Louise Haigh Portrait

Louise Haigh

Labour - Sheffield, Heeley

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

(since November 2021)
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
6th Apr 2020 - 29th Nov 2021
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)
3rd Jul 2017 - 6th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)
9th Oct 2016 - 3rd Jul 2017
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
18th Sep 2015 - 9th Oct 2016


Department Event
Thursday 19th May 2022
09:30
Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
Transport (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Wednesday 22nd June 2022
11:30
Northern Ireland Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
22 Jun 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Northern Ireland
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Department Event
Thursday 30th June 2022
11:30
Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
30 Jun 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Transport (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 20th April 2022
Building Safety Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 163 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 188
Speeches
Wednesday 30th March 2022
P&O Ferries
I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement, and for the briefing he gave me on …
Written Answers
Thursday 28th April 2022
No title given
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the size of the backlog of …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 6th February 2020
Conduct of Judge Robin Tolson QC
That this House welcomes the overturning by the High Court of Justice Tolson’s ruling in the Central Family Court that …
Bills
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: GMB
Address of donor: 22 Stephenson Way, Euston Street, London, NW1 2HD
Amount of donation or nature …
EDM signed
Thursday 24th March 2022
P&O Ferries and DP World
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Freedom of Information (Extension) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Louise Haigh has voted in 377 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(38 debate interactions)
Robin Walker (Conservative)
Minister of State (Education)
(13 debate interactions)
Grant Shapps (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Transport
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(43 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(38 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(14 debate contributions)
Home Office
(10 debate contributions)
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Sheffield, Heeley Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Sheffield, Heeley signature proportion
Petitions with most Sheffield, Heeley signatures
Louise Haigh has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Louise Haigh

23rd March 2022
Louise Haigh signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 24th March 2022

P&O Ferries and DP World

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice or consultation with their trade unions, the RMT and Nautilus; demands the immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers; condemns their replacement with agency workers earning as little as £1.80 per …
125 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 94
Scottish National Party: 12
Liberal Democrat: 7
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
14th January 2021
Louise Haigh signed this EDM on Monday 18th January 2021

Godfrey Colin Cameron

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary security staff and member of the PCS trade union who passed away aged just 55 after contracting covid-19; extends our sincere condolences to his devoted wife Hyacinth, children Leon and …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 117
Scottish National Party: 15
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Louise Haigh, 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.


3 Urgent Questions tabled by Louise Haigh

Monday 28th March 2022
Wednesday 10th March 2021
Tuesday 8th September 2020

Louise Haigh has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by Louise Haigh


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to remove the parental rights of fathers of children conceived through rape; to make provision for an inquiry into the handling by family courts of domestic abuse and violence against women and girls in child arrangement cases; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities or by persons contracted to provide services for them or on their behalf; to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 31st January 2018
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A Bill to amend Part 8 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 to make provision about leave for persons donating body organs for transplant; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
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A Bill to amend the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 to apply its provisions to certain sectors including construction, care services, retail, cleaning, warehousing and the transportation of goods; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 29th June 2016
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508 Written Questions in the current parliament

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5 Other Department Questions
16th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the number of Civil Servants operating from Leeds as of 16 March 2022 by (a) pay grade and (b) responsibilities.

The total number of Civil Servants employed by this Department and operating from Leeds as of 16 March 2022 was 80. This figure will rise to 89 once we confirm and complete the location and workforce data for staff who have recently transferred into the Department from Cabinet Office.

(a) Total number of Civil Servant officials by pay grade:

Leeds headcount by Grade, 16th March 2022

Count

Administrative & Executive officers

7

Higher and Senior Executive Officers

48

Grade 7 and Grade 6 officers

22

Senior Civil Servants

3

Grand Total

80


(b) Responsibilities of those Civil Servants operating from Leeds as of 16 March:

The Department’s staff in Leeds perform functions across a wide range of the Department's responsibilities and priorities. Approximately a third of staff are working directly in support of the Department’s Levelling-Up and place-based work. There are also staff from teams whose responsibility is to deliver high-quality, secure and affordable housing, as well as teams responsible for ensuring the country has strong local leadership, high quality public services, and safer and greener buildings. There are also a smaller number of staff from within the Department’s Executive and corporate service delivery teams.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the criteria by which scores were awarded in respect of the Community Renewal Fund for Northern Ireland.

We have published on Gov.uk the UK Community Renewal Fund Explanatory Note. This sets out the assessment and decision-making process for selecting successful bids to the UK Community Renewal Fund including the assessment criteria for Northern Ireland.

Neil O'Brien
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the Community Renewal Fund awards.

UK government ran a national competition against a fixed national allocation. All areas in Northern Ireland are eligible for funding and applicants applied directly to UK government. We have not applied any sub-national targeting within Northern Ireland to seek to ensure that all communities across NI can apply for these funds.

Following the UKCRF announcement successful and unsuccessful letters were issued direct to project applicants in NI. Grant funding agreements will then be issued to all successful project applicants in NI.

Neil O'Brien
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many bids to the Community Renewal Fund were received from Northern Ireland.

The UK Community Renewal Fund received a total of 83 bids from organisations in Northern Ireland.

Neil O'Brien
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the Government has made representations on state aid at the (a) Joint Committee and (b) Specialised Committee on the Protocol on Northern Ireland.

Further to Rule 10, Annex VIII of the Withdrawal Agreement, the meetings of the Joint Committee shall be confidential.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, whether the Secretary of State for Transport has requested her advice on the legality of the dismissals by P&O Ferries in March 2022.

By convention, whether the Law Officers have been asked to provide advice, and the contents of any such advice, is not disclosed outside Government.

The Convention protects the Law Officers’ ability as chief legal advisers to the Government to give full and frank legal advice, and provides the fullest guarantee that government business will be conducted at all times in light of thorough and candid legal advice.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Attorney General, whether officials in his Department sought a Ministerial Direction in relation to any aspect of the Internal Market Bill.

There has been no Ministerial Direction requested.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average time taken is to process the government security checks required for a single employee of airport staff to begin employment.

I am unable to confirm staffing levels in United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) for security reasons but can confirm that there are measures in place to fast track applications submitted from the aviation sector. UKSV works closely with customer groups and authorities to understand their forecasted demand for the provision of vetting services. In turn this allows for an appropriate resourcing forecast.

I am also unable to reveal the number of National Security Vetting (NSV) checks in progress as this is likely to prejudice national security. It would also impact the protective measures employed in safeguarding Her Majesty’s Government (HMG). However, I am able to report that security checks are being processed in a timely manner and that there are no delays.

In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many FTE staff are working on processing the security checks required for airport staff to begin employment.

I am unable to confirm staffing levels in United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) for security reasons but can confirm that there are measures in place to fast track applications submitted from the aviation sector. UKSV works closely with customer groups and authorities to understand their forecasted demand for the provision of vetting services. In turn this allows for an appropriate resourcing forecast.

I am also unable to reveal the number of National Security Vetting (NSV) checks in progress as this is likely to prejudice national security. It would also impact the protective measures employed in safeguarding Her Majesty’s Government (HMG). However, I am able to report that security checks are being processed in a timely manner and that there are no delays.

In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister of the Cabinet Office, whether the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline has a target for the use of UK steel.

The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline reports on forecast and projected infrastructure investment across the public and private sectors, and includes projections regarding skills demand. The Pipeline does not include targets for any sector, including UK steel.

This government is committed to creating the right conditions in the UK for a competitive and sustainable steel industry. It publishes a separate Steel Procurement Pipeline setting out the UK government steel requirements over the next 10 years, together with data on how departments are complying with steel procurement guidance. This enables UK steel manufacturers to better plan and bid for government contracts.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current backlog of security checks required for airport staff to begin employment is.

I am unable to reveal the number of National Security Vetting (NSV) checks in progress as this is likely to prejudice national security. It would also impact the protective measures employed in safeguarding Her Majesty’s Government (HMG). However, I am able to report that security checks are being processed in a timely manner. There are no delays, and the aviation industry is aware of the time that these checks take to be processed.

In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans the Government has shared with the Northern Ireland Executive in the event that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement is suspended.

There is significant ongoing Ministerial and official-level engagement by both the Northern Ireland Office and the Cabinet Office with all the devolved administrations on EU policy issues including the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and Withdrawal Agreement (WA). Lord Frost, as the Minister responsible for this area, regularly briefs with the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, as well as representatives of the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
17th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions Lord Frost has met with representatives of the UK pharmaceuticals industry to discuss the ongoing and future supply of medicines to Northern Ireland.

The government publishes details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations. Transparency returns for Cabinet Office Ministers are published regularly, and can be found here.

Lord Frost and his team are in regular contact with representatives of the UK pharmaceutical industry. We continue to work closely with all those involved in the health care system, suppliers, industry, and the Northern Ireland Executive to put in place robust measures to help ensure the continued supply of medicines and medical products to Northern Ireland.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates the Union Strategy Committee held its (a) first meeting and (b) subsequent meetings; and on how many occasions he has chaired those meetings.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report of the Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability published on 24 March 2021, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendation of that report that in devolved areas there should be a second portion of the same fund which is open to bids from UK Government departments and devolved governments working in co-operation.

UK Government funding to support citizens and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland goes beyond the specific Union Fund recommended by the Dunlop Review.

COVID-19 has shown the value of collective strength of all parts of the UK working together and the importance of the broad shoulders of the UK Government in supporting the whole country.

Our commitment to strengthening the Union is no more evident than in the recent Budget, a budget for the whole of the United Kingdom, in which most of the policies announced were UK-wide, for example, extensions to furlough and self-employed schemes, Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit extension, support for the armed forces, Recovery Loans Scheme, Mortgage Guarantee Scheme, Super Deduction capital investment, Help to Grow, visa reforms and the Community Ownership Fund.

We also continue to work closely and collaboratively with the devolved administrations to deliver various funding schemes, including City and Growth Deals. Through the 2021 Budget, the UK Government confirmed an acceleration of funding for 6 different Deals across Scotland and Wales and on 24 February, partners signed the Heads of Terms for the Derry-Londonderry and Strabane Growth Deal in Northern Ireland.

The UK Internal Market Act allows the UK Government to complement and strengthen the support given to citizens, businesses and communities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, to ensure we make the most of the opportunities provided by our exit from the EU and build back better from Covid-19. Powers under the act will be used, for example, to deliver the Levelling Up Fund and UK Community Renewal Fund in 2021/22. The UK Government intends to work with the devolved administrations and local partners closest to the needs of communities to make sure that these UK-wide funds are used to best effect.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report of the Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability published on 24 March 2021, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion on page 29 of that report that it is not necessary or productive to bypass the devolved governments in funding arrangements.

UK Government funding to support citizens and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland goes beyond the specific Union Fund recommended by the Dunlop Review.

COVID-19 has shown the value of collective strength of all parts of the UK working together and the importance of the broad shoulders of the UK Government in supporting the whole country.

Our commitment to strengthening the Union is no more evident than in the recent Budget, a budget for the whole of the United Kingdom, in which most of the policies announced were UK-wide, for example, extensions to furlough and self-employed schemes, Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit extension, support for the armed forces, Recovery Loans Scheme, Mortgage Guarantee Scheme, Super Deduction capital investment, Help to Grow, visa reforms and the Community Ownership Fund.

We also continue to work closely and collaboratively with the devolved administrations to deliver various funding schemes, including City and Growth Deals. Through the 2021 Budget, the UK Government confirmed an acceleration of funding for 6 different Deals across Scotland and Wales and on 24 February, partners signed the Heads of Terms for the Derry-Londonderry and Strabane Growth Deal in Northern Ireland.

The UK Internal Market Act allows the UK Government to complement and strengthen the support given to citizens, businesses and communities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, to ensure we make the most of the opportunities provided by our exit from the EU and build back better from Covid-19. Powers under the act will be used, for example, to deliver the Levelling Up Fund and UK Community Renewal Fund in 2021/22. The UK Government intends to work with the devolved administrations and local partners closest to the needs of communities to make sure that these UK-wide funds are used to best effect.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the next scheduled meeting is of the Joint Consultative Working Group; and who is scheduled to attend that meeting.

Article 15(2) of the Northern Ireland Protocol establishes that the Joint Consultative Working Group shall be composed of representatives of the United Kingdom and the European Union. The Government has committed to including representatives of the Northern Ireland Executive as part of the UK delegation to meetings. The JCWG briefly convened for a very short period on 29 January to adopt the Rules of Procedure. This was not a full meeting so was attended by limited delegations of only three officials from each side.

The Rules of Procedure adopted by that Working Group were those included as an Annex to the EU’s Council Decision 2020/1599 adopted on 23 October 2020; and no amendments were made.

The Working Group will continue to meet at dates decided by the co-chairs.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) attendees and (b) the minutes of the Joint Consultative Working Group meeting of 29 January 2021.

Article 15(2) of the Northern Ireland Protocol establishes that the Joint Consultative Working Group shall be composed of representatives of the United Kingdom and the European Union. The Government has committed to including representatives of the Northern Ireland Executive as part of the UK delegation to meetings. The JCWG briefly convened for a very short period on 29 January to adopt the Rules of Procedure. This was not a full meeting so was attended by limited delegations of only three officials from each side.

The Rules of Procedure adopted by that Working Group were those included as an Annex to the EU’s Council Decision 2020/1599 adopted on 23 October 2020; and no amendments were made.

The Working Group will continue to meet at dates decided by the co-chairs.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the complete list of products on the Prohibited and Restricted List that will require a variation of Export Health Certificates on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 22nd February 2021.

Further to the answer given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster the urgent question today, details of the products are available online at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-food-and-agricultural-products-special-rules#restricted-and-prohibited-goods

Details of the agreements reached within the Joint Committee, including on chilled meats, are also available online.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether sausages made in Great Britain can be exported to Northern Ireland after 1 July 2021.

Further to the answer given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster the urgent question today, details of the products are available online at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-food-and-agricultural-products-special-rules#restricted-and-prohibited-goods

Details of the agreements reached within the Joint Committee, including on chilled meats, are also available online.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the next meeting of the Specialised Committee on the Protocol is set to take place.

Details of the meetings of the committees established by the Withdrawal Agreement will be announced in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the UK-EU Joint Committee will next convene.

The Joint Consultative Working Group met on 29 January 2021. The Working Group will continue to meet at dates to be decided by the co-chairs.

Details of meetings of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee have been published online and dates of future meetings will be announced in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the UK-EU Joint Consultative Working Group (a) last convened and (b) will next convene.

The Joint Consultative Working Group met on 29 January 2021. The Working Group will continue to meet at dates to be decided by the co-chairs.

Details of meetings of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee have been published online and dates of future meetings will be announced in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Oral Statement of 9 December 2020 on Withdrawal Agreement Update, whether the grace period for supermarkets which waives export health certificates extends to independent (a) retailers and (b) food producers.

I refer the hon. Member to the Government’s Command Paper, ‘The Northern Ireland Protocol’, laid in Parliament on 10 December. This provides details of the agreement in principle reached by the Co-Chairs of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee regarding the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, as well as further information on the UK Government’s work to implement the Protocol and support businesses as it comes into force.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Export Health Certificates will be required for non-supermarket agri-food products on 1 January 2020.

I refer the hon. Member to the Government’s Command Paper, ‘The Northern Ireland Protocol’, laid in Parliament on 10 December. This provides details of the agreement in principle reached by the Co-Chairs of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee regarding the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, as well as further information on the UK Government’s work to implement the Protocol and support businesses as it comes into force.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) exit and (b) safety and security declarations will be required on goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland on 1 January 2020.

I refer the hon. Member to the Government’s Command Paper, ‘The Northern Ireland Protocol’, laid in Parliament on 10 December. This provides details of the agreement in principle reached by the Co-Chairs of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee regarding the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, as well as further information on the UK Government’s work to implement the Protocol and support businesses as it comes into force.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the process of transiting goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain via the Republic of Ireland will be subject to any additional processes.

As set out in our Command Paper, the Government is delivering the commitment of unfettered access for goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK. From 1 January 2021, goods moving directly from Northern Ireland to Great Britain will continue to do so as they do today.

We recognise that the priority is also to extend as many of the benefits of unfettered access as possible to goods moving indirectly via Ireland. That is why from 1 January, customs duties will not be due on qualifying Northern Ireland goods moved indirectly from NI to GB.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, CP226, whether the point of entry facilities required under the the terms of that protocol have been built.

I refer the hon Member to the answer given to PQs 106397 and 106398 on 2 November 2020.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he was made aware that the checking facilities at ports required under the Northern Ireland Protocol had received a delivery confidence assessment rating of red for unachievable.

The UK Government is committed to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol. Work is being progressed right across Government and in partnership with the devolved administrations, with ongoing oversight and scrutiny in the usual way. The tender process for the construction of expanded point of entry facilities is being led by DAERA, with UK Government support. The contract has been awarded. We continue to work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive to progress this work.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, CP226, whether point of entry facilities resulting from requirements under that protocol have been purchased.

The UK Government is committed to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol. Work is being progressed right across Government and in partnership with the devolved administrations, with ongoing oversight and scrutiny in the usual way. The tender process for the construction of expanded point of entry facilities is being led by DAERA, with UK Government support. The contract has been awarded. We continue to work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive to progress this work.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has received legal advice on the potential consequences of not having in place adequate checking facilities in relation to the UK's obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol by 1 January 2021.

The UK Government is committed to upholding its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol. That includes, as we have set out previously including in our Command Paper, expanding some existing Northern Ireland points of entry for agrifood goods. Further to the answer to PQ 92635 on 28 September, we are working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, port authorities, district councils, and other stakeholders in Northern Ireland to take this work forward, and to take all measures possible in a timely way. As has been the case under successive administrations, detailed legal advice and whether or not it has been sought, is not normally disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans his Department has made with the Northern Ireland Executive in the event that the facilities required under the Northern Ireland Protocol are not in place by 1 January 2021.

The UK Government is committed to upholding its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol. That includes, as we have set out previously including in our Command Paper, expanding some existing Northern Ireland points of entry for agrifood goods. Further to the answer to PQ 92635 on 28 September, we are working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, port authorities, district councils, and other stakeholders in Northern Ireland to take this work forward, and to take all measures possible in a timely way. As has been the case under successive administrations, detailed legal advice and whether or not it has been sought, is not normally disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if contractors have been appointed to build the facilities required under the Northern Ireland Protocol and outlined in the Command Paper on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The UK Government is committed to upholding its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol. That includes, as we have set out previously including in our Command Paper, expanding some existing Northern Ireland points of entry for agrifood goods. Further to the answer to PQ 92635 on 28 September, we are working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, port authorities, district councils, and other stakeholders in Northern Ireland to take this work forward, and to take all measures possible in a timely way. As has been the case under successive administrations, detailed legal advice and whether or not it has been sought, is not normally disclosed.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) guidance and (b) public information has been issued to businesses on complying with the import of products, animals, food and feed system.

The Border Operating Model published on 13 July confirmed the requirements for checks and new documentary processes for animals and plant products. Details are available on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's timescale is for providing guidance to businesses in Northern Ireland on the (a) process for and (b) frequency of sanitary and phytosanitary checks after the end of the transition period.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a trusted trader scheme to reduce the friction in trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether businesses will be required to determine whether their goods fall under the tariff regime for at-risk goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from January 2021.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) guidance and (b) public information the Government has issued to businesses in Northern Ireland seeking to import fluorinated gases from Great Britain to Northern Ireland on changes that they will be required to implement from 1 January 2021.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions his Department has had with retailers in Northern Ireland on the notification required to sell (a) tobacco and (b) e-cigarette products after the end of the transition period; and when his Department plans to issue guidance on that subject.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) guidance and (b) information the Government has issued to businesses and public authorities on the notification requirements for transferring green and amber waste from Great Britain to Northern Ireland on 1 January 2021.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to publish its policy on the transfer of organic goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to begin its trials of the Trader Support Service.

Further to the answer given to PQ52196 on 4 June 2020 and the approach set out by the Government in the Commons Paper of 20 May, guidance for Northern Ireland businesses was published on 7 August. This is available on gov.uk, and already includes some information on fluorinated gases, the movement of green and amber waste, tobacco and e-cigarette products.

We have established the Business Engagement Forum, and have heard the call for further clarity from business on the requirements of the Protocol, and on the support that the UK Government will provide. We recognise that with implementation work and Joint Committee discussions still underway, we cannot provide all details at this stage. We will set out further information as soon as possible.

We have established a new and unprecedented Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200m, providing end-to-end support for businesses engaged in new processes under the Protocol. The service will start to go live later this month so that businesses can register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period. In the meantime, all traders who wish to draw upon its support can register their interest on gov.uk.

We have also committed to exploring further support to those agrifood producers engaging with new sanitary and phytosanitary processes, with further detail to be set out in due course.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the document entitled, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, CP226, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the reimbursement of tariffs for goods imported into Northern Ireland that remain in the UK customs territory.

Zero cost to the public purse.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) customs agents and (b) official veterinarians have been recruited for processing trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland since the adoption of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 62460 on 25 June 2020.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the legal risk of failing to deliver the dual tariff system in Northern Ireland.

I refer the hon. Members to the answer given to PQ 71822 answered on 15 July 2020.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether tariffs for at-risk goods will be processed at the ports between Great Britain and Northern Ireland once the Protocol comes into force on January 1st 2021.

Article 185 of the Withdrawal Agreement Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland sets out the provisions of the Protocol which take effect as of the end of the transition period. The Government's approach to the application of the Protocol is set out in the Command Paper, published in May 2020, including that internal UK trade should not be liable for tariffs. Additional guidance will be set out later this month.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's timescale is for trialling the new IT system required to implement the checks and requirements on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after the transition period.

The UK Government will meet its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, in line with the approach set out in the Command Paper published on 20 May, the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. As that sets out, our focus is on ensuring that the limited additional processes required by the Protocol are implemented in a way that takes account of all available flexibilities, respects Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s customs territory and internal market, and upholds the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

We committed in the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol to provide guidance to business, including our plans for extensive support for Northern Ireland businesses engaging in any new processes under the Protocol. We will publish that guidance during the course of this summer. We will also continue to engage with business through the Business Engagement Forum, which met for the first time on 10 June and which will play an important part in our thinking as we implement the Protocol.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he last met with business representative groups from Northern Ireland to discuss the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The UK Government will meet its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, in line with the approach set out in the Command Paper published on 20 May, the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. As that sets out, our focus is on ensuring that the limited additional processes required by the Protocol are implemented in a way that takes account of all available flexibilities, respects Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s customs territory and internal market, and upholds the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

We committed in the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol to provide guidance to business, including our plans for extensive support for Northern Ireland businesses engaging in any new processes under the Protocol. We will publish that guidance during the course of this summer. We will also continue to engage with business through the Business Engagement Forum, which met for the first time on 10 June and which will play an important part in our thinking as we implement the Protocol.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the IT system required to reimburse tariffs paid for goods entering the EU single market under the Northern Ireland Protocol will be operational.

The UK Government will meet its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, in line with the approach set out in the Command Paper published on 20 May, the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. As that sets out, our focus is on ensuring that the limited additional processes required by the Protocol are implemented in a way that takes account of all available flexibilities, respects Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s customs territory and internal market, and upholds the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

We committed in the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol to provide guidance to business, including our plans for extensive support for Northern Ireland businesses engaging in any new processes under the Protocol. We will publish that guidance during the course of this summer. We will also continue to engage with business through the Business Engagement Forum, which met for the first time on 10 June and which will play an important part in our thinking as we implement the Protocol.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Technical Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group last met.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 23533 and 23539 on 2 March 2020.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 13 of his Department's publication, The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, whether each animal and agri-food product moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will require an Export Health Certificate.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of goods consignments from Great Britain to Northern Ireland that contain agri-food products.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the UK's approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, published on 20 May 2020, whether the proposals set out in paragraph 19, page 10 require a derogation from the Union Customs Code; and whether the Government will seek such an agreement.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to p11 (25) of the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, if he will outline what constitutes a genuine and substantial risk; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of goods will be charged under that definition.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish guidance for businesses and third parties on the UK's Approach to the Protocol.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) entry summary (safety and security) declaration, (b) customs checks, (c) regulatory checks, (d) export or exit summary declarations for goods and (e) Rules of Origin requirements and checks will be required for relevant parties or goods trading between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the volume of the proportion of consignments that will be checked between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the new electronic important declaration requirement referenced in the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol already exists; and whether development work has begun on that declaration requirement.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 57, p19 of the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, what estimate of the proportion of goods on which duties will be levied was the assumption that tariffs will be relatively small made.

I refer the Hon Member to the oral statement - accompanying the publication of the Government Command Paper, the UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol - which was made by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 20 May. I also refer to the commitment in the Command Paper, to publishing further detailed information and guidance. These will be published in due course.

As the Command Paper, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, sets out explicitly, we are clear that there should be no tariffs on internal goods movements because the UK - as the Protocol acknowledges - is a single customs territory. The paper outlines several examples of movements that pose no risk of movement into the EU Single Market - such as a supermarket delivering to its stores in NI. This is a principle to be formalised in the Joint Committee, but as the Command Paper makes clear we consider there to be various ways of making it work in practice. We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive and businesses to develop these proposals, and produce full guidance to business and third parties before the end of the transition period.

On unfettered access, the Protocol is clear that nothing in it prevents Northern Ireland business enjoying unfettered access to the rest of the UK internal market, and we will legislate to guarantee this by the end of the year.

On agri-food, the Government's approach builds on the long-standing status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological zone. As has long been acknowledged, some checks on agri-food will be required to help protect supply chains and the disease-free status of the island of Ireland. These will build on the existing precedents of agri-food checks for live animals arriving in Northern Ireland, from the rest of the UK. Further details are to be discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Paragraph 4, page 92 Draft UK Negotiating Document, what estimate he has made of the volume of physical inspections that will be carried out.

The article precludes the use of mandatory pre-shipment inspections. Beyond that, it will be up to the UK and the EU – and predominantly businesses - to determine what level of inspections they want to undertake on products prior to export.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the date is for the next meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee.

The second Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee meeting will take place on 12 June. Further to the WMS by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 25 March, Parliament will be updated ahead of the next meeting with details including an agreed agenda by Written Ministerial Statement.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Insolvency Service will report on the formal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies made by P&O Ferries in March 2022.

On 1 April, the Insolvency Service wrote to my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirming that, following its enquiries, it has commenced formal criminal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries. As these are ongoing investigations, it is not appropriate for the Insolvency Service to provide any comment or information before the investigations have concluded.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to reform section 188 of the Trade Union Act 2016 to allow punitive damage for breach of the duty to consult.

There are clear rules in place requiring companies to consult when making large scale redundancies.

Most companies follow these rules. In the case of P&O Ferries, the Insolvency Service wrote to the Secretary of State for Business on 01 April confirming that following its enquiries it has commenced formal criminal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding their recent redundancies.

The Hon. Member will appreciate that while these investigations are being progressed it would not be appropriate to make further comment but the Insolvency Service will provide an update in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has issued legal proceedings to P&O under section 194(2) of the Trade Union Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

The Insolvency Service prosecutes offences contrary to section 194(1) of the Trade Union Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Insolvency Service is currently conducting urgent enquiries into the circumstances of the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries at the request of the Secretary of State.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the timetable for installing a boiler under the eco Boiler Grant Scheme for the constituent of Sheffield, Heeley, referred to in the email of 24 March 2022 from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley with the case reference LH20073.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is not a grant but an obligation on large energy suppliers, who contract installers to deliver energy efficiency measures. These parties decide where to install, based on property suitability and cost-effectiveness. This approach promotes value-for-money.

The Government does not become involved in the private contractual decisions of these parties and so cannot influence which households receive measures. The Government does not manage applications for ECO, so does not collect data on application volume or wait times. Suppliers generally identify eligible households via sub-contracted lead generators. Households can contact any obligated supplier to seek ECO support, however eligibility does not guarantee assistance under the scheme.

Separate to ECO, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will provide capital grants for the installation of low carbon heat technologies in domestic and small non-domestic properties. Installations commissioned after April 1st will be eligible, with voucher applications opening in May. Further detail can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average waiting time is for a boiler grant to be issued under the Eco Boiler Grant Scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is not a grant but an obligation on large energy suppliers, who contract installers to deliver energy efficiency measures. These parties decide where to install, based on property suitability and cost-effectiveness. This approach promotes value-for-money.

The Government does not become involved in the private contractual decisions of these parties and so cannot influence which households receive measures. The Government does not manage applications for ECO, so does not collect data on application volume or wait times. Suppliers generally identify eligible households via sub-contracted lead generators. Households can contact any obligated supplier to seek ECO support, however eligibility does not guarantee assistance under the scheme.

Separate to ECO, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will provide capital grants for the installation of low carbon heat technologies in domestic and small non-domestic properties. Installations commissioned after April 1st will be eligible, with voucher applications opening in May. Further detail can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the longest recorded time is between an application being made to the Eco Boiler Grant Scheme to final installation.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is not a grant but an obligation on large energy suppliers, who contract installers to deliver energy efficiency measures. These parties decide where to install, based on property suitability and cost-effectiveness. This approach promotes value-for-money.

The Government does not become involved in the private contractual decisions of these parties and so cannot influence which households receive measures. The Government does not manage applications for ECO, so does not collect data on application volume or wait times. Suppliers generally identify eligible households via sub-contracted lead generators. Households can contact any obligated supplier to seek ECO support, however eligibility does not guarantee assistance under the scheme.

Separate to ECO, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will provide capital grants for the installation of low carbon heat technologies in domestic and small non-domestic properties. Installations commissioned after April 1st will be eligible, with voucher applications opening in May. Further detail can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average waiting time is between making an application to the Eco Boiler Grant Scheme to installation of a boiler.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is not a grant but an obligation on large energy suppliers, who contract installers to deliver energy efficiency measures. These parties decide where to install, based on property suitability and cost-effectiveness. This approach promotes value-for-money.

The Government does not become involved in the private contractual decisions of these parties and so cannot influence which households receive measures. The Government does not manage applications for ECO, so does not collect data on application volume or wait times. Suppliers generally identify eligible households via sub-contracted lead generators. Households can contact any obligated supplier to seek ECO support, however eligibility does not guarantee assistance under the scheme.

Separate to ECO, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will provide capital grants for the installation of low carbon heat technologies in domestic and small non-domestic properties. Installations commissioned after April 1st will be eligible, with voucher applications opening in May. Further detail can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he has had with petrol retailers on fuel prices from 25 October 2021 to 17 January 2022.

The Department’s officials are in regular contact with the fuel supply industry, including those within retail operations, to discuss a range of issues. The department also monitors changes in fuel prices. The Government has subsequently kept fuel duty frozen for 12 successive years, recognising that fuel is a major cost for households and businesses.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he has held with petrol retailers regarding fuel prices between 25 October 2021 and 6 January 2022.

Officials are in regular contact with the fuel supply industry including those within retail operations, to discuss a range of issues, including the Government’s draft Downstream Oil Resilience Bill. The Government also monitors changes in fuel prices and has therefore decided to freeze fuel duty for the twelfth consecutive year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department has allocated to Northern Ireland for local growth deals in each year since the inception of those deals.

To date, the UK Government has committed up to £617 million for City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland: £350m for Belfast City Region; £105m for Derry City and Strabane; £126m for Mid South West NI; and £36m for Causeway Coast and Glens.

Funding for City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is provided and transferred by HM Treasury to the Devolved Administrations (DA), before being transferred to the local area. The transfer of funding is contingent upon Full Business Cases for specific projects within a Deal area being completed and approved by the UK Government (UKG) and the DA. Full Business Cases are usually completed after a Full Deal has been agreed and signed.

Although BEIS does not directly fund Deals, officials in the Department review business cases where an intervention is within the department’s policy remit on behalf of the UK Government to ensure projects are viable, sustainable and provide Value for Money.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding was allocated to local growth deals in 2019-20.

Levelling up is central to the Government’s agenda and we are working with local leaders to ensure every region, city and town prosper.

As part of this, £733,678,508 has been allocated in funding through the Local Growth Fund for local growth deals in 2019-20.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether officials in his Department sought a Ministerial Direction in relation to any aspect of the Internal Market Bill.

There has been no Ministerial Direction requested.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle websites which host images of rape or victims of trafficking.

The government is developing legislation to tackle illegal and harmful content online. The legislation will establish a new statutory duty of care on online companies which host user-generated content or enable user interactions. The new duty will require these companies to put in place systems and processes to tackle illegal content, including illegal images. The expectation is that companies will remove illegal content expeditiously and minimise the risk of it appearing.

30th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of music venues which have closed down in (a) Sheffield, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each of the last four years.

No such estimate has been made. Music venues play a vital role in giving artists the opportunity to hone their craft and enabling them to emerge and flourish. We believe these spaces must be allowed to prosper, which is why we have undertaken a number of measures to support the sector, including reforming licensing and planning guidance and, this year, extending business rates relief to live music venues for the first time.

Arts Council England has recently confirmed an extension of its Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund, making an additional £1.5 million available over two years from 2019-21. Sheffield’s Abbeydale Picture House and The Wardrobe in Leeds are just two of the venues benefitting from this support so far.


UK Music published the Sheffield City Region Music Report in 2019 which showed that in 2017, £92m was generated by music tourism and 832,000 people (locals and music tourists) attended music events in the region.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received from the Information Commissioner on Cambridge Analytica.

The Government has had a number of meetings with the independent Information Commissioner on a range of issues. The Information Commissioner has committed to providing the Digital, Culture Media and Sport Select Committee with a final update on its investigation into the use of personal data in political campaigns. A date for this update will be agreed with the Chair of the Committee once appointed.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the updated National Plan for Music Education will be implemented ahead of the 2022-23 academic year.

The government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have access to a high-quality music education.

The government has been working with a panel of experts from across the music education sector to develop a refreshed national plan for music education. This will shape the future of music education in this country and follows the publication of the non-statutory Model Music Curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2, and 3 published last year.

The government will publish the refreshed national plan for music education by the end of this academic year. The department will continue to work with schools and the music education sector to ensure that the timetable for implementation is reasonable.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was received from the £7 million Wellbeing for education recovery grant by (a) Sheffield, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Yorkshire in 2020-21.

In May 2021, the government provided £7 million in Wellbeing for Education Recovery grants to Local Authorities, to further help education staff in local schools and colleges to promote and support the wellbeing and mental health of pupils and students during recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. This built on the £8 million support provided in the 2020-21 financial year under the Wellbeing for Education Return scheme.

A grant determination letter for 2021-22 was published on 10 June 2021, confirming a grant of £53,107 was provided to Sheffield, in addition to £61,556 provided in 2020-21: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wellbeing-for-education-return-grant-s31-grant-determination-letter. As the funding was distributed to upper tier Local Authorities, funding received by South Yorkshire and Yorkshire cannot be provided.

The grant determination letters for 2021-22 and 2020-21 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wellbeing-for-education-return-grant-s31-grant-determination-letter.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the Covid education recovery funding is dedicated to mental health.

We are investing nearly £5 billion to support recovery for children and young people who need it most. This includes the recovery premium for this academic year worth over £300 million, weighted so that schools with more disadvantaged pupils receive more funding. Schools can use this funding to deliver evidence based approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils.

Schools already support the mental wellbeing of their pupils as part of their curriculum provision and pastoral support, which is paid for from schools’ core funding. The autumn 2021 Spending Review delivers an additional £4.7 billion for the core schools’ budget by the 2024/25 financial year, compared to previous plans. This settlement includes an additional £1.6 billion for schools and high needs in the 2022/23 financial year, on top of the funding we previously announced. It also includes an additional £1 billion for a Recovery Premium over the next two academic years (2022/23 and 2023/24). Schools will have flexibility to target funding towards those pupils who need it most, and we will publish further detail around rates, allocations, and conditions of grant in due course.

In May 2021, we also announced £17 million to build on existing mental health support in schools and colleges. This included £9.5 million to offer senior mental health lead training to around a third of all state schools and colleges in the 2021/22 financial year. This helped to implement effective holistic approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and £7 million to Wellbeing for Education Recovery which enabled local authorities to continue supporting schools and colleges to meet ongoing mental wellbeing needs.

This is in addition to the £79 million announced by the Department of Health and Social Care in March 2021 to significantly expand children’s mental health services. This will partly be spent on speeding up and expanding the provision of Mental Health Support Teams in schools and colleges, meaning nearly three million children in England will access school or college-based support by April 2023.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of Mind’s report entitled, Not making the grade: why our approach to mental health at secondary school is failing young people, published on 30 June 2021.

The government is grateful to Mind and Young Minds for their report about mental health in secondary schools. We recognise the difficulties that a significant number of young people are facing with their mental health and wellbeing, and that this can be linked to experiences of racism, trauma and abuse. We also know that the COVID-19 outbreak has had a particular impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Mental health and wellbeing are a priority for the government, and we are working closely with schools and colleges to support pupils to return in a way that supports their mental wellbeing.

We recently announced more than £17 million to improve mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges. This includes funding to train a senior mental health lead in 7,800 schools and colleges in England this academic year. Senior leads will learn about the range of mental health issues likely to be encountered in schools and colleges, the risk factors associated with specific groups, including pupils who have suffered from trauma and vulnerable groups and how to put in place whole school approaches that embed that knowledge into wider staff training and school processes, including behaviour and attendance policies.

This is in addition to the £79 million we announced in March to boost children and young people’s mental health support. This funding will increase Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) to cover around 35% of pupils in England by 2023. MHSTs work with groups of schools and colleges to identify specialist needs of pupils in their areas.

We understand that mental health difficulties can lead to challenging behaviour, and we know some students require additional support to behave well. Our Behaviour Hubs programme equips schools and multi-academy trusts to create and sustain positive behaviour cultures. The programme includes specialist training modules on managing challenging behaviour and inclusive practices and policies.

However, we will always support headteachers to use exclusion when required as part of creating calm and disciplined classrooms – and our guidance sets out how headteachers can make these difficult decisions in a way which is lawful and fair. At times, it may also be necessary to use reasonable force to restrain a pupil – for example, to break up a fight to protect teachers and other pupils. We trust schools to use their judgement in recording incidents involving force and, when serious incidents occur, we would expect schools to record the incident and let the parents know.

Furthermore, recently the department carried out a call for evidence as part of a fundamental review of both the behaviour and discipline and suspensions and permanent exclusions guidance. For this we gathered views on behaviour management which included interventions that support pupils with particular vulnerabilities. This will help us understand how schools have appropriate provision to support any mental health needs, special educational needs or disability that a pupil may have.

Racism has no place in schools, or in society. We expect headteachers to put effective behaviour policies in place to tackle this, including actions to prevent bullying, and have put in place support. Our Respectful School Communities tool can support schools to develop an approach which promotes respect and discipline, in order to combat bullying, harassment and abuse of any kind. We are also currently running a procurement exercise to fund anti-bullying organisations in 2021-22, to make sure that schools have the right support in place to prevent bullying of all pupils, including those with protected characteristics. This builds upon the changes we have made to make relationships education compulsory in all schools, which covers teaching pupils the knowledge they need to foster respect for other people and for difference. Where bullying and racist incidents do occur, schools should develop their own approaches for monitoring these and exercise their own judgement as to what will work best for their circumstances.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he plans to consult young people in addition to teachers and parents in the current call for evidence on behaviour in schools.

The Department will consult with young people as part of the consultation regarding the revisions to the Behaviour and Discipline Guidance and the Suspensions and Permanent Exclusions guidance later this year.

The call for evidence on behaviour management, in-school units and managed moves closed on 10 August 2021 and the Department has received responses directly from young people and from organisations who represent their interests.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional resources he is providing schools to respond to guidance on covid-19.

On 2 July we published guidance to help schools prepare for all pupils, in all year groups, to return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. The guidance can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.

Schools have been able to claim additional funding for exceptional costs incurred due to COVID-19, between March and July 2020, such as additional cleaning required due to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases and increased premises costs to keep schools open for priority groups during the Easter and summer half term holidays. Schools have also continued to receive their core funding allocations throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Following last year’s Spending Round, school budgets are rising by £2.6 billion in 2020-21, £4.8 billion in 2021-22 and £7.1 billion in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20.

As stated in our guidance, schools should use their existing resources when making arrangements to welcome all children back for the autumn. There are no plans at present to reimburse additional costs incurred as part of that process.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in (a) Sheffield, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England have (i) students and (ii) staff who are self-isolating due to covid-19 in the latest period for which figures are available.

Keeping close track of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in schools is a priority for the Government. The Department is currently collecting data from schools on a daily basis, as well as gathering information from local areas and following up with individual settings to confirm that procedures for requiring pupils to isolate are well understood and that necessary decisions are made on the basis of public health advice.

We collect data on the number of schools that have indicated they have sent children home due to COVID-19 containment measures and have attendance data for schools that have done so. The Department’s published data on school openings and attendance, shows that 94% of state-funded schools were fully open on 17 September. For responding schools which were not fully open on 17 September, 4% said they were not fully open due to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Approximately 87% of pupils on roll in state-funded schools were in attendance on 17 September. Attendance estimates include pupils absent for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related reasons. Equivalent estimates have not been made at lower levels of locality. More information is available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.

From the autumn term, pupils in all year groups have now returned to school full-time. Our latest guidance on full opening sets out the public health advice schools should follow and how we expect schools to operate in the autumn term. The Department’s guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.

Public Health England (PHE) leads in holding data on infection, incidence and COVID-19 cases overall. PHE have published data on COVID-19 incidents by institution, including educational settings. This data can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports (page 16).

8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) schools and (b) local councils where incidents of covid-19 occur.

On 2 July we published guidance to help schools prepare for all pupils, in all year groups, to return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. The guidance can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.

The above includes guidance for how schools should manage confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst the school community, and contain any outbreak. Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for COVID-19 and should contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. For individuals or groups of self-isolating pupils, remote education plans should be in place.

25th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure students can continue to access student finance during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Student Loans Company will continue to make scheduled tuition payments to providers for the remainder of the current, 2019/20, academic year.

Students will also continue to receive scheduled payments of loans towards their living costs for 2019/20. Both tuition and living costs payments will continue irrespective of closures or whether learning has moved online.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support will be available to parents whose nurseries continue to charge them while the nursery is closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

We are working hard to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on all parts of our society, including individuals and business. Childcare providers have individual agreements with parents and therefore we urge all childcare providers to be reasonable and balanced in their dealings with parents, given the great uncertainty they will be facing too.

We have announced that we will continue to pay funding to local authorities for the early years entitlements for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds, and private nurseries are eligible for a business rates holiday for one year from 1 April. Childcare providers will also be eligible for wider support measures announced by the government.

Guidance for early years settings can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures and

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to review sex and relationships education in schools and academies to ensure it includes age-appropriate guidance on online pornography.

From September 2020, relationships education will become compulsory for all primary-aged pupils, relationships and sex education (RSE) compulsory for all secondary-aged pupils, and health education compulsory for all pupils in state-funded schools. These subjects are designed to ensure pupils are taught the knowledge and life skills they will need to stay safe, build confidence and resilience, and develop healthy and supportive relationships.

In relationships education and RSE, teachers need to address online safety and appropriate behaviour in a way that is relevant to pupils’ lives. Teachers should include content on how information and data is shared and used in all contexts, including online. This should include, for example, how specifically sexually explicit material such as pornography presents a distorted picture of sexual behaviours, can damage the way people see themselves in relation to others and negatively affect how they behave towards sexual partners. Teaching should also cover relevant aspects of the law so that pupils understand that sharing and viewing indecent images of children (including those created by children) is a criminal offence which carries severe penalties, including custodial sentences.

16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure (a) schools and (b) families are reimbursed for school trips cancelled as a result of covid-19.

On 12 March 2020, the Government advised all schools and other education settings in England against undertaking any overseas trips for children under 18. More recently, on 16 March, the Government advised against anyone making non-essential domestic trips. All travel guidance is available on GOV.UK and all educational settings in England have been alerted to the existence of, and directed to, this advice via the daily Covid-19 education sector update they receive directly from the Department for Education.

With regard to insurance matters, all schools should check with their travel providers and credit card companies regarding securing refunds in the first instance. If unable to recoup their full costs, those academies signed up to the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) for schools should then submit their claims as per the RPA membership pack and other affected schools should contact their individual insurance providers.

Government Covid-19 travel guidance for the education sector can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector.

FCO Covid-19 travel guidance is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were entered for A-level music in (a) Sheffield City Council area, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each of the last five years.

The following table provides the number of pupils who were entered for A-level music in (a) Sheffield City Council area, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each of the last 3 years.

Students receiving a grade for A level Music[1],[2]

Academic year

Area

Sheffield local authority

Yorkshire & Humber region

England

2016-17

36

356

5,035

2017-18

28

374

4,980

2018-19

43

318

4,709

The information for previous years is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

[1] Includes students who receive grade, which will differ slightly from initial registration in a subject.

[2] Data for 2016/17 and 2017/18 is final; data for 2018/19 is revised, and subject to minor changes.

30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school music teachers there were in each of the last five years.

The number of music teachers in service at state funded secondary schools from November 2014 to November 2018 is provided in the table below:

Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Headcount of music teachers

7,109

6,862

6,720

6,480

6,525

Source: School Workforce Census

The percentage of all hours taught which were spent on music in state funded secondary schools in England from November 2014 to 2018 is provided in the table below:

Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

% of hours spent on teaching music

2.4%

2.4%

2.3%

2.3%

2.2%

Source: School Workforce Census

30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were entered for GCSE music in (a) Sheffield City Council area, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each of the last five years.

The number of pupils[1] entered for GCSE music[2] in Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber and England from 2014/15 – 2018/19 is shown in the table below:

Region/Local Authority[3]

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19[4]

England

38,851

37,218

34,557

30,926

30,655

Yorkshire and The Humber

3,354

3,268

2,955

2,446

2,334

Sheffield

239

251

250

224

226

Please note, any trends observed in the above figures should be treated with caution and considered against changes in methodology over the five year period, changes in cohort and more recently, changes in entry behaviour from schools following the introduction of 9-1 reformed GCSEs across all GCSE subjects including music in 2018. Since 2014/15, the percentage of the GCSE cohort in state funded schools who take music GCSE has fluctuated but remained broadly stable at between 6 and 7%. It currently stands at 6%.

For more information on GCSE reform and changes in key stage 4 performance tables, please see the secondary accountability measures guidance here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/840275/Secondary_accountability_measures_guidance__-_October_2019_final_with_ref.pdf.

We want all pupils to have a high quality music education. The Department is proud of and will be refreshing its National Plan for Music Education, which sets an ambitious vision for music education for every child, regardless of their background. The subject is compulsory in the national curriculum and this government is providing funding of over £300 million for Music Education Hubs between 2016 and 2020. In January we announced a further £80 million investment in Hubs for 2020-21. Music Education Hubs support schools to drive up the quality and consistency of music education and our national funding formula for Hubs, based on local pupil numbers means extra weighting for pupils in receipt of free school meals. Music Education Hubs have done excellent work to ensure there is more equitable access to music education. We also provide £500,000 per year to In Harmony, a national music programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities through ensemble music-making.

This Government supports exceptionally talented young musicians from low-income families to fulfil their potential through the £30 million per annum Music and Dance Scheme. The scheme helps ensure that all children and young people with exceptional ability can benefit from world-class, specialist training, regardless of their personal circumstances.

[1] Includes attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years.

[2] In line with discounting rules, only one attempt is counted.

[3] Local Authority and Region figures cover achievements in state-funded schools only. They do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas and so will not match with state-funded figures in the published data. The 'England' line is a sum of Local authority figures and will differ from the national totals published.

[4] Data for 2014/15 – 2017/18 is final, data for 2018/19 is provisional.

28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish guidance on the completion of health certificates for products on the prohibited and restricted list.

We published the certificates for meat products listed as prohibited and restricted by the EU on 27 January, and the certificates' notes for guidance, for use by the certifying officers, on 29 January.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which aspect of SPS checks on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be phased in.

Regarding trade from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI), the NI Protocol will enter into force from 1 January 2021. At this point, new requirements will apply, in particular to the movement of live animals, plants and agrifood goods. Guidance on these requirements has been published on GOV.UK at the link below, which continues to be updated.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-goods-under-the-northern-ireland-protocol

The requirements that will apply on 1 January to particular types of trade continue to be subject to discussion with the EU. The Government intends to be in a position to provide guidance to traders, based on the outcome of these discussions, in the very near future.

Regarding trade from NI to GB, the draft Definition of Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 are currently before Parliament. These draft regulations set out that, from the end of the transition period, all goods in free circulation in NI moving directly from NI ports to GB will qualify for unfettered market access.

For goods moving from NI to GB which qualify for unfettered market access from 1 January 2021, direct trade will continue as it does now. Any existing sanitary and phytosanitary checks will continue but there will be no new requirements to place these goods on the market. Appropriate authorities can continue to use existing powers after 1 January 2021 to manage and control the threat of disease and pest outbreaks in NI and GB where necessary. This will ensure that our high standards on food safety, plant and animal health, animal welfare and environmental protections can be maintained.

These regulations are part of a phased approach. This will be developed alongside NI business and the NI Executive and introduced during the course of 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether construction has begun on the expanded infrastructure required at each Border Control post in Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has been working closely with the Northern Ireland (NI) Executive, and specifically DAERA, on additional or expanded Border Control Post designations at NI points of entry. Work is ongoing at the Points of Entry at Larne, Belfast and Warrenpoint Ports to deliver the facilities needed to undertake sanitary and phytosanitary checks on goods coming into NI from Great Britain (GB) following the end of the transition period. This work has been principally informed by existing trade patterns.

The UK Government is in negotiations with the EU about GB-NI movements. Once these negotiations are complete and a clear process for GB-NI has been defined we will communicate this.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the average daily volume of (a) goods and (b) goods requiring documentary paperwork for SPS checks travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the event that the UK and EU do not reach an agreement on those checks.

Defra and Daera are working together to ensure that both trade and the movement of goods will continue at the end of the Transition Period. Outcomes from this work, including the process by which controls are conducted, and their frequency (including the level of physical checks required) are being discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. Discussions are based on the context of the provision in the Protocol that both parties must use their "best endeavours" to avoid controls at Northern Ireland ports.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of veterinary officials that will be required at border inspection posts in Northern Ireland for trade from Great Britain; and how many of those veterinary officials have been recruited to date.

Decisions on the requirement for and recruitment of veterinary and other technical staff within Northern Ireland, including at points of entry from Great Britain, are for the Northern Ireland Executive. Defra continues to work closely with the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on this and other aspects of implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. We are also taking steps to increase official certifier capacity in Great Britain in line with the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In addition to funding provided last year, we recently launched a £200,000 scheme to provide training for Official Veterinarians and £100,000 for Certification Support Officers.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether plans to implement digitally the documentary and identity SPS checks on goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As set out in the Command Paper on the UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, it is the Government’s intention that checks required under the Protocol should be supported by relevant electronic processes.

Defra continues to work closely with the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and relevant enforcement bodies, who have responsibility for undertaking controls for sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) purposes on goods entering Northern Ireland, on the process by which these controls will take place.

In line with our shared determination to maximise the free flow of trade, we are actively seeking to simplify and minimise electronic documentary requirements for SPS purposes.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) the Northern Ireland agrifood sector and (b) food prices of not reaching an SPS agreement with the EU by the end of the transition period.

The Government works closely with the Northern Ireland Executive on devolved agri-food matters and is committed to ensuring that we maximise the opportunities for Northern Ireland having left the EU. It remains committed to a New Deal for Northern Ireland, which includes appropriate commitments to help boost economic growth and Northern Ireland’s competitiveness.

The Government monitors food prices on a monthly basis through the Consumer Prices Index including Housing Costs (CPIH). The Government does not have direct control over food prices, but it constantly monitors and investigates factors and changes that can potentially have an impact on food prices. The Government works closely with the Northern Ireland Executive on devolved agri-food matters.

We want a relationship with the EU which is based on friendly cooperation between sovereign equals and centred on free trade. We will continue to work closely with industry to promote transparency for consumers, and internationally to promote open and sustainable global markets.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of goods consignments from Great Britain to Northern Ireland that contain agri-food products.

Data on flows of agri-food products between Great Britain and Northern Ireland are not available from published datasets. Defra has been working with port operators, ferry companies and logistics companies to understand these flows; however, the data themselves are commercially sensitive and cannot be shared publicly.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is seeking an agreement with the EU on sanitary measures applicable to trade in live animals and animal products.

The Government is seeking agreement with the EU on a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) chapter as part of the Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement that would cover sanitary measures applicable to trade in live animals and animal products. The chapter should build on the WTO SPS Agreement, in line with recent EU agreements such as CETA and the EU-NZ Veterinary Agreement. It should protect human, animal and plant life and health, and the environment while facilitating access to each party’s market. It should ensure parties’ SPS measures do not create unjustified barriers to trade in agri-food goods between the UK and EU. Finally, it should reflect SPS chapters in other EU preferential trade agreements, including preserving each party’s autonomy over their own SPS regimes.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any additional costs will be charged for consignments of agri-food goods entering the Single Epidemiological Unit from Great Britain following the transition period.

The Northern Ireland Protocol applies European Union sanitary and phyto-sanitary law in Northern Ireland. As we acknowledged in our Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226), agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be subject to checks at points of entry to Northern Ireland, building on what already happens at ports like Belfast and Larne. A trader of a good subject to checks is not charged for the issue of health certificates but may face costs for certification. EU law provides for charges to be made for checks. The Government is making proposals to minimise requirements and associated costs for the movement of agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Products of Animal Origin moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will require an export health certificate or SPS documentary, visual and physical checks following the end of the transition period.

The Northern Ireland Protocol applies European Union sanitary and phyto-sanitary law in Northern Ireland. As we acknowledged in our Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226), agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be subject to checks at points of entry to Northern Ireland, building on what already happens at ports like Belfast and Larne. A trader of a good subject to checks is not charged for the issue of health certificates but may face costs for certification. EU law provides for charges to be made for checks. The Government is making proposals to minimise requirements and associated costs for the movement of agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which ports not in use for the purpose of the Single Epidemiological Unit the Government plans to designate as a Border Inspection Post.

Existing entry points for agri-food goods shall be expanded to provide for proportionate additional controls. This will build on what already happens at ports like Larne and Belfast for agri-food checks. We expect to request additional categories of commodities at Belfast Port, and to designate Larne Port for live animal imports. Checks are already currently carried out at Larne on all livestock entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, but the existing facility does not currently have formal EU approval.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of veterinary officials required at Border Inspection Posts in Northern Ireland for trade from Great Britain; and how many such veterinary officials have been recruited to date.

This is a devolved matter so we cannot provide an answer. We are working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure the delivery of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether inspections of non-livestock goods from Great Britain travelling into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland include (a) animal products and (b) products of non-animal origin.

There are currently no sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) inspections carried out on products of animal origin (POAO) or animal by-products (ABP) travelling from Great Britain to the island of Ireland. For germinal products, risk-based post-import checks are carried out at destination.

There are SPS, regulatory and customs checks as goods arrive in Northern Ireland (NI) from third countries. This will not change as a result of the NI Protocol.

For POAO and ABP, only commercial documentation is required from Great Britain into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland. Germinal products require health certification.

There are no SPS inspections or documentation requirements on food not of animal origin travelling from Great Britain into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland.

No fees are currently charged at the single epidemiological unit for consignments from Great Britain.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what documentation the Single Epidemiological Unit requires for imports from Great Britain.

There are currently no sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) inspections carried out on products of animal origin (POAO) or animal by-products (ABP) travelling from Great Britain to the island of Ireland. For germinal products, risk-based post-import checks are carried out at destination.

There are SPS, regulatory and customs checks as goods arrive in Northern Ireland (NI) from third countries. This will not change as a result of the NI Protocol.

For POAO and ABP, only commercial documentation is required from Great Britain into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland. Germinal products require health certification.

There are no SPS inspections or documentation requirements on food not of animal origin travelling from Great Britain into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland.

No fees are currently charged at the single epidemiological unit for consignments from Great Britain.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what fees are currently charged at the Single Epidemiological Unit for consignments from Great Britain.

There are currently no sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) inspections carried out on products of animal origin (POAO) or animal by-products (ABP) travelling from Great Britain to the island of Ireland. For germinal products, risk-based post-import checks are carried out at destination.

There are SPS, regulatory and customs checks as goods arrive in Northern Ireland (NI) from third countries. This will not change as a result of the NI Protocol.

For POAO and ABP, only commercial documentation is required from Great Britain into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland. Germinal products require health certification.

There are no SPS inspections or documentation requirements on food not of animal origin travelling from Great Britain into the single epidemiological unit on the island of Ireland.

No fees are currently charged at the single epidemiological unit for consignments from Great Britain.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate the Government has made of the proportion of live animals and products of animal origin which currently require documentary, identity and physical checks on entry into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

There are currently no requirements regarding sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) checks on most products of animal origin (POAO) intended for human consumption on entry into Northern Ireland (NI) from Great Britain (GB). They do not need to be certified by an Official Veterinarian. Certain live animals and germinal products under commercial movement from GB to NI, including livestock such as cattle and sheep, do require a health certificate signed by an Official Veterinarian. These live animal movements are currently subject to a degree of checks at the port of entry, determined by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs as the relevant competent authority.

Endangered animals and plants covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) do not currently require CITES checks on entry from GB to NI, although some specimens may require specific documentation for commercial use.

POAO travelling from GB to NI do not require an export health certificate or SPS documentary, visual and physical checks.

There are SPS, regulatory and customs checks as goods arrive in NI from third countries. This will not change as a result of the NI Protocol.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of live animals and products of animal origin currently require a Export Health Certificate signed by an Official Veterinarian in consignments between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

There are currently no requirements regarding sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) checks on most products of animal origin (POAO) intended for human consumption on entry into Northern Ireland (NI) from Great Britain (GB). They do not need to be certified by an Official Veterinarian. Certain live animals and germinal products under commercial movement from GB to NI, including livestock such as cattle and sheep, do require a health certificate signed by an Official Veterinarian. These live animal movements are currently subject to a degree of checks at the port of entry, determined by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs as the relevant competent authority.

Endangered animals and plants covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) do not currently require CITES checks on entry from GB to NI, although some specimens may require specific documentation for commercial use.

POAO travelling from GB to NI do not require an export health certificate or SPS documentary, visual and physical checks.

There are SPS, regulatory and customs checks as goods arrive in NI from third countries. This will not change as a result of the NI Protocol.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff currently work for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on signing-off medical assessments.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) currently employs 565 members of staff who make decisions on driving licence applications where a medical condition must be investigated.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the size of the backlog of medical assessment approvals at the Driver and Vehicle License Agency.

As of 26 April 2022, there are 317,286 driving licence applications where a medical condition is being investigated before a licence can be issued.

The length of time taken to deal with an application depends on the medical condition(s) involved and whether further information or clinical tests are required from medical professionals. This has been impacted by the availability of NHS doctors during the pandemic. Most applicants renewing an existing licence will be able to continue driving while their application is being processed. More information can be found online here.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the details are of the common level of seafarer protection that his Department is discussing with unions and operators.

Our discussions with unions and operators are focused on protections relating to the employment, safety and training of seafarers, and are ongoing.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) enforcement powers and (b) access to enforcement bodies the Government plans to provide to British ports that refuse access to ferry companies that do not pay the national minimum wage.

We will publish in coming weeks a full public consultation that will detail our proposed enforcement regime, including the role of Ports and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. This will seek views on how this could work in practice and seek views on other workable solutions respondents have.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to provide new statutory powers to British ports to refuse access to regular ferry services which do not pay their crew the National Minimum Wage.

Legislation will be introduced as soon as possible into Parliament that intends to make access to UK ports conditional on the payment of seafarers equivalent to National Minimum Wage for vessels visiting UK ports on a frequent and scheduled basis. This is to close gaps in legislation to ensure seafarers with a close connection to the UK receive this pay protection. We will shortly be publishing a public consultation on this, setting out full details of the proposals, and seeking views on the scope and enforcement.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to support seafarer mental health; and how that support will be made accessible.

The Department and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (the MCA) have taken action in a number of ways in recent years to support seafarer mental health. The MCA has published “Wellbeing at Sea – A Guide for Organisations” and “Wellbeing at Sea – A Pocket Guide for Seafarers” and supporting posters.

The Agency worked with the Merchant Navy Training Board on the introduction of mental health awareness training as part of the mandatory “Personal Safety and Social Responsibility” training which every seafarer must undergo when joining the industry. The MCA also contributed to the work of the Maritime Charities Group on a new, elective training course for seafarers supporting those with mental health issues.

The MCA and the Red Ensign Group sponsored International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network’s (ISWAN) project “Social Interaction Matters”, which aims to help shipping and ship management companies to positively impact the wellbeing of their seafarers by improving social interaction on board. The final report will be published later this year.

Currently, the MCA is piloting a cadet wellbeing support programme to prepare cadets for their time at sea (working with the Tapiit Academy). A new Wellbeing at Sea Tool will be launched in the summer to help shipping companies to monitor the wellbeing of their employees and focus help where it is needed. The wellbeing tool will take the form of an anonymous survey which seafarers will complete. The results will give management insights into areas where wellbeing could be improved. The survey can be repeated as changes are made to ensure that wellbeing initiatives have the desired impacts. Seafarers’ will be provided with tailored information and advice to improve their wellbeing based on their responses.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria the Maritime and Coastguard Agency plans to apply to its review of enforcement policies to ensure that those policies are fit for purpose now and in future.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements and enforces its policies in line with safety conventions agreed internationally. The MCA will continue to judge its performance against agreed international standards.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK-based firms have been shortlisted for the provision of the main civils works contract for phase 2a of HS2.

As stated in my latest report to Parliament on 16 March 2022, the start of procurement for the HS2 Phase 2a main works civils framework is expected to commence later this year, therefore it has not reached the shortlisting stage.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK-based firms have been shortlisted for the design and construction of the proposed automated people mover, carrying passengers from Birmingham Interchange Station to Birmingham International Airport via stops at the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Rail Station.

The procurement for the Automated People Mover has not yet been launched. Therefore, there is no shortlist currently.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there is a target for procuring from UK firms in respect of HS2 future contract opportunities.

HS2 Ltd conducts all procurement activity on a fair, open and transparent basis that does not discriminate on the basis of location, in line with UK public procurement legislation - the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 under which they operate.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has set targets for the use of UK steel in respect of Integrated Rail Plan projects throughout the duration of those projects.

The schemes set out in the IRP will be delivered by Network Rail and High Speed Two Ltd, who are expected to conform with Government procurement guidance to ensure a level playing field for UK steel producers.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many individual contracts have been awarded by HS2 for (a) rolling stock, (b) construction, (c) railway systems and (d) corporate services; and what proportion of those contracts were awarded to businesses based in the UK.

Two contracts have been awarded for (a) rolling stock (100% awarded to businesses based in the UK), (b) 360 construction related contracts have been awarded (94.4% awarded to businesses based in the UK), (c) two contracts have been awarded for railway systems so far (100% awarded to businesses based in the UK), (d) 1,970 contracts have been awarded for corporate services (98.2% awarded to businesses based in the UK).

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training and skills will be provided by the proposed global framework for maritime training and skills.

The Cadet Training & Modernisation Programme, coordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), commenced in late 2021 and draws input in from around the maritime sector. The programme has set up a group to perform a comprehensive review of seafarer training that will modernise the UK’s maritime training standards. The UK will take forward these initiatives to the applicable forum at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the proposed comprehensive review of seafarer training.

The development and evolution of training must meet accelerating changes within shipping. This will become part of the UK’s negotiating position on change and we will take a key role in ensuring an appropriate global framework for maritime training and skills.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the public sector apprenticeships target, how many apprentices were employed in his Department in the financial year 2021-22; and what proportion of the total workforce in his Department in that year were apprentices.

Department for Transport is currently collating and quality assuring data on apprenticeships for 2021/22. Final figures are not yet available. The Cabinet Office, on behalf of the Civil Service, will be publishing a full breakdown of departmental performance on apprenticeships in the Autumn in line with previous years. Data for all departments between 2017 and 2021 is available on Gov.uk and shows the department recruited 182 apprentices, equivalent to 2.3% during 2020/21.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of orders for zero emission buses using funding from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area scheme have been secured by UK manufacturers.

In March 2021 the Transport Secretary launched the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme which was open to local transport authorities who were able to bid for funding to introduce zero emission buses and the infrastructure needed to support them in their areas.

In October 2021, the Government announced £70.8 million of funding to be awarded under the fast track process of the ZEBRA scheme to 5 local transport authorities, supporting the introduction of 335 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.

On 26 March 2022, the Government announced £198.3 million of funding under the standard process of the ZEBRA scheme to 12 local transport authorities, supporting the introduction of 943 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.

Orders for zero emission buses will be placed by local transport authorities or bus operators. UK bus manufactures are well placed to secure orders for zero emission buses from the ZEBRA scheme. We expect first orders to be placed later this year.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his oral statement of 30 March 2022, Official Report, column 840, who the relevant port authorities are for the purposes of enforcement of proposed minimum wage legislation at the London Gateway port.

The relevant Statutory Harbour Authorities (SHAs) are DP World London Gateway and The Port of London Authority at the London Gateway port. We are proposing the enforcement is led by the SHA where the relevant berth(s) for the in-scope vessels are located, though the power to levy surcharges and to exclude ship-operators would (by default) apply to all. These proposals are however still subject to consultation.

Currently London Gateway port hosts no ferry operations. On this current basis London Gateway port would not be directed to surcharge or suspend ferry services.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 146535, on P&O Ferries: Redundancy, whether it was while standing at the Despatch Box that he first became aware of disruption with the potential to last up to ten days in the event of dismissals by P&O Ferries.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about employee dismissals taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 145943, on P&O Ferries: Temporary Employment, whether it was while standing at the Despatch Box that he was first informed that P&O planned to use agency staff to restart routes in the event of dismissals of employees by P&O Ferries.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about employee dismissals taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 145940, on P&O Ferries: Redundancy, whether it was while standing at the Despatch Box that he was first informed that the (a) Kent Resilience Forum or (b) Cabinet Office were being convened to manage disruption as a result of potential dismissals of employees by P&O Ferries.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about employee dismissals taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 145938, on DP World and P&O Ferries: Contracts, whether that review of contracts in place with P&O Ferries and DP World has concluded.

The government’s review of contracts continues. The government will take action where it is appropriate to do so.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which unions and operators his Department has contacted to agree a common level of seafarer protection.

The Department has spoken with the seafarers’ unions - Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) - and with the UK Chamber of Shipping and its members in the ferry sector.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the table entitled Total funding amounts per year in the transparency data on Highways maintenance and ITB funding formula allocations, 2022 to 2025, updated by his Department on 28 February 2022, how much equivalent funding was received by authorities now covered by City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements in each year from 2019-20 to date.

The £5.7 billion City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) programme provides long-term capital funding to improve the local transport networks of eight city regions across England over the next five years from 2022/23. These five-year settlements, confirmed with Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs), consolidate new and existing funds in these areas, including the Highways Maintenance Block, Integrated Transport Block, and the Potholes Fund.

The eligible MCAs have flexibility to manage their settlements to meet local transport priorities, including discretion on the funding of highways maintenance programmes within their areas and constituent local authorities. Prior to 2022/23 there were no local authorities covered by CRSTS, but funding for constituent local authorities still went directly to the MCA.

For 2019/20, the Pothole Action Fund was combined with the Flood Resilience Fund. The two funds provided a total of £50 million and the individual allocations for eligible local authorities in England, outside of London, are listed in the table below.

Details of the individual allocations for the remaining five years for local authorities are published on GOV.UK at the following links:

2020-21: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/roads-funding-information-pack/roads-funding-information-pack

2021-22: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations/highways-maintenance-funding-formula-allocations-2021-to-2022

2022-23 – 2024/25: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations

Authority

Pothole Action Fund & Flood Resilience Fund

Bedford Borough Council

162,473

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

98,498

Blackpool Council

81,477

Bournemouth Borough Council

92,325

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

84,931

Brighton and Hove City Council

108,485

Buckinghamshire County Council

593,292

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

987,459

Central Bedfordshire Council

259,529

Cheshire East Council

533,171

Cheshire West and Chester Council

436,018

Cornwall Council

1,293,715

Cumbria County Council

1,416,792

Derby City Council

133,305

Derbyshire County Council

1,014,920

Devon County Council

2,272,855

Dorset County Council

757,831

Durham County Council

661,777

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

623,454

East Sussex County Council

604,761

Essex County Council

1,405,787

Gateshead Council

156,879

Gloucestershire County Council

993,213

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

1,630,206

Hampshire County Council

1,543,481

Herefordshire Council

603,370

Hertfordshire County Council

889,480

Kent County Council

1,596,053

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

128,716

Lancashire County Council

1,242,575

Leicester City Council

148,727

Leicestershire County Council

794,423

Lincolnshire County Council

1,642,351

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

991,589

Luton Borough Council

80,205

Medway Council

151,142

Milton Keynes Council

216,586

Newcastle City Council

170,564

Norfolk County Council

1,750,263

North East Lincolnshire Council

117,571

North Lincolnshire Council

251,576

North Somerset Council

204,795

North Tyneside Council

143,919

North Yorkshire County Council

1,637,180

Northamptonshire County Council

812,440

Northumberland County Council

899,542

Nottingham City Council

141,319

Nottinghamshire County Council

858,967

Oxfordshire County Council

864,837

Plymouth City Council

140,815

Borough of Poole Council

95,493

Portsmouth City Council

81,777

Reading Borough Council

72,114

Rutland County Council

102,003

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

722,755

Shropshire Council

908,396

Slough Borough Council

54,952

Somerset County Council

1,211,948

South Tyneside Council

99,525

Southampton City Council

104,509

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

81,571

Staffordshire County Council

1,123,967

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

156,481

Suffolk County Council

1,236,079

Sunderland City Council

202,799

Surrey County Council

983,784

Swindon Borough Council

155,426

Tees Valley Combined Authority

534,488

Telford and Wrekin Council

185,289

Thurrock Council

104,519

Torbay Council

94,730

Warrington Borough Council

177,052

Warwickshire County Council

717,722

West Berkshire Council

240,000

West Midlands Combined Authority

941,981

West of England Combined Authority

661,564

West Sussex County Council

771,759

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

1,727,090

Wiltshire Council

857,899

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

121,018

Wokingham Borough Council

138,325

Worcestershire County Council

764,933

City Of York Council

142,417

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to transparency data on Highways maintenance and ITB funding formula allocations, 2022 to 2025, updated by his Department on 28 February 2022, how much funding is allocated to each local authority for potholes in each year from 2019-20 to 2024-25.

The £5.7 billion City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) programme provides long-term capital funding to improve the local transport networks of eight city regions across England over the next five years from 2022/23. These five-year settlements, confirmed with Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs), consolidate new and existing funds in these areas, including the Highways Maintenance Block, Integrated Transport Block, and the Potholes Fund.

The eligible MCAs have flexibility to manage their settlements to meet local transport priorities, including discretion on the funding of highways maintenance programmes within their areas and constituent local authorities. Prior to 2022/23 there were no local authorities covered by CRSTS, but funding for constituent local authorities still went directly to the MCA.

For 2019/20, the Pothole Action Fund was combined with the Flood Resilience Fund. The two funds provided a total of £50 million and the individual allocations for eligible local authorities in England, outside of London, are listed in the table below.

Details of the individual allocations for the remaining five years for local authorities are published on GOV.UK at the following links:

2020-21: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/roads-funding-information-pack/roads-funding-information-pack

2021-22: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations/highways-maintenance-funding-formula-allocations-2021-to-2022

2022-23 – 2024/25: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations

Authority

Pothole Action Fund & Flood Resilience Fund

Bedford Borough Council

162,473

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

98,498

Blackpool Council

81,477

Bournemouth Borough Council

92,325

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

84,931

Brighton and Hove City Council

108,485

Buckinghamshire County Council

593,292

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

987,459

Central Bedfordshire Council

259,529

Cheshire East Council

533,171

Cheshire West and Chester Council

436,018

Cornwall Council

1,293,715

Cumbria County Council

1,416,792

Derby City Council

133,305

Derbyshire County Council

1,014,920

Devon County Council

2,272,855

Dorset County Council

757,831

Durham County Council

661,777

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

623,454

East Sussex County Council

604,761

Essex County Council

1,405,787

Gateshead Council

156,879

Gloucestershire County Council

993,213

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

1,630,206

Hampshire County Council

1,543,481

Herefordshire Council

603,370

Hertfordshire County Council

889,480

Kent County Council

1,596,053

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

128,716

Lancashire County Council

1,242,575

Leicester City Council

148,727

Leicestershire County Council

794,423

Lincolnshire County Council

1,642,351

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

991,589

Luton Borough Council

80,205

Medway Council

151,142

Milton Keynes Council

216,586

Newcastle City Council

170,564

Norfolk County Council

1,750,263

North East Lincolnshire Council

117,571

North Lincolnshire Council

251,576

North Somerset Council

204,795

North Tyneside Council

143,919

North Yorkshire County Council

1,637,180

Northamptonshire County Council

812,440

Northumberland County Council

899,542

Nottingham City Council

141,319

Nottinghamshire County Council

858,967

Oxfordshire County Council

864,837

Plymouth City Council

140,815

Borough of Poole Council

95,493

Portsmouth City Council

81,777

Reading Borough Council

72,114

Rutland County Council

102,003

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

722,755

Shropshire Council

908,396

Slough Borough Council

54,952

Somerset County Council

1,211,948

South Tyneside Council

99,525

Southampton City Council

104,509

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

81,571

Staffordshire County Council

1,123,967

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

156,481

Suffolk County Council

1,236,079

Sunderland City Council

202,799

Surrey County Council

983,784

Swindon Borough Council

155,426

Tees Valley Combined Authority

534,488

Telford and Wrekin Council

185,289

Thurrock Council

104,519

Torbay Council

94,730

Warrington Borough Council

177,052

Warwickshire County Council

717,722

West Berkshire Council

240,000

West Midlands Combined Authority

941,981

West of England Combined Authority

661,564

West Sussex County Council

771,759

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

1,727,090

Wiltshire Council

857,899

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

121,018

Wokingham Borough Council

138,325

Worcestershire County Council

764,933

City Of York Council

142,417

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the table entitled Local highway authority amounts per year in the transparency data on Highways maintenance and ITB funding formula allocations, 2022 to 2025, updated by his Department on 28 February 2022, how much each local authority covered by the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements will receive per year.

The £5.7 billion City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) programme provides long-term capital funding to improve the local transport networks of eight city regions across England over the next five years from 2022/23. These five-year settlements, confirmed with Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs), consolidate new and existing funds in these areas, including the Highways Maintenance Block, Integrated Transport Block, and the Potholes Fund.

The eligible MCAs have flexibility to manage their settlements to meet local transport priorities, including discretion on the funding of highways maintenance programmes within their areas and constituent local authorities. Prior to 2022/23 there were no local authorities covered by CRSTS, but funding for constituent local authorities still went directly to the MCA.

For 2019/20, the Pothole Action Fund was combined with the Flood Resilience Fund. The two funds provided a total of £50 million and the individual allocations for eligible local authorities in England, outside of London, are listed in the table below.

Details of the individual allocations for the remaining five years for local authorities are published on GOV.UK at the following links:

2020-21: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/roads-funding-information-pack/roads-funding-information-pack

2021-22: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations/highways-maintenance-funding-formula-allocations-2021-to-2022

2022-23 – 2024/25: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations

Authority

Pothole Action Fund & Flood Resilience Fund

Bedford Borough Council

162,473

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

98,498

Blackpool Council

81,477

Bournemouth Borough Council

92,325

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

84,931

Brighton and Hove City Council

108,485

Buckinghamshire County Council

593,292

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

987,459

Central Bedfordshire Council

259,529

Cheshire East Council

533,171

Cheshire West and Chester Council

436,018

Cornwall Council

1,293,715

Cumbria County Council

1,416,792

Derby City Council

133,305

Derbyshire County Council

1,014,920

Devon County Council

2,272,855

Dorset County Council

757,831

Durham County Council

661,777

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

623,454

East Sussex County Council

604,761

Essex County Council

1,405,787

Gateshead Council

156,879

Gloucestershire County Council

993,213

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

1,630,206

Hampshire County Council

1,543,481

Herefordshire Council

603,370

Hertfordshire County Council

889,480

Kent County Council

1,596,053

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council

128,716

Lancashire County Council

1,242,575

Leicester City Council

148,727

Leicestershire County Council

794,423

Lincolnshire County Council

1,642,351

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

991,589

Luton Borough Council

80,205

Medway Council

151,142

Milton Keynes Council

216,586

Newcastle City Council

170,564

Norfolk County Council

1,750,263

North East Lincolnshire Council

117,571

North Lincolnshire Council

251,576

North Somerset Council

204,795

North Tyneside Council

143,919

North Yorkshire County Council

1,637,180

Northamptonshire County Council

812,440

Northumberland County Council

899,542

Nottingham City Council

141,319

Nottinghamshire County Council

858,967

Oxfordshire County Council

864,837

Plymouth City Council

140,815

Borough of Poole Council

95,493

Portsmouth City Council

81,777

Reading Borough Council

72,114

Rutland County Council

102,003

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

722,755

Shropshire Council

908,396

Slough Borough Council

54,952

Somerset County Council

1,211,948

South Tyneside Council

99,525

Southampton City Council

104,509

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

81,571

Staffordshire County Council

1,123,967

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

156,481

Suffolk County Council

1,236,079

Sunderland City Council

202,799

Surrey County Council

983,784

Swindon Borough Council

155,426

Tees Valley Combined Authority

534,488

Telford and Wrekin Council

185,289

Thurrock Council

104,519

Torbay Council

94,730

Warrington Borough Council

177,052

Warwickshire County Council

717,722

West Berkshire Council

240,000

West Midlands Combined Authority

941,981

West of England Combined Authority

661,564

West Sussex County Council

771,759

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

1,727,090

Wiltshire Council

857,899

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

121,018

Wokingham Borough Council

138,325

Worcestershire County Council

764,933

City Of York Council

142,417

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to produce an indicative projection of funding across the Spending Review period for Transport for the North.

Transport for the North (TfN) is a devolved, statutory body and, as such, the Department is required to fund it at a level commensurate with its statutory functions. This provides TfN with a degree of certainty over future funding that other, non-statutory Subnational Transport Bodies do not have.

As outlined in TfN’s funding letter of February 2022, and in line with other Subnational Transport Bodies, TfN’s future funding will depend on how effectively it performs over the current financial year and the extent to which it is providing additional value and benefit to the North of England.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 19 April 2022 to Question 150233 on Shipping, what the (a) working time and (b) rest hours are under that convention.

There are international standards for rest hours under both the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) and the International Maritime Organization’s Convention on the Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978 as amended (STCW).

The MLC allows ratifying countries to fix either a maximum number of hours of work which shall not be exceeded in a given period of time, or a minimum number of hours of rest which shall be provided in a given period of time.

The maximum hours of work set by the MLC are 14 hours in any 24-hour period and 72 hours in any seven-day period. The minimum hours of rest for seafarers set by both the MLC and STCW are 10 hours in any 24-hour period and 77 hours in any seven-day period. Hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least six hours in length, and the interval between consecutive periods of rest must not exceed 14 hours. The United Kingdom legislation fixes minimum hours of rest in accordance with the above provisions.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the press release of 19 April 2022, entitled Over one million half price rail tickets in first ever Great British Rail Sale, for what reason the sale did not extend to the school half-term holidays.

We have launched the Great British Rail Sale, the first ever nationwide rail sale, which has seen train operators from across the industry come together to offer significant discounts on over a million train tickets across Britain. The Great British Rail Sale will help save families money and them connect with friends and families.

The vast majority of train operators in England are involved, so tickets will be available across the country. In developing the Great British Rail Sale, the industry has identified routes and times where there is spare capacity to support additional passenger demand and avoid busy services.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Over one million half price rail tickets in first ever Great British Rail Sale, published on 19 April 2022, with the exception of routes eligible for a 50 per cent reduction, how many routes the reduction in tickets will apply; what the percentage reduction is on each of those routes; and on which routes have tickets been reduced.

We have launched the Great British Rail Sale, the first ever nationwide rail sale, which has seen train operators from across the industry come together to offer significant discounts on over a million train tickets across Britain. The Great British Rail Sale will help save families money and them connect with friends and families.

The vast majority of train operators in England are involved, so tickets will be available across the country. In developing the Great British Rail Sale, the industry has identified routes and times where there is spare capacity to support additional passenger demand and avoid busy services.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Over one million half price rail tickets in first ever Great British Rail Sale, published on 19 April 2022, if he will provide details of the routes to which the temporary reduction in off-peak fares will apply.

We have launched the Great British Rail Sale, the first ever nationwide rail sale, which has seen train operators from across the industry come together to offer significant discounts on over a million train tickets across Britain. The Great British Rail Sale will help save families money and them connect with friends and families.

The vast majority of train operators in England are involved, so tickets will be available across the country. In developing the Great British Rail Sale, the industry has identified routes and times where there is spare capacity to support additional passenger demand and avoid busy services.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail tickets were sold in March 2022.

The Department itself does not hold this information.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passenger journeys were made by rail in March 2022.

The Department itself does not hold this information.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason he did not seek a court order to disqualify Peter Hebblethwaite under Section 8, Section 12(c) and Schedule 1 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

In light of CEO Peter Hebblethwaite’s admission to Parliament that P&O Ferries knowingly broke the law, the Transport Secretary has written to the Insolvency Service to request they consider striking him off as a company leader and director. You will be aware that following a request from the Secretary of State for Business, the Insolvency Service has now commenced civil and criminal investigations into the conduct of P&O Ferries and I will continue to follow the matter closely as these investigations progress

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to ensure a minimum number of UK ratings and officers employed on all ferry operators docking in UK ports.

We have announced a nine-point plan to address the appalling way P&O have acted. This includes closing legal loopholes which allow ferry operators to undercut British workers.

The measures will also step up enforcement of existing laws, financially penalise companies which fire and rehire, and work with international partners to create minimum wage corridors.

We will work together to explore the creation of minimum wage corridors between our nations, as well as asking unions and operators to agree a common level of seafarer protection on these routes.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral statement of 30 March 2022 on P&O Ferries, whether free ports will be covered by the new statutory powers to refuse access to regular ferry services that do not pay their crew the national minimum wage.

Amendments to the Harbours Act will ensure all UK ports must refuse entry to any regular ferry service not paying the minimum wage.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure P&O Ferries publish safety risk assessments on the vessels operated by the company.

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code requires ship operators, such as P&O Ferries, to assess all identified risks to their ships, personnel and environment and establish appropriate safeguards. This aspect is reviewed during safety management audits both at the ship operators’ offices and on board their ships; any non-conformances identified would need to be rectified.

The port State control regime allows Marine Surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to inspect foreign-registered ships in UK ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules. There is no requirement to make these assessments public.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a certificate approval process to operate through the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for ferry services operating to and from UK ports.

The government does not own or control licenses for ferry operators to be able to enter UK ports, that is a commercial relationship between ship and port operators.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a statutory maximum continuous working provision for vessels under UK jurisdiction.

Seafarer working time and rest hours are set by international law in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (known as STCW) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has held with the port authority on the potential merits of giving them statutory powers to refuse access to regular ferry services which do not pay their crew the national minimum wage.

Government is engaging with port authorities on this issue. To ensure that seafarers are being treated fairly, the Government is giving British port authorities new statutory powers to ensure all regular ferry services must comply with National Minimum Wage law.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the announcement of 26 March 2022 on Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas scheme, where those buses will be built.

On 26 March 2022 the Department for Transport announced £198.3 million of funding from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme to 12 local transport authorities, supporting the introduction of 943 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.

Orders for zero emission buses will be placed by local transport authorities or bus operators. UK bus manufactures are well placed to secure orders for zero emission buses from the ZEBRA scheme.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to introduce trade union recognition as a condition of licence for ferry operators.

The Government already has legislation in place to cover trade union recognition.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much core funding his Department has allocated to each sub-national transport body (a) in each of the last five years and (b) over the next three years.

The table below sets out how much core funding the Department for Transport has allocated to each Sub-National Transport Body (STB) in each of the last five years, and the core funding allocations for the upcoming financial year. Where no figure has been provided, the STB was not yet formally established.

STB

17/18

18/19

19/20

20/21

21/22

22/23

Transport for the North

£10m*

£10m

£10m

£7m

£6m

£6.5m

Midlands Connect

£3m

£5m

£4m

£5m

£5m

£5m

Transport for the South-East

£100k

£1m

£500k

£1.225m

£1.225m

£1.725m

England’s Economic Heartland

£100k

£1m

£500k

£500k

£900k

£1.350m

Transport East

N/A

N/A

N/A

£425k

£520k

£762k

Western Gateway

N/A

N/A

N/A

£425k

£425k

£605k

Peninsula Transport

N/A

N/A

N/A

£425k

£425k

£585k

*This was provided to the Transport for the North Partnership Board, prior to TfN being established as a statutory body.

Whilst all non-statutory STBs have received an indicative projection of their funding across the Spending Review period, actual funding will be subject to an approved workplan and good performance over the previous Financial Year.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) minutes and (b) other relevant correspondence in relation to his meeting with DP World on 22 November 2021.

As part of our response to the Transport Select Committee hearing on P&O ferries, the Secretary of State has sent a note of the meeting with DP World in November.

We will publish a list of Government advisory groups that P&O Ferries and DP World sat on as soon as possible.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which government advisory groups P&O Ferries and DP World holds places on.

As part of our response to the Transport Select Committee hearing on P&O ferries, the Secretary of State has sent a note of the meeting with DP World in November.

We will publish a list of Government advisory groups that P&O Ferries and DP World sat on as soon as possible.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much core funding his Department has allocated to each Sub National Transport Body (a) in each of the last five years (b) over the next three years.

The table below sets out how much core funding the Department for Transport has allocated to each Sub-National Transport Body (STB) in each of the last five years, and the core funding allocations for the upcoming financial year. Where no figure has been provided, the STB had not yet been formally established.

STB

17/18

18/19

19/20

20/21

21/22

22/23

Transport for the North

£10m*

£10m

£10m

£7m

£6m

£6.5m

Midlands Connect

£3m

£5m

£4m

£5m

£5m

£5m

Transport for the South-East

£100k

£1m

£500k

£1.225m

£1.225m

£1.725m

England’s Economic Heartland

£100k

£1m

£500k

£500k

£900k

£1.350m

Transport East

N/A

N/A

N/A

£425k

£520k

£762k

Western Gateway

N/A

N/A

N/A

£425k

£425k

£605k

Peninsula Transport

N/A

N/A

N/A

£425k

£425k

£585k

*This was provided to the Transport for the North Partnership Board, prior to TfN being established as a statutory body.

Whilst all non-statutory STBs have received an indicative projection of their funding across the Spending Review period, actual funding will be subject to an approved workplan and good performance over the previous Financial Year.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he (a) last spoke and (b) next plans to speak at the Transport for the North Board.

A senior official regularly attends the Transport for the North Board to represent the Department.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish all responses to the memo sent to him and 10 Downing Street regarding P&O Ferries on 16 March 2022.

Officials are not aware of any written responses to the memo.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was informed that P&O Ferries redundancies would lead to service disruption.

On 16 March, under the terms of commercial confidentiality, the P&O Ferries Chief Executive informed a small group of senior officials in DfT of their intention to serve redundancy notices to 800 seafarers. This was to take effect on the morning of 17th March and gave the Government no time to engage.  Ministers were not told the full scale of P&O’s plans, nor the manner in which they would be carried out, in advance.

As part of this exchange with senior officials, P&O claimed suspended services would last for approximately ten days while they train new crew.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he became aware that redundancies made by P&O Ferries could lead to disruption of up to ten days.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about redundancies taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish all correspondence between his Department and (a) P&O Ferries and (b) DP World over the last six months.

I will instruct officials to review all correspondence relevant to this issue and consider the appropriate mechanism to make this available.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was informed of P&O's intention to use agency staff to restart routes.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about redundancies taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was informed that P&O intended to re-employ staff on new terms and conditions.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about redundancies taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he was informed that the (a) Kent Resilience Forum or (b) Cabinet Office were being convened to manage disruption as a result of dismissals of employees by P&O Ferries.

The Transport Secretary was standing at the Despatch Box on Thursday 17 March when he was passed a note about redundancies taking place.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on whether P&O Ferries notified the competent authority of its intention to make 800 employees redundant.

There are clear requirements around both consultation and notification when making collective redundancies. The vessels in question are under the flags of Cyprus, Bermuda and Bahamas, so notification should have been given to them. However, the period in which such notice should be given (45 days’ notice where 100 or more redundancies) still applies so if these authorities were only notified on 17 March, that suggests P&O have failed to comply.

We are actively working with other Governments to establish the facts on this and will assess next steps in due course.

The Chief Executive of P&O Ferries has admitted that he broke the law by choosing not to consult staff.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the value of contracts with Government held by DP World as of 23 March 2022.

The Government has instructed a total examination of any contracts in place with P&O Ferries and DP World across Government.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the review of Government contracts with P&O Ferries and DP World.

The Government has instructed a total examination of any contracts in place with P&O Ferries and DP World across Government.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making it a condition of licence to operate out of UK ports that vessels pay the National Minimum Wage.

The Government is strongly committed to the welfare and protection of workers’ rights.

Already we have strengthened the minimum wage to apply to all seafarers ordinarily working in our territorial waters - regardless of their nationality and regardless of where the vessel they are working is registered.

Furthermore, on 30 March 2022 the Transport Secretary announced a nine-point plan to Parliament to ensure there is no repeat of P&O ferries actions.

1. Changing the law so that seafarers are paid at least the minimum wage.

2. Writing to ports to request they bar access to ferry operators which do not pay the minimum wage.

3. Working with international partners to create minimum wage corridors.

4. Stepping up enforcement by asking HMRC to investigate the maritime sector.

5. Requiring the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to step up and review their enforcement policies.

6. Financially penalising companies which use fire and rehire.

7. Taking action against P&O Ferries’ Chief Executive.

8. Improving the long-term working conditions of seafarers.

9. Encouraging more ships to operate under the British flag, affording the workers on board more rights.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of vessels operating out of UK ports that do not pay the National Minimum Wage.

We will be taking action to defend the rights of British workers and we will be encouraging workers themselves to take action under the 1996 Employment Rights Act. Colleagues at BEIS will be able to offer further insight on the legal action to be taken.

The Government is strongly committed to the welfare and protection of workers’ rights.

Already we have strengthened the minimum wage to apply to all seafarers ordinarily working in our territorial waters - regardless of their nationality and regardless of where the vessel they are working is registered.

Furthermore, on 30 March 2022 the Transport Secretary announced a nine-point plan to Parliament to ensure there is no repeat of P&O ferries actions.

1. Changing the law so that seafarers are paid at least the minimum wage.

2. Writing to ports to request they bar access to ferry operators which do not pay the minimum wage.

3. Working with international partners to create minimum wage corridors.

4. Stepping up enforcement by asking HMRC to investigate the maritime sector.

5. Requiring the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to step up and review their enforcement policies.

6. Financially penalising companies which use fire and rehire.

7. Taking action against P&O Ferries’ Chief Executive.

8. Improving the long-term working conditions of seafarers.

9. Encouraging more ships to operate under the British flag, affording the workers on board more rights.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of seafarers working on UK-international routes who are not paid the National Minimum Wage.

We will be taking action to defend the rights of British workers and we will be encouraging workers themselves to take action under the 1996 Employment Rights Act. Colleagues at BEIS will be able to offer further insight on the legal action to be taken.

The Government is strongly committed to the welfare and protection of workers’ rights.

Already we have strengthened the minimum wage to apply to all seafarers ordinarily working in our territorial waters - regardless of their nationality and regardless of where the vessel they are working is registered.

Furthermore, on 30 March 2022 the Transport Secretary announced a nine-point plan to Parliament to ensure there is no repeat of P&O ferries actions.

1. Changing the law so that seafarers are paid at least the minimum wage.

2. Writing to ports to request they bar access to ferry operators which do not pay the minimum wage.

3. Working with international partners to create minimum wage corridors.

4. Stepping up enforcement by asking HMRC to investigate the maritime sector.

5. Requiring the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to step up and review their enforcement policies.

6. Financially penalising companies which use fire and rehire.

7. Taking action against P&O Ferries’ Chief Executive.

8. Improving the long-term working conditions of seafarers.

9. Encouraging more ships to operate under the British flag, affording the workers on board more rights.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on the seafarers exemption for the National Minimum Wage.

We will be taking action to defend the rights of British workers and we will be encouraging workers themselves to take action under the 1996 Employment Rights Act. Colleagues at BEIS will be able to offer further insight on the legal action to be taken.

The Government is strongly committed to the welfare and protection of workers’ rights.

Already we have strengthened the minimum wage to apply to all seafarers ordinarily working in our territorial waters - regardless of their nationality and regardless of where the vessel they are working is registered.

Furthermore, on 30 March 2022 the Transport Secretary announced a nine-point plan to Parliament to ensure there is no repeat of P&O ferries actions.

1. Changing the law so that seafarers are paid at least the minimum wage.

2. Writing to ports to request they bar access to ferry operators which do not pay the minimum wage.

3. Working with international partners to create minimum wage corridors.

4. Stepping up enforcement by asking HMRC to investigate the maritime sector.

5. Requiring the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to step up and review their enforcement policies.

6. Financially penalising companies which use fire and rehire.

7. Taking action against P&O Ferries’ Chief Executive.

8. Improving the long-term working conditions of seafarers.

9. Encouraging more ships to operate under the British flag, affording the workers on board more rights.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Civil Servants with the rail directorates are based (a) Leeds and (b) London as of 16 March 2022.

The number of Civil Servants in DfT working within the rail directorates is 1005. 45 of whom are based in Leeds, and 905 are based in London. The number of Civil Servants in DfT working within the rail directorates based in Leeds has increased by 300% compared to the same period last year.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will launch a campaign this summer to encourage the general public to return to travelling by bus and train.

The Department is working closely with operators and local transport authorities to support measures to increase passenger safety, and confidence and encourage a return to the bus and rail networks.

A campaign is being launched this Spring and will continue running up to the summer to encourage the general public to return to travelling by train. The national advertising and marketing campaign ‘Let’s get back on track’ will be supported by promotions by the train operators.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has reviewed the financial conduct of Govia Thameslink Railway as part of its investigation into London and South Eastern Railway.

The investigation will carefully examine the role of LSER, its owning groups and other subsidiaries to understand the extent of the issues. The Department will undertake a rigorous review and examination of the evidence provided, to consider whether further action or investigation is required. The outputs of the current investigation will help determine if it is appropriate to enter into a contract with GTR.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department will finish its review into the conduct of Go-Ahead and Keolis before making a decision on whether to award a franchising contract to Govia Thameslink Railway.

The investigation will carefully examine the role of LSER, its owning groups and other subsidiaries to understand the extent of the issues. The Department will undertake a rigorous review and examination of the evidence provided, to consider whether further action or investigation is required. The outputs of the current investigation will help determine if it is appropriate to enter into a contract with GTR.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has received evidence of (a) profit share disputes or (b) malpractice by London and South Eastern Railway in addition to those identified in relation to HS1.

The Department continues to engage with the Independent Committee, formed by the Chairs of Go-Ahead Group and Keolis UK, to correctly identify all historic balances relating to the London South Eastern Railway (LSER) franchise which are due back to the Department. This includes the correct level of profit due through contracted ‘profit share’ arrangements.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to take any steps on allegations of fraud at London and South Eastern Railway; and if he will make a statement.

The Department’s investigations are still ongoing, and it would not be appropriate if I commented on any possible investigations until these have been concluded.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) terms, (b) members and (c) scope of the recent owning group investigation into alleged fraud within London and South Eastern Railway.

The Department is carefully considering the contents of the final report and next steps are being worked through as a priority with key decisions expected to be confirmed shortly. The Department will be considering what information it is appropriate to make public when making these decisions.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a cost benefit analysis has been conducted of the Operator of Last Resort running Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail services.

I can confirm that my Department is following its well-established procedure for selection where no invitation for tender is issued in accordance with the Section 26 franchising policy statement (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/243471/9780108512322.pdf). This process takes account of all relevant factors, in accordance with paragraph 14 of that policy, including value for money.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the amount owed to his Department by London and South Eastern Railway.

To date, the Department has received a payment of £49.2m from LSER with final balances still to be confirmed.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what penalties he is considering for Go-Ahead and Keolis in light of the alleged seven-year fraud by their subsidiary London and South Eastern Railway.

The Department is considering further enforcement action including a statutory penalty under the Railways Act and will be making a decision on this shortly.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the terms and scope are for the Government Internal Audit Agency review of the controls and assurance procedures around rail contracts, commissioned by his Department in respect of the Southeastern franchise; and when that review will be published.

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) review is still ongoing. The GIAA will review existing controls and assurance procedures that protect the Department against the risks it faces, and provide advice on any areas for improvement. The Department will carefully consider the GIAA’s advice and take action as appropriate.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Operator of Last Resort to run Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern services in the event that is necessary when the Govia Thameslink Railway contract expires in March 2022.

I can confirm that, in line with my Department’s usual approach, officials in my Department have been working on contingency plans to transfer Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern services to the public sector operator in the event of it not being appropriate to enter into a replacement contract with the existing operator in accordance with the Section 26 policy statement (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/243471/9780108512322.pdf).

I am advised that in the event that it is not appropriate to enter into a replacement contract with the incumbent operator, my Department will be in a position to transfer these services to the public sector operator from 1 April 2022 without any break in the continuity of services.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the size of the backlog of cases by region within the DVLA as at 8 February 2022.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a driving licence is by using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online service. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their licence within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application and the DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day. To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has introduced additional online services, recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham. The latest information on turnaround times for paper driving licence applications can be found here.

On 8 February 2022, the total number of paper applications awaiting processing at the DVLA was 1,066,659. Information is not held by region. The DVLA normally has around 400,000 applications awaiting processing as thousands of new applications are received each day.

Information is not held on the number of (a) new and (b) renewal applications for driving licences that were delayed by region in each month since March 2020.

The average time taken to issue driving licences in the last three months across online and paper applications is 29 working days. However, the DVLA has focused extra resource on processing vocational driving licence applications to support the Government’s response to the driver shortage. Since November 2021, routine vocational applications have been processed within normal turnaround times of five working days. As with ordinary driving licences, applications where a medical condition(s) must be investigated can take longer.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle the backlog of cases within the DVLA.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a driving licence is by using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online service. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their licence within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application and the DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day. To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has introduced additional online services, recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham. The latest information on turnaround times for paper driving licence applications can be found here.

On 8 February 2022, the total number of paper applications awaiting processing at the DVLA was 1,066,659. Information is not held by region. The DVLA normally has around 400,000 applications awaiting processing as thousands of new applications are received each day.

Information is not held on the number of (a) new and (b) renewal applications for driving licences that were delayed by region in each month since March 2020.

The average time taken to issue driving licences in the last three months across online and paper applications is 29 working days. However, the DVLA has focused extra resource on processing vocational driving licence applications to support the Government’s response to the driver shortage. Since November 2021, routine vocational applications have been processed within normal turnaround times of five working days. As with ordinary driving licences, applications where a medical condition(s) must be investigated can take longer.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time taken is by the DVLA to issue (a) driving and (b) HGV licences.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a driving licence is by using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online service. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their licence within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application and the DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day. To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has introduced additional online services, recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham. The latest information on turnaround times for paper driving licence applications can be found here.

On 8 February 2022, the total number of paper applications awaiting processing at the DVLA was 1,066,659. Information is not held by region. The DVLA normally has around 400,000 applications awaiting processing as thousands of new applications are received each day.

Information is not held on the number of (a) new and (b) renewal applications for driving licences that were delayed by region in each month since March 2020.

The average time taken to issue driving licences in the last three months across online and paper applications is 29 working days. However, the DVLA has focused extra resource on processing vocational driving licence applications to support the Government’s response to the driver shortage. Since November 2021, routine vocational applications have been processed within normal turnaround times of five working days. As with ordinary driving licences, applications where a medical condition(s) must be investigated can take longer.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the number of (a) new and (b) renewal applications for driving licences were delayed within the DVLA by region in each month since March 2020.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a driving licence is by using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online service. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their licence within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application and the DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day. To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has introduced additional online services, recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham. The latest information on turnaround times for paper driving licence applications can be found here.

On 8 February 2022, the total number of paper applications awaiting processing at the DVLA was 1,066,659. Information is not held by region. The DVLA normally has around 400,000 applications awaiting processing as thousands of new applications are received each day.

Information is not held on the number of (a) new and (b) renewal applications for driving licences that were delayed by region in each month since March 2020.

The average time taken to issue driving licences in the last three months across online and paper applications is 29 working days. However, the DVLA has focused extra resource on processing vocational driving licence applications to support the Government’s response to the driver shortage. Since November 2021, routine vocational applications have been processed within normal turnaround times of five working days. As with ordinary driving licences, applications where a medical condition(s) must be investigated can take longer.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated to support the purchase of the 4,000 zero emission buses announced in the Bus Back Better Strategy.

We have announced £525 million to support delivery of zero emission buses (ZEBs) over this Parliament.

The Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 announced £355 million of new funding for ZEBs: £150 million of this for 2021-22. The Department intends to allocate this to the Zero Emission Bus Region Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, taking the total funding available for the scheme to £270 million this financial year. The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used in due course.

The Department has also provided £50 million funding for the Coventry All Electric Bus City.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs.

To further encourage the take up of ZEBs, we will increase the Bus Service Operators Grant rate that ZEBs can claim to 22p per km and will set a legal end date for the sale of new diesel buses.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the passenger revenue that will be generated from the 3.8 per cent increase in rail fares due in March 2022.

The Department takes guidance from the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook on the effects of changes to fares on revenues. There are a number of factors which impact revenues including, most notably at the moment, the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

Whilst the change will affect each passenger slightly differently, the Department has a number of railcards in place that offer discounts against most rail fares. We have saved a generation of passengers at least a third off their fares through the 16-17 and 26-30 ‘millennial’ railcard and went even further in November 2020 by extending these savings to former servicemen and women through a new Veterans Railcard.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average passenger fare per journey following the 3.8 per cent increase in rail fares in March 2022.

The Department takes guidance from the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook on the effects of changes to fares on revenues. There are a number of factors which impact revenues including, most notably at the moment, the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

Whilst the change will affect each passenger slightly differently, the Department has a number of railcards in place that offer discounts against most rail fares. We have saved a generation of passengers at least a third off their fares through the 16-17 and 26-30 ‘millennial’ railcard and went even further in November 2020 by extending these savings to former servicemen and women through a new Veterans Railcard.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the funding allocation for each local transport authority for bus service improvement plans will be published by his Department.

The National Bus Strategy asked that all English Local Transport Authorities (LTA's) outside London publish Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) by 31 October 2021. We will announce details of how the funding will be allocated in due course.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish total funding bid from each local transport authority for Bus Service Improvement Plans.

The National Bus Strategy asked that all English Local Transport Authorities (LTA's) outside London publish Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) by 31 October 2021. We will announce details of how the funding will be allocated in due course.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total funding bids submitted by Local Transport Authorities to the Department for Transport for bus service improvement plans amounted to.

The National Bus Strategy asked that all English Local Transport Authorities (LTA's) outside London publish Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) by 31 October 2021. We will announce details of how the funding will be allocated in due course.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the £1.4 billion budget allocated for transformation in a letter received on 11 January 2021 from the Department for Transport to Local Transport Authorities is set aside for Zero Emission Buses.

We have announced £525 million to deliver zero emission buses over this Parliament.

As set out in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 £355 million of new funding has been made available for zero emission buses. £150 million of this funding has been made available for 2021-22 which the Department intends to allocate this funding to support to the Zero Emission Bus Region Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, taking the total funding available for the scheme to up to £270 million in the financial year 2021 to 2022.

The Department will provide further details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used in due course.

In addition, the Department has provided £50 million funding for the Coventry All Electric Bus City.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he publish the (a) operators, (b) services and (c) number of passengers affected in each local area that have served the Traffic Commissioner's Office with an intention to change or cancel a bus service in each of the last six months.

The Government recognises the vital importance of bus services to local economies and communities across the country. We have provided over £1.5bn to maintain essential local bus services outside London since March 2020, ensuring that people can continue to get to work, school, and shops safely and easily.

All local bus services in Great Britain (outside of London and those which operate wholly within Hertfordshire) are required to be registered with the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain.

The details of all operators who have provided notice of their intention to register, vary or cancel local bus services are published, in accordance with Regulations, in the document ‘Notices and Proceedings’ for the relevant traffic area.

In addition to the statutory publication, the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain publish details of all local services and variations weekly at: Traffic Commissioners: local bus service registration - data.gov.uk

The Traffic Commissioners also publish an annual report which shows the number of new, varied, and cancelled local bus services by area in table 13 - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/traffic-commissioners-annual-reports

There is no requirement for an operator to provide details of the number of passengers carried on a particular service.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on the promotional film and other promotional activities regarding his announcement on 21 January 2022 on abolishing some tannoy announcements on trains.

The promotional film was produced in-house.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his oral contribution of 16 December 2021, Official Report, Column 1137, if he will place in the Library a copy of his correspondence with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in relation to the PCR testing market; and if he will make a statement.

The concerns raised on 16 December 2021 in relation to the PCR testing market have been passed to the Department for Health and Social Care. The Department for Health and Social Care continue to monitor all testing providers listed on gov.uk. Daily checks are undertaken to ensure that providers are meeting minimum standards and providers have been removed where there are repeat offences. The Competition and Markets Authority is also investigating suspected breaches of consumer protection law in the PCR travel test market.

The Government announced on 24 January that from 11 February all eligible fully vaccinated arrivals will face no tests and unvaccinated arrivals will only require a pre-departure test and post-arrival PCR test. This will significantly reduce the cost and complexity for passengers.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any bids were received from UK-based manufacturers for the HS2 station lift and escalator work to be carried out at (a) Birmingham Curzon Street, (b) Interchange, (c) Old Oak Common and (d) Euston.

The contracts awarded are a framework arrangement for the supply of lifts and escalators at all four Phase One HS2 stations. All of the tenderers for the lifts and escalators framework have a UK base and are UK registered companies.

No UK-based lift or escalator suppliers responded to the Prior Indicative Notice to demonstrate that they had the required capacity to deliver this contract, and this is why the shortlist was comprised of companies which manufacture lifts and escalators outside the UK. The market was made aware of the upcoming contract in March 2019 with engagement through the Lifts and Escalators Industry Association (which consists of 140 UK and worldwide suppliers). This was followed up in April 2020 by the launch of the procurement process via the Publication of Prior Indicative Notice on the Official Journal of the European Union.

In terms of the wider project, an estimated 98% of HS2 contracts have gone to UK based companies.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what analysis has been conducted on the number of passengers travelling at peak times on the rail network in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2022.

The Department publish annual national statistics on rail passenger numbers arriving into selected major cities during peak-times in England and Wales.

Statistical releases and associated tables for (a) 2019 and (b) 2020 can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/rail-statistics#rail-passenger-numbers-and-crowding-statistics

Peak-time rail travel counts for (c) 2022 will be undertaken in the autumn.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what analysis the Government has conducted on the impact on income levels of the planned 3.8 per cent rise in rail fares.

Regulated fares will be capped at the level of inflation from last July, which is below the level of inflation for more recent months.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what environmental assessments and estimates were made on the effect of carbon emissions as part of the decision not to proceed with the electrification of rail from Selby to Hull.

The Government’s Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) identified a core pipeline of schemes. Future development of further schemes, such as electrification from Selby to Hull, will be considered in due course.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which types of media and platforms, advertising campaigns were carried out by or on behalf of his Department raising awareness of the forthcoming changes to the Highway Code coming into force at the end of January 2022 including the new advisory measures.

The plan is to communicate the changes to The Highway Code in two phases:

- A factual awareness raising campaign in early February, alerting road users to the changes as they come into effect.

- A broader behaviour change campaign later in the year, to align with seasonal increases in active travel, to help embed the changes and encourage understanding and uptake of the new guidance.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Highways Maintenance funding allocation was for North Yorkshire County Council in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

The total Highways Maintenance funding allocated by the Department for Transport to North Yorkshire County Council in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22 is listed in the table below. These figures also include allocations from the Potholes Fund.

£ million

2020/21

2021/22

Total

North Yorkshire

49.600

37.021

86.621

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what environmental assessments and estimates were made on the effect of carbon emissions as part of the decision not to proceed with the Eastern Leg of HS2 to Leeds.

The Government is proceeding with the Eastern Leg of Phase 2b to the East Midlands and taking forward further work on how HS2 services could best reach Leeds. Detailed environmental assessments and estimates of carbon emissions will be undertaken as part of future development work.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flexi season tickets have been sold since the sale began on 21 July 2021; and if he will make a statement.

Over 100,000 new flexible season tickets have been sold since their launch on 21 June 2021, offering commuters travelling two to three days a week significant savings as they return to the railway.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
14th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide details of all the strategies his Department is working on; and what the estimated publication date of each of those strategies is.

Work is underway across DfT on a number of strategies which will set out the important role transport will play as we build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic. The major strategies under development in the Department are listed below (including a number of strategies for which other organisations will lead development). Where known, expected and approximate publication dates have been included.

Aviation Strategic Framework - A strategic framework for the Aviation sector over next ten years, focussing on building back better to ensure a successful future for UK Aviation.

Aviation Jet Zero Strategy - A vision for how the aviation sector will reach net zero emissions by 2050.

EV Infrastructure Strategy - Expected to be published soon, and will set out our vision for the continued rollout of a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK – one which will enable mass uptake of cleaner vehicles.

Future of Freight - A long-term strategic plan for the freight and logistics sector, co-developed with industry, and expected to be published in Spring 2022.

Future of Transport Rural Strategy – Will set out Government’s approach to addressing the impact of new technology, changing demand and evolving business models on rural transportation.

Low Carbon Fuels Strategy - A strategy on the deployment of low carbon fuels across different transport modes in the period up to 2050, to be published by the end of 2022.

Maritime recovery road map - Our plan to support the recovery of the Maritime sector from the impacts of Covid-19, expected to be published in Spring 2022, forming part of our Maritime 2050 strategy (published in January 2019).

National Railways Accessibility Strategy - A commitment in the Williams-Shapps plan for rail, this strategy will consider how to improve inclusion and access for all to our railways. It is being developed by the Great British Railways transformation team following a commission from DfT.

Road Safety Strategic Framework – Will set out the Government’s plans for increasing the safety of our roads.

Second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy - A second 4-year statutory cycling and walking investment strategy, reflecting the new policies in gear change and the multi-year funding settlement at Spending Review 2021. This is expected to be published in Spring 2022.

Third Road Investment Strategy - Will set out the Government’s aims and proposals for investment in the strategic road network from 2025 to 2030. The final version is expected to be published in 2024.

Whole Industry Strategic Plan for Rail - A 30 year strategy for the future of the rail sector, which is being developed by the Great British Railways transformation team following a commission from DfT.

There is other work ongoing in the Department which may lead to the development of more formal, externally published strategies in future, including on the sharing and use of data across the transport sector and on transport labour market and skills.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2022 Question 99009 on Roads: Repairs and Maintenance, what the total Highways Maintenance funding allocation was for (a) Hertfordshire Council, (b) Lancashire County Council, (c) Oxfordshire County Council, (d) Cumbria County Council and (e) WMCA in (i) 2020-21 and (ii) 2021-22.

For 2020/21 and 2021/22, the total funding for highways maintenance allocated by the Department for Transport to (a) Hertfordshire Council, (b) Lancashire County Council, (c) Oxfordshire County Council, (d) Cumbria County Council and (e) WMCA in (i) 2020-21 and (ii) 2021-22 is listed in the table below. These figures also include allocations from the Potholes Fund.

£ million

2020/21

2021/22

Total

Hertfordshire

28.673

22.230

50.903

Lancashire

38.325

28.811

67.136

Oxfordshire

27.315

20.846

48.161

Cumbria

44.305

33.813

78.118

WMCA

33.705

20.347

54.052

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) directorates within his Department as at 1 December 2021 and (b) staffing levels in terms of (i) full-term equivalent and (ii) total headcount in each of those directorates.

The following data is from the 30th of November 2021, rather than the 1st of December 2021 information, which is the most recent data available of Payroll Staff.

DG Name

Headcount

FTE

Aviation Maritime International and Security

1004

983.9

Corporate Delivery Group

720

705.04

High Speed Rail

161

159.98

Rail Infrastructure Group

167

166.04

Rail Strategy and Services Group

660

648.9

Roads, Places and Environments

951

908.89

Grand Total

3663

3572.75

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's announcement of 15 March 2021 on the creation of 650 roles in a second headquarters in Birmingham and Leeds, how many of those roles have been filled as of 11 January 2022.

As of 31st December, the most recent point at which this data is available, 262 roles have been filled.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) directorates within his Department (i) as at 1 December from 2015 to 2021 and (ii) as of 11 January 2022 and (b) staffing levels in terms of (A) full-term equivalent and (B) total headcount in each of those directorates.

Please find attached the XLSX file – “387004 – PQ Data”

The department is able to provide information on the staffing levels (full-time equivalent and headcount) for each Director General led area of the department. This data can be provided for the last 24 months from 31 December 2019 to 31 November 2021 (the most recently available data).

Important notes on the data provided:

This data can only be provided for the last 23 months because accurate and cleansed data to this level of detail is only held in our systems for a rolling 24 month period. December 2021 has not been included as we are currently conducting QA internally.

Our data is consolidated as at the last day of the month rather than the first day of the month.

Changes in organisational structure over time will be part of the cause for increases or decreases for the size of these Director General led areas, as well as growth or decline in total headcount.

March 2020 data is unavailable.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of bus users that earned under £25,000 per year in each year from 2017 to 2022 as of 11 January 2022.

According to the National Travel Survey covering households in England, the proportion of bus users who fall into different individual income brackets is as shown in the following table below. Data for 2021 and 2022 will be available in summer 2022 and summer 2023 respectively.

Less than £25,000

£25,000 to £49,999

£50,000 and over

Unweighted sample size (individuals)

2017

72%

21%

7%

8533

2018

70%

22%

8%

8268

2019

71%

21%

8%

8054

2020

68%

23%

9%

2645

The figures above refer only to bus users aged 16 and older as individual income information is not held for children.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of fuel to bus operators in each year from 2010 to 2022 as of 11 January 2022.

The Department does not produce estimates for the cost of fuel for bus operators.

As part of monitoring the Bus Recovery Grant and current covid situation, the Department is engaging with bus operators to understand the impact of cost inflation on fuel.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of fast trains that would run between Leeds and Manchester per hour under (a) Transport for the North's preferred option and (b) the Integrated Rail Plan.

The same number of fast trains per hour (6) would run between Leeds and Manchester under (a) Transport for the North's preferred option and (b) the Integrated Rail Plan proposals.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the (a) availability and (b) affordability of (i) public and (ii) other forms of transport on the safety of workers in the nighttime economy; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the vital role that safe public transport, including taxi and private hire vehicles, plays in getting people to and from work at all times of the day and night.

Bus Back Better, the Government’s national bus strategy published last year, recognises the important role buses have to play in meeting local transport needs. Through the Bus Service Operators Grant £259 million of funding is available annually to be claimed by operators of qualifying services. This enables operators to keep fares down and ensure services are run which otherwise would not be, providing greater accessibility to bus services than otherwise would be the case. As part of the strategy the Government plans to issue new guidance on ‘socially necessary’ services, expanding the category to include ‘economically necessary’ services such as those supporting the night time economy.

Taxis and private hire vehicles play an important role in supporting the night-time economy when mass transit may not be so readily available. As of 31 March 2021, there were 251,100 licensed taxis and private hire vehicles. Local authorities have the power to set taxi fares for journeys within their area, and most authorities do so. Local authorities have no power to set fares for private hire vehicles. Fares for private hire vehicles, which must be pre-booked with a licensed operator, are set by the operator. The competitive pre-booked market allows operators to compete on price as well as other factors such as quality of service.

The Department has worked with Local Transport Authorities and light rail operators to ensure the availability of light rail public transport is correct for the conurbations they serve. Light rail coronavirus (COVID-19) funding has ensured Local Transport Authorities can continue to operate services for the people of their region allowing for access to jobs and leisure, and that this remains unaffected by any impacts the pandemic may have had.

Maintaining a safe and secure railway remains a priority for Government, through initiatives such as the British Transport Police’s 61016 campaign.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what National Highways' funding allocation was in (a) total, (b) regional amounts, (c) combined authority amounts and (d) local authority amounts for each year from 2020-21 to 2024-25.

Following the 2021 Spending Review, Government has confirmed that £24 billion is available for National Highways to deliver the Road Investment Strategy (RIS) from 2020 to 2025. This includes the operation, maintenance and enhancements of the strategic road network at a national level. An annual split of this allocation is not yet available and will be published in due course.

The RIS sets out a programme that will deliver improvements and benefits across England, but the Department does not specify precisely how National Highways should allocate spending between different regions or local authority areas.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of total journeys were completed in cars, vans or taxis in each year from 2015 to date.

According to the National Travel Survey, the proportion of total journeys per person in England completed in cars, vans or taxis in each year from 2015 to 2020 is as shown in the following table.

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Car

61%

61%

60%

60%

60%

57%

Van

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Taxi

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Car/van/taxi

64%

63%

62%

62%

62%

59%

Unweighted sample size:

individuals

15,525

15,840

14,541

14,150

14,356

6,239

trips ('000s)

259

276

256

256

250

86

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) studies, (b) reports, and (c) research currently being conducted by his Department and the estimated date of publication of each.

DfT is committed to evidence-based policy making, and so as part of its business as usual activity, undertakes a wealth of research and conducts studies to inform decision-making in specific policy areas. This includes areas such as Transport Security Resilience and Response, Road Safety, National and High Speed Rail, Electric Vehicles, Local Transport, and Aviation and Airports. Specific pieces of research/ studies (not exhaustive) due to be published in 2022 include: Retrospective evaluation of key Office for Zero Emission Vehicle schemes, National Evaluation of the E-scooter Trials and In-depth Research into Confidence in Public Transport.

In addition to policy-led research to support specific modes, the department conducts cross-cutting research, development and innovation (see DfT’s Science Plan for more information). Often, this is to support delivery of its strategic priorities such as decarbonisation and in response to emerging issues, like Covid-19. The department publishes its Areas of Research Interest each year which sets out its strategic evidence and research needs for the medium-long term to help achieve DfT’s wide-ranging and ambitious objectives.

The department is committed to publishing the social research and evaluation studies it commissions to inform its policies and projects. Studies will be published at the final report stage after thorough analytical review of their findings has been completed, including peer review where appropriate. Interim outputs are not published routinely. As a guideline for publication timing, we follow the Government social research publication protocol.

In terms of upcoming reports, the department is hoping to publish a number in 2022 which will bring together research into a number of key areas. These include, the UK’s EV Infrastructure Strategy for 2030 (our long-term plan for a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK), Course to Zero (aimed at achieving net zero emissions in the UK domestic maritime sector by 2050), Aviation Jet Zero (our vision for how the aviation sector will reach net zero aviation by 2050), and a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy (a strategy on the deployment of low carbon fuels across different transport modes in the period up to 2050).

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department's internal anti-bribery policy was (a) first introduced and (b) last revised.

The DfTc Staff handbook includes a policy statement on fraud, theft and corruption that was first published in October 2016 and last updated in August 2020.

The DfT Group Counter Fraud, Bribery and Corruption strategy for 2019-2021 was published in November 2019. A new DfT Group Counter Fraud, Bribery and Corruption strategy for 2022-2025 is due to be published in April 2022.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department's internal anti-bullying policy was (a) first introduced and (b) last revised.

The Department for Transport is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment that is free from hostility, abuse, offensive behaviour, harassment, bullying, prejudice, discrimination and victimisation. This commitment is included in the Staff Handbook and in our Dignity at Work policy which was published on the Departments Intranet in September 2016.

The policy is supported by a Bullying Harassment and Discrimination toolkit launched on 31 January 2018 and republished as part of a revised Dispute Resolution policy in October 2019.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total Highways Maintenance funding allocation was for (a) Hertfordshire Council, (b) Lancashire County Council, (c) Oxfordshire County Council, (d) Cumbria County Council and (e) Walsall Council in (i) 2019-20 and (ii) 2020-21.

The Department for Transport provides funding by formula to all eligible local authorities, outside of London, to support the maintenance of the local road network, including Hertfordshire Council, Lancashire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Cumbria County Council, and Walsall Council. This funding is not ring-fenced, allowing local highway authorities to spend their allocations according to their own priorities.

Walsall Council is a constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). For both 2019/20 and 2020/21, all their formula funding for maintenance was paid directly to the Combined Authority so the table below lists the total funding provided to WMCA.

£ million

2019/20

2020/21

Total

Hertfordshire

18.201

28.673

46.874

Lancashire

23.676

38.325

62.001

Oxfordshire

17.096

27.315

44.411

Cumbria

27.745

44.305

72.050

WMCA

16.785

33.705

50.490

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost of the work conducted by his Department on the Eastern leg of HS2 was; and what the full-time equivalent headcount was of people working on the Eastern leg.

Since the Prime Minister announced the Integrated Rail Plan in February 2020, development of the Eastern Leg of HS2 has been paused to avoid nugatory spend whilst the Integrated Rail Plan took this work forward. Safeguarding of the Eastern leg route remains in place pending conclusion of work on the most effective way to serve Leeds and towns and cities along the Eastern Leg. Any property that has been acquired already by the Government but is not required for the eventual route will be resold.

In relation to staff numbers there were five FTE staff working on the Eastern Leg at the end of October 2021, which remains unchanged. Their work continues to be supported by other officials across the department.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occassions the Book With Confidence scheme has been used by passengers since its introduction.

While it is not possible to track the specific number of occasions where the Book with Confidence scheme has been used by passengers, rail industry survey data suggests that the scheme has contributed significantly to passenger willingness to travel by train during the pandemic. The Government has therefore extended the Book with Confidence scheme through to 31 March 2022, in recognition of the continuing uncertainty facing passengers due to COVID-19.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the average passenger fare per journey following the 3.8 per cent increase in rail fares in March 2022.

Rail fares increases will be capped and tied to the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for July 2021 (3.8 per cent). The Government has deliberately continued to use the July figure as it was lower than the months since, as an August or September RPI figure would have led to a 4.8 per cent or 4.9 per cent change with October being even higher at 6 per cent. In addition, as with 2021, we have temporarily frozen fares for passengers to travel at the lower price for the entirety of January and February 2022, with fares changing on 1 March 2022.

The Department takes guidance from the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook on the effects of changes to fares on rail demand. There are a number of factors which impact passenger demand, including most notably at the moment the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fare increases on passenger numbers; and if he will place a copy in the Library of that assessment.

Rail fares increases will be capped and tied to the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for July 2021 (3.8 per cent). The Government has deliberately continued to use the July figure as it was lower than the months since, as an August or September RPI figure would have led to a 4.8 per cent or 4.9 per cent change with October being even higher at 6 per cent. In addition, as with 2021, we have temporarily frozen fares for passengers to travel at the lower price for the entirety of January and February 2022, with fares changing on 1 March 2022.

The Department takes guidance from the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook on the effects of changes to fares on rail demand. There are a number of factors which impact passenger demand, including most notably at the moment the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to passengers of the 3.8 per cent increase in rail fares due in March 2022.

Rail fares increases will be capped and tied to the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for July 2021 (3.8 per cent). The Government has deliberately continued to use the July figure as it was lower than the months since, as an August or September RPI figure would have led to a 4.8 per cent or 4.9 per cent change with October being even higher at 6 per cent. In addition, as with 2021, we have temporarily frozen fares for passengers to travel at the lower price for the entirety of January and February 2022, with fares changing on 1 March 2022.

The Department takes guidance from the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook on the effects of changes to fares on rail demand. There are a number of factors which impact passenger demand, including most notably at the moment the pandemic’s impact on passenger travel.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total cost of fuel to franchised train operators in each year from 2015 to date.

The following table shows the total diesel fuel and traction electricity charges from 2015/16 to date.

£m1

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/222

TOTAL

558

506

522

593

611

539

297

Source: ORR data portal and train operating company management accounts

1 Figures are shown in £m for each financial year. For the period 2015/16 to 2020/21, figures are in 2020/21 prices. For 2021/22, figures are in 2021/22 prices.

2 The figures for 2021/22 are taken from management accounts supplied to the Department by DfT-franchised train operating companies. The period covered is from 1 April to 11 December 2021. There may still be wash-up payments between the Department and DfT-franchised operators for 2021/22 to take place which are not reflected in the above figures.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many items of guidance have been issued by his Department to Train Operating Companies in each of the last 36 months.

Department for Transport officials communicate with Train Operating Companies on a daily basis, including providing guidance on a range of issues.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date his Department plans to publish the Travel time measures for the Strategic Road Network and local A roads: January to December 2021, Road congestion and reliability.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the document, Road goods vehicles travelling to Europe: 2021 Road freight: domestic and international, will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Sea passenger statistics 2021: Short sea routes Maritime and shipping will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Renewable fuel statistics 2021: Third provisional report Renewable fuel will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2020 will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date his Department plans to publish Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: Maritime and shipping for 2021.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Rail factsheet: 2021 Rail will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Blue badge scheme statistics: 2021 Disabled parking badges will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the National Travel Attitudes Study: Wave 6 Public attitudes towards transport will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Road freight statistics: July 2020 to June 2021 Road freight: domestic and international will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Electric vehicle charging device statistics: January 2022 Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what day the Vehicle licensing statistics: July to September 2021 will be published.

The Department publishes a 12-month forthcoming Official and National Statistics publications calendar, for all statistics published by the Department for Transport and the Office for Rail and Road. This can be found on the Department for Transport's statistics webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/statistics#forthcoming-publications.

This calendar is updated monthly, where dates are announced at least 4 weeks before the publication date, in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Publications to be released later than the 4-week period have provisional month date of release.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of his Department are qualified to assess if a rail company is meeting the cyber security regulations.

The Department for Transport has a small team which delivers our functions as a Competent Authority under the NIS Regulations, including Cyber Compliance Inspectors who can review an organisation’s cyber security self-assessment and assess compliance with cyber security regulations. While the total number of qualified staff equates to less than one percent of the total staff in the Department and its agencies, this reflects the very large range of activities and diversity of responsibilities across DfT. Our team can leverage external technical advice, for example, from the National Cyber Security Centre, as well as a wide range of national security, resilience and transport sector expertise across the Department.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what qualifications are required for staff within the Department for Transport to be able to review and sign off cybersecurity self-assessments.

The Department for Transport Cyber Team has a training programme that sets out the technical skills required for our Cyber Compliance Inspectors, including those required to review cyber security self-assessments. This training programme includes achieving several internationally and industry-recognised cyber security certifications.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cyber incident reports his Department received from rail companies that received a green rating in their cyber security self-assessment test in each of the last 12 months.

The Department for Transport works closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, which provides advice and guidance to transport operators, including rail operators, to help them strengthen their cyber security and resilience. While we encourage transport operators to voluntarily report cyber incidents, the Government does not place information in the public domain which may be of value to cyber attackers, including in relation to cyber incidents.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reports of cyber incidents in respect of public transport infrastructure his Department received in each of the last 12 months.

Transport operators can report cyber incidents to the Department for Transport on a voluntary basis or as part of mandatory reporting as required by the NIS Regulations. Nine voluntary incident reports have been filed relating to public transport since the NIS Regulations entered into force in 2018.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what preparations his Department is making to safeguard against a cyber-attack on public transport infrastructure.

The Department for Transport regulates transport Operators of Essential Services under the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations 2018 to improve standards of cyber security and resilience, supported by technical advice and guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The NCSC, as the UK’s technical authority for cyber security, continually reviews its advice and guidance to reflect new trends and to outline how individuals and organisations can protect themselves, as well as providing swift support to organisations which fall victim to major cyber incidents.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost of the feasibility study on the possible Northern Ireland link was; and what the full-time equivalent headcount of people working on that study was.

The Fixed Link Feasibility Study forms part of the Union Connectivity Review, independently chaired by Sir Peter Hendy CBE. Sir Peter’s review has not yet concluded, so the final figure is not yet available.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for the construction of high-speed railway from the West Midlands to Sheffield and Leeds.

Plans for legislation covering the Eastern Leg of HS2 Phase 2b will be confirmed following the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan. The Government is committed to ensuring the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East realise the benefits of high-speed services. The Integrated Rail Plan will set out the best way of doing so, looking at how best to deliver and design HS2 alongside other major schemes, such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and those within Midlands Engine Rail.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he had with the Northern Ireland Executive prior to the publication of the Written Statement of 6 July 2020, HCWS338 on Travel Corridors.

The Government engaged with the Devolved Administrations at regular intervals as the policy on travel corridors developed, including daily meetings between officials.

Evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre was also shared ahead of the public announcement on 3 July and Written Ministerial Statement on 6 July.

The Government is committed to working closely with the devolved administrations to ensure a coordinated approach on Travel Corridors across the United Kingdom.

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the list of countries exempted from quarantine restrictions announced in the Written Statement of 6 July 2020 on Travel Corridors, HCWS338 was shared with the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Government engaged with the Devolved Administrations at regular intervals as the policy on travel corridors developed, including daily meetings between officials.

Evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre was also shared ahead of the public announcement on 3 July and Written Ministerial Statement on 6 July.

The Government is committed to working closely with the devolved administrations to ensure a coordinated approach on Travel Corridors across the United Kingdom.

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department provided the Northern Ireland Executive with the evidence submitted by the Joint Biosecurity Centre in relation to travel corridors in advance of the Written Statement of 6 July 2020, HCWS338 on Travel Corridors.

The Government engaged with the Devolved Administrations at regular intervals as the policy on travel corridors developed, including daily meetings between officials.

Evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre was also shared ahead of the public announcement on 3 July and Written Ministerial Statement on 6 July.

The Government is committed to working closely with the devolved administrations to ensure a coordinated approach on Travel Corridors across the United Kingdom.

19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to Sheffield City Council in relation to active travel.

On the 29th May, indicative allocations to local authorities from the Emergency Active Travel Fund were published on gov.uk. Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has been indicatively allocated a total of £7,186,000. The Department will confirm allocations from tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund as soon as possible, and will invite bids from authorities for tranche 2 of the fund shortly. Before receiving any funding, authorities must submit satisfactory plans to the Department, and the amount each authority receives will depend on it satisfying the Department that it has ambitious plans in place to reallocate road space to cyclists and pedestrians.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce proposals on supporting hauliers in Northern Ireland to manage the covid-19 pandemic.

The Government has made available £330 billion of support through loans and guarantees to support UK businesses. Changes have been made to some of the schemes to ensure that more businesses, particularly those that are SMEs like many road haulage companies, can benefit from them.

The Department is aware of the issues faced by the logistics industry in Northern Ireland. That is why on 24 April we announced a package of funding to support the movement of critical goods on up to 31 RoRo freight routes, including between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Up to £17 million of funding will be available to support up to five routes over the next two months, with the Northern Ireland Executive contributing 40 percent. Officials continue to work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive to gather evidence on the scale of the problem and any further support needed.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce the backlog of assessments for universal credit.

For the purposes of this response, I have assumed the Honourable Member is referring to Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) used to assess the health entitlement in Universal Credit when referring to “assessments.”

Throughout the pandemic following the suspension of face to face Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) to protect the health of our customers and staff, we continued to assess people on paper evidence whenever possible and introduced telephone assessments from May 2020, doing so in a cautious and evidence-based way, in order to reduce the risk of incorrect benefit outcomes.

Our priority was and continues to be to get our customers into payment as soon as possible. Therefore, telephone assessments initially focused on claimants who were most likely to benefit from having an assessment i.e. those who were likely to have limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA), with this being the only outcome available. Using a test and learn approach, we expanded the range of outcomes available in telephone assessments during the course of the pandemic and, from February 2021, the full range outcomes have been able. This is enabling us to provide a further telephone assessment to those customers who didn’t get an outcome from their first one. We are also, in parallel, doing a small number of Video Assessments.

We have continuously improved our guidance and processes to minimise the number of customers for whom a telephone assessment is not suitable because of their health condition. Now only a small proportion of customers are unable to undertake a telephone assessment. These customers will be prioritised for a face to face assessment following their resumption this month.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the extension to personal independence payment awards to allow time for renewal claims to be submitted is still in place; and whether that policy incorporates awards that are won at appeal.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants given an award without a review, whether following an appeal or not, were extended due to the pandemic to ensure renewal claims did not have to be made at that time and awards would not go out of payment.

We have now returned to a business-as-usual process.

9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit payments are subject to deductions for tax credit debt.

From 3rd April 2020, deductions for benefit overpayments were temporarily suspended for three months. These began to be reinstated from the beginning of July, taking a phased approach.

Most recent figures show, for Universal Credit claims due a payment during August 2020, 2% (102,000 claims) had a deduction for Tax Credit Overpayments.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit deductions have been made for tax credit repayments since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

From 3rd April 2020, deductions for benefit overpayments were temporarily suspended for three months. These began to be reinstated from the beginning of July, taking a phased approach.

Most recent figures show, for Universal Credit claims due a payment during August 2020, 2% (102,000 claims) had a deduction for Tax Credit Overpayments.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the interface on tax credit debt and deductions from universal credit.

As part of our initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic we suspended recovery of all overpayment deductions, as well as pausing notification of any new overpayments. The transfer of Tax Credit debts from HMRC to DWP was temporarily suspended as part of this approach.

Recovery of existing Tax Credit overpayments from Universal Credit has now resumed, along with the transfer of new Tax Credit debt to DWP.

Our stance remains that we want to ensure that repayment of all debt owed to the Department is sustainable and takes into account the customer’s ability to pay. Claimants are encouraged to contact DWP if they are unable to afford the rate of recovery; the recovery rate of Tax Credit overpayments can be reduced where a claimant is experiencing financial hardship.

Whilst we have no current plans to pause the recovery of Tax Credit overpayments from Universal Credit, we have been clear that we will keep our Covid measures under review.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make the assessment period for universal credit coterminous with HMRC deadlines.

Entitlement to Universal Credit is calculated and paid monthly in arrears, in a single payment.

Assessment periods allow Universal Credit awards to be adjusted on a monthly basis, to reflect as closely as possible the actual circumstances of a household during that period. This helps to ensure that if a claimant’s income changes, they do not have to wait several months for a corresponding change in their Universal Credit award.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will issue guidance to ensure that claimants of benefits are aware that they have the right to record work capability assessments.

The letter that is sent to claimants advising when they need to attend a face-to-face assessment (known as an AL1C) makes it clear that claimants can request audio recording.

28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press release of 21 March 2021 announcing £79 million for 400 mental health support teams in schools and colleges, how much funding will be allocated to (a) Sheffield and (b) South Yorkshire.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 January 2022 to Question 100615.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press release of 21 March 2021 announcing 400 mental health support teams in schools and colleges, how many of those teams will be in (a) Sheffield and (b) South Yorkshire.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 January 2022 to Question 100615.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2022 to Question 100615 on Education: Mental Health Services, how many school and college children will be covered by the 11 planned mental health support teams.

The exact number of children and young people will be determined by local commissioners in consultation with education setting partners as part of service planning. Each mental health support team is expected to provide sufficient capacity to deliver services to 7,000 to 8,000 pupils, which will usually mean working with an average of 10 to 20 education settings.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2022 to Question 100615 on Education: Mental Health Services, how many FTE staff will be employed in each of the 11 planned mental health support teams.

The information requested is not yet available. However, a mental health support team will typically be made up of eight whole time equivalent (WTE) staff, including four WTE education mental health practitioners, three WTE senior clinicians or higher-level therapists, 0.5 WTE team manager and 0.5 WTE administration support officer.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated to Sheffield for the delivery of mental health support teams in schools and colleges in (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23.

The information on the number of mental health support teams and funding allocated for Sheffield is not held in the format requested. Data on mental health support teams will be published as it becomes available at integrated care system (ICS) level. Sixteen mental health support teams are planned to be in place across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS by 2023/24. NHS Long Term Plan funding for the delivery of mental health support teams has been allocated across National Health Service regions using a fair-share model based on weighted population.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any (a) business on and (b) associated people of the providers listed on the gov.uk coronavirus travel test provider list have been subject to previous enforcement action.

In some instances where a business has demonstrated that they have rectified the issues that caused their removal from the list and no further concerns, investigations or issues have come to light, they have been returned to the list.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has taken steps in response to the recommendation by the CMA in their report, PCR Travel Tests: Advice to the Secretary of State, published in September 2021, to tackle bait pricing.

Providers found to be engaging in ‘bait pricing’ can be removed from the list and subject to other sanctions as appropriate.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether background checks are being carried out on the (a) business and (b) associated people of providers listed on the gov.uk coronavirus travel test provider list.

These providers have not been subject to background checks. However, providers are subject to robust minimum standards before they can be added to the GOV.UK list and must continue to meet high standards and deadlines. The standards are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/minimum-standards-for-private-sector-providers-of-covid-19-testing

Any provider may be removed from GOV.UK on a precautionary basis pending investigation if they are believed to be putting public safety at risk or not meeting the minimum standards.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether criminal record checks are carried out on the (a) business and (b) associated people of companies listed as providers on the gov.uk coronavirus travel test provider list.

These providers are not subject to criminal record checks. However, any provider may be removed from GOV.UK on a precautionary basis pending investigation if they are believed to be putting public safety at risk or not meeting the minimum standards. The Department monitors issues raised by the public, taking action where appropriate.  We reserve the right to remove a provider from GOV.UK during this process and pass collected information through to regulatory bodies.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the Women's Health Strategy.

We are currently analysing the responses to our call for evidence and we aim to publish the Women’s Health Strategy in due course.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking in response to citizens of Northern Ireland temporarily residing in England being unable to access the NHS Covid Vaccine Passport as a result of their GP postcode being registered in Northern Ireland.

The COVID-19 certification available to those registered in Northern Ireland is valid for use across the United Kingdom, enabling users to demonstrate their vaccination status.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing the recommendation by Mind, Young Minds, Youth Access, the Children’s Society and the Children and the Young People’s Mental Health Coalition for the Government to fund a network of mental health support hubs for young people across England.

While no formal assessment has been made, the Government is exploring the model of early access of support for children and young people’s mental health with stakeholders.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of funding allocated to early support hubs on trends in the number of young people experiencing a mental health crisis.

No specific assessment has been made.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of effect of funding allocated to early support hubs on trends in average waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services in Sheffield.

No specific assessment has been made.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the European Medicines Agency on the approval of Osimertinib for use in Northern Ireland.

There have been no recent discussions.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether UK-licensed pharmaceutical suppliers will be able to supply their products to the NHS in Northern Ireland from 1 January 2022, or whether they will be required to split supplies into separate Northern Ireland and Great Britain licences.

The Government is working closely with pharmaceutical suppliers to the National Health Service in Northern Ireland to ensure their readiness for the full implementation of the Protocol from 1 January 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England plans to maintain the number of NHS dental services in Sheffield.

NHS England plans to maintain the number of dental practices in Sheffield.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason covid-19 testing capacity data is not available at a local authority or city-wide level.

Capacity is calculated at a national level in order to flex to local demand at any given time.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on cross-party talks on social care.

The manifesto set out a commitment to seek a cross-party consensus in order to bring forward the necessary proposals and legislation for long-term reform of social care. The Department will outline next steps shortly.

21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has received any representations on the recent protests in Beita.

According to UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), since the beginning of May, seven Palestinians, including two children, have been killed around Beita as a result of live fire from Israeli Security Forces. On 5 August the British Consul General and Heads of Mission and representatives from a number of likeminded countries visited Beita.

In instances where there have been accusations of excessive use of force, we urge the Government of Israel to conduct swift and transparent investigations. We also continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population, in particular the need to protect children, and urge restraint in the use of live fire.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has received any representations on the reported use of internationally prohibited ammunition by the Israeli Defence Force in Beita.

According to UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), since the beginning of May, seven Palestinians, including two children, have been killed around Beita as a result of live fire from Israeli Security Forces. On 5 August the British Consul General and Heads of Mission and representatives from a number of likeminded countries visited Beita.

In instances where there have been accusations of excessive use of force, we urge the Government of Israel to conduct swift and transparent investigations. We also continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population, in particular the need to protect children, and urge restraint in the use of live fire.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has (a) spoken to or (b) met with William Shawcross to discuss the contents of his report on Libyan-sponsored IRA terror.

The Foreign Secretary has taken a close interest in the issue of compensation for UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism. As ministerial lead on this issue, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly, and senior FCDO officials, kept Mr Shawcross abreast of work on a Government response to his report.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Shawcross Report; and what discussions he has had with William Shawcross on the contents of that report.

The Government response to the Shawcross report on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism is set out in the 23 March Written Ministerial Statement (WMS). Since Mr Shawcross was the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism, the FCDO has led the Government's relationship with him.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Shawcross Report contained estimates of the levels of redress that victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terror would be entitled to.

As noted in the Government's Written Ministerial Statement published on 23 March, Mr Shawcross considered issues including the difficulties of defining UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism given the extensive nature of Libyan support for the IRA, and the range of proposals for providing compensation for the victims.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assurances he has received that Israel will allow future covid-19 vaccines into the Gaza strip.

We welcome the steps that the parties have taken so far to coordinate responses to the COVID-19, including the arrival of the first shipment of vaccines from the Palestinian Authority into Gaza on 17 February, with the approval of Israel. We encourage further cooperation and dialogue in this regard. The UK Ambassador in Tel Aviv raised the issue of vaccines with the Israeli Authorities on 24 February, encouraging the Government of Israel to continue to facilitate the transfer of vaccines to the Palestinian Authority when required. The British Embassy in Tel Aviv and the British Consulate-General in Jerusalem are in regular contact with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities respectively, and will continue to raise timely and appropriate access to COVID-19 vaccines.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) Issa Amro and (b) other human rights defenders that have been convicted and imprisoned by an Israeli military court.

Officials from our Consulate-General in Jerusalem attended Mr Amro's court hearing on 6 January. We continue to urge the Israeli Government to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organisations. We have also raised concerns with the Palestinian Authority about the narrowing of space for civil society to operate in the West Bank.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received the report from William Shawcross on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism.

The UK is committed to supporting the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism. That is why in March 2019 the former Foreign Secretary appointed William Shawcross as the UK's Special Representative on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism. Mr Shawcross has now submitted his report. Ministers will consider the report in detail once the current need to focus on the Covid-19 crisis has abated.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterparts on the decision to close the first-aid centre in Ibziq.

We raised our concerns about the demolition of the health centre in Ibziq at the UN Security Council remote meeting on the Middle East on 23 April. In all but the most exceptional of circumstances demolitions are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The practice is harmful to the peace process. We are particularly concerned that demolitions are continuing at this time.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
24th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure British citizens on MS Zaandam receive (a) a medical assessment, (b) reimbursement for medical care (c) continuous communication with (i) the FCO and (ii) their families and (d) travel home to the UK; and if he will make representations to his counterparts in countries near the cruise ship to ensure the safe care of those citizens during a covid-19 quarantine period.

Following the change to date for answer of this PQ, I submitted a response by email on 27 March, with the following response. The Table Office have agreed this approach.

We are monitoring the situation of MS Zaandam. We have engaged with the relevant authorities to request permission to allow the transfer of goods and medical equipment, and to offload asymptomatic passengers, and fly them out on charter flights. We have asked cruise companies to arrange flights if successful. On 26 March, Minister Morton raised our concerns with the Chairman of the cruise company.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on the status of displaced Ahmadi Muslims who have spent over a decade at the Wisma Transito refugee camp.

In January 2018, Minister of State (Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth) Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon met Indonesian Ambassador Rizal Sukma where he raised our concerns. In October 2018, Lord Ahmad visited Jakarta in his capacity as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief (FORB). He met representatives of the Ahmadi Muslim community to discuss minority rights, underlining the UK's close interest in their welfare and protection of their rights. He also underlined UK support for FORB in Indonesia and raised concerns on the use of blasphemy laws. HMG officials regularly discuss minority rights with senior members of all six official faiths in Indonesia and meet with leaders of the Ahmadi community.

Freedom of Religion and Belief is a core aspect of the Embassy's work under the Human Rights strand. In December 2019, the British Embassy ran a workshop on media freedom in Jakarta. This included a discussion on reporting on FORB. Embassy officials regularly attend 'Friends of FORB' meetings, and in January of this year embassy officials met with an Ahmadi spokesperson.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the (a) right to vote and (b) other civil rights of the Ahmadi Muslim community in that country.

We engage at a senior level with the Pakistani Government on our concerns about the mistreatment of religious and ethnic groups, including Pakistanis from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens, as laid down in the constitution of Pakistan and in accordance with international standards. It is vital that Pakistan guarantees the rights of all its citizens, regardless of gender, ethnicity or belief. The Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who is also the Minister responsible for human rights, raised our concerns about Freedom of Religion or Belief and the protection of the Ahmadiyya community in a letter to Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 27 February.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure UK businesses can trade with the Palestinian territories following the restrictions placed on the export of Palestinian agricultural goods by Israel.

The UK is concerned about the impact of recent Israeli trade restrictions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We are committed to supporting Palestinian economic development, and strongly support the principle of free trade. Businesses should be free to import Palestinian products without barriers. Her Majesty's Ambassador to Israel has raised this issue with the Government of Israel, most recently on 12 February. We welcome the agreement reached by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, on 20 February, to lift their respective trade restrictions. We urge both sides to ensure the continued implementation of this agreement and will monitor the situation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on Israel's imposition of restrictions on the export of Palestinian agricultural products.

The UK is concerned about the impact of recent Israeli trade restrictions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We are committed to supporting Palestinian economic development, and strongly support the principle of free trade. Businesses should be free to import Palestinian products without barriers. Her Majesty's Ambassador to Israel has raised this issue with the Government of Israel, most recently on 12 February. We welcome the agreement reached by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, on 20 February, to lift their respective trade restrictions. We urge both sides to ensure the continued implementation of this agreement and will monitor the situation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government plans to take to ensure that (a) alleged human rights abuses in South Cameroon are fully investigated and (b) the perpetrators of any such abuses are held to account.

The UK Government remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in the North-West and South-West (Anglophone) regions of Cameroon. These regions suffer from high levels of violence, which have driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. We have consistently called for an end to the violence, and for investigations into all reports of human rights violations. On 19 February, I issued a statement about the appalling attacks on 14 February and called for an urgent and transparent investigation so that the perpetrators can be held accountable.

We continue to shine a spotlight on the crisis and raise our concerns on human rights in Cameroon at the highest levels, including with the Government of Cameroon, in multinational fora and with international partners including the US and France. At the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 6 December 2019, the UK expressed concern over the crisis, calling for an end to human rights abuses, and for humanitarian access to affected people. At the UNSC on 12 February, the UK highlighted the significant impact of the crisis on children.

The UK continues to support all credible peacebuilding initiatives and remains ready to work with the Government of Cameroon, and international partners, to bring peace to the North-West and South-West (Anglophone) regions.

21st Apr 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many vessels the HMRC has assessed for compliance with the minimum wage; and what resources HMRC has allocated to undertaking those compliance assessments.

The Government is determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) receives it.

HMRC will not hesitate to take action to ensure that workers receive what they are legally entitled to and continue to crack down on employers who ignore the law. Since 2015, HMRC have secured over £115 million for more than 1.1 million workers.

HMRC considers all complaints from workers. If anyone thinks they are not receiving at least the minimum wage, they can contact Acas, in confidence, on: 0300 123 1100, or report their employer online here: www.gov.uk/minimum-wage-complaint.

HMRC do not just rely on complaints. They also undertake proactive enforcement activities, such as selecting cases for investigation based on their own risk modelling and undertaking outreach activities to help employers understand their obligations and making sure workers know their rights. Alongside this, they consider all intelligence and/or information shared with them.

When HMRC investigates for potential NMW breaches, they look at the whole workforce for an employer. Between the 2015-16 financial year and the 2021-22 financial year, they carried out 18 investigations into employers working in the maritime sector.

HMRC deploy resources to risk, flexing deployment to respond to complaints from workers and using their own detailed risk identification processes to assess and respond to the level of risk in a sector.

On 1 October 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy changed the law so that seafarers, and other maritime persons, who work or ordinarily work in the UK or in UK territorial waters (generally 12 nautical miles from the seashore) are generally entitled to NMW. This is regardless of where the vessel is registered or whether the worker ordinarily resides in the UK.

HMRC has worked with maritime worker representatives and employers to raise awareness of the new NMW legislation that came into force on 1 October 2020. HMRC have written to employers in the maritime sector, asking them to check that they are paying all their workers the correct minimum wage and pointing them to available guidance.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 145936, on Shipping: Minimum Wage, how many inspections of businesses HMRC has undertaken to ensure that seafarers and other maritime persons who work or ordinarily work in the UK or in UK territorial waters are paid the national minimum wage.

The Government is determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) receives it.

HMRC will not hesitate to take action to ensure that workers receive what they are legally entitled to and continue to crack down on employers who ignore the law. Since 2015, HMRC have secured over £115 million for more than 1.1 million workers.

HMRC considers all complaints from workers. If anyone thinks they are not receiving at least the minimum wage, they can contact Acas, in confidence, on: 0300 123 1100, or report their employer online here: www.gov.uk/minimum-wage-complaint.

HMRC do not just rely on complaints. They also undertake proactive enforcement activities, such as selecting cases for investigation based on their own risk modelling and undertaking outreach activities to help employers understand their obligations and making sure workers know their rights. Alongside this, they consider all intelligence and/or information shared with them.

When HMRC investigates for potential NMW breaches, they look at the whole workforce for an employer. Between the 2015-16 financial year and the 2021-22 financial year, they carried out 18 investigations into employers working in the maritime sector.

HMRC deploy resources to risk, flexing deployment to respond to complaints from workers and using their own detailed risk identification processes to assess and respond to the level of risk in a sector.

On 1 October 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy changed the law so that seafarers, and other maritime persons, who work or ordinarily work in the UK or in UK territorial waters (generally 12 nautical miles from the seashore) are generally entitled to NMW. This is regardless of where the vessel is registered or whether the worker ordinarily resides in the UK.

HMRC has worked with maritime worker representatives and employers to raise awareness of the new NMW legislation that came into force on 1 October 2020. HMRC have written to employers in the maritime sector, asking them to check that they are paying all their workers the correct minimum wage and pointing them to available guidance.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC have withdrawn personal statement PAYE validation services for airport staff awaiting security clearance.

HMRC has not withdrawn any such services and continues to make employment history available to any employee. This can be found through the HMRC app: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-official-hmrc-app/the-free-hmrc-app and the employee’s digital Personal Tax Account: https://www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account. There are also arrangements in place to support those unable to access their digital tax account. HMRC would be happy to investigate any specific claims where it appears that such services have been withdrawn.
Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what powers HMRC has to enforce the National Minimum Wage on vessels operating out of UK ports.

HMRC enforces the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) in line with the law and policy set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 enables HMRC to enforce NMW across all business sectors in the UK.

The Act provides HMRC officers with a number of powers to enforce the NMW, including: the power to inspect records; enforcing payment of arrears of NMW by issuing a Notice of Underpayment; charging penalties of up to 200% of the arrears; and for the most serious cases (involving obstruction, falsifying of documents or wilful failure to pay workers the NMW) referring cases for prosecution to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Since 1 October 2020, following a change in the law, seafarers and other maritime persons who work or ordinarily work in the UK or in UK territorial waters (generally 12 nautical miles from the seashore) are generally entitled to NMW.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland's evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of 20 January 2021 on the Work of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Q100, HC 264, whether the Government plans to publish guidance for businesses on steel tariffs.

On the issue of steel movements into Northern Ireland, the Government wrote to affected businesses in January and published guidance on 3 March.

This guidance is available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reference-document-for-the-customs-northern-ireland-eu-exit-regulations-2020/the-steel-notice

26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when traders will be provided with details on what data to input into the Trader Support Service to ensure that goods can continue to move on 1 January 2021.

When traders register with the Trader Support Service they will receive support and guidance on what the Protocol means for them. This will include the steps they need to take to comply with the Protocol.

The Trader Support Service will support traders to understand the information they will need to collect about their goods, including their description, value and any supporting documentation required. HMRC and the consortium are currently finalising technical details on how the declaration service will operate, and will be setting out the specifics of how information should be provided via the TSS shortly.

The service will then use this information to complete import and safety and security declarations on behalf of trader users. Where a business uses the TSS to complete these they will not need access to HMRC systems, such as CDS or ICS, themselves.

26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Trader Support Service will provide assistance on (a) SPS checks and (b) the transiting of Northern Ireland to Great Britain goods via Dublin port.

The Trader Support Scheme will offer core services focusing on both trader education and the completion of customs processes.

• In relation to trader education, the Service will:

o educate businesses on what the Protocol means for them, and the steps they need to take to comply with them (including getting relevant Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers)

o support businesses developing processes to accurately provide the Trader Support Service with all the information it needs to submit declarations on their behalf (including information on the ‘risk’ status of the goods)

o advise businesses on the additional documents/licences that they will need (for example, a permit is needed to import endangered species (CITES) goods).

• In relation to completing processes, the Service will:

o submit relevant declarations into CDS (and hold the necessary authorisations required for simplified declarations)

o submit relevant safety and security declarations into HMRC’s Import Control System (ICS)

The Trader Support Service will be able to help all traders who need the service, regardless of size and at no additional cost, to support businesses with changes to trade under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the volume of declarations that will be made using the Customs Declaration Service between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the calendar month of January 2021.

HMRC are committed to having systems in place to deliver the NI Protocol and facilitate the flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This will include ensuring that electronic declarations for both fiscal and regulatory purposes can be received and processed.

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS), the system for Northern Ireland, has been built to handle 60 million declarations per annum. This will be sufficient for movements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Trader Support Service will become fully operational for all traders.

The Trader Support Service (TSS) was launched on 28 September and will be making declarations on behalf of traders from 1 January. The Trader Support Service will be able to help all traders, regardless of size and at no additional cost, to get their businesses ready for changes to trade due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has completed work on the final version of the Customs Declaration Service for use for trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain from 1 January 2021.

The changes required on the Customs Declaration Service to facilitate Northern Ireland’s trade with Great Britain and the Rest of the World have been in the trade test environment since 15 October and are on track to be implemented in December.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Spending Review 2020, what the timescale is for the £4 billion Levelling Up Fund.

The government is launching a new Levelling Up Fund worth £4bn for England, that will attract up to £800m for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the usual way. The Levelling Up Fund will invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities and will support economic recovery. The SR makes available up to £600m in 2021-22. Further funding will be spread over subsequent years up to 24/25.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Trusted Support Service will be operational for all eligible declarations between Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 1 January 2021.

The Trader Support Service (TSS) was launched on 28 September and will operate on behalf of traders from 1 January.

The Trader Support Service will be able to help all traders, regardless of size and at no additional cost, to move their goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to import goods into Northern Ireland from the Rest of the World.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of traders that will make customs declarations for the first time in Northern Ireland as a result of the Northern Ireland protocol.

Declaration volumes will depend on how businesses choose to operate, and HMRC are engaging with industry to understand their operating models.

For traders importing into Northern Ireland the Government has announced a major package of investment to help traders engaging in new processes under the Protocol. At the centre of this package is a new, free-to-use Trader Support Service (TSS) - an end-to-end support service which will educate traders on what the Protocol means for them and complete import and safety and security declarations on their behalf.

The TSS will be backed by funding of up to £200m, enabling businesses of all sizes who move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or import goods into Northern Ireland from the Rest of the World to draw on the support it provides.

The Government has been actively engaging with businesses and has committed to giving businesses the information and support needed to be ready to make changes at the end of the transition period.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of traders in Great Britain that will make customs declarations for trade with Northern Ireland for the first time as a result of the Northern Ireland protocol arrangements.

Declaration volumes will depend on how businesses choose to operate, and HMRC are engaging with industry to understand their operating models.

The Government’s Command Paper sets out that trade from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK should take place as it does now. There should be no additional processes, paperwork or restrictions on Northern Ireland goods arriving in the rest of the UK. There will be unfettered access, as provided for by the Protocol.

The Government has also been clear that there will be no export or exit declarations for goods leaving the rest of the UK for Northern Ireland

For traders importing into Northern Ireland the Government has announced a major package of investment to help traders engaging in new processes under the Protocol. At the centre of this package is a new, free-to-use Trader Support Service (TSS) - an end-to-end support service which will educate traders on what the Protocol means for them and complete import and safety and security declarations on their behalf.

The TSS will be backed by funding of up to £200m, enabling businesses of all sizes who move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or import goods into Northern Ireland from the Rest of the World to draw on the support it provides.

The Government has been actively engaging with businesses and has committed to giving businesses the information and support needed to be ready to make changes at the end of the transition period.

15th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the potential total cost to UK businesses of EU tariffs being applied on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain by default.

As stated in “The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol” paper published in May, Great Britain and Northern Ireland form one customs territory. The Government will ensure that no tariffs will be paid on any goods that move and remain within the UK’s customs territory.

To ensure that trade flows freely, the Government will make full use of the provisions in the Protocol giving it powers to waive and/or reimburse tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, even where they are classified as ‘at risk’ of entering the EU market. Only those goods ultimately entering Ireland or the rest of the EU, or at clear and substantial risk of doing so, will face tariffs.

This principle needs to be formalised with the EU within the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC have made an assessment of the likelihood of the technology needed for new customs and regulatory processes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland being in place by the end of the transition period.

HMRC are committed to having IT systems in place to facilitate the flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This will include ensuring that information for both fiscal and regulatory purposes can be received and processed electronically.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 25 on page 11 of the document entitled, The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, what assessment HMRC has made of how a genuine and substantial risk will be determined; and what estimate HMRC has made of the proportion of goods which will be charged a tariff under this definition.

As the Government said in the Command Paper published on 20 May, there should be no tariffs on goods remaining within the UK customs territory. Only those goods ultimately entering Ireland or the rest of the EU, or at clear and substantial risk of doing so, will face tariffs. This principle needs to be formalised with the EU within the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of individual customs declarations the CHIEF system can process in each of the next five years.

To meet the required volume of customs declarations expected after the end of the transition period, HMRC has scaled CHIEF as part of ‘No Deal’ planning to 300m declarations per annum. Dual running CDS for the Northern Ireland Protocol alongside CHIEF provides the full volumetric capacity required for future years. Moving to a single customs platform is part of the longer-term strategy for HMRC’s future border ambition.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the policy paper entitled, The Border Operating Model Border, published on 13 July 2020, what estimate has HMRC made of the number of traders that will make customs declarations for the first time under the new system.

In 2019 there were 149,000 VAT registered businesses trading in goods only with the EU. In addition, HMRC estimate that there are approximately 100,000 non-VAT registered businesses in the UK trading in goods with the EU; many of these traders will be making declarations for the first time after the transition period ends.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of customs declarations currently take place on the Customs Declaration Service.

The Government has been working with trade and industry partners to agree plans to utilise the Customs Declarations Service (CDS) to support implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. For Great Britain the plan is to use CHIEF for EU-GB declarations as it has been scaled as part of No Deal planning.

As announced in the Command Paper, HMRC will soon set out more detailed plans to provide extensive support for businesses moving goods into Northern Ireland, including ensuring that they are ready and able to provide information through CDS.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff vacancies there are on the programme team for the delivery of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) project is part of a wider programme of work delivering system and business process changes for the end of the Transition Period. HMRC manage the GVMS project very closely and have prioritised resourcing the changes required for the end of the Transition Period. HMRC have the resources and capability required to deliver the project. This is kept under continuous review, and where additional resources are required these will be provided.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC have made of the number of traders who will be required to complete the additional processes required on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland outlined in the Command Paper entitled, The UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, published 20 May 2020.

Declaration volumes will depend on how businesses choose to operate, and HMRC are engaging with industry to understand their operating models. As announced in the Command Paper, HMRC will soon set out more detailed plans for extensive support for businesses engaged in the limited additional processes on goods arriving into Northern Ireland.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HMRC has to categorise all goods entering Northern Ireland as at risk from 1 January 2021.

HMRC are not making plans to categorise all goods entering Northern Ireland as ‘at risk’.

As the Government said in the Command Paper published on 20 May, “there should be no tariffs on goods remaining within the UK customs territory. Only those goods ultimately entering Ireland or the rest of the EU, or at clear and substantial risk of doing so, will face tariffs.”

This principle needs to be formalised with the EU within the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

The UK will not pay any of the tariffs it collects to the EU.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 27 of CP226 The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, whether HMRC has taken steps to develop a system to reimburse tariffs on goods at risk of entering the EU.

As Great Britain and Northern Ireland are in the same customs territory, no tariffs will be due on goods coming from Great Britain and staying in Northern Ireland, unless those goods are at risk of onward movement into the European Union.

Goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the world will pay the UK’s tariff unless the goods are at risk of moving into the EU.

As set out in the Command Paper published on 20 May, in order to ensure that trade flows freely, the Government will make full use of the provisions in the Protocol giving the Government the powers to waive and/or reimburse tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, even where they are classified as ‘at risk’ of entering the EU market.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service; and what category of risk has been assigned for that service being delivered on (a) time and (b) budget.

HMRC are confident that they will have the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) ready to be implemented at border locations where a pre-lodgement model is adopted on 31 December 2020 to use for all movements supporting the Northern Ireland Protocol, and by the time staging in of full controls for EU movements is complete by July 2021. Spending on the GVMS in 2020/21 is funded from within HMRC's EU Transition budget allocation of £382 million.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff vacancies there are on the programme team for the delivery of the Customs Declaration Service.

HMRC manage the Customs Declaration Service programme of work very closely and have prioritised resourcing the changes required for the end of the Transition Period. HMRC have the resources and capability required to deliver the programme. This is kept under review, and where additional resources are required these will be provided.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Infrastructure Projects Authority has awarded an RAG delivery confidence rating for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) project is part of a wider programme of work delivering system and business process changes for the end of the transition period. The Infrastructure Projects Authority conducted a review of this programme of work in May and provided a delivery confidence assessment for the programme, not its constituent projects.

This programme of work is part of the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP). The Government’s publication strategy sets out that the Delivery Confidence Assessment from the Q2 GMPP report for a programme is made public in the IPA’s next Annual Report.

HMRC will have the GVMS ready to be implemented at border locations where a pre-lodgement model is adopted on 31 December 2020 to use for all movements supporting the Northern Ireland Protocol, and by the time that staging in of full controls for EU movements is complete by July 2021.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the electronic declarations of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service will be compatible with the Customs Declaration Service.

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service will be integrated across multiple platforms, including the Customs Declaration Service and the UK’s legacy customs system, CHIEF.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all traders have been transferred to the Customs Declaration Service; and whether that service is fully operational.

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) has been a live service since August 2018 and is fully operational. The operation of the customs platform is not dependent on completing full trader migration to CDS, as it will be dual running alongside CHIEF. HMRC will continue to work with traders in order to meet requirements for the end of the transition period.

24th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions HMRC have held with business representatives on when the trialling of the new Goods Vehicle Movement Service for trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will begin.

It is important that businesses understand how the protocol will be implemented so that they can make the necessary preparations for the end of the Transition Period. For that reason, the Government published a command paper on 20 May setting out the UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Ministers and officials are meeting Northern Ireland businesses regularly to provide clarity on approach and to allow for detailed discussion of proposals. HMRC are also engaging with industry partners who need to put systems in place for customs processes and will be extending that engagement in the coming weeks to businesses across the UK affected by the Northern Ireland Protocol to support them in getting ready.

To support the freight and logistics industry HMRC will be building a new optional IT system to facilitate the movement of goods. HMRC will continue to develop their systems in readiness for the end of the Transition Period and they are engaging with industry as plans develop.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has provided advice to businesses in Northern Ireland on the additional processes that will be required for trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain once the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force.

The Northern Ireland Protocol is clear that Northern Ireland is, and will remain, part of the UK’s customs territory. The Protocol allows the UK to maintain unfettered market access for goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, as is the case today. The Government has also set out that although there will be some limited additional processes for goods arriving in Northern Ireland, there will be no new physical customs infrastructure.

It is important that businesses understand how the Protocol will be implemented so they can make the necessary preparations for the end of the Transition Period. For that reason, the Government published a command paper on 20 May setting out the UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Ministers and officials meet Northern Ireland businesses regularly to provide clarity on approach and to allow for detailed discussion of proposals. HMRC are also engaging with industry partners who need to put systems in place for customs processes and will be extending that engagement in the coming weeks to businesses across the UK affected by the Northern Ireland Protocol to support them in getting ready.

HMRC have published a questionnaire on GOV.UK to identify and aid businesses who move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In due course, the Government will also set out more detailed plans for extensive HMRC support for businesses engaged in the limited additional processes, including providing access to facilitations to support the movement of goods.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of (a) how long it takes to train a customs official and (b) the number of customs officials that (i) have been recruited and (ii) still need to be recruited for the purposes of operating the protocol in Northern Ireland.

HMRC have resource plans in place to enable them to meet their post-Transition Period requirements, including delivery of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

As a large department, HMRC use a combination of external recruitment and internal moves to fill vacancies, allowing for a strong blend of new and experienced staff and giving flexibility to allocate resource where and when it is needed.

For some roles, only on-the-job experience or training is required, whereas people in technical roles such as compliance undertake a rigorous and structured programme of learning. Many of these individuals have completed their technical training and are now consolidating that learning by working on “rest of the world” customs cases in preparation for the end of the Transition Period.

24th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses not listed as non-essential shops and public spaces which choose to close to safeguard their staff will be entitled to assistance under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is designed to help firms that have been severely affected by coronavirus to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. The scheme is open to all UK employers providing they have created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020 and have a UK bank account.

The Government has designed this package to be straightforward and comprehensive for businesses. Employers can claim a grant for the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on the subsidised furlough pay.

Full guidance for employers, including the requirements on businesses, can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses with workers with an increased risk of severe illness will be entitled to claim for the Worker Retention Scheme to ensure their salary is paid while they are following advice to stay at home.

The Government seeks, as far as possible, to protect people’s jobs and incomes. This is an unprecedented jobs retention scheme and the Government has been working hard to set out further details on the scheme. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on 19 March 2020. Full details can be found in the guidance available at www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme, which provides answers to these questions.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will apply to staff who are working in the UK on a spousal visa.

The Government seeks, as far as possible, to protect people’s jobs and incomes. This is an unprecedented jobs retention scheme and the Government has been working hard to set out further details on the scheme. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on 19 March 2020. Full details can be found in the guidance available at www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme, which provides answers to these questions.

10th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has plans to extend tax exemptions for sanitary products to incontinence products.

As announced in the Budget, women’s sanitary products are to be zero rated for VAT from 1 January 2021, meaning no VAT will be charged on their purchase.

Incontinence products can already be zero rated for VAT, if for example they are purchased for personal use by a person who is incontinent, or by any charity that makes the products available to incontinent people.

26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will confirm whether members of the External Reference Group for the Review into group-based child sexual exploitation had access to sensitive material.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the advice provided by the hon. Member for Wakefield to the Review into group-based child sexual exploitation.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria were for the appointment of members to the External Reference Group for the Review into group-based child sexual exploitation.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether DBS checks were undertaken in respect of appointees of the External Reference Group for the Review into group-based child sexual exploitation.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the External Reference Group for the Review into group-based child sexual exploitation was appointed.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the email of 12 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley regarding Ukraine refugee case LH20372.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 2 March 2022, case reference LH19745; and if her Department will provide an update on that urgent application.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 19 April 2022.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the entitlement of foreign seafarers to work on UK-international routes that have no visa eligibility to enter the UK.

It is the Government’s policy that all migrants coming to work in UK territorial waters (i.e., 12 nautical miles), or on the UK landmass, need permission to work unless exemptions apply. Conversely, if they are working outside of UK territorial waters then permission to work is not required.

Seafarers who earn a living by working on a ship such as seamen or crew members do not need permission to work if they are in transit (under contract) to join a ship or are in transit as part of a crew, subject to entry requirements. Entry requirements may include a transit visa or an International Labour Organisation compliant seafarer identity document.

A seafarer who can be regarded as “ordinarily working” in the UK is entitled to receive the UK national minimum wage. More information can be found at: Minimum wage: seafarers and other people working at sea - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

We do not collect the data on seafarers entering the UK without a work visa. This cohort should be entering the UK for short periods of time and leaving by air or ship.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of seafarers working on UK-international routes who have entered the UK in the most recent period for which that information is available.

It is the Government’s policy that all migrants coming to work in UK territorial waters (i.e., 12 nautical miles), or on the UK landmass, need permission to work unless exemptions apply. Conversely, if they are working outside of UK territorial waters then permission to work is not required.

Seafarers who earn a living by working on a ship such as seamen or crew members do not need permission to work if they are in transit (under contract) to join a ship or are in transit as part of a crew, subject to entry requirements. Entry requirements may include a transit visa or an International Labour Organisation compliant seafarer identity document.

A seafarer who can be regarded as “ordinarily working” in the UK is entitled to receive the UK national minimum wage. More information can be found at: Minimum wage: seafarers and other people working at sea - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

We do not collect the data on seafarers entering the UK without a work visa. This cohort should be entering the UK for short periods of time and leaving by air or ship.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the immigration status of those seafarers working on UK-international routes who are paid below the National Minimum Wage.

It is the Government’s policy that all migrants coming to work in UK territorial waters (i.e., 12 nautical miles), or on the UK landmass, need permission to work unless exemptions apply. Conversely, if they are working outside of UK territorial waters then permission to work is not required.

Seafarers who earn a living by working on a ship such as seamen or crew members do not need permission to work if they are in transit (under contract) to join a ship or are in transit as part of a crew, subject to entry requirements. Entry requirements may include a transit visa or an International Labour Organisation compliant seafarer identity document.

A seafarer who can be regarded as “ordinarily working” in the UK is entitled to receive the UK national minimum wage. More information can be found at: Minimum wage: seafarers and other people working at sea - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

We do not collect the data on seafarers entering the UK without a work visa. This cohort should be entering the UK for short periods of time and leaving by air or ship.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley of 11 November 2021, case reference LH18478; and if her Department will provide an update on that urgent application.

I apologise for the delay. The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 1 February 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 15 September 2021, case reference LH16834; and if her Department will provide an update on that urgent application.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded to all of the enquiries sent by the hon. Member on 28 January 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 15 September 2021, case reference LH16830; and if her Department will provide an update on that urgent application.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded to all of the enquiries sent by the hon. Member on 28 January 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 15 September 2021, case reference LH16773; and if her Department will provide an update on that urgent application.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded to all of the enquiries sent by the hon. Member on 28 January 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 15 September 2021, case reference LH16318; and if her Department will provide an update on that urgent application.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded to all of the enquiries sent by the hon. Member on 28 January 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 15 September 2021, case reference LH14942; and what progress her Department has made on the application connected to that case.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded to all of the enquiries sent by the hon. Member on 28 January 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley of 21 October 2021, case reference LH14045; and what progress her Department has made on the application connected to that case.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded to all of the enquiries sent by the hon. Member on 28 January 2022.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the email from the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley dated 1 December 2021, case reference LH15356; and if her Department will provide an update on that family's urgent application.

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 26 January 2022.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on reuniting children under the age of five in Yemen with family members who are currently in Britain.

The Government provides the following safe and legal routes under the Immigration Rules for children, regardless of where they are in the world, to join family in the UK:

  • part 8, paragraph 297 provides for a child to join a British or settled parent or relative in the UK;
  • part 8, paragraph 319X provides for a child to join a relative with limited leave to remain as a refugee or beneficiary of humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom;
  • part 11, paragraphs 325D and 352FG provide for a child to join a parent with refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.
Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) longest and (b) average time is for victims of human trafficking to receive naturalisation as British citizens.

There is no separate application route to citizenship for victims of human trafficking and so they are considered alongside all other citizenship applications.

This means we cannot separate out data for this cohort through normal reporting mechanisms. Transparency data with information on service standards for citizenship applications can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visas-and-citizenship-data-november-2020

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of the 4 September 2020 on the Warrington Peace Foundation's work supporting victims of terrorism.

The Home Secretary responded on 24 September 2020.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether funding will be made available to continue the work of Warrington Peace Foundation's victims of terrorism support service.

Earlier this year, the Home Office ran a grant competition to award up to £500,000 for support services for victims of terrorism. The Warrington Peace Foundation, along with other organisations, was able to bid into that competition.

Given that this is an ongoing commercial process, we are unable to advise on the outcome of the competition at this time. Any award announcement will be published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received representations on UK Visas and Immigrations (UKVI) employees being offered 10 days of special leave to meet childcare responsibilities in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of special leave available for staff of (a) UKVI and (b) her Department with caring responsibilities during the covid-19 pandemic.

All Home Office employees, including those working in UK Visas and Immigration, with children affected by school closures can request up to ten working days/two working weeks paid special leave as an interim provision to enable them to care for their children at home and/or to make longer-term alternative care arrangements.

If employees need further special leave beyond the initial period, this may be granted by a senior manager if no other suitable arrangements can be made for the child’s care. The wellbeing of our employees is paramount and we have a range of policies to support those who are managing caring responsibilities.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
24th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department who work at the UK Visa & Immigration Sheffield Premium Service Centre at Vulcan House in Sheffield are (a) working from home and (b) are essential personnel who cannot work from home during the covid-19 outbreak.

As of 25th March 2020 Service and Support Centres are now closed, with all staff working from home, aside from some voluntary ad-hoc attendance to support urgent applications from vulnerable individuals.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people that have no recourse to public funds will be entitled to access support from the Government during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is committed to supporting people, including migrants with no recourse to public funds, through this crisis. We are taking a compassionate and pragmatic approach and will continue to review the situation to consider if more can be done.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will help firms continue to keep people, including workers with no recourse to public funds, in employment with the government paying 80% of furloughed workers wages up to a cap of £2,500.

There are a number of measures in relation to rent and mortgage protections, food vouchers, and protections for the homeless, which are not considered public funds. Local Authorities may also provide basic safety net support if it is established that there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases.

Covid-19 has been added to the list of infectious diseases so anyone experiencing symptoms, regardless of their immigration status, will be treated for free.

People granted leave under the family and human rights routes can apply to have a condition lifted or for access to benefits if their financial circumstances change.

The Home Office has set up a dedicated Covid-19 immigration help-centre.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific outcomes she plans to set police forces in order to reduce crime.

In return for the biggest investment in policing for over a decade, it is right that the government holds the policing sector to account for delivering for the public. We will expect the police to achieve measurable improvements across a range of outcomes, focused on crime reduction. These outcomes include: to reduce murder, serious violence and neighbourhood crime; to improve victim satisfaction; to help those whose lives are torn apart by domestic abuse; and to roll up county lines.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the findings of the inquest into the death of Marc Cole, what assessment her Department has made of the safety of the use of tasers by the Police.

The Government is committed to ensuring police have the resources, tools and powers they need to keep themselves and the public safe.

Tasers provide officers with an important tactical option when facing potentially physically violent situations. However, the Government is clear that all use of force must be lawful, proportionate and necessary in all circumstances.

Only less lethal weaponry which has been authorised by the Home Secretary may be used by police forces in England and Wales. There is an established process for the approval of less lethal weapons which takes into account relevant strategic, ethical, operational and societal issues, as well as an independent medical evaluation by the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Medical Implications of Less Lethal Weapons (SACMILL).

Our sympathy is with Marc Cole’s family who have lost a loved one.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implications of the quadrennial review of police pensions in 2020-21; and if she will make a statement.

Following the most recent valuation of the police pension schemes, the additional cost to policing in 2020-21 of employer contributions to police pensions is currently estimated to be £316 million.

The 2020-21 police funding settlement will increase funding available to the policing system by £1.1 billion next year. This includes general Government grant funding, pensions grant, council tax precept and investment in national priorities, and is the biggest funding increase in a decade. This substantial increase in funding will enable forces to meet their financial pressures as well as to invest in the recruitment of additional officers.

The written ministerial statement on the settlement, including details of the proposed pensions grant, can be accessed at: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2020-01-22/HCWS51/

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reports commissioned by her Department that remain outstanding.

The titles of the reviews that the Department is currently undertaking are:

Review

Date Started

Expected Completion

Review of Cannabis-based products for Medicinal Use in Humans

February 2020

End of 2020

Urgent review of the classification of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and closely related compounds under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the scheduling of both drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

January 2020

Autumn 2020

Independent review of the statutory multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). Jointly with Ministry of Justice.

January 2020

The review has been completed and will be published shortly

Review of the support services provided to Victims of Terrorism

The review has not yet commenced

Independent Review of Prevent

August 2019

August 2021[1]

Roads Policing Review

July 2019

July 2021

Law Commission Review into Hate Crime legislation (jointly commissioned with Ministry of Justice)

October 2018

Independent Review of the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS)

August 2019

Summer 2020

Coercive or Controlling Behaviour Offence – Review of Effectiveness

Summer 2019

Autumn 2020

Review of the overall response to migrant victims of domestic abuse

July 2019

The evidence gathering phase of the review has been completed. We aim to set out our conclusions before Commons Report stage.

Review of Pre-Charge Bail.

November 2019

Summer 2021

Review of the Health Measures at the Border

June 2020

29 June 2020

Air Weapons Review

October 2017

Summer 2020

Independent review of Serious and Organised Crime

November 2019

The review has been completed and the Government is considering its recommendations

Rape Review (jointly with Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office)

March 2019

Independent Review of Drugs

February 2019

Part 1 completed and published 27 February. DHSC commissioned a further (Part 2) drugs review of prevention, treatment and recovery, which is shortly to be launched.

[1] The Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill which was introduced on 20 May 2020 seeks to remove the current statutory deadline for the completion of the Independent Review of Prevent (August 2020) as set out in the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.

30th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reviews that her Department is undertaking.

The titles of the reviews that the Department is currently undertaking are:

Review

Date Started

Expected Completion

Review of Cannabis-based products for Medicinal Use in Humans

February 2020

End of 2020

Urgent review of the classification of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and closely related compounds under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the scheduling of both drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

January 2020

Autumn 2020

Independent review of the statutory multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). Jointly with Ministry of Justice.

January 2020

The review has been completed and will be published shortly

Review of the support services provided to Victims of Terrorism

The review has not yet commenced

Independent Review of Prevent

August 2019

August 2021[1]

Roads Policing Review

July 2019

July 2021

Law Commission Review into Hate Crime legislation (jointly commissioned with Ministry of Justice)

October 2018

Independent Review of the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS)

August 2019

Summer 2020

Coercive or Controlling Behaviour Offence – Review of Effectiveness

Summer 2019

Autumn 2020

Review of the overall response to migrant victims of domestic abuse

July 2019

The evidence gathering phase of the review has been completed. We aim to set out our conclusions before Commons Report stage.

Review of Pre-Charge Bail.

November 2019

Summer 2021

Review of the Health Measures at the Border

June 2020

29 June 2020

Air Weapons Review

October 2017

Summer 2020

Independent review of Serious and Organised Crime

November 2019

The review has been completed and the Government is considering its recommendations

Rape Review (jointly with Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office)

March 2019

Independent Review of Drugs

February 2019

Part 1 completed and published 27 February. DHSC commissioned a further (Part 2) drugs review of prevention, treatment and recovery, which is shortly to be launched.

[1] The Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill which was introduced on 20 May 2020 seeks to remove the current statutory deadline for the completion of the Independent Review of Prevent (August 2020) as set out in the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the additional cost is to police forces of changes resulting from the quadrennial valuations of the public service pension schemes in 2020-21.

The additional cost to policing in 2020-2021 of employer contributions to police pensions is currently estimated to be £316 million.

The proposed 2020/21 police funding settlement increases funding by £1.1 billion to £15.2 billion. This includes general Government grant funding, pensions grant, council tax precept and investment in national priorities. This substantial increase in funding will enable forces to meet their genuine financial pressures as well as to invest in the recruitment of additional officers.

Decisions on funding for future years are a matter for the next Spending Review.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to create pardonable offences for victims of child sexual exploitation whose criminal record arose as a result of their exploitation.

Child sexual abuse is an abhorrent crime that has a devastating impact on victims and survivors. The Government’s Victims Strategy outlines our commitments to improve support for victims of child sexual abuse by making sure that criminal justice agencies recognise exploitation when they see it and respond appropriately.

The government has no current plans to create pardonable offences for victims of child sexual exploitation whose criminal record arose as a result of their exploitation. Applications for pardons are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what quarterly targets her Department has set for each police force in order to recruit 6,000 additional officers by the end of 2020-21.

The Home Office has confirmed the recruitment targets for every force in England and Wales in the first year of the uplift. 6,000 additional officers will be recruited in England and Wales by March 2021 as part of the unprecedented drive to increase their ranks by 20,000 over the next three years. These numbers have been allocated to each force and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-announces-first-wave-of-20000-police-officer-uplift

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish the provisional police funding settlement for 2020-21.

The 2020-21 final Police Funding Settlement was laid before the House on [Wednesday 22 January] and includes details of Police Grant levels for each force in England and Wales.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what long-term priorities for operational focus and investment have been established between her Department and the National Police Chiefs' Council through the Policing Board.

The National Policing Board has been established to help ensure all parts of the policing system work together to establish a strategic vision and take an overview of strategic investment decisions in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for the public and make our streets safer. Investment in policing will allow forces to recruit 20,000 additional officers over the next three years; the National Policing Board will ensure we deliver on that commitment.

Alongside this we are in the process of finalising a series of desired crime outcomes which will be blended with local priorities set by Police and Crime Commissioner.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether all EU member states have now been notified of the details of the 75,000 convictions which her Department had previously failed to send.

ACRO is working with the Home Office to identify a technical fix and implement it as soon as possible the relevant countries will then be notified.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of foreign offenders who went on to re-offend as a result of the failure by the UK to pass on the details of 75,000 convictions to EU member states.

It is not possible to provide details of offending which has or has not occurred in other Member States.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she became aware of the UK's failure to share the details of 75,000 criminal convictions with EU member states; and when she informed EU member states of the mistake.

Home Office Ministers were notified of the technical issue which led to some criminal conviction data not being passed on to EU Member States, in July 2019. Later that month the Home Office informed the EU of the problem.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Minister in her Department made the decision not to inform the EU of the failure to pass on the details of 75,000 convictions of EU nationals to EU member states; and when that decision was taken.

The Home Office informed the Commission and EU Member States of this issue in July 2019.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for her Department to approve bids from Police and Crime Commissioners to the Safer Streets Fund.

The Safer Streets Fund will provide funding to areas of England and Wales that are disproportionately affected by acquisitive crimes, such as burglary and theft. The fund will provide areas with the resources to implement well evidenced crime prevention initiatives, such as street lighting and home security to help make areas safer and more secure.

We expect to launch the fund shortly and will publish details of timescales for bid assessment and approval at launch.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual cost has been of (a) training, (b) employing, (c) equipping, (d) providing payroll and (e) any additional resources required for a full-time police officer to carry out their role in each of the last three years.

The costs of an officer’s employment, training and resources are a matter for forces and Chief Constables and are reflective of local priorities.

The Home Office does not hold information on the requested costs.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for solving the software glitch which led to 75,000 convictions failing to be passed on to EU member states.

The Home Office is working to support ACRO to resolve the issue and find a technical fix which will be implemented as soon as possible.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of performance targets in improving policing.

Prior to 2010, police performance targets were set by the Home Office. These were abolished in that year by the incoming administration. In 2015, the then Home Secretary commissioned Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis to produce a review of the broader use of targets in Policing.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what performance targets her Department sets for the police.

Prior to 2010, police performance targets were set by the Home Office. These were abolished in that year by the incoming administration. In 2015, the then Home Secretary commissioned Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis to produce a review of the broader use of targets in Policing.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests his Department has made to the National Police Chiefs Council for data outside the normal reporting rules since July 2019.

The Home Secretary has statutory powers under the Police Act 1996 to request data directly from Chief Constables of police forces in England and Wales.

In exercising those powers, the Home Office consults with the National Police Chiefs Council to ensure it is feasible for police forces to supply such data and would not add a disproportionate burden on forces to do so.

Since July 2019, data already collected by forces as part of their own internal management information has been requested in relation to several of the Government’s priorities including tackling serious violence and recruiting 20,000 additional police officers.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on establishing a Police Covenant; and if she will make a statement.

The Government has set out a vision for a new Police Covenant, recognising the bravery and commitment of officers who work night and day to keep us safe. The covenant will focus on physical protection for officers, their health and wellbeing and support for their families.

The Home Office has been developing the detail of our proposals and continue to work with policing partners and stakeholders as they are finalised.

The government intends to launch a consultation on the principle and scope of the covenant shortly. The consultation will inform the drafting of the Police Protection and Powers Bill, which was announced in the Queen’s speech and will put the covenant on a legislative footing.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many frontline police officers will be recruited to local police forces in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022; and if she will make a statement.

This Government is delivering on the people’s priorities by putting 20,000 extra police officers on the streets over the next three years. Up to 6,000 additional officers will be recruited in the first wave and will be shared among the 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales. Force allocations for year one can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-announces-first-wave-of-20000-police-officer-uplift

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals on police pursuits; and if she will make a statement.

As announced in the Queens Speech in December 2019, the Government will bring forward a Police Powers and Protection Bill to ensure that police officers are provided with the protections and powers they need to keep the population safe.

On pursuits, the Bill will introduce a new test to assess the standard of driving of a police officer so that their skills and training can be taken into account should there be any subsequent investigations into their actions.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on her Department's review of pre-charge bail legislation; and if she will make a statement.

This government is fully committed to protecting the public, and ensuring the police have the powers they need.

On 5 November the government announced its intention to review pre-charge bail legislation to ensure we have a system which more effectively prioritises the safety of victims and witnesses and the management of suspects.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
6th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the powers are of private security firms contracted by public authorities to carry out policing duties; and if she will make a statement.

Private security firms do not have police powers. Core police powers like arrest will always be reserved for police constables and other special forces.

While core powers are reserved for police and other special forces, the legislation does permit Chief Constables to establish and maintain “community safety accreditation schemes” in consultation with local authorities. This power also enables Chief Constables to confer upon accredited non-police staff, including security officers employed by accredited firms, a range of powers, including the issuing of fixed penalty notices, in order to help maintain community safety and security.

Any individual private security operative must be licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2021 to Question 173088 on Levelling Up Fund: Northern Ireland, what proportion of the £800 million Levelling Up Fund for the devolved administrations will be allocated to Northern Ireland in the financial years (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25.

The Levelling Up Fund will set aside at least £800 million across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over four years from 2021-22 to 2024-25. For the first round of funding, at least 9% of total UK allocations will be set aside for Scotland, 5% for Wales, and 3% for Northern Ireland. There will be future opportunities to bid in subsequent rounds. Further detail on how the Fund will operate from 2022-23 onwards will be set out later this year.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2021 to Question 173088 on Levelling Up Fund: Northern Ireland, when the allocation of funding from the Levelling Up Fund will be determined for Northern Ireland for the financial years (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25.

The Levelling Up Fund will set aside at least £800 million across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over four years from 2021-22 to 2024-25. For the first round of funding, at least 9% of total UK allocations will be set aside for Scotland, 5% for Wales, and 3% for Northern Ireland. There will be future opportunities to bid in subsequent rounds. Further detail on how the Fund will operate from 2022-23 onwards will be set out later this year.

24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will detail the level of funding in each of the four financial years of the Levelling Up Fund for Northern Ireland.

The £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

The Fund will operate UK-wide, extending the benefits of funding for priority local infrastructure across all regions and nations.

The Fund will set aside at least £800 million across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over four years from 2021-2022 to 2024-2025.

22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of the £800 million Levelling Up Fund for the devolved administrations will be allocated to Northern Ireland.

The Fund will set aside at least £800 million across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over four years from 2021-22 to 2024-25. For the first round of funding, at least 9% of total UK allocations will be set aside for Scotland, 5% for Wales, and 3% for Northern Ireland.

22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many bids his Department received from Northern Ireland to the Towns Fund.

The Towns Fund operates in England only. Devolved Administrations receive funding according to the Barnett formula and are responsible for decisions on how that funding is used within their devolved responsibilities.

25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which areas will be part of the £220m trial of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

To help local areas prepare over 2021-22 for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, we will provide £220 million additional UK funding to support our communities to pilot programmes and new approaches. Further details will be published in the new year.

19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timetable is for (a) announcing (i) eligibility criteria and (ii) allocations to local authorities for and (b) disbursing funding from the Hardship Fund announced in the Budget 2020.

The Government will provide English councils with £500 million to support financially vulnerable residents, and expects that most of the funding will be used to provide additional council tax relief.

Further guidance is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/council-tax-covid-19-hardship-fund-2020-to-2021-guidance .

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Age UK's publication entitled Home Truths, published January 2020, what plans he has to support older people in the private rented sector in the upcoming renters' reform Bill.

As announced in the Queen’s Speech, the Government plans to introduce a package of reforms to deliver a better deal for renters and a fairer and more effective rental market. The Renters’ Reform Bill will enhance renters’ security and improve protections for short-term tenants by abolishing ‘no-fault’ evictions. This will include repealing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and represents a generational change in the law that governs private renting.

Our recent consultation, ‘A New Deal for Renting: Resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants’ sought views from across the private and social rented sectors on how the new system should operate, in order to ensure that we get the details right?and?create?a new framework which works for everyone. We welcome the consultation response submitted by Age UK, which highlights the experience of a range of tenants who rent their homes in the private rented sector, including older people. Almost 20,000 responses to the consultation were received and these are being carefully considered to help inform the Renters’ Reform Bill.



Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing the Future Homes Standard on energy efficiency before 2025.

The Government is fully committed to meeting its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the energy efficiency of buildings has to make in meeting it.

We have committed to introduce a Future Homes Standard from 2025 which means that new homes will be fit for the future, with low carbon heating and lower energy use through high levels of energy efficiency.

As a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard, we have consulted on a meaningful and achievable increase to the energy efficiency standards for new homes to be introduced through the Building Regulations in 2020, with a further strengthening by 2025. The consultation responses we have received will be considered carefully and a Government response will be published in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the net carbon footprint of homes built under the Future Homes Standard.

The Government is fully committed to meeting its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the energy efficiency of buildings has to make in meeting it. We have committed to introduce a Future Homes Standard from 2025 which means that new homes will be fit for the future, with low carbon heating and lower energy use through high levels of energy efficiency.

In October 2019 we published a consultation on the Future Homes Standard which proposed that new homes built to the Future Homes Standard from 2025 should have carbon dioxide emissions 75-80 per cent lower than those built to current building regulations standards. The Future Homes Standard consultation closed on 7 February 2020. The responses we have received will be considered carefully and a Government response will be published in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)