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Gareth Bacon

Conservative - Orpington


Department Event
Monday 19th September 2022
14:30
Department for Education
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 Sep 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Education (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Monday 18th July 2022
Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government
I rise to declare my confidence in Her Majesty’s Government. There are myriad substantial reasons for doing so, but I …
Written Answers
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Work Capability Assessment
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Work Capability Assessments were …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Unauthorised Development (Offences) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make unauthorised development without planning permission an offence; to prohibit retrospective planning applications; and for connected purposes.
Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
Monday 28th March 2022
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: City Airport
Address of donor: Hartmann Road, Royal Docks, London E16 2PX
Amount of donation or nature …
EDM signed
Monday 13th September 2021
Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion
That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 8th September 2021
Multi-Academy Trusts (Ofsted Inspection) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to amend section 5 of the Education Act 2005 to provide that Ofsted may inspect the governing bodies …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Gareth Bacon has voted in 542 divisions, and 3 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
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(13 debate interactions)
Christopher Pincher (Independent)
(7 debate interactions)
Chris Philp (Conservative)
(5 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(18 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(17 debate contributions)
Home Office
(16 debate contributions)
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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: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 1
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: 47
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Labour: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gareth Bacon, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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Gareth Bacon has not been granted any Urgent Questions

2 Adjournment Debates led by Gareth Bacon

Thursday 18th March 2021

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.


Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 21st September 2021
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73 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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.

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.

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.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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.

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.

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.

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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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.

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
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
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 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 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 without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.

There are a number of staff networks and social groups operating within the Department for Transport.

These networks and groups are led by volunteers in their free time rather than FTE time being allocated, and this time commitment will vary between the individuals, the networks & clubs/groups depending on level of activity in the group.

There is no budget allocated to clubs and groups within the Department for Transport.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
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
Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 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 the following established staff networks:

- EnABLE (disability);

- Autism;

- Diversity of Thought;

- Race Equality Matters Network;

- PRISM (LGBT+);

- Women’s;

- Parents’;

- Age Diversity;

- Carers’,

- EU Nationals;

- Social Mobility;

- Men’s Health;

- Christian;

- Muslim;

- Jewish;

- Hinduism and Sikhism;

- Healthy Humanists;

- Flexible Working;

- Green;

- Science and Engineering;

- Apprenticeship;

- Personal Assistant;

- Fast Stream;

- Domestic Abuse Support;

- Eating Disorder Support;

- AO/EO;

- HEO/SEO; and

- Grade 6/7.

Information on social clubs is not held in the format requested. There is no specific budget allocated to staff networks, although networks can access the central diversity and inclusion budget if required. No full time equivalent staff time has been allocated to each network or group in the last three years.

13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has (a) commissioned or (b) plans to commission research on the health and welfare of women who have used home-administered early medical abortion during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has no plans to commission research on this specific issue.

The Government’s public consultation on whether to make permanent the temporary measure allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation for all eligible women asked questions about the impact on the provision of services for women and girls with particular regard to safety. The consultation has now closed and we are considering all evidence submitted and plan to publish our response later this year.

13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the Government decided to include home-administered early medical abortions in the Coronavirus Act 2020; what the evidential basis was for that decision; and if he will make a statement.

In March 2020, the Government put in place a temporary approval to enable eligible women and girls to be able to take both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation in their own homes. This approval was put in place on a temporary basis using powers in the Abortion Act 1967 following engagement with key stakeholders, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Factors taken into consideration when making this decision included the impact of staff isolation on the provision of abortion services, the need to limit travel and the transmission of COVID-19 during the pandemic, and maintaining access to safe abortion services for women including those who were shielding. Safe and continued access to urgent healthcare has been and remains our priority.

7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to collect data on the number of women presenting in clinical settings as a result of complications arising from (a) incomplete procedures and (b) retained products of conception following an early medical abortion at home; and if he will make a statement.

The Department is undertaking a project to review the system of recording abortion complications and we anticipate this work will be completed later this year. The review will cover all data on complications arising from abortion.

7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue guidance on abortion pill reversal services as part of a commitment to increasing choice for women on reproductive health in Women's Health Review; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not issue clinical guidance.

2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the effect of that country’s digitised healthcare system on its covid-19 vaccination rollout.

We have had no such specific discussions.

Nadhim Zahawi
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development 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.

a) List of FCDO Staff Networks

In the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), we have 12 Staff Networks who play a vital role in advocating for change; providing challenge and inspiration; providing support for colleagues and promoting diversity and inclusion. They are not considered in the same way as technical cadres, neither do they operate as such. Our Staff Networks include:

1. Young People and Early Professional Network

2. FCDO Carers Network

3. Disability Inclusion and Awareness Network

4. Flexible Working Network

5. FCDO Women Network

6. International Staff Network

7. FCDO FLAG Network (LGBTQ+)

8. Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

9. Parents Support Network

10. Race and Ethnicity Network

11. Religion and Belief Network

12. Social Mobility Network

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

FY 2021/22

The FCDO Inclusion Unit has set aside a ring-fenced budget (£15,000) to support the work of staff networks.

FY 2020/21 - this information is not held as it pre-dates the FCDO merger.

FY 2019/20 - this information is not available as it pre-dates the FCDO merger.

(ii) FTE staff allocated to each group within

FCDO staff networks are voluntarily organised communities and those who serve as Chairs, do so on a voluntary basis.

b) List of Social Clubs

This information is not held.

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

This information is not held.

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

This information is not held.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the permanent members of the UN Security Council on reports that Iran has started uranium enrichment up to 20 per cent.

Iran's commencement of uranium enrichment up to 20% at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant has no credible civil justification and carries significant proliferation-related risks. We have been clear that if Iran is serious about preserving the deal it must return to compliance. The E3 made a statement on the 6 January making clear that this latest step is in clear violation of Iran's commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). We continue to explore options to engage closely with the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council to address Iran's non-compliance.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the US Middle East Partnership for Peace Act.

The UK remains committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. We welcome all efforts towards peace. We also support the growth of civil society in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy. We will continue to monitor the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, as it progresses through the US legislative system.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the potential merits of increasing investment to support peacebuilding efforts between Israelis and Palestinians.

The United Kingdom remains a strong supporter of all efforts to promote peace. We believe that peace is best achieved through negotiations between the parties, but international action can also play a role in supporting progress. We remain in close contact with our international partners on ways to promote a just and lasting resolution that ends the occupation and delivers peace for both Israelis and Palestinians, which is long overdue. The UK continues to be a leading donor in the region, with UK aid helping to improve the lives of Palestinians and in support of the UK's commitment to maintain the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 71913, what progress has been made in discussions with international partners to address the expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran in October 2020.

We have serious concerns regarding the implications for regional security of the scheduled expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo. We are considering all options both inside and outside of the UN Security Council (UNSC). We continue to be guided by the need to uphold the authority and integrity of the UNSC and to advance regional security and stability.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote good governance in Iraq.

The UK continues to promote good governance in Iraq through both political engagement and programmatic support. I discussed the current situation in Iraq with the Iraqi Ambassador to London on 16 March and with Foreign Minister Hakim on 1 April. As part of the UK's wide-ranging support to Iraq, we have contributed £16 million to a World Bank Trust Fund for technical assistance to both the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to deliver economic reforms.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with coalition allies on preventing ISIS from resurging.

We continue to work closely with our allies in the Global Coalition to prevent Daesh from resurging, in particular in Syria and Iraq. Senior officials from the Coalition members discussed this in a meeting on 16 April. Among other occasions, I raised the importance of the continued fight against Daesh in my conversations with Iraq's Ambassador to the UK on 16 March, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hakim on 1 April and the US Envoy for Syria Ambassador Jeffrey on 16 April.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to implement the findings of the fundamental review of business rates.

Following the review of business rates the government announced measures worth £7 billion for businesses over the next 5 years.

We have already started implementing the findings from the review, by freezing the multiplier in 2022/23, introducing a 50 per cent retail relief, and introducing new plant and machinery and heat networks reliefs.

Other reforms, including the new improvement relief, will be implemented from April 2023.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th May 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132402 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.

With reference to the answer of 9 March 2022, HM Treasury has several staff networks.

Network activities are voluntary and are carried out in addition to the individuals’ normal role.

There is no allocated budget available for networks within the Department.

Staff networks and societies provide valuable support to staff, they promote activities and opportunities for talented civil servants encouraging an inclusive work culture.

16th May 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132402 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

With reference to the answer of 9 March 2022, HM Treasury has several staff networks.

Network activities are voluntary and are carried out in addition to the individuals’ normal role.

There is no allocated budget available for networks within the Department.

Staff networks and societies provide valuable support to staff, they promote activities and opportunities for talented civil servants encouraging an inclusive work culture.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

HM Treasury has several staff networks however all networks are run voluntarily meaning no networks receive allocated FTE or budget. HM Treasury employees can join the Civil Service Club or the CSSC however these are external organisations and as such information is not held about them centrally.

28th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the 2019 Loan Charge with the Rees rules on tax retrospectivity.

Sir Amyas Morse conducted an independent review of the Loan Charge. His report was published in December 2019 and the Government welcomed his finding that the Loan Charge was a justified policy to draw a line under use of disguised remuneration tax avoidance.

The Government accepted all but one of the Review’s 20 recommendations. This included a recommendation that the Loan Charge should only apply to disguised remuneration loans which were entered into after 9 December 2010, the date from which Sir Amyas considered that the law as to the tax treatment of loan schemes was clear.

The 2019 Loan Charge is not retrospective. It is a new charge on disguised remuneration loan balances outstanding at 5 April 2019 and was announced three years before the legislation took effect.

The Rees Rules have no bearing on the Loan Charge.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132395 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in her Department over the last three years.

There are 19 recognised staff groups that have been running in the department over the last three years. The groups are listed below:

A:gender Support Network

ABLE - the Home Office's disability network

Break the stigma - support group for staff affected by mental health issues

EU Nationals Network (EUNN)

Ethos - Home Office sports and social association

Home Office Christian Network

Home Office Hindu Connection

Home Office Islamic Network

Home Office Jewish Network (J-Net)

Home Office Sikh Association

Gender Equality Network

Giving Back (GB) Network

Home Office Retired and Reunited Staff Association (HORSA)

Spectrum: Home Office lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) staff support network

Stand 2 Support (veterans group)

The Network

Trade unions

Working Through Cancer Network

Carers' Group (Her Majesty's Passport Office)

UKVI Parental Network

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132395, what information she holds on (a) FTE staff time and (b) budgets available to recognised staff groups within her Department in each of the last three years.

There are currently 19 recognised staff groups, managed by staff across the Home Office. However, to retrieve FTE staff time and budgets available to recognised staff groups within the Department in each of the last three years can only be achieved with disproportionate effort.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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.

There are currently 19 formal staff support networks, managed by staff, across the Home Office, listed below.

A:gender Support Network

ABLE - the Home Office's disability network

Break the stigma - support group for staff affected by mental health issues

EU Nationals Network (EUNN)

Ethos - Home Office sports and social association

Home Office Christian Network

Home Office Hindu Connection

Home Office Islamic Network

Home Office Jewish Network (J-Net)

Home Office Sikh Association

Gender Equality Network

Giving Back (GB) Network

Home Office Retired and Reunited Staff Association (HORSA)

Spectrum: Home Office lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) staff support network

Stand 2 Support (veterans group)

The Network

Trade unions

Working Through Cancer Network

Carers' Group (Her Majesty's Passport Office)

UKVI Parental Network

However, to retrieve all staff networks and social clubs operating in the Home Office, as well as their budgets and FTE staff time for each group can only be achieved with disproportionate effort.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to eradicate modern slavery in the fast fashion industry.

The Government is committed to tackling modern slavery in all sectors, including fashion, which is why in 2017 we expanded the remit of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), giving specially trained officers stronger powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 to investigate labour market offences across all sectors of the economy in England and Wales. We have also committed to creating a single enforcement body to crack down on employers abusing the law, to protect vulnerable workers and create a level playing field for the majority of employers that comply with the law.

To address risks in the fashion sector specifically, the former Prime Minister launched 'The Apparel and General Merchandise Public and Private Protocol' in 2018. The protocol is a partnership between enforcement bodies such as the GLAA and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and industry partners, including the British Retail Consortium, UK Fashion and the Textile Association, and commits its signatories to working together to eradicate slavery and exploitation in textile supply chains.

We are also committed to improving transparency in domestic and global supply chains. Under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to require large businesses in all sectors to report on how they are tackling modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. We are committed to continuously strengthening our approach and in July 2019 the Home Office launched a public consultation on an ambitious package of measures designed to enhance the impact of transparency, including mandating specific topics organisations must report on, introducing a single reporting deadline and extending transparency to the public sector. The Government response to the consultation will be published this summer.

We are also developing a new gov.uk registry for statements published under the Modern Slavery Act, to enable greater scrutiny from consumers, investors, civil society and others and drive a “race to the top".

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 132396 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The requested information is not held centrally or in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 132396 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.

The requested information is not held centrally or in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the capacity (a) was in 2014 and (b) is of service family accommodation in the London Borough of Bromley local authority area.

On 1 January 2014 there were 43 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties in the London Borough of Bromley area. As of 1 March 2022 there are 35 SFA properties.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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.

This information is not held in the format requested.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132391 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.

Across the Civil Service, employee networks provide a valuable support structure for staff.

(a) All staff networks are entirely voluntary. A Network Business Deal introduced in February 2021 provides all network chairs/deputy chairs of networks up to 25% of their contracted hours to conduct activities aimed at running the network and delivery of their business plans. This is subject to the business need and agreement with line management. It also allows that Employee network executive team members who volunteer alongside the Chairs, Co-Chairs, and Deputy Chairs can be allocated up to 10%


(b) In each of the last three financial years a staff network budget of £20,000 per annum has been controlled by Human Resources. This covers all the networks listed below:

The Department currently recognises 15 staff network groups and unless stated otherwise all have been running over the last three years. They include the following: BAMENet, Carers, Disability, EU Nationals, Fair Treatment Ambassadors (from 2021), Gender Equality, Health and Wellbeing, Jobshare, LGBT+, LGBT+ Allies, Neurodiversity, Social Mobility, Working Parents, 50+, Inclusion Allies (from 2022). The Department also recognises the following three faith network groups: Group Christian Fellowship, Jewish Network, Network for Muslims.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132391, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The Department currently recognises 15 staff network groups and unless stated otherwise all have been running over the last three years. They include the following: BAMENet, Carers, Disability, EU Nationals, Fair Treatment Ambassadors (from 2021), Gender Equality, Health and Wellbeing, Jobshare, LGBT+, LGBT+ Allies, Neurodiversity, Social Mobility, Working Parents, 50+, Inclusion Allies (from 2022). The Department also recognises the following three faith network groups: Group Christian Fellowship, Jewish Network, Network for Muslims.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the impact of Tower Hamlets Council’s decision not to publish the costs of its town hall project; and what statutory powers he has to help ensure that public expenditure on public projects of £100 million and over are published.

Local authorities are autonomous public bodies responsible to their electorate for the decisions they take. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities is responsible for the oversight of local government and is interested in understanding issues around financial viability, leadership and standards of corporate governance, however, central government and ministers do not have a remit to intervene in the day-to-day affairs of a council, except in exceptional circumstances of most serious concern.

Transparency is the foundation of local accountability. The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 introduced a localised audit regime for local authorities in England, which included mandatory transparency requirements for principal councils to improve local accountability together with the ability for local people to better hold their councils to account.

Electors are entitled to inspect the accounts and other documents – including audit opinions and can ask questions of, and make objections to, the local authorities’ external auditor, who is required to respond. Details of this process can be found in the Local Authority Accounts: A guide to your rights, published by the National Audit Office: https://www.nao.org.uk/code-audit-practice/council-accounts-a-guide-to-your-rights/.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 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.

(a) Across the Civil Service, employee networks provide a valuable support structure for staff. They promote activities that open up opportunities in the Civil Service for talented civil servants and prospective civil servants, and encourage team working and an inclusive work culture. The department has a number of voluntary staff networks in place which are focussed on inclusion, equalities, and welfare. These networks plays an important role in reviewing and improving the working conditions, policies, and processes that affect our diverse workforce, and membership is entirely voluntary. There are currently 14 staff networks officially recognised by the department, however we do not consider these networks to be ‘professional’ by distinction as they are not linked to professional or functional areas. The Department does not hold a central record of any other professional networks established by its staff, professional, or functional areas


(b) Social clubs established by and for officials working in the Department are in the private and personal interest of its members, and as such a central record of this information is not readily available. The only exception is the sports and recreation association (SPARTA), which is jointly ran by DLUHC and DFT. SPARTA is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote and encourage social and recreational activities these departments


(c) Social clubs, which are entirely in the personal and private interests of its members, would not be allocated any FTE staff time or budgets. SPARTA members are asked to make a small contribution each month to support with the delivery or the organisation’s programmes and activities.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

Provide a list of (a) professional staff networks operating within his Department

MoJ corporate information pages about Equality and Diversity Equality and diversity - Ministry of Justice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) provide details of most of the MoJ professional staff networks, offering support and advice to employees and senior leadership, which cover race, disability, gender, LGBTQI, faith, carers, job sharers, menopause, EU nationals, and parents. MoJ faith and belief networks include Christianity, Islam and Humanism. There is also a frontline staff network.

MoJ also has communities of staff taking on advocacy and support roles including Race Ambassadors, a forum for those experiencing domestic violence, Bullying and Harassment Advisors, Mental Health Allies, a Green Group and People Champions.

The larger MoJ Agencies including HMCTS, HMPPS, LAA and OPG have local subsidiaries of the main MoJ wide networks and staff communities.

Provide a list of (b) social clubs operating within MoJ

There is currently one recognised Social Club, JURA - the Justice Recreation Association - JURA Justice, that is open to all MoJ Staff, Agencies and ALBs. Members pay a subscription and is run by a team of volunteers.

Provide the (i) budgets allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

For cross MoJ staff networks, a notional, collective budget was accessible:

  • 2021-22 - £10,000.00
  • 2020-21 - £10,000.00
  • 2019-2020 - £0

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

As part of our central MoJ Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing department, FTE 37.5 hours per week central support is provided to build the capability of our MoJ Staff Networks. Since 2020, MoJ Staff Network Chair Holders are permitted 8 hours per week allocated time in recognition of the work spent supporting networks as a corporate contribution. Where there is more than one chair, this time is allocated between them. Our agencies have adapted the same or similar approach.

Staff allocated time for agency networks is largely in line apart from within HMPPS where the staff network leads are full-time roles FTE 37.5 hours a week.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service to tackle court (a) under-occupancy and (b) case backlogs.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he is putting in place to ensure the adequate use of Crown courtroom capacity.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to increase the number of court sitting days so that more Crown court cases can be heard; and if he will make a statement.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing Crown courtroom availability; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of undertaking a review of criminal justice system resources.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132399, on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The Department has taken the definition of professional staff networks to mean voluntary staff networks, including employee networks on Diversity and Inclusion. The Northern Ireland Office currently has the following active networks:

  • Staff Engagement Group
  • Diversity and Inclusion network
  • Culture Club
  • Mirror Board

Over the last three years, the Department has also had a Parents’ Group, a Women’s network and a Menopause support group. These groups are not currently active.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132399 on civil service staff networks, what information he holds on (a) FTE staff time and (b) budgets available to recognised staff groups in his Department within each of the last three years.

With reference to my answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132399 on civil service staff networks, no information is held with regard to (a) the allocation of FTE for these groups. They are staff-led groups and staff contribute as time permits and as part of their wider corporate contribution to the department. In respect of part (b), no budgets are available to recognised staff groups.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
27th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place in the Union.

I can assure my hon. Friend that this Government is taking every opportunity to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place in this United Kingdom.

The Government’s record investment in Northern Ireland proves that we are immeasurably stronger together, including the £15bn Spending Review settlement for the Executive, the largest settlement since devolution in 1998; our ambitious levelling up agenda; and our work to build a safer, more prosperous and integrated future that will benefit the whole community.

1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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 taken the definition of professional staff networks to mean voluntary staff networks including employee networks on Diversity and Inclusion. The Northern Ireland Office currently has the following active networks:

  • Staff Engagement Group
  • Diversity & Inclusion network
  • Culture Club
  • Mirror Board

The Northern Ireland Office does not operate any social clubs.

No funding is provided and there is no allocation of FTE staff time allocated to any of the groups.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 132400, 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.

The Scotland Office has a People Group, which supports the delivery of the Departmental People Strategy and the Civil Service People Survey.

(a) Information on FTE staff time is not collected;

(b) The People Group is not allocated a budget.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 132400 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The Scotland Office has a People Group, which supports the delivery of the Departmental People Strategy and the Civil Service People Survey.

(a) Information on FTE staff time is not collected;

(b) The People Group is not allocated a budget.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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 Scotland Office does not operate any professional staff networks or social clubs.

The Scotland Office does not employ any staff directly. Those that join, do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice, who remain the employers. Scotland Office colleagues have access to the staff networks and social clubs of their employing departments.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132401 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.

The Wales Office has had no ‘recognised staff groups’ in place during the last three years. However, our staff can access the following Ministry of Justice staff networks:

ABLE network (disability)

Carers Network

Christians in MoJ

Frontline Staff Network

Gender Equality Network

Humanists in MoJ (HiMoJ)

Job Share Network

MoJ EU Nationals Network

MoJ Muslim Network

Parents’ Network

PROUD

Safe Space Forum

Spirit

Supporting the Workplace in Menopause (SWIM)

The Civil Service Jewish Network (JNet)

The Wales office has allocated no staff time to staff groups in the last three years and has not provided any funding to staff groups in this period.

David T C Davies
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) (Jointly as unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132401 on civil service staff networks, if he will list his Department's recognised staff groups that have been in place over the last three years.

The Wales Office has had no ‘recognised staff groups’ in place during the last three years. However, our staff can access the following Ministry of Justice staff networks:

ABLE network (disability)

Carers Network

Christians in MoJ

Frontline Staff Network

Gender Equality Network

Humanists in MoJ (HiMoJ)

Job Share Network

MoJ EU Nationals Network

MoJ Muslim Network

Parents’ Network

PROUD

Safe Space Forum

Spirit

Supporting the Workplace in Menopause (SWIM)

The Civil Service Jewish Network (JNet)

The Wales office has allocated no staff time to staff groups in the last three years and has not provided any funding to staff groups in this period.

David T C Davies
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) (Jointly as unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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 Wales Office does not operate our own professional staff networks or social clubs; however, our staff have access to networks which are provided by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). MoJ networks include Disability, Carers, Faith, Sexual Orientation and Gender.

The Wales Office does not have a budget for staff networks or social clubs and no FTE staff time has been allocated to Wales Office staff networks over the last three years, although staff are encouraged to access MoJ staff networks.

Across the Civil Service, employee networks provide a valuable support structure for staff. They promote activities that open up opportunities in the Civil Service for talented civil servants and prospective civil servants, and encourage team working and an inclusive work culture.

David T C Davies
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) (Jointly as unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office)