Anne Marie Morris Portrait

Anne Marie Morris

Conservative - Newton Abbot

First elected: 6th May 2010


European Scrutiny Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 4th Jul 2022
Health and Social Care Committee
15th Jul 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Accounts Committee
20th Feb 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Accounts Committee
28th Nov 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Work and Pensions Committee
29th Oct 2012 - 30th Mar 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Anne Marie Morris has voted in 839 divisions, and 26 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
10 Feb 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 526 Noes - 24
6 Jan 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 322 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 16
30 Dec 2020 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 328 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 335 Noes - 212
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
4 Nov 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 516 Noes - 38
3 Nov 2020 - Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 335 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 266 Noes - 336
3 Nov 2020 - Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 333 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 269 Noes - 334
21 Oct 2020 - Free School Meals - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative Aye votes vs 320 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 322
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 240 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 242
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
23 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Conservative Aye votes vs 276 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 251 Noes - 296
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
11 Jan 2022 - Household Energy Bills: VAT - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 320 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 319
4 Dec 2023 - Business without Debate - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative No votes vs 217 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 381 Noes - 37
4 Dec 2023 - Victims and Prisoners Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 246 Noes - 242
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 58 Noes - 525
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Anne Marie Morris voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 536
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(6 debate interactions)
Caroline Dinenage (Conservative)
(4 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
NHS Funding Act 2020
(2,743 words contributed)
Health and Care Act 2022
(2,052 words contributed)
Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021
(1,489 words contributed)
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Newton Abbot 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).

Anne Marie Morris has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Anne Marie Morris

1st February 2023
Anne Marie Morris signed this EDM on Tuesday 7th February 2023

Exiting the European Union (No. 2)

Tabled by: Jeffrey M Donaldson (Independent - Lagan Valley)
TThat this House calls upon the Government to withdraw the Official Controls (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2023 (S.I., 2023, No. 17) because they are injurious to the integrity of the UK Internal Market in circumstances where the Northern Ireland Protocol has not been replaced by new arrangements that respect and protect …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Feb 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 11
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 1
1st February 2023
Anne Marie Morris signed this EDM on Tuesday 7th February 2023

Exiting the European Union

Tabled by: Jeffrey M Donaldson (Independent - Lagan Valley)
That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, praying that the Official Controls (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2023 (S.I., 2023, No. 17), dated 11 January 2023, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 January 2023, be annulled.
20 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Feb 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Anne Marie Morris, 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.


Anne Marie Morris has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Anne Marie Morris

Tuesday 30th November 2021

1 Bill introduced by Anne Marie Morris


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the regulation of physician associates; to make physician associate a protected title; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 23rd November 2018
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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3 Other Department Questions
6th Jun 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, with regard to the Commission's decision to abolish the Restoration and Renewal Sponsor Body, if he will publish (a) the reason(s) for doing so and (b) the evidence to support that decision.

In March 2022, the House of Commons Commission published a joint statement with the House of Lords Commission in which it set out concerns about the approach being taken by the Restoration and Renewal Programme, and set out proposals for a new approach to the works and to the governance structure of the programme; and the intention to seek independent advice and assurance.

The statement from the House of Commons and House of Lords Commission can be found here:
https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/348/house-of-commons-commission/news/164938/joint-statement-from-the-house-of-commons-and-house-of-lords-commissions/

The Commissions intend to agree a joint report, informed by advice from an independent panel, setting out their conclusions and putting forward recommendations for consideration by the two Houses. This is currently expected to take place before the summer recess.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will set out (a) the number of daily positive covid-19 cases on the Parliamentary Estate from 18 October 2021 to date and (b) the case threshold at which the Commission considered it necessary to reintroduce enhanced measures.

114 cases with links to the Parliamentary estate have been reported between the 4th October – 5th November.

The Parliamentary test and trace team, in partnership with the UKHSA, including the North West London Health protection team highlighted an increase in cases from the week commencing 18th October and recommended that there was a need for additional measures on Tuesday 26th October and Monday 1st November. These were agreed by the Commission on the same day.

Advice will be provided to the Commission by the UKHSA on the need for measures in response to cases being identified, in line with other workplaces.

Previously the Commission has agreed a range of trigger points which prompt a review of the current situation.

4th Jun 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans there are to provide a replacement to the Derby Gate library facilities for the staff of hon. Members.

The Derby Gate library was closed on 3 September 2018 to make way for works initiated by the Northern Estates Programme.

In anticipation of the closure, the Library worked with Members and In-House Services to identify alternative workspace and service point(s) for use by Members’ staff. The Library considered sharing space within the House of Lords eLibrary, based in Millbank, though this did not meet requirements.

Instead, in July 2018 the Administration Committee approved plans for a new Customer Services Hub based in Portcullis House (PCH) – Administration Committee’s Notes of discussion, 23 July 2018. Informed by feedback from Members that a ‘one stop’ service centre would improve visibility and access to services, the Hub initially provided access to Library, Digital, Security and procedural services in addition to some, albeit limited, access to workspace for use by both Members and Members’ staff.

The Library ceased to provide a permanent service-point in the Customer Services Hub from January 2020. This was in response to low usage in 2019 and, in addition, feedback from Members and Members’ staff that additional workspace was required. By moving from the Hub, the Library thus freed-up additional space. This decision followed the principle, agreed by the House of Commons Commission in May 2018, that the Library and other services should reduce their footprint on the Northern Estate to make way for additional Members’ workspace when required – House of Commons Commission Decisions, 14 May 2018.

All the same, the Library continues to welcome Members’ staff into the Oriel Room (the reception area of the main Library suite within the Palace) to browse briefing papers, request book loans and place requests face to face with Library staff. Members’ staff are also welcome to consult documents in the Reference Room of the Library, on request. Library services can also be browsed online: see Services for MPs and MPs' staff - House of Commons Library.

The space previously occupied by the Derby Gate library will return to use in 2021, once works have been completed. The space has been reconfigured as a meeting room and open space, available to Members and Members’ staff for meetings and quiet work. This arrangement was requested by the Administration Committee in May 2020, to compensate Members for the loss of other meeting space in 1 Parliament Street – Administration Committee’s Note of discussion, 18 May 2020. Please also note that, from September 2021, space within Richmond House – including the Richmond House business lounge – will also become available to Members’ staff.

22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to establish an inquiry on its response to the covid-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 is the biggest challenge the UK, together with nations around the world, has faced in decades. Throughout the pandemic, we have consistently adapted our response as we have learnt more about the virus and how best to tackle it. As stated by the Prime Minister on 15 July 2020 'we will seek to learn the lessons of the pandemic in the future, and certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened.' Any further updates will be announced in the usual way.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that what is guidance and what is law in relation to covid-19 restrictions is clearly determined on the Gov.uk website.

Both legislation and Government guidance is set out online, and both are important.

The guidance on how best to stay safe and help control the spread of Coronavirus is set out at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Where applicable, you should also refer to the relevant websites for guidance published by the Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

UK Government Coronavirus legislation is set out at: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will issue guidance to the general public on the implementation of covid-19 restrictions for the 2020-21 New Year period.

The UK Government continues to make every effort to communicate any policy changes as clearly and simply as possible to the public via our public information campaign. All updated guidance is published on gov.uk. Other guidance is produced by the devolved administrations.

Once the five-day Christmas window ends, normal rules on social contact in each tier or region will apply.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Government defines rurality.

There is an official statistical rural urban classification, based on the 2011 Census, which determines settlements with populations of 10,000 or more as urban. Further details of the rural urban classification can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/rural-urban-classification

The rural urban classification is intended to support statistical analysis. Other definitions of rural could be more appropriate in some policy or analytical contexts.

6th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he will take steps to ensure that people who pay for utilities via a site manager will be able to access the energy bills support scheme.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for St Albans on 20th June 2022 to Question 18990.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that people in supported accommodation who pay for utilities as part of their rent will receive the £400 payment through the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

Households without a domestic electricity supply contract are not eligible for the Scheme. The Government is exploring options for other ways in which they might receive similar support.

Landlords with a domestic electricity connection who charge ‘all inclusive’ rent, where a fixed cost for energy costs are included in their rental charges, should consider passing on the grant payments to tenants. Landlords who resell the electricity to their tenants based on energy usage may be required to comply with the maximum resale price rules.

Responses to the consultation are being analysed and the Government response will be published over the summer.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Department has made of the level of risk of exploding battery energy storage systems associated with solar panels.

Electricity storage is a critical technology for ensuring security of supply and decarbonisation of the energy system. When installed, maintained and decommissioned correctly, electricity storage poses minimal risks. A robust health and safety regime is in place with appropriate provisions to ensure that battery storage at all scales can be operated safely in a range of environments. The government is currently working with the industry-led Storage Health and Safety Governance Group to establish common standards for product development and installation of domestic/small-scale battery storage and develop guidance for grid-scale storage.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2022 to Question 150169 on Energy: Standing Charges, what assessment he has made of whether the cost to suppliers of (a) service administration fees, (b) connections to and maintenance of energy networks and (c) Government schemes to help reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty has increased in the last 12 months.

There are several reasons for the increase in standing charges. These can include increases to the Warm Homes Discount, the increase in renewable energy sources and changes to distribution costs.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2022 to Question 145873 on Energy: Standing Charges, whether maintenance on infrastructure accounts for a proportion of the rise in the standing charges.

Standing charges are a daily fixed amount paid for the supplying of gas and electricity. It varies by region due to the different costs to transport power.

The charge pays for the costs that are fixed for a supplier on a per customer basis. Including service administration fees, connections to and maintenance of energy networks and Government schemes to help reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty. The standing charge is passed on to consumers as a flat rate per day rather than as a percentage charge based on how much energy they use.

More information can be found at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/information-consumers/energy-advice-households/check-if-energy-price-cap-affects-you.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date the full criteria for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will be announced.

The criteria for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme are specified in the Statutory Instrument which was laid in Parliament on the 24th February 2022:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2022/9780348232349/contents.

Further information on the scheme can be found in Ofgem’s consultation on scheme administration, which closed on 27th January 2022:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/consultation-ofgems-administration-boiler-upgrade-scheme,

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timetable is for announcing the next funding settlement between the Government and the Post Office.

A settlement letter is expected by the end of the financial year.

4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the National Grid has the capacity to manage a potential increase in demand for electricity as a result of the UK's transition to net zero.

The Department works closely with National Grid Electricity System Operator (NG:ESO) to ensure there is adequate capacity available to meet peak demand in a range of scenarios, now and in the future.

The Capacity Market (CM) is at the heart of the Government’s plans for a secure and reliable electricity system. Through the CM, the government secure, the capacity needed to ensure security of supply through a competitive, technology-neutral auction process. The volume of capacity the government procures is based on advice from NG:ESO in the annual Electricity Capacity Report. NG:ESO model a wide range of possible scenarios when producing their advice, including levels of electricity demand. The methodologies and analysis provided by NG:ESO are scrutinised by an independent advisory group appointed by government, the Panel of Technical Experts.

The CM incentivises the necessary investment to maintain and refurbish existing capacity and to finance new capacity, ensuring the transition to net zero happens in a managed way that does not compromise security of supply. This year’s auctions have already secured the majority of Great Britain’s capacity needs out to 2024/25 and we will continue to work with the NG:ESO to make sure that the transition to net zero is delivered in a manner that ensures the stability and security of the electricity system.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department made of the potential non-financial costs to society of achieving the Government's net zero emissions target.

The Department conducted cost-benefit analysis of our net zero ambition as part of the Impact Assessment for setting the sixth carbon budget. The net present value of meeting the sixth carbon budget and net zero target, compared to no further action, was estimated as a net benefit of £266 billion.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the prevalence of employers dismissing customer-facing staff who refuse to have a covid-19 vaccination.

The UK operates a system of informed consent for vaccinations and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination has been very high across the UK.

Employers, including those in customer-facing sectors, who propose to introduce a requirement for staff to be vaccinated will need to consider the existing legal framework, including the law on employment, dismissal, equalities and data protection. Employers will need to ensure that they have acted in accordance with their legal obligations when making decisions on requiring evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination, taking account of their particular context and circumstances.

29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2021 to Question 2300 on Hospitality Industry: Recruitment, what steps his Department has taken as a result of those discussions to help hospitality and tourism businesses with recruitment.

I would refer my Hon. Friend to my previous answer that the Department has met and continues to meet regularly with representatives from across the Hospitality sector to discuss how it can recover and build back from the pandemic. Information from these discussions has been shared with the Department for Work and Pensions, who are actively supporting jobseekers to find roles in sectors of need. Last month, the Government also published a comprehensive Tourism Recovery Plan setting out how it will help the Tourism sector build back better from COVID-19.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans does his Department has to support the growth of solar energy in the UK.

Solar PV has been a UK success story, with rapid deployment over the last 10 years. Over 99% of the UK’s solar PV capacity has been deployed since May 2010, and over a million homes have installed solar on their roofs.

Solar is a key part of the Government’s strategy for low-cost decarbonisation of the energy sector. Achieving our ambitious 2050 Net Zero target will require significant increases in renewable electricity generation, and we will need to increase deployment across a range of technologies, including solar PV. Our recent Energy White Paper stated that we will need sustained growth in the capacity of solar over the next decade alongside onshore and offshore wind.

That is why the Government announced on 2 March 2020 that large scale solar PV projects will be able to compete in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round. The round is planned to open in December 2021 and will aim to deliver up to double the renewable capacity of the last round, potentially providing enough clean energy for up to 10 million homes.

We also support small scale solar projects through the Smart Export Guarantee scheme, which requires electricity suppliers to offer a tariff to buy electricity exported to the grid by small low-carbon generators – typically households that have installed solar panels.

Solar is also an important part of the Government’s strategy for energy efficient buildings and reducing fuel poverty. The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, the Social Housing Demonstrator Fund and the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme all include solar panels as an eligible measure.

In April next year we aim to launch the Green Heat Network Fund, which is intended to run for three years and will focus on helping new and existing heat networks to adopt low and zero carbon technologies. We recently consulted on proposals for the scheme design and our consultation document looked at the ways in which a number of low-carbon technologies, including solar thermal, might be treated. The consultation document can be found on gov.uk (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/green-heat-network-fund-proposals-for-the-scheme-design ). The consultation period ended on 29 January and we aim to publish the Government’s response later in the summer.

Taken together this support reflects our commitment to reach our net zero ambition, through a sustainable, diverse, energy system.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to incentivise people to return to or apply for hospitality jobs as businesses begin to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

The Department has and continues to regularly meet with representatives from across the sector to discuss how it can recover and build back from the pandemic.

8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on the construction of the global satellite constellation to provide enhanced broadband.

OneWeb has launched 36 satellites since June 2020, bringing the total number of satellites launched to 110. Further launches are planned throughout 2021 and the company aims to introduce commercial service at the end of the year.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to help businesses to support their employees with the mental health effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government recognises the significant impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on both employers and employees, and their mental wellbeing. in order to highlight available support around mental health, the Government is signposting to resources for businesses and employers, including Mind’s website and the Mental Health at Work toolkit, through GOV.UK here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-support-for-business-from-outside-government. We also continue to work with the Thriving at Work Leadership Council to encourage employers to sign up to the Mental Health at Work (MHAW) commitments and to engage leading Mental Health charities and organisations to better understand issues around SME mental health, financial insecurity for small business owners and the self-employed, and continue to explore what further support may be offered.

We also know how worried people are and we are taking many steps to protect both jobs and the long-term financial future of businesses during the current economic emergency. Throughout this crisis, our priority has been clear: to protect lives and livelihoods. We have introduced an unprecedented and comprehensive package of business support measures to help as many individuals and businesses as possible, which has mitigated some of the worst immediate impacts of COVID-19 on risk factors for poor mental health. This includes measures such as the small business grants, the Coronavirus loan guarantee schemes, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the deferral of VAT and income tax payments, and more. Businesses can also access tailored advice through our Freephone Business Support Helpline, online via the Business Support website or through their local Growth Hubs in England.

Further measures were also announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer that build on the significant support already available as well as set out how current support will evolve and adapt. This includes the extension of the CJRS until the end of April 2021, the extension of the Coronavirus loan guarantee schemes until 31 March 2021, and the introduction of Pay As You Grow measures, meaning businesses now have the option to repay their Bounce Back Loans over a period of up to ten years. Businesses who also deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 will now have the option to opt-in to a scheme to allow them to pay in smaller instalments up to the end of March 2022, interest free. Business and individuals can use our checker tool on GOV.UK at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support to quickly and easily determine whether they are eligible for any further financial support at this time.

21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons specialist confectionary shops that sell (a) fudge, (b) sweets or (c) chocolate are classified as essential retailers during the covid-19 lockdown.

The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close and has set out guidance on which organisations this requirement covers and what the exceptions are.

All food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops are permitted to remain open.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has been made of the potential merits of making the use of hand sanitiser mandatory in shops.

We have published comprehensive guidance to allow businesses to be able to work safely. The offering of hand sanitiser is part of a range of measures that businesses can take to protect staff and customers.

The Government welcomes efforts by retailers to reduce the spread of Covid-19 through the implementation of this advice.

We have also launched a campaign urging people to act like they have got the virus, reinforcing the message that if it’s essential to go out, you should wash your hands, cover your face indoors and keep your distance from others. We are also encouraging people to shop alone and infrequently to reduce the number of people in stores.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it mandatory for shops to offer hand sanitiser to customers.

We have published comprehensive guidance to allow businesses to be able to work safely. The offering of hand sanitiser is part of a range of measures that businesses can take to protect staff and customers.

The Government welcomes efforts by retailers to reduce the spread of Covid-19 through the implementation of this advice.

We have also launched a campaign urging people to act like they have got the virus, reinforcing the message that if it’s essential to go out, you should wash your hands, cover your face indoors and keep your distance from others. We are also encouraging people to shop alone and infrequently to reduce the number of people in stores.

11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the banking sector on extending the business loan repayment holiday for the duration of the covid-19 outbreak.

We recognise that some borrowers will benefit from flexibility for their repayments of Government-guaranteed loans. That is why, on 24 September, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Pay As You Grow measures following discussion with lenders.

Pay As You Grow will give all Bounce Back Loan borrowers the option to repay their loan over a period of up to ten years. UK businesses will also have the option to move temporarily to interest-only payments for periods of up to six months (an option which they can use up to three times), or to pause their repayments entirely for up to six months (an option they can use once and only after having made six payments).

These changes will provide greater flexibility to repay these loans over a longer period and in a way that better suits businesses’ individual circumstances.

We have also given Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders the ability to extend the length of borrowers’ loans from a maximum of six years to ten years if it will help the borrower to repay the loan.

26th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to improve the UK’s intellectual property regime to attract investment in life sciences.

The life sciences sector is crucial to our success as a science superpower. It has consistently been the largest investor in research and development in the UK, investing over £4.5 billion in 2018.

The Government has pledged to increase UK investment in research and development, with the goal being to reach 2.4% of GDP by 2027. The Government’s R&D Roadmap puts science and technology at the forefront of our economic and social recovery.

Intellectual property is a crucial part of that effort, so that great research and ideas can be turned into great businesses.

Consequently, as we reach the end of the transition period, we aim to provide maximum certainty and clarity in the patent framework, giving the life science sector the confidence to invest. Going forward, we will have the flexibility to make changes to the intellectual property system to best meet the evolving needs of the UK and our ambition for innovation.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Research and Development Roadmap consultation.

Alongside the R&D Roadmap, we published a public survey asking key questions set out in the Roadmap. This closed in August and we are now working to analyse the results. The Roadmap marks the start of a conversation to identify the strengths and challenges facing the sector;?the issues that need to be addressed;?and how we want to work with universities, business, the third sector and across government to cement the UK’s reputation as a science superpower.

We are continuing to work with a wide range of stakeholders to develop and implement the proposals in the Roadmap.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to financially support clothing retailers experiencing reduced footfall during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government recognise that the recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak is not uniform across the retail sector.

The Government has provided an unprecedented package of measures?including grants, loans, and relief worth more than £300 billion. Retailers are benefitting from the removal of business rates for 12 months and have been able to access grants through the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure Grant Fund.

Retailers have also been able to benefit from The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has published updated guidance for local authorities on their ability to pay out business support grant funds to businesses whose rateable value was amended after the 11 March 2020.

The grant schemes applied to businesses who were trading, occupying premises and liable for business rates?on 11 March 2020. This was the first date that the Small Business Grants Fund was announced at Budget. This was to avoid businesses being established for the sole purpose of applying for grants.

In cases where it was factually clear to the Local Authority on 11 March 2020 that the rating list was inaccurate on that date, Local Authorities had the discretion to withhold or award the grant based on eligibility had the list been accurate. This discretion was only intended to prevent clear errors.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State wrote to Local Authorities setting a closure date of Friday 28 August. We asked Local Authorities to close all schemes by this point and ensure that, where payments are still in process, they are complete by 30 September at the very latest.

Businesses which are not eligible for or have not received grant funding should be able to benefit from other measures in the Government’s unprecedented package of support for business.?For further information please?visit:?https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department defines rurality.

The Rural Urban Classification is an Official Statistic used to distinguish rural and urban areas. The Classification defines areas as rural if they are outside settlements with more than 10,000 resident population.

Wherever possible, the Rural Urban Classification should be used for statistical analysis. Further details can be found at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ gov.uk page at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/rural-urban-classification.

26th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of ending the furnished holiday let tax regime on the tourism industry.

DCMS is working closely with other Government departments to ensure that different measures being considered across Government that apply to short-term lets are proportionate, complementary and easy to understand.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage volunteering during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

DCMS is focusing its role as a steward of the sector, working collaboratively to improve access to volunteering by removing long-standing barriers, some of which have been exacerbated or exposed by COVID-19.

As part of our work to investigate how and the extent to which COVID-19 has impacted on volunteering in England, we produced a report to investigate what drives demand for volunteers and how this varies over a typical calendar year, as a means of identifying potential issues in the supply of volunteers. This also examined the effect of the pandemic on volunteer supply and demand. *

We are working with the voluntary and community sector to develop a Vision for Volunteering, which will be a clear and actionable 10 year plan to simplify access to and experiences of volunteering in England.

We are also planning to launch a new Volunteering Futures Fund, which will provide new volunteering opportunities for young people and others who experience barriers to volunteering, within DCMS sectors (arts, culture, museums and heritage) as well as in youth, tackling loneliness and place-based community initiatives.

* https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/research-report-on-the-drivers-in-demand-for-volunteers

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of new national lottery terminals offering additional services such as cash withdrawals.

The Gambling Commission is responsible for regulating the National Lottery, including the operator of the National Lottery and the operation of National Lottery terminals.

The Gambling Commission in its role as overseer of the National Lottery licence must ensure that the National Lottery is run with all due propriety, the interests of every participant are protected and, subject to these two duties, that good cause returns are maximised.

There is a wide network of approximately 44,000 retailers that sell National Lottery products across the country, ranging from large chains of supermarkets to independent newsagents.

29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2021 to Question 10396 on Tourism: Coronavirus, what the timescale is for the Government's independent review of Destination Management Organisations.

The Government launched the independent review of Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) in England, led by Nick de Bois, in March. The review will examine how best to structure and support DMOs at a local and regional level in order to deliver the Government’s tourism policy priorities and support economic growth.

The first phase of the review included a public consultation, stakeholder conversations, and a survey of DMOs. The review's second phase was formed of regional roundtables, taking place across England in June.

Nick de Bois will evaluate his findings and submit a written report, including recommendations, to the DCMS Secretary of State in Summer 2021.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2021 to Question 10396, how much of the £2.3 million was allocated to Visit Devon.

Visit Devon received £77,414 in total from the £2.3m allocated by VisitEngland to provide emergency financial support to Destination Management Organisations (DMOs). It received £26,666 from the DMO Resilience Fund, and £50,748 from the DMO Emergency Financial Assistance Fund.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders on the allocation of additional funding to support the running of tourist information centres following the covid-19 outbreak.

No specific assessment has been made regarding the potential merits of adding tourist information centres to the list of statutory services provided by Local Authorities.

However, my Department recently commissioned an independent review of Destination Management Organisations led by Nick de Bois which is looking at how best regional and local tourism is structured, funded and supported by the central Government. As many Destination Management Organisations run their own tourist information centres, or have done so in the past, the review may touch on this issue.

Last year, the Government provided £2.3 million in financial support to England's Destination Management Organisations, so that they could continue carrying out vital business support roles during the pandemic.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to enable the safe return of spectators to National League football matches; and what discussions he has had with the (a) League and (b) FA on appropriate financial support for clubs.

The safety and security of players and spectators is of paramount importance.

On Tuesday 22 September it was announced that all sports pilot events currently ongoing would be paused with immediate effect, due to the sharp upward trajectory of Covid-19 cases. A?s set out in our Roadmap, sports events pilots, and the full return of fans to stadia would only ever take place when it was safe to do so.

However, the Government continues to work closely with a whole range of sports to understand the latest thinking that might allow spectators to return. This includes the creation of a new Sports Technology Innovation Working Group of sporting bodies and health experts to analyse new technologies which might support this.

The Government knows that the decision not to reopen stadia to spectators on 1 October will have major consequences for sports and clubs across the country who relied on those fans for income. We are working with those organisations to understand what they need and how we can support them.

Ministers have spoken to all of the major spectator sports, including football, and have asked for detailed financial returns so the Government can understand what support they might need.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support community radio stations during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is strongly supportive of the community radio sector and recognises the great value that it offers to communities across the United Kingdom, in terms of providing quality local news, information and entertainment.

We recognise the challenges that some community stations are facing due to Covid-19 and are currently holding discussions with Ofcom and the Community Media Association (CMA) on possible options to provide urgent support for those stations in greatest need.

25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has written to university vice-chancellors to request that they cap the number of medical school places on offer; and if her Department will take steps to work with the Department of Health and Social Care to help raise the cap on new medical students in England.

Medical and dental school places are capped to ensure teaching, learning and assessment standards are maintained as well as ensuring there are enough high quality placements for each student.

The number of places available to study medicine and dentistry is regulated by the government. The Department for Health and Social Care, in consultation with Health Education England, is responsible for the setting of medical and dentistry caps.

The cap on medical school places was temporarily lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic in both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. There will not be fewer government-funded places in 2023 as a result.

I have written a letter to higher education Vice-Chancellors which referenced the cap on medical and dental school places and reminded them to remain within their five-year rolling medical and dentistry intake targets.

Health Education England recently announced financial support for the new medical apprenticeship to increase numbers of doctors where they are needed most. This will make careers in medicine more accessible and will provide an alternative route into medicine to help deliver a diverse and sustainable workforce. There is now a complete apprentice pathway from entry to postgraduate advanced clinical practice.

The government has committed to publishing a Long-Term Workforce Plan this year and this will include independently verified projections for the number of doctors, nurses and other professionals that will be needed in 5, 10 and 15 years’ time, taking full account of improvements in retention and productivity. This plan will help ensure that we have the right numbers of staff, with the right skills to transform and deliver high quality services fit for the future.

The department will continue to work with the Department for Health and Social Care to monitor current arrangements.

31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the highest performing schools are for apprenticeship starts for level 3 qualified 18-year-olds from the latest available data held by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

The department recognises that destination measures may have been affected by the broader impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including school and college closures during 2020 and 2021 and alternative grading arrangements.

The department publishes destinations after 16 to 18 study of level 3 students from schools and colleges in England. The figures show sustained destinations, where activity has taken place for at least six contiguous months in the destination year, rather than starts.

The latest data shows the activity of students deemed to have reached the end of 16 to 18 study in 2020, and their activity in the following academic year. This data can be found here: https://content.explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/api/releases/02e037c5-601f-4900-def8-08da96ef9e97/files/779e3c8d-8300-4fc1-cfbd-08daa212051a.

School data can be accessed via the Find school and college performance website, available at: https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables.

7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the forecast on 13 July 2022 by Devon County Council of a Dedicated Schools Grant overspend of £32.1 million, what assessment he has made of the impact this will have on that council's ability to improve (a) provision and (b) outcomes for pupils with SEND.

