Jim Cunningham Portrait

Jim Cunningham

Labour - Former Member for Coventry South

First elected: 9th April 1992

Left House: 6th November 2019 (Standing Down)


Jim Cunningham is not a member of any APPGs
2 Former APPG memberships
Ghana, Hydrogen
Scottish Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Standards and Privileges
26th Jul 2010 - 22nd Nov 2010
Procedure Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 6th Nov 2006
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 5th Dec 2005
Trade & Industry
9th Jul 1997 - 11th May 2001
Panel of Chairs
1st Jan 1998 - 1st Jan 2001
Home Affairs Committee
23rd Feb 1994 - 21st Mar 1997


Division Voting information

Jim Cunningham has voted in 2624 divisions, and 34 times against the majority of their Party.

27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 111 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 184 Noes - 293
16 Jan 2019 - UK Participation In The EU Agency For Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust): Post-Adoption Opt-In Decision - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 577 Noes - 20
25 Jun 2018 - National Policy Statement: Airports - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour No votes vs 119 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 415 Noes - 119
30 Jan 2018 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 13 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 12
8 Feb 2017 - Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 68 Labour No votes vs 85 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 126
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Labour No votes vs 153 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 399 Noes - 42
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 178 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 292
27 Oct 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Labour Aye votes vs 162 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 340
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (Business of the House) - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Labour No votes vs 181 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 436 Noes - 49
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour Aye votes vs 185 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 56 Noes - 454
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Labour Aye votes vs 185 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 50 Noes - 451
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour No votes vs 186 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 452 Noes - 41
31 Oct 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 74 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 350 Noes - 34
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Labour Aye votes vs 82 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 37 Noes - 325
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 84 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 330 Noes - 27
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Labour Aye votes vs 190 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 321
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour No votes vs 141 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 184
10 Jul 2012 - House of Lords Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 201 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 462 Noes - 124
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Labour No votes vs 50 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 203 Noes - 82
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 230 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 45 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Labour Aye votes vs 215 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Labour Aye votes vs 233 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 149 Noes - 318
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 96 Labour No votes vs 207 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 337 Noes - 224
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All Debates

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
John Bercow (Speaker)
(37 debate interactions)
Andrea Leadsom (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(35 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(260 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(178 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(152 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(150 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Local Government Finance Bill 2016-17
(6,040 words contributed)
Finance Act 2017
(1,286 words contributed)
Finance Act 2018
(1,162 words contributed)
Higher Education and Research Act 2017
(1,096 words contributed)
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Latest EDMs signed by Jim Cunningham

29th October 2019
Jim Cunningham signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 30th October 2019

Paul Sturrock inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame

Tabled by: Stephen Gethins (Scottish National Party - North East Fife)
That this House congratulates former Dundee United FC player Paul Sturrock on being appointed to Scottish Football's Hall of Fame along with other new appointees and fellow former Scottish football players John Robertson, Colin Stein, Tommy McLean, Joe Harper and Patsy Gallacher; notes that Paul Sturrock spent his entire playing …
6 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 5
Labour: 1
29th October 2019
Jim Cunningham signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 30th October 2019

Walk and Talk event supporting men's mental health and suicide prevention campaign

Tabled by: Stephen Gethins (Scottish National Party - North East Fife)
That this House recognises the Walk and Talk event taking place in Dundee on Friday 8 November 2019 to raise awareness of men's mental health issues and suicide prevention; welcomes the efforts to draw attention to this important issue by organisers including Richard Peter-Tennant of Newport on Tay with support …
8 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 4
Labour: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jim Cunningham, 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.


Jim Cunningham has not been granted any Urgent Questions

3 Adjournment Debates led by Jim Cunningham

Thursday 13th June 2019
Friday 23rd January 2015
Monday 21st May 2012

2 Bills introduced by Jim Cunningham


A Bill to make provision about the establishment by the Secretary of State of an independent review of the operation of the Employment Rights Act 1996 in relation to the determination of employment status and dispute resolution mechanisms for employers and employees relating thereto; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd March 2016

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 require the Secretary of State to introduce a regulatory regime for bailiffs which would preclude the making of multiple fee charges without explanation; to introduce guidelines for dealing with potentially vulnerable debtors; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Latest 50 Written Questions

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50 Other Department Questions
30th Sep 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the number of violent threats made against hon. members in each of the last five years.

The House of Commons Commission does not hold specific figures regarding the violent threats made against hon. Members or crimes as the information will be spread across the 45 UK police forces.

The police Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team (PLaIT) is a specialist unit based at Westminster that investigate crimes and incidents that take place on the Parliamentary Estate. Since April 2017 they have collated the following figures:

April 2017–March 2018: 152
April 2018–March 2019: 353
April 2019–May 2019: 43

The figures are reported crimes to PLaIT with relevance to threats, abuse or intimidation towards MPs and their offices only. It does not include other work that PLaIT investigates. The figures do not include ones held by other forces.

15th Jul 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to improve the working conditions for Members' staff.

Members’ staff are regularly consulted on service issues by House authorities. These consultations include regular meetings between House staff and MPs’ staff representative bodies, and invitations to focus groups to feed into service design. A sample of Members’ staff have also recently been surveyed on how effective the services provided by the House are for them. There is also an annual meeting between House staff and MPs’ staff bodies (specifically Members and Peers Staff Association and Unite) at which service issues can be raised.

More recently, the House of Commons Commission has discussed the Gemma White review, and it welcomed the broad thrust of the recommendations made, which included better HR services for Members’ staff and how the sense of isolation that they feel can be addressed. They have asked the House Administration to carry out further work to examine the practical steps that can be taken in response to it.

Terms and conditions of service for Members’ staff fall within the remit of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

9th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to bring forward legislative proposals to make LGBTQ+ conversion therapy illegal.

Conversion therapy is wrong and we are committed to ending these practices.

We have committed to considering all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting these practices whether they are occurring in a medical, commercial or faith-based context.

The LGBT Advisory Panel are looking at conversion therapy to help us identify the most effective actions to end it. We are conducting detailed research into the experiences of those that have undergone conversion therapy and how it has affected them.

This is a complex issue that we will be approaching sensitively. We are engaging widely before bringing forward proposals, and we will consult on the final package to ensure that the actions we take are proportionate, targeted and effective.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
5th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to promote LGBTQ+ rights in the religious community.

The Government will always protect people’s legitimate right to free speech, to be themselves and to practise their religion within the law.

These values are fundamental but we will not shy away from challenging cultures and practices that are harmful to individuals or hold them back from making the most of the opportunities of living in modern Britain.

In July 2018, we launched the LGBT Action Plan, setting out comprehensive commitments on LGBT equality. These actions aim to help all LGBT people, of all backgrounds and faiths, reach their full potential.

From our commitment to end conversion therapy to using behavioural insights to tackle deep-seated prejudices, this government is committed to building a society that works for everyone, regardless of faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
26th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of making an employer legally liable if they fail to protect their staff from sexual harassment at work.

Under the existing law employers are already liable for harassment carried out by their employees at work, unless they have taken ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent it. A duty on employers to prevent harassment would not therefore change the legal responsibility of employers to take steps to prevent sexual harassment in their workplaces.

However, following a recommendation by the Women and Equalities Select Committee for an explicit duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, the Government launched a consultation this month which will explore the evidence for introducing such a duty.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
13th May 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to reduce the amount of food waste produced by the kitchens on the parliamentary estate.

The House of Commons has implemented a variety of initiatives to reduce the amount of food waste. The only food which is disposed of consists of products that are not safe to be consumed, following guidance from, for example, the Catering Services’ Food Safety Policy and in relation to use-by dates.

Measures taken to monitor and reduce food waste from our catering venues includes:

  • Menu plans and cycles are used which enables orders to be planned in advance;
  • Most dishes are made fresh in-house, which allows for improvisation if products need to be used up, and enables short life products to be used in smoothies, soups and salads;
  • Stock is regularly counted, and order volumes consider the level of stock-in-hand;
  • Dates are checked regularly on ambient food products and any short life products are issued to the kitchens for immediate use;
  • Many of the high-volume protein items are ordered by unit (rather than weight) which makes portion control more accurate and reduces the likelihood of over ordering;
  • Venue orders are checked by a purchasing team for accuracy, to ensure that orders and volumes are correct and in-line with historic figures;
  • The kitchens make salad items in-house, meaning venues can cook-off and utilise any surplus protein products effectively;
  • Stock is always rotated using ‘first-in, first-out’ principles;
  • Various smart storage methods and materials are used to help prevent premature spoilage;
  • Some products are frozen if not used on the day;
  • Products which show high levels of wastage are changed (for example, some high frequency/low volume lines are now frozen which enables portion control);
  • Any hot food which is re-usable is transferred immediately to where it can be sold (or blast chilled within food safety requirements and used the following day).


The Sustainable Restaurant Association has rated the House of Commons as a good practice organisation in respect of food waste.

7th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Government strongly condemns sexual harassment in the workplace, and is committed to seeing it end.

The UK has some of the strongest workplace protections in the world. These include explicit protections against sexual harassment in the workplace under the Equality Act 2010, and the Government will be consulting this summer on whether these should be further strengthened.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
15th Nov 2018
What steps the Government is taking to close the gender pay gap for women over the age of 40.

The gender pay gap for women between 40 and 49 has actually fallen since 2010. Employers reported their gender pay gaps for the first time this year and we now expect them to take action to close them.

The Government published the Fuller Working Lives strategy last year, and continues to work with businesses to ensure everyone can adapt to the changing face of the workforce.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
12th Sep 2018
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has had discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities on increasing the proportion of women employed as parliamentary researchers by hon. Members.

The Commission has no remit in relation to employees of Members of Parliament. It has therefore had no discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities on increasing the proportion of Members’ parliamentary researchers who are women.

4th Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has held discussions with the Leader of the House on tackling the inequality in the number of males and females carrying out parliamentary assistant/researcher roles for Members of Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

My Rt Hon Friend has not held any discussions with the Leader of the House on this matter. Where a Parliamentary assistant or researcher is engaged under a contract of employment, apprenticeship or contract personally to do work, the Member of Parliament, as their employer, is subject to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, and therefore must not unlawfully discriminate in any aspect of recruitment covered by the Act. The positive action provisions in the Act enable an employer to treat one gender more favourably than the other in connection with recruitment providing certain conditions are met.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
18th Jul 2018
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission holds information on the number of security passes to access the Parliamentary estate held by (a) males and (b) females working for hon. Members as Parliamentary Assistants or Researchers.

As at 19 July 2018, the Pass Office database showed that 782 security passes were held by male researchers, and 512 security passes were held by female researchers. Parliamentary Assistant is not a category on the pass application.

2nd Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Treasury on funding for women's centres in Coventry.

Local funding for women’s centres is a matter for my Right Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice. The Minister for Women and Equalities has not had any discussions with the Treasury on this.

In addition, I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice on this topic on 26th June 2018.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
2nd Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of women’s centres to reduce the number of short-term prison sentences given to women in Coventry.

Local funding for women’s centres is a matter for my Right Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice. The Minister for Women and Equalities has not had any discussions with the Treasury on this.

In addition, I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice on this topic on 26th June 2018.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
19th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to encourage equal pay across genders in private corporations.

The need to pay men and women equally for the same work has been required by statute for nearly 50 years, and we expect employers in the private sector to comply with equal pay law.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a Statutory Code of Practice on Equal Pay, and provides extensive advice guidance on its website to ensure employers know what is required to comply with the law. The EHRC and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) also provide guidance to help individuals understand their rights and take action if they believe that they are being discriminated against in the pay they receive.

Employees who are concerned that they may not be being paid fairly can seek authoritative and free advice from Acas, before deciding whether to bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal. Where an employer is found to have breached equal pay law, an Employment Tribunal can order it to carry out an equal pay audit.

Our requirement for all larger employers to publish their gender pay gap is helping to increase transparency of all the factors underlying the endemic differences in pay between men and women.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
27th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what meetings her Department held with LGBT+ organisations in 2017.

The LGBT policy team at the Government Equalities Office meet with a range of organisations regularly and will continue to do so as part of their ongoing policy engagement. In 2017, they met with key stakeholders including the LGBT Foundation, Intersex UK, the LGBT Consortium, Stonewall, GIRES Gendered Intelligence and the Commonwealth Equality Network.

The UK has a proud record of promoting equality for LGBT people, including introducing marriage for same-sex couples. We continue to be recognised as one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBT rights by ILGA-Europe. Meeting with LGBT+ organisations ensures that we continue to be at the forefront of progressing LGBT rights in this country.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
26th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government is making towards its goal of seeking the views of LGBT people in the UK on public services.

We launched a national survey on 23 July to ask lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK about their experiences of using public services, and about any experiences of discrimination that they may have faced throughout their lives.

The survey closed on 15 October. We received more than 100,000 responses, making this one of the largest ever surveys of LGBT people in the world. We will analyse the results and use them to inform the Government’s policy on LGBT equality. We will publish our findings when this analysis has been completed.

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to meet the Government's target of women making up 33 per cent of FTSE 350 boards by 2020.

Since 2010, the number of women on FTSE 350 boards has more than doubled and we now have the highest ever percentage of women on boards – over 24% in the FTSE 350. We also have only eight all-male boards remaining in the FTSE 350, and none in the FTSE 100. We are supporting the Hampton-Alexander Review to meet their target of women holding 33% of FTSE 100 senior leadership positions and 33% of FTSE 350 board positions. The Hampton-Alexander Review will report on 9 November regarding progress over the last 12 months of women on boards for FTSE 350 companies.

We will continue to work with businesses to highlight the benefits they gain from a more diverse board membership.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the timetable is for the Government's review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

The Department announced on 23 July that it will be consulting on changes to the Gender Recognition Act in the Autumn. We are currently considering the content of the consultation. We will be making an announcement shortly.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of maintenance support for undergraduate students; and if he will make a statement.


The support available under the student finance system is reviewed annually.


An Equality Analysis of changes to the support package for full-time students in 2016/17 was published on the GOV.UK website on 3 December 2015.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) value of maintenance grants issued in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Statistics showing the number and value of Maintenance Grants awarded to English applicants for study at UK providers are published annually by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education in England’.


The latest publication covering the last five academic years can be found here:

"http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-support-awarded/england-higher-education.aspx"


Publications covering previous academic years can be found here:

http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/full-catalogue-of-official-statistics/student-support-for-higher-education-in-england.aspx

13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing universities to increase collaboration with Chinese research institutions; and if he will make a statement.

We are working with UK universities in a number of important ways to increase our collaboration with Chinese researchers.

We have regular discussions with the Chinese government on education and research collaboration These discussions are both at the working level, where BIS science and higher education teams have a close relationship with their opposite numbers, and also through regular Ministerial exchanges such as the annual People to People Dialogue, the UK-China Education Summit, the biennial UK-China Science and Innovation Joint Committee meetings and the annual Prime Ministerial summit meetings.


In addition, our flagship international science and innovation fund, the Newton Fund, has achieved a transformation in UK-China research collaboration since it was launched in April 2014 and continues to strengthen our collaborative work. The fund, includes significant university participation in programmes on urbanisation, climate change, environment, food security and health. Universities also play a major role in building research capacity in China through means of Newton grants for partnerships, PhD placements, training and joint workshops.


13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate her Department has made of the square mileage of the UK which has (a) permanent wind farms installed, (b) has been granted planning permission for wind farm installation and (c) is being considered for wind farm installation; and if she will make a statement.

The renewable electricity planning database (REPD - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract) extracts data on planning from authorities across the country but it does not collate information on the square mileage of projects

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of FTE positions supported by funding from Research Councils UK; and if he will make a statement.


The table below provides the figures for full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed by the Research Councils as at 31 March 2015. It is not possible to estimate the number of FTE positions supported by grant funding awarded by the Research Councils given the multiple sources of funding which support many researchers.


FTE as at 31st March 2015

Head Office staff1

Institute, Research Centre and Unit staff

Total

AHRC

134

0

134

BBSRC

282.3

962

1244.3

EPSRC

193

0

193

ESRC

140

0

140

MRC

2202

2205

2425

NERC

214

2171

2385

STFC

217

1558

1775

1 Figures in this column include Research Councils UK Executive Directorate and cross-research council support staff.

2 Locally employed staff at the MRC’s two units in Africa are not included in this data.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20062, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of student loans likely to be written off in each year between 2025 and 2036; and if he will make a statement.

More people than ever before are now able to benefit from higher education, and the student loan system ensures that access to finance should not be a barrier to participation.


For students starting their Higher Education course prior to the 2020-21 academic year the nominal value of student loans that are expected to be written off in each of the financial years 2025-26 to 2036-37 are as follows:

Financial year

2025-26

2026-27

2027-28

2028-29

2029-30

2030-31

2031-32

2032-33

2033-34

2034-35

2035-36

2036-37

Write-off amount (nominal; £m)

480

460

480

530

570

610

670

640

710

1,160

1,550

1,660

Source: BIS Student Loan Repayment Model. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10m.


This table includes loans written-off owing to any of the following circumstances: a) if the loan borrower started their Higher Education course prior to 2006-07 academic year and has reached the age of 65; b) the borrower has died; c) the borrower becomes disabled and is permanently unable to work; or d) if the loan borrower started their Higher Education course between 2006-07 and 2011-12 academic years and 25 years have passed since the borrower became eligible to repay.



5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 1958, what the total budget of the BIS Automotive sector team was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The total administrative budget associated with the BIS Automotive sector team for the last five financial years was £6,265,356. This is illustrated below:


Financial Year Administrative Cost

11/12 £1,393,614*^

12/13 £1,187,636^

13/14 £1,207,986^

14/15 £1,256,570^

15/16 £1,219,550^

*Includes funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Showcasing team who were under the same administrative budget for these years.

^ Includes one FTE on loan to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.


The total budget to support Industrial R&D primarily for the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Driverless cars over the last 3 years* was:


RDEL(Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit) - £79.327m

CDEL (Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit) - £11m.

RDEL CDEL

13/14 £452,000 £0

14/15 £26,000,000 £5,000,000

15/16 £52,875,000 £6,000,000

*There is no data available for 11/12 and 12/13

16th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19589, what the budget for the BIS Automotive sector team has been in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.



The administrative budget associated with the BIS Automotive sector team for the last five financial years is illustrated below.


Financial Year

Administrative Cost

11/12

£1,393,614*^

12/13

£1,187,636^

13/14

£1,207,986^

14/15

£1,256,570^

15/16

£1,219,550^


*Includes funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Showcasing team who came under the same administrative budget for these years.

^ Includes one FTE on loan to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles



15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the total (a) number and (b) payments made from feed-in tariff schemes in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

The table below shows (a) the number of commissioned installations under the feed – in tariff scheme, and (b) generation payments made under the scheme:



Generation payments (£)*

Cumulative installations (at end March)**

2010-11

12,487,029

47,746

2011-12

135,937,392

319,057

2012-13

504,272,611

430,445

2013-14

685,973,264

545,245

2014-15

850,823,544

683,462


*Source; feed-in tariff annual report 2014-15

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/sites/default/files/docs/feed-in_tariff_annual_report_year_five_2014-15.pdf

** Source; DECC feed-in tariff statistics

Monthly feed-in tariff commissioned installations by month - Publications - GOV.UK


Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of student loans likely to be written off in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

More people than ever before are now able to benefit from higher education. The student loan system ensures that access to finance should not be a barrier to participation in higher education.


For students starting their Higher Education course prior to the 2020-21 academic year the nominal value of student loans that are written off in each of the next 10 years is forecast as follows:


Financial year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

2024-25

Write-off amount (nominal; £m)

220

140

190

230

310

350

390

450

520

520

Source: BIS Student Loan Repayment Model. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10m.


This table includes loans written-off due to any of the following circumstances: a) if the loan borrower started their Higher Education course prior to 2006-07 academic year and has reached the age of 65; b) the borrower has died; or c) the borrower becomes disabled

11th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to review its automotive strategy for growth and sustainability, published in July 2013; and if he will make a statement.


The Automotive Council will lead a review of the Automotive Industrial Strategy in the first half of 2016, to take stock of progress since its publication in July 2013 and to confirm future priorities.

10th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff made up the BIS Automotive sector team in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Information on the number of staff in the BIS Automotive sector team over each of the last five years is illustrated in the table below.

Year (Calendar)

Number of Staff (Full-Time Equivalent)

2011

15

2012

15

2013

17

2014

20

2015

20

10th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Automotive Council on the long-term sustainability of automotive manufacturing in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has regular and constructive dialogue with the automotive industry – including through the Automotive Council, which is taking a leadership position in ensuring the sustainable growth of the sector in the UK.

2nd Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has conducted of the adequacy of the level of financial support offered to small businesses that have been in operation for two years or less; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises that new businesses can encounter difficulties in obtaining the finance they need to start-up or grow. However I am encouraged that net lending to smaller businesses has been recovering strongly since the end of 2014. The Bank of England has reported that credit conditions for SMEs seeking finance are improving and the SME Finance Monitor shows that 80% of SME loan and overdraft applications were successful in the 18 months to 2015 Q3, up from 68% in Q4 2013.

Latest figures show that net SME lending from banks participating in the Funding for Lending Scheme grew by £675m in the third quarter and the Bank of England recently announced that allowances earned by banks for increasing their net lending under the scheme will be available to draw down for a further two years. The government also continues to fund start-up loans, with more than 33,000 loans worth over £180 million issued so far and a target to deliver 75,000 loans by the end of the parliament.

I am also encouraged by our growing alternative finance sector, with the UK the leading fin tech centre of Europe.

A recent report from the Legatum Institute rated the UK as the best country in the EU in which to start a business and the government will continue to back our small businesses to start and grow.

2nd Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17311, what financial support his Department is providing for the Government's Productivity Plan; and if he will make a statement.



All Government Departments have a role in helping to raise productivity and foster a dynamic economy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) holds many of the key productivity levers, including skills, innovation, competition and regulation. The bulk of BIS spending therefore supports the Productivity Plan. The table displays total BIS Departmental Expenditure Limits up to 2019/20, as set out in the Spending Review. Specifically with regard to research, the Government has committed to protect the science resource and capital budget in real terms during this Parliament.



2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Total DEL (£bn)

16.6

16.5

14.5

13.4

13.2

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/479749/52229_Blue_Book_PU1865_Web_Accessible.pdf



30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the average per kwh cost of energy in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

Energy price assumptions underpinning DECC’s 2015 Energy and Emissions Projections are available in Annex M of the supporting documentation available online.1 The table includes wholesale coal, crude oil, electricity, and natural gas price assumptions, and retail electricity, natural gas, and petroleum product price assumptions for a range of sectors. Assumptions are available out to 2035, and for a range of scenarios.


The Government is implementing a package of measures to reduce the projected cost of policies on the average household dual fuel bill by £30 from 2017. The bulk of these savings will come from reforms to the current Energy Company Obligation, which will be replaced by a new cheaper supplier obligation from April 2017. The new scheme will deliver on the government’s commitment to help 1 million homes see lower energy bills through energy efficiency improvements by the end of this parliament. The government is committed to ensuring that energy is affordable for families and businesses.


[1] Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2015.


Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of government funding for translational research programmes; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s Productivity Plan in July set out our ambition that UK Universities will continue to increase their collaborations with industry to drive the translation and commercialisation of research and broader knowledge exchange. Universities’ external income from engagement with business and the community reached £3.93 billion in 2013-14, up by 27% from 2009-10. The World Economic Forum ranks the UK among the top four nations in the world for university-industry collaboration in R&D. The recent Research Excellence Framework 2014 has demonstrated the breadth and extent of economic impact arising from university research, with 84% of submissions assessed as outstanding or very considerable by expert and academic peer review.



23rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of UK energy production that takes the form of non-renewable energy production outputs in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

We estimate that the proportion of electricity produced in the UK (gross total electricity supplied) which will be generated by non-renewable means over the next five years is as follows:


2016 75%

2017 71%

2018 68%

2019 66%

2020 62%


This excludes electricity supplied from other countries via interconnectors.

The above data is taken from the reference scenario in Annex J of DECC’s 2015 Energy and Emissions Projections. This and other scenarios with differing economic growth and fossil fuel prices are available online at:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2015

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15604, what information her Department holds on the (a) number of petroleum exploration and development licences which have been (i) applied for and (ii) issued in the last 12 months and (b) the location to which such applications and licences apply.

No landward Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences have been applied for, nor issued, during the last 12 months. However, in the latest (14th) Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round, which closed for bids on 28 October 2014, 95 applications were received from 47 companies covering 295 Ordinance Survey Blocks. The Oil and Gas Authority announced on 18 August 2015 that a first tranche of 27 onshore blocks will be formally offered to companies, and that a second group of 132 further blocks has been subjected to detailed assessment under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. Subject to the outcome of this consultation, the OGA intends to announce offers for the second group of licence blocks later this year. A map showing the location of the first tranche blocks and those being considered further can be found here:


https://decc-edu.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=29c31fa4b00248418e545d222e57ddaa.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 13387, what information her Department holds on the number of sites approved for fracking in England and Wales; what the location is of each such site; and if she will make a statement.

There are currently no sites approved for fracking in England and Wales. Any operator would need a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) in place before commencing hydrocarbon operations. A PEDL does not, in and of itself, allow an operator to commence hydrocarbon operations. Rather, they grant exclusivity to licensees within a defined area. All operations would also require local planning permission,Environment Agency permits, Health and Safety Executive scrutiny, Oil and Gas Authority consent and access agreement(s) with relevant landowner(s).


The Infrastructure Act 2015 introduced a range of further requirements that must be met before an operator can carry out hydraulic fracturing in a responsible, sustainable and safe manner. A hydraulic fracturing consent will not be issued unless my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State is satisfied that the conditions are met. The Secretary of State must also be satisfied that it is appropriate to issue the consent.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing to higher education institutions to increase the number of post-doctoral positions offered; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the importance of sustaining a strong research community across the UK. In allocating Science and Research funding, the Government asks the Research Councils, Higher Education Funding Council for England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society to ensure that they are “maintaining a substantial flow of new researchers and high level skills”. Research Councils support 14,000 research staff and fellows, including 10,000 university researchers, many of whom are in early research careers. The National Academies provide over 690 early career research fellowships.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage retailers to source their products from ethical and sustainable sources; and if he will make a statement.

The Department encourages more responsible supply chain management by businesses, including retailers, by requiring companies to be more transparent about their business operations. UK listed companies are required to report on social and environmental matters where necessary for an understanding of their business.

More widely, the Government supports the Ethical Trading Initiative which helps member companies realise their commitment to continuous improvement in ethical sourcing.

We are also providing £18 million over six years to help Fairtrade International have a greater impact in their work and strengthen the global Fairtrade system.

The Government also supports work by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on voluntary agreements such as the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan which encourages sustainability of clothing across the product life cycle including, for example, use of lower impact fibres. In addition, Government co-ordinates work on the UK statement on the sustainable production of palm oil, working with retailers and others towards achieving 100% sourcing of credibly certified sustainable palm oil in the UK.

In October the transparency in supply chains provision (section 54) of the Modern Slavery Act came into force.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of total UK energy production likely to be sourced from fracking in each of the next five years.

The Government is of the view that there is a national need to explore and test our shale resources in a safe, sustainable and timely way.


It is too early to make an assessment of the future extent of shale gas and oil production. We do not yet know the full scale of the UK’s shale resources nor how much can be extracted technically or economically.


Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what material and financial support his Department is providing to people made redundant in the steel industry; and if he will make a statement.

In relation to SSI’s closure in Redcar, I expect the majority of the fund announced on 2 October to go towards supporting training of former SSI workers and those in the supply chain, helping businesses to grow and create jobs, and the future of the Tees Valley economy more broadly. We are working with the local Task Force, chaired by Amanda Skelton, to shape these proposals and in total, we have agreed over £40 million of support aimed at skills and jobs creation:

  • £3 million has been made available to four Further Education colleges in the region to support re-training activity, as well as a further £2.65m skills funding to plug any gaps in skills provision not available via the Further Education Offer;
  • £1.7 million to ensure that the fifty apprentices who were with SSI can continue their apprenticeships with alternative employers;
  • A £16.5 million Jobs and Skills Fund to help local firms employ former SSI workers or their spouses in full-time or part-time jobs for a minimum of three years;
  • £16 million support for firms in the SSI supply chain and wider Tees Valley impacted by the Redcar steelworks closure, to safeguard jobs, provide the stimulus to create new posts and provide expert assistance to help them expand their business
  • £750,000 to fund advice and grants to start up a new business.

In addition, we have announced a package, worth up to £9 million, jointly with Tata, to support Scunthorpe steelworkers, the local economy and supply chain. We are working closely with a local Task Force, chaired by my noble Friend Baroness Liz Redfern, to deliver this support.

30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the likely proportion of total UK energy production which will be solar energy in each of the next five years.

In August, DECC published projections for UK solar electricity capacity by 2020/21:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/457313/Estimated_capacity_of_selected_renewable_technologies_in_2020-21.pdf


https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/458662/IA_for_FITs_consultation_August_2015_-_FINAL_docx__e-signature_included__v2.pdf.


This projected that, as of August 2015, UK solar electricity capacity would be 9.55GW by 2020/21, which would be 9.1TWh of generation, or 2.8% of UK electricity generation. The projections as of August 2015 for each of the next five years as follows:

Solar PV as a proportion of total UK electricity generation – August 2015 projection

2016/17

2.6%

2017/18

2.6%

2018/19

2.7%

2019/20

2.7%

2020/21

2.8%


These estimates include assumptions about policy changes which have been proposed but not yet finalised and which could therefore change subject to the responses received – in particular, the consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme and the consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV under the Renewables Obligation.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many sites are approved for fracking in England and Wales; what the location is of each such site; and if she will make a statement.

Licensing and consent of onshore oil and gas activities in England is now a matter for the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences are not specific to shale gas. They grant exclusive rights to extract hydrocarbons, including shale gas but also other hydrocarbons, within a particular onshore area. A separate consent from the OGA is required before any drilling or hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can take place, as well as planning permission, environmental permits and review of the well design by the Health and Safety Executive.


The OGA does not have any undetermined consent applications.


Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the role of fracking in meeting the future energy needs of the UK; and if she will make a statement.

The Written Ministerial Statement by my rt. hon. Friends, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 16 September 2015 (Official Report, Column 34-38WS), sets out the Government’s view that there is a national need to explore and develop our shale gas and oil resources in a safe, sustainable and timely way, to help meet our objectives for secure energy supplies, economic growth and lower carbon emissions.


A successful shale industry could help create jobs and grow local economies. Investment in shale could reach £33billion and support up to 64,000 jobs in oil, gas, construction, engineering and chemical sectors. The opportunity to extract this energy, as well as to secure jobs and investment, cannot be ignored.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the ability of the UK solar industry to meet service demand; and if she will make a statement.

As set out in the November 2013 Renewable Energy Roadmap Update, analysis indicated a potential deployment range of 7-20 GW (equivalent to 6-18 TWh) of solar PV at all scales, with 20GW being our estimate of the technical maximum level of solar PV deployment by 2020 on the basis of grid and other constraints. Solar PV in the UK was 8.007GW as of August 20151.


In the absence of cost effective storage, solar PV can make a contribution to meeting electricity demand but this will be limited by the nature of its diurnal cycle.


REF:

  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-pv-deployment-august-2015
Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students with a disability in higher education; and if he will make a statement.


The latest statistics available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that in the academic year 2013/14 there were 1.1 million UK domiciled enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions, of which 138,670 declared a disability.


Further information is published on the HESA website and can be located from this web-link https://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/1973/239/

21st Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has reviewed the adequacy of financial support for students with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.


Disabled Students’ Allowances are available to help meet the additional costs that a disabled student is obliged to incur, in relation to their study, by virtue of their disability.


Disabled Students’ Allowances, along with all other types of student support, are reviewed before laying the annual student support regulations.

15th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total cost to the public purse was of the disability students' allowance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students’ Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education England’. The latest statistics are available at the following link: http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-support-awarded/england-higher-education.aspx


Payments to full-time undergraduate students are presented in table 3b on page 21 and payments to part-time undergraduates and postgraduates in tables 5a and 5b on page 31.