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Douglas Chapman

Scottish National Party - Dunfermline and West Fife

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

(since January 2020)
Public Accounts Commission
9th Jul 2018 - 18th Mar 2020
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement & Nuclear Disarmament)
1st Jul 2018 - 7th Jan 2020
Public Accounts Committee
9th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Regulatory Reform
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Privileges
26th Oct 2017 - 14th Jan 2019
Committee on Standards
26th Oct 2017 - 14th Jan 2019
Committee of Privileges
26th Oct 2017 - 14th Jan 2019
European Scrutiny Committee
30th Oct 2017 - 9th Jul 2018
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)
20th Jun 2017 - 1st Jul 2018
Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee)
10th Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Sub-Committee
8th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017


There are no upcoming events identified
Division Votes
Wednesday 15th June 2022
Rail Strikes
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 34 Scottish National Party Aye votes vs 0 Scottish National Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 174 Noes - 286
Speeches
Monday 16th May 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
Last week’s Bloomberg report suggests that levelling up in Scotland is just not happening. Given that Scotland is self-sufficient in …
Written Answers
Thursday 16th June 2022
Retail Trade: Costs
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with organisations representing convenience stores on (a) …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 9th June 2022
Tribute to Dunfermline’s iconic peacocks
That this House notes the tragic loss of one of Dunfermline’s iconic peacocks, Malcolm, following a horrific attack on 31 …
Bills
Wednesday 24th March 2021
Gaming Hardware (Automated Purchase and Resale) (No. 2) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to prohibit the automated purchase and resale of games consoles and computer components; and for connected purposes.
MP Financial Interests
Monday 14th March 2022
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Address of donor: King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al …
EDM signed
Wednesday 15th June 2022
Clean Air Day 2022
That this House celebrates Clean Air Day 2022 on Thursday 16th June and the ongoing campaign to tackle air pollution; …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 19th June 2019
Nuclear Submarine Recycling (Reporting) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Douglas Chapman has voted in 302 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
(13 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(8 debate interactions)
Iain Stewart (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(8 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(7 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(5 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(5 debate contributions)
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Dunfermline and West Fife 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 most Dunfermline and West Fife signatures
Douglas Chapman has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Douglas Chapman

14th June 2022
Douglas Chapman signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 15th June 2022

Domestic sale and advertisement of animal experiences abroad

Tabled by: Martyn Day (Scottish National Party - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
That this House notes the urgent need for a ban on the domestic sale and advertisement of cruel animal experiences abroad, such as elephant rides and captive dolphin shows, to be brought into legislation; acknowledges the cruel methods used to train elephants for entertainment, such as repeated beatings with hooks, …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Jun 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 14
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Independent: 1
14th June 2022
Douglas Chapman signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 15th June 2022

Clean Air Day 2022

Tabled by: Barry Sheerman (Labour (Co-op) - Huddersfield)
That this House celebrates Clean Air Day 2022 on Thursday 16th June and the ongoing campaign to tackle air pollution; recognises that air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK and the disastrous impact it has on individuals, families and communities; regrets that air pollution …
26 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Jun 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 11
Scottish National Party: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Conservative: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Douglas Chapman, 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.


Douglas Chapman has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Douglas Chapman has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Douglas Chapman


A Bill to prohibit the automated purchase and resale of games consoles and computer components; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 24th March 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to prohibit the automated purchase and resale of games consoles and computer components; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 3rd February 2021

92 Written Questions in the current parliament

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3 Other Department Questions
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with elected members in the devolved Administrations on the effectiveness of intergovernmental relations.

I last met with the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales on 27 April. We discussed the superb intergovernmental collaboration which has underpinned the success of the Homes for Ukraine scheme and possible approaches to mitigate the rising cost of living.

This forms part of a regular rhythm of engagement with First Ministers in my role as Minister for Intergovernmental Relations.

Michael Gove
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on strengthening the Union.

The United Kingdom is the world’s most successful and enduring multi-national, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural political union. Being part of the United Kingdom makes every one of us safer and more prosperous. To ensure all levels of government in the United Kingdom can work better together to deliver for the people we serve, the UK Government and the devolved governments have recently concluded our joint review of Intergovernmental Relations and agreed a new set of arrangements to promote closer and more effective joint working. I refer the Hon Member to the written Statement made by the Secretary of State on 13 January 2022 (HCWS536).

Neil O'Brien
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps the Government is taking to ensure its COP26 presidency helps protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

Climate action must be inclusive of people with disabilities and support their rights. We know that people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by climate change. The UK is committed to championing inclusivity throughout our COP presidency. Our dedicated civil society engagement team ensures we amplify and learn from the voices of those most affected by climate change to inspire governments to increase their ambition.

We are actively engaging the disability community to ensure that people with disabilities and their representative organisations can fully participate in the summit in November. We have set up an official-led COP26 disability-inclusive working group to guide our preparations for delivering an inclusive summit. This group comprises disabled persons’ organisations and disability representatives organisations from around the world. The COP26 civil society engagement team also runs regular open-invite calls with civil society to ensure that the UK presidency is consulting the broadest range of groups in the run-up to COP26. These calls are attended by persons with disabilities and representative organisations.

Finally, the UK also ensured in the recent Climate and Development Ministerial Chair’s Summary that the links between climate finance and advancing the inclusivity of persons with disabilities were highlighted.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to send the report by Sir Robert Francis on compensation for those affected by contaminated blood products to his counterparts in the devolved Administrations.

Yes. I intend to share a copy of Sir Robert’s study with the health Ministers in the devolved administrations prior to publication of the study.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will confirm that liabilities in respect of the UK Contaminated Blood Scandal will be covered directly and exclusively by the Government.

It is important that we wait for the conclusion of the independent Infected Blood Inquiry, chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff. The Government will consider Sir Brian’s findings and recommendations once the Inquiry has reported.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a Suitability and Sustainability Study will be undertaken following the closure of the Civil Service Club in Rosyth, Fife.

Decisions on the Civil Service Club in Rosyth, Fife have been made by the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC). The Cabinet Office has no current plans to conduct a study as described.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
13th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the annual salary is of each of his Department's Non-Executive Board Members.

Details of remuneration for Cabinet Office’s Non-Executive Board Members is available in the Annual Report and Accounts, the latest edition of which can be found here. The register of interests for the new Board Members will be published shortly. The roles were advertised publicly with the job description posted on the HM Government Public Appointments and on GOV.UK. 163 candidates applied for these positions.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people applied for the four new Non-Executive Board positions and what the criteria was for selecting the successful candidates.

Details of remuneration for Cabinet Office’s Non-Executive Board Members is available in the Annual Report and Accounts, the latest edition of which can be found here. The register of interests for the new Board Members will be published shortly. The roles were advertised publicly with the job description posted on the HM Government Public Appointments and on GOV.UK. 163 candidates applied for these positions.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recent announcement of Government plans to reduce the number of civil servants by 91,000, what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in the number of staff in his Department located in Dunfermline and West Fife constituency as a result of those plans.

The Department does not have any civil servants with a contractual work location within the Dunfermline and West Fife constituency.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he expects the First-tier Tribunals for Green Deal scheme complaints to be concluded.

The Government is unable to anticipate when the appeals currently with the First Tier Tribunal will be completed, as the Tribunal is outside the control of the Secretary of State.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Transport on the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.

The Government recognises the importance of bringing together co-ordinated policy action across all departments, to achieve net zero. Two cabinet committees have been established, chaired by my Rt. Hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. These Committees are turbo-charging the net zero transition and co-ordinating action across government.

In 2019 we published our Clean Maritime Plan, the UK’s pathway to zero emissions shipping. It identifies ways to tackle air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions while securing growth and placing the UK at the forefront of the global transition to clean shipping. Implementation of the plan is underway. We have funded two competitions for early stage innovation projects in clean maritime, run a study to identify and support potential UK zero emission shipping clusters and supported the establishment of Marine Emissions Regulations advisory Service and the Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initative.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support research at universities across the UK.

On 27 June, the Government announced a package of support for UK universities to ensure that the university research base can fully contribute to the UK recovery and our economy in the longer-term. The University Research Stabilisation package will give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities, and will enable universities facing potential decline in income for research as a result of COVID-19 to continue their research and innovation activities.

Around £280 million of UK government investment will be made immediately available to support researchers’ salaries and other costs such as laboratory equipment and fieldwork. This includes £200m of new funding, together with upto £80 million of existing funding from UK Research & Innovation (which is being freed-up from likely grant underspends for redistribution to support R&D in our universities). From the Autumn, UK Government will provide a package for universities across the UK consisting of low-interest loans with long pay-back periods, supplemented by a small amount of government grants, to cover up to 80% of a university’s income losses from international students for the academic year 2020/21, up to the value of their non-publicly funded research activity. Universities will need to demonstrate how these funds are being utilised to sustain research in areas typically funded by charities and business.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when a permanent Small Business Commissioner will be appointed.

Officials expect to launch an open recruitment campaign in due course to appoint a permanent Small Business Commissioner.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland to discuss the safeguarding and promotion of Scottish business.

My ministerial colleagues and I are in regular contact with the Office for the Secretary of State for Scotland to discuss the safeguarding and promotion of Scottish business.

In April, my Hon. Friends the Minister for Business and Industry and the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Scotland Office jointly held a webinar with Scottish Council for Development and Industry to discuss the Government’s Covid response to safeguard and support busines in Scotland.

In May, the Minister for Business and Industry also attended the joint Scottish Government and UK Government Ministerial-led Scottish Business Growth Group to discuss support for businesses during Covid and future economic recovery.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in (a) Dunfermline and West Fife constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK have prepayment meters; and what assessment he has made of the change in the number of those meters in each of those areas in each of the last five years.

The latest Ofgem data on Prepayment Meters (PPM) shows that there are 4.3 million customers using PPM meters, which represents around 15% of all customers in Great Britain.

Neither Ofgem nor the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy routinely collect regional PPM customer numbers However, in 2017 BIES collected a one off local authority area breakdown, which showed there were 460,529 PPM customers in Scotland and 27,413 PPM customers in the Fife Council local authority area. This data does not include customers who pay for their gas using a PPM as this data has not been compiled, however there are fewer gas PPMs as a whole in the market.

The number of Prepayment Meter accounts in the GB energy market over the last five years has remained around 4.5 million. There has, however been an increase in competition in the PPM market over the past five years with PPM specialists providing greater choice for consumers beyond the six large suppliers. A cap on PPM prices was introduced in April 2017 and remains in force.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
13th May 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to safeguard (a) hon. Members, (b) hon. Members' staff, (c) House staff and (d) children attending the Parliament’s nursery facilities during the covid-19 outbreak should the House of Commons agree to returning to a physical Parliament after the Whit recess.

The House Service is currently working in conjunction with Public Health England to ensure we meet the government guidelines to become a ‘Covid-19 secure’ workplace, and to build on our existing measures to ensure Members, Members’ staff and House staff working on the estate can do so safely. These include carrying out a Covid-19 risk assessment, which will also be carried out by the nursery provider. Where Members’ staff and those of the House can continue their work at home they are being encouraged to do so, with appropriate support provided. The Commission will be meeting to ensure that the appropriate level of services and safety measures are in place, should there be a return to physical-only proceedings after the Whitsun recess.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with terrestrial TV stations to raise the issue of their inability to deliver free to air, live broadcasts of international football matches involving each of the four constituent nations of the UK.

The Department has discussions regularly with broadcasters on a range of matters including those related to the broadcasting of Sport.

The Listed Events regime is designed to ensure that sporting events of national significance are accessible to as wide an audience as possible by ensuring that coverage of certain sports are offered to free-to-air broadcasters. Currently, international football matches for the FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament and the European Football Championships Finals Tournament are designated on the listed events regime under Group A - where full live coverage must be offered for free-to-air broadcast. This includes the matches of the home countries that have qualified for the event.

