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Gary Sambrook

Conservative - Birmingham, Northfield

Regulatory Reform
2nd Mar 2020 - 20th May 2021
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
2nd Mar 2020 - 16th Jan 2021
Procedure Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 20th Jul 2020


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 6th December 2021
16:00
Procedure Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Voting by proxy
6 Dec 2021, 4 p.m.
At 4.15pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP
Sir Bernard Jenkin MP
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Division Votes
Friday 3rd December 2021
Prayers
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 59 Conservative No votes vs 1 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 1 Noes - 79
Speeches
Friday 3rd December 2021
Health and Social Care

I thank the Minister and the Government for the eight successful bids into University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which …

Written Answers
Monday 8th November 2021
House of Commons: Remote Working
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the House of Commons Commission …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 26th July 2021
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
From 13 July 2021, half share in Sambrook Roberts Ltd (accountancy and business services). (Registered 13 July 2021)

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Gary Sambrook has voted in 357 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook 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
Gary Sambrook 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
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(10 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Chancellor of the Exchequer
(9 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(20 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(20 debate contributions)
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Birmingham, Northfield Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

I would like the Government to:
• make running conversion therapy in the UK a criminal offence
• forcing people to attend said conversion therapies a criminal offence
• sending people abroad in order to try to convert them a criminal offence
• protect individuals from conversion therapy


Latest EDMs signed by Gary Sambrook

Gary Sambrook has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gary Sambrook, 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.


Gary Sambrook has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gary Sambrook has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Gary Sambrook has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Gary Sambrook has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


18 Written Questions in the current parliament

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4 Other Department Questions
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether meetings of the House of Commons Commission are held in public.

The established practice of the Commission is to meet in private. This is to enable free and open discussion between commissioners, and to enable officials to provide impartial and frank advice.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the votes of the members of the House of Commons Commission on items requiring decision are recorded.

Schedule 1 (Paragraph 6(2)) of the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978 empowers the House of Commons Commission to determine its own procedure. Its established practice is to operate by consensus, and formal votes on items requiring decision are rare. Where votes do take place, they are recorded in the Commission’s record of deliberations.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the House of Commons Commission has made of the mental health implications of requiring MPs' and House staff to work from home.

The House of Commons Commission has implemented relevant Government guidance which at times required individuals to work from home. Since legal restrictions were lifted no member of House staff has been required to work from home where this would have an impact on their health.

Arrangements for their staff are a matter for the Member as the employer, who likewise have been able to allow their staff to work on the estate once legal restrictions were lifted where there was a health need.

The health and wellbeing of all on the estate remains the highest priority for the Commission. A range of services are offered by the House to support the wellbeing of Members and staff, including:

  • Mental Health Guidance, including Mental Health: A Guide for Managers
  • Wellness Action Plans
  • In partnership with Mind – a number of additional resources recognising the impact of Coronavirus on individuals
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Health, Wellbeing & Medical Services


Through the use of these tools suitable arrangements for an individual can be put in place based on their specific circumstances.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the House Service has made of the number of potential redundancies among parliamentary staff which are consequential to (a) the closure of catering and hospitality venues and (b) restrictions placed on the number of visitors to the parliamentary estate.

No redundancies have been made, or are expected, consequential to (a) the closure of catering and hospitality venues and (b) restrictions placed on the number of visitors to the parliamentary estate.

18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the suitability of Waheed Saleem for the post of deputy Police and Crime Commissioner; and whether Waheed Saleem is a member of the Community and Voluntary Service Honours Committee.

The appointment of deputy Police and Crime Commissioners is a matter for democratically elected Police and Crime Commissioners. All public office holders are subject to the Nolan Principles of Public Office.

Details of the Honours Committee are available on GOV.UK.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the announcement that the National Lottery will form a commercial partnership with the Rugby Football League, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the allocation of funds from the National Lottery promotional fund to that partnership on the ongoing Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition.

The National Lottery's partnership with the Rugby Football League is a commercial arrangement entered into by the current operator of the National Lottery under the terms of its current (third) licence. Promotional deals are a valuable part of the National Lottery proposition as they strengthen the National Lottery brand and associated positivity.

The Gambling Commission, as the independent regulator, approved the release of funding for a range of promotional deals such as this, as they were satisfied that in the short term, they would benefit National Lottery players (through relevant prizes), while over the longer term, they would generate benefits for the National Lottery brand. The budget is from a promotional fund, and is therefore separate from the money allocated to National Lottery good causes.

The Gambling Commission launched the competition for the 4th licence on 28 August 2020. The next licence comes into force in August 2023.

27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the National Lottery operates with the highest regard for player protection both on and offline.

I refer my hon. friend to the answer given on 24th May, in response to question 4020.

27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of including (a) scratch cards and (b) instant win games in the National Lottery portfolio on (i) sales growth, (ii) returns to good causes and (iii) providing an entry point to problem gambling among players.

The decision by the operator to withdraw all £10 Interactive Instant Win Games in 2020, followed research, commissioned by the Gambling Commission, which found a correlation between players of Interactive Instant Win Games at the £10 price point and some problem gambling behaviours. The research did not show causation. The precautionary actions taken in this respect are indicative of the strong player protection policies in place on the National Lottery.

'Instants games’ have been part of the National Lottery portfolio for a majority of the time since the National Lottery was launched in 1994. Scratchcards were introduced in 1995 and online Interactive Instant Win Games in 2003. A broad portfolio ensures the National Lottery continues to appeal to a wide range of people and can provide substantial contributions for good causes every week. This has helped the National Lottery contribute over £1.2 billion to the UK wide response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All games, including instants games, are licenced by the independent regulator, the Gambling Commission. In determining whether to licence games, the Commission will consider the potential impact on players and the player protection mechanisms which are in place to protect players from harm.

Evidence from the latest (2018) Health Survey for England shows that National Lottery games were associated with the lowest rates of problem gambling of all gambling products considered. Problem gambling rates for National Lottery draw-based games were 0.9% while the figure for Scratchcards was 1.4%.

27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of National Lottery’s decision to withdraw £10 online instant win games amid problem gambling concerns.

The decision by the operator to withdraw all £10 Interactive Instant Win Games in 2020, followed research, commissioned by the Gambling Commission, which found a correlation between players of Interactive Instant Win Games at the £10 price point and some problem gambling behaviours. The research did not show causation. The precautionary actions taken in this respect are indicative of the strong player protection policies in place on the National Lottery.

'Instants games’ have been part of the National Lottery portfolio for a majority of the time since the National Lottery was launched in 1994. Scratchcards were introduced in 1995 and online Interactive Instant Win Games in 2003. A broad portfolio ensures the National Lottery continues to appeal to a wide range of people and can provide substantial contributions for good causes every week. This has helped the National Lottery contribute over £1.2 billion to the UK wide response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All games, including instants games, are licenced by the independent regulator, the Gambling Commission. In determining whether to licence games, the Commission will consider the potential impact on players and the player protection mechanisms which are in place to protect players from harm.

Evidence from the latest (2018) Health Survey for England shows that National Lottery games were associated with the lowest rates of problem gambling of all gambling products considered. Problem gambling rates for National Lottery draw-based games were 0.9% while the figure for Scratchcards was 1.4%.

4th Jun 2020
What steps his Department is taking to help the voluntary sector co-ordinate its response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The voluntary sector plays a vital role in the response to Coronavirus, with millions of people stepping up to help. My Department is supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, which is coordinating the voluntary sector response to the crisis.


The Partnership is co-chaired by the British Red Cross and National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), and brings together key organisations across the voluntary sector. It is helping to identify needs, match the country’s strong base of volunteers with demands, and coordinate voluntary sector activity nationally and locally.

7th Sep 2020
What steps his Department is taking to ensure that children do not miss time in education as a result of local covid-19 lockdowns.

The department is supplementing the £100 million it has already invested to support remote education. In the event of local lockdowns due to a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak where face-to-face education is not possible, there will be an ongoing role for remote education. DfE can provide additional devices to schools for them to support disadvantaged children. The department is initially making an additional 150,000 laptops and tablets available to schools, from September, available to schools to support disadvantaged children who would not otherwise have access to remote education; specifically disadvantaged children:

  • in years 3 to 11 if their school is closed
  • across all year groups who are shielding as a result of official advice
  • across all year groups who attend hospital schools that are closed
  • who are completing their Key Stage 4 at a further education college that is closed

We have already provided over 50,000 4G wireless routers to support disadvantaged children to learn at home and access vital social care services. These routers come with free data for the autumn term and will allow LAs and academy trusts to support children who may have their education and care disrupted because of official coronavirus restrictions or disruption to face-to-face contact.

In partnership with BT, the department has also launched a service to provide children and young people free access to BT Wi-Fi hotspots. Through the pilot, up to 10,000 families should be able to access a BT Wi-Fi connection. We are currently working with BT to expand this offer for the autumn term to allow more children to access the internet through their network of BT Wi-Fi hotspots.

We are also working with the major telecommunications companies to improve internet connectivity for disadvantaged and vulnerable families. We are piloting an approach where for families who rely on a mobile internet connection, mobile network operators will provide temporary access to free additional data offering them more flexibility to access the resources that they need the most.

2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the viability of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of Iran’s refusal to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to access locations related to nuclear activity.

On 25 June, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors adopted a resolution tabled by the E3 in response to Iran's denial of IAEA access to two sites which were under investigation as part of Iran's implementation of its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol. In denying access, Iran is not adhering to its legally binding safeguards obligations. The resolution reinforced the mandate of the IAEA Director General to continue his investigation, and sent a clear message to Iran that it should cooperate fully with the IAEA. This investigation is separate to Iran's non-compliance under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).

The Foreign Secretary made clear in his statement with France and Germany on 19 June that we remain committed to ensuring that Iran never develops a nuclear weapon. Iran's reductions in compliance with the JCPoA raise serious proliferation concerns, which is why the UK, with France and Germany, triggered the JCPoA's Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) on 14 January 2020. We want to use the DRM to resolve these concerns. The UK continues to work closely with all JCPoA parties to find a diplomatic way forward.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to apply the reduced rate of VAT to wedding venues.

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July to support the cash flow and viability of over 150,000 businesses and protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and is due to run until 31 March 2021. Hospitality for the purposes of this relief includes the supply of food and non-alcoholic beverages from restaurants, cafes, pubs and similar establishments for consumption on these premises. It also includes the supply of hot food and non-alcoholic hot beverages to take away.

The Government has also announced a significant support package to help businesses from a whole range of sectors through the winter months, which includes an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant, and an extension of the application window for the Government-backed loan schemes.

The Government keeps all taxes under review, and any future tax decisions will be made at Budget.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of a return to a 20 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sectors on the ability of those sectors to compete in a global marketplace.

Raising £130 billion in 2019/20, VAT is an important source of revenue and is vital for funding public services such as health, education and defence.

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July to support the cash flow and viability of over 150,000 businesses and protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and is due to run until 31 March 2021. This measure is aimed at helping businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

The Government keeps all taxes under review, and any future tax decisions will be made at Budget.

26th Jan 2021
What fiscal steps his Department is taking to improve transport connectivity throughout the UK.

Improving transport connectivity throughout the UK is vital to the Government’s levelling up agenda. That is why at the Spending Review, the Government announced a new £4 billion Levelling Up Fund to invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities. This is in addition to already announced transport investment through intra-city transport settlements, the Transforming Cities Fund and RIS2.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has also made over £12 billion available to transport services across the UK.

7th Jun 2021
What steps her Department is taking to increase the number of police officers.

We are increasing the number of police officers by 20,000 by March 2023. The increase over three years is unprecedented and reflects the biggest recruitment drive in decades.

Police forces across England and Wales have already recruited 8,771 additional officers, exceeding the first target of 6,000 additional officers by March 2021.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on tackling Hezbollah fundraising operations in the EU.

The UK has a strong reputation for tackling terrorist financing and we work very closely with international partners and financial institutions to exchange and analyse information. This ensures we are better able to detect, prevent and disrupt the movement of global terrorist funds. Our EU cooperation is part of a wider landscape of international counter terrorism work, which includes cooperation through relationships such as Interpol, the Five Eyes, and bilateral work with individual countries.

The entirety of Hizballah is proscribed and designated under the UK’s domestic counter terrorism sanctions regime (the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA)). Hizballah’s Military Wing is also designated along with two named individuals associated with the group under the EU CP931 regime. The investigation and prosecution of offences relating to proscribed organisations is a matter for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

9th Sep 2020
What steps his Department is taking to support the Scottish fishing sector.

My Department meets with representatives of the Scottish fishing sector on a regular basis.

At the end of 2020, we will be out of the Common Fisheries Policy and will take back control of our waters.

We have also guaranteed to maintain funding throughout this Parliament to support both our fishermen and the regeneration of our coastal communities across all four of the UK’s nations.