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Cherilyn Mackrory

Conservative - Truro and Falmouth


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 18th May 2022
14:00
Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Net zero aviation and shipping
18 May 2022, 2 p.m.
At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
Emma Gilthorpe - CEO at Jet Zero Council
Sophie Lane - Chief Relationships Officer at Aerospace Technology Institute
At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
Robert Courts MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Department for Transport
Eamonn Beirne - Deputy Director: Maritime Environment, Technology and International at Department for Transport
Holly Greig - Deputy Director: Aviation Decarbonisation Division at Department for Transport
Lee Rowley MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Industry) at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Paul Griffiths - Head of Aerospace Team at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 25th May 2022
14:30
Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Preparations for UNFCCC COP27
25 May 2022, 2:30 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP - President at UNFCCC COP26
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Division Votes
Wednesday 20th April 2022
Building Safety Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 311 Conservative Aye votes vs 1 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 188
Speeches
Monday 16th May 2022
Making Britain the Best Place to Grow Up and Grow Old
It is a great privilege to speak in this debate and to follow the hon. Member for Lewisham East (Janet …
Written Answers
Thursday 28th April 2022
Minerals
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish the UK’s …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
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MP Financial Interests
Monday 10th February 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Stalbury Trustees
Address of donor: 31 Hill Street, London W1J 4LS
Amount of donation or nature and …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Cherilyn Mackrory has voted in 481 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)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(23 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(17 debate contributions)
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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).

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Petitions with most Truro and Falmouth signatures
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

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Cherilyn Mackrory has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Cherilyn Mackrory has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


27 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what his timetable is for bringing forward legislative proposals to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.

The Government remains absolutely committed to delivering on our manifesto commitment to ending rough sleeping, and as part of that, complete our review of the Vagrancy Act 1824.

We agree that the Vagrancy Act 1824 is antiquated and no longer fit for purpose - that is why we have committed to repeal this outdated Act. However, we must balance our role in providing essential support for the vulnerable with ensuring that we do not weaken the ability of the police to protect communities.

Therefore, while we have tabled an amendment in lieu that provides for the 1824 Act to be repealed in full in England and Wales, we will ensure that the repeal is not commenced until appropriate replacement legislation is in place. In the meantime, we will deliver a bold, new strategy to end rough sleeping which will set out how we will build on recent success and ensure rough sleeping is prevented in the first instance and is effectively responded to in the rare cases where it does occur, but also that our police have the ability to intervene where needed and to keep people safe.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Minister for Equalities
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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 (Department for International Trade)
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 (Department for International Trade)
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.

Trudy Harrison
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)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
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.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Nov 2020
What steps his Department is taking to ensure that courts operate effectively during the covid-19 outbreak.

Progress against the HMCTS recovery plan published on 1 July is already well underway to reduce outstanding cases and to get our operating capacity as close as possible to pre-Covid levels.

We are investing record amounts, with £153m to improve court and tribunal buildings – the biggest single investment in court estate maintenance for more than 20 years. We’ve also opened 14 Nightingale Courts and over 240 jury courtrooms, while Magistrates’ Courts have been completing more cases than they are receiving.

We’ve piloted Covid Operating hours at the Crown Court in Liverpool and several other crown courts. I’m also pleased the number of hearings across the civil, family and tribunal jurisdictions is also increasing.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
4th Nov 2020
What support the Government is providing to the tourism and hospitality sectors in Northern Ireland during the covid-19 outbreak.

The tourism and hospitality sectors have benefited from UK-wide Government financial support. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended for a further one month until December.

In addition, a VAT cut to 5% has been extended for both sectors.

While the Government will take every opportunity to promote Northern Ireland, tourism is the responsibility of the NI Executive, to whom the Government has provided £2.4bn to respond to the pandemic, including supporting those sectors most affected.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)