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Darren Jones

Labour - Bristol North West

First elected: 8th June 2017

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

(since September 2023)

National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
11th May 2020 - 15th Jan 2024
Liaison Committee (Commons)
20th May 2020 - 4th Sep 2023
Business and Trade Committee
6th May 2020 - 4th Sep 2023
Liaison Sub-Committee on Scrutiny of Strategic Thinking in Government
22nd Jun 2023 - 4th Sep 2023
Business and Trade Sub-Committee on National Security and Investment
28th Jun 2022 - 4th Sep 2023
Liaison Sub-Committee on Scrutiny of Strategic Thinking in Government
22nd Sep 2021 - 4th Sep 2023
Powers of Attorney Bill
22nd Feb 2023 - 1st Mar 2023
Down Syndrome Bill
19th Jan 2022 - 26th Jan 2022
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
2nd Mar 2020 - 22nd Feb 2021
Science and Technology Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 22nd Feb 2021
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 22nd Feb 2021
European Scrutiny Committee
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Darren Jones has voted in 711 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Alok Sharma (Conservative)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
(20 debate interactions)
Richard Fuller (Conservative)
(16 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(14 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(38 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(37 debate contributions)
Home Office
(18 debate contributions)
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Bristol North West 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

Ensuring statutory adoption pay is available to a self-employed parent in the same way that maternity allowance is available for self-employed new mums would promote an equal and fair society inclusive of all routes to parenthood.


Latest EDMs signed by Darren Jones

19th December 2017
Darren Jones signed this EDM on Thursday 21st December 2017

NATIONAL SIKH WAR MEMORIAL

Tabled by: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour - Slough)
That this House appreciates the extraordinary bravery and sacrifices of Sikh soldiers in service of Great Britain, including during both World Wars, and supports the erection of a permanent national monument in a prime central London location to commemorate and highlight these contributions; notes that for over a decade there …
265 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Feb 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 167
Conservative: 33
Scottish National Party: 25
Independent: 15
Liberal Democrat: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 9
Plaid Cymru: 3
Non-affiliated: 2
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Crossbench: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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2 Adjournment Debates led by Darren Jones

2 Bills introduced by Darren Jones


A Bill to make provision for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator; to make provision about the Regulator and about the regulation of forensic science; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to extend the universal service obligation for internet providers to include mobile internet access; to make requirements regarding internet access for children eligible for free school meals; to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on progress in reducing digital inequalities; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 20th January 2021
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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7 Other Department Questions
23rd Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government has provided funding to Bristol City Council to meet wheelchair accessibility requirements in the National Disability Strategy.

We are fully committed to supporting disabled people in the UK through creating more opportunities, protecting their rights and ensuring they fully benefit from, and can contribute to, every aspect of our society.

Local Authority funding is a matter for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent progress her Department has made on banning conversion therapy.

The Government is committed to banning the practice of all coercive so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in this country, strengthening existing criminal law provisions and introducing an offence which protects under-18s and those who are unwillingly subjected to these abhorrent practices.

The Government is currently consulting on our proposals to legislate for a ban on conversion therapy. The question is how, not whether, we will ban conversion therapy. We are engaging with a wide range of relevant stakeholders, victims and professionals to ensure that the ban is effective in ending different forms of conversion therapy. The consultation runs until Friday 4 February and I would encourage anyone with an interest who has not yet done so to respond at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-conversion-therapy.

The consultation responses will be used to further refine the Government’s policy proposals on banning conversion therapy and inform the process of developing legislation. We will prepare a Bill for this Spring to be introduced as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether the (a) membership of and (b) terms of reference for the (i) Climate Action Strategy Committee, (ii) Climate Action Implementation Committee, (iii) Climate Change National Strategic Implementation Group, (iv) National Strategic Implementation Group Net Zero Sub-Group, (v) National Strategic Implementation Group Domestic Adaptation and Resilience Sub-Group and (vi) 25 Year Environmental Plan Board have been published.

