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John Cryer

Labour - Leyton and Wanstead

20,808 (46.7%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 6th May 2010


Administration Committee
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Administration Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Justice Committee
24th Feb 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Treasury Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 14th Nov 2011
Regulatory Reform
16th Jul 2001 - 13th May 2002
Deregulation
29th Jul 1997 - 11th May 2001


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, John Cryer has voted in 701 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(35 debate interactions)
Mark Spencer (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(16 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(14 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Leader of the House
(38 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(13 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(12 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Football Governance Bill 2023-24
(75 words contributed)
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Leyton and Wanstead Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We want the government to take action and create a Visa scheme that allows Palestinian individuals affected by war, to be allowed into the UK. Just like we did for Ukraine.

The Prime Minister should call an immediate general election to allow the British public to have their say on how we are governed, we should not be made to wait until January 2025


Latest EDMs signed by John Cryer

12th September 2023
John Cryer signed this EDM on Monday 16th October 2023

Calling for a free and democratic Iran

Tabled by: Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
That this House is deeply concerned by the ongoing crackdown on peaceful protesters by the regime of Iran, which continues to execute dissidents with total impunity and which is also trying to export its reign of terror abroad, including by targeting dissidents living in Europe with terrorist attacks; condemns illegal …
32 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Oct 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 17
Liberal Democrat: 5
Conservative: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Alba Party: 1
Independent: 1
6th March 2023
John Cryer signed this EDM on Wednesday 28th June 2023

The Loan Charge

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House is concerned that suicides have been linked to the Loan Charge and that despite the Morse Review, thousands face unaffordable demands, with the risk of further suicides; notes that most people facing action were mis-sold schemes and that HMRC are demanding scheme users repay disputed tax; further …
118 signatures
(Most recent: 11 Jul 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 36
Scottish National Party: 33
Conservative: 16
Liberal Democrat: 14
Independent: 7
Democratic Unionist Party: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by John Cryer, 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.


John Cryer has not been granted any Urgent Questions

John Cryer has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by John Cryer


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 establish a public register of organisations that carry out lobbying of Parliament for commercial gain; to make provision for disclosure of expenditure by such organisations; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 6th December 2011

Latest 50 Written Questions

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6th Dec 2022
To ask the Attorney General, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department including predecessor Departments since 2010; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.

There have been no secondments, contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers at the Attorney General’s Office.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Attorney General, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers each year since 2010-11 by the Office.

There have been no secondments, contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers at the Attorney General’s Office.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department including predecessor Departments since 2010; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.

The Cabinet Office does not hold a centralised list of secondments for the dates in question, as historically this data has been held locally. We have, as of January 2022, begun to keep a record of secondments arranged centrally for those below SCS, however this may not include every secondment as there are still circumstances whereby these can be arranged at a local level. Of the data held, no secondments to or from any of the companies asked about have been recorded.

2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by the Department, including predecessor Departments and its agencies.

Details of Government contracts awarded from 2011 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder.

Cabinet Office does not hold the historic data centrally as it would involve a disproportionate amount of costs and time to collate the information. A new contract database, Atamis, has been purchased and is now live. This is used to capture all information on current contracts which started on or after January 2022 and all future contracts.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by the office of the Prime Minister.

Details of Government contracts awarded from 2011 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder.

Cabinet Office does not hold the historic data centrally as it would involve a disproportionate amount of costs and time to collate the information. A new contract database, Atamis, has been purchased and is now live. This is used to capture all information on current contracts which started on or after January 2022 and all future contracts.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of (a) male and (b) female workers were in the same job as 12 months earlier in each (i) region and (ii) country of the UK in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Question of 11 November is attached.

13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department plans to investigate whether the former Director of Retail at Ofgem accurately declared conflicts of interest during his tenure at Ofgem in the context of reports that his wife held shares in an energy provider; and if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of that reported conflict of interest on the effectiveness of Ofgem’s regulatory policy and decision-making.

Ofgem is a non-Ministerial Government Department and independent regulator. It is directly accountable to Parliament for the performance of its functions, therefore, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has no authority to investigate Ofgem’s activities.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure that online platforms [operating in the UK] provide (a) cost- and (b) time-efficient takedown processes for [(a) designers and (b) other content creators] whose copyrighted (a) designs and (b) other products have been infringed on their platforms.

The UK approaches the challenge of tackling online IP infringement in an integrated manner through enforcement and public education. There is in place a number of criminal, civil, administrative and voluntary initiatives which provide rights holders and law enforcement with a package of measures to use to tackle online infringement. These vary from relatively non-intrusive such as notice and takedown, to domain removal, website blocking via court orders, police intervention, and more intrusive initiatives such as notifications being sent to repeat infringers.

The IPO has published guidance on how rights holders can protect their intellectual property on e-commerce stores, such as Amazon and eBay.

5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Details of post-2016 Government contracts above £10,000 can found on Contracts Finder. https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

Information prior to 2016 is not held centrally and can only be obtained disproportionally.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Since 2016, details of government contracts are published on Contracts Finder above £10,000, for the core Department, and above £25,000, for the wider public sector.

Contract information, from 2010 to 2016, is not held centrally in the requested format and it would meet the cost limit to collate the requested data.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Details of Government contracts from 2016 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.

5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Details of Government contracts from 2016 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.

<br/>Details of Core Defra contracts (which include its agencies) from 2010 to 2016 awarded to Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers can be found in the attached spreadsheet.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with major supermarkets on covid-19 and on specific opening hours for (a) over 70s, (b) parents of children with severe asthma, (c) cystic fibrosis and (d) other vulnerable groups.

We are working closely across Government, with representatives of the food supply chain and with local authorities and charities to ensure that everyone including the elderly and vulnerable groups such as those with severe health conditions will have continued access to food.

We are in close contact with representatives across the food supply chain and civil society to discuss further ways to help with their preparations. Supermarkets are recruiting more staff, prioritising delivery slots for those who need them most, and limiting shopping hours so they have more time to restock. They are working hard to deliver a crucial service to us all and have also issued a rallying call for everyone to play their part in the national effort to this response by looking out for their friends, family and neighbours. We will continue to work with industry to discuss any additional support the Government can provide. Retailers are prioritising delivery slots for those who need them most.

The Government is working to ensure that up to 1.5 million people in England identified by the NHS as being at higher risk of severe illness if they contract Coronavirus will have access to the food they need. A new Local Support System will make sure those individuals self-isolating at home and who are without a support network of friends and family will receive basic groceries. The Government is working with a partnership of the groceries industry, local government, local resilience forums and emergency partners, and voluntary groups, to ensure that essential items can start to be delivered as soon as possible to those who need it.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with major supermarkets on limiting or rationing items during the outbreak of covid-19.

The Government has well-established ways of working with the food industry during disruption to supply situations. Our retailers already have highly resilient supply chains and they are working around the clock to ensure people have the food and products they need. Industry is adapting quickly to any changes in demands, and food supply into and across the UK is resilient.

The Secretary of State is in regular dialogue with industry, including the British Retail Consortium and supermarket chief executives to discuss any additional support the Government can provide. To help supermarkets respond to this unprecedented demand we have already introduced new measures to keep food supply flowing. We have issued guidance to local authorities to allow extended delivery hours to supermarkets so that shelves can be filled up quicker, and we have implemented extensions to drivers’ hours.

We fully recognise the additional pressures on our food supply chain as a result of recent events. The UK’s major supermarkets have last weekend issued a statement to encourage everyone to shop as they normally would and pull together to support those staying at home.

We will continue to work closely with the industry over the coming days and months.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) Ernst and Young and (d) KPMG made secondments to their Department, including predecessor Departments, since 2010.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF) have had the following secondments since 2016, when DIT was formed:

DIT:

  • KPMG – less than 5 secondees, February 2021 to January 2022

UKEF:

  • Deloitte – less than 5 secondees, February 2022 to March 2022
  • Deloitte – less than 5 secondees, December 2022 to March 2023

There have not been secondments from the other firms.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) was established in 2016. Contracts above £10,000 for DIT and its Agency, the Trade Remedies Authority, are published on Contracts Finder.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Details of the nature and award value of Government contracts from 2016 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Each departmental agency is responsible for their contract data.

The Department for Transport have completed an internal search for the information and can confirm the following spend on consultancy services with the following suppliers:

Financial Year

Deloitte LLP

Ernst & Young Limited

KPMG

Pricewaterhouse
Coopers

2010-11

£200,000.00

£0.00

£1.00

£250,001.00

2011-12

£0.00

£0.00

£750,000.00

£4,362,793.00

2012-13

£1,700.00

£350,000.00

£90,000.00

£3,791,587.00

2013-14

£568,544.00

£1,959,323.00

£330,000.00

£10,293,018.00

2014-15

£128,832.00

£1,805,743.00

£2,347,400.00

£2,628,688.00

2015-16

£36,559.00

£2,600,000.00

£2,323,615.00

£458,880.00

2016-17

£79,463.00

£623,000.00

£27,420,475.60

£2,089,591.00

2017-18

£0.00

£0.00

£1,200,000.00

£1,617,141.98

2018-19

£6,846,611.21

£3,350,000.01

£0.00

£5,138,235.00

2019-20

£4,716,844.00

£1,426,181.39

£4,921,695.00

£880,630.91

2020-21

£4,111,001.00

£15,925,332.00

£5,364,551.48

£3,084,509.00

2021-22

£14,310,091.57

£2,594,875.00

£17,663,791.00

£760,778.00

2022-23

£1,281,462.00

£2,510,000.00

£3,298,684.00

£522,926.88

Total

£32,281,107.78

£33,144,454.40

£65,710,213.08

£35,878,779.77

5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Please see the attachment provided for a comprehensive list for each of the organisations requested covering the data sets requested in the PQ.

Further Information regarding the contracts can be found on gov.uk’s Contract Finder Service located here.

Mims Davies
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) public health measures to raise awareness of the potential risks of ultra-processed foods, (b) introducing measurable reduction targets for consumption of ultra-processed foods and (c) ensuring that ultra-processed foods do not appear as good choices on the NHS Food Scanner app.

The Government encourages everyone to have a healthy balanced diet in line with the United Kingdom’s healthy eating model, the Eatwell Guide, which shows that foods high in saturated fat, salt or sugar should be eaten less often or in small amounts.

United Kingdom Government dietary guidelines are based on recommendations from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). SACN is currently carrying out a scoping review of the evidence on processed foods and health and aims to publish its initial assessment in the summer of 2023.

There is currently no universally agreed definition of ultra-processed foods. However, a diet high in foods classified as processed is often high in calories, salt, saturated fat and sugar and low in fibre, fruit and vegetables, which is associated with an increased risk of obesity and developing chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes and some cancers.

The Good Choice badge helps people identify healthier options using the NHS Food Scanner app and when shopping in store and online. The app and wider Better Health tools supports families on their journey towards having a healthier diet, as making the step to the healthiest option may be too far for many people in one move.

6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department including predecessor Departments since 2010; for what (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for what (A) periods and (B) tasks.

This information is not held centrally in the format requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by her Department.

Details for all Government contracts above £10,000 post 2016 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

Information on the value and nature of individual contracts pre 2016 is on archived database systems and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Historic expenditure above £25,000 against individual suppliers since 2010 is available on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/spending-over-25-000--2#2010-to-2018

19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has for the care of children of NHS workers and Public Health England workers if they are (a) incapacitated due to illness and (b) hospitalised.

The NHS England has recently published in-depth guidance covering a range of scenarios for National Health Service and Public Health England workers, which will be updated as the situation develops, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

NHS England has written to all colleagues recently and a copy of the letter is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/urgent-next-steps-on-nhs-response-to-covid-19-letter-simon-stevens.pdf

Support for NHS and PHE workers is a high priority for the Government, and it will continually assess the measures required to support them fully.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs will meet with hon. Members to discuss the situation in Gaza.

The Foreign Secretary remains fully committed to ongoing engagement with Parliament, including on the conflict in Israel and Gaza. We will consider future briefing sessions for parliamentarians on topical events as needed.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to counter the work of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The UK condemns Iran’s hostile activity in the UK and elsewhere. We continue to work in close cooperation with our international partners to ensure that our collective response is robust and deters the IRGC. In July, the Foreign Secretary announced a new sanctions regime that will give the UK new and enhanced powers to counter Iran’s destabilising activities.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department, including predecessor Departments, since 2010; for which (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for which (A) periods and (B) tasks.

The total number of people seconded between FCDO and the four listed organisations since 2010 is fewer than 10. Detail of individual tasks undertaken is not held centrally.

Action 5 of the Declaration of Government Reform 2021 stated the Government's commitment to: "Develop a pipeline of secondments from the Civil Service into major organisations within the UK and internationally, including other governments, led by professions and departments, with support from Non-Executive Directors, as a core part of talent development".

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by her Department.

Details of Government contracts from 2016 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

Information on the definitions of consultancy spend can be found on GOV.UK at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987885/Procurement_CAS_Definition_Release_9_v1__2_.pdf

The FCDO's E-sourcing system only goes back to 2016 so we are unable to provide data between 2010/11 and 2015.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Indian counterpart on the recent protests in Uttar Pradesh; whether she plans to meet her Indian counterpart to discuss those protests; and whether she has plans to visit that country in the near future.

We are aware of recent reports that properties were demolished in Uttar Pradesh and we condemn any instances of discrimination because of religion or belief, regardless of the country or faith involved. Where we have concerns, we raise them directly with the Government of India, including at Ministerial level. The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions will continue to follow these reports closely, while recognising that this is a matter for India. The Foreign Secretary speaks regularly with her Indian counterpart and visited India most recently in March 2022.

7th Dec 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department, including predecessor Departments, since 2010; for which (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for which (A) periods and (B) tasks.

The information is not held centrally in the requested format, and could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by her Department.

The Government is committed to maintaining transparency about its procurement activity. Since 2010, HM Treasury has published information about its contracts with a value of over £10,000 on the “Contracts Finder” website.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the income to the Exchequer in 2020-21 had an investment income surcharge of the forms in existence until 1983 been in place.

The Government has no current plans to reintroduce the investment income surcharge. As with all aspects of the tax system, the Government keeps tax reliefs under review and any decisions on future changes will be taken by the Chancellor in the context of the wider public finances.
Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the potential income that would have been generated for the Exchequer if an investment income surcharge of the form in existence until 1983 been in place in each year since 2010-11.

The Government has no current plans to reintroduce the investment income surcharge. As with all aspects of the tax system, the Government keeps tax reliefs under review and any decisions on future changes will be taken by the Chancellor in the context of the wider public finances.
Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many incidents potentially related to money laundering have (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise reported to the appropriate investigative agencies in each year since 2010; and how many prosecutions resulted from these reports in each year.

HMRC do not record the requested data.

Information about HMRC’s referrals of suspicious activity to the National Crime Agency, and how HMRC shares information with domestic law enforcement agencies, is set out in its annual anti-money laundering supervision self-assessment report, the latest of which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmrc-economic-crime-supervision-annual-assessment-report-2021-to-2022.

HMRC also has a network of intelligence officers embedded with domestic partner agencies to assist with their operational work. 13 officers are embedded with police teams, including Regional Organised Crime Units, and 7 with other law enforcement agencies. In addition, 5 HMRC officers are seconded to the National Economic Crime Centre and 2 are embedded in the United Kingdom Financial Intelligence Unit.

If any referrals are adopted by these investigating agencies, it is a decision for them, in tandem with the relevant prosecuting authority to pursue a criminal prosecution for money laundering offences.

HMRC can and does investigate money laundering, linked to its assigned matters, as well as criminal breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations. Since 2011/12, HMRC opened 358 investigations involving money laundering or breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations and 301 individuals have been prosecuted for either offence over the same period.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he is having with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) the Bank of England and (c) representatives of mortgage companies on suspension of mortgage payments for people affected by covid-19; and whether benefits from such suspensions will be passed on to renters.

Banks and building societies are ready and able to support consumers impacted by COVID-19. On 17 March, the Chancellor announced on behalf of the sector that banks and building societies will offer a 3-month ‘mortgage holiday’ for borrowers that are financially struggling with their repayments. This forbearance measure will enable affected borrowers to defer their mortgage payments for up to 3 months while they get back on their feet. Customers who are concerned about the current financial situation should get in touch with their lender at the earliest possible opportunity.

Lenders have also agreed to a 3 month moratorium on residential and buy-to-let possession action to start immediately to provide customers with reassurance that they will not have their homes repossessed at this difficult time.

The benefits system is ready to assist renters with their housing costs if they find their incomes disrupted by COVID-19.

Following urgent discussions with the banking industry, the mortgage payment holiday of up to 3 months announced on 17 March will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing difficulty due to COVID-19.

The government has announced that to further protect renters, emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a 3 month period. At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account the tenant’s individual circumstances.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of repealing the Vagrancy Act 1824.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities lead on homelessness and rough sleeping. They reviewed the legislation in relation to rough sleeping and determined that the Vagrancy Act required repeal, they consulted on replacing the outdated Vagrancy Act, undertook extensive engagement and published their response to that consultation.

The Home Office has additionally engaged with police, local authorities, Police and Crime Commissioners and other organisations on this topic.

The Vagrancy Act 1824 criminalises begging and some forms of rough sleeping and the Government agreed in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 to repeal this outdated legislation and replace it with a package fit for modern usage. We outlined those plans in the Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan published by this Government in March this year and are now bringing forward these provisions in the Criminal Justice Bill which is currently before Parliament.

As the Government has always made clear, the repeal of the Vagrancy Act will be brought into force once this replacement legislation is in place to ensure local authorities and police have the powers they need to support vulnerable individuals and keep communities safe.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the UK Visas and Immigration MPs' Enquiry Service requires letters of authority from visa applicants whose sponsor has contacted their MP about the progress of their application.

The Data Protection Act 2018 requires large organisations such as the Home Office to ensure that we protect the individual rights and freedoms of the individuals (data subjects) whose information we process. We are not able to provide personal information as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 to third parties, including sponsors with the explicit consent of the applicant. We therefore ask that sponsors provide letters of authority showing they have the applicant’s consent before providing personal information.

Article 4 (11) of the GDPR defines consent and further conditions for consent are listed in Article 7.

7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department, including predecessor Departments, since 2010; for which (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for which (A) periods and (B) tasks.

To retrieve historical information on secondments would require a manual search of local records as only current secondments are held centrally by the Home Office.

Therefore, this information can only be obtained by disproportionate effort.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by her Department.

Details of Government contracts from 2016 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department, including predecessor Departments, since 2010; for which (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for which (A) periods and (B) tasks.

The information is not centrally held and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by the Department, including predecessor Departments and its agencies.

Since 2010, the Ministry of Defence has placed almost 500 contracts with the specified companies. As such, a full departmental response could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Providing a breakdown of contract value by year would also result in double counting due to contracts being open over multiple years. However, the table below provides total payments to each named accountancy firm by financial year from 2010-11 to 2021-22:

Year

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

KPMG

Price Water House Coopers

2010-11

£8,168,445.53

£2,683,161.84

£1,728,593.60

£1,791,963.49

2011-12

£10,951,834.45

£491,725.31

£10,314,788.86

£2,246,947.04

2012-13

£19,340,635.84

£3,654,767.98

£13,045,832.64

£5,429,556.75

2013-14

£29,303,187.02

£17,258,840.61

£25,308,805.37

£12,842,676.27

2014-15

£20,013,586.16

£17,524,671.44

£39,337,383.47

£10,609,715.97

2015-16

£15,202,474.72

£19,053,613.65

£36,521,054.51

£17,586,800.77

2016-17

£20,233,808.07

£19,446,071.68

£35,339,261.27

£27,606,130.15

2017-18

£27,462,233.65

£9,152,441.79

£41,899,779.10

£17,889,239.14

2018-19

£15,678,160.05

£4,382,347.73

£34,182,223.95

£11,665,882.56

2019-20

£26,731,275.78

£6,202,441.02

£53,492,911.25

£10,701,954.37

2020-21

£28,581,384.49

£3,018,831.14

£42,684,056.10

£16,341,632.65

2021-22

£35,256,836.67

£7,559,486.41

£25,266,455.76

£10,215,022.30

Total

£256,923,862.43

£110,428,400.60

£359,121,145.88

£144,927,521.46

It should be noted that the composition of the totals has varied over time. For example, the payments by procurement card are included from 2011/12 onwards, and expenditure by DSTL and the UK Hydrographic Office is included from 2013-14 onwards.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
16th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to introduce reforms leasehold in this Parliament.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer to Question UIN 176567 on 21 April 2023.

3rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of not allowing owners of three or more properties to receive funding for fire safety works on the progress of remediating buildings with fire safety issues.

As with all policies, the Government continues to monitor this situation and the progress of remediation of buildings. The Government is committed to introducing a new scheme to provide funding for the remediation or mitigation of the fire safety risks linked to external wall system defects on medium-rise buildings (11-18m) where a responsible developer cannot be identified, traced, or held responsible. An initial pilot of the scheme opened in November 2022, targeting a small number of buildings that have interim measures or simultaneous evacuation measures in place. Further details will be set out in due course.

The availability of funding for fire safety risks linked to external wall system defects from the Building Safety Fund, and in due course the Cladding Safety Scheme, takes no account of the number of properties owned by leaseholders. Residential properties are bought both as personal residences and commercial investments and Parliament determined that it was appropriate to draw that distinction at the ownership of three properties, when considering this matter in relation to protecting leaseholders, during the passage of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
3rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when the Building Safety Fund for remedial works to medium rise blocks will begin.

As with all policies, the Government continues to monitor this situation and the progress of remediation of buildings. The Government is committed to introducing a new scheme to provide funding for the remediation or mitigation of the fire safety risks linked to external wall system defects on medium-rise buildings (11-18m) where a responsible developer cannot be identified, traced, or held responsible. An initial pilot of the scheme opened in November 2022, targeting a small number of buildings that have interim measures or simultaneous evacuation measures in place. Further details will be set out in due course.

The availability of funding for fire safety risks linked to external wall system defects from the Building Safety Fund, and in due course the Cladding Safety Scheme, takes no account of the number of properties owned by leaseholders. Residential properties are bought both as personal residences and commercial investments and Parliament determined that it was appropriate to draw that distinction at the ownership of three properties, when considering this matter in relation to protecting leaseholders, during the passage of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

In line with Government transparency requirements, since 2016 we have published details of our contracts on Contracts Finder. Further information is available here.

16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on Government financial support for local authorities to tackle covid-19.

Local authorities have a vital role to play in protecting and supporting their communities during the Covid-19 outbreak.

My Department is in regular contact with the sector about the support they are offering communities. Already the Government is supporting individuals by extending sick pay for those advised to self-isolate and making it easier for them to access benefits. For businesses, we are increasing business rates relief, introducing a new guarantee loan scheme, and developing more bespoke arrangements for firms to repay outstanding tax liabilities.

7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what secondments (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte & Touche, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) KPMG has made to the Department, including predecessor Departments, since 2010; for which (i) periods and (ii) tasks the secondments were made; whether secondments of staff from the Department have been made to those firms; and for which (A) periods and (B) tasks.

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies or other services placed with the accountancy firms (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG and (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by the Department, including predecessor Departments and its agencies.

The above listed suppliers have provided the following services to MoJ including its Executive Agencies and ALBs during the period specified:

  • Estates Professional Services;

  • Management Consultancy Services;

  • Financial Services; and

  • Digital and Technology Services.

Please see attached Annex for a breakdown by financial year

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

Details of Government contracts from 2016 above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder.

The Department does not hold records of contracts held before this period. Prior to 2016, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission held the following contracts:

  • Deloitte & Touche – March 2010 – Job evaluation exercise - £2,585

Reports available from the Department’s accounting system are available from the 2017-18 financial year. The Department has not paid for services from Deloitte & Touche or PricewaterhouseCoopers during this period. Amounts spent with Ernst & Young and KPMG are detailed below. These were all for external training provider services.

Financial year

Ernst & Young (£)

KPMG (£)

2017-18

0

20,537

2018-19

0

14,836

2019-20

0

22,441

2020-21

0

33,834

2021-22

7,661

15,523

2022-23 (to 31 October)

2,220

665

Steve Baker
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all (i) contracts, (ii) consultancies and (iii) other services placed with the accountancy firms (A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in each year since 2010-11 by (1) their Department, (2) any predecessor Departments and (3) departmental agencies.

None. The Scotland Office has not placed any contracts with A) Deloitte & Touche, (B) Ernst & Young, (C) KPMG and (D) PricewaterhouseCoopers in the period 2010-11 to date.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland