. Avoiding tariffs would be beneficial to both the UK and the EU. The Political Declaration aims to achieve a zero tariff and zero quota agreement. We are working to achieve this, in the interests of farmers, businesses and consumers across the UK. This will benefit lamb producers who are exporting lamb products from the UK to the EU.

We remain optimistic and we will work hard to reach an agreement on our future relationship. This is why we have agreed to intensify talks throughout July.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought from the government of Romania any assurances that Romanian citizens coming to undertake agricultural or horticultural harvesting work in the UK, had been screened for coronavirus before being permitted to travel.

All passengers on entry to UK are to follow Government’s social distancing guidance strictly as per gov.uk website available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

Various airlines and airports have implemented social distancing measures, by making reasonable adjustments and any individual who is ill and showing signs of COVID-19 should not be allowed to board the flight to the UK.

All flights to the UK are required to provide health announcements to passengers relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak and to provide information to the relevant airport in line with standard operating procedure. In the unlikely event that there is a seriously unwell passenger on a flight, the Public Health England (PHE) Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport in London will be informed. If the unwell passenger has COVID-19 like symptoms then on arrival they will be advised to self-isolate for 7 days and if symptoms worsen to call NHS111. All passengers will be provided with information leaflets and appropriate posters are on display on arrival in the UK about following Government’s social distancing guidance.

In the white paper published on 11 May, ‘The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’, the Government sets out the plan for managing the risks of transmissions being introduced from abroad. The paper states that: ‘Alongside increased information about the UK’s social distancing regime at the border, the Government will require international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information. They will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app.

All international arrivals to the UK not on a short list of exemptions will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days. Small exemptions to these measures will be in place to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and so as not to impede work supporting national security or critical infrastructure. These measures will be introduced as soon as possible and further details will be set out shortly’.

18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to policies for reducing the use of fossil fuels by 2050 when developing trading links with least developed countries.

The United Kingdom has long supported the promotion of our values globally, including ambitious global action to tackle climate change, and this will continue as an independent trading nation. We have already legislated to deliver net zero emissions in the United Kingdom, becoming the first major economy to do so.

Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world. We are committed to upholding the United Kingdom’s high environmental standards and will consider the mechanisms available to us, including through our trading relationships with Least Developed Countries.

9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that any future trade agreements with other countries will require that no imported food or drink may contain any asbestos which could enter into the body of a consumer.

We remain firmly committed to upholding our high food safety standards outside the EU. The UK’s independent food regulators will continue to ensure that all food imports into the UK comply with those high standards.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards re-establishing the frequency of through-trains between Holyhead and London, that existed prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The frequency of through trains between Holyhead and London was reduced due to the impact of COVID-19 on passenger demand. Avanti West Coast will be increasing its service provision from 15 May 2022 from the two direct trains per day from London Euston to Holyhead currently provided, to three direct trains and four from Holyhead to London Euston during the week as well as an increase to three direct trains per day in both directions at weekends.

The Department continues to work closely with operators in their development of attractive timetables that are reliable, deliver excellent performance for passengers, and offer good value for money. All timetables remain under review as demand returns.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with train service providers regarding the reduction in the number of through trains from London Euston to Holyhead from seven per day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to one per day at present; and when they expect to re-establish a full through-train service on this line.

Avanti West Coast currently serves Holyhead with two trains per day from London Euston which is set to increase to four trains per day in May 2022. We continue to work closely with operators in their development of attractive timetables that are reliable, deliver excellent performance for passengers, and offer good value for money. All timetables remain under review as demand returns.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Brexit on the port of Holyhead.

Freight flows through Holyhead have increased substantially over this year. Transport patterns and freight pressures have seen unprecedented changes throughout the pandemic due to restrictions, variations to travel plans, and fluctuations in freight demand.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 8 June (HL Deb, col 1312), what steps they are taking to prioritise, in addition to need assessment, the provision of specialist job coaches for people with learning disabilities.

The Department is committed to supporting claimants with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism move closer to the labour market or into work.

The increased number of work coaches will help the newly unemployed and also enable us to continue supporting those with complex needs, and to work with partners to ensure they get the help they need. People in particular disadvantaged groups will continue to benefit from support via the increased Flexible Support Fund and priority early access to the Work and Health Programme. In addition, claimants with learning disabilities are also able to access Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) if they are further from the labour market.

From April 2021, we have strengthened our Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) role to include delivering direct support to claimants who require additional work related support and advice above our core work coach offer. DEAs continue to support all work coaches to deliver tailored, personalised support to all claimants with a disability or health condition. Since May, we are increasing our DEA resource from 685 nationally with the aspiration to reach 1000.

We have a number of initiatives and schemes to support claimants with health conditions such as:

  • Intensive Personalised Employment Support provision provides highly personalised packages of employment support for disabled people who want to work but have complex needs or barriers and require specialist support to achieve sustained employment.
  • Access to Work is a demand-led discretionary grant scheme that provides funding for the extra disability-related costs people have when starting work or maintaining employment. It can also support disabled people on an apprenticeship, Department for Education supported internship or traineeship
  • The Department delivered the Local Supported Employment Proof of Concept, run in partnership with 9 local authorities from November 2017 to May 2019. It was based on the “Place and Train” model of supported employment. This aimed to test whether the Department, in partnership with Local Authorities (LAs), could increase delivery of high-quality supported employment for people with a learning disability or autism who are known to adult social care, or those in contact with secondary mental health services. The proof of concept also aimed to help spread best practice among LAs. Following the successful proof of concept, the Department is looking to develop an area based trial with 20 LAs. The trial was paused because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Supported Internships are aimed at young people ability/autism who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and they usually last for 12 months. Support from a specialist job coach and other costs may be funded through Access to Work if necessary. Whilst the Department for Education lead on this the Department provides support through Access to Work funding
  • Through the Disability Confident scheme, the Department is engaging with employers and helping to promote the skills, talents and abilities of people with autism and associated conditions. Through the scheme, the Department is providing advice and support to help employers feel more confident about employing disabled people, by signposting them to appropriate advice guidance and support.
  • The increased number of work coaches will help the newly unemployed and also enable us to continue supporting those with complex needs, and to work with partners to ensure they get the help they need
  • People in particular disadvantaged groups will continue to benefit from support via the increased Flexible Support Fund and priority early access to the Work and Health Programme

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many payments under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 were made during each of the last three years in response to applications relating to persons who had been employed in the slate quarrying industry; and what was the total payment to this group in each of those years.

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of compensation under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 were paid to workers employed in (1) slate quarrying and slate mining, (2) coal mining, (3) the textile industries, (4) the pottery industries, and (5) other industries, in the last year for which figures are available; and how many, if any, of those cases were related to diffuse mesothelioma.

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of money paid by way of compensation under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 in (1) 1990–99, (2) 2000–09, and (3) 2010–19.

The available information is shown in the table below:

Industrial injuries benefits expenditure, of which Pneumoconiosis 1979

£ million, nominal terms

£ million, real terms, 2019/20 prices

1994/95

3

6

1995/96

4

6

1996/97

5

8

1997/98

5

7

1998/99

8

12

1999/00

11

16

2000/01

12

17

2001/02

14

21

2002/03

20

28

2003/04

19

27

2004/05

21

28

2005/06

47

61

2006/07

33

41

2007/08

27

34

2008/09

32

38

2009/10

35

42

2010/11

38

44

2011/12

38

43

2012/13

42

47

2013/14

45

50

2014/15

45

49

2015/16

46

50

2016/17

42

45

2017/18

41

43

2018/19

43

..

Sources: 1994-2018 DWP Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/benefit-expenditure-tables

2018/19 Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: quarterly statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit-quarterly-statistics

Notes:

  1. Figures are in £ millions
  2. ‘..’ not available
Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979, how many new applications for compensation were made in the last year for which figures are available; what was the corresponding number of payments that were made; and what was the total cost of those payments.

The available information is shown in the table below.

IIDB 3.1

Pneumoconiosis (Worker's Compensation) Act 1979 by type of claimant and payment, Oct 2018 – Sep 2019

Number

Sufferer

Dependant

Month

Number of claims

Total Payments made £

Number of claims

Total Payments made £

2018

October

310

4,043,400

30

226,852

November

300

3,270,613

40

278,222

December

210

2,756,460

20

177,240

2019

January

300

3,686,361

30

221,249

February

240

2,724,420

20

139,378

March

290

3,471,191

30

242,787

April

240

3,348,735

30

217,586

May

250

3,435,557

10

91,024

June

260

3,321,152

20

157,177

July

270

3,651,931

30

206,222

August

210

3,119,361

30

217,707

September

220

3,046,575

20

180,725

Notes:

  1. Figures on claimants shown are rounded to the nearest 10.
  2. Figures show new claims for which an assessment has been completed.
Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have allocated to meet the financial implications of the Down Syndrome Act 2022.

No specific funding has been allocated. The Down Syndrome Act 2022 requires the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to issue guidance to relevant authorities on the appropriate actions to meet the needs of people with Down Syndrome in the exercise of the relevant functions. The guidance will be developed and published in due course. An assessment of any funding requirements will also be completed alongside the development of the guidance.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations they have undertaken into the effect of COVID-19 vaccinations on boys between the ages of 10 and 15.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all United Kingdom-approved COVID-19 vaccines includes child and adolescent age groups. The MHRA reviews the Yellow Card reports received in males and females aged under 18 years old, with safety data from international medicines regulators. The experience reported in those under 18 years old, including in the different sex and age subgroups of 5 to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 to 17 year olds, is similar to that identified in the general population. A review of these reports does not raise any additional safety topics specific to any of the subgroups.

As has been observed in adults, there have been a small number of reports involving inflammation of the heart in individuals under 18 years old in the UK and internationally. Since this is a recognised potential risk with the mRNA vaccines, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna and the MHRA are monitoring these events. These appear to be more frequent in younger males compared to females but are very rare. The events reported are typically mild with individuals usually recovering within a short time with standard treatment and rest.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advise that Pfizer/BioNTech is currently the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for those under 18 years old in the UK vaccination programme. The current data does not indicate that there is an increased reporting rate of suspected myocarditis and pericarditis in this age group overall compared to young adults for this vaccine. The MHRA continues to monitor the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines and the advice remains that the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the risks in the majority of people.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what co-operation they have had with governments of EU member states in assessing the lessons relating to the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government continues to engage with European Union Member States on cross border health threats, including COVID-19. Public health officials from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Germany have contributed to a workshop exploring the value of different models of health protection.

The UK also engages with Member States through multilateral forums established in the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, such as the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Health Security Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The UK also receives regular invitations to the EU Health Security Committee discussions on COVID-19, which assesses the on-going response to the pandemic. In addition, UK health ministers meet regularly with EU counterparts in other multilateral or plurilateral forums, including the G7, G20 and the World Health Organization.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help disabled children and their families to access (1) therapies, (2) assessments, (3) medical interventions and (4) specialist equipment, in circumstances where they cannot afford them and do not receive adequate support from community services.

The NHS Constitution states that access to NHS services is based on clinical need, not an individual’s ability to pay. These services, including those for disabled children, are free of charge, except in limited circumstances sanctioned by Parliament.

NHS England and NHS Improvement published Community services prioritisation framework on 11 January 2022. This sets an expectation that community health services, including therapy services and the provision of wheelchairs, orthotics, prosthetics and equipment for children and young people which have been delayed or paused as a result of COVID-19, should resume from 1 March 2022. A copy of the framework is attached. Additionally, 2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance, published in December 2021, includes a requirement for systems to develop and agree a plan for reducing community service waiting lists. A copy of the planning guidance is attached.

On 1 February 2022, we announced more than £45 million of continued targeted support for families and parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) over the next three years. This will focus on improving the delivery and monitoring of statutory SEND services by local authorities, health and care partners and improving access to high quality advice and support for parents, children, and young people.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals by the Welsh Government to impose a ban on those travelling from areas in the UK with a high prevalence of COVID-19 to Wales.

In England, until 2 December, people must stay at home, except for specific purposes. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and we are working closely with the devolved administrations to provide clarity to citizens in all parts of the United Kingdom.

15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they have made to their (1) policies, and (2) practice, relating to (a) sourcing personal protective equipment, and (b) the methodology used to assess need and stockpile reserves of such equipment, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have significantly strengthened and diversified our supply chains for personal protective equipment (PPE) – looking to new suppliers abroad as well as boosting our domestic manufacturing capability. This has helped to build resilience into the future.

Thanks to the unprecedented domestic production of PPE, for items such gowns and FFP3 facemasks, by December, supply of PPE through United Kingdom manufacturers will provide 70% of the amount we expect to use from December to March, for all items except gloves. Before the pandemic, just 1% of PPE was produced in the UK.

15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the health needs of people with no fixed abode (1) are considered, and (2) are facilitated, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homeless people and people who experience rough sleeping are at increased vulnerability to severe illness from COVID-19. The Department, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working closely since the start of the pandemic to provide leadership and support to local authority public health teams and the National Health Service around homelessness and COVID-19 related priorities. This has included advice and guidance to the system on responding to the multiple health needs (substance misuse, mental and physical health) of the population during the ‘Everyone In’ phase, advice on testing of asymptomatic homeless people as part of their accommodation move on plans and access to the right care and support including registering with a general practitioner, access to mental health and substance misuse services. The Department, PHE and NHS England and NHS Improvement are continuing to prioritise a joined-up health response for this population.

3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times people resident in England have been sent to testing centres in Wales for COVID-19 tests because of inadequate capacity in England.

The Government does not publish this data in the format requested. We have always had an agreement with the devolved administrations that allows people to cross borders if it is more convenient for them in their circumstances.

We are increasing our number of testing sites to 500 by the end of October; improving our service so no one will be sent further than 75 miles, and introducing clear messaging that testing is for those who have symptoms, or have been told to get a test by a clinician or local authority.

15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which towns, counties or communities in England had an 'R' rate for COVID-19 reinfection in excess of 1.0 during June; what specific steps were taken in each of these areas to reduce the figure to below 1.0; and by what date this was achieved in each case.

The Government Office for Science currently publishes the latest estimate of the reproduction number (R) for the United Kingdom and NHS England regions on a weekly basis. We do not estimate R for geographies smaller than regional level.

R is an average value that can vary in different parts of the country, communities, and subsections of the population. It cannot be measured directly so there is always uncertainty around its exact value. This is problematic when calculating R using small numbers of cases, either due to lower infection rates or smaller geographical areas. This uncertainty may be due to variability in the underlying data, leading to a wider range for R and more frequent changes in the estimates. R is not the only important measure of the epidemic and should be considered alongside other measures such as the number of new cases.

For this reason, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergency’s view is that estimates of R for geographies smaller than regional level are less reliable. It is more appropriate to identify local hotspots through, for example, monitoring numbers of cases, hospitalisations, and deaths.

18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any correspondence with the Welsh Government relating to the cancellation by Roche Diagnostics of orders for supplies relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The response to COVID-19 is a national effort and we are committed to working closely with the devolved administrations to align and coordinate testing efforts, where possible. This includes ensuring Wales receives its fair share of proprietary test kits.

We do not recognise the claim that there were any cancellations of orders placed with Roche by the Welsh Government. The arrangement with Roche was designed as a whole United Kingdom approach, and individual orders from devolved administrations would not be accepted on this basis.

18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government in which regions of England the COVID-19 R transmission rate has been recorded as being above 1.0 during (1) May, and (2) June.

The Government Office for Science has published estimates of R in NHS England regions for the past two weeks. These estimates are detailed in the following table. Regional R estimates are more uncertain and variability in the data means they are more likely to fluctuate from one week to the next.

R can only be estimated and not precisely calculated. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies’ view is that it is highly likely that the true value of R lies within the published range. If the range extends above 1 then this does not necessarily mean the epidemic in that region is increasing, just that the uncertainty in the data means it cannot be ruled out.

NHS England Region

Estimated R number

Published on 12 June

Published on 19 June

East of England

0.7 – 0.9

0.7 – 0.9

London

0.8 – 1.0

0.7 – 1.0

Midlands

0.8 – 1.0

0.8 – 1.0

North East and Yorkshire

0.7 – 1.0

0.7 – 0.9

North West

0.8 – 1.0

0.7 – 1.0

South East

0.8 – 1.0

0.7 – 0.9

South West

0.8 – 1.1

0.6 – 0.9

5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent they assess the effective reproduction number of COVID-19 for populations other than that of the UK as a whole; and, what was the effective reproduction number for respectively (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) Scotland, for the latest date when all four figures are available.

To provide a more comprehensive response to a number of outstanding Written Questions, this has been answered by an information factsheet Science of Covid-19 note for House of Lords, which is attached due to the size of the data. A copy has also been placed in the Library.

5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consignments of personal protection equipment have been received by the UK, or by any individual nations of the UK, from the People’s Republic of China.

In March 2020 a new, dedicated unit was set up to focus on securing supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). This unit identified PPE suppliers from across the globe to meet the increasing demand for a growing list of PPE products. We have now contracted with over 150 suppliers able to deliver at the scale and pace the United Kingdom requires.

The central database system for these new PPE contracts, implemented by Cabinet Office colleagues, does not identify non-UK suppliers by individual country; and many of the UK-based suppliers also import supplies from other countries for which the information is not held centrally. It is therefore not possible to supply complete information on how much PPE has been received or purchased from non-UK countries, including China. Procurement Regulations require the publication of Contract Award Notices in the Official Journal of the European Union and certain information will be published on Contracts Finder about the contracts awarded.

28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts for the provision of personal protective equipment, needed to safeguard health and care workers against coronavirus, the National Health Service in England has placed with the Royal Mint; and whether the basis of charging for such orders has included any profit mark-up, over and above the full cost of manufacture

We have entered into one contract with the Royal Mint. This was for face visors and the Royal Mint expressed they were not making a profit but providing them at cost price to the Department.

Procurement Regulations require the publication of Contract Award Notices, containing information on the final agreed value of the contract, in the Official Journal of the European Union and we publish certain information on Contracts Finder about contracts awarded.

28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received from the Welsh Government concerning the possible redirection of a contract placed by the NHS in Wales with the Roche company, for equipment relevant to the coronavirus pandemic, for use by the NHS in England; and what is their policy relating to such matters.

The response to COVID-19 is a national effort and we are committed to working closely with the devolved administrations to align and coordinate testing efforts, where possible. This includes ensuring Wales receives its fair share of proprietary test kits.

In March 2020, Roche Diagnostics UK approached the United Kingdom Government to advise that it had a newly licensed COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which would shortly be available for use in the UK. Initial weekly test availability was 35,000 for the United Kingdom. Public Health England was commissioned by the UK Government to establish a public-private partnership with Roche to deliver this and it was agreed that it would be a UK-wide solution. This new and additional capability has enabled Wales to deliver over 28,000 PCR tests.

10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to appoint a nominated person or persons to have responsibility for communicating with the Governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in every UK overseas embassy, if those governments so wish.

While international relations are a matter reserved to the UK Government (UKG) and Westminster Parliament, the UKG recognises the legitimate interest the devolved Governments have on international activity, especially where this has impact on matters of devolved competence, or in their responsibility to implement aspects of international agreements.

Each of the devolved governments has a presence at various locations overseas and often their staff are co-located within UK embassies. FCDO staff in our overseas network already work closely together with officials from each of the devolved governments. The FCDO also has regular engagement with officials from the devolved governments in the UK, including through a recently instituted Director-level forum which held its first meeting in March 2022, with another anticipated in summer 2022. That forum is underpinned by frequent official level engagement across all levels. The FCDO is eager to maintain and develop this engagement further, and identify where closer collaboration and cooperation will continue to bring benefits to every part of the UK, drawing on our extensive diplomatic network overseas.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Tanzania concerning the forced eviction of the Maasai people from their ancestral lands.

The UK is aware of the complex issue involving the alleged eviction of Maasai communities in Loliondo and Ngorongoro in northern Tanzania, and the Tanzanian Government's voluntary relocation scheme. Whilst recognising that this issue is an internal Tanzanian matter, the British High Commission in Dar es Salaam has met the Government of Tanzania and other stakeholders locally, including Maasai community leaders and civil society representatives, to better understand the challenges posed to all parties by the current situation. We understand that many people have expressed concerns on this issue. We will continue to encourage all stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogue.
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review their decision to allow oil from Russia to enter the UK for the remainder of 2022, and (2) to implement an earlier ban.

The UK will phase out imports of Russian oil through the course of 2022. It is important that we give ourselves enough time to adjust our supply chains. This comes on top of the largest and most severe sanctions package the UK has ever imposed, which is already impacting President Putin and the Russian economy.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to (1) ministers, and (2) civil servants, on visiting Italy on official business or as private individuals.

We have amended our travel advice to recommend against all but essential travel to Italy and this advice applies to all British nationals including ministers and civil servants.

10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Spain about ensuring that adequate safety standards are maintained in Spanish hotels and similar accommodation used by British holidaymakers.

Our Embassy and network of Consulates in Spain is in regular contact with the relevant authorities, hoteliers' associations and tourism trade bodies in Spain to ensure British nationals can enjoy their holidays safely and responsibly. We work in close partnership with these bodies on our safety campaigns. For example, the Consulate in Mallorca are part of a working group of authorities and tourism sector bodies looking at safety issues.

10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Welsh Government concerning the financial settlement for 2022–23 in meeting the statutory responsibilities of that government to provide public services in Wales.

Spending Review 2021 set the largest annual block grants, in real terms, of any spending review settlement since the devolution Acts in 1998. The Welsh Government is receiving an average of £2.5bn per year through the Barnett formula on top of £15.9bn annual baseline, enabling further investment across Wales in areas such as schools, housing, transport, health and social care. This also means the Welsh Government’s funding per person is around 20% higher than equivalent UK Government funding in England.

It is for the Welsh Government to allocate their funding in devolved areas as they see fit. The Welsh Government will take their own decisions on managing and investing available resources, reflecting their priorities and local circumstances, and they are accountable to the Senedd for these decisions.

The Welsh Government and HM Treasury maintain a regular dialogue throughout the year giving the Welsh Government opportunity to discuss any issues related to the financial settlement for 2022-23.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
5th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their intended additional expenditure on (1) bus, and (2) rail, transport in England, will generate Barnett consequential provision for (a) Wales, and (b) Scotland; and if so, what are these respective sums.

Barnett consequentials will be confirmed through the main estimates process in the coming weeks.
Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have earmarked for 2021–22 to meet the costs of refugees entering the UK from Ukraine; how much of this sum has been spent to date; and what is the sum budgeted for 2022–23 for the same purposes.

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to the most vulnerable people. To support those fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Home Office has launched the Ukraine Family Scheme to allow thousands of families to be reunited in the UK. The Scheme allows immediate and extended family members of British nationals and people settled in the UK to come to the country. Those joining family through the Scheme will be granted leave to remain for 3 years, giving them certainty and ensuring their future in the country. The Scheme is free, and does not include any salary or language requirements.

Additionally, a new sponsored humanitarian visa route will be established to allow communities, private sponsors or local authorities to sponsor people to come the UK from Ukraine. The Treasury is working closely with departments across government on the design and funding of these new routes.

In addition to these changes to the immigration system, the government has already committed around £400m to support the current crisis in Ukraine. This includes up to £220m in much-needed humanitarian aid, which will help aid agencies respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation, saving lives, protecting vulnerable people and creating a lifeline for Ukrainians with access to basic necessities. It also includes a commitment to match-fund the public’s first £20m of donations to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, our largest ever aid-match contribution. UK government humanitarian experts have also been deployed to the region to bolster the UK's support to countries receiving those fleeing the violence in Ukraine.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 16 November (HL3703), how much expenditure was projected in the 2021 Spending Review for the maintenance of coal tips in England; and what was the Barnett consequential allocated to Wales corresponding to this expenditure.

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will confirm the Coal Authority’s funding for the 2021 Spending Review (SR21) period in due course.

However, as set out in the Statement of Funding Policy, the Barnett formula is applied to changes in UK Government departments’ funding, not to total spending on individual programmes. Barnett consequentials therefore just represent the changes in the Welsh Government’s block grant funding, rather than being the total funding provided.

As a result of changes in UK Government departments’ funding, the UK Government is providing an additional £2.5 billion per year on average over the SR21 period to the Welsh Government through the Barnett formula, on top their £15.9 billion annual baseline. As noted in response to a previous question on this matter (HL3703) the Welsh Government is therefore more than fairly funded to deal with all devolved responsibilities, including coal tips. It is however for the Welsh Government to allocate this funding as they see fit across their devolved responsibilities.

3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) under what circumstances, applications made under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme between 1 August and 31 August were (a) accepted, and (b) approved, when such applications were submitted after the deadline for applications; and what criteria they used to decide which circumstances were deemed exceptional so as to accept such out-of-time applications.

There is no appeal process available for those who have missed the CJRS deadline of 31 July 2020. However, if an employer wishes to raise a complaint about mistakes or unreasonable delays caused by HMRC, they have been asked to follow HMRC’s complaints procedure.

HMRC have accepted 1,360 claims relating to 1,114 employers that have been made from 1 August 2020 to 31 August 2020 for a period on or prior to 30 June 2020.

The main reasons for the claims being accepted are:

  • Amendments to previous claims
  • Customers who have made the claim on or before 31 July that needed manual intervention and which HMRC did not process until on or after 1 August 2020.
  • Customers requesting a review. This has been mainly about eligibility or maximum cap.
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional financial allocation they have made respectively to (1) the Welsh Government, (2) the Scottish Government, and (3) the Northern Ireland Executive, to deal with the implications of COVID-19, in addition to the budget allocation for the current financial year.

Our response to Covid-19 needs to be UK-wide and that is why UKG has so far announced almost £7 billion of additional funding to the devolved administrations to support people, business and public services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means £3.5 billion for the Scottish Government, £2.1 billion for the Welsh Government and £1.2 billion for the Northern Ireland Executive.

This is in addition to the UK-wide measures that the people and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from, including the Job Retention Scheme, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Following agreement with the devolved administrations, the Department of Health and Social Care is procuring tests, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ventilators on a UK-wide basis. The devolved administrations will therefore receive a share of this equipment, rather than a share of the funding.

25th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional capital resources they plan to make available to the Governments of (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland, to fund capital expenditure in the financial year 2020–21 on flood prevention projects.

Flood prevention is a devolved policy area. It is for the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive to determine how to allocate their funding across their devolved responsibilities, including to flood prevention.

In 2020-21, the devolved administrations have the following capital block grants: £ 5,014m for the Scottish Government, £2,181m for the Welsh Government, and £1,524m for the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Barnett formula is being applied in the normal way on any planned changes in UK government departmental budgets, as set out in the Statement of Funding Policy, including to any additional funding for flooding in England.

25th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional money, over and above that provided by the Barnett formula, they intend to provide to the Welsh Government for the current financial year to meet any additional costs arising from flood damage and alleviation work for (1) households, (2) businesses, (3) farms, and (4) to secure the safety of coal tips.

The devolved administrations can access the HM Treasury Reserve in certain circumstances, as set out in the Statement of Funding Policy.

The Welsh Government has not made any requests to access the Reserve in 2019-20 for flooding damage or alleviation work.

10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for refugee status visas they have received from citizens of Ukraine; how many of these have been granted; and how many applicants have arrived in the UK so far.

Statistical information regarding the number of Ukrainian nationals applying for UK visas is regularly released by UKVI. Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme which were launched in response to Russia’s invasion of can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage, or below.

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 128,100

Data is as of 17 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme: 43,700
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 84,400
Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 107,400

Data is as of 17 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 38,700
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 68,700

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions they are imposing, if any, on refugees from Ukraine who have been offered residence in the UK regarding their right to take up employment.

There are no employment restrictions on individuals from Ukraine who have been offered residence in the UK.

Both the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme allow Ukrainian nationals to remain in the UK for up to three years, during which time they can work in any role within the UK Labour market.

Lord Harrington of Watford
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the (1) Welsh Government, and (2) Scottish Government, regarding the wishes of those administrations to welcome refugees into their countries.

This question can be best answered by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), and should therefore be directed to that Department.

The UK Government is working closely with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to promote and deliver the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. We have received a number of representations from them as part of this engagement.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine have applied to enter the UK since Russia's invasion of that country.

Information on the number of applications currently being processed under the newly launched Ukraine Family Scheme (UFS) can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukraine-family-scheme-application-data

Statistical information regarding number of Ukrainian nationals applying for UK visas prior to the launch of the UFS is regularly released by UKVI. The latest published statistics can be found here: Immigration statistics, year ending December 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Providing the complete information requested would exceed the word limit for responses to written parliamentary questions. However, the information requested is available through the links provided.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine have been admitted into the UK since 1 February; and how many of these made it known that they had family in the UK when they made their application for refugee status.

Information on the number of applications currently being processed under the newly launched Ukraine Family Scheme (UFS) can be found in our published data on the GOV.UK webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukraine-family-scheme-application-data

Statistical information regarding number of Ukrainian nationals applying for UK visas prior to the launch of the UFS is regularly released by UKVI. The latest published statistics can be found here: Immigration statistics, year ending December 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Providing the complete information requested would exceed the word limit for responses to written parliamentary questions. However, the information requested is available through the links provided.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of France regarding refugees from Ukraine who wish to enter the UK but have been prevented from moving from Calais to the UK by immigration officials.

The UK Government maintains regular contact with the Government of France at ministerial and official level. The Home Secretary is in regular contact with the French Interior Minister Darmanin she spoke to him recently to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the support the UK is offering to those fleeing the conflict. We have established a temporary Visa Application Centre in northern France, to support vulnerable people who arrive in Calais without a visa. These people will be referred by Border Force to this new site for support.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance the Home Office has given to immigration control officials at airports, regarding the need to identify any persons entering the United Kingdom from overseas, as to whether they are infected by coronavirus.

Schedule 21 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 confers a power on immigration officers to direct or remove a person who they reasonably suspect may be infectious with coronavirus to a suitable place for screening and assessment by a public health officer. These powers may be exercised following prior consultation with a public health officer, where practicable, and with regard to the relevant guidance.

We are currently working with the relevant public health authorities to develop guidance for the use of these powers.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial provision they are making for the financial year 2022–23 to give military assistance to the Baltic states; and how, within NATO, are (1) they, (2) the government of the USA, and (3) the government of Canada, allocating any additional responsibilities.

The UK enjoys close military relationships with the Baltic states. We work together both bilaterally and through various multilateral fora, including through NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The UK trains and exercises routinely across the Baltic sea region. We are also the framework nation for the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup in Estonia.

The UK does not disclose live operational financial information. We discuss European Defence and security regularly with NATO Allies including the US and Canada, but cannot comment on how they allocate responsibilities within NATO. SACEUR has not requested any further NATO support or reinforcement to the region, but the UK stands ready to respond to future requests from NATO.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine they have directed to the governments of (1) Wales, and (2) Scotland, to be housed under the provisions agreed with those governments.

We are working closely with the Devolved Administrations on the Homes for Ukraine scheme, including enabling the Scottish and Welsh Governments to act as direct sponsors to Ukrainian nationals. This is in addition to Ukrainians being sponsored by individuals in Scotland and Wales. There is no cap on the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, with the Scottish Government currently working towards 3,000 and the Welsh Government to 1,000 placements under Devolved Government sponsorship.

Lord Harrington of Watford
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of delays in granting probate on the wills of deceased persons in (1) England, and (2) Wales, due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to clear the backlog of cases caused by such delays.

The administration of probate applications is dealt with as a national service, covering England and Wales.

Average waiting times for probate grants, from July 2019 to September 2021, are published on gov.uk via Family Court Statistics Quarterly (Table 25):

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-court-statistics-quarterly

Information for the period up to December 2021 will be published on 31 March.

More recent management information published by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), which does not go through the same level of quality assurance and analysis as the Family Court Statistics Quarterly, provides waiting time information up to December 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/hmcts-management-information-december-2021.

Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by the probate service during the Covid 19 pandemic, and as a result of HMCTS increasing resources to meet demand, the average length of time taken for a grant of probate following receipt of the documents required is between five and seven weeks.

The improvement of the online probate system remains a priority for HMCTS, to ensure more applications can be issued first time and resources can be focused on reducing waiting times. HMCTS continues to collaborate with its users to enhance the service and the latest information on this can be found at: https://insidehmcts.blog.gov.uk/2022/02/28/working-together-to-avoid-delays-to-probate-applications/ .

3rd Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information, advice and support they plan to offer to families in which a child is unable to manage the funds in their Child Trust Fund when they reach the age of 18.

To obtain the legal authority to make decisions about a Child Trust Fund on behalf of a young person who lacks the mental capacity to do so for themselves, parents and guardians need to apply to the Court of Protection for an order of the court or register a Lasting Power of Attorney. This is set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to protect vulnerable people.

We are working with financial institutions to raise awareness of these processes. They have agreed to provide information on these processes shortly after the account holder’s 16th birthday and again, when the account nears maturity.

For parents and guardians that may need to apply to the Court of Protection, they can ask for court fees to be waived when seeking access to a Child Trust Fund. Guidance for applicants has been updated to reflect this.

Should court applicants encounter any difficulties whilst completing Court of Protection application forms, they can contact the Court of Protection to request assistance. Contact details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/court-of-protection

We are also setting up a working group to consider how the Court of Protection application process can be simplified to reduce the burden placed upon the parents and guardians of disabled children.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of families in which a child may be unable to manage funds from their Child Trust Fund when they reach the age of 18.

We do not have accurate figures to show how many young people who wish to access a Child Trust Fund at age 18 may lack the mental capacity to make financial decisions for themselves.

The MENCAP website states that approximately 2.5% of children in the UK are believed to have a learning disability and consequently we estimate that there may be between 1 and 2% of Child Trust Funds where the account holder may lack capacity to make financial decisions at age 18. This equates to between 63,000 and 126,000 accounts but is a very rough estimate.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether refugees from Ukraine who have been given the right to remain in the Republic of Ireland are entitled to cross the border into Northern Ireland.

The situation in Ukraine is a humanitarian crisis and the Government is taking concrete steps to provide sanctuary to those affected through the Ukraine Family Scheme. A new sponsorship route, which will allow Ukrainians with no family ties to the UK to be sponsored to come here, also launched this month.

Ukrainians in Ireland wishing to come to the UK should apply to do so before seeking to travel to the UK including travelling across the land border into Northern Ireland. The Government is using a variety of communications channels and working with a range of stakeholders to support Ukrainian nationals seeking safe passage to the United Kingdom, regardless of whether they are travelling across the CTA or from elsewhere in the world.

Lord Caine
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have received from the Welsh Government requesting financial assistance to make safe coal-tips that existed prior to 1999.

The Secretary of State for Wales has regular discussions with colleagues in the Welsh Government on a wide range of subjects, including the request for additional financial assistance to make coal tips safe.

The Secretary of State for Wales met with the Welsh Government Minister for Finance and Local Government on 20 October 2021, where they discussed this matter, among others. The matter was also discussed at the recent Coal Tip Safety Summit which was co-chaired by the Secretary of State for Wales and the First Minister. The Secretary of State reiterated that the management of coal tips in Wales is a devolved matter and therefore not a matter the UK Government would expect to provide additional funding for. Nevertheless, as a testament to our commitment, we provided £31 million to the Welsh Government to ensure that vital work to help with the unforeseen consequences of Storm Dennis could be delivered.

The Welsh Government is more than adequately funded to manage the costs of its devolved responsibilities. The UK Government has provided the Welsh Government with an additional £2.5 billion a year over the SR21 period through the Barnett formula. This spending review settlement provides Welsh Government with around £120 per person for every £100 of equivalent funding in England, which is over 20% higher than equivalent funding in England. This is around £1 billion per year more than the agreed level of fair funding set out in the Welsh Government's fiscal framework. Therefore, the Welsh Government can pay for coal tip maintenance and still have more than fair funding for their other devolved responsibilities.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will provide to the Welsh Government to replace the (1) European Regional Fund, (2) European Structural and Investment Fund, and (3) European Social Fund, for (a) 2022–23, (b) 2023–24, and (c) 2024–25.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will replace the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. It will ramp up to £1.5 billion a year in 2024-25 as EU Structural Funds tail off and total funding will at a minimum match the size of EU Funds in all nations, each year. UKSPF funding in the next Spending Review period will total over £2.6 billion.

The UKSPF is key to levelling up the whole of the UK. It will help people access opportunity in places in need, such as former-industrial areas, deprived towns, rural and coastal communities and for people in disadvantaged groups across the UK. Further details about the Fund will be set out later this year.

In addition to the UKSPF, Wales will also receive £121 million from the first round of the Levelling Up Fund, £46 million from the UK Community Renewal Fund and £464,000 from the Community Ownership Fund. We are also providing the Welsh Government with an additional £2.5 billion per year on average through the Barnett formula, on top of its annual baseline funding of £15.9 billion. These are the largest annual block grants of any spending review settlement since devolution began.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Prime Minister has discussed matters relating to securing a trade deal between the UK and the EU with the First Minister of Wales since 1 June.

The Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers have regular discussions with Ministers from the Devolved Administrations on a wide range of matters, including our future trading relationships now that we have left the European Union. As part of this regular engagement the Paymaster General holds regular calls with Jeremy Miles, the Welsh Government Counsel General and Minister for Europe Transition. As set out in our approach to negotiations, the UK is looking for a deal that is in the interests of all of the UK.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)