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Chuka Umunna

Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Streatham

Chuka Umunna is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
EU Relations, Proportional Representation, Social Integration, UK and Europe
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
21st Aug 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
21st Aug 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
21st Aug 2019 - 21st Oct 2019
Home Affairs Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
7th Oct 2011 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
23rd May 2011 - 7th Oct 2011
Treasury Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 4th Jul 2011


Division Voting information

Chuka Umunna has voted in 1502 divisions, and 8 times against the majority of their Party.

12 Sep 2018 - EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) And Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 21 Labour Aye votes vs 143 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 331 Noes - 145
16 Dec 2015 - Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) (House of Commons) - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Labour Aye votes vs 26 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 27 Noes - 164
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 56 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 211 Noes - 390
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Labour Aye votes vs 153 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 397 Noes - 223
11 Sep 2015 - Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 73 Labour Aye votes vs 91 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 330
30 Apr 2012 - Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time) - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 102 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 281 Noes - 112
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 29 Labour No votes vs 83 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 100 Noes - 331
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Chuka Umunna voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Labour Aye votes vs 57 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
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All Debates

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

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Latest EDMs signed by Chuka Umunna

28th October 2019
Chuka Umunna signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 28th October 2019

People's Vote

Tabled by: Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat - East Dunbartonshire)
That this House calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to hold a People’s Vote on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or should leave the European Union on the final terms agreed between the Government and the European Union.
25 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 19
Labour: 4
Plaid Cymru: 1
Independent: 1
15th October 2019
Chuka Umunna signed this EDM on Tuesday 15th October 2019

Barclays's withdrawal from the banking framework with Post Office Ltd

Tabled by: Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat - Kingston and Surbiton)
That this House expresses alarm on learning that Barclays bank has decided to withdraw from a key element of the banking framework agreement with Post Office Ltd, which allows personal and business customers to access their bank accounts via 11,500 post office locations across the UK; notes that the banking …
32 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 17
Labour: 8
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Plaid Cymru: 2
Independent: 1
Conservative: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Chuka Umunna, 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.


4 Urgent Questions tabled by Chuka Umunna

Monday 14th December 2015
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Monday 21st May 2012
Monday 23rd January 2012

5 Adjournment Debates led by Chuka Umunna

Tuesday 15th November 2016
Wednesday 28th October 2015
Friday 13th May 2011
Friday 4th March 2011
Thursday 16th September 2010

Chuka Umunna has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Chuka Umunna has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


708 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
259 Other Department Questions
10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what date the review on the impact of tribunal fees announced by his Department in March 2015 was transferred to the Ministry of Justice; and for what reason that transfer took place.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for employment tribunal fees and the post-implementation review of the impact. The details of this review were announced on 11 June 2015 and it is expected to complete later this year.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills collated publically available information on employment tribunals and shared it with the Ministry of Justice in March 2015.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 4159, how the level of fees paid to firms for their work in the disposal of shares in Royal Mail was determined; what key performance indicators were set and what outcomes were identified for that work; and whether a competitive tendering process took place.

The level of fees was determined on the basis of previous fees charged for similar services relating to the sale of Government assets and was subject to a competitive tendering process.

The key performance indicator and outcome in this instance was the delivery of a successful secondary sale of Royal Mail shares.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 2124, how many beneficiaries under each round of the Regional Growth Fund have by mutual agreement not drawn down the full amount that was made available to them.

The table below sets out the number of beneficiaries under Rounds 1 to 3 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) who have by mutual agreement not drawn down the full amount that was made available to them.

Round 4 is still being concluded and subsequent rounds of the Fund are ongoing with many of the beneficiaries still within their payment period.

RGF Round

Number of beneficiaries*

1

9

2

34

3

29

  • These figures exclude projects where the balance of unclaimed grant is less than £10,000 as the minimum RGF grant is £1 million.
8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the relationship is between the priorities of the Grand Challenges and the Eight Great Technologies programmes.

All of the Grand Challenges relate either to the Eight Great Technologies and/or to objectives published in the Science and Innovation Strategy December 2014.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance he has issued to the Research Councils on deadlines for grant funding applications since May 2015; and what effect the forthcoming Spending Review has had on that guidance.

Neither ministers nor officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have issued any guidance to Research Councils on grant funding application deadlines since May 2015.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what external reviews or research he has commissioned on the future of the Research Councils.

In April 2014 BIS published the findings of the Triennial Review of the Research Councils, which examined their form, function and governance. In December 2014 the Government commissioned Sir Paul Nurse to examine how Research Councils can evolve to support research in the most effective ways.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the comments made by a spokesperson for his Department as reported in The Guardian on 16 August 2015, when the final figure on the number of Growth Vouchers issued will be available.

The final figure on the number of Growth Vouchers issued is available now. This was provided in the response to Written Question UIN 9284. The final figure is 19,713.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many consortia (a) containing and (b) not containing UK businesses have (i) made bids for and (ii) been successful in securing funding under the Eureka Eurostars programme in each financial year since 2010-11.

UK business engagement with the Eurostars programme in financial years 2010 – 2011 to 2014 - 2015.

FY 2010-2011(1)

FY 2011-2012

FY 2012-2013

FY2013-2014

FY 2014-2015

All Applications

745

728

354

594

655

Applications with UK Partners (a)

142

122

50

97

108

Applications without UK Partners (b)

603

606

304

497

547

All Funded Projects

145

139

67

103

160

Funded Projects with UK Partners (a)

22

26

10

24

30

Funded projects without UK Partners (b)

123

113

57

79

130

Number of calls

2

2

1

1

2

Notes:

  1. increases in the proportion of a project supported from 2010 mean that comparisons with earlier participant numbers would not be comparing like with like.
8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much public funding was spent by Innovate UK (a) in total and (b) under each of its programmes in each financial year since 2010-11; and what proportion of that spending was on research and development in each such year.

Innovate UK’s total expenditure by financial year and under each of its programmes since 2010/11 is:

Programme

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Thematic (incl Collaborative R&D

259,486

124,824

132,449

186,312

181,029

Catalysts & Launchpads)

Micro/Nanotech Centres

334

2,009

887

598

919

Knowledge Transfer Networks

18,135

17,409

14,406

16,166

11,288

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

30,456

16,338

17,269

14,023

12,345

EU programmes

4,065

2,691

-828

194

5,660

Legacy

26

-

-

-

-

Small Business Research Initiative

1,647

2,824

3,264

5,889

4,957

Innovation Research Centres

50

-

-

-

-

European Space Agency

50,678

-

-

-

-

Grant for R&D/Smart

-

20,277

32,982

42,370

48,166

Catapult Centres

-

42,413

85,449

153,271

135,528

Non-core projects[i]

-

33,852

63,493

104,750

136,104

Innovation Vouchers

-

-

487

2,211

2,034

Total Programme

364,877

262,637

349,858

525,784

538,030

Total Expenditure

396,275

299,856

397,664

576,392

597,478

Funding under all the above programmes was provided in support of business-led innovation and R&D.

[i] These are programmes for which Innovate UK is the delivery partner for Government, for which specific additional funding is provided, but which fall outside Innovate UK’s core innovation programme budget, e.g. Aerospace Technology Institute.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish the report commissioned by his Department from McKinsey on the executive agencies and bodies funded by his Department; and what other external reports he has commissioned on such agencies and bodies since May 2010.

The Department will not be publishing the McKinsey work on the grounds that to do so would be likely to reduce the Government’s ability to protect the policy-making process and maintain the delivery of effective Government.

The Department does not hold centrally a record of all external reports, or policy evaluations, that have been carried out by external organisations for the Department and its Agencies. To produce such a list dating back to May 2010/ financial year 2010-11 respectively would incur disproportionate cost.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 6486, what the location is of each planned Next Generation Digital Economy Centre.

The six Centres will be based at University College London, Swansea University, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of York and University of Bath.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which Government and publicly-funded bodies and agencies subscribe to Met Office services; what the value is of each such subscription; and what the termination date is of each such subscription.

A large number of Government and publicly‑funded bodies subscribe to Met Office services. Revenue from this sector in 2014-15 was approximately £187m, broken down as follows: (a) Public Weather Service - £114m (b) Defence - £33m and (c) Government strategic sectors - £40m. The terms of service provision are subject to periodic review and renegotiation.

Commercial revenue was £33m in 2014-15.

Met Office expenditure on research and development is detailed in its annual report and accounts. The amount spent in the last 5 years is set out below.

Financial Year

£m

2010-11

45

2011-12

43

2012-13

45

2013-14

45

2014-15

50

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Government's press release of 20 May 2015, on machinery of government: Shareholder Executive and UK financial investments, what consultation was undertaken prior to the transfer of the Executive from his Department to HM Treasury; what factors were taken into account in reaching that decision; on what evidence that decision was based; on what date plans were first discussed by (a) officials and (b) Ministers; and when the formal transfer took place.

The decision was taken by the Prime Minister and communicated in May 2015 to merge the functions of the Shareholder Executive and UK Financial Investments (UKFI) in to a new wholly-owned Government Company, UK Government Investments (UKGI). Discussions with staff also began in May and will continue until the transition is complete.

The new company will make it easier for government experts to work together to deliver the sale of a wide range of publicly-owned assets in a way that secures good value for money for taxpayers. It will help the government achieve its aim of running large, publicly-owned delivery bodies more efficiently, as well as learning from private sector expertise in improving the performance of taxpayer-owned assets not being sold.

UKGI will be established in the autumn, with the intention of completing any transfer activity for the start of the next financial year.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when Ministers were informed of the BBC's decision to terminate its contract with the Met Office; and by what means they were so informed.

The BBC’s decision not to shortlist the Met Office for its next contract was a commercial decision by the BBC and was communicated by Met Office to my officials and myself as soon as they became aware that they were not being selected for the next stage of the procurement. The ending of the contract in autumn 2016 is not expected to have significant budgetary implications.

Since the communication of the decision I and my officials have been in dialogue with the Met Office and colleagues elsewhere in government in connection with National Severe Weather Warning service, and in turn with the BBC. The Weather Services Agreement between the Met Office and BBC does not include a research element.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) fellowships and (b) other outputs have been delivered under the Newton Fund in each of the last five years.

The Newton Fund was launched in April 2014. In the first year of the fund (FY14/15) the following awards were made:

a) 287 Fellowships

b) 1164 other awards

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for future projects under the Foresight Project of the Government Office for Science.

The Government Office for Science Foresight programme is directed by Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Advisor. Foresight projects examine either an important public policy issue where science might be part of the solution, or a scientific topic where potential applications and technologies are yet to be realised. Foresight’s two current projects are 'Future of an ageing population' and ‘Future of cities’. The Government Office for Science actively considers topics for future projects, and welcomes suggestions.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what public funds have been committed to the Sciencewise project in the next five financial years.

The Sciencewise programme like all other areas of spend is subject to the Spending Review and future budget allocations will be based on the outcome of the review.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what measure of inflation his Department uses for research and development spending; and what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) consulted in forming his policy.

The Department currently uses the GDP deflators published by the Treasury to remove the effect of inflation from research and development (R&D) spending. The Office for National Statistics carried out some work to develop an R&D deflator; however, this work did not include a forward looking deflator so was not suitable for applying to future expenditure. We have not commissioned any research, but continue to monitor new developments in this area.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who the chief scientific advisers are; when each such adviser took up their post; and which chief scientific adviser posts currently remain unfilled.

The Chief Scientific Advisers work across departments in partnership with policy makers to ensure the very best in scientific evidence is used in the policy process. Where posts are unfilled, the Government Office for Science works with departments to ensure they have access to the relevant expertise and evidence. The table below contains the current position on CSAs.


Dept

CSA

Appt. Dates

BIS

Tim Dafforn

July 2015

CLG

Stephen Aldridge (interim)

DCMS

Vacant

DECC

John Loughhead

Oct 2014

DEFRA

Ian Boyd

September 2012

DfE

Tim Leunig

March 2014

DfID

Chris Whitty

June 2009

DfT

Phil Blythe

June 2015

DH

Sally Davies

June 2010

DWP

Pui-Ling Li

December 2014

FCO

Robin Grimes

February 2013

FSA

Guy Poppy

August 2014

HMT

Susan Acland-Hood

May 2015

HO

Bernard Silverman

April 2010

MOD

Vernon Gibson

July 2012

National Security

Nick Jennings

June 2010

MOJ

Vacant

N.Ireland

Vacant

Scotland

Vacant

Wales

Julie Williams

September 2013

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

A table that sets out the externally commissioned evaluations for DECC since 2010-11 is attached below.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2015 to Question 7500, how many vouchers were redeemed under the Growth Vouchers scheme.

As of 8 September, 6,731 vouchers had been redeemed with total value over £11m.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what provision he made for Growth Vouchers to be redeemed after the deadline for their use passed.

Provision was made for businesses to redeem their voucher after the expiry date if the delay was beyond their control.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which patents the Medical Research Council holds; on what date each such patent will expire; and what revenue was generated by each such patent in each financial year since 2009-10.

I have asked the Medical Research Council to respond directly to the Hon Member.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for the future of the Growth Vouchers scheme.

The scheme is now closed for applications and the programme is in the evaluation stage. Two initial result reports have been published online at gov.uk and the next report will be published later this year.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what dates the Council for Science and Technology met in the last 12 months; on what dates and who was in attendance at each such meeting.

Meetings and attendance details for the Council for Science and Technology can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/council-for-science-and-technology/about/our-governance

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what threshold his Department set for the number of Growth Vouchers used to provide robust evidence-gathering under the programme.

We required at least 19,000 businesses to complete a business needs assessment (either online or face-to-face) to provide robust evidence gathering under the programme. 27,117 businesses completed this assessment. There was no threshold set for the number of vouchers used.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 6 July 2015 to Question 4950, what funds from the public purse (a) were spent and (b) he plans to spend on the HEFCE UK Research Partnership Investment Fund in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2020-21 in real terms.

The following expenditure has occurred and is planned on the HEFCE UK Research Partnership Investment Fund:

Financial Year

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total to date

cash (£m)

138

160

68

135

501

Real (14-15 prices) (£m)

140

160

67

131

499

The detailed expenditure profile for the additional £400m for expenditure out to 2021 for UK RPIF, announced in Budget 2015, will be announced in due course.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish the findings and results of the Growth Vouchers scheme.

The scheme is now closed for applications and the programme is in the evaluation stage. Two initial result reports have been published online at gov.uk and the next report will be published later this year.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what public funding has been allocated to support the Astrea programme; what applications for funds for that programme his Department has received and under which Government programmes; and what plans he has for future funding of that programme.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has provided grant support of £32M to support three programmes; ASTRAEA 1 and 2 and 3A since 2006.

In 2015, the ASTRAEA consortium applied for additional support for a £55M collaborative programme via the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), requesting a £26M grant. The application was not approved.

We continue to work with the ASTRAEA consortium and the wider Unmanned Air Vehicle community on how best to support the development of this market and will consider requests for funding support that deliver value for money for the UK.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made on the Great Challenges programme; and what recent steps the Government has taken to support that programme.

Good progress has been made in relation to the Grand Challenges Fund, with approved business cases enabling numerous projects to start. For example the Hartree Centre at Daresbury, a ground-breaking collaboration between IBM and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, has leveraged in £200m of IBM investment to work on data centric and cognitive computing.

All projects forming part of the Grand Challenges Fund were announced subject to detailed business cases in accordance with published HM Treasury requirements. All projects falling within the fund are receiving support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Research Councils.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received on the future of the Research Councils.

The Government has commissioned Sir Paul Nurse to lead an independent review of the Research Councils. As part of the review, there was an open call for evidence which received over 250 responses. Sir Paul is supported by Advisory and Reference Groups representing a range of academic disciplines, universities, business and HE organisations as well as the Research Councils themselves.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) assessment criteria and (b) key outputs and performance indicators have been set for (i) the Eight Great Technologies and (ii) the Grand Challenges programme announced on 17 December 2014.

The main assessment criteria for deciding priorities for the list of 8 Great Technologies were:

a. The technology has to be an important area of scientific advance;

b. Britain has to have a distinctive capability in this area; and,

c. the technology should have reached the stage where identifiable commercial opportunities are emerging.

These criteria were published, together with additional evidence and analysis, in the pamphlet accompanying David Willetts’ speech of the 24th of January 2013 [Eight Great Technologies, David Willetts, Policy Exchange 2013]:

Projects and programmes under the 8 Great Technologies banner are subject to their own evaluation processes as appropriate.

The Grand Challenges assessment criteria were published as part of a public consultation document in May 2014 (these being: excellence, affordability, impact, skills and leverage). Along with the published consultation criteria, additional criteria such as value for money and deliverability are used to assess Grand Challenge projects.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecasts he has made of revenues likely to accrue to the Medical Research Council from patents in future financial years; and how much the Medical Research Council generated from patents in each financial year since 2009-10.

I have asked the MRC to respond to the Hon Member directly.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) their counterparts in the Department for Culture Media and Sport and (b) the BBC on the termination of the BBC's contract with the Met Office.

The BBC’s decision not to shortlist the Met Office for its next contract was a commercial decision by the BBC and was communicated by Met Office to my officials and myself as soon as they became aware that they were not being selected for the next stage of the procurement. The ending of the contract in autumn 2016 is not expected to have significant budgetary implications.

Since the communication of the decision I and my officials have been in dialogue with the Met Office and colleagues elsewhere in government in connection with National Severe Weather Warning service, and in turn with the BBC. The Weather Services Agreement between the Met Office and BBC does not include a research element.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what changes have been made to Research Council deadlines for grant funding applications since May 2015.

Across the Research Councils, the following changes to deadlines for grant applications have been made since 1 May 2015:

• Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – two call deadlines have changed since May 2015. One call had its deadline extended by two and a half weeks, and another was extended by almost a month.

• Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – one call deadline has changed since May 2015. This call had its deadline extended by three weeks.

• Natural Environment Research Council - six call deadlines have changed since May 2015. All calls have just had the deadline extended by one month on average.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

The Department will not be publishing the McKinsey work on the grounds that to do so would be likely to reduce the Government’s ability to protect the policy-making process and maintain the delivery of effective Government.

The Department does not hold centrally a record of all external reports, or policy evaluations, that have been carried out by external organisations for the Department and its Agencies. To produce such a list dating back to May 2010/ financial year 2010-11 respectively would incur disproportionate cost.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many members of staff are employed in the HEFCE Equality Challenge Unit.

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and HEFCE are two separate organisations. The ECU employs 28.2 full-time equivalent staff and HEFCE employs 242 full-time equivalent staff.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2015 to Question 4159, what (a) process and (b) performance metrics were used to determine the level of fees received by firms involved in the sale of Royal Mail shares.

The level of fees was determined on the basis of previous fees charged for similar services relating to the sale of Government assets and was subject to a competitive tendering process.

The key performance indicator and outcome in this instance was the delivery of a successful secondary sale of Royal Mail shares.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff secondments (a) to and (b) from (i) universities, (ii) research institutes and (iii) research centres the Met Office has in place; and how many such secondments took place in each year since 2010.

The Met Office collaborates with a number of universities and research organisations in the UK and overseas to advance the science and skills in meteorology, climate science and related subjects. This involves the placement of scientists between the Met Office and these bodies. Visits can be for short or longer periods of time, but are not generally recorded as formal secondments. During 2014-15, 149 scientists were recorded as visiting the Met Office for collaborative purposes. Extensive collaboration also takes place in the writing of scientific papers.

Met Office records of current and previous formal secondments to universities and research organisations are shown in the table below. It has no record of inward secondments from these organisations in the last 5 years.

Year

Secondments

2010-11

0

2011-12

0

2012-13

9

2013-14

18

2014-15

14

2015-16

10

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5250, which projects and programmes that have been funded from the public purse since 2010 relate to each of the Eight Great Technologies.

The Government identified “8 Great Technologies” in autumn 2012 to highlight key emerging technologies for the UK and increased investment by £600 million to accelerate their application and commercialisation.

The table provides a non-exclusive list of projects and programmes funded by BIS through Research Councils and InnovateUK relating to the “8 Great Technologies” from the time of publication to January 2015.

We do not routinely keep records classifying all publically-funded projects and programmes since 2010 according to the 8 Great Technologies, and it would only be possible to provide this information at a disproportionate cost.

Big Data:

Programme

Area

AHRC

Digital transformations in community research

BBSRC

Bioinformatics and biological resources fund

BBSRC

Big Data Infrastructure projects

BBSRC

Institutes coordination grants

BBSRC

Open Microscopy Environment (with Wellcome trust)

BBSRC

DNA Synthesis 2 capital investment

EPSRC

Capacity increase at Research Data Facility in Edinburgh

ESRC

Administrative Data Research Network

MRC

UK Health Informatics Research Institute

MRC

Capability development to better understand health and disease

MRC

Support to 100,000 Genomes project

NERC

Big Data Capital awards

NERC

Capability increase in JASMIN National Data Community facility

NERC

Environmental Research Workbench

STFC

Energy Efficiency Computing

STFC

Square Kilometre Array computing platform

IUK

Digital Economy Catapult

IUK

Open Data Insitute

IUK, SDTL & Research Councils

Data Exploration Programme

Satellites and Commercial Applications of Space:

Programme

Area

STFC campuses

Space science cluster capacity building

UKSA

National Space Technology Programme

IUK

Satellite Applications Catapult

IUK

Space applications

Robotics and Autonomous Systems:

Programme

Area

EPSRC

Centres of Excellence

EPSRC

Centres for Doctoral Training

EPSRC

Oxford Mobile Robotics Grant

SBRI & IUK

Intelligent Autonomy in the automotive sector

NERC, IUK & DSTL

Capability building in marine autonomous and robotics systems

IUK & EPSRC

Novel demonstration and commercialisation concepts in robotics

Synthetic Biology:

Programme

Area

BBSRC, EPSRC & MRC

Multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centres

BBSRC

Seed Funding

BBSRC

Research into DNA Synthesis

BBSRC

Training at Centre for Doctoral Training

IUK

National Biologics Manufacturing Centre

IUK

Synbio Innovation and Knowledge Cetnre and projects

Regenerative Medicine

Programme

Area

MRC, BBRC & EPSRC

UK regenerative Medicine Platform

IUK

Cell Therapy Catapult

Agri-Science

Programme

Area

BBSRC

Innovation Incubator space at Edinburgh

BBSRC

Innovation and diffusion Campus for food and renewable energy at Aberystwyth

BBSRC

Conference centre and shared resources hub

BBSRC

Molecular farming facility at Norwich Research Park

BBSRC, DfID & IS

Agri-tech Catalyst

IS

Innovation Centres

Advanced Materials:

Programme

Area

EPSRC

Research projects

EPSRC

Advanced Materials for healthcare

SPSRC & DECC

Irradiated materials investment in National Nuclear User Facility

STFC

Advanced materials beamline at Diamond

IUK

National Composites Centre

EPSRC

Research programmes incorporating functional materials

EPSRC, STFC & IUK

Sir Hendry Royce Institute for advanced materials

Energy Storage:

Programme

Area

EPSRC

Grid-scale efficient energy storage

EPSRC, IUK & DECC

Energy Catalyst Fund

EPSRC

Novel solutions for energy storage

IUK

Integrated Energy Challenge

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Science and Innovation Network 2014 Annual Report will be published.

The latest Science and Innovation Network report was published in March 2015. The publication is at www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/417600/bis-15-210-science-Innovation-network-report.pdf

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he plans to take in response to the completion of the Insolvency Service's review into the collapse of Comet.

The Insolvency Service has concluded its confidential fact-finding inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the insolvency of Comet Group Ltd. Publication of the evidence gathered during the inquiry into the company is prohibited by law, and as the report of the inquiry contains such evidence it also cannot be published. However, I can confirm that, after careful consideration of the facts obtained in this investigation, it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence to warrant enforcement action.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the commercial gain from the work of Catapult centres that has been realised overseas.

We have established an agreed set of key performance indicators to monitor the success of the Catapult network against its primary aim of supporting innovation by UK business, and these include funding; commercial income; business clients; SME engagements; academic collaborations; and new businesses created.

Catapults collaborate with overseas entities where it is in the long-term interests of the UK economy and, in particular, to unlock opportunities for UK companies and inward investment.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for funds allocated under the Growth Vouchers scheme have not been claimed.

All unused funds have been redistributed across the department's other programmes to support business start-up and growth.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Growth Vouchers redeemed after 31 March 2015 are undergoing assessment.

As of 8 September, 16 growth voucher claims are being assessed.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what work his Department is undertaking to review and evaluate rules on company takeovers.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is currently neither reviewing nor evaluating rules on company takeovers.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the funds generated by the Met Office's contract with the BBC was spent on research in the last 12 months; and what research projects undertaken by the Met Office in that period the BBC has (a) collaborated with or (b) participated in.

The BBC’s decision not to shortlist the Met Office for its next contract was a commercial decision by the BBC and was communicated by Met Office to my officials and myself as soon as they became aware that they were not being selected for the next stage of the procurement. The ending of the contract in autumn 2016 is not expected to have significant budgetary implications.

Since the communication of the decision I and my officials have been in dialogue with the Met Office and colleagues elsewhere in government in connection with National Severe Weather Warning service, and in turn with the BBC. The Weather Services Agreement between the Met Office and BBC does not include a research element.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Met Office staff are on secondment to the armed forces.

At present there are 4 Met Office staff on secondment to Government departments and agencies and 10 seconded to other publicly-funded bodies.

No Met Office staff are on secondment to the armed forces. At present 52 staff are members of the Mobile Met Unit, a sponsored RAF reserve unit of meteorological specialists. There are 192 Met Office staff based at military sites in the UK and overseas.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Met Office staff are on secondment to (a) Government and (b) other publicly-funded departments, agencies and bodies.

At present there are 4 Met Office staff on secondment to Government departments and agencies and 10 seconded to other publicly-funded bodies.

No Met Office staff are on secondment to the armed forces. At present 52 staff are members of the Mobile Met Unit, a sponsored RAF reserve unit of meteorological specialists. There are 192 Met Office staff based at military sites in the UK and overseas.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his Department's press release of 17 December 2014, what progress has been made on establishing the Inspiring Science Capital fund; and what timetable has been set for the establishment of that fund.

The Inspiring Science Capital Fund was included, subject to the development of an agreed business case, in the Capital roadmap following the Science and Research Capital Consultation.

We are working with the Science and Discovery centres and wider public engagement community to develop the business case.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 227103, how many businesses (a) applied for and (b) were granted Growth Vouchers to date.

Up until the programme closed for applications, 30,020 businesses applied for a growth voucher. Of those that applied, 27,117 went on to complete a face-to-face or online business assessment and of those, 19,713 were allocated a growth voucher.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Met Office spent on research and development in each financial year since 2010-11.

A large number of Government and publicly‑funded bodies subscribe to Met Office services. Revenue from this sector in 2014-15 was approximately £187m, broken down as follows: (a) Public Weather Service - £114m (b) Defence - £33m and (c) Government strategic sectors - £40m. The terms of service provision are subject to periodic review and renegotiation.

Commercial revenue was £33m in 2014-15.

Met Office expenditure on research and development is detailed in its annual report and accounts. The amount spent in the last 5 years is set out below.

Financial Year

£m

2010-11

45

2011-12

43

2012-13

45

2013-14

45

2014-15

50

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employees of McKinsey are working on his Department's spending review; for how long those employees have been so engaged; what remit those staff have been given; what the cost to the public purse is of such staff; and if he will list which organisations and individuals his Department has consulted during that spending review.

There are four pieces of work where McKinsey have been providing assistance to the Department:

  • operating costs across the Department and Partner Organisations;
  • the cost of goods and services procured from third parties, led by the Crown Commercial Service;
  • a review of the Student Loans Company; and
  • cost drivers in Further Education, jointly with the Department for Education and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

There are no McKinsey employees working directly on the Department’s Spending Review.

The Department has consulted with our key Partner Organisations during the Spending Review process and Her Majesty’s Treasury have undertaken a public consultation on the Spending Review which closed on 4th September.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding from the public purse was allocated to subscription to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in each financial year since 2010-11; what funding has been so allocated in the present financial year; what estimate he has made of the cost of such subscription in future financial years; and from which departmental budget such subscriptions are paid.

UK contributions to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts since 2010/11 are set out below. The annual contribution is likely to be within a similar range in future. These contributions are met through the Public Weather Service budget which is primarily funded by my Department.

Financial Year

£m

2010/11

6.5

2011/12

6.7

2012/13

6.8

2013/14

6.9

2014/15

7.0

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what reviews his Department is conducting with assistance from McKinsey.

There are four pieces of work where McKinsey have been providing assistance to the Department:

  • operating costs across the Department and Partner Organisations;
  • the cost of goods and services procured from third parties, led by the Crown Commercial Service;
  • a review of the Student Loans Company; and
  • cost drivers in Further Education, jointly with the Department for Education and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

There are no McKinsey employees working directly on the Department’s Spending Review.

The Department has consulted with our key Partner Organisations during the Spending Review process and Her Majesty’s Treasury have undertaken a public consultation on the Spending Review which closed on 4th September.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the budgetary implications for the Met Office of the termination of its contract with the BBC.

The BBC’s decision not to shortlist the Met Office for its next contract was a commercial decision by the BBC and was communicated by Met Office to my officials and myself as soon as they became aware that they were not being selected for the next stage of the procurement. The ending of the contract in autumn 2016 is not expected to have significant budgetary implications.

Since the communication of the decision I and my officials have been in dialogue with the Met Office and colleagues elsewhere in government in connection with National Severe Weather Warning service, and in turn with the BBC. The Weather Services Agreement between the Met Office and BBC does not include a research element.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what evaluation or evidence-gathering the Government (a) has carried out or commissioned and (b) plans to carry out into (i) the Grand Challenges programme announced on 17 December 2014 and (ii) the Eight Great Technologies.

All Grand Challenges Fund projects are subject to detailed business cases in accordance with HM Treasury requirements. The projects are evaluated by analytical, finance and project specialists within BIS, and the relevant Research Council.

Evidence underpinning the “Eight Great Technologies” was set out in the Eight Great Technologies pamphlet accompanying David Willetts’ speech of the 24th of January 2013 [Eight Great Technologies, David Willetts, Policy Exchange 2013].

Projects that form part of the Grand Challenges programme are supported from the £6.9 billion science capital budget, which was subject to a public consultation launched in December 2014.

Innovate UK and the Research Councils work together to explore and develop new approaches for moving potentially high impact technologies more rapidly from the research base into commercial reality.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how he plans to spend the funds which were allocated but unused as part of the Growth Vouchers scheme.

All unused funds have been redistributed across the department's other programmes to support business start-up and growth.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funds the HEFCE has allocated to (a) the Equality Challenge Unit and (b) the Athena SWAN programme in (i) 2014-15 and (ii) future financial years; and what effect his Department's announcement on 4 June 2015 has had on those programmes.

In the 2014-15 academic year, Higher Educatiuon Funding Council for England provided £1m to the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and in the 2015-16 academic year HEFCE will provide £671k.

Prior to the June announcement, HEFCE had taken the decision to cease core funding of the ECU from 2016-17. The funding allocations to ECU were not affected by the 4June announcements.

The ECU will continue with a subscriber-based funding model for Higher Education Institutions in England. HEFCE does not directly fund the Athena SWAN Charter.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which (a) HEIs, (b) Research Institutes, (c) Catapult Centres and (d) other research institutions funded by HEFCE are located within the boundaries of two local enterprise partnerships.

This information is not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which collaborations with (a) universities, (b) research institutes and (c) research centres the Met Office is engaged in; when each such secondment is due to expire; and how many such collaborations have been discontinued since 2010.

The Met Office collaborates with a number of universities and research organisations in the UK and overseas to advance the science and skills in meteorology, climate science and related subjects. This involves the placement of scientists between the Met Office and these bodies. Visits can be for short or longer periods of time, but are not generally recorded as formal secondments. During 2014-15, 149 scientists were recorded as visiting the Met Office for collaborative purposes. Extensive collaboration also takes place in the writing of scientific papers.

Met Office records of current and previous formal secondments to universities and research organisations are shown in the table below. It has no record of inward secondments from these organisations in the last 5 years.

Year

Secondments

2010-11

0

2011-12

0

2012-13

9

2013-14

18

2014-15

14

2015-16

10

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Medical Research Council has spent on research projects relating to the treatment of cancer in each financial year since 2010-11.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government supports medical and clinical research.

The most recent information available on the MRC’s expenditure on cancer research is set out in the table. The data includes research into the biology, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as research on outcomes. A breakdown showing expenditure on research directly related to treatment is not currently available.

Year

MRC spend on cancer research (£m)

2010

£107.7m

2011

£112.1m

2012

£ 95.8m

2013

£ 79.9m

2014

£ 76.2m

Source: National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Research Database (calendar year figures).

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value is of the contracts currently delivered by the Met Office to commercial organisations.

A large number of Government and publicly‑funded bodies subscribe to Met Office services. Revenue from this sector in 2014-15 was approximately £187m, broken down as follows: (a) Public Weather Service - £114m (b) Defence - £33m and (c) Government strategic sectors - £40m. The terms of service provision are subject to periodic review and renegotiation.

Commercial revenue was £33m in 2014-15.

Met Office expenditure on research and development is detailed in its annual report and accounts. The amount spent in the last 5 years is set out below.

Financial Year

£m

2010-11

45

2011-12

43

2012-13

45

2013-14

45

2014-15

50

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 2127, how many Growth Vouchers were not redeemed by the deadline of 30 June; and what the total value was of those unredeemed vouchers.

13,199 vouchers have not been redeemed, which have a total maximum value of £26,398,000.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecast his Department or its agencies has made of the number of (a) applications to and (b) numbers taking up places at universities in each of the next five years; and whether those forecasts have been changed as a result of announcements in the Summer Budget 2015.

The Department does not forecast the number of applications to universities.

For the purposes of planning Government expenditure and financial transactions, and prior to the summer budget, the Department agreed with the Office for Budget Responsibility the full-time Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)-fundable undergraduate entrant scenario shown in the table below. This scenario takes into account the projected decline in the young population. The actual number of new entrants will depend on the decisions of applicants and institutions. The Government does not expect the student finance announcements made at the Budget to affect the general trend we have seen of rising student numbers.

Table: HEFCE-fundable full-time undergraduate entrant forecasts

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Entrants

370,000

380,000

386,000

389,000

390,000

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) formal and (b) informal support is being provided by the Government to the local enterprise partnership network.

The Government has provided funding of £78k to the Local Enterprise Partnership Network to cover some of their operational costs in 2015-16. Together with a contribution of £5k from each of the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships, this funding helps to facilitate best-practice sharing and communications between Local Enterprise Partnerships. There is a strong relationship and regular dialogue between the Local Enterprise Partnership Network and Government.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) provision he has made and (b) guidance he plans to issue on the development of Science and Innovation Audits in areas which are part of more than one local enterprise partnership.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 15 July 2015 to Question UIN 6482.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will publish an updated assessment of the RAB charge taking into account announcements in the Summer Budget 2015; and what estimate he has made since that Budget on the level of RAB charge in each of the next five years.

The RAB charge is an estimate and will always fluctuate. Switching grants to loans increases the aggregated RAB charge. We are consulting on freezing the repayment threshold, which may mean that overall the RAB charge would reduce.

My Department publishes an updated estimate of the RAB charge each year, close to the time of the publication of BIS accounts. The most recent estimate of the 15/16 RAB charge was published on 14 July 2015. The estimate, together with an updated simplified version of the model for calculating the RAB charge can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/stepmodel

An updated assessment of the RAB charge will be published next summer alongside BIS accounts for 2015-16.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) examined on the potential effects of announcements in the Summer Budget 2015 on the number of students (i) applying to and (ii) taking up places at universities.

The growth in student numbers since 2012, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, suggests that students are not deterred from entering Higher Education when asked to bear more of the cost of their study.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 6 March 2015 to Question 225778, how many Growth Hubs are currently in operation; where each such hub is located and whether it has premises; when each such hub began operation; what public monies have been provided for each such hub; and what plans his Department has for further Growth Hubs in other local enterprise partnership areas.

There are currently 26 growth hubs across England. 13 new growth hubs will launch by March 2016, when there will be a growth hub available in every 39 LEP area. Details of the country’s growth hubs can be found on the LEP network website.

The first growth hub was created in Greater Manchester in November 2011, followed by Cumbria in 2013. 15 Wave 2 City areas received funding to help establish growth hubs during 2014-15 and all areas outside London will receive funding during 2015-16 as part of their Local Growth Deal. Details of growth deal funding can be found on the GOV.UK website.

LEP Area

Growth Deals 2015-16

Black Country

£400,000

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley

£350,000

Cheshire & Warrington

£350,000

Coast to Capital

£450,000

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

£250,000

Coventry and Warwickshire

£400,000

Cumbria

£300,000

D2N2

£525,000

Dorset

£250,000

Enterprise M3

£350,000

Gloucester & Gloucestershire

£250,000

Greater Birmingham & Solihull

£625,000

Greater Cambridge & Peterborough

£300,000

Greater Lincoln & Lincolnshire

£300,000

Greater Manchester

£625,000

Heart of the South West

£400,000

Leicester & Leicestershire

£250,000

Hertfordshire

£350,000

Humber

£250,000

Lancashire

£400,000

Leeds City Region

£625,000

Liverpool City Region

£550,000

London

New Anglia

£350,000

Northamptonshire

£250,000

North East

£500,000

Oxford & Oxfordshire

£250,000

Sheffield City Region

£500,000

Solent

£250,000

South East

£800,000

South East Midlands

£300,000

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

£250,000

Swindon & Wiltshire

£250,000

Tees Valley

£300,000

Thames Valley Berkshire

£250,000

The Marches

£250,000

West of England

£400,000

Worcestershire

£250,000

York, North Yorkshire & East Riding

£300,000

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress his Department has made on its consultation on clarifying the employment status of workers, launched on 6 October 2014.

The internal review of employment status has now concluded and Ministers are considering the findings.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he expects a network of national colleges to be in place; and what national colleges are planned to be established.

Subject to the assessment of proposals, we intend to have a network of industry-led National Colleges operational by September 2017. The National Colleges expected to submit their proposals are as follows –

1. National College for High Speed Rail

2. National College for Nuclear

3. National College for Wind Energy

4. National College for Onshore Oil and Gas

5. National College for Advanced Manufacturing

6. National College for Digital Skills

7. National College for Creative and Cultural Industries

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he plans for each of the six next generation digital economy centres to be operational.

The Next Generation Digital Economy Centres, announced in the Summer Budget, will start work on or by 1 October 2015 with the exception of the Centre in Swansea which is already operational.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for opening new Catapult centres.

The Government is committed to the Catapult programme.

My Rt hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced during his visit to Alderley Park on 13 July a new Medicines Technologies Catapult to build on the UK’s excellence in life sciences.

We will continue to work with Innovate UK, businesses, universities and others to identify further opportunities.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he plans for the Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure and Cities hub to be operational; and what funds have been provided from the public purse to establish that hub.

As outlined in the March 2015 Budget, £138 million of public funding has been allocated to the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) – subject to business case approval. The funding for UKCRIC, as well as the operational date of the Co-ordination Node (hub), is to be determined as part of the business case.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether he plans to devolve powers on Sunday trading to (a) top-tier authorities, (b) district councils and (c) London boroughs.

As announced in the Budget, the Government is consulting on proposals to devolve decision making on Sunday trading hours to a local level, for example, to elected metro mayors and/or Local Authorities, in England and Wales.

The decision on what tier of local authorities that power will be devolved to will be made on the basis of the outcome of the consultation.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) processes, (b) timeframe and (c) deadlines he has set for the establishment of science and innovation audits; what support his Department and its agencies plan to provide to people undertaking such audits; whether he plans for all local enterprise partnerships to conduct such audits; and what guidance he plans to issue on such audits.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is currently developing the process and timeframe for the establishment of science and innovation audits. Formal guidance will be issued in the coming months.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, what savings he forecasts will be made from funds allocated by his Department to support energy-intensive industries.

As stated in the answer of 15 June 2015 to Question UIN 2125, savings were made in this area by identifying and surrendering funds that the government intended, but could not use, to extend compensation to several additional sectors this year. As we were still waiting for industry to provide the data to make our case for reviewing the European Commission’s state aid guidelines it was not possible to provide that support.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many shares in Royal Mail of what value were sold to which institutions in June 2015.

It is not market practice to disclose the names of the investors who buy shares in transactions such as an accelerated bookbuild - which was the method of sale used on this occasion.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff (a) from his Department or his Department's executive agencies, (b) from other Government departments and (c) who are secondees are working on the sale of the Green Investment Bank.

The project is being led by the Shareholder Executive within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

There is a core team of around 10 officials within BIS who work on the sale of the Green Investment Bank, amongst other duties. The team liaise with officials in other Government departments such as Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as necessary.

There are currently no secondees on the team.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the Green Investment Bank the Government plans to sell; and what deadlines, milestones or schedules his Department has set as part of this process.

Decisions about the size of stake to be sold will depend on the outcome of discussions with potential investors and will be driven by what best achieves value for money for the UK taxpayer. Our aim is that a majority of shares in UK Green Investment Bank plc would come to be held by private investors.

On timing, we are keen to make progress but would not want to commit to a particular timetable at this stage. We need the flexibility to do a deal when we are satisfied the time and the terms are right. Timing of a sale is dependent on the outcome of discussions with potential investors. We will only proceed once satisfied we are able to achieve best value for money for the taxpayer.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what objectives he has set for the sale of the Green Investment Bank.

The objective is to ensure that any sale will deliver value for money for the taxpayer and enable the Green Investment Bank to increase its impact across the green economy by broadening its investment mandate and increasing the amount and proportion of private capital mobilised.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which firms are (a) advising the Government on the sale and (b) involved in the sale process of the Green Investment Bank; and what fees, including discretionary fees, are being paid as part of this process.

My Department is receiving financial advice on the proposed transaction from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Herbert Smith Freehills are providing legal advice. UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) is separately receiving its own financial advice from UBS and legal advice from Slaughter & May.

The fees to be paid to these advisers are commercially confidential.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 25 March 2015 to Question 225678, what total amount of funds has been allocated via intermediaries in each bidding round of the Regional Growth Fund; and what proportion of such funds has not yet been drawn down.

£1.72 billion has been allocated to Programmes across Rounds 1-6 of the Regional Growth Fund and exceptional Regional Growth Fund. The tables show how much of that money has been drawn down to date. All data is correct at 1 May 2015

Unless otherwise agreed, projects and programmes in Rounds 1 to 4 had until 31 March 2015 to draw down their funding and projects and programmes in Round 5 and 6 will be able to draw down funding until 31 March 2017. The Department agrees a draw down profile with each organisation when they sign their grant offer letter that matches the beneficiary’s own investment schedules and job commitments. The subsequent rate of draw down is then subject to the beneficiaries meeting the conditions.

Programme

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Excep

Total

Committed RGF (£m)

179

414

548

221

184

161

16

1,723

RGF paid (£m)

179

412

491

201

8

0

14

1,343

The following table shows the planned RGF grant draw down timetable which has been agreed with these programmes.

RGF Drawn Down by year (£ million)

Financial Year

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

Actual paid – to 1 May 2015

418

72

288

565

1,343

Remaining

213

142

355

Total

1,698

This is the actual amount paid to intermediaries as of 1 May 2015.

The difference between the totals in tables 1 and 2 arises because RGF programmes have not always claimed the full grant available to them.

More detail on which RGF programmes are still available for SMEs to bid into is available at https://www.gov.uk/regional-growth-fund-programmes-guide.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the status is of the Eight Great Technologies; what progress has been made on the commercialisation and development of those technologies; and what recent steps the Government has taken to support that progress.

Emerging technologies have the potential to deliver productivity gains to a variety of sectors and enhance quality of life. In 2012, the Government identified “8 Great Technologies” – including regenerative medicine, big data and advanced materials - to highlight key emerging areas for the UK and increased investment by £600 million to accelerate their application and commercialisation.

But new technologies continue to be developed and the 8 Great list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. This is why we continue to work with partners to review emerging technologies in important areas in which the UK excels both within and beyond this list. For example, we have invested more than £100 million across the country for research and infrastructure in graphene as an advanced material; and £270 million in quantum technologies.

Through Innovate UK, the Government is supporting business innovation and we have established a network of elite Catapult Centres to commercialise new and emerging technologies in areas where there are large global market opportunities and a critical mass of UK capability.

In addition, BSI, the UK’s National Standard Body, has worked with Innovate UK to publish new standards in areas of technology where innovative UK companies can gain a commercial advantage.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms received support directly through Reshore UK in (a) March, (b) April and (c) May 2015.

During (a) March (b) April (c) May 2015, Reshore UK were advising a total of 80, 83 and 87 firms to reshore work and build capacity in the UK.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he plans for the Energy Systems Catapult to be operational.

The Energy Systems Catapult is already operational and was formally launched on 1 April 2015 with an interim CEO and from a temporary location in Birmingham. The Chairman was appointed in January 2015 and the Catapult has had an interim management team in place since May. Four non-executive directors were appointed in June.

The Catapult is working to move to a permanent home in Birmingham in 2016. Advertisements for a permanent CEO were published in June and it is hoped that an appointment will be made by the end of this year.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he plans for the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability to be operational.

Innovate UK are on track to sign the contract with the consortium partners to make the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability a legal entity before Recess. Upon signing the consortium will move to make the Centre operational later in the year.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made on each commitment made under each of the Government's 11 sector partnerships; and what the current status is of each sector partnership.

Sector councils have worked over recent years to deliver the commitments set out in the 11 sector strategies published since 2012.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will continue to work closely with industry and businesses to understand their needs and what more the Government can do to retain the UK’s competitive position within the global economy, including through sector councils.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies received support under the High Value Opportunities scheme in each month of the 2014-15 financial year.

In the 2014-15 financial year UK Trade and Investment supported 980 companies through the High Value Programme. Data is not recorded on a month by month basis.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what timescale he has set for establishing with business a new generation of national colleges to provide specialist skills for key technical sectors.

Subject to the assessment of the proposals from the National Colleges, which are due to be submitted to the Department on 16 July, we intend to have a network of industry-led National Colleges operational by September 2017

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether further application rounds are planned under the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.

In the March 2015 Budget, the Government announced £400m out to 2021 for the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. We are working with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which administers the Fund in collaboration with the other higher education funding bodies, to develop the arrangements. The process and guidance for further rounds will be set out later this year.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish a response to the Government's consultation on support for postgraduate study; and what deadlines he or officials in his Department have set in relation to this process.

The consultation response is currently being analysed and the Department will respond in the Autumn.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for the future of the British Business Bank; and if he will make a statement.

The Government intends to help new and existing challenger banks to inject fresh competition in the market, including through the British Business Bank, in line with the commitment in the Conservative Party manifesto. The Business Bank is increasing the supply of debt and equity finance available to smaller businesses, including start-ups, as well as diversifying the market to give a greater choice of options and providers. The Business Bank aims to facilitate up to £10 billion of finance by 2019, the majority of which will be through providers other than the big four banks.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2015, what his future plans are for the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative.

The Government is reviewing all spending as a part of the 2015 Spending Review. All decisions, including decisions on future spending for the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, will be taken as a part of this work.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what live programmes and products are operated by the British Business Bank; and what programmes and products that organisation has in development.

The British Business Bank operates a number of programmes to support 3 types of finance needs: those of start up businesses; those of scale up businesses; and those for firms wishing to stay ahead. Details on the British Business Bank programmes can be found on http://british-business-bank.co.uk.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015, what (a) value and (b) number of Small Business Research Initiative contracts has been awarded in 2014-15 (i) in total, (ii) by the Ministry of Defence, (iii) by the Department of Health, (iv) by NHS England, (v) by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, (vi) by the Department for Transport, (vii) by the Home Office, (viii) by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs, (ix) directly by Innovate UK, (x) by research councils, (xi) by other parts of his Department and (xii) by other Government Departments and agencies to date.

This information is being researched and will be placed in the Libraries of the House as soon as possible.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been returned to HM Treasury from the regional growth fund programme in each financial year of that fund's operation.

Unused funds from successive Regional Growth Fund (RGF) rounds have generally been used to increase the funding for later rounds of the RGF and to fund exceptional RGF awards. No funding was returned to HM Treasury in the financial years 2011/12 to 2014/15. Decisions on unused funds for the current and future financial years will be taken as part of the spending review process.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of funds from withdrawn awards under each round of the regional growth fund (RGF) (a) have been recycled into the RGF, (b) have been recycled into other programmes or budgets of his Department, (c) have been returned to HM Treasury and (d) have been reallocated elsewhere.

Unused funds from withdrawn awards have generally been used to increase the funding for later rounds of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) or to fund exceptional RGF awards. It is not possible to track the precise re-allocation of funding released specifically from withdrawn awards under each round.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many successful bids to each bidding round of the regional growth fund have been withdrawn to date.

A total of 138 projects and programmes from Regional Growth Fund rounds 1 to 6 are no longer proceeding. The breakdown by round is below:

Round 1 – 19

Round 2 – 42

Round 3 – 31

Round 4 – 33

Round 5 – 8

Round 6 – 4

eRGF – 1

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what provision exists for Catapult centres to take on apprentices; and how many apprentices (a) aged under 19, (b) aged 19 to 24 and (c) aged 24 plus are currently employed in each Catapult centre.

The Catapult network does not have a formal policy on apprenticeships, but many Catapults have developed schemes to support this approach and funding has been provided for the building of state-of-the-art facilities for training apprentices in two locations.

The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, which is due to open in September 2015, will address the manufacturing skills shortage by training engineering apprentices on a sponsored or part-sponsored basis, up-skilling manufacturing engineers and developing graduate engineers and industrial designers.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre provides training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to doctorate and MBA level.

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult currently has 93 apprentices directly employed across its seven centres. This figure does not include those being trained on behalf of industry, which currently number over 250 and will increase next year. The full breakdown is:-

HVM Centre

Number of Apprentices

Under 19

19-24

24+

Advanced Forming Research Centre

3

0

3

0

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

14

10

4

0

Centre for Process Innovation

6

3

2

1

Manufacturing Technology Centre

58

25

33

0

National Composites Centre

8

4

4

0

Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

4

1

2

1

Warwick Manufacturing Group

0

0

0

0

Total

93

43

48

2

The Centre for Process Innovation is currently recruiting an additional three apprentices and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is currently recruiting an additional two.

There are three apprentices currently entering their second year of a modern apprenticeship with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. The Catapult is building a plan around future recruitment to consider building and continuing this pool of talent.

There is also one apprentice with the Transport Systems Catapult. The Catapult is also employing a number of interns from Cranfield University over the summer and has some individuals completing their thesis.

The Cell Therapy Catapult does not have any current apprentices, but the Cell Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Centre, which is due to open in 2017, will create up to 150 jobs directly, including apprenticeships.

The Digital Catapult does not have any current apprentices, but is committed to a diverse workforce and, to date, has hosted six work experience placements and a first cohort of paid interns started this month. The Catapult is in discussions with Tech City Stars about apprenticeships and researching other partnerships over the next few months.

No apprentices are employed at the Future Cities Catapult, although there is one intern, and the Catapult is about to launch an open intern scheme which will be advertised on its website. They are looking at opportunities to develop and grow talent pools at all levels and will be looking at the offer of apprenticeships as part of this review.

No apprentices are employed at the Satellite Applications Catapult, but the Catapult is looking to develop a scheme in future years.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects the independent review of the Research Councils led by Sir Paul Nurse to be published; and what deadlines and timescales his Department has set for that process.

The Government asked Sir Paul Nurse to examine how Research Councils can evolve to support research in the most effective ways. Sir Paul has kept me updated with progress, and I am expecting to receive his report after the summer.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on what dates the Industrial Strategy Council has met in the last year.

The Industrial Strategy Council met on 19 May 2014 and on 10 December 2014. It also met on 14 May 2013 and 27 November 2013. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will be inviting leaders and members of the Industrial Strategy Council to discuss our industrial approach at the end of July 2015.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on which dates the (a) Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group, (b) Aerospace Growth Partnership, (c) Agri-Tech Leadership Council, (d) Automotive Council UK, (e) Construction Leadership Council, (f) Information Economy Council, (g) International Education Council, (h) Nuclear Industrial Council, (i) Offshore Wind Industry Council, (j) Ministerial Industrial Strategy Group, (k) Oil and Gas Industry Council, (l) Professional and Business Services Council, (m) Space Leadership Council and (n) Defence Growth Partnership met in the last year; which (i) Minister and (ii) officials in his Department attended each such meeting; and what support his Department provides to each such group.

I cannot comment on meetings held under the previous Government as it is an established convention that Ministers of one Administration cannot see the documents of a previous administration. However, some of the information requested relating to the period under the last Administration is available on the Government’s website and also on some external organisations’ websites.

In the two months since the general election, Ministers and officials have met with the Automotive Council, Oil and Gas Industry Council, Professional and Business Services Council, Ministerial Industry Strategy Group and Defence Growth Partnership. Meetings with the Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group, Aerospace Growth Partnership, Agri-tech Leadership Council and Space Leadership Council are planned to take place in July.

Officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and other departments provide support to the operation of these Councils in a variety of ways depending on the Council in question.

24th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 2126, if he will list each of the beneficiaries under the Regional Growth Fund which did not draw down the full amount in each (a) region and (b) Regional Growth Fund bidding round.

The Answer to Question 2124 stated that the savings announced on 4 June arise where beneficiaries from RGF Rounds 1-5 had, by mutual agreement, not drawn down the full amount that was made available to them. I am not able to list each of the beneficiaries which did not draw down the full amount as this information is commercially confidential.

24th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2015 to Question 2810, what non-discretionary fees and payments were paid to each of those firms.

Rothschild will be paid a fee of £25k for their work on the disposal of the Government’s shareholding in Royal Mail. Each of the banks who executed the Accelerated Bookbuild were paid £1. Freshfields fees for the sale are expected to be around £50k.

24th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2015 to Question 1837, when he plans to make a decision on whether the discretionary fee will be paid; what framework he has set for making that decision; and on what consideration it will be based.

A decision will be made soon on the payment of the discretionary payment. That decision will be made in the context of the letter of engagement with the banks.

16th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2015 to Question 1839, what discretionary fees and payments (a) have been and (b) will be made to each of those firms.

The fees paid or to be paid to the firms involved in the recent sale of Royal Mail shares by the Government do not include a discretionary element.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, from which round of the Regional Growth Fund he plans to make savings; and whether these savings will come from monies allocated under the Regional Growth Fund but not drawn down.

£2.85 billion has been allocated under the Regional Growth Fund to date. The savings announced on 4 June arise where beneficiaries from RGF Rounds 1-5 had, by mutual agreement, not drawn down the full amount that was made available to them.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to HM Treasury's press release, Chancellor announces £4.5 billion of measures to bring down debt, published on 4 June 2015, under what budgetary sub-heading savings will be made from (a) the Regional Growth Fund, (b) monies for energy-intensive industries, (c) budgets relating to further and higher education and (d) other programmes and budgets operated by his Department.

A significant proportion of the savings will be found through surrendering underspends, making efficiencies and reducing lower value spend. Priority areas for growth and productivity, will be protected.

The Department has agreed to make savings from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) by releasing money that is not currently committed to any project or programme. Importantly, no money is being taken back from any company to deliver these savings and we expect the 470 projects and programmes the RGF has supported to continue as usual. The total amount of Government money invested in the RGF remains at £2.85 billion, which we expect to deliver 581,000 jobs and unlock £16 billion of private sector investment.

Regarding monies for energy-intensive industries: we had intended to extend eligibility for compensation to a small number of further sectors this year. However, as industry is still collating the data necessary in order for us to make our case to the European Commission to review their state aid guidelines, it will not be possible to provide relief this year. We have therefore identified the funds that had been intended to compensate these sectors, and it has been surrendered as a saving.

Officials in my Department are working with the appropriate funding bodies to determine how other savings can best be achieved in line with ministers’ priorities.

The underlying principles ensuring that students and young people continue to benefit from one of the best education systems in the world will continue.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has for the Regional Growth Fund and Exceptional Regional Growth Fund after the completion of Round 6.

The Government is reviewing all spending as a part of the 2015 Spending Review. All decisions, including decisions on future spending for the Regional Growth Fund after Round 6 and the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund, will be taken as a part of this work.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many vouchers have been issued but not yet redeemed under the Growth Vouchers scheme.

As of the 15 June 2015, there remain 7,183 issued growth vouchers that could still be redeemed by the final deadline of 30 June 2015.

10th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what provision he plans to make in the sale of the remaining public stake of Royal Mail for shares to be made available to retail investors directly; and what evidence he has consulted or research he has commissioned in relation to that option.

As was the case for the recent sale, any future sales would require us to work with advisers to consider our sale options and assess which one best meets the stated sale objectives.

However, at any time, Royal Mail shares are directly available to retail investors as they are freely traded on the stock market.

10th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 1 September 2014 (HC Deb C666W), by what date he plans to make a decision on the payment of the discretionary fee and the length of the stabilisation period following the privatisation of Royal Mail.

No decision has been made on the payment of this discretionary fee.

The stabilisation period has been completed.

10th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to seek and identify priority investors in respect of its sale of the remaining public stake in Royal Mail; and whether he intends to prioritise long-term investors in that sale.

The accelerated book build process, used in the recent sale, did not involve the concept of priority investors in the same way as a typical Initial Public Offering process would. There was not a need for early engagement by potential investors.

All leading long term investors were invited to bid for shares.

10th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which banks or syndicate of banks are (a) advising the Government and (b) overseeing the sale of the remaining public stake in Royal Mail; and whether any other banks, institutions or firms have involvement in that process.

The Government has appointed Rothschild to provide independent financial advice and Freshfields to provide external legal advice. The syndicate of banks were Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.

10th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what safeguards he plans to put in place in relation to the sale of the remaining public stake in Royal Mail in light of the reports into the privatisation of Royal Mail in 2013 of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, National Audit Office and the Noble Lord Myners; and which specific recommendations of those reports he plans to adopt directly.

These reports related to the Royal Mail Initial Public Offering. The recent sale of shares was through an accelerated bookbuild process to institutional investors.

23rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had on the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives; and what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with those Directives.

Since making the Reports on Payments to Government Regulations and the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority rules in December 2014 the government has continued to have discussions with all stakeholders. The most recent meeting between the department, civil society and industry representatives was held in February 2015. I have since spoken to representatives from the Publish What You Pay coalition.

The Government takes extractive transparency very seriously. To support compliance the department has made information available on the gov.uk website. This includes a schema for delivering reports and step by step guidance on how to fill in the report format, both agreed with industry and civil society.

The Government expects companies to comply with the requirements of the Regulations, which set out the enforcement and penalty regime for any company that fails to comply in part or in full.

Reports will be published on the Companies House website in 2016, when all interested parties will be able to consider the reports and their accuracy.

23rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Questions 225677, 225678, 225008 and 225009.

I have replied to the hon Member.

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

Information on the total amount of expenditure by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on both research and development and the total departmental spending on services is publically available on gov.uk as part of the Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistical release. This information covers 2009-10 through to 2013-14 and can be found at the following web link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2014

This data can be accessed by using either the ‘interactive tables’ or the ‘database’.

The CRA is compiled from departmental spending data submitted to HM Treasury on services, split by sub-functions. This data that each department provides, uses internationally-agreed definitions called the Classifications of the Functions of Government (UN COFOG). These functions include and separately identify expenditure on various Research and Development activities.

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the proportion of advice provided to businesses under the Growth Vouchers scheme to date that has been provided directly by his Department and its agencies.

All of the advice delivered under the Growth Voucher programme is provided by suppliers in the private sector.

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

Information on the total amount of expenditure by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on both research and development and the total Departmental spending on services is publically available on gov.uk as part of the Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistical release. This information covers 2009-10 through to 2013-14 and can be found at the following web link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2014

This data can be accessed by using either the ‘interactive tables’ or the ‘database’.

The CRA is compiled from Departmental spending data submitted to HM Treasury on services, split by sub-functions. The data provided, uses internationally-agreed definitions called the Classifications of the Functions of Government (UN COFOG). These functions include and separately identify expenditure on various Research and Development activities.

10th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which businesses are providing advice and support through the Growth Voucher scheme; and how many businesses have received such assistance from each such business to date.

The support is delivered at two stages within the Growth Vouchers programme.

The first is an assessment, either face to face or online, that helps businesses identify their support needs and decide what advice they need to help them grow. The face to face assessment is delivered by advisers on behalf of the delivery partners Cavendish Consortium, Winning Pitch, and West Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

Since the Growth Vouchers programme began 15 months ago, there have been 31,513 applications of which 20,661 businesses have received the first stage assessment. After this assessment is completed, businesses are randomly selected to receive a voucher.

The second stage of support is in the form of vouchers to help pay for external advice from suppliers in the private sector. Of the 20,661 who undertook the initial business assessment, 15,600 received a voucher. This means that over £31 million worth of Growth Vouchers have been distributed, giving small businesses the opportunity to purchase advice at a subsidised rate. Those businesses that did not receive a voucher make up the control group of businesses that we will use to assess the impact of the advice being delivered as part of the research we are conducting.

Businesses with a voucher can then go on to select a supplier from the 3,424 Growth Voucher accredited suppliers listed on Enterprise Nation’s online marketplace (https://marketplace.enterprisenation.com/). 844 small business advice suppliers have delivered advice to 2,152 small businesses.

There are 8,103 businesses that have a valid voucher, who will have until the expiry date on the voucher to redeem the subsidy.

10th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many valid Growth Vouchers have been issued that have not yet been redeemed.

As at 19 March, 8,103 businesses have a valid voucher and they will have until the expiry date on the voucher to redeem the subsidy.

10th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many business that have applied for Growth Vouchers have not been successful in that application to date.

As at 8 March, there were 26,903 applications to the Growth Vouchers programme. Of the 16,903 businesses who have gone on to complete the assessment of their needs, 12,687 have been allocated a voucher and 4,216 have not.

10th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his most recent assessment is of default rates under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme; and with what frequency his Department makes such an assessment.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme is administered by the British Business Bank (BBB), which was set up by the Secretary of State to manage such programmes professionally. The BBB closely monitors the performance of the scheme on a quarterly basis. The scheme default rate, which was 11.5% as at 31st December 2014 on the original drawn loan balance, does not reflect the overall cost to Government as not all defaults lead to a claim being made against the guarantee.

The EFG is a valuable programme that, since launch, has supported additional lending to small and medium sized businesses by enabling over 23,000 loans with a total value of some £2.4bn (as at 31 December 2014) and has a significant wider economic benefit.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials in his Department are working on the review of the clarity and employment status of workers.

Employment status is a complicated issue affecting many areas of employment law. As such a number of teams from across the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have been feeding into the employment status review.

5th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) value and (b) proportion of export contracts supported by UKEF were aimed at smaller exporters in each of the last 12 months.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Question 225782

5th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, by what date he expects the current assessment phase of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative to be complete.

The last Independent Investment Board meeting was held on 12th February 2015 and all applicants are being informed of the outcome.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have (a) approached by and (b) directly received support from Reshore UK in each month since it began operation.

Since Reshore UK became operational in February 2014, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) - now part of the Business Growth Service - have discussed prospective projects with 183 firms. Of these, UKTI and MAS have helped land 54 projects which are forecast to create 4,610 new jobs and are working with firms on 39 projects which are expected to create a further 1978 jobs. The breakdown of landed projects by month is set out in the table below.

Month

Landed Projects

Forecast New Jobs Created

March 2014

3

477

April 2014

8

706

May 2014

6

219

June 2014

6

750

July 2014

8

559

August 2014

5

337

September 2014

7

327

October 2014

5

45

November 2014

2

815

December 2014

1

17

January 2015

2

352

February 2015

1

6

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what total value of business has been won as a result of UK Trade & Investment Support for Exports programmes in 2014-15 to date.

UK Trade and Investment’s (UKTI) Performance Information Monitoring Survey (PIMS), reports that the value of additional sales that businesses attribute to UKTI support was £7.8bn in the first quarter of 2014/15.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what key performance indicators have been set for the Government's contribution to the Future Fifty programme.

The following key performance indicators have been agreed with TechCity UK for the Future Fifty programme for 2014-15:

• Number of firms provided with intensive one-to-one support from the Future Fifty team

• Number of Future Fifty events delivered

• Number of individuals from Future Fifty firms participating in events delivered as part of the programme

• Net promoter score of companies who respond positively versus negatively about the impact of the programme

• Volume of positive media coverage in target media, and key message delivery

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions and on what dates his Department's board has met in the last 12 months; and who was in attendance at each such meeting.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Departmental Board met five times in the period 4 March 2014 – 4 March 2015.

The dates and attendees were:

6 March 2014

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (Chair)

Rt Hon David Willetts MP – Minister of State for Universities and Science

Allan Cook – Lead Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Wendy Purcell – Non-Executive Board Member

Alan Aubrey – Non-Executive Board Member

Dale Murray – Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Dame Ann Dowling – Non-Executive Board Member

Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary

Bernadette Kelly – Director General (DG), Business and Local Growth

Howard Orme – DG, Finance and Commercial

Philippa Lloyd – DG, People and Strategy

Rachel Sandby-Thomas – DG, Legal, Enterprise and Skills

Sam Beckett – DG, Economics and Markets

Sir John O’Reilly – DG, Knowledge and Innovation

Mark Russell – CEO, Shareholder Executive

Crispin Simon – Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), UK Trade and Investment

29 April 2014

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (Chair)

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP – Minister of State for Business and Enterprise

Lord Livingston – Minister of State for Trade and Investment

Matthew Hancock MP - Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

Jenny Willott MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Allan Cook – Lead Non-Executive Board Member

Alan Aubrey – Non-Executive Board Member

Dale Murray – Non-Executive Board Member

Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary

Bernadette Kelly - DG, Business and Local Growth

Howard Orme – DG, Finance and Commercial

Rachel Sandby-Thomas – DG, Legal, Enterprise and Skills

Sam Beckett – DG, Economics and Markets

Sir John O’Reilly – DG, Knowledge and Innovation

Mark Russell – CEO, Shareholder Executive

Crispin Simon – Acting CEO, UK Trade and Investment

16 June 2014

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (Chair)

Rt Hon David Willetts MP – Minister of State for Universities and Science

Matthew Hancock MP - Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

Jenny Willott MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Allan Cook – Lead Non-Executive Board Member

Alan Aubrey – Non-Executive Board Member

Dale Murray – Non-Executive Board Member

Stephen Bligh – Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Wendy Purcell – Non-Executive Board Member

Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary

Bernadette Kelly - DG, Business and Local Growth

Howard Orme – DG, Finance and Commercial

Rachel Sandby-Thomas – DG, Legal, Enterprise and Skills

Sam Beckett – DG, Economics and Markets

Sir John O’Reilly – DG, Knowledge and Innovation

Mark Russell – CEO, Shareholder Executive

Dominic Jermey - CEO, UK Trade and Investment

Philippa Lloyd – DG, People and Strategy

9 December 2014

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP - Minister of State for Universities and Science

Jo Swinson MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Allan Cook – Lead Non-Executive Board Member

Dalton Philips - Non-Executive Board Member

Juergen Maier - Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Wendy Purcell - Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Dame Ann Dowling – Non-Executive Board Member

Dale Murray – Non-Executive Board Member

Stephen Bligh – Non-Executive Board Member

Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary

Bernadette Kelly - DG, Business and Local Growth

Howard Orme – DG, Finance & Commercial

Philippa Lloyd – DG, People and Strategy

Rachel Sandby-Thomas – DG, Legal, Enterprise and Skills

Sam Beckett - DG, Economics and Markets

Mark Russell - CEO Shareholder Executive

3 March 2015

Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills

Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP - Minister of State for Business and Enterprise and Energy

Nick Boles MP – Minister of State for Skills and Equalities

Jo Swinson MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Allan Cook – Lead Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Wendy Purcell - Non-Executive Board Member

Prof Dame Ann Dowling – Non-Executive Board Member

Dale Murray – Non-Executive Board Member

Stephen Bligh – Non-Executive Board Member

Martin Donnelly – Permanent Secretary

Bernadette Kelly - DG, Business and Local Growth

Howard Orme – DG, Finance & Commercial

Philippa Lloyd – DG, People, Strategy & Higher Education

Rachel Sandby-Thomas – DG, Legal, Enterprise and Skills

Sam Beckett - DG, Economics and Markets

Mark Russell - CEO Shareholder Executive

Gareth Davies – DG, Knowledge and Innovation

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many business mentors in each region are currently available through the Government's national network of mentors and the mentorsme portal; and what plans he has to join up those programmes with (i) the Business Growth Service, (ii) Growth Hubs and (iii) local enterprise partnerships.

The information about mentors in each region is unavailable.

The Government has simplified national business support into three clear offers (advice, finance, exports), with local business support being brought together through the growth hubs which Local Enterprise Partnerships and their partners are establishing. Both the Business Growth Service and growth hubs will connect businesses to mentors where businesses would benefit from this support.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total amount of awards made by the Green Investment Bank was in each of the last 12 months.

A summary of all Green Investment Bank (GIB) transactions to date, broken down by financial year, is available on the GIB website at: http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/our-investments/.

This page also contains copies of the press releases about each transaction and these provide the specific dates when those transactions were announced.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of UKTI customers reported positively on the quality of UKTI services in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of current UKTI customers report significant business benefit as the result of using UKTI's services.

The proportion of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) customers who reported positively on the quality of UKTI services is 80% in the 12 months to June 2014 (the latest period available).

The proportion of UKTI customers who reported a significant business benefit as a result of using UKTI’s services is 71% in the 12 months to June 2014 (the latest period available).

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.

The Department’s standard terms and conditions requires that where a contactor/supplier uses a sub-contractor a provision is included which requires the contractor/supplier to pay for any goods or services within 30 days of the contractor/supplier receiving a correct invoice from the sub-contractor.

The Department fully supports the need for its suppliers to pay sub-contractors promptly and has been working closely with the Cabinet Office to strengthen the public procurement regulations to ensure that suppliers do pay promptly and report accordingly.

Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately and information on non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally. Their responses are attached.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of suppliers to his Department, its agencies and its non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

The Department does not record or hold details, for itself or for its non-departmental public bodies, of the number of suppliers that are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately. Their responses are attached.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

The information requested is provided in the table below:

DECC SME Spend
Jan - Dec 2014

Procurement Spend

Direct SME Spend

Indirect SME Spend

Total

SME Spend

SME Spend as % of Procurement Spend

(£)

(£)

(£)

(£)

DECC Core Department

£195,933,864

£12,347,092

£0

£12,347,092

6.30%

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

£22,088,587

£7,530,834

£0

£7,530,834

34.09%

Coal Authority

£34,733,476

£5,668,917

£0

£5,668,917

16.32%

Committee on Climate Change

£810,542

£534,489

£0

£534,489

65.94%

NDA (Core)

£91,039,174

£15,601,340

£3,143,189

£18,744,529

20.59%

NDA (SLC)

£1,839,653,169

N/A

£387,934,787

£387,934,787

21.09%

DECC Group

£2,184,258,812

£41,682,672

£391,077,976

£432,760,648

19.81%

* All expenditure through the NDA Site Licenced Companies is indirect.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold any information on payments made within 30 days by its suppliers to sub-contractors as it has no direct relationship with its suppliers’ contractors.

The proportion of suppliers as signatories to the Prompt Payment Code are shown below:

% suppliers as signatories

Core-DECC

Figures not available

Coal Authority

6%

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Figures not available

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Figures not available

Committee on Climate Change

17%

The Department’s terms and conditions are published in the “DECC Standard Terms & Conditions for Supplies”:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/65524/6467-decc-standard-terms-and-conditions-for-supliers-p.pdf.

Section 4 stipulates that “if the Contractor uses a sub-contractor for the purpose of performing the Services or any part of it, the Contractor shall include in the relevant contract a provision which requires the Contractor to pay for those goods or services within 30 days of the Contractor receiving a correct invoice from the sub-contractor”.

For the core Department, the average proportion of undisputed invoices paid within five days is 99.2%. Figures are published each month on the government website at Gov.UK here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change/about/procurement#prompt-payments.

For the Department’s NDPBs and from available information, the average figure is 97%.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold any information on payments made within 30 days by its suppliers to sub-contractors as it has no direct relationship with its suppliers’ contractors.

The proportion of suppliers as signatories to the Prompt Payment Code are shown below:

% suppliers as signatories

Core-DECC

Figures not available

Coal Authority

6%

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Figures not available

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Figures not available

Committee on Climate Change

17%

The Department’s terms and conditions are published in the “DECC Standard Terms & Conditions for Supplies”:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/65524/6467-decc-standard-terms-and-conditions-for-supliers-p.pdf.

Section 4 stipulates that “if the Contractor uses a sub-contractor for the purpose of performing the Services or any part of it, the Contractor shall include in the relevant contract a provision which requires the Contractor to pay for those goods or services within 30 days of the Contractor receiving a correct invoice from the sub-contractor”.

For the core Department, the average proportion of undisputed invoices paid within five days is 99.2%. Figures are published each month on the government website at Gov.UK here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change/about/procurement#prompt-payments.

For the Department’s NDPBs and from available information, the average figure is 97%.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold any information on payments made within 30 days by its suppliers to sub-contractors as it has no direct relationship with its suppliers’ contractors.

The proportion of suppliers as signatories to the Prompt Payment Code are shown below:

% suppliers as signatories

Core-DECC

Figures not available

Coal Authority

6%

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Figures not available

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Figures not available

Committee on Climate Change

17%

The Department’s terms and conditions are published in the “DECC Standard Terms & Conditions for Supplies”:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/65524/6467-decc-standard-terms-and-conditions-for-supliers-p.pdf.

Section 4 stipulates that “if the Contractor uses a sub-contractor for the purpose of performing the Services or any part of it, the Contractor shall include in the relevant contract a provision which requires the Contractor to pay for those goods or services within 30 days of the Contractor receiving a correct invoice from the sub-contractor”.

For the core Department, the average proportion of undisputed invoices paid within five days is 99.2%. Figures are published each month on the government website at Gov.UK here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change/about/procurement#prompt-payments.

For the Department’s NDPBs and from available information, the average figure is 97%.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for which figures are available.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not hold any information on payments made within 30 days by its suppliers to sub-contractors as it has no direct relationship with its suppliers’ contractors.

The proportion of suppliers as signatories to the Prompt Payment Code are shown below:

% suppliers as signatories

Core-DECC

Figures not available

Coal Authority

6%

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Figures not available

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Figures not available

Committee on Climate Change

17%

The Department’s terms and conditions are published in the “DECC Standard Terms & Conditions for Supplies”:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/65524/6467-decc-standard-terms-and-conditions-for-supliers-p.pdf.

Section 4 stipulates that “if the Contractor uses a sub-contractor for the purpose of performing the Services or any part of it, the Contractor shall include in the relevant contract a provision which requires the Contractor to pay for those goods or services within 30 days of the Contractor receiving a correct invoice from the sub-contractor”.

For the core Department, the average proportion of undisputed invoices paid within five days is 99.2%. Figures are published each month on the government website at Gov.UK here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-energy-climate-change/about/procurement#prompt-payments.

For the Department’s NDPBs and from available information, the average figure is 97%.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what awards the Green Investment Bank made in each month of the last year.

A summary of all Green Investment Bank (GIB) transactions to date, broken down by financial year, is available on the GIB website at: http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/our-investments/.

This page also contains copies of the press releases about each transaction and these provide the specific dates when those transactions were announced.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much each Business Bank programme has awarded in each month since it began operation to date.

The British Business Bank became operationally independent on 1 November 2014, with the overarching objective of helping ensure finance markets for smaller businesses work more effectively and dynamically. Business Bank programmes work to support this objective by increasing both the demand for and the supply and diversity of finance available to smaller businesses.

All of the Business Bank’s live programmes are currently delivering finance to smaller businesses. In addition to these live programmes, the Business Bank is developing a number of new and innovative programmes in response to specific market failures that will be piloted and market tested over coming months.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what level of awareness of finance options provided by the Business Bank was recorded in the last small business survey.

The Department’s Small Business Survey for 2014 does not estimate the level of awareness of finance options provided by the British Business Bank.

Smaller businesses access British Business Bank funding through its range of programmes which are delivered through over 80 private sector delivery partners. This funding complements and augments the range of finance options available to smaller businesses through the market. Because of this, it is therefore more appropriate to measure smaller businesses’ awareness and understanding of their complete range of finance options rather than of just those provided by the Bank.

The British Business Bank has a strategic objective to raise smaller businesses’ awareness of the whole range of finance options available to them in the market. Its “Customer Journey” survey shows a small rise in smaller businesses’ awareness of different forms of finance. This measure is based on tracking awareness of a basket of six alternative finance products used by small businesses (awareness having increased from 36% to 43% between 2012 and 2014). The Bank is developing further metrics to assess its impact in this area.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses have received support from UKTI Support for Exports programmes in the 2014-15 financial year to date.

Financial year figures for 2014-15 are not yet available. UKTI supported 50,060 individual businesses through all it’s trade services in the 12 months to June 2014 (the latest period available).

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold details, for itself or for its non-departmental public bodies, of the proportion of suppliers that pay subcontractors within 30 days.

Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately. Their responses are attached.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

The Government has overhauled public procurement to open it up to businesses of all sizes. On 25 February 2015, we announced that central government spent an unprecedented £11.4 billion with SMEs in 2013-14, a record 26.1% of direct and indirect spend. This meets our aspiration, set in 2010, that 25% of government procurement spend would be with SMEs by the end of this Parliament.

The data on central government spend with SMEs in 2013-14 is available on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/central-government-spend-with-smes-2013-to-2014

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for which figures are available.

In the period April 2014 to February 2015 the core Department paid 96% of undisputed invoices within 5 days.

Figures for non-departmental public bodies are not held centrally and Departmental Agencies have been asked to respond separately. Their responses are attached.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what programmes are administered by the Business Bank; and how many businesses received support from each such programme in each month since those programmes began.

Details of British Business Bank (BBB) programmes and the number of businesses receiving support from each programme are attached. The figures show the increasing role of BBB programmes.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of support provided by each Business Bank programme was from a non-major bank in each month since those programmes began.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is the only British Business Bank programme administered through the major banks. The proportion has risen very sharply over the past five years. The table below shows the flow of EFG loans administered by non-major banks by number of loans per quarter. For the purpose of this question the major banks have been defined as HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

Quarter

% EFG loans provided by non-big four banks (by number of loans)

Jan - March 2009

4%

April - June 2009

6%

July - Sept 2009

8%

Oct - Dec 2009

10%

Jan - March 2010

11%

April - June 2010

10%

July - Sept 2010

11%

Oct - Dec 2010

11%

Jan - March 2011

11%

April - June 2011

11%

July - Sept 2011

13%

Oct - Dec 2011

12%

Jan - March 2012

14%

April - June 2012

13%

July - Sept 2012

11%

Oct - Dec 2012

14%

Jan - March 2013

15%

April - June 2013

14%

July - Sept 2013

14%

Oct - Dec 2013

17%

Jan - March 2014

14%

April - June 2014

15%

July - Sept 2014

21%

Oct - Dec 2014

26%

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many growth vouchers have been (a) issued and (b) redeemed to date; how many businesses have made enquiries on the growth vouchers scheme; and how many applications for growth vouchers have been received in each month since the scheme started.

Since the pioneering research programme began on 27 January 2014, 12,130 businesses have been issued with a growth voucher, and 2,095 vouchers have been redeemed to date. The total figure on vouchers redeemed will be available in July 2015 as the last vouchers expire at the end of June.

There have been over 26,197 applications in total and 16,428 small businesses have been given advice on what support they should be seeking.

A monthly breakdown is below:

Month

Number of applications received

January 2014

519

February 2014

927

March 2014

673

April 2014

675

May 2014

699

June 2014

553

July 2014

1,819

August 2014

1,952

September 2014

1,591

October 2014

1,632

November 2014

1,606

December 2014

4,421

January 2015

3,097

February 2015

5,594

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not collect data on the number of business enquiries to the Growth Voucher programme. However, the 115,316 visits to the Growth Voucher eligibility page on www.gov.uk gives an indication on the number businesses making enquires on the Growth Voucher scheme.

2nd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he expects to publish the findings of the Government's employment review to improve the clarity and status of the employment of the British workforce.

We intend to publish in due course.

27th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what growth hubs are in operation; where each hub is located; when each hub began operation; and how many businesses have been provided assistance by each hub.

Growth Hubs bring together services for small business in each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. There are currently 23 Growth Hubs, and a list of locations is provided in the table below. Growth Hubs have begun operation at different times reflecting local circumstances, and launch dates are shown. As a condition of receiving funding from Government in 2015-16 alongside their Local Growth Deals, LEPs will report on the number of businesses their growth hub has helped. This information will be available from October 2015.

Growth Hub

Launch Date

Growth Hub

Launch Date

Black Country

June 2014

Lancashire

Prior to January 2014

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley

Prior to January 2014

New Anglia

June 2014

Cumbria

Prior to January 2014

Northamptonshire

Prior to January 2014

Coventry & Warwickshire

August 2014

Oxfordshire

June 2014

Coast 2 Capital

August 2014

Southend

June 2014

D2N2

December 2015

South East Midlands

March 2014

Dorset

May 2014

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

October 2014

Greater Manchester

Prior to January 2014

Solent

July 2014

Heart of the South West

June 2014

Swindon & Wiltshire

May 2014

Humber

June 2014

Tees Valley

July 2014

Gloucestershire

October 2014

Thames Valley Berkshire

June 2014

Worcestershire

June 2014

27th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses have been assisted by the Business Growth Service since its inception.

The Business Growth Service has already directly assisted 2,620 businesses since it was launched on 5 December 2014, and is connecting firms to export support from UK Trade and Investment and to other support such as Innovate UK.

27th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have received support under the High Value Opportunities scheme in each month of the 2014-15 financial year.

We only finalise and audit the statistics at the end of the financial year.

27th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have received support under the Overseas Business Networks Initiative in each month of the 2014-15 financial year.

The number of companies to have received support under the Overseas Business Networks Initiative in each month of the 2014-15 financial year is shown in the table.

Month – 2014/15 Financial Year

No. of companies to have received support

April

1031

May

1004

June

1461

July

1253

August

536

September

1203

October

1142

November

1513

December

730

The Overseas Business Networks Initiative (OBNI) is a change programme led by UK Trade and Investment catalysing an increased role for the private sector in delivering high quality, practical trade support to UK companies on behalf of the Government in more than 35 high potential overseas markets. OBNI works with a wide range of partners, including Chambers of Commerce and British Business Groups overseas.

27th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have received through UKEF (a) insurance support, (b) bank guarantee trade finance products, (c) bank guarantee loan products and (d) other support in each month of the 2014-15 financial year.

Due to there often being a time delay (particularly in relation to products aimed at smaller exporters) for support to be recorded on UKEF’s systems after it has become effective, a definitive month-by-month breakdown of the type requested is not available. Based on the information available, in the financial year to end-January UKEF has supported 145 different exporters, up from 130 supported during 2013/14.

26th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to figure 31 of the Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2014, published in December 2014, what proportion of apprentices aged 25 or older were working for their employer before starting their apprenticeship in each academic year since 2009-10.

The 2014 Apprenticeship Pay Survey is not directly comparable to earlier Apprenticeship Pay Surveys (in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012) due to substantial changes in both coverage and questionnaire design.

However, the 2014 Apprenticeship Evaluation: Learner Survey[1] shows that, of those apprentices aged 25+ who completed or were undertaking a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship between August 2012 and March 2013, 91% worked for their employer before starting their apprenticeship. The proportion is unchanged compared with the previous year[2].


[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-evaluation-learner-survey-2014

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-survey-learners

26th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many bids by local enterprise partnerships to (a) the Regional Growth Fund and (b) the Exceptional and Regional Growth Fund have been (i) received, (ii) selected and (iii) not selected in each bidding round in each region since those funds were established.

The information is not held centrally.

26th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of regional growth fund monies allocated to local enterprise partnerships have been drawn down in each bidding and in each region since those funds were established.

90% of the funds allocated to Local Enterprise Partnerships from the Regional Growth Fund will have been drawn by 31 March 2015. A further 10% is expected to be drawn down in the next financial year.

% drawn down

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Exceptional

East Midlands

100

88

East of England

100

62

Nationwide

86

North East

83

88

North West

100

100

85

South East

100

83

100

25

South West

100

64

West Midlands

100

91

80

Yorkshire and The Humber

96

100

Local Enterprise Partnerships were only eligible to apply to the Regional Growth Fund in Rounds 1 to 4. Since then, Local Enterprise Partnerships have been able to apply for funding through the Local Growth Fund.

25th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many employers were publicly named by the Government for non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage in each of the last five years.

In the last five years the Government has named:

Year

Number of employers named for non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage

2015 to date

107

2014

55

2013

0

2012

1

2011

0

In total these employers owed workers a total of over £476,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £181,000.

On 1 October 2013 the scheme was simplified to make it easier to name more employers that do not comply with National Minimum Wage legislation.

Naming and shaming is an additional deterrent to employers who would otherwise be tempted not to pay the national minimum wage. Any worker who is concerned that they have not been paid the minimum wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368. HMRC respond to every complaint.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses have engaged with each Catapult Centre in each year since it opened.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of payments by the Skills Funding Agency under the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme were made within 30 days in each of the last twelve months.

The Skills Funding Agency outlined in their previous response (29 January 2015) that from the day the apprentice reaches 13 weeks of their apprenticeship (the census day for eligibility to AGE), payment can take between 5 weeks and 9 weeks to reach the training provider, dependent on where the 13 week point falls in relation to the next monthly data return to the Skills Funding Agency.

Once the Skills Funding Agency receives data from the provider to confirm eligibility for AGE, payment to the provider is made within 30 days and the Skills Funding Agency has always met this timeline.

Providers are contractually bound to pay the employer their AGE payment within 30 days of receipt of the funds from the Skills Funding Agency.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many overseas trade missions which were attended or led by a government minister have been completed in the last twelve months; on what dates each such visit took place; and to which countries those ministers travelled on each occasion.

The information requested is not available.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2015 to Question 222107, how many apprentices of each age group were employees of his Department, its agencies or of other government departments before their apprenticeship began.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to question UIN 225059.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full time equivalent officials of what civil service grade work on each of his Department's sector strategies.

The table below details the number of full time equivalent officials in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) that are progressing sector strategies in teams responsible for supporting sectors. BIS does not as a matter of routine count officials in the way asked, because officials will typically fulfil more than one role. The information has therefore required judgements to be made on the amount of time officials spend on progressing strategies to support sectors. The counts do not include officials in other teams who are sources of additional expertise, for example analytical or legal advice, or officials in other departments contributing to the delivery of the sector strategies.

Sector

G5 FTE

G6 FTE

G7 FTE

SEO FTE

HEO FTE

EO FTE

AO FTE

Total

Aerospace

0.4

1.0

2.0

1.0

4.4

Agritech

1.0

3.7

0.8

5.5

Automotive

0.4

1.8

3.3

0.5

6.0

Chemicals

0.3

0.5

1.0

0.5

0.5

0.2

3.0

Construction

0.25

4

3

7.25

Creative Industries

0.5

0.5

Defence

0.2

0.5

0.6

1.3

Digital

0.25

0.5

0.5

0.25

0.25

1.75

Electronic Systems

0.1

0.5

0.7

1.3

International Education

0.5

2

2

4.5

Life Sciences

1

2.8

1.8

0.5

6.1

Marine

0.1

0.3

0.5

0.5

1.4

Nuclear

0.1

0.75

1.0

1.0

2.85

Offshore Wind

0.2

1

0.6

1.0

1.0

3.8

Oil and Gas

0.3

0.5

2.0

0.5

0.2

3.5

Professional & Business Services

0.1

0.5

1.0

1.0

2.6

Rail

0.2

0.5

0.75

0.5

1.95

Retail

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.6

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many apprentices employed by (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

The answer is as follows:

(a) one apprentice, aged 19 to 24, not previously employed by the Government.

(b) None

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 222042.

Question 222042 was answered yesterday, 24 February 2015.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently employs 47 apprentices.

3 apprentices are aged (i) 16 to 18,

12 apprentices are aged (ii) 19 to 24 and

32 apprentices are aged (iii) 25 or over.

31 apprentices aged 25 or over were previously employed by the Government. None of the apprentices in the other age groups were previously employed by the Government.

I have asked Chief Executives of the executive agencies to respond directly to the hon. Member and these are attached.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what value of Small Business Research Initiative contracts has been awarded in 2014-15 (a) in total, (b) by the Ministry of Defence, (c) by the Department of Health, (d) by NHS England, (e) by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, (f) by the Department for Transport, (g) by the Home Office, (h) by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs, (i) directly by Innovate UK, (j) by research councils, (k) by other parts of his Department and (l) by other government departments and agencies to date.

This information will be available following the close of the Financial Year 2014/15.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much Innovate UK funding has been used in 2014-15 to date to co-fund Small Business Research Initiative competitions by other departments or agencies.

Innovate UK has provided £4.4m in co-funding for Small Business Research Initiative competitions run by other departments or agencies in 2014-15 to date.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what value of Small Business Research Initiative Phase 1 contracts have been awarded in 2014-15 (a) in total, (b) by the Ministry of Defence, (c) by the Department of Health, (d) by NHS England, (e) by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, (f) by the Department for Transport, (g) by the Home Office, (h) by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs, (i) directly by Innovate UK, (j) by research councils, (k) by other parts of his Department and (l) by other government departments and agencies to date.

This information will be available following the close of the Financial Year 2014/15.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what total amount of funds has been allocated via intermediaries in each bidding round of the Regional Growth Fund; and what proportion of such funds has not yet been drawn down.

£1.73 billion has been allocated to Programmes across Rounds 1-6 of the Regional Growth Fund and exceptional Regional Growth Fund. The tables show how much of that money has been drawn down to date. All data is correct at 24 March 2015.

Unless otherwise agreed, projects and programmes in Rounds 1 to 4 have until 31 March 2015 to draw down their funding and projects and programmes in Round 5 and 6 will be able to draw down funding until 31 March 2017. The Department agrees a draw down profile with each organisation when they sign their grant offer letter that matches the beneficiary’s own investment schedules and job commitments. The subsequent rate of draw down is then subject to the beneficiaries meeting the conditions.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Excep

Total

RGF allocated to Programmes (£m)

179

455

550

224

149

161

16

1,734

RGF grant drawn down to date (£m)

179

452

490

201

8

-

13

1,343

The following table shows the planned RGF grant draw down timetable which has been agreed with these programmes.

RGF Drawn Down by year (£ million)

Financial Year

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

Actual paid – year to date

418

72

288

565*

1,343

Remaining/ Planned for whole financial year

7

200

171

378

Total

1,721

*This is the actual amount paid to intermediaries as of 24 March 2015.

The difference between the totals in tables 1 and 2 arises because RGF programmes have not always claimed the full grant available to them.

More detail on which RGF programmes are still available for SMEs to bid into is available at https://www.gov.uk/regional-growth-fund-programmes-guide.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value is of all bids made in each region to each round of the Regional Growth Fund including the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund; how much has been allocated to winning bidders in each region in each round; and how much such funding has not yet been drawn down in each bidding round.

The tables below provide a breakdown of the value of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) by region and round for RGF applications; the committed allocation of RGF to projects and programmes for all Round 1-5 programmes following due diligence and Round 6 projects and programmes that are subject to contract discussions. This data excludes those projects and programmes that have withdrawn. The third table sets out the amount drawn down by operational RGF awards to date and the financial years in which the remaining RGF and eRGF is committed through to 31 March 2017. The data is correct at 24 March 2015.

Unless otherwise agreed, projects and programmes in Rounds 1 to 4 have until 31 March 2015 to draw down their funding and projects and programmes in Round 5 and 6 will be able to draw down funding until 31 March 2017. The Department agrees a draw down profile with each organisation when they sign their grant offer letter that matches the beneficiary’s own investment schedules and job commitments. The subsequent rate of draw down is then subject to the beneficiaries meeting the conditions.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Excep

Total

East Midlands

245

458

116

164

47

43

-

1,074

East of England

113

118

97

51

47

46

-

472

London

74

141

45

38

6

3

9

316

Nationwide

215

321

488

317

188

215

-

1,745

North East

334

329

332

202

105

32

46

1,379

North West

519

573

427

286

67

134

14

2,020

South East

172

179

154

189

39

40

27

801

South West

144

246

297

220

63

111

22

1,103

West Midlands

567

239

459

178

52

99

55

1,648

Yorkshire and the Humber

337

451

351

244

30

68

6

1,485

Total

2,721

3,055

2,766

1,888

644

790

177

12,041

RGF Applications (£ million)

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Excep

Total

East Midlands

2

64

27

35

20

9

0

157

East of England

12

35

25

15

5

9

0

101

London

0

0

9

0

0

0

9

18

Nationwide

175

171

171

79

84

79

0

759

North East

34

55

111

27

52

17

23

319

North West

20

180

105

54

20

50

5

434

South East

0

60

43

25

1

5

3

137

South West

4

71

82

13

22

39

8

239

West Midlands

89

25

144

43

30

38

34

403

Yorkshire and
The Humber

47

73

90

33

11

21

0

276

Grand Total

384

735

808

325

245

265

82

2,843

RGF Committed (£ million)

RGF Draw Down by year (£ million)

Financial Year

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

Actual paid – year to date

464

159

551

875*

2,048

Remaining/ Planned for whole financial year

16

459

305

780

Total

2,829

*This is the actual amount paid to beneficiaries and claims awaiting payment as of 24 March 2015.

The difference between the totals in tables 2 and 3 arises because RGF applicants have not always claimed the full grant available to them.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many commitments have been agreed under the Export Refinancing Facility Scheme to date.

The Export Refinancing Facility (ERF) is a stand-by facility that is most relevant when there is a lack of medium term export finance liquidity in the banking market.

UK Export Finance has not been approached to issue any ERF commitments to date.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many potential commitments under the Export Refinancing Facility Scheme are under discussion.

The Export Refinancing Facility (ERF) is a stand-by facility that is most relevant when there is a lack of medium term export finance liquidity in the banking market.

UK Export Finance is currently considering three Export Refinancing Facility (ERF) enquires, although none have reached a stage where a bank/borrower has sought an ERF commitment to date.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what value of Small Business Research Initiative Phase 2 contracts have been awarded in 2014-15 (a) in total, (b) by the Ministry of Defence, (c) by the Department of Health, (d) by NHS England, (e) by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, (f) by the Department for Transport, (g) by the Home Office, (h) by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs, (i) directly by Innovate UK, (j) by research councils, (k) by other parts of his Department and (l) by other government departments and agencies to date.

This information will be available following the close of the Financial Year 2014/15.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.


The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) currently employs four apprentices; one is aged 16-18; two are aged 19-23; one is aged 24+. DECC does not hold the information requested on previous government employment.

The Coal Authority currently employs two apprentices, both of these falls into the 19-24 age bracket and are undertaking level 3 apprenticeships. Neither of these apprentices has previously worked for the government

There are no apprentices employed by any other Non-departmental Public Bodies for which DECC is responsible.

28th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many trade missions have been completed by each of the Government's Business Ambassadors in the last 12 months; on what dates each such visit took place; and to which countries those Ambassadors travelled on each such occasion.

In the last 12 months, the Business Ambassadors have participated in more than 150 activities in over 40 markets, including giving speeches, mentoring businesses, and participating in key events such as GREAT Weeks and Festivals. Their role is not primarily to lead trade mission but to promote UK business when travelling overseas as part of their own business engagements.

The only trade missions in the past 12 months led by a Business Ambassador were both led by the Rt Hon Brian Wilson. The date of the first mission was the 13-16 January 2014 to Cuba, and the other was 16-19 November 2014 to Taiwan.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many attendances at events by businesses have been facilitated by the Tradeshow Access programme in each (a) year of the present Parliament and (b) of the last 12 months.

The Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) is one of a wider suite of UKTI products and services offering event and mission support for businesses.

Financial Year

Events

Business Attendances

2010/11

390

4,100*

2011/12

350

3,200*

2012/13

305

5,796

2013/14

408

9,427

1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014

384

10,000

*Business attendances as a result of non-grant services were only recorded from 2012/2013 and would have been in addition to the numbers for companies supported financially in the years 2010/11 and 2011/12.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have received financial support to date under the Direct Lending scheme; and on what dates such support was provided.

On 5 October 2014, my Rt hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the first Direct Lending Facility loan, which helped Carillion secure a significant contract with the Dubai World Trade Centre.

There is now a pipeline of 40 potential loans ranging from £5m to over £1bn

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have received financial support to date under the Passport to Export scheme in each month of the present financial year to date.

The number of companies receiving financial support, under the Passport to Export Scheme in each month of the present financial year are:

Month

Passport Companies

April

262

May

287

June

266

July

277

August

211

September

178

October

140

November

145

December

119

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have been accepted to receive support under the Gateway to Global Growth scheme in each of the last 12 months.

The number of companies that have been accepted to receive support under the Gateway to Global Growth scheme in each of the last 12 months is as follows:

Gateway companies recruited in 2014

Companies

Month

January

140

February

192

March

19

April

160

May

136

June

115

July

175

August

123

September

143

October

222

November

100

December

131

TOTAL

1656

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have received financial support under the Tradeshow Access programme in each (a) year of the present Parliament and (b) of the last 12 months.

The number of companies who received financial support through the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) during the present Parliament is provided below.

Financial Year

Company Supports

2010/11

4,100

2011/12

3,200

2012/13

3,957

2013/14

6,023

1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014

5,175

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average time was for businesses applying for and receiving financial support under the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme; and what (a) benchmarks and (b) targets he has set for that time period.

Payment and processing for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme is triggered once the apprentice has reached 13 weeks into their apprenticeship. From the day the apprentice reaches the 13 week date, the payment can take between 5 weeks and 9 weeks to reach the training provider. This is dependent on where the 13 week point falls in relation to the next monthly data return to the Skills Funding Agency. The Skills Funding Agency pays the provider who then pays the employer. The government benchmark is to pay suppliers within 30 days, this applies to the payment being made to the employer by the provider, once the provider has received funds from the Skills Funding Agency.

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 24 and (c) 25 or over are employed by his Department.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently employs 47 apprentices.

3 apprentices are aged (a) 16 to 18,

12 apprentices are aged (b) 19 to 24 and

32 apprentices are aged (c) 25 or over.

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which winning bidders have withdrawn from each bidding round of the Regional Growth Fund in each region; on what date each such withdrawal took place; and what the monetary value was of each such bid.

We have previously published details of 94 projects and programmes from Regional Growth Fund (RGF) Rounds 1 to 4 that are no longer proceeding. These can be found in the Official Report as follows:

11 February 2013:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130211/wmstext/130211m0001.htm

21 May 2013:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130521/wmstext/130521m0001.htm

3 February 2014:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140203/wmstext/140203m0001.htm

A written parliamentary question from the 2 September 2014 provided a further update on the breakdown of awards by round and by region:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-07-16/206268/

Projects and programmes usually withdraw because it becomes clear during the contracting stage of negotiations that they do not wish to proceed with the plans as set out in the original application. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as a changing market outlook or a reorganisation of their own future planned investment priorities. In all cases all the money awarded to the project and programme is recycled back into the Fund so that other companies can benefit from the support of the RGF.

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have received financial support under the Export Refinancing Scheme to date; and on what date each such instance of support was received.

The Export Refinancing Facility (ERF) does not provide funds directly to firms but a commitment to banks funding loans to overseas buyers of UK exports to take-out that loan if it has not been possible for the bank to refinance it commercially.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what (a) safeguards and (b) monitoring processes and producers are operated by his Department or the Business Bank in relation to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme; what scrutiny of lenders takes place routinely; and what data his Department collects on the operation of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme by lenders.

Participating lenders under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme are subject to a continuous cycle of risk based and thematic independent audits to monitor their compliance with the scheme. Regular communications and meetings take place with lenders to discuss the results of the audits, additional correspondence and EFG related complaints. Oversight is enhanced through analysis by the British Business Bank of the transactional data recorded by the lenders.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what the operational responsibilities of lenders under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme are; and what steps his Department has taken to ensure these are upheld.

We require all lenders participating in the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme to give clear and accurate information to borrowers and to ensure that their customer-facing staff understand the way in which the scheme operates. Lenders are provided with a comprehensive EFG scheme manual and are subject to a continuous cycle of independent external audit to monitor their compliance with the scheme terms. Following evidence of concerns of lending by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in August 2014, my officials asked RBS to instigate an internal review into this issue, and the Secretary of State has subsequently met with RBS to discuss these findings.

EFG lenders follow their normal procedures according to internal policies throughout the administrative lifecycle of an EFG-backed loan. Lenders confirm eligibility of applicants and provide a transactional record to the British Business Bank – which now administers the programme on behalf of the Department – through an on-line tool. Regular dialogue is maintained between the British Business Bank and the lenders.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what discussions and meetings (a) Ministers in his Department, (b) officials in his Department and (c) Business Bank staff have had with (i) participating lenders and (ii) business organisations where allegations of misselling relating to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme were discussed since 2012.

The British Business Bank maintains regular contact with all of the main lenders participating in the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. Quarterly meetings are held at a senior level and the allegations of mis-selling have been on the agenda of those meetings since early in 2014. In addition, operational meetings take place on a regular basis. From August 2014 onwards more frequent senior level meetings have taken place with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). At a meeting in August 2014 RBS agreed to our request that they should undertake to conduct an internal review. The findings of that review and a proposed course of action were presented at a meeting with the British Business Bank in December 2014, and senior executives from RBS met the Secretary of State on 14 January 2015. The British Business Bank has also discussed the ‘mis-selling’ allegations with the British Bankers’ Association and the Lending Standards Board, each on one occasion.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will carry out an investigation into allegations of misselling to businesses by lenders relating to loans made under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been pro-active in its engagement with Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) lenders, with regular audits of the use of the scheme since its launch. In February 2014 BIS wrote to all lenders participating in the EFG scheme reiterating their operational responsibilities, including the way in which it is presented to their front line staff and customers. Following evidence of concerns of lending by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in August 2014, BIS officials asked RBS to instigate an internal review into this issue.

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has met with RBS to discuss these findings, and I have asked the British Business Bank – which now administers the programme on behalf of the Department – to continue to closely monitor the action being taken by RBS to address these issues. I have been given assurance from RBS that they will put right any cases where they are at fault to ensure that no detriment is suffered by either the borrower or the taxpayer.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee remains a valuable programme which helps viable businesses gain access to finance where they have insufficient security or an inadequate track record to access finance.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2014 to Question 206270, what (a) inquiries have been made and (b) investigations have been carried out by (i) Ministers in his Department, (ii) officials in his Department and (iii) Business Bank staff into allegations of misselling relating to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme since 2012.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been pro-active in its engagement with Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) lenders, with regular audits of the use of the scheme since its launch. In February 2014 BIS wrote to all lenders participating in the EFG scheme reiterating their operational responsibilities, including the way in which it is presented to their front line staff and customers. Following evidence of concerns of lending by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in August 2014, BIS officials asked RBS to instigate an internal review into this issue.

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has met with RBS to discuss these findings, and I have asked the British Business Bank – which now administers the programme on behalf of the Department – to continue to closely monitor the action being taken by RBS to address these issues. I have been given assurance from RBS that they will put right any cases where they are at fault to ensure that no detriment is suffered by either the borrower or the taxpayer.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee remains a valuable programme which helps viable businesses gain access to finance where they have insufficient security or an inadequate track record to access finance.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she plans to take to raise awareness of transgender issues and transphobia; and if she will make a statement.

The Government is committed to tackling transphobia and raising awareness of transgender issues. The Government Equalities Office regularly meets representatives of the transgender community to understand their key concerns, and we raise awareness of transgender issues across Government.

On 20 November this year, as we have previously, the Government Equalities Office flew the rainbow flag to mark International Transgender Day of Remembrance to raise awareness of transphobia and to pay respects to those whose lives have been cut short by it.

Current Government initiatives to raise awareness of transgender issues and transphobia include:

- a £2m fund launched in October 2014 to provide grants to organisations to provide support to schools to prevent and address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying;

- guidance for service providers on how to meet the needs of transgender customers and service users;

- guidance for employers on how to recruit and retain transgender employees;

- advice for transgender individuals on privacy.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress she has made on the Government's Transgender Action Plan, published in December 2011.

The Government has made good progress implementing the actions set out in Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action, and the majority have now been completed.

We continue to liaise regularly with representatives of the transgender community to understand their priorities in tackling remaining areas of inequality and discrimination.

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what research he has commissioned on the number of black and ethnic minority-owned businesses from each ethnic group which have received support as a result of investments made by the British Business Bank (BBB); what meetings he has had with BBB staff to discuss the needs of black and ethnic minority-owned businesses; and what steps were subsequently taken by the BBB to address the issues raised.

The objective of the British Business Bank is to ensure that finance markets work more effectively for smaller businesses. In achieving this objective, the Business Bank does not lend to or invest directly in any smaller business and instead works through and invests alongside private sector providers such as banks, peer to peer lenders, leasing companies or venture capital funds which offer a wide range of finance products.

As part of its remit, the Business Bank regularly monitors the performance of programmes by collecting a range of data, including the ethnic background of business owners, for a number of key programmes, such as Start Up Loans. The latest data shows that as of August 31, 26% of Start Up Loans recipients identified themselves to be either Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) businesses. Around 300,000 (6%) of small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK are BAME led.

In addition, Business Bank officials and I regularly meet with key stakeholders to discuss and better understand the broader finance needs of different types of smaller businesses, in order to ensure that Business Bank programmes are targeted to address market failures.

21st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value is of funds not yet drawn down by winning bidders in each round of the Regional Growth Fund including the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund in each region.

The tables below provide a breakdown of the value of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) by region and round for RGF applications; the committed allocation of RGF to projects and programmes following due diligence. This data excludes those projects and programmes that have withdrawn. The third table sets out the amount drawn down by operational RGF awards to date and the financial years in which the remaining RGF and eRGF is committed through to 31st March 2017. The data is correct as at 2nd October 2014.

Projects and programmes in Rounds 1 to 4 have until 31 March 2015 to draw down their funding and projects and programmes in Round 5 will be able to draw down funding until 31 March 2017. The Department agrees a draw down profile with each organisation when they sign their grant offer letter that matches the beneficiary’s own investment schedules and job commitments. The subsequent rate of draw down is then subject to the beneficiaries meeting the conditions.

RGF Applications (£ million)

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Exceptional

Total

East Midlands

231

529

124

163

56

1,103

East of England

115

131

61

50

43

400

London

74

117

26

32

4

253

North East

343

335

353

215

98

34

1,378

North West

519

535

414

322

81

9

1,880

South East

185

154

145

191

24

22

721

South West

144

232

322

219

57

15

989

West Midlands

569

282

419

176

70

16

1,532

Yorkshire and The Humber

327

434

345

240

26

1,372

Nationwide

215

315

565

282

241

1,618

TOTAL

2,722

3,064

2,774

1,890

700

96

11,246

RGF Committed

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Exceptional

Grand Total

East Midlands

2

64

27

35

20

0

148

East of England

14

35

25

15

5

0

95

Nationwide

175

95

176

50

107

0

602

North East

34

61

111

30

55

21

313

North West

20

182

105

86

20

5

418

South East

0

60

54

25

6

11

155

South West

4

71

82

13

22

5

197

West Midlands

89

95

151

55

30

17

437

Yorkshire and The Humber

47

78

93

40

27

0

285

Grand Total

385

742

834

349

291

58

2651

RGF Drawn Down by year (£ million)

Financial Year

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total

Actual paid – year to date

465

161

551

252*

1,428

Planned for whole financial year

1165

167

133

2,642

The difference between the totals in tables 2 and 3 arises because RGF applicants have not always claimed the full grant available to them.

*This is the actual amount paid to beneficiaries as of 2nd October 2014.

21st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assurances the Government sought from (a) its financial adviser and (b) the syndicate of banks in advance of the privatisation of Royal Mail.

The Government’s financial adviser and the syndicate of banks providing professional services to support the preparation and delivery of the Royal Mail share sale were procured through competitive tendering processes. Advisers procured in this way provide assurance that they will deliver the services commissioned through the terms and conditions of their contractual engagement.

21st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his Department's Major Projects Portfolio September 2013, published on 23 May 2014, if he will place in the Library the lessons learned document in respect of the Royal Mail sale of shares.

The lessons learned document was prepared for internal use by the Department.

The Department does not intend to give this document wider circulation as producing such documents is important part of the decision making process and to release it would have an inhibiting effect on future Government decision making processes (including the identification of ways to improve those processes).

21st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the total funds allocated via intermediaries as part of the Regional Growth Fund have been drawn down in each round and was allocated via intermediaries to date.

£1.64 billion has been allocated to intermediaries across Rounds 1-5 of the Regional Growth Fund and exceptional Regional Growth Fund. The tables show how much of that money has been drawn down to date. All data are correct at 15 October 2014.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Exceptional

Grand Total

RGF allocated to Programmes (£m)

179

452

561

246

184

16

1,638

RGF grant drawn down to date (£m)

178

392

296

78

0

6

951

The following table shows the planned RGF grant draw down timetable which has been agreed with these programmes.

RGF Drawn Down by year (£ million)

Financial Year

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

Actual paid – year to date

418

72

286

175*

951

Planned for whole financial year

675

96

71

1,621

*This is the actual amount paid to beneficiaries as of 15 October 2014.

The difference between the totals in tables 1 and 2 arises because RGF applicants have not always claimed the full grant available to them.

More detail on which RGF programmes are still available for SMEs to bid into is available at https://www.gov.uk/regional-growth-fund-programmes-guide

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the most recent impact assessment his Department has carried out on the issue of Sunday trading.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) undertook an assessment in relation to Sunday Trading legislation which was published in May 2012 alongside the Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill, though this was not a formal impact assessment. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) looked at retail trade evidence during the Olympics suspension.

Prior to this BIS carried out a thorough review of the 1994 legislation (including a consultation and an independent economic cost benefit analysis) in 2006.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions on the privatisation of Royal Mail took place between (i) Ministers, (ii) officials, (iii) the Financial Adviser to HM Government, (iv) the banking syndicate working on the privatisation and (v) priority investors (A) ahead of and (B) since the privatisation of Royal Mail.

There were no meetings between Ministers or Officials and investors in the lead up to the IPO. Regular meetings and discussions took place between Minsters and Officials, and between Officials and Advisers and Glocos ahead of the IPO. Since then, officials have met with members of the banking syndicate and investors in relation to Select Committee hearings.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions and meetings (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with the European Commission on takeovers and public interest tests since 20 April 2014.

Ministers and officials frequently have conversations with the European Commission on a range of issues. Since 20 April 2014, this issue was discussed at a meeting between officials on 16 May 2014.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of apprentices are not currently receiving (a) on the job and (b) off the job training as part of their apprenticeship.

77% of Apprentices reported receiving formal training sessions, either at a college or training provider or by the employer away from their usually work activities.

A further 17% only received informal, on the job training.

6% of apprentices reported neither of these types of training

Source: Apprenticeship Evaluation: Learner survey 2013 BIS research report 124

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-survey-learners

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have taken part in the Passport to Export scheme in each year of its operation.

Passport to Export has been running for over 10 years and in most years around 1,200 companies have been signed to the scheme. That number was increased in 2013/14. Since 2010 for which data is readily available, the number of companies signed to the scheme is as follows:

2010/11: 1114

2011/12: 1215

2012/13: 1336

2013/14: 2686

2014/15: 956 (April to July)

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 292W, on Royal Mail, by what date he expects to make a decision on whether a discretionary payment will be made; and whether he expects this decision to be made after the report of Lord Myners on the privatisation of Royal Mail has been submitted.

No decision has been made about the payment of the discretionary element of the fee and we have not set a timetable for making the decision. We will consider a number of factors when deciding whether to award this.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what studies, statistics or other briefings have been commissioned or purchased by his Department on the issue of Sunday trading in the last 12 months.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not commissioned or purchased any studies on the issue of Sunday Trading in the past 12 months.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of apprentices are not (a) contractually entitled to be paid and (b) receiving the apprentice national minimum wage.

All apprentices are legally entitled to be paid for their apprenticeship at (or above) the appropriate National Minimum Wage rate.

As shown in Table 1, in 2011 it was found that 20 per cent of UK apprentices were not receiving at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

There is no UK estimate from the latest edition of the survey, conducted in 2012, because Scotland did not participate. However, as the vast majority of UK apprentices are based in England, 29 per cent is a reasonable estimate.

There were some methodological problems with the 2012 survey. The contract to undertake the 2014 Apprenticeship Pay Survey was awarded in May 2014 and has directly addressed these problems. Fieldwork for the survey began in July 2014 and is taking place in England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland. Results are due for publication in November 2014.

Table 1. Proportion of apprentices who were not receiving the National Minimum Wage for apprentices according to the 2011 and 2012 Apprenticeship Pay Surveys

On or above apprentice NMW

Below apprentice NWM

%

%

2012

UK

NA

NA

England

71

29

Scotland

NA

NA

Wales

82

18

NI

59

41

2011

UK

80

20

England

79

20

Scotland

77

22

Wales

84

15

NI

80

18

1. Figures may not sum due to rounding

2. Scotland did not participate in the 2012 Apprenticeship Pay Survey

Note

It should be noted that concerns have been raised with the accuracy of the 2012 figures. The survey took place in October 2012, very shortly after an increase in the apprentice National Minimum Wage rates. It has been suggested that the reported levels of apprentices receiving less than the minimum wage may be due to an unintentional delay in employers increasing their apprentices’ wages, or apprentices not realising their pay had increased and therefore reporting outdated figures. These potential sources of error have been addressed for the 2014 Apprenticeship Pay Survey which is due for publication in November 2014.

Sources

2012 Apprenticeship Pay Survey:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-pay-survey-2012

2011 Apprenticeship Pay Survey:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-pay-survey-2011

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms are participating in the Passport to Export scheme.

I refer the Hon. Member to Parliamentary question 206276 that I have answered today. This indicates the numbers of companies signed to the Passport to Export scheme in recent years. Companies are signed up to the scheme over the course of each financial year and stay on the programme for a period of up to 12 months.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to (a) start and (b) publish the apprenticeship pay survey.

The contract to undertake the 2014 Apprenticeship Pay Survey was awarded in May 2014, following which work on the survey began immediately.

The results from the 2014 Apprenticeship Pay Survey are due for publication in November 2014.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms (a) applied and (b) were approved to take part in the Passport to Export scheme in each month of its operation.

Monthly data for companies signing up to the Passport scheme is not available for the full length of time Passport has been running. However, monthly data is available since April 2012, and this is set out in the table below.

Passport to Export Scheme Sign-ups

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

April

150

325

245

May

173

262

255

June

136

214

248

July

135

240

208

August

101

192

September

164

233

October

132

232

November

140

208

December

106

154

January

129

269

February

191

319

March

144

38

Total

1701

2686

956

No data is retained on the numbers of companies which applied but were not approved to take part in the Passport to Export scheme.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of apprentices are working less than 16 hours per week as part of their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are a full-time job; therefore it is a condition that apprentices are employed for at least 30 hours per week. In exceptional circumstances, such as where the apprentice has caring responsibilities, a minimum of 16 hours per week may be agreed. Where employment is for less than 30 hours per week, the duration of an Apprenticeship must be extended in proportion so that the minimum requirements on duration are still met.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many winning bidders under the Regional Growth Fund in each (a) bidding round and (b) region have withdrawn to date.

A full breakdown of the number of withdrawn awards by Round and Region is included in the table.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Grand Total

East Midlands

2

1

4

3

0

10

East of England

0

0

1

0

0

1

Nationwide

0

0

1

1

0

2

North East

8

12

11

2

1

34

North West

3

8

5

7

1

24

South East

1

1

0

6

1

9

South West

1

2

1

3

0

7

West Midlands

2

7

4

3

0

16

Yorkshire and The Humber

2

7

3

1

0

13

Grand Total

19

38

30

26

3

116

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the number of roles advertised through the National Apprenticeship Service which pay below the apprentice national minimum wage.

All vacancies that are advertised on the Apprenticeship vacancy website by training providers and employers are quality checked by the Skills Funding Agency to ensure that employers are paying at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (NMW) of £2.68 per hour. Any vacancies that are found to be paying below this rate are not advertised until they can meet the NMW requirements.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what investigations he has made into allegations of mis-selling relating to loans made under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme; and when such investigations were initiated.

Delivery of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme is devolved to the participating lenders, all of which are subject to a continuous cycle of independent external audit to monitor their compliance in their operation of the scheme. Some of the larger lenders have supplemented this process with their own internal reviews. The British Business Bank will continue to monitor the findings of these exercises closely.

The Department requires all lenders participating in the EFG scheme to give clear and accurate information to borrowers. In February 2014 BIS wrote to all lenders participating in the EFG scheme reiterating their operational responsibilities, including the way in which it is presented to their front line staff and customers.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much match funding has been allocated to firms under the Passport to Export Scheme; and what proportion of these funds have been withdrawn.

Since 2010 for which data is readily available, the level of expenditure on match funding has been as follows:

2010/11: £1.1 million

2011/12: £907,000

2012/13: £774,000

2013/14: £2.1 million

2014/15: £1.9 million (April to July)

No companies with an offer of matched funding have had that offer of funding withdrawn.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have been allocated funds which have subsequently been withdrawn with the removal of match funding under the Passport to Export scheme.

No companies offered matched funding under UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export Scheme have had that offer of funding removed.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 292W, on Royal Mail, from which directorate each member of staff working on the privatisation of Royal Mail was drawn.

The core team of 17 people working on the sale of Royal Mail shares comprised staff from the Shareholder Executive. Staff in other BIS Directorates contributed to the work - primarily from Legal Directorate, Finance Directorate, Press Office and Economics and Markets Directorate.

The project received scrutiny outside BIS from the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority and a Treasury Approval Point panel.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 292W, on Royal Mail, how many staff of the Shareholder Executive worked on the privatisation of Royal Mail.

The 17 core staff referred to in the Answer of 9 April 2014, Official Report, column 292W, were all from the Shareholder Executive working on the Royal Mail Initial Public Offering.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions took place between (a) Ministers in his Department, (b) officials, (c) the Financial Adviser to HM Government and (d) the banking syndicate working on the privatisation of Royal Mail with priority investors on the length of time shares in the privatised business would continue to be held.

We did not seek assurances from priority investors on the length of time that they would hold the Royal Mail shares that they bought.

Our intention was to ensure that RM started out with a core of long-term, stable investors who understood the business, along with some hedge fund participation to ensure liquidity in the aftermarket. We achieved that.

We did not expect the shareholder register to remain static. Some investors have sold their shares, presumably because the share price reached their target price. Others have bought shares. There is still a wide range of views on the value of this company.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his letter of 2 May 2014 which was placed in the Library, on what date agreement was reached with each of the pilot fishing investors in Royal Mail on share allocations.

The allocations to pilot fishing investors was finalised for all these investors on 8 October 2013.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when (a) due diligence will be completed and (b) funds will be drawn down by winning bidders under the Local Growth Fund.

Growth Deals were announced with all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on 7 July. This followed a highly competitive process in which the Government assessed LEP Strategic Economic Plans against the published assessment criteria including value for money and deliverability. The funding for these deals will be in place for all LEPs by April 2015.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff (a) in his Department and (b) its executive agencies are currently working wholly or in part on the issue of Sunday trading.

a) No staff in BIS are currently working full time on the issue of Sunday Trading. There are two policy staff and one lawyer that have Sunday Trading as part of their wider portfolio e.g. providing briefing on policy and employment aspects, answering PQs, drafting responses to Bill amendments and information requests, providing correspondence advice. In addition there are 2 staff that deal with standard correspondence some small proportion of which will include responding to letters referring to Sunday Trading legislation.

b) We are not aware of any staff in Executive Agencies of BIS that are specifically assigned to work on the issue of Sunday Trading.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the current ownership of shares in Royal Mail.

Maintaining and updating the Royal Mail shareholder register is the responsibility of the company.

A number of financial market Information providers publish information about company shareholders including Royal Mail.

The Government does not hold any information that cannot be obtained from these sources.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many firms have received assistance under the Direct Lending Scheme to date.

There has been significant interest in UK Export Finance’s (UKEF) Direct Lending Facility (DLF) since its enhancements were announced in the Budget. Since it was relaunched on 30 June 2014, the pipeline of potential export contracts has developed and now involves 28 UK-based exporters of varying size and export experience. As it stands, the pipeline has 35 potential export contracts that range from £3m to over £350m. Most importantly, the DLF pipeline is growing.



15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assurances were sought from priority investors ahead of the privatisation of Royal Mail on long-term holding of shares by (a) Ministers in his Department (b) Officials in his Department (c) the Financial Adviser to the Government and (d) the banking syndicate working on the privatisation.

No assurances were sought from the priority investors ahead of the sale of shares in Royal Mail.

Any mechanism which requires a buyer to give up the rights normally associated with shares, such as a restriction on the right to sell those shares for a period of time, would be reflected in the price investors would be prepared to pay for those shares.

These investors gave the Government confidence to take forward the IPO which raised nearly £2bn for the tax payer and reduced the risk that the tax payer to support the universal postal service.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many bids to the Export Refinancing Facility have been (a) received and (b) approved since its launch; and how many firms have received funds under the scheme to date.

The Export Refinancing Facility (ERF) was launched on 30 April 2014 in order to support UK bids for projects that require finance above £50m.

The ERF does not provide funds directly to firms but a commitment to banks funding loans to overseas buyers of UK exports to take-out that loan if it has not been possible for the bank to refinance it commercially.

UK Export Finance officials have held several discussions with exporters, overseas buyers and banks in relation to ERF, with one case currently under discussion.

It is likely that ERF will be most relevant during periods of constrained liquidity in the banking market. Given current market conditions, export credit transactions are less likely to require ERF in order to take place but the facility remains an important product in UKEF’s portfolio giving it the ability to respond quickly to changes in those market conditions.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh South of 24 June 2014, Official Report, column 167W, on Royal Mail, what correspondence his Department has had with the syndicate of banks involved in the initial public offering on (a) the payment of the discretionary fee and (b) the length of the stabilisation period set out in the engagement letter.

The Department has not had any correspondence with the syndicate of banks about the payment of the discretionary fee and the length of the stabilisation period.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what agreement was sought from priority investors on the long-term holding of shares in Royal Mail.

No agreement was sought from the priority investors ahead of the sale of shares in Royal Mail on the long term holding of shares.

Any mechanism which requires a buyer to give up the rights normally associated with shares, such as a restriction on the right to sell those shares for a period of time, would be reflected in the price investors would be prepared to pay for those shares.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 5 June 2013, Official Report, column 1152W, on buildings, how many members of staff are employed at each of his Department's office premises.

The following table shows how many members of staff are currently employed at each of the Department’s office premises (these include core BIS and UKTI staff only).

BIS Office

Location

Region

No of staff

1 Victoria Street

London

London

2613

St Pauls Place

Sheffield

South Yorkshire

232

Alexandra House

Leeds

West Yorkshire

16

Apex Court

Nottingham

East Midlands

29

Arndale Tower

Manchester

North West

20

The Axis—Birmingham

Birmingham

West Midlands

5

Bridge House

Guildford

South East

10

Cannon House

Birmingham

West Midlands

0

Castle View House

Runcorn

North West

9

Companies House

Cardiff

Wales

49

Europa House

Glasgow

Scotland

26

Exchange House

London

London

21

IOS Manchester

Manchester

North West

17

Larkhill

Wiltshire

South West

16

Moongate House

Gateshead

North East

18

Mowden Hall

Darlington

North East

9

NTI Building

Birmingham

West Midlands

0

Queensway House

Billingham

North East

1

Stanley Barracks

Dorset

South West

12

Stella House

Newcastle

North East

4

Temple Quays

Bristol

South West

15

Warrington

Warrington

North West

6

Victoria House

London

London

34

Westfield House

London

London

0

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the review by Lord Myners of the process of privatisation of Royal Mail will be published in full; and when this report will be completed.

The review is intended to inform wider HMG considerations about alternatives to bookbuilding, as recommended by the National Audit Office in its report on the Royal Mail Initial Public Offering (IPO). It will help my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in his own assessment of the system the Government operates for the sale of its assets through IPOs to ensure that Government can meet its full objectives whilst achieving value for money.

It is not a public review but my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for BIS will make the key findings of the review public.

It is expected that the noble Lord Myners will complete his review later this year.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value is of all bids made in each region to each round of the Regional Growth Fund including the Exceptional Regional Growth Fund; how much has been committed to winning bidders in each such region in each such round; and how much such funding has been drawn down.

The tables below provide a breakdown of the value of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) by region and round for RGF applications; the committed allocation of RGF to projects and programmes following due diligence. This data excludes those projects and programmes that have withdrawn. The third table sets out the amount drawn down by operational RGF awards to date and the financial years in which the remaining RGF and eRGF is committed through to 31st March 2017. The data is correct as at 2nd October 2014.

Projects and programmes in Rounds 1 to 4 have until 31 March 2015 to draw down their funding and projects and programmes in Round 5 will be able to draw down funding until 31 March 2017. The Department agrees a draw down profile with each organisation when they sign their grant offer letter that matches the beneficiary’s own investment schedules and job commitments. The subsequent rate of draw down is then subject to the beneficiaries meeting the conditions.

RGF Applications (£ million)

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Exceptional

Total

East Midlands

231

529

124

163

56

1,103

East of England

115

131

61

50

43

400

London

74

117

26

32

4

253

North East

343

335

353

215

98

34

1,378

North West

519

535

414

322

81

9

1,880

South East

185

154

145

191

24

22

721

South West

144

232

322

219

57

15

989

West Midlands

569

282

419

176

70

16

1,532

Yorkshire and The Humber

327

434

345

240

26

1,372

Nationwide

215

315

565

282

241

1,618

TOTAL

2,722

3,064

2,774

1,890

700

96

11,246

RGF Committed

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Exceptional

Grand Total

East Midlands

2

64

27

35

20

0

148

East of England

14

35

25

15

5

0

95

Nationwide

175

95

176

50

107

0

602

North East

34

61

111

30

55

21

313

North West

20

182

105

86

20

5

418

South East

0

60

54

25

6

11

155

South West

4

71

82

13

22

5

197

West Midlands

89

95

151

55

30

17

437

Yorkshire and The Humber

47

78

93

40

27

0

285

Grand Total

385

742

834

349

291

58

2651

RGF Drawn Down by year (£ million)

Financial Year

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total

Actual paid – year to date

465

161

551

252*

1,428

Planned for whole financial year

1165

167

133

2,642

The difference between the totals in tables 2 and 3 arises because RGF applicants have not always claimed the full grant available to them.

*This is the actual amount paid to beneficiaries as of 2nd October 2014.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many bids by LEPS to the (a) regional growth fund and (b) exceptional regional growth fund have been (i) under discussion with officials, (ii) submitted, (iii) approved and (iv) rejected in each (A) bidding round and (B) region.

All bids received to the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and for exceptional RGF (eRGF) support are discussed with officials as part of the appraisal process. The following table lists bids received directly from Local Enterprise Partnerships to the RGF by bidding round and the outcome.

RGF Round 2

Region

Number of bids received

Number of bids selected

Number of bids not selected

Yorkshire & Humber

5

1

4

North East

3

0

3

South East

2

2

0

North West

3

2

1

East Midlands

4

2

2

West Midlands

2

2

0

East of England

0

0

0

South West

3

2

1

RGF Round 3

Region

Number of bids received

Number of bids selected

Number of bids not selected

Yorkshire & Humber

3

3

0

North East

2

2

0

South East

4

4

0

North West

3

3

0

East Midlands

4

4

0

West Midlands

8

4

4

East of England

1

1

0

South West

4

1

3

RGF Round 4

Region

Number of bids received

Number of bids selected

Number of bids not selected

Yorkshire & Humber

3

3

0

North East

1

1

0

South East

5

3

2

North West

4

3

1

East Midlands

3

3

0

West Midlands

7

7

0

East of England

2

2

0

South West

1

1

0

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value is of funds not yet drawn down by winning bidders under the regional growth fund in each bidding round and region.

Regional breakdown of RGF allocations for each bidding round (Rounds 1-4) including the amount drawn down and remaining to be drawn down are provided in the attached tables. This data is as at 2 April. The RGF not drawn down for Rounds 1 to 4 totals £1,238 million. Of this, currently, £1,152 million is budgeted to be drawn down in 2014/15 and later years. Payments schedules are agreed with companies and payments are made when they need them.

Round 1

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down

(£m)

North West

21

19

2

Yorkshire & Humber

47

39

8

North East

34

34

0

West Midlands

89

22

67

East Midlands

2

2

0

East of England

16

10

6

South East & London

0

0

0

South West

4

4

0

National

175

175

0

TOTAL

388

305

83

Round 2

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

189

123

66

Yorkshire & Humber

68

45

23

North East

64

56

8

West Midlands

91

87

4

East Midlands

80

49

31

East of England

35

20

15

South East & London

60

45

15

South West

71

69

2

National

90

80

10

TOTAL

748

574

174

Round 3

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

113

43

70

Yorkshire & Humber

63

28

35

North East

113

44

69

West Midlands

158

24

134

East Midlands

57

14

43

East of England

25

8

17

South East & London

48

18

30

South West

82

8

74

National

177

75

102

TOTAL

836

262

574

Round 4

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

96

5

91

Yorkshire & Humber

30

2

28

North East

33

1

32

West Midlands

65

1

64

East Midlands

41

1

40

East of England

15

3

12

South East & London

25

2

23

South West

14

0

14

National

115

12

103

TOTAL

434

27

407

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of shares in Royal Mail allocated to priority investors in its recent privatisation are still held by those investors.

As set out in the National Audit Office report, 22% of Royal Mail shares (220.5m) were sold to priority investors. As set out in the NAO report, at the end of January, over a half of the shares remain owned by these investors. Some have sold all their shares; some sold part of their shareholding; and others have acquired more shares.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated public bodies worked on the Royal Mail privatisation.

The core team working on the sale of Royal Mail shares was comprised of 17 people. None of the Department's Partner organisations were involved in taking forward the initial public offering.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the names are of (a) the 16 priority investors selected and (b) the 21 priority investors under initial consideration by the Government in the privatisation of Royal Mail.

All investors in Royal Mail, whether individuals or institutions, have a legitimate expectation of privacy. It would not be appropriate to disclose the list of institutions that were allocated shares in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) or the names of investors that participated in the investor engagement prior to the IPO.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what process the Government adopted to (a) identify and (b) select priority investors in the recent Royal Mail privatisation.

The process of investor engagement commenced 12 months prior to the Initial Public Offering (IPO). In the initial period, Royal Mail's management met with over 60 high quality institutions to educate them about the business. During pilot fishing in early September 2013, the management team and the Government's banking advisers engaged further with a focused group of 21 well-informed and longer-term investors. Initial indications of potential demand were received from this group; this gave the Government the confidence to proceed with announcing the Intention to Float on 12th September 2013.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reasons details of arrangements with priority investors in respect of the privatisation of Royal Mail were not published at the time of that privatisation.

The Government did not enter into any direct arrangements with investors. All institutional investors entered into agreements with the underwriting banks (the syndicate) to purchase their allocated shares at the offer price. This is standard practice and applied to all investors.

Details of individual allocations were not disclosed because all investors in Royal Mail - whether individuals or institutions - have a legitimate expectation of privacy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what incentives were (a) offered to (b) accepted by priority investors in relation to Royal Mail privatisation.

No incentives were offered to priority investors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 24 and (c) 25 years or over are employed at each of his Department's executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies and associated bodies and agencies.

I have asked chief executives of the Executive agencies to respond directly to the Hon Member.

Until 2013, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills did not keep a record of the age of internal apprentices. The table shows the age of both externally recruited apprentices since 2010 and ages of those apprentices embarking on the Departments' internal apprenticeship programme in 2013. The 2013 figure refers to the ages of those on the Departments' internal programme. There are no externally recruited apprentices in the 25 years or over category.

2010

2011

2012

2013

16 to 18

0

0

0

1

19 to 24

2

1

2

11

25 years or over

0

0

0

16

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills currently has 53 apprentices. We have had 4 successful completions this year.

16 of these 53 apprentices are under the age of 21 with a further 6 apprentices under 21 expected to join the Department later in the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence has taken place between (i) his Department, (ii) Royal Mail, (iii) banks acting as bookrunners, co-ordinators and lead managers and (iv) priority investors since the privatisation of Royal Mail took place; and if he will publish any such relevant correspondence.

Since the Initial Public Offering, my Department has had discussions with Royal Mail in our continuing role as a minority shareholder in Royal Mail.

There has been ad hoc contact with the Global Co-ordinators primarily to help with enquiries about the IPO but no formal correspondence.

It is not appropriate to publish correspondence relating to the above on the grounds that it relates to our shareholding or has been provided to help develop Government policy and to do so would inhibit the free and frank advice or exchange of views for the purposes of internal deliberation.

This Department has not had discussions or corresponded with the priority investors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) between 19 and 24 and (c) 25 years or over are employed at the Competition and Markets Authority.

The Competition and Markets Authority employs no apprentices at this time.

As a supporter of apprenticeships, the Government launched the first Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013.

As at September 2013, the most recent date for which figures are available, the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme had 100 18-21 year old apprentices employed in permanent posts across government on the 2-year scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) verbal and (b) contractual agreement was made with priority investors in relation to their shareholders during the privatisation of Royal Mail.

No verbal or contractual agreement of any description – including future intentions for shareholdings - was made between the Government and any investor in the Royal Mail Initial Public Offering (IPO). Any suggestion that there was a “gentleman's agreement” is false.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what correspondence there was between (a) the bank acting as financial adviser to the Government and (b) banks acting as bookrunners, co-ordinators and lead managers (i) with and (ii) on priority investors; and if he will publish any relevant correspondence.

The Department has not seen and does not hold copies of any correspondence between Lazard or the Syndicate of banks selling Royal Mail shares and the priority investors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what involvement (a) the bank acting as financial adviser to the Government and (b) banks acting as bookrunners, co-ordinators and lead managers had in discussions with priority investors on the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Together with Royal Mail's management team, the Government's independent financial adviser (Lazard) and members of the banking syndicate met with the priority investors throughout the investor engagement process. The banking advisers also met with over 500 institutional investors. The purpose of this engagement was to educate investors about the business and secure indications of potential demand and valuation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding allocated under the Regional Growth Fund in each (a) holding and (b) region has not yet been drawn down by winning bidders.

Regional breakdown of RGF allocations for each bidding round (Rounds 1-4) including the amount drawn down and remaining to be drawn down are provided in the attached tables. This data is as at 2 April. The RGF not drawn down for Rounds 1 to 4 totals £1,238 million. Of this, currently, £1,152 million is budgeted to be drawn down in 2014/15 and later years. Payments schedules are agreed with companies and payments are made when they need them.

Round 1

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down

(£m)

North West

21

19

2

Yorkshire & Humber

47

39

8

North East

34

34

0

West Midlands

89

22

67

East Midlands

2

2

0

East of England

16

10

6

South East & London

0

0

0

South West

4

4

0

National

175

175

0

TOTAL

388

305

83

Round 2

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

189

123

66

Yorkshire & Humber

68

45

23

North East

64

56

8

West Midlands

91

87

4

East Midlands

80

49

31

East of England

35

20

15

South East & London

60

45

15

South West

71

69

2

National

90

80

10

TOTAL

748

574

174

Round 3

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

113

43

70

Yorkshire & Humber

63

28

35

North East

113

44

69

West Midlands

158

24

134

East Midlands

57

14

43

East of England

25

8

17

South East & London

48

18

30

South West

82

8

74

National

177

75

102

TOTAL

836

262

574

Round 4

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

96

5

91

Yorkshire & Humber

30

2

28

North East

33

1

32

West Midlands

65

1

64

East Midlands

41

1

40

East of England

15

3

12

South East & London

25

2

23

South West

14

0

14

National

115

12

103

TOTAL

434

27

407

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much in Regional Growth Fund money is currently held by intermediaries; and how much such money has been allocated (a) in each bidding round, (b) to each intermediary and (c) in each region.

From the four Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bidding rounds, £1.5 billion has been allocated to RGF programmes from which grants are made to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs.)

Of this, £452 million was allocated to 13 endowment programmes in Rounds 1 and 2 that received the full payment of their RGF grant upfront. These programmes have since invested £144 million to date in individual projects, and of the remaining £308 million held by such endowment programmes, a further £154 million is already committed to specific SME projects.

Non–endowment programmes are funded a quarter in advance on evidence of credible pipeline projects. These programmes have spent £172 million with a further £151 million of RGF paid to them in the last financial quarter under the expectation it would be spent this quarter. The money held by these programmes is not causing any delay to individual projects as businesses claim the money according to their business needs. A table of RGF funding allocated to intermediaries by each bidding round and region will be placed in the libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials currently work in the Government's Reshore UK service; how many such officials were previously employed in (a) the Manufacturing Advisory Service and (b) other Government departments or agencies; and where the staff of the Reshore UK service are currently located.

Reshore UK brings together and joins-up existing resources and activities of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) globally, the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) in England and partner bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to promote the UK as the location of choice for businesses considering reshoring: it is not an employer in its own right.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total value is of all bids to each round of the Regional Growth Fund; how much has been committed to winning bidders in each Regional Growth Fund bidding round; and how much such funding has been drawn down in each region to date.

Regional breakdown of RGF allocations for each bidding round (Rounds 1-4) including the amount drawn down and remaining to be drawn down are provided in the attached tables. This data is as at 2 April. The RGF not drawn down for Rounds 1 to 4 totals £1,238 million. Of this, currently, £1,152 million is budgeted to be drawn down in 2014/15 and later years. Payments schedules are agreed with companies and payments are made when they need them.

Round 1

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down

(£m)

North West

21

19

2

Yorkshire & Humber

47

39

8

North East

34

34

0

West Midlands

89

22

67

East Midlands

2

2

0

East of England

16

10

6

South East & London

0

0

0

South West

4

4

0

National

175

175

0

TOTAL

388

305

83

Round 2

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

189

123

66

Yorkshire & Humber

68

45

23

North East

64

56

8

West Midlands

91

87

4

East Midlands

80

49

31

East of England

35

20

15

South East & London

60

45

15

South West

71

69

2

National

90

80

10

TOTAL

748

574

174

Round 3

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

113

43

70

Yorkshire & Humber

63

28

35

North East

113

44

69

West Midlands

158

24

134

East Midlands

57

14

43

East of England

25

8

17

South East & London

48

18

30

South West

82

8

74

National

177

75

102

TOTAL

836

262

574

Round 4

Region

RGF Allocation (£m)

RGF Drawdown (£m)

RGF not drawn down (£m)

North West

96

5

91

Yorkshire & Humber

30

2

28

North East

33

1

32

West Midlands

65

1

64

East Midlands

41

1

40

East of England

15

3

12

South East & London

25

2

23

South West

14

0

14

National

115

12

103

TOTAL

434

27

407

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 415, on Royal Mail, over what time period the (a) final price achieved and (b) aftermarket performance of the shares will be assessed under the benchmarks set by the Government.

We have not set a rigid timetable for the assessment of whether the discretionary payment should be made. As seen in recent days, there is still volatility in Royal Mail's share price.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what due diligence was undertaken by officials in his Department in relation to the reliability of the gentlemen's agreement on the holding of Royal Mail shares by priority investors.

There was no agreement - gentleman's or otherwise – on the holding of Royal Mail shares by priority investors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what safeguards were (a) sought and (b) put in place to ensure that priority investors would continue to invest over a longer period of time in respect of the privatisation of Royal Mail.

More than 500 would-be investors in Royal Mail were approached in the lead up to the sale including potential long term institutional investors.

As is standard practice for any flotation, we did not seek to lock in any investors in as they would have paid less for a stock they could not trade.

We understand that the majority of the shares, other than those owned by government, the Royal Mail workforce and retail investors, are currently held by long term institutional investors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what (a) bonuses, (b) additional salary increments and (c) premiums are offered to UK Trade & Investment staff for proficiency in foreign languages; for which foreign languages these are available; what level of financial support is available for each language; and how many staff receive support for each foreign language for which support is offered.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) draws mainly on civil service staff employed by one or other of its two parent departments - the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

BIS does not give bonuses, additional salary increments or premiums to the staff of UKTI for proficiency in any foreign languages. BIS does however actively encourage individuals to learn languages and they have access to the FCO's language school.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer to Lord Adonis of 3 June 2013, Official Report, House of Lords, column 122WA, on government departments: secondments, of those secondments to his Department listed on that date, how many of these secondments related (a) wholly, (b) partly and (c) incidentally to the privatisation of Royal Mail; and how many of those secondments took place primarily for the purpose of helping with the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Of the secondees listed in the answer given to the noble Lord, Lord Adonis on 3 June 2013, two worked on the Royal Mail privatisation in the Shareholder Executive.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many secondments from the private sector to his Department and its agencies the secondee's work-related (a) wholly, (b) partly or (c) incidentally to the privatisation of Royal Mail; from which firms those secondments were made; and on what dates they began and ended.

In the Shareholder Executive teams are put together to work on specific projects bringing together appropriate skills and experience; such teams regularly include secondee appointments. Three secondees from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lazard and KPMG spent varying degrees of time working at the Shareholder Executive on the Royal Mail IPO. The Freshfields secondee worked on various projects, and worked wholly on the Royal Mail privatisation for the second half of the secondment. The Lazard and KPMG secondees were engaged to work principally on Royal Mail. No secondee held a senior position in the team.

The KPMG secondment started in June 2013 and is continuing. The Freshfields secondment started in December 2012 and ended in November 2013. The Lazard secondment ran from January 2013 to January 2014.

29th Nov 2016
To ask the Attorney General, whether his office has conducted analysis of the legal implications of deporting EU citizens from the UK after the UK has left the EU.

The Law Officers give legal advice to the Government on a range of matters, including on EU issues, and our office provides advice and support to us in that role. I am not able to talk about any legal content of our advice because, by convention, the fact that the Law Officers have advised or have not advised and the content of their advice must not be disclosed outside Government without their authority.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Attorney General, how many apprentices employed by (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

As at 31st January 2015 the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) employed 140 apprentices. A breakdown by age category is shown in the table below.

Age Band

Headcount

16-18

18

19-24

103

25+

19

Grand Total

140

The CPS does not centrally record how many of these apprentices were previously employed by the Government. To obtain this information would require a manual check of application forms which would incur a disproportionate cost.

There are currently three apprentices working in the Serious Fraud Office and two in the remaining Law Officer’s Departments, however in order to protect individual’s personal data we are unable to provide any details of age or employment history, as the small numbers involved could lead to individuals being identified.

23rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has requested any (a) Ministers and (b) officials to investigate potential contacts between UK parliamentarians and foreign Governments.

The Government is fully committed to tightening up legislation so that foreign money cannot find its way into political campaigning and to tackle foreign lobbying. As such, Ministers and officials have been directed to consider the issue for consultation, which will be published in due course.

Ministers believe this to be particularly pertinent in light of public concerns raised about the funding of campaigning and legislation against Brexit.

I further refer the Hon. Member to a letter sent by the Cabinet Secretary to the Rt. Hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Dominic Grieve); a copy of this letter will be deposited in the library of both Houses.

I also refer him to the answer to the Hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Bob Seely), of 1 November 2019, Official Report, PQ 4350, on the assessment being undertaken of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on foreign agents’ registration.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what additional support is provided to disabled applicants for civil service roles.

The Civil Service is committed to becoming the UK’s most inclusive employer by 2020, and needs to recruit and retain diverse talent from all backgrounds; including people with a disability


All main government departments have achieved Disability Confident Leaders (level 3) status, the highest level on the Government’s new Disability Confident Scheme. The scheme provides employers with the tools to recruit, retain and develop disabled people, and acts as a catalyst for continuous improvement.

Departments have been introducing and piloting inclusive recruitment methods such as Diverse Panels, video attraction and strength-based selection. The Civil Service Disability Inclusion Programme works closely with the Government Recruitment Service to ensure that recruitment processes are fully accessible and inclusive to disabled people who are seeking to join the Civil Service.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens who were unable to vote in the 2019 European elections due to local authorities (a) not sending the correct registration forms in time and (b) processing the registration forms incorrectly.

The Government took all the legal steps necessary to prepare for the European Parliamentary
elections and put in place all the legislative and funding elements to enable Returning Officers to
make their preparations required for the polls on 23 May

Electoral Registration Officers are responsible for administering elections at the local level. They
are also under a statutory duty to ensure people who are eligible to vote in elections have the
opportunity to do so and are supported by the Electoral Commission in delivering these functions

The Electoral Commission encouraged EROs to take additional steps to raise awareness of this
requirement locally, through social media channels and other means.

The Electoral Commission supported EROs in the discharge of this function. It issued guidance on
the 4th April which recommended that EROs should identify EU citizens who are on the local
government register and send them a declaration form and supporting information explaining how
they can declare their intent to vote in these elections in the UK should they wish to.

In line with their statutory duty, the Electoral Commission will be publishing a report into the
administration of the polls later this year

Figures on the number of individuals completing forms or details relating to the processing of those
forms are not held centrally by the Government.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
20th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support is available to civil servants who suffer from mental health problems.

The Civil Service is committed to being a leading employer on mental health support and to the
positive health and wellbeing of all our staff. This includes providing specific support to those who
suffer with mental health problems. This approach enables employees experiencing mental ill
health to remain in work or return to work following a period of absence and includes
recommendations for workplace adjustments and signposting to other mental health services

The Civil Service has a network of an estimated 4,600 Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) or
equivalent who are equipped with the knowledge to recognise early symptoms and provide initial
help to colleagues experiencing mental health concerns

All departments have access to Occupational Health Services, which provide support and advice to
managers and employees in respect of mental ill health. The Civil Service also provides access for
all employees to Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) or equivalent, for counselling and other
mental health support

In addition, the Civil Service has improved its use of data to monitor and respond to mental health
trends in the workplace, raised awareness and enhanced the range of workplace adjustments
available to staff with poor mental health. It has invested in training for senior leaders and line
managers to create a more supportive and preventative culture towards mental ill health in the
workplace.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
10th Dec 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many offences involving (a) a firearm and (b) a knife have been committed in (i) London and (ii) Lambeth since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Dec 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU nationals live in (a) Streatham and (b) Lambeth.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

In September 2012, the UK volunteered to be peer-reviewed on our policies and mechanisms to build national and community resilience to natural disasters. The review was carried out by the UN Office for Disaster Relief Reduction, the European Commission and the OECD, and funding was provided by the EU. Their report, Peer Review Report: United Kingdom, 2013: Building Resilience to Disasters, Assessing the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2010) is available on the UNISDR website at http://www.unisdr.org/files/32996_32996hfaukpeerreview20131.pdf

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which premises are occupied by each of the seven What Works Centres; what the location is of each such centre; how many staff are employed at each such centre; and what key performance indicators or delivery metrics have been set for the What Works Network.

The What Works Network is currently made up of seven Centres, which are independent of government. The Centres aim to empower policy makers, commissioners and practitioners at both the local and national level, to make decisions based upon robust evidence of what works, and deliver cost efficient, impactful services.

Information requested about the location of the Centres is set out in Table A. The number of staff in each Centre is a matter for the individual organisations and is not collated centrally.

Centres sign up to a set of What Works Network requirements (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/451328/What_Works_Network_-_Membership_requirements.pdf), and each Centre has an evaluation plan in place. The Cabinet Office is working with Centres to assess their impact and inform the future infrastructure to support evidenced based decision making

Table A – What Works Centres and addresses

Centre

Policy Area

City

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Health and Social Care

Manchester

Education Endowment Foundation

Educational Attainment

London

Early Intervention Foundation

Early Intervention

London

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

Local Growth

London

What Works Centre for Crime Reduction

Crime Reduction

London

Centre for Ageing Better – in development

Ageing

London

What Works Centre for Wellbeing – in development

Wellbeing

London

23rd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people with learning difficulties who wished to work but were unemployed there were in (a) Streatham constituency, (b) Lambeth local authority area and (c) the UK in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

Complete information is not held centrally.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

Cabinet Office uses standard government Terms and Conditions that places an obligation on Suppliers to pay subcontractors within a timescale that does not exceed 30 days from receipt of a valid invoice. The Cabinet Office does not make payments direct to sub-contractors. A list of Prompt Payment Code signatories is available here: http://ppc.promptpaymentcode.org.uk/ppc/signatory_paged.a4d

Prompt Payment Statistics can be found in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.

Cabinet Office uses standard government Terms and Conditions that places an obligation on Suppliers to pay subcontractors within a timescale that does not exceed 30 days from receipt of a valid invoice. The Cabinet Office does not make payments direct to sub-contractors. A list of Prompt Payment Code signatories is available here: http://ppc.promptpaymentcode.org.uk/ppc/signatory_paged.a4d

Prompt Payment Statistics can be found in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

Cabinet Office uses standard government Terms and Conditions that places an obligation on Suppliers to pay subcontractors within a timescale that does not exceed 30 days from receipt of a valid invoice. The Cabinet Office does not make payments direct to sub-contractors. A list of Prompt Payment Code signatories is available here: http://ppc.promptpaymentcode.org.uk/ppc/signatory_paged.a4d

Prompt Payment Statistics can be found in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Cabinet Office uses standard government Terms and Conditions that places an obligation on Suppliers to pay subcontractors within a timescale that does not exceed 30 days from receipt of a valid invoice. The Cabinet Office does not make payments direct to sub-contractors. A list of Prompt Payment Code signatories is available here: http://ppc.promptpaymentcode.org.uk/ppc/signatory_paged.a4d

Prompt Payment Statistics can be found in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Leicester South on 9 March 2015 to UIN: 225908,225907,225925,225926

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

My department currently employs 7 apprentices aged 16-18; 28 aged 19-24; and 5 or fewer aged over 25.

Cabinet Office executive agencies and specialist bodies employs five or fewer apprenticeships aged 16-18; five or fewer 19-24; and five or fewer aged over 25.

Cabinet Office does not hold information centrally relating to apprentices’ previous employment.

As was the case under previous administrations, exact figures are not provided when five or fewer individuals are involved.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the number of individuals employed on zero-hours contracts by (a) region and (b) gender; and what research his Department has commissioned on that matter.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people of Latin American ethnicity in (a) the UK, (b) England and Wales, (c) London, (d) each London borough and (e) Streatham constituency.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to ensure that the Latin American community is better recognised in official statistics.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

23rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether UK workers spending longer than 90 out of 180 days in the EU will be subject to additional (a) administration, (b) costs, and (c) visas in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

In the event of no deal, the European Union will grant UK citizens visa-free travel to the EU and Schengen-associated countries for business meetings, training, attending conferences, sports/cultural events and short-term study for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

If UK citizens are undertaking activity outside of these areas, or intend to stay for more than 90 days in any 180 day period, they will need to check with their EU host country authorities on their status. This is because visa and work permit requirements vary between Member States. This may involve some administrative processes and costs, and again this will depend on the country visited and the activity undertaken.

The Government has published guidance on travel, work and provision of services to EU and EFTA countries in the event of no deal, including guidance on business travel and visa requirements. This can be found on Gov.uk at the following addresses:

https://http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/providing-services-to-eea-and-efta-countries-after-eu-exit

https://http://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what parts of the Government’s plan for workplace rights in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government’s plan for workplace rights in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal has been implemented.

We laid no deal Employment Rights SIs earlier this year. These SIs were passed on 4th March 2019 and will come into effect on exit day in the event of no-deal. These SIs ensure that we are upholding the commitment not to roll back workers’ rights as we leave the EU.

The Government has prepared guidance for businesses and individuals to help prepare for a no-deal exit from the EU. This includes guidance on employment rights. All guidance for a no deal scenario is published on the internet: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what parts of the Government’s plan for satellites and space programmes in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

The Government remains focused on ensuring a smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU with a negotiated agreement. However, as a responsible Government, we have actively prepared for every eventuality, including a ‘No Deal’ scenario.

The technical notice published by the Government on satellites and space programmes, set out information to allow the space sector to understand what actions would be required in a ‘No Deal’ scenario. The UK Space Agency are developing options to maintain UK capability and support the space sector, including the assessment of options for the design and development of a UK global satellite navigation system as a potential alternative to the EU’s Galileo space programme.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what parts of the Government’s plan for state aid in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

Following the no-deal technical notice published on 23rd August 2018, the Government laid the draft State Aid (EU Exit) Regulations on 21 January 2019. The draft Regulations make amendments to the retained EU law on State Aid, where appropriate to correct deficiencies, in accordance with the powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. These draft Regulations transfer the State Aid regulatory functions of the European Commission to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

The draft Regulations were approved in the House of Lords on 14 March and debated by the Delegated Legislation Committee in the House of Commons on 10 April. No date has yet been set for the final approval motion.

The CMA has already recruited and trained the staff that it considers necessary to start operating the regime at the point this is required.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for patents in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

As set out in the technical notice, the Government’s primary goal is to ensure that the UK patent system continues to function effectively in the event of a no deal exit. This requires a small amount of legislative change. In February 2019, Parliament approved the Patents (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which corrected deficiencies in retained EU law relating to patents. The Government has since published guidance for business on these changes. It continues to engage with stakeholders on the impacts of exit and preparation for a no deal scenario.

A further statutory instrument is required to address inoperabilities in a new piece of patents-related EU legislation which entered into force earlier this month. A public call for views on the drafting of this instrument opened on 5 July 2019.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by his Department, what parts of the plan for accounting and audit in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, UK registered auditors will be treated largely as third country auditors in the EEA. Similarly, UK companies will be treated largely as third country companies for accounting and audit purposes. EEA auditors and EEA companies in the UK will also be treated as third country auditors and third country companies in the UK under changes that will be made effective in part through amendments to UK legislation. However, the UK Government has put in place a framework that will allow some continuing market access for EEA auditors to the UK for a limited period in order to provide continuity for businesses in the period following the UK’s exit.

The Government’s technical notice on accounting and audit if there is no Brexit deal sets out the implications of No Deal for businesses operating across the EU/UK border. Almost all the legislative changes referenced in this guidance have been made via:

- the Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019;

- the Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019;

- the International Accounting Standards and European Public Limited-Liability Company (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by his Department, what parts of the plan for providing services including those of a qualified professional in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal the requirements for how professional qualifications will be recognised and services will be regulated will change. The guidance on providing services including those of a qualified professional if there's no Brexit deal sets the future arrangements for how these areas will work in a ‘no deal scenario’.

The Statutory Instruments referenced in this guidance have now been made:

1) The Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

2) The Provision of Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018.

This, along with other sector-specific legislation, means that recognition decisions awarded to EEA and Swiss professionals before exit day will be protected, and a new system for recognition of professional qualifications will come into force on exit day in a no deal scenario, giving certainty to professionals, business and public services.

In respect of the provision of services, the amending legislation ensures that we will be compliant with the UK’s services commitments under WTO rules in a ‘no deal’.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by his Department, what parts of the plan for structuring businesses in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

If the United Kingdom were to leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement in place, UK businesses would be treated as businesses from a “third country” in the EU, and vice versa. The guidance[1] on structuring businesses in the event of “no deal” sets out the implications of this for businesses operating across the EU/UK border.

The Statutory Instruments referenced in this guidance have now been made:

  • The Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019;
  • The European Economic Interest Grouping (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018;
  • The European Public Limited-Liability Company (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
  • The Companies, Limited Liabilities Partnerships and Partnerships (Amendment)(EU Exit) Regulations 2019;
  • The Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; and
  • The International Accounting Standards and European Public Limited-Liability Company (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/structuring-your-business-if-theres-no-brexit-deal--2/structuring-your-business-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for geo-blocking online content in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government’s plan for geo-blocking online content in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal has been implemented through the Geo-Blocking Regulation (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which were made on 18 April 2019. These Regulations will come into effect on Exit Day as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, section 20.

Guidance for businesses has also been published, in the form of the following technical notice: ‘Geo-blocking of online content if there’s no Brexit deal’. This was published on 12 October 2018 and is available at this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/geo-blocking-of-online-content-if-theres-no-brexit-deal.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for consumer rights in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

In October 2018 the Government published the guidance, “Consumer rights if there’s no Brexit deal”. Since then, the Government has legislated for the necessary changes to UK law through five consumer statutory instruments, all of which have been made. They ensure that in the event of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal, UK consumers retain the protections they currently have when buying from UK businesses.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for meeting climate change requirements in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

As part of the UK government’s climate change preparations for a no deal scenario:

  • The Government has prepared to maintain GHG emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification arrangements by laying two EU Exit Statutory Instruments (SIs) in Parliament which amend the GHG Emissions Trading Scheme regulations and related EU legislation which would be carried over into UK law by the Withdrawal Act.
  • A Carbon Emissions Tax was established through the Finance Act 2019, which will commence from 4 November in the event the UK leaves the EU ETS under a No Deal scenario.
  • We laid an SI on 8 March 2019 to fix legislative deficiencies in domestic law for Eco -design and Energy Labelling, and we will be laying a further SI to account for regulations that have come into force since 29 March.
  • A UK energy label generator was made available on GOV.UK on 4 April 2019 to enable UK-only suppliers to generate compliant energy labels in the event that the EU label generator becomes inaccessible following the UK’s exit
Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for civil nuclear regulation in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government has implemented all necessary parts of its plan for civil nuclear regulation to ensure that it is ready in the event that the UK leaves the EU and European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) without a deal.

The UK has put in place all legislative measures required in order to allow the civil nuclear industry to continue to operate with certainty and to enable the UK to meet its international obligations. It has also established a new domestic nuclear safeguards regime to be run by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and concluded all international agreements required for civil nuclear trade to continue.

Detailed information on the Government’s preparedness can be found in BEIS’ Quarterly Updates to Parliament on Euratom Exit. The latest update can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/euratom-exit-quarterly-update-january-to-march-2019.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the Government’s plan for generating low-carbon electricity in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government has passed legislation which will enable the continued operability of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme, Contracts for Difference scheme, and the Renewables Obligation in the event of a no deal exit from the EU.

In the Clean Growth Strategy, government confirmed it would be making up to £557 million (2011/12 prices) of annual support available for further Contracts for Difference, providing industry with the certainty they need to invest in new projects.

The Department’s guidance states that in a no deal scenario, the government has legislated to ensure that Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin issued in EU countries, including for combined heat and power will continue to be recognised. This will allow electricity suppliers to continue to use EU Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin and will ensure that existing supply contracts are not compromised, in so far as these contracts depend upon Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin. This position will be kept under review.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for nuclear research in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government has taken significant steps to protect UK leadership in nuclear R&D in the event of a no deal.

Key bilateral agreements have been put in place to facilitate continued research collaboration with countries including Canada and the USA, and a major funding extension (until the end of 2020) for the UK-based JET fusion research facility has been agreed with the European Commission. Similarly, the executive council of the France-based ITER fusion project agreed in November 2018 to maintain UK employment and commercial contracts until their agreed end date in a no deal.

Successful, competitive UK funding bids submitted under the Euratom Research & Training Programme before the end of 2020 have also been guaranteed by the UK Government, and close working with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is ongoing to ensure we are ready to deliver this funding from exit day if required.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the Government’s plan for running an oil or gas business in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Pipe-lines, Petroleum, Electricity Works and Oil Stocking (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 were laid before Parliament in December 2018 and will enter into force following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The Regulations will ensure that the relevant regulatory regimes for oil and gas licensing, environmental protection and oil stocking remain effective and appropriate post-EU exit. They will not result in any additional burdens on industry as they will simply fix ‘post-exit’ deficiencies within a suite of existing legislation.

The existing UK Compulsory Oil Stocking regime will continue to operate in the event of a no deal, but the EU obligations within this system will cease to apply. Several bilateral agreements are in place with other EU Member States to help ensure that the system continues to be flexible and robust.

The Department engages regularly with the oil and gas sector on EU exit issues.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the Government’s plan for trading gas with the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government has been working with Ofgem, the system operator and wider industry on a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready for EU Exit in all scenarios, including in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This includes amending legislation and taking regulatory decisions for cross-border gas trading. The mechanisms of cross-border trade are not expected to fundamentally change.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, what parts of the Government’s plan for trading electricity in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The Government has been working with Ofgem, Utility Regulator, and the system operators and wider industry on a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready for EU Exit in all scenarios, including in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This includes a process of amending legislation and taking regulatory decisions to ensure existing measures in the UK electricity system are in place to deliver continuity of supply and new trading arrangements are in place for the electricity interconnectors at the point of EU exit.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for copyright in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

Copyright is largely harmonised internationally by a number of treaties to which the UK is signatory. This means that much of the copyright framework in the UK is not dependent on membership of the EU and will remain intact when we leave.

However, some UK copyright law is derived from the EU copyright framework; hence there are references in UK law to the “EU”, the “EEA”, and “Member States”. Some of these references arise from the UK’s implementation of certain EU cross-border copyright mechanisms. These are unique to the EU and provide reciprocal protections and benefits between Member States, covering areas such as cross-border portability of online content services, sui generis database rights, and copyright clearance for satellite broadcasting.

To ensure UK copyright law functions properly if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government introduced The Intellectual Property (Copyright and Related Rights) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. This removes or corrects references to the EU, EEA, or Member States in UK copyright legislation to preserve the effect of UK law where possible. For reciprocal cross-border mechanisms where continuing to extend provisions to the EU on a unilateral basis after exit would adversely affect those in the UK, we are limiting the mechanisms to operate on a purely domestic basis or bringing them to an end, as appropriate. Guidance for stakeholders has been published alongside this.

Although the UK is leaving the EU, UK and EU copyright works (e.g. books, films and music) will continue to be protected in the EU and UK respectively because of the international treaties on copyright (e.g. the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement), which require all treaty countries to protect works originating in any other treaty country to a minimum standard. Our participation in these treaties does not depend on our membership of the EU.

18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for exhaustion of intellectual property rights in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

In preparation for a no deal Brexit, the Government prepared secondary legislation to provide for a temporary unilateral EEA exhaustion regime. The Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 was approved by Parliament in February 2019.

The Government also published guidance, in the form of a technical notice on GOV.UK in September 2018 for businesses and consumers to prepare for a no deal scenario.

The Government continues to engage with stakeholders on this issue in preparation for a possible no deal Brexit.

18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for merger review and anti-competitive activity in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

In September 2018 the Government published the guidance, “Merger review and anti-competitive activity if there's no Brexit deal”. Since then, the Government has legislated for the necessary changes to UK law through the Competition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. These regulations were approved by Parliament in January. They ensure that in the event of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal, the UK domestic competition regime will continue to operate effectively to address anti-competitive activity and review merger activity. The Government is working closely with the Competition and Markets Authority as it prepares for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which parts of the Government’s plan for Connecting Facility Energy funding in the event that the UK leaving the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed Connecting Europe Facility funding due to UK organisations, in line with the Technical Notice. BEIS and other delivery organisations have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the hon Member to the technical notices published by the Government on the guarantee, and the funds covered by it, for further details.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which parts of the Government’s plan for European Regional Development funding in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed Horizon 2020, European Territorial Co-Operation, European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund funding due to UK organisations, in line with the Technical Notices published on these issues. BEIS and other delivery organisations have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the hon. Member to the technical notices published by the government on the guarantee, and the funds covered by it, for further details.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which parts of the Government’s plan for European Social Fund grants in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed Horizon 2020, European Territorial Co-Operation, European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund funding due to UK organisations, in line with the Technical Notices published on these issues. BEIS and other delivery organisations have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the hon. Member to the technical notices published by the government on the guarantee, and the funds covered by it, for further details.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which parts of the Government’s plan for European Territorial Cooperation funding in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed Horizon 2020, European Territorial Co-Operation, European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund funding due to UK organisations, in line with the Technical Notices published on these issues. BEIS and other delivery organisations have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the hon. Member to the technical notices published by the government on the guarantee, and the funds covered by it, for further details.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which parts of the Government’s plan for Horizon 2020 funding in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed Horizon 2020, European Territorial Co-Operation, European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund funding due to UK organisations, in line with the Technical Notices published on these issues. BEIS and other delivery organisations have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the hon. Member to the technical notices published by the government on the guarantee, and the funds covered by it, for further details.

31st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

I refer the hon. Member to the response given on 12 September 2016 by the Minister of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Orpington (Joseph Johnson) to Question UIN 45898.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many citizens of other EU countries work in his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public body.

56.6% (2380) of the c.4200 staff within core BEIS (former Department for Energy and Climate Change and Business, Innovation and Skills) have voluntarily declared their nationality with 4.5% (106) of that number declaring EU citizenship.

The nationality data for BEIS’s partner organisations, including arms-length bodies and non-departmental public bodies, is either not available or incomplete.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the validity of the decision by the National Citizen Service Trust to withdraw NCS contracts from The Challenge; and what steps her Department and the Cabinet Office plan to take to help (a) resolve those issues that The Challenge reportedly raised with her Department on the National Citizen Service Trust before the withdrawal of its contracts and (b) maintain NCS (i) jobs and (ii) places.

The NCS Trust are the contracting authority for the NCS programme and have operational accountability for the NCS delivery chain. As such, procurement issues are a contractual matter between the NCS Trust and The Challenge, with DCMS being regularly informed. The procurement process for the re-commissioning of NCS contracts, carried out by the NCS Trust in 2019, was approved by both DCMS and HMT.

In regards to the issues raised by The Challenge, NCS Trust is an arms-length body of DCMS and, in line with standard complaint procedures, DCMS is investigating the matters raised and will address any findings as appropriate.

All NCS delivery regions have been successfully contracted for, to make sure there is minimal loss in NCS participation levels from 2020 onwards.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she or her Department was made aware of the contractual dispute between NCS Trust and the largest provider of National Citizen Service, The Challenge.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport were formally made aware of the contractual dispute between NCS and The Challenge on 15th July when a letter of complaint was sent from Bill Ronald (CEO of The Challenge) to the DCMS Secretary of State.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the internal investigation into complaints regarding NCS Trust will be concluded; and if she will publish the findings of that investigation.

In line with standard complaint procedures, we are investigating the complaints raised by The Challenge against the NCS Trust and will address any findings as appropriate. The investigation is ongoing.

DCMS will let both parties know the result of the investigation when it has concluded.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many formal complaints have been made to her Department on the NCS Trust in the last 12 months.

In the last twelve months DCMS has received one formal complaint against the NCS Trust and one formal complaint regarding the terms of the new contracts issued by the NCS Trust.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the NCS Trust’s effectiveness in (a) delivering and (b) meeting the targets set for the National Citizen Service.

DCMS assesses the NCS Trust’s effectiveness in delivering the NCS programme against the three core objectives of: social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement - through consecutive, independent evaluations. Since 2013, these have demonstrated the positive impacts that National Citizen Service delivers to both its participants and their communities.

DCMS assesses the NCS Trust’s effectiveness in meeting its Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets on an ongoing basis and reviews these formally at the bi-annual Sponsor meetings between the DCMS Permanent Secretary and NCS Trust CEO and Board Chair. Performance against KPIs is published in the NCS Trust’s Annual Report, which is laid before Parliament.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for telecoms business in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

As set out in published no-deal guidance, the Government has now made laws to ensure that the legal frameworks for telecoms regulation, radio spectrum management and mobile roaming in the EU continue to operate if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. These instruments provide certainty and continuity for telecoms businesses and consumers.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for for exporting objects of cultural interest in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

All parts of the plan for exporting objects of cultural interest in the event of a no deal Brexit are in place:

  • A statutory instrument (SI 2018 no. 1186) will revoke the relevant EU regulations in relation to the export of cultural objects on exit day, if there’s no deal. Only export licences under UK legislation will be needed.

  • The existing statutory guidance will be amended. A draft amended version is available now on the Arts Council website for information.

  • The Export Licensing Unit at the Arts Council will announce a date after which they cannot guarantee to process and issue EU export licences before exit day.
Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for broadcasting and video on demand in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

Within the technical notice, published on 13 September 2018 and referred to in the question, the Government committed to making provisions in domestic legislation for the continuation of Ofcom licences, so that broadcasters can continue to broadcast in the UK without having to reapply for their licence under any new framework following EU Exit. The notice also stated that Government would ensure that existing domestic legislation relating to audiovisual media services would continue to be operable.

The Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, passed on 12 February, enacted the relevant legislative changes.

In addition to this, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport continues to work closely with broadcasters and Ofcom to understand the impact of a ‘no deal’ scenario on the sector and ensure a smooth and orderly exit.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many youth service centres have closed down in Lambeth in each month since 2010.

The data concerning the number of youth service centres that have closed down in Lambeth in each month since 2010 is not held by my department.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for his Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

Since 2010-11 the Department has commissioned the following policy evaluations from external organisations.

Title

Published

Organisation

Value

Meta-evaluation of the impacts and legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Yes

Grant Thornton

£1,400,000

The UK's National Broadband Scheme - an independent evaluation report

Yes

Oxera

£117,000

The Department does not hold information on evaluations commissioned by its arm’s length bodies centrally.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what outputs have been delivered under the TechNorth programme since its announcement on 23 October 2014; how many officials are working on delivery of that scheme; what key performance indicators have been set for that programme; and how much public funding has been allocated under that programme to date.

Tech North, part of the Tech City UK network, was created to catalyse the development of a thriving ecosystem for digital businesses in the North of England, advocate for the region's digital entrepreneurs in the North of England, and optimise the environment for digital businesses in the largest seven cities of the north east, west and Yorkshire.

The Tech North programme is delivered by Tech City UK. Tech City UK is in the process of setting up Tech North and has recruited eight members of the planned ten person delivery team since the announcement on 23rd October 2014. They are developing a delivery plan in close co-operation with the northern digital community. No officials are involved with the delivery of the scheme directly.

The key performance indicators will be agreed in due course. Tech City UK will look to measure the impact of the programme on the digital economy across a range of economic indicators including measurements against investment, employment and the number of start-ups and scale-ups.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2015 to Question 226447, if he will provide an update on delivery under the Future Fifty programme in line with each of the performance indicators established by the Government and Tech City UK to date.

Tech City UK’s performance against the agreed Key Performance Indicators for the Future Fifty programme to date is as follows:

Key performance indicator

2014-15

Q1 2015-16

Number of firms provided with intensive one-to-one support from the Future Fifty team

62

54

Number of Future Fifty events delivered

12

5

Number of individuals from Future Fifty firms participating in events delivered as part of the programme

291

159

Net promoter score of companies who respond positively versus negatively about the

impact of the programme

88%

n/a

Volume of positive media coverage in target media, and key message delivery

90% of media coverage positive; all coverage contributes towards TCUK’s organisational objectives

87.5% of media coverage positive; all coverage contributes towards TCUK’s organisational objective

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 430W, on broadband, in which enterprise zones superfast broadband is currently (a) available throughout and (b) partially available.

Superfast broadband is available throughout the following Enterprise Zones:



Harlow Essex

Anglia

Lancashire

Hereford

Kent

Daresbury

Alconbury

Solent

MIRA Leicestershire

Cornwall

Mersey/Liverpool Waters

North East



Superfast broadband is partially available in the following Enterprise Zones:



Humber

Oxford

Nottingham

Sheffield

Northampton

Tees Valley



In the following Enterprise Zones, which all have partial coverage of superfast broadband, SMEs on some or all sites are also eligible to apply to the BDUK Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme to improve their broadband connectivity:



London

Leeds

Manchester

Birmingham

Black Country

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what amount his Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

Information on the total amount of expenditure by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on both research and development and the total departmental spending on services is publically available on gov.uk as part of the Country and Regional Analysis statistical release. This information covers 2009-10 through to 2013-14 and can be found at the following web link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2014

This data can be accessed by using either the ‘interactive tables’ or the ‘database’.

The CRA is compiled from departmental spending data submitted to HM Treasury on services, split by sub-functions. This data that each department provides, uses internationally-agreed definitions called the Classifications of the Functions of Government (UN COFOG). These functions include and separately identify expenditure on various Research and Development activities.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold this information.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what requirements his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.

Our contracts include a requirement for the contractor to pay subcontractors within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of suppliers to his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

The DCMS is a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code. The DCMS does not hold this information for its arm’s length bodies and it could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the amount (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

On 25 February the Government published on GOV.UK departmental spend data with SMEs, directly and through the supply chain, for 2013-4:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/central-government-spend-with-smes-2013-to-2014

This data shows that for 2013-14, 26.1% of government business went to SMEs, exceeding our aspiration of 25%.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of undisputed invoices his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for which figures are available.

I refer the Hon member to the Department's our last Annual report and Accounts for 2013-14 (pages 48 &49 refer), the notes therein report on the Departments prompt payment as follows:

Policy on Payment of Suppliers:

The Department paid 93.4% (2012-13: 95.2%) of valid invoices within 10 days of receipt and 99.6% within 30 days (2012-13: 99.7%). Following Budget 2010, the Government announced a new target for central Government Departments to pay 80% of valid invoices within five working days. DCMS’s (Department only) performance against the target in 2013-14 was 77.2% (2012-13: 82.3%). The Department does not currently operate a Procure to Pay (P2P) system, which would allow automatic invoice matching and increase performance against the five day target. A P2P system will be introduced as part of the move to shared services that is currently in train across Whitehall. In the meantime, DCMS will continue to monitor and work to improve its performance against the five day target through training of and regular communication with authorising officers in the Department. "

The next set of accounts for the financial year 2014-15, are expected to be laid in July 2015.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many apprentices employed by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

a) The numbers of apprentices employed by Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which includes GEO, are shown in the table below by age:

Age

Number of Apprentices

i) 16 – 18 years old

2

ii) 19 – 24 years old

3

iii) 25 years & older

0


No apprentices were previously employed by the Government.

b). The Royal Parks Agency (TRP) is an executive agency of the Department for Culture,Media and Sport and as an organisation does not employ any apprentices directly.

We do not hold information for our arm’s length bodies.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school-age children whose parents or guardians have requested a school place have been out of school for more than a term in the (a) UK and (b) London Borough of Lambeth in the (i) 2017-18 and (ii) 2018-19 academic years.

​The information requested is not held centrally. The Department does not hold data on the number of in-year admission applications made and the length of time a child has been out of school prior to their parents or guardians submitting an application.

Parents can apply for a place at any school, at any time. When parents apply for a school place outside of the normal admissions round, this is classed as an in-year admission. This process is managed at a local level by either the local authority, where it coordinates the in-year admissions for schools in their area, or directly by the admission authority of the school.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of primary school funding that has been donated by parents or guardians of pupils in (a) South London and (b) the London Borough of Lambeth.

​The information requested is not held centrally, as the Department does not collect data about donations from parents. However, schools’ financial returns show that the proportion of income from all donations and voluntary funds in London Primary schools was 0.7% in 2017-18, which is the same as the national average. In Lambeth, this figure was 0.3% in 2017-18.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment his Department’s has made of adult literacy levels in each of the last five years.

The department has not conducted an assessment of adult literacy levels within the past 5 years.

We participate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Survey of Adult Skills to assess our performance in literacy, which was last conducted in England and 24 other countries in 2011-12. Findings from the survey can be found at: http://www.oecd.org/skills/.

The next Survey of Adult Skills will take place in 2021/22, with results available in 2023.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of adult education providers in each of the last five years.

The tables below show the number of providers that we allocated funds to in each of the funding years.

Note that in 2014/15 and 2015/16, the Adult Skills budget was part of the Apprenticeship budget and allocated as such. The Adult Education Budget was created in 2016/17, separate from apprenticeships. For the years 2014/15 and 2015/16 therefore, the number of providers includes those with Adult Skills and Adult Apprenticeship allocations.

Adult Skills Budget and Adult Apprenticeship Allocations

Funding Year

Providers

2014/15

923

2015/16

947

Adult Education Budget Allocations

Funding Year

Providers

2016/17

737

2017/18

831

2018/19

646

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of adults over 25 years of age who have undertaken a non-university course in each of the last five years.

The number of learners aged 25 and over participating on government-funded further education courses in each academic year are shown in the attached table. These figures include learners on government-funded further education courses that are delivered in higher education institutions.

17th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of comprehensive primary school funding which comes from donations by parents or guardians of pupils.

The information requested, regarding the proportion of funding which comes from donations by parents or guardians of pupils, is not held centrally. Schools’ financial returns show that overall income from donations and voluntary funds has remained steady at about 0.7% of schools’ overall budgets since 2011-12.

7th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many citizens of other EU countries work in her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

The Department does not keep records of whether its employees are citizens of other EU countries. Departmental staff includes Executive Agencies, but excludes Non-Departmental Public Bodies and all non-payroll staff as this information is not held centrally.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish the findings of the first phase of its consultation on a national schools funding formula; and when the second phase of that consultation is planned to commence.

We received a high number of responses to the first stage of our consultation on the principles and building blocks of the schools national funding formula. Those will inform our detailed proposals for the design of the formula, which we will put forward later this year. We must allow appropriate time to consider what would be significant reforms, and we remain committed to introducing the formula from 2017-18 so that schools can start to benefit from fairer funding as soon as possible.

29th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how she plans to respond to the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC); and whether her Department has made an assessment of the submission to the CRC by the Children's Rights Alliance England in their See It, Say It, Change It report, published in July 2015.

As part of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, the UK Delegation will attend an oral hearing with the UN Committee in May 2016. Following this, the UN will produce concluding observations, which the UK will consider.

The Government welcomes the views of children and young people. Senior officials, including the UK State Party’s delegation, have read and noted the contents of the ‘See It, Say It, Change It’ report and the Minister for Children and Families will meet with the group of young people who produced it to hear more about the issues that concern them.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

The Department for Education commissions external organisations to carry out policy research and evaluation. All of the commissioned research and evaluation feeds into policy strategy, development and refinement.

The department follows Government Social Research (GSR) commissioning and publication protocol and ensures research and evaluation products are made publicly available and released promptly upon completion.

Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the department spent a total of £71.1 million on policy research and evaluation undertaken by external organisations.

The department predicts an expenditure of c.£12,000,000 on policy research and evaluation in 2015/16.

The information below covers all research and evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education and its agencies. The agencies are: the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the Standards and Testing Agency and the Education Funding Agency.

Since May 2010 the department’s commissioned work and the work commissioned by its agencies has been published on the following websites:

The department also funded three research centres until March 2013. The evaluations and research carried out by the research centres can be found on the following websites:

Details of which organisation carried out the research or evaluation studies can be found on the front page of each report.

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount her Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

The total amount the Department for Education and its agencies has spent on formal research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total Departmental spending, can be found in the table below:

Year

Research Spend Actual (£M)

Research expenditure as a proportion of total Departmental expenditure

2010-11

27

0.046%

2011-12

13

0.023%

2012-13

14

0.027%

2013-14

14

0.026%

The 2010-2013 data is available from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) online at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-352137. The figures we have supplied for research spend for the financial year 2013/14 have already been supplied to the ONS as part of the 2014 Government Research and Development Survey. This survey has yet to be published.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of undisputed invoices her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for which figures are available.

The Department for Education and Education Funding Agency (EFA) report this information via their Annual Report and Accounts. Both links are below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfe-consolidated-annual-report-and-accounts-2013-to-2014

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/efa-annual-report-and-accounts-1-april-2013-to-31-march-2014

From the first link above, on Page 57 the core Department reports 86.2% of undisputed invoices were paid within 5 calendar days during the 2013 to 2014 financial year. The Government’s target is to pay 80% of undisputed invoices within five days. The core Department is performing above this target.

From the second link above, on Page 44 the EFA reports 33% of invoices were paid within 5 calendar days during the 2013 to 2014 financial year. The EFA does not differentiate between valid and invalid invoices. This explains the lower performance figure as the majority of invoices received did not meet the “submitted correctly requirement”. The EFA is taking action to resolve these issues and there has been significant improvement, with 50% of invoices paid within five days in the final quarter of the year.

The information requested is not available for all of our agencies and non-departmental public bodies as there is no current requirement for them to report on their prompt payment performance.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what requirements her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.

The Department for Education’s standard terms and conditions contain a clause requiring contractors to pay subcontractors within 10 days where the subcontractor is an SME, or 30 days either where the subcontractor is not an SME or both the contractor and the subcontractor are SMEs.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of suppliers to her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

An answer could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the amount (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

The Government has overhauled public procurement to open it up to businesses of all sizes. On 25 February 2015, we announced that central government spent £11.4 billion with SMEs in 2013-14, a record 26.1% of direct and indirect spend. This meets our aspiration, set in 2010, that 25% of government procurement spend would be with SMEs by the end of this Parliament.

The data on central government spend with SMEs in 2013-14 is available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/central-government-spend-with-smes-2013-to-2014

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of suppliers to her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

The Department for Education does not ask suppliers if they are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code. Our standard terms and conditions contain prompt payment clauses that are equal to or better than the standard 30 day period in the Prompt Payment Code.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprentices employed by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

The Department for Education currently employs 46 Apprentices. The information requested is supplied in the table.

DfE apprentices by age - at end January 2015

Number of staff (number previously worked in Civil Service1)

All

DfE

Agencies

Total

46

(1)

27

(1)

19

(0)

Age Band

16-18

7

(0)

2

(0)

5

(0)

19-24

38

(1)

24

(1)

14

(0)

25+

1

(0)

1

(0)

0

(0)

Source: DfE HR

1. Where civil service start date is before DfE start date

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people under the age of 18 in (a) the UK, (b) England and Wales, (c) London, (d) each London borough and (e) Streatham constituency have been enrolled at Pupil Referral Units in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of such children have achieved five or more GCSEs.

Information on the number of pupils enrolled in pupil referral units in January 2014 in England and each local authority is published in the schools, pupils and their characteristics statistical first release[1].

Information on the number of pupils in pupil referral units at the end of key stage 4 achieving five or more GCSEs including equivalents is published in the 2012/13 GCSE statistical first release[2].

The Department for Education produces statistics on England only. The responsibility for education statistics in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales lies with each devolved administration.

[1] www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014 (National, Local Authority and Regional figures: Table 7b)

[2] www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2012-to-2013-revised (National figures: Table 3a; Local Authority and regional figures: Table P1)

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has issued to (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, (c) sixth form colleges and (d) pupil referral units on dealing with (i) racist bullying, (ii) homophobic bullying, (iii) gender-based bullying and (iv) sexual exploitation.

The Government has sent a clear message to schools that all forms of bullying, for whatever reason, are absolutely unacceptable and should not tolerated. All schools are required, by law, to have a behaviour policy with measures to address all forms of bullying. Schools are free to develop their own anti-bullying strategies but they are held clearly to account for their effectiveness through Ofsted.

We have issued specific advice[1] to schools on preventing and tackling bullying in which we link to national organisations such as the Anti-Bullying Alliance, who can provide specialist advice to schools to tackle specific types of bullying, such as racist, homophobic and gender based bullying. We issued a leaflet about bullying which outlined schools’ responsibilities to make appropriate provision for a bullied child’s social, emotional and mental health needs, and issued case studies on how good schools manage bullying[2]. We also published two pieces of advice, one on helping teachers[3] to guard themselves against cyberbullying and the second for parents[4] to help keep their children safe from cyberbullying. Teachers, as well as pupils, deserve to feel safe and free from bullying.

We have issued statutory guidance for teachers, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)[5] and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2014)[6], which sets out what schools must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of their pupils, including in relation to sexual exploitation.

We are also ensuring that children are better educated about the dangers of the internet, including bullying. From this term children are now learning about internet safety as part of the new national curriculum, and Safer Internet Day is widely promoted each year.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/managing-behaviour-and-bullying-in-schools-case-studies

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/374850/Cyberbullying_Advice_for_Headteachers_and_School_Staff_121114.pdf

[4] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/375420/Advice_for_Parents_on_Cyberbullying_131114.pdf

[5] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children

[6] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of educational provision for children and young people on the autism spectrum in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) London, (d) the London Borough of Lambeth and (e) Streatham constituency.

The Department for Education recognises that provision for all children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) across England, including those on the autism spectrum, needs to be improved and that is why we are taking forward the reforms in the Children and Families Act, which recently received Royal Assent. Part 3 of the Act will bring about significant reforms to the SEN system from which children and young people with autism will benefit along with their peers, in particular from earlier, and more comprehensive, assessment and intervention and stronger arrangements for the transition from children's to adult services, which many on the spectrum can find extremely difficult.

In 2008 the Autism Education Trust published a report ‘Educational provision for children and young people living in England'. That report found that “practice in many mainstream and special schools had improved tremendously over recent years” but that there was still much to be done “in reaching staff in schools who are not yet familiar with the particular needs of pupils on the autism spectrum and who struggle to teach them effectively.”

The Government has continued to fund the Trust, putting the emphasis on improving awareness and skills amongst early years, schools and further education staff. From January 2012 to February 2014, 22,451 staff have received level 1 basic awareness training, 3,214 have received level 2 hands-on tools and techniques training and 775 have received level 3 training for those who want to develop their knowledge of autism further and those who will themselves take on a training role, such as school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators.

Education, including SEN, is a devolved matter and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have responsibility for autism educational provision in their administrations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of teachers teaching in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) London, (d) Lambeth and (e) Streatham parliamentary constituency have undertook specialist training on educational provision for children and young people on the autism spectrum in each of the last five years.

These figures are not collected centrally. Schools make their own decisions on what training their staffs need to support their pupils based on the individual circumstances of the school.

The Department for Education funds the Autism Education Trust (AET) to provide tiered training on autism: basic awareness training for teaching and non-teaching staff at level 1; practical knowledge and hands-on tools and techniques for all staff working directly with children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders at level 2; and level 3 training for those seeking more advanced knowledge and those pursuing a training role, such as lead practitioners in autism and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators. Between 2011 and 2013 the AET received grant funding to provide training to schools and from 2013 to 2015 is receiving funding under contract to provide training to early years providers, schools and further education colleges.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many available school places there are at schools that provide specialist support for children and young people on the atuism spectrum in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) London, (d) Lambeth and (e) Streatham parliamentary constituency; and how many such places will be available in each of the next 15 years.

These figures are not collected centrally. The Department for Education does not collect information on the number of places available to provide specialist support in schools for children and young people on the autism spectrum. Local authorities are expected to keep their arrangements for providing special educational needs under review.

We do collect the numbers of pupils in special schools in England with a primary need of ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder' are given in the table below.

Pupils with special educational needs with a primary need of ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder' in special schools in England, January 2013

Number

England

20,735

London

3,640

Lambeth

150

Source: School Census

Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Information on special educational needs is published annually in the publication Special Educational Needs in England', available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2013

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Government announcement entitled New opportunities for young people on 27 February 2014, by what date he expects a new website providing information on training and apprenticeship opportunities for young people to be operational.

The Government's aim is to ensure that in every local area, young people aged 16 have access to an online portal that gives them access to a range of education and training opportunities.

Over the coming weeks, we will be discussing with local authorities and others interested in this area how this portal can most effectively be delivered and will make further announcements in due course.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what parts of the Government’s plan for accessing animal medicine IT systems in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

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

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what parts of the Government’s plan for registration of veterinary medicines in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

When the UK leaves the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the EU regulatory framework for veterinary medicines. The UK Government, through the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), will take on those functions which are currently carried out for the UK by the EU. In order to prepare for the regulation and registration of veterinary medicines in a no deal Brexit parliament has approved no deal statutory instruments, which will enable the continued regulation of veterinary medicines.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what parts of the Government’s plan for regulation of veterinary medicines in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

When the UK leaves the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the EU regulatory framework for veterinary medicines. The UK Government, through the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), will take on those functions which are currently carried out for the UK by the EU. In order to prepare for the regulation and registration of veterinary medicines in a no deal Brexit parliament has approved no deal statutory instruments, which will enable the continued regulation of veterinary medicines.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for industrial emissions standards in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

Through the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 and subsequent secondary legislation, the Industrial Emissions Directive and the Medium Combustion Plant Directive will continue to have effect, including the existing Best Available Technique Conclusions.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for maintaining environmental standards in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

In reference to the technical notice issued, most of the necessary legislative work has been undertaken in Parliament and the devolved administrations. There is a small number of statutory instruments to be undertaken as further changes in EU law are anticipated.

Draft clauses have been prepared for the Environment Bill to include the establishment of the Office of Environmental Protection, which is due to proceed in the next Parliamentary session.

IT systems are already in place for the government, regulators and competent authorities to undertake any regulatory duties.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for receiving rural development funding in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

The UK Government has guaranteed that any rural development projects where funding has been agreed before the end of 2020 will be funded for their full lifetime.

This means in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal there will be no substantive change for farmers, land manages and rural businesses who have agreements funded by the UK Rural Development Programmes (RDP) due to finish after 31 October 2019, and existing application and contracting arrangements remain in place for those planning to seek funding after this date but before the end of 2020.

We will continue to update information about the RDP for England and the schemes open for applications on the rural grants and payment pages of GOV.UK.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for control on mercury in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

All aspects of the plan for control of mercury in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented. The following regulations are now in place to ensure that the EU Mercury regulation will continues to operate:

  • The Control of Mercury (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

  • The Environment and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The UK’s enforcing authorities will continue to control the movement and use of mercury, in line with legislation and our commitments under the Minamata Convention.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for control on persistent organic pollutants in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK no deal regulations will be in place to ensure continuity with the EU persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulations. The UK’s enforcing authorities will continue to implement the Stockholm Convention, regulating the production, placing on the market and use of POPs. It will also regulate stockpiles and manage waste where POPs are present.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which parts of the Government’s plan for Funding for UK LIFE projects in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed the EU LIFE Programme funding due to UK organisations, in line with the technical notice published on this issue. We have well developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. More information on the technical notices published by the Government on the guarantee and the funds covered by it can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-uk-life-projects-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/funding-for-uk-life-projects-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its agencies in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

Defra’s ‘Science and Research Projects’ website contains information on Defra-funded research projects, including Defra policy evaluations. This data includes the year the project took place; the organisation that carried out the research; the value of the contract; and any published reports. The database can be accessed at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs/about/research.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of factors contributing to decline of the honeybee population; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Pollinator Strategy.

UK honey bees and other pollinators play an essential role in ensuring our food security and sustaining the health of the natural environment. To help inform Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy (NPS), published in November 2014, the department commissioned a report on the ‘Status and Value of Pollinators and Pollination Services’. The report reviewed evidence on threats to pollinators, including the honey bee, and highlighted the many pressures pollinators face. These include aspects of land-use intensification (landscape alteration, cultivation in monocultures and agrochemical use) as well as urbanisation, invasive alien species, the spread of diseases and parasites, and climate change.

The NPS forms a framework for collective action to help manage and raise awareness of the pressures facing pollinators. The strategy seeks to address key gaps in our understanding about the status of pollinators, identifies specific policy and evidence actions for the Government and others, and identifies actions that everyone can take to help expand food, shelter and nest sites; increasing forage will have definite benefits for honey bees. The pressures honey bees face may have been offset by a recorded increase in beekeeping activity since 2008.

The National Pollinator Strategy is a 10 year plan which was launched less than a year ago. It is therefore too soon to be assessing its effectiveness. The Implementation Plan which will set out how the National Pollinator Strategy is to be delivered is to be published soon.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in each of the last five years there were cases of animals in travelling circuses not being licensed under the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012; and what animals were involved in each such case.

Since January 2013, when the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012 came into force, there have been no cases of wild animals being used in a travelling circus without the licence required by the Regulations.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that the welfare of non-wild animals in circuses is protected and licensed; and if she will make a statement.

The welfare of domesticated animals in circuses is protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925. We have no plans to bring forward a licensing scheme for domesticated animals in circuses.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what amount her Department and its agencies spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

The Department’s Annual Report and Accounts set out details of spend on research and development by the Core Department and its agencies, and total Departmental spend each year. The table below shows the information requested in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2013-14 (the last financial year for which a set of accounts has been published).

Financial Year

Spend on Research and Development (£000)

Proportion of Total Departmental Spending

2010-11

106,232

4.6%

2011-12

108,998

4.5%

2012-13

101,623

4.4%

2013-14

92,304

4.3%

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of suppliers to her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

This table sets out the proportion (%) of undisputed invoices paid within five days in Core Defra, its executive agencies and its Non-Departmental Public Bodies in the period April to December 2014.

Organisation

%

Core Defra

98%

Executive Agencies:

Animal and Plant Health Agency

97%

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

100%

Food and Environment Research Agency

74%

Rural Payments Agency

87%

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

98%

Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies:

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (see Note)

0%

Consumer Council for Water

94%

Environment Agency

95%

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

54%

Marine Management Organisation

99%

National Forest Company

64%

Natural England

99%

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

71%

Sea Fish Industry Authority

52%

Note: The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board does not attempt to make payments within 5 days, but rather pays within agreed terms, which are 30 days as standard.

Neither the Core Department nor its executive agencies or Non-Departmental Public Bodies routinely capture or monitor whether their suppliers are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

Neither the Core Department nor its executive agencies or Non-Departmental Public Bodies routinely capture or monitor whether their suppliers pay their subcontractors within 30 days, where such subcontractors are employed.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of suppliers to her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

This table sets out the proportion (%) of undisputed invoices paid within five days in Core Defra, its executive agencies and its Non-Departmental Public Bodies in the period April to December 2014.

Organisation

%

Core Defra

98%

Executive Agencies:

Animal and Plant Health Agency

97%

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

100%

Food and Environment Research Agency

74%

Rural Payments Agency

87%

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

98%

Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies:

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (see Note)

0%

Consumer Council for Water

94%

Environment Agency

95%

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

54%

Marine Management Organisation

99%

National Forest Company

64%

Natural England

99%

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

71%

Sea Fish Industry Authority

52%

Note: The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board does not attempt to make payments within 5 days, but rather pays within agreed terms, which are 30 days as standard.

Neither the Core Department nor its executive agencies or Non-Departmental Public Bodies routinely capture or monitor whether their suppliers are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

Neither the Core Department nor its executive agencies or Non-Departmental Public Bodies routinely capture or monitor whether their suppliers pay their subcontractors within 30 days, where such subcontractors are employed.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of undisputed invoices her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for which figures are available.

This table sets out the proportion (%) of undisputed invoices paid within five days in Core Defra, its executive agencies and its Non-Departmental Public Bodies in the period April to December 2014.

Organisation

%

Core Defra

98%

Executive Agencies:

Animal and Plant Health Agency

97%

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

100%

Food and Environment Research Agency

74%

Rural Payments Agency

87%

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

98%

Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies:

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (see Note)

0%

Consumer Council for Water

94%

Environment Agency

95%

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

54%

Marine Management Organisation

99%

National Forest Company

64%

Natural England

99%

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

71%

Sea Fish Industry Authority

52%

Note: The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board does not attempt to make payments within 5 days, but rather pays within agreed terms, which are 30 days as standard.

Neither the Core Department nor its executive agencies or Non-Departmental Public Bodies routinely capture or monitor whether their suppliers are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code.

Neither the Core Department nor its executive agencies or Non-Departmental Public Bodies routinely capture or monitor whether their suppliers pay their subcontractors within 30 days, where such subcontractors are employed.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the amount (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

On 25 February 2015, the Government published the latest spend data relating to central government spend with SMEs for 2013/14. This sets out procurement spend data for all Whitehall Departments including Defra, and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies. The information can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/central-government-spend-with-smes-2013-to-2014

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what requirements her Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.

Many procurements are done through central frameworks using the associated contractual terms and conditions. For other procurements, almost all Defra network bodies, including core Defra, require 30 day payment terms to be passed on to subcontractors for all their contracts above the OJEU threshold (£111,676 for non-works contracts). Several of those bodies, where their work is likely to be sub-contracted, also put this requirement into contracts below that value and where this is not currently the case the position will be reviewed. The exceptions are the Food and Environment Research Agency and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many apprentices employed by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

A breakdown by age group of the total number of apprentices employed by Defra and its Executive Agencies and Executive non-departmental public bodies is set out in the table below:

(a)
Department

(b1)
Executive Agencies

(b2)
Executive non-departmental public bodies

No. of apprentices

(Of which, number who have been employed previously by the Government)

No. of apprentices

(Of which, number who have been employed previously by the Government)

No. of apprentices

(Of which, number who have been employed previously by the Government)

(i)

16-19 years

2

(0)

6

(0)

0

(0)

(ii)

19-24 years

2

(0)

12

(0)

12

(6 *)

(iii)

25 years or older

0

(0)

1

(0)

40

(34 *)

TOTAL

4

(0)

19

(0)

52

(40 *)

* these are existing employees who have taken up an apprenticeship

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 624W, on Floods: Business, how many Repair and Renewal Grant applications have been (a) received and (b) processed.

The ‘Repair and Renew’ grant was launched on 1 April 2014. Applications for the grant are being received and processed by local authorities, who may then invoice Defra every quarter. Defra began receiving invoices from local authorities in July.

23rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the means of (a) resolution and (b) redress will be for a UK company in dispute with an EU company in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK will be leaving the EU on the 31 October - whatever the circumstances. We would, of course, prefer to leave with a deal and we will work in an energetic and determined way to get that better deal. But if that is not possible we will have to leave with no deal, and we are turbocharging our all necessary preparations to do so.

In a no deal scenario, UK businesses will continue to be able to seek dispute resolution and redress through national courts, including those of Member States where they have jurisdiction. The route of redress and dispute resolution will depend on the particular facts of the case. Courts will continue to process relevant cases in line with their normal management of business, and relevant legislation.

23rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when will companies know which (a) regulator will be overseeing their business and (b) which rules will they will need to follow from the day after the UK leaves the EU; and whether the Government plans to charge businesses for the creation of new regulatory agencies in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We must leave the EU on October 31 whatever the circumstances. To do otherwise would cause a catastrophic loss of confidence in our political system. We still wish to leave with a deal if we can and hope the EU will negotiate accordingly.

No decision has been reached on our future relationship with the EU's agencies and bodies after we have left. We are considering very carefully a range of options. In most cases we anticipate that repatriated EU functions can be absorbed by existing UK departments and existing public bodies. The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will preserve the laws that we have made to implement our EU obligations and convert EU law which applies directly to the UK before exit. It will ensure that there is a functioning statute book on day one of exit providing certainty for business in a no deal scenario.

Prior to any decisions on establishing new UK-level bodies, the Government always looks to minimise disruption and costs, which includes considering alternative options, such as the use of existing public bodies.

23rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what additional procedures companies will face in order to trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and whether those procedures will be different to procedures at any other UK border.

The Government is steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement and will do everything in our power to ensure no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

On 13 March, the UK Government announced a unilateral approach to checks, processes and tariffs for trade moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland. This policy aims to retain the status quo as far as possible by doing all we can to avoid a hard border. This approach is strictly temporary.

The UK Government will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods crossing from Ireland to Northern Ireland, including any new customs declarations for nearly all goods. The UK temporary tariff regime would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.

We would need to apply a small number of measures strictly necessary to comply with international legal obligations, protect the biosecurity of the island of Ireland, or to avoid the highest risks to Northern Ireland businesses - but these measures would not require checks at the border. Expressly:

  • Businesses pay VAT and Excise on goods from Ireland today and the UK Government would continue to collect these taxes on Irish goods in future. Small businesses trading across the border and not currently VAT registered would be able to report VAT online periodically without any new processes at the border. Traders would need to make electronic declarations for excise goods.

  • To protect human, animal, and plant health, animals and animal products from countries outside the EU would need to enter Northern Ireland through a designated entry point and regulated plant material from outside the EU and high risk EU plant material would require certification. Plants and plant products which have not been previously checked by an EU Member state would need to be pre-notified before arriving in the UK and checked at authorised inland trade premises.

  • To fulfil essential international obligations, there would be new UK import requirements such as checks on documents or registration for a very limited set of goods, such as endangered species and hazardous chemicals. This would not involve any infrastructure or checks at the border including in Northern Ireland.

Because these are unilateral measures, they only mitigate the impact of exit that are within the UK Government’s control. These measures do not set out the position in respect of tariffs or processes to be applied to goods moving from Northern Ireland to Ireland. The Irish Government has so far not set out their position on the procedures for goods moving across the land border from Northern Ireland to Ireland.

In a no deal scenario, we are committed to entering into discussions urgently with the European Commission and the Irish Government to jointly agree long-term measures to avoid a hard border.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which parts of the Government’s plan for the guarantee of EU-Funded programmes in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed EU Programme funding due to UK organisations.

Departments have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the Hon. Member to the technical notices published by the Government on the guarantee. Departments have drafted the individual notices setting out how this guarantee will operate for specific programmes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-governments-guarantee-for-eu-funded-programmes-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/the-governments-guarantee-for-eu-funded-programmes-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which parts of the Government’s plan for British Overseas Territories funding in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a) have and (b) have not been implemented.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed funding for specific EU projects received by the Overseas Territories, in line with the technical notice published on this issue. Departments are working to ensure the guarantee is ready to be implemented if required. I refer the hon. member to the technical notices published by the Government on the guarantee and the funds covered by it for further details.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-british-overseas-territories-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/funding-for-british-overseas-territories-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
23rd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many of the 10,000 civil servants recently hired from the Treasury’s allocation of £2 billion were hired into (a) HMRC, (b) the Treasury and (c) the Departments for (i) International Trade and (ii) Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Department for Exiting the EU does not hold this information as it would be held by individual departments.



Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 185596, how many EU member states have agreed that the UK will be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements during the implementation period.

The draft Withdrawal Agreement provides, at article 7, that all references to Member States and competent authorities of Member States in provisions of Union law made applicable by the agreement shall be understood as including the UK and its competent authorities during the implementation period (subject to the exceptions provided for in article 7). The asterisk to article 129 of the draft Agreement further foresees that the EU will notify treaty partners that the UK is treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements during the implementation period. The draft Withdrawal Agreement was signed off by the Member States at November European Council.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the more than 750 agreements with more than 168 countries in which the UK participates as an EU member, how many agreements the EU has informed third countries the UK is to continue participating in during the transition period; how many countries have agreed to each of those more than 750 agreements; what oversight the UK has of that process; and whether the Government is taking steps to secure agreement on rolling over those deals with those countries.

We value our international agreements and want to continue to cooperate in key global issues such as air services, trade, climate change, international development and nuclear cooperation. We have agreed with the EU that they will notify treaty partners that, during the implementation period, the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of its international agreements. This approach provides a basis for continuity across all relevant agreements.

A number of third countries (including Canada, Chile, Israel, Switzerland, South Africa, and Singapore) have welcomed the focus on delivering continuity into the implementation period. Countries are understandably waiting for the notification to be issued by the EU before they are able to confirm their clear agreement, and we are continuing to engage with them.

We are also engaging with our international partners in order to put in place arrangements that will come into force following the implementation period, and are making good progress with this work.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Article 127 of the 1994 European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, whether the Government has given the twelve months’ written notice to the other Contracting Parties of its intention to withdraw from that Agreement.

The Government's legal position on this question remains unchanged: Article 127 does not need to be triggered for the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement to cease to have effect. In the absence of any further action, the EEA Agreement will no longer operate in respect of the UK when we leave the EU. We do not consider, therefore, that providing written notice to the other Contracting Parties under Article 127 of the EEA Agreement is necessary.

We agreed with the EU at March European Council that they will notify third parties that the UK will be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements during the implementation period. This includes the EEA Agreement.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
12th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many citizens of other EU countries work in his Department.

The Department for Exiting the EU now has over 200 staff in London, plus the expertise of over 120 officials in Brussels, and we are still growing rapidly. The overall size and scope of the new department, including staffing and budget, are regularly reviewed. We will ensure we are appropriately staffed to deal with the task at hand.

As a new Department we do not yet hold diversity data for all of its staff but will be collecting this in line with standard Civil Service practice.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that humanitarian workers globally can carry out their roles without risk of attack.

The UK Government is committed to: advocating for greater compliance with International Humanitarian Law which includes the protection of the wounded and sick, health care personnel and facilities, medical transport and aid workers around the world; supporting our partners to work according to the humanitarian principles including impartiality and neutrality; and providing direct funding to organisations directly improving security and risk management of aid workers, and improving the research in this area.

31st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what policy evaluations have been carried out by external organisations for her Department and its non-departmental public body in each financial year since 2010-11; whether the output of those evaluations was published; which organisation carried out each such evaluation; and what the value of each contract to provide that evaluation was.

Since the 2010-2011 financial year, DFID published evaluations are available on the Department’s external website. No specific evaluation of DFID’s development policies carried out by any commissioned external organisation has been published since the 2010-2011 financial year.

13th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what amount her Department and its agency spent on research and development in each year since 2010-11; and what proportion such spending was of total departmental spending.

Details of DFID’s total spent on centrally commissioned research (via DFID’s Research and Evidence Division) over financial years 2009 to 2014 can be found on the table below.

Table 1

Financial Year

DFID’s Total Gross Spend

DFID’s Total Spend on Centrally Commissioned Research

Proportion of Centrally Commissioned Research as % of Total DFID Budget

2009-10

£6.63b

£177m

2.7%

2010-11

£7.69b

£203m

2.6%

2011-12

£7.68b

£222m

2.9%

2012-13

£7.67b

£230m

3.0%

2013-14

£10.06b

£305m

3.0%

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of suppliers to her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid subcontractors within 30 days in the last period for which figures are available.

DFID terms and conditions require sub-contractor payment within 30 days.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of undisputed invoices her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies paid within five days in the last period for which figures are available.
3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what requirements her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies place on suppliers in respect of their payment terms to subcontractors as part of their standard terms and conditions.
3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the amount (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on procurement was paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (i) directly and (ii) through the supply chain in the last year for which figures are available.

Figures for funding to small and medium-sized enterprises for 2013-14 are published online by the Cabinet Office.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many apprentices employed by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies and associated bodies are aged (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 24 and (iii) 25 years or older; and how many of those apprentices employed in each form of body and of each age group were previously employed by the Government.

DFID does not currently participate in the Civil Service Apprenticeship Scheme. However, DFID is involved in Civil Service work experience opportunities for those who are not in employment, education or training and the following initiatives:

· Civil Service Generalist Fast Stream

· Whitehall Internship Programme (2 week work experience)

· Whitehall Event for Year 9 Student

· Informal Internships

· Summer Diversity Internship Programme

· Work experience Placements with Job Centre Plus

17th Oct 2019
What steps she is taking to support businesses with cross-border supply chains after the UK leaves the EU.

We are taking steps to support businesses in all scenarios and are working on securing a deal to ensure minimised disruption to supply chains. Our temporary tariff regime, in the event of no-deal, will support supply chains and sensitive sectors in the UK economy.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to (a) roll-over and (b) replace on a bilateral basis outstanding EU trade agreements in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

To date, the UK has signed or agreed in principle agreements with countries that account for 64% of the UK’s trade with all the countries with which the UK is seeking continuity in the event of a potential No Deal. Work is continuing intensively on remaining agreements.

A regularly updated list of agreements signed is available on GOV.UK and alongside a list of remaining agreements: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/existing-trade-agreements-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal/existing-trade-agreements-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department will inform businesses of the rule of origin they need to comply with in order to satisfy international tariff and quota arrangements in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Government has already published guidance informing business of steps to take in the event of No Deal. This includes guidance on rules of origin and will be updated as required.

For trade with countries where no trade agreement is in place between the UK and those countries, non-preferential rules of origin will apply.

For trade with countries where we have a signed trade agreement in place, the rules of origin that apply can be found in the text of the agreements. These are published online, and the full text, Explanatory Memoranda and Parliamentary Reports for these agreements are laid in the libraries of both Houses.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will launch an official market access database to provide information on tariffs by commodity in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Temporary Tariff schedule will apply to UK imports. This policy seeks to balance the impact on consumers from price rises and on producers from exposure to global competition. More information is available on gov.uk. [via: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff]

Separately, DIT is also launching a ‘Market Access Service’, through which businesses can submit reports of trade barriers they face in overseas markets. This reporting service will be made available on great.gov.uk in due course.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2019 to Question 200631 on EU External Trade: Trade Agreements, how many and what proportion of third countries have confirmed that they will treat the UK as an EU Member State for the purposes of international agreements during the implementation period.

I refer the hon. Member for Streatham to the answer the Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead gave to the noble Lord Teverson on 19 December 2018 (UIN: HL12205).

10th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large businesses in Lambeth have licences to export outside the EU.

The information is not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.