Maria Miller Portrait

Maria Miller

Conservative - Basingstoke

First elected: 5th May 2005


Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill
8th Feb 2023 - 22nd Feb 2023
Online Safety Bill
18th May 2022 - 28th Jun 2022
Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill
2nd Feb 2022 - 9th Feb 2022
Administration Committee
18th Mar 2020 - 18th Mar 2020
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint)
19th Mar 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint)
27th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Women and Equalities Committee
12th Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion
15th Nov 2016 - 25th Oct 2018
Liaison Committee (Commons)
10th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Women and Equalities Committee
18th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Minister for Women and Equalities
15th Oct 2012 - 9th Apr 2014
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
6th Sep 2012 - 9th Apr 2014
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Children, Schools and Families
9th Nov 2007 - 17th Dec 2007
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
6th Nov 2006 - 3rd Jul 2007
Shadow Minister (Education)
10th May 2005 - 6th Nov 2006
Trade & Industry
12th Jul 2005 - 23rd Jan 2006


Scheduled Event
Thursday 29th February 2024
Backbench Business - Main Chamber
Debate on a Motion on language in politics on International Women’s Day
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Scheduled Event
Friday 22nd March 2024
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (Sentencing Guidelines) Bill: Second Reading
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Division Votes
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Ceasefire in Gaza
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 9 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 20 Noes - 212
Speeches
Wednesday 24th January 2024
International Human Rights Abuses: UK Response
Order. I remind hon. Members that they should bob if they wish to speak in the debate. Given the number …
Written Answers
Monday 15th January 2024
Housing: Planning
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 61 of the National …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 12th December 2023
Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (Sentencing Guidelines) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to require the Sentencing Council to issue sentencing guidelines in respect of sections 58 and 59 of the …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
8. Miscellaneous
From 1 March 2017, President of the Conservative Disability Group. This is an unpaid role.
EDM signed
Tuesday 19th July 2022
House of Lords Appointments Commission
That this House expects the prime minister to respect the letter and the spirit of the advice of the House …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 24th November 2021
Social Media Platforms (Identity Verification) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to require social media platforms to offer a user identity verification process to all users; to require such …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Maria Miller has voted in 838 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Maria Miller voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Maria Miller voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Maria Miller voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Chris Philp (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(28 debate interactions)
Kemi Badenoch (Conservative)
President of the Board of Trade
(22 debate interactions)
Paul Scully (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(114 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(61 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Online Safety Act 2023
(20,035 words contributed)
Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020
(14,596 words contributed)
Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21
(3,453 words contributed)
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Basingstoke Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We are concerned that Parliament has not discussed and will not have a say on the 307 proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations, AND the amendments to 5 Articles of the IHR that were ADOPTED by the 75th World Health Assembly on 27 May 2022.

As Parliament considers the Bill of Rights, the Government must reconsider including abortion rights in this Bill. Rights to abortion must be specifically protected in this legislation, especially as the Government has refused to rule out leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ensure Water companies treat the sewage they are responsible for. Not discharge it into rivers and water courses. After all what goes into the ocean comes back as the fish we eat.

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

In light of the recent outbreak and lock down, those on maternity leave should be given 3 extra months paid leave, at least. This time is for bonding and social engaging with other parents and babies through baby groups which are vital for development and now everything has been cancelled.


Latest EDMs signed by Maria Miller

19th July 2022
Maria Miller signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 19th July 2022

House of Lords Appointments Commission

Tabled by: Peter Bottomley (Conservative - Worthing West)
That this House expects the prime minister to respect the letter and the spirit of the advice of the House of Lords Appointments Commission in respect of any new peerages he may recommend to the Sovereign.
3 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 3
26th June 2019
Maria Miller signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 26th June 2019

DATA COLLECTION POST-NATIONAL REFERRAL MECHANISM

Tabled by: Lord Field of Birkenhead (Crossbench - Birkenhead)
That this House urges the Government to collect data on the outcomes of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking after they have exited the National Referral Mechanism to ensure they are safe, in good health, and are not re-trafficked; and further recommends that the Government collects data on the …
37 signatures
(Most recent: 3 Sep 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 20
Independent: 5
Conservative: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Crossbench: 1
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Maria Miller, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Maria Miller

Tuesday 28th June 2022

1 Adjournment Debate led by Maria Miller

Tuesday 23rd January 2024

18 Bills introduced by Maria Miller

Introduced: 9th May 2013

This Bill received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 16th July 2013

A Bill to Make provision approving for the purposes of section 8 of the European Union Act 2011 certain draft decisions under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

This Bill received Royal Assent on 30th January 2014 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 5th February 2013

A Bill to make provision for the marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales, about gender change by married persons and civil partners, about consular functions in relation to marriage, for the marriage of armed forces personnel overseas, for permitting marriages according to the usages of belief organisations to be solemnized on the authority of certificates of a superintendent registrar, for the review of civil partnership, for the review of survivor benefits under occupational pension schemes, and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 17th July 2013 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 5th February 2013

A Bill to make provision for the marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales, about gender change by married persons and civil partners, about consular functions in relation to marriage, for the marriage of armed forces personnel overseas, for permitting marriages according to the usages of belief organisations to be solemnized on the authority of certificates of a superintendent registrar, for the review of civil partnership, for the review of survivor benefits under occupational pension schemes, and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 17th July 2013 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the status of, and privileges and immunities in connection with, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the International Committee of the Red Cross; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 19th January 2024

A Bill to provide for corporate status of and for certain privileges and immunities to be accorded to the international inter-parliamentary organisation of national and sub-national legislatures of Commonwealth countries known as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and to its Secretary-General; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 24th March 2023

A Bill to restrict the use of non-disclosure agreements; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to create offences relating to the taking, making and sharing of intimate images without consent; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to prohibit redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave and for six months after the end of the pregnancy or leave, except in specified circumstances; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to require the Sentencing Council to issue sentencing guidelines in respect of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 12th December 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 22nd March 2024
Order Paper number: 16
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to require the Sentencing Council to issue sentencing guidelines in respect of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 19th July 2023
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make local fire services statutory consultees for industrial lithium-ion battery storage planning permission applications; to make provision about the granting of environmental permits for industrial lithium-ion battery storage; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 7th September 2022
(Read Debate)

A Bill to provide for corporate status of and for certain privileges and immunities to be accorded to the international inter-parliamentary organisation of national and sub-national legislatures of Commonwealth countries known as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and to its Secretary-General; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 18th April 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 24th November 2023

A Bill to restrict the use of non-disclosure agreements; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 21st June 2021

A Bill to prohibit redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave and for six months after the end of the pregnancy or leave, except in specified circumstances; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 8th July 2020
(Read Debate)

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 prohibit making employees redundant during pregnancy, maternity leave and the period of six months from the end of pregnancy; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 21st May 2019
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about the requirements for fire safety information for occupants of certain buildings, including high-rise residential buildings.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 20th March 2018
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make gender identity a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 in place of gender reassignment and to make associated provision for transgender and other persons; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 1st December 2016
(Read Debate)

30 Written Questions in the current parliament

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12 Other Department Questions
19th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2023 to Question 195825 on UN Commission on the Status of Women, what process was used to appoint the UK Youth Delegate to UN Commission on the Status of Women; how many applications were received for that position; and what the gender was of the successful applicant.

The UK Youth Delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women was not appointed through a selection process. The delegate was male. This was a trial appointment and we are currently evaluating the success of this initiative.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Youth Delegate for the 68th UN Commission on the Status of Women will be announced.

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for the Government’s participation in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), supported by ministers across government particularly those from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

For the first time, in 2023, the Government appointed a young person as a UN Women Youth Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women. This was a trial appointment and we are currently evaluating the success of this initiative.

The priority theme for CSW68 is Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective. The Government will continue to promote gender equality internationally at CSW and elsewhere in line with the priorities set out in the International women and girls strategy 2023 to 2030 published in March.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many applications were received for the position of Youth Delegate for the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2023.

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for the Government’s participation in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), supported by ministers across government particularly those from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

For the first time, in 2023, the Government appointed a young person as a UN Women Youth Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women. This was a trial appointment and we are currently evaluating the success of this initiative.

The priority theme for CSW68 is Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective. The Government will continue to promote gender equality internationally at CSW and elsewhere in line with the priorities set out in the International women and girls strategy 2023 to 2030 published in March.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which Department is responsible for appointing the UK Youth Delegate to UN Commission on the Status of Women; what the process is for the appointment; and which Minister is responsible for this process.

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for the Government’s participation in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), supported by ministers across government particularly those from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

For the first time, in 2023, the Government appointed a young person as a UN Women Youth Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women. This was a trial appointment and we are currently evaluating the success of this initiative.

The priority theme for CSW68 is Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective. The Government will continue to promote gender equality internationally at CSW and elsewhere in line with the priorities set out in the International women and girls strategy 2023 to 2030 published in March.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which Commons Minister is responsible for the UK's participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for the Government’s participation in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), supported by ministers across government particularly those from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

For the first time, in 2023, the Government appointed a young person as a UN Women Youth Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women. This was a trial appointment and we are currently evaluating the success of this initiative.

The priority theme for CSW68 is Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective. The Government will continue to promote gender equality internationally at CSW and elsewhere in line with the priorities set out in the International women and girls strategy 2023 to 2030 published in March.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure the Online Safety Bill improves protections for women and girls.

The Government is committed to tackling violence against women and girls, and we have taken significant steps to strengthen the forthcoming Online Safety Bill to improve protections for women and girls. Offences relating to sexual images (including revenge and extreme pornography), harassment and cyberstalking will be included in the list of priority offences on the face of the Bill. As a result, platforms will have to take steps to search for, remove and stop people from being exposed to this content and criminal behaviour. We have also accepted the Law Commission’s recommendations to introduce a new harms-based offence and threatening communications offence, which will go further to tackle harmful online abuse of women and girls. We are also making changes to the Bill to ensure children are protected from pornography content, wherever it appears online.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the Commission's policy is on the use of non-disclosure agreements in employment severance agreements by organisations supplying goods and services.

No such policy exists nor is one in active contemplation. The use of non-disclosure agreements in severance agreements is widespread and lawful.

In entering into contracts with other organisations, we do not want to restrict their freedom of action in dealing with their own staff in line with their own terms and conditions and in accordance with the law. This is important in ensuring that our contracts are not onerous to manage for either party.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons employment severance agreements included the use of a non-disclosure agreement in each of the last five years.

The House’s approach to the use of NDA clauses follows the 2015 Cabinet Office Guidance on Settlement Agreements, Special Severance Payments and Confidentiality Clauses on Termination of Employment. Since January 2015, it was decided that NDA clauses should no longer be included as a matter of course. Each case is considered on its merits.

The figures for each of the last five years are:

2021 – nil

2020 – nil

2019 – nil

2018 – 2 agreements with NDAs

2017 – 6 agreements with NDAs

11th Jan 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the Commission's policy is on the use of non-disclosure agreements as part of employment severance agreements.

The House of Commons does not include a non-disclosure clause as standard in severance (settlement) agreements with employees. The House hasn’t included them as standard since 2015, and has not used any since 2018, but there is not a blanket policy in place preventing the House from using one in appropriate circumstances.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what provisions there are in House of Commons employment contracts to protect the confidentiality of work done in the House of Commons, including in the event that employment ceases.

All employees of the House are required to sign a confidentially statement at the start of their employment. The confidentiality statement not only refers to handling personal information but also Classified and Official Secret information too. There is also a statement about confidentiality in the staff handbook and, at the end of employment, a reminder of the confidentiality statement is included in the letter given to departing staff.

16th Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many confirmed positive covid-19 tests there have been among Parliamentary pass holders who work on the Parliamentary estate for each of the last 10 weeks; and what estimate the House Authorities have made of the number of Parliamentary pass holders who were working on the Parliamentary estate for each of the last 10 weeks.

Following further review of cases linked to the estate, UKHSA have identified 143 positive cases occurring between the 4th October–16th November. However, due to delays in reporting, additional cases may yet be identified that tested positive between 12th November and 16th November.

This review identified that over 50% of positive cases had not been reported by members of the Parliamentary community to the Parliamentary test and trace team.

Data recorded by the House is held solely for the purpose of supporting test and trace and is only recorded for 21 days where an individual notifies us.

Details on weekly cases are held for the last five weeks only following the UKHSA review. The maximum number of passholders working on the estate for any day in the relevant week are included for the equivalent periods.

Week

Positive Cases

Maximum daily number of passholders

5/11 – 11/11

20

4018

29/10 – 4/11

28

4364

22/10 – 28/10

43

4398

15/10 – 21/10

21

4504

08/10 – 14/10

12

3158

01/10 – 07/10

2204

24/09 – 30/09

2108

17/09 – 23/09

3644

10/09 – 16/09

4280

03/09 – 09/09

4261

12th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government departments have policies in place designed to prevent the misuse of non disclosure agreements or confidentially clauses in employment severance agreements.

The Government has published guidance on the use of confidentiality clauses and is clear that these types of clauses should not be used to stifle or discourage staff from raising concerns, and that they should only be used when necessary and not be included in settlement agreements as a matter of course.

All Government departments are expected to follow this guidance which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-settlement-agreements-special-severance-payments-and-confidentiality-clauses.

12th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government’s policy on the use of non-disclosure agreements in employment severance agreements is.

The Government has published guidance on the use of confidentiality clauses and is clear that these types of clauses should not be used to stifle or discourage staff from raising concerns, and that they should only be used when necessary and not be included in settlement agreements as a matter of course.

All Government departments are expected to follow this guidance which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-settlement-agreements-special-severance-payments-and-confidentiality-clauses.

9th Feb 2021
What assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on employers' attitudes towards flexible working.

During the pandemic, up to 47% of the workforce have worked from home. While this is not the only form of flexible working, we hope this will have a positive impact on attitudes towards greater flexibility in when and where work is done. We will build on this as we look to make flexible working the default.

18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on plans to build a new hospital in Basingstoke as part of the £3.7 billion funding for infrastructure investment; and what the timescale is for the public consultation phase of the process.

A new hospital for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust forms part of the Government’s commitment to deliver 40 new hospitals by 2030.

Delivery of the new hospitals is grouped into cohorts based on an assessment of readiness to progress and the extent to which new hospitals can benefit from advantages of delivery through a national programme. The new hospital for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is in a later cohort, with delivery expected in the latter half of the decade. We are working with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and currently anticipate a consultation to begin at the end of 2022, which will be subject to standard processes and timings.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to strengthen the UK's relationship with Commonwealth countries.

The UK is deeply committed to the Commonwealth. We provide significant bilateral aid to Commonwealth countries, totalling over £608 million in 2022. We continue to support a range of Commonwealth initiatives, as the largest donor to many Commonwealth inter-governmental organisations. Our focus is on increasing intra-Commonwealth trade & investment, building resilience to climate change and promoting our shared values.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen relations with Commonwealth countries.

We are committed to deepening our ties with all Commonwealth countries, including on trade. Since April last year, we have signed free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand and are negotiating further FTAs with India and Canada.

We are also working with Commonwealth partners to deliver on the commitments made at CHOGM, including on climate, health and human rights.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th Oct 2021
What steps her Department is taking to help ensure that girls throughout the world receive a high-quality education.

2021 is a year of UK leadership. With the G7, we agreed new targets to get 40 million more girls in school and 20 million more girls reading by 2026.

We raised $4 billion [£2.9 billion] for the Global Partnership for Education, boosting the world’s poorest countries’ COVID recovery. At COP26, we will show girls’ education is essential for responding to the climate crisis.

6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which senior police officer is responsible for the police’s national strategy for digital Intelligence and investigations including online abuse.

Commissioner Ian Dyson, City of London Police and Chair of IMORCC (Information Management & Operational Requirements Coordination Committee), is the senior police officer who led on the development of the National Policing Digital Strategy (Digital, Data and Technology Strategy 2020-2030).

One key ambition of the Strategy is investment to ensure policing, from leadership through to the front line, are equipped with the right digital knowledge, skills and tools to deal with increasingly complex crimes. A further ambition of the Strategy is to harness the power of digital technologies and behaviours to identify the risk of harm and protect the vulnerable in both the physical and the digital world.

19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which local authority areas have built homes for more than 100,000 people in the last 30 years.

The department publishes an annual release entitled ‘Housing supply: net additional dwellings, England’, which is the primary and most comprehensive measure of housing supply, with estimates of new homes delivered in each local authority, in each financial year since 2001-02, shown in Live Table 122 at the following link.

For earlier years, the department publishes a quarterly release entitled ‘Housing supply: Indicators of New Supply, England’, which includes estimates of new build completions, by local authority, in each financial year since 1980-81, shown in Live Table 253 at the following link.

Estimates of the number of houses completed by are not centrally collected by the department. However, approximately half of the data used to produce the house building statistics are supplied by the National House-Building Council. These data contain additional detail on the size and type of new homes being completed and can be used to provide annual estimates of the proportion of new build dwellings that are houses as opposed to flats. Annual estimates of the proportion of building control reported new build dwelling completions, in England that are purpose built houses, are shown in Live Table 254, at the following link.

Estimates of the number of local authority areas that have built homes for more than 100,000 people in the last 30 years are not centrally collected by the department.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many new houses were built in each local authority in each of the last 30 years.

The department publishes an annual release entitled ‘Housing supply: net additional dwellings, England’, which is the primary and most comprehensive measure of housing supply, with estimates of new homes delivered in each local authority, in each financial year since 2001-02, shown in Live Table 122 at the following link.

For earlier years, the department publishes a quarterly release entitled ‘Housing supply: Indicators of New Supply, England’, which includes estimates of new build completions, by local authority, in each financial year since 1980-81, shown in Live Table 253 at the following link.

Estimates of the number of houses completed by are not centrally collected by the department. However, approximately half of the data used to produce the house building statistics are supplied by the National House-Building Council. These data contain additional detail on the size and type of new homes being completed and can be used to provide annual estimates of the proportion of new build dwellings that are houses as opposed to flats. Annual estimates of the proportion of building control reported new build dwelling completions, in England that are purpose built houses, are shown in Live Table 254, at the following link.

Estimates of the number of local authority areas that have built homes for more than 100,000 people in the last 30 years are not centrally collected by the department.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department takes to ensure that calculated local housing need reflects the housing need of the local population.

In 2018, we introduced a standard method for assessing local housing need. The standard method uses a formula to identify the minimum number of homes expected to be planned for, in a way which addresses projected household growth, affordability and historic under-supply.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 61 of the National Planning Policy Framework, published on 19 December 2023, whether the definition of exceptional circumstance has been influenced by case law.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out an expectation that the standard method will be used by local authorities to assess local housing needs, while recognising there may be exceptional circumstances that justify the use of an alternative approach.

The Framework does not set out an exhaustive list of what may or may not constitute an exceptional circumstance, but it does explain that this can include issues relating to the particular demographic characteristics of an area. It is for the local authority to determine if there are exceptional circumstances, and to then justify the use of an alternative method when bringing its plan forward for examination.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 61 of the National Planning Policy Framework, published on 19 December 2023, whether high historic housebuilding numbers might be considered to be an exceptional circumstance.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out an expectation that the standard method will be used by local authorities to assess local housing needs, while recognising there may be exceptional circumstances that justify the use of an alternative approach.

The Framework does not set out an exhaustive list of what may or may not constitute an exceptional circumstance, but it does explain that this can include issues relating to the particular demographic characteristics of an area. It is for the local authority to determine if there are exceptional circumstances, and to then justify the use of an alternative method when bringing its plan forward for examination.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of 13 December 2022 of the Minister of State, Department or Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on Consideration of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, Official Report column 957, how the revised National Planning Policy Framework takes into account areas that have over-delivered and taken significant housing when calculating future housing figures.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out an expectation that the standard method will be used by local authorities to assess local housing needs, while recognising there may be exceptional circumstances that justify the use of an alternative approach.

The Framework does not set out an exhaustive list of what may or may not constitute an exceptional circumstance, but it does explain that this can include issues relating to the particular demographic characteristics of an area. It is for the local authority to determine if there are exceptional circumstances, and to then justify the use of an alternative method when bringing its plan forward for examination.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Law Commission plans to publish its report on Taking, Making and Sharing intimate images without consent; and what the Government's timescale is for taking forward the recommendations of that report.

Activities involving the taking and sharing of intimate images are captured by existing offences, for example those tackling revenge pornography, voyeurism, harassment, malicious communications, blackmail, and coercive or controlling behaviour.

To strengthen further the law in this area, the Government recently announced that the “revenge porn” offence will be extended to capture those who threaten to disclose such material. Provisions to extend the parameters of the offence in this manner were introduced in the Domestic Abuse Act.

The provisions will come into force two months after Royal Assent: on 29 June this year.

However, the Government recognises that there is concern over the growth of new technology and the impact on the law in this area.

We have asked the Law Commission to review the law in this area to ensure victims are properly protected. The Law Commission published a public consultation to this review on 26 February this year.

The consultation period ended on 27 May and I understand the Law Commission intends to publish its findings by Spring 2022.

The Government awaits the Law Commission’s findings with interest and shall consider them carefully.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
27th Apr 2020
What plans he has to ensure that courts are able to respond to increases in domestic abuse cases (a) during and (b) after the covid-19 outbreak.

Domestic abuse cases are amongst the highest priority work being dealt with by the courts. Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Non-Molestation orders have been placed in the highest category of work in the magistrates’ and family courts, and they continue to be listed for urgent hearings despite the current restrictions.

The magistrates’ courts have been focusing on cases where the defendant is being held in custody, but their work is now being extended to include bail cases where there is a vulnerable victim, such as domestic abuse cases, and these cases are being reviewed by the judiciary.

Domestic abuse cases will continue to be afforded a higher priority as social distancing restrictions are eased after the Covid-19 outbreak.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
21st Apr 2021
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020.

I recognise the Rt Hon Lady’s work on this important issue to date. We have worked hard for a year now to encourage progress from the Department of Health on proper commissioning of the services set out in the regulations a year ago but without success.

While over 1,100 abortions had been provided locally in Northern Ireland since April 2020, services have not been formally commissioned by the Department of Health.

That is why we recently laid further Regulations which provide the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with a power to direct the Department of Health and others to take the action necessary to implement the recommendations in paragraphs 85 and 86 of the CEDAW Report. Women and girls in Northern Ireland should have the same rights in this space as those across the rest of the UK.