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Meg Hillier

Labour (Co-op) - Hackney South and Shoreditch

4 APPG memberships (as of 6 Oct 2021)
Alevis, Cycling and Walking, Global Health, Knife Crime and Violence Reduction
3 Former APPG memberships
Crossrail Two, Cycling, Fashion and Textiles
Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill
26th Nov 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Accounts Committee
12th Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
10th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Committee
18th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Commission
18th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Committee
24th Oct 2011 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)
9th Nov 2009 - 6th May 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)
2nd Jul 2007 - 6th Aug 2009
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 16th Oct 2006


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 25th October 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Achieving Net Zero: Follow up
25 Oct 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Sarah Munby - Permanent Secretary at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Lee McDonough - Director General for net zero strategy and international at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Ben Rimmington - Director General Net Zero Buildings and Industry at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 28th October 2021
09:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Underpayments of the State Pension
28 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Peter Schofield - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work & Pensions
Amanda Reynolds - Director General for Service Excellence at Department for Work & Pensions
Cathy Payne - Deputy Director for State Pensions and Service Excellence at Department for Work & Pensions
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 1st November 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities recall (Homelessness and housing)
1 Nov 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Jeremy Pocklington - Permanent Secretary at Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 4th November 2021
09:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: DCMS recall (Broadband)
4 Nov 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Sarah Healey - Permanent Secretary at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Susannah Storey - Director General for Digital and Media at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Imran Shafi - Director for Digital Infrastructure at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Paul Norris - CE0 at Building Digital UK
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 8th November 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Reducing the backlog in criminal courts
8 Nov 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Antonia Romeo - Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice
Jerome Glass - Director General Policy and Strategy Group at Ministry of Justice
Kevin Sadler - Interim Chief Executive at Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 15th November 2021
15:30
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
15:45
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 30th November 2021
15:45
Division Votes
Friday 22nd October 2021
Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 172 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 251
Speeches
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Speaker's Statement

I, too, have more to say than I have time for. Others have talked about James’s ministerial career. I first …

Written Answers
Friday 24th September 2021
Asylum: Employment
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been granted permission to work …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 9th June 2016
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE POSITION OF COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL
That this House commemorates the 150th anniversary of the creation of the position of Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), an …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Office of the Auditor General of Ontario
Address of donor: 20 Dundas Street West, Suite 1530, Toronto, …
EDM signed
Tuesday 19th July 2016
RETIREMENT OF NOLEEN DELENEY
That this House recognises the vitally important contribution made by Noleen Deleney to the catering services of the House of …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Pedicabs (London) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to provide for the regulation of the carrying of passengers in Greater London by pedal cycles and power-assisted …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Meg Hillier has voted in 253 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(18 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(16 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(13 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(41 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(28 debate contributions)
Home Office
(25 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(24 debate contributions)
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Hackney South and Shoreditch 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 Hackney South and Shoreditch signature proportion
Petitions with most Hackney South and Shoreditch signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.


Latest EDMs signed by Meg Hillier

19th July 2016
Meg Hillier signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 19th July 2016

RETIREMENT OF NOLEEN DELENEY

Tabled by: Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire)
That this House recognises the vitally important contribution made by Noleen Deleney to the catering services of the House of Commons on the occasion of her retirement from the House after 29 years of dedicated service; acknowledges her immense contribution in ensuring members feel welcomed and able to carry out …
74 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Sep 2016)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 29
Labour: 24
Conservative: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Liberal Democrat: 3
Non-affiliated: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Independent: 2
9th June 2016
Meg Hillier signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 9th June 2016

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE POSITION OF COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL

Tabled by: Meg Hillier (Labour (Co-op) - Hackney South and Shoreditch)
That this House commemorates the 150th anniversary of the creation of the position of Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), an Officer of the House, resulting from the passage of the Exchequer and Audit Act 1866; notes that Act, which entrusted the C&AG with responsibility for auditing the financial accounts produced …
28 signatures
(Most recent: 13 Oct 2016)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 13
Conservative: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Independent: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Meg Hillier, 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.


Meg Hillier has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Meg Hillier has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Meg Hillier has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


40 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
21st Sep 2021
What steps his Department plans to take to learn from the findings of the National Audit Office report entitled Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme published on 8 September 2021.

We are considering the National Audit Office report and its recommendations, which recognise the scheme was designed as a short-term economic stimulus. This will inform existing and future schemes, as part of our £9 billion commitment to improving energy efficiency.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned timescale is for allowing statutory wedding ceremonies to reconvene with a minimum number of participants during the covid-19 outbreak.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister has said, we intend to publish our plan for taking the country out of lockdown in the last week of February. That plan will depend on the continued success of our vaccination programme, and on deaths falling at the pace we would expect as more people are inoculated.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to help people without a broadband connection prepare for the closure of the public switched telephone network in 2025.

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is privately owned, and the process for its closure is industry-led. The PSTN closure will be undertaken in a phased approach with areas shutting down over the coming years with the final exchange expected to turn off in 2025.

While PSTN withdrawal is an industry-led process, the Government and Ofcom are working together to ensure consumers and sectors are protected and prepared for the withdrawal process.

The PSTN network will be replaced with new All-IP technology - such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This technology is higher quality and more reliable than the existing PSTN network and will guarantee a better quality of service. All-IP requires a stable internet connection of approximately 0.5Mbps. Where it is not possible to deliver such a service to a premise, the service provider will be required to offer an alternative technological solution - such as Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA).

Ofcom has a statutory duty to further and protect the interest of consumers, including those who are vulnerable. As part of this duty, Ofcom has rules in place, known as general conditions, which all providers must follow, that mandate communication providers to have procedures and policies in place to identify and support vulnerable consumers.

Ofcom has also published a Vulnerability Guide for providers, setting out their expectations and good practice on how vulnerable telecoms consumers should be supported. This includes steps providers can take to identify vulnerable consumers, and an expectation that all providers implement specialist teams in order to provide extra support.

The telecoms industry - via the Broadband Stakeholder Group - have been collaborating on this issue, and in June 2020 launched a consumer-facing website as a resource to inform the public of the process. This website was developed with the support of telecoms companies, Ofcom and DCMS and is funded by TechUK. (https://www.futureofvoice.co.uk/)

If an individual is concerned about the PSTN withdrawal process, or would like further information, they should contact their telecoms service provider who will be able to provide specific support.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are politically restricted.

Data is provided in the table below for those Civil servants in “the politically restricted” category. As set out in the Civil Service Management code this is members of the Senior Civil Service and civil servants at levels immediately below the Senior Civil Service, plus members of the administrative and European Fast Stream Development Programmes.

DCMS Grade

Headcount

Proportion of total workforce

Permanent Secretary

1

0.06%

Director General

4

0.22%

Director

28

1.57%

Deputy Director

89

5.01%

Grade 6

201

11.30%

Grade 7

602

33.86%

Fast-streamer (Grade B)

16

0.90%

*This data reflects officially published 2020/21 data submitted to the Cabinet Office Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES) report. Fast-stream numbers include all fast-streamers at DCMS not just those on administrative and European schemes.

17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the use of reusable cups at outdoor events will be permitted as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The Department has produced a number of high level guidance documents in partnership with stakeholders on how relevant sectors should operate in a Covid secure environment as restrictions are eased.

However, it is for event organisers to determine whether to use reusable cups at outdoor events. There is no government guidance which prevents the use of reusable cups.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish the findings from its Youth Review, which closed on 7 March 2021.

As announced at the 2020 spending review, DCMS is undertaking a Spring review of all DCMS support for out-of-school services for young people. Whilst the external engagement exercise closed on 7 March, the review is still ongoing and findings will be published in due course.

6th Sep 2021
What progress has been made on catch-up learning for pupils in response to the disruption caused by the covid-19 outbreak.

Since June 2020, we have announced over £3 billion to help children to catch up, including over £950 million in flexible funding to schools and £1.5 billion for tutoring. Over 500,000 children were invited to take part in summer schools nationwide. Over 200,000 have started tutoring, with more starting shortly.

14th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has conducted an impact assessment of the decision to change the reconciliation threshold rate for Education and Skills Funding Agency grant funded AEB adult skills.

We are lowering the reconciliation threshold for the Education and Skills Funding Agency grant funded Adult Education Budget (AEB) (adult skills including non-formula funded community learning and 19-24 traineeships) and Advanced Learner Loan Bursary fund providers for the 2020-21 academic year, from 97% and 100% respectively to 90%.

The 90% now proposed for the current funding year is, therefore, a relaxation of the normal rules for the benefit of all grant-funded providers and their learners.

In areas where the AEB has been devolved, Mayoral Combined Authorities or the Greater London Authority are responsible for considering any provider flexibilities in their areas.

We are monitoring the situation carefully and, in particular, if there are providers that may need further support.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provisions in the Turing scheme are accessible for youth groups.

The Turing Scheme is backed by £110 million, providing funding for around 35,000 students in universities, colleges and schools to go on placements and exchanges overseas, starting in September 2021.

The Turing Scheme is an education mobility scheme. International opportunities for young people outside of formal education settings, such as youth groups, are being considered as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport-led Youth Review, which was commissioned by Her Majesty's Treasury at the 2020 Spending Review.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Equalities Impact Assessment on the decision to remove free travel for under-18s in London.

Any changes made to under 18s concessions in London will ensure that any child eligible for free home to school travel under the Education Act 1996 will still receive this. The Department is carrying out an Equalities Impact Assessment which will help consider categories of children that should continue to receive free transport.

My officials are working with the Department for Education, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Transport for London and London Boroughs on the Equalities Impact Assessment which will be published in due course.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make a comparative assessment of the level of pension credit uptake in Hackney South and Shoreditch in the financial years (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

It is not feasible to undertake this comparative assessment.

The latest estimates of Pension Credit take-up relate to the financial year 2018/19 and are representative of the GB population.

Estimates of take up of income related benefits can be found in the following publication: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2018-to-2019

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will publish the daily recovery rates for confirmed covid-19 cases.

This information is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the process by which Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits for Personal Protective Equipment are set in his Department.

The Department is not aware of the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit being referred to.

At the Budget on 11 March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer said, “… whatever extra resources our NHS needs to cope with coronavirus – it will get.”

On 13 April, the Chancellor announced COVID-19 funding of £14.5 billion, of which £6.6 billion related to health services.

To date, the Department has been allocated COVID-19 revenue funding of £3,373 million and capital funding of £40 million in the Main Supply Estimate. Due to the timing of Main Estimates, it was agreed that further budget cover would be provided at Supplementary Estimates. The Government continues to support the National Health Service to access the resources it needs to tackle COVID-19.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits were for Personal Protective Equipment set by his Department on 25 March 2020.

The Department is not aware of the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit being referred to.

At the Budget on 11 March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer said, “… whatever extra resources our NHS needs to cope with coronavirus – it will get.”

On 13 April, the Chancellor announced COVID-19 funding of £14.5 billion, of which £6.6 billion related to health services.

To date, the Department has been allocated COVID-19 revenue funding of £3,373 million and capital funding of £40 million in the Main Supply Estimate. Due to the timing of Main Estimates, it was agreed that further budget cover would be provided at Supplementary Estimates. The Government continues to support the National Health Service to access the resources it needs to tackle COVID-19.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) evidence and (b) modelling that indicated that the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit for Personal Protective Equipment set on 25 March 2020 was sufficient for his Department’s needs.

The Department is not aware of the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit being referred to.

At the Budget on 11 March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer said, “… whatever extra resources our NHS needs to cope with coronavirus – it will get.”

On 13 April, the Chancellor announced COVID-19 funding of £14.5 billion, of which £6.6 billion related to health services.

To date, the Department has been allocated COVID-19 revenue funding of £3,373 million and capital funding of £40 million in the Main Supply Estimate. Due to the timing of Main Estimates, it was agreed that further budget cover would be provided at Supplementary Estimates. The Government continues to support the National Health Service to access the resources it needs to tackle COVID-19.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he was first made aware of EU's personal protective equipment procurement scheme.

Owing to an initial communication problem, the United Kingdom did not receive an invitation in time to take part in the European Union Joint Procurement schemes for personal protective equipment launched to date, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, no briefing was provided to the Secretary of State on these schemes prior to them being launched.

The Secretary of State has subsequently been briefed on the issues related to EU Joint Procurement and now receives regular updates and advice on current and possible current future EU schemes.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what dates his Department approached businesses to produce more ventilators for the NHS between 1 December 2019 and 24 March 2020.

Work preparing the National Health Service has been ongoing and we have already doubled ventilator capacity. New and existing suppliers are being asked to build as many as they can. The Prime Minister has issued a call to United Kingdom industry to produce additional ventilators and the Department asked appropriate potential manufacturers on Friday 13 March to come forward with proposals for ramping up the production of existing designs or new ventilation machines.

Nearly 4,000 companies have responded and around a dozen potential prototypes have now been presented to the Department which we are currently pursuing.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether there was any scenario used in routine pandemic planning where the number of critical beds would meet increased demand.

Planning for pandemics, like all civil emergencies, is based on a Reasonable Worst-Case Scenario (RWCS). The UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011 sets out a United Kingdom-wide strategic approach to planning for and responding to the demands of a future RWCS scale influenza pandemic within which 50% of the population become ill.

The 2011 Strategy recognises that, without mitigation, critical care capacity might be insufficient in some scenarios. Influenza pandemic preparedness is therefore based on a ‘defence in depth’ strategy to minimise spread of infection and treat individual cases. In addition to plans to surge National Health Service provision, including critical care, this includes measures to reduce the demand on those NHS services by reducing the risk of transmission and minimising serious illness.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he was notified that the number of critical care beds would be inadequate to deal with the predicted number of cases of covid-19.

The Secretary of State held a series of meetings in February and March to review critical care bed capacity within the National Health Service (NHS) and COVID-19 case number projections provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

There is currently enough capacity in the critical care network to look after all coronavirus patients and others who need care, and this is being kept under constant review. The NHS is continuing to build on that capacity, which has included building new Nightingale Hospitals and agreeing a landmark deal with the independent sector to alleviate pressure on Intensive Care Unit departments when and where needed.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many public health laboratories have closed in England and Wales from 2010 to 2020.

Since 2010 the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Public Health England (PHE) have withdrawn from the direct management of four regional laboratories. In each instance HPA and PHE then commissioned arrangements with the National Health Service laboratories in these regions to support the required public health functions.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion figure for asymptomatic transmission the Government is using in its modelling of covid-19 contagion.

On 20 March, the Government published scientific evidence supporting the United Kingdom Government’s response on COVID-19, including modelling on the dynamics of transmission of the virus. Each day, the models are refined and improved as more data becomes available.

Information about the scientific evidence used to support the UK Government’s response can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what function public health laboratories have in covid-19 testing.

Public health laboratories are providing diagnostic testing to the National Health Service, supporting community-based surveillance programmes, undertaking testing to support outbreaks in critical settings such as prisons and care homes and providing a testing referral service to NHS laboratories testing for COVID-19 for difficult or unclear results.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include student paramedics on the NHS scheme for claiming student placement expenses.

The Department has not undertaken an impact assessment on excluding paramedics from re-imbursement of clinical placement expenses. From September 2020, new and continuing pre-registration paramedic science students will be eligible for the expenses incurred on clinical placements, as currently covered by the Learning Support Fund. The NHS Business Services Authority will publish the rules for the next academic year as soon as possible, as the funding provided as part of the current Learning Support Fund needs to be incorporated into the additional maintenance and childcare funding announced in December 2019.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment on the effect on student paramedic recruitment of the decision to exclude student paramedics from the NHS scheme for claiming student placement expenses.

The Department has not undertaken an impact assessment on excluding paramedics from re-imbursement of clinical placement expenses. From September 2020, new and continuing pre-registration paramedic science students will be eligible for the expenses incurred on clinical placements, as currently covered by the Learning Support Fund. The NHS Business Services Authority will publish the rules for the next academic year as soon as possible, as the funding provided as part of the current Learning Support Fund needs to be incorporated into the additional maintenance and childcare funding announced in December 2019.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Apr 2021
What recent diplomatic steps he has taken in response to human rights abuses against (a) the Uyghurs and (b) other minorities in China.

On 22 March, under the UK’s Global Human Rights sanctions regime, the Foreign Secretary announced asset freezes and travel bans against four senior Chinese government officials and one entity responsible for the gross violations of human rights of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.

On 22 February, the Foreign Secretary delivered a Ministerial Statement at the UN Human Rights Council – the first time a UK Foreign Secretary has done so since 2010. He highlighted our deep concerns about the human rights violations being perpetrated against Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in China, and underlined the need for urgent and unfettered access to Xinjiang for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The UK also led the first two joint statements on the persecution of the Uyghurs and other minorities at the UN, and we have worked tirelessly with partners to raise the issue up the international agenda.

On 12 January, the Foreign Secretary announced robust domestic measures in respect of UK supply chains to help ensure that British businesses are not complicit in human rights violations in Xinjiang.

The Foreign Secretary has personally raised our serious concerns with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on a number of occasions.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to respond to the consultation on the review of Small Brewers' Relief that ran from 30 January 2019 to 17 March 2019; and what steps he is taking to use the findings of that consultation to inform the consultation on Small Brewers' Relief that closes on 4 April 2021.

Following the announcement of the Small Brewers Relief (SBR) review at the 2018 Budget, the Treasury conducted a survey of brewers between January and March 2019. An update on the review was provided to Parliament in July 2020, outlining the Government’s initial conclusions. In January 2021 a technical consultation was launched to gain further feedback from brewers. The information provided by the consultation will be used alongside the data from the 2019 survey to inform final policy decisions.

