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Damian Green

Conservative - Ashford

4 APPG memberships (as of 21 Apr 2021)
Adult Social Care, BBC, Football Supporters, Longevity
3 Former APPG memberships
European Union, Moldova, Social Care
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
14th Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office
11th Jun 2017 - 20th Dec 2017
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
14th Jul 2016 - 11th Jun 2017
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
30th Nov 2015 - 28th Nov 2016
European Scrutiny Committee
15th Jul 2015 - 7th Nov 2016
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Home Office)
6th Sep 2012 - 15th Jul 2014
Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing) (Jointly with the Ministry of Justice)
6th Sep 2012 - 15th Jul 2014
Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration)
13th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)
10th Dec 2005 - 6th May 2010
Treasury Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 16th Jan 2006
Home Affairs Committee
11th Oct 2004 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
10th Nov 2003 - 1st Sep 2004
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
18th Sep 2001 - 10th Nov 2003
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 1999 - 1st Jun 2001
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jun 1998 - 1st Jun 1999
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jun 1998 - 1st Jun 1999
Procedure Committee
31st Jul 1997 - 5th Nov 1998
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
28th Jul 1997 - 22nd Jun 1998


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th May 2021
09:30
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Concussion in sport
18 May 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Professor Alistair Burns CBE - National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England
At 10.45am: Oral evidence
Dr Niall Elliott - Head of Sports Medicine at Sport Scotland
Dr Rod Jaques OBE - Director of Medical Services at English Institute of Sport
Sally Munday - Chief Executive at UK Sport
Phil Smith - Director of Sport at Sport England
At 11.30am: Oral evidence
Stewart Harris - Chief Executive at Sport Scotland
Tim Hollingsworth OBE - Chief Executive at Sport England
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Oral Question
Thursday 20th May 2021
10:00
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Topical Question No. 28
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 20th May 2021
10:15
Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Fire Safety Bill
voted No - against a party majority
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
Speeches
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Covid-19: Social Care

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Twigg. As others have said, this is my first speech …

Written Answers
Thursday 11th February 2021
Health Professions: Recruitment and Regulation
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the number …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 19th October 2016
Pension Schemes Act 2017
A bill to make provision about pension schemes
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 15th February 2021
1. Employment and earnings
From 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022, Deputy Chair of Public Policy Projects (public policy research), 28 Queen Street, …
EDM signed
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL
That this House congratulates the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel on its sesquicentennial anniversary; expresses its appreciation of the members …
Supported Legislation
Monday 6th July 2020
Tibet (Reciprocal Access) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report annually on restrictions on access by UK nationals to Tibet …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Damian Green has voted in 266 divisions, and 8 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
20 May 2020 - Liaison (Membership) - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative Aye votes vs 316 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 262 Noes - 323
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Damian Green voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
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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
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(10 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(10 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(14 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(10 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(7 debate contributions)
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Ashford Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Ashford signature proportion
Petitions with most Ashford signatures
Damian Green has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Damian Green

22nd January 2019
Damian Green signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 22nd January 2019

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL

Tabled by: Margaret Beckett (Labour - Derby South)
That this House congratulates the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel on its sesquicentennial anniversary; expresses its appreciation of the members of the Office, both past and present, for their contribution to the drafting of legislation and the legislative process; and notes that the Office, now under the leadership of Elizabeth …
26 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Mar 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 15
Labour: 5
Scottish National Party: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Damian Green, 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.


Damian Green has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Damian Green has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Damian Green


A bill to make provision about pension schemes

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 27th April 2017 and was enacted into law.


25 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of safety measures taken by bowling centres during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement on the ability of those centres in Tier 3 to re-open.

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.

We worked closely with a range of visitor economy stakeholders to develop our guidance for leisure and hospitality venues. We continue to engage with bowling stakeholders, such as the Ten-Pin Bowling Proprietor’s Association, to update and review our guidance. Further specific guidance on bowling alleys has been published within UKHospitality’s ‘COVID-19 Secure Guidelines for Hospitality Businesses.’

Our decisions have been and will continue to be based on scientific evidence and public health assessments.

Bowling centre operators can continue to 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.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance is available for local authorities to help them negotiate wayleaves for their housing stock with telecoms infrastructure providers.

On 27th August, I wrote, together with the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, to all tier-1 local authorities in the country on the subject of telecoms infrastructure deployment. This letter highlighted newly published Government guidance on how local authorities can 1) enable access to public assets, such as housing stock, and 2) ensure appropriate valuation of assets for access agreements.

My Department’s Barrier Busting Task Force has offered to meet each authority individually to discuss this guidance and issues particular to each area. Kent County Council took up this offer on the 13th October. Many authorities are taking a proactive approach across the UK, including Croydon, for example, which has signed master wayleaves to connect their social housing stock to gigabit broadband.

Further guidance on these matters can be found on the Government’s Digital Connectivity Portal.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to ensure a reasonable cost of wayleaves for installing full fibre in new and existing housing developments.

My department has introduced a suite of measures to deploy nationwide gigabit broadband as cheaply and as quickly as possible.

The Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill once enacted will make it easier for network operators to install gigabit broadband in multi-dwelling buildings such as blocks of flats). Third Reading in the House of Lords is expected to take place shortly.

The Bill creates a faster, cheaper application process in the First-tier Tribunal that operators may use in situations where (i) a leaseholder has requested a connection to be installed, (ii) repeated requests for access have failed to illicit a response from the landowner and (iii) the operator requires access to common parts of the building (such as hallways, basements and stairwells) in order to connect the consumer.

It is expected that the Bill will bring costs of applying to the courts for access for the operator down to below £500 and shorten the process to around 6 weeks.

The Electronic Communication Code is the legal framework underpinning rights to install and maintain digital communications infrastructure on public and private land by operators.

Government has always been clear that good working relationships between Code operators and site providers are a key factor in the Electronic Communications Code operating effectively. The Code is premised on the concept that reasonable attempts will be made to negotiate mutually acceptable agreements in the first instance, and that cases will only be referred to the courts where this proves impossible.

We are also bringing forward legislation to deliver gigabit broadband to the majority of new homes at minimal costs to developers.

Government is seeking to amend Building Regulations to require housing developers to provide gigabit broadband unless the costs to the developer exceeds £2000.

To support developers and to ensure as many new homes as possible receive gigabit broadband the Secretary of State has received commitments from the CEOs of Openreach, Virgin and Gigaclear to contribute to the costs of connecting new homes.

These commitments ensure that, taken with the amended Building Regulations, gigabit broadband will be deployed to 99% of new build premises.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policy on the Outside In programme of the findings of the National Audit Office's report of January 2015 on the Superfast (Rural) Broadband Programme: update.

In 2013 and 2015 the NAO published reports on the progress of the Superfast (Rural) Broadband Programme. Since we last reported, the Superfast Programme has moved increasingly to gigabit-capable full-fibre solutions in place of copper telephone wires from premises to a local cabinet.

The Superfast Programme has delivered over 5.2m premises with superfast broadband, which constitutes 17% of all households in the UK and reached the target of 95% coverage in December 2017. After hitting this target Ministers agreed to continue the programme using a combination of underspend, early clawback, Local Body/Devolved funding and EU funding (ERDF and EAFRD). With coverage now beyond 96%.

The NAO have recognised what has been achieved through the Superfast Programme in their latest report from 16th October 2020 called ‘Improving Broadband’ and has made several recommendations to the Department to be utilised as part of its development of the UK Gigabit Programme.

We are developing our approach to delivering the £5 billion UK Gigabit programme as fast as possible and my officials will ensure that all recommendations that have been made by the NAO will be taken into account during this work. This is a very complex programme and we want to make sure our interventions cater for current need, geography and cost-effectiveness and incorporates lessons learned from previous programmes.

We understand the challenges in achieving nationwide coverage, particularly in hard to reach areas. And have been working closely with industry and local authority partners to develop an approach that will scale with the market’s ambitions.

In the meantime we are already connecting some of the hardest to reach places in the country, not only through our Superfast Broadband but additionally with Local Full Fibre Networks and Rural Gigabit Connectivity programmes.

Further details about the £5 billion of public funding committed at the Budget will be announced at the Spending Review on the 25th November.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to reform the Electronic Communications Code to support the rapid rollout of full fibre digital infrastructure to (a) private new build developments, (b) publicly owned social housing and (c) unadopted roads.

We intend to consult on whether further reforms to Electronic Communications Code (the Code) are necessary to support investment in networks. My Department is working closely with stakeholders within the private and public sector to understand whether the current legislative framework supports the delivery of the gigabit-capable infrastructure.

In developing the consultation, officials will take into account changes needed to ensure the Code is fit for purpose. This will include considering publicly owned social housing and unadopted roads. The Government has recently published guidance to local authorities with regard to public assets, such as social housing. This is available on the Government’s Digital Connectivity Portal here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/digital-connectivity-portal

We will also bring forward legislation to deliver gigabit broadband to the majority of new homes at minimal costs to developers. As part of this, the Government is seeking to amend the Building Regulations 2010 to require housing developers to provide gigabit broadband unless the costs to the developer exceeds £2,000.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to extend the duration of the scheme for providing computers at home for disadvantaged children; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has delivered over 220,000 laptops and tablets, and over 50,000 4G wireless routers, to children who would not have otherwise had online access, as part of over £100 million invested to support remote education and access to online social care.

The laptops and tablets were an injection of support to help local authorities and academy trusts to provide access to education and social care during the COVID-19 restriction period. Laptops and tablets are owned by the local authority, academy trust or school, who can choose to lend unused laptops and tablets to children and young people who need them most, and who may face disruption to face-to-face education in the event of future local COVID-19 restrictions.

The Department is now supplementing this support by making available 250,000 additional laptops and tablets in the event that face-to-face schooling is disrupted as a result of local COVID-19 restrictions and children become reliant on remote education. This scheme is intended to enable schools to support disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 who cannot afford their own laptops and tablets. Schools will also be able to order laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children across all year groups who are shielding as a result of official or medical advice, all year groups who attend hospital schools, and those completing their Key Stage 4 at a further education college.

In the event that face-to-face education is disrupted, we know that it is critical to get schools the support that they need in the shortest timeframe. The majority of laptops and tablets ordered through this scheme will be delivered within two working days, subject to availability.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish any impact assessment on the Government's decision to provide financial support to the aviation industry but not to the international sector.

The Government has been engaging closely with transport providers across the UK since the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year to understand and monitor the impact and will continue to do so.

Companies across the UK economy, including those in the transport sector, are able to draw on an unprecedented package of support including the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Facility, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, two business interruption loan schemes and flexibilities with tax bills.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce an air bridge to Namibia; and if he will make a statement.

Namibia is not currently on the list of countries exempt from self-isolation requirements. The Government takes a range of factors into account when deciding which countries to add or remove from the Travel Corridor list. These include an estimate of the proportion of the population that is currently infectious in each country, virus incidence rates, trends and rates of change, transmission status and international epidemic intelligence, information on a country’s testing capacity, testing regime and test positivity rate, an assessment of the quality of the data available, the effectiveness of measures being deployed by a country and the volume of travel between the UK and that country. ?The Government keeps the list of travel corridors under constant review. We will make further exemptions when we are sure that we can do so safely and responsibly.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for the introduction of improvements to the Thameslink service to Maidstone East.

Officials continue to work with the industry to resolve the issues which have so far prevented a regular service from being introduced and to provide passengers in Maidstone with a regular all-day service to the City at the earliest opportunity.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the performance of the DVLA since April 2020.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has a wide range of services available online which offer the quickest and easiest way to transact with the DVLA. These online services have worked well and as normal throughout the pandemic with more than 36 million online driver and vehicle transactions processed since March. The majority of DVLA’s customer interactions are digital or automated allowing businesses and motorists to transact with DVLA at a time and place that suits them.

The DVLA’s 6,000 staff are predominantly based in one office in Swansea and to adhere to social distancing requirements there has been a greatly reduced number of staff on-site at any one time. As a result, there have been delays in dealing with paper applications that have been posted to the DVLA as these have to be dealt with in person. The DVLA has implemented measures to reconfigure its office space to accommodate more operational staff within the two metre social distancing requirements in Wales and ensure it remains covid secure.

The DVLA has also accelerated the development of new online services to further reduce paper applications and has launched a publicity campaign to encourage the use of online services.

In June, the DVLA launched a new service allowing vehicle keepers to change their address online. This service was developed and introduced at pace in response to the pandemic and has been very successful with more than 213,000 change of address transactions completed online by the end of August. Further digital service enhancements are underway. Ministers are regularly briefed on the latest position as it relates to the DVLA’s services.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from Maidstone Borough Council on establishing a new rail halt between Charing and Lenham in Kent; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has not received any representations from Maidstone Borough Council about a new rail halt between Charing and Lenham in Kent.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representations from Maidstone Borough Council on a proposed new Junction 8A on the M20; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has not received any representations from Maidstone Borough Council on this topic.

24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria is required to be met for him to grant permission for the building of a new motorway junction.

Paragraphs 37 to 44 of the Department’s Circular 02/2013, Strategic road network and the delivery of sustainable development, set out how proposals for the creation of new junctions or access to the strategic road network (including motorways) will be considered.

19th Dec 2019
M20
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to instruct Highways England to remove the barrier on the M20 between Junctions 8 and 9; and if he will make a statement.

Highways England are responsible for operational decisions regarding the strategic road network including the M20 in Kent.

Following the Government’s decision to stand down contingency planning for leaving the EU without a deal, Highways England and the Kent Resilience Forum will be considering the most suitable time to remove the barrier, taking into account the disruption this will cause, the impact closures will have on other planned works, as well as the ability to respond to any unplanned disruption at the ports, including severe weather.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the shortfall in the number of Clinical Technologists needed in UK hospitals and the lack of statutory regulation for the profession.

No such assessment has been made. Information on the number of clinical technologists is not held centrally.

The Government has no plans to extend statutory regulation to clinical technologists at this time. The statutory regulation of healthcare professionals should only be used where the risks to public and patient protection cannot be addressed in other ways, such as through employer oversight or accredited voluntary registration.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the statutory regulation of clinical technologists.

We have no plans to extend statutory regulation to clinical technologists at this time. No assessment has been made of the potential merits of the statutory regulation of clinical technologists nor any assessment of trends in the recruitment, number and development of non-statutory regulated clinical technologists. We do not hold data on how many overseas-trained clinical technologists the National Health Service needs to recruit.

The statutory regulation of healthcare professionals should only be used where the risks to public and patient protection cannot be addressed in other ways, such as through employer oversight or accredited voluntary registration. Anyone undertaking or seeking employment in a health and social care occupation, whether regulated or unregulated, will also be subject to employer checks. The Department does not have any current plans to bring clinical technologists into statutory regulation.

Clinical Technologists can register with the Register of Clinical Technologists which is a voluntary register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those registers that meet the standards. Accreditation provides assurance that a voluntary register is well run; for example, ensuring that registrants are required to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where relevant, business practice.

The Department does not collect data on the number of clinical technologists employed by the NHS.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of the number of overseas-trained clinical technologists the NHS needs to recruit to fill the workforce gap.

We have no plans to extend statutory regulation to clinical technologists at this time. No assessment has been made of the potential merits of the statutory regulation of clinical technologists nor any assessment of trends in the recruitment, number and development of non-statutory regulated clinical technologists. We do not hold data on how many overseas-trained clinical technologists the National Health Service needs to recruit.

The statutory regulation of healthcare professionals should only be used where the risks to public and patient protection cannot be addressed in other ways, such as through employer oversight or accredited voluntary registration. Anyone undertaking or seeking employment in a health and social care occupation, whether regulated or unregulated, will also be subject to employer checks. The Department does not have any current plans to bring clinical technologists into statutory regulation.

Clinical Technologists can register with the Register of Clinical Technologists which is a voluntary register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those registers that meet the standards. Accreditation provides assurance that a voluntary register is well run; for example, ensuring that registrants are required to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where relevant, business practice.

The Department does not collect data on the number of clinical technologists employed by the NHS.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department had made of trends in the (a) recruitment, (b) number and (c) development of non-statutory regulated clinical technologists.

We have no plans to extend statutory regulation to clinical technologists at this time. No assessment has been made of the potential merits of the statutory regulation of clinical technologists nor any assessment of trends in the recruitment, number and development of non-statutory regulated clinical technologists. We do not hold data on how many overseas-trained clinical technologists the National Health Service needs to recruit.

The statutory regulation of healthcare professionals should only be used where the risks to public and patient protection cannot be addressed in other ways, such as through employer oversight or accredited voluntary registration. Anyone undertaking or seeking employment in a health and social care occupation, whether regulated or unregulated, will also be subject to employer checks. The Department does not have any current plans to bring clinical technologists into statutory regulation.

Clinical Technologists can register with the Register of Clinical Technologists which is a voluntary register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those registers that meet the standards. Accreditation provides assurance that a voluntary register is well run; for example, ensuring that registrants are required to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where relevant, business practice.

The Department does not collect data on the number of clinical technologists employed by the NHS.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risk of patient harm by medical professionals not statutorily regulated.

We have no plans to extend statutory regulation to clinical technologists at this time. No assessment has been made of the potential merits of the statutory regulation of clinical technologists nor any assessment of trends in the recruitment, number and development of non-statutory regulated clinical technologists. We do not hold data on how many overseas-trained clinical technologists the National Health Service needs to recruit.

The statutory regulation of healthcare professionals should only be used where the risks to public and patient protection cannot be addressed in other ways, such as through employer oversight or accredited voluntary registration. Anyone undertaking or seeking employment in a health and social care occupation, whether regulated or unregulated, will also be subject to employer checks. The Department does not have any current plans to bring clinical technologists into statutory regulation.

Clinical Technologists can register with the Register of Clinical Technologists which is a voluntary register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those registers that meet the standards. Accreditation provides assurance that a voluntary register is well run; for example, ensuring that registrants are required to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where relevant, business practice.

The Department does not collect data on the number of clinical technologists employed by the NHS.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to enforce the payment of insurance claims arising from the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is in continual dialogue with the insurance sector about its contribution to handling this unprecedented situation. The Government is also working closely with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to ensure that the rules are being upheld during this crisis.

The FCA’s rules require insurers to handle claims fairly and promptly; provide reasonable guidance to help a policyholder make a claim, and appropriate information on its progress; not reject a claim unreasonably; and settle claims promptly once settlement terms are agreed. In addition, the FCA has said that, in light of COVID-19, insurers must consider very carefully the needs of their customers and show flexibility in their treatment of them.

Furthermore, on 1 May, the FCA published guidance for firms, which sets out their expectations of firms when considering the fair treatment of existing customers, and in particular those customers experiencing or reasonably expecting to experience temporary financial difficulties due to circumstances arising from COVID-19.

The FCA is working closely with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), an independent body set up to provide arbitration in cases where consumers feel they have been unfairly treated. The decision of the FOS is binding on insurers up to £350,000.

The Government recognises that consumers facing financial difficulty will require support from elsewhere. The Government has announced unprecedented support for businesses and workers to protect them against the current economic emergency including an initial £330 billion of guarantees equivalent to 15% of UK GDP.

We have made significant changes to the operation of statutory sick pay, universal credit, and employment and support allowance to ensure that people have quicker and more generous access to a support system, and we have taken further immediate steps to give businesses access to cash to pay their rent, salaries or suppliers.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on setting up a Housing with Care task force; and if he will make a statement.

The Government welcomes the work of specialist older people’s housing providers in building homes and meeting the needs of our aging population. We are already engaging with specialist providers as we take forwards our plan to build the homes our country needs, including our reform and modernisation of the planning system. Ministers and officials will continue to engage with this sector going forwards.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to relax housing delivery targets for local authorities in 2020-21 in response to the covid19 outbreak, and if he will make a statement.

We note the concerns you raise regarding Housing Delivery Test under current circumstances. It is important to keep the planning system moving as much as we can, so that it is able to play its full part in the economic recovery to come, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
24th Jun 2020
5G
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to bring forward legislation to reform permitted development rights to support the (a) deployment of 5G and (b) expansion of mobile coverage.

In August 2019, a joint consultation by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was launched to consider amending permitted development rights to support increased mobile coverage and 5G deployment.

The consultation closed on 04 November 2019. The Government is considering the replies and will issue a response in due course.?Subject to the outcome of this consultation, if the proposals are taken forward, we anticipate undertaking a further consultation on the detail of those proposals.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)