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Jo Swinson

Liberal Democrat - Former Member for East Dunbartonshire

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Leader of the Liberal Democrats
22nd Jul 2019 - 13th Dec 2019
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)
16th Jun 2017 - 21st Aug 2019
Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats
20th Jun 2017 - 22nd Jul 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs)
30th Jun 2014 - 8th May 2015
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities)
30th Jun 2014 - 8th May 2015
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs)
6th Sep 2012 - 20th Dec 2013
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Culture, Media and Sport) (Women and Equalities) (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
6th Sep 2012 - 20th Dec 2013
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)
1st Jul 2008 - 6th May 2010
Environmental Audit Committee
12th Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)
10th Mar 2006 - 20th Dec 2007
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Women and Equality)
1st Mar 2007 - 1st Oct 2007
Liberal Democrat Whip
10th May 2005 - 10th Mar 2006
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)
10th May 2005 - 10th Mar 2006


Division Voting information

Jo Swinson has voted in 1772 divisions, and 8 times against the majority of their Party.

18 Nov 2014 - Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 24 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 269
1 Apr 2009 - Nick Cousins - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 36 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 103
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 46 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 176
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 48 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 158
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 49 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 153
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 25 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 29 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jo Swinson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 32 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
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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)
(53 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(33 debate interactions)
Ian Murray (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
(27 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(409 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(103 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(90 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Jo Swinson

28th October 2019
Jo Swinson signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 28th October 2019

People's Vote

Tabled by: Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat - East Dunbartonshire)
That this House calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to hold a People’s Vote on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or should leave the European Union on the final terms agreed between the Government and the European Union.
25 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 19
Labour: 4
Plaid Cymru: 1
Independent: 1
15th October 2019
Jo Swinson signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 15th October 2019

Barclays's withdrawal from the banking framework with Post Office Ltd

Tabled by: Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat - Kingston and Surbiton)
That this House expresses alarm on learning that Barclays bank has decided to withdraw from a key element of the banking framework agreement with Post Office Ltd, which allows personal and business customers to access their bank accounts via 11,500 post office locations across the UK; notes that the banking …
32 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 17
Labour: 8
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Plaid Cymru: 2
Independent: 1
Conservative: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jo Swinson, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Jo Swinson

Monday 17th June 2019

2 Adjournment Debates led by Jo Swinson

Monday 3rd June 2013
Wednesday 27th February 2013

3 Bills introduced by Jo Swinson


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 entitle employees to request shared parental leave and flexible working on the first day of employment; to make provision for self-employed persons to take shared parental leave; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

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 employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about parental leave, and pay in the course of such leave; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 6th June 2018

A Bill to amend the Price Marking Order 2004 to simplify, consolidate and improve price marking legislation; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th June 2012

177 Written Questions

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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
8 Other Department Questions
6th Nov 2018
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what provision is made on the Parliamentary estate to (a) provide private spaces for expressing milk or feeding and (b) otherwise support breastfeeding mothers on their return to work.

The House of Commons provides private spaces for expressing milk or feeding in two publicly accessible areas in the Palace of Westminster. The baby care room is located on the Upper Committee Corridor and the Health and Wellbeing space is off the Lower Waiting Hall; the Lower Waiting Hall space is available with agreement from the practice nurse if it is not being used for a medical emergency.

In addition, Commons passholders may access the first aid rooms for expressing milk or feeding by contacting the reception teams in the following buildings:

• Portcullis House

• 1 Parliament Street

• Richmond House

• Norman Shaw South

Tothill Street has a baby care room on the 5th floor.

For House of Commons and Parliamentary Digital Service staff, line managers are expected to regularly monitor the working arrangements of an expectant mother or new parent both throughout pregnancy and if the member of staff returns to work within six months after the birth or while feeding.

Parents of young children returning to work may make a request for flexible working on either a temporary or permanent basis. Examples of flexible working include part-time working and working from home.

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can provide practical advice and guidance as well as counselling and support on a broad range of issues including family issues and childcare support. From 1 November employees of the House of Commons, PDS and House of Lords, have been able to access this service alongside Members of both Houses and their staff.

Further support to families is also available via "My Family Care" which provides a range of practical tools and resources to support parents. The House also provides a workplace nursery and users of the House of Commons nursery also have access to the expressing and feeding facilities in the nursery based in 1 Parliament Street.

24th May 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2018 to Question 140667 on Jagtar Singh Johal, what information Indian Prime Minister Modi provided in response to her questions on Jagtar Singh Johal's (a) case and (b) treatment in custody; and if she will make a statement.

I have nothing further to add to the answers I gave the hon. Member on the 19 April 2018, UIN 135934, 27 April 2018, UIN 137505 and 9 May 2018, UIN 140667.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2018 to Question 137505, what information Prime Minister Modi provided on Jagtar Singh Johal's case and treatment.

When meeting with Prime Minister Modi on 18 April, I raised our requirement for continued consular access to Mr Johal and questions over his treatment in custody.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135934, for what reason she did not raise the case of Jagtar Singh Johal during her bilateral meeting with Narendra Modi at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

I did raise Mr Johal’s case with Prime Minister Modi during our bilateral on the 18 April, including concerns about his treatment.

23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to publish its response to the recommendations made by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in its report entitled Turning the Tables: Ending Sexual Harassment at Work, published in March 2018.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent public authority and Government does not routinely respond to its reports. However, we welcome the work it has done on sexual harassment in its March 2018 report as a contribution to the current inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace by the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Feb 2018
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reasons the House authorities decided not to choose the Southmead Project Wall of Silence exhibition to be displayed in Parliament.

Exhibitions in Parliament’s Upper Waiting Hall offer an opportunity for a variety of topics to be explored in a balanced and non-contentious way. Exhibits must therefore meet the following criteria, that:

“their content should not be of a contentious nature, contain items of advertising, commercial interest or material likely to give offence; nor should they contain material intended to further the aims of any political party or group.”

Since being first approved, concerns have been raised in relation to the ‘Wall of Silence’ exhibition, which was due to be displayed in April 2018 in the Upper Waiting Hall. For this reason the Administration Committee decided, on 29 January 2018, to withdraw support for the exhibition because it did not meet the criterion of being uncontentious.

8th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will include in the information published on the Government's gender pay gap portal a total headcount column for each company.

We will launch an updated gender pay gap viewing service in April 2018 that will allow employers to benchmark themselves against similar organisations. This will include information on the size of organisations.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what processes his Department has put in place to (a) track and (b) manage Government policy announcements and associated deadlines.

Government makes collective decisions on policy via Cabinet and Cabinet Sub-Committees.

Single Departmental Plans (SDPs) are central to how the government plans and tracks its performance. Updated annually, the plans reflect changes in the Government’s priorities, including new policy announcements. SDPs are agreed by Cabinet Office and HM Treasury Ministers. Departments report regularly to Cabinet Office on their progress in delivering their SDPs.

Ministerial Implementation Task Forces (ITFs) also meet regularly to monitor delivery and to discuss milestones. Details of the ITFs and their membership are available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/795150/20190411-CabinetCommitteesAndImplementationTaskforces.pdf

27th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women have died from anaphylaxis in each of the last ten years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women have died from anaphylaxis in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the human rights due diligence of the businesses that his Department's Prosperity Fund supports.

Promotion of human rights remains a fundamental objective of UK foreign policy, and we remain committed to universal human rights – it is the right thing to do. The Prosperity Fund is committed to ensuring that safeguarding and modern slavery considerations are consistent with wider ODA policy and practice across government led by DFID. A Prosperity Fund Commercial Framework, managed by the FCO, has recently been put in place to support the commercial delivery of major Prosperity Fund programmes. This incorporates a supplier code of conduct covering areas such as safeguarding, social responsibility, human rights and ethical behaviour. In addition, implementing departments are actively working to align due diligence processes to ensure adequate assessment of potential partners’ ability to apply safeguards in their work, in particular to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from sexual exploitation and abuse.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses supported by his Department's Prosperity Fund undertake adequate human rights due diligence.

Promotion of human rights remains a fundamental objective of UK foreign policy, and we remain committed to universal human rights – it is the right thing to do. The Prosperity Fund is committed to ensuring that safeguarding and modern slavery considerations are consistent with wider ODA policy and practice across government led by DFID. A Prosperity Fund Commercial Framework, managed by the FCO, has recently been put in place to support the commercial delivery of major Prosperity Fund programmes. This incorporates a supplier code of conduct covering areas such as safeguarding, social responsibility, human rights and ethical behaviour. In addition, implementing departments are actively working to align due diligence processes to ensure adequate assessment of potential partners’ ability to apply safeguards in their work, in particular to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from sexual exploitation and abuse.

28th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 137053 on parental leave, when the three-yearly review on the implementation of shared parental leave will be published.

The evaluation is ongoing and we are collecting data from a wide variety of sources, including the largest survey of parents to be undertaken in 10 years.

We expect to be in a position to publish the findings of the evaluation later this year, subject to the data collection process. This is slightly later than we originally expected but it is important to get this right.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Independent Commission for Aid report, Global Challenges Research Fund - a rapid review, published in September 2017, what progress his Department has made on delivering recommendation 3 of that report.

BEIS accepted recommendation 3 of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s (ICAI) report and is taking action accordingly to enhance assessment of the performance of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

We have commissioned an evaluation of the GCRF by the independent contractor ITAD, the first stage of which established a clear Theory of Change. ITAD is now refining a further comprehensive evaluation methodology for the fund.

Work is also being undertaken to provide assurance on value for money and to develop Key Performance Indicators to enable monitoring of project and portfolio outcomes.

BEIS is actively engaged with ICAI in their follow up to the review.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of his Department's ODA-funded projects are listed on the Department for International Development's Development Tracker website.

BEIS is committed to meeting the Government’s target for transparency and to score ‘good’ or ‘very good’ on the Publish What You Fund aid transparency index.

29 of the Department’s 30 International Climate Finance programmes are listed on the Development Tracker website. This represents 96% of the Department’s International Climate Finance programmes, covering 99% of BEIS International Climate Finance expenditure from 2010/11 to the end of 2017/18.

At present BEIS does not publish detail of its research and innovation (R&I) spend on the Development Tracker website. However, much of the detail is published on the Gateway to Research website, which is run by UK Research and Innovation. BEIS is currently implementing a technical solution to be able to fully publish details of its R&I expenditure to the International Aid Transparency Index, which can be automatically accessed by the Development Tracker.

6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government response entitled Good work: a response to the Taylor Review of modern working practices, published on 7 February 2018, what steps he is taking to promote quality work through sector deals.

Developing better jobs for everyone in the British economy is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. We are proud to be the first Government to have taken responsibility for both quality and quantity of work, and are working to promote good work across the UK. We will be setting out our next steps for measuring and improving the quality of work in due course.

6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government response entitled Good work: a response to the Taylor Review of modern working practices, published on 7 February 2018, when the first assessment of the quality of work in the UK is planned to be published.

Developing better jobs for everyone in the British economy is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. We are proud to be the first Government to have taken responsibility for both quality and quantity of work, and are working to promote good work across the UK. We will be setting out our next steps for measuring and improving the quality of work in due course.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Low Pay Commission will publish the response to its consultation on (a) the effect of a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours in a contract and (b) alternative means for tackling one sided flexibility.

The Low Pay Commission’s consultation, on the effect of a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours in a contract and alternative means for tackling one-sided flexibility, launched in March.

The Low Pay Commission will publish their report, containing the findings from this consultation, in due course.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on consolidating guidance on legislation to protect people who are pregnant or on maternity leave as recommended by the Taylor review of modern working practices.

Last year, Acas published new comprehensive guidance on pregnancy and maternity discrimination and workplace rights and obligations.

This summer we have reviewed the GOV.UK guidance material on the protections for people who are pregnant or on maternity leave and we are now updating and improving signposting.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on identifying a set of metrics to measure the quality of work as recommended by the Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

The Government has received over 400 detailed responses to the four consultations launched in February. We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to respond. Their insights have been invaluable in informing our policy development. We will be publishing our response to these consultations in due course.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to respond to its consultations on (a) employment status, (b) increasing transparency in the labour market, (c) agency workers recommendations and (d) enforcement of employment rights.

The Government has received over 400 detailed responses to the four consultations launched in February. We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to respond. Their insights have been invaluable in informing our policy development. We will be publishing our response to these consultations in due course.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff were employed by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

The following information is based on the resourcing of the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) for the 31st March in each year:

2015 – 5

2016 – 11

2017 – 11

2018 – 12

The Department continues to review the resourcing needs both in the short term and in the context of wider, longer term reforms including the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and the strategy of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to pages 62 to 65 of the February 2018 of the Government response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, what steps the Government has taken to improve support for self-employed people.

The Government has received over 400 detailed responses to the four consultations launched in February. We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to respond. Their insights have been invaluable in informing our policy development. We will be publishing our response to these consultations in due course.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which projects on business and human rights his Department has funded in each of the last five years; and what the total spend of each such project was in each of those years.

The UK’s National Action Plan to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights sets out a rolling programme of actions requiring both legislative and non-legislative approaches. The Department has funded one project in the last five years. The Department matched funding from the Dutch Government toward the development of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, a private sector-led initiative that ranks some of the world’s largest companies by their human rights policies, processes, and practices. The total spend on this project from UK Government was £60,000 in 2014/15 and £20,000 in 2015/16.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he has plans to publish a summary table on www.gov.uk, with periodic updates, on progress made on (a) the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights and (b) additional policy commitments made by his Department on that plan.

The Department, working together with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and other departments, aims to publish in due course a summary of the actions and progress within the Government’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. Our focus is on implementing the Plan as it stands and there is no intention to review it before 2020. Any future development of the Plan must be informed by wide consultations and the Government welcomes discussions with business and civil society organisations about our approach and the delivery of commitments under the Plan.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the consultation document on the potential requirement for employers with more than 250 staff to publish parental leave and pay policies.

We will consult in due course.

11th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 July 2018 to Question 137053 on Parental Leave, whether the Government has now commissioned the survey data referred to; and whether the review will consider the eligibility criteria for shared parental leave for people in (a) new employment and (b) self-employment.

We have started the evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay schemes and expect to be in a position to publish the findings of the evaluation in the Spring of 2019.

The evaluation will consider the barriers to parents taking Shared Parental Leave and Pay and how the schemes are being used in practice - including by self-employed mothers who qualify for Maternity Allowance. Whilst we are not planning to review the eligibility criteria at the current time, as part of the evaluation we will be speaking to range of stakeholders, including groups who are lobbying Government to extend parental entitlements to the self-employed.

23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for commencing and concluding the planned three-yearly review of the implementation of shared parental leave.

We have started the evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay schemes. We will gather and analyse information from a variety of sources, including survey data which the Government will commission.

Subject to the progress of data collection, we anticipate publishing findings in Spring 2019.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127413 on Minimum Wage: Arrears, how many of the 169 employers instructed to self-correct further arrears in naming rounds 10 to 13 self-corrected a sum of arrears greater than the sum of arrears for which they were named and shamed.

Of the 169 employers instructed to self-correct further arrears in naming rounds 10 to 13, 96 employers identified a sum of self-corrected arrears greater than the sum of arrears for which they were named.

As part of a formal HMRC investigation where arrears have been identified, enforcement officers have the ability to instruct an employer to conduct a self-review across the remainder of their payroll. An employer will be required to correct any further underpayments found; and the review is assured by HMRC officers before being finalised. Self-correction is used to maximise the impact of enforcement activity, and frees up HMRC officers to start work on additional investigations.

7th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2018 to Question 123622, how many of the 169 employers who were instructed to self-correct further arrears in naming rounds 10-13 owed arrears, including those for which they were named and shamed of more than (a) £25,000, (b) £50,000; (c) £100,000; and (d) £250,000.

Of the 169 employers who were instructed to self-correct further arrears in naming rounds 10-13:

  • 13 employers owed total arrears of between £25,000 and £49,999
  • 8 employers owed total arrears of between £50,000 and £99,999
  • 5 employers owed total arrears of between £100,000 and £249,999
  • 5 employers owed total arrears of more than £250,000.
30th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the regulations to implement the Government's policy of requiring listed companies to publish pay ratios; and whether those regulations are planned to be in force by June 2018.

The Government is committed to introducing a new statutory reporting requirement to require quoted companies to disclose and explain the ratio of the Chief Executive Officer’s total annual remuneration to the average annual remuneration of the company’s UK employees. The regulations to implement this provision (along with the other new reporting provisions being introduced as part of the corporate governance reforms announced in August 2017) are being drafted and will be laid in draft in Parliament later this year subject to other Parliamentary business.

18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2018 to Question 121446, how many of the 169 employers owed arrears, including those for which they were named and shamed, to (a) more than 250 workers and (b) more than 500 workers.

Of the 169 employers who were instructed to self-correct further arrears in naming rounds 10-13:

  • 17 employers owed arrears to more than 250 workers, of which 12 employers owed arrears to more than 500 workers.

This breakdown represents the arrears owed by a business to its workers, not the employer size.

8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answers of 16 November 2016, 3 March 2017, 12 September 2017 and 18 December 2017 to Questions 52385, 65376, 7533 and 118376, on Minimum Wage: Arrears, if he will publish the (a) sector and (b) size of the 169 employers who paid additional arrears, not included in the sum of arrears for which they were named and shamed, under the self-correction mechanism introduced by HM Revenue and Customs in 2015.

A total of 169 employers were instructed to self-correct further arrears in naming rounds 10-13. The sectoral breakdown of those employers is presented in Table 1, below.

Table 1: Employers named under the National Minimum Wage naming scheme (rounds 10-13) and instructed to self-correct by the Low Pay Commission by sector

LPC Sector

No. of Employers instructed to self-correct

Childcare

6

Employment Agencies

5

Hairdressing

22

Hospitality

41

Retail

19

Social Care

22

Non low paying sectors

45

Other

9

Total

169

Notes

  1. Sectors with less than 5 employers have been included in an ‘Other’ category to avoid disclosure of self-correction via the naming announcements. Sector definitions are contained within the Low Pay Commission’s autumn 2017 report (p231) -https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661195/Low_Pay_Commission_2017_report.pdf

HM Revenue and Customs does not hold complete data on employer size, therefore a breakdown by size is not available.

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government response to the First Report of the Women and Equalities Committee of Session 2016-17, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination, published on 26 January 2017, Cm 9401, when he plans to implement the Government's commitment to bring forward proposals to ensure that those protections in place for women who are pregnant or returning from maternity leave are sufficient.

Protection already exists through the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999. Where redundancy means that it is not practicable to continue to employ a woman on maternity leave under an existing contract, Regulation 10 requires an employer to offer appropriate alternative employment on terms which are not substantially less favourable. We are considering the implications of extending this right into the period when a new mother returns to work and into the period while she is pregnant and at work. In terms of initial consultation, we have also sought the views of the Alliance for Maternity Rights on other potential proposals.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government is offering to the employees affected by the closure of some Homebase stores.

We have mobilised Jobcentre Plus’s Rapid response Service to help workers get back into employment as soon as possible. This service is tailored to individuals’ needs and can include some or all of the following:

- Help with job searches, including CV writing and interview skills;

- Help to identify transferable skills and skills gaps, linked to the local labour market;

- Training to update skills, learn new ones and gain industry recognised certification that will improve employability;

- Help to overcome barriers to attending training, securing a job or self-employment, such as child care costs, tools, work clothes and travel costs.

It is worth noting that in June, Bunnings, the owner of Homebase, announced plans to create over 1,000 new jobs in the UK.

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2017 to Question 4647, what steps he is taking to ensure firms comply with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations with regard to the provision of basic rate customer services numbers; and if he will make a statement.

Local Trading Standards and their equivalent in Northern Ireland enforce the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. Traders are required to comply with these rules when dealing with consumers, including the provision of basic rate customer services numbers. Alleged breaches of legislation should be reported, in the first instance, through the Citizens Advice consumer helpline who will pass on complaints to the relevant enforcement authority where necessary.

12th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on the planned review of the implementation of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations with regard to the provision of basic rate customer helplines.

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (CCRs), which came into force on 13 June 2014, requires the Secretary of State to review the regulations 5 years after they have come into force. These implemented the EU Consumer Rights Directive and the Department worked closely with OFCOM with regard to the characteristics of a basic rate number. The Department will review the Regulations, including the provision of basic rate customer helplines, by 13 June 2019.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he intends to respond to the consultation on Furniture and furnishings fire safety regulations: proposed changes, which closed on 11 November 2016.

Revision of these regulations is technically complex and stakeholders hold a wide spectrum of views on the proposals that have been made. We will issue the Government response only after careful consideration of all 120 responses received. The Grenfell Tower fire highlights the need for public protection to remain our priority and we are now reviewing the proposed changes in the light of that tragic event.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will commission research to determine the take-up of shared parental leave; and if he will make a statement.

We will evaluate Shared Parental Leave in 2018. We anticipate commissioning survey work to measure take-up as part of this evaluation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the regulations to implement the Government's policy of requiring listed companies to publish pay ratios; and whether those regulations are planned to be in force by June 2018.

The Government is committed to introducing a new statutory reporting requirement to require quoted companies to disclose and explain the ratio of the Chief Executive Officer’s total annual remuneration to the average annual remuneration of the company’s UK employees. The regulations to implement this provision (along with the other new reporting provisions being introduced as part of the corporate governance reforms announced in August 2017) are being drafted and will be laid in draft in Parliament later this year subject to other Parliamentary business.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the remit of the forthcoming Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will include the role of artificial intelligence in autonomous weapons systems.

The UK Government is establishing the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to identify the measures needed to strengthen and improve the way in which data and AI is used, which will include promoting best practice and advising on how to address potential gaps in the regulatory landscape. The Centre is being established in the first instance in an interim form, following a public consultation on its remit and activities. The content and prioritisation of its work programme will be determined in dialogue with government once it is operational later this year.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has not had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on this matter, however officials from both departments meet to discuss these and related AI issues.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the potential risks associated with the creation of lethal autonomous weapons systems.

The UK Government is establishing the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to identify the measures needed to strengthen and improve the way in which data and AI is used, which will include promoting best practice and advising on how to address potential gaps in the regulatory landscape. The Centre is being established in the first instance in an interim form, following a public consultation on its remit and activities. The content and prioritisation of its work programme will be determined in dialogue with government once it is operational later this year.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has not had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on this matter, however officials from both departments meet to discuss these and related AI issues.

21st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on tackling harassment and discrimination in the music sector.

No such discussions have taken place. This government believes, everyone has the right to feel safe at work and people can only thrive when they operate in a respectful and tolerant environment so that they can make the most of their creative talents.

21st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations in the report Dignity at Work published by the Incorporated Society of Musician's in April 2018.

We are supportive of any steps taken by industry to help ensure people can feel safe and respected in their place of work. We welcome the work being undertaken by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and others within the sector.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made in producing a unified framework of employability skills as agreed to in the Government’s response to the Taylor review of modern working practices.

We have developed guidance for T level panels, including an employability skills framework, to ensure a consistent approach to integrating employability skills in T levels. As part of the government response to the Taylor review, we have committed to publish the guidance in due course. Through this, a framework will be made openly available for other organisations (such as employers and higher education providers, where successful frameworks are already in use) to use if they wish.

16th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of students whose classes have been cancelled as a result of the recent strikes by university staff.

Universities are autonomous institutions and it is for them to consider the number of their students whose classes have been affected by strike action. No assessment has been made by the Department for Education, but we remain concerned about any impact of the strikes on students and are pleased that the action has been suspended.

We note that the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, which represents UK higher education organisations as employers, polled the 56 universities that were the focus of strikes on 22 and 23 February 2018. Results of this polling indicated that the overall impact in four out of five institutions was between ‘none’ and ‘low-medium’.

The new regulator for higher education in England, the Office for Students (OfS), has recently issued guidance to students stating that it expects universities to take all reasonable steps to reduce the impact of any future strike action on teaching, learning and assessment, and to communicate clearly to students the impact of any industrial action. Universities should make clear to students how they intend to avoid or mitigate the impact of the disruption caused by strike action.

The OfS will also have the power to request information from registered higher education providers.

2nd Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on students of the loss of teaching hours as a result of the university lecturers’ pension strike.

Universities are autonomous institutions and it is for them to assess the impact of the strike action on their provision. While the Department for Education has not made its own assessment, we remain concerned about any impact of the strikes on students and expect universities to put in place measures to maintain the quality of education that students should receive.

We note that the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, which represents UK higher education organisations as employers, polled the 56 universities, which were the focus of strikes on 22 and 23 February 2018. Results of this polling indicate that the overall impact in four out of five institutions was between ‘none’ and ‘low-medium’.

16th Jan 2019
When his Department plans to respond to its consultation entitled Food labelling: amending laws.

Defra intends to provide a summary of responses and the Government response by 7 February as set out on the consultation web page.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to overcome the (a) local mistrust of health officials and (b) militia violence which have impeded efforts to prevent the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo from spreading further.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second largest in history and the first in a conflict zone. The UK has been a major supporter of the response since the start, providing funding, technical expertise, and political support.

The response has been hampered by repeated attacks against health workers and health facilities. Improving community trust and ownership are essential to getting the outbreak under control. UK funding supports community engagement and working with local leaders and religious groups to foster trust and ownership. It supports efforts to understand community concerns better and feed this understanding back into the response. Examples include employing people who have recovered from Ebola to talk to communities about the health care they received as a way to build community trust in health workers.

The UK and other donors are also supporting the UN to strengthen security in Ebola affected areas to protect both communities and response workers.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the spread of Ebola to the city of Goma and the potential risk of the outbreak spreading to Rwanda.

The spread of Ebola to Goma is deeply concerning. Goma’s position on the border increases the chance of Ebola spreading to Rwanda.

The UK is a leading donor to the Ebola response in DRC and has played a pivotal role in helping neighbouring countries like Rwanda prepare. On 15 July, DFID announced that the UK would provide up to a further £50 million to the response to December 2019. UK Aid is supporting a range of activities, including the construction of screening facilities at border crossings and the vaccination of health workers in DRC and the region.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Mar 2019
What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on development aid.

I regularly discuss Official Development Assistance with Cabinet colleagues. The Government is committed to spending 0.7 per cent of our Gross National Income on aid, as outlined in the Conservative manifesto and re-affirmed by the Prime Minister on her recent visit to Africa.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

DFID has not spent any money and is taking a no-cost approach to ensuring our stakeholders are briefed on the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the amount of food, medicine and fuel arriving at Hodeidah port.

The UK government is providing £1.3 million in funding to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) this financial year to facilitate commercial imports into Hodeidah and Saleef ports by giving the coalition confidence that weapons are not coming in on large commercial ships. We have also deployed UK maritime experts to Djibouti to help further boost the inspections process, increasing the proportion of physical inspections by more than ten-fold.

The UK continues to urge all parties to the conflict to facilitate full and unhindered access for humanitarian and commercial supplies, such as food, medicine and fuel, through Hodeidah port.

Hodeidah port currently remains open and we are closely monitoring imports through it. In August, Hodeidah accounted for 64% of total bulk food imports and 54% of total fuel imports into Yemen.

26th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any element of the recent visit by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK was funded by Official Development Assistance.

No element of the Crown Prince’s visit to the UK was funded by the UK’s Official Development Assistance, and DFID did not fund any of the visit.

During the visit, the two countries agreed to continued close cooperation on humanitarian issues, and signed three separate agreements to strengthen our shared response to global humanitarian and development challenges.

26th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any element of the visit of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK was funded by her Department.

No element of the Crown Prince’s visit to the UK was funded by the UK’s Official Development Assistance, and DFID did not fund any of the visit.

During the visit, the two countries agreed to continued close cooperation on humanitarian issues, and signed three separate agreements to strengthen our shared response to global humanitarian and development challenges.

19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered in East Ghouta and other besieged areas in Syria.

Humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta remains severely constrained by the Assad regime. Our partners are on the ground providing life-saving support, but desperately needed aid supplies are unable to reach them. The UK continues to demand full and sustained humanitarian access into Eastern Ghouta, and to all other besieged areas in Syria.

19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department provides to internally displaced women in Syria.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable in conflicts. For those internally displaced in Syria to return home safely there must be an end to the conflict and a credible political settlement. This is the only viable path towards the peace and security that the Syrian people deserve. In the meantime, the UK is providing food, healthcare, water and other life-saving relief to internally displaced people across the country. Since 2012, we have delivered 20.9 million food rations that feed a person for a month, 3.3 million vaccines against deadly diseases, and 8.1 million medical consultations for those in need in Syria.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many climate and environment advisers have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.

DFID’s Climate & Environment cadre currently contains 60 advisers.

The exact numbers fluctuate during the year as advisers are recruited into or leave the organisation or when existing staff are accredited to the cadre.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to encourage people to check their national insurance contribution records in advance of their retirement.

Checking your National Insurance record regularly is very important and the Government has designed services and supporting communications to make this as easy for people as possible. Our online service, Check your State Pension (CySP), is key in supporting the communication campaign. This service provides a State Pension forecast (based on the individual’s current National Insurance record and an assumption that future years count towards their State Pension), and the earliest date the individual can get their State Pension. Users can look at their National Insurance record, where they will also find out how many qualifying years they have and any gaps in their contributions.

The Department has carried out a comprehensive communication campaign to bring the new State Pension and the role of people’s National Insurance records to people’s attention. This has been through advertisements in newspapers, on social media and on radio stations across the country as well as working through Stakeholders to raise public awareness of the changes. There is also a significant package of on-line information about the State Pension at www.gov.uk.

Between April 2000 and the end of April 2018, the Department provided more than 22 million personalised State Pension statements to people who requested them (either online or by telephone or post, and based on both old and new State Pension rules). We continue to encourage people to request a personalised State Pension Statement as part of our on-going communications.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of personal independence payment were required to return their mobility vehicle prior to receiving a mandatory reconsideration decision; and how many of those claimants were re-awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component as a result of that reconsideration decision in each of the last three years.

The Department does not hold this information. While the Department works closely with Motability, it is an independent charitable organisation that is wholly responsible for the terms and the administration of the Motability scheme.

Where PIP claimants are no longer entitled to enhanced rate mobility; Motability’s current policy is to allow scheme vehicles to be retained by the claimant for eight weeks.

If the original decision is later revised and the claimant’s enhanced rate mobility award is reinstated, the Department backdates any PIP payments to the claimant, and this is used to repay Motability where the claimant is still in possession of the vehicle.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of personal independence payment recipients receive the mobility element of the benefit due solely to a visual impairment.

The latest available data on claimants with visual impairment who receive the mobility element of the benefit is published and available at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Data is based on primary disabling condition as recorded on the PIP computer system. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which the decision is based but only the primary condition is shown in these published statistics.

23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when people in receipt of Support for Mortgage Interest will receive an acknowledgment from her Department confirming receipt of their loan application.

The Department aims to acknowledge the return of SMI loan documents within two weeks of receipt.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in her Department are available to visit Support for Mortgage Interest claimants with additional needs who require face-to-face support in understanding and completing the loan application process.

The Department provides face-to-face support to SMI claimants using existing DWP Visiting Officers. The Department has not commissioned a specific number of staff for these home visits.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women aged between 60 to 65 are in receipt of employments benefits by type of benefit.

The information requested is published for a range of benefits administered by DWP, such as Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit, and available at the Department’s Stat-Xplore website:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance for users of Stat-Xplore is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Statistics are also available via the Office of National Statistics’ NOMIS website, including for benefits not currently available on Stat-Xplore such as Jobseeker’s Allowance:

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/default.asp

Guidance for users of NOMIS can be found at:

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/home/newuser.asp

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
26th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women aged between 60 and 65 are in receipt of the state pension; the level at which that state pension is paid; and how many women aged between 60 and 65 only receive their National Insurance contributions.

As at August 2017, the most recent date for which figures are available, there were 649,564 women aged between 60 and 65 years of age (inclusive) in receipt of State Pension. The average weekly amount received by these women was £136.37. Of these, 582,226 received a State Pension based on their own National Insurance contributions; either a Category A pension under the pre-2016 system, or from April 2016 under the new State Pension (nSP).

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women aged between 60 and 65 are (a) unemployed and not in receipt of (i) a state pension and (ii) benefits and (b) in employment.

There are 4.7 million women aged 50+ in the UK in employment and the number of older workers in employment is at a record high with 10.1 million workers aged 50+ in the UK; an increase of 1.4 million over the last 5 years. As part of the Flexible Working Lives Strategy, the Government committed to publishing Official Annual Statistics on older workers. These can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/economic-labour-market-status-of-individuals-aged-50-and-over-trends-over-time-september-2017

For the period Nov 2017 - Jan 2018, the UK unemployment level for women aged 50-64 is 126,000; this represents an unemployment rate of 2.9%.

The data requested on the unemployment level for females aged 60-64 cannot be provided due to the sample size of this group. The breakdown by receipt of state pension and benefits is not held.

In 2017, the UK employment level for females aged 60-64 was 821,000; this represents an employment rate of 45.2%.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
14th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125704, on Mortgages: Interest Payments, how the application process for the new loan will operate in cases where there is an existing charge on the property.

Pre-existing charges on property have no impact on the SMI loans process. SMI loans will be offered to all eligible claimants regardless of any pre-existing charges on property.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 105008, on personal independence payment: appeals, what the average cost to his Department is of each appeal.

The Department only holds data on internal costs for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Appeals.

The average internal cost of each appeal is £278.35 for new claims and £138.84 for reassessment appeals. Other costs are only obtainable at disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2017 to Question 105008, on personal independence payment (PIP): appeals, what his target is for the proportion of PIP decisions to be made correctly first time; and if he will make a statement.

We aim to get the decision correct every time. The Department monitors the quality and accuracy of its decision making with a robust quality assurance framework where feedback is given to individual decision makers as required.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of appeals against awards of personal independence payments to residents of (a) East Dunbartonshire, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK to date have resulted in (a) an increase and (b) no increase in the award.

PIP data is collated at GB (England, Scotland and Wales only) rather than UK level.

The Department only holds data on PIP awards changed and unchanged at appeal. Therefore the awards changed may include a very small number of appeals where the award may have reduced.

The table below shows the proportion of appeals against awards of Personal Independent Payment where the award was changed and unchanged at appeal for East Dunbartonshire, Scotland and Great Britain.

Award changed at appeal

Award unchanged at appeal

East Dunbartonshire

69%

31%

Scotland

69%

31%

GB

74%

26%

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of applicants for personal independence payments to residents of (a) East Dunbartonshire, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK were awarded (i) no support for mobility needs, (ii) the standard mobility component and (iii) the enhanced mobility component in each quarter for which data is available.

The table below shows the number of applicants for personal independence payments to residents of (a) East Dunbartonshire (Parliamentary Constituency), (b) Scotland and (c) Great Britain who were awarded (i) no support for mobility needs, (ii) the standard mobility component and (iii) the enhanced mobility component in each quarter for which data is available.

Note that PIP data is collated at GB rather than UK level

(a) East Dunbartonshire (Parliamentary Constituency)

Mobility Award - Enhanced

%age

Mobility Award - Standard

%age

Mobility Award - Nil

%age

Total

2013 Q2

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

2013 Q3

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

2013 Q4

20

40%

10

15%

20

45%

40

2014 Q1

10

#

#

#

10

#

30

2014 Q2

20

44%

10

18%

20

38%

50

2014 Q3

20

28%

30

29%

40

43%

90

2014 Q4

30

29%

20

19%

50

52%

90

2015 Q1

30

27%

20

20%

60

53%

110

2015 Q2

40

31%

30

22%

70

47%

140

2015 Q3

30

27%

30

28%

50

46%

110

2015 Q4

30

28%

20

20%

50

51%

100

2016 Q1

50

33%

30

21%

70

47%

140

2016 Q2

60

30%

30

18%

100

52%

180

2016 Q3

70

33%

40

20%

90

47%

200

2016 Q4

80

39%

50

24%

70

38%

190

2017 Q1

80

36%

50

22%

100

41%

230

2017 Q2

80

38%

50

26%

70

36%

200

2017 Q3 (to July 2017)

10

18%

20

28%

40

54%

70

Total

640

33%

430

22%

890

45%

1,970

(b) Scotland

Mobility Award - Enhanced

%age

Mobility Award - Standard

%age

Mobility Award - Nil

%age

Total

2013 Q2

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

2013 Q3

420

69%

60

10%

130

21%

620

2013 Q4

1,160

30%

760

20%

1,970

51%

3,890

2014 Q1

1,350

32%

860

20%

1,990

47%

4,190

2014 Q2

1,610

30%

1,100

21%

2,610

49%

5,320

2014 Q3

3,030

26%

2,570

22%

6,190

53%

11,800

2014 Q4

3,350

22%

3,220

21%

8,490

56%

15,060

2015 Q1

3,430

20%

3,920

23%

9,720

57%

17,070

2015 Q2

3,800

24%

3,680

23%

8,450

53%

15,940

2015 Q3

3,370

25%

3,000

23%

6,880

52%

13,240

2015 Q4

3,280

24%

3,060

22%

7,400

54%

13,740

2016 Q1

4,450

28%

3,490

22%

8,040

50%

15,980

2016 Q2

6,020

28%

4,610

21%

11,010

51%

21,640

2016 Q3

6,640

30%

4,800

22%

10,370

48%

21,810

2016 Q4

6,730

31%

4,840

22%

10,100

47%

21,670

2017 Q1

7,910

36%

4,870

22%

9,060

41%

21,840

2017 Q2

6,950

35%

4,250

21%

8,790

44%

19,980

2017 Q3 (to July 2017)

1,810

23%

1,510

19%

4,440

57%

7,750

Total

65,330

28%

50,590

22%

115,620

50%

231,540

(c) Great Britain

Mobility Award - Enhanced

%age

Mobility Award - Standard

%age

Mobility Award - Nil

%age

Total

2013 Q2

620

93%

40

6%

10

1%

670

2013 Q3

4,780

72%

640

10%

1,240

19%

6,660

2013 Q4

8,460

38%

3,950

18%

9,580

44%

21,980

2014 Q1

13,430

35%

7,580

20%

16,960

45%

37,960

2014 Q2

16,750

33%

10,490

21%

23,730

47%

50,960

2014 Q3

31,260

28%

24,560

22%

57,680

51%

113,500

2014 Q4

41,130

24%

36,500

21%

93,150

55%

170,790

2015 Q1

37,910

21%

38,070

21%

104,820

58%

180,800

2015 Q2

29,390

20%

29,710

21%

84,490

59%

143,590

2015 Q3

27,330

21%

26,270

20%

76,690

59%

130,290

2015 Q4

32,410

24%

26,870

20%

75,420

56%

134,690

2016 Q1

41,730

27%

31,160

20%

82,750

53%

155,640

2016 Q2

51,560

26%

39,410

20%

105,030

54%

196,010

2016 Q3

62,260

29%

44,600

21%

109,800

51%

216,660

2016 Q4

67,270

32%

42,620

20%

100,010

48%

209,900

2017 Q1

72,380

35%

39,980

20%

91,950

45%

204,320

2017 Q2

61,800

33%

35,050

19%

92,610

49%

189,460

2017 Q3 (to July 2017)

17,510

27%

11,220

17%

37,000

56%

65,730

Total

617,960

28%

448,710

20%

1,162,900

52%

2,229,570

‘# ‘used to avoid the release of confidential data including instances where there are fewer than 5 cases

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether civil servants transferring from his Department to NHSX received changes to (a) salaries and (b) terms and conditions of employment.

NHSX is a joint unit between the Department and NHS England. No staff have been transferred as NHSX is not a separate body. Departmental staff working in the joint unit remain on their existing salaries and terms and conditions of employment.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on the NHS app before NHSX announced plans to scale back development of that App on 31 May 2019.

The NHS App is not being scaled back. The NHS App will remain the ‘digital front door to the NHS’ as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on setting up and running NHSX to date.

The set up and running of NHSX has incurred additional costs of £94,516.20 to date. £79,200 of the costs relate to software licensing for NHSX staff. The remainder relates to a set up event and small elements of additional administrative purchases.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff have been (a) transferred from his Department or other public bodies to NHSX and (b) recruited externally.

NHSX is a joint Unit between the Department and NHS England. No staff have been transferred as NHSX is not a separate body. Two staff have been transferred from another Government Department. NHSX will recruit a Chief Technology Officer and other roles; at present, no staff have been recruited externally.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of GP appointments have been made through the NHS App since the launch of that App in December 2018.

This data is not collected centrally.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 251992, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of proactively offering 36-week ultrasound scans to identify breech babies.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for providing authoritative, evidence-based guidance for the National Health Service. The NICE clinical guideline on antenatal care was published in 2008 and states that fetal presentation should be assessed by abdominal palpation at 36 weeks or later. The guideline also states that evidence does not support the routine use of ultrasound scanning after 24 weeks of gestation and therefore should not be offered.

The evidence considered by NICE in developing its recommendations can be found in NICE’s full guideline at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg62/evidence/full-guideline-pdf-196748323

However, NICE is currently updating this guideline, including its recommendations relating to monitoring fetal growth and wellbeing and expects to publish final updated guidance in December 2020 with a public consultation in summer 2020.

8th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to maternal and neonatal outcomes of offering 36 week ultrasound scans to identify breech babies.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Standard relating the best antenatal care (QS22) states that women with a suspected breech presentation at 36 weeks or later should be referred for confirmatory ultrasound assessment. Quality Standard 22 was published in September 2012 and was most recently updated in April 2016.

Quality Standards are important in setting out to patients, the public, commissioners and providers what a high-quality service should look like in a particular area of care. Whilst providers and commissioners must have regard to NICE QSs in planning and delivering services, they do not provide a comprehensive service specification and are not mandatory.

4th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on transporting technetium and krypton generators by air instead of road in the event that the UK leaves the EU without deal; and if he will make a statement.

Our number one priority is for patients to continue to have access to medicines, including medical radioisotopes such as krypton and technetium, whatever the European Union exit outcome, and we have robust contingency plans in place.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. However, as a responsible Government we must plan for every possible outcome including ‘no deal’. The Department has published guidance to industry and the health and care system to allow them to make informed plans and preparations. This is available on GOV.UK.

The Department has worked with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that planes are contracted to bring in medical radioisotopes under the appropriate specialist conditions and suppliers are working closely with the National Health Service to minimise any potential impact of changes to delivery times.

We are confident that if everyone does what they need to do, the supply of medicines and other medical products, including medical radioisotopes, will be uninterrupted.

4th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the availability of technetium and krypton generators for nuclear medicine procedures in hospitals.

Our number one priority is for patients to continue to have access to medicines, including medical radioisotopes such as krypton and technetium, whatever the European Union exit outcome, and we have robust contingency plans in place.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. However, as a responsible Government we must plan for every possible outcome including ‘no deal’. The Department has published guidance to industry and the health and care system to allow them to make informed plans and preparations. This is available on GOV.UK.

The Department has worked with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that planes are contracted to bring in medical radioisotopes under the appropriate specialist conditions and suppliers are working closely with the National Health Service to minimise any potential impact of changes to delivery times.

We are confident that if everyone does what they need to do, the supply of medicines and other medical products, including medical radioisotopes, will be uninterrupted.

26th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) men and (b) women have died from anaphylaxis; and of those how many had an epinephrine autoinjector administered prior to death in each of the past five years.

This information is not available.

16th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome (PGAS) have been recorded in each of the last five years; and how many PGAS specialists are currently practising in England.

This information is not held centrally.

30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 173542 on Allergies: Medical Treatments, what support his Department has provided to people affected by the national shortage of EpiPen 0.3mg auto-injectors.

The Department is working very closely with all the manufacturers of adrenaline auto-injectors, the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency, and NHS England to improve the situation as quickly as possible. Supplies of EpiPen 0.3mg and the alternative adrenaline auto-injectors are currently available in volumes that are sufficient to meet normal United Kingdom requirements and further deliveries of all three brands of adrenaline autoinjectors are expected in the coming weeks. Comprehensive information and guidance, with input from National Health Service allergy experts has been cascaded to all healthcare professionals, schools, patient groups and frontline NHS services, which provides information about the supply issue, management options and advice to share with patients.

30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 173542 on Allergies: Medical Treatments, what assessment he has made of the effect of the national shortage of EpiPen 0.3mg Auto-Injectors on levels of supply of alternative epinephrine auto-injectors.

The Department is working very closely with all the manufacturers of adrenaline auto-injectors, the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency, and NHS England to improve the situation as quickly as possible. Supplies of EpiPen 0.3mg and the alternative adrenaline auto-injectors are currently available in volumes that are sufficient to meet normal United Kingdom requirements and further deliveries of all three brands of adrenaline autoinjectors are expected in the coming weeks. Comprehensive information and guidance, with input from National Health Service allergy experts has been cascaded to all healthcare professionals, schools, patient groups and frontline NHS services, which provides information about the supply issue, management options and advice to share with patients.

11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is to resolve the national shortage of EpiPen 0.3mg Auto-Injectors.

Departmental officials are in regular contact with Mylan, the United Kingdom licensed supplier of Epipens, as there have been ongoing supply issues affecting this product. Supplies are currently available of the 0.3mg, although limited, and are being closely managed to ensure that pharmacies can obtain stock to fulfil prescription for patients. Mylan anticipates that supplies will stabilize in the fourth quarter of 2018.

11th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the adequate provision of EpiPen 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Departmental officials have been in regular contact with the United Kingdom licensed supplier of Epipens, Mylan, and are working closely with them to resolve the supply situation as quickly as possible. Mylan’s contract manufacturer, Meridian Medical Technologies is a Pfizer company. The Department has had no specific discussions with representatives of Pfizer with regard to the adequate provision and number of Epipens.

Supplies are currently available, although limited, and are being closely managed to ensure that pharmacies can obtain stock to fulfil prescriptions for patients. Officials have shared information about the current supply position for Epipens with colleagues in the Scottish Government.

11th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had recent discussions with his Scottish counterpart on the adequate provision of EpiPen 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors in the UK.

Departmental officials have been in regular contact with the United Kingdom licensed supplier of Epipens, Mylan, and are working closely with them to resolve the supply situation as quickly as possible. Mylan’s contract manufacturer, Meridian Medical Technologies is a Pfizer company. The Department has had no specific discussions with representatives of Pfizer with regard to the adequate provision and number of Epipens.

Supplies are currently available, although limited, and are being closely managed to ensure that pharmacies can obtain stock to fulfil prescriptions for patients. Officials have shared information about the current supply position for Epipens with colleagues in the Scottish Government.

11th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Pfizer on the supply of an adequate number of EpiPen 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors to the UK.

Departmental officials have been in regular contact with the United Kingdom licensed supplier of Epipens, Mylan, and are working closely with them to resolve the supply situation as quickly as possible. Mylan’s contract manufacturer, Meridian Medical Technologies is a Pfizer company. The Department has had no specific discussions with representatives of Pfizer with regard to the adequate provision and number of Epipens.

Supplies are currently available, although limited, and are being closely managed to ensure that pharmacies can obtain stock to fulfil prescriptions for patients. Officials have shared information about the current supply position for Epipens with colleagues in the Scottish Government.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on (a) the seizure of international NGO vessels and (b) its potential violations of international maritime law.

The United Kingdom and Italy participate frequently in discussions on Mediterranean migration, most recently at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 15 July, the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 18 July, and at an informal Ministerial meeting hosted by France on 22 July. These discussions include the role of NGO-operated Search and Rescue vessels and relevant international maritime law. There are divergent views amongst EU member States. The United Kingdom supports a predictable mechanism for the disembarkation and relocation of rescued migrants, and for all signatories to meet their obligations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts on (a) the accuracy of its reporting of civilian casualties due to US drone strikes and (b) the lasting effect of US drone strikes on civilian populations in Somalia.

The Secretary of State will build on the work of his predecessor and continue to have regular engagement with his US counterpart on counter-terrorism activities. We have not sought to make an independent assessment of the accuracy or impact of US strikes in Somalia; this would be challenging, given the difficult security environment. The main cause of civilian casualties in Somalia is the insurgency and indiscriminate terrorist activity of Al-Shabaab. Support from the US and others to the Federal Government of Somalia's efforts to counter terrorism is critical to limiting Al-Shabaab's capability to inflict harm.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Emirati counterpart on the prison conditions of the Emirati prisoner of conscience Ahmed Mansoor.

The case of Ahmed Mansoor was previously raised by our officials with senior Emirati officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The UK urges all countries to comply with their human rights obligations. Our close relationship with the UAE allows us to discuss important issues such as human rights and where the UK has cause for concern, we raise these concerns at official and Ministerial level.

10th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Hungarian counterpart and (b) other EU counterparts on (i) the closure of the Central European University and (ii) restrictions on academic freedom in Hungary.

The British Embassy in Budapest have discussed this with the Hungarian government on various occasions, stressing that Central European University's (CEU) relocation to Vienna is a great loss for Budapest and Hungary. We regret that the Hungarian government and CEU could not find a mutually acceptable solution as a vibrant and diverse education sector brings substantial benefits to any country.

10th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Somali Government to counter the proliferation of weapons within Somalia and prevent access to weapons by terrorists.

The UK plays a leading role in upholding and strengthening the UN Somalia sanctions regime in our capacity as drafters for all UN Security Council Resolutions on Somalia. The sanctions regime is central to international efforts to promote peace and security in Somalia, including through addressing the threat of Al-Shabaab. The regime includes an arms embargo with certain exemptions for humanitarian protection, the African Union Mission in Somalia, and the development of the Somali security forces. Within these exemptions, safeguards are in place to manage proliferation of arms. Our Embassy in Mogadishu regularly engages with the Somali authorities on the importance of compliance with the regime and to support the development of effective weapons and ammunition management. More broadly, the UK has an extensive programme of support to security sector reform in Somalia, helping Somalia take responsibility for its own national security and reduce conflict and terrorism.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the safety of Cellou Dalein Diallo in Guinea.

The outcome of the February 2018 Guinean municipal elections has been heavily disputed, resulting in an increase in political tensions in the country. In this context, we are aware of reports of shooting at the vehicle convoy of the opposition party leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, in Conakry late last year. Together with EU and other international partners we are monitoring the situation closely. The international community continues to urge dialogue between the political parties and essential preparation for forthcoming legislative elections. Peaceful elections will be essential to reassuring investors and other partners, and not least the people of Guinea.

1st Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 5 September 2018, Official Report, column 169, what progress the PM has made in pushing for new EU sanctions regimes against those responsible for cyber-attacks and gross human rights violations.

The UK has actively supported proposals for three new EU thematic sanctions regimes in order to strengthen our international resilience to hybrid threats. These regimes are in different stages of development in the EU.

The chemical weapons regime was adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council on 15 October, and on 21 January the EU adopted the first listings under that regime in response to the use of chemical weapons in Salisbury and Syria. These actions demonstrate the resolve of the UK and our allies to tackle the proliferation and use of chemical weapons in contravention of global norms.

We welcomed the October European Council conclusions which gave a mandate for work on EU cyber sanctions. We are coordinating with EU partners to support the development of a cyber sanctions regime. We are also very supportive of ongoing policy discussions following the Dutch initiative to establish an EU global human rights sanctions regime. This will strengthen the EU’s ability to tackle human rights violations and abuses, wherever they may occur, and allow the EU to respond quickly and appropriately.

1st Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to her oral contribution of 5 September 2018, Official Report, column 169, what progress she has made in working with international partners to empower the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to attribute chemical weapons attacks to other states beyond Syria.

As set out in the statement of 13 December 2018 [HCWS1177] by the Foreign Secretary and his predecessor’s update to the House on 9 July 2018, the UK was at the forefront of significant successful diplomatic efforts last year to secure, fund and implement decisions to enable the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and more widely at the request of an affected State Party. In accordance with the terms of the June Decision, on 15 November 2018, the Director General of the OPCW set out the measures that the OPCW will implement to provide technical expertise on attribution to requesting States Parties and set out his proposals to establish independent, impartial, expert arrangements to assist with this. We continue to work with international partners in supporting the OPCW Director General and the OPCW Technical Secretariat to put in place structures and staffing to take forward their mandated attribution work, a significant step forward in international efforts to end use of chemical weapons.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart to ensure that individuals detained by the military and the police during the recent unrest are given a fair trial in accordance with international law.

I summoned the Zimbabwean Ambassador on 17 January to express our concern at the ongoing situation there, and to urge the security forces to stop using disproportionate force and to investigate any cases of alleged human rights violations and abuses. On 30 January, I spoke to Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Moyo, repeating our calls for an end to human rights violations and abuses and a full investigation into all allegations, including arbitrary arrests.

We will continue to call on the Government of Zimbabwe to investigate all allegations of human rights violations and abuses and urge them to follow the due process of law.

The British Embassy team continue to attend court cases in Harare and Bulawayo and are in regular contact with the legal teams of a number of individuals who have been arrested.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) South Africa, (b) Botswana, (c) Namibia and and (d) Malawi on the situation in Zimbabwe.

I travelled to South Africa on 30 January and raised Zimbabwe with key regional interlocutors, emphasising the need for urgent action by the international community.

I also attended the EU-AU Ministerial meeting in Brussels on 21 January and discussed a range of issues, including Zimbabwe at the meeting.

I will continue to raise the political and security situation in Zimbabwe with key counterparts, including those from Commonwealth states, as I did with the Foreign Minister of Mozambique on 3 February.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart to ensure that Evan Mawarire is given a fair trial in accordance with international law.

I raised the need for all those arrested to be given a fair trial with the Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Moyo on 30 January. Our Ambassador has reinforced this message in Harare, in meetings with Home Affairs Minister Mathema on 23 January and Foreign Minister Moyo on 25 January.

Following his recent arrest, the British Embassy have been monitoring Pastor Evan Mawarire’s court hearings. We were pleased to see he was released on bail on 30 January.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports that climate change is exacerbating conflict in Mali; and if he will make a statement.

​We agree that climate change is exacerbating conflict in Mali and the broader Sahel region, particularly by increasing competition over land and resources. The causes of conflict in Mali are, however, wider than climate change and include in particular issues around governance, demography, terrorism and organised crime.

14th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department is spending on a public information campaign to prepare people for the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Government has a duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them, and to advise on the steps they may need to take to prepare for EU Exit.

We have developed a cross-departmental public information campaign to help achieve this. Over the coming weeks, we will be using a range of channels to direct UK citizens, businesses, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/EUexit

Information on the costs associated with this campaign will be released in due course as part the normal data transparency releases by the Cabinet Office.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of his Department's ODA-funded projects are listed on the Department for International Development's Development Tracker website.

We list nearly all of our ODA-funded programmes on gov.uk and on the Department for International Development's Development Tracker website. Information on a small number of policy programmes is not in the public domain due to the need to protect national security and the safety and security of beneficiaries, partners or partner governments.

24th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the level of the presence of Islamist extremist cells and jihadist training camps in Sudan and (b) the accuracy of reports of an Al Qaeda Club operating openly at the University of Khartoum.

We are aware of historical reports related to the presence of extremist groups in Sudan, including the presence of Al-Qaida. The Government of Sudan has in recent years taken steps to address the presence of such groups, and to meet the bilateral requirements set by the US Government for Sudan to be removed from the US State Sponsor of Terrorism List. We continue to encourage the Government of Sudan to address drivers of radicalisation and ensure that all forms of extremism are tackled in compliance with human rights standards. Through bilateral engagement including our biannual Strategic Dialogue we continue to raise issues of concern and discuss areas where we could work together on a range of issues, including counter terrorism and countering violent extremism.

23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the joint G5 regional stabilisation force that was targeted by a suicide bomber in June 2018 at its headquarters in Sevare.

The UK strongly supports the G5 Sahel Joint Force and condemns the attack against the Force's Headquarters in Sevare in June 2018. The UK has contributed 15.5% of the €100m of EU support to date for the Force, as well as £2m in bilateral funds. We assess that the G5 Sahel Joint Force is having a positive impact against the Islamist terrorist threat, evidenced by a number of effective joint operations since November 2017. The challenge is nevertheless significant and it is urgent that the Force becomes fully operational and the international community makes good on pledges of financial support for the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of reports that Algerian and Sudanese Islamist jihadists are present in central and northern Mali where the joint G5 regional stabilisation force operates.

The UK strongly supports the G5 Sahel Joint Force and condemns the attack against the Force's Headquarters in Sevare in June 2018. The UK has contributed 15.5% of the €100m of EU support to date for the Force, as well as £2m in bilateral funds. Since October 2012, there have been reports of significant numbers of foreign terrorists, including Algerian and Sudanese fighters, operating in Gao and Timbuktu. We assess that the G5 Sahel Joint Force is having a positive impact against the Islamist terrorist threat, evidenced by a number of effective joint operations since November 2017. The challenge is nevertheless significant and it is urgent that the Force becomes fully operational and the international community makes good on pledges of financial support for the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the progress made by Saudi Arabian education authorities in removing from school textbooks (a) incitements to commit jihad, (b) passages describing Christians and Jews in a derogatory manner and (c) passages encouraging extremist ideologies likely to incite hatred of religious minorities within Saudi Arabia.

​The British Government strongly supports the right to freedom of religion or belief, which is restricted in Saudi Arabia. Our views are well known.

A major component of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is educational reform. As the Saudi Minister of Education recently commented, this will take a number of years. During the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK in 2018, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable a partnership in developing educational curricula.

We closely monitor freedom of religion or belief issues in Saudi Arabia.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects on business and human rights his Department has funded in each of the last five years; and what the total spend of each such project was in each of those years.

For the 2018-19 financial year, the department intends to spend through the Magna Carta Fund a total of £107,000 supporting business and human rights projects. Information for projects relating to business and human rights in previous financial years is not readily available; we will write to the Hon Member in due course.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) membership and (b) remit of the Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights is; and if he will make a statement.

​The Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights is chaired jointly by officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business Energy and Industry Strategy and is attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Department for International Trade, UK Export Finance, the Home Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Exiting the European Union, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Government Equalities Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, Crown Commercial Services, and with the Devolved Administrations. It builds on the commitments which the UK Government made in response to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights report 'Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability'.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the cross-Whitehall steering group on business and human rights has met since the publication of the updated National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Since the update of the National Action Plan, the Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights has met five times and also liaise between its meetings.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (b) UK businesses on updating the national action plan on business and human rights after the UK leaves the EU.

Our shared focus is implementing the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights as it stands and on sustaining the UK's high standards in protection of human rights. There is no intent to review the Plan before at least 2020. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy officials liaise frequently on the Plan and its implementation. We are clear that any future development of the Plan, must be informed by wide consultations, including with business representatives, about our approach and the delivery of commitments, so officials intend new engagement early in the New Year.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the implementation of the updated national action plan on business and human rights of the UK leaving the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Foreign and Commonwealth officials discuss the implementation of the National Action Plan regularly at working level, with officials from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, and through the Cross-Whitehall Steering Group on Business and Human Rights, taking all relevant developments into account.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of how (a) free and (b) fair the elections in Cameroon were on 7 October 2018.

The African Union's Election Observation Mission found that the elections were conducted in a relatively orderly manner in most of the country but violence affected polling in the Anglophone regions. I was concerned by reports of violence and casualties on polling day in Anglophone regions and by how difficult it was for citizens to vote there. I called on all parties to follow proper procedure for tallying results and exercise restraint.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of the escalation of violence in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon; and if he will make a statement.

We are aware of reports of increase in violence in the Anglophone region, especially in the lead up to the Presidential elections which took place on 7 October. The situation there is such that it is difficult to obtain an accurate account of what is happening or verify social media reports. We continue to engage with the Government of Cameroon on this and wider issues and deliver the message that we want to see an end to violence and a meaningful process to address the core issues in the Anglophone region of Cameroon. We will also continue to underline that all parties have a responsibility to work for peace and stability and to use only legal and peaceful means to voice grievances.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the recommendations made in the recent report by Amnesty International on violence and human rights violations in Anglophone Cameroon; and if he will discuss those recommendations with his Cameroonian counterpart.

We have noted Amnesty International's recent report on the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. We are deeply concerned by this and other reports of violence in the region. It remains incredibly challenging to secure access to the region to obtain an accurate account of what is happening on the ground. Reporting in social media is equally challenging to verify. The British Government wants to see an end to the violence, political prisoners released and a meaningful process of national dialogue to address the core issues. All parties have a responsibility to work for peace and stability and to use only legal and peaceful means to voice grievances.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the forthcoming trial of Israa al-Ghomgham in that country; and if he will make a statement.

​We are monitoring closely the case of Israa al-Ghomgham and other political activists. We continue to raise our concerns on human rights with the Saudi authorities in private.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in diplomatic relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia on the Government's relationship with those countries.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and officials have been in touch with both Governments to express our concern over the dispute and its potential implications. We have and will continue to urge restraint and de-escalation through the appropriate diplomatic channels.

The Government continues to promote human rights across the Middle East, both bilaterally and with key international partners such as Canada. The UK frequently expresses concerns on human rights issues to Saudi Arabia at the most senior levels. We can only bring about the changes we would like to see by working with countries. We do not shy away from raising legitimate human rights concerns, and we make this point very clearly in public and in private.

The UK is a close partner to both Canada and Saudi Arabia and enjoys positive and constructive diplomatic relations with both countries. It is in the UK’s interest that we have both public and private conversations on matters of mutual concern.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support his Canadian counterpart in promoting human rights across the Middle East.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and officials have been in touch with both Governments to express our concern over the dispute and its potential implications. We have and will continue to urge restraint and de-escalation through the appropriate diplomatic channels.

The Government continues to promote human rights across the Middle East, both bilaterally and with key international partners such as Canada. The UK frequently expresses concerns on human rights issues to Saudi Arabia at the most senior levels. We can only bring about the changes we would like to see by working with countries. We do not shy away from raising legitimate human rights concerns, and we make this point very clearly in public and in private.

The UK is a close partner to both Canada and Saudi Arabia and enjoys positive and constructive diplomatic relations with both countries. It is in the UK’s interest that we have both public and private conversations on matters of mutual concern.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on trade relations between that country and Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.

The Foreign Secretary and officials have been in touch with both Governments to express our concern over the dispute and its potential implications. We have and will continue to urge restraint and de-escalation through the appropriate diplomatic channels.

The Government continues to promote human rights across the Middle East, both bilaterally and with key international partners such as Canada. The UK frequently expresses concerns on human rights issues to Saudi Arabia at the most senior levels. We can only bring about the changes we would like to see by working with countries. We do not shy away from raising legitimate human rights concerns, and we make this point very clearly in public and in private.

The UK is a close partner to both Canada and Saudi Arabia and enjoys positive and constructive diplomatic relations with both countries. It is in the UK’s interest that we have both public and private conversations on matters of mutual concern.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support improvements in the efficiency of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

​The UK is providing £1.3 million this financial year to the UN's Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to facilitate commercial shipping and assure the Coalition that weapons are not coming into Yemen on large commercial ships docking at Red Sea ports. We have also deployed UK maritime experts to Djibouti to further boost the inspections process, increasing the proportion of ships physically inspected more than ten-fold (from 8 per cent to 90 per cent).

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen on the time taken for humanitarian aid to reach Hodeidah port.

The UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) facilitates commercial imports into Yemen's Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Saleef, and is an important mechanism taking into account the arms embargo enacted by UN Security Council Resolution 2216. UNVIM only applies to commercial vessels.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the transparency of its Official Development Assistance after the publication of the Aid Transparency Index 2018.

​I refer the Hon. Member to answer of 11 July 2018 (PQ 160284).

11th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in Saudi Arabia on the flow of humanitarian aid through Hodeidah port.

We are in constant contact with the Coalition about the campaign in Yemen, as part of our diplomatic effort to find a solution which brings political stability to Yemen and ends cross-border threats to Yemen's neighbours. On Hodeidah, we have set out clearly international concerns on the importance of maintaining the flow of humanitarian supplies. I discussed this with my Saudi counterpart over the weekend. The Coalition have made clear that they recognise the humanitarian imperative and are prioritising the humanitarian response.

We are now doing everything we can to work with the UN, non-governmental organisations and the Coalition to respond to humanitarian needs in the days ahead.

We continue to urge all parties to facilitate access for essential imports of food, fuel and medical supplies into the country including through Hodeidah port.

11th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Hodeidah region in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

​It is crucial that humanitarian and commercial imports continue to flow through Hodeidah and Saleef ports, which service the vast majority of Yemen's food needs. We urge all parties to facilitate access for essential imports of food, fuel and medical supplies into the country including through Hodeidah port. As in all aspects of the conflict, all parties must respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians.

18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department took in response to the restrictions placed by the Iranian Government on the instant messaging service Telegram; and if he will make a statement.

On 11 January, the Foreign Secretary discussed Iran's response to the protests with Foreign Minister Zarif. In addition, on 5 January, we supported the proposal to discuss the protests at the UN Security Council where we set out our human rights concerns strongly.

18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on human rights of the actions of the Iranian government during the protests that took place in that country from 28 December 2017.

The Foreign Secretary has made clear that the Iranian people should be able to freely express themselves and to demonstrate peacefully within the law. We look to the Iranian authorities to permit this. We are concerned by reports of mass arrests and deaths in custody, and by restrictions on freedom of expression, in particular the suspension of popular messaging application, Telegram.

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the protests in that country that began on 28 December 2017.

On 11 January, the Foreign Secretary discussed Iran's response to the recent protests with Foreign Minister Zarif. He underlined the point he had made in his January statement, emphasising in particular that there should be a meaningful debate about the issues protestors were raising and that international obligations on human rights should be observed.

19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

​In January next year the UK will launch the fourth iteration of its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women Peace and Security (WPS), a high level strategy that guides our cross- Whitehall work on WPS, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Through practical support, diplomatic action, defence, and development assistance, the UK is contributing to the four pillars of WPS in a number of ways.
The government is committed to promoting the participation of women in political processes, for example supporting women's participation in the Syrian, Somalian and Colombian peace processes. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office's first Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper is prioritising girls' education and women's empowerment, ensuring women and girls' fundamental rights are protected. The UK remains committed to improving peacekeeping efforts, to prevent conflict, and to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls if it breaks out; UK Peacekeepers are now given pre-deployment training on gender, and efforts are in place to get more women into peacekeeping missions. The UK's ambition is for gender to be mainstreamed throughout all International relief and recovery efforts, which are designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls. This will be reflected in DfID's upcoming Strategic Vision.
The FCO, MOD and DfID, with support from the cross- government Stabilisation Unit, work closely and collaboratively to implement UNSCR 1325, and to deliver the above. The WPS working group also works transparently with civil society and the UK Parliament.

19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the treatment of women in Bahrain's Isa Town Women's Prison.

The Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. We regularly raise human rights concerns with the Bahraini authorities in private and public and will continue to do so. Where we have concerns on specific cases we raise these at an appropriately senior level. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

18th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Christians and other religious minorities prosecuted for religious beliefs and activities in Iran since May 2017.

The human rights situation in Iran, including harassment and persecution of Christians, is of serious concern. Accurate figures on persecution of Christians are difficult to obtain but non-govermental organisations estimate that at least 21 Christians have been given long prison sentences in Iran since May 2017 for practice of their beliefs.
11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to sign up to the Blue Belt Charter.

The British Government is reviewing the proposed Blue Belt Charter.

The Government is already a global leader in marine protection through the implementation of the Blue Belt programme around the UK and the UK Overseas Territories. Through this programme we are on course to deliver over four million square kilometres of protected ocean by 2020, preserving unique environments and meeting international obligations for the global conservation of oceans.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Iranian Government on the judicial treatment of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran.

The human rights situation in Iran, including the harassment and persecution of Christians, is of serious concern. The Foreign Secretary raised human rights concerns with the Iranian Government as a notable element of his visit to Iran on 9-10 December, as did I during my visit on 5 August.​​

13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Cambodian Government on the imprisonment of Kem Sokkha in Cambodia; and if he will make a statement.

​On 21 September, I met the Cambodian Foreign Minister, Prak Sokhonn, at the UN General Assembly. I raised our concerns regarding the political situation in the country, including Kem Sokha's arrest. The UK urges the Government of Cambodia to take immediate steps to ensure free, fair and credible elections next year. We call for Kem Sokha to be released so that fully participatory legitimate elections can take place.

13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what programmes his Department supports to promote human rights and the rule of law in Cambodia.

The FCO supports a number of programmes in these important areas. We are working with a range of Cambodian and international organisations to help strengthen the impact of their human rights work in Cambodia and are improving the capacity of regional networks in Cambodia to enhance their cooperation with the relevant authorities on governance and accountability.

Gender equality runs through all programmes supported by the FCO. In Cambodia we have focussed in particular on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), freedom of expression and women's involvement in politics. In line with our foreign policy priority to be a global leader in the fight against modern slavery, we are also supporting the development of a toolkit on how to properly collect and handle data for modern slavery cases which will be used by front line practitioners in government and civil society in Cambodia.

Additionally, the UK has for some years been one of the most active countries in supporting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) which is prosecuting the senior and most responsible Khmer Rouge leaders. This is being done through the UK's voluntary monetary contributions to the court and also through supporting awareness raising programmes across Cambodia to demonstrate the importance of the rule of law.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

​In January next year the UK will launch the fourth iteration of its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women Peace and Security (WPS), a high level strategy that guides our cross- Whitehall work on WPS, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Through practical support, diplomatic action, defence, and development assistance, the UK is contributing to the four pillars of WPS in a number of ways.
The government is committed to promoting the participation of women in political processes, for example supporting women's participation in the Syrian, Somalian and Colombian peace processes. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office's first Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper is prioritising girls' education and women's empowerment, ensuring women and girls' fundamental rights are protected. The UK remains committed to improving peacekeeping efforts, to prevent conflict, and to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls if it breaks out; UK Peacekeepers are now given pre-deployment training on gender, and efforts are in place to get more women into peacekeeping missions. The UK's ambition is for gender to be mainstreamed throughout all International relief and recovery efforts, which are designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls. This will be reflected in DfID's upcoming Strategic Vision.
The FCO, MOD and DfID, with support from the cross- government Stabilisation Unit, work closely and collaboratively to implement UNSCR 1325, and to deliver the above. The WPS working group also works transparently with civil society and the UK Parliament.

8th May 2018
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to hold a consultation on the potential merits of regulatory reform of the funeral plan market.

The funeral plan market is an area of interest for HM Treasury. There are a number of different options to review the sector including the possibility to launch a consultation. Further details will follow in due course.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the Barnett formula funding for Scotland in line with the increase in funding made available to Northern Ireland.

The Barnett Formula determines changes to each devolved administration’s funding with reference to changes in DEL funding for UK government departments. There was no change in DEL funding for UK government departments as a result of the financial support announced for Northern Ireland in June 2017.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
18th Oct 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of VAT receipts from cosmetic surgery and services was in each of the last 10 years.

HM Revenue and Customs does not hold information on VAT to this level of detail.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens (a) have been and (b) will be prevented from obtaining settled status due to the technical inability of the settlement scheme app to convert pre-settled status into settled status.

No EU citizens have been or will be prevented from obtaining settled status due to the technical inability of the EU Settlement Scheme app to convert pre-settled status to settled status. The online process which will allow an applicant to convert their pre-settled status to settled status is on track to be available from the end of July 2019. Currently, applicants who have obtained pre-settled status can make a fresh application to the scheme by contacting the Settlement Resolution Centre.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the viability of return to Sudan for people from Darfur or Nuba ethnicities.

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it. Each case is carefully considered on its individual facts and merits in accordance with our international obligations under the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Each individual assessment is made against the background of the latest available country of origin information and any relevant caselaw.

Our assessment of the situation in Sudan is set out in the relevant country policy and information notes, which are available on the Gov.uk website.

Where someone establishes a well-founded fear of persecution or serious harm in their country they are normally granted protection and are not expected to return there.

22nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people involved in the criminal exploitation of vulnerable young people in county lines operations have been charged with modern slavery offences.

The police and Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) are responsible for charging decisions with regards to county lines related criminality. The key is that prosecutions are brought, and the charges should cover the full range of criminality involved including Modern Slavery offences.We are working with the police and the CPS to take full advantage of powers in the Modern Slavery Act when making charging decisions against county line gang members. The CPS have issued an overview of the approach to be taken in criminal investigations and prosecutions linked to ‘county lines’ offending, with a particular focus on the relevance of the Modern Slavery Act.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254162, what the planned timescale is for the next knife amnesty action.

Individual police forces may use knife amnesties and surrender bins at any time, as decisions of this kind are an operational matter. Such initiatives are a key component of Operation Sceptre. The most recent week of coordinated national action under Operation Sceptre took place in March, during which 10215 knives were surrendered, including in surrender bins.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the proportion of staff working on counter-terrorism who are (a) women and (b) black, Asian or minority ethnic.

For the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism within the Home Department, the current proportion of staff working on counter-terrorism who are:

a) Women is 48.85%; and
b) BAME is 24.5%

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many knife amnesty days there have been in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

Information relating to knife amnesty bins and amnesty days is not collected centrally. The use of knife amnesties and bins are an operational decision for individual police forces.

It is also open to police forces to deploy surrender bins at any time as well as during the coordinated weeks of national action that take place as part of Operation Sceptre. In the previous phase of the operation in September 2018, 8,781 knives were surrendered using amnesty bins or personally handed in at police stations.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the 13th edition of the ILGA State Sponsored Homophobia Report, how many people were deported to each of the 71 countries where homosexuality is illegal in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

The number of enforced returns from the UK by year and country of destination is published in table rt_05 (returns data tables, volume 5) in ‘Immigration Statistics, year ending December 2018’, available from the GOV.uk website at:


https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/781118/returns5-dec-2018-tables.ods


Deportations are a subset of enforced returns. They may occur either following a criminal conviction, or when it is judged that a person’s removal from the UK is conducive to the public good. Information on those deported is not separately available. The published statistics refer to enforced returns, which include deportations, as well as cases where a person has breached UK immigration laws, and those removed under other administrative and illegal entry powers who have declined to leave voluntarily. Most illegal immigrants are removed from the UK under administrative or illegal entry powers and not deported.

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the next edition of the publication entitled Life In The United Kingdom: A Guide For New Residents is due to be published.

Regular updates are made to the handbook to ensure the content remains factually correct. There is no planned date for publishing an updated edition.

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what oversight his Department has on the content included in Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents.

The Home Office manages the Life in the United Kingdom contract and approves the content of each publication.


The Department is reviewing the content of the handbook to ensure it re-flects modern society and British values – including the diversity of the UK.

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the people listed in the next edition of Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents reflect the diversity of the UK.

The Home Office manages the Life in the United Kingdom contract and approves the content of each publication.

The Department is reviewing the content of the handbook to ensure it reflects modern society and British values including the diversity of the UK.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Home Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2018, Official Report, column 169, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new power to detain people at the UK border to determine whether they are engaged in hostile state activity on the security of the UK.

Schedule 3 to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security introduced new powers that would allow ports and border officers to stop, question, search and detain persons at UK ports to determine whether they are or have been engaged in hostile activity.

The Bill completed its parliamentary passage on Tuesday 22 January but has not yet received Royal Assent. Following Royal Assent, the Schedule 3 powers will not come into force until the associated statutory guidance has been subject to public consultation, debated by both Houses of Parliament and subsequently commenced by regulations.

These powers were identified as a key gap in the capability of UK law enforcement to tackle the threat from hostile activity and the Government is pleased that Parliament has supported their passage in the Bill.

Once in force, the powers will be subject to the scrutiny and oversight of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner who will report annually on their exercise.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire of 19 April 2018, reference JS2981, on behalf of a constituent enquiry in relation to the Windrush Generation.

A reply to the Hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire's letter of 19 April 2018, reference JS2981, was sent by post on 10 September 2018.

11th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 108858, on visas, what percentage of non-straightforward applications for 2017 Q1 were completed within service standards.

The specific data requested is not available. Where a case is defined as non-straightforward due to its complexity (for example Human Right Claims) the case sits outside service standards.

Published information on visa processing times within service standards is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-august-2017

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of income from priority visa application fees is spent on UK Visas and Immigration staffing resources relating to the processing of such visas.

The Home Office does not hold information on the staffing costs associated with the processing of visa applications where the applicant has paid the optional priority visa service fee. The cost of processing visa applications varies by application type, as set out in the published unit costs and fees table, which can be accessed via the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/606616/Unit_cost_table_2017.pdf

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) priority and (b) non-priority visa applications at each visa application centre were completed within the 12-week UK Visa and Immigration service standard in the most recent year for which data is available.

Information on performance against service standards is published as part of the transparency data at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-august-2017.

The latest data shows that for 2017 Q1, 96.5% of straightforward applications were completed within Service standards.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue UK Visas and Immigration received from priority visa application fees in the past five years.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to the Hon. Member for Glasgow North West on the 26th June 2017, UIN 41.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of settlement and non-settlement visa applications have required applicants to submit additional documents in each of the last five years; and what proportion of those applications have been resolved within (a) 15, (b) 60 and (c) 90 working days.

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many priority visa applications that were not resolved within the 12-week UK Visas and Immigration service standard received (a) no refunds, (b) partial refunds and (c) full refunds in each of the last five years.

The data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for the guidance given to Entry Clearance Officers of the recent Court of Appeal judgment relating to the admission to the UK of adult dependent relatives.

The Immigration Rules for the admission to the UK of adult dependent relatives were upheld as lawful by the Court of Appeal on 24 May 2017 in Britcits v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 368. We will update the relevant guidance as appropriate in due course.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the merits of the possible guiding principles set out in the final report of the 2018 Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons.

Her Majesty's Government welcomes the Chair's summary of possible guiding principles in the field of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). These principles mark a move towards international consensus on the key considerations in the LAWS debate, and will provide a useful basis for further discussions as the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) continues its work next year.

Stuart Andrew
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 23 April 2018, whether he will plans to realigning the definition of lethal autonomous weapons within the eight month period recommended by the House of Lords Report on Artificial Intelligence, published on 16 April 2018.

The Ministry of Defence has no plans to change the definition of an autonomous system, referred to in the House of Lords' Artificial Intelligence Committee Report of 16 April 2018. The UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Group of Government Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) continues to look at the issue but has yet to agree on the definition and characteristics of possible LAWS. The UK will continue to actively participate in future GGE meetings, trying to reach agreement at the earliest possible stage.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK personnel were embedded in the National Security Agency Cryptologic Centre in Georgia USA, in each month between 1 October 2016 and 1 October 2017.

The Ministry of Defence places personnel in a wide variety of roles in the United States in order to further cooperation with our most important ally on defence matters. I am witholding information on specific roles or postings as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has made to coalition partners on trends in the number of civilian deaths caused by coalition airstrikes.

My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary speaks regularly with his counterparts in the Global Coalition on the Counter Daesh campaign. The Coalition applies a rigorous targeting process to air strikes taking strict measures to minimise risk while providing the support needed on the ground and has shown that it will investigate any incidents reported to it.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the number of civilians killed by coalition airstrikes in Syria.

As operations in Iraq and Syria have intensified we are seeing increasing evidence of Daesh's callous disregard for human life, their unwillingness to allow civilians to leave their homes and in some cases their deliberate attempts to use civilians to shield fighters from coalition strikes. This is why we must accept the risk of inadvertent civilian casualties. Rigorous coalition targeting processes take into account the conditions on the ground, including the potential presence of a civilian population. Reports of civilian casualties are and will continue to be taken very seriously. The Coalition investigates all credible claims and the results of any investigation are published.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effect of the contract for offsite screening of incoming mail to the Houses of Parliament on the ability of Members to receive next-day mail.

Mail is collected from the SW1 delivery office in Pensbury Place, London, SW8 by the mail screening contractor at the following times (Mon-Fri) 01:30, 03:30, 04:30, 05:30, 07:00 & 09:00. Post is security screened and subsequently delivered on the same day to the post room in PCH at 05:35, 06:45, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00 & 13:40 where it is sorted and delivered to Members offices at 9am & 12 noon.

Any signed for or Special Delivery items received after the 12 noon delivery are delivered to Members during the afternoon. All other items of post are delivered to Members the next day at 9am.

The Houses of Parliament have no control over delays to the post across the wider Royal Mail network.

19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish its response to the recommendations made by the Women and Equalities Committee in its report, Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment, HC 631, published on 25 April 2017; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer given to the Hon Member for Oxford West and Abingdon on 9 November 2017 (reference 110830).

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will investigate delays experienced by Members receiving incoming mail.

Mail is collected from the SW1 delivery office in Pensbury Place, London, SW8 by the mail screening contractor at the following times (Mon-Fri) 01:30, 03:30, 04:30, 05:30, 07:00 & 09:00. Post is security screened and subsequently delivered on the same day to the post room in PCH at 05:35, 06:45, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00 & 13:40 where it is sorted and delivered to Members offices at 9am & 12 noon.

Any signed for or Special Delivery items received after the 12 noon delivery are delivered to Members during the afternoon. All other items of post are delivered to Members the next day at 9am.

The Houses of Parliament have no control over delays to the post across the wider Royal Mail network.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish the outcome of his Department's call for evidence on corporate liability for economic crime.

The Ministry of Justice carried out a call for evidence on corporate criminal liability for economic crime in 2017, to establish whether further reform of the law was necessary. The response will be issued in due course.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Barnett consequential funding as a result of the financial support the Government made available to Northern Ireland.

I have regular discussions with members of the Cabinet, including the Chancellor on a wide range of issues.

The procedure for funding the devolved administrations is set out in the Statement of Funding Policy; the Barnett Formula applies to changes in UK Government spend on devolved matters in England. The decision to allocate extra resource to Northern Ireland has resulted in no change to UK Government spend in England and therefore there are no Barnett consequentials.

While there are no Barnett consequentials for Scotland or Wales, they will continue to receive direct investment from the UK Government to support growth. Since 2014, the UK Government has committed over £1bn of investment in Scotland and Wales through City Deals, and the government is committed to further City Deals in both nations.

23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect of Northern Ireland's additional funding on the operation of the Barnett Formula.

The procedure for funding the devolved administrations is set out in the Statement of Funding Policy; the Barnett Formula applies to changes in UK Government spend on devolved matters in England.