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Sarah Atherton

Conservative - Wrexham

4 APPG memberships (as of 4 May 2022)
Armed Forces Covenant, Carers, Estonia, Falkland Islands
1 Former APPG membership
Veterans
Sarah Atherton has no previous appointments


Department Event
Monday 13th June 2022
14:30
Ministry of Defence
Oral questions - Main Chamber
13 Jun 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Defence (including Topical Questions)
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 15th June 2022
09:30
Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 15th June 2022
10:30
Division Votes
Tuesday 24th May 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 283 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 208
Speeches
Monday 16th May 2022
City of Culture 2025: Wrexham’s Bid
It is an honour to have been granted this Adjournment debate on Wrexham’s bid for city of culture 2025.

We …
Written Answers
Tuesday 26th April 2022
Falkland Islands: Armed Forces
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to injured Falkland Islands service personnel on operations, what his …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Monday 21st June 2021
Miniature Mobile Phones (Prohibition of Sale) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to prohibit the sale of miniature mobile phones; and for connected purposes.
Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
Tuesday 3rd May 2022
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd (CFI Ltd)
Address of donor: PO Box 72288, London, SW1P 9LB
Estimate …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Sarah Atherton has voted in 443 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Sarah Atherton 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
6 Dec 2021 - Armed Forces Bill - View Vote Context
Sarah Atherton voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 300 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 302 Noes - 221
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(12 debate interactions)
Simon Hart (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(6 debate interactions)
James Cleverly (Conservative)
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
(5 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(62 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(12 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(9 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(8 debate contributions)
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Wrexham Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Wrexham signature proportion
Petition Open
153
of 113,616 signatures (0.14%)
Petition Open
101
of 188,034 signatures (0.05%)
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Petition Debates Contributed

12 kids in the UK are diagnosed with cancer daily. 1 in 5 will die within 5 years, often of the deadliest types like DIPG (brainstem cancer) - fatal on diagnosis & other cancers on relapse. Yet there has been little, or no, funding for research into these cancers and little, or no, progress.


Latest EDMs signed by Sarah Atherton

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Commons initiatives

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

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Sarah Atherton has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Sarah Atherton

Monday 16th May 2022

1 Bill introduced by Sarah Atherton


A Bill to prohibit the sale of miniature mobile phones; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Monday 21st June 2021

Sarah Atherton has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


45 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for Wrexham in relation to (a) job creation, (b) investment in the local economy and (c) trading opportunities of the Government's HyNet North West Hydrogen energy project.

Last month, the Government announced that HyNet has been sequenced onto ‘Track-1’ under the CCUS Cluster Sequencing process, for deployment in the mid-2020s. Amongst other things, this decision considered the cluster’s potential to deliver benefits to the regional economy, including through the development of the hydrogen economy in both North Wales – including Wrexham – and the North West of England.

The Government estimates that CCUS could support up to 50,000 green jobs by 2030, along with over 9,000 supported by low carbon hydrogen. These jobs are set to be concentrated in the UK’s industrial heartlands, including in North Wales.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has been made on securing private investment to help take over the Wylfa Nuclear Power site, following Hitachi's withdrawal.

The Wylfa Newydd site remains a candidate for new nuclear power. The Government is aware of the strong interest and support in North Wales for the development of this site continues to discuss proposals for at Wylfa Newydd with a range of viable companies and investors.

The Government has set out a new £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund towards the development of nuclear projects. More details of the Fund and how it will operate will be released in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of both Government and private investment at the Wylfa Nuclear plant in North Wales on (a) job creation in North Wales, (b) economic investment in North Wales and (c) the Government's commitment to decarbonisation.

New nuclear projects can deliver significant local, regional, and national economic benefits, including high-skilled employment, to the UK. Government would expect to see similar levels of economic impacts to those at Hinkley in the regions where future power stations might be built.

The construction of Hinkley Point C has to-date seen EDF spend £3.5 billion in the south-west and it is estimated that a large-scale nuclear plant would support around 10,000 jobs at peak of construction.

The recently published Net Zero Strategy confirms that Government recognises the key role Nuclear will play in helping the UK to deliver on Net Zero. We are likely to need new nuclear capacity in order to meet our carbon reduction commitments, so we continue to engage with credible developers and investors on their proposals for future projects including Wylfa. The government has set out a new £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund towards the development of nuclear projects. More details of the Fund and how it will operate will be released in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Wylfa Nuclear Power site in North Wales to the Government's (a) net zero strategy and (b) the commitment to source all the UK electricity from clean energy sources by 2035.

The Government is aware of the strong interest and support in North Wales for the development of this site and continues to discuss new projects with viable companies and investors wishing to develop sites including Wylfa Newydd.

The Net Zero Strategy is clear that nuclear is an important part of our plans to achieve net zero. Nuclear power stations provide firm low carbon power, which is required to complement variable renewable generation in order to ensure a low cost, stable, reliable, low carbon system in 2050.

The Government has set out a new £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund towards the development of nuclear projects. More details of the Fund and how it will operate will be released in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Feb 2021
What steps his Department is taking to tackle late payments to small businesses.

We recently strengthened the Prompt Payment Code and have consulted on new powers for the Small Business Commissioner. The Commissioner is very active in highlighting these issues and to date has intervened to recover £7.8 million for small businesses experiencing payment issues.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support charities during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has provided a multi-billion-pound package of Covid-19 support which charities and civil society organisations have been able to access to help them continue their vital work.

Charities are benefiting from the extension of unprecedented cross-economy support including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans and £4.6 billion in lockdown grants for closed premises.

In addition, charities, social enterprises and other voluntary sector organisations have received a £750 million targeted support package and £150 million unlocked from dormant bank and building society accounts.

27th Apr 2020
What progress his Department has made on delivering the Shared Rural Network.

The Government announced on 9 March that it had agreed a £1 billion deal with the mobile network operators to deliver the Shared Rural Network. This will see operators collectively increase mobile phone coverage throughout the UK to 95% by end-2025, underpinned by legally binding coverage commitments. The site deployment plans will be managed by the operators themselves to best deliver the agreed coverage outcomes by the licence obligation enforcement date.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure children have access to breakfast clubs in the school holidays during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Decisions around school funding and the provision of school food including breakfast clubs are a matter for the devolved administrations.


Data is not held on the number of schools operating breakfast clubs. However, schools have the freedom to run before school childcare and breakfast clubs.

The government is committed to continuing support for breakfast clubs in England in schools in disadvantaged areas. A further £24 million has been invested to continue our national programme for the next two years. This funding will support around 2,500 schools in disadvantaged areas in England, including Opportunity Areas. This will mean that thousands of children from low income families will be offered free nutritious breakfasts to better support their attainment, wellbeing and readiness to learn.

The department is investing up to £220 million in the Holiday Activities and Food programme in 2021. Taking place in schools and community venues across England, delivery began at Easter, ran across the summer and will run in the Christmas holidays. The programme supports disadvantaged children, and their families, by providing them with healthy food and enriching activities during the school holidays.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools currently use or provide breakfast clubs in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Scotland.

Decisions around school funding and the provision of school food including breakfast clubs are a matter for the devolved administrations.


Data is not held on the number of schools operating breakfast clubs. However, schools have the freedom to run before school childcare and breakfast clubs.

The government is committed to continuing support for breakfast clubs in England in schools in disadvantaged areas. A further £24 million has been invested to continue our national programme for the next two years. This funding will support around 2,500 schools in disadvantaged areas in England, including Opportunity Areas. This will mean that thousands of children from low income families will be offered free nutritious breakfasts to better support their attainment, wellbeing and readiness to learn.

The department is investing up to £220 million in the Holiday Activities and Food programme in 2021. Taking place in schools and community venues across England, delivery began at Easter, ran across the summer and will run in the Christmas holidays. The programme supports disadvantaged children, and their families, by providing them with healthy food and enriching activities during the school holidays.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
9th Jan 2020
What recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on arrangements for the UK leaving the EU.

The UK Government remains committed to working closely with the devolved administrations on EU Exit. Our most recent discussions with the devolved administrations took place last Thursday at the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations.

29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ensure that potential future trade agreements with (a) Canada and (b) Australia make provision for British nationals living in those Commonwealth countries to have their state pensions uprated in line with inflation.

There have been no discussions between the Secretary of State for International Trade and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on this point, as state pensions are not in scope for our trade agreement negotiations with Australia and Canada.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase testing capacity for heavy goods vehicle drivers in Wales.

The number of available HGV driving tests across Great Britain has increased by 90% compared to pre-pandemic levels and currently stands at 3,200 tests per week. This includes increases in availability at driving test centres in Wales and Welsh drivers can also book test slots in England or Wales. Test capacity now exceeds demand and the provision of vocational tests is not a barrier to people becoming HGV drivers.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has appointed customer account managers to help trainers access vocational driving tests where and when they need them.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department will use to assess the electric scooter pilot projects; and if the pilot is successful whether privately owned electric scooters will be legally allowed on UK roads.

The Department is preparing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan to gather evidence from the trials. This will assess the safety risks presented by e-scooters, the mode shift to e-scooters from other forms of transport, public perceptions around their use?and identify other impacts that should be considered for any?potential?future legalisation of e-scooters.

From the evidence gathered during trials, the responses to the Future of Transport regulatory review call for evidence and other research, the Government will consider whether to legalise both rental and privately-owned e-scooters.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on identifying people who are veterans in an application for claiming benefits.

With Universal Credit claimants will have an initial interview with their Work Coach as part of the application process. This discussion will cover their career history and skills and qualifications etc, which identifies veterans.

The Department is also continuing to look at what other opportunities might be available to better identify and record data on veterans on the Universal Credit system and has regular conversations with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). This is part of a much wider piece of work involving a number of Departments, including the MOD and the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, to improve the collection and use of data relating to veterans.

DWP is proud to provide vital and significant support to veterans which recognises their particular needs and circumstances, including through Armed Forces Champions in each Jobcentre Plus District. For example, early voluntary entry to the Work and Health Programme, and using Service Medical Board evidence where we can so a severely disabled person does not have to undergo additional examinations for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit purposes. We are also able to signpost veterans to other organisations for further support where appropriate.

The department is a supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant which helps ensure members of the armed forces community have access to government support in a number of areas, including:

  • Starting a new career
  • Access to healthcare
  • Education and family well-being
  • Having a home
  • Financial assistance
  • Discounted services, including travel
Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of uprating in line with inflation the state pensions of British nationals living in (a) Commonwealth countries and (b) other countries.

The policy on the up-rating of UK State Pensions paid to recipients living outside of the UK is clear and is a long-standing policy of successive post-war Governments that has been in place for over 70 years. The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and the annual index-linked increases are paid to UK State Pension recipients where there is a legal requirement to do so. For example, where UK State Pension recipients are living in countries where there is a reciprocal agreement that provides for the uprating of the UK State Pension. The Government has no plans to change this policy.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of splitting the reported data on covid-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test by people who are (a) fully vaccinated, (b) single vaccinated and (c) not vaccinated.

Public Health England assessed that it would be in the public interest to publish data on COVID-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test by vaccination status. This data is published in the weekly vaccine surveillance report, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccine-surveillance-report

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to publish details on the awarding of health contracts during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department publishes information on all the contracts it awards, including those relating to goods and service procured in response to COVID- 19, through Contract Award Notices in the Official Journal of the European Union, Find a Tender awarded opportunity notices for each contract are also published on Contracts Finder.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing inconsistencies in the way that the nutrient profiling model scores breakfast cereal products, whereby some are scored as consumed and others are scored on a dry weight basis.

Public Health England has not undertaken an assessment. The current nutrient profile score for breakfast cereals developed by the Food Standards Agency in 2004 is calculated on 100 grams of the product as sold, on a dry weight basis.

The possible implications of applying the nutrient profiling model from per 100 gram basis to per portion basis was considered as part of the 2007 review of the effectiveness of the nutrient profiling model to reduce the exposure of children to unhealthy advertising during children’s television programming. It was recommended to retain the 100 gram base to avoid unnecessary complexity as there are few United Kingdom dietary recommendations on portion sizes and inconsistent portion sizes used on food or drink packs.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the consumption of breakfast cereals (a) with and (b) without milk; and how that information is reflected in the nutrient profiling model.

No data is held on the consumption of breakfast cereal with milk. Consumption of breakfast cereals without milk is reported in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS). The most recent NDNS report was published in December 2020 and presents findings for 2016/17 to 2018/19. The report is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/ndns-results-from-years-9-to-11-2016-to-2017-and-2018-to-2019

The nutrient profiling model is used to identify products that are high in fat, salt or sugar in line with advertising restrictions rather than how the foods are eaten or consumption behaviour.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has conducted analysis of consumer (a) understanding of the nutrient profiling model and (b) awareness of categories that are scored as consumed compared with on a dry weight basis.

The United Kingdom nutrient profiling model (UK NPM) is a tool used by regulators, industry and stakeholders and is not consumer facing, therefore no assessment has been made of consumer understanding or awareness of categories scored as consumed compared with on a dry weight basis.

The UK NPM was developed to identify products that are high in fat, salt or sugar in line with advertising restrictions. The model is not intended to reflect how the foods are eaten or consumption behaviour.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing Barnett Consequentials to Wales for the additional payments offered to victims of the contaminated blood scandal under the England Infected Blood Support Scheme announced in April 2019.

There are disparities in financial and non-financial support for those infected and affected by the contaminated blood tragedy across the United Kingdom. The Department of Health and Social Care is working with the Cabinet Office, the Treasury and Departments of Health across the UK’s devolved administrations to address these disparities.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment she has made of the effect on women's income of excluding reusable sanitary underwear from the new zero rate of VAT.

A zero rate of VAT has applied to women’s sanitary products since 1 January 2021. This applies to those products which were previously subject to the reduced rate of 5 per cent, for example, tampons and pads, and to reusable menstrual products, such as keepers.

The relief specifically excludes articles of clothing, such as “period pants”. Such exclusions are designed to ensure that the relief is properly targeted, since difficulties in policing the scope of the relief create the potential for litigation, erosion of the tax base and a reduction in revenue. Under existing rules “period pants” may already qualify for the zero rate, if they have been specifically designed to be worn by a child, meet the sizing criteria, and are held out for sale specifically for use by girls under the age of 14 years old.

Details are provided in VAT Notice 714: zero-rating young children's clothing and footwear: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-714-zero-rating-young-childrens-clothing-and-footwear/vat-notice-714-zero-rating-young-childrens-clothing-and-footwear#items-suitable-only-for-young-children.

The Treasury, along with other relevant departments, carefully considers the impact of its decisions on those sharing protected characteristics, including at Budgets and other fiscal events, in line with both its legal obligations and with its commitment to promoting fairness.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason there is not a direct debit option on the HMRC online account website to help employers (a) logging and (b) paying employee contributions that remain constant throughout the year.

Employers can pay their PAYE/NIC liability by Direct Debit. However, it is currently only possible to make single Direct Debit payments.

This is because the amount owed can include elements which do not have to be reported to HMRC until too close to the payment deadline to allow HMRC to automatically collect tax due by Direct Debit. Even the most straightforward employer schemes may have variances in the amount due to HMRC throughout the year meaning a continuing Direct Debit for a set amount would not be appropriate.

HMRC do recognise the benefits of enabling employers to pay this way and are looking at how they can overcome these issues in order to allow employers to set up a recurring Direct Debit.

1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of collecting data on the number of assaults on retail workers in England and Wales by local authority area, separate to the Commercial Victimisation Survey.

The Government conducted a call for evidence on violence and abuse toward shop staff to understand the extent of the issue and how we can work with retailers and police to improve the response to these crimes. The Government’s formal response was published 7 July 2020 and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-and-abuse-toward-shop-staff-call-for-evidence

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
7th Jun 2021
What steps her Department is taking to increase financial support for the police.

In February, the Government published a total police funding settlement of up to £15.8 billion in 2021/22.

This is an increase of up to £600 million compared to 2020/21 and cements our commitment to give the police the resources they need to keep the public safe.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of offering a covid-19 vaccine to police officers who will be working at the G7 Summit.

The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines is being delivered in line with the guidance of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This prioritises those who are most likely to suffer the most serious health outcomes as a result of catching the virus, where age is assessed to be the most significant factor. Police officers will continue to be vaccinated in line with the JCVI-guided prioritisation, and many will have received at least a first dose ahead of the G7 Summit in June.

We recognise the importance of Personal Protective Equipment for all of those on the frontline and continue to work with the police to ensure officers receive the essential equipment they need in order to carry out their jobs safely.

The health and safety of all staff and attendees at the Summit, and local residents in Cornwall, is paramount. Government will take all necessary measures to ensure that the G7 Summit is fully COVID-secure.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to injured Falkland Islands service personnel on operations, what his Department's policy is on (a) flying next of kin to the location of injured service personnel and (b) repatriating service personnel back to the Falklands if necessary.

The Department's relevant policies are contained within Joint Service Publication 751 (Joint Casualty and Compassionate Policy and Procedures). Up to three family members or friends are eligible for travel, at public expense, to visit a dangerously ill or injured Service person (SP), if it benefits the SP to do so and the location is deemed safe for visitors. Repatriation of SP will also be paid for at public expense. The policy includes travel from/to anywhere in the world, including the Falkland Islands.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of when the Defence Recruitment System will again be operational online.

The Army, in collaboration with Defence Digital, is working hard to resume digital recruiting through the Defence Recruitment System (DRS) as soon as possible. In the meantime, the Army has enacted its Business Continuity Plan, while DRS remains offline.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Government's response to the Defence Committee's Second Report on Protecting those who protect us: Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life, published in December 2021, what progress he has made on scoping hosting an international conference in 2022 with partner nations.

We are grateful to all the women who contributed to the Defence Committee's report and continue to implement the bold changes necessary in this area. As stated in our response, Defence is committed to understanding best practice within other Armed Forces and Government Departments. As part of this, we are well advanced in our planning to host an international conference this year with partner nations and learn with our allies who share similar challenges. Further details on the conference will be published in due course.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of when HMS Somerset will (a) commence sea trials and (b) be programmed for re-entry into service.

The Type 23 frigate class is continually being updated and upgraded to meet new threats or to replace obsolete technology, this is achieved via a Through Life Management Plan.

On current plans, HMS SOMERSET is expected to commence sea trials in early 2022 and is currently anticipated to be ready to generate training and operations later in the year.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Triumph will start her re-fit program; and what the anticipated date is that she will re-enter service.

The Government does not disclose operational information about Royal Navy submarines, as to do so could prejudice the capability, effectiveness, or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the six Type 45 Destroyers will be (a) fitted with a Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile, (b) the first to undergo the fitting of the Sea Ceptor and when and (c) the last to undergo the fitting of the Sea Ceptor and when that fitting will be complete.

Elements of the Sea Ceptor weapon system, including the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM), will be integrated into the Sea Viper (SV) weapon system on all six Type 45 Destroyers. On current plans, the first ship is expected to achieve SV-CAMM Initial Operating Capability by early 2027 with the whole fleet rollout completed by the end of 2032. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to receive the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's standing and future operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that all naval vessels have upgraded computer operating systems which are compatible with onshore systems.

Current legacy Computer Information Systems will be replaced imminently to ensure optimum compatibility for naval vessels. On current plans, the first installation of the new upgraded system is expected to commence in late 2021.

In addition, there is a funded programme of work to upgrade and maintain legacy systems and to ensure accreditation and interoperability is maintained.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Type 45 Destroyer ship will next undergo upgrades as part of the Power Improvement Package; and what the timescales are for the completion of upgrades on each of the six ships.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave on 22 September 2021 in response to questions 51039 and 51040.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a cruise missile service on the Type 45 Destroyers.

There are currently no plans to fit a cruise missile capability to Type 45 destroyers.

The Royal Navy has an effective submarine launch cruise missile capability. On a routine basis, we will continue to assess the utility and need for surface-launched cruise missiles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the procurement of the interim surface-to-surface missile guided weapon to replace the Harpoon on the six Type 45 Destroyer ships until the Future Anti-Ship Missile System is serviced.

We continue to scope options for the Royal Navy’s next surface to surface guided weapon system, alongside wider lethality requirements, to allow us to deliver on the commitments outlined in the Integrated Review. No final decisions have yet been made.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescales are for the completion of the Type 45 destroyer Power Improvement Package (PIP) upgrade.

HMS DAUNTLESS, the first of class ship to receive the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) conversion, is at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead where equipment is being set to work following installation. The next phase of the programme will see HMS DAUNTLESS undertake a rigorous trials programme in harbour and subsequently at sea.

HMS DARING has been moved to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead and will be the second Type 45 Destroyer to undergo her PIP conversion.

It is planned that all six Type 45 ships will have received the PIP conversion by the mid-2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's standing and future operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the progress of the Type 45 destroyers upgrade programme.

HMS DAUNTLESS, the first of class ship to receive the Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP) conversion, is at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead where equipment is being set to work following installation. The next phase of the programme will see HMS DAUNTLESS undertake a rigorous trials programme in harbour and subsequently at sea.

HMS DARING has been moved to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead and will be the second Type 45 Destroyer to undergo her PIP conversion.

It is planned that all six Type 45 ships will have received the PIP conversion by the mid-2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's standing and future operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed forces personnel exposed to covid-19 in the course of their duties will be able to claim compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme provides compensation for injury, illness, or death which was caused by service in the UK Armed Forces on or after 6 April 2005. Personnel who believe they have contracted Covid-19 in the course of their duties may apply for compensation from the Scheme, as they would with any other injury or illness caused by Service. The Armed Forces Pension scheme also provides benefits for injury, illness, or death, regardless of the cause of illness or death.

19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent statistics he has on the number of homeless people with a military background.

Our veterans have played a vital role in keeping our country safe and we owe them a duty to ensure they are provided with all the support they need to successfully adjust back into civilian life.

The annual Statutory Homeless Release for April 2019 to March 2020 showed that of the total number of households assessed as owed a homelessness duty, 0.7 per cent had a support need relating to having served in Her Majesty’s armed forces.

The Homelessness Reduction Act requires certain public authorities to refer members of the regular forces in England they consider to be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days to a local housing authority, with the individual’s consent. A person who is vulnerable as a result of having been a member of Her Majesty’s regular armed forces has a priority need for accommodation. Former members of the armed forces will include a person who was previously a member of the regular naval, military or air forces.

3rd Nov 2020
What steps his Department is taking to help reduce the spread of covid-19 in prisons.

As community rates increase, the risk of outbreaks in prisons inevitably rises. We have planned for this and have a range of measures in place, informed by public health advice, to protect our staff, prisoners and the NHS over Winter.

Our hard-working prison staff are continuing to implement regimes that have been adapted for safety, with social distancing and PPE use. We are also quarantining new arrivals, isolating those with symptoms, and shielding the vulnerable.

These interventions are supporting us to minimise importation, limit the spread of infection and protect against explosive outbreaks.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Sep 2020
What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the response to the covid-19 outbreak in prisons.

From the start of the pandemic our priority in prisons has been on protecting staff, prisoners, the NHS and the wider community from outbreaks in custody. Thanks to the hard work of prison staff we have so far been successful in achieving this, although we are not complacent and know challenges remain over the autumn and winter.

In March Public Health England (PHE) modelled an expected 2,300 deaths in prisons. We took decisive action to avoid thousands of prisoners and staff becoming infected with the virus. These included minimising movement between prisons and introducing measures to shield the vulnerable, isolate those with symptoms, and quarantine new entrants to custody.

As a result further modelling by PHE showed that our measures were being effective in controlling the spread of the virus, and avoiding widespread local outbreaks. There have to date been 23 prisoner deaths from Covid-19, and in recent months we have begun to ease restrictions in prison establishments. All our actions have been informed by the advice of experts from PHE and will be kept under constant review.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)