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Rachel Hopkins

Labour - Luton South

First elected: 12th December 2019


Shadow Minister (Defence)
22nd Jul 2022 - 15th Nov 2023
Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
4th Dec 2021 - 22nd Jul 2022
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 17th May 2022
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 8th Feb 2022
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill
2nd Dec 2021 - 14th Dec 2021
Skills and Post-16 Education [HL] Bill
24th Nov 2021 - 7th Dec 2021
Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill
22nd Sep 2021 - 27th Oct 2021
Building Safety Bill
9th Sep 2021 - 26th Oct 2021


Oral Question
Tuesday 27th February 2024
11:30
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
Topical Question No. 8
If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 28th February 2024
09:30
Westminster Hall debate - Westminster Hall
28 Feb 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Trends in funding levels for youth services
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th March 2024
14:30
Department Event
Tuesday 26th March 2024
11:30
Ministry of Justice
Oral questions - Main Chamber
26 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Justice (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Ceasefire in Gaza
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 173 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 20 Noes - 212
Speeches
Thursday 8th February 2024
Business of the House
In the midst of a cost of living crisis of his own making, the Prime Minister this week placed a …
Written Answers
Wednesday 14th February 2024
Sewage: Luton South
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sewage releases there were in Luton …
Early Day Motions
Monday 5th June 2023
Luton Town Football Club, winners of the EFL Championship Play-Off 2022-23
That this House congratulates Luton Town Football Club on winning the English Football League Championship Play-Off Final and being promoted …
Bills
Wednesday 14th July 2021
Planning and Local Representation Bill 2021-22
A Bill to give people who have made representations about development plans the right to participate in associated examination hearings; …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 14th March 2022
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF)
Address of donor: ASLEF Building, 77 St John St, …
EDM signed
Thursday 24th March 2022
P&O Ferries and DP World
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 2nd May 2023
National Minimum Wage Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision about the national minimum wage; and for connected purposes.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Rachel Hopkins has voted in 779 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(26 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(22 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(80 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(67 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(42 debate contributions)
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Luton South 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

We want the UK to be neutral in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and withdraw offers of support for Israel.

We want the Government to seek a ceasefire and also seek to address the root cause of the current conflict by promoting dialogue and advocating for the end of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The UK Government should urge the Israeli Government to stop the blockade of Food, Fuel and Electricity to the already impoverished city of Gaza

Reverse the plan to withdraw funding for most applied general qualifications such as BTECs and guarantee they will continue to play a major role in the qualifications landscape. Students should not be forced to choose between studying A levels or T levels from the age of 16.

The Government should bring forward legislation to allow assisted dying for adults who are terminally ill and have mental capacity. It should be permitted subject to strict upfront safeguards, assessed by two doctors independently, and self-administered by the dying person.

Bring in a law which enforces professional football clubs to have at least 51% fan ownership similar to how the Bundesliga operates this rule.

The Government should use the recently established fan led review of football to introduce an Independent Football Regulator in England to put fans back at the heart of our national game. This should happen by December 2021.

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.


Latest EDMs signed by Rachel Hopkins

5th June 2023
Rachel Hopkins signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Friday 2nd June 2023

Luton Town Football Club, winners of the EFL Championship Play-Off 2022-23

Tabled by: Rachel Hopkins (Labour - Luton South)
That this House congratulates Luton Town Football Club on winning the English Football League Championship Play-Off Final and being promoted to the Premier League; celebrates the contribution and success of the players, manager Rob Edwards, club staff and club’s officials, including the Chairman, David Wilkinson, and Chief Executive, Gary Sweet; …
9 signatures
(Most recent: 12 Jun 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Conservative: 1
Alba Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
23rd March 2022
Rachel Hopkins signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 24th March 2022

P&O Ferries and DP World

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice or consultation with their trade unions, the RMT and Nautilus; demands the immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers; condemns their replacement with agency workers earning as little as £1.80 per …
125 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 92
Scottish National Party: 12
Liberal Democrat: 7
Independent: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Rachel Hopkins has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Rachel Hopkins

Monday 28th November 2022

1 Bill introduced by Rachel Hopkins


A Bill to give people who have made representations about development plans the right to participate in associated examination hearings; to require public consultation on development proposals; to grant local authorities power to apply local design standards for permitted development and to refuse permitted development proposals that would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of an individual or community; to make planning permission for major housing schemes subject to associated works starting within two years; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

709 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
1st Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help reduce economic inactivity among women between the ages of 45 and 64.

DWP supports people up and down the country to start, stay and succeed in work.

At Autumn Statement, we announced DWP’s Back to Work Plan alongside a suite of other measures to reduce economic inactivity. These included;

· Doubling the number of places on the Universal Support employment programme, to provide support for 100,000 people per year when fully rolled out;

· Formally launching WorkWell, which will bring together the NHS, local authorities and other partners, in collaboration with jobcentres, to provide light touch work and health support in approximately 15 pilot areas;

· Building on the extension of the certification of the fit notes to a wider range of healthcare professions, exploring new ways of providing individuals receiving a fit note with timely access to work and health support; and

· Establishing an expert group to support the development of the voluntary national baseline for Occupational Health provision.

This is alongside pre-existing support such as the Midlife MOT which was rolled out in Jobcentres from January 2023 to encourage individuals to optimise re-skilling prospects and improve health and longer-term financial resilience. The Mid-life MOT acts as a vital prompt to engage more people in planning more actively for later life – both for work and retirement. It provides individuals in their 40s, 50s and 60s with signposting to information and guidance on wealth, work and wellbeing, providing a holistic assessment to ensure that individuals can plan for the later life that they want. We continue to work with organisations, and with employers, on how they can offer the Mid-life MOT.

The DWP 50PLUS Champions network also provides dedicated support to Work Coaches to enable them to effectively direct suitable support to claimants who are aged 50 and over.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on support for disabled people with rising energy, food and fuel costs.

At the Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced further Cost of Living payments in 2023/24 – as part of a package worth twenty-six billion pounds – this included additional support for disabled people.

I am delighted to be the Minister bringing forward this vital legislation to support people most in need.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, what assessment she has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on her Department’s carbon footprint.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. These commitments are reported on every quarter. As a very small department, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) does not have bespoke plans to transition to Net Zero, however, we do engage with the Government Property Agency (GPA), who are responsible for the AGO estate in 102 Petty France, on any improvements to the estate.

The AGO does not hold any information on its carbon footprint and therefore has not carried out any assessment on the impact of home working.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, what steps her Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. These commitments are reported on every quarter. As a very small department, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) does not have bespoke plans to transition to Net Zero, however, we do engage with the Government Property Agency (GPA), who are responsible for the AGO estate in 102 Petty France, on any improvements to the estate.

The AGO does not hold any information on its carbon footprint and therefore has not carried out any assessment on the impact of home working.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, whether her Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. These commitments are reported on every quarter. As a very small department, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) does not have bespoke plans to transition to Net Zero, however, we do engage with the Government Property Agency (GPA), who are responsible for the AGO estate in 102 Petty France, on any improvements to the estate.

The AGO does not hold any information on its carbon footprint and therefore has not carried out any assessment on the impact of home working.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, whether her Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues and will be piloted from April 2022. Thereafter, the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit will look at tailored provision for specific Functions and Professions and will signpost resources and training on Net Zero across all Government Departments which will be available to civil servants in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, whether a senior manager in her Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. These commitments are reported on every quarter. As a very small department, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) does not have bespoke plans to transition to Net Zero, however, we do engage with the Government Property Agency (GPA), who are responsible for the AGO estate in 102 Petty France, on any improvements to the estate.

The AGO does not hold any information on its carbon footprint and therefore has not carried out any assessment on the impact of home working.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
4th Feb 2021
What steps she is taking with the Lord Chancellor to tackle the court backlog.

I have seen first-hand how innovatively and resiliently criminal justice agencies have responded to the pandemic to boost court capacity – in June 2020, I observed virtual hearings conducted via the Cloud Video Platform in Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

I have also met with various CPS Areas to discuss their approach, and know that the CPS is committed to working closely with the courts service and judiciary on court recovery work. This is an unprecedented challenge, but I have been impressed with the truly collaborative approach criminal justice partners have taken.

21st Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full time equivalent employees in his Department work on the delivery of Op Fortitude.

Op Fortitude is coordinated by the Cabinet Office and delivered by third sector partners requiring flexible support depending on the demands on the service.

The Riverside Group is the lead delivery partner for Op FORTITUDE, bringing together Local Authorities, charities and housing providers across the UK to support homeless or rough sleeping veterans.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
15th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on Op Fortitude in 2023.

This Government is working towards ending veteran rough sleeping via Op FORTITUDE, a dedicated referral scheme to provide a single central point for local authorities and charities, with £8.55m in funding for specialist help for former armed forces personnel in more than 900 veteran supported housing units.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to invite all Nuclear Test Veteran charities to a reception in November 2023.

The Government is committed to recognising the contributions of Nuclear Test Veterans.

That is why the Prime Minister announced the creation of the Nuclear Test Medal in November 2022, and the government delivered on its promise that those veterans who had applied would receive their medals in time for Remembrance Sunday.

I am delighted to confirm that I will be hosting a reception on 28 November for a small cohort of the first veteran recipients of the medal. Due to limited capacity, we have prioritised inviting veterans in order to honour and recognise the contribution of those who served at the time.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much government funding was allocated to delivery of the Veterans' Gateway in (a) 2019, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023.

The Veterans' Gateway is a first point of contact for UK armed forces veterans, and their families, providing veterans with support, including across housing, employment, finances and their wellbeing.

The service has historically been operated by a consortium of members of the charitable sector, backed by £2.75 million from the Government.

Earlier this year it was announced that we have launched a refresh of the Veterans’ Gateway, with the service to be run by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, at the heart of government, next year.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
14th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding his Department is providing to the Veterans' Gateway in (a) 2023, (b) 2024 and (c) 2025.

The Veterans’ Gateway enables veterans and their dependents to access state and charity support services in areas including physical and mental health, financial support, assistance with independent living, housing, and employment.

In the financial year 2023-24, the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) has provided £250,000 of funding to support the service, which has already supported over a million veterans.

On 13 July 2023, it was announced that the Government had launched a refresh of the Veterans’ Gateway, with the service to be run by the OVA, at the heart of government, next year.

Funding for the financial year 2024-25 is yet to be confirmed.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department supports (a) training, (b) services and (c) activities of grant recipients of the Armed Forces Covenant Trust’s Veterans Places, Pathways and People programme.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (AFCFT) is responsible for administering the HM Treasury funded Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. The Ministry of Defence is the sponsor department for the AFCFT.

The Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People (VPPP) programme is funded through the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, which awarded £9 million to 14 major projects through the VPPP programme.

The VPPP programme aims to deliver significant improvements in mental health and wellbeing services for veterans and also to ensure that the people who work with veterans, including paid staff and volunteers, can access good quality training and support themselves.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to take steps to hold a ceremony for nuclear test veterans receiving medallic recognition.

Nuclear Test Veterans played a valuable role towards developing a nuclear deterrent that has ultimately kept Britain safe for decades. This Government is committed to ensuring they receive the recognition they deserve.

That is why in November 2022, the Government hosted an event at the National Memorial Arboretum, at which a new commemorative medal to mark the contribution of Nuclear Test Veterans was announced by the Prime Minister.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
24th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much funding provided by his Department has been spent on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Veterans Places, Pathways and People programme in each year since 2019.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (AFCFT) are a charity and are classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Ministry of Defence and look after the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, which is worth £10 million each year.

The AFCFT has worked with the OVA to help support programmes such as £499,471 for Op Fortitude, £5 million for the Afghan Veterans Fund and extra support for mental health programmes.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
24th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what funding his Department provided to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021, (d) 2022 and (e) 2023.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (AFCFT) are a charity and are classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Ministry of Defence and look after the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, which is worth £10 million each year.

The AFCFT has worked with the OVA to help support programmes such as £499,471 for Op Fortitude, £5 million for the Afghan Veterans Fund and extra support for mental health programmes.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
23rd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what programmes the Nuclear Test Veteran Community Fund is funding.

This Government is committed to ensuring that the veterans of Britain’s nuclear testing programme are never forgotten.

We are therefore investing £450,000 into projects, including through the NTV Community Fund, which will commemorate and build further understanding of the experiences of this cohort who ultimately kept Britain safe for decades. Applications to the NTV Community Fund are being considered and the successful applicants will be announced in due course.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
23rd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has published recent guidance for veterans seeking support through the Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme.

This Government is working towards ending veteran homelessness this year, with £8.55m in funding for specialist help for former armed forces personnel in more than 900 veteran supported housing units, and a referral pathway.

The Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme, which aims to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services, such as mental health or employment support, was launched in April.

This programme was open to veteran supported housing providers across the UK until 22 May and applications will be assessed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Successful organisations are expected to start their projects in September 2023, and will be supplemented by Op FORTITUDE, the new referral pathway for veterans experiencing or facing homelessness.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
23rd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many homeless veterans have secured accommodation through the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Programme in each region.

This Government is working towards ending veteran homelessness this year, with £8.55m in funding for specialist help for former armed forces personnel in more than 900 veteran supported housing units, and a referral pathway.

The Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme, which aims to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services, such as mental health or employment support, was launched in April.

This programme was open to veteran supported housing providers across the UK until 22 May and applications will be assessed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Successful organisations are expected to start their projects in September 2023, and will be supplemented by Op FORTITUDE, the new referral pathway for veterans experiencing or facing homelessness.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
23rd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that homeless veterans can access accommodation through the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Programme in all regions.

This Government is working towards ending veteran homelessness this year, with £8.55m in funding for specialist help for former armed forces personnel in more than 900 veteran supported housing units, and a referral pathway.

The Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme, which aims to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services, such as mental health or employment support, was launched in April.

This programme was open to veteran supported housing providers across the UK until 22 May and applications will be assessed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Successful organisations are expected to start their projects in September 2023, and will be supplemented by Op FORTITUDE, the new referral pathway for veterans experiencing or facing homelessness.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on helping homeless veterans into accommodation in each month in 2023.

A record of how many homeless veterans supported into accommodation is not held centrally.

Up to £8m has been committed to the Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme which launched on 21 April. This programme is designed to fund veteran supported housing providers across the UK to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services such as mental health or employment support.

An additional £500k was provided to support Op FORTITUDE, the new referral pathway for veterans experiencing or facing homelessness.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many homeless veterans his Department has supported into accommodation in each month of 2023.

A record of how many homeless veterans supported into accommodation is not held centrally.

Up to £8m has been committed to the Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme which launched on 21 April. This programme is designed to fund veteran supported housing providers across the UK to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services such as mental health or employment support.

An additional £500k was provided to support Op FORTITUDE, the new referral pathway for veterans experiencing or facing homelessness.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what specialist care services are provided to veterans who have accessed accommodation through the veteran homelessness programme.

The Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme launched on 21 April to offer funding to veteran supported housing providers across the UK, to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services such as mental health or employment support. The programme was open for organisations to apply for funding until 22 May and applications will be assessed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Successful applicants are expected to start their projects in September 2023.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the press release entitled Major new grants now available to fund specialist care for homeless veterans, published by his Department on 21 April 2023, how many and what proportion of the 900 veteran-supported housing places were in use in each month of 2023.

The Reducing Veteran Homelessness programme launched on 21 April to offer funding to veteran supported housing providers across the UK, to address veterans homelessness and rough sleeping through the provision of specialist services such as mental health or employment support. The programme was open for organisations to apply for funding until 22 May and applications will be assessed by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Successful applicants are expected to start their projects in September 2023.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the issuing of a contract to the value of £7 billion for Everything Net Zero by East of England Broadband Network to the Place Group with Government requirements on public procurement; and if he will make a statement.

‘Everything Net Zero’ is a framework, not a contract, which has been put together by the East of England Broadband Network, a regional consortium of local authorities and schools. It has not been put together by central government buyers. The framework is designed to help organisations, such as schools and local councils, find companies with whom they can work on sustainability projects, such as the installation of solar panels on schools.

The quoted £70 billion contract value is an estimate by the East of England Broadband Network of the highest possible maximum turnover the framework could generate over its lifetime. This is not money which has been awarded.

23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Property Sustainability Board’s meeting minutes from 1 January 2020 to 22 June 2022.

I will place a copy of the terms of reference and meeting minutes in the library of the House.

23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Property Sustainability Board’s terms of reference.

I will place a copy of the terms of reference and meeting minutes in the library of the House.

11th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination and (d) bullying scores of civil servants’ responses by sexual orientation to the (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021 Civil Service People Surveys.

The Cabinet Office publishes results from the Civil Service People Survey on GOV.UK. In addition to the overall results, demographic breakdowns are published.

The demographic scores for the 2020 Civil Service People Survey were published on 31 March. This publication included scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

Publication of the demographic scores of the 2021 Civil Service People Survey is scheduled for 30 June 2022 on GOV.UK. This will also include scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

11th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination and (d) bullying scores of civil servants’ responses by gender to the (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021 Civil Service People Surveys.

The Cabinet Office publishes results from the Civil Service People Survey on GOV.UK. In addition to the overall results, demographic breakdowns are published.

The demographic scores for the 2020 Civil Service People Survey were published on 31 March. This publication included scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

Publication of the demographic scores of the 2021 Civil Service People Survey is scheduled for 30 June 2022 on GOV.UK. This will also include scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

11th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination and (d) bullying scores by disability status of civil servants’ responses to the (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021 Civil Service People Surveys.

The Cabinet Office publishes results from the Civil Service People Survey on GOV.UK. In addition to the overall results, demographic breakdowns are published.

The demographic scores for the 2020 Civil Service People Survey were published on 31 March. This publication included scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

Publication of the demographic scores of the 2021 Civil Service People Survey is scheduled for 30 June 2022 on GOV.UK. This will also include scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

11th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination and (d) bullying scores by ethnicity of civil servants’ responses to the (i) 2020 and (ii) 2021 Civil Service People Surveys.

The Cabinet Office publishes results from the Civil Service People Survey on GOV.UK. In addition to the overall results, demographic breakdowns are published.

The demographic scores for the 2020 Civil Service People Survey were published on 31 March. This publication included scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

Publication of the demographic scores of the 2021 Civil Service People Survey is scheduled for 30 June 2022 on GOV.UK. This will also include scores for (a) engagement, (b) inclusion, (c) discrimination, and (d) bullying by ethnicity, disability status, gender and sexual orientation of civil servants’ responses.

26th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the total cost to the public purse of the (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) printing costs of the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency’s visits to civil service offices across the country in the last (i) 7, (ii) 14, (iii) 21 and (iv) 28 days.

Since being appointed, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency has visited Glass Wharf, Bristol, on Friday 22 April. Travel was provided by the Government Car Service. No accommodation costs were incurred. Costs for printing in support of the visit were not outside that usually provided.

The Minister also regularly attends government offices within London for meetings as part of his duties. Travel is usually provided by the Government Car Service and printing costs did not materially differ from those usually incurred.

31st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the the annual Civil Service People Survey will be published.

Every year, the Civil Service People Survey team publishes the Civil Service benchmark scores and the results for all participating organisations in the annual Civil Service People Survey on GOV.UK. The publication of the results for the Civil Service People Survey 2021 is scheduled for Thursday 28 April 2022.

30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government efficiency savings: technical note, 2021, published on 28 March 2022, which Department the savings of the London Travel Passes were allocated to.

These savings, £340,104, were generated through the Cabinet Office National Fraud Initiative (NFI) for London Councils rather than a Department. The NFI is a data matching exercise which involves 1200 organisations from across the UK. In this case, the NFI worked with London Councils, an organisation that represents and provides services for London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, to identify where freedom passes or taxi cards were still live, and could be used, despite the holder having passed them on. This resulted in the cancellation of passes and cards with an associated value of £340,104. Although assigned to London Councils, ultimately these savings are realised by London Boroughs and the taxpayer.

30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government efficiency savings: technical note, 2021, published on 28 March 2022, what debt recoveries were made in the private sector as a result of the Debt Market Integrator including (a) the company the debt was recovered from, (b) the amount recovered for each private company and (c) a summary of how the debt was accrued.

Since its inception in 2015, the Debt Market Integrator has recovered over £2.9bn in debts from over 14 million accounts owed to the public sector. Due to the vast amount of accounts placed with the DMI, we are unable to provide a breakdown of the companies that debt was recovered from or the amount recovered for each private company, or how the debt accrued.

The DMI focuses on ethical collection strategies in line with Financial Conduct Authority Treating Customers Fairly Principles, to ensure that debt is recovered in a sustainable manner, taking individual consumer and business circumstances into account.

30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government efficiency savings: technical note, 2021, published on 28 March 2022, what the (a) name of the supplier, (b) date the contract was awarded, (c) amount the Government paid to the supplier, (d) description of the contract and (e)) link to the contract on Contracts Finder was for each Department for Health and Social Care covid-19 response contracts that was renegotiated.

The Government efficiency savings technical note sets out the government’s assessment of savings made by cross-cutting government functions in their work with government departments and other central government organisations.

The Government Internal Audit Agency was engaged to audit the £3.4 billion of 2020/21 efficiency savings. We do not intend to publish further details about the efficiency savings relating to the Department of Health & Social Care’s Covid response as there may be associated commercial implications.

30th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government efficiency savings: technical note, 2021, published on 28 March 2022, which Department the savings of the identification of properties fraudulently declared empty when they were in fact occupied were allocated to.

These savings, £63,602, were generated through the work of the Cabinet Office National Fraud Initiative (NFI) for private sector utilities companies, rather than government departments, as a result of proactive data analytics using government data. The NFI is a data matching exercise which involves 1200 organisations from across the UK. Since 1996, more than £2bn of fraud or error has been detected or prevented through the NFI.

In this particular case, information provided to the NFI, primarily for the prevention and detection of public sector fraud, has also been utilised to prevent fraudulent losses for private sector utilities companies. Fraudsters operate across the public and private sector. In order to best minimise government and private sector losses, it is important that we also collaborate across organisations and sectors wherever possible. These savings derive from a strategy to work across the public and private sector to deliver counter fraud benefits for the whole of the UK economy. This is aligned to the Government’s Economic Crime Plan that sets out how both sectors will work together to tackle economic crime.

21st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Department for Work and Pensions' decision to close 42 offices across the UK on his Department’s ability to relocate civil servant roles outside London.

As the Levelling Up White Paper set out, departments have committed to moving more than 15,000 Civil Service roles out of Greater London by 2025, and 22,000 by 2030. By the end of 2021, more than 2,000 Civil Service jobs had already been relocated from Greater London under the Places for Growth programme.

Questions relating to the closure of DWP offices should be addressed to my Rt Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

18th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of her decision to close 42 offices across the UK with her policy on increasing the proportion of civil servant roles based outside London.

As the Levelling Up White Paper set out, departments have committed to moving more than 15,000 Civil Service roles out of Greater London by 2025, and 22,000 by 2030. By the end of 2021, more than 2,000 Civil Service jobs had already been relocated from Greater London under the Places for Growth programme.

Questions relating to the closure of DWP offices should be addressed to my Rt Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The Department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions - information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Any impact of increased home working during the COVID-19 pandemic will be included in the 2020/21 Greening Government Annual Report, which will be published in due course.

14th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

The Department is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

11th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Department is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

10th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

Like all government departments, the Cabinet Office has access to relevant learning from the Government Campus (formerly known as Civil Service Learning), which includes:

i) It’s your time to act: Net Zero

ii) Leaders, it’s your time to lead: Net Zero

The Cabinet Office does not have its own specific training programme.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what environmental factors the (a) Government Property Agency and (b) his Department have considered in assessing the suitability of locations for Government hubs.

A location’s potential to be a Government Hub is assessed against the following: Climate Resilience, Climate Adaptation, Flood Risk, Biodiversity and Sustainability.

The GPA adheres to the Government Buying Standards, which sets minimum acceptable Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ratings, which are applied across the Government Hubs programme. These are summarised as:

  • BREEAM New Construction 2018 at 70% or Excellent rating, or

  • BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 at 55% or Very Good rating.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government Skills Curriculum Unit's Government Campus Curriculum will contain modules on skills and knowledge for transitioning the Civil Service to net-zero.

Yes. The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. In the first phase, the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with other Departments (including BEIS, DEFRA and FCDO) to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific Functions and Professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on Net Zero which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government Departments.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has consulted the recognised relevant unions on the formation of the Government Campus by the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit.

The Head of the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit met with the recognised trade unions on Monday 14 March to discuss the aims and progress of the Government Campus programme and they have agreed to meet biannually. Prior to this, discussion of the skills agenda has been part of conversations with union representatives about modernisation and reform, and civil service human resources.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on these commitments every quarter.

In the Cabinet Office, this is led by the Head of Estates, working closely with the Government Property Agency, as the main provider of the Cabinet Office estate.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on producing social media videos and graphics for use on Ministerial social media accounts since January 2020.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers.

The Cabinet Office employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to Government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.

Content creation is one part of the digital team’s responsibilities, there is no individual cost per video or graphic created. The creation of these assets, as well with other communications products, is funded by the Cabinet Office Communications Directorate staffing budget.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department are managing ministerial social media accounts as either (a) their primary responsibility or (b) as part of their role.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers.

The Cabinet Office employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to Government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.

Content creation is one part of the digital team’s responsibilities, there is no individual cost per video or graphic created. The creation of these assets, as well with other communications products, is funded by the Cabinet Office Communications Directorate staffing budget.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has issued on the management of ministerial social media accounts.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers.

The Cabinet Office employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to Government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.

Content creation is one part of the digital team’s responsibilities, there is no individual cost per video or graphic created. The creation of these assets, as well with other communications products, is funded by the Cabinet Office Communications Directorate staffing budget.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of a potential conflict of interest arising from the 10 Downing Street Communications Director's work with with Hawthorn Advisors.

All special advisers make a declaration of interests to their employing department. Steps are then taken to ensure no conflict of interest or mitigate any potential conflict to the satisfaction of the relevant Permanent Secretary; and relevant interests are routinely published on GOV.UK.

On taking up employment with the Civil Service, Mr Harri resigned from Hawthorn Advisors.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral answers of the Paymaster General on 7 February 2022, whether he will have authority in his capacity as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister to direct (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is a Minister of the Crown and will have all the attendant powers and functions of a Minister of the Crown, including the authority to direct civil servants and special advisers in the normal way.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral answers of the Paymaster General on 7 February 2022, who will be responsible for appointing staff to the new Office of the Prime Minister; and what plans he has for staff of that department to be (a) special advisers and (b) officials.

Appointments will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of the implementation of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (No.2) Bill are both Private Members’ Bills that are currently progressing through the House of Commons.

The Government remains committed to developing the incorporation of long-term thinking in its policy development and has multiple items of existing legislation that facilitates this, but has reservations about the broad scope of these bills. Consultations or impact assessments are not carried out for Private Members’ Bills that the Government does not intend to support.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has had discussions with the Welsh Government on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (No.2) Bill are both Private Members’ Bills that are currently progressing through the House of Commons.

The Government remains committed to developing the incorporation of long-term thinking in its policy development and has multiple items of existing legislation that facilitates this, but has reservations about the broad scope of these bills. Consultations or impact assessments are not carried out for Private Members’ Bills that the Government does not intend to support.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions his Department has had with relevant stakeholders on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (No.2) Bill are both Private Members’ Bills that are currently progressing through the House of Commons.

The Government remains committed to developing the incorporation of long-term thinking in its policy development and has multiple items of existing legislation that facilitates this, but has reservations about the broad scope of these bills. Consultations or impact assessments are not carried out for Private Members’ Bills that the Government does not intend to support.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill on future living standards in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (No.2) Bill are both Private Members’ Bills that are currently progressing through the House of Commons.

The Government remains committed to developing the incorporation of long-term thinking in its policy development and has multiple items of existing legislation that facilitates this, but has reservations about the broad scope of these bills. Consultations or impact assessments are not carried out for Private Members’ Bills that the Government does not intend to support.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department have developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of workplace bullying or harassment in each year from 2010-11.

The Cabinet Office does not hold metrics that specifically identify Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of workplace bullying or harassment. The department has not received or maintained any formal diagnosis of civil servants with PTSD.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department have received counselling as a result of workplace bullying or harassment in each year from 2010-11.

Counselling provision through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider is completely confidential and anonymised. Cabinet Office does not, therefore, hold data or details relating to the counselling that Civil Servants may receive.

Furthermore, there are no metrics for onward referral or utilisation of counselling services following workplace bullying or harassment as this would break GDPR and employee confidentiality.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of his Department's process for handling allegations of racial discrimination; and if he will make a statement.

A ‘Respect and Inclusion review’ for the Cabinet Office is currently underway. In the recent Declaration on Government reform, Ministers and Permanent Secretaries committed to set a new standard for diversity and inclusion, including guaranteeing fairness at work and zero tolerance for Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination. Our position at the centre of government - delivering against an ambitious agenda - means we have a responsibility to get this right. The review will have a particular focus on race and disability where our data shows scope for improvement.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances made by staff in his Department’s arms-length bodies as a result of (i) race, (ii) disability and (iii) gender discrimination resulted in disciplinary action in each year from 2010-11.

This information is not held centrally by Cabinet Office, and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances made by staff in his Department as a result of (i) race, (ii) disability and (iii) gender discrimination resulted in disciplinary action in each year from 2010-11.

This information is not held centrally by Cabinet Office, and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances made by staff in his Department’s arms-length bodies as a result of (i) race, (ii) disability and (iii) gender discrimination were found to be proven in each year from 2010-11.

This information is not held centrally by Cabinet Office, and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances made by staff in his Department as a result of (i) race, (ii) disability and (iii) gender discrimination were proven in each year from 2010-11.

This information is not held centrally by Cabinet Office, and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department's arm's length bodies submitted (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances on experiencing discrimination as a result of their (i) race, (ii) disability or (iii) gender in each year from 2010-11.

This information is not held centrally by Cabinet Office, and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department submitted (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances on experiencing discrimination as a result of their (i) race, (ii) disability or (iii) gender in each year from 2010-11.

This information is not held centrally by Cabinet Office, and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of settlements resulting from employment tribunals in response to formal grievances raised as a result of allegations of racism in his Department in each year from 2010-11.

Employment tribunal decisions are published on GOV.UK. Whether an employment tribunal case followed an internal procedure is not held centrally by Cabinet Office and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of out of court settlements made as a result of formal grievances in response to allegations of racism in his Department in each year from 2010-11.

Employment tribunal decisions are published on GOV.UK. Whether an employment tribunal case followed an internal procedure is not held centrally by Cabinet Office and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances made by staff in his Department’s arms-length bodies as a result of (i) race, (ii) disability and (iii) gender discrimination resulted in an employment tribunal in each year from 2010-11.

Employment tribunal decisions are published on GOV.UK. Whether an employment tribunal case followed an internal procedure is not held centrally by Cabinet Office and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) complaints and (b) formal grievances made by staff in his Department as a result of (i) race, (ii) disability and (iii) gender discrimination resulted in an employment tribunal in each year from 2010-11.

Employment tribunal decisions are published on GOV.UK. Whether an employment tribunal case followed an internal procedure is not held centrally by Cabinet Office and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department’s human resources policies and practices were last reviewed.

In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), equality impact assessments are carried out for all new and reviewed Cabinet Office HR Policies and guidance. Most Cabinet Office HR policies are updated in line with cross government CSHR model policy which undergoes rigorous equality impact assessments.

Cabinet Office HR policies are continuously under review and generally updated in line with the Department’s strategic priorities, changes to legislation, user feedback and changes to cross government model policy from CSHR.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how often his Department’s human resources policies and practices are expected to be reviewed.

In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), equality impact assessments are carried out for all new and reviewed Cabinet Office HR Policies and guidance. Most Cabinet Office HR policies are updated in line with cross government CSHR model policy which undergoes rigorous equality impact assessments.

Cabinet Office HR policies are continuously under review and generally updated in line with the Department’s strategic priorities, changes to legislation, user feedback and changes to cross government model policy from CSHR.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department’s human resources policies and practices were last subject to an equality impact assessment.

In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), equality impact assessments are carried out for all new and reviewed Cabinet Office HR Policies and guidance. Most Cabinet Office HR policies are updated in line with cross government CSHR model policy which undergoes rigorous equality impact assessments.

Cabinet Office HR policies are continuously under review and generally updated in line with the Department’s strategic priorities, changes to legislation, user feedback and changes to cross government model policy from CSHR.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the staff turnover rate is in his Department by (a) job grade, (b) race, (c) gender and (d) disability.

Turnover is calculated using Headcount on the basis of staff leaving CO over a 12 month period and includes planned and unplanned leavers. The information requested, as recorded on Cabinet Office systems on 31 January 2022, is outlined in the tables below.

Job Grade

ALL CO

24.1%

PERM SEC

40.0%

SCS3

17.8%

SCS2

25.2%

SCS1

25.5%

G6

23.3%

G7

18.6%

SEO

20.4%

HEO

30.9%

EO

25.4%

AO

23.9%

Parliamentary Counsel Grades

2.0%

Commercial Grades

14.2%

Race

ALL CO

24.1%

E/Minority

25.3%

White

21.1%

Not Declared

26.9%

Gender

ALL CO

24.1%

Female

23.9%

Male

24.4%

Disability

ALL CO

24.1%

Yes

21.2%

No

22.2%

Not Declared

26.7%

Special Advisers have been excluded, all Parliamentary Council and Commercial Grades have been grouped together, Faststream numbers have been grouped with HEO grade.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of managers within his Department and its arms-length bodies have completed equalities training within the last (a) 12 months, (b) 24 months and (c) 36 months.

As with other Government departments, Cabinet Office (CO) utilises the Civil Service Learning (CSL) offer for all of its mandatory learning. This includes the training package, ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’, which all Cabinet Office staff are expected to complete on an annual basis.

In early 2021, ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’ replaced the CSL’s previous package, ‘Diversity and Inclusion 2019’, following the Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil’s instructions in late 2020 for all Civil Service departments to withdraw any learning that included reference to unconscious bias training. As such, we can advise that around 25% of CO colleagues completed ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’ in the year 2021.

It is worth noting that as part of the CO’s move to continue to improve and enhance the department’s L&D offer across 2022/2023, we will be working closely with colleagues in Government Skills and Curriculum Unit (GSCU) to review all CO mandatory learning, as well as introducing a new process to help capture completion rates of mandatory learning, as the current CSL system does not allow for this.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how often managers within his Department and its arms-length bodies are expected to undertake equalities training.

As with other Government departments, Cabinet Office (CO) utilises the Civil Service Learning (CSL) offer for all of its mandatory learning. This includes the training package, ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’, which all Cabinet Office staff are expected to complete on an annual basis.

In early 2021, ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’ replaced the CSL’s previous package, ‘Diversity and Inclusion 2019’, following the Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil’s instructions in late 2020 for all Civil Service departments to withdraw any learning that included reference to unconscious bias training. As such, we can advise that around 25% of CO colleagues completed ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’ in the year 2021.

It is worth noting that as part of the CO’s move to continue to improve and enhance the department’s L&D offer across 2022/2023, we will be working closely with colleagues in Government Skills and Curriculum Unit (GSCU) to review all CO mandatory learning, as well as introducing a new process to help capture completion rates of mandatory learning, as the current CSL system does not allow for this.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has identified any barriers to employment in senior civil servant roles for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds.

The Cabinet Office participated in the 2021 Social Mobility Employment Index. The organisation was ranked 23rd in the most recent index - this is the highest ranking in the Cabinet Office’s history. The organisation works on the feedback from the Social Mobility employment index to help it become a more socio diverse organisation.



13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the socio-economic diversity of civil servants in the (a) Treasury and (b) Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

As committed in the Declaration on Government Reform and in order to better serve the public, the government must ensure it draws on the talent of people from the widest possible range of geographical, social and career backgrounds. We will make sure that citizens who have experienced disadvantages in their early lives are able to flourish in public service.

The hon. Member should direct their question to HM Treasury and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to request statements on the socio-economic diversity of Civil Servants in those respective departments.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to improve the representation of (a) women and (b) ethnic minorities from low socio-economic backgrounds in senior civil service roles.

The Cabinet Office supports a number of Civil Service initiatives aimed at supporting colleagues to reach the Senior Civil Service from a diverse range of backgrounds including the Civil Service Fast Stream, Future Leaders Scheme and Senior Leaders Scheme. In addition, the Cabinet Office runs an internal Senior Sponsorship Scheme - a bespoke progression offer for the G6/7 talent pipeline, including SCS application support and SCS sponsorship.

The 2021 cohort of the Future Leaders Scheme had nearly a quarter of delegates from a lower socio economic background, over a fifth were from an ethnic minority background and more than half of successful candidates for the FLS were women. The 2020 Sponsorship Scheme was entirely made of ethnic minority colleagues. Over a third of the 2022 Sponsorship Scheme cohort identify as being from a lower socio-economic background.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve the representation of people from low socio-economic backgrounds in senior civil servant roles; and if he will make a statement.

The Cabinet Office supports a number of Civil Service initiatives aimed at supporting colleagues to reach the Senior Civil Service from a diverse range of backgrounds including the Civil Service Fast Stream, Future Leaders Scheme and Senior Leaders Scheme. In addition, the Cabinet Office runs an internal Senior Sponsorship Scheme - a bespoke progression offer for the G6/7 talent pipeline, including SCS application support and SCS sponsorship.

The 2021 cohort of the Future Leaders Scheme had nearly a quarter of delegates from a lower socio economic background, over a fifth were from an ethnic minority background and more than half of successful candidates for the FLS were women. The 2020 Sponsorship Scheme was entirely made of ethnic minority colleagues. Over a third of the 2022 Sponsorship Scheme cohort identify as being from a lower socio-economic background.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase Black, Asian, and minority ethnic representation in senior civil service roles.

The Cabinet Office supports a number of Civil Service initiatives aimed at supporting colleagues to reach the Senior Civil Service from a diverse range of backgrounds including the Civil Service Fast Stream, Future Leaders Scheme and Senior Leaders Scheme. In addition, the Cabinet Office runs an internal Senior Sponsorship Scheme - a bespoke progression offer for the G6/7 talent pipeline, including SCS application support and SCS sponsorship.

The 2021 cohort of the Future Leaders Scheme had nearly a quarter of delegates from a lower socio economic background, over a fifth were from an ethnic minority background and more than half of successful candidates for the FLS were women. The 2020 Sponsorship Scheme was entirely made of ethnic minority colleagues. Over a third of the 2022 Sponsorship Scheme cohort identify as being from a lower socio-economic background.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what resources the Government has allocated to increasing diversity in senior civil service roles.

The Declaration on Government Reform commits the Government to drawing on talent from all backgrounds. There are a number of initiatives aimed at supporting colleagues to reach the Senior Civil Service from a diverse range of backgrounds including the Civil Service Fast Stream, Future Leaders Scheme and Senior Leaders Scheme.

As an example of representation, the proportion of ethnic minority civil servants has risen from 9.2% in 2011 to 14.3% in 2021 (up from 13.2% in 2020). This exceeds 13.6%, the proportion of the UK’s economically active population who are from an ethnic minority. Since 2011, the proportion of civil servants with a declared disability has increased across all grades and is now 13.6%.

The positive increase in representation has been a steady incremental change over the last four years, underpinned by a programme of work including:

  • interventions to support internal career progression to SCS,

  • accelerating work on the external SCS talent pool - by creating a Task and Finish group to oversee development of the pool and improve representation of disabled and ethnic minority senior leaders,

  • mandated sponsorship of ethnic minority talent by Civil Service Senior Leadership,

  • a bespoke career progression offer for the G6/7 talent pipeline, including SCS application support, mentoring and sponsorship,

  • greater promotion of internal talent schemes such as the Future Leaders Scheme and Senior Leaders Scheme, supporting events organised by participants and

  • regular engagement with cross-Government Employee Networks to promote talent development at all levels.


Representation is increasing and whilst this trend is positive, we remain committed to improving representation across the broadest range of diversity as outlined in the Declaration on Government Reform across our workforce and in particular at our most senior grades. To build on the progress made over recent years and target where improvement is still needed, the Government will take a holistic approach to SCS recruitment to identify and remove barriers to underrepresented groups entering and progressing in the SCS.

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Civil Service Fast Stream: recruitment data 2019, 2020 and 2021, whether his Department has identified any barriers to Fast Stream employment for applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Success rates for lower socio-economic applicants in Fast Stream have been increasing annually since 2017, with 2021 success rates approximately three times the 2016 figure.

73% of Fast Stream appointments in 2021 were outside London (against 69.5% in 2019). Regional appointments are achieved through the widest possible spread of school and college work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, internships and Fast Stream roles. Attraction activity for roles is delivered both country-wide and through online sites to deliver geographic diversity and meet our levelling up ambitions.

Steps to support both diverse socio-economic and ethnic minority applicants are broadly similar except that partners and the target audiences differ, according to these groups. Outreach, attraction and marketing is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial placements. We have developed an inclusive website, and social media strategy, refreshed the target university list, and are undertaking outreach with diverse universities and engaging with diversity partners to support events. Activity also encompasses expanding the range of internships, undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes, increasing assessor diversity, and continually improving our fair and inclusive selection processes, for example, incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

Historical barriers to Fast Stream employment for applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds were highlighted in the 2016 Bridge Group analysis, suggesting applications were more likely to come from less diverse universities and courses, and from higher socio-economic students, along with there being less awareness of Fast Stream amongst lower socio-economic graduates. There was also, amongst lower socio-economic students, a perception of a slow recruitment process, less geographic diversity in terms of selection and lower performance at selection stage. Significant improvements have been made against these areas, with socio-economic diversity improving consistently for appointments in the last 5 years.

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Civil Service Fast Stream: recruitment data 2019, 2020 and 2021, what steps his Department took to ensure that the Fast Stream successful applicants were from diverse (a) socio-economic and (b) ethnic backgrounds.

Success rates for lower socio-economic applicants in Fast Stream have been increasing annually since 2017, with 2021 success rates approximately three times the 2016 figure.

73% of Fast Stream appointments in 2021 were outside London (against 69.5% in 2019). Regional appointments are achieved through the widest possible spread of school and college work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, internships and Fast Stream roles. Attraction activity for roles is delivered both country-wide and through online sites to deliver geographic diversity and meet our levelling up ambitions.

Steps to support both diverse socio-economic and ethnic minority applicants are broadly similar except that partners and the target audiences differ, according to these groups. Outreach, attraction and marketing is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial placements. We have developed an inclusive website, and social media strategy, refreshed the target university list, and are undertaking outreach with diverse universities and engaging with diversity partners to support events. Activity also encompasses expanding the range of internships, undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes, increasing assessor diversity, and continually improving our fair and inclusive selection processes, for example, incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

Historical barriers to Fast Stream employment for applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds were highlighted in the 2016 Bridge Group analysis, suggesting applications were more likely to come from less diverse universities and courses, and from higher socio-economic students, along with there being less awareness of Fast Stream amongst lower socio-economic graduates. There was also, amongst lower socio-economic students, a perception of a slow recruitment process, less geographic diversity in terms of selection and lower performance at selection stage. Significant improvements have been made against these areas, with socio-economic diversity improving consistently for appointments in the last 5 years.

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Civil Service Fast Stream: recruitment data 2019, 2020 and 2021, what plans he has to increase the number of successful applicants from outside London.

Success rates for lower socio-economic applicants in Fast Stream have been increasing annually since 2017, with 2021 success rates approximately three times the 2016 figure.

73% of Fast Stream appointments in 2021 were outside London (against 69.5% in 2019). Regional appointments are achieved through the widest possible spread of school and college work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, internships and Fast Stream roles. Attraction activity for roles is delivered both country-wide and through online sites to deliver geographic diversity and meet our levelling up ambitions.

Steps to support both diverse socio-economic and ethnic minority applicants are broadly similar except that partners and the target audiences differ, according to these groups. Outreach, attraction and marketing is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial placements. We have developed an inclusive website, and social media strategy, refreshed the target university list, and are undertaking outreach with diverse universities and engaging with diversity partners to support events. Activity also encompasses expanding the range of internships, undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes, increasing assessor diversity, and continually improving our fair and inclusive selection processes, for example, incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

Historical barriers to Fast Stream employment for applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds were highlighted in the 2016 Bridge Group analysis, suggesting applications were more likely to come from less diverse universities and courses, and from higher socio-economic students, along with there being less awareness of Fast Stream amongst lower socio-economic graduates. There was also, amongst lower socio-economic students, a perception of a slow recruitment process, less geographic diversity in terms of selection and lower performance at selection stage. Significant improvements have been made against these areas, with socio-economic diversity improving consistently for appointments in the last 5 years.

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Civil Service Fast Stream: recruitment data 2019, 2020 and 2021, what assessment he has made of the socio-economic diversity of successful Civil Service Fast Stream applicants; and if he will make a statement.

Success rates for lower socio-economic applicants in Fast Stream have been increasing annually since 2017, with 2021 success rates approximately three times the 2016 figure.

73% of Fast Stream appointments in 2021 were outside London (against 69.5% in 2019). Regional appointments are achieved through the widest possible spread of school and college work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, internships and Fast Stream roles. Attraction activity for roles is delivered both country-wide and through online sites to deliver geographic diversity and meet our levelling up ambitions.

Steps to support both diverse socio-economic and ethnic minority applicants are broadly similar except that partners and the target audiences differ, according to these groups. Outreach, attraction and marketing is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial placements. We have developed an inclusive website, and social media strategy, refreshed the target university list, and are undertaking outreach with diverse universities and engaging with diversity partners to support events. Activity also encompasses expanding the range of internships, undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes, increasing assessor diversity, and continually improving our fair and inclusive selection processes, for example, incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

Historical barriers to Fast Stream employment for applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds were highlighted in the 2016 Bridge Group analysis, suggesting applications were more likely to come from less diverse universities and courses, and from higher socio-economic students, along with there being less awareness of Fast Stream amongst lower socio-economic graduates. There was also, amongst lower socio-economic students, a perception of a slow recruitment process, less geographic diversity in terms of selection and lower performance at selection stage. Significant improvements have been made against these areas, with socio-economic diversity improving consistently for appointments in the last 5 years.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many current Government contracts are in the process of being allocated using emergency procurement regulations.

Individual departments are responsible for their own commercial decisions including the award of contracts.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the value of contracts allocated by (a) Government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) other arm’s length bodies’ using emergency procurement regulations in the (i) first, (ii) second, (iii) third and (iv) fourth quarter of 2021.

Individual departments are responsible for their own commercial decisions including the award of contracts.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts were allocated using emergency procurement regulations in the (a) first, (b) second, (c) third and (d) fourth quarter of 2021.

Individual departments are responsible for their own commercial decisions including the award of contracts.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) Government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) other arm’s length bodies that have allocated contracts using emergency procurement regulations in the (i) first, (ii) second, (iii) third and (iv) fourth quarter of 2021.

