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Written Question
Treasury: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Helen Whately

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.


Written Question
Treasury: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Helen Whately

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.


Written Question
Ministry of Justice: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the compliance of his Department's staff working from home with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

Answered by James Cartlidge

For staff working from home the Working Time Regulations 1998 will apply in the same way as for staff in a workplace environment. Line Managers will look to ensure that their members of staff manage their working time to meet their contracted hours.

Central records are not held of hours worked, so it is not possible to assess compliance with the Regulations formally, but MoJ’s smarter working guidance supports flexibility in local ways of working whilst meeting the requirements of the role, and seeks to ensure better wellbeing and a more inclusive culture.


Written Question
Ministry of Justice: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, 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.

Answered by James Cartlidge

Records relating to staff working times under the Working Times Regulations 1998 are locally managed in the Department’s business areas, Agencies and ALBs, and the 2 year retention of these records under the Regulations will be managed locally also.


Written Question
Home Office: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Damian Hinds

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.


Written Question
Home Office: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Damian Hinds

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.


Written Question
Department for Work and Pensions: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Guy Opperman

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.


Written Question
Department for Work and Pensions: Working Hours
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Guy Opperman

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.


Written Question
Department for Transport: Working Hours
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

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.


Written Question
Department for Transport: Working Hours
29 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

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).


Written Question
Energy: Billing
25 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Greg Hands

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.


Written Question
Luton Airport: Railways
23 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the launch of a Luton Airport Express.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

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.


Written Question
Luton Airport: Railways
23 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

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.


Written Question
Luton Airport: Railways
23 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

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.


Written Question
Harold Ordoñez Botero
22 Nov 2021

Questioner: Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)

Question

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.

Answered by Wendy Morton

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.