GOV.UK is updated regularly with the terms of reference and membership of Cabinet Committees, including the Climate Action Strategy Committee and Climate Action Implementation Committee.

The membership and terms of reference have not been published for the following officials’ forums: the National Strategic Implementation Group Net Zero Sub-Group; the National Strategic Implementation Group Domestic Adaptation and Resilience Sub-Group; and the 25 Year Environment Board.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, how many times the (a) Climate Action Strategy Committee, (b) Climate Action Implementation Committee, (c) Climate Change National Strategic Implementation Group, (d) National Strategic Implementation Group Net Zero Sub-Group, (e) National Strategic Implementation Group Domestic Adaptation and Resilience Sub-Group and (f) 25 Year Environmental Plan Board have met in each of the last 12 months.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

The DEFRA-led Cross-Government 25 Year Environment Plan Board was established in December 2020. The Board meets every two months and has had five meetings to date.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the President of COP26, if he will publish a category breakdown of the successful applications to have a presence at COP26.

The Government ran an Expression of Interest process earlier this year to identify stakeholder interest in participating within UK Government managed spaces at the summit, receiving 3,966 proposals from across 93 countries. Following an extensive evaluation process, we have longlisted a range of proposals for further consideration. At this stage, no organisation has received confirmation of space within UK Government managed spaces at the summit.

An events programme and list of exhibitors within the UK Government managed Green Zone will be made available to the public in due course.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans her Department has to update the Equality Act 2010 to include asexuality as a protected characteristic.

The Equality Act 2010 covers discrimination in employment, the provision of goods, services and public functions, housing, premises, education, transport, occupational pensions, clubs and associations. The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of a number of characteristics, including sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is defined under the Act as a person’s orientation towards persons of the same sex, the opposite sex or of either sex. We have no plans to amend the Act and are not aware of any significant evidence of discrimination against people because of their asexuality.

There are however situations in which an asexual person may already be protected by the Equality Act – for example, the Act bans discrimination based on the perception that someone has a protected characteristic (for example that they are lesbian or gay), or because they are associated with someone who has that characteristic.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Government Legal Department (GLD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) are committed to tackling climate change and delivering our world-leading net zero target. Each department is located on separate premises and therefore their steps to climate responsibility differ.

The AGO is located within a building shared with other tenants. The department engages with the landlord to support any opportunities to reduce greenhouse emissions. Emissions data is produced for the building and is not identifiable for each tenant. Information relating to the government vehicle is collated and reported by the Department for Transport. The AGO ensures that all travel is kept to a minimum.

The CPS actively seeks to understand and mitigate its sustainability impacts associated with delivering its core organisational responsibilities. The CPS’ sustainability objectives include delivering on the Greening Government Commitments1 (GGC) for reducing energy, water, paper and other resource use, reducing travel and managing waste and assessing and managing social and environmental impacts and opportunities in policy development and decision making.

The GLD has not made any specific assessment of the effect of climate change on the work of the Department. They provide legal advice in support of our clients’ considerations of climate change and the impact on their business, whilst we have made changes to our operations over time to reduce the consumption of natural resources, including the consumption, movement and storage of paper files, and travel‎.

No formal assessment has been made on how climate change may impact the work of the SFO. However, the Serious Fraud Office is committed to playing its part in meeting the government’s ambitious targets to reduce emissions and deliver on the Greening Government Commitments.

23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Infrastructure and Projects Authority received reports on the (a) budget and (b) expected costs of the High Speed Rail Two Project in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017.

Yes.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates which Ministers visited Teesworks since the 2019 General Election.

The location of all Government Ministerial visits since 2019 is not centrally held.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
17th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister has appointed a G7/G20 Sherpa for 2023.

The Prime Minister has appointed the National Security Adviser, Sir Tim Barrow, as the UK's G7 and G20 Sherpa.

17th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Department has overall responsibility for the UK Government's representation at the G7 and G20.

Ministers across HM Government represent the UK at G7 and G20 ministerial meetings, in line with relevant areas of policy responsibility. The Prime Minister represents the UK at the G7 and G20 Summits, preparation for which is led by the Cabinet Office with the support of other relevant Departments.

18th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the number and value of each Government contract with McKinsey consultancy valued above £50,000 in each of the past give financial years.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000, and £25,000 in the wider public sector, are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the international interoperability of a proposed covid-19 vaccination certification or passport for the UK in order to facilitate international travel.

The UK is working with other countries who have programmes to allow vaccinated people to travel more freely, to lead global efforts to adopt a clear international framework with standards that provide consistency for passengers and industry alike. The Government is working closely with the World Health Organisation and other multilateral organisations like ICAO to help shape an internationally interoperable certification system. Additionally, we have been working with like-minded partners, to ensure people can prove their health status when travelling abroad, once international travel resumes from 17 May at the earliest.

On 9 April, a framework to chart the safe return of international travel was set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. The report, produced by the Global Travel Taskforce shows how international travel could resume from 17 May 2021 at the earliest, and commits to working with industry to do so in a safe, accessible and affordable way. This report shows how the UK will once again allow people with families and partners outside the UK to see their loved ones again.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential discretionary effect of the requirement by many online services for a mobile telephone number on elderly people using those services who rely on a landline telephone.

The Service Standard requires all government services to only ask for a phone number or mobile phone number if essential, and that there should always be an alternative channel available to the user who does not have a computer, mobile phone, or access to the internet.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's roadmap to ease covid-19 lockdown restrictions, published on 22 February 2021, what his planned timescale is for permitting (a) chess clubs and (b) chess competitions to resume their activities.

On 22 February the Government published it's 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' roadmap to recovery.

Chess clubs and other social clubs can take place in line with the social contact limits at each step.

In regards to chess competitions, indoor events that bring people from different households together must not run until Step 3 (no earlier than 17th May), unless there is an explicit exemption. However, from 29 March we will allow limited gatherings outdoors of up to 6 people, or in a larger group if everyone present is from the same two households. A ‘household’ can include the support bubble linked to that household [if eligible].

The design of the roadmap has been informed by the latest scientific evidence and seeks a balance between our key social and economic priorities, whilst preserving the health and safety of our country.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in their Department were dedicated to their Department's responsibilities associated with the delivery of the Industrial Strategy in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019, (d) 2020 and (e) 2021.

This information is not held centrally. The Industrial Strategy spans a wide array of policy areas across multiple government departments, agencies and bodies, including the Cabinet Office of which the Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in their Department were dedicated to their Department's responsibilities associated with the delivery of the Industrial Strategy in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019, (d) 2020 and (e) 2021.

This information is not held centrally. The Industrial Strategy spans a wide array of policy areas across multiple government departments, agencies and bodies, including the Cabinet Office of which the Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Command Paper CP 239, The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy, when the Government plans to allow people to gather in slightly larger groups to facilitate small weddings.

Our Plan To Rebuild, the Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, is published on gov.uk and includes details on plans for weddings. We understand the frustration couples planning a wedding must be feeling at this time. We are keeping these restrictions under review and will ease them as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to work closely with faith leaders and local government over the coming weeks to go through the practicalities of doing so.

Marriages and civil partnerships under the special procedure for those who are seriously ill and not expected to recover, are taking place in some cases where it is safe to do so in line with PHE guidance.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change will next meet; and what topics will be discussed at that meeting.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given by Earl Howe to PQ HL1347 on 13 February 2020.

16th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

The UK is a world leader in cutting emissions while growing the economy, and has set an ambitious net zero target which will require transformation across the economy.

Tackling climate change is a priority for the whole of government, which is why the Prime Minister has set up the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change. This committee will hold departments to account for their actions to combat climate change and oversee the UK’s preparations to host the COP26 summit.

The Government is leading from the front, and delivering on the Greening Government Commitments. Cabinet Office monitors and reports performance against these Commitments through the annual publication of the State of the Estate Report. The Report describes the size and cost, efficiency of use and sustainability of property for central government buildings.

13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what progress her Department has made on the draft Audit Reform Bill; and when she plans to publish it.

The Government has carried out significant work towards audit and corporate governance reform legislation but has not set a date for publication of a draft Audit Reform Bill. The Government is committed to legislating when Parliamentary time allows.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, for what reason the Strategic Trade Advisory Group has not met since June 2022; and when the Group is next planned to meet.

The Department for Business and Trade is reforming its approach to external engagement to meet the needs of industry and match the priorities of the new Department. A new approach will be set out in due course, but in the meantime the Department continues to engage with a full range of interested parties on key issues.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when her Department plans to publish the first biennial free trade agreement monitoring report.

The department has previously set out its intention to publish a biennial FTA monitoring report. The department is currently considering the approach to these reports to ensure they are robust, useful, and proportionate.

Ongoing monitoring of our FTAs helps to deliver benefits to business and inform the approach to governments future trade policies.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether his Department has met with Daniel Kretinsky on the future of Royal Mail.

I met representatives of Vesa Equity Investment, including Daniel Kretinsky, in January 2023 to discuss a wide range of issues across their current and potential future UK investments.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of the UK's accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership on the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

The initial analysis published in the Government’s scoping assessment suggests that UK accession to CPTPP is not expected to have significant impacts on greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and Non-CO2) and energy usage.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of care home residents who have accessed the EBSS Alternative Funding as a proportion of the total number of care home residents.

The Government do not at this stage have figures on the number of care home residents who have applied for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding. The figures for the number of eligible households who have applied for the scheme will be available in May.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of tidal flow power.

The Government’s position is that tidal stream power has a role to play as we transition towards a carbon-neutral energy sector. For that reason, tidal stream is included in the scope of the draft National Policy Statement for Energy published in March 2023.

This builds on the success of the fourth Contracts for Difference Allocation Round last year in which over 40MW of new tidal stream capacity was secured in Scotland and Wales and the announcement of a ringfenced budget for the fifth round this year.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate his Department has made of how many people (a) living on houseboats, (b) in the travelling community and (c) for other reasons, are excluded from the current energy support schemes; and what steps he is taking to tackle such exclusions.

Due to the dispersed and/or isolated nature of many of the households living on boats and in caravans not on registered sites, it is difficult to estimate the exact number of individuals who are unable to receive the Energy Bill Support Scheme. Officials are also working to establish whether there is a robust method for these households to provide proof of eligibility, whilst protecting public funds, so they can claim the EBSS payment.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has taken recent steps to encourage the use of biochar as a (a) soil promoter, (b) substitute for imported fertiliser and (c) carbon capture method.

The Department through its Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Innovation Programme is supporting five biochar pilot demonstrators for carbon capture, at a value of £18.7million, to be completed by March 2025. UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) is also funding a biochar demonstrator project that will investigate the stability of biochar, as well as its impacts on the environment and soil ecosystems, in different UK land management scenarios. Use of biochar as a technology is at an early stage of development and therefore deployment potential, costs and possible side-effects from use are uncertain. Results from the projects supported will help to inform future government policy on biochar as a greenhouse gas removal method.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department holds data on (a) fuel consumed and (b) electricity produced by power stations.

Data on fuel consumed and electricity produced by power stations are published in the annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics table 5.6, and quarterly Energy Trends table 5.1, under ‘Major Power Producers’.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department takes to support charitable and third sector organisations to source capital funding for energy efficiency works in their buildings.

The Government keeps energy efficiency support for all non-domestic organisations, including charitable and third sector organisations, under review. Existing initiatives which may be applicable include an exemption on business rates for green technology and providing grants under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Government are reviewing what levers can be introduced to help organisations to be more energy efficient, including financial support. As part of this, the Government has launched a new Energy Efficiency Taskforce to help achieve its target to reduce its energy consumption from buildings and industry by 15% by 2030.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Energy Bill Discount Scheme on the charitable and third sector's ability to pay its energy bills.

An HMT-led review into the operation of the current Energy Bill Relief Scheme was conducted with the objective of significantly reducing the overall burden on public finances, and ensuring support is targeted at those most in need and unable to adjust to recent energy price rises. During the review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, analysis of many contributions from the private sector, trade associations, the voluntary sector and other types of organisations were assessed.

The new Energy Bill Discount Scheme will run from April until March 2024 and continue to provide a discount to eligible non-domestic customers, including charities.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of tasking Ofgem to consider the issue of higher costs that customers incur when paying by methods other than direct debit.

Ofgem rules currently state that the difference in price between payment methods for energy must reflect the cost to the supplier of that method. On 21 February, Ofgem published a Call for Evidence on a package of work focused on prepayment meters, including looking at all energy payment methods to see whether there is a case for levelling them. Responses are requested by 7 March.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme on creating and maintaining professional standards in the energy microgeneration sector.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an independent certification scheme which creates robust standards against which installers and products are certified by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited Certification Bodies. Those standards are also designed to align with international and European Union standards where appropriate. MCS standards are updated and improved over time, and amendments to these standards are discussed with the Department before being implemented.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that those households who have a heating oil based system will not face high costs when a ban on their usage comes into force in 2026 and a replacement heating source will be required.

The Government consulted on new regulations to phase out heating systems using high carbon fossil fuels in homes, businesses and public buildings in England off the gas grid during the 2020s. The Government will set out further details on these proposals when it responds to these consultations in due course.

The Government is currently supporting households switching to clean heat through schemes like the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Home Upgrade Grant, and it is working with industry to cut the cost of installing a heat pump as the market grows.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of the Energy Performance Certificate data being used to decide on eligibility for the Warm Homes Discount.

The Government consulted on the reforms to the scheme in summer 2021, which included an assessment of the reliability of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data.

The Government calculates energy cost scores for properties using certain property characteristic data primarily from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for the purpose of establishing eligibility under the Warm Home Discount.

Property characteristics from EPCs are only used at the request of a household when they believe the property characteristics in their EPC are more accurate than those provided by the VOA, or in the minority of cases where VOA data is not available.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many households which were eligible for the Warm Homes Discount in 2022 are no longer eligible in 2023.

The Government has expanded the Warm Home Discount scheme this year, providing £150 rebates to over 3 million households. The Government published impact assessments when consulting and publishing the Government’s response, which compared the option for reforming the scheme to continuing the previous scheme.

As households previously applied through their suppliers, who set their own application processes and eligibility criteria and selected successful applicants each year, the Government has not been able to assess how many households previously eligible are no longer eligible.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what consultation her Department has held with civil society on the AI Safety Summit.

The first major global summit on AI safety, hosted by the UK, will bring together key countries, as well as leading technology companies and researchers, to agree on the safety measures needed to evaluate and monitor the most significant risks emerging from the newest developments in AI technologies.

The Department is committed to engaging with a wide range of stakeholders as it develops AI policy and has, throughout consultation on the AI Regulation White Paper, engaged with a wide range of stakeholders across industry, academia, regulators and civil society. The feedback received will be factored in the Department’s response to the consultation and inform the development of the regulatory framework.

We are adopting this same spirit with regards to our international policy and the Summit, for which preparations are still ongoing. We look forward to sharing more information in due course.

3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many officials have been allocated to work on the Global Summit for AI Safety; and when she plans that the draft agenda for the Summit will be published.

The UK will host the first major global summit on AI safety this autumn, bringing together countries to agree measures needed to mitigate the most significant AI risks. Officials across the Government are working to deliver the Summit, including teams in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as well as the UK’s diplomatic network, and work continues on the exact scope and outcomes. We look forward to updating the House further as our preparations for the Summit continue.

15th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment her Department has made of the potential risks of deepfake (a) audio, (b) photo and (c) video content to the conduct of future UK general elections.

The Government is committed to ensuring that people have access to accurate information. We are taking steps to promote trusted news sources to tackle the spread of disinformation and combat attempts to artificially manipulate the information environment. The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology Counter Disinformation Unit responds to periods of acute disinformation risk, including UK general elections.

The Government regularly meets with a range of social media platforms to aid our understanding of the spread of misinformation and disinformation on their services, including artificially manipulated media, and the range of steps they are taking to address this. This work includes encouraging platforms to ensure that their Terms of Service (ToS), policies and enforcement are fit for purpose, whilst still respecting freedom of expression.

The National Security Bill will give the UK more tools to tackle these threats, including a new offence of foreign interference. The foreign interference offence is a priority offence in the Online Safety Bill and as such will require digital platforms to proactively take action against a wide range of state-sponsored disinformation and state-linked online interference, including digitally manipulated content where this has the aim of interfering with UK elections.

27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to fund science and innovation to help achieve the Government's global science superpower aims.

As set out in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology’s (DSIT) 2023 priorities, we will optimise public R&D investment to support areas of relative UK strength and increase the level of private R&D to make our economy the most innovative in the world.

This, in part, will be achieved via the largest ever increase in public R&D budget over a Spending Review (SR) period. At the 2022 Autumn Statement, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer recommitted to increasing public expenditure on R&D to £20 billion per annum by 2024/2025.

27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the consequences for her policies of (a) application rates and (b) funding awarded under the (i) Horizon Europe Guarantee and (ii) package of funding to cover the shortfall in EU funds in (A) 2021 and (B) 2022; and what estimate she has made of what the UK would have (1) paid to participate in Horizon Europe and (2) received back to date; and if she will publish that assessment and that estimate.

By 31st January 2023, the UK Government’s Horizon Europe Guarantee Scheme had issued grants worth up to £750m to 1,548 successful applicants. The scheme is demand-driven, reflecting the success rate of UK applicants to the Horizon Europe programme. The UK remains first for successful proposals to Horizon Europe’s European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) schemes, maintaining our Horizon 2020 position.

On 21st November 2022, an additional £484m of funding was announced to support the UK’s R&D sector and bolster talent and investment in R&D infrastructure while delays to association continue.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement covers the UK’s terms of participation in Horizon Europe.

26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has undertaken a risk assessment of the impact of potential flooding caused by rising sea levels on nuclear power plants.

Nuclear site licence holders must meet robust standards, including keeping plants safe against the effects of flooding throughout their lifetime.

Site licensees are required to produce a fit for purpose assessment of flood risk to inform the detailed siting, design, management, and safety case requirements of any new nuclear facility, which is assessed by the UK’s independent regulators - the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the environment agencies. This includes an assessment of all possible sources of flooding as well as coastal erosion risks and other climate change impacts.

The ONR and the environment agencies would not allow an installation to be built or to operate if they judged that it was not safe to do so.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Improvement Energy Performance Certificates: action plan - progress update, published on 8 November 2021, what progress his Department has made on updating regulations related to Energy Performance Certificates since publication of that update.

The Department works closely with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on progressing the outstanding actions in the Energy Performance Certificate Action Plan.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the use of infrared heating.

BEIS research to date, such as the Cost Optimal Domestic Electrification[1]project, has compared infrared heating with other electrical heating options and concluded that heat-pumps are the most cost-optimal electric heating technology for most UK homes. To improve the Government's understanding of the potential role of infrared heating in decarbonising heat, BEIS has commenced a further programme of evidence gathering on the performance of these systems relative to other technologies.

[1] Cost Optimal Domestic Electrification (CODE): research study

Ref: BEIS Research Paper Number: 2021/051, published September 2021. (Viewed on 24 January 2023)

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what social value criteria the Department has set in the next auction for offshore wind projects in the Cornish Sea; and what assessment his Department has made of potential direct financial or other benefits that may be delivered locally in respect of those projects.

The parameters of the upcoming floating offshore wind seabed leasing process in the Celtic Sea are a matter for The Crown Estate, who have stated developers will be expected to provide a plan of their early investment in support of an internationally competitive supply chain.

Offshore wind is an important growth industry for the UK. The Government estimates the ambition of 50GW of offshore wind outlined in the British Energy Security Strategy, including up to 5GW of innovative floating offshore wind, could support an estimated 90,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2030

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)