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Alexander Stafford

Conservative - Rother Valley

First elected: 12th December 2019


Business and Trade Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 12th Jun 2023
Business and Trade Sub-Committee on National Security and Investment
28th Jun 2022 - 12th Jun 2023
Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Bill
16th Nov 2022 - 23rd Nov 2022
Subsidy Control Bill
20th Oct 2021 - 18th Nov 2021


Department Event
Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
11:30
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
Oral questions - Main Chamber
27 Feb 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Energy Security and Net Zero (including Topical Questions)
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Oral Question
Wednesday 28th February 2024
12:00
Cabinet Office
Oral Question No. 7
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.
Department Event
Thursday 7th March 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Mar 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 16th April 2024
11:30
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
Oral questions - Main Chamber
16 Apr 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Energy Security and Net Zero (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Thursday 2nd May 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
2 May 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [ Lords ] (Second sitting)
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 10 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 7 Noes - 10
Speeches
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Ceasefire in Gaza
The hon. Member refers to the way of stopping the conflict. Does he not agree with me that the only …
Written Answers
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) compensation and (b) successful applications …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 28th February 2023
Freedom of religion or belief in Iran
That this House deplores the ongoing human rights violations being perpetrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran; notes that these …
Bills
Tuesday 18th April 2023
Public office (child sexual abuse) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision for the purpose of preventing a person who has failed to discharge a duty in …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Avre Partnership Ltd
Address of donor: 9 Great Chesterford Court, London Road, Great Chesterford, Essex CB10 1PF …
EDM signed
Monday 8th January 2024
Girlguiding UK and the British Overseas Territories and military bases
That this House expresses its concern and disappointment in Girlguiding UK’s withdrawal of support in the British Overseas Territories and …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 25th October 2023
Register of Derelict Buildings Bill 2022-23
A Bill to require local authorities to publish a register of derelict buildings in their area; to make provision in …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Alexander Stafford has voted in 852 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Alexander Stafford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Alexander Stafford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
26 May 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Alexander Stafford voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 349 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 216 Noes - 357
22 Jun 2022 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Alexander Stafford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Conservative No votes vs 106 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 70
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Alexander Stafford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Alexander Stafford voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
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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
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for Intergovernmental Relations
(18 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(17 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(73 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(66 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(60 debate contributions)
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Rother Valley 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 Rother Valley signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

Revoke all licences (PEL) for commercial breeders of laboratory animals. Require all Project Licences (PPLs) applications be reviewed by an independent Non Animal Methods (NAMs) specialist committee. Revise s24 ASPA 1986 to allow review. Urge International Regulators to accept & promote NAMs.

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.

The Government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming it is not in the “public interest”.

We, the British public, demand the release of the official research on grooming gangs undertaken by the Government in full.

The Home Secretary said what happened to victims of child sexual exploitation gangs was “one of the biggest stains on our country’s conscience.” Last year local authorities identified 18,700 suspected victims of child sexual exploitation. We want an independent public inquiry into Grooming Gangs.

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

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

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

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


Latest EDMs signed by Alexander Stafford

13th December 2023
Alexander Stafford signed this EDM on Monday 8th January 2024

Girlguiding UK and the British Overseas Territories and military bases

Tabled by: Judith Cummins (Labour - Bradford South)
That this House expresses its concern and disappointment in Girlguiding UK’s withdrawal of support in the British Overseas Territories and on military bases and the closure and sale of all their outdoor activity centres in the UK; notes this will have a detrimental impact on young women and communities within …
29 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Jan 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Conservative: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
28th February 2023
Alexander Stafford signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Tuesday 28th February 2023

Freedom of religion or belief in Iran

Tabled by: Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)
That this House deplores the ongoing human rights violations being perpetrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran; notes that these violations come in a context of more general restrictions on the right to freedom of religion or belief for many religious minorities in Iran, including Christians and the Baha’i, and …
47 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Oct 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 16
Scottish National Party: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 6
Conservative: 4
Independent: 4
Liberal Democrat: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Alexander Stafford, 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.


Alexander Stafford has not been granted any Urgent Questions

7 Adjournment Debates led by Alexander Stafford

Monday 4th July 2022
Thursday 13th May 2021
Monday 15th March 2021
Thursday 26th November 2020
Monday 28th September 2020

1 Bill introduced by Alexander Stafford


A Bill to make provision for the purpose of preventing a person who has failed to discharge a duty in respect of child sexual abuse offences from holding any elected office, from holding public office and from holding any post the remuneration of which is paid out of money provided by Parliament; to provide for the disqualification from any elected or appointed office of a person who has been convicted of child sexual abuse offences; to provide for the removal of a peerage from a person who has been convicted of child sexual abuse offences; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 18th April 2023
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1455 Written Questions in the current parliament

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10 Other Department Questions
18th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to prevent menopause discrimination in the workplace.

It is important that those who experience substantial and longer-term menopausal effects should be adequately protected from discrimination in the workplace, and that employers are fully aware of the challenges and their current legal obligations, including under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act).

The government is strengthening guidance that will give a set of clear and simple ‘principles’ that employers would be expected to apply, to support disabled people and those with long term health conditions in the work environment. The guidance could also apply where workers are experiencing symptoms such as those that occur in the menopause. It will be published by the Health and Safety Executive in Autumn 2022.

Depending on circumstances, the Act provides protection from discrimination on grounds of sex and/or age and/or disability for employees experiencing the effects of the menopause. An employee may bring a discrimination claim under more than one of these grounds, which the courts can then consider sequentially, where appropriate.

Ultimately, it is for a person who feels that they have been discriminated against to make a claim against the employer through an Employment Tribunal. As part of this process they are required to make initial contact with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), which provides free authoritative and impartial advice to employees/applicants and employers.

The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) also provides free bespoke advice and in-depth support to individuals with discrimination concerns, who feel that they may have suffered unlawful discrimination.

19th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the potential impact of the decolonisation of the House of Commons Library on the representation of Parliament's history.

The Commission has not carried out an assessment of potential disadvantages of taking steps to decolonise the Library of the House of Commons. It notes that the Library has been undertaking work to review and increase the diversity of its collection since August 2020 and that while it has engaged in knowledge exchange with institutions in the academic sector that are seeking to decolonise their curricula and library collections, it has not adopted this as an approach to its own work.

The Commission has not carried out an assessment of the potential impact of decolonisation of the Library on the representation of Parliament’s history. However, it understands that the Library’s work on the diversity of its collection is guided by the framework set out in its Collection Development Policy which identifies the criteria used for acquisition, retention and deselection of material. The purpose of the work is to ensure the collection contains a wide range of perspectives which are representative of Britain past and present. It has not changed the core focus of the collection on Parliament and devolved legislatures, the history of UK and Ireland, politics and government or its commitment to curate this as an enduring collection of national importance. It also has a clear commitment to impartiality in its work.

19th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the potential disadvantages of taking steps to decolonise the Library of the House of Commons.

The Commission has not carried out an assessment of potential disadvantages of taking steps to decolonise the Library of the House of Commons. It notes that the Library has been undertaking work to review and increase the diversity of its collection since August 2020 and that while it has engaged in knowledge exchange with institutions in the academic sector that are seeking to decolonise their curricula and library collections, it has not adopted this as an approach to its own work.

The Commission has not carried out an assessment of the potential impact of decolonisation of the Library on the representation of Parliament’s history. However, it understands that the Library’s work on the diversity of its collection is guided by the framework set out in its Collection Development Policy which identifies the criteria used for acquisition, retention and deselection of material. The purpose of the work is to ensure the collection contains a wide range of perspectives which are representative of Britain past and present. It has not changed the core focus of the collection on Parliament and devolved legislatures, the history of UK and Ireland, politics and government or its commitment to curate this as an enduring collection of national importance. It also has a clear commitment to impartiality in its work.

18th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission plans to take steps in response to discussions on the potential merits of decolonising the House of Commons Library.

The Commission has not made any assessment of the work the House of Commons Library has been undertaking to review and increase the diversity of its collection.

The Library reports that this work has been underway since August 2020 and involves activities intended to ensure the collection contains a wide range of perspectives which are representative of Britain past and present. These include updating acquisition and deselection policies to include equality, diversity and inclusion considerations; changing practice to widen the range of publishers and institutions from which material is selected; acquiring material to increase coverage of issues relating to racism; modernising the language and concepts used in the Library’s classification scheme; and providing training for Library and committee staff on increasing the diversity of the sources used in research.

The process has involved exchanging experience with universities engaged in decolonising their curricula and collections. However, this is not an approach which the House of Commons Library has adopted: the Library is actively increasing the diversity of its collection rather than decolonising it.

The focus of the Library’s collection policy remains to build and maintain a specialist collection on Parliament and devolved legislatures, the history of UK and Ireland, and politics and government to support the work of Members, Library research teams and the House Service. It has developed a clear statement on its commitment to impartiality and the provision of a wide range of perspectives as part of this.

The Commission has no plans to take steps in response to the Library’s work in this area.

18th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the potential merits of taking steps to decolonise the Library of the House of Commons.

The Commission has not made any assessment of the work the House of Commons Library has been undertaking to review and increase the diversity of its collection.

The Library reports that this work has been underway since August 2020 and involves activities intended to ensure the collection contains a wide range of perspectives which are representative of Britain past and present. These include updating acquisition and deselection policies to include equality, diversity and inclusion considerations; changing practice to widen the range of publishers and institutions from which material is selected; acquiring material to increase coverage of issues relating to racism; modernising the language and concepts used in the Library’s classification scheme; and providing training for Library and committee staff on increasing the diversity of the sources used in research.

The process has involved exchanging experience with universities engaged in decolonising their curricula and collections. However, this is not an approach which the House of Commons Library has adopted: the Library is actively increasing the diversity of its collection rather than decolonising it.

The focus of the Library’s collection policy remains to build and maintain a specialist collection on Parliament and devolved legislatures, the history of UK and Ireland, and politics and government to support the work of Members, Library research teams and the House Service. It has developed a clear statement on its commitment to impartiality and the provision of a wide range of perspectives as part of this.

The Commission has no plans to take steps in response to the Library’s work in this area.

9th Sep 2021
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what most recent financial estimates the Church of England holds on the outstanding cost of fabric repairs to its parish churches.

Fluctuating material costs and the availability of specialist workers affect cost estimates significantly, so it is difficult to give a precise figure.

It is estimated, based on available architectural inspections and costed works, that the outstanding capital cost of all repairs over the next five years is close to £1bn for our 16,000 parish churches, or around £200m a year.

At best parishes currently raise and spend approximately half of that annually, so there remains a significant and growing maintenance deficit on these beautiful and treasured buildings.

England’s Anglican cathedrals were surveyed in 2019 to establish their repair and maintenance liabilities and from that it is estimated that these 42 buildings require £140m in the next five years in maintenance and repair. This estimate does not include precinct properties.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
10th Feb 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he plans to take to promote the North Sea Transition Deal to international partners in the run-up to the COP26 summit.

The offshore oil and gas sector has a key role to play as we move to a net zero economy and the UK Government has committed to supporting this energy transition 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 carbon capture and storage and hydrogen production. This will support and sustain new high-quality jobs and anchor the supply chain in the UK.

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is accelerating work on this Deal now and aims to have it completed early this year.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to promote the UK’s Net Zero transition model to international partners in the run-up to the COP26 summit.

The Government is determined to use the UK’s presidency of COP26 and as host of the G7 to promote ambitious action to deliver the transformational change required by the Paris Agreement.

We are urging all countries to submit ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions, transformational Long-Term Strategies, and to come forward with new net zero and adaptation commitments. Through our COP26 campaigns, we are bringing together governments, business and civil society to work together to accelerate the global transition to net zero.

As demonstrated at the Climate Ambition Summit last December, the UK’s own success has shown how countries can grow their economies while at the same time reducing emissions. Ahead of COP26, we are setting out ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy to continue to meet our carbon budgets and our net zero target.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church of England has made of the extent of global persecution of Christians during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Church of England is in regular communication with the Government and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief on the issue of persecution of Christians worldwide.

The Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating the challenges facing Christians in places of conflict or persecution. The leaders of the Anglican Communion are in close contact to support each other in practical and prayerful ways.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the performance statistics for MyCSP in the last financial year.

An overview of MyCSP’s performance is provided in the Civil Superannuation accounts, which are published annually. The annual accounts for 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 were published on 27 January 2022. These can be found on the Government’s website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-superannuation-annual-account-2020-to-2021

The annual accounts for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 will be published on 26 February 2022.

6th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish details of the UK's main (a) exports to and (b) imports from Somaliland.

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

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 6 September is attached.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
6th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish recent statistics on the volume of trade between Somaliland and the UK.

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

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 6 September is attached.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of creating a dedicated Minister for Hydrogen.

My Rt Hon Friend, the Member for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands MP, has Ministerial responsibility for the hydrogen sector.


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published its comprehensive UK hydrogen strategy in August 2021, building upon the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

25th Oct 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, what steps the Government is taking to deliver on its commitment to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.

I have been clear that we need to work at pace to deliver the Online Safety Bill. We have already published the draft Online Safety Bill. It is currently undergoing pre-legislative scrutiny by a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament. The Committee is due to report in mid-December. It is right that we fully consider any recommendations it makes, following which we will then introduce and progress the Bill at the earliest opportunity.

18th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to encourage the purchase of UK produced steel in relevant Government contracts.

The Government is committed to supporting the steel sector. Guidance published in December 2016 (PPN 11/16) has helped to create a level playing field by ensuring the full value offered by UK steel suppliers can be considered in major projects. Guidance covering supply chain plans and advertising opportunities is already included and the Government may consider additional obligations beyond the current guidance if they are in the public interest.

The steel guidance was designed only for contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015; this does not include procurements which are based on Contracts for Difference arrangements that require a different process.

Departmental compliance with the steel guidance is published annually on Gov.uk along with a steel procurement pipeline to show future steel requirements for national infrastructure projects.

Departments are encouraged to sign up to aspects of the UK Steel Charter where relevant to their commercial activities and where consistent with the relevant procurement regulations, and the Government’s steel policy guidelines.

The review of UK steel safeguards is being led by the Trade Investigation Directorate, an independent arm of the Department for International Trade and it would be premature for the Government to comment on this before the recommendations have been published.

A joint Industry/BEIS Taskforce has been established to consider issues reported by UK steel producers in relation to their ability to secure public sector contracts. It is expected to report in Autumn 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect of the UK’s steel safeguards not being renewed.

The Government is committed to supporting the steel sector. Guidance published in December 2016 (PPN 11/16) has helped to create a level playing field by ensuring the full value offered by UK steel suppliers can be considered in major projects. Guidance covering supply chain plans and advertising opportunities is already included and the Government may consider additional obligations beyond the current guidance if they are in the public interest.

The steel guidance was designed only for contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015; this does not include procurements which are based on Contracts for Difference arrangements that require a different process.

Departmental compliance with the steel guidance is published annually on Gov.uk along with a steel procurement pipeline to show future steel requirements for national infrastructure projects.

Departments are encouraged to sign up to aspects of the UK Steel Charter where relevant to their commercial activities and where consistent with the relevant procurement regulations, and the Government’s steel policy guidelines.

The review of UK steel safeguards is being led by the Trade Investigation Directorate, an independent arm of the Department for International Trade and it would be premature for the Government to comment on this before the recommendations have been published.

A joint Industry/BEIS Taskforce has been established to consider issues reported by UK steel producers in relation to their ability to secure public sector contracts. It is expected to report in Autumn 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will encourage Cabinet colleagues to sign their Departments up to the UK Steel Charter.

The Government is committed to supporting the steel sector. Guidance published in December 2016 (PPN 11/16) has helped to create a level playing field by ensuring the full value offered by UK steel suppliers can be considered in major projects. Guidance covering supply chain plans and advertising opportunities is already included and the Government may consider additional obligations beyond the current guidance if they are in the public interest.

The steel guidance was designed only for contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015; this does not include procurements which are based on Contracts for Difference arrangements that require a different process.

Departmental compliance with the steel guidance is published annually on Gov.uk along with a steel procurement pipeline to show future steel requirements for national infrastructure projects.

Departments are encouraged to sign up to aspects of the UK Steel Charter where relevant to their commercial activities and where consistent with the relevant procurement regulations, and the Government’s steel policy guidelines.

The review of UK steel safeguards is being led by the Trade Investigation Directorate, an independent arm of the Department for International Trade and it would be premature for the Government to comment on this before the recommendations have been published.

A joint Industry/BEIS Taskforce has been established to consider issues reported by UK steel producers in relation to their ability to secure public sector contracts. It is expected to report in Autumn 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing Contracts for Difference energy projects within the scope of the Procurement Policy Note on Steel.

The Government is committed to supporting the steel sector. Guidance published in December 2016 (PPN 11/16) has helped to create a level playing field by ensuring the full value offered by UK steel suppliers can be considered in major projects. Guidance covering supply chain plans and advertising opportunities is already included and the Government may consider additional obligations beyond the current guidance if they are in the public interest.

The steel guidance was designed only for contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015; this does not include procurements which are based on Contracts for Difference arrangements that require a different process.

Departmental compliance with the steel guidance is published annually on Gov.uk along with a steel procurement pipeline to show future steel requirements for national infrastructure projects.

Departments are encouraged to sign up to aspects of the UK Steel Charter where relevant to their commercial activities and where consistent with the relevant procurement regulations, and the Government’s steel policy guidelines.

The review of UK steel safeguards is being led by the Trade Investigation Directorate, an independent arm of the Department for International Trade and it would be premature for the Government to comment on this before the recommendations have been published.

A joint Industry/BEIS Taskforce has been established to consider issues reported by UK steel producers in relation to their ability to secure public sector contracts. It is expected to report in Autumn 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reforming the Procurement Policy Note on steel to stipulate that the tendering process for contractors include requirements to provide supply chain plans, advertise steel supply opportunities and report on the origin of steel ultimately used.

The Government is committed to supporting the steel sector. Guidance published in December 2016 (PPN 11/16) has helped to create a level playing field by ensuring the full value offered by UK steel suppliers can be considered in major projects. Guidance covering supply chain plans and advertising opportunities is already included and the Government may consider additional obligations beyond the current guidance if they are in the public interest.

The steel guidance was designed only for contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015; this does not include procurements which are based on Contracts for Difference arrangements that require a different process.

Departmental compliance with the steel guidance is published annually on Gov.uk along with a steel procurement pipeline to show future steel requirements for national infrastructure projects.

Departments are encouraged to sign up to aspects of the UK Steel Charter where relevant to their commercial activities and where consistent with the relevant procurement regulations, and the Government’s steel policy guidelines.

The review of UK steel safeguards is being led by the Trade Investigation Directorate, an independent arm of the Department for International Trade and it would be premature for the Government to comment on this before the recommendations have been published.

A joint Industry/BEIS Taskforce has been established to consider issues reported by UK steel producers in relation to their ability to secure public sector contracts. It is expected to report in Autumn 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will require contractors on UK procurement projects to provide reasoning where UK steel has not been used.

The Government is committed to supporting the steel sector. Guidance published in December 2016 (PPN 11/16) has helped to create a level playing field by ensuring the full value offered by UK steel suppliers can be considered in major projects. Guidance covering supply chain plans and advertising opportunities is already included and the Government may consider additional obligations beyond the current guidance if they are in the public interest.

The steel guidance was designed only for contracts awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015; this does not include procurements which are based on Contracts for Difference arrangements that require a different process.

Departmental compliance with the steel guidance is published annually on Gov.uk along with a steel procurement pipeline to show future steel requirements for national infrastructure projects.

Departments are encouraged to sign up to aspects of the UK Steel Charter where relevant to their commercial activities and where consistent with the relevant procurement regulations, and the Government’s steel policy guidelines.

The review of UK steel safeguards is being led by the Trade Investigation Directorate, an independent arm of the Department for International Trade and it would be premature for the Government to comment on this before the recommendations have been published.

A joint Industry/BEIS Taskforce has been established to consider issues reported by UK steel producers in relation to their ability to secure public sector contracts. It is expected to report in Autumn 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether critical minerals supply will be part of the UK's G7 objectives.

Critical Minerals supply is an important global issue as we use our G7 Presidency to help drive the global economic recovery, harnessing green technologies and renewable energy generation and storage.

The security of critical supply chains - including critical minerals - is being considered as a possible area of focus for the G7 Panel on Economic Resilience, chaired by Lord Sedwill of Sherborne in his capacity as the Prime Minister's G7 Envoy on Economic Resilience. The Panel will consult widely across and beyond the G7 and report its recommendations at the Leaders’ Summit in June.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) guidance and (b) support is available to parish councils to deal with (i) vexatious and (ii) repeated freedom of information requests.

The Government recognises the substantial public interest in parish councils affairs, including those in Handforth.

The Government also recognises the difficulties that genuinely vexatious and repeated freedom of information requests can place on smaller organisations and in 2018, issued a revised Code of Practice to allow for the use of relevant provisions in the Freedom of Information Act where necessary and appropriate.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the cost to parish councils of dealing with freedom of information requests.

The Government recognises the substantial public interest in parish councils affairs, including those in Handforth.

The Government also recognises the difficulties that genuinely vexatious and repeated freedom of information requests can place on smaller organisations and in 2018, issued a revised Code of Practice to allow for the use of relevant provisions in the Freedom of Information Act where necessary and appropriate.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the removal of tariffs and quotas placed on steel movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has provided comprehensive guidance on the processes that apply for moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is available on gov.uk. This includes the various means that are in place - whether through the UK Trader Scheme, the de minimis waiver arrangements, or the preferential arrangements available under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement - to ensure goods are able to move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland tariff-free. We have also established the Trader Support Service, to which more than 27,000 companies are signed up, to support traders engaging in those processes. It is complemented by the Movement Assistance Scheme which provides assistance for traders moving food or agricultural products for which specific SPS controls apply.

As my Rt Hon Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster set out in the Commons on 13 January, the UK has operated arrangements since 1 January to ensure relevant UK-origin steel products do not incur tariffs when moving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain. EU origin steel will also not be subject to tariffs when moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. On 21 January the Government also set out to stakeholders how relevant quotas can be accessed when businesses in Northern Ireland import steel from the rest of the world, and we remain in intensive contact with industry as these arrangements are put in place.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made in negotiations to raise UK quotas within the EU safeguards to account for the additional steel moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has provided comprehensive guidance on the processes that apply for moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is available on gov.uk. This includes the various means that are in place - whether through the UK Trader Scheme, the de minimis waiver arrangements, or the preferential arrangements available under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement - to ensure goods are able to move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland tariff-free. We have also established the Trader Support Service, to which more than 27,000 companies are signed up, to support traders engaging in those processes. It is complemented by the Movement Assistance Scheme which provides assistance for traders moving food or agricultural products for which specific SPS controls apply.

As my Rt Hon Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster set out in the Commons on 13 January, the UK has operated arrangements since 1 January to ensure relevant UK-origin steel products do not incur tariffs when moving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain. EU origin steel will also not be subject to tariffs when moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. On 21 January the Government also set out to stakeholders how relevant quotas can be accessed when businesses in Northern Ireland import steel from the rest of the world, and we remain in intensive contact with industry as these arrangements are put in place.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to improve and clarify the customs process for companies moving product from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has provided comprehensive guidance on the processes that apply for moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is available on gov.uk. This includes the various means that are in place - whether through the UK Trader Scheme, the de minimis waiver arrangements, or the preferential arrangements available under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement - to ensure goods are able to move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland tariff-free. We have also established the Trader Support Service, to which more than 27,000 companies are signed up, to support traders engaging in those processes. It is complemented by the Movement Assistance Scheme which provides assistance for traders moving food or agricultural products for which specific SPS controls apply.

As my Rt Hon Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster set out in the Commons on 13 January, the UK has operated arrangements since 1 January to ensure relevant UK-origin steel products do not incur tariffs when moving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain. EU origin steel will also not be subject to tariffs when moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. On 21 January the Government also set out to stakeholders how relevant quotas can be accessed when businesses in Northern Ireland import steel from the rest of the world, and we remain in intensive contact with industry as these arrangements are put in place.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Department is taking to ensure that all sub-contractors working on taxpayer funded infrastructure projects are paid promptly and fairly by the main project contractors.

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (113) require government contractors to be paid within 30 days of receiving an invoice, and for these terms to be passed down the supply chain. Furthermore, the Government has introduced a measure to exclude suppliers who do not pay their whole supply chain promptly from major government work.

Businesses are encouraged to report instances of late or unfair payment in public sector contracts to the Public Procurement Review Service.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking in response to GB exports of steel to NI being subject to EU safeguards.

As my Rt Hon Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster set out in the Commons last week, the UK has put arrangements in place such that steel from Great Britain can move into Northern Ireland without being subject to tariffs.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
9th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of female engineers employed in the energy sector.

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

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the number of women employed in STEM roles in (a) Rother Valley, (b) Rotherham and (c) South Yorkshire in the latest period for which data is available.

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

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women employed in engineering roles in (a) Rother Valley, (b) Rotherham and (c) South Yorkshire in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women employed in energy sector roles in (a) Rother Valley, (b) Rotherham and (c) South Yorkshire in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help increase (a) levels of manufacturing and (b) the number of jobs in Rother Valley.

Manufacturing plays an important role in the Rother Valley making up ~15% of jobs compared with ~10% for the UK as a whole, according to the ONS Business Registers and Employment Survey.

The Government recently published its Advanced Manufacturing Plan aiming to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale up a manufacturing business – backed by £4.5 billion of funding and business environment measures.

The Plan expands our Made Smarter Adoption Programme – currently available in Rother Valley – supporting manufacturing SMEs to grow through digital technologies. Over 390 companies have already received the programme’s support in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has taken steps with Cabinet colleagues to make an assessment of the potential impact of the public (a) sale and (b) use of fireworks on levels of assaults on (i) police officers, (ii) ambulance staff, (iii) firefighters and (iv) members of the public.

The Government has not undertaken an assessment of the potential impact of the public sale and use of fireworks on levels of assaults on the emergency services or members of the public.

Any assault on a member of the public using fireworks is a police matter. In addition, any attack on the emergency services – including any those involve fireworks – can be dealt with by the police using powers in the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she plans to introduce new legislation on the (a) sale and (b) use of fireworks.

The majority of individuals who use fireworks do so in a responsible and safe manner and there are enforcement mechanisms in place to tackle situations when fireworks are misused.

The Government has no plans to introduce new legislation on fireworks but we continue to monitor the situation and engage with stakeholders to listen to and understand their views.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she plans to review the adequacy of fireworks legislation.

The majority of individuals who use fireworks do so in a responsible and safe manner and there are enforcement mechanisms in place to tackle situations when fireworks are misused.

The Government has no plans to introduce new legislation on fireworks but we continue to monitor the situation and engage with stakeholders to listen to and understand their views.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps his Department is taking to help support the police to tackle the use of illegal fireworks.

The Department works with local authorities, the Police, Border Force and Trading Standards to tackle the import or sale of fireworks illegally in the UK.

Enforcement mechanisms are in place to tackle situations when fireworks are misused and penalties for many fireworks-related offences can include imprisonment or an unlimited fine.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she is taking steps to require funeral firms to offer compensation to customers when funerals are cancelled at short notice.

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 gives consumers rights to redress and refunds including when businesses cancel services that have been agreed. The Competition and Markets Authority recently carried out a market investigation into the funerals sector to ensure these rules were being observed. They have issued guidance to businesses in the sector on their obligations to consumers. Details can be found at: https://competitionandmarkets.blog.gov.uk/2023/01/27/helping-businesses-comply-with-the-funerals-order/. Consumers can seek free advice on their rights from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/). The Financial Conduct Authority regulates prepaid funeral plans. Details can be found at: https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/fca-regulation-boosts-consumer-protection-funeral-plans-market.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much green hydrogen the UK will produce in (a) 2024, (b) 2028, (c) 2030 and (d) 2050.

Electrolytic ‘green’ hydrogen projects are delivered through our annual Hydrogen Allocation Rounds (HARs). In December we announced HAR1 would support 125MW of production capacity across 11 projects. We aim to support up to 875MW through HAR2, giving up to 1GW green hydrogen production capacity in operation or construction by 2025. The level of production in each year will depend on the outcome of HARs, operational dates for projects and their individual operating patterns. We aim to have up to 6GW of green hydrogen production capacity by 2030, while by 2050 hydrogen could supply up to 35% of UK energy consumption.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the level of demand for green hydrogen in industrial uses in (a) 2024, (b) 2028, (c) 2030, and (d) 2050.

As set out in the Hydrogen Transport and Storage Networks Pathway, our analysis suggests that by 2030, the potential demand for low carbon hydrogen as a fuel in UK industry (including industrial non-road mobile machinery) could be between 12-19 TWh. This could rise to 25-50 TWh by 2035, and 25-110 TWh by 2050.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to ensure the UK has adequate supplies of green hydrogen to support industrial applications.

Our ambition is for 10GW low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. In December we announced eleven major new hydrogen projects across the UK, and our Hydrogen Production Delivery Roadmap sets out proposals for annual allocation rounds from 2025 to 2030, helping to provide certainty for industry. To link up production and demand, we have announced our initial ambition for the first allocation rounds of the hydrogen transport and storage business models to be launched in 2024. This will support up to two storage projects at scale and associated regional pipeline infrastructure to be in operation or construction by 2030.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the viability of hydrogen as an industrial fuel.

Low carbon hydrogen is likely to be a leading option to decarbonise industrial processes that are harder or more expensive to electrify. We expect uptake of hydrogen via fuel switching of energy intensive sites, as well as those engaging in high temperature, direct-fired processes. Near-term opportunities for hydrogen conversion include high temperature steam boilers and combined heat and power (CHP) processes in sectors such as chemicals and refineries, especially in industrial clusters with early access to hydrogen.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January to Question 9113, if she will take steps to further extend the eligibility for the warm home discount to cover more disabled households.

The Government reformed the Warm Home Discount scheme in England and Wales to standardise the criteria, provide the majority of rebates automatically, and focus the support to households in fuel poverty.

As the scheme is funded by participating energy suppliers, we have struck a balance between supporting as many households as possible, providing meaningful support, and limiting the impact on wider consumer bills. This winter we expect over 3 million households to receive the rebate, around a million more households compared with the previous scheme prior to winter 2022.

We recognise the cost-of-living challenges families are facing, which is why we are spending £104 billion supporting households with bills.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 9112 on Fuel Poverty, if she will hold discussions with disability charities on the review of the Fuel Poverty Strategy.

As part of the review of the Fuel Poverty Strategy, Government will assess how the vulnerability principle has been implemented since 2021 and whether any amendments are needed for an updated Fuel Poverty strategy including for households where an occupant has a disability. Government has a statutory duty to consult relevant stakeholders before publishing an updated version of the Fuel Poverty Strategy. Government intends to seek views from a range of stakeholders, including disabilities charities. I have previously met with Scope, among other organisations, as part of an initial roundtable on reviewing the strategy.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2024 to Question 9112 on Fuel Poverty, whether the review of the Fuel Poverty Strategy will consider energy costs for disabled people who use powered medical equipment at home.

As part of the review of the Fuel Poverty Strategy, Government will assess how the vulnerability principle has been implemented since 2021 and whether any amendments are needed for an updated Fuel Poverty strategy including for households where an occupant has a disability. Government has a statutory duty to consult relevant stakeholders before publishing an updated version of the Fuel Poverty Strategy. Government intends to seek views from a range of stakeholders, including disabilities charities. I have previously met with Scope, among other organisations, as part of an initial roundtable on reviewing the strategy.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many Bevin Boys were conscripted from Rother Valley constituency.

Unlike those conscripted into the Armed Forces during World War Two, those who were conscripted or volunteered as Bevin Boys to work in the UK’s coal mines, were employed and paid by individual mine owners and operators. No central records were kept, and the Government therefore cannot provide details of the numbers conscripted from the Rother Valley constituency.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what information her Department holds on which collieries in (a) Rother Valley constituency and (b) the UK had Bevin Boys as part of their workforce.

No central records were kept on the deployment of those who were conscripted or volunteered as Bevin Boys, including the collieries to which they were deployed. However, the Government understands that the majority of Bevin Boys were trained at one of 13 pits, none of which were in the Rother Valley constituency:

  • Askern main (Yorkshire)
  • Birley East (Yorkshire)
  • Chislet (Kent)
  • Cramlington Lamb (Northumberland)
  • Cresswell (Derbyshire)
  • Haunchwood (Warwickshire)
  • Horden (Durham)
  • Kemball (Staffordshire)
  • Muircockhall (Fife)
  • Newton (Lancashire)
  • Oakdale (Monmouthshire)
  • Old Morrison (Durham)
  • Prince of Wales (Yorkshire)
Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her planned timeline is for the publication of her Department's fuel poverty strategy; and if she will take steps to ensure the strategy tackles fuel poverty for disabled people.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is currently reviewing the fuel poverty strategy for England and will publish the review in due course.

Vulnerability is one of the current fuel poverty strategy’s guiding principles. This ensures that the Government specifically consider the needs of low-income households who are most at risk of the impacts of living in a cold home, such as households with an occupant who has a disability.

The Department’s review of the fuel poverty strategy will seek views on how Government could further support vulnerable people in fuel poverty.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
10th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will take steps to extend the warm home discount for disabled households.

The Government expanded and reformed the scheme in England and Wales from winter 2022/23 to better target households at risk of fuel poverty. The Government estimated in the final impact assessment that 160,000 more households, where a person has a disability or long-term illness, would receive a rebate as a result.

These changes have not applied in Scotland, where customers apply for a Broader Group rebate through their energy suppliers, who can set their own eligibility criteria.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
10th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to help ensure that disabled people with high energy usage do not fall into fuel poverty.

Although energy prices have significantly decreased compared to last winter, the Government is continuing to support those most in need such as disabled individuals. Millions of vulnerable households are receiving up to £900 in further cost of living payments, with an extra £150 to those on eligible disability benefits. This is alongside established support that vulnerable households may be able to receive such as the Winter Fuel Payment, and the £150 Warm Homes Discount.

I recommend that disabled individuals visit if the ‘Help for Households’ webpage on GOV.UK to view what support they may be able to access - https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
10th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will have discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of introducing an energy social tariff to assist disabled people with energy costs.

The Government is continuing to support those most in need with millions of vulnerable households receiving up to £900 in further cost of living payments, with an extra £150 to those on eligible disability payments. This is in addition to the established support of the Winter Fuel Payment worth between £250-£600 and the £150 off energy bills from the Warm Home Discount, which many disabled people will be eligible for


The Government continues to monitor the situation and will keep options under review with respect to the most vulnerable households.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what information her Department holds on the number of Bevin Boys that are alive.

In total, between 1943 and 1948, some 48,000 men came under the Bevin Boys Scheme either through conscription or by volunteering. As the individuals were not employed by the Crown during their service, unlike those conscripted to the Armed Forces, no records were kept by the Government on their status post service.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people have claimed a Bevin Boys Veterans Badge.

The Department does not hold records for how many applications have been received for Bevin Boy Veterans Badges but, since 2008, around 2,500 Badges have been awarded.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had recent discussions with the Bevin Boys Association on medallic recognition of their service in the war.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State has not held discussions with the Bevin Boys Association.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what medals Bevin Boys or their descendants are entitled to other than the Bevin Boys veterans badge.

In addition to the Bevin Badge Veterans Badge the Bevin Boys Association commissioned a Bevin Boys Commemorative Medal as their official medal. The Bevin Boys Medal is available to all former Bevin Boys called up between 1943 and 1948 or their next of kin. Full details, including how to order the Medal, can be found at https://bigburymint.com/product/bevin-boys-commemorative-medal/

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will award a medal to those who were conscripted to become Bevin Boys.

The Government’s Bevin Boys Veterans Badge is awarded to all Bevin Boys, whether a conscriptee or volunteer. Full details on how to apply, including the application form, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-bevin-boys-veterans-badge

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what (a) medallic and (b) other recognition Bevin Boys received.

In addition to the Bevin Badge Veterans Badge first awarded by the Government in 2008, a Bevin Boys Commemorative Medal has been commissioned by the Bevin Boys Association as their official medal. The Bevin Boys Medal is available to all former Bevin Boys called up between 1943 and 1948 or their next of kin. Full details, including how to order the Medal, can be found at https://bigburymint.com/product/bevin-boys-commemorative-medal/

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of extracting (a) oil and (b) gas from around the Falkland Islands on the UK's net zero targets.

The UK’s ratification of the Paris Agreement has not been extended to the Falkland Islands and so its emissions are not within scope of the UK’s net zero by 2050 target.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of extracting (a) oil and (b) gas from around the Falkland Islands on the economy of the Falkland Islands.

The UK supports the right of the Falkland Islanders to develop their natural resources for their own economic benefit. This is an integral part of their right of self-determination. However, while there is an oil production project under active consideration, it is yet to be seen whether fossil fuel projects there will progress to production. This is a commercial decision for the companies involved, following the relevant regulatory requirements in the Falkland Islands.

Policy on hydrocarbons development – and its impact on the Territory (including its economic impact) - is a matter for the Falkland Islands Government.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
30th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of extracting (a) oil and (b) gas from around the Falkland Islands on (i) the UK's and (ii) the Falkland Islands' energy security.

UK energy security remains dependent on having access to international oil and gas markets. It is within this context that any Falklands production would contribute to domestic security of supply.

Assessing the extent to which any locally produced hydrocarbons might contribute to the security of energy supply of the Falkland Islands is something the Government will leave to the Falkland Islands Government.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of locating battery storage sites away from residential areas.

The Government has put in place a robust regulatory framework for grid-scale battery storage that protects people and the environment, which is kept under review to respond to changing circumstances. Recent reviews have considered both the planning system and environmental permitting regulations.

The Government has recently updated Planning Practice Guidance, which encourages battery storage developers to engage with local fire and rescue and local planning authorities to refer to the guidance published by the National Fire Chiefs Council. The Government intends to consult on including battery storage systems in the environmental permitting regulations at the earliest opportunity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the level of requirement to locate high-capacity battery storage near homes.

The Government has put in place a robust regulatory framework for grid-scale battery storage that protects people and the environment, which is kept under review to respond to changing circumstances. Recent reviews have considered both the planning system and environmental permitting regulations.

The Government has recently updated Planning Practice Guidance, which encourages battery storage developers to engage with local fire and rescue and local planning authorities to refer to the guidance published by the National Fire Chiefs Council. The Government intends to consult on including battery storage systems in the environmental permitting regulations at the earliest opportunity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the total number of breaches of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in each year since 2019.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (‘the PRS Regulations’) confers the power to enforce the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards to local authorities for private rented properties.

The PRS Regulations do not require enforcement authorities to publish or make available details of their enforcement activities and they are not required to report this to the Government. It is upon the discretion of the domestic enforcement authorities to publish compliance penalties on the Private Rented Sector Exemptions Register.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, If he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the UK’s ability to utilise white hydrogen.

The UK aims to support multiple production routes to meet its ambition to have up to 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. The Government is not aware of evidence to suggest natural – ‘white’ – hydrogen will make a significant contribution to the UK’s hydrogen production ambitions. However, it welcomes efforts from other countries that support the production and use of low carbon hydrogen. The Government is working with international partners on issues including natural hydrogen.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on a hydrogen levy.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on a range of subjects.

Low carbon hydrogen will be a source of clean energy which the Government can produce domestically using British skills, experience and natural resources. The British Energy Security Strategy sets out the Government's ambition for 10GW of hydrogen by 2030, which could support over 12,000 jobs, and unlock up to £11 billion in private investment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the hydrogen village trial in Whitby not going ahead on the Government's ambition of producing 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030; and what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of other village trials to meeting that ambition.

The UK’s ambition for 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 is not reliant on any one project or trial. Demand in 2030 is mostly expected to come from harder to electrify parts of the economy such as industry and heavy transport, as well as playing an important role in decarbonising the power sector.

The Government is developing the proposal for a hydrogen village trial in Redcar, Teesside with Northern Gas Networks (NGN). A decision on whether to proceed with the village trial in Redcar will be made by the Government later this year.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions he has had with boiler manufacturers on developing hydrogen ready boilers.

The Government recently consulted on requiring new domestic-scale gas boilers to be hydrogen-ready from 2026. The Government is analysing responses to the consultation and will issue a response in due course.

The Department of Energy Security and Net Zero holds regular discussions with boiler manufacturers, directly and through trade bodies, including on the development of hydrogen-ready boilers.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of the UK’s carbon emissions that was generated from domestic heating for (a) 2023 and (b) each of the last five years.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero published an estimate of the proportion of UK net territorial greenhouse gas emissions from heat in residential buildings in the 2021 Heat and Buildings Strategy.

The figures include direct emissions from residential combustion as well as indirect emissions associated with the production of fuels and electricity consumed.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heat-and-buildings-strategy (figure 2).

Updated statistics on UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by end user are now available up to 2021.

Estimated UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions from heat in residential buildings, million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e)

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Residential buildings emissions from heat

76.4

77.7

74.3

73.9

78.4

Total net UK territorial emissions

473.2

464.8

450.4

406.3

426.5

Percentage residential buildings emissions from heat

16%

17%

16%

18%

18%

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/final-uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-national-statistics-1990-to-2021 (dataset of emissions by end user)

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-consumption-in-the-uk-2022 (table U2)

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions he has had with (a) Redcar Council and (b) Redcar Residents on the Redcar Hydrogen Community trial.

My noble Friend, Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, met with Councillor Alec Brown, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, and Councillor Carrie Richardson, Deputy Leader, on 7th August in Redcar. The Minister also met with several residents from the project’s Citizen’s Panel to discuss local sentiment on the trial. He also has regular discussions with the local MP, Jacob Young and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he plans to approve hydrogen blending in gas pipes.

The Government aims to reach a policy decision in 2023 on whether to allow blending of up to 20% hydrogen by volume into the gas distribution networks. The Government is assessing whether there is value in having blending available to support the development of the hydrogen economy and achieve wider net zero objectives. The Government is reviewing evidence to determine if blending represents strategic and economic value and meets the required safety standards. Blending of 20% hydrogen by volume is regarded by industry as the limit which, if exceeded, may start to impact domestic and non-domestic appliances negatively.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of allowing hydrogen blending in pipes on the UK’s ability to achieve net zero targets.

The Government aims to reach a policy decision in 2023 on whether to allow blending of up to 20% hydrogen by volume into the gas distribution networks. The Government is assessing whether there is value in having blending available to support the development of the hydrogen economy and achieve wider net zero objectives. The Government is reviewing evidence to determine if blending represents strategic and economic value and meets the required safety standards. Blending of 20% hydrogen by volume is regarded by industry as the limit which, if exceeded, may start to impact domestic and non-domestic appliances negatively.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of blending hydrogen with natural gas at (a) 20%, (b) 40%, (c) 50% and (d) 90%.

The Government aims to reach a policy decision in 2023 on whether to allow blending of up to 20% hydrogen by volume into the gas distribution networks. The Government is assessing whether there is value in having blending available to support the development of the hydrogen economy and achieve wider net zero objectives. The Government is reviewing evidence to determine if blending represents strategic and economic value and meets the required safety standards. Blending of 20% hydrogen by volume is regarded by industry as the limit which, if exceeded, may start to impact domestic and non-domestic appliances negatively.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2023 to Question 139259 on Natural Gas: Hydrogen, when he plans to make a decision on allowing hydrogen blending.

The Government aims to reach a policy decision in 2023 on whether to allow blending of up to 20% hydrogen by volume into the gas distribution networks. The Government is assessing whether there is value in having blending available to support the development of the hydrogen economy and achieve wider net zero objectives. The Government is reviewing evidence to determine if blending represents strategic and economic value and meets the required safety standards. Blending of 20% hydrogen by volume is regarded by industry as the limit which, if exceeded, may start to impact domestic and non-domestic appliances negatively.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the performance of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme in its first year.

In its first year the Boiler Upgrade Scheme received 15,768 voucher applications and paid out on 9,983 to the cost of £50.9 million.

Industry has reacted positively to the scheme during its first year, with suppliers developing competitive offers alongside the grant.

The Government announced that the BUS will be extended until 2028, with an additional budget allocation for each year.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he is taking steps to encourage the installation of smart-enabled hot water cylinders.

The Government intends to introduce a smart mandate, which will require heat pumps, storage heaters and heat batteries to have smart functionality, from the mid-2020s. The Government is considering whether to extend the scope of the mandate to include other appliances, such as hot water cylinders.

The Government is also seeking to improve standards regarding hot water cylinder efficiency and has sought feedback on possible options for achieving this in the recent consultation “Improving Boiler Standards and Efficiency.”

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the guidance his Department provides on heat sources takes into account the noise pollution levels of those heat sources.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has commissioned an independent review of heat pump noise emissions. This will determine whether existing permitted development rights are appropriate and in line with advances in heat pump technology. The review will likely conclude in the Autumn and the Government will then consider this evidence to determine whether changes to planning guidance and permitted development rights are warranted. The review does not consider hydrogen boilers, as any noise emissions from them, should they be rolled out, would be largely confined to inside the home, and therefore would not impact permitted development rights.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Environmental Quality and Resilience), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to Question 151 at the Lords Science and Technology Committee on 16 May 2023, whether the research commissioned by his Department into noise pollution generated by heat pumps will make an assessment of the potential for hydrogen boilers to provide a green solution to home heating with lower levels of noise pollution than heat pumps.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has commissioned an independent review of heat pump noise emissions. This will determine whether existing permitted development rights are appropriate and in line with advances in heat pump technology. The review will likely conclude in the Autumn and the Government will then consider this evidence to determine whether changes to planning guidance and permitted development rights are warranted. The review does not consider hydrogen boilers, as any noise emissions from them, should they be rolled out, would be largely confined to inside the home, and therefore would not impact permitted development rights.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what policy measures he plans to include in the scope of the heat pump review.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has commissioned an independent review of heat pump noise emissions. This will determine whether existing permitted development rights are appropriate and in line with advances in heat pump technology. The review will likely conclude in the Autumn and the Government will then consider this evidence to determine whether changes to planning guidance and permitted development rights are warranted. The review does not consider hydrogen boilers, as any noise emissions from them, should they be rolled out, would be largely confined to inside the home, and therefore would not impact permitted development rights.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to publish the report on the outcomes heat pump review.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has commissioned an independent review of heat pump noise emissions. This will determine whether existing permitted development rights are appropriate and in line with advances in heat pump technology. The review will likely conclude in the Autumn and the Government will then consider this evidence to determine whether changes to planning guidance and permitted development rights are warranted. The review does not consider hydrogen boilers, as any noise emissions from them, should they be rolled out, would be largely confined to inside the home, and therefore would not impact permitted development rights.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will provide a list of research projects commissioned by her Department on home heating.

A list of research projects, recently commissioned by the Department is attached. The list contains links to published research and a list of other commissioned research. All projects have some relation to home heating but may not be the sole focus of the research.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of homes in the UK that can simultaneously use two electric car chargers and a heat pump.

The Government has not made such an estimate, which would depend on variables such as size of heat pump, power of electric vehicle charge point and existing supply capacity. Domestic supplies can be upgraded if required and the use of smart energy management solutions such as electric vehicle smart charging can also help reduce the maximum demand of a property to facilitate the installation, and use, of low carbon technologies.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he is taking to accelerate home insulation measures ahead of winter 2023-24.

The Government is investing £6.6 billion over this parliament on decarbonising heat and energy efficiency measures and intends to launch the ECO+ scheme around spring 2023 running until March 2026 to provide further support for households to reduce their energy bills.

In 2022 a zero-rate of VAT was introduced on energy efficiency measures, and the Government launched a digitally led service ‘find ways to save energy in your home' (https://www.gov.uk/improve-energy-efficiency). The site provides guidance helping consumers make their homes greener and cheaper to run, supported by a call centre for assistance.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing statutory provisions on local area energy planning.

The Government recognises the potential merits of local energy plans, however it is vital that any approach endorsed by government is considered carefully to ensure it is deliverable, cost-effective and aligned with wider policy.

The Government is considering the role of local energy plans, working closely with Ofgem as part of its ongoing governance review into local energy institutions and with other key stakeholders including the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and UK Research and Innovation.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he has taken to ensure the net zero strategy aligns with the air quality strategy.

In the period leading up to the publication of the Net Zero Strategy, there were numerous cross-Government discussions, including on air quality, reflecting the contribution that every sector of the UK economy needs to make to climate change mitigation.

As set out in the Strategy, the Government will pursue options that leave the environment in a better state for the next generation by improving biodiversity, air quality, water quality, natural capital, and resilience to climate change where appropriate.

Air quality policy is led by DEFRA. The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero continues to engage regularly with DEFRA on a range of issues relating to improving air quality.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of (a) local and (b) central government frameworks for achieving the Government's net zero targets.

The Government recognises that local authorities can, and do, play an essential role in driving local climate action, with significant influence in many of the national priorities across energy, housing, and transport, which will be needed to achieve net zero. The Net Zero Strategy sets out our commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero.

The Local Net Zero Forum has met three times at official level and held a ministerial level meeting on 9th February. There are no plans to make the Forum a statutory body.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the role of local government in achieving the Government's net zero target.

The Government recognises that local authorities can, and do, play an essential role in driving local climate action, with significant influence in many of the national priorities across energy, housing, and transport, which will be needed to achieve net zero. The Net Zero Strategy sets out our commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero.

The Local Net Zero Forum has met three times at official level and held a ministerial level meeting on 9th February. There are no plans to make the Forum a statutory body.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make the local net zero forum a statutory body.

The Government recognises that local authorities can, and do, play an essential role in driving local climate action, with significant influence in many of the national priorities across energy, housing, and transport, which will be needed to achieve net zero. The Net Zero Strategy sets out our commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero.

The Local Net Zero Forum has met three times at official level and held a ministerial level meeting on 9th February. There are no plans to make the Forum a statutory body.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he has taken to facilitate meetings with the net zero local forum.

The Government recognises that local authorities can, and do, play an essential role in driving local climate action, with significant influence in many of the national priorities across energy, housing, and transport, which will be needed to achieve net zero. The Net Zero Strategy sets out our commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero.

The Local Net Zero Forum has met three times at official level and held a ministerial level meeting on 9th February. There are no plans to make the Forum a statutory body.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations in the Independent Review of Net Zero, published on 13 January 2023, on the provisions in the Energy Bill.

The Government is carefully considering the recommendations proposed within the Independent Review of Net Zero, including recommendations that may relate to the Energy Security Bill.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
3rd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to take a decision on whether to allow blending of up to 20 per cent hydrogen by volume in gas distribution networks.

The Government is aiming to reach a policy decision in 2023 on whether to allow blending of up to 20% hydrogen by volume into the gas distribution networks. This could generate carbon-savings of up to 6-7% on current grid gas consumption in Great Britain.  We are building the necessary evidence base to determine whether blending meets the required safety standards, is feasible and represents value for money.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
3rd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral evidence by the Minister for Energy and Climate to the Scottish Affairs Committee on 16 January 2023, HC 83, whether he plans to implement the recommendation of the Independent Review of Net Zero to bring forward the date of phasing out new and replacement gas boilers from 2033 to 2035.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy set out the UK's aim to phase out the installation of new and replacement natural gas boilers from 2035, to ensure all heating systems used in 2050 are compatible with net zero. This would mean when consumers replace their heating source, they replace it with a low-carbon or low-carbon ready appliance.

The Government is considering the recommendations made by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood in the Independent Review of Net Zero, and will respond in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the underspend from the Boiler Upgrade Scheme for the year ending 31 March 2023 will be carried over into the following year’s budget.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) budget is £450 million, split equally over three financial years (2022-2025). Budget remains available for use in year 1 of the scheme, however we do not expect this to be fully utilised based on latest forecasts. We have explored options to carry over unused budget from year 1 of the scheme, but due to the accounting rules for capital spending schemes we do not expect this to be possible.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will publish any impact assessments conducted by her Department on the UK's return to the EU Horizon research programme.

The Government has negotiated a bespoke deal in the UK’s national interest. The Secretary of State made a statement to the House of Commons on 7 September 2023 and set out why the bespoke deal negotiated by the Government was the best outcome for the UK research and innovation sector.

The Government is grateful to the sector for their feedback during the development of the Pioneer proposals. These plans will now be used to inform future R&D policy development.

7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department made a comparative assessment of the potential merits of (a) joining Horizon Europe on the new terms and (b) pursuing the Pioneer research programme.

The Government has negotiated a bespoke deal in the UK’s national interest. The Secretary of State made a statement to the House of Commons on 7 September 2023 and set out why the bespoke deal negotiated by the Government was the best outcome for the UK research and innovation sector.

The Government is grateful to the sector for their feedback during the development of the Pioneer proposals. These plans will now be used to inform future R&D policy development.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating new funding to retrofitting social housing stock with insulation; and if he will make it his policy to support local authorities in accelerating such measures.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator project awarded around £62m of grant funding to Local Authorities in 2021. The Government launched Wave 1 of the SHDF in 2021 and awarded around £179m of grant funding to Local Authorities for delivery from 2022 into 2023. The Wave 2.1 competition, which closed in November 2022, will allocate up to £800m of grant funding to Social Housing Landlords, including Local Authorities, with successful projects likely to be notified in March 2023.

This Parliament, the Government has committed to investing £6.6bn in energy efficiency, with the Autumn Statement announcing an additional £6bn from 2025-2028.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating the money remaining in the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund in a non-competitive way via local authorities with the aim of maximising uptake of the scheme.

The 2019 Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a 10-year period to improve the energy performance of social homes. Grant funding allocated to SHDF has totalled over £1bn.

In the Autumn Statement, the Government announced £6 billion of new Government funding that will be made available from 2025 to 2028 for energy efficiency. The design of future waves of the SHDF will consider all relevant options to ensure effective delivery.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking with Local Authorities to achieve Government’s Net Zero targets.

The Net Zero Strategy sets out the UK's commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero.

This includes establishing a Local Net Zero Forum to bring together national and local Government senior officials on a regular basis to discuss policy and delivery options on net zero; running the Local Net Zero Hubs Programme to support all local areas with their capability and capacity to meet net zero; and funding work to develop business models to increase private sector investment in local net zero.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Local Authorities on accelerating the rollout of onshore wind and solar energy.

The Government recognises the role that local government plays in realising the UK's net zero carbon ambitions for onshore wind and solar.

Through the Local Net Zero Forum, BEIS regularly engages with representatives from local authority organisations on net zero policy and delivery issues.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report entitled End the Wait.Insulate published by UK100 on 16 November 2022.

The 2019 Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a 10-year period to improve the energy performance of social homes. Grant funding allocated to SHDF has totalled over £1bn.

In the Autumn Statement the Government announced £6 billion of new Government funding that will be made available from 2025 to 2028 for energy efficiency. The design of future waves of the SHDF will consider all relevant evidence to ensure effective delivery

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had recent discussions with Ofcom on reviewing the Universal Service Obligation.

Ministers and officials meet with Ofcom regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the regulatory authority for the postal sector, including the provision of the universal service obligation.

The Government currently has no plans to change the minimum requirements of the universal postal service which are set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the proposed reduction to the Royal Mail Universal Service Obligation to a five day letter service on non-Universal Service Obligation letters.

The Government has no current plans to change the statutory minimum requirements of the universal postal service, set out in the Postal Services Act 2011, which requires letter deliveries to every UK address, six days a week at standard price.

There is a clear and transparent process for how changes to the universal postal service should be considered and any change would need to be made through secondary legislation and agreed by Parliament.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of a reduction in the Universal Service Obligation to five days on the magazine publishing sector.

The Government has no current plans to change the statutory minimum requirements of the universal postal service, set out in the Postal Services Act 2011, which requires letter deliveries to every UK address, six days a week at standard price.

There is a clear and transparent process for how changes to the universal postal service should be considered and any change would need to be made through secondary legislation and agreed by Parliament.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has spent on sending letters in each of the last five years.

The Department can only answer for BEIS.

BEIS publishes all its spending on GOV.UK here including the postage spend in the last five years.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to prepare for the potential effect on consumers of trends in the level of energy bills in winter 2023-24.

The Government has launched the ‘It All Adds Up’ energy saving campaign, with simple, low or no-cost actions that households can take to cut energy use and save money now, and on an ongoing basis.

The Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) operates until March 2024 to apply a subsidy where energy prices exceed the target price set by Government. As set out in the Autumn Statement, the Government will develop a new approach to consumer protection in energy markets, which will apply from April 2024. The Government has committed to work with consumer groups and industry to consider the best approach, including options such as social tariffs, as part of wider retail market reforms.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government has provided on home insulation and retrofit measures since the last general election.

The Government provides funding for home insulation and retrofit measures through the Home Upgrade Grant, Green Homes Grant – Local Authority Delivery, Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, and previously the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme. The most recent allocations for these schemes is attached.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve (a) procurement and (b) delivery of Net Zero project investment.

The Procurement Policy Note PPN06/21 requires suppliers bidding for major government contracts to commit to Net Zero by 2050 and publish a ‘Carbon Reduction Plan’. Over 120 procurements have applied the policy, with a total contract value of over £180billion.

The Government has committed £30billion of public green investment and is putting in place regulatory frameworks to spur green private investment, such as through the Energy Bill. These policies are expected to drive over £100billion of private investment and support 480,000 jobs by 2030.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to UK100's report entitled End the wait. Insulate. Social housing energy efficiency and the energy crisis, published November 2022, what assessment he has made of the impact on his Department's policies of that report's recommendations on a place-based approach to allocating funding for social housing energy efficiency measures.

The 2019 Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a 10-year period to improve the energy performance of social homes. Grant funding allocated to SHDF has totalled over £1bn.

In the Autumn Statement the Government announced £6 billion of new Government funding that will be made available from 2025 to 2028 for energy efficiency. The design of future waves of the SHDF will consider all relevant evidence to ensure effective delivery.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) engage with regulators on and (b) develop a market for investment in green industry.

The Net Zero Strategy set out examples of how the Government is working with different regulators, for example on the publication of the Strategic Policy Statement for Ofgem.

The Government is working with regulators including FCA, the Bank of England, and IFRS to roll out climate related disclosures.

Driving investment into UK green energy and industries is a priority for this Government. Since March 2021, the Government has committed £30 billion of domestic green investment. The Government is working to put in place the regulatory frameworks that will spur investment into green projects – such as through the Energy Bill.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has held discussions with Royal Mail on the charge of £2.50 made to Rother Valley constituents who have received a letter with a counterfeit stamp attached.

As a private business, the operation of Royal Mail’s products and services, including extra postage charges to customers where re-used stamps have been detected, is a matter for the company’s management. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s commercial or operational decisions.

Royal Mail encourages customers that have come into contact with counterfeit stamps, either buying them or on a letter or parcel received in the mail to report it. Information is available on its website at www.royalmail.com/report-stamp-fraud.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the reporting of stamp fraud to the police.

The Department has regular discussions with Royal Mail on a wide range of issues.

As a private business, the Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s strategic or commercial decisions including the company’s strategy for preventing stamp fraud and reporting fraudulent activity to the police.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Royal Mail on its strategy for stopping counterfeit stamps and stamp fraud.

The Department has regular discussions with Royal Mail on a wide range of issues.

As a private business, the Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s strategic or commercial decisions including the company’s strategy for preventing stamp fraud and reporting fraudulent activity to the police.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the estimated financial cost of postage stamp fraud is to (a) Royal Mail and (b) the consumer.

As a private business, the Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions and does not hold this information.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of postage stamps that are used are reported by Royal Mail as counterfeit each year.

As a private business, the Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions and does not hold this information.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help stop the sale of counterfeit postage stamps online.

As a private business, the operation of Royal Mail’s products and services, including measures to tackle counterfeit stamps, is a matter for the company’s management. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational decisions.

Advice for consumers on identifying and reporting stamp fraud is available on Royal Mail’s website: www.royalmail.com/report-stamp-fraud.

Royal Mail introduced barcoded stamps earlier this year to enable added security features to help tackle stamp fraud. Information is available at www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.

Consumers can access free advice on reporting scams through the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/get-help-with-online-scams/. In Scotland, consumers should report to Advice Direct Scotland (www.consumeradvice.scot) and Police Scotland.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of local skills shortages on achieving net zero targets.

BEIS is working with the Department for Education and local partners to ensure green skills are considered through Local Skills Improvement Plans. The Secretary of State for Education may only approve a plan, if satisfied that net zero targets, adaptation to climate change, and other environmental goals, have been considered. To build its understanding of green skills strengths and needs, the Government has reviewed Local Skills Reports across England and is working with the Green Jobs Delivery Group to explore how central Government, local Government and businesses, can further support local areas to deliver a successful labour market transition to net zero.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Energy Efficiency Taskforce takes into account local government input.

The Autumn Statement announced a new national ambition to reduce the UK’s final energy consumption from buildings and industry by 15% by 2030 against 2021 levels.

In order to support the delivery of this target, a new Energy Efficiency Taskforce will be established. More details on the scope and membership of the Taskforce will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether local government representatives will form part of the Energy Efficiency Taskforce.

The Autumn Statement announced a new national ambition to reduce the UK’s final energy consumption from buildings and industry by 15% by 2030 against 2021 levels.

In order to support the delivery of this target, a new Energy Efficiency Taskforce will be established. More details on the scope and membership of the Taskforce will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Energy Efficiency Taskforce will consider the redeployment of social housing decarbonisation funding.

The Autumn Statement announced a new national ambition to reduce the UK’s final energy consumption from buildings and industry by 15% by 2030 against 2021 levels.

In order to support the delivery of this target, a new Energy Efficiency Taskforce will be established. More details on the scope and membership of the Taskforce will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of redeploying existing social housing energy efficiency funding.

The 2019 Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a 10-year period to improve the energy performance of social homes, reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions.

The total committed grant funding for the SHDF and associated Demonstrator to date is just over £1bn. Due to demand, the level of grant funding awarded for previous competitions exceeded the initial committed amounts of£50m for the SHDF Demonstrator and £160m for Wave 1, with around £62m and around £179m of grant funding awarded respectively. The recent Wave 2.1 competition will allocate up to £800m of grant funding.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report by UK100, entitled End the wait, Insulate, Social housing energy efficiency and the energy crisis, published on 16 November 2022, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of that report.

The 2019 Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a 10-year period to improve the energy performance of social homes. Grant funding allocated to SHDF has totalled over £1bn.

In the Autumn Statement the Government announced £6 billion of new Government funding that will be made available from 2025 to 2028 for energy efficiency. The design of future waves of the SHDF will consider all relevant evidence to ensure effective delivery.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre plans to update the list of critical minerals; and whether it will include hafnium on that list.

Many minerals, such as Hafnium, have important uses but, by necessity of focus, only some are “critical”. These “critical minerals” are not only vitally important: they are also experiencing major risks to their security of supply. These risks can be caused by combinations of factors including, but not limited to, rapid demand growth, high concentration of supply chains in particular countries, or elevated levels of price volatility.

Earlier this year, BEIS commissioned the British Geological Survey to carry out the UK’s first criticality assessment and it defined 18 critical minerals with the highest supply risk and economic importance; it did not identify Hafnium as a critical mineral on this basis.

The Government has not made an assessment of the impact of rising prices of Hafnium on UK superalloy producers. However, we recognise that the UK need on critical minerals and its international markets can change, and therefore the assessment will be reviewed regularly through the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC). The next review will be completed in Spring 2023.

For many minerals, we will continue to rely upon and champion an effective and efficient market. Where the market already provides a responsible and resilient supply, we see no case to interfere. Where the markets are less developed, are less transparent or have issues, we want to work with business and international partners to make markets more resilient for the long term.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of rising prices of hafnium on UK superalloy producers.

Many minerals, such as Hafnium, have important uses but, by necessity of focus, only some are “critical”. These “critical minerals” are not only vitally important: they are also experiencing major risks to their security of supply. These risks can be caused by combinations of factors including, but not limited to, rapid demand growth, high concentration of supply chains in particular countries, or elevated levels of price volatility.

Earlier this year, BEIS commissioned the British Geological Survey to carry out the UK’s first criticality assessment and it defined 18 critical minerals with the highest supply risk and economic importance; it did not identify Hafnium as a critical mineral on this basis.

The Government has not made an assessment of the impact of rising prices of Hafnium on UK superalloy producers. However, we recognise that the UK need on critical minerals and its international markets can change, and therefore the assessment will be reviewed regularly through the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC). The next review will be completed in Spring 2023.

For many minerals, we will continue to rely upon and champion an effective and efficient market. Where the market already provides a responsible and resilient supply, we see no case to interfere. Where the markets are less developed, are less transparent or have issues, we want to work with business and international partners to make markets more resilient for the long term.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of including hafnium on the list of critical minerals.

Many minerals, such as Hafnium, have important uses but, by necessity of focus, only some are “critical”. These “critical minerals” are not only vitally important: they are also experiencing major risks to their security of supply. These risks can be caused by combinations of factors including, but not limited to, rapid demand growth, high concentration of supply chains in particular countries, or elevated levels of price volatility.

Earlier this year, BEIS commissioned the British Geological Survey to carry out the UK’s first criticality assessment and it defined 18 critical minerals with the highest supply risk and economic importance; it did not identify Hafnium as a critical mineral on this basis.

The Government has not made an assessment of the impact of rising prices of Hafnium on UK superalloy producers. However, we recognise that the UK need on critical minerals and its international markets can change, and therefore the assessment will be reviewed regularly through the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC). The next review will be completed in Spring 2023.

For many minerals, we will continue to rely upon and champion an effective and efficient market. Where the market already provides a responsible and resilient supply, we see no case to interfere. Where the markets are less developed, are less transparent or have issues, we want to work with business and international partners to make markets more resilient for the long term.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there is a statutory basis for the forthcoming (a) introduction by Royal Mail of barcoded postage stamps and (b) invalidation of non-barcoded stamps on 1 February 2023.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider. The development of barcoded stamp products as well as the invalidation of non-barcoded stamps is not covered by requirements in postal legislation and so is an operational matter for Royal Mail, which is a private company. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions.

Royal Mail launched a ‘Swap Out’ scheme for regular non-barcoded stamps on 31 March 2022 and has clarified that special issue and Christmas stamps will continue to be valid and will not need to be swapped out.

Royal Mail has also set out that there is currently no end date for when customers can swap their stamps meaning that this option can be accessed after 31 January 2023.

It is Royal Mail’s responsibility to ensure its customers are aware of the introduction of barcoded stamps and the arrangements for exchanging old stamps. Further information about its plans for barcoded stamps is available on Royal Mail’s website: www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made a recent estimate of the average value of stamps held by each person in the UK as of 8 November 2022; if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of missing a deadline to swap those stamps for new barcoded stamps on those people.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider. The development of barcoded stamp products as well as the invalidation of non-barcoded stamps is not covered by requirements in postal legislation and so is an operational matter for Royal Mail, which is a private company. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions.

Royal Mail launched a ‘Swap Out’ scheme for regular non-barcoded stamps on 31 March 2022 and has clarified that special issue and Christmas stamps will continue to be valid and will not need to be swapped out.

Royal Mail has also set out that there is currently no end date for when customers can swap their stamps meaning that this option can be accessed after 31 January 2023.

It is Royal Mail’s responsibility to ensure its customers are aware of the introduction of barcoded stamps and the arrangements for exchanging old stamps. Further information about its plans for barcoded stamps is available on Royal Mail’s website: www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the (a) forthcoming introduction by Royal Mail of barcoded postage stamps and (b) invalidation of non-barcoded stamps on 1 February 2023.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider. The development of barcoded stamp products as well as the invalidation of non-barcoded stamps is not covered by requirements in postal legislation and so is an operational matter for Royal Mail, which is a private company. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions.

Royal Mail launched a ‘Swap Out’ scheme for regular non-barcoded stamps on 31 March 2022 and has clarified that special issue and Christmas stamps will continue to be valid and will not need to be swapped out.

Royal Mail has also set out that there is currently no end date for when customers can swap their stamps meaning that this option can be accessed after 31 January 2023.

It is Royal Mail’s responsibility to ensure its customers are aware of the introduction of barcoded stamps and the arrangements for exchanging old stamps. Further information about its plans for barcoded stamps is available on Royal Mail’s website: www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of stamps that will become invalid after not being used or swapped for barcoded stamps before the deadline.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider. The development of barcoded stamp products as well as the invalidation of non-barcoded stamps is not covered by requirements in postal legislation and so is an operational matter for Royal Mail, which is a private company. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions.

Royal Mail launched a ‘Swap Out’ scheme for regular non-barcoded stamps on 31 March 2022 and has clarified that special issue and Christmas stamps will continue to be valid and will not need to be swapped out.

Royal Mail has also set out that there is currently no end date for when customers can swap their stamps meaning that this option can be accessed after 31 January 2023.

It is Royal Mail’s responsibility to ensure its customers are aware of the introduction of barcoded stamps and the arrangements for exchanging old stamps. Further information about its plans for barcoded stamps is available on Royal Mail’s website: www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, What discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the effect on philately of the introduction of barcoded stamps.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider. The development of barcoded stamp products as well as the invalidation of non-barcoded stamps is not covered by requirements in postal legislation and so is an operational matter for Royal Mail, which is a private company. The Government is not involved in Royal Mail’s operational or commercial decisions.

Royal Mail launched a ‘Swap Out’ scheme for regular non-barcoded stamps on 31 March 2022 and has clarified that special issue and Christmas stamps will continue to be valid and will not need to be swapped out.

Royal Mail has also set out that there is currently no end date for when customers can swap their stamps meaning that this option can be accessed after 31 January 2023.

It is Royal Mail’s responsibility to ensure its customers are aware of the introduction of barcoded stamps and the arrangements for exchanging old stamps. Further information about its plans for barcoded stamps is available on Royal Mail’s website: www.royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on (a) disabled people, (b) older people and (c) ill people of allowing trade unions to vote on union matters electronically.

Before responding to the Knight Review recommendations, the Government was required by Section 4 of the Trade Union Act 2016 to consult relevant organisations, including professionals from expert associations, to seek their advice and recommendations.

We have done this and are now finalising our consideration of Sir Ken’s recommendations before we issue our response in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing trade unions to hold votes electronically.

Before responding to the Knight Review recommendations, the Government was required by Section 4 of the Trade Union Act 2016 to consult relevant organisations, including professionals from expert associations, to seek their advice and recommendations.

We have done this and are now finalising our consideration of Sir Ken’s recommendations before we issue our response in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps with trade unions to (a) remove the requirement for unions to ballot on paper and (b) make voting on union matters easier for members.

Before responding to the Knight Review recommendations, the Government was required by Section 4 of the Trade Union Act 2016 to consult relevant organisations, including professionals from expert associations, to seek their advice and recommendations.

We have done this and are now finalising our consideration of Sir Ken’s recommendations before we issue our response in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the implications for his policies of the recommendation of the Knight Review on allowing electronic voting for trade union ballots.

Before responding to the Knight Review recommendations, the Government was required by Section 4 of the Trade Union Act 2016 to consult relevant organisations, including professionals from expert associations, to seek their advice and recommendations.

We have done this and are now finalising our consideration of Sir Ken’s recommendations before we issue our response in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason members of trade unions are not permitted to vote on union matters electronically.

Before responding to the Knight Review recommendations, the Government was required by Section 4 of the Trade Union Act 2016 to consult relevant organisations, including professionals from expert associations, to seek their advice and recommendations.

We have done this and are now finalising our consideration of Sir Ken’s recommendations before we issue our response in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of companies in the UK which can carry out sourcing and forming operations for various critical metals.

The UK has a strong mining and engineering sector, world-leading R&D and pockets of mineral wealth. We have minerals expertise, including industrial clusters across the UK, and Europe’s leading mining school. The City of London is a global centre of mining finance, standards, and metals trading.

The Critical Minerals Strategy includes ambitions to maximise what the UK can produce domestically, where viable for businesses and where it works for communities and our natural environment. We are undertaking a national critical mineral resource assessment and have mechanisms to boost our capabilities, such as the Automotive Transformation Fund.

We are also seeking to support UK companies operating around the world to participate in building responsible and diversified global supply chains.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of companies in the UK which can carry out sourcing and forming operations for various critical metals.

The UK has a strong mining and engineering sector, world-leading R&D and pockets of mineral wealth. We have minerals expertise, including industrial clusters across the UK, and Europe’s leading mining school. The City of London is a global centre of mining finance, standards, and metals trading.

The Critical Minerals Strategy includes ambitions to maximise what the UK can produce domestically, where viable for businesses and where it works for communities and our natural environment. We are undertaking a national critical mineral resource assessment and have mechanisms to boost our capabilities, such as the Automotive Transformation Fund.

We are also seeking to support UK companies operating around the world to participate in building responsible and diversified global supply chains.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the security of supply of Molybdenum.

Earlier this year, BEIS commissioned the British Geological Survey to carry out the UK’s first criticality assessment, and it defined 18 critical minerals with the highest supply risk and economic importance. However, the Government recognises that UK needs and international markets can change, and therefore the assessment will be reviewed regularly through the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC).

The Critical Minerals Strategy sets out plans to improve the resilience of critical minerals supply chains by boosting domestic capability, enhancing global markets, and playing a leading role in solving global challenges with our international partners.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the security of supply of Hafnium.

Earlier this year, BEIS commissioned the British Geological Survey to carry out the UK’s first criticality assessment, and it defined 18 critical minerals with the highest supply risk and economic importance. However, the Government recognises that UK needs and international markets can change, and therefore the assessment will be reviewed regularly through the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC).

The Critical Minerals Strategy sets out plans to improve the resilience of critical minerals supply chains by boosting domestic capability, enhancing global markets, and playing a leading role in solving global challenges with our international partners.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which critical metals he has identified as being in short supply and pose a challenge to the UK's security of supply of critical minerals.

Earlier this year, BEIS commissioned the British Geological Survey to carry out the UK’s first criticality assessment, and it defined 18 critical minerals with the highest supply risk and economic importance. However, the Government recognises that UK needs and international markets can change, and therefore the assessment will be reviewed regularly through the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC).

The Critical Minerals Strategy sets out plans to improve the resilience of critical minerals supply chains by boosting domestic capability, enhancing global markets, and playing a leading role in solving global challenges with our international partners.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent critical metals waste from being exported and recovered abroad rather than in the UK.

As part of the commitment to improve critical mineral supply chain resilience, the Government will look at ways to promote recycling and recovery by exploring regulatory interventions to promote re-use, recycling, and recovery of critical minerals. The Government plans to consult on reforms to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and end-of-life batteries next year.

The Government will also access public R&D funding for recycling, reuse, resource efficiency and substitution of critical minerals and explore how Government funding mechanisms such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can support it. The £30 million National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme includes a centre on technology metals supporting companies developing domestic capabilities in the circular economy.

In line with WTO rules, the Government does not have any plans to restrict the export of metal waste from the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what projects he has identified for Government support to help aid greater recovery of key critical metals in the UK.

As part of the commitment to improve critical mineral supply chain resilience, the Government will look at ways to promote recycling and recovery by exploring regulatory interventions to promote re-use, recycling, and recovery of critical minerals. The Government plans to consult on reforms to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and end-of-life batteries next year.

The Government will also access public R&D funding for recycling, reuse, resource efficiency and substitution of critical minerals and explore how Government funding mechanisms such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can support it. The £30 million National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme includes a centre on technology metals supporting companies developing domestic capabilities in the circular economy.

In line with WTO rules, the Government does not have any plans to restrict the export of metal waste from the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the end of waste classification in facilitating the domestic recovery of critical metals.

As part of the commitment to improve critical mineral supply chain resilience, the Government will look at ways to promote recycling and recovery by exploring regulatory interventions to promote re-use, recycling, and recovery of critical minerals. The Government plans to consult on reforms to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and end-of-life batteries next year.

The Government will also access public R&D funding for recycling, reuse, resource efficiency and substitution of critical minerals and explore how Government funding mechanisms such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can support it. The £30 million National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme includes a centre on technology metals supporting companies developing domestic capabilities in the circular economy.

In line with WTO rules, the Government does not have any plans to restrict the export of metal waste from the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what mechanisms he has identified to improve domestic critical metals recovery which are more (a) accessible and (b) short-term than the recovery of metals from electric vehicles.

As part of the commitment to improve critical mineral supply chain resilience, the Government will look at ways to promote recycling and recovery by exploring regulatory interventions to promote re-use, recycling, and recovery of critical minerals. The Government plans to consult on reforms to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and end-of-life batteries next year.

The Government will also access public R&D funding for recycling, reuse, resource efficiency and substitution of critical minerals and explore how Government funding mechanisms such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can support it. The £30 million National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme includes a centre on technology metals supporting companies developing domestic capabilities in the circular economy.

In line with WTO rules, the Government does not have any plans to restrict the export of metal waste from the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on ensuring that the UK recovers more critical metals produced in this country to support the UK Critical Minerals Strategy.

As part of the commitment to improve critical mineral supply chain resilience, the Government will look at ways to promote recycling and recovery by exploring regulatory interventions to promote re-use, recycling, and recovery of critical minerals. The Government plans to consult on reforms to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and end-of-life batteries next year.

The Government will also access public R&D funding for recycling, reuse, resource efficiency and substitution of critical minerals and explore how Government funding mechanisms such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can support it. The £30 million National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme includes a centre on technology metals supporting companies developing domestic capabilities in the circular economy.

In line with WTO rules, the Government does not have any plans to restrict the export of metal waste from the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to combat purported false reasons provided by China for lack of material availability and non-performance of metals contracts in favour of Chinese domestic critical metals requirements.

The Critical Minerals Strategy recognises that China dominates several key critical mineral supply chains. Of the 18 critical minerals (defined by the UK criticality assessment), China is the largest producer for 12 of those minerals, either as a raw material or refined product. We need to continue to engage with China to achieve our objectives, including to improve environmental, social and governance performance in critical mineral supply chains, while continuing to strive for diversified and resilient supply chains. We will stand up for our values, protect our national security and hold China to its international commitments and promises.

We will publish a refresh of the strategy before the end of the year which will take account of changing geopolitical dynamics.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of revising the UK Critical Minerals Strategy to address the strategic threat posed by China.

The Critical Minerals Strategy recognises that China dominates several key critical mineral supply chains. Of the 18 critical minerals (defined by the UK criticality assessment), China is the largest producer for 12 of those minerals, either as a raw material or refined product. We need to continue to engage with China to achieve our objectives, including to improve environmental, social and governance performance in critical mineral supply chains, while continuing to strive for diversified and resilient supply chains. We will stand up for our values, protect our national security and hold China to its international commitments and promises.

We will publish a refresh of the strategy before the end of the year which will take account of changing geopolitical dynamics.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that existing contracts for critical minerals with the People’s Republic of China are honoured by that country.

The Critical Minerals Strategy recognises that China dominates several key critical mineral supply chains. Of the 18 critical minerals (defined by the UK criticality assessment), China is the largest producer for 12 of those minerals, either as a raw material or refined product. We need to continue to engage with China to achieve our objectives, including to improve environmental, social and governance performance in critical mineral supply chains, while continuing to strive for diversified and resilient supply chains. We will stand up for our values, protect our national security and hold China to its international commitments and promises.

We will publish a refresh of the strategy before the end of the year which will take account of changing geopolitical dynamics.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the STEP project is supported by companies in the UK on out sourcing and forming operations for the metals required by that project, including Tungsten.

UK companies will play a critical role in helping to deliver STEP by 2040 and in turn, the Programme will develop capacity in the wider UK supply chain. Plans for the sourcing of materials including metals necessary for the success of STEP are in development and the UK Atomic Energy Authority continue to work closely with UK companies to maximise opportunity. The Department recently published the Critical Minerals Strategy which outlines how the UK will take collaborative action to diversify and increase the resilience of our supply chains.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will designate hydrogen-ready boilers as an eligible technology in the proposed market-based mechanism for low carbon heat.

The Government is working with industry, regulators and others to assess the feasibility, costs and benefits of 100% hydrogen for heat decarbonisation.

In the meantime, the Government has set out plans to consult on proposals to require that all new domestic gas boilers are hydrogen-ready from 2026.

The Clean Heat Market Mechanism would not be a suitable or necessary scheme to support the roll-out of hydrogen-ready boilers and the Government has set out that the scheme’s focus will be on supporting the development of the market for low-carbon heat pumps.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department expects to publish the results of the hydrogen-ready boiler consultation.

The Government will consult on requiring new gas boilers to be readily convertible to hydrogen (‘hydrogen-ready’) from 2026 to prepare homes for a potential hydrogen conversion. The Government will publish this consultation in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 600,000 heat pump target by 2028 on jobs in the British boiler industry.

In order to meet net zero, the UK needs to move away from fossil fuels for heating. The Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy sets an ambition to phase out the installation of fossil fuel boilers by 2035.

