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116 Written Questions in the current parliament

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3 Other Department Questions
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many members of House of Commons staff have roles with equality, diversity, inclusion or disability, gender, LGBT and race in their job title.

Currently eight people in the House of Commons have job roles including these words in the title: seven in the Diversity & Inclusion team and one person in HR, responsible for the disability specific workplace adjustment process.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

As at 31 August 2020, at least 66 staff in the Cabinet Office have roles with equality, diversity, inclusion or disability, gender, LGBT and race in their job title. Further staff within the Department may have roles which contribute to aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion. This answer includes data for the Government Equalities Office, which for HR purposes falls under the Cabinet Office and which accounts for 41 of the 66 roles.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The data available indicates that over the last 5 years up to 22 July 2020, 4,615 Cabinet Office staff completed Civil Service unconscious bias e-Learning training.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

No job titles in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Government Legal Department (GLD), and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) include the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) employs 6260 members of staff and 21 members of staff within the Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has no staff with these words in their job titles, however, one of the SFO’s Strategic Objectives is to build an effective and inclusive workforce, treating their staff fairly and with respect and dignity. There are also a large number of people in the organisation engaged on improving equality, diversity and inclusion across the office.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

A review is currently being done of what future diversity and inclusion learning should be provided as part of a cross-Civil Service Learning offer. This includes looking at unconscious bias training, and what training shall be promoted. The information on spend is not held centrally.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on unconscious bias training for civil servants; and what plans he has to encourage the use of that training among civil servants.

A review is currently being done of what future diversity and inclusion learning should be provided as part of a cross-Civil Service Learning offer. This includes looking at unconscious bias training, and what training shall be promoted. The information on spend is not held centrally.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) Black African and (f) Black Caribbean households were (i) owner occupiers, (ii) social renters and (iii) private renters in each year since 1991.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond. A copy of the UKSA response will be placed in the Library of the House.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of (a) women and (b) men who were (i) White British, (ii) Indian, (iii) Bangladeshi, (iv) Pakistani, (v) Black African and (vi) Black Caribbean had poor English proficiency in (A) 1991, (B) 2001 and (C) 2011.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond. A copy of the UKSA response will be placed in the Library of the House.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average gross hourly pay was of people whose ethnicity was (a) white, (b) mixed, (c) Indian, (d) Pakistani/Bangladeshi and (e) Black in each year since 1991.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Sep 2020
What steps he is taking to help reduce the number of late payments to small businesses.

I wrote in May to the FTSE 100 Group and accountancy firms, highlighting the importance of paying promptly.

We are engaging with Prompt Payment Code signatories on reforming the Code and will consult on strengthening the Small Business Commissioner’s powers.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff his Department employs.

Data regarding the number of staff employed by each Government Department is published monthly as part of routine Government transparency. The most recent report was published in August, covering the Department’s headcount and payroll data for July 2020, and can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/beis-workforce-management-information-july-2020.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

There are six members of staff in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that have equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The Department encourages all staff to complete Unconscious Bias training through Civil Service Learning.

We are only able to draw data from 1st April 2018, and 84% of Unconscious Bias training since that date was delivered online and therefore incurred no cost.

The estimated cost of the face-to-face training over the same period is shown in the table below.

Face-to-face training

Cost

2018/19

221

£44,200

2019/20

167

£33,400

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

There are six members of staff in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
29th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each UK higher education institution has received from Huawei over the last 10 years.

Higher education providers are independent, autonomous organisations. HM Government does not collect data of this sort.

Higher education providers in the UK are required to submit certain categories of data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This is published annually. This includes their overall income from a variety of sources and for a range of different activities, including teaching, research and commercial. This includes research grant and contract income from business. However HESA data does not indicate the individual businesses concerned.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
21st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which higher education institutions have received funding from Huawei in the last ten years.

Higher education providers are independent, autonomous organisations. HM Government does not collect data of this sort.

Higher education providers in the UK are required to submit certain categories of data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This is published annually. This includes their overall income from a variety of sources and for a range of different activities, including teaching, research and commercial. This includes research grant and contract income from business. However HESA data does not indicate the individual businesses concerned.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
3rd Mar 2020
What steps he is taking with UK Research and Innovation to increase funding allocated to projects in regions of lower productivity.

We will publish an ambitious place strategy for R&D in the next few months. This will build on existing and emerging research and innovation capabilities across the country, enabling areas to ‘level up’ and reach their economic potential. This is an important part of our ambition to increase R&D investment across the economy.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

On 1st September 2020, 10 members of staff in DCMS had equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

This includes staff working on diversity and inclusion policy for the department in the People and Workplace directorate, as well as diversity and inclusion across DCMS policy areas.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

All staff are expected to complete Diversity and Inclusion e-learning on an annual basis. This includes modules on unconscious bias. All e-learning is free of charge to staff as it is covered by the department’s annual payment to access Civil Service Learning.

In addition to this DCMS spent £7,500+VAT in f/y 2019/20 on face to face unconscious bias training.

1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of staff in his Department have either equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

On 1st September 2020, 10 members of staff in DCMS had equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

This includes staff working on diversity and inclusion policy for the department in the People and Workplace directorate, as well as diversity and inclusion across DCMS policy areas.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he plans to take in relation to the findings of the Gambling Commission on the death of Chris Bruney.

The Gambling Commission has a range of sanctions at its disposal to hold operators to account for failures. These include financial penalties and the review of both operator licences and personal management licences, as well as criminal prosecution where appropriate. As part of its recent action against PT Entertainment Services (PTES), the Commission is continuing to investigate the roles of individual licence holders and will take appropriate action if necessary.

The government and the Gambling Commission monitor on an ongoing basis whether changes to legislation or licence conditions are needed. We are looking at the issues raised by this case and any lessons to be learned.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people his Department and its agencies employ in teams working on issues relating to diversity, equality or inclusion.

The Department currently has eight employees in central teams who work directly on issues relating to diversity, equality and inclusion. We do not, however, hold data on further teams across the Department who might work on these issues as part of their wider role.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

I refer my hon. Friend, the Member for Harborough to the answer I gave on 10 September 2020 to Question 83930.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The Department pays an annual subscription cost to Civil Service Learning, which includes access to a large number of e-learning packages at no charge. This includes Unconscious Bias e-learning.

In 2018/19, the Department’s HR records show a spend of £92,500 on face to face Unconscious Bias training.

The figure provided does not include spending on Unconscious Bias training which may have been arranged by Department local business areas via the Civil Service wide offer or via local procurement routes.

