Karen Bradley Portrait

Karen Bradley

Conservative - Staffordshire Moorlands

First elected: 6th May 2010


Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill
8th Feb 2023 - 22nd Feb 2023
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
8th Jan 2018 - 24th Jul 2019
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Jul 2017 - 8th Jan 2018
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
14th Jul 2016 - 3rd Jul 2017
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Feb 2014 - 14th Jul 2016
Administration Committee
3rd Dec 2012 - 10th Mar 2014
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
7th Oct 2013 - 8th Feb 2014
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
6th Sep 2012 - 7th Oct 2013
Procedure Committee
31st Oct 2011 - 5th Nov 2012
Work and Pensions Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 29th Oct 2012


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Karen Bradley has voted in 630 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karen Bradley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
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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.

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Staffordshire Moorlands 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

No general statutory duty of care exists in HE. Yet, a duty of care is owed to students, and the Government should legislate for this. HE providers should know what their duty is. Students must know what they can expect. Parents expect their children to be safe at university.

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.

Weddings take months and even years of intricate planning. Myself and many others believe the maximum number of guests authorised at wedding ceremonies should be increased. The number of guests permitted at weddings should be calculated according to venue capacity.

Extend funding to nightclubs, dance music events and festivals as part of the £1.57bn support package announced by the government for Britain's arts and culture sector to survive the hit from the pandemic. #LetUSDance


Latest EDMs signed by Karen Bradley

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Commons initiatives

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13 Bills introduced by Karen Bradley

Introduced: 4th July 2019

Extend the period for forming an Executive under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 and to impose a duty on the Secretary of State to report on progress towards the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 24th July 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 4th July 2019

Extend the period for forming an Executive under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 and to impose a duty on the Secretary of State to report on progress towards the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 24th July 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 5th July 2016

A Bill To make provision about electronic communications infrastructure and services; to provide for restricting access to online pornography; to make provision about protection of intellectual property in connection with electronic communications; to make provision about data-sharing; to make provision about functions of OFCOM in relation to the BBC; to provide for determination by the BBC of age-related TV licence fee concessions; to make provision about the regulation of direct marketing; to make other provision about OFCOM and its functions; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 21st March 2018

A Bill to make provision about the regional rate in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2019; and amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th March 2018 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 20th March 2018

A Bill to Authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the years ending 31 March 2018 and 2019; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources for those years; to revise the limits on the use of certain accruing resources in the year ending 31 March 2018; and to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the sum appropriated for the year ending 31 March 2019.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th March 2018 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 28th February 2019

Make provision about the regional rate in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2020; and amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th March 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 28th February 2019

To authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the years ending 31 March 2019 and 2020; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources for those years; to revise the limits on the use of certain accruing resources in the year ending 31 March 2019; and to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the sum appropriated for the year ending 31 March 2020.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 15th March 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 27th June 2018

To authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the year ending 31 March 2019; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources (including accruing resources) for the year ending 31 March 2019; and to repeal certain spent provisions.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 20th July 2018 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 18th October 2018

To facilitate the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland by extending the time for making Ministerial appointments following the election of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 2 March 2017; and to make provision about the exercise of governmental functions in, or in relation to, Northern Ireland in the absence of Northern Ireland Ministers.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 1st November 2018 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 21st March 2018

A Bill to confer power on the Secretary of State to determine salaries and other benefits for Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly in respect of periods when there is no Executive.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th March 2018 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 19th May 2016

A Bill to enable the United Kingdom to implement the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954 and the Protocols to that Convention of 1954 and 1999

This Bill received Royal Assent on 23rd February 2017 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to require companies to prepare an annual statement on carbon in their supply chains; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to require companies to prepare an annual statement on carbon in their supply chains; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 16th October 2020
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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10th Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what financial provision he is making available to ensure that there is adequate (a) infrastructure and (b) staffing in place to enable exit checks to be carried out at all UK ports from 1 January 2021.

On 12 July, the Government announced a £705 million funding package for border infrastructure, staffing and IT to ensure GB border systems are fully operational when the UK takes back control of its border after the end of the transition period.

The £705 million will be split between £470 million for port and inland infrastructure and £235 million for new staff and IT systems. Further details will be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether dedicated wedding venues are permitted to hold covid-secure weddings in Stage 2 of the covid-19 roadmap.

At Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 15 people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open or where a broader exemption applies.

Receptions can take place with up to 15 people in the form of a sit-down meal and in any COVID-19 Secure outdoor venue that is permitted to open. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private gardens or public outdoor spaces.

10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional financial support for the hospitality sector in areas under tier 3 covid-19 restrictions.

We are providing hospitality sector in Tier 3 with a wide package of support. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, government-backed loans, Local Restrictions Support Grants and additional funding provided to Local Authorities to support businesses. On 1 December, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2 and 3.

11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether photography businesses specialising in pets can continue to operate during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown provided that the business is conducted outdoors, with only the pet owner and the photographer present and ensuring social distancing is observed.

England’s new national restrictions closures guidance from Cabinet Office can be found here. This states ‘photography studios’ must close. However, it also states that businesses that provide services (rather than goods) are not required to close, unless listed in section 2 of the guide.

The Cabinet Office’s guidance states that 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.

11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to ensure that warranties on the products of companies that become insolvent and then reopen are honoured.

Extended warranties form a binding contract between the party offering the extended warranty and the consumer. Under UK law, guarantees and warranties are not required to be given, but are benefits in addition to consumers’ rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Where the business of an insolvent company is sold, the purchasing entity is under no statutory requirement to honour a warranty provided by the insolvent company. Imposing such an obligation could impact on the prospects for the sale of viable parts of a business, reducing the returns to creditors, as well as harming the chances of saving jobs through a successful business sale.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the transmission of sexually explicit material of children online.

The Government introduced the Online Safety Bill to Parliament on 17 March 2022. This ground breaking legislation will tackle the growing and evolving threat of child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA), including the transmission of sexually explicit material of children online.

The Online Safety Bill sets out new duties on in-scope services to tackle illegal content. CSEA is named in the Bill as a priority offence, meaning companies must use systems and processes to minimise and remove this content. The Bill will also place a legal requirement on in-scope services to report online CSEA that they identify on their services. Ofcom can take enforcement action, including large fines, against companies that do not comply with their duties.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to support community radio stations during the covid-19 outbreak.

We have worked with Ofcom to release emergency funding, through the Community Radio Fund, to help community radio stations continue to provide programming and outreach projects for the communities they serve. A total of 112 awards have been made by Ofcom across two rounds.

We are continuing to liaise with stakeholders across the industry regarding ways in which the Government can support the ongoing sustainability of the community radio sector through Covid-19 and beyond.

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the rule of six applies to holiday cottages; and whether exemptions are available to allow more than six people from different support bubbles to visit self catering holiday cottages.

Since 14 September, people must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This applies indoors and outdoors, including in private homes and self-catered holiday accommodation.

If people are planning to go on holiday to a holiday home, self catered cottage or any other guest accommodation with more than 6 people who are not in one family group or bubble, they will need to make arrangements to reduce the size to 6.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote (a) adoption and (b) implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism across higher education institutions.

There is no place in our society, including within higher education (HE), for antisemitism. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition is an important tool in tackling antisemitism. Adopting the widely recognised definition sends a strong signal that HE providers take these issues seriously.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, wrote to the sector in October 2020, calling upon leaders to adopt the IHRA definition. He repeated this message in May, reinforcing the government's expectation that providers adopt the IHRA definition, stressing the even greater importance of doing so in light of increased number of antisemitic incidents recorded (as a result of the conflict in the Middle East). We are aware of over 100 HE providers which have now adopted the IHRA definition. This includes over 80 universities.

In his February 2021 strategic guidance letter, the Secretary of State also asked the Office for Students (OfS) to undertake a scoping exercise, to identify providers who are reluctant to adopt the definition. On 29 July 2021, the OfS announced they intend to publish a list of HE providers who have adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism in autumn 2021 alongside resources for providers.

The decision on adoption of the definition rests with individual providers, but the government will continue to urge them to adopt the definition and ensure that HE is a genuinely fulfilling and welcoming experience for everyone.

Adoption of the IHRA definition is only a first step, and while the government considers that adoption of the definition is crucial, it is not enough on its own. That is why I will continue to work with the sector to ensure it better understands antisemitism and does more to end it.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he will provide to BTEC students (a) sitting examinations over winter 2020-21 and (b) more generally during the covid-19 outbreak.

Ofqual’s Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (EERF) has been in operation since October for vocational and technical qualifications. This covers all vocational and technical qualifications, including BTECs which are owned by the awarding organisation Pearson. The EERF allows awarding organisations, including Pearson, to adapt qualifications to free up teaching time and respond to public health measures. Given the large numbers of vocational and technical qualifications taken by students and their varying sizes and natures there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that can be applied, and the adaptations will vary by qualification.

Overseen by Ofqual, all awarding organisations have been working with centres over the past few months to make permitted adaptations to qualifications, and students should now be aware of how these adaptations affect their courses, assessments, and exams. For example, some BTEC students will benefit from additional windows in which to complete their assessments to recognise that adhering to social distancing requirements can increase the time needed to complete some assessments.

The Department has also confirmed that all awarding organisations can reduce the number of optional units that are assessed for vocational and technical qualifications included on performance tables. Internal assessments can take up to 30 hours of teaching time, so this means that for students, including BTEC students, the remaining time available can focus on teaching students the knowledge and skills they need to progress.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schools will receive automatic funding from his Department to cover the cost of personal protective equipment.

We have worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) and stakeholders on our approach and guidance throughout the Department’s COVID-19 response. In particular, we have worked with PHE to issue guidance to all schools and nurseries on a hierarchy of controls which, when implemented, create an inherently safer system where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced. These include measures such as ensuring that anyone with symptoms does not attend their school or nursery, cleaning hands regularly, good respiratory hygiene, regular cleaning of touched surfaces, minimising contact and mixing and, where needed, use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

As our guidance details, the majority of staff in schools, nurseries and children’s social care settings will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work, even if they are not always able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, which are set out clearly in our published guidance.

Schools will continue to receive their core funding allocations through which PPE should be funded.

The full guidance on safe working in schools, nurseries and children’s social care settings, including the use of PPE, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care-settings-including-the-use-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe.

13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that school children in the three tier education system are supported in their transition years of Year 4 and Year 8 given the Government's plans for Year 6 students in the two tier system to return to school from early June.

From the week commencing 1 June, at the earliest, we will be asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups. We will only do this provided that the five key tests set by Government justify the changes at the time.

We want to get all children and young people back into education as soon as the scientific advice allows because it is the best place for them to learn, and because we know how important it is for their mental wellbeing to have social interactions with their peers, carers and teachers. The safety of children and staff is our utmost priority.

Guidance for schools and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

The three year groups within mainstream primary have been prioritised because they are key transition years. Year 6 children are finishing Key Stage 2 and preparing for the transition to secondary school, in many cases, and the secondary curriculum and will benefit immensely from time with their friends and teachers to ensure they are ready. We expect all mainstream schools to follow the same approach, including middle schools.

8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of public charging points in Staffordshire Moorlands for electric vehicles; and if he will ensure that there are adequate public charging points for such vehicles in the Staffordshire Moorlands ahead of the phasing out of non-electric vehicles.

Our vision is to have one of the best infrastructure networks in the world for electric vehicles (EVs), and we want chargepoints to be accessible, affordable and secure. The transition to zero emission vehicles is supported by a £2.8 billion package of measures. Of this £1.3 billion is being targeted to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure across the UK. Local authorities are able to take advantage of the £20 million On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), which assists them with the cost of installing chargepoints on residential streets. In addition, in the recent Spending Review Government committed £90 million to fund local EV charging infrastructure, which will support the roll out of larger charging schemes and rapid hubs. Government has recognised that cost is not the only barrier facing local authorities in the provision of public charging points and will publish an electric vehicle infrastructure strategy this year to address the remaining barriers in infrastructure delivery. We are determined to work with industry to ensure that all rural areas like the Staffordshire Moorlands have a joined up and reliable public electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The Government does not keep a record of public chargepoints as many of these are installed and operated privately. Nationally, Government and industry have supported the installation of over 19,000 publicly available charging devices. This includes over 3,500 rapid devices – one of the largest networks in Europe.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the period of validity of a Theory Driving Test Certificate in response to the covid-19 lockdown restrictions that were imposed on people learning to drive.

The two-year validity period of the theory test certificate is set in legislation and the Government has taken the decision not lay further legislation to extend it. The primary reason is that the two-year validity is in place to ensure that a candidate’s theoretical knowledge remains current. Extending the validity would provide less reassurance that this is the case, particularly over a period when a candidate was also unlikely to be having driving lessons. It is important that road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date as learners prepare to take their practical test.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) extend the temporary exemption for fee paying school children on non-Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations compliant transport and (b) allow for more fare-paying passengers for children travelling to faith schools.

This Government is committed to building an inclusive transport system which allows all passengers to travel on accessible modes of transport. We recognise however that the Covid19 pandemic has hit the coach industry hard and this has had an adverse impact on coach operator’s ability to invest in compliant vehicles.

We have therefore offered a further time-limited exemption for closed door home-to-school services until the end of the 2020/21 academic year. We anticipate that this will enable home to school services to continue to operate, enabling children to get to school, including private and faith schools.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 52118 on Bus Services: Coronavirus, whether he plans to make additional support available to private coach companies over summer 2020 to help them during the covid-19 outbreak.

On 8 August the Government announced a new £40 million funding package for school transport. Local authorities have discretion as to which mode offers the best value for money when procuring vehicles from September, however it is expected some will procure coach support where group sizes are large enough and this is logistically possible.

The Department for Transport has been in regular contact with representatives of the coach industry and we continue to work closely with the coach sector to understand what the ongoing risks and issues are, and how these could be addressed.

10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will extend statutory sick pay to members of a household who are required to self-isolate and take unpaid covid-related absence due to another member of that household requiring non-covid related surgery.

Statutory Sick Pay is payable from the first day of absence from work, rather than the fourth to individuals who have been told to self-isolate by their doctor or a clinician before being admitted to hospital for planned or elective surgery. SSP eligibility conditions apply, including the requirement that an individual is sick or incapable of work for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days).

SSP is just one part of our welfare safety net and our wider government offer to support people in times of need. Those who are not eligible for SSP may be able to claim Universal Credit and new style Employment and Support Allowance, depending on their personal circumstances, to support them when they are unable to work during a period of isolation.

Employers can choose to furlough employees through the CJRS if they are eligible to do so. Employees are able to be furloughed if they are unable to work because they have caring responsibilities resulting from coronavirus.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether self-employed musicians can submit music for use on her Department's helplines.

DWP has a procurement framework with a list of suppliers whom we can purchase from. The Department must ensure that any music used is licence-free and adheres to accessibility standards. There are also set parameters regarding audio frequencies to ensure a quality experience for callers, particularly when using a mobile telephone.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when funding for the Integrated Health Care Hubs in North Staffordshire will be made available to the Integrated care board in North Staffordshire.

Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is currently developing the business cases for the North Staffordshire Integrated Health Care Hubs, and is responsible for driving them through the usual assurance and approval processes. NHS England and the Department will consider these cases once received from the trust.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the range of rates for transport expenses that can be claimed by patients attending in-centre haemodialysis.

Data is not held centrally on the range of rates for transport expenses that can be claimed by patients attending in-centre haemodialysis.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has taken steps to implement the recommendations of the report entitled Improving non-emergency patient transport services: Report of the non-emergency patient transport review published by the NHS in August 2021.

NHS England has published updated Patient Transport Service (PTS) eligibility criteria, guidance on the universal offer of transport support for patients attending in-centre haemodialysis, and has shared numerous guidance documents with the system including on commissioning, contracting and core standards, minimum training standards, and national mobility categories.

A new national data collection has also been introduced and, allowing for a national and Integrated Care System view of PTS within the NHS, to understand the provider landscape and provide assurance on performance and spend.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to align the separate national digital proof of covid-19 vaccination status systems of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so that information on vaccine status can be shared throughout the UK, in particular for people who are registered with a GP in one nation and due to work received the covid-19 vaccination in a different nation.

We are continuing to work closely with the devolved administrations to ensure that a United Kingdom-wide approach is developed where possible. The adoption of a UK-wide COVID Pass letter has been agreed with the devolved administrations, which includes each nation’s health service logo. England and Wales launched the letter in early July, with Northern Ireland and Scotland to follow by late July.

Information for those vaccinated in England but registered with a general practitioner (GP) in Wales or Scotland is already in place. We are working with officials to ensure the cross-border data is in place for those vaccinated in Wales and Scotland but registered with a GP in England by late July. Work is underway to find a solution for cross border vaccinations with Northern Ireland.

19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine to (a) internet and phone engineers and (b) other key workers who need to enter residential premises to carry out their work.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is the independent body made up of scientists and clinical experts who advise the Government on prioritisation of vaccines at a population level. For phase one, the JCVI has prioritised nine priority groups primarily based on age and clinical risk factors in order to meet the Government’s aim of continuing to reduce morbidity, mortality and to protect the National Health Service and social care system.

For phase two of the COVID 19 vaccination programme, the JCVI published its interim advice on 26 February, setting out that the most effective way to minimise hospitalisations and deaths is to continue to prioritise people by age, rather than by occupation. Age is assessed to be the strongest factor linked to mortality, morbidity and hospitalisations and because the speed of delivery is crucial as we provide more people with protection from COVID-19. If internet and phone engineers and other key workers who need to enter residential premises to carry out their work are captured in phase one due to age or clinical need, then they will be vaccinated accordingly. However, there are currently no plans to specifically vaccinate by occupation.

9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the scope of support bubbles to allow elderly couples to form a support bubble with their family.

The eligibility criteria for support bubbles were extended when the local restriction tiers were re-introduced on 2 December include households with a child under one year old; households with a disabled child under five years old who requires continuous care; or a household with a single adult carer or a child carer looking after someone who requires continuous care. As such, unless a member of an elderly couple is the only adult in their household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability, they are currently unable to form a support bubble.

We recognise that not everyone who would like to form a support bubble is able to do so. These difficult decisions must be taken because the formation of a support bubble and therefore the ability to have close contact with those you do not live with carries transmission risks. As a result, the eligibility criteria has necessarily been limited to smaller households most in need of support that cannot be facilitated through other means.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of opening swimming pools for treatment of mental and physical health issues during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown.

The national restrictions are designed to get the ‘R’ rate under control through limiting social contact and reducing transmissions. As part of this package, from 5 November until 2 December indoor and outdoor leisure will need to close.

People are still allowed to leave their homes for exercise and recreation outdoors, on their own, with their household, with their support bubble or with any one person. Our guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19 recognises how important exercise can be for a person’s mental health physical health and includes tips on how to stay physically healthy.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support Staffordshire County Council to tackle the rapid rise in demand for local testing for covid-19 in Staffordshire Moorlands.

The NHS Test and Trace system has built a testing capacity of more than 700,000 tests a day, from a starting point of 2,000 a day in March. Community asymptomatic testing is a major new tool to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may inadvertently be spreading the virus.

We are already working intensively with local authorities, including Staffordshire Moorlands, to ensure their community testing programmes are appropriately targeted during lockdown to continue to identify more positive cases and get them to isolate in order to break chains of transmission


On 10 January, it was confirmed that regular testing for people without symptoms of COVID-19 will be made available across the country from that week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 317 local authorities.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of Iran's financial support for Hezbollah.

The Government regularly assesses the impact of Iran's destabilising activity throughout the region, including its political, financial and military support to several militant and proscribed groups, including Hizballah. Such activity compromises the region's security, its ability to prosper and escalates already high tensions, with consequences for the international community. It is for this reason that we currently have over 300 sanctions in place against Iran, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in its entirety and support the enforcement of UN prohibitions on the proliferation of weapons to non-state actors in the region, including to Lebanese Hizballah (UNSCR 1701).

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of pairing British towns and cities with those in Ukraine and surrounding countries, to help support humanitarian efforts and to rebuild destroyed infrastructure.

The UK remains committed to supporting Ukraine, and we will continue to explore all available options to support Ukraine's humanitarian and reconstruction needs. Whilst twinning is a matter for councils themselves, the Government has recently used the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities' daily local government bulletin to highlight the Cities4Cities initiative; an on-line platform, sponsored by the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, that matches the demands and needs of Ukrainian cities with the capacity and know-how of local authorities across Europe, including those in the United Kingdom.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has held with her US counterpart on the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

UK officials remain in close contact with the US Government regarding the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA) and we look forward to hearing more about their objectives and the projects it will support. Once more information is available, we will consider options for collaboration.

We are also in contact with the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) organisation regarding their concept of an International Fund. I spoke at ALLMEP's Annual Gala on 13 December and reiterated the UK's support for increasing understanding and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK aid is being used to promote the values of human rights, democracy and press freedom in (a) the West Bank and (b) Gaza.

Every Israeli and Palestinian has the right to live in freedom, prosperity, and security. UK Aid helps promote the values of human rights by providing humanitarian and protection assistance in Gaza, including support to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. The UK is working with the Palestinian Authority (PA) - and with Palestinian civil society - to make the security sector more accountable to its citizens, ensuring complaints of mistreatment or arbitrary detention are properly investigated. Our Transparency and Accountability programme is working to help the PA become more accountable to its citizens. Our Conflict Security and Stability Fund is supporting women and girls and people with disabilities to advocate for their rights and provided services to support victims of gender based violence. We work only with implementers and partners that have strong safeguards in place, which reduces risk and ensures the maximum impact of UK aid for Palestinians.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ability to verify and monitor Iran’s nuclear activities.

On 23 February Iran suspended its application of the Additional Protocol and the transparency measures under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The Foreign Secretary, alongside his E3 partners, has made clear that Iran must reverse these restrictions and co-operate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The UK has also repeatedly stated that Iran must co-operate on all issues related to the IAEA's separate safeguards investigation. We are currently engaged in intensive discussions in Vienna with JCPoA participants and the US, aimed at returning Iran back into full compliance with its JCPoA commitments, and restoring the benefits of the deal for all.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of potential bias against Israel at the UN Human Rights Council.

The UK has stood up for Israel when it faces bias and unreasonable criticism, and has been clear that the existence of a dedicated agenda item ('Item 7') damages the prospect for a two-state solution and does little to advance dialogue, stability or mutual understanding. As such, at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2019 we moved to voting against all resolutions under Item 7. However, the UN and its member states have every right to address issues of concern in a measured, balanced and proportionate way. We will continue to support scrutiny of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Human Rights Council, so long as it is justified, proportionate, and not proposed under Item 7.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Prudential Regulation Authority on the potential impact of the proposals in its Consultation Paper 16/22 on the Implementation of the Basel 3.1 standards, page 96 paragraph 3.17, on the cost to small and medium-sized enterprises of raising funding against commercial premises.

The PRA is currently consulting on its proposals for Basel 3.1. This includes its proposals for deleting retained EU law including those which relate to the prudential rules on secured and unsecured SME lending. The detailed implementation of the Basel package however, has been delegated to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as the UK’s expert regulator. The PRA is also consulting and has requested information from firms on specific measures including those relating to lending to SMEs.

The Government continues to work closely with the PRA and businesses to understand the impact of its proposed changes, including for the international competitiveness of the UK and the impact on SME lending. This includes monitoring the EU’s proposals, which also have not yet been finalised.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions with the Prudential Regulation Authority on the potential impact of the proposals in its Consultation Paper 16/22 on the Implementation of the Basel 3.1 standards page 96 paragraph 3.17 on the capital requirements of challenger banks that lend to small and medium-sized enterprises against commercial premises.

The PRA is currently consulting on its proposals for Basel 3.1. This includes its proposals for deleting retained EU law including those which relate to the prudential rules on secured and unsecured SME lending. The detailed implementation of the Basel package however, has been delegated to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as the UK’s expert regulator. The PRA is also consulting and has requested information from firms on specific measures including those relating to lending to SMEs.

The Government continues to work closely with the PRA and businesses to understand the impact of its proposed changes, including for the international competitiveness of the UK and the impact on SME lending. This includes monitoring the EU’s proposals, which also have not yet been finalised.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact that proposals to remove the SME support factor in the PRA Consultation CP 16/22 on the Implementation of the Basel 3.1 standards para 4.131 p 144 - para 4.127 p146 on UK competitiveness.

The PRA is currently consulting on its proposals for Basel 3.1. This includes its proposals for deleting retained EU law including those which relate to the prudential rules on secured and unsecured SME lending. The detailed implementation of the Basel package however, has been delegated to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as the UK’s expert regulator. The PRA is also consulting and has requested information from firms on specific measures including those relating to lending to SMEs.

The Government continues to work closely with the PRA and businesses to understand the impact of its proposed changes, including for the international competitiveness of the UK and the impact on SME lending. This includes monitoring the EU’s proposals, which also have not yet been finalised.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the temporary reduction of VAT for businesses in the hospitality sector beyond 31 of March 2022.

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July 2020 to support the cash flow and viability of around 150,000 businesses and to protect over 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors. As announced at Spring Budget 2021, the Government extended the 5 per cent temporary reduced rate of VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors until the end of September 2021. On 1 October 2021, a new reduced rate of 12.5 per cent was introduced for these goods and services to help ease affected businesses back to the standard rate. This new rate will end on 31 March 2022.

This relief has cost over £8 billion and, whilst all taxes are kept under review, there are no plans to extend the 12.5 per cent reduced rate of VAT. The Government has been clear that this relief is a temporary measure designed to support the sectors that have been severely affected by COVID-19. It is appropriate that as restrictions are lifted and demand for goods and services in these sectors increases, the temporary tax reliefs are first reduced, and then removed, in order to rebuild and strengthen the public finances.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism to alcohol to help support pubs during the covid-19 outbreak.

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July to support the cash flow and viability of over 150,000 businesses and protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and will run until 31 March 2021.

While the Government keeps all taxes under review, this relief comes at a significant cost to the Exchequer, and there are currently no plans to extend the scope of the reduced rate. Pubs that sell food will be able to apply the reduced rate to meals and non-alcoholic beverages consumed on the premises. They are also able to sell hot food and non-alcoholic drinks for take away at the reduced rate.

Alcohol duty was frozen at Budget 2020 in order to help pubs and the alcoholic drinks sector.

13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the report entitled Coronavirus Survey Report, published by the APPG on Challenger Banks and Building Societies, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations in that report; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the crucial role of challenger banks and building societies in providing customers with more choice on the high street and is committed to maintaining competition in financial services.

HM Treasury officials have consistently engaged with regulators and representatives from the building society and challenger bank sectors on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have regularly engaged with representatives from the building society sector through the Consumer Finance Forum and Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, which are bringing financial services and consumer group representatives together to discuss how to best support people through this period.

The Government recognises that the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for many organisations, including challenger banks and building societies.

That is why in April 2020, I wrote to thank frontline staff for their efforts to continue to provide essential services to their members.

We have considered the Coronavirus Survey Report produced by the APPG on Challenger Banks and Building Societies and thank the APPG for taking the time to produce the report. The Government remains committed to ensuring that challenger institutions have an appropriate environment to grow and offer more robust competition to the established players. The government will continue working with the regulators to ensure the UK has a highly competitive banking sector, working in the interests of all consumers and businesses right across the country. We will continue to work closely with challenger institutions and building societies as we consider the next steps in our economic recovery

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make it easier for UK-based financial institutions to work with multiple payment processors.

The German merchant acquirer Wirecard AG entered administration in June. It has a UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA ensures that payments firms make suitable safeguarding arrangements in compliance with the regulatory requirements as a condition of firms receiving FCA authorisation, protecting client money.

Shortly after the entry into administration of Wirecard AG, the FCA temporarily blocked the distribution of funds from the UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, to ensure client monies were properly safeguarded. Wirecard UK is being wound down but the business will continue to trade while alternative arrangements are being made with its card providers.

Payments in the UK have seen rapid change over recent years, including the growth of firms like Wirecard UK. These changes offer exciting opportunities for UK businesses and consumers, with many making payments faster and cheaper. However, and as will always be the case with a rapidly changing technological landscape, they also present new challenges and risks.

Given the pace of change, a HM Treasury led review of the payments landscape was announced in June 2019. A Call for Evidence is the first stage in this review, open until 20 October.

The Government recognises the crucial role of challenger banks in providing customers with more choice and is committed to maintaining competition in financial services. We recognise the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for many firms, including challenger banks, and we continue to engage regularly with the sector to understand how firms are being impacted.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to help protect UK-based challenger banks and other financial institutions from the potential future collapse of a payment processor company.

The German merchant acquirer Wirecard AG entered administration in June. It has a UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA ensures that payments firms make suitable safeguarding arrangements in compliance with the regulatory requirements as a condition of firms receiving FCA authorisation, protecting client money.

Shortly after the entry into administration of Wirecard AG, the FCA temporarily blocked the distribution of funds from the UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, to ensure client monies were properly safeguarded. Wirecard UK is being wound down but the business will continue to trade while alternative arrangements are being made with its card providers.

Payments in the UK have seen rapid change over recent years, including the growth of firms like Wirecard UK. These changes offer exciting opportunities for UK businesses and consumers, with many making payments faster and cheaper. However, and as will always be the case with a rapidly changing technological landscape, they also present new challenges and risks.

Given the pace of change, a HM Treasury led review of the payments landscape was announced in June 2019. A Call for Evidence is the first stage in this review, open until 20 October.

The Government recognises the crucial role of challenger banks in providing customers with more choice and is committed to maintaining competition in financial services. We recognise the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for many firms, including challenger banks, and we continue to engage regularly with the sector to understand how firms are being impacted.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the UK challenger banks sector; and if he will make a statement.

The German merchant acquirer Wirecard AG entered administration in June. It has a UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA ensures that payments firms make suitable safeguarding arrangements in compliance with the regulatory requirements as a condition of firms receiving FCA authorisation, protecting client money.

Shortly after the entry into administration of Wirecard AG, the FCA temporarily blocked the distribution of funds from the UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, to ensure client monies were properly safeguarded. Wirecard UK is being wound down but the business will continue to trade while alternative arrangements are being made with its card providers.

Payments in the UK have seen rapid change over recent years, including the growth of firms like Wirecard UK. These changes offer exciting opportunities for UK businesses and consumers, with many making payments faster and cheaper. However, and as will always be the case with a rapidly changing technological landscape, they also present new challenges and risks.

Given the pace of change, a HM Treasury led review of the payments landscape was announced in June 2019. A Call for Evidence is the first stage in this review, open until 20 October.

The Government recognises the crucial role of challenger banks in providing customers with more choice and is committed to maintaining competition in financial services. We recognise the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for many firms, including challenger banks, and we continue to engage regularly with the sector to understand how firms are being impacted.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the implications of the Wirecard collapse for (a) UK financial regulation and (b) future financial services regulation.

The German merchant acquirer Wirecard AG entered administration in June. It has a UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA ensures that payments firms make suitable safeguarding arrangements in compliance with the regulatory requirements as a condition of firms receiving FCA authorisation, protecting client money.

Shortly after the entry into administration of Wirecard AG, the FCA temporarily blocked the distribution of funds from the UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, to ensure client monies were properly safeguarded. Wirecard UK is being wound down but the business will continue to trade while alternative arrangements are being made with its card providers.

Payments in the UK have seen rapid change over recent years, including the growth of firms like Wirecard UK. These changes offer exciting opportunities for UK businesses and consumers, with many making payments faster and cheaper. However, and as will always be the case with a rapidly changing technological landscape, they also present new challenges and risks.

Given the pace of change, a HM Treasury led review of the payments landscape was announced in June 2019. A Call for Evidence is the first stage in this review, open until 20 October.

The Government recognises the crucial role of challenger banks in providing customers with more choice and is committed to maintaining competition in financial services. We recognise the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for many firms, including challenger banks, and we continue to engage regularly with the sector to understand how firms are being impacted.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that a repeat of the Wirecard collapse could not occur in the UK.

The German merchant acquirer Wirecard AG entered administration in June. It has a UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA ensures that payments firms make suitable safeguarding arrangements in compliance with the regulatory requirements as a condition of firms receiving FCA authorisation, protecting client money.

Shortly after the entry into administration of Wirecard AG, the FCA temporarily blocked the distribution of funds from the UK subsidiary, Wirecard UK, to ensure client monies were properly safeguarded. Wirecard UK is being wound down but the business will continue to trade while alternative arrangements are being made with its card providers.

Payments in the UK have seen rapid change over recent years, including the growth of firms like Wirecard UK. These changes offer exciting opportunities for UK businesses and consumers, with many making payments faster and cheaper. However, and as will always be the case with a rapidly changing technological landscape, they also present new challenges and risks.

Given the pace of change, a HM Treasury led review of the payments landscape was announced in June 2019. A Call for Evidence is the first stage in this review, open until 20 October.

The Government recognises the crucial role of challenger banks in providing customers with more choice and is committed to maintaining competition in financial services. We recognise the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for many firms, including challenger banks, and we continue to engage regularly with the sector to understand how firms are being impacted.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on UK building societies; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the vital role of credit unions in the financial wellbeing of their communities, providing an ethical home for their members’ savings, and affordable loans to those who may otherwise have to resort to high-cost lenders. The Government also recognises the important role played by building societies in supporting their local communities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, I wrote to building society and credit union trade bodies to thank frontline staff for their efforts to continue to provide essential services to their members.

HM Treasury has regularly engaged with regulators and representatives from the building society and credit union sectors to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have engaged with representatives from both sectors through the Consumer Finance Forum and Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, which are bringing financial services and consumer group representatives together to discuss how to best support people through this period. I also attended a roundtable of building society chief executives hosted by the Building Societies Association in July 2020, to discuss experiences of COVID-19 and future priorities. HM Treasury officials have also been engaging with the Building Society Association on a regular basis to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss the application of relevant measures to the sector.

Fair4All Finance, the independent body set up by Government to distribute dormant assets funding to support financial inclusion, has also set up a £5 million resilience fund to support credit unions and community development finance institutions in England.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the UK Credit Union sector; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the vital role of credit unions in the financial wellbeing of their communities, providing an ethical home for their members’ savings, and affordable loans to those who may otherwise have to resort to high-cost lenders. The Government also recognises the important role played by building societies in supporting their local communities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, I wrote to building society and credit union trade bodies to thank frontline staff for their efforts to continue to provide essential services to their members.

HM Treasury has regularly engaged with regulators and representatives from the building society and credit union sectors to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have engaged with representatives from both sectors through the Consumer Finance Forum and Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, which are bringing financial services and consumer group representatives together to discuss how to best support people through this period. I also attended a roundtable of building society chief executives hosted by the Building Societies Association in July 2020, to discuss experiences of COVID-19 and future priorities. HM Treasury officials have also been engaging with the Building Society Association on a regular basis to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss the application of relevant measures to the sector.

Fair4All Finance, the independent body set up by Government to distribute dormant assets funding to support financial inclusion, has also set up a £5 million resilience fund to support credit unions and community development finance institutions in England.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
21st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the number of migrants that attempted to enter the UK illegally in trucks and other motor vehicles in each of the last five years.

The Home Office publish data on the number of detected attempts to enter the UK irregularly, by selected methods of entry since 2018. The latest publication can be found at: Gov.uk Irregular migration to the UK data page.

22nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will appoint the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.

The role of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) as set out in the 2015 Modern Slavery Act is to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences and the identification of victims.

The process to recruit a new IASC follows the principles set out within the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/578498/governance_code_on_public_appointments_16_12_2016.pdf

A decision on the appointment is under consideration.