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Rachel Hopkins

Labour - Luton South

Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

(since December 2021)

Department Event
Monday 4th July 2022
14:30
Department for Education
Oral questions - Main Chamber
4 Jul 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Education (including Topical Questions)
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Thursday 14th July 2022
09:30
Cabinet Office
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14 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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Department Event
Monday 19th September 2022
14:30
Department for Education
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19 Sep 2022, 2:30 p.m.
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Division Votes
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 151 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 271
Speeches
Monday 27th June 2022
Draft Mental Health Bill
I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. …
Written Answers
Friday 1st July 2022
Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the Public Sector Decarbonization …
Early Day Motions
Monday 7th December 2020
Government workers' pay
That this House supports the Parliamentary petition signed by over 100,000 people for a fair pay rise for government workers …
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
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021
A Bill to impose duties on certain education and training providers in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Rachel Hopkins has voted in 478 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)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(26 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
(18 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(60 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(53 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(32 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).

Petitions with highest Luton South signature proportion
Petition Open
151
of 9,160 signatures (1.65%)
Petition Open
116
of 10,586 signatures (1.10%)
Petition Open
336
of 212,827 signatures (0.16%)
Petitions with most Luton South signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Latest EDMs signed by Rachel Hopkins

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: 94
Scottish National Party: 12
Liberal Democrat: 7
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
23rd September 2021
Rachel Hopkins signed this EDM on Monday 25th October 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Feb 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 97
Scottish National Party: 16
Liberal Democrat: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Conservative: 4
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
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.

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Rachel Hopkins has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Rachel Hopkins has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

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.


Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 6th May 2022
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466 Written Questions in the current parliament

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15 Other Department Questions
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many individuals were employed by his Department to work on internal communications in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

For each of these years, five members of staff were employed on internal communication.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much expenditure was allocated by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to (i) the production of digital and video content, (ii) the employment of in-house staff to produce digital and video content, and (iii) the payment of external companies and individuals to produce digital and video content.

The information requested is published as part of the department’s transparency data and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mhclg-departmental-spending-over-250

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dluhc-departmental-spending-over-250

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many photographers and video producers were employed by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

No dedicated photographers or videographers were employed in these years. All photography and videography was undertaken by communications staff who work across a range of disciplines and communication channels.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much expenditure was allocated by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to (a) internal communications and (b) the employment of staff to work on internal communications.

We are unable to provide the pay costs for staff dedicated to internal communications as this could potentially identify specific staff member salaries owing to the small numbers involved. The Department routinely publishes the combined salary cost of its Communication function as part of its quarterly organogram which can be found here.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much his Department spent in total on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; whether any full-time equivalent posts were filled as a result of that expenditure; and whether any of those posts were filled by individuals recruited from outside the civil service.

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

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

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

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he expects to reissue the Private Parking Code of Practice.

The Private Parking Code of Practice has been temporarily withdrawn to review the decisions to introduce new levels of private parking charges and to ban additional fees that are currently added on top of the late or unpaid parking charge. My department will continue to work with the industry and consumer groups to reissue the Code as quickly as possible. We are committed to reissuing a Code that provides both the best possible protection for motorists and enables effective management of parking.

Neil O'Brien
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Luton South of 16 March 2022 on London Luton Airport Operations Limited's annual passenger cap amendment.

A response to the Hon Member will be issued shortly.

Stuart Andrew
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 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.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

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

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 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.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 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 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 the transition to net zero, which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government departments.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 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 Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, this work is led by me as Minister for Net Zero, with support from senior officials.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Between January 2011 and December 2017 the Department was known as the Department for Communities and Local Government. In January 2018 it became the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. In September 2021 the Department was re-established as the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The table below gives details of the Department’s estate floor area for the years in question, as reported in the Cabinet Office State of the Estate reports.

Year

Total m2 (Gross Internal Area)

2011- 1st Jan 2011

30,622

2012 -1st Jan 2012

30,622

2013- 1st Jan 2013

29,221

2013/14

29,221

2014/15

13,283

2015/16

13,872

2016/17

13,872

2017/18

13,872

2018/19

13,872

2019/20

15,608

2020/21

15,173

This data is for the Department's main office space. It excludes our arms-length bodies and land and buildings that are registered with the Land Registry as DLUHC's but are occupied or the responsibility of other Government Departments.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
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
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
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
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
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
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
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
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
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.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.



Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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).

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.



Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

All Departments are required to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions quarterly as part of the Greening Government Commitments. Departmental emissions, and their progress against emissions reductions targets, are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

Departments may also publish their greenhouse gas emissions data as part of their own Annual Report and Accounts.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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.

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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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.

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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
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.

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)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

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

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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
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
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
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
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
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
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
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
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
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.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
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, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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 for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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 for Transport)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) photographers and (b) video producers were employed by his Department in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

The breakdown for video producers employed by the Department for Transport is as follows; in 2019 one video producer, in 2020 two video producers and in 2021 two video producers.

No photographers were employed by the Department for Transport between 2019 and 2021.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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 for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 (Department for Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in Luton South constituency.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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 Work and Pensions)
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.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
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.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
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.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
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.
Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2021 to Question 53270, what recent contact she has had with the Sri Lankan authorities about clean water provision in the north of the country since COP26; and if she will make a statement.

The UK Government maintains regular contact with the Government of Sri Lanka on a wide range of environmental issues. The Minister for South Asia, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, discussed opportunities for joint cooperation on environmental protection during his visit to Sri Lanka in January. We are supporting Sri Lanka through the new 7 year Climate Action for a Resilient Asia (CARA) programme. We will continue to engage with the Sri Lankan authorities in support of improved environmental conditions, including support of clean water provisions.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
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
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the employment position is of non-UK national staff who were transferred from the Department for International Development to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

All former DFID staff who are non-UK nationals transferred to the FCDO in their existing roles on 2 September 2020. Further work is underway to agree a long term policy for the FCDO on reserved and unreserved roles, and impacted staff will be communicated with as soon as possible.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many fixed-term contract workers there are in his Department by (a) gender, (b) age group and (c) ethnicity.

As of the 30 June 2020, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) had the following percentages of fixed-term contract workers in the department:

  • by gender: Women 57.6%, Men 42.4%
  • by age:

Age

Percentage of Fixed Term Contract Workers

18-29

70.5%

30-39

17.0%

40-49

7.0%

50-59

4.3%

* 60+

-

  • c) by ethnicity:

Ethnic minority

29.3%

White

59.6%

Do not wish to declare

11.1%

Home Civil Service and Diplomatic Service staff employed on a Fixed Term Contract.

*Numbers of 5 or less have been suppressed in order to comply with the GDPR.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that staff in his Department who are non-UK nationals and transferred into his Department as a result of the machinery of Government change will have the same rights and opportunities as other staff.

Further work is underway to agree a long term policy for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on reserved and unreserved roles. This will take account of the considerations around reserved posts as set out in the Civil Service Nationality Rules to ensure the FCDO continues to have access to world class talent and provides varied career paths whilst meeting the necessary security and nationality requirements.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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 & Development Office had between 340 and 359 full-time equivalent Home Civil Service & Diplomatic Service staff employed on a Fixed Term Contract.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether an equality impact assessment has been undertaken on the decision to withdraw the opportunity of permanent jobs for fixed-term contact staff in his Department.

The potential diversity impact of the decision not to offer opportunities for permanent employment to current fixed-term contract staff was discussed at length by the Joint Executive Committee of DFID and FCO. As such, the Public Sector Equality Duty was met.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) gender, (b) age group and (c) ethnicity breakdown is of non-UK nationals employed in his Department.

The breakdown of FCDO's non-UK national employees, as at 31 August 2020, is set out in the tables below.

Age group

No. of Staff

Under 35

61

35 - 44

63

45 - 54

23

55+

8

Total

155

Ethnicity

No. of Staff

BAME

20

Not declared/ Prefer not to say

64

White

71

Total

155

Gender

No. of Staff

Female

102

Male

53

Total

155

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many of the fixed-term contract staff in his Department have gone through (a) the deep vetting process, (b) language training and (b) other professional training; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each of those processes.

The FCDO's vetting provider, UKSV, charges £1371 for an initial DV clearance. A small number of FTC officers hold DV clearance but, for security reasons, we are not able to provide a total figure as this may make individuals identifiable.

Language and professional training information for fixed-term contract staff is not held centrally and to compile this information would incur disproportionate cost. We can however confirm that no fixed-term contract staff have received full-time language training.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Chinese authorities on reports of the mass sterilisation of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang; and if he will make a statement.

As I set out during an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on 29 June, we are seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We are aware of reports of forced sterilisation of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, which would amount to a gross violation of human rights. We are closely monitoring all available evidence, and have raised the issue with Chinese officials. On 28 July, the Foreign Secretary expressed his serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang to his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth 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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much emergency funding he plans to allocate to the British Council to enable that organisation to continue operating and paying staff after May 2020.

The FCO remains committed to the British Council, who are a key driver of our soft power overseas and a precious part of the FCO family. In order to help stabilise their immediate financial position following the impact of Covid-19 on their ability to operate, we agreed to provide the British Council with £26m of additional funding for the 2019-20 financial year. We have also provided some of their 2020-21 Grant-in-Aid funding upfront this month to further alleviate pressures.

The FCO have also supported the British Council in accessing wider government relief available through the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and similar schemes in other countries. This will help them support many of their workforce, and those employed through its partners, funded through the commercial side of their business. We will continue to work closely with the British Council in the coming days and weeks to address the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to operate.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of funding required from the Government to enable the British Council to continue to operate following the reduction in the income of that organisation as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

The FCO remains committed to the British Council, who are a key driver of our soft power overseas and a precious part of the FCO family. In order to help stabilise their immediate financial position following the impact of Covid-19 on their ability to operate, we agreed to provide the British Council with £26m of additional funding for the 2019-20 financial year. We have also provided some of their 2020-21 Grant-in-Aid funding upfront this month to further alleviate pressures.

The FCO have also supported the British Council in accessing wider government relief available through the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and similar schemes in other countries. This will help them support many of their workforce, and those employed through its partners, funded through the commercial side of their business. We will continue to work closely with the British Council in the coming days and weeks to address the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to operate.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to protect the future of British Council by providing emergency funding to that organisation until its income from English teaching abroad has returned to the level it was prior to the covid-19 pandemic.

The FCO remains committed to the British Council, who are a key driver of our soft power overseas and a precious part of the FCO family. In order to help stabilise their immediate financial position following the impact of Covid-19 on their ability to operate, we agreed to provide the British Council with £26m of additional funding for the 2019-20 financial year. We have also provided some of their 2020-21 Grant-in-Aid funding upfront this month to further alleviate pressures.

The FCO have also supported the British Council in accessing wider government relief available through the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and similar schemes in other countries. This will help them support many of their workforce, and those employed through its partners, funded through the commercial side of their business. We will continue to work closely with the British Council in the coming days and weeks to address the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to operate.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the British Council is not required to reduce the (a) wages of its staff and (b) number of jobs in that organisation as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

The FCO remains committed to the British Council, who are a key driver of our soft power overseas and a precious part of the FCO family. In order to help stabilise their immediate financial position following the impact of Covid-19 on their ability to operate, we agreed to provide the British Council with £26m of additional funding for the 2019-20 financial year. We have also provided some of their 2020-21 Grant-in-Aid funding upfront this month to further alleviate pressures.

The FCO have also supported the British Council in accessing wider government relief available through the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and similar schemes in other countries. This will help them support many of their workforce, and those employed through its partners, funded through the commercial side of their business. We will continue to work closely with the British Council in the coming days and weeks to address the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to operate.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Yemen on expediting the release of Hamed bin Haydara from prison following his pardon granted on 25 March 2020.

We are monitoring the case of Hamed bin Haydara closely. On 25 March the Houthis announced that they would release Mr Haydara and his fellow wrongfully detained Baha'i, but we have seen no further action since then. I made public my concerns on 22 April, urging the Houthis to release all political prisoners without delay. We strongly condemn the death sentence and the continued persecution of the Baha'i in Yemen for their religious beliefs. We meet often with the Baha'i representatives in London who keep us updated on the situation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2022 to Question 142001, on Treasury: Civil Servants, if he will publish the number of civil servants based at the Darlington Economic Campus as of 17 March 2022.

We are making significant progress establishing the Darlington Economic Campus and our workforce based there. We have committed to moving over 1,100 roles to the campus by 2025 from across all eight Departments and agencies based in the campus.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The Treasury reports on its progress against the Greening Government Commitments, which includes greenhouse gas emissions, in its annual report and accounts.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

The Treasury is committed to promoting and embedding sustainability through its policy development, its work with other government Departments and its own operations. This includes implementing the Greening Government Commitments, along with other departments and arms length bodies. The Treasury reports on progress against the Greening Government targets in its annual report and accounts.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 HMT, 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.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total floor area of his departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The State of the Estate series of reports published by Cabinet Office provides information on HM Treasury’s occupied floor area on an annual basis. The reports from 2010-11 to 2013-14 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/state-of-the-estate. Subsequent reports from 2014-15 to 2020-21 can be found by using links in the following style: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/state-of-the-estate-2014-to-2015.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

HM Treasury keeps records of staff’s working hours. Working hours are recorded by the HMT employee on their ‘working hours spreadsheet’, the data recorded in these spreadsheets are stored centrally by the Management Information Team.

Records of staff’s working hours are kept for two years after which they are deleted, in line with Regulation 9 of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the compliance of his Department's staff working from home with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

HM Treasury collects monthly compliance data on how many HMT staff have completed their working hours spreadsheet log, this spreadsheet is designed to be completed daily, including when staff are working from home.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beyond 30 April 2021 to protect viable jobs in the aviation sector.

The Government will set out the next phase of the plan to tackle the virus and protect jobs at Budget 2021.

6th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Luton South of 24 November 2020 on pay in the civil service and related bodies.

The letter received on 24th November 2020 regarding Civil Service pay concerned a petition in the name of Francesca Heathcote. The government responded to this petition in the debate on the 14th December 2020.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Luton South of 24 November 2020 on pay in the civil service and related bodies.

The Member’s correspondence is receiving attention in line with the Cabinet Office’s guidelines for responding to Ministerial correspondence within 20 working days. HM Treasury will have a response with the member in due course.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employers who have a contractual obligation to pay 100 per cent of employees’ salaries can fulfil this obligation whilst accessing the Job Support Scheme.

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect jobs in businesses which are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. Further guidance on eligibility will be published shortly.

11th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on protecting access to cash.

The Government remains committed to legislating on cash as announced by the Chancellor at March 2020 Budget. The legislation will ensure continued access to cash for those that rely on it and that the UK’s cash infrastructure is sustainable in the long-term.

The Treasury is working at pace to develop this legislation, and is engaging closely with the Payment Systems Regulator, Financial Conduct Authority and Bank of England, including through the Joint Authorities Cash Strategy Group, to ensure its approach to legislation reflects the needs of cash users across the economy. The authorities are also currently leading an ambitious programme of work with industry to reach consensus on cash access solutions in line with the Government’s objectives.

The Government and regulators are monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 closely, including monitoring the impacts on cash access, and working with industry so that banks, building societies, credit unions and Post Offices maintain essential banking services as needed, including cash access.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take to protect access to cash.

The Government remains committed to legislating on cash as announced by the Chancellor at March 2020 Budget. The legislation will ensure continued access to cash for those that rely on it and that the UK’s cash infrastructure is sustainable in the long-term.

The Treasury is working at pace to develop this legislation, and is engaging closely with the Payment Systems Regulator, Financial Conduct Authority and Bank of England, including through the Joint Authorities Cash Strategy Group, to ensure its approach to legislation reflects the needs of cash users across the economy. The authorities are also currently leading an ambitious programme of work with industry to reach consensus on cash access solutions in line with the Government’s objectives.

The Government and regulators are monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 closely, including monitoring the impacts on cash access, and working with industry so that banks, building societies, credit unions and Post Offices maintain essential banking services as needed, including cash access.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the covid-19 pandemic’s effect on access to cash for (a) disabled and (b) elderly people.

The Government remains committed to legislating on cash as announced by the Chancellor at March 2020 Budget. The legislation will ensure continued access to cash for those that rely on it and that the UK’s cash infrastructure is sustainable in the long-term.

The Treasury is working at pace to develop this legislation, and is engaging closely with the Payment Systems Regulator, Financial Conduct Authority and Bank of England, including through the Joint Authorities Cash Strategy Group, to ensure its approach to legislation reflects the needs of cash users across the economy. The authorities are also currently leading an ambitious programme of work with industry to reach consensus on cash access solutions in line with the Government’s objectives.

The Government and regulators are monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 closely, including monitoring the impacts on cash access, and working with industry so that banks, building societies, credit unions and Post Offices maintain essential banking services as needed, including cash access.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that furloughed employees of umbrella companies receive a payment that is 80 per cent of the income that they received before the covid-19 outbreak.

Since the Government announced the unprecedented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), over 8.9m jobs have been furloughed, helping over 1 million employers keep people in employment.

The CJRS covers employees on any type of contract and is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on 19 March 2020, provided that HMRC received an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee on or before 19 March 2020. Where agency workers (including those employed by umbrella companies) are paid through PAYE, they are eligible to be furloughed and receive support through the scheme.

Depending on the circumstances, either the agency or umbrella company can apply through CJRS for a grant that covers 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions.

Further guidance for employers and employees can be found on GOV.UK.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
15th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has plans to provide additional support to people with private pension schemes that have been affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

The government continues to consider appropriate actions that it can take to protect both the public and the economy from the impacts of COVID-19. We have already introduced a range of measure to support businesses and individuals, ensure financial stability and reinforce social safety nets.

We recognise that the value of investments may have fallen, including those held in private pensions. However, investments are for the long term and the government does not believe there are proportionate interventions to be made at this time.

On 1 April the Financial Conduct Authority, Pensions Regulator and the Money and Pensions Service published a joint statement urging savers to take their time when making financial decisions, and to visit the Pensions Advisory Service website for free pensions guidance before making any decisions about their retirement savings.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Government extended the eligibility date for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to 19 March 2020 and not 31 March 2020.

The Government has prioritised help for the greatest number of people as quickly as possible through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which will enable millions of people to remain employed. 19 March 2020 has been chosen as the cut-off date for the CJRS as this date is just before the scheme was announced (20 March). Extending the cut-off date beyond 20 March would significantly slow down the system while risking substantial levels of fraud.

Those not eligible for this grant may have access to other Government support, including a package of temporary welfare measures and up to three months’ mortgage payment holidays for those in difficulty with mortgage payments.

28th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme's eligibility cut-off date from 19 March to 31 March 2020.

The Government has prioritised help for the greatest number of people as quickly as possible through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which will enable millions of people to remain employed. 19 March 2020 has been chosen as the cut-off date for the CJRS as this date is just before the scheme was announced (20 March). Extending the cut-off date beyond 20 March would significantly slow down the system while risking substantial levels of fraud.

Those not eligible for this grant may have access to other Government support, including a package of temporary welfare measures and up to three months’ mortgage payment holidays for those in difficulty with mortgage payments.

23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme takes into account (a) wage fluctuation over a period of 6 months and (b) basic income, (c) additional income, (d) overtime payments, (e) commission and (f) pension contributions when calculating 80 per cent of a wage.

The Government seeks, as far as possible, to protect people’s jobs and incomes. This is an unprecedented jobs retention scheme and the Government has been working hard to set out further details on the scheme. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on 19 March 2020. Full details can be found in the guidance available at www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme, which provides answers to these questions.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

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

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

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.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a senior manager in her Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

The Director of Strategy has been given the responsibility of leading on departmental sustainability.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total floor area of her departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

Details of the department’s total floor area in each year are published as part of the annual State of the Estate report.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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.

HO staff are recorded on payroll to work the hours agreed within their contract. For the majority of staff this will be standard FTE of 37 hours per week.

Standard HO contracts do not require staff to work unsocial hours. When staff are required to work unsocial hours as part of a rostered shift pattern for example, they will receive the appropriate allowance for doing so e.g. annualised hours working (AHW).

This is also recorded through payroll data and maintained for a minimum of seven years.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the compliance of her Department's staff working from home with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

The department’s assessment is that those employees working from home continue to comply with working time regulations just as they would if they were working in Home Office buildings / workplaces. Working from home also offers employees greater flexibility over their working times and their ability to manage their work / life balance.

As a department, we will continue to remind employees of their obligation to comply with the regulations for example by taking regular breaks, using annual leave etc, and not accessing work mobile devices once they have stopped working.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
22nd Mar 2021
What steps her Department is taking to protect vulnerable children from county lines drugs networks.

We are determined to roll up county lines and protect vulnerable children from this harmful form of exploitation.

Through our £25m county lines programme we have already seen 3,400 people arrested, more than 550 lines closed and more than 770 vulnerable people safeguarded.

We have also increased investment in dedicated one-to-one support for county lines victims and their families.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average working days lost was for civil servants who (a) have declared themselves as having a disability, and (b) have not declared themselves to have a disability in her Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The average working days lost was for Home Office members of staff who (a) have declared themselves as having a disability, and (b) have not declared themselves to have a disability

AWDL

Disability

Mar-19

Mar-20

Disabled

13.39

12.86

Not Disabled

6.35

6.98

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average working days lost was for civil servants (a) from BAME backgrounds and (b) recording themselves as White in her Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The average working days lost was for Home Office members of staff (a) from BAME backgrounds and (b) recording themselves as White for 2019 and 2020 is provided in the table below.

AWDL

Ethnicity

Mar-19

Mar-20

BAME

8.70

8.97

White

6.60

7.18

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average working days lost was for (a) female and (b) male civil servants in her Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The average working days lost was for (a) female and (b) male Home Office staff for 2019 and 2020 is provided in the table below

AWDL

Gender

Mar-19

Mar-20

Female

8.38

8.86

Male

5.70

6.21

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average working days lost was for civil servants aged (a) 30 and younger, (b) 31 to 50, (c) 51 to 60, and (d) over 60 in her Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The average working days lost was for Home Office members of staff aged (a) 30 and younger, (b) 31 to 50, (c) 51 to 60, and (d) over 60 for 2019 and 2020 is provided in the table below.

AWDL

Age Band

Mar-19

Mar-20

16-24

3.95

5.19

25-29

5.08

6.31

30-34

7.04

7.25

35-39

6.35

7.58

40-44

6.94

6.90

45-49

7.19

7.71

50-54

7.44

7.43

55-59

8.33

8.65

60-64

9.82

10.01

65+

11.03

13.70

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63563 on travel: coronavirus, what support is available for incoming travellers who cannot afford or do not have the funds to pay for quarantine accommodation after travelling to the UK.

Border Force is able to assist in sourcing accommodation for people requiring a place to quarantine through contractors, at the person’s expense.? In limited circumstances, the Home Office will fund quarantine accommodation should an individual be unable to.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to verify that people travelling to the UK comply with quarantine measures by staying at a specified address.

Unless they fall into an exempt category, anyone travelling to the UK should complete a Passenger Locator Form that specifies where they will be self-isolating. Border Force officers carry out spot checks at the border to ensure this form is completed

Public Health England undertake assurance calls against those not exempt from quarantine arrangements. In cases of concern or where they haven’t been able to reach a passenger, the details are passed to Border Force, who undertake further scrutiny of the data before passing the details to the police for enforcement action. The devolved administrations have their own individual arrangements for enforcement and access to the data captured by the Passenger Locator Form.

Anyone found failing to comply with the quarantine measures may be liable to a fixed penalty notice of £1000 in England.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department is providing to people travelling to the UK without access to quarantine accommodation.

Guidance for traveling to the UK and how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK can be found on the.gov.uk website at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is available to people who have travelled to the UK without quarantine accommodation.

We have been clear that people should arrange their accommodation before they travel to the UK and the vast majority of travellers have complied.

For the small minority who don’t, the Government will support them in finding appropriate accommodation, upon arrival, and this will be at their own expense.

In the scenario where an arrival presents (at the UK border) as symptomatic, and they do not have suitable accommodation, they will be housed in a government facility for the duration of their self-isolation.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, 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 the addresses are of those locations; and what other Departments and agencies employ staff at those locations.

Employees in the Home Office are working together with other Departments in one multi-hub location in London, where the site is managed by the Government Property Agency. The address is Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8AE.

24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has undertaken an assessment of the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people who have no recourse to public funds.

The Home Office is working closely with other government departments to support people, including migrants with no recourse to public funds, through this crisis. We are taking a compassionate and pragmatic approach to an unprecedented situation.

Migrants with leave under the Family and Human Rights routes can apply to have the NRPF restriction lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there has been a change in their financial circumstances. The Home Office has recently digitised the application form to make sure it is accessible for those who need to remain at home, and I can assure you that the applications are being dealt with swiftly and compassionately.

Many of the wide-ranging Covid-19 measures the government has put in place are not public funds and therefore are available to migrants with no recourse to public funds (NRPF). We therefore do not believe it is necessary to suspend the NRPF condition.

The Coronavirus job retention scheme, self-employment income support and statutory sick pay are not classed as public funds for immigration purposes. Contribution-based benefits are also not classed as public funds for immigration purposes. Additionally, measures we have brought forward such as rent and mortgage protections are not considered public funds and can be accessed by migrants with leave to remain.

Local authorities may also provide basic safety net support if it is established that there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases where the wellbeing of a child is in question.

In addition, the Government has made in excess of £3.2 billion of funding to local authorities in England, and additional funding under the Barnett formula to the devolved administrations to enable them to respond to Covid-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including services helping the most vulnerable.

More information on the support available to migrants, including those with NRPF, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to suspend the no recourse to public funds status during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Home Office is working closely with other government departments to support people, including migrants with no recourse to public funds, through this crisis. We are taking a compassionate and pragmatic approach to an unprecedented situation.

Migrants with leave under the Family and Human Rights routes can apply to have the NRPF restriction lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there has been a change in their financial circumstances. The Home Office has recently digitised the application form to make sure it is accessible for those who need to remain at home, and I can assure you that the applications are being dealt with swiftly and compassionately.

Many of the wide-ranging Covid-19 measures the government has put in place are not public funds and therefore are available to migrants with no recourse to public funds (NRPF). We therefore do not believe it is necessary to suspend the NRPF condition.

The Coronavirus job retention scheme, self-employment income support and statutory sick pay are not classed as public funds for immigration purposes. Contribution-based benefits are also not classed as public funds for immigration purposes. Additionally, measures we have brought forward such as rent and mortgage protections are not considered public funds and can be accessed by migrants with leave to remain.

Local authorities may also provide basic safety net support if it is established that there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases where the wellbeing of a child is in question.

In addition, the Government has made in excess of £3.2 billion of funding to local authorities in England, and additional funding under the Barnett formula to the devolved administrations to enable them to respond to Covid-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including services helping the most vulnerable.

More information on the support available to migrants, including those with NRPF, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets its obligation to reunite child refugees with family members in the UK where their applications have been accepted.

The UK remains fully committed to meeting our obligations under the Dublin III Regulation. The Regulation makes it very clear that once a take charge request has been accepted for an unaccompanied child, the transfer is the responsibility of the requesting State.

Despite covid-19 restrictions the UK remains ready to accept transfers under Dublin whenever Member States are in a position to make those arrangements. We are continuing to liaise with our counterparts in Member States so that we can effect transfers as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour in Luton.

We recognise the impact that anti-social behaviour can have on victims, which is why we reformed the powers available to tackle it through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Act provides police and local agencies with a range of flexible tools and powers that they can use to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour.

The powers are deliberately local in nature, and it is for local agencies to determine whether their use is appropriate in the circumstances. We keep anti-social behaviour policy under review through the Anti-social Behaviour Strategic Board which brings together key partners.

It is for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners, as operational leaders and elected local representatives, to decide how best to respond to individual crimes and local crime priorities but to help ensure that the police have the resources they need to do so, we are recruiting 20,000 officers over the next three years.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) photographers and (b) video producers were employed by his Department in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

The number of photographers working in the Ministry of Defence Head Office Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) was two in each of the following financial years: 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. DDC did not employ video producers, but DDC's photographers were involved in the production of videos.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much expenditure was allocated by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to (i) the production of digital and video content, (ii) the employment of in-house staff to produce digital and video content and (iii) the payment of external companies and individuals to produce digital and video content.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Head Office Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) currently has two military and two MOD civilian staff employed full-time in digital content production at a total cost of approximately £247,000 per year.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals were employed by his Department to work on internal communications in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

The average number of staff working in the Ministry of Defence Head Office Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) to deliver internal communications functions in 2020-21 was 12 and in 2021-22 was 14. The information for 2019-20 is not held.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much expenditure was allocated by his Department in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 to (i) internal communications and (ii) the employment of staff to work on internal communications.

Expenditure on internal communications by the Ministry of Defence Head Office Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) was as follows:

Financial Year (FY)

2020-21

2021-22

Internal Communications

£2,000

£2,000

Employment of staff to work on internal communications

£775,000

£896,000

TOTAL

£777,000

£898,000

Information for (FY) 2019-20 is not held.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 individuals recruited from outside the civil service.

Although examples will exist for specific roles, the Department does not, in general, make use of external recruitment consultants to fill fulltime roles and the information requested is not centrally held.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling services in 2021.

Focus groups and polling services are not recorded centrally therefore, costs for the whole of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) cannot be identified. With regards to the MOD communications function and polling, we have counted this as quantitative opinion research, most often on external audiences.

The MOD communications function (across Top Level Budgets) spent:

£199,730 on polling in financial year 2021-22

£108,600 on focus groups in financial year 2021-22

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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. Current progress on emissions is published as part of the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report (published by DEFRA).

The Strategy for Defence Infrastructure, published in January 2022, supports and enables the Department's Smarter Working ambitions. Smarter Working, improving the utilisation of the Defence estate, will contribute to the Ministry of Defence contribution to UK Net Zero.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

The Ministry of Defence publishes its Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with energy consumption on the defence estate, domestic business travel and operational fuels in its Annual Reports and Accounts.

Last year I published the Ministry of Defence Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach (publishing.service.gov.uk) which shows the scale of our ambition and the practical actions to address our carbon emissions.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to reducing emissions and contributing to the UK's transition to net zero. The Department's current progress on reducing emissions has been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitment Annual Report (published by DEFRA).

Indeed, MOD has already halved its carbon emissions from its estates since 2010 and is seeking to further drive down its direct emissions, invest in renewables and energy efficiency measures in support of the Government published the Net Zero Strategy.

Our net zero, climate adaptation and resilience ambitions, as well as the range of actions we are taking are set out in our Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach (publishing.service.gov.uk). Further information on the progress MOD is making can be found in the MOD's Annual Report and Accounts published on Gov.uk.

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

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) are committed to developing and maintaining subject-knowledge on Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues through continual personal and professional development.

The MOD are active participants of cross-Government Learning & Development training led by the Cabinet Office and the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU). We welcome the new Government Curriculum and the inclusion of modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for Government.

To further strengthen knowledge building and skills, MoD has corporate memberships of professional bodies. We are working to maximise regular access to a wide range of accredited defence, environment and sustainability training courses at awareness through to expert levels. This commitment to understanding and uptake of crucial skills will assist staff and the armed forces in this fast moving and rapidly changing area.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a senior manager in his Department has been given the portfolio for leading on departmental sustainability.

In line with Government policy and the aims of the Greening Government Commitments, the Ministry of Defence is committed to addressing and adapting to the effects of climate change and in mitigating the impacts of our activities.

In March 2021 I published the Ministry of Defence Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach (publishing.service.gov.uk) which shows the scale of ambition to address these challenges and the practical actions that are and need to be taken. Further information on the progress the Department is making can be found in the MOD's Annual Report which is published on Gov.uk.

A new Climate Change and Sustainability (CC&S) Directorate was also established in 2021 to catalyse the ambition and actions within the Strategic Approach. It is led by a dedicated Director of Climate Change and Sustainability working through new governance and supported by a non-executive Director focused on the CC&S agenda.

The Directorate continues to build the Department's programme to meet our long-term ambitions and harness the value of sustainability through policy and process change.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total floor area of his Department’s estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The total floor area of the Ministry of Defence Built Estate, which includes Military Accommodation, in the UK is shown in the table below:

Year

UK Building Area m2

2010

No information held

2011

No information held

2012

33,868,717

2013

33,383,960

2014

33,719,318

2015

33,211,865

2016

33,510,495

2017

33,353,237

2018

33,598,448

2019

33,339,804

2020

33,937,653

2021

33,833,049

2022

33,377,306

The data in the table above is a snapshot taken from 1 April for each year, except for the current year which was taken from 7 January 2022.

Over this time period, information has been captured differently in different years, so the data set should not be directly compared.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average working days lost was for civil servants aged (a) 30 and younger, (b) 31 to 50, (c) 51 to 60 and (d) over 60 in his Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The information is not held in the format requested and will therefore need verification before release. I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average working days lost was for civil servants who (a) have and (b) have not declared themselves as having a disability in his Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The information is not held in the format requested and will therefore need verification before release. I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average working days lost was for civil servants (a) from BAME backgrounds and (b) recording themselves as White in his Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The information is not held in the format requested and will therefore need verification before release. I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average working days lost was for (a) female and (b) male civil servants in his Department in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020.

The information is not held in the format requested and will therefore need verification before release. I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK-based staff working for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission overseas are not financially adversely affected as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is actively supporting those personnel who are working on UK-based contracts within the European Union (EU), to ensure that new arrangements are in place before the transition period from exiting the EU ends in 2021. Discussions are ongoing and the Commission is committed to ensuring that its personnel have a choice of remaining in the EU on appropriate local terms or returning to work in the UK. There are 30 UK personnel employed by the Commission who are permanently based in Belgium and France, as part of a wider workforce of around 550.

1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK based staff working for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France and Belgium that may experience reductions in their gross annual income from 1 January 2021.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is actively supporting those personnel who are working on UK-based contracts within the European Union (EU), to ensure that new arrangements are in place before the transition period from exiting the EU ends in 2021. Discussions are ongoing and the Commission is committed to ensuring that its personnel have a choice of remaining in the EU on appropriate local terms or returning to work in the UK. There are 30 UK personnel employed by the Commission who are permanently based in Belgium and France, as part of a wider workforce of around 550.

1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the employment status will be of UK-based staff working for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France and Belgium from 1 January 2021.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is actively supporting those personnel who are working on UK-based contracts within the European Union (EU), to ensure that new arrangements are in place before the transition period from exiting the EU ends in 2021. Discussions are ongoing and the Commission is committed to ensuring that its personnel have a choice of remaining in the EU on appropriate local terms or returning to work in the UK. There are 30 UK personnel employed by the Commission who are permanently based in Belgium and France, as part of a wider workforce of around 550.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 her on 11 June 2020 by the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office to Question 54314.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role of local authorities in helping to prevent outbreaks of covid-19.

The Secretary of State and I have regular discussions with our ministerial colleagues regarding local authorities’ role in the COVID-19 response, and our department and Government work closely with local authorities to help strengthen local-national partnerships in helping to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19.

3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities issued enforcement notices relating to the (a) installation of fire alarms and (b) implementation of a waking watch in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018, (iii) 2019 and (iv) 2020.

Local Authorities and Fire and Rescue Services share responsibility for enforcement relating to fire safety. The Department does not centrally record the data requested.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Luton South of 26 November 2020 on Luton Borough Council's financial situation.

The letter has been received and a response will be sent shortly.

16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the value of live portfolios with committed guarantees under the ENABLE Build programme.

ENABLE Build is a £1 billion extension of a the pre-existing BEIS-led ENABLE Guarantee programme. It was launched in April 2019 with the primary objective of increasing the availability of debt finance for SME housebuilders, following the initial success of the ENABLE Guarantee programme - which is currently supporting three SME housebuilder transactions.

A number of transactions were, and continue to be, under consideration for the programme but some of these were curtailed by the onset of Covid-19. Activity is resuming and, while there are currently no lenders accredited (and therefore no associated portfolio value) under the new ENABLE Build Programme, it is our expectation that SMEs will have access to ENABLE Build-backed lending shortly.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many lenders are registered to provide finance as part of the ENABLE Build programme.

ENABLE Build is a £1 billion extension of a the pre-existing BEIS-led ENABLE Guarantee programme. It was launched in April 2019 with the primary objective of increasing the availability of debt finance for SME housebuilders, following the initial success of the ENABLE Guarantee programme - which is currently supporting three SME housebuilder transactions.

A number of transactions were, and continue to be, under consideration for the programme but some of these were curtailed by the onset of Covid-19. Activity is resuming and, while there are currently no lenders accredited (and therefore no associated portfolio value) under the new ENABLE Build Programme, it is our expectation that SMEs will have access to ENABLE Build-backed lending shortly.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to remove barriers to small to medium-sized firms accessing developer finance in order to assist those firms in building new homes.

The Government fully recognises the key role small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play in building new homes in this country. My department has put in place a package of funding initiatives, including the £2.5 billion Home Building Fund, which received a £450 million boost in June, and the £1 billion ENABLE Build guarantee scheme.

This investment in the sector will help create skilled jobs and drive economic growth whilst our ongoing planning reforms will reduce burdens on SMEs.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities are required to comply with the Duty to Co-operate to fulfil unmet affordable housing needs.

The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that local planning authorities are under a duty to cooperate with each other on strategic matters that cross administrative boundaries; and should collaborate to identify the relevant strategic matters which they need to address in their plans. Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for housing (including affordable housing).

In July 2018 we introduced the statement of common ground to introduce much needed transparency over strategic planning issues, highlighting where effective cooperation is and is not happening ahead of plans being submitted for examination.

A local plan examination will first assess whether a local planning authority has complied with the duty to cooperate and other legal requirements. In considering whether the tests of soundness have been met, the examination Inspector will need to be satisfied that the Plan is consistent with national policy. We want authorities to work constructively together to ensure housing need is met and Inspectors are able to assess whether unmet need should be taken by other authorities through recommending modifications to a plan.

Some 16 Local Plans have been withdrawn from examination on Duty to Cooperate grounds since it was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011. These were often for a range of reasons, but on two occasions these included reference to affordable housing.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government takes to reconcile differences between local authorities under the Duty to Co-operate to fulfil unmet affordable housing need.

The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that local planning authorities are under a duty to cooperate with each other on strategic matters that cross administrative boundaries; and should collaborate to identify the relevant strategic matters which they need to address in their plans. Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for housing (including affordable housing).

In July 2018 we introduced the statement of common ground to introduce much needed transparency over strategic planning issues, highlighting where effective cooperation is and is not happening ahead of plans being submitted for examination.

A local plan examination will first assess whether a local planning authority has complied with the duty to cooperate and other legal requirements. In considering whether the tests of soundness have been met, the examination Inspector will need to be satisfied that the Plan is consistent with national policy. We want authorities to work constructively together to ensure housing need is met and Inspectors are able to assess whether unmet need should be taken by other authorities through recommending modifications to a plan.

Some 16 Local Plans have been withdrawn from examination on Duty to Cooperate grounds since it was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011. These were often for a range of reasons, but on two occasions these included reference to affordable housing.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of whether local authorities are co-operating effectively to fulfil unmet housing need.

The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that local planning authorities are under a duty to cooperate with each other on strategic matters that cross administrative boundaries; and should collaborate to identify the relevant strategic matters which they need to address in their plans. Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for housing (including affordable housing).

In July 2018 we introduced the statement of common ground to introduce much needed transparency over strategic planning issues, highlighting where effective cooperation is and is not happening ahead of plans being submitted for examination.

A local plan examination will first assess whether a local planning authority has complied with the duty to cooperate and other legal requirements. In considering whether the tests of soundness have been met, the examination Inspector will need to be satisfied that the Plan is consistent with national policy. We want authorities to work constructively together to ensure housing need is met and Inspectors are able to assess whether unmet need should be taken by other authorities through recommending modifications to a plan.

Some 16 Local Plans have been withdrawn from examination on Duty to Cooperate grounds since it was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011. These were often for a range of reasons, but on two occasions these included reference to affordable housing.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local plans have been rejected as a result of a failure of local authorities to co-operate to increase affordable housing, in England, since 2010.

The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that local planning authorities are under a duty to cooperate with each other on strategic matters that cross administrative boundaries; and should collaborate to identify the relevant strategic matters which they need to address in their plans. Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for housing (including affordable housing).

In July 2018 we introduced the statement of common ground to introduce much needed transparency over strategic planning issues, highlighting where effective cooperation is and is not happening ahead of plans being submitted for examination.

A local plan examination will first assess whether a local planning authority has complied with the duty to cooperate and other legal requirements. In considering whether the tests of soundness have been met, the examination Inspector will need to be satisfied that the Plan is consistent with national policy. We want authorities to work constructively together to ensure housing need is met and Inspectors are able to assess whether unmet need should be taken by other authorities through recommending modifications to a plan.

Some 16 Local Plans have been withdrawn from examination on Duty to Cooperate grounds since it was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011. These were often for a range of reasons, but on two occasions these included reference to affordable housing.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63565 on Travel: Coronavirus, whether the Government plans to reimburse all costs incurred by local authorities in supporting incoming travellers without accommodation to meet quarantine regulations.

Most arrivals to the UK will have appropriate accommodation for when they arrive and should make such arrangements before they travel. For the small minority that do not, Border Force can help make suitable arrangements, at the traveller’s own expense, and anyone without the ability to self-isolate should approach Border Force upon arrival. The Government plans to discuss with local authorities how best to make arrangements to support incoming travellers who are without the means to self-isolate effectively. Furthermore, the re-opening of the hospitality sector provides new arrivals with even more options to make arrangements before they travel to the UK. Finally, the list of countries which are exempt from these requirements is growing and therefore new arrivals should check the rules which apply from 10 July to see if they need to self-isolate.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions since the 18 November 2019 he has met with Richard Desmond in (a) a formal, and (b) an informal capacity.

Details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on Gov.uk.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
25th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how often training on understanding and applying the Nolan principles is delivered for staff in his Department.

The 7 principles of public life are referenced in Civil Service Learning’s online induction module, which all new civil servants, including those joining MHCLG, are encouraged to undertake.

In addition, new civil servants are familiarised with the Civil Service Code, which outlines that all Civil Servants are expected to commit to the Civil Service’s core values of Integrity, Honesty, Objectivity and Impartiality. Guidance on compliance and how to raise a concern if an individual feels they have been asked to act in a way that might contravene the code is provided on MHCLG’s intranet.

MHCLG also promotes awareness of the code through our induction checklist, relevant communications and has a senior level champion in place for the code and whistleblowing.

25th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of his Department’s (a) senior civil servants, (b) private office staff and (c) staff have received training on understanding and applying the Nolan principles in each of the last three years.

The 7 principles of public life are referenced in Civil Service Learning’s online induction module, which all new civil servants, including those joining MHCLG, are encouraged to undertake.

In addition, new civil servants are familiarised with the Civil Service Code, which outlines that all Civil Servants are expected to commit to the Civil Service’s core values of Integrity, Honesty, Objectivity and Impartiality. Guidance on compliance and how to raise a concern if an individual feels they have been asked to act in a way that might contravene the code is provided on MHCLG’s intranet.

MHCLG also promotes awareness of the code through our induction checklist, relevant communications and has a senior level champion in place for the code and whistleblowing.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is providing local councils with direct funding to support incoming travellers without accommodation to meet the Government’s quarantine provisions.

All arrivals, bar a short list of exemptions, will be required to complete an online locator form to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate for 14 days. Where international travellers are unable to safely self-isolate in their own accommodation, the Government will support them finding appropriate accommodation at their own expense.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, 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 by the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 12 June 2020 (UIN 54314).

22nd Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with private university accommodation providers on waiving rental fees for students during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department is actively engaging with stakeholders across the student accommodation sector, including private student accommodation providers, to understand the challenges posed by the current crisis and to establish the most effective means of supporting the whole of the sector.

During this period tenants, including student tenants, remain liable for rent. Some universities and private accommodation providers have chosen to release students from their contracts early and not charge rent for students returning home. The negotiation of rent waivers and early releases from contracts is a matter between the parties concerned. However, we expect universities to communicate clearly with residential students on rents for the summer term and administer accommodation provision in a fair manner.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in multiple occupancy housing on the family housing stock in Luton.

It is for a local authority to consider the suitability of the composition of housing in their area. An authority may wish to consider whether to have local plan policies in place in relation to the creation of housing in multiple occupation which they can use to inform planning decisions.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase council housing stock in Luton.

We have given councils, including Luton Borough Council, a range of tools to deliver a new generation of council housing. We have abolished the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap and given councils a longer-term rent deal for 5 years from 2020.

Additionally, councils can bid into the £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme to secure funding for new council homes.

Councils across the country are benefiting from these measures and we expect at least 10,000 council homes to be delivered per year by 2021/22.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
4th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that offices converted into flats through permitted development rights meet planning permission regulations.

All new homes in England, whether granted permission through a national permitted development right or following a planning application, are required to meet Building Regulations.

Developments granted permission through permitted development rights are required to meet the conditions set out in the General Permitted Development Order.

Christopher Pincher
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of children living in temporary accommodation in Luton.

Time spent in temporary accommodation means people are getting help and it ensures no family is without a roof over their head. However, the Government is also committed to reducing the number of households in temporary accommodation and has already invested over £1.2 billion in tackling homelessness. This includes supporting Local Authorities in the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act, increasing access to the private rented sector for families in temporary accommodation and supporting London boroughs to procure temporary accommodation more efficiently.

In December 2019 the Government announced a further £263 million in funding to Local Authorities to support them to deliver services to tackle homelessness and help households into accommodation. This is an increase in overall funding for homelessness of £23 million on the previous financial year.

Nationally, the number of children living in?temporary accommodation?is down from its peak in June 2006 at 134,470, with 127,370 in?June 2019.

The figures for children living in temporary accommodation in Luton are in the published local authority level tables available here from 2018 onwards:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness

Prior to 2018, the figures for children living in temporary accommodation in Luton can be found in the individual LA level tables (listed under discontinued tables):

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness#discontinued-tables

18th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals recognising humanist marriages in advance of wider marriage law reform following a positive report from the Law Commission.

In 2014, the Government published a consultation paper and response assessing the potential merits of provision for non-religious belief marriages. This concluded that the matter was complex, and that by allowing Humanists to solemnise marriages in unrestricted locations, the Government would create a provision for Humanists that would not be available to all groups.

To ensure we are considering the implications of changing the law on marriage on all groups, we invited the Law Commission to undertake a review which is currently underway and is expected to report in July of this year. By looking at the law comprehensively, the Law Commission will seek to put forward proposals that would ensure that, insofar as possible, groups and couples are all subject to the same rules and the same level of regulation. That reform is not possible by only authorising Humanist weddings, even on a temporary basis pending the Law Commission report.

The Government will carefully consider the Law Commission’s recommendations when the final report is published in July, and it is right for us to wait for the outcome of the report before amending marriage law any further.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

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

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Ministry of Justice is currently updating its Net Zero Carbon Strategy which sets out plans to put the department on course to meet Net Zero by 2050 or sooner.