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Abena Oppong-Asare

Labour - Erith and Thamesmead

First elected: 12th December 2019

Shadow Minister (Women's Health and Mental Health)

(since September 2023)

Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)
16th Oct 2020 - 5th Sep 2023
Finance (No. 2) Bill
10th May 2023 - 18th May 2023
UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [Lords]
16th Nov 2022 - 22nd Nov 2022
Finance (No.2) Bill
8th Dec 2021 - 11th Jan 2022
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 22nd Feb 2021
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 22nd Feb 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Abena Oppong-Asare has voted in 789 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Kemi Badenoch (Conservative)
President of the Board of Trade
(45 debate interactions)
Lucy Frazer (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
(31 debate interactions)
Helen Whately (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
(28 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(236 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(38 debate contributions)
Department for Business and Trade
(31 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Financial Services Bill 2019-21
(10,417 words contributed)
UK Infrastructure Bank Act 2023
(6,683 words contributed)
Finance Act 2022
(6,059 words contributed)
Finance (No. 2) Act 2023
(5,976 words contributed)
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Erith and Thamesmead Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

The HMRC mileage rate for reimbursing the use of private cars (e.g. for employees but also volunteers) has been fixed at 45p/mile (up to 10,000 miles) since 2011. The lack of any increase since then is a serious disincentive to volunteer drivers particularly as fuel has gone up again recently.

Make specialist training mandatory for all police and other government agencies that support black women and girls affected by domestic abuse. Police and agencies should have culturally appropriate training to better understand the cultural needs of black women affected by domestic abuse.

Air pollution kills 64,000 people in the UK every year, yet the Government provides annual fossil fuel subsidies of £10.5 billion, according to the European Commission. To meet UK climate targets, the Government must end this practice and introduce charges on producers of greenhouse gas emissions.

Much like the existing mandatory requirement for employers with 250 or more employees must publish their gender pay gap. We call upon the government to introduce the ethnicity pay gap reporting. To shine a light on race / ethnicity based inequality in the workplace so that they can be addressed.

Black Women in the U.K. are 5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth compared to White Women (MBRRACE, 2019). We need more research done into why this is happening and recommendations to improve health care for Black Women as urgent action is needed to address this disparity.

The government is helping private firms to protect jobs by paying up to 80% of staff wages through this crisis. If it can do this why can it not help key workers who will be putting themselves/their families at risk and working extra hard under extremely challenging and unprecedented circumstances.

During the pandemic government workers have delivered vital public services and kept our country safe and secure. After ten years in which the real value of civil service pay has fallen, many face hardship. The Government must start to restore the real value of their pay with a 10% increase in 2020.

To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.

The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.


Latest EDMs signed by Abena Oppong-Asare

16th March 2020
Abena Oppong-Asare signed this EDM on Tuesday 21st April 2020

Temporary universal basic income

Tabled by: Kevin Brennan (Labour - Cardiff West)
That this House calls on the Government to introduce a temporary universal basic income or an emergency measure to help freelancers and the self-employed effected by the covid-19 outbreak.
100 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 49
Scottish National Party: 28
Liberal Democrat: 9
Independent: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Alba Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
24th February 2020
Abena Oppong-Asare signed this EDM on Tuesday 21st April 2020

CCTV in care homes

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House recognises that people living in residential care homes represent some of the most vulnerable members of society most of whom have made commendable contributions to society over the course of their working and social lives; welcomes the Government’s ongoing review of social care policy; notes that there …
26 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 16
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Conservative: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Independent: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Abena Oppong-Asare, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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


Abena Oppong-Asare has not been granted any Urgent Questions

2 Adjournment Debates led by Abena Oppong-Asare

Thursday 19th October 2023
Thursday 21st October 2021

Abena Oppong-Asare has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 50 Written Questions

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6 Other Department Questions
13th Jul 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the House of Commons Commission has taken to train staff to use defibrillators.

The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service (PHWS) is responsible for the Parliamentary defibrillators. The Parliamentary Safety Team is responsible for First Aid training which includes the defibrillator training programme.

There are 32 defibrillators located across the entire Parliamentary estate. All Defibrillator locations are listed and available on the parliamentary intranet. Posters detailing defibrillator locations will shortly be displayed on notice boards in buildings across the estate. The defibrillators are located in open wall cabinets in public, high risk or high traffic areas and signed accordingly.

New maps of each floor have been designed detailing defibrillator locations in the Palace of Westminster (PoW), Portcullis House (PCH), and Cromwell Green and are available on the parliamentary intranet. Maps for the rest of the buildings are currently under design and will be made available once complete. There will be further publicity on the locations of the defibrillators.

Training to use the defibrillators is included within First Aid Training courses. Security Teams and PHWS undergo training in defibrillator use. Ad hoc requests for additional training can be made to the Clinical Nurse Advisor or any of the PHWS team who will manage this accordingly. We work closely with the London Ambulance Service to ensure our defibrillator programme is delivered to the highest of standards and within best practice guidance as detailed by the Resuscitation Council UK.

Defibrillators are designed so that anyone can turn on (whether trained or not) and will be provided with prompts and directions for use.

The Administration Committee will look at this further after the Summer Recess. Officials will be in touch with the hon. Member so that she may contribute her views.

13th Jul 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to publicise the location of defibrillators on the parliamentary estate.

The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service (PHWS) is responsible for the Parliamentary defibrillators. The Parliamentary Safety Team is responsible for First Aid training which includes the defibrillator training programme.

There are 32 defibrillators located across the entire Parliamentary estate. All Defibrillator locations are listed and available on the parliamentary intranet. Posters detailing defibrillator locations will shortly be displayed on notice boards in buildings across the estate. The defibrillators are located in open wall cabinets in public, high risk or high traffic areas and signed accordingly.

New maps of each floor have been designed detailing defibrillator locations in the Palace of Westminster (PoW), Portcullis House (PCH), and Cromwell Green and are available on the parliamentary intranet. Maps for the rest of the buildings are currently under design and will be made available once complete. There will be further publicity on the locations of the defibrillators.

Training to use the defibrillators is included within First Aid Training courses. Security Teams and PHWS undergo training in defibrillator use. Ad hoc requests for additional training can be made to the Clinical Nurse Advisor or any of the PHWS team who will manage this accordingly. We work closely with the London Ambulance Service to ensure our defibrillator programme is delivered to the highest of standards and within best practice guidance as detailed by the Resuscitation Council UK.

Defibrillators are designed so that anyone can turn on (whether trained or not) and will be provided with prompts and directions for use.

The Administration Committee will look at this further after the Summer Recess. Officials will be in touch with the hon. Member so that she may contribute her views.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what progress has been made towards the $100 billion climate finance commitment.

The UK continues to encourage developed countries to increase their climate finance commitments for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries through the UK's G7 and COP26 Presidencies. At the COP President Designate’s request, Germany and Canada are leading the development of a $100 billion Delivery Plan. This will demonstrate, in advance of COP26, how developed countries will mobilise $100 billion a year through to 2025. President Biden has made a major step towards achieving the $100 billion goal, announcing recently at the UN General Assembly that the US is doubling their climate finance to $11.4 billion in 2024.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on people with protected characteristics.

An equalities assessment was carried out on the Coronavirus Act and was published on the 28 July. - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-act-2020-equality-impact-assessment

We are undertaking a wide range of analysis to support decision making across government. We are keeping Parliament and the wider public updated on the analysis of covid including through several survey publications on business and social impacts available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-statistics-and-analysis#social-impacts.

More broadly, equality impacts have been identified as part of an ongoing process to support policy development and have been a key part of the decision-making process. The responsibility for equalities impact assessments lies with departments, who take this responsibility very seriously.

It is important to note that protected characteristics refer to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation; the Equality Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of any of these characteristics.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to support victims of conversion therapy.

We have been thoroughly considering both legislative and non-legislative options to stop this out-dated and harmful practice, and support victims. My officials are working at pace on the matter, and we will outline plans to end conversion therapy practices once we have completed this work. We know that a whole society approach will be needed to truly end conversion therapy and we will continue to engage key stakeholders to stop this abhorrent practice.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 188796 on Treasury: Darlington, what progress has made on commercial negotiations over that site; and when he expects these negotiations to conclude.

The Government Property Agency is responsible for commercial negotiations, which are ongoing and therefore commercially sensitive.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the maximum occupancy capacity of the Darlington Economic Campus at Feethams House is.

Feethams House currently has 300 work-points. Work is underway to increase capacity prior to the construction of the new permanent home on the Brunswick site.

The Darlington Economic Campus forms an important part of the Government's Places for Growth (PfG) programme – an initiative that supports the commitment to relocate 22,000 roles outside of London and the South East by 2030. The DEC permanent solution will accommodate over 1,400 civil servants.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what specific savings the Efficiency and Value for Money Committee has identified to date.

The Domestic & Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee is a Cabinet Committee.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees is not normally shared publicly.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to support people who have disabilities to stand for election.

It is the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in public office. The Government has been clear that the responsibility for supporting disabled candidates sits with political parties and that the EnAble Fund was an interim measure to give parties time to put their own support in place.

The government is committed to seeing more people with disabilities standing for local elections and becoming councillors. As part of the DLUHC funded 2022/23 local government sector support programme, delivered by the Local Government Association and launched in April this year, DLUHC supports a scheme which includes:

  • a coaching programme for disabled councillors to support them as resilient and confident leaders of their communities;

  • a campaign to attract more people with disabilities to stand for council elections and a new ‘Be a Councillor’ guide for disabled candidates who are considering standing for the 2023 elections;

  • a bespoke leadership development programme for disabled councillors, which provides councillors with unique networking opportunities and support.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he chairs the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer chairs the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee.

The standing members of the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee, as of 12 July 2022, are as follows:

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer (Chair)

  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury (co-Deputy Chair)

  • Minister of State (Brexit Opportunities & Government Efficiency) (co-Deputy Chair)

  • Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

  • Minister without Portfolio

12th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who chairs the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee as of 12 July 2022.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer chairs the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee.

The standing members of the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee, as of 12 July 2022, are as follows:

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer (Chair)

  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury (co-Deputy Chair)

  • Minister of State (Brexit Opportunities & Government Efficiency) (co-Deputy Chair)

  • Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

  • Minister without Portfolio

12th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee is taking to ensure (a) Government efficiency and (b) value for money.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

12th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee has met.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to visit the covid memorial wall.

The covid memorial wall is a moving reminder of the heartbreak and grief suffered by families across the United Kingdom. Each heart is a reminder of the individuals who have died. I have met and continue to meet those bereaved by Covid-19. Details of my public engagements will be announced in the usual way.

22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to establish a permenant memorial to people who have lost their lives as a result of covid-19.

Whilst the Government's immediate focus is on protecting the lives and livelihoods of the nation, building a fitting and a permanent memorial to the loved ones we have lost is something the Government is considering very carefully.

We will set out the Government’s proposed approach to this important matter in due course.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the procurement policies are for the securing of services from private companies for the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The driving principle behind public procurement policy is to award contracts on the basis of value for money, which means the optimum combination of cost and quality over the lifetime of the project, not just price alone.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on setting and monitoring cross-Government objectives on supporting young people during the current economic situation.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

Nonetheless, the Government has outlined a range of measures to support young people.

In July, the Chancellor announced a £500m package of support to ensure young people access the training and develop the skills they will need to go on to high-quality, secure and fulfilling employment. T Levels will play a key part in rebuilding the economy after the coronavirus outbreak, boosting access to high-quality technical education for young people

The first three courses launched in 44 colleges and other providers this September.

Further T Levels will be introduced in a phased rollout over the next four years.

Further Government support including the Job Retention Scheme and the Kickstart Scheme will support young people.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Jan 2020
What estimate he has made of the number of voters at risk of becoming disenfranchised as a result of the proposals for voter ID requirements contained in the Queen’s Speech.

No one will be disenfranchised by confirming who they are. These are sensible plans to make our elections more secure. Everyone registered to vote will have the opportunity to do so. Any voter who does not have an approved form of ID will be able to apply, free of charge, for an electoral ID from their local authority.

Both the pilots and the Northern Irish experience demonstrate that showing ID does not reduce participation.

13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the impact of the expansion of oil and gas exploration in the North Sea on the environment.

NSTA analysis shows domestic gas production is on average almost four times cleaner than the process of producing and importing gas in LNG form. Reducing domestic production would not reduce end use emissions but could lead to billions of pounds going abroad and lost British jobs and tax revenues. New licences slow the decline in UK oil and gas production, boosting the UK's energy security, rather than increasing production above current levels. The UK remains on track to meet net zero by 2050.

The impact of North Sea exploration has been assessed by the UK Government in an Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to tackle scams related to the Energy Bills Discount Scheme.

The Government will be working closely with the Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA) to manage the potential risks of fraud and gaming from the Energy Bill Discount Scheme. The Government is in the process of developing a robust set of fraud detection and prevention levers, which will support the delivery and implementation of the scheme.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of recipients receiving the Warm Homes Discount earlier in the Winter; what discussions he and his official have had with the energy suppliers on the timing of those payments; and if he will make a statement.

Energy suppliers can provide the Warm Home Discounts payments to their customers at any point until the end of March each scheme year, although in many cases it will be paid earlier. The timing of the payment will also depend on how each customer pays for their energy.

While most households will receive their rebate automatically, without having to apply, this approach enables further households to be identified as eligible through manual means and allows energy suppliers time to resolve any issues with the Instructions to Pay. Therefore, the Government has not considered bringing forward the payment deadline.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help (a) sustainable and (b) ethical manufacturing businesses in the UK.

The Government is committed to decarbonising industry in line with our net zero goals, while simultaneously transforming our industrial heartlands by attracting inward investment, future-proofing businesses, and securing high wage, high skill jobs. We are providing around £2 billion of funding to help industry to reduce emissions, save on bills and connect to low carbon infrastructure such as carbon capture technology.

The Government continues to engage with enforcement bodies and industry partners to strengthen our understanding of how to improve ethical work practices across all sectors including manufacturing.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
4th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) direct employees, (b) contractors and (c) agency workers who work in his Department and relevant agencies and public bodies receive a wage below that of the (i) UK Real Living Wage outside of Greater London and (ii) London Living Wage inside of Greater London, as determined by the Living Wage Foundation.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy does not have any direct employees, contractors, agency workers, relevant agencies and public bodies who receive a wage below, as determined by the Living Wage Foundation.

26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy or Industrial Strategy, if he will implement safeguards to accompany the Energy Bills Support Scheme to ensure that all private rented sector tenants living in properties with a domestic electricity meter receive the £400 support and landlords are unable to withhold it.

The Government expect landlords with a domestic electricity connection where tenants’ energy costs are included in their rental charges, to ensure that the £400 reduction is passed on to tenants. The Government held a technical consultation on the Energy Bills Support Scheme from 11 April to 23 May. The responses to this consultation are being analysed and a response will be published later in the summer.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies that received Bounce Back loans were set up after March 2020.

As of 22 February 2022, Cabinet Office analysis has identified 3,761 loans as having been issued to companies incorporated after 1 March 2020. Businesses had to be established on or before 1 March 2020 to be eligible. However, some businesses may have been carrying out business before 1 March 2020 as sole traders and partnerships, and chose to incorporate subsequently. A legitimate business which changed its legal form in this way was still eligible for the scheme.

12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of coronavirus bounce back loans from each lender have been identified as fraudulent.

It is not possible to confirm the proportion of Bounce Back Loans from each lender that have been identified as fraudulent.

Lenders are able to flag individual loans as suspected fraud, however this does not necessarily indicate that a fraud has taken place, as this is ultimately determined by the Courts.

12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of companies that received Coronavirus Bounce Back Loans were issued to companies that had been created by company formation agents.

The Department do not hold this information.

12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulation and supervision of the British Business Bank.

The British Business Bank (BBB) is a company of which the Secretary of State is the sole shareholder. The directors of the company are responsible for supervising its activities as set out in the Companies Act. A Shareholder Framework Document governs the relationship between the shareholder and the BBB. This includes provision for a shareholder representative on the board.

The BBB is not (and has never been) a regulated bank, given its wholesale model, i.e. ordinarily delivering through delivery partners (c.130), with no direct relationship with SME borrowers. These delivery partners are typically regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and, in the case of banks, the Prudential Regulation Authority. The BBB itself does not carry out regulated activities.

12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on which dates the covid-19 loan scheme counter-fraud strategy board has met.

The Covid-19 Counter Fraud Strategy Board has met on the following dates:

19-10-2020

03-11-2020

16-11-2020

30-11-2020

14-12-2020

11-01-2021

25-01-2021

08-02-2021

22-02-2021

08-03-2021

22-03-2021

08-04-2021

19-04-2021

04-05-2021

17-05-2021

14-06-2021

28-06-2021

26-07-2021

23-08-2021

04-10-2021

01-11-2021

06-12-2021

13-01-2022

07-02-2022

07-03-2022

04-04-2022

03-05-2022.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether companies that have been sanctioned by the UK or are owned by people who have been sanctioned by the UK in relation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine received loans through (a) the bounce back loan scheme, (b) the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme, (c) coronavirus large business interruption loan scheme; and if he will publish details of those companies.

In order to be eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme or the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, a business was required to be trading in the United Kingdom.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Schemes are delegated schemes, where customer relationships are managed by accredited lenders. We do not hold information on whether any loan recipients of these schemes have received subsequent sanctions.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many companies owned by Russian nationals or with significant links to Russia received (a) bounce back loans, (b) coronavirus business interruption loans, or (c) coronavirus large business interruption loans; and if he will publish details of those companies.

In order to be eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme or the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, a business was required to be trading in the United Kingdom.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Schemes are delegated schemes, where customer relationships are managed by accredited lenders. We do not hold data on whether recipients of borrowing via the schemes are Russian nationals or have registered interests in the Russian Federation.

2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Paymaster General of 1 February 2022, Official Report, column 160, that the estimate of fraud in the bounce back loan scheme had been revised down from £4.9 billion to £3.3 billion, if he will publish the methodology used to produce that revised figure.

The Department’s 2020-2021 Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) estimates a loss of £4.9 billion relating to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) because of fraud. This is based upon the sampling exercise work undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2020, details of which are set out in the ARA. The fraud and error estimate for the scheme, it was concluded, ranges from £3.6 billion to £6.3 billion, with the central estimate value being £4.9 billion (11.15%) of loan facilities.

More recent information from PwC suggests a reduction in the central BBLS fraud estimate to 7.5%. This estimate requires further verification as our work with lenders and government agencies to identify fraudulent loans continues.

1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence his Department has had with the National Crime Agency on the issue of fraud in respect of the coronavirus business support schemes in each of the last three months.

The Department has been in correspondence with the National Crime Agency on the issue of fraud in respect of the coronavirus business support schemes on several occasions on each of the last three months. The details of the correspondence cannot be disclosed as this may prejudice live or future investigations. The Department continues to work closely with the NCA and other law enforcement agencies to tackle serious fraud and other criminality.

28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department spent on tackling fraud in coronavirus business support schemes in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021.

It is difficult to put a figure on the total being spent on tackling Covid fraud as our response involves the contribution of many partners organisations.

  • BEIS and BBB’s response includes:
    • Lender resource identifying fraud, providing information and intelligence for investigations/prosecution, referring appropriate cases to INSS and recovery procedures.
    • INSS resource for enforcement procedures against companies and directors
    • NATIS investigations, prosecutions and recoveries.
    • Collaboration with a wide range of law enforcement agencies
    • The core BEIS Covid loans team.

Funding for subsequent years will be determined through the current Business Planning Process.

28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials in his Department worked on preventing fraud in the coronavirus business support schemes in each month since April 2020.

The resource BEIS deployed in counter fraud was proportionate to the level of fraud risk.

28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will publish any strategy it has produced for recovering fraudulent loans made as part of the coronavirus business support schemes.

The National Audit Office follow-up report into the Bounce Back Loan Scheme recommended the Department produces a formal strategy that sets out the longer-term ambitions, objectives and metrics for the impact of successful counter-fraud activity. We are considering the recommendation and will respond in due course.

28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department produced a strategy for preventing fraud in the coronavirus business support schemes.

The National Audit Office follow-up report into the Bounce Back Loan Scheme recommended the Department produces a formal strategy that sets out the longer-term ambitions, objectives and metrics for the impact of successful counter-fraud activity. We are considering the recommendation and will respond in due course.

19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to support the development of the UK’s hydrogen sector; and whether he has made an assessment of the steps the Government can take to support hydrogen-based steelmaking in the UK.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan was clear on our aim for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy. The forthcoming Hydrogen Strategy will set out what is required to build a hydrogen economy fit for 2030, Carbon Budget 6 and beyond, whilst maximising economic benefits. We will also consult on priority policies, including hydrogen business models, a low carbon hydrogen standard, and the £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund.

The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, published on 17 March, commits to work with the newly constituted Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’. Hydrogen-based steelmaking is one of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

In order to support these efforts, the Government has announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The decarbonisation of the steel sector and industry more widely will also be supported through the £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund (CIF) and the £240m NetZero Hydrogen Fund.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of decarbonising the UK steel sector; and what plans his Department has to support that project.

Decarbonising UK industry is a core part of the Government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution. The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy published on 17 March, commits to work with the Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’.

Hydrogen, electrification, and carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) are the main technological options being examined as part of this process. The industry decarbonisation pathways technical annex of the strategy (pg. 153-155) presents two possible options for the decarbonisation of the iron and steel industry: Our wide-ranging support also includes: providing over £500m in recent years to help with the costs of energy; a £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, which aims to support businesses with high energy use to cut their bills and reduce carbon emission; and our £250m Clean Steel Fund that will support the decarbonisation of the steel sector.

19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans for the Net Zero Strategy to include an assessment of the steps required to decarbonise the UK steel industry.

Decarbonising UK industry is a core part of the Government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution. The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy published on 17 March, commits to work with the Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’.

Hydrogen, electrification, and carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) are the main technological options being examined as part of this process. The industry decarbonisation pathways technical annex of the strategy (pg. 153-155) presents two possible options for the decarbonisation of the iron and steel industry: Our wide-ranging support also includes: providing over £500m in recent years to help with the costs of energy; a £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, which aims to support businesses with high energy use to cut their bills and reduce carbon emission; and our £250m Clean Steel Fund that will support the decarbonisation of the steel sector.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide further guidance to businesses in the personal care sector on the meaning of the advice to consider providing shorter, more basic treatments as part of the covid-19 secure guidance.

The Safer Working guidance on close contact services was updated on 30 March ahead of reopening on Step 2. Extended treatments have not been banned. Since July 2020, the guidance has made clear that the personal care sector should keep appointments shorter as best practice and consider how the length of the appointment could be minimised to reduce the risk of transmission. We expect the personal care sector to continue to use their discretion and experience.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he undertook an equalities impact assessment before publishing the guidance to businesses in the personal care sector on providing shorter, more basic treatments as part of the covid-19 secure guidance.

The Safer Working guidance was developed by BEIS with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive. An equalities impact assessment was undertaken when the guidance was first published in May 2020. It has been kept under constant review and updated regularly.

Since July 2020, the guidance has made clear that the personal care sector should keep appointments shorter as best practice and consider how the length of the appointment could be minimised to reduce the risk of transmission. We expect the personal care sector to continue to use their discretion and experience.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Additional Restrictions grants have been issued by each local authority in England.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary scheme aimed at supporting businesses, including those that have not been mandated to close but have had their trade adversely affected by the nationalised restrictions. At Budget on 3 March, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an additional £425 million will be made available via the ARG, meaning that more than £2 billion has been made available to Local Authorities since November 2020.

All data on Government allocations and Local Authority payments of the ARG is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of the differences in criteria used by local authorities to determine applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides Local Authorities with discretionary funding to enable them to support businesses including those not mandated to close, but which have had their trade affected by the restrictions that have been put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives.

The flexibility of the ARG allows Local Authorities to provide support that suits their local area, to determine how much funding to provide to businesses and exactly which businesses to target. The scheme aims to support businesses when most needed, and Local Authorities should use this funding as quickly as possible. We are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that grants are delivered swiftly to businesses in scope of this funding.

All data on Government allocations and Local Authority payments of the ARG is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with businesses operating in the hospitality sector on the level of economic support needed by that sector since the covid-19 lockdown was announced in January 2021.

I meet with representatives from across the hospitality sector on a weekly basis to discuss the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on their businesses and the Government’s package of business support.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will work with businesses in the hospitality industry to establish a strategy to ensure businesses can recover after the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

I recognise the important role the hospitality sector as an economic driver and as the heart of communities up and down the country. While the Government is committed to supporting the sector until the vaccines are rolled out and businesses can open without restrictions, I am also working with the sector as we plan for the longer-term recovery.

13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning firework sales to discourage private gatherings during bonfire season whilst the covid-19 outbreak remains ongoing.

The Government does not have any plans to ban the sale of fireworks, but people must be careful to safely use fireworks at home and follow their instructions for use. People must follow the coronavirus restrictions in their local area. Information on local COVID alert levels across the UK can be found on the GOV.UK website.