Carol Monaghan Portrait

Carol Monaghan

Scottish National Party - Glasgow North West

First elected: 7th May 2015

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Education)

(since June 2017)

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Science, Innovation and Technology)

(since March 2023)

Data Protection and Digital Information (No. 2) Bill
3rd May 2023 - 23rd May 2023
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans)
20th Jun 2017 - 12th Dec 2022
Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
25th Feb 2021 - 14th Apr 2021
Armed Forces Bill Select Committee
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
4th Dec 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee
4th Dec 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
4th Dec 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Public Services and Education)
20th May 2015 - 20th Jun 2017
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
13th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Science and Technology Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Carol Monaghan has voted in 649 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(37 debate interactions)
Gavin Williamson (Conservative)
(34 debate interactions)
Johnny Mercer (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
(32 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(149 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(106 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(40 debate contributions)
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Glasgow North West 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 suicide spoken about in schools in a safe and age-appropriate way. Speaking about suicide saves lives
The Dept for Education are conducting a review of the RSHE curriculum; this petition calls on the DfE to include suicide prevention within the statutory guidelines of the new curriculum.

Call on the government to consider holding debates in Parliament between MPs and university students to raise/discuss issues that affect them. It will allow students to voice their opinions and concerns about tuition fees of £9250 a year which are too high, particularly as grants have been removed


Latest EDMs signed by Carol Monaghan

7th February 2024
Carol Monaghan signed this EDM on Monday 15th April 2024

VAT on hair and beauty salons

Tabled by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
That this House recognises the significant contribution made by hair and beauty salons to high streets across the country; notes the severe pressure which businesses in the hair and beauty sector are currently facing due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, increasing bills, and payroll pressures; understands that salons which operate …
14 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 10
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
26th March 2024
Carol Monaghan signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th March 2024

Referral of matters of 21 February 2024 to the Committee of Privileges

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
70 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 24
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Carol Monaghan, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Carol Monaghan

Wednesday 24th May 2023

Carol Monaghan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Carol Monaghan


A Bill to make provision for granting permission to work to asylum seekers who have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to make provision for granting permission to work to asylum seekers who have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 29th June 2022

A Bill to make provision for granting permission to work to asylum seekers who have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 5th February 2020

Latest 50 Written Questions

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5 Other Department Questions
22nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had discussions with her counterparts in the European Union on introducing a new visa which would allow people in the creative industries to spend more than 90 days consecutively working in EU countries.

This Government recognises the importance of the UK’s creative and cultural industries, not only to the economy and international reputation of the United Kingdom, but also to the wellbeing and enrichment of its people. We want musicians and performers to be able to tour abroad easily.

EU Member States are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in each Member State. That is why we have engaged with EU Member States about the importance of touring; most recently raised at the EU-UK Partnership Council in March. From these discussions, almost all Member States have confirmed they offer visa and work permit free routes for musicians and creative performers, many for up to 90 days. This includes most of the UK’s biggest touring markets such as France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

Beyond these exemptions, creatives are required to obtain the relevant visa or work permit for the relevant Member State, as artists from other third countries are required to do. We have developed guidance on GOV.UK to support artists to understand the visa and permit requirements for medium and long term stays in Member States.

The Government is committed to supporting the sector to adapt to these new arrangements, and we continue to work with the sector and directly with Member States to clarify what creative workers need to do.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, when he plans to respond to Questions 45188, 45189, and 45190 tabled on 8 September 2021 by the hon. Member for Glasgow North West on business compensation during COP26.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to Questions 45188, 45189, and 45190.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what plans he has in place to compensate the Clyde Maritime Trust Tall Ship Glenlee for loss of revenue as a result of COP26.

COP26 presents an amazing opportunity for both Glasgow and the world. Inevitably, a conference of this size brings both huge opportunities as well as some disruption to the local community hosting the event. In consultation with police and local authority partners, a decision was taken that there will be an extensive security perimeter around the event site to protect attendees. It is unavoidable that a small number of businesses will either need to close or will have disruption to staff and client access.

The COP Unit is contacting affected businesses directly and will be providing compensation. Businesses are eligible only where they are based inside the secure perimeter and will not have facilitated access for their staff and clients.

In some cases, businesses within the restricted security perimeter will be able to stay open to provide services to event staff and delegates, although not for public access. The UK Government is providing compensation to these businesses to reflect potential shortfall in revenue where this can be clearly demonstrated based on an assessment of comparable periods.

We will not be able to offer compensation to businesses outside the restricted secure perimeters or for businesses inside the secure perimeters who are able to remain open for trading.

The Clyde Maritime Trust Tall Ship Glenlee falls within the outer security perimeter.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, when businesses located within the COP26 secure perimeter, that have been required to close for the duration of the conference, will be provided with full details of a compensation package.

COP26 presents an amazing opportunity for both Glasgow and the world. Inevitably, a conference of this size brings both huge opportunities as well as some disruption to the local community hosting the event. In consultation with police and local authority partners, a decision was taken that there will be an extensive security perimeter around the event site to protect attendees. It is unavoidable that a small number of businesses will either need to close or will have disruption to staff and client access.

The COP Unit is contacting affected businesses directly and will be providing compensation. Businesses are eligible only where they are based inside the secure perimeter and will not have facilitated access for their staff and clients.

In some cases, businesses within the restricted security perimeter will be able to stay open to provide services to event staff and delegates, although not for public access. The UK Government is providing compensation to these businesses to reflect potential shortfall in revenue where this can be clearly demonstrated based on an assessment of comparable periods.

We will not be able to offer compensation to businesses outside the restricted secure perimeters or for businesses inside the secure perimeters who are able to remain open for trading.

The Clyde Maritime Trust Tall Ship Glenlee falls within the outer security perimeter.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what plans the Government has to compensate businesses located within the COP26 secure perimeter that will have to close during conference for loss of revenue.

COP26 presents an amazing opportunity for both Glasgow and the world. Inevitably, a conference of this size brings both huge opportunities as well as some disruption to the local community hosting the event. In consultation with police and local authority partners, a decision was taken that there will be an extensive security perimeter around the event site to protect attendees. It is unavoidable that a small number of businesses will either need to close or will have disruption to staff and client access.

The COP Unit is contacting affected businesses directly and will be providing compensation. Businesses are eligible only where they are based inside the secure perimeter and will not have facilitated access for their staff and clients.

In some cases, businesses within the restricted security perimeter will be able to stay open to provide services to event staff and delegates, although not for public access. The UK Government is providing compensation to these businesses to reflect potential shortfall in revenue where this can be clearly demonstrated based on an assessment of comparable periods.

We will not be able to offer compensation to businesses outside the restricted secure perimeters or for businesses inside the secure perimeters who are able to remain open for trading.

The Clyde Maritime Trust Tall Ship Glenlee falls within the outer security perimeter.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
16th Jan 2020
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the legal implications of Clause 37 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.

I cannot comment on Cabinet discussions, or on whether or not I have given legal advice.

What I can say is that the Government remains fully committed to the principle of family reunion and supporting the most vulnerable children. Clause 37 of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill does not represent a change of government policy in that regard. It simply removes the statutory requirement to negotiate.

15th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy that each Government department must provide either (a) an online form or (b) an email address which members of the public can use to make a complaint about any service delivered by that department.

The Government Service Standard states that GOV.UK services must allow users to tell the Government what they think about a service, once they have used it. Services should also provide users with the opportunity to provide feedback whilst they are using the service.

GOV.UK provides a range of information and guidance to support users to contact individual government departments.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how often the funding level for the Prime Minister's Downing Street residence is reviewed.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to PQ 7856 on 7 June 2021 and PQ HL14191 on 23 April 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Department is responsible for determining the level of funding for the Prime Minister's Downing Street residence.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to PQ 7856 on 7 June 2021 and PQ HL14191 on 23 April 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Department is responsible for approving the funding for the Prime Minister's Downing Street residence.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to PQ 7856 on 7 June 2021 and PQ HL14191 on 23 April 2021.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to (a) tackle covid-19 misinformation amongst African communities in the UK and (b) provide accurate information in (i) Tigrinya, (ii) Amharic, (iii) Blen, (iv) Kibajuni, (v) KiSwahili, (vi) Tigre, (vii) Oromo, (viii) Afar, (ix) Sidayama, (x) Wolayatta, (xi) Hausa, (xii) Chichewa, and (xiii) Igbo.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 144853 on 1 February 2021 and 161667 on 15 March 2021.

The Government is clear that targeting misinformation at any community is completely unacceptable. This is why the cross-Whitehall Counter Disinformation Unit was stood up on 5 March 2020. The Rapid Response Unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and No10, also tackles a range of harmful narratives online - from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation, to criminal fraudsters running phishing scams.

We have been working with a wide range of faith groups to support vaccine confidence communication amongst different communities. Regarding African communities specifically, HMG has partnered with community news outlets including the African Voice over the course of the pandemic to address key points of concern and serve to provide reassurance within these communities.

Moreover, on 28 February, 60 black majority church leaders issued a joint statement in support of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The Christian leaders united to ensure the community were kept informed, and to dispel misinformation and disinformation about the vaccine in response to data that shows black people are among those most likely to be hesitant about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Advisory Military Sub-Committee will report on their decision on the case for service medals for veterans who were present at British nuclear tests.

Further to the answer given to PQ 90166 on 21 September 2020, there is an independent process for the consideration of historic medal claims through the Advisory Military Sub-Committee. Each case is carefully considered, and details of cases must remain confidential until the decision-making process is final. Campaigners can be assured their case is under review and recommendations will be made as soon as possible.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Advisory Military Sub-Committee has been delayed in bringing forward recommendations on the case for service medals for British nuclear test veterans.

Further to the answer given to PQ 25154 on 9 March 2020, campaigners can be assured their case is under review and recommendations will be made as soon as possible.

The criteria used by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee to review the case for medals can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/830839/Advisory-Military-Sub-Committee-Terms-of-Reference-2019-1-1.pdf.

The Advisory Military Sub Committee met three times in 2019, and on 4 February 2020.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by what date the Advisory Military Sub-Committee plans to bring forward recommendations on the case for service medals for British nuclear test veterans.

Further to the answer given to PQ 25154 on 9 March 2020, campaigners can be assured their case is under review and recommendations will be made as soon as possible.

The criteria used by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee to review the case for medals can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/830839/Advisory-Military-Sub-Committee-Terms-of-Reference-2019-1-1.pdf.

The Advisory Military Sub Committee met three times in 2019, and on 4 February 2020.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria are used by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee to decide whether to recommend a service medal award for British nuclear test veterans.

Further to the answer given to PQ 25154 on 9 March 2020, campaigners can be assured their case is under review and recommendations will be made as soon as possible.

The criteria used by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee to review the case for medals can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/830839/Advisory-Military-Sub-Committee-Terms-of-Reference-2019-1-1.pdf.

The Advisory Military Sub Committee met three times in 2019, and on 4 February 2020.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Advisory Military Sub-Committee has met in 2020.

Further to the answer given to PQ 25154 on 9 March 2020, campaigners can be assured their case is under review and recommendations will be made as soon as possible.

The criteria used by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee to review the case for medals can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/830839/Advisory-Military-Sub-Committee-Terms-of-Reference-2019-1-1.pdf.

The Advisory Military Sub Committee met three times in 2019, and on 4 February 2020.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Advisory Military Sub-Committee has heard representation on the case for service medals for veterans who were present at British nuclear tests.

The assessment of historic medals claims is a matter for the independent Advisory Military Sub-Committee (AMSC). Campaigners can be assured their case is under review and recommendations will be made as soon as possible.

7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing (a) the length of time for which paternity pay is awarded and (b) the level of paternity pay when the mother is not working.

We recently published our response to the consultation on parental leave and pay. This detailed our planned reforms to make Paternity Leave and Pay more flexible and easier to take, including increasing the period of time within which leave can be taken and allowing it to be taken in non-consecutive blocks. In line with other parental pay entitlements, Paternity Pay is paid at the statutory rate.

The standard rate of Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay is reviewed annually and from April 2023, it increased by September's CPI figure of 10.1 per cent to £172.48.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the level of paternity pay.

We recently published our response to the consultation on parental leave and pay. This detailed our planned reforms to make Paternity Leave and Pay more flexible and easier to take, including increasing the period of time within which leave can be taken and allowing it to be taken in non-consecutive blocks. In line with other parental pay entitlements, Paternity Pay is paid at the statutory rate.

The standard rate of Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay is reviewed annually and from April 2023, it increased by September's CPI figure of 10.1 per cent to £172.48.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of increasing the length of time for which paternity pay is awarded from two to four weeks.

We recently published our response to the consultation on parental leave and pay. This detailed our planned reforms to make Paternity Leave and Pay more flexible and easier to take, including increasing the period of time within which leave can be taken and allowing it to be taken in non-consecutive blocks. In line with other parental pay entitlements, Paternity Pay is paid at the statutory rate.

The standard rate of Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay is reviewed annually and from April 2023, it increased by September's CPI figure of 10.1 per cent to £172.48.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to respond to the letter of 26 May 2023 from the hon. Member for Glasgow North West on arranging a meeting to discuss redundancy compensation for former employees of Morton’s Rolls.

The Department aims to respond to correspondence within 15 working days. I will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing legislative proposals to require delivery companies to provide proof of delivery notices rather than notices of delivery.

The Government currently has no plans to change postal services legislation.

Ofcom is the independent regulator for the sector with the responsibility and powers to regulate postal services.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if her Department will take steps to help improve service delivery standards of parcel delivery companies.

Ofcom, which is the independent regulator for the sector, has powers to impose requirements on postal operators to protect customers.

In its review of the regulatory framework for post last year, Ofcom concluded that competition in the parcels market was driving benefits for consumers but that there were some problems that needed to be addressed. It proposed new guidance on complaints handling processes for parcel operators which will take effect from 1 April 2023. Ofcom has committed to ongoing monitoring and to consider enforcement action, or further regulation, if progress is not made.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the Energy Bills Support Scheme to gypsies and travellers living in roadside camps.

The Government has been unable to establish a robust method for households in caravans not on permanent sites to prove that their caravan is their main or sole residence, whilst protecting public funds against fraud. However, we recommend that these households should contact their local authority to apply for the Housing Support Fund. We also recommend that they visit the ‘Help for Households’ webpage on GOV.UK to view what other support they may be eligible to receive - https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of not including gypsies and travellers living in roadside camps from the Energy Bill Support Scheme on those people.

The Government has been in contact with representatives of itinerant travellers to understand their concerns and seek to overcome barriers to accessing the EBSS Alternative Funding. We have been unable to establish a robust method for households in caravans not on permanent sites to prove that their caravan is their main or sole residence, whilst protecting public funds against fraud. We recommend that these households should contact their local authority to apply for the Housing Support Fund and also visit the ‘Help for Households’ webpage on GOV.UK to view what other support they may be eligible to receive - https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
7th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount Scheme to include women on maternity leave who do not qualify for means-tested benefits.

The Warm Home Discount prioritises people who are most at risk of being in fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is a combination of low incomes and high energy costs, so the scheme is targeted at those on means tested benefits whose homes are expensive to heat. Women on maternity leave do not automatically fall into that category.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what proportion of officials in her Department that are (a) graded as senior civil servant 2 and (b) on full-time equivalent contracts are women.

The proportion of officials in Department for Science, Innovation and Technology that are graded as senior civil servant 2 is 1.4%.

The proportion of officials that are women, on a full-time equivalent basis is 52.5%.

19th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what proportion of officials in her Department on temporary contracts are women.

The proportion of officials in Department for Science, Innovation and Technology on temporary contracts that are women is 50%.

7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if he will take steps to encourage Departments to donate electronic devices that are no longer in use the National Device Bank.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology is committed to closing the digital divide and meeting the government’s commitment that nobody should be left behind in the digital age. Reflecting the four key pillars set out in the government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy, we recognise that access to safe and suitable devices remains a key barrier facing digitally excluded people. Device donation initiatives are a significant and valuable contribution to supporting people to overcome this obstacle and I would encourage all private and public sector organisations to consider the feasibility of doing this.

The Department has noted this particular recommendation in the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee’s report on digital exclusion and cost of living and will formally respond later this month.

6th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to increase funding for digital inclusion and skills.

Digital Skills

The Government recognises that digital skills are becoming ever more important in the economy. Last year, we launched the UK Digital Strategy, which set out our commitment to develop digital skills across the whole of the UK.

To grow the digital workforce in the UK, the government has introduced a range of interventions across the digital skills pipeline and at all levels. This includes ensuring there is a range of flexible courses available for people already in the workforce. As part of Skills for Life, the government launched Skills Bootcamps, which offer free, flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks, with a guaranteed job interview at the end. The Department for Education is increasing investment to up to £150 million this year.

To provide people with the opportunity to develop specialised AI and data skills, even for those who have no previous experience, the government has made a £30 million investment via two phases in AI and Data science conversion courses. The government is committed to ensuring the tech sector is diverse, which is why the government has funded scholarships for underrepresented groups to earn a masters degree on these courses, and has supported the Tech Talent Charter (TCC) since 2017.

Digital Inclusion

The government is committed to closing the digital divide and meeting our commitment that nobody should be left behind in the digital age. This directly supports the UK’s Digital Strategy and its “vision to enable everyone, from every industry and across the UK, to benefit from all that digital innovation can offer.”

Supporting people to engage in an increasingly digitalised world involves overcoming the barriers to access, skills, motivation and trust identified in the government’s digital inclusion strategy. A range of departments support the government’s approach to removing these barriers.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology is tackling these issues by continuing to invest in digital infrastructure to broaden gigabit-capable and mobile-network coverage. To support low income households stay connected, the Government continues to work with telecoms providers to ensure market provision of low-cost broadband and mobile tariffs.

The Department for Education are providing access to essential digital skills courses through the Essential Digital Entitlement and the Adult Education budget. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are leveraging our national network of libraries to serve as an alternative point of internet access with in-person support. Department for Work and Pensions are referring claimants to essential digital skills courses to improve their chances of securing employment and supporting eligible claimants with the provision of devices and connectivity connection. Cabinet Office is setting an example by monitoring the accessibility of all public sector websites to make sure that everyone, including people with disabilities and impairments, can access public services.

6th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she plans to publish a revised Digital Inclusion Strategy.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology is committed to closing the digital divide and meeting the government’s commitment that nobody should be left behind in the digital age. The 2014 Digital Inclusion Strategy, and the four pillars it sets out, remains as relevant today as it was when published. These principles were further echoed in the Government’s UK Digital Strategy published in 2022, and our vision to enable everyone from across the UK to benefit from all that digital innovation can offer.

The Department has noted this recommendation in the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee’s report on digital exclusion and cost of living and will formally respond this month.

5th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department undertook a public consultation on procurement for upgrading the broadband network in the Glasgow area before the contract was awarded to CityFibre.

The UK Government has not awarded a contract to the supplier CityFibre to upgrade broadband infrastructure in the City of Glasgow, nor was it involved in a consultation or procurement process for any awarded contract.

I would advise contacting the local council, who may be able to provide further information.

5th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what procurement processes were followed before the contract to upgrade the broadband network in the Glasgow area was awarded to CityFibre.

The UK Government has not awarded a contract to the supplier CityFibre to upgrade broadband infrastructure in the City of Glasgow, nor was it involved in a consultation or procurement process for any awarded contract.

I would advise contacting the local council, who may be able to provide further information.

5th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect of the UK’s departure from the EU on the UK's status as a global science and technology superpower.

Building on the UK’s trillion dollar tech industry, this government is creating an environment to grow and scale large globally competitive science and technology companies that drive growth in the economy and high-skilled employment opportunities for citizens


Our Science and Technology Framework sets out how we will do this, including attracting and retaining the brightest talent and leveraging post-Brexit freedoms to be at the frontier of setting standards and shaping regulations


There is no one metric that will determine whether the UK is a global science and technology superpower. We will monitor a range of indicators and international comparisons across the innovation system


We are working across Government and sectors to ensure progress against this Framework. By the end of 2023, we will publish an update setting out the progress that we have made, and the further action that must be taken on our path to being a Science and Technology Superpower by 2030.

5th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department intends to publish the criteria for the determination of whether the UK is a global science and technology superpower.

Building on the UK’s trillion dollar tech industry, this government is creating an environment to grow and scale large globally competitive science and technology companies that drive growth in the economy and high-skilled employment opportunities for citizens


Our Science and Technology Framework sets out how we will do this, including attracting and retaining the brightest talent and leveraging post-Brexit freedoms to be at the frontier of setting standards and shaping regulations


There is no one metric that will determine whether the UK is a global science and technology superpower. We will monitor a range of indicators and international comparisons across the innovation system


We are working across Government and sectors to ensure progress against this Framework. By the end of 2023, we will publish an update setting out the progress that we have made, and the further action that must be taken on our path to being a Science and Technology Superpower by 2030.

5th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what metric her Department uses to determine whether the UK is a global science and technology superpower.

Building on the UK’s trillion dollar tech industry, this government is creating an environment to grow and scale large globally competitive science and technology companies that drive growth in the economy and high-skilled employment opportunities for citizens


Our Science and Technology Framework sets out how we will do this, including attracting and retaining the brightest talent and leveraging post-Brexit freedoms to be at the frontier of setting standards and shaping regulations


There is no one metric that will determine whether the UK is a global science and technology superpower. We will monitor a range of indicators and international comparisons across the innovation system


We are working across Government and sectors to ensure progress against this Framework. By the end of 2023, we will publish an update setting out the progress that we have made, and the further action that must be taken on our path to being a Science and Technology Superpower by 2030.

5th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the time taken to conclude negotiations on association with the Horizon Europe programme on the science industry.

The EU’s delays for over two years have caused serious and lasting damage to the UK R&D, fusion and Earth observation sectors. We established the Horizon guarantee to ensure there is no loss in funding for the UK sector. While the Government is engaging constructively with the EU, and hope that negotiations will be successful, the UK’s participation would have to be on fair and appropriate terms and address the lasting impact of the delays on UK participation rates across the programmes.

1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, when the forthcoming UK Semiconductor Strategy will be published.

The government has been reviewing the UK semiconductor sector and is leading the development of a strategic approach to the sector. The government intends to set out more detail in the forthcoming UK Semiconductor Strategy that will be published in due course.

10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more UK-based late-stage investment in (a) semiconductor manufacturing and (b) other deep technology.

The Government recognises the importance of scale-up finance for breakthrough technology firms. Since launch in 2018, British Patient Capital (BPC) has committed more than £1.6bn into innovative later stage firms, with a further £9.1bn invested alongside it by private investors.

Future Fund: Breakthrough, launched by BPC in 2021, is a £375m programme enabling direct co-investment into promising later stage R&D-intensive UK businesses. The programme has made twelve investments totalling over £80m, including six investments into deeptech companies, making BPC the UK’s most active late-stage investor in deeptech in rounds above £30m. BPC recently invested £10m in Cambridge-based manufacturer PragmatIC Semiconductor.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
16th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is his Department's policy to provide sole traders with the same loan guarantees as limited businesses under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) closed for new applications on 31 May 2022 and saw 97,846 loans approved worth £25.86 billion. The scheme was open to sole traders, provided they satisfied the scheme’s eligibility criteria.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an estimate of the number of businesses that took out loans through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that have since ceased trading.

In total, 97,846 facilities were drawn down by businesses under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), totalling £25.86 billion.

As of 31 March 2022, 1,858 facilities (0.19%) had been subject to a default, meaning that the lender had issued a formal demand to the borrower.

BEIS has not made an estimate of the number of businesses that took out loans through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that have since ceased trading. This will be considered as part of the scheme's ongoing evaluation, which will consider the impact of CBILS on business survival.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses took out loans through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

In total, 97,846 facilities were drawn down by businesses under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), totalling £25.86 billion.

As of 31 March 2022, 1,858 facilities (0.19%) had been subject to a default, meaning that the lender had issued a formal demand to the borrower.

BEIS has not made an estimate of the number of businesses that took out loans through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that have since ceased trading. This will be considered as part of the scheme's ongoing evaluation, which will consider the impact of CBILS on business survival.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Mar 2022
What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of raising the energy price cap on standards of living.

The Government is very aware of the difficulties that consumers are experiencing as a result of higher energy prices. This is why we are giving a package of support worth £9.1 billion, which will help over 28 million households.

21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to publish a detailed implementation plan for the National Space Strategy.

The National Space Strategy, published in September 2021, sets out the Government’s plans to build one of the most innovative and attractive space economies in the world. Government is already pivoting to build on the success of the strategy’s publication to drive forward its delivery and prioritise commercial and investment enabling activities.

The BEIS Space Directorate is working closely with the Ministry of Defence to develop an implementation plan and we will engage with industry, academia, and the sector in due course.

BEIS jointly co-chairs the newly established National Space Board with the Ministry of Defence to oversee and drive delivery of the National Space Strategy’s ambitions and commitments across government. The strategy will be delivered jointly by several government departments and with the support of our thriving space sector: businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs, and space scientists.

Monitoring and evaluating the impact of initiatives against key success factors will be an integral part of delivering the strategy’s vision. The Government will work with the space sector on finding the right set of metrics to raise ambition, drive progress and monitor delivery.

21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the National Space Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on how the defence space portfolio can enable wider space sector growth aspirations.

In September 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Secretary of State for Defence published the UK’s first joint civil and military National Space Strategy. A core part of that strategy is delivering the defence space portfolio, which will support our goals in space including both protecting and defending the UK and supporting economic growth.

The Ministry of Defence is investing an extra £1.4bn in Defence space technologies over the next 10 years. This is in addition to the £5bn investment in Skynet satellite communications over a similar timeframe. This represents a significant increase in Government funding for the UK space sector and will play a part in stimulating innovation, commercialisation, and growth across the wider sector. Defence will utilise elements of the Defence Space Portfolio funding to further support Space Science & Technology (which includes Research & Development), alongside existing funding.

Ministers and officials engage regularly with the Ministry of Defence to understand the opportunities and challenges to enable the UK’s space sector to grow and flourish, and I look forward to continuing to engage in that process as we implement the National Space Strategy.

22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merit of a limit on the indemnity and liability required by UK space launch and satellite operations licensees.

The Government conducted a call for evidence in March 2018. The evidence gained through this exercise and through further independent research commissioned by the Government has led Ministers to conclude that limits of liability are justified. The Government intends to calculate launch liability limits using the Modelled Insurance Requirement (MIR) approach. This will tailor the amount of insurance required and limit of operator liability to the risk and the diverse range of UK launch activities today and anticipated in the future and reduce operator costs in general compared with a fixed limit.

The Government does not yet have the information to determine whether a maximum limit on the insurance requirement and limit of operator liability for the amount calculated under the MIR for launch is justified as licence applications have not yet been received. It is the Government’s intention to establish a committee involving industry and the spaceflight regulator to keep the regulations under review and ensure that they remain current, relevant, and effective.

For orbital operations, the limits of operator liability for licences under the Space Industry Act will mirror those for licences issued under the Outer Space Act 1986.

  • For standard missions, the limit will be set at €60 million.
  • For high risk missions the limit will be set on a case-by case basis, following an appropriate risk assessment.
Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury