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Greg Clark

Conservative - Tunbridge Wells

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

(since July 2022)
4 APPG memberships (as of 22 Jul 2022)
Chemical Industry, Colombia, Motor, Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia
2 Former APPG memberships
Italy, Terminal Illness
Science and Technology Committee
29th Jan 2020 - 13th Jul 2022
Liaison Committee (Commons)
20th May 2020 - 7th Jul 2022
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Jul 2016 - 24th Jul 2019
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
8th May 2015 - 14th Jul 2016
Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Universities and Science)
15th Jul 2014 - 8th May 2015
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
7th Oct 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Sep 2012 - 7th Oct 2013
Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)
19th Jul 2011 - 6th Sep 2012
Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
13th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
6th Oct 2008 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th Oct 2008
Public Accounts Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 17th Jul 2007
Shadow Minister for Charities, Voluntary Bodies and Social Enterprise
7th Nov 2006 - 2nd Jul 2007


Department Event
Monday 12th September 2022
14:30
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Oral questions - Main Chamber
12 Sep 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (including Topical Questions)
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 19th September 2022
17:00
Division Votes
None available
Speeches
Thursday 21st July 2022
Intergovernmental Relations Quarterly Report: Quarter 2 2022
Today, the UK Government published the report of our engagement with the devolved Governments in quarter 2 of 2022 on …
Written Answers
Thursday 26th May 2022
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas have been issued under the Homes for …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 15th June 2022
Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision about causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress to a person in public where the behaviour …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 11th July 2022
1. Employment and earnings
Payment of £3,000 expected for a speech and Q&A to guests of Market Securities Ltd on 8 June 2022. Hours: …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 10th February 2021
Essay Mills (Prohibition) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to prohibit the operation and advertising of essay mill services; and for connected purposes.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Greg Clark has voted in 488 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Greg Clark voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
Greg Clark voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 240 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 242
20 Oct 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Greg Clark voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 265 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 204
23 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Greg Clark voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Conservative Aye votes vs 276 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Greg Clark voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Greg Clark voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Matt Hancock (Conservative)
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Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(23 debate interactions)
Sajid Javid (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
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Tunbridge Wells 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 Tunbridge Wells signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.

In the event of a spike we would like you not to close gyms as a measure to stop any spread of Covid. Also for gyms to not be put in the same group as pubs in terms of risk or importance. Gyms are following strict guidelines and most members are following rules in a sober manner.

Isolation essential to the Government’s strategy for fighting coronavirus, and UK citizens must remain healthy and exercise whilst keeping adequate distance between people. The Government should allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely.


Latest EDMs signed by Greg Clark

Greg Clark has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

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

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


3 Urgent Questions tabled by Greg Clark

1 Adjournment Debate led by Greg Clark

Tuesday 29th September 2020

9 Bills introduced by Greg Clark


A Bill To make provision about nuclear safeguards; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th June 2018 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 13th October 2015

A Bill to make provision about housing, estate agents, rentcharges, planning and compulsory purchase.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 12th May 2016 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 28th May 2015

A Bill to make provision for the election of mayors for the areas of, and for conferring additional functions on, combined authorities established under Part 6 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; to make other provision in relation to bodies established under that Part; to make provision about local authority governance and functions; to confer power to establish, and to make provision about, sub-national transport bodies; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th January 2016 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to extend the period for the Secretary of State to exercise powers relating to smart metering and to provide for a special administration regime for a smart meter communication licensee.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 23rd May 2018 and was enacted into law.


The Bill was considered at and  on Tuesday 21 March 2017 and passed and will now be returned to the House of Lords without amendment and so awaits Royal Assent. A Bill to amend the law relating to unjustified threats to bring proceedings for infringement of patents, registered trade marks, rights in registered designs, design right or Community designs.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for the imposition of a cap on rates charged to domestic customers for the supply of gas and electricity; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 19th July 2018 and was enacted into law.


To make provision approving for the purposes of section 8 of the European Union Act 2011 draft decisions under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on the participation of the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Serbia in the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and on the signing and conclusion of an agreement between the European Union and Canada regarding the application of their competition laws.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 7th December 2017 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 3rd July 2013

This Bill received Royal Assent on 17th July 2013 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress to a person in public where the behaviour is done because of that person’s sex; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 15th June 2022
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 9th December 2022

90 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Cabinet Office, where the Equality Hub is based, draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. The Equality Hub does not have its own Chief Scientific Adviser.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the President of COP26, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Chief Scientific Adviser and his team attended COP26. The COP26 Unit draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Attorney General’s Office does not have a Chief Scientific Adviser.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings he had with his Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

I draw on a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed. My Rt Hon Friend will be aware of this long-standing position from his time as a Minister (for example, as noted in Official Report, 25 February 2016, UIN 28557 and Official Report, 19 April 2012, Col. 520W.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Cabinet Office draws on a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments as well as academics and researchers.

The Cabinet Office does not have its own Chief Scientific Adviser.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings he had with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues, officials and others including the Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he had with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The Cabinet Office draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he had with the the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Cabinet Office draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation on carer's leave, which closed on 3 August 2020.

The Government is committed to delivering the manifesto commitment to introduce a new right of an additional week of leave for unpaid carers.

The consultation on Carer’s Leave ran from March to August 2020, setting out detailed policy proposals to create a new employment right for one week’s unpaid leave. The consultation received a significant number of responses, demonstrating the importance of this issue.

The Government response to the consultation will be published in due course, setting out the way forward.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The CSA, at the time Prof. John Loughhead, has been in meetings with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 3 times between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020.

The CSA, at the time Prof. John Loughhead, has been in meetings with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 3 times between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2020.

The CSA, at the time Prof. John Loughhead, has been in meetings with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 2 times between 1 September 2020 and 30 September 2020. Prof. Paul Monks took over as CSA on 1 October 2020 and met with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 11 times between 1 October 2020 and 30 November 2020. This is a total of 13 meetings between 1 September 2020 and 30 November 2020

The CSA, Prof. Paul Monks, has been in meetings with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 23 times between 1 December 2020 and 28 February 2021.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the duties of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement are undertaken while that post is vacant; and if he will make a statement.

We are in the process of recruiting a new Director of Labour Market Enforcement and will announce an appointment in due course.

The main duties of the Director are to prepare a yearly strategy, an annual report, and maintain an information hub. The previous Director has already submitted his Strategy for 2021/22 and it will need to be considered by the Government and enforcement bodies before approval for publication, as required by the Immigration Act 2016.

The three enforcement bodies themselves are responsible for their overall work and enforcement responsibilities. They will continue to work hard to protect workers and bring enforcement action against employers who break the rules.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
13th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason chimney draught excluders are not eligible as secondary measures under the Green Homes Grant.

Chimney draught excluders are eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme, including the cost of their purchase and installation.

BEIS officials are currently reviewing the published text on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website regarding this measure and will update it shortly to reflect the inclusion of chimney draught excluders in the scheme.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser ensures that the department’s policies are supported by the best science and engineering advice available by advising senior officials, as well as ministers, on science and engineering matters, and working with the wider community of Chief Scientific Advisers to share good practice and resolve cross departmental problems.

The Secretary of State’s predecessor, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire, did not meet with the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and from 1 December 2019 to 13 February 2020.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy did not meet with his department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 13 February to 29 February 2020.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that (a) telecoms and (b) network providers meet Ofcom's requirement to have at least one solution that enables access to emergency organisations for a minimum of one hour in the event of a power outage in the premises.

Ofcom, the independent telecoms regulator, has issued guidance to telecoms companies to explain how they can meet their regulatory obligations following the transition from the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to IP-based telephony.

It is ultimately the role of Ofcom to ensure telecoms companies and network providers are compliant with this guidance, however, both DCMS and Ofcom meet regularly with telecoms companies and network providers to understand their migration processes and ensure that they meet their regulatory obligations.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on financial support for the inbound tourism sector.

We have introduced a number of measures since the start of the pandemic which businesses in the UK inbound tourism sector can access. This includes the extended furlough and self-employed schemes and various government-backed loans, discretionary grant schemes, business rates relief and a reduced VAT rate.

The Chancellor also announced that Local Authorities in England will be given an additional £594 million discretionary funding to support their local businesses. This builds on the £1.1 billion discretionary funding which local authorities in England have already received to support their local economies and help businesses impacted. The guidance for the Additional Restriction Grant funding encourages Local Authorities to develop discretionary grant schemes to help those businesses which - while not legally forced to close - are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions. We encourage local authorities to be sympathetic to applications from businesses who may not have been eligible for other grants.

We continue to gather intelligence from stakeholders such as UKInbound and other members of the Tourism Industry Council in order to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on inbound tourism.

We are regularly engaging across Government to consider how we can most effectively support the recovery of travel and tourism across the UK, including via the development of a Tourism Recovery Plan. In the longer term, the ambitions and recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce to restart international travel safely still stand.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the UK’s inbound tourism sector.

We have introduced a number of measures since the start of the pandemic which businesses in the UK inbound tourism sector can access. This includes the extended furlough and self-employed schemes and various government-backed loans, discretionary grant schemes, business rates relief and a reduced VAT rate.

The Chancellor also announced that Local Authorities in England will be given an additional £594 million discretionary funding to support their local businesses. This builds on the £1.1 billion discretionary funding which local authorities in England have already received to support their local economies and help businesses impacted. The guidance for the Additional Restriction Grant funding encourages Local Authorities to develop discretionary grant schemes to help those businesses which - while not legally forced to close - are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions. We encourage local authorities to be sympathetic to applications from businesses who may not have been eligible for other grants.

We continue to gather intelligence from stakeholders such as UKInbound and other members of the Tourism Industry Council in order to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on inbound tourism.

We are regularly engaging across Government to consider how we can most effectively support the recovery of travel and tourism across the UK, including via the development of a Tourism Recovery Plan. In the longer term, the ambitions and recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce to restart international travel safely still stand.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

DCMS draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education had meetings with the Department’s Chief Scientific Advisor on the following dates:

  • 0 meetings between 1 March 2021 to 31 May 2021
  • 0 meetings between 1 June 2021 to 31 August 2021
  • 1 meeting between 1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021

Furthermore, following the department’s Chief Scientific Advisors regular attendance at the Scientific Advisor Group for Emergencies (SAGE), advice is shared with the Secretary of State, ministers and senior officials consistently via email.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, had meetings with the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser on the following dates:

(a) 4 meetings between 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020

(b) 3 meetings between 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020

(c) 0 meetings between 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020

(d) 6 meetings between 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021

It should be noted that key scientific evidence and advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and other sources is made available to the Secretary of State on a weekly basis.

18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department, attended 1 meeting with my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education during the time period a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019. He also attended 1 meeting with the Secretary of State during the time period b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Secretary of State attended 13 meetings with his Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) between 1 March 2021 and 31 May 2021; 11 meetings between 1 June 2021 and 31 August 2021; and 16 meetings between 1 September 2021 and 30 November 2021.

The Department’s junior Ministers also attend meetings with their CSA.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his oral response to the Urgent Question from the hon. Member for Barnsley East of 8 February 2021, Official Report, column 37, on UK Shellfish Exports, what progress his Department has made on that matter; and if he will make a statement.

In 2019 correspondence between the UK CVO and the EU Commission, the Commission assured us that aquaculture Live Bivalve Molluscs (LBMs) for purification could be exported to the EU after the end of the Transition period. We understood that there would be a temporary export ban on wild harvested LBMs only, pending the introduction of new European Health Certificates (EHCs) in April 2021. The relevant correspondence was placed in the House of Commons library on 17 February. Following the end of the transition period, the Commission stated that LBMs from GB class B waters cannot be imported to the EU for purification. It is unacceptable that the Commission has changed its position regarding the export of live bivalve molluscs from Class B waters. There is no scientific or technical justification for this, and it is already impacting businesses on both sides of the channel. Defra intends to raise this issue through the SPS Committee under the TCA, now that the agreement has been ratified.

Defra officials have continued to engage with the Shellfish Association of Great Britain and individual businesses to understand the impacts of this issue and adaptation options. The number of businesses experiencing significant direct impacts is small, but those impacts are extensive. The UK Government provided up to £23m in early 2021 through the Seafood Response Scheme (SRF) and Seafood Disruption Support Scheme. The SRF provided fixed cost support for eligible seafood business across the UK. Some LBM businesses benefitted from grants of up to £10k. In addition, £32.7m was committed to replace previous European seafood funding across the UK. In England the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme launched in April 2021. This scheme is open to shellfish fishers, cultivators, and processors, including those wishing to invest in infrastructure to help them adapt to new markets.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has considered proposals from industry for changes to the process for classifying shellfish harvesting areas. The FSA agreed there was scope for improvement and, as a first step has reviewed its approach for Class A beds. The FSA is extending the criteria for excluding E. coli testing results that are uncharacteristically higher than those usually seen in an area. These changes will help ensure decisions affecting classification of harvesting areas are proportionate, provide appropriate levels of public health protection, and remain compliant with the legislation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The FSA advises that there is no added risk to consumers from the changes. It has applied rigorous scientific evidence so public health will continue to be protected. In addition, the FSA has reviewed monitoring data for borderline Class B areas and, to date, 20 shellfish harvesting areas in England and Wales have been awarded Class A status for all or part of the year. These changes and updated classifications have the potential to impact a small number of individual harvesting areas and exports to the EU, illustrating the Government's commitment to support businesses while maintaining the existing high standards of consumer protection.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the performance of Urbaser Ltd in respect of (a) local authority refuse and recycling collections and (b) street cleaning.

Defra has made no assessment of the performance of Urbaser Ltd or any other waste company in respect of local authority refuse and recycling collections or street cleaning.

Local councils are responsible for keeping their public land clear of litter and refuse. It is up to councils to decide how best to meet their statutory duty to keep their relevant land clear of litter and refuse.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The Secretary of State attended six meetings with his Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020; 14 meetings between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2020; 22 meetings between 1 September 2020 and 30 November 2020; and 12 meetings between 1 December 2020 and 28 February 2021.

The Department’s Junior Ministers also attend meetings with their CSA.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The current Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been in post since 13 February 2020. Between 13 February and 29 February 2020, he attended one meeting with his Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

The previous Secretary of State attended one meeting with her CSA between 1 September and 30 November 2019, and two meetings between 1 December 2019 and 12 February 2020.

Between 1 September and 1 October 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs did not have a CSA in post.

The Department’s Junior Ministers also attend meetings with their CSA.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The DFID Chief Scientific Adviser met with the previous Secretary of State, Alok Sharma, 3 times during the period 1 September to 30 November 2019.

She also met with the previous Secretary of State Alok Sharma on 4 occasions between 1 December 2019 and 12 February 2020 and with the current Secretary of State, Anne Marie Trevelyan, on 4 occasions between 13 February and 29 February 2020.

The Chief Scientific Adviser continues to provide all Ministers with regular written submissions and briefings on DFID science and research activities.

James Duddridge
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Department for International Trade draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including its Chief Scientific Adviser. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer given on 27 May 2020 to Question UIN: 48351.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Department for International Trade draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

Between 1 June to 30 November 2021 the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser met with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, with portfolio responsibility for research and science, (Minister Maclean and Minister Harrison) on seven occasions, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Baroness Vere of Norbiton) on two occasions, Minister of State (Minister Heaton Harris) on two occasions, Minister of State (Minister Stephenson) on one occasion and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister Courts) on one occasion.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help tackle the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s delays in dealing with applications arising from working from home, industrial action and recent increases in demand.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing staff who are working from home are mainly from support areas. These staff are fully productive and are not contributing to delays. Staff working from home is in line with Welsh Government guidance and allows the DVLA to maximise office space for operational staff processing paper applications as these roles cannot be carried out remotely.

The quickest and easiest way to make an application to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is by using its extensive suite of online services. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their documents within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application. The DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day and industrial action by members of the Public and Commercial Services union has led to delays for customers. The DVLA has also been working with a significantly reduced number of staff on site to ensure social distancing in line with Welsh Government requirements.

The DVLA has introduced additional online services and is urgently securing extra office space to house more staff. This will help reduce waiting times while providing future resilience and business continuity.

The DVLA understands the impact that delays can have on people’s everyday lives and is working to process paper applications as quickly as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help improve communication between the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and its customers.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has added new ways and updated existing methods to ensure clear communication for customers. A guidance is in place to advise customers of the latest processing times. To date, this page has had almost two million unique views. The information contained in this page is based on customer feedback and designed to help customers with their most common queries.

The DVLA regularly posts information on its social media channels signposting followers to different sources of information designed to help customers transact quickly and easily with DVLA. Since September 2020, the DVLA has run two communication campaigns targeted at encouraging customers to use the DVLA’s extensive suite of online services instead of a paper alternative as online services are not subject to delays. Content is regularly updated on GOV.UK and incorporates customer feedback.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2021 to Question 50953 on Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Standards, what progress his Department has made in helping to improve the efficiency of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing staff who are working from home are mainly from support areas. These staff are fully productive and are not contributing to delays. Staff working from home is in line with Welsh Government guidance and allows the DVLA to maximise office space for operational staff processing paper applications as these roles cannot be carried out remotely.

The quickest and easiest way to make an application to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is by using its extensive suite of online services. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their documents within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application. The DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day and industrial action by members of the Public and Commercial Services union has led to delays for customers. The DVLA has also been working with a significantly reduced number of staff on site to ensure social distancing in line with Welsh Government requirements.

The DVLA has introduced additional online services and is urgently securing extra office space to house more staff. This will help reduce waiting times while providing future resilience and business continuity.

The DVLA understands the impact that delays can have on people’s everyday lives and is working to process paper applications as quickly as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

Between 1st March 2020 and 31st May 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport attended one meeting with DfT CSA. Parliamentary under-Secretary of State Rachel Maclean who has responsibility for Research, Science, Technology and Innovation, attended three meetings with DfT CSA, during the same period.

Between the 1st June 2020 and 31st August 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport did not attend meetings with DfT CSA, Phil Blythe. Parliamentary under-Secretary of State Rachel Maclean attended three meetings with DfT CSA, Phil Blythe during the same period. Minister of State Chris Heaton-Harris attended one meeting with DfT CSA during the same period.

Between the 1st September 2020 and 30th November 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport did not attend meetings with DFT CSA. Parliamentary under-Secretary of State Rachel Maclean attended one meeting with DfT CSA during the same period.

Between the 1st December 2020 and 28th February 2021, Ministers did not attend any meetings with DfT CSA.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the future of free travel for under 18-year olds in London.

The Department is engaging with Transport for London, The Department for Education, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and London Councils on how a temporary suspension of under 18s free bus and tram travel could be implemented whilst ensuing that any child eligible for free home to school travel under the Education Act 1996 still receive this.

18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Department for Transport draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend the expiry date of motorcycle and moped compulsory basic training certificates due to expire during the lockdown period due to covid-19 to enable key workers and others for whom a motorcycle is their only transport option to continue to make essential journeys.

The Department for Transport is aware that the compulsory basic training certificate (CBT) for some people has already expired or is due to expire shortly and we are currently considering options on this matter. In the meantime, DVSA are prioritising motorcycle tests and CBT applications for workers whose jobs are critical to the coronavirus response as set out in government guidelines.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Department for Work and Pensions draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

Between 1 March 2020 and 28 February 2021, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser met in a total of 6 meetings. This included:

(a) 2 meetings between March 2020 – May 2020

(b) 2 meetings between June 2020 – August 2020

(c) 1 meeting between September 2020 – November 2020

(d) 1 meeting between December 2020 – February 2021

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

Between 8 September 2019 (when the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was appointed) and 29 February 2020, the Secretary of State and the Department’s Chief Scientific Officer held one bilateral meeting.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The department draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed. Due to the centrality of the COVID-19 pandemic to health and social care policy and research, the department’s Chief Scientific Adviser met frequently with the Secretary of State over the stated period.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of unmet demand for NHS dentistry in Tunbridge Wells constituency.

The Department has not made an assessment of unmet need for Dentistry in Tunbridge Wells. NHS England has a duty to assess and commission services to meet the need for National Health Service dentistry in all areas of England.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department, Professor Chris Whitty, is also the Chief Medical Office (CMO) for England. Due to the centrality of the COVID-19 pandemic to health and social care policy CSA/CMO meets multiple times every week with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the SAMBA II Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 test system.

All manufacturers of PCR tests for COVID-19 must meet the requirements of our validation process to ensure the accuracy of their tests. The national technical validation process for manufacturers of COVID-19 is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/assessment-and-procurement-of-coronavirus-covid-19-tests/coronavirus-covid-19-serology-and-viral-detection-testing-uk-procurement-overview

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been discharged from hospital into care homes having either (a) not been tested for covid-19 immediately prior to their move or (b) having tested positive in each month to date since, and including, March 2020.

The Department does not hold data on the number of patients who have been discharged from hospital into care homes having either not been tested for COVID-19 immediately prior to their move or having tested positive in each month to date since, and including, March 2020.

As set out in the Adult Social Care Action Plan on 15 April, all individuals are required to be tested prior to discharge from hospital to a care home, and no care home should be forced to admit residents if they do not feel they can provide the appropriate care.

We will continue to work closely with the sector to keep our policies and data under review.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of when covid-19 testing capacity will be sufficient to allow the testing of all travellers to and from the UK.

Our primary focus is symptomatic people to ensure that everyone who needs a test can get one, therefore NHS Test and Trace tests are not currently available for testing to reduce the self-isolation period for international arrivals. National Health Service testing capacity is reserved for testing symptomatic people in the United Kingdom, with any spare capacity being used to where most clinically effective.

Work is ongoing with clinicians, the devolved administrations and the travel industry to consider if and how testing could be used to reduce the self-isolation period, but any potential change would need to minimise the chance that positive cases are missed, and maximise compliance with self-isolation rules.

18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department had two meetings with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care between 1 September to 30 November 2019, and 17 meetings between 1 December 2019 and 29 February 2020.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

Since her appointment as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, the Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP has met with her Chief Scientific Adviser three times during the period 1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021.

The meetings included virtual meetings, in-person briefings and group meetings.

The Chief Scientific Adviser provides all Ministers with regular written submissions and briefings on science and research activities.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings the Secretary of State for International Development had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020 and (c) 1 September 2020 to 2 September 2020.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Ministers continually draw on science advice. Science is an integral component to the process of FCDO policy and programmatic decision-making, informed by the latest research and evidence, which is communicated to Ministers regularly largely through submissions, information notes and update paragraphs. The Chief Scientific Adviser also sits on the Executive Committee (ExCo), embedding science advice into FCDO's senior leadership's decision making. The former Secretary of State for International Development, The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, met with her Chief Scientific Adviser 9 times during the period 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, 4 times during the period 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020 and did not meet on the 1 or 2 September 2020. The Chief Scientific Adviser, and her office, provides all Ministers with regular written submissions and briefings on science and research activities.

James Duddridge
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Ministers continually draw on science advice. Science advice, and the use of evidence, is an integral component to the process of FCDO policy and programmatic decision-making. Scientific advice and the latest evidence is communicated to Ministers regularly, largely through submissions, information notes and update paragraphs, as well as in 1-1 meetings. The Chief Scientific Adviser also sits on the Executive Committee (ExCo), embedding science advice into FCDO's senior leadership's decision making. Beyond this, Ministers also regularly meet with the Department's Chief Scientific Adviser, and her office. I [Minister Duddridge] have personally met the Chief Scientific Adviser many times over the specified time periods, including 18 November 2020, 28 January 2021, with our most recent meeting on 3 March 2021. The Foreign Secretary most recently met with his Chief Scientific Adviser on 8 March 2021.

James Duddridge
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what guidance he plans to issue to volunteers travelling internationally to undertake overseas development projects during the covid-19 restrictions announced in January 2021.

All individuals should follow the stay at home advice and should only leave home to travel internationally - or within the UK - when they have a legally permitted reason to leave home. Individuals should check the guidance for their personal circumstances before considering any travel, as well as any entry requirements in the destination country.

The Department of Health and Social Care, or the relevant health ministry in the devolved administrations, oversee domestic COVID-19 health restrictions. Further guidance on international travel can be found here online at www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#international-travel.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has now considered the report of William Shawcross on Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism; and if he will make a statement.

The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and other ministers across Government need to carefully consider the internal scoping report that Mr Shawcross has produced in order to do justice to the important and sensitive issues it covers. This has been challenging while the Government's main effort has focused on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it remains a priority.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

HM Treasury is committed to ensuring that we access the very best scientific expertise. The Director for the Enterprise and Growth Unit, who is responsible for public science funding, acts as HM Treasury’s Chief Scientific Adviser and meets with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regularly. The Chancellor of the Exchequer also meets with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and the Chief Medical Officer when necessary.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

HM Treasury is committed to ensuring that we access the very best scientific expertise. The Director for the Enterprise and Growth Unit, who is responsible for public science funding, acts as HM Treasury’s Chief Scientific Adviser and meets with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regularly.

2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of Inbound Tourism Resilience Fund proposal set out in UKinbound’s letter of 14 January 2021.

The Government recognises the significant disruption the necessary actions to combat Covid-19 are having on sectors such as tourism.

During this difficult time the Treasury has worked intensively with employers, delivery partners, industry groups, and other government departments to understand the long-term impact of Covid-19 on all key areas of the economy and continues to do so.

We welcome views from external stakeholders such as UKinbound and encourage their continued engagement with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the government lead for tourism.

We will continue to monitor the impact of government support on public services, businesses, individuals and sectors, including the tourism sector, throughout this pandemic. The upcoming Budget will be an opportunity to take stock of our wider support and set out the next stage of our economic response; however it must be recognised that it will not be possible to preserve every job or business indefinitely, nor stand in the way of the economy adapting and people finding new jobs or starting new businesses.

1st Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that seasonal workers are not disadvantaged under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Government has ensured that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is available for as many people as possible. Hence, employees can be on any type of contract and be eligible to be furloughed under the CJRS.

The CJRS has been available to all employers with a PAYE system and all employees on PAYE regardless of their employment contract, enabling millions of people to remain employed.

Further information on eligibility for the CJRS can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-employees-you-can-put-on-furlough-to-use-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to further support landlords of commercial properties by extending the Business Rates Expanded Retail Discount to owners of vacant retail premises.

Properties which were closed temporarily due to the Government’s advice on COVID-19 should be treated as occupied for the purposes of the business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure properties.

The Government maintains an Empty Property Relief (EPR) to support property owners between the reoccupation of vacated premises.?? Under EPR, owners of retail properties do not normally have to pay business rates on newly vacated buildings for three months.

18th May 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings he had with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues, officials and others including the Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
18th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

HM Treasury is committed to ensuring that we access the very best scientific expertise. The Director for the Enterprise and Growth Unit, who is responsible for public science funding, acts as HM Treasury’s Chief Scientific Adviser and meets with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regularly.

12th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cemeteries are exempt from paying business rates in England.

The Government does not hold this information.

Properties which are exempt from business rates, including some cemeteries, are not assessed by the Valuation Office Agency.

12th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cemeteries pay business rates in England; and how much revenue was raised from business rates paid by cemeteries in the last two financial years.

The Government does not hold this information.

Properties which are exempt from business rates, including some cemeteries, are not assessed by the Valuation Office Agency.

12th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cemeteries operated by parish councils pay business rates in England; and how much revenue was raised from business rates from such cemeteries in the last two financial years.

The Government does not hold this information.

Properties which are exempt from business rates, including some cemeteries, are not assessed by the Valuation Office Agency.

17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas have been issued under the Homes for Ukraine scheme to date in each parliamentary constituency.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukrainian Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, divided by each local authority can be found in published data on the GOV.UK webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-for-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme-numbers-of-visa-applications)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to sponsor Ukrainian refugees have been made under the Homes for Ukraine scheme to date in each parliamentary constituency.

Information on the number of visas granted under the Ukrainian Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, divided by each local authority can be found in published data on the GOV.UK webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-for-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme-numbers-of-visa-applications)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she had with her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

Ministers meet with Professor Jennifer Rubin, the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, as necessary during the process of policy development and delivery.

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 43418, on Passports: Applications, what measures she has introduced to reduce processing times for applications.

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 5 million people have chosen to delay applying for a passport. With the potential demand for passports higher than ever before, since April 2021 passport applicants have been advised to plan to wait up to 10 weeks before they receive their passport.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has a range of tried and tested contingency arrangements available to help passport applications to be processed as quickly as possible during the periods of very highest demand, including the flexing of resources from across the Home Office and other government departments. However, there are no current plans to change the advice about how long to allow when applying for a passport until the level of potential demand returns closer to normal levels.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

Ministers meet with the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser as necessary during the process of policy development and delivery.

During the periods in question, the Home Secretary met with Professor John Aston on numerous occasions from 1st March 2020 until he left the department at the end of December 2020.

Following John Aston’s term in post, Professor Jennifer Rubin was appointed as the new Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser from January 2021. Since January 2021 Professor Rubin met the Home Secretary and other Ministers regularly up until 28th February 2021 and continues to do so.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Ministry of Defence draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The Ministry of Defence draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Chief Scientific Advisers in individual Government Departments, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking in response to the National Audit Office’s recommendations in its report, Improving Single Living Accommodation, published on 3 February 2021; and if he will make a statement.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) fully recognises that our Armed Forces personnel are at the heart of everything we do, and it is only right they are provided with good quality and affordable living accommodation. Providing such accommodation is one of the MOD’s top priorities, and work to improve our Single Living Accommodation (SLA) estate is an enduring process, which will continue to be driven forward through investment and effective management. We are grateful to the National Audit Office for their report and are in the process of carefully considering their recommendations.

Defence has invested £1.2 billion over the last decade on construction and upgrades of our SLA accommodation and continues to invest in a range of new-build and renovation projects. As part of the wider £200 million upgrade programme for Service Family Accommodation and SLA announced by the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Defence in July 2020, Defence is investing an additional £78 million in upgrading SLA and the training estate between now and 2022. Further investment is being targeted within the Front Line Command Infrastructure Plans.

The new Future Defence Infrastructure Services Built Estate contracts will improve maintenance of SLA in future by enabling pre-planned maintenance of SLA to be prioritised and scheduled more efficiently across the Defence estate; adopting a ‘fix first time’ approach, targeting the majority of repair tasks being completed at a first visit; providing management information on the condition of SLA in real time which will support the effective maintenance of SLA and implementing new contract performance measures to provide incentives for suppliers to perform well.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

Between 1 September 2019 and 29 February 2020, one bilateral meeting was held between the Secretary of State for Defence and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Chief Scientific Adviser. Additionally the Secretary of State for Defence and the MOD Chief Scientific Adviser meet regularly in group briefings.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Department’s own Chief Scientific Adviser, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the Department’s own Chief Scientific Adviser, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise, including from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, the department’s own Chief Scientific Adviser, and academics and researchers. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Ministry of Justice draws from a range of scientific advice and expertise. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, (b) 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020, (c) 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 and (d) 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.

The responsibilities of a Chief Scientific Advisor are performed by the Director of Analysis in the Ministry of Justice. The Director of Analysis has had the following meetings with the Secretary of State for Justice:

a) 1 Mar 2020– 31 May 2020 = one, b) 1 Jun 2020– 31 Aug 2020 = three, c) 1 Sept 2020 – 30 Nov 2020 = seven, and d) 1 Dec 2020– 28 Feb 2021 = zero.

18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

The responsibilities of a Chief Scientific Advisor are performed by the Director of Analysis in the Ministry of Justice. The Director of Analysis has had one meeting with the Secretary of State between 1st of September and the 29th of February.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Northern Ireland Office does not have a Departmental Scientific Adviser.

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Scotland Office does not have its own departmental Chief Scientific Adviser. Ministers of the Department regularly meet with a wide range of officials across Whitehall on a variety of issues.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales does not have a Chief Scientific Adviser.