Gary Sambrook Portrait

Gary Sambrook

Conservative - Birmingham, Northfield

First elected: 12th December 2019


Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill
19th Jul 2023 - 4th Sep 2023
Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill
14th Dec 2022 - 11th Jan 2023
Home Affairs Committee
2nd Nov 2021 - 9th Jan 2023
National Security Bill
29th Jun 2022 - 18th Oct 2022
Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
12th Jan 2022 - 18th Jan 2022
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


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gary Sambrook has voted in 828 divisions, and 12 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
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
22 Jun 2022 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Conservative No votes vs 106 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 70
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook 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
Gary Sambrook 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
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 58 Noes - 525
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 536
1 Mar 2024 - Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill - View Vote Context
Gary Sambrook voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 14 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 15
View All Gary Sambrook Division Votes

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
(14 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Priti Patel (Conservative)
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(26 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(19 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(14 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

26th March 2024
Gary Sambrook signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 26th March 2024

Referral of matters of 21 February 2024 to the Committee of Privileges

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
70 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 24
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 1
21st February 2024
Gary Sambrook signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 21st February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
91 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 43
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Workers Party of Britain: 1
View All Gary Sambrook's signed 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


Latest 31 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
4 Other Department Questions
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.

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, 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, 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.

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.

13th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has been made of the potential impact of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code on rental payments to telecommunications equipment site providers.

The 2017 reforms to the Electronic Communications Code were intended to make it easier for digital communications operators to deploy and maintain their networks. Those changes included the introduction of a statutory valuation regime, which reflected the government’s view that the cost of acquiring rights to install digital infrastructure on private land prior to 2017 was too high and needed to be addressed. The valuation regime introduced in 2017 is more closely aligned to those for utilities such as water and electricity and reflects the fact that access to good quality digital services is an increasingly critical part of daily life for residents across the UK.

The Government continues to believe that the framework strikes the correct balance between ensuring individual landowners receive fair payments for allowing their land to be used and encouraging the industry investment needed for consumers across the UK to have access to fast, reliable digital services. Data provided to DCMS shows that so far this year agreements have been reached on 107 new sites, with heads of terms being agreed on a further 66. In relation to existing sites, 533 renewal agreements have been concluded so far this year, with heads of terms agreed on a further 119 sites. The data also shows that there has been a year on year increase in the number of concluded agreements since 2020. We think this reflects informal feedback we have received from all stakeholders suggesting that the market is adapting to the valuation framework.

Since the introduction of the reforms in 2017 we have engaged with and listened to stakeholders to understand the impact of the reforms in practice. This has included a formal consultation on further changes to the Code, which led to the provisions in the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill, as well as ongoing (and continuing) engagement with stakeholders throughout the passage of the Bill.

In parallel, DCMS officials have convened monthly Access to Land Workshops over the last 12-18 months, which cover a number of workstreams and attract attendance from stakeholders across the telecommunications industry, including site provider representatives. I am pleased to say that these workshops have made excellent progress and one of the outputs of this work is the creation of a new industry body, the National Connectivity Alliance, which in time will continue this work independently of DCMS.

Any impacts on the rights of individual property owners have been carefully considered and balanced against the public benefits of improved connectivity. In particular, where measures in the Bill have the potential to be applied retrospectively, the rights of landowners were given careful consideration.

The Government does not intend to separately or specifically review the Electronic Communications Code rental payments market. However, the government will continue to carefully monitor the effectiveness of this legislation. For example, officials will continue to engage with stakeholders in the period leading up to the Bill’s implementation and subsequently, to understand how the new provisions are working in practice.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
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 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%.

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%.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's guidance is on Ofsted inspections for schools that have recently undergone a change of head teacher; and whether those schools are permitted more time following that change to implement reforms before a full inspection is carried out.

The department has not set conditions on the timings of inspections where there is a change of headteacher, and there are no plans to request that Ofsted defers full inspections in these circumstances. It is important that Ofsted is able to inspect all schools in a timely manner in order to provide independent assurance about the quality of education being provided to pupils, and their safeguarding.

During an inspection inspectors will be aware that new leadership is in place and will take account of this in the evaluation of the leadership and management of the school. A change of leadership will be noted in the context section of the school’s report. In addition, where a change of leadership is relevant to what inspectors find on inspection, they will comment on this in the main body of the report.

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
Home Secretary
1st Jul 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC Manuals CG61800 and SDLTM25510, whether it is his Department's policy that those provisions will apply to the forthcoming boundary changes under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020.

Changes to parliamentary constituencies are made by an Order in Council under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986. The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 did not change this. This policy has not changed and the provisions in HMRC Manuals CG61800 and SDLTM235510 therefore still apply.
Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending section 71A of the Finance Act (2003) to include gradual homeownership.

Section 71A of the Finance Act 2003 provides tax relief for financial institutions who purchase property which is subject to alternative financing arrangements. The rules prevent a double tax charge applying so that the tax outcome for purchasers is the same as if they had used conventional mortgage financing. The product referred to as ‘gradual homeownership’ uses arrangements which are not substantially similar to conventional mortgage financing and therefore the same requirements for relief are not present.

The Government keeps all tax policy under review.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason people buying a home for the first time under the gradual homeownership model are not subject to first-time buyers Stamp Duty relief.

In 2017, the Government permanently increased the price at which a property becomes liable to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to £300,000 for first time buyers. Since its introduction, over 673,000 people have benefitted from the relief.

Consumers using a product referred to as ‘gradual homeownership’ do not buy a share in a property but instead invest in a partnership along with a set of investors who are seeking a profit on that investment. This form of ownership means that the purchase does not meet the statutory conditions for relief.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet 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.

19th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support victims of fraud.

This Government takes the issue of fraud very seriously and is dedicated to protecting the public from this devastating crime.

We are working to improve the victim support system to ensure everyone receives the support and advice they need to feel safe again and to prevent revictimisation. Raising awareness and safeguarding victims will form a key pillar of the Government’s forthcoming fraud strategy.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of adopting a process similar to the Swedish Migration Agency's (a) list of safe countries and (b) rules on expulsion in the UK.

We already have provision for a list of designated states through section 94 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of asylum applications made by people from Albania were accepted in the latest period for which data is available.

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on initial decisions made on asylum applications, by nationality, can be found in table Asy_D02 of the ‘asylum and resettlement detailed datasets’.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relate to the year ending September 2022. Data for the year ending December 2022 will be published on 23 February 2023.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of asylum applications made by people from (a) Albania and (b) other European countries were accepted in the latest period for which data is available.

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. Data on initial decisions made on asylum applications, by nationality, can be found in table Asy_D02 of the ‘asylum and resettlement detailed datasets’.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relate to the year ending September 2022. Data for the year ending December 2022 will be published on 23 February 2023.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’.

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.

24th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the correspondence between Birmingham City Council and his Department requesting exceptional financial support by way of (a) increasing council tax above the threshold and (b) capitalisation directions to balance their budget for 2024-25 and 2025-26 financial years.

On 5 December, the Secretary of State for DLUHC published his local government finance policy statement 2024-2025. This sets out the support available, via the Exceptional Financial Support framework, to councils with specific and evidenced concerns about their ability to set or maintain a balanced budget, including where there has been local financial failure. It also confirms that as part of that process, the government will consider representations from councils, including on council tax provision.

After Birmingham City Council issued two s.114 notices in October 2023 relating to its equal pay liabilities, commissioners were appointed at the council to ensure compliance with the Local Government Best Value Duty.

Details of correspondence between councils and the department relating to exceptional financial support are not normally disclosed.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a gradual homeownership scheme; and if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of adding gradual homeownership to existing property purchasing arrangements ahead of the Autumn Statement.

The Government's £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme 2021-2026 aims to deliver up to 180,000 new homes, should economic conditions allow. Approximately half of these homes will be for affordable home ownership, including Shared Ownership.

Shared Ownership enables a buyer to purchase an initial equity stake in a home of between 10%-75% of its market value. Following purchase, the buyer can then gradually increase their equity stake in the home, as and when they can afford to do so, all the way up to full ownership, with some limited exceptions.

In April 2021, the Government launched its new model of Shared Ownership. This new model will make Shared Ownership more consumer friendly, easier to access and fairer, leading to a better experience for a future generation of home owners.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential role that gradual homeownership schemes could play in achieving the Government’s ambitions for more people to be able to own their own home.

The provision of affordable housing is a key element of the Government's plan to end the housing crisis and provide aspiring homeowners with a step onto the housing ladder. Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme aims to deliver up to 180,000 new homes across the country, should economic conditions allow. Approximately half of these homes will be for affordable home ownership, including Shared Ownership.

In April 2021, the Government launched its new model of Shared Ownership. This new model will make it easier for people to gradually increase the size of their equity stake in their Shared Ownership home, as and when they can afford to do so, all the way up to full ownership, with some limited exceptions.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of increasing support for Scotland's space exploration and innovation sector.

The UK Government is working closely with colleagues in the Scottish Government, and with innovation and enterprise agencies, to maximise the opportunities offered by launch from Scotland - and ensure the benefits are shared across the UK.


Scotland Office Ministers attended the Farnborough Airshow in July, meeting with a number of industry stakeholders with a large footprint in Scotland, demonstrating the UK Government's ongoing commitment to the space sector.

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.