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Chris Bryant

Labour - Rhondda

Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
28th Jan 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Finance Committee (Commons)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Foreign Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Finance Committee (Commons)
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
10th Nov 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Palace of Westminster (Joint Committee)
16th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
House of Commons Commission
14th Sep 2015 - 21st Nov 2016
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
14th Sep 2015 - 26th Jun 2016
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
8th May 2015 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Dec 2014 - 8th May 2015
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
7th Oct 2013 - 3rd Dec 2014
Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)
7th Oct 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Minister (Justice) (Political and Constitutional Reform)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (Europe)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)
13th Oct 2009 - 6th May 2010
Modernisation of the House of Commons
26th Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
9th Jun 2009 - 13th Oct 2009
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
5th Oct 2008 - 5th Jun 2009
Public Accounts Committee
4th Jun 2007 - 8th Nov 2007
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 12th Jul 2005
House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)
19th Jun 2002 - 5th May 2005


Oral Question
Monday 17th May 2021
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral Question No. 58
How many health and social workers in Wales in receipt of a Covid bonus by the Welsh Government will have their bonus deducted from universal credit payments.
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th May 2021
09:00
Oral Question
Tuesday 18th May 2021
11:30
Ministry of Justice
Oral Question No. 13
How many people were prosecuted for assaulting an emergency worker in 2020.
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th May 2021
13:15
Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Immigration
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 196 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 270 Noes - 358
Speeches
Wednesday 12th May 2021
Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work

How on earth can it be fair for somebody employed on a long-term contract to be fired and then immediately …

Written Answers
Tuesday 30th March 2021
Ministers: Members' Interests
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans for the …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018
To make provision about offences when perpetrated against emergency workers, and persons assisting such workers; to make certain offences aggravated …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 8th June 2020
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Guardian News and Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, for articles in the Guardian and …
EDM signed
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Judge-led public inquiry into the Horizon scandal
That this House recognises the life-changing injustices experienced by subpostmasters throughout the Horizon scandal; notes with the deepest sadness that …
Supported Legislation
Monday 6th July 2020
Tibet (Reciprocal Access) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report annually on restrictions on access by UK nationals to Tibet …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Chris Bryant has voted in 221 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
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(99 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(48 debate interactions)
Eleanor Laing (Conservative)
(30 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Leader of the House
(98 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(73 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(49 debate contributions)
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Rhondda 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 Rhondda signature proportion
Petitions with most Rhondda signatures
Chris Bryant has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Chris Bryant

10th June 2020
Chris Bryant signed this EDM on Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Judge-led public inquiry into the Horizon scandal

Tabled by: Kevan Jones (Labour - North Durham)
That this House recognises the life-changing injustices experienced by subpostmasters throughout the Horizon scandal; notes with the deepest sadness that subpostmasters have served custodial sentences and suffered bankruptcy for offences they did not commit; recognises the role of the Government in prolonging this crisis through not fulfilling their role of …
151 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Apr 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 69
Scottish National Party: 45
Liberal Democrat: 11
Democratic Unionist Party: 8
Conservative: 7
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
21st January 2021
Chris Bryant signed this EDM on Thursday 25th February 2021

Plastic waste exports

Tabled by: Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat - Richmond Park)
That this House notes that UK exports of unsorted plastic waste to non-OECD countries are allowed when given prior informed consent; further notes that from 1 January 2021, the EU no longer allows that practice; recognises that a ban on plastic exports outside of developed countries was a commitment in …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 5
Labour: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 1
Conservative: 1
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Chris Bryant, 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.


Chris Bryant has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Chris Bryant has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Chris Bryant


To make provision about offences when perpetrated against emergency workers, and persons assisting such workers; to make certain offences aggravated when perpetrated against such workers in the exercise of their duty; to require persons suspected of certain assaults against such workers which may pose a health risk to provide intimate samples and to make it an offence, without reasonable excuse, to refuse to provide such samples; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 13th September 2018 and was enacted into law.


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 schools to provide sex and relationships education to registered pupils; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 8th September 2010

32 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans for the list of ministers' interests, last updated in July 2020, to be updated.

Since the first List of Ministers’ Interests was published in 2009, the timing of publication has varied. The next list of Ministers’ interests will be published in due course, following the appointment of a new Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on acquired brain injury.

I can assure the Hon Member that all colleagues across government recognise the importance of coordinating support for people with acquired brain injury, as I highlighted to him in our meeting of 1 July. The Hon Member is a powerful champion of this significant cause on which government is determined to make progress.

In line with the practice of successive governments, I am not able to disclose details of internal discussions, but I will update the Hon Member on the government’s work on this issue in due course.

Michael Gove
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many disused coal tips there are in (a) England and (b) Wales.

There are 2144 coal tips in Wales, with continued refinement of information ongoing.

There is no central assessment of the number of Tips in England but the Coal Authority own 7 tips in England and these are kept under regular monitoring.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Mines and Quarries Act 1969 for securing disused coal tips in England and Wales.

The Welsh Government has asked the Law Commission to evaluate current legislation relating to coal tip safety with a view to identifying gaps, inconsistencies and approaches which are unhelpful or have become outdated. It will identify options for alternative regulatory models appropriate for adoption in Wales, and consider the features needed to ensure that any proposed system is effective. The project is expected to take between 13 and 15 months.

The majority of Tips in England are lower risk as the topography is flatter in England and more have been economically restored/developed as they are more suitable for that and there has been more economic drivers. Following the Tylorstown slip in Wales local authorities in England were asked to check any tips they owned and report any concerns. No concerns were reported.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost of securing disused coal tips in (a) England and (b) Wales.

£9m from UK funding has been allocated for coal tip safety in Wales in 2020/21. The UK and Welsh Governments are discussing longer term funding.

The Coal Authority budget an average of £10k per tip per annum for ongoing maintenance and inspection for the tips they own across the UK (26 in Wales, 7 in England). There can be additional costs on individual tips if more extensive work is identified.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Coal Authority has to tackle (a) landslides on and (b) the flooding of former coal sites.

As part of its statutory responsibilities the Coal Authority, one of the Department’s Partner Organisations, has regular contact with Local Authorities in former coal field areas on a range of issues relating to liabilities arising from former coal workings. Following the recent floods, the Coal Authority will be writing to all Local Authorities to remind them of their responsibilities in relation to the management and oversight of coal sites, offering support and advice where required.

The Coal Authority are already working with the Wales Office, the Welsh Assembly Government, Local Authorities and Natural Resource Wales to assess the risks in relation to coal tips in Wales where there have been specific concerns raised.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the evidence behind the Government's decision to allow aquaria and galleries that sell art to open as early as April 2021, but not museums and galleries.

  • The government published the roadmap on 22 February, which sets out a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England cautiously.

  • The design of the roadmap has been informed by the latest scientific evidence and seeks a balance between our key social and economic priorities, whilst preserving the health and safety of the country. The scientific evidence shows that opening too early or too quickly risks a further lockdown.

  • Under the roadmap, we seek to reopen outdoor elements of museums and galleries and aquariums in Step 2 (no earlier than 12th April), with indoor elements at these attractions opening at Step 3 (no earlier than 17th May).

  • Commercial art galleries can reopen in Step 2, when restrictions on non-essential retail are lifted.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Jan 2020
What estimate he has made of the number of primary school children receiving specialist educational support following an acquired brain injury.

We do not collect this data, but the special educational needs system is designed to put in the right support for children irrespective of their condition. We are committed to driving up the quality of this support across the country, including through an extra £780 million high needs funding next year.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh lamb industry in the event of a deal on the future relationship with the EU not being agreed by the end of the transition period.

The Government is fully committed to agreeing a trade deal with the EU from 1 January 2021. As any responsible government would, we are also preparing for the possibility of ‘no deal’, which is why we have contingency plans in place to minimise disruption for the food and farming sectors as much as possible.

Through the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group, Defra and the Devolved Administrations continue to monitor the market situation across various agricultural commodities. Officials have also been reviewing and updating the analysis we undertook as part of our no deal preparations in 2019. No decisions have been taken on any sector specific interventions, including lamb, after the end of the Transition Period.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the list of (a) members of and (b) advisers to the Board of Trade.

The list of Advisers to the Board of Trade is available on GOV.UK. The President of the Board of Trade is my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade.

The advisers are:

  • Deputy President, Marcus Fysh MP

  • Secretary of State for Scotland

  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

  • Secretary of State for Wales

  • Minister for Trade Policy

  • Minister for Investment

  • Minister for Exports

  • Minister for International Trade

  • The Hon Tony Abbott AC

  • Karen Betts

  • Anne Boden MBE

  • Daniel Hannan

  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt

  • Emma Howard Boyd

  • Michael Liebreich

  • Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell

  • Dr Linda Yueh

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what criteria she uses in the appointment of (a) members of and (c) advisers to the Board of Trade.

Permanent members of the UK Board of Trade have to be members of the Privy Council. The President of the Board of Trade is my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade.

Advisers to the UK Board of Trade are appointed through the Direct Ministerial Appointment process, following Cabinet Office Propriety & Ethics guidelines. This means that individuals are appointed at the discretion of the Secretary of State. The roles are taken on a voluntary basis and are not remunerated.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is planning to provide to women affected by the changes to the state pension age.

The Government has strengthened the safety net to provide financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is committed to providing financial support for people at every stage of their life, including when they near or reach retirement. The welfare system will continue to provide support to men and women who are unable to work or those who are on a low income but who are not eligible to pensioner benefits because of their age.

We have invested in a significant new programme, the Plan for Jobs, to help people of all ages who may be made redundant find work and acquire the skills they need to return to work. Our Fuller Working Lives strategy and the Business Champion for Older Workers and Employers will continue to encourage businesses to recognise the value and skills of employing older workers. Jobcentre Plus Older Claimant Champions provide additional tailored support to help people return to work. We have never spent more as a country on welfare support than we do now.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women over sixty years of age are claiming universal credit.

The latest available information on the number of people on Universal Credit broken down by gender and by age is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to assist women affected by the changes to the state pension age during the covid-19 crisis.

The Government has strengthened the safety net to provide financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is committed to providing financial support for people at every stage of their life, including when they near or reach retirement. The welfare system will continue to provide support to men and women who are unable to work or those who are on a low income but who are not eligible to pensioner benefits because of their age.

We have invested in a significant new programme, the Plan for Jobs, to help people of all ages who may be made redundant find work and acquire the skills they need to return to work. Our Fuller Working Lives strategy and the Business Champion for Older Workers and Employers will continue to encourage businesses to recognise the value and skills of employing older workers. Jobcentre Plus Older Claimant Champions provide additional tailored support to help people return to work. We have never spent more as a country on welfare support than we do now.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether crowd funded donations to people affected by flooding as a result of Storm Dennis will be treated as exempted hardship payments in relation to benefits.

Across the range of income-related benefits, there are provisions to disregard payments received for the express purpose of effecting essential repairs to a home damaged by flooding, to make it habitable again, and intended to be used for that purpose. Monies raised though crowd funding have no impact on contributory benefits.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the continuation of Cancer Drugs Fund funding for patients needing adjuvant nivolumab in high risk resected malignant melanoma groups.

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) is now linked to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal programme.

In the case of nivolumab for adjuvant treatment of completely resected melanoma with lymph node involvement or metastatic disease, this drug has been available to eligible National Health Service patients through the CDF in accordance with NICE’s recommendation in January 2019.

NICE is now reviewing this decision and published its draft recommendation in November 2020. NICE was unable to recommend nivolumab for routine funding in its draft guidance. However, this is not final guidance and a consultation on the draft recommendations closed on 25 November. NICE will has now considered the responses to the draft recommendation at the committee meeting on 5 January 2021 and expects to publish its final guidance in March 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure an effective range of adjuvant treatment options for melanoma patients.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for producing evidence-based guidance for the National Health Service on whether medicines represent a clinical and cost-effective use of resources. The NHS in England is legally required to fund medicines recommended through a NICE appraisal.

Overall 82% of the recommendations in the technology appraisal guidance are positive - recommended, optimised, or recommended in the Cancer Drugs Fund - the percentage positive recommendations in melanoma treatments is higher at more than 92%.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the NICE draft guidance ID681 which recommends that nivolumab is not recommended for the adjuvant treatment of melanoma.

We have made no such assessment. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and it would not be appropriate for the Department to interfere in the development of NICE’s recommendations


While NICE was unable to recommend Nivolumab for routine funding in its draft recommendation of November 2020 (ID1681), this is not final guidance and a consultation on the draft recommendations closed on 25 November. NICE will now consider the responses to the draft recommendation and expects to publish its final guidance in March 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce (a) additional sanctions and (b) other measures in relation to (i) the Russian Wagner Group and (ii) other groups operating in Libya in violation of international law.

The UK is deeply concerned about reports of Russian Wagner Group personnel and other external actors operating in Libya. We take seriously violations of International Humanitarian Law and breaches of sanctions, including the UN arms embargo. We continue to stress to all states the necessity of complying with and enforcing international law. The UK carefully considers all reports of sanctions breaches, including the reports of the UN Panel of Experts, and regularly reviews sanctions measures.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his NATO counterparts to mitigate the threat posed by Russia's attempts to develop a military airbase close to NATO's southern flank in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

We continue to discuss with NATO allies how we must continue to work together on Libya to encourage all parties to de-escalate, support the UN ceasefire talks and respect the UN arms embargo. We share the concerns of the US and other allies about Russia's reported deployment of fighter aircraft from Syria and Wagner Group personnel to Libya in breach of the embargo.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC will treat crowd funded payments to people affected by Storm Dennis as taxable income.

Gratuitous payments to people, made from a pot of funds raised by crowdfunding, will not be taxable income. To be gratuitous, there must be no agreement or expectation that the recipient will provide something in return.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Oct 2020
How the Government allocates resources between local authorities.

In England, the Government generally allocates funding to local authorities in line with their relative need. For example, since the start of the pandemic, we have allocated an additional £3.7 billion un-ringfenced funding to local authorities in England, and have taken into account population, deprivation and how service delivery costs vary across the country in distributing this money.

Local authority allocations in Wales are a fully devolved matter.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Mar 2021
What recent estimate he has made of the number of magistrate vacancies.

The Government announced on 8 March its intention to bring forward legislation to change the mandatory retirement age for all judicial office holders, including magistrates, to 75 – a step which I know has been welcomed by many magistrates

We will also be legislating to allow retired magistrates to apply to return to the bench where there is a business need.

On 1 April 2020, there were 13,177 magistrates. We are currently updating our modelling to assess the impact of a change to the retirement age on our recruitment requirements in each region for 2021/22 and beyond.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to commence section 154 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

The government has no current plans to increase magistrates’ custodial sentencing powers, but keeps this under review.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July to Question 74457 on Court protection, what the average waiting time was for an application for deputyship to be heard by the Court of Protection in (a) April, (b) May and (c) June 2020.

Applications for deputyship heard by the Court of Protection are published in Family Court Statistics Quarterly (FCSQ). They are a subset of data which is due for publication in September so cannot be provided at this stage.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is for an application for deputyship to be heard by the Court of Protection.

The average waiting time for an application for deputyship to be heard by the Court of Protection is 39 days based on March 2020.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has for funerals during the covid-19 outbreak.

Government is putting in place a range of measures to ensure the UK is prepared to manage the impacts of a Covid-19 outbreak. Part of this planning is ensuring we are prepared for higher numbers of people dying over the period of the pandemic.

Ensuring the deceased are treated with dignity and respect whilst minimising the risks to public health is at the forefront of Government planning. Measures underway will increase capacity at a local level to manage additional demand.

The Government’s Action Plan (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan) sets out planning principles that underpin the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. As part of this response, provisions have been included in the Coronavirus Bill which will ensure the sector can manage the impact of the pandemic.

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Alex Chalk
Assistant Whip
17th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the capacity of morgues, mortuaries and funeral homes to cope with additional casualties of covid-19.

Government is putting in place a range of measures to ensure the UK is prepared to manage the impacts of a Covid-19 outbreak. Part of this planning is ensuring we are prepared for higher numbers of people dying over the period of the pandemic.

Ensuring the deceased are treated with dignity and respect whilst minimising the risks to public health is at the forefront of Government planning. Measures underway will increase capacity at a local level to manage additional demand.

The Government’s Action Plan (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan) sets out planning principles that underpin the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. As part of this response, provisions have been included in the Coronavirus Bill which will ensure the sector can manage the impact of the pandemic.

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Alex Chalk
Assistant Whip
17th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he will be taking for funerals as a result of covid-19.

Government is putting in place a range of measures to ensure the UK is prepared to manage the impacts of a Covid-19 outbreak. Part of this planning is ensuring we are prepared for higher numbers of people dying over the period of the pandemic.

Ensuring the deceased are treated with dignity and respect whilst minimising the risks to public health is at the forefront of Government planning. Measures underway will increase capacity at a local level to manage additional demand.

The Government’s Action Plan (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan) sets out planning principles that underpin the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. As part of this response, provisions have been included in the Coronavirus Bill which will ensure the sector can manage the impact of the pandemic.

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Alex Chalk
Assistant Whip
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what additional capital funding he plans to allocate to the Welsh Government for local authorities in Wales affected by flooding following storm Dennis.

My Department and others are determined to ensure that all of those affected by flooding are supported in the best way possible. Flood response in Wales is a devolved matter. The UK Government will look seriously at any request from the Welsh Government for additional support and assistance for flood relief, including additional finances.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Coal Authority on former coal mining sites in Wales following the landslides caused by storm Dennis.

Following the unprecedented flooding brought by recent storms, urgent work is being carried out across the UK to assess any risk posed to people or property and to confirm that everyone with a legal responsibility around the tips is fulfilling their safety obligations. Authorities and agencies involved are working together and good progress is being made on this vital work.

I spoke with the Coal Authority on 23 February 2020 and was further reassured following a meeting on 24 February 2020 with the First Minister of Wales, Natural Resources Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and the Coal Authority that we have a plan of action to allow us to make the necessary assessment of coal tips across South Wales.

I welcome the commitment from all partners to ensuring that this work is delivered at pace, enabling us to be able to provide the general public in the locality of coal tips with appropriate reassurance. The Welsh and UK Governments will continue to co-ordinate this vital work.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales