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Gareth Bacon

Conservative - Orpington

First elected: 12th December 2019

Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

(since November 2023)

Firearms Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill
1st Mar 2023 - 8th Mar 2023
Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill
1st Feb 2023 - 8th Feb 2023
Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform Bill)
2nd Nov 2022 - 29th Nov 2022
Financial Services and Markets Bill
12th Oct 2022 - 3rd Nov 2022
Public Accounts Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 15th Mar 2022
British Sign Language Bill
9th Feb 2022 - 23rd Feb 2022
Glue Traps (Offences) Bill
12th Jan 2022 - 19th Jan 2022
Backbench Business Committee
20th Jul 2020 - 2nd Nov 2021
Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill
7th Sep 2021 - 22nd Sep 2021
National Insurance Contributions Bill
16th Jun 2021 - 22nd Jun 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gareth Bacon has voted in 961 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
10 Dec 2021 - Prayers - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 33 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 3 Noes - 53
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
Christopher Pincher (Independent)
(7 debate interactions)
Geraint Davies (Independent)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Justice
(36 debate contributions)
Home Office
(24 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(21 debate contributions)
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Orpington 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

Revoke local government powers to charge CAZ, LEZ, and ULEZ.

The Mayor's proposed extension of ULEZ over a short timeframe could negatively impact millions of people and businesses across SE England.

To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.


Latest EDMs signed by Gareth Bacon

13th September 2021
Gareth Bacon signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 13th September 2021

Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion

Tabled by: Toby Perkins (Labour - Chesterfield)
That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without losing a set; notes that she is the first qualifier in the history of tennis to win a grand slam event; congratulates Emma and all those involved in her success; …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Scottish National Party: 5
Conservative: 3
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
19th December 2019
Gareth Bacon signed this EDM on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 42
Independent: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Labour: 1
Reform UK: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gareth Bacon, 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.


Gareth Bacon has not been granted any Urgent Questions

3 Adjournment Debates led by Gareth Bacon

1 Bill introduced by Gareth Bacon


A Bill to make unauthorised development without planning permission an offence; to prohibit retrospective planning applications; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 21st September 2021
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The Equality Hub is part of the Cabinet Office, therefore I refer the hon. Member to the answer to PQ 132385.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
16th Nov 2022
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132398 on Attorney General: Social Clubs, what recognised staff groups there have been in her Department in the last three years.

There have been no recognised staff groups in the Attorney General’s Office in the last three years.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The Attorney Gerneral’s Office does not have any professional staff networks or social clubs operating within the department.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
8th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of how (a) material evidence brought forward by the prosecution and (b) unused material that fails to be disclosed to the defence is processed by the (i) police and (ii) Crown Prosecution Service.

There has been unprecedented joint commitment and focus from the police and the CPS to finding solutions to the problem of getting the provision of material evidence and disclosure right. Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) recently published a report on disclosure in the Crown Court, which shows that CPS and the police have made improvements in almost all areas. However, as the report notes, these improvements are from a low baseline and it is therefore crucial that lasting improvements continue to be made. I am working to update my Guidelines on Disclosure in order to provide clear guidance to all practitioners, and embed the recommendations I made in my 2018 Review.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, if he will provide additional staff training resources for criminal cases involving large volumes of electronic evidence.

The government is committed to investing in tools and training that can help to mitigate the challenges posed by large volumes of electronic evidence. The CPS provides extensive disclosure training for all prosecutors to ensure they are properly equipped to handle these challenges. The College of Policing figures, published last August, show that over 100,000 police officers and staff across England and Wales have completed all modules of disclosure training, and further advanced training packages are being developed by the CPS.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The Cabinet Office has a range of volunteer staff led staff networks and groups based on workplace disciplines, expertise and common interest areas. These do not have dedicated FTE but are carried out as part of their corporate objective. Central funding is at the discretion of the department and is decided on a case by case basis.

Additionally, there are a number of Civil Service employee networks that operate at cross government level, that can request funds for network-related activity from Civil Service HR on an ad-hoc business case basis from wider non-pay related costs. Decisions on granting funds depend on availability and alignment to Civil Service HR strategic priorities.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132386 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The Department does not hold a central list of all staff networks. However, the Department engages with and supports the activity of a group of networks which are recognised in an informal partnership agreement. These networks are: All Ages Network, Carers Network, Capability Action Network, EU Nationals Network, Faith and Minority Ethnic Network, LGBT+ Network, Parental Support Network, Part-Time Workers Network, Schools Outreach Network, Social Mobility Network, Volunteering Network, Wellbeing and Mental Health Network, and Women Empowered Network.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132386 on civil service staff networks, what information he holds on (a) FTE staff time and (b) budgets available to recognised staff groups within his Department in each of the last three years.

Networks that are recognised in the Department’s network partnership agreement are allocated 0.1FTE of their time to support these networks. All other staff support networks on a voluntary basis.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The Department does not hold a central list of all staff networks and social clubs.

14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an estimate of the impact of the land-based gambling industry on the economy.

Our gambling white paper set out the government’s plans for modernising the regulation of gambling in Great Britain. This included a number of measures to adjust outdated and overly restrictive rules to enable the land-based sectors to thrive sustainably. We recognise their contribution to the economy, including provision of employment in coastal towns and across the country.

We are working with the Gambling Commission to bring key measures, including those relating to gaming machines in casinos, arcades and bingo halls, into force as soon as possible. We will consult on details required for implementation this summer. Since publishing the white paper, ministers and officials have engaged with industry representatives across the land-based sector, including the Betting and Gaming Council, British Amusement Catering Trade Association and the Bingo Association.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Gambling White Paper entitled High stakes: gambling reform for the digital age, published in April 2023, what steps her Department is taking to engage with the land-based gambling industry following the publication of the White Paper.

Our gambling white paper set out the government’s plans for modernising the regulation of gambling in Great Britain. This included a number of measures to adjust outdated and overly restrictive rules to enable the land-based sectors to thrive sustainably. We recognise their contribution to the economy, including provision of employment in coastal towns and across the country.

We are working with the Gambling Commission to bring key measures, including those relating to gaming machines in casinos, arcades and bingo halls, into force as soon as possible. We will consult on details required for implementation this summer. Since publishing the white paper, ministers and officials have engaged with industry representatives across the land-based sector, including the Betting and Gaming Council, British Amusement Catering Trade Association and the Bingo Association.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is taking steps to support the land-based gambling industry.

Our gambling white paper set out the government’s plans for modernising the regulation of gambling in Great Britain. This included a number of measures to adjust outdated and overly restrictive rules to enable the land-based sectors to thrive sustainably. We recognise their contribution to the economy, including provision of employment in coastal towns and across the country.

We are working with the Gambling Commission to bring key measures, including those relating to gaming machines in casinos, arcades and bingo halls, into force as soon as possible. We will consult on details required for implementation this summer. Since publishing the white paper, ministers and officials have engaged with industry representatives across the land-based sector, including the Betting and Gaming Council, British Amusement Catering Trade Association and the Bingo Association.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Gambling White paper entitled High stakes: gambling reform for the digital age, published on 27 April 2023, what her timeline is for publishing the findings of consultations on that White Paper.

Our gambling white paper set out a range of proportionate measures to tackle practices and products which can drive harm and ensure that people who are at risk of gambling harm and addiction are protected. These include new player protection checks, a stake limit for online slots games, improvements to consumer redress and a statutory levy on operators to fund research, education and treatment.

We are working with the Gambling Commission and other stakeholders to bring these measures into force as soon as possible, subject to further consultation where appropriate. The Government will publish a number of targeted consultations this summer, with the Commission also consulting on a number of priority areas, and will respond in due course.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if she will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

(a) DCMS has the following staff networks:

  • Ability Network (Beyond Disability)

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network

  • Carers Network

  • Direct Appointee Network

  • EU Nationals Network

  • Faith and Belief Network

  • Fair Treatment Ambassadors

  • Flexible Working and Job Share Network

  • Gender Equality Network

  • Grade B Network (HEO / SEO Grade equivalent)

  • Grade C&D Network (AO & EO Grade equivalent)

  • Green Network

  • Ideas Panel Network

  • LGBT+ Network

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

  • New Joiner Network

  • North Network

  • Parenting Network Group

  • Social Mobility Network

  • South West Network

  • Volunteering Network

(b) The Sports and Social Network is a Network for all staff to access and organise sport and social activity in DCMS. The social clubs that currently operate within this network include:

  • Choir

  • Football teams:

    • London Men’s team

    • London Women's team

    • Manchester team

  • Netball

  • Film Club

  • Book Club

  • Bake Club

  • Board Games

  • Meditation Club

(i) Budgets allocated to each group within each of the last three years

The annual budget allocated to all network activity is £10,000. This has been the same for the past three years. Networks are able to access funding on a case by case basis for events or training.

(ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years

FTE staff are not allocated to networks, the role of network chair is a voluntary role and as such the time they allocate to each network is not recorded or reported upon. As part of the DCMS ‘business deal’ for network chairs, in agreement with line management and subject to business need, 10% of the network chair’s working hours can be allocated to network activity increasing to up to 20% in periods of high demand.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The department has a variety of staff networks for all employees to join on a voluntary basis.

We have 11 core diversity staff networks, these are 50+, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Carers, Disability, EU National, Interfaith, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) +, Neurodivergence, Parents, Social Mobility and Women’s Networks. Each core network has a budget of up to £3,000 per year and network chairs have 10% corporate time allowance for leading network activities.

The remaining staff networks do not receive a budget or corporate time allowance, these are Bereavement, Christian, Coaching Community, Eating Disorder, Fertility, Governor and Trustee, Greener, Hindu, Menopause, Positivity Wellbeing Group, Sikh, Vegan, Women of Colour, Working through Cancer, and Young People.

Teams or individuals may engage with social activities or clubs outside of work however this is not monitored by the department. Some of our employees are members of the Civil Service Sports Club (CSSC) but we do not have data on membership. CSSC provide sports, leisure, benefits, and discounts to our employees for personal use. Membership costs are paid by employees.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department’s consultation on Consistency in household and business recycling in England, for what reason her Department has not yet published (a) the results of and (b) her Department’s response to the consultation entitled Consistency in household and business recycling in England; and when she expects to do so.

We received 896 responses to this consultation. Due to the large scope of the consultation, we wanted to carefully analyse the responses before making key policy decisions. Given the scale of change that will be required by this package of reforms we must ensure we take the time to get them right so they will be as effective as possible in achieving our objectives. We will be publishing our response to the consultation shortly which will confirm implementation dates and materials in scope for consistent collection, as well as our consultation on statutory guidance.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to provide guidance to all local authorities on minimum service standards following her proposed reforms to waste collection services.

When we publish the Government response to the 2021 consultation on Consistency in Household and Business Recycling in England, we will launch a consultation on statutory guidance to support implementation.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to provide additional funding to the London Borough of Bromley as compensation for the potential loss of income from the sale of recyclates arising from her proposed reforms to waste collection services.

Any new financial burdens introduced through new statutory duties on local authorities will be assessed and the net additional cost covered by the Government, unless exceptionally Ministers at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities agree to waive the funding requirement.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to group local authorities for funding purposes as part of her reforms to the collection of waste; and whether local authorities will be able to challenge how they have been grouped.

In line with the New Burdens Guidance the Government will consult with local authorities or their representative bodies to decide on the approach to allocating funding.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to fully fund any additional costs incurred by local authorities arising from her proposed reforms to waste collection.

Any new financial burdens introduced through new statutory duties on local authorities will be assessed and the net additional cost covered by the Government in line with the latest New Burdens Guidance. In exceptional circumstances, Ministers at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities might decide to waive the funding requirement.

We are working to assess net additional costs to local authorities.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her proposed reforms to waste collection services of the ability of local authorities to purchase (a) new vehicles, (b) containers and (c) other necessary equipment.

To support the implementation of waste reforms, we will continue to make assessments of the ability of local authorities to purchase vehicles, containers and other equipment needed and support them in their local delivery.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has with Cabinet colleagues to expedite the roll-out of better broadband to rural communities.

This Government is already doing a great deal to roll out better broadband in rural areas. Through Project Gigabit, we are spending £5 billion so people in hard-to-reach areas can get ultra-reliable gigabit broadband speeds. We signed our first contract on schedule and have over £690 million of contracts covering rural areas out for tender right now.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

We have the following professional staff networks and social clubs operating within the Department:

  • Age Diversity Network
  • Carers’ Network
  • Disability Network (including Dyslexia and Neurodiversity)
  • Chronic Pain Network
  • Fatigue Network
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Network
  • Stammering Network
  • Working through cancer network
  • Faith and belief network
  • Women’s Network
  • Job Share Network
  • Parental Leave Buddy Network
  • Solo Parents’ Network
  • Work Life Balance Network (WLBN)
  • Male Allyship Network
  • Ethnic Minority Network (EMN)
  • EU Nationals Network
  • Respect at work
  • Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Support Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Asexual and Transgender Network (LGBA&T)
  • Social Mobility Network
  • Mental Health Network
  • Sports and social association
  • Professions Network - groups of individuals with common skills, experience and expertise
  • Sustainability network; and
  • Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

Budgets are not officially allocated at such low levels. Each year we allocate £20,000 to the EDI Networks, which is distributed according to need. We are unable to provide details of these allocations.

Due to ad hoc membership, we are unable to provide details of the number of staff time allocated to each network.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to promote rural broadband; and if she will ensure that Downe and Cudham in Orpington constituency and other rural areas that have yet to receive funding for broadband are prioritised.

We recognise that access to fast and reliable broadband is essential to support economic growth and thriving rural communities. We are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ensure rural businesses and communities get the connectivity they need.

The Government is investing record amounts to level up digital infrastructure across the UK. We are already connecting some of the hardest to reach places in the country, including through the Superfast Broadband Programme and £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme.

The Government wants nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible and we are supporting rural areas as a priority. We have committed £5 billion of public funding to close the digital divide and ensure rural areas are not left behind. Further details will be announced in due course.

Defra has also allocated up to £79.5 million of grant funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, targeted at helping to connect businesses with broadband in some of the hardest to reach rural areas.

Those premises that do not have access to 'decent broadband' (10 Megabits per second download speeds) are able to request a Broadband Universal Service Obligation connection.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if she will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) staff networks offer valuable peer support, raise awareness of the needs of staff, influence departmental policy and shape issues that cut across the diversity agenda such as career progression, leadership and culture. DIT has 11 professional staff networks.

Staff networks budget allocation aligns to network activity and the DIT Inclusion Framework. Allocation of funds is proportionate to network size and reviewed annually. The total budget for networks was £7000 in FY 20/21 and 21/22 and for FY19/20 it was £5090. Time allocated to staff network activity is agreed with line managers as a corporate contribution as part of the performance management process.

DIT staff may organise social groupings of their own volition; social clubs are not funded by DIT, and staff do not use contracted time to pursue or lead these activities. Therefore, there is no central monitoring of these activities.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
11th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Deportment holds on passenger numbers (a) before the imposition of covid-19 restrictions in March 2020 and (b) after the covid-19 pandemic for (i) national rail services, (ii) buses (A) in England outside of London, (B) in London and (C) in Wales and (iii) London Underground services.

The department holds daily usage figures as a percentage of the pre-covid baseline for rail, non-London bus, and TfL London bus and London tube from the start of March 2020 to date. The data covers Great Britain. This information is publicly available (Daily domestic transport use by mode).

Statistics are also publicly available which provide a regional breakdown including data for areas A, B and C for bus (annual bus statistics) and rail passenger numbers (Regional rail usage | ORR Data Portal).

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of (a) retaining and (b) expanding the (i) FORS and (ii) Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency earned recognition scheme.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) Earned Recognition is a voluntary, and free to join, compliance scheme. It helps lorry and bus operators demonstrate that they consistently meet the driver and vehicle standards required as a condition of their Operator’s licence. The Agency monitors performance data shared by operators making the scheme a market leader across businesses and local authorities.

The Earned Recognition scheme will continue to expand to support the growth of the most compliant operators across the industry. This strategy supports the DVSA to identify and deal with law breakers ensuring the cost of non-compliance is always greater than the cost of compliance.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a commercially available accreditation scheme administered through Sopra Steria Limited, and not managed or maintained by the Government.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what legal injunctions (a) his Department, (b) Transport for London and (c) Westminster City Council are in place against protests that would obstruct (i) access roads to major central London Hospitals and (ii) other roads as of 7 November 2022.

The Department does not have any injunctions in place but is working closely with National Highways as the relevant highway authority. Injunctions are a matter for the respective highway authority and are granted by the High Court.

As of 7 November 2022, National Highways have two High Court Injunctions in force; one specifically relating to structures and gantries on the M25 until 10 December 2022, and one covering the M25, the M25 feeder roads and major roads in Kent and around the Port of Dover until May 2023.  The case for further injunctions is being kept under review.

Responsibility for managing London's road network is shared between Transport for London, National Highways, and the 32 London boroughs, plus the City of London. The Department is not aware of any injunctions held by Westminster City Council regarding access to the highway. Information pertaining to injunction orders may be found on tfl.gov.uk.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132392 on civil service staff networks, what information he holds on (a) FTE staff time and (b) budgets available to recognised staff groups within his Department in each of the last three years.

Membership of DfT Networks is open to all staff who choose to be part of the network in question and most networks will have a lead or coordination group with individuals volunteering their time rather than FTE time being allocated. This time commitment will vary between the individuals and the networks depending on level of activity in the group. However, for Diversity and Inclusion related Networks, a budget is allocated which is held and monitored by the DfTc Diversity and Inclusion Team. There are 15 Diversity and Inclusion related Networks (though one of these, Young People’s Network, currently has no members and so is not included in the attached document) and in 2021/22 the budget allocated to them for the year amounted to £15,000 in total (based on £1,000 each). However, spend against budget is typically less than 50%. In 2019/20 & 2020/21, for accounting convenience, this budget was included in the ‘Room Hire’ account field and therefore it is not possible to ascertain exactly how much was allocated (though it was less than in 2021/22).

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132392 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The Department captures lists of DfTc Staff Networks, clubs and groups on its internal website (MyDfT). From these lists, and only including organisations with more than one member, there are currently 33 staff networks and these are listed as in the attached document.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how performance compared to Work Capability Assessment contractual targets in relation to (a) average speed of answering telephone calls, (b) percentage of telephone calls answered, (c) face-to-face consultation waiting times and (d) percentage of claimants sent home unseen over the period March 2018 to February 2022.

Provider performance is measured across a range of service level agreements setting out the department's expectations for service delivery. These include quality, performance delivery targets and customer experience.

The monthly performance measures against contractual targets between March 2018 and February 2022 can be found in the attached PDF document.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how performance compared with Work Capability Assessment contractual targets in relation to (a) quality of assessment, (b) claimant satisfaction, (c) speed of clearance for initial referrals, (d) percentage of outstanding initial referrals over 60 days old and (e) speed of clearance for end-of-life cases over the period of March 2018 to February 2022.

Provider performance is measured across a range of service level agreements setting out the department's expectations for service delivery. These include quality, performance delivery targets and customer experience.

The monthly performance measures against contractual targets between March 2018 and February 2022 can be found in the attached PDF document.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Work Capability Assessments were carried out (a) face-to-face, (b) remotely and (c) on paper between March 2018 to February 2022.

The number and proportion of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) that have been carried out (a) face to face, (b) remotely, including telephone and video, and (c) paper based between March 2018 and February 2022, can be found in the tables below.

The contractual performance in relation to assessments by channel over the period March 2018 to February 2022 is:

Mar 2018 - Feb 19

Mar 2019 - Feb 20

Mar 2020 - Feb 21

Mar 2021 - Feb 22

Face-to-Face

761,000

762,000

31,000

27,000

Remote

0

0

337,000

487,000

Paper-Based

257,000

292,000

128,000

83,000

With Channel proportion as:

Mar 2018 - Feb 19

Mar 2019 - Feb 20

Mar 2020 - Feb 21

Mar 2021 - Feb 22

Face-to-Face

74.8%

72.3%

6.3%

4.5%

Remote

0.0%

0.0%

67.9%

81.6%

Paper-Based

25.2%

27.7%

25.8%

13.9%

Please Note:

  • All volumes have been rounded to the nearest 1,000
  • Proportions are based on actual values
  • The above data is derived from unpublished management information which is collected for internal Departmental use only and has not been quality assured to Official Statistics Publication standards
3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times his Department has made an estimate of the savings to the public purse attributable to charity air ambulance services in the last five years.

We recognise the vital role the air ambulance service plays in providing life-saving treatment to patients across the country.

The National Health Service does not directly fund air ambulances, which are operated by independent charities. No such estimate has been made by the Department.

15th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England plans to purchase AstraZeneca’s COVID antibody treatment AZD3152 to treat immunocompromised individuals who are unable to receive vaccines; and when he expects AZD3152 to be made available to patients.

Subject to the medicine becoming licensed for use in Great Britain, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will evaluate AZD3152 through its technology appraisal programme and will aim to issue guidance for the National Health Service as close as possible to licensing. NICE has been in discussion with the manufacturer and is preparing for the evaluation of the medicine. If it is recommended as clinically and cost effective by NICE, the NHS in England will be under a statutory requirement to fund it for eligible patients, in line with NICE’s recommendations.

There are no plans for the NHS to fund the medicine routinely ahead of it achieving a licence and an associated positive technology appraisal recommendation from NICE.

10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment has the Government made of the effectiveness of the processes for evaluating Covid-19 treatment drugs.

As we move out of the pandemic response, it is right that existing processes for understanding the clinical and cost-effectiveness of medicines are used to inform routine commissioning arrangements, including for new COVID-19 drugs and treatments. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent, expert body that develops authoritative, evidence-based recommendations for the National Health Service on whether new medicines represent a clinically and cost-effective use of resources.

To support the transition to routine commissioning, NICE has been evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of the licensed treatments for COVID-19 and published final guidance on 29 March that recommends three medicines as options for treating COVID-19 in adults which will be made routinely available to NHS patients in line with NICE’s recommendations. Because new COVID-19 variants develop over time, NICE is also introducing a new review process to update its recommendations on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of COVID-19 treatments so they can be made available more quickly to patients, if they show promise against new variants and are found to be cost-effective.

10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing immunocompromised people with personalised tests for Covid-19 antibodies.

An antibody testing study has been funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to establish if antibody testing can identify which immunosuppressed individuals remain at greatest risk of severe COVID-19 infection after vaccinations. The Stratification of Clinically Vulnerable People for COVID-19 Risk Using Antibody Testing (STRAVINSKY) study will receive £2.8 million and involve 3000 immunocompromised participants over two years. 2600 participants will receive a finger-prick antibody test, with 400 receiving more detailed immune analyses. The study will include the analysis of pooled existing antibody testing evidence from several studies to develop an understanding of how each patient group responds to the programme of COVID-19 vaccinations.

It is hoped the findings will provide clinicians, policymakers and members of the public with up-to-date information on the incremental impact of the programme of booster vaccinations and inform future advice and targeted medicines for people who are immunosuppressed, including the use of antibody testing. We will continue to communicate to people most vulnerable to COVID-19 about available clinical interventions, including vaccination and treatments, as well as testing and public health advice.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
19th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the adequacy of treatment options for the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB); and if he will make an assessment of whether drug repurposing trials might allow for more effective treatments whilst reducing the cost to the NHS of treating EB.

No assessment has been made. We encourage the proposal of candidate medicines for consideration for support from the Medicines Repurposing Programme. The multi-agency Medicines Repurposing Programme identifies and progresses opportunities to use existing medicines in ways not included in the current licence. The work includes horizon scanning for trials in rare diseases such as epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The eligibility criteria and proposal form are available on request from england.repurposing@nhs.net.

NHS England is aware from routine horizon scanning that a number of innovative treatments for EB are either in trials or being considered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NHS England is working with NICE on the evaluation of two products for EB, birch bark extract for skin wounds and the gene therapy Beremagene geperpavec. If any of these treatments are given a positive recommendation by NICE, NHS England will ensure that service provision is in place to deliver these treatments in line with the terms of the NICE mandate.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will meet with representatives of the charity DEBRA UK to discuss its campaign for £10 million of NHS funding for drug repurposing trials to find treatments to alleviate the severe pain caused by the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa.

We encourage DEBRA to propose candidate medicines for consideration for support from the Medicines Repurposing Programme. The programme provides a tailored package of support to priority repurposed medicines, potentially including support for research, licensing, and implementation. The programme is keen to work in partnership with external organisations including research charities and patient organisations. The eligibility criteria and proposal form are available on request from england.repurposing@nhs.net.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) NHS and (b) social care workers took sick leave due to a covid-19 infection in the latest period for which data is available.

This information is not held in the format requested. However, data on the number of staff absent due to any COVID-19 related reasons, including the need to self-isolate, is available.

As of 30 November 2022, there were 6,865 National Health Service hospital trust staff in England reporting absences for COVID-19 related reasons. As of 14 November 2022, there were 2,128 of directly employed care home staff and 2,043 of domiciliary care home staff with face-to-face contact absent due to COVID-19 related reasons in England.

9th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rates of covid-19 (a) vaccination and (b) booster uptake are for people in all age groups as of 9 December 2022.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) publishes weekly data for COVID-19 vaccine uptake in England by age and gender. A table showing provisional data on the cumulative number of people vaccinated with any dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the last three months, three to to six months and vaccinated more than six months ago as of 15 December is attached.

The information on booster doses is not held in the format requested. However, the following table shows the provisional cumulative number of people vaccinated by age group with a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine in England from 1 September 2022 to 15 December 2022. Data on the autumn booster programme is reported for those aged 50 years old and over, as those aged under 50 years old are only eligible if in a clinical risk group.


People in the National Immunisation Management Service cohort who are living and resident in England

Vaccinated with an autumn booster since 1 September 2022

Percentage vaccine uptake %

Over 80 years old

2,980,919

2,421,167

81.2

75 years old to under 80 years old

2,414,218

1,968,564

81.5

70 years old to under 75 years old

2,736,073

2,142,267

78.3

65 years old to under 70 years old

3,030,885

2,155,912

71.1

60 years old to under 65 years old

3,681,823

2,201,803

59.8

55 years old to under 60 years old

4,197,819

2,112,127

50.3

50 years old to under 55 years old

4,253,349

1,725,333

40.6

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports-2022-to-2023-season

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/vaccinations

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132393 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132393 on civil service staff networks, what information he holds on (a) FTE staff time and (b) budgets available to recognised staff groups within each of the last three years.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of diversity and equality staff employed in NHS England trusts.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on diversity and inclusion roles in 2020-21; what NHS average annual spending on those roles has been since 2011; and what the budgeted spending for those roles is for 2021-22.

The information requested is not collected centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to implementing (a) the Workforce Race and Equality Standard, (b) the Workforce Disability and Equality Standard and (c) Workforce Equality and Inclusion since 2011.

The information requested is not held centrally. NHS England and NHS Improvement and individual National Health Service trusts have allocated resources to support these initiatives and promote equality and diversity in the NHS. However, this funding is not separately identifiable within budgets.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to the Equality Delivery System, commissioned by the Equality and Diversity Council, since July 2011.

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) does not have a separate budget and has been supported by NHS England since 2013. National Health Service organisations are expected to deliver the EDS within existing budget allocations as part of the standard contract.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)