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Martin Docherty-Hughes

Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries of the Future and Blockchain Technologies)

(since July 2018)

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)

(since January 2020)

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Team Member)

(since January 2020)

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (PPS to the Westminster Leader)

(since January 2020)
Defence Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Committees on Arms Export Controls
6th Jul 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Defence Sub-Committee
5th Mar 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Armed Forces Bill Select Committee
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Defence Sub-Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries for the future)
20th Jun 2017 - 1st Jul 2018
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Voluntary Sector)
1st Sep 2016 - 20th Jun 2017


Department Event
Monday 13th June 2022
14:30
Ministry of Defence
Oral questions - Main Chamber
13 Jun 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Defence (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 21st June 2022
11:30
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
21 Jun 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Achieving Economic Growth
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 40 Scottish National Party Aye votes vs 0 Scottish National Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 312
Speeches
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Achieving Economic Growth
On the matter of making Brexit work, there is a concern that the United Kingdom now mirrors the United States …
Written Answers
Thursday 28th April 2022
Agriculture: Brazil
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase his Department's …
Early Day Motions
Monday 7th March 2022
Scotland Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association 125th Anniversary
That this House is delighted to acknowledge the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Scotland Board of the Gaelic …
Bills
Monday 21st June 2021
Employment Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision about the rights of workers, including to negotiate pay and join trade unions and employee …
MP Financial Interests
None available
EDM signed
Monday 28th March 2022
P&O Ferries and DP World
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Martin Docherty-Hughes has voted in 351 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

25 Jan 2022 - Judicial Review and Courts Bill - View Vote Context
Martin Docherty-Hughes voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Scottish National Party No votes vs 4 Scottish National Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 187 Noes - 315
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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
Johnny Mercer (Conservative)
(27 debate interactions)
Kevan Jones (Labour)
(14 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(65 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(21 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(17 debate contributions)
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West Dunbartonshire Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest West Dunbartonshire signature proportion
Petitions with most West Dunbartonshire signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

Reform the GRA to allow transgender people to self-identify without the need for a medical diagnosis, to streamline the administrative process, and to allow non-binary identities to be legally recognised.

The Government's manifesto stated “we will make intentional trespass a criminal offence”: an extreme, illiberal & unnecessary attack on ancient freedoms that would threaten walkers, campers, and the wider public. It would further tilt the law in favour of the landowning 1% who own half the country.


Latest EDMs signed by Martin Docherty-Hughes

23rd March 2022
Martin Docherty-Hughes signed this EDM on Monday 28th March 2022

P&O Ferries and DP World

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice or consultation with their trade unions, the RMT and Nautilus; demands the immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers; condemns their replacement with agency workers earning as little as £1.80 per …
125 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 94
Scottish National Party: 12
Liberal Democrat: 7
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
3rd March 2022
Martin Docherty-Hughes signed this EDM on Tuesday 8th March 2022

Russia and the Intelligence and Security Committee's report

Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
That this House unequivocally condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and decision of President Putin to start a brutal war in Europe; notes that the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament report, entitled Russia, published 21 July 2020, HC 632, is of critical importance to UK national security and particularly …
36 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 17
Scottish National Party: 8
Liberal Democrat: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Independent: 1
Alba Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Martin Docherty-Hughes, 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.


Martin Docherty-Hughes has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Martin Docherty-Hughes has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Martin Docherty-Hughes


A Bill to make provision about the rights of workers, including to negotiate pay and join trade unions and employee associations; to amend the definition of worker; to make provision about the employment rights of members of the armed forces; to make provision about employee representatives on company boards; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to make provision about employment security and the rights of workers; to amend the definition of worker; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 6th May 2022

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 create a staff association to represent the interests of members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces as employees; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th June 2018
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Martin Docherty-Hughes has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


43 Written Questions in the current parliament

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4 Other Department Questions
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to publish its action plan coordinating a year of domestic action on LGBT issues, in the run up to the global conference, Safe to be me: Global Equality Conference to be hosted in London in June 2022.

The UK government is committed to promoting equality for LGBT people at home and abroad and we continue to be recognised as one of the top 10 most progressive countries in Europe for LGBT rights.

Earlier this year, the Minister for Women and Equalities set out her top priorities, which we are making good progress towards delivering. We have launched a public consultation on our plans to ban conversion therapy; we are digitising the Gender Recognition Certificate application process, having already reduced the fee, and are improving healthcare for trans people; and the Department for Education recently announced over £1 million in funding to support schools and colleges to tackle all forms of bullying, including anti-LGBT bullying.

We have also appointed Iain Anderson as LGBT Business Champion, and the Prime Minister has appointed Lord Herbert as Special Envoy on LGBT rights, with both an international and domestic focus.

We look forward to hosting Safe To Be Me: A Global Equality Conference next year, which will bring together government representatives, businesses, civil society and international parliamentarians to address the safety of LGBT people at home and abroad.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she last met the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on LGBT+ Rights.

Ministers routinely have internal meetings to discuss a range of issues. As Special Envoy on LGBT rights, the Rt Hon Lord Herbert CBE is leading efforts across Government to champion LGBT equality at home and abroad.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Prime Minister last met his Special Envoy for LGBT Rights.

Ministers routinely have internal meetings to discuss a range of issues. As Special Envoy on LGBT rights, the Rt Hon Lord Herbert CBE is leading efforts across Government to champion LGBT equality at home and abroad.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will announce a framework of compensation for victims and families of the contaminated blood scandal.

This government remains committed to considering a framework for compensation, as well as actions to address disparities in financial and non-financial support for people infected and affected across the UK.

Cabinet Office officials are working with their colleagues in HM Treasury, the Department of Health and Social Care, and health departments in the devolved administrations to take this forward. I will update the House and the Inquiry, and those infected and affected as soon as these considerations have been concluded.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase his Department's outreach to the Brazilian agricultural Ministry MAPA for the purposes of streamlining import processes for UK exports, including whisky and gin.

The Government is committed to boosting the UK’s agri-food export capability and growth around the world. Recognising the potential of the Brazilian market for UK agri-food exports, DEFRA is currently recruiting a new Agriculture, Food and Drink Attaché for Brazil. This new role will strengthen our agri-food engagement with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, working directly with officials in Brazil to broaden market access and boost UK agri-food exports. This includes supporting the continued growth of whisky and gin exports to Brazil, which is now a top 20 market for UK exports of these commodities.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the wholesale sector and safeguard food supplies to schools, care homes, hospitals and other critical public service infrastructure.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a range of temporary financial support to the wholesale sector, a key supplier of food to critical public service organisations, to ensure its ongoing viability through this difficult period. Wholesalers are eligible for a number of schemes, including: the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help keep millions of people in employment and the Discretionary Grant Fund for small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.

In addition to this, Defra has been working with the charity sector through the Food Charity Grant Scheme which gives charities up to £100,000 in grant funding to purchase food to support the most economically vulnerable. Through this scheme, Defra has encouraged charities that do not have established suppliers to purchase stock from wholesalers and local producers, both to support the sector and to reduce waste.

A range of Government departments hold responsibility for public sector food provision for specific sectors including schools, care homes, hospitals and prisons. My department is working closely with officials from the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence to support them in making arrangements with their suppliers to ensure food supply continues to these public sector institutions.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department’s plans are to support Scotch whisky exports to China (a) in general and (b) through supporting continued adherence to a high whisky standard in domestic regulation.

UK food and drink, including Scotch whisky, is renowned worldwide for its quality and provenance. In 2021, whisky was the highest value UK food and drink export to China and amounted to £200.1m. The UK government’s agriculture, food and drink counsellor in China works closely with the Scotch Whisky Association and whisky companies to promote whisky in China. This includes supporting the protection of intellectual property and whisky tasting and educational events and promotions, including via digital media. Our success is built on our strong domestic standards and the quality and safety of our products.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the potential to increase UK spirits exports to Brazil as part of an enhanced trade partnership.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support British businesses trying to secure hard currency in Nigeria.

Increasing and promoting trade with Nigeria is a priority for the UK Government. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria was £3.5 billion last year (ending Q3 2021), an increase of 1.9% or £65 million from the previous year. At the most recent bi-annual UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum government to government dialogue, held on 26 April, Ministers from both countries agreed to start a working group to discuss how to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.

Officials are working to support British business access foreign exchange facilities through the Economic Development Forum and the associated Finance and Financial Services Working Group.

From 2016 to 2021 UK exports of spirits to Nigeria increased by 92.1%. DIT continues to offer a wide range of support for British alcohol and spirit producers wishing to export into Nigeria. Through our work, import adjustment tax is now no longer applicable on Scotch Whisky exports to Nigeria.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Government's plans are to increase trade with Nigeria; and what recent assessment she has made of the potential for an enhanced trade partnership with Nigeria along the lines of the partnership proposed for Brazil.

Increasing and promoting trade with Nigeria is a priority for the UK Government. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria was £3.5 billion last year (ending Q3 2021), an increase of 1.9% or £65 million from the previous year. At the most recent bi-annual UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum government to government dialogue, held on 26 April, Ministers from both countries agreed to start a working group to discuss how to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.

Officials are working to support British business access foreign exchange facilities through the Economic Development Forum and the associated Finance and Financial Services Working Group.

From 2016 to 2021 UK exports of spirits to Nigeria increased by 92.1%. DIT continues to offer a wide range of support for British alcohol and spirit producers wishing to export into Nigeria. Through our work, import adjustment tax is now no longer applicable on Scotch Whisky exports to Nigeria.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the potential to increase UK spirits exports to Nigeria.

Increasing and promoting trade with Nigeria is a priority for the UK Government. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria was £3.5 billion last year (ending Q3 2021), an increase of 1.9% or £65 million from the previous year. At the most recent bi-annual UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum government to government dialogue, held on 26 April, Ministers from both countries agreed to start a working group to discuss how to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.

Officials are working to support British business access foreign exchange facilities through the Economic Development Forum and the associated Finance and Financial Services Working Group.

From 2016 to 2021 UK exports of spirits to Nigeria increased by 92.1%. DIT continues to offer a wide range of support for British alcohol and spirit producers wishing to export into Nigeria. Through our work, import adjustment tax is now no longer applicable on Scotch Whisky exports to Nigeria.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate her Department has made of the annual value of UK (a) whisky, (b) gin, (c) vodka and (d) rum exports.

British food and drink are among the best in the world and renowned for their quality and provenance including spirits which are a key export product for the UK. In 2021, the UK’s largest food and drink export was whisky which amounted to £4.6bn. In 2021, UK exports of gin and geneva to the world amounted to £541.6m, vodka £40.4m and rum £55.0m. Trade data related to “spirits – beverages” is publicly available on www.uktradeinfo.com under commodity code heading 22 of the Trade Tariff.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) reducing or (b) removing non-tariff barriers faced by UK spirits exporters.

British exports of spirits amounted to £5.7 billion in 2021. We are removing trade barriers so that the industry can grow further, enabling our world-class spirits to be enjoyed across the globe – from securing geographic indicator protection for Scotch Whisky in countries like Indonesia, to streamlining the process for importers in countries like Nigeria – and we are negotiating trade deals that will reduce barriers for British spirits exporters, like our deal with Australia that includes tariff free exports on all products including whisky and gin from the United Kingdom.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to announce the launch of a consultation on the 232 rebalancing tariffs applied to US products.

The Department is planning to launch a consultation on the rebalancing measures the UK is taking in response to the US unjustified tariffs on steel, aluminium and derivatives later this year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2021
What recent discussions he has had with truck hauliers on the challenges facing that sector.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere and Employment Minister Mims Davies, Member for Mid Sussex, hosted a haulage industry roundtable on the driver shortage on 16 June.

This event follows a series of meetings between Government and industry regarding driver shortages, its impact on supply chains, and the work each can do to address this issue.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to social security claimants to help them manage increased utility costs.

The government is providing significant financial support to many households to support them with rising energy bills. The Energy Bills Rebate will provide around 28 million households with an upfront discount on their bills worth £200. Energy suppliers will apply the discount to domestic electricity customers from October, with the Government meeting the costs. Households in England, which are in council tax bands A-D, will also receive a £150 rebate on their council tax. The rebate to bills will be made directly by local authorities from April and will not need to be repaid.

DWP administers the Cold Weather Payment scheme, which provides £25 extra a week to vulnerable people in receipt of certain income-related benefits, when the average temperature has been recorded, or is forecast to be, 0 degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days at the weather station linked to an eligible person’s postcode.

Some customers in receipt of Universal Credit may be entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment if they or their partner reached state pension age on or before 26 September 2021.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy administers the Warm Home Discount Scheme for low income and vulnerable customers. It gives direct assistance with their energy costs. Energy suppliers provide rebates on energy bills currently worth £140 per household each winter. This year (2021/22), the scheme will be worth £354 million.

The Energy Price Cap will continue to protect consumers, ensuring they pay a fair price for their energy this winter.

Further detail on all three schemes can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

In addition, we recognise that some people require extra support over the winter, which is why vulnerable households across the country can access the £500 million support fund to help them with essentials. The Household Support Fund provides £421 million to help vulnerable people in England with the cost of food, utilities and wider essentials. The Barnett Formula applies in the usual way, with the devolved administrations receiving almost £80 million (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive), for a total of £500 million.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Gypsy and Traveller community can access (a) PrEP, (b) HIV testing and (c) HIV care.

The Public Health Grant in 2021/22 includes £23.4 million to cover local authority costs of the routine commissioning of HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The Department and Public Health England (PHE) will continue to work closely with local authorities across England to support the routine commissioning of PrEP in 2021/22.

PHE is currently developing a monitoring and evaluation framework for the routine commissioning of PrEP, which will use established surveillance systems and include measures of PrEP need and use among key population groups to inform equitable delivery and access. We will consider issues relating to equitable access to sexual and reproductive health services including HIV services and PrEP as part of the development of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and the HIV Action Plan, which we plan to publish in 2021. The needs of the Gypsy and Traveller communities will be considered as part of this work.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of alcohol taxation reforms with the Government's commitment that reform will support the Scotch whisky industry and the jobs its maintains.

The Government has announced several changes to alcohol duty that will support the Scotch Whisky sector. At the Budget, spirits duty was frozen, making freezes continuous since 2017. As part of our alcohol duty review, the Government intends to move to a system where all products are taxed in reference to the litres of pure alcohol they contain, making the taxation of other products more consistent with Scotch. Above 8.5% ABV there is to be no differentiation between product categories, providing a more level playing field between spirits and other products. These changes will narrow the difference between Scotch, wines and high-strength ciders.

Further detail about the impact of reforms on consumers will be included in a tax information and impact note when the policy is final, or near final, in the usual way.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the effect on the costs to (a) beer and (b) whisky consumers of proposed reforms to alcohol taxation.

The Government has announced several changes to alcohol duty that will support the Scotch Whisky sector. At the Budget, spirits duty was frozen, making freezes continuous since 2017. As part of our alcohol duty review, the Government intends to move to a system where all products are taxed in reference to the litres of pure alcohol they contain, making the taxation of other products more consistent with Scotch. Above 8.5% ABV there is to be no differentiation between product categories, providing a more level playing field between spirits and other products. These changes will narrow the difference between Scotch, wines and high-strength ciders.

Further detail about the impact of reforms on consumers will be included in a tax information and impact note when the policy is final, or near final, in the usual way.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to support the Scotch whisky industry through proposals to reform alcohol taxation.

The Government has announced several changes to alcohol duty that will support the Scotch Whisky sector. At the Budget, spirits duty was frozen, making freezes continuous since 2017. As part of our alcohol duty review, the Government intends to move to a system where all products are taxed in reference to the litres of pure alcohol they contain, making the taxation of other products more consistent with Scotch. Above 8.5% ABV there is to be no differentiation between product categories, providing a more level playing field between spirits and other products. These changes will narrow the difference between Scotch, wines and high-strength ciders.

Further detail about the impact of reforms on consumers will be included in a tax information and impact note when the policy is final, or near final, in the usual way.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the £125 million for hospices announced on 23 November 2020 will result in Barnett consequentials,; and what estimate he has made of how much of that funding will be allocated to the Scottish Government.

To give the Scottish Government the certainty to plan and deliver their coronavirus response, we have provided them with an upfront guarantee that they will receive at least £8.2bn in additional funding this year on top of their Spring Budget funding.

Any additional funding provided to the Department of Health and Social Care for hospices will result in Barnett consequentials for the Scottish Government that will contribute towards the guaranteed £8.2bn.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
18th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement entitled Finance Bill 2020-21 draft legislation and tax documents of 21 July 2020, what assessment he has made on the effect on the operation of the Small Brewers Relief scheme of converting it to a cash basis.

Converting the Small Brewers Relief (SBR) scheme to a cash basis will enable the Treasury to review the value of the relief periodically, ensuring it maintains a fair and appropriate value. The Treasury will consult in the Autumn on this and other technical measures relating to SBR.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will plans to announce a final consequential funding figure for hospices in Scotland in respect of the £200 million allocated to hospices in April, May, June as part of the UK Government’s £750 million coronavirus funding for charities, and the further funding provided in July 2020.

On 24 July, we made an unprecedented upfront guarantee to the Scottish government. We guaranteed that they will receive at least £6.5bn in additional resource funding this year on top of their Spring Budget funding. This certainty ensures they can plan and deliver their coronavirus response. It is up to the Scottish government to allocate this funding across their devolved responsibilities as they see fit, including to hospices.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer the letter of 3 December 2020 from the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire relating to Mrs Gurpreet Singh Johal of Dumbarton.

A response was sent on 10 March 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the protections afforded to Gypsies and Travellers under the Public Sector Equality Duty are encompassed in her response to the 2019 consultation, Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments with regard to (a) criminalising trespass and (b) seizing homes.

The Government is committed to ensuring all communities are treated fairly. We are equally clear that we will not tolerate law breaking.

That is why we set out in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 our firm aim to bring forward legislation which will help police tackle unauthorised encampments where they cause harm and disruption.

All responses to the consultation have been considered and the Government response will be published soon.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Friends, Families and Travellers 2020 report, Police renew calls for more Gypsy and Traveller sites in opposition to the criminalisation of unauthorised encampments, published 9 September 2020, that concluded (a) 21.7 per cent of police respondents agreed with the Home Office proposals to criminalise unauthorised encampments and (b) 93.7 per cent of police bodies called for site provision as the solution to unauthorised encampments.

  • The Home Office has conducted a public consultation on strengthening the powers available to the police to deal with unauthorised encampments. The Government will consider all views and representations made when reaching our decision on the next steps.
Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraphs 13-15 of Annex A of the New Decade, New Approach document of 9 January 2020 regarding Government commitments on family migration arrangements for the people of Northern Ireland, within what (a) timeframe and (b) legislative vehicle those commitments will be made.

The Home Office intends to change the UK’s Immigration Rules so family members of the people of Northern Ireland can apply for immigration status on broadly the same terms as family members of Irish citizens and will open the route in the near future.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraphs 13-15 of Annex A of the New Decade, New Approach document of 9 January 2020 regarding Government commitments on family migration arrangements for the people of Northern Ireland, whether they will be able to access on a permanent basis similar rights to family reunification as those available to Irish citizens in the UK under EEA regulations.

The Home Office intends to change the UK’s Immigration Rules so family members of the people of Northern Ireland can apply for immigration status on broadly the same terms as family members of Irish citizens and will open the route in the near future.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department (a) is providing and (b) has plans to provide to the Russian Military Studies Centre.

The Russian Military Studies Centre remains a valuable and unique resource to Defence. The archive of books and journals is housed at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, with support including direction and funding of cataloguing activity, ongoing provision of subscriptions to digital journals, and librarian services to support journal access and management. Defence has committed £63,000 in 2021 to the archive.

Looking forward, the Defence Academy have recently commissioned a detailed study of this capability, alongside their other library facilities, to find new ways of best utilising the archive to assist in understanding the Russian military within a broader, integrated reference capability. The first phase of this study is set to deliver in the early part of 2022.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the response to FOI2021/09403 on 21 September 2021, how many of the 41 complaints of rape and sexual assault made to the Service Police by women under the age of 18 in the armed forces since 2015 were from women at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Of the 41 complaints of rape and sexual assault made to the Service Police by women under the age of 18 in the armed forces since 2015 and referenced in the response to FOI2021/09403 on 21 September 2021, approximately five were from women at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

These figures are single Service estimates; not official statistics produced or checked by Defence Statistics and are subject to known data quality issues affecting accuracy. This figure has been rounded to five as a means of disclosure control and the preservation of anonymity, as well as conveying an appropriate level of precision.

This figure has been sourced from the Service Police crime record management system. As this is a live system not designed to produce statistics and reliant on individual interpretation, this figure may not match responses to other similar requests.

Official Defence Statistics relating to sexual offences investigations are held and published annually on the .gov.uk website.

You will also wish to be aware that the MOD has made it absolutely clear there is no place for unacceptable behaviour in the Armed Forces. We recognise the great courage it takes to come forward and report a sexual offence and Commanding Officers must always refer any allegation of rape and sexual assault, or any other offence which may have a sexual element, to the Service Police. All allegations are thoroughly investigated, and support provided to alleged victims.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has plans to (a) reduce any Officers' Training Corps branches in Scotland and (b) merge existing branches of Officers' Training Corps in Scotland.

Whilst no decisions have yet been made, as part of Future Soldier structures, University Officer Training Corps across the United Kingdom are being reviewed to ensure they continue to deliver value for the Army, whilst contributing to wider Defence objectives. These include supporting the Union and contributing to the future UK workforce.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the safety and security of the Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth when carrying out its duties during the deployment to the South China Sea in the event of the accompanying Type 45 destroyers experiencing a technical fault.

The Ministry of Defence regularly reviews the safety and security of deployments during both the planning and operational stages.

Prior to the deployment, the number and type of escorts forming the wider Carrier Strike Group for HMS Queen Elizabeth was carefully considered against the planned scheme of manoeuvre.

At no point during the deployment has the safety or security of HMS Queen Elizabeth been impacted by technical faults experienced by HMS Diamond.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment was undertaken of the technical, mechanical and operational strength of the Type 45 destroyers prior to the current Carrier Strike Group deployment to the South China Sea.

Prior to embarking on any operational deployment, all units undertake a rigorous Force Generation and assurance process to ensure they are ready for operations.

Both HMS DEFENDER and HMS DIAMOND completed the final stages of this process with the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) during Exercise STRIKE WARRIOR in May 2021, before proceeding on the maiden CSG deployment.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a separated parent may prevent their child's enlistment in the armed forces when the other separated parent has granted consent.

Parental consent to join the Armed Forces must be obtained for those aged under 18. All persons who have parental responsibility must give their consent in writing before the application can proceed. If an agreement cannot be reached, a parent can apply for a Specific Issue Order or Prohibited Steps Order. A judge will then make a decision based on the applicant's best interests.

The Ministry of Defence takes its duty of care to all recruits extremely seriously, and those aged under 18 are treated with special consideration.

All Phase 1 and Phase 2 training organisations are subject to Ofsted inspection and the Army Foundation College (AFC) Harrogate was graded 'Outstanding' earlier this year. Ofsted were particularly impressed by the strong ethos of emotional and psychological safety at AFC Harrogate, where dedicated safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing leads support students at the college.

Service personnel aged under 18 are not deployed on hostile operations outside the UK or on any operations where they could be exposed to hostilities. All new recruits, regardless of age, can discharge within their first three to six months of service.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) electric, (b) hybrid or (c) internal combustion, non-combat motor vehicles his Department purchased for the use of personnel in each of the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of each type of vehicle.

The Ministry of Defence no longer purchases commercial, non-combat motor vehicles but leases them through a Fleet Management Service contract known as Phoenix II. In each of the last three years, the number of new vehicles leased in each of the three categories is as detailed in the table below. These leases are competitively tendered to ensure that Defence receives value for money.

Year

Vehicle Type

2018

2019

2020

  1. Electric

Nil

Nil

232

  1. Hybrid

2

Nil

96

  1. Internal combustion

3754

2353

911

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what risk assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) industrial relations and (b) matters of operational safety of the revised procurement process for facilities management at HMNB Clyde under the Future Maritime Support programme.

The transition of support services at HM Naval Base Clyde from the existing Maritime Support Delivery Framework will be carefully managed in order to avoid any adverse effect on operations.

As the Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) is currently under commercial tender and negotiation, the number of future providers is yet to be finalised. Although support at HM Naval Base Clyde is currently provided through a Prime Contract with Babcock, it is delivered through a number of sub-contractors. FMSP will require industry partners to meet applicable legal obligations under the terms of the Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment legislation.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring all successful bidders across HMNB Clyde for facilities management contracts under the Future Maritime Support Programme to maintain a single collective bargaining unit for purposes of industrial relations.

The transition of support services at HM Naval Base Clyde from the existing Maritime Support Delivery Framework will be carefully managed in order to avoid any adverse effect on operations.

As the Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) is currently under commercial tender and negotiation, the number of future providers is yet to be finalised. Although support at HM Naval Base Clyde is currently provided through a Prime Contract with Babcock, it is delivered through a number of sub-contractors. FMSP will require industry partners to meet applicable legal obligations under the terms of the Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment legislation.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) duration (b) cost to the public purse was of the deployment of 16th Regiment Royal Artillery to Saudi Arabia from February 2020.

The deployment in question began in February 2020 and is ongoing. To date, it has cost £840,360.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Royal Air Force personnel and 9b) Qatari Emiri Air Force personnel have been assigned to 12 Squadron RAF.

There are currently 163 RAF personnel assigned to 12 Squadron. I am withholding information on the number of Qatari Emiri Air Force personnel assigned to 12 Squadron as its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice relations between the United Kingdom and another State. An initial cadre of Qatari Emiri Air Force personnel is currently on the Squadron; this will gradually increase as further personnel graduate from training.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much 12 Squadron RAF has cost the public purse in each year since 2018; and how much of those costs have been borne by the (a) Qatar Emiri Air Force and (b) Government of Qatar.

12 Squadron has formed in three stages: Stand Up of the Squadron (July 2018), commencement of RAF flying operations (2019) and commencement of flying operations with Qatar Emiri Air Force (2020).

To date 12 Squadron costs from the RAF Operating budget have been £1.951 million in Financial Year (FY) 2018-2019, £9.959 million in FY 2019-2020 and £5.423 million in FY 2020-21 to end August 2020. I am withholding detailed information on the costs the Qatari Emiri Air Force have borne for 12 Squadron operations as its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice relations between the United Kingdom and another State. However, I can confirm as part of the wider £6 billion Export Sale of Typhoon to Qatar, the Government of Qatar has funded 50% of the Squadron operating costs since the point at which QEAF pilots started flying on the Joint Squadron.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)