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Ian Murray

Labour - Edinburgh South

11,095 (22.3%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 6th May 2010

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

(since April 2020)

Foreign Affairs Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Foreign Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Foreign Affairs Committee
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Scottish Affairs Committee
5th Sep 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Commission
4th Nov 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
8th May 2015 - 26th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
7th Oct 2011 - 8th May 2015
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 10th Dec 2012
Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
2nd Nov 2010 - 24th Oct 2011
Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee)
12th Jul 2010 - 24th Oct 2011
Committees on Arms Export Controls
12th Jul 2010 - 24th Oct 2011


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Ian Murray has voted in 734 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Alister Jack (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Scotland
(38 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(18 debate interactions)
Iain Stewart (Conservative)
(16 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Scotland Office
(134 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(29 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(25 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance (No. 2) Act 2023
(638 words contributed)
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Edinburgh South Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.


Latest EDMs signed by Ian Murray

24th March 2021
Ian Murray signed this EDM on Monday 19th April 2021

Immigration

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 184), dated 23 February 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 25 February 2021, be annulled.
82 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 40
Scottish National Party: 24
Liberal Democrat: 8
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 2
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
4th June 2020
Ian Murray signed this EDM on Wednesday 1st July 2020

Legal Aid and Advice

Tabled by: David Lammy (Labour - Tottenham)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 515), dated 15 May 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18 May 2020, be annulled.
138 signatures
(Most recent: 11 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 111
Liberal Democrat: 9
Independent: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Ian Murray, 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.


Ian Murray has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Ian Murray has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Ian Murray


Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 11th February 2015

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to provide for the setting of a decarbonisation target for the UK; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Latest 50 Written Questions

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5 Other Department Questions
20th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, how much additional funding was provided for Glasgow City Council to assist with the effects of hosting COP26 in Glasgow.

The amount of funding provided by the UK Government through the Cabinet Office to Scottish Government Agencies is not yet finalised, as costs are still being incurred. All approved actual costs will be reimbursed following the event, in line with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Scottish Government.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Police Scotland, are two of the agencies covered by the MOU, and approved actual costs will be covered by the COP26 budget.

Similarly, Glasgow City Council will be reimbursed for approved actual costs, which will not be known until after the event.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, how much additional funding has been provided for policing of the COP26 event in Glasgow.

The amount of funding provided by the UK Government through the Cabinet Office to Scottish Government Agencies is not yet finalised, as costs are still being incurred. All approved actual costs will be reimbursed following the event, in line with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Scottish Government.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Police Scotland, are two of the agencies covered by the MOU, and approved actual costs will be covered by the COP26 budget.

Similarly, Glasgow City Council will be reimbursed for approved actual costs, which will not be known until after the event.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether the Government has allocated additional funding to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to respond to the potential health effects of the COP26 summit being hosted in Glasgow.

The amount of funding provided by the UK Government through the Cabinet Office to Scottish Government Agencies is not yet finalised, as costs are still being incurred. All approved actual costs will be reimbursed following the event, in line with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Scottish Government.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Police Scotland, are two of the agencies covered by the MOU, and approved actual costs will be covered by the COP26 budget.

Similarly, Glasgow City Council will be reimbursed for approved actual costs, which will not be known until after the event.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether the UK Government and Scottish Government have agreed how additional funding provided in order to assist with the impact of COP26 will be allocated.

The amount of funding provided by the UK Government through the Cabinet Office to Scottish Government Agencies is not yet finalised, as costs are still being incurred. All approved actual costs will be reimbursed following the event, in line with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Scottish Government.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Police Scotland, are two of the agencies covered by the MOU, and approved actual costs will be covered by the COP26 budget.

Similarly, Glasgow City Council will be reimbursed for approved actual costs, which will not be known until after the event.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, how much additional funding has been allocated to the Scottish Government for the potential costs of hosting COP26 in Glasgow.

The amount of funding provided by the UK Government through the Cabinet Office to Scottish Government Agencies is not yet finalised, as costs are still being incurred. All approved actual costs will be reimbursed following the event, in line with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Scottish Government.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Police Scotland, are two of the agencies covered by the MOU, and approved actual costs will be covered by the COP26 budget.

Similarly, Glasgow City Council will be reimbursed for approved actual costs, which will not be known until after the event.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on UK Security Vetting applicants of waiting periods for security clearance.

No assessment has been made of the financial impact on applicants to UK Security Vetting of waiting periods for security clearance.

The purpose of National Security Vetting is to help safeguard National Security. Waiting periods for security clearance are driven by the time required to gather information from a range of sources on an applicant and the subsequent analysis of this information. Waiting times therefore vary accordingly.

Advice is provided to applicants that this process can take some time to complete. I am unable to comment further on the financial impact that this essential security control may have.

Work is ongoing within Cabinet Office to modernise and improve the effectiveness of vetting overall, in line with the Government’s wider modernisation agenda and to keep pace with the threats faced by the UK today. The modernisation aims to improve the end to end user experience for the applicant and sponsoring department and improve the speed of applications.

15th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the terms of reference for the independent inquiry into lobbying by Greensill will include its contacts with the Scottish Government in connection with Liberty Steel and its funding of GFG Alliance assets in Lochaber.
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what effect the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement has had on the (a) costs and (b) timescales of shipping from the UK to the EU since the end of the transition period.

On costs, I refer the Hon. Member to the answers given at Oral Questions for the Cabinet Office on 11 February.

Freight flows through GB ports are now nearly at the normal levels we would expect for this time of year.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the English Votes for English Laws process.

It is the case that MPs from across the UK are able to debate, amend and vote on every piece of legislation that passes through the House of Commons as no legislation can be made without the consent of the whole House. The English Votes for English Laws procedure has provided a mechanism for MPs representing English constituencies to consent to legislation that affects England only.

13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to increase Scotland’s (a) manufacturing capacity for and (b) delivery of cell and gene therapies.

The government is investing significantly to support manufacturing and delivery of cell and gene therapies.

Since 2021, government has launched three UK-wide capital grant schemes – up to £118 million of funds – to incentivise manufacturing investments, including in advanced therapies. Last year, government announced a further £520 million to increase investment in Life Sciences manufacturing.

The UK is a world-leader in the development and manufacture of cell and gene therapies thanks to government investment in innovation and skills, including through the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult which also coordinates the Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre network.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to help support research into cell and gene therapy in Scotland.

The UK is a world-leader in the development and manufacture of cell and gene therapies thanks to government investment in innovation and skills, including through the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC).

DSIT also invested £10 million - alongside £10 million from Scottish Enterprise – to support a new Oligonucleotide Manufacturing Innovation Centre of Excellence in Glasgow.

The Vaccine Taskforce provided funding for a state-of-the art CGTC facility in Braintree to accelerate the development and manufacturing of advanced therapies at clinical and commercial scale.

My department also supported CGTC to establish apprenticeships and training programmes to upskill people across the UK.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to support the life sciences sector in Scotland.

On 26 May we announced a raft of measures to support the life sciences sector across the UK. This includes a new Biomanufacturing Fund, open to companies across the UK, and measures to improve the underlying business environment such as through pro-innovation review of technologies (life sciences), which will give industry and investors the certainty they need to drive innovation, investment and growth. We will ensure the sector has the finance it needs to grow through our Life Sciences Investment Envoy, Dan Mahony, and the Long-term Investment For Technology and Science (LIFTS) initiative, bolstering investment in companies across the UK.

6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department has taken to help increase the number of life sciences companies in Scotland.

Through the Life Sciences Vision, we are committed to growing the life sciences sector across the country. We have delivered a range of programmes open to companies across the UK, including the Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund (MDMTF) in 2021, the Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF) in 2022, and the Biomanufacturing Fund announced on 26 May this year. We appointed a Life Sciences Investment Envoy, Dan Mahony, to boost investment in companies looking to grow and are working with the Treasury on the Long-term Investment For Technology and Science (LIFTS) initiative to crowd-in investment and grow the sector.

6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department plans to collaborate with businesses in the Scottish life sciences industry to meet the Government’s ambition of being a science superpower by 2030.

The Department collaborates closely with companies from across the UK, including Scottish industry, to deliver the Life Sciences Vision and ensure we deliver on our science superpower ambitions. Officials in the Office for Life Sciences meet with the Devolved Administrations monthly, and they are officially represented on the quarterly Life Sciences Delivery Board to ensure we are delivering for the entirety of the UK. Representatives from Scottish Industry also attended the recent ‘Treasury Connect’ series, where Ministers and officials met directly with industry to discuss their ambition and concerns. This directly informed the £650 million package announced on 26 May.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the answer of 24 October to question 59611 on Energy Bills Rebate, if he will take steps to ensure that households which have different energy meters for their home and garage or other building attached to the original dwelling do not receive two or more Energy Bill Support Scheme payments.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to him on 24 October to Question 59611.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of making multiple Energy Bills Support Scheme payments to households that have more than one energy supplier.

Eligibility for EBSS payment is determined on the basis of a Domestic Customer who is party to a Domestic Supply Contract or a Deemed Contract for electricity supply which relates to a Domestic Premises. Only one Domestic Customer per Domestic Supply Contract or Deemed Contract per Domestic Premises is considered an eligible customer. There may be highly limited supply meters and separate contracts with domestic electricity suppliers, however, these circumstances were considered so rare as to not requiring specific consideration.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households with multiple energy suppliers.

The Department have not made an estimation. Energy customers are free to choose a different supplier for each meter in their household.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on fairness of households which have different energy suppliers for their (a) home and (b) garage and receive two Energy Bill Support Scheme payments as a result; and whether he will take steps to prevent this from occurring.

It is possible for individuals to benefit more than once from EBSS, where an individual is responsible for separate domestic contracts relating to more than one property.

22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to expedite the Redundancy Payment Scheme for workers at the Dawnfresh site in Uddingston.

The Redundancy Payments Service aims to process all claims within 6 weeks of receipt. Before making any payments, the Redundancy Payments Service requires certain documents from the Insolvency Practitioner administering the insolvency, to validate employees’ claims. The Redundancy Payments Service received these documents on Monday 21 March and the first payments were issued on that date; the first claim having been made on 3 March. By 23 March, 311 separate payments totalling £658,002.42 (gross) had been made on the case.

21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Warm Homes Discount will continue to apply in full to individuals and organisations in Scotland after 31 March 2022.

The Government has committed to extending the Warm Home Discount to at least 2025/26 and expanding the scheme spending envelope from the current £350 million to £475 million (in 2020 prices) per year. This will enable the Government to provide around 3 million rebates each winter across Great Britain, which is an increase of a third compared to the current scheme.

The Government has consulted on apportioning a fair amount of the overall £475 million annual funding to Scotland for a Warm Home Discount scheme in Scotland from the 2022/23 scheme year. The Government is agreeing a position with the Scottish Government on the future scheme. Any scheme in Scotland would be consulted on. Should the UK Government implement a scheme for Scotland, the intention would be to have consulted and have Regulations in place in advance of the summer Parliamentary recess.

The current scheme is continuing to operate across Great Britain for 2021/22.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether continued membership of Interreg programmes will be possible for UK-based organisations following the UK's departure from the EU.

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement January 2020 it was agreed that the UK would remain in European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) programmes in the Multiannual Funding Framework (MFF) 2014-2020. This includes Interreg programmes also known as European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes. Spending on these programmes will continue until December 2023 and after this they will be closed.

The UK will not be participating in ESIF programmes in the next MFF 2021-2027, including ETC programmes, except for the Peace Plus programme in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has policy responsibility for Peace Plus.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total cost of the Government's Carbon Capture and Storage programme is to 2030; and what the funding allocation is to each of the two successful bidders from the Track one process.

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) clusters will have the opportunity to negotiate for capital support from the £1bn CCS Infrastructure Fund, as well as from the twin-track £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund. In addition, further capital support may be brought forward in future spending review period, based on government’s assessment of need and value for money to the taxpayer.

No funding allocation has yet been decided on track 1 cluster. Track-1 clusters will now enter a process of negotiations and further due diligence, where the government will confirm where it is appropriate to provide financial support, and the level of support required to facilitate cluster deployment by the mid-2020s.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will create a ring-fenced pot in the Contracts for Difference AR4 process for tidal energy.

The Department published the draft parameters for Allocation Round 4 of the Contracts for Difference scheme on 13 September 2021. The Department has not set out a specific ringfence for tidal projects. However, as a less established renewable technology, tidal stream will be eligible to compete in Pot 2 in the next auction round in December.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using the provisions laid out in section 185 of the Energy Act 2004 to make an order to reform the UK transmission charge regime to assist Scottish renewable energy generators; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s assessment of the potential use of powers under Section 185 of the Energy Act 2004 to adjust transmission powers is set out in the ‘Policy Response’ section at page 7 of Government Response of June 2018 to a consultation on proposed amendments to the Contracts for Difference scheme. It is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/contracts-for-difference-cfd-proposed-amendments-to-the-scheme.

The assessment points to transmission charging as a matter for Ofgem, the value of cost-reflective charges, and Contracts for Difference contracts as the focus of Government support for renewable energy generation projects.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of ring-fenced support from the Contracts for Difference AR4 process for Scottish renewable tidal energy.

The Department published the draft parameters for Allocation Round 4 of the Contracts for Difference scheme on 13 September 2021. The Department has not set out a specific ringfence for tidal projects. However, as a less established renewable technology, tidal stream will be eligible to compete in Pot 2 in the next auction round in December.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of Scottish retail, tourism and hospitality industries in response to their concerns about a lack of footfall in Scotland’s major cities.

Ministers engage regularly with various representatives of the business, hospitality, retail and tourism industries in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including local Chambers of Commerce, and branches of the Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Business and Institute of Directors on business and economic issues. In addition, DCMS Ministers who are responsible for tourism engage with Scottish tourism industry representatives via the Tourism Industry Council.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the publishing industry on ensuring the strength of the UK’s copyright laws following the UK's departure from the EU.

The Government holds regular discussions with stakeholders about the copyright framework to ensure it remains fit for purpose. This includes engagement with representatives from the publishing industry.

Any change to UK copyright legislation following its exit from the EU would come only after detailed consideration and assessment, including consultation with stakeholders, and would need to be driven by the evidence. This approach will help ensure that the UK’s IP and enforcement framework continues to be rated as one of the best in the world.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department’s latest estimate is of the savings that will be delivered for consumers from the successful projects in Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 3 in each of the 15 years of their Contracts for Difference.

As part of the evaluation of Contracts for Difference (CfD), we have carried out some analysis on the estimated saving of successful projects in CfD Allocation Round 3 in comparison to the Renewables Obligation. This analysis will be published in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the potentially eligible capacity in the fourth allocation round for Contracts for Difference in (a) Pot 1: established technologies, including onshore wind and solar PV, (b) Pot 2: less-established technologies, including floating offshore wind, advanced conversion technologies and tidal stream and (c) Pot 3: offshore wind.

In order to be eligible to bid into the round, projects competing in all pots must first have obtained planning permission from the relevant authority and meet eligibility criteria specific to each technology.

The Department publishes the quarterly Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) which provides information on the potential pipeline for renewable technologies. This includes detail on the estimated capacities of known projects that have already obtained planning permission, and those which are currently in the planning process (although will still need to demonstrate compliance with the eligibility criteria before bidding in to the Contracts for Difference Auction). The latest published REPD can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the evidential basis for the proposed 12GW overall capacity cap in the fourth allocation round for Contracts for Difference, scheduled to commence in December 2021.

As set out in my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s announcement of 6 October 2020, Allocation Round 4 aims to support up to 12GW capacity of renewable electricity, subject to the availability of the pipeline. This is not an overall capacity cap, and we are currently considering auction parameters (including caps) ahead of publishing the Draft Budget Notice.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the draft budget notice for the fourth allocation round for Contracts for Difference.

We are currently developing parameters for Allocation Round 4 and will publish these well in advance of the next auction in December 2021.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department plans to use its ability to set a flexible cap in each pot in the fourth allocation round for Contracts for Difference.

Applying a capacity cap as a soft constraint might allow us to achieve capacity closer to the Government’s ambitions for the round than is possible with a hard capacity cap. We will publish the parameters for the fourth Contracts for Difference allocation round soon, including decisions on any use of soft capacity caps.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in Official Development Assistance funding to UK Research and Innovation on members of the Global Challenges Research Fund Strategy Advisory Group in Scotland.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is overseen by the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), which acts in an advisory capacity to the strategic direction of the GCRF. Its membership consists of experts in the fields of science and research, and international development. They represent academia, government, business and other stakeholders, covering a broad range of disciplines and have an international or global perspective.

Of the SAG’s 14 current members, three represent Scottish institutions. A full list of members, including their affiliate institutions, is available on the UKRI SAG webpage. I am not aware of any imminent planned changes the makeup of the SAG. A periodic refresh of SAG membership has only recently been completed, in line with Cabinet Office guidelines on good governance.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) UK and (b) Scottish-led projects in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries that will be terminated as a result of the recent reduction in ODA funding to UK Research and Innovation.

The challenging financial situation we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid spending target from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%. This means making difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising how we spend aid money to deliver the most impactful outcomes.

The Government recognises the importance of supporting international research partnerships, and supporting the UK research sector. Our commitment to research and innovation has been clearly demonstrated by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announcement of increasing investment in R&D across government to £14.6bn in 2021/22; and as has been set out in our Integrated Review ambitions, international collaboration is central to a healthy and productive R&D sector.

On 1st April, the Department set out an additional £250m of funding for the R&D sector. As a result, UK scientists will have access to more public funding than ever before. This takes total Government investment in R&D to £14.9 billion in 2021/22 and follows four years of significant growth in R&D funding, including a boost of more than £1.5 billion in 2020/21.

We are currently working with UKRI, and all our Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund Delivery Partners, to manage the financial year 2021/22 ODA allocations, including determining which projects will be going ahead. Our Delivery Partners have communicated with award holders setting out the next stage of the review of ODA funding next year, and to explore options for individual programmes. Full details have been published on the UKRI website. Due to the ongoing nature of this process, until it is complete, we cannot share project-level details.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will undertake an impact assessment of the reduction in Official Development Assistance funding to UK Research and Innovation on the UK's ability to assist in addressing societal issues in Lower and Middle Income countries.

The challenging financial situation we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the UK’s aid spending target from 0.7% of GNI to 0.5%. This means making difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising how we spend aid money to deliver the most impactful outcomes.

On 2nd December last year, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary wrote to the Chair of the International Development Committee setting out the Strategic Framework for UK ODA, which details the UK’s foreign aid spending priorities. This is in addition to tackling poverty, as all UK ODA does. In line with these priorities, he confirmed each Department’s total ODA settlement on 26th January.

We are currently working with UKRI, and all our Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund Delivery Partners, to manage the financial year 2021/22 ODA allocations. Once this process is complete, BEIS officials will review the impact of these spending decisions, in line with relevant public sector duties.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost and (b) time taken to ship a parcel to the EU in 2021 compared to 2020.

The Government’s priority is to keep goods moving and avoid delays at the border. The Government is ensuring that border processes are as smooth as possible, without compromising security.

The Government is continuing to engage with businesses across sectors to support their adjustment to the new processes and arrangements with the European Union.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2021 to Question 152474 on Energy: Prices, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of transmission charges on the competitive process of awarding contracts for difference.

National Grid Electricity System Operator collects transmission charges from network users to recover the cost of installing and maintaining the transmission system in Great Britain and the offshore electricity network infrastructure. These include a locational element to reflect network use as part of the requirement for cost reflective network charges.

Individual Contracts for Difference bidders will determine their bid prices based on their own assessment of expected costs and revenues. The price paid to each successful bidder is based on the clearing price of a competitive auction.

However, the Department does set the maximum strike price each technology can receive (the Administrative Strike Price), which takes into account a broad range of factors. This incorporates our latest view of transmission charges, estimated for pipeline projects where possible using tariffs and network charging assumptions for each location (provided by National Grid).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there will be a regionalisation to the awarding of contracts for difference in the fourth auction later in 2021.

The Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme does not award contracts to projects based on regional quotas. The scheme awards contracts through a competitive process which ensures the most cost-effective projects are supported. The focus on supporting the lowest price bids drives efficiency and cost reduction and has resulted in significant quantities of new renewable electricity capacity being delivered across Great Britain.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing transmission charges as an element in applications for the fourth contracts for difference auction.

National Grid Electricity System Operator collects transmission charges to recover the cost of installing and maintaining the transmission system in Great Britain and the offshore electricity network infrastructure. These include a locational element to reflect network use as part of the requirement for cost reflective network charges.

Individual Contracts for Difference bidders will determine their bid prices based on their own assessment of expected costs and revenues. The price paid to each successful bid is based on the clearing price of a competitive auction.

However, the Department does set the maximum strike price each technology can receive (the Administrative Strike Price), which takes into account a broad range of factors. This incorporates our latest view of transmission charges, estimated for pipeline projects where possible using tariffs and network charging assumptions for each location (provided by National Grid).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made has he made of the effect of transmission charges on the pricing of contract for difference tenders; and is he will make a statement.

National Grid Electricity System Operator collects transmission charges to recover the cost of installing and maintaining the transmission system in Great Britain and the offshore electricity network infrastructure. These include a locational element to reflect network use as part of the requirement for cost reflective network charges.

Individual Contracts for Difference bidders will determine their bid prices based on their own assessment of expected costs and revenues. The price paid to each successful bid is based on the clearing price of a competitive auction.

However, the Department does set the maximum strike price each technology can receive (the Administrative Strike Price), which takes into account a broad range of factors. This incorporates our latest view of transmission charges, estimated for pipeline projects where possible using tariffs and network charging assumptions for each location (provided by National Grid).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment has been carried out with regards to the need for additional and continuing support for the hospitality sector in 2021.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has worked closely with the hospitality sector to understand the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and has responded with an unprecedented package of business support, which we keep under review.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Competition and Markets Authority on guidance for nurseries charging full fees from parents while closed during the covid-19 outbreak.

Ministers have regular meetings with the CMA leadership, and the CMA issued guidance for nurseries on charging and refunds for parents following closure due to the covid-19 outbreak on 28th July 2020.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what equality impact assessment she has made of health related funding allocated by her Department in respect of the industrial strategy; and if she will undertake equality impact assessments of health related funding allocated by her Department over the next five years.

As a public authority, BEIS is required to adhere to the Public Sector Equality Duty in line with the Equality Act. The Department takes its obligations under the Equality Act very seriously, specifically in ensuring that we give due regard to the impacts on people with protected characteristics. We are currently reviewing the assessments made, and are committed to undertaking equality impact analysis of health-related funding allocated by BEIS over the next five years.

Health-related projects funded by BEIS and its delivery partners includes funding in the Life Sciences Sector Deals, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Healthy Ageing Programme, and the Artificial Intelligence Sector Deal.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if she will undertake an equality impact assessment of the work of UK Research and Innovation.

The Government recognises that equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), of both people and ideas, is crucial to delivering excellence in research and innovation. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has been developing work on this topic, led by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Executive Chair Jennifer Rubin and an external advisory group that brings together experts from the UK and international bodies. UKRI will be publishing its EDI strategy in February 2020, laying out the challenges and opportunities that the organisation and wider community faces. More information will be available after the anticipated House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into EDI and the publication of UKRI diversity data in the spring. The department will make decisions on further requirements in due course.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made a recent assessment of the contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the tourism industry.

The whisky industry is the UK’s largest single food and drink sector, accounting for 25% of the UK’s food and drink exports and 75% of Scottish food and drink exports, impacting 200 markets worldwide. The whisky sector generates £3.3 billion directly to the UK economy, and totals £5.5 billion when Gross Value Added (GVA) is added to the overall to UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Research by VisitScotland found that 20% of respondents stated they visited a whisky distillery on their holiday in Scotland, making it one of the top activities for overnight tourists on their trip to Scotland.

Visits to whisky distilleries in Scotland have increased by two thirds since 2010, and over 1000 people are now directly employed in tourism roles which equates to 10% of the industry’s direct employment in Scotland.

4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what consideration has been given to support for Gaelic broadcasting in the forthcoming Broadcasting White Paper.

The UK Government has a strong record of demonstrating its commitment to minority language broadcasting to ensure that our broadcasting sector services all audiences of the UK nations and regions.

Minority language broadcasting has an important role to play in the UK’s broadcasting ecology, providing not only an opportunity for speakers to access content in a language familiar to them, but as a means of cultural expression for communities across the UK.

The Government has been undertaking a strategic review of public service broadcasting. This will include the important role of minority language broadcasting to audiences such as Gaelic speaking community. The conclusions from that review will be set out in the Broadcasting White Paper.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to increase the charity lottery annual sales limit from £50 million to £100 million.

The government increased the annual sales limit for society lotteries from £10 million to £50 million in July 2020, as part of a package of reforms designed to enable both the National Lottery and society lotteries to thrive, and consequently to grow overall returns to good causes.

We have committed to reviewing these reforms, and that is now under way. We want to understand the impact of these changes, before we consider looking again at the case for a £100 million lottery licence and any additional conditions that may accompany that.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce a Government-backed insurance indemnity package against the risk of cancellation for the festival industry.

This Government recognises the importance of the UK’s live events sector and has provided significant financial support including an additional £300 million to the Culture Recovery Fund, details of which were announced on Friday 25th June.

The DCMS Secretary of State made clear at the DCMS Select Committee in May, the government is aware of the wider concerns around securing indemnity for live events and we continue to assess options to provide further support to the sector within the public health context. He also underlined that the government’s first priority is to remove remaining barriers (such as social distancing) by reaching Step 4 of the Roadmap. Once that point is reached, if events still cannot go ahead because of a failure of the commercial insurance market, the Government will look at intervening as was done for the TV/Film sectors.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish data on the number of (a) freelancers and (b) supply chain businesses that are awaiting payments from the Culture Recovery Fund that were due from January 2021.

DCMS and Arms Length Bodies categorise organisations by discipline, rather than position within the supply chain, and so we cannot provide the data requested.

We appreciate that grant payment delays can cause confusion and concern, however as of 24 June, 88% of CRF recipients have now received first round funding, and 72.6% have received second round funding. Culture Recovery Fund grant payments are typically made in multiple tranches, a first payment at the start of the grant period, followed by a final payment at the end of the period.