Further updates will be provided after the close of the consultation.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact assessment he has undertaken on the proposed changes to Small Brewers' Relief.

The Treasury keeps the effect of the relief, and potential reforms to it, under regular review. A technical consultation was launched in January to help inform the Government’s review of the relief, and the consultation document provides further information on the Government’s assessment of changes.
Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims have been awaiting a decision from her Department for over 12 months.

The Home Office does publish data on how many initial asylum applications are awaiting a decision and by duration , but only up to and including June 2021. This data can be found at Asy_04 of the published Immigration Statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2021/list-of-tables#asylum-and-resettlement

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims are awaiting resolution as at 16 September 2021.

The Home Office does publish data on how many initial asylum applications are awaiting a decision and by duration , but only up to and including June 2021. This data can be found at Asy_04 of the published Immigration Statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2021/list-of-tables#asylum-and-resettlement

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been granted permission to work as a result of the time taken for her Department process their case in last 12 months.

The Home Office are unable to state how many asylum seekers have been granted permission to work as a result of the time take taken for the Department to process their cases in the last 12 months as the data is only held on paper case files or within the notes sections of the Home Office's databases. Therefore, the number of asylum seekers granted permission to work is not held in a reportable format.

However, the Home Office do publish data on the number asylum applications awaiting an initial decision or further review and can be found at Asy_04 of the published Immigration Statistics, Asylum applications awaiting a decision, by duration:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2021 to Question 156290, on Extradition Act 2003: Arrests, for what reason her Department does not hold the information requested; and if she will request that information from the National Crime Agency.

The National Crime Agency is the competent authority for cases which fall under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 and, as such, is the holder of all data relating to arrests under the power provided by that legislation.

Data in relation to extradition under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 will be published by the National Crime Agency in due course in the usual way.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests there have been in the UK under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003 on and after 1 January 2021.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested.

The National Crime Agency manages requests made under Part 1 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many no recourse to public funds restrictions have been removed since 23 March 2020.

Migrants with limited leave to remain under the Family and Human Rights routes can apply to have the no recourse to public funds restriction lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there has been a change in their financial circumstances.

The information you have requested is not assured to the standard required by ONS for publication and as it would be too costly to do so, we are unable to provide it. However, my department has recently digitised the application form, to make sure it is accessible for those who need to remain at home, and I can assure you that the applications are being prioritised and dealt with swiftly and compassionately.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made to lift the no recourse to public funds restrictions by residents with leave to remain since 23 March 2020.

Migrants with limited leave to remain under the Family and Human Rights routes can apply to have the no recourse to public funds restriction lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there has been a change in their financial circumstances.

The information you have requested is not assured to the standard required by ONS for publication and as it would be too costly to do so, we are unable to provide it. However, my department has recently digitised the application form, to make sure it is accessible for those who need to remain at home, and I can assure you that the applications are being prioritised and dealt with swiftly and compassionately.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of convictions are were there for violent offences committed against the person (i) on retail premises and (ii) against retail workers in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on prosecutions and convictions in England and Wales. This data does not identify the specific context or location of offences, i.e. whether that offence has been carried out on a shop worker or on retail premises.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, when the Intelligence and Security Committee will be reconstituted.

Under the Justice and Security Act 2013, the members of the Intelligence and Security Committee must be nominated by the Prime Minister following consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. An announcement on membership will be made in due course in the usual way and then a motion will be tabled for agreement by the House.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 903227 on Ports: Scotland, what additional resources have been deployed by the Border Force at Scottish ports since the Northern Ireland Protocol came into effect on 1 January 2021.

Information relating to the wider staffing in the Home Office including Border Force, for the year 2019-20 is below:

Home Office annual report and accounts: 2019 to 2020

The Home Office Annual reports and accounts for 2020 to 2021 will be published in due course.

Border Force regularly reviews its capacity plans and resources. Redeploying and recruiting staff where necessary to help meet and maintain service standards for individual services.

Border Force is confident that resources to meet anticipated overall operational requirements are in place with Border Force recruiting sufficient additional frontline staff and continuing to build staffing levels during 2020/2021.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
31st Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on resources deployed at Scottish ports to help manage the movement of goods since the Northern Ireland Protocol came into effect on 1 January 2021.

The Secretary of State for Scotland holds regular conversations with Cabinet colleagues regarding the implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

This Government is unequivocal in its commitment to ensuring unfettered access for Northern Ireland goods moving to the rest of the UK and will ensure the required resources are deployed at Scottish ports.