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Angela Rayner

Labour - Ashton-under-Lyne

Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition

(since April 2020)

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

(since May 2021)

Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work

(since May 2021)
Angela Rayner is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
BBC, Carers, Domestic Violence, Eye Health and Visual Impairment
Party Chair, Labour Party
5th Apr 2020 - 9th May 2021
National campaign co-ordinator
10th Apr 2020 - 9th May 2021
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
27th Jun 2016 - 4th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)
27th Jun 2016 - 6th Oct 2016
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
7th Jan 2016 - 27th Jun 2016
Opposition Whip (Commons)
18th Sep 2015 - 7th Jan 2016
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 26th Oct 2015
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 26th Oct 2015


Department Event
Thursday 20th October 2022
09:30
Cabinet Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
20 Oct 2022, 9:30 a.m.
Cabinet Office (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Wednesday 20th July 2022
Heatwave Response
The events of the last few days have been incredibly traumatic for communities across Britain. Individuals and families have had …
Written Answers
Monday 25th July 2022
Protective Clothing: Storage
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2022 to …
Early Day Motions
Monday 3rd February 2020
Death of Lord Robert Sheldon
That this House remembers with deep sadness, the passing of Lord Robert Sheldon, former Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne, who …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 13th June 2022
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Manchester United Foundation
Address of donor: 26 Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA …
EDM signed
Wednesday 6th July 2022
Trade Unions
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Liability of Trade Unions in Proceedings in Tort …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 9th February 2021
Victims of Crime and Anti-social Behaviour, Etc (Rights, Entitlements and Related Matters) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to make provision about the duties and responsibilities of the Victims’ Commissioner and about the Victims’ Code; to …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Angela Rayner has voted in 411 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(23 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(21 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(92 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(20 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(16 debate contributions)
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Ashton-under-Lyne 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).

Angela Rayner has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Angela Rayner

6th July 2022
Angela Rayner signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 6th July 2022

Trade Unions

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Liability of Trade Unions in Proceedings in Tort (Increase of Limits on Damages) Order 2022 (S.I., 2022, No. 699), dated 22 June 2022, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24 June 2022, be annulled.
7 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 6
Green Party: 1
17th May 2022
Angela Rayner signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 17th May 2022

Stockport County Football Club

Tabled by: Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)
That this House congratulates Stockport County Football Club on their promotion back to the Football League after an 11-year absence; pays tribute to manager Dave Challinor and his players for their role in helping the club win the National League title; recognises the efforts of all staff at the club …
11 signatures
(Most recent: 25 May 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Conservative: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Angela Rayner, 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.


3 Urgent Questions tabled by Angela Rayner

Tuesday 5th July 2022
Tuesday 11th January 2022

Angela Rayner has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Angela Rayner has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


435 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
2 Other Department Questions
26th May 2022
To ask the President of COP26, pursuant to the Answer of 25 May 2022 to Question 5661 on Cabinet Office: Staff, how many officials in his Department were working on COP26 in October 2021.

There were around 230 officials working in the COP26 unit in October 2021. The team worked closely with other government departments and the global diplomatic network to support the incoming COP presidency, plan and deliver the UK’s negotiations strategy and deliver the operational requirements of the Glasgow summit including extensive COVID safety measures.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th May 2022
To ask the President of COP26, how many officials in his Department are working on COP26.

There are around 120 civil servants currently working in the COP26 unit in the Cabinet Office. They are continuing to support the UK's COP Presidency, which runs until November 2022, and secure the legacy of the Glasgow Climate Pact.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) food, (b) drink and (c) catering costs at Chequers are paid for by the public purse.

As I outlined in my answer of 18 October 2021 to PQ 54006, Chequers is not a government building; it is run and managed by an independent trust.

Official hospitality provided by the government (e.g. hosting the visit of a representative of a foreign government) is paid for by the public purse. Personal or party political hospitality is not. This has been the case under successive administrations.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, what the outcome was of his meeting on 7 June 2022 entitled Financial Services Roundtable to discuss global competitiveness, levelling up and net zero.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer to PQ 23307.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he had further meetings with international bankers to discuss raising the cap on bankers’ bonuses following his meeting on 7 June 2022 entitled Financial Services Roundtable to discuss global competitiveness, levelling up and net zero.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer to PQ 23307.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the minutes of the meeting detailed in his transparency publication on 7 June 2022 entitled Financial Services Roundtable to discuss global competitiveness, levelling up and net zero.

I have been asked to reply, further to the comments made by the Leader of the Opposition at Prime Minister’s Questions on 22 June.

A read-out of the meeting was published at the time and is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-call-with-financial-services-leaders-7-june-2021

Contrary to the incorrect claims made by the Leader of the Opposition, I would note that there are no plans to remove the bankers’ bonus cap. This remains in place and is the responsibility of the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to abolish the post of the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

In light of the resignation of the Independent Adviser, Lord Geidt, on 15 June 2022, and the issues raised both by Lord Geidt and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the adviser’s role, the Government is taking time to consider how best to fulfil the Prime Minister's commitment to ensuring rigorous oversight and scrutiny of ministerial interests.

The process of managing ministerial interests continues in line with the Ministerial Code, which sets out that the Permanent Secretary in the department and the Cabinet Office can provide advice, and have a role in scrutinising interests.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2022 to Question 8010 on Government Digital Service, what the purpose of the data and user insights work referenced in that Answer was.

The data and insights work referenced in the previous answer included data science, user research, performance analysis and data engineering. The purpose is to guide the development of our products, to ensure that they meet the needs of the user, whether that user be a civil servant or a citizen. This includes: GOV.UK, the One Login for Government programme, GOV.UK Pay, GOV.UK Notify, and the GOV.UK Design System.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2022 to Question 11692 on National Cyber Security Centre: Staff, whether there has been an increase in the number of officials working within the NCSC since January 2021.

We do not comment on increases or decreases in the number of officials working within individual GCHQ departments for reasons of national security.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2022 to Question 11686 on Chequers: Staff, whether the salaries of any staff employed at Chequers are paid for by the public purse.

Chequers is not a government building; it is run and managed by an independent trust. Under the Chequers Estate Act 1958 it has been the practice, under successive Governments, for the Estate to receive a grant-in-aid payment. Staffing numbers and salaries are a matter for the Trust.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials are employed by the National Cybersecurity Centre as of 1 June 2022.

We do not provide exact figures on the number of personnel working at NCSC for reasons of national security.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff are employed at Chequers as of 1 June 2022.

Chequers is not a government building; it is run and managed by an independent trust.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
25th May 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish his diary for 20 May 2020.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the response I gave to the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd at Prime Minister’s Questions on 12 January 2022 (Hansard Volume 706, Column 562).

In addition to answering Prime Minister’s Questions on that day in May (Hansard Volume 676, Column 565), I also had an audience with Her Majesty the Queen as recorded in the Court Circular.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
25th May 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish his diary for the 13 November 2020.

I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. I also held a roundtable to discuss the supermarket sector's ongoing role in the COVID-19 response, as recorded in the government’s transparency data.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
24th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he had with trade unions representing civil servants prior to the announcement by his Department of the reduction in the number of civil servants by 91,000.

I did not discuss the matter with Civil Service trade unions prior to the announcement, however officials engaged with unions promptly after the announcement was made and this dialogue will continue. Trade unions have written to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on this matter and will receive a response in due course.

The size of the civil service has swelled by almost 25% since 2016 – the highest numbers for over a decade. This was partly driven by the once in a generation challenge of dealing with a global pandemic, as well as extra staff required to deliver the UK’s departure from the EU.

We are incredibly grateful to the civil service for the outstanding job they do in delivering for the public but when people across the country are facing pressures on living costs, the public rightly expect their government to lead by example and to run as efficiently as possible.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
24th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of data and user insight work conducted by the Government Digital Service in 2021.

In 2021, the Government Digital Service spent £4.9m on data and user insights work.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
20th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department are employed to work on human resources.

In the Cabinet Office, those working on HR are found in Cabinet Office People and Places and in Civil Service Human Resources (CSHR).

Cabinet Office People and Places employs 119.4 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff. The team provides expert HR services and operations that mean the Cabinet Office can attract and retain a diverse workforce that meet the future skills and capability required, develop our people at all levels and build our inclusive culture. Much of what the team does is ongoing professional HR advice, policy, assurance and controls, employee relations and case management, workforce management and controls, learning and talent management, HR operations. People and Places includes estates, locations programme and health & safety staff.

CSHR employs 519 FTE who support ministers, departments, functions and professions to deliver the Civil Service workforce and skills agendas. We must have the best people leading and working in government, with both specialist and generalist knowledge and skills, and we must attract the best people, as set out in the Declaration on Government Reform. The Government Skills and Curriculum Unit works to ensure that these skills and capabilities are developed further, which sits alongside targeted work on external recruitment and secondments to ensure that we are bringing the best people into the Civil Service. CSHR also sets standards for HR professionalism in government and supports all Civil Service employers with employee policy, guidance, data and central expertise, including on pay and reward.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
20th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2022 to Question 156487, whether his Department holds information on its expenditure on (a) research and (b) insight services in 2021.

The Department records information about Research and Development on its accounting system. In 2021, based on the value of invoices recorded, the Department spent £16.539m.

This category covers a broad range of services including qualitative and quantitative analysis, early discovery projects, reports on a range of policy and delivery issues and insight. It is not possible to split out spend separately on research or insight services from the overall total. This would require a manual review of expenditure, and as some contracts will cover multiple types of research this could only be provided at disproportionate costs.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2022 to Question 151141 on Chequers: Official Hospitality, whether the location of meetings, including those held at Chequers, is included within the ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings category of Ministerial returns.

The data collated for Ministerial transparency returns is published in the Ministerial transparency returns.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to respond to the letter dated 14 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne.

The advice of Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests has now been published and is available on GOV.UK. This sets out the Independent Adviser’s judgement that the requirements of the Ministerial Code have been adhered to by the Chancellor, and that he has been assiduous in meeting his obligations. The Prime Minister has accepted this advice and considers the matter closed. I have replied to the Rt Hon Member’s letter in that light.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent in total on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full time equivalent posts were filled as a result of that expenditure; and how many of those posts were filled by individuals recruited from outside the civil service.

This information is not held. Recruitment costs are tracked but Consultancy fees form only a small part of this total. It is not possible to disaggregate and isolate Recruitment Consultancy fees only. Our recruitment systems do not record candidate attraction methodology so we are unable to disaggregate recruitment data to analyse campaign success by Consultancies.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

We do not record data on these specific expenditure types.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will provide a timetable for the publication of the information detailed in the Humble Address motion tabled on 29 March 2022 regarding Lord Lebedev of Hampstead and Siberia.

Further to the passage of a Humble Address motion in the House of Commons on 29 March, the Government is carefully formulating its response to the request for information in relation to Lord Lebedev’s nomination to the House of Lords, and will respond in due course.

In doing so, the Government will give careful consideration to the public interest, including freedom of information principles and data protection legislation, in line with our response to previous Humble Address motions – and as laid out in March 2019 by the Government in its response to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's Fifteenth Report of session 2017–19, Status of the Resolutions of the House of Commons, HC 1587.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2022 to Question 140455, for what reason the Government has stopped publishing Guests to Chequers transparency data since March 2015.

I can confirm that the Government has not stopped publishing this data. The Government has consistently published transparency data on official hospitality at Chequers since 2010.

Since 2015, the Chequers hospitality data is clearly listed within the "ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings" category of Ministerial returns on gov.uk.

I would observe that since 2016, it is the Labour Party which has stopped publishing transparency data on frontbench meetings with senior media executives, breaking a key commitment made during the Leveson Inquiry.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much public money was used during guests visits to Chequers in each of the last three years, by budget heading.

Details of official hospitality at Chequers is published on a quarterly basis and is available via the gov.uk website.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to The Prime Minister’s response to Lord Geidt, 21 December 2021, published by his Department on 6 January 2022, what (a) instruction to Ministers, (b) amendment to the Ministerial Code or (c) other legal instrument has been proposed to help ensure that the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests has access to (i) all information he considers necessary and (ii) prompt, full answers to questions.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s letter of 21 December 2021, work has been underway to make sure that the Independent Adviser and his office receive the highest standards of support and attention - whether by way of Instruction to Ministers, Ministerial Code or clearer legal instrument. That work continues, and the Government will provide an update in due course.

Additional dedicated support for the Independent Adviser’s office has been allocated through the annual Cabinet Office business planning process. This support includes the provision of a dedicated team of civil service staff who will provide day-to-day support under the direction of the Independent Adviser. Further information will be set out in the Independent Adviser’s annual report.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2021 to Question 80323 on Owen Paterson, whether he met Owen Paterson in the Palace of Westminster in (a) November or (b) October 2021.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given in 80823.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the public sector apprenticeships target, how many apprentices were employed in his Department in the financial year 2021-22; and what proportion of the total workforce in his Department in 2021-2022 were apprentices.

Cabinet Office is currently collating and quality assuring data on apprenticeships for 2021/22; final figures are not yet available. Based on indicative figures, Cabinet Office employed 224 apprentices in 2021/22, which is equivalent to 2.34% of the 2021/22 target headcount.

As at 1 April 2022, the number of Cabinet Office apprentices actively completing a programme (regardless of which financial year they started) equates to 3.23% of the total workforce.

The Cabinet Office, on behalf of the Civil Service, will be publishing a full breakdown of departmental performance on apprenticeships in the Autumn in line with previous years.

Data for all departments between 2017 and 2021 is available on gov.uk.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what advice the Prime Minister has received from the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests on changes to (a) the wider remit of the Independent Adviser and (b) the Ministerial Code; and whether he has taken steps to make those changes.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s letter of 21 December 2021, work has been underway to make sure that the Independent Adviser and his office receive the highest standards of support and attention - whether by way of Instruction to Ministers, Ministerial Code or clearer legal instrument. That work continues, and the Government will provide an update in due course.

Additional dedicated support for the Independent Adviser’s office has been allocated through the annual Cabinet Office business planning process. This support includes the provision of a dedicated team of civil service staff who will provide day-to-day support under the direction of the Independent Adviser. Further information will be set out in the Independent Adviser’s annual report.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's letter to the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests of 21 December 2021, what additional support has been provided from officials in his Department as part of the Independent Adviser's secretariat as of 30 March 2022.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s letter of 21 December 2021, work has been underway to make sure that the Independent Adviser and his office receive the highest standards of support and attention - whether by way of Instruction to Ministers, Ministerial Code or clearer legal instrument. That work continues, and the Government will provide an update in due course.

Additional dedicated support for the Independent Adviser’s office has been allocated through the annual Cabinet Office business planning process. This support includes the provision of a dedicated team of civil service staff who will provide day-to-day support under the direction of the Independent Adviser. Further information will be set out in the Independent Adviser’s annual report.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the letter from the Prime Minister to the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Standards on 21 December 2021, what specific proposals did officials in his Department put to the Independent Adviser in January for his consideration.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s letter of 21 December 2021, work has been underway to make sure that the Independent Adviser and his office receive the highest standards of support and attention - whether by way of Instruction to Ministers, Ministerial Code or clearer legal instrument. That work continues, and the Government will provide an update in due course.

Additional dedicated support for the Independent Adviser’s office has been allocated through the annual Cabinet Office business planning process. This support includes the provision of a dedicated team of civil service staff who will provide day-to-day support under the direction of the Independent Adviser. Further information will be set out in the Independent Adviser’s annual report.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what advice the Prime Minister received from the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests on the need for an (a) instruction to Ministers, (b) amendment to the Ministerial Code and (c) other legal instrument to underpin his powers; and whether those have been put into place.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s letter of 21 December 2021, work has been underway to make sure that the Independent Adviser and his office receive the highest standards of support and attention - whether by way of Instruction to Ministers, Ministerial Code or clearer legal instrument. That work continues, and the Government will provide an update in due course.

Additional dedicated support for the Independent Adviser’s office has been allocated through the annual Cabinet Office business planning process. This support includes the provision of a dedicated team of civil service staff who will provide day-to-day support under the direction of the Independent Adviser. Further information will be set out in the Independent Adviser’s annual report.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's letter of 21 December 2021 to the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests, what proposals were presented to the Independent Adviser by officials in January 2022 regarding support for his work.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s letter of 21 December 2021, work has been underway to make sure that the Independent Adviser and his office receive the highest standards of support and attention - whether by way of Instruction to Ministers, Ministerial Code or clearer legal instrument. That work continues, and the Government will provide an update in due course.

Additional dedicated support for the Independent Adviser’s office has been allocated through the annual Cabinet Office business planning process. This support includes the provision of a dedicated team of civil service staff who will provide day-to-day support under the direction of the Independent Adviser. Further information will be set out in the Independent Adviser’s annual report.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, when he met the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests this year.

I have had discussions on a number of occasions with my Independent Adviser this year.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the reasons are for the variation in Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits for the Cabinet Office outlined in his spring statement between 2021-2022 and 2024-2025.

Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits for the Cabinet Office are expected to fall from £1.0bn in 2021-22 to £0.5bn in 2024-25. The primary reasoning for this reduction is the inclusion of time-limited activities in the 2021-22 financial year, in particular, the G7 Summit, held in June 2021 and the COP26 Conference, held in December 2021. These activities combined added some £0.3bn to the department’s costs in 2021-22.

In addition, the 2021-22 financial year continues to include some costs related to the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Latest forecasts indicate that approximately £0.2bn will be incurred in 2021-22 primarily on public information campaigns and cross-government coordination.

Beyond this, the 2021 Spending Review settlement includes efficiencies and cost savings identified by the department which will further reduce Resource costs over the next three years.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance applies to former Government special advisers using their previous civil service job titles in subsequent commercial activities.

The Business Appointment Rules provide guidance on the provisions that apply when civil servants leave Crown employment. They can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/579758/Business_Appointment_Rules_for_civil_servants.pdf.

The Special Adviser Code of Conduct and Model Contract for Special Advisers also include ongoing obligations that former Special Advisers are expected to observe after their employment.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the decision to close 42 offices of the Department for Work and Pensions is part of his Department’s wider plan to reduce the size of the Civil Service; and if he will make an announcement on that wider plan.

Across government, we are committed to a range of programmes to support transformation across departments, functions and locations. These will ensure that workforce structures better match the requirements of the future, including in terms of services delivery across the Civil Service.

Spending Review 21 confirmed savings of 5% against day-to-day central departmental budgets in 2024-25 that have been reinvested into priority areas. These efficiencies will mean that the Government can reduce non-frontline Civil Service headcount to 2019-20 levels by 2024-25, helping to fund increases to frontline roles. This will mean a more productive and agile Civil Service, taking advantage of new ways of working to continue to reduce inefficiencies and deliver better outcomes for the public.

Questions relating to the closure of DWP offices should be addressed to my Rt hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 March 2022 to Question 136573 on Cabinet Committees, whether the Cabinet Committees page on gov.uk is up to date as of 17 March 2022.

GOV.UK is updated regularly with the list of Cabinet Committees, their terms of reference and membership. The Cabinet Committee list on GOV.UK is not intended to serve as a live record.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the National Economic Recovery Taskforce (Logistics) Cabinet Committee met at least once before it was removed from the list of Cabinet Committees.

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

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
16th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2022 to Question 137328 on National Lottery Community Fund: Public Appointments, whether there has been contact between the public appointments unit in 10 Downing Street and Conservative Party officials in relation to any other public appointment.

As noted in my answer to PQ126900, the Appointments Unit is staffed by civil servants. Civil servants act in line with the Civil Service Code and its principles of political impartiality.

Party political activity is not a material consideration in public appointments: but nor should it be a bar. Many of those who are active in politics have a strong commitment to public service, and there is nothing wrong with such individuals wishing to apply for any public appointment. Experience of working in the voluntary sector (including a political party) or holding public office can be relevant to the criteria for many appointments.

All vacancies are advertised on the public appointments website, and any member of the public (including any member of any political party) can sign up to an email newsletter to be informed of upcoming opportunities.

Applications are considered on merit in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments, and any significant political activity is openly declared on appointment.

Official statistics from the Commissioner for Public Appointments show that in 2020-21, just 2% of all appointments (and re-appointments) declared significant political activity relating to the Conservative Party (32 people out of 1538 appointments). This compares with 6% of appointees declaring Labour Party activity in 2009-10 under the last Labour Government.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an updated list of Parliamentary Private Secretaries.

A full list of Parliamentary Private Secretaries will be updated in the normal way in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister has met Lord Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia in Downing Street.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to my answer to PQ 139374 on 17 March.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an updated list of Cabinet Committees and their membership.

The Cabinet Committee list and membership is decided by the Prime Minister. GOV.UK is updated regularly with the list of Cabinet Committees, their terms of reference, and membership.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 134364 on Chequers: Official Hospitality, if he will publish the meetings within that transparency data that took place at Chequers in each of the last three years.

As I outlined in my previous answer, details of official hospitality at Chequers are published and reasonably accessible to the Rt Hon Member on GOV.UK.

Notwithstanding the above, the location of every Ministerial meeting in the last three years is not centrally held.

Chequers itself is not a government building; it is run and managed by an independent trust.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Lord Udny-Lister has (a) been remunerated and (b) claimed expenses from the public purse since ceasing to be the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff.

Lord Udny-Lister is a member of the Conservative Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords. I refer the Hon. Member to the Register of Lords’ Interests.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Lord Udny-Lister currently advises the Prime Minister in any capacity.

Lord Udny-Lister is a member of the Conservative Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords. I refer the Hon. Member to the Register of Lords’ Interests.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the last time was that each Minister in his Department met Lord Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia.

Details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations, including with newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives, are published on a quarterly basis and made available on GOV.UK.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Prime minister last met Lord Ledebev of Hampton and Siberia.

Details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations, including with newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives, are published on a quarterly basis and made available on GOV.UK.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what records his Department holds on contact between (a) the No. 10 appointment unit and (b) Conservative Party officials on the appointment of the Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund.

There was no such correspondence.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister chairs the National Economic Recovery Taskforce (Logistics); and when the most recent meeting of that taskforce on logistics took place.

The National Economic Recovery Taskforce (Logistics) Cabinet Committee was announced on 14 September 2021. When the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Committee structures were refreshed, gov.uk was updated in October 2021 and this no longer included the National Economic Recovery Taskforce (Logistics).

Logistics and supply chains remain a priority for the Government and are discussed regularly by Ministers in a range of forums.

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

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2022 to Question 129816, which Minister chairs the Illegal Migration Taskforce.

I refer the Rt hon member to my answer given to PQ 135517 on 10 March.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister in his Department chairs the (a) Covid-19 (Operations) Committee, (b) Domestic and Economic (Operations) Committee and (c) Afghanistan Resettlement Committee.

GOV.UK is updated regularly with the list of Cabinet Committees, their terms of reference, membership and who chairs each Committee.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2022 to Question 126900, what records are held of correspondence between the No 10 appointments unit and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the appointment of the Chair of the National Lottery Fund.

The No 10 appointments team routinely discusses upcoming and current public appointments with relevant departments.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which business units of his Department are based in Downing Street.

The Cabinet Office is located across the United Kingdom including presence across many of its growth locations such as Glasgow, York and the devolved administrations as part of the Government’s plan to further strengthen the Union.

