Bill Wiggin Portrait

Bill Wiggin

Conservative - North Herefordshire

First elected: 7th June 2001


Selection Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee of Selection
13th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Selection Committee
13th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee of Selection
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons)
5th Feb 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
National Policy Statements Sub-Committee
20th Feb 2017 - 3rd May 2017
Liaison Committee (Commons)
10th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committee of Selection
17th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committee of Selection
24th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Opposition Whip (Commons)
19th Jan 2009 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th May 2005 - 19th Jan 2009
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
2nd Dec 2002 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
20th Nov 2003 - 5th May 2005
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Feb 2003 - 30th Oct 2003
Welsh Affairs Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 23rd Oct 2003
Transport, Local Government & The Regions
16th Jul 2001 - 22nd Jul 2002


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Bill Wiggin has voted in 883 divisions, and 7 times against the majority of their Party.

2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Bill Wiggin voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Bill Wiggin 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
4 Dec 2023 - Business without Debate - View Vote Context
Bill Wiggin 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
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Bill Wiggin 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
Bill Wiggin 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
Bill Wiggin 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
30 Jan 2024 - Media Bill - View Vote Context
Bill Wiggin voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 277 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 195 Noes - 284
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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
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(15 debate interactions)
George Eustice (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Transport
(31 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(20 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(13 debate contributions)
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North Herefordshire Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We want the Government to abandon the planned implementation of affordability checks for some people who want to place a bet. We believe such checks – which could include assessing whether people are ‘at risk of harm' based on their postcode or job title – are inappropriate and discriminatory.

Mark Avery , Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay (Wild Justice) want the opening of the Woodcock shooting season to be pushed back to 1 December. 160,000 Woodcock are shot for fun across the UK whilst their population is declining. The Defra Secretary of State has powers to vary the shooting season.

Every year across the UK, millions of farmed animals are kept in cages, unable to express their natural behaviours and experiencing huge suffering. These inhumane systems cannot be the future of British farming. The UK Government must legislate to ‘End the Cage Age’ for all farmed animals.

For the most recent hunting season, Forestry England gave hunting licences for 34 fox & hare “trail hunts”. Despite hunting wild mammals with dogs being illegal, two of the licensed/previously licensed trail hunts have been associated with convictions under the Hunting and Animal Welfare Acts.

In March 2021 Mini the cat was chased and killed by hunting hounds in a quiet residential area.
The Government should back Mini’s Law (Public and Animal Safety Bill 2021) to ensure safety to the public and animals from hunting activity, such as trail hunts and exercise of hunting hounds.

Shooting of Badgers is licensed by Natural England as part of the DEFRA Badger cull. 24,000+ Badgers were shot in 2019.


Latest EDMs signed by Bill Wiggin

29th September 2020
Bill Wiggin signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 29th September 2020

Government funding for zoos and aquariums

Tabled by: Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)
That this House is concerned that not a single zoo has yet benefited from the Government’s Zoo Animals Fund and that very few are likely to stand to benefit from that funding; notes that, including the previous Zoo Support Fund, only 2 per cent of the Government’s support funds for …
14 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 7
Labour: 2
Plaid Cymru: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
24th March 2020
Bill Wiggin signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 23rd March 2020

Repatriation of UK nationals from countries that have closed borders

Tabled by: Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)
"In Line 2 after 'stranded;' insert 'further notes that UK nationals in Peru and New Zealand have been particularly patient and this House looks forward to their return home;'."
3 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Bill Wiggin, 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.


