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Lucy Powell

Labour (Co-op) - Manchester Central

Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

(since November 2021)
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
19th Sep 2021 - 29th Nov 2021
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
9th May 2021 - 19th Sep 2021
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Apr 2020 - 9th May 2021
Education Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Education Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
14th Sep 2015 - 26th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
5th Nov 2014 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Education)
7th Oct 2013 - 5th Nov 2014
Transport Committee
26th Nov 2012 - 4th Nov 2013


Department Event
Thursday 10th February 2022
09:30
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
10 Feb 2022, 9:30 a.m.
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Business without Debate
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 144 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 176
Speeches
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill
It is just as well you are in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker!

We have here another infrastructure Bill. As …
Written Answers
Thursday 27th January 2022
Youth Investment Fund
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether any ministers, special advisors or other political …
Early Day Motions
Monday 20th January 2020
Rail investment across the North and Midlands
That this House notes that strategic rail infrastructure is critical to the long-term success of the UK and all of …
Bills
Online Forums Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
Tweets
Saturday 29th January 2022
08:40
MP Financial Interests
Monday 14th June 2021
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
One sixth shareholder of company New Road Management, a property management company. (Registered 13 December 2012; updated 02 June 2015 …
EDM signed
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone
That this House notes that some 1,200 deaths a year are attributable to poor air quality in Greater Manchester; believes …
Supported Legislation
Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) 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, Lucy Powell has voted in 289 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(14 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
Paul Scully (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(11 debate interactions)
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Manchester Central 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 Manchester Central signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.

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

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


Latest EDMs signed by Lucy Powell

26th January 2022
Lucy Powell signed this EDM on Wednesday 26th January 2022

Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

Tabled by: Tony Lloyd (Labour - Rochdale)
That this House notes that some 1,200 deaths a year are attributable to poor air quality in Greater Manchester; believes that, on that basis, movement towards establishing a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Greater Manchester is vital; stresses that a CAZ must be properly resourced to prevent it simply becoming …
13 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
12th February 2020
Lucy Powell signed this EDM on Monday 24th February 2020

Deportations ahead of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review Publication

Tabled by: Nadia Whittome (Labour - Nottingham East)
This House deplores the Government's ongoing use of deportation flights to Commonwealth countries against the recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review; notes that while the publication of the Review has been much delayed without explanation, it is expected to recommend the cessation of all deportations of people who have …
69 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 38
Scottish National Party: 15
Liberal Democrat: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 3
Alba Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lucy Powell, 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.


Lucy Powell has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lucy Powell has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lucy Powell


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 administrators and moderators of certain online forums responsible for content published on those forums; to require such administrators and moderators to remove certain content; to require platforms to publish information about such forums; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 11th September 2018
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Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

150 Written Questions in the current parliament

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27 Other Department Questions
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many applicants waited (a) 1 month or less, (b) between 2 and 6 months, (c) between 7 and 9 months, (d) between 10 and 12 months and (e) over 1 year for a response to their application to the Building Safety Fund.

The Government acknowledges that remediation of unsafe cladding is complex and each individual project will vary in their journey through the funding application process. Information on the Building Safety Fund application process and estimated timelines can be found in the Building Safety Fund application guidance available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-application-process. The latest Building Safety Fund statistics, showing registration and application progress, are available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit correctly completed applications as soon as possible. The quicker an applicant submits their application, the quicker their application will be processed. A poorly completed full application will result in delays.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to announce details of the remainder of the £5 billion Building Safety Fund, including how to apply for grants.

Buildings that may have missed the original registration deadline for the Building Safety Fund will have a further opportunity to register. Details on how to do this will be provided in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to publish details on the way in which each local authority spends funds allocated from the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced on 23 October 2021.

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless.

This funding is available for local authorities to support those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance. As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures.

The Government publishes statutory homelessness statistics quarterly which provides information about statutory homelessness applications, including those cases following eviction from the private rented sector. The data is available at a national and local authority level and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics#live-tables

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department plans to take to measure the (a) impact and (b) success of the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced on 23 October 2021.

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless.

This funding is available for local authorities to support those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance. As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures.

The Government publishes statutory homelessness statistics quarterly which provides information about statutory homelessness applications, including those cases following eviction from the private rented sector. The data is available at a national and local authority level and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics#live-tables

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the announcement of a £65 million support package for vulnerable renters on 23 October 2021, what the eligibility criteria will be for a private renter to access support from that fund.

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless.

This funding is available for local authorities to support those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance. As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures.

The Government publishes statutory homelessness statistics quarterly which provides information about statutory homelessness applications, including those cases following eviction from the private rented sector. The data is available at a national and local authority level and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics#live-tables

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of new homes built in each of the last five years that were fitted with (a) gas boilers, (b) heat pumps and (c) other forms of low carbon heating.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data is regularly published on Open Data Communities, and this includes data on the type of heating installed, including for new builds. The latest ONS data release on energy efficiency of housing in England and Wales 2021 also provides some information on this topic and can be found here.

The Government remains committed to meeting its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and recognises the important contribution that the way we heat our homes has to meeting it. We will need to move away from fossil fuel heating in order to meet our commitment.

Later this year we will introduce an interim uplift in building standards that delivers a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions and provide a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard in 2025. Once the uplift comes into force, new homes will be expected to produce 31% less CO2 emissions compared to current standards. This will deliver high-quality homes that are in line with our broader housing commitments and encourage homes that are future-proofed for the longer-term.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the long term savings as a result of the Everyone In policy.

We know that moving people away from the streets, and preventing rough sleeping in the first instance benefits people's lives and saves public money in the long-term. By the end of January 2021, over 37,000 people have been helped, including over 26,000 helped into longer-term accommodation.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2021 to Question 69091 on Housing: Insulation, of the 27 homes of which Homes England received less than the equity loan originally lent, what the (a) mean and (b) median difference was between the loan that was lent and the amount that was paid back.

Regarding the 27 homes in relation to which Homes England received less than the equity loan originally lent, Homes England responded to a more recent Request for Information (dated 10 Sept 21) in which 36 schemes were identified. On these 36 schemes, Homes England calculate the mean and median to be:

Mean: £13,234

Median: £6,500

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2021 to Question 69091 on Housing: Insulation, what estimate he has made of the number of homes with outstanding help to buy loans that are affected by non-ACM cladding.

Information on the number of Help to Buy equity loan properties with unsafe ACM cladding can be found in the National Audit Office's report entitled Investigation into remediating dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings, which is available at: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Investigation-into-remediating-dangerous-cladding-on-high-rise-buildings.pdf.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to encourage housing associations to share fire and similar safety assessments with tenants and residents.

The Building Safety Bill requires Accountable Persons to provide residents of high-rise buildings with information about safety measures in their building. This includes fire safety information that will include the risks to residents identified by the fire risk assessment and the preventative and protective measures in place. Residents will be able to request further safety information from the Accountable Person.

As building owners, housing associations will need to identify an Accountable Person and provide relevant safety information. Residents will be able to request further safety information from the Accountable Person.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the (a) value for money of service charges collected by housing associations and (b) adequacy of the rights of tenants to challenge those charges.

The Government believes very strongly that service charges should be transparent and communicated effectively. All service charges must be set in line with the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, with service charges payable only when the costs are reasonable. The law is clear that service charges and any increase in costs must be reasonable and, where costs relate to work or services, the work or services must be of a reasonable standard. This applies equally to social housing tenants.

The Government's policy statement on rents for social housing (published in February 2019) encourages registered providers of social housing to keep increases for services charges within CPI+1% per annum, to help keep charges affordable.

We also believe that there should be a clear route to challenge or redress if things go wrong. Both leaseholders and social housing tenants have the ability to apply to the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for a determination where they do not believe the charges are reasonable, and must be consulted when major works are being proposed.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the value of the loan book was for Help to Buy for each of the last 12 months.

Information on the number of properties bought with a Help to Buy Equity Loan and the total value of these loans is published regularly through the Help to Buy Quarterly statistical release, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/help-to-buy-equity-loan-scheme-data-to-31-march-2021/help-to-buy-equity-loan-scheme-data-to-31-march-2021

Help to Buy repayment statistics can be found on page 52 of Homes England's annual report and financial statements, available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1004648/Homes_England_Annual_Report_and_Financial_Statements_2020_21_web-optimised.pdf.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the number of homes with outstanding help to buy loans that are affected by cladding.

Information on the number of Help to Buy equity loan properties with ACM cladding can be found in the NAO's report entitled Investigation into remediating dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings, which is available at: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Investigation-into-remediating-dangerous-cladding-on-high-rise-buildings.pdf

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced in October 2021 will be made available for renters with no recourse to public funds.

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless. The primary purpose of this exceptional one-off payment is to support low-income private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears either by preventing eviction or by helping them to find a new home.

As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding to meet this objective in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures. We are encouraging local authorities to use this money to support renters in the private rented sector; however Homelessness Prevention Grant funding can also be used to prevent homelessness from the social rented sector.

This funding is available for those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance and is not available for renters with no recourse to public funds. Whilst we recognise that supporting individuals with restricted eligibility can be challenging, local authorities must continue to use their judgement in assessing what support they may lawfully give to each person on an individual basis, considering that person's specific circumstances and support needs.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what proportion of the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced in October 2021 will be available for private renters.

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless. The primary purpose of this exceptional one-off payment is to support low-income private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears either by preventing eviction or by helping them to find a new home.

As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding to meet this objective in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures. We are encouraging local authorities to use this money to support renters in the private rented sector; however Homelessness Prevention Grant funding can also be used to prevent homelessness from the social rented sector.

This funding is available for those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance and is not available for renters with no recourse to public funds. Whilst we recognise that supporting individuals with restricted eligibility can be challenging, local authorities must continue to use their judgement in assessing what support they may lawfully give to each person on an individual basis, considering that person's specific circumstances and support needs.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether local authorities will be able to support both social tenants and private renters with the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced in October 2021.

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless. The primary purpose of this exceptional one-off payment is to support low-income private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears either by preventing eviction or by helping them to find a new home.

As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding to meet this objective in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures. We are encouraging local authorities to use this money to support renters in the private rented sector; however Homelessness Prevention Grant funding can also be used to prevent homelessness from the social rented sector.

This funding is available for those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance and is not available for renters with no recourse to public funds. Whilst we recognise that supporting individuals with restricted eligibility can be challenging, local authorities must continue to use their judgement in assessing what support they may lawfully give to each person on an individual basis, considering that person's specific circumstances and support needs.

Eddie Hughes
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, with reference to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 p107, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the funding that makes up the £24 billion for housing stated in that Review.

At the Spending Review, the Government announced nearly £24 billion for housing between 2022-23 and 2025-26. This included £17.7 billion for housing supply programmes, £3 billion for home ownership and £3 billion for building safety. This funding demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to investing in safe and affordable housing, delivering the homes the country needs.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 policy costings document, published 27 October 2021, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on homelessness of the decision to maintain local housing allowance at 2020-21 cash levels.

The causes of homelessness are complex and it is driven by a range of factors, both personal and structural.

In April 2020 we boosted investment in Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates by nearly £1 billion providing 1.5 million claimants of Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit with around £600 more housing support in 2020/21 than they would otherwise have received. In 2021/22 we have maintained LHA rates at the same cash level.

As set out at the Autumn Budget, the forecast default is that LHA rates for 2022-23 will be maintained at the elevated cash rates agreed for 2020/21. This will be confirmed at the benefits uprating review.

For those who require additional support Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are available.    Since 2011 we have provided over £1 billion in DHPs to local authorities to support households with their housing costs.

The Government has also announced an additional £65 million this year to help those with rent arrears who may be at risk of homelessness. This means the Government is spending more than £800 million this year alone on tackling homelessness and rough sleeping.

Eddie Hughes
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, what estimate he has made of the number of homes sold through right to buy that will be replaced with (a) First Homes and (b) shared ownership.

In March 2021, the Government announced a package of flexibilities to how local authorities can spend their Right to Buy receipts including allowing replacements to be delivered as Shared Ownership or First Homes. This will help local authorities to build the types of home that they think are most needed in their communities. As part of these reforms, information ​will be collected from local authorities on whether Right to Buy replacements are delivered as Affordable Rent, Social Rent, First Homes or Shared Ownership. This information will be published as official statistics annually from Summer 2022.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The Government is committed to building the homes this country needs. This will help to get more people on the housing ladder, support local economic growth, and create stronger and more sustainable communities.

We are making strong progress towards delivering our ambition to build 300,000 homes a year, and to build 1 million homes over the course of this parliament. From April 2019 to March 2020 around 244,000 homes were delivered - the highest level for over 30 years and the seventh consecutive year that net supply has increased.

COVID 19 stoppages inevitably had an impact on housebuilding, but government took swift action to support the sector through this period, including a stamp duty land tax holiday and issuing developers with guidelines on operating in an effective and safe manner. Housing completions have started to rebound; ONS figures show that the first two quarters of 2021 saw completions 67% higher than in the same period of 2020.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October to Questions 58403, 58404, 58405 and 58406, what the average value is per hectare (a) nationally and (b) regionally of land designated for (i) agricultural, (ii) industrial and (iii) residential use.

Given the large variation in land values within the country and within regions, we do not publish national or regional average land values estimates. However, we do publish land value estimates at local authority level for residential and industrial land and at local enterprise partnership (LEP) level for agricultural and commercial office land.

As set out in my response to Question UIN 58403, the latest published land value estimates for all of the required typologies are published at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-value-estimates-for-policy-appraisal-2019.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the (a) national and (b) regional average value is of land designated for industrial use per hectare, for the most recent period for which data is available.

The latest estimates of land values published by the department and produced for it by the Valuation Office Agency can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-value-estimates-for-policy-appraisal-2019 .

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the (a) national and (b) regional average value is of land designated for residential use per hectare, for the most recent period for which data is available.

The latest estimates of land values published by the department and produced for it by the Valuation Office Agency can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-value-estimates-for-policy-appraisal-2019 .

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the (a) national and (b) regional average value is of land designated for agricultural use per hectare for the most recent period for which data is available.

The latest estimates of land values published by the department and produced for it by the Valuation Office Agency can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-value-estimates-for-policy-appraisal-2019 .

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the national average value is of land designated for agricultural use per hectare.

The latest estimates of land values published by the department and produced for it by the Valuation Office Agency can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-value-estimates-for-policy-appraisal-2019 .

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the costs to fully repair all buildings under 18m with building safety defects.

Work is underway to collect data on a sample of 11-18 metres residential buildings in England. The information collected will include the existing building condition including the materials in use on the external wall system, and the costs of making the building safe. We will publish further details shortly.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by the Prime Minister's office and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

There have been no estimates made of the level of UK produced steel procured by GPA on behalf of the Cabinet Office Estates in 2019-20 or 2020-21. At present most steel GPA sources is part of the construction base build of properties under leases and outside of the scope of the procurement rules.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

There have been no estimates made of the level of UK produced steel procured by GPA on behalf of the Cabinet Office Estates in 2019-20 or 2020-21. At present most steel GPA sources is part of the construction base build of properties under leases and outside of the scope of the procurement rules.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the UK steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. We are working hard to make sure that UK producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement.

BEIS collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for Government’s major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is UK-produced.

We have collated the 2019/20 data and expect to publish later this year. We will start collating the data on UK steel procured in 2020/21 in due course.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated (a) in total and (b) for each funding stream to the Aerospace Technology Institute in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2021, (iv) 2022, (v) 2023, (vi) 2024, (vii) 2025.

The Government and industry have made a joint commitment to invest £3.9 billion in aerospace research and development (R&D) from 2013 to 2026. The Government’s share of the £1.95 billion is managed through the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme. An annual breakdown of funding allocated (a) in total, and (b) by each funding stream is set out in the table below. Budget allocations have not been made beyond 2021 so are assumed.

£m

Allocated Budgets

Planned Allocations

Year

19/20

20/21

21/22

22/23

23/24

24/25

25/26

Strategic Programme

138.1

147

130

143.2

145.6

149.2

150

Small Business

1.9

0.5

1.7

1.9

1.8

0.8

0

NATEP

0

1

4.8

4.9

2.6

0

0

FlyZero

0

1.5

13.5

0

0

0

0

Total

140

150

150

150

150

150

150

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many expressions of interest there were to the Aerospace Technology Institute’s Strategic Programme (a) in total and (b) in each quarter of 2020; how many of those expressions of interest each quarter were invited to submit a full application; how many of those full applications were successful; and how much each successful application was awarded.

The table below sets out the breakdown Expressions of Interest (EoIs) submitted the Aerospace Technology Institute Strategic Programme by quarter in 2020.

Expressions of Interest to the ATI Strategic Programme in 2020

2020

PROCEED

REJECT

Total

Q1

11

22

33

Q2

7

52

59

Q3

23

29

52

Q4

37

26

63

Grand Total

78

129

207

Projects that are successful at EOI have options about when to submit a full stage application. They will be automatically invited to the next available competition but can choose to defer. This means it is not simple to track which EOIs submitted in 2020 came forward to a full stage application in the same year and we cannot provide that breakdown here.

In total 35 full stage applications were recommended for funding in 2020. Not all these projects have completed the due diligence and grant award process and so we are unable to provide a project-level breakdown of grant awarded. Details of live projects can be found on the Innovate UK transparency data page:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/innovate-uk-funded-projects.

Some of the 35 successful projects will relate to EoIs received in the previous year. Not all successful EoIs received in 2020 will result in a full application in that year.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many expressions of interest were submitted to the Aerospace Technology Institute’s Research and Development Funding for Smaller Businesses fund; how applicants will be assessed; and when will this funding be announced.

A total of 32 expressions of interest were submitted. The full stage applications are assessed in parallel by the ATI, Innovate UK and BEIS based on technical, market and economic criteria. Applicants will be notified of the results of the full stage competition on 14 May 2021, with public announcements expected once the grant offer process is completed.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications there were for the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme autumn 2020 funding round; and how many and which projects have been allocated funding.

There were 34 applications and 11 projects were recommended for funding. The 11 projects are all in the contracting phase, going through financial and viability checks. Until they receive their grant offer letters we cannot announce which projects have been allocated funding.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the restart grants announced in the Budget 2021, how much funding each local authority will receive to administer those grants; and what estimate he has made of the number of businesses that will be eligible for that grant in each local authority area.

The Department is using information on eligible businesses, held by the Valuation Office Agency, to help determine the level of support each Local Authority requires.

We expect that over 680,000 businesses will benefit from the new £5bn Restart Grant scheme, and in the coming weeks we will be communicating the level of funding each Local Authority will receive, including publishing on GOV.UK.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number businesses eligible in each local authority for restart grants; and how much funding each local authority area will receive through those grants.

The Department is using information on eligible businesses, held by the Valuation Office Agency, to help determine the level of support each Local Authority requires.

We expect that over 680,000 businesses will benefit from the new £5bn Restart Grant scheme, and in the coming weeks we will be communicating the level of funding each Local Authority will receive, including publishing on GOV.UK.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure consumers are protected against misinformation online, including fake and misleading reviews.

The Government is committed to protecting consumers from unfair behaviours. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) prohibits fake and misleading reviews online. Alleged breaches of the CPRs should be sent in the first instance to the Citizens Advice consumer service, www.citizensadvice.org.uk/, who will refer on cases to trading standards for appropriate enforcement action.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has issued guidance to consumers on avoiding fake reviews which can be found at: https://www.asa.org.uk/news/avoiding-fake-views-a-guide-to-testimonials-and-endorsements.html.

Furthermore, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened an investigation into online reviews displayed on several major websites in May 2020. The CMA will investigate, among other things, whether the traders responsible for the websites are taking sufficient measures to remove fake and misleading reviews. Details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/online-reviews.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to implement the recommendation of the Digital Markets Taskforce to give the Competition and Markets Authority additional powers to prevent the trading of online reviews.

The Government is committed to ensuring digital markets remain competitive and deliver positive outcomes for consumers, small businesses, and society. That is why we have announced funding to establish a new Digital Markets Unit within the Competition and Markets Authority from 2021-22. We set up the Digital Markets Taskforce in March to offer expert advice.

The Government is now considering the Taskforce’s recommendations and will respond in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to implement the recommendation of the Digital Markets Taskforce for the Government to strengthen powers to tackle unlawful or illegal activity or content on digital platforms which could result in economic detriment to consumers and businesses.

The Government is committed to ensuring digital markets remain competitive and deliver positive outcomes for consumers, small businesses, and society. That is why we have announced funding to establish a new Digital Markets Unit within the Competition and Markets Authority from 2021-22. We set up the Digital Markets Taskforce in March to offer expert advice.

The Government is now considering the Taskforce’s recommendations and will respond in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK will adopt or mirror the higher state aid thresholds announced by the EU on 28 January 2021 of €1.8 million for the Temporary Framework and €10 million for uncovered fixed costs.

The Government is currently consulting on its proposed approach for establishing a bespoke UK-wide subsidy control regime. The Government is keeping under close review the impact of subsidy control rules on the ability of businesses to access grants and will publish new guidance as and when circumstances require it.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the basis is of the decision to apply EU state aid limits to grants in England issued after 1 January 2021.

The EU State Aid rules and limits no longer apply in the UK, except in respect of aid in scope of the Northern Ireland Protocol and Article 138 in relation to aid for EU programmes and activities within the Multiannual Financial Framework. Subsidies must instead meet the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement as well as the other Free Trade Agreements we have reached with the rest of the world and our WTO commitments.

Existing guidance for Covid-19 Business Support grants references pre-existing EU State Aid limits. A policy decision has been taken to retain the previous limits allowed under the EU State aid regime to ensure continuity for beneficiaries.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's consultation, Subsidy control: designing a new approach for the UK, published on 3 February 2021, whether interim arrangements for the UK’s subsidy control regime will be published pending the outcome of that consultation.

The Department is consulting on a new approach to subsidy control that will best reflect the needs of the UK economy. Since 1 January 2021, the subsidy control regime with which public authorities need to comply is defined by our international commitments, including World Trade Organisation rules on subsidies, the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement (TCA),Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and other obligations resulting from other international trade agreements.

Details on these commitments, with a particular focus on granting authorities, was published by the Department on 31 December 2020 and is available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/complying-with-the-uks-international-obligations-on-subsidy-control-guidance-for-public-authorities.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether grants paid in England on the basis of the rateable value of closed premises can contribute towards the €3 million state aid threshold for uncovered fixed costs subject to businesses meeting the relevant eligibility criteria.

The guidance relating to grant support for businesses required by law to close states that these grants count towards applicable subsidy control limits, including that which limits support to €3 million per undertaking under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2021 to Question 149789 on Post Office: Subsidies, whether EU state aid rules do not apply to lockdown grants announced on 5 January 2021.

EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted from 1st January 2021 in the UK. The only exception is aid within scope of the Withdrawal Agreement, specifically Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol which applies to measures affecting trade in goods and wholesale electricity markets between Northern Ireland and the EU, and Article 138 in relation to aid for EU programmes and activities within the Multiannual Financial Framework.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to each local authority area for the £1,000 wet-led pubs grant for December 2020; and how much of that funding has been disbursed.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support for businesses in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. This support includes the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs who missed out on much needed business during the busy festive period. Grants were made available to eligible pubs upon entry to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions following the scheduled Tier review dates of 2 December and 16 December, and to those that entered Tier 4 between 2 and 29 December if they had not already qualified for the grant.

On 24 February, we published data relating to allocations and grant payments made by Local Authorities to businesses up to 17 January 2021. This includes the Christmas Support Payment: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to local authorities through the Additional Restrictions Grant; and how much of this funding has been disbursed.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary scheme aimed at supporting businesses, including those that have not been mandated to close but have had their trade adversely affected by the nationalised restrictions. Local Authorities have been allocated a further £500m in discretionary funding via the ARG, in addition to £1.1bn already allocated in November 2020. Local Authorities can use the ARG to support businesses in their local area, as they see fit. We expect Local Authorities to use this additional resource quickly to support businesses in their area.

This data relates to allocations and grant payments made by Local Authorities to businesses up to 17 January 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to each local authority for the one-off business covid-19 lockdown grants payment announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 5 January 2020; and how much of this funding has been disbursed by local authorities.

My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 5 January a further package of support for businesses that are required to close, or which are severely affected by the restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. Business that are mandated to close may be eligible for grants of up to £4,500 for every six weeks of closure through the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Addendum: 5 January onwards. The Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) is a one-off payment of up to £9,000 to support business during the difficult Spring period. In order to make administration simpler for Local Authorities, the CBLP has been paid to eligible businesses, together with the LRSG, in one single payment.

We have not yet published data on the CBLP. Yesterday, we published data relating to allocations and grant payments made by Local Authorities to businesses up to 17 January 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much interest the Government has paid to banks for (a) bounce back loans and (b) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS); and how much banks have charged the Government for arranging CBILs loans.

The Government covers interest payments on behalf of borrowers for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) for the first 12 months after drawdown of a facility. For CBILS, interest rates and fees will vary between banks and will depend on the specific lending proposal. The interest rate for Bounce Back loans is set at 2.5%.

As of 28 January 2021, the total value of interest payments made for both schemes is as follows:

  • Total amount recorded for interest paid to Banks under BBLS: £193,269,778
  • Total amount recorded for interest paid to Banks under CBILS: £81,991,145

For CBILS, the Government also covers arrangement fees on behalf of borrowers.

As of 28 January 2021, the total amount recorded for arrangement fees paid to banks is £24,256,440.

Banks are not permitted to charge any fees for administering BBLS.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to each local authority area for the £1,000 wet-led pubs grant for December 2020.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support for businesses in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. This support includes the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs who missed out on much needed business during the busy festive period. Pubs in scope of this scheme will need to provide evidence that they derive more than 50% of their income from drink sales. Grants were made available to eligible pubs upon entry to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions following the scheduled Tier review dates of 2 December and 16 December, and to those that entered Tier 4 between 2 and 29 December if they had not already qualified for the grant.

We worked closely with Local Authorities to calculate the amount of funding required for this scheme, using business rates data and local business information. We continue to work closely with Local Authorities to ensure that funding is delivered to pubs that are in scope of this scheme as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of businesses that are eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant (a) nationally, (b) regionally and (c) in each local authority area.

Local Authorities have discretion to use the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support businesses in the way that best fits their local area.  Eligibility for the ARG is set locally and guidance makes clear that Local Authorities may use this funding for grants or for other related business support as they see fit. The number of businesses that are eligible in each area is determined by individual Local Authorities.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority has received through the Additional Restrictions Grant; and how much funding has been disbursed.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support to help businesses which are severely affected by restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. This package of support includes the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which was announced in November 2020 to provide discretionary business grants and wider business support in England. An initial £1.1 billion was allocated to Local Authorities under this scheme in November, and a further £500 million of top-up ARG funding was announced at the start of the third lockdown period in January.

This funding is shared between all Local Authorities in England and they have the discretion to use the ARG scheme to help businesses in the way they see fit. We are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that support is delivered to businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority has received under the latest one-off business grants announcement for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses; and how much each local authority area has disbursed.

On 5 January 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced one-off top-up grants, worth up to £9,000 per property, to help retail, hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the new closures through to Spring.

We have worked with Local Authorities to best calculate the amount of funding required, using business rates data and local business information. We are working with places to ensure that funding reaches businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many proposed redundancies were indicated on HR1 forms received by the Redundancy Payments Service in each month since January 2019.

The table below sets out the volume of proposed redundancies indicated on HR1 forms received between January 2019 and December 2020:

Volume of proposed redundancies indicated on HR1 forms received by the Redundancy Payments Service

2019

2020

Jan

28,138

29,496

Feb

32,189

27,804

Mar

41,626

44,235

Apr

85,913

61,502

May

35,229

73,254

Jun

23,932

155,576

Jul

21,372

149,301

Aug

22,581

57,749

Sep

26,575

81,670

Oct

23,798

51,351

Nov

27,652

36,686

Dec

17,412

23,083

Employers are only required to file a Form HR1 where they are “proposing” to dismiss 20 or more employees at a single “establishment”.

“Propose” and “establishment” have distinct meanings in this context.

The aggregate number could include proposed dismissals due to insolvency, restructuring of a solvent/continuing business, or proposed relocation of employees, for example.

It should be noted that a proposal to make a given number of dismissals does not necessarily result in all or any of the proposed dismissals occurring.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority will receive from the £594 million discretionary fund to support businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak announced by the Chancellor on 5 January 2021.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support to help businesses which are severely affected by restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. This package of support includes the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which was announced in November 2020 to provide discretionary business grants and wider business support in England. An initial £1.1 billion was allocated to Local Authorities under this scheme in November, and a further £500 million of top-up ARG funding was announced at the start of the third lockdown period in January.

This funding is shared between all Local Authorities in England and we are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that support is delivered to businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of funding received by each local authority through the additional restrictions grant has been disbursed, by local authority.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support to help businesses which are severely affected by restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. This package of support includes the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which was announced in November 2020 to provide discretionary business grants and wider business support in England. An initial £1.1 billion was allocated to Local Authorities under this scheme in November, and a further £500 million of top-up ARG funding was announced at the start of the third lockdown period in January 2021.

This support is available through all Local Authorities in England and they have the discretion to use this funding to help businesses in the way they see fit. We are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that funding is delivered to businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in each local authority are eligible for the one off grant payments announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 5 January 2021; and how much funding each local authority area will receive to pay those grants.

On 5 January 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced one-off top-up grants, worth up to £9,000 per property, to help retail, hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the new closures through to Spring. This is in addition to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), announced in November 2020 and which received a £500 million top-up in January 2021 to support other businesses affected by the new lockdown rules.

We have worked with Local Authorities to best calculate the amount of funding required, using business rates data and local business information, and are working with places to ensure that funding reaches businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times he has met with (a) the Retail Sector Council and (b) the Hospitality Future Group in 2020; and whether he will publish minutes from those meetings.

The industry led Retail Sector Council, which I co-chair, meets three to four times per year. The Council has met three times in 2020, with the next meeting due to take place on Thursday 3rd December 2020. Priority workstreams have been selected and agreed by industry and work is advancing. Minutes are published by the Secretariat on the Council’s website: https://retailsectorcouncil.co.uk/retail-sector-council.

BEIS Ministers meet regularly with a wide range of stakeholders from the hospitality sector. I also chair a weekly hospitality round table with senior representatives of the sector.

The Hospitality Futures Group was established by leaders from within the hospitality industry to provide a forum for discussion on possible ways to support the recovery of the sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Group has met weekly since June 2020 and engages with a small number of Government officials.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many proposed redundancies were indicated on HR1 forms received by the Redundancy Payments Service in October 2020.

Employers are required to file a form HR1 where they are proposing to dismiss 20 or more employees at a single establishment. HR1 forms received by Redundancy Payments Service during October 2020 indicated 51,195 proposed redundancies.

The aggregate number may include proposed dismissals due to insolvency, restructuring of a solvent/continuing business, changes to terms and conditions, or proposed relocation of employees, for example. It should also be noted that a proposal to make a given number of dismissals does not necessarily result in all or any of the proposed dismissals occurring.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much each local authority area will receive under the additional covid-19 restrictions support grant; and what the formula is for that allocation.

With the implementation of national restrictions, the Additional Restrictions Grant has been allocated across England at £20 per head of residential population. Areas that went into the Local Covid Alert Level at ‘Very High’, prior to national restrictions, received aggregate sums at city region level. These sumsvary slightly from the Additional Restrictions Grant and where this was under the £20 per head rate, we have topped up the funding. For example, in Liverpool City Region, funding was increased from £30 million to £31.2 million.

Local authority allocations are set out below. Where local authorities show as £0 it is because local authorities have agreed for their allocation to be paid to their Combined Authority. Combined Authority allocations are shown at the bottom of the table. Nine Greater Manchester Local Authorities have agreed for their share of £60million funding to be pooled, with Bolton Council receiving its proportionate share separately.

Local Authority

Additional Restrictions Grant

Adur District Council

£1,286,020

Allerdale Borough Council

£1,955,220

Amber Valley Borough Council

£2,562,940

Arun District Council

£3,215,160

Ashfield District Council

£2,558,360

Ashford Borough Council

£2,600,640

Babergh District Council

£1,840,720

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Barrow Borough Council

£1,340,980

Basildon Council

£3,743,980

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

£3,531,640

Bassetlaw District Council

£2,349,180

Bath and North East Somerset Council

£3,865,640

Bedford Borough Council

£3,465,840

Birmingham City Council

£22,836,320

Blaby District Council

£2,030,520

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

£2,993,920

Blackpool Council

£2,788,920

Bolsover District Council

£1,611,240

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

£6,084,000

Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk

£3,027,660

Borough Council of Wellingborough

£1,594,140

Borough of Broxbourne Council

£1,945,580

Boston Borough Council

£1,403,460

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council

£7,906,620

Bracknell Forest Council

£2,450,980

Braintree District Council

£3,052,080

Breckland Council

£2,799,360

Brentwood Borough Council

£1,540,420

Brighton & Hove City Council

£5,817,700

Bristol City Council

£9,267,540

Broadland District Council

£2,615,660

Bromsgrove District Council

£1,997,620

Broxtowe Borough Council

£2,280,660

Buckinghamshire Council

£10,879,460

Burnley Borough Council

£1,778,400

Bury Council

£0

Calderdale Council

£4,229,100

Cambridge City Council

£2,495,960

Cannock Chase District Council

£2,015,240

Canterbury City Council

£3,307,880

Carlisle City Council

£2,173,560

Castle Point Borough Council

£1,807,520

Central Bedfordshire Council

£5,772,960

Charnwood Borough Council

£3,717,020

Chelmsford City Council

£3,567,760

Cheltenham Borough Council

£2,326,120

Cherwell District Council

£3,010,060

Cheshire East Council

£7,683,040

Cheshire West & Chester Council

£6,861,420

Chesterfield Borough Council

£2,098,000

Chichester District Council

£2,422,580

Chorley Borough Council

£2,364,320

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

£10,795,520

City of Lincoln Council

£1,985,980

City of London

£194,420

City of Wolverhampton Council

£5,267,140

City of York Council

£4,212,360

Colchester Borough Council

£3,894,120

Copeland Borough Council

£1,363,660

Corby Borough Council

£1,444,360

Cornwall Council

£11,391,560

Cotswold District Council

£1,797,240

Council of the Isles of Scilly

£44,480

Coventry City Council

£7,430,420

Craven District Council

£1,142,840

Crawley Borough Council

£2,248,180

Dacorum Borough Council

£3,095,260

Darlington Borough Council

£2,136,060

Dartford Borough Council

£2,252,120

Daventry District Council

£1,719,000

Derby City Council

£5,146,040

Derbyshire Dales District Council

£1,446,500

Doncaster Council

£0

Dorset Council

£7,570,160

Dover District Council

£2,362,620

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

£6,431,920

Durham County Council

£10,601,880

East Cambridgeshire District Council

£1,796,800

East Devon District Council

£2,925,680

East Hampshire District Council

£2,446,160

East Herts District Council

£2,994,960

East Lindsey District Council

£2,834,540

East Northamptonshire Council

£1,890,540

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

£6,823,460

East Staffordshire Borough Council

£2,395,080

East Suffolk Council

£4,989,220

Eastbourne Borough Council

£2,074,900

Eastleigh Borough Council

£2,671,680

Eden District Council

£1,065,060

Elmbridge Borough Council

£2,735,900

Epping Forest District Council

£2,633,780

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

£1,612,540

Erewash Borough Council

£2,307,420

Exeter City Council

£2,628,100

Fareham Borough Council

£2,324,660

Fenland District Council

£2,037,000

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

£2,259,920

Forest of Dean District Council

£1,735,820

Fylde Council

£1,615,600

Gateshead Council

£4,041,100

Gedling Borough Council

£2,357,920

Gloucester City Council

£2,582,560

Gosport Borough Council

£1,696,760

Gravesham Borough Council

£2,138,780

Gt Yarmouth Borough Council

£1,986,720

Guildford Borough Council

£2,979,960

Halton Borough Council

£0

Hambleton District Council

£1,831,880

Harborough District Council

£1,876,140

Harlow Council

£1,741,340

Harrogate Borough Council

£3,216,620

Hart District Council

£1,941,460

Hartlepool Borough Council

£1,873,260

Hastings Borough Council

£1,853,220

Havant Borough Council

£2,524,400

Herefordshire Council

£3,856,020

Hertsmere Borough Council

£2,098,380

High Peak Borough Council

£1,853,320

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

£2,262,720

Horsham District Council

£2,875,820

Hull City council

£5,195,560

Huntingdonshire District Council

£3,559,260

Hyndburn Borough Council

£1,620,860

Ipswich Borough Council

£2,738,260

Isle of Wight Council

£2,835,420

Kettering Borough Council

£2,035,520

Kirklees Council

£8,795,740

Knowsley Council

£0

Lancaster City Council

£2,920,760

Leeds City Council

£15,862,780

Leicester City Council

£7,084,480

Lewes District Council

£2,065,360

Lichfield District Council

£2,095,120

Liverpool City Council

£0

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

£4,258,120

London Borough of Barnet

£7,917,380

London Borough of Bexley

£4,965,740

London Borough of Brent

£6,595,420

London Borough of Bromley

£6,646,720

London Borough of Camden

£5,400,580

London Borough of Croydon

£7,734,200

London Borough of Ealing

£6,836,120

London Borough of Enfield

£6,675,880

London Borough of Greenwich

£5,758,840

London Borough of Hackney

£5,622,400

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

£3,702,860

London Borough of Haringey

£5,372,940

London Borough of Harrow

£5,023,200

London Borough of Havering

£5,191,040

London Borough of Hillingdon

£6,137,400

London Borough of Hounslow

£5,430,460

London Borough of Islington

£4,849,340

London Borough of Lambeth

£6,520,680

London Borough of Lewisham

£6,116,840

London Borough of Merton

£4,130,960

London Borough of Newham

£7,062,680

London Borough of Redbridge

£6,104,440

London Borough of Richmond

£3,960,380

London Borough of Southwark

£6,376,600

London Borough of Sutton

£4,126,980

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

£6,494,900

London Borough of Waltham Forest

£5,539,660

London Borough of Wandsworth

£6,593,540

Luton Borough Council

£4,261,040

Maidstone Borough Council

£3,436,520

Maldon District Council

£1,298,520

Malvern Hills District Council

£1,573,960

Manchester City Council

£0

Mansfield District Council

£2,186,260

Medway Council

£5,571,120

Melton Borough Council

£1,024,180

Mendip District Council

£2,311,740

Mid Devon District Council

£1,646,220

Mid Suffolk District Council

£2,077,900

Mid Sussex District Council

£3,020,440

Middlesbrough Council

£2,819,600

Milton Keynes Council

£5,389,140

Mole Valley District Council

£1,744,900

New Forest District Council

£3,601,720

Newark & Sherwood District Council

£2,448,420

Newcastle City Council

£6,056,400

Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council

£2,588,820

North Devon Council

£1,942,900

North East Derbyshire District Council

£2,029,240

North East Lincolnshire Council

£3,191,260

North Hertfordshire District Council

£2,671,400

North Kesteven District Council

£2,338,300

North Lincolnshire Council

£3,445,840

North Norfolk District Council

£2,096,740

North Somerset Council

£4,301,040

North Tyneside Council

£4,158,260

North Warwickshire Borough Council

£1,305,280

North West Leicestershire District Council

£2,072,220

Northampton Borough Council

£4,492,200

Northumberland County Council

£6,448,680

Norwich City Council

£2,811,460

Nottingham City Council

£6,658,000

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

£2,597,660

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

£1,140,300

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Oxford City Council

£3,049,140

Pendle Borough Council

£1,842,240

Peterborough City Council

£4,045,180

Plymouth City Council

£5,242,000

Portsmouth City Council

£4,298,100

Preston City Council

£2,862,700

Reading Borough Council

£3,235,600

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

£2,743,000

Redditch Borough Council

£1,705,220

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

£2,974,960

Ribble Valley Borough Council

£1,217,760

Richmondshire District Council

£1,074,600

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Rochford District Council

£1,747,360

Rossendale Borough Council

£1,429,640

Rother District Council

£1,921,600

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

£3,122,580

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

£3,550,140

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

£3,028,440

Rugby Borough Council

£2,178,700

Runnymede Borough Council

£1,788,480

Rushcliffe Borough Council

£2,383,680

Rushmoor Borough Council

£1,891,980

Rutland County Council

£798,540

Ryedale District Council

£1,107,600

Salford City Council

£0

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

£6,569,000

Scarborough Borough Council

£2,175,140

Sedgemoor District Council

£2,463,560

Sefton Council

£0

Selby District Council

£1,812,400

Sevenoaks District Council

£2,415,000

Sheffield City Council

£0

Shropshire Council

£6,462,720

Slough Borough Council

£2,990,780

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

£4,327,480

Somerset West and Taunton Council

£3,102,300

South Cambridgeshire District Council

£3,181,720

South Derbyshire District Council

£2,145,220

South Gloucestershire Council

£5,701,860

South Hams District Council

£1,740,080

South Holland District Council

£1,900,380

South Kesteven District Council

£2,848,480

South Lakeland District Council

£2,101,760

South Norfolk Council

£2,817,600

South Northamptonshire Council

£1,889,800

South Oxfordshire District Council

£2,841,140

South Ribble Borough Council

£2,215,760

South Somerset District Council

£3,366,900

South Staffordshire District Council

£2,248,720

South Tyneside Council

£3,019,520

Southampton City Council

£5,050,400

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

£3,662,500

Spelthorne Borough Council

£1,996,880

St Albans City and District Council

£2,969,040

St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Stafford Borough Council

£2,745,600

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

£1,968,700

Stevenage Borough Council

£1,756,900

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Stockton On Tees Borough Council

£3,946,960

Stoke on Trent City Council

£5,127,500

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

£2,601,960

Stroud District Council

£2,399,280

Sunderland City Council

£5,554,100

Surrey Heath Borough Council

£1,786,100

Swale Borough Council

£3,001,640

Swindon Borough Council

£4,443,860

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Tamworth Borough Council

£1,533,920

Tandridge District Council

£1,762,580

Teignbridge District Council

£2,683,260

Telford & Wrekin Council

£3,597,080

Tendring District Council

£2,931,220

Test Valley Borough Council

£2,523,200

Tewkesbury Borough Council

£1,900,380

Thanet District Council

£2,838,440

Three Rivers District Council

£1,866,460

Thurrock Council

£3,486,820

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

£2,643,060

Torbay Council

£2,725,280

Torridge District Council

£1,365,340

Trafford Council

£0

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

£2,374,480

Uttlesford District Council

£1,825,680

Vale of White Horse District Council

£2,720,140

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

£6,966,240

Walsall Council

£5,709,560

Warrington Borough Council

£4,200,280

Warwick District Council

£2,875,060

Watford Borough Council

£1,931,540

Waverley Borough Council

£2,526,560

Wealden District Council

£3,229,500

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

£2,460,860

West Berkshire Council

£3,169,000

West Devon Borough Council

£1,115,920

West Lancashire Borough Council

£2,286,120

West Lindsey District Council

£1,913,340

West Oxfordshire District Council

£2,212,860

West Suffolk Council

£3,580,900

Westminster City Council

£5,226,340

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

£0

Wiltshire Council

£10,000,480

Winchester City Council

£2,497,180

Wirral Council

£0

Woking Borough Council

£2,015,860

Wokingham Borough Council

£3,422,380

Worcester City Council

£2,024,440

Worthing Borough Council

£2,211,400

Wychavon District Council

£2,588,660

Wyre Council

£2,241,820

Wyre Forest District Council

£2,025,820

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

£53,916,000

Liverpool City Region

£31,200,000

Sheffield City Region

£30,000,000

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether charity shops are classed as essential retailers and are able to open during the second covid-19 lockdown.

Government has published details of guidance which sets out the restrictions that certain businesses and venues in England will be required to follow from 5 November, so that businesses can assess whether they can remain open having considered the guidance and Regulations.

All shops can continue to offer home delivery and click and collect services to customers?during the national restrictions in place from 5 November.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) restaurants and (b) other businesses which choose to close in response to a lack of trade in tier 3 local covid alert level areas are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is in place to support businesses that are legally required to close in Very High Covid-19 Local Alert Level places.

Additional funding has been made available to all areas moving to Very High Alert Level in the form of a one-off grant allocation to allow enhanced business support, including £60m for Greater Manchester. This can be used by these areas to establish a local discretionary grant scheme that could provide grants to business that whilst not required to close are nonetheless severely impacted. It will be for local partners to agree the priorities and levels of grant awards to be provided.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme has been provided to each local authority in a tier 3 local covid alert level area.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) announced on 9 September provides support to businesses affected by localised restrictions to control Covid-19. Eligible businesses in very high local Covid alert level areas will receive grants of up to £3,000 per month.

We are working with impacted local authorities to ensure they receive the enhanced business support they need, and that support goes to as many businesses in scope of the LRSG scheme as possible. In Bolton, for example, we have worked closely with the Council to best calculate the amount of funding required, using business rates data and local business information.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of insolvencies of the decision not to extend the temporary provisions on wrongful trading in the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020.

The wrongful trading provisions were temporarily suspended in March at the height of the pandemic when many businesses across the country were required to close. The temporary suspension gave company directors the confidence to continue trading while considering their options, giving them time to access the financial support introduced by Government. It was further extended in May to 30 June, and then again to 30 September, during the passage of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 in Parliament.

Since the suspension was first introduced businesses have received billions in loans, tax deferrals, Business Rate reliefs, and general and sector-specific grants to support them and help save jobs, and the Government’s recently launched Winter Economy Plan has a further package of targeted measures to continue that support.

In addition, a range of temporary measures to protect businesses from insolvency have been further extended.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of company insolvency in each sector of the economy of the decision not to extend the provisions on wrongful trading in the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020.

The wrongful trading provisions are an important protection for creditors against insolvent trading but were suspended at the peak of lockdown to support directors to continue to trade whilst accessing the financial support put in place by Government.

Since the suspension was first introduced a range of measures have been brought in by the Government to provide support for business and save jobs across all sectors of the economy. In addition, a range of temporary measures to protect businesses in all sectors from insolvency have been further extended.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the evidential basis was for not extending the wrongful trading measures in the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020.

The Government engaged with a number of stakeholders in considering the extension of all the temporary provisions in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. The further extension of measures to protect businesses from insolvency and the additional financial support introduced by Government will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 October 2020 to Question 98704 on Business: Coronavirus, how much funding has been allocated to Bolton Council through the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) announced on 9 September provides support to businesses closed as part of localised restrictions to control Covid-19. Grants of up to £1,500 every three weeks will be available where businesses are required to close and funding will be issued upon confirmation of a three-week closure period.

We have worked closely with Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council to best calculate the amount of funding required, using business rates data and local business information. The situation is evolving and we continue to monitor Bolton’s LRSG allocation.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will publish the (a) number and (b) value of grant payments made to hereditaments by local authority area as at 30 September 2020.

The Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF), the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF) and the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF) were part of this government’s unprecedented package of support for business in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. We published a full breakdown of SBGF and RHLGF grants distributed by each local authority following the schemes’ closure: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses We will publish further information on the number and value of grant payments made by local authority under the schemes in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Bolton eligible for the emergency grants scheme for areas with local covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) announced on 9 September provides support to businesses closed as part of localised restrictions to control Covid-19. The scheme provides businesses in the rating system with grants of either £1,000 or £1,500 and provides the local authority with an additional 5% top-up to support businesses not in the rating system and to meet other prioritised, severely impacted businesses.

We worked closely with Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council to best calculate the amount of funding required and will continue to monitor Bolton’s LRSG allocation.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September to Question 84266 on Local Government Finance: Coronavirus, by what date must local authorities return unspent funds through the coronavirus business support grants funds once final payments have been made on 30 September.

Local authorities have now closed their Business Grant Funds and are in the process of making final payments to businesses. These must be complete by 30 September. The reconciliation process will then take place from October.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, by what date local authorities are required to return underspend from the coronavirus business grant schemes.

Local authorities have now closed their Business Grant Funds and are in the process of making final payments to businesses. These must be complete by 30 September.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on launching the Brunel challenge to support UK manufacturers in the (a) aerospace sector and (b) other high value manufacturing sectors.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave my Hon. Friend the Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke on 13 July 2020 to Question 71029.

The Government recognises the value of British engineering capability and innovation. That is why we have already invested nearly £2 billion in the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme, providing advice on market opportunities and technology. We have also committed with industry around £1 billion through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to research, develop, and commercialise the next generation of low carbon technologies to keep the UK at the cutting edge of low carbon automotive innovations. We are also supporting the innovation of digital design through the £147 million Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge.

At the last Budget, we set out plans for public investment in research and development to reach £22 billion?each year?by 2024/25, which is a record increase in spending.

As part of the upcoming Spending Review we will consider proposals for this investment, of which the Brunel Challenge and slingshot is one of many.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses have applied to the local authority discretionary grants fund since it was established; and how many businesses have received grant allocations.

On 1 May, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary?of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a further up to £617 million available to local authorities in England to support small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not liable for business rates or rates reliefs, and are therefore out of scope of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF). Local authorities are responsible for defining precise eligibility for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF) in their area, subject to businesses meeting the national eligibility criteria as set out in the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Local authorities have started making payments under the new scheme and, as with the SBGF and RHLGF, we will expect them to report to government on their Discretionary Grants Fund payments on a weekly basis. We are not, however, able to share data on the number of businesses that have applied for or received LADGF grant payments at this stage.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses have applied in each local authority area to the local authority discretionary grants fund since that fund was established; and how many businesses in each local authority area have received grant allocations from that fund.

On 1 May, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary?of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a further up to £617 million available to local authorities in England to support small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not liable for business rates or rates reliefs, and are therefore out of scope of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF). Local authorities are responsible for defining precise eligibility for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF) in their area, subject to businesses meeting the national eligibility criteria as set out in the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Local authorities have started making payments under the new scheme and, as with the SBGF and RHLGF, we will expect them to report to government on their Discretionary Grants Fund payments on a weekly basis. We are not, however, able to share data on the number of businesses in each local authority that have applied for or received LADGF grant payments at this stage.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority has been allocated as part of the discretionary grants fund; and how much each local authority has allocated to businesses.

On 1 May, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary?of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a further up to £617 million available to local authorities in England to support small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not liable for business rates or rates reliefs, and are therefore out of scope of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF).

As set out in the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF) guidance, a local authority’s funding allocation equates to 5% of the value of the hereditaments they have identified as in scope of the SBGF and RHLGF in their area. Full details of this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Local authorities have started making payments under the new scheme and, as with the SBGF and RHLGF, we will expect them to report to government on their Discretionary Grants Fund payments on a weekly basis. We are not, however, able to share a full breakdown of the funding allocated and distributed by each local authority under the LADGF at this stage.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) Ministers, (b) organisations and (c) individuals will sit on the (i) pubs and restaurants and (ii) non-essential retail roadmap taskforces.

As you are aware, five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain.

As part of this science-led approach, each taskforce will work across Government and engage with key stakeholders in public health, industry, trade unions and devolved administrations to:

  • ensure that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phased approach and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input;
  • agree and ensure alignment of all relevant sectoral guidance, and;
  • provide key sector stakeholders direct access to Ministers to shape the guidance.

Details on the structure and scope of the taskforces is currently being drawn up and will be provided in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether any ministers, special advisors or other political appointments were involved in setting criteria for areas eligible for funding from the Youth Investment Fund.

Ministers are advised by civil servants and special advisors before making decisions on how public money is spent.

In the case of the Youth Investment Fund, ministerial decisions regarding which areas would be eligible to apply were taken on the basis of high quality, robust and publicly available data. The methodology used has been published on GOV.UK.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of households have access to (a) superfast and (b) gigabit broadband as of 1 January 2022.

According to the independent website Thinkbroadband, 96.9% of premises (households and business) in the UK have access to superfast broadband (>= 30 Mbps) and 65.6% of premises have access to gigabit-capable broadband.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish any correspondence between her Department and the Prime Minister's Office on (a) Great Exhibition 2, (b) Festival UK* 2022, (c) Unboxed and (d) the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

DCMS corresponds regularly with the Prime Minister’s Office on a wide range of issues relating to the department’s portfolio. DCMS does not routinely publish this correspondence.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish minutes of meetings where (a) the Great Exhibition 2, (b) Festival UK* 2022 and (c) Unboxed were discussed.

DCMS Ministers meet a wide range of stakeholders on a regular basis relating to the department’s portfolio. While DCMS does not routinely publish minutes of meetings, Ministers’ official meetings with external organisations are published each quarter on gov.uk. These can be found here.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row's register of interests, whether any funding has been allocated by her Department to any companies or charities, or subsidiaries thereof, that Lord Brownlow has an interest in under the Celebrate 2022: Commonwealth Games, Platinum Jubilee, Unboxed programme.

DCMS has not allocated any funding to any companies or charities, or subsidiaries thereof, that Lord Brownlow has an interest in under the Commonwealth Games programme, the Platinum Jubilee, or UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK programme.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many pieces of potentially harmful content that breaches a platform's terms and conditions have been flagged to (a) Twitter, (b) Facebook, (c) YouTube, (d) Google and (e) other platforms since the establishment of units to tackle disinformation on covid-19; and what data those units hold on the steps taken by platforms in response those units.

The Cross-Whitehall Counter Disinformation Unit (CDU) was established on 5 March 2020, bringing together cross-government monitoring and analysis capabilities. As of 7 January 2022 the CDU is still fully operational.

Addressing the challenges of disinformation and misinformation is a whole of the government effort. The CDU is resourced full time and works in close partnership with cross-government teams. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the team in DCMS has increased. Requirements are continually reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of resourcing, including surge capacity as needed.

When false narratives are identified, the CDU coordinates departments across Whitehall to deploy the appropriate response. This can include a direct rebuttal on social media, flagging content to platforms and ensuring public health campaigns are promoted through reliable sources.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many pieces of content the specialist units established to tackle misinformation on covid-19 have directly rebutted on social media in each month since those units were established.

The Cross-Whitehall Counter Disinformation Unit (CDU) was established on 5 March 2020, bringing together cross-government monitoring and analysis capabilities. As of 7 January 2022 the CDU is still fully operational.

Addressing the challenges of disinformation and misinformation is a whole of the government effort. The CDU is resourced full time and works in close partnership with cross-government teams. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the team in DCMS has increased. Requirements are continually reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of resourcing, including surge capacity as needed.

When false narratives are identified, the CDU coordinates departments across Whitehall to deploy the appropriate response. This can include a direct rebuttal on social media, flagging content to platforms and ensuring public health campaigns are promoted through reliable sources.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the cross-Whitehall unit to counter disinformation on covid-19 is operating as of 6 January 2022; how many staff working as part of that unit there are in the (a) Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, (b) Home Office (c) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, (d) Cabinet Office and (e) Ministry of Defence; and whether the number of staff in each team has increased or decreased since that unit was established in March 2020.

The Cross-Whitehall Counter Disinformation Unit (CDU) was established on 5 March 2020, bringing together cross-government monitoring and analysis capabilities. As of 7 January 2022 the CDU is still fully operational.

Addressing the challenges of disinformation and misinformation is a whole of the government effort. The CDU is resourced full time and works in close partnership with cross-government teams. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the size of the team in DCMS has increased. Requirements are continually reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of resourcing, including surge capacity as needed.

When false narratives are identified, the CDU coordinates departments across Whitehall to deploy the appropriate response. This can include a direct rebuttal on social media, flagging content to platforms and ensuring public health campaigns are promoted through reliable sources.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the (a) dates of and (b) subjects discussed at meetings held between (i) Ministers and/or officials in her Department and (ii) Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row in the last 18 months.

Ministers’ official meetings with external organisations are published each quarter on gov.uk, these can be found here.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been distributed through the Dormant Assets scheme to each region in England.

The Secretary of State issues policy directions to The National Lottery Community Fund for the English portion of dormant assets funds. These directions are high-level and do not go into granular detail over, for example, specific regions where the money should be spent.

Currently, funding in England is distributed to four specialist organisations, independent from government, that work across the areas of youth, financial inclusion, and social investment. To date, over £650 million has been allocated between them: Youth Futures Foundation has been allocated £90 million, Fair4All Finance £96 million, Big Society Capital £425 million, and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment £40 million.

These organisations are responsible for determining the most appropriate way to deliver against their objectives. This includes the evidence-based geographical distribution of their work, and the collation of any associated data.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications have been received for the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme since its opening.

The Government recognises the important contribution that the Live Events sector makes to the UK’s culture and economy, and the significant challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has presented. The Live Events Reinsurance Scheme is designed to provide confidence to event organisers and enable them to plan future events, thereby supporting the economic recovery out of Covid-19.

The scheme is a reinsurance scheme whereby insurers provide cover to purchasers, and eligible policies are then reinsured under a reinsurance contract with the government - the terms of which are publicly available. As such the government does not receive applications to the scheme: policies are either eligible or ineligible.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the UK steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. This includes making sure that UK producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement.

BEIS collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for Government’s major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is UK-produced.

We have collated the 2019/20 data and expect to publish later this year. We will start collating the data on UK steel procured in 2020/21 in due course.

22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the UK steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. This includes making sure that UK producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for the Government’s major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is UK-produced.

BEIS has collated the 2019/20 data and expect to publish later this year. BEIS will start collating the data on UK steel procured in 2020/21 in due course.

5th May 2020
What steps he is taking to ensure that the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers does not widen during the covid-19 outbreak.

The government has already committed over £100 million to boost remote education, including by providing devices and internet access to vulnerable children who need it most.

Schools also continue to receive the pupil premium – worth around £2.4 billion annually – to help them support their disadvantaged pupils.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children on free school meals are provided with a hot meal at home in the event of school closures in England.

Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops. The total value of vouchers offered to each eligible child per week will exceed the rate paid to schools for free school meals. The department recognises that these families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs. These can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice.

Full guidance for schools is available at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable children are safeguarded in the event of school closures in England.

Supporting vulnerable children is a priority at this time. On Wednesday 18 March, my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education announced that schools would remain open for vulnerable children, alongside the children of critical workers. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that for many children who have a social worker, being in school can be a protective factor helping to keep them safe from harm. There is an expectation that vulnerable children who have a social worker will attend school, so long as they do not have underlying health conditions that put them at severe risk.

Guidance for schools on supporting vulnerable children at this time is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people.

We recognise that local authorities and other safeguarding partners are under increased pressure during this period and are considering all options to ensure that they can continue to keep children safe. HM Treasury has created a £5 billion emergency response fund, which includes £1.6 billion of additional funding to help local authorities address any pressures they are facing in response the Covid-19 pandemic across all service areas, including children’s social care. Through the Coronavirus Act, we are seeking powers to bring additional social workers onto the register of social workers held by the regulator, Social Work England, to give local authorities flexibility to meet the challenges of dealing with Covid-19.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide financial support to protect the viability of after school clubs in the event of school closures in England.

Schools and all childcare providers are closed, except for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

In his speech of 20 March 2020, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a range of measures to support businesses, including:

  • the coronavirus job retention scheme for employees who are not working but kept on payroll – the Government will contribute 80% of a worker’s wages of up to £2,500, backdated to 1 March 2020;
  • the Business Interruption Loan Scheme will now be interest-free for 12 months rather than 6 months; and
  • VAT payments for next quarter will be deferred – they will not need to be paid until March 2021.
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the UK steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. This includes making sure that UK producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement.

BEIS collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for Government’s major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is UK-produced.

We have collated the 2019/20 data and expect to publish later this year. We will start collating the data on UK steel procured in 2020/21 in due course.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) does not have any procurements classified as Major Projects to which the steel reporting applies.

The Department does not have any departmental public bodies or agencies.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The DfT and associated departmental public bodies and agencies have provided data on the level of UK-produced steel procured for 2019-20 to BEIS. BEIS collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for Government’s major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is UK-produced. BEIS have collated the 2019-20 data from across Government and expect to publish later this year. The data on UK steel procured in 2020-21 will be collated in due course.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the UK steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. This includes making sure that UK producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Jet Zero Council has met since its establishment; and how many officials work in the Jet Zero Council secretariat.

The plenary Jet Zero Council has met twice. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Delivery Group and its subgroups have met eight times and work to deliver zero-emission aircraft is led by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

The Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy operate a joint Secretariat for the Jet Zero Council, and the Knowledge Transfer Network provides the Secretariat for the SAF Delivery Group.


We have recently appointed Emma Gilthorpe, Chief Operating Officer, at Heathrow Airport, to serve as the CEO of the Council. Emma will ensure the Council delivers at pace, bringing with her a breadth of knowledge and experience to assist the Council.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of steel used in phase one of the High Speed 2 project is British steel.

The Government’s guidance on the procurement of steel was published in November 2015 and subsequently updated in December 2016. All major government projects are required to take cognisance of the Crown Commercial Service Procurement Policy Note 11/16: “Procuring Steel in Major Projects - Revised Guidance” (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-1116-procuring-steel-in-major-projects-revised-guidance ).

Whilst HS2 Ltd does not directly buy steel, it does apply a strategic and transparent approach to the sourcing of steel for the HS2 Programme through its Tier 1 contractors and their supply chains. HS2 Ltd ensures a fair procurement process which complies with UK procurement law and the Government policy on the procurement of steel.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of steel used in phase two of the High Speed 2 rail line is planned to be British steel.

The Government’s guidance on the procurement of steel was published in November 2015 and subsequently updated in December 2016. All major government projects are required to take cognisance of the Crown Commercial Service Procurement Policy Note 11/16: “Procuring Steel in Major Projects - Revised Guidance” (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-1116-procuring-steel-in-major-projects-revised-guidance ).

Whilst HS2 Ltd does not directly buy steel, it does apply a strategic and transparent approach to the sourcing of steel for the HS2 Programme through its Tier 1 contractors and their supply chains. HS2 Ltd ensures a fair procurement process which complies with UK procurement law and the Government policy on the procurement of steel.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of the UK's civil aviation fleet is (a) under 5 years old, (b) between 5 and 10 years old and (c) over 15 years old.

The Department for Transport does not routinely collect statistical data on the age of the UK civil aviation fleet. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) maintains a database (https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/) of all UK registered aircraft which can be individually queried to determine the year an aircraft was built.

8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much and what proportion of housing benefit payments are spent on service charges.

The information requested is not available.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are in receipt of local housing allowance (LHA) in payment; how many of those households have rents which exceed the local housing allowance rate; and of the latter households, what the median gap is between the rent and the LHA, by the number of children in the household in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales, for the most recent period for which data is available.

In May 2021 there were 1,896k households in receipt of LHA via Housing Benefit or Universal Credit in Great Britain. Of these, 982k had rents which exceeded the LHA and the median gap was £100/month. This breaks down as attached table.

In response to Covid-19 we increased LHA rates to the 30th percentile of local rents in April 2020. This significant investment of nearly £1billion has provided 1.5 million claimants with an average £600 more housing support last year than they would otherwise have received. We have also maintained Local Housing Allowance rates at the same cash level for 2021/22.

For those who require additional housing support Discretionary Housing Payments are available. Since 2011 we have provided over £1 billion in Discretionary Housing Payments funding. We have allocated a further £140 million for Discretionary Housing Payments for 2021/22 in England and Wales.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Department and its public bodies have not procured any steel in 2019-21, with the exception of the Health and Safety Executive which has procured a minor quantity of steel for specific projects and experiments. The quantity involved was small and not related to delivery of a major project so no records were kept regarding production location.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many organisations in each region have applied to be representatives of the Kickstart scheme in the first week since that scheme was launched on 2 September 2020.

The department is now processing many applications from across the UK, this is currently a clerical process, so reliable management information, particularly on geographical areas, is not yet available.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) chambers of commerce, (b) local authorities, (c) trade bodies and (d) groups of employers have signed up as representatives for the Kickstart scheme.

The opportunity for employers or other organisations to apply for Kickstart funding only opened on 2nd September so we have yet to approve any grants. But there is considerable interest from a wide range of organisations in becoming representatives including from chambers of commerce, local authorities, trade bodies as well as employers.

Engagement with stakeholders has been a vital part of developing the Kickstart Scheme. Throughout the rapid policy development phase, we have engaged with over 300 individual stakeholders and/or stakeholder organisations. This includes employers and business representative organisations, local and regional representatives, devolved administrations, and third sector organisations including the Trade Unions Congress. We will continue to engage with them post-launch to enable them to join Government in delivering the Scheme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to sign-up employers to the Kickstart scheme.

We are working with partner organisations in all sectors to ensure that the scheme is of maximum benefit to participants and employers.

We are working closely with local and national partners, to ensure Kickstart jobs are aligned to local labour market need, are additional and support the recovery.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons public sector employers are not eligible for inclusion in the Kickstart scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme is open to employers from across the private, public and charity sector.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Department does not frequently procure capital assets or other contracts that require the direct procurement of steel. The Department does not hold centrally any data on the procurement of steel in the National Health Service or its arm’s length bodies.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office did not procure steel domestically or internationally in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on viability of development of the Residential property developer tax; and what steps he is taking to ensure developers do not use the tax to reduce their affordable housing or other infrastructure investment obligations.

The Government has designed the Residential Property Developer Tax in a way that will minimise any detrimental impact on housing supply, including the supply of affordable housing.

In particular, taxing profits will help to ensure contributions are proportionate to economic returns and will help to minimise distortions that might come from alternative tax bases.

The new tax will not affect developers’ planning obligations, including obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 41 of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 Policy Costings document, what plans he has for the allocation of the £225m that is expected to be made from the increase in Land Registry caseworker capacity.

As part of the Spending Review, Her Majesty’s Land Registry (HMLR) is investing in additional caseworker capacity in the short term to address a backlog of cases for updating or changing the Land Register. Processing these outstanding registrations will provide additional exchequer revenue.

Over the Spending Review period we will also be investing in digital transformation and automation at HMLR to provide better, faster and more efficient services for customers.

This includes a new national digital register, which will reduce the time and costs for property buyers to receive an official search. The roll out of this service will reduce the average time it takes for customers to receive a search to minutes.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2021 to Question 12143, for what reason the additional £3.5 billion of funding to remediate unsafe cladding from high rise residential buildings that will be made available from the current financial year was not included in the budget on 3 March 2021.

On 10 February 2021, MHCLG announced £3.5bn additional funding for cladding remediation, alongside a wider package of building safety measures. MHCLG will announce further details on the availability of this funding in due course.

The Treasury sets departmental budgets at Spending Reviews.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) Coronavirus Job Retention Support Scheme funding and (b) business rates relief has been returned to the Exchequer by businesses since the first covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.

The Government is currently looking at the feasibility of publishing information on how much Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme funding and business rates relief has been returned to the Exchequer by businesses since the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 and a decision will be forthcoming in due course.

23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2021 to Question 151725, on Business: Coronavirus, what estimate he has made of the amount of interest that businesses will accrue in deferred corporation tax payments.

I refer the Honourable Member to the response to UIN 151725 on 22 February 2021.

22nd Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse to businesses in each region of the UK through the Future Fund; how much the average allocation is; and how many and what proportion of businesses in each region of the UK that applied to that Fund have been awarded a loan.

Data on the Future Fund is regularly published by the British Business Bank on their website, and their last release was on 17 December.

The table attached breaks down by region and nation: the number of firms that have received funding, the application success rate (notwithstanding in-flight applications) and the total amount awarded. The average allocation per business from the government is £1m.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of firms eligible for the 2020-21 business rates holiday; and how much has been spent from the public purse on that policy.

The business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure is worth about £10 billion to businesses in this financial year. An estimated 350,000 retail, leisure and hospitality properties will pay no business rates in 2020-21.

14th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of VAT registered businesses have taken advantage of the deferral of VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020; and what estimate his Department has made of the amount of VAT that has been deferred.

Approximately 600,000 businesses have deferred £34bn of VAT due to COVID-19. This equates to approximately 26% of the 2.3 million businesses registered for VAT.

14th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost is to the public purse of the reduced rate of VAT for the (a) hospitality sector, (b) accommodation and (c) attractions to date.

The Exchequer cost of the temporary reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, accommodation and attractions until 31 March 2021 was set out at Spending Review 2020. The estimated cost is £2,540m, as shown in Table 1.1: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spending-review-2020-documents.

This costing has been certified by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

The actual cost to date is not available owing to the lags in VAT reporting, and the final cost will depend on the level of demand and the extent of restrictions during the period of the relief.

12th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of employees that would have been eligible for the coronavirus job retention scheme that have been made redundant as a result of their employer being unable to meet the cost of Class 1 National Insurance contributions for those employees, since the removal of the grant to cover that cost on 1 August 2020.

Of the employees who left the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) furlough scheme between April and July, 90% were still on their original payroll in August, suggesting they remained working for their original employer.

HMRC do not collect information on the reasons why employers choose to make employees redundant, and so it is not possible to estimate how many employees have been made redundant as a result of their employer being unable to meet the cost of Class 1 National Insurance contributions for those employees. For the average claim, employer National Insurance and pension contributions account for 5% of total employment costs.

19th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether people employed by (a) business conference centres, (b) exhibition centres, (c) sports stadia, (d) live music venues, (e) theatres, (d) cinemas and (e) events companies are eligible for the Job Support Scheme; and when his Department plans to publish further detail on eligibility for that scheme.

To support individuals and businesses to deal with the challenges created by coronavirus during this winter, the Government is providing additional support to help employers retain their employees through the Job Support Scheme. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months, until April 2021. Employers will be able to make a claim online through GOV.UK from December 2020. They will be paid on a monthly basis.

Businesses which can continue to operate safely but are facing reduced demand will have access to JSS-Open, where the government grant will cover a portion of wages for non-worked hours.

Businesses are eligible to claim JSS-Closed if their business has been legally required to close as a direct result of COVID-19 restrictions set by one or more of the four governments of the UK. This includes premises restricted to delivery or collection only services from their premises.

Further guidance will be issued shortly to set out the complete list of conditions for eligibility for the Job Support Scheme.

16th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce a surcharge on purchases of property in the UK for overseas buyers.

The Government is committed to introducing a new Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge on non-UK residents purchasing residential property in England and Northern Ireland. The surcharge will help control house price growth and therefore help those residents in the UK to get on to the housing ladder. The revenue raised by the surcharge will be used to tackle rough sleeping.

The Government will announce further updates on all tax measures at the Budget, which the Chancellor has announced will be held on 11 March.

15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the update to the EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance on late applications and the section on children in care and care leavers in that guidance, whether care leavers who are aged 18-25 years at the deadline are included in the children in care and care leavers category as having reasonable grounds to make out of time applications.

In line with the Citizens’ Rights Agreements, there remains scope, indefinitely, for a person eligible for status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to make a late application to the scheme where there are reasonable grounds for their failure to meet the deadline applicable to them.

We would consider it reasonable grounds for a late application to be made where a local authority failed in its duty to support a care leaver aged 18 to 25 in making an in-time application to the EUSS.

As made clear on many occasions the guidance published on 1 April is not exhaustive. We will take a pragmatic and flexible approach to cases in light of the particular circumstances of each application

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

No estimate of the level of UK-produced steel procured has been made.

We have discussed the procurement of steel with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which has asked all Government departments to consider guidance on steel procurement and to notify of any upcoming opportunities for industry.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the UK steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. This includes making sure that UK producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for Government's major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is UK-produced. Information for 2019/20 has been collated and is expected to be published later this year. Information on UK steel procured in 2020/21 will be collated in due course.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications to the Waking Watch Relief Fund have been reviewed in each month since that Fund opened.

Data on the Waking Watch Relief Fund, including the number of applications received, successful and rejected and the amount of funding approved, has been published at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waking-watch-relief-fund

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications to the Waking Watch Relief Fund (a) have been approved, (b) have been rejected and (c) are yet to be reviewed.

Data on the Waking Watch Relief Fund, including the number of applications received, successful and rejected and the amount of funding approved, has been published at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waking-watch-relief-fund

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications have been received to the Waking Watch Relief Fund in each month since that Fund opened.

Data on the Waking Watch Relief Fund, including the number of applications received, successful and rejected and the amount of funding approved, has been published at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waking-watch-relief-fund

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the Affordable Homes Programme is planned to support First Homes by the end of 2021.

The Government will shortly be launching a First Homes pilot using Affordable Homes Programme funding, which will deliver 1,500 First Homes by March 2023. The quantity of grant to be allocated within calendar year 2021 will be established once we have received bids for the pilot, and awarded contracts.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to increase the number of qualified fire assessors that are qualified to carry out the EWS1 assessment for buildings over 18m.

The Government has provided the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with a grant for nearly £700,000 to develop and deliver training for up to 2,000 assessors who will be able to carry out EWS1 assessments.


This training enables these assessors to undertake external wall system assessments for low to medium rise residential buildings of up to 18 metres. The newly qualified assessors will help increase the number of professionals qualified to carry out such assessments, and free up the specialist engineers who are able to assess buildings over 18 metres and those which are high risk and require specialist testing.

Training commenced in January and course enrolments are currently around 870. If fewer than 2,000 individuals enrol on the course, then RICS will repay part of the grant to the Department.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's press release, Government steps in to help homeowners caught up in EWS1 process, published on 21 November 2020, how many of the 6,000 building assessors are qualified to carry out the EWS1 assessment.

The Government has provided the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with a grant for nearly £700,000 to develop and deliver training for up to 2,000 assessors who will be able to carry out EWS1 assessments.


This training enables these assessors to undertake external wall system assessments for low to medium rise residential buildings of up to 18 metres. The newly qualified assessors will help increase the number of professionals qualified to carry out such assessments, and free up the specialist engineers who are able to assess buildings over 18 metres and those which are high risk and require specialist testing.

Training commenced in January and course enrolments are currently around 870. If fewer than 2,000 individuals enrol on the course, then RICS will repay part of the grant to the Department.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether a risk assessment has been carried out on the secure holding of CCTV footage within his Department.

As has been the case under successive Administrations, it is not government policy to comment on security procedures in government buildings.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any departmental business has been conducted on private email addresses; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that full records are kept of that business.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails .

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on Monday 14 June, Official Report, col 4, that over nine out of 10 people are not in rent arrears at all; what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people in rent arrears.

The latest published data from the English Housing Survey Household Resilience Study from November – December 2020, suggests that the vast majority (91%) of private renters are up to date with their rent. Of the 9% (353,000 households) in arrears, two thirds are in arrears of less than 2 months.

The UK Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support which is available to tenants.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit are in place until the end of September helping renters to continue paying their rent. Local housing allowance rates have been maintained at their increased level in cash terms in 2021/22, meaning claimants renting in the private rented sector continue to benefit from the significant increase in the local housing allowance rates applied in April 2020. For those who require additional support, Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are available. For 2021-22 the Government has made £140 million available in DHP funding, building on the £180 million provided last year.

Renters will continue to benefit from longer notice periods, giving them more time to make alternative arrangements. As of 1 June, until at least 30 September, notice periods will be at least 4 months except in the most egregious cases.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June to Question 14162 on Building Safety Fund, for how many applications to the Building Safety Fund management and administrative fees have accounted for 10 per cent or more of the total application.

As set out in the answer to Questions UIN 11562 and UIN 11563, the Department has not analysed management fees or administrative fees across the Building Safety Fund given the cost benchmarking safeguards that are in place for each individual project.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the (a) £400 million Social Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund and (b) £200 million Private Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund has been allocated.

Data on the progress of the Social and Private Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Funds, including the amount allocated so far from each one, can be found in the monthly Building Safety Data Release available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/aluminium-composite-material-cladding#acm-remediation-data.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June to Questions 11562 and 11563, if he will publish the (a) industry standard approach to specification and procurement of works, and (b) cost benchmarks established from comparable projects, that his Department uses when scrutinising managing agents' fees in applications to the Building Safety Fund.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to the Building Safety Fund to ensure that costs for eligible works under the Fund, including any management fees, are informed by an industry standard approach to specification and procurement of works. This requirement is set out in the Building Safety Fund Application Guidance available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/992252/BSF_Fund_Application_Guidance_.pdf

As set out in the answers to Questions UIN 11562 and UIN 11563, costs are benchmarked against comparable projects and higher than expected costs will be challenged and will be subject to further scrutiny, and the level of grant may be reduced. Costs benchmarks are commercially sensitive and so cannot be published.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his response to the consultation, Fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings, which closed on 17 February 2020.

We are considering the information provided by respondents to the call for evidence, and will be publishing a response.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the £3.5 billion of funding for the Building Safety Fund announced by the Government on 10 February 2020, what proportion of that funding will be available for grant funding; and what proportion will be allocated to staffing and other administrative costs.

The additional £3.5 billion of funding announced on 10 February will be pay for the remediation of unsafe cladding from all high rise residential buildings which have made eligible applications to the Building Safety Fund.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the £3.5 billion of funding for the Building Safety Fund announced by the Government on 10 February 2020, in which financial year that funding will be made available.

The announcement on 10 February of an additional £3.5 billion of funding to remediate unsafe cladding from high rise residential buildings provides assurance for residents that all eligible applications to the Building Safety Fund will be able to proceed. This funding will be made available from the current financial year.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish data on the average cost of remediation of unsafe cladding per building for buildings (a) covered and (b) not covered by the Building Safety Fund.

Statistics on the Building Safety Fund are published and updated monthly at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Building Safety Fund that will be spent on managing agent fees.

The Building Safety Fund will cover all reasonable costs for eligible works that are necessary to remediate unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings, including a range of direct project costs such as professional team fees and managing agents' fees in respect of administering qualifying expenditure. Reasonable costs must be informed by an industry standard approach to specification and procurement of works, having regard to cost benchmarks established from comparable projects. Higher than expected costs will be challenged and will be subject to further scrutiny, and the level of grant may be reduced. The Department has not analysed managing agent fees across the Building Safety Fund given the cost benchmarking safeguards that are in place for each individual project.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average fee level for managing agents is for grants under the Building Safety Fund.

The Building Safety Fund will cover all reasonable costs for eligible works that are necessary to remediate unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings, including a range of direct project costs such as professional team fees and managing agents' fees in respect of administering qualifying expenditure. Reasonable costs must be informed by an industry standard approach to specification and procurement of works, having regard to cost benchmarks established from comparable projects. Higher than expected costs will be challenged and will be subject to further scrutiny, and the level of grant may be reduced. The Department has not analysed managing agent fees across the Building Safety Fund given the cost benchmarking safeguards that are in place for each individual project.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

The Government is working with the steel industry, the unions and devolved administrations to support the United Kingdom’s steel sector to develop a long-term sustainable future. This includes making sure that United Kingdom producers of steel have the best possible chance of competing for and winning contracts across all Government procurement.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) collates and publishes annually information on how much steel is purchased for Government’s major infrastructure projects in the previous financial year, including what proportion is United Kingdom-produced.

We expect to publish the 2019/20 data later this year, and will start collating the data on United Kingdom steel procured in 2020/21.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the level of UK-produced steel procured by his Department and associated departmental public bodies and agencies in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

Our procurement activities continue to follow Government guidance to ensure we take full account of the value provided by UK steel producers. We did not directly procure any steel.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Nov 2020
What steps he is taking to help ensure that BAME communities have confidence in the criminal justice system.

The overall changes we are making to the system are designed to give all communities and victims of crime increased confidence.

Ensuring the trust of Black and minority ethnic people in the criminal justice system is critical to its effectiveness. We have responded positively to previous reviews on this subject and look forward to welcoming the conclusions of the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of people working in the CJS to represent the communities they serve, making it more transparent in the data on ethnicity it produces, and we are making progress on this.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)