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Craig Williams

Conservative - Montgomeryshire

12,138 (35.5%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 12th December 2019

Electronic Trade Documents Bill [HL]
14th Jun 2023 - 19th Jun 2023
British Sign Language Bill
9th Feb 2022 - 23rd Feb 2022
International Trade Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 14th Dec 2021
Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill
8th Jun 2021 - 15th Jun 2021
Scottish Affairs Committee
23rd Jan 2017 - 3rd May 2017
Welsh Affairs Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Work and Pensions Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 31st Oct 2016

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Craig Williams has voted in 922 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

22 Oct 2021 - Prayers - View Vote Context
Craig Williams voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 210 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 3 Noes - 336
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Simon Hart (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
(16 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
David T C Davies (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Wales Office
(30 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(19 debate contributions)
Home Office
(16 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Trade Bill 2019-21
(1,795 words contributed)
Forensic Science Regulator Bill 2019-21
(1,238 words contributed)
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Montgomeryshire 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

Advice from the JCVI on the priority groups for a Covid-19 vaccine does not include school/childcare workers. This petition calls for these workers, who cannot distance or use PPE, to be kept safe at work by being put on the vaccine priority list when such a list is adopted into government policy.

We propose to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make pet theft a specific offence, distinct from that of inanimate objects; and in sentencing, the courts must consider the fear, alarm or distress to the pet and owners and not monetary value.

Pet Theft Reform 2020: Revise the sentencing guidelines in the Theft Act 1968 to reclassify pet theft as a specific crime. Ensure that monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of dog and cat theft crime for sentencing purposes. Recognise pet theft as a category 2 offence or above.

Latest EDMs signed by Craig Williams

Craig Williams has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Craig Williams, 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.

Craig Williams has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Craig Williams

Thursday 4th June 2020

Craig Williams has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Latest 15 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 2.41 of the Budget 2021 Red Book, what steps his Department has taken to end the 15 year limit for overseas voter registration following the commitment by the Government of £2.5 million of funding for the removal of that limit.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to PQ133213, published on 11 January 2021.

14th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to ensure that charities applying to the Recovery Loan Scheme are not required to demonstrate a negative impact arising from the covid-19 outbreak in order to secure finance.

Under the first two iterations of the Recovery Loan Scheme, all applicants had to self-certify that they had been impacted by Covid-19 to access finance through the scheme. This requirement no longer applies to most applicants. Charities can continue to access finance through the scheme where they can self-certify they have been impacted by Covid-19. This exempts them from the requirement to derive at least 50 per cent of their income from trading activity that they would otherwise need to meet to access the scheme.

This provision will cease at the end of the year. All aspects of the Recovery Loan Scheme are under constant review to ensure that the scheme meets its policy objectives.

14th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to (a) extend the Government's Recovery Loan Scheme beyond December 2022 for charities, (b) keep the charity small trading exemption at 25% and (c) treat stable grant and donation income as trading income.

Charities are currently able to access the Recovery Loan Scheme by self-certifying that they have been impacted by Covid-19. Otherwise, they must derive at least 50 per cent of their turnover from trading activity to access the scheme.

All aspects of the Recovery Loan Scheme are under constant review to ensure that the scheme can meet its objectives.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support (a) community based businesses, (b) social enterprises and (c) trading charities in contributing to growth in the local economy.

The Government strongly supports the social enterprise sector’s contribution to society and the economy.

Social enterprises create jobs for those excluded from the labour market, directly address social challenges and build social capital within communities.

Policy relating to social enterprise is devolved. In England the government will continue to support the sector through access to finance including social investment, growing participation in public services and effective regulation.

Work is also underway to meet the commitments made in the Levelling Up White Paper around:

  • encouraging social organisations and entrepreneurship to flourish in left-behind places and generating evidence on what works;

  • building on and augmenting existing support for the sector;

  • encouraging the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to support the tourism sector in Mid Wales as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

We recognise that COVID-19 has significantly impacted the tourism sector across the UK, including in Mid Wales. I hold regular discussions with my counterparts in the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to assess COVID-19’s impact on tourism across the UK. We will continue to engage with the Devolved Administrations to assess how we can most effectively support the sector’s recovery from COVID-19.

As tourism is devolved, the Welsh Government is responsible for how and when lockdown restrictions are eased for the tourism sector in Wales, and for targeted financial initiatives to support the sector.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Apr 2020
What steps his Department is taking to ensure the effective delivery of broadband and telecommunications.

The Government wants to deliver nationwide coverage of gigabit capable broadband as soon as possible.

We are introducing a range of measures to deliver this ambition. The Leasehold Property Bill will make it easier for operators to deploy broadband in blocks of flats. We announced that we would be legislating to mandate gigabit connectivity in new build homes, and that we will be investing £5 billion in bringing gigabit broadband to the hardest to reach areas of the UK. To improve mobile coverage, we are investing £200 million into the 5G testbeds and trials programme. We have also announced the £1 billion Shared Rural Network deal with the mobile network operators to increase 4G coverage throughout the UK to 95% by the end of 2025.

22nd Jun 2020
What steps his Department is taking to ensure that students due to sit exams in academic year 2019-20 will be able to progress into employment or the next stage of education.

Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator, has put in place arrangements that will enable students to receive a grade wherever possible.

The calculated grades awarded this summer will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year. They will therefore be accepted by all institutions.

University representatives have already confirmed that they expect universities to do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

Students who cannot get a grade or would like the opportunity to improve their grades will be able to sit exams in the autumn.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of donating cold chain equipment alongside the donation of 20 million doses of covid-19 vaccines committed bilaterally to countries in need.

The UK will donate 100 million vaccine doses over the next year, with 80% to go to COVAX. As of 9 August, the UK has donated 10.3 million doses, of which 4 million have been given bilaterally. We are aware of the challenges associated with storing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in hard-to-reach communities. Resilient supply chains are essential, and cold chain equipment can bring capacity to this critical global challenge.

The UK's direct funding on COVID-19 vaccines has focused on vaccine development and procurement. For delivery, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) has been engaging Multilateral Development Banks to make funds available to countries as part of a combined $29 billion COVID-19 financing envelope that can support vaccine procurement. Gavi has also raised $775 million to support vaccine delivery. The FCDO is also active in the UNICEF-convened Country Readiness and Delivery Working Group to drive coordination across donor and international organisation delivery programming. We are specifically engaging through our humanitarian networks to ensure that delivery planning and financing addresses the challenges of delivery in fragile environments.

26th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy that permanent Agenda Item 7 at the United Nations Human Rights Council represents systematic institutional bias.

The UK has stood up for Israel when it faces bias and unreasonable criticism, and has been clear that the existence of a dedicated agenda item ('Item 7') damages the prospect for a two-state solution and does little to advance dialogue, stability or mutual understanding. As such, at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2019 we moved to voting against all resolutions under Item 7. However, the UN and its member states have every right to address issues of concern in a measured, balanced and proportionate way. We will continue to support scrutiny of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Human Rights Council, so long as it is justified, proportionate, and not proposed under Item 7.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has received a copy of the EU interim report on the Palestinian Authority school curriculum.

Publication of the interim report is not currently foreseen by the EU. The UK has repeatedly lobbied the EU to push for publication, but this is ultimately a decision for the EU.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Extended Area Service are being constructed to a specification where they could be shared between all four Mobile Network Operators as part of the Shared Rural Network.

The Extended Area Sites (EAS) are being built in the most remote and rural areas of Great Britain to supplement the infrastructure provided for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) by EE.

When an Extended Area Site (EAS) site is activated, it will be able to handle Emergency Service Network calls and data transmission. On the majority of sites, it will also be available for EE’s commercial customers to use.

Wherever possible, the design of mast structures will be future-proofed so they can easily be upgraded to offer a commercial service. We will make all 292 EAS sites available, where possible, for mobile network operators to deploy on them as part of the Shared Rural Network although we recognise that, in some cases, upgrades may not be possible due to technical, financial, or other reasons. I can confirm that 117 sites meet the criteria to be utilised as part of the shared Rural Network with work ongoing on the status of the remaining sites.

2nd Nov 2020
What preparations his Department has made ahead of the planned deployment of the Carrier Strike Group in 2021.

The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will deploy for the first time in 2021, providing tangible reassurance and security to our friends and credible deterrence to those who seek to undermine global security. During this autumn the CSG will be tested through a series of increasingly demanding exercises with allies so that by the end of this year we can declare with full confidence that the CSG has met Initial Operating Capability and is ready for operations.

30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on support for local authority finances throughout Wales.

I have had many online meetings with Welsh Government ministers over recent months, including several discussions with Ken Skates, the Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales.

These discussions have covered multiple topics, including the support that is being made available through Local Authorities to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The finances of local authorities in Wales is devolved and is a matter for the Welsh Government.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
22nd Apr 2020
What discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the deployment of military personnel to Wales in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

We have worked closely with the Welsh Government to enable the UK’s armed forces to play a vital role. Our servicemen and women have worked tirelessly to help build hospitals, drive ambulances and get PPE where it is needed most. This is testament to how strong we are as a United Kingdom.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
15th Jan 2020
What recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on cross-border infrastructure.

I met Ken Skates, Minster for Transport and Economy for the Welsh Government last week and we discussed opportunities to improve transport across the border.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales