Harriet Harman Portrait

Harriet Harman

Labour - Camberwell and Peckham

3 APPG memberships (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Immigration Detention, War Crimes, Women in Parliament
Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
1st Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
29th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
29th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition
8th May 2015 - 12th Sep 2015
Leader of the Labour Party
8th May 2015 - 12th Sep 2015
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
25th Sep 2010 - 8th May 2015
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (also Shadow Deputy Prime Minister)
7th Oct 2011 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
25th Sep 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition
12th May 2010 - 25th Sep 2010
Leader of the Labour Party
12th May 2010 - 25th Sep 2010
Minister of State (Government Equalities Office)
12th Oct 2007 - 6th May 2010
Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal
28th Jun 2007 - 6th May 2010
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
28th Jun 2007 - 6th May 2010
Party Chair, Labour Party
28th Jun 2007 - 6th May 2010
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee
1st Jul 1993 - 6th May 2010
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
28th Oct 2009 - 6th May 2010
Modernisation of the House of Commons
26th Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Members Estimate
28th Jun 2007 - 6th May 2010
Modernisation of the House of Commons
10th Oct 2007 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th May 2007 - 28th Jun 2007
Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs)
10th May 2005 - 8th May 2007
Solicitor General (Law Officers)
11th Jun 2001 - 10th May 2005
Secretary of State for Social Security and Minister for Women
1st May 1997 - 27th Jul 1998
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
1st Jul 1996 - 1st May 1997
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
1st Jul 1995 - 1st Jul 1996
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
22nd Jul 1994 - 1st Jul 1995
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
20th Jul 1992 - 22nd Jul 1994
Shadow Spokesperson (Health)
1st Jun 1987 - 1st Jun 1992
Shadow Minister (Health)
1st Jun 1984 - 1st Jun 1987


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 1st December 2021
14:40
Human Rights (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence
Subject: Legislative Scrutiny: Nationality and Borders Bill
1 Dec 2021, 2:40 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Tom Pursglove MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Home Office
Dan Hobbs - Director, Asylum, Protection and Enforcement at Home Office
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 8th December 2021
14:40
Human Rights (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence
Subject: Ministerial Scrutiny: Human Rights
8 Dec 2021, 2:40 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 15th December 2021
14:40
Division Votes
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Strengthening Standards in Public Life
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 172 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 231 Noes - 282
Speeches
Thursday 18th November 2021
Touring Musicians: EU Visas and Permits

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about that. Plans are being made, and if the Government do not move quickly …

Written Answers
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Bronzefield Prison: Pregnancy
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were known to be pregnant in HMP Bronzefield in …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Apology for Forced Adoption
That this House recognises the great injustice, suffering and lifetime of pain caused to mothers and their children separated by …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 10th February 2020
8. Miscellaneous
From 10 July 2017 to 3 January 2020, unremunerated Chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Contemporary Dance. (Registered …
EDM signed
Monday 8th November 2021
First anniversary of the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia
That this House, noting the first anniversary of the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia on 3 November 2021, deeply regrets the …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Stalking Protection Act 2019
A Bill to make provision for protecting persons from risks associated with stalking; and for connected purposes.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Harriet Harman has voted in 255 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

13 May 2020 - Remote Division result: New Clause 2 - View Vote Context
Harriet Harman voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 183 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 277 Noes - 328
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(7 debate interactions)
Rosie Winterton (Labour)
(5 debate interactions)
Eleanor Laing (Conservative)
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(10 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(6 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(4 debate contributions)
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Camberwell and Peckham 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 Camberwell and Peckham signature proportion
Petitions with most Camberwell and Peckham signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

Black Women in the U.K. are 5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth compared to White Women (MBRRACE, 2019). We need more research done into why this is happening and recommendations to improve health care for Black Women as urgent action is needed to address this disparity.


Latest EDMs signed by Harriet Harman

2nd November 2021
Harriet Harman signed this EDM on Monday 8th November 2021

First anniversary of the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

Tabled by: Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)
That this House, noting the first anniversary of the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia on 3 November 2021, deeply regrets the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians as result of airstrikes, massacres and crop destruction, and the displacement of more than 2,000,000 people; deplores the horrific sexual violence to which …
41 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Nov 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 20
Scottish National Party: 8
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
28th October 2021
Harriet Harman signed this EDM on Monday 1st November 2021

Community Sponsorship

Tabled by: Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)
That this House pays tribute to the hard work of over 100 community sponsorship groups who have welcomed more than 500 refugees to the UK; notes that community sponsorship has played an integral role in resettling Syrian refugees since 2016; further notes that research has found that community sponsorship creates …
38 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Nov 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 18
Scottish National Party: 7
Liberal Democrat: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Harriet Harman, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Harriet Harman has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


135 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to increase extra care housing options for older people.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to Question UIN 49106 on 22 September.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Rt Hon Lord Frost CMG plans to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee following his recent postponement.

Lord Frost will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 29 June 2021 alongside the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dinenage MP.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Rt Hon Lord Frost CMG plans to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

The Government is committed to Parliamentary scrutiny of our new relationship with the EU, and recognises the important role played by Select Committees, in particular the European Scrutiny Committee and the European Affairs Committee before which Lord Frost will be appearing in the coming weeks. Lord Frost has agreed to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 10 June together with DCMS Ministers.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate she has made of the proportion of rapes in England and Wales which were unreported in each of the last five years.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Covid-19 Operations Committee is taking to ensure that local authorities are adequately resourced to tackle covid-19 vaccine safety concerns.

We are working at pace to tackle vaccine misinformation and reassure all citizens of vaccine safety and efficacy. The Government has shared social media content and used prominent figures, including actors and experts such as the Chief Medical Officers to drive that message.

Working with the Cabinet Office, vaccine communications from DHSC have appeared in 600 national, regional, local and specialist titles, including BAME media for Asian, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Gujarati and Pakistani communities.

Public confidence in the vaccine is high. By January, vaccine content shared through NHS.UK channels had reached over 208 million people.

To improve our understanding of vaccine hesitancy, the Government is working with over 90 healthcare provider networks, faith groups, influencers and experts from a range of communities.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he discussed EU-UK reciprocal visa-free touring for musicians with Maroš Šefčovič at their meeting on 11 February 2021.

The arrangements for touring musicians between the UK and the EU relate to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and not the Withdrawal Agreement which was the subject of the meeting on 11 February between the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Maroš Šefčovič.

The Government recognises the importance of the UK’s world leading cultural and creative industries, and we are now focused on helping the sector work as confidently as possible in the EU. DCMS has established a Working Group of sector representatives and other key government departments to look at the issues facing the creative and cultural sectors when touring the EU.

The date of the first meetings of the committees set up under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement will be announced in due course, when we have agreed with the EU.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to reply to the joint letter from the Rt hon. Members for Camberwell and Peckham, and Romsey and Southampton North, sent electronically on 4 February 2021, on a timetable for the Government's proposed Employment Bill.

I wrote to the Rt. Hon. Members on 10 March outlining the Government’s position on the Employment Bill, which will be brought forward when Parliamentary time allows.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and (b) local authority leaders on supporting councils’ programmes for tackling climate change and improving climate resilience.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently met with my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, reiterating the commitment to tackling climate change and agreed for the two departments to continue working together to drive forward the Net Zero Agenda.

The Secretary of State is clear that local places play a key role in tackling Climate Change and meeting the Net Zero target. In September last year, the then Secretary of State, Alok Sharma, met with the Mayoral and Regions Advisory Group with the next meeting taking place this month. This group is made up of Mayors, Devolved Administrations and the LGA with the purpose to engage with communities and emphasize their role in Climate Change, especially in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) as part of the UK Presidency’s aim to make this inclusive and representative of all of the UK.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the results of the Parental Rights Study 2019.

As part of the evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Pay scheme we have undertaken large, representative, surveys of employers and parents and a qualitative study of parents who have taken SPL.

Alongside this we are assessing responses from the consultation on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay. Together, all of these will give us a fuller picture of how well the current system of parental leave and pay is working for parents and employers.

We intend to publish the findings of all of the research that we have commissioned – including the “Parental Rights Study” - later this year alongside the evaluation report itself and the Government Response to the consultation.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to the consultation on carers' leave.

The Government is committed to delivering the manifesto commitment to introduce a new right to 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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of households living in fuel poverty in (a) Camberwell and Peckham constituency and (b) the London Borough of Southwark.

Parliamentary constituency data can be found in table 5 of the Fuel Poverty Sub-regional tables at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sub-regional-fuel-poverty-data-2019. Data for Southwark can be found in table 2 of the same set of tables.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made on the bilateral negotiations with EU member states that do not offer visa and work permit free touring provisions for UK musicians working in the EU.

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.

In order to support this, our focus is now on bilateral engagement with Member States, who are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in the EU. This is why we have spoken to every Member State. From those extensive discussions,19 out of 27 Member States have confirmed that UK musicians and performers do not require visas or work permits for some short term touring. Travellers should always check what requirements they need to fulfil with the EU Member State they are travelling to, and that is why we are working closely with Member States to ensure their guidance is clear and accessible.

We have also developed sector specific ‘landing pages’ for GOV.UK, aimed at the creative sectors, which will allow cultural and creative professionals to easily locate and access guidance that is relevant to them. From these pages, general business traveller summaries can be accessed, which provide enhanced guidance on EU Member State immigration systems for GOV.UK, and include sector-specific rules that feature on Member State websites.

We are now actively engaging with those remaining EU Member States that do not allow visas or work permit free touring, and calling on them to align their arrangements with the UK’s generous rules, which allow creative professionals to tour here easily. Formal approaches have been made, DCMS ministers will be actively involved, and we are working closely with the sector to amplify each other’s lobbying efforts.

We recognise challenges remain around touring, and we are continuing to work closely with the industry. We want to ensure that as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, touring can resume and our world-leading creative and cultural artists can continue to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world.

6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Guidance on working, performing, and touring in Europe, if his Department will publish the sources of information used to support the guidance on visa/work permits.

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.

In order to support this, our focus is now on bilateral engagement with Member States, who are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in the EU. This is why we have spoken to every Member State. From those extensive discussions,19 out of 27 Member States have confirmed that UK musicians and performers do not require visas or work permits for some short term touring. Travellers should always check what requirements they need to fulfil with the EU Member State they are travelling to, and that is why we are working closely with Member States to ensure their guidance is clear and accessible.

We have also developed sector specific ‘landing pages’ for GOV.UK, aimed at the creative sectors, which will allow cultural and creative professionals to easily locate and access guidance that is relevant to them. From these pages, general business traveller summaries can be accessed, which provide enhanced guidance on EU Member State immigration systems for GOV.UK, and include sector-specific rules that feature on Member State websites.

We are now actively engaging with those remaining EU Member States that do not allow visas or work permit free touring, and calling on them to align their arrangements with the UK’s generous rules, which allow creative professionals to tour here easily. Formal approaches have been made, DCMS ministers will be actively involved, and we are working closely with the sector to amplify each other’s lobbying efforts.

We recognise challenges remain around touring, and we are continuing to work closely with the industry. We want to ensure that as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, touring can resume and our world-leading creative and cultural artists can continue to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2021 to Question 180913 on Music: Exports, which member states has his Department produced updated guidance on to help artists understand what is required for working and touring in different EU countries.

We have moved at pace and with urgency to provide much greater clarity about the current position.

We understand the concerns about the new arrangements and we are committed to supporting the sectors as they get to grips with the changes to systems and processes.

We have published guidance on GOV.UK, including updated travel advice for travelling to the EU, and we continue to enhance business traveller guidance, setting out the visa and work permit requirements for each Member State. We have also published sector specific ‘landing pages’ on gov.uk for the creative and cultural sectors to help them navigate the guidance available. We are also engaging regularly with our embassies to support UK nationals abroad, including encouraging Member States to ensure their guidance is accessible and clear as possible.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2021 to Question 186125 on Musicians: EU Countries and with reference to his evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 13 May 2021, which EU member states have Ministers from his Department had meetings with on touring rights for UK and EU musicians.

I have met with Heads of Mission to enlist their support, and Embassies have now had discussions with every Member State.

We have established some touring activities are possible without needing visas or work permits in at least 17 out of 27 Member States. This includes France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and many more. And we are now working closely with individual Member States to encourage them to adopt a more flexible approach, in line with the UK’s own rules which allow creative professionals to tour easily here. As part of this, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and I, are speaking to our ministerial counterparts in a number of key Member States about the importance of touring.

We have already raised the importance of touring during bilateral meetings with ministerial counterparts in Portugal, Austria and the Netherlands as well as the Belgian and Slovenian ambassadors to the UK. We are also arranging conversations with counterparts in other key member states such as Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

As conversations are ongoing, it would not be appropriate to share details of these discussions at this time.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2021 to Question 186125 on Musicians: EU Countries, whether (a) his Department has concluded its work on an engagement strategy with EU member states and (b) he plans to publish that strategy.

I have met with Heads of Mission to enlist their support, and Embassies have now had discussions with every Member State.

We have established some touring activities are possible without needing visas or work permits in at least 17 out of 27 Member States. This includes France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and many more. And we are now working closely with individual Member States to encourage them to adopt a more flexible approach, in line with the UK’s own rules which allow creative professionals to tour easily here. As part of this, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and I, are speaking to our ministerial counterparts in a number of key Member States about the importance of touring.

We have already raised the importance of touring during bilateral meetings with ministerial counterparts in Portugal, Austria and the Netherlands as well as the Belgian and Slovenian ambassadors to the UK. We are also arranging conversations with counterparts in other key member states such as Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

As conversations are ongoing, it would not be appropriate to share details of these discussions at this time.

16th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the development of a music export office.

The Government is committed to supporting our world-leading creative industries and to help them to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are working urgently across government and with the industry, including through the DCMS-led working group, on plans to support the creative sectors to work and tour in Europe and further afield. This includes looking carefully, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, at proposals for a new Cultural Export Office that could provide practical help and advice. We will provide further information in due course

14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to create a music touring fund to support UK musicians touring in the EU until reciprocal visa and permit-free touring rights have been negotiated.

The Government recognises the world-leading position of the UK performing arts sector and the rich breadth of artistic talent across the UK.

We understand the sector’s concerns about the new arrangements since leaving the EU and we are committed to supporting them as they get to grips with the changes to systems and processes.

We are now working urgently across government and in collaboration with the creative and cultural sectors, including through the DCMS-led working group, on plans to support them to tour in Europe. We are considering a number of options to ensure performers, musicians and artists have the support they need to tour and work in countries across the EU. This includes producing new guidance to help artists understand what's required in different countries, and looking carefully at proposals for a new Export Office that could provide further practical help. We will set out next steps in due course.

14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to establish a Music Export Office.

We're working urgently across government and with the industry, including through the DCMS-led working group, on plans to support the creative sectors tour in Europe. This includes producing new guidance to help artists understand what's required in different countries, and looking carefully at proposals for a new Export Office that could provide further practical help.

14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on negotiating exemptions for musical instruments and equipment related to touring from carnet and CITES requirements within the EU.

The Government recognises the importance of touring to the creative and cultural sectors, and is committed to helping them navigate the new rules under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The UK pressed for a special derogation from the cabotage restrictions for hauliers carrying equipment for the purpose of concert tours and similar activities. The EU rejected this. DCMS and the Department of Transport are working with the industry to understand the implications of the new rules and discuss options for support.

With regards to carnet and CITES requirements, the management of EU import and export procedures is the responsibility of the customs authorities of the Member States, so it is important that individuals or businesses confirm the processes at their port of arrival and any conditions or procedures that may apply. However, it is worth noting that a carnet is not required for musicians with accompanied instruments (carried or taken with the individual in personal baggage or a vehicle) travelling between Great Britain and the EU. If not accompanied (carried as freight) then customs formalities (through a declaration or use of a carnet) will be required.

Officials in the Border and Protocol Delivery Group (BPDG) are engaging with custom authorities as needed if issues arise. DCMS will work with BPDG and the sector to address issues facing musicians.

14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on negotiating a cultural exemption to cabotage rules for music tours in the EU.

The Government recognises the importance of touring to the creative and cultural sectors, and is committed to helping them navigate the new rules under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The UK pressed for a special derogation from the cabotage restrictions for hauliers carrying equipment for the purpose of concert tours and similar activities. The EU rejected this. DCMS and the Department of Transport are working with the industry to understand the implications of the new rules and discuss options for support.

With regards to carnet and CITES requirements, the management of EU import and export procedures is the responsibility of the customs authorities of the Member States, so it is important that individuals or businesses confirm the processes at their port of arrival and any conditions or procedures that may apply. However, it is worth noting that a carnet is not required for musicians with accompanied instruments (carried or taken with the individual in personal baggage or a vehicle) travelling between Great Britain and the EU. If not accompanied (carried as freight) then customs formalities (through a declaration or use of a carnet) will be required.

Officials in the Border and Protocol Delivery Group (BPDG) are engaging with custom authorities as needed if issues arise. DCMS will work with BPDG and the sector to address issues facing musicians.

14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish (a) the details of the EU’s offer to the UK for touring musicians during the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU, (b) the details of the UK's offer to the EU during those negotiations and (c) all correspondence between the EU and the UK related to negotiations on that matter.

This Government recognises the importance of the UK’s thriving cultural industries, and that is why it pushed for ambitious arrangements to make it easier for performers and artists to perform across Europe as part of the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU.

This Government proposed to the EU that UK cultural professionals, and their technical staff, be added to the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors in the entry and temporary stay chapter of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This would have allowed UK cultural professionals and their staff to travel and perform in the EU more easily, without needing work-permits. These proposals were rejected by the EU.

Whilst both sides published their draft proposals for the future relationship,neither side published their draft schedules for the services and investment title – which included the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors – prior to the agreement’s conclusion. Publishing correspondence and details exchanged between parties related to the development of legal text for trade agreements during the course of the negotiation would not be appropriate, as both parties exchanged this information in confidence.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which Minister is leading on negotiations to establish reciprocal touring rights for UK and EU musicians.

As the Prime Minister has said, we’re working flat out with our friends in Member States to look at how to make touring in the EU easier.

We are engaging with Member States to improve their guidance around entry and work. DCMS is working closely with the FCDO and other government departments on an engagement strategy with EU Member States. As part of this, DCMS Ministers are speaking to our Heads of Missions in EU countries.

The UK has significantly more generous arrangements for touring professionals than many Member States, and should Member States be willing to change their rules to match ours we will have those discussions and encourage them to do so.

Where there are issues around the clarity of Member States’ immigration rules we will also raise these with the European Commission, and our door is open if the Commission is willing to reconsider our proposals made during negotiations.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on bilateral negotiations with individual EU member states on reciprocal touring rights for musicians.

As the Prime Minister has said, we’re working flat out with our friends in Member States to look at how to make touring in the EU easier.

We are engaging with Member States to improve their guidance around entry and work. DCMS is working closely with the FCDO and other government departments on an engagement strategy with EU Member States. As part of this, DCMS Ministers are speaking to our Heads of Missions in EU countries.

The UK has significantly more generous arrangements for touring professionals than many Member States, and should Member States be willing to change their rules to match ours we will have those discussions and encourage them to do so.

Where there are issues around the clarity of Member States’ immigration rules we will also raise these with the European Commission, and our door is open if the Commission is willing to reconsider our proposals made during negotiations.

2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Football Association and (b) Camelot regarding the method of allocation used by the National League to determine the amount of money received by football clubs from the funding provided by the National Lottery’s promotional fund.

In October 2020, the government was able to play a role in supporting the National League to start its season through brokering the unique £10 million promotional deal with The National Lottery.

Whilst the distribution of National Lottery support is a matter for the National League, the government was clear in supporting the deal that it expected the proceeds to be allocated sensibly.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the economic effect of additional non-tariff barriers to trade for small and medium-sized enterprises in the cultural sector seeking to export to EU customers since 1 January 2021.

The Government recognises the importance of the creative and cultural sectors, and is fully committed to assist them to navigate the new rules under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The Agreement ensures there will be zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin, and includes provisions to facilitate trade and address non-tariff barriers for UK exports to the EU and vice versa.

The Government appreciates that leaving the European Union and the Customs Union means changes and new processes, and companies having to adapt to new rules of origin procedures.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has launched a Brexit Support Fund, which is a grant scheme of £22.75m to support SMEs, with up to £2k per business to access training or professional advice on border processes they haven’t used previously. This could include for example customs, rules of origin and VAT.

We will continue engagement with the sectors to ensure we fully understand the circumstances of companies in the cultural and creative sector, and support them in trading with the EU and the rest of the world.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many days a UK musician can work as a musician without a work permit or visa in each EU member state in (a) one period and (b) a calendar year.

Musicians and performers can continue to work and tour in the EU. However, while some activities undertaken by creative professionals will be covered by the Short Term Business Visitor clause of the agreement (including attending meetings or trade shows) and will therefore not require a work permit, other activities will not be covered and could therefore require visas or work permits.

UK cultural professionals seeking to tour within the EU will be required to check domestic immigration rules for each Member State in which they intend to tour. Although some Member States allow touring without a permit, others will require a visa, work permit or other documentation. We are working with the sector to make the arrangements as clear as possible.

Where visas apply, our agreement with the EU contains measures that will help ensure processes are as smooth as possible. This includes minimum processing standards and transparency provisions that mean guidance for business travellers must be clear and regularly updated.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the gross charges the UK music industry will incur for (a) visas, (b) work permits and (c) carnets in the 2022 calendar year connected to touring EU member states.

The Government recognises the world-leading position of the UK music sector and the rich breadth of musical talent across the UK. According to UK Music’s 2020 report, the sector contributed £5.8bn GVA to the UK economy in 2019 and generated £2.9bn in export revenue.

Leaving the EU has meant changes to how practitioners operate in the EU. UK cultural professionals, including musicians, seeking to perform within the EU are required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for individual Member States.

The Government is committed to supporting the sector to maintain its world-leading position, and to help it recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. We recognise that the new provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will require the sector to adapt to new requirements and ways of working with the EU now we are no longer a Member State.

We are now working urgently across government and in collaboration with the music and wider creative industries to understand our sector's concerns. This includes the DCMS-led working group which brings together other government departments and sector leads to understand the impacts and consider options so that touring in Europe can resume with ease as soon as it is safe to do so.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of additional export support to the UK music industry as a result of new restrictions on musicians seeking to tour the EU.

The Government recognises the world-leading position of the UK music sector and the rich breadth of musical talent across the UK. According to UK Music’s 2020 report, the sector contributed £5.8bn GVA to the UK economy in 2019 and generated £2.9bn in export revenue.

Leaving the EU has meant changes to how practitioners operate in the EU. UK cultural professionals, including musicians, seeking to perform within the EU are required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for individual Member States.

The Government is committed to supporting the sector to maintain its world-leading position, and to help it recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. We recognise that the new provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will require the sector to adapt to new requirements and ways of working with the EU now we are no longer a Member State.

We are now working urgently across government and in collaboration with the music and wider creative industries to understand our sector's concerns. This includes the DCMS-led working group which brings together other government departments and sector leads to understand the impacts and consider options so that touring in Europe can resume with ease as soon as it is safe to do so.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on the development of UK artists of touring in the EU.

The Government recognises the world-leading position of the UK music sector and the rich breadth of musical talent across the UK. According to UK Music’s 2020 report, the sector contributed £5.8bn GVA to the UK economy in 2019 and generated £2.9bn in export revenue.

Leaving the EU has meant changes to how practitioners operate in the EU. UK cultural professionals, including musicians, seeking to perform within the EU are required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for individual Member States.

The Government is committed to supporting the sector to maintain its world-leading position, and to help it recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. We recognise that the new provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will require the sector to adapt to new requirements and ways of working with the EU now we are no longer a Member State.

We are now working urgently across government and in collaboration with the music and wider creative industries to understand our sector's concerns. This includes the DCMS-led working group which brings together other government departments and sector leads to understand the impacts and consider options so that touring in Europe can resume with ease as soon as it is safe to do so.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of additional visa and work permit restrictions on the (i) number and (ii) proportion of UK music performers who perform in Europe.

The Government recognises the world-leading position of the UK music sector and the rich breadth of musical talent across the UK. According to UK Music’s 2020 report, the sector contributed £5.8bn GVA to the UK economy in 2019 and generated £2.9bn in export revenue.

Leaving the EU has meant changes to how practitioners operate in the EU. UK cultural professionals, including musicians, seeking to perform within the EU are required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for individual Member States.

The Government is committed to supporting the sector to maintain its world-leading position, and to help it recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. We recognise that the new provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will require the sector to adapt to new requirements and ways of working with the EU now we are no longer a Member State.

We are now working urgently across government and in collaboration with the music and wider creative industries to understand our sector's concerns. This includes the DCMS-led working group which brings together other government departments and sector leads to understand the impacts and consider options so that touring in Europe can resume with ease as soon as it is safe to do so.

2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will allocate funding from the public purse to wraparound and holiday childcare services.

The department does not currently hold a central register of wraparound providers. Therefore we are unable to make an accurate assessment of the effect of a potential reduction of providers. However, we understand and recognise that the wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is facing unprecedented financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We also recognise the value this sector offers to our children and young people, in terms of the enriching activities they provide and, in particular, the valuable support they provide to our working parents and carers, and to vulnerable children.

Ensuring working parents and carers have access to the childcare they need remains a priority for the government. We acknowledge that this childcare will be crucial in the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. That is why we have ensured that all before and after-school clubs, holiday clubs, and other out-of-school settings have been able to continue to stay open for children eligible to attend school on-site (i.e. for critical worker children, and vulnerable children and young people), for the duration of the recent national lockdown. From 8 March wraparound childcare and other children’s activities have been able to open for all other children, where their parents/carers need the provision to support them to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group, as well as for other essential purposes. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances.

The government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses to access throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the devolved administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.

We are also still encouraging all local authorities to consider using local grants that have been made available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak, to support the wraparound childcare sector in their areas, and to safeguard sufficient childcare provision for all families. This includes the expanded Holiday Activities and Food Programme which comprises a £220 million fund to be delivered through grants to local authorities. This programme will give children eligible for free school meals the option to join a free holiday-time programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will allocate funding to wraparound care providers to ensure that they continue to provide support to key workers, vulnerable children and working families during the covid-19 outbreak.

The department does not currently hold a central register of wraparound providers. Therefore we are unable to make an accurate assessment of the effect of a potential reduction of providers. However, we understand and recognise that the wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is facing unprecedented financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We also recognise the value this sector offers to our children and young people, in terms of the enriching activities they provide and, in particular, the valuable support they provide to our working parents and carers, and to vulnerable children.

Ensuring working parents and carers have access to the childcare they need remains a priority for the government. We acknowledge that this childcare will be crucial in the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. That is why we have ensured that all before and after-school clubs, holiday clubs, and other out-of-school settings have been able to continue to stay open for children eligible to attend school on-site (i.e. for critical worker children, and vulnerable children and young people), for the duration of the recent national lockdown. From 8 March wraparound childcare and other children’s activities have been able to open for all other children, where their parents/carers need the provision to support them to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group, as well as for other essential purposes. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances.

The government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses to access throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the devolved administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.

We are also still encouraging all local authorities to consider using local grants that have been made available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak, to support the wraparound childcare sector in their areas, and to safeguard sufficient childcare provision for all families. This includes the expanded Holiday Activities and Food Programme which comprises a £220 million fund to be delivered through grants to local authorities. This programme will give children eligible for free school meals the option to join a free holiday-time programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of a potential reduction of providers in the wraparound childcare and holiday club sector on the UK’s economic recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

The department does not currently hold a central register of wraparound providers. Therefore we are unable to make an accurate assessment of the effect of a potential reduction of providers. However, we understand and recognise that the wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is facing unprecedented financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We also recognise the value this sector offers to our children and young people, in terms of the enriching activities they provide and, in particular, the valuable support they provide to our working parents and carers, and to vulnerable children.

Ensuring working parents and carers have access to the childcare they need remains a priority for the government. We acknowledge that this childcare will be crucial in the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. That is why we have ensured that all before and after-school clubs, holiday clubs, and other out-of-school settings have been able to continue to stay open for children eligible to attend school on-site (i.e. for critical worker children, and vulnerable children and young people), for the duration of the recent national lockdown. From 8 March wraparound childcare and other children’s activities have been able to open for all other children, where their parents/carers need the provision to support them to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group, as well as for other essential purposes. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances.

The government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses to access throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the devolved administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.

We are also still encouraging all local authorities to consider using local grants that have been made available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak, to support the wraparound childcare sector in their areas, and to safeguard sufficient childcare provision for all families. This includes the expanded Holiday Activities and Food Programme which comprises a £220 million fund to be delivered through grants to local authorities. This programme will give children eligible for free school meals the option to join a free holiday-time programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many devices for remote learning were provided in 2020 to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) Camberwell and Peckham and (ii) Southwark; and what types of devices have been provided.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people. As of Monday 8 February 2021, over 980,000 laptops and tablets have been delivered to schools, trusts, local authorities and further education providers.

Laptops and tablets are owned by schools, academy trusts, local authorities or further education providers who can lend these to the children and young people who need them most, during the current COVID-19 restrictions. Device types include Microsoft Windows laptops, Microsoft Windows tablets, Google Chromebooks and Apple iPads. The specification of the devices can be viewed through the following link: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/devices/device-specification.

The Government is providing this significant injection of devices on top of an estimated 2.9 million laptops and tablets already owned by schools before the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

More information on the number of devices delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities, can be viewed here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/laptops-and-tablets-data. Figures by Parliamentary constituency are not available.

Where schools need additional devices, in order to support disadvantaged children, they should contact the Department for Education’s service team at: covid.technology@education.gov.uk. They should include the number of pupils in Years 3 to 13 who require support and an explanation of how they have gathered this evidence.

15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to recruit more teachers from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

In October 2018, the Department set out its commitment to increasing the diversity of the teaching workforce across all protected characteristics when it launched the Statement of Intent.

This commitment to increasing teacher diversity was made alongside 10 co-signatories from the sector (including unions and grassroots organisations) who set out their own individual commitments.

The Department has been making progress against its commitments, including:

  • Providing £2m of funding to nationwide Equality and Diversity regional ‘hubs’ to support aspiring leaders into headship. The hubs focus on providing coaching and mentoring to increase representation across all protected characteristics in senior leadership roles.
  • Reflecting the importance of diversity in the Department’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy published in January 2019 to ensure people from all backgrounds are supported and that barriers to their progression are removed.
  • Ensuring that recruitment for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) is representative through key performance indicators
  • Continuing to engage with signatories of the statement, including through holding a roundtable to gather progress updates and showcase best practice in July 2019.

We have made significant progress in improving the diversity of postgraduate initial teacher training participants. Those belonging to a BAME group (i.e. any non-White ethnicity) made up 19% of all postgraduate entrants in 2019/20, up from 18% last year and 14% in 2015/16.

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will implement the recommendations of the Black Curriculum.

The Department has responded directly to The Black Curriculum’s campaign. The reply sets out in detail how the history curriculum already enables the teaching of Black history, as do other curriculums across other subject areas.

The substance of our reply to The Black Curriculum is based on the national curriculum’s history programmes of study, available at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-history-programmes-of-study.

The national curriculum is a framework setting out the content of what the Department expects schools to cover in each subject. The curriculum does not set out how curriculum subjects, or topics within the subjects, should be taught. The Department believes teachers should be able to use their own knowledge and expertise to determine how they teach their pupils, and to make choices about what they teach.

As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils should be taught about different societies, and how different groups have contributed to the development of Britain, and this can include the voices and experience of Black people. The flexibility within the history curriculum means that Black British history can already be included.

11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school children receive free school meals in (a) Camberwell and Peckham and (b) the London Borough of Southwark.

The most recent figures for number of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals come from the school census for January 2019, published on 27 June 2019. 2,658 pupils in primary schools in Camberwell and Peckham constituency were eligible for and claiming free school meals in January 2019, and 5,732 primary school pupils in the whole of the London Borough of Southwark.

Further information can be found in the annual “School, pupils and their characteristics” statistical release which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Figures relating to January 2020 are due to be published on 25 June 2020.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the use of polystyrene chips in packaging.

Our Resources and Waste Strategy sets out our plans to reduce plastic pollution and move towards a more circular economy. This builds on the commitment in the 25 Year Environment Plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. For the most problematic plastics we are working faster, which is why we committed to work towards all plastic packaging placed on the market being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Generally, we prefer to help people make more sustainable choices, only resorting to a charge or a ban where we think this is necessary. We have recently undertaken a second consultation on introducing extended producer responsibility for packaging. This would see producers required to pay the costs of managing the packaging they place on the market including when it becomes waste. This will incentivise producers to question whether the packaging they use is necessary, could be reduced, or not used at all.

The consultation also proposed that producers' fees will be varied to help achieve intended outcomes of the scheme, such as increased recycling of packaging waste. Under this approach producers who use unrecyclable or difficult to recycle packaging such as polystyrene would be required to pay higher fees. This will further incentivise them to use recyclable or reusable packaging instead. We are now analysing the responses that were received and will publish our response in due course.

Industry is also taking action. The UK Plastics Pact, which accounts for over 85% of plastic packaging placed on the market, has committed to eliminating all polystyrene packaging by 2025.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce regulations to allow the importation of grapes from third countries, including the EU, for British wine production after the transition period.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave to the Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark on 19 June 2020, PQ UIN 58716.

[www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-06-11/58716]

The Government will keep the rules on the production and marketing of wine under review.

The restrictions identified in my previous response apply to wine produced from fresh grapes, as defined under the customs nomenclature (CN) code 2204. The product ‘British’ wine is classified under CN 2206 (other fermented beverage). It will still be possible to produce British wine from imported grape juice.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) reduce the number of sports utility vehicles and (b) incentivise people to switch to more environmentally-friendly vehicles to improve air quality in (a) London and (b) other cities.

(a) New regulations came into effect on 1 January 2020. These tighten the existing target significantly for the average CO2 emissions a car manufacturer’s fleet can emit, down from 130g/km to 95g/km. If manufacturers do not meet this target then they face fines. As this is a fleet average target, manufacturers can make vehicles with emissions above the new 95g/km target providing they balance this out across their fleet with those that are lower than 95g/km. These targets reduce further in 2025 and 2030.

(b) To incentivise people to switch to more environmentally friendly vehicles to improve air quality, the Government is investing nearly £1.5 billion? between April 2015 and March 2021 to support the transition to zero emission motoring and has put in place a range of grant schemes. We have put in place various grant funding schemes to assist with the up-front cost of purchasing eligible electric vehicles. Motorists who choose to make the switch to electric also benefit from lower Vehicle Excise Duty and, from April 2020, lower company car tax rates.

On 4 February, the Prime Minister announced that we are consulting on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible.

In London, the Mayor is responsible for air quality in the capital.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of deaths each year attributable to air pollution in the London Borough of Southwark.

The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) estimates that the mortality burden of the air pollution mixture (based on both PM2.5 and NO2) in the UK is equivalent to 28,000 to 36,000 deaths per year. Mortality burden is a statistical way of assessing the impact of diseases and pollution. The equivalent figures at a more localised level are not available.

Public Health England has, however, estimated the fraction of adult mortality attributable to long-term exposure to particulate air pollution at local authority level in the Public Health Outcomes Framework, available to view and search online at: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/public-health-outcomes-framework.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve air quality in the London Borough of Southwark.

Our Clean Air Strategy (CAS) sets out an ambitious programme of action to reduce air pollutant emissions from a wide range of sources. The World Health Organization has recognised the CAS as an example for the rest of the world to follow. We have also put in place a £3.5 billion plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations and are working closely with 61 English local authorities, and have placed legal duties on them, to tackle their NO2 exceedances as soon as possible. Our Environment Bill was reintroduced to Parliament on 30 January 2020 and makes a clear commitment to set an ambitious target for fine particulate matter, the pollutant of most concern for human health. It also ensures that local authorities have a clear framework and simple to use powers to tackle air pollution in their areas, and will provide the Government with new powers to enforce environmental standards for vehicles. All of this action will improve air quality across the UK.

In London, air quality is the responsibility of the Mayor of London.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2021 to Question 180911, if he will publish the proposals put forward by the UK for an exemption for specialist hauliers carrying out tours for cultural events in the EU.

The Department for Transport is not able to release the content of correspondence and records pertaining to negotiations between the UK and the EU: these texts are confidential, and it is therefore not appropriate for them to be published.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the post-UK leaving the EU cabotage rules on UK hauliers involved in live music touring in the EU.

It is the Department for Transport’s assessment that the TCA allows for the vast majority of haulage operations that were being undertaken by UK hauliers before the end of the transition period to continue. During UK-EU negotiations, the UK put forward proposals for an exemption for specialist hauliers carrying out tours for cultural events in the EU, but the EU did not agree to our asks.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to take additional steps to ensure that specialist music concert hauliers continue to operate from the UK over the next 12 months.

The Department for Transport is aware of the issues faced by specialist haulage operators. During UK-EU negotiations, specific arrangements for the specialist haulage sector were discussed in detail as part of negotiations, but the EU was unwilling to agree more flexible arrangements. We are in regular contact with the Road Haulage Association and Logistics UK to help the industry understand market access provisions under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. We are also working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy who are considering support to enable touring by the creative industries sector to resume once restrictions on large performances are eased under the roadmap announced by the Prime Minister on 22 February.

The Government announced £4.6 billion in lockdown grants to support business and protect jobs in January 2021. This was on top of the extension of the furlough scheme to April 2021, £250 million in grants under the Culture Recovery Fund Second Round and extension of the coronavirus loan schemes to March 2021. The Budget, which will take place on 3 March, will set out the next phase of the plan to tackle the virus and protect jobs.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the inclusion of the location of speed cameras on Google Maps and other web mapping services.

We expect all drivers to observe speed limits. It is up to the Highways Authority and the Police to decide whether to use cameras and how they wish to operate them.

We are, however, keen that the public should be kept informed about the location of fixed speed cameras and we recognise that apps may include this public domain data on their service. We are not out to trap the motorist. We want to ensure fairness and safety on our roads.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with Transport for London on reviewing the planned end to free travel for under 18s in London.

The £1.6 billion Extraordinary Funding and Financing Agreement to enable Transport for London (TfL) to continue operating services contained a series of conditions to facilitate safe travel on public transport in London, including the temporary suspension of free travel for under 18s. These conditions were agreed by the Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor for Transport.

Before the Covid-19 crisis, around a third of journeys in the morning peak period were made by young people travelling to school and many of these journeys were less than 2km in length. The temporary suspension of free travel for under 18s will help to reduce demand for public transport so that those who need to use it can do so safely.

The Department is working closely with TfL and the Department for Education on how the temporary suspension can be operationalised. Any child eligible for free home to school travel under the Education Act 1996 will still receive this. The Department is also completing an Equality Impact Assessment, which will consider whether there are further categories of children that should receive free transport.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase (a) cycling and (b) the use of public transport in (i) Camberwell and Peckham and (ii) London.

The Government has agreed a £1.6 billion funding and financing package for Transport for London to enable them to continue to transport passengers safely across London, supporting the capital’s gradual recovery from COVID-19.

The Department is committed to increasing cycling and walking as a way of enabling more people to move around safely while maintaining social distancing. This will help to relieve pressures on public transport as well as delivering other benefits.

Southwark Council received a £100,000 tranche 1 allocation from the Active Travel Fund in June 2020 to support the installation of temporary projects for the Covid-19 pandemic and will shortly have the opportunity to make a further bid for tranche 2 funding.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to support British Airways employees that are at risk of redundancy; and what the timeframe is for the provision of that support.

The Department for Transport is in regular contact with airlines, airports and unions to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on the sector and its workers. However, we do not comment on discussions held with individual companies, as this information is commercially sensitive.

The Government recognises the challenging times facing the aviation sector as a result of COVID-19. The aviation sector is important to the UK economy and will be able to draw upon the unprecedented package of measures announced by the Chancellor and on May 12, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme would be extended for four months, until the end of October. Until the end of July, there will be no change. From August to October, the scheme will continue for all sectors and regions of the UK, but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work.

In response to COVID-19 the Department for Work and Pensions have established an alternative service to their usual face to face offer. People will be able to access redundancy help and job search advice on the Department’s new Job Help campaign website. There’s also information on Gov.uk and updated information packs provided to employers to help them signpost employees to the support that is available.

4th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will reintroduce section 40 of the Equality Act 2010 on third party harassment.

The Government has recently consulted on how best to strengthen and clarify the law on workplace third party harassment and will publish its response in due course.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will implement the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to reasonable adjustments and accessible transport for disabled people.

The Government’s approach to improving disabled people’s access to public transport was set out in the 2018 Inclusive Transport Strategy. A summary of the progress made in implementing the Strategy was published in July 2019. More recently, the Secretary of State has declared his ambition to go further and measures will be set out in due course.

The transport provisions in the Equality Act continue to make a significant difference to the lives of disabled people, by helping them to travel independently. The Act has helped ensure, among other things, that the great majority of buses and trains are accessible, and has prevented taxi and private hire drivers from charging passengers extra or refusing them service because they use an assistance dog or wheelchair. The Department will keep under review the possibility of commencing those sections of Part 12 of the Equality Act that are not yet in force.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the the level of aircraft noise sleep disturbance impact in Camberwell and Peckham constituency; and what progress he has made on limiting or reducing the number of people significantly affected by aircraft noise at night.

The Government has not made any assessment of the level of aircraft noise sleep disturbance impact in Camberwell and Peckham constituency. The Government limits night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and will be consulting later this year on the regime to apply at these airports from 2022.

The current Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill will also grant the Secretary of State new powers to ensure that airports modernise their airspace, delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Modernising flight paths and the infrastructure of the sky will help reduce CO2 emissions from aviation, minimise noise for those near flight-paths and improve punctuality for passengers.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's timescale is for completion of the Access for All programme lift installation at Peckham Rye Station.

We will be able to confirm the completion date once detailed designs are complete, and construction scheduled to ensure minimal disruption to passengers.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make it her policy to implement section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to the socio-economic duty.

Successive British Governments have not implemented the socio-economic duty for English and cross-border bodies, and the current Government has no plans to do so. Such a general duty has the potential to become a tick-box exercise complied with to minimise the risk of legal challenge rather than to promote real change in social mobility.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to pay student nurses for the hours they have worked through their student placements during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government worked with the National Health Service to ensure that all nursing students who opted in to paid placements during the COVID-19 pandemic were paid a salary and received automatic NHS pension entitlement at the appropriate band.

Nursing students not on paid placements continued with their academic learning and clinical placements wherever possible. Health Education England worked with health and education providers to minimise disruption to education. Clinical placements allow students to acquire the necessary skills and experience under supervision, to meet education outcomes. Students are not usually paid for their clinical placements. Paid placements were introduced temporarily as part of the Government’s emergency response to the pandemic.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to back-pay student (a) nurses and (b) midwives who were not entitled to student bursaries or grants and who provided frontline services during the covid-19 outbreak.

We have no plans to do so. All nursing and midwifery healthcare students who opted in to paid placements during the COVID-19 outbreak received a salary and automatic National Health Service pension entitlement at the appropriate band.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of turning the £370 million of advanced payment loans provided to pharmacies during the covid-19 outbreak into grants.

No assessment has been made.

The Department has reached an agreement with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee that pharmacy contractors can claim for additional COVID-19 costs incurred between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021 and the £370 million increased advance payments will be recovered between October 2021 to March 2022 following payment of claims for additional costs.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data his Department holds on the number of covid-19 infections in care homes that have been contracted as a result of an infection from (a) care home staff, (b) visitors coming into care homes and (c) care home residents making visits out of care homes comprising (i) a day-time only visit and (ii) an overnight stay.

This information is not held in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to implement the guidance that every care home resident can nominate a single named visitor who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits.

New visiting arrangements started on 8 March. Every care home should ensure that each resident can nominate one named person who can have regular, indoor visits. We are currently pursuing non-legislative routes for implementation, which allow us to move more swiftly in changing circumstances and to accommodate all care homes. At step two of the roadmap, we will assess the data and take a decision on opening up further opportunities for visiting, setting out a plan for the next phase of visits for people in residential care.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on dementia patients of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions announced on 4 January 2021.

We have had regular discussions with our stakeholders on the impact of the pandemic restrictions on people living with dementia. Although the guidance on the national restrictions has stated that people are required to stay at home there are exemptions to support wellbeing. These allow people to form support bubbles and to provide care to vulnerable people, including those with dementia.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the reduction in face-to-face medical appointments does not affect the accurate and timely diagnosis of new dementia patients.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are continuing to encourage memory assessment services to provide safe and person-centred assessment and diagnosis, via remote methods or in face-to-face consultations as appropriate. Webinars and guidance have been provided to support evolving best practice and an inclusive, blended, person-centred, approach to diagnosis that supports patient choice.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been designated powers to issue fixed penalty notices under paragraph 9 (a)(iii) of Regulation 11 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020; how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by those people; and for what reason those powers are required.

District councils, county councils, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London, in its capacity as a local authority, and the Council of the Isles of Scilly were delegated enforcement powers under the equivalent designation provisions in a number of previous Coronavirus Restrictions Regulations.

Paragraph 5 of Schedule 5 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (the All Tiers Regulations) carries across these designations to continue under the All Tiers Regulations. The specific power in 9 (a)(iii) of (the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 has not been used to make designations to date. However, it is considered necessary to retain this option, to ensure that enforcement can remain comprehensive.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provision there is for NHS employees to take paid leave to care for their children of primary school-age and under when the child is ill.

The National Health Service Terms and Conditions Handbook Section 33: Balancing work and personal life sets out the approach employers should take to recognising employees needs for a positive work and life balance. All NHS employers must have a carer’s policy to address the needs of people with caring responsibilities.

Carer policies include the provision for paid special leave for emergencies, including caring for dependents which includes children from birth to 14 years old or to 18 years old if they have a disability. Employers are expected to be as supportive and flexible as possible in these circumstances.

Guidance was also published by NHS Employers in late March 2020 for those staff who would need to self-isolate and to care for their child where their child contracted COVID-19. Staff in this position should continue to receive full pay.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate has been made of the number of women who have gone through labour without a support partner present due to the ongoing covid-19 outbreak in (a) Camberwell and Peckham, (b) Southwark, (c) London and (d) England.

This information is not held centrally.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people identifying as (a) BAME and (b) non-BAME have (i) been tested for coronavirus and (ii) tested positive for coronavirus in (A) Southwark, (B) London and (C) the UK.

The data is not held in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the normal standard of pregnancy care continues during the covid-19 outbreak.

The National Health Service has made arrangements to ensure that women are supported and cared for safely through pregnancy, birth and the period afterwards during this pandemic when there will be extra pressures on healthcare services.

Throughout the pandemic, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been guiding maternity services to prioritise maintaining safe and personalised maternity care by making adjustments to service provision only where necessitated by the local impact of COVID-19.

Wherever possible, services have been asked to reinstate a fully personalised approach to meeting the needs of individual women and their families and the level of care contacts and choice options available to women and their partners across the maternity pathway.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people being treated in hospital for covid-19 identify as BAME in (a) Southwark, (b) London and (c) the UK.

Public Health England publishes ethnicity data for hospitalisations and those in critical care at a national level as part of the combined weekly flu and COVID-19 surveillance report. The latest data available to 4 February 2021, is attached. Data is not available at regional or local authority level.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate provision for patients of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

This information is not held centrally.

The Department is aware of supply issues that have affected some hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparations for various reasons. While a very limited number of HRT products are currently affected, most, including alternatives to those experiencing supply issues are available. We continue to work closely with all suppliers to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and maintain overall supply to patients across the United Kingdom. We have shared regular updates about these issues and management advice to the National Health Service and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients in (a) Camberwell and Peckham constituency, (b) the London Borough of Southwark, (c) London and (d) England have had their supply of Hormone Replacement Therapy medicines interrupted by ongoing shortages.

This information is not held centrally.

The Department is aware of supply issues that have affected some hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparations for various reasons. While a very limited number of HRT products are currently affected, most, including alternatives to those experiencing supply issues are available. We continue to work closely with all suppliers to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and maintain overall supply to patients across the United Kingdom. We have shared regular updates about these issues and management advice to the National Health Service and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what restrictions are in place on visits to children and young people aged under 25 who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities and who are detained in mental health hospitals located in the (a) Bolton, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) Leicester, (d) Northampton, (Greencore only), (e) North East of England, (f) North West of England, (g) West Midlands and (h) West Yorkshire areas subject to local lockdown regulations.

There is national guidance on arrangements for visitors on all hospital sites. The current guidance was published on the 5 June 2020 and a revised version is due for publication imminently.

The general guidance has been supplemented by a letter from the NHS England National Mental Health Director and the National Director of Learning Disability and Autism to providers of services for patients with a mental health and/or learning disability and/or autism, which was issued on the 22 September 2020. This letter reinforces the importance of enabling families to visit and stresses the need for risk assessments to be completed if by exception visiting needs to be restricted.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people reliant on lip reading as a key form of communication in (a) Camberwell and Peckham and (b) the UK.

We have not estimated how many people are reliant on lip reading as a key form of communication in Camberwell and Peckham or in the United Kingdom.

We know and recognise that lip reading is an important way for people with a hearing impairment in addition to people with other health conditions and disabilities to communicate with others.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Medical Officer on the distribution of accessible, deaf-friendly face masks in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government recognise concerns about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly face masks when it comes to people who lip read. The United Kingdom’s Government’s national PPE procurement team has been working extremely hard to source clear facemasks which comply with UK safety standards and have procured stocks of clear masks into health and social care settings, to support those who need to lip read. Distribution solutions for these are currently being confirmed.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support the hearing impaired community whose ability to communicate may be affected by the introduction of mandatory face masks in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has announced that from Friday 24 July, members of the public must wear a face covering when visiting a shop or supermarket in England. Guidance on how to wear and remove a face covering was published online on 14 July. In addition, the Government is running a major proactive communications campaign on face coverings to alert the public where they are now required to wear face coverings and educate the public on how to correctly wear one.

Legitimate reasons for not wearing a mask include if they are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate or if they are not able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability. People will be able to remove their face covering if speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions or clear sound to communicate.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase pay for social care workers.

The Government does not set the levels of pay for social care workers; however, we are committed to raising the profile of the social care sector. Putting social care on a sustainable footing, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, is one of the biggest challenges that we face as a society. There are complex questions to address, which is why we have invited cross-party talks. These will take place at the earliest opportunity in light of the current circumstances. The Government will then bring forward a plan for social care for the longer term.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of social care workers using food banks.

No such assessment had been made; the Government does not collect data on the number of food parcels distributed by food banks and there is no official data on food bank use in the United Kingdom.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that women in Camberwell and Peckham constituency have adequate access to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT); and if he make an assessment of the adequacy of the medicine supply chain in relation to HRT.

We are aware of ongoing supply issues with some hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparations for a variety of reasons.

The National Health Service receives updates on the supply situation and availability of HRT products, and we are continuing to engage with organisations such as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and the British Menopausal Society.

We have been working closely with all suppliers to resolve the issues as quickly as possible and maintain overall supply to patients across the United Kingdom, including those living in Camberwell and Peckham. Although some HRT products are still affected by supply issues, alternatives remain available, and the overall supply situation has been improving since February 2020 and will continue to improve over the coming months.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time has been for people attending the A&E department at the King’s College Hospital Denmark Hill site in each of the last five years.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of calls were responded to within the target timeframe by the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each of the categories measured (a) in the area covered by that Trust and (b) in the London Borough of Southwark.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) all health care practitioners are trained in menopause and (b) that menopause guidance is introduced into workplaces in England.

To help ensure women receive the best possible care, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of menopause in November 2015. This set out the support, information and treatments needed to address the often debilitating symptoms that women suffer.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of General Practitioners also have important roles to play in relation to awareness of, and clinical practice relating to, menopause. Recently in December 2019, the RCOG published ‘Better for Women’ which calls for a life course approach and includes a focus on general health during and after the menopause.

We encourage employers to rise to the challenge by creating supportive and flexible ways to help those living with these conditions.

Whilst curricula for training healthcare professionals do not necessarily highlight specific conditions for them to be aware of, they do emphasise the skills and approaches that professionals must develop in order to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses and treatment plans for their patients.

7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many requests he has received from hon. Members on behalf of Afghan citizens who wish to come to the UK since 15 August 2021 as at the date of answering.

Responding to cases and correspondence from Hon. Members is a fundamental priority for this Government. The Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth wrote to 435 MPs and 17 Peers who sent the FCDO cases on 5 Setpember, outlining the actions we are taking to progess cases that have been sent to us, as well as the relevant contact routes now that the evacuation phase is over.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to help prevent rape being used as a weapon of war in Tigray, Ethiopia.

We are appalled at the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence in Tigray that includes widespread [and systematic] rape. We have raised this issue in a variety of multilateral fora, including the UNSC and G7. I raised this matter when I met with the Ethiopian Minister for Peace on 15 July. who reported that her Government had zero tolerance of such crimes and had convicted 60 soldiers of rape I urged her to actively work with our teams to do more.

We have deployed an expert from the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative UK Team of Experts. They are currently conducting an initial scoping mission. Their recommendations from this scoping mission will inform further options - including a wider deployment - for supporting the Government of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and other key stakeholders to safely collect and preserve evidence, and bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. The UK fully supports the joint investigation involving the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights. We continue to explore options for addressing the immediate needs of survivors, preventing further sexual violence and delivering justice and accountability.

The UK has recently allocated a further £16.7m towards the crisis in Tigray. Part of this funding will be used to support survivors of sexual violence, through mobile health teams and by helping to re-start service delivery at health centres that were impacted by violence and looting.

7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what evidence he has of rape being used as a weapon of war in Tigray, Ethiopia.

We are appalled at the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence in Tigray that includes widespread [and systematic] rape. We have raised this issue in a variety of multilateral fora, including the UNSC and G7. I raised this matter when I met with the Ethiopian Minister for Peace on 15 July. who reported that her Government had zero tolerance of such crimes and had convicted 60 soldiers of rape I urged her to actively work with our teams to do more.

We have deployed an expert from the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative UK Team of Experts. They are currently conducting an initial scoping mission. Their recommendations from this scoping mission will inform further options - including a wider deployment - for supporting the Government of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and other key stakeholders to safely collect and preserve evidence, and bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. The UK fully supports the joint investigation involving the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights. We continue to explore options for addressing the immediate needs of survivors, preventing further sexual violence and delivering justice and accountability.

The UK has recently allocated a further £16.7m towards the crisis in Tigray. Part of this funding will be used to support survivors of sexual violence, through mobile health teams and by helping to re-start service delivery at health centres that were impacted by violence and looting.

29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department makes available to its staff working at lower grades overseas in red list countries to ensure that they do not face a disproportionate financial burden as a result of the requirement to self-isolate under covid-19 restrictions on returning to the UK on a resilience journey.

As approved by HMT, the FCDO has put measures in place to ensure that all staff posted overseas, including lower grades, do not suffer a disproportionate financial burden as a result of UK public health requirements to self-isolate on return to the UK. The FCDO covers the cost of pre-departure tests, and the mandatory testing on day 2 and 8 while in self-isolation. Accommodation costs cannot currently be met from public funds as per HMRC and HMT guidelines.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of temporarily increasing the rate of Gift Aid from 20 per cent to 25 per cent for a period of two years.

The Government is fully committed to supporting charities through the Gift Aid regime. This relief is tied to the basic rate of tax paid by donors, currently at 20%, so would change if the personal basic tax rate changes.

The Government recognises that the sector is experiencing significant pressures and has made available an unprecedented package of economic support, including a £750 million package specifically for charities.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
25th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are receiving assistance under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in Camberwell and Peckham constituency.

As of 31 May 2020, 5,000 individuals had claimed for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in the Camberwell and Peckham parliamentary constituency area.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Statistics were published on Thursday 11 June. The statistics referenced can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/self-employment-income-support-scheme-statistics-june-2020

4th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will implement Section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 on publishing diversity data of candidates and elected representatives.

We will keep section 106 under review, as we do with other uncommenced provisions in the Equality Act 2010. The government can play a role in supporting political parties to take action, but ultimately it is for parties to ensure that they select a diverse range of candidates and they should lead the way in improving diverse representation.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Camberwell and Peckham constituency that will be affected by the 2019 Loan Charge after the Government has implemented recommendations of Sir Amyas Morse's review.

Of the estimated 50,000 individuals affected by the Loan Charge, the Government currently estimates that around 11,000 will be taken out of the Loan Charge altogether as a result of the changes announced by the Government in December 2019. In addition, individuals who have settled or are settling their tax liability with HMRC will also be out of scope of the charge. There is not yet a firm estimate of the number who will choose to settle and so be out of scope of the Loan Charge. Information is not currently available at constituency, borough or regional level.

10th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating the Access to Elected Office Fund for people with disabilities.

While financial support for candidates in elections is also a matter for political parties the Government is considering what support it might provide to succeed the current EnAble fund. The Disability Unit is considering options in connection with the National Strategy for Disabled People, which is due to be published in 2020.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests she has received from hon. Members on behalf of Afghan citizens who wish to come to the UK since 15 August 2021 as at the date of answering.

Since 15 August we have received 8978 emails and calls from hon. Members relating to Afghan citizens wishing to come to the UK.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with the offence of rape in each of the last five years in England and Wales.

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of allegations of rape recorded by the police in England and Wales.

The data can be found in the Rape incidents and crime data year ending March 2017 to year ending March 2020 Home Office Open Data Tables, available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

The Home Office also publishes the outcomes of crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales, including the number of rape offences resolved through a charge. These data can be found at the same link in the crime outcomes tables.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allegations of rape were reported to the police in each of the last five years in England and Wales.

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of allegations of rape recorded by the police in England and Wales.

The data can be found in the Rape incidents and crime data year ending March 2017 to year ending March 2020 Home Office Open Data Tables, available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

The Home Office also publishes the outcomes of crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales, including the number of rape offences resolved through a charge. These data can be found at the same link in the crime outcomes tables.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the effect of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions announced on 4 January 2021 on the rate of reported instances of domestic abuse during that period.

Throughout this pandemic we have worked closely with police forces and domestic abuse support services to understand the impact of national measures on victims of domestic abuse.

In the twelve month period to September 2020, we have seen a 10% increase in overall police recorded domestic abuse incidents compared to the previous year. However, sexual offences and domestic abuse-related crimes recorded by the police do not provide a reliable measure of trends in these types of crime. We know that improvements in police recording practices and increased reporting by victims have contributed to increases in recent years. The figures do, however, provide a good measure of the crime-related demand on the police.

We also know that, the rises in police recorded data on these crimes don’t always match the increases in demand for help from victim support services. Sadly, victims do not always report domestic abuse to the police. What is critical is that victims are able to reach out for advice or support if they need to do so. That is why this government has invested unprecedented levels of funding in response to the increase in demand for help from victim support services.

Alongside this, our successful #YouAreNotAlone awareness raising campaign has reached almost 25 million UK adults and secured over £130 million followers on social media through paid advertising. Our campaign provides vital information about where victims can access support and we recognise that many concerned friends and family members of potential victims have also been able to access this support.

We also launched our Ask for ANI Codeword scheme this January to ensure that those seeking support could do so safely and discretely from participating Pharmacies.

We continue to further examine available data from police and partner organisations to better understand the impact of the pandemic on domestic abuse incidents and will continue to adapt our response in light of the evidence.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the cost to (i) local authorities in the UK and (ii) Southwark of supporting households with no recourse to public funds.

The Home Office does not hold data on the total number of people rough sleeping in Southwark, London or across the UK who are subject to no recourse to public funds (NRPF). We are working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to reduce the incidence of rough sleeping among non-UK nationals. The Home Office’s Rough Sleeping Support Service (RSSS) also offers an enhanced service for local authorities and registered charities to establish whether a rough sleeper has access to public funds. Part of this service includes the RSSS contacting Home Office casework teams (where there is an open application) to request that the case is prioritised.

The NRPF is a condition applied to most temporary migrants, who are required to demonstrate that they can maintain and accommodate themselves and their families in the UK when they make an immigration application. However, individuals whose basis of stay in the UK is based on their family life or human rights can apply to have the NRPF condition lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there are exceptional circumstances related to financial circumstances, to avoid destitution and rough sleeping. Other groups, such as refugees, are exempt from the condition.

The Home Office has published its policy equality statement on the impact of the No Recourse to Public Fund (NRPF) policy on migrants on the 10-year human rights route. It can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-change-of-conditions-of-leave-to-allow-access-to-public-funds-if-your-circumstances-change

To avoid destitution and sleeping rough, those without immigration status, who also have no recourse to public funds, should regularise their stay or leave the UK. There is support available to do this through the Voluntary Returns Service which offers practical support for people who are in the United Kingdom with no right to reside, as well as those who have, or are claiming, asylum and have decided they want to return home. This is with the exception of Foreign National Offenders, who are not eligible for the service.

With regard to the cost to local authorities of supporting households with no recourse to public funds, the Government has provided unprecedented support of over £8 billion of funding to local authorities in England to help councils manage the impacts of Covid-19 to respond to the spending pressures they are facing, including £4.6 billion which is not ringfenced. Funding provided to local authorities under the Covid-19 emergency response will be paid through a grant, recognising that local authorities are best placed to decide how this funding is spent. The Government has also provided additional funding for the devolved administrations under the Barnett formula as part of the wider government response.

More information on the support available to migrants during the pandemic, including those with NRPF, can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to move people seeking asylum out of military barracks.

We have a statutory obligation to provide accommodation to asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute. Use of these sites for contingency initial asylum accommodation is temporary whilst pressures in the asylum system are addressed.

People are routinely moved between asylum accommodation venues for a variety of reasons.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the number of fixed penalty notices that have been issued by people designated by local authorities in relation to businesses breaching covid-19 restrictions.

The Home Office does not hold this data.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to provide racial bias training to every police officer in the Metropolitan Police Service.

The public rightly expect police officers to meet high standards of professional conduct. In this country, the power of the police to fulfil their duties is wholly dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour and on their ability to secure and maintain this public respect.

The College of Policing, which sets and maintains training standards for policing, published the Code of Ethics in 2014. This includes a set of principles for policing, including that all officers and staff should take active steps to oppose discrimination and make their decisions free from prejudice. This is a cornerstone of police training and development.

The College of Policing’s foundation training for all those entering the service includes substantial coverage of police ethics and self-understanding, including the effects of personal conscious and unconscious bias. Initial training covers hate crimes, ethics and equalities, and policing without bias.

Forces also provide local training and development at several different levels ranging from initial entry, leadership and ongoing development to reflect and reinforce organisational values.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that stop and search is not disproportionately affecting (a) black men and (b) BAME communities.

The Government is clear no one should be stopped and searched based on race or ethnicity?and there are safeguards to ensure that this does not happen.?These include Code A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which sets out the statutory requirements for conducting a search, the use of body worn video to increase accountability, and HMICFRS inspections where force level disparities are examined.

Last year, the Home Office asked the College of Policing to update?its guidance on stop and search to provide better practice to forces on community engagement and scrutiny.? The Home Office also publishes extensive data on police powers, including the use of stop and search, which allows Police and Crime Commissioners and others to hold forces to account.?The latest publication?is here:?https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police officers in the Metropolitan Police Service are of a black or ethnic minority background.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the ethnicity and rank of police officers in England and Wales, broken down by Police Force Area, on an annual basis. The latest available data, covering the situation as at 31 March 2019, can be found in of the Open Data Tables, published alongside the 'Police Workforce, England and Wales' statistics, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817735/open-data-table-police-workforce-ethnicity.ods

Data as at 31 March 2020 are due to be published in July 2020.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of police officers at Chief Superintendent level or above in the Metropolitan Police Service are of a black or ethnic minority background.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the ethnicity and rank of police officers in England and Wales, broken down by Police Force Area, on an annual basis. The latest available data, covering the situation as at 31 March 2019, can be found in of the Open Data Tables, published alongside the 'Police Workforce, England and Wales' statistics, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817735/open-data-table-police-workforce-ethnicity.ods

Data as at 31 March 2020 are due to be published in July 2020.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
11th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to increase the number and proportion of police officers from a black and ethnic minority background in (a) the Metropolitan Police Service and (b) police forces in England and Wales.

Police forces have worked hard to improve equality and diversity in policing and the workforce is more diverse than ever before, however we know that we cannot be complacent. Our drive to recruit 20,000 officers gives us a significant opportunity to attract a wide range people into a career in policing and support the police to become more representative of the communities they serve.

At 31 March 2019, there were 8,329 black, Asian and minority ethnic officers representing 6.9% of all police officers in England and Wales, compared with 4.7% in 2010.

The Metropolitan Police Service has the highest proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) officers in England and Wales (15.0%) and had almost 4,500 BAME officers in total. One in four new recruits joining the Metropolitan police were from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background in 2018/19.

We continue to work across policing to support forces in addressing under-representation in the recruitment, retention and progression of officers, including those from BAME backgrounds.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have died from covid-19 in immigration removal centres in England and Wales since the start of the covid-19 lockdown.

The safety and health of people in the detention estate is of the utmost importance. We are following all Public Health England guidance and have robust contingency plans in place.

Any death in immigration detention is subject to investigation by the police, the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) and the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

As of 14 May 2020, there have been no deaths in immigration removal centres as a result of COVID-19.

As of 18 May 2020, there are no cases of Coronavirus in Immigration Removal Centres.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to support disabled parliamentary and local government candidates.

The Government recognises that disabled people are likely to face greater costs when seeking elected office due to their disability which is why we launched the EnAble Fund for Elected Office to help cover disability related expenses.

The Fund is time limited and was set up to cover scheduled elections between December 2018 and March 2020. Officials are exploring how the Fund might support Police and Crime Commissioner and Local election candidates after 31st March 2020.

While financial support for candidates in elections is also a matter for political parties the Government is considering what support it might provide to succeed the current EnAble fund. The Disability Unit is considering options in connection with the National Strategy for Disabled People, which is due to be published in 2020.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests he has received as at the date of answering from hon. Members on behalf of Afghan citizens who wish to come to the UK since 15 August 2021.

Multiple Government departments have been contacted by MPs regarding Afghan citizens requesting relocation to the UK, which has resulted in large quantities of duplicate correspondence. Colleagues across Government have worked hard to triage these to the most appropriate points of contact, and to provide appropriate answers as swiftly as possible.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of families living in temporary accommodation in (a) London and (b) Southwark who have to travel over an hour each way to attend their children's schools.

We do not collect data on the distance of temporary accommodation from the household's school. The legislation and guidance sets out that local authorities should try to place individuals within their own area, and retain established links with schools, doctors, social workers and other key services and support. However, when this is not possible, they should place the household as near as possible to the original local authority. Placing a household out of the local authority area should be as a last resort and authorities must consider the impact a change in location would have on a household.

If a local authority places a household into accommodation in another local area, they are required by law to notify the local authority of any placement, to ensure there is no disruption to schooling or employment.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of homelessness of black residents in (a) England and Wales, (b) London and (c) Southwark in 2020.

The latest data relating to ethnicity breakdown of homeless households in England can be found in the annual homelessness statistics and live homelessness tables here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics

Data can be viewed by local authority and across different years.

Housing is a devolved issue and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government does not collect homelessness data for Wales.

The Government is committed to tackling homelessness and is investing over £750 million this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in England.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the methodology used for the allocation of funding to local authorities under the Community Champions scheme.

On 25 January we confirmed £23.75 million funding - allocated to 60 councils and further voluntary groups across England - to expand work to support those most at risk from COVID-19 and to boost vaccine take up through the Community Champions scheme. This is part of over £7.9 billion government funding provided to councils to help them support their communities during the pandemic. The scheme is specifically targeted at areas where challenges may be greatest due to the local combination of disproportionately impacted groups.

The list of local authorities who were invited to take part in the scheme drew upon a wide range of data sources, including DHSC/PHE long-term data on COVID-19 incidence; data on social integration; and evidence on the prevalence and specific support needs of disabled people in an area.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to reply to the joint letter from the hon. Members for (a) Camberwell and Peckham, (b) Bermondsey and Old Southwark, (c) Dulwich and West Norwood, and Cllr Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council and Cllr Evelyn Akoto, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Safety, sent electronically on 27 January 2021, on Government funding for local covid-19 vaccine advice.

A response to the letter was issued on 19 February and subsequent to this an electronic copy was sent on 8 March.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many families and individuals have become homeless in (a) Camberwell and Peckham, (b)Southwark and (c) London as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The causes of homelessness are multiple and complex. The Government has taken comprehensive action to prevent people getting into financial hardship through extending the furlough scheme to April, and boosting the welfare safety net by billions of pounds. We have also established an unprecedented package of support to protect renters. This includes legislating through the Coronavirus Act 2020 to delay when landlords can evict tenants, a 6 month stay on possession proceedings in court and a pause on bailiffs enforcing eviction notices.

Relevant homelessness data can be found here, the most recent being published as recently as 28 January: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homeless families are being housed in accommodation without access to kitchen facilities in (a) Camberwell and Peckham, (b) Southwark and (c) London.

Reducing the number of households in temporary accommodation is a priority for this Government. This is why we are investing more than £700 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping this year.

Chapter 17 of the Homelessness Code of Guidance, which concerns the suitability of accommodation is clear that all temporary accommodation must be suitable in relation to the applicant and to all members of their household who normally reside with them, or who might reasonably be expected to reside with them.

Consideration of whether accommodation is suitable will require an assessment of all aspects of the accommodation in the light of the relevant needs, requirements and circumstances of the homeless person and their household.

Housing authorities have a continuing obligation to keep the suitability of accommodation under review, and to respond to any relevant change in circumstances which may affect suitability.

Local authorities must ensure there is a right of appeal and applicants may ask for a review on request of the housing authority’s decision that the accommodation offered to them is suitable.

Relevant homelessness data can be found here, the most recent being published as recently as 29 January: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to help local authorities set targets for lowering carbon emissions.

98 per cent of local authorities are taking action to reduce emissions from their areas, or from their own estate. Councils are vital agents for change, able to bring together local people and local opportunities, through effective use of planning, housing and waste management powers.

My Department is engaging with councils and the Local Government Association, as well as other departments in Westminster, to ensure this vital role is supported appropriately by central government policy.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure new homes built in the next five years are energy efficient.

The Government remains fully committed to meeting its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the energy efficiency of buildings has to make in meeting it. We have committed to introduce a Future Homes Standard by 2025. This means new homes will be fit for the future, with low carbon heating and lower energy use through high levels of energy efficiency.

As a stepping stone towards the Future Homes Standard we are proposing a strengthening of these requirements in 2020 and then a further strengthening by 2025. We have consulted on a meaningful and achievable increase to the energy efficiency standards for new homes to be introduced through the Building Regulations in 2020. ?The consultation closed on 7 February: we are considering the response and will publish a Government response in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many net-zero carbon new homes have been built in England in each of the last five years.

The Government remains fully committed to meeting its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the energy efficiency of homes has to make in meeting it. We have consulted on a meaningful and achievable increase to the energy efficiency standards for new homes to be introduced through the Building Regulations in 2020, as a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard.?The consultation closed on 7 February: we are considering the responses received and will publish a Government response in due course. At present, the Government publishes energy efficiency data for homes drawn from Energy Performance Certificates, but does not routinely collect statistics on the numbers of zero carbon homes built in England.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will include carbon emissions related to the manufacture, transport and construction of building materials used in building houses in the calculations on emissions for the Future Homes Standard.

To consider embodied carbon at a building-level would require a standardised method of calculation supported by a robust evidence base and underpinned by widely adopted product standards. There is currently no widely agreed standardised method for certifying the embodied carbon of building products, so it was not included the Future Homes Standard consultation.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were known to be pregnant in HMP Bronzefield in each quarter from September 2020 to June 2021.

On 20 September the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a new policy on pregnancy, Mother and Baby Units and maternal separation from children up to the age of two in women’s prisons, which contains a range of reforms for improving the care of pregnant women. As part of the new policy, we have increased central data collection on self-declared pregnancies in women’s prisons. We are also publishing annual snapshots in the HMPPS Annual Digest. The first publication, covering July 2020-April 2021, shows that on average 26 women self-declared as pregnant across the women’s estate each week.

Whilst Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) is a national policy used across both privately managed prisons (PMPs) and public sector prisons, information within each PMP in relation to how, who, how many and why people are on an ACCT is held solely by providers and is not routinely held or collected by HM Prison and Probation Service Controllers’ Office/MoJ.

The number of pregnant women in HMP Bronzefield in each quarter, between January 2019 and December 2020, is provided below.

Quarter

Count of Women

Jan - Mar 2019

7

Apr - Jun 2019

21

Jul - Sep 2019

28

Oct - Dec 2019

25

Jan - Mar 2020

16

Apr - Jun 2020

23

Jul - Sep 2020

25

Oct - Dec 2020

28

It is not possible for the weekly snapshots published in the HMPPS Annual Digest to be accurately converted into quarters.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of those women known to be pregnant in HMP Bronzefield from March 2019 to September 2020 were under Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) monitoring for risks of self-harm and/or suicide.

On 20 September the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a new policy on pregnancy, Mother and Baby Units and maternal separation from children up to the age of two in women’s prisons, which contains a range of reforms for improving the care of pregnant women. As part of the new policy, we have increased central data collection on self-declared pregnancies in women’s prisons. We are also publishing annual snapshots in the HMPPS Annual Digest. The first publication, covering July 2020-April 2021, shows that on average 26 women self-declared as pregnant across the women’s estate each week.

Whilst Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) is a national policy used across both privately managed prisons (PMPs) and public sector prisons, information within each PMP in relation to how, who, how many and why people are on an ACCT is held solely by providers and is not routinely held or collected by HM Prison and Probation Service Controllers’ Office/MoJ.

The number of pregnant women in HMP Bronzefield in each quarter, between January 2019 and December 2020, is provided below.

Quarter

Count of Women

Jan - Mar 2019

7

Apr - Jun 2019

21

Jul - Sep 2019

28

Oct - Dec 2019

25

Jan - Mar 2020

16

Apr - Jun 2020

23

Jul - Sep 2020

25

Oct - Dec 2020

28

It is not possible for the weekly snapshots published in the HMPPS Annual Digest to be accurately converted into quarters.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of rape in each of the last five years in England and Wales pleaded (a) guilty and (b) not guilty.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions and outcomes for rape offences, up to December 2019, in the ‘Outcomes by Offence’ data tool, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/938568/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2019.xlsx

Using the data tool above, type ‘rape’ in the ‘Offence’ filter and select all options (19C-H, using ‘Select Multiple Items’ tickbox) in order to see prosecutions and convictions for these offences.

It is not possible to produce a true proportion of trials that result in a conviction from the link above as the tables present the number of convictions at all courts in the year and the number of prosecutions at magistrates’ courts in the same period. For offences where the case takes a long time (especially apparent for rape), that means the convictions in the latest year can relate to prosecutions from earlier time periods. CPS publish a defendant level conviction rate, where convictions and prosecutions relating to the same case are matched and recorded in the same year.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/publications/Prosecution-Crime-Types-Data-Tables-Year-Ending-September-2020.xlsx

The Government recognises that the decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences being charged and prosecuted in England and Wales is a cause for significant concern. That is why we are carrying out an end-to end review of how the Criminal Justice System responds to rape. Through this review we are working with operational partners from across the Criminal Justice system including the police, CPS and victims’ groups to ensure we can improve the way rape cases are dealt with.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on pleas given at Crown Court for rape offences, up to December 2019, in the ‘Crown Court’ data tool, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888341/crown-court-tool-2019.xlsx

As above, type ‘rape’ in the ‘Offence’ filter and select all options (19C-H, using ‘Select Multiple Items’ tickbox). Use the ‘Plea at Crown Court’ filter to isolate figures for ‘Guilty’ or ‘Not Guilty’ pleas given.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) number and (b) proportion of rape trials ended in conviction in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on prosecutions and outcomes for rape offences, up to December 2019, in the ‘Outcomes by Offence’ data tool, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/938568/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2019.xlsx

Using the data tool above, type ‘rape’ in the ‘Offence’ filter and select all options (19C-H, using ‘Select Multiple Items’ tickbox) in order to see prosecutions and convictions for these offences.

It is not possible to produce a true proportion of trials that result in a conviction from the link above as the tables present the number of convictions at all courts in the year and the number of prosecutions at magistrates’ courts in the same period. For offences where the case takes a long time (especially apparent for rape), that means the convictions in the latest year can relate to prosecutions from earlier time periods. CPS publish a defendant level conviction rate, where convictions and prosecutions relating to the same case are matched and recorded in the same year.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/publications/Prosecution-Crime-Types-Data-Tables-Year-Ending-September-2020.xlsx

The Government recognises that the decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences being charged and prosecuted in England and Wales is a cause for significant concern. That is why we are carrying out an end-to end review of how the Criminal Justice System responds to rape. Through this review we are working with operational partners from across the Criminal Justice system including the police, CPS and victims’ groups to ensure we can improve the way rape cases are dealt with.

The Ministry of Justice has published information on pleas given at Crown Court for rape offences, up to December 2019, in the ‘Crown Court’ data tool, available here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888341/crown-court-tool-2019.xlsx

As above, type ‘rape’ in the ‘Offence’ filter and select all options (19C-H, using ‘Select Multiple Items’ tickbox). Use the ‘Plea at Crown Court’ filter to isolate figures for ‘Guilty’ or ‘Not Guilty’ pleas given.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the January 2021 covid-19 restrictions on the mental and emotional wellbeing of children with (a) mothers and (b) fathers in the prison system.

NHS England & Improvement and NHS Wales are responsible for the assessment of the mental health needs of those in prison. Whilst regime restrictions introduced to control the spread of COVID-19 have saved lives, we recognise that these measures may exacerbate the mental health needs of those in our care. It is therefore vital that these restrictions are proportionate.

Family contact provides a crucial lifeline for those in our care. It is important that those in prison are actively able to maintain outside contacts and meaningful family ties, especially with their children. Being able to communicate with those outside is part of providing a safe and decent environment for prisoners and contributes to a reduction in self-harm and suicide In response to the initial lockdown, we acted quickly to ensure that prisoners could stay in touch with their loved ones, providing 1,500 secure mobile handsets, every prisoner with at least £5 PIN credit per week and introduced secure video calls which are now available in all prisons at no cost to families.

Mother and Baby Units have operated in women’s prisons for a number of years, they enable mothers to have their children with them in prison during an important period of bonding. The units are often praised in HMIP reports. There are also many ad hoc provisions such as Storybook Dads which help to maintain contact with younger children.

HMPPS continues to balance the delivery of activities and time out of cell that is both decent and COVID-safe, striving for as generous as possible regime offer with necessary restrictions in place focusing on protecting the health and lives of staff and residents. The lifting of some restrictions within our establishments will be done carefully and gradually, and only when it is judged to be appropriate for each individual site, noting the risks that the prison estate continues to manage.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the regime restrictions introduced in response to it have brought new and different challenges, but maintaining safety, mental health and wellbeing of prisoners remains a priority. We have produced a range of products to support Governors in devising and implementing local safety and welfare plans designed to mitigate risks. This has included resources for staff assisting prison residents who might be struggling, such as guidance on understanding and supporting someone who is self-harming.

To support wellbeing and address anxiety and boredom, we have developed distraction packs, in cell activities and a range of self-help materials, including a Wellbeing Plan, created with input from mental health charity Mind. The Samaritans phone service has remained available and we are working with them to ensure their Listener scheme continues to facilitate peer support between prisoners.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will reintroduce Section 124 of the Equality Act 2010 enabling tribunals to make wider recommendations to tackle discrimination in the workforce.

Section 124 (3)(b) of the Equality Act 2010 was repealed in the Deregulation Act 2015. Following consultation in 2013, the Government decided that wider recommendations by tribunals, which were not mandatory on employers, did not serve any useful purpose, yet created a perception of burden and unfairness for business - the estimated cost of making wider recommendations to employers who did implement them was about £2000.

Tribunals already had and continue to have the power to make critical observations about an employer’s processes and procedures. We have no plans to reinstate Section 124(3)(b) of the Act.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will reintroduce section 138 of the Equality Act 2010 setting out the discrimination and equal pay questionnaire procedure for the collection of information by someone who thinks they may have been unlawfully discriminated against from the person or provider who is thought to be responsible for the unlawful treatment.

Section 138 of the Equality Act 2010 was repealed in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. The government has no plans to reinstate these provisions. Employees can still put questions to their employer or former employer concerning a claim under the Act if they wish. A Court or Tribunal may consider any relevant questions and answers as part of the evidence of the case, and may draw inferences if questions are not answered. At the time of the repeal ACAS produced a good practice guide with advice on how to do this, which can be found here: https://archive.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4971

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much funding from the public purse the Equality and Human Rights Commission has received in each of the last five years.

Funding received by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in the last five years is set out in the table below;

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Total

£23,542,000

£20,415,029

£19,345,000

£18,349,000

£17,431,000

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women have been killed by men who claim rough sex as a defence to murder, in each of the last five years in England and Wales.

The law states that a victim is unable to consent to actual bodily harm or other serious injury, including death. Defendants who claim consent to such activity remain liable to prosecution.

The Ministry of Justice collects information on defendants that are prosecuted and convicted of specific criminal offences in England and Wales (i.e. murder, manslaughter, etc) in any given year. Information is not collated on whether a prosecution or conviction relied on a defendant’s claim in their defence, that death had resulted from rough sex gone wrong. This may be a matter of court record but such information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Under the provisions of the Domestic Abuse Bill, the general functions of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner will include encouraging good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offences involving domestic abuse. Specified public authorities, including chief officers of police and the Crown Prosecution Service, will be under a duty to cooperate with the Commissioner where it is reasonably practical to do so. The duty to cooperate could include, for example, responding to requests for information from the Commissioner. As an independent office holder, it will be for the Commissioner to determine how best to discharge her functions and exercise her powers.”

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to ensure that it is a requirement of the new Domestic Abuse Commissioner to record information on the number of women killed by men who claim rough sex as a defence to murder in England and Wales.

The law states that a victim is unable to consent to actual bodily harm or other serious injury, including death. Defendants who claim consent to such activity remain liable to prosecution.

The Ministry of Justice collects information on defendants that are prosecuted and convicted of specific criminal offences in England and Wales (i.e. murder, manslaughter, etc) in any given year. Information is not collated on whether a prosecution or conviction relied on a defendant’s claim in their defence, that death had resulted from rough sex gone wrong. This may be a matter of court record but such information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Under the provisions of the Domestic Abuse Bill, the general functions of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner will include encouraging good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offences involving domestic abuse. Specified public authorities, including chief officers of police and the Crown Prosecution Service, will be under a duty to cooperate with the Commissioner where it is reasonably practical to do so. The duty to cooperate could include, for example, responding to requests for information from the Commissioner. As an independent office holder, it will be for the Commissioner to determine how best to discharge her functions and exercise her powers.”

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for the offence of buying sex from a prostitute controlled for the gain of another person under section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 since April 2010.

The Ministry of Justice has published the number of prosecutions and convictions under S.53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 as inserted by S.14 Policing and Crime Act 2009, for the calendar years 2013 – 2018 in the ‘Proceedings and Outcomes by Home Office Code 2013 to 2018 data tool’:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802342/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2018.xlsx

  • Select the Detailed offence ‘Paying or promising to pay a person to provide sexual services, where that person is subject to exploitative conduct to induce or encourage them to provide those services’ (or alternatively the Offence code ‘16702’).

Prosecutions and convictions for this offence from 2010 to 2012 are in the attached table.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)