Caroline Lucas Portrait

Caroline Lucas

Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion

First elected: 6th May 2010


27 APPG memberships (as of 24 Jan 2024)
Afrikan Reparations, Air Pollution, Carers, Choice at the End of Life, Citizens' Rights, Climate and Security, Climate Change, Compassionate Politics, Dark Skies, Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Drug Policy Reform, Drugs, Alcohol and Justice, Environment, Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency, Future Generations, Global Deforestation, Land Value Capture, Limits to Growth, Mindfulness, Refugees, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Sixth Form Education, South East, Students, Trade Justice, Women in Parliament
46 Former APPG memberships
Acquired Brain Injury, Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming, Animal Welfare, Better Brexit for Young People, Citizens Rights, Conception to Age Two - First 1001 Days, Conception to Age Two: First 1001 Days, Coronavirus, Coronavirus and Future Pandemics, Deliberative Democracy, Democratic Participation, Domestic Violence, Drones, Drones and Modern Conflict, Electoral Campaigning Transparency, Environmental, Social, and Governance, EU Relations, European Citizenship Rights, Excluded UK, Fairtrade, Food Waste, Gaps in Support, Green New Deal, Guantanamo Bay, Hate Crime, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights, Nature, Ocean Conservation, Proportional Representation, Pub, Pubs, Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit, Sexual Violence, Sixth Form Colleges, Social Enterprise, Southern Rail, State Pension Inequality for Women, Test of English for International Communication, UK-EU Relations, United Nations Women, Visitor Economy, Visitors' Economy, Votes at 16, Weapons and the Protection of Civilians, Wellbeing Economics, West Papua
Environmental Audit Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Co-Leader of the Green Party
2nd Sep 2016 - 15th Sep 2018
Environmental Audit Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Leader of the Green Party
5th Sep 2008 - 5th Sep 2012


Scheduled Event
Friday 14th June 2024
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill: Second Reading
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Division Votes
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Ceasefire in Gaza
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 1 Green Party No votes vs 0 Green Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 20 Noes - 212
Speeches
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it might be useful to remind Conservative Members that, according to the UN production …
Written Answers
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Industry: Employment
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her oral contribution during the …
Early Day Motions
Friday 23rd February 2024
Sanctions against Russia
This House notes that it has been two years since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and welcomes the existing sanctions …
Bills
Wednesday 17th January 2024
Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to establish the right to breathe clean air; to require the Secretary of State to achieve and maintain …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: John Pemberton
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: …
EDM signed
Monday 19th February 2024
UK funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
This House notes the UK’s decision to pause funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 25th April 2023
Universal Jurisdiction (Extension) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to provide that offences of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes may be tried in the United …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Caroline Lucas has voted in 762 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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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)
(49 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(39 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(31 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(91 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(74 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Environment Act 2021
(3,535 words contributed)
Agriculture Act 2020
(3,282 words contributed)
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Brighton, Pavilion Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Brighton, Pavilion signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

We want the UK to be neutral in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and withdraw offers of support for Israel.

We want the Government to seek a ceasefire and also seek to address the root cause of the current conflict by promoting dialogue and advocating for the end of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The UK Government should urge the Israeli Government to stop the blockade of Food, Fuel and Electricity to the already impoverished city of Gaza

Swifts have declined by over 50% in the UK. Adult swifts, known for site-fidelity, return to the same nests. We want swift bricks to be required in all new housing, to provide homes for these birds. Surveys show these are used by red-listed swifts, house martins, starlings and house sparrows.

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

The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy and the proposed part of this bill that gives the police new powers to tackle disruptive peaceful protests should be removed from The Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.


Latest EDMs signed by Caroline Lucas

23rd February 2024
Caroline Lucas signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Friday 23rd February 2024

Sanctions against Russia

Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
This House notes that it has been two years since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and welcomes the existing sanctions against Russia, including those in relation to the sale of oil; further notes that, under the existing sanctions regime, the legal country-of-origin for a refined oil product, namely diesel, jet …
2 signatures
(Most recent: 23 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 1
Green Party: 1
9th February 2024
Caroline Lucas signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 19th February 2024

UK funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Tabled by: Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru - Arfon)
This House notes the UK’s decision to pause funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); further notes that UNRWA's services are primarily funded through contributions from UN member states, constituting around 93% of the agency’s funds; is concerned that UNRWA …
13 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Plaid Cymru: 3
Scottish National Party: 3
Labour: 3
Independent: 2
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Caroline Lucas, 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.


8 Urgent Questions tabled by Caroline Lucas

Wednesday 29th November 2023
Tuesday 24th January 2023
Monday 21st November 2022
Tuesday 6th September 2022
Monday 18th July 2022
Wednesday 9th February 2022
Monday 25th October 2021

3 Adjournment Debates led by Caroline Lucas

Tuesday 30th January 2024
Tuesday 26th April 2022

29 Bills introduced by Caroline Lucas


A Bill to place duties on the Secretary of State to decarbonise the United Kingdom economy and to reverse inequality; to establish a ten-year economic and public investment strategy in accordance with those duties which promotes a community- and employee-led transition from high-carbon to low- and zero-carbon industry; to require the Government to report on its adherence to the strategy; to establish higher environmental standards for air, water and green spaces; to make provision to protect and restore natural habitats; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to require the United Kingdom to achieve climate and nature targets; to give the Secretary of State a duty to implement a strategy to achieve those targets; to establish a Climate and Nature Assembly to advise the Secretary of State in creating that strategy; to give duties to the Committee on Climate Change and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee regarding the strategy and targets; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to provide that Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) be a statutory requirement for all state-funded schools; for PSHE to include Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and education on ending violence against women and girls; to provide for initial and continuing teacher education and guidance on best practice for delivering and inspecting PSHE and SRE education; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 20th January 2017
(Read Debate)

To re-establish the Secretary of State’s legal duty as to the National Health Service in England and to make provision about the other duties of the Secretary of State in that regard; to make provision about the administration and accountability of the National Health Service in England; to repeal section 1 of the National Health Service (Private Finance) Act 1997 and sections 38 and 39 of the Immigration Act 2014; to make provision about the application of international law in relation to health services in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 11th March 2016

A Bill to establish the right to breathe clean air; to require the Secretary of State to achieve and maintain clean air in England; to involve the UK Health Security Agency in setting and reviewing pollutants and their limits; to enhance the powers, duties and functions of various agencies and authorities in relation to air pollution; to establish the Citizens’ Commission for Clean Air with powers to institute or intervene in legal proceedings; to require the Secretary of State and the relevant national authorities to apply environmental principles in carrying out their duties under this Act and the clean air enactments; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 17th January 2024
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 14th June 2024
Order Paper number: 4
(Possibly be Debated)

A Bill to place duties on the Secretary of State to decarbonise the United Kingdom economy and to reverse inequality; to establish a ten-year economic and public investment strategy in accordance with those duties which promotes a community- and employee-led transition from high-carbon to low- and zero-carbon industry; to require the Government to report on its adherence to the strategy; to establish higher environmental standards for air, water and green spaces; to make provision to protect and restore natural habitats; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 20th June 2022

A Bill to amend the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to extend the right of public access to the countryside, including to woodlands, the Green Belt, waters and more grasslands; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 20th June 2022

A Bill to make provision for requiring public bodies to act in pursuit of the United Kingdom’s environmental, social, economic and cultural wellbeing by meeting wellbeing objectives, publishing future generations impact assessments, accounting for preventative spending, and through public services contracts; to establish a Commissioner for Future Generations for the United Kingdom; to establish a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Future Generations; to require companies to consider the impact of their activities on the United Kingdom’s wellbeing; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 24th March 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require the Prime Minister to achieve climate and ecology objectives; to give the Secretary of State a duty to create and implement a strategy to achieve those objectives; to establish a Citizens’ Assembly to work with the Secretary of State in creating that strategy; to give duties to the Committee on Climate Change regarding the objectives and strategy; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 2nd September 2020

A Bill to place duties on the Secretary of State to decarbonise the United Kingdom economy and to reverse inequality; to establish a ten-year economic and public investment strategy in accordance with those duties which promotes a community- and employee-led transition from high-carbon to low- and zero-carbon industry; to require the Government to report on its adherence to the strategy; to establish higher environmental standards for air, water and green spaces; to make provision to protect and restore natural habitats; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 7th July 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 place duties on the Secretary of State to decarbonise the United Kingdom economy and to eradicate inequality; to establish a ten-year economic and public investment strategy that prioritises decarbonisation, community and employee-led transition from high-carbon to low and zero-carbon industry, and the eradication of inequality; to require the Government to report on its adherence to the strategy; to establish higher environmental standards for air, water and green spaces; to make provision to protect and restore natural habitats; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 26th March 2019

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to assume control of passenger rail franchises when they come up for renewal; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

A Bill to establish a Living Rent Commission to conduct research into, and provide proposals for, reducing rent levels in the private rented sector and improving terms and conditions for tenants; to require the Secretary of State to report the recommendations of the Commission to Parliament; to introduce measures to promote long-term tenancies; to establish a mandatory national register of ​landlords and lettings agents; to prohibit the charging of letting or management agent fees to tenants; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

A Bill to promote public ownership of public services; to introduce a presumption in favour of service provision by public sector and not-for-profit entities; and to put in place mechanisms to increase the accountability, transparency and public control of public services, including those operated by private companies.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 29th June 2015

A Bill to establish an independent commission of inquiry to examine ways of improving parliamentary and other public scrutiny of ministerial mandates and outcomes in relation to European Union institutions, policies and legislation; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to assume control of passenger rail franchises when they come up for renewal; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 29th June 2015

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to provide that Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) be a statutory requirement for all state-funded schools; for PSHE to include Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and education on ending violence against women and girls; to provide for initial and continuing teacher education and guidance on best practice for delivering and inspecting PSHE and SRE education; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 15th July 2015

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to assume control of passenger rail franchises when they come up for renewal; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 7th July 2014

A Bill to promote public ownership of public services; to introduce a presumption in favour of service provision by public sector and not-for-profit entities; and to put in place mechanisms to increase the accountability, transparency and public control of public services, including those operated by private companies.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 7th July 2014

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to provide that Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) be a statutory requirement for all state funded schools; for PSHE to include Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and education on ending violence against women and girls; to provide for initial and continuing teacher education and guidance on best practice for delivering and inspecting PSHE and SRE education; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 7th July 2014

A Bill to re-establish the Secretary of State’s legal duty as to the National Health Service in England and to make provision about the other duties of the Secretary of State in that regard; to make provision about the administration and accountability of the National Health Service in England; to repeal section 1 of the National Health Service (Private Finance) Act 1997 and sections 38 and 39 of the Immigration Act 2014; to make provision about the application of international law in relation to health services in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 11th March 2015

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to commission a programme of research into reducing rent levels in the private rented sector, improving terms and conditions for tenants, increasing housing supply, and providing a large-scale programme of sustainable council housing in England; to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament within six months of completion of the research; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 7th July 2014

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 Secretary of State to assume control of passenger rail franchises when they come up for renewal; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 26th June 2013

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 promote public ownership of public services; to introduce a presumption in favour of service provision by public sector and not-for-profit entities; and to put in place mechanisms to increase the accountability, transparency and public control of public services, including those operated by private companies.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 22nd January 2014

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 Secretary of State to make provision to limit energy contract roll-over for micro businesses to 30 days; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 25th June 2012

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 Secretary of State to commission a programme of research into the merits of replacing the Council Tax and Non-domestic rates in England with an annual levy on the unimproved value of all land, including transitional arrangements; to report to Parliament within 12 months of completion of the research; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 25th June 2012

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 local authorities to operate landlord accreditation schemes; to set those schemes according to minimum standards; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 25th June 2012

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 illegal in the United Kingdom for a person or company to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase timber or timber products illegally taken, harvested, possessed, transported, sold or exported from their country of origin; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 16th September 2010

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 Secretary of State to take steps to require banks, corporations and trusts to provide information on their status, income arising and tax payments made in each jurisdiction in which they operate; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 17th March 2011

89 Bills co-sponsored by Caroline Lucas

Universal Jurisdiction (Extension) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Brendan O'Hara (SNP)

Tax Reform Commission Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Liz Saville Roberts (PC)

Sun Protection Products (Value Added Tax) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Amy Callaghan (SNP)

Same Sex Marriage (Church of England) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Ben Bradshaw (Lab)

Free School Meals (Primary Schools) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Zarah Sultana (Lab)

Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Liz Saville Roberts (PC)

Elected Representatives (Codes of Conduct) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Debbie Abrahams (Lab)

Clean Air Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Geraint Davies (Ind)

Care Supporters Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Dan Carden (Lab)

Bullying and respect at work Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Rachael Maskell (LAB)

Flexible Working Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Tulip Siddiq (Lab)

Social Housing (Emergency Protection of Tenancy Rights) Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Helen Hayes (Lab)

Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Fleur Anderson (Lab)

Firearms and Hate Crime Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Luke Pollard (LAB)

Climate Education Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Nadia Whittome (Lab)

Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Duncan Baker (Con)

Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Layla Moran (LD)

Trade Agreements (Exclusion of National Health Services) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Peter Grant (SNP)

School Toilets (Access During Lessons) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Layla Moran (LD)

School Breakfast Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Emma Lewell-Buck (Lab)

Remote Participation in House of Commons Proceedings (Motion) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Dawn Butler (Lab)

Problem Drug Use Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Tommy Sheppard (SNP)

Fur Trade (Prohibition) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Taiwo Owatemi (Lab)

Covid-19 Financial Assistance (Gaps in Support) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Tracy Brabin (LAB)

Local Welfare Assistance Provision (Review) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Paul Maynard (Con)

Ministerial Interests (Emergency Powers) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Owen Thompson (SNP)

Arms (Exports and Remote Warfare) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Alyn Smith (SNP)

Local Electricity Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Peter Aldous (Con)

Employment (Dismissal and Re-employment) (No. 2) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Gavin Newlands (SNP)

Hong Kong Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Alistair Carmichael (LD)

Equal Pay (Information and Claims) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Stella Creasy (LAB)

Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Christine Jardine (LD)

Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Rupa Huq (Lab)

Remote Participation in House of Commons Proceedings Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Dawn Butler (Lab)

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Afzal Khan (Lab)

Public Expenditure and Taxation (Advisory Body) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Jonathan Edwards (Ind)

Planning (Affordable Housing and Land Compensation) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Helen Hayes (Lab)

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019
Sponsor - Hilary Benn (Lab)

Parental Leave (Premature and Sick Babies) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - David Linden (SNP)

Climate Change (Emissions Targets) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Rachel Reeves (Lab)

Freehold Properties (Management Charges) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Preet Kaur Gill (LAB)

Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Maria Miller (Con)

Trade Union (Access to Workplaces) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Faisal Rashid (Lab)

Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Geraint Davies (Ind)

Tobacco Companies (Transparency) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Bob Blackman (Con)

Animals (Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Kerry McCarthy (Lab)

Banknote Diversity Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Helen Grant (Con)

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act 2019
Sponsor - Tim Loughton (Con)

Plastic Pollution Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Alistair Carmichael (LD)

Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) and Conversion Therapy Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Karen Lee (Lab)

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019
Sponsor - Geoffrey Robinson (Lab)

Terms of Withdrawal from the EU (Referendum) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Geraint Davies (Ind)

Parental Leave and Pay Arrangements (Publication) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Jo Swinson (LD)

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Consent) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Fabian Hamilton (Lab)

National Health Service Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Eleanor Smith (Lab)

Automatic Travel Compensation Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Huw Merriman (Con)

British Indian Ocean Territory (Citizenship) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Henry Smith (Con)

European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Public Vote) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Gareth Thomas (LAB)

European Union Withdrawal (Evaluation of Effects on Health and Social Care Sectors) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Brendan O'Hara (SNP)

Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Geraint Davies (Ind)

Immigration Detention of Victims of Torture and Other Vulnerable People (Safeguards) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Joan Ryan (TIG)

Energy Consumption (Innovative Technologies) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Rebecca Pow (Con)

Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Peter Aldous (Con)

Homelessness (End of Life Care) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Ed Davey (LD)

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018
Sponsor - Steve Reed (LAB)

Public Sector Supply Chains (Project Bank Accounts) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Debbie Abrahams (Lab)

Local Electricity Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Jeremy Lefroy (Con)

Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Karen Lee (Lab)

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) (No.2) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Conor McGinn (Ind)

Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Jim McMahon (LAB)

Abortion Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Diana Johnson (Lab)

Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Layla Moran (LD)

Child Maintenance Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Marion Fellows (SNP)

Cold Weather Payments Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Hywel Williams (PC)

Access to Banking Services Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Ben Lake (PC)

Live Animal Exports (Prohibition) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Theresa Villiers (Con)

Registration of Marriage (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Caroline Spelman (Con)

Voyeurism (Offences) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Wera Hobhouse (LD)

Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Stewart Malcolm McDonald (SNP)

Sanctions (Human Rights Abuse and Corruption) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Lord Austin of Dudley (None)

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Angus Brendan MacNeil (Ind)

Courts (Abuse of Process) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Liz Saville Roberts (PC)

Feeding Products for Babies and Children (Advertising and Promotion) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Alison Thewliss (SNP)

Public Authority (Accountability) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Andy Burnham (Lab)

Rail Ombudsman Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Tim Loughton (Con)

Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Diana Johnson (Lab)

Statutory Nuisance (Aircraft Noise) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Tania Mathias (Con)

Harbour, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 (Amendment) Bill 2015-16
Sponsor - Craig Mackinlay (Con)

Improvement of Rail Passenger Services (Use of Disruption Payments) Bill 2015-16
Sponsor - Joan Ryan (TIG)


2392 Written Questions in the current parliament

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30 Other Department Questions
11th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress she has made on tackling the ethnicity pay gap.

Our comprehensive guidance for employers on ethnicity pay reporting, published in April 2023, sets out best practice on measuring, analysing and reporting ethnicity pay gaps. Since publication, we have engaged with employers and employer representative bodies to promote the guidance and provide support. We are seeking case studies in order to identify and highlight examples of good practice.

This work is part of our ambitious Inclusive Britain strategy, published in March 2022, which set out 74 bold actions to tackle entrenched ethnic disparities in employment, education, health and criminal justice. We also launched an Inclusion at Work Panel last year aimed at helping employers achieve fairness and inclusion in the workplace.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent estimate she has made of when the proposed ban on sexual orientation and gender identity conversion practices will be in place; and if she will make a statement.

No one in this country should be harmed or harassed for who they are and attempts at so-called ‘conversion therapy’ are abhorrent. That is why we are carefully considering this very complex issue. We will be setting out further details on this in due course

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2023 to Question 180207 on Gender and Sexuality and with reference to the letter she received from the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, dated 3 April 2023, whether she plans to hold discussions with organisations that have expertise in the rights of trans people on the implications of that advice for (a) equal pay and (b)(i) direct and (ii) indirect sex discrimination.

The Minister for Women and Equalities sought advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to establish whether the law in its existing format is sufficiently clear in the balance it strikes between the interests of people with different protected characteristics. Having received their response she is now carefully considering it before any decision on how to respond is made.

The EHRC itself has highlighted that further policy and legal analysis is required to understand the impact of its advice on various groups and areas, including sex discrimination and equal pay.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2023 to Question 161400 on Conversion Therapy, whether she plans to complete pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill before 20 July 2023.

The Government will publish a draft Bill setting out our approach to banning conversion practices. This will go for pre-legislative scrutiny by joint committee. It is the Government's intention to complete pre-legislative scrutiny in the current parliamentary session.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with (a) the International Olympic Committee and (b) her counterparts in Saudi Arabia about the impact of the Trojena development on (i) biodiversity, (ii) climate change and (iii) other environmental issues.

DCMS Ministers and officials have not had any discussions on the impact of the Trojena development.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
30th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2022 to Question 16907, whether she has held discussions about her legislative proposals on conversion therapy with representatives of (a) the NHS and (b) other signatories of the March 2022 Memorandum of Understanding on conversion therapy in the UK; if she will make it her policy to ban all forms of conversion therapy; and if she will make a statement.

My officials and I have met with stakeholders from across the spectrum when developing our approach to banning conversion practices to ensure that our proposals are effective and well understood. This includes meetings with victims of conversion practices, stakeholders from medical backgrounds including signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding, as well as representatives from a range of faiths and charities, and parliamentarians.

As soon as parliamentary time allows, we will introduce a Bill to ban conversion practices based on sexual orientation, while undertaking further work in relation to transgender conversion practices and delivering a comprehensive victim support service for all those affected or at risk.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with (a) international and (b) regional multilateral organisations on urgently increasing knowledge-sharing and practical cooperation to support the effective implementation of enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions, including those of (a) G20 countries and (b) the UK's developing country partners.

Since COP26, 11 NDCs have been submitted. The UK continues to push for all countries, particularly the major emitters, to revisit and strengthen their NDCs as necessary to align with the Paris temperature goal before the UNFCCC Synthesis Report deadline of 23 September. The UK, chairs the NDC Partnership with Jamaica, made up of more than 115 countries. We support member countries by offering a tailored package of expertise, technical assistance, and funding.

I have regular engagement with countries, partners and civil society, including through international fora such as the G7, G20, the recent May Ministerial on Implementation and Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, among others.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to ensure that parties revisit and strengthen the 2030 targets in their nationally determined contributions as necessary to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal by the end of 2022, taking into account different national circumstances, as is required by the Glasgow Climate Pact.

Since COP26, 11 NDCs have been submitted. The UK continues to push for all countries, particularly the major emitters, to revisit and strengthen their NDCs as necessary to align with the Paris temperature goal before the UNFCCC Synthesis Report deadline of 23 September. The UK, chairs the NDC Partnership with Jamaica, made up of more than 115 countries. We support member countries by offering a tailored package of expertise, technical assistance, and funding.

I have regular engagement with countries, partners and civil society, including through international fora such as the G7, G20, the recent May Ministerial on Implementation and Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, among others.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make it her policy to (a) provide further funding to end period poverty in response to rising inflation and (b) actively monitor levels of period poverty, and if she will make a statement.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. 94% of eligible secondary schools had accessed this scheme by December 2021.

Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax Fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to (a) end period poverty and shame in the UK by 2025 and (b) invest £250,000 on new period poverty programmes; and if she will make a statement.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. 94% of eligible secondary schools had accessed this scheme by December 2021.

Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax Fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
20th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the potential risks to (a) staff and (b) other hon. Members of Members who are under investigation for serious sexual misconduct not being required to stay away from the Parliamentary Estate and/or constituency offices; and if he will make a statement.

The House of Commons Commission has not made any such assessment but, when the House authorities are notified of an arrest, a safeguarding concern or certain other investigations relating to serious sexual misconduct, a risk assessment is undertaken. Individual risk assessments are confidential and only shared with those responsible for acting on them.

The House of Commons Commission takes the safety of the Parliamentary community very seriously and will consider this matter at its meeting on 13 June.

20th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has had discussions with (a) the Chair of the Procedure Committee, (b) trade union representatives and (c) the Director of the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme on the potential merits of a mechanism for ordering that a Member should stay away from the Parliamentary Estate and/or constituency offices while under investigation for serious sexual misconduct; and if he will make a statement.

The House of Commons Commission takes the safety of the Parliamentary community very seriously. The Commission has heard representations from trade union representatives on this matter and will give it further consideration at its meeting on 13 June.

20th May 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will make it its policy to establish an inquiry into the potential creation of a mechanism for ordering that a Member should stay away from the Parliamentary Estate and/or constituency offices while under investigation for serious sexual misconduct; and if he will make a statement.

The House of Commons Commission takes the safety of the Parliamentary community very seriously. The Commission has heard representations from trade union representatives on this matter and will give it further consideration at its meeting on 13 June.

26th Jan 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to work with the UNFCCC to help ensure that the money pledged for nature at COP26 is (a) spent (i) effectively and (ii) transparently and (b) goes to frontline communities; and what estimate he has made of when that funding will be made available.

At COP26, 141 countries committed to halting and reversing forest loss and land degradation by 2030 in the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use, this is underpinned by almost $20 billion of public and private finance. In the activities supported by the pledge we will promote the full, effective, and willing participation of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in programmes that protect and restore forests, reduce deforestation and forest degradation, and we will work to ensure that benefits reach smallholders and local communities.

At COP26 the UK launched in partnership with Fiji a Taskforce on Access to Climate Finance, to improve access to financial flows for the most vulnerable. This proposes a new approach which aims to deliver a transformational step change in access at the national and local levels and to spur a related shift in the wider public climate finance architecture, improving the predictability, flexibility, transparency, affordability, and speed of disbursement of climate finance.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the President of COP26, if he will make a statement on how the actions identified under the FACT Dialogue will be implemented.

At COP26, 28 countries representing 75% of the global trade in agricultural commodities launched a roadmap of actions under the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue. The countries committed to continuing the dialogue, working together and meeting regularly to support implementation of the roadmap actions. This will include sharing experiences, finding common ground, and developing joint actions in support of the shared aims of promoting sustainable development and trade while protecting forests and other critical ecosystems. The UK will work closely with FACT countries to implement the actions identified in the roadmap.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to help ensure that signatories of the Glasgow Leader’s Declaration on Forests and Land Use are held accountable; how that declaration is being connected to the Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 process; and if he will make a statement.

The UK Government is committed to taking bold action to tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. However, we are clear that countries cannot tackle environmental and climate crises alone; we need a concerted global effort. The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use is an unprecedented commitment from 142 countries, covering over 91% of global forests, to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. It’s underpinned by almost $20bn of public and private finance, by sustainable trade and by support for indigenous peoples’ rights. We will work with other countries that endorsed the Declaration to convert this political commitment into strong action on forests and land use. This will include working through multilateral events in 2022 such as meetings of the G7 and G20, and at COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

All Parties to the Paris Agreement must report on their progress towards its goals via nationally determined contributions - which cover every emitting sector including forests and land use. At COP26, as part of the Glasgow Climate Pact, countries agreed to revisit and strengthen their current emissions targets to 2030 in 2022.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, with reference to the Answer of 18 October 2021 to Question 53867, on UN Climate Conference 2021, for what reason there was only one meeting in respect of COP26 in the latest transparency publication of his meetings from January to March 2021.

The quarterly lists of Ministerial meetings with external organisations do not include engagement with representatives of foreign governments. It is in the national interest that some diplomacy takes place privately, to allow open and candid discussions with other nations.

Notwithstanding this fact, Downing Street regularly publishes on GOV.UK summaries of diplomatic meetings and telephone calls, including those discussing climate change and COP26.

More broadly, I refer the Hon. Member to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s oral statement today on the COP26 Summit.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, with reference to the Answer of 18 October 2021 to Question 53867, on UN Climate Conference 2021, if he will publish the details of all meetings the Prime Minister has had with (a) heads of states, (b) ambassadors, (c) business leaders and (d) representatives of civil society where COP26 was the leading topic of discussion since the most recent transparency publication of meetings from January to March 2021.

The quarterly lists of Ministerial meetings with external organisations do not include engagement with representatives of foreign governments. It is in the national interest that some diplomacy takes place privately, to allow open and candid discussions with other nations.

Notwithstanding this fact, Downing Street regularly publishes on GOV.UK summaries of diplomatic meetings and telephone calls, including those discussing climate change and COP26.

More broadly, I refer the Hon. Member to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s oral statement today on the COP26 Summit.

20th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what arrangements have been made to provide (a) financial and (b) practical support to COP26 delegates from countries in the global South very recently removed from the covid-19 red list, who were in the group eligible for funding for required managed quarantine stays and who now have no accommodation in Glasgow for between five and 10 days, depending on their vaccination status, because their accommodation arrangements were made prior to their countries removal from the covid-19 red list, and who will otherwise find it difficult to attend COP26; and if he will make a statement.

When the red list changed on 7 October, there were 280 managed quarantine bookings made by COP26 participants through the bespoke COP26 booking system. We have engaged with all of the individuals that booked and gave a country of departure that is no longer on the red list.

The UNFCCC Trust Fund for Participants, to which the UK Government contributes, has paid for the costs of necessary flight changes for funded delegates.

We are continuing to fund managed quarantine stays for all COP26 participants, including party delegates, media and observers that would otherwise find it difficult to attend COP26.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, with reference to Zero Hour’s report, Three COP Outcomes We Can’t Live Without, (a) if he will make an assessment of its recommendations for (i) a joint emergency strategy for climate and nature (ii) commitment from parties to the UNFCCC to the global carbon budget aligned with 1.5 degrees Celsius and (iii) a global goal to achieve net gains in biodiversity by 2030, against a baseline of 2020 and (b) if he will make it his policy to take forward these recommendations at COP26.

Ahead of COP26, we are calling for global action and ambition to reduce emissions from all sectors in order to meet net zero by 2050 – including in agriculture, forestry and other land use, which is collectively responsible for 23% of global emissions.

On i) we are pushing countries to make ambitious commitments to curb the dual crisis of biodiversity loss and climate change, which will be announced at COP26 in November. This will put us on a path to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and mitigate the climate crisis.

In addition, this year the UK has convened meetings between the COP26 and COP15 Presidencies and their respective Secretariats to increase synergies and jointly address the interlinked crises of climate, biodiversity and land through integrated approaches. Discussions have explored the importance of unified action at all levels to restore the land that sustains us, halt the loss of biodiversity, and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

On ii) the science is clear that in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change we must limit warming to 1.5c. This is why we are urging all parties to submit ambitious NDCs that keep this target within reach by COP26.

On iii) the UK is pursuing a hugely ambitious package of outcomes from COP15 that goes beyond agreement of new global biodiversity goals and targets, but also puts in place the core elements needed to drive real-world change. These are: 1) a set of ambitious targets to deliver on our overall goal of ‘bending the curve of biodiversity loss by 2030’; 2) significantly increased mobilisation of global resources from all sources and a shift towards nature positive decision-making across all sectors; 3) strengthened accountability to mitigate the risk that countries agree ambitious targets but fail to take meaningful steps to deliver change.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what consideration he has made of calls from civil society and other stakeholders for a high level political focus on Loss and Damage through a (a) Loss and Damage Champion or (b) Ministerial pairing to ensure that work is urgently undertaken in order to deliver (i) concrete progress on Loss and Damage at COP26 and (ii) a clear pathway through to COP27.

We have heard and agree with calls from civil society for the need for a high level political focus on loss and damage at COP26 and in the run up to COP27. The UK is currently consulting Parties on the idea of a high level envoy for loss and damage.

We agree that a clear pathway is needed and intend to respond to parties’ and observers’ calls (including at the July ministerial) to step up efforts to address loss and damage, through locally-owned plans, institutional capacity, technical expertise and accessible finance. We will have a dedicated session at Pre-COP with Ministers designated to lead discussions. We also expect this to play a significant part in the discussions at COP26, subject to the agreement Parties reach on the agenda of the conference in the coming weeks.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is is taking to help ensure that COP26 delivers substantial progress on loss and damage, including mandating work for financing options to increase the level of support to frontline communities, as called for by the Climate Vulnerable Forum and other stakeholders.

As incoming Presidency, the UK has been gathering Parties’ views on what more is needed in addition to the Santiago Network to deliver progress on Loss and Damage. An emerging point is the need for existing funds and action in the international and humanitarian system to be better coordinated and scaled up, and better oriented to local level needs.

We are working with the international community to increase support for locally led action, including through the Adaptation Action Coalition. In parallel the UK is asking other donors to follow our example in supporting the LDC’s Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE AR) which has the aim of assisting LDCs to put in place plans, finance and delivery mechanisms to respond to local needs. The UK endorsed the Principles for Locally Led Adaptation at the Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021, and successfully persuaded other Foreign and Development ministers to do the same under the UK’s G7 Presidency. We are also working to address the barriers that restrict and prevent finance flowing to the local-level through the Taskforce on Access to Climate Finance.

We welcome the input of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and have been engaging with them through their regional dialogues, as well as through bilateral engagement on their suggestions and plans for COP26.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with developed country (a) negotiators and (b) ministers on the need for new and additional finance for loss and damage in the last 12 months.

In my role as COP26 President, I have met with more than 100 Ministers from at least 65 countries. As part of these discussions, as well as in public fora, I have set out the importance of developed countries meeting and surpassing the commitment to jointly mobilise $100 billion of climate finance a year through to 2025, from a range of public and private sources.

At both Ministerial and official level we continue to raise the need for finance and action on loss and damage, noting that relevant finance for averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage comes from sources under and outside the convention.

As COP26 incoming Presidency, the UK has convened six consultations (workshops and a Heads of Delegation meeting) which have devoted substantial time to the issue of operationalising the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage, in addition to a dedicated session on loss and damage at the July Ministerial which I convened in London where the issue of finance was raised. I will also hold discussion on adaptation, loss and damage, and finance at pre-COP at the end of September, with a view to political leaders providing the strategic framing for negotiator-level discussions at COP26.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to consult widely with parties to the UNFCCC on the decisions needed at COP26 to operationalise the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage; what provision he has made in the COP26 agenda to discuss and agree loss and damage matters, including getting the COP decisions needed to operationalise the Santiago Network; and what assessment he has made of whether the Santiago Network will be fully operational by the end of COP26.

As COP26 incoming Presidency, the UK has convened six consultations (workshops and a Heads of Delegation meeting) which have devoted substantial time to the issue of developing the Santiago Network, in addition to a dedicated session at the July Ministerial which I convened in London. The agenda for COP/CMA will be decided on by the Parties. My officials are also discussing the agenda with Parties over the next few weeks. Whether the Santiago Network will be operational by the end of this year depends on the view that Parties take at the conference on the process they wish to follow, but the UK will use our convening power to maintain momentum and encourage a fair, inclusive and impactful outcome.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to help ensure that (a) contributions by developed countries to the $100 billion climate finance commitment are delivered as grants and (b) 50 per cent of climate finance is allocated to adaptation.

The OECD figures recently published showed that developed countries were still significantly short of the $100 billion goal in 2019, mobilising $79.6 billion. We have seen recent progress. President Biden’s recent announcement that the US is doubling their climate finance to $11.4 billion by 2024 is a major step towards the achievement of the $100 billion goal. However, we need all developed countries to step up with enhanced pledges, and the Presidency is continuing to encourage developed countries to increase their commitments, including to feed into the Germany-Canada led Delivery Plan.

The UK is ensuring a large majority of our international climate finance is grant-based. We are pressing other donor countries for similarly ambitious commitments. Under our G7 Presidency, the G7 committed to scaling up adaptation finance, and we have seen concrete new individual pledges from Canada, Japan, the US, and Denmark in recent months to this effect. The UK has committed to delivering a balance through our scaled up ICF and has joined the Champions Group on Adaptation Finance, composed of donors committed to delivering a balance of adaptation in their climate finance in response to calls from developing countries.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what assessment his Department has made of (a) how to meet the shortfall in the $100 billion climate finance commitment and (b) how that cost should be distributed across developed countries.

The OECD figures recently published showed that developed countries were still significantly short of the $100 billion goal in 2019, mobilising $79.6 billion. We have seen recent progress. President Biden’s recent announcement that the US is doubling their climate finance to $11.4 billion by 2024 is a major step towards the achievement of the $100 billion goal. However, we need all developed countries to step up with enhanced pledges, and the Presidency is continuing to encourage developed countries to increase their commitments, including to feed into the Germany-Canada led Delivery Plan.

The UK is ensuring a large majority of our international climate finance is grant-based. We are pressing other donor countries for similarly ambitious commitments. Under our G7 Presidency, the G7 committed to scaling up adaptation finance, and we have seen concrete new individual pledges from Canada, Japan, the US, and Denmark in recent months to this effect. The UK has committed to delivering a balance through our scaled up ICF and has joined the Champions Group on Adaptation Finance, composed of donors committed to delivering a balance of adaptation in their climate finance in response to calls from developing countries.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the President of COP26, with reference to the Local Government Association motion on Local Government contributions towards national climate action in the year of COP26, published on 7 July 2021, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate representation of local government at COP26 in order to highlight the progress being made on climate change at a local level.

In the run up to COP26, we are continuing to engage with local authorities and leaders across the UK through the UK Mayors and Regions Advisory Council. We also work closely with a number of non-state actor organisations such as the C40 Cities, ICLEI and UK100 to help further engage with local authorities.

BEIS has contributed towards a locally led campaign delivered through the local energy hubs, to highlight work on net zero by Local Authorities, communities and businesses across the UK. This will include running regional Electric Vehicle roadshow events in the run up to COP and hosting events in each region during the COP itself.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2021 to Question 136483 on Remote Divisions, what information the Commission holds on how many hon. Members were (a) unable to use the electronic method of voting and (b) used the back-up system provided for electronic voting during the two weeks that electronic voting was used in the House of Commons in 2020; what discussions the Commission has had with the Leader of the House on electronic voting in the House of Commons during the period of the national covid-19 lockdown that has been in place since January 2021 to help prevent the transmission of covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

Electronic voting was used for 10 divisions between 12 May and 20 May inclusive. Members voted using MemberHub. The Public Bill Office operated a back-up system: if a Member could not register their vote using MemberHub, they contacted the Public Bill Office during the division and their vote was recorded. The table below shows how many Members registered their vote using the back-up method, and the total number of votes cast in each division.

Date

Division number

Total votes cast

Votes cast using back-up system

12 May 2020

41

611

2

13 May 2020

42

605

4

43

574

6

44

419

6

45

571

3

18 May 2020

46

603

1

20 May 2020

47

608

3

48

614

2

49

609

2

50

585

2


The Commission received an update on the House Service’s response to the pandemic at its meeting on 11 January, and agreed a number of measures to further improve the safety of people on the Parliamentary estate. Electronic voting was raised at the meeting, and there is a range of views among Commissioners on this issue. However, the means by which Divisions are conducted are ultimately a matter for the House to determine.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many times the LGBT Advisory Panel has met in the year from July 2019 to July 2020; whether she has fulfilled the requirement set out in the LGBT Advisory Panel’s terms of reference to meet the Chair of the Panel twice a year; and if she will publish the minutes of any Panel meetings that have taken place.

Between July 2019 and July 2020 the LGBT Advisory Panel has met three times: on 18 July 2019, 4 February 2020 and 1 June 2020. Former Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams, attended the meeting in February 2020. Minister for Women and Equalities Rt Hon Liz Truss and I attended the meeting in June 2020.

The minutes of the meeting held July 2019 are available on the GEO website and the minutes for the meeting held February 2020 will be published in due course. No minutes were taken for the meeting of June 2020 as this was an introductory meeting between the Panel and new Ministers.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Attorney General, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental principles policy statement, published on 31 January 2023.

The duty, which came into force on 1 November 2023, does not require the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) nor its superintended bodies (the Crown Prosecution Service, the Government Legal Department, the Serious Fraud Office, and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate) to maintain a comprehensive list of policies within scope of the duty.

The AGO and the bodies it superintends do not lead on policy.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to (a) extend the 2017 gender pay reporting framework to include reporting on the (i) ethnicity, (b) disability and (c) LGBT pay gap, (b) extend pay gap reporting requirements to companies with more than 100 employees, (c) mandate horizontal pay reporting and (d) require companies with pay gaps to publish an evidence-based action plan to tackle (A) pay discrimination and (B) any failure to actively recruit under-represented groups to high value roles.

Pay gaps are caused by a range of factors. The Government ran a consultation from October 2018 to January 2019 on Ethnicity Pay Reporting, which received over 300 responses. The Government has met with businesses and representative organisations to understand the barriers towards reporting and what information could be published to allow for meaningful action to be taken. We have also run voluntary methodology testing with a broad range of businesses to better understand the complexities outlined in the consultation using real payroll data and will share next steps in due course.

Calculation and monitoring of disability and LGBT pay gaps raises significant issues of self-reporting and data accuracy and this data is not widely collected by employers. On disability, the Government is committed to reducing the disability employment gap and seeing a million more disabled people in work between 2017 and 2027. We support disabled people to enter employment and stay in work through a range of programmes such as the Work and Health Programme, Access to Work and the Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme. In November 2018 we also published a voluntary reporting framework on public reporting of pay and progression of disabled people. This is aimed at employers (with over 250 employees) but can also be used to support smaller employers who are keen to drive greater transparency.

On LGBT, we are clear that LGBT people should be able to be themselves in the workplace. We are committed to taking action on LGBT sexual harassment in the workplace and are currently in conversation with ACAS about their harassment guidance. We are also taking steps to improve our monitoring data, including introducing questions to the 2021 Census in this area.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental principles policy statement, published on 31 January 2023.

The duty does not require us to maintain a comprehensive list of policies within scope of the duty.

The duty applies to all policies made from 1 November 2023, whether developed by a central department or an arm’s length body, which are:

  • made by Ministers of the Crown; and

  • not covered by the exemptions for the armed forces, defence or national security, taxation, spending or the allocation of resources within government.

The environmental principles policy statement provides further information on what is considered policy in scope of the duty.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Prime Minister, on what occasions he has been briefed on climate science by the Chief Scientist in 2023.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 16 February 2022, Official Report, PQ 120718.

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
12th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Prime Minister plans to appoint a Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work; and for what reason this post is vacant.

My Hon. Friend, the Member for Mid Sussex (Mims Davies MP) has been appointed as the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, and will build on the Government’s strong track record of supporting disabled people, having delivered millions of cost of living payments and helping over one million more disabled people into work five years earlier than planned. The Minister will help ensure there is always a strong safety net for the most vulnerable in our society, while tearing down barriers so that every disabled person can realise their potential and thrive.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Intelligence and Security Committee report on Russia, HC 632, published on 21 July 2020, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK General Elections are not affected by political interference.

I refer the Hon Member for Brighton Pavilion to my answer on 26th October 2023 (PQ 203720).

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister of the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister exchanged letters with the Rt hon. Member for Fareham at the end of her term in office as Home Secretary; and for what reasons she no longer holds the office of Home Secretary.

The reasons for my right hon. Friend’s departure from government are a matter of public record.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Sep 2023
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish all correspondence sent between Natural England and his Department on changes to regulations on nutrient neutrality and the delivery of new homes since 1 May 2023; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 12 September 2023, PQ 198372.

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
7th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to review all Government documents to ensure that they do not contain (a) racist and (b) other prejudiced terms; and if he will make a statement.

We do not tolerate racist, homophobic, sexist or any similarly unacceptable language in any form, including in Government documents or on our webpages.

The Government has issued guidance on how to write about race and ethnicity and promoted this across departments, including through a letter from the Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service to all Permanent Secretaries in December. That guidance is on gov.uk here: https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/style-guide/writing-about-ethnicity

This is part of wider work to implement the Inclusive Britain Action Plan, the Government’s response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which was published in March 2022. The Government issued an update to Parliament in April 2023 summarising the progress that has been made in delivering this plan.

Cabinet Office will be writing to Permanent Secretary colleagues to remind them of this guidance and asking them to ensure that it is easily accessible to all employees within their department and associated organisations.

Recent media coverage has highlighted language in two documents dating back to 2006 and 2012, and a 2015 comment on a publicly accessible Government web page, on which anyone is able to comment. The 2006 document was written by an external contractor for use by their own staff, the 2012 document used the language within a quote from a non-civil service scientific paper published in 1990. Both documents are no longer in use and the comment has been removed from the web page.

6th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190802 on Blood: Contamination, when he plans to make a decision on whether to accept the recommendations of the inquiry’s second interim report; and if he will make a statement before the summer recess.

As set out in the debate held on Thursday 22nd June, the Government is considering the recommendations set out in the Inquiry’s Second Interim Report and intends to respond to Sir Brian’s recommendations following the publication of the Inquiry’s final report in the autumn. This does not preclude the possibility of making earlier announcements on progress, and I am committed to updating the House as appropriate as the Government progresses this work.

6th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy for interim payments to be made to people affected by deaths that have not been formally recognised as arising from infected blood products; and if he will make a statement.

Work is underway to consider the recommendations in Sir Brian Langstaff's second interim report, including those relating to compensation to those affected by this tragedy. It is important that we give consideration to the recommendations ahead of making any announcements. I am committed to updating the House on these matters as soon as is appropriate.

26th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Figure 6: High-priority lane for the procurement of personal protective equipment, Data on sources on page 28 of the National Audit Office report entitled Investigation into government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic, HC 959, published 26 November 2020, what the categories were of the three leads from other identified sources that did not fall into the categories identified in Figure 6.

There are active legal proceedings at the moment in relation to this matter and, as such, it would not be appropriate to comment while these are ongoing.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a commitment to publish the reply to the letter of 8 March 2023 to him from the General Secretary of the FDA on a communication from the Home Secretary to Conservative Party members on the announcement of the Illegal Migration Bill; if he will instruct the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests to conduct an investigation into whether the Home Secretary has upheld her obligations under paragraph 5.1 of the Ministerial Code to uphold the political impartiality of the civil service; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply to the hon. Member’s question. I have responded to the letter on behalf of HM Government. I will place a copy in the Library of the House, which outlines the Government’s position on this matter.

6th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2023 to Question 151266, whether probity checks on honours lists include consideration of the avoidance of (a) a conflict of interest and (b) the perception of a conflict of interest in the conferring of an honour on a person who is closely related to the Prime Minister who has nominated them; and if he will make a statement.

As is the case under successive administrations, probity and propriety checks are carried out on all honours lists, including resignation honours lists. Checks are carried out with government departments including HMRC and relevant vetting and other professional bodies, as well as using open source information.

23rd Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the FOI release Honours nominations probity and propriety checks completed by HM Revenue and Customs, updated on 27 October 2022, whether the probity checks to preserve the integrity of the honours system have been carried out on the persons nominated in the resignation honours list put forward by the former Prime Minister, the Rt hon. member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip; which Departments have been contacted to carry out probity checks on the people on that list; whether the probity checks undertaken include consideration of the avoidance of (a) a conflict of interest and (b) the perception of a conflict of interest in the conferring of an honour on a person who has made substantial donations to the political party of the Prime Minister who has nominated them; and if he will make a statement.

Probity checks are carried out on all honours lists, including resignation honours lists. Checks are carried out with government departments including HMRC and relevant vetting and other professional bodies, as well as using open source information.

In general, donations to any political party should not be regarded as a reason for disqualification from receiving an honour.

It would be inappropriate to speculate about a possible list.

1st Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral statement on Infected Blood Inquiry of 15 December 2022, Official Report column 1249, what steps he is taking to consult the infected blood community on compensation for that group.

As I said in my statement of 15 December 2022, it is my intention to update Parliament as we make progress in consideration of compensation. Work is underway across Government in order to ensure that the Government is ready to act swiftly in response to Sir Brian Langstaff’s final report when it is delivered. I welcome the fact that both Sir Robert Francis’ Study and Sir Brian’s Inquiry have engaged extensively with the infected and affected community and I plan to meet and hear from people impacted as our work progresses, and I expect to do so soon.

1st Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral statement on Infected Blood Inquiry of 15 December 2022, Official Report column 1249, when the process of verification and registration of the affected groups of people who are part of the infected blood community will begin.

As I said in my statement of 15 December 2022, it is my intention to update Parliament as we make progress in consideration of compensation. Work is underway across Government in order to ensure that the Government is ready to act swiftly in response to Sir Brian Langstaff’s final report when it is delivered. I welcome the fact that both Sir Robert Francis’ Study and Sir Brian’s Inquiry have engaged extensively with the infected and affected community and I plan to meet and hear from people impacted as our work progresses, and I expect to do so soon.

1st Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral statement on Infected Blood Inquiry of 15 December 2022, Official Report column 1249, if he will publish a plan for the delivery of compensation to the infected blood community

As I said in my statement of 15 December 2022, it is my intention to update Parliament as we make progress in consideration of compensation. Work is underway across Government in order to ensure that the Government is ready to act swiftly in response to Sir Brian Langstaff’s final report when it is delivered. I welcome the fact that both Sir Robert Francis’ Study and Sir Brian’s Inquiry have engaged extensively with the infected and affected community and I plan to meet and hear from people impacted as our work progresses, and I expect to do so soon.

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the recruitment process for the Independent Ethics Adviser began.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my honourable friend, the member for Brentwood and Ongar, Alex Burghart MP, in response to the Urgent Question on 30 November.

In May, the Government published a policy statement alongside revised Terms of Reference, which set out reforms to the role of Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. This included an enhanced process for the initiation of investigations under the Ministerial Code. The appointment has been for a five-year fixed term since April 2021.

The appointment process for the Independent Adviser is ongoing, and the House will be updated on this when an appointment has been made.

The Prime Minister set out his clear intention to appoint an Independent Adviser when he assumed office.

I would also refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 15 July 2022, Official Report, HCWS208. As explained in that statement, work on further reforms recommend by the Committee on Standards in Public Life continues and will be informed by the new Prime Minister. That statement can be found here https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2022-07-15/hcws208

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Prime Minister will make it his policy to increase the powers and independence of the Independent Ethics Adviser by (a) giving the Adviser the right to initiate inquiries, (b) making the appointment a fixed term and (c) implementing the other recommendations to strengthen the (i) appointments process, (ii) powers and (iii) remit of the Independent Adviser set out in the report Upholding Standards in Public Life by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, published on 1 November 2021; and if the Prime Minister will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my honourable friend, the member for Brentwood and Ongar, Alex Burghart MP, in response to the Urgent Question on 30 November.

In May, the Government published a policy statement alongside revised Terms of Reference, which set out reforms to the role of Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. This included an enhanced process for the initiation of investigations under the Ministerial Code. The appointment has been for a five-year fixed term since April 2021.

The appointment process for the Independent Adviser is ongoing, and the House will be updated on this when an appointment has been made.

The Prime Minister set out his clear intention to appoint an Independent Adviser when he assumed office.

I would also refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 15 July 2022, Official Report, HCWS208. As explained in that statement, work on further reforms recommend by the Committee on Standards in Public Life continues and will be informed by the new Prime Minister. That statement can be found here https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2022-07-15/hcws208

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September to Question 45769 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Aramco, what criteria are used to determine whether engagements are listed as hospitality or meetings in transparency data; and if he will make it his policy that all types of ministerial meeting must be declared as meetings in departmental transparency releases.

Departments declare all meetings with external organisations and individuals on a quarterly basis. An external organisation means any group, company, organisation or individual person external to Government. Departments also declare all hospitality in accordance with these criteria on a quarterly basis. Where hospitality is provided as part of a meeting both elements should be declared.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a Ministerial Direction was issued in regards to the decision to award a contract to Peters and Peters in relation to the opinion published regarding the Committee of Privileges' inquiry into the Rt. hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

As the Privileges Committee inquiry relates to the conduct of the now former Prime Minister making statements at the despatch box on behalf of the Government as a Minister, the Government is supporting his response to Parliament, as with any Minister, and has instructed legal support. No Ministerial Direction was issued.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Sir Brian Langstaff’s interim report on the Infected Blood Inquiry, if he will make it his policy to adopt the report’s recommendation that interim payments should be immediately made to those infected and affected by contaminated blood.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 42184 on 6 September 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Answer to the Question from the hon. Member for Brighton Pavilion at Prime Minister's Questions on 22 June 2022, Official Report, column 840, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 22 June, (b) 5 July and (c) 11 July 2022 from the hon. Member for Brighton Pavilion.

A reply will be sent by the relevant Minister in due course.

7th Jul 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his evidence to the Liaison Committee on 6 July 2022 that he probably did meet The Lord Lebedev in Italy on 28 April 2018 without officials from his Department, whether he informed his personal protection team that he was attending that meeting; whether any security services attended that meeting; and whether he received any documents at that meeting.

I have committed to write to the Liaison Committee with further details. A copy of that letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

7th Jul 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, if he plans to hold a gathering at Chequers to mark his 2021 wedding.

I have been asked to reply.

As I outlined in my answer of 18 October 2021 to PQ 54006, Chequers is not a government building; it is run and managed by an independent trust. As has been the practice under successive Premiers, the incumbent Prime Minister uses Chequers consistent with the wishes of the donor, the late Sir Arthur Lee, who gave it to the nation for the use of the serving Prime Minister, for both official and private use. This is set out in the Chequers Estates Act 1917.

Notwithstanding the above, it is in the public domain that the Prime Minister does not intend to make use of Chequers in such a way.

5th Jul 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Answer to the Question from the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion at Prime Minister's Questions on 27 April 2022, Official Report, column 759 and the letter to him from Lord McDonald of Salford, former Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, dated 5 July 2022, on complaints about the behaviour of the Right hon. Member for Tamworth, for what reasons the principle set out in that Answer were not applied following the in person briefing he received on the complaint about that Member being upheld.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave to the right Hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras during Prime Minister’s Questions on 6 July 2022.

28th Jun 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2022 to Question 23263 on Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests, how many times he sought advice from the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests on matters relating to the national interest since 23 July 2019.

As I noted in my previous answer to the hon. Member (PQ 23263), the Terms of Reference state that the provision of such advice is confidential.

The Independent Adviser publishes an annual report which summarises their work over the year.

24th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, through what mechanism a civil servant can raise a complaint of (a) bullying, (b) sexual harassment and (c) other misconduct against a minister during any time the post of Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interest is unfilled; and if he will make a statement.

In the event of a complaint against a minister relating to potential misconduct, the dispute resolution procedure in place in all departments would be used. The matter would be escalated to the department’s Permanent Secretary, who would handle the complaint in conjunction with the Cabinet Office and the member of staff concerned.

22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2022 to Question 19605 on Lord Geidt, what criteria he uses for deciding when to request the advice of the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests on matters relating to the national interest.

From time to time, issues may arise relating to the national interest, and in these cases it is helpful to obtain advice on how those issues may be best addressed to avoid or mitigate potential conflicts under the Ministerial Code.

I also refer the Hon. Member to the Terms of Reference on the Independent Adviser (as of May 2022), which sets out the Adviser’s role in providing confidential advice to the Prime Minister. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/terms-of-reference-for-the-independent-adviser-on-ministers-interests--2/terms-of-reference-independent-adviser-on-ministers-interests

16th Jun 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons he sought the advice of Lord Geidt in his former role as Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests on the matter relating to the Trade Remedies Authority referred to by the Prime Minister in his letter of 16 June 2022 in response to Lord Geidt's resignation letter of 15 June 2022.

As I set out in my letter of 16 June, this request for advice related to a matter in the national interest on protecting a crucial industry that would otherwise suffer material harm.

23rd May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with (a) his Deputy Chief of Staff and (b) Lynton Crosby on the potential merits of a windfall tax on oil and gas company profits; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister has regular discussions with Downing Street special advisers on a wide range of issues; Sir Lynton Crosby is not a Government adviser.

I would draw the hon. Member’s attention to the oral statement made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Thursday 26 May, which announced a £15 billion package of targeted Government support to help households across the UK with the rising cost of living, and includes a temporary Energy Profits Levy on oil and gas firms.

19th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2022 to Question 162, on Russia: Subversion, whether he has seen evidence of unsuccessful interference in the EU Referendum by (a) internet trolls linked to the Kremlin or (b) other actors.

As the Government has said previously, we did not see evidence of successful foreign interference in the EU referendum. That remains the case.

The Intelligence and Security Agencies produce and contribute to regular assessments of State Threats, including around potential interference in UK democratic processes. We keep such assessments under review and, where necessary, update them in response to new intelligence.

The Government has robust structures in place to identify threats to democracy and, where necessary, takes proportionate action to mitigate them. Furthermore, we have brought forward new legislation to provide the security services and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to disrupt state threats, including foreign interference.

18th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2022 to Question 163 on the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests and with reference to the letter from Rt Hon Lord Geidt, Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests, Cabinet Office to the Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, of 6 January 2022, whether a decision was taken to publish his report after the elections on 5 May 2022; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member back to my answer to PQ 163 of 16 May. The timing of publication of the Annual Report is a matter for the Independent Adviser.

17th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Prime Minister will make it his policy to publish transparency data from the Cabinet Office on ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings on a monthly basis; if he will undertake an assessment of the impact on the ability of interested parties to scrutinise Ministers of providing updates three months in ​arrears on a quarterly basis; and if he will make a statement.

Departments publish details of ministers' gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings on a quarterly basis. The government will continue to look at how the range of information published by Government can be improved and made as useful as possible to the public, press and Parliament.

12th May 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has met in any (a) formal and (b) informal capacity to discuss climate and energy issues with (i) representatives and (ii) members of the (A) Global Warming Policy Foundation and (B) Net Zero Scrutiny Group in the last two years.

Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on gov.uk as part of the government’s transparency agenda.

10th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the annual report from Lord Geidt, the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests has been delayed and when it will be published.

The Independent Adviser publishes a report annually. The previous report was published at the end of May 2021.

10th May 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has been provided with information from the Metropolitan Police on their estimated completion date for their investigation into alleged gatherings on Government premises during covid-19 restrictions; if he will publish the Sue Gray report in full without redactions other than any specific HR action against individuals; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply. The investigations by the Metropolitan Police are rightly a matter for the police, not the Government. At the end of the process, the Prime Minister will ask the Second Permanent Secretary to update her findings, which will be published in line with the terms of reference.

10th May 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to Question 149219 and to the Press Release dated 1 April 2022 on the PM roundtable with industry leaders from the wind sector: 31 March 2022, when details of that meeting will be published under the Collection of Cabinet Office: ministers' transparency publications; if he will publish details of all attendees and minutes of that meeting; and if he will make a statement.

Ministerial meetings with external organisations will be published in the usual way on gov.uk as part of the government’s transparency agenda. A summary of that meeting is available in the press release.

10th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to FCDO Press Release of 1 May 2022 entitled UK exposes sick Russian troll factory plaguing social media with Kremlin propaganda, whether the Kremlin's trolling activities were in operation during the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU Referendum. There are no plans to make a statement.

It is, and always will be, an absolute priority to protect the UK against foreign interference. The National Security Bill was introduced to Parliament on 11 May. The Bill will provide new tools and powers for the intelligence agencies and law enforcement, including offences for foreign interference, supporting a foreign intelligence service and sabotage.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the roundtable he held with UK oil and gas industry representatives on 14 March 2022, whether he has met representatives of renewable energy companies to discuss (a) domestic energy security and (b) increasing renewable energy capacity; and if he will place a copy of those meeting minutes in the Library.

I met representatives of the renewable energy sector on 31 March. Details of this meeting can be found on gov.uk.

23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether information relating to the contents of Ministerial red box Government business has been sent via (a) WhatsApp and (b) other messaging platforms to a (i) ministerial and (ii) minister's personal phone; whether Government rules and guidance allow for red box-related information to be summarised and sent via social media platforms; what assessment he has made of the potential impact of sending such information in that manner on security; and if he will make a statement.

There are appropriate arrangements and guidance in place for the management of electronic communications to conduct Government business. Ministers will use a range of digital forms of communication for discussions in line with relevant guidance on information handling and security.

The Cabinet Office has previously published guidance on how information is held for the purposes of access to information, and how formal decisions are recorded for the official record. Ministers are also given advice on the security of electronic communications.

In line with practices across successive Administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on internal security arrangements.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the response of the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Brighton Pavilion during the oral statement of 31 January 2022 on the Investigation into alleged gatherings on Government premises during covid restrictions – update, what changes he plans to make to the Ministerial Code and its implementation; and if he will make a statement.

I would refer the Hon. Member to my exchange of letters with the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests, published on 6 January and placed in the Library of the House. The Government will outline any changes in due course.

17th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of whether all covid-19 guidance was followed in No. 10 Downing Street from 23 March 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement.

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

14th Jan 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he first learned about the parties in Downing Street that took place on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip.

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

12th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the investigation led by Sue Gray into allegations of breaches of covid-19 regulations by the Prime Minister will include interviewing former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt hon. Member for Hertsmere, on whether he gained any knowledge of gatherings on 20 May 2020 at the Downing Street while visiting Downing Street on that date to deliver the covid-19 press conference.

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

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

9th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister attended an indoor gathering at Downing Street on 13 November 2020.

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

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister attended an indoor gathering at No.10 Downing Street on 27 November 2020.

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

7th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Prime Minister wore a police uniform during televised media interviews on 6 December 2021; and whether the Prime Minister sought (a) permission from (i) the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police or (ii) other relevant police authorities to wear police uniform during media interviews and (b) advice from officials on potential implications for the separation of Ministerial and police roles of a Minister (A) wearing and (B) widely publicising the wearing of police uniform; and if he will make a statement.

On 6 December, the Prime Minister accompanied Merseyside Police to watch their County Lines enforcement work in action. His attendance and participation was agreed with Merseyside Police, who ensured that clothing and protective equipment, to reflect the operational conditions, was provided.

20th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prompt Payment Policy applies to payments due from Government departments to (a) sign-language interpreters and (b) other self-employed people providing services to Government departments; if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on delays to payments to sign-language interpreters providing services to Access to Work claimants on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions; and if he will make a statement.

As per the Public Contract Regulations 2015, public sector buyers must include 30-day payment terms in new public sector contracts. Public sector buyers must also make sure this payment term is passed down the supply chain.

Government departments are committed to paying all valid and undisputed invoices within 30 days. Government departments publish their payment performance against 5 and 30 days on a quarterly basis on GOV.UK. DWP's latest published report shows they paid 95.7% of valid and undisputed invoices within 5 days and 99.5% of valid and undisputed invoices in 30 days covering April - June of this year.

23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish details of all meetings he has attended with (a) Heads of States, (b) Ambassadors, (c) business leaders and (d) civil society where COP26 was the leading topic of discussion in the last 12 months.

A successful COP26 is at the top of the Government’s agenda. I regularly raise climate change and COP26 in my bilateral meetings. Most recently, during my visit to the US and attendance at the UN General Assembly, I raised climate change with the heads of state or government from Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, and the US. I co-hosted a climate roundtable with the UN Secretary General where we called on major economies to be more ambitious in cutting emissions and encouraged developed countries to increase mobilisation of climate finance to meet the $100 billion goal. Details of my meetings are published and can be found on Gov.uk.

23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the details of all meetings he has held in the last 12 months with (a) Heads of States (b) Ambassadors (c) business leaders and (d) civil society, where COP26 was the leading topic of discussion.

A successful COP26 is at the top of the Government’s agenda. I regularly raise climate change and COP26 in my bilateral meetings. Most recently, during my visit to the US and attendance at the UN General Assembly, I raised climate change with the heads of state or government from Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Turkey, and the US. I co-hosted a climate roundtable with the UN Secretary General where we called on major economies to be more ambitious in cutting emissions and encouraged developed countries to increase mobilisation of climate finance to meet the $100 billion goal. Details of my meetings are published and can be found on Gov.uk.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to include representatives from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group in the membership of the inquiry commission into the response to the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed the public inquiry into COVID-19 will begin in Spring 2022. The Government recognises that it must engage and consult with bereaved families and others, before the terms of reference are finalised. The terms of reference will set out the purpose and structure of the Covid-19 inquiry, including the exact areas that will be investigated.

The Government is aware of Bereaved Families for Justice’ call to be represented during the COVID-19 Inquiry. Throughout the pandemic senior ministers, including the Prime Minister, have met and will continue to meet with bereaved families.

We also recognise the need for bereaved families to be represented on the UK Commission on Covid Commemoration. The Commission will carefully consider how communities across the country can remember those who have lost their lives and recognise those involved in the response in a fitting and permanent way. I want to thank the Bereaved Families for Justice group for all their efforts in representing bereaved families throughout the pandemic.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 August 2021 to Question 16063 on Disease Control, which Cabinet Ministers were actively involved in Exercise Nimbus.

In addition to the information provided in the response to PQ 16063, the following cross-government exercises have been conducted since 2010 in relation to pandemic preparedness and response:

  • April 2021: an official-level exercise to test contingency plans for the risk of an emergence of a significant variant of COVID-19.

  • May 2021: a Ministerial-level exercise to rehearse the response to the outbreak of a significant variant of COVID-19.

  • August 2021: a series of official-level wargames to test cross-government COVID-19 arrangements for the Autumn / Winter period.

As explained in the response to PQ 16063, the Government does not publicly comment in detail on pandemic preparedness exercises. This includes exercises that test plans for ongoing emergencies, including COVID-19. This is to allow Ministers, officials and emergency planners to develop policies and plans while ensuring that the full, candid and proper deliberation of lessons learned is not influenced or impacted by the possibility of public exposure.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 August 2021 to Question 16063 on Disease Control, if he will make it his policy to gather the details of all pandemic exercises held across Government departments from 2010 onwards; if he will set out the relevance of each exercise to the covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement.

In addition to the information provided in the response to PQ 16063, the following cross-government exercises have been conducted since 2010 in relation to pandemic preparedness and response:

  • April 2021: an official-level exercise to test contingency plans for the risk of an emergence of a significant variant of COVID-19.

  • May 2021: a Ministerial-level exercise to rehearse the response to the outbreak of a significant variant of COVID-19.

  • August 2021: a series of official-level wargames to test cross-government COVID-19 arrangements for the Autumn / Winter period.

As explained in the response to PQ 16063, the Government does not publicly comment in detail on pandemic preparedness exercises. This includes exercises that test plans for ongoing emergencies, including COVID-19. This is to allow Ministers, officials and emergency planners to develop policies and plans while ensuring that the full, candid and proper deliberation of lessons learned is not influenced or impacted by the possibility of public exposure.

29th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the Ministers who have conducted Government business using private email accounts since the 2019 General Election.

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

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant the Answer of 29 March 2021 to Question 172053 on Gender Based Violence: Victim Support Schemes, and with reference to the Green Paper Transforming Public Procurement, if he will publish a White Paper containing criteria setting out when it is appropriate for grant funding to be used for specialist provision for Violence Against Women and Girls services and for procurement rules to not apply.

The government has no plans to legislate in this area and so will not publish a White Paper. The published Grants Functional Standard provides clear guidance, alongside Managing Public Money, on the use of grant funding, and is available to government departments and arm's length bodies. Decisions on the use of grants as a funding mechanism are carefully considered and informed by the purpose and expected outcomes of individual schemes.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the covid-19 risk from wedding ceremonies in (a) permitted places of worship and some public buildings from 12 April 2021 and (b) outdoor wedding ceremony venues.

In the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021, the Government has set out the gradual and cautious approach to reopening different sectors in England, guided by science and the data.

We understand the unique significance that marriages and civil partnerships hold in people’s lives, but we have to take necessary steps to limit transmission of COVID-19. This includes restrictions on wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, as well as other forms of social contact. By their very nature, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are events that bring families and friends together, making them particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

Alternative wedding ceremonies are permitted in line with the regular wedding or civil partnership rules, in the same locations, at each step.

From 29 March, wedding and civil partnership ceremonies can take place indoors or outdoors in COVID-Secure venues that are not expressly closed by the Regulations, or where a broader exemption applies. Only six people are permitted to attend until Step 2, when limits will increase to 15. This approach allows couples to marry in legally binding licensed venues for wedding ceremonies (where outdoor options are limited) while remaining in line with the reopening of sectors and venues as set out in the roadmap. Wedding ceremonies should follow government guidance to reduce the risk of transmission.

Receptions (of up to 15 people) can resume from Step 2. The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. That is why receptions are only permitted outdoors at this Step and should be in a COVID-Secure venue.

From Step 3, no earlier than 17 May 2021, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 30 people in COVID-Secure venues that are not required to close, or where a broader exemption applies. Receptions can also proceed with up to 30 people in a COVID-Secure indoor venue, or outdoors, which includes private gardens.

Guidance for wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-wedding-and-civil-partnership-receptions-and-celebrations

At each step, the limits on the number of attendees includes children of all ages, but not workers.


For further information, please refer to the guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
19th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department is taking steps to remove specialist Violence Against Women and Girls services from procurement rules; and if he will make a statement.

The overarching principle in all public procurement is to secure the best value for money for the taxpayer. The Green Paper proposals rightly put value for money at the heart of the new approach for services that are put out to tender. However there is no requirement in the procurement rules for public services to be outsourced.

Where grants are appropriately used to fund these types of specialist provision, procurement rules do not apply: grants are subject to public law and internal government standards, to ensure that the provision is effective and value for money is achieved.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions has not lead a daily covid-19 briefing broadcast from Downing Street.

The daily coronavirus press conferences have been led by the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary, and other Cabinet Ministers as required, reflecting the salient topics.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2020 to Question 57942 whether he has undertaken (a) polling and (b) other evidence gathering of public opinion to underpin his statement that nobody in Number 10 has done anything to undermine the Government's covid-19 messaging.

I refer the Hon. Member to my Parliamentary statement of 23 June 2020, Official Report, Column 1167 onwards, which outlines how we are working with the public to combat the Covid-19 virus, and to trust in the common sense of the British people. That common sense and the public’s sacrifices have allowed us to get the virus under control and downgrade the Covid Alert Level.

15th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date and for what reasons the Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingency Committee was disbanded.

The body referred to in the Hon. Members' questions was one of a number of sub-Committees of the National Security Council. Since July 2019, the National Security Council itself now consider matters relating to national security, foreign policy, defence, international relations and development, resilience, energy and resource security. This includes oversight of the National Security Risk Assessment. This administrative measure simply reflected a wider consolidation of Cabinet Committee sub-Committees.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to Question 51836 and with reference to his decision to allow Dominic Cummings to remain in post following his trip to the North East from London during the covid-19 lockdown, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of that decision on public attitudes towards cooperating with social distancing and other guidelines to avoid transmission of covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

As I said on Monday 25th May, I do not believe that anybody in Number 10 has done anything to undermine our messaging. I am satisfied that Mr Cummings’ actions were in line with the Government’s guidance, and Durham Police have also stated, ‘Durham Constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence’.

We all have a duty to be clear in our advice to the public throughout this unprecedented pandemic. The Government’s guidance remains clear: we all must stay alert, in order to control the virus and save lives. That means continuing to observe social distancing, limiting contact with others, washing our hands regularly, and self-isolating if we have symptoms.

It is thanks to the common sense of the British public that we have got the R rate beneath 1, and it is only by pulling together in this national effort that we will defeat coronavirus.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much public health and NHS advertising has been placed with (a) members of the Independent Community News Network and (b) other news providers since 23 March 2020.

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

26th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to set up a full public inquiry into the Government's response to the covid-19 outbreak with a remit to include (a) who in Government was responsible for preparedness and (b) the quality of the Government's (i) responses and (ii) decisions; if he will undertake preparatory work on that public inquiry so that public hearings can start in 2020; and if he will make a statement.

As the Government has made clear, at some point in the future there will be an opportunity for us to look back, to reflect and to learn lessons. However, at the moment, the important thing is to focus on responding to the current situation. The Government has set out its strategic response to COVID-19 in “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy”, which is available here.

29th Apr 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the press statement by Michel Barnier following the second round of future relationship negotiations with the United Kingdom published on 24 April 2020, what recent (a) social, (b) economic, (c) labour and (d) environmental impact assessments the Government has undertaken of the effect of not reaching a deal with the EU by the end of the transition period.

The UK has struck a deal with the EU and that will form the basis of our relationship with the EU going forwards. There is no danger of the kind of legal rupture and uncertainty that would have occurred if we had left the EU without a deal. The outstanding question is how deep our trading relationship can be in future and what kind of pragmatic collaboration we are looking for in other areas.

It’s in our and the EU’s interests to have a future relationship which keeps goods flowing, services being provided, and business being done. Negotiations with the EU on the form that relationship will take are ongoing. We will continue to keep Parliament informed with appropriate analysis at appropriate times.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
13th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's policy is on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK to vote in (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national elections after the UK’s departure from the European Union; and when his Department plans to publish that policy.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer which I gave to PQ 10755 on 10 February 2020, and to relevant legislation, including the Representation of the People Act 1983.

13th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's policy is on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, to stand for election in (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national elections after the UK’s exit from the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer which I gave to PQ 10755 on 10 February 2020, and to relevant legislation, including the Representation of the People Act 1983.

6th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect and (b) improve the rights of workers in the global information and communications technology sector through its (i) policies on and (ii) processes for procuring that technology throughout the government estate.

This Government is committed to ethical and responsible procurement in all sectors, including the technology sector. This includes working with suppliers to identify and avoid the risk of modern slavery in Government Department’s supply chains, as part of wider Government action to tackle compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.

The Government is taking forward initiatives to tackle modern slavery in supply chains. In September 2019 we published new guidance to help Government departments identify and avoid the risk of modern slavery in their supply chains during procurement processes. It also sets out how existing contracts can be risk assessed and suggests measures to manage the risks identified. The Guidance contains several tools to support this work, including:

  • An online training course on ethical procurement following a partnership between the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), Government Commercial Function and the Home Office.

  • A Modern Slavery Assessment Tool to support public bodies assess their own supply base for modern slavery risks.

In 2019, we also published the updated 'Supplier Code of Conduct v2', which sets the standards and behaviours expected from suppliers (and separately grant recipients), and reiterates the government's approach to working with suppliers.

Crown Commercial Service’s Standard Contract includes a Schedule which sets out the behaviours expected of all government suppliers, including those in the ICT industry. The schedule covers several areas of worker's rights, including equality and accessibility, security of income, working hours and modern slavery.

Additionally, the Crown Commercial Service has partnered with Electronics Watch, a multi-stakeholder initiative, to improve conditions for workers at factory level in government ICT hardware supply chains. Electronics Watch’s work has led to workers in government supply chains being reimbursed for recruitment fees they paid. Government is also piloting a programme to improve responsible recruitment in parts of our health sector supply chains in South East Asia.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Written Statement of 3 February 2020, HCWS86 on UK/ EU relations, for what reasons that statement did not refer to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The written ministerial statement sets out the Government’s proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship. Leaving the EU does not change our world-leading ambitions on the environment. We have a long history of environmental protection which predates membership of the EU, and we will safeguard and improve on this record.

The UK Government is committed to supporting implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. A comprehensive account of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals setting out how government, business, civil society and others are contributing to them both at home and around the world is available on gov.uk. It also sets out areas of further work and next steps.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uks-voluntary-national-review-of-the-sustainable-development-goals

6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will review L3Harris’s licence to produce release systems for the F-35 combat aircraft in the context of the International Court of Justice's order relating to the case of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v Israel), published on 26 January 2024.

Decisions on export licensing are based on the UK's Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. The Government's export licences are kept under careful and continual review, and we can amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, or refuse new licence applications, where they are inconsistent with these criteria.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental principles policy statement, published on 31 January 2023.

The Environmental principles duty does not require the Government to maintain a comprehensive list of policies within scope of the duty.

The duty applies to all policies made from 1 November 2023, whether developed by a central department, or an arm’s length body, which are:

  • made by Ministers of the Crown; and

  • not covered by the exemptions for the armed forces, defence or national security, taxation, spending or the allocation of resources within government.

The environmental principles policy statement provides further information on what is considered policy in scope of the duty. Examples include strategies and frameworks.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has had recent discussions with (a) L3Harris on and (b) other UK-based companies using the open general export license for exports for the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 Lightning II in the period since 7 October 2023.

Since the events of 7 October 2023, the Government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Department has not engaged with users of Open General Licences since 7 October 2023 in relation to the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

All licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard and we are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences as circumstances require. In the event such decisions were taken for any licences, we would inform exporters via a ‘Notice to Exporters’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5417 on Israel: Military Aid, whether she has carried out a review of L3Harris’s licence to produce release systems for the F-35 combat aircraft.

The Government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. We will not issue an export licence for any material to any destination where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria.

Licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard and we are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, or refuse new licence applications, as circumstances require.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether any licences for export of military goods to Israel have been (a) wholly and (b) partially revoked since 7 October 2023.

HM Government publishes data on export licensing decisions on a quarterly basis in the Official Statistics, including data on outcome, end user destination, overall value, type by these licences. This data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data.

The most recent publication was on 30th August 2023, and covered the period 1st January – 31st March 2023. Information covering 1st April – 30th June 2023 will be published on 16th January 2024.

Information regarding export licences granted between 7 October and end of December 2023 will be published after April 2024.

Licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard and we are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, as circumstances require.

In the event such decisions were taken, for any licences, we would issue a Notice to Exporters, which would be published on gov.uk.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5417 on Israel: Military Aid, whether she has conducted a recent review of his Department's guidance entitled Open general export license: exports in support of joint strike fighter (F-35 Lightening II) with respect to the inclusion of Israel on the list of approved recipients (a) directly and (b) indirectly via other partner nations.

The government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

All licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard and we are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences as circumstances require.

In the event such decisions were taken, for any licences, we would issue a ‘Notice to Exporters’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5417 on Israel: Military Aid, whether any licences are in place that allow UK manufactured (a) military equipment and (b) components for military equipment to be sent to Israel.

HM Government publishes data on export licensing decisions on a quarterly basis in the Official Statistics on GOV.UK, including data on outcome, end user destination, overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. This data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data.

The most recent publication was on 30th August 2023, and covered the period 1st January – 31st March 2023. Information regarding export licensing decisions made after 31st March 2023 cannot be released at this stage as that information has not yet been published as official statistics.

The government does not publish statistics on extant licences.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5417 on Israel: Military Aid, whether she has carried out a review of the licences for military technology provided to Israel.

The Government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. We will not issue an export licence for any material to any destination where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria.

Licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard and we are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, or refuse new licence applications, as circumstances require.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2023 to Question 5417 on Israel: Military Aid, whether she has carried out a review of the licences for components for military equipment provided to Israel.

The Government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. We will not issue an export licence for any material to any destination where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria.

Licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard and we are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, or refuse new licence applications, as circumstances require.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to paragraph 2.7 of the Office of Financial Sanctions guidance entitled UK Maritime Services Ban and Oil Price Cap, published June 2023, if she will monitor the amount of refined oil products entering the UK that have undergone a change in origin from the Russian Federation to another country determined based on substantial processing in a jurisdiction other than the Russian Federation; if she will make it her policy to amend the rules to disallow a change of origin of fuel products originating in the Russian Federation following substantial processing elsewhere; and if she will make a statement.

UK sanctions have curtailed Russian goods imports by 99%, compared to prior to the invasion of Ukraine.

The Government is committed to ensuring that third countries are not used by Russia to evade sanctions. The UK has taken a leading role in coordinating international efforts to counter Russia’s actions in Ukraine. This includes working together with international partners to tackle circumvention and ensure sanctions have maximum impact.

The Government continues to monitor the effectiveness of our sanctions. The Government does not comment on future sanctions measures, as to do so would reduce their impact.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of regulating the use of loyalty cards by supermarkets.

The Government recently ran a consultation which included questions on the display of prices for loyalty card schemes and other promotions. The Government is analysing the responses to this consultation and will respond in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support working parents who have a baby in neonatal care; what recent progress she has made on implementing the Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act 2023; and if she will make a statement.

The Government is committed to introducing Neonatal Care Leave and Pay as soon as possible.

The entitlement will be available to all eligible parents of babies who are admitted into neonatal care up to the age of 28 days, and who have a continuous stay in neonatal care of seven days or more. The period of leave and pay available to parents will be capped at 12 weeks.

Action is continuing to take place across Government to deliver this new entitlement, including preparing the necessary statutory instruments and working with HMRC to update existing systems.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to provide self-employed parents who have a baby in neonatal care with statutory support equivalent to that provided to employed parents; and if she will make a statement.

The Government is committed to introducing Neonatal Care Leave and Pay as soon as possible.

In line with other leave and pay entitlements in the UK, the Government has prioritised ensuring that employed parents have access to Neonatal Care Leave and Pay. Those who are self-employed have greater flexibility to decide when they work and do not have the additional pressure of needing to seek an employer's permission in order to take time off to be with their baby.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to introduce paid leave for kinship carers.

Kinship carers can already benefit from many workplace entitlements designed to help parents and carers combine work with childcare. These include unpaid parental leave, emergency time off for dependents and the right to request flexible working.

In our government response to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, we committed to explore the introduction of additional workplace entitlements for kinship carers. Since then, work has been underway across government to better understand how government can support kinship carers to balance work and childcare. The Department for Education is committed to publishing a national kinship strategy by the end of 2023.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to paragraph 193 of the Sixth Report of Session 2016–17 of the Joint Committee on Human Rights entitled Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability, published on 5 April 2017, HC 443, if she will make it her policy to implement the Committee's recommendation on requiring UK companies to carry out human rights due diligence.

The Government supports and encourages a voluntary, business-led, approach to due diligence; as set out in international frameworks such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Department recently launched a review of non-financial information through a call for evidence. The review is part of the Government’s wider efforts to reduce burdens on business and drive economic growth, following our exit from the European Union. Whilst the Government continues to keep these issues under review, there are currently no plans to legally mandate companies to conduct further due diligence assessments before considering existing reporting requirements.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to collect scientific evidence about the potential impact of deep sea mining on deep-sea ecosystems.

The UK is continuing to develop a better understanding of the impacts of deep-sea mining. Through Government sponsorship of academic research and existing exploration licences, over 70 peer-reviewed publications supporting a greater understanding of environmental issues have already been produced, with more to come. We have also commissioned an independent evidence review into the potential risks and benefits of deep-sea mining, and this has been published in line with our commitment to transparency and developing the global evidence base in relation to deep-sea mining. The review was published in October 2022 and is available here:

https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/deep-sea-mining-evidence-review-published/

Further and detailed environmental impact assessments would be required in advance of any exploitation licence being issued by the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
20th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June to Question 189196 on United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, what aspects of that Act her Department plans to review within the two year period starting at the end of 2023.

As set out in the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, the review provisions relate to (i) any use of the powers in the Act to amend certain provisions of parts 1 and 2 of the Act; and (ii) the arrangements for carrying out the functions in part 4 of the Act. More information on the review provisions can be found in the explanatory notes to the Act, including those relating to sections 13, 22 and 44, which can be found on www.legislation.gov.uk.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she will be conducting a post-implementation review of the UK Internal Market Act 2020.

As set out in legislation, we will conduct a review of certain aspects of the UK Internal Market Act 2020 within the two year period starting at the end of 2023.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her oral contribution during the Second Reading of the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill on 22 January 2024, Official Report, columns 42-43, on what evidential basis she stated that 200,000 jobs are supported by the oil and gas sector in the UK; and if she will publish a breakdown of (a) the calculations supporting this figure and (b) those jobs by sector.

The impact assessment for the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill uses figures from Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) 2022 annual workforce insights report to show how many jobs are supported by the Oil and Gas sector in the UK. This report highlights that there were approximately 200,000 jobs supported by the industry in 2021 and the report includes a breakdown of jobs by sector.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to EDF's media release entitled January 2024 project update, published on 23 January 2024], whether her Department had discussions on the scale of (a) overruns and (b) overspends announced in that update before that information was published.

Hinkley Point C (HPC) is not a Government project and its financing is a matter for EDF and its shareholders. The Department engages regularly with EDF on HPC’s progress and related matters. Officials were aware the HPC were likely to make an update to cost and schedule in advance, with the precise details only being shared at the time of publication.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on domestic fossil fuel licencing of the global stocktake agreement at COP28.

The UK is a world leader in phasing out unabated fossil fuels and was pleased to help negotiate the Global Stocktake at COP28.

UK oil and gas production will, with new licences, decline by 7% a year - which is faster than the global decline required to align with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5°C pathways. Issuing new licences will reduce higher emission imports and retain vital capabilities in the sector that are vital to the transition to clean technologies. This is consistent with the agreement at COP28 to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 24 October 2023 to Question 202952 on North Sea Oil: Shetland, on what evidential basis she said that Rosebank will be significantly less emissions-intensive than the current average of producing assets; and if she will make an estimate of the total lifespan emissions from this project.

Equinor estimates that Rosebank will produce oil at around 12 kg CO2/barrel, compared to a UK offshore production average of over 20 kg CO2/barrel. Rosebank will be electrification-ready, and Equinor anticipates the emissions would reduce to 3kg CO2/barrel after electrification. I refer the Hon Member to Equinor’s analysis on Rosebank, the North Sea Transition Authority’s 2023 Emissions Monitoring Report and data Dashboard highlighting the emissions intensity of production for the UK Continental Shelf, and published regulatory decision documents on the environmental effects of Rosebank.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of targeted exemption of energy bill levies on (a) households using electric heating and (b) the take up of heat pumps.

In ‘Powering Up Britain’, the Government committed to outlining a clear approach to price rebalancing by the end of 2023/24 and making significant progress affecting relative prices by the end of 2024. No decisions have yet been taken on that approach. We are committed to ensuring that the cost of transition to Net Zero is fair and affordable for all energy consumers. The potential impacts of rebalancing across technologies and consumers will be fully considered.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Further steps to prepare Sizewell C for construction, published on 22 January 2024, which existing budgets the £1.3 billion additional investment has been made available from.

The investment of £1.3bn made available to the Sizewell C project last month is from the Department’s capital budgets agreed as part of the 2022 Spending Review.

The continued development of the Sizewell C project is commercially sensitive and we cannot disclose the further information at this time. The Sizewell C project is continuously reviewed and assured through the Major Projects Review Group (MPRG), and the Department has committed to publishing a value for money assessment for the project at the point of any Final Investment Decision.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether unanticipated cost increases for Sizewell C will fall on consumers under the proposed Regulated Asset Base financing model.

The National Audit Office assessed that models such as RAB could have resulted in better value for money to consumers if they had been applied to Hinkley Point C.

Our plans for implementing the RAB model for nuclear include multiple safeguards to protect consumers’ interests. These include robust due diligence according to HM Treasury Green Book guidance prior to any final investment decisions and implementing an incentives regime for projects to manage cost and schedule.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental principles policy statement, published on 31 January 2023.

The duty applies to all policies made from 1 November 2023, whether developed by a central department or an arm’s length body, which are:

  • made by Ministers of the Crown; and
  • not covered by the exemptions for the armed forces, defense or national security, taxation, spending or the allocation of resources within Government.

The environmental principles policy statement provides further information on what is considered policy in scope of the duty. Examples include strategies and frameworks.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4125 on Energy Charter Treaty, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on the UK's membership of Energy Charter Treaty of the recent discussions between the secretariat for the Energy Charter Treaty and OPEC on potential cooperation.

The Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat has not initiated formal cooperation with OPEC. The UK stays in touch with issues relating to the Energy Charter Treaty through regular meetings.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4125 on Energy Charter Treaty, when her Department plans to conclude its review of the UK’s membership of the Energy Charter Treaty.

The Government is considering the views of stakeholders in business, civil society, and Parliament and will inform Parliament of the outcome in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th 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 the UK joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance.

The UK has no plans to join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance. However, the Government is committed to continued collaboration on phasing out unabated fossil fuels with all international partners.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero of 16 January 2024, Official Report, column 679, if she will publish correspondence she has had with her counterparts in the devolved Administrations on the appointment of a new Chair to the Climate Change Committee.

The Government places significant emphasis on successfully concluding this campaign and is working with the Devolved Administrations to ensure a suitable Chair is appointed as soon as possible.

It is important that the Government and Devolved Administrations are able to discuss the appointment in private as it involves personal information about the candidates. It would therefore not be appropriate to publish the correspondence relating to this decision-making process.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the draft Energy National Policy Statements, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of extending the proposed Critical National Priority presumption to any low carbon energy infrastructure (a) onshore and (b) offshore, including (i) nuclear generation and (ii) nature gas fired generation which is carbon capture ready.

The Department has published an Appraisal of Sustainability of the National Policy Statements. The Appraisal of Sustainability provides an assessment of Critical National Priority under several headline themes, including the natural environment, and includes proposed monitoring to examine the effects predicted through the Appraisal of Sustainability against the actual effects of the National Policy Statements when they are implemented.

The published Post Adoption Statement also addresses amendments to the National Policy Statements that have been informed by the Appraisal of Sustainability findings.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to require the National Grid Electricity System Operator to prioritise the use of battery storage instead of fossil fuel-based power.

The Electricity System Operator (ESO) has responsibility for balancing supply and demand on the electricity system on a second by second basis, whilst minimising the cost for consumers.

The Government and Ofgem's 2021 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan includes actions to open up markets and to remove barriers to participation for low-carbon flexibility such as battery storage. The Review of Electricity Market Arrangements programme is considering market reforms to drive a secure, cost-effective, low-carbon electricity system, including reform options to facilitate the deployment and operation of low-carbon flexible technologies such as battery storage.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department plans to take to (a) help support fuel poor homes to have an EPC rating of C or higher by 2030 and (b) incentivise landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, in the context of the Government's commitment to scrap policies to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties as outlined in the press notice entitled PM recommits UK to Net Zero by 2050 and pledges a “fairer” path to achieving target to ease the financial burden on British families, published on 20 September 2023.

We see energy efficiency as the best way to tackle fuel poverty, contributing to the long-term reduction of energy bills and carbon emissions in line with Net Zero.

Multiple targeted schemes are in place to deliver measures to fuel poor households including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4). The government is also reviewing the fuel poverty strategy.

We are spending £6bn this Parliament and a further £6bn to 2028 on making buildings, including private rented properties, cleaner and warmer. That is in addition to the estimated £5bn that will be delivered through ECO4 and the GB Insulation Scheme up to March 2026.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2023 to Question 203474 on North Sea Oil: Shetland, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the development of Rosebank oil field on the extent to which the UK will meet the North Sea Transition Deal emissions reduction targets.

Further development of oil and gas fields on the UK Continental Shelf is compatible with delivering net zero, and the expected emissions from future projects are factored into the UK’s carbon budgets. The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) sets out how new fields are aligned with the North Sea Transition Deal emissions reduction target in its annual Emissions Monitoring Report.

Rosebank is expected to be significantly less emissions intensive than the current average of producing assets, due to greater operational efficiencies and emissions mitigations measures. It will be electrification-ready, with Equinor expecting emissions to fall to 3kgCO2 per barrel if electrification proceeds.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to page 7 of the Government's response to the call for evidence entitled Facilitating the deployment of large-scale and long-duration electricity storage, published in August 2022, what her planned timetable is for consulting on revenue support mechanisms for large-scale and long-duration electricity storage.

As outlined in the Powering Up Britain and British Energy Security Strategy, we plan to put in place an appropriate policy framework by the end of 2024 to enable investment in large scale long duration electricity storage. We anticipate publishing a consultation on the policy approach around the end of this year.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has targets for large-scale long-duration electricity storage deployment by (a) 2030 and (b) 2050.

We recognise the important contribution large-scale long duration electricity storage can make to delivering a secure, low-carbon energy system in a cost-effective manner. As set out in Powering Up Britain and British Energy Security Strategy, we plan to put in place an appropriate policy framework for enabling investment by the end of 2024.

We do not have specific capacity targets for long duration electricity storage in 2030 or 2050. Other technologies could play equivalent roles but through the development of the policy framework, we will establish an approach for determining access to revenue support.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Climate Change Committee’s publication entitled CCC assessment of recent announcements and developments on Net Zero, published on 12 October 2023, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of its findings that the (a) cancellation of regulations on the private-rented sector and (b) delayed phase out of fossil fuel cars would increase costs for households.

At a time when the pressure on the cost of living is already high, my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister has chosen to chart the fairest credible path to reach net zero, while taking into account that some measures under previous plans would have imposed significant up front costs on families. For example, delaying the Electric Vehicle phase out date will allow consumers to choose the vehicle that best suits their budget, whether that means opting for an Electric Vehicle now or waiting to take advantage of falling prices over the coming decade.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Climate Change Committee’s publication entitled CCC assessment of recent announcements and developments on Net Zero, published on 12 October 2023, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her Department's polices of its findings that recent policy developments (a) have made meeting future targets harder and (b) increase longer-term risks to meeting the 2050 Net Zero target.

The Committee reported increased confidence in the UK meeting the fourth Carbon Budget in its 2023 annual progress report. The Government has taken considerable further steps since then, including introducing the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, the agreement with Tata steel for industrial electrification in Port Talbot and reform to electricity grid connections. The Committee’s most recent analysis shows there is no material difference in the UK's progress to cut emissions since its last report in June.

The Government remains committed to its carbon budgets, which keep it on track to meet net zero in 2050.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's press release entitled UK reviewing membership of energy treaty, published on 1 September 2023, what assessment she has made of the implications for her (a) policies on and (b) review of UK membership of the Energy Charter Treaty of the removal of the modernisation process from the agenda for that Treaty's annual conference.

The UK is reviewing its Energy Charter Treaty membership, recognising the continued impasse in adopting the modernised Treaty and carefully considering the views of stakeholders in business, civil society, and Parliament. The Government will inform Parliament of the UK’s position at the earliest opportunity.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the North Sea Transition Authority for supporting the delivery of the UK’s climate targets.

The North Sea Transition Authority plays a crucial role in helping to achieve the Government's commitment to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050. Its Strategy reflects the ongoing energy transition and features a range of net zero obligations on the oil and gas industry, including stepping up efforts to reduce production emissions, supporting carbon capture and storage projects and unlocking clean hydrogen production.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
27th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will set out the Government’s priorities for COP28.

I refer the hon Member to the Written Ministerial Statement made by my Rt hon Friend the Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero (Graham Stuart) on 30 November. This can be seen here.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when she plans to (a) publish further details of and (b) announce the launch date for the Community Energy Fund; and if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of levels of public sector investment in community energy projects.

There is a range of funding available to the community energy sector. This includes the new £10m Community Energy Fund, as well as UK growth funding such as the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, worth up to £2.6bn for investment in places. Community energy groups can access these through working with local authorities.

The Government aims to open applications to the Community Energy Fund as soon as possible.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will hold discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of introducing incentives for landlords in the private rented sector who (a) are and (b) are not eligible for the (i) Home Upgrade Grant and (ii) ECO scheme to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues, including how Government can support landlords to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

The Government is spending £6.6bn this Parliament and a further £6bn to 2028 on making buildings cleaner and warmer. Plus, an estimated £5bn is to be delivered through the Energy Company Obligation and the Great British Insulation Scheme up to March 2026.

The Government has launched a brand-new eligibility tool on our ‘Help for Households’ GOV.UK page that will help people find the support available to them via the Home Upgrade Grant and the Great British Insulation Scheme.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to sign affordable power purchase agreements with Sizewell C nuclear power station.

The Government – with its co-shareholder, EDF – is developing the Sizewell C project on the basis of using the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for nuclear. The Sizewell C Company’s trading methods under the RAB model would be regulated by Ofgem throughout the duration of the project’s licence. Ofgem’s principal objective is to protect the interests of all existing and future electricity consumers.

New nuclear projects are crucial to help deliver a clean and secure electricity system that is also lower-cost to consumers. Government analysis has shown that Sizewell C is likely to result in value for money, by reducing costs to consumers in a low-carbon electricity system and improving the security of supply.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what criteria she plans to use to assess the adequacy of the outcomes agreed at COP28.

COP28 will be judged by whether it leads to a step change in ambition and action to keep the 1.5 ° in reach. We will set out more detail on these priorities in a Written Ministerial Statement before COP28.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
16th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 24 April 2023 to Question 181721, when the consultation on options to target energy support to those most in need will be published; and for what reason the consultation was not launched in summer 2023.

The outlook for energy prices has improved significantly since the Autumn Statement, with the Ofgem price cap falling 55% since its peak earlier this year. Meanwhile, households have also seen energy prices fall.

The Government is providing Cost of Living Payments for those who face wider affordability challenges. This is in addition to ongoing winter support payments such as the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payments.

The Government will continue to monitor the situation and keep options under review.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the North Sea Transition Authority's (a) efficacy as a regulator and (b) ability to support the delivery of the Government's climate targets.

The Energy Act 2016 requires the North Sea Transition Authority’s (NSTA) performance to be reviewed at least every three years. The report (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/oil-and-gas-authority-review-2022) following the second such review, which also met the requirements of the Cabinet Office’s Arm’s Length Body Review Programme, was published in June 2023. It found that the NSTA is in good health and effective in meeting its statutory requirements. The Authority plays a crucial role in helping to achieve the Government's commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050 while supporting energy resilience and the drive to develop home-grown hydrogen and carbon storage.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the development of the Rosebank oil field on the UK's ability to meet (a) the (i) fifth and (ii) sixth carbon budgets and (b) its net zero targets.

Development proposals for oil and gas fields are dealt with by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED). The decision to approve the Rosebank Development follows extensive scrutiny by regulators, including a full environmental impact assessment and a public consultation.

The Government's Net Zero Strategy sets out how the North Sea Transition Deal's emissions reduction targets are consistent with the UK meeting its carbon budgets and net zero by 2050. The expected emissions from potential future oil and gas projects are factored into the UK's carbon budgets.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the level of potential risk that the development of the Rosebank oil field leads to stranded assets.

Stranded assets typically occur where a poor investment decision leads to infrastructure which is not fully used during its anticipated economic lifetime. In the case of new oil fields, this risk is borne by investors who are best placed to make these judgments.

The UK has a robust decommissioning regime for offshore oil and gas fields to ensure that any liabilities are the responsibility of developers and that taxpayers are protected.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether (a) she and (b) the North Sea Transition Authority made an assessment of the potential impact of attaching conditions to the grant of consent to Equinor for the Rosebank oil and gas development in the North Sea on the delivery of decarbonisation targets in the North Sea Transition Deal.

The decision to approve the Rosebank Field Development plan follows extensive scrutiny by regulators, including a full environmental impact assessment and a public consultation.

The North Sea Transition Deal is a sector-wide industry agreement involving commitments from numerous companies. Existing accountability arrangements in the Deal - including monitoring compliance with the targets - are appropriate, with the North Sea Transition Authority estimating that the sector is on track to meet 2025 and 2027 targets.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will instruct the North Sea Transition Authority to publish the assessment made of the compatibility of the Rosebank oil field with net zero.

The decision to approve the Rosebank Development follows extensive scrutiny by regulators, including an environmental impact assessment and public consultation.

Rosebank is expected to be significantly less emissions-intensive than the current average of producing assets due to greater operational efficiencies and emissions mitigation measures. It will also be electrification-ready, with Equinor expecting emissions to fall to 3kgCO2 per barrel post-electrification.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Prime Minister’s speech on Net Zero on 20 September 2023, what her Department’s planned timescale is for updating the Carbon Budget Delivery Plan to (a) reflect the Government’s policies and (b) demonstrate how the UK’s carbon budgets can be delivered; and if she will publish that plan on the Gov.uk website.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State keeps under review the UK's progress towards net zero and its interim carbon budgets and will take further action, if needed, to ensure that there are sufficient proposals and policies in place to meet her legal duties.

Over the past two years, the Government has published two detailed plans. Each year, the Government publishes updated forecasts of future emission projections across all sectors of the economy for policies that are already implemented or significantly developed.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 19 September 2023 to Question 199094 on Sizewell C Power Station: Construction, what the expected value of the Government’s shareholding in Sizewell C is in the 2023-24 financial year.

The Government became an equal-shareholder in the Sizewell C project with EDF in November 2022, following an historic investment of c.£700m. This Summer the Government has invested a further £511m in the project.

The value of the Government’s shareholding in the financial year 2023-24 is subject to the outcome of the equity raise process started on September 11th 2023, as well as to the project’s wider development. Both of these processes are ongoing and commercially sensitive.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Prime Minister’s speech on Net Zero on 20 September 2023, what assessment her Department made prior to 20 September of the potential impact of those policy announcements on the delivery of the (a) fifth and (b) sixth carbon budget; and if she will place a copy of that assessment in the Library.

The Carbon Budget Delivery Plan, published in March and laid in the Library, contains the information on the policies enquired about and their contribution to carbon budgets 4, 5 and 6. The vast majority of the near-200 quantified policies set out in that plan continue unamended and remain in place following the Prime Minister’s announcements.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State keeps under review the UK's progress towards net zero. The Government has exceeded every carbon budget so far and is confident in its ability to meet its targets and net zero by 2050.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Powering Up Britain policy paper, on what date that paper was finalised by her Department.

The Government published Powering Up Britain on the 30 March 2023.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will publish the correspondence between him and the UN Secretary-General on the UK’s attendance at the Climate Ambition Summit; and if she will make a statement.

It is not usual practice to publish correspondence between the Prime Minister and his international counterparts.

The UK remains committed to working with its international partners to deliver on national and global climate change targets.

On 20 September 2023, the Prime Minister made a statement setting out his plans to deliver on UK commitments to reach Net Zero by 2050, while ensuring the costs of meeting these targets do not fall unfairly on the British public.

I represented the UK at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Ambition Summit. Following the UK’s $2 billion contribution to the Green Climate Fund to support other countries, I announced £160 million funding for international climate support, as the UK stands as a key ally with developing countries in their efforts to cut emissions.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will publish all correspondence between her predecessor and the (a) Minister for the Cabinet Office and (b) Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on the Government’s response to the consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards since March 2023.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Prime Minister’s statement made on the 20th September 2023 where he outlined the Government’s plans to deliver on UK commitments to reach net zero by 2050 in a pragmatic, proportionate and realistic way.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2023 to Question 195847 on Sizewell C Power Station: Construction, if she will issue a breakdown of all Sizewell C projects the Government has provided public investment for in financial year 2021-22; and what the Government's planned expenditure on Sizewell C in financial year 2022-2023 is.

For financial year 2021-22, an investment of £100m by EDF in the Sizewell C project in January 2022 was provided by the Government through the Combined Option Agreement. In the same financial year, the Government provided a further £0.24m of innovation funding in 2021/22 to Sizewell C, together with partner organisations, through Phase 1 of the Direct Air Capture and other Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies competition, part of the Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

In the financial year 2022-23, the Government’s planned expenditure on developing the Sizewell C project is £860m, with a further £0.5m provided as part of Phase 2 of the Direct Air Capture and other Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies competition.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will list the (a) number and (b) length of (i) planned and (ii) unplanned outages at Torness nuclear power station in each year between 2015 and 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 July 2023 to Question 192704, which provided information on the annual number of outages and non-operational days at UK nuclear power stations from 2010 to June 2023. Information on the classification of the outages is not held by the Department as outage periods are often a mixture of planned and unplanned activity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will list the (a) number and (b) length of (i) planned and (ii) unplanned outages at Sizewell B nuclear power station in each year between 2015 and 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 July 2023 to Question 192704, which provided information on the annual number of outages and non-operational days at UK nuclear power stations from 2010 to June 2023. Information on the classification of the outages is not held by the Department as outage periods are often a mixture of planned and unplanned activity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will list the (a) number and (b) length of (i) planned and (ii) unplanned outages at Heysham 2 nuclear power station in each year between 2015 and 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 July 2023 to Question 192704, which provided information on the annual number of outages and non-operational days at UK nuclear power stations from 2010 to June 2023. Information on the classification of the outages is not held by the Department as outage periods are often a mixture of planned and unplanned activity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will list the (a) number and (b) length of (i) planned and (ii) unplanned outages at Heysham 1 nuclear power station in each year between 2015 and 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 July 2023 to Question 192704, which provided information on the annual number of outages and non-operational days at UK nuclear power stations from 2010 to June 2023. Information on the classification of the outages is not held by the Department as outage periods are often a mixture of planned and unplanned activity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will list the (a) number and (b) length of (i) planned and (ii) unplanned outages at Hartlepool nuclear power station in each year between 2015 and 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 July 2023 to Question 192704, which provided information on the annual number of outages and non-operational days at UK nuclear power stations from 2010 to June 2023. Information on the classification of the outages is not held by the Department as outage periods are often a mixture of planned and unplanned activity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2023 to Question 195847 on Sizewell C Power Station: Construction, what the expected value was of the Government’s shareholding in Sizewell C in the 2022-23 financial year.

The expected value of the Government’s shareholding in Sizewell C in financial year 2022-2023 (as at 31 March 2023) was a total of £363mn, made up of £11.5mn of ordinary shares and £351.8mn of shareholder loans.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2023 to Question 187027 on Medical Equipment: Energy, what her Department's expected timescale is for launching a consultation on consumer protection in the energy markets.

As set out in the autumn statement, we are exploring the best approach to consumer protection, as part of wider retail market reforms.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2023 to Question 143717 on Warm Home Discount Scheme, if she will provide an update on (a) the progress of the evaluation of the Warm Home Discount scheme and (b) when details of the evaluation will be published; and if she will make a statement.

The Government will shortly undertake a three-year evaluation of the scheme, which we expect will conclude in autumn 2026. The Government intends to publish this final report.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the report by National Energy Action entitled Plugged In, published in July 2023, on the level of Government support for the energy costs for (a) Gypsy, (b) Traveller, (c) Roma and (d) other nomadic communities' households; and whether her Department is taking steps to ensure nomadic communities can access energy support schemes.

The Government will provide a £600 voucher to itinerant boat travellers who are registered with the Canal and River Trust as continuous cruisers and held a long-term licence for a minimum of one day while the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding was open. 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. However, we recommend that these households visit the ‘Help for Households’ webpage on GOV.UK to view alternative support that may be available.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will publish (a) all sources of Government funding used for the development of Sizewell C nuclear power station, (b) the total expenditure from each funding stream and (c) a breakdown of (i) current and (ii) projected expenditure for each financial year since the start of the project; and if she will make a statement.

The Government’s investment in Sizewell C has been funded from the Department's capital budgets agreed at the Autumn Statement 2022. As a shareholder in Sizewell C, the Government announced an investment of £679 million in November 2022 and made available further amounts of £170 million and £341 million this year to continue driving forward the project’s development, towards the aim of making a final investment decision on a large-scale nuclear project this Parliament. This investment came on top of £100 million invested by EDF in Sizewell C in January 2022 which was provided by the Government through the Combined Option Agreement, this used departmental budgets in the financial year 2021/2022. Further details are commercially sensitive, and it would not be appropriate to disclose more at this time.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2022 to Question 77366 on Fossil Fuels, if she will publish (a) the underlying assumptions that were used to set out the abatement scenarios for production emissions from oil and gas in the 2023 Carbon Budget Delivery Plan, (b) which oil and gas fields were included in the analysis, (c) how emissions from new fields were estimated and (d) whether any life extensions of fields were included; and if she will make a statement.

The abatement scenarios for production emissions from oil and gas in the 2023 Carbon Budget Delivery Plan came from the North Sea Transition Authority. More information can be found in their 2022 Emissions Monitoring Report, available here. Projected emissions for a small number of recent and new installations are based on operators’ emissions forecasts collected in the 2022 UKCS Stewardship Survey. Information about specific fields is commercially sensitive.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to provide energy bills support to households on prepayment meters by directly crediting users’ energy accounts; and if he will make a statement.

A prepayment meter account can be directly credited with support payments where the household has a smart meter, and that has been the method by which Government has provided energy bill support to such households.

Traditional prepayment meters operate with a key card that is needed to add credit to the meter, so a manual intervention will always be always required in order to apply support payments to such households.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring energy suppliers to provide all households with a minimum amount of energy regardless of payment status to help ensure that people on prepayment meters are not disconnected if they run out of money.

Prepayment meters (PPMs) play an important role in the energy market by helping some households manage their budgets, avoid debt and court action.

Ofgem have rules in place to protect customers at risk of self-disconnection and self-rationing. Ofgem requires energy suppliers to proactively identify self-disconnecting and vulnerable customers and offer them emergency and friendly-hours credit and additional support. Ofgem’s Ability to Pay principles also require consistent support for customers struggling to pay their bills. Furthermore, Ofgem has recently launched a further consultation on additional strengthened protections for PPM customers.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he plans to provide financial support for energy bills to (a) vulnerable and (b) fuel poor households in winter 2023-24.

Targeted support for low-income and vulnerable consumers must be delivered in a way that aligns fully with our approach to fuel poverty, whilst being responsive to short-term changes in the energy market when necessary. DESNZ are undertaking a review of their fuel poverty strategy and will use this to develop a clear and coordinated approach to affordability, fuel poverty, and wider retail market reforms.

The Government will examine approaches for how comprehensive long-term protection can be better provided to low-income, vulnerable and fuel poor households.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Nuclear and Networks plans to respond to the letter of 27 April 2023 from the hon. Member for Brighton Pavilion regarding a correction to the record.

I thank the hon. Member for her email of 27 April. My final position on the matter was set out in my letter of 24 April. I have nothing further to add.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190540 on Drax Power Station, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to (a) consumers and (b) taxpayers of bringing two coal-fired units at Drax North Yorkshire plant out of retirement in winter 2023-24.

Pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190540 on Drax Power Station, at the request of Government, National Grid Electricity System Operator undertook discussions with the operators of two winter 2022/23 contingency coal plants to establish whether these arrangements could be extended for winter 2023/24.

Last winter this cost was in the region of £340m to £395m, subject to the resale of unused coal. Costs for winter 23/24 were expected to be lower as the coal stocks from the previous winter were expected to be available to use.

These discussions have now concluded.

Both Drax and EDF have confirmed that they will not be able to make the coal units available next winter and have begun decommissioning their coal units.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190541 on Drax Power Station, if he will place in the House of Commons Library a copy of the assessment of the impact of Drax bringing two coal-fired units out of retirement in winter 2023-24 on UK emissions.

Pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190541 on Drax Power Station, at the request of Government, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) undertook discussions with the operators of two winter 2022/23 contingency coal plants to establish whether these arrangements could be extended for winter 2023/24.

These discussions have now concluded.

Both Drax and EDF have confirmed that they will not be able to make the coal units available next winter and have begun decommissioning their coal units.

Government considered the impacts on equalities, costs to consumers and on the environment in making the decision to request ESO explore extending the arrangements further. However, as ESO discussions with generators were at an early stage a full impact assessment was not carried out.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to withdraw the UK from the Energy Charter Treaty.

The Government is assessing the evolving situation regarding Energy Charter Treaty modernisation and will keep the House informed of relevant developments.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the European Commission’s commitment to present legal proposals for a coordinated EU withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty.

The European Union does not have a bloc-wide position regarding the ECT. The UK is carefully monitoring developments of all Contracting Parties, including the EU, as it assesses the situation surrounding modernisation.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what his Department’s planned timetable for is developing a national action plan for implementation of each of the six elements of Action for Climate Empowerment agreed at COP27; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on Action for Climate Empowerment.

Officials at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero engage with other government departments, including the Department for Education, to encourage implementation of the Action for Climate Empowerment Action Plan by 2026.

The Net Zero Strategy Growth Plan outlines the Government's approach to empowering the public to make green choices including by developing a roadmap setting out plans and proposals under net zero.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made an assessment of the impact of Drax bringing two coal-fired units out of retirement this winter on (a) emissions and (b) delivery of the UK’s carbon budgets.

Earlier this year, I asked National Grid: Electricity System Operator to explore the possibility and need of retaining the Drax owned coal-fired electricity generation for winter 2023/24 to bolster security of supply. However, the units will not operate this winter.

Use of the contracts would not have had an impact on the carbon budget as it assumes coal-power generation until 2025. Potential emissions were considered, but the impact was assessed as low as the coal units would only generate in an emergency. Last year, all coal contingency units generated for just 12.6 hours in total.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to (a) consumers and (b) taxpayers of bringing two coal-fired units at Drax North Yorkshire plant out of retirement this winter.

Earlier this year, I asked National Grid: Electricity System Operator to explore the possibility and need of retaining the Drax owned coal-fired electricity generation for winter 2023/24 to bolster security of supply. However, the units will not operate this winter.

Use of the contracts would not have had an impact on the carbon budget as it assumes coal-power generation until 2025. Potential emissions were considered, but the impact was assessed as low as the coal units would only generate in an emergency. Last year, all coal contingency units generated for just 12.6 hours in total.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to regulate energy companies to (a) require them to automatically refund surplus credit to consumers who have used less than estimated at the end of the contract year, (b) limit the amount of consumer credit they hold and (c) protect the credits held by consumers in the event a supplier fails; and if he will make a statement.

Ofgem rules state that direct debits must be as accurate as possible and suppliers have a general obligation to not be “overly reliant” on customer credit. Ofgem’s Market Compliance Review (MCR) assessed how suppliers set and review customer direct debit levels. The MCR did not find evidence that direct debits were being widely inflated.

Customers can request a refund on their credit balance at any time and the credit must be refunded promptly.

All domestic customers had their credit balances protected following the supplier failures of Winter 2021/22 and credit balances will remain protected in the event of further insolvencies.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to assess unused potential for solar energy on (a) domestic and (b) commercial roof space; if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of the report by CPRE The Countryside Charity entitled, Shout from the rooftops: delivering a common sense solar revolution, published in May 2023; what steps he is taking to increase the amount of roof space used for creating solar energy; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is aiming for 70 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2035, which will require a significant increase in both ground-mount and rooftop solar. Extensive deployment of rooftop solar on domestic, industrial, and commercial property to make effective use of available surfaces is a priority. Current support includes the Smart Export Guarantee and various fiscal incentives, including business rate exemptions and tax allowances. The Government is consulting on simplifying planning for installing solar in commercial settings and on carports. The new Government/Industry Solar Taskforce will focus on further measures to unlock the potential of rooftop solar.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will publish production and manpower returns showing how much coal was extracted (a) on the surface and (b) underground in each county in (i) England and (ii) Wales in each month between January and April 2023; for what reason the UK Coal Authority has not yet published this information for the first quarter of 2023; and if he will make a statement.

The January to March figures are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coal-mining-production-and-manpower-returns-statistics-2023.

These will be published on a quarterly basis hereafter.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he is taking to ensure that amendments to the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation Convention) Regulations 1998 do not increase the risk of oil pollution from oil and gas platforms.

Any future amendments to the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation Convention) Regulations 1998 in relation to oil and gas platforms would, as a minimum, maintain existing environmental protection standards provided for by the current regime.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much gas labelled (a) certified and (b) responsibly sourced has been imported from the USA since the start of the Ukraine war.

The Government does not hold such data.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the research by Lingo entitled Unburnable Carbon in Protected Areas, published in May 2023, on the number of fossil fuel sites in nature protected areas in the UK.

The UK has a robust regulatory system which provides a comprehensive regime for all exploratory activities. The UK has regulated oil, gas, and coal drilling, onshore and offshore, for many years and has regulations in place to ensure on-site safety, prevent environmental contamination and minimise emissions.

As well as obtaining access agreements with landowners and planning permissions, operators require environmental permits from the relevant environmental regulator, scrutiny by the relevant health and safety regulator, and consent from the North Sea Transition Authority or Coal Authority for drilling under the provisions of their licence.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2023 to Question 184612 on Nuclear Power, whether his Department has made an assessment of alternative ways of providing stability to the grid which does not use nuclear power.

The Department has run thousands of power sector simulations; these are published in aggregated form in the “Modelling 2050 – Electricity System Analysis” paper.[1] The model used for this work, the Dynamic Dispatch Model,[2] is configured to ensure that the system always has a loss of load expectation of 3 hours or less. This work has shown that reducing nuclear capacity in the system tends to make system costs more expensive and increases the risk of not achieving Net Zero, as significant additional capacity for other technologies (e.g. wind, CCUS etc) is required to ensure security of supply and displace unabated gas generation.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modelling-2050-electricity-system-analysis

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dynamic-dispatch-model-ddm

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what analysis his Department has undertaken of the comparative cost to consumers of (a) an electricity system with nuclear as part of the energy mix and (b) a system based on variable renewables alone; and if he will place a copy of this assessment in the House of Commons Library.

The “Modelling 2050 – Electricity System Analysis” publication,[1]presents aggregated outputs for thousands of power sector scenarios in 2050 and shows that a range of different technology mixes can achieve Net Zero at similar costs (Figure 11). This work did not look at a renewable only scenario (e.g. wind, solar, and tidal) as this cannot ensure security of supply.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modelling-2050-electricity-system-analysis

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
11th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2023 to Question 182830 and in the context of hydrogen being blended into the grid, whether his Department has made an assessment of the way energy billing mechanisms would be updated to (a) reflect varying calorific values of blended gas and (b) prevent additional costs from being passed onto consumers owing to the increased volume of gas being burned.

UK gas bills are calculated in kWh and are determined by the volumes of gas served and the Flow Weighted Average Calorific Value (FWACV) of gas served. As such, although blending hydrogen into the grid would increase the volumes of gas burned, the resulting consumer bills should be unchanged due to the lower calorific value of blended gas. The Government is working closely with gas networks to assess potential interactions between hydrogen blends and gas billing. Value for money will be a key factor in determining whether and/or how to enable the wider roll-out of blending into the gas network.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the statement in the document Energy Security Bill factsheet: Great British Nuclear, updated on 9th May 2023, that nuclear power provides continuous power, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s definition of the word continuous.

Nuclear power provides continuous power in that it is a non-weather-dependent energy source, it is a proven technology that is an important part of our energy mix. It provides stability to the grid – supplying a solid foundation for power generation on which renewable technologies can build. To give a specific example, we need sources like nuclear for days like December 11th 2022, when wind only provided 3.8 percent of UK electricity, and solar less than one percent whilst nuclear produced a steady 15 percent in line with current capacity.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to ensure that potential changes to the retained EU law The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended) (a) preserve safeguards relating to the impacts from oil and gas activities in protected sites and (b) support conservation objectives.

Any future changes to the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended) would seek to, as a minimum, maintain existing standards of environmental protection.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
3rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what regulatory checks his Department requires to ensure that (a) US fracked LNG imported into the UK as (i) certified gas or (ii) responsible gas has had methane leakage controlled in its production and shipment by sea and (b) UK consumers are not being charged a premium for certified gas from the US that has not had methane leakage controlled in its production and shipment.

The Government does not require certification of methane emissions from the full lifecycle of production and shipping for imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The UK is fully supportive of rapid national and global action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, as part of its commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The UK’s Methane Memorandum, published in November 2022, takes stock of the significant progress the UK has made in this area. It highlights the Government’s commitment to explore and implement further measures in energy, waste and agriculture sectors, and the Government's international work to tackle methane emissions.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
26th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2023 to Question 180587 on Hydrogen: Heating, whether his Department’s criteria for deciding whether to enable the blending of hydrogen in the existing gas distribution network includes the potential impact of that decision on consumer bills.

Protecting consumers is a top priority for the Government, which is why it has covered around half of the typical household’s energy bill this winter. Value for money will be a key factor in determining whether to enable the roll-out of blending into the gas network. The Government is working closely with Ofgem and industry to explore how hydrogen could be fairly incorporated in bills and any final decision on blending will be made alongside a decision on how best to protect consumers.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he plans to take steps to ensure that any changes to The Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Unloading and Storage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2020 do not increase greenhouse gas emissions and marine impacts from oil and gas platforms.

The Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Unloading and Storage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2020 remain current and relevant to considering the environmental impacts of proposed offshore oil and gas exploration and production, offshore gas unloading and storage, and offshore capture and storage of carbon dioxide projects. Any future changes would seek to, as a minimum, maintain existing standards of environmental protection.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, by what process the Government plans to decide on whether to allow blending of up to 20 per cent hydrogen by volume into gas distribution networks; and what criteria will inform that decision.

The Government is planning to take a strategic policy decision in 2023 on whether to seek to enable the blending of hydrogen in the existing gas distribution network. Further details will be provided this year including through the Government’s response to its consultation on hydrogen transport and storage infrastructure, which the Government aims to publish in Q2 2023.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the amount of baseload electricity generation that is required by the UK each day; and if he will place a copy of these calculations in the House of Commons Library.

Although some power plants are referred to as baseload generators, there is no formal definition of this term. The Department also does not place requirements on generation from particular technologies. As such, it is not possible to provide this information.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2023 to Question 163786 on UK Emissions Trading Scheme, what his Department’s timescale is for publishing its response to the consultation on technical short term improvements to the free allocation policy through the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

As part of the ongoing review into the UK's approach to free allocation policy, the UK ETS Authority published a consultation last year. This covered a number of measures, including technical short-term improvements to the policy. The UK ETS Authority will publish a response in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the Government will be voting for the Energy Charter Treaty modernisation package negotiated in 2022 at the Ad Hoc Energy Charter Conference taking place in April 2023.

The UK has been a strong advocate for modernising the Energy Charter Treaty, recognising the urgent need to align it with modern energy priorities, international treaty practice and commitments on climate change. The adoption of modernisation has been postponed and the next Energy Charter Conference has not yet been scheduled. The Government is carefully assessing the evolving situation in order to respond appropriately. The Government will keep the House informed of relevant developments.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the UN Secretary General’s call on 20 March for rich countries to commit to reaching net zero as close as possible to 2040.

The Government has committed to reaching net zero by 2050, in line with advice from the UK’s independent Climate Change Committee, and consistent with the findings from the IPCC’s Synthesis Report released on 20th March.

The Government set out the steps it is taking to reach net zero and nearer term targets in the Net Zero Strategy, published in October 2021, and the British Energy Security Strategy, published in April 2022.

As well as this, the Government urges countries that have not already done so to communicate long-term srategies that align with a 1.5C pathway, as soon as possible.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public of the (a) procurement and (b) resale of coal bought for emergency use in power stations during winter 2022-23.

National Grid: Electricity System Operator (ESO) have Winter Contingency Contracts with three coal operators. Their current forecast for the total cost over of the contracts for winter 22/23 to 31 March 2023 is £308m, including the cost of the coal and operational costs. This will continue to be refined over the contracted period. To reduce the overall costs to consumers, any unused coal will be sold back to the market when the contracts expire. The final value that is recovered from the sale of the coal will be published by ESO.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to end the free allocation of permits to companies through the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

As the UK transitions to net zero, the Government is committed to protecting UK industry from carbon leakage (the movement of production and associated emissions from one country to another due to different levels of decarbonisation effort through carbon pricing and climate regulation), which is why the Government gives a proportion of free allowances to businesses under the UK ETS.

The Government is in the process of reviewing its free allocation policy. It consulted last year on technical short term improvements. The Government is also looking at ways to target free allocation to those sectors most at risk of carbon leakage. The Government will publish its response in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to upgrade all fuel-poor homes, including those which are owner occupied, to EPC C by 2028, in line with the Government’s target for social housing and privately rented premises to be EPC C by 2028.

In England, the Government’s statutory fuel poverty target is to ensure that as many fuel poor households as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of a Band C by 2030. The Government is delivering against this target through multiple energy efficiency schemes including the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, the Home Upgrade Grant and the Energy Company Obligation.

There has been good progress improving the energy efficiency of households with 47% of homes in England now having reached the Government’s 2035 target of achieving EPC C levels, up from 14% in 2010.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK’s adoption of climate policy measures of the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Energy Charter Treaty modernisation package negotiated in 2022; and if he will make a statement.

The modernised Energy Charter Treaty would reaffirm and strengthen Contracting Parties' right to introduce measures for legitimate policy objectives, including to mitigate climate change. At the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, the decision to adopt the modernised Treaty was postponed. The UK closely monitors the situation surrounding the Energy Charter Treaty’s modernisation process, including the positions taken by other Contracting Parties.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to work with those Contracting Parties that have indicated their intention to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty to co-lead an orderly withdrawal; and if he will make a statement.

The UK has been a strong advocate for ECT modernisation. At the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, the decision to adopt the modernised Treaty was postponed. The UK has been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Energy Charter Treaty’s modernisation process, including the positions taken by other Contracting Parties, and will continue to do so.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of whether a majority of other Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty support the modernisation package negotiated in 2022; and if he will make a statement.

The UK has been a strong advocate for ECT modernisation. At the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, the decision to adopt the modernised Treaty was postponed. The UK has been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Energy Charter Treaty’s modernisation process, including the positions taken by other Contracting Parties, and will continue to do so.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has had recent discussions with pensions schemes including (a) BT and (b) NatWest on investing in Sizewell C nuclear power station.

Following the Government investment into the Sizewell C project in November 2022 to become a project shareholder, project development is ongoing, as are discussions regarding finance for Sizewell C. Details of these developments are commercially sensitive.

The funding will support a capital raise for the project intended to be launched later in 2023 using the new Regulated Asset Base funding model for nuclear.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of a potential joint EU exit from the Energy Charter Treaty.

The UK has been a strong advocate for Energy Charter Treaty modernisation.

At the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, the decision to adopt the modernised Treaty was postponed. The UK has been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Energy Charter Treaty’s modernisation process, including the positions taken by other Contracting Parties.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what mechanisms are in place to monitor whether the operation of the Warm Home Discount high-energy-cost score formula is operating as intended for people in receipt of a qualifying benefit; what processes are in place to allow applicants to challenge decisions and present evidence of a decision being based on incorrect data on energy costs; and if he will make a statement.

The Government developed and tested the energy cost score process and the data matching for the Warm Home Discount scheme in England and Wales prior to the first year of the reformed scheme.

The Government will conduct an evaluation of the reformed scheme with a view to monitoring the results and informing the future of the scheme.

Where a household believes the information held by the Government is inaccurate, the residents may call the Warm Home Discount helpline by 28 February and ask for alternative evidence to be used, in the form of an Energy Performance Certificate or Land Registry data.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people who received a Warm Home Discount payment in 2021-2022 have not been able to access a payment in 2022-2023 because they do not meet the new eligibility criteria measured by the high-energy-cost score formula in (a) Brighton and Hove Local Authority area and (b) England.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave the Hon. Member for Bristol North West on 10th February 2023 to Question 135484.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he intends to publish the new (a) Energy Performance Certificate, (b) Standard Assessment Procedure and (c) Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for the private rental sector.

The Department continues to work closely with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on progressing the outstanding actions in the EPC Action Plan.

The Department has commenced work on developing a future version of SAP, which will be used for building compliance and producing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). This is expected to come into force in 2025, alongside the Future Homes Standard.

In addition the Government has carefully analysed the responses received to the consultation on improving the energy performance of privately rented homes and will publish a response in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2023 to Question 114600 on UK Infrastructure Bank, what recent discussions his Department has had with the UK Infrastructure Bank on the introduction of concessional loans similar to those made by the German KfW bank to help create a retrofit mass-market.

BEIS officials have discussed a range of green finance models for retrofit with the UK Infrastructure Bank in recent months. This has included discussion of the concessional loans model delivered by KfW.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2023 to Question 114599 on Energy: Conservation, what his planned timetable is for announcing how the additional £6 billion of new funding for energy efficiency will be allocated.

Almost £3bn is already allocated for Financial Years 2023/24 and 2024/25 on energy efficiency.

This provides funding certainty to the sector ahead of the next Spending Review.

Further details on allocation of the additional funding will follow in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he expects to issue guidance on the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding to local authorities to enable them to administer the scheme; for what reason that guidance has not been provided to date; and if he will make a statement.

The Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding is due to be launched in February, and local authorities will be provided with guidance ahead of this launch. Based on feedback from the pilot scheme, the Government has taken the decision to extend the pilot phase to ensure that it makes the scheme as robust and effective as possible, and that this is reflected in our guidance to local authorities.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the press release by his Department entitled UK strengthens protections for taxpayers in energy treaty negotiations, published on 24 June 2022, whether it is his policy to leave the Energy Charter Treaty if the modernisation process is not concluded.

The UK has been a strong advocate for ECT modernisation. At the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, the decision to adopt the modernised Treaty was postponed. In light of this, the UK is monitoring developments, including the positions of other Contracting Parties.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the impact of his proposals for the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty on the transition to a fully decarbonised power sector over the next decade.

The modernised Energy Charter Treaty reaffirms and strengthens Contracting Parties' right to introduce measures for legitimate policy objectives, including to mitigate climate change. It extends the Treaty scope to protect investments in green technologies required for the global energy transition and allow Contracting Parties to phase-out their investment protection for fossil fuels, which the UK opted to do in line with our decarbonisation target.

At the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, the decision to adopt the modernised Treaty was postponed. The UK will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the modernisation process, including positions taken by other Contracting Parties.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to para 5.6 of the Autumn Statement 2022, published on 17 November 2022, CP 751, what energy efficiency schemes he plans to allocate the £6 billion of new funding to.

The Government’s Autumn Statement announced that £6 billion of new funding will be allocated to energy efficiency schemes to make sure homes are warmer and cheaper to heat. Further details on allocation of additional funding will follow in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help the UK Infrastructure Bank support the development of a market for retrofits.

The Department has engaged with UK Infrastructure Bank officials over the past 18 months to ensure they are fully appraised of current policy on energy efficiency, and to explore options for how the Bank can play a role in supporting retrofit activity at scale. This includes in the SME, domestic, social housing, and public sectors. Further engagement is scheduled for 2023 to support the Bank’s planning.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he will publish further details regarding (a) the Energy Efficiency Taskforce and (b) the 2030 Energy Demand Reduction target, announced in the Autumn Statement.

More details on the scope and membership of the Taskforce, and also on the Energy Demand Reduction target, will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has sought assurances that suppliers are only installing pre-payment meters by warrant as a last resort after all other options have been exhausted.

The energy regulator Ofgem has rules in place that restrict the force-fitting of a prepayment meter on those in arrears, except as a last resort.

Suppliers are required to provide notice of at least seven days before installing a prepayment meter or changing a smart meter to prepayment mode.

Ofgem rules further require energy suppliers to assess whether installing a prepayment meter, including the remote switching of a smart meter, is safe and reasonably practicable for the customer. This assessment should include identifying any vulnerability.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Ofgem regarding enforcing supplier License Conditions when it comes to supporting vulnerable smart meter customers.

There are clear regulatory obligations on energy suppliers regarding the treatment of vulnerable customers, or those in payment difficulty.

The Government works closely with Ofgem and energy suppliers to ensure vulnerable customers are protected and supports the steps Ofgem is taking to ensure energy supplier compliance with their obligations, including in response to its Market Compliance Review into customers struggling to with bills.

The energy regulator Ofgem is responsible for ensuring energy suppliers comply with their regulatory obligations.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will have discussions with Royal Mail Group on the Board’s decision on the level of dividends and the potential impact on the Group’s financial position; and if he will make a statement.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider. However, commercial matters including dividends are matters for Royal Mail’s management in which Government has no role.

Ofcom has the power and responsibility, under the Postal Services Act 2011, to regulate the provision of a financially sustainable and efficient UK universal postal service. It has in place a monitoring regime that seeks to identify any threats or risks to the universal postal service and it publishes an annual report summarising its monitoring programme on its website:

www.ofcom.org.uk/postal-services/information-for-the-postal-industry/monitoring_reports.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to analysis by the International Energy Agency which finds that at least 72% of energy sector methane emissions can be reduced with existing technologies, what steps is he taking to ensure that oil and gas operations in the North Sea urgently tackle their gas leaks and losses.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave the Hon. Member for Swansea West on 27th October 2022 to Question 69484.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 28 September 2022 and 8 November 2022 to Questions 51588 and 74620 on Coal: Mining, what the evidential basis is for stating that there may continue to be domestic demand for coal in industries such as steel, cement and for heritage railways in the context of his Department having not produced estimates of future coal use by industry.

A breakdown of coal usage trends can be found in Chapter Two of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/digest-of-uk-energy-statistics-dukes-2022.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made for the projected methane emissions reductions as a result of UK's Methane Memorandum; and whether these are consistent with our commitments made in the Global Methane Pledge.

The UK’s Methane Memorandum highlights the Government’s commitment to explore and implement measures to secure future progress in reducing methane emissions, including in energy, waste and agriculture sectors. The plans are part of, and consistent with, the UK’s Net Zero Strategy. The Government’s current projections estimate that UK methane emissions will be reduced by 64% on 1990 levels in 2030. The approach set out in the Memorandum is consistent with the Government's commitment under the Global Methane Pledge to take voluntary actions to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030, as a global reduction target.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of implications for his policies of the withdrawal of (a) Germany, (b) France, (c) Spain, (d) the Netherlands, (e) Poland, (f) Slovenia and (g) Lithuania from the Energy Charter Treaty.

The UK has been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Energy Charter Treaty’s modernisation process, including the positions taken by other Contracting Parties. The Government will continue to do so as part of Its engagement with the Treaty’s modernisation process.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Groceries Code Adjudicator in addressing the challenges faced by suppliers to UK groceries retailers in the current climate of rising input costs; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has noted that the results of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) 2022 Groceries Sector Survey suggest an increase in Groceries Code non-compliance and we encourage suppliers to raise concerns, in confidence, with the Adjudicator.

The Government welcomes the seven golden rules that the GCA has published to help retailers consider cost price increase requests from suppliers efficiently and fairly.

The third statutory review of the GCA’s effectiveness in enforcing the Code is currently underway and the Secretary of State’s report on the review will be published and laid before Parliament in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the challenges faced by suppliers to UK groceries retailers in the current climate of rising input costs, in light of reports of increased retailer non-compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

The Government has noted that the results of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) 2022 Groceries Sector Survey suggest an increase in Groceries Code non-compliance and we encourage suppliers to raise concerns, in confidence, with the Adjudicator.

The Government welcomes the seven golden rules that the GCA has published to help retailers consider cost price increase requests from suppliers efficiently and fairly.

The third statutory review of the GCA’s effectiveness in enforcing the Code is currently underway and the Secretary of State’s report on the review will be published and laid before Parliament in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October to Question 53356 on Fossil Fuels, what data was the basis for his calculation that production emissions from oil and gas will be compatible with carbon budgets under the 2008 Climate Act; and if he will place a copy of that data in the House of Commons Library.

The Net Zero Strategy sets out the UK’s planned emissions pathway with carbon budget targets under the 2008 Climate Change Act. The data set is publicly available.

The Net Zero Strategy pathway considers both emissions from unabated oil and gas consumption and emissions associated with domestic production of oil and gas.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to withdraw the UK from the Energy Charter Treaty.

Contracting Parties to the ECT will decide whether to adopt the modernised Energy Charter Treaty at the Energy Charter Conference on 22 November, with decisions regarding Treaty ratification thereafter. The Government is closely monitoring all developments in the Energy Charter Treaty and taking these into account in its own interaction with the modernisation process.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the answer of 28 September to Question 51588 on Coal: Mining, what estimate he has made of how much coal is needed (a) up to and (b) after 2024 for (i) heritage railways and (ii) cement; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has not produced estimates of future coal use by industry. There are statistics on supply and demand for coal and manufactured solid fuels published in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-chapter-2-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes.

The Hon. Member may also be interested in the House of Lords debate on the heritage steam sector from May this year: https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2022-05-18/debates/A688680D-19C8-4893-8FE3-2AB9D452F511/HeritageSteamSectorCoal.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the new licencing round for 898 blocks in the North Sea, if he will publish a list of the pollutants which could be released into the marine environment from oil and gas exploration, drilling, and transportation; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has undertaken an Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment (OESEA4) of a draft plan for licensing and leasing areas for future offshore energy developments including offshore oil and gas, offshore gas and carbon dioxide storage, offshore renewables, and offshore hydrogen, in relevant waters of the UK Continental Shelf.

Public consultation on the OESEA4 Environmental Report took place between 17 March and 27 May 2022. The Government response to the OESEA4 was published in September 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-offshore-energy-strategic-environmental-assessment-4-oesea4.

A Written Ministerial Statement adopting the plan was made in September 2022: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2022-09-22/hcws295.

In advance of any licence award, as part of the 33rd Offshore Oil and gas Licensing Round, a further Habitats Regulations Assessment will be undertaken.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the new oil and gas licensing round for 898 blocks and part blocks in the North Sea on the likelihood of achieving Good Environmental Status for the Underwater Noise descriptor; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has undertaken an Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment (OESEA4) of a draft plan for licensing and leasing areas for future offshore energy developments including offshore oil and gas, offshore gas and carbon dioxide storage, offshore renewables, and offshore hydrogen, in relevant waters of the UK Continental Shelf.

Public consultation on the OESEA4 Environmental Report took place between 17 March and 27 May 2022. The Government response to the OESEA4 was published in September 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-offshore-energy-strategic-environmental-assessment-4-oesea4.

A Written Ministerial Statement adopting the plan was made in September 2022: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2022-09-22/hcws295.

In advance of any licence award, as part of the 33rd Offshore Oil and gas Licensing Round, a further Habitats Regulations Assessment will be undertaken.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the new licencing round for 898 blocks in the North Sea, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on whales and dolphins of new seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has undertaken an Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment (OESEA4) of a draft plan for licensing and leasing areas for future offshore energy developments including offshore oil and gas, offshore gas and carbon dioxide storage, offshore renewables, and offshore hydrogen, in relevant waters of the UK Continental Shelf.

Public consultation on the OESEA4 Environmental Report took place between 17 March and 27 May 2022. The Government response to the OESEA4 was published in September 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-offshore-energy-strategic-environmental-assessment-4-oesea4.

A Written Ministerial Statement adopting the plan was made in September 2022: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2022-09-22/hcws295.

In advance of any licence award, as part of the 33rd Offshore Oil and gas Licensing Round, a further Habitats Regulations Assessment will be undertaken.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many unplanned hydrocarbon releases at North Sea oil and gas facilities there were in (a) 2021, (b) 2020 and (c) 2019; and if he will make a statement.

There were 274, 203 and 244 unplanned releases of oil from North Sea oil and gas facilities reported to the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning (OPRED), in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively. The vast majority were less than 50 litres. Gaseous hydrocarbon releases are reported separately to the Health & Safety Executive.

OPRED undertakes around 100 inspections of offshore installations annually in order to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, which includes the prevention of unplanned releases. OPRED investigates all reported releases and takes enforcement action where appropriate, including issuing financial penalties or referral for prosecution.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the three-yearly statutory review of the Groceries Code Adjudicator will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is currently undertaking the third statutory review of the effectiveness of the Groceries Code Adjudicator in enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice and is considering the results of the public consultation that ended on 11 October. A report on the findings of the statutory review will be published and laid before Parliament in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the proposed reduction of 10,000 full-time equivalent staff at Royal Mail on their commitment to a universal six-day-a-week postal service; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s objective continues to be ensuring the provision of a financially sustainable, accessible and affordable universal postal service. The Government has no current plans to change the statutory minimum requirements of the universal postal service which are set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.

Under the Postal Services Act 2011 Ofcom regulates the provision of the UK’s universal postal service, ensuring it meets the needs of users, while also considering Royal Mail’s financial sustainability and efficiency. Ofcom will publish its annual monitoring update on the postal market later this year. This report will cover market developments, consumers’ experiences of postal services, and Royal Mail’s performance in delivering the universal postal service. Ofcom will continue to monitor Royal Mail’s ability to deliver its statutory commitments.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the extraction of fossil fuels; what assessment he has made of the role that a global registry of fossil fuels could play in enabling (a) policy-makers, (b) investors and (c) others to make informed decisions to align UK fossil fuel production levels with those required to keep global temperature increases below 1.5°C; and if he will make a statement.

Transparency has an essential role to play in supporting competition and sustainability in global energy markets. The Government welcomed what the Global Registry may be able to add to existing sources of information and will consider how to contribute to this initiative.

The UK is committed to its Net Zero target by 2050, to phase out unabated coal generation by 2024 and has introduced a Climate Compatibility Checkpoint for new oil and gas licensing rounds. Investment in North Sea production allows for continued reduction in production related emissions, contributes to an orderly management of declining output and replaces higher emission imports such as LNG.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September to Question 45769 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Aramco, for what reason meetings, including with Saudi Aramco, attended by the then Secretary of State on a visit to Saudi Arabia on 30 and 31 January 2022 were not listed in the BEIS ministerial meetings transparency data published on 14 July 2022; and if he will place a copy of the minutes of those meetings in the Library.

The omission of meetings arose due to an administrative oversight. This data has since been updated with further details of engagements carried out during the visit in line with our commitment to transparency.

The minutes of the meetings are already available online following a Freedom of Information request.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it remains his policy that energy companies should repair or restore malfunctioning smart meter visual display units installed in homes.

When energy suppliers install a smart meter in a household, they are required to offer the customer an In-Home Display (IHD). Energy suppliers also have an obligation to provide support for IHDs, including a repair or replacement where necessary, within the first year of installing a consumer’s smart meter.

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is responsible for regulating energy suppliers against their licence obligations.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral contribution in response to the Urgent Question of 22 September 2022 on Shale Gas Extraction, Official Report, column 806, what the evidential basis is for his statement that some of the opposition to fracking has been funded by Mr Putin’s regime.

In response to the Urgent Question, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State said, “I am well aware that there have been objections to fracking, but I would also note that there have been stories, widely reported, that some of the opposition to fracking has been funded by Mr Putin’s regime.”

Various claims have been made regarding attempts by malicious actors to mispresent the operations and impact of shale gas, which have been widely reported.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of private renter households who are eligible for retrofit grants under (a) Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, Phase 2 and (b) the ECO4 scheme, as of 22 September 2022.

a) Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, Phase 2:

According to the 2020 English Housing Survey (EHS), there were 4.47 million privately rented households in 2020. 35% (1.57 million) would have been eligible for LAD Phase 2, as they had an EPC rating of D or below and an income below £30,000.

(b) The ECO4 scheme:

ECO has been in place since January 2013 and has delivered around 3.5 million measures in 2.4 million homes. The ECO4 final stage Impact Assessment estimates around 430,000 private rented sector homes would be eligible for ECO4.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer given on 10 March 2021 to Question 161735, on Fossil Fuels, what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of extracting and burning (a) the remaining estimated 3,906 million tonnes of UK coal resources, including prospects, and (b) the remaining estimated 10 to 20 billion barrels or more of recoverable oil equivalent resources in the UK continental shelf, with meeting targets in (i) the sixth carbon budget and (ii) the Glasgow Climate Pact.

Any use of unabated fossil fuels in the UK will be compatible with carbon budgets under the 2008 Climate Act.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2022 to Question 39801 on the Coal Authority, for what reason it is his policy to conclude that a low demand for new coal extraction projects does not require a revision of (a) the Coal Authority’s duties with respect to licensing coal extraction and (b) the statutory duty to promote an economically viable coal industry, as set out in the Coal Industry Act 1994; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to phasing out coal from electricity generation by 2024. Demand for new coal licences has fallen away as a consequence. Parliamentary time is precious and the coal extraction industry is already in decline in the UK without further interventions. Although coal will soon no longer be part of our electricity system, there may continue to be domestic demand for coal in industries such as steel, cement and for heritage railways. The current licensing regime leaves room for projects to come forward that could potentially meet that demand.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what dates he has met representatives of (a) Cargill, (b) Archer Daniels Midland, (c) Bunge and (d) Louis Dreyfus since March 2022; and if he will publish (a) details of what was discussed and (b) minutes of those meetings.

Ministers regularly meet with external stakeholders. Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

The latest published data covers January to March 2022, further data will be published in due course.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2022 to Question 39801 on Coal Authority, and with reference to Climate Change Committee’s Sixth Carbon Budget, published in December 2020, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of revising the duties of the Coal Authority in respect of licensing metallurgical coal developments to (a) support the transition green steel and (b) deliver on commitments in the Climate Change Act 2008.

The Government has published an Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy setting out a technology-neutral approach that does not rule out the use of coking coal in an integrated steel making process together with carbon capture as a net zero compliant option going forward, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-decarbonisation-strategy The strategy notes that coking coal is currently essential for primary steel manufacturing using the basic oxygen furnace route.

The Government keeps the Coal Authority’s duties under review. There are currently no plans to revise its duties with respect to licensing coal extraction.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 18 June 2021 to Question 13025 on Nitrogen Trifluoride, for what reason his Department has not brought forward legislation to amend the definition of greenhouse gases in the Climate Change Act 2008 to include nitrogen trifluoride; and what the revised timetable is for doing so.

Legislation will be introduced to Parliament as soon as parliamentary time allows. The Government has completed its statutory requirements under sections 24 and 25 of the Climate Change Act 2008 to consult national authorities and obtain the advice of the Climate Change Committee. The Climate Change Committee has published its advice online at https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/letter-inclusion-of-nitrogen-trifluoride-nf3-as-a-targeted-greenhouse-gas/.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will the publish the (a) attendees and (b) minutes of his lunch with Saudi Aramco on 31st January 2022.

On 31st January 2022, my rt. hon. Friend the then Secretary of State undertook site visits to energy facilities in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He had discussions over the course of the day with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and the Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, as well as other Saudi Energy Ministry and Saudi Aramco officials. The then Secretary of State was accompanied by Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a special adviser, and officials from BEIS and the British Embassy Riyadh.

Discussions covered clean energy innovation and Aramco’s sustainability initiatives, including hydrogen technology, carbon capture, utilisation and storage, and the reduction of fugitive emissions associated with oil and gas production.

All meetings have been declared as required, through transparency data released on 14 July 2022.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (a) what was the total cost of his visit to the Shaybah oil field in Saudi Arabia and (b) who bore the costs of this visit.

The costs of the then Secretary of State's travel to and from Saudi Arabia, as well as those of his delegation, were met by the UK Government. Internal flights to the Shaybah oil field were arranged by the Saudi Energy Ministry and also provided by Aramco.

Flights have been properly and publicly declared, as is required, through transparency data released on 14 July 2022 and can be found on the gov.uk website.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the research by Clark, C. et al. entitled Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Exposure and Risk of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Case–Control Study in Pennsylvania, 2009–2017, published in Environmental Health Perspectives on 17 August 2022.

Onshore exploration for oil and gas in the UK is strictly regulated by expert bodies including the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive. This applies to both unconventional and conventional sources of oil and gas.

Those bodies are best placed to consider the applicability of studies from other countries with significantly different regulations and production contexts, to the UK, and to provide guidance accordingly.

The Government will continue to follow the expert advice of regulators to manage risks to the public appropriately.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in the context of the weight given by Mr Justice Holgate to the advice of the Climate Change Committee in the judgment on the case of Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth, Good Law Project vs. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy handed down on 18 July 2022, if he will follow the Committee's guidance in relation to delivering on the UK’s carbon budgets.

Government Ministers always carefully consider the Climate Change Committee’s advice. The Climate Change Committee described the Net Zero Strategy as ‘an ambitious and comprehensive strategy that marks a significant step forward for UK climate policy’, and as ‘the world's most comprehensive plan to reach Net Zero’. It also stated that ‘It follows the transparent process for developing climate policy set out in the UK’s Climate Change Act’ and that ‘The Net Zero Strategy fulfils the requirement in the Act for the Government to present policies and proposals to meet the UK’s emissions targets’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason it was not reported to Parliament that the quantified policies in the Net Zero Strategy are projected to deliver approximately 95 per cent of the emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget.

The Net Zero Strategy included a mix of quantified and unquantified policies. Depending on which accounting methodology would be adopted as the international standard at COP26, shortly after the Strategy’s publication, the quantified policies were projected to deliver either ~95% or, as under the now agreed standard, over 100% of the emissions reductions needed for the sixth carbon budget. It is also inherently difficult to quantify the emission reductions that a particular policy will generate over time.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his conclusions from the public consultation on improving the energy performance of privately rented homes.

The Government is reflecting on the feedback received to ensure the policy is fair to both landlords and tenants. The Government will publish a response in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the judgment of the hon. Mr Justice Holgate in the case Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth, Good Law Project vs. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy handed down on 18 July 2022, what his Department’s timeframe is for laying the required report before Parliament.

As was made clear in the court hearing, there is no shortfall in emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget. Under the international standard accounting methodology adopted at COP26, shortly after the Strategy’s publication, the quantified policies were projected to deliver over 100% of the emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget. The order accompanying the judgment states that the Government must lay a report before Parliament by no later than 31 March 2023. The Government is seeking permission from the Court of Appeal to appeal the judgment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the judgment of the hon. Mr Justice Holgate in the case Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth, Good Law Project vs. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy handed down on 18 July 2022, what steps his Department is taking to produce a report which is (a) compliant with section 14 of the Climate Change Act 2008 and (b) includes a quantified account of the emissions reductions that the policies in the Net Zero Strategy will deliver.

As was made clear in the court hearing, there is no shortfall in emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget. Under the international standard accounting methodology adopted at COP26, shortly after the Strategy’s publication, the quantified policies were projected to deliver over 100% of the emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget. The order accompanying the judgment states that the Government must lay a report before Parliament by no later than 31 March 2023. The Government is seeking permission from the Court of Appeal to appeal the judgment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the judgment of the hon. Mr Justice Holgate in the case Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth, Good Law Project vs. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy handed down on 18 July 2022, what steps he is taking to ensure that the revised report (a) closes the measured shortfall in emissions reductions needed to meet CB6 and (b) provides the necessary information explaining how policies will credibly deliver those emissions reductions.

As was made clear in the court hearing, there is no shortfall in emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget. Under the international standard accounting methodology adopted at COP26, shortly after the Strategy’s publication, the quantified policies were projected to deliver over 100% of the emissions reductions needed to meet the sixth carbon budget. The order accompanying the judgment states that the Government must lay a report before Parliament by no later than 31 March 2023. The Government is seeking permission from the Court of Appeal to appeal the judgment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the judgement of the hon. Mr Justice Holgate in the case Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth, Good Law Project vs. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy handed down on 18 July 2022, for what reason the Energy Minister approved the Government’s Net Zero Strategy without the necessary information on how it would meet the carbon budgets as required under section 13 of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Information on how the policies and proposals will meet the carbon budgets was provided when the publication of the Net Zero Strategy was approved. It was the consideration of Mr Justice Holgate that the policy-by-policy quantification carried out by officials ought to have been before Ministers, rather than the same information aggregated at the sector level. Ministers considered that the combination of the analysis provided and the additional detail summarised by Departmental officials gave sufficient confidence that the policies and proposals would enable the carbon budgets to be met. The Government is seeking permission from the Court of Appeal to appeal the judgment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2022 to Question 165 on Coal Authority: Climate Change, if he will make it his policy to revise the duties of the Coal Authority in respect of licensing, as set out in the Coal Industry Act 1994, to act in accordance with the UK’s obligations under international climate treaties, including the (a) Paris Agreement and (b) Glasgow Climate Pact.

The Government is committed to phasing out coal from electricity generation by 2024. Demand for new coal licences has fallen away as a consequence, and there are only a small number of potential coal projects that could result in new coal mining, and only with the consent of the relevant planning authorities.

The Government keeps the Coal Authority’s duties under review, but in view of the low demand for new coal extraction projects, there are currently no plans to revise the duties with respect to licensing coal extraction.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to (a) the commitment on page 7 of his Department’s fuel poverty strategy Sustainable warmth: protecting vulnerable households in England, published on 11 February 2021 and (b) his answer to the hon. Member for Brighton Pavilion on Tuesday 7 June 2022, Official Report, column 654, whether his Department is on track to deliver on the £2.5 billion Home Upgrade Grant by the end of 2019 Parliament.

Government spending reviews have, to date, committed around £6.6bn to decarbonising heat and buildings during the lifetime of this Parliament.

Of this, HM Treasury has allocated £1.1bn to the Home Upgrade Grant, for delivery to 2025. £500m of this money – which is providing energy-efficiency upgrades to lower-income, energy-inefficient homes - has already been granted to local authorities as part of the Sustainable Warmth competition. The Government will continue to work with local authorities to reach as many households as possible.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 18 May 2022 to Questions 166 and 167 on Coal Fired Power Stations, if he will define the ranges of (a) slightly extending the life of remaining coal-fired power stations and (b) a minimal impact on (i) national and global CO2 emissions and (ii) consumers’ energy bills.

Agreements recently concluded between the Electricity System Operator and Drax and West Burton coal plant will expire on 31st March 2023. Discussions on Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station are still live, and costs associated with these contracts are confidential while negotiations are ongoing. The impact on consumers’ energy bills is expected to be minimal.

Generation units subject to the contracts will only be dispatched if required by the System Operator to manage exceptional energy security risks. The Government is confident of meeting its Carbon Budget emissions obligations, and remains committed to phasing out unabated coal generation in Great Britain by October 2024.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the volume of nuclear waste produced by small modular reactors; and what assessment he has made of the implications of that volume for waste management.

Developers of new nuclear power stations are required to undertake an Assessment of Disposability as part of the UK’s nuclear regulatory and environmental permitting processes. The Assessment of Disposability is carried out by Radio Waste Management to demonstrate there is an effective disposal route for expected wastes from a new nuclear project before a final decision can be taken to proceed.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to put his plans to remove eligibility for the warm homes discount from disabled people not on income related benefits on hold for the purpose of holding discussions with disabled people's organisations on the impact of this plan on disabled people; what assessment he has made of the (a) net difference between the amount a disabled person who would previously have been eligible for the Warm Home Discount loses and gains with the Disability Cost of Living Payment and the (b) adequacy of this for paying for the additional costs faced by disabled people referred to by the Chancellor in his statement to the House on 26 May; and if he will make a statement on the impact of this plan on disabled people.

Due to the expansion and reform of the scheme, the Government estimated that 160,000 more households where someone has a disability or long-term illness will receive a rebate compared to the unreformed scheme. The scheme will be better targeted to households in fuel poverty and on the lowest incomes. Around 62% of Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance recipients also receive one of the qualifying means-tested benefits. Those households with high energy costs would therefore be eligible for a rebate.

The cost-of-living support measures announced this year will mean low-income people with a disability and in receipt of a means-tested benefit will receive £1,350 this year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he approved the agreement between (a) the National Grid and (b) EDF on keeping the West Burton A coal plant open until March 2023.

The extension to operations at West Burton A was made to further boost the UK’s energy security and domestic supply, in light of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. It remains the Government’s firm commitment to end the use of coal power by October 2024.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what powers the Government has to ensure that oil and gas extracted in the North Sea comes into the UK market.

The North Sea Transition Authority publishes projections of oil and gas production in the UK, including comparisons with forecasts of demand, at www.nstauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections.

Statistics on current UK oil and gas production and supply are available at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/oil-and-oil-products-section-3-energy-trends and www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gas-section-4-energy-trends respectively.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of oil and gas from new licences in the North Sea that will come to the UK market.

The North Sea Transition Authority publishes projections of oil and gas production in the UK, including comparisons with forecasts of demand, at www.nstauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections.

Statistics on current UK oil and gas production and supply are available at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/oil-and-oil-products-section-3-energy-trends and www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gas-section-4-energy-trends respectively.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2022 to Question 9868 on Energy: Billing, if he will make it his policy to revise the supplier licence conditions to ensure that people who pay for their energy by (a) a pre-payment meter and (b) cash or cheque do not pay more for their energy as a consequence of their payment method.

The Government has no plans to revise licence conditions. Supplier licence conditions, enforced by the independent regulator Ofgem, state that the differences in price between payment methods for energy, including by prepayment meter, must reflect the cost to the supplier of that payment method. The energy price cap protects prepayment meter customers and ensures they pay a fair price for their energy.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take legislative steps to ensure that people who pay for their energy by (a) a pre-payment meter and (b) cash or cheque do not pay more for their energy than people paying by Direct Debit; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Glasgow South West on 21st February 2022 to Question 120813.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish details of ECO4; when he plans for that scheme to be operational; and what steps he is taking to ensure there will be continuity with ECO3.

The response to the ECO4 consultation was published on 1 April 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/design-of-the-energy-company-obligation-eco4-2022-2026.

A 3-month interim delivery phase has been introduced between 1 April – 30 June 2022, under the previous (ECO3) scheme rules, to enable delivery to continue subject to some fossil fuel heating limitations. Obligated suppliers may also choose to deliver under the new scheme rules during this period.

BEIS and the scheme administrator, Ofgem, meet and communicate regularly with obligated suppliers to provide further clarity on the scheme rules.

The Government is planning to lay regulations as soon as possible, to provide the market with legislative certainty.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what equality impact assessment has been carried out of the proposed closure of the Insolvency Service office in Brighton; and if he will place a copy of its findings in the Library.

An overarching Equality Impact Assessment has been completed for all offices, including Brighton, affected by the plan to restructure the Insolvency Service’s estate to eleven regional offices. A copy of this will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

20th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the proposal to close the Insolvency Service office in Brighton, where interviews previously carried out at the Brighton office will take place instead.

Following the planned closure of the Brighton Office in June 2025, interviews will be held in either a local interview facility or at one of the Insolvency Service’s 11 Regional Centres. Alternatively, interviews will be conducted remotely using telephone and online channels, this is already established practice where it works for both the individual and the Insolvency Service.

18th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Shell developing the Jackdaw gas field with the (a) decarbonisation targets for industry as described in the North Sea Transition Deal, (b) UK’s carbon budgets and net zero target and (c) UK’s obligations and commitments towards international climate targets.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton on 18 May 2022 to Questions 417 and 418.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times he has met in a (a) formal and (b) informal capacity to discuss climate and energy issues with (i) representatives and (ii) members of the (A) Global Warming Policy Foundation and (B) Net Zero Scrutiny Group in the last two years.

Ministers regularly meet with external stakeholders. Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential average change to consumers' energy bills as a result of the Government's request that EDF, Drax and Uniper maintain coal plants beyond their planned closure dates; and if he will make a statement.

In light of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, it is right that the Government explore a wide range of options to further bolster energy security and domestic supply. The Government is exploring slightly extending the life of remaining coal-fired power stations to provide additional back up electricity this coming winter if needed. It remains the Government commitment to end the use of coal power by October 2024. If the stations were to remain open over the winter, the Government would expect the impact on national and global CO2 emissions and consumers’ energy bills to be minimal.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) national and (b) global CO2 emissions of delaying the closure of coal plants operated by EDF, Drax and Uniper; and if he will make a statement.

In light of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, it is right that the Government explore a wide range of options to further bolster energy security and domestic supply. The Government is exploring slightly extending the life of remaining coal-fired power stations to provide additional back up electricity this coming winter if needed. It remains the Government commitment to end the use of coal power by October 2024. If the stations were to remain open over the winter, the Government would expect the impact on national and global CO2 emissions and consumers’ energy bills to be minimal.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149218 on Coal Authority: Climate Change, whether it is his policy that the climate emergency is an exceptional circumstance when considering the powers of the direction.

Any proposals for new coal extraction projects would be assessed in accordance with the Coal Authority’s duties under the Coal Industry Act 1994 - which do not involve a formal role for BEIS Ministers. Powers of direction can be used where the Secretary of State considers that the Coal Authority has erred in the carrying out of its duties.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149218, on Coal Authority: Climate Chang, whether it is his policy that the climate emergency is an exceptional circumstance when considering the powers of the direction.

It has not proved possible to respond to the Hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of potential generic faults in the design of key safety interior components of the first completed prototype EPR reactor pressure vessel at Taishan nuclear power plant on the EPR being (i) constructed at Hinkley Point in Somerset and (ii) proposed for Sizewell C in Suffolk; and if he will make a statement.

The Government continues to engage regularly with representatives from both EDF Energy and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) on a wide range of matters relating to nuclear reactors. The Government understands that investigations are still ongoing at Taishan into the root cause of the failed fuel issue. The ONR, the UK’s independent nuclear regulator, have reported that Unit 1 of the Taishan plant is not currently operational while the analysis and review of root causes is ongoing. The ONR remains in contact with their international counterparts, including the Chinese and French regulators. The ONR will ensure that the developer of Hinkley Point C considers and addresses the learning from Taishan. If the ONR judged that any reactor was unsafe, they would not allow it to be built or to operate in the UK.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with (a) EDF, (b) ONR and (c) his Chinese counterpart on (a) reports of potential generic faults in the design of key safety interior components of the first completed prototype EPR reactor pressure vessel at Taishan nuclear power plant and (b) potential implications for the EPR being (i) constructed at Hinkley Point in Somerset and (ii) proposed for Sizewell C in Suffolk; and if he will make a statement.

The Government continues to engage regularly with representatives from both EDF Energy and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) on a wide range of matters relating to nuclear reactors. The Government understands that investigations are still ongoing at Taishan into the root cause of the failed fuel issue. The ONR, the UK’s independent nuclear regulator, have reported that Unit 1 of the Taishan plant is not currently operational while the analysis and review of root causes is ongoing. The ONR remains in contact with their international counterparts, including the Chinese and French regulators. The ONR will ensure that the developer of Hinkley Point C considers and addresses the learning from Taishan. If the ONR judged that any reactor was unsafe, they would not allow it to be built or to operate in the UK.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information he (a) holds and (b) has requested from (i) EDF, (ii) ONR and (iii) the Chinese authorities on the causes of the closure of Taishan nuclear power plant; and if he will make a statement.

The Government continues to engage regularly with representatives from both EDF Energy and the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) on a wide range of matters relating to nuclear reactors. The Government understands that investigations are still ongoing at Taishan into the root cause of the failed fuel issue. The ONR remains in contact with their international counterparts, including the Chinese and French regulators.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether in accordance with section 6 of the Coal Industry Act 1994 (a) he has issued any directions to the Coal Authority requiring it to consider climate change when carrying out its functions including (i) the UK’s domestic climate goals and (ii) international climate agreements and (b) if any such advice has been prepared by the Government; and if he will make a statement.

It is the Department’s view that powers of direction can be used in exceptional circumstances and are ordinarily reserved for situations where the Department considers that the Coal Authority has erred in the carrying out of its duties.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with energy companies on whether Government policy on a windfall tax is linked to levels of investment in the North Sea; and if he will place a copy of the meeting notes in the Library.

This Department holds many meetings with companies to discuss a wide range of business issues.

Details of meetings held by Ministers in the Department are recorded in our transparency data, which is published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

Taxation is a matter for HM Treasury.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy that claimants of personal independence payments, disability living allowance and attendance allowance will continue to be able to access the Warm Home Discount Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

The Warm Home Discount is a key policy in the Government’s strategy to tackling fuel poverty. The Government consulted on reforming the Warm Home Discount scheme to better target fuel poverty and to provide the rebates automatically to households, as announced in the Energy White Paper. The Government’s response to the consultation will be published in the coming weeks.

The reforms include focusing support on households on the lowest incomes who are struggling to heat their homes. Eligibility would therefore be linked to receipt of a qualifying means-tested benefit and having high energy costs. Households in receipt of a disability benefit as well as one of the qualifying means-tested benefits and with high energy costs would be eligible for a rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2021 to Questions 92862 and 92863, if he will publish the evidential basis and calculations for the amount of public and private investment required to keep the UK on track to (a) meet its carbon budgets and Nationally Determined Contribution and (b) reach net zero by 2050.

In order to keep the UK on track to meet its climate ambitions, analysis from the Net Zero Strategy estimates that additional capital investment must grow from present levels to an average of £50-60 billion per year through the late 2020s and 2030s. Most of this investment will come from the private sector, providing new opportunities for businesses and investors, and helping to reduce the UK’s exposure to international fossil fuel markets. A breakdown of estimated additional capital investment needed to meet each carbon budget is found in Table 11 of the technical annex published as part of the Net Zero Strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/net-zero-strategy), including key sources of evidence for that assessment.

This complements work for HM Treasury’s Net Zero Review, which provided a cross-economy analysis of the investment needs of reaching net zero in 2050 and the evidential bases for the conclusions drawn (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/net-zero-review-final-report).

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, 9 February 2022, Official Report, col 956, if he will publish the evidence base for that Minister’s statement that continued support for the UK’s oil and gas sector is essential for the UK to achieve its climate change targets.

Fossil fuel use such as unabated gas-fired electricity generation currently plays an important role in keeping Great Britain’s electricity system secure and stable. This role will decrease in the future as clean energy technologies continue to develop. The Government will introduce a climate compatibility checkpoint to assess whether any future licensing rounds remain in keeping with the UK’s climate goals, including net zero.

The North Sea Transition Deal sets out a path for the UK to manage the transition away from fossil fuels, with a goal of achieving a net zero basin by 2050 and achieving a managed energy transition, which leaves no-one behind. The Deal will support workers, businesses, and the supply chain as the UK transitions to a net zero future by harnessing the industry’s existing capabilities, infrastructure, and private investment potential to exploit new and emerging technologies such as hydrogen production, Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and offshore wind, as well as offshore decommissioning.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Energy on 9 February 2022, Official Report, col 962, if he will publish the evidence base for the conclusion that new oil and gas extraction in the North Sea will reduce the UK’s dependence on imports.

The UK Continental Shelf is a mature oil and gas basin, where production is declining. The UK’s domestic demand for these products is also projected to decline, as the UK transitions to cleaner sources of energy, however the UK is expected to remain a net importer of both oil and gas, even if new fields are developed. A faster decline in UK production would result in the UK importing more oil and gas from other countries on a net basis.

The Oil and Gas Authority publishes projections of oil and gas production in the UK; these projections (including comparisons with forecasts of demand) are available at

www.ogauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the letter from the Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change to the Welsh Minister for Climate Change, dated 7 January 2022, when his Department plans to bring forward legislation to amend the Coal Authority’s statutory duty to promote an economically viable coal industry, as set out in the Coal Industry Act 1994.

The Government is considering how best to ensure a future coal mine licensing regime is compatible with the country’s broader Net Zero and climate change goals. This may include changes to current legislative arrangements to meet those ambitions.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the letter from the Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change to the Welsh Minister for Climate Change, dated 7 January 2022, if he will make it his policy to amend the Coal Industry Act 1994 to give the Coal Authority a statutory duty to (a) manage a decline of the coal industry in the UK in line with (i) the Glasgow Climate Pact and (ii) the IEA’s report Net Zero by 2050 - A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector and (b) ensure a just transition for workers in the coal industry.

There are no plans to provide the Coal Authority with new duties. However, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from global coal use remains a key Government priority for the COP26 Energy Transition Campaign, including through securing ‘coal phasedown’ language in the Glasgow Climate Pact, the Government’s co-leadership of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, and launching an International Just Transition Declaration at the Glasgow Summit.

https://ukcop26.org/supporting-the-conditions-for-a-just-transition-internationally/

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the letter from the Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change to the Welsh Minister for Climate Change, dated 7 January 2022, what steps he is taking to work with the Welsh Government in order to quickly clarify responsibilities for (a) approving and (b) cancelling the licence for the Aberpergwm coal mine.

The Coal Authority approved the application for the expansion of the Aberpergwm mine on 25 January 2022. The approved licence is with the operator for final checks and confirmation. If appropriate confirmation is received the licence will then be granted and issued. This is the final step in allowing expansion of the existing mine. There are no plans to cancel the licence for the existing Aberpergwm coal mine.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the chairman of (a) the Oil and Gas Authority, (b) Gordon Birrell, executive vice-president of production at BP, (c) Zoe Yujnovich, upstream director at Shell, (d) Al Cook, executive vice-president at Equinor, (e) Sam Laidlaw, chairman of Neptune Energy and (f) Amjad Bseisu, chief executive of EnQuest, on the incompatibility of new oil and gas production with reaching net zero by 2050.

As is normal, the Government has had meetings with energy suppliers and stakeholders during a period of high global gas prices. While the Government is gradually driving down demand for fossil fuels, there will continue to be ongoing demand for oil and gas over the coming years as the UK transitions to Net Zero.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which oil and gas companies attended the dinner he held on 16 November 2021.

The Government has had meetings with energy suppliers and stakeholders during a period of high global gas prices. A record of Ministerial meetings will be published on the transparency register in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the expiry date was for the shipment of 299,520 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine donated by the UK to Covax scheduled to touch down in Uganda on 18-19 August 2021.

These doses were delivered to COVAX with approximately two months’ shelf life, with an expiry of the end of September.

The UK, COVAX and AZ are working closely together and with international partners such as UNICEF to allocate vaccines according to need, facilitate the rapid delivery of doses and maximise the shelf life available to recipients. This includes the provision of regular forecasts to COVAX to assist planning. Doses are sent directly by AZ to UNICEF, rather than having to be processed by the UK Government.

Vaccines delivered by COVAX are distributed in line with the World Health Organisation's 'equitable allocation framework', which helps ensure COVAX doses reach those countries most in need. Recipient countries are informed of vaccine expiry dates, and doses are delivered in consultation with countries via COVAX to ensure they are ready and able to begin immediate roll out.

10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Minister for Energy’s statement that coal has no part to play in future power generation in the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 69602, what discussions he has had with Welsh Ministers regarding plans to extend the Aberpergwm drift coalmine site; and if he will place a copy of that correspondence in the Library.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State met with the Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change in November 2021 and subsequently officials from the Department and the Welsh Government have met to discuss the licence for coal extraction held by Energybuild Limited in relation to Aberpergwm; an operational coal mine in Wales that produces high grade anthracite for industrial use.

I am happy to place in the Libraries of the House a copy of my letter of 7 January 2022 to the Welsh Government Minister setting out the UK Government’s position.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 9 November 2021 to Questions 67118, 67119 and 67120, if he will publish the evidence base for the Government’s conclusion that all previously licensed fields can be developed as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

The OGA’s published production projections can be found on the OGA website at the following weblink: www.ogauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections/.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 10 November 2021 to Questions 68176 to 68187, if he will publish the evidence base for the Government’s conclusion that all previously licenced fields can be developed, as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

The OGA’s published production projections can be found on the OGA website at the following weblink: www.ogauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections/.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Answers of 10 November to Questions 69042 to 69061, if he will publish the evidence base for the Government’s conclusion that all previously licenced fields can be developed, as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

The OGA’s published production projections can be found on the OGA website at the following weblink: www.ogauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections/.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 1 November 2021 to Questions 67118 to 67120, whether his Department's assessment of all previously licensed fields included scope 3 emissions.

Downstream scope 3 emissions of oil and gas production (the emissions released from the end-use combustion of the oil or gas product) are accounted for within the UK’s carbon budget under the sectors that consume oil and gas.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 2 November 2021 to Questions 68176 - 68187, whether his Department's assessment of all previously licensed fields included scope 3 emissions.

Downstream scope 3 emissions of oil and gas production (the emissions released from the end-use combustion of the oil or gas product) are accounted for within the UK’s carbon budget under the sectors that consume oil and gas.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answers of 3 November to Questions 69042 to 69061, whether his Department's assessment of all previously licensed fields included scope 3 emissions.

Downstream scope 3 emissions of oil and gas production (the emissions released from the end-use combustion of the oil or gas product) are accounted for within the UK’s carbon budget under the sectors that consume oil and gas.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government’s plans to invest £20 billion in Research and Development by 2024-25, what proportion of that funding will be allocated to research that uses and seeks to further develop (a) the use of advanced cultures of human cells and tissues, (b) artificial intelligence, (c) organ-on-a-chip technology human tissue models and (d) other techniques that do not use animals relevant to disease modelling and drug testing for humans; and if he will make a statement.

Following the Spending Review, BEIS will set R&D budgets through to 2024/25. Further details of how this funding will be allocated will be announced in due course.

The Government actively supports and funds the development and dissemination of techniques that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs). This is achieved primarily through funding for the National Centre for the 3Rs. Since the NC3Rs was launched it has committed £100 million through its research, innovation, and early career awards to provide new 3Rs approaches for scientists in academia and industry to use.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the new Advanced Research and Invention Agency will provide dedicated funding for research that uses and seeks to further develop (a) the use of advanced cultures of human cells and tissues, (b) artificial intelligence, (c) organ-on-a-chip technology human tissue models and (d) other techniques that do not use animals relevant to disease modelling and drug testing for humans; whether he plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of having as a focus for that Agency the acceleration of the replacement of animal experiments with such techniques; and if he will make a statement.

The CEO and leadership of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), not Government, will be responsible for the strategic direction of their programme portfolio. While there are many UK funding programmes for which Ministers do set the strategic direction, ARIA is specifically being set up without those constraints.

4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Lough Neagh fossil fuel development proposed by EHA Exploration on the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

The licensing and regulation of onshore oil and gas development is fully devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his department has made of the potential effect of the Fermanagh fossil fuel development proposed by Tamboran Resources UK on the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

The licensing and regulation of onshore oil and gas development is fully devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Woodhouse Colliery fossil fuel development proposed by West Cumbria Mining on the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

Our Net Zero Strategy makes it clear that coal has no part to play in our future power generation which is why we’re phasing it out of our electricity generation by 2024 – a year earlier than planned. Coal’s share of our electricity supply has already declined significantly in recent years – from almost 40% in 2012 to less than 2% in 2020.

The public inquiry into the proposed Woodhouse Colliery fossil fuel development began on 7th September 2021. The formal part of the inquiry has now concluded. It is an independent process conducted by the Planning Inspectorate, so it would not be appropriate to comment further on this particular case. However, I am aware they heard evidence on a range of issues including around net zero ambitions.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Glan Lash fossil fuel development proposed by Bryn Back Coal on the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

Our Net Zero Strategy makes it clear that coal has no part to play in our future power generation which is why we’re phasing it out of our electricity generation by 2024 – a year earlier than planned. Coal’s share of our electricity supply has already declined significantly in recent years – from almost 40% in 2012 to less than 2% in 2020.

Coal mining in the UK has been in long term decline reflecting falling domestic demand and there are only a handful of operational mines remaining in the UK. We expect further closures in the next couple of years as these mines naturally complete coaling.

Potential Coal Mining projects in Wales would require the explicit approval of Welsh Ministers before progressing.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the Lochinvar fossil fuel development proposed by New Age Exploration on the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

Our Net Zero Strategy makes it clear that coal has no part to play in our future power generation which is why we’re phasing it out of our electricity generation by 2024 – a year earlier than planned. Coal’s share of our electricity supply has already declined significantly in recent years – from almost 40% in 2012 to less than 2% in 2020.

Coal mining in the UK has been in long term decline reflecting falling domestic demand and there are only a handful of operational mines remaining in the UK. We expect further closures in the next couple of years as these mines naturally complete coaling.

The potential fossil fuel development at Lochinvar would require planning permission and other relevant permissions from all the relevant territories before it could progress.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Puddletown fossil fuel development proposed by South West Energy Ltd with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Biscathorpe fossil fuel development proposed by Egdon with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Eagle fossil fuel development proposed by Hibiscus Petroleum with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Alwyn East fossil fuel development proposed by Total Energies with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Belinda fossil fuel development proposed by Tailwind Energy with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Rosebank fossil fuel development proposed by Equinor with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Clair South fossil fuel development proposed by BP with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Bentley fossil fuel development proposed by Enquest with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Glengorm fossil fuel development proposed by CNOOC with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Cambo fossil fuel development proposed by Siccar Point Energy with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Bressay fossil fuel development proposed by Enquest with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Isabella fossil fuel development proposed by Total Energies with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Pilot fossil fuel development proposed by Orcadian Energy with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Cheviot (& Peel) fossil fuel development proposed by Alpha Petroleum with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Glendronach fossil fuel development proposed by Total Energies with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Perth fossil fuel development proposed by the Parkmead Group with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Marigold & Sunflower fossil fuel development proposed by Hibiscus Petroleum with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.

All previously licensed fields are accounted for in terms of projected production and estimated emissions and the Government is confident that they can be developed, even as the UK seeks to achieve its commitment to net zero by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the Balcombe fossil fuel development proposed by Angus Energy with the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050.