Mike Hill Portrait

Mike Hill

Labour - Former Member for Hartlepool

Treasury Committee
11th May 2020 - 16th Mar 2021
Petitions Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 16th Mar 2021
Petitions Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019


Division Voting information

Mike Hill has voted in 628 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

30 Dec 2020 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Mike Hill voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Labour Aye votes vs 183 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 335 Noes - 212
22 Oct 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Hill voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 299
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Mike Hill voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Labour No votes vs 185 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 282
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Mike Hill voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 203 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 292
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Mike Hill voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 27 Labour No votes vs 198 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 295
13 Jun 2018 - European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Hill voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 15 Labour Aye votes vs 74 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 126
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All Debates

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

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Latest EDMs signed by Mike Hill

4th February 2021
Mike Hill signed this EDM on Wednesday 10th March 2021

Zero covid strategy

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House notes with sadness that the UK has now had more than 100,000 covid-19 deaths, with one of the highest death rates in the world; further notes that the Government's strategy to live with the virus and balance the loss of lives and the economy has led to …
47 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 28
Scottish National Party: 10
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 2
Green Party: 1
Independent: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
3rd March 2021
Mike Hill signed this EDM on Wednesday 10th March 2021

Accessibility of covid-19 vaccination and testing for people with sight loss.

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House recognises the need for all information regarding healthcare appointments and procedures to be made available in line with the Accessible Information Standard; further notes that reasonable adjustments should be made at covid-19 testing and vaccination centres to ensure that they are fully accessible; commends all NHS staff …
37 signatures
(Most recent: 13 Apr 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 12
Labour: 11
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 1
Independent: 1
Conservative: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mike Hill, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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Mike Hill has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Mike Hill has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Mike Hill has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


83 Written Questions

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18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of sufficient numbers of energy sector staff to ensure energy supplies in the event that the covid-19 outbreak escalates to peak levels of infection.

BEIS is maintaining daily contact with the energy sector. All critical energy operators have existing pandemic influenza contingency plans, which they have put into action to respond to Covid-19. BEIS and critical operators are working together to ensure they can maintain sufficient staff to continue to deliver essential services.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the future of (a) Hartlepool and (b) other nuclear power stations.

Nuclear energy currently provides around 20% of the UK’s electricity needs, powering homes and businesses in this country for over 60 years. It will continue to have an important role to play in the UK’s energy future as we transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The UK’s existing fleet of eight nuclear power stations are owned and operated by EDF Energy, and we expect EDF to generate electricity from these stations for as long as it is economically viable and safe to do so.

Hartlepool is currently expected to operate until 2024. When EDF’s nuclear power stations come to the end of their generating life, they will need to be decommissioned, which will continue to provide jobs at the sites.

New nuclear projects in the UK are developer-led and it is for developers to decide whether or not to pursue building a nuclear power plant at a specific site.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the promotion of merchant ship recycling facilities in the UK to the international shipping industry after the UK leaves the EU.

There have been no discussions with Cabinet colleagues about the promotion of merchant ship recycling facilities in the UK to the international shipping industry after the UK leaves the EU.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to introduce an energy price cap.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a draft Bill to put a price cap on standard variable and default tariffs – meeting Government’s manifesto promise and bringing an end to unjustifiably high prices.

We will ask the BEIS Select Committee to undertake pre-legislative scrutiny.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to meet senior representatives from the Civil Nuclear Police Federation to discuss a realistic retirement age for its members; and if he will make a statement.

The Civil Nuclear industry is a priority area for me and I value the work that the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) does in securing our nuclear sites. The issue of pension age for CNC officers is an extremely important matter and I met with Mike Griffiths, the Chief Constable of the CNC and Vic Emery, the Chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Association (CNPA) on 9th August, following a change in BEIS Ministerial portfolios, to discuss this matter with them and to hear their concerns about a higher pension age for CNC officers.

Parliament defined ‘members of a police force’ in the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 in such a way as to exclude CNC officers from the arrangements that were made for other police forces under that Act. This interpretation was confirmed by the High Court in August last year following a Judicial Review by the Civil Nuclear Police Federation (CNPF).

I intend to meet with the CNPF early next year. In the interim, I am more than happy to review any written representations, which raise any new points, submitted by the CNPF. I can assure the hon Member that I will fully consider all relevant evidence when considering whether or not to seek a change in Government policy.

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to encourage network providers to zero rate (a) educational websites and (b) video conferencing systems used by schools, colleges and universities to allow people who use mobile data to access them without charge.

The government is working with industry to identify measures that can help vulnerable families during this difficult time. The majority of the UK’s leading mobile network operators have agreed to provide free data uplifts to disadvantaged families with school-age children. This will support access to education resources including remote education activities direct from their schools.

We are pleased that all four of the main mobile network operators have committed to working with Oak Academy to zero rate the website, and EE is also zero-rating BBC Bitesize.

In addition, last year the government agreed a set of commitments with the UK’s major broadband and mobile operators to support disadvantaged and vulnerable consumers during the Covid-19 period. This included lifting data caps on all fixed broadband packages, and provision of new and generous landline and mobile offers, such as free or low cost mobile data boosts.

20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is available for circuses and travelling shows during the covid-19 outbreak.

My department is in constant contact with cultural sector representatives to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and we are working to develop support for the sector in response to COVID-19. Significant support has already been delivered at speed by DCMS arm’s-length bodies. Arts Council England having launched a £160m Emergency Funding Package, the National Lottery Heritage Fund launching a £50m Heritage Emergency Fund, and Historic England launching a £2m Emergency Fund. All of these are delivering support across the cultural sector.

The Government continues to monitor the impact of these funds and the other measures announced by the government for the cultural sector.

DCMS is engaging daily with HMT and other government departments to ensure the needs of the cultural sector are factored into the developing economic response, and to support those working in the sector during this period.

16th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to provide (a) financial and (b) other support for Hartlepool United; and if he will make a statement.

The Government does not provide financial assistance to professional sports clubs. I am however encouraged by the steps the community, fans and other stakeholders are taking to safeguard the future of Hartlepool United FC, and welcome the advice that Supporters Direct are providing.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will ensure that subtitles are always available on the BBC Parliament television channel.

This is an operational matter for the BBC. However, the BBC has made a commitment to provide subtitles for 100% of scheduled live House of Commons coverage by 2019 and has met this target since September 2016. Subtitles are also provided for a proportion of the House of Lords coverage and of Select Committees.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool.

As Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, I would be delighted to visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool, subject to diary commitments. Hartlepool has a fantastic maritime and industrial heritage and the museum plays an important role in telling the story of the North East’s contribution to Royal Navy heritage.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that home-schooled children are able to receive grades for (a) GCSE, (b) iGCSE and (c) A-Level examinations in the same way as children in the main school system.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Government considers that exams cannot be held in a way which is fair. The Department have therefore announced that GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead this summer as planned.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, has asked the Chief Regulator at Ofqual to find a clear and accessible route for private candidates and those not in school this year to be assessed and receive a grade. The Department and Ofqual have launched a two-week consultation on how to fairly award all pupils a grade that supports them to progress to the next stage of their lives, including consulting specifically on four different approaches for private candidates to receive a grade.

The consultation can be accessed via this link and will be open until 23:45 on 29 January 2020: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-how-gcse-as-and-a-level-grades-should-be-awarded-in-summer-2021. The Department and Ofqual strongly encourage all our stakeholders, including private candidates and their parents, to respond. We will continue to engage with a range of relevant stakeholders when developing plans for our policy on GCSE, AS and A level assessments in 2021, as will the exams regulator Ofqual.

International GCSEs are not regulated by Ofqual and are not part of the arrangements for summer 2021 that apply to GCSEs and A/AS levels. The Department is in contact with the exam boards that provide these qualifications to understand their current position and make clear our views before they take a final decision.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Adoption Support Fund, how many claims have been received on behalf of previously looked after children now on special guardianship orders; how many of those claims have been successful (a) in total and (b) by local authority area; and what the average amount awarded was (i) in total and (ii) by local authority area.

Between the period 1 April 2016 to 25 September 2018[1], there were 1,929 applications submitted on behalf of previously looked after children now living in special guardianship arrangements, of which 1,767 were successful; 12 were unsuccessful; 92 are currently being processed; and 58 were withdrawn. The total average amount awarded was £2,950.

Local authority area information can be found in the attached table.[2]

[1] The Adoption Support Fund was extended to previously looked after children now living in special guardianship arrangements on 1 April 2016.

[2] All amounts have been rounded to the nearest pound.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many previously looked after children on a (a) special guardianship order, (b) child arrangements order and (c) residence order in each local authority area are in receipt of a pupil premium grant.

We publish annual figures for the overall number of previously looked after children eligible for the pupil premium plus grant, in each local authority area at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2018-to-2019.

A breakdown of these figures is provided in the attached table showing the post looked after arrangements which children have left local authority care in England and Wales through either adoption, a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department provides to Directors of Children's Services to help them understand their responsibility to provide support services to kinship care families; and what monitoring his Department undertakes to measure the efficiency of those services nationally.

The government issued statutory guidance in 2011 for local authorities about supporting family and friends providing care for children who cannot live with their parents. The guidance makes it clear that children and young people should receive the support that they and their carers need to safeguard and promote their welfare. It explains that support can be provided under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Local authorities are required to publish a policy setting out their approach to promoting and supporting the needs of all children living with family and friends as carers, regardless of their legal status. The department monitors whether local authorities are meeting this requirement and we have recently written to non-compliant local authorities to remind them of this duty and that the policy should be clear, regularly updated, and made freely and widely available.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Hartlepool were eligible for free school meals before the introduction of universal credit.

The Department does not differentiate between pupils eligible for free school meals under the pre-Universal Credit free school meals system and those that have become eligible since Universal Credit has been introduced. The number of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals is published in the file “Underlying data: SFR28/2017” in the annual ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical release.

For 2017, the information is available at:

www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2017.

Information for earlier years is available at:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees are planned to be planted in Hartlepool constituency in 2020.

To drive an unprecedented step-change in planting rates and help reach our net zero target we will invest in tree planting with a new Nature for Climate Fund (NCF). A significant proportion of the NCF will help support our commitment to plant 30,000 hectares of trees per year across the UK by 2025.

The Government’s support for woodland creation is predominantly through grant schemes and incentives, these include the recently launched Woodland Carbon Guarantee, in addition to the existing Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Carbon Fund, Woodland Creation Planning Grant and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. These grants are available to local authorities, land managers and community led organisations wherever they are in the country. We do not have individual targets by constituency. We are working to increase the uptake of grant schemes and strongly encourage eligible organisations to do so.

The Government is consulting on ways to further incentivise land managers and owners to plant more trees. Later this year we will consult on a Tree Strategy for England, designed to set the Government’s future vision for the sector.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK no longer complying with the REACH regulation on the (a) costs and (b) administrative requirements for the chemical industry to continue trading with other EU states.

When we leave the EU we will bring REACH into UK law, retaining what it sets out to achieve including a high level of protection of human health and the environment.

The nature of our future trading relationship with the EU is a matter to be settled during the next phase of negotiations.

The Government published “EU Exit: Long-term economic impacts” in November 2018. This paper provides estimates of the economic impact of a range of future trading relationships with the EU.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of jobs in the chemicals sector on Teesside of the UK diverging from REACH regulations.

When we leave the EU we will bring Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) into UK law, retaining what it sets out to achieve including a high level of protection of human health and the environment.

The nature of our future trading relationship with the EU is a matter to be settled during the next phase of negotiations.

The Government published “EU Exit: Long-term economic impacts” in November 2018. This paper provides estimates of the economic impact of a range of future trading relationships with the EU by sector. One of the drivers of this estimate of impact is the cost of potential regulatory divergence.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will remove the responsibility for race horse welfare from the British Horseracing Authority and award it to a new, government-appointed, independent body.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) works in collaboration with the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to try and make racetracks as safe as possible. The number of racehorse fatalities at racetracks has been falling in general since 2012, except for an increase last year.

However, I and the BHA agree that more must be done to make horseracing safer and I have been in regular discussion with the horseracing authorities about how this can be achieved. I particularly welcome the establishment of the BHA’s Horse Welfare Board and I will be meeting the newly appointed independent chair shortly. I will await evidence of how effective these new arrangements are in practice. I am not currently planning to establish a new regulator in the interim.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to compel the British Horseracing Authority to publish the names and details of all horses killed in racing and in training; and if he will make a statement.

Defra is keen to ensure that we uphold our high standards of welfare including in relation to horseracing. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) are responsible for racehorse and rider safety at British racetracks and produce annual statistics on the numbers of equine fatalities at such racetracks. The BHA also work in collaboration with the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make racetracks as safe as possible. The Government and the BHA accept that more should be done to reduce the number of racehorse fatalities on our racetracks and I am in active discussions with the BHA about how to achieve that aim and make horseracing safer.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to prohibit the use of the whip in horseracing in the UK.

Defra is keen to ensure that we uphold our high standards of welfare including in relation to horseracing, and irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA) requires that whips be used responsibly and jockeys may only use the whip within certain strict rules. The BHA policy on the whip was drawn up in consultation with animal welfare groups, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. The latest rules include a threshold on the number of times the whip is used before racing stewards can consider an enquiry. If the rules are broken, the jockey may be banned from racing for a certain number of days depending on the seriousness of the offence. Defra is satisfied that the rules in place are sufficient to restrict and limit the use of the whip in horse racing.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will require the British Horseracing Authority to record the numbers of horses that leave horseracing each year.

Defra is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. I am in active discussion with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on a range of issues relating to improving the welfare of horses in the industry, including the BHA’s programme of work on the traceability of thoroughbreds post-racing. The BHA works closely with the thoroughbred passport issuing office to record details on animal movement and career outcomes. This data includes broodmare and stallion registrations, and export certificates, to form a picture of post-racing careers. A project within the programme involves the creation of a database to track animal movements throughout their careers, including the movement out of racing, whether that be as a leisure horse, breeding horse, or otherwise. This work will continue in 2019 with the aim of producing a digital model of thoroughbred movements.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to require the British Horseracing Authority to publish the names and details of all horses killed in racing and in training.

Defra is keen to ensure that we uphold our high standards of welfare including in relation to horseracing. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) are responsible for racehorse and rider safety at British racetracks and produce annual statistics on the numbers of equine fatalities at such racetracks. The BHA also work in collaboration with the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make racetracks as safe as possible. The Government and the BHA accept that more should be done to reduce the number of racehorse fatalities on our racetracks and I am in active discussions with the BHA about how to achieve that aim and make horseracing safer.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the decision to ban the whip in horseracing in Norway; and whether there are plans to introduce such a prohibition in the UK.

Defra is keen to ensure that we uphold our high standards of welfare including in relation to horseracing, and irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA) requires that whips be used responsibly and jockeys may only use the whip within certain strict rules. The BHA policy on the whip was drawn up in consultation with animal welfare groups, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. The latest rules include a threshold on the number of times the whip is used before racing stewards can consider an enquiry. If the rules are broken, the jockey may be banned from racing for a certain number of days depending on the seriousness of the offence. Defra is satisfied that the rules in place are sufficient to restrict and limit the use of the whip in horse racing.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to reduce the number of breaches of the whip regulations in British horse racing.

Defra is keen to ensure that we uphold our high standards of welfare including in relation to horseracing, and irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA) requires that whips be used responsibly and jockeys may only use the whip within certain strict rules. The BHA policy on the whip was drawn up in consultation with animal welfare groups, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. The latest rules include a threshold on the number of times the whip is used before racing stewards can consider an enquiry. If the rules are broken, the jockey may be banned from racing for a certain number of days depending on the seriousness of the offence. Defra is satisfied that the rules in place are sufficient to restrict and limit the use of the whip in horse racing.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of what factors are behind an increase in the use of the whip in British horseracing.

Defra is keen to ensure that we uphold our high standards of welfare including in relation to horseracing, and irresponsible use of the whip is completely unacceptable. The British Horseracing Association (BHA) requires that whips be used responsibly and jockeys may only use the whip within certain strict rules. The BHA policy on the whip was drawn up in consultation with animal welfare groups, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. The latest rules include a threshold on the number of times the whip is used before racing stewards can consider an enquiry. If the rules are broken, the jockey may be banned from racing for a certain number of days depending on the seriousness of the offence. Defra is satisfied that the rules in place are sufficient to restrict and limit the use of the whip in horse racing.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 20 July 2017, HC Deb col 627, if he will ensure that Article 13 is carried over into UK law.

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the existing body of direct EU animal welfare laws to become UK laws. Most of these EU laws relate to farmed animals and many were passed after Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) came into effect.

Article 13 of the TFEU created a qualified obligation on the EU and EU Member States “to have full regard to the welfare of animals [as they are sentient beings]” when formulating and implementing certain EU laws.

We are exploring how the ‘animal sentience’ principle of Article 13 can continue to be reflected in the UK when we leave the EU. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and our ambition is not only to maintain but enhance these standards.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the cost of the public purse has been of the Government's producing analysis papers relating to the UK leaving the EU.

The Department does not record costs at such a detailed-level, instead recording costs on a functional basis, and does not hold this information for other departments.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
25th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that covid-19-related medical aid from the UK and its allies is reaching (a) countries under international (i) sanctions and (ii) embargoes and (b) other countries in need of help.

The UK is helping to lead the global response to COVID-19, working with our international partners to stop its spread. UK aid is countering the health, humanitarian, and economic risks and impacts of this pandemic in the developing world. We are working hard to ensure that our help reaches those most in need through close collaboration with our partners. The UK has, to date, pledged £744 million of UK aid to help end this pandemic as quickly as possible. Alongside our aid funding we are working closely with international partners, as combatting COVID-19 requires a transparent, robust, coordinated, large-scale and science-based global response.

Our funding is supporting a range of initiatives and partners to ensure that it can reach those who need it the most. This includes support to the United Nation’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan to tackle COVID-19 and help to the most vulnerable across the globe.

Our latest UK aid announcement on 12 April of £200 million, is supporting humanitarian organisations to help reduce mass infections in developing countries that often lack the healthcare systems to track and halt the virus. This includes £130 million to UN agencies in response to their COVID-19 humanitarian appeals.

The UK government is also working with Unilever to fund a £100 million global programme to urgently tackle the spread of COVID-19. It will reach up to a billion people worldwide, raising awareness and changing behaviour, to make sure people are washing their hands with soap regularly and disinfecting surfaces. The programme will also provide over 20 million hygiene products in the developing world, including in areas where there is little or no sanitation.

By preventing the virus from spreading in the poorest countries we will save lives and reduce the risk of future waves of infection spreading around the world, including to the UK.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if her Department will take steps to help limit the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on international exports from (a) chemical and (b) material plants on Teesside.

We are in unprecedented circumstances. Government is working as a whole to ensure that issues facing business are identified, appropriate action is taken, and the latest government support is signposted.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for his Department to bring forward legislative proposals to extend the application of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to seafarers.

An Order in Council making the legislative changes is expected to be laid in draft before Parliament next month. This will be subject to the affirmative process and debates will be scheduled as the parliamentary timetable permits before final approval is sought from the Privy Council.

19th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 21124, what (a) premium and (b) subsidy payments the Northern franchisee is expected to make or receive in each year of that franchise's duration.

The final subsidy paid to Arriva Rail North in 2016/17 was £281m which includes the net financial impact of allowable Changes that have taken place to the Franchise Agreement.

The final subsidy to be paid in respect of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years is still not definitively known, as the financial impact of allowable Changes to the Franchise Agreement is still being finalised.

The final subsidy to be paid this year and in future years will be the contracted amount, again revised due to allowable Changes to the Franchise Agreement.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the roll-out of buses with audio visual next stop and final destination announcements in (a) the north east of England and (b) Hartlepool.

In Summer 2018 the Government consulted publicly on plans to use powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 to make Regulations requiring the provision of audible and visible information onboard local bus services across Great Britain. This follows the Government’s commitment, set out in the Inclusive Transport Strategy, to invest £2 million towards ensuring that audio visual equipment is installed on buses.

We continue to analyse responses to the consultation and expect to announce our next steps regarding the making of Regulations and publication of guidance later in the year.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of people in Hartlepool who use a blue badge.

As at 31 March 2016, 5,060 valid blue badges were held by organisations or individuals in Hartlepool.

6th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing discounted rail and coach travel for single veterans.

The HM Forces railcard provides concessionary travel for military personnel and their families. This railcard arises from an agreement between the rail industry and the Secretary of State for Defence. Transport for London’s veterans scheme arises from a similar agreement with the Secretary of State. Such railcards are administered and controlled by the Railcard Scheme council and therefore any new railcard or extension of the HM Forces railcard would be for the Scheme council to instigate and to make arrangements with the Secretary of State for Defence.

There is no national statutory concessionary scheme for coach travel. Any concessionary scheme for groups, such as veterans, would be at the discretion of the carriers who are private commercial operators.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what conditions parents of disabled children are given blue badges.

Blue Badges are issued to disabled people, and not family members unless accompanying a disabled person. Children can qualify for a badge under the general criteria if they:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking; or
  • are severely sight impaired; or
  • receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.

Additional, specific criteria, apply to children not more than 3 years old who, on account of a condition:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty; or

  • must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, they can be treated in the vehicle or taken quickly to a place where they can be treated.
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road safety on the A19.

Highways England are responsible for a 67 mile section of the A19 between Thirsk in North Yorkshire and Seaton Burn in Tyne and Wear. The remainder is the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council, York City Council and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council as it passes through their respective areas.

Safety is a key priority of Highways England, and the safety performance of all its roads is under continuous review in order to develop and prioritise safety improvements. Since 2011, Highways England have delivered safety improvements at ten locations on the A19. These include improvements to traffic signals and road markings, provision of additional road capacity to reduce congestion, and improvement to facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

In March 2017, the Government announced a further £220m of investment to help cut congestion, reduce journey times and improve safety. This includes the signalisation of the junction with the A179 at Shearton, near Hartlepool.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the capital spend on transport per head of population in (a) the North Eastand (b) Hartlepool constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Figures on public sector spend at a regional and national level are part of the Government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics. These statistics attempt to allocate the spending according to where the benefits of that spend are accrued.

The latest CRA statistics suggest that in 2015-16 there was £182 of capital expenditure on transport per head of population by central and local governments and other public bodies for the North East of England. This information is available for government office regions only, and therefore is unavailable for the Hartlepool constituency.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve rail services in the North East of England.

Rail journeys across the North East will undergo the biggest transformation in decades, with an unprecedented package of improvements. By 2020 all the trains will be brand new or completely refurbished, and all the Pacer trains will be gone. Similarly, across the whole of the North there will be more than 500 brand-new train carriages, with room for 40,000 more passengers and 2,000 extra services a week.

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Hartlepool had a Pension Wise guidance appointment by telephone or in person from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

The Money and Pensions Service publishes data on pension wise appointments across 2019-2020 here: https://moneyandpensionsservice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Pension-Wise-Service-Evaluation-report-2019-2020.pdf

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the North East of England had a Pension Wise guidance appointment by telephone or in person from April 2019 to March 2020.

The Money and Pensions Service publishes data on pension wise appointments across 2019-2020 here: https://moneyandpensionsservice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Pension-Wise-Service-Evaluation-report-2019-2020.pdf

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the financial effect on students in receipt of a student loan who normally top-up their income through work but who can neither work as a result of the covid-19 outbreak nor claim universal credit due to regulations restricting claims for those in receipt of student loans.

No assessment has been made.

Students access fees and living costs support for their higher education courses through various loans and grants funded through the student support system. It is important that Universal Credit does not duplicate this support which is designed for their needs, unlike the social security system. Students cannot normally satisfy the entitlement conditions for Universal Credit. Exceptions are made where students have additional needs that are not met through the student support system, such as being responsible for a child.

Students can continue to look for work where it is safe to do so. There are jobs available in key sectors such as agriculture, distribution and health and social care. Students are encouraged to explore these opportunities and others, where able to do so. The online service Find a Job (www.gov.uk/find-a-job) can be used to search and apply for jobs.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Hartlepool have appealed against his Department's decision not to grant them personal independence payments in the last 12 months.

The number of appeals lodged against Personal Independence Payment claims which were disallowed at initial decision and where this decision was upheld at mandatory reconsideration for Hartlepool in the last 12 months is 110.

Period covered: August 2016 – July 2017 (latest available data).

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
6th Oct 2020
What steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for urgent mental health service provision.

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Clinical Review of Access Standards committed to testing new standards during 2020/21 for urgent mental health crisis care, including access to a liaison psychiatry team in accident and emergency departments within an hour of referral.

The NHS Long Term Plan set out measures to achieve 24 hours a day, seven days a week crisis care services, including a new national single point of access via NHS 111, and increased investment in alternative crisis services.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
5th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that elderly people who do not have access to new technologies to sign up online can access testing facilities.

Tests can be booked by calling 119 in England and Wales or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland from any telephone.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for (a) cancer and (b) other life-saving treatments to be resumed.

The suspension of non-urgent elective operations did not apply to emergency admissions, urgent cancer treatment and other clinically urgent care.

The Government has been clear from the start of the pandemic that hospitals providing cancer care, including radiotherapy, should keep doing so where it is safe for the individual patient. This is in line with guidance from professional bodies such as the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Cancer Alliances across England are working hard to make sure there is enough capacity for cancer treatments. They are also urged to make full use of the negotiated deal with the independent sector to make sure essential cancer treatments and diagnostics can go ahead.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government is making available to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

The Chancellor has been clear that the National Health Service will get whatever funding it needs to respond to COVID-19. Through the Emergency Response Fund, HM Treasury stands ready to provide necessary funding to support our crucial frontline NHS and public services.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to use University Hospital of Hartlepool as a resource to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked all hospitals and National Health Service facilities across the country take action to support and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions include but are not exhaustive of:

Maximising inpatient and critical care capacity; preparing for, and responding to, large numbers of inpatients requiring respiratory support; supporting their staff, and maximising staff availability; support the wider population measures newly announced by Government; stress-test their operational readiness and removing routine burdens. A copy of the communication to hospitals and NHS facilities can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/urgent-next-steps-on-nhs-response-to-covid-19-letter-simon-stevens.pdf

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for people seeking treatment for eating disorders.

NHS England has introduced a new waiting time standard for children and young people’s (up to 19) treatment of eating disorders, setting an expectation that by 2020, 95% of those referred will start treatment within one week if the case is urgent and four weeks if the case is non-urgent.

Data published in the Children and Young People’s Eating Disorder waiting times data set is available at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cyped-waiting-times/

The data showed that:

- 71.0% of patients started urgent treatment within one week in Q2 2017-18; and

- 82.4% of patients started routine treatment within four weeks in Q2 2017-18.

There are 70 newly established community eating disorders services being developed and recruitment to get the teams up to full capacity is well under way. This means at least 3,350 children and young people a year will receive swift, effective eating disorder treatment in the community — for many this will mean they will be treated earlier and no longer need to go into hospital. Further information is available at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2017/09/nhs-england-comments-on-ucl-and-national-childrens-bureau-report-on-young-peoples-depression/

A pathway for adults with eating disorders, together with detailed implementation guidance for providers, will be developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence over 2017/18. The pathway will be fully informed by the available evidence and the views of experts.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is not recognised as a mental health condition for the purposes of treatment.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a term used to describe a range of disorders and disabilities associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. It is not generally regarded as a single condition, but as an umbrella term that covers several alcohol-related medical conditions.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder can include physical or intellectual disabilities, as well as problems with behaviour and learning. Treatment services for people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder will be different for each individual depending on the symptoms. It is for individual clinicians to make decisions on appropriate treatments, together with the patient or their families or carers, taking into account any relevant guidance.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of deaths from illegal drug use.

Public Health England (PHE) led an inquiry last year into the recent rises in drug-related deaths in England. The report concluded that the reasons behind the increase in drug-related deaths are multiple and complex.

Since then PHE has issued advice on providing naloxone (the antidote to heroin overdose), published updated clinical guidelines for drug treatment and worked with a network of treatment providers to establish good practice guidance on managing drug-related death risk factors and improving partnership between treatment providers and other healthcare services.

PHE has also established a new Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator on drug-related deaths to enable local areas benchmark their performance against others.

PHE continues to work with local authorities, providing advice and guidance to support their work in reducing drug-related deaths. This includes improving drug-related death review processes and increasing the number of people with drug problems who are in drug treatment.

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with NHS England undertaking an urgent review into the commissioning of post-stem cell transplant services.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning and funding the transplant related care which takes place 30 days before transplant and continues until 100 days post-transplant. After 100 days post-transplant, commissioning responsibility for the routine follow-up of patients switches from NHS England to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), as outlined in the Manual. The Manual describes which elements of specialised services are commissioned by NHS England and which are commissioned by CCGs:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/prescribed-specialised-services-manual-2.pdf

In the event that transplant patients experience serious complications post-transplant, elements of their care would likely continue to be planned, organised and funded by NHS England specialised commissioning. For example, if a patient requires Extracorporeal Photophersis which is a treatment for acute and chronic graft versus host disease following transplantation, NHS England commissions this care post-transplant.

There are no current plans to review the responsibilities of services commissioned by NHS England and CCGs for blood and marrow transplants (BMT). NHS England will be assessing BMT in more detail over the next 18 months and will take the opportunity to further support improved pathway planning and commissioning of services that it and CCGs fund.

NHS England’s work in supporting the roll out of the Recovery Package for cancer patients, including those who received BMT, helps ensure patients have more personal care and support from the point they are diagnosed and once treatment ends. For patients this means working with their care team to develop a comprehensive plan outlining not only their physical needs, but also additional support, such as help at home or financial advice. By 2020 NHS England wants all cancer patients to have access to the Recovery Package.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of 14 to 24-year olds who have been diagnosed with a mental illness in Hartlepool.

The data is not held in the format requested.

22nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he is having with his counterpart in Cyprus on allowing British citizens to travel there to deal with family emergencies and bereavements.

Since 1 August, visitors from the UK have been able to travel to Cyprus. Visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel. Requirements for entry into Cyprus are of course a matter for the Cypriot authorities. Further information on the current entry requirements for Cyprus is available from FCO travel advice via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to assist dependents of British citizens who live in Venezuela.

The British Embassy in Caracas provides a full diplomatic service in Venezuela and remains open. It continues to deliver consular assistance and Travel Advice to British Nationals. Anyone requiring consular assistance should continue to contact the Embassy in the usual manner.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department provides on accessing diplomatic assistance in Caracas during the ongoing political situation in Venezuela.

The British Embassy in Caracas provides a full diplomatic service in Venezuela and remains open. It continues to deliver consular assistance and Travel Advice to British Nationals. Anyone requiring consular assistance should continue to contact the Embassy in the usual manner.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the British Embassy in Caracas will be able to offer a full diplomatic service again.

The British Embassy in Caracas provides a full diplomatic service in Venezuela and remains open. It continues to deliver consular assistance and Travel Advice to British Nationals. Anyone requiring consular assistance should continue to contact the Embassy in the usual manner.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional funding is being made available to tackle wealth inequality in coastal communities throughout the UK.

This Government will level up every region and nation of the UK, spreading opportunity and ensuring everyone benefits from growth. Coastal communities will benefit from the major investment announced at the Budget, including a share of £5bn to support the rollout of gigabit broadband and the next £5.2bn for flood and coastal defence. This builds on the £3.6bn Towns Fund where 36 coastal communities, including Hartlepool, are eligible for Town Deals as well as support through the Coastal Communities Fund.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support large industrial businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

A range of measures to support all businesses has been made available. These include the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, allowing businesses to benefit from loans of up to £5m, with the first 12 months interest free, and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help keep people in employment. This scheme means businesses can put workers on temporary leave and the government will pay them cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, providing they keep the worker employed. They will receive the grant from HMRC, and all UK organisations can self-certify that it has furloughed employees. The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March.

Further details of the significant package of financial support for businesses and employees are available at: www.businesssupport.gov.uk

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support self-employed people during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is deferring tax payments, through the Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) and VAT system to help support businesses and the self-employed with cash flows. VAT payments due between now and mid-June will be deferred. No business will have to make a VAT payment to HMRC in that period. Income tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021, benefitting up to 5.7m self-employed businesses.

The Government has also announced it is delaying the reforms to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) from April 2020 to April 2021 and the reforms will be legislated for in the 2020 Finance Bill. This deferral has been announced in response to the spread of Covid-19, to help businesses and individuals deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is available to self-employed individuals with an eligible business entity. By providing an 80% government guarantee on finance facilities up to £5 million, this scheme will help more businesses access the finance they need. The Government will not charge businesses for this guarantee, and will also cover the first 12 months of interest payments for businesses. For more information on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme go to: www.British-business-bank.co.uk/CBILS.

The Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for all self-employed UC claimants for 1 year from 6 April. This means a drop in earnings due to the economic impacts of Covid-19 will not affect the amount of UC a claimant receives. This goes further than the Budget announcement to temporarily relax the MIF only for claimants who are directly affected by Covid-19, which has already come into effect. For those directly affected or self-isolating, there will be no attendance requirements, and Universal Credit can be claimed online or via phone.

Self-employed people unable to work because they are directly affected by Covid-19 or self-isolating will be eligible for Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. This is now payable from the first day of sickness, rather than the eighth. Eligible claimants under 25 will be entitled to £57.90 per week, and over 25s £73.10 per week.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a universal basic income during the covid-19 crisis.

The Government is doing whatever it can to ensure that individuals, families and businesses are supported during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is focusing on measures that can be implemented as quickly as possible. The Government also believes that using existing frameworks for those who need additional support is the quickest and most effective way to do so during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Government announced at Budget and in recent days, a wide-ranging package of measures to support individuals, families and employees affected by Covid-19. These include:

  • making Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) available for individuals diagnosed with Covid-19 or those unable to work because they are self-isolating in line with government guidance. This is in addition to the change announced by the Prime Minister that SSP will be payable from day one instead of day four for affected individuals.
  • announcing a 3-month “mortgage holiday” for borrowers that are struggling financially with their repayments. This will allow affected borrowers to defer their repayments for up to three months while they get back on their feet.
  • introducing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms continue to keep people in employment. Businesses can put workers on temporary leave and the Government will pay them cash grants to cover 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500 per month, providing they keep the worker employed.
  • ensuring that those who are not eligible for SSP can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance.
  • increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element of Working Tax Credit by up to £20 per week.
  • a further temporary relaxation of earnings rules for self-employed Universal Credit claimants.
  • increasing the Local Housing Allowance for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants to the 30th percentile of market rents.
10th Sep 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to reduce beer duty.

The government keeps all taxes under review as part of the Budget process, and we will continue to evaluate all alcohol duties, including beer duty, to ensure they are fair and efficient.

This government remains clear in its support for consumers, pubs and breweries, and we have taken action to this end – meaning that the price of a pint of beer is 12p is lower than it otherwise would have been since 2013/14.

However, we cannot ignore the cost to the Exchequer of successive freezes – equal to over £4 billion since 2013/14. Any assessment of the merits of further freezes or cuts needs to consider the resulting reduction in funds available for vital public services.

28th Sep 2020
What additional funding her Department plans to provide to ensure that police forces have the capacity to enforce localised covid-19 lockdowns in addition to carrying out their other duties.

The Home Secretary promised to stand behind the men and women of our Police to give them the resources, powers and funding they need to keep the British public safe and we are working with all police forces to capture the additional financial pressures they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19.

We will issue further detail of the support package we are providing as soon as possible.

The police funding settlement for 2020/21 set out that £168m of the additional funding for recruitment this year would be ringfenced and paid to forces. It has been agreed that half of this funding (£84m) will be flexed to allow for expenditure on both COVID-19 related pressures and continued Police Uplift Programme recruitment activity in light of the current circumstances.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase recruitment to Cleveland Police.

In October 2019 Home Office confirmed officer allocations for every force in England and Wales in the first year of the uplift. The Home Office is working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council to support all forces deliver these allocations.

Cleveland will receive 72 officers in year one of the uplift. Cleveland Police will receive up to £143.3m in funding in 2020/21 an increase of up to £10.1m on 2019/20.

The recruitment of officers is an operational decision for Chief Constables working with their locally elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status is of the proposal to create a national infrastructure police force; and if she will make a statement.

The Government continues to consider the feasibility, benefits and risks of creating a national infrastructure police force. As this work continues, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Ministry of Defence Police and the British Transport Police continue to work together and in collaboration with territorial forces to optimise the protection of the public and our critical infrastructure.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that firearms licensing medical procedures are being (a) complied with and (b) promoted.

In accordance with arrangements introduced in 2016, the police write to the GPs of those who apply for a firearms licence to seek relevant information regarding the applicant’s medical and mental health before the licence is issued. We are working with the police, relevant medical bodies and others to understand whether these arrangements are working as intended or whether further measures are required to ensure that we have consistent arrangements across the country.

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 provides the Secretary of State with the power to issue statutory guidance to the police on their firearms licensing functions, including guidance on these medical arrangements. We intend to consult on this guidance before it is finalised.

6th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, her Department is taking to reduce the number of dangerous journeys taken by unaccompanied child refugees with family in the UK.

As per the answer of 15 November 2017 (112550), the Government strongly supports the principle of family unity, and we have a comprehensive framework in place for refugees and their families to be safely reunited in the UK without the need for dangerous journeys.

Our family reunion policy allows children to join their refugee parents, and there are also specific provisions in the Immigration Rules that allow extended family members lawfully resident in the UK to sponsor unaccompanied children where there are serious and compelling circumstances. We have reunited over 24,000 partners and children with their families under our family reunion policy in the last five years. Further, those children recognised by UNHCR as refugees can join close family members in the UK through our Mandate resettlement scheme.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
27th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to develop the future accommodation model.

The Future Accommodation Model aims to modernise the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) approach to Service personnel accommodation increasing flexibility and choice to allow for modern lifestyles, living arrangements and families. The MOD is progressing plans to test this model due to start before the end of next year.

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help homeless people and rough sleepers into suitable accommodation during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

This Government is committed to ending rough sleeping and we have taken huge steps working with local authorities and their partners to protect rough sleepers during the pandemic. This work has not stopped, and through Everyone In, by November we had supported around 33,000 people with nearly 10,000 in emergency accommodation and over 23,000 already moved on into longer-term accommodation.

Given the new variant of COVID-19 and the new national lockdown, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that people who sleep rough are kept as safe as possible and that we do everything we can to protect the NHS. This is backed by £10 million to protect rough sleepers and ensure their wider health needs are addressed.

We have asked all local authorities to ensure that even more rough sleepers are safely accommodated, and will be asking that this opportunity is actively used to make sure that all rough sleepers are registered with a GP where they are not already and are factored into local area vaccination plans, in line with JCVI prioritisation for Covid vaccinations. This will help ensure that the wider health needs of people who sleep rough are addressed, supporting them now and for the future.

This additional support builds on the package of winter support announced last year. This includes a £10 million Cold Weather Fund for all local authorities to bring forward COVID-secure accommodation this winter and to keep vulnerable people safe from the cold. This is accompanied by a £2 million Transformation Fund for the voluntary sector, as well as comprehensive guidance on reopening night shelters more safely, where not doing so would endanger lives.

We have also been in close contact with councils to develop plans for the coming months, supported by the £266 million Next Steps Accommodation Programme which aims to ensure that as few people as possible return to the streets. This includes bringing forward 3,300 new homes this year for rough sleepers, leaving a national legacy of this Government’s support for these individuals.

In total, we are spending over £700 million this year and will be spending over £750 million next year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, further demonstrating the Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping.

11th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on ending rough sleeping.

The Government is clear that no one should be without a roof over their head. That is why we have committed to ending rough sleeping within this parliament. The most recent national figures, from the Official 2019 Rough Sleeping Snapshot, showed that the number of people sleeping on our streets on a single night fell for the second year in a row and a reduction on previous year.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a proportion of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Torness Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a proportion of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a proportion of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Heysham 2 Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a percentage of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Hinkley Point B Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a proportion of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a proportion of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the business rates contribution of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station has been to its relevant local authority as (a) a raw figure and (b) as a proportion of local authority income in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

The Department does not hold information on the business rates collected by local authorities from individual ratepayers or in respect of particular properties.

12th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to review the banding of domestic properties for the purpose of collecting council tax.

The Government has no plans to undertake a council tax revaluation.

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer