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Judith Cummins

Labour - Bradford South

2,346 (5.9%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 7th May 2015


Select Committees
Panel of Chairs (since March 2020)
Prison Media Bill (since May 2024)
Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill
7th Sep 2022 - 12th Oct 2022
Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
12th Jan 2022 - 18th Jan 2022
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
11th May 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Business and Trade Committee
11th May 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
12th Jan 2018 - 10th Apr 2020
Standing Orders
1st Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Opposition Whip (Commons)
18th Sep 2015 - 12th Jan 2018
Armed Forces Bill Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 24th Nov 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Judith Cummins has voted in 650 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(17 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Mark Spencer (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(11 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(50 debate contributions)
Home Office
(32 debate contributions)
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Bradford South 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

The Government must exercise its power under s.23 of the Gender Recognition Act to modify the operation of the Equality Act 2010 by specifying the terms sex, male, female, man & woman, in the operation of that law, mean biological sex and not "sex as modified by a Gender Recognition Certificate"

It has been reported that the Government may amend the Equality Act to "make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender." The Government has previously committed to not remove legal protections for trans people, an already marginalised group, but this change would do so.

We ask Government to significantly increase targeted research funding for motor neurone disease (MND).

A new investment of £50m over 5 years could kickstart a pioneering MND Research Institute.

This would lead to better, faster and more definitive research outcomes and hope for those with MND.


Latest EDMs signed by Judith Cummins

21st February 2024
Judith Cummins signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Wednesday 21st February 2024

Wigan Warriors and the World Club Challenge

Tabled by: Judith Cummins (Labour - Bradford South)
That this House welcomes the upcoming World Club Challenge; supports British Super League Champions Wigan Warriors in their upcoming match against the Australian NRL champions the Penrith Panthers; congratulates both teams on their success in their respective leagues; and commends the success of the Super League in cultivating an internationally-competitive …
5 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
13th December 2023
Judith Cummins signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Wednesday 13th December 2023

Girlguiding UK and the British Overseas Territories and military bases

Tabled by: Judith Cummins (Labour - Bradford South)
That this House expresses its concern and disappointment in Girlguiding UK’s withdrawal of support in the British Overseas Territories and on military bases and the closure and sale of all their outdoor activity centres in the UK; notes this will have a detrimental impact on young women and communities within …
29 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Jan 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Conservative: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Judith Cummins, 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.


Judith Cummins has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Judith Cummins

Thursday 26th October 2023

3 Bills introduced by Judith Cummins


A Bill to require quad bike riders on public highways to wear helmets; to make provision about the registration of quad bikes; to make provision about the dangerous and anti-social use of quad bikes; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to make provision about the maximum noise levels of fireworks which may be sold to the public; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 17th April 2024
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Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 21st June 2024
Order Paper number: 37
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to impose certain duties upon Her Majesty’s Government to ensure the accuracy, completeness and utility of electoral registers; to make provision for the sharing of data for the purposes of electoral registration; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 16th June 2020
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups each month since January 2019.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Government Legal Department (GLD) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have not had any spending on opinion polling and focus groups since January 2019.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has spent £9,000 in May 2019, £9,000 in Nov 2019, £3,421 in Mar 2020 and £9,000 in May 2020 on opinion polling. The CPS has not had any spending on focus groups since Jan 2019.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) commissioned a short reputation survey from YouGov at a cost of £1100 + VAT on 30 May 2020 to inform and guide its work on communications and recruitment. There has been no other spending on opinion polls or focus groups since Jan 2019.

6th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in (i) March, (ii) April, (iii) May and (iv) June 2020.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQs 62462, 62526 and 62463 on 25 June 2020.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the office of the Prime Minister spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The office of the Prime Minister is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Complete information on opinion poll and focus group spending is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate costs. However, the Government routinely publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder.

As has been the case under successive administrations, any Government research, polling or analysis would be for official use.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The office of the Prime Minister is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Complete information on opinion poll and focus group spending is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate costs. However, the Government routinely publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder.

As has been the case under successive administrations, any Government research, polling or analysis would be for official use.

8th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will include dentists and dental workers as key workers on the gov.uk website.

Guidance on the provision of education for the children of certain critical workers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

This guidance has been updated to reflect the decision to move forward with the wider opening of education and childcare settings. It is already the case that dentists and dental workers would be eligible for the support if the role they are undertaking is required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Energy Intensive Industries Exemption Scheme on energy intensive industries.

My department’s Energy Intensive Industries team carries out ongoing engagement with key energy intensive sectors to ensure that the schemes in question continue to provide appropriate financial support for the most affected companies.

We look for ways to take into account the feedback we receive to ensure we deliver the schemes in the most beneficial way. This includes a review of the analysis that underpins the eligibility criteria for the measures and we intend to complete this review in 2026.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many businesses and what proportion of eligible businesses were participating in the Energy Intensive Industries Exemption Scheme as of 1 July 2023.

As of 1 July 2023 there are 317 companies participating in the Energy Intensive Industries Exemption Scheme.

My department’s Energy Intensive Industries (EII) team carries out ongoing engagement with the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) and directly with trade associations and companies to help ensure that as many of those companies that are eligible are aware of the scheme and able to apply for it.

Until individual companies undertake the application process it is not possible for government to make a decision on whether they are or are not eligible.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
22nd Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of gas and electricity suppliers' licence obligation to inspect their customers’ meters.

Licensing is matter for the expert independent regulator, Ofgem. Licence conditions require that a customer’s bill is based on the best available metering information, and that where a supplier visits a customer’s premises, staff are properly trained to carry out such visits safely and effectively. Suppliers must take all reasonable steps to obtain meter readings at least annually.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of including receipt of PIP as a qualifying requirement for the Energy Company Obligation scheme.

ECO4 includes flexible eligibility (ECO Flex), which allows local authorities and energy suppliers to refer households even if they do not meet the eligible benefits criteria. Households may qualify for support if they have a severe long-term health condition which could be affected by living in a cold home.

The Great British Insulation Scheme aims to drive delivery of the most cost-effective insulation to a wider pool of households.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent discussions she has had with Ofgem on the adequacy of regulation for (a) electricity and (b) gas standing charges.

DESNZ Ministers regularly meet with Ofgem to discuss issues relating to the energy retail market.

The setting of the standing charge is a commercial matter for suppliers. It reflects the ongoing costs that suppliers incur to provide a live supply of energy to individual properties, regardless of how much energy is consumed.

The standing charge includes transmission and distribution costs and the Supplier of Last Resort levy.

The allocation of these costs is regulated by Ofgem.

The energy price cap also set by Ofgem limits what suppliers can charge for the standing charge to consumers on default tariffs.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to remove (a) electricity and (b) gas standing charges for customers on pre-payment meters.

The standing charge is a fixed charge that suppliers pass on to their customers to cover the cost of providing a live supply. It includes the cost of using pipes and power lines carrying the supply, the maintenance and installation of meters and billing and accounting.

Ofgem has recently consulted on levelling the cost of standing charges on Prepayment Meters by socialising prices across payment types, to make standing charges more equal across different payment types. Ofgem is currently considering the responses, with an aim to implement changes in April 2024, following the end of the Energy Price Guarantee.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to promote the availability of energy support schemes to eligible energy-intensive enterprises.

The Department has worked with relevant trade associations and energy suppliers to promote awareness amongst energy trade and intensive industries (ETIIs), held engagement sessions to ensure that businesses understand their eligibility and the application process, and published guidance specific to ETIIs on GOV.UK.

The Government has a communications strategy for the Energy Bills Discount Scheme targeted at ETIIs and are working to ensure that as many customers as possible receive the support they are entitled to.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate he has made of the potential impact of changes in the level of energy costs for energy-intensive industries on the number of redundancies between June 2022 and June 2023.

Responsibility for the business effects of energy costs lies with the Department for Business and Trade. Officials there carry out ongoing engagement with trade associations and directly with individual businesses to ensure they stay well informed of the ongoing and potential consequences of high energy costs including on employment.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
6th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the median cost of carbon in the (a) UK and (b) EU.

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System are the main carbon pricing initiatives in the UK and EU respectively. Their traded units are UK Allowances and EU Allowances – both equate to 1 tCO2e. Benchmark prices for each scheme are the front December Futures contracts (currently December 2023) traded on the Intercontinental Exchange.

The median End-of-Day settlement price of UK Allowances, calculated from the start of 2023 until the end of June 2023, is £68.18.

The median End-of-Day settlement price of EU Allowances, calculated from the start of 2023 until the end of June 2023, is £77.92/€89.32.

12th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the high energy cost threshold for qualification for the Warm Homes Discount (a) is and (b) has been in each of the last 12 months.

The Government sets the high-energy-cost threshold to expend the annual spending target. The threshold is set according to the number of rebates available and to prioritise low-income households living in properties estimated to be the highest cost to heat.

The Government uses data on the type, age, and size of properties to estimate relative heating costs and ranks households by the combinations of those property characteristics.

The Government set the threshold for the 2022/23 scheme year and will confirm over the summer whether there will be any adjustment for the 2023/24 scheme year.

Further information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/warm-home-discount-eligibility-statement-england-and-wales.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what information his Department holds on the number of households that were previously in receipt of the Warm Homes Discount which were informed by their energy supplier that the discount would be applied automatically in 2023 and then told that they were ineligible for the scheme following introduction of the 2022-23 energy cost score criteria.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to her on 9 March 2023 to Question 156174. In addition, the Government expanded the scheme from winter 2022/23 onwards to support more households and increased the value of the rebate to £150.

The Government has expanded the Warm Home Discount scheme this year to support more low-income and vulnerable households. The Government published impact assessments when consulting and publishing the Government’s response, which compared the option for reforming the scheme to continuing the previous scheme.

As households previously applied through their suppliers, who set their own application processes and eligibility criteria and selected successful applicants each year, the Government has not been able to assess how many households previously eligible are no longer eligible.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many and what proportion of households that were previously in receipt of the Warm Homes Discount did not qualify for the payment under the new energy cost score criteria implemented for the 2022-23 scheme.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to her on 9 March 2023 to Question 156174. In addition, the Government expanded the scheme from winter 2022/23 onwards to support more households and increased the value of the rebate to £150.

The Government has expanded the Warm Home Discount scheme this year to support more low-income and vulnerable households. The Government published impact assessments when consulting and publishing the Government’s response, which compared the option for reforming the scheme to continuing the previous scheme.

As households previously applied through their suppliers, who set their own application processes and eligibility criteria and selected successful applicants each year, the Government has not been able to assess how many households previously eligible are no longer eligible.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
22nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending eligibility for the Warm Home Discount Scheme to people on non-means tested disability benefits.

In reforming the scheme, the Government assessed the merits of including households on non-means tested disability benefits and provided details of this assessment in the consultation and impact assessment. Its analysis, based on the English Housing Survey, was that the fuel poverty rates for DLA and PIP recipients in receipt of one of the qualifying means-tested benefits was 41%, compared to 14% for DLA and PIP recipients who are not eligible.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, for what reason it is his policy to (a) exclude recipients of non-means tested disability benefits and (b) include recipients of housing benefits in the eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The Government limited eligibility to means-tested benefits, including Housing Benefit, and tax credits below a certain income threshold as the most effective available proxies for low income and to maximise the targeting on fuel poverty. Our analysis based on the English Housing Survey was that the fuel poverty rates for DLA and PIP recipients in receipt of one of the qualifying means-tested benefits was 41%, compared to 14% for DLA and PIP recipients who are not eligible.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people in receipt of means-tested benefits became ineligible for the Warm Homes Discount between November 2022 and March 2023 due to not fulfilling the high-energy cost criteria.

The Government has expanded the Warm Home Discount scheme this year to support more low-income and vulnerable households. The Government published impact assessments when consulting and publishing the Government’s response, which compared the option for reforming the scheme to continuing the previous scheme.

As households previously applied through their suppliers, who set their own application processes and eligibility criteria and selected successful applicants each year, the Government has not been able to assess how many households previously eligible are no longer eligible.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, for what reasons the eligibility criteria for the Warm Homes Discount were altered to not include people living in houses with an Energy Performance Certificate score of D or below.

The Warm Home Discount scheme in England and Wales does not exclude households based on their property’s energy efficiency rating. As outlined in the consultation and Government Response on reforming the scheme, eligibility is not based on energy efficiency ratings as Energy Performance Certificates are not available for every domestic property.

Households in receipt of a qualifying means-tested benefit and who live in a property with a high energy cost score may be eligible to receive a rebate. The Government calculates energy cost scores for properties using certain characteristics taken from Valuation Office Agency data: the type, age, and floor area.

In Scotland, energy suppliers can set their own criteria in addition to the minimum eligibility criteria as set in the Regulations, subject to approval by Ofgem.

9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of altering eligibility requirements so that all recipients of Universal Credit can access the Warm Homes Discount.

The Government has reformed the Warm Home Discount scheme in England and Wales from 2022/23 to focus the support to households at greater risk of fuel poverty and to provide most rebates automatically. Households both in receipt of a qualifying means-tested benefit and who live in a property with a high energy cost score may be eligible to receive a rebate.

Extending the scheme to all recipients of Universal Credit would decrease the proportion of recipients in fuel poverty and increase the cost of the scheme significantly.

In Scotland, energy suppliers can set their own criteria in addition to the minimum eligibility criteria as set in the Regulations, subject to approval by Ofgem.

9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the impact of delays in opening of applications for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding on vulnerable households.

The Government is committed to delivering support for those households without a direct relationship to a domestic energy supplier as quickly as possible. The Government is focused on continuing to work closely with local authorities to ensure that they are suitably prepared to deliver support to eligible households. Further updates on the scheme's launch will be provided in due course and, therefore, no assessment will be made.

24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the Warms Home Discount to all recipients of the State Pension.

The primary objective of the Warm Home Discount is to tackle fuel poverty. The reforms implemented in England and Wales have improved fuel poverty targeting.

All state pension recipients automatically receive the Winter Fuel Payment and those in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit receive the Warm Home Discount.

Based on fuel poverty statistics for England, pensioner households are the least likely to be in fuel poverty.

23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help people whose energy meters are supplied by wholesalers receive Energy Bill Discount Vouchers.

EBSS Alternative Funding will provide a £400 discount off energy bills for the small percentage of households who are not reached through the main EBSS fund. This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an electricity supplier.

The Government is not yet in a position to communicate eligibility of individual groups for the Alternative Funding. The Government will be communicating the details over the coming weeks.

23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are unable to receive energy bill discount vouchers due to their energy meters being supplied by a wholesaler.

The Government does not have an estimate of how many people cannot receive Energy Bill Discount Vouchers specifically due to their meters being supplied by a wholesaler. The Government estimates that approximately 900,000 households will not receive the Energy Bills Support Scheme payment. Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding will provide a £400 discount off energy bills for these households. The Government will publish further detail about eligibility for Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding shortly.

21st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to require landlords to pass on the £400 energy bills discount to tenants who pay rent inclusive of bills.

The Government introduced legislation on the 11th of October to ensure landlords pass the EBSS discount on to tenants who pay all-inclusive bills.

21st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether tenants who are charged by a landlord for the energy costs incurred through an electricity meter are entitled to the rebate.

If landlords have domestic contracts with their energy supplier, they are required to charge tenants no more than they paid suppliers for the energy, under Ofgem’s Maximum Resale Price rules. This means that the £400 discount should be passed onto tenants.

If landlords have a commercial contract with their supplier, further funding will be available to provide equivalent support for energy bills for the small percentage of domestic energy consumers not reached by the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The Government will announce further details in the Autumn.

7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will commission an independent assessment of the adequacy of his Department’s plans to meet his ambition that 24GW of electricity will be produced by nuclear power by 2050.

The Government committed to establish Great British Nuclear in the British Energy Security. This new body will be charged with helping nuclear projects through the development process and realising the Government’s ambition of generating up to 24GW of nuclear-sourced energy by 2050.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2022 to Question 759 on Nuclear Power, on what basis will the assessments of (a) value for money and (b) technology readiness be made.

The Government will follow HM Treasury Green Book guidance to assess the value for money and deliverability of future nuclear projects. The Government is in constructive commercial negotiations on the Sizewell C project, which proposes to use the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) funding model established by the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Act 2022. In addition to satisfying the Green Book guidance, all projects seeking to use the RAB model must demonstrate that they are both sufficiently advanced and likely to result in value for money, against the criteria set out in Nuclear RAB Model: statement on procedure and criteria for designation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether manufacturers of hydrogen internal combustion engines are eligible to receive grants for large scale industrialisation from the Automotive Transformation Fund.

The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) supports late-stage R&D and capital investments across strategically important parts of the electric vehicle supply chain. Securing battery cell manufacturing (gigafactories) is a priority, with targeted investment in battery materials, motors, drives, power electronics and hydrogen fuel cells and storage also required. Information about open funding competitions and further detail on scope and eligibility can be found on the IFS portal: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search.

As part of the Net Zero Strategy, the Government announced a further £350m to be delivered through the ATF over the next three years to support development of an internationally competitive electric vehicle supply chain here in the UK. This is additional to the £500m announced as part of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan.

The funding for ATF is part of the up to £1 billion committed by the Government to ensure that the UK takes advantage of this once in a generation opportunity.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were successful in their bids to the Green Homes Grant Schemes from Yorkshire and the Humber for new biomass boilers.

The published official statistics to date do not include a breakdown of applications by region and type of measure.

However, the latest official statistics release shows that as of 7 October 2021, no biomass boilers were installed in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were unsuccessful in their bids to the Green Homes Grant scheme for new biomass boilers.

The official statistics published to date do not include a breakdown of all voucher applications by type but instead focus on those that are active within the system for work to be completed.

As of 7 October 2021, there were eight live voucher applications for biomass boilers – these are vouchers that were not rejected or withdrawn following the initial application.

Of these eight live applications, six had a voucher issued with all six subsequently installed.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average time taken was to decide an application to the Green Homes Grant scheme.

The UK Government worked closely with the scheme administrator to ensure voucher applications were processed as quickly as possible.

The average time between homeowners applying for a Green Homes Grant voucher and the voucher being issued was 89 days.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were successful in their bids to the Green Homes Grant Schemes for new biomass boilers.

As of 7 October 2021, there were eight live voucher applications for biomass boilers – these are vouchers that were not rejected or withdrawn following the initial application.

Of these eight live applications, six had a voucher issued with all six subsequently installed. Two vouchers have expired.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were submitted to the Green Homes Grant scheme for new biomass boilers.

The official statistics published to date do not include a breakdown of all voucher applications by type of measure installed. The statistics refer to applications that were submitted to the Green Homes Grant scheme, but for which installation has not yet been completed.

As of 7 October 2021, there were eight live voucher applications for biomass boilers – these are vouchers that were not rejected or withdrawn following the initial application.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of financial support required by the wedding industry to support its reopening.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support to businesses, including those in the wedding sector, which it keeps under regular review.

I meet regularly with representatives of the wedding sector to understand the impact of COVID-19 on wedding businesses.

8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with women working in the wedding industry on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on their businesses.

I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce, established to represent all parts of the UK Weddings sector, to understand the impact of COVID-19 on wedding businesses.

16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether hair, beauty, spa and wellness salons, barbershops and mobile services are classified as (a) non-essential retail, (b) hospitality or (c) personal care in relation to covid-19 restrictions.

According to Cabinet Office’s guide for the new national restrictions, they are classed as personal care services. As their guide states, the Government cannot provide comments on individual cases of whether or not a business is permitted to open. It is for each business to assess whether they are a business required to close having considered the guidance and Regulations.

16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of covid-19 transmission in (a) hair, (b) beauty and (c) spa and wellness services.

The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that employers, employees, the self-employed and clients take steps to keep everyone safe.

Incidence rates are growing and the NHS is under increasing pressure. From 5th November to 2nd December, non-essential retail and stores must close including close contact services such as hair, beauty, spa and wellness services. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a local and regional approach, based on the latest data.

16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the disproportionate effect of the extended closure of hair, beauty, spa and wellness services during the covid-19 outbreak on women working in that sector.

Our guidance for the sector has a specific section, 3.3., covering equality in the workplace.

Cabinet Office guidance behind the new national restrictions has been brought because Government assessed that we had to take action immediately to protect the NHS and to get R decisively below 1.

The Government has, however, enabled click and collected services, as well as training and education (see guide) to enable COVID-secure businesses in this sector to operate where possible.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The expenditure with our primary market research provider, Kantar UK LTD, between January 2019 and March 2020 was £4 million. The table below shows spend by month. We are unable to breakdown the expenditure into the activities undertaken by the supplier.

Month

Spend

Jan-19

201,138

Feb-19

178,337

Mar-19

691,451

Apr-19

901,263

May-19

333,556

Jun-19

57,000

Jul-19

39,476

Aug-19

242,270

Sep-19

350,683

Oct-19

54,369

Nov-19

281,817

Dec-19

37,824

Jan-20

47,942

Feb-20

187,725

Mar-20

407,757

Total

4,012,608

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the current value is of un-allocated funds in the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund.

Reclaim Fund Ltd annually receives dormant assets and reserves the amount required to meet customer reclaims. The remainder is allocated to The National Lottery Community Fund for distribution. In an unprecedented move to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, all money available for distribution this financial year was allocated in May 2020 as part of the government’s announcement of £150m of dormant assets funding. This money is supporting charities, social enterprises, and vulnerable communities to respond to and recover from the pandemic. There are therefore no unallocated funds available for England at this time.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value of the dormant assets that are planned to be transferred to the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund from dormant bank accounts in (a) financial year 2020-21 and (b) the next four financial years.

The dormant assets scheme is managed by Reclaim Fund Ltd (RFL), who estimate that £68m of new assets will be received by them in 2020, followed by £83m in 2021 and £54m in 2022. Estimates are not made beyond this point, but RFL anticipates that ongoing levels will remain broadly similar in 2023. It should be noted that the dormant asset scheme is voluntary and so estimates can vary over time.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the value of dormant (a) stocks, (b) shares, (c) bonds and (d) insurance policies available for transfer to the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund.

Currently, the dormant assets scheme only accepts bank and building society accounts. A consultation on expanding the scheme to include a wider range of dormant financial assets, such as shares and insurance policies, closed in mid-July. The government response to this consultation will be published this Autumn. We are working with industry stakeholders to estimate the value of the assets in scope for inclusion as part of this.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested is not held centrally and therefore can only be provided at disproportionate costs.

22nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for SEND teaching assistants in schools.

Many teaching assistants who support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are partly or wholly funded from local authorities’ high needs budgets, as a result of assessments and consequent decisions about the additional support that those individual pupils need.

The department is increasing high needs funding nationally by £440 million (4.3%) in the 2024/25 financial year. This will bring the total of high needs funding to over £10.5 billion next year, an increase of over 60% from the 2019/20 allocations. Bradford Council is due to receive a high needs funding allocation of £42.2 million through their 2024/25 dedicated schools grant, which is a cumulative increase of 37% per head over the three years from 2021/22.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of earmarking funding to local authorities for funding SEND school places at independent institutions.

Local authorities have considerable flexibility to use the high needs funding within their Dedicated Schools Grant allocations to fulfil their statutory duties. This includes using their high needs budgets to discharge their special educational needs duties under the Children and Families Act.

Local authorities are able to fund educational placements for children and young people with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans in independent schools. Where they choose to name an independent special school on an EHC plan, the local authority must fund the cost of the placement.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)