James Sunderland Portrait

James Sunderland

Conservative - Bracknell

First elected: 12th December 2019


Firearms Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Powers of Attorney Bill
22nd Feb 2023 - 1st Mar 2023
Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL]
9th Feb 2022 - 10th Feb 2022
Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill
28th Jun 2021 - 6th Jul 2021
Armed Forces Bill Select Committee
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021


Oral Question
Wednesday 28th February 2024
12:00
Cabinet Office
Oral Question No. 2
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.
Division Votes
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Ministerial Severance: Reform
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 273 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 192 Noes - 275
Speeches
Wednesday 7th February 2024
NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform
As the Health Secretary will recall, we met recently to discuss dentistry in Bracknell, so I really welcome the plan …
Written Answers
Tuesday 19th December 2023
Royal Military Academy: Admissions
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether entry requirements for officer direct entry at the Royal Military Academy …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 7th August 2023
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Address of donor: c/o Malaria No More UK, …
EDM signed
Wednesday 18th August 2021
Legislative Reform (Church Commissioners) Order 2021 (S.I. 2021 No. 842)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Legislative Reform (Church Commissioners) Order 2021 (S.I. 2021 …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 30th January 2024
Autism (early identification) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to make provision about the training of teachers in relation to the early identification of autism; and for …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, James Sunderland has voted in 847 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Ben Wallace (Conservative)
(22 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(20 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(20 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(77 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(68 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(41 debate contributions)
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Bracknell 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 Government should create an emergency fund to deal with the massive waiting lists for autism & ADHD assessments for children AND adults. This would provide resources for local health services deal with current waiting lists and new patients.

The Government should commission a review of how Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments are managed by the NHS, including through Shared Care Agreements, and increase funding to reduce waiting times.

The Government’s modernising vehicle standards proposal suggested new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road. This could have a hugely detrimental impact on the UK motorsport and custom aftermarket industry.

The Government should class in-person interaction with family members and unmarried partners abroad as an essential reason to travel.


Latest EDMs signed by James Sunderland

18th August 2021
James Sunderland signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 18th August 2021

Legislative Reform (Church Commissioners) Order 2021 (S.I. 2021 No. 842)

Tabled by: Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Legislative Reform (Church Commissioners) Order 2021 (S.I. 2021 No. 842), dated 13 July 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27 July 2021, be annulled.
6 signatures
(Most recent: 18 Aug 2021)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 5
Liberal Democrat: 1
2nd November 2020
James Sunderland signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 3rd November 2020

British record breaking Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton

Tabled by: Jeffrey M Donaldson (Democratic Unionist Party - Lagan Valley)
That this House congratulates Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton on winning his 92nd Grand Prix thus making him the most successful race winning F1 driver of all time in addition to the world record that he already holds for all-time career points; acknowledges that Lewis is a fantastic ambassador …
6 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by James Sunderland, 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.



23 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
19th Jan 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what priorities he has for his COP26 Presidency year.

Throughout the UK’s Presidency year, we will work with Egypt as the incoming Presidency, and all countries, to deliver on the agreed outcomes in the Glasgow Climate Pact and keep 1.5 in reach.

In doing so we will continue to champion science, especially the IPCC and its major reports in 2022, and the urgency of action on emissions reductions, adaptation, finance to support developing nations and loss and damage.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
17th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the UK’s research and development sector.

At the 2022 Autumn Statement, the Government reaffirmed the 2021 Spending Review pledge to increase public expenditure on R&D to £20 billion per annum by 2024/2025. This represents a cash increase of around a third compared to 21/22 and is the largest ever increase over an SR period.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help strengthen the automotive sector.

This Government is supporting the automotive sector’s transition to zero emission vehicles and has committed £2.5bn for vehicle grants and infrastructure. The Net Zero Strategy announced a further £350m for the Automotive Transformation Fund, on top of £500m previously committed. Recent investments by Nissan, Stellantis and Ford show strong business confidence.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason air crew are exempt from filling in a passenger locator form, in the context of increasing prevalence of the omicron variant of covid-19.

Aircraft pilots and crew are not required to complete a PLF as the UK Health Security Agency has introduced separate contact tracing protocols for this cohort of transport workers.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to reduce the self-isolation period for people who test positive for covid-19 in a care home to five days in line with other guidance on self-isolation.

From 31 January 2022, the isolation period for care home residents has been reduced from 14 to 10 days. All residents, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be able to reduce their period of self-isolation to five days if testing arrangements are followed and test results are negative. Residents who are unable to be tested should isolate for 10 days.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the social care needs of working-age disabled adults in (a) Bracknell and (b) the South East.

No assessment has been made. Under the Care Act 2014, local authorities have a duty to assess the care needs of their local populations.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing those under 16 with an NHS Covid Pass to evidence their vaccination status for travel overseas.

A small proportion of children over 12 years old have or will receive full vaccination following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s advice. International standards for travel require a full course to be recognised as ‘fully vaccinated’. While there are some countries which require full vaccination for under 16 year olds, others treat under 16 year olds as fully vaccinated, accept testing, or in a small number of cases accept recovery as equivalent to full vaccination. We are exploring ways to provide fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds with a travel NHS COVID Pass.

13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason his Department has not approved the draft Tax Information Exchange Agreement negotiated between the British Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

The UK Government is discussing, with the Government of the British Virgin Islands, the development of a draft Tax Information Exchange Arrangement between the British Virgin Islands and Taiwan. It would not be appropriate to comment on this publicly before these discussions have concluded. The UK Government welcomes the ongoing cooperation of the British Virgins Islands in this matter.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to World Malaria Day 2023, what steps his Department is taking to support the delivery of (a) malaria vaccines and (b) next-generation insecticide-treated nets to malaria endemic communities.

The UK is supporting the delivery of vaccines for malaria through our £1.65 billion of core funding to Gavi, with UK funding contributing to Gavi's $156 million malaria vaccine programme which launched in January 2022. Our support to the Liverpool-based Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) has helped develop technologies that have averted up to 27 million cases of malaria, including the novel dual-action bed nets that kill mosquitoes resistant to traditional insecticides. The UK's pledge of £1 billion to the Global Fund's seventh replenishment will support the transition to and distribution of next-generation insecticide-treated nets to malaria endemic communities.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications on his policies of confirmation by the International Atomic Energy Agency in April 2021 that Iran is enriching uranium to 60 per cent fissile purity.

The announcement by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 17 April that Iran had started uranium enrichment up to 60% using advanced centrifuges is a serious and deeply worrying development. This is the latest step in Iran's continued and systematic non-compliance with its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The production of highly enriched uranium is an important step in the production of a nuclear weapon. Iran has no credible civilian need for enrichment at this level.

The UK has made multiple official level representations to the Iranians on this issue, both bilaterally and as the E3 alongside the governments of France and Germany. As the E3 said in a statement on 14 April, this step is contrary to the constructive spirit and good faith of discussions in Vienna that have the objective of finding a rapid diplomatic solution to revitalise and restore the JCPoA.

We continue to work with the parties to the JCPoA and the US Administration to seize the diplomatic opportunity for a full return to the JCPoA. We call upon Iran to avoid any escalatory measures which make a return to mutual compliance harder to achieve.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Government bases Child Benefit on only one person's income and not the total income of the household; and for what reason the High Income Child Benefit Charge is not increased more often to reflect real terms wages and increases in the cost of living.

The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) is calculated on an individual rather than a household basis, in line with other tax policy. Basing HICBC on household incomes would mean having to assess the adjusted net income of everyone in each of the 8 million households registered for Child Benefit, as HMRC does not hold this data. This would effectively introduce a new means test, creating significant administrative costs and placing a disproportionate burden on the majority of families who receive Child Benefit.

The Government is committed to managing the public finances in a disciplined and responsible way by targeting support where it is most needed. The adjusted net income threshold of £50,000 used in the administration of the HICBC only affects a minority of those who receive Child Benefit, with comparatively high incomes. The Government therefore believes that the current threshold for HICBC remains the best option. As with all elements of tax policy, the threshold is kept under review.

The Government recognises the challenge that many are facing with the cost of living. This is why we are providing support worth over £20 billion across this financial year and next that will help families with the cost of living. This includes cutting the Universal Credit taper rate and increasing work allowances to make sure work pays, freezing alcohol and fuel duties to keep costs down, and the £9.1 billion package announced in February 2022 to help households with rising energy bills. In addition, we are increasing the National Living Wage by 6.6 per cent to £9.50 an hour in April 2022, which will benefit more than 2 million workers.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
26th Jan 2021
What financial support he is providing to the cultural and arts sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has announced a £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to protect the cultural sectors through the pandemic.

To date, more than £790m of grants and loans have been allocated to over 3,000 cultural organisations in England. In addition, £100 million has been allocated in direct support to our national cultural institutions and the English Heritage Trust.

This unprecedented investment will help to protect jobs and organisations across the country.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) tackle gangs of armed shoplifters and (b) protect retail workers.

Since 2019, we have made available £340m to tackle serious violence. This investment includes the creation of 20 Violence Reduction Units and a Young Women and Girls Fund. These programmes are tackling gang activity and supporting young people who have been affected by it.

The Home Office continues to work closely with retail businesses, security representatives, trade associations and policing through the National Retail Crime Steering Group (NRCSG) to ensure the response to crime affecting retailers is as robust as it can be.

Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Business Crime lead, has established a working group, Pegasus, to tackle serious organised retail crime. Pegasus will bring together policing and the retail sector to share intelligence and analyse serious organised retail crime, to assist police forces to respond to this crime.

Police recorded offences in England and Wales (excluding Devon and Cornwall) for shoplifting and all theft offences for year ending December 2022 are showing a fall of 12% and 13% respectively compared with the pre-pandemic period of March 2020.

The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates for year ending March 2023 showed a 20% decrease in theft offences compared with estimates from the year ending March 2020 survey.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to clear the backlog of passport applications; and whether her Department is taking steps to install new infrastructure to speed up new applications.

HM Passport Office staffing numbers have been increased over 1200 since April 2021. This has delivered the operational capacity needed to process applications in record numbers, at approximately one million each month.

Across the first 6 months of 2022, HM Passport Office processed 97.7% of UK standard applications within 10 weeks.

20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to (a) clear the backlog of passport application cases and (b) ensure new applications are not delayed.

HM Passport Office staffing numbers have been increased over 1200 since April 2021. This has delivered the operational capacity needed to process applications in record numbers, at approximately one million each month.

Across the first 6 months of 2022, HM Passport Office processed 97.7% of UK standard applications within 10 weeks.

14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether entry requirements for officer direct entry at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst have changed in the last two years.

The entry requirement for the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is a pass at the Army Officer Selection Board Main Board. The standard required to commission from RMAS into the British Army has not changed.

AOSB recently reviewed its assessment methodology following a study which identified that RMAS was able to improve the practical performance of Officer Cadets to a greater extent than had previously been assumed. This has resulted in a number of candidates who would previously have narrowly missed the mark being given the opportunity to commence training. These candidates are categorised as 'President's Risks'.

Those who do not meet the required standard after 12 months training at RMAS will not commission. A trainability study will assess the correlation of President's Risk Candidates and their performance at RMAS to inform future selection criteria.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed forces personnel are entitled to use local NHS care at their home residence whilst off duty; and whether his Department has issued guidance to armed forces personnel on what steps to take if care is refused by local NHS services.

The Defence Medical Services (DMS) provide an occupationally focused primary healthcare service for Armed Forces personnel. Secondary healthcare is provided by the NHS: the DMS has influence on NHS commissioning policy and delivery, to ensure that specific Defence requirements are met.

Armed Forces personnel can, by exception, access urgent NHS primary care near their home residence while off-duty, as a temporary registered patient, if they are unfit to travel to a DMS facility to make sure they get the healthcare support they need.

Personnel should contact their registered DMS medical facility in the first instance to discuss their care needs, and to inform of the intention to access NHS services. Their DMS GP will continue to be their main registered GP and it is important that personnel return to using DMS services as soon as possible.

Personnel can also access NHS out of hours services such as going to A&E in a medical emergency, using the 111 service or going to an urgent care service such as a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit.

Armed Forces personnel should contact their DMS medical facility, as their care co-ordinator, about any declined access to UK healthcare services to which they are entitled.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to service families accommodation at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst without heating, what steps he is taking to improve the maintenance contract at that academy.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have directed the Future Defence Infrastructure Services, accommodation suppliers in the South East region (Pinnacle and VIVO) to provide Rectification Plans, as performance has been significantly below acceptable levels.

DIO Officials are working with Vivo and Pinnacle to accelerate responses to the heating outages for families at the Royal Military Academy. Families will be contacted by a qualified engineer to support the swift diagnosis of faults and to enable remote fixes, if possible, and VIVO are increasing the number of engineers available to undertake urgent works.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effectiveness of the Veterans' Health Innovation Fund.

I am pleased to announce that the £5 million Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund launched on 4 July and will close on 31 August.

We are working with the Defence and Security Accelerator on the Fund’s open competition, to explore how the marketplace can offer to help advance better health outcomes for veterans.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help communities protect their local assets.

The Government recognises the value of precious community assets. That is why we created legal protections for Assets of Community Value. And why we have launched the Community Ownership Fund, which will invest £150 million to support community groups to protect assets at risk.

The Fund is already supporting 21 groups, and over 4 years will help many more communities take ownership of local assets.

8th Dec 2020
What plans he has to amend the Human Rights Act 1998.

Yesterday the Government announced the launch of the Independent Human Rights Act Review, which is a key manifesto commitment of Government.

The Review will be a technical examination of the operation of the Human Rights Act, chaired by Sir Peter Gross. It will focus on the relationship between domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the relationship between the judiciary, the executive and the legislature.

The Panel have been requested to provide a detailed, independent piece of advice outlining options for reform by Summer 2021. A government response will subsequently be published.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
25th Feb 2020
What steps his Department is taking to ensure legal aid is accessible to people that need it.

Last year, the Legal Aid Agency spent around £1.7bn on legal aid for those who need it – this government is committed to maintaining access to justice. Wider than legal aid, we are enhancing the support on offer to litigants in person by providing a further £3m of funding and investing up to £5m in a Legal Support Innovation Fund.

In addition, we are making a number of changes to legal aid. This includes undertaking a comprehensive review of the means test, improving and simplifying the exceptional case funding scheme, making face-to-face advice more readily available in a number of civil matters, and undertaking an awareness campaign for legal aid and legal support.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
26th Feb 2020
What discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Transport and (b) Welsh Government on the roll-out of the railcard for veterans in Wales.

We are working closely together on the veterans railcard. My officials continue to work with both the Department for Transport and Welsh Government to ensure that the Veterans’ Railcard is accepted on services for which they are responsible.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales