Clive Betts Portrait

Clive Betts

Labour - Sheffield South East

Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
National Policy Statements Sub-Committee
13th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
National Policy Statements Sub-Committee 2017-19
13th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Finance Committee (Commons)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
12th Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
12th Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
National Policy Statements Sub-Committee
20th Feb 2017 - 3rd May 2017
Liaison Committee (Commons)
10th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Finance Committee (Commons)
20th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
18th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Panel of Chairs
12th Jan 2009 - 3rd May 2017
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
18th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
National Policy Statements Sub-Committee
21st Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Liaison Committee (Commons)
19th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
27th Jun 2006 - 30th Mar 2015
Finance and Services Committee
17th Jul 2005 - 30th Mar 2015
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
10th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
10th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
27th Jun 2006 - 30th Mar 2015
Committee on Reform of the House of Commons
20th Jul 2009 - 6th May 2010
Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Select Committee
3rd Mar 2009 - 6th May 2010
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
22nd Jul 2002 - 27th Jun 2006
Urban Affairs Sub-committee
15th Oct 2002 - 11th Jul 2005
Transport, Local Government & The Regions
16th Jul 2001 - 22nd Jul 2002
Urban Affairs Sub-Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 22nd Jul 2002
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
28th Jul 1998 - 7th Jun 2001
Committee of Selection
7th May 1997 - 11th May 2001
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
8th May 1997 - 28th Jul 1998
Opposition Whip (Commons)
1st Jan 1996 - 1st Jan 1997
Treasury Committee
27th Nov 1995 - 11th Nov 1996
Treasury & Civil Service
1st Jan 1995 - 1st Jan 1996


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 1st February 2022
12:30
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 8th February 2022
17:00
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 1st March 2022
12:30
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 5th April 2022
12:30
Division Votes
Wednesday 19th January 2022
Building Safety Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 157 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 301
Speeches
Wednesday 19th January 2022
Building Safety Bill
It was very well read, though.

I re-emphasise the point raised by the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman). …
Written Answers
Wednesday 12th January 2022
Buildings: Safety
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the costs …
Early Day Motions
Monday 12th July 2021
England and Euro 2020
This House congratulates the England Football Team, manager Gareth Southgate, the players and all the back room staff for the …
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 15th November 2021
1. Employment and earnings
6 September 2021, payment of £275 from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for a survey. Hours: …
EDM signed
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Fan-Led Review of Football Governance
That his House welcomes the publication of the report following the Fan Led Review of Football Governance, chaired by the …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Clive Betts has voted in 323 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(34 debate interactions)
Christopher Pincher (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
(20 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(29 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(22 debate contributions)
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Sheffield South East Petitions

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

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

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

Clive Betts has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Clive Betts

2nd December 2021
Clive Betts signed this EDM on Wednesday 8th December 2021

Fan-Led Review of Football Governance

Tabled by: Ian Mearns (Labour - Gateshead)
That his House welcomes the publication of the report following the Fan Led Review of Football Governance, chaired by the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch MP; notes that the recommendations within the report are supported in full by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football, the All …
27 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Conservative: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
10th September 2021
Clive Betts signed this EDM on Tuesday 30th November 2021

Introducing a Wealth Tax

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House notes that almost a quarter of all household wealth in the UK is held by the richest one per cent. of the population; further notes that the wealth of UK billionaires increased by £106 billion since the start of the pandemic; believes that it is unjust that …
41 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Nov 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 29
Scottish National Party: 6
Independent: 3
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Clive Betts, 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.


Clive Betts has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Clive Betts has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Clive Betts has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Clive Betts has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


195 Written Questions in the current parliament

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10 Other Department Questions
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the costs to building safety managers of establishing a golden thread of information.

Through the Building Safety Bill, we are introducing a requirement as part of the new more stringent regulatory regime to create and maintain a golden thread of information for high rise residential buildings. It will be the duty of the people responsible for a building in scope to put in place and maintain a golden thread of information. In occupation this will be the Accountable Person.

We estimate there will be additional annual costs to industry due to implementing the golden thread. These will vary depending on whether the people responsible for the building have already put in place good digital information management systems and practices. The impact assessment sets out our current estimate of the costs to industry of the golden thread.

The costs of the Golden Thread may be included in the Building Safety Charge, payable by leaseholders, which covers the ongoing day-to-day costs of managing building safety. The Building Safety Charge covers a defined list of activities and there are powers in the Bill that will enable Government to limit the building safety costs that can be recharged to leaseholders.


Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the emergence of Omicron and the number of councils who have had to (a) cancel meetings, (b) restrict attendance and (c) reduce items for discussion in an attempt to reduce the risks of transmission.

I held a round table which representatives of the Local Government Association attended, and a webinar which all local authority Leaders and Chief Executives were invited to last week where this issue was raised.

The Department is reviewing the responses to the consultation on council remote meetings and the Government will respond shortly. Any permanent change would require primary legislation, and would depend upon Parliamentary time being available.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to reintroduce remote meeting options for local authorities in response to the Omicron variant and Plan B restrictions announced on 8 December 2021.

The Department is reviewing the responses to the consultation and the Government will respond shortly. Any permanent change would require primary legislation, and would depend upon Parliamentary time being available.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will list the local authorities which do not have an up-to-date local plan as at 27 October 2021; and by when each of those authorities is expected to have an up-to-date local plan in place.

The National Planning Policy Framework states that policies in local plans and spatial development strategies should be reviewed to assess whether they need updating at least once every five years, and should then be updated as necessary. This is a legal requirement as set out in Regulation 10A of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

As of 27 October 2021,180 (53%) Local Planning Authorities have an adopted local plan (under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 ) that is over five years old; and 25 (7%) do not have an adopted local plan (under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).

In March 2020 Government set out a clear expectation that local planning authorities must have an up-to-date plan in place by the end of 2023. On 19 January 2021, a Written Ministerial Statement was made which set out the importance of maintaining progress to get up to date local plans in place by December 2023. The Written Ministerial Statement is available at: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-01-19/hcws720.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the projected real terms and cash increase is for local government spending in each of the next three years; and what the forecast increase in Council Tax is in each of those years.

The Spending Review for local government is set out in table 4.9 (page 108) of HMT's budget documentation. (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1028814/Budget_AB2021_Web_Accessible.pdf

Councils are responsible for setting their council tax levels. The Spending Review confirmed that it expected referendum principles for each of the three years to be a 2% core principle and 1% Adult Social Care precept. Details will be set out in the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much of the £4.8 billion increase in local government spending announced in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 is available in each of the next three years; and whether those amounts include funds from the National Insurance levy.

In his spending review announcement on 27 October 2021, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced around £1.6 billion additional LGDEL funding for each year of the Spending Review for social care and other services.

This is in addition to the £5.4 billion announced on 7 September to support reforms for adult social care. This includes £3.6 billion to reform the social care charging system and enable all local authorities to move towards paying providers a fair rate for care; and a further £1.8 billion to institute major improvements across the social care system in England, including at least £500 million investment in the workforce. Further details will be announced later this year in the Adult Social Care Reform White Paper.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

There are times when dedicated competitive biddable or targeted funding streams are the best way to make sure local government receives the support, they need to deliver the Government's objectives, including specific funding initiatives, trials or pilots. In such circumstances, the Government will look to maximise value for money by considering the timing, value and conditions attached to any funding.

DLUHC has responsibility for overseeing the funds in the below table.

Fund Name

Community Housing Fund

Waking Watch Relief Fund

Social Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund

Local Growth Fund

Levelling Up Fund

Community Ownership Fund

Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme

Rough Sleeping Initiative

Substance Misuse Programme

Cold Weather Fund

Brownfield Housing Fund

Local Authority Accelerated Construction Fund

Small Sites Fund

Housing Deals - Oxfordshire

Housing Deals - West Midlands

Affordable Homes Programme (2021-2026)

Affordable Homes Programme (2016-2023)

Changing Places Toilet Fund

Local Data Accelerator Fund for children and families

Changing Futures programme

Partnerships for People and Place

First Homes early delivery programme

Estate Regeneration pilot 2021

Respite Rooms

Welcome Back Fund

Brownfield Land Release Fund

New Development Corporations Competition

Move On Fund

Coastal Communities Fund

Getting Building Fund

Towns Fund

Future High Streets Fund

Land Assembly Fund

Housing Infrastructure Fund

Freeports

European Structural and Investment Funds

National Home Building Fund

UK Community Renewal Fund

Devolution and City Deals

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to take steps to increase (a) consumer protection in respect of and (b) information on older people’s housing; and whether the Government plans to implement the recommendations made by the Law Commission in its report, Event fees in retirement properties, published in March 2017.

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill currently in Parliament will put an end to ground rents for new residential leasehold properties as part of the most significant changes to property law in a generation. The Bill's provisions will lead to fairer, more transparent homeownership for thousands of future leaseholders.

This includes retirement properties, where purchasers of new leases will not be faced with financial demands for ground rent.

In 2017, the Law Commission published a report of their review of event fees on behalf of this Department. This followed concerns raised by the Competition and Markets Authority about the fairness of some retirement property leases that have resulted in leaseholders paying an event fee of between 0.25% and 30% of the sale price of the property when selling or sub-letting. Concerns were also raised about the lack of transparency of event fees for older people and their families when purchasing a leasehold retirement property. The Law Commission made a number of recommendations in its report, which can be downloaded at http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/event-fees-in-retirement-properties.

The Government responded to the Law Commission, thanking them for the report and agreeing to implement the majority of the recommendations.

The Government is considering two further recommendations, on succession rights and a database of leasehold retirement properties with event fees, and will respond in due course.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a C2R planning classification for housing-with-care, recommended by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in its report The future of the planning system in England, published on 10 June 2021.

National planning policy is clear that plan making authorities are expected to have clear policies for addressing the housing needs of older and disabled people


The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as 'Use Classes'. In planning terms, homes for older people or those with a disability etc, may be C2 residential institutions or C3(b) dwellinghouse for up to six people living together as a single household, including cases where there is an element of care, or they may not be in a use class.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

Within the Cabinet Office, one fund is allocated to local authorities through a process of competitive bidding.

The One Public Estate programme is a partnership between the Office of Government Property in the Cabinet Office, the Local Government Association, and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). Through better use of land and property, it aims to deliver efficiencies, local economic growth (jobs and homes) and better, more-integrated public services. The programme offers early-stage project funding, support and expertise to cross-public sector projects, led by local authorities.

The One Public Estate programme also delivers the Land Release Fund on behalf of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. This capital fund enables local authorities to bring forward otherwise unviable land for housing development. Funding for the Land Release Fund is awarded to local authorities, through a competitive process, directly by DLUHC.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to simplify trading arrangements between the UK and the EU.

I refer the Hon Members to the answers given in Cabinet Office orals on 11 February. Guidance and published information are available on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing cemeteries to remain accessible during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown to provide connecting footpaths for recreational walking in (a) inner city areas where no alternative is available and (b) other areas.

On 5 November, the Government acted swiftly in accordance with growing evidence of virus prevalence to put in place new national COVID-19 restrictions in England. Under these new restrictions, crematoria and burial grounds remain open only for the fundamental purpose of carrying out a funeral or burial; a commemorative event to celebrate the life of someone who has died; or to pay respects to someone who has died. Limiting the use of crematoria and burial grounds allows the bereaved to mourn appropriately while minimising the spread of the virus, and many other outdoor public places remain open for exercise.


From 2 December, we will return to a regional approach and any guidance, including the use of crematoria and burial grounds, will be updated depending on the Local COVID alert level of the area in which you live. For further information on COVID-19 restrictions, please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november. Please also refer to the Safer Public Places which provides advice on the safe use of outdoor public spaces.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff at polling stations to be used in the 2021 local elections will be able to socially distance.

The Government is working with the electoral sector and Public Health England to identify and resolve challenges involved in delivering the May 2021 elections, including supporting Returning Officers to ensure polling stations and count venues are safe and covid-secure.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that staff at electoral counts for the local elections in 2021 will be able to socially distance.

The Government is working with the electoral sector and Public Health England to identify and resolve challenges involved in delivering the May 2021 elections, including supporting Returning Officers to ensure polling stations and count venues are safe and covid-secure.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

The Department has 10 funds allocated to local authorities through a process of competitive bidding.

The list of names those funds are:

  • Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF);
  • Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS);
  • Green Homes Grant - Local Authority Delivery (LAD);
  • Homes Upgrade Grant (HUG);
  • Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund;
  • Heat Networks Investment Programme (HNIP);
  • Green Heat Networks Fund Transition Scheme;
  • Heat Networks Efficiency Scheme Demonstrator;
  • Whole House Retrofit;
  • Regulators’ Pioneer Fund.
Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the level of demand on the UK Research and Innovation budget.

In contrast to the number of open calls that UKRI runs, which remained relatively stable with an additional surge to deliver specific COVID-19 related funding, the number of applications for funding from UKRI has risen over the last year, including in response to COVID-19. To date the trend has already shown an increase of over 1,000 applications ending December 2020, with a further projection of another 2,000 applications to be received in the final quarter. These increases are against an active portfolio of approximately 14,000 grants.

UKRI has also responded to increased demand to help stabilise the system and the pressures felt across the research and innovation community. Active grants continue to attract a high number of requested changes through their life, but more recently hundreds more enquiries have resulted from COVID-19 disruption, generating many requests for both costed and no cost extensions with £90 million in costed grant extensions paid this year.

Other stabilising interventions that UKRI has made in response to the pandemic include bringing forwards £100 million of Quality Related funding from Academic Year 2020-21 to AY 2019-20, and providing additional funding through the Sustaining University Research Expertise (SURE) Fund in financial year 2020-21.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to stimulate private investment in green hydrogen production facilities; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on increasing demand for green hydrogen from the transport sector.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and subsequent Energy White Paper, set out that the Government, working with industry, is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity in the UK by 2030. In support of this we have also announced a £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund for capital co-investment in new low carbon hydrogen production, to bring forward a combination of CCUS-enabled ‘blue’ hydrogen and electrolytic ‘green’ hydrogen projects.

We have also committed to consulting on a preferred hydrogen business model in 2021 and will bring forward further details this year on the revenue mechanism to bring through private sector investment via our new business models. Again, our business model work will focus on supporting both green and blue hydrogen.

I meet with my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport regularly to discuss all aspects of transport decarbonisation including the role for green hydrogen. A good example of cross departmental working is the recent announcement in the spending review of £3 million to support the development of the UKs first Hydrogen Transport Hub in Tees Valley.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when tattoo parlours will be permitted to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Hairdressers and barbers in England were able to reopen from 4 July to offer hairdressing services. Other close contact services, like tattoo parlours, remain closed until further notice. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister, in his speech on 3rd July, stated that a timetable for the reopening of these closed sectors would be set out this week.

We appreciate that this is difficult for some businesses. Our approach is guided by the scientific and medical advice, and every step is weighed against the evidence, remembering that the more we open up the more vigilant we will need to be.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when nail parlous will be permitted to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Hairdressers and barbers in England were able to reopen from 4 July to offer hairdressing services. Other close contact services, like nail parlours, remain closed until further notice. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister, in his speech on 3rd July, stated that a timetable for the reopening of these closed sectors would be set out this week.

We appreciate that this is difficult for some businesses. Our approach is guided by the scientific and medical advice, and every step is weighed against the evidence, remembering that the more we open up the more vigilant we will need to be.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2020 to Question 57088 on Hospitality Industry: Social Distancing, what the (a) identity and (b) powers are of the relevant enforcing authorities.

As is the case now, individual business owners will be responsible for ensuring their customers adhere to social distancing guidelines wherever possible.

Depending on the business, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities enforce health and safety in these workplaces and will monitor compliance including through inspections and following up on concerns raised by individuals with them.

They can take action against any business who isn’t complying with their legal health and safety obligations, including providing guidance and issuing enforcement notices to require them to take the necessary action or taking further action, including fines, if they continue to not comply.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 15 June 2020 to Question 57088 on Hospitality Industry: Social Distancing, what measures are planned to protect customers and employees; and how those measures will be enforced.

We have now published (23 June) new guidance for pubs, restaurants, and bars. This supports my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 June for their reopening from 4 July, provided they are COVID-secure. The guidance was developed following consultation with representatives from the industry.

The guidance sets out various measures for these businesses to consider including calculating the maximum number of customers they can provide services to in a socially distanced manner, reconfiguring seating areas, setting up handwashing facilities, providing clear communications about the rules indoors and outdoors, considering contactless payment methods, adjusting working practices to minimise staff and customer contact, and using outdoor spaces as much as possible.

The guidance is non-statutory but does not change existing obligations relating to health and safety, employment, or equalities. Employers have a duty under UK law to protect the health and safety of their workers and other people who might be affected by their business. This includes considering the risks that COVID-19 represents.

As is the case now, individual business owners will be responsible for ensuring their customers adhere to social distancing guidelines wherever possible.

Depending on the business, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities enforce health and safety in these workplaces and will monitor compliance including through inspections and following up on concerns raised by individuals with them.

They can take action against any business who isn’t complying with their legal health and safety obligations, including providing guidance and issuing enforcement notices to require them to take the necessary action or taking further action, including fines, if they continue to not comply.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when pubs, bars and restaurants reopen following covid-19 lockdown measures what (a) enforcement measures and (b) penalties will be in place if those venues fail to enforce social distancing.

We are working at pace to develop safe ways for pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen at the earliest opportunity it is safe to do so, through our pubs and restaurants taskforce. As set out in the roadmap, it is our ambition to reopen pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants from 4 July at the earliest, subject to the scientific advice at the time. However, pubs, restaurants and cafes can continue to offer takeaway-enabled services as they have been during lockdown.

Our guidance forms part of employers’ normal health and safety practice. Health and safety legislation is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and by local authorities. Social distancing is a key part of our scientific advice. This will be considered by employers as part of their risk assessment.

If the enforcing authority finds that an employer is not taking action to properly manage workplace risk, a range of actions are is open to them, including specific advice or issuing enforcement notices.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the additional funding announced by the Government on 2 May 2020 for local authorities to provide discretionary business grants, how the amount of funding available to each local authority has been calculated; and what guidance has been issued to local authorities on how that additional funding should be spent.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced that up to £617 million is being made available to Local Authorities in England under the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF). This is in addition to the £12.33 billion funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF).

The data return from Local Authorities of Monday 4th May 2020, which includes each Local Authority’s assessment of eligible hereditaments for the Small Business Grants Fund (SMGF) and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF), is used as the baseline for calculating the allocation of Discretionary Grant Funds for each Local Authority. The allocation for each local authority is 5% on top of their estimated spend of the Small Business Grants Fund (SMGF) and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF). All 314 Local Authorities administering the scheme will receive a letter this week setting out their guaranteed minimum allocation, giving them confidence to set up their local schemes. If a Local Authority subsequently identifies and is able to fund more businesses from the Small Business Grants and/or Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund than they identified in their data return of the 4th May, we will increase their 5% allocation.

Guidance, intended to support Local Authorities in administering the Discretionary Grants Fund, was published 13th May.

Guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding.

This will not replace existing guidance for the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

Guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-business-support-grant-funding-guidance-for-businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

As part of its broader decentralisation agenda, the government has been intentionally reducing ring fenced funding streams. We believe that providing councils with the freedom to use funding in a way that responds to local needs and priorities is key to supporting financial sustainability and sound financial management.

DCMS currently administers five funds which are competitively allocated and which include local authorities as recipients. These are:

Cultural Investment Fund

Invests in cultural infrastructure, local museums and neighbourhood libraries to benefit communities across the country.

UK City of Culture

Invites places across the UK to set out their vision for culture-led regeneration and takes place every four years. Awards were made to local authorities to enable them to strengthen their final applications.

5G Testbeds and Trials Programme “Urban Connected Communities Project”

Trials new 5G services and applications to individuals and businesses.

5G Testbeds and Trials Programme “5G Create” scheme

Aims to explore and develop new use-cases and 5G technical capabilities.

Rural Connected Communities competition

Funds 5G research and development projects.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list all the Football Banning Orders that are in operation by (a) football club, (b) time served and (c) offence committed.

The Home Office is the lead department for Football Banning Orders and has published football-related arrests and banning orders statistics, in England and Wales, for the 2019/20 season on gov.uk.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent reports he has received from the football authorities on the steps they were taking to eradicate racial abuse from the game.

The Government continues to liaise closely and regularly with all the football authorities about their work to tackle discrimination. This includes actions targeted at and around football grounds, such as improving reporting systems, providing better training and support for referees and stewards, and improving the quality of CCTV around stadia.

We also welcomed the launch of The FA’s ‘Football Leadership Diversity Code’ last year which is a step in the right direction to ensure English football better represents our modern and diverse society, on and off the pitch.

In January, the Government convened a roundtable with footballers, alongside the Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board and the Professional Footballers’ Association, to discuss social media abuse and the upcoming Online Safety Bill.

However, there is still progress to be made and the Government will continue to press the football authorities to build on their work to date to tackle discrimination.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he last requested a report from the football authorities on the steps they are taking to eradicate racism from the game.

The Government continues to liaise closely and regularly with all the football authorities about their work to tackle discrimination. This includes actions targeted at and around football grounds, such as improving reporting systems, providing better training and support for referees and stewards, and improving the quality of CCTV around stadia.

We also welcomed the launch of The FA’s ‘Football Leadership Diversity Code’ last year which is a step in the right direction to ensure English football better represents our modern and diverse society, on and off the pitch.

In January, the Government convened a roundtable with footballers, alongside the Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board and the Professional Footballers’ Association, to discuss social media abuse and the upcoming Online Safety Bill.

However, there is still progress to be made and the Government will continue to press the football authorities to build on their work to date to tackle discrimination.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he was made aware that Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts wrote in January 2021 to the (a) Premier League and (b) English Football League requesting that they work together to tackle racist abuse against players; and will he make a statement.

The department is in regular contact with the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Football Lead, and the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) across a range of issues including tackling discrimination.

I understand the Premier League and English Football League also meet frequently with the UKFPU, including recently with social media companies to focus on tackling online abuse, and hope they will continue to do so as we work together to rid this abhorrent behaviour from the game and society.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing theatres to open in socially distanced conditions in tier 3 areas.

The Government fully recognises the disruptive impact that Coronavirus and restrictions has on the performing arts and particularly for theatres which have had to close to public performance. The Government continues to work with all its sectors to assess the impact of the tiers and to develop proposals for how venues can reopen when it is safe to do so.

We recognise the impact that closures across the country will have on our vital cultural sector and remain committed to supporting it as it suffers the impact of this virus. The remaining £400m of Culture Recovery Fund grants and loans announced on Friday 11th December will support significant cultural organisations who now face financial distress as a result of closure, as well as helping them transition back to fuller opening in the spring.

More than 440 theatres across the country have received more than £183 million from the Culture Recovery Fund, which is nearly 30% of the funding awarded by Arts Council England so far.

3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2020 to Question 120773 on Ice Skating: Coronavirus, what sports he classifies as having elite athletes.

Elite and professional athletes may continue to use facilities to train and to compete. It is set out in regulation and in guidance that an ‘elite athlete’ is defined as a person who is:

  • an individual who derives a living from competing in a sport

  • a senior representative nominated by a relevant sporting body

  • a member of the senior training squad for a relevant sporting body

  • on an elite development pathway.

It is for the relevant governing body to set their own guidance and define the threshold at which these criteria are met in their sport.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional steps his Department is taking to support operators of bowling centres during their extended period of closure due to the covid-19 outbreak.

My Department is taking a number of steps to support bowling centres impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Bowling centre operators can access the Government’s comprehensive support package - including the extended furlough and self-employed support schemes, new grant schemes, as well as various government-backed loans. We have also provided business rates relief and grants for many in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector.

We are listening to stakeholders’ concerns, and will continue to closely monitor the ongoing impact of Government restrictions on bowling alleys.

Since 2 December, as set out in the COVID Winter Plan, we have returned to a tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions in England. Relevant venues in the entertainment, leisure and tourism sectors - including bowling alleys - will be permitted to reopen in tiers 1 and 2, subject to curfew restrictions and in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance. In tier 3 areas, indoor venues and attractions - including bowling alleys - must close.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the English Ice Hockey Association and British Ice Skating’s joint campaign to reopen ice rinks in tier 3 covid-19 local alert level areas for (a) elite sport, (b) under-18 sport, (c) disability sport, (d) educational programmes and (e) organised sport.

Sports and physical activity are incredibly important for our physical and mental health, and are a vital weapon against coronavirus. That’s why we made sure that people could exercise at least once a day even during the height of the first period of enhanced national restrictions and why we opened up grassroots sport and leisure facilities as soon as it was safe to do so.

Under Tier 3, Ice Rinks are able to open for disability sport, sports as part of the curriculum in education and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020). Elite and professional athletes may continue to use facilities including ice rinks to train and to compete Behind Closed Doors.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons indoor skating rinks, including those used for Olympic training, will be required to close under tier 3 covid-19 restrictions while other indoor sports facilities can stay open.

Sports and physical activity are incredibly important for our physical and mental health, and are a vital weapon against coronavirus. That’s why we made sure that people could exercise at least once a day even during the height of the first period of enhanced national restrictions and why we opened up grassroots sport and leisure facilities as soon as it was safe to do so.

As the Prime Minister said on 23 November national restrictions will end on Wednesday 2 December, and gyms and sport facilities will reopen across all tiers. Outdoor skating rinks can stay open across all tiers and indoor skating rinks can open in Tiers 1 and 2. Unfortunately in Tier 3 areas indoor skating rinks will remain closed, because these areas have a very high or rapidly rising level of infections, so tighter restrictions will be in place. However, elite athletes will still be able to access relevant facilities.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with HMRC on providing guidance to professional football clubs on the effect that reduced revenues will have on the taxation requirements for those clubs.

The Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses throughout this period, including a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for business such as the business rates relief. Many football clubs have benefited from these measures.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport continues to work closely with other Government Departments as part of our coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Guidance on tax requirements can be found on gov.uk.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when ten-pin bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Bowling alleys will be able to reopen from 1 August provided they have written a Covid-19 risk assessment.

We have worked closely with stakeholders to develop further Covid-19 Secure reopening guidance for venues such as bowling alleys. Specific guidance on bowling alleys has been published within UKHospitality’s ‘Covid-19 Secure Guidelines for Hospitality Businesses’. We continue to meet regularly with the wider sector through the Cultural Renewal Taskforce’s Sport and Visitor Economy working groups.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, our decisions have been and will continue to be based on scientific evidence and public health assessments.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to allow (a) mobile caravan sites to reopen and (b) allow users of mobile caravans to stay in them overnight.

Forms of holiday accommodation such as caravan parks will be allowed to reopen for overnight stays in Phase 3 of the government’s recovery strategy on 4 July.

My Department has been working closely with the sector, including the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA), through the Visitor Economy Working Group to produce guidance on the reopening of the tourism sector. This will include guidance on reopening hotels, caravans and other guest accommodation. The guidance will be published shortly.


VisitEngland are working on a common industry standard quality mark. While work is ongoing, it will be designed to complement COVID-19 Secure Guidelines produced by the Government.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's timeline is for the opening of sites for static caravans owned as a second home.

People will be allowed to travel to second homes - including static caravans - for overnight stays in England from 4 July, in Phase 3 of the government’s recovery strategy

My Department has been working closely with the holiday accommodation sector, including the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA), through the Visitor Economy Working Group to produce guidance on the reopening of the tourism sector. This will include guidance on reopening hotels, caravans and other guest accommodation. The guidance will be published shortly.


VisitEngland are working on a common industry standard quality mark. While work is ongoing, it will be designed to complement COVID-19 Secure Guidelines produced by the Government.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason Adult Gaming Centres were not allowed to reopen on Monday 15 June 2020.

While arcades are mentioned in the BEIS guidance on shops and branches published on 11 May, the government made it clear that a final decision on which premises would reopen on 15 June would be made nearer the time and would be based on the current situation and scientific advice.

The government’s decision was that adult gaming centres, like other amusement arcades and leisure and entertainment venues, should remain closed at this time. These businesses differ from retailers in several ways, including the contact with hard surfaces which is a necessary part of playing their games. As detailed in the government's roadmap “Our Plan to Rebuild” the next phase of easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will begin no earlier than 4 July, subject to public health advice. My department is working through the next steps with the arcades sector in line with further announcements on the roadmap.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his timetable is for announcing arrangements for the primary PE and sport premium funding for the 2021-22 academic year.

The department is continuing to provide £320 million in the academic year 2021/22 for the primary PE and sport premium. This is enabling children and young people to access competitive sport and supporting primary schools to improve the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity which they deliver.

The department is considering arrangements for the primary PE and sport premium for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond. We are aware of the importance of providing schools with sufficient notice of future funding and will confirm the position as early as possible in the new year.

Similarly, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are considering arrangements for the School Games Organisers programme and will confirm the position on future funding as soon as possible.

The department is also working to deliver on the nearly £30 million announced in October towards improving and opening school sports facilities in England, as well as to improve the teaching of PE at primary school. The department will continue to work closely with DCMS and DHSC to deliver on the aims of the school sport and activity action plan which we will be updating next year.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce a decision on the long-term funding for PE and school sport.

The department is continuing to provide £320 million in the academic year 2021/22 for the primary PE and sport premium. This is enabling children and young people to access competitive sport and supporting primary schools to improve the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity which they deliver.

The department is considering arrangements for the primary PE and sport premium for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond. We are aware of the importance of providing schools with sufficient notice of future funding and will confirm the position as early as possible in the new year.

Similarly, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are considering arrangements for the School Games Organisers programme and will confirm the position on future funding as soon as possible.

The department is also working to deliver on the nearly £30 million announced in October towards improving and opening school sports facilities in England, as well as to improve the teaching of PE at primary school. The department will continue to work closely with DCMS and DHSC to deliver on the aims of the school sport and activity action plan which we will be updating next year.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made, in discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in taking a decision on funding for the School Games Organiser network beyond March 2022.

The department is continuing to provide £320 million in the academic year 2021/22 for the primary PE and sport premium. This is enabling children and young people to access competitive sport and supporting primary schools to improve the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity which they deliver.

The department is considering arrangements for the primary PE and sport premium for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond. We are aware of the importance of providing schools with sufficient notice of future funding and will confirm the position as early as possible in the new year.

Similarly, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are considering arrangements for the School Games Organisers programme and will confirm the position on future funding as soon as possible.

The department is also working to deliver on the nearly £30 million announced in October towards improving and opening school sports facilities in England, as well as to improve the teaching of PE at primary school. The department will continue to work closely with DCMS and DHSC to deliver on the aims of the school sport and activity action plan which we will be updating next year.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) schools and (b) young people’s physical activity levels of the (i) lack of confirmation of public funding for the School Games Organiser network beyond March 2022 and (ii) uncertainty on the future of the PE and Sport Premium beyond this academic year.

The department is continuing to provide £320 million in the academic year 2021/22 for the primary PE and sport premium. This is enabling children and young people to access competitive sport and supporting primary schools to improve the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity which they deliver.

The department is considering arrangements for the primary PE and sport premium for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond. We are aware of the importance of providing schools with sufficient notice of future funding and will confirm the position as early as possible in the new year.

Similarly, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are considering arrangements for the School Games Organisers programme and will confirm the position on future funding as soon as possible.

The department is also working to deliver on the nearly £30 million announced in October towards improving and opening school sports facilities in England, as well as to improve the teaching of PE at primary school. The department will continue to work closely with DCMS and DHSC to deliver on the aims of the school sport and activity action plan which we will be updating next year.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2021 to Question 56778 on Local Government Finance, if he will publish details of only those funds that his Department allocates to local authorities through a process of competitive bidding.

The department is still collating 2020-21 grant award data. We expect the collation and accuracy and completeness checks to be concluded in the new year. It is at this stage that the department would be able to provide the analysis requested. The 2020-21 grant scheme and award data is due to be published by Cabinet Office in March 2022.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the legal position is on the wearing of face masks and social distancing on school transport.

The Government has provided guidance on minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on dedicated school transport in the autumn term. It is available here:www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020#part-b-guidance-for-dedicated-transport-to-schools-and-other-places-of-education-for-autumn-term-2020.

The guidance explains that the social distancing guidelines for public transport, 2 metres or 1 metre plus other suitable precautions wherever possible, need not be uniformly applied on dedicated school transport, but that distancing should be maximised wherever possible. This approach is necessary to ensure all children can get to school or college. It is proportionate because dedicated transport often carries the same group of children or young people on a regular basis and they do not mix with the general public on those journeys. This helps limit the number of people with whom they come into contact.

The law that requires people aged 11 and over to wear a face covering on public transport does not apply to dedicated school transport. However, our guidance recommends that local authorities advise people aged 11 and over to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. We believe most local authorities expect children and young people to wear a face covering on dedicated school transport, and we support them in that.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has any plans to assess the effect of differing levels of access to digital technology on pupils' access to education during the school closure period.

The Department is providing over 200,000 laptops and tablets to vulnerable and disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in Year 10, receiving support from a social worker, including pre-school children, or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children in Year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and distribute the laptops and tablets to children and young people who need devices. In May, the Department invited local authorities to order devices for the most vulnerable children first - children with a social worker and care leavers.

Earlier this month, the Department started inviting academy trusts and local authorities to order their devices for disadvantaged year 10 pupils.

For those in rural areas or without a connection, schools will be able to draw on support from the BBC, which is broadcasting lessons on television via the red button, and may choose to draw on the many resources offers which have been made by publishers across the country. The Department’s remote education guidance includes examples of how schools can support pupils without internet access by, for example, providing physical work packs.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to address barriers to access to online education for disadvantaged primary school children.

The Department is providing over 200,000 laptops and tablets to vulnerable and disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in Year 10, receiving support from a social worker, including pre-school children, or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children in Year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and distribute the laptops and tablets to children and young people who need devices. In May, the Department invited local authorities to order devices for the most vulnerable children first - children with a social worker and care leavers.

Earlier this month, the Department started inviting academy trusts and local authorities to order their devices for disadvantaged year 10 pupils.

For those in rural areas or without a connection, schools will be able to draw on support from the BBC, which is broadcasting lessons on television via the red button, and may choose to draw on the many resources offers which have been made by publishers across the country. The Department’s remote education guidance includes examples of how schools can support pupils without internet access by, for example, providing physical work packs.

18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2020 to Question 57089 on Home Education: Sheffield South East, how many laptops were requested by Sheffield City Council for children with social workers; and how many of those laptops have been delivered.

The Government has committed over £100 million to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in England to access remote education and social care services, including by providing laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers.

We are providing laptops and tablets to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in year 10, receiving support from a social worker or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and children in year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

The Department has ordered over 200,000 laptops and tablets and allocated devices to local authorities and academy trusts based on its estimates of the number of eligible children that do not have access to a device. Local authorities and academy trusts are best place to identify and prioritise children and young people who need devices. The Department is working to provide these devices in the shortest possible timeframe; deliveries to schools and local authorities began in May and will continue throughout June. As of 14 June, we have shipped over 100,000 laptops and 20,000 4G routers, including 1,777 to Sheffield City Council for children with a social worker and care leavers.

The Department has published information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts as of 14 June, which can be viewed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data.

9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for each of the secondary schools in Sheffield South East constituency, how many computers have been provided to date to allow disadvantaged pupils to study from home.

The Department is providing laptops and tablets to vulnerable and disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in year 10, receiving support from a social worker, including pre-school children, or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children in year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and distribute the laptops and tablets to children and young people who need devices. The Department invited local authorities to order devices for the most vulnerable children first - those with a social worker and care leavers.

Computer devices are being delivered to local authorities and academy trusts daily and will continue to be distributed throughout June.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

The Government believes that providing councils with the freedom to use funding in a way that responds to local needs and priorities is key to supporting financial sustainability and sound financial management.

The Government has a long-standing policy to provide grant funding to local government on a non-ringfenced basis as part of the commitment to greater localism. This policy provides greater funding flexibility to local authorities (LAs) and supports them to make spending decisions based on their local needs and priorities.

LAs also receive significant funding outside of biddable pots, through Section 31 grants and through unringfenced funding. The Local Government Finance settlement and the vast majority of local government’s Core Spending Power (£51.3 billion) is un-ringfenced, giving LAs flexibility over their spending decisions.

There are times when dedicated competitive biddable funding streams are the best way to make sure local government receives the support, they need to deliver the Government’s objectives, including specific funding initiatives, trials or pilots. In such circumstances, Ministers will look to maximise value for money by considering the timing, value and conditions attached to any funding.

Core Defra has run annual competitions for air quality grants, where eligible LAs are able to apply:

Financial Year (FY) 2021-22: A budget of £9 million has been allocated to English local authorities under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003. Applications for this competition are currently under evaluation. This competition is offered under two lots:

  • Lot 1 – projects designed to reduce air pollutant exceedances especially in those areas that are projected to remain in exceedance of the UK’s legal targets

  • Lot 2 – projects that will improve knowledge and information about air quality and steps individuals can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution and/or projects that include measures that deal with particulate matter.

FY 2020-21: £5 million for the delivery of projects designed to support LAs to develop and/or implement measures to improve local air quality.

FY 2019-20: £2 million for the delivery of projects designed to support LAs to develop and/or implement measures to improve local air quality.

FY 2018-19: £3 million to incentivise LAs to improve air quality in areas most in need of improvement and identify projects which are likely to have the greatest environmental impact.

FY 2016-17: £3 million for LAs in England where Defra’s national air quality assessment, as reported to the EU Commission, identified and/or projected an exceedance, and/or which have one or more Air Quality Management Areas.

In 2020 Core Defra and the Environment Agency invited lead local flood authorities to express interest to participate in our £150m Flood Resilience and Innovation Programme. The 25 successful areas were announced in March 2021, (Innovative projects to protect against flooding selected - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), and received £40k each from Defra to further develop their plans. The Environment Agency is managing the programme, including distribution of the capital funding between now and March 2027.

We have not run any other LA-only competed grants schemes within Core Defra.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what interim financial support he plans to provide to local authorities in the event that the launch of the Deposit Return Scheme is delayed until 2024.

The Government is committed to ensuring that Local Authorities are properly funded for the services they deliver. In 2021-22, we estimate that local government will see a cash terms increase of 4.6% in core spending power - a real-terms increase. This is in line with last year's increase and recognises the resources councils need to meet their responsibilities and maintain current service levels. In total, we expect Core Spending Power to rise from £49.0 billion to £51.2 billion next year.

With regards to the introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, any additional costs incurred by local authorities to support the introduction of a DRS will be funded in line with the new burdens doctrine.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for the Government's policies of steps being taken by the German and Australian Governments to establish a supply chain of hydrogen; and what steps she is taking to build trade links between the UK and other countries to create new export opportunities for UK hydrogen technologies.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has a dedicated hydrogen team who, as part of their ongoing work, keep regular assessments of international hydrogen markets under review, including the Australian and German markets. DIT has energy teams in all key hydrogen markets, with the direct purpose of increasing business for UK energy companies, including companies in the hydrogen sector. DIT is in regular discussion with governments overseas to understand where there are opportunities for greater co-operation, and where there are opportunities for closer working, and we will look to capitalise on these.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

The Department for Transport publishes data on government grants spending annually including, grants provided to Local Authorities. The most recent grants data relating to the financial year 2019/20 can be found at DfT 19/20 Grant data . Details of grant schemes and individual awards are published online.

In 2019/20 Local Authorities received funding from ten grant schemes via a competitive bidding process. These are set out below:

• Safer Roads

• Access Fund

• Local Growth Fund

• Large Local Majors

• Local Resilience Forums

• City Scheme

• Low Emission Taxi

• Low Emission Bus

• Opening LA transport data

• Transforming Cities Fund

The Department is currently reviewing its grant data for 2020/21 and will be published by the Cabinet Office in March 22.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the value of introducing priority driving tests for key workers, so that people entering frontline roles are not delayed by the existing DVSA backlog of assessments.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus, routine driving tests have been suspended in all areas of England, Scotland and Wales.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will respond to requests for driving tests from organisations on behalf of frontline mobile emergency workers, who require a driving licence to carry out duties in their employment role. This is a limited service subject to examiner resource and is restricted to candidates working in health and social care, and public bodies providing a service in the national interest. The DVSA will contact eligible organisations to explain how to nominate candidates; candidates cannot apply themselves.

Approved driving instructors and trainers can return to work only for the purpose of supporting a mobile emergency worker with a booked test.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to amend the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) to promote private investment in green hydrogen production facilities at sites not directly adjacent to renewable energy production sites.

The Department has been considering with industry experts how to enable the more cost-effective development of new electrolysis facilities by allowing them to be located more closely with demand, rather than having to be limited to being built adjacent to renewable energy production sites. We plan to consult on potential changes to the RTFO scheme later this year; this will include proposals on how renewable hydrogen can be further supported.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the implications are for the construction timetable of the HS2 eastern leg following his announcement to defer decisions on that leg until the completion of the Integrated Rail Plan.

We are committed to taking forward HS2 to transform our national rail network, bring our biggest cities closer together and level up opportunity across the country. On the Eastern Leg we have time to consider the best approach to get the most benefit for the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East, and want to ensure that this is well integrated with plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail and similar rail projects to get the best out of the significant investment in rail. The Integrated Rail Plan will confirm the form, scope and phasing of the HS2 Eastern Leg, and will be published later this year.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body is responsible for enforcing the wearing of face masks on buses; and what powers of enforcement that body has.

We have worked with the police, operators, and trade unions to agree a six-stage approach to ensuring compliance. Operators will be responsible for the first five stages (Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enable use, and Entry/Exit restrictions). Enforcement by the police or TfL authorised personnel will be the last resort if a passenger fails to comply at other stages.

Our initial approach to enforcement has been to focus on communications to encourage compliance. Operators (and the police) have new powers to deny access to a service, to direct someone to wear a face covering, or direct someone to leave a service if they are not wearing a face covering. Operators have discretion over whether they choose to use these powers; they do not have an obligation to do so.

If passengers fail to comply, as a last resort the Police and TfL authorised personnel have a power to issue a fixed penalty notice of £100 under the PHA Regulations, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days. The police also have the power to remove passengers from vehicles and use reasonable for if necessary to do so, as well as the power to direct an individual who has responsibility for a child aged 11 or over to ensure that the child complies with the regulations.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with regard to the November 2015 Report from Sir Peter Hendy on the replanning of Network Rail's Investment Programme; how many of the (a) 79 projects to be delivered in CP5 and (b) eight sub-projects of the Great Western Electrification programme (i) were completed in CP5, (ii) have been completed so far in CP6, (iii) are planned to be completed by the end of CP6 (a) are not expected to be completed by the end of CP6.

The Department is just over one year into the CP6 period and continues to progress its plans. To date five projects have been completed in CP6.

Network Rail publish on a quarterly basis all schemes in delivery. The latest published report can be found at:

https://cdn.networkrail.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Enhancements-Delivery-Plan-England-and-Wales-March-2020.pdf

The DfT also published an update in October which set out all schemes in development stages in the pipeline. The latest publication can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/840709/rail-network-enhancements-pipeline.pdf

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report by Sir Peter Hendy on the replanning of Network Rail's Investment Programme, published in November 2015; how many of the 16 projects with significant delivery in CP5 and completion in CP6 (a) have been completed so far in CP6, (b) are planned to be completed by the end of CP6 and (c) are not expected to be completed by the end of CP6.

The Department is just over one year into the CP6 period and continues to progress its plans. To date five projects have been completed in CP6.

Network Rail publish on a quarterly basis all schemes in delivery. The latest published report can be found at:

https://cdn.networkrail.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Enhancements-Delivery-Plan-England-and-Wales-March-2020.pdf

The DfT also published an update in October which set out all schemes in development stages in the pipeline. The latest publication can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/840709/rail-network-enhancements-pipeline.pdf

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral statement on Transport Infrastructure and oral contribution of 11 February 2020, Official Report, column 723, whether High Speed Two will include the establishment of Sheffield rail links; and if Northern Powerhouse Rail improvements will include the establishment of rail links from Manchester to (a) Sheffield and (b) Leeds.

The government has made clear its commitment to delivering HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. We will develop an integrated rail plan to ensure that HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Engine Rail bring benefits to the North and Midlands as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Department for Transport will continue to work with Transport for the North and local leaders, to develop NPR plans for the Leeds to Manchester corridor alongside options for lines serving Sheffield, Liverpool, Tees Valley, Hull and Newcastle.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by her Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if she will publish the names of those funds.

Local Authority Partnership, Engagement and Delivery (LA-PED) provides funding to local authorities for the costs in delivering Housing Benefit (a DWP benefit delivered by local authorities) and reimburses local authorities for Housing Benefit expenditure incurred. More recently, we fund for further grants delivered by local authorities, such as, the COVID Winter Support Grant. The delivery of HB and grants (as applicable) is legislated and therefore a statutory duty for local authorities. All funding provided through LA-PED does not go through a process of competitive bidding.

To date we have had no competed grants to LAs in 2021/22

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 57092 on Children: Maintenance, whether the redeployment of staff led to the decision by the Child Maintenance Service to suspend initiating new enforcement action; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that suspension on parents.

The CMS has made temporary changes to services to ensure we continue to support separated parents as part of our wider efforts to provide financial support through the welfare system.

Taking substantial enforcement action relies on third parties, including Her Majesty’s courts, bailiffs and the banks, which are currently not in a position to support significant enforcement action. We are committed to working with third parties to pursue enforcement action as soon as possible, where necessary.

Those found to be abusing the system at this difficult time can be subjected to the full extent of our enforcement powers.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to child maintenance services, what proportion of payments made to parents with care are currently being made at the assessed level; and what the level of arrears is as a proportion of the monthly amount due.

The available information regarding payments is available on Gov.uk. up to and including December 2019. Table 9 of the National Tables refers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-statistics-data-to-december-2019-experimental

We do not have information in relation to the level of arrears as a proportion of the monthly amount due.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the levels of (a) staff and (b) resources allocated to child maintenance payments has changed since the covid-19 lockdown began.

Child Maintenance Service, as part of Department for Work and Pensions is supporting the effort to deliver essential services during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Some colleagues have been redeployed to support the effort in benefit payments.

Our priority is to maintain the flow of maintenance that is currently being paid, by easing the financial pressure on parents and ensuring that we transfer the payments as quickly as possible to receiving parents. While there has been the redeployment of some Child Maintenance Service colleagues, the majority have remained in their current roles and are working to ensure the flow of payments is maintained.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will be making an additional payment to those in receipt of carer's allowance of £460 to mirror the Scottish Government's Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment.

The Scottish Government uses its powers under devolution to pay carers, regardless of their means, extra amounts through the Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

The UK Government has taken a different approach and chosen to focus extra support on carers on the lowest incomes. For example, carers on Universal Credit can receive around an additional £1950 a year through the Carers Element. And they will also benefit from the extra £1040 a year that has been added to the standard allowance in Universal Credit.

3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what way the 100 community diagnostic centres will focus on (a) diagnosing heart and circulatory diseases and (b) the risk factors for heart and circulatory diseases, such as hypertension.

Community diagnostics centres (CDCs) aim to carry out the range of diagnostic tests required for a patient. It is recommended that as a minimum all CDCs will provide cardiorespiratory measurements such as echocardiography, electrocardiogram, ambulatory hypertension monitoring and portable heart monitoring devises, to diagnose heart and circulatory diseases.

Patients who present to their general practitioner with high blood pressure can be sent directly to a CDC for further testing. These tests can be undertaken efficiently, with IT links to cardiac and respiratory services in acute hospitals for some reporting.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the number of patients with heart and circulatory disease who have been unable to access care and are not represented on waiting lists since the outbreak of covid-19.

We have made no formal assessment.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the improvements for heart and circulatory disease services set out in the NHS long term plan can still be met in the context of covid-19 and the backlog of care.

The restoration of services, including those for cardiovascular disease, is priority for the National Health Service, with local teams working throughout the pandemic to provide diagnostic and treatment services.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with regional and local teams to develop cardiac networks and integrated stroke delivery networks in England. These networks have been developed to take an evidenced-based, clinically led, whole pathway approach from prevention, diagnosis, treatment to end of life care. The NHS is establishing 44 community diagnostic centres which could deliver over one million additional scans and tests by the end of March 2022.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of immunocompromised people have received a third covid-19 vaccine dose; and how that proportion varies by the condition causing compromised immunities.

Provisional weekly vaccine uptake data in people identified as immunosuppressed in England is published in the UKHealth Security Agency’s weekly COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccine-weekly-surveillance-reports

As of 21 November 2021, vaccine uptake among those identified as immunosuppressed with at least three doses in England was 69.7%. Further information on third doses by conditions causing immunosuppression is not available.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have no immune response to the covid-19 vaccine will be given priority access to monoclonal antibody or antiviral treatments.

Immunocompromised individuals are a priority cohort for research into therapeutic and prophylaxis treatments, such as monoclonal antibody therapies and repurposed compounds.

Ronapreve is the first neutralising monoclonal antibody to receive marketing authorisation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to treat and prevent COVID-19. The interim clinical policy was updated on 4 November to expand treatment

to a wider group of hospitalised patients, which may include immunocompromised patients.

Xevudy (sotrovimab) has been approved by the MHRA as effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death in people with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection who are at an increased risk of developing severe disease. We will confirm how this treatment will be deployed to patients in due course. On 20 October, we announced two oral antiviral treatments for United Kingdom patients. Molnupiravir (Lagevrio) has now received MHRA authorisation, while PF-07321332 (Paxlovid) is pending approval from the MHRA.

Antivirals will be deployed initially through a national study prioritising those most at risk from COVID-19, including those who are immunocompromised and will identify those who will benefit most from treatment. The Department will provide more information on the national study, including eligibility, in due course.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the rollout of fourth doses of the covid-19 vaccine for immunocompromised people will start; and whether people will be able to use receipt of a letter from NHS England confirming their immunocompromised status as proof of the need for a fourth dose at vaccination centres.

The Department of Health and Social Care 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.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with a compromised immune system (a) who are eligible for a third dose of the covid-19 vaccine, (b) who are eligible and have been contacted regarding the third dose and (c) who have been contacted and have received the third dose; and how many of those in (a), (b) and (c) have blood cancer.

The Department of Health and Social Care 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.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Questions 61106 and 61107 tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield South East.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to Questions 61106 and 61107.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the recommended time is between patients with compromised immune systems receiving a third dose of covid-19 vaccine and receiving a booster dose of that vaccine.

On 29 November, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised that severely immunosuppressed individuals who have completed their primary course of three doses should be offered a booster vaccination with a minimum of three months between the third primary and booster dose. Those who have not yet received their third dose may be given the third dose now to avoid further delay. A further booster dose can be given in three months, in line with the clinical advice on optimal timing. The Government has accepted this advice.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who in the NHS is responsible for advising patients who have a compromised immune system that they are eligible for a third dose of a covid-19 vaccine; and what are arrangements for patients to receive a third dose of vaccine.

A specialist or clinician should advise whether a patient fulfils the eligibility criteria for severe immunosuppression and on the timing of any third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccination. NHS England and NHS Improvement are developing tailored communications for specialists caring for each group of eligible patients. This will include template referral letters for clinicians to signpost where patients can receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

If a vaccination cannot be offered at a hospital at the time of the patient’s visit, they will receive a letter from their consultant to access a vaccination at an alternative clinic. If a patient has already received a letter from their consultant or general practitioner advising on when they should receive their third primary dose, this can be presented at a walk-in vaccination site. Vaccinators require this letter to administer the dose. Any patient who has not yet been contacted but may be eligible for a third primary dose should contact their consultant.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

The five grant funded schemes allocated in 2021-22 which involved a competitive bidding process are as follows:

- Rough Sleepers Drug and Alcohol Treatment Grant Scheme;

- Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents;

- Child and Family Weight Management Services;

- Shared Outcomes Fund – Rough Sleepers; and

- Self-Isolation Pilots.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doses of the AstraZenica covid-19 vaccine have been destroyed in the last three months.

The Department of Health and Social Care 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.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 vaccinations have been delivered by GP surgeries to date.

Data on the proportion of COVID-19 vaccinations by delivery model is not currently available in the format requested.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 22 September 2021 to Questions 49948 on Local Government: Contracts and 49947 on Local Government, if the Government will compensate local authorities for the costs of the levies which fall on contractors they employ; and what funding from the levy will be paid to local authorities for (a) the cost of introducing the £86,000 cap, (b) the proposed floor as described in the Health and Social Care Plan, (c) improving social care provision and (d) any other reforms as a result of the Health and Social Care Plan.

We have announced that we will be investing an additional £5.4 billion across three years in social care. The announcement includes funding that will be made available to all local authorities to cover the costs of implementing our reforms, including the cap, the increased capital limit and moving towards paying a fair rate of care and the associated implementation costs. The Government intends to compensate departments and other public sector employers in England at the forthcoming Spending Review for the increased cost of the Levy and provide Barnett consequentials on this funding to the devolved administrations.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for implementing a resolution for people whose covid-19 vaccination was administered in Scotland but are resident in England and their vaccination status is not recorded in the England NHS App.

Live data flows have been set up by NHS Digital between England and Scotland which update both general practitioner (GP) records and NHS COVID Pass status. Those vaccinated in Scotland, but registered with a GP in England, can access the certification services provided in England and vice versa.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of music-based interventions on people living with dementia; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has commissioned research on living well with dementia from the National Institute for Health Research, which includes the methods and effectiveness of music therapy. NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance for social prescribing link workers to expand music prescriptions, which is available at the following link:

https://musicfordementia.org.uk/advice-resources/toolkits-resources/toolkits-resources-for-social-workers-and-link-workers/

We will be setting out our strategy on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include in the National Dementia Strategy explicit recognition of the benefits of music-based interventions in the care of people living with dementia.

The Department has commissioned research on living well with dementia from the National Institute for Health Research, which includes the methods and effectiveness of music therapy. NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance for social prescribing link workers to expand music prescriptions, which is available at the following link:

https://musicfordementia.org.uk/advice-resources/toolkits-resources/toolkits-resources-for-social-workers-and-link-workers/

We will be setting out our strategy on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who are double-vaccinated who are alerted by the NHS Covid App on the 15 August 2021 will have to isolate for 10 days.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are alerted by the NHS COVID-19 App on 15 August that they are a contact of a confirmed case can leave isolation from 16 August. The App will provide updated advice for those identified as contacts from 16 August. If an App user is self-isolating because they have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, they should complete their self-isolation period.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what covid-19 related powers local authorities will retain after 19 July 2021 to manage any further covid-19 outbreaks; and if he will set out which of those retained powers local authorities will (a) exercise directly and (b) need to gain authority from Government before use.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 were extended from 18 July to 27 September.

The Regulations provide powers for local authorities to issue directions to place restrictions on or close businesses, events, and public outdoor places where they assess there is a serious and imminent threat to public health posed by COVID-19. We will keep these measures under continuous review to ensure that they are proportionate as part of the public health response to COVID-19. Local authorities must notify the Secretary of State when the powers are used but do not require authority from Government before use, with the exception of those related to ‘essential infrastructure’.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assess the potential merits of covid-19 vaccine boosters for (a) people with blood cancer and (b) other people who are immunocompromised.

To ensure ongoing protection for the United Kingdom’s population, particularly the most vulnerable, we are preparing for a potential booster vaccination programme. Whilst we are planning for several potential scenarios, final decisions on the timing and scope of the booster programme in terms of when to give boosters to which groups and with which vaccines will not be taken until later this year, in line with results from key clinical studies. Any decision on a booster vaccination programme will be informed by independent advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

As part of the National Core Studies Immunity Programme (NCSi), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is providing initial funding of £1.8 million for 12 months towards the OCTAVE study. The OCTAVE study will examine the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in clinically at-risk groups and will help to inform planning for the booster programme. This includes COVID-19 vaccine responses in patients with certain immunosuppressed conditions, including those with inflammatory disorders, high risk cancer patient groups, blood cancer patients and patients with severe kidney and liver disease. Cancer patient groups include those with blood cancer (leukaemia, myeloma, and bone marrow (stem cell) transplants).

Studies into the specific effect of a COVID-19 booster vaccine on certain groups have not yet been established. However, as part of the NCSi, UKRI is providing £3 million in funding towards a new research call to support projects examining one or both of the following areas - the nature and quality of COVID-19 vaccine responses, the mechanisms of immune failure that lead to either COVID-19 re-infection or vaccine breakthrough. As the nation's largest funder of health and care research, the NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including on COVID-19 vaccination and immunocompromised individuals.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
13th Apr 2021
What steps he is taking to tackle the cancer care and treatment backlog.

Cancer is a priority. As well as a £325 million investment in diagnostic machines, we have provided an additional £1 billion to the National Health Service to tackle the elective backlog,and ensure there is sufficient capacity in place to diagnose and treat the additional people coming into the system. To encourage patients to come forward to their general practitioner if they have symptoms, we launched the successful ‘Help us Help you’ campaign. NHS England also recently published Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance, highlighting that cancer recovery remains a priority for the NHS as a whole. Systems should meet the increased level of referrals and treatment required to address the shortfall in number of first treatments by March 2022.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1 billion allocation in the 2020 Spending Review for tackling the patient backlog will be allocated to cancer diagnosis, care and treatment.

The arrangements for deployment of the dedicated £1 billion elective recovery funding will be set out shortly, including, where appropriate, details of any clinical prioritisation.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government next plans to publish details of a NHS multi-year funding plan for workforce and cancer diagnostic equipment.

In order to prioritise the response to COVID-19, the Chancellor of the Exchequer conducted a one-year Spending Review. This provided an additional £260 million to continue to increase the National Health Service workforce. Full details on funding allocations towards NHS workforce budgets, including relating to the cancer workforce, in 2021-22 are subject to a detailed financial planning exercise and will be finalised in due course. The 2021-22 settlement included £325 million capital funding for NHS diagnostics, to replace over two thirds of imaging equipment that is over 10 years old.

Funding beyond 2021-22 will be decided at the next Spending Review, of which further information will be announced by HM Treasury in due course. This will be aligned with the development of a longer term plan for the NHS workforce. For diagnostics, this is in line with the Health Infrastructure Plan to improve hospitals and other health infrastructure.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he has published on what steps people in the first four covid-19 vaccine priority groups should take if they have not received a vaccination appointment letter by 15 February 2021.

The National Health Service has now offered the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in the top four priority cohorts. Any health and care staff have been asked to contact their employer who is responsible for arranging their vaccination. Others in the initial priority groups one to four can arrange a vaccination through the national booking system by calling 119 or at the following link:

www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to identify people who are defined as adult carers and therefore qualify for priority covid-19 vaccination; and whether individuals who think they qualify should notify their GP.

We recognise the vital role that unpaid carers play and the Government is developing bespoke guidance for this group, set out in a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) which has been developed in close cooperation with carers organisations and local authorities. This guidance will be published in due course. The SOP will provide guidance on the process to support the identification and vaccination of adult unpaid carers as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. It is intended to support local authorities, the vaccination programme, carers organisations and unpaid carers themselves to understand the actions they should take to ensure equitable access to and uptake of vaccination by eligible unpaid carers as per the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of prioritising for covid-19 vaccination people who live with those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and who are suffering from blood cancer.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are the independent experts who advise the Government on which vaccine/s the United Kingdom should use and provide advice on prioritisation at a population level. The JCVI has advised that the first priorities for any COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of COVID-19 mortality and the protection of health and social care staff and systems. Therefore, in line with the recommendations of the JCVI, the vaccine will be initially rolled out to the priority groups.

This includes care home residents and staff, people over 80 years old and health and care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and risk, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and those aged 16-64 years old with certain underlying health conditions. Individuals with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment are considered clinically extremely vulnerable and will be eligible for a vaccine. Anyone with a history of haematological malignancy should be offered a vaccination at priority group six.

Consideration has been given to vaccination of household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. However, at this time there is no data on the size of the effect of COVID-19 vaccines on transmission. Evidence is expected to accrue during the course of the vaccine programme and until that time the JCVI is not in a position to advise vaccination solely on the basis of indirect protection.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of moving stem cell transplant recipients who have a non malignant blood disorder and who are clinically extremely vulnerable from covid-19 vaccine priority level six to four.

People who have received a stem cell transplant more than six months ago are included within priority group six of phase one. People who have received a stem cell transplant within the last six months will be defined as clinically extremely vulnerable in which case they are included in priority group four. Both groups should now have been called forward for vaccination.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what priority will be given to workers in homeless hostels for covid-19 vaccination.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are the independent experts who advise the Government on which vaccines the United Kingdom should use and provide advice on prioritisation at a population level.  For the first phase, the JCVI has advised that the vaccine be given to care home residents and staff, as well as frontline health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

If staff working in homeless hostels are captured in phase one due to their age or clinical risk factors they will be prioritised. However the Government, as advised by the JCVI, are not considering vaccinating such workers as a phase one priority at this stage.   Prioritisation decisions for next phase delivery are subject to surveillance and monitoring data and information from phase one, as well as further input from independent scientific experts such as the JCVI. Phase two may include further reduction in hospitalisation and targeted vaccination of those at high risk of exposure and/or those delivering key public services.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of covid-19 transmission in theatres.

We know that the virus spreads readily in indoor environments where members of different households and/or support bubbles spend time together, so the transmission risk in indoor settings remains high. Our approach has always been guided by scientific and medical advice. The restrictions that apply at each tier will be reviewed every 28 days to ensure they remain necessary and proportionate.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local authorities (a) have spent and (b) will have spent by the end of December 2020 the self isolation payment funds they have received; and whether he plans to provide additional funding to those local authorities.

The Government continues to work closely with the 314 local authorities in England to monitor payments made under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. Information on the payments made by local authorities will be published in due course.

The Government has provided additional funding and will continue to provide funding as necessary to local authorities. On the launch of the scheme in September 2020, the Government provided an initial £50 million to local authorities. To reflect rising incidence levels, the Government provided a further £20 million in January 2021 and increased funding by a further £39 million in February 2021. This will ensure local authorities can continue to make payments and support people on low incomes to stay at home and self-isolate when required to do so.

As announced on 22 February, the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will continue into the summer and will be expanded to cover parents who are unable to work because they are caring for a child who is self-isolating.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he plans to allocate to local authorities to support them in carrying out mass covid-19 testing.

Funding available to local areas will be estimated based on the number of tests they aim to deliver. Total funding per test is set at a maximum of £14.00 for all local authorities participating in the community testing programme. However up to £6 of materials per test can be sourced from centrally procured arrangements in place. This funding per test is expected to cover all reasonable costs associated with the programme including site costs, workforce costs, personal protective equipment requirements, communication and marketing, logistic and other delivery costs.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to provide indemnity insurance to local authorities for costs incurred as a result of false negative results from mass covid-19 testing.

We have agreed to provide contingent liability cover for clinical negligence and product liability for local authorities and Directors of Public Health carrying out testing as part of the community testing programme.

People should continue to abide by the current restrictions which apply even when someone has a negative test result.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the effect on the pay of (a) NHS and (b) social care staff of the pay proposals in his Spending Review 2020.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on our health services, the Government will continue to provide for pay rises for over one million National Health Service workers in 2021/22. For the NHS, the Government will ask the independent pay review bodies (PRB) to make recommendations, including ensuring that staff earning less than £24,000 receive a minimum of £250 increase. The Government will take PRBs recommendations into account when we receive them.

The vast majority of care workers are employed by private sector providers who ultimately set their pay, independent of central Government. While social care for some people is funded by local authorities, many people pay for their own care. We are providing councils with access to an additional £1 billion for social care.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the Royal College of Nursing’s campaign for Government to provide a life assurance scheme to English student nurses working on the front line during the second wave of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government holds all healthcare students in the highest regard and greatly appreciates their contribution to the National Health Service.

The NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme provides additional financial protection for frontline staff who are employed to deliver care for people and work in environments that carry an increased risk of contracting coronavirus.

Whilst the scheme is designed to cover employed staff, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care recognises the importance of the role students on placement play in supporting frontline health and social care services and so can exercise his discretion and consider cases from individuals who meet the appropriate eligibility criteria.

The Secretary of State will review each case to decide whether to exercise this discretion and if the other eligibility criteria are met.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when assessment he has made of the timescale for the approval of lenalidomide as a maintenance drug for post stem cell transplant treatment of Myeloma.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing guidance on lenalidomide for the maintenance treatment of multiple myeloma after autologous stem cell transplantation.

NICE expects to publish final guidance on lenalidomide in January 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 August 2020 to Question 74433 on Coronavirus: Protective Clothing, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of producing a national badge or pass to indicate when individuals are exempt from wearing a face mask on public transport or in shops.

Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be asked to give any written evidence of this, this includes exemption cards. No person needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering.

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. Different options are available on GOV.UK (including printable templates and a template for mobile telephones), and on charity and organisations websites, or could be hand-made. This aims to help tackle any potential stigma that may be faced by people who are unable to wear a face covering due to hidden disabilities and/or mental health reasons.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to develop advice for people who were previously shielding tailored to the risk associated with their particular disease, including different types of blood cancer, in the event that further restrictions are introduced as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Shielding was paused on 1 August 2020 in England; however, it is important that clinically extremely vulnerable people continue to take extra care, particularly as infection rates rise again. On 13 October, the Government published new guidance to the clinically extremely vulnerable that advises additional things they are advised to do to keep themselves safe at each local COVID alert level.

In the future, the Government will only reintroduce shielding advice in the very worst affected areas and for a limited period of time. This decision will be based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer, informed by local public health experts.

The National Health Service is continuing to maintain the shielded patient list, allowing us to maintain targeted advice and support to those who are most vulnerable and to change advice and support if necessary. General practitioners and hospital clinicians remain able to add people to the list, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of an individual’s needs.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to introduce fines for those who test positive for covid-19 and refuse to give details of their contacts.

Since 28 September people who test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate must do so by law. The legal duty also requires people to provide accurate details of their household contacts and not to obstruct the work of contact tracers. The legal duty will be enforced with fines for those that do not comply.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2020 to Question 46544, how many care home staff have been tested for covid-19 to date.

As of 8 July 2020, there had been an estimated 741,021 tests on workers in the United Kingdom in social care settings and their symptomatic household members for COVID-19 through Departmental testing routes. There have been an estimated 352,946 tests on care home residents for COVID-19 through Departmental testing routes in the UK.

An estimated 100,900 care home residents in England had been tested for COVID-19 through Public Health England testing routes.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference his oral contribution of 7 July 2020, Official Report, column 837, in light of the decision to require face masks to be worn in shops whether is plans to issue a badge or pass for people exempted from wearing a mask in shops or on public transport.

The Government has provided clear guidance and communications on when and how to wear a face covering and will continue to communicate this guidance to the public and stakeholders as necessary over the coming months.

Messaging around exemptions is included as a key part of Government communications on when and how to wear a face covering. The Government also continues to engage with stakeholders and charities on the issue of exemptions to support these groups. In addition, the Government is running a major proactive communications campaign on face coverings to alert the public where they are now required to wear face coverings and educate the public on how to correctly wear one.

We are currently looking at ways in which we can support people who would be more comfortable to show they are exempt from the requirement to wear face covering, using some form of optional visual cue. Those who are exempt from the regulations will be permitted to go into supermarkets and shops without wearing a face covering.

People do not need to prove they have an exemption. Staff and employees are expected to act reasonably and not challenge people on why they are not wearing a covering.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to issue guidance to residential care homes on visitor access to residents; and whether he plans to remove restrictions on care home visitors when shielding is lifted at the beginning of August 2020.

The Government published guidance on visiting care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic on 22 July 2020. This guidance is available on GOV.UK.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to undertake a public health campaign on (a) the need to wear face masks (i) on public transport and (ii) in shops and (b) the correct way to wear them.

The Government is running a major proactive communications campaign on face coverings to alert the public where they are now required to wear a face covering, who is exempt from wearing one, and how to wear one correctly. As part of this campaign, we are prioritising the need to communicate who is exempt from wearing one. We are actively engaging with stakeholders including disability charities to communicate new guidance to their members as well as highlighting this message to the general public on social media and via broadcasting opportunities.

The Government is also communicating the key difference between face coverings and medical grade personal protective equipment, highlighting that face coverings protect others, they do not protect the wearer, and so other behaviours, such as social distancing and hand washing, are crucial.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to investigate the reasons for the number of covid-19 outbreaks in abattoirs and other meat processing facilities.

Public Health England (PHE) local health protection teams respond to notifications of suspected outbreaks in meat processing plants (including abattoirs) by undertaking a risk assessment, providing public health advice, including on infection prevention and control and social distancing measures, and advising on the testing of employees. In doing so, an assessment is made as to whether transmission may be occurring in or outside the workplace.

An enhanced outbreak investigation protocol has been developed which will allow PHE to further understand the factors relating to infection transmission in meat-related food production and abattoir settings to ascertain potential routes of transmission: within the workplace through a more detailed understanding of the workforce, the working environment and working practices; staff and environmental biological sampling; factors outside the workplace, such as transport arrangements, housing, employment conditions.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidential basis for the Government's decision (a) to require passengers to wear face coverings on public transport and (b) not to extend that requirement to customers in shops.

The Government has always been clear that its highest priority in managing this national crisis is protecting the public and the National Health Service. On 15 June, the Government website published clear guidance on passengers wearing mandatory face coverings when travelling on public transport in England. The advice details the evidential basis for requiring passengers to wear face masks on transport, and broadly states that there is strong evidence suggesting that social distancing, hand hygiene and isolation measures offer the best protection from the spread of the disease.

From Friday 24 July, members of the public must wear a face covering when visiting a shop or supermarket. Guidance on this was published on 14 July.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether travellers to the UK are obliged to quarantine if they have had a positive antibody test for covid-19.

On 8 June new rules for international travellers were introduced in order to reduce the risk of new cases from abroad.

Before considering whether antibody testing could ever be used to lessen or exempt specific individuals from self-isolation measures, we first need to improve our understanding of how the immune system responds to COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a new disease and the science around ‘immunity’ to the virus remains uncertain. There is no strong evidence yet to suggest that those who have been proven to have had the virus are immune. We do not know, for example, how long an antibody response to the virus lasts nor whether having antibodies means one does not transmit the virus to others.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been contacted by the NHS test and trace system on each day since 1 June 2020; and whether those contacts were made by (a) operation of the relevant app (b) the Phone Bank (c) directors of public health (d) the NHS locally; and if he will publish that data on a daily basis going forward.

The latest information on the number of people who have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service was published on Thursday 6 August. This data refers to the first nine weeks of the service – 28 May – 29 July. The Department plans to continue to publish similar information on a weekly basis. Over the coming weeks, as the service matures, more information will be provided on a weekly basis, and details about what this will contain can be found in the future development section at the end of the report.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to tracking and tracing process for the contacts of people with covid-19, what sanctions he plans to put in place for people who refuse to disclose details of their contacts and interactions; and what sanctions will be in place for people who are identified as contacts who refuse to co-operate with that process.

We are confident that the public will want to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus to keep themselves, their families and communities safe and to protect the National Health Service. This means complying with instructions to self-isolate. However, if we find that people are not complying with isolation instructions, we will not hesitate to introduce tougher measures.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the risk of transfer of covid-19 in supermarkets.

The Government has published evidence on environmental transmission, including indoor and outdoor risks. The two relevant papers are available at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-of-environmental-dispersion-of-covid-19-for-different-mechanisms-14-april-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environmental-influence-on-transmission-of-covid-19-28-april-2020

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to protect the incomes of workers involved in Shared Lives provision.

This Government is grateful for everything Shared Lives carers do to provide care and support to thousands of people. Many have continued to do this during the COVID-19 crisis, but we are aware that others have seen a reduction in the caring hours they provide, which has an impact on their income.

The Department is currently working with Shared Lives Plus and local government on this issue, to ensure that Shared Lives carers receive appropriate support at a local level.

In addition, Shared Lives carers may be able to receive support through the welfare system, including benefitting from Government's relaxation of the earnings rules (known as the Minimum Income Floor) in Universal Credit.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his announcement on 28 April 2020 that residents and staff of care homes would be tested for covid-19, how many tests on those (a) residents and (b) staff have been undertaken; and what proportion of those (a) residents and (b) staff have been tested since that date.

We are rapidly increasing our capability to deliver and successfully process test results all around the country. As at 7 June 2020, we have successfully delivered over one million individual test kits to our care homes. We will continue to upscale and meet the needs of all those in care settings.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisations are responsible for the carrying out of covid-19 tests in care homes of residents and staff; and what changes have been made to the testing processes of those organisations in the last month.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Department are working closely together to respond to outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes.

PHE's health protection teams (HPTs) play a vital role locally in responding to any outbreak in care homes, providing tailored infection control advice to allow staff to protect themselves and their residents. From the outset, HPTs have been arranging testing for residents when an outbreak is reported at a particular care home.

The Department is offering a test to every staff member and resident in every care home in England, whether symptomatic or not. By 6 June, every care home for the over 65s will have been offered testing for residents and staff.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Apr 2020
To the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which local authorities have introduced Care Act easements; on what date those local authorities did so; and what level of easements have been applied by those local authorities.

As of 30 April 2020, the Department has received notification from Sunderland City Council on 31 March, Derbyshire County Council on 9 April, Birmingham City Council on 14 April, Warwickshire County Council on 16 April, Staffordshire County Council on 17 April, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on 18 April and Coventry City Council on 28 April. Middlesbrough Council introduced easements on 14 April but has since notified the Department that they ceased to operate under easements on 22 April.

Local authorities must notify the Department when they decide to operate under easements, but are not required to notify the Department of what level of easements have been applied.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by what date deaths outside hospital from covid-19 will be published daily.

On 29 April 2020 the Government introduced a new daily death reporting protocol which includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test such as hospitals, care homes and the wider community. More information can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/daily-death-reporting-now-includes-all-positive-covid-19-deaths

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is also publishing stats from deaths registered in a given week, which include deaths outside hospital such as care homes. From 28 April 2020, the ONS publish counts of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes, based on reporting from care home operators to the Care Quality Commission. These figures will put deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in proper context, alongside the ONS’s more comprehensive figures.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by what date he plans to publish on a daily basis non-hospital deaths with covid-19.

From 29 April, figures for deaths include all cases where there is a positive confirmed test for COVID-19. The figures include deaths with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in all settings, not just those in hospital, and this provides us with a single figure on an equivalent basis for the whole of the United Kingdom.

These UK figures are compiled from validated data provided by each of the four nations of the UK. Figures from Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland) have always included tested cases outside hospital. Figures for England from 29 April onwards are provided by Public Health England and draw together several different data sources, including data from NHS England and NHS Improvement, to produce this broader measure.

This approach allows us to compile deaths data on a daily basis using up-to-date figures across all settings.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of memory clinics in (a) England and (b) Wales which have remained open since 23 March 2020; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested on the number of memory clinics that have remained open in England since 23 March 2020 is not held centrally.

Health and social care for people with dementia in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is a devolved matter and the responsibility respectively of each of the devolved administrations.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which patient organisations are members of the (a) modifiers considered in decision-making, (b) exploring uncertainty, (c) types of evidence, (d) health-related quality of life, (e) technology specific issues, (f) discounting, (g) cost-minimisation methods (h) costs used in HTA, (i) equality considerations in guideline development, (j) general approach to decision-making and (k) position of technologies in care pathway, NICE methods review task and finish groups.

The following patient groups are currently involved across the programme of task and finish groups. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that it continues to seek further members for the task and finish groups, and a full list of members is still to be finalised.

- Alzheimer's Research UK;

- Breast Cancer Now;

- Cancer52;

- Cystic Fibrosis Trust ;

- Diabetes UK;

- Genetic Alliance UK;

- Leukaemia CARE;

- Multiple Sclerosis Society;

- Muscular Dystrophy UK;

- Myeloma UK;

- Neuroendocrine Cancer UK;

- Prostate cancer UK; and

- Sarcoma UK.

In recruiting patient organisations to the NICE methods review task and finish groups, patients on the methods working group were asked to nominate representatives with a range of experience. Additional representatives were nominated by NICE where particular expertise or input was required. The organisations involved in the task and finish groups cover a broad spectrum of disease areas including cancer, non-cancer and rare diseases.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how patient organisations were recruited to the 11 NICE methods review task and finish groups.

The following patient groups are currently involved across the programme of task and finish groups. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that it continues to seek further members for the task and finish groups, and a full list of members is still to be finalised.

- Alzheimer's Research UK;

- Breast Cancer Now;

- Cancer52;

- Cystic Fibrosis Trust ;

- Diabetes UK;

- Genetic Alliance UK;

- Leukaemia CARE;

- Multiple Sclerosis Society;

- Muscular Dystrophy UK;

- Myeloma UK;

- Neuroendocrine Cancer UK;

- Prostate cancer UK; and

- Sarcoma UK.

In recruiting patient organisations to the NICE methods review task and finish groups, patients on the methods working group were asked to nominate representatives with a range of experience. Additional representatives were nominated by NICE where particular expertise or input was required. The organisations involved in the task and finish groups cover a broad spectrum of disease areas including cancer, non-cancer and rare diseases.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NICE methods review task and finish groups will take to consult with the wider health charity sector.

The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that a six week public consultation on the proposals for changing its methods and processes will take place this summer. We understand that further work on the timetable is in progress and will be communicated in due course.

The wider health charity sector will have an opportunity to review the proposals for change from the task and finish groups during this consultation.

NICE also held a webinar with stakeholders in November 2019 to share how and why health technology evaluation is changing and what it means for patients. The webinar is available on the NICE website at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/our-programmes/nice-guidance/nice-technology-appraisal-guidance/changes-to-health-technology-evaluation

NICE staff have also participated in a number of events to engage with the patient community, including the charity sector and about the methods review.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of the full consultation on the proposed reforms to NICE methods and processes.

The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that a six week public consultation on the proposals for changing its methods and processes will take place this summer. We understand that further work on the timetable is in progress and will be communicated in due course.

The wider health charity sector will have an opportunity to review the proposals for change from the task and finish groups during this consultation.

NICE also held a webinar with stakeholders in November 2019 to share how and why health technology evaluation is changing and what it means for patients. The webinar is available on the NICE website at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/our-programmes/nice-guidance/nice-technology-appraisal-guidance/changes-to-health-technology-evaluation

NICE staff have also participated in a number of events to engage with the patient community, including the charity sector and about the methods review.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to consult on his proposed reforms to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

The Cancer Drugs Fund will be extended to create a new Innovative Medicines Fund so that doctors can use the most advanced, life-saving treatments for conditions such as autoimmune disease or cancer, or for children with other rare diseases.

Detailed proposals for the new Innovative Medicines Fund are in development and will be consulted on in due course. The will extend the successes of the reformed Cancer Drugs Fund into other areas.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed Innovative Medicines Fund does not adversely affect funding available for cancer drugs.

The Cancer Drugs Fund will be extended to create a new Innovative Medicines Fund so that doctors can use the most advanced, life-saving treatments for conditions such as autoimmune disease or cancer, or for children with other rare diseases.

Detailed proposals for the new Innovative Medicines Fund are in development and will be consulted on in due course. The will extend the successes of the reformed Cancer Drugs Fund into other areas.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she will take to help ensure that the Government of Israel ceases its destruction of (a) the main water pipeline serving multiple communities in Massafer Yatta and (b) other water infrastructure in the West Bank.

The UK has raised the issue of access to water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with the Israeli authorities, including stressing the urgent need for Israel to take immediate and practical measures to improve the current situation and ensure fair distribution of water in the West Bank. The UK is clear that in all but the most exceptional of circumstances, demolitions and evictions are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The UK regularly raises the issue of demolitions, confiscations and forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes with the Government of Israel, most recently with Israel's Ministry of Defence on 19 October.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to decide which international partners will be included in the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme; and when those partners will be notified.

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme has already resettled thousands of Afghans who have worked with the UK Government, and their families. The ARAP scheme is a UK run scheme, managed by the MOD.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the reported (a) raid of school in the Wadi Al Joz neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, (b) detention of the school principal and an employee and (c) seizure of computers and files by Israeli forces on 1 September 2021.

It is essential to have a strong and thriving Palestinian education system in order to provide opportunities, economic development and hope for the next generation. While we recognise Israel's legitimate need to deploy security measures, we encourage them to deploy these in a way that minimises tension. We repeatedly call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law and have a regular dialogue with Israel on legal issues relating to the occupation, including the treatment of Palestinian children.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of reports that Israeli forces raided the offices of the human rights NGO, Defence for Children International-Palestine, during which files relating to child detainees were seized.

The UK and officials from other like-minded missions met with Defence for Children International - Palestine on 31 August. We have followed developments in this case, including an ongoing military court petition filed by the organisation. We have called upon the Government of Israel to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organisations and to allow them to freely operate in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories. Israel's long-standing commitment to democratic values is one of its great strengths as a fellow democracy, and we continue to make clear that a strong, vibrant civil society is in Israel's own interest. As a friend of Israel, we would be concerned by any developments that may undermine this commitment.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to his Israeli counterpart on holding criminal investigations into the reported death of children as a result of Israeli police and military personnel actions.

The UK has been clear that we need an immediate de-escalation on all sides, and an end to targeting of civilian populations. The UK offers our condolences to the families of those civilians killed. Civilian deaths, both in Israel and Gaza are a tragedy.

Israel has a legitimate right to self-defence, and the right to defend its citizens from attack. In doing so, it is vital that all actions are proportionate, in line with International Humanitarian Law, and make every effort to avoid civilian casualties. We call on all sides to reduce tensions, restore calm and avoid provocation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the finding by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of a more than doubling of the donor-funded aid items targeted for demolition or confiscation by the Israeli authorities in the first quarter of 2021, compared with the monthly average in 2020, what additional steps he will take to deter further demolitions and confiscations of humanitarian aid in the West Bank.

The UK regularly raises the demolition of Palestinian property with the Government of Israel, including over the repeated confiscation and demolition of donor-funded assistance and structures. The Fourth Geneva Convention, which applies to all occupied territories, prohibits demolitions or forced evictions absent military necessity. The UK is clear that in all but the most exceptional of circumstances, demolitions are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The practice causes unnecessary suffering to Palestinians and is harmful to efforts to promote peace.

The UK urged the Government of Israel to end demolitions of property in the West Bank at the UN Security council on 25 March 2021. On the same day, the British Ambassador in Tel Aviv raised ongoing demolitions with the Israeli authorities in a meeting alongside like-minded partners. I called on Israel to stop demolitions on 5 February 2021 and raised my concerns about the demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures with the Israeli Ambassador on 29 October 2020. UK officials from the British Consulate in Jerusalem have made regular visits to areas at risk of demolition and eviction to reiterate UK support for those communities.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the 121 per cent increase in Palestinian structures targeted for demolition or seizure by the Israeli authorities in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period in the previous year.

The UK regularly raises the demolition of Palestinian property with the Government of Israel, including over the repeated confiscation and demolition of donor-funded assistance and structures. The Fourth Geneva Convention, which applies to all occupied territories, prohibits demolitions or forced evictions absent military necessity. The UK is clear that in all but the most exceptional of circumstances, demolitions are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The practice causes unnecessary suffering to Palestinians and is harmful to efforts to promote peace.

The UK urged the Government of Israel to end demolitions of property in the West Bank at the UN Security council on 25 March 2021. On the same day, the British Ambassador in Tel Aviv raised ongoing demolitions with the Israeli authorities in a meeting alongside like-minded partners. I called on Israel to stop demolitions on 5 February 2021 and raised my concerns about the demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures with the Israeli Ambassador on 29 October 2020. UK officials from the British Consulate in Jerusalem have made regular visits to areas at risk of demolition and eviction to reiterate UK support for those communities.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Israel against the use of live ammunition on Palestinian children in the West Bank.

We repeatedly call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law and have a regular dialogue with Israel on legal issues relating to the occupation, including the treatment of Palestinian children. We continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population, in particular the need to protect children, and urge restraint in the use of live fire. As I said on 9 December 2020, in instances where there have been accusations of excessive use of force, we have advocated swift, transparent investigations.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UN Special Rapporteurs' statement of 14 January 2021, what recent assessment he has made of progress by Israel on ensuring equal access to covid-19 vaccines for Palestinians.

The UK regularly engages with both the Government of Israel and Palestinian Authority (PA) and will continue to raise timely and appropriate access to COVID-19 vaccines. We welcome steps both parties have taken so far to coordinate the response, including the recent delivery of 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the Israeli Authorities to the PA for Palestinian health workers. We continue to encourage further cooperation between the two parties.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help facilitate access to covid-19 (a) vaccines and (b) other essential healthcare supplies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The UK remains committed to ensuring equitable access to effective vaccines as demonstrated by our £548 million contribution to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) - the international initiative to support global equitable access to vaccines. Through match funding, the commitment was leveraged to encourage other donors to commit $1 billion in 2020. We are pleased that the OPTs will be among the first to benefit from the COVAX AMC scheme, with delivery of a first batch of more than 37,000 doses of the of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine anticipated in mid-February.

The UK has also provided £1.25m funding (WHO with £630,000 and UNICEF with £620,000) to purchase and co-ordinate delivery of medical equipment, treat critical care patients, train frontline health workers, and scale up laboratory testing capacity - mainly in Gaza. We remain in regular, close contact with the Palestinian Authority to discuss their plans for access to safe COVID-19 vaccines in the OPTs.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, whether the money being raised through the residential property developer tax will be additional to the £5 billion previously announced for the Building Safety Fund.

The Residential Property Developer Tax will raise at least £2 billion over the next decade. This will help to fund the £5 billion package of funding that was announced in February 2021 for the removal of unsafe cladding from the highest risk buildings.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

The Government is committed to providing local authorities with the flexibility they need to use funding in a way that responds to local needs and priorities. The Local Government Finance settlement and the vast majority of local government’s Core Spending Power (£51.3bn) is un-ringfenced, giving local authorities flexibility over their spending decisions. Local authorities also receive significant funding through unringfenced Section 31 grants.

There are times when dedicated competitive biddable funding streams are the best way to make sure local authorities receive the support they need to deliver the Government’s objectives, including specific funding initiatives, trials or pilots. In such circumstances, HM Treasury works closely to support Departments as they seek to maximise value for money by considering the timing, value and conditions attached to any funding.

HM Treasury does not distribute any biddable funds to local authorities as these are administered separately by departments.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 49949 on Social Services: Finance, how much and what proportion of the £5.4 billion referred to is (a) to pay for the cap of £86,000, (b) towards paying providers a fair rate, (c) additional money for local authorities to pay for care and (d) to be used for any other purposes.

As outlined in my response to your written question of September 15th, the government will set out its plans for spending across all public services at the Spending Review on October 27th. This will include adult social care spending.
Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with refence to the Plan for Health and Social Care, published September 2021, what estimate he has made of the costs of the funding and system reform commitments referred to in paragraph 36 of that Plan over financial years (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25; and if he publish the costs related to the specific commitments in that Plan.

In Build Back Better: Our plan for health and social care,[1] the Government set out that £5.4bn in additional funding will be provided to support a sustainable social care system that is fit for the future.

This funding will end unpredictable care by introducing a cap of £86,000 on the costs of care; and include over £500 million pounds to support the adult social care workforce, in recognition of their tireless efforts during the pandemic.

It also includes funding to enable all Local Authorities to move towards paying providers a fair rate for care, which should drive up the quality of adult social care services, improve workforce conditions and increase investment.

The government will set out its plans for spending across all public services at the Spending Review on October 27th.

[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1015736/Build_Back_Better-_Our_Plan_for_Health_and_Social_Care.pdf

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether staff employed on zero hour contracts, who receive their holiday pay as an average of their earnings, are entitled to receive their full holiday pay entitlement through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; and whether there are requirements under that scheme for employers to provide employees with written confirmation of holiday (a) entitlement and (b) payment whilst being furloughed.

Individuals, including those on zero-hour contracts, can take paid holiday, and continue to accrue holiday entitlement, while on furlough.

If a furloughed worker takes holiday, the employer should pay them their full holiday pay, calculated in accordance with BEIS guidance. Employers will be obliged to fund any additional amounts over the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) grant.

BEIS has published guidance covering how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/holiday-entitlement-and-pay-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

There is no requirement specific to the CJRS scheme in which the employer will need to provide written confirmation to workers of holiday entitlement and holiday payment while on furlough.

20th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will protect people purchasing houses from lost sales due to mortgages and other loans not being fulfilled due to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is committed to supporting homeowners and home buyers during COVID-19. This included making mortgage holidays available to all mortgage holders for up to 6 months support for consumers struggling with mortgage payments; consumers have until 31 March 2021 to apply and all holidays must be completed by 31 July. We also brought in a temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax cut in order to encourage and maintain confidence in the property market.

The Government does not seek to intervene in individual home purchases, but, we have worked with industry on a range of measures to make the process of buying and selling homes quicker, cheaper and less stressful. For example, we published "how to " guides to lead consumers through the process, ensured estate agent referral fees are transparent, set an 10 day turnaround for searches and started work to test reservation agreements which will increase commitment between buyers and sellers.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will require businesses to actively offer furlough to clinically extremely vulnerable employees.

An employer can claim for any employees who were employed and on their PAYE payroll on 30 October 2020. The employer must have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee.

This includes education supply staff who are unable to work and clinically extremely vulnerable people, where they meet these eligibility criteria.

The furloughing of staff through the CJRS is a voluntary arrangement entered at the employers’ discretion and agreed by employees. The decision whether an individual firm should put its staff on furlough, or take them off it is one for the employer, in consultation with the employee.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the ineligibility of wholesalers for business rates relief on the viability of care home supply chains throughout the North of England.

No such assessment has been made, but the Government recognises this is a difficult time for businesses. This is why it has spent over £280 billion on economic support, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, business grants and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, which wholesalers may be able to benefit from. If businesses are in a difficult position?with regard to?business rates bills, they are encouraged to contact their local authority to discuss what support may be available. The Government is conducting a fundamental review of business rates and will outline plans for future business rates reliefs in the New Year.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions he has made about available spending for social care in his spending forecast for 2021-22.

The Spending Review provided councils with access to over £1bn of new spending power to fund social care in 21/22. This includes £300m of new grant funding for social care and is on top of maintaining £3.5bn of existing social care grants.

In addition, we expect to provide councils with over £3bn to help manage the impact of COVID-19 across their services, including in social care.

This will support local authorities to maintain care services while keeping up with rising demand and recovering from the impact of COVID-19.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 September 2020 to Question 94333 on Football: taxation, if he will require HMRC to not take action against professional football clubs who find themselves unable to meet their tax obligations as a result of the restrictions imposed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

HMRC continue to speak to individual clubs, sporting bodies and DCMS to ensure they can give support to businesses experiencing difficulty paying their liabilities. Where clubs have been unable to pay in full, Time to Pay (TTP) arrangements have been agreed. For those unable to submit acceptable proposals or make any payments, HMRC continue to maintain a dialogue with them.

In accordance with the moratorium introduced as part of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, along with other creditors, HMRC cannot currently initiate any winding up action against companies. This is in place until 31 December 2020.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason (a) self-employed individuals receive wage support up to 20 per cent of pre-covid-19 income under the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and (b) people in full-time employment can receive up to 77 per cent through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is helping self-employed people adversely affected by COVID-19. 2.7 million people claimed £7.8 billion of support under the first grant, and as at 20 September 2.2 million people had claimed £5.6 billion of support under the second grant.

The Government has announced a package of measures in the Winter Economy Plan that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead. The package includes a new Job Support Scheme (JSS) and an extension to the SEISS.

Under the next phase of the SEISS, eligible people will be able to claim a taxable grant covering 20% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £1,875 in total.

Under the Job Support Scheme, employees must be working 33% of their usual hours. For every hour not worked by the employee, both the Government and employer will pay a third each of the usual hourly wage for that employee. The Government contribution will be capped at £697.92 a month.

The Government has broadly aligned the next SEISS grant with the Government’s contribution to the Job Support Scheme. The extension is not intended to provide a direct income replacement, as people will be continuing to work while claiming the grant. Those who require more support may have access to other elements of the Government’s support package.

18th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the letter entitled, Business Rates Support for all Leisure Businesses from the Local Government Association and others, dated 24 April 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of classifying coach operators as leisure businesses to enable those businesses to access covid-19 business rates and grant schemes.

The Government has provided enhanced support through business rates relief and business grants to businesses occupying properties used for retail, hospitality and leisure given the direct and acute impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those sectors.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for Local Authorities (LAs) on the implementation of the business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure. Eligibility is based on the use of property, and it is for LAs to determine eligibility in line with guidance.

While certain businesses will not be eligible for business rates relief, they may still benefit from the wider business and employment support package the Government has made available, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and the deferral of VAT payments for this quarter. In addition, LAs can choose to make discretionary grants to businesses which have been excluded from the existing grants schemes if they consider there is a particular local economic need. To receive a discretionary grant, a business must have been trading as of 11 March and must not have received any other cash grant funded by central Government (with the exception of the SEISS).

11th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which local authorities have furloughed workers to date; and how many workers have been furloughed by each of those local authorities.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given on 11 June. As with the answer of 11 June (UIN 55864) it is not possible to provide an answer in the time available. In addition, in order to protect the confidentiality of individual organisations’ tax affairs HMRC are unable to provide information on individual local authorities.

8th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and which local authorities have furloughed workers to date; and how many workers have been furloughed by each of those local authorities.

It is not possible to provide an answer in the time available.

8th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it will be mandatory or voluntary for employers to pay contributions into the furlough scheme when the Government reduces its 80 per cent contribution.

Employer contributions will be mandatory from August for those who opt to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

In June and July, the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance Contributions (ER NICS) and pension contributions for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will have to pay employees for the hours they work.

In August, the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 and employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions for the hours the employee does not work.

In September, the Government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up the 80% total, up to a cap of £2,500.

In October, the Government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee does not work. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up the 80% total, up to a cap of £2,500.

24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many permanent speed cameras there are in each Police Authority Area; and how many speed cameras there are per each mile of adopted road in each Police Authority Area.

The Home Office does not collect data on the number or location of speed cameras.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by her Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if she will publish the names of those funds.

Four (4) funds have been allocated to local authorities through a process of competitive bidding in 2021.

Details have been published in the public domain for 3 of these funds

  • Safer Street Fund (Round 2)

Millions more funding for projects to make our streets safer - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

  • Safer Street Fund (Round 3)

Police and local authorities given extra £23.5 million for safer streets  - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

  • Trusted Relationships Fund

Trusted Relationships Fund: local areas and project descriptions - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Details of the 4th fund (Child National Referral Mechanism pilot) have not yet been published but willbe published by the Cabinet Office, as part of their annual Grants data publication (which can be found here)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of EU Settlement Scheme Family Permits missed the 30 June 2021 deadline; and what proportion of those that missed that deadline were due to departmental delay.

There is no deadline for applications for an EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) family permit by eligible family members wishing to join an EEA or Swiss citizen with EUSS status who was resident in the UK by the end of the transition period. They can continue to apply for an EUSS family permit after 30 June 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been transferred into each local authority area in England in the last two years.

The latest published Immigration Statistics detail the number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority area, which includes those in hotel and wider government facilities. These statistics can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-support

Data is published on a quarterly basis, with the latest information published 26 November 2020. The next quarterly figures are due to be released in February 2021.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers the police have to enforce covid-19 restrictions on people living in Tier 4 areas travelling to Tier 3 areas to shop during the covid-19 outbreak.

People are required to continue to follow the rules under the current restrictions. They are in place to protect the public and save lives during this national pandemic This means that you must not leave or be outside of your home without reasonable excuse. We also recommend that people stay local where possible. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

The police will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including issuing a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence.

People aged 18 or over can be issued with a fixed penalty notice:

  • £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
  • £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400

The Home Office continues to work closely with the police and operational partners to ensure they have the powers, resources and guidance they need.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to recommendation seven of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, published in March 2020, what plans she has to review her Department's compliant environment policy.

I accepted the Windrush Lessons Learned review’s important findings in July and on 30 September I published the Comprehensive Improvement plan in response to the review. This includes our response to recommendation 7.

I am clear that the public expects us to enforce immigration laws approved by Parliament as a matter of fairness to those who abide by the rules and to protect tax-payer funded services, by ensuring that only those who are entitled to use publicly funded services can access them and that those who are here legitimately do not suffer negative consequences.

We do not intend to deviate from these key principles, but I have tasked my officials to undertake a full evaluation of the compliant environment policy and measures, individually and cumulatively, to make sure that the crucial balance is right. If we find evidence, they are not achieving our objectives, we will review and adapt our policies.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional support the Government will provide to people with No Recourse to Public Funds who lose their jobs during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government remains committed to protecting vulnerable people and has acted decisively to ensure that we support everyone through this pandemic. We have introduced a range of measures to ensure people can stay safe and many of these are available for those with a No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition.

For those whose jobs are impacted but have retained employment status, the assistance provided under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (which remains in place until 31st October) and the Self-employed Income Support Scheme are not classed as public funds and are available to all those who are legally working or self-employed respectively, including those with NRPF status and those on zero-hour contracts. Statutory sick pay and some other work-related benefits, which are also not classed as public funds and so are also available to all.

If an individual with NRPF has been working in the UK and lost their employment, if sufficient national insurance contributions have been made, they may be entitled to claim contributory Employment and Support Allowance.

We have also temporarily extended the eligibility criteria for free school meals to support some families with NRPF, in recognition of the difficulties they may be facing during these unique circumstances. More information, including eligibility details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance. For families facing hardship, further government support is available which can be found on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support.

Individuals whose lawful basis of stay in the UK is based on their family life or human rights can apply to have the NRPF condition lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if they are destitute or at risk of destitution, if the welfare of their child is at risk due to their low income, or where there are other exceptional financial circumstances.

Local authorities may also provide basic safety net support, regardless of immigration status, if it is established that there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases where the wellbeing of a child is in question.

The Government has published guidance and support for migrants affected by Covid-19 on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of identity theft and fraud made to Action Fraud were referred to trading standards departments for investigation in each year from 2015 to 2019.

The Home Office collects information from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau on the number of recorded frauds and on the number of frauds disseminated to police forces for further investigation. The latest statistics are available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817769/crime-outcomes-hosb1219.pdf

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of frauds or identify thefts referred to Trading Standards for further investigation.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
7th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to replace EEA regulations on immigration with alternative arrangements; and what those arrangements will comprise.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union and the end of free movement, we will deliver on the people’s priorities by introducing a new points-based immigration system from 2021 to attract the brightest and best talent from around the world, with decisions based on what you have to offer, not where your passport is from.

We will set out the details of this firmer and fairer new system in the near future.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with refence to the Plan for Health and Social Care, published September 2021, what is the net change in funding to local authorities resulting from the proposals in that Plan; what estimate he has made of the specific increases and decreases in funding to local authorities relating to that Plan resulting in (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25.

This Government intends to compensate public sector employers for the increased cost of the Levy.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the increase in employers National Insurance payments on local authority contracts as a result of the changes in the NHS and Social Care plan in financial years (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25.

This Government intends to compensate public sector employers for the increased cost of the Levy.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to local authorities of the increase in Employers National Insurance payments as result of the changes in the NHS and Social Care Plan in each of the following financial years (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25.

This Government intends to compensate public sector employers for the increased cost of the Levy.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from (a) local authorities and (b) local government groups on extending the power to allow councils to continue meeting remotely after the expiry of the relevant powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 on 6 May 2021.

The Government keeps all policy under review. To extend the facility for all local authorities to continue to meet remotely or in hybrid form after 7 May 2021 would require primary legislation. We have received representations from local authorities and sector representative organisations making the case for the continuation of remote meetings beyond 7 May 2021 and we are carefully considering next steps in this area.

19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the power to allow councils to continue meeting remotely after the expiry of the relevant powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 on 6 May 2021.

The Government keeps all policy under review. To extend the facility for all local authorities to continue to meet remotely or in hybrid form after 7 May 2021 would require primary legislation. We have received representations from local authorities and sector representative organisations making the case for the continuation of remote meetings beyond 7 May 2021 and we are carefully considering next steps in this area.

11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his oral statement of 10 February 2021, Official Report, Column 329 on Building Safety, whether the money raised from the proposed developer levy is in addition to the £3.5 million announced for the removal of cladding on buildings over 18 metres in height.

We announced on 10 February 2021 plans to introduce a developer levy at Gateway 2 of the new Building Safety Regime. This will help to ensure that the industry takes collective responsibility for historical building safety defects. We will be setting out details of the levy and it will be implemented through the forthcoming Building Safety Bill.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made on the financial effect on Council and Housing Associations of the costs of (a) removing cladding and (b) other fire safety building safety work not funded by the Government.

Section 11 of the Building Safety Bill: Impact Assessment provides estimates of the average costs per building for addressing safety remediation in high rise (18 metres and above) buildings. These estimates consider all necessary remediation, which goes beyond façade remediation. Social sector building owners have been able to access the £400m Social Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund, which supports the removal and replacement of non-compliant ACM cladding on buildings over 18 metres. We have also launched a fund of £1 billion to cover the costs of remediating unsafe non-ACM cladding on residential buildings over 18 metres tall - and whilst this is focused on private sector leaseholders, it is available to social landlords facing affordability issues, and will also cover the costs of leaseholders in social housing. On 10 February we announced a multi-billion pound investment to protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes. We are also establishing a generous scheme to ensure, where required, cladding removal can take place on buildings between 11 and 18 metres. As part of this financing scheme, leaseholder payments towards remediation costs will be capped at a maximum £50per month.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's proposed loan scheme for the removal of unsafe cladding on buildings 18 meters or over, which (a) public bodies or (b) limited companies will be responsible for any matters relating to debt accrued under that scheme.

We have announced a multi-billion investment to protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes. We will be publishing more details on how these schemes will work.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the local authority spending power in the Spending Review 2020, whether (a) payment of the living wage and (b) the £250 minimum pay rise for lower paid staff employed (i) by the council and (ii) on council contracts including social care workers are accounted for in that figure.

Local government has the flexibility to agree its own wages for staff and therefore ultimately decisions on wages will be for local authorities to make. Councils and their contractors must, of course, pay the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage. The package announced at Spending Review 2020 – including an estimated 4.5 per cent cash increase in core spending power – includes sufficient resources for them to do this.

11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers local authorities have to tackle tenants who breach their tenancy agreement as a result of anti social behaviour.

Landlords have the power to seek the repossession of a tenant’s home for serious breaches of their tenancy agreement on the grounds of anti social behaviour.

Landlords may still serve a notice of intention of seeking possession during this period which must be for a minimum of 3 months. No court proceedings can be commenced until the 3 month notice period has expired.

Landlords may also, where appropriate, work with their local authority to use the powers available via the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which offers a wide range of flexible non-possession approaches to tackling anti-social behaviour. The remedies include the use of injunctions, closure orders and community protection notices.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's announcement that the ban on evictions during the covid-19 outbreak will be extended until the 23 August 2020, whether (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations that are seeking evictions as a result of of anti-social behaviour will be exempt from that ban.

The current stay on possession proceedings in the courts applies to all proceedings, regardless of who the landlord is. There are no exemptions available for local authority or housing association landlords.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what is the Government's policy on local authorities furloughing their employees.

It is a decision for local authorities whether or not to furlough staff, in compliance with Government guidance. However, local authorities are continuing to provide essential public services and contribute to the response to the coronavirus outbreak, and as such the government expects that local authorities will continue to pay their staff as usual.

Where staff are not able to carry out their usual work, Government expects local authorities make every effort to redeploy employees to assist with the coronavirus response. This could include redeployment within the existing organisation, or to support another part of the public sector.

However, as the guidance sets out there may be a small number of cases where the scheme may be appropriate. In these cases, local authorities are expected to use their best judgement in applying the Government guidance.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the net addition of social rented housing in England since 2010 taking into account (a) demolitions, (b) sales and (c) conversions.

The Department does not produce estimates of net additions to the social housing sector, as not all the information on losses is collected to create such estimate. Information is not collected on losses to stock owned by non-registered providers; losses through conversions for smaller private registered providers or local authority stock held outside a Housing Revenue Account; and data on any other losses are not collected except for larger private registered providers (e.g. change of use).

Data on gross additions to the social housing sector are available on live tables 1000 or 1000C which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply

The available data on sales and demolitions are available in tables 678 and 684 which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-social-housing-sales

The total size of the social housing stock rented from local authorities or private registered providers in England is published in live table 104 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the (a) projected annual net costs of Help to Buy from its inception until 2021-22 as set out in the original business case, (b) actual annual net costs from inception until 2018-2019 and (c) current projected net costs until 2021-22.

The following answer sets out Capital Departmental Expenditure Limits (CDEL)?forecast expenditure of the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme, as set out in published Budget reports.? It includes CDEL financial transactions only, as the primary cost associated with the scheme.? It does not include running costs.?
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Help to Buy: Equity Loan is a demand-led scheme: the uptake is driven by the market.? Budget forecasts are therefore revised?regularly in light of?the most recent market information and estimated demand for the scheme.

It would not be appropriate to set out annualised net forecast expenditure or costs because they are not reflective of the actual cost and return to government for the scheme. In particular, the annual net cost amount does not fully account for the equity element of the homes which is held as an asset.

For the reasons set out above, the Department does not set out annual net costs for Help to Buy: Equity Loan. Annual cost and income figures in relation to the scheme are set out in the Annual Report and Accounts of Homes England (formerly Homes and Communities Agency) for the financial years 2013-14 to 2018-19.

The figures published in the Budget reports are:

2013 Spring Budget Report

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/221885/budget2013_complete.pdf

This contains announcement of scheme from 2013 to 2016.

page 65, page 71 Table 2.6 (£ million)

Help to Buy: Equity Loan

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

total

£1,150m

£1,430m

£1,550m

£4,130m

2014 Spring Budget Report

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/293759/37630_Budget_2014_Web_Accessible.pdf

This contains the announcement of extending the scheme to 2020?(paragraphs 1.140, 2.15). ?

page 62, Table 2.5 (£ million)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

total

Help to Buy: Equity Loan

0

0

£1,700m

£1,750m

£1,800m

£5,250m


2015 Spending Review Autumn Statement

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/479749/52229_Blue_Book_PU1865_Web_Accessible.pdf

page 42, paragraph 1.146 part 4? This contains the announcement of extending the scheme to 2021, along with the new London Help to Buy scheme.

2016 Spring Budget Report? https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/508193/HMT_Budget_2016_Web_Accessible.pdf

page 42, paragraph 1.105 This contains an update on scheme performance.

2017 Autumn Budget Report

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661480/autumn_budget_2017_web.pdf

This contains the announcement of the additional £10 billion.
page 25, Table 1.9 ?(£ million)

Help to Buy: Equity Loan

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

total

£1,895m

£2,870m

£3,325m

£3,780m

£11,870m

2018 Autumn Budget Report

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752202/Budget_2018_red_web.pdf

Contains the announcement of the new scheme from 2021 to 2023.
page 27, Table 1.8 ?(£ million)

Help to Buy: Equity Loan

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

total

£170m

£4,065m

£4,605m

£8,840m

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release of 24 October 2019, entitled £38 million Homes England funding to speed up development of over 2,000 homes, what assessment criteria were used to determine the distribution of that funding to support modular construction; whether the assessment criteria and associated weighting were determined before applications were invited for that funding; on what date those criteria were determined; whether Ministers had a role in the selection process; and if he will make a statement.

On 24 October 2019 an announcement was made by Homes England that funding worth £38.2 million was approved for six local authorities to speed up the construction of at least 2,072 homes across the country. This was made under the £450 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction programme which aims to unlock up to 33,500 additional homes on surplus public sector land.

In January 2017 initial expressions of interest were sought from local authorities content to see sites developed which: could deliver starts within the expected parliamentary term as part of the local authorities' wider housing ambitions; had capacity for 50 sites or more; could demonstrate additionality; could support market diversification; had accelerated build out; were not held in a Local Authority's Housing Revenue Account and could make use of a range of modern methods of construction.

Subsequently, Homes England worked with engaged Local authorities on projects which appeared viable, sharing details of due diligence requirements.

Ministers did not select the sites on the programme. Selection was done by Homes England who, as the Government’s housing agency, have been commissioned to deliver the programme. Funding decisions are taken in accordance with Homes England’s internal processes and in line with set parameters.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to make an announcement on the uplift in planning fees; for what reason that announcement has not yet been made; and if he will make a statement.

We announced a Planning White Paper which will look into the resourcing and capacity of local planning authorities and how planning application fees can support this. We will be making an announcement in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the status is of planning approvals for fracking following the announcement of a moratorium on that process.

The Government has set out its position in the Written Ministerial Statement of 4 November 2019, confirming that it will take a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents, creating an effective moratorium.

There is no change to the status of planning permissions that have been granted for development which includes hydraulic fracturing. These planning permissions remain in force until they expire.

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to review the warranties offered on new build housing in cases where the warranty provider will not cover any failures in the building regulations approval if the building inspector was not appointed by the warranty provider.

It is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority to regulate new build warranties and protect consumers. If a consumer is unhappy with the warranty provider’s action they can contact the Financial Ombudsman Services for free.

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many properties with ACM cladding have yet to have it removed; and how many residents live in those properties.

Information on the number of buildings with ACM cladding systems that have yet to be remediated and the numbers of dwellings within them is available in the monthly Building Safety Programme data release. The latest data release is available here .

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many properties in the (a) public and (b) private sector still have each type of cladding which is not of limited combustibility but which is not ACM.

The Department has commenced a data collection exercise which will enable us to build a picture of external wall systems in use on high rise residential buildings. The exercise will collect data on residential buildings 18 metres and over covering private and social buildings, student accommodation and hotels in England. We will publish a summary of information from the data collection in our monthly Building Safety Programme data release in due course.

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he has issued to local authorities on dealing with fracking applications since the announcement of a moratorium on that process.

Planning authorities should continue to take national planning policy and guidance into account in considering any relevant applications. No additional guidance has been issued.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the investigation into Persimmon new build properties, many of which were bought under the Help to Buy scheme, what plans he has to ensure that properties sold by other developers under that scheme conform to (a) building regulations and (b) other requirements.

House builders are responsible for ensuring they build high quality homes which are fit for purpose. Persimmon’s independent review has identified serious failings and they will want to take immediate action to address the concerns raised.

Improving the quality and safety of buildings is a priority for this government and we are determined to ensure that everyone is, and feels, safe in their homes. Through the Building Safety and Fire Safety Bills we will bring about fundamental change, reforming both the regulatory frameworks and industry culture to ensure construction products are safe and residents have a stronger voice in a more accountable system.

We will also create a New Homes Ombudsman to ensure homebuyers have a means of redress.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take as a result of the investigation into Persimmon homes which found thousands of homes did not comply with building regulations on fire safety.

House builders are responsible for ensuring they build high quality homes which are fit for purpose. Persimmon’s independent review has identified serious failings and they will want to take immediate action to address the concerns raised.

Improving the quality and safety of buildings is a priority for this government and we are determined to ensure that everyone is, and feels, safe in their homes. Through the Building Safety and Fire Safety Bills we will bring about fundamental change, reforming both the regulatory frameworks and industry culture to ensure construction products are safe and residents have a stronger voice in a more accountable system.

We will also create a New Homes Ombudsman to ensure homebuyers have a means of redress.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what checks his Department carries out on homes purchased under the Help to Buy scheme to ensure that they comply with (a) building regulations and (b) other legal requirements.

House builders are responsible for ensuring they build high quality homes which are fit for purpose. Persimmon’s independent review has identified serious failings and they will want to take immediate action to address the concerns raised.

Improving the quality and safety of buildings is a priority for this government and we are determined to ensure that everyone is, and feels, safe in their homes. Through the Building Safety and Fire Safety Bills we will bring about fundamental change, reforming both the regulatory frameworks and industry culture to ensure construction products are safe and residents have a stronger voice in a more accountable system.

We will also create a New Homes Ombudsman to ensure homebuyers have a means of redress.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much money from the public purse has been spent on the purchase of Persimmon homes through the Help to Buy scheme in each year since its inception.

As of 30 June 2019, 236,313 households had used the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme to help them buy a new build home. The total value of equity loans made was £13.46 billion and the total value of homes sold through the scheme was £62.04 billion. 81 per cent of households have been first time buyers, helped to get their foot on the housing ladder by a scheme that has also contributed to the delivery of the over 241,000 additional homes in the last year – the highest level in over 30 years. The number of households supported to buy a new build home through the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme from Persimmon (14.4 per cent of the total), the purchase price of those homes and the value of equity loans made by calendar year from the inception of the scheme to 30 June 2019 is as follows:

Year

Equity Loan Completions

Purchase Price Total

Equity Loan Total

2013

2245

£437,644,430

£87,351,951

2014

4406

£903,567,041

£180,075,301

2015

5079

£1,078,869,463

£214,769,851

2016

5919

£1,340,933,810

£272,442,192

2017

6575

£1,547,274,793

£315,631,051

2018

6824

£1,659,675,186

£336,551,274

2019

3039

£754,212,503

£155,439,065

Grand Total

34087

£7,722,177,226

£1,562,260,685

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

The Department has not allocated any funding in 2020-21 to local authorities through a process of competitive bidding.

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)