Individual departments are responsible for their own commercial decisions including the award of contracts.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) other arm’s length bodies have allocated contracts using emergency procurement regulations in the (i) first, (ii) second, (iii) third and (iv) fourth quarter of 2021.

Individual departments are responsible for their own commercial decisions including the award of contracts.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent employees were employed by Government bodies in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

National Statistics on employment numbers in the public sector are published each quarter by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are available at the following link: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/datasets/publicsectoremploymentreferencetable.

These statistics provide quarterly estimates and time-series data of UK public sector employment by central government (including Civil Service), local government and public corporations.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) buildings and (b) plots of land were sold by the Government in 2020-21.

The number of buildings or land plots disposed of is not held centrally by Cabinet Office.

The disposal value for 2020-21 was £473.5m.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many built assets were in the Government estates’ portfolio in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The number of built assets in 2020-21 was 136,844m2, and covers central government estate general and specialist estate, including hospitals and schools. Equivalent figures for previous years are not held centrally by Cabinet Office.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will outline the changes to the central Government’s office portfolio that led to the reduction in size of that office between March 2020 and March 2021.

The office portfolio was reduced by 2%, from 3.5m m2 to 3.4m m2 from 2019-20 to 2020-21. Reductions were driven by a combination of departmental estate strategies and collaboration between departments to share space - for example - HMRC exiting 12 PFI properties led to a 25,000 m2 reduction in floor area and relocation into government hubs.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total (a) occupied and (b) owned space of Government bodies’ estates were in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Central government space was only separated into owned and occupied space for 2019-20 for the general purpose estate which included offices, warehouses, job centres, courts, laboratories and other such general purpose uses.

In 2019-20, total owned and occupied space was 7,389,377 m² and 6,975,128 m², respectively.

Equivalent figures for other years are not held centrally in the Cabinet Office.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The Cabinet Office total owned estate for 2020-21 was 726,917m2 (In addition to this, 707,769m2 is managed by the Government Property Agency, which is a part of the Cabinet Office, on behalf of departments). For all previous years, the total estate is published in the State of the Estate report on GOV.UK.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total floor area of Government bodies’ estates was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The total floor area for government bodies is published in the State of the Estate report on GOV.UK for 2020-21. The total floor area of the government general purpose estate was published in prior years.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many central Government offices were (a) in London and (b) outside of London in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

The number of central Government buildings in 2021 and 2020 is given in the below table. Equivalent data for 2019 is not held centrally by Cabinet Office.

London

Other regions

2021

205

1,280

2020

212

1,325

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total annual running cost of Government bodies was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Departmental annual reports and accounts, including financial statements, are laid before Parliament and published on GOV.UK.

Gross Resource Expenditure by Arms Length Bodies is published on GOV.UK.

The Treasury publishes Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis (PESA) which presents statistics on public expenditure, including government departmental administrative expenditure. Table 1.7 breaks down administration budgets by department and Table 2.1 by economic category (e.g. staff costs).

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what catering or hospitality services are available for social events in 10 Downing Street; and what the total cost to the public purse was of catering and hospitality for events in 10 Downing Street during December 2020.

Cabinet Office transparency spending data by month can be found on GOV.UK.

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Answers of 8 December 2021 to the Rt hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras, whether the Cabinet Secretary will be provided access to (a) CCTV, (b) electronic entry, (c) email, (d) phone, (e) diary, (f) invitation and (g) WhatsApp records for purposes of his investigation into alleged events within Government properties during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office’s investigations into staff gatherings have been published on GOV.UK and deposited in the libraries of both Houses.

It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of an ongoing process. The Government has committed that the findings of the investigations will be made public in due course.

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what events took place within 10 Downing Street on (a) 18 December 2020, (b) 27 November 2020 and (b) 13 November 2020.

Official receptions in Downing Street are published each quarter as part of the Government’s transparency returns.

8th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance applied to (a) covid-safe meeting or events and (b) the admission of guests to Downing Street during November and December 2020.

The central government guidance from BEIS to employers, on how to reduce the risk of transmission in the workplace, applied during this period. Across the whole workplace of the government estate, this included undertaking appropriate premises risk assessments and implementing mitigation measures. Meetings with external organisations will have been held virtually as far as possible.



6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions his Department has had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the effect of the Places for Growth programme on EHRC staff with protected characteristics.

The Government has committed to relocating 22,000 roles from London across the UK, ensuring the Civil Service is representative of the communities it serves, bringing more diversity of thought into policy-making. The Places for Growth portfolio is at the heart of delivering this agenda.

Places for Growth has adopted an approach that is aimed to capture the broadest view of diversity and inclusion, whilst considering the characteristics protected under law. The portfolio is committed to ensuring that the focus of the portfolio and departments is much wider and remains committed to greater socioeconomic diversity, greater regional diversity and to create clusters and critical mass where we can effectively harness cognitive diversity to enable decision making.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Places for Growth programme equality impact assessment.

The Government has committed to relocating 22,000 roles from London across the UK, ensuring the Civil Service is representative of the communities it serves, bringing more diversity of thought into policy-making. The Places for Growth portfolio is at the heart of delivering this agenda.

Places for Growth has adopted an approach that is aimed to capture the broadest view of diversity and inclusion, whilst considering the characteristics protected under law. The portfolio is committed to ensuring that the focus of the portfolio and departments is much wider and remains committed to greater socioeconomic diversity, greater regional diversity and to create clusters and critical mass where we can effectively harness cognitive diversity to enable decision making.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Places for Growth programme does not disproportionately adversely effect (a) civil servants with protected characteristics and (b) non-departmental public body staff with protected characteristics.

The Government has committed to relocating 22,000 roles from London across the UK, ensuring the Civil Service is representative of the communities it serves, bringing more diversity of thought into policy-making. The Places for Growth portfolio is at the heart of delivering this agenda.

Places for Growth has adopted an approach that is aimed to capture the broadest view of diversity and inclusion, whilst considering the characteristics protected under law. The portfolio is committed to ensuring that the focus of the portfolio and departments is much wider and remains committed to greater socioeconomic diversity, greater regional diversity and to create clusters and critical mass where we can effectively harness cognitive diversity to enable decision making.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Places for Growth programme on (a) civil servants with protected characteristics and (b) non-departmental public body staff with protected characteristics.

The Government has committed to relocating 22,000 roles from London across the UK, ensuring the Civil Service is representative of the communities it serves, bringing more diversity of thought into policy-making. The Places for Growth portfolio is at the heart of delivering this agenda.

Places for Growth has adopted an approach that is aimed to capture the broadest view of diversity and inclusion, whilst considering the characteristics protected under law. The portfolio is committed to ensuring that the focus of the portfolio and departments is much wider and remains committed to greater socioeconomic diversity, greater regional diversity and to create clusters and critical mass where we can effectively harness cognitive diversity to enable decision making.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
27th May 2021
What steps his Department is taking to improve democratic inclusion.

We work with experts across sectors and provide funding to a number of initiatives to engage citizens in our democracy, make it more accessible and protect everyone's vote.

The introduction of online registration has resulted in record levels of people registering to vote and the Cabinet Office-chaired Accessibility of Elections Working Group works to enhance inclusiveness in our democracy.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the rationale for the plan to create Shared Services Centres for all of government; and what assessment the Government has made in terms of the potential (a) affinity and (b) encouragement of competition.

The Government’s Shared Services Strategy was published on 9 March 2021. It (a) identifies the groups of departments which will create five Shared Service Centres, (b) confirms that departments, and the commercial function, will work together to deliver value for money, by using central frameworks and national pricing models, driving commercial tension.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the governance arrangements within the Civil Service for delivering the Shared Services Strategy for Government.

The Shared Services Strategy for Government was published on 9 March 2021. The Strategy sets the framework for groups of departments to form Shared Service Centres to implement the Strategy. Part of Cabinet Office, Government Business Services is responsible for coordinating delivery of the Strategy.

The Strategy will deliver better, streamlined services and lower costs, to offer better value for money for the taxpayer. Each group of departments forming a Shared Service Centre will develop its own business case for implementing the strategy.

The final specification and all bidding documents for the Outsourced Contact Centre and Business Services (RM6181) framework agreement were published on the government’s Contracts Finder website in April 2021.

It is for Departments to determine their approach to consulting with Civil Service unions. Cabinet Office officials have had two constructive meetings with the National Trade Union Congress since publication of the Strategy, and welcome continuing dialogue.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the strategy for the Government Business Services' role is in leading the Shared Services Strategy for Government; and if he will make a statement.

The Shared Services Strategy for Government was published on 9 March 2021. The Strategy sets the framework for groups of departments to form Shared Service Centres to implement the Strategy. Part of Cabinet Office, Government Business Services is responsible for coordinating delivery of the Strategy.

The Strategy will deliver better, streamlined services and lower costs, to offer better value for money for the taxpayer. Each group of departments forming a Shared Service Centre will develop its own business case for implementing the strategy.

The final specification and all bidding documents for the Outsourced Contact Centre and Business Services (RM6181) framework agreement were published on the government’s Contracts Finder website in April 2021.

It is for Departments to determine their approach to consulting with Civil Service unions. Cabinet Office officials have had two constructive meetings with the National Trade Union Congress since publication of the Strategy, and welcome continuing dialogue.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what consultation was undertaken with Civil Service unions on the Shared Services Strategy for Government before that strategy was published.

The Shared Services Strategy for Government was published on 9 March 2021. The Strategy sets the framework for groups of departments to form Shared Service Centres to implement the Strategy. Part of Cabinet Office, Government Business Services is responsible for coordinating delivery of the Strategy.

The Strategy will deliver better, streamlined services and lower costs, to offer better value for money for the taxpayer. Each group of departments forming a Shared Service Centre will develop its own business case for implementing the strategy.

The final specification and all bidding documents for the Outsourced Contact Centre and Business Services (RM6181) framework agreement were published on the government’s Contracts Finder website in April 2021.

It is for Departments to determine their approach to consulting with Civil Service unions. Cabinet Office officials have had two constructive meetings with the National Trade Union Congress since publication of the Strategy, and welcome continuing dialogue.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to ensure that the equality objectives set out in his Department's single departmental plan are (a) specific, (b) measurable, (c) achievable, (d) realistic and (e) timely.

Information on Cabinet Office’s diversity and inclusion record, and performance against its Equalities Objectives, are set out in the Annual Report and Accounts.

The Cabinet Office will ensure its departmental Equality Objectives continue to be of the highest standard when updated.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason diversity data for his Department on publishing.service.gov.uk has not been updated since 2018.

Information on Cabinet Office’s diversity and inclusion record, and performance against its Equalities Objectives, are set out in the Annual Report and Accounts.

The Cabinet Office will ensure its departmental Equality Objectives continue to be of the highest standard when updated.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Regulation 2 of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, whether his Department has published at the required intervals information to demonstrate its compliance with that regulation; and if he will make a statement.

Information on Cabinet Office’s diversity and inclusion record, and performance against its Equalities Objectives, are set out in the Annual Report and Accounts.

The Cabinet Office will ensure its departmental Equality Objectives continue to be of the highest standard when updated.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has met the equality objectives set out in its single departmental plan; what assessment he has made of his Department's performance against those objectives; and if he will make a statement.

Information on Cabinet Office’s diversity and inclusion record, and performance against its Equalities Objectives, are set out in the Annual Report and Accounts.

The Cabinet Office will ensure its departmental Equality Objectives continue to be of the highest standard when updated.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Office for National Statistics plans to take to help prevent the transmission of covid-19 via the (a) collection, (b) processing and (c) storage of paper census forms.

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

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what items of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to the enumerators of the 2021 census; and what the cost to the public purse is of that PPE.

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

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will outline the (a) safety measures and (b) guidance that will be issued to the enumerators recruited to undertake the 2021 census.

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

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
5th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to answer the named day Question tabled by the hon. Member for Luton South on 13 October 2020 on contractor relief.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to PQ 102966. May I apologise for the delay in responding to the question.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether contractor relief identical to that set out in Procurement Policy Notice PPN 02/2 will be given from 31 October as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

I apologise for the delay in replying to this question. PPN 02/20 was critical in ensuring departments provided contractual relief to suppliers to maintain delivery of critical public services. This was replaced by PPN 04/20, published in June, which set out how contracting authorities should put in place transition plans with their suppliers to ensure contracts are flexible enough to deal with potential future lockdowns. Departments remain able to provide contractual relief and can seek approval from HM Treasury for spend where there is a strategic business need.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May 2020 to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, at how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department work together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

Supporting the Government’s objective to provide great places to work, enabling co-working through the Hub’s agenda and driving efficiencies by minimising vacant accommodation, the Government Property Agency manages a number of multi-let properties on the Whitehall Estate.

Details of multi-hub locations in London occupied by Cabinet Office, together with other Departments and agencies, are provided in the attached schedule.

5th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which properties in London managed by the Government Property Agency civil servants from more than one Department work in the same building; and what the names are of those Departments.

The Government Property Agency manages a number of multi-let buildings in London on behalf of Government Departments. The Agency supports the Whitehall Campus and Hubs Programme to transform central government’s ageing office estate - creating ‘Great Places to work’ - consolidating to a single interoperable / interconnected campus of shared, flexible, modernised, energy efficient buildings. Building in new capabilities, including technology that supports Smarter Working, the delivery of better public services and driving efficiencies by minimising vacant space. Further details are available online on the Government Property Agency's Business Plan for 2020-2021.

19th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many veterans were declared bankrupt in each month of 2022.

Information on the number of veterans declared bankrupt is not available.

23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the Public Sector Decarbonization Steering Board’s meeting minutes from 1 January 2020 to 22 June 2022.

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

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the Public Sector Decarbonization Steering Board’s terms of reference.

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

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The Department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions and this information is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report and the Department’s own Annual Report and Accounts.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

Yes. The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. In the first phase, the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with other Departments (including BEIS, DEFRA and FCDO) to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific Functions and Professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on Net Zero which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government Departments.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient. Our Greening Government Commitments set out our ambitions for continuous improvement and are reported every quarter.

In the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Greening Government Commitments are led by an appointed minister with support from the Director for Commercial and Operations.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department are managing Ministerial social media accounts as either (a) their primary responsibility or (b) as part of their role.

No staff within the Department manage ministerial social media accounts

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department has spent on producing social media videos and graphics for use on Ministerial social media accounts since January 2020.

There has been no money spent externally on producing social media and graphics for use on ministerial social media accounts since January 2020. There has been one full time Ministerial Content Producer employed by the department since July 2021, and creating content for ministerial channels is also part of three other Content Producer's roles. All ministerial content created is to promote departmental policy and sharing through Ministerial accounts increases our audience reach wider than departmental accounts.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help support energy efficiency measures in homes.

The Government has published the Heat and Buildings Strategy, setting out plans to decarbonise homes in the UK.

This includes £4 billion of new funding at the Spending review to start work.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was formed in July 2016.

The table below shows the total floor area of the Department’s Estate as published in the State of the Estate reports for 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The Department’s estates assets were transferred to the Government Property Agency in August 2018, and the Agency will report on the period beyond this.

Date

Total floor area (m2)

31/03/2016

1,334,299

31/03/2017

1,140,145

31/03/2018

1,052,478

16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that energy companies present energy bills to customers that accurately reflect their energy consumption.

Ofgem regulations require all energy suppliers to bill their customers based on energy usage, taking all reasonable steps to obtain meter readings, at least annually, and reflect these accurately in bills.

Customers with a smart meter can benefit from accurate and timely billing, as energy consumption data is automatically sent to energy suppliers. The In-Home Display (IHD), which households are offered when they have smart meters installed, also provides easily accessible, near real-time information about energy consumption, costs and credit.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to decarbonise the UK steel industry in the Net Zero Strategy; and what plans his Department has to direct the Clean Steel Fund towards hydrogen-based steelmaking.

Decarbonising UK industry is a core part of the Government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution. UK steel plays a critical role in the economy as a foundation industry and the Government remains committed to the UK steel industry and a decarbonised future, supporting local economic growth and our levelling-up agenda. The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, published on 17 March, commits to work with the newly constituted Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’. Hydrogen-based steelmaking is one of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

The Steel Council offers the forum for Government, industry and trade unions to work in partnership on the shared objective of creating an achievable, long-term plan to support the sector’s transition to a competitive, sustainable and low carbon future. In order to support these efforts, the Government has announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The decarbonisation of the steel sector and industry more widely will also be supported through the £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund (CIF) and £240m Net-Zero Hydrogen Fund.

12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 53 of the Climate Change Committee’s report, The Sixth Carbon Budget Manufacturing and construction, what plan he has to set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near zero emissions by 2035 as pledged in the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy.

Decarbonising UK industry is a core part of the Government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution. UK steel plays a critical role in the economy as a foundation industry and the Government remains committed to the UK steel industry and a decarbonised future, supporting local economic growth and our levelling-up agenda. The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, published on 17 March, commits to work with the newly constituted Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’. Hydrogen-based steelmaking is one of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

The Steel Council offers the forum for Government, industry and trade unions to work in partnership on the shared objective of creating an achievable, long-term plan to support the sector’s transition to a competitive, sustainable and low carbon future. In order to support these efforts, the Government has announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The decarbonisation of the steel sector and industry more widely will also be supported through the £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund (CIF) and £240m Net-Zero Hydrogen Fund.

12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to secure the future of primary steelmaking in the UK.

Decarbonising UK industry is a core part of the Government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution. UK steel plays a critical role in the economy as a foundation industry and the Government remains committed to the UK steel industry and a decarbonised future, supporting local economic growth and our levelling-up agenda. The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, published on 17 March, commits to work with the newly constituted Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’. Hydrogen-based steelmaking is one of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

The Steel Council offers the forum for Government, industry and trade unions to work in partnership on the shared objective of creating an achievable, long-term plan to support the sector’s transition to a competitive, sustainable and low carbon future. In order to support these efforts, the Government has announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The decarbonisation of the steel sector and industry more widely will also be supported through the £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund (CIF) and £240m Net-Zero Hydrogen Fund.

12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department’s long-term plan is to support jobs in the UK steel industry; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of hydrogen-based steelmaking to decarbonise the sector.

Decarbonising UK industry is a core part of the Government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution. UK steel plays a critical role in the economy as a foundation industry and the Government remains committed to the UK steel industry and a decarbonised future, supporting local economic growth and our levelling-up agenda. The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, published on 17 March, commits to work with the newly constituted Steel Council to consider the implications of the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee to ‘set targets for ore-based steelmaking to reach near-zero emissions by 2035’. Hydrogen-based steelmaking is one of the technological approaches being examined as part of this process.

The Steel Council offers the forum for Government, industry and trade unions to work in partnership on the shared objective of creating an achievable, long-term plan to support the sector’s transition to a competitive, sustainable and low carbon future. In order to support these efforts, the Government has announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The decarbonisation of the steel sector and industry more widely will also be supported through the £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund (CIF) and £240m Net-Zero Hydrogen Fund.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department are working together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

I refer the hon Member to the answer given today to Question UIN 54314.

15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to construction companies to enable them to meet health and safety guidelines in respect of covid-19.

The Government has worked with industry to produce guidance for those who work in or run outdoor working environments, including construction sites. This guidance will help to ensure that workplaces are as safe as possible and give workers the confidence to return to work. The guidance is published at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work.

The Government has also worked with the Construction Leadership Council to develop Site Operating Procedures, which provide practical advice to those seeking to implement Public Health England’s guidance.

Organisations must have effective arrangements in place for monitoring and reviewing their compliance with Government and industry guidance.

24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Luton South based businesses have (a) applied for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme and (b) had their applications to that scheme rejected.

As of 29 April, in total over £4.1 billion worth of loans have been issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to over 25,262 businesses.

In order to minimise administrative burden and therefore facilitate the issuing of as many loans as possible, the British Business Bank’s system only gathers data from lenders when loans are offered and drawn. Decisions on whether to capture information relating to rejected loans are at the discretion of the lender.

We are working with the British Business Bank, HM Treasury and the lenders on regular and transparent data publication going forward.

11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourage girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to take up cricket.

The Government is committed to supporting women's sport at every opportunity including pushing for greater participation.

There has been real progress in the number of women and girls taking up cricket in recent years, and wider developments in the women’s game, as noted by the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket report. Initiatives like Chance to Shine, which receives funding from Sport England, play an important role in that. The project is focussed in areas with a lack of accessible clubs and green spaces making cricket accessible to young people throughout the country. More widely, Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign has already inspired millions of women and girls to get active regardless of shape, size and ability.

However, we recognise that there is more to do. The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket report notes that while progress has been made in the women’s game, there are still areas for concern. Clearly the sport needs to reflect carefully on these findings and consider how best to deliver clear and sustained cultural change across cricket. The Government will review the findings of the report and we welcome the ECB’s commitment to bring forward a plan to tackle these serious issues, which must be addressed fully.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will make an assessment of the implications for its policies of claims of racism and discrimination at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The Government was extremely concerned by the reports of racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. We are absolutely clear that racism has no place in cricket, sport, or wider society, and we expect all sports to take this seriously.

We welcome the steps taken so far by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and YCCC but expect to see clear and sustained evidence of cultural change across the sport resulting from these actions and will hold them to account on this.

The Government will continue to work with the Sports Councils, national governing bodies and sector partners on eradicating racism from sport.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many people aged over 75 in a) Luton South b) East of England and c) England have been identified as not paying the TV Licence fee since the end of the over-75s concession in August 2020.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not hold this information. Under the Communications Act (2003), a fee for a television licence is payable to the BBC. The enforcement and administration for non-payment of the licence fee is the responsibility of the BBC as a body independent from the government.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to publish its response to the Fan-Led Review of Football Governance.

The Government has endorsed the principle that football requires a strong, independent regulator to secure the future of our national game. We are working at pace to consider the recommendations of the Fan Led Review, and determine the most effective way to deliver an independent regulator.

The DCMS Secretary of State committed to Parliament on 3 March to bring forward our Government response as soon as possible.

This response will be issued in the coming weeks.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on her Department’s carbon footprint.

DCMS monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions - information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

DCMS is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

DCMS is committed to the 2050 net zero target and is developing a capability training programme for our staff that will ensure we have the skills required to support the transition.

As part of this we are in contact with the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit (GSCU) who are developing a cross Whitehall training programme focused on climate capability. The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for the government.

We expect the first phase of this training to be piloted from April 2022 followed by a second phase where the GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific functions and professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on Net Zero which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government Departments.

We will ensure that any staff requiring these skills at DCMS are enrolled on this training.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether a senior manager in her Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on these commitments every quarter. In DCMS, the Director General for Strategy and Operations is responsible for this work.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on producing social media videos and graphics for use on Ministerial social media accounts since January 2020.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers.

DCMS employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to Government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in her Department are managing Ministerial social media accounts as either (a) their primary responsibility or (b) as part of their role.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers.

DCMS employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to Government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total floor area of her departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

This is shown in the table below, taken from the State of the Estate Reports.

The 2020-21 figure is significantly higher as it includes museums. These were not included in previous years.

Year

DCMS sqm (NIA - net internal area)

2010

92,605

2011

86,224

2012

75,391

2013

69,928

2014-2015

124,031

2015-2016

124,384

2016-2017

126,090

2017-2018

122,871

2018-2019

122,305

2019-2020

120,364

2020-2021

778,348

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if will take steps to ascertain what criteria were used by management at the Imperial War Museum when appointing ZE Global as the holders of its security contract; and if he will make an assessment of ZE Global's effectiveness in that role.

DCMS-sponsored museums operate independently, at arm’s length from government. The Imperial War Museum’s review of its security operations is an operational matter. As such, Ministers and officials have not assessed or discussed it.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with management at (a) the Imperial War Museum and (b) ZE Global on job security following the transfer of staff from Bidfest Noonan to ZE Global which is due to take place on 1 April 2021.

DCMS-sponsored museums operate independently, at arm’s length from government. The Imperial War Museum’s review of its security operations is an operational matter. As such, Ministers and officials have not assessed or discussed it.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the findings of the Imperial War Museum's security review report; and whether he plans to take steps to implement the recommendations of that report.

DCMS-sponsored museums operate independently, at arm’s length from government. The Imperial War Museum’s review of its security operations is an operational matter. As such, Ministers and officials have not assessed or discussed it.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with management at the Imperial War Museum on its (a) recently completed security review and (b) decision to appoint ZE Global as its security provider; and if he will make a statement.

DCMS-sponsored museums operate independently, at arm’s length from government. The Imperial War Museum’s review of its security operations is an operational matter. As such, Ministers and officials have not assessed or discussed it.

5th Nov 2020
What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the removal of the TV licence concession for the over-75s on the Government’s loneliness strategy.

We remain disappointed with the BBC's decision to restrict the over 75 licence fee concession to those in receipt of pension credit. We recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s and believe the BBC must look at how it uses its substantial licence fee income to support older people.

The government remains committed to working with partners across society to tackle loneliness. During Covid-19 we’ve provided £18 million for loneliness charities, updated our awareness campaign and launched a new Tackling Loneliness Network.

23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the latest covid-19 guidance, published on 22 September 2020 affects the ability for indoor grassroots performing arts organisations to rehearse and perform in groups of six.

It is against the law to gather in groups of more than six, where people are from different households or support bubbles. Some activities - such as those organised for under-18s - are exempt. In a COVID-19 Secure venue or public outdoor place, non-professional performing arts activity, including choirs, orchestras or drama groups can continue to rehearse or perform together where this is planned activity in line with the performing arts guidance and if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between groups of more than six at any time.

If an amateur group is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between these sub-groups of no more than six (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such non-professional activity should not take place.

17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support will be made available to the (a) English football leagues, (b) governing bodies of English football and (c) Professional Footballers’ Association to manage the long-term financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak.

Football clubs are the heart of local communities and many have a great history.

The Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses throughout this period, including a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for
business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support. Many football clubs have benefited from these measures.

The Government is in regular dialogue with the football authorities, including the English Football League, to understand their financial position - but has been absolutely clear that it expects football to look first at how it can support itself through these difficult times.I therefore welcomed the Premier League announcement to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League to help clubs throughout the football pyramid.The EFL has also announced a £50m relief fund to help their clubs enduring immediate cash flow problems because of the coronavirus crisis.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of English Football League clubs in (a) the Championship, (b) League 1 and (c) League 2.

Football clubs are the heart of local communities and many have a great history.

The Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses throughout this period, including a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for
business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support. Many football clubs have benefited from these measures.

The Government is in regular dialogue with the football authorities, including the English Football League, to understand their financial position - but has been absolutely clear that it expects football to look first at how it can support itself through these difficult times.I therefore welcomed the Premier League announcement to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League to help clubs throughout the football pyramid.The EFL has also announced a £50m relief fund to help their clubs enduring immediate cash flow problems because of the coronavirus crisis.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department are working together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

We currently do not occupy any hub locations managed by GPA.

29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students who were non-high needs and aged between 16 and 19 years old received the band (a) five and (b) 4a national funding rate in the 2022-23 academic year.

The department does not hold the information in the format requested, or publish data split by funding band.

The department identifies high needs students in the Individual Learner Record and School Census data to allocate the appropriate funding. When calculating the number of funded students per band, the department does not distinguish between those with high needs and others, for this funding stream.

Therefore, the figures below include students in both high needs and non-high needs categories.

In 2022/2023, the total number of funded students in 16 to 19 allocations were:

  • Band 5: 999,779
  • Band 4*: 140,943

*The allocations figures recorded by the department do not separate the number of funded students in Bands 4a and 4b, since this is not necessary for the calculation, as both bands attract the same funding rate.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the East of England APPG and EELGA entitled Levelling Up in the East of England - the Region’s Progress towards the Government’s Twelve Levelling Up Missions, if she will make an assessment of the potential implications for her policies of the recommendations in that report in respect of overall quality of training, access to training and a better alignment of training with employer need.

The department is investing £3.8 billion more in further education and skills over the Parliament to ensure people can get onto the ladder of opportunity and access high-quality training and education that leads to good jobs, addresses skills gaps, boosts productivity and supports levelling up.

Careers education, information, advice and guidance is a crucial first step to supporting individuals to access excellent education and skills training. Driven by the internationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks, secondary schools and colleges are embedding career learning in the curriculum and providing young people with tailored advice and guidance, including more opportunities to learn about skills and apprenticeships.

Through our National Careers Service digital campaigns, such as Get the Jump, we are bringing information about education and training courses into one place. Users can also search where to take courses.

Additionally, the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) programme continues to raise awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships, and T Levels in schools and colleges.

Employers have been central to the design and delivery of our skills policies such as through apprenticeships, T levels, and Institutes of Technology. The department set out in the Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth White Paper that we want to build on these successes, giving employers a key role in our skills system. By 2030, almost all technical courses will be on employer-led standards, ensuring that the education and training people receive are directly linked to the skills needed for jobs.

Employer-led Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) are forging stronger, more dynamic and direct working arrangements between employers, skills providers, and local leaders. By embedding greater employer engagement in local skills systems, LSIPs will bring the demand and supply sides closer together. This will enable a coherent ‘whole system’ approach to skills planning and help people develop the skills they need to get good jobs and increase their prospects.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the East of England APPG and East of England Local Government Association entitled Levelling Up in the East of England: the Region’s Progress towards the Government’s Twelve Levelling Up Missions, published on 13 December 2022, if she will take steps to implement the recommendations in that report on delivering more in-work education provision and participation in (a) further education and (b) skills training for adults.

Workplace activity is already a key element of our skills programmes. This includes apprenticeships, which give employees hands-on training to start and progress in work and offer a high quality alternative to academic and classroom-based qualifications. We are increasing investment in apprenticeships to £2.7 billion by 2024/25.

New T Levels are high quality, technical qualifications and every T Level student must complete a mandatory industry placement of a minimum of 45 days. This must take place with an external employer. We will be investing up to £500 million extra a year for T Levels once they are fully rolled out.

The department is investing £1.6 billion through the National Skills Fund across the 2022 to 2025 financial years. This includes up to £550 million to significantly expand Skills Bootcamps and Level 3 Free Courses for Jobs, so that more adults across all regions of the country can access the training. New Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19 or over, which give adults the opportunity to build valuable, sector-specific skills, based on local employer demand and provide a direct path to a job on completion.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the East of England APPG and EELGA entitled Levelling Up in the East of England - the Region’s Progress towards the Government’s Twelve Levelling Up Missions, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of the recommendation in that report for opportunities for greater local oversight of skills funding and coordination across local partnerships.

In the current academic year, the government has devolved approximately 60% of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to nine Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA), which are responsible for the provision of AEB-funded adult education for their residents and allocation of the AEB to providers. This includes Cambridgeshire and Peterborough MCA which received £11.9 million devolved AEB in the 2022/23 financial year to enable it to address the skills needs of the area.

As set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, devolution of adult education funding has been a core part of all MCA devolution deals to date. The department has committed to devolving adult education functions and the associated core AEB to new areas from 2025/26, as part of new devolution deals.

Over recent months, the department has been working with six new geographic areas, including Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council to support them with the announcement of their devolution deals. The government will fully devolve the AEB to Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council from the 2025/26 academic year, subject to readiness conditions and parliamentary approval of the required secondary legislation conferring the appropriate functions.

Apprenticeships funding is already devolved to employers across the country who decide which apprenticeships they offer. Funding for 16 to 19 education and training has not been devolved because it is different to adult education. It is a core part of the compulsory education and training system. Young people have a duty to participate up to the age of 18. It enables young people to choose from a set of high-quality options which will support them into an apprenticeship, into other work, or into additional learning such as higher education or higher technical programmes. As such it is important to maintain a national offer which is consistently high-quality across the country and promotes social mobility.

The National Skills Fund (NSF) is not devolved but uses a range of funding mechanisms to ensure a good range of adult skills provision is delivered across the country. Skills Bootcamps are being delivered online or across multiple areas of England. Funding includes £70 million to MCAs and the GLA and other local areas to deliver Skills Bootcamps that specifically meet local skills.

The department is currently making funding and accountability reforms, aiming to create a simpler and more effective system that spreads opportunity across England, focused on delivering good outcomes for learners, employers, and the taxpayer. We want to ensure that the funding system actively supports further education providers to work collaboratively with other local providers, local employers, and other key stakeholders. Two public consultations were ran, with the second one closing on 12 October 2022. A formal response to the second consultation will be published in spring 2023.

The Strategic Development Fund awarded the East of England £10.1 million to develop new courses and facilities in sectors identified as having the greatest skills challenges. Building on this, Employer Representative Bodies are now leading on the development of Local Skills Improvement Plans across the region. The plans will set out priority changes to provision and associated funding will help enable providers to adapt their curriculum offer.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the East of England APPG and East of England Local Government Association entitled Levelling Up in the East of England: the Region’s Progress towards the Government’s Twelve Levelling Up Missions, published on 13 December 2022, if she will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to implement the recommendations in that report on improving alignment of her Department's policies with those of other Departments on (a) health, (b) the economy and (c) income and benefits.

To facilitate cross-Government working on the Levelling Up agenda, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities leads a group including ministers from all Departments. The group provides support, challenge, and accountability to drive progress on the missions.

18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the East of England APPG and EELGA entitled Levelling Up in the East of England - the Region’s Progress towards the Government’s Twelve Levelling Up Missions, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of the recommendation in that report for a review of the funding formula that applies to rural schools.

The Department recognises the essential role that rural schools play in their communities. The National Funding Formula accounts for the particular challenges faced by small schools in rural areas through the lump sum and sparsity factor.

In recent years, the Department has made changes to the sparsity factor that have seen the total amount it allocates increase from £26 million in the 2020/21 financial year to £95 million in 2022/23. It will increase again to £97 million in 2023/24.

From 2022/23, the Department began measuring schools’ remoteness more accurately, by road distances, and this led to a significant increase in the number of schools eligible for sparsity funding to over 2,500 schools in total.

7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2022 to Question 101099 on Further Education Expenditure, how much and what proportion of the £6.5 billion made available to 16-19 education has been spent in the 2022-23 academic year.

The department does not specifically track the spending by each institution against the allocated 16-19 budget. Colleges, school sixth forms and other providers can determine how and when to spend this funding in each academic year to best support their students.

Details of the funding allocations by institution for 16-19 year olds (or up to 25 years with an education health and care plan) in the 2022/23 academic year can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/16-to-19-allocation-data-2022-to-2023-academic-year.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
1st Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the spend on 16-19 education in the current financial year.

Funding is allocated to institutions for education and training for 16 to 19-year-olds and young people aged up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by academic year. For the 2022/23 academic year the department has made available £6.5 billion.

The Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 made available an extra £1.6 billion for 16 to 19 education in 2024/25 compared with financial year 2021/22. This is the biggest increase in 16 to 19 funding in a decade. This will help to fund the additional students anticipated in the system, 40 extra hours per student, and provide an affordable increase in funding rates per student. This includes an up-front cash boost which will see the national rate of funding increase by over 8% in academic year 2022/23, from £4,188 to £4,542 per student.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
8th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4th November 2022 to Question 71347 on Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3 and Below in England Review, how many 16-18 year old students are enrolled on (a) the 1,510 level 3 qualifications included in his Department’s review of post-16 qualifications and (b) each of the 134 Applied General Qualifications approved for inclusion in performance tables.

Our most recent assessment, covering the full impact of the reforms to level 3 qualifications, stated that of the 2.9 million 16 to 19-year-old enrolments studying level 3 qualifications, in future an estimated 742,000 could instead be studying T Levels, A levels, or a study programme that includes an alternative high-quality qualification that we are confident will help them to progress.

Separately, Applied General Qualifications (AGQs) are a subset of qualifications which are subject to our reforms. Published participation data from the end of 2021 shows that there were 268,000 16 to 18 year old students studying AGQs.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Level 3 applied general qualifications are currently included in the scope of his Department’s review of post-16 qualifications; and how many of those qualifications are (a) approved and (b) not approved for inclusion in performance tables.

As at August 2022, there were 5,200 qualifications approved for post-16 funding in England and in scope of the review of post-16 qualifications. This figure excludes those qualifications that the department has already confirmed will continue to be funded. 1,510 qualifications are at level 3, and 3,690 are at level 2 and below. Applied General is a level 3 qualification (AGQ) category of the aged 16-18 performance tables. There are 134 AGQs approved for inclusion on the 2024 aged16-18 performance tables, all of which are in scope of the post-16 qualifications review.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) Level 3 qualifications and (b) other qualifications are included in the scope of his Department’s review of post-16 qualifications.

As at August 2022, there were 5,200 qualifications approved for post-16 funding in England and in scope of the review of post-16 qualifications. This figure excludes those qualifications that the department has already confirmed will continue to be funded. 1,510 qualifications are at level 3, and 3,690 are at level 2 and below. Applied General is a level 3 qualification (AGQ) category of the aged 16-18 performance tables. There are 134 AGQs approved for inclusion on the 2024 aged16-18 performance tables, all of which are in scope of the post-16 qualifications review.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
17th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much was spent on improvements to school buildings in Luton South constituency in the period between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022.

The Department has allocated over £13 billion in condition funding since 2015 for improving the condition of school buildings, including £1.8 billion in the 2021/22 financial year.

Schools and those responsible for school buildings receive condition funding through different routes depending upon their size and type. Local authorities, large academy trusts and large voluntary aided bodies receive school condition allocations (SCA) to invest in their schools. In addition, devolved formula capital (DFC) is allocated for individual schools and other eligible institutions to spend on capital projects that meet their own priorities.

As investment of these allocations is determined at a local level, and many responsible bodies, such as large academy trusts, cut across local boundaries, it is not possible to break total spend down to constituency level. However, allocations of SCA and DFC for the 2021/22 financial year can be found here: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ukgwa/20210701004626/https:/www.gov.uk/guidance/school-capital-funding#funding-allocations-for-the-2021-to-2022-financial-year.

Schools not part of bodies eligible for SCA are instead eligible to bid to the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). Annual bidding rounds for CIF are launched in the autumn and we announce the outcomes in the following spring. CIF funding is released in phased payments as work progresses. For CIF, we do not track monthly expenditure by constituency. We publish final CIF funding amounts on individual projects only once all projects in an annual round have completed, for commercial reasons.

In addition to allocations, the School Rebuilding Programme will rebuild or refurbish buildings at 500 schools over the next decade. 161 schools have been confirmed to date and details, including contract values once available, are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-rebuilding-programme-2022-to-2023-approved-schools.

11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) Ofsted-registered childminders work in and (b) children aged (i) one to three and (ii) four to 11 live in Luton South constituency as of October 2022; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of childcare provision in that constituency; and if he will make a statement.

A breakdown in the number of Ofsted-registered childminders who are working, and the number of children aged 1-3 and 4-11 by parliamentary constituency and local authorities requested, can be found in the attached table. Childminders are generally the most affordable and flexible form of childcare and form an important part of the broader childcare market.

Under Section 6 of the Childcare Act 2006, local authorities are responsible for ensuring that the provision of childcare is sufficient to meet the requirements of parents in their area. At present, all local authorities report that they are fulfilling their duty to ensure sufficient childcare.

11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 28 September 2022 to Question 51633 on Schools: Solar Power, how many school buildings in Luton South constituency were inspected as part of the 2017 to 2019 Condition Data Programme survey.

The Department is preparing detailed analysis of the data collected for the Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme and plan to publish the details by the end of the year.

The key, high-level findings of the CDC programme, were published in May 2021 in the report ‘Condition of School Buildings Survey – Key Findings’.

The report is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/989912/Condition_of_School_Buildings_Survey_CDC1_-_key_findings_report.pdf.

The Department has no plans to make a statement.

11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 27 September 2022 to Question 51628 on Schools: Buildings, which schools in Luton South constituency contain one or more buildings classified in Category D of condition need; how long each of those buildings has been classified in that category; and if he will make a statement.

The Department is preparing detailed analysis of the data collected for the Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme and plan to publish the details by the end of the year.

The key, high-level findings of the CDC programme, were published in May 2021 in the report ‘Condition of School Buildings Survey – Key Findings’.

The report is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/989912/Condition_of_School_Buildings_Survey_CDC1_-_key_findings_report.pdf.

The Department has no plans to make a statement.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions. Information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

The department also publishes the progress against emissions reduction targets in their own Annual Reports and Accounts.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

The department is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient to the impact of climate change. We report our performance against the Greening Government Commitments in line with agreed timescales. Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments annual reports.

The department measures our water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and take steps to minimise waste and promote resource efficiency. We are committed to our target of an overall 56% reduction in our carbon emissions by financial year 2025 compared with 2017/18 emissions.

The department is also due to publish a Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for the education and children’s services systems in April 2022, which will provide more detail on the steps we will take to measure and manage our carbon footprint.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The department is currently preparing a sustainability and climate change strategy for the education and children’s services systems. A draft of this strategy was shared at COP26 for wider engagement across the sectors, prior to the planned publication of the final version in April 2022. More information, including the draft strategy document, is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-puts-climate-change-at-the-heart-of-education--2.

The department’s sustainability and climate change strategy for the education and children’s services systems centres on four strategic aims:

  • Excellence in education and skills for a changing world.
  • Net Zero.
  • Resilience to climate change.
  • A better environment for future generations.

Each outcome will cover each of our sectors (early years, schools, further education, higher education, children’s social care), as well as the organisation itself, and its Arm’s Length Bodies.

Proposals on transitioning to Net Zero are set out in Action Area 3 on Education Estates. Regarding the department’s own operations, proposals are set out in Action Area 4 on Operations and Supply Chains. The department is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The government also published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

The department has established a Sustainability and Climate Change unit to co-ordinate and drive activity across the department and its sectors. The division will ensure everyone in the department has the awareness and knowledge needed to support the transition to net zero, using resources being developed within the new Government Curriculum, and through broader support provided by the department’s sustainability experts.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on these commitments every quarter.

In the Department for Education, this is led by the Deputy Director for Estates, working to the Chief Operating Officer.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent on producing social media videos and graphics for use on Ministerial social media accounts since January 2020.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-code/the-civil-service-code the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers, the guidance can be found here: https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/guidance/professional-standards/propriety/propriety-in-digital-and-social-media/.

The department employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.


Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff in his Department are managing Ministerial social media accounts as either (a) their primary responsibility or (b) as part of their role.

We are now in a digital age, where social media and digital communications are an essential part of government, helping inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

In addition to the Civil Service Code, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-code/the-civil-service-code the Government Communications Service offers propriety in digital and social media guidance and is available to discuss questions relating to social media when working with ministers, the guidance can be found here: https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/guidance/professional-standards/propriety/propriety-in-digital-and-social-media/.

The department employs an in-house social media team to use digital channels and create content to communicate departmental policies online. It is often appropriate for content relating to government policies, guidance and announcements, created by civil servants, to be amplified or posted on other channels including ministers' own social media accounts where this helps drive wider engagement from the public.


Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The Office for Government Property annually publishes the 'State of the Estate' report. The total floor area of the department’s estate (including Arms Length Bodies) for each of the requested years is available in the relevant reports at GOV.UK, by searching here: https://www.gov.uk/search/all?keywords=%22state%20of%20the%20estate%22&public_timestamp%5Bfrom%5D=2010&order=relevance.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
21st May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the difference in average per pupil funding was between (a) 5 to 16 year olds and (b) 16 to 19 year olds in each of the last five years.

The Department publishes statistics on school revenue funding annually. The latest publication, from January 2021, covers the financial years 2010/11 through to 2021/22 and is available here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-funding-statistics#dataBlock-10b3bbd5-58b1-401d-9aaf-9daaa184a6df-tables.

The publication shows the average per pupil funding to schools for 5 to 16 year olds.

Table 1 - average per pupil funding, in cash terms, to schools for 5 to 16 year olds.

Financial year

Average per pupil funding, cash terms

2017-18

£5,590

2018-19

£5,730

2019-20

£5,920

2020-21

£6,280

2021-22

£6,490

Table 2 uses the published 16-19 funding allocations [1] to derive the average funding per student for all types of school and college for the last 5 academic years. Funding allocations for further education colleges of 16 to 19 education for the 2021/22 academic year have yet to be finalised.

Table 2 - average per student funding, in cash terms, for 16 to 19 year olds

Academic year

Average per student funding, cash terms

2016/17

£4,488

2017/18

£4,481

2018/19

£4,504

2019/20

£4,516

2020/21

£4,958

5 to 16 year old pupils in schools are funded differently from 16 to 19 students, using two separate systems with different methodologies. The numbers of hours young people spend in learning is also different between the two phases of education, and published data for the 5 to 16 phase is by financial year, and for the 16 to 19 funding by academic year. The figures for 5 to 16 education include high needs funding and additional grants, such as grants to provide help with teacher pay and pension costs, and to support free meals for students, when the equivalents have not been included in the 16 to 19 figures. Therefore, direct comparisons cannot be applied.

[1] The 16 to 19 per student funding calculation only includes institutions that have students receiving total programme funding. Some institutions receive only high needs funding – their students are not included in this calculation. In addition, the Condition of Funding adjustment for English and maths and the Advanced Maths Premium have been incorporated in total programme funding in 2019/20 to make this consistent with the definition in 2020/21. The condition of funding adjustment for English and maths has been incorporated into the total programme funding in 2016/17 to 2018/19 to make this consistent with the definition in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the information that informed the Government's decision on the return of all remaining students to university campuses on 17 May 2021 as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

We have worked extremely closely with scientists and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to understand and model various scenarios to inform our plan to re-open the country without putting unsustainable pressure on the NHS. We have also examined economic and social data to get a balanced understanding of the impacts of carefully easing restrictions. The government has also carefully considered data on the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on ethnic minority communities, the vulnerable, the young, and low-income groups.

The government considered all the scientific advice and models that suggested that allowing additional indoor mixing at an earlier stage when prevalence was higher and fewer people had been vaccinated could result in significantly higher numbers of infections and that is why restrictions outdoors were eased before restrictions on most indoor activity. As the number of people vaccinated increased, we have been able to take steps to ease restrictions further.

A wealth of data, papers and evidence is being published at the same time as the roadmap, to ensure transparency on the information the government has had available to it in reaching its decisions. This includes the following information from Public Health England:

  • Information on vaccine effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccination
  • A surveillance report with a more detailed summary of the findings so far from the Sarscov2 Immunity and Reinfection Evaluation (SIREN) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI)-Watch
  • A technical paper on the SIREN analysis being published (as a pre-print) by the Lancet

The papers from SAGE include:

  • Minutes from the last 4 SAGE meetings
  • Children’s Task and Finish Group paper: ‘COVID-19 in higher education settings’, 10 February 2021
  • 3 papers from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) with a summary of modelling on scenarios for easing restrictions, together with the supporting papers from modellers at Warwick University and Imperial College London
  • A collection of papers from SPI-M on “relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions and the re-opening of schools” and the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) (the behavioural experts’ sub-group of SAGE) on return to campus for the Spring term and the risk of increased transmission from student migration

Additional papers published by SAGE in relation to Step 3 of the roadmap can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sage-meetings-may-2021.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
23rd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 179739, on Schools: Expenditure, what the average per pupil funding is for 11 to 16 year olds in England; and if he will publish that data for the latest year in which figures are available.

Per pupil funding figures for 5–16-year-olds across England is published annually. The latest publication, from January 2021, is available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-funding-statistics#dataBlock-10b3bbd5-58b1-401d-9aaf-9daaa184a6df-tables. A breakdown of the published school funding statistics for 11–16-year-olds specifically is not available.

The majority of schools' revenue funding is allocated through the schools national funding formula (NFF). As part of the NFF, a “Secondary Unit of Funding” is calculated for each local authority which determines the amount of funding allocated to local authorities in respect of secondary pupils through the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). This is published annually and the most recent was published in July 2020 for the financial year 2021-22, when the average Secondary Unit of Funding was £5,934.86: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-tables-for-schools-and-high-needs-2021-to-2022.

The secondary unit of funding does not include premises funding and growth funding that is allocated through the DSG, nor does it include funding through other grants such as the pupil premium. Furthermore, local authorities can set their own local funding formulae, so the amount of funding received by schools in respect of 11-16 pupils in their 2021-22 budgets may be different.

23rd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 179740, on Further Education: Expenditure, what the average total (a) programme funding and (b) student funding will be for 16 to 19 year olds in (i) further education colleges and (ii) other colleges and schools in 2021-22.

Funding allocations for providers of 16-19 education for the next academic year 2021 to 2022 have yet to be finalised. While we have now issued allocations to individual schools and colleges, we are still considering business cases from providers where their allocation has been impacted by major data errors in their School Census or Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data returns. Until this process is complete, funding allocations are still subject to change. However, funding rates for 2021 to 2022 will be maintained at the same levels as 2020 to 2021, so we expect that average funding per student next year will be similar to this year.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average per pupil funding was for 16 to 19 year olds in (a) further education colleges and (b) other colleges and schools in each of the last five years.

The table below uses the published 16-19 funding allocations to derive the average funding per student for further education (FE) colleges, and all other types of providers, from 2016/17 and the subsequent four academic years.

Average total programme funding per student £

Provider type

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

FE colleges

£4,623

£4,627

£4,653

£4,674

£5,111

Other providers

£4,386

£4,370

£4,390

£4,392

£4,840

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average per pupil funding was for 11 to 16 year olds in England in each of the last five years.

The Department produces published statistics on school revenue funding annually. The latest publication, from January 2021, is available online and covers the financial years 2010-11 through to 2021-22: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-funding-statistics#dataBlock-10b3bbd5-58b1-401d-9aaf-9daaa184a6df-tables.

The publication shows the average per pupil funding, in cash and real terms, to schools for 5 to 16 year olds. There is no separate breakdown available for 11 to 16 year olds.

Per pupil funding, cash terms, £

Per pupil funding, 2020-21 terms, £

2010-11

£5,180

£6,510

2011-12

£5,270

£6,520

2012-13

£5,360

£6,510

2013-14

£5,460

£6,520

2014-15

£5,560

£6,540

2015-16

£5,600

£6,540

2016-17

£5,590

£6,370

2017-18

£5,590

£6,260

2018-19

£5,730

£6,270

2019-20

£5,920

£6,320

2020-21

£6,280

£6,280

2021-22

£6,490

£6,680

3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what methodology his Department uses to calculate the allocation of devices to schools to facilitate remote working.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people.

The laptops and tablets are an injection of support to help schools, academy trusts and local authorities to provide access to remote education and online social care. Schools, colleges, academy trusts, and local authorities are responsible for distributing the laptops and tablets and are best placed to know which children and young people need access to a device.

The Department has based allocations on estimates of the need of disadvantaged children in Years 3 to 11 using data on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals data and external estimates of the number of devices that schools already own.

We have extended support to disadvantaged 16-to-19 year olds, including those in further education. Schools with sixth forms, colleges and other further education institutions are being invited to order laptops and tablets to further support disadvantaged students to access remote education.

Where schools need additional devices, in order to support disadvantaged children, they should contact the Department’s service team at covid.technology@education.gov.uk. They should include the number of children who require support and an explanation of how they’ve gathered this evidence.

18th Jan 2021
What assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 lockdown on (a) the attainment gap and (b) children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 disruption is a key priority for the Government.

The Department has commissioned an independent research agency to analyse catch-up needs and monitor progress over this academic year. This research is based on a large sample of pupils and will identify whether particular groups of pupils have been more affected by time out of school – including the most disadvantaged, those with historically poor outcomes, and those in particular areas.

The Government is providing a £1 billion catch-up programme, including a ‘Catch-up Premium’ of £650 million, to help address lost teaching time and support pupils’ social and emotional needs. Additionally, the £350 million National Tutoring Programme is an ambitious scheme that will provide additional, targeted tuition support for disadvantaged pupils who need the most help to catch-up.

The Department is working with the Department of Health and Social Care to understand the impact on children’s mental health and wellbeing. Public Health England is monitoring the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, including on children and young people, and have published a report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report.

The Department will also be convening a task force to look at the effects on children, young people and staff in the education system and we will confirm the next steps in due course.

16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students are studying a (a) T-level and (b) non-T-level study programme on a full-time basis in the 2020-21 academic year.

Figures showing numbers of students aged 16-18 participating in T levels and other study programmes (at end 2020), will be published in the June 2021 release 'Participation in Education, Training and Employment 2020'.

44 providers are now teaching the first three T levels. We have been monitoring T level recruitment closely and are confident that a viable cohort of young people will benefit from taking these new, high quality qualifications, leaving them in a great position to move into skilled employment or further training.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average programme funding per student is for 16 to 19 year olds studying a (a) T-level and (b) non-T-level study programme on a full-time basis in the 2020-21 academic year.

The base funding rate for a full time student (band 5) on a non T level study programme is £4,188 in the current academic year.

For this academic year, the first three T levels are funded in the medium T level band (band 7), which attracts a base funding rate of £5,061 per student, per year. T level students attract a higher funding rate as T levels include more teaching hours. In addition, industry placements are a compulsory element of T levels, which we are funding at £275 per student, for each of the two years of the T level.

The overall average funding per student will be determined by the national 16-19 funding formula and will reflect the characteristics of the students, courses, and institutions.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will extend eligibility for the £1 billion Covid-19 catch-up funding to students studying in sixth form colleges.

It is our ambition that all pupils and students have the chance to make up for lost education. Where breaks in learning have been required, we want to ensure that learners can resume their ‘classroom’ learning and continue to a successful completion.

For many students in post-16 education, we know that remote learning has been working well. We are currently looking at how we can best support 16-19 providers to help their learners catch up and we will provide more details soon.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department are working together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend, Chloe Smith gave on 12 June 2020 to Question 54314.

22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support UK universities affected by reduced international recruitment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak and a possible reduction in the number of international students poses significant financial challenges to the sector and are extremely grateful for the work that universities are doing in response.

My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced an unprecedented package of support. This support includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and a range of business loan schemes to help pay wages, keep staff employed and support businesses whose viability is threatened by the outbreak. We recently confirmed universities’ eligibility for these schemes.

We are also working closely with the sector, the Office for Students and across the government to understand the financial risks that providers are facing and to stabilise the admissions system and help providers to access the support on offer.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support universities to prevent digital poverty amongst students during the covid-19 outbreak.

As my right hon. Friends, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have both made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Higher education (HE) providers take their responsibilities seriously and are best placed to identify the needs of their student body as well as how to develop the services needed to support it. When making changes to the delivery of their courses, HE providers need to consider how they support all students, particularly the most vulnerable, to achieve successful academic and professional outcomes. Where students do not have access to the Internet, a computer at home, or cannot afford to purchase it, the expectation is that HE providers will provide support through their own hardship funds

We have worked closely with the Office for Students to enable providers to draw upon existing funding to increase hardship funds and support disadvantaged students impacted by COVID-19. As a result, providers will be able to use the funding, worth around £23 million per month for April and May, towards student hardship funds, including the purchase of IT equipment, and mental health support, as well as to support providers’ access and participation plans

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will increase funding for schools in Luton schools in 2020.

The Government is increasing school funding nationally by £14 billion over the next three years. Funding will increase by £2.6 billion in 2020-21, followed by increases of £4.8 billion and £7.1 billion in 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively, compared to 2019-20.

The Department will continue to distribute this funding through the National Funding Formula, which ensures that funding is based on schools’ and pupils’ needs and characteristics. This will ensure that per pupil funding for every school can at least rise in line with inflation next year and faster than inflation for most.

In 2020-21, Luton will attract an additional £5.5 million in total cash funding in its schools block – a 3.1% increase compared to this year. This will take Luton’s total cash funding up to £181.4 million. In addition, Luton will receive £33 million in its high needs block to help support children with complex special educational needs – a cash increase of £4.5 million.

1st Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sewage releases there were in Luton South constituency in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

Over the past eight years the Environment Agency and Defra have worked with water companies to introduce Event Duration Monitors (EDMs), which provide them with much more information about where and when storm overflows are occurring. Water companies submit annual returns of their EDM data, which are publicly available here. The annual returns for 2023 are not yet available. The 2022 return shows that there were 32 storm overflows reported by Thames Water within the Luton South constituency. Only 5 of these storm overflows had EDM installed in 2022. EDM recorded 12 spills from these 5 overflows in 2022, lasting a total of 8.62 hours. Of the remaining 27 overflows without EDM, 2 were reported as being no longer operational, and their discharge permits have now been revoked. The other 25 overflows were all due to have EDM installed by December 2023. At the end of 2023, the Government target of having all storm overflows in England monitored was met, so EDM data on these sites should soon be available as well.

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether sewage was released into the chalk aquifer in Caddington in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

Caddington sewage treatment works has a discharge permit to discharge treated sewage effluent to ground. The permit states that the discharge must consist solely of treated sewage effluent and that the point of discharge is to ground via a soakaway. The borehole soakaways infiltrate into the unsaturated zone of the underlying Middle Chalk. The permit includes limiting values for the chemical composition of the effluent being discharged, to minimise the potential for pollution to arise from the discharge. This is what is known as an “indirect discharge” insomuch that it discharges to the unsaturated zone. Direct discharges to the saturated zone of the Chalk are forbidden.

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the 25-Year Environment Plan Board’s meeting minutes from 1 January 2020 to 22 June 2022.

The Defra-led cross-Government 25 Year Environment Plan Board was established in December 2020. The Board is responsible for overseeing, co-ordinating and driving forward action to implement the 25 Year Environment Plan and associated requirements under the Environment Act 2021. It aims to join up, secure and accelerate action across government to deliver the Government's commitment of leaving the environment in a better state than we found it. It focuses on delivering the ten goals set out in the Plan, as well as implementation of the Government's 30x30 commitment and the Greening Government Commitments.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the terms of reference for the 25 Year Environment Plan Board.

The Defra-led cross-Government 25 Year Environment Plan Board was established in December 2020. The Board is responsible for overseeing, co-ordinating and driving forward action to implement the 25 Year Environment Plan and associated requirements under the Environment Act 2021. It aims to join up, secure and accelerate action across government to deliver the Government's commitment of leaving the environment in a better state than we found it. It focuses on delivering the ten goals set out in the Plan, as well as implementation of the Government's 30x30 commitment and the Greening Government Commitments.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The Department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions - information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Department is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

A seven-hour blended Carbon and Climate Change training package was made available to Environment Agency (EA) staff in 2021. The EA is the largest of Defra's arm's length bodies and represents over a third of Defra group staff. Following evaluation of this training, Defra plans to implement the same training package for all Defra group staff this year.

In addition, the new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. In the first phase, the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with other Departments (including BEIS, Defra and FCDO) to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific Functions and Professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on Net Zero which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by Government Departments.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on these commitments every quarter. In Defra, this is led by an appointed minister with support from senior officials.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on pollinators of the recent emergency authorisation of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.


The decision to grant an emergency authorisation has not been taken lightly and is based on robust scientific evidence. 63% of the UK’s sugar comes from the domestic production of sugar beet, and the threat from yellows viruses this year is significant. Very strict conditions will minimise the risk to pollinators. Similar action has been taken by 12 other countries across Europe in recent years.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The requested data is set out in the attached table.

The department has been unable to provide data for all years requested, due to changes in the management of the Corporate Estate, changes of categorisation of usage and method of storage over the requested period.

The square meter areas provided are Net Internal Areas.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
4th Mar 2021
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on tackling food poverty and insecurity during lockdown.

The Ministerial Taskforce I chaired has helped put in place support for the most vulnerable in our society throughout this pandemic. Whilst initially concerned with physical access to food during lockdown, we quickly shifted focus to tackling economic insecurities. This work carries on across the Government, and will continue to be a priority this year, and we look forward to responding to Henry Dimbleby’s review of our food strategy.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department are working together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 54314 on 12 June 2020.

[https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-06-03/54314/]

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May 2020 to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, at how many multi-hub locations employees of her Department work together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 54314 on 11 June 2020.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on her Department’s carbon footprint.

The Department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions - information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report. More information is available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/greening-government-commitments

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/greening-government-commitments#annual-reports

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Department is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/greening-government-commitments#annual-reports

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/net-zero-strategy

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

The new Government Curriculum will include modules on Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. The Government Skills & Curriculum Unit is working with other Departments (including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) to create training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether a senior manager in her Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments.

The Department for International Trade reports on these commitments every quarter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and publish a report in the sustainability section of the Department’s Annual Reports and Accounts (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-international-trade-annual-report-and-accounts). The Government Property Agency are responsible for managing and maintaining the department’s estate. Senior officials with relevant functional responsibility lead this work on behalf of the department.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
3rd Sep 2020
What recent discussions she has had with the UK's trade partners on protecting International Labour Organisation standards in future trade agreements.

While the details?of?free trade agreements?are?reserved?for formal negotiations,?HM Government has been clear that?increased trade does not have to come at the expense of?our high?labour standards.?The United Kingdom?is an active member of the International Labour Organisation and we?will?continue to uphold our world-leading standards and?international?commitments.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May to Question 43779, in how many multi-hub locations employees of her Department are working together with employees of another department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what those other departments or agencies are; and in which locations that work is taking place.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 54314 on 12th June 2020.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Luton South dated 28 June 2023.

A response was sent on 12th July.

11th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer from the Minister of State to the Question from the hon. Member for Luton South of 13 October 2022, Official Report, column 234, when he plans to respond in more detail on Luton station.

I wrote to the Hon Member on 3 November 2022 regarding Luton Station, on behalf of my predecessor, following the question of 13 October 2022.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on (a) internal communications and b) employing staff to work on internal communications in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

The costs incurred by the central department for the DfT Internal Communications team for the years requested are as follows:

a) Non pay costs for internal communications

2019: £224,481

2020: £262,479

2021: £176,401

b) Pay costs for internal communications

Pay costs include full pay costs (including salary, employee contributions, pension), and also any posts which subsequently became vacant during the financial year.

2019: £568,098

2020: £679,780

2021: £606,689

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on (a) producing digital and video content, (b) employing in-house staff to produce that content and (c) paying external companies and people to produce that content in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

(a) The information requested could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

(b) The information requested on in-house staff cost is not recorded in the level of granularity sought. However, we currently have four members of staff in the creative content team who all work on producing digital and video content as part of their roles. Please refer to the department’s Annual Report and Accounts for more information on staff salaries, if required: (Page 141 onwards: Annual Report and Accounts 2020–21 (publishing.service.gov.uk))

(c) The information requested could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

The information requested could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent in total on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full time equivalent posts were filled as a result of that expenditure; and how many of those posts were filled by people recruited from outside the civil service.

Due to the financial reporting system in the department it is not possible to separate out spend associated with external recruitment constancy services from all other consultancy spend for the majority of departmental recruitment.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were employed by his Department to work on internal communications in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

The central department employed the following number of staff in the Internal Communications team. The numbers provided are for employee headcount as at 31 March of each year and do not include any vacant posts.

2019: 10 employees

2020: 10 employees

2021: 7 employees

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on external management consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; and what ten projects or work areas in each of those financial years required the greatest expenditure on support from those consultants.

The following link provides the total published spend on consultants for the core Department, covering financial years 2018-19 to 2020-21: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-annual-reports-and-accounts.

The department is not able to identify the top 10 projects in the time available, however, the main areas of spend over the last 3 years has been on Rail and Aviation related projects.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

No assessment has been carried out regarding the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on the Department's carbon footprint

Since all legal restrictions in England have been lifted, all Department for Transport employees are required to return to working in their respective workplaces - with full time home working only permitted on an exceptional basis.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

In July 2021 we published the Transport Decarbonisation Plan – the first such Plan in the world – which sets the transport sector on the path to net zero by 2050.

10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

In September 2021, the department launched its Carbon Literacy training programme to build capability within DfT staff to enable the delivery of Net Zero. The training is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project (a charitable organisation) and it reflects the department’s commitment to establish a sustainable low carbon culture that will support the transition to Net Zero.

DfT is also now a corporate partner of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) - the largest professional body for environmental practitioners in the UK and worldwide to equip DfT staff with resources and skills to further support them in their transition to Net Zero.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on the level of financial support available to local authorities to install new cycling infrastructure.

There is an unprecedented £2 billion of investment in cycling and walking over the rest of this Parliament. Ministers and officials from this Department have regular discussions with their counterparts in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and other Government Departments to ensure that their programmes are fully aligned with the Government’s cycling and walking aims. The Government will continue to make funding available to local transport authorities through a wide range of funding streams, including some administered by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Director for Corporate Finance and Property has been given the portfolio for leading on the direct environmental impacts associated with the Department’s operational activities (i.e. running the office and non-office estate). Departmental Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) are responsible for managing sustainability within their own organisations on behalf of DfT.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Below is a table containing the Department’s estate size year-by-year from 2010-11.

Year

Estate Size (square metres)

Comments

2020-21

699,669 (NIA) or 931,286 (GIA)

Inflated due to inclusion of NR, LCR and HS2.

2019-20

565,082 NIA

Central Estate

2018-19

566,893 NIA

Central Estate

2017-18

568,458 NIA

Central Estate

2016-17

567,903 NIA

Central Estate

2015-16

508,938 NIA

Central Estate

2014-15

571,769 NIA

Central Estate

2013-14

581,422 NIA

Mandated Estate

2012-13

611,029 NIA

Mandated Estate. Report collated by calendar year instead of financial year.

2011-12

583,518 NIA

Mandated Estate. Report collated by calendar year instead of financial year.

2010-11

590,145 NIA

Mandated Estate. Report collated by calendar year instead of financial year.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what records relating to staff working times are kept by his Department under Regulation 9 of the Working Time Regulations 1998; and how long those records are kept for.

Most DfT staff are recorded on payroll as being required to work a standard FTE week of 37 hours, well within the maximum hours permitted by the regulations. Standard DfT contracts do not require staff to work at night.

When staff are required to work unsocial hours or additional hours (overtime), this is reflected in their pay and is likewise recorded through payroll data, which is retained for a minimum of seven years.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the compliance of his Department's staff working from home with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

The department’s assessment is that staff working from home continue to comply with working time regulations just as they did while working in DfT workplaces. Home and hybrid working offer staff greater autonomy over working time and location, but we will continue to remind staff of their obligation to comply with the regulations (e.g. taking breaks, using annual leave allowances).

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support Luton Airport’s plan to promote rail travel to its terminal through a new Luton Airport Express on the East Midlands Line.

Officials are currently involved in collaborative discussions with East Midlands Railway, Govia Thameslink Railway and Luton Airport, covering issues such as service branding, marketing and communications to promote rail travel to Luton Airport and take advantage of the introduction of the Luton Airport DART.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is working with rail operators to promote the fast service from St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway when the DART launches in 2022.

Officials are currently involved in collaborative discussions with East Midlands Railway, Govia Thameslink Railway and Luton Airport, covering issues such as service branding, marketing and communications to promote rail travel to Luton Airport and take advantage of the introduction of the Luton Airport DART.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the launch of a Luton Airport Express.

Officials are currently involved in collaborative discussions with East Midlands Railway, Govia Thameslink Railway and Luton Airport, covering issues such as service branding, marketing and communications to promote rail travel to Luton Airport and take advantage of the introduction of the Luton Airport DART.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department is having with the Department of Health and Social Care on the red list travel restriction-status of (a) Pakistan and (b) Bangladesh.

The Department for Transport works closely with the Department for Health and Social Care and other government departments on matters related to international travel. Decisions on Red, Amber or Green List assignment and associated border measures are taken by Ministers, who take into account Joint Biosecurity Centre risk assessments of countries and territories, alongside wider public health factors.

These are intended to be temporary measures and the government keeps data for countries and territories under regular review.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to next review the covid-19 travel restrictions placed on (a) Pakistan and (b) Bangladesh.

The government keeps data for countries and territories under regular review, and country allocations under the traffic light system are reviewed every three weeks, unless concerning evidence means we need to act faster to protect public health. The next review of country allocations will happen before 1 October 2021.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the Airport and Ground Operations Support scheme to cover business rates for 2021-22.

Government stands ready to support companies during this pandemic. Companies can draw upon a package of measures, including the Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme (AGOSS) which opened for applications on 29 January to provide support to eligible businesses, covering the equivalent of their business rates liabilities or COVID 19 losses – whichever is lower – in financial year 2020/21, subject to certain conditions and a cap per claimant of £8m.

The Department recognises the severe impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on travel and work continues to understand how best the industry can be supported at this time.

My Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced this week that we are renewing the Airports and Ground Operations Support Scheme for a further six months from the start of 2021-22.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he has had with representatives of the aviation industry to discuss the planned Aviation Recovery Package.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Department for Transport has engaged very regularly with the industry, including through both Ministerial meetings and official led sessions.

As announced on 22nd February as part of the roadmap for the phased lifting of restrictions in England, the Secretary of State for Transport will also now lead a successor to the Global Travel Taskforce to develop a framework that can facilitate greater international travel when the time is right, while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants.

The government is also developing a forward looking strategic framework on the recovery of the sector, which we will engage with the industry on and will publish later this year.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the wider economy of the downturn in the aviation industry as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Before Covid-19, aviation directly contributed at least £22 billion to GDP to the UK economy and supported around half a million jobs. This included the air transport and aerospace sectors, as well as the wider supply chain. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the aviation sector has been one of the worst affected sectors in the UK. Passenger numbers at UK airports fell by 99% at the height of the pandemic. Overall volumes of flight traffic in the UK is currently around 80% below equivalent 2019 levels. The air transport sector’s contribution to the UK economy dropped by 74% in 2020 compared to 2019 and tens of thousands of redundancy notifications have been made. In addition to the direct impact to the UK air transport sector, the wider supply-chain and economy has also been adversely impacted by the severe reduction in air passenger demand, jobs and air connectivity, with impacts on consumer spending and investment across the rest of the economy.

The Department recognises the severe impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on travel, and work continues to understand how best the industry can be supported at this time. The Government is working on a strategic framework for the recovery of the sector. It will explore the return to growth of the aviation sector, and will include consideration of workforce and skills, regional connectivity, noise, innovation and regulation, and consumer issues.

Aviation businesses have access to the unprecedented economic support package that the Chancellor has put in place to help businesses to manage the challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to this, the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS) opened for applications on 29 January to provide support for eligible commercial airports and ground handlers in England.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what forecasts his Department has made for recovery and growth in the air transport and travel sector.

DfT has not produced economic forecasts of recovery and growth in the air transport or travel sectors. DfT maintain a capability to produce a range of passenger demand scenarios, reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the potential shape of recovery, for internal use.

The Department recognises the severe impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on travel, and work continues to understand how best the industry can be supported at this time. The Government is working on a strategic framework for the recovery of the sector. It will explore the return to growth of the aviation sector, and will include consideration of workforce and skills, regional connectivity, noise, innovation and regulation, and consumer issues.

Aviation businesses have access to the unprecedented economic support package that the Chancellor has put in place to help businesses to manage the challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to this, the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS) opened for applications on 29 January to provide support for eligible commercial airports and ground handlers in England.

Through the Global Travel Taskforce, the Government will work closely with the industry to find ways to safely and gradually ease restrictions on international travel. We will set out more detail on this soon.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the UK's aviation contingency strategy in the event the UK leaves the EU without a a deal on the future relationship.

We have agreed a deal with the EU that provides the rights for UK and EU airlines to fly directly between the UK and EU, Covid restrictions allowing. This provides the air connectivity that is so vital for connecting people and businesses, facilitating tourism and trade.

This agreement means that UK and EU contingency measures for air transport are not required.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the recent £1 billion reduction in Network Rail railway enhancement budget for Control Period 6, what the (a) regions and (b) locations are of the specific planned schemes affected by that matter.

We continue to deliver ambitious improvements, investing in key priorities including the Transpennine Route Upgrade, restoring lines and stations closed during the Beeching cuts and in HS2, with an unrelenting focus on levelling up our country and ensuring all communities have the connections they need to support growth and prosperity.

In terms of impacts on individual schemes, it remains the case that no schemes have been cancelled nor formal investment decisions taken as a result of the Spending Review. We are currently working with Network Rail to agree a new baseline for the portfolio that fits with the new funding envelope.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the planned schemes affected by the recent £1 billion reduction in Network Rail railway enhancement budget for Control Period 6, (a) when those schemes were due to start, and (b) whether contracts with contractors and suppliers had already been signed.

We continue to deliver ambitious improvements, investing in key priorities including the Transpennine Route Upgrade, restoring lines and stations closed during the Beeching cuts and in HS2, with an unrelenting focus on levelling up our country and ensuring all communities have the connections they need to support growth and prosperity.

In terms of impacts on individual schemes, it remains the case that no schemes have been cancelled nor formal investment decisions taken as a result of the Spending Review. We are currently working with Network Rail to agree a new baseline for the portfolio that fits with the new funding envelope.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the £1 billion reduction in Network Rail railway enhancement budget for Control Period 6, what discussions Network Rail executives had, prior to the Spending Review settlement, with (a) his Department and (b) HM Treasury.

The Spending Review involved a considerable amount of detailed discussions between the Department, Network Rail and HM Treasury. As a consequence, Network Rail were heavily involved throughout the Spending Review negotiations, with both the Department and HM Treasury.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the £1 billion reduction in Network Rail railway enhancement budget for Control Period 6 on (a) frequency and reliability of affected services, (b) jobs in Network Rail and the wider supply chain and (c) the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan and carbon reduction targets.

There are no current train services that have been impacted by the outcome of the Spending Review. The Spending Review has not cancelled delivery of any improvement works.

The Spending Review confirmed that the government is supporting the railway and we will continue investing in ambitious improvements to modernise it. We are currently working with Network Rail to agree a new baseline for the portfolio that fits with the new funding envelope. As such we are not yet in a position to fully assess the impact on Network Rail jobs and/ or the wider supply chain.

Furthermore, decarbonisation remains central to investment being made in Rail.

We are committed to building a railway that is greener and fit for the future and that is why we continue to look at ways to decarbonise our network in a way that makes best use of taxpayers funding.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for aviation plans to reply to the letter of 10 September 2020 from the hon. Member for Luton South on Luton's aviation sector.

The Department aims to respond to Invitation requests as soon as practicable. The Department responded to your letter on 22nd September to seek suitable dates for a meeting.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May 2020 to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, at how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department work together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 54314 on 12 June 2020.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Luton South dated 11 February 2020 on investment in Luton Railway Station.

The Secretary of State has asked me in my capacity as Rail Minister to meet with the hon. Member to discuss this investment.

My Private Office has contacted the Member for Luton South’s office and has arranged a mutually convenient date for us to meet to discuss this issue.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been allocated to improve Luton railway station; and how that funding compares to investment in railway stations in the (a) East of England and (b) UK.

The Department does not hold information on spending on stations in the East of England. Luton station is due to benefit from a share of the £300million Access for All funding. Subject to a feasible design being identified, the station will receive a step free route from the station entrance, to and between all platforms. Luton station has been in the Access for All programme for a number of years, but Network Rail (NR) have been unable to secure Luton Borough Council (LBC) approval for any of their proposed designs.

Furthermore, as part of GTR’s May 2018 Passenger Benefit Fund, Luton was allocated £80,000. Following the passenger consultation last year, toilet refurbishments have been approved at this station. I look forward to meeting with my honourable Friend later this month to discuss this issue further.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to improve Luton train station.

Luton station is due to benefit from a share of the £300m Access for All funding. Subject to a feasible design being identified, the station will receive a step free route from the station entrance, to and between all platforms. The project is due to complete by 2024 at the latest.

Furthermore, as part of GTR’s May 2018 Passenger Benefit Fund, Luton was allocated £80,000. Following the passenger consultation last year, we are assessing the feasibility of the schemes passengers have suggested and will be making a decision on taking these forward shortly.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 12 July 2023 to Question 193037 on Universal Credit: Armed Forces, how many Universal Credit claimants have been identified as (a) serving and (b) having served in the armed forces by local authority area for the most recent assessment period.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) started collecting data on the Armed Forces status of Universal Credit (UC) claimants in Great Britain (GB) in April 2021. At first only new claimants were asked about their Armed Forces status. From June 2021 onwards, other UC claimants reporting changes in their work and earnings have also been able to report their status. From July 2021 onwards, UC agents have also been able to record claimants’ Armed Forces status if they are told about this via other means such as journal messages, face-to-face meetings or by telephone.

Data coverage continues to improve over time and by September 2023 data was held on the armed forces status of approximately 67% of the GB UC caseload (see table below). It should be noted that Armed forces status is self-reported by claimants and is not verified by the Ministry of Defence or Office for Veterans’ Affairs. A claimant’s status can be recorded as “currently serving”, “served in the past”, “not served” or “prefer not to say”. Data is not collected on the specific branch of the Armed Forces that claimants are serving in or have served in in the past.

Data is not held on the total number of UC claimants who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served in the past, but data is held on those who have identified themselves so far.

The way the data is collected means the claimants for whom an Armed Forces status is recorded are not representative of the UC caseload as a whole. This means it is not yet possible to produce reliable estimates of the overall number or proportion of UC claimants who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served in the past.

The separate spreadsheet shows how many claimants on the September 2023 UC caseload had a recorded armed forces status of each type, broken down by Local Authority.

Spreadsheet Notes:

1. Data is not collected on the Armed Forces status of UC claimants in Northern Ireland. The figures provided only relate to Great Britain.

2. Figures in the table have been rounded according to the Department’s Official Statistics rounding policy.

3. In line with the latest published People on UC official statistics, provisional figures relating to September 2023 are provided and may be subject to retrospective changes as more up-to-date data becomes available or if methodological improvements are made.

4. Due to methodological improvements, these figures are based on the Official Statistics UC caseload definition. Some answers to previous PQs asking for similar information have used an alternative caseload definition based on assessment period end dates.

5. Further information on the caseload definition used for the UC official statistics can be found on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2023 to Question 187857 on Universal Credit: Armed Forces, how many Universal Credit claimants have been identified as (a) serving and (b) having served in the armed forces for the assessment period ending on 1 July 2023.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) started collecting data on the Armed Forces status of Universal Credit (UC) claimants in Great Britain (GB) in April 2021. At first only new claimants were asked about their Armed Forces status. From June 2021 onwards, other UC claimants reporting changes in their work and earnings have also been able to report their status. From July 2021 onwards, UC agents have also been able to record claimants’ Armed Forces status if they are told about this via other means such as journal messages, face-to-face meetings or by telephone.

Data coverage continues to improve over time and by May 2023 data was held on the armed forces status of approximately 64% of the GB UC caseload (see table below). It should be noted that Armed forces status is self-reported by claimants and is not verified by the Ministry of Defence or Office for Veterans’ Affairs. A claimant’s status can be recorded as “currently serving”, “served in the past”, “not served” or “prefer not to say”. Data is not collected on the specific branch of the Armed Forces that claimants are serving in or have served in in the past.

Data is not held on the total number of UC claimants who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served in the past, but data is held on those who have identified themselves so far.

The way the data is collected means the claimants for whom an Armed Forces status is recorded are not representative of the UC caseload as a whole. This means it is not yet possible to produce reliable estimates of the overall number or proportion of UC claimants who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served in the past.

Increases in the numbers of claimants with a recorded status of “currently serving” or “served in the past” do not necessarily mean the overall numbers of claimants who are currently serving or have served in the past have increased and may reflect increases in the number of claimants for whom data is held as data coverage improves over time.

The table below shows how the proportion of the GB UC caseload with a recorded Armed Forces status has changed over time. It also shows how many claimants on the caseload had a recorded status of each type.

GB UC caseload by recorded Armed Forces status

UC caseload month

Proportion of caseload with a recorded status

Currently serving

Served in the past

Not served

Prefer not to say

No recorded status

July 2022

51%

3,000

38,600

2,804,200

21,000

2,753,300

August 2022

53%

3,200

40,100

2,912,500

21,800

2,683,400

September 2022

54%

3,200

41,400

3,002,500

22,400

2,614,700

October 2022

56%

3,300

42,800

3,131,700

23,400

2,530,000

November 2022

57%

3,300

44,000

3,218,300

24,000

2,467,100

December 2022

58%

3,400

45,100

3,299,400

24,600

2,407,600

January 2023

59%

3,500

46,200

3,375,000

25,400

2,349,700

February 2023

61%

3,500

47,600

3,462,600

26,200

2,296,400

March 2023

62%

3,600

48,300

3,530,800

26,700

2,243,800

April 2023

63%

3,700

49,500

3,626,300

27,500

2,189,600

May 2023 (provisional)

64%

3,900

51,000

3,739,100

28,600

2,154,900

Notes:

1. Data is not collected on the Armed Forces status of UC claimants in Northern Ireland. The figures provided only relate to Great Britain.

2. Percentages are rounded to the nearest percent and numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred.

3. Provisional figures to May 2023, in line with published People on UC official statistics, are provided and may be subject to retrospective changes as more up-to-date data becomes available or if methodological improvements are made.

4. Due to methodological improvements, these figures are based on the Official Statistics UC caseload definition. Some previous figures have used an alternative caseload definition based on assessment period end dates.

5. Further information on the caseload definition used for the UC official statistics can be found on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department deducted from welfare benefits as a result of (a) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and (b) War Pensions Scheme payments being considered as income in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2021, (iv) 2022 and (v) 2023.

War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Payments are not taken into account in Universal Credit. Guaranteed Income Payments, Service Attributable Pensions and service-attributable, non-taxable Service Invalidity Pensions are also not taken into account.

The requested data is not available for other welfare benefits.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of compensation from the (a) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and (b) War Pension Scheme have had their payments considered as income in welfare benefit means tests in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2021, (iv) 2022 and (v) 2023.

War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Payments are not taken into account in Universal Credit. Guaranteed Income Payments, Service Attributable Pensions and service-attributable, non-taxable Service Invalidity Pensions are also not taken into account.

The requested data is not available for other welfare benefits.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 17 April 2023 to Question 175486 on Universal Credit: Armed Forces, how many Universal Credit claimants have been identified as (a) serving and (b) having served in the armed forces for the assessment periods ending on 1 June 2023.

Data is not held on the total number of UC claimants who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served in the past, but data is held on those who have identified themselves so far.

The way the data is collected means the claimants for whom an Armed Forces status is recorded are not representative of the UC caseload as a whole. This means it is not yet possible to produce reliable estimates of the overall number or proportion of UC claimants who are currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have served in the past.

Increases in the numbers of claimants with a recorded status of “currently serving” or “served in the past” do not necessarily mean the overall numbers of claimants who are currently serving or have served in the past have increased and may reflect increases in the number of claimants for whom data is held as data coverage improves over time.

The table below shows how the proportion of the GB UC caseload with a recorded Armed Forces status has changed over time. It also shows how many claimants on the caseload had a recorded status of each type.

GB UC caseload by recorded Armed Forces status

UC caseload month

Proportion of caseload with a recorded status

Currently serving

Served in the past

Not served

Prefer not to say

No recorded status

July 2022

51%

3,000

38,600

2,804,200

21,000

2,753,300

August 2022

53%

3,200

40,100

2,912,500

21,800

2,683,400

September 2022

54%

3,200

41,400

3,002,500

22,400

2,614,700

October 2022

56%

3,300

42,800

3,131,700

23,400

2,530,000

November 2022

57%

3,300

44,000

3,218,300

24,000

2,467,100

December 2022

58%

3,400

45,100

3,299,400

24,600

2,407,600

January 2023

59%

3,500

46,200

3,375,000

25,400

2,349,700

February 2023

61%

3,500

47,600

3,462,600

26,200

2,296,400

March 2023

62%

3,600

48,300

3,530,800

26,700

2,243,800

April 2023 (provisional)

63%

3,800

50,200

3,667,900

27,900

2,196,800

Notes:

1. Data is not collected on the Armed Forces status of UC claimants in Northern Ireland. The figures provided only relate to Great Britain.

2. Percentages are rounded to the nearest percent and numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred.

3. Figures may be subject to retrospective changes as more up-to-date data becomes available or if methodological improvements are made. Figures relating to April 2023 are provisional and may be subject to revision.

4. Due to methodological improvements, these figures are based on the Official Statistics UC caseload definition. Some previous figures have used an alternative caseload definition based on assessment period end dates.

5. Further information on the caseload definition used for the UC official statistics can be found on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much it costs to train an Armed Forces Champion in a job centre.

The Armed Forces Champion (AFC) provides a key role in connecting DWP and the Armed Forces community.

As former experienced Work Coaches, AFCs will have completed the full Work Coach learning and had the opportunity to embed their learning prior to becoming an Armed Forces Champion. DWP provides AFCs with point of need learning which covers the knowledge and skills required to provide tailored support for ex-service personnel.

The learning includes support with the transition to civilian life, support and training with looking for work, support for those with health conditions and signposting to specialist organisations and charities aimed at helping ex-service personnel, for example the Armed Forces Benevolent fund, Veterans UK, Armed forces Pensions and Armed Forces Job Centre services.

AFC training is facilitated by internal DWP officers, lasting 4 weeks, which based on estimated salary costs for both Work Coach and facilitator comes to £4,186. On completion of the 4-week Work Coach learning the AFC completes a 2-day self-paced workbook, using estimated salary costs this equates to £386.44 per Armed Forces Champion.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to Armed Forces Champions in job centres.

The Armed Forces Champion (AFC) provides a key role in connecting DWP and the Armed Forces community.

As former experienced Work Coaches, AFCs will have completed the full Work Coach learning and had the opportunity to embed their learning prior to becoming an Armed Forces Champion. DWP provides AFCs with point of need learning which covers the knowledge and skills required to provide tailored support for ex-service personnel.

The learning includes support with the transition to civilian life, support and training with looking for work, support for those with health conditions and signposting to specialist organisations and charities aimed at helping ex-service personnel, for example the Armed Forces Benevolent fund, Veterans UK, Armed forces Pensions and Armed Forces Job Centre services.

AFC training is facilitated by internal DWP officers, lasting 4 weeks, which based on estimated salary costs for both Work Coach and facilitator comes to £4,186. On completion of the 4-week Work Coach learning the AFC completes a 2-day self-paced workbook, using estimated salary costs this equates to £386.44 per Armed Forces Champion.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which job centres have an Armed Forces Champion.

The Department’s Armed Forces Champions model is based around champions being allocated to Jobcentre Plus Districts, rather than individual Jobcentres.

We introduced our new model for Armed Forces Champions in 2021, which comprises 50 Armed Forces Champions working alongside 11 Group Leads at managerial level. It means for the first time that there is at least one Armed Forces Champion role allocated to each Jobcentre Plus District supported by a Group network, with resources in the network targeted where there is geographically particularly high levels of demand.

In addition to the Armed Forces Champions roles, all Work Coaches are trained to provide veterans and others with the help and support they need to access both benefits and employment support.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job centres have Armed Forces Champions.

The Department’s Armed Forces Champions model is based around champions being allocated to Jobcentre Plus Districts, rather than individual Jobcentres.

We introduced our new model for Armed Forces Champions in 2021, which comprises 50 Armed Forces Champions working alongside 11 Group Leads at managerial level. It means for the first time that there is at least one Armed Forces Champion role allocated to each Jobcentre Plus District supported by a Group network, with resources in the network targeted where there is geographically particularly high levels of demand.

In addition to the Armed Forces Champions roles, all Work Coaches are trained to provide veterans and others with the help and support they need to access both benefits and employment support.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much expenditure was allocated by her Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to the (i) production of digital and video content, (ii) the employment of in-house staff to produce digital and video content and (iii) payment of external companies and individuals to produce digital and video content.

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

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) photographers and (b) video producers were employed by her Department in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

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

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much expenditure her Department allocated in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021, to (a) internal communications and (b) the employment of staff to work on internal communications.

The roles within Communications Directorate are multifunctional, it is not possible to breakdown the roles further.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed by her Department to work on internal communications in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

The roles within Communications Directorate are multifunctional, it is not possible to breakdown the roles further.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on external management consultants in the financial years (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; and on which ten projects or work areas her Department spent the most on support from those consultants in each of those financial years.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishes details about headcount and payroll costs for permanent staff and contractors on GOV.UK on a monthly basis. You can find the information you seek at DWP workforce management information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The DWP consultancy spend for the financial years 2019 through to 2021 is shown below.

2018/19 £4,446,169

2019/20 £4,570,665

2020/21 £1,284,861

2021/21 £1,041,058

Information on the projects or work areas DWP spent the most on support from those consultants in each of the financial years is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full-time equivalent posts her Department filled as a result of that expenditure; and of those posts how many were filled by people recruited from outside the civil service.

Due to the financial and reporting systems in the department it is not currently possible to separate out spend associated with external recruitment consultancy services from all other consultancy spend for the majority of departmental recruitment. As a result we are also not able to identify the equivalent posts.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

In this case opinion polling has been taken to mean all quantitative research which measures attitudes, behaviours, and campaign recall.

Spending on focus groups and polling services for financial year 21/22 for communications and social research which informs policy development is as follows:

a) Focus groups

£264,550

b) Opinion polling services

£220,900

Total

£485,450

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government efficiency savings: technical note, 2021, published on 28 March 2022, what the variety of counter fraud techniques used to prevent or detect fraud were including (a) the programme and project the savings apply to, (b) the amount of savings that relate to each programme and project and (c) the period during which the savings were made for each programme and project.

DWP takes all types of benefit fraud extremely seriously and is committed to the detection and prevention of both fraud and claimant error, along with the use of appropriate penalties where fraud is identified.

I am unable to share details of the variety of counter fraud techniques used by DWP to prevent or detect fraud, as to do so would be prejudicial to our work in this area. The DWP savings cited in the technical note published by Cabinet Office on 28 March 2022, cover the 2020/21 financial year. The savings of £1.1bn relate to the work of DWP’s Enhanced Checking Service (ECS) part of our Counter Fraud, Compliance and Debt Directorate.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on her Department’s carbon footprint.

The Department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions - information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Department is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Department’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

Yes. The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. In the first phase, the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with other Departments (including BEIS, DEFRA and FCDO) to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific Functions and Professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on Net Zero which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government Departments.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a senior manager in her Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

Responsibility for sustainability sits with the Director General, People, Capability and Place.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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 Luton South constituency.

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

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total floor area of her departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Total DWP Floorspace (NIA m2) Managed Estate including Arm’s Length Bodies’.

Source: Cabinet Office: State of the Estate report (parliamentary report) published on Gov.uk.

Year Area m2

2010 1,856,832

2011 1,788,883

2012 1,799,716

2013 1,720,464

2014 1,646,766

2015 1,592,693

2016 1,563,185

2017 1,561,604

2018 1,577,606

2019 1,399,875

2020 1,380,476

2021 1,379,939

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what records relating to staff working times are kept by her Department under Regulation 9 of the Working Time Regulations 1998; and how long those records are kept for.

Each employee’s record of daily working times and aggregated hours over four-weekly periods is retained for three years.

A record of any employee’s exceptional decision under the Working Time Regulations 1998 voluntarily to disapply the 48-hour maximum working time is retained as part of their employment record for 85 years.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the compliance of her Department's staff working from home with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

DWP agreed a Flexible Working Hours Scheme with its trade unions to manage employees’ daily working hours and breaks. This conforms to the Working Time Regulations 1998.

Under the Scheme, all employees are required to keep a daily record of the times they work. This is monitored and checked by their line manager to ensure that on a four-weekly basis the aggregated hours worked are within the limits of the Scheme.

The size and national spread of the DWP’s workforce and current recording method require compliance to be assessed by line managers as a core part of their job.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to reform the National Insurance number application process.

The Department is in the process of reforming the National insurance number (NINo) process and has developed a digital application service.

From 28th April 2021 all employment inspired NINo applicants can make their initial request for a NINo online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number

For applicants who have been through an Identity verification process with another government department they are no longer required to attend a face to face identity appointment.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of whether an online application process for a National Insurance number would improve efficiency.

The Department is in the process of reforming the National insurance number (NINo) process and has developed a digital application service.

From 28th April 2021 all employment inspired NINo applicants can make their initial request for a NINo online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number

For applicants who have been through an Identity verification process with another government department they are no longer required to attend a face to face identity appointment.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many formal complaints her Department received on the national insurance number application process in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

The Department is unable to provide this information, as to do so would incur disproportionate costs.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May 2020 to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, at how many multi-hub locations employees of her Department work together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

DWP does not occupy any locations in London that are managed by the Government Property Agency.

I refer you to the answer given by my hon. Friend at the Cabinet Office, PQ54314

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new universal credit applications have been made by Luton South constituents since 23 March 2020.

The information requested is not readily available at constituency level and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether personal independence payments (PIP) claimants who are due for reassessment will continue to receive payments of PIP until face-to-face assessments are recommenced.

From 17th March, we suspended all face-to-face assessments for health and disability benefits for three months. For existing claimants, we have automatically extended awards and suspended any new review or reassessment activity, except where claimants notify us of changes to their needs that may result in an increase to their award. This temporary measure is being taken to ensure the Department’s resources are focused on providing access to financial support for new claimants, and it will also reassure claimants about continuity of their benefit during the coronavirus outbreak.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support Luton Borough Council to reduce child poverty in Luton South constituency.

The Government is committed to delivering a sustainable long-term solution to child poverty, including reforming the benefits system so that it supports employment and higher pay. Tackling child poverty requires an approach that goes beyond targets, which focus on income alone, to one that addresses the root causes of poverty and disadvantage and improves long-term outcomes for families and children.

The approach we are taking goes beyond focus on income alone. We are seeing to address the root causes of poverty and improve long-term outcome from families and children with a particular focus on parental employment and children’s educational attainment – the two areas that we know can make the biggest difference.

Through our network of Jobcentres, the Department is taking a range of action to support disadvantaged groups, working closely with employers and partners in their local community to provide opportunities to help them move closer and into employment. Examples from Luton include employability and confidence building courses for lone parents, a Domestic Abuse forum involving a range of local stakeholders including the Samaritans and Women’s Aid in Luton, hosted by the Jobcentre; and support for people with English as a second language, including a bespoke course specifically aimed at women.

20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full time equivalent employees in her Department work on the delivery of Op Nova.

Op Restore is a bespoke National Health Service-commissioned physical health and wellbeing service, which supports individuals who have served in, or are leaving, the British Armed Forces and have continuing, physical health injuries and related medical problems attributed to their time in the Armed Forces.

Op Nova provides support for those who have served in the British Armed Forces and who are in contact with the justice system, enabling them to access the services they need.

The Department retains oversight of these services, with 1.4 full time equivalent employees supporting policy delivery on armed forces and veterans’ health.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full time equivalent employees in her Department work on the delivery of Op Restore.

Op Restore is a bespoke National Health Service-commissioned physical health and wellbeing service, which supports individuals who have served in, or are leaving, the British Armed Forces and have continuing, physical health injuries and related medical problems attributed to their time in the Armed Forces.

Op Nova provides support for those who have served in the British Armed Forces and who are in contact with the justice system, enabling them to access the services they need.

The Department retains oversight of these services, with 1.4 full time equivalent employees supporting policy delivery on armed forces and veterans’ health.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
15th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full time equivalent employees of her Department work on the delivery of Op Courage.

Op COURAGE is a bespoke National Health Service commissioned service for veterans, delivering a comprehensive mental health treatment pathway. The Department retains oversight of the service with 1.4 full time equivalent (FTE) supporting policy delivery on Armed Forces and Veterans Health.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was provided for Op Nova in 2023.

Planned spend on Op RESTORE for 2023/24 is £0.5 million. Additional costs associated with treatment costs form part of overall expenditure within integrated care boards and are not separately identified.

Op NOVA launched on 1 April 2023. Planned spend on Op NOVA for 2023/24 is £2.03 million.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was provided for Op Restore in 2023.

Planned spend on Op RESTORE for 2023/24 is £0.5 million. Additional costs associated with treatment costs form part of overall expenditure within integrated care boards and are not separately identified.

Op NOVA launched on 1 April 2023. Planned spend on Op NOVA for 2023/24 is £2.03 million.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence of 30 August 2023 from the hon. Members for Luton South and Luton North.

The Department is endeavouring to provide the fullest possible response to the hon. Members and will reply at the earliest opportunity.

28th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 104 of the Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans annual report 2022, published on 19 December 2022, what the average waiting times were for (a) Transition, Intervention and Liaison Services and (b) Complex Treatment Services under Op Courage by Clinical Commissioning Group area.

The information is not held in the format requested.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department takes steps to monitor the service veteran-friendly General Practices provide to veterans.

As of November 2022, the Royal College of General Practitioners had accredited 1,781 practices as veteran friendly and approximately 800 Primary Care Networks have at least one veteran aware general practitioner practice in the area. While the impact of the ‘veteran friendly’ programme is not routinely monitored, an evaluation by the University of Chester, published May 2022, found that 84% of accredited practices reported a better understanding of veterans’ needs.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on how many GP practices have been accredited as veteran friendly.

As of November 2022, the Royal College of General Practitioners had accredited 1,781 practices as veteran friendly and approximately 800 Primary Care Networks have at least one veteran aware general practitioner practice in the area. While the impact of the ‘veteran friendly’ programme is not routinely monitored, an evaluation by the University of Chester, published May 2022, found that 84% of accredited practices reported a better understanding of veterans’ needs.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
25th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to record how many veterans are seen by NHS commissioned services for mental health support.

NHS England records the numbers of veterans accessing the directly commissioned bespoke veterans' mental health service Op COURAGE, which is comprised of three services: the Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS); Complex Treatment Service (CTS); and the High Intensity Service (HIS). As at 30 September 2022, 21,687 veterans have been referred to TILS, with 2,728 referrals to CTS and 1,576 referrals to HIS.

Veteran status is also collected by mental health providers for veterans accessing Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services. Between April and June 2022, there were 4,919 referrals relating to veterans.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
27th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many operations were cancelled in Luton South constituency in the last 12 months.

This information is not collected in the format requested.

27th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of GP appointments in Luton South constituency that were conducted face-to-face in (a) the last 12 months and (b) 2013.

This information is not collected in the format requested. In the 12 months to September 2022, 74.8% of general practice appointments in the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System area were conducted face-to-face, excluding COVID-19 vaccinations.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children under the age of (a) four and (b) 11 were admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay in Luton South in each of the last five years.

This information is not held in the format requested.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of GP appointments there were in Luton South constituency in (a) the last 12 months and (b) in 2013.

This information is not held in the format requested.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were diagnosed with HIV in Luton South constituency in each of the last five years.

The information is not collected in the format requested.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of midwives in Luton South constituency.

NHS England retains oversight of local workforce plans and is updated on vacancy rates. However, recruitment and retention is undertaken at trust level.

In 2022, an additional £127 million has been invested in the National Health Service maternity workforce and improving neonatal care, including in Luton South. This is in addition to the £95 million invested in 2021 to fund a further 1,200 midwives and 100 consultant obstetricians. The NHS People Plan focuses on improving the retention of NHS staff by prioritising staff health and wellbeing. In 2022/23, £45 million has been allocated to support the continuation of 40 mental health hubs, the Professional Nurse Advocates programme and expanding the NHS Practitioner Health service.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of FTE fully-qualified GPs, excluding GPs in a training grade, who were practicing in Luton South constituency (a) on 26 October 2022 and (b) in 2013.

This information is not collected in the format requested.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in Luton South constituency in each of the last five years.

The following table shows the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Luton South constituency in each year from 2016 to 2020, by diabetes type.

Type 1

Type 2 and other

2016

25

420

2017

20

535

2018

20

500

2019

15

520

2020

25

485

Source: National Diabetes Audit (NDA)

Notes:

  1. A person may have more than one diabetes diagnosis within the NDA. In this case, an algorithm is used to derive the best diagnosis date and diabetes type for each person.
  2. Disclosure control has been applied to all figures, as per the NDA publication – all numbers are rounded to the nearest 5, unless the number is 1 to 7, in which case it is rounded to ‘5’.
  3. Diabetes type is reported as ‘type 1’ and ‘type 2 and other’ within the NDA. ‘Type 1’ includes where a person is recorded as having type 1 diabetes in the NDA. ‘Type 2 and other’ includes where a person is recorded as having type 2 diabetes, Maturity-onset Diabetes of the Young, other or non-specified diabetes in the NDA.
Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of malnutrition in Luton South.

No specific assessment has been made.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of GP practices that were open in Luton South constituency on (a) 26 October 2022 and (b) in 2013.

In September 2013, there were 21 practices registered in Luton South, with 18 practices registered in October 2022.

Practices close for a variety of reasons, including practice mergers or retirement. A reduction in practice numbers does not indicate a reduction in the quality of care. When a practice closes, patients are informed and advised to register at another local practice of their choice. Practices and commissioners must put in place appropriate measures to ensure that affected patients have access to general practitioner services.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of trends in the level of healthy life expectancy in Luton South constituency.

The Government is committed to supporting individuals to live healthier lives, and at the heart of this is improving access to and levelling-up health and care across the country, including in Luton South. The Department continues to review how health disparities can be addressed and further information will be available in due course.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities also works with services in Luton South to support programmes to reduce health inequalities, including providing evidence and intelligence.

26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps her Department has taken to help tackle health inequality in Luton South.

The Government is committed to supporting individuals to live healthier lives, and at the heart of this is improving access to and levelling-up health and care across the country, including in Luton South. The Department continues to review how health disparities can be addressed and further information will be available in due course.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities also works with services in Luton South to support programmes to reduce health inequalities, including providing evidence and intelligence.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of dental practices were rated as good by the Care Quality Commission in Luton South constituency as of 20 October 2022.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) does not currently rate providers of primary dental care services. The Care Quality Commission publishes an assessment against five ‘key aspects’ that determine whether a dental provider is meeting its regulatory requirements. These are:

  • Treating people with respect and involving them in their care
  • Providing care, treatment and support that meets people's needs
  • Caring for people safely and protecting them from harm
  • Staffing
  • Quality and suitability of management

The CQC’s website allows the public to search by service type and location to find local dentists and their profiles, which display their regulatory performance and inspection reports.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of GP surgeries were rated as good by the Care Quality Commission in Luton South constituency as of 20 October 2022.

There are currently 12 or 70.6% of general practitioner practices in Luton South Parliamentary constituency rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) financial and (b) other steps her Department is taking to help tackle NHS workforce shortages in Luton South constituency.

The Department has commissioned NHS England to develop a long-term workforce plan. The plan will consider the number of staff and the roles required and will set out the actions and reforms needed to improve workforce supply and retention, including in Luton South.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help support the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of mental health specialists in Luton South constituency.

The NHS Long Term Plan stated the aim of increasing the mental health workforce in England by an additional 27,000 professionals by 2023/24. NHS England and Health Education England are working with local integrated care systems, including in Luton South, to confirm plans for service models, supply, retention and recruitment until 2024.

NHS England continues to support local systems, including in Luton South, to develop tailored health and wellbeing offers to meet the needs of the local mental health workforce. This includes mental health hubs in each integrated care system and occupational health services which are being supported through the Growing Occupational Health and Wellbeing national programme.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of care homes were rated as good by the Care Quality Commission in Luton South constituency as of 20 October 2022.

As of 20 October, 16 care homes (66.7 per cent) were rated good overall by the Care Quality Commission in the Luton South constituency.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help support the (a) recruitment and (b) retention of GPs in Luton South constituency.

We are working with NHS England, Health Education England and the profession to increase the general practice workforce in England, including in Luton South. This includes measures to improve recruitment, address the reasons why doctors leave the profession and encourage them to return to practice.

The updated GP Contract Framework announced a number of new schemes, alongside continued support for existing recruitment and retention schemes for the general practice workforce. This includes the GP Retention Scheme, the GP Retention Fund, the National GP Induction and Refresher, the Locum Support Scheme, the New to Partnership Payment and the Supporting Mentors Scheme.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of trends in the level of life expectancy in Luton South constituency.

No specific assessment has been made. The Department continues to review how health disparities can be addressed and further information will be available in due course.

25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of trends in rates of perinatal mortality in Luton South constituency.

No specific assessment has been made. The Government’s national maternity safety ambition aims to halve the 2010 rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and brain injuries in babies occurring during or soon after birth, by 2025. Since 2010, the rate of stillbirths has reduced by 19.3%, the rate of neonatal mortality for babies born over 24 weeks gestational age of viability has reduced by 36% and maternal mortality has reduced by 17%.

We have introduced targeted interventions to accelerate progress, such as the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle and the Brain Injury Reduction Programme. NHS England has also invested £127 million in National Health Service maternity workforce and improving neonatal care. This is in addition to the £95 million investment made in 2021 to fund the establishment of a further 1,200 midwifery and 100 consultant obstetrician posts. NHS England is offering funding and support to trusts to recruit an additional 300 to 500 overseas midwives in the next 12 months.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of NHS dentist provision in Luton South constituency.

No specific assessment has been made. In September, we announced ‘Our plan for patients’, which outlines how we will meet oral health needs and increase access to dental care, including in Luton South.

The plan includes improvements to ensure dentists are renumerated fairly for more complex work, allowing greater flexibility to reallocate resources and to utilise dentists with greater capacity to deliver National Health Service treatment, whilst enabling full use of the dental team. The plan also includes streamlining processes for overseas dentists and holding the local NHS to account for dentistry provision. In addition, Health Education England is also reforming dental education to improve the recruitment and retention of dental professionals.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help improve access to NHS dental services in Luton South constituency.

No specific assessment has been made. In September, we announced ‘Our plan for patients’, which outlines how we will meet oral health needs and increase access to dental care, including in Luton South.

The plan includes improvements to ensure dentists are renumerated fairly for more complex work, allowing greater flexibility to reallocate resources and to utilise dentists with greater capacity to deliver National Health Service treatment, whilst enabling full use of the dental team. The plan also includes streamlining processes for overseas dentists and holding the local NHS to account for dentistry provision. In addition, Health Education England is also reforming dental education to improve the recruitment and retention of dental professionals.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if her Department will take steps to increase the availability of face-to-face GP appointments in Luton South constituency.

On 22 September 2022, we announced ‘Our plan for patients’, which contains measures to assist people make an informed choice on their general practitioner (GP) practice, book an appointment more easily, benefit from more care options and increase the diversity of general practice teams. This aims to increase the availability of appointment types, such as face-to-face, in England, including in Luton South.

NHS England’s guidance states that GP practices must provide face to face appointments and remote consultations and should respect preferences for face-to-face care unless there are good clinical reasons to the contrary.  While remote consultations can provide additional choice, flexibility and convenience for patients, this is not suitable for all patients or in all circumstances.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether her Department has provided additional (a) financial and (b) other support to help tackle (i) patient backlogs and (ii) increased workloads in GP surgeries in Luton South constituency.

The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’, published in February 2022, stated the ambition to reduce patient backlogs for planned National Health Service treatments and the government plans to spend more than £8bn from 2022/23 to 2024/25. We made £520 million available to expand general practice capacity during the pandemic. This was in addition to at least £1.5 billion announced in 2020 by 2024 which includes supporting increased workloads in GP surgeries, including in Luton South. In September 2022, ‘Our plan for patients’ announced measures to support GP practices increase access and manage workload such as the provision of 31,000 phone lines and freeing up funding rules to widen the types of staff that work in general practice, including in Luton South.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help increase the uptake of breast cancer screening in Luton South constituency.

The Department is working with NHS England to finalise the delivery of £10 million for breast screening units, including determining which areas will benefit from this investment.

National Health Service breast screening providers are also encouraged to work with Cancer Alliances, Primary Care Networks, NHS regional teams and the voluntary sector to promote the uptake of breast screening and ensure access to services.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps her Department has taken to help reduce waiting times for elective surgeries in Luton South constituency.

The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’ sets out how the National Health Service will recover and expand elective services over the next three years, including in Luton South. We have allocated more than £8 billion from 2022/23 to 2024/25, in addition to the £2 billion Elective Recovery Fund and £700 million Targeted Investment Fund already made available in 2021/2022 to increase elective activity. This funding aims to deliver the equivalent of approximately nine million additional checks and procedures and 30% further elective activity by 2024/25 than pre-pandemic levels. A proportion of this funding will be invested in workforce capacity and training and we have committed to invest £5.9 billion for new beds, equipment and technology.

The target to eliminate waiting times of two years or more for elective procedures was met in July 2022 and we aim to eliminate waiting time of eighteen months or more by April 2023. This will be achieved through increasing capacity, seeking alternate capacity in other trusts or the independent sector and engaging with patients to understand choices made regarding their care.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many veterans requested mental health support in each month of (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021, and (d) 2022.

This information is not collected in the format requested. However, the following table shows the number of referrals made to each service provided by Op COURAGE: the Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS); the Complex Treatment Services (CTS); and since its commencement in 2020, the High Intensity Service (HIS), in each month since January 2019. These services provide a mental health care pathway for veterans, with individuals benefitting from personalised care plans and access to support and treatment in and out of hours.

Month

Number of referrals to TILS

Number of referrals to CTS

Number of referrals to HIS

January 2019

337

81

N/A

February 2019

297

46

N/A

March 2019

384

44

N/A

April 2019

342

54

N/A

May 2019

337

51

N/A

June 2019

356

75

N/A

July 2019

372

56

N/A

August 2019

323

56

N/A

September 2019

340

62

October 2019

448

69

November 2019

371

45

December 2019

291

33

January 2020

438

56

February 2020

543

64

March 2020

435

72

April 2020

236

91

May 2020

266

56

June 2020

336

54

July 2020

403

46

August 2020

299

49

September 2020

437

57

2

October 2020

386

59

31

November 2020

367

53

52

December 2020

273

53

47

January 2021

307

41

44

February 2021

303

40

48

March 2021

457

35

79

April 2021

326

41

50

May 2021

380

42

54

June 2021

436

40

52

July 2021

365

54

62

August 2021

373

38

71

September 2021

450

53

76

October 2021

387

35

68

November 2021

436

61

63

December 2021

340

39

56

January 2022

395

39

56

February 2022

410

30

66

March 2022

397

45

87

April 2022

340

39

63

May 2022

431

49

119

June 2022

366

43

88

July 2022

413

37

78

August 2022

404

38

87

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help support young people with eating disorders in Luton South constituency.

In September we announced ‘Our plan for patients’, which outlines how we will increase access to National Health Service mental health and eating disorder services, including in Luton South. Ensuring easier access to general practice will expand this route to access mental health services.

Through the NHS Long Term Plan, we are investing an additional £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24 to expand NHS mental health and eating disorder services for adults, children and young people in England, including in Luton South.

We will invest approximately £1 billion in community mental health care for adults with severe mental illness. including eating disorders, by 2023/24 and an additional £53 million per year in children and young people's community eating disorder services to increase capacity in the 70 community eating disorder teams.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help improve access to mental health services in Luton South constituency.

In September we announced ‘Our plan for patients’, which outlines how we will increase access to National Health Service mental health and eating disorder services, including in Luton South. Ensuring easier access to general practice will expand this route to access mental health services.

Through the NHS Long Term Plan, we are investing an additional £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24 to expand NHS mental health and eating disorder services for adults, children and young people in England, including in Luton South.

We will invest approximately £1 billion in community mental health care for adults with severe mental illness. including eating disorders, by 2023/24 and an additional £53 million per year in children and young people's community eating disorder services to increase capacity in the 70 community eating disorder teams.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of social care capacity in Luton South constituency.

No specific assessment has been made. Local authorities have a responsibility under the Care Act 2014 to ensure that the care needs of the local population are met.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of residential care homes that have closed in Luton South constituency since 2010.

Since 2010, 13 care homes in Luton South have been ‘deactivated’. The Care Quality Commission records care homes which have closed as ‘deactivated’. The ‘deactivated’ locations exclude care homes where the provider continues to operate under a new, separate registration. This could be due to a legal entity change or a change in the provider.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many veterans have requested mental health support in each month since January 2019.

This information is not collected in the format requested. However, the following table shows the number of referrals made to each service provided by Op COURAGE: the Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS); the Complex Treatment Services (CTS); and since its commencement in 2020, the High Intensity Service (HIS), in each month since January 2019. These services provide a mental health care pathway for veterans, with individuals benefitting from personalised care plans and access to support and treatment in and out of hours.

Month

Number of referrals to TILS

Number of referrals to CTS

Number of referrals to HIS

January 2019

337

81

N/A

February 2019

297

46

N/A

March 2019

384

44

N/A

April 2019

342

54

N/A

May 2019

337

51

N/A

June 2019

356

75

N/A

July 2019

372

56

N/A

August 2019

323

56

N/A

September 2019

340

62

October 2019

448

69

November 2019

371

45

December 2019

291

33

January 2020

438

56

February 2020

543

64

March 2020

435

72

April 2020

236

91

May 2020

266

56

June 2020

336

54

July 2020

403

46

August 2020

299

49

September 2020

437

57

2

October 2020

386

59

31

November 2020

367

53

52

December 2020

273

53

47

January 2021

307

41

44

February 2021

303

40

48

March 2021

457

35

79

April 2021

326

41

50

May 2021

380

42

54

June 2021

436

40

52

July 2021

365

54

62

August 2021

373

38

71

September 2021

450

53

76

October 2021

387

35

68

November 2021

436

61

63

December 2021

340

39

56

January 2022

395

39

56

February 2022

410

30

66

March 2022

397

45

87

April 2022

340

39

63

May 2022

431

49

119

June 2022

366

43

88

July 2022

413

37

78

August 2022

404

38

87

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
20th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS employees are required to go through the NHS recruitment process when moving NHS Trusts to support their spouses’ transfer within the armed forces.

Individuals affected by a spouses’ transfer are advised to consult their employer and human resources team to explore the support and employment flexibilities which may be available. Many National Health Service organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and have armed forces champions or networks which may also offer support.

20th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS employees have moved jobs within the health service to support their spouses’ transfer within the armed forces in the last five years.

The information requested is not held centrally.

21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing fibroscans in primary care to improve early diagnosis of liver disease.

While NHS England has undertaken some preliminary work to assess the introduction of fibroscan in primary care through community diagnostic centres, this is currently at a scoping stage.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce liver disease mortality rates in areas of social deprivation.

The National Health Service ‘Better Health’ campaign aims to promote greater awareness of liver disease and its main causes. The former Public Health England published ‘Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions: A guide for commissioners and service providers’ which addresses potential issues of stigma and mistrust and other barriers preventing patients from accessing treatment.

From 1 April 2022, NHS England has introduced a Commissioning for Quality and Innovation measure to incentivise providers to improve earlier detection of liver disease for alcohol dependent in-patients. In addition, £27 million has been invested to establish specialist alcohol care teams in the 25% of hospitals with the highest rates of alcohol dependence-related admissions.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to help reduce stigma in respect of liver disease.

The National Health Service ‘Better Health’ campaign aims to promote greater awareness of liver disease and its main causes. The former Public Health England published ‘Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions: A guide for commissioners and service providers’ which addresses potential issues of stigma and mistrust and other barriers preventing patients from accessing treatment.

From 1 April 2022, NHS England has introduced a Commissioning for Quality and Innovation measure to incentivise providers to improve earlier detection of liver disease for alcohol dependent in-patients. In addition, £27 million has been invested to establish specialist alcohol care teams in the 25% of hospitals with the highest rates of alcohol dependence-related admissions.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting times to see a breast cancer specialist in (a) Luton South constituency, (b) Luton Borough Council area and (c) Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group is working with local providers to amend the two week referral process to include further advice and guidance for breast pain to reduce unnecessary referrals. The breast service has been managing demand and capacity by providing additional sessions with existing staffing out of hours.

Additionally, the Bedford and Luton and Dunstable Hospitals have been awarded a share of the £160 million national accelerator initiative to introduce new technology to address backlogs and increase capacity for elective care. This will allow a further 36 patients to be treated each week at each hospital.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase uptake of breast cancer screening in (a) Luton South constituency, (b) Luton Borough Council area and (c) Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes clinical commissioning group.

In Luton, an additional 251 breast screening appointments are being provided in July 2022, with further appointments on Saturdays continuing in August where possible. In the next three months, the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Breast Screening Service will revert from open to timed invitations to increase uptake. In West Hertfordshire, a trial has been introduced to re-invite women who did not attend or book an appointment during the pandemic. Following evaluation of this trial, a decision will be made to determine whether to deploy this approach in the region. In addition, four new screening vans with access lifts are being introduced to encourage uptake in women with mobility issues.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The Department monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions. Information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

The Department’s greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Department is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and is currently developing a sustainability strategy and undertaking surveys of its estate to understand the changes required to achieve net zero. Between 2009/10 and 2019/20 it reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 64%.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of net zero, climate change and wider environmental issues. In the first phase, the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with Departments to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific functions and professions and will signpost the training and other resources on net zero, which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels in Government Departments.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient, through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on Commitments every quarter. In the Department, this is led by senior officials.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons dated 17 November 2021 for specified minutes, notes, and correspondence relating to Government contracts awarded to Randox Laboratories Ltd, HC1072, laid before the House on 3 February 2022, Ref 2, page 6, for what reason the entry in the register of ministerial meetings relating to the Testing Taskforce meeting 8 April 2020 does not list Randox or Peter Fitzgerald as attending; and whether his Department holds a minute of that meeting.

Departmental records confirm that a meeting of the COVD-19 Testing Taskforce took place on 8 April 2020 with Randox and Peter Fitzgerald by telephone. The Department holds a record of this call.

The Government is committed to publishing details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations. The transparency register will be updated.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the median time was between a patient's first GP appointment and a confirmed diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21 in England.

Data is not available in the format requested.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds data on the number of people who died due to pulmonary fibrosis in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21 in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

The information requested for the number of diagnoses and deaths in England due to pulmonary fibrosis is not held. The information requested for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not collected as this is a devolved matter.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recently undertook a single technology appraisal of nintedanib, an anti-fibrotic drug for use in patients with many different types of progressive lung fibrosis. The drug is being commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and will be available from 17 February 2022. It is expected it will allow treatment for fibrosis to be administered to a wider group of patients and prolong the lives of many. NHS England and NHS Improvement have amended the dashboard overseeing the performance of specialist interstitial lung disease centres in England. This is intended to deliver improved care for patients with pulmonary fibrosis, focussing on patient outcomes, involvement in research trials and reducing waits in services. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded £696,932 for research into pulmonary fibrosis in 2020/21. Currently, the NIHR supports 122 studies into pulmonary fibrosis.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current level of public spending on research into a cure for pulmonary fibrosis.

The information requested for the number of diagnoses and deaths in England due to pulmonary fibrosis is not held. The information requested for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not collected as this is a devolved matter.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recently undertook a single technology appraisal of nintedanib, an anti-fibrotic drug for use in patients with many different types of progressive lung fibrosis. The drug is being commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and will be available from 17 February 2022. It is expected it will allow treatment for fibrosis to be administered to a wider group of patients and prolong the lives of many. NHS England and NHS Improvement have amended the dashboard overseeing the performance of specialist interstitial lung disease centres in England. This is intended to deliver improved care for patients with pulmonary fibrosis, focussing on patient outcomes, involvement in research trials and reducing waits in services. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded £696,932 for research into pulmonary fibrosis in 2020/21. Currently, the NIHR supports 122 studies into pulmonary fibrosis.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) treatment and (b) support for people living with pulmonary fibrosis.

The information requested for the number of diagnoses and deaths in England due to pulmonary fibrosis is not held. The information requested for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not collected as this is a devolved matter.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recently undertook a single technology appraisal of nintedanib, an anti-fibrotic drug for use in patients with many different types of progressive lung fibrosis. The drug is being commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and will be available from 17 February 2022. It is expected it will allow treatment for fibrosis to be administered to a wider group of patients and prolong the lives of many. NHS England and NHS Improvement have amended the dashboard overseeing the performance of specialist interstitial lung disease centres in England. This is intended to deliver improved care for patients with pulmonary fibrosis, focussing on patient outcomes, involvement in research trials and reducing waits in services. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded £696,932 for research into pulmonary fibrosis in 2020/21. Currently, the NIHR supports 122 studies into pulmonary fibrosis.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21 in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

The information requested for the number of diagnoses and deaths in England due to pulmonary fibrosis is not held. The information requested for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not collected as this is a devolved matter.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recently undertook a single technology appraisal of nintedanib, an anti-fibrotic drug for use in patients with many different types of progressive lung fibrosis. The drug is being commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and will be available from 17 February 2022. It is expected it will allow treatment for fibrosis to be administered to a wider group of patients and prolong the lives of many. NHS England and NHS Improvement have amended the dashboard overseeing the performance of specialist interstitial lung disease centres in England. This is intended to deliver improved care for patients with pulmonary fibrosis, focussing on patient outcomes, involvement in research trials and reducing waits in services. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded £696,932 for research into pulmonary fibrosis in 2020/21. Currently, the NIHR supports 122 studies into pulmonary fibrosis.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Meller Designs Limited regarding personal protective equipment on 6 April 2020; and who attended the meeting on behalf of (a) his Department and (b) Meller Designs Limited.

The Department does hold a minute of this meeting, which was attended by the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell), Departmental officials and David Meller.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Secretary of State for Health, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Lord Feldman and Oxford Nanopore regarding Nanopore covid-19 test development on 1 April 2020; whether officials or special advisers attended the meeting on behalf of his Department; and in what capacity Lord Feldman was attending.

The Department holds a minute of the meeting. The meeting was conducted by telephone, attended by Lord Bethell, his Private Secretary, Departmental and Cabinet Office officials. Lord Feldman of Elstree in an attended in an advisory capacity.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meetings between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Lord O'Shaughnessy and OC&C strategy consultants on 13 April 2020; who attended the meeting on behalf of OC&C; whether officials or special advisers attended the meeting on behalf of his Department; and in what capacity Lord O'Shaughnessy was attending.

The Department holds notes of the actions arising from this meeting. Lord Bethell was supported by a private secretary, Departmental officials and officials from the Department for International Trade, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and NHS England. Lord O'Shaughnessy and Bennet Summers, Vivek Madan and Henry Stannard of OC&C Strategy also attended the meeting. Special advisors were not present. Lord O'Shaughnessy attended in an advisory capacity.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Hanbury Strategy on the industrialisation of testing on 6 April 2020; and who attended the meeting on behalf of (a) his Department and (b) Hanbury Strategy.

The Department holds a minute of this meeting. The meeting was conducted by telephone, attended by Lord Bethell, his Private Secretary and Departmental policy officials. It was also attended by James Kanagasooriam for Hanbury Strategy, Bennet Summers, Vivek Madan, Henry Stannard from OC&C strategy and officials from the Office for Life Sciences, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for International Trade.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds a minute of the meeting between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation, Lord Feldman and Abbott regarding the Abbott covid-19 test on 7 April 2020; whether officials or special advisers attended the meeting on behalf of his Department; and in what capacity Lord Feldman was attending.

The Department does not hold a formal minute of the meeting. Lord Bethell attended the meeting with a Private Secretary, officials from the Department and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority, Lord Feldman of Elstree and representatives from Abbott. Special advisors did not attend the meeting. Lord Feldman of Elstree attended in an advisory capacity.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds minutes of the meetings between the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation and Abingdon Health on 1 April 2020, 29 April 2020 and 13 May 2020; and who attended those meetings on behalf of (a) his Department and (b) Abingdon Health.

The Department holds a minute of the telephone call on 1 April 2020. This was attended by the former the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Bethell), a private secretary, officials from the Department and the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) and by Dr Chris Hand and Chris Yates of Abingdon Health.

The Department holds a minute of the telephone call on 29 April 2020. This was attended by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, a private secretary and Departmental and OLS officials. Dr Chris Hand and Chris Yates attended from Abingdon Health.

A telephone call took place on 13 May 2020, attended by the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, a private secretary and Departmental and OLS officials. Chris Yates and Dr Chris Hand attended from Abingdon Health. However, the Department does not hold a note of this telephone call.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of lateral flow covid-19 tests in (a) Luton South constituency, (b) the East of England and (c) England.

In December 2021, we delivered approximately 280 million lateral flow device (LFD) tests and we have now procured new stocks and increased delivery capacity. We expect to deliver 90 million LFD tests a week in the United Kingdom, including seven million tests a day through GOV.UK. In England, this includes approximately 12 million tests per week through pharmacies. We expect therefore that there is sufficient capacity to provide tests for everyone, who requires it including those in Luton South and the East of England.

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The following table shows the total floor area of the estate and land held by the Department and its arm’s length bodies in each year from 2010/11 to 2020/21.

Total floor area in metres squared

Land in hectares

2020/21

467,408

68.44

2019/20

422,204

69.25

2018/19

409,765

68.68

2017/18

415,473

68.86

2016/17

392,125

60.35

2015/16

379,430

65.54

2014/15

353,435

111.71

2013/14

343,532

111.77

2012/13

350,762

133.88

2011/12

367,992

26.74

2010/11

420,004

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Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to resolve issues with automated NHS IT systems which are preventing members of the public from accessing a booster jab after three months.

Everyone over the age of 18 years old is now able to book their booster dose through the National Booking System. NHS England is not aware of any specific IT which may affect the ability to book an appointment. Availability is subject to eligibility and the number of appointments locally. Queuing is introduced at exceptionally busy times.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will implement a plan to improve maternal outcomes for Black women.

The Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, is leading work to understand why mortality rates are higher, consider evidence about what will reduce mortality rates and take action to improve equity in outcomes for mothers and their babies. NHS England and NHS Improvement are also working to develop an equity strategy that will focus on reducing disparities for women and their babies from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and those living in the most deprived areas.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to ensuring that by 2024, 75% of BAME groups and a similar proportion of women who live in the most deprived areas, will receive continuity of care from their midwife throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is going to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Human Rights Eleventh Report of Session 2019–21, Black people, racism and human rights, relating to Black Maternal Health.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights report recommends that the Government introduces a target to end the disparity in maternal mortality between black and white women.

Work is being undertaken by the Chief Midwifery Officer for England to understand why mortality rates are higher, consider evidence about what will reduce mortality rates and take action to improve equity in outcomes and experience of care for mothers and their babies. Research is also being carried by the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care at the University of Oxford to better understand the reasons for any disparity, assess local variation and also identify areas with less disparity and hence best practice. The Department does not plan to introduce a target to reduce inequalities in maternity outcomes in England whilst this work takes place.

25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Professor Van-Tam's comments at a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday 19 May, whether his Department plans to roll out turbo-boosted vaccination across areas that exhibit levels of enduring covid-19 transmission.

We have implemented measures at record pace to get on top of the B1.617.2 variant and control the spread. We have already implemented targeted new activity to accelerate vaccine uptake amongst eligible cohorts in Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen in order to support this move. We are now extending this activity to Bedford, Hounslow, Burnley, Leicester, Kirklees and North Tyneside. The areas chosen for targeted new activity to accelerate vaccine uptake amongst eligible cohorts were chosen on the basis of them being areas with enduring transmission where higher cases have persisted, and vaccination uptake rates are lower.

In order to ensure people across the United Kingdom have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity, appointments for a second dose of the vaccine has now been brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for those in cohorts 1-9 who are yet to receive their second dose.

25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Professor Van-Tam's comments to a Downing Street press conference on 19 May 2021, what criteria he plans to use to prioritise areas for turbo-boosted vaccinations.

We have implemented measures at record pace to get on top of the B1.617.2 variant and control the spread. We have already implemented targeted new activity to accelerate vaccine uptake amongst eligible cohorts in Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen in order to support this move. We are now extending this activity to Bedford, Hounslow, Burnley, Leicester, Kirklees and North Tyneside. The areas chosen for targeted new activity to accelerate vaccine uptake amongst eligible cohorts were chosen on the basis of them being areas with enduring transmission where higher cases have persisted, and vaccination uptake rates are lower.

In order to ensure people across the United Kingdom have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity, appointments for a second dose of the vaccine has now been brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for those in cohorts 1-9 who are yet to receive their second dose.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to allocate a proportion of the Spending Review 2020 commitments to tackle (a) diagnostic and (b) treatment backlogs in cancer services.

The Spending Review 2020 confirmed an additional £3 billion for the National Health Service on top of the long-term settlement, to support the recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Cancer patients will continue to be prioritised with the NHS and will benefit from the approximately £1 billion to begin tackling the elective backlog and approximately £1.5 billion to help ease existing pressures caused by COVID-19. This package will be supported by £325 million capital funding for diagnostics, to replace over two thirds of imaging equipment over 10 years old.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £3 billion funding allocated to support the NHS recovery from the effect of covid-19 at the Spending Review 2020 will be invested in (a) cancer diagnostics, (b) radiotherapy treatments and (c) the cancer workforce.

The Spending Review 2020 confirmed an additional £3 billion for the National Health Service on top of the long-term settlement, to support the recovery from the impact of COVID-19. This includes approximately £1 billion to begin tackling the elective backlog and approximately £1.5 billion to help ease existing pressures caused by COVID-19. This package will be supported by £325 million capital funding for NHS diagnostics to replace over two thirds of imaging equipment over 10 years old.

The Spending Review 2020 will also provide £260 million to continue to increase the NHS workforce and support commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan. Full details on funding allocations in 2021-22, including for NHS cancer workforce and cancer diagnostics, will be subject to a detailed financial planning exercise and finalised in due course.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the guidance provided to healthcare professionals administering the covid-19 vaccine states that they should inform patients of the impact alcohol can have on the vaccine's efficacy.

There is no specific period of time post vaccination during which people should not consume alcohol.

14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have received a covid-19 vaccine should not consume alcohol for a specified period of time post-vaccination.

There is no specific period of time post vaccination during which people should not consume alcohol.

2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act 1983.

We have committed to publishing a White Paper which will set out the Government’s response to Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and pave the way for reform of the Act. We will publish our White Paper as soon as it is possible to do so. We will consult publicly on our proposals and will bring forward a Bill to amend the Act when parliamentary time allows.
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department are working together with employees of another Department or agency in London managed by the Government Property Agency; what the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

The Department does not have any employees in London located in properties managed by the Government Property Agency.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th May 2020
What steps the Government is taking to introduce a new (a) living wage and (b) financial settlement for social care workers.

We have now made £3.2 billion available to local authorities to address the pressures on local services caused by the pandemic. This funding can be used to cover the cost of pay for care workers who are currently unable to work because they may be shielding (if they are among the clinically extremely vulnerable) or self-isolating – and this has been included in guidance to local authorities.

My department is working with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to confirm that funding provided to local authorities has been distributed to social care providers, and on to the workforce, in accordance with this guidance.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many businesses based in Luton South have (a) made offers to his Department to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment and (b) received orders from his Department to manufacture that equipment.

The Department does not hold the information in the format requested, identifiable to a specific location.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government’s efforts to secure sufficient PPE and ensure this gets to where it is needed. He is also driving forward coordination of the end-to-end process design and manufacture of new domestic PPE supplies. The Department has entered into contract and placed orders with several manufacturers to provide millions of items of PPE products to the National Health Service and carers. Details of this work can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-more-items-of-ppe-for-frontline-staff-from-new-business-partnerships
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/70-million-face-masks-for-nhs-and-care-workers-through-new-industry-deal

The volumes will increase in the coming weeks.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the British companies manufacturing personal protective equipment for European countries on the production of that equipment for the UK.

We have allowed personal protective equipment (PPE) exports by private companies where such exports do not undermine the level of PPE within the United Kingdom, and no PPE has been issued from pandemic supplies to other countries.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government effort by British industry to manufacture PPE. The Government is currently in contact with over 350 potential UK manufacturers and has signed contracts to manufacture over 2 billion items of PPE through UK-based manufacturers. More new manufacturers are expected to commit to producing PPE in the coming weeks.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate the Government has made of the number of items of personal protective equipment that will be procured for use in the UK by the end of April.

The combined DIT, FCO and DHSC efforts have resulted in DHSC ordering over 28.7 billion items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), direct from new relationships with suppliers in source countries; and to build up UK manufacturing this includes signed contracts to manufacture over 2 billion items of PPE through UK-based manufacturers.

The Government has rapidly processed over 24,000 cases from over 15,000 suppliers to ensure they meet the safety and quality standards that our NHS staff need, as well as prioritising offers of larger volumes. The Government has so far actively engaged with over 99% of the companies that have offered PPE and has contracted with over 175 new suppliers able to deliver at the scale and pace the UK requires.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department forecasted aid funding for agencies supporting people in Palestine for the financial year 2024-2025.

We trebled our aid commitment this financial year and we are doing everything we can to get more aid in and open more crossings. The UK is providing £60 million in humanitarian assistance to support partners including the British Red Cross, UNICEF, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERCS) to respond to critical food, fuel, water, health, shelter and security needs in Gaza.

We will continue to support and have supported the United Nations World Food Programme to deliver a new humanitarian land corridor from Jordan into Gaza. 750 tonnes of life-saving food aid arrived in the first delivery and 315 tonnes in the second delivery.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department forecasted aid funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees for the financial year 2024-25.

We are appalled by allegations that United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff were involved in the 7 October attack against Israel, a heinous act of terrorism that the UK Government has repeatedly condemned. As we have said, we are pausing any future funding of UNRWA, whilst we review these concerning allegations. The pause will remain in place until we review the allegations, and any future funding decisions will be taken after this point. We are looking to our partners in the UN to carry out a robust and comprehensive investigation.

We remain committed to getting humanitarian aid to people in Gaza who desperately need it.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure implementation in full of the International Court of Justice's Order relating to the case of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v Israel), published on 26 January 2024.

The FCDO has welcomed the Court's call for the immediate release of hostages and the need to get more aid into Gaza.

We are clear that an immediate pause is necessary to get aid in and hostages out, and then we want to build towards a sustainable, permanent ceasefire, without a return to the fighting.

We respect the role and independence of the ICJ. However, we have also stated that we have considerable concerns about this case. Our view is that Israel's actions in Gaza cannot be described as a genocide, which is why we thought South Africa's decision to bring the case was wrong and provocative.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what discussions he has had with his (a) Israeli counterpart and (b) the UK’s international allies on the provisional measures set forth by the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

The FCDO has welcomed the Court's call for the immediate release of hostages and the need to get more aid into Gaza.

We are clear that an immediate pause is necessary to get aid in and hostages out, and then we want to build towards a sustainable, permanent ceasefire, without a return to the fighting.

We respect the role and independence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). However, we have also stated that we have considerable concerns about this case. Our view is that Israel's actions in Gaza cannot be described as a genocide, which is why we thought South Africa's decision to bring the case was wrong and provocative.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) arrest, (b) imprisonment and (c) sentencing of Yasin Malik in India.

We note that Yasin Malik was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for a number of charges under Indian law. We expect all countries to respect and uphold their international obligations regarding the treatment of detainees and raise cases where necessary.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on her Department’s carbon footprint.

The FCDO monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions quarterly. Details are published annually in the Sustainability Report sections of FCDO's Annual Report and Accounts (page 57-73) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1019938/FCDO_annual_report_and_accounts_2020_to_2021_accessible.pdf and the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/greening-government-commitments#annual-reports

14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

FCDO's greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Sustainability Report sections of FCDO's Annual Report and Accounts (page 57-73) and the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The FCDO is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK's transition to net zero. The FCDO's current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The UK Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

Yes. The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. In the first phase, the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with other departments (including BEIS, DEFRA and FCDO) to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific functions and professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on net zero which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government Departments.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether a senior manager in her Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The UK Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on these commitments every quarter. In The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office this is led by an appointed minister with support from senior officials within the Estates Directorate.

6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the total floor area of her departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Central estate data for the former Foreign Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development United Kingdom portfolios was published in the annual State of the Estate reports which are published by the Cabinet Office and can be found on www.gov.uk. For example, the 2020-21 report can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/state-of-the-estate-in-2020-2021

The data for the period requested has been extracted and is summarised in the table below;

Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office* (NIA, m²)

Foreign & Commonwealth Office* (NIA, m²)

Department for International Development (NIA, m²)

Total (NIA, m²)

2020-21

35,078

35,078

2019-20

75,374

16,990

92,364

2018-19

75,374

16,990

92,364

2017-18

75,186

19,358

94,544

2016-17

75,430

19,358

94,788

2015-16

78,386

19,358

97,744

2014-15

96,702

19,358

116,060

2013-14

96,503

48,558

145,061

2013

96,356

48,558

144,914

2012

109,473

63,832

173,305

2011

109,473

55,154

164,627

*Excluding British Council

This data includes Arms Length Bodies, but excludes the British Council estate and the whole of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office's overseas estate.

In September 2020 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development were merged into a new, single Department; Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. In March 2021 the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office's Core Central Office premises were onboarded to the Government Property Agency as at 31 March 2021 (King Charles Street, 22 Whitehall and Abercrombie House).

The 2020-21 State of the Estate report published in December 2021 was the first time that Foreign Commonwealth Development Office reported on its combined United Kingdom portfolio, less the onboarded premises (now held and reported on by the Government Property Agency), British Council and leased offices given up in Milton Keynes.

Amanda Milling
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) detention of the former FARC combatant and signatory to the peace agreement Harold Ordoñez Botero on 29 August 2021 and (b) implications for his ongoing legal security.

The FCDO is aware of the arrest, and subsequent release due to lack of evidence, of former FARC combatant Harold Ordoñez Botero.

The UK has been a leading international advocate of Colombia's peace process, and supporting the Colombian Government in its commitment to implement the 2016 Peace Accords will remain a top priority. We will continue to support the Colombian Government's commitment to assisting former combatants in transitioning to civilian life, as agreed in the 2016 peace agreement. We have committed more than £68 million over 5 years through our Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund to support reintegration, rural development, and security across conflict-affected regions. We have done this through programmes designed to build state capacity to ensure the safety of former combatants, and of other vulnerable individuals and groups, including outside of official reincorporation zones.

19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether Morocco claims sovereignty over all of Western Sahara.

That is a matter for the Government of Morocco. As the Foreign Secretary stated on 11 December 2020, the UK regards the status of Western Sahara as undetermined: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/israel-and-morocco-uk-responds-to-announcement-of-normalisation.

The UK supports UN-led efforts to achieve a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. We note the UN's position on the status of Western Sahara, which is set out on its website: https://www.un.org/dppa/decolonization/en/nsgt/western-sahara.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the joint communication issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention addressed to Morocco, expressing serious concerns about the human rights' violations committed against the Sahrawi people in the occupied territories of Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement.

Human rights is a UK priority around the world and we raise human rights issues with Morocco accordingly. The UK regards the status of Western Sahara as undetermined. We have consistently supported language in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions which encourages the parties to continue their efforts to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in Western Sahara.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN Security Council on a timetable for the referendum of self-determination in Western Sahara.

The UK fully supports UN-led efforts, as made clear in UNSCR 2548, to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, based on compromise, that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. We strongly support the UN Secretary-General's efforts to appoint a Personal Envoy at the earliest opportunity so that consultations between the parties can resume.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Moroccan Ambassador on a referendum on (a) independence from, and (b) integration of Morocco in Western Sahara.

The UK fully supports UN-led efforts, as made clear in UNSCR 2548, to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, based on compromise, that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. We strongly support the UN Secretary-General's efforts to appoint a Personal Envoy at the earliest opportunity so that consultations between the parties can resume.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2020 to Question 128695, what response his Department has received from the Israeli authorities on their investigation into the death of 15-year old Ali Abu Alia; and if he will make further representations to progress a conclusion in this case.

We continue to urge Israel to ensure that its investigation into this case is swift and comprehensive. We also continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population, in particular the need to protect children, and urge restraint in the use of live fire.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on reports of members of the Baha’i community being imprisoned or banned from public sector employment where they have academic qualifications issued by the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education; and if he will make a statement.

We remain deeply concerned by the continuing systematic discrimination, harassment and targeting of the Baha'i community in Iran and follow this situation closely. The Government continues to raise our concerns on this and other persistent human rights violations with Iran.

On 26 October, we made a statement on this matter, during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. We called on Iran to ensure members of all religious and ethnic groups are treated equally before the law and allowed to participate fully in society.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Iranian counterparts on reports of members of the Baha’i community being denied access to university through the Iranian state university application process; and if he will make a statement.

We remain deeply concerned by the continuing systematic discrimination, harassment and targeting of the Baha'i community in Iran, including that members of the community are being denied access to university. The Government continues to raise our concerns on this and other persistent human rights violations with Iran.

On 26 October, we made a statement on this matter, during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. We called on Iran to ensure members of all religious and ethnic groups are treated equally before the law and allowed to participate fully in society.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department are employed on a fixed-term contract.

As of 1 September 2020, the Foreign, Commonwealth