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Stephen Flynn

Scottish National Party - Aberdeen South

First elected: 12th December 2019

SNP Westminster Leader

(since December 2022)

Stephen Flynn is not a member of any APPGs
2 Former APPG memberships
Estonia, State Pension Inequality for Women
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Feb 2021 - 6th Dec 2022
UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [Lords]
16th Nov 2022 - 22nd Nov 2022
Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
12th Jan 2022 - 18th Jan 2022
Subsidy Control Bill
20th Oct 2021 - 18th Nov 2021
Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Treasury - Financial Secretary)
7th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Stephen Flynn has voted in 682 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(82 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(64 debate interactions)
Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative)
(27 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(116 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(64 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(44 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2020
(10,286 words contributed)
Financial Services Bill 2019-21
(3,806 words contributed)
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Aberdeen South Petitions

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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).

Stephen Flynn has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Stephen Flynn

26th March 2024
Stephen Flynn signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 26th March 2024

Referral of matters of 21 February 2024 to the Committee of Privileges

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
70 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 24
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 1
5th February 2024
Stephen Flynn signed this EDM on Thursday 14th March 2024

Mortgage prisoners

Tabled by: Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire)
That this House notes the new campaign launched by the UK Mortgage Prisoners Action Group which calls for urgent and sweeping legislative reforms to mortgages to avert further homeowner crises and go some way to righting the current wrongs; understands that there are nearly 200,000 mortgage prisoners who are still …
33 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 17
Labour: 7
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

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

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Stephen Flynn has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Stephen Flynn has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Stephen Flynn has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 50 Written Questions

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21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in his Department (a) have had and (b) plan to hold with relevant stakeholders on potential increased demand on Trading Standards Scotland arising from the (a) UK's departure from the EU, (b) recovery from the covid-19 outbreak and (c) changes in the environmental standards for goods and services.

The role and number of trading standards officers is a matter for local authorities who fund and appoint them to consider.

BEIS officials regularly meet with stakeholders such as Chartered Trading Standards Institute, National Trading Standards Board and Trading Standards Scotland, as well as others, in relation to consumer policy enforcement. However, staffing levels are a matter for local authorities to decide.

21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in his Department (a) have had and (b) plan to hold with relevant stakeholders on increasing the number of trading standards officers to meet potential increase in demand arising from the (a) UK's departure from the EU, (b) recovery from the covid-19 outbreak and (c) changes in the environmental standards for goods and services.

The role and number of trading standards officers is a matter for local authorities who fund and appoint them to consider.

BEIS officials regularly meet with stakeholders such as Chartered Trading Standards Institute, National Trading Standards Board and Trading Standards Scotland, as well as others, in relation to consumer policy enforcement. However, staffing levels are a matter for local authorities to decide.

21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether dedicated (a) capacity and (b) strike price arrangements, to support tidal stream and wave technology, will be included in Contracts for Difference Auction Round 4 in 2021.

The draft auction parameters for the fourth Contracts for Difference allocation round, including the administrative strike prices for wave and tidal stream, and any minima for particular technologies, will be published shortly.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met with representatives of OFGEM to discuss transmission charging costs for renewables projects in Scotland.

BEIS Ministers and officials meet regularly with representatives of Ofgem to discuss a range of energy related matters, including transmission charging arrangements for renewable generation projects in Scotland and across GB.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report published in May 2021 by the Renewables Infrastructure Development Group entitled Charging The Wrong Way, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding in that report that EU electricity generators pay £0.46 per megawatt hour (MWh) in transmission system charges while the average payment in Scotland is £6.42 per MWh.

Transmission charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator, and it is currently reviewing some aspects of these charging arrangements, with plans to consult on proposals this year. The Department is in close touch with Ofgem to understand how its proposals can help support delivery of a secure, net zero energy system at lowest cost for consumers. Most major investment in new renewable generation projects continues to be underpinned by Contracts for Difference arrangements introduced by the UK Government, and for which overseas generators are not eligible to bid.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in Scotland have (a) applied and (b) been approved for a loan from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

As of 31 May, 45,843 loans have been issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), with a total value of £8.92 billion.

Issuing new loans is the priority for lenders and the Government.

At this time, we are unable to provide a breakdown of lending or number of applications by region or devolved nation. We are working with the British Business Bank, HM Treasury and the lenders on regular and transparent data publication going forward.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in Aberdeen have (a) applied and (b) been approved for a loan from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

As of 31 May, 45,843 loans have been issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), with a total value of £8.92 billion.

Issuing new loans is the priority for lenders and the Government.

At this time, we are unable to provide a breakdown of lending or number of applications by region. We are working with the British Business Bank, HM Treasury and the lenders on regular and transparent data publication going forward.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when discussions first took place on an oil and gas sector deal.

In 2018, the upstream oil and gas industry sent BEIS its first proposal for a Sector Deal. This proposal was not formally pursued as a complete package but certain aspects were taken forward, such as establishment of the National Decommissioning Centre which opened in January 2019. Following our manifesto commitment to a transformational oil and gas Sector Deal aligned to the energy transition, we have re-commenced discussions with the industry, which we are committed to delivering this Parliament.

Discussions have been held at both official and Ministerial levels and have also involved the Oil and Gas Authority. This conversation will develop further over the next few months as the sector seeks to develop its proposals and consults with a wide range of stakeholders.

Whilst there is no formal timescale for concluding a Sector Deal we recognise that the challenges facing the sector from the collapse of the oil price and the operational challenges of Covid-19 provide an opportunity to channel the Sector Deal as part of the recovery for the sector.

The meeting of the MER UK Forum on 11 June will provide an opportunity for the sector to bring forward its ideas for a Sector Deal proposal and to discuss these with industry leaders and Ministers.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for the conclusion of discussions on an oil and gas sector deal.

In 2018, the upstream oil and gas industry sent BEIS its first proposal for a Sector Deal. This proposal was not formally pursued as a complete package but certain aspects were taken forward, such as establishment of the National Decommissioning Centre which opened in January 2019. Following our manifesto commitment to a transformational oil and gas Sector Deal aligned to the energy transition, we have re-commenced discussions with the industry, which we are committed to delivering this Parliament.

Discussions have been held at both official and Ministerial levels and have also involved the Oil and Gas Authority. This conversation will develop further over the next few months as the sector seeks to develop its proposals and consults with a wide range of stakeholders.

Whilst there is no formal timescale for concluding a Sector Deal we recognise that the challenges facing the sector from the collapse of the oil price and the operational challenges of Covid-19 provide an opportunity to channel the Sector Deal as part of the recovery for the sector.

The meeting of the MER UK Forum on 11 June will provide an opportunity for the sector to bring forward its ideas for a Sector Deal proposal and to discuss these with industry leaders and Ministers.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce the details of an oil and gas sector deal.

In 2018, the upstream oil and gas industry sent BEIS its first proposal for a Sector Deal. This proposal was not formally pursued as a complete package but certain aspects were taken forward, such as establishment of the National Decommissioning Centre which opened in January 2019. Following our manifesto commitment to a transformational oil and gas Sector Deal aligned to the energy transition, we have re-commenced discussions with the industry, which we are committed to delivering this Parliament.

Discussions have been held at both official and Ministerial levels and have also involved the Oil and Gas Authority. This conversation will develop further over the next few months as the sector seeks to develop its proposals and consults with a wide range of stakeholders.

Whilst there is no formal timescale for concluding a Sector Deal we recognise that the challenges facing the sector from the collapse of the oil price and the operational challenges of Covid-19 provide an opportunity to channel the Sector Deal as part of the recovery for the sector.

The meeting of the MER UK Forum on 11 June will provide an opportunity for the sector to bring forward its ideas for a Sector Deal proposal and to discuss these with industry leaders and Ministers.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sector-specific support has been put in place to support the oil and gas industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has put together a far-reaching package of support to help businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak. We continue to engage extensively with businesses across all sectors, including with the oil and gas industry, to understand current challenges and consider what more we can do in support. Oil and gas staff were amongst those deemed essential workers and have therefore been supported in continuing to work safely, including having access to priority testing for COVID-19.

The Department has rapidly stood up resources to address the twin challenges of COVID-19 and the low oil price following the collapse in global demand, working closely with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the sector to monitor impacts and track and mitigate any risks to critical infrastructure.

Our Manifesto included a commitment to deliver a transformational Sector Deal for the UK’s oil and gas industry. This is likely to focus on the energy transition and will be critically important for the sector as it seeks to recover from the current crisis.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support his Department is planning to ensure a sustainable energy transition for (a) Aberdeen and (b) the north east of Scotland.

The oil and gas industry supports c.270,000 jobs in the UK, around 40% of which are in Scotland, with Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland being a major hub. This sector has a key role to play as we move to a net zero economy. The Department is in early stage discussions with the oil and gas industry over plans for a transformational upstream oil and gas Sector Deal as set out in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019. There is no formal proposal at this early stage of the process.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what new support he plans to put in place to ensure a sustainable energy transition for (a) Aberdeen and (b) the north east of Scotland.

The oil and gas industry supports c.270,000 jobs in the UK, around 40% of which are in Scotland, with Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland being a major hub. This sector has a key role to play as we move to a net zero economy. The Department is in early stage discussions with the oil and gas industry over plans for a transformational upstream oil and gas Sector Deal as set out in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019. There is no formal proposal at this early stage of the process.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for an energy transition zone in Aberdeen.

The Department is in early stage discussions with the oil and gas industry over plans for a transformational upstream oil and gas Sector Deal as set out in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019. My officials have had high-level discussions on ideas around energy transition zones and I will be interested to be updated once a formal detailed proposal is available. At this stage of the process it is too early to discuss whether the proposed Sector Deal will include such plans for Aberdeen.

20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make financial support available for an energy transition zone in Aberdeen.

The Department is in early stage discussions with the oil and gas industry over plans for a transformational upstream oil and gas Sector Deal as set out in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019. My officials have had high-level discussions on ideas around energy transition zones and I will be interested to be updated once a formal detailed proposal is available. At this stage of the process it is too early to discuss whether the proposed Sector Deal will include such plans for Aberdeen.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much emergency covid-19 funding the Government has provided to (a) professional, (b) semi-professional, (c) amateur and (d) youth football in England since the start of the outbreak.

Sports and physical activity providers and facilities are at the heart of our communities, and play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.

Government has provided unprecedented support to businesses through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support, which many sport clubs have benefited from. An income scheme announced in July by the Secretary of State for Local Government, aims to support local authorities who have incurred irrecoverable loss of income from sales, fees and charge which they had reasonably budgeted for. On 22 October, the Government announced a £100m support fund for local authority leisure centres. In addition, Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund has also provided £210 million directly to support community sport clubs and exercise centres through this pandemic.

We are continuing to work with organisations to understand what they need and how we may be able to support them.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of banning betting groups from sponsoring football clubs.

It is right that sporting organisations have the freedom to benefit commercially from their products and negotiate their own broadcasting and sponsorship deals.

But such organisations also have an important role to ensure the agreements they enter into are socially responsible and not detrimental to their fans. Gambling operators too are obliged to ensure that all their sponsorship and marketing activity is done responsibly and never targeted at children or vulnerable people.

The Government has committed to a further review of the Gambling Act to ensure it remains fit for the digital age. Further details will be announced in due course.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review the relationship between gambling companies and English football.

It is right that sporting organisations have the freedom to benefit commercially from their products and negotiate their own broadcasting and sponsorship deals.

But such organisations also have an important role to ensure the agreements they enter into are socially responsible and not detrimental to their fans. Gambling operators too are obliged to ensure that all their sponsorship and marketing activity is done responsibly and never targeted at children or vulnerable people.

The Government has committed to a further review of the Gambling Act to ensure it remains fit for the digital age. Further details will be announced in due course.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many fines the Gambling Commission has issued to gambling businesses that sponsor Premier League football clubs; and what the sum total was of those fines in each year for which figures are available.

The Gambling Commission has issued licences to 2,690 gambling operators. Government does not hold figures on how many of these operators have entered into commercial sponsorship agreements with Premier League football clubs but of the 20 football clubs who currently compete in that league, 10 have front of shirt sponsors who are gambling operators. None of the operators who are currently involved in shirt sponsorship arrangements with Premier League football clubs – either under their own brands or through ‘white label’ partnerships – have been fined by the Gambling Commission for breach of their Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

The Gambling Commission publishes details of regulatory action it has taken on its website, including a list of sanctions imposed upon operators which can be seen here https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/Regulatory-sanctions-register-operators.pdf

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory levy on gambling firms to fund gambling addiction treatment, education and research.

The Gambling Commission requires all operators licensed under the Gambling Act 2005 to make a contribution towards the research, prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm. Most operators donate to GambleAware, a charity which commissions dedicated support for problem gamblers, as well as research and awareness-raising on gambling-related harm. For the 2018-19 financial year, operators donated £9.6m to GambleAware, and industry body the Betting and Gaming Council estimates that operators gave a further £9.7m to other charities. For that same financial year, the gambling sector paid around £3bn to the exchequer in gambling taxes.

GambleAware commission support and treatment services for those suffering through gambling problems, including the National Gambling Helpline and counselling services provided by GamCare. GambleAware commissioned services complement those of NHS England who are scaling up treatment provision for problem gambling as part of the NHS Long-term plan. This will see up to 14 new specialist clinics open in the next 5 years, 2 of which have opened already. The Health Secretary has also announced that a cross-government addiction strategy, to include gambling, will be published in 2020.

In May 2018 the government published its response to the consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility measures, which made clear that if industry failed to provide the funding needed to meet current and future needs, government would consider all options, including a mandatory levy. Following this, in July 2019, five large gambling operators announced that they will increase the amount they give tenfold, from 0.1% to 1% of their gross profits over the next four years, and as part of this have committed to spend £100 million on treatment.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jul 2021
What recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of supply and demand in the UK agricultural sector labour market.

We make use of all available information to understand labour demand and supply, considering both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements. This includes engaging closely with farmers, growers, and industry bodies to consider the latest data and business intelligence. Defra is also working across Government to ensure there is a long-term evidence-based strategy for the agricultural workforce beyond 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department last met with the Aberdeen Harbour Board to discuss a potential free port in Aberdeen.

The Government is working to ensure that we produce an ambitious and attractive Freeport offer that achieves the Prime Minister’s aim of levelling up our regions and attracting business investment across the whole of the UK. In doing so the Government is working with the Devolved Administrations, including the Scottish Government.

Specific locations for Freeports will be chosen through a fair and transparent process. Details will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans the Government has to create a free port in Aberdeen.

The Government is working to ensure that we produce an ambitious and attractive Freeport offer that achieves the Prime Minister’s aim of levelling up our regions and attracting business investment across the whole of the UK. In doing so the Government is working with the Devolved Administrations, including the Scottish Government.

Specific locations for Freeports will be chosen through a fair and transparent process. Details will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government will fund all additional infrastructure required to facilitate a potential free port in Aberdeen.

The Government is working to ensure that we produce an ambitious and attractive Freeport offer that achieves the Prime Minister’s aim of levelling up our regions and attracting business investment across the whole of the UK. In doing so the Government is working with the Devolved Administrations, including the Scottish Government.

Specific locations for Freeports will be chosen through a fair and transparent process. Details will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether an economic impact assessment has been undertaken on a potential free port in Aberdeen.

The Government is working to ensure that we produce an ambitious and attractive Freeport offer that achieves the Prime Minister’s aim of levelling up our regions and attracting business investment across the whole of the UK. In doing so the Government is working with the Devolved Administrations, including the Scottish Government.

Specific locations for Freeports will be chosen through a fair and transparent process. Details will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what additional infrastructure would be necessary to support a free port in Aberdeen.

The Government is working to ensure that we produce an ambitious and attractive Freeport offer that achieves the Prime Minister’s aim of levelling up our regions and attracting business investment across the whole of the UK. In doing so the Government is working with the Devolved Administrations, including the Scottish Government.

Specific locations for Freeports will be chosen through a fair and transparent process. Details will be announced in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has made an economic assessment of the potential merits of the UK implementing covid-19 travel restrictions similar to those implemented by the New Zealand Government.

Our approach to tackling coronavirus is driven by the latest scientific and medical advice. This advice has not recommended a long-term border closure similar to other countries such as New Zealand.

The need for border measures is reviewed every 28 days, to ensure that they remain in line with the latest scientific evidence, and that they continue to be effective and necessary. An economic assessment is completed before measures are implemented and impacts captured through the review process.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to publish an updated economic impact assessment on the effect of HS2 on Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.

Passengers from Aberdeen will be able to connect onto HS2 services from Edinburgh and Glasgow, benefitting from improved connectivity and journeys times to the rest of the network. Better connectivity promotes growth through agglomeration which induces investment and supports the levelling up of the UK economy.

The full business case for HS2 ‘High-Speed 2: Phase One ‘moving Britain Ahead’ was revised and published in April 2020 ‘. HS2 Ltd’s ‘Economic case advice for the DfT’ publication in 2017 provides an illustrative estimate that 5% of the overall transport user benefits will be distributed to passengers from Scotland with the full HS2 network in place. As part of the Integrated Rail Plan we will consider the benefits and the best way to serve Scotland.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish all data her Department holds at a (a) national, (b) regional and (c) local authority level on (i) total jobs started as a result of and (ii) jobs advertised as part of the Kickstart Scheme since that scheme began.

As of the 7th July Approximately 148,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for through the Kickstart Scheme and over 44,000 young people have started Kickstart jobs. There were also over 247,000 jobs approved for funding by the Scheme.

Below are tables listing the number of Kickstart jobs which have been made available and started by young people to date by geographical area of Great Britain and work sector. The figures used are correct as of the 7th July and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Location

Jobs Made Available

Total Jobs Started

East Midlands

9,920

2,570

East of England

11,640

3,100

London

28,750

9,710

North East

5,730

2,030

North West

19,140

5,570

Scotland

10,740

3,830

South East

17,240

4,780

South West

11,030

3000

Wales

8,380

2,260

West Midlands

13,880

3,390

Yorkshire and The Humber

11,530

3,280

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals. Jobs Made Available include 1,000 non-grant funded vacancies and around 900 starts to non-grant funded jobs

Sector

Jobs Made Available

Total Jobs Started

Administration

37,290

11,390

Animal Care

650

370

Beauty & Wellbeing

1,090

350

Business & Finance

5,350

1,580

Computing, Technology & Digital

11,000

4,060

Construction & Trades

4,520

1,450

Creative & Media

11,230

4,510

Delivery & Storage

4,450

1,310

Emergency & Uniform Services

290

80

Engineering & Maintenance

5,210

1,300

Environment & Land

2,760

870

Government Services

550

80

Healthcare

4,480

1,060

Home Services

1,130

210

Hospitality & Food

14,280

3,060

Law & Legal

330

150

Managerial

950

250

Manufacturing

3,520

1,220

Retail & Sales

22,620

7,040

Science & Research

690

190

Social Care

3,660

690

Sports & Leisure

3,580

970

Teaching & Education

7,240

1,620

Transport

550

90

Travel & Tourism

480

140

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals. Jobs Made Available include 1,000 non-grant funded vacancies and around 900 starts to non-grant funded jobs

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many businesses have enrolled in the Kickstart Scheme in (a) Aberdeen and (b) Scotland.

I refer the honourable member to my answer to question 107629, answered on 2 November 2020.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job placements have been provided through the Kickstart Scheme in (a) Aberdeen and (b) Scotland.

I refer the honourable member to my answer to question 107629, answered on 2 November 2020.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the rate of transmission of covid-19 between (a) people who know each other and (b) people who do not know each other.

Public Health England has not made a comparative assessment. We continue to advise that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where they are likely to come into contact with those they do not regularly meet.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he last discussed with Cabinet colleagues the potential merits of the UK implementing covid-19 travel restrictions similar to those implemented by New Zealand.

The Government’s travel corridor policy remains a critical part of the COVID-19 response as it reduces the risk of importing infections from abroad, while at the same time permitting inbound travel from certain destinations without the need for travellers to self-isolate where the risk of importing COVID-19 is deemed sufficiently low. Travel corridors are informed by risk assessments provided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, working closely with Public Health England.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on public health of the UK implementing travel restrictions similar to those implemented by New Zealand during the covid-19 pandemic.

The Government’s travel corridor policy remains a critical part of the COVID-19 response as it reduces the risk of importing infections from abroad, while at the same time permitting inbound travel from certain destinations without the need for travellers to self-isolate where the risk of importing COVID-19 is deemed sufficiently low. Travel corridors are informed by risk assessments provided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, working closely with Public Health England.

11th Jul 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of what the Public Works Loan Board (a) principal and (b) debt repayments for local authorities will be in the 2023-24 financial year.

The Office for Budget Responsibility publishes the official forecast for local authority borrowing and spending in their Economic and Fiscal Outlook, including future spending on principal and debt interest. The latest estimate in the March 2023 forecast is published here: https://obr.uk/efo/economic-and-fiscal-outlook-march-2023/.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Public Works Loan Board (a) principal and (b) debt repayments were for local authorities in the (i) 2020-21, (ii) 2021-22 and (iii) 2022-23 financial year.

Figures for principal and interest repayments to the Public Works Loan Board for the financial years 2020-21 to 2022-23 are published in their annual reports and accounts. Links to those reports can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-work-loans-board-annual-report-and-accounts.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to businesses of administering the new Health and Social Care Levy.

The Health and Social Care Levy will levy a 1.25% tax on taxpayers liable to Class 1, Class 1A, Class 1B and Class 4 National Insurance contributions, via a temporary increase to NICs rates in 2022-23 and a separate Levy from 2023-24. Revenue raised will be ringfenced to support UK health and social care bodies.

The Government has published a Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN) setting out that this measure will affect over 1.6 million employers required to introduce this change, including through one-off familiarisation costs. Further details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-social-care-levy/health-and-social-care-levy.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of free ports on business rates receipts for local authorities.

The UK Government plans to establish Freeports across the UK as soon as possible. These will be national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce, regenerating communities across the UK. Freeports will spread jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities up and down the country by unleashing the economic potential of our ports.

In the UK Government’s recently published consultation response, we outlined that that the UK government is evaluating options for local authorities to retain business rates as part of the Freeports programme. This would apply in England only, or where decisions are not devolved. Further details will be included in the Bidding Prospectus, which will be published in due course.

Where policies are devolved, as in Scotland, the implementation and design of Freeports, including any infrastructure funding, will be a matter for each devolved administration to decide upon - although the UK Government will provide any assistance necessary if requested. The UK Government continues to work collaboratively and openly with the devolved administration in Scotland to deliver at least one Freeport in Scotland as soon as possible.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether funding has been allocated for any infrastructure costs associated with the roll out of free ports in the UK.

The UK Government plans to establish Freeports across the UK as soon as possible. These will be national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce, regenerating communities across the UK. Freeports will spread jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities up and down the country by unleashing the economic potential of our ports.

In the UK Government’s recently published consultation response, we outlined that the Freeports model on offer will provide some seed capital from the UK Government to address infrastructure constraints relevant to Freeports and their surrounding area. This would apply in England only, or where decisions are not devolved. Further details will be included in the Bidding Prospectus, which will be published in due course.

Where policies are devolved, as in Scotland, the implementation and design of Freeports, including any infrastructure funding, will be a matter for each devolved administration to decide upon - although the UK Government will provide any assistance necessary if requested. The UK Government continues to work collaboratively and openly with the devolved administration in Scotland to deliver at least one Freeport in Scotland as soon as possible.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Aberdeen (a) have claimed wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (b) are continuing to pay their workers the additional 20 per cent of their contracted salary.

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20 April. By midnight on 24 May, 1m employers had submitted claims to HMRC representing 8.4m furloughed employments and £15bn.

This is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers in Aberdeen are (a) having their wages paid through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (b) are continuing to receive the final 20 poer cent of their contracted salary from their employer.

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20 April. By midnight on 24 May, 1m employers had submitted claims to HMRC representing 8.4m furloughed employments and £15bn.

This is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total PWLB principal and debt repayments for local authorities in Scotland in the 2020-21 financial year.

The following table details expected Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) repayments in 2020-21 to the nearest £ million, for all UK local authorities and for Scottish local authorities only.

Principal

Interest

Total

UK

£2,700 million

£3,080 million

£5,779 million

o/w Scotland

£372 million

£421 million

£793 million

Most PWLB loans are structured as maturity loans so that local authorities repay no principal in any given year.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Aberdeen have (a) applied and (b) been approved for a loan from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

The Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS), which was launched on 4 May, helps the smallest businesses access loans of up to £50,000 within days.

HM Treasury carefully monitors the progress of the scheme, including by collecting data on applications and loans directly from accredited lenders. However, this data is commercially sensitive and provided in confidence by each lender, so can only be disclosed at an aggregate level.

Since its launch, lenders have approved over 464,000 Bounce Back Loans worth a total value of over £14bn. HM Treasury is now regularly publishing the total number and value of loans approved under the scheme.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Scotland have (a) applied and (b) been approved for a Business Bounce Back Loan.

The Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS), which was launched on 4 May, helps the smallest businesses access loans of up to £50,000 within days.

HM Treasury carefully monitors the progress of the scheme, including by collecting data on applications and loans directly from accredited lenders. However, this data is commercially sensitive and provided in confidence by each lender, so can only be disclosed at an aggregate level.

Since its launch, lenders have approved over 464,000 Bounce Back Loans worth a total value of over £14bn. HM Treasury is now regularly publishing the total number and value of loans approved under the scheme.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed workers in Aberdeen (a) earn less than £50,000 each year, (b) have applied to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and (c) have been awarded a grant under that scheme.

Applications for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened on 13 May. By midnight on 24 May, HMRC had received 2.3m claims representing a total of £6.8bn claimed.

SEISS is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will update in due course on the types of data available and timescales for publication.

20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed workers in Scotland (a) earn less than £50,000 each year, (b) have applied to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and (c) have been awarded a grant under that scheme.

Applications for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened on 13 May. By midnight on 24 May, HMRC had received 2.3m claims representing a total of £6.8bn claimed.

SEISS is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will update in due course on the types of data available and timescales for publication.

21st Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of removing application fees and healthcare surcharges from the Graduate visa on the likelihood of additional graduates remaining in the UK for work after completing their studies.

The Graduate route was introduced in 2021 to help new graduates who have successfully completed their eligible study in eligible UK universities get a head-start on their career by allowing these graduates to work or look for work for up to three years immediately following their graduation.

A full impact assessment of the route was published in March 2021 and can be found on gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statement-of-changes-to-the-immigration-rules-hc-1248-4-march-2021

The Home Office has no plans to remove the application fee or to extend the length of stay for the Graduate route.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
21st Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing Graduate visa applicants to pay their healthcare surcharge on an annual basis, rather than upfront.

The Graduate route was introduced in 2021 to help new graduates who have successfully completed their eligible study in eligible UK universities get a head-start on their career by allowing these graduates to work or look for work for up to three years immediately following their graduation.

A full impact assessment of the route was published in March 2021 and can be found on gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statement-of-changes-to-the-immigration-rules-hc-1248-4-march-2021

The Home Office has no plans to remove the application fee or to extend the length of stay for the Graduate route.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)