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Robert Largan

Conservative - High Peak

4 APPG memberships (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Events, Mining and Quarrying, Peak District, Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services
1 Former APPG membership
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Robert Largan has no previous appointments


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 15th December 2021
09:30
Transport Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Airlines and airports: supporting recovery in the UK aviation sector
15 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Dr Jenny Harries OBE - Chief Executive at UK Health Security Agency
Edward Wynne-Evans - Director of All-Hazards Intelligence at UK Health Security Agency
Jonathan Mogford - Senior Responsible Officer for Borders and Managed Quarantine Service at UK Health Security Agency
At 10.45am: Oral evidence
Robert Courts MP - Minister for Aviation at Department for Transport
Richard Moriarty - Chief Executive at Civil Aviation Authority
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Scheduled Event
Friday 14th January 2022
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Disposable Barbecues Bill: Second Reading
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Division Votes
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Nationality and Borders Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 305 Conservative No votes vs 7 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 245 Noes - 309
Speeches
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Storm Arwen

I thank the Secretary of State for the statement and for meeting me yesterday to discuss the situation in High …

Written Answers
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Members: Correspondence
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Disposable Barbecues Bill 2021-22
A Bill to prohibit the use of disposable barbecues on open moorland; to give local authorities the power to prohibit …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 10th February 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Dr Lawrence N Tomlinson
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Robert Largan has voted in 332 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 240 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 242
20 Oct 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 265 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 204
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(25 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(18 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(25 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(14 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(13 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(13 debate contributions)
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High Peak Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

Endometriosis and PCOS are two gynaecological conditions which both affect 10% of women worldwide, but both are, in terms of research and funding, incredibly under prioritised. This petition is calling for more funding, to enable for new, extensive and thorough research into female health issues.

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.


Latest EDMs signed by Robert Largan

Robert Largan has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

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

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


Robert Largan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Robert Largan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Robert Largan


A Bill to prohibit the use of disposable barbecues on open moorland; to give local authorities the power to prohibit the sale of disposable barbecues in their area; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 17th November 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 14th January 2022
Order Paper number: 14
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

Robert Largan has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


161 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
4 Other Department Questions
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave to Question UIN 78525 on 29 November 2021.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

Information about the number of Civil Servants employed in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions can be found in Table 12 of the Department's annual civil service statistics at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021. Please note this information is published annually and most recently for the period up to 31 March 2021. Figures for the period after 31 March will be published in due course.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of the hon. Member for High Peak dated 12 August 2021, reference RL25646.

The response to the letter was sent out on 27 October 2021.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to respond to the enquiry of 30 April 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL21902.

A response was provided to the hon. Member for High Peak on Monday 12 July.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Attorney General, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

All Attorney General’s Office employees are employed in one NUTS1 region, which is London (Inner London – West, Westminster).

The number of civil servants employed by the department in this region and on those specified dates are as follows:

(a) 1 March 2021 – 50 staff

(b) 1 June 2021 – 50 staff

(c) 1 September 2021 – 46 staff

The number of senior civil servants employed by the department in this region and on those specified dates are as follows:

(a) 1 March 2019 – 6 staff

(b) 1 March 2020 – 6 staff

(c) 1 March 2021 – 6 staff

(d) 1 September 2021 – 5 staff.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Attorney General, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

All Attorney General’s Office employees are employed in one NUTS1 region, which is London (Inner London – West, Westminster).

The number of civil servants employed by the department in this region and on those specified dates are as follows:

(a) 1 March 2021 – 50 staff

(b) 1 June 2021 – 50 staff

(c) 1 September 2021 – 46 staff

The number of senior civil servants employed by the department in this region and on those specified dates are as follows:

(a) 1 March 2019 – 6 staff

(b) 1 March 2020 – 6 staff

(c) 1 March 2021 – 6 staff

(d) 1 September 2021 – 5 staff.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The table below provides headcount figures for the total number of Civil Servants, with detail of how many Senior Civil Servants, employed by the Cabinet Office in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on the dates requested.



Region

Civil Servants at 31 Mar 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Jun 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Sept 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2019

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2020

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 30 Sep 2021

East Midlands

20

30

30

0

[c]

[c]

[c]

East of England

120

120

110

[c]

[c]

[c]

10

London

6,500

6,580

6,510

470

700

624

640

North East

420

430

420

[c]

[c]

[c]

[c]

North West

450

460

500

0

0

13

20

South East

220

220

210

0

0

[c]

10

South West

190

190

200

[c]

[c]

18

20

West Midlands

50

60

80

0

0

12

10

Yorkshire and The Humber

740

710

700

[c]

[c]

14

10

Northern Ireland

10

10

10

0

0

0

0

Scotland

80

80

110

0

0

0

[c]

Wales

70

70

50

0

0

[c]

[c]

Overseas

[c]

0

0

0

0

0

0

Unknown

600

520

710

[c]

0

18

20

Total

9460

9470

9630

480

710

710

740

Notes:

- numbers shown are rounded to the nearest 10.

- [c] = confidential and suppressed due to small numbers of between 1 and 4 in the cell.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The table below provides headcount figures for the total number of Civil Servants, with detail of how many Senior Civil Servants, employed by the Cabinet Office in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on the dates requested.



Region

Civil Servants at 31 Mar 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Jun 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Sept 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2019

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2020

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 30 Sep 2021

East Midlands

20

30

30

0

[c]

[c]

[c]

East of England

120

120

110

[c]

[c]

[c]

10

London

6,500

6,580

6,510

470

700

624

640

North East

420

430

420

[c]

[c]

[c]

[c]

North West

450

460

500

0

0

13

20

South East

220

220

210

0

0

[c]

10

South West

190

190

200

[c]

[c]

18

20

West Midlands

50

60

80

0

0

12

10

Yorkshire and The Humber

740

710

700

[c]

[c]

14

10

Northern Ireland

10

10

10

0

0

0

0

Scotland

80

80

110

0

0

0

[c]

Wales

70

70

50

0

0

[c]

[c]

Overseas

[c]

0

0

0

0

0

0

Unknown

600

520

710

[c]

0

18

20

Total

9460

9470

9630

480

710

710

740

Notes:

- numbers shown are rounded to the nearest 10.

- [c] = confidential and suppressed due to small numbers of between 1 and 4 in the cell.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 11 June 2021, reference RL23222.

This letter was transferred to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 9 September 2021.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) accessibility of the UK's official list of addresses.

Since 2010, addressing data from Local Authorities, Royal Mail, Improvement Service Scotland, Ordnance Survey, Land and Property Services Northern Ireland, and the Valuation Office Agency has been brought together within the National Address Gazetteer. The gazetteer contains over 40 million records and provides the most reliable and complete view of all property locations across the UK.

The gazetteer is managed by GeoPlace (a joint venture between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey) to ensure that the data is as up to date and accurate as possible.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The Number of Civil Servants employed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the 31 March 2019, 31 March 2020, 01 March 2021, 01 June 2021 & 01 September 2021 by NUTS1 UK regions are presented below:

Region

31/03/2019

31/03/2020

01/03/2021

01/06/2021

01/09/2021

East Midlands

10

10

11

11

11

East of England

10

10

12

13

13

London

3740

4030

4834

5030

5122

North East England

10

20

30

31

35

North West England

20

20

16

36

84

Northern Ireland

0

0

1

1

1

Other

0

0

2

1

1

Scotland

90

90

96

100

105

South East England

0

0

2

2

2

South West England

20

20

19

19

17

Yorkshire and the Humber

20

10

0

0

0

Wales

50

70

76

76

79

West Midlands

110

140

155

166

181

Total

4080

4420

5254

5486

5651

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The Number of Civil Servants employed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the 01 March 2021, 01 June 2021 & 01 September 2021 by NUTS1 UK regions are presented below:

Region

01/03/2021

01/06/2021

01/09/2021

East Midlands

11

11

11

East of England

12

13

13

London

4834

5030

5122

North East England

30

31

35

North West England

16

36

84

Northern Ireland

1

1

1

Other

2

1

1

Scotland

96

100

105

South East England

2

2

2

South West England

19

19

17

Wales

76

76

79

West Midlands

155

166

181

Total

5254

5486

5651

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 12 August 2021, reference RL25724.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change wrote to the hon. Member on 21 October, about climate change and the COP26 summit.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 27 January 2021, referenced RL17479.

