Karl McCartney Portrait

Karl McCartney

Conservative - Lincoln

Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

(since July 2022)
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
21st Jan 2020 - 12th Jul 2022
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committee on Exiting the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Transport Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Transport Committee
5th Nov 2012 - 30th Mar 2015


Department Event
Thursday 15th September 2022
09:30
Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
15 Sep 2022, 9:30 a.m.
Transport (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
None available
Speeches
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
The original question was about heating fuel, and I wonder if the Minister could let us know the proportion of …
Written Answers
Tuesday 5th July 2022
Fuel Oil
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Tuesday 3rd May 2022
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: IX Wireless Limited Company
Address of donor: 4 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Riversway, Preston PR2 2YS …
EDM signed
Friday 20th December 2019
Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Karl McCartney has voted in 499 divisions, and 15 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
10 Feb 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 526 Noes - 24
6 Jan 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 322 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 16
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
17 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Conservative Aye votes vs 283 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 31 Noes - 400
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
8 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 207 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 231 Noes - 16
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
(11 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(10 debate interactions)
Mims Davies (Conservative)
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(21 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(10 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(10 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Karl McCartney has not made any spoken contributions to legislative debate
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Lincoln 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).

Karl McCartney has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Karl McCartney

19th December 2019
Karl McCartney signed this EDM on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 47
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Labour: 1
1st March 2017
Karl McCartney signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 1st March 2017

BE PHONE SMART CAMPAIGN

Tabled by: Greg Knight (Conservative - East Yorkshire)
That this House welcomes the BePhoneSmart.UK website which encourages drivers to not use their handheld mobile telephone whilst driving; notes that statistics from the 2016 RAC Report on Motoring shows that the levels of telephone use at the wheel has now reached epidemic proportions with one in three now admitting …
27 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Mar 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Scottish National Party: 9
Conservative: 3
Independent: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Karl McCartney, 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.


Karl McCartney has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Karl McCartney has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Karl McCartney has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Karl McCartney has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


32 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1 Other Department Questions
20th Oct 2021
What progress the Government has made on raising international ambition to tackle climate change as part of its preparations for COP26.

Over 70% of the global economy now has net zero or carbon neutrality commitments, up from less than 30% when the UK assumed the COP Presidency. Over 100 countries have submitted enhanced 2030 targets, but we must increase global ambition to keep 1.5 degrees in reach and will continue to push all countries, particularly the G20, to do so.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
5th Nov 2020
What steps she is taking to ensure that the revised Guidelines on Disclosure will result in improved performance across the criminal justice system.

I am delighted that my revised Disclosure Guidelines have now been published. These Guidelines will come into force on 31 December and will be key to the requisite culture change and thinking approach needed when investigators and prosecutors carry out their disclosure obligations.

This will ensure that better, fairer decisions are made in criminal cases, which will help to ensure that fewer cases are dropped post-charge due to issues arising due to late disclosure.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Lincoln at Treasury questions on 28 June 2022, if he will make an estimate of (a) how many and what proportion of people use heating oil and (b) the volume of heating oil which is sold in (i) Greater London, (ii) inner London, (iii) Lincoln and (iv) Scotland in the most recent period for which data is available.

In England, as reported in the English Housing Survey, 799,000 dwellings (3 per cent) used oil central heating as their main heating system in 2019. In Scotland, as reported in the Scottish House Condition Survey, 129,000 households (5 per cent) used oil as their primary heating fuel in 2019. Data for Greater London, Inner London and Lincoln are not available.

Data on domestic petroleum consumption by Local Authority (including those authorities within Inner and Outer London, Lincoln and Scotland) is published annually in subnational total final energy consumption. The data available refers to domestic petroleum consumption as a whole, heating oil is not identified separately.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid out in total by the National Lottery in prize money through (a) scratch card and instant win games and (b) standard draw prizes in each region since 2010.

The total prize payout by game type and region is not collated.

The total amount that has been paid out in prizes since 2010 is £38,447.5 million and the list below shows how this is broken down each year during that period. This information has been collated from an analysis of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited annual accounts, which are publicly available:

  • 2019/20 - £4,505.0 million

  • 2018/19 - £4,128.5 million

  • 2017/18 - £3,928.4 million

  • 2016/17 - £3,943.2 million

  • 2015/16 - £4,198.9 million

  • 2014/15 - £4,043.0 million

  • 2013/14 - £3,636.6 million

  • 2012/13 - £3,697.6 million

  • 2011/12 - £3,388.6 million

  • 2010/11 - £2,977.7 million

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the declared profits were of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited in each year since 2010.

The 3rd National Lottery Licence sets out the amount the operator and good causes retain after certain costs (for example, prizes, lottery duty and retailer commission).

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited publish their annual report on their website. Profit for the financial year and total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the Company after tax from 2010/2011 to 2019/2020 is shown below:

  • 2019/20 - £78.1m

  • 2018/19 - £68.0m

  • 2017/18 - £68.4m

  • 2016/17 - £70.5m

  • 2015/16 - £77.5m

  • 2014/15 - £71.0m

  • 2013/14 - £58.5m

  • 2012/13 - £54.6m

  • 2011/12 - £33.3m

  • 2010/11 - £28.6m

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was allocated to good causes by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited by (a) region and (b) sector in each of those regions in each year since 2010.

The operation of the National Lottery and the distribution of good cause income are two separate processes. As the current operator of the National Lottery, Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has no influence over the distribution of National Lottery good cause income.

All good cause income generated through National Lottery sales is placed into the National Lottery Distribution Fund which is distributed by the 12 National Lottery Distributing Bodies at arms length from the Government. The Lottery Distributing Bodies distribute funding across four good cause areas as set out in legislation, the National Lottery etc Act 1993; communities 40%, arts 20%, heritage 20%, and sport 20%.

There is a publicly available database to access information on distribution of Lottery funding that can be accessed through the Gov.uk website. This website brings together National Lottery grant data from the commencement of the National Lottery in 1994 to January 2018 and allows searches to be made for good cause grants in each region within specific timeframes. Due to technical limitations with the historic database, we have not yet been able to incorporate more recent National Lottery grant data. We are currently developing a new database which will be launched this year and will include data from 2018 onwards.

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has spent on advertising (a) scratch card and instant win games and (b) standard draws since 2010.

DCMS does not hold this information. The amount the National Lottery operator spends on advertising is a commercial decision, subject to conditions set out in the licence which specify minimum amounts that must be spent on marketing. For the current year the figure is £72m or 1.07% sales, whichever is higher. Information for further years can be found at Schedule 10, Condition 11, Part 1 of the third licence at the following link: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/NL-licences/NL-Third-licence.pdf

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has spent on advertising by region in each year since 2010.

DCMS does not hold this information. The amount the National Lottery operator spends on advertising is a commercial decision, subject to conditions set out in the licence which specify minimum amounts that must be spent on marketing. For the current year the figure is £72m or 1.07% sales, whichever is higher. Information for further years can be found at Schedule 10, Condition 11, Part 1 of the third licence at the following link: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/NL-licences/NL-Third-licence.pdf

15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of esports; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

The government recognises the value of esports which has the potential to develop as an area of real national strength in the UK, building on our world-class video games, entertainment and sports sectors. Esports has also come to the fore during the Covid-19 lockdown, offering entertainment and a way to connect with others.

Ministers have met frequently with the creative industries, including meetings with the Creative Industries Council and weekly roundtable meetings during the current Covid-19 crisis which were attended by organisations such as UKIE that represent businesses in the esports sector. There has also been frequent discussion recently between officials and individual esports businesses and organisations.

15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of darts organisations; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations including national governing bodies.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had on the proposed purchase of Newcastle United Football Club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund; what the outcome was of those meetings; and if he will make a statement.

There have been no formal discussions on the potential sale of Newcastle United Football Club. Any such sale is a matter for the parties concerned, and for the Premier League to assess under its Owners’ and Directors’ Test.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with representatives of snooker organisations; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of rowing organisations; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of e-sports; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

The government recognises the value of esports which has the potential to develop as an area of real national strength in the UK, building on our world-class video games, entertainment and sports sectors. Esports has also come to the fore during the Covid-19 lockdown, offering entertainment and a way to connect with others.

Ministers have met frequently with the creative industries, including meetings with the Creative Industries Council and weekly roundtable meetings during the current Covid-19 crisis which were attended by organisations such as UKIE that represent businesses in the esports sector. There has also been frequent discussion recently between officials and individual esports businesses and organisations.

12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of motorsport; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations, at which motorsport is represented.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of snooker; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value of esports to the UK economy (a) during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) at other times; and if he will make a statement.

Esports has the potential to develop as an area of real national strength in the UK, building on our world-class video games, entertainment and sports sectors. The government continues to consider ways to further support the growth of esports in the UK, and officials have been in regular contact with esports companies to assess the impact of covid-19.

1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of how the specialisms taught at University Technical Colleges can support the (a) skills needs of employers and (b) UK’s economic recovery after the covid-19 outbreak.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are well positioned to support the skills needs of local economies, placing employers at the heart of designing their specialist curriculum, mostly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects such as engineering and digital technologies. There are over 500 employers involved in the 48 open UTCs, including leading names such as JCB, Network Rail, Toyota, Siemens and the Royal Navy, helping to create 30,000 opportunities for young people to train as the engineers, technicians and scientists of the future.

UTCs will continue to play a role in building the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future following COVID-19. An immediate focus for UTCs will be to help this year’s leavers use and build on their technical skills through becoming apprentices, as well as other paths to employment including progression to universities, or going straight into technical jobs.

Our latest guidance for schools and other educational settings is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the potential acquisition of Newcastle football club by Saudi Arabia, what discussions she has had with her Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect of internet piracy by state-sponsored pirate broadcasters such as beoutQ on the export value of the UK creative industry's intellectual property.

Officials in the Department for International Trade work closely with their counterparts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Intellectual Property Office on matters relating to the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights around the world.

Government ministers and our Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have raised this matter with the Saudi Arabian government and will continue to make representations about any alleged broadcast infringement activities of UK IP.

We understand broadcasting piracy on satellite in Saudi Arabia, through the pirate operator beoutQ, has now stopped. This followed pressure by the UK, the US, European countries, and major sports rights holders.

We are aware that there are continued issues of infringement of UK-owned intellectual property rights across all industries through the use of IPTV apps, and we will work with the IPO to address these issues and work to protect UK intellectual property in all territories.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the Government reduced the road maintenance grant for Lincolnshire in 2021-22; and if he will increase the grant to 2019-20 levels for 2022-23.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for deciding funding levels for departmental spending, including local highway maintenance. Spending Review 2020 (SR20) prioritised funding in 2021-22 to support the government’s response to Covid-19, invest in the UK’s recovery, and deliver on promises to the British people.

As announced in the Spending Review on 28 October 2021, the Department is providing local highway authorities with a three year funding settlement for highway maintenance and is investing over £5 billion over this Parliament (2020/21-2024/25). This is enough to fill in millions of potholes a year, repair dozens of bridges, and help resurface roads throughout the country, and provide funding certainty until 2024/25.

Funding for local roads maintenance is subsequently allocated based on a fair and proportionate funding formula agreed by the sector.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of renewing or extending the leases at state-owned motorway service areas to leverage private sector investment in (a) electric vehicle charging infrastructure, (b) HGV parking and (c) site improvements.

Ministers are considering which approach, as the current leases begin to expire from 2030, would secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users. Following initial discussions with the operators, Ministers have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing and opportunities for any investment in the sites.

At the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with operators of state-owned motorway service areas on renewing their leases.

In November 2018 and March 2019 ministers met all three operators who directly hold leasehold interests, MOTO, Welcome Break, and Roadchef, to seek their general views about the options on expiry of the current lease for the state-owned Motorway Service Area (MSA) sites. There has also been frequent engagement between the operators and officials regarding site improvements.

In September this year, Baroness Vere met Roadchef, to hear their current proposals for lease renewal. Topics discussed included the option of agreeing an extension to the lease well in advance of the earliest lease expiry dates in 2030, which would provide a longer tenure in which the operators could invest to modernise the ageing sites, including the upgrades to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, provision of additional HGV parking.

Ministers are considering which approach will secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users and have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing of any investment.

In the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with operators of state-owned motorway service areas on their ability to access investment for (a) site improvements, (b) HGV parking facilities and (c) electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In November 2018 and March 2019 ministers met all three operators who directly hold leasehold interests, MOTO, Welcome Break, and Roadchef, to seek their general views about the options on expiry of the current lease for the state-owned Motorway Service Area (MSA) sites. There has also been frequent engagement between the operators and officials regarding site improvements.

In September this year, Baroness Vere met Roadchef, to hear their current proposals for lease renewal. Topics discussed included the option of agreeing an extension to the lease well in advance of the earliest lease expiry dates in 2030, which would provide a longer tenure in which the operators could invest to modernise the ageing sites, including the upgrades to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, provision of additional HGV parking.

Ministers are considering which approach will secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users and have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing of any investment.

In the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make a decision on whether to renew or extend the leases at state-owned motorway service areas with leases expiring in 2020-32.

In November 2018 and March 2019 ministers met all three operators who directly hold leasehold interests, MOTO, Welcome Break, and Roadchef, to seek their general views about the options on expiry of the current lease for the state-owned Motorway Service Area (MSA) sites. There has also been frequent engagement between the operators and officials regarding site improvements.

In September this year, Baroness Vere met Roadchef, to hear their current proposals for lease renewal. Topics discussed included the option of agreeing an extension to the lease well in advance of the earliest lease expiry dates in 2030, which would provide a longer tenure in which the operators could invest to modernise the ageing sites, including the upgrades to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, provision of additional HGV parking.

Ministers are considering which approach will secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users and have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing of any investment.

In the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) face-to-face and (b) virtual meetings Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of London (i) taxi, (ii) minivan and (iii) private vehicle hire firms or organisations since the 2019 General Election; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

Baroness Vere met with Addison Lee on 25 February 2020 and discussed the new structure of their business, licensing issues facing the private hire vehicle sector and the role the sector could play in adopting electric vehicles.

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Ministers of his Department have had discussions with representatives of Uber since the 2019 General Election.

Ministers meet regularly with the taxi and private hire vehicle sector to discuss a variety of issues. Details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings#2019

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Ministers of his Department have had discussions with representatives of car insurance firms since the 2019 General Election.

There have been no meetings between Ministers of the Department for Transport and representatives of motor insurance firms since the General Election of 2019.

Department for Transport officials have been in regular dialogue with representatives of motor insurers such as the Association of British Insurers and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and bring issues to the attention of Ministers when necessary.

13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what lessons the Government has learnt from the approach taken to tackling the covid-19 pandemic by Governments in (a) South America, (b) Asia and (c) elsewhere in the world.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has maintained regular contact with many other countries, including those in South America and Asia, on a wide range of issues relating to COVID-19. We continue to monitor the outbreak around the world and, guided by the science, we will continue to work with other countries to defeat the virus.

3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to redistribute returned business rates relief from supermarkets to groups that have been excluded from Government financial support during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has been clear throughout the pandemic that businesses should use Government support appropriately, and the Government welcomes any decision to repay support where it is no longer needed. Any funds returned will support the continuing efforts to protect people’s jobs and incomes.

A range of further measures to support all businesses has been made available, including the extended job retention scheme and business interruption loans.

16th Nov 2020
What steps his Department is taking to promote housebuilding.

One of the key priorities for my Department has been ensuring that house building continues and the housing market stays open.

This Government cares deeply about building more homes and we have gone to great lengths to ensure the industry is kept open, in turn sustaining hundreds of thousands of people in numerous roles.

That is why I have written to the housing industry, alongside the Home Builders Federation and Federation of Master Builders, to make it clear that housebuilding, and the supply chains that support it, should continue during the current lockdown.

That means estate and lettings agents, show homes and sales suites can remain open; and property viewings, home repairs and maintenance, mortgage valuations and surveys can all continue to take place.

At the same time this Government is unlocking hundreds of thousands of homes through our £12 billion investment in affordable homes – the biggest investment for a decade; delivering much-needed new homes on brownfield land through our £400 million Brownfield Fund; and stimulating the market through our Stamp Duty cut.