The Government will consult on proposals for hydrogen-ready boilers to pave the way for a potential transition to hydrogen for heating, developing a supply chain and associated jobs.

Highly-efficient heat pumps are important to all strategic approaches to decarbonising heating. Growing heat pump deployment to 600,000 per year, which the Clean Heat Market Mechanism supports, is expected to support 30,000 jobs by 2028.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed market-based mechanism for low carbon heat on British boiler manufacturing jobs.

In order to meet net zero, the UK needs to move away from fossil fuels for heating. The Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy sets an ambition to phase out the installation of fossil fuel boilers by 2035.

The Government will consult on proposals for hydrogen-ready boilers to pave the way for a potential transition to hydrogen for heating, developing a supply chain and associated jobs.

Highly-efficient heat pumps are important to all strategic approaches to decarbonising heating. Growing heat pump deployment to 600,000 per year, which the Clean Heat Market Mechanism supports, is expected to support 30,000 jobs by 2028.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Government’s commitment to increasing investment in UK Research and Development to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2026-27.

The Government remains committed to the 2.4% target. The public research and development (R&D) spending commitments delivered at Spending Review 2021 will contribute to driving increases in private sector investment in R&D. This will support the Government’s aim of raising economic growth by boosting productivity and thus raising living standards across the country.

My Hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has confirmed that Government will abide by SR21 R&D allocations, including for Core Innovation. This will support delivery of the Innovation Strategy’s ambition to boost private sector investment in UK R&D by creating the conditions for all businesses to innovate and giving them the confidence to do so.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timetable is for the implementation of the alternative UK programme to Horizon Europe; and if he will make a statement.

Our preference remains association to EU programmes and we continue to do everything we can to secure this, however we cannot wait indefinitely; the EU’s delays are creating significant uncertainty for our R&D communities. The Government’s priority remains to support the UK’s research and development sector through this period which is why the Government has already put in place a guarantee for eligible, successful UK applicants to Horizon Europe which we recently extended to cover all calls closing on or before 31 December 2022.

On 20 July 2022, the Department set out detail on plans for transitional measures that would be implemented if association is no longer possible. The document made clear that a comprehensive package of transitional measures could be launched immediately, if needed, and would aim to provide stability and continuity of funding for UK researchers and businesses. These transitional measures would remain in place as long as it is needed to establish the long-term programme.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department will take to support proactive, predictive immunology research into second and third generation COVID-19 vaccinations.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be committing at least £21 million in 2023 to support major new research consortia addressing key challenges to underpin development of second and third generation COVID-19 vaccinations. These consortia will provide sustained funding to address key issues in understanding viral evolution, future variant risks, immune responses to infection and vaccination and how to drive sustained, mucosal immune responses. The consortia will be multidisciplinary and cross-institutional, will be supported for 5 years and are encouraged to engage with industry partners.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support the development of mucosal covid-19 vaccines.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be committing at least £21 million in 2023 to support major new research consortia addressing key challenges to underpin development of second and third generation COVID-19 vaccinations. These consortia will provide sustained funding to address key issues in understanding viral evolution, future variant risks, immune responses to infection and vaccination and how to drive sustained, mucosal immune responses. The consortia will be multidisciplinary and cross-institutional, will be supported for 5 years and are encouraged to engage with industry partners.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government has made on the ratification of the UK’s association with the EU’s Horizon Europe programme.

The UK should already be part of Horizon Europe, as agreed in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). Association to Horizon Europe remains our preference and we continue to do everything we can to secure this. That is why we entered into formal consultations with the EU under the TCA.

At the UK-EU Specialised Committee meeting on 22 September, which marked the end of the consultation period, the UK requested that the EU fulfil its obligation to finalise the UK’s association to Horizon Europe. Disappointingly, the EU continues to decline this request, despite association being a clear win-win and supported across the UK and European R+D sectors.

The UK Government is now considering next steps. Our priority is to support the UK’s world leading R&D sector and we have already outlined potential options for doing so.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
5th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what long term steps he is taking to help prevent future energy price crises.

To fix the UK’s energy market for the long-term, a new Energy Supply Taskforce will agree long-term contracts with domestic and international suppliers to reduce the price of energy and increase the security of its supply. The Government will enhance the UK’s energy security by boosting the production of domestic oil and gas, accelerating its ambitions for the deployment of technologies such as nuclear and offshore wind, and supporting innovation in emerging technologies

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that (a) venture capital and (b) private equity firms continue to invest in (i) small and medium size enterprises and (ii) other British businesses.

Through the British Business Bank (BBB), the UK’s largest venture capital investor, the Department helps to ensure access to investment for businesses throughout the United Kingdom.

The BBB invests in well-established funds through British Patient Capital and in new fund managers through its Enterprise Capital Funds programme. The BBB also co-invests directly in companies alongside private investors through Future Fund: Breakthrough. These interventions, together with a supportive tax and regulatory environment, help to maintain the UK’s finance ecosystem as the most mature and successful in Europe.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to attract venture capital investment to SMEs operating in Rother Valley constituency.

The £500m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), managed by the British Business Bank, works with the private sector to provide and attract a mixture of debt and equity capital to northern-based SMEs at all stages of their development. NPIF covers the areas of the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber and Tees Valley (including the Rother Valley constituency).

As at July 2022, NPIF had directly invested £2.56 million into 6 SMEs in the Rother Valley constituency, leveraging in £1.42 million of private sector investment. £1.95 million of the NPIF investment took the form of equity, attracting £403,174 of private sector equity investment into two SMEs.

As part of the October 2021 Spending Review, my Rt. Hon. Friend the then Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £660 million for the next generation of the NPIF, including an expansion into the North East of England.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is providing to SMEs looking to attract finance from venture capital firms.

The UK has a robust R&D funding ecosystem, boasting the most mature venture capital market in Europe. At least £26 billion was raised in 2021 to start and grow innovative businesses, more than France and Germany combined. SMEs have access to a wide range to accelerator and incubator programmes and to the online Finance Hub provided by the British Business Bank, which includes information on how to pitch successfully for venture capital investment.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make a comparative assessment of the level of investment in SMEs by (a) the British Business Bank and (b) private equity or venture capital firms in the UK.

The British Business Bank’s equity programmes operate through the market in partnership with the private sector, crowding in private sector investment into equity and venture capital (VC) funds in order to increase the amount and diversity of equity finance available to smaller businesses.

British Business Bank analysis of PitchBook data shows the British Business Bank to be the largest UK-based LP investor in UK VC funds between 2017 and 2022, based on amount committed and also the number of funds committed to. As at March 2022, the Bank had committed £3.836 billion into 357 equity funds, and these funds (including leveraged private sector funding) had invested £6.115 billion into 4,770 UK SMEs. The Bank estimates its equity programmes have supported around 14% of all announced equity deals between 2019 and 2021.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to promote innovation by SMEs (a) across the country and (b) in the North East.

The Government is acting decisively to enable all businesses to innovate. It has launched new Prosperity Partnerships, invested a further £25m in the Connecting Capability Fund, and in financial year 2021-22 supported more than 850 SME manufacturing firms with almost 150 digital transformation projects through Made Smarter Adoption – including in the North East.

The North East boasts innovative SMEs like cleantech business Nova Pangaea Technologies, which has secured Innovate UK grant funding, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund equity investment, and Department for Transport funding. It is also home to Teesside Freeport, which will become a cluster of innovation in the region.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a grant scheme for connecting rural homes to mains gas.

Under the gas network price control Ofgem oversees the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES), which is delivered by the Gas Distribution Networks. The FPNES provides a discount to eligible households against the cost of connecting to the gas network.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help connect rural homes that rely on domestic heating oil to mains gas heating.

Under the gas network price control Ofgem oversees the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES), which is delivered by the Gas Distribution Networks. The FPNES provides a discount to eligible households against the cost of connecting to the gas network.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help tackle the effect of the rise in the cost of energy on rural homes reliant on domestic heating oil.

BEIS Ministers are in regular contact with the fuel industry and have made it clear operators should do everything they can to reduce costs to end users.

Through the cost of living support package, the Government is providing over £15 billion in support to households, targeted at those with the greatest need. This is in addition to all domestic electricity customers receiving £400 from October.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to introduce a cap on the prices of domestic heating oil.

The Government has carefully considered the introduction of a price cap to help heating oil customers with high fuel prices, however the Government’s analysis indicates that a cap would not be in the long-term interests of consumers.

The existing gas and electricity price cap was designed to protect consumers on default tariffs from the loyalty penalty, which the Competitions and Markets Authority warned was causing customers to be overcharged. The structure of the heating oil market is different and imposing a price cap below wholesale costs could drive companies out of the market, reducing competition and possibly result in supply shortages.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes that previously used domestic heating oil have successfully applied for funding through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme since the commencement of that scheme.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants for heat pumps and biomass boilers to support people using domestic heating oil to make the transition to lower carbon heat. Since launch, 373 properties which used oil have applied to the scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO4) is available for those who use domestic heating oil and who meet the eligibility criteria. This includes replacing their oil heating system with renewable heating or a District Heating System.

Where these customers meet the eligibility criteria and are customers of a participating energy supplier, they may qualify for a £150 Warm Home Discount rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to provide support to people who use domestic heating oil until green heating alternatives become more affordable.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants for heat pumps and biomass boilers to support people using domestic heating oil to make the transition to lower carbon heat. Since launch, 373 properties which used oil have applied to the scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO4) is available for those who use domestic heating oil and who meet the eligibility criteria. This includes replacing their oil heating system with renewable heating or a District Heating System.

Where these customers meet the eligibility criteria and are customers of a participating energy supplier, they may qualify for a £150 Warm Home Discount rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to help encourage people who use domestic heating oil to switch to more environmentally friendly forms of heating.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants for heat pumps and biomass boilers to support people using domestic heating oil to make the transition to lower carbon heat. Since launch, 373 properties which used oil have applied to the scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO4) is available for those who use domestic heating oil and who meet the eligibility criteria. This includes replacing their oil heating system with renewable heating or a District Heating System.

Where these customers meet the eligibility criteria and are customers of a participating energy supplier, they may qualify for a £150 Warm Home Discount rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department supports a proactive, predictive immunology approach to the development of the next generation of covid-19 vaccines.

The Government supports a proactive approach to continue to develop the next generation of vaccines. Despite the highly successful national vaccination campaign, it is important we continue to study how to produce Covid-19 vaccines that induce robust, long-term protective immunity and which are effective across mutating variants.

To that end, following extensive engagement with academic and industry stakeholders, the Vaccine Taskforce are working with other stakeholders across government, to explore the establishment of a UK-wide Predictive Immunology Network, formed of centres of excellence spread across the UK.

The aim is to ensure the network will utilise the collaborative approach that was so successful during the pandemic, to bring together industry, academia, and the NHS to work towards a common goal and answer key immunology questions on how to improve vaccines including the next generation Covid-19 vaccines.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what further steps he is taking to improve the energy efficiency of domestic buildings.

The UK has made good progress in improving energy performance of homes.  46% of homes in England are now EPC Band C or above, up from 12% in 2009.

Furthermore, Government is investing over £6.6 billion over this parliament to continue improving energy efficiency. This funding will help to deliver upgrades through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Energy Company Obligation, Local Authority Delivery and Home Upgrade Grant Schemes. The new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme will provide upfront grants towards the cost of a heat pump or biomass boiler.

The Government is also Zero-rating VAT for the next five years on the installation of insulation and low-carbon heating.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to reform Ofgem’s statutory duty to include oversight of meeting net-zero commitments.

It is the Government’s plan to publish the Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) later this year. The SPS will detail the Government’s strategic priorities and policy outcomes for energy policy, including delivering a net zero energy system while ensuring secure supplies at the lowest cost for consumers. The SPS will impose a legal obligation on Ofgem to have regard to those strategic priorities and policy outcomes when exercising its regulatory functions. Ofgem will be required to report at the outset and annually on its progress and plans for implementation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact grants awarded by other countries to assist domestic critical minerals exploration on that sector in those countries.

The Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, setting out our approach to securing technology-critical minerals and metals. This will take into account the types of support offered by other nations and input from the Critical Minerals Expert Committee.

Funds such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance, and R&D via the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research are available to support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021) and British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to take steps to assist domestic critical minerals exploration through grants as its predecessor, the Department of Trade and Industry, did via the MEIGA and MRP programmes.

The Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, setting out our approach to securing technology-critical minerals and metals. This will take into account the types of support offered by other nations and input from the Critical Minerals Expert Committee.

Funds such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance, and R&D via the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research are available to support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021) and British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure the competitiveness of the UK's critical minerals legislative framework compared with that of competitor countries.

The Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, setting out our approach to securing technology-critical minerals and metals. This will take into account the types of support offered by other nations and input from the Critical Minerals Expert Committee.

Funds such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance, and R&D via the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research are available to support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021) and British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help encourage (a) domestic critical minerals exploration and (b) mining finance in the UK.

The Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, setting out our approach to securing technology-critical minerals and metals. This will take into account the types of support offered by other nations and input from the Critical Minerals Expert Committee.

Funds such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance, and R&D via the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research are available to support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021) and British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding (a) his Department, (b) the Government and (c) other UK entities provide for domestic critical mineral exploration in the UK.

The Critical Minerals Strategy is expected to be published this year and will review how the existing funding landscape and other policies support the sector.

Existing funds such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance and R&D via the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research are available to support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021) and British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish the Critical Minerals Strategy.

The Critical Minerals Strategy is expected to be published this year and will review how the existing funding landscape and other policies support the sector.

Existing funds such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance and R&D via the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research are available to support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021) and British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much steel product covered by (a) Category 12a and (b) Category 12b of the steel safeguard measures has been produced by UK steel manufacturers (i) to date in 2022 and (ii) in 2021.

BEIS does not collect or have access to this data.

The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), an independent body sponsored by the Department for International Trade, is responsible for reviewing the trade remedy measures transitioned in the UK trade remedies system. The Secretary of State for International Trade has asked the TRA to conduct analysis of the steel product categories transitioned over from the EU.

17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4 on energy bills.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon on 24th May 2022 to Question 2457.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Heat and Buildings Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of building standards and certifications in improving energy efficiency standards of the built environment.

The Heat and Building Strategy sets out how Government is taking a ‘fabric first’ approach to improving the energy efficiency of buildings; this ensures transition to low-carbon heating is cost effective.

The Strategy sets out measures including:

  • Upgrading fuel-poor homes to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030 where reasonably practicable to do so.
  • Additional funding to the Home Upgrade Grant and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund – investing a further £950m and £800m respectively over 2022/23 to 2024/25. Both schemes use Trustmark standards to ensure quality installations and both use an improvement in EPC to measure increased energy efficiency.
  • Consulting on phasing in higher minimum performance standards to ensure all homes meet EPC Band C by 2035, where cost-effective, practical and affordable.
  • Setting long-term regulatory standards to upgrade private-rented homes to EPC C by 2028.
  • Requiring mortgage lenders to disclose energy efficiency standards of their portfolios in order to incentivise them to provide attractive finance offers so their customers can retrofit their homes.
  • Considering setting a long-term regulatory standard for all homes, subject to consultation.
Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support local authorities to help deliver the net zero transition and implement decarbonisation plans for housing within their areas.

The Net Zero Strategy sets out the Government’s commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero. This includes establishing a Local Net Zero Forum to bring together national and local government senior officials to discuss policy and delivery options on net zero, and continuing the Local Net Zero Programme to support all local areas with their capability and capacity to meet net zero.

The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD), which supports projects to install energy efficiency measures such as various types of insulation and low-carbon heating systems for low-income households, has already provided £500million to Local Authorities for upgrades to low-income households across England, and is being delivered up to June 2022 through a managed closure.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to improve the energy efficiency of owner occupier homes.

The Government has committed to spend £6.6 billion in this Parliament on improving the energy efficiency of buildings. The Government has already allocated more than £900m to improving the energy efficiency of privately owned homes through the Local Authority Delivery scheme and the Home Upgrade Grant. In Spring 2022, the Government will launch the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme, worth £450 million, to support householders with the cost of installing of a heat pump. Moreover, the Government has already installed 3.3 million energy-efficiency measures in 2.3 million homes via the Energy Company Obligation scheme. Once this scheme ends in March 2022, a successor scheme, with a value of £1billion, is planned to provide support until 2026.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government plans to provide to industry to train and retrain the workers required to retrofit the UK’s ageing housing stock.

Upskilling and growth of the supply chain is essential to deliver against Net Zero targets for the decarbonisation of buildings. In September 2020, the Government launched a £6.9m Skills Training Competition to provide 8,000 training opportunities for the energy efficiency and low carbon heating supply chains. Training delivery for this scheme finished at the end of October 2021.

The Government is also supporting growth of the supply chain by investing £2.5 billion in a National Skills Fund and continues to work closely with the market to support training in key skills shortage areas as well as opportunities for increasing capacity.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) increase investment in the retrofit market and (b) create a sustainable supply chain, jobs, and skills in that sector.

In the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government set out a clear long-term framework to enable industry to invest. The Government set out the actions it will take to reduce emissions from buildings in the near term and deliver the transition to low-carbon heating. The Government has also put in place minimum energy performance standards in the private rented sector. In the Energy White Paper, the Government committed to seek primary powers to enable regulatory measures to improve the energy performance of owner-occupied homes. The Government wants landlords and homeowners to invest in retrofitting.

The Government recognises the need for a skilled, competent and robust supply chain to deliver the necessary improvements to buildings to meet our net zero targets. In September 2020 the Government launched a £6.9million Skills Training Competition to provide up to 8,000 training opportunities for the energy efficiency and low carbon heating supply chains. Government is exploring further options to work with the industry to encourage training in key skills shortage areas and new routes of entry to increase capacity.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what lessons his Department has learned from the Green Homes Grant for the development of future retrofit incentive schemes.

The Government is considering the National Audit Office report on the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme and its recommendations. This will inform approach to existing and future schemes, as part of the UK’s £9 billion commitment to improving energy efficiency.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government will take to ensure that an EPC regime based on real performance informs the retrofit strategies of all homes that need upgrading before 2035.

In September 2020, the Government published an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Action Plan detailing a series of commitments to maximise the effectiveness of EPCs as a tool for improving the energy performance of buildings. These commitments culminate to deliver the following three outcomes: an EPC system that produces accurate, reliable, and trusted EPCs, an EPC that engages consumers and supports policy to drive action, and data infrastructure fit for the future of EPCs.

In November, the Government published a progress report detailing the significant work undertaken thus far in delivering the commitments within the Action Plan. This included progressing work to develop the next iteration of the underlying Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) methodology, SAP 11, to improve the accuracy of EPCs. A range of measures are being considered, including options for integrating Smart Meter Enabled Thermal Efficiency Ratings, to bring the measurement of energy performance closer to the in-use performance of the building.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government intends to build on its strategies in the Path to Zero and Heat and Building to deliver UK energy-efficient homes.

As set out in the recently published Heat and Buildings Strategy, Government have set a target for as many homes as is practical and affordable to reach EPC C by 2035.

The Government is using a range of measures to improve energy performance, including providing targeted funding where it is needed most, in particular fuel poor and lower income households. The Government announced a further £1.75 billion of new funding over the next 3 years for retrofitting homes, as well as a commitment to extend the Energy Company Obligation at £1 billion per year to 2026. The Government is also introducing a new Boiler Upgrade Scheme of £450 million to help people make the switch to energy efficient, low carbon heating systems.

In addition to a range of grant funding and subsidies, the Government is working with industry to catalyse the green finance market, ensuring that consumers will have a range of affordable, appropriate finance options to support the transition to low carbon heating. This includes supporting innovation for green finance innovation, and consulting on setting requirements for mortgage lenders.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government’s long-term strategy is for incentivising owner-occupiers, that have means and access to finance, to make their properties low carbon and more energy-efficient.

In order to incentivise owner-occupiers to improve the energy performance of their homes, the Government will:

a) provide some financial support where needed over the next three years, especially to fuel poor and lower income households, in order to grow the market, including £950 million for the Home Upgrade Grant, £450 million for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, and £1 billion per year for the Energy Company Obligation scheme.

b) offer tailored advice and information to homeowners through the Simple Energy Advice service, and support green finance product innovation.

c) Set higher minimum standards to improve energy performance across all housing tenures, seeking primary powers to enable regulatory measures when time allows. The Government also recently published its energy related products framework which will encourage manufacturers to produce more energy efficient appliances and products.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support trials of manufacturing steel with hydrogen.

The Department is working with the steel sector, via the Steel Council, on creating a competitive, sustainable, and low carbon future for the sector. Hydrogen-based steelmaking is one of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

The UK steel sector can bid into industrial fuel switching innovation programmes under the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), which is intended to promote switching away from more carbon-intensive fuel sources.

The Government has also set up the Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Revenue Support scheme to fund =new hydrogen and industrial carbon capture business models. The scheme will be open to business across industry, including steel companies.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of creating a dedicated hydrogen department within Ofgem.

The organisation design of Ofgem is a matter for Ofgem. BEIS will continue to work closely with Ofgem on delivering the government’s ambitions for a hydrogen economy as set out in the Hydrogen Strategy.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has he made of the potential merits of blending 20 per cent hydrogen into the grid by 2023.

The Government is working with the Health and Safety Executive, Ofgem and industry to understand safety, operability and value for money for blending hydrogen into the grid, including following emerging evidence from industry trials such as HyDeploy. The Government will make a decision once there is sufficient evidence on both technical safety and financial viability.The Government will be prioritising the economic assessmentof hydrogen blending and will make a decision at the end of 2023 at the earliest.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that a decision on blending 20 per cent hydrogen into the gas grid is delivered in 2023 at the latest.

BEIS is working closely with the Health and Safety Executive, Ofgem and industry to understand the safety case, operability and value for money case for blending hydrogen into the grid. We are following emerging evidence from industry trials such as HyDeploy. We will be able to make a decision once there is sufficient evidence on both technical safety and financial viability. Although we will be prioritising the economic assessment of hydrogen blending, we envisage the end of 2023 being the earliest point a decision could be made.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he expects the Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard to be published.

The Government consultation on a Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard closed on 25 October. The Government intends to publish its response, confirming the design of the standard, in early 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to finalise the development of comprehensive regulatory frameworks for hydrogen; and when those will be published.

In line with the commitments made in the Hydrogen Strategy, Government is working with industry and regulators to consider the regulatory frameworks required to support the development of the hydrogen value chain, including where change may be necessary. This engagement will be formalised through the Hydrogen Regulators Forum, which will meet for the first time in January 2022. The Forum will have representation across the relevant regulatory areas (environmental, safety, markets, competition and planning).

Initial conclusions, proposals and next steps on regulation will be published as part of the Hydrogen Strategy progress update in early 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to finalise hydrogen business models; and when those models will be published.

The Government has consulted on a business model to provide revenue support to low carbon hydrogen production plants. Revenue support is needed to close the cost gap between producing low carbon hydrogen and higher carbon counterfactual fuels to unlock investment in hydrogen projects.

The Government is analysing stakeholder responses to the consultation and aims to publish the Government response in Q1 2022 alongside indicative Heads of Terms for the business model contract. The Government aims to finalise the business model in 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of conducting multiple hydrogen village trials by 2025 to inform a policy decision on hydrogen for heating buildings by 2026.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the Government is supporting industry to deliver community trials of 100% hydrogen heating. The Government and Ofgem have invited the Gas Distribution Network Operators to submit proposals for village trials by December 2021. The Government expect that at least one of these will be selected to develop more detailed proposals. Final decisions on where the trials will take place are expected to be taken in 2023.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of placing all credible hydrogen production projects under Track-1 of the Cluster Sequencing Process.

The Cluster Sequencing process will bring forward the UK’s first full-chain carbon capture and storage proposals. The Track-1 decision has identified the HyNet and East Coast Cluster proposals as those with the potential to pioneer this technology in the UK, including through the deployment of CCS-enabled low carbon hydrogen capacity. Phase-2 of this process, which opened in November, focuses on individual projects and is open to submissions from any hydrogen production project based in the UK provided they can demonstrate they have a CO2 transport solution and access to a Track-1 or reserve cluster CO2 store and meet the other eligibility criteria.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to launch a consultation on mandating hydrogen-ready boilers.

In the Heat and Building Strategy, the Government committed to consulting on the case for enabling, or requiring, new gas boilers to be readily convertible to hydrogen (‘hydrogen-ready’) by 2026 to prepare homes for a potential hydrogen conversion.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the £5.2 billion research and development funding announced at the Autumn Budget 2021 and Spending Review will support the UK’s net-zero goal.

The Autumn 2021 Spending Review (SR) announced record-breaking investment in the UK’s world leading research base, increasing by £5.2 billion to £20 billion per annum by 2024/25 in line with the target of UK economy-wide R&D investment reaching 2.4% of GDP by 2027. The Net Zero Strategy also confirmed that we have mobilised over £26 billion of government capital investment for the green industrial revolution, including at least £1.5 billion for net zero research and innovation.

Following the SR, BEIS is currently working through the allocations process to set detailed R&D budgets through till 2024/25. Further details of how this funding will be allocated will be announced in due course.

22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses responded to the Green Hydrogen Project Capture survey, which closed on 9 April 2021.

BEIS received 89 responses to the Green Hydrogen Project Capture survey from 63 individual businesses and organisations.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the information gathered by the Green Hydrogen Project Capture survey has informed his Department's plans on (a) the 1GW by 2025 hydrogen production target and (b) the 5GW by 2030 hydrogen production target set out in the Energy White Paper entitled Powering our Net Zero Future, published by his Department in December 2020.

Information gathered through the Green Hydrogen Project Capture survey, alongside ongoing industry engagement, has been integral in building up our understanding of the project pipeline. Our recent consultations on the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, Hydrogen Business Model, and setting an emissions standard for low carbon hydrogen, will further inform our plans as we work with industry to delivery on our ambition for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030.

The survey results confirm the strength of ambition from UK industry to help meet these production levels and has helped build our understanding of potential projects, including their deployment timelines and locations. As set out in the Hydrogen Strategy, we are aware of a potential pipeline of over 15GW of projects, from large scale CCUS-enabled production plants in our industrial heartlands, to wind or solar powered electrolysers in every corner of the UK. This includes plans for over 1GW of electrolytic hydrogen projects, ranging from concept stage to fully developed proposals, which are aiming to deploy in the early 2020s.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reforms to support green hydrogen production at sites connected to the electricity grid.

The Department is in regular contact with the Department for Transport (DfT) on these issues. DfT recently consulted on changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), including the use of power purchase agreements (PPAs) and eligibility of hydrogen used in maritime, rail and non-road vehicle, which will allow a broader range of electrolytic hydrogen producers to be eligible for support.

BEIS officials are working with those in the DfT on how the RTFO and our proposed hydrogen business model, currently out for consultation, can be complimentary in promoting hydrogen production in line with our stated ambitions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reforms to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order to support an increase in green hydrogen production.

The Department is in regular contact with the Department for Transport (DfT) on these issues. DfT recently consulted on changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), including the use of power purchase agreements (PPAs) and eligibility of hydrogen used in maritime, rail and non-road vehicle, which will allow a broader range of electrolytic hydrogen producers to be eligible for support.

BEIS officials are working with those in the DfT on how the RTFO and our proposed hydrogen business model, currently out for consultation, can be complimentary in promoting hydrogen production in line with our stated ambitions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of waiving grid fees for electrolysers for the production of green hydrogen.

The Government recently published the UK Hydrogen Strategy package, which sets out our comprehensive package of support for hydrogen production technologies, including electrolytic 'green' hydrogen, to help meet our 5GW ambition.

We have considered a range of policy options to support deployment of electrolytic hydrogen, including assessing costs related to hydrogen production, such as grid connection fees and are currently seeking views on the best way to overcome such issues via the live consultation on a proposed hydrogen business model.

We will continue to engage with electrolytic hydrogen producers, Ofgem, National Grid and wider industry to promote electrolytic hydrogen production in line with our stated ambitions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce a framework to support local authorities to deliver on net zero in the upcoming Net Zero Strategy.

We will set out our future plans in the Net Zero Strategy which is currently under development.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what role he plans for local authorities to have in delivering greener homes.

The Government is funding several schemes as part of its commitment to retrofit homes to cut energy bills for households and to make them greener on the path to Net Zero.

The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD), which supports projects to install energy efficiency measures such as various types of insulation, and low-carbon heating systems for low-income households, has already provided £500million to Local Authorities for upgrades to low-income households across England, and is being delivered up to December 2021.

On 16th June 2021, the Government launched the Sustainable Warmth Competition enabling Local Authorities to apply for further funding under the £200million Local Authority Delivery Phase 3 scheme and from an initial allocation of £150million for the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 1 scheme, for delivery up to March 2023.

In addition, the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator has awarded £62million of funding to social landlords across England and Scotland to test innovative approaches to retrofitting at scale, seeing over 2300 social homes improved to at least EPC band C.   The Government has announced around a further £160million for the first wave of the £3.8bn manifesto commitment in financial year 21/22, delivering up to March 2023.

The Government announced in the Sustainable Warmth Strategy a four-year, £4 billion successor scheme to ECO, to accelerate our efforts to improve homes to meet fuel poverty targets.   In our recently published consultation, we propose that up to 50% of the scheme can be delivered through referrals by Local Authorities and energy suppliers, to help accelerate our efforts to improve homes to meet fuel poverty targets.   ECO will continue to be an obligation on suppliers.

As part of the Local Energy Programme, five Local Energy Hubs across England have so far received £13 million of funding. Each Hub is hosted by a lead local authority and works with LEPs and local authorities to increase their capacity to identify and deliver local energy projects and undertake the initial stages of project development up to the point where they can attract investment. Hubs have already supported over £60m of commissioned energy projects and are working on a pipeline of over £3bn of projects.

The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD), which supports projects to install energy efficiency measures such as various types of insulation, and low-carbon heating systems for low-income households, has already provided £500million to Local Authorities for upgrades to low-income households across England, and is being delivered by the Local Energy Hubs up to December 2021.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to support assured data technology for critical minerals.

The Government understands the importance of technology-critical minerals and metals supply chains to the economy, as well as the importance of the role of technology (including distributed ledger technology), data and collaborative ventures in the supply chains for these vital materials. This close interest extends across Whitehall and so a range of input is needed to provide a holistic understanding of resilience issues across Departments. We are working towards a single Government vision in this crucial area, and our priority is to enable effective inter-departmental collaboration to drive unified and coordinated Government action to support this sector.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of Government in the stimulus and advancement of deployment of technology including distributed ledger technology that is used in distributed systems (a) for critical minerals and (b) more widely.

The Government understands the importance of technology-critical minerals and metals supply chains to the economy, as well as the importance of the role of technology (including distributed ledger technology), data and collaborative ventures in the supply chains for these vital materials. This close interest extends across Whitehall and so a range of input is needed to provide a holistic understanding of resilience issues across Departments. We are working towards a single Government vision in this crucial area, and our priority is to enable effective inter-departmental collaboration to drive unified and coordinated Government action to support this sector.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to develop the technology and standards for (a) traceability, (b) sustainable development goal-compliance and (c) whole life assurance of mineral use in the critical minerals supply chain.

The Government understands the importance of technology-critical minerals and metals supply chains to the economy, as well as the importance of the role of technology (including distributed ledger technology), data and collaborative ventures in the supply chains for these vital materials. This close interest extends across Whitehall and so a range of input is needed to provide a holistic understanding of resilience issues across Departments. We are working towards a single Government vision in this crucial area, and our priority is to enable effective inter-departmental collaboration to drive unified and coordinated Government action to support this sector.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of assured data in mineral supply chains including in (a) specific commodities, (b) trade corridors, and (c) benefit generation.

The Government understands the importance of technology-critical minerals and metals supply chains to the economy, as well as the importance of the role of technology (including distributed ledger technology), data and collaborative ventures in the supply chains for these vital materials. This close interest extends across Whitehall and so a range of input is needed to provide a holistic understanding of resilience issues across Departments. We are working towards a single Government vision in this crucial area, and our priority is to enable effective inter-departmental collaboration to drive unified and coordinated Government action to support this sector.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of (a) technology in the critical minerals supply chain and (b) the Government in catalysing usage of that technology.

The Government understands the importance of technology-critical minerals and metals supply chains to the economy, as well as the importance of the role of technology (including distributed ledger technology), data and collaborative ventures in the supply chains for these vital materials. This close interest extends across Whitehall and so a range of input is needed to provide a holistic understanding of resilience issues across Departments. We are working towards a single Government vision in this crucial area, and our priority is to enable effective inter-departmental collaboration to drive unified and coordinated Government action to support this sector.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has with the President of COP26 to use the COP26 to promote the UK's green hydrogen sector.

This year the UK will use its Presidency at COP26 to bring countries together to commit to a cleaner energy future. This will include helping to drive efforts to develop a global hydrogen economy – building on many countries’ recent ambitious commitments to expand low carbon hydrogen production, including the UK’s.

COP26 provides us with a timely opportunity to harness this momentum and galvanise joined-up action to help the world move at pace to unlock hydrogen’s potential, both to reduce emissions and support economic development. We will highlight the importance of a shared understanding of the role of low-carbon hydrogen in meeting global climate goals, build support for our vision of coordinated action, and promote the UK as a global leader.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure everyone has free access to a secure postal address.

The Government recognises the importance of a secure postal address in accessing a number of services and expects essential service providers to consider how best to meet the needs of vulnerable users without an appropriate postal address.

The universal postal service is intended to provide an accessible postal service for all. Ofcom is currently carrying out a review of the future regulatory framework for post and its call for stakeholders’ views on the accessibility of USO postal services, particularly for vulnerable people and those who may be more reliant on postal services, closed on 20 May 2021. Ofcom intends to publish a full consultation on the future regulation of postal services later this year, before concluding its review in 2022.

Currently, Royal Mail operates two services to help vulnerable customers have access to their post. Its redirection service can be specially accessed by people with personal safety concerns and its PO Box service provides options for customers designed to meet specific circumstances and preferences.

17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that the UK transport sector is on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The Government recognises the urgency of stepping up the pace of progress, to ensure that the transport sector plays its part in supporting the delivery of the UK’s emissions reduction targets.

Ministerial discussions on climate and net zero are held primarily through the Climate Action Strategy Committee (CAS), which is chaired by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister and determines the UK’s overarching climate strategy, and the Climate Action Implementation Committee (CAI), which supports the CAS to operationalise the UK’s domestic and international climate strategy. The CAI considers matters relating to the delivery of COP26, net zero and building the UK’s resilience to climate impacts and ensure the delivery of plans for addressing these areas, including the transport sector.

Departmental officials are also working closely with officials from the Department of Transport. Part 1 of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan was published in March 2020, with Part 2, containing policies and proposals to be published as soon as possible. We will also publish a comprehensive Net Zero Strategy ahead of COP26, setting out the Government’s vision for transitioning to a net zero economy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the Government's net zero by 2050 target.

The UK has achieved record clean growth - between 1990 and 2019, our economy grew by 78% while our emissions decreased by 44%, this is the fastest rate in the G7. We have built on this, setting out concrete steps to reach net zero by 2050, for instance through my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan which brought together £12 billion of government investment, our Energy White Paper and Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy.

The Government has also laid legislation for the UK’s sixth carbon budget, proposing a target which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, marking a decisive step towards net zero by 2050.

Ahead of COP26, we will bring forward further bold proposals, including a Net Zero Strategy, to cut emissions and create new jobs and industries across the whole country – going further and faster towards building a stronger, more resilient future and protecting our planet for this generation and those to come.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to phase out unabated natural gas from the power sector.

As we transition to net zero emissions by 2050, our record levels of investment in renewables will meet a large part of the energy demand. However, we recognise that unabated natural gas will provide a reliable source of energy, ensuring security of supply whilst we develop and deploy low carbon alternatives that can replicate its role in the electricity system.

In order to meet our ambitious decarbonisation targets for the electricity system, we are taking steps to bring forward alternative low carbon technologies which will help us to reduce the reliance on unabated gas-powered electricity generation as much as possible. For example, in the Energy White Paper (published last year), government announced that it will support the deployment of at least one power plant with carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) to be operational by 2030, and that it will also consult in 2021 on its Carbon Capture and Readiness requirements to ensure that new thermal plants can convert to low-carbon alternatives. Government is developing business models to incentivise the deployment of CCUS in the UK.

Additionally, we are exploring policy frameworks to support the deployment of low carbon hydrogen, as well flexibility tools such as demand reduction, demand side response, and storage, which likewise have the potential to reduce reliance on unabated natural gas in the power sector.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on improving policy on the decarbonisation of homes.

Decarbonising almost all buildings is essential to achieving to achieving our net zero emissions target. There has been consistent communications between my Rt. Hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, along with wider Government on the challenge of buildings decarbonisation, as reflected in the Energy White Paper and the Prime Ministers Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the effect of the rules of origin provisions in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on critical mineral supply chains for downstream original equipment manufacturers based in the UK.

As we set out in our Integrated Review last month, our priority actions include, “to diversify the UK’s supply in critical goods, such as medical equipment and rare earth elements, through trade partnerships and international collaboration… Within the UK, we will continue to explore opportunities around domestic extraction and processing of critical minerals, such as lithium, as well as their recovery, recycling and reuse to establish a viable circular economy".

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU came into effect on 1 January 2021. Original equipment manufacturers across a range of sectors have welcomed the deal, and the Government worked closely with industry before and during the negotiation to develop tailored rules of origin.

For example, critical mineral supply chains are important for the electric vehicle supply chain. Provisions on rules of origin include a transitional period for electrified vehicles and batteries, which allows manufacturers flexibility to meet rules of origin requirements while local supply chains develop.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons there will be a requirement when hospitality businesses reopen as covid-19 lockdown measures are eased that food and drinks must be ordered when seated in licensed premises serving alcohol in indoor and outdoor settings whereas in premises not serving alcohol customers will be able to order at the counter.

As set out in ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, the step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England published on 22 February, customers in hospitality premises serving alcohol permitted to open at steps 1-3 will be required to order, eat and drink when seated (‘table service’). This is to reduce the risk of transmission. Social distancing restrictions, including those affecting the hospitality sector, will be reviewed ahead of step 4.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of the UK’s steel safeguards not being renewed.

BEIS Ministers and officials have held regular discussions with counterparts in the Department for International Trade and other Government departments on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

The Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate (TRID) initiated a review of the current safeguard measures on 1st October 2020. The Government cannot pre-empt TRID’s recommendation by considering the future of the measures before such a review is complete.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing micro businesses with fewer than five employees access to the Help to Grow programme.

The Help to Grow programmes will support UK small businesses to scale and grow as they recover from the pandemic. Help to Grow: Management will provide intensive management skills support to 30,000 small businesses. Help to Grow: Digital aims to support 100,000 small businesses, through an online platform to support businesses to adopt technology and a voucher for software costs.

The eligibility criteria ensures funding is used where it will have the greatest overall impact in saving time and money across businesses, and strikes the best possible balance between helping a large number of businesses and promoting the greatest productivity benefit per business. Firms with fewer employees can still benefit from free, impartial advice through the online platform.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what Government (a) initiatives and (b) schemes are available to micro businesses with fewer than five employees to help them grow and scale up.

The Government offers a range of support to help businesses, including micro businesses, grow and thrive.

Businesses of all sizes can access advice and support through our online support at GOV.UK, including the online Finance Finder and via the free Business Support Helpline.

The network of 38 Growth Hubs across England plays a key role in providing tailored support to businesses at a local level in England, joining up national and local business support so businesses can find the help they need.

The Start-Up Loans Company provides funding and intensive support to new entrepreneurs. Since 2012 the Start-Up Loans programme has delivered 81,608 loans overall in the UK, supporting over £707.6m of funding (as of 28 February 2021).

Businesses can also access the Government-backed British Business Bank’s online Finance Hub, which helps raise awareness of appropriate finance options for scale-up, high growth and potential high-growth SMEs.

Micro businesses are also able to apply for relevant elements of the continued comprehensive package of support designed to help as many businesses as possible during this challenging period. The measures introduced include the small business grants, the coronavirus loan guarantee schemes, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the deferral of VAT and income tax payments, and more. These measures have been designed to be accessible to businesses in most sectors and across the UK.

Further measures have been announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer that build on the significant support already available as well as set out how current support will evolve and adapt. This includes the extension of the CJRS until the end of September 2021, extending and amending the coronavirus loan guarantee schemes to allow businesses more time and greater flexibility to repay their loans, and the extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to a fourth and a fifth grant.

The Government continues to work closely with local authorities, businesses, business representative organisations, and the financial services sector to monitor the implementation of current support and understand whether there is additional need.

17th Mar 2021
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 effect on the steel sector of the extension of the Carbon Price Support.

There have been regular discussions with my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

We recognise that industrial consumers currently pay higher electricity prices than elsewhere in most of Europe and we have therefore taken steps to reduce the indirect cost due to the Renewables Obligation, Contract-for-Difference and small-scale Feed-in Tariff for certain energy intensive industries, including the steel sector, and to provide compensation for the indirect emission cost due to the UK Emission Trading System and Carbon Price Support Mechanism, including to the steel sector. These steps total more than £500m in relief to the sector between 2013 and the end of 2019 to make electricity prices more competitive, including around £150 million during 2019.

We have also introduced a metallurgical exemption from the Climate Change Levy. France and Germany have taken similar steps. Additionally, at Budget 2018 we announced £315 million for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to support industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects to bring energy costs down for these vital industries.

We are about the publish a consultation reviewing the compensation schemes for the indirect emission cost due to UK carbon pricing.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide additional support on electricity price disparity now that the UK has left the EU.

There have been regular discussions with my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

We recognise that industrial consumers currently pay higher electricity prices than elsewhere in most of Europe and we have therefore taken steps to reduce the indirect cost due to the Renewables Obligation, Contract-for-Difference and small-scale Feed-in Tariff for certain energy intensive industries, including the steel sector, and to provide compensation for the indirect emission cost due to the UK Emission Trading System and Carbon Price Support Mechanism, including to the steel sector. These steps total more than £500m in relief to the sector between 2013 and the end of 2019 to make electricity prices more competitive, including around £150 million during 2019.

We have also introduced a metallurgical exemption from the Climate Change Levy. France and Germany have taken similar steps. Additionally, at Budget 2018 we announced £315 million for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to support industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects to bring energy costs down for these vital industries.

We are about the publish a consultation reviewing the compensation schemes for the indirect emission cost due to UK carbon pricing.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential disparity in electricity prices between steelmakers in the UK, France and Germany.

There have been regular discussions with my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

We recognise that industrial consumers currently pay higher electricity prices than elsewhere in most of Europe and we have therefore taken steps to reduce the indirect cost due to the Renewables Obligation, Contract-for-Difference and small-scale Feed-in Tariff for certain energy intensive industries, including the steel sector, and to provide compensation for the indirect emission cost due to the UK Emission Trading System and Carbon Price Support Mechanism, including to the steel sector. These steps total more than £500m in relief to the sector between 2013 and the end of 2019 to make electricity prices more competitive, including around £150 million during 2019.

We have also introduced a metallurgical exemption from the Climate Change Levy. France and Germany have taken similar steps. Additionally, at Budget 2018 we announced £315 million for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to support industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects to bring energy costs down for these vital industries.

We are about the publish a consultation reviewing the compensation schemes for the indirect emission cost due to UK carbon pricing.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate a level playing field in electricity price cost for UK steelmakers compared to their French and German counterparts.

There have been regular discussions with my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

We recognise that industrial consumers currently pay higher electricity prices than elsewhere in most of Europe and we have therefore taken steps to reduce the indirect cost due to the Renewables Obligation, Contract-for-Difference and small-scale Feed-in Tariff for certain energy intensive industries, including the steel sector, and to provide compensation for the indirect emission cost due to the UK Emission Trading System and Carbon Price Support Mechanism, including to the steel sector. These steps total more than £500m in relief to the sector between 2013 and the end of 2019 to make electricity prices more competitive, including around £150 million during 2019.

We have also introduced a metallurgical exemption from the Climate Change Levy. France and Germany have taken similar steps. Additionally, at Budget 2018 we announced £315 million for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to support industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects to bring energy costs down for these vital industries.

We are about the publish a consultation reviewing the compensation schemes for the indirect emission cost due to UK carbon pricing.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the £200 million from the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel is used in support of steel sector innovation.

The Government recognises the importance of research and innovation in helping to transform the steel sector so that it can play a vital role in developing the UK’s economy. We have taken a number of steps to facilitate innovation in steel making in the UK, including;

Firstly, providing up to £66m through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to help steel and other foundation industries develop radical new technologies and establish innovation centres of excellence in these sectors.

Secondly, establishing a £250m Clean Steel Fund that will support the decarbonisation of the steel sector, supporting its transition to new low carbon technologies and processes. The Government also plans to establish a Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (previously Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund): with £240m of capital co-investment out to 2024/25. This will support at-scale production from both Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) enabled (‘blue’) hydrogen and electrolytic (‘green’) hydrogen projects.

Finally, as part of the Spring 2020 Budget, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £22m (subject to a business case) for the Materials Processing Institute in Teesside to deliver a R&D programme of transformation manufacturing - to help UK steel and metals sector improve efficiencies, slash emissions and ultimately boost global competitive edge.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the importance of extending the UK Steel Safegaurds.

BEIS Ministers and officials have held regular discussions with counterparts in the Department for International Trade and other Government departments on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

The Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate (TRID) initiated a review of the current safeguard measures on 1st October 2020. The Government cannot pre-empt TRID’s recommendation by considering the future of the measures before such a review is complete.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits of maintaining and extending the UK Steel Safeguards.

BEIS Ministers and officials have held regular discussions with counterparts in the Department for International Trade and other Government departments on a wide range of issues of importance to the steel industry.

The Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate (TRID) initiated a review of the current safeguard measures on 1st October 2020. The Government cannot pre-empt TRID’s recommendation by considering the future of the measures before such a review is complete.

16th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on the preparation of Contracts for Difference Auction Round 4; what changes he is planning on support for wave and tidal technology deployment in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

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 and information on allocation round parameters later this year.

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 and will be considered in the wider context of setting auction parameters.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to support the development of the onshore supply chain for tidal and wave technologies; and if he will make a statement.

Tidal and wave technologies could have a potentially important role in the long-term decarbonisation of the UK, however, they will have to reduce their costs sufficiently, to compete with other renewable technologies. We are committed to growing a development of a competitive UK supply chain in parallel with our plans for increasing the deployment of renewable electricity generating technologies. We are continuing to consider policy related to these technologies in light of the information received from the recent Marine Energy Call for Evidence on the potential of marine energy projects.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will set out a target for wave and tidal stream energy from 2030 onwards.

Following our recent Call for Evidence which invited views on the potential of marine energy projects, we are now considering policy related to wave and tidal energy in light of the information received from the Call for Evidence. Wave and tidal stream projects remain eligible to compete in pot 2 for CfD auctions.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits of green hydrogen development.

Low carbon hydrogen will be vital for meeting our legally binding commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, with potential to help decarbonise vital UK industry sectors and provide flexible deployment across heat, power and transport.

Working with industry, the UK is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. As we progress towards this ambition, we would hope to see around 1GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2025.

The UK has expertise and assets to support both electrolytic (green) and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) enabled (blue) hydrogen. Our twin track approach to enable both routes will drive cost effective supply volumes in the 2020s in line with our 2030 ambition, whilst scaling up green hydrogen.

As outlines in my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, achieving our ambition could support up to 8,000 jobs and bring over £4bn of private investment by 2030, potentially unlocking up to 100,000 jobs and £12bn GVA by 2050 in a high hydrogen net zero scenario.

The Government is clear that in supporting the growth of a hydrogen economy, there should be a focus on maximising economic benefits for local and regional communities and the UK as a whole. The UK will work with the green hydrogen sector to seek opportunities and export UK expertise and technology into the global hydrogen economy as it grows.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the size of the UK's industrial base in green hydrogen.

Low carbon hydrogen will be vital for meeting our legally binding commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, with potential to help decarbonise vital UK industry sectors and provide flexible deployment across heat, power and transport.

Working with industry, the UK is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. As we progress towards this ambition, we would hope to see around 1GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2025.

The UK has expertise, innovation and natural assets to support both electrolytic (green) and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) blue hydrogen. Our twin track approach to enable both routes will drive cost effective supply volumes in the 2020s in line with our 2030 5GW ambition, whilst scaling up green hydrogen.

The UK has the makings of a world leading hydrogen sector, enabling us to create strong domestic supply chains with jobs and growth expected across our industrial heartlands and beyond. We are working with industry to further understand these strengths and opportunities, including a focus on green hydrogen.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to attract critical mineral processors to the UK.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has stated, the Global Supply Chain Directorate, led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), interrogates vulnerabilities in UK global supply chains for critical goods (excluding food) and develops strategies to strengthen supply chain resilience. The Global Supply Chain Directorate’s strategic framework acts as a guide for Departments to select the actions they can take to strengthen resilience, taking a market-first approach which supports the UK’s free trade stance.

DIT is actively engaging with a number of potential critical minerals processing and refining companies with a view to securing investment to the UK. Further questions related to steps to attract international actors to the UK should be addressed to DIT.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of cobalt the UK will need to meet its requirements in each year to 2030.

The Government has not published estimates for these materials. However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published an external report regarding UK materials and future resource risk in July 2020. Consultant's views regarding UK needs can be found here. Further questions regarding this research can be directed to DEFRA.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of lithium the UK will need to meet its requirements in each year to 2030.

The Government has not published estimates for these materials. However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published an external report regarding UK materials and future resource risk in July 2020. Consultant's views regarding UK needs can be found here. Further questions regarding this research can be directed to DEFRA.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of graphite the UK will need to meet its requirements in each year to 2030.

The Government has not published estimates for these materials. However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published an external report regarding UK materials and future resource risk in July 2020. Consultant's views regarding UK needs can be found here. Further questions regarding this research can be directed to DEFRA.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has an official critical minerals list.

Up until EU Exit, the UK might refer to the European Commission's latest list. A copy can be found here. Following EU Exit, the UK has not published an official critical minerals list.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many points of the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution are dependant on a secure critical mineral supply chain.

As set out in my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial revolution, we will quadruple our offshore wind capacity by 2030 and end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, 10 years earlier than planned, announcing the first £500 million of investment this Parliament to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This will bring investment, create high-quality jobs, and strengthen British industry. Critical minerals will be important in developing offshore wind and zero-emission vehicles to meet these targets, and coordinated work is taking place across Whitehall departments to ensure there continues to be a secure, long-term supply chain.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK critical mineral companies there are (a) in the UK and (b) internationally.

The Government does not have a published definition of a critical mineral company. International horizon scanning questions are a matter for the Department for International Trade.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to publish a critical minerals strategy before the next G7 meeting.

The UK Government has not made a commitment to publish a critical mineral strategy before the next G7 meeting. Questions regarding the next G7 event can be referred to the Cabinet Office.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what organisations the Government has worked with on the UK's critical mineral supply chain requirements.

The Government has engaged with a number of organisations regarding mineral supply chain requirements.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has led an analysis of several critical raw material supply chains. The analysis included input from UK Government Departments and industry sources.

The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have supported UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and their partners, including UK universities. For example, the Critical Elements and Materials (CrEAM) network, new circular economy centres, and the Government Office for Science. Finally, BEIS Ministerial meetings with external organisations are available here.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's critical mineral strategy for the UK is.

The Government has not published a discrete critical minerals strategy for the UK.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk in respect of the sale of unsafe products on online marketplaces.

The Government is committed to ensuring that only safe products can be sold in the UK. All distributors have a duty to act with due care to ensure products they are selling are safe, this includes online retailers.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) proactively engages with major online marketplaces to ensure that they are playing their part in protecting UK consumers from unsafe products and has recently taken action to ensure that a number of non-compliant products being sold by overseas third-party sellers have been removed from sale.

Looking forward, OPSS is developing a new voluntary commitment for online marketplaces to agree actions they will take to reduce the risks from unsafe products being sold online. This will enable online marketplaces to demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their consumers in the UK by publicly promising to work with UK regulators.

To ensure that the UK’s Product Safety framework is flexible and fit for the future, OPSS is conducting a review. The review will ensure we have a framework that delivers safety for consumers while supporting businesses to innovate and grow and will consider the impact on product safety of new business models, including e-commerce and third-party marketplaces.

9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the proppant squeeze process is prohibited under the Government's moratorium on fracking in relation to seismic activity.

The Ministerial Statement of 4 November 2019 makes clear that the moratorium on fracking applies to operations that require Hydraulic Fracturing Consent. The definition of associated hydraulic fracturing is used for the purposes of Hydraulic Fracturing Consent, as set out under section 4A of the Petroleum Act 1998 (inserted by Section 50 of the Infrastructure Act 2015).

This definition was based on the approach taken by the European Commission, which defines high-volume hydraulic fracturing as involving the injection into a well of 1000m3 or more of water per fracturing stage or 10000m3 or more of water during the entire fracturing process.

Activities outside of this definition are not included in the moratorium.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to maximise existing (a) energy infrastructure and (b) expertise to help achieve the Government's ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The public and private sectors must work in partnership to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Department regularly engages with industry and advisors to maximise industry input and feedback to Government policy as we transition towards net zero by 2050.

This dialogue is maintained through a variety of forums: public consultations and calls for evidence, ongoing regular supplier and generator roundtables at both a ministerial and official level; official task forces and advisory bodies; and specific sector engagement to ensure that Government is fully informed of industry developments in key policy areas.

Last month, I led a series of roundtables with key stakeholder groups following the publication of the Energy White Paper. These were in addition to an ongoing dialogue with large, medium and small businesses to understand the unique challenges they face in relation to net zero.

Examples of more specific government-industry collaboration include the Hydrogen Advisory Council, a joint Government-Industry forum established to identify and promote concrete actions required to enable the supply of low carbon hydrogen at scale for use across the energy system. The Council will inform the development of a UK hydrogen strategy which we will bring forward in the first half of this year.

Our strategy will set out a comprehensive approach to building a UK hydrogen economy that is fit for purpose and pave the way towards achieving our ambition of 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 – working with industry partners to achieve this.

Hydrogen offers potential to repurpose the gas network to a low-carbon alternative, and we are working in partnership with industry to assess the feasibility and impacts of converting parts or the whole of the existing gas network to full hydrogen. This will test and evaluate the potential of hydrogen as an option for heating our homes and workplaces. We have set out a vision for a possible ‘hydrogen town’ before the end of the decade, building on a programme of community trials in the first half of the decade which we will support the gas industry to deliver. In parallel, we will also work with industry with the aim of completing the testing and safety case necessary to enable government and the regulator to amend regulations that could allow for up to 20% blending of hydrogen into the gas distribution grid by 2023.

We have also established the CCUS Council which advises on the deployment of carbon capture and storage, a technology which will be crucial to achieving our net zero targets and where the re use of oil and gas infrastructure can be a key enabler.

In addition, we are working closely with the oil and gas industry to negotiate a North Sea Transition Deal. Not only cutting emissions, but also enabling new industries such as CCUS and Hydrogen to develop, supporting supply chain transformation and capability development in new net zero sectors, and championing the sector’s workforce and importance to the net zero skills transition in industrial heartlands.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the proposed regulatory framework to provide stakeholders greater assurance that a sale is appropriate set out in the Insolvency Service's Pre-pack sales in administration report, published on October 2020.

The Government has committed to strengthening the regulation of pre-pack sales in administration to connected persons. This was outlined in the report published 8 October 2020. The proposed regulatory framework, which was subject to stakeholder consultation, will strengthen the integrity of pre-pack sales by promoting greater transparency for creditors whilst ensuring that pre-pack sales remain a valuable rescue tool in the UK’s insolvency framework. The Government is preparing regulations to be laid as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to help increase the UK’s covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity to meet future needs for that vaccine.

The Government has invested over £300 million to secure and scaleup the UK’s manufacturing capabilities to be able to respond to the pandemic, including:

a) Facilities that have come online:

  • £4.7 million for skills training through the Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network, which will be delivered through both virtual and physical centres;
  • £8.75 million for the set-up of the rapid deployment facility at Oxford Biomedica in Oxfordshire;
  • £65.5 million for the early manufacture of the University of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine; and
  • Funding for fill and finish capability through a contract with Wockhardt in Wrexham, North Wales, which is currently providing fill and finish capabilities to the University of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.

b) Facilities that will come online later this year, to help provide longer term UK capacity:

  • £93 million to accelerate the completion and expanded role of the Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire; and
  • £127 million for the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult in Braintree, Essex.

In addition to the above, we have also funded the expansion of the Valneva factory in Livingston, Scotland.

27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support research into new covid-19 variants.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has invested nearly £500 million towards 2,200 new research and innovation initiatives, both in the UK and globally. These initiatives are diverse and include research into new COVID-19 variants.

The University of Liverpool is part of a new national research project to study the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2. Supported by £2.5 million of funding from UKRI, the G2P-UK National Virology Consortium will study how mutations in the virus affect key outcomes. This includes factors such as how transmissible the virus is, the severity of COVID-19 caused, and the effectiveness of vaccines and treatments.

The Consortium will bring together leading virologists from 10 research institutions including the University of Liverpool. The university will work alongside the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, which plays a world-leading role in virus genome sequencing, as well as Public Health England, to boost the UK's capacity to study newly identified virus variants and rapidly inform the Government’s policy.

The current overall UKRI portfolio of COVID-19-related grants, including awards supported by Innovate UK, involves vaccine projects that provide greater diversity of approaches than for the first generation of vaccines developed. More details can be found on the UKRI website.

27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to prepare for the potential event that the UK does not formally associate to Horizon Europe.

As part of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) published on 24 December, the UK has agreed to associate to Horizon Europe which represents a valuable collaboration on science and research to tackle global challenges, and in fields that will benefit the British people. The Government is committed to establishing the UK as a science and research global superpower, and this deal fulfils our manifesto commitment to collaborate internationally in this regard. As a responsible government, we were also prepared for a scenario where we did not agree to participate in Horizon Europe and were ready to implement a suite of domestic alternative schemes to support international research and innovation collaboration if required.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the prospects of the UK's negotiations with the EU on the UK’s future association with the Horizon Europe programme.

As part of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) published on 24 December, the UK has agreed to associate to Horizon Europe which represents a valuable collaboration on science and research to tackle global challenges, and in fields that will benefit the British people. The Government is committed to establishing the UK as a science and research global superpower, and this deal fulfils our manifesto commitment to collaborate internationally in this regard. As a responsible government, we were also prepared for a scenario where we did not agree to participate in Horizon Europe and were ready to implement a suite of domestic alternative schemes to support international research and innovation collaboration if required.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors in Rother Valley constituency that have not received financial support from their local authority during the covid-19 outbreak.

Businesses that did not receive grant support earlier in the covid-19 outbreak may still be eligible for grant support available now, and should check with their local authority.

If, for any reason, a business is not eligible for the grant support that has been put in place for businesses mandated to close, local authorities are able to provide discretionary support via the Additional Restrictions Grant.

A range of other measures to support businesses have been made available in response to Covid-19 including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, business rates holiday and a range of business loan schemes. Details about all measures are available at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.

20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses that have not been mandated to close but are only able to operate online under the national lockdown guidance are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is only available to businesses that are required by law to close. Other business that are not mandated to close but which suffer adverse impacts may be eligible for discretionary funding and should apply to their Local Authority.

20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether dog training businesses operating from a business rates registered premises are entitled to receive the Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed.

Local authorities are the decision makers on the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) and must make decisions based on legislation and guidance that has been provided.

There are three key considerations when a Local Authority determines the eligibility of a business for a grant under the LRSG (Closed):

  • Is the business the business rate payer of a hereditament that appears on the rating list?
  • Is the main service of that business required to close due to the restrictions?
  • Is the business able to self-declare that it meets all scheme conditions, including eligibility and State aid requirements?

Where an organisation meets all of these criteria, it is considered eligible to receive a grant through the mandatory LRSG (Closed) scheme.

20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discretion local authorities have to determine whether a business has been mandated to close when deciding eligibility for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed (LSRG – Closed).

The list of businesses mandated to close is set out in legislation. Local authorities should rely on the relevant legislation and on the guidance provided to determine whether a business is eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of issuing guidance to local authorities on the eligibility of wholesale distributors for Local Restriction Support Grants.

Guidance to local authorities on the January Support Package for business was issued on 5th January. This guidance makes clear that only business premises that have been required to close due to Covid-19 restrictions will be eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) where they meet the criteria set out in the guidance.

I recognise that there are some groups of businesses that are not required by law to close, but which are severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. That is why the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that a further £500m in discretionary grant funding via the Additional Restrictions Grant is being made available to local authorities, on top of £1.1bn already allocated in November, which will allow grant support to be provided to severely affected businesses in a way that suits local economies. It is for local authorities to determine the best use of the Additional Restrictions Grant in their area.

18th Jan 2021
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 eligibility of wholesale distributors for Local Restriction Support Grants.

The scope of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) has always been on those businesses required to close by law.

My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that a further £500m in discretionary grant funding via the Additional Restrictions Grant is being made available to local authorities, on top of £1.1bn already allocated in November, which allows local authorities to provide discretionary support to businesses not required to close but which are severely affected by the restrictions, including many wholesale distributors. It is for local authorities to determine the best use of the Additional Restrictions Grant in their area.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the eligibility of wholesale distributors for Local Restriction Support Grants.

There has been close engagement with the local government sector, including the Local Government Association, throughout the design and implementation of grant support for businesses during the local and national restrictions. Local Authorities are responsible for managing grants schemes locally and determining eligibility, including for discretionary grants for businesses that are severely impacted but not eligible for grants for closed businesses.

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the 2011 amendments to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 in ensuring fair and prompt payment for small businesses and contractors in the construction industry.

The Government acknowledges that non-payment and late payment are significant problems for small businesses in the UK, and we remain fully committed to tackling them.

Part 2 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (‘the Construction Act’) creates a framework for fair and prompt payment through the construction supply chain, and a resolution procedure for disputes.

The Post-Implementation Review of the 2011 Amendments to the Construction Act will formally assess the impact on the construction sector.

The stakeholder responses to the consultation which supported the Post-Implementation Review broadly favoured the principles of the framework and dispute resolution procedure.

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking following the publication of the summary of the responses to the consultation on the 2011 amendments to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, to improve the dispute resolution framework in construction industry.

The Government acknowledges that non-payment and late payment are significant problems for small businesses in the UK, and we remain fully committed to tackling them.

Part 2 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (‘the Construction Act’) creates a framework for fair and prompt payment through the construction supply chain, and a resolution procedure for disputes.

The Post-Implementation Review of the 2011 Amendments to the Construction Act will formally assess the impact on the construction sector.

The stakeholder responses to the consultation which supported the Post-Implementation Review broadly favoured the principles of the framework and dispute resolution procedure.

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure prompt and fair payments for small businesses and sub-contractors in the construction industry.

The Government is committed to fulfilling its manifesto commitment to clamp down on non-payment and late payment to support small businesses in the UK.

We have introduced a number of measures to tackle late payment. These include the Payment Practices Reporting Duty which creates transparency in payment behaviour, and the Prompt Payment Code which sets standards and best practice in payment culture. Both measures are applicable in the construction sector.

Since September 2019, suppliers also risk being excluded from winning large Government contracts if they cannot demonstrate prompt payment. This policy applies to Central Government contracts valued above £5m per annum, subject to the Public Contracts Regulations.

In addition, in May 2020 the Government issued a Guidance Note on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government will continue to review behaviours in contracting, including public sector procurement, prompt payment and contract management arrangements.

8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to align the UK emissions trading scheme with the Government's net zero target.

The UK ETS will be the world’s first net zero carbon cap and trade market, and a crucial step towards achieving the UK’s target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Reaching our net zero target will provide crucial benefits such as reducing the risks of catastrophic climate change, reduced air pollution, economic growth, and green collar jobs.

By placing a cap on the volume of greenhouse gas emissions and issuing tradable emissions allowances under the cap, the UK ETS creates a market to ensure the most economically efficient distribution of emissions allowances and to incentivise emissions reductions where these are most cost-effective. The transparent downward cap trajectory provides a clear signal mobilising the participants in the covered sectors to invest in emissions reduction technologies and measures, which will be needed as supply of allowances tightens over time.

The UK ETS is more ambitious than the EU system it replaces - from day one the cap has been reduced by 5% below the UK’s expected notional share of the EU ETS cap for Phase IV. We received the Climate Change Committee’s advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget on the 9 December 2020, including their recommendation on the level of traded sector emissions from 2023 to 2030. We are considering this advice carefully and will consult on a net zero consistent trajectory for the cap in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to establish a link between the UK Emissions Trading Scheme and other emissions trading schemes.

The Government recognises the importance of international co-operation on carbon pricing and the important role international carbon markets can play.

In that spirit, the UK is open to linking the UK ETS internationally in principle. There are more than 20 emissions trading systems globally.

This includes the EU ETS and the UK-EU Free Trade and Cooperation Agreement makes clear both parties will have their own effective systems of carbon pricing in place to help fulfil our respective climate goals. Both Parties have agreed to cooperate on carbon pricing in future and consider linking our respective systems, although we are not under any obligation to do so.

International collaboration is a key part of the UK’s global leadership on climate change and I look forward to working closely with my overseas counterparts on all aspects of tackling this global challenge, including carbon pricing.

Details of emissions trading systems around the world are available in the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) Status Report 2020, available at: https://icapcarbonaction.com/en/icap-status-report-2020.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of which countries' emissions trading schemes are suitable for linkage with the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

The Government recognises the importance of international co-operation on carbon pricing and the important role international carbon markets can play.

In that spirit, the UK is open to linking the UK ETS internationally in principle. There are more than 20 emissions trading systems globally.

This includes the EU ETS and the UK-EU Free Trade and Cooperation Agreement makes clear both parties will have their own effective systems of carbon pricing in place to help fulfil our respective climate goals. Both Parties have agreed to cooperate on carbon pricing in future and consider linking our respective systems, although we are not under any obligation to do so.

International collaboration is a key part of the UK’s global leadership on climate change and I look forward to working closely with my overseas counterparts on all aspects of tackling this global challenge, including carbon pricing.

Details of emissions trading systems around the world are available in the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) Status Report 2020, available at: https://icapcarbonaction.com/en/icap-status-report-2020.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the benefits of a net zero aligned UK ETS.

The UK ETS will be the world’s first net zero carbon cap and trade market, and a crucial step towards achieving the UK’s target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Reaching our net zero target will provide crucial benefits such as reducing the risks of catastrophic climate change, reduced air pollution, economic growth, and green collar jobs.

By placing a cap on the volume of greenhouse gas emissions and issuing tradable emissions allowances under the cap, the UK ETS creates a market to ensure the most economically efficient distribution of emissions allowances and to incentivise emissions reductions where these are most cost-effective. The transparent downward cap trajectory provides a clear signal mobilising the participants in the covered sectors to invest in emissions reduction technologies and measures, which will be needed as supply of allowances tightens over time.

The UK ETS is more ambitious than the EU system it replaces - from day one the cap has been reduced by 5% below the UK’s expected notional share of the EU ETS cap for Phase IV. We received the Climate Change Committee’s advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget on the 9 December 2020, including their recommendation on the level of traded sector emissions from 2023 to 2030. We are considering this advice carefully and will consult on a net zero consistent trajectory for the cap in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the benefits of a linked UK ETS.

Carbon pricing policies that work using the cap-and-trade principle, such as the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), can deliver cost-effective decarbonisation, as they incentivise abatement to occur where and when it is cheapest. In principle, larger carbon markets lead to more cost-effective emission reductions, since emission allowances are tradable across a larger and more diverse pool of participants.

Linking carbon markets would also lead towards an alignment of carbon prices across the linked schemes. This can minimise the risk of any competitive distortions that may have resulted from unevenly applied carbon prices.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the benefits of a linked UK ETS for industry and international trade.

Carbon pricing policies that work using the cap-and-trade principle, such as the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), can deliver cost-effective decarbonisation, as they incentivise abatement to occur where and when it is cheapest. In principle, larger carbon markets lead to more cost-effective emission reductions, since emission allowances are tradable across a larger and more diverse pool of participants.

Linking carbon markets would also lead towards an alignment of carbon prices across the linked schemes. This can minimise the risk of any competitive distortions that may have resulted from unevenly applied carbon prices.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts on a linked UK ETS.

The Government recognises the importance of international co-operation on carbon pricing and the important role international carbon markets can play.

In that spirit, the UK is open to linking the UK ETS internationally in principle. There are more than 20 emissions trading systems globally.

This includes the EU ETS and the UK-EU Free Trade and Cooperation Agreement makes clear both parties will have their own effective systems of carbon pricing in place to help fulfil our respective climate goals. Both Parties have agreed to cooperate on carbon pricing in future and consider linking our respective systems, although we are not under any obligation to do so.

International collaboration is a key part of the UK’s global leadership on climate change and I look forward to working closely with my overseas counterparts on all aspects of tackling this global challenge, including carbon pricing.

Details of emissions trading systems around the world are available in the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) Status Report 2020, available at: https://icapcarbonaction.com/en/icap-status-report-2020.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to restrict the public sale of 1.3G effect fireworks.

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework already in place for fireworks that aims to reduce the risks and disturbances to people and animals. Existing legislation controls the sale, availability and use of fireworks, as well as setting a curfew and noise limit. Current legislation limits noise from fireworks available to consumers to a maximum of 120 decibels.

The Government remains committed to promoting the safe and considerate use of fireworks through an effective legislative framework and through non-legislative measures.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards is also carrying out research on the varying levels of noise associated with different types of firework and I will consider the outcome once available.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the change of the level of sales of louder 1.3g-effect fireworks.

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework already in place for fireworks that aims to reduce the risks and disturbances to people and animals. Existing legislation controls the sale, availability and use of fireworks, as well as setting a curfew and noise limit. Current legislation limits noise from fireworks available to consumers to a maximum of 120 decibels.

The Government remains committed to promoting the safe and considerate use of fireworks through an effective legislative framework and through non-legislative measures.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards is also carrying out research on the varying levels of noise associated with different types of firework and I will consider the outcome once available.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that unsafe fireworks are (a) not imported into and (b) not sold to the public in the UK.

The Government is committed to ensuring consumers are kept safe. There is a comprehensive legislative framework regulating the manufacture, storage, supply, possession and use of fireworks.

Local Authority Trading Standards work at the border and with retailers to ensure fireworks imported and sold are safe, and they have powers to enforce against those who place unsafe or non-compliant fireworks on the market, including those imported illegally or via the internet.

Local Trading Standards (and local fire and rescue authorities in metropolitan counties) can also take action against those selling fireworks without an appropriate licence.

16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to direct funds within the £11.1 billion in R&D funding announced in the Spending Review 2020 to programmes that support (a) health research and (b) life sciences R&D and deliver high-value jobs and investment to towns and cities in the North of England.

The Department’s Research and Development (R&D) Spending Review 2020 settlement supports our Departmental commitments as set out in the R&D Roadmap and helps to consolidate the UK’s position as a science superpower.

Indeed, the UK has one of the strongest and most productive life sciences sectors in the world, generating turnover of around?£80.7 billion?per annum in 2019.

Funding is subject to the departmental allocations process which is now underway. Further details of how funding will be allocated will be announced in due course.

15th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make an assessment of the merits of the UK Miners Pension Scheme provision that 50 per cent of any surplus made after 1994 will be paid to the Government.

The Government has reconsidered the surplus sharing arrangements of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (MPS) and concluded that they remain appropriate.

We have agreed to scheme changes proposed by the MPS Trustees which guarantee that bonus pensions already accrued will not be lost in the event of a future deficit. These changes have been implemented.

7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the installation of hydrogen refuelling points on garage forecourts in the UK.

The Government’s £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme is increasing the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and growing the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations. The programme is delivering new refuelling stations, upgrading some existing stations as well as deploying hundreds of new hydrogen vehicles. Government has also been supporting public and private sector fleets to become early adopters through the £2m FCEV Fleet Support Scheme.

20th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of green jobs.

The Government has set out its ambitious Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution – an innovative and ambitious programme of job creation that will support levelling up and up to 250,000 jobs across the country.

Spanning clean energy, buildings, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the plan will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

It presents a vision for the UK that is greener, more prosperous and at the forefront of industries for the future, taking advantage of export opportunities in new, global emerging markets in low carbon technologies and services, while reinvigorating our industrial heartlands, including in the North East, North West, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales.

19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much (a) green and (b) blue hydrogen will be included in his Department's target of 5GW low carbon hydrogen production capacity.

The Government is committed to developing hydrogen as a decarbonised energy carrier, as confirmed in the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced by the Prime Minister on 18th November.

The Plan set out that the Government, working with industry, is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity in the UK by 2030, to set us on the right pathway to net zero by 2050.

The Ten Point Plan package aims to bring forward a combination of commercial-scale CCUS-enabled ‘blue’ hydrogen and smaller scale electrolytic ‘green’ hydrogen projects. Both these production methods – and other innovative techniques – will be needed to deliver UK hydrogen demand expected by 2050.

This twin-track approach to policy development will enable production to be brought forward at the necessary scale during the 2020s, to grow the supply chain and build confidence in the sector, whilst scaling up green hydrogen which is likely to dominate the global market in the long term. The levels of green and blue hydrogen production that make up the 5GW will depend on market developments in the 2020s.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce a net zero test for all infrastructure policy and spending decisions made by his Department.

The UK’s climate change framework enables the Government to determine how best to balance emissions reductions across the economy. Any net emissions increase from infrastructure projects are managed within the Government’s overall strategy for meeting carbon budgets and the 2050 net zero target, as part of an economy-wide transition.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has in place to implement (a) standardised climate reporting metrics and (b) carbon taxation while supporting UK net zero emissions research and development in sectors that will be subject to carbon penalties.

Meeting net zero and delivering the global transition to a low carbon economy will require unprecedented levels of investment in green technologies, services and infrastructure. The Government launched an ambitious 10 Point Plant this month, which will mobilise £12 billion of Government investment to unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030. This sets out a strong framework for investment, with a clear signals to investors of our commitment to net zero by 2050. As set out by the Chancellor in November 2020, the UK will become the first G20 country to make TCFD-aligned disclosures fully mandatory across the economy, with most requirements introduced in the next three years. This will provide decision-useful information to investors on the exposure of companies, asset managers and asset owners to climate risks.

The UK remains committed to carbon pricing as a key policy in decarbonising its economy and reducing industrial emissions, and will introduce an effective new system from 1 January 2021.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to allocate funding to the development of future employment roles for workers in the (a) oil and gas and (b) other sectors to ensure that the economy is prepared for the transition towards net zero emissions.

The oil and gas sector, and particularly its supply chain, has a key role to play as we move to a net zero economy and we have committed to supporting this energy transition with a transformational North Sea Transition Deal. The focus of this deal will be on ensuring the sector can support the energy transition and anchoring the supply chain across the UK. Key features include a focus on new low carbon technologies, emissions reduction, skills supporting high-quality jobs, and innovation that will decarbonise our economy.

Our Ten Point Plan is our blueprint for a green industrial revolution. It combines ambitious policies with significant new public investment to deliver a vision for the UK that is greener, more prosperous and at the forefront of industries for the future. Spanning clean energy, buildings, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Plan will mobilise £12 billion of Government investment and will support up to 250,000 green jobs.

This included the announcement to make the UK the world leader in clean wind energy, creating jobs, slashing carbon emissions and boosting exports. This includes £160 million that will be made available to upgrade ports and manufacturing infrastructure across communities in the UK. This new investment will see around 2,000 construction jobs created and these new plans will enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains, manufacturing the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy to the UK.

The Green Jobs Taskforce, which I and the Skills Minister, my hon Friend the Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan) will chair, forms part of the Government’s ambitious plan to build back greener and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Its aim will be to focus on the immediate and longer-term challenges of delivering skilled workers for the UK’s transition to net zero including supporting workers in high carbon transitioning sectors, like oil and gas, to retrain in new green technologies. This will also be a key aim for the upcoming North Sea Transition Deal.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to include changes to bereavement leave in the employment Bill.

We recognise that the death of a close family member, friend, or colleague can be deeply upsetting. The Government believes that individuals are best placed to understand their own specific needs and we encourage their employers to respond in an appropriate and sensitive way.

In April?this year we?introduced a new statutory entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay for parents who lose a child under the age of 18. Whilst this entitlement is not available to employees who suffer a bereavement in other circumstances, all employees have a?‘day 1’ right to take unpaid time off work for an emergency involving a dependant. Time off for Dependants can?also?be used to deal with practical issues, including registering the death and making funeral arrangements.

We will bring forward details of the Employment Bill in due course.

16th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK industries reduce the release carbon through extraction techniques.

The Government is committed to bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. A key part of this is closing all unabated coal-fired power stations in Great Britain by 2024. The reduction of demand for coal in the UK will mean a reduction in domestic mining activity and therefore of the emissions associated with extraction.

The National Policy Statement is clear that planning permission should not be granted for the extraction of coal unless the proposal is environmentally acceptable or the national, local or community benefits outweigh its likely impacts. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government leads on planning policy for coal mines in England.

16th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support (a) skills and (b) research and development in (i) low emission oil and gas extraction and (ii) hydrogen production; and what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of those technologies to export industry.

We will support the offshore oil and gas sector with a transformational North Sea Transition Deal, which we have committed to deliver within this Parliament. The focus of this deal will be on ensuring the sector can support the energy transition and anchor the supply chain to the UK.

The oil and gas sector has an important part to play in sustaining our energy security of supply, and in the energy transition to support net zero, having many of the essential skills and capabilities in its world class supply chain to support emerging technologies such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production, and infrastructure to reduce its production emissions. Developing this capability will help provide significant export opportunities as the world moves towards clean energy.

In 2016, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre was established with £180 million funding, supported by the UK and Scottish Governments. The Centre aims to encourage, accelerate, and deliver innovation and innovative technologies in the North Sea as we transition to net zero.

We are committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier. In line with this we are currently investing up to £121 million in hydrogen innovation, supporting a range of projects exploring the production and potential of low carbon hydrogen across the value chain.

In November 2019, we published the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment for hydrogen and fuel cells. This identified that the future market for all hydrogen technologies could yield around £5.3bn of gross value added and create nearly 50,000 jobs by 2050 to meet demand in export and domestic markets.

16th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to set up a new green investment bank to finance clean and resilient infrastructure projects throughout the UK.

Our (2019) Green Finance Strategy sets out how we intend to support progress towards Net Zero by 2050 by combining a focus on mobilising and accelerating flows of private finance into key clean growth sectors, using public funds to leverage private capital, whilst providing good value for taxpayers.

Infrastructure is central to our economic strategy, and the Government will publish a National Infrastructure Strategy setting out further details on its long-term ambitions in due course.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles keeps pace with the rapid growth in hydrogen fuel production.

Low carbon hydrogen is one of a handful of critical options needed to deliver net zero, given its potential to help decarbonise heavy industry and flexible deployment across heat, power, and transport. We will be setting out our approach to growing the UK hydrogen economy early next year in the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

The Department regularly engages with the Department for Transport on tackling climate change and delivering our net zero commitments.

On 30 September, it was announced that Tees Valley will be the UK’s first Hydrogen Transport Hub, bringing together industry, academia, and the Government to accelerate the UK’s take-up of green hydrogen. This aligns with wider plans to drive forward transport innovation by funding 19 new hydrogen-powered refuse trucks in Glasgow and starting trials for Britain’s first hydrogen-powered train. We are committed to exploring all options for low carbon hydrogen across freight, buses, trains, maritime, and aviation to ensure that the UK can lead the world in its deployment and use across the economy.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Transport to co-ordinate policy on a UK hydrogen strategy.

We have committed to publish a UK hydrogen strategy in early 2021 and development is well under way.

BEIS ministers and officials work across government departments, including the Department for Transport, to coordinate on hydrogen, both bilaterally and through governance arrangements at various levels.

This includes the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI), chaired by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which covers issues relating to net zero and hydrogen; the Climate National Strategy Implementation Group, reporting to the Cabinet Secretary involving Directors General across Whitehall, chaired by the DG Energy Transformation & Clean Growth; and the Hydrogen Advisory Council, co-chaired by myself as Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, and Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair of Shell launched in July 2020.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to energy providers facing penalties for non-delivery of Capacity Market commitments that were terminated as a result of the closure of the Capacity Market in 2018-19.

The Capacity Market is the Government’s main tool for ensuring security of electricity supply. Capacity agreements impose a range of obligations and milestones on capacity providers both in the lead up to the delivery year and in the delivery year itself. This provides assurance that agreements will be met.

In light of the uncertainty created by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment and subsequent standstill period, the Government recognised that in some instances capacity providers might find it difficult to achieve compliance with these obligations by the set deadline. A range of these obligations and milestones were modified where there was a high provider cost associated with the obligation and its modification would not create risks to security of supply.

21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of investing funds from the public purse in electrolyser deployment.

The Government is committed to developing hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier.

We are investing in hydrogen innovation across the value chain. This includes the £33 million Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply competition aimed to accelerate the development of low carbon bulk hydrogen supply solutions and the Storage at Scale Competition, which looked for innovative, replicable large scale energy storage solutions that could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large-scale energy storage technologies. These included projects supporting electrolysis.

We are considering revenue support delivered by business models to support the deployment of, and investment in, low carbon hydrogen production and developing a £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund, announced in August 2019 to stimulate capital investment. Again, electrolysis is included in the scope of this work.

The Government intends to publish a hydrogen strategy early in 2021, which will include discussion around the costs associated with expansion of the UK hydrogen economy, including scale up of production, and how these might be met.

21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure UK mining industries undertake low carbon extraction techniques.

There are a number of R&D programmes that currently support innovative projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Foundation Industries, and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, both of which are currently open for applications.

Mineral planning authorities are responsible for controlling the use of land for mining activities through the policies and proposals in their local plans and through the granting of planning permission. In granting planning permission mineral planning authorities should ensure that operations do not have unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment or human health. Other regulators (such as the Environment Agency) are responsible the control of processes or emissions (where these are subject to separate pollution control regimes).

21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he plans to support businesses that are using low environmental impact mining techniques.

There are a number of R&D programmes that currently support innovative projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Foundation Industries, and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, both of which are currently open for applications.

Mineral planning authorities are responsible for controlling the use of land for mining activities through the policies and proposals in their local plans and through the granting of planning permission. In granting planning permission mineral planning authorities should ensure that operations do not have unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment or human health. Other regulators (such as the Environment Agency) are responsible the control of processes or emissions (where these are subject to separate pollution control regimes).

21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether the Radioactive Waste Management Strategy has ensured that radioactive by-products from the extractive industry are always processed in a safe manner.

Waste from the extractive industry is covered by the 2009 Radioactive Discharges Strategy (2009 Discharges Strategy) and the 2014 Strategy for the management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) waste in the UK. These strategies aim to limit the exposure of the public and the environment to radiation and require the safe processing of waste as part of those intended outcomes.

In England, the safe management of radioactive wastes is regulated by the Environment Agency in accordance with The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.

A 2018 review of the 2009 Discharges Strategy found that the UK was making good progress towards the Strategy’s intended outcomes and was contributing to the dose reduction aims of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic. Overall progress on the Strategy’s implementation is monitored through close liaison with our partners in the Devolved Administrations and UK environmental regulators.

17th Sep 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 funding for (a) projects for deploying hydrogen in shipping and (b) a roll-out of electric charging points in ports.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not held any discussions with my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to these specific issues.

There are however regular discussions between BEIS, the Department for Transport and HM Treasury officials in relation green shipping, including the deployment of alternative fuels such as hydrogen, and the provision of shore power in UK Ports.

17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to create a new ministerial responsibility within his Department to support the mining sector.

The Government recognises and values the importance of mining as a foundation industry serving a number of other vital industrial activities, and therefore this sector is covered by the responsibilities of my Hon. Friend the Minister for Business and Industry.

17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to encourage young people to study courses relating to mining and the procurement of energy at higher education.

The Government, through UK Research and Innovation, fund informal learning programmes to inspire young people to take up STEM subjects and careers and provide a future generation passionate about STEM, including geological science. For example, we support the STEM Ambassador programme, a nationwide network of over 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of employers, who engage with young people to provide stimulating and inspirational activities to increase their interest in STEM subjects and to raise awareness of the range of careers that STEM qualifications offer.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the energy sector on the potential 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.

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 governments 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.

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has with his counterparts in European countries on co-operating with other international partners on hydrogen.

We are closely monitoring international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international forums, including the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy, Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial, and ad hoc meetings. These offer opportunities to discuss other countries’ domestic hydrogen strategies in detail and explore opportunities for collaboration. Since the UK has left the European Union, we are seeking to engage and cooperate with the EU and with EU Member States on hydrogen through normal diplomatic channels.

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.

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.

10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar sites which could bid into Contract for Difference Auction Round 4.

The Government considers a range of matters when setting the parameters for Contracts for Difference auctions, including the anticipated pipeline of eligible projects. We will publish allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction in 2021, when assessments of the potential volume of participants can be informed by the most current information on project pipelines.

10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support staff who are being forced to renegotiate contracts when the furlough scheme ends.

The terms and conditions of employment are for negotiation and agreement between employers and employees (or their representatives). Provided they do not discriminate unlawfully, for example on grounds of race, sex or disability, employers are free to offer the terms and conditions of employment which best suit their business needs.

Once agreed, they form a legally binding contract of employment. While it is always open to either party to seek to renegotiate the terms of the contract, if the employer changes any of the terms without the employee's agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress. We expect all employers, to treat employees fairly. Depending on the extent and likely impact of the proposed changes, employers should meet with affected employees or their trade union representatives, and explain their case for making the proposed change.

A guidance document which contains more information on the law in this area is available at www.gov.uk/browse/working. Employees may wish to seek independent legal advice, perhaps from their local Citizens Advice Bureau or law centre, if they are unclear on their contractual position.

10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of compliance of large companies with redundancy and recruitment regulatory frameworks during the covid-19 outbreak.

All employers must continue to comply with the law on redundancy.

Any redundancy process should be fair and reasonable, with appropriate equalities considerations. When making redundancies, employers must abide by the law which includes giving a notice period and consulting staff before a final decision is reached. If a company has failed to adequately consult its employees before making them redundant, it may be possible for employees to apply to an Employment Tribunal for a Protective Award.

When recruiting, employers should be fair and objective in their selection of successful candidates and must not discriminate unlawfully, for example on grounds of race, sex or disability.

The Government has also introduced new legislation which commenced on 31 July to ensure that furloughed employees who are subsequently made redundant receive statutory redundancy pay, statutory notice pay, unfair dismissal compensation and pay for short-time working based on the employee’s normal pay, rather than their furlough pay (potentially 80% of their normal wage). The Government has always urged employers to do the right thing and not seek to disadvantage furloughed employees who are facing redundancy.

10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies that have received funding from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comply with employment law on recruitment and redundancy processes.

Our guidance to employers using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) makes clear that employees still have the same rights at work. They must continue to comply with employment and equalities laws when using the scheme, including in relation to recruitment, redundancy and dismissal.

Employers should always be fair and objective in their recruitment processes. Provided they do not discriminate unlawfully, for example on grounds of race, sex or disability, they are free to use the recruitment methods that they consider best suit their needs.

Any redundancy process should be fair and reasonable, with appropriate equalities considerations. Employees with the necessary qualifying service who believe that they have been unfairly selected for redundancy, or that the redundancy was unfair in some other way, may be able to complain to an employment tribunal.

The Government has also introduced new legislation which commenced on 31 July to ensure that furloughed employees who are subsequently made redundant receive statutory redundancy pay, statutory notice pay, unfair dismissal compensation and pay for short-time working based on the employee’s normal pay, rather than their furlough pay (potentially 80% of their normal wage). The Government has always urged employers to do the right thing and not seek to disadvantage furloughed employees who are facing redundancy.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average prospective bidding price of (a) solar, (b) onshore wind and (c) offshore wind sites into Contracts for Difference auction round 4; and what assessment he has made of the implications of those prices for UK electricity costs.

BEIS sets an administrative strike price for each technology, presented on a price per megawatt hour (MWh) basis, that is the maximum price the Government is willing to offer developers. The bid price is a commercial decision for the developer. The administrative strike prices and allocation round parameters will be published in advance of the next auction in 2021.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what steps he is taking to formalise cross-departmental working on the Government's hydrogen strategy.

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a decarbonised energy carrier for the UK and we are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Chair of the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI) which covers topics including hydrogen. BEIS officials and I also continue to work across government departments, including an on-going review of governance arrangements, to ensure we work effectively to develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish future meeting dates of the Hydrogen Advisory Council.

The inaugural meeting of the Hydrogen Advisory Council (HAC) was on 20 July 2020. It is expected to meet quarterly for at least the next two years with the next meeting scheduled on 14 October 2020.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of trials that are testing the safety of using hydrogen for domestic heat.

Hydrogen is one potential option for decarbonising heating, alongside other solutions, including heat pumps and heat networks. The Government is therefore supporting a range of research, development and testing projects involving hydrogen to help determine the feasibility of using low carbon hydrogen as an alternative to the use of natural gas for heating in homes.

The Government is working closely with industry and other stakeholders to identify further testing and trials needed to provide evidence on issues including safety, feasibility, costs and benefits and the overall consumer experience.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of electric vehicles produced in the UK have fuel cells that are produced in the UK.

The UK has world leading expertise in hydrogen fuel cells. However, this is a nascent market and the Department does not routinely collect specific figures. The number of fuel cell vehicles currently being produced in the UK is low, being predominantly commercial vehicles.

The UK is well-placed to be a leader in hydrogen and fuel cell powered transportation, which can support our ambitions for greener transport. The Government is supporting fuel cell manufacturers as part of the £1 billion industry-Government Advanced Propulsion Centre programme and the Automotive Transformation Fund. In addition, we are supporting the wider market through our £23 million Hydrogen for Transport Programme, which is increasing the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations, as well as deploying hundreds of vehicles.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of electric vehicles that will be produced in the UK in each year up to 2030.

The Faraday Institution, which supports UK battery development, estimates that the UK will be producing nearly 1.6 million electric vehicles (EVs) per year by 2040. The report ‘UK electric vehicle and battery production potential to 2040’ can be downloaded from the Faraday Institution’s website at: https://faraday.ac.uk/publications/.

The Government continues to create the right environment to support an increase in the production of EVsin the UK. We have announced up to £1 billion through the Automotive Transformation Fund to develop UK supply chains for the large-scale production of EVs and for further research and development (R&D). £10 million of funding will enable the first wave of innovative R&D projects to scale-up manufacturing of the latest technology in batteries, motors, electronics, and fuel cells. The Government is also encouraging industry to put forward investment proposals for the UK’s first ‘gigafactory’ and to support supply chains to mass manufacture cutting-edge batteries for the next generation of EVs, as well as for other strategic electric vehicle technologies.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) FTSE 100, (b) FTSE 250 and (c) AIM listed mining companies are producing critical minerals as defined by the British Geological Survey.

This information is not collected or published by central Government.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK has a critical mineral strategy.

The Government’s strategy for securing access to critical minerals, or any other key materials and components, is to work at a global level to secure free, fair, and open international trade of these materials.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with this Canadian counterpart on critical minerals.

The Department continuously monitors the supply of critical minerals, working closely with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Details of meetings held by Ministers in the Department are recorded in our transparency data, which is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on critical minerals.

The Department continuously monitors the supply of critical minerals, working closely with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Details of meetings held by Ministers in the Department are recorded in our transparency data, which is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of global solar panel production is based in the UK.

Global solar panel production is mainly based in Asia. UK solar panel manufacture is focussed on specialised applications and the total volume of production is not globally significant.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the country of origin is for the majority of solar panels used in the UK.

Global solar panel production is mainly based in Asia, particularly China. The Department does not maintain detailed data on the country of origin of solar panels installed in UK.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of global wind turbine production is based in the UK.

The Department does not hold this information for the global proportion of turbine production.

Currently, the UK has capability in the production of wind turbine blades, foundations, and cables, most notably the Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas blade factories in Hull and the Isle of Wight respectively, employing over 1,500 highly skilled workers.

The industry has committed in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, to increase UK content to 60% from 50%, but more crucially to increase UK content in the capital expenditure phase. I am determined that the industry delivers on this commitment.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies (a) produce (i) Paris climate change agreement-aligned and (ii) net-zero business plans and (b) manage other forward-looking climate risks.

The UK has led the way in delivering clean growth -growing by 75% while emissions have decreased by 43% between 1990 and 2018 - faster than any other G7 nation. Meeting our net zero target will require us to build on this progress by transforming our economy – our homes, our transport, our industries, how we generate and use energy, and how we use our land. This has to be a shared endeavour between Government, devolved nations, local authorities, business, civil society and the British people – as well as the rest of the world.

We expect all publicly-listed companies and large asset owners to disclose in line with the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations by 2022. Businesses implementing the TCFD recommendations will disclose information on the procedures they have in place for Board oversight of climate change and how it is factored into their risk management processes.

We have also established a joint taskforce with the UK regulators to monitor the incorporation of climate financial risk into decision making. This will ensure a coordinated approach on climate-related issues and examine the most effective way to approach disclosure.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what critical minerals are needed for the production of a standard fuel cell for an electric vehicle.

As set out in ‘The future impact of materials security on the UK manufacturing industry’ paper for the Government Office for Science in 2013, hydrogen fuel cells require catalysts made of platinum group metals.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) types and (b) quantity in kilograms of critical minerals required produce a standard solar panel.

The Government has not undertaken such an assessment. However, officials’ regular engagement with industry on the deliverability and sustainability of their deployment plans has elicited no concerns regarding the sourcing of critical materials.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) types and (b) quantity in kilograms of critical minerals required to produce a wind turbine.

BEIS has not made an assessment of the types and quantities of materials that go into producing a wind turbine.

BEIS is providing innovation support to Greenspur, a company based in Hertfordshire, to trial a new type of magnet – which does not use rare earth minerals - at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many industrial magnet manufacturers are located in the UK; and what their combined annual production of industrial magnets is.

The official statistics do not separately identify businesses engaging specifically in industrial magnet manufacturing. However, according to the Office for National Statistics survey on UK manufacturers sales by product, in 2018 just over 1,500 tonnes of “permanent magnets or articles intended to become permanent magnets” were estimated to be sold by UK manufacturers.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many electric vehicle fuel cells are produced in the UK annually.

The UK has world-leading expertise in hydrogen fuel cells. The scale of UK manufacturing for electric vehicles is understood to be approximately 0.5 MW annually, enough for around 100 fuel cell stacks.

The UK is well placed to be a leader in hydrogen and fuel cell powered transportation, which can support our ambitions for greener transport. The Government is supporting fuel cell manufacturers as part of the £1 billion industry-Government Advanced Propulsion Centre programme. We are also supporting the wider market through the Office for Low Emission Vehicle's £23 million Hydrogen for Transport Programme, which is increasing the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations and deploying hundreds of vehicles.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many kilograms of nickel are refined in the UK annually.

The information requested is not reported by the Office for National Statistics.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the UK manufacturing economy is dependent on critical minerals.

The Government does not carry any publicly available data on critical minerals and no assessment of UK manufacturing’s dependency on such minerals has been made.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of rare earth separation plants in (a) the UK, (b) the People’s Republic of China, (c) the EU, (d) the United States, (e) Australia and (f) Canada.

The Government has made no such estimate. However, we fully recognise the importance of rare earth materials to industry, particularly those industries that underpin the clean, green economy to which we are committed such as wind turbines and low-emission vehicles.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many British companies mine rare earth minerals; and what proportion of total global output do they produce.

The Government is not aware of any current rare earth minerals mining activity in this country.

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a community energy contract for difference.

Community projects are already entitled to apply for a contract for difference to build and operate a renewable electricity generating station, provided they satisfy the eligibility requirements of the scheme.

The Government keeps all aspects of the Contracts for Difference scheme under review on an ongoing basis, and the next allocation round is scheduled to take place in 2021.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to grow the UK's hydrogen economy.

The Government is committed to exploring the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity and other decarbonised gases. In line with this we are investing up to £121m in hydrogen innovation, supporting the application of new low carbon hydrogen technologies across the value chain. This includes:

  • £23m Hydrogen for the Transport Programme - to increase the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles and grow the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations;
  • £25m for the Hy4Heat programme - to explore the safety and feasibility of using 100% hydrogen for heat in the home, including product development and core safety assessment;
  • Up to £20m for the 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; and
  • £33m for the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply Competition – to support the development of bulk low carbon hydrogen production technologies.

Alongside our innovation activity, we are developing our strategic approach to hydrogen and building sustainable policy frameworks to support investment in low carbon hydrogen production. This includes developing a sustainable business model to support low carbon hydrogen production and a new £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund, as announced in August 2019, to stimulate capital investment. We will be engaging with industry on both schemes throughout the year.

8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional (a) support and (b) funding the Government plans to provide to the manufacturing industry sector to help that sector achieve carbon neutral status.

While we are rightly focusing on taking action to tackle the immediate Covid-19 crisis, we continue to prioritise efforts to deal with the serious challenges of climate change.

The Government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. We will continue backing this objective by funding programmes that accelerate the shift to electrification. For example, the Faraday Challenge is providing £274 million to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development, and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles.

The 2017 Made Smarter Review highlighted the economic and environmental opportunities for the UK’s manufacturing sector until 2027. This includes £455 billion Gross Value Added, the creation of 175,000 jobs, and a 4.5% reduction in CO2 emissions. The development of low carbon technologies will benefit the UK economy, as well as reduce carbon emissions, including through the creation of new jobs.

We will establish the world’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and at least one low carbon cluster by 2030. This is the second mission under the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, launched in December 2018, and is the most relevant to those manufacturing industries that often co-locate in clusters. UK Research & Innovation is delivering up to £170 million to support the deployment of low carbon technologies in one or more clusters.

5th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what percentage of the gas used in the UK each day currently qualifies for short-haul tariffs.

As the independent energy regulator, Ofgem have responsibility for matters relating to gas network charging. Ofgem have provided a mailbox for all inquiries regarding the Gas Charging Review, including short-haul (Gas.TransmissionResponse@ofgem.gov.uk). I advise that you contact Ofgem directly regarding this matter.

5th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Ofgem has halted work on the electricity charging reform.

There are currently two Significant Code Reviews (SCRs) that are the focus of Ofgem’s work on electricity charging reform: the Targeted Charging Review (TCR) and the Access and Forward-Looking Charges Review (Access SCR). Ofgem indicated in its forward work programme update, which was published on 16th April 2020 and is available at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/ofgem-information-energy-licensees-coronavirus-covid-19-response, that work on both the TCR and Access SCR will continue to be progressed.

In addition, National Grid Electricity System Operator has been leading a task force at Ofgem’s request to consider the future of balancing services charges. As part of its reprioritisation in April 2020 of the forward work programme, Ofgem has paused some activities including the Balancing Services Charges Task Force. This decision was taken to enable stakeholders and Ofgem to prioritise the response to coronavirus. The Task Force will resume work in July 2020.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing a UK-wide hydrogen strategy similar to those being developed in (a) Germany, (b) Australia, (c) Japan and (d) other countries.

The Government is committed to exploring the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity and other decarbonised gases and we have been taking a number of steps to do so. We are:

  • exploring options to develop our strategic approach on hydrogen;
  • investing in innovation, with up to £121m supporting a range of projects to explore and develop the potential of low carbon hydrogen across the value chain;
  • developing new policy and conducting extensive stakeholder engagement, notably around building sustainable business models to support hydrogen production;
  • working on the design of the £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund announced in August 2019.

We are also closely following international hydrogen developments and are active participants in international forums, including the Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy and Mission Innovation. As part of this we are following developments as countries look to develop and implement domestic hydrogen strategies. We are considering this as part of our wider strategic approach on hydrogen.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of (a) the extent of the UK's natural resources and (b) whether those natural resources could be utilised to develop a green hydrogen industry.

The Government is committed to exploring the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity and other decarbonised gases, in line with our 2050 net zero commitment. Low carbon hydrogen can be produced and stored in multiple ways and the UK has significant natural resources that – if used sustainably – can support development of a low carbon and renewable UK hydrogen supply.

The?UK is the world’s largest offshore wind market with 9.8GW installed capacity, which will rise to 19.5GW by the mid-2020s. Renewable electricity can be used to produce hydrogen through electrolysis. We are supporting electrolytic hydrogen projects using renewable electricity, as part of up to £121m in innovation support across the low carbon hydrogen value chain. For example, the Dolphyn project is developing a system for clean hydrogen production through electrolysis on floating offshore wind turbines.

Low carbon hydrogen can also be produced through methane reformation with carbon capture, utlisation and storage. The UK has significant underground salt beds which could provide tens of gigawatts of cost effective storage to safely store hydrogen and other gases, and the depleted oil and gas reservoirs deep off our coastline that could potentially store more than 78 billion tonnes of CO2, meaning the UK is ideally placed to develop a thriving low carbon hydrogen industry.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Ofgem rejected a modification to enable daily metered sites that have reduced gas demands as a result of covid-19 to reduce their capacity charges until 1 October 2020.

Ofgem, as the independent energy regulator, has responsibility for matters relating to gas network charging and has made their decision in accordance with their statutory duties, including their principal objective which is to protect the interests of GB’s energy consumers.

When making their decision on UNC725, Ofgem sought to balance the recognition of the Covid-19 circumstances against the principles which underpin the transportation charging arrangements, and gas transporters own financial circumstances. In their assessment, Ofgem considered that the proposed modification did not promote the efficient operation of the network and could have an adverse effect on the gas transporters’ ability to discharge their licence obligations.

Please visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/unc725-ability-reflect-correct-customer-network-use-and-system-offtake-quantity-soq-during-covid-19 for more information on the decision.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment Ofgem has made of the risk of inefficient bypass if a replacement for shorthaul is not implement by October 2020, in light of the effect of covid-19 on the work of the Gas Shippers Panel.

Ofgem, as the independent energy regulator, has responsibility for matters relating to gas network charging and has made their decision in accordance with their statutory duties, including their principal objective which is to protect the interests of GB’s energy consumers

Ofgem have said that they will consider proposals to introduce a gas shorthaul charge that seeks to address inefficient bypass of the gas network when they are brought forward by industry.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Ofgem made an assessment of the potential risk of inefficient bypass as part of its decision to introduce changes to the Gas Transmission Charging Regime in October 2020.

Ofgem, as the independent energy regulator, has responsibility for matters relating to gas network charging and has made their decision in accordance with their statutory duties, including their principal objective which is to protect the interests of GB’s energy consumers.

Ofgem have considered the impact of the decision on different types of consumers and have concluded that consumers overall will benefit from the decision. Ofgem have said that they will consider proposals to introduce a gas shorthaul charge that seeks to address inefficient bypass of the gas network when they are brought forward by industry.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what annual benefit has Ofgem accredited to the average domestic consumer for 2020-21 as a result of the changes introduced in October 2020 to the Gas Transmission Charging Regime.

Ofgem, as the independent energy regulator, has responsibility for matters relating to gas network charging and has made their decision in accordance with their statutory duties, including their principal objective which is to protect the interests of GB’s energy consumers.

Ofgem have considered the impact of the decision on different types of consumers and have set out this analysis in their decision. Ofgem have estimated consumers will save over £3 billion over ten years from this decision, including c£1billion for gas consumers and c£2billion for electricity consumers. They expect that consumers overall will benefit from the decision.

Please visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/amendments-gas-transmission-charging-regime-decision-and-final-impact-assessment-unc678abcdefghij to find out more information on the decision.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average effect is per annum from 2020-21 on the 30 largest industrial consumers of gas as a result of the changes to the Gas Transmission Charging Regime which are due to come into effect in October 2020.

The Government is fully committed to minimising industrial energy costs in the UK to ensure our industries remain strong and competitive. We continue to progress a range of measures to deliver an efficient and effective gas system that benefits all consumers.

Ofgem, as the independent energy regulator, has responsibility for matters relating to gas network charging and has made their decision in accordance with their statutory duties, including their principal objective which is to protect the interests of GB’s energy consumers.

Ofgem have considered the impact of the decision on different types of consumers and have set out this analysis in their decision. They expect that consumers overall will benefit from the decision.

Please visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/amendments-gas-transmission-charging-regime-decision-and-final-impact-assessment-unc678abcdefghij to find out more information on the decision.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) contract terms, (b) insurance cover, (c) ABTA and ATOL arrangements and (d) other financial protections available to holidaymakers.

Package travel agencies are required to comply with The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, which protect consumers who have bought package holidays. Consumers are entitled to a refund?if forced to cancel a package holiday due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which should be issued?within 14 days, depending on the nature of the contract in place. Packages must also be backed by insolvency protection schemes. DfT is in regular contact with the regulator, the sector and consumer groups and is working to ensure consumers are protected while recognising the pressure travel businesses are facing. The Government is also in continual dialogue with the insurance sector to understand and influence its contribution to handling Covid-19.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the future of the national gas network.

Natural gas has an important and on-going role to play into the future as we decarbonise our energy system. However, how we use natural gas will need to change in order to minimise the carbon dioxide emissions associated with burning it.

Whilst we do not yet have certainty on the future role and extent of the distribution or transmission networks, there are steps we can take in the near-term to enable a decarbonised gas pathway. .

The existing gas networks, systems and markets will be important in providing the knowledge and the building blocks for the transition to Net Zero through the introduction of low carbon gases and a potential role for Hydrogen.

15th May 2020
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what is the average church attendance each week in (a) Rother Valley Constituency, (b) Yorkshire, and (c) England in each year of the last five years.

The most recent survey of church attendance was published in 2018, and the table below contains figures aggregated from 2014-18 using average weekly attendance figures at all age services. These figures are collected each year during four weeks in October.

The figures in the table below include adult and child attendance at Sunday and midweek church services and fresh expressions, but not attendance at services for schools. Special local services such as memorials to commemorate flooding – can lead to fluctuations in the figures.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Rother Valley*

1,450

1,260

1,170

1,130

980

Yorkshire*

82,600

82,800

77,600

75,500

75,200

Church of England

975,300

959,900

921,700

893,900

870,900

More information can be found in the annual Statistics for Mission report: https://www.churchofengland.org/media/18763

Parish boundaries do not coincide with constituency or county boundaries. Figures in the table are based on reasonable approximations as follows:

  • The Rother Valley figure refers to the parishes in the Deanery of Laughton along with the parishes of Whiston and Wickersley.
  • The Yorkshire figure refers to the Dioceses of York, Leeds, and Sheffield.
Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the Royal Mail's compliance with the Universal Service Obligation as the Royal Mail has announced the temporary ending of Saturday deliveries during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Universal Service Obligation is set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.

Ministers have no role in temporary changes to the service level. The regulatory conditions that require Royal Mail to deliver letters 6 days a week as part of the universal postal service also provide that Royal Mail is not required to sustain these services without interruption, suspension or restriction in the event of an emergency. Ofcom has acknowledged in this context that the COVID-19 pandemic is an emergency.

There is a clear and transparent process for how longer-term changes to service standards would be considered and any changes would need to be made through secondary legislation and agreed by Parliament.

1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he he had with representatives of Royal Mail prior to the announcement by that organisation of the temporary suspension of Saturday deliveries during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Universal Service Obligation is set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.

Ministers have no role in temporary changes to the service level. The regulatory conditions that require Royal Mail to deliver letters 6 days a week as part of the universal postal service also provide that Royal Mail is not required to sustain these services without interruption, suspension or restriction in the event of an emergency. Ofcom has acknowledged in this context that the COVID-19 pandemic is an emergency.

There is a clear and transparent process for how longer-term changes to service standards would be considered and any changes would need to be made through secondary legislation and agreed by Parliament. Ministers and officials have regular discussions with Ofcom and Royal Mail on matters relating to postal services.

1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on whether the Royal Mail's Saturday delivery service will resume after the end of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Universal Service Obligation is set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.

Ministers have no role in temporary changes to the service level. The regulatory conditions that require Royal Mail to deliver letters 6 days a week as part of the universal postal service also provide that Royal Mail is not required to sustain these services without interruption, suspension or restriction in the event of an emergency. Ofcom has acknowledged in this context that the COVID-19 pandemic is an emergency.

There is a clear and transparent process for how longer-term changes to service standards would be considered and any changes would need to be made through secondary legislation and agreed by Parliament. Royal Mail has announced that its Saturday letters delivery service will resume from 13 June.

27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that family members of people who have underlying industrial diseases, but who die from covid-19, are allowed to put in posthumous claims to the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme.

Under the terms of the Coal Industry Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme (CIPCS), formerly the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme, there is provision for posthumous claims to be made. The criteria for a posthumous claim are:

  • Employment with British Coal (which extends to employment with contractors or in a licensed mine); and
  • 10 years or more of employment in the coal mining industry; and
  • Having been in receipt of Industrial Injuries Disablement (IIDB) for Pneumoconiosis (Prescribed Disease D1 (PD D1)) or one of the other qualifying diseases, which does not include Covid-19; or
  • Pneumoconiosis or one of the other qualifying disease, which does not include Covid-19 appearing on the Death Certificate.

Where a former miner was not in receipt of IIDB during life a request can be made, within a year of their death, to the DWP for a retrospective assessment. In instances in which there was no IIDB assessment during life or a retrospective request either is not possible or successful, a claim can be made if pneumoconiosis appears on the Death Certificate.

24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have put in claims to the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire, (c) the borough of Rotherham and (d) Rother Valley constituency in the last calendar year.

A breakdown of claims received under the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme by area requested during the last full calendar year (2019) are set out below:

(a) 132 (England)

(b) 41 (Yorkshire)

(c) 16 (Borough of Rotherham)

(d) 3 (Rother Valley Constituency)

For information:

  • The address of the claimant has been used (as opposed to using the last known postcode of a deceased miner) to define the origin of each claim.
  • ‘The Borough of Rotherham’ has been taken as being postcode districts S60-S63, S65 and S66.
  • ‘Rother Valley Constituency’ was ascertained using https://members.parliament.uk/constituencies/.
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure compliance with the guidance published by the Government and Public Health England on social distancing and safe hygiene practices at warehouses and fulfilment sites for online retailers.

Everyone must comply with the rules issued by the Government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

We have published guidance for employers and businesses to assist them in the safe operation of their business:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Where the Health and Safety Executive are made aware of an employer not complying with the relevant Public Health England guidance (including enabling social distancing where it is practical to do so), HSE will consider a range of action, from providing specific advice to employers through to issuing enforcement notices.

24th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps his Department is taking to support small food retailers to (a) maintain hygiene in stores and (b) protect staff from the transmission of that disease.

We must support people at work to do the right thing during the COVID-19 outbreak so they can stay safe. We regularly speak to industry stakeholders, including the British Retail Consortium and supermarket CEOs, to ensure they are well prepared and up to date with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

24th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has plans to close (a) corner shops and (b) other small food retailers during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has been clear that food retail, including supermarkets, convenience stores, corner shops, and food markets, will remain open.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to protect commercial drivers in (a) canteens, (b) break rooms and (c) other locations against covid-19.

Where there are no practical alternatives, workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff and a communal space for breaks. Where possible, staff should bring their own food to work and distributors should move to a takeaway model. Workers should try to minimise all meetings and gatherings in the workplace and measures should be taken to minimise the number of people in a canteen at any time, for example by using a rota. Further information and guidance on social distancing practices are set out at gov.uk.

20th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the COP26 summit will still be held in Glasgow in November 2020 despite the covid-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 is clearly reducing the scope for in-person international meetings, which we will seek to manage as far as possible through other means such as video and phone conferences.

Given this is an evolving situation we are keeping the situation under careful review and are in frequent contact with the UN, Chile (as current COP Presidents) and other partners."

20th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of administrative tasks the Government requires of small businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has announced various measures to reduce burdens on businesses of all sizes during the Covid-19 outbreak. This includes an announcement on 25 March, in conjunction with Companies House, allowing companies to apply for a three-month extension to file their accounts through a simplified online system. Further measures are being developed and will be announced soon.

10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage energy companies to promote women into engineering positions.

Her Majesty's Government (HMG) is a signatory to the “Equal by 30 Campaign”, a joint Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and International Energy Agency (IEA) initiative, which works towards equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.

HMG has additionally set a target of having 40% women working in the nuclear sector by 2030 from a baseline of 22% in 2018 as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal. Since then the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG), the leading forum for nuclear skills, of which HMG is a member, together with Women in Nuclear (WiN) has published a Gender Roadmap that sets out the actions needed for the industry to hit that target. Ministers and HMG officials have also signed the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment, which supports companies in their efforts to reach 40%.

BEIS also continues to support POWERful Women, which was launched by HMG in 2014 and seeks to promote gender diversity in the energy sector, through membership of their Board and provision of grant funding to support their POWERful Connections mentoring programme.

10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has made to energy companies on increasing flexible working to encourage uptake of jobs in that sector by women.

The Government supports flexible working and is clear about the benefits for employers and their employees, including in the energy sector.

We consulted last year on proposals to require large employers to publish flexible working policies and to advertise jobs as suitable for flexible working. We will respond to that consultation in due course. Since then, we committed in our Manifesto to make flexible working the default. Subject to consultation, we will bring forward these new measures in our Employment Bill.

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of board members who are women for energy companies operating in the UK.

For energy companies in the FTSE350, an average of 31.8% of board positions are now held by women up from 27.9% in 2018.

We support the work of POWERful Women, a campaigning organisation committed to advancing gender diversity across the energy sector. Data compiled by this organisation can be found at: http://powerfulwomen.org.uk/board-statistics-by-company/ .

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the number of women working in skilled jobs in the energy sector.

The Government is committed to working collaboratively with businesses to create inclusive workplaces and, through this, boost productivity.

Sector Deals offer an opportunity for sectors and government to make joint, long-term commitments on diversity and increase the proportion of underrepresented groups. Our agreed Nuclear, Offshore Wind and Aerospace Sector Deals include commitments to increase diversity in these sectors, including establishing the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter.

The Offshore Wind Sector Deal, set a minimum target of employing 33 per cent women across the sector by 2030 and raising this figure to 40 per cent if feasible.

The Nuclear Sector Deal published on 28 June 2018 also has a commitment to achieve 40% women in nuclear by 2030.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has plans to commission an inquiry into fracking in the next six months; and if she will make a statement.

The Government has no plans to commission an inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the next six months, or to review the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The Government’s position has been set out in the Written Statement of 4th November 2019 and will be maintained unless compelling new evidence is provided.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a levy on shale gas companies to pay for the cost of policing at shale gas sites.

Policing is a matter for the Home Office and the local constabulary. No such assessment has been made.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has to review the moratorium on fracking.

The Government has no plans to review the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The Government’s position has been set out in the Written Statement of 4th November 2019 and will be maintained unless compelling new evidence is provided which addresses the concerns around the prediction and management of induced seismicity.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to ensure any environmental damage caused by the development and exploitation of shale gas is mitigated.

We will not support shale gas exploration unless the science shows categorically that it can be done safely. On the basis of the current scientific evidence the Government has taken a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents.

In the UK, we have been regulating gas and oil drilling, both onshore and offshore, for decades and maintain the very highest safety and environmental standards. Licensees are responsible for liabilities associated with environmental impacts of their operations throughout the duration of the licence.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of requiring shale gas companies to put aside a bond to pay for householders’ property repairs, resultant from exploration and extraction.

As part of the Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) assessment of an application for hydraulic fracturing operations, the OGA requires the operator to have in place the necessary funds or an insurance policy (including third-party liability) that will cover unforeseen events.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what methods of fossil fuel extraction are covered by the moratorium on fracking.

The moratorium applies to operations that require Hydraulic Fracturing Consent. The definition of associated hydraulic fracturing, used for the purposes of Hydraulic Fracturing Consent, is as set out under section 4A of the Petroleum Act 1998 (inserted by Section 50 of the Infrastructure Act 2015).

This definition was based on the approach taken by the European Commission, which defines high-volume hydraulic fracturing as involving the injection into a well of 1000m3 or more or water per fracturing stage or 10000m3 or more of water during the entire fracturing process.

Activities outside of this definition are not included in the moratorium.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) exploratory wells and (b) the process of acidisation are covered by the moratorium on fracking.

The moratorium applies to operations that require Hydraulic Fracturing Consent. The definition of associated hydraulic fracturing, used for the purposes of Hydraulic Fracturing Consent, is as set out under section 4A of the Petroleum Act 1998 (inserted by Section 50 of the Infrastructure Act 2015).

This definition was based on the approach taken by the European Commission, which defines high-volume hydraulic fracturing as involving the injection into a well of 1000m3 or more or water per fracturing stage or 10000m3 or more of water during the entire fracturing process.

Activities outside of this definition are not included in the moratorium.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to put into statute the traffic light system on seismicity resulting from hydraulic fracturing.

There are no plans to review the Traffic Light System or to put it into statute.

20th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is taking steps to ban vaping brands from promoting their products through (a) sponsorship and (b) other means to children.

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave on 18 July 2023 to Question 193917.

10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the economic contribution of the magazine publishing sector to the economy.

The Government greatly values the UK’s publishing sector, of which magazine publishers form a key part. The sector is a UK success story and a significant soft power asset.

Specialist publishing remains an integral part of the media industry, worth £3.74 billion to the UK economy, employing around 55,000 people. The Government recognises the role that specialist interest publications play within the UK’s media ecosystem, and the demand for the specialist insights they provide, with more than 40 million adults in the UK reading a magazine every month.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to include content about age-restricted products including e-cigarettes in designation of content that is harmful to children in the Online Safety Bill.

The strongest protections in the Online Safety Bill are for children. All services in scope will need to do far more to protect children from illegal content and activity, including illegal content about age-restricted products. Services will have to remove and limit the spread of illegal content and take steps to prevent similar material from appearing.

Services likely to be accessed by children will also have to take steps to protect them from content and activity that falls below the criminal threshold but presents a significant risk of harm to children. The government will set out in secondary legislation categories of priority harmful content.

For content to be designated as priority harmful content, it will have to meet the Bill’s threshold for harm and be content of a kind which presents a material risk of significant harm to an appreciable number of children or adults in the UK. On July 7 2022 the government published an indicative list of content that it considers reaches this threshold and is minded to designate as priority harmful content.

This may not be an exhaustive list and we are continuing to engage extensively with stakeholders, parliamentarians and Ofcom ahead of designating the categories. In addition to the priority harms, companies will also be required to protect children from any other content and activity on their service which risks causing significant harm to an appreciable number of children.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Public Health England’s research and analysis entitled Gambling-related harms evidence review, updated on 30 September 2021, what assessment her Department has made of the potential (a) economic and (b) social effects on people and communities of the National Lottery’s shift towards online-based games and away from traditional draw-based games.

The Department and the Gambling Commission as the independent regulator share three statutory duties in relation to the National Lottery - to ensure that the National Lottery is run with all due propriety, that the interests of every participant are protected, and - subject to those duties - that returns to good causes are maximised. The National Lottery is regulated under a separate framework from commercial gambling, with additional requirements regarding the protection of players.

'Instants games’ have been part of the National Lottery portfolio for the majority of the time since the National Lottery was launched in 1994. Scratchcards were introduced in 1995 and online Interactive Instant Win Games in 2003. A broad portfolio ensures the National Lottery continues to appeal to a wide range of people and can provide substantial contributions for good causes every week.

All games, including instants games, are licensed by the Gambling Commission. In determining whether to licence games, the Commission will consider the potential impact on players and the player protection mechanisms which are in place to protect players from harm.

The current National Lottery operator has a range of online player protection tools for players (for example self-exclusion tools, spend and play limits, and the option to set lower limits) and has developed an online algorithm for identifying at risk and problem play which alerts players to help encourage healthy play habits.

Evidence from the latest (2018) Health Survey for England shows that National Lottery games were associated with the lowest rates of problem gambling of all gambling products considered. Problem gambling rates for National Lottery draw-based games were 0.9% while the figure for Scratchcards was 1.4%.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential harms to people and communities of the National Lottery’s shift towards online-based games and away from traditional draw-based games; and whether her Department holds information on the potential causal link between people using the National Lottery mobile app and using other forms of mobile gambling.

The Department and the Gambling Commission as the independent regulator share three statutory duties in relation to the National Lottery - to ensure that the National Lottery is run with all due propriety, that the interests of every participant are protected, and - subject to those duties - that returns to good causes are maximised. The National Lottery is regulated under a separate framework from commercial gambling, with additional requirements regarding the protection of players.

'Instants games’ have been part of the National Lottery portfolio for the majority of the time since the National Lottery was launched in 1994. Scratchcards were introduced in 1995 and online Interactive Instant Win Games in 2003. A broad portfolio ensures the National Lottery continues to appeal to a wide range of people and can provide substantial contributions for good causes every week.

All games, including instants games, are licensed by the Gambling Commission. In determining whether to licence games, the Commission will consider the potential impact on players and the player protection mechanisms which are in place to protect players from harm.

The current National Lottery operator has a range of online player protection tools for players (for example self-exclusion tools, spend and play limits, and the option to set lower limits) and has developed an online algorithm for identifying at risk and problem play which alerts players to help encourage healthy play habits.

Evidence from the latest (2018) Health Survey for England shows that National Lottery games were associated with the lowest rates of problem gambling of all gambling products considered. Problem gambling rates for National Lottery draw-based games were 0.9% while the figure for Scratchcards was 1.4%.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of UK mobile network operators on sharing and pooling 2G and 3G capabilities for use by the emergency services and other 2G and 3G dependent services and technologies.

The Government has regular discussions with mobile operators, suppliers, and users on 2G and 3G networks. The Government has committed to set out a clear roadmap for the sunsetting or streamlining of 2G and 3G technologies, following the recommendations of the Diversification Taskforce, published on 20 April on GOV.UK *https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/telecoms-diversification-taskforce-findings-and-report/telecoms-diversification-taskforce-findings-and-report) and will set out next steps in due course.

21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to achieve 5G diversification and encourage competition whilst guarding against threats to national security from malign overseas vendors.

The Government’s 5G Diversification Strategy sets out plans to deliver a more healthy, diverse and competitive supply base for UK telecoms networks, in order to increase quality and innovation, and to address the potentially significant risks to the security and resilience of our critical national infrastructure.

As a first step towards delivering this long-term vision, the Government has committed an initial investment of £250 million. The Government’s priorities have been informed by the expert advice of the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce, which was chaired by Lord Livingston of Parkhead, and which published its advice in the spring.

On 2 July 2021, the Government published its response, welcoming the recommendations and setting out the steps it is taking to implement them. These include the Future RAN Competition (FRANC) - an open competition, run by DCMS, that will allocate up to £30 million of R&D funding to projects that support the goals of the government's 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. The competition is aimed at helping to incentivise industry to create new products and services to unlock the full potential of Open RAN.

DCMS has also partnered with Ofcom and Digital Catapult to fund the SmartRAN Open Network Innovation Centre (SONIC Labs) to fund an industry-facing testing facility to foster Open RAN in the UK helping to develop a supply chain with multiple suppliers at every stage. SONIC Labs went live on the 24th of June 2021.

Alongside efforts to diversify the telecoms supply chain, the Government is committed to ensuring the security of the UK’s telecoms networks. That is why we have introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill. This Bill will create one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the world. It will protect our networks even as they grow and evolve, shielding our critical infrastructure both now and in the future. The Bill introduces a stronger telecoms security framework which places new security duties on public telecoms providers, and new national security powers to address the risks posed by high risk vendors.

21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to implement the transition from 2G and 3G networks to 4G and 5G networks.

We are committed to extending good quality mobile coverage across the UK. In March 2020, the Government announced a deal with the mobile network operators to increase 4G coverage to 95% of the UK landmass. The Government’s ambition is for the majority of the population to have access to a 5G signal by 2027 and we are working to ensure that we can realise the full benefits of 5G as soon as possible by reducing barriers to deployment.

The Government is also working with mobile operators, suppliers, and users to set a clear roadmap for the sunsetting or streamlining of 2G and 3G technologies, following the recommendations of the Diversification Taskforce, published on 20 April on GOV.UK.

We will set out next steps in due course.

13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to ascertain where ride-hailing service DiDi stores data from UK riders and drivers.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as the regulator for the UK’s data protection legislation has informed my department that there are no investigations or enquiries regarding the ride-hailing company DiDi and they have not received any complaints about the company. Any concerns raised about the company will be assessed in line with the ICO’s usual procedures.

Organisations processing personal information must comply with the data protection principles. In practice, this includes making sure they have legitimate grounds for collecting and using personal data; not using the data in ways that have unjustified adverse effects on the individuals concerned; being transparent about how they intend to use the data, and keeping the data safe and secure.

13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Information Commissioner’s Office has taken to verify where ride-hailing service Didi stores data from UK riders and drivers.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as the regulator for the UK’s data protection legislation has informed my department that there are no investigations or enquiries regarding the ride-hailing company DiDi and they have not received any complaints about the company. Any concerns raised about the company will be assessed in line with the ICO’s usual procedures.

Organisations processing personal information must comply with the data protection principles. In practice, this includes making sure they have legitimate grounds for collecting and using personal data; not using the data in ways that have unjustified adverse effects on the individuals concerned; being transparent about how they intend to use the data, and keeping the data safe and secure.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited on marketing in each year from 2010 to 2020.

I refer you to my answer to your question on 14 May 2021 (PQ1420), which sets out marketing spend by the operator from 2009/10 to 2019/20.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was lost by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited to fraud in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid in bonuses to shareholders and senior managers of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited on (a) external lobbying and (b) public relations, in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited on media training in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited on international travel in each year from 2010 to 2020; and what the (a) destination and (b) purpose was of each of those trips.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd on headhunters in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd on hospitality in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd on external consultants in each year from 2010 to 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The Commission does not hold the information requested. Information on Camelot’s expenditure, returns to its shareholders, and the remuneration of its employees can be found within its Annual Reports and Accounts at the following location: https://www.camelotgroup.co.uk/about-us/reporting/.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of funds generated by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (a) draw-based and (b) scratchcard sales is allocated to good causes.

In 2019/20, the most recent period for which figures are fully audited, an average of 31% of the income from draw-based games sales were allocated to good causes. This figure includes both retail sales and online sales. The latter give a higher proportion of their proceeds to good causes (an average of 35%) as retailer commission is not paid.

In the same period, 9% of the income from scratchcards games sales were allocated to good causes. Scratchcards and draw-based games are different products, and complement each other. Part of the appeal of scratchcards and online instant win games for players is the increased likelihood of winning a prize. Although scratchcards return less of a proportion of revenue to good causes than draw-based games, the volume of sales means that a significant amount of money is raised for good causes through scratchcards.

For the same period, 48% of draw-based games sales were paid out to players in prizes, while 68% of scratchcards sales were paid out to players in prizes.

12% Lottery Duty is paid on all National Lottery games.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd undertook to generate for good causes when it was awarded its third licence in 2007; and how much was generated for good causes up until the expiry of the original term of the third license on 1 February 2019.

Government does not hold figures relating to bids for the third licence to operate the National Lottery.

The National Lottery Commission awarded the third licence to the operator which was assessed as being the most likely to maximise returns to good causes, and able to run the National Lottery with due propriety and to protect the interests of participants.

Further information on how awarding of the third licence was conducted can be found in the National Lottery Commission’s report on the third licence competition published in 2008. The report can be accessed here.

My answer to your question on 14 May 2021 (PQ1419), gives a breakdown of good cause income for each year of the National Lottery’s operation.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department measured the return on investment of the £12.1m National Lottery Distribution Fund investment awarded to Camelot UK Lotteries Limited in August 2019.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The operator is permitted to seek joint investments in line with Condition 23 of Section 5 of the Third National Lottery Licence.

Details of requests for joint investments, the Commission’s decisions in response and the rationale supporting those decisions can be found on the Commission’s website.

In addition the Gambling Commission has provided the following information. In March 2021 the Commission approved a proposal from the operator for joint investment in National Lottery marketing of £69.4 million (£65.3 million of this was investment from the National Lottery Distribution Fund), with this being allocated as follows:

  • £25.7 million to support an investment in marketing of the National Lottery brand. This will be invested to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

  • £37.3 million to support an investment in marketing of Lotto and EuroMillions.

  • £6.4 million to support an investment in marketing of Set for Life.

This approval was granted having considered the Commission’s statutory duties in relation to the National Lottery. Specifically, the Commission identified no material risks to its two primary duties regarding propriety and players Interests and has a high level of assurance that the proposal will be beneficial in relation to maximising returns to good causes, particularly over the long-term.

The two investments referenced (in WPQ 14100 and 14101) focus on additional marketing to support the National Lottery brand. Specifically, the investments were targeted to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

For each investment of this nature, the Commission undertakes a robust analytical assessment, as well as negotiation with the operator to ensure the best possible deal for good causes. The performance of such investments is then monitored by the Commission regularly after implementation. For brand investments, this is achieved through:

  • Assessing extensive econometric analysis developed by the operator, which is subsequently assured externally and provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on returns to good causes in the short term.

  • Monitoring a wider range of key performance indicators, which provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on the National Lottery brand over the longer term.

This evidence suggests that the return on investment has been positive in the short term, and that benefits have also been driven over the longer term.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department has measured the return on investment of the £25m National Lottery Distribution Fund investment awarded to Camelot UK Lotteries Limited in July 2020.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The operator is permitted to seek joint investments in line with Condition 23 of Section 5 of the Third National Lottery Licence.

Details of requests for joint investments, the Commission’s decisions in response and the rationale supporting those decisions can be found on the Commission’s website.

In addition the Gambling Commission has provided the following information. In March 2021 the Commission approved a proposal from the operator for joint investment in National Lottery marketing of £69.4 million (£65.3 million of this was investment from the National Lottery Distribution Fund), with this being allocated as follows:

  • £25.7 million to support an investment in marketing of the National Lottery brand. This will be invested to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

  • £37.3 million to support an investment in marketing of Lotto and EuroMillions.

  • £6.4 million to support an investment in marketing of Set for Life.

This approval was granted having considered the Commission’s statutory duties in relation to the National Lottery. Specifically, the Commission identified no material risks to its two primary duties regarding propriety and players Interests and has a high level of assurance that the proposal will be beneficial in relation to maximising returns to good causes, particularly over the long-term.

The two investments referenced (in WPQ 14100 and 14101) focus on additional marketing to support the National Lottery brand. Specifically, the investments were targeted to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

For each investment of this nature, the Commission undertakes a robust analytical assessment, as well as negotiation with the operator to ensure the best possible deal for good causes. The performance of such investments is then monitored by the Commission regularly after implementation. For brand investments, this is achieved through:

  • Assessing extensive econometric analysis developed by the operator, which is subsequently assured externally and provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on returns to good causes in the short term.

  • Monitoring a wider range of key performance indicators, which provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on the National Lottery brand over the longer term.

This evidence suggests that the return on investment has been positive in the short term, and that benefits have also been driven over the longer term.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the £65.3m National Lottery Distribution Fund investment awarded to Camelot UK Lotteries Limited in March 2021was spent on marketing for the (a) Lotto, (b) EuroMillions, (c) Set for Life and (d) National Lottery brands.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The operator is permitted to seek joint investments in line with Condition 23 of Section 5 of the Third National Lottery Licence.

Details of requests for joint investments, the Commission’s decisions in response and the rationale supporting those decisions can be found on the Commission’s website.

In addition the Gambling Commission has provided the following information. In March 2021 the Commission approved a proposal from the operator for joint investment in National Lottery marketing of £69.4 million (£65.3 million of this was investment from the National Lottery Distribution Fund), with this being allocated as follows:

  • £25.7 million to support an investment in marketing of the National Lottery brand. This will be invested to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

  • £37.3 million to support an investment in marketing of Lotto and EuroMillions.

  • £6.4 million to support an investment in marketing of Set for Life.

This approval was granted having considered the Commission’s statutory duties in relation to the National Lottery. Specifically, the Commission identified no material risks to its two primary duties regarding propriety and players Interests and has a high level of assurance that the proposal will be beneficial in relation to maximising returns to good causes, particularly over the long-term.

The two investments referenced (in WPQ 14100 and 14101) focus on additional marketing to support the National Lottery brand. Specifically, the investments were targeted to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

For each investment of this nature, the Commission undertakes a robust analytical assessment, as well as negotiation with the operator to ensure the best possible deal for good causes. The performance of such investments is then monitored by the Commission regularly after implementation. For brand investments, this is achieved through:

  • Assessing extensive econometric analysis developed by the operator, which is subsequently assured externally and provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on returns to good causes in the short term.

  • Monitoring a wider range of key performance indicators, which provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on the National Lottery brand over the longer term.

This evidence suggests that the return on investment has been positive in the short term, and that benefits have also been driven over the longer term.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many times Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has requested an investment from the National Lottery Distribution Fund since the start of its third license in 2009; and what the (a) purpose of each investment proposal (b) outcome of each application was.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission. The operator is permitted to seek joint investments in line with Condition 23 of Section 5 of the Third National Lottery Licence.

Details of requests for joint investments, the Commission’s decisions in response and the rationale supporting those decisions can be found on the Commission’s website.

In addition the Gambling Commission has provided the following information. In March 2021 the Commission approved a proposal from the operator for joint investment in National Lottery marketing of £69.4 million (£65.3 million of this was investment from the National Lottery Distribution Fund), with this being allocated as follows:

  • £25.7 million to support an investment in marketing of the National Lottery brand. This will be invested to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

  • £37.3 million to support an investment in marketing of Lotto and EuroMillions.

  • £6.4 million to support an investment in marketing of Set for Life.

This approval was granted having considered the Commission’s statutory duties in relation to the National Lottery. Specifically, the Commission identified no material risks to its two primary duties regarding propriety and players Interests and has a high level of assurance that the proposal will be beneficial in relation to maximising returns to good causes, particularly over the long-term.

The two investments referenced (in WPQ 14100 and 14101) focus on additional marketing to support the National Lottery brand. Specifically, the investments were targeted to support the long-term health of the National Lottery by driving positivity, loyalty and an emotional connection to the brand.

For each investment of this nature, the Commission undertakes a robust analytical assessment, as well as negotiation with the operator to ensure the best possible deal for good causes. The performance of such investments is then monitored by the Commission regularly after implementation. For brand investments, this is achieved through:

  • Assessing extensive econometric analysis developed by the operator, which is subsequently assured externally and provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on returns to good causes in the short term.

  • Monitoring a wider range of key performance indicators, which provides evidence of the positive impact of the investment on the National Lottery brand over the longer term.

This evidence suggests that the return on investment has been positive in the short term, and that benefits have also been driven over the longer term.