There are a number of Cabinet Office business units which are currently based in Downing Street. Due to the potential security risks, the Cabinet Office is unable to provide a list of business units which are based in Downing Street.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2022 to Question 128275, Cabinet Office, if he will provide the addresses for each of these sites.

The Cabinet Office is located across the United Kingdom including presence across many of its growth locations such as Glasgow, York and the devolved administrations as part of the Government’s plan to further strengthen the Union.

There are a number of Cabinet Office business units which are currently based in Downing Street. Due to the potential security risks, the Cabinet Office is unable to provide a list of business units which are based in Downing Street.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2022 to Question 127423 on Prime Minister: Civil Servants and Special Advisers, how many special advisers are the responsibility of (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Chief of Staff, (c) the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and (d) other Cabinet Office ministers.

Information about Special Adviser numbers and appointing ministers is published annually under the requirements of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. The Annual Report on Special Advisers 2021, published on 15 July 2021, is accessible through GOV.UK.

The Annual Report on Special Advisers for the current year will be published in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2022 to Question 129816 on Undocumented Migrants: English Channel, if he will outline his role and duties in respect of the Illegal Migration Taskforce.

The Domestic and Economic (Illegal Migration) Cabinet Sub-Committee, to which the Illegal Migration Taskforce (IMTF) reports, is chaired by either the Prime Minister, or the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and ensures that the Government’s work to prevent illegal migration to the UK is coordinated. In my role as Minister for the Cabinet Office, I support the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on the work of the IMTF as directed by them.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
4th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the transparency data relating to Guests to Chequers for the last three years.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the government transparency data routinely published on GOV.UK since May 2010, which is readily accessible at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-transparency-publications.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a breakdown of the costs of ransomware demands for UK businesses in the last three years.

Our National Cyber Strategy - launched in December 2021 - sets out how we will ensure that the UK continues to be a leading, responsible and democratic cyber power, able to protect and promote our interests in the rapidly evolving online world. This includes making the UK more resilient to cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks. The Strategy is supported by £2.6 billion of investment over three years.

Over the past five years, the National Cyber Security Centre has dealt with over 3300 significant cyber incidents affecting people and organisations across the UK:

  • 590 in 2017,

  • 557 in 2018,

  • 658 in 2019,

  • 723 in 2020, and;

  • 777 in 2021.

The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows the following percentage of businesses identified a cyber attack across the UK:

  • 39% in 2021,

  • 46% in 2020,

  • 32% in 2019,

  • 43% in 2018, and;

  • 46% in 2017.

We are not in a position to be able to identify all cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks against UK companies, or attribute responsibility for every attack.

HMG continues its work with global partners to detect and disrupt cyber threats emanating from overseas. In December 2021, the UK held a G7 Senior Officials’ Forum on Ransomware to combat the threat, and the UK is taking a leading role in the international Counter Ransomware Initiative.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cyber attacks in each of the last five years on UK public sector organisations by a hostile state.

Our National Cyber Strategy - launched in December 2021 - sets out how we will ensure that the UK continues to be a leading, responsible and democratic cyber power, able to protect and promote our interests in the rapidly evolving online world. This includes making the UK more resilient to cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks. The Strategy is supported by £2.6 billion of investment over three years.

Over the past five years, the National Cyber Security Centre has dealt with over 3300 significant cyber incidents affecting people and organisations across the UK:

  • 590 in 2017,

  • 557 in 2018,

  • 658 in 2019,

  • 723 in 2020, and;

  • 777 in 2021.

The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows the following percentage of businesses identified a cyber attack across the UK:

  • 39% in 2021,

  • 46% in 2020,

  • 32% in 2019,

  • 43% in 2018, and;

  • 46% in 2017.

We are not in a position to be able to identify all cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks against UK companies, or attribute responsibility for every attack.

HMG continues its work with global partners to detect and disrupt cyber threats emanating from overseas. In December 2021, the UK held a G7 Senior Officials’ Forum on Ransomware to combat the threat, and the UK is taking a leading role in the international Counter Ransomware Initiative.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cyber attacks which have involved ransomware in each of the last five years on UK companies by a hostile state.

Our National Cyber Strategy - launched in December 2021 - sets out how we will ensure that the UK continues to be a leading, responsible and democratic cyber power, able to protect and promote our interests in the rapidly evolving online world. This includes making the UK more resilient to cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks. The Strategy is supported by £2.6 billion of investment over three years.

Over the past five years, the National Cyber Security Centre has dealt with over 3300 significant cyber incidents affecting people and organisations across the UK:

  • 590 in 2017,

  • 557 in 2018,

  • 658 in 2019,

  • 723 in 2020, and;

  • 777 in 2021.

The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows the following percentage of businesses identified a cyber attack across the UK:

  • 39% in 2021,

  • 46% in 2020,

  • 32% in 2019,

  • 43% in 2018, and;

  • 46% in 2017.

We are not in a position to be able to identify all cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks against UK companies, or attribute responsibility for every attack.

HMG continues its work with global partners to detect and disrupt cyber threats emanating from overseas. In December 2021, the UK held a G7 Senior Officials’ Forum on Ransomware to combat the threat, and the UK is taking a leading role in the international Counter Ransomware Initiative.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cyber attacks there have been in each of the last five years on UK companies by a hostile state.

Our National Cyber Strategy - launched in December 2021 - sets out how we will ensure that the UK continues to be a leading, responsible and democratic cyber power, able to protect and promote our interests in the rapidly evolving online world. This includes making the UK more resilient to cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks. The Strategy is supported by £2.6 billion of investment over three years.

Over the past five years, the National Cyber Security Centre has dealt with over 3300 significant cyber incidents affecting people and organisations across the UK:

  • 590 in 2017,

  • 557 in 2018,

  • 658 in 2019,

  • 723 in 2020, and;

  • 777 in 2021.

The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows the following percentage of businesses identified a cyber attack across the UK:

  • 39% in 2021,

  • 46% in 2020,

  • 32% in 2019,

  • 43% in 2018, and;

  • 46% in 2017.

We are not in a position to be able to identify all cyber attacks, including ransomware attacks against UK companies, or attribute responsibility for every attack.

HMG continues its work with global partners to detect and disrupt cyber threats emanating from overseas. In December 2021, the UK held a G7 Senior Officials’ Forum on Ransomware to combat the threat, and the UK is taking a leading role in the international Counter Ransomware Initiative.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2022 to Question 126664 on Undocumented Migrants: English Channel, whether the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is working on the small boats taskforce.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, both in that role and as the Downing Street Chief of Staff, continues to play an important role supporting the Illegal Migration Taskforce. He is assisted by Michael Ellis MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the business units of his Department and in which office each is based.

The Cabinet Office is located across the United Kingdom including presence across many of its growth locations such as Glasgow, York and the devolved administrations as part of the Government’s plan to further strengthen the Union.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2022 to Question 121769, on Prime Minister: Coronavirus, what guidance issued by the No 10 Facilities Management team in respect of social distancing in the workplace was in place on 15 May 2020.

The No 10 Facilities Management team oversaw practical steps to reflect the prevailing BEIS guidance on workplace arrangements, as laid out in my answer of 21 February, PQ89703.



Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what role (a) the Prime Minister and (b) the Chief of Staff will have in the permanent appointment of a Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for Downing Street.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Luton South on 10 February, PQ119903.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers are managed by the interim Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for Downing Street as at 22 February 2022.

Individual civil servants will be managed by civil servants as appropriate within their business units. Special Advisers are the responsibility of their appointing minister.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what work is undertaken by the Prime Minister's appointments unit; how many staff are within the unit; and whether they are officials or special advisers.

The No 10 appointments unit has existed across successive administrations and is staffed by four civil servants.

It supports the Prime Minister in all appointments and dignities (including, but not limited to, regulated public appointments) within the constitutional remit of Her Majesty’s Government.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister has responsibility for the small boats taskforce.

A full list of ministerial responsibilities will be published in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has received legal representation funded from the public purse in relation to either (a) the investigation led by the Second Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office into gatherings in government properties or (b) the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into potential breaches of regulations in Downing Street during the covid-19 lockdown.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answer to her question of 10 February 2022, UIN 115926.

I note that she has also written to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Cabinet Secretary on the same issue. A Ministerial reply will be sent in due course.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any (a) special advisers and (b) officials working in the Prime Minister's Office have received legal representation funded from the public purse in relation to either (i) the investigation led by the Second Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office into gatherings in government properties or (ii) the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into potential breaches of regulations in Downing Street during covid-19 lockdowns.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to the Rt Hon Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 21 February, PQ122677.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when Samantha Jones will begin her term as interim Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for Downing Street; what the process of her appointment was ; by what process a permanent appointment will be made; whether the role is responsible to the Chief of Staff; and if he will appoint a new Expert Advisor on NHS Transformation and Social Care.

Samantha Jones took up her role as interim Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer in No 10 on 10 February. Her appointment was approved by the Civil Service Commission.

A competition to make a permanent appointment will be launched in due course. Ms Jones will report to the Cabinet Secretary. The Prime Minister continues to receive advice from the No10 Policy Unit on all aspects of government policy, including health and social care.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 117798, what business units within the Prime Minister's office put arrangements in place to allow employees to adhere to social distancing guidance whilst in the workplace.

The No 10 Facilities Management team oversaw such arrangements within Downing Street.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2021 to Question 80323, whether he met Owen Paterson in 10 Downing Street in (a) November and (b) October 2021.

I have been asked to reply. No.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Leader of the House of Commons on (a) answering oral questions and (b) a select committee in relation to his role as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.

The Government has accepted the Second Permanent Secretary’s general findings in full and is in the course of making changes. Further details will be announced in due course.

I refer the Hon. Member back to the reply I gave to her on 7 February 2022 (Hansard volume 708, from column 695).

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a budget has been agreed for the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Government has accepted the Second Permanent Secretary’s general findings in full and is in the course of making changes. Further details will be announced in due course.

I refer the Hon. Member back to the reply I gave to her on 7 February 2022 (Hansard volume 708, from column 695).

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral answers of the Paymaster General on 7 February 2022, on his appointment as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and associated Machinery of Government changes, what plans he has to (a) combine the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office and (b) create a separate Office of the Prime Minister department.

The Government has accepted the Second Permanent Secretary’s general findings in full and is in the course of making changes. Further details will be announced in due course.

I refer the Hon. Member back to the reply I gave to her on 7 February 2022 (Hansard volume 708, from column 695).

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
4th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of the Second Permanent Secretary's investigation into alleged gatherings on Government premises during covid-19 restrictions, as of 31 January 2022.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 February to PQ115945 to the hon. Member for York Central.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
4th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2021 to Question 107597, on Government Departments: Coronavirus, what guidance was issued to Cabinet Office staff on managing the risk of covid-19 in the workplace was in place as of 13 November 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, Cabinet Office has followed Government guidance on ensuring safety in the workplace, particularly the Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance - recognising the different approaches taken by the devolved administrations. Our position has aligned with cross-government guidance issued centrally by Civil Service HR.

On 13 November 2020, in line with the PM announcement on 31 October, Cabinet Office advised that office workers who could effectively work from home should do so with extra consideration given to people at higher risk. Those who needed to come into the workplace for essential business activity and/or for personal circumstances were able to do so.

A list of every piece of guidance issued to Cabinet Office staff relating to managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace cannot be provided due to the disproportionate cost.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2021 to Question 107597 on Government Departments: Coronavirus, what additional guidance issued to staff in his Department in relation to managing the risk of covid-19 in the workplace was in force on 20 May 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, Cabinet Office has followed Government guidance on ensuring safety in the workplace. The Cabinet Office has aligned with cross-government guidance issued centrally by Civil Service HR.

On 20 May 2020, in line with the Government’s advice on unnecessary travel, the Cabinet Office default position was for employees to work from home where practical. Employees who were fit for work and required to be in the workplace were advised to follow the guidance on handwashing and respiratory hygiene, the relevant social distancing measures and government/transport provider guidance on safe travel on public transport.


Some operational and specialist teams were identified as essential roles, for which remote or home working may not have been an option for some or all of their working time. Cabinet Office advised that these teams should make sensible arrangements to protect employees, for example, rotas and staggered start and finish times to avoid busy commuting times on public transport. Where possible, business units were asked to ensure that they put arrangements in place to allow employees to adhere to social distancing guidance whilst in the workplace.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the findings of his Department's investigation into allegations of Islamaphobia in Government will be published; and what the timeframe is for that investigation to conclude.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to Paragraph 1.4 of the Ministerial Code and the published Terms of Reference for the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

In line with well established policy in relation to investigations under the Ministerial Code, it would not be appropriate for Ministers to comment further during an ongoing investigation. That is intended to protect the rights of all involved.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the terms of reference are of his Department's investigation into allegations of Islamophobia within Government; and who is conducting that investigation.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to Paragraph 1.4 of the Ministerial Code and the published Terms of Reference for the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

In line with well established policy in relation to investigations under the Ministerial Code, it would not be appropriate for Ministers to comment further during an ongoing investigation. That is intended to protect the rights of all involved.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral contribution of 31 January 2022 in response to the hon. Member for Forest of Dean, Official Report, column 32, and the statements of his official spokesperson of 31 January 2021, if he will (a) ask the Second Permanent Secretary to update her report on Investigation into alleged gatherings on Government premises during covid restrictions after the conclusion of the Metropolitan Police investigation and (b) publish all related material that is submitted to him.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to 114637, 114638 and 114639.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister received (a) legal advice or (b) representations on the investigation into alleged gatherings on Government premises during covid-19 restrictions conducted by the Second Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office.

As has been the practice under successive administrations, the Government does not comment on legal advice that may or may not have been sought or received.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was to the public purse of the independent legal advice provided to the investigation into alleged gatherings on government premises during covid-19 restrictions as of 31 January 2021.

Whilst noting the expert support as referenced in the Second Permanent Secretary's update of 31 January, it would not be appropriate to comment on the scope of legal advice that may or may not have been sought or received.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 31 January 2022, whether the Second Permanent Secretary and her investigation team will be redeployed following the delivery of the report entitled, Investigation into alleged gatherings on government premises during Covid restrictions: Update, or will continue to work on matters relating to that investigation.

Sue Gray remains Second Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Union and Constitution at the Cabinet Office and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The Government does not comment on internal resourcing matters.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to respond to the letter of 29 June 2021 from the Rt hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on statements by his official spokesperson.

A reply was sent by my Hon Friend the then Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office on 13 August 2021 by email to the Rt Hon Member’s Parliamentary email address.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials at each civil service grade worked on the Second Permanent Secretary's investigation into events in Downing Street and other government buildings.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office report from the Second Permanent Secretary which has been published on GOV.UK and placed in the Library of the House.

The Government does not comment on internal resourcing matters.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether another Minister in his Department has been allocated the responsibilities held by the former Minister of State, Lord Agnew.

Lord Agnew's responsibilities as a Cabinet Office Minister were delegated by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Since his resignation, these responsibilities have returned to CDL. Any further announcements on ministerial responsibilities will be made in the usual way.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2021 to Question 107597 on Government Departments: Coronavirus, if he will list each piece of additional assorted guidance that has been issued to Cabinet Office staff to support them in relation to managing the risk of covid-19 in the workplace.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answer I gave on 24 January to PQ107597.

A list of every piece of guidance issued to Cabinet Office staff relating to managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace cannot be provided due to the disproportionate cost.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the letter of 24 January 2022 from Lord Pickles on behalf of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, what steps he plans to take to enforce effectively the Business Appointment Rules.

The Cabinet Office is leading the programme of work to improve the Business Appointment Rules in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. The Cabinet Office aims to improve: the scope and clarity of the Rules, the consistency and proportionality of their implementation across government, and enforcement of the Rules.

The Government is currently reviewing Lord Pickles’ letter of 24 January, including its points on the need for differentiation between the Business Appointment Rules and rules administered by other bodies such as the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists or the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

I note that in his correspondence, Lord Pickles advises: “The Committee’s advice letters will now make explicit reference to a former minister’s responsibility to understand any other rules and regulations they are subject to in parallel with the Committee’s advice.”

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 24 January 2021 to Question 107600 on Independent Adviser On Ministers' Interests, whether his plans to change the powers of the Independent Adviser will require legislation.

I would again refer the Rt. Hon Member to my published exchange of letters with the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests, published on GOV.UK and available in the Library of the House.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings for the period July to September 2021.

Details of Ministers’ gifts, hospitality, overseas travel and meetings are published on GOV.UK on a quarterly basis. Data covering the period from April to June 2021 was published on 21 October 2021.

Departments will publish data relating to the period July to September 2021 in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2021 to Question 90430 on Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row and with reference to the correspondence between the Independent Adviser of Ministers' Interests and the Prime Minister, whether his Department holds the messages that were on the Prime Minister's former phone.

The exchange has been published in Lord Geidt's correspondence, which is available on GOV.UK and in the Library of the House.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the letter from the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests of 23 December 2021, what assessment he has made since that date of (a) the staffing necessary to support the work of the Independent Adviser and (b) potential merits of widening the remit and powers of the Independent Adviser.

The Independent Adviser's letter of 23 December concluded the correspondence, which was published soon after on 6 January. The correspondence sets out the timescales for further consideration and discussion of these matters. That work is underway and the Independent Adviser indicated that he would expect to be able to describe any changes to his role by the time of his next Annual Report in April.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the letter from the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests of 23 December 2021, when he plans to present the Independent Adviser on with detailed proposals to ensure the highest standards are maintained; and whether he plans to publish those proposals.

The Independent Adviser's letter of 23 December concluded the correspondence, which was published soon after on 6 January. The correspondence sets out the timescales for further consideration and discussion of these matters. That work is underway and the Independent Adviser indicated that he would expect to be able to describe any changes to his role by the time of his next Annual Report in April.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to respond to the letter of the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests of 23 December 2021.

The Independent Adviser's letter of 23 December concluded the correspondence, which was published soon after on 6 January. The correspondence sets out the timescales for further consideration and discussion of these matters. That work is underway and the Independent Adviser indicated that he would expect to be able to describe any changes to his role by the time of his next Annual Report in April.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance was issued to civil servants, ministers and special advisers on working arrangements in government buildings in addition to the prevailing government guidance published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for all employers on managing the risk of covid-19 in the workplace.

Throughout the pandemic, Cabinet Office staff have worked from home and the workplace in line with the appropriate government guidance in place at the time - particularly the Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance - recognising the different approaches taken by the devolved administrations. Additional assorted guidance has been issued to Cabinet Office staff to support them in working safely from home and in the workplace, as deemed necessary.

Cabinet Office has followed the latest government guidance in relation to managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. It will continue to follow this advice - as we actively support staff back to the workplace following the most recent update in guidance.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to answer Question 90429, on 10 Downing Street, tabled by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 9 December 2021.

I responded to the Rt. Hon Member’s Parliamentary Question, 90429, on 20 January.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 446, what the evidential basis was for his statement that the National Audit Office has access to minutes of a conference call on 9 April 2020 between the former hon. Member for North Shropshire and a Health Minister.

The NAO has a right of access to documents and materials which it reasonably requires to carry out its functions. In addition, I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the Government response to Humble Address Motion on Randox contracts (HC 1072), where a note of the conference call of 9 April 2020 has been published.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral contribution of 12 January 2021, Official Report, column 562, what the evidential basis is for his statement that the event in the Downing Street garden on 20 May 2020 could be said to technically fall within the guidance.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office investigation, which have been deposited in the Library of the House. It would not be appropriate to pre-empt that process.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral contribution of 12 January 2021, Official Report, column 562, whether he had been aware of plans for the event in the Downing Street garden on 20 May 2020 before 6.00pm on that day.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answers I gave to the House at Prime Minister’s Questions on 12 January and 19 January.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral contribution of 8 December 2021, Official Report, volume 705, column 372, what was the evidential basis for his statement that he had been repeatedly reassured there was no party held in 10 Downing Street.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office investigation, which have been deposited in the Library of the House. It would not be appropriate to pre-empt that process.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department issued to Prime Minister's Office staff on physical meetings during each covid-19 lockdown in 2020 and 2021.

Throughout the pandemic, BEIS has published the prevailing government guidance for all employers in relation to managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace, which has been available on GOV.UK.



Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department will publish the results of the Annual Civil Service People Survey for 2021.

Every year, the Civil Service People Survey team publishes the Civil Service benchmark scores and the results for all participating organisations in the annual Civil Service People Survey, including for the Cabinet Office, on GOV.UK. The publication of the results for the Civil Service People Survey 2021 is scheduled for Thursday 28 April 2022.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates he has corresponded with the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests since 9 December 2021.

I will place copies of my recent correspondence with the Independent Adviser in the Libraries of the House.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to answer Question 88733, tabled by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 7 December 2021, before the House rises on 16 December 2021.

I responded to the Rt. Hon Member’s Parliamentary Question, 88733, regarding the letter from Lord Pickles, on 16 December.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials are working on the Cabinet Secretary's investigation into social events in 10 Downing Street and the Department for Education in November and December 2020, by civil service grade.

The Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office’s investigation have been published on GOV.UK and deposited in the libraries of both Houses. The work will be concluded by the Second Permanent Secretary.

The Government does not comment on the specifics or resourcing of an ongoing process.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department’s guidance to Ministers requires the retention of correspondence from the Prime Minister in his official capacity.

There are appropriate arrangements and guidance in place for the management of formal Ministerial correspondence - for example, incoming and outgoing letters.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to request the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests reopens his investigation into his declaration of interests in relation to donations towards the refurbishment of his flat in Downing Street.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answers given by my Official Spokesperson following the report’s publication.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Electoral Commission investigation report of 9 December 2021, whether his WhatsApp messages to Lord Brownlow of 29 November 2020 were sent from his official mobile phone.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answers given by my Official Spokesperson following the report’s publication.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what records are kept of the Prime Minister’s WhatsApp messages in his official capacity.

The Cabinet Office follows the Code of Practice on the Management of Records issued under section 46 the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission investigation report of 9 December 2021, if he will place in the Library of the House a copy of the WhatsApp messages between the Prime Minister and Lord Brownlow.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the published correspondence between the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests and the Prime Minister.

The previous Freedom of Information request was processed in line with the provisions in the Act. For the reasons set out in that correspondence, no official information was held under the Act in scope of that request at the time.

After the Electoral Commission’s investigation concluded, the messages referred to in the Electoral Commission report were subsequently provided to the Independent Adviser.

That exchange is set out in an annex to that published correspondence; the letters are already in the Library of the House, further to the answer to the Rt Hon Member of PQ 98322.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 8 December, Official report, column 372, and the Oral contribution of The Paymaster General of 9 December 2021, Official Report, who gave the repeated assurances to the Prime Minister referred to in those answers.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answer to her question of 13 January 2022, PQ 103561.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's response to Freedom of Information request FOI2021/14245 of 5 July 2021, what records his Department holds of the Prime Minister's WhatsApp messages with Lord Brownlow.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the published correspondence between the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests and the Prime Minister.

The previous Freedom of Information request was processed in line with the provisions in the Act. For the reasons set out in that correspondence, no official information was held under the Act in scope of that request at the time.

After the Electoral Commission’s investigation concluded, the messages referred to in the Electoral Commission report were subsequently provided to the Independent Adviser.

That exchange is set out in an annex to that published correspondence; the letters are already in the Library of the House, further to the answer to the Rt Hon Member of PQ 98322.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Cabinet Secretary intends to answer the letter of 2 December 2021 from the hon Member for Ashton under Lyne.

The Cabinet Secretary responded to the Rt Hon. Member’s letter on 13 December.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a room within a Cabinet Office building was used for a Christmas quiz during December 2020.

The Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office’s investigations into staff gatherings have been published on GOV.UK and deposited in the libraries of both Houses.

It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of an ongoing process. The Government has committed that the findings of the investigations will be made public in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answers of 8 December 2021 to the Rt hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras, what (a) terms of reference and (b) deadline has he set the Cabinet Secretary for his investigation; and whether he has power to compel Ministers and special advisers to provide evidence.

The Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office’s investigations into staff gatherings have been published on GOV.UK and deposited in the libraries of both Houses.

It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of an ongoing process. The Government has committed that the findings of the investigations will be made public in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Answers of 8 December 2021 to the Rt hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras, what materials have been provided to the Metropolitan Police in relation to events in 10 Downing Street during 2020.

The Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office’s investigations into staff gatherings have been published on GOV.UK and deposited in the libraries of both Houses.

It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of an ongoing process. The Government has committed that the findings of the investigations will be made public in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what supplies of (a) wine and (b) cheese were provided or funded from the public purse for events in 10 Downing Street during (i) November and (ii) December 2020.

I refer the Rt. Hon Member to my response to PQ89702.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what social events for staff the Prime Minister attended during (a) November and (b) December 2020.

I refer the Hon Member to the answers given by my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister at Prime Minister's Questions on 8 December and those given by me in the House on 9 December. Copies of the terms of reference for the Cabinet Secretary’s investigations have been placed in the Libraries of the House and are also available on the GOV.UK website.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to reply to the letter from Lord Pickles, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, of 9 July 2021, bringing to his attention a breach of the Government's Business Appointment Rules.

The Cabinet Office has noted the advice received from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments on 9 July 2021 and is currently considering the letter. The Business Appointment Rules apply to all former Ministers and civil servants, and all should abide by them.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 6 December 2021 on Transforming Public Procurement, HCWS444, whether the Procurement Review Unit will be based in his Department; which Minister will be responsible for that unit; and by what date he plans for that unit to be operational.

The Procurement Review Unit will be based in the Cabinet Office and will report to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The Unit will form part of the new procurement regime which is subject to the usual Parliamentary processes. The new regime will not be active until 2023 at the earliest.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Paymaster General to the Honourable Member for Dulwich and West Norwood of 25 November 2021, Official Report volume 704, column 444, how many contracts have been awarded under regulation 32 emergency procurement powers during the covid-19 outbreak in each month of the last year for which information is available.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 and £25,000 in the wider public sector are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is his policy that public criticism from The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments is sufficient sanction for breaching the Business Appointment Rules.

The Cabinet Office is leading the programme of work to improve the Business Appointment Rules in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. The Prime Minister explained to the Liaison Committee on Wednesday 17 November that we are currently refining the rules and considering how to strengthen the process; an update will be provided before the Christmas parliamentary recess.

The Business Appointment Rules apply to all Ministers and civil servants, including special advisers, and it is incumbent upon everyone to abide by the decisions of the Committee, or the relevant Permanent Secretary in the cases of departmental-level applications. A number of sanctions already exist for breaches depending on the nature of the breach and consideration of further methods of enforcement of the Rules will be considered as part of the wider Business Appointment Rules improvement work. The Government will consider the particular circumstances of any breach reported to it by the Committee.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 79397 on Business Interests, whether he plans to complete work on improving the (a) scope and clarity of the Business Appointment Rules, (b) consistency and proportionality of the implementation of the Rules across Government and (c) enforcement of the Rules by the end of 2021.

The Cabinet Office is leading the programme of work to improve the Business Appointment Rules in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. The Prime Minister explained to the Liaison Committee on Wednesday 17 November that we are currently refining the rules and considering how to strengthen the process; an update will be provided before the Christmas parliamentary recess.

The Business Appointment Rules apply to all Ministers and civil servants, including special advisers, and it is incumbent upon everyone to abide by the decisions of the Committee, or the relevant Permanent Secretary in the cases of departmental-level applications. A number of sanctions already exist for breaches depending on the nature of the breach and consideration of further methods of enforcement of the Rules will be considered as part of the wider Business Appointment Rules improvement work. The Government will consider the particular circumstances of any breach reported to it by the Committee.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met Mr Owen Paterson, the former Rt Hon. Member for North Shropshire.

As Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, I routinely meet and engage with Conservative MPs. I have not met with Mr Paterson since he resigned as a Member of Parliament and became a private citizen.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is his policy to implement any of the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Standards Matter 2 review, contained in the report Upholding Standards in Public Life, published in November 2021.

I refer the Honourable member to PQ58953.

The Government notes the work of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs and Treasury Committees, as well as the Standards Matter 2 report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Once all these reports have been published, we will consider their work alongside Mr Boardman’s recommendations and set out a substantive Government policy statement to Parliament in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what legal costs his Department incurred in the case of The Good Law Project versus Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, which concluded on 9 June 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to PQ13960 on 10 June 2021 and PQ24328 on 29 June 2021.

Our estimate of £500,000 - £600,000 for defending the case to June 2021 remains accurate.

The case is being appealed and further costs have not yet been determined.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 31 August 2021 from Lord Pickles on behalf of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in respect of Lord Hammond; and whether he plans to take steps in response to that Committee's findings in respect of Lord Hammond and OakNorth bank.

Lord True responded to the letter from the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments on 25 November, noting the Committee’s findings in respect of Lord Hammond. The Government has carefully considered this matter and the letter sets out in full its reasoning that, although we concur with the Committee’s conclusion, we do not believe further sanctions should be taken given the particular circumstances of this case.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve the operation and efficacy of the Business Appointment Rules since the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments met the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution in respect of that matter in April 2021.

The Government is working with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) to improve the operation and efficacy of the Business Appointment Rules. ACOBA has introduced a framework for risk-based consideration of cases, greater transparency and improved reporting of breaches. The Government supports these changes. The Cabinet Office is also leading a programme of work which aims to improve: the scope and clarity of the Rules; the consistency and proportionality of their implementation across government; and enforcement of the Rules.

The recommendations from Nigel Boardman’s report into the development and use of supply chain finance in government, as well as the Standards Matter 2 report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, will be considered as a part of this work.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department work on cross-government procurement, broken down by unit.

The Government Commercial Function (GCF) was formed in 2015 and incorporates civil servants working in commercial roles for Government Departments, colleagues in the NHS and the wider public sector. Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-commercial-function/about.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions his Department has been ordered by the Information Commissioner to release information in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 24 July 2019.

Responses to all FOI requests are handled in line with the legislation, including applying relevant exemptions where applicable.

The costs of resourcing Freedom of Information requests are met within departmental budgets.

Decision notices issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, including those about the Cabinet Office’s handling of Freedom of Information requests, can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website at www.ico.org.uk.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what costs have been incurred by the public purse as a result of his Department contesting Freedom of Information requests relating to procurement received by his Department during the covid-19 outbreak, to date.

Responses to all FOI requests are handled in line with the legislation, including applying relevant exemptions where applicable.

The costs of resourcing Freedom of Information requests are met within departmental budgets.

Decision notices issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, including those about the Cabinet Office’s handling of Freedom of Information requests, can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website at www.ico.org.uk.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in respect of correspondence between the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and David Meller in respect of the procurement of personal protective equipment from Meller Designs; when those requests were submitted; and whether his Department plans to release the information requested.

Responses to all FOI requests are handled in line with the legislation, including applying relevant exemptions where applicable.

The costs of resourcing Freedom of Information requests are met within departmental budgets.

Decision notices issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, including those about the Cabinet Office’s handling of Freedom of Information requests, can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website at www.ico.org.uk.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to implement Recommendation 9 of the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on MPs' Outside Interests, published in July 2018.

The Government broadly supports the recommendations contained in the 2018 report. We welcome the fact that the House of Commons has endorsed asking the Standards Committee to consider how to implement the Committee on Standards in Public Life recommendations that Members should be banned from any paid work to provide services as a Parliamentary strategist, adviser or consultant and that outside work should be undertaken only within “reasonable limits.”

As the Prime Minister’s letter on 16 November stated, the House may also wish to consider the wider recommendations of the report, the broad intentions of which the Government supports.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2021 to Question 57295, on Procurement: Coronavirus, when he plans to publish details of companies that were awarded contracts via the high-priority lane for covid-19 procurement, and who referred those companies to the high-priority lane.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the publication “PPE procurement in the early pandemic” on GOV.UK of 17 November.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what changes have been made to the machinery of Government since 15 September 2021.

Following the Machinery of Government changes announced by the Prime Minister on the 15th September, responsibility for United Kingdom governance and elections has moved to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to embed levelling up priorities and to meet the changing needs of people across the country.

In addition, responsibility for the operation of the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Department of Health and Social Care. This change was announced on 21 September and the administrative aspects took effect on 1 November 2021.


All Machinery of Government changes are a matter for the Prime Minister.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which units in his Department are responsible for constitutional policy.

The Constitution Settlement Division is responsible for constitutional policy in the Cabinet Office.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what ministerial responsibility he holds for cross-government procurement policy.

A full list of ministerial responsibilities is published on GOV.UK. Individual departments are responsible for their own procurements.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the responsibilities of each Minister in his Department.

An updated List of Ministerial Responsibilities will be published in due course.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the Procurement Bill.

Over 600 responses to the Green Paper were received, which have been analysed in detail; the feedback received has been invaluable in helping us to develop our thinking in a number of areas. We continue to work with key stakeholders on the details of our proposals. The plan is to publish the formal Government response to the consultation in the coming months, in advance of introduction of the Procurement Bill. The Bill will be introduced when Parliamentary time allows.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the consultation Transforming Public Procurement, which closed on 10 March 2021.

Over 600 responses to the Green Paper were received, which have been analysed in detail; the feedback received has been invaluable in helping us to develop our thinking in a number of areas. We continue to work with key stakeholders on the details of our proposals. The plan is to publish the formal Government response to the consultation in the coming months, in advance of introduction of the Procurement Bill. The Bill will be introduced when Parliamentary time allows.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral statement of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the Minister for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment, of 8 September 2021, Official Report, column 307, if he will publish a copy of the equality impact assessment of covid-status certification.

At the request of the Prime Minister, the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, led a review into COVID-status certification, which concluded in July.

As published in the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan on 14 September, in order to help businesses prepare their own contingency plans, the Government will shortly publish more detail about the proposed certification regime that would be introduced as part of Plan B.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what ministerial responsibility he holds for covid-19 status certification.

At the request of the Prime Minister, the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, led a review into COVID-status certification, which concluded in July.

As published in the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan on 14 September, in order to help businesses prepare their own contingency plans, the Government will shortly publish more detail about the proposed certification regime that would be introduced as part of Plan B.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to answer Question 38276 tabled by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 22 July 2021.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answer given to PQ 38276 on 10 September 2021.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests.

The work of the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests in advising Her Majesty’s Government is in scope of the Freedom of Information regime.

The Ministerial Code and the Independent Adviser's Terms of Reference, both of which are published on GOV.UK, also sets out a number of expectations about transparency of the Independent Adviser’s work and advice. In particular:

  • A statement covering relevant Ministers' interests will be published twice yearly. The last such statement - the List of Ministers' Interests - was published at the end of May 2021.

  • The Independent Adviser’s advice to the Prime Minister where he has carried out an investigation into an alleged breach of the Ministerial Code will be published.

  • The Independent Adviser also published an Annual Report, setting out the work he has undertaken and his observations on matters within his responsibilities.

As with all Freedom of Information requests, due consideration should be given to the qualified and absolute exemptions under the Act which Parliament has legislated for.

There may be information held where it is not in the public interest for such information to be in the public domain. It is long-standing Government policy not to comment on individual personnel matters, including investigations into conduct, in order to protect the rights of all involved. As with all information, personal data and information provided in confidence will be considered against the relevant exemptions. This also avoids prejudice to the ability to carry out such investigations. The Ministerial Code states that the personal information which Ministers disclose to those who advise them on the management of their interests will be treated in confidence.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Review into the development and use of supply chain finance (and associated schemes) in government conducted by Nigel Boardman and published on 21 July 2021.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to my answer to PQ 24213 on 27 July 2021.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what role Douglas Smith holds in his office.

An updated list of Government special advisers was published on GOV.UK on 15 July.

As has been the case under successive administrations, staff employed in the No.10 Political Office are a matter for the governing party.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what interests were declared by Ewen Fergusson before his appointment as an independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and if he will publish those interests.

Appointments of independent members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life are made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. The Code is clear that candidates must be asked to declare potential conflicts of interest in their application and these should be discussed at interview.

The register of interests of all the Committee's members can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cspl-latest-register-of-interests.

The associated press release on the open competition for this role is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/professor-gillian-peele-and-ewen-fergusson-to-join-the-committee-on-standards-in-public-life.

I also refer the Hon. Member to the letter from the Commissioner for Public Appointments on the competition process: https://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Copy-of-2021-07-20-PR-to-Lord-Evans-redacted.pdf.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to reply to (a) Question 24213 tabled on 29 June 2021 and (b) Question 27175 tabled on 5 July 2021 by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answers given to PQ 24213 on 27 July 2021 and PQ 27175 on 27 July 2021.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Cabinet Office's Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21, published on 15 July 2021, what the total value is of the additional invoices for the refurbishment work undertaken on the No 11 Downing Street residence referenced on page 209 of that report.

Other than works funded through the annual allowance, the costs of the wider refurbishment of the residence are not being financed by taxpayers and have been settled by the Prime Minister personally.

Interim support provided by the Conservative Party is a matter for the party.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many applicants were considered for the position of independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and what criteria were used in making the final decision on the most recent appointment to that position on that Committee.

173 applications were received by the campaign which closed in April 2021 for two independent member vacancies on the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

In line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments, an Advisory Assessment Panel, that included an independent member, carefully considered all applications against the criteria set out in the candidate pack, which is published on the Government’s Public Appointments website. The panel was chaired by Lord Evans, the Chair of the Committee.

The Panel interviewed shortlisted candidates and made recommendations to the Prime Minister on which candidates they found appointable against those criteria. The two applicants who have been appointed by the Prime Minister to take up post on 1 August 2021 were both found appointable by the Panel.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2021 to Question 31419 on Cabinet Office: Contracts, what estimate he has made of the number of staff of his Department who will be owners of declaration logs; how many such staff have started to receive data protection training for that role to date; and how many staff have completed such training.

Work is progressing on creating a log of declarations which will cover existing and future contracts. This includes identifying the number of individuals who will be responsible for the log and finalising the data protection training which they will require.

12th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to recommendations of the Review into the Development and Use of Supply Chain Finance (and associated schemes) in Government, whether his Department has created a (a) centralised contract register for the Department and (b) log of declarations of interest in relation to contracts; and how many of his Department's staff have completed data protection training for owners of declaration logs.

The Cabinet Office is progressing work on creating a contract register and a log of declarations in relation to contracts. Both, along with the necessary data protection training, are expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

12th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Lord Feldman (a) made any expense claims and (b) had private office resources allocated to him during his capacity as an unpaid advisor to his Department.

Appointments made by the Department of Health and Social Care are a matter for the Department of Health and Social Care.

12th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of additional civil servants required to administer the checks on goods being imported to the UK from the EU under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and (b) cost of recruiting additional civil servants for that purpose.

Checks on goods being imported to the UK from the EU are carried out by HMRC, Defra and local Port Health Authorities. Full import controls are being introduced in a phased approach between October 2021 and March 2022. Defra and HMRC continue to review the number of staff required to conduct these checks and ensure that there are sufficient civil servants in post. Once the import controls, as set out under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, have been fully implemented, an accurate estimate of additional staffing required and the cost of this recruitment can be made.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of additional civil servants required to administer the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol relating to the flow of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and (b) cost of recruiting additional civil servants for that purpose.

Border Force has recruited fifty full-time equivalents for the purpose of implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol at a total cost of approximately £1.4m.

Other Departments have recruited small numbers of additional staff but have generally managed the requirements of the Protocol through reprioritization.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to take steps in response to the late inclusion of ministerial meetings in transparency returns and the reported use of private email accounts for Government business by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Innovation).

The Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office set out the Government's position in her response on 28 June 2021.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which of his Department's non executive directors were appointed through open competition.

All Cabinet Office Non-Executive Board Members were recruited through open competition according to the guidance set out in the Corporate governance code for central government departments. Lord Nash, the Government Lead Non-Executive, who also sits on the Cabinet Office Board, was appointed directly by the Prime Minister based on merit and works within the confines of the Code of Corporate governance for central Departments.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2021 to Question HL236, whether the list of suppliers placed on the VIP fast-track for potential contracts related to the covid-19 pandemic will be provided to the public inquiry into the Government's response to the pandemic.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed that the public inquiry into COVID-19 will be established on a statutory basis, with full formal powers, and that it will begin its work in spring 2022. Further details, including terms of reference, will be set out in due course. The Government will of course cooperate with the inquiry fully.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2021 to Question 76729, what level of sign off by (a) officials and (b) special advisers was required for the award of the contract to Public First.

Further to the answer given to PQ 76729 on 6 October 2020, all contracts are approved by senior officials who alone have the authority to do so. Special Advisers are not permitted to authorise the expenditure of public funds.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to prevent contracts being awarded under the emergency procurement rules to companies that have not submitted accounts to Companies House on time.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000, and £25,000 in the wider public sector, should be published on Contracts Finder.

Being able to procure at speed has been critical in the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However we have always made it clear that all contracts, including those designed to tackle coronavirus issues, must continue to achieve value for money for taxpayers, use good commercial judgement and the details of any awards made should be published in line with Government transparency guidelines.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts were awarded without tender under the emergency procurement rules during the covid-19 outbreak; and what the total value was of those contracts.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000, and £25,000 in the wider public sector, should be published on Contracts Finder.

Being able to procure at speed has been critical in the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However we have always made it clear that all contracts, including those designed to tackle coronavirus issues, must continue to achieve value for money for taxpayers, use good commercial judgement and the details of any awards made should be published in line with Government transparency guidelines.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral answer of the Parliamentary Secretary to the hon. Member for Warrington North of 28 June 2021, Official Report, column 36, what further steps she has taken to the look into the incident referred to.

The Information Commissioner has recently launched an investigation into the use of private correspondence channels in DHSC. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment on the ongoing investigation at this stage.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner since 27 June 2021 on the use of private email accounts for Government business by Ministers.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answers given to questions on 8 July 2021.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is his policy that the civil service should return to physical work from 19 July 2021; and what plans he has to reduce the potential transmission of covid-19 within departmental buildings.

Subject to a final decision on 12 July, the Prime Minister has set out the arrangements that will be in place in England once we move to Step Four. It will no longer be necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home and so employers, including the Civil Service, will be able to support the safe return to the workplace for staff who have, for many months now, been working remotely, and at the same time, support those Civil Servants who have been in the workplace throughout the pandemic. Work will also continue to support those Civil Servants in other parts of the United Kingdom.

Employers, including the Civil Service, will need to continue to take sensible precautions to reduce risk in the workplace and enable people to make informed decisions about how to manage the risk to themselves and others, including having a vaccination where they can, continuing with good hygiene practices and self-isolating if they have symptoms or have tested positive. These actions will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the risk of a resurgence which puts the NHS under unsustainable pressure.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what sanctions apply to Ministers who fail to declare relevant interests or meetings.

Further to the letter sent to the Rt Hon Member from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 8 July 2021, Non-Executive Board Members are individuals appointed in line with the Corporate Governance Code for Central Government Department https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/corporate-governance-code-for-central-government-departments-2017

Remuneration for Non-Executive Board Members is reported in the Cabinet Offices' Annual Report and Accounts and is available on our website.

Non-Executive Directors on the boards of public bodies fulfil legal duties in accordance with the founding legal instruments, statutory or otherwise, of their organisation. The Cabinet Office publishes data on the number of public appointees on the boards of public bodies and in independent offices, appointed following the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Part 7 of the Ministerial Code sets out the expectations around Ministers’ private interests. Paragraph 8.14 of the Code sets out the expectations around meetings with external organisations.

As set out in the Code, Ministers are personally responsible for deciding how to act and conduct themselves in light of the Code and for justifying their actions to Parliament and the public. The Prime Minister is the ultimate judge of the standards of behaviour expected of a Minister and the appropriate consequences of a breach of those standards. The Prime Minister recently accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that there should be a range of sanctions available where a breach of the Ministerial Code is determined to have occurred. The full letter is available on GOV.UK: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/981905/Letter_from_the_Prime_Minister_to_Lord_Evans__28_April_2021.pdf

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-executive directors serve on the boards of government arms-length bodies.

Further to the letter sent to the Rt Hon Member from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 8 July 2021, Non-Executive Board Members are individuals appointed in line with the Corporate Governance Code for Central Government Department https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/corporate-governance-code-for-central-government-departments-2017

Remuneration for Non-Executive Board Members is reported in the Cabinet Offices' Annual Report and Accounts and is available on our website.

Non-Executive Directors on the boards of public bodies fulfil legal duties in accordance with the founding legal instruments, statutory or otherwise, of their organisation. The Cabinet Office publishes data on the number of public appointees on the boards of public bodies and in independent offices, appointed following the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Part 7 of the Ministerial Code sets out the expectations around Ministers’ private interests. Paragraph 8.14 of the Code sets out the expectations around meetings with external organisations.

As set out in the Code, Ministers are personally responsible for deciding how to act and conduct themselves in light of the Code and for justifying their actions to Parliament and the public. The Prime Minister is the ultimate judge of the standards of behaviour expected of a Minister and the appropriate consequences of a breach of those standards. The Prime Minister recently accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that there should be a range of sanctions available where a breach of the Ministerial Code is determined to have occurred. The full letter is available on GOV.UK: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/981905/Letter_from_the_Prime_Minister_to_Lord_Evans__28_April_2021.pdf

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what expenses may be claimed by non-executive directors of Departments; how much was claimed by non-executive directors of his Department in the 2020-21 financial year; and whether details of those expense claims are published.

Further to the letter sent to the Rt Hon Member from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 8 July 2021, Non-Executive Board Members are individuals appointed in line with the Corporate Governance Code for Central Government Department https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/corporate-governance-code-for-central-government-departments-2017

Remuneration for Non-Executive Board Members is reported in the Cabinet Offices' Annual Report and Accounts and is available on our website.

Non-Executive Directors on the boards of public bodies fulfil legal duties in accordance with the founding legal instruments, statutory or otherwise, of their organisation. The Cabinet Office publishes data on the number of public appointees on the boards of public bodies and in independent offices, appointed following the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Part 7 of the Ministerial Code sets out the expectations around Ministers’ private interests. Paragraph 8.14 of the Code sets out the expectations around meetings with external organisations.

As set out in the Code, Ministers are personally responsible for deciding how to act and conduct themselves in light of the Code and for justifying their actions to Parliament and the public. The Prime Minister is the ultimate judge of the standards of behaviour expected of a Minister and the appropriate consequences of a breach of those standards. The Prime Minister recently accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that there should be a range of sanctions available where a breach of the Ministerial Code is determined to have occurred. The full letter is available on GOV.UK: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/981905/Letter_from_the_Prime_Minister_to_Lord_Evans__28_April_2021.pdf

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Freedom of Information requests were referred to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on grounds of high political sensitivity during 2020.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to my answer given to PQ21237 on 28 June 2021.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which recommendations of the Boardman Review are yet to be implemented.

The Cabinet Office commissioned Nigel Boardman in September 2020 to undertake a review of departmental procurement. This review made 28 specific recommendations, which we have accepted in full. The review was, however, specifically focused on a small number of contracts within the Government Communications Service business area and so while we are embedding the Boardman recommendations widely across the CO, many were and are already standard practice in many areas of the department and across government.

As at 5 July 2021, the department has completed 24 of the 28 recommendations (86%). The remaining four recommendations are by their nature dependent on sourcing and on-boarding additional systems / resources. All four are in progress and expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

The four outstanding recommendations are:

11 – Single point of contact centrally recorded for every contract

16 – Centralised contract register for the department

20 – Log of declarations of interest

21 – Data protection training complete for owners of the declaration logs

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson's statement of 28 June 2021 on the conduct of ministerial government business through departmental email addresses.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to my response on 28 June 2021.

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister made the decision to award a contract to Public First to conduct focus group testing in March 2020.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answer given to PQ 76729 on 6 October 2020.

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral response of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Urgent Question from the Rt. hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, of 29 June 2021, Official Report, column 129, on Emergency Covid Contracts that stated that 47 offers of personal protective equipment supplies were processed through the Government's priority mailbox, if he will publish a list of the suppliers to whom those 47 offers were made.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to the answer given to PQHL236 on 19 May 2021.

29th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Review into the Development and Use of Supply Chain Finance being led by Nigel Boardman will report to the Prime Minister by the end of June 2021.

I refer the Rt Hon Member to my written statement of 22 July 2021.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many requests for advice on handling Freedom of Information requests the central Cabinet Office Clearing House has received in each of the last two years.

The Clearing House function does not have full time members of staff, and its work is done by a small team of people in the FOI team, including the Deputy Director of Freedom of Information and Transparency, alongside their other day to day responsibilities. There is no separate budget for the Clearing House.

The Cabinet Office does not routinely capture data on the number of requests which are referred to the Clearing House. However, in 2020, Clearing House gave advice on 516 aggregated ‘round robins’ (requests made to more than one department and that have repeat characteristics); a small proportion of over 30,000 requests received by government departments in the same time period.

The Cabinet Office has referred requests to the Clearing House where appropriate and in line with the published criteria, which is available on gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-and-freedom-of-information.

Information on Freedom of Information statistics is also published on gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the annual running costs are of the central Cabinet Office Clearing House for Freedom of Information requests; and which staff of his Department have responsibilities within the Clearing House.

The Clearing House function does not have full time members of staff, and its work is done by a small team of people in the FOI team, including the Deputy Director of Freedom of Information and Transparency, alongside their other day to day responsibilities. There is no separate budget for the Clearing House.

The Cabinet Office does not routinely capture data on the number of requests which are referred to the Clearing House. However, in 2020, Clearing House gave advice on 516 aggregated ‘round robins’ (requests made to more than one department and that have repeat characteristics); a small proportion of over 30,000 requests received by government departments in the same time period.

The Cabinet Office has referred requests to the Clearing House where appropriate and in line with the published criteria, which is available on gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-and-freedom-of-information.

Information on Freedom of Information statistics is also published on gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 15260 on Civil Service Agencies: Standards, whether his Department has received any communication from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government under paragraph 4 of the Civil Service Management Code in relation to proposals to change terms and conditions for civil servants employed by Homes England; and what steps he has taken to communicate his policy that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is unacceptable to (a) Homes England and (b) the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

As referenced in the answer to PQ 15260 the Civil Service Management Code (CSMC) only binds organisations that employ civil servants, which Homes England do not. It is for Homes England to decide how to manage their workforce and related pay processes.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government took in response to reports that the Prime Minister’s mobile phone number was publicly available.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

21st Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on confiscation of ministerial (a) mobile phones and (b) personal electronic devices by officials.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

21st Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has issued on the security of Ministers' personal electronic communications devices and mobile phones; and what assessment he has made of the security of those devices belonging to the Prime Minister.

It has been the long-standing practice of successive Governments not to comment on security related matters.

21st Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2021 to Question 15261 on Mitie: Re-employment, if he will inform Mitie that his policy is that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that other contracting authorities communicate that policy to suppliers.

I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 16831 on 24 June 2021.

21st Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 15262 on Civil Service Agencies: Re-employment, if he will issue guidance to Government (a) departments and (b) agencies enforcing the Government's position that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is unacceptable; and whether he plans to take steps to implement that position for other public sector employers.

I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 16831 on 24 June 2021.

17th Jun 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letters of 9 and 10 June 2021 from the hon. Member for Ashton under Lynne.

A reply will be sent shortly.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to prevent the use of fire and rehire practices by contractors to Government departments.

Departments are responsible for setting the terms and conditions of employment for their civil servants, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Service Management Code. The Civil Service Management Code only binds organisations that employ civil servants. Departments covered by the Civil Service Management Code are expected to communicate novel and contentious workforce proposals to the Cabinet Office as made clear by paragraph 4.

The Government has been very clear that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable. We always expect employers to treat employees fairly and in the spirit of partnership working with trade unions, where relevant, constructively.

Contracting Authorities decide the terms and conditions of the contracts they enter into with suppliers, and it is for suppliers to establish the pay, terms and conditions for their employees. Employee terms and conditions are protected by employment law when services are transferred between suppliers under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. We closely monitor strategic suppliers to improve performance, ensure value for money and to deliver policy objectives.

14th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is his policy on the use of fire and rehire practices by departmental agencies.

Departments are responsible for setting the terms and conditions of employment for their civil servants, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Service Management Code. The Civil Service Management Code only binds organisations that employ civil servants. Departments covered by the Civil Service Management Code are expected to communicate novel and contentious workforce proposals to the Cabinet Office as made clear by paragraph 4.

The Government has been very clear that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable. We always expect employers to treat employees fairly and in the spirit of partnership working with trade unions, where relevant, constructively.

Contracting Authorities decide the terms and conditions of the contracts they enter into with suppliers, and it is for suppliers to establish the pay, terms and conditions for their employees. Employee terms and conditions are protected by employment law when services are transferred between suppliers under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. We closely monitor strategic suppliers to improve performance, ensure value for money and to deliver policy objectives.

14th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Mitie on proposals to fire and rehire staff employed by Mitie to fulfil its facilities management services for the civil service in the event that they do not accept new pay proposals.

Departments are responsible for setting the terms and conditions of employment for their civil servants, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Service Management Code. The Civil Service Management Code only binds organisations that employ civil servants. Departments covered by the Civil Service Management Code are expected to communicate novel and contentious workforce proposals to the Cabinet Office as made clear by paragraph 4.

The Government has been very clear that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable. We always expect employers to treat employees fairly and in the spirit of partnership working with trade unions, where relevant, constructively.

Contracting Authorities decide the terms and conditions of the contracts they enter into with suppliers, and it is for suppliers to establish the pay, terms and conditions for their employees. Employee terms and conditions are protected by employment law when services are transferred between suppliers under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. We closely monitor strategic suppliers to improve performance, ensure value for money and to deliver policy objectives.

14th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which departmental agencies are required to comply with the requirements set out in paragraph 4 of the Civil Service management code, published in November 2016, to submit to his Department proposals or arrangements that are contentious; and what submissions has he received under that provision since 1 January 2020.

Departments are responsible for setting the terms and conditions of employment for their civil servants, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Service Management Code. The Civil Service Management Code only binds organisations that employ civil servants. Departments covered by the Civil Service Management Code are expected to communicate novel and contentious workforce proposals to the Cabinet Office as made clear by paragraph 4.

The Government has been very clear that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable. We always expect employers to treat employees fairly and in the spirit of partnership working with trade unions, where relevant, constructively.

Contracting Authorities decide the terms and conditions of the contracts they enter into with suppliers, and it is for suppliers to establish the pay, terms and conditions for their employees. Employee terms and conditions are protected by employment law when services are transferred between suppliers under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. We closely monitor strategic suppliers to improve performance, ensure value for money and to deliver policy objectives.

14th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on potential use of fire and rehire practices by Homes England.

Departments are responsible for setting the terms and conditions of employment for their civil servants, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Service Management Code. The Civil Service Management Code only binds organisations that employ civil servants. Departments covered by the Civil Service Management Code are expected to communicate novel and contentious workforce proposals to the Cabinet Office as made clear by paragraph 4.

The Government has been very clear that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable. We always expect employers to treat employees fairly and in the spirit of partnership working with trade unions, where relevant, constructively.

Contracting Authorities decide the terms and conditions of the contracts they enter into with suppliers, and it is for suppliers to establish the pay, terms and conditions for their employees. Employee terms and conditions are protected by employment law when services are transferred between suppliers under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. We closely monitor strategic suppliers to improve performance, ensure value for money and to deliver policy objectives.

10th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's legal costs in the case of The Good Law Project versus Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, which concluded on 9 June 2021.

Final costs are yet to be determined.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of families with (a) three year old and (b) four year old children that have (i) all parents in work and (ii) one or more parents not in work.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) photographers and (b) video producers were employed by his Department in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

The Department has no one employed exclusively as a photographer or video producer. The content producers in the digital communications team are multi-skilled and work on many other aspects of creative production and digital delivery.

In July 2019, July 2020 and July 2021, the BEIS digital communications team had 3 full time content creators. Currently the BEIS digital communications team has 2 full time content creators.

There are a number of other employees who are not primarily content producers, but who sometimes support videos and photography – we do not have a record of how many members of staff this has included across the department in this time period.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultation he has undertaken on the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022.

The Government carried out a consultation on revoking the ban on using agency workers to cover strikes in 2015. It asked what effect the removal would have on a wide variety of stakeholders, including workers, employment businesses, employers, employees on strike and about the impact on wider economy and society. It received a large number of substantive responses from a wide range of stakeholders, including employers, agencies and trade unions which have been carefully considered before deciding to proceed with removing Regulation 7 of the Conduct Regulations 2003.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

The information required to answer this question is not held centrally. This means that any information provided would not be fully accurate and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review the efficacy of sections (a) 193 (b) 193A and (c) 194 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

The Government wrote to the Insolvency Service on 23 March asking it to undertake an urgent and thorough enquiry into the recent actions of P&O Ferries, to determine whether the law has been complied with and consider prompt and appropriate action where it has not.

The Insolvency Service confirmed on 01 April that following its enquiries it has initiated both formal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies made by P&O Ferries.

The Rt. Hon. Member will appreciate that while these investigations are being progressed it would not be appropriate to make further comment but the Insolvency Service will provide an update in due course.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make a disqualification order against the chief executive of P&O Ferries.

The Insolvency Service has commenced formal investigations into the circumstances surrounding the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State does not have the power to make a disqualification order; these are made by the courts if the relevant legal tests are met.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022, HCWS735 on Business Update, what period of consultation he plans to provide on the Draft statutory code; and what steps he will take to engage trade unions in that consultation.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2022 to Question 147058 P&O Ferries: Redundancy, whether he has contacted the relevant authorities directly in relation to redundancies at P&O Ferries.

The Government wrote to the Insolvency Service on 23 March asking it to undertake an urgent and thorough enquiry into the recent actions of P&O Ferries, to determine whether the law has been complied with and consider prompt and appropriate action where it has not.

The Insolvency Service confirmed on 1st April that following its enquiries it has initiated both formal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies made by P&O Ferries.

The Rt. Hon. Member will appreciate that while these investigations are being progressed it would not be appropriate to make further comment, but the Insolvency Service will provide an update in due course.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022, HCWS735 on Business Update, whether the Statutory Code will provide protection to workers as well as employees.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022, HCWS735 on Business Update, whether the statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement will apply where there are fewer than 20 employees affected in one establishment.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022, HCWS735 on Business Update, whether the Code will prohibit employers giving notices of dismissal while a consultation period is ongoing.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022, HCWS735 on Business Update, whether the 25 per cent uplift in compensation apply in all cases where employees were dismissed or only if they were subsequently re-engaged.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022 HCWS735 on Business Update, whether the 25 per cent uplift in compensation awards for employees affected applies to (a) unfair dismissal awards and (b) protective payments for collective consultation breaches.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 29 March 2022, HCWS735 on Business Update, what criteria are proposed for when a Tribunal can award an uplift in compensation to an employee.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will bring forward a statutory code of practice on dismissal and reengagement.

Under section 204 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Secretary of State is required to publish a draft and consider any representations. The Department will engage with trade unions as part of that consultation. The scope of the Code and its remedies will be in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Legislation to lay the Code will be introduced when parliamentary time allows and will be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer on 23 March 2022, Official Report, column 325, whether he is taking legal action against P&O Ferries under the (a) Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and (b) Employment Rights Act 1996.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has formally commissioned the Insolvency Service to urgently undertake a thorough enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries.

The Secretary of State has asked them to determine whether the law has been complied with and consider prompt and appropriate action where it has not, including any scope to take legal action against the company directors.

We will not hesitate to take further action if we find evidence of wrongdoing.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in (a) Cyprus, (b) the Bahamas and (c) Holland on the dismissal of workers on P&O vessels flagged in those jurisdictions.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has written to the Insolvency Service asking them to urgently undertake a thorough review into the actions of P&O Ferries. As part of this review they will review the evidence around what notifications were given to the various authorities where P&O ferry have said their vessels are flagged.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions for failure to give notice of proposed redundancy under section 194 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 have been authorised by a Minister or authorised officer in each year since 2010.

In England and Wales, proceedings for the offence contrary to section 194(1) Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 may only be instituted by or with the consent of the Secretary of State or by an officer authorised by him for that purpose. There have been two such prosecutions since 2010.

Proceedings in Scotland are a matter for the Lord Advocate through the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received any notification of proposed redundancies from P&O Ferries under the provisions of section 193 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

An employer proposing to dismiss 20 or more employees at one establishment is required under section 193 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 to notify in writing the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In appropriate cases, failure to notify in accordance with section 193 of the Act is a criminal offence and can result in an unlimited fine.

No advance notification of redundancy was submitted by P&O Ferries to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We have asked the Insolvency Service to look at the notification requirements in relation to the redundancies announced last week and to consider if any further action is appropriate.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what correspondence (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department have received from Alexander Temerko since 1 March 2021.

Department Ministers have received one letter from Alexander Temerko since March 2021, sent on 22 March 2021 to the former Minister of State for Energy, my Rt. Hon. Friend, the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

In line with departmental Propriety Guidance, the then Minister of State for Energy recused herself from the decision for the proposed Aquind interconnector from 8 January.

As a result of this action, she was removed from the process - this means that no discussions were had, nor correspondence entered into by the Minister in respect of the Aquind Interconnector project. This correspondence was not shown to the Minister as a consequence.

There was no correspondence from Alexander Temerko to special advisors or officials during this time.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place copies of correspondence (a) to Ministers in his Department from Alexander Temerko of 8 February 2021 and 22 March 2021 in respect of the Aquind Interconnector project, (b) from Ministers in his Department replying to Alexander Temerko and (c) from Ministers forwarding the original letters to other Ministers and officials in the Library.

This correspondence has already been released in response to a previous Freedom of Information request [reference 11805], and I will place copies of that disclosure in the Libraries of the House, alongside a copy of the response from my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State, dated 19 April 2021.

In line with departmental Propriety Guidance, the then Energy Minister (my Hon. Friend, the Member for the Berwick-upon-Tweed) recused herself from the decision for the proposed Aquind interconnector from 8 January.

As a result of this action, she was removed from the process - this means that no discussions were had, nor correspondence entered into by the Minister in respect of the Aquind Interconnector project. This correspondence was not shown to the Minister as a consequence.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department have had with the hon. Member for Shipley since 29 April 2021.

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. Details for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

Data for July to September 2021 will be published in due course.

Details of meetings held by civil servants are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what private companies are contracted to provide security services at his Department’s buildings that contain Ministerial private offices; and whether there are closed circuit television cameras in any Ministerial private office within his Departmental estate.

As has been the case under successive Administrations, it is not Government policy to comment on security procedures in Government buildings.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department’s current non-executive directors were appointed; what oversight officials had of Ministerial appointments of non-executive directors; and what assessment was made of their experience against the requirements for breadth and depth of experience set out in the Cabinet Office guidance on Departmental Boards of November 2014.

Departments follow the principles set out in Cabinet Office/HM Treasury ‘Corporate governance in central government departments: code of good practice’.

The Lead Non-Executive Director, Ann Cairns, was appointed in January 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ann-cairns-appointed-lead-non-executive-board-member-at-beis.

Non-Executive Board Members Vikas Shah and Stephen Hill were appointed in May 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vikas-shah-and-stephen-hill-appointed-to-beis-board.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial payments his Department makes to its non-executive directors; how many times his departmental Board will meet in 2021-22; and what work the non-executive directors undertake.

This information is published in the Department’s annual report and accounts, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-annual-reports-and-accounts. The Department’s report and accounts for 2021-22 will be published in due course, in the usual way.

Departmental boards provide strategic leadership for each central government department, as well as advising on/challenging how the department is performing. Each board is chaired by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State and includes junior ministers, the permanent secretary and non-executive board members. Non-executives are appointed to government departments from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Their role is to provide advice and bring an external perspective. A summary of the work of non-executive directors across Government can be found in the Government Lead Non-Executive's annual report, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-lead-non-executives-annual-report-2019-to-2020.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what declarations of interests have been made by his Department’s non-executive directors; and where those declarations are published.

Non-executive directors comply with the provisions of the Cabinet Office’s Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. Board members are required to submit any declarable interests annually; this information forms part of the independent National Audit Office review ahead of the publication of Departmental annual report and accounts. Information on any relevant interests is published in the Department’s annual report and accounts, which are available on GOV.UK.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Freedom of Information requests have been referred by his Department for advice on handling to the Cabinet Office’s clearing house for Freedom of Information requests in each year since 2016.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has referred requests to the Cabinet Office Clearing House where appropriate and in line with the published criteria which is available on GOV.UK here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-and-freedom-of-information.

The Department does not keep a central record of Freedom of Information requests referred to the Cabinet Office Clearing House. Providing this information would require examination of records of every FOI request received during this period. This information could therefore only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting on 18 January 2021 between Lord Brownlow and herself.

My department follows the Guidance on the Management of Private Office Papers, and as such holds a minute of the meeting held on 18 January 2021 between Lord Brownlow and Oliver Dowden.

Matt Warman
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the research of Professor Bart van Ark from the University of Manchester on the digital economy, whether her Department is taking steps to help ensure that digital technologies can support inclusive productivity.

We recognise that, as highlighted in Professor’s van Ark’s research, digital technology can only fulfil its potential of increasing productivity without widening societal inequality, when it is made available to everyone. Our recently published Digital Strategy sets out our ambitions for harnessing the power of digital technologies to the benefit of our economy and society as a whole. The Government recognises the barriers associated with digital exclusion, so we are addressing these in particular through our work on digital infrastructure and essential digital skills.

DCMS is backing Project Gigabit with £5 billion, so that hard to reach communities are not left out. To further improve access to the internet, help is available for low income households to access broadband, mobile and landline services through a range of low-cost social tariffs.

To improve access to vital digital skills, the government has introduced a digital entitlement for adults with no or low digital skills. This allows adults wishing to acquire essential digital skills to gain specified digital qualifications, up to level 1, free of charge. Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQs), introduced alongside the digital entitlement, are based on new national standards which set out the digital skills people need to get on in life and work. We also support the provision of essential digital skills training in community settings through the Adult Education Budget.

DCMS also launched the Digital Skills Council at London Tech Week in June 2022. The Council will bring together industry leaders and training experts from Manchester Digital, Amazon Web Services and Multiverse. Working directly with employers, the council will encourage investment in employer-led training to upskill workforces. The group will also look at ways the industry can inspire the next generation of talent from a wide range of backgrounds to consider a digital career and identify opportunities to accelerate existing good practice within other industry groups.

Public libraries also play an important role in tackling digital exclusion. Around 2,900 public libraries in England provide a trusted network of accessible locations with staff, volunteers, free wifi, public PCs, and assisted digital access to a wide range of digital services. Volunteers and library staff have been trained in digital skills so that they can provide library users with support in using digital applications and services.

20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

The Department spent £51,455 (excluding VAT) on distinct focus groups commissioned to an external Supplier in 2021. More broadly, the Department spent £403,688.37 (excluding VAT) on research and evaluation services, which encompassed the use of focus groups and polling services to some degree, in 2021.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department received representations in support of Mohamed Amersi's application to be chair of the National Lottery Community Fund.

The appointment of the Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund is made by the Secretary of State. The appointment is made in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, which is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The process to appoint a new Chair in 2021 was run in line with the Governance Code, through a fair and open competition.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2021 to Question 98971, if he will place a copy of his Department's minute of the meeting between the Secretary of State and Lord Brownlow regarding the Great Exhibition 2.0 in the Library.

DCMS does not routinely publish minutes of meetings and therefore does not plan to place the minutes from the meeting between the former Secretary of State and Lord Brownlow in the Library.

28th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

DCMS has 32 apprentices, which is equivalent to 2.5% of the department’s headcount.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils who do not have a laptop or mobile device and cannot access remote learning in (i) Tameside and (ii) Oldham.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people.

This includes over 700,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities by 11 January.

The Department has estimated the need for devices and internet connectivity by using data on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals, alongside data from Ofcom.

All schools in Tameside and Oldham can order their allocation of laptops and tablets and request connectivity support. As of 12 January, 1,086 devices have been delivered directly to Tameside local authority and 1,329 devices have been delivered directly to Oldham local authority. Devices have also been allocated to academy trusts that include schools in Tameside and Oldham that are not included in this figure.

The Department has partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. This offer is available to all schools in England.

The Department is grateful to EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone. We continue to invite a range of mobile network providers to support the offer.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops and mobile devices have been distributed by his Department to pupils to enable them to access remote learning in (a) Tameside and (b) Oldham since March 2020.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people.

This includes over 700,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities by 11 January.

The Department has estimated the need for devices and internet connectivity by using data on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals, alongside data from Ofcom.

All schools in Tameside and Oldham can order their allocation of laptops and tablets and request connectivity support. As of 12 January, 1,086 devices have been delivered directly to Tameside local authority and 1,329 devices have been delivered directly to Oldham local authority. Devices have also been allocated to academy trusts that include schools in Tameside and Oldham that are not included in this figure.

The Department has partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. This offer is available to all schools in England.

The Department is grateful to EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone. We continue to invite a range of mobile network providers to support the offer.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in (i) Tameside and (ii) Oldham who do not have wifi or an unlimited mobile data connection and cannot access remote learning.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people.

This includes over 750,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities by the end of last week.

The Department has estimated the need for devices and internet connectivity by using data on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals, alongside data from Ofcom.

All schools in Tameside and Oldham can order their allocation of laptops and tablets and request connectivity support. As of 12 January, 1,086 devices have been delivered directly to Tameside local authority and 1,329 devices have been delivered directly to Oldham local authority. Devices have also been allocated to academy trusts that include schools in Tameside and Oldham that are not included in this figure.

The Department has partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. This offer is available to all schools in England.

The Department is grateful to EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone. We continue to invite a range of mobile network providers to support the offer.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken since March 2020 to help ensure that school pupils in (a) Tameside and (b) Oldham can access remote learning during covid-19 restrictions.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people.

This includes over 750,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities by the end of last week.

The Department has estimated the need for devices and internet connectivity by using data on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals, alongside data from Ofcom.

All schools in Tameside and Oldham can order their allocation of laptops and tablets and request connectivity support. As of 12 January, 1,086 devices have been delivered directly to Tameside local authority and 1,329 devices have been delivered directly to Oldham local authority. Devices have also been allocated to academy trusts that include schools in Tameside and Oldham that are not included in this figure.

The Department has partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. This offer is available to all schools in England.

The Department is grateful to EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone. We continue to invite a range of mobile network providers to support the offer.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's guidance, Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision, published on 19 March 2020, whether children are eligible to attend school where only one parent is defined as a key worker during the period of school closures due to covid-19.

The Department has recently published guidance for parents and carers in relation to the closure of educational settings, which is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers.

The current guidance confirms that children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend an education or childcare setting if necessary. However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the free school meals voucher scheme will be made available; and whether there will be retrospective funding of vouchers in the event that the scheme is not available immediately after schools close due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Schools can access the national voucher scheme as of Tuesday 31 March. This scheme allows schools to order a single voucher to the value of £15 each week for every child eligible for benefits-related free school meals who is not attending school, set a weekly £15 rolling voucher, or combine funding where a family has more than one child eligible. Schools will not have to pay for these vouchers as the costs for this scheme will be picked up centrally by the Department for Education.

Schools can also continue with a local solution to supporting pupils eligible for free school meals.

We understand that other approaches may mean that schools incur additional expenses. Guidance is available on how we will compensate schools who incur these additional costs, including prior to the introduction of the national voucher scheme, in providing free school meals or vouchers to pupils affected by COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-schools/school-funding-exceptional-costs-associated-with-coronavirus-covid-19-for-the-period-march-to-july-2020.

Further guidance is available at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the required pupil to teacher ratio will be in schools during the period of school closures due to the covid-19 outbreak.

To help ensure that the risk of COVID-19 spread for both staff and children is as low as possible, we have asked schools to ensure class sizes reflect the numbers of teaching staff available and are kept as small as possible.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, will covid-19 testing be available for school staff who present with symptoms.

We are extremely grateful for the work schools, childcare providers and local authorities have been doing since our announcement on the closure of schools and other educational and childcare settings. We are committed to ensuring that school staff are issued with the right guidance and support to keep them safe. We are in regular contact with the teacher and head teacher unions.

Currently the NHS is rightly prioritising COVID-19 tests for those caring for hospital patients with pneumonia or acute respiratory illness while continuing to investigate outbreaks. Most adults in good health who develop symptoms will fully recover and the Chief Medical Officer has advised that it is not necessary for them to be tested. However, school staff with symptoms of COVID-19 should, just as anyone displaying symptoms, self-isolate for at least seven days to reduce the spread in the community. The Government’s latest stay at home guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

On 18 March, the Government made an announcement with regard to increasing the number of people tested for COVID-19 to 25,000 hospital patients a day, which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/testing-for-coronavirus-covid-19-will-increase-to-25-000-a-day.

On 27 March, the Government launched a new drive on coronavirus tests for frontline NHS staff and more information is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-new-drive-on-coronavirus-tests-for-frontline-nhs-staff.

Our health service and care staff are key in our fight against the virus. Frontline NHS staff who have symptoms of coronavirus or who have a family member with symptoms will be the first tested for coronavirus as the testing programme is developed. More on this developing programme can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-new-drive-on-coronavirus-tests-for-frontline-nhs-staff.

We are working closely with other Government departments to secure tests for other critical workers, including in our education system.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how (a) teachers and (b) other school staff will be deployed between schools due to school closures during the covid-19 outbreak; what powers (i) local authorities and (ii) academy trusts will have during that period; and what steps he is taking to ensure that there is effective co-ordination between those organisations and (A) nurseries and (B) other childcare providers.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for teachers – we are asking a lot of them and all school staff to help the country fight this virus.

Once schools have assessed their demand and capacity, they should liaise with their local authority to establish whether any staff need to be moved to an alternative setting. We have set out in guidance (published 22 March 2020) that local authorities will need to work closely with educational settings to ensure sufficient provision is available across the local area. Local authorities and educational settings may need to redeploy staff, such as teachers, support staff or other critical workers. They may need to do this across the usual boundaries of maintained, academy, college or other status to ensure the right staff are in the right settings.

Parliament has passed the Coronavirus Act 2020, which includes powers to direct schools and other educational settings, including academies and independent schools, to close, open, re-open or remain open. The Act allows my right hon. Friend, Secretary of State for Education, to delegate these powers to local authorities. The Act also supports schools to stay open by granting powers to the Secretary of State to relax certain elements of education law which would be impossible to fulfil in the current circumstances.

Local authorities are also responsible for coordinating the response to these new arrangements and we expect them to work with schools, nurseries, childminders and others to ensure that different settings are supported to stay open wherever possible, taking into account their circumstances and cohort to ensure there is adequate provision.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, will Academy conversions be suspended during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department is focused on the welfare of pupils and all those who work in the education system at this time. Ofsted has currently suspended routine inspections so the Department will not be issuing new academy orders to schools judged inadequate.

For schools which were due to convert on 1 April 2020, where possible these conversions will still proceed to reduce uncertainty over the status of these schools.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the practical implications of maintaining safeguarding checks for adults working with children in the event that education providers share staffing resources during the covid-19 oubreak.

It is essential that schools and colleges continue with their statutory duties regarding safer recruitment during the COVID-19 state. Schools and colleges are still required to ensure that those working in their settings are suitable to work in the children’s workforce. The department has published safeguarding guidance, to help schools and colleges who are providing care for vulnerable children and children of critical workers to keep those children (anyone under the age of 18) safe whilst they are at school or college:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers

This guidance includes advice on the portability of Disclosure and Barring Service checks where members of the school or college workforce are already engaging in regulated activity and have the appropriate check for that workforce. Schools and colleges should carry out a risk assessment in these circumstances as they would for a volunteer. Where schools and colleges are utilising volunteers, they should continue to follow the checking and risk assessment process as set out in the statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 March 2020, Official Report columns 603-604, when he plans to respond to the letter he has received from Dr Jo Grady, General Secretary of the University and College Union, in relation to the union's current industrial action.

I can confirm that the department received the letter from Dr Jo Grady on 2 March 2020. A response is currently being drafted and will be sent out to Dr Grady in due course.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what was the (a) revenue of and (b) capital expenditure on specialist maths schools in each year since 2010.

Revenue expenditure:

Academic years

Total Revenue

2010/11

£0

2011/12

£0

2012/13

£180,000

2013/14

£420,000

2014/15

£1,754,415

2015/16

£1,992,761

2016/17

£1,906,776

2017/18

£1,847,182

2018/19

£2,259,094

2019/20

£2,386,860

Total

£12,747,087

Both before and after opening, maths schools receive core funding in line with other new post-16 schools. Maths schools receive some additional funding in return for delivering key aspects of the maths school model, which includes significant outreach work with teachers and students in schools in their surrounding areas to increase both maths A level participation and maths GCSE and A level attainment. Details are available here:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/822102/20190723_-_Proposer_guidance_-_maths_schools_-_update.pdf.

In order to serve the whole of the south west, Exeter Mathematics School also provides boarding accommodation for a small number of students and receives a residential accommodation grant in order for students from financially disadvantaged/low income backgrounds who live too far away for a daily commute to attend.

All core and additional revenue expenditure is included in the table above.

The Department publishes overall capital costs for all free schools, including maths schools on GOV.UK once all works are completed and costs are finalised. Given that these can be large and complex projects, this can take some time between first opening and publication. Additional finalised capital costs for individual free schools and maths schools will be published in due course. Final capital costs are published here:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/863262/Capital_Funding_for_Free_Schools__UTCs_and_Studio__Schools_.ods.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many universities have made a commitment to sponsor a specialist maths school in each region of England.

Seven universities have made a commitment to sponsor a specialist maths school: University of Cambridge, Durham University, University of Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, and University of Surrey. The Department is working to open 11 maths schools, with at least one in every region.

10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to support children eligible for free school meals in the event that schools are closed in response to the covid-19 outbreak, and if he will make a statement.

The advice from Public Health England (PHE) remains that childcare facilities and schools should stay open unless advised otherwise by PHE. However, the department is aware that pupils eligible for free school meals will miss out if their school is closed, or they are asked to self-isolate. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we are working closely with other government departments to consider what action can be taken. We recognise the challenge this could place on families and schools and education providers.

The department has launched a dedicated telephone and email service to allow quick access to the latest help and support for schools and parents. The purpose of the helpline is to ensure consistent and accurate information reaches education providers and should help ensure providers feel well-supported.

Details of the helpline:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 (8am to 6pm - Monday to Friday)

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education's oral contribution of 2 March 2020, official report, columns 598-9, if it will remain his policy to provide a free school meal to all infant schoolchildren for the next five years.

This government is committed to ensuring that children are well nourished and develop healthy eating habits that stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are making a significant investment in free school meals for children and have confirmed the funding arrangements for Universal Infant Free School Meals for the current academic year. Arrangements for 2020/21 will be confirmed in due course and funding arrangements after this date will be confirmed as part of the next Spending Review.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount of Apprenticeship Levy funding for Level 6 qualifications that has been allocated to learners who already held a Level 6 qualification in each financial year for which data is available.

The department is not able to make an accurate estimate of the funding for level 6 qualifications which has been allocated to learners who already hold a qualification at level 6, as data currently held on the prior attainment of apprentices is incomplete.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department allocated to place children over 16 in (a) unregulated, (b) unregistered, and (c) semi-independent care settings in each of the last five financial years.

The information is not held centrally. Core funding for children’s services, including funding for placing looked-after children, is un-ring-fenced and part of the wider local government finance settlement. It is for local authorities to decide how best to spend the funding to meet their local needs, priorities and statutory responsibilities, including for children’s social care.

The local government settlement for 2020-21 set out proposals to increase local government resources by 4.4% above inflation, which is the largest increase in spending power in almost a decade. Under these proposals, core spending power will rise from £46.2 billion in 2019-20 to £49.1 billion in 2020-21.

We recognise the demand pressures on children’s social care. The government is providing local authorities with an additional £1 billion for adult and children’s social care in every year of this Parliament.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department allocated to place children under 16 in (a) unregulated and (b) unregistered care settings in each of the last five financial years.

The information is not held centrally. Core funding for children’s services, including funding for placing looked-after children, is un-ring-fenced and part of the wider local government finance settlement. It is for local authorities to decide how best to spend the funding to meet their local needs, priorities and statutory responsibilities, including for children’s social care.

The local government settlement for 2020-21 set out proposals to increase local government resources by 4.4% above inflation, which is the largest increase in spending power in almost a decade. Under these proposals, core spending power will rise from £46.2 billion in 2019-20 to £49.1 billion in 2020-21.

We recognise the demand pressures on children’s social care. The government is providing local authorities with an additional £1 billion for adult and children’s social care in every year of this Parliament.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of Apprenticeship Levy funding was used to fund qualifications at each education level, in each year since 2018.

The apprenticeship levy underpins our reforms to raise apprenticeship quality and supports employers to make long-term, sustainable investments in the skills that they need. Income from the levy is used to fund apprenticeships in all employers (both those who pay the levy and those who do not pay the levy).

The table below provides a breakdown for the financial year 2018-19 and shows spending on new apprenticeship starts since May 2017, following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, in both levy-paying and non-levy paying employers, as well as spending on apprenticeships started before the levy. This is broken down for each level of apprenticeship.

2018-19 financial year spend by apprenticeships level in millions of pounds

Level

Levy

Non- Levy

Pre-Reform

Total

2

£247

£236

£100

£584

3

£388

£253

£178

£819

4

£77

£17

£10

£103

5

£65

£11

£11

£87

6

£53

£5

£6

£64

7

£34

£7

-

£40

Total

£864

£528

£305

£1,697

*Participation spend only as per the 2018/2019 Financial Statements

*Rounded to the nearest million below the table and below where it says *participation spend only as per the 2018/19 Financial Statements.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of Apprenticeship Levy funding has been allocated to non-levy paying employers in each year since 2018.

HM Treasury allocates a fixed, annual ring-fenced budget for apprenticeships to the Department for Education. The budget is independent of how much levy receipts are each year. The budget is used to fund new apprenticeship starts in levy and non-levy-paying employers and to cover the ongoing training costs of apprentices who are already in training.

Funding available for levy-paying employers depends on the employers’ levy contributions and how many of their employees live in England. For employers who do not pay the levy, we allocate funding based on our assessment of demand in the system at the time and overall long-term affordability of the programme. However, actual spending on the apprenticeship programme depends on the choices that employers make about the type and number of apprenticeships that they offer to meet their current and future skills needs.

In 2018-19, £809 million (37%) was allocated to non-levy employers from a total budget of £2,181 million for apprenticeships training.

In 2019-20, £766 million (32%) was allocated to non-levy employers from a total budget of £2,410 million for apprenticeships training.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of funding for apprenticeships was allocated to SMEs in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

The apprenticeship levy came into force on 6 April 2017, requiring all employers with an annual pay bill of £3 million or more to pay 0.5% of their pay bill to invest in apprenticeship training.

Prior to this, all funding allocations were made directly to training providers with no distinction being made as to the size of the employer they subsequently worked with.

We are therefore unable to provide a breakdown of funding allocated to small and medium employers (SMEs) in the period requested.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2020 to Question 1755 how many of the 530,000 three and four year olds who are ineligible for 30 hours free childcare due to their parents not meeting the income requirement are (a) in single parent families and (b) in families where parents are in couples.

In our response to question 1755, the Department for Education estimated that in January 2019, 530,000 3-4 year-olds were ineligible for 30 hours due to one or both of their parents not meeting the minimum income requirements (more than the equivalent to 16 hours a week at national minimum wage or national living wage which is currently £6,800 a year). This included families where one or both parents chose not to or were unable to work. Information about the exact number of children in each category is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

There is support available for parents with childcare costs outside of the free early education entitlements. For example, eligible families can get help with 85% of their childcare costs through Universal Credit, subject to a monthly limit of £646 for one child or £1108 for two or more children. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/what-youll-get. Families can also get help with the costs of childcare from the Tax Free Childcare scheme.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which employers have been allocated funding from the apprenticeship levy for the provision of the senior investment-commercial banking professional apprenticeship standard in each year since 2018; and how much funding was allocated to each of those employers.

Since the introduction of the levy in April 2017, there have been 196 starts on the senior investment-commercial banking professional apprenticeships standard (this standard was approved for delivery in May 2018).

14 organisations are using the levy funds in their apprenticeship service accounts for this training. We are unable to provide names of specific organisations due to taxpayer confidentiality.

This amounts to a full cost commitment of £3.5 million, which is based on learners completing the course. The estimated actual costs to date are £0.7 million (£0.3 million in the 2018-19 academic year and £0.4 million in the 2019-20 academic year to date).

We have published the expenditure on apprenticeships training for the 2018-19 financial year (£1.7 billion). We will publish the expenditure for the 2019-20 financial year through the annual report and accounts which will be laid before Parliament in summer 2020.

We are listening to the concerns of businesses about the apprenticeship levy and are committed to making sure the apprenticeship programme continues to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds, whilst meeting the needs of employers of all sizes and delivering for the

economy more broadly.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many designated Sure Start Children's Centres there were in each local authority in England in (a) 2015 and (b) 2017.

Since 18 September 2017, data on Sure Start children’s centres and children’s centre linked sites has been supplied by local authorities via the department’s Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database portal at: https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/.

Based on the information supplied by local authorities[1], the attached spreadsheet provides details of the number of children’s centre sites by local authority in 2015 and 2017[2].

Councils are reconfiguring services to deliver them more efficiently. If a council decides to close a children’s centre, statutory guidance is clear that they should demonstrate that local children and families would not be adversely affected and local areas continue to have sufficient children’s centres to meet their needs.

[1] The number of children’s centres is based on information supplied by local authorities as at 3 January 2020 and shows the number of children’s centre sites in each local authority at the end of the 2015 and 2017 calendar years. These figures may be different to previous answers, and could change again in future, since local authorities may update their data at any time.

[2] The GIAS database does not hold information on the date a children’s centre converts to a children’s centre linked site therefore, while a figure for the split between children’s centres and children’s centre linked sites at the point a query is made can be established, it is not possible to provide a historic breakdown of this figure in previous years.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of staff working at the Education and Skills Funding Agency are apprentices.

As at 31 December 2019, the proportion of Education and Skills Funding Agency staff employed as apprentices was 6%.

This is a matter for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. I have asked its Chief Executive, Jennifer Coupland, to write to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of staff working at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education are apprentices.

As at 31 December 2019, the proportion of Education and Skills Funding Agency staff employed as apprentices was 6%.

This is a matter for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. I have asked its Chief Executive, Jennifer Coupland, to write to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

As at 31 December 2019, the proportion of Department for Education staff employed as apprentices was 5%.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the base rate of funding was for 16-19 year olds in 2013, in 2019-20 prices.

In 2013/14, the base rate of funding for 16-19 education was £4,000. Using the most recent GDP deflators to calculate the value of this rate at 2019-20 prices produces a figure of £4,435.

We are investing an extra £400 million in 16 to 19 education in 2020-21 to ensure we are building the skills that our country needs. This is the biggest injection of new money into 16 to 19 education in a single year since 2010, with funding increasing faster for 16 to 19 education than in 5 to 16 schooling. This includes a 4.7% increase in the base rate to £4,188. With other funding announced, such as an additional £120 million of funding for high cost and high value subjects and £35 million to support students with Maths and English GCSE retakes, this represents an increase of around 7% in overall 16 to 19 funding.

Funding for future years beyond 2020-21 will be considered as part of the next Spending Review.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the £1 billion in additional funding allocated to children's and adult social care will be divided between (a) children's and (b) adult social care in each local authority in England.

The additional £1 billion grant for adults and children’s social care, and the continuing £410 million social care grant, can be used flexibly by local authorities to deliver both adults and children's social care based on local priorities.

Local councils understand the needs of their communities’ best and it is important that they have the freedom and flexibility to manage those needs.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 1022 on Breakfast Clubs: Schools, what the annual value was of the contract awarded to Family Action in March 2018.

In March 2018, a contract was awarded to Family Action who are working in partnership with Magic Breakfast to deliver the National School Breakfast Programme. The initial value of this contract, broken down by financial year, was as follows: 2017-18: £0.3 million, 2018-19: £9.6 million and 2019-20: £13.9 million. Further information can be found on the Contracts Finder website, which is accessible from here:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/a43bea33-79c5-4c77-8c23-d0dc127f1410?p=@QxUlRRPT0=NjJNT08=UF.

In October 2019, this contract was extended by a further year. Up to £11.8 million additional funding will be invested in the financial year 2020-21. This will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs, making them sustainable in the long run. In total, the department has made over £35 million available to this programme between 2018 and 2021.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the £1 billion additional funding allocated to (a) wraparound and (b) holiday childcare will result in an increase in the number of children eligible for free childcare.

​The Department wants to give parents the freedom, support and choice to look after their children in the way that works best for them. That is why from 2021 the Department will be investing £1 billion to help create more high-quality wraparound and holiday childcare places. We will announce further details on this new investment in due course.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many designated Sure Start Children's Centres there were in each local authority in England in (a) 2010 and (b) 2019.

Since 18 September 2017, data on Sure Start children’s centres and children’s centre linked sites has been supplied by local authorities via the department’s Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database portal at: https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/.

Based on the information supplied by local authorities[1], the attached spreadsheet provides details of the number of children’s centre sites by local authority in 2010 and 2019.

Councils are reconfiguring services to deliver them more efficiently. If a council decides to close a children’s centre, statutory guidance is clear that they should demonstrate that local children and families would not be adversely affected and that local areas would continue to have sufficient children’s centres to meet their needs.

On 7 November 2019, the department published annual figures for the number of children’s centres from 2003 and June 2019. This data is available at the following link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/844752/Number_of_Children_s_Centres_2003_to_2019_Nov2019.pdf.

[1] The number of children’s centres is based on information supplied by local authorities as at 3 January 2020. These figures may be different to previous answers and could change again in future, since local authorities may update their data at any time.

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that teachers have the training necessary to teach the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum from September 2020.

The Department is investing in a central programme of support for schools to help teachers introduce the new subjects of relationships education (for primary aged pupils), relationships and sex education (for secondary aged pupils) and health education (for all pupils in state-funded schools). This programme will include a new online service, featuring an implementation guide, training materials, and resources that teachers need to teach the new subjects. We are working with expert organisations, schools and teachers to develop this support. There will also be training available for teachers through regional networks, offering opportunities to improve subject knowledge and build confidence.

We have also been working closely with over 1,600 schools who are acting on a voluntary basis as early adopters of the new subjects, so that we can support their journey, learn lessons and share good practice amongst all schools.

9th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many 3-4 year old children are ineligible for 30 hours of free childcare as a result of (a) one parent and (b) both parents not meeting the minimum earnings threshold.

The Department aims to ensure parents have access to a range of affordable childcare, giving them increased flexibility in their working hours and helping children thrive in the crucial early years. The Department is planning to spend more than £3.6 billion to support our early education entitlements in 2020-21.

All 3-4-year-old children in England are eligible for the universal entitlement to 15 hours a week of early education. The additional 15 hours of early education a week, known as ’30 hours’, is available to families where both parents are working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family. To be eligible, each parent in a two-parent family, or the sole parent, must earn less than £100,000 a year and more than the equivalent to 16 hours a week at national minimum wage or national living wage (currently £6,800 a year). This also includes self-employed parents and parents on zero-hour contracts.

All children aged 4 at 31 August in England are entitled to a place in a reception class at school starting that September.

The Department for Education estimates that in January 2019, 530,000 3-4-year-olds were ineligible for the additional 15 hours due to one or both of their parents earning below the lower income threshold. This is estimated as follows (figures rounded to nearest 10,000):

  • There were 1,370,000 children aged 3 or 4 at 31 December 2018.
  • 410,000 4-year-olds were in a reception place in January 2019.
  • A further 410,000 3-4 year-olds were eligible for 30 hours.
  • 20,000 3-4-year-olds were ineligible for 30 hours due to one of their parents earning over £100,000 per year. This is estimated using the Survey of Personal Incomes publication.
  • Therefore we estimate that there are 530,000 3-4-year-olds who are ineligible for 30 hours because their parents do not meet the minimum income requirements. This includes families where one or both parents choose not to or are unable to work.

The Department does not hold information on these estimated 530,000 children separated out as requested in parts a and b of the question.

There is support available for parents with childcare costs outside of the free early education entitlements. Eligible families can get help with 85% of their childcare costs through Universal Credit, subject to a monthly limit of £646 for one child or £1108 for two or more children. Further information can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/what-youll-get. Families can receive help with the costs of childcare from the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.

9th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2020 to Question 134 on Pupil Premium, when his Department plans to publish funding rates for the pupil premium in the financial year 2020-21.

​The Department plans to confirm the funding rates for the pupil premium in the financial year 2020-21 shortly.

9th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what was the base rate of funding was for 16-18 year olds in 2020-21 prices, in 2009-10.

The current 16 to 19 funding system, including the base rate arrangement, was introduced in 2013. The 16 to 19 base rate did not exist before this so it is not possible to provide a 2009-10 base rate at 2020-21 prices.

8th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release, Raising expectations of children and parents, high standards for teachers and tackling bad behaviour: how schools in left behind areas can improve, published on 8 January 2020, whether he plans to fund Ofsted to trial a longer, deeper inspection approach with some of those schools.

The Department is committed to tackling entrenched underperformance in schools wherever it exists.

Last September, following confirmation of the biggest funding boost for schools in a decade, totaling an additional £14 billion over three years, the Department announced that we will provide more support for persistently underperforming schools from high-performing, experienced school leaders. These mechanisms are now being put in place.

We also confirmed that we would work with Ofsted so that it can provide more detailed analysis on areas of improvement for these schools. We have been doing so and will be confirming details in due course. This announcement can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-drive-to-continue-boosting-standards-in-schools.

On 10 January, the Department also launched a public consultation on removing the exemption from routine inspection for schools previously rated outstanding by Ofsted. The aim is to lift the exemption from September 2020, subject to the consultation outcome and parliamentary approval. Ending the exemption will mean all parents have up to date information about every school and can be confident that their children’s schools are continuing to deliver the best education. The Department will provide additional funding for these inspections for 2020-21, and funding for subsequent years will be determined through the forthcoming Spending Review.

The press release can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raising-expectations-of-children-and-parents-high-standards-for-teachers-and-tackling-bad-behaviour-how-schools-in-left-behind-areas-can-improve.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's news story of 4 January 2020, Free meals and summer holiday activities for children, what estimate he has made of the number of children who will be eligible for a free school breakfast as a result of the additional Government funding of up to £11.8 million to support disadvantaged families.

The department is investing up to a further £11.8 million into the National School Breakfast Programme using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This additional funding will kick-start or improve sustainable breakfast clubs in up to a further 650 schools. The total investment into this programme over 2018-2021 will be up to £35 million which will benefit up to 2,450 schools.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2021. This contract is based on recruiting schools in the most disadvantaged areas of the country, including the department’s Opportunity Areas, to help ensure every child gets the best start in life. Our targets are therefore based on the number of schools we support, rather than targeting a specific number of children. Family Action have reported in the Food for Thought Progress Report 2019 that there are already more than 1,800 schools benefitting from the programme and estimate 280,000 pupils receiving a breakfast meal per day.

We will provide further information on the impact of the programme once the contract has concluded.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's news story of 4 January 2020, Free meals and summer holiday activities for children, what estimate he has made of the number of children who will receive a free school breakfast as a result of the additional Government funding of up to £11.8 million to support disadvantaged families.

The department is investing up to a further £11.8 million into the National School Breakfast Programme using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This additional funding will kick-start or improve sustainable breakfast clubs in up to a further 650 schools. The total investment into this programme over 2018-2021 will be up to £35 million which will benefit up to 2,450 schools.

A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2021. This contract is based on recruiting schools in the most disadvantaged areas of the country, including the department’s Opportunity Areas, to help ensure every child gets the best start in life. Our targets are therefore based on the number of schools we support, rather than targeting a specific number of children. Family Action have reported in the Food for Thought Progress Report 2019 that there are already more than 1,800 schools benefitting from the programme and estimate 280,000 pupils receiving a breakfast meal per day.

We will provide further information on the impact of the programme once the contract has concluded.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the effectiveness of the Apprenticeship Levy.

We are committed to improving the working of the apprenticeship levy, including delivering greater transparency on how the levy is being spent.

We have already increased the amount of funding that levy-paying employers can transfer to other businesses, from 10% to 25%, in response to feedback from employers. We are pleased to see that levy-payers with uncommitted funds are increasingly using transfers to support apprenticeship starts in smaller employers.

We continue to work closely with employers and business groups to help them take advantage of the levy and consider improvements to the system to meet long-term skills needs.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is his policy to undertake a review of the care system.

As set out in the manifesto, we are committed to undertaking a review of the care system. Alongside this we are providing councils with an additional £1 billion for adults and children’s social care in every year of this Parliament. This is on top of spending £84 million over five years to keep more children at home safely.

We have also invested to deliver high quality children’s social care. The number of children’s services rated outstanding is up and the number rated inadequate down by a third since 2017. This review will allow us to go even further and to ensure that all care placements and settings provide children and young adults with the support they need.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the base rate of funding for 16 to 18 year old students will be from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

The government has announced an increase to 16-19 funding of £400 million for 2020-21. This is the biggest injection of new money into 16-19 education in a single year since 2010, with funding increasing faster for 16-19 than in 5-16 schooling. This will ensure that we are building the skills that our country needs to thrive in the future. The base rate of funding for 16 and 17 year olds in full-time education for the academic year 2019/20 is £4,000. This will increase by 4.7% in the academic year 2020/21 to £4,188. The base rate for subsequent years will be dependent on the outcomes of the next Spending Review.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of child hunger in schools.

The information requested is not held centrally.

The government supports the provision of nutritious food in schools. This ensures pupils are well nourished, develop healthy eating habits and can concentrate and learn. Under the benefits-based criteria, around 1.3 million of the most disadvantaged children are eligible for and are claiming free school meals. This saves each family around £400 per year. Benefits-based free meals were extended to disadvantaged further education students in September 2014. This benefitted 82,117 students in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. A further 1.4 million infants receive a free nutritious meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme, introduced in September 2014.

We are investing up to £26 million to the National Schools Breakfast Programme. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools and target the most disadvantaged areas of the country, including Opportunity Areas. This has been extended by a further year until March 2021 with up to an additional £11.8 million of funding, this investment will help schools kick-start up to a further 650 breakfast clubs.

In 2019 we invested £9 million to set up local Holiday Activity and Food coordinators in 11 local authority areas. Before Christmas we launched a grant fund for another £9 million for 2020. With this money we will be able to support even more disadvantaged children, building on the learning from 2019 to ensure that the programme supports the development of high-quality provision for children and provides more support for parents and families.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to create a new national skills fund.

We will invest an additional £3 billion over the course of this Parliament to support the creation of a National Skills Fund. The fund will build on existing reforms, including ongoing work to develop a National Retraining Scheme, an end-to-end service designed to help workers prepare for the changing labour market.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of increasing the teacher starting salary to £30,000.

The Government’s proposal for an increase in teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022-23, along with increases elsewhere on the rest of the pay framework, will be affordable for schools within the additional funding announced at the Spending Round. This will see an additional £2.6 billion in core schools funding next year, with increases of £4.8 billion and £7.1 billion in 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively.

Pay reform is subject to the School Teacher Review Body process and recommendations, but our assessment of affordability will be part of the evidence we provide as part of that process.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average level of per pupil funding in schools (a) was in 2009-10 and (b) will be in 2022-23, in 2019-20 prices.

The latest figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies show that average real terms (2019-20 prices) per pupil funding for 5-16 year olds has risen overall from £4,599 (primary) and £5,991 (secondary) per pupil in 2009-10, to £5,016 (primary) and £6,220 (secondary) in 2019-20. The figures were published here: https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/R162-Data-tables.xlsx.

In August 2019, the Government announced the biggest funding boost for schools in a decade, which will give every school more money for every child. This includes an additional £2.6 billion for 2020-21, £4.8 billion for 2021-22, and £7.1 billion for 2022-23, in comparison to 2019-20. On top of this, the Department will provide £1.5 billion each year to fund additional pensions costs for teachers.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the eligibility criteria will be for (a) 15 and (b) 30 hours of free childcare for children aged two to four in each year from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

The Department wants parents to have access to a range of affordable childcare, giving them increased flexibility in their working hours and helping children thrive in the crucial early years. We are spending around £3.5 billion on early education childcare entitlements in 2019-20 and my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer recently announced increases in hourly rates for our early education entitlements for 2020-21. In total, this Government is planning to spend more than £3.6 billion to support these entitlements in 2020-21.

The current eligibility criteria for (a) 15 and (b) 30 hours of free childcare for children aged two to four is the following:

Since September 2010, all three and four-year olds living in England have been entitled to 570 hours a year of funded early education over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year (which equates to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year). This is referred to as the universal funded early education entitlement.

From September 2013, the entitlement to 15 hours of funded early education per week for 38 weeks of the year was extended to some two-year olds. Information regarding eligibility for free early education and childcare can be found at the following links: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ and https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-2-year-olds.

In September 2019 the Department extended the eligibility criteria for the free early education entitlement for the most disadvantaged two-year olds. Two-year old children in low income families are now able to take up a free place when their parent(s) have one of the following types of immigration status:

  • Zambrano carer (derivative right to reside in the UK under European law as the primary carer of a British child or dependent adult)
  • Leave to remain with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) granted on family or private life (Article 8) grounds
  • ‘Appeal rights exhausted’ (ARE) asylum seeker receiving asylum support from the Home Office under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Parents who are Zambrano carers or who have leave to remain with NRPF, must also be able to demonstrate that they have a low income

The Government has no current plans to change the eligibility criteria of these entitlements.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his plans are to introduce an arts premium for secondary schools.

Arts education is an important part of a broad and balanced curriculum and should not be the preserve of the elite but the entitlement of every child. Between 2016-20 the Department is providing almost £500 million of funding for a range of creative and performance arts education programmes including Music Education Hubs, the Music and Dance Scheme, the Dance and Drama Awards, and a set of diverse cultural education programmes.

The Department believes that the arts help young people to learn creative skills and widen their horizons, so we will also offer an ‘Arts Premium’ to secondary schools to fund enriching activities for all pupils. The Department will share further details on the Premium in due course.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is his policy to increase the per pupil funding of the deprivation element of the Pupil Premium in each year from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

The Department plans to confirm the funding rates for the pupil premium in the financial year 2020-21 shortly.

1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

The information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many officials in his Department are employed to oversee the storage of personal protective equipment (a) in the UK and (b) overseas.

The DfT Health and Safety teams do not oversee the storage of Personal Protective Equipment. If individuals require Personal Protective Equipment as part of their role then their line managers will provide Personal Protective Equipment to them through the Procurement team and contract in place with the clothing provider. This is the same model for Personal Protective Equipment used by all of the Departmental Agencies and arms-length bodies.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2022 to Question 157377 on DP World and P&O Ferries: Contracts, how many such contracts have been (a) identified, (b) reviewed and (c) disclosed to date.

Our review indicates that P&O Ferries and DP World are not currently providing any direct services to HM Government. We will provide a further update on this in due course.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2022 to Question 151129, on DP World and P&O Ferries: Contracts, if he will list the contracts with P&O Ferries and DP World that the Government has so far identified through its review.

Our thorough review of government contracts with P&O Ferries and DP World continues, and we will not hesitate to take action where it is appropriate to do so. Naturally, due to commercial sensitives findings will be reviewed and disclosed on a case-by-case basis as appropriate.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what policy objectives his Department intended to achieve through The Seafarers (Transnational Information and Consultation, Collective Redundancies and Insolvency Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 (S.I. 2018/26), in relation to the enforcement of employers' duty to notify authorities of an intention to dismiss workers as redundant.

These regulations were introduced to implement EU Directive 2015/1794 (Seafarers). The UK was required to implement this Directive as a member of the European Union.

The regulations introduce the requirement on shipping companies to inform the competent authorities of the flag State of seafarer redundancies. The period in which such notice should be given is 45 days’ notice where there are 100 or more redundancies planned. This gives the authorities an opportunity to engage with employer and employees to identify what assistance can be provided.

The Government is strongly committed protecting UK seafarers and those who work in UK waters continue to be protected by National Minimum Wage laws despite the 2018 legal change. The Secretary of State made a statement in Parliament on Wednesday 30 March regarding a further package of measures the UK Government is introducing to ensure there is no repeat of P&O Ferries actions.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to review public sector contracts with (a) P&O Ferries and (b) DP World.

Government is urgently undertaking a thorough review all the contracts currently in place with P&O Ferries and DP World.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what correspondence have (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department received from the Rt Hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell since 1 September 2020.

The Department has received 74 pieces of Ministerial Correspondence and 8 Parliamentary Questions from Chris Grayling since 1 September 2020.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department have had with the Rt Hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell since 1 September 2020.

The Secretary of State had a one-to-one call with Chris Grayling on 19 May 2021 to discuss the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. A DfT Special Adviser also attended.

Baroness Vere met with Chris Grayling and one of his constituents on 19 May 2021 to discuss road safety.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in Ashton-under-Lyne constituency.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of staff employed by her Department are apprentices.

Based on the last quarterly figures, produced 30 November 2019, 3.9% of DWP employees are apprentices.

15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2022 to Question 125078 on Protective Clothing: Storage, how many units of personal protective equipment were in storage in warehouses as of 14 February 2022; and what the cost is to the public purse of that storage.

As of 14 February 2022, there were 6.2 billion items of personal protective equipment in warehouse storage in the United Kingdom and China at a cost of £4 million per week.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what systems his Department used to record the results of the due diligence checks on suppliers of PPE during the covid-19 outbreak.

The results of due diligence were recorded by several Government departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of a single, integrated system, financial due diligence on suppliers was recorded locally using bespoke systems and processes, such as Microsoft Office applications, Atamis, Mendix and Defence Share.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what systems his Department used to record the results of the due diligence checks on suppliers of PPE during the covid-19 outbreak.

The results of due diligence were recorded by several Government departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of a single, integrated system, financial due diligence on suppliers was recorded locally using bespoke systems and processes, such as Microsoft Office applications, Atamis, Mendix and Defence Share.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2022 to Question 18920 on Department of Health and Social Care: Protective Clothing, how many staff employed by the civil service report to (a) the three full-time equivalent and (b) the one 0.5 full-time equivalent staff referred to.

There are no members of staff reporting to the three full-time equivalent staff. There are 14 members of staff reporting to the one 0.5 full-time equivalent member of staff.

28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many officials in his Department are employed to oversee the storage of personal protective equipment overseas.

There are 1.5 full-time equivalent members of staff overseeing the storage of personal protective equipment overseas.

15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 157380 on Protective Clothing: Contracts, on how many contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment did Supply Chain Coordination Limited carry out international price benchmarking since October 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, Supply Chain Coordination Limited has used set framework agreement prices as its benchmark for all purchases of personal protective equipment.

15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the cost of storing personal protective equipment (PPE) in shipping containers during the period from April 2021 to May 2022; and whether his Department has made an estimate of the (a) daily, (b) weekly or (c) monthly costs of storing PPE in shipping containers as of 15 June 2022.

The estimated cost for the period April 2021 to May 2022 is approximately £90.4 million. The current estimated average daily, weekly and monthly costs of storing personal protective equipment in containers is £0.2 million, £1.5 million and £6.5 million respectively.

15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many units of personal protective equipment are in storage in shipping containers as of 15 June 2022; and what the cost to the public purse is of that storage.

We estimate that 4.98 billion units of personal protective equipment are currently stored in containers at a cost of £1.5 million per week.

15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2022 to Question 122676 on Protective Clothing: Contracts, what systems the Government used to record the results of the due diligence checks on suppliers of PPE during the covid-19 outbreak.

The results were recorded by several Government departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of a single, integrated system, financial due diligence was recorded locally using bespoke systems and processes, such as Microsoft Office applications, Atamis, Mendix and Defence Share.

15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer given on 7 June 2022 to Question 8012 on Department of Health and Social Care: Protective Clothing, at what grade each of the 3.5 full time equivalent staff overseeing the storage of personal protective equipment are employed within the civil service.

Three full-time equivalent (FTE) staff are employed at the SCS1 pay band and 0.5 FTE at SCS2.

13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2022 to Question 156486 on Department of Health and Social Care: Public Opinion, what services are included under research.

While research approaches are tailored to the specific requirements of each project, these services generally include qualitative research and analysis, such as focus groups and in-depth interviews; and quantitative research and analysis, such as online surveys and data modelling.

13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the public purse is of storing personal protective equipment in a shipping container for one month.

The current average cost of storing personal protective equipment in a shipping container is £378 per month per container for site charges and an additional £107 per month if the container is rented, rather than owned by the Department.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) Government officials and (b) officials in his Department are employed to oversee the storage of personal protective equipment.

The Department has 3.5 full time equivalent staff overseeing the storage of personal protective equipment.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2022 to Question 156486 on Department of Health and Social Care: Public Opinion, which contractors were responsible for delivering the focus groups and polling services for his Department.

The Department’s Communications Directorate contracted with BMG Research Limited and Kantar UK Limited. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities used Solutions Strategy Research Facilitation Ltd; Define; Flamingo Research Limited; Wavemaker Limited; YouGov PLC; and Kantar UK Limited.

20th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the public purse of warehouse storage of personal protective equipment by his Department is per month.

The average cost is £16.4 million per month.

20th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the cost of storing PPE in warehouses during the period from April 2021 to May 2022; and whether his Department has made an estimate of the current (a) daily, (b) weekly or (c) monthly costs of storing PPE in warehouses.

Based upon the current monthly average warehouse storage costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), the estimated cost for the period April 2021 to May 2022 is approximately £259 million. The current estimated average daily, weekly, and monthly cost of storing PPE in warehouses is £0.7 million, £5 million and £21.4 million respectively.

17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2022 to Question 122676, on Protective Clothing: Contracts, what systems were used to record the results of the due diligence checks on suppliers of PPE during the covid-19 outbreak.

The results of due diligence were recorded by several Government departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of a single, integrated system, financial due diligence on suppliers was recorded locally using bespoke systems and processes, such as Microsoft Office applications, Atamis, Mendix and Defence Share.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question 109233 on Health and Care Bill, if he will place a copy of the minute of the meeting on 21 May 2021 between the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Lord Farmer, and RK Trinity and Virgin Care, in the Library, with redactions if necessary.

A copy of the minute, which has been redacted to remove personal information, is attached.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to response to the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons on 17 November 2021, for specified minutes, notes, and correspondence relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, HC1072, for what reason there is no entry in the register of ministerial meetings of (a) the Microsoft Teams meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Randox on 7 August 2020 to discuss a letter sent by the CEO of Randox to the Secretary of State on 6 August 2020, (b) the calls between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Randox and Owen Paterson of 14 May 2020 and (c) the telephone call between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and the CEO of Randox over the weekend of 5-6 April 2020; and whether his Department holds minutes of those meetings.

The Government is committed to publishing details of ministerial meetings with external organisations and aims to ensure that all meetings which meet the relevant criteria are included in the register. Where there are omissions, this is due to administrative error.

The Department does not hold a record of the meetings of 14 May 2020 and of 5 to 6 April 2020. The Department has identified a note of meeting on 7 August 2020, which was located following the Humble Address and the National Audit Office’s investigation into the Department’s contracts with Randox Laboratories Ltd. A copy of the note is attached, which has been redacted to remove personal information.

22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 145885 tabled by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 23 March 2022.

The Department holds a record of the meeting on 18 March 2020 between the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell), Government officials and relevant suppliers, including Randox. A copy of the minute is attached, which has been redacted to remove personal information.

22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full time equivalent posts were filled as a result of that expenditure; and how many of those posts were filled by individuals recruited from outside the civil service.

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

21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2022 to Question 122676, what systems were used to record the results of the due diligence checks on suppliers of PPE during the covid-19 pandemic.

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

21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2022 to Question 145886, on Randox Laboratories: Contracts, on how many contracts for supply of personal protective equipment his Department has carried out international price benchmarking since October 2020.

Since October 2020, all new purchases of personal protection equipment have been made under NHS Supply Chain framework contracts, which are let and managed by the Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL), rather than directly by the Department. Purchases have been made for gloves, FFP3 masks and aprons. Competitive pricing is a key part of any tender evaluation that SCCL undertake prior to the award of framework contracts, which are compliant with Public Contract Regulations.

21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2022 to Question 122676, on Protective Clothing: Contracts, whether his Department holds data on what proportion of assessments made included a traffic-light rating of the potential supplier.

The information requested is not held centrally. All offers received a rigorous financial, commercial, legal and policy assessment led by officials in various Government departments, using a number of different processes to complete due diligence checks. A proportion of the assessments made included a red, amber or green rating. However, as multiple systems were used to record these checks, the proportion of assessments where a traffic-light rating was given is not held.

20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

Research and insights into United Kingdom public attitudes enables the government to listen to the views of taxpayers and customers, tailoring the delivery of public services to suit the needs of its users, and ensuring that communications are targeted and effective, and improve people's lives.

In 2021, the total expenditure on research, including focus groups and polling services, was £164,171 in the central Department and £449,765.50 in the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities which includes the former Public Health England until 1 October 2021.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what total contractual price was (a) agreed and (b) paid to Clandeboye Agencies Limited for fluid repellent gowns for use by the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Department has authorised the use of gowns purchased from Clandeboye Agencies Limited during the pandemic. The total contractual price agreed and paid was £107,520,000.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has authorised the use of gowns purchased from Clandeboye Agencies Limited during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Department has authorised the use of gowns purchased from Clandeboye Agencies Limited during the pandemic. The total contractual price agreed and paid was £107,520,000.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2022 to Question 108528 on Oxford Nanopore Technologies, if he will place copies of the minutes in the Library with redactions if necessary.

We are unable to provide the information requested due to legal professional privilege.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question UIN 120782, for what reason it is commercially sensitive to describe the category of supplier listed in his Department's spreadsheet Product_VIP_Atamis and the meaning of the designation VIP in that spreadsheet.

The information requested is commercially sensitive as the Department is currently involved in mediation with a number of companies where there are confidentiality undertakings. This protects the commercial interests of the Department and suppliers during this process to ensure we can obtain value for money.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2022 to Question UIN 121770 on Procurement, for what reason aggregated totals of the financial assessments for all companies recorded on his Department's spreadsheet entitled Product VIP Atamis have been deemed commercially sensitive.

The information requested is commercially sensitive as the Department is currently involved in mediation with a number of companies where there are confidentiality undertakings. This protects the commercial interests of the Department and suppliers during this process to ensure we can obtain value for money.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question 109233 on Health and Care Bill, if he will place a copy of the minute of the meeting on 21 May 2021 between the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Lord Farmer, RK Trinity and Virgin Care, in the Library, with redactions if necessary.

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

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question 101747 on Department of Health and Social Care: Meller Group, whether the reference to LB in the meeting minute is to a Departmental official; and whether the reference to Michael office refers to the office of the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

In the minute to the meeting of 6 April 2020, LB refers to the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell). The Department’s records do not include details which enable us to confirm the reference to ‘Michael’s office’.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2022 to Question 101744 on Covid-19 Testing Taskforce: Andrew Feldman Associates, whether he plans to correct the register of ministerial meetings in relation to (a) the meeting of 13 April 2022 for which his Department holds no records and (b) the meeting of 15 April 2022 for which his Department holds records but is not recorded on the register.

The Government is committed to publishing details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations. The transparency register will be updated.

23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department carried out international price benchmarking on the contract awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd in October 2020.

The Department did not carry out international price benchmarking. However, appropriate specialist scientific advice was sought and benchmarked against other provision in the United Kingdom to ensure value for money, resulting in a significantly reduced unit cost.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish minutes or records of the meeting on 18 March 2020 between the then Minister for Life Sciences, Randox and relevant suppliers.

The Department holds a record of the meeting on 18 March 2020 between the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell), Government officials and relevant suppliers, including Randox. A copy of the minute is attached, which has been redacted to remove personal information.

8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2022 to Question 110376 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, on what grounds this information has been deemed commercially sensitive.

The Department remains in commercial discussions and therefore the information requested could prejudice commercial interests.

7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2022 to Question 121768 on Protective Clothing: Finance, in which sub-category of the total £8.7bn write down reported in the Department's annual accounts for 2020-21 were the items of PPE supplied by Ayanda and Pestfix included.

The £8.7 billion of inventory impairment reported in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2020/21 includes:

- £673 million relating to items assessed as not being suitable for any use - the only element of the impairment considered a loss;

- £2,581 million for items not suitable for use within the health and social care sector which may be suitable for other uses and therefore held for future sale or donation;

- £4,701 million reflecting the impairment recognised as a result of fluctuations in the market price of personal protective equipment between the point of purchase and the balance sheet date; and

- £750 million relating to inventory which has an expiry date prior to the expected usage date and is therefore held for resale or donation.

The Department is unable to provide information on which of these categories products supplied by individual contracts were attributed to as this is commercially sensitive.

4th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2022 to Question 118542, if he will publish all relevant WhatsApp messages to and from the former Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Lord Bethell, in meeting the terms of the Humble Address.

The Department requested all relevant WhatsApp messages to and from the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell) for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2021. Those messages relevant to the terms of the Humble Address on 3 February 2022 were published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-humble-address-motion-on-randox-contracts

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2022 to Question 114760 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, if his Department will make and publish an estimate of the costs of storage and warehousing for PPE from August 2021 to date; and whether his Department has made an estimate of the current daily, weekly or monthly costs of storage and warehousing for PPE.

The information is not held in the format requested. The Department reports on storage costs on a quarterly basis based on invoiced expenditure. Between 1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021, the latest information available, the total cost for personal protective equipment (PPE) storage in the United Kingdom was £72.4 million and £5.8 million for storage in China.

We estimate current storage costs to be approximately £3.3 million a week. This is a reduction of 82% compared to October 2020.

21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds of correspondence between Lord O'Shaughnessy and companies providing covid-19 testing or testing supplies, between April and August 2020, conducted on his private gmail account; and whether he was provided with a departmental email address in his capacity as an adviser on NHS Test and Trace during this period.

The Department holds copies of correspondence between Lord O’Shaughnessy’s Gmail account and Government officials, companies and organisations working on COVID-19 testing and testing supplies issues between April and August 2020. During this period Lord O’Shaughnessy was provided with a Departmental email address.

21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2022 to Question 120779, on PPE Medpro, whether his Department does (a) not hold a record of a financial assessment of PPE Medpro incorporating a traffic-light rating or (b) hold that record but is unable to disclose the traffic-light rating because it may prejudice the commercial interests of that company to do so.

The Department does hold a record that includes a financial assessment of PPE Medpro prior to the contract award. However, we are unable to provide the information requested as the Department is involved in a mediation process which includes confidentiality undertakings and is commercially sensitive.

21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons dated 17 November 2021 for specified minutes, notes, and correspondence relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, HC1072, laid before the House on 3 February 2022, Ref 16, page 26, if he will publish the 15 different companies that Public Health England engaged with on covid-19 testing.

Between January and February 2020, Public Health England (PHE) was approached by a range of diagnostic kit manufacturing companies with regards to market entry to undertake COVID-19 testing. PHE invited manufacturers with market-ready assay kits to supply details of their diagnostics for evaluation, with a signed contract agreeing to the evaluation, if selected. The 15 companies we engaged with during this phase were as follows:

- Altona;

- AusDiagnostics;

- Genetic Signatures;

- PrimerDesign-Novacyt;

- Roche (TIB);

- Seegene-Mast;

- BGI;

- Diagnostics for the Real World;

- Elitech Group;

- Genefirst;

- Pro-Lab-Certest;

- Qiagen;

- Randox;

- Shanghai ZJ Bio-tech_ Liferiver; and

- Genetic PCR Solns_Bioconnections.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place his Department's correspondence with the Health and Safety Executive regarding gowns purchased by Clandeboye for use by the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic in the Library.

The Department does not hold any relevant correspondence from the Health and Safety Executive.

10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many suppliers of personal protective equipment to whom contracts were issued through the high priority lane did not receive a rating either (a) red, (b) amber or (c) green in his Department's financial assessment.

All offers received a rigorous financial, commercial, legal and policy assessment led by officials from various Government departments using a number of different processes to complete due diligence checks. A proportion of the assessments made included a red, amber or green rating. However, as multiple systems were used to record these checks, the information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the companies listed in his Department's spreadsheet entitled Product VIP Atamis were rated as (a) red, (b) amber or (c) green in their financial assessments.

We are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer 1 February 2022 to Question 101748, on PPE Medpro: Baroness Mone, how many suppliers of PPE to whom contracts were issued outside the High Priority Lane were rated as (a) red, (b) amber and (c) green in his Department's financial assessment.

All offers received a rigorous financial, commercial, legal and policy assessment led by officials from various Government departments using a number of different processes to complete due diligence checks. A proportion of the assessments made included a red, amber or green rating. However, as multiple systems were used to record these checks, the information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the value of the personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied by (a) Ayanda and (b) Pestfix was included within the estimated loss in value of £8.7 billion on PPE, reported in his Department's annual report and accounts 2020-21.

Items supplied by Ayanda and Pestfix were included among the write-down reported in the Department's annual accounts for 2020-21.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts were directly awarded without competitive tender outside the high priority lane for supply of personal protection equipment during the covid-19 outbreak; and what the total amount paid was.

Of the 279 Government contracts awarded outside of the high priority lane, the vast majority used emergency procedures under Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. This allows the direct award of a contract without competitive tendering in cases of “extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable by the contracting authority”.

A small number of these contracts were awarded directly where these procedures did not apply, such as those to other Government departments or where a framework agreement allows for a direct award. The value of the Government contracts awarded outside of the High Priority Lane was £4.1 billion.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Questions 103698, 103699, 103700, 103701, 103702, 103703, tabled on 13 January 2022 by the hon. Member for Luton South.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to Questions 103698, 103699, 103700, 103701, 103702 and 103703.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what category of supplier is listed in his Department's spreadsheet entitled Product_VIP_Atamis; and what the meaning is of the designation VIP in that spreadsheet.

The Department cannot comment on individual contracts where disclosure would be likely to prejudice commercial interests. Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts information where disclosure would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 117796, whether his Department has retained (a) records of its financial assessments of suppliers of personal procurement equipment and (b) ratings of those suppliers as red, green or amber.

The Department cannot comment on individual contracts where disclosure would be likely to prejudice commercial interests. Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts information where disclosure would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 117796, for what reason PPE Medpro was not given a red, amber or green rating in his Department's financial assessment.

The Department cannot comment on individual contracts where disclosure would be likely to prejudice commercial interests. Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts information where disclosure would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons dated 17 November 2021 for specified minutes, notes, and correspondence relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, HC1072, laid before the House on 3 February 2022, Ref 24, page 46, whether his Department holds any other records relating to the attempted removal of extraction systems by Randox Laboratories Limited from Queen’s and Ulster Universities and the AFBI Lab; and what steps he took in response.

The Department does not hold further records relating to this matter. There is no record of any further steps taken by the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (the Rt. hon. Matt Hancock MP).

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to response to the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons on 17 November 2021, for specified minutes, notes, and correspondence relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, HC1072, for what reason there is no entry in the register of ministerial meetings of (a) the Microsoft Teams meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Randox on August 7 2020 to discuss a letter sent by the CEO of Randox to the Secretary of State on August 6 2020 (b) the calls between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Randox and Owen Paterson of 14 May 2020 and (c) the telephone call between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and the CEO of Randox over the weekend of 5-6 April 2020; and whether his Department holds minutes of these meetings.

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

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letter of 7 January 2022 from the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne regarding PPE Medpro and Baroness Mone.

We replied to the Rt hon. Member on 27 April 2022.

4th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons for specified minutes, notes, and correspondence relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, HC1072, laid before the House on 17 November 2021, whether his Department searched for relevant WhatsApp messages (a) to or (b) from the former Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Lord Bethell, in meeting the terms of the Humble Address.

The Department has followed a rigorous process to identify all relevant documents within the scope of the Humble Address. This included searching Departmental and personal communications, such as the personal WhatsApp messages of current and former ministers, including the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell).

4th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the request from the Minister of State, Lord Agnew, of 25 September 2020, contained on page 40 of the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons, 17 November 2021, relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd HC 1072, that proper international benchmarking of pricing for comparable tests take place over the next month, what benchmarking for covid-19 tests had been conducted by the end of October 2020.

All Government contracts are subject to commercial review before award to obtain value for money. The commercial review undertaken for the Randox contract variation in October 2020 included price benchmarking to inform negotiation. This led to significant price reductions to the contract.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the request from the Cabinet Office of 25 September 2020, contained on pages 38-39 of the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, 17 November 2021, HC1072, that his Department initiate a competitive process in time for new contracts to be let from March 2021, whether a competitive tendering process for covid-19 procurement had been initiated by that date.

The Department awarded a call-off agreement to Randox Laboratories which commenced on 1 April 2021, procured under the National Microbiology Framework. The call-off agreement met the criteria for a direct award procedure due to the operational requirement for a provider to be based in Northern Ireland and meet the key performance indicators required.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2022 to Question 103559 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, whether the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by (a) Pestfix and (b) Ayanda which is not currently available for release to the NHS as a result of technical and quality issues was included in the £0.67 billion of PPE which cannot be used or the £2.6 billion of PPE which is not suitable for use within the health and social care sector, reported in his Department's annual report and accounts.

The Department does not currently hold the information in the format required.

3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2022 to Question 101748 on PPE Medpro: Baroness Mone, whether PPE Medpro was rated as red, amber or green in his Department's financial assessment.

The Department does not currently hold the information in the format required.

3rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what items of personal protective equipment (PPE) the Government procured from Unispace Global Limited; how much was paid to that company from the public purse; when Unispace Global Limited was paid; how many items of PPE procured were used by the NHS; and whether his Department had rated it as green, amber or red in its financial assessment.

The Department does not currently hold the information in the format requested.

2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February to Question 81967 on Randox Laboratories, when his Department previously released the minutes of the meeting of 9 April 2020.

The Department released a version of the minutes on 18 January 2021 in response to a Freedom of Information request.

2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2022 to Question 101748 on PPE Medpro: Baroness Mone, how many suppliers of PPE to which contracts were issued through the high priority lane were rated as (a) red, (b) amber or (c) green in his Department's financial assessment.

All offers received a rigorous financial, commercial, legal and policy assessment led by officials from various Government departments using a number of different processes to complete due diligence checks. A proportion of the assessments made included a red, amber or green rating. However, as multiple systems were used to record these checks, the information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.

2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's annual report and accounts 2020-21, key findings, paragraph 8, page 200, how much of the (a) £0.67 billion of personal protective equipment (PPE) which cannot be used, (b) £2.6 billion of PPE which is not suitable for use within the health and social care sector and (c) £0.75 billion of excess stock PPE, was purchased through the high priority lane.

Of £0.67 billion of personal protective equipment (PPE) which cannot be used, £0.36 billion was purchased through the high priority lane (HPL). Of the £2.6 billion of PPE not suitable for use within the health and social care sector, £1.1 billion was purchased through the HPL. The level of excess stocks of PPE is calculated by the total volume of items held at 31 March 2021 in each category and comparing it to future expected demand for that category. Therefore, we are unable to apportion the excess PPE stock between different suppliers and purchasing routes. Where contracts have failed to deliver, the Department is pursuing contractual remedies to recover taxpayers’ money. This will apply equally to HPL contracts.

2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2022 to Question 101748 on PPE Medpro: Baroness Mone, whether his Department researched (a) the company PPE Medpro incorporated in the Isle of Man and (b) PPE Group, also incorporated in the Isle of Man; and whether his Department made an assessment of who the ultimate business owner is of the UK company.

All offers received a rigorous financial, commercial, legal and policy assessment. We are unable to provide the information requested, as this is commercially sensitive. The Department is currently engaged in a mediation process which involves confidentiality undertakings.

1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2022 to Question 101746, on Department of Health and Social Care: Randox Laboratories, for what reason the minute of the phone call of 9 April 2020 is dated 26 November 2020.

The minute of the phone call of 9 April 2020 provided was contained in an email dated 26 November 2020, sourced following a search of officials’ inboxes.

The minute was taken during the meeting and saved in a draft folder of the Private Secretary who took the minute. Due to the fast-paced working environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic, on some occasions notes and minutes were not circulated after the event. We endeavour to accurately record all relevant meetings.

1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2022 to Question 101748 on PPE Medpro: Baroness Mone, what the nature was of the link between Baroness Mone and PPE Medpro that was made clear prior to the award of contracts.

We are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 97125 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, what the total cost was to the public purse of storage for personal protective equipment purchased during the covid-19 outbreak.

The total cost of storage and warehousing from April 2020 to August 2021 was £677.6 million.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 10 January 2022 to Questions 97125 and 98324, whether the estimate of 6.96 billion items that are not provided to frontline services includes the 303 million items of personal protective equipment which have passed their estimated expiry date.

The process of assuring and managing the stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) is ongoing, therefore this data is updated on a regular basis. The data recorded on 6 December 2021 showed 6.96 billion not currently provided to frontline services.

On 6 December, the number of items with an estimated expiry date earlier than December 2021 had been revised to 542 million. Of these items, 187 million are categorised as items not currently being provided to the frontline. The remaining items are either still undergoing checks or would be available for use if required.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 97125, how many of the (a) 3.4 billion units identified as potential excess stock and (b) 6.96 billion items that have not been provided to frontline services were purchased through the high priority lane; and what the total cost of those purchases was to the public purse.

Excess stock items are not categorised separately, therefore it is not possible to determine the proportion derived from contracts processed through the high priority lane.

A proportion of the items which have not been provided to the frontline may be suitable for use. Quality assurance is ongoing and these items may subsequently be provided to frontline services. Other items are suitable for use in other settings and the Department is pursuing options to re-purpose or dispose of stock.

Of the 6.96 billion items identified on 6 December 2021, the total paid was £3.4 billion. Within this category, 834 million items were purchased through suppliers identified through the high priority lane, at a cost of £1.27 billion.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value is of unused personal protective equipment procured by his Department from (a) Worldlink Resources Ltd and (b) Meller Designs Ltd during the covid-19 outbreak; and whether he has taken steps to recoup money paid to those suppliers.

We are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 101744, tabled on 11 January 2022 by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne, on Covid-19 Testing Taskforce: Andrew Feldman Associates.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to Question 101744.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Lord O'Shaughnessy and Imperial College London regarding the Centre for Improving Data Collaboration; whether Departmental officials were present; and in what capacity Lord O'Shaugnessy attended that meeting.

Lord O’Shaughnessy and colleagues at the Imperial Institute for Global Health Innovation undertook a piece of research on behalf of the NHSX Centre for Improving Data Collaboration, to contribute to the development of the Value Sharing Framework for health data partnerships. Departmental officials were present and the Department holds a minute of the meeting.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2022 to Question 106718 on Protective Clothing: Coronavirus, what the other PPE supplier is with which his Department is in mediation.

The Department is also currently in mediation with PPE Medpro.

21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting on 21 May 2021 between the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Lord Farmer, RK Trinity and Virgin Care on the Health and Care Bill, including Integrated Care Boards/Integrated Care Partnerships; in what capacity Lord Farmer attended that meeting; who attended the meeting on behalf of RK Trinity and Virgin Care; whether Departmental officials were present; and who instigated that meeting.

The Department holds minute of the meeting on 21 May 2021. Departmental officials were present at this meeting. Richard Comerford of Virgin Health was also in attendance at the request of Lord Farmer. The meeting was instigated by Lord Farmer to discuss his work on family hubs and how integrated care boards and integrated care partnerships could facilitate family help services.

21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2022 to Question 106717 on Clandeboye Agencies: Protective Clothing, what steps he has taken to investigate reports of the resale of gowns purchased from Clandeboye Agencies on the open market at lower than purchase cost.

We are not investigating claims of personal protective equipment (PPE) being resold. We are providing free PPE to health and care settings and expect recipients to use the items for their intended use.

20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Nanopore regarding Nanopore international genomic sequencing on 26 February 2021.

The Department holds copies of the minutes of the meetings of 8 January 2021 and 26 February 2021.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Oxford Nanopore Technologies on Nanopore covid-19 testing held on 8 January 2021.

The Department holds copies of the minutes of the meetings of 8 January 2021 and 26 February 2021.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2022 to Question 103559 on Protective Clothing: Coronavirus, how many other suppliers awarded contracts for personal protective equipment through the high-priority lane are in mediation with his Department as of 18 January 2022.

The Department is currently engaged in a mediation process with one other supplier.

18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2021 to Question 103562, on Clandeboye Agencies, whether the 22 million gowns held in storage (a) meet NHS standards and (b) are allocated for use by the NHS.

The gowns meet National Health Service standards and are available for use.

17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 81881 tabled on 25 November 2021 by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to Question 81881.

14th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 87683, tabled by the Rt hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 6 December 2021 on Sigma Pharmaceuticals.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer to Question 87683.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value is of personal protective equipment procured from (a) Pestfix and (b) Ayanda during the covid-19 outbreak that has not been useable by the NHS; and what steps he is taking to recoup funds paid for that unusable equipment.

Pestfix supplied personal protective equipment (PPE) with a value of £169,320,000 which is not currently available for release to the National Health Service due to technical and quality issues. The Department is currently engaged in mediation with Pestfix.

Ayanda supplied PPE with a value of £145,701,240 which is not currently available for release to the NHS due to technical and quality issues. The Department is undertaking a further detailed technical analysis of the product and will consider any commercial options available following conclusion of that review.

Departmental contracts require that it undertakes mediation with its suppliers prior to the commencement of formal legal action, to establish if disputes can be resolved without recourse to litigation.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the surgical gowns procured from Clandeboye Agencies Ltd have been (a) used by the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) re-sold; at what average price each of those gowns was re-sold; what total amount has been recouped for the public purse from those re-sales; and how many of those gowns remain in storage.

So far, 3,161,950 million gowns supplied by Clandeboye Agencies Ltd have been provided to the National Health Service. The remaining stock of 22 million items is stored in our network.

We are not aware of any being resold or being put up for resale.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2021 to Question 80941, on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, whether Baroness Mone declared any connection to Medpro PPE in her communications with the Minister on 7 and 8 May 2020.

Due diligence was carried out for all contracts. All offers received a rigorous financial and technical assessment, led by Departmental officials and other Government departments. The Department researched and reported on financial details of companies and background details of company directors and produced reports rating suppliers as red, amber or green.

Departmental records reflect that a link between Baroness Mone and PPE Medpro was clear prior to contracts being awarded.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2021 to Question 78381, on Department of Health and Social Care: Meller Group, if he will place a copy of the minute in the Library.

A copy of the minute is attached. Redactions have been made for reasons of commercial sensitivity and to remove personal information.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken since 17 November 2021 to locate minutes of the ministerial meeting of 9 April 2020 between Lord Bethell, Randox and the former Rt hon. Member for North Shropshire.

The Department has previously released the minutes of the meeting of 9 April 2020. A redacted copy of the minutes is attached.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial checks his Department made on PPE Medpro Ltd (a) following its referral to the high priority lane and (b) prior to the award of any contract; and what interests were declared by any party in relation to that company.

Due diligence was carried out for all contracts. All offers received a rigorous financial and technical assessment, led by Departmental officials and other Government departments. The Department researched and reported on financial details of companies and background details of company directors and produced reports rating suppliers as red, amber or green.

Departmental records reflect that a link between Baroness Mone and PPE Medpro was clear prior to contracts being awarded.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who represented Andrew Feldman Associates at the meetings of the Covid-19 Testing Taskforce on (a) 13 April 2020, (b) 17 April 2020, (c) 20 April 2020, (d) 27 April 2020, (e) 4 May 2020, (f) 11 May 2020 and (g) 18 May 2020; and whether his Department holds minutes of each of those meetings.

The Department holds minutes of the COVID-19 Testing Taskforce meetings referred to held on 17 April 2020, 20 April 2020, 27 April 2020, 4 May 2020, 11 May 2020 and 18 May 2020 respectively. Departmental records do not confirm a meeting took place on 13 April 2020. However, records show that a meeting took place on 15 April 2020 and the Department holds the relevant minutes.

The Department does not hold a record of all individuals who attended these meetings from participating organisations, other than those referenced in the minutes. These records do not show who, if anyone, attended the meetings as a representative of Andrew Feldman Associates.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2021 to Question 81017 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, on what grounds this information has been deemed to be commercially sensitive.

The information is considered commercially sensitive as the Department is currently engaged in a mediation process with PPE Medpro concerning their products, which involves confidentiality undertakings.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the total value of personal protective equipment that was procured during the covid-19 outbreak but expired before use.

There are approximately 303 million items of personal protective equipment which have passed their estimated expiry date at a total purchase cost of £299 million.

However, in many cases recorded expiry dates refer to the original documentation or assumed life of the product when it was delivered. We are currently exploring whether these expiry dates can be extended to allow the products to be used.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December to Question 78415 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, when his Department plans to complete the comprehensive review of stock.

The Department is undertaking a comprehensive review of stock to determine the efficacy of equipment before it is distributed. This review is ongoing and will consider new stock as it continues to arrive, therefore we are unable to provide a completion date. However, as of 6 December, we had assessed approximately 87% of current stock.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2021 to Question 75897, which of the products supplied by Liaoning Zhongqiao Overseas Exchange Co Ltd were repurposed for use outside health and care settings; what the total value was of those products; and what value was recouped through resale.

Liaoning Zhonggiao Overseas Exchange Co Ltd were contracted to provide visors and goggles. It is likely that some goggles will be repurposed for use outside health and care settings. These products are currently being reviewed before re-distribution therefore the information requested on the total value and the amount recouped is not yet available.

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 81967, on Randox Laboratories, tabled by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 25 November 2021.

The Department has previously released the minutes of the meeting of 9 April 2020. A redacted copy of the minutes is attached.

6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, the hon. Member for Winchester, and Sigma on 10 February 2021; who attended the meeting on behalf of (a) Sigma and (b) his Department; and in what capacity the hon. Member for Winchester was attending.

The former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for COVID Vaccine Deployment (the Rt Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP) gave an address on 10 February 2021 for community pharmacists as part of the ‘Taking Pharmacy Forward’ live webinar. The event was hosted by Bharat Shah of Sigma Pharmaceuticals.

The hon. Member for Winchester (Steve Brine MP) facilitated the webinar which was also attended by Simon Dukes, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee. The Department does not hold a record of the names of all attendees from the Department or Sigma, nor a minute of the webinar.

25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 79399 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, which four contracts for personal protective equipment referred through the high priority lane were subject to the eight stage assurance process.

There were 111 contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) awarded to 50 suppliers referred through the high priority lane. Some suppliers were awarded more than one contract.

In our previous response of 25 November, we stated that 46 of these contracts were awarded before the introduction of a central clearance board on 4 May 2020. The central clearance board examined individual contracts which were being agreed. Sixty five contracts were awarded to suppliers after this date. The suppliers and the number of contracts awarded to each supplier is shown in the following table.

Supplier

Number of contracts awarded after 4 May 2020

Meller Designs

5

Aiya Technology Hk Limited

3

KPM Marine

1

MDS Healthcare

2

P1F Limited

7

Pestfix

2

Aventis Solutions Ltd

1

Cargo Services Far East

3

URATHON EUROPE LTD

2

Unispace Global Ltd

5

Universal Solutions Trading Limited

3

Uniserve

2

Pakan Medical

2

Headwind China Ltd

1

Monarch Acoustics Limited

1

Invisio Pharmaceuticals

2

New Asia Logistic Services Pte Ltd

1

P14 Medical

1

Blueleaf Care

1

Ideal Medical Solutions

1

SG Recruitment

1

Skinny Dip

1

PPE Medpro Limited

2

Brandology

2

Worldlink Resources Limited

1

Summit Medical Ltd

1

Wuhan Xiaoyaoyao Pharmaceutical Technology Co., Ltd

1

Maxima Markets Limited

1

Eyespace Eyewear Limited

1

Mayfair Global (UK) Ltd

1

The Paper Drinking Straw Co Ltd.

1

Hotel Logistics Ltd

2

GBUK LTD

1

CCS McClays

1

Regal Polythene

1

Medicom

1

25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contributions of the Minister for Care and Mental Health of 17 November 2021, Official Report, Column 595, whether his Department has located minutes of the ministerial meeting of 9 April 2020 between Lord Bethell, Randox and the former Rt hon. Member for North Shropshire.

The Department has previously released the minutes of the meeting of 9 April 2020. A redacted copy of the minutes is attached.

25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library a copy of the email reported to have been sent from the Chief Commercial Officer, Head of Corporate Services and Transition Director for NHS Test and Trace/UKHSA, on 10 February 2021, regarding contact from Baroness Mone on the subject RE: SENSITIVE: LFDs and the new variants.

A copy of the email of 10 February 2021 is attached. We have redacted personal information or information which could lead to the identification of individuals.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 25 November 2021 to the Right Honourable Member for Ashton under Lyne, whether the National Audit Office has been provided the minutes of the meeting between Lord Bethell, Randox and the former Right Honourable Member for North Shropshire.

The National Audit Office has not been provided the minutes of this meeting.

24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the surgical gowns provided by PPE Medpro for £122 million in 2020 were used by the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak.

We are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what items of surplus personal protective equipment his Department has placed for sale to other NATO countries via e-portal and from which original suppliers; what items have been sold to date; and what the original cost to the public purse was of purchasing those items.

Earlier in the year, the Department placed the following items of surplus personal protective equipment for sale to other NATO countries via the e-portal:

- One type of goggles supplied by Jingdong E Commerce; and

- Two types of gowns supplied by China National Instrumentation Ltd and Inivos Ltd.

No items were sold and these have now been withdrawn from the e-portal. The total value of the items listed on the portal was:

- Jingdong E Commerce – £1,338,000;

- China National Instrumentation Ltd - £5,364,000; and

- Inivos - £1,467,000.

22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in respect of correspondence and records of meetings between the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Lord Feldman, and Meller Designs Limited; when those requests were submitted; whether his Department intends to release the information requested; and if he will place copies in the Library.

The Department has received two relevant Freedom of Information requests. The first was received on 2 March 2021 and responded to 30 March 2021. The second was received on 28 June 2021 and is being considered for release. We aim to answer it as soon as possible. Copies of both requests and the response to the request of 2 March are attached.

22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's publication entitled PPE procurement in the early pandemic, published on 17 November 2021, which of the contracts for supply of Personal Protective Equipment referred through the high priority lane pre-dated the eight-stage assurance process to assess and approve offers of support.

The ‘eight stage process’ refers to the introduction of a central clearance board on 4 May 2020. Of the contracts for personal protective equipment, 46 were awarded before that date. However, all suppliers who were evaluated by officials prior to the introduction of the central board, were evaluated on the same criteria for financial standing, technical compliance, price and ability to perform the contract as those who were evaluated after the introduction of the central board.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost is to the public purse of personal protective equipment procured through the high priority lane during the covid-19 outbreak that did not meet NHS standards for use, by contract.

We are unable to provide the information as it is commercially sensitive.

A quality assurance process is in place to determine the efficacy of equipment before it is distributed. Products are only distributed if they meet the relevant standards set out in the technical specification for personal protective equipment. The Department is undertaking a comprehensive review of stock. Where products fail to meet specified standards, the Department seeks resolution with the supplier. For stock that cannot be used for its original intended purpose, work is ongoing to identify whether it can be repurposed or donated.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the total cost to the public purse of contesting Freedom of Information requests to his Department relating to procurement during the covid-19 pandemic.

The information is not held in the format requested.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what outstanding Freedom of Information requests the Department is processing for documents relating to the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Randox on 9 April 2020; on what dates those requests were received; and when his Department plans to answer them.

The Department has eight outstanding cases relating to the meeting between the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation (Lord Bethell) and Randox on 9 April 2020. They were received on the following dates:

4 November 2020;

12 August 2021;

29 October 2021;

4 November 2021;

6 November 2021;

9 November 2021;

9 November 2021; and

18 November 2021.

These are being progressed and we aim to answer them as soon as possible.

17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the referrals of (a) Excalibur Healthcare, (b) JD.com, (c) Monarch Acoustics Ltd and (d) Nine United Ltd to the high priority lane for PPE supply during the covid-19 outbreak were made by (i) special advisers, (ii) civil servants or (iii) ministers in his Department.

On 17 November 2021, the Department published information relating to the teams and individuals who referred offers of support that were triaged using the high priority lane. Our records indicate that offers from Excalibur Healthcare, JD.com and Nine United Ltd were received and referred by the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Rt hon. Matt Hancock MP) and directed to the high priority route by the Director General for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. The offer from Monarch Acoustics Limited was received and referred by the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the referrals of (a) Uniserve Ltd and (b) Worldlink to the high priority lane for PPE supply during the covid-19 outbreak were made by (i) special advisers, (ii) civil servants or (iii) ministers in his Department.

On 17 November 2021, the Department published information relating to the teams and individuals who referred offers of support that were triaged using the high priority lane.

Departmental Ministers, special advisers and civil servants did not refer these organisations to the high priority lane.

17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds on the referral of Global United Trading by Dominic Cummings to the high priority lane for supply of PPE during the covid-19 pandemic.

On 17 November 2021, the Department published information relating to the teams and individuals who referred offers of support that were triaged using the high priority route. On 27 March 2020 Dominic Cummings passed on the approach from Global United Trading via email, which went on to be referred to the high priority route.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what items of surplus PPE purchased through the high priority lane his Department has placed for sale to other NATO countries via e-portal.

None of the items placed for sale on the NATO Portal were sourced through contracts that were processed through the high priority lane.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of equipment provided by Liaoning Zhongqiao Overseas Exchange Co Ltd through the high priority lane for the supply of Personal Protective Equipment for use by NHS and social care staff during the outbreak of covid-19.

A quality assurance process is in place to ensure the efficacy of equipment provided by all suppliers is determined before it is distributed. Products are only distributed if they meet the relevant standards as set out in the published technical specification for personal protective equipment (PPE) on GOV.UK.

All PPE supplied by Liaoning Zhongqiao Overseas Exchange Co Ltd received such quality assurance checks. Of the products received, some are being used with others repurposed for use outside health and care settings. Some items containing latex will be recycled at the appropriate time.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what dates did the Minister for Efficiency and Transformation refer (a) Uniserve Ltd and (b) Worldlink Resource to the high priority lane for the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the outbreak of covid-19.

Departmental records do not indicate the date that the referral was made.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants referred (i) Meller Designs Limited and (ii) Liaoning Zhongqiao Overseas Exchange Co Ltd to the high priority lane for the supply of personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

On 17 November 2021, the Department published information relating to the teams and individuals who referred offers of support that were triaged using the high priority lane.

The offer from Meller Designs Limited was received and passed on by officials in the office for the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and directed to the high priority route by officials in the Office of the Government Chief Commercial Officer.

The offer from Liaoning Zhongquiao Overseas Exchange Co Ltd was received and referred by officials in the office for the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 31421, if he will publish Lord Feldman's declaration of interests to his Department in his capacity as an unpaid adviser.

We are unable to provide the information requested as it contains personal and commercially sensitive information.

10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 31421 tabled by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on 12 July 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 13 September to Question 31421.

13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the £22.6 million contract awarded to Bunzl Healthcare on 3 April 2020 for personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak was approved through the eight stage process to assess and approve offers of support to supply personal protection equipment.

The National Audit Office (NAO) published a report on Government procurement activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in November last year. The report is available at the following link:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/government-procurement-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

The report noted (Paragraph 3.19) that by 28 April 2020, personal protective equipment contracts had been awarded to 71 suppliers, with a total value of £1.5 billion, i.e. before offers were being processed through what the NAO have described as the eight stage process. Bunzl Healthcare were one of these suppliers.

The ‘eight stage process’ is a term to describe at a point in time a structured process of checks and due diligence on suppliers which evolved in March and April 2020. It includes the introduction of a central clearance board at the beginning of May 2020 to perform checks previously performed by the Department’s Accounting Officer to add an extra level of assurance that the deal met the Department’s requirements. However, from the start all suppliers were evaluated by officials on financial standing, technical compliance and ability to perform the contract.

13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 25834 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, how many contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment pre-dated the formalised eight stage assurance process; and what was the total cost of those contracts to the public purse.

The National Audit Office (NAO) published a report on Government procurement activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in November last year. The report is available at the following link:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/government-procurement-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

The report noted (Paragraph 3.19) that by 28 April 2020, personal protective equipment contracts had been awarded to 71 suppliers, with a total value of £1.5 billion, i.e. before offers were being processed through what the NAO have described as the eight stage process. Bunzl Healthcare were one of these suppliers.

The ‘eight stage process’ is a term to describe at a point in time a structured process of checks and due diligence on suppliers which evolved in March and April 2020. It includes the introduction of a central clearance board at the beginning of May 2020 to perform checks previously performed by the Department’s Accounting Officer to add an extra level of assurance that the deal met the Department’s requirements. However, from the start all suppliers were evaluated by officials on financial standing, technical compliance and ability to perform the contract.

12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what declaration of interests was made by Lord Feldman in his capacity as an unpaid adviser to his Department between March and May 2020; and whether he used a private email account to conduct business relating to that advisory role.

Lord Feldman signed a volunteer agreement on his appointment to the Department. As part of this agreement, he was required to complete a declaration of interests. There is clear guidance around personal email usage and Government business is conducted in line with that guidance.

1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions ministers in his Department referred offers to provide (a) personal protective equipment and (b) test and trace services via private email accounts during the covid-19 outbreak.

This information is not available. All Ministers are aware of the guidance around personal email usage and Government business is conducted in line with that guidance.

1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the contracts with (a) Ayanda Capital and (b) PestFix to provide personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak were approved through the 8-stage process.

The eight stage process to assess and approve offers of support to supply personal protection equipment (PPE) evolved over a short period of time at the end of April 2020 to formalise the checks quickly put in place by the cross-Government PPE procurement cell in March 2020. Contracts with Ayanda Capital and Pestfix pre-dated the formalised eight stage assurance process but these suppliers were evaluated by officials on financial standing, technical compliance and ability to perform the contract. The contracts are awarded by the appropriate Departmental accounting officer in line with our terms and conditions.

1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statements of 27 June 2021, if he will publish the evidential basis for his Department's assessment that Ministers in his Department only conduct government business through their departmental email addresses.

All Ministers are aware of the guidance around personal email usage and Government business is conducted in line with that guidance. The use of private emails is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office and we await the outcome.

1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what process was used to approve emergency contracts for covid-19 testing; and whether there was a fast track by which some offers were prioritised.

Authorities are allowed to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency in exceptional circumstances using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. These include a direct award due to extreme urgency or the absence of competition. Under the regulation contracting authorities may enter into contracts without competing or advertising the requirement.

We use Regulation 32 only where there is no alternative. All proposed business cases and contract awards are triaged by the NHS Test and Trace approvals secretariat and routed to appropriate delegated authorities or boards for review depending on value and nature of the required investment.

15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff are employed at Chevening.

Chevening House is managed by an independent trust. The number of staff employed is a matter for the trustees.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much her Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

The information requested could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will publish the transparency data relating to Guests to Chevening for the last three years.

Chevening House is managed by independent trustees. Information about overnight stays by Ministers is not collected centrally.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse was of the use of the Government Airbus A321 for her visit to Australia between 18 and 23 January 2022.

In accordance with the Ministerial Code the FCDO publishes the costs related to an overseas visit made by the Foreign Secretary as part of the Quarterly Transparency Return https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/minister-data#2020.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on focus groups in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

Any spend over £25,000 can be found by following the link below:

HM Treasury spend over £25,000 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In 2019 we did not conduct any focus groups.

In 2020, we spent £240,538 on combined focus groups and polling services from Hanbury Strategy – this includes all of our spend on focus groups that year, but it is not possible to disaggregate the amount spent on focus groups specifically.

This is for invoices paid during the period January 2019 to December 2020.

17th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants work out of the Darlington Economic Campus as of 17 March 2022.

We are making significant progress establishing the Darlington Economic Campus and our workforce based there. We have committed to moving over 1,100 roles to the campus by 2025 from across all eight Departments and agencies based in the campus.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department have had with the hon. Member for Shipley since 29 April 2021.

The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Chart 2.C of Impact on households: distributional analysis to accompany Budget 2020, what assessment he has made of the cash impact of those spending decisions, by income decile, excluding benefits in kind from public services.

The Chancellor’s assessment of the cash impact of tax and welfare decisions is shown in Chart 2.C, of “Impact on households: distributional analysis to accompany Budget 2020”, where it is presented alongside the impact of benefits-in-kind from public services.

Taking into account spending on public services provides a more complete picture of Government policy, as it is an important element of the overall support provided by the government to households.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2022 to Question 11691 on Home Office: Photographs and Video Recordings, (a) at what band-equivalent each videographer was employed at and (b) which contractor was used.

The videographers are part of the HO social media team and video production is their primary responsibility as part of this team.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many photographers and video producers were employed by her Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

No photographers were employed during this period.

Three people have been employed as videographers over the course of the period 2019-2021, including one contractor: 2019 (1), 2020 (1), 2021 (3, with two employed at one time).

They have worked in the department's social media team within the Communications Directorate.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

As at 31 December 2019, three per cent of civilian staff employed by the Ministry of Defence are apprentices.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to pages 51-2 of the Committee on Standards in Public Life July 2018 report, MPs' Outside Interests, what recent discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on guidance on the registration of outside interests by candidates at parliamentary elections; and whether he plans to update that guidance.

The recommendations in that Committee on Standards in Public Life report are primarily a matter for the House of Commons, and are currently being considered by the House.

In relation to the single recommendation on future outside interests of elected representatives, I would note that it is already the case that the press and public may ask questions of candidates on their intended outside interests if elected. And, indeed, such scrutiny is taking place in the current Parliamentary by-elections.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which teams within his Department work on (a) elections and (b) constitutional policy.

The Elections and Registration and Franchise teams advise on elections. They will move into the new Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities from the Cabinet Office as part of the machinery of government change. Constitutional Policy remains a matter for the Cabinet Office.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many civil servants have been transferred to his Department since 15 September 2021; and what units have been transferred to his Department from other government Departments since he became Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The Department is ensuring that the number of civil servants matches the demands and responsibilities the new Department has. The total numbers of staff can be found in our workforce management reports which are published monthly and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dluhc-workforce-management-information.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to improve the Troubled Families programme.

The national evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme has shown that the programme has helped reform public services and improved outcomes for families. This Government has announced funding of up to £165 million to extend the programme for an extra year. This will mean more people in need get access to the programme's early, practical and coordinated support to transform their lives for the better. This Government wants to build on the success of the programme in the coming year, delivering on our manifesto commitment to ensure we reach all those who could benefit from the programme – from the early years and throughout their lives – and we will set out the steps we plan to take in due course.

15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2022 to Question 11689 on Ministry of Justice: Consultants, how much his Department spent in total on external management consultants in (a) 2018, (b) 2017, (c) 2016, (d) 2015 and (e) 2014; and what ten projects or work areas in each of those financial years required the greatest expenditure on support from those consultants.

The Ministry of Justice makes use of management consultants to advise on resolutions to some of its complex and challenging problems. To ensure value for money is secured from the engagement of management consultants, the Ministry’s commercial policy is to put new requirements out to competition.

The Ministry of Justice total spend on external management consultants in the periods 2017/18 and 2018/19 is set out in Table 1 below.

The most significant area of spend outlined below is the HMCTS Reform Programme. This programme is investing £1.3bn to carry out much needed digital reforms of court services to address previously antiquated paper processes and IT systems, and ensure that our world-renowned legal system remains viable. The reforms are designing new digital services around users and allowing people to access them online, improving access to justice, and making the system more efficient.

The information requested for 2014, 2015 and 2016 could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Table 1

Consultancy Spend by Financial Year & Business Area, £000s

2017/18

2018/19

MoJ HQ

10,451

3342

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service

4538

2671

Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service

10,730

22,182

Total MoJ

25,719

28,195

The 10 work areas with the greatest expenditure on external management consultancy for each of those financial years are as set out in Table 2 below:

Table 2

Consultancy Spend by Financial Year & Projects/Work Areas, £000s

2017/18

1

HMCTS - Reform Programme

10,314

2

HMPPS - Electronic Monitoring

2,409

3

MoJ - Finance Group

2,102

4

HMPPS - Prison Reform

1,632

5

HMPPS - Community Rehabilitation

1,579

6

MoJ Property

1,412

7

MoJ Facilities Management

975

8

MoJ Digitech

890

9

MoJ People Group

794

10

MoJ Transformation Programme

381

2018/19

1

HMCTS - Reform Programme

21,870

2

HMPPS - Probation Programme

1,360

3

HMPPS - Prison Estates Programme

822

4

MoJ Property

592

5

MoJ Procurement

514

6

MoJ Facilities Management

458

7

MoJ Digitech

417

8

HMPPS - Community Rehabilitation

415

9

MoJ People Group

355

10

HMCTS - Common Platform

237

1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent in total on external management consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; and what ten projects or work areas in each of those financial years required the greatest expenditure on support from those consultants.

The Ministry of Justice makes use of management consultants to advise on resolutions to complex and challenging problems. To ensure value for money is secured from the engagement of management consultants, the Ministry’s commercial policy is to put new requirements out to competition.

The Ministry of Justice total spend on external management consultants in the relevant period is set out in Table 1 below:

Table 1

Consultancy Spend by Financial Year & Business Area, £000s

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

MoJ HQ

4,934

6,520

5,293

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service

2,942

5,046

4,935

Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service

5,782

478

151

Office of the Public Guardian

0

0

21

Legal Aid Agency

0

0

4

Total MoJ

13,658

12,045

10,403

The 10 work areas with the greatest expenditure on external management consultancy for each of those financial years are as set out in Table 2 below:

Table 2

Consultancy Spend by Financial Year & Projects/Work Areas, £000s

2019/20

1

HMCTS Reform Programme

5,806

2

MoJ Commercial and Contract Management

3,229

3

HMPPS - Community Interventions

1,305

4

MoJ People Group

695

5

HMPPS - Prisons

654

6

HMPPS - Probation

524

7

MoJ Property

509

8

HMPPS - Prison Supply

227

9

Directorate of Judicial Offices

173

10

HMPPS - Youth Custody Service

173

2020/21

1

HMPPS - Prison Supply

2,065

2

HMPPS - Reducing Reoffending

1,979

3

MoJ Commercial and Contract Management

1,913

4

MoJ Property

1,463

5

MoJ Digitech

1,326

6

MoJ People Group

789

7

MoJ Security, Privacy and Live Service

723

8

HMPPS - Strategy, Planning & Performance

474

9

HMPPS - Prisons

438

10

HMCTS - Business Resilience

130

2021/22

1

MoJ Digitech

2,957

2

HMPPS - Prisons

2,485

3

HMPPS - Prison Supply

2,465

4

MoJ People Group

507

5

MoJ Data & Analytical Services

495

6

Directorate of Judicial Offices

456

7

MoJ Commercial and Contract Management

436

8

HMCTS - Common Platform Programme

151

9

Judicial Appointments Commission

146

10

HMPPS - Strategy, Planning & Performance

96

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department’s current non-executive directors were appointed; what oversight officials had of Ministerial appointments of non-executive directors; and what assessment was made of their experience against the requirements for breadth and depth of experience set out in the Cabinet Office guidance on Departmental Boards of November 2014.

Departments follow the principles set out in Cabinet Office/HM Treasury ‘Corporate governance in central government departments: code of good practice.

Our current non-executive directors are:

Mark Rawlinson (Lead Non-Executive) Appointed 4 June 2018 Mark Rawlinson - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Shirley Cooper OBE Appointed 4 June 2018 Shirley Cooper - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Nick Campsie Appointed 4 June 2018 Nick Campsie - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Paul Smith Appointed 1 April 2020 Paul Smith - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what private companies are contracted to provide security services at his Department’s buildings that contain Ministerial private offices; and whether there are closed circuit television cameras in any Ministerial private office within his Departmental estate.

As has been the case under successive Administrations, it is not government policy to comment on security procedures in government buildings.

29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what financial payments his Department makes to its non-executive directors; how many times his departmental Board will meet in 2021-22; and what work the non-executive directors undertake.

This information is published in the Department’s annual report and accounts, available on gov.uk.

Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

The Department’s report and accounts for 2021-22 will be published in due course, in the usual way.

Departmental boards provide strategic leadership for each central government department, as well as advising on/challenging how the department is performing. Each board is chaired by the Secretary of State and includes junior ministers, the permanent secretary and non-executive board members. Non-executives are appointed to government departments from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Their role is to provide advice and bring an external perspective.

A summary of the work of non-executive directors across Government can be found in the Government Lead Non-Executive's annual report, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-lead-non-executives-annual-report-2019-to-2020

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Freedom of Information requests have been referred by his Department for advice on handling to the Cabinet Office’s clearing house for Freedom of Information requests in each year since 2016.

The Ministry of Justice has referred requests to the Cabinet Office Clearing House where appropriate and in line with the published criteria which is available on gov.uk here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-and-freedom-of-information.

28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

As of 10 January 2020, there were 1126 apprentices in the Ministry of Justice. This is approximately 1.5% of the total staff employed within the department. There are also 955 applications pending from staff wanting to complete an apprenticeship programme. MoJ will continue to deliver both high volume and niche apprenticeship programmes throughout the coming financial year in line with organisational demand.

1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent in total on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full time equivalent posts were filled as a result of that expenditure; and how many of those posts were filled by people recruited from outside the civil service.

The Scotland Office is a small Ministerial Department which does not employ any staff directly. Those that join do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice, who remain the employers.

Over the period in question, the Scotland Office did not incur any expenditure on recruitment consultants and as such the remaining questions are not applicable.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland