Nia Griffith Portrait

Nia Griffith

Labour - Llanelli

Shadow Minister (International Trade)

(since December 2021)
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
6th Apr 2020 - 29th Nov 2021
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
6th Oct 2016 - 6th Apr 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
14th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
European Scrutiny Committee
15th Jul 2015 - 9th Nov 2015
Shadow Minister (Wales)
7th Oct 2011 - 14th Sep 2015
Welsh Affairs Committee
28th Nov 2011 - 30th Mar 2015
European Scrutiny Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Welsh Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 22nd Nov 2010
Welsh Affairs Committee
17th Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010
Draft Marine Bill (Joint Committee)
9th May 2008 - 22nd Jul 2008
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
17th Jul 2006 - 6th Nov 2007
European Scrutiny Committee
28th Jun 2005 - 6th Nov 2007
Draft Climate Change Bill (Joint Committee)
18th Mar 2007 - 3rd Aug 2007


Department Event
Thursday 21st July 2022
09:30
Department for International Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
21 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
International Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 147 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 271
Speeches
Thursday 30th June 2022
BACKBENCH BUSINESS
I will not, as I am so short of time—normally I would. We need to gradually increase the degree of …
Written Answers
Monday 25th April 2022
Highway Code: Publicity
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to publicise the recent changes to …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 21st June 2017
OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL FOR OPERATION SHADER
That this House believes that the bravery and service of the personnel involved in Operation Shader should be recognised with …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Tuesday 4th January 2022
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Tertulias Hispano-Britanicos
Address of donor: Madrid, Spain
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): …
EDM signed
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
GKN Automotive alternative plan
That this House is alarmed by GKN Automotive’s decision to close its Birmingham factory next year, with the loss of …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Nia Griffith has voted in 429 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Simon Hart (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(38 debate interactions)
David T C Davies (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
(9 debate interactions)
Ben Wallace (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Defence
(5 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Wales Office
(34 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(8 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
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Llanelli Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.


Latest EDMs signed by Nia Griffith

22nd June 2021
Nia Griffith signed this EDM on Tuesday 22nd June 2021

GKN Automotive alternative plan

Tabled by: Jack Dromey (Labour - Birmingham, Erdington)
That this House is alarmed by GKN Automotive’s decision to close its Birmingham factory next year, with the loss of over 500 highly skilled jobs and work transferred to continental Europe; notes that GKN’s origins trace back to the industrial revolution, with over 260 years of history that include making …
68 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 63
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
4th June 2020
Nia Griffith signed this EDM on Wednesday 24th June 2020

Legal Aid and Advice

Tabled by: David Lammy (Labour - Tottenham)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 515), dated 15 May 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18 May 2020, be annulled.
138 signatures
(Most recent: 11 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 115
Liberal Democrat: 9
Scottish National Party: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

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59 Written Questions in the current parliament

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8 Other Department Questions
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policy on legal consent of the policies of the recently enacted Canadian legislation on sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy in Canada.

The Government has been liaising with Territorial Offices and the devolved administrations including the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on this important issue. It is positive to note that developments in all four parts of the UK are such that there is work underway, at different stages, to end conversion practices often known as conversion therapy.

Officials will continue to work with their counterparts to discuss the UK Government’s proposals for England and Wales and share advice and progress on the approach to banning conversion therapy practices. We will share responses to our current public consultation relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland with relevant officials and we look forward to receiving further details of the Scottish Expert Advisory Group’s findings once they are developed. We have also provided the Scottish Parliament with written evidence on our plans to ban conversion therapy.

We are engaging with a wide range of international jurisdictions including Canada, France, New Zealand and Malta to understand the approaches they have taken or are developing to ban conversion therapy and to share our own developments too.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the (a) Scottish Government and (b) Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that legislation banning sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy will provide the same level of protections for all LGBT+ people in the UK.

The Government has been liaising with Territorial Offices and the devolved administrations including the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on this important issue. It is positive to note that developments in all four parts of the UK are such that there is work underway, at different stages, to end conversion practices often known as conversion therapy.

Officials will continue to work with their counterparts to discuss the UK Government’s proposals for England and Wales and share advice and progress on the approach to banning conversion therapy practices. We will share responses to our current public consultation relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland with relevant officials and we look forward to receiving further details of the Scottish Expert Advisory Group’s findings once they are developed. We have also provided the Scottish Parliament with written evidence on our plans to ban conversion therapy.

We are engaging with a wide range of international jurisdictions including Canada, France, New Zealand and Malta to understand the approaches they have taken or are developing to ban conversion therapy and to share our own developments too.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Health and Social Care on assessing the potential impact of introducing consent for talking conversion therapy on the regulation of other psychologically harmful treatments.

Our proposals to ban conversion practices often known as conversion therapy are robust and comparable to other bans in place, or currently under development, around the world.

We are engaging with a wide range of international jurisdictions including France, Canada, New Zealand and Malta and will continue to work with a wide range of domestic stakeholders as our policy develops.

The existing criminal law is clear that a person cannot consent to serious harm and we do not propose to change this. We are working closely with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that the proposals will complement existing laws, including the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, and that they will not interfere with existing professional obligations and regulatory frameworks.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions her Department has had with the Home Office on assessing the potential impact of introducing consent as a defence for abuse in a conversion therapy ban on other areas of legislation relating to abuse including the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Our proposals to ban conversion practices often known as conversion therapy are robust and comparable to other bans in place, or currently under development, around the world.

We are engaging with a wide range of international jurisdictions including France, Canada, New Zealand and Malta and will continue to work with a wide range of domestic stakeholders as our policy develops.

The existing criminal law is clear that a person cannot consent to serious harm and we do not propose to change this. We are working closely with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that the proposals will complement existing laws, including the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, and that they will not interfere with existing professional obligations and regulatory frameworks.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recently enacted legislation to ban sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy in France and the exclusion of a provision to allow informed consent in that legislation.

Our proposals to ban conversion practices often known as conversion therapy are robust and comparable to other bans in place, or currently under development, around the world.

We are engaging with a wide range of international jurisdictions including France, Canada, New Zealand and Malta and will continue to work with a wide range of domestic stakeholders as our policy develops.

The existing criminal law is clear that a person cannot consent to serious harm and we do not propose to change this. We are working closely with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that the proposals will complement existing laws, including the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, and that they will not interfere with existing professional obligations and regulatory frameworks.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the occasions on which the Devolution and You Steering Board has met during 2020.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans Parliament has to mark LGBT history month.

The UK Parliament has a range of activities and events taking place over LGBT History month. These include:

Pride at Parliament LGBT+ history tours. 75 minute guided tour highlighting the significant part played by LGBT+ people at UK Parliament as leaders, legislators, activists, lobbyists and monarchs.

Evening event for LGBT+ History Month. Combines a themed guided tour and a visit to the Parliamentary Archives for a talk and to view historic artefacts.

General Tours of Parliament including school visits. Tours are adapted to have an LGBT+ focus; this includes tailored content and the use of examples to explain the work of Parliament within the context of LGBT+ history.

Social media. Content will include a story quiz on historical LGBT+ people and laws in UK Parliament, historical landmarks, legislation, a range of artworks and online content and comms relating to Jez Dolan’s artwork Wolfenden. There will also be chamber coverage of relevant business and profiles of and quotes from MPs.

Talk and panel discussion celebrating parliamentary achievements in progress for LGBT+ rights.

Your Story, Our History Films – Promote series of films with focus on three individuals – who share their experiences of how lgbt+ legislation passed by the UK Parliament has affected their lives.

House Magazine Various Op-ed from staff about LGBT+ History month Lord Cashman event – ‘From Albert Square to Parliament Square’ and followed by an audience Q+A.

ParliOUT Open Art Exhibition: being your authentic LGBT+ self. Artwork from membership shown digitally across the Estate.

Lego Suffragette hosted by Pride Cymru in the Welsh Assembly for their LGBT History Month programme. Culminates with a lecture on Baroness Rhondda, a famous local Suffragette and women's rights advocate on 29th February.

BAME & LGBTQ Trailblazers exhibition. In Richmond House Business Lounge, showcasing the stories and work of LGBT activists from BAME backgrounds.

UK BAME LGBTQ Life after Stonewall Lunch and Learn – A one-hour lunch and learn with Veronica McKenzie of Harringay Vangard.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether safety and security declarations will be required for each post and parcel consignment travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after the transition period.

As set out in the Command Paper published in May, the UK is committed to implementing the Protocol in a pragmatic and practical way that minimises the impact on both businesses and consumers. Further guidance will be set out in due course on post and parcel movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of imported items bearing the CE quality mark which will need to be certified with the UKCA mark by 1 January 2023; and what plans his Department has to ensure that work is completed.

The UKCA marking becomes mandatory for most goods from 1 January 2023. Products requiring the UKCA marking are valued at approximately £110bn of UK imports


BEIS is continuing to support industry through an extensive programme of engagement, publication of enhanced business guidance, and working closely with the Conformity Assessment Body sector and the UK Accreditation Service to support sufficient capacity to test and certify products to UKCA requirements.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total allocation of funding is for local growth deals in 2020-21.

Levelling up is central to the Government’s agenda and we are working with local leaders to ensure that every region, city, and town will effectively recover from Covid-19.

As part of this, £1,243,604,030 is being allocated through the Local Growth Fund for local growth deals in 2020 to 2021.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to facilitate the immediate export to the EU of Welsh non-depurated shellfish from class B waters from wild stock.

We notified the industry in October and December 2020 that the EU would not accept non-depurated, live, bivalve molluscs from class B waters harvested from wild stock from 1 January 2021.

Since then, we have heard that the EU Commission additionally has concerns about the trade from registered aquaculture production businesses. We have not however had a formal notification setting these out.

We are rapidly working to identify any scientific or legal basis that might undermine the trade so that it may continue to operate on a secure footing. This work includes discussions with EU Member States and the European Commission.

We understand the importance of this trade for Welsh shellfish businesses and others in the UK.

Live bivalve molluscs such as oysters, mussels, clams, cockles and scallops can continue to be exported to the EU if they are harvested from class A waters, have been cleaned or have cleared end product testing in GB.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to publicise the recent changes to the Highway Code.

The changes to The Highway Code to help improve road safety are being communicated in two phases:

  • A factual awareness raising campaign ran in February and March, alerting road users to the changes as they came into effect.
  • A broader behaviour change campaign will launch later this year, to align with seasonal increases in active travel, to help embed the changes and encourage understanding and uptake of the new guidance.

Both phases of the campaign include a significant media spend, utilising channels such as radio, digital audio, video on demand and social media advertising.

Communications activity also includes media engagement with supporting stakeholder comment and an extranet to share both static and video assets with stakeholders to amplify our messages.

More information on the campaign can be found at: www.think.gov.uk/campaign/highway-code-changes/

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to expand testing capacity at Llanelli Driving Test Centre to tackle the backlog of tests since March 2020.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recognises there is a high demand for learners who are wanting to take their practical driving test following the suspension of routine driver training and testing during the pandemic.

The DVSA is working hard to provide as many practical driving test appointments as possible and has a number of measures in place to do this.

These include:

  • offering a national recovery allowance and annual leave buy back to examiners;
  • asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests;
  • conducting out of hours testing, such as on public holidays and weekends; and
  • asking recently retired driving examiners to return to testing.

As of 31 March 2022, driving test waiting times at Llanelli is 3 weeks.

The DVSA has a live recruitment campaign covering Llanelli, and has recently completed a campaign to recruit Welsh speaking driving examiners. The DVSA is also launching a new national campaign to recruit an extra 161 examiners across Great Britain to help meet the increasing demand for driving tests. This is in addition to its previous campaign to recruit more than 300 additional examiners.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of covid-19 restrictions on learner drivers since March 2020.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recognises there is a high demand for learners who are wanting to take their practical driving test following the suspension of routine driver training and testing during the pandemic.

The DVSA is working hard to provide as many practical driving test appointments as possible and has a number of measures in place to do this.

These include:

  • offering a national recovery allowance and annual leave buy back to examiners;
  • asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests;
  • conducting out of hours testing, such as on public holidays and weekends; and
  • asking recently retired driving examiners to return to testing.

As of 31 March 2022, driving test waiting times at Llanelli is 3 weeks.

The DVSA has a live recruitment campaign covering Llanelli, and has recently completed a campaign to recruit Welsh speaking driving examiners. The DVSA is also launching a new national campaign to recruit an extra 161 examiners across Great Britain to help meet the increasing demand for driving tests. This is in addition to its previous campaign to recruit more than 300 additional examiners.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of benefits for disabled people in the context of increases in the cost of living.

PIP is designed to provide help with extra costs arising from disability. Alongside the £9.1 billion Energy Bills Rebate announced on 3 February, the Government is providing £12 billion of support over this financial year and next to ease cost of living pressures, with help targeted at working families, low-income households and the most vulnerable.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in the Llanelli constituency.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he will respond to Question 107516 tabled on 18 January 2022 by the hon. Member for Llanelli on Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome in the NHS.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to Question 107516.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome in the NHS.

Following the first reports of paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) cases in London in April 2020, the former Public Health England initiated enhanced prospective national surveillance of PIMS cases with symptom onset between 1 March and 15 June 2020. NHS England used a rapid consensus exercise to develop national clinical management guidance on the condition.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that clinicians follow guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which directs critically ill children to acute care facilities. Training for paediatricians on PIMS has been supported by webinars for clinician decision makers and regular updates to paediatric critical care networks. Children with PIMS are identified, including appropriate treatment pathways, supported by seven specialised disease centres co-ordinating treatment advice.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2020 to Question 21185 on Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review, whether he plans to publish an update to the Integrated Review and its recommendations in the event that the future UK-EU security partnership is not finalised when the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review is published.

The main bulk of the Integrated Review is expected to conclude in line with the Comprehensive Spending Review later this year, although implementation of its recommendations will be a multi-year project. Unlike a normal Strategic Defence and Security Review the Integrated Review will not be limited to specific departments, objectives or timeframes but will take a holistic approach to our place in the world and how Government is best structured to achieve our objectives.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy will be completed before the finalisation of a UK-EU security partnership.

The main bulk of the integrated review is expected to conclude in line with the Comprehensive Spending Review later this year, although implementation of its recommendations will be a multi-year project.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Spending Review 2020, for how many years the £4 billion Levelling Up Fund will run; and what the projected average spend is per annum.

The government is launching a new Levelling Up Fund worth £4bn for England, that will attract up to £800m for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the usual way. The Levelling Up Fund will invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities and will support economic recovery. The SR makes available up to £600m in 2021-22. Further funding will be spread over subsequent years up to 24/25.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs agents have been recruited to manage the Trader Support Service.

On Friday 18 September 2020, the Government confirmed that a Fujitsu led consortium had been appointed to deliver the Trader Support Service (TSS). The consortium has expertise across the range of services needed to make the TSS effective, including the Institute of Export & International Trade, an existing provider of customs education, and the Customs Clearance Consortium, an established customs intermediary.

26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Trader Support Service will be fully operational.

The Trader Support Service (TSS) was launched on 28 September and will be making declarations on behalf of traders from 1 January. The Trader Support Service will be able to help all traders, regardless of size and at no additional cost, to get their businesses ready for changes to trade due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to Dyfed Powys Police has been of policing in connection with the asylum seeker accommodation in Penally for the financial year 2020-2021, over and above any additional funding allocated by her Department for that purpose.

The Home Office has agreed to provide £2.5m of Special Grant funding to Dyfed-Powys Police in respect of these costs up to September 2021.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the projected cost to Dyfed Powys Police is of policing in connection with the asylum seeker accommodation in Penally for the financial year 2021-22, over and above any additional funding allocated by her Department for that purpose.

The Home Office has agreed to provide £2.5m of Special Grant funding to Dyfed-Powys Police in respect of these costs up to September 2021.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to provide additional funding to Dyfed Powys Police to ensure that the cost of policing in relation to the asylum seeker accommodation in Penally is not taken from its existing budget.

The Home Office has agreed to provide £2.5m of Special Grant funding to Dyfed-Powys Police in respect of these costs up to September 2021.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that accommodation for asylum seekers at the Penally training camp is covid-19 secure.

The Home Office has sought Public Health advice on how we can make best use of this accommodation, working within the constraints of the configuration, whilst minimising risks from Covid-19.

Risk mitigations include limiting occupancy in dormitories ensuring a minimum distance between beds of at least 2 metres. This is complemented by a range of additional safety measures including increased cleaning of surfaces, availability of hand sanitisers, a track and trace system and communications with residents around covid-19 control measures.

Asylum seekers will have the same access to testing as the general population.

The Home Office’s contractor?has an outbreak management plan which will be enacted if we experience an outbreak.?

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long her Department plans to use Penally training camp for the provision of accommodation to asylum seekers.

In recent months we have faced additional challenges which have required us in some instances to use temporary accommodation, including hotels, to fulfil our statutory obligations to house destitute asylum seekers whilst their claims are examined.

This accommodation is contingency accommodation. Our ambition is to house asylum seekers within the asylum estate without the need for contingency accommodation. We are working to address the issues putting pressure on our asylum accommodation including resuming cessation of support for those whose cases have been decided. This frees up accommodation for new claimants and allows us to reduce our use of contingency measures.

The Ministry of Defence has given permission to use the site for up to 12 months; this facility will be temporary, and we will discontinue it as soon as we are able.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has plans to publish an initial assessment of the results from the Future Accommodation Model pilots.

The Future Accommodation Model (FAM) pilot was launched in September 2019 and will run for three years. The Ministry of Defence provides regular updates to the Public Accounts Committee and through the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report on the status of the FAM. In addition, Defence Ministers will update the House as we consider the full business case for FAM in 2022, when a decision on whether to roll out the FAM across other UK bases will be made; we will not be in a position to judge the success of the pilot until we have a complete picture in 2022.

26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to maintain the size of the British Army throughout the 2019 Parliament.

The Government will undertake an integrated review of Britain's security, defence and foreign policy. This will examine how we strengthen and prioritise our alliances, diplomacy and development and will consider all aspects of our defence and security capabilities. A key strand of the review will explore how we modernise the equipment and improve the capability of our world-class Armed Forces, including that of the British Army.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s projection is of the number of Type (a) 23, (b) 26, (c) 31e and (d) 45 ships that will be in service in the Royal Navy in each year from 2020 to 2030.

We remain committed to ensuring the Royal Navy has the ships and capabilities required to fulfil Defence commitments now and in the future.

Babcock is contractually obligated to deliver five Type 31 Frigates to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) by the end of 2028, and HMS GLASGOW, the first of the Type 26 Frigates, will be in-service with the MOD in 2027. The last Type 23 Frigate will be transitioned out of service in 2035. The first Type 45 Destroyer entered service in 2010, these Destroyers have a projected 25-year life span.

The Prime Minister has committed to undertake the deepest review of Britain's security, defence and foreign policy. This review will examine how we strengthen and prioritise our alliances, diplomacy and development and will consider all aspects of our defence and security capabilities, including our approach to procurement and maintaining our technological edge. We are considering a number of options to increase the availability of ships during this period.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to mark LGBT history month.

This is a significant year for the LGBT community and Defence as we celebrate 20 years since the ban was lifted on LGBT personnel serving within the Armed Forces. I was honoured to host a reception in January at the Houses of Parliament and make a personal apology to those who experienced discrimination before 2000.

Various events are taking place throughout February across Defence to celebrate LGBT History Month which are being actively publicised through both internal and external communications, including regular social media posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter with Defence case studies. Some of the highlights include a ‘Let’s talk about Inclusion’ event where a panel will discuss the LGBT History Month and inclusion with a question and answer session to open up conversations and give staff the confidence to have open discussions; a workshop that explored the issues LGBT staff face in the workplace; a Royal Navy conference, Navy Pride 20 – ‘The Past, Present and Future’; an Army memorial event at the National Memorial Arboretum and the Royal Air Force’s Freedom Network taking part in a collaborative media project with the RAF Museum. In addition, a number of Defence establishments are celebrating the month through raising the rainbow flag.

Looking further ahead, I am proud that Defence will be recognising and celebrating various events throughout the year, such as Pride, Transgender Day of Visibility, Transgender Day of Remembrance, National Coming Out Day and more.

3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to Sri Lanka to combat (a) terrorism and (b) drug trafficking.

The Sri Lanka and UK defence relationship was significantly strengthened in 2019 with the appointment of a resident Defence Adviser.

Following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in 2019, the UK offered support to the Sri Lankan authorities based on the UK experience of tackling terrorism. Ministry of Defence support has included providing training to Sri Lanka in countering Improvised Explosive Devices, with some Sri Lankan students attending training in the UK.

HMS Montrose visited Colombo in April 2019 as part of her deployment in the Indian Ocean and conducted a short exercise with the Sri Lankan Navy. This visit was an opportunity for the UK and Sri Lankan Navies to compare experience in countering drug trafficking, and to share the tactics and techniques which have proven most effective in tackling this shared global threat.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
15th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, Earl Howe, on 8 January 2020 in the House of Lords (Official Report, column 177).

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
15th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to publish (a) Defence Space Strategy and (b) Defence Arctic Strategy.

The Defence Space Strategy has developed significantly. We are currently reviewing the right timing for publication and how best to align it with the emerging National Space Strategy. The Ministry of Defence is firmly committed to a number of space programmes, and we are assessing our space capabilities, coherence and requirements. The strategy on the UK's Defence Contribution in the High North will be published shortly.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the meeting held between the former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice and Member for Llanelli on November 20th 2018, what progress his Department has made in developing an electronic card, by which a person can demonstrate they have power of attorney.

My department continues to work on modernising how lasting powers of attorney (LPA) are created and used by members of the public. Since the meeting in 2018, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has launched its “Use a lasting power of attorney” service. This allows third parties such as banks and hospitals to check the details of an LPA digitally including who can legally act under the LPA. This removes the need for any physical LPA to be provided. Additionally, in July last year we published a consultation on modernising how LPAs are created and registered with the OPG. The consultation outlined proposals for how an LPA could be created digitally in the future. This work includes research with the people who make and use LPAs to understand what format they would want an LPA to exist in, in the future.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the secure holding of CCTV footage filmed within his Department.

As has been the case under successive Administrations, it is not government policy to comment on security procedures in government buildings.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether any Departmental business has been conducted on private email addresses by (a) officials, (b) special advisors and (c) Ministers of his Department.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails. www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-departments-on-private-email-use

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department permits (a) officials, (b) special advisors and (c) Ministers of his Department to access private email accounts from their office desktop computers, department-issued laptop computers or department-issued mobile phone devices.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Cabinet Office guidance to departments on use of private emails. www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-departments-on-private-email-use

It is government policy not to comment on specific technical security controls; however, the incidental personal use of private email accounts from departmental systems is subject to our ‘Acceptable Use’ policy, in spare time.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his department has has referred any Freedom of Information requests received by his Department to the central Cabinet Office Clearing House on Freedom of Information requests for advice on handling, in the last two years.

Where it is appropriate, the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales has approached the Cabinet Office Clearing House for advice on Freedom of Information requests.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on the publication of the Dunlop review; and if he will make a statement.

I have regular discussions with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on a range of issues relating to the Union, including Lord Dunlop’s review of Union Capability.

The UK Government’s ambition is to publish the Dunlop Report as soon as possible alongside a full response from the Government. The report is an important contribution to the debate on strengthening the Union, a key Government priority.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions he has met with Welsh Government Ministers to discuss the UK Internal Market Bill.

I have regular discussions with Welsh Ministers on a range of issues, including the UK Internal Market Bill. Discussions between the two governments on the UK Internal Market proposals have taken place at Ministerial, official and special adviser level.

I have also engaged with Welsh businesses and their representative organisations on the Government’s internal market proposals and have heard their broad support at first-hand. This was reflected in the response to the Government’s Internal Market White Paper. The Government is keen to engage constructively with the Welsh Government as we take forward this vital legislation.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his oral contribution of 16 September 2020, Official Report, column 296, if he will list the 70 new policy areas for which the Welsh Government will become responsible.

The Government published the Frameworks Analysis 2020 on 24 September. It describes 66 policy areas returning from the EU which intersect with the devolution settlement in Wales and can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/frameworks-analysis

The Government’s Frameworks Analysis published in April 2019, set out 70 policy areas which intersect with the devolution settlement in Wales. Since then, intergovernmental discussions on the Common Frameworks Programme have considered whether these policy areas should be merged to reflect the way in which frameworks will operate in practice. These changes have been agreed with the Welsh Government and result in 4 fewer policy areas in total. This does not change the total number of powers that will transfer to Welsh Ministers at the end of the Transition Period.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the oral Answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales of 16 September 2020, Official Report, column 298, on the Future Relationship with EU, if he will list the occasions on which he has discussed preparations for the end of the UK-EU transition period with Welsh Ministers since 1 January 2020.

The UK Government has regular discussions with Welsh Ministers on preparations for the end of the Transition Period. The main ministerial forum for discussing preparedness is the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) which has met on five occasions this year. Preparedness is also discussed at quadrilateral meetings with Ministers from the Devolved Administrations chaired by my Rt hon Friend, the Paymaster General.

The UK Government has extensive, constant and wide-ranging engagement with the Welsh Government. This includes discussions on our Covid-19 response, and areas of joint work between our governments such as on city and growth deals, as well as preparations for the end of the Transition Period. Discussions are constructive and their frequency will increase further as we approach the end of the year.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when his Department's Cardiff hub will be officially opened.

The new United Kingdom Government Hub in Cardiff is scheduled to open in February 2021.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions he has met with representatives of Airbus since 1 July 2020.

There have been nine meetings between ministers or officials in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and Airbus since 1 July 2020. We have been in touch with Airbus regularly throughout the covid-19 pandemic and will continue to do so.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when his Department plans to update its website to change references to the National Assembly for Wales to Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament.

The UK Government in Wales website has referred to Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament in all new content since the name change took place in May 2020. There is ongoing work to update older content on the site to reflect the new name of the devolved legislature for Wales.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff are employed to work in his Department's London office.

The Department has 28 members of staff based in its London office and 22 members of staff based in its Cardiff Office. Staff currently work from home in response to the Covid-19 crisis and attend the office only by exception.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff are employed to work in his Department's Cardiff office.

The Department has 28 members of staff based in its London office and 22 members of staff based in its Cardiff Office. Staff currently work from home in response to the Covid-19 crisis and attend the office only by exception.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to publish his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales is planning to publish its 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts before the Parliamentary Summer recess.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's London office complies with the Government's guidance on social distancing in the workplace.

All staff in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales are currently working from home, in accordance with Government guidance. The Department has no current plans to return staff to the Office.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's Cardiff office complies with the Welsh Government's guidance on social distancing in the workplace.

All staff in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales are currently working from home, in accordance with Government guidance. The Department has no current plans to return staff to the Office.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he had with the First Minister of Wales on the content of the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020 in advance of that statement being made.

My Rt Hon Friends the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and I are in regular discussions with the First Minister of Wales on our Governments’ response to Covid-19. These discussions are part of on-going and regular dialogue between the governments at all levels as part of the UK-wide response to the pandemic. The overall approach in responding to the pandemic remains aligned across the UK, with each government able to modify that approach to reflect the needs of each constituent nation of the United Kingdom.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he has had discussions with the First Minister of Wales since 1 March 2020.

My Rt Hon Friends the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and I are in regular discussions with the First Minister of Wales on our Governments’ response to Covid-19. These discussions are part of on-going and regular dialogue between the governments at all levels as part of the UK-wide response to the pandemic. The overall approach in responding to the pandemic remains aligned across the UK, with each government able to modify that approach to reflect the needs of each constituent nation of the United Kingdom.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times he has had discussions with the First Minister of Wales since 1 March 2020.

My Rt Hon Friends the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and I are in regular discussions with the First Minister of Wales on our Governments’ response to Covid-19. These discussions are part of on-going and regular dialogue between the governments at all levels as part of the UK-wide response to the pandemic. The overall approach in responding to the pandemic remains aligned across the UK, with each government able to modify that approach to reflect the needs of each constituent nation of the United Kingdom.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales