Jonathan Edwards Portrait

Jonathan Edwards

Independent - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

1,809 (4.4%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 6th May 2010


Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jul 2016 - 23rd May 2020
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Foreign Intervention)
8th May 2015 - 23rd May 2020
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Treasury)
18th Jun 2010 - 23rd May 2020
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)
18th Jun 2010 - 23rd May 2020
Welsh Affairs Committee
11th Mar 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Exiting the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)
18th Jun 2010 - 14th Jul 2016
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
18th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Wales)
18th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Welsh Affairs Committee
10th Mar 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Welsh Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 6th Jan 2014


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Jonathan Edwards has voted in 769 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
View All Jonathan Edwards Division Votes

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
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for Intergovernmental Relations
(23 debate interactions)
Greg Hands (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
(19 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(18 debate interactions)
View All Sparring Partners
Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(49 debate contributions)
Wales Office
(38 debate contributions)
View All Department Debates
Legislation Debates
UK Infrastructure Bank Act 2023
(1,725 words contributed)
Victims and Prisoners Act 2024
(1,656 words contributed)
Agriculture Act 2020
(1,099 words contributed)
View All Legislation Debates
View all Jonathan Edwards's debates

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 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 amend the Grocery Supply Code of Practice (GSCP) to require retailers, without exception, to:

- Buy what they agreed to buy
- Pay what they agreed to pay
- Pay on time

We believe the current GSCP is inadequate and doesn't protect farmers from unfair behaviour.

Given how many animals are sold online, we want Government to introduce regulation of all websites where animals are sold. Websites should be required to verify the identity of all sellers, and for young animals for sale pictures with their parents be posted with all listings.


Latest EDMs signed by Jonathan Edwards

22nd May 2024
Jonathan Edwards signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 23rd May 2024

Essentials guarantee and minimum income guarantee

Tabled by: Angela Crawley (Scottish National Party - Lanark and Hamilton East)
That this House supports calls to implement an essentials guarantee into Universal Credit to ensure no one goes without life’s essentials; commends the Trussell Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on their Essentials Guarantee campaign; congratulates these organisations on securing more than 150,000 petition signatures in support of the campaign; …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 24 May 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 11
Labour: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
22nd May 2024
Jonathan Edwards signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 23rd May 2024

Farewell to Jurgen Klopp

Tabled by: Kim Johnson (Labour - Liverpool, Riverside)
That this House congratulates Jurgen Norbert Klopp on his outstanding nine years as Manager of Liverpool FC; celebrates his achievements in winning the UEFA Champions League in 2018-19, UEFA Super Cup in 2019, FIFA Club World Cup in 2019-2020, English Premier League in 2019-2020, in the Club's first Premier League …
18 signatures
(Most recent: 24 May 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 10
Scottish National Party: 4
Independent: 2
Alliance: 1
Conservative: 1
View All Jonathan Edwards's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jonathan Edwards, 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.


Jonathan Edwards has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Jonathan Edwards has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Jonathan Edwards


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 an independent advisory body to make recommendations on the equitable distribution of public expenditure across the United Kingdom, the calculation of block grants to devolved administrations, the implications of the devolution of tax-raising powers for the United Kingdom fiscal framework, and the resolution of fiscal disputes arising between governments in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
(Read Debate)

Latest 50 Written Questions

(View all written questions)
Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had recent discussions with Three on the lessons learned from the test of the emergency alerts service.

During the national test of the emergency alerts system on 23 April 2023, some Three Mobile customers did not receive the alert.

To address this issue, the Deputy Prime Minister met with the CEO of Three Mobile on 26 April 2023. Following this meeting, Three Mobile has made a number of technical improvements to rectify the errors made on the test day. Three Mobile has since reassured the government that they believe the underlying issue has now been resolved.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to establish the UK's delegation to the Civil Society Forum as set out in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; and what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on membership of the Civil Society Forum.

At the first Partnership Council on 9 June, we noted the importance of the Civil Society Forum, and agreed with the EU on the necessary preparations ahead of its first meeting later this year.

We are engaging with the devolved administrations on membership of the Forum, as we do on all relevant matters of TCA implementation. We will seek public views and will issue a call for participants within the next few months to ensure a balanced representation of business and civil society groups across the UK.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow Members of Parliament an explicit vote in advance of any major UK military action.

The government has no such plans.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the EU on ensuring the continuation of seamless pet travel following the transition period.

Guidance on pet travel is set out on gov.uk.

Any changes to this guideline is dependent on the category that is given to Great Britain at the end of the Transition Period, with this being conditional on the ongoing discussions being had with the EU Commission.

DEFRA has submitted an application to the European Commission to become a ‘Part I’ listed third country in relation to the non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into the EU, which the Commission is considering.

Discussions with the European Commission are ongoing. Updates will be announced in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Advisory Military Sub Committee is next scheduled to meet.

The AMSC meets regularly to discuss cases, and will be meeting in due course.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken in response to the Boundary Commission for England's 2018 recommendations on parliamentary constituency boundaries.

The final reports of the four Boundary Commissions in the 2018 Boundary Review were submitted to the Government and laid before Parliament in September 2018.

The Government will continue to monitor closely the current legal proceedings in relation to the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland’s final report.

As we set out in our manifesto, the Government will ensure we have updated and equal parliamentary boundaries, making sure every vote counts the same.

7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent representations she has received from the Welsh government on the future of the steel industry in Wales.

Steelmaking remains a vital part of the Welsh economy and this Government is working tirelessly to secure a sustainable future for Port Talbot Steelworks. This deal delivers a £1.25 billion pound joint investment package with Tata, comprising of £500 million pounds from the UK Government.

The Welsh Government are not currently providing capital funding towards this project. The Transition Board; established to support affected employees and the local economy has up to £100m of funding. Over the last month, I have engaged with the Welsh government through the Transition Board and a ministerial call.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of potential effect on the government of China's decision to restrict export of critical minerals including gallium and germanium on the competitiveness of the UK economy and the transition to net zero.

Gallium and germanium have a range of applications in electronics and communications sectors. The new Chinese export controls applying to germanium, gallium and related items coming into effect on 1st August this year may have impacts on the global supply chains for these sectors. Along with international counterparts, we are following the situation closely and are assessing risks this poses to the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
9th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of strengthening consumer protections for people in isolated properties in rural areas to which courier services do not deliver.

The Government imposes a Universal Service Obligation (USO) on Royal Mail, requiring delivery of parcels up to 20 kilograms 5 days-a-week at uniform rates throughout the UK, with-out any geographical restrictions. Outside of the USO, delivery practices remain commercial decisions for parcel operators. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 require all retailers to provide up front information to consumers regarding any delivery restrictions.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending Ofcom's regulatory role to include courier services.

The Postal Services Act 2011 provides Ofcom with powers to impose conditions on postal operators, including courier services. Ofcom consulted on consumer protection in the parcels market, as part of its 2022 review of postal regulation. As a result, new guidance came into effect in April 2023 on how Ofcom expects parcel operators to comply with their current obligations.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had recent discussions with the Welsh Government on the implications for her policies of the report by the British Geological Survey for the Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre entitled Potential for Critical Raw Material Prospectivity in the UK, published on 17 April 2023.

“Potential for Critical Raw Material Prospectivity in the UK” was a study undertaken by CMIC, a programme sponsored by the Department for Business and Trade and delivered by the British Geological Survey. This report delivers on the Critical Minerals Strategy’s commitment to collate UK geoscientific data and identify areas of geological potential for critical mineral extraction. It is a preliminary assessment, and its findings do not mean prospective areas identified will necessarily be targeted for exploration and mining. The

Government is working with the British Geological Survey to understand next steps and will engage with Devolved Administrations when appropriate.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
19th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the enforcement powers of the Energy Ombudsman.

Ofgem, the independent regulator, is responsible for compliance and enforcement of license conditions.

As an Alternative Dispute Resolution scheme, the Energy Ombudsman does not have the enforcement powers of Ofgem does. The Energy Ombudsman can however tell suppliers to take practical action, make an apology, offer financial awards up to £10,000, and make recommendations to prevent an issue from happening again. Energy suppliers are legally bound to implement decisions made by the Ombudsman.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on an application to OFGEM by Green Gen Cymru for a license to operate as an Independent Distribution Network Operator.

Network regulation, including the ability to grant Distribution Network Operator licenses, is a matter for Ofgem as the independent energy regulator. As such, the government does not comment on Ofgem’s decision making on licence applications.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with OFGEM on the licence application by Green Gen Cymru to operate as an Independent Distribution Network Operator.

Network regulation, including the ability to grant Distribution Network Operator licenses, is a matter for Ofgem as the independent energy regulator. As such, the government does not comment on Ofgem’s decision making on licence applications.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has had discussions with Ofgem to ensure that heat pump installation companies under the Energy Company Obligation scheme provide (a) a suitable service for customers to assist with problems and (b) provide advice on the optimal use of the new heating system.

All installations under the Energy Company Obligation scheme must be carried out by a TrustMark registered business. Installations of low carbon measures, such as heat pumps, must be carried out in accordance with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) requirements.

TrustMark’s Customer Charter sets out the responsibilities of any TrustMark registered installer which includes the registered business ensuring there is a proper testing and hand-over process to ensure the customer knows how installations work and should be maintained.

Ofgem has set out a route to redress for any issues arising from measures installed under the scheme, which can be found at: www.ofgem.gov.uk/eco4-complaints-process.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
27th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to page 95 of the Autumn Statement 2023, whether she has had discussions with the Welsh Government on the Transmission Acceleration Action plan.

I met with the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, to discuss the Transmission Acceleration Action Plan in advance of publication. Speeding up the deployment of electricity networks across Great Britain is a key shared objective and the UK Government has worked with the Welsh Government to develop the Action Plan and will continue to do so as it is implemented.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will commission a working group to consider advances in cable ploughing technology before publishing a new EN-5 Electricity Networks National Policy Statement.

The Government sets the rules for a robust and independent planning process. The design and development of energy transmission infrastructure, including which technology would be used for construction of a project, is a matter for the developer, with the implications of that choice considered through the planning process. The Government carried out a full public consultation on its National Policy Statements - including EN-5 - earlier this year and will shortly be publishing them and laying them before Parliament ahead of designation.

7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's consultation entitled Planning for new energy infrastructure: revisions to National Policy Statements, when she plans to publish the revised National Policy Statement EN-5.

The Government carried out a public consultation which closed on 23 June and is on track to present the updated National Policy Statements to Parliament and publish them alongside the response to the Electricity Networks Commissioner’s Report later this month.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential environmental impact of using modern cable ploughing technology on the installation of 132kv electricity transmission cables.

The Government consultation on the draft energy National Policy Statements closed on 23 June and we are reviewing the responses. This included that overhead lines should be the strong starting presumption for electricity networks developments but that in nationally designated landscapes the strong starting presumption will be that the applicant should underground the relevant section of the line. Decisions on which technology would be used for construction would be a matter for the developer. Government officials engage and meet with all devolved administrations, including Welsh Government, as required for policy development and evaluation.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with OFGEM in relation to an application by Green Gen Cymru for a license to operate as an Independent Distribution Network Operator.

Network regulation, including the ability to grant Distribution Network Operator licenses, is a matter for Ofgem as the independent energy regulator. As such, the government does not comment on Ofgem’s decision making on licence applications.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government over the suitability of modern cable ploughing technology for the installation of 132kV electricity transmission infrastructure.

The Government consultation on the draft energy National Policy Statements closed on 23 June and we are reviewing the responses. This included that overhead lines should be the strong starting presumption for electricity networks developments but that in nationally designated landscapes the strong starting presumption will be that the applicant should underground the relevant section of the line. Decisions on which technology would be used for construction would be a matter for the developer. Government officials engage and meet with all devolved administrations, including Welsh Government, as required for policy development and evaluation.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made a comparative estimate of the cost of (a) modern cable ploughing technology against (b) traditional overhead pylon technology in regard to electricity transmission infrastructure.

The Government consultation on the draft energy National Policy Statements closed on 23 June and we are reviewing the responses. This included that overhead lines should be the strong starting presumption for electricity networks developments but that in nationally designated landscapes the strong starting presumption will be that the applicant should underground the relevant section of the line. Decisions on which technology would be used for construction would be a matter for the developer. Government officials engage and meet with all devolved administrations, including Welsh Government, as required for policy development and evaluation.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many households in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency are in receipt of the National Concessionary Fuel Scheme.

A total of 384 individuals are in receipt of a concessionary fuel entitlement in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency. Of these, 325 receive Cash In-Lieu and 59 receive solid fuel.

20th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reopening the Alternative Fuels Payment scheme for people who live in mains gas areas and use an alternative fuel but have not yet claimed their payment.

The AFP Alternative Fund was open to applications from 6 March to 31 May inclusive and the Government has no plans to re-open the scheme.

The Government is continually reviewing the financial support it provides for the differing energy needs within its communities. This includes the Help for Households campaign that has numerous Cost of Living support schemes in 2023/2024. You can visit the Help for Households webpage on GOV.UK which outlines details of the support offered: https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the number of people in Carmarthenshire living in areas supplied by mains gas who were eligible for the Alternative Fuel Payment but who have not applied for their entitlement.

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP) scheme delivered payments of £200 to households who use alternative fuels such as heating oil, liquefied petroleum gas, coal or biomass, helping around 2 million off-gas-grid households to meet their energy costs. The scheme particularly supported households in rural areas that are not connected to the gas grid.

Over 85% of eligible households received the payment automatically via their electricity supplier during February, and a small proportion of households needed to apply for the AFP, for example when households in their local area predominantly use electricity or mains gas for their heating.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has made an estimate of the geothermal energy potential of minewater in the South Wales Coalfield; and whether he has had recent discussions with the Welsh Government on this issue.

There is ongoing work to assess the potential contribution of geothermal heat in Wales. The Coal Authority is working closely with the Welsh Government to produce a full Mine Water Heat resource map for Wales, identifying key opportunity locations and an overall resource estimate. The map is scheduled for completion later this year.

Heat is a devolved policy area but the Department has funded studies for local authorities to explore minewater heat opportunities across South Wales.

17th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many licenses OFGEM has awarded for companies to become Independent Distribution Network Operators.

Ofgem has granted licences to 16 Independent Distribution Network Operators.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when the Alternative Fuel Payment portal will be open for applications.

The Alternative Fuel Payment Portal due to open for applications from Monday 6 March.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make] an estimate of the number of households that (a) have been issued Boiler Upgrade Scheme vouchers for biomass-related heating technology and (b) are not able to use those vouchers as a result of changes in the Product Eligibility List for that scheme.

Since the launch of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme in May 2022 and up to the end of January 2023, a total of 132 biomass boiler vouchers have been issued to properties in England and Wales.

Ofgem has made us aware that there are currently 4 live applications affected by changes to the product eligibility list. The Government is working closely with Ofgem to ensure a fair and proportionate decision is made regarding these cases.

28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what discussions he has had with Ofgem on its decision to remove certain domestic biomass-related heating technology systems from its Product Eligibility List for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme; and on what date he was informed of that decision.

Ofgem always keep the Product Eligibility List (PEL) under review. Where they have reason to, Ofgem may investigate certain products to gain greater assurance that they are eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. Where this is the case, Ofgem sometimes remove products from the PEL until they have completed their investigation.

The PEL is not a guarantee that specific products meet all requirements under the scheme. Installers should always consult the regulations, the standards published by Secretary of State, and the scheme guidance to understand whether specific products are eligible for funding.

20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of directing the Distribution Network Operators and Independent Distribution Network Operators to bury new transmission infrastructure along existing road and rail corridors instead of overhead pylons.

Distribution network operators build, own and operate the lower voltage distribution network infrastructure. When identifying preferred options for new infrastructure, Network Operators consider a range of factors including cost, environmental and socioeconomic impacts, deliverability and system benefit. This can include consideration of undergrounding along existing road and rail corridors, however this can significantly increase the costs of projects, which are paid for by consumers.

20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has had recent discussions with energy companies on taking steps to ensure that non-direct debit customers receive alternative fuel payments directly to their bank accounts.

Payments began from 6 February and electricity suppliers have until the end of February to pay eligible customers, including non-direct debit customers. When and how customers receive their payment will depend on their electricity supplier and how they pay their bill.

6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether multi-function premises used for both residential and business purposes which have business electricity accounts, including pubs where the landlord lives above the pub, will be eligible for support under the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Payment; and whether further guidance will be provided.

Multi-function premises that are used for both residential and business purposes, and have the same address, will not be eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF). Instead, the user of the premises is likely to be eligible to receive support through the Energy Bills Relief Scheme (EBRS) with more information available on the GOV.UK webpages. If the residential dwelling has a different postal address, is not a business premises, is used wholly or mainly for domestic purposes, and is not paying business rates, this household would likely be eligible for the EBSS AF.

23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what her planned timetable is for the Project Gigabit procurements for hard to reach communities in Wales.

In July 2023, we launched a Project Gigabit cross regional procurement to bring gigabit-capable broadband to homes and businesses in hard to reach parts of North West Wales, Mid Wales, and South East Wales. Our intention is to award a contract to the successful supplier in the summer.

North Wales and South West Wales will be included in a further procurement once the cross regional contract is in place.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what guidance her Department issues on whether Building Digital UK vouchers are transferable assets if a broadband company falls into administration.

Building Digital UK (BDUK) monitors the general health of the voucher suppliers it works with on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Any vouchers issued under the scheme are owned by the beneficiary, rather than the supplier assigned to the project, however only the supplier assigned to the project by BDUK can claim the funding.

If a voucher supplier goes into administration, BDUK will review options for ensuring premises included in any of their voucher projects can be covered through one of our programmes. If the supplier is acquired by another company, the new owner may retain the vouchers projects through formal, mutual agreement. Alternatively, the premises covered by the vouchers could be incorporated into a Project Gigabit procurement or existing contract.

23rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent discussions he has had with telephone providers on the transition from analogue to digital landlines.

Communication Providers are required by the Communications Act (2003) to ensure the continuity of access to the Public Emergency Call Service, via the telephone numbers 999 and 112. These obligations are set out in the General Conditions of Entitlement and are regulated by Ofcom.

In 2018, Ofcom published guidance on how telecoms companies can fulfil this General Condition in light of the industry’s decision to retire the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and replace it with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. The guidance states that in the event of a power outage at least one solution must be available for consumers, providing access for a minimum of one hour. The solution should be suitable for customers’ needs and should be offered free of charge to those who are at risk as they are dependent on their landline, such as those with no mobile phone signal. These are minimum standards, and in practice many providers are offering solutions which exceed them.

The Government and Ofcom regularly engage with the telecoms industry to monitor their migration process and ensure providers are taking appropriate steps to protect vulnerable consumers. In January, Minister Julia Lopez held a roundtable with the major Communications Providers to discuss how the telecommunications industry will support consumers as they transition to VoIP services.

23rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps she is taking with BT to ensure that consumers who do not have mobile signal in their homes will be able to contact emergency services during a power cut following the digital voice roll-out.

Communication Providers are required by the Communications Act (2003) to ensure the continuity of access to the Public Emergency Call Service, via the telephone numbers 999 and 112. These obligations are set out in the General Conditions of Entitlement and are regulated by Ofcom.

In 2018, Ofcom published guidance on how telecoms companies can fulfil this General Condition in light of the industry’s decision to retire the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and replace it with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. The guidance states that in the event of a power outage at least one solution must be available for consumers, providing access for a minimum of one hour. The solution should be suitable for customers’ needs and should be offered free of charge to those who are at risk as they are dependent on their landline, such as those with no mobile phone signal. These are minimum standards, and in practice many providers are offering solutions which exceed them.

The Government and Ofcom regularly engage with the telecoms industry to monitor their migration process and ensure providers are taking appropriate steps to protect vulnerable consumers. In January, Minister Julia Lopez held a roundtable with the major Communications Providers to discuss how the telecommunications industry will support consumers as they transition to VoIP services.

31st Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether alternative support is available for households which previously qualified for the Warm Home Discount but which are ineligible this year because they are unable to provide data on the energy performance of their accommodation.

The Government uses Valuation Office Agency data on property characteristics to identify households living in properties estimated to have high heating costs. If a household believes this property characteristic data is inaccurate and wants to provide alternative information, they will need an Energy Performance Certificate.

Energy suppliers can provide additional support to households through the Industry Initiatives element of the scheme, including financial assistance. This support can be provided irrespective of whether a household is eligible for a rebate.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2022, published on 17 November 2022, CP 751, if he will take steps to introduce an additional Alternative Fuel Payment to reflect the revised Energy Price Guarantee after April 2023.

At the Autumn Statement, the Government doubled the Alternative Fuel Payment from £100 to £200 to give additional support for households that use alternative fuels in recognition of the cost-of-living pressures caused by these rising fuel costs. This is a one-off payment and there is currently no plan to make further payments. The Government does, however, continue to keep the AFP under review, including monitoring future price changes in alternative fuels.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he will publish an additional Alternative Fuel Payment to reflect the energy price cap announced by Ofgem for the January 2023 to March 2023 period.

The Government has doubled to £200 the level of support for households that use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, LPG, coal or biomass, to heat their homes. This support will be delivered as soon as possible this winter.

15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether energy suppliers receive a fee for administering the Government's energy support measures.

The Government is not providing energy suppliers a fee for administering the Government’s energy support measures.

2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the resilience of steel production in the UK.

The UK steel industry not only underpins a range of domestic industries; it forms the core of some local communities and economies. The Government remains committed to a UK steel industry and a decarbonised future, supporting local economic growth and our levelling-up agenda.

Global economic conditions continue to be challenging for the steel industry and the Government is working with the sector, the unions and devolved regions to support its transition to a competitive, sustainable, and low carbon future.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
18th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether cooperatively owned wind farms be exempted from the revenue cap in the Energy Prices Bill.

The Government recognises the role community and locally owned renewable energy schemes can, and do, play in supporting the UK’s national net zero targets.  These projects help encourage innovation and investment as well as community engagement with the energy challenge.

The Government will shortly be consulting on the Cost- Plus Revenue Limit and the issue of having a minimum threshold for size of generation stations will be considered as well as whether it is appropriate for this mechanism to apply to community or local energy schemes.

22nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's announcement on plans to help cut energy bills for businesses on 21 September, for what reasons he decided (a) to provide an additional payment of £100 to households across the UK who are not able to receive support for their heating costs through the Energy Price Guarantee and (b) that £100 was a suitable value for that additional support.

The additional support, including the level at which it is set, provided to households not eligible for the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) is intended to ensure that they do not face a higher rate of growth in their heating costs since last autumn, compared to those on gas supported by the EPG.

21st Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the £400 provided by the Energy Bill Support Scheme announced on 21 September 2022 will be delivered to people who live in Park Homes.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for St Albans on 22 September 2022 to Question 48498.

21st Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the £100 of support for households which do not use main gas to heat their homes announced by the Government on 21 September 2022, how that support will be delivered to eligible recipients.

The Government continues to work at speed to determine the most practical and tested routes to deliver this support and will provide more details in due course.