Lord Wigley

Plaid Cymru - Life peer

Became Member: 19th January 2011


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


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Division Votes
Monday 29th January 2024
Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 1 Plaid Cymru Aye votes vs 0 Plaid Cymru No votes
Tally: Ayes - 84 Noes - 206
Speeches
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Media Bill
My Lords, I will not pursue the noble Earl’s angle on this Bill. Quite clearly, the Bill has the support …
Written Answers
Wednesday 14th February 2024
North Wales Coast Line: Electrification
To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect work on electrifying the rail line between Crewe and Holyhead to start; …
Early Day Motions
None available
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A Bill to provide that powers devolved to Senedd Cymru must not be amended or withdrawn without a super-majority vote …
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Wigley has voted in 356 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 Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
(38 debate interactions)
Lord True (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(27 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
(22 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020
(7,072 words contributed)
Subsidy Control Act 2022
(6,848 words contributed)
Agriculture Act 2020
(6,457 words contributed)
Procurement Act 2023
(5,426 words contributed)
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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

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 26th June 2023

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

Lords - 20%

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

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 5th February 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to introduce proposals to halve the disability employment gap; and for connected purposes.

Lords - 20%

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.

Lords - 20%

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

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


130 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
13th Sep 2023
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what the most recent annual cost for the House of Lords was (1) in total, and (2) per member.

The most recent costs of the House of Lords can be found in the Annual Report and Resources Accounts 2022-23 available on the Parliamentary website. Significant costs are incurred with running and maintaining the variety of the buildings across the World Heritage site of the Parliamentary Estate, and the associated non-cash costs (e.g. depreciation and revaluation adjustments).

For the 2022-23 financial year the costs of the House of Lords excluding estates and works expenditure and non-cash items was £104,670,000. Of this amount the costs directly relating to the Members Finance Scheme (including allowances and travel expenses) totalled £21,110,000. As at 31 March 2023 there were 776 members eligible to attend the House.

19th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the latest employment activity rates for (1) each region of England, (2) England, (3) Wales, (4) Scotland, and (5) Northern Ireland.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

Please see the letter attached from the National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority.

I will deposit a copy of the dataset for employment activity rates for each region of England, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland in the House Libraries.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Wigley

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

21 December 2023

Dear Lord Wigley,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking for the latest employment activity rates for (1) each region of England (2) England (3) Wales, (4) Scotland, and (5) Northern Ireland (HL1373).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) collects information on respondents’ labour market status as part of the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which is a survey of people resident in households in the UK.

The economic activity rate is the proportion of the UK population aged 16-64 years who are engaged with the labour market, either through employment or searching for work while unemployed. The employment rate is the proportion of the UK population aged 16 to 64 years who are employed.

The latest LFS estimates available are for the period April to June 2023. Due to increased uncertainty in LFS estimates from May to July 2023, the latest LFS estimates are not being released. To give users a more considered view of the labour market, we have applied growth rates from administrative data (HMRC PAYE RTI (Pay As You Earn Real Time Information) for employment and Claimant Count for unemployment) to April to June 2023 LFS data to produce adjusted employment, unemployment, and economic inactivity estimates.

Table 1 shows estimates of economic activity and employment rates using LFS data from March to May 1992 to April to June 2023, and experimental adjusted estimates from May to July 2023 to August to October 2023.

As the data are quite extensive, a copy of Table 1 has been placed in the House of Lords Library.

Yours sincerely,

Sir Ian Diamond

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the latest annual figures for gross value added per head of population for (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland, and (4) Northern Ireland.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

Please see the letter attached from the National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Wigley

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

11 December 2023

Dear Lord Wigley,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking for the latest annual figures for gross value added per head of population for (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland, and (4) Northern Ireland (HL898).

The latest available annual figures are for the calendar year 2021, published on 25 April 2023 as part of the regional economic activity by gross domestic product UK: 1998 to 2021 [1] release. Although the headline statistics in this release focus on gross domestic product (GDP), the published tables also include gross value added (GVA) estimates, which differ from GDP only in that they exclude the effect of taxes (less subsidies) on products.

The GVA per head figures you have requested are as follows:

(1) England, £31,138 per person

(2) Wales, £22,380 per person

(3) Scotland, £27,361 per person

(4) Northern Ireland, £24,007 per person

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond


[1] https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossvalueaddedgva/datasets/nominalregionalgrossvalueaddedbalancedperheadandincomecomponents

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
20th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to require all providers of public services (whether the provider is a public body or in the private sector), to provide a facility, whenever they email customers or potential customers, for that email to be answered by email and not to prevent a response with a "no-reply" communication address.

The Cabinet Office is not aware of any plans to introduce legislation preventing departments from responding with a "no reply" email.

Each department is responsible for deciding how it communicates with members of the public by email.

Some departments may wish to send emails from a "no reply" email address to ensure that follow up emails are sent through the correct routes and handled consistently and effectively. However, all departments will either have an email address or a contact form that can be accessed on GOV.UK for members of the public.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many UK citizens emigrated in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

Please see the letter attached from the National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Wigley

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

11 July 2023

Dear Lord Wigley,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking for an estimate of how many UK citizens emigrated in each of the last five years for which figures are available (HL9085).

The figures for British nationals emigrating out of the UK for the last five years are shown in Table 1 which is sourced from Figure 2 of our Long-term international migration, provisional: year ending December 2022 bulletin [1] which was released in May.

Table 1: Number of British nationals emigrating out of the UK, between 2018 and 2022

Period

British

YE Dec 2018

94,000

YE Dec 2019

98,000

YE Dec 2020

59,000

YE Dec 2021

76,000

YE Dec 2022

92,000

Source: Office for National Statistics

Please note that these are currently our best estimates but are subject to change. This is because in September 2023 we will be updating our migration estimates across the previous decade as part of rebased population estimates to align with Census 2021. For more information, please see our Provisional plans for publishing the latest population and migration estimates [2].

When accessing any of our files you may find it useful to read the 'notes, terms and conditions' contained within them.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

[1] https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/bulletins/longterminternationalmigrationprovisional/yearendingdecember2022#emigration-out-of-theuk

[2] https://www.ons.gov.uk/news/statementsandletters/provisionalplansforpublishingthelatestpopulationandmigrationestimates

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
10th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what the average income per head in the latest financial year for which figures are available was in each of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the regions of England.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Noble Lord’s Parliamentary Question of 10th May is attached in the answer.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Wigley

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

17 May 2023

Dear Lord Wigley,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average income per head in the latest financial year for which figures are available was in each of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the regions of England (HL7765).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not produce average income per head estimates of this nature. However, the Effects of Taxes and Benefits on UK Household Income is routinely produced at household-level, in line with international recommendations [1]. This is done so under the assumption that household income is the optimum measure of economic well-being and living standards on individuals given the likelihood that household members share resources.

Table 1 provides UK household disposable income at the International Territorial Level 1 (ITL1) for financial year ending 2021. A more detailed breakdown of income components is available at the ITL1 region is available as part of the ONS’ annual release of Effect of Taxes and Benefits on UK Household Income [2]. Published data currently covers up to financial year ending 2021, with financial year ending 2022 provisionally scheduled for June 2023.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

[1] https://unece.org/statistics/publications/canberra-group-handbook-household-income-statistics-2ndedition

[2] https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwea lth/bulletins/theeffectsoftaxesandbenefitsonhouseholdincome/financialyearending2021/relateddata

Table 1: Average household disposable income by Region, financial year ending 2021, UK

Region

Disposable income (£)

North East

36,730

North West

41,755

Yorkshire and The Humber

39,538

East Midlands

45,489

West Midlands

41,011

East

48,011

London

61,000

South East

55,817

South West

43,042

England

47,734

Wales

39,331

Scotland

39,670

Northern Ireland

40,198

All individuals

46,473

Source: Office for National Statistics, Effects of Taxes and Benefits

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the volume and value of cheese exports to Canada in each of the last five years, and what assessment they have made of the likely impact on those figures of not concluding a trade agreement with Canada.

Between 2018 and 2022 the UK exported between 1.5 and 2.2 kilotonnes of cheese to Canada each year, worth between £11 million and £18.7 million.

Prior to 1 January 2024, UK exporters could export cheese to Canada through a Canadian importer with a licence for Canada’s “EU” World Trade Organisation quota. As of 1 January 2024, the Canadian importer must have a licence for Canada’s “non EU” World Trade Organisation quota to import UK cheese.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the tonnage of coil and sheet steel (1) manufactured in, and (2) imported into, the UK in each of the past five years.

Coil and sheet steel, commonly known as flat steel, is predominantly manufactured by Tata Steel in the UK. Based on Companies House data (here), Tata Steel's production volumes are in the table below:

Year

Production

(Millions of Tonnes of Liquid Steel)

17/18

3.6

18/19

3.2

19/20

3.5

20/21

3.4

21/22

3.5

Spartan UK and Liberty Steel Dalzell also produce flat steel products, volumes for which are relatively small. Data made available through Companies House, however, are unavailable on a consistent and comparable basis with Tata Steel.

Based on HMRC Trade Info (here), the figures for imports of flat steel products are in the table below:

Year

Imports

(Millions of Tonnes)

2018

3.7

2019

3.4

2020

2.4

2021

3.1

2022

2.7

Flat Steel products defined by HS Codes 7208-7212, 7219, 7220, 7225 and 7226.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Wales concerning the development of a battery gigafactory in Wales.

The Department for Business and Trade regularly engage with the Devolved Governments to discuss the successful transition to electric vehicles in the UK automotive industry.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
5th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what sums they have spent on supporting the steel industry in Wales in each of the past five years.

Industrial sectors, including the steel sector in Wales, have been able to bid into Government funds worth hundreds of millions of pounds to support energy efficiency and decarbonisation. In February, we announced the British Industry Supercharger – decisive measures to reduce energy costs for energy intensive industries, including steel, in line with those charged across the world’s major economies. We have provided extensive energy costs relief to the steel sector since 2013, including through the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. Steel producers will continue to receive support until 31 March 2024 through the Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS).

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
5th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what sums were received from the EU for economic, social and regional regeneration projects in each year since 2015–16 under programmes agreed prior to the UK's exit from the EU by (1) Wales and (2) the UK.

The UK’s participation in European Structural & Investment (ESI) Fund programmes (ERDF, ESF, EAFRD and EMFF 2014-2020) will conclude at the end of December 2023 in relation to commitments made before the end of the transition period. The UK is allocated and therefore due to receive a total of €16.4bn to be spent by 31 December 2023.

Allocations under these programmes, including those for Wales, are set out in the EU Structural and Investment Funds: UK Partnership Agreement – Part 1, Sections 1 and 2 (Revised 31 January 2020) (attached Table 1.6).

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their current assessment of the suitability of constructing a small modular nuclear reactor at the nuclear power station in Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd.

Trawsfynydd could be a candidate for new nuclear in future and is one of a number of potential sites that could host new civil nuclear projects, subject to National planning policy, regulatory approvals and technical assessments.

As a first step towards developing a new nuclear National Policy Statement, Government is consulting on a proposed policy for determining how new nuclear power stations will be sited beyond 2025, including the potential for Small Modular Reactors and other advanced nuclear technologies.

Whilst no decision on sites has been taken, Great British Nuclear is working with Government to support access to potential new nuclear sites, and is open to discuss potential opportunities with site owners.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards the creation of an electricity grid interconnector between north-west and south-west Wales.

As part of the Network Options Assessment (NAO) which accompanied the Holistic Network Design (HND), the Electricity System Operator (ESO) identified the need for a new network reinforcement between North and South Wales. National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) is responsible for delivery of the required infrastructure. NGET is currently undertaking a detailed design phase to determine the exact route.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Viscount Camrose on 18 September regarding the Newport Wafer Fab factory (HL Deb col 1199), when they expect the judicial review to be completed, thereby enabling ministers to answer parliamentary questions on this issue.

The timing of judicial reviews is a matter for the Court. The Investment Security Unit in the Cabinet Office is responsible for monitoring Nexperia’s compliance with the Final Order issued under the National Security and Investment Act 2021.

Viscount Camrose
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they (1) allocated, and (2) spent, in the financial years (a) 2018–19, (b) 2019–20; and (c) 2020–21, on the maintenance of coal tips in England.

There are over 6,000 disused colliery tips in Great Britain, 2,460 of these are in Wales. Most of the colliery tips are now vegetated either through planned restoration or natural self-seeding. The Coal Authority currently owns 40 of the disused colliery tip sites in Great Britain (8 in England) and the spend profile for those tips is below:

Year

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Allocated overall tips budget

385k

365k

365k

Actual overall tips spend

399k

345k

297k (covid affected)

English tips actual spend

13k

15k

15k

Source: The Coal Authority

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
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 of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, in promoting the UK as a tourist destination, to ensure that appropriate prominence is given to the attractions of Wales.

His Majesty’s Government works to promote the whole United Kingdom as a destination for tourists, both domestic and international, working with the devolved governments and administrations across the UK.

VisitBritain promotes the UK abroad by running advertising and promotional campaigns in prospective markets. It generates a return on investment of £21 for every £1 spent; as a result of its activity, international visitors spent an additional £34 million in Wales in 2019–20 alone.

Visit Wales leads on the development of a tourism brand specifically for Wales, while VisitBritain works with Visit Wales to ensure that these brand values are reflected in the broader GREAT Campaign, which highlights a number of the many wonderful destinations and experiences on offer across Wales.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to have discussions with senior staff at the British Museum about returning the Mold Gold Cape to Wales.

The British Museum operates independently of His Majesty's Government, and decisions relating to the care and management of its collections are a matter for the Museum’s trustees.

The British Museum, as well as some other national museums, is prevented by law from removing objects from its collections, with a limited number of exceptions, none of which apply in this case. The Government has no plan to change the law.

As the former Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, recounts in his A History of the World in 100 Objects (2010), it is thanks to the work of the British Museum over more than a century that so many fragments of the Mold Gold Cape have been reunited, following their dispersal shortly after it was discovered at Bryn-yr-Ellyllon in 1833.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their most recent estimate of the annual number of overseas visitors to (1) the UK and (2) Wales.

In 2022, overseas residents made an estimated 31.2 million visits to the UK according to the Office for National Statistics. The ONS estimated a total of 686,000 visits to Wales for the same year.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government how much central government funding they provided towards the £120 million cost of the Unboxed festival.

In 2018 HM Government announced that £120 million would be made available for UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

HM Treasury provided £98.3 million to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for the programme, and the remainder was provided to the devolved administrations via the Barnett formula.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
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)
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)
24th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government in how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools in England is the Welsh language taught as an optional subject.

The department does not collect this information. However, schools are free to teach whichever languages they choose to suit the needs of their pupils.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
19th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many schools in England currently have safety issues relating to asbestos, and by what date they expect all such asbestos to be removed.

Responsibility for keeping buildings safe and well-maintained lies with schools and their responsible bodies. Where the department is alerted to significant safety issues with a school building, that cannot be managed within local resources, it provides additional support on a case-by-case basis. The department provides immediate advisory support in all cases.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for setting the policy and regulations for schools on asbestos management and compliance.

The department follows the HSE’s advice that, provided asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed, it is generally safest to manage them in place. Where asbestos-containing materials are likely to be disturbed by maintenance works or daily use of the building and cannot be easily protected, schools should have them removed. The department has allocated over £15 billion since 2015 to support this work, including £1.8 billion committed for 2023/24

The department has published bespoke guidance on asbestos management for schools in 2020 and is working with HSE and the sector to look at further ways to help them and build on existing guidance and support.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
19th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding was received by (1) Wales and (2) Scotland, under the EU's Erasmus programme in each of the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Data published by British Council and Ecorys acting as the UK National Agency for the 2014/20 Erasmus+ Programme, is available at: https://erasmusplus.org.uk/results-and-statistics.html.

This data indicates that the amount of funding received by applicants in Wales in 2014, 2015 and 2016 was €5,134,268.50, €6,796,296.50, and €8,979,210 respectively. This funding covered Key Action 1: Learner and Staff Mobility in Higher education, Vocational education and training, Schools, Adult education, and Youth, as well as Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships and Key Action 3: Youth Structured Dialogue.

Applicants in Scotland received €12,216,190 in 2014, €14,347,139 in 2015 and €15,099,037.80 in 2016 under the EU Erasmus+ Programme. This funding covered Key Action 1 and Key Action 2 only between 2014 and 2016 as no applicants from Scotland received funding for Key Action 3 during this period.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
22nd Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable the teaching of the Welsh language as a subject in state secondary schools in England.

It is up to schools to decide which languages are taught as part of their curriculum at secondary phase.

The Welsh language is a valuable part of our nation’s heritage and is an important aspect in fostering UK wide cohesion. When deciding which languages to offer their pupils, state funded secondary schools in England are likely to consider the needs of the communities that they serve and may decide to offer Welsh.

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)
24th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government with regard to the transfer of additional quantities of water from the reservoirs in Wales, or from rivers running from Wales to England, to meet increased water demand in South East England.

As agreed in the Intergovernmental Protocol on Water Resources, Water Supply and Water Quality, Defra and the Welsh Government work closely on water resources management.

Water companies in England and Wales have a statutory duty to provide a secure supply of water for customers, efficiently and economically.

Last year, regional water resources groups and water companies, consulted on their draft water resources plans. These plans set out how each company will secure water supplies sustainably for at least the next 25 years. Within their plans, water companies consider all options, including water demand management and new water resources infrastructure including water transfers. In the latest round of plans, no new additional quantities have been identified to be transferred from Wales to England. A summary can be found at gov.uk.

Ofwat, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales issued joint water resources planning guidance to water companies, which takes account of policy in England and Wales. They are also statutory consultees on the plans, as relevant. When reviewing the plans, the Environment Agency and National Resources Wales regularly meet to discuss proposals by water companies.

Lord Douglas-Miller
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many prosecutions were made for illegal sewage dumping in each of the water authority areas in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

The Government is holding water companies to account on a scale never seen before and the regulators will not hesitate to hold companies to take appropriate action if they are in breach of their permits and failing to meet their legal obligations. The EA can now use new powers to impose unlimited penalties for a wider range of offenses following Government’s changes to broaden of the scope of the existing civil sanctions regime and remove the previous cap on penalties.

The EA has made 59 prosecutions against water and sewerage companies for pollution offences since 2015, securing fines of over £150m.

Four prosecutions have been concluded so far in 2023 for pollution offences:

  • Anglian Water fined £510,000 on 12 January 2023 and £2,650,000 on 27 April 2023
  • South West Water fined £2,150,000 (for 7 offences) on 26 April 2023
  • Thames Water fined £3,334,000 on 04 July 2023)

More prosecutions are progressing through the court system with hearing dates next year.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government regarding proposals being developed by United Utilities, Severn-Trent Water and Thames Water to divert water from reservoirs in Wales to the Thames basin.

As agreed in the Intergovernmental Protocol on Water Resources, Water Supply and Water Quality, Defra and the Welsh Government work together on water resources management as a matter of course.

Water companies in England and Wales have a statutory duty to provide a secure supply of water for customers, efficiently and economically. Statutory water resources management plans show how companies will continue to meet this duty and manage water supply and demand sustainably for at least the next 25 years. In their plans, water companies must consider all options, including demand management and water resources infrastructure. Collaborative regional water resources groups and water companies have been consulting on their draft water resources management plans. This includes United Utilities, Severn Trent Water and Thames Water.

Ofwat, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales issued joint water resources planning guidance to water companies, which takes account of policy in England and Wales. They are also statutory consultees on the plans, as relevant. The plans will be referred to the Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers for decisions on whether the plans can be finalised later in the year.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.

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.

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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect work on electrifying the rail line between Crewe and Holyhead to start; what estimate they have made of the cost of this work; and when they expect the project to be completed.

We are working closely with the rail industry to develop and deliver on the Government priorities outlined in the Prime Minister’s Network North announcement, which includes an unprecedented £1 billion investment to fund the electrification of the North Wales Main Line. We are in the early stages of planning the next steps for the North Wales electrification scheme, including the costs and programme for development and delivery. We will share further information when that work is complete.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what is the anticipated timetable for the electrification of the mainline railway connection between Crewe and Holyhead.

We are working closely with the rail industry to develop and deliver on the Government priorities outlined in the Prime Minister’s Network North announcement, which includes an unprecedented £1 billion investment to fund the electrification of the North Wales Main Line, bringing parts of North Wales within an hour of Manchester. We are in the early stages of planning the next steps for this scheme and will share further information when that work is complete. Our investment is intended to enable the operation of electric trains over the full North Wales Coast line between Holyhead and Crewe.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many people died as result of road accidents in England in the most recent period of five years for which complete figures are available; of these, (1) how many deaths occurred on roads where there was a speed limit in effect of 40 miles per hour or below, and (2) how many where no such speed restriction was in force.

The overall number of reported road fatalities in England in the last 5 years, those occurring on roads of which the permanent speed limit was 40 miles per hour or under, and those occurring on roads of which the permanent speed limit was above 40 miles per hour are shown in the table.

Year

Fatalities

Fatalities where the speed limit was 40 miles per hour (mph) or under

Fatalities where the speed limit was above 40 miles per hour (mph)

2018

1,521

731

790

2019

1,489

725

764

2020

1,246

598

648

2021

1,329

644

685

2022

1,443

684

759

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Avanti North West concerning the withdrawal of direct trains between London and the North Wales coast between 15 and 23 July; and what estimate they have made, if any, of the effect that this may have on tourist destinations in Wales.

The Department has not made an assessment of the impact of Network Rail engineering works. Avanti West Coast has kept the Department sighted on plans to mitigate the impact of the Network Rail works taking place between Rugby and Stafford (via Nuneaton) between 15 July and 23 July, which affect direct services between London and North Wales.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
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 Secretary (HM Treasury)
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 Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Written Statement by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 18 September (HLWS1021), following the Court of Appeal judgment of 11 July, has any implication for Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The National Disability Strategy contains commitments from departments across the UK Government; where these commitments involve Reserved or Partially Reserved matters, there may be implications for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as is usual in policy changes on reserved or partially-reserved matters. Departments leading on such issues are responsible for engaging with devolved administrations as necessary on specific issues where the policy is not fully devolved.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with former Allied Steel & Wire employees regarding the non-payment of those employees' industrial pensions for the past 21 years.

The Allied Steel and Wire pension scheme was among the earliest of the major schemes to benefit from the Financial Assistance Scheme. The former Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman, met with members of the Allied Steel and Wire pension scheme on 16 June 2021 to discuss the financial assistance payments they have been receiving, in lieu of their pensions.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to representations made to them by the Pensioners Action Group on behalf of persons now of pensionable age whose sponsoring companies closed in the 1990s through insolvency and who consequently suffered substantial pension losses.

The taxpayer funded Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) has been operational since 2005. It was set up to award financial assistance to members of eligible defined benefit pension schemes which started to wind up underfunded between 1 January 1997 and 5 April 2005. Since it was established, the FAS has been extended and improved several times, making the financial help more generous and encompassing more schemes and members. Therefore, the Government does not intend to take any steps in response to the Pensions Action Group.

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

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.

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
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.
22nd Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 9 December 2022 (HL3870), when patients on home dialysis will receive information on funding to address the increased energy cost of powering such equipment.

NHS England’s Haemodialysis service specification makes provision for financial support to offset energy costs incurred by recipients of at-home dialysis. NHS England has uplifted tariff prices by 4.1% this year to account for inflationary costs and support National Health Service trusts in uplifting their local reimbursement tariffs for patients.

In addition to the above, the Government’s cost of living support package delivers £15 billion worth of support measures to assist the most vulnerable with rising energy costs. The Government remains committed to supporting vulnerable households and is closely monitoring the situation.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they (1) have taken, or (2) plan to take, to ensure that seriously ill children who depend on electrical equipment for their survival can access a secure supply of affordable electricity this winter.

The Government’s cost of living support contains specific measures aimed at the most vulnerable, including households with critically ill-children requiring electricity dependent medical equipment at home, with £15 billion made available to those with the greatest need.

Specific National Health Service specialised services also grant financial rebates to offset energy costs, including home oxygen concentrators and adult home dialysis. NHS England is working with regional teams and integrated care systems as the commissioners of services to identify funding to address increases in the costs associated with operating medical equipment in the home. Local authorities can also provide support.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 estimate they have made of the average rate of pay of a qualified nurse with ten years experience in (1) 2010, and (2) 2020; and if adjusted for the purchasing value of the pound, what would be the percentage change in remuneration since 2010.

In June 2010, basic pay, not including any additional earnings, for a newly qualified nurse at the bottom of Band 5, on a full-time equivalent basis (FTE), was £21,176.

We can estimate that, for nurses still working in the Hospital and Community Health Sector (HCHS) in June 2020, average basic pay per FTE was £34,216. This is a nominal increase of 61.6% and reflects pay awards; progression up pay scales within pay bands, promotion to more senior roles in higher pay bands and the effects of the Agenda for Change multi-year pay and contract reform deal (2018/19-2020/21). After accounting for consumer price index inflation this is a real terms increase of 33.2%.

Nurses can also earn premium rates of pay for working during unsocial hours or through agreed overtime. The NHS reward package also includes a generous annual leave allowance and access to a much-valued pension scheme.

These estimates are derived from unvalidated data from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) Data Warehouse. This is a monthly snapshot of the live ESR system, which is the HR and payroll system for the HCHS sector in England. It does not cover those working in general practice, social care or the independent sector and one NHS foundation trust that has chosen to not use the system.

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.

24th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Argentina on the future security of the Falkland Islands.

As fellow G20 members, we look forward to developing a strong and constructive relationship under the Presidency of Javier Milei. When the Minister for the Americas met President Milei at his inauguration, he made clear that the UK has no doubt about our sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas. We are committed to defending proactively the Falkland Islanders' right of self-determination; this is not something we will ever be prepared to negotiate on.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.
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 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.

31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to modify the Barnett formula for financial year 2024–25 and subsequent financial years, to reflect the changing needs of (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.

There are currently no plans to modify the operation of the Barnett formula. The Barnett formula has stood the test of time because it is simple, efficient and provides a clear and certain outcome.

Overall, the devolved administrations’ funding is at least 20% more per person than equivalent UK Government spending in other parts of the UK.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how much finance, other than that provided under the Barnett formula, was made available to (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland, in each of the past three financial years.

The UK Government makes available significant funding across the UK to meet UK-wide policy objectives. The Government spends across the UK on all reserved policy areas (such as national security and the honours system), and provides direct support for people and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

HM Treasury does not have a single figure to quantify the total level of support provided across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as there are multiple programmes funded by various departments. However, the ONS Country and Regional Analysis publication presents estimates for the allocation of identifiable expenditure between the UK countries and nine English regions.

It is for the devolved administrations to decide how to allocate their funding in devolved areas. The published Statement of Funding policy document sets out how the devolved administrations are funded, including Barnett-based funding and agreed borrowing and tax powers. The Block Grant Transparency publication breaks down all changes in the devolved administrations’ block grant funding from the 2015 Spending Review up to and including Main Estimates 2023-24. This publication is updated regularly, and the most recent report was published in July 2023.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many branches of (1) Barclays, (2) NatWest, (3) Lloyds Bank, and (4) HSBC, in the UK have closed in 2023 so far; and what were the corresponding figures for 2022.

The Government does not make assessments of bank branch closures. However, in the event of a closure of a core cash service, for example a bank branch, LINK provides an assessment of a community’s cash access needs. It keeps an updated record of these assessments on its website as part of its overview of branch closures announced by banks since January 2022, alongside any banking hubs or deposit services recommended.

Decisions on opening and closing branches are taken by the management team of each bank on a commercial basis, with which the Government does not interfere.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Nov 2023
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consequential payments they are making to the Welsh and Scottish Governments under the Barnett formula as a result of their recent announcement of additional funding for the promotion of the game of chess in schools and communities in England.

The funding for promoting chess in schools in England was funded from within existing budgets. As such, there are no additional Barnett consequentials from this decision.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what additional funding they have made available to the Welsh Government over and above the basic budget provision for Wales in the financial year 2023–24; and for what purposes any specific use was stipulated.

Spending Review 2021 set the largest annual block grant, in real terms, of any spending review settlement since the devolution Acts. This provided the Welsh Government with £2.5 billion in 2023-24 through the Barnett formula, on top of their £15.9 billion baseline. They also received over £320 million of ringfenced non-Barnett funding for 2023-24 for farming and fisheries.

On top of this settlement, the Welsh Government have received an additional £745 million through the Barnett formula for 2023-24, largely as a result of decisions made at Autumn Statement 2022 and Spring Budget 2023. They have also received around £450 million in non-Barnett funding for 2023-24 since Spending Review 2021.

It is for the devolved administrations to allocate their Barnett-based funding in devolved areas as they see fit. They can therefore take their own decisions on managing and investing available resources, reflecting their own priorities and local circumstances, and they are accountable to the devolved legislatures for these decisions. Non-Barnett funding is generally ringfenced, meaning it can only be spent for the purpose it was given.

A breakdown of Barnett and non-Barnett funding, including the policy areas for which the non-Barnett funding is ringfenced, can also be found in the Block Grant Transparency publication. This publication is updated regularly, and the most recent report was published in July 2023.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to transfer responsibility for the Crown Estate in Wales, including the coastline and seabed, to Senedd Cymru.

The Crown Estate has played a significant role in attracting international investment into Wales to support the UK’s net zero target and will continue to do so through future leasing rounds for offshore wind developments, including floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea. They work closely with Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales in support of shared priorities, ensuring that these resources are sustainably managed for the long term.

Introducing a new entity would fragment the market, complicate existing processes, and likely delay further development offshore, undermining investment in Welsh waters.

Therefore, the government is not planning to transfer responsibility of the Crown Estate to Senedd Cymru.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what will be the Barnett Consequential Financial Provision for (1) Scotland, (2) Northern Ireland, and (3) Wales, as a result of their expenditure on the HS2 railway project in England.

Spending on HS2 contributes to the Barnett consequentials generated from changes in the Department for Transport’s settlement. The Block Grant Transparency publication which is available on GOV.UK sets out all Barnett consequentials generated at both departmental and programme level.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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.
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total additional financial allocation, over and above the budgeted amounts for 2019–20 and 2020–21, respectively, they have made available to the Welsh Government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have so far announced £2.3 billion of additional funding for the Welsh Government in 2020-21 to support people, businesses and public services in Wales.

This is in addition to the UK-wide measures that the people and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

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.

5th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many Home Office employees are employed in Wales in (1) police services, (2) prison services, (3) border control, and (4) other services.

Of the areas listed, the Home Office only provides border control services. Of the 957 Home Office staff based in Wales. Unfortunately, the number of Border Force members of staff cannot be released for national security reasons.

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

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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
7th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Welsh Government, and (2) Scottish Government, regarding the wishes of those administrations to welcome refugees into their countries.

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.

Ministers and officials have been in direct contact with both the Scottish and Welsh Governments on this issue.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
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.

11th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing the number of homes assessed by their energy efficiency scheme in each of the past 10 years and the total cost of that scheme in each of those years.

Data tables showing numbers of energy certificates lodged on the Energy Performance of Buildings Registers and energy efficiency ratings are published online here. The tables were last updated on 27 April 2023.

Local authority level data on Energy Performance certificates is published and available from the Open Data Community.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Register ('the scheme') runs on a cost neutral basis.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing, for the most recent period for which figures are available, the 15 local authorities with the lowest percentage of dwellings which have an EPC energy efficiency rating of 'C' or above.

Data tables showing numbers of energy certificates lodged on the Energy Performance of Buildings Registers and energy efficiency ratings are published online here. The tables were last updated on 27 April 2023.

Local authority level data on Energy Performance certificates is published and available from the Open Data Community.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Register ('the scheme') runs on a cost neutral basis.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what sums have been allocated to projects in each nation of the UK respectively under the levelling-up strategy.

The Levelling Up programme is an ambitious programme of reform with an agenda to transform the United Kingdom and address this country's regional inequalities. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities run some dedicated funding programmes that help us achieve the missions set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, but they are only one part of a broader set of measures.

Our newer programmes are specifically UK-wide and as of July 2023 we allocated significant funding across the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Community Renewal Fund, Levelling Up Fund and Community Ownership Fund. This includes £4,720 million across England, £261 million across Northern Ireland, £612 million across Scotland and £963 million across Wales.

We are committed to setting aside at least £800 million in Levelling Up Funding for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland until 2024/25 and for the Community Ownership Fund we are committed to targeting a minimum of £4.3 million for Northern Ireland, £12.3 million for Scotland and £7.1 million for Wales over the lifetime of the fund up to March 2025.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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.

19th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Welsh Ministers and officials of the Welsh Government concerning the implications of the Victims and Prisoners Bill for the devolution settlement.

The Ministry of Justice has engaged closely with the Welsh Government at ministerial and official level throughout the drafting and passage of the Victims and Prisoners Bill to ensure the Bill reflects the current devolution settlement. The legislative consent motion process is engaged for clause 15 and Part 2 of the Bill.

A consultation ran on proposals for Part 1 of the Bill from December 2021 to February 2022. Following this consultation, Ministry of Justice officials engaged with Welsh Government officials on the proposals and sought their view on areas which relate to devolved matters. It was agreed between the Ministry of Justice and Welsh Government that clauses 12-14 would not apply to Wales due to existing commissioning arrangements for victim support services, however, clause 15 would apply to Wales.

The Bill was published in draft in May 2022 reflecting this position. A letter was sent from the First Minister of Wales to the then Secretary of State in December 2022 regarding the draft Bill stating that a legislative consent motion would be laid when the Bill was introduced confirming the Welsh Government were content with the devolution position in the Bill and no changes would be required. This letter also praised the engagement between the UK Government and Welsh Government on the Bill.

Following pre-legislative scrutiny, further measures (Parts 2 and 4) were added to the Bill. The Victims and Prisoners Bill was introduced to Parliament on 29 March 2023. Conversations took place with the Welsh Government, in particular on Part 2 of the Bill (creation of the Independent Public Advocate), to determine how Welsh Ministers would be included in the standing up of an advocate following a major incident in Wales.

Following introduction of the Bill, the Welsh Government informed Ministry of Justice officials that their position on devolution had changed and that they would lay a legislative consent memorandum stating that they would no longer consent to clause 15 applying to Wales in the form it was drafted, and that they considered that the clauses pertaining to the Victims’ Code engage the devolution process. This was laid in May 2023.

Letters have been exchanged between UK and Welsh Government Ministers and conversations have taken place between officials to seek to agree an updated position on devolution that satisfies both administrations. Following the changes made to Part 2 of the Bill during Commons Report Stage, conversations continue between officials on the application of these clauses to Wales.

A final position will be set out during Lords amending stages of the Bill.

Lord Bellamy
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many times since taking office the Prime Minister has met the First Minister of Wales; and whether the Prime Minister plans to meet the current First Minister before the latter’s retirement.

I refer the Noble Lord to the answer I gave to question HL1907 on 1 February 2024. I also refer the Noble Lord to my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister’s comments about the First Minister’s retirement at Prime Minister’s Questions on 13 December 2023. Details of the Prime Minister’s future official meetings and visits will be announced in the usual way.

Baroness Swinburne
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
24th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last visited Senedd Cymru, and on how many occasions during 2023 he had discussions in person with the First Minister of Wales.

The Prime Minister visits all parts of the United Kingdom regularly.

Details of official visits can be found on the gov.uk website as part of the government’s transparency agenda. The Prime Minister also undertakes party political visits across the United Kingdom.

The Secretary of State for Wales, the Minister for Intergovernmental Relations and the Prime Minister undertake constructive engagement with the Welsh Government and the Senedd Cymru, with relevant meetings as appropriate. Details of future official visits will be announced in the usual way.

Baroness Swinburne
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
10th May 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what approaches they have had from the Welsh Government concerning the transfer of responsibility to Senedd Cymru of (1) the police service in Wales, (2) the prison service in Wales, and (3) the court service and administration of justice in Wales.

Whilst the Welsh Government has called for the devolution of justice and policing to Wales, it has not made a formal request for the powers to be transferred.

There has been no persuasive case made for how devolution would improve the operation of these services. There are therefore no plans to devolve them.

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.

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.