We believe that the current Listed Events regime works well and strikes an appropriate balance between retaining free-to-air sports events for the public while allowing rights holders to negotiate agreements in the best interests of their sport.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the use of automated bots to bulk purchase new releases of gaming consoles and computer components and to prevent their resale at inflated prices.

Officials are discussing this issue with the trade association for the video games industry, Ukie. We know that bulk purchasing through automated bots is a concern for some of their members who we understand are currently looking at any further actions they can take to prevent these behaviours, and are working with their retailers to improve experiences for customers.

14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the (a) use of automated bots to bulk purchase new releases of gaming consoles and computer components and (b) resale of such products at inflated prices.

Officials are discussing this issue with the trade association for the video games industry, Ukie. We know that bulk purchasing through automated bots is a concern for some of their members who we understand are currently looking at any further actions they can take to prevent these behaviours, and are working with their retailers to improve experiences for customers.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department has provided to community radio stations during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Community Radio Fund was set up in 2005 and has an annual budget of £400,000, which is used to help support community radio stations across the UK. It is administered by Ofcom, and applications are assessed by an independent panel.

For the financial year 2020-21, we have worked with Ofcom to use this Fund to provide emergency cash grants to help community radio stations to meet urgent liabilities and to keep themselves in business. Ofcom announced details of 81 awards on 4 June - allocating a significant proportion of the Fund’s budget for the year - and will be inviting applications for a further emergency funding round shortly to ensure that the full amount goes to those stations most in need of support at this time.

We are continuing to liaise with stakeholders across the sector regarding ways in which the Government can support community radio through Covid-19 and beyond.

25th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure a sustainable future for independent, commercial radio stations.

We recognise there has been a significant negative impact on radio advertising revenues as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and have worked closely with commercial radio broadcasters and trade bodies to support the industry through this exceptionally challenging period.

In addition to the wider economic support available to UK businesses, the government has brokered sector-specific support for commercial radio. Discussions with Arqiva, the UK’s transmission network operator, have resulted in a package of assistance on transmission costs with six months free transmission for Arqiva’s small station customers.

25th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent progress he has made on the roll out of small-scale DAB radio; and if he will make a statement.

Ofcom, the UK’s independent regulator, is responsible for licensing small-scale DAB radio services. Following a consultation with the radio industry in 2019, Ofcom published a policy statement in April 2020 on the approach to licensing small scale DAB services, using powers given to them in The Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019. In June 2020 Ofcom confirmed that they plan to advertise Round One of the small-scale radio multiplex licences in September 2020.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many businesses have enrolled on the Cyber Essentials Scheme in Dunfermline and West Fife constituency.

From 2016 until the end of April 2020, 48 Cyber Essentials certificates have been awarded to organisations in the Dunfermline and West Fife constituency. This is an estimate, as there is incomplete location data for some historical certificate entries.

A total of 44,443 certificates have been awarded to organisations across the UK.


A search function to find organisations with Cyber Essentials certificates is available at www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberessentials/search.

23rd Nov 2020
What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the end of the transition period on (a) further and (b) higher education.

We are working with both the higher and further education sectors on what steps they need to take as we come to the end of the Transition Period.

This includes questions around participation in EU-funded programmes and future migration arrangements for example.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support graduates looking for employment (a) during and (b) after the covid-19 outbreak.

Our economic priority is to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our economy as far as possible. This is an incredibly difficult period for everyone, and we understand that graduates are likely to feel concerned as they enter a far tougher job market than those before them.

Some universities are going above and beyond to support those graduating this summer, providing extensive online careers advice, including webinars offering interview and CV-writing tips and skills and follow-up one-to-one calls. However, we need all universities to step up and play a key role to help graduates take the next step, whether into work or further study.

The recently announced National Tutoring Programme creates an opportunity for graduates to apply for tutoring roles providing support for pupils and schools in the most disadvantaged areas. More details of the programme will be available shortly.

We know that post-graduates often secure employment in higher skilled and higher paid employment than graduates and non-graduates. The government can support with the financial burden of accessing a master’s degree with a loan of up to £11,222. Where graduates are considering a career in teaching, tax-free postgraduate bursaries of up to £26,000 are available for trainee teachers starting initial teacher training in 2020/21, depending on the subject in which they train to teach.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that overseas students can continue to study in the UK during the covid-19 outbreak in the 2020-21 academic year; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that funding for universities is maintained.

The UK’s world-leading universities remain open to international students and we are working as a priority to make processes as flexible and easy as possible to allow students to study at UK institutions in the 2020-21 academic year.

On 22 June, with my counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, I wrote to prospective international students to outline the support and guidance that is available to students who are considering studying in the UK from the autumn. In the letter, I reiterate the temporary and targeted flexibilities that the government has announced for international students including, amongst other mitigations, confirmation that distance learning or blended learning will be permitted for the 2020/21 academic year provided that international students’ sponsors intend to transition to face-to-face learning as soon as circumstances allow.

We are also in discussions with Universities UK and other sector representatives on a regular basis to ensure that we are united in welcoming international students to the UK. We expect international students - particularly those who will be subject to the 14-day self-isolation period - to be appropriately supported upon arrival by their chosen university during these unprecedented times. International students who are considering studying at a UK higher education (HE) provider from September 2020 should contact their chosen university to find out how they are adapting to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Monday 4 May, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, announced the package of measures to stabilise university admissions this autumn and ensure sustainability in HE at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Full details of the package have been published on GOV.UK: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-support-package-for-universities-and-students.

The government has also confirmed that HE providers in England are eligible to apply for its support packages, including business loan support schemes. The Office for Students (OfS), the regulator in England, estimates that these schemes could be worth at least £700 million to the sector.

We will only intervene further where we believe there is a case to do so and where we believe intervention is possible and appropriate and as a last resort. In such instances, we will work with providers to review their circumstances and assess the need for restructuring and any attached conditions. The department will be working with HM Treasury and other government departments, as well as with the devolved administrations, to develop this restructuring regime.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
19th May 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent estimate the Commission has made of how many hon Members (a) may be shielding (b) may be in the same household as someone who is shielding or who are in a high risk category and (c) have caring responsibilities for a member of their family who may be shielding in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Due to its sensitive personal nature, this information is not held by the House of Commons Commission. Guidance and support has been made available by the House service for Members in this position.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
19th May 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2020 to Question 46690 on Parliament: Coronavirus, what assessment the Commission has made of the situation of hon Members who (a) are subject to guidance from devolved Administrations on travel outside their immediate area and (b) may find it difficult or impossible to make suitable travel arrangements between their constituency and Westminster after the Whitsun recess.

The Commission has ensured the Travel Office remains available to all Members and has made specific arrangements to ensure that accommodation is available where required.

Members are encouraged to follow any guidance currently in force in the area in which they are currently located.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to support research and development into alternative materials to peat in growing media that meets the requirements of consumer and professional horticulturists.

The Government has always been clear about the need to end the use of peat and peat-containing products in horticulture in England.

We have worked with the horticulture industry to develop a Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media, which allows manufacturers and retailers to make informed choices of growing media inputs to peat free products, based on environmental and social impacts.

We continue to support industry in their efforts to go peat free, this has included over £1 million on a project to provide the necessary applied science to help underpin the development and management of alternative growing media. We are co-funding monitoring with the horticultural industry on the composition of growing media (including peat) supplied for amateur and professional use in the horticultural market.

While there has been some progress, the voluntary approach to phasing out the use of peat in horticulture has not succeeded. The Government therefore published a full consultation on banning the sale of peat and peat-containing products in the amateur sector by the end of this Parliament in England and Wales. The Government also asked for any evidence stakeholders can provide on the impacts of ending the use of peat and peat-containing products, we will publish our response to this consultation in due course.

We will continue to work across Government, and the private sector, to find solutions that will enable the use of peat and products containing peat to end. This includes the ground-breaking work being conducted by Forestry England to reduce peat use within tree nurseries; and identifying regulatory barriers in respect of potential peat replacement products.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with the horticulture and gardening industry to tackle regulatory and fiscal barriers to peat alternatives in growing media composts.

The Government has always been clear about the need to end the use of peat and peat-containing products in horticulture in England.

We have worked with the horticulture industry to develop a Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media, which allows manufacturers and retailers to make informed choices of growing media inputs to peat free products, based on environmental and social impacts.

We continue to support industry in their efforts to go peat free, this has included over £1 million on a project to provide the necessary applied science to help underpin the development and management of alternative growing media. We are co-funding monitoring with the horticultural industry on the composition of growing media (including peat) supplied for amateur and professional use in the horticultural market.

While there has been some progress, the voluntary approach to phasing out the use of peat in horticulture has not succeeded. The Government therefore published a full consultation on banning the sale of peat and peat-containing products in the amateur sector by the end of this Parliament in England and Wales. The Government also asked for any evidence stakeholders can provide on the impacts of ending the use of peat and peat-containing products, we will publish our response to this consultation in due course.

We will continue to work across Government, and the private sector, to find solutions that will enable the use of peat and products containing peat to end. This includes the ground-breaking work being conducted by Forestry England to reduce peat use within tree nurseries; and identifying regulatory barriers in respect of potential peat replacement products.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will set a revised date for the publication of the National Food Strategy.

The forthcoming Food Strategy White Paper is a once in a generation opportunity to create a food system that feeds our nation today and protects it for tomorrow.

It will build on existing work across Government and identify new opportunities to make the food system healthier, more sustainable, more resilient, and more accessible for those across the UK. Given ongoing wider circumstances, we expect to publish the food strategy after the pre-election period for the local elections.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions the Commission has had with representatives from (a) trade unions and (b) other staff organisations on the health and safety implications of the House returning on 2 June 2020 without hybrid proceedings.

The House authorities on behalf of the Commission have met with representatives of the Trade Unions for staff in the House of Commons and PDS formally at least three times per week since the beginning of March, and with representatives of Members’ and Peers’ Staff Association (MAPSA) and Unite as representatives of Members’ staff. These discussions have covered all aspects of how the House is responding to Covid-19, including preparations for the return of the House on 2 June.

The Commission has also invited submissions from the groups mentioned above.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jun 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what risk assessment the Commission has made of the effect on security staff of the House returning on 2 June 2020 without hybrid proceedings; and whether (a) PPE and (b) other equipment has been purchased for those staff to mitigate the risk of covid-19.

The provision of personal protective equipment to protect against coronavirus has been guided by Public Health England. After a review, they have advised that the only work on the estate that requires face masks for protection against the coronavirus is undertaken by the occupational health team.

Aprons and face masks for use by security officers are available for the security team to wear whilst processing a person through search and screening if they wish, but they are not an essential risk control.

The House of Commons has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to comply with the government’s guidance on managing the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace. The results have been shared with House staff, hon. Members and other individuals who work on the Parliamentary Estate. The assessment has also been published on the Parliamentary intranet and the UK Parliament internet transparency pages.

Local task-specific risk assessments have been undertaken by individual teams and offices across the House of Commons to facilitate work activities recommencing safely on the estate. Aligned with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance, the significant findings of these risk assessments have been recorded and used to communicate and manage the risks at Parliament.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions her Department has held with relevant business stakeholders on the Tradeshow Access Programme.

I refer the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for North Durham on 15 July 2021, UIN: 28980.

10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential role of maritime decarbonisation in reaching net zero emissions.

The domestic maritime sector falls under the UK’s current national net zero target, and in common with the wider economy will need to be decarbonised by 2050 in order to achieve net zero.

The Department has published extensive research as part of the Clean Maritime Plan on Gov.UK assessing the opportunities and challenges presented by the sector’s transition to net zero, and the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, planned for publication in Spring 2021, will outline our next steps to decarbonise the sector.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of potential new jobs that could be created through decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

In 2019, the Department published the Clean Maritime Plan, which notified the potential for clean economic growth in the UK as a result of the transition to zero emission shipping.

Alongside the Plan, the Department published an assessment of the potential economic opportunities from low and zero emission shipping. While this does not estimate the number of potential new jobs that could be created through the decarbonisation of the maritime sector, it identifies a large potential global market for the elements of alternative maritime fuel production technologies in which the UK has a particular competitive advantage (for example, upfront design), which could result in economic benefits to the UK of around £360–£510 million per year by the middle of the century.

Certain organisations within the maritime sector have publicly suggested that investment in maritime decarbonisation could create more than 15 thousand jobs as well as tens of thousands of jobs when considering the wider supply chain[1]. Industry research estimates that in 2017 the UK maritime sector as a whole directly supported more than 220 thousand jobs for UK employees[2].

[1] https://www.maritimeuk.org/spending-review/bid/

[2] https://www.maritimeuk.org/documents/429/Maritime_UK_-_state_of_the_maritime_nation_report_2019_D17mVSQ.pdf

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland will receive under Barnett consequentials to help provide for (i) pop-up cycle lanes and (ii) e-scooter trials as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Further details of the allocation of the funding for cycling and walking infrastructure and details of e-scooter trials will be announced shortly.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason she has no current plans to include options for receiving the State Pension weekly or bi-weekly on the State Pension claim form.

There are no current plans to include options for receiving State Pension weekly/bi-weekly on the State Pension claim form.

The customer can, however, request a change to another payment frequency if they wish, at any point after the initial claim and award payment is made. A customer may telephone or write to request this change. State Pension systems do have the functionality to provide an alternative payment frequency, at any point after the initial claim and award is made. The easiest way to do this is for the customer to contact Pension Service by telephone and an operational agent can facilitate the change.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department expects to meet service delivery targets with regards to the processing of new claims to state pension by the end of October 2021.

Yes. As of 4 November, there were 3,220 claims where we awaited further information from the customer before we can finalise their claim.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that the option of receiving the State Pension weekly or biweekly is made available on the claim form.

There are no current plans to include options for receiving State Pension weekly/bi-weekly on the State Pension claim form.

The customer can, however, request a change to another payment frequency if they wish, at any point after the initial claim and award payment is made. A customer may telephone or write to request this change. State Pension systems do have the functionality to provide an alternative payment frequency, at any point after the initial claim and award is made. The easiest way to do this is for the customer to contact Pension Service by telephone and an operational agent can facilitate the change.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to ensure that the correct addresses have been used in letters sent to winter fuel payment recipients by her Department.

For Winter Fuel Entitlement, and all customer notifications, DWP uses information from customer records across the Department to identify the most recent address provided by a citizen.

It is the responsibility of the citizen to inform DWP if they change their address and of any other changes that may affect their entitlement to Winter Fuel.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2021 to Question 15239, whether her Department is on schedule to automate the process of proactively correcting universal credit payments at risk of being reduced when coinciding with the claimant receiving multiple wages during one assessment period by mid-summer 2021.

We are currently on schedule to deliver the automation which will allow us to identify and take action when claimants are impacted by two earnings in the one assessment period by Summer 2021.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will commission a review on processes relating to winter fuel payments to ensure that all qualifying recipients are paid (a) accurately and (b) within agreed timescales.

As standard practice, DWP will review the Winter Fuel Payment exercise.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of the winter fuel payment were paid (a) prior to 31 December 2020 and (b) from 1 January to 1 February 2021; and how many payments remain outstanding.

We are not able to respond to your request as this information is only available at disproportionate cost to DWP.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many advanced universal credit payments have been issued in Dunfermline and West Fife constituency since 1 March 2020; and what the cost was of those payments to the nearest thousand pounds.

Between 1 March 2020 and 16 June 2020 inclusive, 2,310 Universal Credit advance payments were issued to the Dunfermline and West Fife parliamentary constituency totalling a value of £1,013,000.

Notes:

1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10 and values to the nearest £1000.

2. Figures include all types of advances, including advances paid after the first assessment period.

3. Figures provided to 16 June 2020 in line with published management information relating to Universal Credit advances.

4. If a claimant has applied for more than one advance, each one is counted separately in these figures.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will ensure that clients who have overpaid their child maintenance payments due to departmental error will have those monies refunded within four weeks of the error being discovered.

Where overpayments of Child Maintenance occur, these are routinely adjusted from any future Child Maintenance payments due.

Where an overpayment occurs due to incorrect allocation to a case, action to rectify this usually takes place within 48 hours.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will investigate complaints of departmental errors made under the Child Maintenance Scheme; and if she will make a statement on the outcome of that investigation.

All complaints received by Child Maintenance Service are investigated. Customers who remain dissatisfied can then escalate their complaint and request a fully independent investigation to be completed by the Independent Case Examiner then the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Accuracy of Child Maintenance Service processes is also subject to scrutiny from Counter Fraud & Compliance Directorate, Government Internal Audit Agency and National Audit office.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including confirmation of a third covid-19 booster vaccination on the NHS Covid-19 App for use by UK citizens when accessing venues and for travel overseas.

The NHS COVID-19 App is primarily a contact tracing app. App users are anonymous so it cannot be used as proof of vaccination status. The NHS App provides access to services including vaccination status and the NHS COVID pass. The NHS COVID Pass can now be used to demonstrate proof of a booster or third dose for outbound international travel and available through both the NHS App and on NHS.UK.

Booster vaccinations are currently not recorded in the domestic NHS COVID Pass as they are not required for domestic certification in England.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support veterans who are medically discharged from the armed forces.

As part of the Government’s continued commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, veterans are able to access National Health Service provided mainstream and bespoke veteran services.

In England, this includes the Veterans Trauma Network. Located in 10 major trauma centres across England, with links to five specialist NHS trusts, the network works closely with Defence Medical Services, national centres of clinical expertise, veteran specific mental health services, as well as military charities to provide a complete package of care and treatment to those with service-attributable physical health conditions.

For mental health issues there is the Transition, Intervention and Liaison mental health service, which supports serving personnel who need additional mental health support as they are leaving the armed forces and for veterans who have mental health issues.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what counselling services have been provided for Afghan personnel and their families who (a) assisted British Forces in Afghanistan and (b) have since been repatriated to the UK.

There is significant work underway across the whole of Government to ensure the Afghans who stood side by side with us in conflict, their families and those at highest risk who have been evacuated, are supported as they now rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education and integrate into their local communities in the UK. This includes healthcare support, where the Government is providing £3 million of additional NHS funding so that Afghans arriving under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy scheme can access healthcare and register with a GP. The plans, dubbed 'Operation Warm Welcome', are being overseen by Victoria Atkins as the new Minister for Afghan Resettlement at the Home Office.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to review the UK's policy on arctic issues prior to COP26.

The UK revised its first Arctic Policy Framework, published in 2013, with the publication of "Beyond the Ice: UK policy towards the Arctic" in 2018. This recognised the accelerating rate of climate change in the Arctic and set out the UK's vision and priorities to underpin our commitment to an Arctic that is safe, secure and peaceful. The UK framework is based on three core principles of respect, cooperation and appropriate leadership. This reflects our respect for the sovereign rights of the eight Arctic States, the indigenous peoples and the environment of the region.

Whilst there are no immediate plans to revise the UK's Arctic Policy Framework before COP26, as the Arctic region is now warming at three times the global rate, the UK will maintain a significant contribution to Arctic science and research, focused on understanding the implications of climate change on the Arctic environment, and the livelihoods and economies of Arctic societies. We will highlight the consequences of rapid environmental change in both Polar Regions during COP26.

27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason the Government did not support the UN resolution A/RES/75/237 on action for the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

The UK is fully committed to the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, as well as to the promotion and protection of human rights for all without discrimination on any grounds. We will continue to be one of the strongest advocates for those United Nations mechanisms that help to combat racism.

However, as set out in our explanation of vote (https://undocs.org/A/C.3/75/SR.15 - last accessed 10 June 2021), the main sponsors of resolution A/RES/75/237 were unwilling to engage with UK suggestions on the text. States had an opportunity to shape the debate on racism at the United Nations in a way that brought countries together, forging a collaborative approach and working with civil society to uproot the evils of violence and discrimination. The UK hope that the main sponsors will seize those opportunities at the next session and take an approach that recognized the need for collaboration and consensus.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to help convenience stores with (a) rising energy costs, and (b) rising food costs.

We understand that businesses including convenience stores are facing cost pressures such as high energy and commodity prices, which are impacted by global factors.

The Government engages in regular dialogue with a wide range of Business Representative Organisations (BROs) across the UK and will continue to do so. BRO feedback is valuable in understanding the wider economic landscape and to inform and evaluate ongoing policy making. BRO reportage has provided important insights in the context of the various business support measures the Government has announced.

For the retail sector this includes:

  • The Recovery Loan Scheme, which has been extended to 30 June 2022, providing businesses with up to £2 million of government guaranteed finance.
  • Cutting business rates by 50% for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in 2022-23, worth up to £110,00 per business.
  • Increasing the Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000, cutting the cost of employment for 495,000 small businesses.
  • Businesses will also benefit from the cut to fuel duty announced by the Chancellor as part of his Spring Statement. The duty rate on petrol and diesel has been cut by 5p per litre until March 2023.

The Government is in regular contact with business groups about the challenges businesses are facing and we will continue to keep the situation under review. The Government is always open to hearing from businesses on the issues they are facing.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with organisations representing convenience stores on (a) rising energy costs and (b) rising food costs.

We understand that businesses including convenience stores are facing cost pressures such as high energy and commodity prices, which are impacted by global factors.

The Government engages in regular dialogue with a wide range of Business Representative Organisations (BROs) across the UK and will continue to do so. BRO feedback is valuable in understanding the wider economic landscape and to inform and evaluate ongoing policy making. BRO reportage has provided important insights in the context of the various business support measures the Government has announced.

For the retail sector this includes:

  • The Recovery Loan Scheme, which has been extended to 30 June 2022, providing businesses with up to £2 million of government guaranteed finance.
  • Cutting business rates by 50% for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in 2022-23, worth up to £110,00 per business.
  • Increasing the Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000, cutting the cost of employment for 495,000 small businesses.
  • Businesses will also benefit from the cut to fuel duty announced by the Chancellor as part of his Spring Statement. The duty rate on petrol and diesel has been cut by 5p per litre until March 2023.

The Government is in regular contact with business groups about the challenges businesses are facing and we will continue to keep the situation under review. The Government is always open to hearing from businesses on the issues they are facing.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Defence Secretary on the approval of the Shared Outcome Fund bid for the creation of a National Skills Academy for Maritime (Shipbuilding).

The Chancellor is in regular contact with Cabinet colleagues, including the Defence Secretary.

On 16 March 2021, the Defence Secretary outlined in his speech to the Society of Maritime Industries that HM Government is currently refreshing the National Shipbuilding Strategy, in order to deliver a more successful and sustainable UK shipbuilding enterprise.

Some of the most difficult social, environmental and economic challenges sit across the areas of responsibility of multiple public sector organisations.

Spending Round 2019 and Spending Review 2020 announced a combined £400 million for the Shared Outcomes Fund to fund pilot projects to test innovative ways of working across the public sector, with an emphasis on thorough plans for evaluation. The assessment process for the second round of funding is ongoing.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making privately purchased hearing aids zero-rated for VAT.

The Government maintains a number of VAT reliefs for certain goods and services designed solely for use by disabled people to ensure the reliefs are appropriately targeted. Hearing aids that are not designed solely for use by disabled people do not qualify for VAT relief. However, VAT relief is available for induction loops and aids for the auditory training of deaf children.

The Government keeps all taxes under review, and any future decisions on tax policy will be made at future fiscal events.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue raised through the application of VAT on hearing aids in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The details that HM Revenue and Customs collect from taxpayers on their VAT returns are not specific enough to provide an estimate of VAT on hearing aids.

In order to minimise the administrative burden on businesses, they are only required to report the total VAT on all their taxable supplies of goods and services in the relevant period. It is therefore not possible to identify the types of supplies on which the VAT was charged.

15th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Dunfermline and West Fife constituency have applied for VAT deferrals during the covid-19 outbreak.

Information in the form requested is not readily available and could only be compiled at disproportionate cost.

HMRC have published some data relating to the schemes that they are running to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses based in the Dunfermline and West Fife constituency have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

As of 11 June 2020, 1,110 claims have been made under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by PAYE schemes registered at an address within the boundaries of the Dunfermline and West Fife constituency.

5th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchquer, what the Barnett consequentials are for each of the devolved nations from the Zoo Support Fund.

The UK government is applying the Barnett formula in the normal way to the additional funding for charities announced by the Chancellor. In relation to the £750 million package, the Scottish Government are receiving at least £55 million, the Welsh Government are receiving at least £32 million, and the Northern Ireland Executive are receiving at least £19m.

Funding for charities is a devolved matter and it is for the devolved administrations to decide how to support charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to support zoos and aquariums that are unable to furlough their employees.

The Government announced a package of support for licensed zoo or aquariums in England on May 4. These businesses can apply for a grant of up to £100,000. The amount received will be based on animals’ needs and can be used to cover animal-care costs such as:

  • keepers’ wages
  • animal feed and bedding
  • veterinary care and medicines
  • electricity and heating
  • waste removal

Applications are being handled by The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Further details are available here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-apply-for-the-zoos-support-fund.

However, before applying for a grant these businesses must try to reduce costs or generate income in other ways, including applying for COVID-19 business support schemes and commercial and philanthropic funding.

The Business Support website provides further information about how businesses can access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply - https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
5th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to provide financial support to visitor attractions that rely on a high income during summer months but are ineligible for covid-19 business support during to the covid-19 pandemic.

The Government has announced unprecedented support for business and workers to protect them against the current economic emergency including an initial £330 billion of guarantees – equivalent to 15% of UK GDP.

Businesses in the leisure and tourism sector may benefit from the range of support measures made available, which includes:

  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all eligible retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • A Discretionary Grant Fund for Local Authorities in England to make grants payments to businesses not eligible for the above schemes
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
  • The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBL) for small and micro enterprises
  • VAT deferral for up to 12 months
  • The Time To Pay scheme, through which businesses in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, can receive support with their tax affairs
  • Protection for commercial leaseholders against automatic forfeiture for non-payment until June 30, 2020

The Business Support website provides further information about how businesses can access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply - https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have arrived at Scottish airports from international destinations since 8 June 2020 to date.

Border Force does not release location specific statistics on the arrival of passengers to an individual airport.

However on 28 May 2020, the Home Office published additional statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system here. This contains information on the impact of COVID-19 on passenger arrivals and includes data on the number of passengers arriving in the UK by air routes only.

The Home Office is due to publish the next quarterly Immigration Statistics on 27 August 2020.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to submarines being dismantled as of 6 June 2022, what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood that (a) each of those projects will be completed in line with planned timescales and (b) completion dates will be met.

There are 21 decommissioned submarines awaiting disposal as of 6 June 2022. Good progress continues to be made with submarine dismantling in Rosyth as illustrated by the completion of removing all low-level radioactive waste from the third boat, REVENGE, in January 2022.

The Submarine Dismantling Project remains on track to deliver a safe, secure, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible solution for dismantling all our non-operational submarines. The first disposal, SWIFTSURE, is being used as a demonstrator submarine to define and refine the dismantling process now taking place at Rosyth dockyard and this remains on schedule for completion by the target date of 2026. As that work progresses, the outcomes will provide more certainty on the dates when the current programme of disposals will be completed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the probability that the disposal of SSN Swiftsure will be completed by its target date in 2026.

There are 21 decommissioned submarines awaiting disposal as of 6 June 2022. Good progress continues to be made with submarine dismantling in Rosyth as illustrated by the completion of removing all low-level radioactive waste from the third boat, REVENGE, in January 2022.

The Submarine Dismantling Project remains on track to deliver a safe, secure, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible solution for dismantling all our non-operational submarines. The first disposal, SWIFTSURE, is being used as a demonstrator submarine to define and refine the dismantling process now taking place at Rosyth dockyard and this remains on schedule for completion by the target date of 2026. As that work progresses, the outcomes will provide more certainty on the dates when the current programme of disposals will be completed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many decommissioned submarines are awaiting disposal as of 6 June 2022; and what his planned timetable is for the completion of the current programme of disposals.

There are 21 decommissioned submarines awaiting disposal as of 6 June 2022. Good progress continues to be made with submarine dismantling in Rosyth as illustrated by the completion of removing all low-level radioactive waste from the third boat, REVENGE, in January 2022.

The Submarine Dismantling Project remains on track to deliver a safe, secure, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible solution for dismantling all our non-operational submarines. The first disposal, SWIFTSURE, is being used as a demonstrator submarine to define and refine the dismantling process now taking place at Rosyth dockyard and this remains on schedule for completion by the target date of 2026. As that work progresses, the outcomes will provide more certainty on the dates when the current programme of disposals will be completed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether HMS Prince of Wales will be ready for her planned return to operations by May 2021.

I can confirm that HMS PRINCE OF WALES will be ready for her planned return to operations by May 2021, when she will undertake activities in UK waters prior to her commencing NATO Command duties in 2022.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether three of the UK's 48 F-35B Lightning aircraft will remain in the US as test or training aircraft and not be available for operational commitments.

On current plans, the three 17 Squadron UK F-35B Lightning aircraft, based at Edwards Air Force Base in California, will remain in the USA to conduct Test and Evaluation (T&E) during the F-35 Follow-on Modernisation (FoM) phase. They continue to deliver the rapid design, integration and flight test of critical operational and safety technology modernisation.

As such, the 17 Squadron mission will continue to provide a critical contribution to the rapid development of Lightning capabilities, delivering significant operational benefits.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the extent of the effect on operability of a delay in fitting the full suite of weaponry on the F-35B aircraft; and whether that delay is due to (a) technical or (b) budgetary matters.

The F35-B Lightning is already Operational with the full suite of weaponry comprising ASRAAM, AMRAAM and Paveway IV. The Lightning Programme Board continues to progress the spiral upgrade to further enhance the F35-B Lightning capability, including the integration of future weapon capabilities later in the decade.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the timescale of the Type 31e frigate project.

The Department is working with Babcock and its suppliers to de-risk and mitigate any potential for impact to the Type 31 programme due to COVID-19. Most of the current key outputs for the programme are focused on design, infrastructure development and supply chain mobilisation, and work continues within the Government's safe working requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the timescale to decommission nuclear submarines in Rosyth.

We are working closely with our industry partners to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on our submarine programmes.

It is currently estimated that there is likely to be minimal impact on the overall timescale to dismantle the decommissioned nuclear submarines in Rosyth.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the bidding process for the Fleet Solid Support ships.

The bidding process for the Fleet Solid Support ships has not yet begun. The Ministry of Defence is currently reviewing the programme's requirements, procurement strategy and schedule, and it is not possible to provide any update until this work has been completed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Type 45 ships are (a) undergoing engine refits, (b) planning to undergo engine refits, (c) fully refitted and back in service with a fully trained complement of personnel on board.

All Type 45 Destroyers will receive new diesel generators under the Power Improvement Project conversion programme. Work is currently underway on HMS Dauntless, the first ship to enter the programme, and she will return to sea for trials in 2021. Following completion of these sea trials, she will return to the fleet.

It is planned that all six Type 45 ships will have received this upgrade by the mid-2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy’s standing and future operational commitments.

The Type 45 Destroyers are hugely capable ships and have been deployed successfully on a range of operations world-wide and they continue to make an enormous contribution to the defence of the UK and our international partners.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for the (a) completion of the engine refit programme on Type 45 ships and (b) for those ships to be in service.

All Type 45 Destroyers will receive new diesel generators under the Power Improvement Project conversion programme. Work is currently underway on HMS Dauntless, the first ship to enter the programme, and she will return to sea for trials in 2021. Following completion of these sea trials, she will return to the fleet.

It is planned that all six Type 45 ships will have received this upgrade by the mid-2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy’s standing and future operational commitments.

The Type 45 Destroyers are hugely capable ships and have been deployed successfully on a range of operations world-wide and they continue to make an enormous contribution to the defence of the UK and our international partners.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all naval vessels could currently be put to sea safely and with a full complement of trained personnel on board for each class of vessel.

The Royal Navy has the workforce required to meet their commitments, and we remain committed to ensuring they have the ships and capabilities required to fulfil Defence commitments now and in the future.

All Royal Navy ships rotate through planned operating cycles involving routine maintenance, repair, training, deployment, leave, essential modification and upgrades and will, therefore, be at varying levels of readiness in accordance with Defence requirements.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to establish in the 2020-21 financial year the final cost to the public purse of the Carrier Alliance project to build HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth.

We hope to conclude negotiations with our Aircraft Carrier Alliance industry partners on the final cost of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers before the end of the 2020-2021 Financial Year.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for veterans who are medically discharged from the armed forces to be informed of their compensation award.

Veterans UK is committed to an ongoing programme of digitisation and transformation which will reduce claims processing times and enhance the customer experience.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission an independent review and audit of the medical discharge process within the armed forces.

Armed Forces medical employment policy, which governs the process of medical discharge, is kept under continual review by our clinical experts, who take account of UK best practice in occupational medical policy, latest research and clinical information. This ensures that appropriate medical standards and medical boarding practice are maintained and are responsive to wider advances in medical practice and technology.

19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons veterans may be medically discharged from the armed forces before receiving a diagnosis for their condition.

Ordinarily, an individual would not be medically discharged from the Armed Forces prior to a diagnosis of their condition being made.

However, it is possible in a limited number of cases that an individual displays symptoms and reduced function that is incompatible with Service, where even specialist medical opinion has been unable to determine a diagnosis, and all appropriate investigation and management have failed to improve functional outcome to the level required. A medical discharge decision is based on functionality rather than the condition per se.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department will begin to accept applications to the Community Ownership Fund.

My department will begin to accept applications to the Community Ownership Fund from this summer. We will shortly publish the prospectus which will set out the detailed dates for the first bidding round.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the Community Ownership Fund.

The Government is determined that community groups who want to save assets at risk in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can benefit from this Fund


To ensure this, my officials have engaged counterparts across the devolved administrations, as well as stakeholders from the voluntary and community sector across the UK to inform the design of the Fund.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether applications for the Community Ownership Fund which originate in Scotland will be processed by his Department.

The Community Ownership Fund is a UK Government initiative to support community groups across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland save assets at risk


All applications from eligible community groups will be processed by my Department.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to issue a prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund.

My Department will issue the prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund shortly. In most cases, community groups will be able to make the case for up to £250,000 match funding which communities have raised themselves. The prospectus will set out detailed advice on how to structure a bid, what activity will support this, what information to include, and the criteria by which bids will be assessed.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Jun 2021
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on his Department's role in delivering the Government's levelling up agenda.

My Department is playing a key role in levelling up, including supporting our towns and cities to recover and thrive post-Covid, to regenerate our high streets, and to ensure all places have the capacity and capability to level up.

We are working closely with colleagues across Government to deliver our shared priorities on levelling up.