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Jack Dromey

Labour - Birmingham, Erdington

Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

(since January 2021)
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions)
12th Jan 2018 - 7th Jan 2021
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour)
9th Oct 2016 - 12th Jan 2018
Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)
7th Oct 2013 - 27th Jun 2016
Regulatory Reform
26th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Housing)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2013
Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 2nd Nov 2010


Department Event
Thursday 27th May 2021
09:30
Cabinet Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
27 May 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Cabinet Office (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Immigration
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 196 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 270 Noes - 358
Speeches
Thursday 13th May 2021
A Brighter Future for the Next Generation

The last year has been one of tragedy for the tens of thousands of relatives of those who died from …

Written Answers
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Customs Intermediaries: Recruitment
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of (a) additional HMRC …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 10th March 2020
Standardised assessment in primary schools
That this House acknowledges recent research conducted by YouGov which demonstrates that 62 per cent of parents believe there is …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Court Collaborations
Address of donor: 122 Colmore Road, Birmingham B3 3BD
Amount of donation, or nature and …
EDM signed
Tuesday 13th April 2021
Fire and rehire tactics
That this House notes with alarm the growing number of employers who are dismissing and re-engaging staff on worse pay …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019
A Bill to make provision in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the European Union.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Jack Dromey has voted in 221 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Guy Opperman (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
(14 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
(4 debate interactions)
Chris Grayling (Conservative)
(3 debate interactions)
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Birmingham, Erdington 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 Birmingham, Erdington signature proportion
Petition Open
137
of 30,420 signatures (0.45%)
Petition Open
361
of 108,877 signatures (0.33%)
Petition Open
1,049
of 345,593 signatures (0.30%)
Petition Open
700
of 350,483 signatures (0.20%)
Petitions with most Birmingham, Erdington signatures
Petition Open
1,049
of 345,593 signatures (0.30%)
Petition Open
700
of 350,483 signatures (0.20%)
Petition Open
361
of 108,877 signatures (0.33%)
Petition Open
277
of 149,406 signatures (0.19%)
Jack Dromey has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Jack Dromey

13th April 2021
Jack Dromey signed this EDM on Tuesday 13th April 2021

Fire and rehire tactics

Tabled by: Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
That this House notes with alarm the growing number of employers who are dismissing and re-engaging staff on worse pay and terms and conditions, a practice commonly known as fire and rehire; agrees with Government Ministers that such tactics represent an unacceptable abuse of power by rogue bosses, many of …
75 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 48
Scottish National Party: 14
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
11th February 2021
Jack Dromey signed this EDM on Monday 22nd February 2021

Visiting in care homes and hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak

Tabled by: Harriet Harman (Labour - Camberwell and Peckham)
That this House notes the letter from the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the matter of visits to people in care homes and hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak; is deeply concerned about the acute distress many …
41 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 23
Liberal Democrat: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jack Dromey, 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.



52 Written Questions in the current parliament

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29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the primary school assessment system and (b) whether that system reflects priorities of parents.

The Department ran a consultation in 2017 to seek views about key issues in the primary assessment system, including how we can ensure the assessment system is proportionate while continuing to support high standards in our primary schools. The consultation was open for 12 weeks and received 4,165 responses from a range of groups, including parents.

Our response set out a number of actions, including developing new and revised assessments by working closely with key stakeholders such as teachers. When developing new assessment policy, such as the new engagement model and the reception baseline assessment, the Standards and Testing Agency seeks the views of parents or their representative organisations to inform decision making. The response also set out how we would provide clearer and more meaningful information to parents on how their children are progressing as well as identifying where additional support may be required.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what processes are in place to record instances of pavement riding and pavement parking during e-scooter trials.

The Department recognises that COVID-19 lockdowns have reduced the number of journeys being taken across all modes of transport and in the e-scooter trials. However, data is being gathered from over 30 trial areas across England over the course of 12 months. We expect the quantity of data gathered during the e-scooter trials to be sufficient to inform future decisions on whether and - if so - how to legalise e-scooters in the UK.

DfT has data sharing agreements in place with e-scooter operators taking part in the trials. We are also working with our third-party research contractors Arup and NatCen Social Research to ensure the data gathered through the trials is robust enough to answer our planned research and policy questions.

With regard to pavement riding, the Department is working closely with both e-scooter operators and local authorities on these issues. In addition to weekly meetings to monitor the progress of the trials, including rates of pavement riding, pavement parking and approaches to reducing them, we are currently finalising guidance for local authorities to encourage good parking behaviour.

Moreover, surveys and interviews, with e-scooter users and members of the public living in e-scooter trial areas, will be conducted across a range of trial areas to track and understand instances of pavement riding and pavement parking. This will be carried out by our contractors Arup and NatCen Social Research.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take in response to the effect of the covid-19 lockdown on the quantity of data gathered during e-scooter trials.

The Department recognises that COVID-19 lockdowns have reduced the number of journeys being taken across all modes of transport and in the e-scooter trials. However, data is being gathered from over 30 trial areas across England over the course of 12 months. We expect the quantity of data gathered during the e-scooter trials to be sufficient to inform future decisions on whether and - if so - how to legalise e-scooters in the UK.

DfT has data sharing agreements in place with e-scooter operators taking part in the trials. We are also working with our third-party research contractors Arup and NatCen Social Research to ensure the data gathered through the trials is robust enough to answer our planned research and policy questions.

With regard to pavement riding, the Department is working closely with both e-scooter operators and local authorities on these issues. In addition to weekly meetings to monitor the progress of the trials, including rates of pavement riding, pavement parking and approaches to reducing them, we are currently finalising guidance for local authorities to encourage good parking behaviour.

Moreover, surveys and interviews, with e-scooter users and members of the public living in e-scooter trial areas, will be conducted across a range of trial areas to track and understand instances of pavement riding and pavement parking. This will be carried out by our contractors Arup and NatCen Social Research.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the aerospace sector on its restart and recovery following the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is working closely with the UK’s aerospace industry, including at sector level through the Aerospace Growth Partnership, to help retain jobs and return the sector to growth as soon as possible.

The Global Travel Taskforce has also undertaken extensive engagement with the transport industry, international partners, the tourism sector, business leaders, and the private testing sector and invited submissions from all of these partners on its work. The Taskforce has received contributions from a wide range of partners, including the aerospace industry, and is due to report its recommendations to the Prime Minister in November.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to introduce a covid-19 testing system for people arriving in the UK to help facilitate international travel.

The Government is actively working on the practicalities of using testing to release people from self-isolation earlier than 14 days. The Global Travel Taskforce is working at pace to consider how testing, technology and innovation can drive a recovery for international travel and tourism, without adding to infection risk or infringing on our overall NHS test capacity.

The taskforce will report to the Prime Minister no later than November, setting out recommendations for how the UK can support the recovery of international travel. I will update the House on its conclusions and outputs shortly.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November to Question 111622, whether the recommendations of the Global Travel Taskforce will be made publicly available.

The Government is actively working on the practicalities of using testing to release people from self-isolation earlier than 14 days. The Global Travel Taskforce is working at pace to consider how testing, technology and innovation can drive a recovery for international travel and tourism, without adding to infection risk or infringing on our overall NHS test capacity.

The taskforce will report to the Prime Minister no later than November, setting out recommendations for how the UK can support the recovery of international travel. I will update the House on its conclusions and outputs shortly.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to consult organisations representing disabled people as part of the evaluation of the pilot e-scooter rental schemes.

The Department and local authorities have engaged with organisations representing disabled people in the design of e-scooter trials. We will continue to meet with them throughout the trial period and when considering what steps to take after trials.

The trials are to gather evidence on what impacts e-scooters have on the road. It is important that we gather evidence about the impacts on all road users including disabled people. We will be working with our evaluation contractor to do this, working with disabled persons’ groups where possible. We also want to work with them to learn how e-scooters can be a mobility aid for those less able to get around.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library notes of meetings between Network Rail and (a) Ministers and officials of his Department and (b) the Mayor of the West Midlands on train services in the West Midlands.

Providing notes of (a) meetings between Network Rail and Ministers and officials about train services in the West Midlands would involve disproportionate costs to collect and collate as the request covers interactions with five train operating companies, which are likely to be commercially sensitive so would also require redacting. As regards (b) the Department would not have access to notes of any meetings between Network Rail and the Mayor of the West Midlands about train services in the West Midlands.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and its integrated social security protocol, provides for UK nationals who worked and accrued state pension entitlements in Belgium before 1 January 2021, but have not reached state pension age, to maintain their state pension rights accrued in Belgium payable ​on the date they would be eligible for state pension under the Belgian system, including with any indexation increases.

Further to my reply of 9th March 2021 (UIN 162545), State Pension arrangements remain unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU including for UK nationals who have relevant social security contributions in Belgium, as well as other EU member states.

All UK State Pension recipients in the EU will have their State Pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders up to 31 December 2020 and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021. This means that Belgium, and other EU Member States, will reciprocate the position outlined above in relation to pension entitlement in those States.

The Department for Work and Pensions, together with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other departments, are working with the European Union and its Member States to ensure that that the Citizen's Right provisions under the agreements with the EU are implemented on both sides.

The UK Government is not entering any unilateral negotiations with Belgium on State Pensions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's policy is on UK nationals' access to accrued state pension entitlements in the event that a reciprocal bilateral agreement on state pension entitlements is not agreed with Belgium; and which Minister is responsible for that policy.

Further to my reply of 9th March 2021 (UIN 162545), State Pension arrangements remain unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU including for UK nationals who have relevant social security contributions in Belgium, as well as other EU member states.

All UK State Pension recipients in the EU will have their State Pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders up to 31 December 2020 and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021. This means that Belgium, and other EU Member States, will reciprocate the position outlined above in relation to pension entitlement in those States.

The Department for Work and Pensions, together with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other departments, are working with the European Union and its Member States to ensure that that the Citizen's Right provisions under the agreements with the EU are implemented on both sides.

The UK Government is not entering any unilateral negotiations with Belgium on State Pensions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government has entered into negotiations with the​ Belgian Government to ensure the continued state pension rights of UK nationals who have paid into the Belgian state pension system.

Further to my reply of 9th March 2021 (UIN 162545), State Pension arrangements remain unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU including for UK nationals who have relevant social security contributions in Belgium, as well as other EU member states.

All UK State Pension recipients in the EU will have their State Pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders up to 31 December 2020 and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021. This means that Belgium, and other EU Member States, will reciprocate the position outlined above in relation to pension entitlement in those States.

The Department for Work and Pensions, together with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other departments, are working with the European Union and its Member States to ensure that that the Citizen's Right provisions under the agreements with the EU are implemented on both sides.

The UK Government is not entering any unilateral negotiations with Belgium on State Pensions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the reciprocal pension rights of UK and Belgian nationals who have yet to reach state retirement age, which were accrued in Belgium or in the UK before the end of the transition period, are ​the subject ​of bilateral ​negotiations towards agreement between the UK and Belgium.

Further to my reply of 9th March 2021 (UIN 162545), State Pension arrangements remain unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU including for UK nationals who have relevant social security contributions in Belgium, as well as other EU member states.

All UK State Pension recipients in the EU will have their State Pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders up to 31 December 2020 and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021. This means that Belgium, and other EU Member States, will reciprocate the position outlined above in relation to pension entitlement in those States.

The Department for Work and Pensions, together with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other departments, are working with the European Union and its Member States to ensure that that the Citizen's Right provisions under the agreements with the EU are implemented on both sides.

The UK Government is not entering any unilateral negotiations with Belgium on State Pensions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who will be responsible for ensuring that UK nationals do not lose state pension entitlements in the event that no reciprocal bilateral agreements on state pension entitlements are agreed with EU Member States.

State pension arrangements are unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU.

All individuals can aggregate relevant social security contributions made in EU member states towards meeting the minimum qualifying period for the UK state pension, and all UK state pension recipients in the EU will have their state pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders before 1 January 2021, and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the reciprocal pension rights of UK and EU nationals who have yet to reach state retirement age, which were accrued in an EU Member State or in the UK before the end of the transition period, are now subject to bilateral agreements between the UK and each EU member state.

State pension arrangements are unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU.

All individuals can aggregate relevant social security contributions made in EU member states towards meeting the minimum qualifying period for the UK state pension, and all UK state pension recipients in the EU will have their state pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders before 1 January 2021, and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and its integrated social security protocol, provides for UK nationals who worked and accrued state pension entitlements in another EU Member State before 1 January 2021, but have not reached state pension age, to maintain their state pension rights accrued in the EU Member State, including with any indexation increases.

State pension arrangements are unchanged following the UK’s Exit from the EU.

All individuals can aggregate relevant social security contributions made in EU member states towards meeting the minimum qualifying period for the UK state pension, and all UK state pension recipients in the EU will have their state pension paid (including annual increases) in line with rates in the UK. These arrangements have been agreed with the EU and all its member states on a reciprocal basis in the Withdrawal Agreement for those who moved across borders before 1 January 2021, and in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement for those who move across borders from 1 January 2021.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee, by the Permanent Secretary on DWP’s Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20 on 21 October 2020, Q96, HC 759 stating that 1,900 women have been identified by her Department as having been underpaid state pensions, what the total lump sum cash amount is that has so far been paid by her Department to those women in respect of those underpayments.

We are unable to provide you with the requested data at this time, the Department has plans to publish this data at a later date.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2020 to Question 65109 on State Retirement Pensions: Females, what time limits apply to claiming previously underpaid state pension in cases where a female pensioner is now deceased.

The time limits are set out in The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987, regulation 30(6)(a), made pursuant to section 5(1)(q) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. Successive governments have continued this policy.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department uses to determine the circumstances in which interest is added to back payments of a state pension.

The DWP has a discretionary special payment scheme and the current criteria has been in place since 2012. If a benefit payment has been delayed DWP can consider a payment to recognise any erosion in the value of the money. Special payments for ‘interest’ are calculated using HMRC’s repayment interest rate.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether entitlement to a Category D pension requires a person to make a claim.

A claim for a Category D State Pension is required (under section 1 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992), unless the individual is resident in Great Britain at age 80 and is already getting another category of State Pension (Section 1 and Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987, Regulation 3(1)(b)).

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a married woman is entitled to draw an immediate category BL pension when her husband reaches state pension age in cases where her husband has deferred taking his own pension.

Under The Pensions Act 2007 and The Social Security (State Pension and National Insurance Credits) Regulations 2009/2206, since 6 April 2010 where a husband has deferred claiming his State Pension, his spouse has been able to claim their State Pension Category BL top up from his State Pension age.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to use the Government’s administrative data to identify married women who are not receiving the level of state pension to which they are entitled; how many of those women have been identified; what the average value is of those backdated state pension payments, and if she will make a statement.

We are aware of a number of cases where individuals have been underpaid State Pension. We corrected our records and reimbursed those affected as soon as errors were identified.

We would encourage anyone who thinks they have failed to claim a State Pension increase they are eligible for to contact the department.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a widow is entitled to claim back underpaid state pension for periods before she was widowed.

In circumstances where it is identified that individuals are entitled to arrears of underpaid State Pension, these are paid in accordance with relevant legislation (section 1 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992) if a claim to Category BL is required, and if a claim is not required Social Security ((Claims and Payments) Regs 1987, reg 3(cb)).

Any person seeking to claim can get assistance if they call The Pension Service on its Freephone number 0800 731 0469.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the underpayments of state pension to women who have not received their full state pension will be passed on to the (a) surviving spouse and (b) beneficiaries of a will where a female pensioner is deceased.

Where arrears of Cat BL pension are payable, they will be distributed to those who have a legitimate claim to the monies. This could include the surviving spouse and the beneficiaries of a will.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) members of civil partnerships and (b) members of same sex marriages are able to claim a Category BL pension based on the contributions of a civil partner or spouse; and if she will make a statement.

Civil Partners and those in same sex marriages, who reach State Pension age before 6 April 2016, can derive entitlement to a Category BL basic State Pension if they fall into one of two groups. Either, they have no entitlement to basic State Pension based on their National Insurance contributions, or they get a basic State Pension of less than £80.45 per week (in 2020/21).

In all cases, their spouse or civil partner must have been born on or after 6 April 1950.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of married women (a) entitled to and (b) in receipt of a state pension through the National Insurance contributions of a their (i) husband, (ii) late husband or (ii) ex husband; and if she will make a statement.

It is not possible to estimate the number of married women entitled to a State Pension through the National Insurance contributions of their husband, late husband or ex-husband, because their entitlement will only be determined by a consideration of their individual circumstances.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the attendees at negotiations for the contracts awarded to Meller Designs to help deliver the Government’s covid-19 response.

Six contracts with a total value of £163.6 million have been awarded to Meller Designs for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Contract Award Notices and contracts have been published at the following link:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/6ab193f8-1126-462d-b527-9f0847a26ed3?origin=SearchResults&p=1

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/d75c9b0a-da7e-48a4-8144-08b1f7bc6230?origin=SearchResults&p=1

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/c9aa5f29-f5b9-47ce-9253-f2fe215808e4

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/3f7b52f6-cb0c-49fd-a7df-1efecca43365

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/4c3aae51-8916-4a19-b1f1-8496af12b72a

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/aec7a74a-2f63-4bb6-9731-3219d208dc1b

All offers of PPE from suppliers received the same eight stage assurance process which selected suppliers based on the product type, clinical acceptability, price, forecasted delivery dates, volume and financial standing. This was all managed by a team of around 450 officials from a number of Government departments, who conducted the negotiations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the attendees at negotiations for the contracts awarded to Ocean Footprint to help deliver the Government’s covid-19 response.

One contract with a value of £5.9 million has been awarded to Ocean Footprint for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Contract Award Notice and contract has been published at the following link:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/notice/147fb5a3-3d6e-41ca-842b-60c72a0bb2bb?origin=SearchResults&p=1

All offers of PPE from suppliers received the same eight stage assurance process which selected suppliers based on the product type, clinical acceptability, price, forecasted delivery dates, volume and financial standing. This was managed by a team of around 450 officials from Government departments, who conducted the negotiations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to address the persistent shortages of Registered Nurses in Birmingham’s hospitals as identified by the Care Quality Commission in December.

Individual National Health Service employers carry out their own recruitment to meet their local need.

The Government is committed to delivering 50,000 more nurses by the end of the Parliament and put the NHS on a trajectory to a sustainable long-term supply in future. We have set up a comprehensive work programme to improve retention and support return to practice, invest in and diversify our training pipeline and ethically recruit internationally.

The latest published NHS digital data shows that nurse numbers in NHS Trusts and CCGs have increased by almost 11,100 in the past year.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of contracts awarded to Medacs was in 2020 to help the Government’s response to covid-19.

The Medacs contracts have a maximum approved expenditure of £350 million over two years.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of contracts awarded to Meller Designs was in 2020 to help the Government’s response to covid-19.

Six contracts with a total value of £163.6 million have been awarded to Meller Designs for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Contract Award Notices and contracts have been published at the following link:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/6ab193f8-1126-462d-b527-9f0847a26ed3?origin=SearchResults&p=1

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/d75c9b0a-da7e-48a4-8144-08b1f7bc6230?origin=SearchResults&p=1

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/c9aa5f29-f5b9-47ce-9253-f2fe215808e4

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/3f7b52f6-cb0c-49fd-a7df-1efecca43365

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/4c3aae51-8916-4a19-b1f1-8496af12b72a

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/aec7a74a-2f63-4bb6-9731-3219d208dc1b

All offers of PPE from suppliers received the same eight stage assurance process which selected suppliers based on the product type, clinical acceptability, price, forecasted delivery dates, volume and financial standing. This was all managed by a team of around 450 officials from a number of Government departments, who conducted the negotiations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of (a) additional HMRC customs agents that are required to manage the new trading rules with the EU under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and (b) those agents required in February 2020.

The Government does not employ customs agents/customs intermediaries directly, and it does not have a target for numbers of customs agents. Readiness of the customs intermediary sector relates to the capacity to make declarations, rather than numbers of staff employed. This is because the sector is varied and made up of a number of different business models including specific customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators; all of which will require different numbers of staff to complete declarations and to provide their services. Many in the sector have innovated and brought in significant IT solutions to automate many processes which has reduced the numbers of staff they require. The Government has helped them to do this by making over £80 million of support available, including flexible grants that can be used for IT and training, as well as recruitment, depending on the needs of the business.

The Government knows the intermediary sector has used this support and increased capacity significantly. The findings of recent Ipsos Mori surveying of the sector (published on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/research-into-the-customs-intermediaries-sector-wave-2-report) show that customs intermediaries expected to increase their capacity four fold to meet additional demand. In addition, the Government has created an intermediary register on GOV.UK to help traders find an agent. This holds a list of intermediaries that traders could use and shows which are taking on new clients, and the services offered. Over 300 intermediaries have highlighted they are taking on new clients, including those that specialise in smaller traders or movements of goods subject to SPS controls.

The Government continues to monitor the situation closely and engage with the sector to understand the support it needs, keeping measures under review.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many additional customs agents have been employed by HMRC since February 2020.

The Government does not employ customs agents/customs intermediaries directly, and it does not have a target for numbers of customs agents. Readiness of the customs intermediary sector relates to the capacity to make declarations, rather than numbers of staff employed. This is because the sector is varied and made up of a number of different business models including specific customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators; all of which will require different numbers of staff to complete declarations and to provide their services. Many in the sector have innovated and brought in significant IT solutions to automate many processes which has reduced the numbers of staff they require. The Government has helped them to do this by making over £80 million of support available, including flexible grants that can be used for IT and training, as well as recruitment, depending on the needs of the business.

The Government knows the intermediary sector has used this support and increased capacity significantly. The findings of recent Ipsos Mori surveying of the sector (published on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/research-into-the-customs-intermediaries-sector-wave-2-report) show that customs intermediaries expected to increase their capacity four fold to meet additional demand. In addition, the Government has created an intermediary register on GOV.UK to help traders find an agent. This holds a list of intermediaries that traders could use and shows which are taking on new clients, and the services offered. Over 300 intermediaries have highlighted they are taking on new clients, including those that specialise in smaller traders or movements of goods subject to SPS controls.

The Government continues to monitor the situation closely and engage with the sector to understand the support it needs, keeping measures under review.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2021 to Question 145127 on customs: ICT, how many individuals were employed in each team in the month of (a) December 2020 and (b) March 2021.

In December HMRC had 165 FTE employed on the Customs and International Trade helpline, webchat and accompanying activity, and HMRC now have 145 FTE employed on the Customs and International Trade helpline, webchat and accompanying activity.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the average response time to customs queries to HMRC through the CHIEF system in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to improve the response time for businesses seeking customs advice from the CHIEF system.

The CHIEF system has been scaled to 360 million declarations per year as part of HMRC’s preparations for the end of the Transition Period and it continues to perform well. This equates to 111 declarations per second and a message response time of 5 seconds, which is within the service-level agreement for all transactions. HMRC continue to test the performance of the CHIEF system.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what training on customs requirements is being provided by his Department to help companies to adhere to the provisions of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

HMRC do not directly provide training for companies but provide financial support through the £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund which opened on 15 March 2021. This fund gives traders access to practical support, including training for new customs, rules of origin and VAT processes. Smaller businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax liability is for women who receive back payments of underpaid state pension in a single financial year; and if he will make a statement.

Income tax is calculated on arrears of state pension for the tax year in which the pensioner was entitled to receive it, and not in the year in which a lump sum is paid.

Where arrears of state pension are paid, income tax will only be due on any income that exceeds the personal allowance for the respective tax year.

In addition, HM Revenue and Customs will only collect income tax for the current tax year and the four preceding tax years for arrears payments made due to DWP error. Any arrears of state pension relating to earlier years will not be subject to income tax.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for urgent and exceptional support have been made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme; and how many of those applications were successful.

Details regarding the amount of applications for urgent and exceptional support made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme; and how many of those applications were successful can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/update-to-hasc-on-windrush-28-april-2020.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding claims there are under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

The Home Office publishes information on how many claims have been submitted along with further data and information online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-compensation-scheme-data-february-2021

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims under the Windrush Compensation Scheme have been resolved in (a) less than two months, (b) between two and four months, (c) between four and six months, (d) between six and 12 months and (e) over 12 months.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants to the Windrush Compensation Scheme have been deemed to be ineligible by (a) resident country, (b) reason for decision and (c) ages of the applicants.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme (a) accepted and (b) did not accept the determination from her Department.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Tier 1 and Tier 2 reviews under the Windrush Compensation Scheme resulted in a change to the original decision.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme received advice from the Citizens Advice; and how many of those claimants were successful.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many awards of legal fees have been made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme seeking a Tier 1 or Tier 2 review the Department who had legal representation; and how many of those reviews were successful compared to those made by claimants who are not known to have been legally represented.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme that had legal representation; and how many of those claims were successful compared to those made by claimants who are not known to have been legally represented.

The Home Office has no published data to answer these questions. The information is not readily available in a reportable format nor held centrally and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
20th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how money raised by fines issued for the breaching of coronavirus restrictions is used by her Department.

The Secretary of State for the Department for Health and Social Care designated ACRO Criminal Records Office, as the organisation legally able to process Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) issued in relation to the Coronavirus Regulations.

ACRO is responsible for the distribution of funds generated by fines under the Coronavirus Regulations to local authorities in England and Wales. The Home Office is not in receipt of money raised by these fines

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)