Bill Wiggin has not been granted any Urgent Questions

3 Adjournment Debates led by Bill Wiggin

Monday 8th January 2024
Tuesday 13th June 2023

7 Bills introduced by Bill Wiggin


A Bill to prohibit the sale of property by sealed bids; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 11th October 2022
(Read Debate)

A Bill to establish a meat grading system incorporating taste and eating quality; to define the term “grass-fed” when used in meat labelling and marketing; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 5th February 2020

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 it an offence to consume dog meat and to transport, possess or donate dog meat for the purpose of consumption; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 19th February 2019
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision about standardised requirements for electric vehicle charge points; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 20th November 2018
(Read Debate)

A bill to make provision for the central reporting and registration of agency staff employed by National Health Service trusts, facilities and services; to make provision for the central reporting and recording of absence from work of permanent NHS employees; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 18th October 2016
(Read Debate)

A Bill to amend the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (the "1990 Act") to establish additional factors, including environmental performance, health and safety and maintenance costs, as matters to be taken into account by the Secretary of State in considering whether to include, retain or release a building, or part thereof, in or from a list compiled or approved under the 1990 Act due to its architectural or historic interest; to make provision about excluding parts of buildings and structures within their curtilage from such lists; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Health and Safety Executive to record certain details of agricultural accidents and to report those details annually; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 9th April 2014

Latest 50 Written Questions

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16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many independent, regulated newspapers have not been selected to be included in the All in, all together advertising campaign.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 46692 given on 29 May 2020.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2020 to Question 45460 on Coronavirus: Disease Control, if his Department will list which newspapers are included in the All in, all together advertising campaign.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 46692 given on 29 May 2020.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether newspapers whose owners do not pay tax in the UK are receiving payments for services relating to the Government's All in, all together advertising campaign.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 46692 given on 29 May 2020.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason more local and independent newspapers were not used as part of the All in, all together advertising campaign.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 46692 given on 29 May 2020.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that only newspapers who engage in independent regulation benefit from the All in, all together advertising campaign.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 46692 given on 29 May 2020.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department made of the wealth of newspaper owners prior to their publications receiving state money from the All in this Together advertising campaign.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 46692 given on 29 May 2020.

5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of road haulage businesses entering insolvency in 2023; and what steps he is taking to support that industry.

In 2023 in the UK, 494 companies with a SIC code 49410 - Freight Transport by Road - entered insolvency.

At Autumn Statement 2023, the Government announced continuing support for haulage companies, freezing HGV Vehicle Excise Duty and the HGV Levy in 2024/25. This forms part of a package of support for hauliers, with the freezing of Fuel Duty announced at Spring Budget 2023, saving over £4,300 for the most common types of HGV in 2023/24.

The Department for Education is also offering high-quality apprenticeships and Skills Bootcamps, supporting the haulage sector to develop the skilled workforces it needs.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will commission research into the potential benefits to the economy of cannabinoid-based products for medicinal use; and if she will make a statement.

The department has no plans to assess the impact of the medical cannabis industry on the economy. Data is annually published on the impact on the economy and employment of the wider Life Sciences sector in the Bioscience and health technology sector statistics. This includes analysis of the bio-pharmaceuticals sector of which the medical cannabis industry is a subsector.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the growth potential for the cannabinoid-based medicines industry; and if she will make a statement.

No assessment has been made on the growth potential for the cannabinoid-based medicine industry which also creates opportunities for the agri-tech sector. The department will continue to deliver against the priority sub-sectors outlined in the Life Science Vision, through our role in pursuing and landing inward investment, enabling exports, attracting global talent and capital, and leading on trade policy and defending free trade.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of exporting medical cannabis on the UK economy; and if she will make a statement.

Life Sciences is one the UK’s top exporting sectors, with exports valued at £28.1 billion in 2022. No assessment has currently been made by the department of the impact of exporting medicinal cannabis on the UK economy. The department supports UK manufacturers of medical cannabis who have obtained a controlled drug licence from the Home Office and relevant licences from MHRA; and where the use of medicinal cannabis is both (a) legal in the destination market and (b) only for medical or scientific purposes.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of taking steps to introduce a discount for domestic electricity use where that electricity is used to power a heat pump.

We know that green, lower-carbon products are more efficient and therefore should be cheaper to run. However, current prices mean this not always the case. We want to make it easier for consumers to make the switch to green products by ‘rebalancing’ prices between electricity and gas to remove these distortions.

In ‘Powering Up Britain’, the government committed to outlining a clear approach to gas and electricity price rebalancing by the end of 2023/24 and making significant progress affecting relative prices by the end of 2024.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
22nd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of support provided to decarbonise heat in rural communities; and whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential policy options available to help increase off-grid rollout of heat pumps.

The Department currently provides support for heat pump deployment through a range of schemes including the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) and the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2).

The BUS up to November 2023, has recorded 57% of grants for heat pumps being redeemed for rural properties.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
16th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the CPRE, the countryside charity's campaign entitled A rooftop revolution: turning possibility into reality, whether he plans to take steps to help ensure that (a) new car parks are built with solar photovoltaics as standard and (b) existing car parks are retrofitted with solar photovoltaics.

Following full technical consultation, the Government introduced changes to permitted development rights for solar equipment in December 2023. These changes included the introduction of a new permitted development right that allows for the installation of solar canopies in non-domestic, off-street car parks.

These changes simplify planning processes and enable more solar installations to benefit from the flexibilities and planning freedoms permitted development rights offer.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
16th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to provide further funding for the (a) upscaling of urban photovoltaics technologies and (b) connection of urban photovoltaics to the grid.

The Government currently has no plans to provide funding for urban photovoltaics, but we are exploring options in the Solar Taskforce for facilitating low-cost finance from retail lenders to help households and businesses with the costs of installation. This builds on a commitment made in the British Energy Security Strategy.

Government does not provide funding for connection of photovoltaics to the grid. However, the independent energy regulator, Ofgem, has reduced connection costs where distribution network reinforcement is required for connection applications from 1 April 2023.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of including energy-intensive businesses in the (a) horticulture, (b) pig and (c) poultry farming sectors in the Energy Bills Discount Scheme.

The Energy Bill Relief Scheme review assessed qualitative and quantitative evidence and contributions from businesses and stakeholders on sectors that may be most affected by energy price increases, based on energy and trade intensity (ETII). To qualify for ETII support, the sector has to be in the top 20% for energy intensity and top 40% for trade intensity. The horticulture, pig and poultry farming sectors do not meet these criteria.

The Energy Bills Discount Scheme will provide a baseline discount to eligible non-domestic customers, including the horticulture, pig and poultry sectors, until March 2024. The unit discount is capped at £19.61/MW for electricity, and £6.97/MW for gas.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's departure from the EU on their ability to deliver successful policy outcomes.

Leaving the EU has provided the UK with the freedom to conceive and implement laws and policies that put the UK first and the opportunity to think boldly about how it regulates its economy for the good of the country as a whole.

At the start of this year, the Government set out its plans to maximise the benefits of Brexit across each major sector of the economy.

So much progress has already been made, and to seize the benefits of Brexit more quickly we have introduced the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
14th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has held discussions on increasing the size of existing Liquefied Natural Gas re-gasification plants in the United Kingdom.

The Government engages regularly with a range of businesses operating in the energy sector, including the operators of the UK’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. Decisions on expansion of these terminals are a commercial decision for the operators.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had about increasing the number of locations for LNG re-gasification plants in the United Kingdom.

The Government engages regularly with a range of businesses operating in the energy sector, including firms considering new energy investments in the UK. Any decisions on developing new LNG terminals are a commercial decision for the proponents of any such project.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the locations that are (a) being considered and (b) no longer being considered for new Liquefied Natural Gas re-gasification plants in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland.

The proposed location for a new Liquified Natural Gas plant is a matter for the developer, and any application would be dealt with through the planning system in the normal way, dependent on which part of the UK the application is made.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) fund and (b) resource the Energy Supply Taskforce.

The Energy Supply Taskforce (ESTF) is part of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and it therefore provides the funding and resources currently required by the ESTF.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to increase funding to promote energy security.

The Department has set out an ambitious set of measures to promote energy security both in the short and longer term. The Government funding for these measures has been allocated through the Spending Review 2021 settlement. Future Departmental expenditure limits will be agreed with HM Treasury at the next Spending Review.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussion he has had with energy suppliers on the number of customer complaints related to smart meter roll-out since its inception.

The Department works closely with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) to monitor consumer experience of smart meters.

The smart meter rollout has high levels of consumer satisfaction: evidence shows that nearly 8 in 10 consumers are satisfied with the smart meter installation process. Research from Ofgem has found that smart meter-related complaints make up a very small proportion of total complaints to energy suppliers, relative to the level of smart meter take-up across Great Britain.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has spent on the smart meter roll-out to date.

Industry is funding the rollout of smart meters. The latest estimates of the costs and benefits can be found in the 2019 Cost Benefit Analysis of the smart meter rollout in Great Britain: www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-meter-roll-out-cost-benefit-analysis-2019

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help energy companies achieve their fixed annual installation targets for smart meters.

The Department regularly engages with energy suppliers to monitor rollout progress and identify and share good practice on operational and consumer engagement issues.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking when an energy supplier does not achieve their fixed annual installation target for smart meters.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is responsible for setting government policy and obligations relating to the rollout of smart meters, whilst the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is responsible for regulating energy suppliers against their smart metering obligations. Ofgem has a range of tools available for doing this under its Enforcement Guidelines.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of its four-year policy framework for smart meter installations.

The Government’s new four-year smart meter Targets Framework commenced on 1 January 2022 after consultation with industry and consumer groups. The Department will closely monitor smart meter installations, ahead of a mid-point review of the Framework in 2023.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with OFGEM on ensuring customer satisfaction with smart meter installations.

The Department works closely with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) to monitor consumer experience of smart meters.

The smart meter rollout has high levels of consumer satisfaction; evidence shows that nearly 8 in 10 consumers are satisfied with the smart meter installation process. Research from Ofgem has found that smart meter-related complaints make up a very small proportion of total complaints to energy suppliers, relative to the level of smart meter take-up across Great Britain.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to fine energy suppliers for not installing smart meters.

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is responsible for regulating energy suppliers against their smart metering obligations and has a range of tools available for doing this under its Enforcement Guidelines, including financial penalties.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned electricity generating capacity of the UK is for (a) 2025, (b) 2030, (c) 2035 and (d) 2040; and how that energy will be (a) generated and (b) distributed.

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

Each year how much capacity will be necessary to meet demand in the years ahead is evaluated. This assessment is used to determine targets for the annual Capacity Market auctions. Auctions held to date have secured the majority of Great Britain’s capacity needs out to 2024/25.  A further two Capacity Market auctions will take place later this winter which will secure electricity supply out to 2025/26.

The electricity network companies work closely with developers and the independent energy regulator, Ofgem, to ensure that the electricity system can accommodate new generation capacity.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of granting travel agencies additional support in response to the financial impacts of covid-19 restrictions.

In total, over £25bn has been provided to the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors in the form of grants, loans and tax breaks. On top of the Government’s wider economic support package, we have extended business rates relief and introduced new Restart Grants of up to £18,000 for many in the sector.

We have also extended the cut in VAT for tourism and hospitality activities to 5% until the end of September. In order to help businesses manage the transition back to the standard rate, a 12.5% rate will then apply for a further six months.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to provide adequate support to travel agencies that are obliged to issue reimbursements as a result of short notice changes in covid-19 restrictions.

We recognise that these are very challenging conditions for businesses in the travel sector, including travel agents, which is why we have provided a range of measures to support the sector. On top of our wider economic support package, we have provided business rates relief and one-off grants for eligible hospitality and leisure businesses – and we have cut VAT for tourism and hospitality activities from 20% to 5% until the end of September. In order to help businesses manage the transition back to the standard rate, a 12.5% rate will then apply for a further six months.

We are working closely with the Department for Transport and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to support the reopening of international travel, in line with the Government’s reopening roadmap and the work of the Global Travel Taskforce.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available to travel agencies who used coronavirus grants to refund their customers for cancelled holidays and therefore have inadequate funds to keep their business open.

We know how difficult these continued restrictions are for the tourism sector, with businesses having already faced many months of reduced trade.

In total, over £25bn has been provided to the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors in the form of grants, loans and tax breaks. On top of the Government’s wider economic support package, we have extended business rates relief and introduced new Restart grants of up to £18,000 for many in the sector.

We have also extended the cut in VAT for tourism and hospitality activities to 5% until the end of September. In order to help businesses manage the transition back to the standard rate, a 12.5% rate will then apply for a further six months.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure travel agencies receive adequate coronavirus support to keep their businesses open.

The Government will continue to support businesses and individuals during this period - including through various Government-backed loans, new grants and the extended furlough and self-employed support schemes.

In the March Budget, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced new ‘Restart Grants’ of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. The Government is also providing all Local Authorities in England with an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding, on top of the £1.6 billion already allocated.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support travel agencies after (a) covid-19 restrictions are eased and (b) coronavirus support grants have ceased in the context of travel agents being obliged to refund holidays as a result of changing covid-19 restrictions.

We recognise that these are very challenging conditions for businesses in the travel sector, including travel agents, which is why we have provided a range of measures to support the sector.

Most of our support schemes do not end until September or after, to provide continuity and certainty for businesses and families.

Additionally, on 6 April, we introduced a new Recovery Loan Scheme, providing loans from £25,000 up to £10 million, with an 80% government guarantee, to replace existing loan schemes coming to an end.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing travel agencies from non-essential retail to part of the culture, tourism, leisure and sport category to increase their eligibility for covid-19 support.

While no specific assessment has been made by the Department of the potential merits of changing travel agencies from non-essential retail to part of the culture, tourism, leisure and sport category, we have provided a range of measures to support all types of businesses including non-essential retail.

In the March Budget, my Rt hon Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced new ‘Restart Grants’ of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. The Government is also providing all local authorities in England with an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding, on top of the £1.6 billion already allocated.

19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to help people eligible for the Green Homes Grant to find qualified installers.

The Government is working closely with industry to ensure there are enough installers to meet demand for the Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme:

  • We have changed the way the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website displays installers so that consumers can find increased numbers of registered tradespeople that can deliver work in their area.

  • We are working with TrustMark, scheme providers and certification bodies to support installers to get certified as quickly as possible, streamlining accreditation processes where possible.

  • We are collecting feedback from installers to understand what may be limiting their participation in the scheme, so we can address these issues where possible.

  • We have also made £6.9m available via the Green Homes Grant Skills Training competition to fund training to increase the number of installers available. The competition closed on 14 October, and the bids received are now being assessed.
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to increase the number of local contractors participating in the Green Homes Grant scheme.

The Green Homes Grant scheme will support tens of thousands of jobs, and we are working closely with industry to ensure there are enough installers to meet demand. More than 1,000 companies have signed up so far with more registering every day, including many businesses that operate nationally with substantial capacity to carry out work across the country.

We have also made £6.9m available via the Green Homes Grant Skills Training competition to fund training to increase the number of installers available.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme who will be unable to use that scheme due to inadequate numbers of qualified installers in their area.

The Government is working closely with industry to ensure there are enough installers to meet demand. More than 1,000 companies are registered with TrustMark and are able to carry out measures under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, with more registering every day. We have changed the way the Simple Energy Advice website displays installers so that consumers can find increased numbers of registered tradespeople that can deliver work in their area.

Officials are working actively with TrustMark scheme providers and certification bodies to support installers to get certified as quickly as possible. The Department also recently launched a £6.9m skills competition to provide training opportunities for the energy efficiency and low carbon heating supply chains to deliver works and scale up to meet additional consumer demand.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to extend the deadline of the Green Homes Grant scheme after 31 March 2021.

The time-limited nature of the scheme is determined by the nature of the funding. Any potential funding allocations for future years will be determined in the next Government spending review.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons people eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme have not been able to receive their vouchers before the start of November 2020.

Applications for Green Homes Grant scheme vouchers are subject to thorough checks, to help protect against malpractice. These checks may take some time to complete but are vital to ensuring value for money and consumer protection. The first vouchers will be approved and issued shortly.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have applied for the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

As of 15:00 on 14 October, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme had received 17,218 grant applications.

14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to publish a review of the Green Homes Grant scheme after that scheme has ended.

There will be an evaluation of the processes and outcomes of the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, with an independent research organisation due to commence work later this year.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of mining lithium in the UK to produce responsibly sourced electric vehicle batteries.

In order to meet the anticipated global demand for batteries for electric vehicles, production needs to increase significantly worldwide. Lithium and associated Li-ion technology is a key component. The Faraday Battery Challenge is supporting the increase in production of current Li-ion technology - from early stage research, through innovation, to scale-up - to help position the UK to best capture this market.

The Faraday Battery Challenge is looking at the feasibility of extracting lithium in the UK, including in Scotland and Cornwall. Research suggests that domestic sources of lithium have the potential to provide a substantial portion of the UK’s future demand, allowing us to develop a domestic, environmentally responsible, lithium supply. In order to ensure that the full value that we expect this new industry to generate is captured in the UK, it is essential to build the rest of the downstream supply chain domestically, so that battery-quality chemicals and batteries can also be produced here.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to make the UK a leading producer of battery technology.

In order to meet the anticipated global demand for batteries for electric vehicles, production needs to increase significantly worldwide. Lithium and associated Li-ion technology is a key component. The Faraday Battery Challenge is supporting the increase in production of current Li-ion technology - from early stage research, through innovation, to scale-up - to help position the UK to best capture this market.

The Faraday Battery Challenge is looking at the feasibility of extracting lithium in the UK, including in Scotland and Cornwall. Research suggests that domestic sources of lithium have the potential to provide a substantial portion of the UK’s future demand, allowing us to develop a domestic, environmentally responsible, lithium supply. In order to ensure that the full value that we expect this new industry to generate is captured in the UK, it is essential to build the rest of the downstream supply chain domestically, so that battery-quality chemicals and batteries can also be produced here.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that electricity supply is adequate to match the increase in demand for electric vehicles.

The Government is working with the energy industry to plan for electric vehicle uptake, and the market is already set up to bring forward investment in new generation capacity; for example the Contracts for Difference scheme supports investment in new low carbon generation, and additional demand can be managed through adjustments to the amount of capacity secured through the Capacity Market auctions.

Electric vehicles also present an opportunity for consumers to contribute to the efficient management of electricity supply and demand, and share the benefits of doing so through smart technologies.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of electric vehicles produced in the UK in 2030.

The Faraday Institution, which supports UK battery development, estimates that the UK will be producing nearly 1.6 million electric vehicles (EVs) per year by 2040. The report ‘UK electric vehicle and battery production potential to 2040’ can be downloaded from the Faraday Institution’s website at: https://faraday.ac.uk/publications/.

The Government continues to create the right environment to support an increase in the production of EVs in the UK. We have announced up to £1 billion through the Automotive Transformation Fund to develop UK supply chains for the large-scale production of EVs and for further research and development (R&D). £10 million of funding will enable the first wave of innovative R&D projects to scale-up manufacturing of the latest technology in batteries, motors, electronics, and fuel cells. The Government is also encouraging industry to put forward investment proposals for gigafactories and to support supply chains to mass manufacture cutting-edge batteries for the next generation of EVs, as well as for other strategic electric vehicle technologies.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be employed in the electric vehicle manufacturing sector by 2030.

The Faraday Institution, which supports UK battery development, estimates that the overall industry workforce in the automotive and electric vehicle battery ecosystem could grow by 29% from 170,000 employees in 2020 to 220,000 employees by 2040. The report ‘UK electric vehicle and battery production potential to 2040’ can be downloaded from the Faraday Institution’s website at: https://faraday.ac.uk/publications/.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to provide additional financial support to (a) pubs, (b) restaurants and (c) other businesses worst affected by the covid-19 lockdown.

There is a significant package of financial support currently available to businesses in the hospitality sector to help the difficulties caused by Covid-19 and the associated social distancing measures the Government has put in place. The wide range of schemes include:

  • grants under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHGLF) scheme, the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) scheme, and the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund scheme for eligible businesses
  • government-backed loans through schemes such as the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
  • access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to furlough workers, which will continue in its current form until 31 July and then in a more flexible form from August until 31 October
  • a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for the 2020 to 2021 tax year
  • the option to defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June until 31 March 2021
  • access to the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

We continue to keep our support for pubs, restaurants and other businesses under review and to listen to feedback from businesses, and their representatives, in affected sectors.