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Gerald Jones

Labour - Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

First elected: 7th May 2015

Shadow Minister (Wales)

(since April 2020)

Opposition Whip (Commons)

(since December 2021)

Shadow Minister (Scotland)

(since September 2023)

Procurement Bill [HL]
25th Jan 2023 - 21st Feb 2023
Shadow Minister (Defence)
3rd Jul 2017 - 10th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Wales)
10th Oct 2016 - 3rd Jul 2017
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Welsh Affairs Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 21st Nov 2016


Department Event
Wednesday 6th March 2024
11:30
Scotland Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
6 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Scotland
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Oral Question
Thursday 7th March 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral Question No. 1
What steps she is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses to export.
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Department Event
Wednesday 13th March 2024
11:30
Wales Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
13 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Wales
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Department Event
Wednesday 1st May 2024
11:30
Scotland Office
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1 May 2024, 11:30 a.m.
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Department Event
Wednesday 8th May 2024
11:30
Wales Office
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8 May 2024, 11:30 a.m.
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Division Votes
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill
was Teller for the Ayes
Tally: Ayes - 179 Noes - 294
Speeches
Thursday 29th February 2024
Welsh Affairs
I start by echoing the thanks given to the right hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb) for securing the …
Written Answers
Monday 4th December 2023
Sports: Sponsorship
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on developing a …
Early Day Motions
Monday 10th October 2016
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABERFAN DISASTER
That this House sends a message of wholehearted support to the people of Aberfan, Merthyr Vale and surrounding communities in …
Bills
Wednesday 25th November 2020
Driving Offences (Amendment) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to provide that dangerous and careless, or inconsiderate, driving offences may …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Diageo Great Britain Limited
Address of donor: 16 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HS
Amount of donation …
EDM signed
Monday 26th June 2023
Centenary of Aberdare Cenotaph
That this House notes the 100th anniversary of the erection of the Cenotaph in Victoria Square, Aberdare, which was unveiled …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gerald Jones has voted in 772 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
David T C Davies (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(21 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(20 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(20 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Wales Office
(40 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(35 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(34 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(26 debate contributions)
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Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 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 Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney signature proportion
Petitions with most Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

We want the Government to abandon the planned implementation of affordability checks for some people who want to place a bet. We believe such checks – which could include assessing whether people are ‘at risk of harm' based on their postcode or job title – are inappropriate and discriminatory.

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.


Latest EDMs signed by Gerald Jones

19th June 2023
Gerald Jones signed this EDM on Monday 26th June 2023

Centenary of Aberdare Cenotaph

Tabled by: Beth Winter (Labour - Cynon Valley)
That this House notes the 100th anniversary of the erection of the Cenotaph in Victoria Square, Aberdare, which was unveiled on 8 March 1923 in memory of 700 men of the area who died during the 1914-18 war; further notes the later dedications to service men who died in the …
23 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Oct 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
30th December 2020
Gerald Jones signed this EDM on Thursday 28th January 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Tabled by: Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
That this House notes that on 27 January 2021 the UK will observe Holocaust Memorial Day marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated 1.1 million people were murdered; commemorates the six million victims of the Holocaust; further notes that the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 …
97 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 45
Scottish National Party: 30
Conservative: 7
Independent: 4
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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

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Gerald Jones has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gerald Jones has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Gerald Jones


A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to provide that dangerous and careless, or inconsiderate, driving offences may be committed in places other than roads and other public places; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 25th November 2020
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Gerald Jones has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


116 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1 Other Department Questions
19th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to support women experiencing menopausal symptoms in the workplace.

Helen Tomlinson, the Government’s Menopause Employment Champion, is working with businesses to raise awareness of the menopause in the workplace and support women to have the fulfilling careers they deserve.

On World Menopause Day, we published ‘No time to step back’, a progress report from Helen, and launched new content on the DBT ‘Help to Grow’ website outlining guidance to support women experiencing menopause and its impact at work.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Nov 2020
What steps she is taking to reduce the backlog of cases in the CPS.

The CPS is working closely with partner agencies across the criminal justice system to reduce the current backlog of cases created by the Covid-19 outbreak. This includes both internal measures to deal with larger live caseloads in CPS Areas and working closely with partners to ensure maximum throughput of cases at court.

Considerable progress is being made. In the honourable member’s constituency, Merthyr Magistrates’ Court has now reduced its backlog to pre-COVID levels.

18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that the basis of monthly inflation figures produced by the Office for National Statistics remains comparable during the period of the covid-19 lockdown throughout the UK.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

7th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to issue a substantive written response to the correspondence of 23 January 2023 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, regarding changes to the Warm Home Discount.

I wrote to the hon. Member on 9th March regarding changes to the Warm Home Discount scheme.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of not including (a) swimming pools and (b) other leisure services in the list of sectors eligible for the Energy and Trade Intensive Industries scheme on their financial viability.

During the review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, a large number of contributions from the private sector, trade associations, the voluntary sector and other types of organisations were assessed. These included leisure centres and swimming pools. The Government has taken a consistent approach to identifying the most energy and trade intensive sectors. All sectors that meet agreed thresholds for energy and trade intensity will be eligible for Energy and Trade Intensive Industries support. These thresholds have been set at sectors falling above the 80th percentile for energy intensity and 60th percentile for trade intensity, plus any sectors eligible for the existing energy compensation and exemption schemes.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made with Cabinet colleagues of the impact of the cost of living crisis on levels of fuel poverty.

The official fuel poverty statistics, including the impact of high energy prices on fuel poor households, are due to be published next month.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will respond substantively to the correspondence of 4 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MCB2022/23191.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Minister of State for Climate wrote to the hon. Member on 15 November about the Energy Bill Relief Scheme.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Energy Bills Support Scheme vouchers issued to traditional prepayment meter customers; and how many have so far been redeemed in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency.

Suppliers are reporting to the Department on scheme delivery, including the redemption of prepayment meter vouchers. These figures will be published in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on holding online marketplaces responsible for the safety of products sold on their platforms.

The Government recognises that whilst the growth of eCommerce has brought benefits for consumers and businesses, it has also brought new challenges, including the sale of non-compliant and unsafe products via online marketplaces, often by third-party sellers.

This is one of the reasons the Government is conducting a review of the Product Safety framework. The Government Response to the Call for Evidence published in November 2021 is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uk-product-safety-review-call-for-evidence. A consultation, including proposals to take further steps to address unsafe products sold online, is currently being finalised.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that people who buy goods via online marketplaces are afforded the same level of consumer protections as customers who buy goods in person on the high street.

There is already robust legislation in place that protects consumers when purchasing goods and services online. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 sets out the rights consumers enjoy while shopping online and in store. Online consumers have additional rights over and above on-premises rights, and are able to cancel orders for any reason and seek a full refund.

The Department recently consulted on advancing online consumer rights in its “Reforming Competition and Consumer Policy” consultation. A copy of the consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reforming-competition-and-consumer-policy. The consultation closed on 1 October and the Department will publish a response in due course.

19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) preservation of jobs and (b) payment of wages are conditions for support offered to business during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has outlined an unprecedented package of measures to protect millions of people’s jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to Coronavirus.

A new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be set up to help pay people’s wages. Employers will be able to contact HMRC, who will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. This will apply to members of the workforce who remain on businesses’ payroll, but are temporarily unable to work due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on developing a sponsorship code of conduct that all sporting bodies must adhere to when accepting sponsorship form the gambling industry.

DCMS has been working with representatives from the sports sector, including sports governing bodies, to agree a new code of conduct for socially responsible gambling sponsorship. We hope to make further announcements once the code is finalised and agreed early next year.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had recent discussions with representatives of FIFA on the process for awarding world cup tournaments.

Sport operates independently of the government, therefore direct representations to FIFA on their processes for awarding future events would be a matter for Home Nation football governing bodies to raise.

The Government has frank conversations at an international level with counterparts around the world on issues such as human rights, and we will continue to have those conversations.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies on countering foreign malign information, influence, disinformation and other misleading information of the establishment of the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency.

Disinformation is one of a range of tools used by hostile actors from foreign states to attempt to achieve their wider objectives. DCMS leads the operational and policy response for countering disinformation across HMG. This includes responding to acute information incidents, such as Russian information operations during the war in Ukraine, disinformation relating to COVID-19, and electoral events.

The Government has amended the National Security Bill which strengthens our legislative response to state-linked disinformation aimed at the UK. The new Foreign Interference Offence brought forward in the National Security Bill will be named as a priority offence in the Online Safety Bill, forcing companies to proactively take action against a wide range of state-sponsored disinformation and state-linked online interference.

The UK, along with our G7 and NATO partners, is working hard to protect our democracies against disinformation. We work together with our allies on gaining a better understanding of the threat of mis and disinformation, and collaborating on our collective response.

24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding her Department has provided to the British Boxing Board of Control in each year since 2017.

My Department has not provided funding to the British Boxing Board of Control, which has been overseeing British professional boxing independently of the government since 1929.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress the Government has made on supporting touring musicians to continue to work in Europe.

This government recognises the importance of the UK’s creative and cultural industries, not only to the economy and international reputation of the United Kingdom, but also to the wellbeing and enrichment of its people. We want musicians and performers to be able to tour abroad easily.

We have worked with the sector and directly with Member States, to provide clarity on what creative workers need to do. We have confirmed that, in many areas, arrangements are much more workable than has at times been reported. For example, the vast majority of Member States offer visa and work permit free routes for musicians and creative performers, including most of the UK’s biggest touring markets such as France, Germany, and the Netherlands. This also includes Spain, who in November 2021, following engagement by the UK Government and the sector, introduced 90 day visa and work permit free touring for artists. We continue to work with the few remaining EU Member States that do not allow visa and permit free touring, such as Greece and Portugal, to encourage them to make touring easier.

We have also confirmed that portable musical instruments, carried or in a vehicle, can be transported cost-free and should not require ATA Carnets, and that small ‘splitter vans’ are not subject to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement limits around cabotage and cross trade for the creative sectors. We have also launched an Export Support Service (ESS), where UK businesses, including touring professionals, can get answers to practical questions online and by telephone.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential for the Government to issue SMS communications to all mobile telephones in the UK at a time of national emergency.

The Government is in regular contact with the major fixed and mobile operators, technology providers and Ofcom regarding the current situation. Discussions relating to measures and options to mitigate and inform on the impacts of Covid-19 are ongoing with industry stakeholders and relevant parties.

24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence of 5 November 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MC2022/24200.

A reply will be sent to the hon. Member in due course.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle food insecurity in the context of increases in the cost of living.

The UK has a high degree of food security. Last year, we published the Food Security Report which includes a section on food security at a household level. The latest statistics point to an increase in household food security between 2019 and 2020. There are undoubtedly going to be pressures on food prices as a result of increased input costs – including gas, fuel and fertiliser. That will have to be passed through the system, but the Government is providing an additional £500 million to help provide targeted cost of living support for households most in need.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
17th Jun 2021
What funding his Department is providing for the maintenance of flood defences.

The Government recognises the importance of maintaining flood defence assets. Investment in Environment Agency asset management in England will be £178 million in 2021-22, an increase on the previous year. The Government will continue to review the future requirements for flood defence maintenance investment as part of future Spending Reviews.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2021
What recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of her Department’s trade policies on growth for British businesses.

We have set out the potential impacts of Free Trade Agreements in our published Scoping Assessments for the US, Australia, New Zealand and CPTPP. An Impact Assessment has also been published on the recently signed agreement with Japan, which shows that it goes beyond the existing EU deal, providing a long-run boost to the UK economy of around £1.5bn, compared to a situation without the deal. Output in the North West and Wales could increase by £64 million and £34 million respectively.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the availability of the Driving Mobility Assessments on people receiving a vehicle as part of the Motability scheme.

The Motability scheme enables disabled people, their families and carers to lease a car using their disability benefit. The scheme is overseen by the independent charity Motability, and is not the responsibility of the Department for Transport.

The Department provides funding for the mobility centres across England which provide driving, passenger and wheelchair and scooter assessments. Driving Mobility, the charity which manages and accredits the centres, has a service level agreement in place with Motability for the provision of these assessments, and has reported no current issues with their availability.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing drivers to convert HGV licences obtained in Australia, and other countries, for use in the UK.

We have taken decisive action to address the acute HGV driver shortage, with 30 specific measures taken by the Government already. These include providing support and training for new HGV drivers, expanding HGV driver testing capacity and improving licencing processes. We are also investing £32.5 million in improving roadside facilities for hauliers. We will continue to encourage the road haulage industry to make employment as an HGV driver more attractive.

The exchange of HGV licences for a UK equivalent is dependent on training, testing and licensing standards in the issuing country being equivalent to those in the UK. Applications for recognition are subject to assessment of testing and licensing standards, public consultation, introduction of legislation and agreement of reciprocity. Currently only EU/EEA, Swiss, Crown Dependency and Gibraltar HGV licences are recognised for exchange in the UK.

Our points-based immigration system makes clear that employers should focus on investing in our domestic workforce, rather than relying on labour from abroad.

22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of road traffic fatalities where current legislation has prevented the perpetrator from being convicted.

The Department for Transport does not hold this information.

18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to extend the expiry date of driving theory test certificates for people who have been unable to take a practical driving test as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and a subsequent practical test is in place to ensure a candidate’s road safety knowledge and ability to identify developing hazards is current. This validity period is set in legislation and the Government has no current plans to lay further legislation to extend it.

It is important road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date at the critical point a person drives unsupervised for the first time. Those with theory test certificates expiring now will have taken their test in early 2019. Since then, they have been unable to take lessons and practice for long periods of time, and not at all during recent lockdowns. It is difficult to maintain knowledge and understanding of driving theory at the level required during that time without being able to put it into practice. Research suggests that this would be particularly harmful for hazard perception skills, a key factor in road safety.

Ensuring new drivers have current relevant knowledge and skills is a vital part of the preparation of new drivers, who are disproportionality represented in casualty statistics. Learners will therefore need to pass another theory test if their certificate expires.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason there are delays in the reissuing of driving licences by the DVLA to (a) people aged over 70 and (b) in cases where licences have been suspended for health reasons which are preventing those people from driving.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) online services, including renewals for drivers over 70 are available and have continued to operate as normal throughout the pandemic.

DVLA is currently working with reduced staff on its site in Swansea to meet social distancing requirements. Paper applications are therefore taking longer to process as they must be dealt with in person.

As healthcare professionals are rightly focused on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DVLA is experiencing delays where information is needed from medical professionals in order to make a licensing decision where a driver has declared a medical condition.

4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on Government support for airlines and the aviation industry.

The Department has been working closely with the aviation sector and HM Treasury to produce and support measures which will ensure there is sufficient capacity to protect global travel routes, continue repatriation, freight and maintain vital connectivity. The Secretary of State is regularly meeting with his Cabinet colleagues including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in addition to the many more meetings attended by Junior Ministers and DfT Officials to help achieve these goals.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with trades unions representing employees in the aviation industry on safeguarding employment in that sector.

The Department for Transport has regular calls with trade unions at both ministerial and official level. These calls cover a wide range of issues, including the safeguarding of employment for employees in the aviation industry.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to prevent (a) share buybacks, (b) the payment of dividends and (c) capital contributions from the date of Government loans to UK aviation companies until 12 months after those loans have been repaid in full; and if he will make a statement.

Bespoke financial support will only be considered as a last resort, once all other options have been exhausted.

Terms for any bespoke financial support would be structured to protect taxpayers’ interest, and the Government would expect to have regard to factors including but not limited to whether the business makes a material contribution to the economic activity of the UK, and the equitable and fair treatment across businesses in the sector.

Any bespoke support would need to represent value for money. Any Government support would also need to comply with current State aid rules.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the 14-day at-home quarantine for passengers arriving at UK airports compared with testing passengers for covid-19 upon arrival at those airports.

The scientific advice shows that when domestic transmission is high, imported cases represent a small amount of the overall total and they make no significant difference to the epidemic. However, this can change when the domestic transmission/rate of infection is low, and people are arriving from countries with a higher rate of infection.

Now that domestic transmission within the UK is coming under control, and other countries begin to lift lockdown measures, it is the right time to prepare new measures at the border, including self-isolation.

The Government and SAGE do not currently advise virus testing for asymptomatic people, either domestically or at the border, apart from in certain settings, such as hospitals, care homes, and prisons.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy on restarting passenger flights of research by the International Air Transport Association that 48 per cent of people in the UK would be willing to travel within a month or two once covid-19 is under control.

The Department for Transport has, and will continue, to strive to develop policy based on the best possible evidence.

14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure its telephone lines are accessible to the public without incurring undue delays.

DWP plans resourcing according to forecasted telephony demand in an effort to keep wait times down. Wait time performance and forecasted demand is frequently reviewed, and where DWP’s telephony is delivered by an outsourced provider we use the Key Performance Indicator of percentage of calls answered which are published quarterly on gov.uk.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the technical issues that have been outstanding since 2018 to award National Insurance credits to Universal Credit claims will be resolved.

The technical issues referenced were identified, and DWP have taken the steps to correct them.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 11 July 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference POSCMP2022/53996.

DWP provided a telephone response to the office of Gerald Jones MP on 5 September 2022 in relation to his constituent’s enquiry and a full written response has also been issued today.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the value for money of the Government’s funding of Motobilty in the context of waiting times for recipients entitled to Motability Allowance to be assessed for a licence renewal.

The Department works closely with Motability, and is responsible for the disability benefits that provide a passport to the Motability Scheme. Motability is an independent charitable organisation that is wholly responsible for the terms and the administration of the Scheme, along with oversight of Motability Operations. Motability benefits from government support through tax concessions and the direct payment of mobility allowances.

There have been several external reports, including one by the National Audit Office (NAO) in December 2018, on the Motability Scheme. The Department agrees with the NAO’s finding that the Motability scheme provides an excellent service and that the Scheme is focused on delivering value for money. The Department continues to work with Motability the charity, who set the strategic policies and direction of the Scheme, to ensure that disabled people receive a value for money service with high standards for customer service.

The Department is unable to comment on waiting times for licence renewal as this is outside our remit.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the enquiry of 7 June 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference POSCMP2022/44277.

The Department aims to respond to Hon. Member’s correspondence within 20 working days where possible, although complex issues may mean it will take longer.

All complaints and enquiries are investigated fully. A member of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Complaints team contacted your constituency office on 14th July 2022 to provide an update and details of their investigations. They aim to provide a full response by Friday 22nd July.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the enquiry of 24 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference POSCMP2022/40477.

DWP provided a telephone response to the office of Gerald Jones MP on 14 July 2022 in relation to his constituent’s enquiry and a full written response has also been issued today.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to promote the take up of pension credit to help tackle the cost of living crisis.

We have already undertaken a range of actions to raise awareness of Pension Credit and increase take-up. We are now putting all our efforts into the substantial and sustained take-up campaign, which was launched on 3 April. This has included print advertising and promotion in the national press, across social media, via internet search engines and on screens in Post Offices and GP surgeries across Great Britain. Our digital toolkit has been updated with information and resources, as well as leaflets and posters which advice organisations, charities and other stakeholders working across local communities can use to help promote Pension Credit

Most recently, on 15 June DWP held another Pension Credit day of action with broadcasters, regional and national newspapers and other partners encouraged to reach out to pensioners, as well their family and friends, through their channels. Although not all claims can be directly attributed to the campaign, early indications are that the day of action has been highly effective. Our internal management information suggests there have been over 10,000 Pension Credit claims made during the week of the media day – an increase of 275% compared to the same week in 2021, which itself was an enhanced week due to the 2021 Pension Credit Action Day.

The impact of these claim volumes on numbers of successful awards and on Pension Credit take up will take longer to establish given the usual cycle involved in producing those statistics. However, the campaign is ongoing including a particular focus on getting the private sector to drive forward efforts to enhance claims, and specific effort to reach out to communities who have traditionally not claimed Pension Credit. That work is very much ongoing.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of the rise in the cost of living on levels of in-work poverty; and what steps the Government is taking to mitigate that impact.

The latest available statistics for in-work poverty are for 2019/20.

The Treasury published distributional analysis which shows that the full package of measures announced on May 26th is well targeted at households on low incomes.

  • Households (in England) who are in the bottom 10% of the income distribution will receive support worth the equivalent of around 7 percentage of their net income (£800 in cash terms) in 2022/23 as a result of these measures.

  • Those on average incomes will receive support worth between 1 and 2 percent of net income increases (around £500 in cash terms).
David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the enquiry of 12 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference POSCMP2022/29080.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member by the Director for Retirement Services, on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 8 June 2022.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the enquiry of 10 March 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference POSCMP2022/20265.

DWP contacted the office of Gerald Jones Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney on Friday 13 May 2022, to provide a response in relation to his constituent’s enquiry.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the enquiry of 18 January 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney with the reference number MC2022/03672.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member by the Minister for Welfare Delivery, on behalf of the Secretary of State, on 17 March 2022.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been affected by the under payment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney who have reached state pension age were awaiting an initial payment after (a) one month, (b) two months or (c) more than two months after qualifying for that pension.

This information is not collated as a matter of normal business under this, or previous governments and is only available at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to reconsider the cessation of the temporary universal credit £20 uplift in response to the impact on household finances of rising energy prices.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407 billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; we have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job; and introduced Restart which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year. Our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

We recognise that some people continue to require extra support, which is why we have introduced a £421 million Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people in England with essential household costs over the winter as the economy recovers. The Barnett Formula will apply in the usual way, with the devolved administrations receiving almost £80 million (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive), for a total of £500 million.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme also helps vulnerable people in receipt of certain income-related benefits to meet the additional costs of heating during periods of severe cold weather. Cold Weather Payments are targeted at those in receipt of eligible benefits with a pension element or disability component or where there is a child under five in the household.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the length of the timeframe for mandatory reconsideration during the covid-19 outbreak.

DWP is continuing to process Mandatory Reconsiderations during the current Covid-19 pandemic and is aiming to avoid delay where possible.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussion he has had with companies in Wales on providing covid-19 lateral flow tests to meet the increase in demand.

The Department has had no specific discussions on this issue.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with representatives of Welsh companies that supply lateral flow tests on the long-term production of testing devices.

The Department has had no specific discussions.

29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 16 September 2021 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference GJ13377.

We replied to the hon. Member on 30 November 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has provided guidance to primary care providers on the referral of gambling disorder cases into specialist care pathways.

NHS England has commissioned the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to develop a national clinical guideline on the treatment of problem gambling. This will focus on identification, diagnosis and management of gambling-related harms and will support clinicians, including primary care providers, in referring people experiencing gambling disorder to appropriate treatment and support. Publication of the guideline is expected in 2024.

The Department continues to support the National Health Service with the phased expansion of up to 15 specialist problem gambling clinics by 2023/24. Work continues to explore how best to use existing treatment models to reach those most in need of support.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a clinically informed assessment of the effectiveness of the voluntary support system for gambling harm has been carried out.

A clinically informed assessment has not been carried out.

24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the responses to his consultation on legislative changes to support the rollout of covid-19 vaccines in the UK; and when he plans to publish the outcome of that consultation.

The consultation on Changes to Human Medicine Regulations to support the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines received a huge number of responses, and we welcome the views of all individuals, organisations and stakeholders who participated.

We are now in the process of analysing those responses, considering any changes to the legislation we may wish to make, and will respond to the consultation in due course.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risk of the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency being given temporary authorisation allowing patients the covid-19 vaccine before that vaccine undergoes the full licensing process.

All vaccines will undergo a thorough assessment of quality, safety and efficacy before being licensed. The preferred route to enable deployment of a new vaccine for COVID-19 is through the usual marketing authorisation (product licensing) process. If a suitable COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with strong supporting evidence of safety, quality and efficacy, becomes available, we will seek to license that vaccine through the usual route. Until the end of December 2020, European Union legislation requires biotechnological medicines, which would include candidate COVID-19 vaccines, to be authorised via the European Medicines Agency, and a marketing authorisation granted by them would automatically be valid in the United Kingdom. From January 2021, the UK’s licensing authority Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will have new powers to license all medicines, including vaccines. Any temporary authorisation of the supply of an unlicensed vaccine would be by exception and the timing of this would depend on the public health need. Following vaccine deployment, safety will be proactively and continuously monitored.

14th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to issue a substantive written response to the correspondence of 9 November 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MC2022/29111.

We are grateful to the honourable Member for bringing this matter to our attention. The Minister for Europe will issue a response to the honourable Member in due course and regrets the delay in responding to this.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th May 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to help reduce the impact of the rise in the cost of living on households.

The government understands how the rising cost of living is making life harder for people. These are global challenges however, as set out in the Spring Statement, the government is providing support worth over £22 billion in 2022-23 to help families with these pressures.

For example, a typical family with 2 children where one adult is on the average employee salary and the other works 16 hours at the NLW will be around than £3,000 a year better off as a result of recent government action, notably the NICs primary threshold change, UC taper rate and work allowance changes, and increase in the National Living Wage, even taking account the introduction of the Health and Social Care Levy.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if she will make it her policy to reconsider the cessation of the temporary universal credit £20 uplift in response to the impact on household finances of rising energy prices.

The Government has always been clear that the £20 per week increase to Universal Credit was a temporary measure to support households whose incomes and earnings were affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Now that the economy has reopened, the Government is focusing on supporting people to move into and progress in work


The Government is committed to supporting low-income families with the cost of living including with their energy bills through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments. The Energy Price Cap is also in place to protect millions of customers from the sudden increases in global gas prices this winter. Despite the rising costs of wholesale energy, the cap still saves 15 million households up to £100 a year.

The Government has also recently announced the £500 million Household Support Fund which will support vulnerable households with essentials over winter as we enter the final stages of recovery from the pandemic.

22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted; and what the total value is of funds in those accounts.

The requested statistics on protected Child Trust Funds can only be made available at a disproportionate cost.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted, in Wales, for the latest time period available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in Wales can only be made available at a disproportionate cost.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted within the CF81 post code in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency providing the latest figures available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in specific postcodes can only be made available at a disproportionate cost, and could be disclosive and therefore unfit for public release.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted within the NP22 post code in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency providing the latest figures available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in specific postcodes can only be made available at a disproportionate cost, and could be disclosive and therefore unfit for public release.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted within the CF48 post code in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency providing the latest figures available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in specific postcodes can only be made available at a disproportionate cost, and could be disclosive and therefore unfit for public release.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted within the CF47 post code in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency providing the latest figures available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in specific postcodes can only be made available at a disproportionate cost, and could be disclosive and therefore unfit for public release.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted within the CF46 post code in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency providing the latest figures available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in specific postcodes can only be made available at a disproportionate cost, and could be disclosive and therefore unfit for public release.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mature Child Trust Funds have been placed into protective accounts because the account holder could not be contacted within Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency providing the latest figures available.

The number of protected Child Trust Funds in specific postcodes can only be made available at a disproportionate cost, and could be disclosive and therefore unfit for public release.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who were not receiving tax credits on 2 March 2021 but who have subsequently had their claims backdated to include that date, for what reasons those payments were backdated; and how many of those backdated claimants qualified for the £500 tax credit payments.

While the COVID-19 support scheme for working households receiving tax credits uses tax credits as a proxy for eligibility it is separate and legally distinct from tax credits. Eligibility for the one-off payment is determined solely by a claimant’s tax credits award as it appeared on 2 March 2021.

The specific information requested is not currently available due to the nature of tax credits. Tax credits awards are provisional until the annual finalisation and renewals process takes place. The 2020-21 renewals process needs to be completed and the data from that exercise analysed before an estimate could be made. This is expected some time in the first half of 2022.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish all Departmental budget adjustments in response to the covid-19 outbreak, in full, so that there is transparency and clarity of consequential funding to allow devolved Administrations to plan their response to the covid-19 outbreak effectively.

The Treasury regularly updates parliament on funding for measures in response to Covid-19. All adjustments to departmental budgets since Main Estimates will be published at Supplementary Estimates in the winter, in the usual way.

In July the Treasury announced an unprecedented guarantee that the DAs would receive at least £12.7 billion in additional resource funding this year to help them respond to Covid-19. The Treasury has subsequently uplifted that by £1.3 billion, to at least £14 billion. This gives the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive the certainty to ensure they can plan for Covid-19 response in the months ahead.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to ensure that businesses headquartered in a recognised tax haven do not receive taxpayer-funded covid-19 support.

The Government has introduced an unprecedented package of support.

This has been targeted at the businesses and individuals who most need assistance, while ensuring that the measures are simple, certain and introduced in a timely manner to protect livelihoods.

The Government expects everyone to act responsibly by only claiming and using support as intended, and is keeping measures under regular review.

The Government continues to be at the forefront of global action to tackle tax avoidance, with a series of robust measures in place to tackle profit shifting arrangements.

5th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the correspondence of 20 March 2023 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MIN/0549165/23.

The Home Office will respond in due course.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2022 on Ratification of the Istanbul Convention, HCWS34, whether her Department plans to introduce safeguards to protect migrant women from gender-based violence in the context of the decision to apply a reservation to Article 59 of that Convention.

On 21st July the UK ratified the Istanbul Convention sending a strong message to women and girls across the UK, and around the world, that the Government is committed to tackling VAWG. The UK applied two reservations, including one on Article 59 which relates to support for migrant victims of domestic abuse.

The last annual progress report on ratification of the Convention confirmed that the UK’s position on Article 59 is “under review” pending the results and evaluation of the Support for Migrant Victims (SMV) Pilot Scheme. The Government will make a longer-term decision about the UK’s position on Article 59, and whether the reservation on that article should be maintained or withdrawn, in the light of the findings of the Support for Migrant Victims Scheme pilot and wider policy considerations. Therefore, we decided to apply a reservation on Article 59, which nine other countries have also done, to enable the UK to ratify as soon as possible.

The Government is committed to supporting all victims of domestic abuse, including migrant victims, regardless of immigration status. Therefore, in the interim, £1.4 million of funding has been allocated in 2022-23 to continue to fund support for migrant victims of domestic abuse.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Safer Streets Fund on reported crime in Wales.

All rounds of the Safer Streets Fund are subject to independent evaluation, which is vital in ensuring we learn lessons about what works in preventing crime to inform future government policy and funding.

The evaluation of Round One of the Fund, which has now completed, has been finalised and we intend to publish in due course.

Interim lessons learnt, including from Rounds Two and Three where evaluation is ongoing, have been shared with those eligible to bid for funding and those subsequently awarded funding to help inform their approach.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Safer Streets Fund on reported crime.

All rounds of the Safer Streets Fund are subject to independent evaluation, which is vital in ensuring we learn lessons about what works in preventing crime to inform future government policy and funding.

The evaluation of Round One of the Fund, which has now completed, has been finalised and we intend to publish in due course.

Interim lessons learnt, including from Rounds Two and Three where evaluation is ongoing, have been shared with those eligible to bid for funding and those subsequently awarded funding to help inform their approach.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when UK Visas and Immigration will to respond to the correspondence of 14 June 2022 from the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, reference MPAM/0350603/22.

The Home Office replied on 18 July 2022.

26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of UKVI passport hotline.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

6th Jul 2020
What assessment he has made of the effect on veteran welfare of the temporary closure of the Veterans UK telephone helpline during the covid-19 outbreak.

Veterans UK has helped over 13,000 veterans since 23 March 2020.

Where urgent or vulnerable veterans have been identified, the Veterans Welfare Service has made immediate contact.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has not published a strategy for the land sector similar to those for the air and maritime sectors.

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will include a land sector strategy in its Defence Industrial Strategy refresh.

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to revise the Defence Industrial Strategy policy.

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his Department's policy to ensure that future vehicle procurement programmes for the British Army are awarded through open competition.

The Government's default position on defence procurement remains competition wherever appropriate. The Ministry of Defence has a responsibility to procure the best equipment for our Armed Forces whilst achieving value for money for the taxpayer.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
6th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps she is taking to help ensure that Homes for Ukraine sponsors receive their £350 payments in a timely manner.

Lead sponsors are eligible for monthly payments for as long as the guest remains living in their accommodation for up to 12 months. Further information about the payment process can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-guidance-for-councils under the 'payment mechanism' section.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the average time it takes to prosecute an offender for rape in Wales over the last five years; and for what reason prosecutions for rape have declined in England and Wales by 70 per cent during that time.

Specific timeliness data at the stage of prosecution is owned by the CPS and the AGO. However, I am keenly aware that timeliness in rape cases is an issue nationally, and at every stage of the system. Through the data delivery dashboards, we are working with partners at local level, including in Wales, to understand specific contexts and trend analysis, and to make improvements.

In June 2021, we published the End to End Rape Review report and action plan with our plan to transform the way the criminal justice system responds to rape and increase the number of adult rape cases being charged and going to court.

Our research within this report set out that the reasons for the decline in cases reaching court are complex and wide-ranging, including an increase in personal digital data being requested, delays in investigative processes, strained relationships between different parts of the criminal justice system, a lack of specialist resources and inconsistent support to victims.

Since the report was published, we have made significant progress in delivering actions to change the system for the better. We are:

  • Regularly publishing the CJS delivery data dashboard, which includes data for adult rape cases specifically. This allows us to increase transparency, increase understanding of the justice system and support collaboration, especially at a local level.
  • Expanding support for victims, including creating a national 24/7 support line for victims of rape and sexual abuse, so that every victim can access support whenever and wherever they need it. We are more than quadrupling funding for victim support services, from £41m in 2009/10 to £192m by 2024/25, and using this additional ringfenced funding to increase the number of Independent Sexual and Domestic Violence Advisors (ISVAs and IDVAs) by 300, to over 1000 by 2024/25 - a 43 percent increase over the next three years.
  • Establishing suspect-focused rape investigations – known as Operation Soteria – across five police forces. We will expand to 14 more by September, with a national rollout completed by June 2023.
  • Boosting the number of police officers, and specialist rape and sexual offences roles within the CPS, so that they have the capacity and capability to investigate rape cases more effectively. The CPS has committed to increasing its rape and serious sexual offences workforce by 194 – from 433 – by the end of March 2023.
  • Expanding pre-recorded cross-examination (Section 28) for victims of sexual violence and modern slavery in Crown Courts nationwide – with this vital measure now available in almost half of all Crown Courts (37 locations). The Government is committed to rolling it out nationwide by September.

Alongside our progress update published in June, we additionally announced a pilot of enhanced specialist sexual violence support in the Crown Court. This is aimed squarely at doing better by rape victims, giving them the support they need to stay engaged in the process and get the justice they deserve.

We are starting to see the results of these interventions. Rape convictions were up by 67% in 2021 compared to 2020, and 27% compared to 2019.

We are committed to going further and pushing harder on our actions so that we see bigger impacts, deliver wider system change and crucially, deliver justice for victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on additional court space in each constituency of Wales since March 2020.

HMCTS has so far spent £283,922 to create additional court space in Wales. We have opened a temporary Nightingale court in Swansea, established extra jury capacity in Cardiff and installed modular buildings (Portaccabins) in Caernarfon and Swansea.

Recovering from the impact of the pandemic is our top priority. HMCTS has published updates on their response to Covid-19 in the criminal and civil, family and tribunals jurisdictions in England and Wales. They provide comprehensive updates on recovery plans and include details about Nightingale courts and our actions to make sure our buildings are covid-secure.

We’ve unlocked vital capacity across England and Wales by opening 16 Nightingale Courts to provide 29 extra court rooms, 10 of which are being used for non-custodial jury trials. Portacabins are being installed to enable jury trials and therefore increase crime/jury hearing capacity. They are primarily being used as jury deliberating rooms and for assembly/jury management.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which parts of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate in each constituency of Wales have been sold since 2010; what the date was of each such sale; and how much was paid for each part of the estate sold.

The table below provides the details of all court and tribunal buildings in Wales that have been sold since 2010.

Court

Date sold

Proceed

Aberdare Magistrates and County Court

Apr-12

£275,000

Abergavenny Magistrates' Court

Mar-19

£499,809

Abertillery Magistrates Court

Sep-11

£81,000

Ammanford Magistrates Court

Oct-12

£90,000

Barry Magistrates Court

Jun-12

£250,000

Brecon Law Courts

Mar-19

£575,000

Bridgend Law Courts

Mar-17

£375,000

Caerphilly Magistrates' Court

Mar-18

£445,000

Cardigan Magistrates Court

Apr-13

£48,910

Carmarthen Law Courts (The Guildhall)

Dec-16

£223,004

Denbigh Magistrates Court

Dec-13

£165,000

Dolgellau Crown & Magistrates' Court

Nov-17

£67,509

Flint Magistrates Court

Apr-15

£87,500

Holyhead Magistrates' Court

Oct-17

£112,500

Llangefni Civil and Family Court

Mar-18

£72,000

Llangefni Magistrates Court

Sept - 12 Leasehold property - Lease sold

£32,228

Llwynypia Magistrates Court

Dec-11

£471,010

Neath and Port Talbot Civil and Family Court

Oct-17

£250,000

Neath Magistrates’ Court

Jul-14

£450,000

Pontypool County Court

Jun-14

£200,000

Pontypridd Magistrates' Court

Mar-17

£350,000

Pwllheli Magistrates Court

Dec-12

£131,013

Rhyl County Court

Sep-17

£92,150

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
29th Aug 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has held with Cabinet colleagues on progress in implementing the Windsor Framework.

Our priority now is ensuring the timely and successful implementation of the Framework. To this end, we have published further guidance on how the Windsor Framework will work in practice, including detail on improved customs processes and movements of goods and subsidy control, and on the UK Internal Market Scheme, the Retail Movement Scheme and the Duty Reimbursement Scheme.

This all delivers on our commitment to the Windsor Framework, its implementation and supporting businesses and members of civic societies in Northern Ireland. We have – and will continue to - engage extensively with businesses, communities and political parties in Northern Ireland to support them in adapting to these new arrangements, which will be phased in over nearly two and half years.

Steve Baker
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
8th Jan 2020
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of intergovernmental relations between the Government and Scottish Government.

The UK Government is committed to having a constructive relationship with the Scottish Government. We continue to develop proposals for a package of reforms as part of the review on intergovernmental relations.

14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister in his Department last made an official visit to Newport West constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Newport West. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 240,000 payments delivered in Newport West through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 13,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £24 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £68 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Newport West with over £10.5 million awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Newport West will also benefit from UK Government funding to refurbish public tennis courts across the UK.

Our Semiconductor Strategy targets UK strengths, including compound semiconductors. As the home of the world's first compound semiconductor cluster, South East Wales, including Newport West, is well placed to benefit from the Semiconductor strategy and the funding announced.

In addition, Newport City Council, the local authority for the Newport West constituency, is receiving over £32 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Newport West also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including almost £38 million invested in the semi-conductor cluster.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister in his Department last made an official visit to Newport East constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Newport East. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes around 218,000 payments delivered in Newport East through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 14,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £23 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £72 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Newport East with over £3 million awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Newport East has also received around £9,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

Our Semiconductor Strategy targets UK strengths, including compound semiconductors. As the home of the world's first compound semiconductor cluster, South East Wales, including Newport East, is well placed to benefit from the Semiconductor strategy and the funding announced.

In addition, Newport and Monmouthshire, the local authorities for the Newport East constituency, are receiving over £32 million and over £7 million respectively, from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Newport East also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including £1.5 million invested in the Severn Tunnel park and ride facility.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister in his Department last made an official visit to Neath constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Neath. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 205,000 payments delivered in Neath through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 10,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £21 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £34 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Neath with around £66,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. The UK Government has also provided £28 million towards the development of the Global Centre of Rail Excellence, a rail innovation facility which will benefit Neath. £15 million in UK Government funding has also been awarded to a group of universities to establish a research and innovation centre at GCRE.

In addition, Neath Port Talbot, the local authority for the Neath constituency, is receiving over £34 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Neath is also receiving over £17 million from the Levelling Up Fund to restore the historic estate in the Vale of Neath. The Neath constituency also benefits from the £235 million Swansea Bay City Deal, including £47.7 million invested in the Supporting Innovation and Low Carbon Growth (SILCG) programme.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister in his Department last made an official visit to Ogmore constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Ogmore. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 207,000 payments delivered in Ogmore through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 12,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, over £22 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £41 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Ogmore with over £2.4 million awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Ogmore has also received over £4,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Bridgend, the local authority for the Ogmore constituency, is receiving over £23 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The constituency also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including the £50 million region-wide sites and premises fund.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister in his Department last made an official visit to Pontypridd constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Pontypridd. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes around 216,000 payments delivered in Pontypridd through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 13,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £29 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £62 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans. The UK Government has also supported innovation within Pontypridd with over £4.3 million awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019.

In addition, Rhondda Cynon Taf, the local authority for the Pontypridd constituency, is receiving over £45 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Rhondda Cynon Taf is also receiving over £16 million from the Levelling Up Fund for transport improvements and for refurbishment of the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd. The constituency also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including the £31 million region-wide housing viability gap fund.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Islwyn constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Islwyn. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes around 200,000 payments delivered in Islwyn through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 11,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £21 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £47 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans. The UK Government has also supported innovation within Islwyn with over £390,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019.

In addition, Caerphilly County Borough Council, the local authority for the Islwyn constituency, is receiving over £34 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Caerphilly also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including the £50 million region-wide sites and premises fund.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Montgomeryshire constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Montgomeryshire. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 171,000 payments delivered in Montgomeryshire through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 11,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £37 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £70 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Montgomeryshire with around £450,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Montgomeryshire has also received over £89,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Powys, the local authority for the Montgomeryshire constituency, is receiving over £27 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Powys is also receiving over £13 million from the Levelling Up Fund to restore the Montgomery Canal. Montgomery will also benefit from the £110 million Mid Wales Growth Deal.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Monmouth constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Monmouth. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 235,000 payments delivered in Monmouth through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 12,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £33 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £80 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Monmouth with around £4.8 million awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Monmouth has also received around £107,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Monmouthshire, the local authority for the Monmouth constituency, is receiving over £7 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Monmouth also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including a £2 million investment in Creo Medical in Chepstow.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 205,000 payments delivered in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 11,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £25 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £37 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney with around £100,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney has also received over £26,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly, the local authorities for the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency, are receiving over £27 million and over £34 million respectively, from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The constituency also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including the £31 million region-wide housing viability gap fund.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Cynon Valley constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Cynon Valley. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes around 197,000 payments delivered in Cynon Valley through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 11,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £26 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £30 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans. The UK Government has also supported innovation within Cynon Valley with over £810,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019.

In addition, Rhondda Cynon Taf, the local authority for the Cynon Valley constituency, is receiving over £45 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This is in addition to the £124,000 awarded to the CANA Resource and Training Centre in Penywaun. Cynon Valley also benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, including the £4.4 million Zip World facility near Hirwaun.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Dwyfor Meirionnydd. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 203,000 payments delivered in Dwyfor Meirionnydd through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic around 11,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £34 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £62 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Dwyfor Meirionnydd with over £680,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Dwyfor Meirionnydd has also received over £23,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Gwynedd, the local authority for the Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency, is receiving over £24 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Gwynedd is also receiving over £18 million from the Levelling Up Fund for the LLewyrch o’r LLechi project which includes upgrades to walking and cycling routes for the National Slate Museum. Dwyfor Meirionnydd will also benefit from the £240 million North Wales Growth Deal.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on what date a Minister from his Department last undertook an official visit to Clwyd South constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Clwyd South. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 189,000 payments delivered in Clwyd South through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 12,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £27 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and around £41 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Clwyd South with over £1 million awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Clwyd South has also received around £78,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities

In addition, Wrexham and Denbighshire, the local authorities for the Clwyd South constituency, are receiving over £22 million and over £25 million respectively, from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Wrexham is also receiving over £13 million from the Levelling Up Fund for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site and Dee Valley AONB. Clwyd South will also benefit from the £240 million North Wales Growth Deal.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last visited Delyn constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Delyn. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes over 188,000 payments delivered in Delyn through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 13,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, over £23 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £52 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Delyn with over £415,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Delyn has also received over £53,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Flintshire, the local authority for the Delyn constituency, is receiving over £13 million from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Delyn will also benefit from the £240 million North Wales Growth Deal.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when a Minister from his Department last made an official visit to Clwyd West constituency.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have a consistent presence in Wales as we conduct many visits, events and meetings in Wales on a regular basis.

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office priorities are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The UK Government has provided extensive support to Clwyd West. A typical household in Wales has received almost £2000 in UK Government support to help with the cost of living. This includes around 208,000 payments delivered in Clwyd West through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. During the Covid-19 pandemic over 11,000 jobs were supported through the furlough scheme, around £31 million was claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and over £63 million was given to businesses through government-backed business loans.

The UK Government has also supported innovation within Clwyd West with over £900,000 awarded by Innovate UK since April 2019. Clwyd West has also received around £193,000 through the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme to level up local sports facilities.

In addition, Conwy and Denbighshire, the local authorities for the Clwyd West constituency, are receiving over £24 million and over £25 million respectively, from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Denbighshire is also receiving almost £11 million from the Levelling Up Fund to regenerate the historic fabric of the Ruthin area. Clwyd West will also benefit from the £240 million North Wales Growth Deal.

This Government is investing in Wales like never before; over £790 million in four City and Regional Growth Deals covering the whole of Wales, £585 million for local authorities to invest through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, including over £100 million for the Multiply adult numeracy programme, £330 million in capital investment through the Levelling Up Fund and £3.2 million to preserve community assets through the Community Ownership Fund. Wales will benefit from two Freeports backed by £52 million, the British Business Bank’s new £130m Regional Investment Fund, and from Project Gigabit which will enable hard to reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit capable broadband.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the impact of the Integrated Rail Plan on Wales.

I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues about transport infrastructure in Wales. The UK Government has already invested over £340 million in rail infrastructure in Wales, including the electrification of the Severn Tunnel and improvements to Cardiff Central Station.

By improving regional connectivity, the Integrated Rail Plan will unify labour markets, so that people can access a much wider range of jobs; bring businesses closer together; and improve access to key international gateways and markets so they become even more attractive locations for business investment. Crewe Northern Connection would improve connections from North Wales to the HS2 network, potentially bringing many passengers within 2 hours 15 minutes of London.

The Hendy Review also recommended a number of connectivity improvements for Wales. The UK Government is considering these recommendations carefully and will respond later this year.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of funding for Safer Streets Fund projects in Wales; and what assessment the Government has made of the impact of that funding on levels of reported crime in Wales.

In total, Wales have been awarded approximately £9 million through the first 4 rounds of the Safer Streets Fund to take forward a variety of interventions aimed at targeting neighbourhood crime, violence against women and girls in public, and anti-social behaviour. On 29 July 2022, we announced that 7 bids from Welsh Police and Crime Commissioners were successful in Round 4, totalling £4.1 million investment. Further details of the funding can be found below.

Dyfed PCC

Wales

£292,761.00

1 project

Gwent PCC

Wales

£746,706.00

1 project

North Wales PCC

Wales

£1,568,917.35

3 projects

South Wales PCC

Wales

£1,497,668.35

2 projects

All rounds of the Safer Street Fund are subject to independent evaluation to ensure we learn lessons about what works in preventing crime and informing future government policy and funding. The evaluation of Round One of the Fund is now complete, and we intend to publish in due course.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2022 on Ratification of the Istanbul Convention, HCWS34, and the decision to apply a reservation to Article 59 of that Convention, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of safeguards for protecting migrant women in Wales from gender-based violence.

On 21 July, the UK Government ratified the Istanbul Convention, sending a strong message across the UK, and around the world, that this Government is committed to tackling violence against women and girls.

As outlined in the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2022, we decided to apply a reservation to Article 59, which relates to residence permits for migrant victims of domestic abuse, to enable us to ratify, pending the evaluation findings of the Support for Migrant Victims (SMV) scheme pilot. We will carefully consider the findings of the SMV pilot to inform any future policy decisions as soon as is practicable.

We are committed to supporting all victims of domestic abuse, regardless of immigration status. £1.4 million of funding has been allocated in 2022-23 to continue to fund support for migrant victims of domestic abuse.

13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the waiting time for driving licence applications for people in Wales.

I understand that concerns have been expressed with regards to waiting times for driving license applications. I would like to refer the honourable Member to the response provided by the Department for Transport’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State on this matter on 14 June 2022 (UIN 13126).

13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the impact of the waiting time for driving licence applications on people with long-term medical conditions in Wales.

The length of time taken to deal with an application for a driving licence where a medical condition must be investigated depends on the condition(s) involved and whether further information or clinical tests are required from medical professionals.

To reduce waiting times for customers, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has recruited more staff and opened new customer service centres in Swansea and Birmingham which are focused on medical applications. DVLA staff also continue to work overtime at evenings and weekends. These measures are having a positive impact and the DVLA expects to return to pre-pandemic levels for medical applications in September.

13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on (a) UK’s trade deal with Australia and (b) safeguards for Welsh Lamb.

Wales Office ministers have regular discussions with departments across Whitehall on a range of matters, including the trade deal with Australia and safeguards for Welsh lamb. Leaving the EU has given us the ability to strike our own trade deals, creating new opportunities for UK businesses to trade internationally.  The UK Government’s future trade agreements will bring further investments into Wales, with the mutual opening of markets. Trade deals mean more opportunities for businesses across the UK, including Wales.

The UK exported £438.1m worth of lamb to the world last year, and we want those numbers to grow.  For sectors such as lamb, the volume of duty-free imports to the UK from Australia will be limited by Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) and Product Specific Safeguards (PSS). TRQs will set a maximum level for tariff-free imports for up to 10 years, whilst PSSs will allow the UK to impose higher tariffs when imports exceed a certain threshold in years 10 to 15.

In addition, we also have a general bilateral safeguard mechanism that will provide a temporary safety net for industry, if it faces serious injury or threat from increased imports as a result of tariff elimination under the FTA.

7th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the (a) delays at HM Passport Office and (b) impact of those delays on people in Wales.

We have seen unprecedented demand following the return of unrestricted international travel, with 9.5 million passport applications forecasted for 2022, an increase of roughly 35% on pre-pandemic application numbers.

Nonetheless, 98.5% of UK applications were completed within the published processing time of ten weeks between March and May, with approximately 250,000 passport applications being processed each week.

To help meet increased demand, HM Passport Office have recruited 850 additional staff since April 2021, with a further 350 arriving during this summer. Passport applications from Wales may be handled at all Passport Office processing sites throughout the UK.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
7th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing and Communities on the levelling up funding for Wales relative to other parts of the UK.

I have regular discussions with colleagues across Government on how local growth funding will benefit communities the length and breadth of Wales. Wales received £120 million in the first round of the Levelling Up Fund (over 7% of the total UK allocation), £46 million through the one-year UK Community Renewal Fund (23% of the total UK allocation) and £460,000 in the first round of the Community Ownership Fund (9% of the total UK allocation). For each of these funds Wales has received more than its 5% UK population share.

All of this is in addition to the £585 million Wales will receive through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (a 22.5% share of the total UK allocation).

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the Government plans to provide additional support to the hospitality and tourism industry in Wales via the Welsh Government during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

I have regular discussions with the Welsh Government on how best to reopen the hospitality and tourism sector in Wales to make the most of the summer season, whilst respecting social distancing. Helping the sector to reopen will allow the industry to start rebuilding.

Through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the UK Government has supported over 400,000 jobs in Wales. Over £2.3bn in Barnett consequential funding has been allocated to date to the Welsh Government to support its response to the virus. This demonstrates the value to Wales of being part of the United Kingdom.

Using the scientific advice available, the UK Government has set out a clear plan on how we will rebuild the UK for a world with Covid-19 whilst respecting devolved decision-making. Subject to scientific advice, next month will see the partial reopening of some of the tourism and hospitality sector in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I welcome the Welsh Government’s plans for a partial reopening of the sector in July. However, given its importance to the Welsh economy, with over 9.5% of the workforce directly employed in the visitor economy and over £6 billion in visitor spending in 2018, I would urge the Welsh Government to do more to ensure that Wales is not left behind the rest of the UK.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)