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Alan Brown

Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

(since January 2020)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)
1st Jul 2018 - 7th Jan 2020
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)
20th Jun 2017 - 7th Jan 2020
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure and Energy)
20th Jun 2017 - 1st Jul 2018
European Scrutiny Committee
28th Nov 2016 - 3rd May 2017


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7th December 2021
09:45
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Energy National Policy Statements
7 Dec 2021, 9:45 a.m.
At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Aled Rowlands - Head of Corporate Affairs - Electricity Transmission at National Grid
Danielle Lane - Chair at Offshore Wind Industry Council
Paul McGimpsey - Director of Regulation at Energy Networks Associaiton
Emma Pinchbeck - Chief Executive Officer at Energy UK
At 11.30am: Oral evidence
James Richardson - Chief Economist at National Infrastructure Commission
At 12.15pm: Oral evidence
Dr. Nick Hughes - Senior Research Fellow at Bartlett School, University College London
Joan Edwards - Director of Policy and Public Affairs at The Wildlife Trusts
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Scheduled Event
Friday 28th January 2022
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Electricity Grid (Review) Bill: Second Reading
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Division Votes
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Finance (No. 2) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 37 Scottish National Party Aye votes vs 0 Scottish National Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
Speeches
Tuesday 30th November 2021
Conduct of the Right Hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip

Madam Deputy Speaker,

“The Scotch—what a verminous race!”

So says a racist poem that calls for the “comprehensive extermination” of …

Written Answers
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Universal Credit: Overpayments
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 22nd July 2021
Nuclear energy policy
That this House urges the Government to review its nuclear policy; notes that Dungeness Power Station stopped generating in June …
Bills
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Electricity Grid (Review) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to require the Government and Ofgem to conduct and act on a review of the electricity transmission grid …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 26th July 2021
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for surveys:
EDM signed
Wednesday 1st December 2021
US-UK-Australia military pact
That this House notes with concern the Prime Minister’s announcement on 14 September 2021 of the AUKUS military pact; further …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Alan Brown has voted in 241 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Greg Hands (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(61 debate interactions)
Alan Whitehead (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(36 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(22 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(80 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(61 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(32 debate contributions)
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Kilmarnock and Loudoun 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).

Petitions with highest Kilmarnock and Loudoun signature proportion
Petitions with most Kilmarnock and Loudoun signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

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.

The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.


Latest EDMs signed by Alan Brown

19th November 2021
Alan Brown signed this EDM on Wednesday 1st December 2021

Animals in Scientific Research and transition to new approach methodologies

Tabled by: Martyn Day (Scottish National Party - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
That this House regrets 2.88 million animal experiments were carried out in Great Britain in 2020; notes there can be better options than using animals in scientific research; further notes the Animal Free Research UK report Modernising Medical Research recommendation to establish a role focussed on replacing animals with human …
24 signatures
(Most recent: 1 Dec 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 13
Plaid Cymru: 3
Labour: 3
Independent: 2
Alba Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
18th October 2021
Alan Brown signed this EDM on Wednesday 1st December 2021

US-UK-Australia military pact

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House notes with concern the Prime Minister’s announcement on 14 September 2021 of the AUKUS military pact; further notes that this is likely to escalate tension in the Far East and that military manoeuvres and sanctions in the Indo-Pacific region have already led to concerns about the threat …
24 signatures
(Most recent: 1 Dec 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 13
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 3
Scottish National Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Alan Brown, 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.


Alan Brown has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Alan Brown has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by Alan Brown


A Bill to require the Government and Ofgem to conduct and act on a review of the electricity transmission grid and associated charges, to include consideration of abolishing charge differentials based on geographic location, incentivising renewable energy generation to maximise energy output, and minimising the passing on of charge fluctuation risk to consumers in the form of higher prices; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Tuesday 26th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 28th January 2022
Order Paper number: 13
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision about multi-employer pension schemes, including provision for the protection of unincorporated businesses, such as plumbing businesses, from certain multi-employer pension scheme liabilities; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 24th January 2018
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to review the conduct of Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd in relation to the Green Deal; to require the Secretary of State to report on the merits of a scheme guaranteed by Her Majesty’s Government to compensate persons mis-sold loans under the Green Deal; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision to safeguard, and for the release of, cash retentions in the construction industry; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 26th April 2017
(Read Debate)

599 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
28 Other Department Questions
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will publish the projects relating to the Palace of Westminster commissioned since 2015 detailing the (a) extent of work and for completed projects, (b) estimated budget, (c) estimated timescales and (d) final cost and completion timescales.

Since 2015 a number of capital works projects have been undertaken within the Palace of Westminster, many of which remain ongoing. The majority of these projects are driven by health and safety, personnel and asset protection, or critical operational need. To provide a comprehensive list would exceed the prohibitive cost threshold for responding to a Parliamentary Question.

The overall funding for capital works is set each year by the Commission through the Medium-Term Investment Plan following advice from the Finance Committee. There is a rigorous process of financial control for all projects, overseen by the House’s Audit Committee, and the progress of all projects is monitored routinely by the Joint Investment Board* and the Finance Committees of both Houses. In addition, there is a regular flow of assurance – monitoring how projects are delivered against time, cost and quality – provided by a variety of external bodies.

*The Joint Investment Board (JIB) is a sub-committee of the House of Commons Executive Board and House of Lords Management Board. For capital works projects, JIB provides prioritisation, scrutiny and assurance, maintaining an overview of the capability and capacity of the project community. The Board escalates any concerns to the Commons Executive Board and the Lords Management Board.

23rd Sep 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 49191 on Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance, what the (a) value of the stonework order is, (b) timescale for completion and (c) extent and locations of all proposed works.

As stated in the answer to question 49191, it is not possible to provide the value of the stonework order until we have completed the business case. Similarly, the extent, locations and timescales of all the repairs will also be determined by the business case. As stated in the last answer, the timescale of this business case is approximately 18 months. The repair work is driven by the need to ensure that health and safety risks are eliminated before they arise. Aside from Cloister Court, key areas identified by initial surveys carried out in 2020 are:

• Westminster Hall (North Elevation)

• The Colonnade, both internally and externally

• Peers Court

• Peers Inner Court

• St Stephen’s Hall

• Star Chamber Court

• Central Spire

14th Sep 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 40981 on Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance, what the timescale is for the compilation of the business case referred to in that answer.

A mandate has just been approved for work to be carried out to stonework across the Palace. This work will target areas that cannot wait until the Restoration and Renewal Programme. Cloister Court is one of the key areas it will address. The average timescale for our business cases is 18 months.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost is of the refurbishment of the remaining sections of cloisters close to St Stephen's Chapel.

We do not have a cost yet, as we are at the early stages of the business case process.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of the refurbishment of the trial restoration of the section of cloisters close to St Stephen's Chapel.

The cost for refurbishment of the trial restoration of the section of cloisters close to St Stephen’s Chapel was £1.4m.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost is of the upgrade works to the doors of Central Lobby.

The estimated cost to upgrade the doors of Central Lobby is £3.8m.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost is of the river terrace stone restoration programme.

The river terrace stone restoration programme has approved funds of £4.6m.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent estimate the Commission has made of the date of completion of the refurbishment of the Elizabeth Tower.

Summer 2022 is the current date for the completion of the conservation project.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated cost is of the lift refurbishment programme.

The lift programme is split into two phases.

Phase 1: £5.05m will refurbish 11 lifts in the Palace of Westminster that were identified as a priority (forecast completion 2022).

Phase 2: Has an estimated cost of £35.9m. This would refurbish 42 lifts in the Palace of Westminster and 15 lifts on other parts of the Estate. Please note – this is an estimated cost. In addition, it is still to be determined how many of these lifts will be delivered as part of this Programme or delivered as part of R&R.

The programme will deliver a full electrical and mechanical refurbishment to the lifts so that they continue to be safe to use. This will also ensure that they are compliant with current standards and legislation, including fire safety.

26th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 3953 on Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans, when he plans to confirm the final listing of Scottish Renewable Energy companies that will be utilised to promote Scotland's marine renewables sector.

The government publishes details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on a quarterly basis. Transparency returns for Cabinet Office Ministers can be found here.

The UNFCCC will publish a list of participants who attended COP26 at the end of the conference. An events programme and list of exhibitors within the UK Government managed Green Zone will be made available to the public in due course.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
26th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2021 to Question 3953 on Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans, if he will publish a list of the companies he has met.

The government publishes details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on a quarterly basis. Transparency returns for Cabinet Office Ministers can be found here.

The UNFCCC will publish a list of participants who attended COP26 at the end of the conference. An events programme and list of exhibitors within the UK Government managed Green Zone will be made available to the public in due course.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th May 2021
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2021 to Question 2353 on Elections Scotland, if the Commission will make a comparative assessment of the (a) number of votes received by the Independent Green Voice and average number of votes received by parties with a similar level of electoral campaign spending.

The Commission's reporting on the Scottish Parliamentary election will cover the administration and delivery of the polls, and will be published in the autumn. The Commission will also publish details of campaign spending by political parties at the election, so that voters and other campaigners can see how parties spent their money at this election.

Post-poll reporting and the publication of financial returns comprise of responsibilities given to the Commission by the UK's parliaments. The number of votes recieved by individual political parties is not a factor in this work.

Christian Matheson
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th May 2021
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Commission made an assessment of the extent to which the Independent Green Voice’s description as Organic Green Scotland on the Scottish parliamentary election regional listing ballot paper represented the key objective of that party.

Parties have the option to register descriptions which can appear on the ballot paper. The Commission, as the registrar for political parties, must assess whether a party's description meet requirements set out in law. Where an application to register a description meets the legal requirements, it must be registered.

There is no requirement in law for a party's descriptions to reflect its policies and objectives. As such, this is not a consideration when the Commission assesses an application to register a description, and it is not a basis on which a description could be refused.

Christian Matheson
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (b) officials in that Department and (c) industry bodies on using the COP26 climate change conference to promote the North Sea Transition Deal.

I have regular discussions with my Cabinet colleagues, including the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The UK Government has committed to supporting its transition to clean energy through the North Sea Transition Deal.

The Deal will focus on the decarbonisation of domestic oil and gas production while using the capabilities of the sector to deliver CCS and Hydrogen production. This will support and sustain new high-quality jobs and anchor the supply chain in the UK.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
19th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (b) industry bodies on using the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference to promote Scotland’s marine renewables sector.

I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues, including the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to help promote the UK's clean energy transition. I have met with companies in the renewable energy industry in Scotland to explore how they can support a successful COP26. The Government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies in the UK, including in Scotland. Since 2003 various bodies across Government have provided innovation/R&D funding of £175m to the wave and tidal sectors (almost £80m since 2010).

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
19th May 2021
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2021 to Question 2352 on Elections: Scotland, what is the planned timetable for post-poll reporting.

The Commission will report formally on the delivery of the polls in the autumn, after the summer recess periods for the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament and Senedd. Reporting will be informed by a detailed process of information gathering and evaluation.

Christian Matheson
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th May 2021
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what plans the Commission has to review the Independent Green Voice party entry and logo on the Scottish parliamentary election regional listing with regards to potential voter confusion with the Scottish Greens political party.

The Commission assesses whether applications to register a political party, and their indentity marks, meet the criteria set out in electoral law. This includes the requirement to ensure that voters would not likely be confused with already registered parties.

As part of its assessment process, the Commission publishes on its website a list of names, descriptions and emblems under consideration, to invite comments from the public and other parties.

Details were published on the Commission's website on 12 February 2021 of the application by Independent Green Voice to add a new emblem. No concerns were raised, and after a careful assessment process, the Commission authorised the application to register the emblem on 23 March.

The Commission has an ongoing duty to maintain the register of political parties including by reviewing registered indentity marks if relevant considerations change. However, as matters stand it is satisfied that there are clear and sufficent differences between the two parties' registered names, descriptions and emblems to avoid likely voter confusion.

Christian Matheson
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th May 2021
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what plans the Commission has to review the extent of electronic political content promoted without an imprint for the Scottish Parliamentary Election held on 6 May 2021; and if he will he make a statement.

The Commission welcomed the introduction of the new digital imprint requirement for all digital campaign material at the Scottish Parliamentary elections. It provides voters with a better understanding of who is trying to influence them online.

The Commission regulates compliance with the new law by registered parties, and by non-party campaigners who campaign for or against parties. The police are responsible for compliance by candidates, and non-party campaigning for or against candidates.

Ahead of the election, the Commission published guidance for campaigners on what must be included on election material. The Commission monitored compliance with the new regime closely, and will, as part of its post-poll reporting, report on the implemention and regulation of the requirements.

Christian Matheson
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Feb 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what plans he has to promote at COP26 (a) recycling of organic wastes and (b) other solutions to help tackle methane emissions.

We are tackling methane emissions domestically through supporting the agriculture sector to reduce its emissions further through the Agricultural Transition Plan. Through our COP26 Nature campaign, we are encouraging a global shift towards sustainable agriculture.

In the Resources and Waste Strategy, published in December 2018, we have committed to exploring policies to work towards eliminating all biodegradable waste to landfill by 2030.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Committee has made an assessment of the implications for the (a) administration of elections and (b) strength of the Union of a reduction in the number of Scottish parliamentary seats.

The Electoral Commission's role relates only to aspect a) of the question.

On the administration of elections, it will provide the necessary support to the electoral community in responding to any changes made to constituency boundaries by Parliament, to ensure the continued delivery of well-run elections.

Christian Matheson
Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment has been made of the adequacy of the design of the proposed temporary chamber in Richmond House to facilitate social distancing measures in the event of future coronavirus outbreaks.

The design for Richmond House as a temporary Commons Chamber has been paused. The House of Commons Commission has taken the decision to use Richmond House as temporary accommodation for Members and their staff.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
14th Oct 2020
To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment has been made of the potential merits of reconstructing the Commons Chamber to facilitate social distancing in the event of future coronavirus outbreaks.

Strategic steers have been provided to the Sponsor Body by the management boards at the beginning of lockdown around longer-term work that may be required. These made reference to future coronavirus outbreaks or similar events, but further work is still required. The strategic review is seeking to validate the underlying assumptions.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons employment and industrial relations are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly but not to the Scottish Parliament.

The devolved nations, institutions and their respective devolution settlements are all different, reflecting their circumstances and history, and are considered as individual entities.

The Smith Commission did not recommend any change to the reserved status of employment and industrial relations policy in Scotland.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 58080 on Gay Conversion Therapy, which company or organisation the Government has commissioned to undertake research on the scope of practices and experiences of those subjected to conversion therapy.

This government is committed to tackling the abhorrent practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

Our action will be determined by research to look at how best to define conversion therapy, where it is happening and who it is happening to.

When that is complete, we will bring forward proposals to ban conversion therapy, making sure that our measures are effective, so that innocent people no longer have to endure these vile practices.

Following a competitive tendering exercise, the Government Equalities Office has commissioned Coventry University to undertake initial research that sets out the scope of practices, where it is happening and how it affects those who have experienced it. The aims and objectives of this research, alongside it’s methodology, are included in the report, which will be published in due course.

Officials are also reviewing the legislative framework to establish the scope of conversion therapy practices that are not already unlawful. Where these dangerous practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending them underground. We will engage a wide range of stakeholders on these practices and any potential measures.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 58080 on Gay Conversion Therapy, if she will publish the terms of reference for the research that the Government has commissioned.

This government is committed to tackling the abhorrent practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

Our action will be determined by research to look at how best to define conversion therapy, where it is happening and who it is happening to.

When that is complete, we will bring forward proposals to ban conversion therapy, making sure that our measures are effective, so that innocent people no longer have to endure these vile practices.

Following a competitive tendering exercise, the Government Equalities Office has commissioned Coventry University to undertake initial research that sets out the scope of practices, where it is happening and how it affects those who have experienced it. The aims and objectives of this research, alongside it’s methodology, are included in the report, which will be published in due course.

Officials are also reviewing the legislative framework to establish the scope of conversion therapy practices that are not already unlawful. Where these dangerous practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending them underground. We will engage a wide range of stakeholders on these practices and any potential measures.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 58080 on Gay Conversion Therapy, what timescales the Government has agreed for the completion of the research that it has commissioned.

This government is committed to tackling the abhorrent practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

Our action will be determined by research to look at how best to define conversion therapy, where it is happening and who it is happening to.

When that is complete, we will bring forward proposals to ban conversion therapy, making sure that our measures are effective, so that innocent people no longer have to endure these vile practices.

Following a competitive tendering exercise, the Government Equalities Office has commissioned Coventry University to undertake initial research that sets out the scope of practices, where it is happening and how it affects those who have experienced it. The aims and objectives of this research, alongside it’s methodology, are included in the report, which will be published in due course.

Officials are also reviewing the legislative framework to establish the scope of conversion therapy practices that are not already unlawful. Where these dangerous practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending them underground. We will engage a wide range of stakeholders on these practices and any potential measures.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 58080 on Gay Conversion Therapy, what dangerous conversion therapy practices that are not already unlawful the Government has identified; and if she will make a statement.

This government is committed to tackling the abhorrent practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

Our action will be determined by research to look at how best to define conversion therapy, where it is happening and who it is happening to.

When that is complete, we will bring forward proposals to ban conversion therapy, making sure that our measures are effective, so that innocent people no longer have to endure these vile practices.

Following a competitive tendering exercise, the Government Equalities Office has commissioned Coventry University to undertake initial research that sets out the scope of practices, where it is happening and how it affects those who have experienced it. The aims and objectives of this research, alongside it’s methodology, are included in the report, which will be published in due course.

Officials are also reviewing the legislative framework to establish the scope of conversion therapy practices that are not already unlawful. Where these dangerous practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending them underground. We will engage a wide range of stakeholders on these practices and any potential measures.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with (a) port operators, (b) HMRC and (c) transport operators on methods to speed up offloading processes for imported goods; and if he will make a statement.

Ports around the world are experiencing similar issues with container capacity and supply chains, so this is not unique to the UK.

We are working closely across government, and with the freight industry, including on HGV driver shortages, to work through the challenges some of our ports are facing at this important time of the year.

We are also in regular contact with key port and shipping operators, at Ministerial and official level, in relation to the wider global international shipping issues arising from increased disruption, demand, and supply chain matters that may be causing some delays to goods.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the quantity of goods held offshore as a result of delays in checking and approval processes for imported goods at ferry ports as at 18 October 2021; and if he will make a statement.

​There are currently no delays in Government checking and approval processes for goods being imported into the UK. Any delays in bringing goods into the UK are being caused by broader global supply chain issues.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on the public inquiry into the Government's response to the covid-19 pandemic, announced on 21 May 2021; and if he will make a statement.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed that a public inquiry into COVID-19 would be established on a statutory basis, with full formal powers, and that it will begin its work in spring 2022.

Further details will be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Specialised Committee on Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Specialised Committee on Fisheries has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Specialised Committee on Road Transport has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Specialised Committee on Aviation Safety has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Specialised Committee on Air Transport has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Specialised Committee on Energy has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Administrative Cooperation in VAT and Recovery of Taxes and Duties has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Level Playing Field for Open and Fair Competition has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) Government representatives are members of the Trade Specialised Committee on Regulatory Cooperation; and how often that committee has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Public Procurement has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Intellectual Property has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Services, Investment and Digital Trade has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Customs Cooperation and Rules of Origin has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Trade Specialised Committee on Goods has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Working Group on Medicinal Products has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Working Group on Motor Vehicles and Parts has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Working Group on Organic Products has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how often the Working Group on Social Security Coordination has met.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) Government representatives are members of the Specialised Committee on Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) Government representatives are members of the Specialised Committee on Fisheries.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU representatives and (b) Government representatives are members of the Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Working Group on Medicinal Products.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Working Group on Motor Vehicles and Parts.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Working Group on Organic Products.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Working Group on Social Security Coordination.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Specialised Committee on Road Transport.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Specialised Committee on Aviation Safety.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Specialised Committee on Air Transport.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Specialised Committee on Energy.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Administrative Cooperation in VAT and Recovery of Taxes and Duties.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Level Playing Field for Open and Fair Competition.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Regulatory Cooperation.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Public Procurement.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Intellectual Property.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Services, Investment and Digital Trade.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Customs Cooperation and Rules of Origin.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Goods.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 12 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU and (b) UK Government representatives sit on the Trade Specialised Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) establishes a Partnership Council to oversee implementation of the Agreement. The Partnership Council is supported by a network of other committees, including the Trade Partnership Committee and 18 Specialised Committees. Together, these fora enable the UK and EU to discuss the effective implementation of our trade deal.

The TCA Specialised Committee on Social Security Coordination met on 6 July. The Specialised Committee on Fisheries is scheduled for 20 July. No other TCA Committee has yet met. The EU and UK have to agree meeting dates jointly. We are currently working with the EU to agree dates for other Specialised Committee meetings. The UK and EU co-chairs of each TCA Committee and Working Group determine their respective delegations to each meeting. Numbers in each delegation will vary between meetings, depending on what agenda items are scheduled for discussion.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, when the Working Group on Social Security Coordination is due to first meet.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement establishes a standard set of committees and working groups to oversee its operation.

The Government is considering carefully the process around the establishment of these committees and working groups.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, what the selection process will be for the appointment of UK Government representatives to the Working Group on Social Security Coordination.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement establishes a standard set of committees and working groups to oversee its operation.

The Government is considering carefully the process around the establishment of these committees and working groups.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU representatives and (b) UK Government representatives will sit on the Working Group on Social Security Coordination.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement establishes a standard set of committees and working groups to oversee its operation.

The Government is considering carefully the process around the establishment of these committees and working groups.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live, (c) what the remaining term of the contract is and (d) what the annual repayments are.

The Cabinet Office has no live PFI contracts.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish Lord Dunlop's Review of UK Government Union Capability.

Since Lord Dunlop delivered his report, the Government has been carefully considering its recommendations on how departments can work most effectively to realise fully all the benefits of being a United Kingdom.

The Government is grateful for the work that Lord Dunlop has undertaken.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the effectiveness of changes implemented on the parliamentary estate in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The House of Commons Commission has ensured that the House Service has implemented the Working safely during coronavirus guidance and meets the requirements to be defined as a covid-secure workplace. The Commission is satisfied that the steps taken appear to be working, but these will be kept under constant review and changes made when needed.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding has his Department allocated to the development of wave electricity generation in each year since 2010.

The table below sets out the level of state support for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) received by tidal and wave energy technologies in each year since 2010. These figures do not include the sizeable revenue support provided by schemes such as the Renewables Obligation.


UK Government(s) Total Research, Development and Demonstration Spend

YEAR

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Tidal energy specific

..

..

..

£2m

£2.9m

£1.5m

£1.3m

£900k

..

£2m

£3.3m

..

Wave energy specific

..

..

..

£4.5m

£4m

£8.7m

£650k

£450k

£8.5m

£11.5m

£8.3m

..

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding has his Department allocated to the development of tidal stream technology in each year since 2010.

The table below sets out the level of state support for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) received by tidal and wave energy technologies in each year since 2010. These figures do not include the sizeable revenue support provided by schemes such as the Renewables Obligation.


UK Government(s) Total Research, Development and Demonstration Spend

YEAR

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Tidal energy specific

..

..

..

£2m

£2.9m

£1.5m

£1.3m

£900k

..

£2m

£3.3m

..

Wave energy specific

..

..

..

£4.5m

£4m

£8.7m

£650k

£450k

£8.5m

£11.5m

£8.3m

..

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2021 to Question 60444, on Carbon Capture and Storage: Grants, if he will publish the scores allocated to each cluster under the assessment process.

The sequencing decision was made following a robust, specialist-led assessment based on the criteria presented when the Government launched this process in May. This is outlined in the Government’s answer on 27th October (60444). Officials have provided feedback directly to relevant clusters, while respecting commercial sensitivity. However, it would be unsuitable for the Department to publish the scores allocated to each cluster, because: the Cluster Sequencing process is ongoing; the Government needs to respect the commercial sensitivity of the clusters’ information.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding has his Department allocated to the development of pumped storage hydro projects in each year since 2010.

The 2021 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan set out the Government’s approach to electricity storage, including pumped hydro storage, which centres on creating a best-in-class regulatory framework. The actions in the Plan aim to remove regulatory and policy barriers and ensure that markets reflect the value that these assets provide to the energy system.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding has his Department allocated to the development of hydro power projects in each year since 2010.

The table below illustrates the level of state support for research, development, and demonstration received by hydro power projects each year since 2010. These figures do not include any revenue support provided by the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariffs schemes.

In 2020, the Department allocated £234,000 of support to hydro power projects, through Innovate UK and the UK's contribution to the International Climate Fund.


UK Government Total Research, Development and Demonstration Spend

YEAR

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total Hydroelectricity

..

£144k

£56k

£22k

£92k

£133k

£8.8m

£331k

..

..

£234k

..

Key

.. = value not available

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish details of (a) spending on the development of nuclear energy projects since 2010 and (b) funding streams that are available for the development of nuclear energy projects as of 9 November 2021.

Since 2008 the policy framework for the development of new nuclear projects has been designed to support private developers to fund projects. It was on this basis that the Government gave the go-ahead to Hinkley Point C in 2016, which is funded by EDF, CGN and their investment partners. For projects after Hinkley, the Government has been considering options for providing direct funding. The Spending Review announced up to £1.7bn to support large-scale nuclear this Parliament alongside a new £120m Future Nuclear Enabling Fund, further details on which will be announced in due course. On 9 November, the Government announced £210m for Rolls-Royce’s SMR design, which forms part of the £385m Advanced Nuclear Fund set out in the Energy White Paper.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 19 October 2021, HCWS325, when he plans to publish the (a) assessment and scoring criteria for the carbon capture, usage and storage bids and (b) award process for the Track 1 clusters.

When the Government launched the CCUS Cluster Sequencing process in May this year, full details were published of both the criteria against which cluster submissions would be assessed, and the process by which these criteria would be applied by our assessors. These evaluation criteria were, in order of weighting:

- Deliverability (30%)

- Emissions Reduction Potential (25%)

- Economic Benefits (20%)

- Cost Considerations (15%)

- Learning and Innovation (10%)

This information is available on gov.uk in the Cluster Sequencing Phase-1 launch document (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cluster-sequencing-for-carbon-capture-usage-and-storage-ccus-deployment-phase-1-expressions-of-interest).

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) scope and (b) timescales are for the holistic review of transmission charges; and whether (i) industry and (ii) wider stakeholders will be able to inform that review.

Transmission charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem published a call for evidence on possible transmission charging reforms on 1 October 2021, which is available at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/tnuos-reform-call-evidence . The call for evidence provides all interested parties with an opportunity to submit views and evidence on: the extent to which reform is needed; priority areas that should be looked at; how any reform programme might be delivered; and timescales within which any change is needed. It runs until 12 November 2021.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of SSEN Transmission’s recent stakeholder survey on TNUoS, which found that 93 per cent of industry stakeholders would support reform of the current transmission charging regime.

Transmission charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Having held discussions with industry parties, and received evidence including Scottish & Southern Energy Networks’ Transmission Charging Stakeholder Survey Feedback Report, Ofgem published a call for evidence on possible transmission charging reforms on 1 October 2021. It is available at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/tnuos-reform-call-evidence.

The Government will continue to engage closely as Ofgem progresses this work, to understand how any decisions can help support delivery of a secure, net zero energy system at lowest cost to consumers.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Ofgem's consultation on Access and Forward-looking Charges Significant Code Review, when Ofgem and the Government plan to publish further details of a proposed holistic review of wider transmission charges.

Transmission charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Having held discussions with industry parties, and received evidence including Scottish & Southern Energy Networks’ Transmission Charging Stakeholder Survey Feedback Report, Ofgem published a call for evidence on possible transmission charging reforms on 1 October 2021. It is available at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/tnuos-reform-call-evidence.

The Government will continue to engage closely as Ofgem progresses this work, to understand how any decisions can help support delivery of a secure, net zero energy system at lowest cost to consumers.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the (a) value, (b) date of award, (c) proposed outcome and (d) spend profile for each funding allocation to a carbon capture and storage cluster.

Details of these awards are publicly available, including both the size of the awards and the nature of the projects we are supporting:

https://www.ukri.org/news/ukri-awards-171m-in-uk-decarbonisation-to-nine-projects/.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan 2021, published in July 2021, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a requirement to provide contract periods beyond the current two-year award periods to incentivise the construction of new long duration storage technologies; and if he will make a statement.

Alongside the 2021 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, we published a call for evidence on large-scale, long-duration electricity storage designed to help us build our understanding of the specific challenges faced, and gather information about potential ways to address them, including which interventions (if any) would be most appropriate to support the deployment of such storage. We will continue to work closely with industry and other stakeholders as we consider the challenges and opportunities of different options for intervention.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan 2021, published July 2021, what plans he has to adapt current contract reward mechanisms from a singular approach of contracting services such as balancing, ancillary, inertia, voltage and frequency regulation to a more holistic approach of rewarding contracts to technologies according to the entirety of services they provide to the Grid.

Markets which reflect the value of flexibility will be key to achieving a smart, flexible energy system. Our approach in the 2021 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan centres on creating a best-in-class regulatory framework by removing regulatory and policy barriers and ensuring that markets reflect the value of flexibility to the system. We have set out actions to ensure that flexibility technologies are rewarded for the services they provide to the system including commitments on the Electricity System Operator (ESO) to deliver reforms to its suite of balancing services to enable the transition to a sustainable energy system.

We expect the ESO to maintain the pace of reform needed to operate a net-zero system and facilitate participation from all technologies to unlock the full value of flexibility being offered.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan 2021, published in July 2021, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the requirement for long-duration flexible storage solutions to be incorporated in the Grid; and what technologies have been evaluated as possible options.

We have commissioned external analysis to improve understanding of the role that large-scale, long-duration electricity storage will play in the electricity system, how much may be required at different points in time, and the benefits of different durations of storage. It includes a range of different technologies such as pumped hydro storage and less established long duration storage technologies like hydrogen storage and compressed air energy storage. This analysis will inform how we address the barriers to deployment that such storage faces. We aim to publish the results of this analysis in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2021 to Question 21213 on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, whether delays to the publication of the Hydrogen Strategy and the Heat and Buildings Strategy will affect the timescales for the publication of the Net Zero Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

The Government plans to publish a Net Zero Strategy ahead of COP that will set out the Government’s vision for transitioning to a net zero economy and outline our path to meet net zero by 2050.

The Government published the Hydrogen Strategy on 17 August 2021 and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-hydrogen-strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy has been delayed until after the Parliamentary summer recess; what the timescales are for the completion of the remaining work required for the publication of that strategy; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course. The strategy will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings, as well as our approach to the key strategic decisions needed to achieve a mass transition to low-carbon heat.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan 2021, published in July 2021, what estimate he has made of the total costs of constraint payments made to electricity producers under that plan; and what long-duration storage technologies will be utilised by the Government to reduce constraint payments and overall energy system costs.

National Grid Electricity System Operator modelled future constraint costs in its 2020/21 Network Options Assessment (NOA).

As outlined in the 2021 Smart System and Flexibility Plan, the Electricity System Operator is carrying out analysis to understand how storage can cost effectively manage network constraints, which is expected to be completed by December 2021; and Government has commissioned external analysis, which considers the system need for large-scale, long-duration storage including its role in reducing constraint payments and overall costs.

The Government and Ofgem intend to publish an electricity networks strategy later in the year, which will consider ways in which electricity network infrastructure can be built and used more efficiently to lessen the issue of constraints.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of EDF on the closure of the Taishan EPR nuclear power plant for safety reasons; and if he will make a statement.

BEIS officials are engaged regularly with representatives from both EDF Energy and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (the ONR) on a wide range of matters relating to nuclear reactors, including Taishan nuclear power plant in China.

As the independent regulator, the ONR will ensure that events at Taishan, and any associated learning, forms part of its ongoing scrutiny of the EPR at Hinkley Point C.

In the design and construction of any nuclear site in Great Britain, licensees (operators) must demonstrate the highest standards with regards to oversight of their key suppliers and components, and the ONR will hold them to account against those requirements. If the ONR judged that any reactor was unsafe it would not allow it to be built or to operate.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making a heat pump sector deal; and will he make a statement.

The UK Government is working closely with the heat pump industry to collaboratively address sector-specific issues and remove barriers to the deployment of heat pumps across the UK.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the potential merits of a larger number of Power Purchase Agreements in the UK electricity market and (b) the effect of those agreements on (i) Government subsidies provided to renewable energy generators through the Contract for Difference scheme and (ii) electricity cost for consumers; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises that achieving our 2050 net zero target will require increased deployment across a range of renewable technologies. The UK's main support mechanism is the Contracts for Difference Scheme (CfD), which has been hugely successful at bringing forward large-scale renewable generation at low costs to the consumer.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) can improve the financial viability of renewable projects built without Government support. PPAs of this nature do not add to consumer levy costs, have the potential to create additional renewable generation capacity and can reduce overall demands on the grid if meeting the needs of large energy users. All routes to deploy cost effective low carbon generation are welcome and given our highly ambitious carbon budget and net zero targets, we anticipate that PPAs will be an important part of the landscape to complement Government mechanisms such as the CfD.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take in order for the UK Government to assume a leadership role for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs); whether he plans to arrange workshops and other forums to encourage corporate entities to adopt and increase renewable electricity procurement; and what steps he is taking to encourage the disclosure of PPA strategies pursued by corporate entities.

Everyone has a role to play in achieving the UK’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. In November, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister appointed my Hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and South Downs (Andrew Griffith MP) as the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion to support the country’s business community to make credible plans to reach net zero by 2050 or earlier.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are one approach businesses can take to contribute to their decarbonisation effort. We urge corporates to consider ways to make their energy consumption greener. This includes through the uptake and disclosure of ambitious PPA strategies. Given our highly ambitious carbon budget and net zero targets, we anticipate that PPAs will be an important part of the landscape to complement Government mechanisms such as the Contracts for Difference scheme. Officials are investigating whether government can play a role in encouraging further growth in the PPA market.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to support renewable electricity procurement clubs to have shared Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) within the context of existing competition law; and what plans he has to bring forward changes to competition law in relation to common electricity procurement.

The UK has robust competition laws, which protect consumers from harmful behaviour and promote competitive markets. There is published guidance on how competition law can apply to cooperation between businesses, including joint purchasing agreements, which ensures that the current rules do not prevent innovative and pro-competitive behaviour. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently wrote to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to request its advice on how the UK can better use the tools available under competition law to achieve our Net Zero and sustainability goals. The CMA will provide its advice in early 2022.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce a payment mechanism for the storage of carbon dioxide relative to carbon capture and storage.

The Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution sets out our aim to establish CCUS in at least two industrial sites by the mid-2020s and a further two by 2030 at the latest.

In December 2020 and May 2021, we published details on a Transport and Storage business model and we will publish a further update in Q4 2021. Our aim is to finalise all CCUS business models in 2022.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2021 to Question 29075 on Hinkley Point C Power Station, what the latest date estimate was from EDF for unit 1 to be commissioned beyond the revised target date of June 2026.

On 27 January 2021, the developer of Hinkley Point C (HPC) announced Reactor One has moved from December 2025 to June 2026. There is a risk that Reactor 1 will be delayed by a further 15 months and Reactor 2 by a further 9 months. This risk of delay has been consistent since it was first reported in July 2017.  We understand that the developer is currently managing the schedule for the construction of Unit 2 to follow approximately one year behind that of Unit 1.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on how many Renewable Heat Incentive applications have been rejected for biomass boilers installed by the company VIRO.

Ofgem, as the scheme administrator hold data on how many applications to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive have been awarded, terminated and rejected for biomass boilers installed by VIRO. This data is not held for applications to the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department hold information on how many Renewable Heat Incentive contracts have been terminated for biomass boilers installed by the company VIRO.

Ofgem, as the scheme administrator hold data on how many applications to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive have been awarded, terminated and rejected for biomass boilers installed by VIRO. This data is not held for applications to the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on how many Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) awards have been made for biomass boilers installed by the company VIRO.

Ofgem, as the scheme administrator hold data on how many applications to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive have been awarded, terminated and rejected for biomass boilers installed by VIRO. This data is not held for applications to the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set out a strategy for developing a UK based supply chain to support delivery of the target of deploying 1GW of floating offshore wind by 2030.

One of the key priorities of this government is putting in place policies to support a significant growth of offshore wind to 2030 and beyond. Within this, we are committed to supporting the development of floating offshore wind, as reflected by our ambitious target of 1GW of floating wind by 2030 and ensuring the UK captures the economic benefits of deploying such technology.

Floating offshore wind projects will be eligible to bid in the next Contract for Difference allocation round, which will open in December 2021. We are committed to developing a strong supply chain for floating offshore wind in parallel with growing deployment and are working with industry and other stakeholders on this. Our approach to the next CfD allocation round will provide the foundation for investment in a sustainable, competitive UK based supply chain from which we will learn to help plan our future approach and the feasible scale of ramp up of deployment, building on the success of fixed bottom wind, which has this year delivered supply chain investments in blades, monopiles and transition pieces, creating and safeguarding over 1,800 direct jobs by 2030.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2021 to Question 21949 EU Grants and Loans: East Ayrshire, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the allocation of funding to replace the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Scotland that Scotland previously received.

The Department regularly meets with the Scottish Government to discuss a range of issues.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course. The strategy will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings, as well as our approach to the key strategic decisions needed to achieve a mass transition to low-carbon heat.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will adopt the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation in their 2021 progress report and set a 2030 target for onshore wind.

The Government will respond formally to the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations by October.

Achieving our ambitious 2050 Net Zero target will require significant increases in renewable electricity generation, and we will need to increase deployment across a range of technologies, including onshore wind. Our recent Energy White Paper stated that we will need sustained growth in the capacity of onshore wind over the next decade alongside solar and offshore wind.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2021 to Question 21957 on Hinkley Point C Power Station, what the reason was for the delay reported by EDF in the project update statement.

The COVID-19 health crisis has had a significant impact on progress for Hinkley Point C, although construction work has continued on site. In January 2021, EDF carried out a detailed review of the schedule to estimate the impact due to the pandemic so far. The review concluded that the start of electricity generation from the first unit at Hinkley Point C is now expected in June 2026, compared to the end of 2025 as announced by EDF in 2016.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
6th Jul 2021
If he will provide further support to energy transition projects in Scotland.

The Government is intending to support the development of at least two Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) clusters to support the energy transition at industrial sites across the UK. This process is ongoing with an announcement expected later this year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2021 to Question 8655 on European Marine Energy Centre: Finance, whether she plans to hold discussions with the European Marine Energy Centre on the requirement for replacement funding following the end of EU funding.

We do not currently have plans to hold talks with the European Marine Energy Centre on replacement funding for previous EU funding. EMEC was established through support from the UK Government in 2003 in Orkney. The Government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies in the UK. Since 2003 various bodies across Government have provided innovation/R&D funding of £175m to the wave and tidal sectors (almost £80m since 2010).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 3949 on Water Power: Finance, when she plans to publish specific allocation round parameters.

We are currently developing parameters for Allocation Round 4 and will publish these well in advance of the next auction in December 2021.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
25th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the level of EU structural funding allocated to East Ayrshire since 2010.

The management of European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) in Scotland is a devolved matter and therefore the responsibility of the Scottish Government.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Heysham II nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average the electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The decision to close a nuclear power station is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for power stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Dungeness B

June 2021

No longer generating

Hinkley Point B

July 2022

965 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,185 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,060 MW

Torness

2030

1,200 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,240 MW

The Government confirmed in the Energy White Paper that it aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project beyond Hinkley Point C to a Final Investment Decision by the end of this Parliament (subject to clear value-for-money and all relevant approvals), and that it will provide up to £385m in an Advanced Nuclear Fund (subject to future Spending Reviews) for the next generation of nuclear technology aiming, by the early 2030s, to develop a Small Modular Reactor design and to build an Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator.

The Capacity Market ensures security of electricity supply by providing all forms of capacity the right incentives to be on the system and to deliver electricity when needed. It secures the capacity we need, including new capacity to replace aging power stations as they retire, through auctions held four-and one-year ahead of delivery (T-4 and T-1). The Capacity Market has brought forward over 13 GW of new build generation and interconnectors to date.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Torness nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The decision to close a nuclear power station is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for power stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Dungeness B

June 2021

No longer generating

Hinkley Point B

July 2022

965 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,185 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,060 MW

Torness

2030

1,200 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,240 MW

The Government confirmed in the Energy White Paper that it aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project beyond Hinkley Point C to a Final Investment Decision by the end of this Parliament (subject to clear value-for-money and all relevant approvals), and that it will provide up to £385m in an Advanced Nuclear Fund (subject to future Spending Reviews) for the next generation of nuclear technology aiming, by the early 2030s, to develop a Small Modular Reactor design and to build an Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator.

The Capacity Market ensures security of electricity supply by providing all forms of capacity the right incentives to be on the system and to deliver electricity when needed. It secures the capacity we need, including new capacity to replace aging power stations as they retire, through auctions held four-and one-year ahead of delivery (T-4 and T-1). The Capacity Market has brought forward over 13 GW of new build generation and interconnectors to date.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Dungeness (B) nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The decision to close a nuclear power station is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for power stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Dungeness B

June 2021

No longer generating

Hinkley Point B

July 2022

965 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,185 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,060 MW

Torness

2030

1,200 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,240 MW

The Government confirmed in the Energy White Paper that it aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project beyond Hinkley Point C to a Final Investment Decision by the end of this Parliament (subject to clear value-for-money and all relevant approvals), and that it will provide up to £385m in an Advanced Nuclear Fund (subject to future Spending Reviews) for the next generation of nuclear technology aiming, by the early 2030s, to develop a Small Modular Reactor design and to build an Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator.

The Capacity Market ensures security of electricity supply by providing all forms of capacity the right incentives to be on the system and to deliver electricity when needed. It secures the capacity we need, including new capacity to replace aging power stations as they retire, through auctions held four-and one-year ahead of delivery (T-4 and T-1). The Capacity Market has brought forward over 13 GW of new build generation and interconnectors to date.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Heysham nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The decision to close a nuclear power station is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for power stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Dungeness B

June 2021

No longer generating

Hinkley Point B

July 2022

965 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,185 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,060 MW

Torness

2030

1,200 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,240 MW

The Government confirmed in the Energy White Paper that it aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project beyond Hinkley Point C to a Final Investment Decision by the end of this Parliament (subject to clear value-for-money and all relevant approvals), and that it will provide up to £385m in an Advanced Nuclear Fund (subject to future Spending Reviews) for the next generation of nuclear technology aiming, by the early 2030s, to develop a Small Modular Reactor design and to build an Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator.

The Capacity Market ensures security of electricity supply by providing all forms of capacity the right incentives to be on the system and to deliver electricity when needed. It secures the capacity we need, including new capacity to replace aging power stations as they retire, through auctions held four-and one-year ahead of delivery (T-4 and T-1). The Capacity Market has brought forward over 13 GW of new build generation and interconnectors to date.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Hartlepool nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The decision to close a nuclear power station is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for power stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Dungeness B

June 2021

No longer generating

Hinkley Point B

July 2022

965 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,185 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,060 MW

Torness

2030

1,200 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,240 MW

The Government confirmed in the Energy White Paper that it aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project beyond Hinkley Point C to a Final Investment Decision by the end of this Parliament (subject to clear value-for-money and all relevant approvals), and that it will provide up to £385m in an Advanced Nuclear Fund (subject to future Spending Reviews) for the next generation of nuclear technology aiming, by the early 2030s, to develop a Small Modular Reactor design and to build an Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator.

The Capacity Market ensures security of electricity supply by providing all forms of capacity the right incentives to be on the system and to deliver electricity when needed. It secures the capacity we need, including new capacity to replace aging power stations as they retire, through auctions held four-and one-year ahead of delivery (T-4 and T-1). The Capacity Market has brought forward over 13 GW of new build generation and interconnectors to date.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Hinkley Point (B) nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The decision to close a nuclear power station is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for power stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Dungeness B

June 2021

No longer generating

Hinkley Point B

July 2022

965 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,185 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,060 MW

Torness

2030

1,200 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,240 MW

The Government confirmed in the Energy White Paper that it aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project beyond Hinkley Point C to a Final Investment Decision by the end of this Parliament (subject to clear value-for-money and all relevant approvals), and that it will provide up to £385m in an Advanced Nuclear Fund (subject to future Spending Reviews) for the next generation of nuclear technology aiming, by the early 2030s, to develop a Small Modular Reactor design and to build an Advanced Modular Reactor demonstrator.

The Capacity Market ensures security of electricity supply by providing all forms of capacity the right incentives to be on the system and to deliver electricity when needed. It secures the capacity we need, including new capacity to replace aging power stations as they retire, through auctions held four-and one-year ahead of delivery (T-4 and T-1). The Capacity Market has brought forward over 13 GW of new build generation and interconnectors to date.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his recent estimate is of the commissioning date for Hinkley Point C (a) Unit 1 and (b) Unit 2.

EDF is the lead investor in Hinkley Point C. The schedule for the construction of Hinkley Point C is the responsibility of the developer and its investors, and not the Government. On 27 January 2021, EDF published a notice saying that Unit 1 is expected to start generating electricity in June 2026. We understand that the developer is currently managing the schedule for the construction of Unit 2 to follow approximately one year behind that of Unit 1.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, what his timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Electricity Act 1989 to define electricity storage as a distinct subset of generation.

In our 2017 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan and in the 2020 Energy White Paper, the Government committed to amend the Electricity Act 1989 to define electricity storage as a distinct subset of generation. This will be important to improve regulatory clarity for electricity storage, and is a commitment we will honour when parliamentary time allows.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many organisations have made representations to him in the last six months on reforming Ofgem’s remit to include a formal reference to delivering the Government’s legislated net zero target.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State regularly meets with organisations to discuss how the industry, government, and the regulator (Ofgem) will need to work together to deliver our net-zero targets.

Ofgem’s existing statutory duty to protect consumers’ interests includes their interests in the reduction of emissions of targeted greenhouse gases – which means the updated Climate Change Act target of 100%.

Additionally, the Energy White Paper committed the Government to consulting on an energy sector strategy and policy statement (SPS) for Ofgem during 2021. The SPS will set out the strategic priorities and policy outcomes of the Government’s energy policy and, subject to Parliamentary approval, net-zero will be a driving theme in the SPS. The SPS will impose a legal obligation on Ofgem to have regard to those strategic priorities and policy outcomes when exercising its regulatory functions and Ofgem will be required to report at the outset and annually on its progress and plans for implementation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of Ofgem’s proposals to reform network charging on the development of renewable energy in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem is leading two major charging reforms: the Targeted Charging Review (TCR), where final decisions were announced in December 2019; and the Access and Forward Looking Charges Significant Code Review (Access SCR). Collectively, this programme of work seeks to ensure that regulatory and market arrangements reflect and enable the energy system transition, as we move towards net zero emissions, and that consumers benefit from the changes.

Ofgem’s TCR reforms seek to ensure all parties connected to the electricity network make a fair contribution to its fixed costs, and it has published an analysis of the expected impacts at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/electricity/transmission-networks/charging/targeted-charging-review-significant-code-review . This analysis indicates that the reforms could affect the investment decisions of some renewable energy projects across Scotland and GB more widely, but also suggests that overall the combined impact of the TCR changes will reduce carbon emissions compared with no reforms.

Ofgem’s Access SCR is seeking to ensure the electricity network is used efficiently and flexibly, allowing consumers to benefit from new technologies and services. Ofgem is currently developing proposals, and intends to consult on these shortly. It will publish an impact assessment alongside that consultation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the forthcoming Strategy and Policy Statement for Ofgem is planned to ensure that regulator supports the delivery of the UK Government's and Scottish Government’s legislative net zero targets.

The Ofgem Strategy and Policy Statement will require Ofgem and the Secretary of State to carry out their regulatory functions in a manner which is consistent with securing the strategic priorities and policy outcomes of the Government’s energy policy. Subject to Parliamentary approval, this will include the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050, noting the separate targets in Scotland and Wales.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the levels of export of timber while domestic demand outstrips supplies for the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is aware that some building materials are in short supply nationally. At present, supply of these products is not keeping pace with demand, and strong demand during 2020 reduced existing stocks. Within this, the Government is aware of particular concerns about the supply of timber, which is of critical importance to the construction sector. However, the UK exports a very limited amount of timber or timber-based products, and supply constraints in the UK are created by a shortage of supply on global markets.

The Construction Leadership Council’s Coronavirus Task Force has established a Product Availability Working Group, comprised of product manufacturers, builders’ merchants and suppliers, contractors of all sizes, and housebuilders. The Task Force continues to monitor the supply and demand of products, and identify those in short supply. The Task Force also issues regular statements on product availability. The statements include detailed updates on the availability of specific products in affected material areas in order to keep the market informed. They can be accessed at:

https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent of the shortage of supply of cement and building materials for the construction industry; what discussions he has had with industry bodies to tackle shortages; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is aware that some building materials are in short supply nationally. At present, supply of these products is not keeping pace with demand, and strong demand during 2020 reduced existing stocks. Within this, the Government is aware of particular concerns about the supply of timber, which is of critical importance to the construction sector. However, the UK exports a very limited amount of timber or timber-based products, and supply constraints in the UK are created by a shortage of supply on global markets.

The Construction Leadership Council’s Coronavirus Task Force has established a Product Availability Working Group, comprised of product manufacturers, builders’ merchants and suppliers, contractors of all sizes, and housebuilders. The Task Force continues to monitor the supply and demand of products, and identify those in short supply. The Task Force also issues regular statements on product availability. The statements include detailed updates on the availability of specific products in affected material areas in order to keep the market informed. They can be accessed at:

https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2021 to Question 8657 on Electricity Generation: Fees and Charges, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on investment in Scottish renewables of the differential created between generators in the north of Scotland paying the highest grid charges in Europe compared to interconnector imported energy with no surcharges; and if he will make a statement.

The UK Government remains firmly committed to the renewables industry across the UK, including in Scotland. Most major investment in new renewable generation projects continues to be underpinned by Contracts for Difference (CfD) arrangements introduced by the UK Government, and for which overseas generators are not eligible to bid. Scotland has benefitted significantly from the CfD scheme – 20 of the 58 projects awarded CfDs to date are in Scotland. This represents 34% of all CfD projects and 21% of total CfD capacity (around 3.4GW of nearly 16GW awarded contracts to date).

Electricity network charging arrangements are a matter for Ofgem, as the independent energy regulator. The level of transmission network charges is set to reflect the costs that generators and consumers in different locations impose on the transmission network.

Charging arrangements are important in achieving the UK’s net zero ambitions, and Ofgem is currently reviewing key aspects of those arrangements through its Access and Forward-Looking Charges Review. It plans to consult on proposals shortly.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to ensure imported electricity via interconnectors is green energy.

It is not possible to ascertain the precise generation technology of electricity imports to the UK. However, it is the case that these imports come from countries which, like the UK, have committed to decarbonising their energy systems.

By acting as a source of flexibility, interconnection can allow for the most efficient use of intermittent renewables, ensuring that excess renewable generation is exported rather than curtailed. A BEIS-commissioned study, published alongside the Energy White Paper, utilised pan-European modelling to illustrate that an increased level of interconnection is likely to result in reduced emissions in both Britain and Europe to 2050[1]. This and other studies also suggest that, due to our considerable renewable energy potential, Britain may become a net electricity exporter over the coming decades.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/impact-of-interconnectors-on-decarbonisation

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting a green hydrogen generation target of 1GW by 2030; and if he will make a statement.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy. The UK has expertise and assets to support both electrolytic and CCUS-enabled hydrogen production and we expect the levels of low carbon hydrogen production from different technologies that make up our 5GW ambition to depend on market developments in the 2020s.

Our ongoing work with stakeholders suggests there is a strong pipeline of electrolytic hydrogen projects ready to deploy in the 2020s, building on our existing investment in research and innovation to ensure we can achieve the scale up in low carbon hydrogen production necessary to meet our future energy needs.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of different hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting an electricity generation target of 1GW by 2030 for marine renewables; and if he will make a statement.

As outlined in the recent Energy White Paper, there is no single optimal mix of technologies to decarbonise electricity generation. Renewable technologies will make a critical contribution to meeting our 2050 net zero commitment.

Targets can be useful in giving certainty to sectors with long investment horizons, however we do not believe that government should prescribe the proportion of generation that will come from all specific technologies; rather the role of government will be to enable the market to deliver the levels of deployment required whilst minimising both emissions and system costs.

Marine renewables could have a role in long-term decarbonisation but will have to reduce costs to compete with other renewable technologies.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of doubling the floating offshore 2030 target from 1GW to 2GW; and if he will make a statement.

One of the key priorities of this Government is putting in place policies to support a significant growth of offshore wind to 2030 and beyond. Within this, we are committed to supporting the development of floating offshore wind, as reflected by our ambitious target of 1GW of floating wind by 2030.

Floating offshore wind will be eligible to bid as a separate technology in the next Contract for Difference allocation round, which will open in December 2021.

This approach will provide the foundation for investment in a sustainable, competitive UK-based supply chain.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of setting a 2030 renewable electricity generation target for onshore wind; and if he will make a statement.

Renewable technologies will make a critical contribution to meeting our 2050 net zero commitment, alongside firm low carbon power such as nuclear and gas or biomass generation with carbon capture, usage and storage, and a significant increase in flexibility.

As outlined in the recent Energy White Paper, there is no single optimal mix of technologies to decarbonise electricity generation. Targets can be useful in giving certainty to sectors with long investment horizons, however we do not believe that government should prescribe the proportion of generation that will come from all specific technologies; rather the role of government will be to enable the market to deliver the levels of deployment required whilst minimising emissions at a low overall system cost.

Achieving net zero will require increased deployment across a range of technologies, including onshore wind. Whilst the Government has not set specific 2030 targets for onshore wind, we recognise that achieving our 2050 net zero target will require increased deployment across a range of renewable technologies, including sustained growth of onshore wind. This is why we announced on 2 March 2020 that onshore wind and other established renewable technologies such as solar PV will be able to compete in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round. The round will open in December 2021 and aim to deliver up to double the renewable capacity of last year’s successful round.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6348 on Technology: Environment Protection, how much money was allocated from the UKRI’s Strategic Priority Fund to the low carbon fund.

Of the £166 million announced for green technology, £31.5 million comes from the Strategic Priority Fund.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6348 on Technology: Environment Protection, how much money was allocated from the Industrial Strategy Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to the low carbon fund.

The £166 million funding for green technology refers to several initiatives run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) is one of these.

The 2018 Budget announced £315 million to help high energy users in industry to cut their energy bills and carbon emissions. BEIS delivers £289 million through the IETF in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while the Scottish Government has put its £26 million share towards a Scottish equivalent. This funding is available through several competition windows. Guidance on how to apply in IETF Phase 1 is available online, while details of future rounds will be published later this year. There have been no transfers of money between the £289m IETF and other funds.

The £16.5 million announced in May 2021 refers to the first winners from the Phase 1: Summer 2020 competition of the IETF. These 14 projects will help to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions at industrial sites. A second tranche of winners from this competition will be announced later this year, once projects are ready to start. Headline results from this competition had been announced in January 2021, but the company names and details of their projects are newly released.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6353 on Technology: Environment Protection, how many applications were (a) received and (b) rejected from (i) Scotland, (ii) England and (iii) Wales for the competitions referenced in that Answer.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Direct Air Capture (DAC) and Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) Innovation Programme provided funding for projects up to £250,000. The competition was open to applications throughout the UK. The results are as follows:

  1. Scotland submitted 5 applications of which 2 were unsuccessful.
  2. England submitted 39 applications of which 20 were unsuccessful.
  3. Wales did not submit any applications.
  4. Northern Ireland submitted 1 application, it was unsuccessful.

For the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) GGR demonstrators programme, the successful project for the central directorate hub included England and Scottish institutions. Of the two that were unsuccessful, one had only English institutions and the other had a combination of English/Scottish institutions.

For the GGR demonstrators programme a total of 16 projects were submitted. 5 projects were successful of which:

  • 5 included English institutions.
  • 4 included Welsh institutions.
  • 4 included Scottish institutions.

Of the 11 unsuccessful projects:

  • 11 included English institutions.
  • 8 included Scottish institutions.
  • 1 included a Welsh institution.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the European Marine Energy Centre on the UK Government providing funding to replace the existing EU funding stream the Centre utilises.

The Government has not held any talks with EMEC regarding replacement funding for the EU funding the centre currently utilises. EMEC was established through support from the UK Government in 2003 in Orkney. The Government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies in the UK. Since 2003 various bodies across Government have provided innovation/R&D funding of £175m to the wave and tidal sectors (almost £80m since 2010).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the sum of EU funding that the European Marine Energy Centre uses to maintain operations; and if he will make a statement.

Established in 2003, the European Marine Energy Centre was set up by several public sector organisations following a recommendation by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in 2001. To date, around £39 million of public funding has been invested in the Centre by the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Carbon Trust, UK Government, Scottish Enterprise, the European Union and Orkney Islands Council. In 2011, EMEC became financially self-sufficient.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason electricity interconnectors from outside the UK are excluded from grid transmission charges which are applied to renewable energy generators within the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Interconnectors do not pay use of systems charges for the transmission network, and there are no plans to change this. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement states there should be no network charges on individual transactions on electricity interconnectors, in order to ensure their efficient use and reduce barriers to trade.

As with generators in Britain, foreign generators exporting power to Britain through interconnectors are subject to a range of charges and taxes in their own countries. Domestic generators can also benefit from exporting without paying for access to networks in other countries.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May to Question 3037, what assessment he has made of the merits of reviewing of the grid charging system.

I recognise the important role that network charges have on the electricity system. Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem is currently reviewing some network charging arrangements and plans to consult on proposals this year. The Department is in close touch with Ofgem to understand how its review proposals can help support the Government’s policy outcomes that will be set out in the energy sector Strategy and Policy Statement, including delivery of a net zero energy system at lowest cost for consumers.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the (a) terms of reference, (b) qualifying criteria and (c) submission deadlines will be provided for the £20 million allocation to support the development of the next generation carbon capture, usage and storage technologies.

On 24th May the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the CCUS 2.0 Innovation programme that will be providing up to £20 million to support the development of next generation carbon capture, usage and storage technologies. The EOI confirmed that BEIS will be looking to publish the competition guidance documents and application form by 11th June 2021, with a deadline for applications by 8th August 2021.

The competition guidance document will provide the scope of the competition and the assessment criteria. Applicants will have up to 8 weeks to complete an application for grant-funding, with the online application form due to go live on the 28th June 2021.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, for what reason projects based only in England and Wales have received up to £250,000 funding for projects that contain innovative designs that develop new ways of removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and store them safely; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Direct Air Capture (DAC) and Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) Innovation Programme allocated up to £250,000 to projects based in England and Scotland. United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting projects up to £4.5million which are based across the UK. Therefore, the coverage of the combined programmes is across the UK.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, what his timescale is to deliver the 8000 new jobs in hydrogen.

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan confirmed our ambition, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy. The plan stated that this could see the UK benefitting from around 8,000 jobs by 2030.

There is potential for hydrogen across the UK. Initially we expect many of these jobs will be linked to clusters in our industrial heartlands. This will support our ambitions on ‘levelling up’.

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 and supporting jobs and skills. We will work with the devolved administrations to deliver the strategy, while also noting their national plans and ambitions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, where the proposed 8000 new jobs in hydrogen will be located.

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan confirmed our ambition, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy. The plan stated that this could see the UK benefitting from around 8,000 jobs by 2030.

There is potential for hydrogen across the UK. Initially we expect many of these jobs will be linked to clusters in our industrial heartlands. This will support our ambitions on ‘levelling up’.

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 and supporting jobs and skills. We will work with the devolved administrations to deliver the strategy, while also noting their national plans and ambitions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in reference to his Department's announcement on green technology and UK jobs on 24 May 2021, if he will list the (a) name and (b) locations of organisations that will receive funding as part of the £60 million funding announced for supporting the development of low carbon hydrogen in the UK; and whether such funding will be provided directly.

The up to £60m Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 competition opened for expressions of interest on 24 May 2021. Competition winners including locations of projects will be announced in due course. Subject to successful completion of due diligence, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will contract directly with competition winners.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £166 million funding for green technology is newly allocated money from HM Treasury; and how much of that funding was previously allocated.

This week’s £166 million cash injection for green technology sends a clear signal to industries across the British economy that we will invest in the UK’s cleaner, greener future as we look to build back better.

£86.5 million of this funding was previously allocated from the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio to launch competitions which will support the development of low carbon hydrogen in the UK and the development of the next generation carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technologies. Furthermore, we announced winners from phase one of the largest government programme supporting greenhouse gas removal technology development. The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio is a £1 billion fund, announced in the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and will be delivered from 2021-2025.

Additional funding was provided through UKRI’s Strategic Priority Fund (SPF) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). The £31.5 million UKRI Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators (GGR-D) programme is part of the second wave of the government’s SPF which invests in high quality multi and interdisciplinary research; announced in the 2019 £500m new investment in green technologies for a cleaner and healthier future. The two calls that have run to date as part of the GGR-D programme (for Demonstrator projects and Directorate Hub) also provided full details of the programme and funds associated with it.

This £16.5m IETF funding was part of its Phase 1 competition and is supporting businesses from a range of industrial sectors across England and Wales to improve their energy efficiency and industrial processes. This funding will help these organisations to significantly reduce both their carbon footprint and energy costs and is part of the £315 million funding announced in the 2018 Autumn Budget and is available over the period to 2024.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Energy Minister plans to respond to the letter to her from the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun of 30 March 2021 on pumped storage hydro.

A response was issued to the Honourable Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun on 27 May 2021.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has a shortlist or identified target projects for the allocation of the maximum £4.5 million allocation of project funding for investigating the viability of greenhouse gas removal methods; and if he will make a statement.

As part of the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators programme, research teams across the UK will investigate the viability of five innovative methods of large-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) removal from the atmosphere in demonstrator projects of up to £4.5 million. In conjunction with a Directorate Hub led by University of Oxford for the programme, these investments aim to help the UK reach its legislated net-zero climate target by 2050.

These five GHG removal (GGR) demonstrator projects will investigate:

  • management of peatlands to maximise their GHG removal potential in farmland near Doncaster, and at upland sites in the South Pennines and in Pwllpeiran, west Wales
  • enhanced rock weathering – crushing silicate rocks and spreading the particles at field trial sites on farmland in mid-Wales, Devon and Hertfordshire
  • use of biochar, a charcoal-like substance, as a viable method of carbon sequestration. Testing will take place at arable and grassland sites in the Midlands and Wales, a sewage disposal site in Nottinghamshire, former mine sites and railway embankments
  • large-scale tree planting, or afforestation, to assess the most effective species and locations for carbon sequestration at sites across the UK. It includes land owned by the Ministry of Defence, the National Trust and Network Rail
  • rapid scale-up of perennial bioenergy crops such as grasses (Miscanthus) and short rotation coppice willow at locations in Lincolnshire and Lancashire.

The demonstrator projects have already been chosen and notified. Further details are available on the UKRI website (https://beta.ukri.org/news/uk-invests-over-30m-in-large-scale-greenhouse-gas-removal/).

The results will be used to shape longer-term government decision-making on the most effective technologies to help the UK tackle climate change and reduce CO2 emissions.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will use the COP26 climate change conference to promote Scotland’s marine renewables sector.

I am working with Ministers across the Cabinet, including the COP President Designate, to help promote the UK's story on energy transition. The COP President Designate has met with renewable energy industry bodies in Scotland, to explore how they can support a successful COP26. The Government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies in the UK, including in Scotland. Since 2003 various bodies across Government have provided innovation/R&D funding of £175m to the wave and tidal sectors (almost £80m since 2010).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase export opportunities for the wave and tidal renewables sector while maintaining the existing high levels of UK supply chain content.

The Government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies in the UK. To date, we have provided sustained and targeted support enabling the wave and tidal stream sectors to move from initial concept onto prototypes and now the first arrays. There are a number of UK companies pushing innovation in the blue energy sector domestically and internationally, including in partnership with UK low carbon development programmes in Indonesia, and with commercial opportunity support from DIT and SDI to export UK companies’ tidal technology.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will allocate 100MW to wave and tidal projects within the Contracts For Difference Auction Round 4 to support project pipeline and expand the deployment of those technologies.

The Government recently ran a Call for Evidence inviting views on the scope for marine technologies across the UK. This concluded on 30th September 2020 and we are currently reviewing the responses received. Wave and tidal stream projects remain eligible to compete in Pot 2 for CfD auctions. We will publish specific allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction, including consideration of technology-specific minima.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will work with the Treasury to develop an Innovation in Power Purchase agreement as a complementary proposal for wave and tidal renewable technology developers that are not yet ready to participate in the Contracts for Difference process.

The Government recently ran a Call for Evidence inviting views on the scope for marine technologies across the UK. This concluded on 30th September 2020 and we are currently reviewing the responses received. Government is interested, in principle, in determining whether there could be more effective funding models to support emerging technologies while they reduce their costs to a point where they can compete in the market with other forms of low-carbon generation. The IPPA is an interesting new funding model however, as it is a tax-based instrument, any decisions on its adoption would lie with Treasury. Officials continue to work with HM Treasury on developing policy for renewable energy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will publish an energy Strategy and Policy Statement.

The Government committed in the Energy White Paper to consult on an energy sector Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofgem during the course of 2021. Following this, the Government will lay the SPS before Parliament for designation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government most recently consulted on an Energy Strategy and Policy Statement; what the outcome of that consultation was; and if he will make a statement.

The last consultation on an energy sector Strategy and Policy Statement for Ofgem was in August 2014. However, the SPS was not taken forward at this time.

As was set out in the Energy White Paper in December, we will consult on an energy sector SPS for Ofgem during the course of 2021, and it will reflect this Government’s priorities.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to support the scale up of heat pump installations to achieve the 2028 target of 600,000 per year.

The Government is bringing forward a wide-ranging package of policies to support the development of the heat pump market towards our ambition for 600,000 installations per year by 2028.

This package includes targeted regulations such as the Future Homes Standard from 2025, which will ensure that new homes are built zero carbon-ready without the need for costly retrofitting; our commitment to phase out the installation of high-carbon fossil-fuel heating off the gas grid; and market-based measures which will put industry at the heart of efforts to develop the UK heat pump market.

We are also supporting the installation of heat pumps through planned funding schemes, such as the Clean Heat Grant and, taking action alongside industry on a range of other enablers for the growth of the heat pump market, including on installer skills and training, energy network upgrades, and the development of the green finance market.

Our forthcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy and a number of policy consultations alongside it will set out further detail on key parts of this policy package.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
14th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the capacity market contracts awarded for fossil fuel generation.

A full list of Capacity Market (CM) agreements awarded in each CM auction since 2014 can be found in the annual auction results reports published on the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body (EMR DB) website (https://www.emrdeliverybody.com/CM/Auction-Results-1.aspx). Additionally, the EMR DB publishes CM registers containing current information on CM agreements for each delivery year. These can be filtered by fuel type and are also on the EMR DB website (https://www.emrdeliverybody.com/CM/Registers.aspx).

The CM’s role is to provide security of supply by guaranteeing that we have sufficient capacity to manage with even the highest peaks in electricity demand at the least cost to electricity consumers. The CM is technology neutral as it does not seek to procure specific volumes of capacity from different types of technology. All types of capacity can participate, including renewable technologies, storage, and demand side response.

We have recently taken steps to better align the CM with our net zero ambitions. Wind and solar technology have been permitted to participate in the CM from 2019 onwards. Carbon emissions limits were also introduced to apply to all auctions from 2020 onwards. This means that new build plants that exceed these limits have been excluded from competing in auctions from 2020; and existing plants that exceed the limits will be excluded from being awarded agreements for all delivery years from 1 October 2024. As a result, the 2021 four-year-ahead (T-4) auction marked the first time that coal plants did not participate or secure agreements in a CM auction, and they will be unable to do so in any future T-4 auction.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2021 to Question 181061 on Wind Power: Seas and Oceans, how much port infrastructure funding has been allocated to ports in Scotland.

It has not proved possible to respond to the Hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of ringfencing a portion of CfD Round 4 funding specifically for onshore wind projects.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced through his 10 Point Plan, we plan to hold our most ambitious auction to date for renewable electricity later on this year. The Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme has been hugely successful in delivering renewable electricity for Great Britain and we hope to build on this success in Auction Round 4. We are preparing for this right now and as with previous rounds, we will seek to balance our objectives of achieving secure, decarbonised electricity at low cost. You can expect auction parameters to be announced closer to round opening.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government plans to support the uptake of renewable energy projects while also stabilising their costs on the grid; and if he will make a statement.

Renewable deployment has been a huge success in the UK and renewable generation has more than quadrupled since 2010, totalling 37% of electricity generation in 2019 (source: Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2020). Our continued support has seen the cost of renewable technologies fall – the cost of offshore wind, for example, has fallen by more than two thirds since 2015.

The Government has committed up to £557 million for future Contracts for Difference auctions, with the next allocation round due to take place later this year. We continue to evolve the Contracts for Difference scheme and have recently engaged with industry through a call for evidence, looking at how to balance enabling deployment with minimising system costs and, therefore, costs to consumers. This will be used to inform the design of future allocation rounds.

The costs incurred by renewable energy projects when connecting to the grid are a matter for Ofgem, as the independent regulator. As part of its Access and Forward-Looking Charges Review, Ofgem is considering some relevant aspects of grid charges, and it plans to consult on reform proposals in 2021.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to the development of port infrastructure for offshore wind energy.

In October 2020, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced £160m of support for offshore wind coastal manufacturing infrastructure across the whole of the UK, and committing to deploying 40 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

In February 2021, the Department announced up to £95 million of government investment for two new offshore wind port hubs, to be constructed on Humberside and Teesside. The support for the Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre and the Able Marine Energy Park will help to level up the UK economy, bring in new investment, create high-skilled jobs, and provide new opportunities in ports and the areas around them.

In addition, in the Budget 2021 my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government would provide £27 million, subject to business case, for the Aberdeen Energy Transition Zone, helping to support North East Scotland to play a leading role in meeting the UK’s net zero ambitions.

In addition, GE Renewable Energy announced an investment in a major new offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing plant, the first investment at the Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre. This brand-new manufacturing facility could create 750 direct renewable energy jobs and close to 1,500 indirect jobs in the area.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to provide a progress update on implementation of the North Sea Transition Deal ahead of the COP26 summit in addition to the scheduled reporting in March 2022 as outlined in that Deal.

We will provide progress updates on the implementation of the North Sea Transition Deal to the North Sea Transition Forum in both April and October 2021, ahead of COP26. The North Sea Transition Forum is hosted and chaired by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and is the tripartite body which provides senior government and industry leadership for the offshore oil and gas industry. It is attended by ministers and officials from both the UK and Scottish governments, trade unions, regulators and senior representatives from the upstream oil and gas industry. The minutes of the Forum are published on the OGA website.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 161808, whether discussions for the next Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan considered the merits of a minimum electricity floor price for (a) pumped storage hydro and (b) other large scale storage schemes.

We will outline our next steps for addressing barriers to the deployment of large scale and long duration storage including pumped hydro storage in our new Smart Systems Plan, to be published in spring this year in partnership with Ofgem.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 161808, what discussions his Department has had with the developers of (a) pumped hydro storage and (b) other long duration storage technologies to assess their respective merits; what potential barriers to deployment of those technologies were identified in those discussions; and if he will make a statement.

In discussions with the Department, developers of large scale and longer duration storage technologies have raised the issues of upfront capital investment costs and firm revenue streams as barriers to deployment. The next Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan will be published in Spring this year and will set out our next steps for addressing barriers to large scale, longer duration storage.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Electricity Act 1989 to define electricity storage as a distinct subset of generation.

In our 2017 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan and in the 2020 Energy White Paper, the Government committed to amend the Electricity Act 1989 to define electricity storage as a distinct subset of generation, when parliamentary time allows.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many outstanding decision notices there are for applications under the renewable heat incentive scheme for the installation of a biomass boiler for (a) non-domestic properties and (b) domestic applications.

As of 15th March 2021 at 18:00:

(a) The non-domestic renewable heat incentive has 228 full biomass applications awaiting a decision.

(b) The domestic renewable heat incentive has 95 biomass applications in a review state, of which 19 are first time applications and the remainder are amendments due to a change of ownership.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes that are off the gas grid use fossil fuel heating systems in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England as at 8 March 2021.

Using the latest available data, we estimate that there are currently around (i) 170,000, (ii) 160,000 and (iii) 1,080,000 off gas grid households using fossil fuel as their main heating systems in Scotland, Wales and England respectively.

Sources:

(i) Scottish house condition survey 2019 https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-house-condition-survey-2019-key-findings/pages/9/

(ii) Estimate is derived from household estimates, which may differ from number of homes. Household estimates: mid-2019 https://gov.wales/household-estimates-mid-2019#:~:text=Estimated%20households%20for%20Wales&text=Between%20mid%2D2018%20and%20mid,Wales%2C%20based%20on%20these%20estimates. , Welsh Housing Conditions Survey (energy efficiency of dwellings): April 2017 to March 2018 https://gov.wales/welsh-housing-conditions-survey-energy-efficiency-dwellings-april-2017-march-2018 . Estimate includes oil and solid fuel heated households only.

(iii) Analysis of English Household Survey , Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (2018) https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/english-housing-survey.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many heat pumps have been installed in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England in each year since 2010.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not publish the total number of heat pumps as not all are supported by government funding. The Department does publish estimates of heat generated by heat pumps which can be found via the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904827/DUKES_6.6.xls.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many heat pumps have been installed in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England with support from the Renewable Heat Incentive in each year since 2014.

The number of heat pumps that have been installed with the support of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (i.e., accredited applications to the scheme), are shown in the tables below split by domestic and non-domestic applications. Further data is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/renewable-heat-incentive-statistics.

Domestic RHI supported heat pumps

England

Wales

Scotland

Total accreditations

Year

Air source heat pump

Ground source heat pump

Air source heat pump

Ground source heat pump

Air source heat pump

Ground source heat pump

Air source heat pump

Ground source heat pump

2014

4,824

1,934

374

206

700

361

5,898

2,501

2015

8,101

2,798

453

282

3,029

382

11,583

3,462

2016

3,669

913

191

139

1,017

161

4,877

1,213

2017

4,162

867

312

130

803

165

5,277

1,162

2018

3,918

689

274

86

928

118

5,120

893

2019

7,278

903

453

106

1,612

178

9,343

1,187

2020

7,251

849

562

137

1,787

154

9,600

1,140

2021

572

63

72

19

157

11

801

93

Total

39,775

9,016

2,691

1,105

10,033

1,530

52,499

11,651

Source: data underlying the RHI deployment statistics, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/renewable-heat-incentive-statistics

Non-domestic RHI supported heat pumps

England

Wales

Scotland

Total accreditations

Air source heat pump

Ground or water source heat pumps

Air source heat pump

Ground or water source heat pumps

Air source heat pump

Ground or water source heat pumps

Air source heat pump

Ground or water source heat pumps

2011

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2012

0

27

0

3

0

6

0

36

2013

0

52

0

4

0

6

0

62

2014

2

74

0

10

0

9

2

93

2015

107

182

3

13

3

18

113

213

2016

96

262

6

17

29

18

131

297

2017

103

111

10

7

6

13

119

131

2018

82

147

2

12

15

14

99

173

2019

54

218

9

9

15

15

78

242

2020

112

374

13

15

10

81

135

470

2021

3

25

0

2

0

13

3

40

Total

559

1,474

43

92

78

193

680

1,759

Source: data underlying the RHI deployment statistics, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/renewable-heat-incentive-statistics

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has held with Ofgem on the potential merits of (a) pumped hydro storage and (b) other long duration storage technologies.

We are working closely with Ofgem to develop the next Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, due for publication in spring this year. This will set out the merits of large scale and longer duration electricity storage as well as the next steps for addressing any barriers to deployment.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of grid charges on the development of onshore wind projects in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Network charges are one of many factors that developers will take into account in deciding whether and where to progress particular generation projects. Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent energy regulator, and the charging arrangements it oversees are designed to be cost-reflective to promote efficient network use. For the electricity transmission network, charges include a locational component which recognises that consumers and generators in different locations impose different costs on the network. This means that generators in areas where there is more generation than demand, such as Scotland, pay higher transmission charges than those elsewhere because the electricity has to be transported longer distances to where it is consumed.

Through its Access and Forward-Looking Charging Review, Ofgem is currently developing reform proposals of possible relevance to the network charges incurred by some onshore wind projects in Scotland. It intends to consult on these proposals later this year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of grid charges on the ability of offshore wind projects in the North of Scotland area to compete with offshore projects in the southern coast of the UK; and if he will he make a statement.

Network charges are one of many factors that developers will take into account in deciding whether and where to progress particular generation projects. Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent energy regulator, and the charging arrangements it oversees are designed to be cost-reflective to promote efficient network use. For the electricity transmission network, charges include a locational component which recognises that consumers and generators in different locations impose different costs on the network. This means that generators in areas where there is more generation than demand, such as Scotland, pay higher transmission charges than those elsewhere because the electricity has to be transported longer distances to where it is consumed.

Through its Access and Forward-Looking Charging Review, Ofgem is currently developing reform proposals of possible relevance to the network charges incurred by some onshore wind projects in Scotland. It intends to consult on these proposals later this year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for announcing the timetable for the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4; and what steps he is taking to help ensure that renewable energy contributes to future economic recovery.

As announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister in October 2020, the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction round (Allocation Round 4) is due to open in late 2021. Preparations for the round are ongoing, and we will publish the timetable for the round later this year.

The Government is eager to deliver supply chain investment from CfD contracts. The public consultation on proposals to strengthen Supply Chain Plan policy has now closed. A Government response will be published in due course.

These measures sit alongside the Prime Minister’s announcement on £160 million of new funding towards investment to upgrade ports and infrastructure and long-term ambitions to increase renewable energy capacity, which, together, will support new UK content, jobs and investment.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many appeals to the First Tier Tribunal his Department is aware of as a result of sanction notices issued in response to complaints of Green Deal mis-selling by Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd.

As of 15th February, the Department is aware of 17 appeals made to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First–tier Tribunal in response to sanction notices regarding complaints of Green Deal mis-selling by Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the merits of ringfencing an allocation of generation capacity specifically for wave and tidal generation in the round 4 contracts for difference auction; and will he make a statement.

The Government recently ran a Call for Evidence inviting views on the scope for marine technologies across the UK. This concluded on 30th September 2020 and we are currently reviewing the responses received. Wave and tidal stream projects remain eligible to compete in pot 2 for Contracts for Difference auctions. We will publish specific allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction; typically, five to six months in advance. This will include the details of whether any technology-specific minima will apply.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2021 to Question 144728, what the revised generation date is for Hinkley Point C unit 2.

The schedule for the construction of Hinkley Point C is the responsibility of the developer and its investors, and not the Government. We understand that the developer is currently managing the schedule for the construction of unit 2 to follow approximately one year behind that of unit 1.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the reforms in Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review on renewable energy development (a) in Scotland and (b) across the UK.

Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem is leading two major charging reforms: the Targeted Charging Review (TCR), where final decisions were announced in December 2019; and the Access and Forward Looking Charges Significant Code Review (Access SCR), which is ongoing. Collectively, this programme of work seeks to ensure that regulatory and market arrangements reflect and enable the energy system transition, as we move towards net zero emissions, and that consumers benefit from the changes.

Ofgem’s TCR reforms seek to ensure all parties connected to the electricity network make a fair contribution to its fixed costs, and it has published an analysis of the expected impacts at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/electricity/transmission-networks/charging/targeted-charging-review-significant-code-review . This analysis indicates that the reforms could affect the investment decisions of some renewable energy projects across Scotland and GB more widely, but also suggests that overall the combined impact of the TCR changes will reduce carbon emissions compared with no reforms.

Ofgem’s Access SCR is seeking to ensure the electricity network is used efficiently and flexibly, allowing consumers to benefit from new technologies and services. Ofgem is currently developing proposals, and intends to consult on these later this year. It will publish an impact assessment alongside that consultation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of Ofgem’s proposed reforms to network charging on renewable energy development (a) in Scotland and (b) across the UK.

Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem is leading two major charging reforms: the Targeted Charging Review (TCR), where final decisions were announced in December 2019; and the Access and Forward Looking Charges Significant Code Review (Access SCR), which is ongoing. Collectively, this programme of work seeks to ensure that regulatory and market arrangements reflect and enable the energy system transition, as we move towards net zero emissions, and that consumers benefit from the changes.

Ofgem’s TCR reforms seek to ensure all parties connected to the electricity network make a fair contribution to its fixed costs, and it has published an analysis of the expected impacts at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/electricity/transmission-networks/charging/targeted-charging-review-significant-code-review . This analysis indicates that the reforms could affect the investment decisions of some renewable energy projects across Scotland and GB more widely, but also suggests that overall the combined impact of the TCR changes will reduce carbon emissions compared with no reforms.

Ofgem’s Access SCR is seeking to ensure the electricity network is used efficiently and flexibly, allowing consumers to benefit from new technologies and services. Ofgem is currently developing proposals, and intends to consult on these later this year. It will publish an impact assessment alongside that consultation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Energy White Paper, whether the Strategy and Policy Statement for Ofgem is planned to align that organisation’s objectives with the Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019.

As we said in the Energy White Paper, we will consult later this year on a Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofgem. The Energy Act 2013 sets out the procedural requirements for designating a SPS, which includes consultation with Scottish and Welsh Ministers.

The SPS will set out the strategic priorities of our energy policy, the outcomes we seek to achieve and the roles of government, Ofgem and other parties which are collectively responsible for delivering these goals.

The SPS will require the Secretary of State and Ofgem to carry out their regulatory functions in a manner which is consistent with securing the government’s policy outcomes. This will include the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050, noting the separate targets in Scotland and Wales.

Ofgem’s principal duty is to protect the interests of existing and future consumers, which includes their interests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Energy White Paper, whether the Strategy and Policy Statement for Ofgem is planned to include an assessment of the effectiveness of Scotland's Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

As we said in the Energy White Paper, we will consult later this year on a Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofgem. The Energy Act 2013 sets out the procedural requirements for designating a SPS, which includes consultation with Scottish and Welsh Ministers.

The SPS will set out the strategic priorities of our energy policy, the outcomes we seek to achieve and the roles of government, Ofgem and other parties which are collectively responsible for delivering these goals.

The SPS will require the Secretary of State and Ofgem to carry out their regulatory functions in a manner which is consistent with securing the government’s policy outcomes. This will include the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050, noting the separate targets in Scotland and Wales.

Ofgem’s principal duty is to protect the interests of existing and future consumers, which includes their interests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Energy White Paper, what the objectives are of the Strategy and Policy Statement for Ofgem.

As we said in the Energy White Paper, we will consult later this year on a Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofgem. The Energy Act 2013 sets out the procedural requirements for designating a SPS, which includes consultation with Scottish and Welsh Ministers.

The SPS will set out the strategic priorities of our energy policy, the outcomes we seek to achieve and the roles of government, Ofgem and other parties which are collectively responsible for delivering these goals.

The SPS will require the Secretary of State and Ofgem to carry out their regulatory functions in a manner which is consistent with securing the government’s policy outcomes. This will include the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050, noting the separate targets in Scotland and Wales.

Ofgem’s principal duty is to protect the interests of existing and future consumers, which includes their interests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Energy White Paper, on what date his Department plans to begin consulting on a Strategy and Policy Statement for Ofgem.

As we said in the Energy White Paper, we will consult later this year on a Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofgem. The Energy Act 2013 sets out the procedural requirements for designating a SPS, which includes consultation with Scottish and Welsh Ministers.

The SPS will set out the strategic priorities of our energy policy, the outcomes we seek to achieve and the roles of government, Ofgem and other parties which are collectively responsible for delivering these goals.

The SPS will require the Secretary of State and Ofgem to carry out their regulatory functions in a manner which is consistent with securing the government’s policy outcomes. This will include the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050, noting the separate targets in Scotland and Wales.

Ofgem’s principal duty is to protect the interests of existing and future consumers, which includes their interests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the end of the transition period on (a) the Post Office Ltd subsidy entrustment letter written to align with EU requirements and (b) how that subsidy is distributed to subpostmasters.

The Post Office entrustment letter for the last spending review period was in part put in place to ensure compliance with EU State aid rules. The EU State aid rules no longer apply now the UK has left the European Union. For the next Spending Review Period, which will take effect in April 2021, a new funding agreement will be agreed with Post Office. This will take full account of the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement requirements on subsidy.

The £50m network subsidy will be distributed to postmasters by Post Office Ltd and is therefore an operational matter for Post Office Ltd.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money he has allocated for the services of general economic interest referred to in Annex A of the Entrustment Letter used as the basis for the roll out of the Post Office Ltd subsidy.

The term ‘Services of General Economic Interest’ was associated with the EU state aid regime which no longer applies now the UK has left the EU. To date, the term services of general economic services has been used to describe the services provided by the Post Office network including postal services, banking and payment services. For the spending review period April 2021 to March 2022, the Government has maintained the subsidy to the Post Office network at £50 million to safeguard these services in the uncommercial parts of the network. The Government has also allocated a further £177 million which will allow Post Office Ltd to invest for the future and to ensure they remain a vital force on our high streets.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date he plans to publish the aggregate amount of payments made by the Government to Post Office Ltd.

The information requested is available in the public domain. Post Office Ltd publishes their reports and accounts annually and lays them before Parliament. These reports include information on the funding provided to the Post Office by the Government and can be found here: http://corporate.postoffice.co.uk/secure-corporate/our-financials/post-office-annual-report-accounts-2020/.

In the Government's most recent Spending Review, it was announced that we will be investing £227m in the Post Office in 2021/22. This reflects our commitment to the role that post offices play across our communities. Since 2010, successive governments have provided over £2.4 billion in subsidy.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Heysham II nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Torness nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his department holds on the planned shutdown date for Dungeness (B) nuclear power station; what estimate his department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his department holds on the planned shutdown date for Heysham nuclear power station; what estimate his Department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the planned shutdown date for Hartlepool nuclear power station; what estimate his department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his department holds on the planned shutdown date is for Hinkley Point (B) nuclear power station; what estimate his department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his department holds on the planned shutdown date is for Hunterston (B) nuclear power station; what estimate his department has made of the average electricity generation capacity of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for these stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

2022

965 MW

Hinkley Point B

2022

955 MW

Hartlepool

2024

1,180 MW

Heysham 1

2024

1,155 MW

Dungeness B

2028

1,050 MW

Torness

2030

1,185 MW

Heysham 2

2030

1,230 MW

As set out in the government’s Energy White Paper, to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion of renewable generation complemented by nuclear power, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and flexibility providing technologies.

We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential baseload power that can be provided by tidal power as part of a net zero strategy; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recently ran a Call for Evidence inviting views on the scope for marine technologies across the UK. This concluded on 30th September 2020 and we are currently reviewing the responses received.

An individual tidal stream generator would generate with the tides, but with many turbines at multiple sites, each with different tide times, total output would be more constant. Adding tidal range and wave power, the overall generation pattern could resemble baseload.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his most recent estimate is for the commissioning date for Hinkley Point C (a) Unit 1 and (b) Unit 2.

Responsibility for the construction schedule of Hinkley Point C lies entirely with the developer and its investors, and not with the Government. EDF of France is the lead investor. On Wednesday 27th January, EDF published a notice saying that Unit 1 is expected to start generating electricity in June 2026, rather than in December 2025 as was previously anticipated. The revised forecast was put in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The notice went on to highlight risks of further delay by 15 months to Unit 1 and 9 months to Unit 2.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made towards achieving the Government's target of 5GW hydrogen production.

Meeting the Government’s ambition of 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, outlined in the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and the Energy White Paper, will require a range of policies and action from various actors, including government of all levels, industry and investors.

We have already announced £240m funding for the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, made hydrogen a priority in our £1bn Net Zero Innovation Programme, and later this year will bring forward further details on hydrogen business models and the revenue mechanism to stimulate private investment in new low carbon hydrogen production facilities. Further detail on how the UK intends to deliver the 5GW ambition will be set out in the forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy, which will be published in the first half of this year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the modelling his Department holds on the comparative cost effectiveness, including grid balancing costs, of new large scale nuclear and renewable energy.

The Department publishes information on one useful measure of cost effectiveness for generation technologies in its Electricity Generation Costs series. The latest report (2020) sets out the Levelised Cost Of Electricity (LCOE) for renewables, which can be compared against the LCOE for a generic large-scale nuclear plant published in the 2016 report. The true cost of any future nuclear plant would, however, be dependent on the outcome of negotiations with project developers.

It is important to note that other factors also influence the cost effectiveness of different generation technologies. For example, energy generated at times of high demand and low capacity is more valuable than energy generated at times of low demand and high capacity, and the location of specific generating capacity will further affect costs. The effect of grid balancing on levelised costs is explored more in Section 7 of the 2020 Generation Costs Report.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned UK content is in the revised target for 40GW of offshore wind to be deployed by 2030.

The offshore wind industry has committed to delivering 60% UK content by 2030 and will be publishing analysis on how this could be achieved shortly and UK content figures for offshore wind farms are compiled and published by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC).

We are however, seeking views on proposals[1] for a new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire for the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Applicants to complete. The proposed new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire will be aligned to the Industrial Strategy and is strengthened by containing more specific questions, including on the level of anticipated UK content. This consultation closes on 11 March.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/contracts-for-difference-cfd-for-low-carbon-electricity-generation-new-supply-chain-plan-questionnaire

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of the UK content within each of the offshore wind contracts for difference awards to date; and if he will make a statement.

UK content figures for offshore wind farms are compiled and published by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC). We are currently consulting on proposals[1] for a new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire for the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Applicants. This consultation closes on 11 March.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/contracts-for-difference-cfd-for-low-carbon-electricity-generation-new-supply-chain-plan-questionnaire

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to incorporate 60 per cent UK content within the contracts for difference auctions for offshore wind.

The Government is committed to leveraging the economic benefits from our investments in renewable electricity generation and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. BEIS is currently consulting on proposals[1] for a new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire for the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Applicants which is aligned to the Industrial Strategy. The offshore wind industry has set its own target to achieve 60% UK content in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal. This consultation closes on 11 March.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/contracts-for-difference-cfd-for-low-carbon-electricity-generation-new-supply-chain-plan-questionnaire

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has he made of the potential merits of pumped hydro storage; what discussions his Department has held with developers on that matter; what steps he is taking to support a route to market for pumped hydro; and if he will make a statement.

Electricity storage, including pumped hydro storage, is an essential technology for a net zero energy system. It provides flexibility to the energy system which, alongside other technologies such as demand side response and interconnection, could unlock savings of up to £12 billion per year by 2050. The Government and Ofgem’s 2017 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan set out a range of actions to facilitate the deployment of storage of all sizes by removing regulatory barriers, reforming markets, and investing in innovation.

Following engagement with industry over the past year, we announced in the Energy White Paper that we will publish a new Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan in spring 2021 in partnership with Ofgem. This will outline our next steps for addressing barriers to smart and flexible technologies, including the deployment of large scale and longer duration storage such as pumped hydro storage.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage private investment in the UK's hydrogen market.

We recognise the importance that ambition, and a supportive policy framework have had in building investor confidence in the development of low carbon technologies in the UK.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

The Ten Point Plan and Energy White Paper both set out that the Government, working with industry, aims to have 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity in the UK by 2030.

In support of this we have announced a £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund for capital co-investment in new low carbon hydrogen production, to bring forward a combination of CCUS-enabled ‘blue’ hydrogen and electrolytic ‘green’ hydrogen projects. We have also committed to consulting this year on a preferred hydrogen revenue mechanism, which will support private sector investment.

The Government will publish a dedicated Hydrogen Strategy in the first half of this year. This will offer more detail on how we will work with industry to meet the 2030 ambition.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative assessment he has made of the level of funding for hydrogen strategy in the (a) UK and (b) EU; and will he make a statement.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

The 10 Point Plan sets out Government’s commitment to growing a new low carbon hydrogen economy for the UK. We are closely monitoring international hydrogen developments, including in the EU, where a number of countries announced high level hydrogen strategies and headline investment figures during 2020.

In the UK our focus is on working with industry to develop a supportive policy framework that will ensure we meet our aim of 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, and secure economic benefit from the global growth in low carbon hydrogen.

We have already announced £240m funding for the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, made hydrogen a priority in our £1bn Net Zero Innovation Programme and later this year will bring forward further details on hydrogen business models and the revenue mechanism to stimulate private investment in new low carbon hydrogen production facilities. Further detail will be set out in the forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government will take to engage Scotland’s renewable energy trade associations in the delivery of the policies set out in the Energy White Paper: Powering our net-zero future.

The Department will continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders, including Scotland's renewable trade associations, as we deliver on the policies set out in the Energy White Paper.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made a decision on funding a Clean Fuels Metrology Centre, and if he will make a statement.

A decision on whether to fund a Clean Fuels Metrology Centre has not yet been made and will be made next year.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the capacity in gigawatts is of (a) onshore wind generation connected to the National Transmission Grid and (b) consented onshore wind under construction.

Latest figures from September 2020 indicate that, across the UK, we currently have 14.1GW of onshore wind generation installed across both transmission and distribution networks[1], and 0.6GW consented and under construction.[2]

[1] BEIS Energy Trends (September 2020)

[2] Renewable Energy Planning Database (September 2020)

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the onshore wind generation capacity to 22-29GW by 2030 in line with the Committee on Climate Change's scenarios for electricity generation.

Renewable technologies will make a critical contribution to meeting our 2050 net zero commitment, alongside firm low carbon power such as nuclear and gas or biomass generation with carbon capture, usage and storage, and a significant increase in flexibility.

We recognise that achieving our 2050 net zero target will require increased deployment across a range of technologies, including onshore wind. This is why we announced on 2 March 2020 that onshore wind and other established renewable technologies such as solar PV will be able to compete in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round. The round will open in late 2021 and aim to deliver up to double the renewable capacity of last year’s successful round, potentially providing enough clean energy for up to 10 million homes.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published November 2020, how much money from the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund has been allocated to the H100 hydrogen trial to be undertaken in Levenmouth, Fife by Scottish Gas Networks.

Scottish Gas Networks has proposed the H100 project, a 100% hydrogen network demonstration in the Levenmouth area of Fife, intended to provide the gas to 300 homes over a four-year period. At the end of November Ofgem announced funding of up to £18m to Scottish Gas Networks for the H100 Fife project. Ofgem’s decision triggers a further investment of £6.9m from the Scottish Government.

The Net Zero Hydrogen Fund is for capital co-investment in new low carbon hydrogen production. Government will be engaging with industry over the coming months on design of the Net Zero Hydrogen fund, and more details on delivery of the scheme will be published in 2021.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will pursue options for a new nuclear station at Wylfa following Hitachi's withdrawal from the project; and if he will make a statement.

The Government believes nuclear power will play a key role in our future energy mix and we remain willing to discuss new nuclear projects with any viable developers and investors wishing to develop sites in the UK, including sites at Wylfa, Oldbury or Moorside. We continually engage with developers to assess the viability of their projects.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will pursue options for a new nuclear station at Oldbury following Hitatchi's withdrawal from the Wylfa project; and will he make a statement.

The Government believes nuclear power will play a key role in our future energy mix and we remain willing to discuss new nuclear projects with any viable developers and investors wishing to develop sites in the UK, including sites at Wylfa, Oldbury or Moorside. We continually engage with developers to assess the viability of their projects.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will pursue options for a new nuclear station at Moorside following Toshiba's withdrawal from the project; and will he make a statement.

The Government believes nuclear power will play a key role in our future energy mix and we remain willing to discuss new nuclear projects with any viable developers and investors wishing to develop sites in the UK, including sites at Wylfa, Oldbury or Moorside. We continually engage with developers to assess the viability of their projects.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the £385m Advanced Nuclear Fund announced in his Department's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published November 2020, how much of the fund was previously announced as part of the £172m of Government funding within the nuclear sector deal.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister has announced a broad set of policy measures to drive the UK to net zero, including a new £1bn net zero innovation portfolio from 2021 to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative low-carbon technologies, systems and business models in power, buildings and industry.

The £385m Advanced Nuclear Fund contains funding for both Small and Advanced Modular Reactors. Up to £30m of existing contracts and commitments from the nuclear sector deal for the nuclear innovation programme will continue to be funded through the Advanced Nuclear Fund.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the £170m Advanced Nuclear Modular Reactors announced in his Department's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published November 2020, how much of the funding was previously announced.

My Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister has announced a broad set of policy measures to drive the UK to net zero, including a new £1bn net zero innovation portfolio from 2021 to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative low-carbon technologies, systems and business models in power, buildings and industry.

The Ten Point Plan includes £170m funding commitment for R&D for Advanced Modular Reactors under the £385m Advanced Nuclear Fund. Up to £30m of existing contracts and commitments from the nuclear sector deal for the nuclear innovation programme will continue to be funded through the Advanced Nuclear Fund.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the £40m commitment to develop regulatory frameworks announced in his Department's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published November 2020, how much of the funding was (a) newly committed and (b) previously announced as part of the £172m nuclear sector deal.

The £40m funding announced in the Ten Point Plan to develop regulatory frameworks and the UK supply chain is a new commitment.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to point two of the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published on 18 November 2020, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on changes required to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996; and if he will make a statement.

BEIS have been in regular discussion with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who are sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and are responsible for the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations (GS(M)R) 1996.

The current Schedule 3 of GS(M)R 1996 is being updated to reflect the changing needs and sources of gas supply to the UK market as we decarbonise. This will help to ensure the UK secures gas supplies from domestic and imported sources, whilst making it easier to incorporate the blending of low carbon gases into the network.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Twenty-First Report of Session 2017-19, Energy efficiency: building towards net zero (HC 1730), whether he has had discussions with stakeholders on classifying energy efficiency programmes as part of a National Infrastructure Priority.

The National Infrastructure Strategy set out the Government’s energy efficiency infrastructure ambitions. The Government is committed to delivering our net zero target and will take further steps to decarbonise the UK economy. The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in the coming months, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from all homes and buildings and set buildings on track for net zero


Over £3 billion has already been announced as part of the Summer Economic Update to make homes and buildings greener and more energy efficient through the Green Homes Grant, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, and Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund demonstrator. My Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister recently set out his ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution. This includes investing an additional £1 billion to make our homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and setting out an ambition to install 600,000 heat pumps by 2028.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2020 to Question 113594 on Tidal Power, with how many of the 22 developers of that technology his Department has had meetings.

BEIS officials have recently had meetings with three wave and tidal stream developers and have received responses from a large number of developers and supply chain companies to the recently closed Call for Evidence on marine energy.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2020 to Question 113594 on tidal stream technologies, how many of the 22 developers of that technology has received funding from his Department.

To date, nine tidal stream developers have received funding from BEIS under the Renewables Obligation scheme. In addition to that, one tidal stream developer has received funding through BEIS’s Energy Innovation Programme.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2020 to Question 95690, when he plans to publish the white paper on energy.

My intention remains as I set out in my previous answer to this question, which is to publish the Energy White Paper in the autumn.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of developers of tidal stream technologies operating in the UK.

Recent reports commissioned by the industry suggest that there are 22 active tidal stream developers in the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to address barriers to electricity storage deployment, particularly large-scale, longer-duration storage such as pumped hydro storage; what stakeholder discussions have taken place on pumped hydro; and if he will make a statement.

The Government and Ofgem’s 2017 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan and subsequent 2018 Progress Update set out a range of actions to facilitate the deployment of storage of all sizes by removing regulatory barriers, reforming markets and investing in innovation, for example ending double charging of network and policy costs for storage.

We are now working closely with Ofgem and industry to develop the next phase of smart systems policy. This includes engaging with the storage industry and academics to understand any barriers specific to the deployment of large-scale, longer-duration storage such as pumped hydro.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what policies the Government has in place to support the development of wave and tidal stream renewables.

The Government has a long history of supporting the development and deployment of wave and tidal stream technologies in the UK. To date, we have provided sustained and targeted support enabling the wave and tidal stream sectors to move from initial concept onto prototypes and now the first arrays. Since 2003 various bodies across Government have provided innovation funding of £175m to the wave and tidal sectors. Both technologies are eligible to participate in the Contracts for Difference scheme.

In the Clean Growth Strategy, which the Government published in October 2017, we underlined the need for renewable technologies to demonstrate on-going cost reduction and to compete with other forms of low carbon generation. The Government will continue to consider policy related to wave and tidal stream in light of this strategy and the information received under the recent Marine Energy Call for Evidence, which launched on 28 August.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to future-proof the electricity grid by ensuring appropriate mechanisms are in place to secure supplies and flexibility enabling investment in a diverse mix of technologies; and if he will make a statement.

The capacity market is our main tool for ensuring security of supply. It has successfully brought forward a diverse range of new capacity, such as demand side response, renewables, storage and gas plants, to replace older capacity as it retires off the system. We are confident it will enable us to meet energy demand into the future.

We are working closely with Ofgem and electricity network operators to ensure market mechanisms are in place to drive investment in flexibility solutions, such as storage, where doing so provides value to the grid or is cheaper than building new infrastructure.

Ofgem’s statutory objective is to act in the interests of all consumers,?enabling the?investment necessary for net zero at the same time as ensuring value for money and continued security of supply for consumers. Ofgem ensures that the investments needed to maintain and upgrade the network are made through the price controls that regulate network companies.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which legislation protected HELMS customers from Green Deal loan mis-selling; and whether there are time restrictions for those consumers raising complaints to either (a) his Department or (b) the Green Deal Finance Company.

The legislative context within which redress can be sought in regard to mis-selling under the Green Deal is set out in The Green Deal Framework, based on provisions in the Energy Act 2011, Framework Regulations and Code of Practice.

Section 4.9 of the Green Deal Code of Practice lays out the time provisions within which a complaint must be made to be considered eligible. This confirms that a complaint must be made, by any category of person identified in the provisions, within six years of the date on which the alleged breach occurred. There are separate considerations where a complaint concerns matters relevant to specific Guarantees.

The Green Deal Finance Company, as a private company, have their own complaints procedure.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2020 to question 106396 on what date his Department last had discussions with the Scottish Government on the implementation of a UK emissions trading scheme.

Ministers and officials in BEIS have regular discussions with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive on legislation, governance and operational arrangements for a UK Emissions Trading Scheme. Most recently, officials from BEIS had discussions with officials from the Scottish Government on Friday 30th October 2020 and on Tuesday 27th October 2020.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2020 to Question 101040, if he will list the carbon dioxide storage licences declined by the Oil and Gas Authority.

Pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2020 to Question 101040, the Oil and Gas Authority has received two applications for a carbon dioxide storage licence. In both cases the Oil and Gas Authority granted the carbon dioxide storage licence to the applicant. There have been no further applications to the Oil and Gas Authority for a carbon dioxide storage licence.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2020 to Question 101040, how many carbon dioxide storage licence applications have been received by the Oil and Gas Authority.

Pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2020 to Question 101040, the Oil and Gas Authority has received two applications for a carbon dioxide storage licence.

A complete, public register of carbon dioxide storage licences is held on the Oil and Gas Authority’s website (https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/licensing-consents/carbon-storage/). This register includes licences issued prior to the Oil and Gas Authority being formed and becoming a licensing authority for carbon dioxide storage.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to extend the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive at its current funding level.

The Government consulted on the future of the Non-Domestic RHI scheme in April 2020 and set out its intent to close the scheme at the end of March 2021. The consultation closed on the 7th July and the responses are currently being analysed. The Government response will be published in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a heat decarbonisation strategy in lieu of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings. These actions include the deployment of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating as part of an ambitious programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how we achieve the mass transition to low-carbon heat and set us on a path to decarbonising all homes and buildings.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the introduction of a UK emissions trading system.

The Government is working closely with the Devolved Administrations on establishing a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). Ministers and officials in BEIS have regular discussions with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive on a range of energy and climate change issues, including the introduction of a UK ETS.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) grid infrastructure upgrades required to facilitate the planned deployment of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 and (b) effect of Ofgem's interim decision on RIIO 2 on the required upgrades; and will he make a statement.

In July, the Government launched the Offshore Transmission Network Review to assess the approach to delivering connections for offshore wind. As part of this review, National Grid ESO is consulting on their cost-benefit analysis of a more coordinated approach to offshore transmission and an initial assessment of technical considerations for a more integrated offshore network. The Review will consider these consultations and we will publish an update in due course.

The next price control for onshore electricity transmission networks, RIIO 2, is a matter for Ofgem the independent regulator. Ofgem’s Draft Determinations were announced in July and have been open to consultation with stakeholders. The Final Determinations expected at the end of this year will set out Ofgem’s views on the upgrades proposed for the transmission network and whether, when and how these investments should be funded.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to the Committee on Climate Change report entitled, Reducing UK Emissions Progress Report to Parliament, published in June 2020.

The Government response to the Committee on Climate Change’s report Reducing UK Emissions Progress Report to Parliament was laid in Parliament on 15 October. A copy of the response can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-climate-changes-2020-progress-report-government-response.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which foreign Governments he has met with to discuss their nationally determined contribution ahead of COP26; and on which dates those meetings took place.

Ensuring that all countries come forward with ambitious 2030 climate plans (NDCs) and long-term strategies to reach zero carbon emissions as soon as possible is a top priority ahead of COP 26. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has discussed NDCs in all of his direct engagements with over 30 countries, and all of his multilateral engagements. Ministers and senior officials across government have directly engaged with over 100 governments, and all countries have been engaged with through our FCO network and UN Missions.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the carbon dioxide storage licences granted by the Oil and Gas Authority.

The Oil and Gas Authority has awarded the following carbon dioxide storage licences:

CS003 to Pale Blue Dot Energy (Acorn) Ltd in 2019;

CS004 to Eni UK Limited in 2020.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of increasing the installation and servicing of offshore wind developments on demand for green vessels built in UK shipyards.

The Government recognises the importance of the UK maritime sector to our economy and to our future global trading ambitions. The National Shipbuilding Strategy, led by the Ministry of Defence, aims for the Government to work with shipbuilders and the supply chain to improve public procurement, increase trade, and drive innovation through diversification and the use of greener technologies.

The Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal includes an aspiration to increase UK content to 60% by 2030. This includes increasing UK content in the capital expenditure phase, as well as developing a roadmap for how the 60% target will be delivered.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on UK shipbuilding of the Government’s plans to increase the production of offshore wind.

The Government recognises the importance of the UK maritime sector to our economy and to our future global trading ambitions. The MOD-led National Shipbuilding Strategy is seeking to work with shipbuilders and the supply chain to improve public procurement, increase trade and drive innovation.

The Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal includes an aspiration to increase UK content to 60% by 2030 including increasing UK content in the capital expenditure phase and to develop a roadmap on how the 60% target will be delivered.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what deadline the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set for submissions of Nationally Determined Contributions in advance of COP26.

Under the Paris Agreement, all Parties have committed to communicating or updating Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020 and every five years after that. We are currently working on our NDC, including on the timing for its publication.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live, (c) what the remaining term of the contract is and (d) what the annual repayments are.

The Department does not have any Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2020 to Question 93621, if the Government will publish its Nationally Determined Contribution by 12 December 2020; and if he will make a statement.

We are currently working on our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), including on the timing for its publication.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the energy White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

The Energy White Paper remains a priority for BEIS and it will be published in the autumn.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote the UK's anaerobic digestion sector at COP26.

Biomethane injection to the gas grid offers a low-regrets, cost-effective way of contributing to near term legally binding carbon budgets, and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) states that biomethane will be valuable across all decarbonisation pathways. The new Green Gas Support Scheme, which will be launching in Autumn 2021, aims to increase the proportion of biomethane in the gas grid, which will deliver greener gas to households in the UK and contribute to carbon budgets 4 and 5.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce a sector deal for the anaerobic digestion and biomethane sector; and if he will make a statement.

We welcome conversations with the anaerobic digestion and biomethane industry about future industry development, and their role in the green recovery from covid-19. The Government is supportive of the growth of the anaerobic digestion and biomethane sector, and recognises that it is valuable across future decarbonisation pathways. Government has supported the growth of the AD sector through a number of incentive schemes: the Renewables Obligation (RO); the Feed-in Tariff s(FIT) scheme and Contracts for Difference (CfD) for electricity production and the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for biogas and heat production, including the use of biomethane in the gas grid. The non-domestic RHI will end in 2021, and will be followed by the Green Gas Support Scheme which will provide tariff support for biomethane injection to the gas grid. The RO and FIT schemes closed to new applications in March 2017 and 2019 respectively, and the new Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) came into effect on 1 January 2020, allowing small-scale low-carbon generators to sell their excess electricity back to the grid.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve cross-departmental working on the Government's anaerobic digestion and biomethane strategy.

Anaerobic digestion and biomethane policy cuts across several government departments including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Department for Transport. These departments are currently working closely together on a number of related policy issues, including the upcoming Green Gas Support Scheme, which is due to launch in Autumn 2021. The recent consultation on this scheme included proposals to allow an effective interaction between the Green Gas Support Scheme and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, and to ensure air quality impacts are properly mitigated. Another example is research, where BEIS is working with DfT to study the techno-economics and carbon intensity of gasifying biomass and municipal solid waste to produce either methane, hydrogen or liquid fuels.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase investment in research and development to improve the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion process and reduce the cost of building and running anaerobic digestion plants.

In March, the Government announced a record increase in public investment in R&D – committing to reaching £22bn per year by 2024/25. At the same time the Government committed to more than double investment in the Energy Innovation Programme to £1 billion.

Through its Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy programme, UKRI fund the Environmental Biology Network (EBNet) with £1.35m to provide a link between academic researchers and plant operators in industry. This includes mechanisms such as Proof of Concept studies and Business Interaction Vouchers which enable industry to address problems including the efficiency, design and operation of anaerobic digestion plants. Government also provides support to enable UK industry and researchers to access international science on biogas production from anaerobic digestion through the IEA Bioenergy Technical Coordinating Programme.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer to of 21 May 2020 to Question 47349, what the definition of the target period of well ahead of COP26 is; and what progress he has made on submission of a Nationally Determined Contribution.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced at the UN Climate Action Roundtable on 24th September that the UK will co-host with the UN an event to mark the five-year anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement on 12th December 2020. This will provide an opportunity for all those who are ready to submit bold new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and transformational net zero targets to do so.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had representatives of the (a) energy and (b) transport sector about the role a hydrogen hub can play in supporting the wider growth of the UK hydrogen economy.

We are aware of the value in co-locating low carbon hydrogen supply and demand in the early stages of expansion in any hydrogen economy; an approach sometimes referred to as a hydrogen hub. Ministers and officials are engaging extensively with hydrogen and wider energy stakeholders as we develop a UK Hydrogen Strategy for publication in early 2021. Discussions include ways in which to coordinate supply and demand and attract early investment as the hydrogen market develops, including place based approaches.

We have also explored the role of hydrogen in helping to decarbonise transport as part of a series of stakeholder workshops helping to develop the Transport Decarbonisation Plan due to be published before the end of the year.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that the French and German Government's plan to work together on hydrogen development.

We are following international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international fora, including the Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy and Mission Innovation. These offer opportunities to discuss other countries’ domestic hydrogen strategies in detail and explore opportunities for collaboration. We plan to publish a UK Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. This will be informed in part by assessment of international activity and the opportunities and challenges that presents for the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his appearance before the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September, whether the Government plans to publish a funded UK hydrogen strategy in the first quarter of 2021.

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. As set out at the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September 2020, we plan to publish a Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. The Strategy will include discussion around the costs associated with expansion of the UK hydrogen economy, and how these might be met.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on their role in the (a) development and (b) implementation of hydrogen technology.

The Government is committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier and works closely with local partnerships across the country. In the course of work to understand the potential role of hydrogen in the wider energy system, my officials and I have met with a range of national, regional and local stakeholders.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the level of funding for hydrogen strategies in other European countries; and if he will make a statement.

We are closely monitoring international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international fora, including the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy, Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial. These forums offer opportunities to discuss international activity on hydrogen, including strategies put forward by Germany, Denmark, and the European Commission. International strategies, including the level and type of funding committed, inform our own approach to developing hydrogen in the UK context. As we further progress our strategy, we will consider the international innovation and policy landscape and opportunities and challenges for the UK, building on activity to date.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Opening up the Gas Market project by the Scottish Gas Network in 2016, on mixing different blends/compositions of natural gas in the localised Oban gas grid; and if he will make a statement.

Scotland Gas Network’s (SGN’s) Opening up the Gas Market project tested unprocessed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which had a gas quality measurement above the statutory upper limit specified in Schedule 3 of Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (GS(M)R). Through a controlled trial this gas was injected into the Oban network for a year. The project demonstrated that unprocessed LNG was safe to distribute and safe for consumers in the Oban network.

As a result of the rollout of the Oban project unprocessed LNG above the statutory limit, has been injected into the Scottish Independent Undertakings at Oban, Campbeltown, Wick and Thurso since 2015 under a rolling exemption from GS(M)R.

Following this, the Department has been working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to review the regulation of gas quality as a safety measure through GS(M)R. The increased availability of imported natural gas and low carbon gas alternatives means there is a need to widen the specification of gas permitted under GS(M)R, provided that any change is demonstrated to be safe. Project Oban successfully demonstrated the safety case for amending the upper statutory limit.

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) industry working group has proposed a series of amendments to the GS(M)R and a new IGEM Gas Quality Standard. HSE and BEIS intend take forward these and other changes to GS(M)R as part of a consultation in 2021.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and (b) other industry stakeholders from across the supply chain will be represented on Ofgem’s Net Zero Advisory Group.

Ofgem has recently published the Terms of Reference for the Net Zero Advisory Group (link here). The Group will normally be made up of representatives from the following:

Ofgem, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury, Department for Transport, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, National Infrastructure Commission, Committee on Climate Change and Citizens Advice. Where appropriate, the Group may invite internal or external experts to specific meetings and seek views from these parties outside of the meetings. The Terms of Reference may be reviewed and updated periodically.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking with Ofgem to ensure that investment decisions taken by the Distribution Network Operators are based on comprehensive, whole life cost benefit assessments; and if will make a statement.

Energy network companies are regulated by the independent energy regulator, Ofgem, to ensure that they adequately maintain a safe and secure network whilst investing for the future and ensuring a fair price for consumers. In order to do this, Ofgem uses price controls to determine the revenues network companies may recover, the investment they may make and the performance standards they must deliver. Network regulation, including approval of investment decisions, is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem is currently developing the next electricity distribution price control, consulting with stakeholders during this process.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to set a mandatory date for boiler installations to be hydrogen ready or part of a hybrid system; and if he will make a statement.

Hydrogen could play a key role in eliminating our contribution to climate change by 2050 and is one of the options being explored to decarbonise heat in the UK alongside heat pumps, heat networks and biogas. However, further work is required to fully test and assess the potential of hydrogen as an option for decarbonising heating.

Prototype ‘hydrogen-ready boilers’ are being developed under the £25m BEIS Hy4Heat programme. This programme is seeking to investigate if it is technically possible and safe to replace methane with hydrogen in appliances for residential and commercial buildings and evaluate the likely costs and performance. The programme is due to be completed in 2021, and the Department will be reviewing the outputs from this technical work as it progresses.

The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of creating a national delivery body to co-ordinate heat decarbonisation in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The?Clean Growth Strategy identifies heat as the most difficult decarbonisation challenge facing the country.??It will involve coordinating large-scale transformation and will require wide-ranging change to energy systems and markets.

We have noted that some stakeholders have raised the potential merits of different models of national coordinating delivery body. We have committed to publishing a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings, as well as what longer term action is required to ensure we are on track for net zero.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to end the sale and installation of oil burning boilers; and if he will make a statement.

In the Clean Growth Strategy,?we committed to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in buildings not connected to the gas grid, starting with new build, during the 2020s.

Our consultation on the Future Home Standard, launched last year, lays out our plans to phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating in new homes. We will respond to that consultation later this year. We also plan to consult later this year on changes to new non-domestic buildings’ energy standards.

We will be consulting on phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating in existing buildings off the gas grid in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing operational performance ratings alongside Energy Performance Certificates for all non-domestic buildings.

We are planning to consult later this year on introducing operational performance ratings for commercial and industrial buildings. We aim to build on proven best practice and are working closely with industry, as well as with the devolved administrations, to design and develop the scheme to ensure it drives benefits across the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of designating energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to delivering our net zero target and will take further steps to decarbonise the UK economy, including through the future publication of a National Infrastructure Strategy. The Government is also planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from all homes and buildings and set buildings on track for net zero.


The Government remains committed to delivering the aspiration set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, to help as many homes as possible to reach EPC Band C by 2035, where practical, affordable and cost-effective.

My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer recently announced a net zero building package worth in excess of £3bn. This new funding represents a significant and accelerated down payment on decarbonising buildings, to help stimulate the economic recovery and create green jobs.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes he plans to upgrade to EPC Band C by (a) 2025, (b) 2030 and (c) 2035.

The Government remains committed to the Clean Growth Strategy aim for as many homes as possible to be EPC Band C 2035, where practical, cost-effective, and affordable.

In addition, for homes in fuel poverty, we remain committed to our statutory fuel poverty target of improving as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to energy efficiency rating Band C by the end of 2030, as well as our interim target of Band D by 2025.

There is no set number of homes to be achieved within those targets. However, the Heat & Building Strategy and the updated Fuel Poverty Strategy, which we plan to publish in due course, will set out how we intend to meet our commitments and set us on a path to decarbonising homes and buildings by 2050.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of local authorities having a role in supporting initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of housing at scale in their local areas; what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on supporting local authorities to have that role; and if he will make a statement.

Under the £2bn Green Homes Grant funding announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8th July to save households money, cut carbon and create green jobs, £500 million has been earmarked for Local Authority delivery in England to ensure those in low-income households, who may be less likely to take up a demand-led voucher scheme, will be able to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades. Local Authorities have a comprehensive understanding of their local community and will be able to identify households through a variety of referral routes, such as a ‘cold home referral’ from the health and charity sectors.

As fuel poverty is a devolved issue the geographic policy scope for the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery is for England only.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the proposed new build nuclear sites where China General Nuclear Power Company have a potential investment stake.

China General Nuclear Power Corporation is, through subsidiary companies, investing in the construction of Hinkley Point C as well as the development of Sizewell C and Bradwell B.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make it its policy to prioritise meeting climate change targets as part of a green economic recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

As we recover from COVID-19, the Government intends to deliver a UK economy which is cleaner, more sustainable and more resilient. The UK was the first major economy to legislate our 2050 Net Zero target last year and tackling climate change should be at the heart of our economic recovery.

In delivering the UK’s net zero target, we are looking to position the UK as a world leader in low carbon technologies, services, and systems. The UK has a strong base to grow from there are almost half a million jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country and low carbon exports are already worth billions of pounds each year.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide a ringfence for early-stage technologies within the Contracts for Difference mechanism to support for Scotland’s wave, tidal and floating wind sectors.

The next Contracts for Difference allocation round is planned for 2021. A consultation on potential changes closed on 29 May. We are now considering submissions, including from those sectors requesting a ringfenced or minimum allocation, and will publish a response in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government plans to provide to ensure a sustainable small-scale renewable energy sector in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

The Smart Export Guarantee, which came into force across Great Britain in January 2020, mandates that small-scale low-carbon electricity generators have the right to be paid for the renewable electricity they export to the grid.

This reflects our continued commitment to ensuring that low-carbon electricity – whether at the household level or the national level – is central to the transition to the smart and flexible energy systems of the future.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what Government funding is available for a feasibility and development project for (a) tidal and (b) wave energy projects; and if he will make a statement.

The Government regularly makes funding available for innovative energy projects. Tidal and wave energy companies are welcome to bid into calls for the Energy Entrepreneurs fund and the UKRI SMART Grants programme. Government funds feasibility and assessment work for low technology readiness level (TRL) technologies through the ORE Supergen.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what new renewable energy projects are under consideration for a Regulated Asset Base finance model; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s main support mechanism for new renewable electricity projects is the Contracts for Difference Scheme. The Renewable Heat Incentive currently supports new renewable heat projects.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hunterston (B) nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

March 2023

965 MW

Heysham 1

March 2024

1,155 MW

Hartlepool

March 2024

1,180 MW

Hinkley Point B

March 2023

955 MW

In order to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion in low carbon electricity generation. This includes renewables, carbon capture usage and storage, and nuclear. We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hartlepool nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

March 2023

965 MW

Heysham 1

March 2024

1,155 MW

Hartlepool

March 2024

1,180 MW

Hinkley Point B

March 2023

955 MW

In order to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion in low carbon electricity generation. This includes renewables, carbon capture usage and storage, and nuclear. We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Heysham nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

March 2023

965 MW

Heysham 1

March 2024

1,155 MW

Hartlepool

March 2024

1,180 MW

Hinkley Point B

March 2023

955 MW

In order to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion in low carbon electricity generation. This includes renewables, carbon capture usage and storage, and nuclear. We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hinkley Point (B) nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

March 2023

965 MW

Heysham 1

March 2024

1,155 MW

Hartlepool

March 2024

1,180 MW

Hinkley Point B

March 2023

955 MW

In order to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion in low carbon electricity generation. This includes renewables, carbon capture usage and storage, and nuclear. We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what new nuclear projects are under consideration for a Regulated Asset Base finance model; and if he will make a statement.

We consulted in 2019 on a Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model as a possible funding model for new nuclear projects. The RAB is a generic framework and each project has its own considerations that should be taken into account when looking at how it should be financed. We will respond to the consultation in due course.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to the development of small modular reactors; what the spend is to date; what progress has been made against agreed milestones; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has awarded £18 million, match funded by industry, to the UK Small Modular Reactor (SMR) consortium for Phase 1 of a programme to develop an SMR in the UK. This is part of a greater bid into the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Approval will be sought for the remaining £215.5 million in Government grant funding (matched by industry) in due course.

As at 15 June, costs of £7 million of the £18 grant funding had been incurred. Phase 1 is due to complete in April 2021

Additionally, the Government has provided up to £7 million to regulators to build the capability and capacity needed to support and assess advanced nuclear technologies.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money has been allocated to the nuclear sector deal; what the agreed spend is to date; and what progress has been made against agreed milestones; and if he will make a statement.

Total funding in the Nuclear Sector Deal – from both the Government and industry – is £204 million, of which £172 million is from the Government. Publicly committed Government funds to date are approximately £113 million, with further announcements being considered. Good progress has been made on the Sector Deal, including:

- Publication of a National Decommissioning and Waste Management Pipeline inJune 2019.

- Up to £16 million in research and development grants for advanced manufacturing, awarded in November 2019.

- Support from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to a Rolls-Royce-led UK consortium to develop a Small Modular Reactor, announced in November 2019.

- Publication of a Nuclear Sector Gender Roadmap and Gender Commitment in December 2019.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of annual contract for difference auctions; and if he will make a statement.

The Government keeps all aspects of the Contracts for Difference scheme under review on an ongoing basis. In 2018, the Government announced its intention to run auctions under the scheme every two years. The last auction took place in 2019, and the next is scheduled to take place in 2021. The Government recently consulted on a range of potential changes in connection with the 2021 auction and will respond to this consultation in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing the capacity cap from contract for difference auctions; and if he will make a statement.

Capacity caps can drive competitive auctions and deliver value for money for consumers. In the absence of a capacity cap or similar constraint, competitors in Contract for Difference auctions would have no incentive to bid below the wholesale price of electricity. A capacity cap was first deployed in the third Contract for Difference auction in 2019, which secured nearly twice the capacity of the previous auction with a 30% reduction in clearing prices. We continue to keep all aspects of the Contracts for Difference Scheme under review and will publish auction parameters in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the energy White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

The energy white paper remains a high priority for BEIS. It will address how the transformation of the energy system promotes high-skilled jobs and clean, resilient economic growth across the country while ensuring energy plays its full part in delivering our target of net zero emissions by 2050. We are currently assessing the impact of Coronavirus on our strategic approach, and how this will impact our plans for publication. We will set out the way forward in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of hydrogen technology to help decarbonise (a) transport, (b) heating and (c) heavy industry.

Hydrogen is a potential decarbonisation option across multiple economic sectors, including transport, heat, industry and power. Our independent advisors the Committee on Climate Change have suggested that a major increase in hydrogen production is required in order to meet our 2050 net zero target, with a complete switch to low carbon production methods[1].

The Government is committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity. In line with this we are investing up to £121m in hydrogen innovation, supporting a range of projects exploring the potential of low carbon hydrogen across the value chain. This includes the:

  • £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme - to increase the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles and grow the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations
  • £25m Hy4Heat programme - to explore the safety and feasibility of using 100% hydrogen for heat in the home, including product development and core safety assessment.
  • £20m Industrial Fuel Switching Competition - to test the potential for switching to hydrogen (and other low carbon fuels) in industrial sectors like cement and glass manufacture.
  • £33m Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply Competition – to support the development of bulk low carbon hydrogen production technologies

Alongside our innovation activity, we are building sustainable policy frameworks to support investment in low carbon hydrogen production, including through progressing a business model to enable this.

[1] Net Zero – Technical Report, Committee on Climate Change, May 2019 - https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-technical-report/

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of hydrogen technology to help decarbonise (a) transport, (b) heating and (c) heavy industry.

Hydrogen is a potential decarbonisation option across multiple economic sectors, including transport, heat, industry and power. Our independent advisors the Committee on Climate Change have suggested that a major increase in hydrogen production is required in order to meet our 2050 net zero target, with a complete switch to low carbon production methods[1].

The Government is committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity. In line with this we are investing up to £121m in hydrogen innovation, supporting a range of projects exploring the potential of low carbon hydrogen across the value chain. This includes the:

  • £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme - to increase the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles and grow the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations
  • £25m Hy4Heat programme - to explore the safety and feasibility of using 100% hydrogen for heat in the home, including product development and core safety assessment.
  • £20m Industrial Fuel Switching Competition - to test the potential for switching to hydrogen (and other low carbon fuels) in industrial sectors like cement and glass manufacture.
  • £33m Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply Competition – to support the development of bulk low carbon hydrogen production technologies

Alongside our innovation activity, we are building sustainable policy frameworks to support investment in low carbon hydrogen production, including through progressing a business model to enable this.

[1] Net Zero – Technical Report, Committee on Climate Change, May 2019 - https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-technical-report/

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the proposed Nationally Determined Contribution for the UK; and if he will make a statement.

As part of our incoming COP Presidency, in partnership with Italy, we are urging all countries to come forward with ambitious new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which represent their highest possible ambition. The UK will play its part and we are preparing to come forward with an enhanced NDC well ahead of COP26.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the Government did not publish the proposed Nationally Determined Contribution for the UK in February 2020 in line with the timeframe agreed at COP21; and if he will make a statement.

As part of our incoming COP Presidency, in partnership with Italy, we are urging all countries to come forward with ambitious new NDCs which represent their highest possible ambition. The UK will play its part and we are preparing to come forward with an enhanced NDC well ahead of COP26. It is our top priority in doing so to contribute to the greatest possible momentum and ambition ahead of COP26.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many new complaints his Department received on the mis-selling of Green Deal loans by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) in each of the last 12 months.

The number of mis-selling complaints received by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd in each of the last 12 months are shown in the table below.

Month

Number of complaints

May 2019

10

June 2019

6

July 2019

10

August 2019

3

September 2019

3

October 2019

3

November 2019

9

December 2019

5

January 2020

5

February 2020

8

March 2020

7

April 2020

1

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many intention notices have been issued by his Department in response to complaints of the mis-selling of Green Deal loans by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS); and how many intention notices remain outstanding.

As of 27th April 2020, there are 179 outstanding appeals, relating to the company Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS), which have been referred to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Ninety-seven Intention Notices have been issued in respect of the outstanding HELMS appeals.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal plans were provided by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd for the purpose of installing solar panels in each constituency in the UK.

The number of Green Deal plans provided by Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd which include the installation of solar panels in each constituency in the UK are shown in the attached table.

In order to manage the risk of revealing personal or commercial data, our approach is not to release non-zero counts of less than five for a small geographic area.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his policy that at least one of the carbon capture plants will be in Scotland.

The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Infrastructure Fund announced at Budget 2020 will enhance long-term competitiveness of UK’s industrial regions by providing at least £800m to establish CCS in at least two UK clusters, one by the mid-2020s and another by 2030. The CCS Infrastructure Fund will support delivery of our Industrial Clusters Mission.

We will work collaboratively with all potential projects across the UK, with value for money considerations at the centre, before taking decisions on how, and where, the Fund will be allocated.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2020 to Question 25155 on Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Scotland, how many green deal agreements were issued to Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd for the purpose of installing external building insulation in each local authority in Scotland.

The number of Green Deal plans provided by Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd which included External Wall insulation in Scotland by local authority are shown in the table below.

To manage the risk of revealing personal or commercial data, our approach is not to release non-zero counts of less than five for a small geographic area. Items marked * are small and have been supressed to achieve this disclosure control.

Local Authority

GD Plans

City of Edinburgh

5

East Ayrshire

48

East Dunbartonshire

5

Falkirk

18

Fife

*

Glasgow City

80

Inverclyde

27

Midlothian

*

North Ayrshire

39

North Lanarkshire

81

Renfrewshire

243

Scottish Borders

10

South Ayrshire

35

South Lanarkshire

157

Stirling

18

West Dunbartonshire

63

West Lothian

9

Scotland

846

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal loan complaints the Green Deal Finance Company has received in respect of Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd in each year since 2013, by (i) constituency and (ii) local authority area.

The Department does not hold information on the number of complaints the Green Deal Finance Company has received in respect of Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS).

The Department also does not hold information on whether the Green Deal Finance Company has written to the 4,581 HELMS consumers on the practices of that company.

The Green Deal Finance Company are a private company, and as such do not routinely share data around complaints, or their approach to providing redress to consumers with the Department.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Official Report, 23 October 2018, column 53WH, whether the Green Deal Finance Company has written to the 4,581 consumers who were sold a Green Deal by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) on the sales practices of that company.

The Department does not hold information on the number of complaints the Green Deal Finance Company has received in respect of Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS).

The Department also does not hold information on whether the Green Deal Finance Company has written to the 4,581 HELMS consumers on the practices of that company.

The Green Deal Finance Company are a private company, and as such do not routinely share data around complaints, or their approach to providing redress to consumers with the Department.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) criteria and (b) calculations were for offers of a (i) reduction and (ii) cancellation made by (A) the Green Deal Finance Company and (B) his Department to customers who have made a complaint on green deal mis-selling by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS).

Each complaint is considered individually by the Secretary of State in line with the Green Deal Framework Regulations.

The Secretary of State has the power to reduce or cancel loans where there has been a breach of the relevant rules, and he is satisfied that the consumer has suffered, or is likely to suffer, a substantive loss. One of the requirements in the Regulations is to impose a sanction that is proportionate to the breach it is imposed upon. Further information on the legislative requirements is available in the Sanctions guidance, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-green-deal-sanctions-and-appeals

Details of any proposed sanction, including reasons for intended decision and associated calculations, are made available in intention notices issued to affected parties. Any proposed sanction by the Secretary of State, intends to bring the consumer closest to the position they would have been in had the identified breaches not occurred. The sanction will vary depending on the nature of individual cases.

The Green Deal Finance Company are a private company, and as such do not routinely share data around complaints, or their approach to providing redress to consumers with the Department.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many green deal agreements were issued to Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd for the purpose of installing external building insulation in each constituency in Scotland.

The number of Green Deal plans provided by Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd which included External Wall insulation in Scotland by parliamentary constituency are shown in the table below.

To manage the risk of revealing personal or commercial data, our approach is not to release non-zero counts of less than five for a small geographic area.

Constituency

GD Plans

Airdrie and Shotts

6

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

1-4

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

10

Central Ayrshire

74

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

1-4

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

75

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

84

Edinburgh West

5

Falkirk

9

Glasgow East

18

Glasgow North East

58

Glasgow South

1-4

Glasgow South West

1-4

Inverclyde

27

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

44

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

1-4

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

11

Livingston

7

Midlothian

1-4

Motherwell and Wishaw

1-4

Paisley and Renfrewshire North

220

Paisley and Renfrewshire South

23

Rutherglen and Hamilton West

73

Stirling

18

West Dunbartonshire

63

Scotland

846

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 3 October 2019 to Question 292374 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, how many cases from Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency that were referred to her have been with her office for (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine, (j) 10, (k) 11 and (l) 12 months or longer without a final decision having been made.

At 5th February 2020 there are 20 outstanding appeals, relating to the company Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) from households in the Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency. The table below provides details of the age of the outstanding appeals in the constituency.

Months outstanding

Number of appeals

1 or under

0

2

0

3

0

4

0

5

2

6

0

7

0

8

0

9

0

10

3

11

6

12

0

Longer than 12 months

9

As of 5th February 2020, a total of 61 Intention Notices have been issued in respect of complaints about mis-selling of the Green Deal by HELMS.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many offers of compensation have been made by her Department to appellants as a result of mis-selling by the company HELMS; and of those offers how many were (a) accepted and settled and (b) rejected by consumers in favour of their original offer of compensation from the Green Deal Finance Company.

At 5th February 2020 there are 20 outstanding appeals, relating to the company Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) from households in the Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency. The table below provides details of the age of the outstanding appeals in the constituency.

Months outstanding

Number of appeals

1 or under

0

2

0

3

0

4

0

5

2

6

0

7

0

8

0

9

0

10

3

11

6

12

0

Longer than 12 months

9

As of 5th February 2020, a total of 61 Intention Notices have been issued in respect of complaints about mis-selling of the Green Deal by HELMS.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Committee for Climate Change's report entitled, Net Zero Technical Report, published May 2019, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendation in that report that onshore wind capacity may require to be increased to 35GW by 2035; and if she will make a statement.

This government is committed to delivering net zero emissions by 2050 which will require significant effort in all sectors. In power, we have made great progress in decarbonising electricity generation whilst meeting demand, and over half our electricity generation was from low-carbon sources last year, up from 23% in 2010.

As we continue to reduce emissions the exact mix of the electricity system will be affected by the approach to decarbonisation in other sectors, technology costs and the emergence of new technologies. It is not for government to prescribe the proportion of generation that will come from any specific technology in 2050; rather the role of government will be to enable the market to deliver the levels of deployment required whilst minimising both emissions and systems costs.

The Energy White Paper will address the transformation of our energy system in the context of delivering net-zero by 2050.

It will be the first major statement in energy on how we plan to deliver on our Net Zero commitment, setting out our approach in power generation, buildings decarbonisation, networks and markets, industrial decarbonisation, and oil and gas.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State plans to publish an energy white paper in Q1 2020.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Committee for Climate Change's report entitled, Net Zero Technical Report, published May 2019, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendation that solar PV may require to be increased to 54GW by 2035; and if she will make a statement.

This government is committed to delivering net zero emissions by 2050 which will require significant effort in all sectors. In power, we have made great progress in decarbonising electricity generation whilst meeting demand, and over half our electricity generation was from low-carbon sources last year, up from 23% in 2010.

As we continue to reduce emissions the exact mix of the electricity system will be affected by the approach to decarbonisation in other sectors, technology costs and the emergence of new technologies. It is not for government to prescribe the proportion of generation that will come from any specific technology in 2050; rather the role of government will be to enable the market to deliver the levels of deployment required whilst minimising both emissions and systems costs.

The Energy White Paper will address the transformation of our energy system in the context of delivering net-zero by 2050.

It will be the first major statement in energy on how we plan to deliver on our Net Zero commitment, setting out our approach in power generation, buildings decarbonisation, networks and markets, industrial decarbonisation, and oil and gas.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State plans to publish an energy white paper in Q1 2020.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans her Department has for eliminating the use of cash retentions in the construction industry; and if she will make a statement.

The Government is committed to improving payment practices; we fully understand the practice of cash retentions can create problems for contractors in the supply chain.

To date, we have undertaken extensive analysis of the responses to the 2018 consultation exercise alongside wider stakeholder discussions. This includes ministerial roundtables, which bring together representatives from the construction sector to consider cash retention issues and reach a consensus on policy options.

A range of views remain across the sector and its clients about the problems associated with the withholding of retentions, and how these might be addressed.

We will publish the response to the consultation on the practice of cash retention under construction contracts as soon as possible. The Government will continue to work with industry on these issues.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 2480, to what projects she plans to allocate the £170 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, UK Research and Innovation will allocate up to £170 million to projects that will support the delivery of the Industrial Clusters Mission. There are three strands that the funding will cover: 1) projects to deliver or support the delivery of significant emissions reductions in industrial clusters; 2) the development of industrial cluster decarbonisation roadmaps; and 3) establishing an Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 2480, on Carbon Capture and Storage, what criteria his Department plans to use to determine the eligibility of carbon capture, usage and storage clusters for inclusion in the Industrial Clusters Mission.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will allocate up to £170 million to support the delivery of the Industrial Clusters Mission. As part of the ISCF, bids have been invited from industrial clusters for the development of decarbonisation infrastructure, including carbon capture, usage and storage infrastructure. These bids will be assessed by UK Research and Innovation, with awards made to projects that will deliver, or support delivery of, significant emissions reductions in a UK industrial cluster by 2030.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 2480, on Carbon Capture and Storage, what the spend profile is for the £800 million of funding allocated to the development of carbon capture, usage and storage.

The Government is committed to deploying CCUS in the 2020s. We will provide further details on how the investment, outlined in the Conservative manifesto, will be progressed in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 2480, on Carbon Capture and Storage, whether the £800 million of funding will be allocated to (a) one or (b) more than one carbon capture, usage and storage cluster.

The Government is committed to deploying CCUS in the 2020s. We will provide further details on how the investment, outlined in the Conservative manifesto, will be progressed in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 2480, on Carbon Capture and Storage, what criteria her Department plans to use to determine the eligibility of carbon capture, usage and storage clusters to receive preferred funding status.

The Government is committed to deploying CCUS in the 2020s. We will provide further details on how CCUS investment, outlined in the Conservative manifesto, will be allocated in due course.

In addition, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will allocate up to £170 million to support the delivery of the Industrial Clusters Mission. As part of the ISCF, bids have been invited from industrial clusters for the development of decarbonisation infrastructure, including Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage infrastructure. These bids will be assessed by UK Research and Innovation, with awards made to projects that will deliver, or support delivery of, significant emissions reductions in a UK industrial cluster by 2030.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people were employed in the UK solar industry in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.

The ONS produces estimates of the size of the UK’s green economy from the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Survey. Estimates for employment in the UK solar industry from 2015-2018 are listed below. Estimates for 2019 are not yet available.

Comparing estimates from the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Survey from 2014 with estimates from later years of the survey is not advised because of changes in the sample methodology in 2015. The survey sample size was reduced from around 40,000 in 2014 to around 14,000 in 2015.

Employment (full time equivalent)

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Estimate

Estimate

Estimate

Estimate

Estimate

Solar photovoltaic

UK

9,800

9,900

4,900

5,400

6,600

England

8,800

9,300

4,400

5,000

5,600

Scotland

300

300

200

100

300

Wales

500

200

100

200

500

Northern Ireland

200

~

200

100

200

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she will consider introducing a minimum floor price to the Smart Export Guarantee.

The SEG has been successful in bringing forward a range of competitive offerings to the market. Renewable generators now have several tariffs to choose from, in some cases even higher than the FIT export tariff.

The Government will continue to monitor the types of export tariffs being offered to small generators to assess the development of the small-scale low-carbon export market. The Government will keep the operation of SEG under review.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason solar PV and onshore wind are excluded from the Contract for Difference auctions.

Government keeps the CfD scheme under review and announces the scope of allocation rounds before each round commences. No decisions have yet been made on the future of allocation rounds for established technologies such as onshore wind and solar PV.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the quantity of ground mount solar PV used in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.

The figures for (a) and (d) are published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-photovoltaics-deployment.

The ground-mounted solar PV is broken down into FiTs (standalone), RO (ground mounted and CfD (ground mounted) in Table 2.

(e) Figures for solar deployment up to November 2019 are published by the Department at the link in part (a) – (d).

These figures include data from BEIS’s major power producers surve, the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme database (MCS).

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what has been the cost reduction in (a) rooftop solar PV and (b) ground-mount PV since 2010.

The Department has publishes two sets of estimates of the cost of solar PV over time:

1) Outturn statistics on the cost of installations below 50kW capacity in each financial year since April 2013. These statistics are based on installations that are registered on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), and do not differentiate between rooftop and ground-mounted PV although the majority relates to rooftop. These are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-pv-cost-data.

2) Projections of current and future installation costs across a number of capacity sizes, from 2010 onwards. These are based on reports commissioned by the Department, and are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/energy-generation-cost-projections.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the quantity of domestic rooftop solar PV installed in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.

(a) - (d) The generating capacity and number of domestic solar PV installations for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 is published by the department at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/monthly-central-feed-in-tariff-register-statistics. This data is based on the Central FiTs Register (CFR) of installations accredited on the Feed in Tariff scheme.

(e) Figures for solar deployment up to November 2019 are published by the department at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-photovoltaics-deployment

These figures are based on BEIS’s major power producers survey, the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme database (MCS).

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2016 to Question 45055, how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were displaced by renewable (a) electricity and (b) heat generation in (i) the UK, (ii) England, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Wales in (A) 2016, (B) 2017 and (C) 2018.

The Answer of 7 October 2016 to Question 45055 estimated the displacement of carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 as renewable electricity generation multiplied by the average emissions factor for electricity supplied by fossil fuel stations in 2015. However, using the same methodology for subsequent years would be misleading due to the steep drop in the average fossil fuels emissions factor between 2015 and 2016. The increase in the carbon price floor in 2015 and closure of coal-fired power stations drove a switch from coal to gas generation. This methodology would therefore not differentiate between the reduction in carbon dioxide due to displacement of coal by gas and the reduction due to the displacement of fossil fuels by renewables.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what sectoral support has recently been provided to the operators of English Language Teaching Centres.

We recognise that COVID-19 restrictions are significantly impacting tourism across the country, and that these remain extremely challenging conditions for businesses such as English Language Teaching Centres, which are important to the supply chain.

English Language Schools have been, and are, able to benefit from a wide variety of Government support, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until September, a variety of generous Government backed loan schemes and grants through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, although this is for England only.

The guidance for the Additional Restrictions Grant funding was updated on 22 March to include the £425m top-up from 1 April 2021. This states that Local Authorities are encouraged to support businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions, but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme. The document states that this may include English Language Schools, alongside a number of other businesses.

Although funding issued under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is ultimately issued at the discretion of Local Authorities, we encourage and expect them to be sympathetic to applications from English Language Schools, as well as other businesses in the tourism supply chain which have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of covid-19 travel restrictions on the operation of English Language Teaching Centres.

We recognise that COVID-19 restrictions are significantly impacting tourism across the country, and that these remain extremely challenging conditions for businesses such as English Language Teaching Centres, which are important to the supply chain.

English Language Schools have been, and are, able to benefit from a wide variety of Government support, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until September, a variety of generous Government backed loan schemes and grants through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, although this is for England only.

The guidance for the Additional Restrictions Grant funding was updated on 22 March to include the £425m top-up from 1 April 2021. This states that Local Authorities are encouraged to support businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions, but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme. The document states that this may include English Language Schools, alongside a number of other businesses.

Although funding issued under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is ultimately issued at the discretion of Local Authorities, we encourage and expect them to be sympathetic to applications from English Language Schools, as well as other businesses in the tourism supply chain which have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total budget is of the Festival UK 2022; and what the spend is to date.

The total budget for the Festival UK 2022 is £120m. The spend to the end of December 2020 is £10.2m, including £3m for the R&D phase which has helped fund 30 creative teams from across the UK. These teams are made up of some of our leading organisations and individuals from science, technology and culture, and this investment has provided paid work for over 100 freelancers.

This does not include any spend by the Devolved Administrations as this budget is subject to the Barnett formula, and is therefore not within the control of DCMS.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the World Indoor Bowls Championships can take place on 9 January 2021 in Great Yarmouth; and if he will make a statement.

The organisation of the 2021 World Indoor Bowls Championships is a matter for the relevant local authorities and governing bodies for the sport, subject to the overarching public health measures and the appropriate covid secure guidance for the event.

The safety and security of players and spectators in all sports remains of paramount importance and we will continue to be led by wider public health guidance.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live, (c) what the remaining term of the contract is and (d) what the annual repayments are.

The Department has no live PFI contracts.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 11568, on Broadband, what steps his Department is taking to determine where the hardest to reach parts of the country are; how areas will be prioritised; what the timescales for the programme are; and if she will make a statement.

We will pursue an ‘outside in’ strategy to the delivery of gigabit-capable networks, meaning that while network competition serves the commercially feasible areas, the Government will simultaneously support investment in the most difficult to reach areas. The Government intends to invest £5bn in those areas that are likely to be unviable commercially for gigabit-capable network deployment and will require additional funding of some kind.

We are already connecting some of the hardest to reach places in the country through our Superfast broadband programme and £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme. In addition, we are currently working closely with industry, Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations to design this our new £5 billion programme - which includes determining how areas will be prioritised - to ensure we get the best possible value for money for taxpayers. We intend to start procuring contracts next year.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband by 2025; and if he will make a statement.

Government has pledged £5 billion to support the rollout of gigabit-capable networks to the hardest to reach parts of the country. In addition, the Government’s £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme is already supporting rollout of gigabit broadband in rural areas. This funding will be targeted at the premises where we do not expect operators to commercially invest, to ensure that no part of the country will be left behind.

In addition to this, £49m of funding for the Wave 3 Local Full Fibre Networks project has been successfully bid for since the last budget. This is on top of the previously announced £53m million of funding.

We expect that the rest of the UK will get gigabit capable networks through private investment. Therefore, rather than fund rollout in commercially viable areas with public money, we are focusing on breaking down barriers to deployment in order to enable faster rollout by the private sector operators. For example, we have recently introduced the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill into Parliament, which will make it easier for network builders to access blocks of flats where there is an absent or unresponsive landlord.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative assessment he has made of average broadband download speeds in the UK against those in (a) EU countries and (b) other countries throughout the world; and if he will make a statement.

According to Ofcom’s May 2019 UK Home Broadband Performance report, average download speeds increased by 18% in 2018 to 54.2 mbps. This demonstrates the growing availability and take-up of superfast broadband in the UK.

In comparing the UK to other EU countries, the latest data from the 2019 Digital Society and Economy Index (DESI) report by the European Commission shows that the UK ranked seventh out of 28 EU countries for the availability of superfast broadband. The UK also compares well to countries outside of the EU for superfast availability.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the (a) funding, (b) timescales and (c) other details of the delivery programme for gigabit-enabled broadband; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is implementing a number of reforms to make it easier for the private sector to deploy gigabit capable broadband as quickly as possible, building on the recommendations of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.

For example, the Government recently introduced the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill into Parliament, which will make it easier for operators to connect leasehold properties to gigabit broadband where the landlord repeatedly fails to respond to requests from operators to access the property. In the Queen’s Speech, the Government also announced it will legislate to ensure new build homes have the infrastructure to support gigabit capable connections by requiring housing developers to work with broadband companies to install these connections in virtually all new build homes, up to a cost cap.

In addition to commercial delivery by the private sector, the Government has announced £5bn of funding to deliver faster broadband in the hardest to reach areas of the UK. The Department is currently consulting with industry on the delivery programme and will announce further details on this programme, and other reforms to support private sector deployment, in due course.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England are connected to full fibre broadband.

According to Ofcom's 'Connected Nations' report, full-fibre broadband coverage for residential premises was at 10% for the whole of the UK, as of September 2019. This was 8% for Scotland , 12% for Wales and 10% for England.

The Government has made clear its ambition for nationwide gigabit broadband as quickly as possible.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England have not yet been connected to full fibre broadband.

According to Ofcom's 'Connected Nations' report, full-fibre broadband coverage for residential premises was at 10% for the whole of the UK, as of September 2019. This was 8% for Scotland , 12% for Wales and 10% for England.

The Government has made clear its ambition for nationwide gigabit broadband as quickly as possible.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to publish an update to the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review document, published July 2018.

The Government is implementing a number of reforms to make it easier for the private sector to deploy gigabit capable broadband as quickly as possible, building on the recommendations of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.

For example, the Government recently introduced the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill into Parliament, which will make it easier for operators to connect leasehold properties to gigabit broadband where the landlord repeatedly fails to respond to requests from operators to access the property. In the Queen’s Speech, the Government also announced it will legislate to ensure new build homes have the infrastructure to support gigabit capable connections by requiring housing developers to work with broadband companies to install these connections in virtually all new build homes, up to a cost cap.

In addition to commercial delivery by the private sector, the Government has announced £5bn of funding to deliver faster broadband in the hardest to reach areas of the UK. The Department is currently consulting with industry on the delivery programme and will announce further details on this programme, and other reforms to support private sector deployment, in due course.

8th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to respond to the 18 September 2019 report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, An Update on Rural Connectivity, Seventeenth Report of Session 2017-19, HC 2223.

The government has prepared a response to the EFRA committee, which will be submitted when the committee is reformed.

12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of suspending the teacher pensions abatement threshold during the covid-19 outbreak.

As both my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the Government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance on for schools and other educational settings is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

Whilst education is a devolved matter, colleagues at the Scottish Public Pensions Agency have confirmed that, in line with the England and Wales scheme, they will consider the effect of abatement as part of any response to COVID-19 should a need emerge. These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support the Government will provide to the childcare sector during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

The government has set out specific measures to support childcare providers during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • We will continue to pay funding to local authorities for the early years entitlements for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds
  • To support private nurseries, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has also announced that they will be eligible for a business rates holiday for one year from 1 April

Childcare providers will also benefit from the wider measures the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced to support the people and businesses of the UK:

  • A three-point plan announced in the Budget providing £12 billion of support for public services, individuals and businesses whose finances are affected by the outbreak
  • A package to provide additional support for businesses and individuals totalling £350 billion
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms continue to keep people in employment. This means that businesses can put workers on temporary leave and the government will pay them cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, providing they keep the worker employed
  • A scheme to help the UK’s self-employed who are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme will enable those eligible to receive a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This covers 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment
  • On 28 March, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, announced that the government will also temporarily suspend the wrongful trading provisions to give company directors greater confidence to use their best endeavours to continue trading during this pandemic emergency, without the threat of personal liability should the company ultimately fall into insolvency

The government is also providing the following additional support:

  • deferral of Self-Assesment income tax payments due in July 2020
  • VAT payments due with VAT returns between now and the end June 2020 will be deferred. UK VAT registered businesses will not need make those payments until March 2021
  • grants for businesses that pay little or no business rates
  • increased amounts of Universal Credit
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The latest guidance from the department for early years and childcare providers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures and

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ending housing developers right to connect to the sewer system; and if he will make a statement.

On 26 August, the Government announced its intention to undertake a review of the case for implementing in England Schedule 3 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 concerning sustainable drainage. This review will look at the benefits and impacts of implementation as well as alternative methods for ensuring that sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are incorporated in future developments. The review will engage with a range of stakeholders, and inform future policy decisions on this issue.

As well as the Schedule providing for statutory build standards for SuDS on new developments, it would also make the ‘right to connect’ surface water to foul sewer conditional on local planning approval of the developer’s proposed drainage system.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding was allocated to the seafood industry after the UK's departure from the EU; and how much of that funding has been allocated to companies based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England.

The Government is committed to supporting the fisheries and seafood sector and has delivered on its manifesto commitment to maintain fisheries funding across the UK by allocating £32.7 million for the 2021/22 financial year. The allocations for each administration are based on the relative size of the fleets, aquaculture, and processing industries. This funding will enable each nation of the UK to run their own funding schemes, tailored to the needs and make up of their sectors.

The Government has also announced that £100 million will be made available across the UK for the best transformative seafood projects that will rejuvenate the industry and our coastal communities. Options for the funding are currently being explored and more detail on this funding will be made available in due course.

In addition, up to £23 million of emergency funding was utilised across the UK to address the challenges faced as a result of Covid-19 and EU exit during the early months of 2021. Over 2250 eligible businesses benefitted from this financial assistance across the UK and more details on the distribution of funding delivered will be available once all payments have made been and any appeals have been resolved. We expect this information to be available in early July.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what tree planting targets were in place in each year since 2010; and how many hectares of tree planting took place in each of those years.

Between 2010 and 2015 there was no specific target for woodland creation. The 2015-17 Government committed to plant eleven million trees over the course of that Parliament, then assumed to run to 2020. The subsequent Government (2017-19) made the same commitment, together with another to plant one million trees in our towns and cities. The 2018 25 Year Environment Plan included an aspiration to increase woodland cover in England to 12% by 2060, through planting 180,000 hectares of new woodland by 2042. We have now committed to accelerate planting rates to 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by the end of this Parliament.

The Forestry Commission produces statistics on new planting of woodland for the UK. These are Official Statistics produced to meet the standards of the Code of Practice for Statistics, and can be found on the Forest Research web site together with background information at: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/forestry-statistics/

The area of new planting (woodland creation) for the UK and England in each year since 2010, taken from the published statistics is shown below.

New planting of woodland (thousands of hectares)

Year (ending 31 March)

New planting in England

New planting in the UK

2010-11

2.53

9.10

2011-12

2.67

12.76

2012-13

2.59

10.79

2013-14

3.34

12.89

2014-15

2.43

10.30

2015-16

0.82

5.61

2016-17

1.15

6.52

2017-18

1.50

9.05

2018-19

1.42

13.54

2019-20

2.34

13.66

Source: Forestry Commission, Forestry England, Scottish Forestry, Forestry and Land Scotland, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, Welsh Government, grant schemes with estimates for areas newly planted without grant aid.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK flagged fishing vessels are authorised to fish for stocks in the area governed by the Agreement for the Establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC); whether any of those vessels or their owner companies are foreign controlled; and what the actual or anticipated costs are of the UK’s membership of the IOTC under the Instrument of Acceptance it deposited with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on 14 December 2020.

No UK-flagged fishing vessels have applied for a licence to fish in Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) waters in 2021, although licences can be applied for at any point during the year. The vessels that fish in the area are owned by UK-registered companies.

The UK’s role in the IOTC is to represent UK vessels that fish in IOTC waters; to represent the interests of the British Indian Ocean Territory; and to pursue the UK’s international marine and fisheries policy aims. The UK’s membership fee for 2021 is $157,340 (£113,002 at the time of writing).

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a dedicated MP helpline to submit inquiries on exports and customs processes overseen by the Animal Plant Health Agency; and if he will make a statement.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) provides a range of support on Export Health Certification and Phytosanitary Certification including a helpline and GOV.UK content for interested stakeholders. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provides a similar service for customs related queries.

A step-by-step guide for exporting from the UK can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/export-goods. For matters overseen by APHA, members of the public can contact exports@apha.gov.uk or 03000 200 301. There is a dedicated line for the Movement Assistance Scheme for all exports of live animals, products of animal origin, plants and plant products (agrifood goods) from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, which is 0330 0416 580.

Defra has a dedicated process for MPs to raise queries and APHA follows this system.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's average response time is for enquiries from an hon. Member on behalf of constituents relating to the Animal Plant Health Agency.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency reply to Minister enquiries on behalf of constituents within 15 working days. In the event of a response not being available within 15 working days the requestor is informed of this in writing.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of inquiries to the Animal Plant Health Agency of the post-transition period export process; and if he will make a statement.

The increase in enquiries received by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) concerning export processes after the transition period are in line with expected volumes.

Prior to the end of transition, APHA stress tested its services in order to prepare for an increase in enquiries. As a result, contingency measures including the recruitment of additional staff, were put in place to ensure there was sufficient capacity to accommodate an expected increase in demand.

APHA regular monitors all its activities related to EU transition and looks to improve its services provided to exporters and other stakeholders continually.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, when the Working Group on Organic Products is due to first meet.

As part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed to form a Working Group on Organic Products. We will shortly begin discussions with the European Commission to agree the overall aims of the group, its membership and meeting frequency. We will also consult with the sector and the Devolved Administrations.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, what the selection process will be for the appointment of UK Government representatives to the Working Group on Organic Products.

As part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed to form a Working Group on Organic Products. We will shortly begin discussions with the European Commission to agree the overall aims of the group, its membership and meeting frequency. We will also consult with the sector and the Devolved Administrations.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU representatives and (b) UK Government representatives will sit on the Working Group on Organic Products.

As part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed to form a Working Group on Organic Products. We will shortly begin discussions with the European Commission to agree the overall aims of the group, its membership and meeting frequency. We will also consult with the sector and the Devolved Administrations.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2020 to Question 109136 on Transport: Refrigeration, who his Department has commissioned to conduct research on improving the evidence base on emissions from non-road mobile machinery emissions, including transport refrigeration units; what the (a) timeframe and (b) terms of reference is for that research; and if he will make a statemen.

In the Clean Air Strategy 2019, we committed to exploring further action to tackle non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) emissions in England. In September 2019, Defra commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to conduct research to improve the evidence base on emissions from NRMM, including transport refrigeration units, and inform policy development.

Over the next few months, we will be engaging with stakeholders to discuss initial findings of the research. This exercise will help to ensure that we have a robust and accurate evidence base from which to consider policy options.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what dates he has had discussions with representatives of the Horticultural sector on requirements to facilitate the import of goods after the end of the transition period.

Defra officials have maintained regular engagement with the horticultural industry on post-transition period planning, both with individual operators and through key stakeholder groups. For instance, the Plant Health Advisory Forum, the Tree Health Policy Group and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group, as well as frequent bilateral engagement with key stakeholders such as the Horticultural Trade Association, Fresh Produce Consortium, the National Farmers Union and the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association.

Most recently Defra has undertaken a series of feasibility sessions joined by more than 300 participants, describing in detail the end-to-end import process for plants and plant products into Great Britain from the European Union after the end of the Transition Period. The policy behind GB's post-Transition Period plant health regime and its implementation has been informed by the invaluable feedback received from stakeholders at these feasibility sessions, other events and regular conversations with industry groups.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of inspection agents required for the inspection of high priority plants imported from the EU from (a) 1 January 2021 and (b) 1 July 2021; how many trained and qualified agents are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

GB plant health authorities have undertaken significant recruitment to increase the number of plant health inspectors in order to service the demand for import and export checks and certification. We will have sufficient resources to meet demand from 1 January 2021 when checks of high-priority plants from the EU begin, and July 2021 when we will have arrived at our end-state regime, to ensure minimal disruption to trade.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) delivers plant health services in England and Wales where the majority of additional inspectors will be required. APHA is well advanced in its recruitment of plant health inspectors, with nearly 200 new field and desk-based staff undergoing training in time for 1 January 2021.

Further recruitment campaigns are being progressed which would enable adaptation of the number plant health inspectors if volumes prove to be higher than anticipated. Additionally, Defra officials also have well developed contingency plans in place, which involve re-prioritisation of services and securing temporary resources to ensure no disruption to trade.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements he has in place for the provision of plant passports for the movement of plants when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

Movements of plants which currently require a plant passport from the EU will need to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate after the end of the transition period. Further details on this change can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-and-exporting-plants-and-plant-products-from-1-january-2021.

For internal GB movements, GB will continue to use a domestic plant passport system from 1 January 2021, which will be similar to the current EU plant passport system. The plant passport system is necessary to maintain traceability for internal movements of plants and ensure that operators who issue plant passports meet a minimum standard of plant health.

We have aimed to keep the domestic plant passport system similar to the current system to ease the burden on operators.

For example, imports from the EU will require a plant passport from the First Place of Destination; this is the same process as for imports from third countries now. Furthermore, existing authorisations to issue EU plant passports will roll over from 1 January 2021, and therefore there is no need for operators to fill out further forms for plant passporting if they are already authorised.

The vast majority of guidance regarding plant passports will remain the same, and movements of plants within GB which require a plant passport now will continue to require one after the transition period; therefore for most operators the post-transition domestic plant passport system should not present additional burden to the existing system.

Changes that will occur, for example the content and format of the new UK plant passport, have been communicated to industry to ensure they are ready for those changes.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what live PFI contracts his Department has; and for each of those contracts (a) what service is provided, (b) when the contract became live, (c) what the remaining term of the contract is and (d) what the annual repayments are.

Defra group Property has one commercial letting structured as a PFI contract: Eastbrook, Cambridge.

Responding in the order raised for the Eastbrook contract:

  1. Full accommodation supply
  2. Commenced 12/05/2003
  3. Expires 22/04/2033
  4. FY 2020 / 2021 repayment - £1,809,404.55
Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the integration of bioenergy crops into agricultural and soil management strategies.

The Government supports the generation of heat and power from low carbon technologies, including those using crops and forestry biomass, helping to deliver the Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2050. The Government recently consulted on the future support for low carbon heat, which includes proposals for a Green Gas Support Scheme and a Clean Heat Grant with support for heat pumps and in some instances, biomass. Government also consulted on the introduction of E10 bioethanol transport petrol this year, where domestic production can utilise energy crops.

The Agriculture Bill contains provisions for financial assistance in England to manage land in a way that mitigates the effects of climate change, and for starting or improving the productivity of agricultural and forestry activity.

The Government recognises soil is one of our greatest natural assets and is essential for underpinning a range of benefits such as flood mitigation, food production and carbon storage. The 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP) sets out Governments ambition to replenish depleted soil and restore its fertility so that soils are sustainably managed by 2030. In order to meet this ambition, we are developing a healthy soils indicator for England as part of 25YEP. The future monitoring scheme through the soil indicator will be able to inform us on the impact of changes in land management practices, including the wider take-up of bioenergy crops in rotations.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to work with the agricultural sector to develop the market for digestate as an alternative to artificial fertilisers and encourage digestate upgrading.

The definition of fertiliser in current regulation is being updated in the Agriculture Bill to include alternatives to traditional mineral based fertilisers, as the current definition does not allow for the effective regulation of non-traditional fertilisers.

The UK-wide powers we are taking in the Agriculture Bill, currently before Parliament, will enable us to update current fertilisers legislation to enable new and innovative fertilisers to be marketed and provide farmers with a wider choice of more sustainable fertilisers (such as those from recycled wastes), as part of wider work to increase nutrient use efficiency, nutrient recycling and minimise pollution from fertilisers. The use of digestate needs to be considered alongside these other alternatives to traditional fertilisers.

Stakeholder engagement, public consultation and a full impact assessment will be essential to inform a wider legislative review and subsequent secondary legislation. The use of digestate will naturally form part of this discussion.

Defra has supported research into Anaerobic Digestion (AD) for over 20 years, first becoming involved in agricultural AD at the Silsoe agricultural technology institute and continuing this at a number of operational AD plants across the country.

In addition, following support at consultation, we are legislating through the Environment Bill to introduce a statutory duty for waste collection authorities to arrange for the separate collection of food waste from households in England, at least weekly. Businesses and other organisations generating food waste will also be required to arrange for the separate collection of food waste. This material must be collected for recycling or composting. AD represents the best waste treatment method for unavoidable food waste due to the generation of biofuel and digestate. Local Authorities would be free to decide on the recycling route resulting from locally available infrastructure.

AD can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (such as methane) from on-farm waste when best practice is used, though there is a risk of increased ammonia emissions, an environmental pollutant. AD represents the best environmental outcome for the treatment of unavoidable food waste, due to the generation of bio-fuel and digestate.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department plans to fund universal food waste collections; and what steps he is taking to ensure that those collections are effectively rolled out by 2023.

This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.

Following support at consultation, we are legislating through the Environment Bill to introduce a statutory duty for waste collection authorities in England to arrange for at least weekly separate collection of food waste from households. Businesses and other organisations generating food waste will also be required to arrange for the separate collection of food waste. This must be collected for recycling or composting, including Anaerobic Digestion (AD). AD represents the best waste treatment method for unavoidable food waste due to the generation of biofuel and digestate and local authorities would be free to decide on the recycling route as a result of locally available infrastructure. We are preparing to consult on further details on this policy early in 2021.

The Government has committed to covering the costs of any additional burdens that local authorities face as a result of new statutory duties requiring them to collect food waste separately for recycling. This is in keeping with the New Burdens Doctrine which requires new burdens on local authorities to be properly assessed and fully funded, so that there will be no increase in council tax as a result of the policy.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that food waste is diverted to anaerobic digestion technologies; and if he will make a statement.

This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.

Following support at consultation, we are legislating through the Environment Bill to introduce a statutory duty for waste collection authorities in England to arrange for at least weekly separate collection of food waste from households. Businesses and other organisations generating food waste will also be required to arrange for the separate collection of food waste. This must be collected for recycling or composting, including Anaerobic Digestion (AD). AD represents the best waste treatment method for unavoidable food waste due to the generation of biofuel and digestate and local authorities would be free to decide on the recycling route as a result of locally available infrastructure. We are preparing to consult on further details on this policy early in 2021.

The Government has committed to covering the costs of any additional burdens that local authorities face as a result of new statutory duties requiring them to collect food waste separately for recycling. This is in keeping with the New Burdens Doctrine which requires new burdens on local authorities to be properly assessed and fully funded, so that there will be no increase in council tax as a result of the policy.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what (a) advice and (b) support she provides to UK businesses (i) trading and (ii) operating in Western Sahara.

The United Kingdom regards the status of Western Sahara as undetermined.

We would advise businesses that our newly transitioned Association Agreement with Morocco, once in force, will apply in the same way as the EU-Morocco Association Agreement. It treats products originating in Western Sahara in the same way as the EU-Morocco Association Agreement, in line with the European Court of Justice's ruling on that issue and the subsequent amendment of the EU-Morocco Association Agreement.

British businesses trading and operating in the region should take note of our travel advice for Western Sahara.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the devolved Administrations on the future composition of the Trade and Agriculture Commission.

My Rt hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade is in contact with relevant Cabinet colleagues with regard to the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC). The Government also works closely with the devolved administrations on all aspects of our trade policy and I have written to my counterparts seeking their views on the Commission.

The TAC will ensure that public and industry interests are protected in Britain’s agriculture trade policy.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 July to Question 76780 on Whisky: USA, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the US on the tariffs applied to Scotch Whisky exports to the US since the meeting on 10 July 2020; and what the US Administration's position is on the removal of those tariffs.

The UK Government continues to raise this issue at the highest levels with the US administration. In July, the Secretary of State for International Trade discussed the threat of additional tariffs on UK industry with US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer. In early August the Secretary of State visited the US raising this issue again with Robert Lighthizer, pressing for the removal of tariffs as soon as possible.

Whilst revisions made by the US on 12 August to the retaliatory tariffs on EU and UK products were limited in scope, it is disappointing that the US continues to apply its retaliatory tariffs under the Airbus dispute ten months on.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 28 July to Question 76780 on Whisky: USA, whether the effects of the imposition of tariffs on blended scotch whisky was discussed at the meeting on 10 July 2020; and if she will make a statement.

The UK Government continues to raise this issue at the highest levels with the US administration. In July, the Secretary of State for International Trade discussed the threat of additional tariffs on UK industry with US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer. In early August the Secretary of State visited the US raising this issue again with Robert Lighthizer, pressing for the removal of tariffs as soon as possible.

Whilst revisions made by the US on 12 August to the retaliatory tariffs on EU and UK products were limited in scope, it is disappointing that the US continues to apply its retaliatory tariffs under the Airbus dispute ten months on.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she last met her counterpart in the US Administration to discuss tariffs applied to Scotch Whisky exports to the US; and if she will make a statement.

On 10th July,?my Rt Hon. Friend?the Secretary of State?for International Trade?spoke to the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, and once again raised how current and any potential tariffs could affect Britain’s distilleries.

HM Government?takes?the negative impact of?US?tariffs on Scotch Whisky very seriously. These tariffs are unnecessary, unhelpful and harm industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

We continue to raise the issue of tariffs with the highest levels of the US administration at every opportunity. Instead of escalating existing tariffs, we need to work together towards a negotiated settlement.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63402, how many renewable energy export projects from Scotland her Department has supported; and if she will make a statement.

The Department for International Trade supports businesses from across the UK to grow internationally. DIT has a dedicated renewable energy team that supports renewable energy businesses to export from all four nations but does not record data or projects on a devolved country basis. In 2018, across the UK, renewable energy exports reached £5.3 billion.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of the proposals by Scottish Renewables to export Scotland’s renewable energy skills to countries which are seeking to undertake green economic recoveries from the covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement.

I welcome Scottish Renewables commitment to supporting Scottish businesses to export their knowledge, goods, and services to markets around the world. Trade will play an important role in delivering an economy that is stronger, cleaner, more sustainable, and more resilient across the UK after this crisis.

My Department has a team dedicated to supporting renewable energy exports and works closely with the Scottish enterprise agencies, for whom energy is a key sector. To support an international low carbon recovery, the UK Government recently announced the Green Recovery Challenge Fund to disburse £12 million, over two years, to projects that will help countries accelerate their low-carbon transition.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ships are being held offshore waiting to be able to unload goods at UK ports as at 15 October 2021.

The specific details of vessel movements to and from our ports, and how they choose to undertake their operations or manage schedules, is a matter for shipping lines, in conjunction with relevant port operators. Waiting at anchor can be part of normal operations, and for many reasons, such as bad weather.

It is the case however, that recent reporting of significant vessel delays at anchor due to supply chain bottlenecks are inaccurate. Very few vessels have been held at anchor and any delays minimal.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what structural assessment has been made of the (a) condition and (b) integrity of Low Ashyard Railway viaduct; what work has been undertaken on that viaduct to date; and what future works are required.

The Low Ashyard Bridge is listed on the National Highways (NH) website as being on hold as it falls within the pause across the Historical Railways Estate. However, National Highways intend to strengthen this structure to maintain access – the route under the bridge is currently used for active travel (the Chris Hoy Cycleway).

In 2010, due to issues with the strength of the bridge, the local highway authority imposed a 7.5 tonne weight limit on the road over the bridge. The bridge is inspected annually by the Historical Railways Estate team.

In December 2019 a detailed examination of the structure found that the timber bearings had failed. As a result, temporary props were installed in 2020 to ensure the routes over and through the bridge remained open and safe to use.

National Highways is in discussions with Ayrshire Roads Alliance about the future of this bridge. The plan is to design a strengthening solution, delivered next financial year, that keeps the cycleway open.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions has he had with operators of key freight ports on (a) staffing levels and (b) the subsequent impact on the movement of goods; and if he will make a statement.

The Department is in regular contact with key port operators at Ministerial and official level. Most recently this has been concerned with the wider global international shipping issues arising from increased disruption and demand, as well as the domestic supply chain matters. That engagement has not indicated port staffing to be a factor in those delays.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the expiration dates of theory driving tests in response to the backlog of practical driving test applications, to minimise risks of learners requiring to take a further theory test creating additional backlogs.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is aware that demand for theory tests in Scotland is currently high and it is doing all it can to offer more tests at centres by increasing opening hours and running tests on extra days where possible. The provision of additional testing is dependent upon the availability of venues and agreements with landlords. The DVSA is working with its theory test provider, Pearson VUE, to explore further ways in which it can further increase theory test capacity.

The DVSA is continuing to work with the Scottish Government but as a result of the 2 metre physical distancing restrictions in Scotland, as required by the Scottish Government, it is unable to increase the number of desks used to take tests. This has reduced capacity at most theory test sites by 50%.

The DVSA and its theory test contract provider, Pearson VUE, have explored the possibility of delivering the theory tests outside of existing sites, but this was found to be not suitable as it is dependent upon a physical infrastructure within the Pearson VUE network.

As of 18 June, the waiting time for a car theory test in Ayrshire and Central Scotland is 11 weeks.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) understands the effect that the pandemic has had on all those involved with driver training and testing. It is inevitable the demand for existing and new learners wanting to book practical driving tests will be higher than usual.

The DVSA has put in place a number of measures to increase practical driving tests. These include offering overtime and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing (such as on public holidays). The DVSA is also running a recruitment campaign to increase the overall number of examiners. The aim is to increase testing capacity and reduce the backlog as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining a COVID-secure service for customers and examiners.

As of 18 June, the waiting time for a car practical test in Ayrshire is: 4 weeks at Ayr and 18 weeks at Irvine, and in Central Scotland is: 14 weeks at Livingston and 13 weeks at Stirling.

The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and a subsequent practical test is in place to ensure a candidate’s road safety knowledge and ability to identify developing hazards is current. This validity period is set in legislation and the Government has no current plans to lay further legislation to extend it.

It is important road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date at the critical point a person drives unsupervised for the first time. Those with theory test certificates expiring now will have taken their test in early 2019. Since then, they have been unable to take lessons and practice for long periods of time, and not at all during recent lockdowns. It is difficult to maintain knowledge and understanding of driving theory at the level required during that time without being able to put it into practice. Research suggests that this would be particularly harmful for hazard perception skills, a key factor in road safety.

Ensuring new drivers have current relevant knowledge and skills is a vital part of the preparation of new drivers, who are disproportionality represented in casualty statistics. Learners will therefore need to pass another theory test if their certificate expires.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the backlog in practical driving test availability in (a) Ayrshire and (b) Central Scotland; and what steps he is taking to clear that backlog.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is aware that demand for theory tests in Scotland is currently high and it is doing all it can to offer more tests at centres by increasing opening hours and running tests on extra days where possible. The provision of additional testing is dependent upon the availability of venues and agreements with landlords. The DVSA is working with its theory test provider, Pearson VUE, to explore further ways in which it can further increase theory test capacity.

The DVSA is continuing to work with the Scottish Government but as a result of the 2 metre physical distancing restrictions in Scotland, as required by the Scottish Government, it is unable to increase the number of desks used to take tests. This has reduced capacity at most theory test sites by 50%.

The DVSA and its theory test contract provider, Pearson VUE, have explored the possibility of delivering the theory tests outside of existing sites, but this was found to be not suitable as it is dependent upon a physical infrastructure within the Pearson VUE network.

As of 18 June, the waiting time for a car theory test in Ayrshire and Central Scotland is 11 weeks.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) understands the effect that the pandemic has had on all those involved with driver training and testing. It is inevitable the demand for existing and new learners wanting to book practical driving tests will be higher than usual.

The DVSA has put in place a number of measures to increase practical driving tests. These include offering overtime and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing (such as on public holidays). The DVSA is also running a recruitment campaign to increase the overall number of examiners. The aim is to increase testing capacity and reduce the backlog as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining a COVID-secure service for customers and examiners.

As of 18 June, the waiting time for a car practical test in Ayrshire is: 4 weeks at Ayr and 18 weeks at Irvine, and in Central Scotland is: 14 weeks at Livingston and 13 weeks at Stirling.

The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and a subsequent practical test is in place to ensure a candidate’s road safety knowledge and ability to identify developing hazards is current. This validity period is set in legislation and the Government has no current plans to lay further legislation to extend it.

It is important road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date at the critical point a person drives unsupervised for the first time. Those with theory test certificates expiring now will have taken their test in early 2019. Since then, they have been unable to take lessons and practice for long periods of time, and not at all during recent lockdowns. It is difficult to maintain knowledge and understanding of driving theory at the level required during that time without being able to put it into practice. Research suggests that this would be particularly harmful for hazard perception skills, a key factor in road safety.

Ensuring new drivers have current relevant knowledge and skills is a vital part of the preparation of new drivers, who are disproportionality represented in casualty statistics. Learners will therefore need to pass another theory test if their certificate expires.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which countries he has had discussions with on the allocation and removal of emissions from international shipping and aviation.

Reducing emissions from international shipping and aviation is a key priority for my Department. To ensure these emissions are accounted for consistently, the Government recently announced that the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget will include international aviation and shipping emissions.

Measures to address these emissions are best approached through international coordination, and Ministers and officials have regular engagement with international partners on efforts to drive decarbonisation in these sectors, particularly in the frameworks of both the International Maritime Organization and International Civil Aviation Organization.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage investment in clean maritime, as part of the Government's commitment to reducing emissions from international shipping.

On 22 March my Department launched a £20 million Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. This supports the design and development of clean maritime technology, such as feasibility studies and technology trials, fast-tracking maritime decarbonisation in the UK. This competition builds on the vision set out in the Department’s Clean Maritime Plan, published in 2019, and underlines our legislative commitment to addressing UK domestic and international shipping emissions.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings his Department has held with the representatives of the UK maritime sector on reducing emissions from that sector, as part of the Government's commitment to reducing emissions from international shipping.

The Department regularly engages the UK maritime sector on matters important to them, including emissions reduction. We engage with a range of representatives of the maritime industry in the context of our work at the International Maritime Organization and our preparations for COP 26. We also continue to meet on a regular basis with the Clean Maritime Council to discuss decarbonisation efforts for both domestic and international shipping.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to the maritime sector to develop competitive green finance products and standards for green maritime finance in line with the Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy.

The Department recognises the vital role that green finance plays in supporting the UK’s transition to a clean and resilient economy. Our Clean Maritime Plan, represents the Government’s route map for achieving net zero emissions in domestic shipping by 2050. Through our Clean Maritime Plan, we will continue to work with the British banking sector, industry and across Whitehall to encourage the provision of finance towards zero emission shipping technology, development and manufacturing, supporting the Prime’s Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution. Further plans for maritime decarbonisation will be included in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which is due to be published this year.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings he has held with the maritime sector on the role of maritime decarbonisation as a matter to be raised at COP26.

Ministers and officials are having regular discussions with the maritime sector on the topics of decarbonisation and COP26, as decarbonising shipping is essential to achieving the target of net zero greenhouse gases across the economy by 2050 and delivering on the International Maritime Organisation ‘Initial Strategy on the Reduction of GHG from Ships’. These discussions will continue to intensify in the coming months to support efforts towards maritime decarbonisation at COP26 and beyond.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, when the Working Group on Motor Vehicles and Parts is due to first meet.

The procedure for establishing this working group has yet to be agreed between the UK and EU authorities, including setting the terms of reference, its membership and the frequency of meetings. The process for selecting UK representatives will be determined once these aspects are agreed, although it is our expectation that UK delegates will be government officials with the relevant expertise in the development and enforcement of technical regulations for motor vehicles.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, what the selection process will be for the appointment of UK Government representatives to the Working Group on Motor Vehicles and Parts.

The procedure for establishing this working group has yet to be agreed between the UK and EU authorities, including setting the terms of reference, its membership and the frequency of meetings. The process for selecting UK representatives will be determined once these aspects are agreed, although it is our expectation that UK delegates will be government officials with the relevant expertise in the development and enforcement of technical regulations for motor vehicles.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 15 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, published on 24 December 2020, how many (a) EU representatives and (b) UK Government representatives will sit on the Working Group on Motor Vehicles and Parts.

The procedure for establishing this working group has yet to be agreed between the UK and EU authorities, including setting the terms of reference, its membership and the frequency of meetings. The process for selecting UK representatives will be determined once these aspects are agreed, although it is our expectation that UK delegates will be government officials with the relevant expertise in the development and enforcement of technical regulations for motor vehicles.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of European Conference of Ministers of Transport international road haulage permits that will be required for the movement of goods into the EU from 1 January 2021; and how many have been (a) applied for and (b) issued.

European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits may be used to cover any gaps in market access for international road haulage after the transition period ends: exact requirements will depend on the outcome of negotiations with the European Commission.

An application window closed on 20 November 2020 during which a total of 10,059 applications for ECMT permits were received. We will take account of the latest negotiations on market access before allocating ECMT permits. No permits have yet been issued.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of trailer registration permits that will be required for the movement of goods into the EU from 1 January 2021; and how many such permits have been (a) applied for and (b) issued to date.

Following the UKs ratification of the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, the UK introduced a trailer registration scheme in February 2019. To date, around 21,000 trailers have been registered on the scheme.

Trailer owners who wish to register their trailer can do so on gov.uk and will be charged a fee of £26. There is no limit to the number of trailers that can be registered on the scheme.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Transport for London press notice, published 1 December on an agreed funding and financing package for the final phase of the Crossrail project, (a) what is the total value of the loan, (b) what is the repayment period of the loan, (c) do interest rates agreed in the package accord with the current Public Works Loan Board and (d) if he will make a statement.

On 1 December, the Government announced that additional borrowing of £825m will be made available to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the purposes of Crossrail. The terms of the loan remain commercially sensitive. The Secretary of State for Transport provided a statement on this matter on 1 December.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether legislative proposals are required to facilitate the loan package agreed with the Greater London Assembly for the completion of Crossrail.

As a result of the announcement made on 1 December that additional borrowing of £825m will be made available to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the purposes of Crossrail, the government will be preparing a Statutory Instrument to extend the period of time that Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) can be collected for the purposes of Crossrail.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the funding allocated to the rapid charge fund announced in the March 2020 budget has been spent to date; and if he will make a statement.

As announced in the Spending Review on 25 November 2020, the Government will invest £950 million in future proofing grid capacity along the Strategic Road Network to prepare for 100% uptake of zero emission cars and vans ahead of need. The Spending Review announcement supersedes the March 2020 budget. As of 26th November 2020 no funding has been released, however work to design the Rapid Charging Fund is underway and the timing and process for the delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rapid charge points have been installed through the Rapid Charge Fund to date; and how many rapid charge points are programmed for installation from that fund in the next 12 months.

As announced in the Spending Review on 25 November 2020, the Government will invest £950 million in future proofing grid capacity along the Strategic Road Network to prepare for 100% uptake of zero emission cars and vans ahead of need. Work to design the Rapid Charging Fund is underway, and the timing and process for the delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course. We will work closely with motorway service area operators and chargepoint operators to make sure that this funding is used to support the rollout of as many chargepoints as possible.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the role of the UK maritime industry in supporting the Government's targets for increasing offshore wind production.

While my Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is responsible for the Government’s targets on offshore wind production, my officials and I regularly engage the maritime sector on all relevant matters, including offshore wind production and the decarbonisation of the vessels serving offshore windfarms.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime industry on that industry's role in supporting the Government's targets for increasing offshore wind production.

While my Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is responsible for the Government’s targets on offshore wind production, my officials and I regularly engage the maritime sector on all relevant matters, including offshore wind production and the decarbonisation of the vessels serving offshore windfarms.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the maritime industry on the allocation of funding for feasibility projects relating to maritime decarbonisation.

On 18 November the Prime Minister announced, as part of his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, £20 million for a Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition to develop clean maritime technology, such as feasibility studies on key sites. My officials and I have had preliminary discussions with representatives from the maritime sector concerning the commitments in the Ten Point Plan, including the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. Further information on the terms of the competition will be published in due course.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK ports on the role of ports in contributing to the Government's Net Zero targets.

The Department has regular meetings at both Ministerial and Official level with individual ports and their trade representatives on wide a range of issues, including decarbonisation.

The UK’s ports are covered by both the Net Zero 2050 target, and our national carbon budgets under the Climate Change Act. Ports will need to decarbonise alongside the wider UK economy.

Most recently I have met with the board members of the UK Major Ports Group, one of the two port trade associations in the UK, on the 27th of November. We discussed a range of issues of interest to the sector including decarbonisation.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of providing bespoke sectorial financial support for the coach hire industry.

We have announced several financial support measures available to UK businesses, including the coach industry. This includes measures announced on 24 September as part of the Winter Economy Plan, further support on 22 October for businesses in local lockdown areas, changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), and increased business grants. With the introduction of new national restrictions on 5 November, the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme has also been extended until March 2021.

The full return to education supports a key revenue source for the industry and this has been augmented by the additional vehicles needed compared to previous years. The Department of Education has announced over £70 million to local transport authorities to provide additional dedicated school and college capacity in our transport system, helping children and young people to get to and from their schools and colleges whilst social distancing reduces the capacity of existing public transport

We continue to work closely with representatives from the coach sector including the Confederation of Passenger Transport, and with other government departments, to understand the ongoing risks and issues the sector faces and how these could be addressed.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 restrictions on the coach hire industry; and if he will make a statement.

We have announced several financial support measures available to UK businesses, including the coach industry. This includes measures announced on 24 September as part of the Winter Economy Plan, further support on 22 October for businesses in local lockdown areas, changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), and increased business grants. With the introduction of new national restrictions on 5 November, the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme has also been extended until March 2021.

The full return to education supports a key revenue source for the industry and this has been augmented by the additional vehicles needed compared to previous years. The Department of Education has announced over £70 million to local transport authorities to provide additional dedicated school and college capacity in our transport system, helping children and young people to get to and from their schools and colleges whilst social distancing reduces the capacity of existing public transport. It is for local transport authorities to decide how to use this funding, but some of this has been used to fund additional coach services.

We continue to work closely with representatives from the coach sector including the Confederation of Passenger Transport, and with other government departments, to understand the ongoing risks and issues the sector faces and how these could be addressed.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to include the Airspace Modernisation Strategy in the work of the Jet Zero Council.

At the request of DfT and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Airspace Change Organisation Group (ACOG) was established in 2019 to coordinate the delivery of key aspects of the Government’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS), namely the national programme of airspace change amongst major UK airports.

The Jet Zero Council (JZC) will take into account all of the decarbonisation levers available to ensure the sector reaches its net zero goals, including Airspace Modernisation, but will be primarily focused on driving forward