1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many members of staff in his Department have either equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

The Department does not hold information on job titles as our records are by job grade only, so the information requested cannot be provided.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Information is not available in the format requested, due to data retention periods. In total, the Department has data to show that 2,139 staff have undertaken Unconscious Bias training in the last two years.

We hold data for online training for the period from February 2019 to January 2020 and for face-to-face training from July 2018. During the period 1st February 2019 - 31st January 2020 the number of DfE staff starting the Unconscious Bias learning via Civil Service Learning (CSL) website or Learning Platform for Government (LPG) is as follows:

CSL

1230

LPG

847

Between July 2018 and March 2019, approximately 453 staff booked a place on the face to face Unconscious Bias Workshops.

All departmental training is promoted via the staff intranet.

Notes:

  1. The Civil Service Learning (CSL) site records the most recent date that staff have started the learning, which overwrites previous course completion dates. DfE has parallel run CSL and the new Learning Platform for Government (LPG) from 1st October 2019.

20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 70489 on higher education: finance, what the cost to the public purse has been of support for media studies courses in higher education in each of the last three years.

Reliable estimates of the historic cost to the public purse of degree subjects at this level of disaggregation are not available.

Recent research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies looked at how financial returns to higher education, for both students and the taxpayer, differ by subject studied. They estimate that, on average, the taxpayer gains £110,000 per male graduate and £30,000 per female graduate through extra tax and National Insurance contributions less unpaid student loans, with economics and medicine seeing the greatest returns and creative arts seeing the lowest returns. The publication is available here:
https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/R167-The-impact-of-undergraduate-degrees-on-lifetime-earnings.pdf.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to question 70489 on higher education, what the cost was to the public purse of support for higher education in each of the last 10 years, by degree subject area.

Reliable estimates of the historic cost to the public purse of degree subjects at this level of disaggregation are not available.

Recent research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies looked at how financial returns to higher education, for both students and the taxpayer, differ by subject studied. They estimate that, on average, the taxpayer gains £110,000 per male graduate and £30,000 per female graduate through extra tax and National Insurance contributions less unpaid student loans, with economics and medicine seeing the greatest returns and creative arts seeing the lowest returns. The publication is available here:
https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/R167-The-impact-of-undergraduate-degrees-on-lifetime-earnings.pdf.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the cost of student finance is forecast to increase in the absence of further policy changes in the next three years.

The department publishes forecasts of higher education student numbers, student loan outlay and student loan repayments in England. The most recent publication, published in June 2019, covers financial years up to 2023-24 and academic years for the same period. These figures are available in the ‘Student loan forecasts, England: 2018 to 2019’, which is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/student-loan-forecasts-england-2018-to-2019.

The figures can be used to derive the forecast cost of student finance, as set out in Table A in the attached tables under the policies and economic conditions of June 2019.

The Resource Accounting and Budgeting (RAB) charge is the proportion of loan outlay that is expected to not be repaid when future repayments are valued in present terms. This takes into account the effect of inflation and the estimated cost of government borrowing over time.

The RAB cost is the product of student loan outlay and the RAB charge and represents the long-term monetary cost to government of providing student loan funding

Updates to this forecast will be published in 'Student loan forecasts, England: 2019 to 2020', which is pre-announced for publication in September 2020.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Bangladeshi, (d) Pakistani, (e) Black African, (f) Black Caribbean, (g) mixed ethnicity and (h) all pupils achieved AAB or better at A level in each of the last 20 years.

The proportion of students that achieved AAB or better at A level, broken down by ethnicity, is available for 2018/19 from the file ‘2019_REVISED_Performance_measures_by_characteristics’ on the ‘Underlying data: 2019 revised 16 to 18 results csv’ link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2018-to-2019-revised.

Similarly, data is available from the underlying data produced for the equivalent publications in 2016/17 and 2017/18 as set out below:

‘2018_REVISED_Performance_measures_by_characteristics’ from the underlying data available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2017-to-2018-revised.

‘SFR03_2018_Performance_measurse_by_characteristics’ from the underlying data available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2016-to-2017-revised.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average total A-level point score was for (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Bangladeshi, (d) Pakistani, (e) Black African, (f) Black Caribbean, (g) mixed ethnicity and (h) all pupils in each of the last 20 years.

The information is not available in the format requested.

The most equivalent A level attainment statistic is the Average Point Score (APS) per entry, data for 2018/19 is available from the file ‘2019_REVISED_Performance_measures_by_characteristics’ in the ‘Underlying data: 2019 revised 16 to 18 results csv’ link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2018-to-2019-revised.

Similarly, data is available from the underlying data produced for the equivalent publications in 2016/17 and 2017/18 as set out below:

‘2018_REVISED_Performance_measures_by_characteristics’ from the underlying data available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2017-to-2018-revised.

‘SFR03_2018_Performance_measurse_by_characteristics’ from the underlying data available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2016-to-2017-revised.

10th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils in (a) state and (b) independent schools achieved the equivalent of AAA or better in each English region in each year since 2005.

The information requested is not available in the format requested.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 9 July 2020 to Question 69679, which covered the percentage of pupils achieving 3 A*-A grades or better at A level by region between 2009-10 and 2018-19.

10th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils there were in (a) year 11 and (b) year 13 in (i) state and (ii) independent schools in each English region in each year since 2003.

The number of pupils by year group is available in the National statistics publication ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

This includes the number of pupils by national curriculum year group for state-funded schools. National curriculum year group is not collected for independent schools, however the same publication contains the number of pupils by age at school, local authority, region and national level.

7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, after accounting for changes to the classification of student loans, how much (a) was spent on higher education in each of the last 10 years and (b) has been allocated in each year of the forecast period.

Higher education spending is reflected in the national accounts in different ways. Net spending by government on higher education over the year contributes to Public Sector Net Borrowing (PSNB), also known as the deficit.

Grants to students and providers are government spending and increase the deficit. The recent classification decision by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) changed the way that student loans contribute to the deficit. Under the reclassification, the part of the maintenance and tuition loan which is not expected to be repaid is considered spending and increases the deficit. Any accruing interest which is expected to be repaid is considered as income, decreasing the deficit. The difference between spending on loans which are not expected to be repaid and expected interest income represents the net spending by the government on student loans over the year.

More detail on the reclassification by the ONS is at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/governmentpublicsectorandtaxes/publicsectorfinance/methodologies/studentloansinthepublicsectorfinancesamethodologicalguide.

A table summarising the total deficit cost of higher education is attached. Figures are not yet available for the 2019/20 academic year.

Historic information on student loans is published by the Student Loans Company and available at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/student-loans-company/about/statistics.

The Office for Students (OfS) is responsible for distributing funding to the sector on behalf of the department. Details of future teaching grant allocation budgets from the department to the OfS are published at https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/regulation/guidance-from-government/.

The Office for Budget Responsibility publishes the forecast impact of student loans on PSNB. This is available in table 3.24 of the ‘March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Outlook’: https://cdn.obr.uk/EFO_March-2020_Accessible.pdf. These figures include student loans funded by the devolved administrations and the department.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in each UK region and nation progressed to a Russell Group university in each of the last 10 years.

The attached tables show the number and percentage of students who progressed to a Russell Group university in the year after reaching the end of 16 to 18 study in state-funded schools and colleges in each region of England. The tables cover the last 8 years for which data is available. The tables only include students who took approved level 3 qualifications, including A levels. Only students who were enrolled for at least 2 terms in the destination year are counted.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils achieved the equivalent of AAA or better at A-level in each English region in each of the last 10 years.

The table below provides information on the percentage of students achieving 3 A*-A grades or better at A level by region between 2009/10 to 2018/19[1],[2]

Region

2010

2011

2012

2013[3]

20143

20153

2016[4]

20174

20184

20194

State-funded sector

9.8

10.2

10.0

9.8

9.4

9.2

10.5

11.1

10.7

10.8

North East

7.6

7.8

7.6

7.6

7.0

7.4

8.8

10.0

9.3

10.2

North West

10.4

10.9

10.0

10.0

9.6

9.3

10.8

10.9

10.1

10.2

Yorkshire and The Humber

8.8

9.5

9.2

9.2

8.6

8.2

9.9

10.8

10.2

10.0

East Midlands

8.3

8.5

8.4

8.8

8.1

7.9

9.0

9.9

11.4

9.1

West Midlands

8.7

9.2

9.3

8.6

7.9

7.8

9.2

9.2

9.1

9.3

East of England

10.3

10.9

11.0

10.3

10.6

10.2

10.8

11.3

9.8

11.6

London

9.9

10.1

9.3

9.7

9.2

9.2

10.4

11.6

11.7

11.6

Inner London

6.8

6.9

6.7

6.5

6.9

6.4

8.1

9.8

10.4

11.3

Outer London

11.1

11.3

11.2

11.0

10.2

10.4

11.5

12.4

12.3

11.7

South East

11.1

11.2

11.3

10.9

10.5

10.3

11.8

12.4

11.5

11.8

South West

10.0

10.6

10.4

10.5

10.1

10.0

11.0

11.0

11.1

11.1

[1] Covers students at the end of advanced level study who were entered for at least one A level, applied single A level, applied double A level or combined A/AS level during 16-18 study, excluding critical thinking and general studies. This measure only includes A level students who have entered less than a total of size 1 in other academic, applied general and tech level qualifications.

[2] An applied double award A level at grade A*A* counts as two grade A*s, AA counts as two grade As and an award at grade AB counts as one grade A.

[3] Figures from 2012/13 to 2014/15 cover students at the end of advanced level study who were entered for at least one A level, applied single award A level, applied double award A level or combined A/AS level in the reporting year. Figures for earlier years cover students who were entered for at least one A level, applied single award A level, applied double award A level or combined A/AS level in the summer of the reporting year.

[4] Figures for 2015/16 onwards cover students at the of advanced level study who were entered for at least one A/AS level, applied single A/AS level, applied double A/AS level or combined A/AS level during their 16-18 study. As a result there was a jump in the A level cohort in 2016, since gradually reversed with reforms to A Levels, with the progressive decoupling of AS and A Level subjects. Therefore figures are not directly comparable to earlier years.

6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Bangladeshi, (d) Pakistani, (e) Black African , (f) Black Caribbean, (g) mixed ethnicity and (h) all pupils achieved five good passes at GCSE in each of the last 20 years.

The attached table shows the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs (including English and mathematics) at grades A*-C (or equivalent) at the end of Key Stage 4 by ethnic grouping. The time series runs from 2004/05 to 2018/19 (the latest available). Care should be taken when comparing results over time due to the way the measures have changed in response to various reforms, e.g. Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education.

The Government is committed to ensuring that every child, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their full potential and our ambitious programme of reform is transforming the education landscape to ensure we deliver the world-class education that every young person deserves.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many upper sixth form students there were in (a) state and (b) independent schools in each year since 1990.

The table below contains the number of 17 year olds in full/part-time education in either state-funded or independent schools in England. The estimates relate to a snapshot of activities at the end of the calendar year, and are based on academic age, defined as ‘age at the start of the academic year’ i.e. age as at 31 August. The latest figures available are for the end of 2018.

Participation in full/ part-time education of 17 year olds by institution type, England, 1990 onwards:[1]

End of calendar year

All state-funded schools

Independent schools[2]

end 1990

96,700

33,400

end 1991

101,800

33,500

end 1992

105,500

33,600

end 1993

106,500

33,200

end 1994 (a)[3]

108,000

33,400

end 1994 (b)

108,800

32,600

end 1995

112,600

33,400

end 1996

123,800

34,900

end 1997

131,200

34,900

end 1998

132,900

34,600

end 1999

134,300

33,400

end 2000

138,900

33,500

end 2001[4]

135,200

33,700

end 2002

139,600

34,900

end 2003

142,900

35,300

end 2004

147,300

34,600

end 2005

153,600

36,200

end 2006

153,600

35,500

end 2007

159,000

37,100

end 2008

164,100

37,800

end 2009

175,300

39,000

end 2010

177,400

38,200

end 2011

180,800

39,400

end 2012

183,200

39,200

end 2013

184,800

39,300

end 2014

190,700

40,500

end 2015

189,500

40,600

end 2016

190,900

40,900

end 2017

197,400

40,300

end 2018 (prov)

202,700

40,000

This data is published in the National Statistics release ‘Participation in education, training and employment: 2018’ in table B4 of the ‘Additional tables – numbers: participation and NEET 2018’, available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/810822/16-18_participation_and_NEET_statistics_additional_tables__numbers_.xlsx. In the publication the school numbers are sourced from the annual School Census.

[1] Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

[2] Includes all pupils in independent schools and independent special schools.

[3]The break in time series (1994) is due to changes in the source of further and higher education data.

[4]Pre 2001, includes all pupils in maintained/non-maintained special schools and pupil referral units. From 2001, these are reported under 'Special Schools' and are not included in the figures presented.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 5 June 2003 to Question HL2549, how many students entered (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge universities from (i) UK independent (ii) UK state schools (iii) other and overseas (iv) in total.

The latest data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the academic year 2018/19 is shown in the attached table.

Information on the type of school that entrants to the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge have come from is only published for entrants under the age of 21. This is because the data collected is the previous educational provider that was attended by the entrant. Therefore, for mature students entering the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, this may relate to study subsequent to key stage 5.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) total income and (b) fee income each higher education institution received from (i) all students, (ii) UK students, (iii) all non-UK students, (iv) students from (A) China, (B) Macau and (C) Hong Kong in each year since 2009.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on the finances of higher education providers[1] in the UK.

Income data by source at each UK higher education provider is available in Table 7 of HESA’s ‘Higher Education Provider Data: Finance’ pages for the academic years 2015/16 to 2018/19 at https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances/table-7.

More detailed information about income from tuition fees, such as the domicile status (UK, EU and non-EU) and the level of study it relates to, can be found in Table 6:
https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances/table-6.

Data prior to 2015/16 can be accessed through HESA’s publications archive at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/publications.

The drop-down ‘Finances of Higher Education Providers’ shows the list of historical publications going back to the academic year 1994/95. Largely equivalent information can be found in Tables 2 to 5 of each publication year.

The financial information available from HESA is not collected for specific countries of origin. An indication of the relative importance to each provider of students from China, Macau and Hong Kong over the past 5 years is available in Table 28 of HESA’s ‘Higher Education Student Data’ pages: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/table-28.

[1] Since 2018/19, this includes both higher education (HEIs) and alternative providers (APs).

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much fee income each higher education institution received from (a) postgraduates, (b) UK postgraduates, (c) non-UK postgraduates and (d) postgraduates from (i) China, (ii) Macau and (iii) Hong Kong, in each year since 2009.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on the finances of higher education providers[1] in the UK.

Income data by source at each UK higher education provider is available in Table 7 of HESA’s ‘Higher Education Provider Data: Finance’ pages for the academic years 2015/16 to 2018/19 at https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances/table-7.

More detailed information about income from tuition fees, such as the domicile status (UK, EU and non-EU) and the level of study it relates to, can be found in Table 6:
https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances/table-6.

Data prior to 2015/16 can be accessed through HESA’s publications archive at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/publications.

The drop-down ‘Finances of Higher Education Providers’ shows the list of historical publications going back to the academic year 1994/95. Largely equivalent information can be found in Tables 2 to 5 of each publication year.

The financial information available from HESA is not collected for specific countries of origin. An indication of the relative importance to each provider of students from China, Macau and Hong Kong over the past 5 years is available in Table 28 of HESA’s ‘Higher Education Student Data’ pages: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/table-28.

[1] Since 2018/19, this includes both higher education (HEIs) and alternative providers (APs).

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) students, (b) undergraduates and (c) postgraduates there were studying at each higher education institution in each year since 2009; and how many of those students in each of those categories were from (i) the UK, (ii) the EU (iii) non-UK, non-EU countries, (iv) China, (v) Macau and (vi) Hong Kong in each of those years.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on students enrolled in higher education.

Counts of student enrolments at each UK higher education institution (HEI) are available by level of study and region of domicile (UK, EU, non-EU) for the academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19 in Table 1 of HESA’s Higher Education Student Data pages: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/table-1.

In addition, data is available by level of study and individual countries of domicile for the academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19 in Table 28 of HESA’s Student Data pages: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/table-28.

Student enrolment data prior to 2014/15 can be accessed through HESA’s publications archive at https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/publications. The drop-down “Students in Higher Education” shows the list of historic publications going back to the academic year 1994/95. Equivalent information exists for Table 1 of each publication year.

Student enrolment data prior to 2014/15 by individual countries of domicile is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, since the introduction of the GCSE resit policy for maths and English, how many and what proportion of 16-18 year olds resat (a) maths GCSE, (b) English GCSE and (c) both maths and English GCSE by (i) household income and (ii) special education needs.

The information requested is not routinely available in 16 to 18 publications and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The closest available information can be found in tables 11a and 11b as part of the ‘A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2018 to 2019 (revised)’[1] national statistics, which were released on the 23 January 2020.

Students who are continuing to study English and mathematics, who are not yet at the end of 16 to 18 study, or who had previously achieved a grade 4/C or above in these subjects, will not be included in these figures.

[1] A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2018 to 2019 (revised): https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2018-to-2019-revised. Please refer to table 11a “Matrix of prior attainment and progress point scores in GCSE English and other English qualifications by students at the end of 16-18 studies”, and table 11b “Matrix of prior attainment and progress point scores in GCSE mathematics and other mathematics qualifications by students at the end of 16-18 studies”.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, since the introduction of the GCSE resit policy for maths and English in England, how many and what proportion of students resitting sat those exams (a) once, (b) twice and (c) more than twice.

The information requested is not routinely available in 16 to 18 publications and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The closest available information can be found in tables 11a and 11b as part of the ‘A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2018 to 2019 (revised)’[1] national statistics, which were released on the 23 January 2020.

Students who are continuing to study English and mathematics, who are not yet at the end of 16 to 18 study, or who had previously achieved a grade 4/C or above in these subjects, will not be included in these figures.

[1] A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2018 to 2019 (revised): https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2018-to-2019-revised. Please refer to table 11a “Matrix of prior attainment and progress point scores in GCSE English and other English qualifications by students at the end of 16-18 studies”, and table 11b “Matrix of prior attainment and progress point scores in GCSE mathematics and other mathematics qualifications by students at the end of 16-18 studies”.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, since the introduction of the GCSE resit policy in maths and English, how many and what proportion of 16-18 year olds resat (a) maths GCSE, (b) English GCSE and (c) maths and English GCSE and were also enrolled on (i) Level 3 courses, (ii) Level 2 courses, (iii) Level 1 courses and (iv) other courses.

The information requested is not routinely available in 16 to 18 publications and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The closest available information can be found in tables 11a and 11b as part of the ‘A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2018 to 2019 (revised)’[1] national statistics, which were released on the 23 January 2020.

Students who are continuing to study English and mathematics, who are not yet at the end of 16 to 18 study, or who had previously achieved a grade 4/C or above in these subjects, will not be included in these figures.

[1] A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2018 to 2019 (revised): https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/a-level-and-other-16-to-18-results-2018-to-2019-revised. Please refer to table 11a “Matrix of prior attainment and progress point scores in GCSE English and other English qualifications by students at the end of 16-18 studies”, and table 11b “Matrix of prior attainment and progress point scores in GCSE mathematics and other mathematics qualifications by students at the end of 16-18 studies”.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

I refer my Hon Friend to the answer I gave him on 9 September 2020, PQ UIN 83985.

[questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2020-09-01/83985]

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Defra obtains unconscious bias training for Senior Civil Servants and delegated grades from Civil Service Learning (CSL)[1]. All CSL online training is provided free of charge at point of use to our staff.

The information is in the table below:

Central departmental spend on unconscious bias training 2015-20

Course type

FY 2015/16

FY 2016/17

FY 2017/18

FY 2018/19

FY 2019/20

Unconscious bias workshop(s)

£2,833

£21,095

Nil spend

Nil spend

Nil spend

Data source: Records of spend against a central learning and development budget.

[1] It is mandatory for civil servants to use CSL for their learning.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

Job titles are not recorded in the Human Resources database. To obtain this data, we would have to contact all business areas and we estimate this would break the disproportionate cost limit. However, we do have six members of staff who work in HR’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Government's progress in increasing the number of trees (a) on streets and (b) in urban environments.

The Government is committed to increasing the number of trees on streets and in urban environments, in and around the places where most people live and work.

In 2019, we launched the £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund which is providing matched funding to councils, charities, community groups, private sector bodies and individuals to plant 130,000 trees, including 20,000 street trees, in our towns and cities.

In addition, we are giving hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across England, mostly in urban areas, the opportunity to plant trees in schools and local communities, as part of our 1 million Trees for Schools programme in partnership with the Community Forest Trust and the Woodland Trust.

The Environment Bill includes new duties on councils to consult when felling street trees and increased penalties for illegal felling. As part of our 25 Year Environment Plant, we have worked with stakeholders to develop and publish an Urban Tree Manual and we are developing policies to ensure all new streets are lined with trees. These measures will help to ensure councils pick the right trees in terms of biosecurity, value for money, air quality impact and biodiversity.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff her Department employs.

The Department for International Trade employs both domestic and overseas staff, who are contracted separately through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

There were 2,766 staff employed directly by the Department for International Trade (DIT), within DIT and UK Export Finance, as of 31 August 2020. Staff working on DIT objectives but contracted through the FCDO total 1,411, with a total employed figure for the DIT workforce of 4,177*.

*This figure does not include those on loan to DIT from other Government departments who remain on their home departments payroll, contractors, military staff, people on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, on unpaid special leave or career break.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 9 September to Question 83937.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Unconscious bias training is mandatory for all staff in the Department for International Trade (DIT), including UK Export Finance (UKEF), who are required to complete an on-line learning module on an annual basis.

There is no cost to DIT for this training provided by Civil Service Learning which offers to their learning catalogue on an annual subscription model for Civil Service organisations.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many members of staff in her Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

There are 10 employees in the Department for International Trade (including UK Export Finance) with Equality, Diversity or Inclusion in their job titles.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people his Department and its agencies employ in teams working on issues relating to diversity, equality or inclusion.

The Department for Transport wants to make transport better and accessible for all people in UK. Part of this objective is to consider diversity and inclusion in our policy and policy developments. In line with the Civil Service D&I strategy we are particularly focused on increasing the representation of talented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, and people with disabilities, in our organisation. For 2020/21 we have a specific Race Action Plan, setting out how we will increase ethnic diversity, and equality of opportunity for ethnic minority staff.

There are 10.95 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in the central Department and its Executive Agencies working on “internal” diversity and inclusion. Additionally, there are four staff working on equality, diversity and inclusion in the Active Accessible Travel team.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

There are 10.95 full time equivalent staff (FTE) in the central Department and its Executive Agencies with equality, diversity, inclusion, LGBT or race in their job title.

FTE has been used as a more accurate representation because some individuals carry out D&I work alongside other roles. FTE is also a better representation of resourcing compared to headcount.

The breakdown by business unit is as follows:

DfTc: 5.8 FTE

DVLA: 2.65 FTE

DVSA: 1 FTE

MCA: 1.5 FTE

VCA: 0 FTE

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Over the last five years, the total cost spent on unconscious bias training in DfT and its Executive Agencies is £44,962 and can be found in the attached table.

Figures for each Agency in the last five years can be found in the attached Table 2

Where data is not available, this is due to the Civil Service Learning Privacy Notice stating that management information will be retained by the Cabinet Office for no more than three financial years. Data may be retained by individual Department’s for the purposes of reporting beyond this period.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

There are 17 individuals in the central Department and it’s Executive Agencies with equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

  • Over the last five years, at least 9,976 members of staff have completed unconscious bias training in DfT including its Executive Agencies. This is set out in the attached table.

  • Figures for each Agency in the last five years is set out in the attached table

  • Where data is not available, this is due to the Civil Service Learning Privacy Notice stating that management information will be retained by the Cabinet Office for no more than three financial years. Data may be retained by individual Department’s for the purposes of reporting beyond this period.

  • Where data has not been provided within the last three years (e.g DVLA, 2018-2019), this is due to data being unavailable as a result of changes to the learning system where records have not been transferred.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people work in her Department's Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team.

Of the c.80,000 Civil Servants working in the Department, there are 72 people who work in the Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team. The total number of colleagues working on issues relating to Inclusion is 22, including 1 SCS.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in her Department's Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team are responsible for work on issues relating to inclusion.

Of the c.80,000 Civil Servants working in the Department, there are 72 people who work in the Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team. The total number of colleagues working on issues relating to Inclusion is 22, including 1 SCS.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

DWP has a central Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team which sits within the corporate HR function. Because of the cross-cutting nature of the team’s work it is not possible to split the numbers by diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT, or race alone.

In addition, there will be many colleagues throughout the Department involved in diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT, or race related activity, in both a formal and informal capacity.

Unfortunately, this information is not held centrally and would only be available at a disproportionate cost.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Much of the Unconscious Bias training undertaken in DWP is by E Learning and therefore is cost neutral. The number of people to have undertaken Unconscious Bias E Learning over the last five years is as follows

2016 - 6835

2017 - 12359

2018 - 14121

2019 - 17354

2020 - 6051

In addition, there is a face-to-face Unconscious Bias course which employees can attend. We hold no centralised records for courses that were held for 2016 and 2017. In 2018 384 people completed that learning at a cost of £60,000 and in 2019 336 people completed the learning at a cost of £52,500. Due to Covid no one has attended a face to face event in 2020.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of staff in her Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

The Department is committed to diversity and inclusion and has a central Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety and Health team which sits within the corporate HR function. Because of the cross-cutting nature of the team’s work it is not possible to split the numbers by diversity or inclusion alone.

In addition, there will be many colleagues throughout the Department involved in diversity and inclusion related activity, in both a formal and informal capacity.

Unfortunately, this information is not held centrally and would only be available at a disproportionate cost.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a breakdown of the number of people currently in hospital with covid-19 by age group, with each age group in turn broken down by their vaccination status.

Public Health England does not collect data in the format requested.

Public Health England publishes the age/sex breakdown of hospitalisations for COVID-19 for the most recent four week period on a weekly basis in the slide set and excel sheet which accompany the National flu and COVID-19 surveillance report, available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports-2021-to-2022-season.

The analysis is based on data from a sentinel network of acute National Health Service trusts contributing enhanced data.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish vaccination statistics by ethnicity and within those groups by age.

NHS England and NHS Improvement publish weekly data for vaccinations by age group and ethnicity in England. This is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cumulative total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of covid-19 is in each Middle Layer Super Output Area; and what the rate of those cases was relative to the population in those areas at the time that those cases were so confirmed.

This information is not held in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rate of antidepressant prescriptions was in each local authority in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in the most recent year for which data is available.

The information is not held in the format requested. Data on all prescribed items is not routinely collected at English local authority level. Information is not held for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as this is a devolved matter.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of positive covid-19 tests were false positive in the last four weeks.

We do not hold data in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many gender reassignment and gender affirmation operations were carried out by the NhS in each year since 2000 for which data are available.

The following table shows the number of finished consultant episodes (FCE) where a main or secondary procedure for gender reassignment has been recorded for each year from 2000-01 to 2019-20.

Year

FCEs

2000-01

87

2001-02

95

2002-03

108

2003-04

120

2004-05

135

2005-06

139

2006-07

146

2007-08

136

2008-09

168

2009-10

151

2010-11

169

2011-12

163

2012-13

167

2013-14

176

2014-15

192

2015-16

188

2016-17

204

2017-18

228

2018-19

293

2019-20

342

Total

3,407

Notes:

  1. A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under on consultant within one healthcare provider.
  2. Figures so not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.
Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

The Department is committed to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), with a strategy which aims to create an inclusive culture where difference is valued, diversity is harnessed, and everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their potential.

Within the Department we have 10 posts which have either ‘equality, diversity or inclusion, gender, LGBT or race’ in the job title. Seven of these roles are within Human Resources and the remaining are in the different business areas.

Within the Department, there are also five posts with ‘inequalities’ in the job title and two posts with ‘neurodiversity’ in the job title.

In addition to this, we have visible Senior D&I Champions in place and their role includes sponsorship and aligning priorities and forward plans with staff networks, such as the Equality Matters network for race and PRISM network for LGBT+ matters. The Departmental Champions works with other Civil Service D&I Champions to push forward the diversity and inclusion agenda across the Civil Service. In the Department, Champion roles include a LGBT+ Champion and Race Champion as well as Champions for other protected characteristics.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The following table shows how much the Department has spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years:

Reporting year

Spend

April 2019 – March 2020

£12,234

April 2018 – March 2019

N/A

April 2017 – March 2018

N/A

April 2016 – March 2017

N/A

April 2015 – March 2016

N/A

Required Unconscious Bias online training for all staff which is accessed via Civil Service Learning forms part of the Civil Service Learning offer. Although we pay a yearly subscription cost for all Civil Service Learning, we are not able to provide a breakdown of spend for the required Unconscious Bias online training for all staff accessed via Civil Service Learning.

In addition to online training, in 2019-20 we held and paid for face to face Unconscious Bias workshops as part of Senior Civil Service and management training programmes.

Whilst our records show a spend of £12,234 for April 2019 to March 2020, learning on Unconscious Bias is built into other learning programmes, such as our line management training offer. This includes workshops on ‘Leading Inclusive Teams’ and ‘Building Effective Teams’. It is not possible to extract the amount spent on Unconscious Bias where this forms part of a broader training offer.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many members of staff in NHS England have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

To provide the highest standard of care it is vital that the National Health Service workforce reflects the diverse communities that it serves. With regards to current employees of NHS England with either of the three characteristics ‘Equality, Diversity or Inclusion’ in their job title, there are 28 employees and one secondee who fit this description.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many roles in his Department have either equality, diversity or inclusion in the job title.

The Department is committed to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), with a strategy which aims to create an inclusive culture where difference is valued, diversity is harnessed, and everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their potential.

Within the Department we have 10 posts which have either ‘equality, diversity or inclusion’ in the job title. Seven of these roles are within Human Resources and the remaining are in the different business areas.

Within the Department, there are also five posts with ‘inequalities’ in the job title and two posts with ‘neurodiversity’ in the job title.

In addition to this, we have visible Senior D&I Champions in place and their role includes sponsorship and aligning priorities and forward plans with staff networks. The Departmental Champions works with other Civil Service D&I Champions to push forward the diversity and inclusion agenda across the Civil Service.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The following table shows how many staff at the Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in the last five years.

Reporting year

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

1 April 2020 - 24 July 2020

Number of staff who have undertaken training

340

505*

130**

Notes:

  1. Data is held on the Civil Service Learning platform.
  2. Data is not held for the years prior to 1 April 2018.
  3. Figures are completion rates, however:

*figure includes 84 starts of unconscious bias training that is started, but not completed

**figure includes 24 starts of unconscious bias training that is started, but not completed

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) availability of the drug Trikafta for people with cystic fibrosis.

The Department has made no such assessment. Elexacaftor, tezacaftor and ivacaftor combination therapy (or triple therapy, marketed in the United States as Trikafta) does not yet have a marketing authorisation for use in the United Kingdom and the dates for licensing have not yet been confirmed.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body that makes recommendations for the National Health Service on whether new medicines represent a clinical and cost effective use of NHS resources. It is a condition of the agreement reached between NHS England, NHS Improvement and Vertex that the company will submit its full portfolio of cystic fibrosis medicines, including its new triple therapy to NICE for appraisal.

NICE has begun work for the appraisal and further information is available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/proposed/gid-ta10566

NICE will invite the company to provide an evidence submission immediately after the triple therapy has been formally referred to its work programme, expected in February.

Subject to licensing, in order to recommend the triple therapy for routine NHS funding, NICE will need to be assured that Vertex have priced it at a level that is fair to both the NHS and UK taxpayer. In the period leading up that, NICE will work extensively with the company and other stakeholders on putting the best possible evidence submission to its independent advisory committee.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people work in the diversity and inclusion team in his Department's human resources department.

Diversity and inclusion work is the responsibility of a number of people working in HR and across the network in the FCDO, including circa 25 members of staff from the former FCO and DFID diversity and inclusion teams.

The FCDO is committed to putting diversity and inclusion at its heart, and is working towards its aspiration to be the most inclusive government department.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people his Department and its agencies employ in teams working on issues relating to diversity, equality or inclusion.

This information is not held centrally. The FCDO is committed to putting diversity, equality and inclusion at its heart.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

This information is not held centrally. The FCDO is committed to putting diversity and inclusion at its heart.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

There are three ways the FCDO supports staff in this learning: by direct access to the Civil Service Learning (CSL) website, by accessing CSL via the FCDO's internal learning system, Global Learning Opportunities (GLO), or by learning provided by specialists and learning champions overseas. There is no cost to departments for the online CSL unconscious bias training. We do not hold any data centrally for unconscious bias courses delivered overseas or for earlier periods.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

This information is not held centrally. The FCDO is committed to putting diversity and inclusion at its heart.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long on average imported goods are taking to clear customs checks; and what assessment he has made of trends in the time taken for imported goods to clear customs since January 2021.

The Government’s priority is to keep goods moving and avoid delays at the border. HMRC use a risk based, intelligence-led response to compliance issues working alongside Border Force.

There are a number of different customs checks which could take place, and the time required for a check will vary significantly based on:

  • The type of check required;
  • The nature of the import and the associated risk;
  • The type and quantity of goods examined;
  • The amount of time a trader or their agent takes to provide information at points in the process.

The information requested is therefore not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

HMRC have not carried out an assessment of trends in the time taken for goods to clear customs.

The Government has put in place a number of measures to facilitate trade with the EU and to avoid disruption at ports, including publishing comprehensive guidance on the new arrangements for trade with the EU and operating a staged approach to customs controls in Great Britain. Until 31 December 2021 most traders importing non-controlled goods from the EU can make a simplified declaration in their own records and defer making a customs declaration to HMRC for 175 days. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/delaying-declarations-for-eu-goods-brought-into-great-britain

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

HM Treasury have three job titles that include diversity, inclusion and race. Currently there are 5 staff matching with one of the three Job Titles below:-

Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Diversity lead Let's Talk About Race project

Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The information requested on spend is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, there is unconscious bias training available to all staff, at no cost to the department, via Civil Service learning.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of staff in his Department have either equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

HM Treasury have three job titles that include equality, diversity or inclusion and currently there are 5 staff matching with one of the three Job Titles below:-

Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Diversity Lead, Projects

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The Treasury does not hold the data in the form requested and only retains records for staff completing unconscious bias training who still work at the organisation. These records do not capture either staff who attend unconscious bias training as part of their induction (which includes all staff below SCS who have joined the organisation since 2016, and SCS since 2018). The figures we hold will therefore be an underestimate – but they show the following attendance for staff who are still working in the organisation:

Year

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020 (up to 5 August)

Total

Number of staff trained

73

277

185

453

83

1071

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pet thefts were reported in each year since 2008.

The Home Office collects information from police forces in England on Wales on offences covered by the notifiable offence list. Whilst pet thefts are covered by the notifiable offence list, it is not possible to separately identify these crimes from others in the wider offence category of theft offences.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

With regard to the Honourable Members question about the number of staff with the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title I refer him to the response given to his question of the 9th September 2020, UIN 83931.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The table below shows the spend for the last two financial years. There was no spend for the financial years 16/17 or 17/18. Figures for the financial year 15/16 are not available.

Spend on Unconscious Bias Training

Period

Spend

1 April 18 to 31 Mar 19

£7,949

1 April 19 to 31 Mar 20

£46,131

1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff in her Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title

Job titles are not held centrally and could only be retrieved at disproportionate cost.

The Home Office central Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) team has 18 staff who work across the organisation for its workforce of nearly 37,000 staff. The team are responsible for setting the strategic direction for diversity and inclusion as set out in the Home Office D&I Strategy 2018-2025: Inclusive by Instinct.

The Home Office is committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive Department and going beyond the mandated requirements established in EA2010. This inclusive approach will make the Department a stronger organisation that is better equipped to develop and deliver policy and services for the public we serve. Achieving this ambition requires action from everyone in the Department.

In addition to the central D&I team there are further roles which whilst not exclusively working on diversity and inclusion do have responsibilities for realisation of the D&I strategy, and delivery of D&I interventions. These roles are distributed across the HO, and include staff support network chairs/leads who have between 20 – 50% of their time allocated to this role, as well as some HR Business Partners that have specific D&I responsibilities.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

1.) Training on unconscious bias is primarily provided through the Unconscious Bias eLearning package on the Civil Service Learning site. The table below shows the number of individual Home Office staff that have undertaken this course in each of the last five financial years:

Table 1: Take up of Unconscious Bias eLearning

Period

Number of staff

1 April 15 to 31 Mar 16

1,893

1 April 16 to 31 Mar 17

2,862

1 April 17 to 31 Mar 18

5,179

1 April 18 to 31 Mar 19

7,925

1 April 19 to 31 Mar 20

15,306

2.) In addition to the Unconscious Bias eLearning package the subject of unconscious bias has been included in the Diversity & Inclusion eLearning package on the Civil Service Learning site from May 2019. The table below shows the number of Home Office staff that have undertaken this course from 1 May 2019 to 31 March 2020:

Table 2: Take up of Diversity & Inclusion eLearning

Period

Number of staff

1 May 19 to 31 Mar 20

14,460

3.) Civil Service Learning also provide a half day workshop on unconscious bias, aimed at Senior Civil Servants. A total of 23 Home Office Senior Civil Servants staff have attended this workshop as shown below:

Table 3: Take up of Unconscious Bias workshop

Period

Number of staff

1 April 18 to 31 Mar 19

2

1 April 19 to 31 Mar 20

21

4.) It should be noted that all figures include permanent Home Office Civil Servants only; contactors working on behalf of the Home Office are not included.

18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the amount of revenue that will accrue to the public purse from the Immigration Health Surcharge in each of the years to the end of the current forecast period.

The Home Office does not routinely publish data relating to financial forecasts. Income data for the Immigration Health Surcharge is published annually in the Home Office Annual Report and Accounts.

Please see page 137 of the Home Office 2018-19 Annual Report and Accounts for the most recent disclosure of Immigration Health Surcharge income

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/807126/6.5571_HO_Annual_Report_201920_WEB.PDF

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian employees (a) his Department has and (b) have joined as new employees in each of the last five years.

The information is published on the gov.uk website and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-biannual-civilian-personnel-statisticsindex

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

45 civilian positions in the Ministry of Defence and its Executive Agencies specifically include one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title as recorded by the electronic Human Resources Management System.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Unconscious Bias training is undertaken by members of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) via an e-learning package on the Civil Service Learning Platform. The learning is free at the point of use, so there is no associated per-person cost for this training to be carried out. The MOD contributes to the funding of Civil Service HR, including Civil Service Learning annually, therefore it is not possible to disaggregate the cost of Unconscious Bias training from the wider budget.

1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

44 civilian positions in the Ministry of Defence and its Executive Agencies specifically include the terms equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title as recorded by electronic Human Resources Management systems.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The requested information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Unconscious Bias training is a mandatory requirement for all Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian employees and is integrated into Civil Service Learning's Diversity and Inclusion 2019 on-line course, with refresher training undertaken every two years. Furthermore, the MOD is exploring the possibility of making the Active Bystander Fundamentals course a mandatory training requirement to give staff the skills with which to tackle discrimination in the workplace.

The MOD is fully committed to creating an inclusive environment for all and to be truly identified as a 'Force for Inclusion'. The Joint Service Publication (JSP) 763 (Bullying and Harassment Complaints Procedures) has been revised to align with the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018, providing an increased focus on promoting an inclusive culture in the workplace.

25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what schemes have been supported by Homes England through the (a) small sites scheme and (b) land assembly fund; and how much Homes England has invested in each of those schemes.

The £1.3 billion Land Assembly Fund enables Homes England to work alongside private developers to acquire and de-risk sites and make them attractive for private sector firms to rapidly build out homes. This will help release land to deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. To date, Homes England have acquired 18 sites under the Land Assembly Fund programme.

In line with the Department's plan to bring together existing capital programmes across land and infrastructure into the National Home Building Fund, funds allocated to the Small Sites Fund have been used accordingly across the Department’s land funds and other Departmental priorities. This will meet the immediate need to support local economies and protect jobs across the supply chain, and help to build the homes this country needs.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

The data requested is not held centrally and to gather the data for the whole department would exceed the disproportionate cost limit.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The Civil Service Talent Action Plan, published in 2014, included a requirement that all civil servants complete learning on unconscious bias. Online learning was made available via Civil Service Learning (CSL) for all staff and a face to face course for the Senior Civil Service (SCS). As part of the introduction of the CSL Learning Platform for Government website in Autumn 2019, MHCLG has set an updated curriculum which outlines 'required' learning for all staff, including the SCS. This is inclusive of an e-learning course on Diversity and Inclusion, which includes 4 modules covering unconscious bias in various contexts (e.g. recruitment) and a stand-alone course on unconscious bias. There is no cost per use charge to the Department for online learning; data on spend in relation to these courses is therefore not held centrally and to gather the data for the whole department would exceed the disproportionate cost limit.

1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

The data requested is not held centrally and to gather the data for the whole department would exceed the time cost limit.

We can however confirm that there is a diversity and inclusion team that is based within the Department, this team contains 4 members of staff. The team leads on the Department’s aims to bring in and bring on diverse talent and to foster an inclusive culture. This involves working with staff across the department including staff network committees who are given time through the business deal to allocate to the work of their network with the aim of improving equality, diversity and inclusion for all in MHCLG.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The data provided below is for MHCLG central department staff only. It does not include staff from executive agencies and arms' length bodies. It covers the period from 1 April 2018 to 18 August 2020. All data has been extracted from the Civil Service Learning (CSL) website and the Learning Platform for Government (LPG), which do not allow for the extraction of data from before 1 April 2018. Learning completion data covering the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018 is not held internally by MHCLG.

The figures outlined below are inclusive of any staff who have undertaken training on unconscious bias in the relevant period. Where staff have completed two or more courses on unconscious bias, they have only been included in the overall figure once. Please note that due to the way in which data is collated by the CSL website, the data below is inclusive of staff currently employed by MHCLG, but who completed training whilst employed by another government department

1 st April 2018 – 31 st March 2019

573 Staff

1 st April 2019 – 31 st March 2020

542 Staff

1 st April 2020 – 18 th August 2020

78 staff

16th Mar 2021
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sentencing for dog theft.

We recognise the deep distress the theft of a much-loved pet can cause which is why robust laws are already in place to firmly deal with offenders who commit such abhorrent crimes.

Sentencing is a matter for our independent courts. Sentencing guidelines acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

Discussions are underway between myself, the Environment Secretary and the Home Secretary to consider further action on the issue of pet theft.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment for all and Unconscious Bias training is mandatory for all staff. It is a requirement for all staff when they join the NIO and to complete refresher training every two years.

The NIO pays an annual fee, like all other departments, for access to a range of Civil Service Learning, including Unconscious Bias. The exact cost spent specifically on Unconscious Bias training in the last five years cannot therefore be quantified.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

There are no staff members in the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) who have equality, diversity or inclusion specifically in their job title, however the NIO understands the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, placing an emphasis on being an organisation that is equal, diverse and inclusive.

There is a requirement for every staff member to have a diversity objective as part of their performance agreement. The department has an active Diversity & Inclusion network and is wholly committed to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion for all.

In 2018, the NIO won the award for Best (Small) Employer for Equality & Diversity in Northern Ireland at the Legal-Island Gala Awards and in 2019 we were Highly Commended at the same awards for our gender initiative. The department obtained a Diversity Charter Mark from Legal-Island in 2019 and are a Disability Confident Leader organisation, and members of Employers for Disability Northern Ireland.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Staff at the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland undertake unconscious bias training through Civil Service Learning at no direct cost to the Office.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

A number of staff undertake a wide range of functions and activities including equality, diversity or inclusion responsibilities, which are undertaken in conjunction with other duties and not specifically referenced in job titles.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Nothing. All staff at the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales (OSSW) undertake unconscious bias training through Civil Service Learning at no direct cost to the Office.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

Although no staff at the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales (OSSW) have diversity or inclusion (D&I) in their job titles, we have a Board Champion responsible for leading on these issues. Also, several staff, including the HR team, contribute to the D&I agenda by participation in relevant groups within the Ministry of Justice (the employer of our staff) and the UK Governance Group at Cabinet Office and by implementing best practice back at OSSW.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)