My Hon Friend the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth replied to my hon Friend on 2 June 2021.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the letter of 17 December 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL16182.

I confirm that the Department received my hon Friend’s correspondence on 17th December (reference RL16182). A response was issued on 7th January, signed by my noble Friend, Lord Callanan. A copy of the response has been reissued.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 9 February 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak with the reference RL19001.

It has not proved possible to respond to my Hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government continues to strongly support the vision set out in the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy to make the UK a top tier global hub for biomedical and clinical research, and medical innovation.

We recognise the importance of life sciences and medicines supply during this pandemic and the Governments recognition of this group as being key workers has ensured pharmaceutical manufacturing has continued throughout the outbreak. The Government is determined to protect lives and protect livelihoods.

Vaccine and therapeutics for Covid-19 are moving rapidly through clinical trials. Government is working closely with industry to assess UK manufacturing capability for a range of potential new vaccines. The type of capacity and the specific groups needed to take this further will be determined by the technology used to produce the vaccines and the type of vaccine produced.

We have also announced a further £93 million to accelerate the building of the new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre so it can open in summer 2021, a year ahead of schedule.

While the centre is being built, the Government will establish a rapid deployment facility thanks to a further investment of £38m to begin manufacturing at scale from this summer.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what role the Government plans for the NHS to play as a delivery partner in the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

The NHS is an integral part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and is a key partner for the life sciences industry. The two Life Sciences Sector Deals detail the strong partnerships between the Government, industry, universities, and charities, and demonstrate the pivotal role of the NHS as a central delivery partner, which is reaffirmed by the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Government will continue to work with the NHS to build a stronger innovation ecosystem in the UK, including through an enhanced Accelerated Access Collaborative.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The number of Senior Civil Servants employed by DCMS in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions has been listed in the table below.

NUTS1 Region

1 March 2021

1 June 2021

1 Sept 2021

Wales

0

0

1

Scotland

0

0

0

Northern Ireland

0

0

0

North East England

0

0

0

North West England

2

4

4

Yorkshire and the Humber

1

1

1

East Midlands

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

0

East of England

0

0

0

London

119

110

120

South East England

0

0

0

South West England

0

0

0

We plan to further increase our SCS presence across some of these regions by 2025:

  • North West; up to 20 roles.

  • North East; up to 9 roles.

  • Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland; a minimum of 1 role per nation.

We plan to retain at least 50% of our SCS in London for business critical and operational purposes.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The number of Civil Servants employed by DCMS in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions has been listed in the table below.

NUTS1 Region

1 March 2021

1 June 2021

1 Sept 2021

Wales

0

3

9

Scotland

7

9

18

Northern Ireland

2

2

3

North East England

5

9

14

North West England

45

68

88

Yorkshire and the Humber

3

3

7

East Midlands

0

3

7

West Midlands

0

6

7

East of England

0

0

0

London

1713

1708

1755

South East England

0

0

0

South West England

3

6

12

We plan to further increase our presence across some of these regions by 2025;

  • North West; up to 385 roles by 2025 to support our sectors.

  • North East; up to 191 roles by 2025 to support the Economic Campus.

  • Northern Ireland; up to 10 roles by 2025 to support all nations of the Union - we plan to maintain an equal presence in Wales and Scotland also.

We also plan to develop a smaller presence in the East Midlands to support the creation of SportPark and our Sport ALBs.

We plan to maintain a London presence, aiming to have no more than 50% of the workforce located in London and the South East by 2030, concentrated on operational and location specific business critical delivery.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 9 July 2021, reference RL21341.

A response was issued on 28 October 2021 under the case reference MC2021/13876. We apologise for the delay in responding.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to (a) review the estimated value of assets that are dormant in each of the new asset classes to be included in the expanded Dormant Assets Scheme and (b) publish the methodology used to calculate those values.

The Dormant Assets Scheme is led by industry and backed by the government with the aim of reuniting people with their financial assets. Where this is not possible, this money supports important social and environmental initiatives across the UK.

As a voluntary Scheme, industry stakeholders have been at the forefront of efforts to bring assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors into scope. This includes leading work to estimate the value of dormancy currently in each sector and using their experience and understanding of reunification processes to inform their estimates of how much could be reunited with their owners successfully. The government is grateful for their work on this and has no plans to review their estimates or methodology at this time.

The following table sets out estimated value of assets that are dormant in each of the new asset classes to be included in the expanded Dormant Assets Scheme, broken down by sector:

Sector

Dormant assets

Could be reunited with owners through enhanced tracing efforts

Could be transferred to RFL

Could be released to social and environmental initiatives

Insurance and pensions

£2.1bn

£1.17bn

£959m

£575m

Investment and wealth management

£1.4bn

£781m

£588m

£238m

Securities

£158m

£48m

£110m

£66m

TOTAL

£3.7bn

£2bn

£1.7bn

£880m

The government is now set to expand the Scheme through primary legislation, which was introduced in the House of Lords on Wednesday 12 May 2021.

11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to expand the Dormant Assets Scheme.

On 11 May, the State Opening of Parliament took place and the Queen's Speech set out the Government's agenda for the next session. It was announced that the Dormant Assets Bill is set to be introduced in the Second Session of Parliament, and on 12 May the Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords.

Once legislation has achieved Royal Assent, the speed at which it can be implemented and new funds will become available is dependent on regulator and industry readiness, as well as their voluntary participation in the Scheme. We anticipate that the estimated £880 million to be unlocked through the expansion of the Scheme will take several years to be released.

10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak, dated 26 October 2020, referenced RL13783.

A response was issued on 26 November 2020 under the case reference MC2020/23548/NB. A further copy of this response has since been issued to ensure receipt.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 25 November 2020, reference RL15336.

A response was issued on 25 February under the case reference MC2020/26807. We apologise for the delay in responding.

2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 26 November 2020, case reference RL4323.

A response was issued on 03 February (ref MC2020/26866), we apologise for the delay in issuing a response.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties receive broadband with speeds less than 30Mbps in (a) High Peak constituency, (b) Derbyshire and (c) the UK.

In September 2019, Ofcom released their ‘Connected Nations Report’ which shows properties with speeds of less than 30Mbps to a variety of levels including constituency, county and across the UK: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/multi-sector-research/infrastructure-research/connected-nations-2019/data-downloads.

This data is always posted to the House of Commons Library: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/science/technology/constituency-data-broadband-coverage-and-speeds/

Whilst DCMS does not endorse any particular coverage checker sites other than Ofcom Connected Nations, we would draw your attention to this site which provides a useful way to access constituency, county or national level coverage statistics. This is their coverage data for High Peak, but you can select Derbyshire and UK from the dropdowns: https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/E14000748. The data is updated more frequently than the Connected Nations data and is generally accurate.

Coverage data and “take-up” are not one of the same. We find areas of the UK where residents are complaining about internet speeds and on investigation we find that their area has been upgraded to Superfast (“coverage”) but residents have not asked their Internet Service Provider to upgrade them to the faster speeds (take-up”). Information on our Superfast funding for Derbyshire is available on the BDUK Programme Summary tab of the spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Hs00bNsyRV1WoOt-fow3rsNXzpcKg26AsOWvk1bvJRk/edit#gid=1411146266.

The spreadsheet shows that approx £19m of funding from central and local government was provided to provide connectivity to 103,755 premises. However in the Phase 1 contract 61.03% of premises have taken up that service, and in the Phase 2 contract only 41.64% of premises have taken up the service. This means there are many residents who could subscribe to a Superfast service but, for various reasons, have not done so to date.

There is also a very good paper at the HoC Library on the various Programmes that are underway to further improve connectivity https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8392/.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The information requested can be found in the attached table.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The number of civil servants employed by the department in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions as at 31 March 2021 is available in the document ‘Statistical tables – Civil Service Statistics: 2021’ at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021.

The number of civil servants employed by the department in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions as at 1 June 2021 and 1 September 2021 is available in attached table.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 2 June 2020, reference RL6297.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to schools in High Peak constituency in each financial year since 2009-10.

The revenue funding allocated for schools for financial years 2009-2010 to 2019-2020 for Derbyshire local authority (LA) is shown in the table below. Schools funding is not allocated to parliamentary constituencies.

Financial Year

Derbyshire LA (£ millions)

2009-10

484.8

2010-11

502.1

2011-12

500.1

2012-13

504.6

2013-14

535.5

2014-15

551.4

2015-16

566.3

2016-17

566.2

2017-18

576.6

2018-19

593.7

2019-20

620.3

13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in High Peak constituency were rated (a) good and (b) outstanding by Ofsted at their most recent inspection.

The information requested is published by Ofsted. The table shows the number of schools in High Peak that are rated as 'Outstanding', ‘Good’, ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’. It shows that, as at 31 August 2019, there were 43 schools (80%) rated as either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in High Peak constituency. Nationally, 86% of schools are rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

All schools as at August 2019

Number of ‘Outstanding’ schools

Number of ‘Good’ schools

Number of ‘Requires Improvement’ schools

Number of ‘Inadequate’ schools

Total number of schools

Number of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools

% of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools

High Peak constituency

4

39

5

6

54

43

80%

England

4,332

14,420

2,261

792

21,805

18,752

86%

13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has for ensuring equitable funding for urban and rural schools.

Since 2018-19, the national funding formula (NFF) has distributed school funding based on the individual needs and characteristics of every school in the country. This is fairer and more equitable than the previous system, which based local authority’s allocations for schools on data that was over a decade out of date.

While the majority of school funding is based on pupils and their characteristics, the NFF provides every school a fixed lump sum, worth £114,400 next year. This is particularly beneficial for small schools, which are overrepresented in rural areas, that are more reliant on an element of funding that is not driven by pupil numbers.

The NFF’s sparsity factor provides additional funding specifically to small schools in remote areas, in recognition that they do not have the same opportunities to find efficiencies as those elsewhere. Next year, £26.2 million will be allocated through this factor, which is contributing to rural schools attracting on average 4.7% more per pupil next year relative to 2019-20 NFF allocations, compared to a national average increase of 4.1% per pupil.

We keep the national funding formula under review to ensure that it is directing funding where it is most needed, and will set out our plans for 2021-22 shortly.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The number of SCS staff employed by the department by NUTS1 region is shown below:

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2020

31 Mar 2021

30 Sept 2021

London

124

120

128

140

South East

8

8

8

7

East of England

1

1

1

1

East Midlands

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

6

6

8

9

Yorkshire & Humber

5

5

6

5

North East

5

5

4

5

North West

3

3

5

8

South West

10

17

15

14

Wales

0

0

0

0

Scotland

0

0

0

0

Home

3

3

5

6

Grand Total

165

168

180

195

This data aligns with the data published under the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES) which all government departments provide. This annual data is as at 31 March each year and provides the official headline National Statistics on the size, shape and structure of the Civil Service. The data for 30 September also aligns to ACSES.

We have also shown in the above table the number of home-based SCS staff.

ACSES data is available from Gov.UK and the links for each year are shown below:

2019 – https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2019

2020 – https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2020

2021 - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

Along with all other Government departments, Defra publishes annual data as at 31 March. The Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES) provides the official headline National Statistics on the size, shape and structure of the Civil Service.

The number of Civil Servants employed by the department by regions for part (a) is available from this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021. Table 12 of the ACSES data shows the regional breakdown by department.

For 1 June 2021 and 1 September 2021, the data is shown below

Region

1 June 2021 (data as at 31 May 21

1 September 2021 (data as at 31 Aug-21)

London

2535

2664

South East

316

318

East of England

164

166

East Midlands

67

77

West Midlands

209

220

Yorkshire & Humber

632

650

North East

200

224

North West

294

314

South West

928

978

Wales

9

12

Scotland

15

18

Home

252

316

Grand Total

5621

5957

The data is line with the statistical methodology used by the Office for National Statistics. We have taken the end of the month closest to dates requested. We have also shown in the above table the number of home-based permanent staff.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 23 June 2021, referenced RL22747.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 9 September 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 26 March 2021, referenced RL20503.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 28 May 2021.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 20 December 2020, reference RL16806.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 4 March 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans Department has to restore (a) peatlands and (b) moorlands.

We are currently allocating £10 million in 2018-2021 for approximately 5,948 hectares of peatland restoration. The Chancellor has announced that peatland restoration will feature as part of the Government’s Nature for Climate fund that will lead to the restoration of 35,000 hectares of peatland over the next five years.

In the 25 Year Environment Plan, we committed to publishing an England Peat Strategy to create and deliver a new ambitious framework for peat restoration in England. We intend to publish it in due course.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support micro-abattoirs.

I recognise the role smaller operators play in meeting the needs of local supply chains and Defra is committed to work across Government to support the whole abattoir sector - including micro abattoirs - to sustain a network of slaughtering provision across the country.

The issues faced by small and micro abattoirs are varied and complex. As such, Defra chairs a Small Abattoir Working Group with representatives from industry and the wider sector to address such challenges.

In relation to micro-abattoirs, the Food Standards Agency are exploring ways in which existing flexibilities in regulations can be best utilised by smaller operators in supporting their operations.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to plant trees in the Peak District.

As part of the 25 Year Environment Plan, we are investing £5.7 million to support the existing partnership of the Community Forests and the Woodland Trust to accelerate and further develop the Northern Forest. Specifically, our funding will support the planting of 1.8 million new trees by 2022 across the Northern Forest, including in the parts of the Peak District which are located within its boundary, and help the Northern Forest partnership towards their long-term target of 50 million new trees planted over 25 years.

The Government’s support for woodland creation includes the recently launched Woodland Carbon Guarantee, in addition to the existing Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Carbon Fund, Woodland Creation Planning Grant and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. These grants are available to local authorities, land managers and community led organisations wherever they are in the country. We are working to increase the uptake of grant schemes and strongly encourage eligible organisations to do so.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Mar 2020
What progress has been made on the international review into the books included in the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum.

Following the UK’s calls for international action, an EU sponsored independent review of Palestinian textbooks is currently underway. We understand that an interim report will be completed in Spring 2020 with the full report due later this year. The Development Secretary made it clear that incitement in education is unacceptable when she spoke with the PA Education Minister last week and she held him to account on progress to remove hateful content.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

Senior Civil Servants employed by Department for International Trade based in 12 NUTS1 UK regions in March 2019, March 2020, March 2021 and September 2021 are detailed in the attached.

These figures are represented as Headcount (e.g., count of individuals). These figures provide information on domestic payroll staff only. These figures do not include those on Loan from Other Government Departments (OGDs) who remain on their home departments payroll, Contractors, Military staff, Individuals on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, on unpaid special leave or career break. UK Export Finance are not included in the above figures. UKEF figures are below:

Mar-19

Mar-20

Mar-21

Sep-21

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

North East (England)

North West

Yorkshire and Humberside

East Midlands

West Midlands

East of England

London

17

21

26

28

South East

South West

Counts of less than five have been supressed and totals for each month not shown in order to prevent individuals from being identified, as guided by the Office for National Statistics guidance.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

Civil Servants employed by Department for International Trade (DIT) based in 12 NUTS1 UK regions in March, June and September 2021:

UK region

Mar-21

Jun-21

Sep-21

London

2316

2144

2361

West Midlands (England)

18

21

24

North West (England)

15

19

22

Scotland

11

16

21

Yorkshire and the Humber

17

16

16

South East (England)

120*

9

11

South West (England)

7

8

10

East of England

7

7

7

North East (England)

10

7

11

East Midlands (England)

8

7

9

Wales

4

5

12

Grand Total

2533

2259

2504

*Changes to figures in the South East of England from March 2021 are based upon the creation of the Trade Remedies Authority who now report people information separately to DIT.

These figures are represented as Headcount (e.g., count of individuals). These figures provide information on domestic payroll staff only. These figures do not include those on Loan from Other Government Departments (OGDs) who remain on their home departments payroll, Contractors, Military staff, Individuals on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, on unpaid special leave or career break. UK Export Finance are not included in the above figures.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

DFT and its Agencies have staff located across the country with a commitment to increasing our senior civil service presence outside of London.

(a) 1 March 2019

Region

Headcount

London

160

North East

1

South East

7

South West

7

Wales

7

West Midlands

1

(b) 1 March 2020

Region

Headcount

London

166

North East

1

South East

8

South West

8

Wales

7

(c) 1 March 2021

Region

Headcount

London

200

North East

1

South East

11

South West

8

Wales

7

West Midlands

3

Yorkshire and The Humber

1

(d) 1 September 2021

Region

Headcount

London

211

North East

1

South East

11

South West

8

Wales

7

West Midlands

3

Yorkshire and The Humber

1

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

DFT and its Agencies have staff located across the country with a commitment to increase our presence outside of London

(a) 1 March 2021

Given the closeness of the 1 March reference date to that used for the published National Statistics, this is the data source used for this request. The full data set can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

and includes information on the regional distribution of civil servants as at 31 March.

Region

Headcount

East Midlands

650

East of England

400

London

3440

North East

360

North West

450

Northern Ireland

40

Scotland

460

South East

1490

South West

770

Wales

6900

West Midlands

460

Yorkshire and The Humber

550

(b) 1 June 2021

Region

Headcount

East Midlands

591

East of England

396

London

3490

North East

376

North West

461

Northern Ireland

40

Scotland

458

South East

1490

South West

780

Wales

6811

West Midlands

552

Yorkshire and The Humber

557

(c) 1 September 2021.

Region

Headcount

East Midlands

594

East of England

393

London

3494

North East

383

North West

464

Northern Ireland

41

Scotland

475

South East

1482

South West

774

Wales

6800

West Midlands

581

Yorkshire and The Humber

581

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote car sharing.

Under the national lockdown restrictions currently in place, car sharing is not permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason, such as if car sharing is reasonably necessary as part of your work. The driver and passengers should wear a face covering to minimise the risk of transmission.

The Department is continuing to undertake work on trends in car and ride-sharing (including public attitudes), so we can identify any policy or regulatory gaps which might need addressing. This work is being undertaken in the context of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and our Future of Transport Regulatory Review.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its National Bus Strategy for England.

The Government remains committed to a National Bus Strategy and aims to publish by the end of the year.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) levels of active travel and (b) the connectivity of the most deprived areas of England of Canal & River Trust proposals for 30 towpath improvement schemes across the country; and if he will make a statement.

On 28 July the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to boost cycling and walking, with the aim that half of all journeys in towns and cities are cycled or walked by 2030. This includes a £2 billion package of funding for active travel.

This will significantly increase the funding available for local authorities to deliver cycling and walking infrastructure, including on canal towpaths. Further details of funding for the different commitments in the Plan will be determined as part of the Spending Review process in the autumn.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that wheelchair users are able to safely access public transport, in the context of social distancing guidelines.

The Government remains as committed to delivering inclusive transport for all passengers as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made clear to local authorities that the Public Sector Equality Duty still applies and that they must continue to consider the needs of disabled people.

Our expectation is that transport operators should continue to assist disabled passengers who need assistance, including wheelchair users. I made this clear in my open letter to the rail industry on 8 April 2020.

I am also meeting regularly with key disability stakeholders, including Disability Rights UK, Scope and Transport for All, to hear directly from them about the experiences of disabled people using transport. This means we will be able to take action quickly if we find that passengers are not receiving the assistance to which they are entitled.

An accessible public realm is vital to enabling disabled people to access public transport. On 9 May the Department published statutory guidance to local authorities on reallocating road space which makes clear that authorities must consider the needs of disabled people and those with other protected characteristics when making changes to their transport networks. Public Sector Equality Duty requirements apply to temporary measures as they do to permanent ones.

Further, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the owners and operators of urban centres to help social distancing, including at transport hubs.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to announce health screening measures to enable a (a) restarting of aviation in the UK and (b) basis of a common international standard for global travel.

In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement in relation to the next phase of the pandemic, the Department for Transport will introduce new measures specific to the aviation sector later this month as part of the Government’s overall efforts.

Further, the Department is working closely with the aviation sector to co-produce agreed common standards on health measures that could be deployed throughout the aviation customer journey. These measures will help to restart the sector and provide passengers and staff with the confidence they need to start flying again. The Department is working internationally to aim to ensure any UK measures are recognised globally given the international nature of the sector.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made (a) of the performance of the current franchise with Northern Rail and (b) the level of service provided by Northern Rail to the (i) Glossop to Hadfield line, (ii) Hope Valley line and (iii) Buxton to Manchester line.

Northern’s recent performance has not been satisfactory, particularly in relation to train cancellations. The Rail North Partnership which manages the Northern franchise on behalf of the Department of Transport and Transport for the North is continuously assessing the operator’s performance.

The Public Performance Measure (PPM) – the measure for train punctuality in Britain - for the Glossop to Manchester route which includes Hadfield was 82 per cent from October 13 to November 9. The Sheffield to Manchester route including Hope Valley was 52 per cent following severe weather disruption during this time and the Buxton to Manchester line was 81 per cent. The PPM average for Northern during this period was 71 per cent.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an update on the planned Mottram bypass and Glossop Spur.

The second Road Investment Strategy will confirm the Government’s plans for the strategic road network. We expect this to be published before the start of the second Road Period on 1 April 2020.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the proposed investment in the Hope Valley train line.

Network Rail are working with suppliers on the detailed designs for the scheme and are very mindful of the sensitive nature of the National Park.

Work is underway to update the business case for the scheme to inform a final investment decision this Autumn. This is in line with our new approach to rail enhancements to ensure we address the needs of passengers and freight, and that funding commitments appropriately reflect the stage of development of schemes.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The figures below show substantive paid SCS as at the labelled dates by region shown in SiP (staff in Post)

SCS SiP

Region

31st March 2019

31st March 2020

31st March 2021

30th September 2021

North East

20

30

30

30

North West

30

30

40

30

Yorkshire and Humber

40

40

40

40

East Midlands

..

..

..

..

West Midlands

..

..

..

..

East of England

0

0

0

0

London

100

110

120

120

South East

..

..

..

..

South West

..

..

..

..

Wales

..

..

..

..

Scotland

10

10

..

10

Northern Ireland

0

0

0

0

Not Reported

..

..

10

10

All Employees

210

210

240

250

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten, and cells containing between one and five employees are represented by '..'.

2. Figures relate to paid employees only and are shown in staff in post (SiP)

3. Numbers may not sum due to rounding to the nearest 10

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

a) As published in the National Statistics and taken from the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey which can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021, on the 31st March 2021, DWP had the following headcount in each of the following NUTS1 UK Regions;

Region

Headcount

North East

9,550

North West

17,710

Yorkshire and Humber

9,250

East Midlands

4,490

West Midlands

7,600

East of England

4,570

London

10,030

South East

6,660

South West

5,740

Wales

5,640

Scotland

8,820

Northern Ireland

..

Not Reported

900

All Employees

90,950

1 Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten, and cells containing between one and five employees are represented by '..'.

2 Workplace postcode data is used to derive geographical information.

3. Figures relate to paid employees only and are shown in staff in post (SiP)

4. Numbers may not sum due to rounding to the nearest 10

b/c) Consistent figures are available for the 30th June 2021 and 30th September 2021, DWP had the following headcount in each of the following headcount in each of the following NUTS1 UK Regions;

b)

30th June 2021

Region

Headcount

North East

9,720

North West

17,920

Yorkshire and Humber

9,500

East Midlands

4,610

West Midlands

7,890

East of England

4,700

London

10,310

South East

6,650

South West

5,720

Wales

5,670

Scotland

9,030

Northern Ireland

..

Not Reported

960

All Employees

92,690

c)

30th September 2021

Region

Headcount

North East

10,500

North West

18,680

Yorkshire and Humber

9,710

East Midlands

4,710

West Midlands

7,990

East of England

4,800

London

10,510

South East

6,740

South West

5,790

Wales

5,860

Scotland

9,160

Northern Ireland

..

Not Reported

920

All Employees

95,370

1 Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten, and cells containing between one and five employees are represented by '..'.

2. Figures relate to paid employees only and are shown in staff in post (SiP)

3. Numbers may not sum due to rounding to the nearest 10

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member of 28 July 2021, reference RL24952.

Despite a thorough search, we are unable to locate any correspondence from the hon. Member for this reference or date. We have contacted the hon. Member’s office for further information.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to help people who are self-employed save for their retirement.

The Government remains committed to increase retirement saving among the self-employed, and many already do save into a pension. The incomes, assets and self-employment experiences vary widely among this population, with considerable differences in resilience for retirement. Given this diversity, finding effective durable solutions is a long term challenge; there is no straightforward single mechanism, supported by evidence, to bring self-employed people into pension saving, but we continue to urge individuals to avail themselves of the opportunities that do already exist for pension saving.

We commenced a trialling research programme in 2019/20 to test a range of approaches and interventions. This programme includes the role of behavioural messages and savings mechanisms using financial digital platforms and uses relevant behavioural insights from automatic enrolment. This will build the evidence base to find ways to make retirement saving easier for self-employed individuals.

In addition, we have completed a short research project to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the savings and financial wellbeing and resilience of self-employed businesses. We aim to commence [more widespread] technology trials, testing behaviorally-based savings mechanisms, from this summer. This will build on findings from the first stage of trialing, which were published 16 September and on 14 December last year. In addition to this the sidecar savings project is a potential blueprint for much greater financial resilience in the self-employed world of pensions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 13 October 2021, reference RL27492.

We replied to the hon. Member on 8 November 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 23 July 2021, reference RL21530.

We replied to the hon. Member on 3 December 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

In line with headcount reporting for Annual Civil Service Employment Survey, statistics are provided as at respective month-ends and numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.

As at 31 March 2019, the Department employed 1,620 civil servants in the following NUTS1 regions:

- 20 civil servants in North West;

- 570 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber; and

- 1,030 civil servants in London.

As at 31 March 2020, the Department employed 1,660 civil servants in the following NUTS1 regions:

- 20 civil servants in North West;

- 580 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber; and

- 1,060 civil servants in London.

As at 31 March 2021, the Department employed 3,520 civil servants in the following NUTS1 regions:

- 30 civil servants in North West;

- 1,040 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber;

- 2,440 civil servants in London; and

- 10 civil servants in South East.

As at 30 September 2021, the Department employed 4,210 civil servants in the following NUTS1 regions:

- 30 civil servants in North West;

- 1,180 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber; and

- 3,000 civil servants in London.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

As at 31 March 2021, the Department employed 3,520 civil servants in the following NUTS1 United Kingdom regions:

- 30 civil servants in North West;

- 1,040 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber;

- 2,440 civil servants in London; and

- 10 civil servants in South East.

As at 30 June 2021, the Department employed 3,940 civil servants in the following NUTS1 regions:

- 30 civil servants in North West;

- 1,120 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber; and

- 2,790 civil servants in London.

As at 30 September 2021, the Department employed 4,210 civil servants in the following NUTS1 regions:

- 30 civil servants in North West;

- 1,180 civil servants in Yorkshire and the Humber; and

- 3,000 civil servants in London.

In line with headcount reporting for Annual Civil Service Employment Survey and Quarterly Public Sector Employment Surveys, statistics are provided as at respective month-ends and numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry dated 25 August 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL23521.

We replied to the hon. Member on 22 November 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 29 June 2021, reference RL24040.

We replied to the hon. Member on 28 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 15 June 2021, reference RL23151.

We replied to the hon. Member on 17 November 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 6 August 2021, reference RL24481.

We replied to the hon. Member on 26 October.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 28 July 2021, reference RL25124.

We replied to the hon. Member on 20 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 12 August 2021, reference RL25674.

We replied to the hon. member on 28 October.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 4 June 2021, referenced RL23152.

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 22 June 2021 from the hon. Member for Robert Largan, referenced RL23762.

We replied to the hon. Member on 9 September 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 21 May 2021, referenced RL11063.

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for High Peak of 11 May 2021, with reference RL22386.

We replied to the hon. Member on 22 July 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 14 May 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL21940.

We replied to the hon. Member on 8 July 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 13 April 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL21590.

We replied to the hon. Member on 28 June 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 11 March 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL17500.

We replied to the hon. Member on 2 July 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 1 April 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL21530.

We replied to the hon. Member on 12 July 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 15 February 2021, referenced RL18647.

We replied to the hon. Member on 25 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 29 March 2021, referenced RL19346.

We replied to the hon. Member on 25 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 25 March 2021, referenced RL20466.

We replied to the hon. Member on 27 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for High Peak of 18 February 2021, reference RL18991.

We replied to the hon. Member on 19 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for High Peak of 12 February 2021, reference RL18801.

We replied to the hon. Member on 19 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 7 September 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL11063.

We replied to the hon. Member on 21 April 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 3 December 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL10735.

We replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 12 April.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 27 November 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL15338.

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 April.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 24 November 2020, reference RL15578.

We replied to the hon. Member on 10 March 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the full guidance issued to NHS commissioners in respect of (a) the year-end reconciliation process for NHS dental contracts and (b) how exceptional circumstances will be assessed and recognised in payments during the fourth quarter of the financial year 2020-21.

NHS England and NHS Improvement recognise that there may be exceptional circumstances when the dental activity target may not be deliverable and, in these situations, National Health Service regional commissioners have the discretion to make exceptions, for instance in cases where a dental practice has been impacted by staff being required to self-isolate and the reinstatement of shielding during the national lockdown. Cases will be considered on an individual basis and contractors are advised to contact commissioners early if they feel that exceptional circumstances may apply. The full guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/dental-provider-assurance/dental-assurance-reviews/mid-yearyear-end-contract-reconciliation

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to provide covid-19 vaccinations for unpaid carers of disabled people.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that for phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, the vaccine first be given to care home residents and staff and those over 80 years old, followed by health and social workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

Priority group six, include all individuals aged 16 to 64 years old with certain underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. In this priority group are those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, should also be offered vaccination alongside those with underlying health conditions.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on that country's covid-19 green passport initiative.

The Department is regularly in discussions with other countries, including Israel, on a wide range of COVID-19 issues, to share learnings and collaborate internationally on the vaccination programme.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for High Peak of 3 August 2020 on high consequence infectious diseases.

I replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 20 October 2020.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many flu vaccine doses (a) have been administered and (b) will be made available in High Peak constituency for the 2020-21 winter period.

The information is not collected in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of Lord Deighton’s progress on leading the Government's efforts to increase domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

Lord Deighton is the Government’s adviser on personal protective equipment (PPE) and as part of this he is leading the Government effort to encourage British industry to manufacture PPE. The Government is successfully building up United Kingdom manufacturing and has signed contracts for the manufacture of over 2 billion items of PPE through UK-based manufacturers, including aprons, facemasks, visors and gowns.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to introduce changes to (a) pay and (b) benefits for (i) doctors and (ii) nurses employed by the NHS.

The independent NHS Pay Review Body and The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration make annual recommendations on pay rises for National Health Service staff. The Pay Review Bodies are made up of experts and their recommendations are based on a comprehensive assessment of evidence from a range of key stakeholders, including the Government, NHS organisations and trade unions.

We have reached multi-year pay and contract reform agreements deals for Agenda for Change staff (2018/19 – 2020/21) and Junior Doctors (2019/20 – 2022/23) and negotiations are under way for a multi-year agreement with Specialty and Associate Specialist doctors.

The NHS reward package is about much more than basic pay and includes benefits that go well beyond the statutory minimum, for instance, generous holiday allowance and access to a much-valued pension scheme. We want to ensure that the NHS employment offer continues to attract and retain the compassionate and dedicated staff the NHS needs and this offer continues to be kept under review.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake a review of how NHS procurement rules could be changed to benefit domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government effort to unleash the potential of British industry to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health and social care sectors. This will build on the manufacturing opportunities the Government has already identified and contribute to the national effort to meet the unprecedented demand. The Government is also working to support the scale-up of engineering efforts for small companies capable of contributing to supplies. The Government have now signed contracts for over 2 billion items of PPE through United Kingdom-based manufacturers, including aprons, facemasks, visors, gowns and aprons, ensuring we build and maintain a domestic base for the future.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in Derbyshire in (a) November 2010 and (b) November 2019.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the full time equivalent (FTE) number of doctors employed in National Health Service trusts in the local authority of Derbyshire as at November 2010 and 2019.

Doctors (FTE)

November 2010

November 2019

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

310

402

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

25

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

93

121

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

3

Derby City Primary Care Trust (PCT)

25

Derbyshire County PCT

36

The following table shows the FTE number of nurses and health visitors employed in NHS trusts in the local authority of Derbyshire as at November 2010 and 2019.

Nurses and health visitors (FTE)

November 2010

November 2019

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

671

848

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

1,066

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

652

854

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

18

29

Derby City PCT

282

Derbyshire County PCT

993

Staff transferred from Derbyshire County PCT to Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust in September 2011.

Staff transferred from Derby City PCT to Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in April 2011.

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust acquired Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2018 to form University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and as such the latest figures cannot be accurately compared to 2010.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding will be allocated to Derby and Derbyshire CCG in (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, (c) 2022-23 and (d) 2023-24.

NHS England is responsible for the allocation of resources to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Funding is distributed on the basis of a weighted capitation formula, informed by independent advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, and population estimates provided by the Office for National Statistics.

NHS England published five-year CCG allocations 2019-20 to 2023-24 on 8 February 2019 at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/ccg-allocations-2019-20-to-2023-24-core-services/

Final allocations after local adjustments captured by the formula for Derby and Derbyshire CCG in the years requested are set out in the following table.

£000’s

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

Revenue allocation

1,511

1,568

1,624

1,677

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps she has taken to strengthen the UK’s economic and security relationship with Israel.

Just yesterday (29 November), the Foreign Secretary hosted the first UK-Israel strategic dialogue with Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid. They held substantive discussions on how to broaden and deepen the bilateral relationship, including cooperation across science, technology, trade and innovation. The Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister Lapid also signed an MOU, committing to the development of a UK-Israel Bilateral Roadmap that will define bilateral cooperation for the next decade. We hope to agree the Roadmap in 2022.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

FCDO Senior Civil Servants by NUTS1 regions

Mar-19

Mar-20

Mar-21

Sep-21

London

240-259

240-259

280-299

260-279

Scotland

10-19

10-19

10-19

10-19

South East England

Fewer than 10

Fewer than 10

Fewer than 10

Fewer than 10

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

FCDO UK Based staffing headcount regional breakdown for March 2021 is published in table 12 of the 2021 Civil Service Statistical Tables: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021.

The headcount for June and September 2021 can be found below:

FCDO headcount as @ June 2021 by UK NUTS1 Region

NUTS 1 Region

Banded headcount

London

3500-3999

Scotland

940-959

South East England

280-299

FCDO headcount as @ September 2021 by UK NUTS1 region

NUTS 1 Region

Banded headcount

London

3500-3999

Scotland

900-919

South East England

280-299

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 31 August 2021, reference RL26196.

We are grateful to the Honourable member for bringing this matter to our attention and for re-sending this correspondence on 19 November , of which we had no record of receiving previously. The Minister of State for South Asia, United Nations and the Commonwealth sent a response to the Honourable Member on 19 November.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 23 July 2021, reference RL24949.

A response was sent on 10 August 2021, and an additional copy has been sent to the Member's office.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to curtail Iran's destabilising activities through its proxy network of terror groups across the Middle East and North Africa.

We regularly raise Iran's destabilising role in the region at UN Security Council. We continue to support the security of our allies, including through our close defence partnerships across the Middle East and by working to strengthen institutions and build capacity in more vulnerable countries, including in Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.

We currently have over 200 EU sanctions listings in place against Iran, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in its entirety. We continue to support the enforcement of UN prohibitions on the proliferation of weapons to non-state actors in the region, including to Lebanese Hizballah (UNSCR 2216), Iraqi militia groups (UNSCR 1546) and the Houthis in Yemen (UNSCR 1701). The EU arms embargo on Iran remains in place as do UN ballistic missile restrictions on Iran. We are committed to working with regional partners, the E3 and the US to find a sustainable solution to Iranian proliferation to non-state actors in the region.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent progress he has made in ongoing talks on the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

On 19 August, the UK issued a joint statement with France and Germany underlining our grave concern at the latest reports of the IAEA. These reports confirm that Iran has produced uranium metal enriched up to 20% for the first time, and has significantly increased its production capacity of uranium enriched up to 60%.

60% enrichment constitutes an important step towards developing a nuclear weapon. No State without nuclear weapons has ever before produced Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU). We urge Iran to halt all activities in violation of the JCPoA and return to the negotiations in Vienna as soon as possible with a view to bringing them to a swift, successful conclusion.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 9 April 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL21845.

A reply was sent on 13 July.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 12 May 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, referenced RL22521.

We have no record of receiving this item of correspondence. My officials have contacted your office and have obtained a copy. We will work to expedite a response.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 18 March 2021, referenced RL20521.

A response to this letter was sent on 25 May 2021.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the UK will issue a condemnation of the alleged payment of salaries to prisoners convicted of terrorist offences by the Palestinian Authority.

No UK aid is used for prisoner payments to Palestinian prisoners or their families. We continue to raise the need for reform to the prisoner payments system to become more needs-based, transparent and affordable.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for regional stability of the re-election of Yahya Sinwar as Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip.

The UK continues to monitor the situation closely and retains a policy of no contact with Hamas in its entirety. We continue to call upon Hamas to end permanently their incitement and indiscriminate attacks against Israel.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2020 to Question 113686 on Turkey: Hamas, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on that matter.

The Foreign Secretary has not raised this matter with his Turkish counterpart. The UK's position on Hamas is clear, and Turkey is well aware of this position. Hamas' failure to renounce violence and recognise Israel remains a significant barrier to peace. We continue to call upon Hamas to end permanently their incitement and indiscriminate attacks against Israel.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on regional stability of recent reports that Turkey has granted citizenship to senior Hamas operatives.

We are aware of reports about the granting of Turkish citizenship to Hamas figures. Hamas continues to pose a threat to Israel and Israeli civilians. The UK is clear that Hamas' failure to renounce violence and recognise Israel remains a significant barrier to peace. We continue to call upon Hamas to end permanently their incitement and indiscriminate attacks against Israel. The UK retains a policy of no contact with Hamas, in its entirety. Hamas' military wing has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK since 2001.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his German counterpart on that country’s detention of people suspected spying for Iran’s Quds Force.

We do not routinely comment on intelligence matters or specific threats. We continue to use all the tools at our disposal to counter threats to national security, working with our allies. On 8 January 2019, the UK and a number of European partners jointly raised with Iran our deep concerns about hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe. We have long expressed our deep concerns about the destabilising activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and IRGC Qods Force. The Government is clear that Iran should instead look to play a constructive role in regional stability.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of Iranians espionage activity in Europe on the (a) national and (b) regional security.

We do not routinely comment on intelligence matters or specific threats. We continue to use all the tools at our disposal to counter threats to national security, working with our allies. On 8 January 2019, the UK and a number of European partners jointly raised with Iran our deep concerns about hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe. We have long expressed our deep concerns about the destabilising activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and IRGC Qods Force. The Government is clear that Iran should instead look to play a constructive role in regional stability.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Iran's recent announcement to cease all commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

We are deeply concerned by Iran’s recent announcement. As the Prime Minister said on 8 January, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) remains the best way of preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran and we hope it will remain. The Prime Minister made this clear to President Rouhani when they spoke on 9 January, strongly urging Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the deal and to come back into compliance with it.

On 14 January the E3 initiated the JCPoA's Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM). We are committed to using the DRM in good faith to find a viable resolution to Iran’s compliance issues.

The Prime Minister and I have also spoken to European partners in recent days and will continue to do so to find a way forward. We need a deal which everyone respects the terms of, and which takes the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran off the table.

23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The number of senior civil servants employed by HM Treasury split by the 12 NUTS1 UK regions at the requested dates are as follows:

NUTS1

Description

1 March 2019

1 March 2020

1 March 2021

1 September 2021

1

North East

2

North West

3

Yorkshire and Humber

4

East Midlands

5

West Midlands

6

East of England

7

London

116

133

160

154

8

South East

9

South West

10

Wales

11

Scotland

12

Northern Ireland

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The number of Civil Servants employed by HM Treasury split by the 12 NUTS1 UK regions are as follows:

A) 1 March 2021

Information as at the 31st March 2021 can be found within the published Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES) national statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

B) 1 June 2021

NUTS1

Description

1 June 2021

1

North East

1

2

North West

3

Yorkshire and Humber

4

East Midlands

5

West Midlands

6

East of England

60

7

London

2006

8

South East

9

South West

10

Wales

11

Scotland

12

Northern Ireland

C) 1 September 2021

NUTS1

Description

1 September 2021

1

North East

7

2

North West

3

Yorkshire and Humber

4

East Midlands

5

West Midlands

6

East of England

55

7

London

1991

8

South East

9

South West

10

Wales

11

Scotland

12

Northern Ireland

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 12 August 2021, referenced RL25657.

I responded to the honourable member’s correspondence on 21 October. A further copy has been sent by email.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 20 August 2021, reference RL26254.

I responded to the Honourable Member’s correspondence on 20 October 2021.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 12 August 2021, reference RL25105.

I responded to the Honourable Member’s correspondence on 25 Oct 2021.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 27 July 2020, reference RL9092.

HMT responded to the Member on 15 January 2021. A further copy has been sent by email.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 14 July 2020, reference RL9065.

A response was issued to this correspondence on 1 September 2020.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 30 November 2020 with regard to Reference Number RL15984.

I responded to the Member’s email on 15 January.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support self-employed people affected by covid-19.

The Government is deferring tax payments, through the Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) and VAT system to help support businesses and the self-employed with cash flows. VAT payments due between now and mid-June will be deferred. No business will have to make a VAT payment to HMRC in that period. Income tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021, benefitting up to 5.7m self-employed businesses.

The Government has also announced it is delaying the reforms to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) from April 2020 to April 2021 and the reforms will be legislated for in the 2020 Finance Bill. This deferral has been announced in response to the spread of Covid-19, to help businesses and individuals deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is available to self-employed individuals with an eligible business entity. By providing an 80% government guarantee on finance facilities up to £5 million, this scheme will help more businesses access the finance they need. The Government will not charge businesses for this guarantee, and will also cover the first 12 months of interest payments for businesses. For more information on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme go to: www.British-business-bank.co.uk/CBILS.

The Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for all self-employed UC claimants for 1 year from 6 April. This means a drop in earnings due to the economic impacts of Covid-19 will not affect the amount of UC a claimant receives. This goes further than the Budget announcement to temporarily relax the MIF only for claimants who are directly affected by Covid-19, which has already come into effect. For those directly affected or self-isolating, there will be no attendance requirements, and Universal Credit can be claimed online or via phone.

Self-employed people unable to work because they are directly affected by Covid-19 or self-isolating will be eligible for Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. This is now payable from the first day of sickness, rather than the eighth. Eligible claimants under 25 will be entitled to £57.90 per week, and over 25s £73.10 per week.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support carers affected by covid-19.

Carers who are directly affected by Covid-19 may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, which is now available to those in self-isolation and those caring for those in self-isolation. This also applies to unpaid carers, such as family members living in the same household as someone affected by Covid-19. Employees who earn over £118 per week from a single employer will be eligible for £94.25 per week, rising to £95.85 from 6 April. As announced at Budget, Statutory Sick Pay is now payable from day one of an absence rather than day four.

Anybody who is advised to self-isolate and therefore cannot work will be eligible for Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. This is now payable from the first day of sickness, rather than the eighth. Eligible claimants under 25 will be entitled to £57.90 per week, and over 25s £73.10 per week. This includes carers who have been advised to self-isolate because the person they care for is sick or self-isolating. A person can get ESA for as long as they are incapable of work, up to a year.

For unpaid carers who do not live in the same household, employers may provide assistance such as special leave. Some carers may also be eligible for benefits such as Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit. Full eligibility criteria can be found on GOV.UK.

The Government has announced that £1.6bn will be provided to local authorities to help them respond to coronavirus pressures across the services they deliver. This is not ringfenced and is intended to help councils address specific pressures that they face. It could be used to help providers deal with costs due to self-isolation and family caring responsibilities.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support hairdressers affected by covid-19.

The government has announced a significant package of financial support for businesses and employees. Further details of this package are available at: www.businesssupport.gov.uk

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The below table provides the number of Senior Civils Servant working for the Home Office as at 31 March 2019, 31 March 2020, 31 March 2021 and 30 September 2021.

GOR NUTS1

Mar-19

Mar-20

Mar-21

Sep-21

East Midlands

0

0

0

0

East Of England

2

2

4

6

London

247

276

260

249

North East

0

0

0

1

North West

3

3

9

14

Scotland

1

2

2

3

South East

1

1

3

3

South West

0

0

1

1

Wales

1

1

0

1

West Midlands

0

1

1

1

Yorkshire & The Humber

4

5

5

9

Northern Ireland

1

1

1

1

Unspecified*

0

0

2

5

Total

260

292

288

294

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The below table provides the number of Paid Civil Servants working for the Home Office as at 30 June and 30 September.

GOR NUTS1

Jun-21

Sep-21

East Midlands (England)

231

245

East of England

1945

1906

London

13280

13253

North East (England)

1315

1331

North West (England)

7105

7093

Scotland

1066

1104

South East (England)

3743

3866

South West (England)

398

420

Wales

636

643

West Midlands (England)

1036

1086

Yorkshire and The Humber

3649

3693

Northern Ireland

533

547

Note : 31st March 2021 data is published on gov.uk at

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 1 September 2021, referenced RL26044.

The Minister of State for Afghan Resettlement will respond shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the email correspondence of 7 July 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak, regarding migrant Channel crossings, reference RL24348.

I, as the Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration, responded on 12 November 2021

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 30 July 2021, reference RL25014.

A response was sent by the Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration on 20 October 2021.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter of 12 November 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL14870.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), MP Account Management Team responded on 25 May 2021.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 5 October 2020, reference RL9115.

The UKVI MP Account Management team responded on 10 March 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications have been accepted (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency in the first six months of 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications have been rejected (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency in the first six months of 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications have been processed (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency in the first six months of 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications are still outstanding (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency as at 23 November 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to process all applications for the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

We are fully committed to ensuring that we have the flexible resources required to run an efficient and effective migration system; including the continued delivery of the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021 and beyond.

Administration of the Scheme will not cease on 30 June 2021; that is the deadline that EEA citizens and their family members resident in the UK have to apply for status. There will be some instances were applications made after 30 June 2021 will be accepted and guidance on that will be published in due course.

EEA citizens and their family members who have already been granted pre-settled status will be able to make a subsequent application for settled status once they meet the criteria of being resident in the UK for a continuous year five-year period.

EEA citizens who hold Scheme status may also bring close family members to join them in the UK after the 30 June 2021 deadline. Such family members will be able to make an application to the Scheme, provided they meet the relevant criteria.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
11th May 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban gay conversion therapy.

It is a fundamental principle of this Government that everyone should be free to live their lives as they wish. People must feel safe at home, out on the street and online.

Conversion therapy is a very complex issue. There are a wide range of practices which may fall within its scope and we want to ensure we have a thorough understanding of the situation in the UK to inform an effective approach. Before any decision is made on proposals for ending conversion therapy we must understand the problem, the range of options available and the impact they would have.

We will work to deepen our understanding and consider all options for ending the practice of conversion therapy.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The Headcount of Senior Civil Servants employed by the Ministry of Defence in each of the NUTS1 regions is detailed in the below table, please note that overall figures are published on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/governments/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

The data for the dates is taken from internal sources using the same methodology and dates as the published data where possible.

Date

Date

Date

Date

Government office Region

31/03/2019

31/03/2020

31/03/2021

01/09/2021

EAST MIDLANDS

~

~

~

~

EASTERN

14

15

19

20

LONDON

119

156

167

171

NORTH WEST

~

~

~

~

SOUTH EAST

34

39

47

48

SOUTH WEST

31

34

42

46

WEST MIDLANDS

11

13

8

7

YORKS and HUMBER

~

~

~

~

WALES

-

-

~

~

SCOTLAND

~

~

6

6

N. IRELAND

~

-

-

-

Grand Total

222

270

297

307

Caveats: Where data is 5 or less this has been replaced with ~ where there is zero this has been replaced with -

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The Headcount of each region is detailed in the below table, please note that figures are published on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

The latest published data is for 31 March 2021 and that has been provided. The data for the June and September dates is taken from internal sources using the same methodology as the published data.

Government Office Region

31-Mar-21

01 June 2021

01 September 2021

EAST MIDLANDS

1,830

1,833

1,832

EASTERN

3,825

3,825

3,816

LONDON

4,055

4,091

4,101

NORTH EAST

228

225

225

NORTH WEST

1,867

1,881

1,889

SOUTH EAST

10,336

10,340

10,322

SOUTH WEST

22,276

22,349

22,355

WEST MIDLANDS

2,613

2,630

2,642

YORKS and HUMBER

2,071

2,083

2,083

WALES

1,138

1,121

1,123

SCOTLAND

4,140

4,174

4,181

N.IRELAND

922

914

909

Grand Total

55,301

55,466

55,478

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to extend the 56-day-rule for temporary campsites into 2022.

We are considering options for the future of this time-limited permitted development right and will be making further announcements.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to make more resources available for local authorities to (a) hire and (b) support staff with the expertise to deliver comprehensive decarbonisation plans.

Government recognises the important role local authorities can play in decarbonisation and clean growth.

Ministers have a limited role in local authority workforce issues. This is because councils are independent employers, responsible for the management and organisation of their own workforces, including managing budgets to recruit and train staff. It is for local leaders to make these decisions within the resources that they have available, and we know many have recruited large, dedicated climate change teams, while others have secured carbon literacy training to ensure Planning Officers and other staff have the expertise they need to build decarbonisation into their functions.

In the Planning for the Future White Paper my department committed to develop a comprehensive resources and skills strategy for the planning sector to support the implementation of our reforms, which are aligned with Net Zero goals.

Net Zero is a priority for the whole of Government. DfT and BEIS have also taken steps to ensure local authorities have the necessary capabilities to take action locally. For example, the BEIS Local Energy Programme was established to help them fulfil this role, and Local Energy Hubs have been established to provide local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships with access to technical and commercial support for the initial stages of developing low carbon energy projects.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 29 September 2020, reference RL12415.

As stated in the Department’s initial response on 15 February, this correspondence has been transferred to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities ensure that visually impaired people are able to safely access public spaces in the context of social distancing requirements.

We published the Safer Public Places Guidance to provide owners and operators with a framework to support social distancing in public places. This guidance reminds owners and operators of public spaces to consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics such as visually impaired people.

Owners and operators are advised to carefully consider social distancing guidelines in public spaces, emphasise the latest government advice on safety procedures to visitors and provide clear and concise information to the public on how to adhere to social distancing. ?This could?include?providing?information?on changes for visually impaired visitors and how they can continue to access public spaces in a safe way.?When providing information, we encourage owners/operators to consider providing alternative types of communications with consideration to those with visual and other impairments.

Local authorities are subject to the Equality Act and the Public Sector Equality duty will apply to decisions relating to these measures.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities to ensure that wheelchair users are able to safely access public spaces in the context of social distancing requirements.

We published the Safer Public Places Guidance to provide owners and operators with a framework to support social distancing in public places. This guidance reminds owners and operators of public spaces to consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics such as wheelchair users.

Owners and operators are advised to carefully consider social distancing guidelines in public spaces, emphasise the latest government advice on safety procedures to visitors and provide clear and concise information to the public on how to adhere to social distancing. ?This could?include?providing?information?on changes for disabled users and how they can continue to access public spaces in a safe way.

Local authorities are subject to the Equality Act and the Public Sector Equality duty will apply to decisions relating to these measures.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

Data for the number of civils servants (headcount) employed by the Ministry of Justice by NUTS1 UK region as at 31st March 2019, 31st March 2020, 31st March 2021 and 30th September 2021 is provided in Table 1 below.

To align with published data an end of month position has been provided.

Table 1 - Ministry of Justice (including executive agency) SCS payroll staff in post by NUTS1 region

31-Mar-19

31-Mar-20

31-Mar-21

30-Sep-21

North East

6

4

6

6

North West

10

13

13

12

Yorkshire and the Humber

11

12

12

8

East Midlands

10

10

14

11

West Midlands

13

14

16

17

East of England

5

5

9

12

London

217

238

222

221

South East

9

9

13

12

South West

8

9

9

6

Wales

4

7

13

14

Scotland

1

2

3

3

Northern Ireland

0

0

0

0

Unknown

0

0

1

1

Total

294

323

331

323

Staff are assigned to a NUTS 1 region based on their HR Location Postcode in the department's HR database.

Those with an Unknown region have either a blank or invalid HR Location Postcode in the department's HR database.

This includes staff who are on TRA (Temporary Responsibility Allowance) to SCS.

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

Data for the number of civils servants employed by the Ministry of Justice by NUTS1 UK region as at 31 March 2021 are available at the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2021

Data for the number of civils servants (headcount) employed by the Ministry of Justice by NUTS1 UK region as at 1 June 2021 and 1 September 2021 is provided in Table 1 below.

To align with published data an end of month position has been provided.

Table 1 - Ministry of Justice (including executive agency) payroll staff in post by NUTS1 region

30-Jun-21

30-Sep-21

North East

4,902

4,953

North West

10,703

10,733

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,250

9,341

East Midlands

7,601

7,644

West Midlands

9,713

9,787

East of England

7,555

7,509

London

16,002

15,956

South East

10,576

10,578

South West

5,762

5,724

Wales

4,371

4,342

Scotland

575

588

Northern Ireland

0

0

Unknown

41

78

Total

87,051

87,233

Staff are assigned to a NUTS 1 region based on their HR Location Postcode in the department's HR database.

Those with an Unknown region have either a blank or invalid HR Location Postcode in the department's HR database

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The number of Senior Civil Servants working in the Northern Ireland Office based in each of the NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021 are shown below:

1 March 2019

1 March 2020

1 March 2021

1 September 2021

Northern Ireland

6

4

5

5

England (London UK1)

8

13

12

12

Scotland

0

0

0

0

Wales

0

0

0

0

Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The number of Civil Servants employed by the Northern Ireland Office based in each of the NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021 can be found in the published National Statistics, Civil Service Statistics, as at 31 March 2021.

The numbers for (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021 are shown below.

1 June 2021

1 September 2021

Northern Ireland

88

89

England (London UK1)

80

81

Scotland

0

0

Wales

0

0


Conor Burns
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is a small Ministerial Department which does not employ staff directly. Those that join, do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice who remain the employers.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and Office of the Advocate General provide combined headcount reporting through the Office of National Statistics and other Civil Services bodies. Such information is routinely published in National Statistics, Civil Service Statistics, the latest of which, are as at 31 March 2021.

However, due to the small number involved (less than 5) specific information on SCS headcount relating to the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland can only be provided as follows:

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

NUTS – Region Scotland/Eastern Scotland/City of Edinburgh

NUTS -Region England/Inner London West /Westminster

31 March 2019

Less than 5

5

31 March 2020

Less than 5

5

31 March 2021

Less than 5

5

30 September 2021

Less than 5

6

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is a small Ministerial Department, which does not employ staff directly. Those that join do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice who remain the employers.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and Office of the Advocate General provide combined headcount reporting through the Office of National Statistics and other Civil Services bodies. Such information is routinely published in National Statistics, Civil Service Statistics, the latest of which are as at 31 March 2021.

However, specific staffing information relating to the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is as follows:

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

NUTS – Region Scotland/Eastern Scotland/City of Edinburgh

NUTS -Region England/Inner London West /Westminster

30 March 2021

45

38

30 June 2021

45

35

30 September 2021

42

39

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales has five SCS roles (including job shares). They are split between our London and Cardiff offices as follows:

1 March 2019

Cardiff 1

London 3

1 March 2020

Cardiff 1

London 5

1 March 2021

Cardiff 1

London 5

1 September 2021

Cardiff 1

London 5

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales has offices in Cardiff and London. The workforce split across each location on the dates requested is:

1 March 2021

Cardiff 21

London 26

1 June 2021

Cardiff 19

London 27

1 September 2021

Cardiff 16

London 24

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales