Mark Jenkinson Portrait

Mark Jenkinson

Conservative - Workington

4,176 (10.0%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 12th December 2019

Assistant Whip

(since November 2023)

Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Bill (Formerly known as Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Bereavement) Bill)
13th Mar 2024 - 18th Mar 2024
Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Bill
13th Mar 2024 - 18th Mar 2024
Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Bereavement) Bill
13th Mar 2024 - 18th Mar 2024
Energy Security and Net Zero Committee
12th Jun 2023 - 11th Dec 2023
Women and Equalities Committee
29th Nov 2022 - 27th Nov 2023
Energy Bill [HL]
17th May 2023 - 29th Jun 2023
Business and Trade Sub-Committee on National Security and Investment
8th Nov 2022 - 12th Jun 2023
Business and Trade Committee
8th Nov 2022 - 12th Jun 2023
Finance (No. 2) Bill
10th May 2023 - 18th May 2023
Child Support (Enforcement) Bill
22nd Feb 2023 - 1st Mar 2023
Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill
1st Feb 2023 - 8th Feb 2023
Assistant Whip
20th Sep 2022 - 27th Oct 2022
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 25th Oct 2022
Business and Trade Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 25th Oct 2022
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill
4th Oct 2022 - 18th Oct 2022
Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill
22nd Jun 2022 - 7th Jul 2022
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill
9th Nov 2021 - 25th Nov 2021
Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (England and Wales)
27th Oct 2021 - 3rd Nov 2021
Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill
22nd Sep 2021 - 27th Oct 2021
Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill
1st Jul 2021 - 8th Jul 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Mark Jenkinson has voted in 958 divisions, and 11 times against the majority of their Party.

2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
22 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 269 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 272 Noes - 246
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
22 Jun 2022 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Conservative No votes vs 106 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 70
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Jenkinson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
View All Mark Jenkinson Division Votes

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
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(16 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(22 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(16 debate contributions)
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Workington 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).

Mark Jenkinson has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Mark Jenkinson

19th December 2019
Mark Jenkinson signed this EDM on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 42
Independent: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Labour: 1
Reform UK: 1
View All Mark Jenkinson's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mark Jenkinson, 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.


Mark Jenkinson has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Mark Jenkinson has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Mark Jenkinson


A Bill to extend the duty to provide careers guidance in schools.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 31st March 2022 and was enacted into law.


Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
2 Other Department Questions
2nd Mar 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what comparative impact assessment he has made of the use of imported critical minerals and domestically-sourced minerals on delivering COP26 commitments.

The Government’s critical mineral strategy, to be published this year, will focus on a resilient, long term supply chain for critical minerals, addressing both domestic and international opportunities. The Government is also establishing a Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre to provide robust, dynamic analysis on stocks and flows.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she will take to ensure the recording of biological natal sex on all records across Government.

It is for each individual Department to decide when they collect data including data on sex.

The Office for Statistics Regulation provides draft guidance on collecting and reporting data on sex in official statistics. The Office for National Statistics also has guidance in the pipeline on harmonised standards on sex and gender data collection for public bodies.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
30th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent progress she has made on negotiation of a free trade agreement with Israel.

Since launching negotiations between the United Kingdom and Israel last summer for an upgraded, innovation-focused Free Trade Agreement (FTA) we held a first round of negotiations in September 2022 and held technical discussions on the financial services chapter in January this year. The Secretary of State since travelled to Israel in March to meet with the Israeli Economy Minister to evaluate progress towards a modern, ambitious agreement.

We are working towards hosting Round Two of negotiations with Israel in spring this year.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the impact of importing coking coal by ship on carbon emissions.

The Department does not intend to make any estimate of the impact of importing coking coal by ship on carbon emissions.

31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what impact a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents on the basis of potential seismic events may have on (a) sourcing geothermal energy, (b) exploration for lithium and other minerals and (c) other planning consents that may result in seismic activity.

The Infrastructure Act 2015 set out provisions for ‘associated hydraulic fracturing’ where it is defined as hydraulic fracturing of shale or strata encased in shale for the purposes of searching for or extracting petroleum or natural gas. The presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents on the basis of potential seismic events should therefore have no impact on sourcing geothermal energy or the exploration for lithium and other minerals.

The control and mitigation of induced seismicity for deep geothermal projects is based on the British Standard BS 6472-2 (BSI, 2008), which defines limits for acceptable levels of ground vibrations caused by blasting and quarrying, and other local planning authority guidelines for blasting, quarrying, and mining. These thresholds are defined in terms of measured ground velocity rather than seismicity.

31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what impact a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents on the basis of potential seismic events may have on (a) sourcing geothermal energy and (b) exploration for lithium and other minerals.

The Infrastructure Act 2015 set out provisions for ‘associated hydraulic fracturing’ where it is defined as hydraulic fracturing of shale or strata encased in shale for the purposes of searching for or extracting petroleum or natural gas. The presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents on the basis of potential seismic events should therefore have no impact on sourcing geothermal energy or the exploration for lithium and other minerals.

The control and mitigation of induced seismicity for deep geothermal projects is based on the British Standard BS 6472-2 (BSI, 2008), which defines limits for acceptable levels of ground vibrations caused by blasting and quarrying, and other local planning authority guidelines for blasting, quarrying, and mining. These thresholds are defined in terms of measured ground velocity rather than seismicity.

1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment (a) of the potential effect of Ofgem's Access and Forward-looking Charges Significant Code Review on the timetable for investment in renewable generation in the North West as a result of the creation of uncertainty in charging for connections over 1MW and (b) of the potential for that review to be frustrated in its objectives by key pinch points on the National Grid.

Ofgem has recently consulted on three areas of reform through its Access and Forward-looking Charges Review. First, it is proposing to reduce or remove the contribution to distribution network reinforcement costs paid by connecting customers. This would support the roll-out of low carbon technologies, including by further incentivising network companies to ensure that new connections can be accommodated on the network. Second, Ofgem is proposing to improve the definition and choice of rights that users have to access the distribution network, with the aim of supporting more efficient use and development of network capacity. Third, Ofgem is minded to remove a difference in charging arrangements between large and small generators, by extending transmission charges to small distributed generation.

Ofgem has published a draft impact assessment to support its proposals, which includes consideration of implications for investment decisions and constraint management. It is available at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/access-and-forward-looking-charges-significant-code-review-consultation-minded-positions. My Department is continuing to engage as Ofgem progresses the review, to understand how any decisions can help support delivery of a secure, net zero energy system at lowest cost to consumers.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of Ofgem's Access and Forward-looking Charges Significant Code Review.

Ofgem has recently consulted on three areas of reform through its Access and Forward-looking Charges Review. First, it is proposing to reduce or remove the contribution to distribution network reinforcement costs paid by connecting customers. This would support the roll-out of low carbon technologies, including by further incentivising network companies to ensure that new connections can be accommodated on the network. Second, Ofgem is proposing to improve the definition and choice of rights that users have to access the distribution network, with the aim of supporting more efficient use and development of network capacity. Third, Ofgem is minded to remove a difference in charging arrangements between large and small generators, by extending transmission charges to small distributed generation.

Ofgem has published a draft impact assessment to support its proposals, which includes consideration of implications for investment decisions and constraint management. It is available at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/access-and-forward-looking-charges-significant-code-review-consultation-minded-positions. My Department is continuing to engage as Ofgem progresses the review, to understand how any decisions can help support delivery of a secure, net zero energy system at lowest cost to consumers.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the energy retail market; what steps his Department has taken to ensure the protection of existing customers whose suppliers fail; and what steps he is taking to reform that market.

The Government previously committed to assess potential preform of the retail energy market as we transition to net zero. The Net Zero Strategy is clear that the energy retail market must be sustainable and resilient and protect consumers in the transition to net zero. The Government will work with Ofgem to identify the reforms needed to build a resilient market

The Government and Ofgem ensure the customers of companies who exit the market have their credit balances protected and continuity of supply – through a Supplier of Last Resort process.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) level of abatement of emissions from UK steelmaking by 2050, and (b) proportion of expected abatement mechanisms from (i) the use of hydrogen, (ii) fuel switching, (iii) alternative sources of carbon and (iv) carbon capture and storage.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy use emission projections[1] for different sectors of the economy including for Iron and Steel out to 2040 (see Annex C: Carbon dioxide emissions by IPCC). The emission projections show the Iron and Steel sector has carbon emissions of 9 Mt CO2e by 2040.

The Department has published an Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy[2] which presents two options for decarbonisation of the Iron and Steel Industry by 2050:

i) The first option shows the abatement potential of carbon capture utilisation and storage (abatement of 6.7 Mt CO2e);

ii) A second option of fuel switching to hydrogen and electric arc furnace. The second solution suggests hydrogen fuel switching of 3.9 MtCO2e and 3.5 MtCO2e of electric fuel switching by 2050.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/energy-and-emissions-projections

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-decarbonisation-strategy

18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of UK steel production, per annum until 2050.

Some assumptions about future steel production are embedded in the department’s energy and emissions projections. However, these do not take future world and domestic market conditions facing UK steel producers into account.

18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of (a) UK steel requirements per annum to 2050 and (b) the expected country of origin of that steel expressed as a percentage in each year to 2050.

The Department commissioned the ‘Future capacities and capabilities of the UK steel industry’ study [2017] which provided an estimated UK steel demand in 2030 of around 11 million tonnes.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answers of 9 November 2022 to Questions 79339 and 79340 on Schools: Gender Recognition, if she will provide a separate Answer to Question 79339.

The Department knows that issues around gender can be sensitive for schools. The Department expects schools to prioritise individual pupils’ wellbeing in these matters. Schools are responsible for making decisions in line with their legal duties, but the circumstances of each case will differ, and the Department cannot comment on individual cases.

The current service specification for the Gender Identity Development Service states that referrals can be made by staff in schools and colleges. NHSE are currently consulting on a new interim service specification, and one of the proposed changes is that referrals may be made by GPs and NHS professionals only.

The Department is currently engaging with a range of stakeholders to develop guidance for schools, including the Department of Health and Social Care and NHSE. The Department will also consider the outcomes of Dr Cass’s independent review, so that its guidance is aligned with policy across Government to ensure children and young people get the best possible support. The Department will be undertaking a full public consultation on the draft guidance before publishing in 2023.

4th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's policy is on the referral by schools of children identifying as transgender to third party agencies, including those which offer assistance with medical transition; what guidance her Department offers to schools on such referrals; and if she will make an assessment of the potential liabilities to which a school that makes such a referral could be subject to in the event that those children subsequently decide to detransition.

Currently, National Health Service England’s (NHSE’s) policy permits the Gender Identity Development Service to accept referrals from education professionals, as well as health and social care professionals. It is for schools to make decisions on these matters on a case-by-case basis, within the NHSE's guidelines.

NHSE is currently consulting on a new interim service specification for children’s gender identity services, which proposes to change the referral pathway so only GPs and healthcare professionals can make referrals to these specialist services. The consultation closes on 4 December 2022. Further details are available here: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/specialised-commissioning/gender-dysphoria-services/.

The Department knows that issues around gender can be sensitive and complex for schools to navigate, which is why we are developing guidance to help schools to support pupils.

To develop the content of the guidance, Departmental officials are engaging with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHSE and will be undertaking a public consultation on the draft guidance before publishing in 2023.

4th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department provides to schools on supporting transgender children; what her Department's policy is on support for social transition within the school and other forms of affirming support for those children; and if she will make an assessment of the potential liability to which a school could be subject to in the event that a child who has received such support later decides to detransition and seek redress.

Currently, National Health Service England’s (NHSE’s) policy permits the Gender Identity Development Service to accept referrals from education professionals, as well as health and social care professionals. It is for schools to make decisions on these matters on a case-by-case basis, within the NHSE's guidelines.

NHSE is currently consulting on a new interim service specification for children’s gender identity services, which proposes to change the referral pathway so only GPs and healthcare professionals can make referrals to these specialist services. The consultation closes on 4 December 2022. Further details are available here: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/specialised-commissioning/gender-dysphoria-services/.

The Department knows that issues around gender can be sensitive and complex for schools to navigate, which is why we are developing guidance to help schools to support pupils.

To develop the content of the guidance, Departmental officials are engaging with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHSE and will be undertaking a public consultation on the draft guidance before publishing in 2023.

8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to close the learning gap between boys and girls.

I refer my hon. Friend, the Member for Workington, to the answer I gave on 21 June 2021 to Question 10325.

8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that information on a pupil's (a) family status and (b) known issues at home are routinely transferred from primary to secondary school.

Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) is statutory guidance that all schools and colleges must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Following Government consultation, this guidance has recently been strengthened to provide schools and colleges with even more detailed advice. Details are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2.

KCSIE sets out that all concerns, discussions and decisions made, and the reasons for those decisions, should be recorded in writing. Information should be kept confidential and stored securely. It is good practice to keep concerns and referrals in a separate child protection file for each child. Records should include a clear and comprehensive summary of the concern, details of how the concern was followed up and resolved, and a note of any action taken, decisions reached and the outcome. The designated safeguarding lead is responsible for the maintenance and transfer of child protection files.

KCSIE is clear that where children leave a school or college, including in-year transfers, the designated safeguarding lead should ensure that their child protection file is transferred to the new school or college as soon as possible, and within five days for an in-year transfer or within the first five days of the start of a new term. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit, and confirmation of receipt should be obtained. In addition to the child protection file, the designated safeguarding lead should also consider whether it would be appropriate to share any additional information with the new school or college in advance of a child leaving, to help them put in place the right support to safeguard the child.

20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the benefit cost ratio is in the Cumbria County Council submission for the Bothel road scheme.

I can confirm that the Department has assessed that the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) for the A595 Strategic Improvements (Bothel) scheme is 0.91, meaning the scheme represents poor value for money. This means it would return less than £1 of benefits for every £1 of taxpayers money invested.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
23rd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs have been approved by the Kickstart Scheme nationally to date.

As of 22nd April, there has been over 195,000 jobs approved by the Department of Work and Pension’s Kickstart scheme.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency.

Mims Davies
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Kickstart scheme, how many jobs have been (a) made available for application to young people by that scheme; and (b) started by young people in each (i) business sector and (ii) region of the UK.

As of the 22nd April 2021, over 93,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply to through the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Kickstart Scheme. This includes approximately 16,600* jobs started by young people. There have been over 195,000 jobs approved by the scheme.

More than 260 young people, on average, have started a Kickstart job every day for the last six weeks**.

The tables below show these figures split by region and sector, the data presented has been rounded according to DWP statistical rounding convention. Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency.

*Around 1,000 of the Kickstart jobs started have been provided without government funding.

** This is based on the number of young people starting in Kickstart jobs from 11th March 2021 to 22nd April 2021.

Regions

Jobs Advertised

Jobs Started

Central England

19,000

2,900

London and Essex

22,000

3,800

North East England

6,600

1,200

North West England

16,000

3,100

Scotland

6,500

1,200

Southern England

19,000

3,200

Wales

5,300

740

Figures may not add up to provided totals due to rounding. 1,000 non-grant funded jobs are included in Jobs Advertised but not included under Jobs Started.

By Sector

Jobs Advertised

Jobs Started

Administration

24,000

4,300

Animal Care

430

130

Beauty & Wellbeing

600

100

Business & Finance

3,700

620

Computing, Technology & Digital

7,500

1,700

Construction & Trades

3,100

580

Creative & Media

7,300

1,800

Delivery & Storage

3,000

580

Emergency & Uniform Services

190

10

Engineering & Maintenance

3,400

380

Environment & Land

1,800

280

Government Services

280

20

Healthcare

4,100

520

Home Services

710

70

Hospitality & Food

6,100

750

Law & Legal

240

70

Managerial

750

100

Manufacturing

2,400

510

Retail & Sales

15,000

2,300

Science & Research

420

70

Social Care

2,600

210

Sports & Leisure

2,000

330

Teaching & Education

4,100

610

Transport

370

30

Travel & Tourism

250

30

Figures may not add up to provided totals due to rounding. 1,000 non-grant funded jobs are included in Jobs Advertised but not included under Jobs Started.

Mims Davies
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to reference to the Child Maintenance Service standard practice of making reassessments when there is a 25 per cent reduction in income, what estimate the Child Maintenance Service has made of the number of non-resident parents whose income has been reduced by 20 per cent under the Government's furlough scheme in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The CMS has not made any estimate of the number of non-resident parents whose income has been reduced by 20% under the Government’s furlough scheme.

The Government recognises that the income of many separated parents has been affected by the public health emergency. Parents should continue to financially support their children by paying their child maintenance. At the same time, liabilities should remain affordable for paying parents at a time of substantial and rapid fluctuation in incomes.

The scheme is designed so that liabilities remain consistent over the year, with limited changes. The calculation is reviewed annually, and generally only changes during the year if a parents’ income increases or decreases by at least 25 per cent. This balances consistency for children with support for parents experiencing a reduction in income.

Mims Davies
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on the processing of (a) new and (b) existing Child Maintenance Service cases of new parents' inability to register births during the covid-19 outbreak; and what assessment her Department has made of the effect on that service's users of the Child Maintenance Service not being able to backdate payments more than 12 weeks once those new birth registrations have been confirmed.

No assessment has been made.

In response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, temporary changes to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) were introduced to ensure we could continue to deliver our priorities in supporting separated parents while also supporting wider efforts across the Department to provide financial support to more people. The CMS has now reinstated a full service.

Mims Davies
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with regard to the variation agreement of 28 September 2023 on the supply of fluoridated water from the Williamsgate works, what estimate he has made of how many households (a) will be supplied when fluoridation is operational and (b) would have been supplied under the 1968 agreement on 30 June 2022.

The number of properties that will be supplied by fluoridated water when Williamsgate is operational, under the varied 1968 agreement, is estimated to be 33,884. The number of properties supplied under the 1968 agreement on 30 June 2022 is estimated to be 33,884.

23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to para. 2.1(d) of the Williamsgate treatment works fluoridation variation agreement, how many households were supplied with water from (a) Williamsgate and (b) Quarry Hill works on 31 October 2022.

By 31 October 2022, United Utilities had begun to transition the area supplied by Quarry Hill water treatment works onto the new supply from Williamsgate water treatment works.

The area served by the outlet main leaving Williamsgate water treatment works is the same as the area that was supplied by Quarry Hill water treatment works. The estimated number of properties covered by this area is 8,354. The number of properties that were supplied by Quarry Hill water treatment works before the transition was an estimated 8,354 properties.

23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs to his Department of the Williamsgate fluoridation scheme.

The estimated capital cost of the Williamsgate fluoridation plant is £962,252 and the estimated revenue cost is £171,414, both of which include VAT.

19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he supports greater inclusion of stakeholders at the Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The Government has not held discussions with the World Health Organisation regarding the United Kingdom’s position on the conference in question.

All papers, decisions made at the conference, and attendance lists are available at the following link:

https://fctc.who.int/who-fctc/governance/conference-of-the-parties/tenth-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties

Observers can apply to attend the proceedings.

19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the World Health Organisation on the UK's position on the tenth Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The Government has not held discussions with the World Health Organisation regarding the United Kingdom’s position on the conference in question.

All papers, decisions made at the conference, and attendance lists are available at the following link:

https://fctc.who.int/who-fctc/governance/conference-of-the-parties/tenth-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties

Observers can apply to attend the proceedings.

10th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential environmental impact of plans to start fluoridation from the Williamsgate treatment works on waterways in West Cumbria.

No specific assessment has been made.

10th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to begin the public consultation on a fluoridation scheme for the Williamsgate treatment works.

There are no current plans to consult on a fluoridation scheme for the Williamsgate treatment works.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had recent discussions with (a) the local authority and (b) water undertakers on water fluoridation schemes in Cumbria; and whether he has undertaken a consultation under the Water Fluoridation (Consultation) (England) Regulations 2022.

Departmental officials recently met with Cumbria County Council and United Utilities on water fluoridation schemes in Cumbria. No consultation has been undertaken under the Water Fluoridation (Consultation) (England) Regulations 2022.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the estimated cost of fluoridation schemes in Cumbria in (a) 2022 and (b) future years.

The estimates for 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. The forecasts for future years are not held centrally.

31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on meeting the target to deliver 50 million extra general practice appointments a year; and what steps he is taking to increase access to a GP in Workington.

In the 12 months to September 2022, there were an estimated 325.2 million appointments in general practice in England, excluding COVID-19 vaccinations. This is an increase of 7.3% compared to the 12 months to September 2021. On 22 September 2022, we announced ‘Our plan for patients’, which sets out how we will deliver an addition one million appointments this winter and the expectation that patients who need an appointment within two weeks will receive one, with urgent cases being seen on the same day, including in Workington.

We have committed to publishing practice-level appointment data to assist patients to make an informed choice on the appropriate practice for their needs. We have also set out measures to help patients book appointments more easily and benefit from more options for care, such as community pharmacy. NHS England has offered a short-term telephony solution to all general practitioner (GP) practices, to increase capacity for incoming calls. From December, NHS England will accelerate the delivery of a framework to support all practices to secure cloud-based telephony systems. We will also assist general practices to recruit a range of health professionals to increase appointment capacity, such as GP assistants and advanced practitioners.

25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure the recording of biological sex on medical records to ensure that appropriate sex-related care is offered.

National Health Service datasets include a field entitled 'Patient Stated Gender Code' with four options: male, female, indeterminate (unable to be classified as either male or female) and not known. This field collects information on sex for those whose gender is the same as their sex registered at birth. Details on sex for trans people and those who are intersex or who have disorders of sexual development should be recorded within their clinical notes to ensure safe and appropriate care.

The General Medical Council provides guidance on keeping clear, accurate and legible records. All patients should be given the care they need and treated with respect and dignity, in accordance with the values of the NHS. Investigations or treatment must be based on the assessment the clinician and their patient make of their needs and priorities and the clinician’s clinical judgement about the likely effectiveness of the options.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2021 to Question 52601 on Smoking, with reference to the delayed publication of the ONS smoking statistics bulletin entitled Adults smoking habits in the UK, whether the Tobacco Control Plan is expected to be published in 2021.

We are undertaking further policy development to support the Tobacco Control Plan, which will be published in due course.

21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2021 to Question 31543, on Tobacco, whether statistics from the ONS bulletin, entitled Adults smoking habits in the UK, will be incorporated into the Tobacco Control Plan for England following the delay in publication of that bulletin until November 2021.

The Tobacco Control Plan will utilise data from the Office for National Statistics’ bulletin when it is published later this year.

14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the selection criteria and process for the daily covid-19 contact testing workplace pilot.

Daily contact testing permits a contact of a positive case of COVID-19 to test daily for seven days with a lateral flow device, with each negative result releasing the individual to undertake essential activities for 24 hours.

Organisations participating in the workplace daily contact testing pilot were selected because they had expressed an interest in joining the pilot and already had an asymptomatic test site in the workplace. The workplaces selected were also designed to ensure a spread of different types of organisation, including additional public sector organisations, to assess the operational implications of running daily contact testing. A document setting out in more detail the process and selection criteria for the workplace daily contact testing pilot is currently under review prior to publication.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the impact assessment for the draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 as it stood at 19:19 on 13 July 2021.

The Government has set out analysis of the number of current staff who we estimate may not be vaccinated or exempt by the end of the 16-week grace period in an impact statement. This figure provides an indication of the numbers that may need to be recruited by the sector to replace workers who may choose to leave the workforce rather than be vaccinated. The full impact assessment will be published as soon as possible.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish the updated Tobacco Control Plan before the publication of the Office for National Statistics data in 2021 on smoking prevalence.

The Government’s new Tobacco Control Plan will be published later this year. This is likely to take place after the Office for National Statistics publish data on smoking prevalence in early autumn 2021.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he held discussions with Vahid Beheshti during his recent hunger strike outside his Department; and what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential merits of proscribing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation.

On Wednesday 29 March, The Minister of State for the Middle East, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon met with Mattie Heaven to discuss the welfare of her husband, Mr Beheshti, and his call for the UK Government to proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Lord Ahmad made clear that the UK Government is taking the threats of the Iranian regime, including the IRGC, seriously and highlighted the actions the UK Government is taking to respond robustly to these threats.

The list of proscribed organisations is kept under careful review, but we do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription. The UK maintains sanctions on over 300 Iranian individuals and entities including in relation to human rights violations, counter-proliferation, regional activity and support to Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine. That includes sanctioning the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in its entirety.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of reports that Iran Air is allegedly transporting armed drones from Iran to Russia.

The UK has identified and raised the issue of Iran's deplorable support for the Russian military campaign in Ukraine repeatedly, including at the UN Security Council on 19 October and 19 December 2022. Regardless of the method of transport, the provision of these drones is in violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231. On 20 October and 13 December, the UK adopted new sanctions alongside the EU against Iranian individuals and entities involved in these transfers. We will continue to identify Iran's malign activity and hold the regime to account through our words and our actions.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in the West Bank, in the context of reports of Palestinian Authority arrests of Palestinians with alleged links to Hamas.

We continue to closely monitor the security situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UK continues to provide the Palestinian Authority (PA) with professional support in helping develop its security institutions. This provision includes training and other technical assistance to the PA Ministry of Interior and PA Security Forces (PASF), to support the development of capable, responsible security forces that respect human rights and are accountable to the Palestinian people.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda on UK security interests.

It is the longstanding policy of successive British Governments that we do not comment on intelligence matters. The UK Government closely follows the security situation in Iran and maintains a regular dialogue with international counterparts on this.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has held discussions with his counterpart in Iran on the potential supply of ballistic missiles to Russia for use in Ukraine.

The UK condemns Iranian support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has made this directly clear to Iran. Iran's supply of drones is in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. The supply of ballistic missiles to Russia would be a significant escalation. On 20 October new UK sanctions targeted Iranian individuals and businesses responsible for supplying Russia with drones. We are working with France and Germany to support a UN investigation into the Iranian transfers, and we will continue to work with the international community to hold Iran and Russia to account.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

Iran continues to develop its ballistic missile programme, which is destabilising for the region and poses a threat to European security. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (UNSCR 2231), which was unanimously adopted in the Security Council and underpins the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), calls on Iran not to undertake activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, including launches using such ballistic missile technology. Alongside France and Germany, we have written regularly to the UN Secretary-General, most recently on 24 May, to draw attention to Iranian missile activity inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 and raised this at the UN Security Council on 30 June. We urge Iran to fully abide by UNSCR 2231 and all other relevant resolutions.

Amanda Milling
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the findings of the EU report into the Palestinian Authority school curriculum, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK aid to the Palestinian people does not finance material inciting violence or antisemitism.

It is essential to have a strong and thriving Palestinian education system to provide opportunities for the next generation. This report on Palestinian textbooks highlights progress in key areas, but also indicates that anti-Israel content remains. We have been clear that incitement to hatred or violence is unacceptable from all parties and should have no place in education. We will continue to raise concerns about this with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and continue to urge all parties to condemn incitement wherever and whenever it occurs. The UK does not fund textbooks in the OPTs. Our education funding to the PA contributes to the salaries of carefully vetted teachers/education workers.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
25th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policies of the EU report into the Palestinian Authority school curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

It is essential to have a strong and thriving Palestinian education system to provide opportunities for the next generation. This report on Palestinian textbooks highlights progress in key areas, but also indicates that anti-Israel content remains. We have been clear that incitement to hatred or violence is unacceptable from all parties and should have no place in education. We will continue to raise concerns about this with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and continue to urge all parties to condemn incitement wherever and whenever it occurs. The UK does not fund textbooks in the OPTs. Our education funding to the PA contributes to the salaries of carefully vetted teachers/education workers.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli and Emirati counterparts on the normalisation of relations between those nations.

We welcome the announcement of an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is an historic step which sees the normalisation of relations between two great friends of the UK. The Foreign Secretary travelled to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on 25 August, where he met with the Israeli leadership, including Prime Minister Netanyahu. We welcome both the decision to normalise relations, as well as the suspension of plans for annexation - a move the UK has opposed as it would have been counterproductive to securing peace in the region. On his return, the Foreign Secretary spoke to UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, to offer congratulations on the agreement with Israel. Sheikh bin Zayed emphasised his conviction that the deal was an opportunity to renew efforts toward peace in the Middle East. We will continue to work together in support of this goal.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary