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John Stevenson

Conservative - Carlisle

Committee on Standards Sub-committee on ICGS Matters
14th May 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Privileges
26th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Standards
26th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee of Privileges
26th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
19th Dec 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Scottish Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
29th Oct 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
29th Oct 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee)
23rd Jun 2011 - 26th Mar 2012


Scheduled Event
Wednesday 1st December 2021
16:30
Westminster Hall debate - Westminster Hall
1 Dec 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Contribution of food and drink to the UK economy
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7th December 2021
09:30
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: The Work of the Electoral Commission
7 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
John Pullinger CB - Chair at The Electoral Commission
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 14th December 2021
09:30
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Scrutiny 2020-21
14 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Rob Behrens CBE - Chair and Ombudsman at Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Amanda Amroliwala CBE - Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Ombudsman at Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Health and Care Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 276 Conservative No votes vs 18 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
Speeches
Monday 22nd November 2021
Health and Care Bill

I rise to support the amendments in my name: 110, 111, 112 and 113. I draw the attention of the …

Written Answers
Tuesday 10th August 2021
Nutrition
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 8th September 2020
Administration of Estates
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 15th November 2021
1. Employment and earnings
On 1 November 2021 I received £2,000 as profit share. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 02 November 2021)

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, John Stevenson has voted in 296 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
John Stevenson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 341 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 351 Noes - 276
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
John Stevenson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 344 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 353 Noes - 277
20 Jul 2020 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
John Stevenson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 323 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 263 Noes - 326
17 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Stevenson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Conservative Aye votes vs 283 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 31 Noes - 400
20 May 2020 - Liaison (Membership) - View Vote Context
John Stevenson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative Aye votes vs 316 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 262 Noes - 323
3 Nov 2021 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
John Stevenson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 247 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 250 Noes - 232
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(10 debate interactions)
Alister Jack (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Scotland
(6 debate interactions)
Chris Philp (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
(3 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(12 debate contributions)
Home Office
(3 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(3 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(2 debate contributions)
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Carlisle Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Carlisle signature proportion
Petitions with most Carlisle signatures
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Latest EDMs signed by John Stevenson

8th September 2020
John Stevenson signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 8th September 2020

Administration of Estates

Tabled by: John Stevenson (Conservative - Carlisle)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 952), dated 4 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 7 September 2020, be annulled.
1 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 1
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Commons initiatives

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John Stevenson has not been granted any Urgent Questions

John Stevenson has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

John Stevenson has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

John Stevenson has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


44 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

As at 30 April 2020, 76 full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Cabinet Office Human Resources team, serving a department of 8,187 full-time equivalent staff.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what input she has had in the policy-making process for the public consultation on the online advertising ban on foods high in fat, salt or sugar; and whether she has made an assessment of the legal implications of introducing proposals to restrict the commercial and marketing activities of large and small companies.

Reducing obesity levels is a key priority for this Government and our ambition is to halve childhood obesity by 2030. That is why in the Tackling Obesity strategy, published in July, restrictions to advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar were announced.

This policy is led by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC), and they are now consulting on how a total online advertising restriction would be introduced. This consultation is ongoing and will close on 22 December 2020.

The Law Officers regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest.

However, it is a fundamental and longstanding principle of our system of government that the fact that the Law Officers have advised (or not advised) and the content of any such advice is, by convention, not disclosed outside Government, without their consent.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The following table shows the number of full-time equivalent HR staff at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Government Legal Department (GLD) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for April 2020:

Department

FTE

AGO*

8

GLD

67.3

HMCPSI*

3.6

CPS

134.45

SFO

10

*These staff also perform other non-HR duties in their roles.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
4th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to issue business guidance on the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown to (a) tradesmen, (b) floor-fitters and (c) similar businesses.

Our Other People’s Homes safer working guidance was updated on 4 November incorporating the new national restrictions for England.

This guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had 93.5 full-time equivalent staff employed in the Human Resources directorate in April 2020. This figure includes ‘inactive’ staff, such as those on maternity or on loan or secondment, and excludes contingent staff and those on the Fast Stream.

The Department’s Human Resources directorate includes a Health and Safety team, as well as other teams not usually included within the Cabinet Office’s definition of Human Resources.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

On 30th April 2020 there were 55.6 FTE payroll Civil Servants in the People and Workplace directorate in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

This FTE total includes all Civil Servants reporting to the department’s People and Workplace Director, and includes the following teams:

  • People and Workplace Delivery

  • People Strategy and Development

  • Estates and Security

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to training opportunities in the food and drink industry through the Government's Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

The Skills for Jobs White Paper, published in January 2021, sets out our blueprint to reform post-16 education and training. It is focused on giving people the skills they need in a way that suits them so they can get good jobs in all sectors, including the food and drink industry.

A range of provision is already available for people of all ages to equip them with the skills and experience they need to progress in their chosen careers, including traineeships, which provide unemployed young people with employability training and work experience.

We have also launched T Levels, which are a high-quality technical alternative to A levels. With longer teaching hours and a meaningful, 45-day minimum industry placement, employer-designed T Levels will be excellent preparation for skilled work or further training. The T Level catering pathway will be launched in 2023.

There are a variety of high-quality apprenticeship standards in food and drink manufacturing available for employers to use. They include, but are not limited to, food and drink advanced engineer, baker and senior culinary chef.

Through the free courses for jobs offer, as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, we are making courses available that address skills need in the economy, offer good wage outcomes and empower adults with the tools they need to secure a better job.

We have identified hundreds of courses that can give adults the skills they need in the labour market. These qualifications include those that can support employers regardless of their sector, including those in the food and drink industry, with courses in business, accountancy, engineering, marketing and a variety of digital qualifications. We are keeping the list of qualifications and the sector subject areas in scope under review and will consider requests for including courses that meet the published criteria. We have already added more qualifications to the original list. Those qualifications met all the criteria published on GOV.UK.

Qualifications not included in this offer will still be eligible for Advanced Learner Loans (ALL). ALL are income contingent loans that provide extensive coverage of regulated qualifications from level 3 to level 6, helping to meet up front tuition fees. In the 2019/20 academic year, there were applications to study at nearly 450 training providers, and over 3000 qualifications are currently in scope.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of adding food and drink courses to the list of Level 3 qualifications available under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

The Skills for Jobs White Paper, published in January 2021, sets out our blueprint to reform post-16 education and training. It is focused on giving people the skills they need in a way that suits them so they can get good jobs in all sectors, including the food and drink industry.

A range of provision is already available for people of all ages to equip them with the skills and experience they need to progress in their chosen careers, including traineeships, which provide unemployed young people with employability training and work experience.

We have also launched T Levels, which are a high-quality technical alternative to A levels. With longer teaching hours and a meaningful, 45-day minimum industry placement, employer-designed T Levels will be excellent preparation for skilled work or further training. The T Level catering pathway will be launched in 2023.

There are a variety of high-quality apprenticeship standards in food and drink manufacturing available for employers to use. They include, but are not limited to, food and drink advanced engineer, baker and senior culinary chef.

Through the free courses for jobs offer, as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, we are making courses available that address skills need in the economy, offer good wage outcomes and empower adults with the tools they need to secure a better job.

We have identified hundreds of courses that can give adults the skills they need in the labour market. These qualifications include those that can support employers regardless of their sector, including those in the food and drink industry, with courses in business, accountancy, engineering, marketing and a variety of digital qualifications. We are keeping the list of qualifications and the sector subject areas in scope under review and will consider requests for including courses that meet the published criteria. We have already added more qualifications to the original list. Those qualifications met all the criteria published on GOV.UK.

Qualifications not included in this offer will still be eligible for Advanced Learner Loans (ALL). ALL are income contingent loans that provide extensive coverage of regulated qualifications from level 3 to level 6, helping to meet up front tuition fees. In the 2019/20 academic year, there were applications to study at nearly 450 training providers, and over 3000 qualifications are currently in scope.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Lifetime Skills Guarantee meets the needs of food and drink employers.

The Skills for Jobs White Paper, published in January 2021, sets out our blueprint to reform post-16 education and training. It is focused on giving people the skills they need in a way that suits them so they can get good jobs in all sectors, including the food and drink industry.

A range of provision is already available for people of all ages to equip them with the skills and experience they need to progress in their chosen careers, including traineeships, which provide unemployed young people with employability training and work experience.

We have also launched T Levels, which are a high-quality technical alternative to A levels. With longer teaching hours and a meaningful, 45-day minimum industry placement, employer-designed T Levels will be excellent preparation for skilled work or further training. The T Level catering pathway will be launched in 2023.

There are a variety of high-quality apprenticeship standards in food and drink manufacturing available for employers to use. They include, but are not limited to, food and drink advanced engineer, baker and senior culinary chef.

Through the free courses for jobs offer, as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, we are making courses available that address skills need in the economy, offer good wage outcomes and empower adults with the tools they need to secure a better job.

We have identified hundreds of courses that can give adults the skills they need in the labour market. These qualifications include those that can support employers regardless of their sector, including those in the food and drink industry, with courses in business, accountancy, engineering, marketing and a variety of digital qualifications. We are keeping the list of qualifications and the sector subject areas in scope under review and will consider requests for including courses that meet the published criteria. We have already added more qualifications to the original list. Those qualifications met all the criteria published on GOV.UK.

Qualifications not included in this offer will still be eligible for Advanced Learner Loans (ALL). ALL are income contingent loans that provide extensive coverage of regulated qualifications from level 3 to level 6, helping to meet up front tuition fees. In the 2019/20 academic year, there were applications to study at nearly 450 training providers, and over 3000 qualifications are currently in scope.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that students develop adequate skills to meet the needs of food and drink employers throughout the UK.

The Skills for Jobs White Paper, published in January 2021, sets out our blueprint to reform post-16 education and training. It is focused on giving people the skills they need in a way that suits them so they can get good jobs in all sectors, including the food and drink industry.

A range of provision is already available for people of all ages to equip them with the skills and experience they need to progress in their chosen careers, including traineeships, which provide unemployed young people with employability training and work experience.

We have also launched T Levels, which are a high-quality technical alternative to A levels. With longer teaching hours and a meaningful, 45-day minimum industry placement, employer-designed T Levels will be excellent preparation for skilled work or further training. The T Level catering pathway will be launched in 2023.

There are a variety of high-quality apprenticeship standards in food and drink manufacturing available for employers to use. They include, but are not limited to, food and drink advanced engineer, baker and senior culinary chef.

Through the free courses for jobs offer, as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, we are making courses available that address skills need in the economy, offer good wage outcomes and empower adults with the tools they need to secure a better job.

We have identified hundreds of courses that can give adults the skills they need in the labour market. These qualifications include those that can support employers regardless of their sector, including those in the food and drink industry, with courses in business, accountancy, engineering, marketing and a variety of digital qualifications. We are keeping the list of qualifications and the sector subject areas in scope under review and will consider requests for including courses that meet the published criteria. We have already added more qualifications to the original list. Those qualifications met all the criteria published on GOV.UK.

Qualifications not included in this offer will still be eligible for Advanced Learner Loans (ALL). ALL are income contingent loans that provide extensive coverage of regulated qualifications from level 3 to level 6, helping to meet up front tuition fees. In the 2019/20 academic year, there were applications to study at nearly 450 training providers, and over 3000 qualifications are currently in scope.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The number of full-time equivalent staff employed within HR as of April 2020 was 117.7.

15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to apprenticeships in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Apprenticeships will have an important role to play in creating employment opportunities, particularly for young people, and in supporting employers in all sectors to access the skilled workforce that they need to recover and grow following the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognise that employers, at the moment, face increased challenges with hiring new apprentices and so we will introduce a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021. Details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-treasury. We will also ensure that there is sufficient funding to support small businesses wanting to take on an apprentice this year.

We have introduced a broad range of flexibilities, including encouraging the remote delivery of apprenticeships, to ensure that apprentices can continue with their learning as far as possible and to support the continued take-up of apprenticeships: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-apprentices-employers-training-providers-end-point-assessment-organisations-and-external-quality-assurance-pro.

We work closely with employers and organisations in the food and drink sector, including the Food & Drink Federation, to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and we are supporting the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink’s plans to facilitate levy transfers between employers. In addition, we are arranging a series of webinars to update employers and intermediary organisations on the latest apprenticeship developments and to offer guidance to help employers make the most of our apprenticeship reforms and funding support offer. There are over 560 high-quality apprenticeship standards available for employers to use; a variety of these are in food and drink manufacturing including, baker, food and drink advanced engineer, and senior culinary chef.

It is important for young people to have information on a wide range of jobs and careers. It is also important for them to have encounters with a variety of employers in different sectors to inspire them about a broad range of opportunities and what they can achieve. The Careers & Enterprise Company is making sure that every young person has access to high quality and inspiring encounters with employers from a variety of sectors, which may include the food and drink manufacturing industry. The National Careers Service provides independent, professional advice on careers, skills and the labour market. Information on a variety of careers, including those in the food and drink manufacturing industry, can be found on the National Careers Service website.

HM Treasury will provide £32 million in additional funding to the Department for Education over the next two years. The funding will ensure that 269,000 more people in England will receive impartial and tailored information, advice and guidance to meet their individual needs and circumstances within the context of current economic circumstances. The careers advice provided will draw on labour market trends and growth areas including opportunities available in the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The full-time equivalent number of staff in the department’s Human Resources section as at 30 April 2020 was 257.1

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and (b) Public Health England on the introduction of (a) advertising and (b) promotional restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

The Secretary of State for International Trade has not held discussions with either Secretary of State for Health & Social Care or Public Health England (PHE) on these restrictions. Through the Department for International Trade’s work with our key Food and Drink stakeholders, we will continue to gather intelligence on how this policy will be implemented by industry. Sharing insight with colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who lead on food and drink domestic policy & the Department for Health and Social Care who lead on the Obesity Strategy.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in her Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The Department’s Human Resources (HR) function is responsible for supporting an international workforce of around 4,800 people, across both the Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF). There were 153.75 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff employed in the Department for International Trade Human Resources section in April 2020. This was made up of 130.05 FTE in the Department for International Trade’s HR and Organisational Development Directorate, and 23.70 FTE in UKEF’s Resourcing Division.

This figure therefore includes UKEF staff, DIT payroll staff, as well as contractors and staff on loan from other government departments. DIT overseas-based staff are not included as they are recorded on Foreign Commonwealth and Development systems separately, but the HR function does not currently have any people deployed overseas.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support people who have had their driving lessons cancelled as a result of covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Following Government guidance, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has suspended practical driver testing in England until Thursday 3 December 2020. The DVSA has asked approved driving instructors to respect the national restrictions in England, reduce day-to-day contact with others, and not carry out driver training until the restrictions have been lifted. Pupils can still have private practice using their own car providing they and the supervising driver are from the same household and it is travel for work, education or for other legally permitted exemptions.

The DVSA is contacting candidates whose driving tests are affected by covid-19 restrictions to tell them what they need to do. The agency has made an additional 55,000 practical car driving tests available up to 18 April 2021 to accommodate new and re-scheduled tests. This is in addition to the 150,000 practical car tests already available in the booking system.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

In the Department of Transport there were a total of 342.74 FTE employed in the human resources functions at 30th April 2020

The breakdown between the central Department and the Executive Agencies is as follows:

DfTc

106.0

DVLA

81.9

DVSA

126.4

MCA

24.0

VCA

4.5

Total

342.7

Please note, the above figures relate to staff working in teams which are part of the organisations HR functions (at DVSA this includes Driver Examiner Trainers) but do not include any contingent labour.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in her Department's human resources section in April 2020.

We are able to provide the following figures for March 2020:

Headcount

FTE

No. of HR Staff excluding Shared Services

378

352

Source: DWP return to Cabinet Office – issued 12 June 2020

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of calories per day by which a person's diet will be reduced as a result of the restrictions proposed by the Government on (a) foods high in fat, salt or sugar, (b) broadcast advertising of those foods and (c) online advertising of those foods.

Obesity is a complex problem caused by many different factors to which there is no single solution. We know that regular overconsumption of a relatively small number of calories leads to individuals becoming overweight or obese. Taking action to help reduce this excess calorie consumption will decrease obesity prevalence and obesity related ill health over time. “Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives” takes forward a wide range of measures that all contribute towards this goal, including by reshaping the food environment, providing people with a healthier choice and encouraging them to take it.

The Government published its response to the 2019 consultation ‘Introducing further advertising restriction on TV and online for products high in fat, sugar and salt’ and the 2020 consultation ‘Introducing a total online advertising restriction for products high in fat, sugar and salt’ on 24 June, confirming we will introduce a 9pm TV watershed for high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) product advertising, as well as a restriction of paid-for HFSS advertising online. We have estimated the restrictions could remove up to 7.2 billion calories from children’s diets per year in the United Kingdom which, over the coming years, could reduce the number of obese children by more than 20,000.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether reformulated food and drink which is high in fat, salt or sugar will not be allowed to be promoted or advertised under the Government’s proposals to restrict those practices.

Products that are reformulated and achieve the Nutrient Profiling Model threshold will be out of scope of the restrictions and therefore able to be promoted.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of (a) advertising and (b) promotional restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar on the UK’s competitiveness in attracting inward investment.

The final impact assessments on the proposals to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) by location and by volume are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/restricting-promotions-of-food-and-drink-that-is-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt

The developmental impact assessment on further advertising restrictions on TV and online was published alongside the 2019 consultation on this policy. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

An evidence note was published alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for HFSS products. This builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

We will publish the final impact assessment on further advertising restrictions on TV and online alongside the full response to the consultation shortly.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of plans to introduce (a) advertising and (b) promotional restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar on technical barriers to trade for businesses entering the UK market.

The final impact assessments on the proposals to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) by location and by volume are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/restricting-promotions-of-food-and-drink-that-is-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt

The developmental impact assessment on further advertising restrictions on TV and online was published alongside the 2019 consultation on this policy. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

An evidence note was published alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for HFSS products. This builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

We will publish the final impact assessment on further advertising restrictions on TV and online alongside the full response to the consultation shortly.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the supporting evidence base is for each measure set out in the consultation on an online advertising ban for foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

We published an evidence note alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, salt and sugar. The evidence note is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

The evidence note builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation on further advertising restrictions on TV and online, which included estimates of the potential reduction in daily calories consumed by children. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

In the consultations we have asked about the impact of the proposals on small businesses and are engaging with industry to understand these in more detail to factor in the final policy decision. Government departments work very closely on reducing obesity and share responsibility for delivering the measures set out in ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’.

The Competition Markets Authority has not been asked for an assessment of the potential effect on business competition of plans to restrict online advertising and the promotion of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what input his Department had in the policy-making process underpinning the public consultation on an online advertising ban on foods high in fat, salt or sugar which will introduce commercial and marketing restrictions on large and small businesses.

We published an evidence note alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, salt and sugar. The evidence note is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

The evidence note builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation on further advertising restrictions on TV and online, which included estimates of the potential reduction in daily calories consumed by children. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

In the consultations we have asked about the impact of the proposals on small businesses and are engaging with industry to understand these in more detail to factor in the final policy decision. Government departments work very closely on reducing obesity and share responsibility for delivering the measures set out in ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’.

The Competition Markets Authority has not been asked for an assessment of the potential effect on business competition of plans to restrict online advertising and the promotion of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential economic effect on businesses of a reduction in calories as part of the policy-making process for the public consultation on online advertising restrictions for foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

We published an evidence note alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, salt and sugar. The evidence note is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

The evidence note builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation on further advertising restrictions on TV and online, which included estimates of the potential reduction in daily calories consumed by children. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

In the consultations we have asked about the impact of the proposals on small businesses and are engaging with industry to understand these in more detail to factor in the final policy decision. Government departments work very closely on reducing obesity and share responsibility for delivering the measures set out in ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’.

The Competition Markets Authority has not been asked for an assessment of the potential effect on business competition of plans to restrict online advertising and the promotion of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Competition Markets Authority has been asked for an assessment of the potential effect on business competition of plans to restrict (a) online advertising and (b) the promotion of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

We published an evidence note alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, salt and sugar. The evidence note is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

The evidence note builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation on further advertising restrictions on TV and online, which included estimates of the potential reduction in daily calories consumed by children. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

In the consultations we have asked about the impact of the proposals on small businesses and are engaging with industry to understand these in more detail to factor in the final policy decision. Government departments work very closely on reducing obesity and share responsibility for delivering the measures set out in ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’.

The Competition Markets Authority has not been asked for an assessment of the potential effect on business competition of plans to restrict online advertising and the promotion of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to prioritise the safe resumption of full care home visitation during the covid-19 outbreak.

We want to bring an end to the pain of separation and help care homes bring families and loved ones together. The launch of visitor testing is a crucial step to making that happen.

Following a successful trial in 20 care homes, we have started the phased rollout of new rapid tests to all care homes across England to support visiting. The first 385 care homes are now able to begin testing visitors and we aim to roll this out to all care homes by Christmas.

Testing is only one way of minimising the risk of visiting a care home. If a visitor has a negative test, is wearing appropriate PPE, and following other infection control measures, then it will be possible for family and friends to have more meaningful visits to care homes.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Department's human resources section in April 2020.

45.75 full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Department’s Human Resources section as of 30 April 2020. This figure includes civil servants on permanent contract, fixed term appointment and loaned in from other Government departments. Since this time the Department has expanded in size, and this has included growth in the Human Resources section.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office's and (b) Department for International Development's human resources section in April 2020.

As of the 31st March 2020, the Department for International Development had 64.6 FTE staff employed in the Human Resources Department and 27.3 FTE officers employed in the in-house HR Operations function.

As of the 31st March 2020, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office had 116.8 FTE staff employed in the Human Resources Directorate and 57.6 FTE officers employed in the in-house HR Operations function.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what input his Department had in the policy-making process for the public consultation on an online advertising ban on foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

The Government’s commitment to consult on an online advertising ban on foods high in fat, salt and sugar as part of the July obesity package, and the launch of the consultation on 10 November, were both subject to HM Treasury approval.

The Government is undertaking a full Regulatory Impact Assessment on the online ban to ensure the costs to business are captured and the benefits and the costs of all options are compared as per HM Treasury guidance. These assessments are independently assessed by the Regulatory Policy Committee to ensure they are robust.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department was asked by (a) the Department for Health and Social Care and (b) Public Health England to undertake an (i) economic impact assessment and (ii) cost-benefit analysis of each proposal in the consultation on an online advertising ban for foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

The Government is undertaking a full Regulatory Impact Assessment on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt to ensure the costs to business are captured and the benefits and the costs of all options are compared as per HM Treasury guidance. This assessments is undertaken jointly by the Department for Health and Social Care and the Department of Culture Media and Sport, and is independently assessed by the Regulatory Policy Committee to ensure it is robust.

The Department for Health and Social Care and the Department of Culture Media and Sport jointly published an evidence note alongside the consultation on this proposal. The evidence note is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support (a) employed and (b) self-employed people in the travel industry during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown.

Following the implementation of further national restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, the Government has announced additional economic measures to provide financial support to employed and self-employed individuals, including those working in the travel industry.

The Government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2021 which will provide employees with 80 per cent of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The Government is providing broadly comparable support for the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, with grants raised to 80 per cent of average trading profits, up to £7,500 for 3 months.

These schemes are part of a £200bn package of support offered to businesses, including billions of pounds worth of loans, grants and tax deferrals, which will help protect jobs throughout the UK and across all sectors through the winter.

5th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to support newly set up businesses during the second covid-19 lockdown.

The Government understands this is a challenging time for businesses. To reduce the risk of fraudulent claims, eligibility for many of the Covid-19 support schemes require businesses to have been trading before the end of March.

However, newly formed businesses may be able to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Businesses are eligible for the CBILS if they are UK-based in their activity, with annual turnover of no more than £45m. For start-ups, or SMEs which have traded for less than 12 months, the lender should estimate turnover based upon the SME’s forecasted turnover for the first 12 months of trading. On 2 November, the Chancellor announced that the application deadline for CBILS has been further extended to 31 January 2021.

Businesses established more recently may also be able to access funds through the Local Restrictions Support Grant schemes (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). To be eligible for the LRSG (Open) and LRSG (Closed) schemes at a local level, a business must have been trading on the date that local restrictions came into force. Local Authorities have been given discretion to use funds provided by the ARG as they see fit, but we encourage them to set up a discretionary grant scheme e.g. for those businesses who are affected by closures but are not legally required to close. Guidance was published on 3rd November 2020 and FAQs will shortly be issued to all Local Authorities.

Finally, newly established businesses will be able to furlough staff through the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously claimed or have been claimed for under CJRS to make a claim under the extended CJRS (if other eligibility criteria are met). The employer must have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee.

In addition to these measures, the Government continues to support entrepreneurs through its network of 38 Local Growth Hubs and the Start-Up Loans programme, for which almost 74,000 loans have been issued since 2012.

As we head into the Winter, the Government is continuing to engage with businesses and representative groups to ensure the support provided to businesses, including those established more recently, is appropriate.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

There were 33 full time equivalent staff employed in HMT Treasury’s human resource section in April 2020.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in her Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The number of full-time equivalent staff for the Home Office as of 30 April 2020 was 34,397, and those within HR was 501.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The information requested can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2020

Table 8A of the Cabinet Office 'Annual Civil Service Employment Survey' provides details of the UK civil service workforce by Department and job profession, including the category 'Human Resource'. The information provided is correct as at 31 March 2020.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

As of 30 April 2020 the full time equivalent (FTE) staff employed in MHCLG’s human resources directorate totalled 62.6. This figure will include staff that do not work directly on HR functions, for example it will include an in-house shared service function and business management staff.

This calculation for FTE uses the ONS definition which is all directly employed payroll staff employed on that date.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

As at 30th April 2020, 945.01 FTE were employed in the Human Resources departments of the Ministry of Justice, including HMCTS & HMPPS.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in probate offices in March (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

The information requested as to the number of full time equivalent staff employed in probate offices can be found in the table below.

Probate FTE broken down per site between 2018-2020 1, 2

Probate

Dec.18

Mar.19

Mar.20

Courts and Tribunal Service Centre (Birmingham)

0

18

91

Birmingham Registry

10

7

0

Oxford Registry

16

16

16

Manchester Registry

16

15

15

London Registry

13

12

13

Cardiff Registry

18

18

13

Leeds Registry

10

11

4

Liverpool Registry

13

13

8

Newcastle Registry

20

21

22

Winchester Registry

12

12

9

Brighton Registry

14

10

10

Ipswich Registry

8

5

6

Bristol Registry

3

3

5

Registrars

3

3

3

Total

156

164

215

Source: CTSC and NBC workforce management resourcing data

1) NBC resourcing plans did not break down per registry prior to December 2018. Table is reflective of when the data was broken down with no material change to the total FTE from March 2018 (153 FTE) - December 2018 156 FTE).

2) CTSC data only available from go live in 2019.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken was to process an application for probate in March (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

Official statistics on the average length of time from receipt of the application to the issue of a grant of probate cover only the period from July to September 2019 onwards. HMCTS internal management information from a decommissioned case management system, which is not subject to the rigorous quality assurance processes of official statistics, has been used for the periods before that date to show the average times from receipt of an application to a grant being issued.

The introduction of a new digital case management system in 2019 changed the business process for accounting for the receipt date of applications which need to be held due to errors or missing documentation. The figures for March 2020 are therefore not directly comparable to those from March 2018 and March 2019.

Average time to grant issue for grants of representation, by grant type, England and Wales1,2

Probate

Application submission to grant issue

Mean weeks

Median weeks

March 2018

3

N/A

March 2019

3

N/A

March 2020

73

53

Source for March 2018 and 2019 is the now decommissioned Probateman system and March 2020 data is HMCTS Core Case Data

1) HMCTS Core Case Data (CCD) came into effect at the end of March 2019, following a transition between data systems recording information regarding The Probate Service

2) The average timeliness figures are produced by calculating the time from application/document receipt (which may be from an earlier period) to the grant issued made in that period 3) Includes cases stopped and put on hold for errors or missing documentation

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the running costs of the Probate Office were in March (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

Answer to question part:

a) The costs of the Probate jurisdiction for 2017-18 were £5.7m.

b) The costs of the Probate jurisdiction for 2018-19 were £5.9m.

c) The costs of the Probate jurisdiction for 2019-20 were £7.5m.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in his Department's human resources section in April 2020.

The number of full-time equivalent staff employed in the Northern Ireland Office human resources section in April 2020 was 4.57 FTE.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)