Local authorities are statutorily responsible for meeting the special educational needs of the children and young people in their area. In doing so, they must take responsibility for the effective and sustainable management of their high needs systems and associated spending. Overspends on local authorities’ high needs blocks are for local authorities to manage, and they do not affect an authority’s duty to carry out its statutory responsibilities.

In 2021, Devon was invited to participate in the Safety Valve intervention programme for local authorities with the very highest dedicated schools grant (DSG) deficits. The Safety Valve programme is not a cost cutting exercise, it is focused on improving performance of local high needs systems and ensuring this is achieved in a sustainable way. The programme requires the local authorities involved to develop substantial plans for reform to their high needs systems to rapidly place them on a sustainable footing. If the local authorities produce DSG management plans that create lasting sustainability and are effective for children and young people, the department will provide financial support to the authority, to assist in the elimination of its DSG deficit, so long as the authority delivers on its plans.

Devon took part in the programme in 2021, and negotiations are not yet concluded. The local authority is developing plans to improve both the high needs system and its financial management. Their focus on improving outcomes for children and young people should be supported by plans to reach a more sustainable position and reduce its overspend.

23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department will issue information to local councils about how the Ukrainian refugee education funding will work.

We continue to work across government to ensure we are supporting all families and children arriving in the UK from Ukraine. The government has set out the funding tariffs for those arriving on the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, as below.

The funding will be on a per pupil basis for the three phases of education at the following annual rates:

  • Early years (ages 2 to 4) - £3,000
  • Primary (ages 5 to 11) - £6,580
  • Secondary (ages 11 to 18) - £8,755

The department is currently working at pace to develop the methodology and mechanism for the allocation of this education funding for children and young people and will write to local authorities once this work is completed.

Further details on funding for this scheme, including the conditions, is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-guidance-for-councils.

4th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason Devon was not selected as one of the 55 Education Investment Areas despite ranking within the top 55 areas with the lowest Standardised KS2 and KS4 composite measure.

The methodology used to select Education Investment Areas (EIA) and Opportunity Areas (OA) is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-mobility-and-opportunity-areas.

Areas selected as EIAs are the local authorities that are either: (i) in the bottom 50 ranked local authorities on key stage 2 and key stage 4 attainment; or (ii) contain an OA or areas previously identified for additional school improvement support. Devon was ranked 55 on this list, so was not included.

13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the highest performing schools are for apprenticeship starts for level 3 qualified 18 year olds from the latest available data held by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

The Find and Compare Schools in England website shows the sustained destinations after 16 to 18 study of level 3 students from each school and college. These are sorted in order of decreasing apprenticeship destinations and is the latest performance table data available. Please note that the figures show sustained destinations, where activity has taken place for at least six contiguous months in the destination year, rather than starts. The Find and Compare Schools in England website can be found here: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type/2021?for=16to18&step=default&table=schools®ion=all-england&basedon=Student%20destinations&show=Level%203%20students%20-%20destinations%20after%2016%20to%2018&orderby=pupdest_ks5_2021.L3_APPRENPER&orderdir=asc

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will compensate schools for any costs incurred carrying out vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.

Like all school-based vaccination programmes, the COVID-19 vaccines will be administered by healthcare staff working closely with schools and following the usual approach to school-based immunisation.

Local School Aged Immunisation Services (SAIS) will work with schools to plan for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds. The SAIS will be the primary provider of the vaccination programme for healthy 12 to 15 year olds and will be legally responsible for the delivery of the vaccine.

Schools will have three primary roles, which will be familiar to them from other vaccination programmes. They are to provide information to their SAIS provider on which children on their roll are eligible for the vaccine, share the information leaflet, consent form and invitation letter supplied by the SAIS team with parents and children, and provide space within school, and time away from the timetable, to enable vaccinations to take place.

The department does not expect additional resource implications for schools.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which Minister in his Department signed off on the selection of pilot areas for the Local Skills Improvement Plan Trailblazer pilot.

The decision as to which local areas would become Local Skills Improvement Plan Trailblazers was made by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education