Gareth Davies Portrait

Gareth Davies

Conservative - Grantham and Stamford

First elected: 12th December 2019

Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)

(since April 2023)

Select Committees
Public Accounts Committee (since June 2023)
Finance Bill (since January 2024)
Gareth Davies is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
Environmental, Social, and Governance, Financial Markets and Services, Sustainable Finance, Veterans
Finance (No. 2) Bill
10th May 2023 - 18th May 2023
Finance Committee (Commons)
2nd Mar 2020 - 24th Jan 2023
Co-operatives, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill
23rd Nov 2022 - 30th Nov 2022
Treasury Committee
19th Oct 2021 - 21st Nov 2022
Treasury Sub-Committee on Financial Services Regulations
20th Jun 2022 - 21st Nov 2022
Financial Services and Markets Bill
12th Oct 2022 - 3rd Nov 2022
Treasury Committee Sub-Committee on Financial Services Regulations
20th Jun 2022 - 20th Jun 2022
Down Syndrome Bill
19th Jan 2022 - 26th Jan 2022
Health and Care Bill
7th Sep 2021 - 2nd Nov 2021
Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill
8th Jun 2021 - 15th Jun 2021


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 4th March 2024
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Investigation into whistleblowing in the civil service
4 Mar 2024, 3:30 p.m.
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Fiona Ryland - Government Chief People Officer at Cabinet Office
Matthew Davies - HR Deputy Director at Cabinet Office
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Department Event
Wednesday 6th March 2024
HM Treasury
Financial Statement - Main Chamber
Budget Statement
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 11th March 2024
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Progress in implementing Universal Credit
11 Mar 2024, 3:30 p.m.
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Peter Schofield CB - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work and Pensions
Neil Couling CBE - Change and Resilience Director General and Senior Responsible Owner for Universal Credit at Department for Work and Pensions
Helga Swidenbank - Director of Disability Services, Working Age and Move to UC at Department for Work and Pensions
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 13th March 2024
13:00
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: DHSC Annual Report & Accounts 2022-23
13 Mar 2024, 1 p.m.
At 1:30pm: Oral evidence
Sir Chris Wormald - Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
Shona Dunn - Second Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
Andy Brittain - Director General, Finance at Department of Health and Social Care
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 18th March 2024
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Non-executive director appointments
18 Mar 2024, 3:30 p.m.
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Sir Alex Chisholm - Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office
Michael Jary - Government Lead Non-Executive at Cabinet Office
Sam Lister - DG (Strategy and Operations) at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
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Department Event
Tuesday 19th March 2024
11:30
HM Treasury
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury (including Topical Questions)
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 20th March 2024
13:00
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Lessons learned: Delivering value from government investment in major programmes
20 Mar 2024, 1 p.m.
At 1:30pm: Oral evidence
Conrad Smewing - Director General Public Spending at HM Treasury
Nick Smallwood - CEO at Infrastructure and Projects Authority
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 25th March 2024
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Value for Money from Legal Aid
25 Mar 2024, 3:30 p.m.
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Antonia Romeo - Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice
Jane Harbottle - CEO at Legal Aid Agency
Jason Latham - Development Director at HM Courts and Tribunals Service
Jerome Glass - Director General Policy and Strategy Group at Ministry of Justice
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Department Event
Tuesday 7th May 2024
11:30
HM Treasury
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 May 2024, 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 279 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 226 Noes - 287
Speeches
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Oral Answers to Questions
This Government are committed to levelling up by boosting growth, raising living standards and spreading opportunity throughout the country in …
Written Answers
Thursday 30th March 2023
Mull of Kintyre Crash Review
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the The Mull of Kintyre Review, HC 1348, published …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Monday 20th June 2022
Paternity (Leave and Pay) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to extend eligibility to paternity leave and pay; to make provision for more flexibility in the timing of, …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Michael Spencer
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: …
Supported Legislation
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.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gareth Davies has voted in 954 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Gareth Davies 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
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Gareth Davies 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 Davies 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
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(16 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(15 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(180 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(29 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(18 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(12 debate contributions)
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Grantham and Stamford Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Grantham and Stamford signature proportion
Petitions with most Grantham and Stamford signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

The HMRC mileage rate for reimbursing the use of private cars (e.g. for employees but also volunteers) has been fixed at 45p/mile (up to 10,000 miles) since 2011. The lack of any increase since then is a serious disincentive to volunteer drivers particularly as fuel has gone up again recently.


Latest EDMs signed by Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gareth Davies, 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 Davies has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gareth Davies has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Gareth Davies


A Bill to extend eligibility to paternity leave and pay; to make provision for more flexibility in the timing of, and notice period for, paternity leave; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to extend eligibility to paternity leave and pay; to make provision for more flexibility in the timing of, and notice period for, paternity leave; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 20th June 2022

32 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what representations he has received from (a) lay parish members and (b) clergy on the Mission from (i) from Grantham and Stamford constituency and (ii) areas of England on the Mission in Revision Synod Paper (GS2222).

The consultation on GS2222 is ongoing, and closes on 31st October 2021. A response to the consultation will be published in due course.

More information on the consultation can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/parish-reorganisation-and-church-property/review-mission-and-pastoral-measure-2011 and a paper with responses to frequency asked questions about GS2222 is available here: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-10/GS2222%20QA%20for%20website%20FAQ_01102021_0.pdf

There have been over 550 responses to the questionnaire and approximately 600 responses via email, which can be broken down into approximately two-thirds laity to one-third clergy. It is not possible to give a breakdown of responses by constituency and area.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
11th Feb 2021
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential opportunities for the UK of leaving the EU.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

The Government is clear however that leaving the EU presents the UK with many opportunities. The Government has already established a new points-based immigration system to attract the brightest and best, new trade agreements, and a replacement of the bureaucratic Common Agricultural Policy. This Government will continue to maximise opportunities to support long-term economic growth and strengthen the UK’s global position.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of reforming the provision of statutory paternity leave.

Our Paternity Leave entitlement enables eligible employed fathers to take two weeks of paid leave within the first eight weeks following the birth or adoption placement. Eligible employed fathers also have other entitlements to balance work with childcare, including paid annual leave, unpaid parental leave and the right to request flexible working.

Shared Parental Leave allows eligible parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay in the first year.

As set out in our Manifesto, we are committed to making it easier for fathers to take Paternity Leave. In 2019 the Government consulted on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay. We are currently considering responses to the consultation and will respond in due course.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential benefits to SMEs of creating unfair competition legislation similar to the German Unfair Competition Act of 2004 or the US Trademark Dilution Revision Act 2006.

The Government is committed to tackling unfair business practices and keeps competition law under constant review to ensure that it is as effective as possible in protecting the interests of consumers and businesses.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential benefits to SMEs of codifying the legal doctrine of passing off.

Passing off is a well-established principle in common law and is used to protect businesses (including SMEs) who operate in the UK against other businesses misrepresenting themselves to the public as that first business. It is often seen as a flexible and entirely appropriate mechanism to deal with unregistered trade mark infringement. The Government has not made any specific assessment of the potential benefits to SMEs of codifying the legal doctrine of passing off.

Owners of registered and unregistered trade marks, in particular SMEs have various affordable avenues to address trade mark infringement, including passing off claims. These avenues include the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court which includes a small claims track specifically designed to help SMEs address IP disputes in a more affordable way. SMEs may also take advantage of the IP Pro Bono initiative and mediation services, including the mediation service offered by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Full guidance for SMEs on how to address IP infringement, including affordable access to justice is available at the IPO’s website (www.ipo.gov.uk).

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of Big Society Capital since its inception.

In July 2020, The Oversight Trust published an independent review of Big Society Capital (BSC) as part of its role in overseeing the organisation. This report outlined the progress BSC has made towards its objectives as a social investment wholesaler and market-builder, including in mobilising private capital for social investment. Since 2011, BSC has signed £680m of investments to support social enterprises and charities, and has leveraged £1.4bn of investments from private investors alongside this. This has contributed to 97 fund level investments and provided capital to over 1,200 charities and social enterprises, with 73% of these organisations located in the 50% most deprived places in the UK.

15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Big Society Capital at mobilising private capital for investments in the social enterprise sector.

In July 2020, The Oversight Trust published an independent review of Big Society Capital (BSC) as part of its role in overseeing the organisation. This report outlined the progress BSC has made towards its objectives as a social investment wholesaler and market-builder, including in mobilising private capital for social investment. Since 2011, BSC has signed £680m of investments to support social enterprises and charities, and has leveraged £1.4bn of investments from private investors alongside this. This has contributed to 97 fund level investments and provided capital to over 1,200 charities and social enterprises, with 73% of these organisations located in the 50% most deprived places in the UK.

6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that students in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) other rural areas have an adequate transport service to reach their place of work under the T-level requirement to do 315 hours of work experience.

Decisions about transport, including in Lincolnshire, are a matter for local transport authorities, working with transport operators.

However, students should not be prevented from undertaking a T Level industry placement due to the additional transport costs. Therefore we are taking a number of steps to ensure that students are able to access placements regardless of where they live. We have increased the travel bursaries that young people can draw on to help with travel costs and providers can use the T Level Capacity and Delivery Fund to help with travel costs. Additionally, the National Apprenticeships Service has been looking to encourage more employers including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to offer placements as SMEs make up the majority of employers in rural areas.

We are also looking at imaginative and innovative approaches to student transport which already exist and enable greater access to placements, in particular for students in rural areas, and how we can foster these approaches more widely for T Levels.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding will be allocated to the Primary PE and Sport Premium in academic year 2020-21.

The Government will confirm arrangements for the PE and Sport Premium in the 2020/21 academic year as soon as possible.

23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help farmers with cashflow.

Input costs for fuel, feed and fertiliser are worryingly high. We are monitoring the situation closely. To ease cashflow concerns, in England we have announced bringing forward half of the Direct Payment to July from December. We have powers in the Agriculture Act to help sectors if necessary.

We have just announced £30 Million to help farmers add value to their products, and we have boosted Countryside Stewardship payment rates by an average of 30%. We will shortly launch the Sustainable Farming Incentive, for which farmers will receive quarterly payments.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
24th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the National Food Strategy white paper; and whether that white paper will assess the impact of solar farm developments on agricultural land.

We expect to publish the Government Food Strategy shortly. The Strategy will set out the Government's ambition and priorities for the food system, considering the evidence set out in Henry Dimbleby's independent review last year. The white paper will not include an assessment of the impacts of solar farm developments on agricultural land.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is able to take steps to prevent off-road vehicles causing damage and disruption to footpaths in rural villages.

Driving a motorised vehicle on a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway without the landowner’s consent is a criminal offence and enforcement is a matter for the police.

An offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 may have been committed if damage is caused.

The maintenance of public rights of way is a local issue. Local highway authorities have statutory duties to record and keep public rights of way open and it is the authority’s responsibility to prevent the stopping-up or obstruction of public rights of way.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there were on the Lincolnshire stretch of the A1 since 2015; and how much funding the Government plans to allocate for highways in Lincolnshire to improve road safety in the next 12 months.

The Department holds information on personal injury accidents only and the latest available statistics on road safety are for the calendar year 2018. 2019 statistics will be available in September 2020.

Reported road accidents with a personal injury on the A1, Lincolnshire, 2015-2018

Year

Number of road accidents

2015

49

2016

44

2017

38

2018

41

Source: DfT, STATS19

The second Road Investment Strategy will confirm the Government’s plans for the strategic road network. We expect this to be published in due course.

5th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that (a) public and (b) hospitality venue toilet facilities accessible for people with hidden disabilities and disabled children.

The Government, via the Cabinet Office Disability Unit, is supporting the British Standards Institute in its development of a public information symbol to support disabled people with non-visible disabilities.

The Government has consulted on proposals to increase the number of Changing Places toilet facilities through mandating them in a range of public buildings, using the statutory building regulations framework. Changing Places toilets meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on creating new community diagnostic centres.

At present, there are 89 community diagnostic centres (CDCs) operational across the country, and these have delivered over 2.8 million additional tests since programme started reporting in July 2021. In December 2022, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, approved a further 20 locations for new CDCs across the country, which will help more people to easily access life-saving checks, tests and scans. The NHS has also delivered the first of its waiting time ambitions, with waits of two years or more for elective surgery virtually eliminated in July 2022.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the prevalence is of healthcare associated infections in hospitals in England.

Public Health England publishes data on hospital-onset bloodstream infection as incidence rates. However, prevalence data are not available.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to allocate to South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group in the next three years.

NHS England is responsible for the allocation of resources to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Funding is distributed on the basis of a weighted capitation formula, informed by independent advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, and population estimates provided by the Office for National Statistics.

NHS England published five-year CCG allocations 2019-20 to 2023-24 on 8 February 2019 at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/ccg-allocations-2019-20-to-2023-24-core-services/

Allocations figures for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group in the years requested are set out in the following table.

-

-

-

£000s

-

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

Revenue allocation

228,565

238,794

249,083

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients attended A&E at (a) Grantham and District Hospital, (b) Pilgrim Hospital Boston and (c) Lincoln County Hospital in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017, (iii) 2018 and (iv) 2019.

The information is not available in the format requested. The available information in the following table shows the number of unplanned accident and emergency (A&E) attendance, at Grantham and District Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital Boston and Lincoln County Hospital in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.


It should be noted that the number of admissions will include those patients that attended A&E more than once.

National Health Service Provider

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Lincoln County Hospital

71,455

67,825

70,650

Pilgrim Hospital Boston

57,360

57,235

52,635

Grantham and District Hospital

24,115

22,750

23,755

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure British troops deployed on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali tackle conflict-related sexual violence against women.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Ministry of Defence work together to ensure that British troops deployed to the UN's peacekeeping operation in Mali, MINUSMA, receive comprehensive pre-deployment training, including on human rights, preventing sexual exploitation and abuse and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV). The UK's long range reconnaissance task group in Mali is a high capability commitment intended to enable MINUSMA to conduct more effective intelligence-led operations across the full range of its mandated tasks, including protection of civilians and prevention of CRSV. UK troops themselves have visited a large number of Malian communities, including some which have not previously interacted with peacekeepers, to deter criminal activity and violence against civilians, to provide a UN presence and to understand local population's concerns.

The UK Government has a strong commitment to ensuring UN peacekeeping is equipped to tackle CRSV. Across all missions, including MINUSMA, and as a member of the UN Security Council, we support specific protection and assistance for women affected by armed conflict, and advocate for civilian and uniformed gender advisers to enable missions to address the needs of victims and survivors of CRSV.

19th Jan 2021
What diplomatic steps he is taking to strengthen UK relations in the Indo-Pacific.

Deeper engagement with the Indo-Pacific is fundamental to the UK’s future economy, security and values.

The Foreign Secretary’s visits to India in December, and to the Republic of Korea and Vietnam in September, advanced collaboration across critical sectors. The UK’s application for ASEAN Dialogue Partner status and planned accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership will deepen our political, security and economic relations across the region.

30th Jun 2020
What diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help improve the security situation in the Sahel.

The UK is working with partners to address instability. I attended international meetings on the Sahel earlier this month and in Mauritania in February. I stressed the importance of improving governance and respecting human rights.

As part of our efforts, the UK is deploying 250 peacekeeping troops to Mali and has 3 RAF Chinook helicopters deployed to a Counter Terrorism operation. We are also one of largest humanitarian donors to the Sahel. Between 2015 and 2019, the UK provided humanitarian aid to 2.3 million across the region.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure the Financial Ombudsman Service deals promptly and fairly with complaints in respect of small financial advice businesses.

The Government is clear that the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) should deal with all cases promptly and fairly. The rules on how the FOS should handle complaints state that ‘The ombudsman will attempt to resolve complaints at the earliest possible stage ’DISP 3.5 Resolution of complaints by the Ombudsman - FCA Handbook’. Inevitably some cases will be more complex than others and therefore take more time to resolves, however the FOS should deal with all cases in a timely manner.

The FOS is an independent non-governmental body. The Treasury is therefore not involved in the day-to-day operations of the FOS and the remit of the FOS is set out by the Financial Conduct Authority. Nevertheless, the Government believes that it is vitally important that the FOS should be accountable for its performance and the quality of its work. The FOS answers to a board of directors, appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority, and must make a report each year on the discharge of its functions which is required to be laid before Parliament. This ensures Parliament is able to scrutinise the efficiency, effectiveness and economy with which the FOS carries out its functions, including data concerning the time it takes for the FOS to deal with cases.

The FOS have been clear that bringing down waiting times is one of their main priorities for 2022/23 as outlined in their annual plan and budget. This includes ensuring cases are allocated more quickly and improving turnaround times by caseworkers. I am pleased to hear that the FOS are also investing in technological changes which they expect to bring down waiting times including further development of a digital portal and implementing additional intelligent automation capability.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has plans to issue a sovereign green gilt as part of the transition to a net zero economy.

The government remains open to the introduction of new financing instruments but would need to be satisfied that they would meet value-for-money criteria, enjoy strong and sustained demand in the long-term and be consistent with the wider fiscal objectives of government. The government continues to monitor the case for issuing a sovereign green bond and will keep this under review.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to encourage institutional investors to consider modern slavery risks inherent in wider investment portfolios under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Under the landmark transparency provisions contained in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to require certain commercial organisations to report annually on the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery, including institutional investors who fall within scope of the requirement.

The Government regularly engages with businesses, investors, civil society and industry experts to collaborate on best practice and promote key measures to tackle modern slavery. The Home Office’s statutory guidance, ‘Transparency in Supply Chains: a Practical Guide’, emphasises that it is crucial that large organisations are transparent and accountable, not just to investors but to other groups including employees, consumers and the public, whose lives are affected by their business activity. The Government also supports ShareAction’s Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) and provided £200,000 of funding in 2020/21. The initiative has mobilised investors with $6.5 trillion of assets under management to call for transparency from multinational companies on how they manage their workforce.

In the meantime, to further enhance transparency, in March 2021 the Government launched an online GOV.UK registry for modern slavery statements. This new service enables investors, consumers, NGOs and others to scrutinise the effectiveness of the actions being taken and monitor progress across sectors over time. Within the first month of launching, statements covering c. 8,000 organisations have already been submitted to the registry.

If an organisation fails to publish a statement, the Secretary of State can seek an injunction to require compliance. This power has not been used to date. However, following the transparency in supply chains consultation, the Government has committed to an ambitious package of changes to section 54, including introducing financial penalties for organisations who fail to meet their statutory obligations to publish annual modern slavery statements. These measures require primary legislation and will be introduced when parliamentary time allows.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil proceedings for non-compliance by financial institutions under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 have been (a) applied for and (b) granted since the introduction of that legislation.

Under the landmark transparency provisions contained in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to require certain commercial organisations to report annually on the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery, including institutional investors who fall within scope of the requirement.

The Government regularly engages with businesses, investors, civil society and industry experts to collaborate on best practice and promote key measures to tackle modern slavery. The Home Office’s statutory guidance, ‘Transparency in Supply Chains: a Practical Guide’, emphasises that it is crucial that large organisations are transparent and accountable, not just to investors but to other groups including employees, consumers and the public, whose lives are affected by their business activity. The Government also supports ShareAction’s Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) and provided £200,000 of funding in 2020/21. The initiative has mobilised investors with $6.5 trillion of assets under management to call for transparency from multinational companies on how they manage their workforce.

In the meantime, to further enhance transparency, in March 2021 the Government launched an online GOV.UK registry for modern slavery statements. This new service enables investors, consumers, NGOs and others to scrutinise the effectiveness of the actions being taken and monitor progress across sectors over time. Within the first month of launching, statements covering c. 8,000 organisations have already been submitted to the registry.

If an organisation fails to publish a statement, the Secretary of State can seek an injunction to require compliance. This power has not been used to date. However, following the transparency in supply chains consultation, the Government has committed to an ambitious package of changes to section 54, including introducing financial penalties for organisations who fail to meet their statutory obligations to publish annual modern slavery statements. These measures require primary legislation and will be introduced when parliamentary time allows.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the use of drone devices on the rate of home burglaries in England; and how many crimes were recorded involving drones in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019.

The long-term trend in burglaries recorded by the police in England has been downward and the number recorded in 2019 was 7% lower than in 2018.

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of recorded crimes, including burglaries, which involved drones.

The Government recognises the particularly invasive nature of burglary and the impact it can have on victims. Whilst police recorded crime statistics for England and Wales showed that burglary had fallen, too many people experience this traumatic crime each year. We are taking a proactive approach to driving down these crimes and have announced a £25m Safer Streets Fund to help prevent these crimes as well as supporting the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers to ensure they have the resources to deal with these crimes when they do occur. We are working to combat burglary in a number of areas, including: making homes more secure, working with the police to examine what more can be done to prevent offenders disposing of stolen goods, and improving the police and wider criminal justice system response.

24th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the The Mull of Kintyre Review, HC 1348, published July 2011, what assessment he has made of the implications of that review on similar cases that occurred between 1983 and 2011.

The Mull of Kintyre review was instrumental in the replacement of Boards of Inquiry with Service Inquiries. As the hon. Member will be aware, a Service Inquiry is an inquiry held under statute and is not permitted to apportion blame or find negligence, but rather seeks to identify where there are lessons to help prevent recurrence.

It is not possible to overturn aspects of Boards of Inquiry held in the past without full reinvestigation of the original incident, and it would not be benificial to re-open any such inquiries, where it is deemed there are no lessons to be identified for the Service, such as where aircraft are no longer in service for example.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircrew were deemed negligent by reviewing officers despite contrary findings by the RAF Board of Inquiry between 1983 and 2011.

The information requested is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Although an incomplete collection of 550 Boards of Inquiry (from 2008 redesignated Service Inquiries) into RAF flying accidents from the period in question is held, there is no central document recording the outcomes.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to upgrade British cyber security capabilities in response to misinformation and wide-scale hacking by malign state sponsored entities.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes cyber security and resilience very seriously and conducts a range of activities to ensure its systems are protected against attack from malign state and non-state actors. As a result of the Integrated Review settlement, the MOD is increasing its already substantial investment in defensive cyber capabilities. These are delivered through three dedicated programmes: Defensive Cyber Operations, Cyber Resilience Programme and the Joint Crypt Key Programme. The MOD continues to work closely with industry and partners across Government, especially the National Cyber Security Centre. To guard against disinformation, Defence provides support to the cross-departmental Counter Disinformation Unit's campaigns. This work is led by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals to grant freeholders equivalent rights to leaseholders to challenge the reasonableness of service charges for communal areas.

The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service. Where owners of freehold properties pay estate rentcharges it is not appropriate that these homeowners have limited rights to challenge these costs.

That is why the Government will give freeholders on private and mixed tenure estates equivalent rights to leaseholders to challenge the reasonableness of estate rentcharges. We will also consider the option of introducing a Right to Manage for residential freeholders once we have considered the Law Commission’s report and recommendations on changes to the Right to Manage for leaseholders.

In addition, when parliamentary time allows, we will remove the statutory right for owners of rentcharges to take possession or grant a lease of the property in the event of non-payment by the homeowner.

We have introduced legislation to set ground rents on newly created leases to zero in the current session. This will be the first part of major two-part legislation to implement leasehold and Commonhold reforms in this Parliament.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government has plans to consult on the use of expert reports in the family court system.

The Government does not have any plans to consult on the use of expert reports in the family court system. There is already legislation in this area which emphasises the independence of experts and the key role of judicial discretion in determining when expert evidence should be put before the court.

Section 13 of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes provision in relation to the control of expert evidence, and of assessments, in children’s proceedings. This legislation is underpinned by detailed rules of court practice and procedure set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and supporting Practice Directions. The Rules and Practice Directions are developed by the Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC), working in close conjunction with Government officials. The Committee is made up of judges and legal and lay practitioners all of whom are experts in family law.

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, established a working group to identify the scale of the problem of medical expert witness shortages in the family courts, the causes and possible solutions; the final report was published in October 2020. Recently, the Family Justice Council (FJC), a sub-group of the Family Justice Board (FJB), coordinated an event aimed at medical and allied health professions, family lawyers and members of the judiciary to encourage experts to offer their services in family justice system.

The Government, the President of the Family Division, the FJC and the FPRC therefore continue to consider issues in this area as they arise.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to review the effectiveness of Form A restrictions in protecting third party interests for a tenancy in common.

There are no plans to review the law in this area at present. The Law of Property Act 1925, Land Registration Acts of 1925 and 2002 and the Land Registration Rules set out a clear legal framework and checks and balances for protecting the various interests in registered estates and charges, including those of third party interests.

HM Land Registry publish practice notes which offer guidance on the role and use of Form A and other restrictions, including one on ‘Notices, restrictions and protection of third-party interests’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notices-restrictions-and-the-protection-of-third-party-interests-in-the-register.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice