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Cherilyn Mackrory

Conservative - Truro and Falmouth

First elected: 12th December 2019


Social Housing (Regulation) Bill [HL]
23rd Nov 2022 - 29th Nov 2022
Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Bill
16th Nov 2022 - 23rd Nov 2022
Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill
20th Jul 2022 - 7th Sep 2022
Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill
26th Jan 2022 - 2nd Feb 2022
Finance (No.2) Bill
8th Dec 2021 - 11th Jan 2022
Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
3rd Nov 2021 - 18th Nov 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Cherilyn Mackrory has voted in 862 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Alok Sharma (Conservative)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
(11 debate interactions)
Alan Whitehead (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Climate Change and Net Zero)
(10 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(30 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(22 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Environment Act 2021
(5,315 words contributed)
Fisheries Act 2020
(2,346 words contributed)
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Truro and Falmouth Petitions

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

The maximum penalty for failure to stop after an incident is points and a 6-month custodial sentence. Causing death by careless/dangerous driving is between 5-14 yrs. The sentence for failing to stop after a fatal collision must be increased.

The offence of causing 'death by dangerous driving' should be widened to include: failure to stop, call 999 and render aid on scene until further help arrives.

We have the second most expensive childcare system in the world. A full time place costs, on average, £14,000 per year, making it completely unaffordable for many families. Parents are forced to leave their jobs or work fewer hours, which has a negative impact on the economy and on child poverty.


Latest EDMs signed by Cherilyn Mackrory

21st February 2024
Cherilyn Mackrory signed this EDM on Tuesday 27th February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
91 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 43
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Workers Party of Britain: 1
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Commons initiatives

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1 Adjournment Debate led by Cherilyn Mackrory

Cherilyn Mackrory has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 50 Written Questions

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1 Other Department Questions
24th Nov 2021
What steps she is taking to support women's participation in the economic recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.

Through initiatives like the Rose Review, the Investing in Women Code, the Women in Innovation Awards and the Women in Finance Charter, and through our manifesto commitments on flexible working and carer’s leave, we are committed to supporting and promoting the role of women in the economic recovery.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken since 2015 to reduce levels of (a) waste and (b) inefficiency across (i) Government and (ii) local Government.

The Government is committed to finding efficient and effective ways of delivering public services. The Government announced steps to ensure efficient use of taxpayers’ money in the 2020 Spending Review, including strengthening the government’s approach to planning and delivery using the Public Value Framework, changing the way the government invests in places to level up economic opportunity and improving the management of the government’s capital portfolio.

In addition, the 2016 Local Government Finance Settlement offered Local Authorities the certainty of a four-year budget in return for publishing efficiency plans. This offer was overwhelmingly accepted by Councils, 97% of whom took up the offer in return for publishing efficiency plans.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to (a) implement the provisions of the Energy Prices Act and (b) increase the use of renewable energy.

The Energy Prices Act gained Royal Assent on 25 October 2022. The Department has laid a number of statutory instruments to ensure the effective implementation of the energy support schemes brought forward by the Act.

The acceleration in renewable deployment will be supported by the UK's main renewable energy scheme, Contracts for Difference. The latest round delivered almost 11GW of new renewable projects, almost double achieved in the previous round. Future CfD rounds will be run annually to drive further deployment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he will announce further details on access to the energy discount provided for by the Energy Bills Support Scheme for park home owners.

The Government is finalising the details for the Energy Bills Support Scheme for park home owners, which will be set up for applications this winter.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his department has taken to support the British geothermal industry.

The Government supports the development of geothermal projects provided it can be done at an acceptable cost to consumers. The most promising use of geothermal energy in the UK is for heat applications such as in district heating network schemes. The Government is supporting the development of low carbon heat networks and thereby building its capability to harness heat from sources such as geothermal energy. Electricity generated from geothermal heat is able to bid into the Contracts for Difference scheme.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the draft budget for Auction Round 5 of the Contracts for Difference Scheme will be published.

A draft timeline for Allocation 5 is available on the Contracts for Difference microsite.[1]The Government will publish details of auction parameters, including the final budget, ahead of the round opening in March 2023.

[1] https://www.cfdallocationround.uk/publications/draft-allocation-round-5-timeline

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether geothermal energy will be allocated a budget minima in the Auction Round 5 of the Contracts for Difference Scheme.

The Government is currently considering auction parameters for all technologies for Allocation Round 5 of the Contracts for Difference scheme, including any for geothermal, taking into account evidence of the pipeline of available projects. The Government will publish details of these parameters ahead of the round opening in March 2023.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, what steps his Department is taking to help deliver the strategy to increase domestic extraction and production of critical minerals.

The Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022. This will include steps to create an enabling environment for the domestic extraction, processing and recycling of critical minerals. It can also support the production of key components, like batteries.

Funding, such as the Automotive Transformation Fund, National Security Strategic Investment Fund, UK Infrastructure Bank, UK Export Finance, and the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research programme, can support investments at various points along the critical minerals value chain in specific sectors, like the automotive industry. For example, Cornish Lithium has received support via the Getting Building Fund (2020) and Automotive Transformation Fund (2021). British Lithium has received grant funding from Innovate UK (2020) and the Sustainable Innovation Fund (2021).

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) his Department has engaged with global anode producers and (b) the Government has plans for anode production in the UK.

The Department routinely engages with producers of strategically important components for electric vehicles, including anodes and other battery materials. In 2020, the Government announced £500m to establish an Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), to support the development of an internationally competitive electric vehicle supply chain, including anode production in the UK.

As part of the Net Zero Strategy, in October 2021, Government announced a further £350m to be delivered through the ATF over the next three years to ensure that the UK maximises the benefits from the transition to a zero emission vehicle future and support tens of thousands of high-quality green jobs across the UK.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has had any discussions with relevant stakeholders on the potential role of Cornwall as a lithium hub for the UK.

As part of development of the Critical Minerals Strategy, and working alongside the Department of International Trade, BEIS has identified the important role Cornwall can play in lithium extraction for the UK.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have visited Cornish Lithium and British Lithium, who are looking to expand activities around lithium within Cornwall.

Cornish Lithium received investment for the construction of Europe’s first geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant at a location near Redruth, through the Government's Getting Building Fund.

British Lithium Ltd, based in St Austell, is one of the first companies in the world to progress commercial extraction of lithium carbonate from the mica in granite. They have been awarded more than £2.9m from the Government’s Sustainable Innovation Fund.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on the implementation of the Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.

Following intensive development work and stakeholder engagement over the past few months, the Department is now finalising the scheme design, and subject to final business case approvals we intend to launch the scheme soon.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish the UK’s critical minerals list.

It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Local Authorities have discretion not to award grants to (a) holiday lets and (b) other businesses that cannot explicitly prove that they have been directly financially impacted by the Omicron variant.

Holiday accommodation businesses are eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme provided they can evidence they are trading as a business and are listed on the business rates register. Second homeowners not trading as a business cannot claim a grant of any amount. Where a Local Authorities determines that a business is not trading they will not be eligible for a grant. This is consistent with steps announced by Government on 14 January 2022, which mean that owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to pay their fair share of tax under tough new measures due to be introduced from April 2023.

Local Authorities have the discretion to use Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) funding to support businesses in the way that best meets local economic need, in line with the scheme guidance. Local Authorities are encouraged to focus ARG support on businesses who have been severely impacted by reduced business activity due to the spread of the Omicron variant. The guidance does not mandate specific evidence to determine if a business has been severely impacted by Omicron. It is for Local Authorities to issue grants at their discretion, based on local decision making.

The guidance for both OHLG and ARG schemes can be found here.

6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to develop (a) upstream, (b) midstream and (c) downstream sections of the critical minerals supply chain in the UK.

Upstream, midstream and downstream sections of the critical minerals supply chain have all been – and will continue to be – supported through a number of Government initiatives. For example, the 10 Point Plan announced £500 million to support the electrification of vehicles and their supply chains, and other strategically important technologies including critical mineral processing, through the Automotive Transformation Fund. Other specific examples of the UK’s extensive work in this area include the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, which is investing £80 million in electrification technologies. This includes projects relating to the recovery and recycling of Rare Earth Elements, and activities to facilitate the development of Rare Earth Element magnet supply chains in the UK.

Going forward, the Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, setting out our approach to securing the technology-critical minerals and metals. Our stated aims include to ensure the UK has a reliable supply of critical minerals and metals, and to establish an enabling environment for growing the sector in the UK.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government’s assessment of lithium demand will be to meet electric car battery production in the UK by 2030.

In December 2020, the Faraday Institution published issue 6 of its Faraday Insights series, focused on Lithium, Cobalt and Nickel. It has developed a model that considers the role that differing battery chemistries and mineral intensities may have in overall demand for lithium and other battery materials.

The report is available here: https://faraday.ac.uk/get/insight-6/.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential for domestic production of lithium.

In May 2020, the British Geological Survey published “The potential for lithium in the UK” as part of its Raw Materials for Decarbonisation series. It summarises previous British Geological Survey activity in the UK, as well as more recent activity by Cornish Lithium Ltd, British Lithium Ltd and the Li4UK project, each of which has received Government support.

The report is available here:

https://www2.bgs.ac.uk/mineralsuk/download/cmp/lithium.pdf.

As we set out in our Net Zero Strategy published earlier this year, we will publish a UK Critical Minerals strategy in 2022, and aim to establish an enabling environment for growing the sector in the UK. We are also establishing a Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre to provide robust, dynamic analysis on stocks and flows to guide our decision-making on critical minerals such as lithium.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government is taking steps to simplify the mineral rights system within the UK.

Apart from oil, gas, coal, gold and silver, the state does not own mineral rights in the UK. The government does not have any current plans to amend the existing process of securing mineral rights, but also notes that this is a devolved matter, with different regulations in force in Northern Ireland as compared with other parts of the Union.

As part of our engagement activity supporting the development of our Critical Minerals Strategy, announced in the Net Zero Strategy, we will seek views from stakeholders on the effects of the current mineral rights system.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the impact of the rise in the cost of living on the finances of students.

Decisions on student support are taken on an annual basis. The department recognises the additional cost of living pressures that have arisen this year and that have impacted students. Many higer education (HE) providers have hardship funds that students can apply to for assistance. There is £261 million of student premium funding available this academic year to support disadvantaged students who need additional help. The department has worked with the Office for Students to ensure universities support students in hardship, using both hardship funds and drawing on the student premium.

In addition, all households will save on their energy bills through the Energy Price Guarantee and the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme discount. Students who buy their energy from a domestic supplier are eligible for the energy bills discount. The Energy Prices Bill introduced on 12th October 2022 includes the provision to require landlords to pass benefits they receive from energy price support, as appropriate, onto end users. Further details of the requirements under this legislation will be set out in regulations.

The department has continued to increase living costs support with a 2.3% increase for maximum loans and grants for living and other costs for the 2022/23 academic year. Students who have been awarded a loan for living costs for the 2022/23 academic year that is lower than the maximum, and whose household income for the 2022/23 tax year has dropped by at least 15% compared to the income provided for their original assessment, can apply for their entitlement to be reassessed.

In addition, maximum tuition fees, and the subsidised loans available to pay them, remain at £9,250 for the 2022/23 academic year in respect of standard full-time courses.

The department is also freezing maximum tuition fees for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 academic years. By 2024/25, maximum fees will have been frozen for seven years. As well as reducing debt levels for students, the continued fee freeze will help to ensure that the HE system remains sustainable, while also promoting greater efficiency at providers.

The department is reviewing options for uprating maximum loans and grants for the 2023/24 academic year, and an announcement will follow in the autumn. We need to ensure the HE student finance system remains financially sustainable, and the costs of HE are shared fairly between students and taxpayers, not all of whom have benefited from going to university. At a time of tight fiscal restrictions we will need to consider spending on student finance alongside other priorities.

21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional mental health support for university students on placement years.

Higher education (HE) providers are autonomous bodies, independent from government, and have a responsibility to ensure students are well supported during their studies, so they can fully participate in their university experience and achieve outcomes to progress to quality employment. HE providers are not only experts in their student population, but are also best placed to identify the needs of their students, including students undertaking placements as part of their studies.

The mental health and wellbeing of young people is a priority for the government. We continue to work closely with the higher education (HE) sector to promote and fund effective practice. Through strategic guidance to the Office for Students (OfS), we asked that it distributes £15 million of funding in FY the 2022/23 financial year to give additional support for transitions from school/college to university, and through targeting funding to support partnership working with NHS services to provide pathways of care for students. The OfS funded Student Space, which provides a dedicated online platform for students providing vital mental health and wellbeing, and resources and is leading work to establish and share ‘what works’ across the sector.

The University Mental Health Charter, led by Student Minds and backed by the government, brings together universities to drive up standards of practice in mental health provision across the HE sector. The Charter identifies support for students on placements as a principle of good practice, encouraging HE providers to ensure targeted support for students on placement and on professional programmes, who may require more in-depth preparation and specific interventions. I have made clear my ambition for all HE providers to sign up to the Charter programme within 5 years.

Preventing suicide and self-harm in our student population continues to be a key concern, including through supporting the suicide safer universities framework led by Universities UK (UUK) and Papyrus. UUK have worked with stakeholders to develop a checklist which ensures better coordination of support between HE providers and placement providers, including mental health quality assurance of placements. This is due to be published in late July.

The OfS will allocate up to £3 million of funding towards developing stronger partnership working with NHS services. Alongside my hon Friend, the member for Chichester, I chaired a summit in June to launch this work and ensure that the department and the Department of Health and Social Care work together to achieve this common goal.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress his Department has made on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme.

A second consultation on introducing a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was held last year. Government is analysing the responses to that consultation, with a view to publishing a government response soon.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which nations her Department has held discussions with on critical minerals.

A secure supply of critical minerals is vital to achieving our net zero ambitions. We work with our international partners to strengthen all critical supply chains as we seek to improve our national security and economic resilience. We have committed to publishing a Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, which will set out how we can work internationally to secure the sustainability of Britain’s supply. In advance of that strategy, we are engaging with our international partners, and in multilateral fora, to build resilient and sustainable critical mineral supply chains.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to work bilaterally to develop closer, alternative critical mineral supply chains.

There is a growing interest in critical mineral projects across the United Kingdom, and the Department continues to support such investment opportunities. Most critical mineral projects in the United Kingdom are operated by companies that are registered here.

HM Government is working to support and enable more British investment in extraction, processing and refining. We work with our international partners to strengthen critical supply chains too, as we seek to improve our national security and economic resilience.

We have committed to publishing a Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, which will set out how we will establish an enabling environment for growing the sector domestically, and how we can work internationally to secure the sustainability of Britain’s supply.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many foreign owned companies have critical mineral projects registered in the UK.

There is a growing interest in critical mineral projects across the United Kingdom, and the Department continues to support such investment opportunities. Most critical mineral projects in the United Kingdom are operated by companies that are registered here.

HM Government is working to support and enable more British investment in extraction, processing and refining. We work with our international partners to strengthen critical supply chains too, as we seek to improve our national security and economic resilience.

We have committed to publishing a Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022, which will set out how we will establish an enabling environment for growing the sector domestically, and how we can work internationally to secure the sustainability of Britain’s supply.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the road safety of the Cubert Crossroads in Cornwall; and whether his Department will release funds to improve this junction.

Following a number of serious accidents at the A3075 Cubert Crossroads junction, Cornwall Council is seeking funding to improve it. In August 2020, Cornwall Council submitted an Expression of Interest for the scheme through the Department’s Local Pinch Point Fund. The Fund has been superseded by the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund (LUF) so I would encourage Cornwall to consider submitting a bid for the second round of LUF later this year. In addition, we are providing Cornwall Council with £32.46 million in Highways Maintenance funding in each of the next three years. This is an un-ringfenced grant which may be used for local road improvements.

11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the enforcement procedures are for not payment of Child Maintenance Payments; and whether those procedures are subject to regular assessments of effectiveness.

The Child Maintenance Group has the following powers which can be applied immediately if payment compliance cannot be re-established and are subject to fixed charges:

  • deduction of earnings order. £50.00 charge
  • deduction from earnings request. £50.00 charge

If the paying parent is self-employed or not employed, we can apply:

  • regular deduction order. £50.00 charge.
  • lump sum deduction order. £200.00 charge

If a bank account is not identified or there are no or insufficient funds available to permit any deduction order, the case will be referred for consideration and instigation of Legal Enforcement action to secure what is owed, and always to strive for long term payment compliance. The following Enforcement powers available are:

  • lump sum deduction order
  • regular deduction order
  • freezing order
  • set aside disposition order
  • liability order £300 charge
  • registering liability order at county court (England and Wales)
  • registering liability with the Register of Judgements, Orders and Fines
  • registering liability with the Enforcement of Judgments Office (Northern Ireland)
  • charging order (England and Wales)
  • order for sale
  • enforcement agent action (England and Wales)
  • third party debt order (England and Wales)
  • disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving license
  • commitment to prison
  • disqualification from holding or obtaining a passport (England and Wales only)

Throughout the Enforcement process, the case will continuously be reviewed to determine whether previously unsuccessful action may now be successful.

CMG regularly reviews Enforcement procedures and policies to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness. Legislation and policy are similarly reviewed with policy colleagues to consider whether other actions should be introduced. In December 2018 new legislation was introduced in England, Scotland and Wales to request a non-compliant paying parent is disqualified from holding or obtaining a UK passport. The Curfew sanction will be introduced in December 2022 to be available for implementation in early 2023.

Claire Coutinho
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
30th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase pension credit uptake in rural areas.

We have undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit and increase take-up across the whole of the country. On 21 March I wrote to the editors of all regional newspapers across England, Scotland and Wales calling on readers to check if they could be eligible and make a claim.

On 3 April DWP launched a comprehensive Pension Credit take-up campaign. We have been promoting Pension Credit in a variety of ways – including print advertising and promotion in the national press, across social media, via internet search engines and on screens in Post Offices and GP surgeries across Great Britain. I also wrote to all MPs, urging them to support the campaign at a constituency level as MPs are well placed to promote Pension Credit locally. Our digital toolkit has been updated with information and resources, as well as leaflets and posters which advice organisations, charities and other stakeholders working across local communities can use to help promote Pension Credit.

Most recently, on 15 June DWP held another Pension Credit day of action with broadcasters, regional and national newspapers and other partners encouraged to reach out to pensioners, as well their family and friends, through their channels.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart Scheme placements have been (a) approved, (b) advertised and (c) started by young people by (i) nation, (ii) region and (iii) sector as of 15 March 2022.

As of the 15th March 2022, over 152,000 Kickstart jobs have been started by young people. The last date a young person can start a Kickstart job is 31st March 2022.

We have previously published the number of jobs approved and advertised as of 31st January, here. At that point, over 235,000 jobs had been advertised and over 305,000 had been approved. Kickstart has now closed to employer applications and as of March, all approved jobs proceeding to the advertisement stage, have been advertised. As such, these totals will not increase but may decline as a result of vacancies being withdrawn or removed by the employer.

Below are tables listing the number of Kickstart jobs which have been made available and started by young people to date by geographical area of Great Britain and work sector. The figures used are correct as of the 15th March 2022 and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Jobs made available (advertised) and job starts quoted here include some unfunded Kickstart jobs. Also included in the Great Britain total are a small number of jobs made available (less than 100 in total) that have an unrecorded job location.

The number of approved jobs is defined as the number of jobs associated with approved applications recorded on the Kickstart application system on the date above. This total excludes approved jobs that have been withdrawn from the Kickstart Scheme by agreement with employers and gateways. This is generally because, over time, some previously approved jobs were removed where the employer chose not to follow up the application.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Table 1: Number of Kickstart total available jobs and job starts, Great Britain, by nation and region (figures rounded to nearest 1000*)

Total jobs made available

Total jobs started

Region / Nation Split

(DATA RETAINED FROM 31/01/22)

(DATA EFFECTIVE 15/03/22)

Total, Great Britain

235,000

152,000

England

204,000

132,000

East Midlands

14,000

10,000

East of England

18,000

11,000

London

51,000

33,000

North East

11,000

7,000

North West

30,000

19,000

South East

26,000

16,000

South West

14,000

9,000

West Midlands

21,000

14,000

Yorkshire and The Humber

19,000

12,000

Scotland

19,000

13,000

Wales

12,000

7,000

Table 2: Number of Kickstart total available jobs and job starts, Great Britain, by Sector (figures rounded to the nearest 10*)

Sector Split

Total jobs made available

Total jobs started

(DATA RETAINED FROM 31/01/22)

(DATA EFFECTIVE 15/03/22)

Administration

57,350

37,500

Animal Care

1,610

1,200

Beauty & Wellbeing

1,720

1,300

Business & Finance

8,500

5,600

Computing Technology & Digital

15,840

11,800

Construction & Trades

7,230

4,900

Creative & Media

20,990

15,600

Delivery & Storage

6,380

4,200

Emergency & Uniform Services

520

300

Engineering & Maintenance

7,080

4,600

Environment & Land

4,620

3,200

Government Services

1,000

600

Healthcare

6,140

3,100

Home Services

1,560

800

Hospitality & Food

26,380

13,200

Law & Legal

650

500

Managerial

960

600

Manufacturing

6,430

4,200

Retail & Sales

34,970

24,900

Science & Research

990

800

Social Care

4,740

2,400

Sports & Leisure

5,920

3,800

Teaching & Education

11,000

6,300

Transport

900

400

Travel & Tourism

1,110

500

* Due to rounding, sum of figures may not match declared total

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Kickstart scheme placements for young people have been (a) approved, (b) advertised and (c) started in each (i) nation, (ii) region and (iii) business sector since the beginning of that scheme.

As of the 26th October, almost 94,000 young people have started a Kickstart job.

With the current pace of starts, we are confident that in early November over 100,000 young people will have started in a Kickstart job. This is an amazing achievement with the first jobs having started only a year ago. We will continue to offer Kickstart jobs to many thousands more.

As of the 26th of October, over 213,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply to through the scheme and over 304,000 jobs have been approved for funding.

From 28/09/2021 to 25/10/2021, on average over 6,700 Kickstart jobs were made available each week, and on average over 3,400 young people started a Kickstart job each week.

Below are tables listing the number of Kickstart jobs which have been made available and started by young people to date by geographical area of Great Britain and work sector. The figures used are correct as of the 25th of October and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Jobs made available and starts quoted here include some unfunded Kickstart jobs. Over time, some previously approved jobs have been removed where the employer chose not to follow up the application.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Table 1- Kickstart jobs made available and started by location.

Location

Jobs Made Available

Cumulative Jobs Started

East Midlands

13,040

5,700

East of England

17,010

6,550

London

45,760

19,840

North East

8,560

4,360

North West

26,270

11,920

Scotland

15,750

7,990

South East

23,880

10,100

South West

14,990

5,990

Wales

11,160

4,500

West Midlands

19,070

8,590

Yorkshire and The Humber

16,620

7,380

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals.

Table 2- Kickstart jobs made available and started by sector.

Sector

Jobs Made Available

Cumulative Jobs Started

Administration

52,320

23,240

Animal Care

1,220

720

Beauty & Wellbeing

1,480

750

Business & Finance

7,720

3,400

Computing Technology & Digital

14,690

7,780

Construction & Trades

6,290

2,900

Creative & Media

17,120

9,280

Delivery & Storage

6,170

2,650

Emergency & Uniform Services

490

200

Engineering & Maintenance

6,610

2,850

Environment & Land

3,950

1,870

Government Services

750

280

Healthcare

5,460

1,960

Home Services

1,540

490

Hospitality & Food

25,130

7,670

Law & Legal

450

290

Managerial

1,090

450

Manufacturing

5,810

2,470

Retail & Sales

32,080

15,300

Science & Research

850

460

Social Care

4,820

1,530

Sports & Leisure

5,010

2,290

Teaching & Education

9,770

3,660

Transport

730

190

Travel & Tourism

670

270

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are any urgent funding pools available for mental health charities facing imminent closure.

The information requested is not held centrally. However, the Charity Commission provides guidance for charities on managing finances, including potential insolvency, which is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-financial-difficulties-insolvency-in-charities-cc12/managing-financial-difficulties-insolvency-in-charities#dealing-with-potential-insolvency

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
16th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase the number of hospital beds for psychiatric care in Cornwall.

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board is supporting Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to optimise the use of current bed capacity and re-open those beds which are not operational.

Local commissioners work in collaboration with service providers to expand and enhance community and crisis alternatives to reduce the number of people requiring an inpatient treatment and provide earlier intervention and prevention locally.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help reduce unexpected deaths as a result of epilepsy.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issues guidance for healthcare professionals and commissioners and the NHS RightCare Epilepsy Toolkit provides expert advice on improving support for people living with epilepsy. The New Medicine Service allows an expanded role for pharmacies in supporting those with epilepsy and other conditions, including potential harms caused by non-adherence to medicines.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on implementing the Adult Social Care Discharge Fund.

As announced on 16 November 2022, the Adult Social Care Discharge Fund will be distributed to integrated care boards and local authorities in two tranches. The first will be distributed in December 2022 and the second in January 2023. Details of these allocations is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-discharge-fund-local-authority-and-integrated-care-board-icb-allocations.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce waiting times on and increase the capacity of the national dental helpline number.

In order to ensure patients are given appropriate advice and support, the NHS 111 service uses a nationally agreed clinical algorithm which can refer patients to the most appropriate service to meet their needs, for example, a dental practice or urgent treatment centre.

Additional urgent care provision is commissioned locally and NHS England works across each region to ensure these local services are accessible via NHS 111. This allows patients to be directed to a wider range of services in their area where these are available.

Increasing the NHS 111 call handling provision ahead of winter continues, with recruitment and training of staff to meet the growing demands on the service as a whole.

17th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce ambulance queues outside Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have advised that South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has placed a mobile unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro to accommodate up to eight patients waiting admission. Patients accommodated by the unit will be cared for by trained professionals working as part of the ambulance service team, allowing ambulance crews to hand over their patients.

Where appropriate, patients are taken to urgent treatment centres and clinical assessment and treatment units rather than waiting to be seen in the emergency department. Timely patient discharge is also being supported to improve patient flow through hospitals and reduce ambulance queues.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide additional support to help de-escalate the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s current operational level from internal critical incident.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are providing intensive support to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and a range of measures have been put in place to address the pressures.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Government data that show in the seven days to 23 June 2021 there were 1604 people admitted to hospital with covid-19, how many and what proportion of those people had received (a) zero, (b) one and (c) two doses of a covid-19 vaccination.

The data requested is not available in the format requested.

Public Health England’s technical briefing shows the latest data regarding hospitalisations by variant, in addition to data on those hospitalised with the Delta variant who are vaccinated with one or and both doses and those unvaccinated. This information is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investigation-of-novel-sars-cov-2-variant-variant-of-concern-20201201

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 15 people in Royal Cornwall Hospital with covid-19 on 30 June 2021 (a) were unvaccinated, (b) had received one dose of the vaccine and (c) had received two vaccines.

Data on the number of hospitalised COVID-19 cases by vaccination status is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of fathers or partners bereaved by the death of a baby that are projected to receive support by the end of March 2022 from the new maternal mental health hubs announced in April 2021.

We have made no such estimate. Partners of women accessing care will be offered an evidence-based assessment and signposted to support, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan commitment for perinatal mental health services.

17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that fathers and partners can access psychological therapy through the NHS in the event that they are identified as needing help by a Maternal Mental Health Hub.

We are expanding access to psychological therapies within specialist perinatal mental health services so that they include couple, co-parenting and family interventions. Partners of women accessing specialist perinatal mental health will also be offered evidence-based assessments for their mental health and signposting to support as required.

28th Jan 2020
What steps he is taking to increase the recruitment of dentists in rural areas.

We do recognise the recruitment and retention of dentists, particularly in rural areas, is challenging.

I have met with the Chief Dental Officer this week and we are actively looking at how we can increase the number of dentists and improve services access and reach.

This includes our ambitions for the dental workforce in the interim NHS People Plan, which proposes more flexible innovative dental training pathways, and new skill-mix models to increase access to dentistry, particularly in rural areas.

If you want to meet with me please let my office know.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make a statement on China’s dominance of the critical mineral sector.

The Government is considering the possible implications of highly concentrated supply of some critical materials in certain geographies, whether in terms of mining or downstream processing. Resilience comes from diversity of supply, and diversity relies on an effective trading system. We have committed to publishing a UK Critical Minerals strategy in 2022, which will set out how we will work internationally to ensure sustainability of the UK’s supply, along with establishing an enabling environment for growing the sector in the UK.

Amanda Milling
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
9th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has any plans to extend the VAT reduction for hospitality businesses beyond April 2023.

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July 2020 to support the cash flow and viability of around 150,000 businesses and protect over 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors, which were severely affected by COVID-19. The relief, which ended on 31 March 2022, cost over £8 billion.

All taxes are kept under review, but the Government has been clear that this was a temporary measure in response to COVID-19. It was appropriate that as restrictions were lifted and demand for goods and services in these sectors increased, the temporary VAT relief was first reduced and then removed in order to rebuild and strengthen the public finances.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on critical mineral production of ending of the red diesel rebate in April 2022.

Following consultation in 2020, the Chancellor confirmed at Spring Budget 2021 that the Government will remove the entitlement to use red diesel from most sectors from April 2022. This will more fairly reflect the negative environmental impact of the emissions they produce and help to ensure that the tax system incentivises the development and adoption of greener alternatives.

The Government did not believe that the cases made by sectors that will not retain their red diesel entitlement outweighed its environmental objectives. The Government recently announced the £40 million Red Diesel Replacement Competition to support the development and demonstration of low carbon alternatives to red diesel for the construction, and mining and quarrying sectors.

Going forward, the Government will publish a UK Critical Minerals strategy in 2022, setting out its approach to securing technology-critical minerals and metals.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether post separation abuse is a prosecutable offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Sections 1 and 2 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 included a strengthened definition of domestic abuse which recognises abuse can take place post separation.

Section 1 sets out that the relationship between an individual being abused and the perpetrator is one where they are ‘personally connected’. Section 2 expands what is meant by ‘personally connected’ and is explicit this includes instances where to people “are, or have been” in various forms of relationship, including marriage, civil partnerships, and intimate personal relationships.

The Domestic Abuse Statutory Guidance, issued by the Home Secretary under Section 84 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, includes specific references to post-separation abuse, acknowledging “abuse can continue or intensify when a relationship has ended.”

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Afghanistan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme in meeting its aims; and what steps she is taking in continuing to support that scheme.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme commenced on 6 January 2022, providing up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK.

Eligible individuals can be referred onto the Scheme in one of three ways, as set out in the policy statement. In line with this statement, the Home Office remains committed to achieving the objectives set out for the ACRS.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement

We started to resettle families under Pathway One of the ACRS at the start of the year. In light of the success of our evacuation efforts, we expect to exceed our initial aim of resettling 5,000 through the Scheme in the first year.

We are working at pace to prepare to receive the first referrals under Pathways 2 and 3 as soon as we can, so individuals affected by the events in Afghanistan can safely arrive in the UK and start to rebuild their lives.

We will publish ACRS resettlement figures in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, allowing transparent progress-monitoring.

27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to reduce carbon emissions.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and fully contributing to the UK achieving its legal Commitment to be Net Zero by 2050. Indeed, MOD has halved its carbon emissions since 2010.

We are seeking to further drive down direct emissions, invest in renewables and embed energy efficiency measures but we must also ensure we preserve our Operational Capabilities.

The Department's current progress on reducing emissions has been published in Annex D of MOD's Annual Report and Accounts published on Gov.uk.

MOD's Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach sets our wider climate adaptation and resilience ambitions. Recent progress against the ambitions can be found in the Written Ministerial Statement (HLWS120) which I released to the House on 21 June 2022.

24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that the National Shipbuilding Office will maximise opportunities for work for UK shipyards in future public procurement competitions.

The refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSbS) sets out the 30-year cross-Government shipbuilding pipeline. The National Shipbuilding Office (NSO) will seek to maximise the opportunity for UK industry in this pipeline, in accordance with our international obligations, including by championing UK shipbuilding and ensuring that our procurements deliver on the policy objectives set out in the NSbS. The NSbS also recognises that the value of the shipbuilding sector goes well beyond building hulls and is spread throughout the entire supporting supply chain. The NSO will therefore work to encourage UK content for all parts of the shipbuilding enterprise.

Lastly, for all cross-Government shipbuilding competitions, the Government has set out a clear commitments to delivering on social value. This could include the extent to which they support skills development or supply chain resilience.

12th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of (a) removing the prohibition on drilling access rights for land between the surface and 300 metres and (b) using such land to produce geothermal energy.

The Infrastructure Act 2015 established that a person has a right to use deep-level land for the purposes of exploiting geothermal energy. These provisions were limited to deep-level land exceeding 300m.

In limiting this unrestricted right to depths below 300m, the Government sought to ensure that the right of use applied only at depths where it would not affect landowners' use of their land, but that would be shallow enough to enable the industries to develop in a responsible way.

Following Royal Assent of the Infrastructure Act 2015, no further assessment has been made of establishing an equivalent right for land between the surface and 300m.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)