Rosie Cooper

Labour - Former Member for West Lancashire

First elected: 5th May 2005

Left House: 1st December 2022 (Resignation (Chiltern))


Health and Social Care Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 1st Dec 2022
Pension Dashboards (Prohibition of Indemnification) Bill
19th Oct 2022 - 26th Oct 2022
British Sign Language Bill
9th Feb 2022 - 23rd Feb 2022
Health and Social Care Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Health and Social Care Committee
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Health and Social Care Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Administration Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 29th Oct 2012
Justice Committee
25th Jan 2010 - 6th May 2010
North West Regional Select Committee
3rd Mar 2009 - 6th May 2010
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010
Justice Committee
6th Nov 2007 - 17th Mar 2008
European Scrutiny Committee
28th Jun 2005 - 12th Dec 2005


Division Voting information

Rosie Cooper has voted in 2457 divisions, and 64 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 147 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
20 Dec 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Labour Aye votes vs 162 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 358 Noes - 234
22 Oct 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 299
4 Sep 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour Aye votes vs 224 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 495
9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour No votes vs 210 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 99
3 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 228 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 310 Noes - 310
3 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 311
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 315 Noes - 310
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 229 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 313 Noes - 312
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Labour No votes vs 185 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 282
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 203 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 292
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Labour No votes vs 121 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 292
29 Mar 2019 - United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour Aye votes vs 234 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 286 Noes - 344
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 42 Labour No votes vs 143 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 283
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 111 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 184 Noes - 293
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 27 Labour No votes vs 198 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 295
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 302
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 228 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 314
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 300
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Labour No votes vs 25 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 85 Noes - 334
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 301 Noes - 321
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 321
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 13 Labour No votes vs 224 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 322
13 Jun 2018 - European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 15 Labour Aye votes vs 74 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 126
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 158 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 220
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour No votes vs 155 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 234 Noes - 185
15 Mar 2017 - Social Security - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 165 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 292 Noes - 236
13 Mar 2017 - Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Labour No votes vs 145 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 172 Noes - 142
8 Feb 2017 - Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 68 Labour No votes vs 85 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 126
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 178 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 292
21 Jan 2015 - Onshore Wind Turbine Subsidies (Abolition) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 27 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 59 Noes - 57
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour Aye votes vs 185 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 56 Noes - 454
22 Jan 2014 - Commission Work Programme 2014 - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 59 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 330 Noes - 20
13 Jan 2014 - European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 108 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 30
21 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Labour No votes vs 194 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 161
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Labour Aye votes vs 190 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 321
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 202 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 391 Noes - 57
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour Aye votes vs 190 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 70 Noes - 375
15 May 2013 - Economic Growth - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour Aye votes vs 219 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 130 Noes - 277
5 Feb 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 216 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 400 Noes - 175
28 Jan 2013 - Succession to the Crown Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Labour Aye votes vs 154 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 38 Noes - 371
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Labour No votes vs 50 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 203 Noes - 82
24 Oct 2011 - National Referendum on the European Union - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 214 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 483
7 Sep 2011 - Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour Aye votes vs 208 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 368
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 93 Labour No votes vs 155 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 176
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Labour No votes vs 157 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 158
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Labour No votes vs 156 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 153
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 230 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 45 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 82 Labour Aye votes vs 136 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 196
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Labour Aye votes vs 215 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 225 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 342
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
5 Jun 2007 - Termination of Pregnancy (Counselling and Miscellaneous Provisions) - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Labour Aye votes vs 132 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 107 Noes - 182
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 126 Labour Aye votes vs 184 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 418
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Rosie Cooper voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 96 Labour No votes vs 207 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 337 Noes - 224
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All Debates

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
John Bercow (Speaker)
(14 debate interactions)
Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton (Conservative)
Foreign Secretary
(14 debate interactions)
Lord Lansley (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(138 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(53 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(47 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(40 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
British Sign Language Act 2022
(6,065 words contributed)
Health and Care Act 2022
(395 words contributed)
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West Lancashire 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

The men who killed our daughter drove a stolen a car at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. They killed our 4-year-old daughter Violet-Grace and severely injured her nan, who has life-changing injuries. They will serve less time in prison than Violet was alive. I don’t want other families to suffer like this.

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.


Latest EDMs signed by Rosie Cooper

23rd November 2022
Rosie Cooper signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Intimidation at community, parish and town councils

Tabled by: Julian Lewis (Conservative - New Forest East)
That this House expresses its support and appreciation for local community, parish and town councils which are the first tier of local government in England and Wales and play a vital role in our communities; notes with concern that whilst the vast majority of local councils are well run, there …
27 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Mar 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 8
Labour: 7
Liberal Democrat: 4
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Scottish National Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
7th November 2022
Rosie Cooper signed this EDM on Monday 14th November 2022

Second anniversary of conflict in Tigray

Tabled by: Angela Eagle (Labour - Wallasey)
That this House, recognising the achievement of a peace deal last week at the African Union peace talks, and congratulating all sides on the ceasefire agreement, deplores the widespread use of rape and use of violence against women and girls by all the belligerent parties, noting that Tigrayan women have …
36 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Apr 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 17
Scottish National Party: 5
Independent: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Rosie Cooper, 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.


Rosie Cooper has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Rosie Cooper has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Rosie Cooper


A Bill to recognise British Sign Language as a language of England, Wales and Scotland; to require the Secretary of State to report on the promotion and facilitation of the use of British Sign Language by ministerial government departments; and to require guidance to be issued in relation to British Sign Language.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


Latest 50 Written Questions

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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
15 Other Department Questions
9th Nov 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether there has been an increase of the number of disposal bins in (a) men's toilets and (b) accessible toilets across the Palace of Westminster since October 2019.

There have been no additional bins placed in men’s toilets. However, since May 2021 there has been an increase of 64 nappy bins in accessible toilets across the Estate (Lords/Commons).

26th Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether there has been an increase since October 2019 in the number of disposal bins in men's toilets across the Palace of Westminster that are suitable for the disposal of stoma and incontinence products.

There has been no increase in the number of clinical waste disposal bins in men's toilets in the Palace of Westminster since October 2019. It is not standard practise to provide clinical waste bins in male toilets unless specifically requested.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to Question 56893 tabled on 28 September 2021, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 30 July 2021 on LGBT conversion therapy, reference ZA57247.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member's correspondence. The response was sent on 8 November 2021.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to respond to the letter dated 30 July 2021 from the hon. member for West Lancashire on LGBT conversion therapy, reference ZA57247.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member's correspondence. The response was sent on 8 November 2021.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
21st Oct 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many male toilets there are in the Palace of Westminster; and how many male toilets have disposal bins suitable for the disposal of stoma and continence and personal care products.

There are 57 male toilets in the Palace of Westminster. Currently only one male toilet - in the House of Lords ground floor cloakroom - has a disposal bin; however the bins are generally only provided if requested. We have not to date received any requests for bins of the sort specified, but would be happy to respond if made aware of any demand.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what assessment he has made of the level of fraud in the NHS; and what recent discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on tackling such fraud.

The most recent estimate of NHS fraud, covering 2016-17, was published by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority in 2018. This estimated that the loss to the NHS through fraud, bribery and corruption was £1.29 billion.

The principal role of the Public Accounts Commission is to examine the Estimate of the National Audit Office (NAO) and to consider reports from the appointed auditor of the NAO. The Commission does not involve itself in the operational matters of government.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with representatives of the devolved administrations on those administrations' progress on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5; and how that progress will be measured for the Voluntary National Review in 2019.

There are ongoing discussions with the devolved administrations to promote the development of domestic policy consistent with our commitments under Sustainable Development Goal 5 and to monitor progress.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what consultations with local authorities her Department has undertaken in relation to the planned indicators to measure progress on Sustainable Development Goal 5 for the Voluntary National Review in 2019.

This Government is committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and we are one of the countries who pushed hard for a standalone Sustainable Development Goal on gender.

Government policies promoting gender equality are developed in consultation with experts and interested groups. Good examples include, the consultations undertaken on the returners programmes and the gender pay gap regulations.

We will continue engaging with gender equality experts, business, civil society organisations and local authorities to ensure we are making sufficient progress, including through the Voluntary National Review process.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what consultations with the private sector her Department has held in relation to measuring progress on Sustainable Development Goal 5 for the Voluntary National Review in 2019.

This Government is committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and we are one of the countries who pushed hard for a standalone Sustainable Development Goal on gender.

Government policies promoting gender equality are developed in consultation with experts and interested groups. Good examples include, the consultations undertaken on the returners programmes and the gender pay gap regulations.

We will continue engaging with gender equality experts, business, civil society organisations and local authorities to ensure we are making sufficient progress, including through the Voluntary National Review process.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what meetings she plans to hold with representatives of civic society in relation to progress on implementing Sustainable Development Goal 5 for the Voluntary National Review in 2019.

This Government is committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and we are one of the countries who pushed hard for a standalone Sustainable Development Goal on gender.

Government policies promoting gender equality are developed in consultation with experts and interested groups. Good examples include, the consultations undertaken on the returners programmes and the gender pay gap regulations.

We will continue engaging with gender equality experts, business, civil society organisations and local authorities to ensure we are making sufficient progress, including through the Voluntary National Review process.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if his Department will collect data from (a) vulnerable and (b) marginalised groups in any assessment of the progress made on implementing Sustainable Development Goal 5 for the Voluntary National Review in 2019.

The Government will be drawing on various sources to collect data and information, and will ensure that a wide range of partners and stakeholders have an opportunity to contribute to the review, including through the Voluntary National Review website that the Government launched on 8 October 2018.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what resources she has allocated to Government Department's to ensure that they have the technical capacity to implement Sustainable Development Goal 5.

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave on 28 June 2018 in relation to question 157230.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Rt. Hon. Member for Meriden representing the Church Commissioners what the policy of the Church of England is on fracking on land owned by the Church of England.

All oil and gas deposits in the UK are owned by the Crown. There are no plans for the Church Commissioners to use its land or mineral rights for the purpose of fracking.

As a policy, The Church Commissioners do not seek applications for seismic drilling/exploration and fracking. Allowing seismic testing/exploratory drilling does not imply approval of fracking, litigation risks arise for landowners should they wish to oppose a request to carry out geophysical surveys on their land. The Church Commissioners seek to minimise this risk.

The Church Commissioners are responsible landowners and landlords and we seek to protect both our interests and those of our tenants. The Church does not have an official position on fracking and recognises it’s a controversial and evolving issue and people within the church hold a range of views. The Church of England issued a Briefing Paper on Shale Gas and Fracking in December 2016 which can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/shale-gas-and-fracking.pdf

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward regulations to clarify the legal protections that third party companies receive with regard to stock and stock lists which are held by online retailers; and if he will make a statement.

No, given the rights and obligations of businesses holding stock on behalf of third parties are well-established and in the event of a dispute it is for the courts to determine the outcome, based on the facts of the case.

11th Apr 2019
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on improving prosecution rates for knife crime.

Government departments are working quickly to tackle this serious issue.

As part of our strong response, the Prime Minister hosted a Serious Youth Violence Summit at 10 Downing Street, with the support of the Home Secretary, from 1 to 4 April, which I took part in.

The Summit will now lead on to an increased programme of work across Government and beyond that will be overseen by a new Ministerial Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister, to drive action across Government.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Attorney General , how many and what proportion of referrals to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department have come from (a) local authorities, (b) hospital trusts, (c) coroners and (d) other organisations and individuals in each year since 2012.

The following table provides the number of referrals received from (a) local authorities, (b) hospital trusts, (c) coroners and (d) other organisations and individuals in each financial year since 2012:

Local Authorities

Hospital Trusts

Coroners

Other Organisations and Individuals

2011-2012

850

167

7

731

2012-2013

848

151

2

659

2013-2014

827

155

2

980

2014-2015

684

79

7

4155

2015-2016

653

101

4

2372

2016-2017

568

89

2

984

2017-2018

909

108

1

1752

2018-to date

438

61

0

1158

These figures relate to intestate estates only and do not include companies.

The following table provides the breakdown by percentage of total number of referrals in the same period:

Total Number of Referrals

Local Authorities

Hospital Trusts

Coroners

Other Organisations and Individuals

2011-2012

1755

48.4%

9.5%

0.4%

41.7%

2012-2013

1660

51.1%

9.1%

0.1%

39.7%

2013-2014

1964

42.1%

7.9%

0.1%

49.9%

2014-2015

4925

13.9%

1.6%

0.1%

84.4%

2015-2016

3130

20.9%

3.2%

0.1%

75.8%

2016-2017

1643

34.6%

5.4%

0.1%

59.9%

2017-2018

2770

32.8%

3.9%

0.05%

63.25%

2018-to date

1657

26.4%

3.7%

0%

69.9%

29th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Question 38182 tabled on 22 July 2021, when he plans to respond to the letter of 12 March 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on the Good Friday Agreement, reference ZA55909.

The Government recognises the great importance of the effective and timely handling of correspondence, and I apologise for the significant delay in responding to the important points raised by the hon. Member on behalf of her constituent.

We have responded to the hon. Member’s letter, which was received in May, on 8 November.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 18 June 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire regarding social distancing measures at the G7 summit, reference ZA56790.

A reply has been sent.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 28 July 2021 from the hon. member for West Lancashire, transferred to his Department from the Department for Health and Social Care, on covid-19 vaccine certification, reference ZA57209.

A response was sent to the hon. Member by Lord True, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, on 8 October.

22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. member for West Lancashire, of 12 March 2021, on the Good Friday Agreement, reference ZA55909.

The Government recognises the great importance of the effective and timely handling of correspondence, and I apologise for the significant delay in responding to the important points raised by the hon. Member on behalf of her constituent.

We have responded to the hon. Member’s letter, which was received in May, on 8 November.

13th Apr 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 10 February 2021, ref ZA55528, on flooded subways in Skelmersdale.

My Office has no record of receiving this letter. I have asked my Office to contact the Hon Member’s Office to re-send the correspondence and arrange for a reply to be sent.

1st Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential exemption of maritime key workers from covid-19 quarantine restrictions, in line with previous exemptions granted.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ132929.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Nov 2020
What plans the Government has to implement the recommendations of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russia.

The Government welcomed the ISC’s report on Russia. The Government's response to the report was published on the same day as its release.

21st Oct 2020
What steps the Government is taking to help protect disabled people from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

We are ensuring that disabled people continue to have access to disability benefits and other financial support; the food, medicines and essential goods that they need; as well as accessible communications and updated guidance.

The Department for Work and Pensions are helping disabled people stay in work and enter work through a range of programmes, including Access to Work and Disability Confident, the Work and Health Programme, and the Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people in each Government Department that left work as a result of a (a) disability and (b) long-term health condition in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017 and (iii) 2018.

Information on the number of people in each government department who left work as a result of a disability or a long-term health condition is not held centrally by Cabinet Office.

The Civil Service is committed to becoming the UK’s most inclusive employer by 2020; which means attracting and retaining the best talent from all diverse backgrounds, including those with a disability.

To achieve this, Sir Philip Rutnam, CS Disability Champion, has set out a clear vision for a disability confident and disability inclusive Civil Service; with a specific priority to develop and retain disabled talent. These include; ensuring our disabled staff have access to effective and timely workplace adjustments and access to mainstream talent development programmes and positive action schemes to enable disabled staff to thrive and realise their full potential. https://civilservice.blog.gov.uk/2016/03/22/my-priorities-as-civil-service-disability-champion/

The Civil Service publishes annual statistics on the number of disabled employees. These show that the proportion of civil servants who are declared disabled has increased every year since 2010, from 7.6% in 2010 to 11.7% in 2019.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
25th Feb 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance he provides to local authorities in the Duchies of (a) Lancaster and (b) Cornwall on procedures relating to the estates of people for whom they assume responsibility for a public health funeral.

The Cabinet Office does not hold information on public health funerals.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what processes are in place to enable public sector procurement organisations to monitor the competency of electrical workers on Government-funded construction projects.

The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 require the principle contractor to check that anyone they appoint has the skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to carry out their work safely and without risk to health.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government currently has any compiled reports which have been awaiting publication for over 6 months.

This information is not collated or held centrally.

25th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the document, The Approvals Process for the Creation of New Arm’s-length Bodies what steps he is taking to ensure that Arms-length Bodies including (a) CMS and (b) UKVI, are adequately (i) resourced, (i) operating effectively, and (iii) performance managed to deal with hon Member’s casework in a timely manner.

Individual sponsor departments are ultimately responsible for the resourcing and performance management of their arm's length bodies (ALBs). All ALBs are subject to a tailored review or equivalent at least once in the lifetime of a Parliament. The Cabinet Office's tailored review guidance sets out the principles for government departments to use when reviewing ALBs. These principles aim to ensure ALBs remain fit for purpose, well governed and properly accountable for what they do.

The Child Maintenance Service and UK Visas and Immigration are operational units of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office respectively and so are not ALBs.

The Cabinet Office classification guidance sets out what is classified as an ALB (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/classification-of-public-bodies-information-and-guidance).

18th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of systems to maintain ethical standards for people who hold public office.

All those who hold public office are expected to maintain high standards of behaviour and uphold the highest standards of propriety. The Government is confident that the relevant Codes of Conduct for Ministers, Special Advisers and Civil Servants clearly set out the standards of behaviour expected of them in their roles.

Furthermore, all public office holders are expected to observe the Seven Principles of Public Life which are included within these codes.

26th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he is taking to that ensure public services are protected against cyber-attacks.

The Government takes the threat of cyber attacks against public services very seriously. We support public service providers in improving their cyber resilience and encourage all organisations to implement the advice and guidance developed by National Cyber Security Centre’s experts and published on their website.

In addition, the Government's Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programme provides four key services for use across the public sector. This includes Web Check which performs simple tests on public sector websites to find security issues and suggest fixes.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
19th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the number of Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman cases that have been awaiting allocation to an investigator for (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) three months, (d) four months, (e) five months, (f) six months, (g) seven months, (h) eight months and (i) nine months.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is independent of Government and is accountable to Parliament through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee for its performance.

The Ombudsman publishes quarterly reports online about performance against their service charter and their Annual Report and Resource Accounts are laid before Parliament and includes information on timeliness of replies.

The Ombudsman has agreed to write to the Hon. Member on these issues and copies will be placed in the Library of the House.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department issues guidance to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on timescales for responding to complaints that have been referred by Members of Parliament.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is independent of Government and is accountable to Parliament through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee for its performance.

The Ombudsman publishes quarterly reports online about performance against their service charter and their Annual Report and Resource Accounts are laid before Parliament and includes information on timeliness of replies.

The Ombudsman has agreed to write to the Hon. Member on these issues and copies will be placed in the Library of the House.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the response times of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to complaints referred by Members of Parliament.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is independent of Government and is accountable to Parliament through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee for its performance.

The Ombudsman publishes quarterly reports online about performance against their service charter and their Annual Report and Resource Accounts are laid before Parliament and includes information on timeliness of replies.

The Ombudsman has agreed to write to the Hon. Member on these issues and copies will be placed in the Library of the House.

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current rate of men diagnosed with prostate cancer is and what the change in that rate over the last (a) five and (b) 10 years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

25th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to assess the handling of personal data by government departments.

We take data protection extremely seriously and monitor data security closely.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to support youth services.

We continue to offer practical support to the youth sector by promoting innovative delivery models for youth services and supporting organisations to measure their impact and demonstrate their value.

We have also provided over 130,000 opportunities for young people through National Citizen Service.

23rd Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many incidences of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer were diagnosed in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14; and what proportion of cancer deaths were attributable to GI cancer in those years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

18th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans respond to the letter of 3 October 2022 from the Hon. Member for West Lancashire, reference ZA60665, relating to the cost of home heating oil.

I wrote to the honourable Member on 21 November in response to the letters from 13 September and 3 October about rising fuel costs.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when plans to respond to the letter of 13 September 2022 from the Hon. Member for West Lancashire, reference ZA60601 relating to the rising prices of oil, liquid petroleum gas and solid fuel.

I wrote to the honourable Member on 21 November in response to the letters from 13 September and 3 October about rising fuel costs.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement in the House of Commons on 8 September 2022, how local support for developers seeking planning permission for natural gas fracturation will be measured.

The Government expects industry to work closely with communities in order to gather the local support needed, as well as to determine what kind of community benefits will be put in place.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what data was used to inform the policy announced by the Prime Minister on 8 September 2022, to end the Government's moratorium on fracking.

As the British Geological Survey’s report makes clear, predicting seismic events induced by hydraulic fracturing remains a scientific challenge for the geoscience community. It also makes clear that to improve our understanding we need more exploratory sites to gather the necessary data.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his estimate is for the carbon payback time for the Drax power station in North Yorkshire.

The Government only supports biomass that complies with strict sustainability criteria. In a sustainably managed forest, there will be stands of trees each of different ages, which will be harvested in gradual sequence, and replaced, as they reach maturity. There is evidence to suggest that the overall age profile of the forest therefore remains constant, and carbon sequestration can be maintained decade after decade.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 20 October 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire, formally transferred to his Department from the Department of Environment. Food and Rural Affairs on 3 November 2021, reference ZA58082.

I thank the Hon. Member for bringing this to my attention, a response has now been issued.

5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire, dated 18 August 2021, transferred to his Department from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in a letter dated 10 September 2021, reference ZA57377.

I thank the Hon. Member for bringing this to my attention, a response has now been issued.

1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the chimney stack emissions of carbon dioxide were in MWh from the burning of (a) coal and (b) wood pellets at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years.

BEIS does not collect this information. This information is held by the Environment Agency (EA), as part of their Pollution Inventory.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the letter of 4 June 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on licensing for carbon capture and storage, reference ZA56684.

I wrote to the Hon. Member on 26 August about licence requirements for carbon capture and storage.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)