Tom Watson Portrait

Tom Watson

Labour - Former Member for West Bromwich East

Tom Watson is not a member of any APPGs
6 Former APPG memberships
BBC, Children's Media and the Arts, Drones, Flags and Heraldry, Human Gut Microbiome, St George's Day
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
12th Sep 2015 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
7th Oct 2016 - 3rd Jul 2017
Party Chair, Labour Party
12th Sep 2015 - 14th Jun 2017
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
14th Sep 2015 - 7th Oct 2016
Deputy Chair, Labour Party
7th Oct 2011 - 4th Jul 2013
Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator
7th Oct 2011 - 4th Jul 2013
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee
1st Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
25th Jan 2008 - 9th Jun 2009
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
2nd Jul 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)
5th May 2006 - 6th Sep 2006
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
10th May 2005 - 5th May 2006
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
9th Sep 2004 - 10th May 2005
Home Affairs Committee
7th Jun 2001 - 14th Jul 2003


Division Voting information

Tom Watson has voted in 1829 divisions, and 17 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Jun 2018 - National Policy Statement: Airports - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour No votes vs 119 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 415 Noes - 119
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Labour Aye votes vs 153 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 397 Noes - 223
7 Sep 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 13 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 64 Noes - 314
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (Business of the House) - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Labour No votes vs 181 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 436 Noes - 49
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 197 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 498 Noes - 31
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Watson 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
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Labour No votes vs 191 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 449 Noes - 33
26 Mar 2014 - Charter for Budget Responsibility - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 201 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 520 Noes - 22
4 Dec 2013 - Sports Funding (Rural Communities) - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 208 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 231
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Tom Watson 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
9 Sep 2010 - UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 38 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 5 Noes - 311
7 Apr 2010 - Digital Economy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 20 Labour No votes vs 179 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 197 Noes - 40
7 Apr 2010 - Digital Economy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Labour No votes vs 175 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 189 Noes - 47
2 Dec 2009 - Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 107 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 41 Noes - 194
12 Nov 2008 - MODERNISATION OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS (STANDING ORDERS) - View Vote Context
Tom Watson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 33 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 165 Noes - 87
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Tom Watson 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
Tom Watson 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
View All Tom Watson Division Votes

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.

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Latest EDMs signed by Tom Watson

3rd September 2019
Tom Watson signed this EDM on Wednesday 4th September 2019

SITUATION IN KASHMIR

Tabled by: Khalid Mahmood (Labour - Birmingham, Perry Barr)
That this House calls on the Government to condemn Indian aggression in Kashmir; further calls on the Indian Government to reinstate the UN Security Council 1948 resolution 47 and Article 35a; calls on the Government in collaboration with the UN Security Council to provide the necessary resolution to stop the …
28 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 24
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Conservative: 1
4th February 2019
Tom Watson signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 4th February 2019

TV LICENCES FOR OVER-75s

Tabled by: Jeremy Corbyn (Independent - Islington North)
That this House notes that maintaining free TV licences for over-75s was a 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment; acknowledges that 2.2 million over-75s live alone and that paying the licence fee could push 50,000 pensioners below the poverty line; acknowledges that 4 million households will be affected if the concession is …
140 signatures
(Most recent: 3 Sep 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 89
Scottish National Party: 24
Independent: 9
Liberal Democrat: 7
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Non-affiliated: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
View All Tom Watson's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Tom Watson, 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.


5 Urgent Questions tabled by Tom Watson

Wednesday 15th May 2019
Thursday 2nd May 2019
Monday 19th November 2018
Wednesday 7th March 2018
Monday 14th March 2016

1 Adjournment Debate led by Tom Watson

Monday 20th December 2010

Tom Watson has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


1016 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
31 Other Department Questions
6th Jun 2018
To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, to whom the Electoral Commission has sent advance copies of its report into electoral fraud in the Vote Leave campaign; and what the planned publication date for that report is.

The Commission has concluded its investigation announced on 20 November 2017, into Vote Leave and other campaigners. The Commission has written to those being investigated to advise them of the initial findings. In accordance with statute they have 28 days to make further representations before final decisions are taken. The Commission will then announce the outcome of the investigation and publish an investigation report.

Bridget Phillipson
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
9th Oct 2017
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the average broadband download speed is on the Parliamentary estate.

The Parliamentary Estate provides users with a number of different broadband solutions with varying bandwidth based on usage and capacity requirements. These are listed below:

  • Parliament’s main secure private network (PN) resilient internet connection = 2Gbps bandwidth
  • The secure ‘internet direct’ resilient wireless service = 400Mbps bandwidth
  • Broadband over a phone line = 5–7Mbps bandwidth


The Digital Service takes action where possible to improve the broadband download speed across the Parliamentary Estate. However, due to the age and condition of the Palace of Westminster it is difficult to improve both the wiring that is available and to supplement the wireless connectivity.

The average download speeds on these services will vary as it depends on a number of factors such as the capability of the user’s device, the connection type (wired/wireless), the size of download, the current bandwidth utilisation on any given day and the volume of users/devices connected, as these internet services and bandwidths are shared with all users across the Parliamentary estate. Due to these factors, the Digital Service does not hold data relating to the average download speed.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much funding per region and constituent part of the country has been allocated to mark the centenary of votes for women.

The £5m funding is available for projects across England to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, educate young people about democracy and encourage women to get involved in politics at all levels.

The Government Equalities Office is in the process of agreeing how the Centenary Fund will be allocated. Given the limited time available and the size of the fund, a full public consultation was not feasible. Instead, we chose to consult widely with women’s organisations and non-governmental organisations on how the Government could support projects next year.

As announced in April this year, the first statue of Millicent Fawcett, a leader of the suffrage movement, was erected in Parliament Square and funded from the £5 million Centenary Fund. Government has contributed just over £706,000 towards the statue’s costs.

We are setting up a £1.5million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme specifically to support local and community groups across the regions of England to celebrate the centenary. This grant scheme has two funding streams: the small grants stream has a ceiling of £2,000 to support small local celebratory events. The larger grant stream will cover projects from £2,000 to £125,000 that will principally focus on increasing young people’s understanding and engagement with democracy as well as encouraging women to participate in public life. There will be a grant administrator to oversee the scheme which will be opening soon.‎ I have written to all members of the House to alert them to our plans and will be writing again when the scheme opens.

We are also developing plans for supporting the reach, impact and legacy of existing centenary activities in a number of cities across England that have a strong suffrage history.

The Barnett formula has been applied to this funding in the usual way and it is for the devolved administrations to decide how they choose to mark the centenary.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much of the £5 million announced in the Spring Budget 2017 to commemorate 100 years of women's suffrage has been spent.

The £5m funding is available for projects across England to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, educate young people about democracy and encourage women to get involved in politics at all levels.

The Government Equalities Office is in the process of agreeing how the Centenary Fund will be allocated. Given the limited time available and the size of the fund, a full public consultation was not feasible. Instead, we chose to consult widely with women’s organisations and non-governmental organisations on how the Government could support projects next year.

As announced in April this year, the first statue of Millicent Fawcett, a leader of the suffrage movement, was erected in Parliament Square and funded from the £5 million Centenary Fund. Government has contributed just over £706,000 towards the statue’s costs.

We are setting up a £1.5million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme specifically to support local and community groups across the regions of England to celebrate the centenary. This grant scheme has two funding streams: the small grants stream has a ceiling of £2,000 to support small local celebratory events. The larger grant stream will cover projects from £2,000 to £125,000 that will principally focus on increasing young people’s understanding and engagement with democracy as well as encouraging women to participate in public life. There will be a grant administrator to oversee the scheme which will be opening soon.‎ I have written to all members of the House to alert them to our plans and will be writing again when the scheme opens.

We are also developing plans for supporting the reach, impact and legacy of existing centenary activities in a number of cities across England that have a strong suffrage history.

The Barnett formula has been applied to this funding in the usual way and it is for the devolved administrations to decide how they choose to mark the centenary.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what public consultation took place on how the £5 million announced in the Spring Budget 2017 to commemorate 100 years of women's suffrage should be spent.

The £5m funding is available for projects across England to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, educate young people about democracy and encourage women to get involved in politics at all levels.

The Government Equalities Office is in the process of agreeing how the Centenary Fund will be allocated. Given the limited time available and the size of the fund, a full public consultation was not feasible. Instead, we chose to consult widely with women’s organisations and non-governmental organisations on how the Government could support projects next year.

As announced in April this year, the first statue of Millicent Fawcett, a leader of the suffrage movement, was erected in Parliament Square and funded from the £5 million Centenary Fund. Government has contributed just over £706,000 towards the statue’s costs.

We are setting up a £1.5million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme specifically to support local and community groups across the regions of England to celebrate the centenary. This grant scheme has two funding streams: the small grants stream has a ceiling of £2,000 to support small local celebratory events. The larger grant stream will cover projects from £2,000 to £125,000 that will principally focus on increasing young people’s understanding and engagement with democracy as well as encouraging women to participate in public life. There will be a grant administrator to oversee the scheme which will be opening soon.‎ I have written to all members of the House to alert them to our plans and will be writing again when the scheme opens.

We are also developing plans for supporting the reach, impact and legacy of existing centenary activities in a number of cities across England that have a strong suffrage history.

The Barnett formula has been applied to this funding in the usual way and it is for the devolved administrations to decide how they choose to mark the centenary.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much of the £5 million announced in the Spring Budget 2017 to commemorate the centenary of votes for women will be spent on the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square.

The £5m funding is available for projects across England to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, educate young people about democracy and encourage women to get involved in politics at all levels.

The Government Equalities Office is in the process of agreeing how the Centenary Fund will be allocated. Given the limited time available and the size of the fund, a full public consultation was not feasible. Instead, we chose to consult widely with women’s organisations and non-governmental organisations on how the Government could support projects next year.

As announced in April this year, the first statue of Millicent Fawcett, a leader of the suffrage movement, was erected in Parliament Square and funded from the £5 million Centenary Fund. Government has contributed just over £706,000 towards the statue’s costs.

We are setting up a £1.5million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme specifically to support local and community groups across the regions of England to celebrate the centenary. This grant scheme has two funding streams: the small grants stream has a ceiling of £2,000 to support small local celebratory events. The larger grant stream will cover projects from £2,000 to £125,000 that will principally focus on increasing young people’s understanding and engagement with democracy as well as encouraging women to participate in public life. There will be a grant administrator to oversee the scheme which will be opening soon.‎ I have written to all members of the House to alert them to our plans and will be writing again when the scheme opens.

We are also developing plans for supporting the reach, impact and legacy of existing centenary activities in a number of cities across England that have a strong suffrage history.

The Barnett formula has been applied to this funding in the usual way and it is for the devolved administrations to decide how they choose to mark the centenary.

13th Jul 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, when she plans to reply to the letter, sent via email, from the hon. Member for West Bromwich East, of 12 June 2017, on the appointment of the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath to the Cabinet.

A reply has been sent.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings she has held with ministerial colleagues on the options for the future of Channel 4 since her appointment.

I discuss a range of issues with Ministerial colleagues. It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose information relating to internal discussions.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she has had on the future of Channel 4 since her appointment.

I discuss a range of issues with Ministerial colleagues. It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose information relating to internal discussions.

20th Jul 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has made any further machinery of government changes since her Written Ministerial Statement of 18 July 2016.

Machinery of Government changes are set out in Written Statements, and are available in the Official Report.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the Government's (a) expertise and (b) capacity to carry out trade deals as a result of the outcome of the EU referendum.

The Cabinet Office has established a new unit to oversee arrangements for the UK’s exit from the EU, after we have triggered Article 50. Until then, the UK remains a full member of the EU. The Government is reviewing trade policy, although the direction of future UK trade policy would be a matter for the new administration to consider once a new Prime Minister has been appointed.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on compliance with Privy Council rules.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made to the House by the Lord President of the Council on 14 March 2016, Official Report, columns 653-654.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to issue guidance on adherence to Privy Council rules in the period preceding the EU referendum.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made to the House by the Lord President of the Council on 14 March 2016, Official Report, columns 653-654.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will carry out an investigation into whether there was a breach of Privy Council rules in relation to the story in The Sun of 9 March 2016 relating to HM The Queen and the referendum on EU membership.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made to the House by the Lord President of the Council on 14 March 2016, Official Report, columns 653-654. and to the Cabinet Secretary's letter to the hon. Member for Ilford North (Mr Streeting) 11 March 2016. I have placed a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Government has carried out a cross-departmental assessment of the strategic implications of the targeted killing of British citizens outside declared war zones.

As I said during my oral statement on Syria: Refugees and Counter-Terrorism on 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 23, these individuals presented a clear and present danger to the country and this action was taken because there was no alternative. The Attorney General was consulted and was clear there was a legal basis for this action in international law. Our Permanent Representative has informed the President of the United Nations Security Council of this activity, which was conducted in the self-defence of the UK.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of whether the Caroline principles on the right to self-defence under Article 51 of the UN Charter have been strictly applied by the UK Government.

As I said during my oral statement on Syria: Refugees and Counter-Terrorism on 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 23, these individuals presented a clear and present danger to the country and this action was taken because there was no alternative. The Attorney General was consulted and was clear there was a legal basis for this action in international law. Our Permanent Representative has informed the President of the United Nations Security Council of this activity, which was conducted in the self-defence of the UK.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, what definitions the Government adopts of (a) self-defence and (b) imminence in authorising the Khan drones strike; and what assessment the Government has made of the difference between such definitions and those formulated by the US administration.

As I said during my oral statement on Syria: Refugees and Counter-Terrorism on 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 23, these individuals presented a clear and present danger to the country and this action was taken because there was no alternative. The Attorney General was consulted and was clear there was a legal basis for this action in international law. Our Permanent Representative has informed the President of the United Nations Security Council of this activity, which was conducted in the self-defence of the UK.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will ensure that there is a debate in the House before further UK military intervention is taken in (a) Syria and (b) Libya.

I refer the hon. Member to my oral statement on Syria: Refugees and Counter-Terrorism on 7 September 2015, Official Report, column 23.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with representatives of Uber in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Details of my meetings with external organisations are published on a quarterly basis and are available via the gov.uk website.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department are entitled to the use of a (i) car with a dedicated driver, (ii) car from the Government car pool and (iii) taxi ordered through a departmental account.

Civil servants, including special advisers, may use a taxi or Government car in properly defined circumstances. Information about the use of taxis and government cars for the most senior civil servants are published on a quarterly basis at www.gov.uk.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost to the public purse has been of the purchase of (a) red wine, (b) white wine, (c) champagne and (d) fortified wine for the use at Chequers since he was reappointed Prime Minister in May 2015; and on how many occasions each such beverage has been served.

Details of official hospitality at Chequers is published on a quarterly basis and is available via the gov.uk website.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, how many days he spent at (a) 10 Downing Street and (b) Chequers in an official capacity since he was reappointed Prime Minister in May 2015.

The majority of my time is spent in Downing Street and I regularly spend time in Chequers and my constituency.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost to the public purse has been of (a) clothes, (b) luggage and (c) other travel accessories bought for himself or his wife since he was first appointed Prime Minister in 2010.

No public money has been spent.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings he has had with representatives of News International since his reappointment as Prime Minister in May 2015.

Details of meetings with external organisations, including meetings with newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives, are published on a quarterly basis and can be accessed via the gov.uk website.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) women and (b) men aged 24 and over were enrolled in further education courses at level 3 or above in each academic year since 2010.

Table 1 shows the number of learners aged 24+ participating in further education courses at Level 3 or above from 2010/11 to 2013/14.

Table 1: FE and Skills participation at Level 3+ and ages 24+, 2010/11 to 2013/14

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Male

136,200

128,000

139,300

100,900

Female

238,600

247,600

285,100

207,700

Total Learners (24+)

374,900

375,600

424,400

308,600

Notes:
1) The source is the Individualised Learner Record.
2) This tables includes Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Community Learning and Education and Training provision (including the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service) taken at General Further Education Colleges (including Tertiary), Sixth Form Colleges, Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
3) Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.
4) Age and gender are based upon self-declaration by the learner.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to lay a copy of the report on investigatory powers by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, under section 7(5) of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.

I refer the hon. Member to the Written Statement I made on 11 June 2015, Official Report, column 42WS.

31st Oct 2014
To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met (a) Andy Coulson, (b) Rebekah Brooks, (c) Rupert Murdoch and (d) Trevor Kavanagh; what the purpose of each such meeting was; and if he will make a statement.

Details of my meetings are available on the gov.uk website.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the value is of duplicate supplier payments identified by his Department since 2010; and what proportion of such payments have since been recovered in each of the last two financial years.

The Department has identified and recovered the whole of two duplicate supplier payments totalling £1,000 in this period.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value is of duplicate supplier payments identified by his Department since 2010; and what proportion of such payments have since been recovered in each of the last two financial years.

The Department does not maintain a central register but an analysis of the Departmental financial system and records identified that since 2010, the following duplicate payments were made and recoveries undertaken:

10/11 nil

11/12 nil

12/13 £726 of which all was recovered

13/14 £1835.40 of which all was recovered

17th Jun 2014
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, with reference to the Cabinet Manual, paragraph 5.38, whether the convention that the House of Commons should have an advance opportunity to debate significant military action applies to the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles outside Afghanistan when operated from RAF Waddington.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given today by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford, to PQ 198710.

3rd May 2019
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the recent alleged disclosure of information from the National Security Council, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Official Secrets Act.

The policy responsibility for the operation of the Official Secrets Acts is a matter for the Cabinet Office.

The Attorney General’s role in respect of the Official Secrets Act is confined to granting consent to prosecute as defined in that Act.

2nd May 2019
To ask the Attorney General, whether he has been asked by the Cabinet Office to assess whether there was any illegality involved in the Huawei leak from the National Security Council.

The Attorney General’s role in respect of the Official Secrets Act is confined to granting consent to prosecute as defined in that Act.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Attorney General, what the value is of duplicate supplier payments identified by the Law Officers' Departments since 2010; and what proportion of such payments have since been recovered in each of the last two financial years.

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) does not hold a register of duplicate payments. Appropriate controls are in place to prevent duplicate payments and if any are identified, action is taken to recover overpaid monies. As at 18 July 2014, there are no known unrecovered duplicate payments.

Identification of the value of duplicate payments made by TSol, the Attorney General’s Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate since 2010 would require detailed analysis of accounting and other records which would incur disproportionate cost. However, in the 3 months since April 2014, TSol have identified and recovered duplicate payments with a total value of £13,068 representing 0.05% of the value of payments made during this period.

Available records show that, since April 2010, the Serious Fraud Office has identified and recovered £46,000 in duplicate supplier payments. No other duplicate payments have been identified.

The following table shows the value of duplicate payments identified by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) since 2009/10 and the proportion of such payments recovered in each of the last two financial years is presented below.

Duplicate Payments and Recoveries 2009-2014

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Duplicate payments

£135,958

£256,803

£72,729

£91,578

£149,124

Recovered proportion

96.2%

98.8%

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Attorney General, if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between his Department and (a) the Home Office and (b) Lord Brittan of Spennithorne in relation to child abuse in (a) 1984 and (b) 1985; and if he will make a statement.

Searches of records at the Attorney General's Office have been conducted to try and determine what, if any, correspondence or files were passed to this Office in relation to these issues. We have so far found no trace of any material.

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Attorney General, if he will place in the Library copies of papers from Lord Brittan of Spennithorne in relation to child abuse in 1983 and 1984 and which were referred to his Department by the Home Office; and if he will make a statement.

Searches of records at the Attorney General's Office have been conducted to try and determine what, if any, correspondence or files were passed to this Office in relation to these issues. We have so far found no trace of any material.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Government contracts were awarded to Amazon Web Services in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each contract.

Central Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder, including the awarded value of the contract. (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk)

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Government contracts were awarded to Facebook in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each contract.

Central Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder, including the awarded value of the contract. (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk)

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what Government contracts were awarded to (a) Alphabet Inc. and (b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each contract.

Central Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder, including the awarded value of the contract. (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk)

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
2nd May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the metropolitan police require a referral from the Cabinet Office in order to launch a criminal investigation into the unauthorised disclosure of information relating to Huawei from a meeting of the National Security Council.

The policy of Government is as set out in Paragraph 21 ‘Official information: standards of conduct and procedures’ and states, "The police are entirely operationally independent of Government and have the right and duty to investigate criminal activity wherever it occurs. No part of Government is above the law. In respect of unauthorised disclosure of official information under, for example, the Official Secrets Act, if the police find evidence of a suspected breach of the criminal law, it is entirely within the powers of the police to begin an investigation under their own auspices, whether or not the Government has raised the incident with them."

A copy is in the Library of the House and is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/228774/7863.pdf

28th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will establish a public inquiry (a) to examine matters relating to campaigning and foreign influence in the EU referendum campaign that are not currently being examined by the police, the National Crime Agency or the Information Commissioner; (b) to consider the consequences of potentially irregular and unlawful conduct during the EU referendum campaign; and (c) to make recommendations for appropriate action.

There are no plans to establish a Public Inquiry on the conduct of the EU referendum. The EU referendum was carried out based on legislation passed by Parliament and almost three quarters of the electorate took part. The EU referendum provisions were carefully scrutinised and ratified by Parliament. In line with the precedent for referendums, there was a six week period in which the formal result and administration of the EU Referendum could be challenged by judicial review. We treat the integrity and security of our democratic processes extremely seriously.

If offences are alleged, it is right that they are investigated thoroughly by the appropriate agencies. That is what is happening at the moment and those agencies and investigations are independent of government.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Oct 2018
To ask the Cabinet Office, whether any indirect attempts have been made by Russia to interfere in the UK's democratic processes in each of the last three years.

The Government has said previously that we have not seen evidence of successful foreign

interference in UK elections and we take any allegations of interference in UK democratic

processes by a foreign government extremely seriously. That remains the case. We know

that certain states routinely use disinformation and other means as a foreign policy tool,

and have seen evidence of this happening elsewhere. It should therefore not surprise us

that they might try to influence democratic processes in the UK.

10th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any unsuccessful attempts have been made by Russia to interfere in the UK's democratic processes in the last three years.

The Government has said previously that we have not seen evidence of successful foreign

interference in UK elections and we take any allegations of interference in UK democratic

processes by a foreign government extremely seriously. That remains the case. We know

that certain states routinely use disinformation and other means as a foreign policy tool,

and have seen evidence of this happening elsewhere. It should therefore not surprise us

that they might try to influence democratic processes in the UK.

18th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 18 June to Question 150605, whether any of the people named in the Electoral Commission report, and privy to the initial findings, have informed the Prime Minister of the findings.

The Government has not received an advance copy of the report, and therefore cannot speak to who is named in it.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister's office has received an advance copy of the Electoral Commission's report into electoral fraud in the Vote Leave campaign; and what information he holds on the publication date of that report.

The Electoral Commission is accountable to Parliament, via the Speaker’s Committee, and does not report directly to Ministers.

In that context, the Government has not received advance copy of such a report, and would not normally expect to receive advance reports on its casework decisions.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what resources he has allocated to the new National Security Communications Unit.

The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) identifies areas where we can do further cross-government work, including as one example on our strategic communications. The NSCR will set out further details when published.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff and at what grades will be employed by the new National Security Communications Unit.

The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) identifies areas where we can do further cross-government work, including as one example on our strategic communications. The NSCR will set out further details when published.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the new National Security Communications Unit will be based in the (a) Government Communications Service, (b) National Security Secretariat or (c) elsewhere.

The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) identifies areas where we can do further cross-government work, including as one example on our strategic communications. The NSCR will set out further details when published.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the remit of the new National Security Communications Unit will be; and if he will make a statement.

The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) identifies areas where we can do further cross-government work, including as one example on our strategic communications. The NSCR will set out further details when published.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether recovery funding, as laid out in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, is available to public cultural institutions that incur security costs due to terrorist attacks.

Recovery funding is not covered by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Following a terrorist attack, as with any emergency, the relevant department or departments responsible for the sectors affected may consider whether to provide recovery funding. I also refer the Hon Member to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s answer to PQ 106697.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average broadband download speed is across the Government estate (a) in and (b) outside London.

This information is not held by the Cabinet Office.

21st Apr 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many couples there are in the UK where both partners are self-employed.

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

19th Apr 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in West Bromwich East constituency are employed on zero-hour contracts.

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

19th Apr 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working in West Bromwich East constituency earn less than £10 per hour.

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

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department is enrolled on any trusted flagger programmes with social media companies.

The Cabinet Office is not enrolled on any trusted flagger programme.

30th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2017 to Question 62917, for what reason the meeting of 11 February between David Cameron and Lord Rothermere was omitted from the original record on gov.uk.

We have taken the opportunity to review the returns, and have updated the records on GOV.UK to ensure full transparency on meetings with senior media executives.

This was simply an administrative oversight by diary officials. This was an informal occasion in a social setting, and not a formal government meeting, it was not recorded on the return by accident.

30th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2017 to Question 62917, whether any other such meetings have been omitted from the official records on gov.uk.

We have taken the opportunity to review the returns, and have updated the records on GOV.UK to ensure full transparency on meetings with senior media executives.

This was simply an administrative oversight by diary officials. This was an informal occasion in a social setting, and not a formal government meeting, it was not recorded on the return by accident.

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether representations were made by or on behalf of the former Prime Minister to the former Mayor of London on the regulation of the taxi and private-hire industry in London.

The information requested is not centrally held and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

More broadly, I would note that the Government is aware of concerns regarding the increase in the size of the private hire market and the impact of new and innovative ways of working on traditional business models. The Government supports choice for consumers and wants to see both taxis and private hire vehicles prosper.

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants have received training from the Digital Academy in the last six months.

The Digital Academy has trained 1,533 civil servants on digital and agile courses between October 2016 and March 2017.

28th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the digital economy of releasing government data sets.

Open data is already delivering enormous value across the economy and society. The UK is a world leader in open data and we have released over 41,000 non-personal datasets, powering over 400 apps and enabling transformational change in sectors as diverse as transport, agriculture and housing. The UK is committed to being the world’s most open and transparent government and the UK’s third Open Government National Action plan sets out an ambitious agenda to achieve this.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to support UK digital technology companies to access public sector procurement contracts.

The Government Transformation Strategy and the UK Digital Strategy set out how this Government will lead a step-change in procurement, making it easier than ever for digital technology companies of all sizes to access public sector procurement contacts through the Digital Marketplace.

As part of this, we will be heavily promoting the use of the Digital Marketplace by local and wider public sector bodies to lower barriers for all digital and technology suppliers. The Government’s aim is that the public sector should spend at least £750 million a year with SMEs by 2020.

20th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to prevent the right hon. Member for Tatton from accessing copies of Government, Cabinet or Cabinet Committee papers relating to the period when he was in the Government while he is the Editor of the London Evening Standard.

It is a longstanding convention that former Ministers are allowed reasonable access to the papers that were issued to them when in office. However, such access is at the Government's discretion and is conditional on potential authors undertaking to comply with the Radcliffe principles. The detail of the Radcliffe principles can be found in the Directory of Civil Service (volume 2), which is available on Gov.uk. I believe that the continued application of these provisions will provide the suitable reassurance that the Hon. Member is seeking.

20th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether future meetings between Ministers and the right hon. Member for Tatton will be required to be published in the Departments' transparency data concerning meetings with proprietors, editors and media executives after his appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard; and whether any such meetings will be exempt from declaration in such transparency data.

All meetings between Ministers and newspapers and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives held in an official, social and political capacity are (and will continue to be) published on a quarterly basis.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on record management systems in the last five years.

This information could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's records management system.

The Department’s records are maintained in accordance with the Public Records Act 1958. The Department is also implementing the recommendations of Sir Alex Allan’s Review of Government Digital Records and the Better Information for Better Government report, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-digital-records-and-archives-review-by-sir-alex-allan

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/better-information-for-better-government

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 67375, on government responses to written questions, how long he expects that task of manual checking to take.

As I indicated in my previous answer of 14 March (62917), we will provide a definitive answer to the Hon. Member as soon as possible.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 67375, on government responses to written questions, what his definition is of the last administration.

The premiership of the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron.

9th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to answer Question 62917 tabled on 2 February 2017 by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East.

We are currently in the process of manually checking records from the last Administration and will provide a definitive answer to the Hon. Member as soon as possible.

2nd Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister's predecessor met Lord Rothermere in February or March 2016.

I understand David Cameron met Lord Rothermere socially on the evening of 11 February. The records on Gov.uk now reflect this.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department have responsibilities for cyber security.
15th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his assessment is of the implications for the Government's policies on data protection of the findings of the NAO report, Protecting information across the government, published in September 2016.

The Government’s Security Policy Framework has clear requirements on Information Assurance which are mandatory for departments. They include a range of measures including the Classification Policy which set out expectations of how government will protect the wide variety of information that it generates, collects, processes, stores and exchanges appropriately and effectively. As the NAO report acknowledges, the UK government is acknowledged as a world leader in this area.

However, we are conscious that these policies and structures have grown organically over time and need to keep pace with Government’s digital transformation plans. So the Cabinet Office conducted its own review of Government security in early 2016 and many of the findings are consistent with the NAO report. We are already starting to implement the recommendations in the review.

For example, we are already well underway in strengthening oversight of information security by bringing together nine separate central teams into just two. We have also appointed the Government’s first ever Chief Security Officer to bring together all disciplines of government security under central leadership. As part of this work Cabinet Office is working with GCHQ and the Government Digital Service to rationalise and clarify the guidance to departments on information security and protecting data. The National Cyber Security Centre which is due to stand up in the autumn will also play a lead role in advising departments on cyber security.

But we can and will do more and we will respond fully to this report in due course.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to improve the clarity of advice to government departments on protecting data.

The Government’s Security Policy Framework has clear requirements on Information Assurance which are mandatory for departments. They include a range of measures including the Classification Policy which set out expectations of how government will protect the wide variety of information that it generates, collects, processes, stores and exchanges appropriately and effectively. As the NAO report acknowledges, the UK government is acknowledged as a world leader in this area.

However, we are conscious that these policies and structures have grown organically over time and need to keep pace with Government’s digital transformation plans. So the Cabinet Office conducted its own review of Government security in early 2016 and many of the findings are consistent with the NAO report. We are already starting to implement the recommendations in the review.

For example, we are already well underway in strengthening oversight of information security by bringing together nine separate central teams into just two. We have also appointed the Government’s first ever Chief Security Officer to bring together all disciplines of government security under central leadership. As part of this work Cabinet Office is working with GCHQ and the Government Digital Service to rationalise and clarify the guidance to departments on information security and protecting data. The National Cyber Security Centre which is due to stand up in the autumn will also play a lead role in advising departments on cyber security.

But we can and will do more and we will respond fully to this report in due course.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the estimated annual annual cost to the public purse is of the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The costs related to the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will be accounted for in the usual way in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts.

13th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to update the guidance issued to Government departments on drafting answers to parliamentary questions.

Ministers are responsible for the answers they give to Parliamentary questions. The practice of providing links or references to published material is long standing. There are currently no plans to update the Guidance to Departments on drafting answers to Parliamentary questions given it was previously updated in the last Parliament.

13th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff have been seconded into his Department from outside the Civil Service in the last 12 months.

In the last 12 months, 15 individuals have been seconded into my Department from outside the Civil Service.

Secondments bring in external expertise and a fresh perspective across the department's responsibilities, and include secondees from the private, public and voluntary sector.

13th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that parliamentary questions are answered in full where the requested information is already available.

Ministers are responsible for the answers they give to Parliamentary questions. The practice of providing links or references to published material is long standing. There are currently no plans to update the Guidance to Departments on drafting answers to Parliamentary questions given it was previously updated in the last Parliament.

13th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current work priorities are of the Open Public Services group.

The Open Public Services team in the Cabinet Office existed to deliver the Coalition Government's Open Public Services White Paper, published in 2011. The team's work came to a natural end with the end of that government in 2015. The most recent account of the team's work is contained at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-public-services-2014-progress-report

All Government Departments work to deliver public services which respond to individual choices and people’s real life complex needs, whilst relentlessly focusing on improvements in quality.

13th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current work priorities are of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

The IPA was formed on 01 January 2016, merging the existing Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority and HM Treasury’s Infrastructure UK. The IPA reports jointly to HMT and the Cabinet Office - and brings together the strengths of both departments - increasing co-operation and alignment in the centre of government on infrastructure and major projects.

The Authority’s 6 key priorities are;

  1. To set the right policy environment for projects to succeed
  2. To give the market confidence to deliver
  3. To ensue projects and programmes are set up for success from the outset
  4. To ensure projects and programmes deliver their intended benefits
  5. To promote the right operating environment for project delivery
  6. To developing world-class project delivery & project finance capabilities across government
12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his plans are for the future of the Government Digital Service; and if he will make a statement.

The Government Digital Service is responsible for the digital transformation of government and this will remain the case. GDS continue to run GOV.UKand are responsible for the Technology Code of Practice which seeks to make government data easier to use.

GDS also lead the delivery of three programmes funded at Spending Review 2015. These programmes: Government as a Platform, GOV.UK Verify and Common Technology Services, make it possible to accelerate the digital transformation of government. GDS now have over 500 staff supporting the delivery of this work and it continues to grow at pace.

I have no plans to make a statement.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answers given on 21 July 2016 to Questions 43013 and 43014, what information his Department holds on legal advice expenditure by the (a) Economic and Domestic Affairs secretariat and (b) Propriety Ethics Unit on Freedom of Information cases in the last 12 months.

I would refer the Right Honourable gentleman to the answer to his previous question of 21 August 2016 (43013 and 43014).

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what targets he has set for the senior talent team in his Department since taking up office.

The Civil Service Workforce Plan 2016-2020 was published in July this year. This sets out how the Civil Service will deliver five key priorities that will have the greatest impact on readying the workforce to respond to the challenges the UK will face. The Workforce Plan is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/536961/civil_service_workforce_strategy_final.pdf

The senior talent team is expected, alongside colleagues across Civil Service HR, to deliver the commitments in this Plan.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on ministerial red boxes in the last 12 months.

The Cabinet Office has not spent any money on ministerial red boxes in the last 12 months.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made by the Cabinet Secretary on his inquiry into the recent leak of information concerning honours and peerages.

The investigation into the leak of the Prime Minister’s Resignation Honours List is ongoing.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2016 to Question 43473, when he plans to publish Ministerial responsibilities held by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Further to the question asked by the Hon Member of 7 September 2016, Official Report, Column 321, I would add that my Rt Hon Friend, the Member for Derbyshire Dales, is a Minister of the Crown and a member of the Cabinet. He will attend a number of Cabinet Committees, which will be published in due course, and has duties directly related to the Duchy of Lancaster. The List of Ministerial Responsibilities will also be published in due course. He does not receive a Ministerial salary from public funds. Details of Private Office staff will be accounted for as part of the regular transparency data on gov.uk. The Government publishes on a quarterly basis details of Ministerial visits overseas. All Ministers have access to the Government Car Service for official travel.

My Rt Hon Friend also serves as the Party Chairman of the Conservative Party. Such arrangements are no different from the likes of Charles Clarke, Ian McCartney and Hazel Blears, all of whom held the posts of Minister Without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair under the last Labour Government.

I would also observe that under the Thatcher and Major Governments, senior figures such as Norman Tebbit, Kenneth Baker and Chris Patten served as both Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials have left his Department since 13 July 2016.

Between 13 July 2016 and 13 September 2016, 71 staff left my Department. The majority of these departures, 50 in total, were planned exits (loans and fixed-term appointments ending, retirements, transfers out to other Departments, and voluntary exits).

Of those staff who left the Department, six were employed in the Government Digital Service. Over the same period, 67 staff joined the Government Digital Service.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in the Government Digital Service have left his Department since 13 July 2016.

Between 13 July 2016 and 13 September 2016, 71 staff left my Department. The majority of these departures, 50 in total, were planned exits (loans and fixed-term appointments ending, retirements, transfers out to other Departments, and voluntary exits).

Of those staff who left the Department, six were employed in the Government Digital Service. Over the same period, 67 staff joined the Government Digital Service.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have applied for career breaks in the last 12 months.

Records of applications for career breaks – approved and rejected – are not held centrally and would incur disproportionate costs to determine.

I can confirm, however, that at 31st August 2016, 26 officials in my Department had commenced an approved career break in the last 12 months.

12th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many ministerial visits the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has made since 14 July 2016.

Further to the question asked by the Hon Member of 7 September 2016, Official Report, Column 321, I would add that my Rt Hon Friend, the Member for Derbyshire Dales, is a Minister of the Crown and a member of the Cabinet. He will attend a number of Cabinet Committees, which will be published in due course, and has duties directly related to the Duchy of Lancaster. The List of Ministerial Responsibilities will also be published in due course. He does not receive a Ministerial salary from public funds. Details of Private Office staff will be accounted for as part of the regular transparency data on gov.uk. The Government publishes on a quarterly basis details of Ministerial visits overseas. All Ministers have access to the Government Car Service for official travel.

My Rt Hon Friend also serves as the Party Chairman of the Conservative Party. Such arrangements are no different from the likes of Charles Clarke, Ian McCartney and Hazel Blears, all of whom held the posts of Minister Without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair under the last Labour Government.

I would also observe that under the Thatcher and Major Governments, senior figures such as Norman Tebbit, Kenneth Baker and Chris Patten served as both Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2016 to Question 43066, on Cabinet Office: Ministerial policy advisers, whether his Department has now calculated the information requested in that Question on severance pay.

This information will be published in due course, as part of the full and detailed list of special advisers, salary bands and total pay bill costs.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has appointed a new head of unit to oversee the audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes.

Senior appointments to the new unit are currently being made from within the Civil Service. The size of the team will be determined over the coming weeks as the details of the work to undertake the Audit are completed.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff he plans to recruit to oversee the audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes.

Senior appointments to the new unit are currently being made from within the Civil Service. The size of the team will be determined over the coming weeks as the details of the work to undertake the Audit are completed.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the members of the committee that oversees special advisers' pay are.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley on 2 November 2015 to UIN: 13720.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department work in the Propriety and Ethics team.
8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department provide secretariat support to unpaid advisors.

There are no unpaid special advisers in the Cabinet Office.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many unpaid advisers work in his Department.

There are no unpaid special advisers in the Cabinet Office.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the pay grade is of each special adviser in his Department.

A list of special advisers and pay bands will be published in due course.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister oversees the Policy Innovation Lab.

I have responsibility for Policy Innovation Lab. The Policy Lab sits in the Cabinet Office but works for all departments and reports to the Policy Profession Board.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any ministerial extended offices have been set up since 13 July 2016.

No new Extended Ministerial Offices have been established since 13 July. We will report in due course in an appropriate Civil Service update on the experience of their operation to date.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special advisers work for the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

A list of special advisers and pay bands will be published in due course.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has access to the Government Car Services.

Further to the question asked by the Hon Member of 7 September 2016, Official Report, Column 321, I would add that my Rt Hon Friend, the Member for Derbyshire Dales, is a Minister of the Crown and a member of the Cabinet. He will attend a number of Cabinet Committees, which will be published in due course, and has duties directly related to the Duchy of Lancaster. The List of Ministerial Responsibilities will also be published in due course. He does not receive a Ministerial salary from public funds. Details of Private Office staff will be accounted for as part of the regular transparency data on gov.uk. The Government publishes on a quarterly basis details of Ministerial visits overseas. All Ministers have access to the Government Car Service for official travel.

My Rt Hon Friend also serves as the Party Chairman of the Conservative Party. Such arrangements are no different from the likes of Charles Clarke, Ian McCartney and Hazel Blears, all of whom held the posts of Minister Without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair under the last Labour Government.

I would also observe that under the Thatcher and Major Governments, senior figures such as Norman Tebbit, Kenneth Baker and Chris Patten served as both Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are employed for the purposes of working in the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Further to the question asked by the Hon Member of 7 September 2016, Official Report, Column 321, I would add that my Rt Hon Friend, the Member for Derbyshire Dales, is a Minister of the Crown and a member of the Cabinet. He will attend a number of Cabinet Committees, which will be published in due course, and has duties directly related to the Duchy of Lancaster. The List of Ministerial Responsibilities will also be published in due course. He does not receive a Ministerial salary from public funds. Details of Private Office staff will be accounted for as part of the regular transparency data on gov.uk. The Government publishes on a quarterly basis details of Ministerial visits overseas. All Ministers have access to the Government Car Service for official travel.

My Rt Hon Friend also serves as the Party Chairman of the Conservative Party. Such arrangements are no different from the likes of Charles Clarke, Ian McCartney and Hazel Blears, all of whom held the posts of Minister Without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair under the last Labour Government.

I would also observe that under the Thatcher and Major Governments, senior figures such as Norman Tebbit, Kenneth Baker and Chris Patten served as both Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2016 to Question 43759, how the Propriety and Ethics Team performed on handling correspondence from hon. Members and Peers in 2015.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to him of 5 September 2016 to UIN: 43759.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are currently claiming expenses from the public purse under the Public Duty Cost Allowance.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what budget has been allocated for the Public Duty Cost Allowance in each of the next five years.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Government's policy and guidance on the Public Duty Cost Allowance.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are currently claiming expenses under the Public Duty Cost Allowance after leaving office.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what budget has been allocated under the Public Duty Cost Allowance for civil servants after leaving office.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what value for money assessment the Government has made of the Public Duty Cost Allowance.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many former Ministers have claimed expenses from the public purse after leaving office.

The Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. A copy of the policy and guidance on the allowance is in the Library of the House. The costs are a reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life. The allowance is not paid to support private or parliamentary duties. Civil servants are not entitled to claim this allowance.

Current recipients of the allowance are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. Previous recipients have included Lady Thatcher; the current recipients who are former Prime Ministers are Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. I also refer the Hon. Member to my answers to him of 9 September 2016 to (UIN 44045, 44048, 44049, 44053, 44054, 44055, 44056).

The Public Duties Cost Allowance rate is currently set at a limit of £115,000 per annum. When originally introduced, the Government stated that it would be the equivalent in amount to the Parliamentary Office Costs Allowance. I would note that that allowance is now known as the Parliamentary Staffing Allowance, determined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and that is currently set at the rate of £148,500 per annum.”

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many applications from former special advisers of his Office have been received under the business appointment rules for civil servants since 13 July 2016.

Under the Business Appointment Rules, applications by former special advisers in the Prime Minister’s office are the responsibility of the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary takes decisions on any such applications, taking account of the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in respect of the most senior appointees. A List of the advisory committees is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/advisory-committee-on-business-appointments

Summary details of applications from special advisers equivalent to SCS1 and above are published.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that business appointment rules are enforced for civil servants after leaving the Civil Service.

The Business Appointment Rules apply to all civil servants. The rules make clear the process for compliance. The aim of the Rules is to avoid any reasonable concerns that a civil servant might be influenced in carrying out his or her official duties by the hope or expectation of future employment with a particular firm or organisation. The Government's view is that the rules are effective in managing departures from the civil service.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to strengthen the code of conduct for special advisers.

An updated Code of Conduct for Special Advisers will be published in due course.

I would add that a revised version of the Special Adviser Code of Conduct was published in October 2015, taking into account recommendations from the (then) Public Administration Select Committee at the end of the last Parliament. The Code ensures high standards of integrity and professionalism, whilst recognising the political dimension of the advice and assistance that special advisers provide to Ministers.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which expenses have been claimed by the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam under the Public Duty Cost Allowance.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who authorised provision under the Public Duty Cost Allowance for the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam after he left office as Deputy Prime Minister.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what budget has been allocated under the Public Duty Cost Allowance for payments to the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which former Deputy Prime Ministers have claimed expenses under the Public Duty Cost Allowance after leaving office.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, from which date the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam began claiming expenses under the Public Duty Cost Allowance.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for how long provision has been made under the Public Duty Cost Allowance for payments to the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what arrangements have been made for the process of approval of expenses claims submitted by the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam under the Public Duty Cost Allowance.

The purpose of the Public Duties Cost Allowance is to assist former Prime Ministers with the costs of continuing to fulfil duties associated with their previous position in public life. Exceptionally, the then Prime Minister agreed that the former Deputy Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Member for Sheffield Hallam, should be able to have access to the allowance to recognise the special position he held in the Coalition Government. Other former Deputy Prime Ministers are not eligible for the allowance. The allowance is set at a maximum limit of £115,000 per annum. The amounts paid are a reimbursement of expenses, accounted for in the published Cabinet Office Annual Reports and Accounts. The former Deputy Prime Minister is eligible for the allowance from the date of leaving ministerial office for the duration of this Parliament.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 July 2016 to Question 43014, how individual units record their legal costs.

Within the Cabinet Office, business units are allocated budgets at the commencement of each year following development of the department's objectives for that year and taking into account the department's overall funding settlement. Business unit budgets are prepared and held at a summary level of aggregation.

Through the year all expenditure, including legal costs, is posted to appropriate codes following advice from individual units on the nature of the spend.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff currently work in the Policy Innovation Policy Lab team.

The Policy Lab is currently collaborating with departmental policy teams on homelessness, work and health (including the Work & Health Innovation Fund) and the future of rail. Policy Lab’s work is determined by departments, which approach them for support in employing the latest digital, design and data techniques to help address specific policy challenges.

There are six full time staff in the Policy Lab.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current workstream priorities are of the Policy Innovation Policy Lab team.

The Policy Lab is currently collaborating with departmental policy teams on homelessness, work and health (including the Work & Health Innovation Fund) and the future of rail. Policy Lab’s work is determined by departments, which approach them for support in employing the latest digital, design and data techniques to help address specific policy challenges.

There are six full time staff in the Policy Lab.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how each unit in his Department performed on handling correspondence from hon. Members and Peers during 2015.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to improve performance in his Department of handling correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.

The prompt response to correspondence from both Members of Parliament/Peers and the public is of high importance to the Department, and is a personal priority for me. We aim to respond to all correspondence within 15 working days.

Our last published statistics for the calendar year 2015 were at 70%, far below our preferred level of 90%. We are trialling new reforms to improve our response rate, such as more comprehensive statistics per unit within the Department, and board-level scrutiny of monthly statistics.

The Guidance on handling correspondence from Members of Parliament, Peers, MEPs and Members of devolved Administrations was updated in March 2016

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/handling-government-correspondence-guidance

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how individual units within his Department manage and record their budgets.

Within the Cabinet Office, business units are allocated budgets at the commencement of each year following development of the department's objectives for that year and taking into account the department's overall funding settlement. Business unit budgets are prepared and held at a summary level of aggregation.

During the year, business units complete forecast estimates of their spend, including risks and pressures against their allocated budget. These forecasts are reviewed and challenged by the department's Executive Committee and Board as part of its regular management of performance.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Directors General in his Department have a private office.

Cabinet Office employs 14 Director Generals to deliver a wide range of policy, delivery, legal and national security objectives. Of these, seven have a private office to support them. The size and the responsibilities of the private office depend on the nature of work undertaken within that group.

20th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to amend the Ministerial Code to include the full text of the rules on business appointments.

An updated Ministerial Code will be published in due course.

The business appointment rules already apply to former Ministers taking up any new or unpaid appointment within two years of leaving Ministerial office. The guidance can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-business-appointments-for-senior-public-servants

20th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to respond to the letter sent to it by the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in November 2015.

As part of my introduction to the Cabinet Office, I plan to meet the Chairmen of the Cabinet Office sponsored NDPBs to discuss the workings of their respective Bodies and this will include the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments following which I will reply to the Chairman's letter.

19th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the running costs of Chevening House were in the last 12 months.

Chevening House is not part of the government’s estate. The running costs are a matter for the Trustees

19th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2016 to Question 42775, what assessment he has made of progress to date towards meeting the target of 50 per cent of applicants for senior Civil Service posts being female.

Work is currently underway to monitor the diversity of applicants for SCS posts, including the male/female ratio. An analysis of this information will take place later in the year to help the department to understand what the barriers are for applicants what actions can be taken to overcome them.

19th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which ministerial responsibilities are held by the Office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The List of Ministerial Responsibilities will be published in due course.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42548, what the cost to the public purse is of employing the 37 people referred to in that Answer.

Having re-reviewed the numbers and status of the FTA I can confirm that 28 people in IPA are employed through Fixed Term Appointments (we have now removed people who have since moved on either due to their appointment coming to an end or moving to other roles either within Cabinet Office or across wider government).

These members of staff cost £1,937,818 annually out of an overall IPA budget of £14,463,994.

To put this in context IPA oversees projects with whole life costs of well over £500bn.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what severance pay has been granted to the special advisers that left his Department in the last week.

Severance payments are in the process of being calculated. Details of the costs will be published in due course.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42551, if he will take steps to improve take-up of the Accelerate programme by disabled members of staff.

If the Accelerate programme runs in future years, then the Cabinet Office will promote take-up of the programme through the intranet and will support disabled applicants through the Cabinet Office Disability Network.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any pay rises were awarded to special advisers in the Cabinet Office since 17 December 2015.

No pay rises have been awarded to Special Advisers in the Cabinet Office since 17 December 2015.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many extended Ministerial offices have been shut down since 13 July 2016.

There have been a number of Ministerial and government appointments announced recently. Administrative support for those appointments has yet to be concluded.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2016 to Question 42517, how many members of staff who are in receipt of a private secretary allowance are Senior Civil Servants.

There are currently 11 members of the Senior Civil Service who are in receipt of a private secretary allowance. Staff at Band B2 or above who currently work in the Private Office of a Director General, Permanent Secretary or Minister are entitled to receive the Private Office allowance. The authorisation process is robustly enforced within the department, with accountability resting with the Head of Private Office Group.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Propriety and Ethics Unit spent on legal advice relating to Freedom of Information cases in the last 12 months.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Economic and Domestic Affairs secretariat spent on legal advice relating to Freedom of Information cases in the last 12 months.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

15th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will consult with the devolved administrations to make electoral law less complex.

Cabinet Office has regular discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government on a range of electoral issues. No aspects of electoral law are devolved in Northern Ireland and responsibility for electoral policy remains with the Northern Ireland Office.

15th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the recommendations in chapter two of the Law Commission's report on electoral law, published in February 2016.

The Government is currently considering the recent interim report on electoral law from the Law Commissions, including the reforms set out in chapter two. This is a comprehensive and wide ranging report which makes a number of recommendations. The Government is actively discussing the details of the report with the Law Commissions and other bodies.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff employed on temporary contracts by his Department are currently carrying out work in areas where there is a longer-term requirement for staff to be employed in such areas.

The Cabinet Office has a flexible operating model, employing a mix of staff on permanent contracts, loans in from other government departments, fixed-term appointments, and contractors supplied via third party agencies. All areas of work that have long term requirements use a mix of staff to meet their objectives, including those on temporary fixed-term contracts. As at May 2016, there were 588 staff on fixed term contracts in the Cabinet Office.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve the gender balance of the Cabinet Office Board.

Cabinet Office has an ambition to ensure that the male/female ratio at senior levels is representative of the UK society as a whole. Cabinet Office has published a target within the department’s Single Departmental Plan to ensure that 50% of applicants for Senior Civil Service posts are female, by the end of the term of the parliament. Cabinet Office operates a meritocratic recruitment system for internal and external promotions, therefore an increase in female applicants will support improved female representation at SCS level and in pipelines to Board level.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to table 1.4 of his Department's 2015-16 Annual Report and Accounts, what the reasons are for the increase in his salary between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The Cabinet Office annual accounts do not state an increase in the full year salary of the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The salary was £31,680 for both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 financial years. The salary of Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP did increase from £31,680 to £67,505 when he was promoted to be a Cabinet Minister as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

On appointment the Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal was paid a salary at the Minister of State level as there are legislative restrictions on the number of Cabinet Minister salaries that can be paid. Following the General Election her salary was increased to the Cabinet Minister level.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to table 1.4 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16, what the reasons are for the increase in the salary of the Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

The Cabinet Office annual accounts do not state an increase in the full year salary of the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The salary was £31,680 for both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 financial years. The salary of Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP did increase from £31,680 to £67,505 when he was promoted to be a Cabinet Minister as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

On appointment the Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal was paid a salary at the Minister of State level as there are legislative restrictions on the number of Cabinet Minister salaries that can be paid. Following the General Election her salary was increased to the Cabinet Minister level.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from (a) professional bodies and (b) other organisations on the streamlining of electoral law.

Cabinet Office Ministers have had discussions with key electoral bodies and organisations on a range of electoral issues, including the review of UK electoral law currently being undertaken by the Law Commissions.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on the finding of the Law Commission in its interim report on electoral law, published in February 2016, that electoral law should be governed by a rational and holistic framework governing all existing elections.

The Government is currently considering the recent interim report on electoral law from the Law Commissions. This is a comprehensive and wide ranging report which makes a number of recommendations. The Government is actively discussing the details of the report with the Law Commissions and other bodies.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority are employed on temporary contracts.

The infrastructure and Projects Authority currently has 37 people within the business on Fixed Term Appointments.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of how effective his Department has been in promoting the advancement of disabled members of staff.

Diversity and inclusion is a key priority for the Civil Service and for the Cabinet Office. The Executive Committee of the Cabinet Office recently commissioned work on a departmental diversity and inclusion strategy, which will be published this month. This strategy promotes a more inclusive culture in the department through key strands of work on leadership, declaration data, supporting those from under-represented groups and promoting the work of the employee diversity networks. A key aim of the strategy is to promote the advancement of those from all under-represented groups, including disabled members of staff.

The Cabinet Office promotes a number of cross Government talent schemes to disabled staff, to accelerate their promotion to Senior Civil Service roles. This includes Civil Service wide talent schemes such the Future Leaders Scheme (aimed at G6&7 staff) and the Senior Leaders Scheme (aimed at SCS Pay Band 1). Additionally, it promotes development schemes aimed specifically at BAME and disabled staff including the Accelerate talent programme (for SCS) and the Positive Action Pathway (for staff below SCS).

The Cabinet Office has a well established Disability Network staffed by volunteers, which promotes and supports the work of employees with disabilities. In addition, the Cabinet Office recently created the The Disability Action Group, which is a sub-committee of the Cabinet Office Executive Committee and reports to the Permanent Secretary and the Director General Disability Champion on disability confidence and inclusion in the Cabinet Office. The group ensures civil service wide initiatives are acted upon and that our people with a disability are considered in any building, technology or change projects.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff there were in his Department with off-payroll engagements of more than £220 per day in the last six months; and what the job titles were of those staff.

From January to June 2016 there were 225 staff employed under the Cabinet Office's mandated contingent labour framework supplied by Capita who were paid £220 per day or more. They worked on a range of roles across the areas listed below. Full data on pay costs is published monthly on .gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/payroll-costs-and-non-consolidated-pay-data

  • Digital
  • Engineering
  • Estates & Logistics
  • Finance; Audit & Accountancy
  • Infrastructure Projects (Gateway Reviews)
  • Human Resources
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • IT Project Management
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Corporate administration
12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many disabled members of staff in his Department are currently enrolled on the Accelerate talent programme.

The Accelerate scheme, launched in April 2016, is a new development programme for talented senior civil servants (SCS payband 1 and 2) from BAME backgrounds and those with a disability or long-term health condition. In the first cohort of the scheme, each department was allocated two spaces. The current number of Cabinet Office participants in the programme with either characteristic is too small to share, based on data protection and data sharing guidelines.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve the gender balance among Senior Civil Servants in his Department.

Diversity and inclusion is a key priority for the Civil Service and for the Cabinet Office. The Executive Committee of the Cabinet Office recently commissioned work on a departmental diversity and inclusion strategy, which will be published this month. This strategy promotes a more inclusive culture in the department through key strands of work on leadership, declaration data, supporting those from under-represented groups and promoting the work of the employee diversity networks. A key aim of the strategy is to promote the advancement of those from all under-represented groups, including women and black and minority ethnic staff.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve BME representation on the Board of his Department.

Diversity and inclusion is a key priority for the Civil Service and for the Cabinet Office. The Executive Committee of the Cabinet Office recently commissioned work on a departmental diversity and inclusion strategy, which will be published this month. This strategy promotes a more inclusive culture in the department through key strands of work on leadership, declaration data, supporting those from under-represented groups and promoting the work of the employee diversity networks. A key aim of the strategy is to promote the advancement of those from all under-represented groups, including women and black and minority ethnic staff.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on legal advice relating to Freedom of Information cases in the last 12 months.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department are paid a private secretary allowance.

There are currently 39 members of staff who are in receipt of a private secretary allowance. Staff at Band B2 or above who currently work in the Private Office of a Director General, Permanent Secretary or Minister are entitled to receive the Private Office allowance. There is no further guidance on the allowance. The authorisation process is robustly enforced within the department, with accountability resting with the Head of Private Office Group.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish his Department's guidance on private secretary allowances.

There are currently 39 members of staff who are in receipt of a private secretary allowance. Staff at Band B2 or above who currently work in the Private Office of a Director General, Permanent Secretary or Minister are entitled to receive the Private Office allowance. There is no further guidance on the allowance. The authorisation process is robustly enforced within the department, with accountability resting with the Head of Private Office Group.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the outcome of the EU referendum.

The Prime Minister has spoken to the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, as well as the First and deputy First Ministers in Northern Ireland.

We must ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. So as we prepare for a new negotiation with the European Union, we will fully involve the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on advertising in the last six months.

A total for advertising spend specifically could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 27 June 2016, Official Report, column 23, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure cross-party input at each stage of formulating national goals and strategy.

Decisions on the mechanisms for negotiating the future of the UK's relationship with the EU are a matter for the next Prime Minister and the next Cabinet. It is a matter for Parliament to decide what structures it uses for holding that Government to account as the negotiations move forward.

It will also be important to ensure that the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom are protected and advanced.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the new EU Unit recruits people with an appropriate level of expertise.

The Prime Minister has said that the unit will be staffed by the best and brightest from across the Civil Service. One of the tasks of the unit is to identify further requirements for expertise from outside the civil service and to begin the relevant recruitment and contracting processes.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that there is cross-party input into discussions with the devolved parliamentary bodies and administration in the process of negotiating the UK exit from the EU.

We must ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. As we prepare for a new negotiation with the European Union, we will fully involve the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive. The exact shape of these discussions will be determined by the next Prime Minister.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the European and Global Issues Secretariat is part of the new EU Unit; and if he will make a statement.

Oliver Robbins has been appointed as the head of the new EU Unit in the Cabinet Office. He will have responsibility for supporting Cabinet in the examination of options for our future relationship outside the EU, with Europe, and the rest of the world as well as responsibility for the wider European and Global Issues Secretariat.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to ensure that attracting trade and investment into the UK will be a key priority of the new EU unit.

The unit will focus on delivering the outcome of the referendum, advising on transitional issues and exploring objectively options for our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world from outside the EU.

29th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a value for money assessment was carried out prior to the setting up of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The Independent Commission was set up in the usual manner.

29th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2016 to Question 39672, if he will provide a breakdown of the costs associated with the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The majority of the costs (£137,208) covered Secretariat staff costs. The remaining money was spent on services such as IT, oral evidence sessions, legal fees, and other miscellaneous costs.

29th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what selection criteria were used to appoint the head of the EU Unit.

The new Permanent Secretary Head of the Europe Unit requires a strong track record in advising ministers, working closely with international stakeholders and building collaborative relationships to deliver government objectives. The role also requires high level strategic capabilities and the ability to craft and present a strong vision which others can unite behind. The Cabinet Secretary chose to move Oliver Robbins, an existing Permanent Secretary, into this critical position. Oliver Robbins has the experience and skill to meet all the requiremnts of the job having worked in number of critical departments including HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, in the EU Secretariat, and Home Office. As Principal Private Secretary to two Prime Ministers and as Deputy National Security Adviser, he has extensive experience in advising ministers and working with international partners. As Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office he has set the overall strategy and policy for immigration, an area which will be of key importance during the negotiations of Britain’s exit from the EU.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff the Government plans to recruit to form the new EU Unit.

A new EU unit will be set up in Whitehall, bringing together officials and policy expertise from across the Cabinet Office, Treasury, Foreign Office and BIS. It will be based in the Cabinet Office and report to the Cabinet on delivering the outcome of the referendum, advising on transitional issues and exploring objectively options for our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world from outside the EU. The funding for the unit is yet to be determined.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 27 June 2016, Official Report, column 23, what the terms of reference are for the new EU Unit.

A new EU unit will be set up in Whitehall, bringing together officials and policy expertise from across the Cabinet Office, Treasury, Foreign Office and BIS. It will be based in the Cabinet Office and report to the Cabinet on delivering the outcome of the referendum, advising on transitional issues and exploring objectively options for our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world from outside the EU. The funding for the unit is yet to be determined.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 27 June 2016, Official Report, column 23, how much funding has been allocated to the new EU Unit.

A new EU unit will be set up in Whitehall, bringing together officials and policy expertise from across the Cabinet Office, Treasury, Foreign Office and BIS. It will be based in the Cabinet Office and report to the Cabinet on delivering the outcome of the referendum, advising on transitional issues and exploring objectively options for our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world from outside the EU. The funding for the unit is yet to be determined.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to consult opposition parties on and during the process of negotiating the UK exit from the EU.

This will be a decision for the next Prime Minister.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government took before 23 June 2016 to prepare for a potential vote to leave the EU in the referendum.

As the Governor of the Bank of England and the Chancellor have confirmed UK authorities took action ahead of the referendum to mitigate risks to financial stability and market functioning in the event of a vote to leave. The Government's clear position was that the UK should remain a member of the European Union and the civil service worked in support of that in the run up to the referendum.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on bringing forward proposals for a modern public services ombudsman in the last three months.

The Government is making good progress and will publish draft legislation in due course.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have applied for special leave to carry out work for non-governmental departments in the last 12 months.

The information requested is not held.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department have specific policy responsibility for deregulation.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 11 March 2016 to UIN: 29744.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Freedom of Information requests have been refused by his Department in the last 12 months.

Statistics in relation to Freedom of information requests are publically available on gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 9 March 2016 to Question 29669, what progress he has made on establishing the cost to the public purse of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The total expenditure of the Commission on Freedom of Information was £155,744.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff will be recruited to form the Anti-corruption Innovation Hub.

There will be a full time member of staff with additional support as part of joint commitment between the Government and Omidyar Network.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the terms of reference are for the new Anti-corruption Innovation Hub.

The Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub is a virtual network which brings together government, civil society, law enforcement, technologists and the private sector to share cross-sector expertise and new ideas on how to tackle corruption.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government Minister will have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the new anti-corruption strategy.

Building on the UK's Anti Corruption Plan and the Prime Minister's successful summit, the UK has committed to develop a new national anti-corruption strategy which will provide a vision and framework for our domestic and international policy priorities. We are reviewing the governance arrangements for the strategy and will announce them in due course.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many job vacancies in his Department have been reserved as internal posts in the last 12 months.

For the 12 month period between 8/6/15 and 7/6/16, Cabinet Office advertised 26 vacancies for internal applicants on its intranet site. In the same period, 469 Cabinet Office vacancies were advertised on the Civil Service Jobs search internet page.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase diversity in public appointments.

The Centre for Public Appointments in the Cabinet Office supports departments on all issues relating to the diversity of public appointments. Steps we are taking to increase diversity include streamlining the application process​, placing an emphasis on ability over previous experience,​ and increasing awareness of opportunities by using a central website and social media.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people appointed to public bodies are women.

The Government is committed to increasing the diversity of public appointments and​ has an​ aspiration that 50% of new public appointees should be women. We are making ​good ​progress, with 44% of new appointments made to women in 2014-2015, up from 39% the previous year. For many years, the figure on appointments was between 32-36%, 44% is the highest figure since records began.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to promote a whistleblowing culture in his Department.

This Government has taken a number of steps to ensure effective whistleblowing practices are in place across Departments and to raise the profile and awareness of whilstleblowing. Updated and refreshed model whistleblowing policies are in place across all departments, providing information on sources of support available to whistleblowers, including access to employee assistance programmes, and advice on accessing legal support. In addition, we have improved support for Nominated Offices, and Departments have introduced dedicated whistleblowing hotlines and are publishing case studies on departmental intranet sites to build confidence that cases will be heard fairly and appropriately.

The Cabinet Office has developed a new data collection tool to enable HR Directors to collect information on whistleblowing cases including how cases have been resolved, identification of systemic issues, and lessons learned. Departments are using this tool to report to their Departmental Boards, and to the Cabinet Office, on a 6 monthly basis.

More details on action taken by specific Departments, including the first set of data collated by Departments, can be found in the Cabinet Office’s recent report to the Public Accounts Committee: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/public-accounts-committee/whistleblowing-recall/written/31692.html

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to promote a whistleblowing culture across the civil service.

This Government has taken a number of steps to ensure effective whistleblowing practices are in place across Departments and to raise the profile and awareness of whilstleblowing. Updated and refreshed model whistleblowing policies are in place across all departments, providing information on sources of support available to whistleblowers, including access to employee assistance programmes, and advice on accessing legal support. In addition, we have improved support for Nominated Offices, and Departments have introduced dedicated whistleblowing hotlines and are publishing case studies on departmental intranet sites to build confidence that cases will be heard fairly and appropriately.

The Cabinet Office has developed a new data collection tool to enable HR Directors to collect information on whistleblowing cases including how cases have been resolved, identification of systemic issues, and lessons learned. Departments are using this tool to report to their Departmental Boards, and to the Cabinet Office, on a 6 monthly basis.

More details on action taken by specific Departments, including the first set of data collated by Departments, can be found in the Cabinet Office’s recent report to the Public Accounts Committee: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/public-accounts-committee/whistleblowing-recall/written/31692.html

13th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what timetable he has set for publication of information on the cost to the public purse of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The final costs for the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information are currently being assembled and I expect to be able to publish the information shortly.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on hosting ministerial receptions in each of the last five years.

Information relating to official and charity receptions held at Downing Street are published on a quarterly basis and are available on the gov.uk website.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish direct contact details for all units in his Department.

The published List of Ministerial Responsibilities provides contact details for all Government departments.

As part of the commitment to making Government more transparent and accountable, Departments are required to publish an organogram every six months.

The latest organogram published for the Cabinet Office represented the Department at 30 September 2015 and the contact details, including e-mail addresses, were those applicable at that point in time.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to make it easier for hon. Members and the general public to make contact with officials of his Department.

The published List of Ministerial Responsibilities provides contact details for all Government departments.

As part of the commitment to making Government more transparent and accountable, Departments are required to publish an organogram every six months.

The latest organogram published for the Cabinet Office represented the Department at 30 September 2015 and the contact details, including e-mail addresses, were those applicable at that point in time.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure his Department's organogram published at https://data.gov.uk/organogram/cabinet-office is up to date with direct contact details and correct email addresses.

The published List of Ministerial Responsibilities provides contact details for all Government departments.

As part of the commitment to making Government more transparent and accountable, Departments are required to publish an organogram every six months.

The latest organogram published for the Cabinet Office represented the Department at 30 September 2015 and the contact details, including e-mail addresses, were those applicable at that point in time.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2016 to Question 28518, on public appointments: ethnic groups, if he will publish the list of attendees at the event held by his Department in February 2016.

The Public Appointments event I hosted on 25 February was aimed at encouraging people from under represented groups to apply for Public Appointments. The Centre for Public Appointments at the Cabinet Office worked with a range of contacts and organisations that champion diversity in senior appointments to compile a guest list.

It would not be appropriate to publish a list of attendees as they have not consented to their details being published in this way.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the contracts with ATOS listed on his Department's website are live and ongoing.

Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015, including those awarded to Atos, can be viewed at http://ow.ly/WHYGl. Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at http://ow.ly/WHZ3k.

Atos is a supplier on seven frameworks listed on the Crown Commercial Service website, all of which are live and ongoing:

http://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

4th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on advertisements with Google in each of the last three years.

Cabinet Office spent £107,896.25 on Google advertising in 2013/14. Cabinet Office did not spend anything on Google advertising in 2014/15. Fully auditable figures are not yet available for 2015/16. All figures include VAT.

4th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on advertisements using Facebook in each of the last three years.

Cabinet Office did not spend anything in 2013/14 on Facebook advertising. In 2014/15 there was a total of £17,511.16 spent by Cabinet Office on Facebook advertising. Fully auditable figures are not available for the 2015/16. All figures include VAT.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the media was briefed on the contents of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information's report prior to that report being made available to hon. Members.

The report of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was received on 29 February and published with the Government’s response on 1 March [Hansard ref HCWS566]

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials work in his private office.

The government publishes information on the job titles and pay grades of senior civil servants along with the numbers of staff they manage on a twice yearly basis. Information for all my office will be published in the next set of data.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have policy responsibility for deregulation.

A cross cutting team has been established to lead delivery of Governments' commitment to cut a further £10 billion of red tape over this Parliament. The joint team consists of 53 officials from both Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department have responsibility for examining the resilience of the UK's infrastructure.

The Cabinet Office role on infrastructure resilience is focused on providing a co-ordination and assurance function for infrastructure resilience. Other departments have staff working directly on infrastructure resilience according to sector.

There are currently fifteen officials in the Cabinet Office who spend a significant amount of their time working on infrastructure resilience.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the cost: benefit ratio of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The total expenditure of the Commission will be published in due course.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on the future scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I refer the hon Member to my Written Ministerial Statement of 1 March 2016 [Hansard reference HCWS566]

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what expenses were claimed by members of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The total expenditure of the Commission will be published in due course.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department provided support to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The Commission was supported by a small secretariat which comprised of one full time secondee from the Cabinet Office and two secondees from the Ministry of Justice, all of whom are below the Senior Civil Service. In addition, adhoc administrative support was provided on request.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to change the Cabinet veto over the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I refer the hon Member to my Written Ministerial Statement of 1 March 2016 [Hansard reference HCWS566]

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials of his Department have specific policy responsibility for freedom of information.

I refer the hon Member to the Cabinet Office organogram: https://data.gov.uk/organogram/cabinet-office.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include private sector companies that deliver public services.

I refer the hon Member to my Written Ministerial Statement of 1 March 2016 [Hansard reference HCWS566]

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.

The total expenditure of the Commission will be published in due course.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to introduce a statutory time limit for dealing with appeals under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I refer the hon Member to my Written Ministerial Statement of 1 March 2016 [Hansard reference HCWS566]

29th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has met officials of the Cabinet Office to discuss improving diversity in the Senior Civil Service in the last six months.

Promoting diversity in the Senior Civil Service is a ministerial responsibility of the Minister for the Cabinet Office. Details of my Ministers meetings with external organisations are published routinely and can be found on Gov.uk. Details of internal meetings are not disclosed.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what shared platforms the Government is building or has commissioned to improve the delivery of Government services.

The following platforms have been commissioned or built to improve the delivery of Government services:

Departments

Name

HMRC Home Office

One Government at the Border

Ministry of Justice Home Office

Digital Justice

GDS

GOV.UK Verify

GDS

GOV.UK

GDS

GOV.UK Pay

GDS

GOV.UK Notify

GDS

PaaS / Hosting for digital services

DWP HMRC

Check your state pension

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how he plans to reduce the cost per participant of the National Citizen Service.

Consecutive, independent evaluations have demonstrated that National Citizen Service (NCS) delivers value for money and that the cost per participant has fallen since NCS began. In 2013, the NCS Trust, an independent social enterprise, was established to manage NCS and deliver the programme. Cabinet Office is working closely with the NCS Trust to develop their plans to extend NCS to 360,000 young people per year by 2020, whilst ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to improve Black and minority ethnic representation in the Senior Civil Service his Department.

The Cabinet Office promotes a number of cross Government talent schemes to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled staff, to accelerate their promotion to Senior Civil Service roles. This includes Civil Service wide talent schemes such the Future Leaders Scheme (aimed at G6&7 staff) and the Senior Leaders Scheme (aimed at SCS Pay Band 1). Additionally, it promotes development schemes aimed specifically at BAME and disabled staff including the Accelerate talent programme (for SCS) and the Positive Action Pathway (for staff below SCS).

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in the private offices group are employed on temporary contracts.

At 31 January 2016, the Private Office Group in my department employed no officials on temporary contracts.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what investment his Department has made in software components in the last six months.

The Cabinet Office routinely purchases software components to facilitate business operations and has purchased a number of software components, such as desktop software, document management systems, business applications and software as service components. Details of transactions are listed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-spend-data

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department are responsible for coordinating and developing international policy across Government.

As part of this Government’s transparency agenda, twice a year all Departments are required to publish an organogram and structure charts that contain information about the roles performed by staff. The latest Cabinet Office organogram is available at https://data.gov.uk/organogram/cabinet-office and the latest structure charts may be downloaded at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-structure-charts.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to increase the number of public appointments of women in the last three months.

The Government is committed to increasing the diversity of public appointments and​ has an​ aspiration that 50% of new public appointees should be women. We are making ​good ​progress, with 44% of new appointments made to women in 2014-2015 and a higher proportion of all public appointments (new appointments and reappointments) went to women last year than at any other point previously recorded.

The Centre for Public Appointments in the Cabinet Office supports departments on all issues relating to the diversity of public appointments. Steps we are taking to increase diversity include streamlining the application process​, placing an emphasis on ability over previous experience,​ and increasing awareness of opportunities by using a central website, social media.

I hosted an event in February for a variety of diversity networks to encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply for Public Appointments and to advertise them in their own networks. The Cabinet Office is also represented at events run by diversity networks to raise awareness of the opportunities available.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to increase the number of public appointments of BAME representation in the last three months.

The Government is committed to increasing the diversity of public appointments. The Centre for Public Appointments in the Cabinet Office supports departments on all issues relating to the diversity of public appointments. Steps we are taking to increase diversity include streamlining the application process​, placing an emphasis on ability over previous experience,​ and increasing awareness of opportunities by using a central website, social media. The Centre for Public Appointments also engages extensively with a variety of diversity networks​ and groups representing the views of ethnic minorities to raise awareness and increase the number of applications coming from BAME candidates and understand any potential issues or barriers.

I hosted an event in February for a variety of diversity networks to encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply for Public Appointments and to advertise them in their own networks. The Cabinet Office is also represented at events run by diversity networks to raise awareness of the opportunities available.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on determining how best to collect and track data on socio-economic background in the Civil Service.

On 2 February we published a report by the Bridge Group on socio-economic diversity in the Civil Service’s flagship graduate recruitment programme, the Fast Stream. This report can be accessed from the link at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/socio-economic-diversity-in-the-fast-stream-the-bridge-report and my accompanying speech at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/addressing-inequality-in-the-public-sector-and-beyond-matt-hancock-speech"

For the Fast Stream graduate programme and for the Fast Track apprenticeship scheme, we already collect information from candidates about their socio-economic background. We are working to implement the Bridge Group recommendations on the best measures of socio-economic background for these programmes, including collecting home postcode and school attended by applicants, both at age 14. Both of these new data items will be collected for recruitment to Fast Stream and Fast Track for new competitions from 2016.

We will publish our Social Mobility Strategy for the Civil Service in the Spring, in which we will set out our approach to measuring socio-economic diversity in the wider workforce.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to improve the representation of employees with a disability in the Senior Civil Service in the Cabinet Office.

The Cabinet Office promotes a number of cross Government talent schemes to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled staff, to accelerate their promotion to Senior Civil Service roles. This includes Civil Service wide talent schemes such the Future Leaders Scheme (aimed at G6&7 staff) and the Senior Leaders Scheme (aimed at SCS Pay Band 1). Additionally, it promotes development schemes aimed specifically at BAME and disabled staff including the Accelerate talent programme (for SCS) and the Positive Action Pathway (for staff below SCS).

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has met external organisations in the last six months to discuss improving diversity in the Senior Civil Service.

Promoting diversity in the Senior Civil Service is a ministerial responsibility of the Minister for the Cabinet Office. I have had frequent such meetings, and details of ministers' meetings with external organisations are published routinely and can be found on Gov.uk.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of in which areas of the Civil Service there is a deficit in capabilities.

We have completed a skills review process across different government departments in the last 3 years considering leading and managing change, programme management, digital, and commercial skills and this has given a high level indication of the areas where we need to increase capability. Our approach to learning and development includes specific focus on these areas.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with representatives of Uber in the last 12 months.

Details of Ministers' meetings with external organisations, including senior media figures, are published routinely and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-transparency-publications on Gov.uk.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will devise and disclose a distinct UK drones and targeted killing policy as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The 2015 National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review, informed by the National Security Risk Assessment, are considering a wide range of risks and threats including terrorism, and responses. We cannot speculate on the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the revised travel guidance used by Government departments on first class rail travel.

There is no single government-wide travel policy, each department is responsible for setting its own travel policy.

5th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the process of reviewing the Cabinet Secretary's file to be completed; how many files are contained within that volume; how many such files have been indexed as part of the review to date; and for what reason those files were (a) uncatalogued and (b) unregistered before the review commenced.

I have placed copies of the following documents in the Library:

· Cabinet Office Records Management Policy 2011

· Cabinet Office Information Retention Policy 2011

The policies in these documents in relation to paper files have remained the same as when the Hon. Member was a Minister in this Department. They were updated in 2011 to reflect changes in the Cabinet Office IT system.

The work outlined in my written statement of 4 February is underway and will be completed as quickly as possible. Information on the Cabinet Secretaries' Miscellaneous Papers, which was closed in 2007, can be found online on The National Archives Catalogue under the series CAB301. The Papers are covered by a Lord Chancellor’s retention instrument issued in 23 September 2014 under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act to allow series of records which form part of a backlog awaiting appraisal or preparation for transfer to TNA. This is standard practice for handling sensitive papers and has been in place since 1958. It would therefore be inappropriate to say anything further about their content.

Recording of file destruction is embedded within individual Cabinet Office records lists. Extracting the detail requested would have to be done manually and could only be delivered at disproportionate cost. The file marked for destruction had been reviewed in 2013 and had not met the criteria for permanent preservation as set out in the Records Collection Policy of The National Archives. Before final destruction took place, as part of standard processes, which have not changed since the Hon. Member was a Minister in this Department, a further review was undertaken and in the light of the content a decision was made not to destroy the file.

5th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's record and retention policy; when that policy was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 February 2015 to PQ223654-PQ223655.

5th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a list of the title of each file that has been destroyed by his Department in the last 12 months.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 February 2015 to PQ223654-PQ223655.

5th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the written statement of 4 February 2015, HCWS251, what the titles are of the four additional files that have been found; if he will place in the Library copies of those files; for what reason one file had been marked for destruction; and if he will make a statement.

I have placed copies of the following documents in the Library:

· Cabinet Office Records Management Policy 2011

· Cabinet Office Information Retention Policy 2011

The policies in these documents in relation to paper files have remained the same as when the Hon. Member was a Minister in this Department. They were updated in 2011 to reflect changes in the Cabinet Office IT system.

The work outlined in my written statement of 4 February is underway and will be completed as quickly as possible. Information on the Cabinet Secretaries' Miscellaneous Papers, which was closed in 2007, can be found online on The National Archives Catalogue under the series CAB301. The Papers are covered by a Lord Chancellor’s retention instrument issued in 23 September 2014 under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act to allow series of records which form part of a backlog awaiting appraisal or preparation for transfer to TNA. This is standard practice for handling sensitive papers and has been in place since 1958. It would therefore be inappropriate to say anything further about their content.

Recording of file destruction is embedded within individual Cabinet Office records lists. Extracting the detail requested would have to be done manually and could only be delivered at disproportionate cost. The file marked for destruction had been reviewed in 2013 and had not met the criteria for permanent preservation as set out in the Records Collection Policy of The National Archives. Before final destruction took place, as part of standard processes, which have not changed since the Hon. Member was a Minister in this Department, a further review was undertaken and in the light of the content a decision was made not to destroy the file.

15th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value is of duplicate supplier payments identified by his Department since 2010; and what proportion of such payments have since been recovered in each of the last two financial years.

The Cabinet Office identified duplicate payments worth £77,164 through the 2011/12 to 2012/13 payments review. All of the duplicate payments identified were recovered.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any unsuccessful attempts have been made by Russia to interfere in the UK's democratic processes in the last three years.

The Government has said previously that we have not seen evidence of successful foreign

interference in UK elections and we take any allegations of interference in UK democratic

processes by a foreign government extremely seriously. That remains the case. We know

that certain states routinely use disinformation and other means as a foreign policy tool,

and have seen evidence of this happening elsewhere. It should therefore not surprise us

that they might try to influence democratic processes in the UK.

To ask the Cabinet Office, whether any indirect attempts have been made by Russia to interfere in the UK's democratic processes in each of the last three years.

The Government has said previously that we have not seen evidence of successful foreign

interference in UK elections and we take any allegations of interference in UK democratic

processes by a foreign government extremely seriously. That remains the case. We know

that certain states routinely use disinformation and other means as a foreign policy tool,

and have seen evidence of this happening elsewhere. It should therefore not surprise us

that they might try to influence democratic processes in the UK.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps have been taken to monitor and regulate contacts between Mr Lynton Crosby and representatives of the tobacco industry, in particular in relation to consultations on the introduction of standard packaging.

Mr Lynton Crosby is not employed by the Government.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure content creators are paid for the content they make available online.

The Government is committed to ensuring content creators are appropriately rewarded for the content they make available online while also ensuring that we continue to encourage investment in new content and innovative services. The Government is currently engaging with these issues as part of the EU Digital Single Market initiative, where we are negotiating a package of measures which seek to support fairness in the online value chain. The Government will continue to ensure there is a robust system for protection of intellectual property when the UK has left the EU, with strong protections against infringement.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's response to the Waterson review, published on 13 March 2017, how he plans to make funds available to National Trading Standards to enforce legislation relevant to secondary ticketing websites.

In line with the Government’s response to the Waterson review, National Trading Standards and Trading Standards Scotland have been tasked with investigating potential enforcement cases against sellers and secondary ticketing websites that do not comply with legislation from within their forthcoming annual budgets.

28th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department's review into the decision to award public funding to Hacker House will include how many UK-based employees her Department assessed Hacker House to have during the application process for grant funding under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund.

I have written to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to set out the findings of the independent review conducted by the Government Internal Audit Agency and I attach a copy of the letter for reference.

28th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department's review of the decision to award public funding to Hacker House will include a random audit of that company to determine how the public money granted under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund has been spent.

I have written to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to set out the findings of the independent review conducted by the Government Internal Audit Agency and I attach a copy of the letter for reference.

28th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 2799, what proportion of gigabit broadband connections will be delivered by (a) fibre to the premise and (b) other technologies.

As set out in the answer of 24 October 2019, the Government is determined to secure nationwide coverage of gigabit capable broadband as soon as possible through the deployment of full fibre broadband, upgraded gigabit networks and, potentially, other technologies such as 5G fixed wireless access. The Government has not set targets for the proportion, or number of premises to be covered by these different technologies, as we are focussed on the outcome of better broadband connectivity for consumers, and we wish to encourage innovation and increased network competition in this market.

28th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department's review of the decision to award public funds to Hacker House will include whether the requirement for the allocation of funding to not exceed 50 per cent of the company's annual income was waived for any other Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund grant recipient.

I have written to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to set out the findings of the independent review conducted by the Government Internal Audit Agency and I attach a copy of the letter for reference.

28th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 2799 on broadband, to what (a) proportion and (b) number of premises does the Government aim to deliver full fibre to the premise by 2025.

As set out in the answer of 24 October 2019, the Government is determined to secure nationwide coverage of gigabit capable broadband as soon as possible through the deployment of full fibre broadband, upgraded gigabit networks and, potentially, other technologies such as 5G fixed wireless access. The Government has not set targets for the proportion, or number of premises to be covered by these different technologies, as we are focussed on the outcome of better broadband connectivity for consumers, and we wish to encourage innovation and increased network competition in this market.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is Government policy to deliver 1 gigabit connections to all premises by 2025.

The Government is determined to secure nationwide coverage of gigabit capable broadband as soon as possible. Both the Prime Minister and I have set out the Government's ambition to achieve this by 2025. We expect full fibre broadband and upgraded cable networks to play a major role in delivering our ambitions but we are also open to other technologies, such as 5G fixed wireless access, providing they can deliver similar outcomes for consumers.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse was of developing policy on Age Verification for online pornography since 2015.

Development costs from 2015-2016 were met through existing DCMS headcount resources. Since 2016, the government has spent approximately £2.2million through a contractual agreement with the British Board for Film Classification to implement age verification for online pornography. Building on on that work, we are now establishing how the objectives of Part Three of the Digital Economy Act can be delivered through our online harms regime.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is Government policy to deliver full fibre broadband to to all premises by 2025.

The Government is determined to secure nationwide coverage of gigabit capable broadband as soon as possible. Both the Prime Minister and I have set out the Government's ambition to achieve this by 2025. We expect full fibre broadband and upgraded cable networks to play a major role in delivering our ambitions but we are also open to other technologies, such as 5G fixed wireless access, providing they can deliver similar outcomes for consumers.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to encourage relevant online service providers to conform with Age Appropriate Design Code provisions.

It is vital we have world-leading standards which protect children's privacy when they are online. That is why we included provisions in the Data Protection Act 2018 requiring the Information Commissioner to produce the age- appropriate design code. We are working closely with the Information Commissioner's Office as they finalise the code and Ministers have met the ICO to discuss the development of the code.

The Act requires the Information Commissioner to submit the code to the Secretary of State within 18 months of the Act being passed. Once submitted, we will lay the code in Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable. We will work closely with the ICO as they support industry to implement the code, to ensure that the code is a success and delivers the protections that children deserve.

The Information Commissioner's Office will enforce the code and the underlying data protection standards in line with its Regulatory Action Policy.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department plans to provide to the Information Commissioner’s Office to enforce the Age Appropriate Design Code once it takes effect.

It is vital we have world-leading standards which protect children's privacy when they are online. That is why we included provisions in the Data Protection Act 2018 requiring the Information Commissioner to produce the age- appropriate design code. We are working closely with the Information Commissioner's Office as they finalise the code and Ministers have met the ICO to discuss the development of the code.

The Act requires the Information Commissioner to submit the code to the Secretary of State within 18 months of the Act being passed. Once submitted, we will lay the code in Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable. We will work closely with the ICO as they support industry to implement the code, to ensure that the code is a success and delivers the protections that children deserve.

The Information Commissioner's Office will enforce the code and the underlying data protection standards in line with its Regulatory Action Policy.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to lay the Age Appropriate Design Code before Parliament before the end of 2019.

It is vital we have world-leading standards which protect children's privacy when they are online. That is why we included provisions in the Data Protection Act 2018 requiring the Information Commissioner to produce the age- appropriate design code. We are working closely with the Information Commissioner's Office as they finalise the code and Ministers have met the ICO to discuss the development of the code.

The Act requires the Information Commissioner to submit the code to the Secretary of State within 18 months of the Act being passed. Once submitted, we will lay the code in Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable. We will work closely with the ICO as they support industry to implement the code, to ensure that the code is a success and delivers the protections that children deserve.

The Information Commissioner's Office will enforce the code and the underlying data protection standards in line with its Regulatory Action Policy.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the application Hacker House made to her Department for funding from the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund included information on previous funding received by (a) Directors in London and (b) Partners of that company.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF). Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of organisations in receipt of funds through the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund were awarded the maximum sum available.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF). Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the application from Hacker House for funding from the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund mentioned a trade mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in November 2015.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF). Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

27th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the performance indicators and metrics for the grant funding awarded to Hacker House; and what assessment she has made of whether those performance indicators have been met.

All initiatives awarded grant funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) are regularly monitored. We track performance in identifying, training, and placing candidates into cyber security jobs, reviewed against the targets set out in the relevant grant agreement. Updates on the performance of these projects are published as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy progress report.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into allegations from the Sunday Times in relation to Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund. Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

26th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on Hacker House's presence in the UK.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into allegations from the Sunday Times in relation to Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund.

Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

26th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the dates and minutes of meetings held between her Department and representatives of Hacker House.

I have instructed my officials to commission a review that will look into allegations from the Sunday Times in relation to Hacker House’s application for grant funding awarded under the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund.

Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision making process as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the documents held by her Department in relation to the (a) process and (b) decision to grant Hacker House £100,000 from the public purse on the 28 January 2019.

The government received and evaluated 19 applications for grant funding through the second round of the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund, which ran from October-November 2018. Five initiatives were successfully awarded funding.

Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision to grant funding from the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund to Hacker House as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest. The government is conducting a review of the claims made by the Sunday Times and the findings will be published at the same time.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many initiatives her Department evaluated for funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund expanded fund initiatives.

The government received and evaluated 19 applications for grant funding through the second round of the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund, which ran from October-November 2018. Five initiatives were successfully awarded funding.

Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision to grant funding from the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund to Hacker House as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest. The government is conducting a review of the claims made by the Sunday Times and the findings will be published at the same time.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the declarations of interest made in relation to Hacker House's application for public funding.

The government received and evaluated 19 applications for grant funding through the second round of the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund, which ran from October-November 2018. Five initiatives were successfully awarded funding.

Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision to grant funding from the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund to Hacker House as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest. The government is conducting a review of the claims made by the Sunday Times and the findings will be published at the same time.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the conclusion of the review of the decision to grant Hacker House grant funding; and if she will publish in full the results of that review.

The government received and evaluated 19 applications for grant funding through the second round of the Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund, which ran from October-November 2018. Five initiatives were successfully awarded funding.

Subject to any legal restrictions (such as data protection laws and duties to protect commercial or confidential information), we will make available the relevant information regarding the decision to grant funding from the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund to Hacker House as soon as possible, and by 31 October 2019 at the latest. The government is conducting a review of the claims made by the Sunday Times and the findings will be published at the same time.

24th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261159 on Internet: Cryptography, when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department met with representatives of browser providers on the forthcoming protocol to deploy DNS over HTTP.

Ministers and officials have regular meetings and discussions with browser providers, on a range of issues, including the deployment of DNS over HTTPS. Details of Ministerial meetings are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website.

24th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261159 on Internet: Cryptography, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ensure that the switch to DNS from HTTP protocol does not weaken (a) existing child online safety provisions and (b) ISP blocking.

We are aware of ongoing developments relating to the DNS and HTTPS protocol and are working with industry and other relevant stakeholders to address any unintended consequences. Work to understand the potential implications on existing child online safety protections, in particular the effect on existing ISP blocking, is ongoing and we are committed to ensuring that online protections are maintained. Officials are advising Ministers on any necessary mitigation actions as this work progresses.

10th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in advance of the decision to use of Amazon Alexa in the NHS; and what assessment he has made on the implications for data and privacy of the use of that product.

The Government takes the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. Ministers have not discussed this specific agreement. It is up to each department to make sure they are complying with our data protection legislation. The greater the sensitivity of the data, the greater the care that needs to be taken. For example, all organisations need to ensure there is a lawful basis for processing the data, design new systems with data protection principles in mind and consult the Information Commissioner where appropriate.

As part of this agreement, no patient data held by NHS bodies is being shared with Amazon. The agreement is clear that Amazon will not share information with third parties, nor is it going to sell products, make product recommendations or build a health profile on users.

8th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce a decision on increasing the society lotteries sale limit.

Last year society lotteries raised nearly £300m and as the Minister for Sports and Civil Society I am keenly aware of the vital role that they play in this country, supporting countless good causes including our charities, hospices and air ambulances. Society lotteries sit alongside the National Lottery, which last year raised £1.6bn.

DCMS ran a consultation on society lotteries reform from June to September 2018. This included options which considered changes to the annual sales limits. I hope to respond to the consultation before the summer recess.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has received reports of alleged price fixing and collusion among mobile phone operators; and whether he plans to ask the relevant authorities to investigate the alleged competition offences that have taken place.

The Department is aware of reports of alleged price fixing and collusion among mobile phone operators and understand that this matter is subject to ongoing court proceedings.

Investigations of alleged anti-competitive practices are for the relevant competition authorities acting independently of Government.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses using .eu domain names of the UK leaving the EU.

The Prime Minister’s deal which was put forward to Parliament would have allowed UK users of .eu domain names to retain their registration of these domain names throughout the duration of the implementation period.We remain are focused on ensuring our smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU with a deal.

As part of our exit negotiations we will be seeking the best possible deal which takes into account the interests of UK citizens and businesses who currently hold .eu domain names, including SMEs.

In the scenario of a no deal, where registrants may no longer fulfil the eligibility criteria for a .eu domain name, registrants may incur costs to transfer to a new domain, as well as associated costs such as updating marketing materials. DCMS has published guidance on this issue on gov.uk

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-eu-top-level-domain-name-registrations-in-the-event-of-a-no-deal-eu-exit )

Registrars who sell .eu domain names are responsible for ensuring that their UK registrants of .eu are supported in considering future changes to their .eu domain. DCMS has also sought to raise awareness through UK wide business organisations in 2018/2019, including those that represent small businesses.

Businesses may use search optimisation techniques to improve their visibility on search rankings, through the use of domain name level keywords or social media metrics. We understand that Google has extensive site move documentation in their Help Center to assist moving domain names. UK Government has no role in this process, which relates to commercial decisions taken by the company or organisation.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available for small businesses using .eu domain names after the UK leaves the EU.

The Prime Minister’s deal which was put forward to Parliament would have allowed UK users of .eu domain names to retain their registration of these domain names throughout the duration of the implementation period.We remain are focused on ensuring our smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU with a deal.

As part of our exit negotiations we will be seeking the best possible deal which takes into account the interests of UK citizens and businesses who currently hold .eu domain names, including SMEs.

In the scenario of a no deal, where registrants may no longer fulfil the eligibility criteria for a .eu domain name, registrants may incur costs to transfer to a new domain, as well as associated costs such as updating marketing materials. DCMS has published guidance on this issue on gov.uk

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-eu-top-level-domain-name-registrations-in-the-event-of-a-no-deal-eu-exit )

Registrars who sell .eu domain names are responsible for ensuring that their UK registrants of .eu are supported in considering future changes to their .eu domain. DCMS has also sought to raise awareness through UK wide business organisations in 2018/2019, including those that represent small businesses.

Businesses may use search optimisation techniques to improve their visibility on search rankings, through the use of domain name level keywords or social media metrics. We understand that Google has extensive site move documentation in their Help Center to assist moving domain names. UK Government has no role in this process, which relates to commercial decisions taken by the company or organisation.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of the potential changes to Google search rankings of those businesses using .eu domain names after the UK leaves the EU.

The Prime Minister’s deal which was put forward to Parliament would have allowed UK users of .eu domain names to retain their registration of these domain names throughout the duration of the implementation period.We remain are focused on ensuring our smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU with a deal.

As part of our exit negotiations we will be seeking the best possible deal which takes into account the interests of UK citizens and businesses who currently hold .eu domain names, including SMEs.

In the scenario of a no deal, where registrants may no longer fulfil the eligibility criteria for a .eu domain name, registrants may incur costs to transfer to a new domain, as well as associated costs such as updating marketing materials. DCMS has published guidance on this issue on gov.uk

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-eu-top-level-domain-name-registrations-in-the-event-of-a-no-deal-eu-exit )

Registrars who sell .eu domain names are responsible for ensuring that their UK registrants of .eu are supported in considering future changes to their .eu domain. DCMS has also sought to raise awareness through UK wide business organisations in 2018/2019, including those that represent small businesses.

Businesses may use search optimisation techniques to improve their visibility on search rankings, through the use of domain name level keywords or social media metrics. We understand that Google has extensive site move documentation in their Help Center to assist moving domain names. UK Government has no role in this process, which relates to commercial decisions taken by the company or organisation.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department were first notified of (a) the roll-out of domain name systems over hypertext transfer protocol secure and (b) the effect of that roll-out on internet service provider blocking.

The Government continually monitors developments in standards bodies including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which have been developing the domain name systems over hypertext transfer protocol secure (DOH) standard from June 2017. Work to understand the potential implications of these changes, including the potential impact of the rollout of DOH on internet service provider blocking is ongoing and officials are advising Ministers as this work progresses.

5th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value of the UK's broadcasting exports to the EU in the last 12 months.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) economic estimates based on the latest available data show that the total value of exports to the EU from the audiovisual sector, which include exports of radio and television broadcasting activities, was £9.9 billion in 2016. The government has made no assessment of the number of UK TV programmes sold to EU based channels.

5th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of UK TV programmes sold to EU-based channels in the last 12 months.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) economic estimates based on the latest available data show that the total value of exports to the EU from the audiovisual sector, which include exports of radio and television broadcasting activities, was £9.9 billion in 2016. The government has made no assessment of the number of UK TV programmes sold to EU based channels.

17th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the protections for children and young people proposed in the Online Harms White Paper of adopting DNS over HTTPS.

We recognise the potential for change that DNS over HTTPS introduces and are working with industry to ensure that regulatory needs can be provided for and to seek solutions to any potential issues with online protections.

17th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people whose online parental controls could be affected by the adoption of DNS over HTTPS.

We are aware that the adoption of DNS over HTTPS could impact online parental controls. We are working with industry with industry to understand both their plans for the implementation of DNS over HTTPS, and for solutions to maintain online parental controls.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on online protections for children and young people of the Internet Engineering Task Force DNS over HTTPS (DOH) protocol; and if he will make a statement.

Whilst we look to support capabilities that seek to deliver security and privacy to the UK online, we are concerned about the potential unintended consequences.

DCMS is working closely with industry, stakeholders and regulators to seek solutions to any potential issues with online protections, as part of our ongoing work to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many internet browser providers have informed his Department that they will not be adopting the Internet Engineering Task Force DNS over HTTPS (DOH) protocol.

How DOH will be deployed is still a subject of discussion within the industry, both for browser providers and the wider internet industry. We are aware of the public statements made by some browser providers on deployment and we are seeking to understand definitively their rollout plans. DCMS is in discussions with browser providers, internet industry and other stakeholders and we are keen to see a resolution that is acceptable for all parties.

1st May 2019
5G
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment on the effect of banning Huawei equipment from non-core components of the 5G network on the speed of 5G rollout.

The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in July 2018 set out the Government’s strategy for delivering 5G ambitions. The ambitions on 5G are for the UK to become a world leader in the technology and for the majority of the population to have access to a 5G signal by 2027.

The terms of reference for the Telecoms Supply Chain Review were published on gov.uk on 8 November 2018. The decisions of the Review will be announced in due course and to Parliament.

1st May 2019
5G
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to change its 5G roll-out targets in light of the reported decision to limit the use of Huawei equipment in the UK's 5G infrastructure.

The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in July 2018 set out the Government’s strategy for delivering 5G ambitions. The ambitions on 5G are for the UK to become a world leader in the technology and for the majority of the population to have access to a 5G signal by 2027.

The terms of reference for the Telecoms Supply Chain Review were published on gov.uk on 8 November 2018. The decisions of the Review will be announced in due course and to Parliament.

29th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he plans to publish the response to the Telecoms Supply Chain Review.

A statement will be made to the House to communicate the decision at the appropriate time.

29th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on Essex county council's proposed closure of its libraries.

DCMS has received a number of representations from local people and bodies about Essex County Council’s proposed Future Library Services Strategy for 2019 to 2024. The Council consulted on this from 29 November 2018 to 21 February 2019.

DCMS officials are in regular contact with Essex County Council officers to discuss its libraries proposals and the importance of it meeting its statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service. We understand that the Council is currently analysing the responses to the consultation and their aim is to finalise the strategy and present to their Cabinet in Summer 2019.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
29th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions (a) he and (b) his departmental officials have had with Essex county council on its (i) proposed closure of libraries and (b) statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.

DCMS has received a number of representations from local people and bodies about Essex County Council’s proposed Future Library Services Strategy for 2019 to 2024. The Council consulted on this from 29 November 2018 to 21 February 2019.

DCMS officials are in regular contact with Essex County Council officers to discuss its libraries proposals and the importance of it meeting its statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service. We understand that the Council is currently analysing the responses to the consultation and their aim is to finalise the strategy and present to their Cabinet in Summer 2019.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
2nd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has sought guarantees from telecommunications companies that they will not increase charges on UK consumers to (a) use their mobile phone in the EU and (b) call or text an EU country in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.

In the event of a deal, surcharge-free roaming for UK consumers in the EU would continue to be guaranteed during the Implementation Period. In the event that we leave the EU without a deal, the costs that EU mobile operators would be able to charge UK operators for providing roaming services would no longer be regulated. Four mobile operators - O2, EE, Three and Vodafone - have all stated they have no current plans to change their approach to mobile roaming for their customers roaming in the EU.

2nd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many UK-based organisations or companies have a .eu domain name.

The number of UK-based registrations of a .eu domain name is reported in the annual accounts of the .eu registry, EURid. As of Q4 2018, there were 241,000 UK registrations of .eu.

Some registrants may have more than one registration, therefore the actual number of registrants is likely to be lower than the figures reported for the UK.

2nd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what actions his Department will take in response to the emergence of new high-stakes roulette-style games in betting shops following the stake reduction for Category B2 gaming machines.

The roulette-style products launched on 1 April by two high-street bookmakers were withdrawn the following day after a warning from the Gambling Commission. The Commission is continuing to investigate the circumstances and the operators could still face regulatory action. The Commission may also investigate key senior staff at bookmakers who are responsible for bringing those products to market.

The Government and the Gambling Commission expect industry to comply with both the spirit and the letter of the new regulations to ensure that consumers continue to be protected from harm.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has made to undertake an impact assessment of (a) gambling behaviour, (b) product displacement and (c) harm reduction following the stake reduction for Category B2 gaming machines.

The Government published an Impact Assessment, together with its response to the Consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, in May 2018, including assumptions regarding behaviour change, displacement and harm reduction following the implementation of the sub-category B2 gaming machine maximum stake cut. The Impact Assessment can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-proposals-for-changes-to-gaming-machines-and-social-responsibility-measures

We are committed to robustly monitoring and evaluating the impact of the regulatory change.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he discussed with Mark Zuckerberg at their meeting in week commencing 18 February 2019 the January 2019 Facebook data breach in which the passwords of up to 600 million users were made available to Facebook employees.

I refer the Hon Member to the Secretary of State’s answer to PQ 225432 on 28th February.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he was notified of the Facebook data breach reported on 21 March 2019 where the passwords of up to 600 million users were made available to Facebook employees.

We take the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) made our data protection laws fit for the digital age and empowered people to take control of their data.

The DPA and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced a duty on all organisations including social media companies to notify certain types of personal data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Under the GDPR, a company may designate one national regulator in the European Union as its “lead supervisory authority”, so that it does not have to deal with 28 separate regulators. In the case of Facebook, the Irish Data Protection authority takes that role and is therefore leading on this breach.

The ICO is working with its Irish counterpart to ensure that it fulfils its role to protect UK citizens data. This includes establishing the number of UK users affected.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the number of UK users affected by the Facebook data breach reported on 21 March 2019 where the passwords of up to 600 million users were made available to Facebook employees.

We take the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) made our data protection laws fit for the digital age and empowered people to take control of their data.

The DPA and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced a duty on all organisations including social media companies to notify certain types of personal data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Under the GDPR, a company may designate one national regulator in the European Union as its “lead supervisory authority”, so that it does not have to deal with 28 separate regulators. In the case of Facebook, the Irish Data Protection authority takes that role and is therefore leading on this breach.

The ICO is working with its Irish counterpart to ensure that it fulfils its role to protect UK citizens data. This includes establishing the number of UK users affected.

19th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the radio industry in each of the nations and regions of the UK in each of the last five years.

The number of employees in the radio sector by nation and regions is shown in the table.

Region

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

East

500

700

75

500

400

East Midlands

350

450

400

600

600

London

7,000

7,000

7,000

7,000

8,000

North East

75

150

175

150

175

North West

350

700

500

600

1,000

Scotland

450

450

350

1,750

500

South East

350

600

800

800

800

South West

250

300

225

1,000

500

Wales

300

175

250

300

225

West Midlands

225

600

450

500

350

Yorkshire and The Humber

500

400

400

500

500

Total

11,000

12,000

11,000

14,000

13,000

19th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department undertook an impact assessment of the effect of changes to localness guidelines for commercial radio on jobs in local commercial radio stations.

The changes to the localness guidance were made by Ofcom, the independent regulator, in line with its requirements under section 314 of the Communications Act 2003 to ensure effective and appropriate localness guidance is in place (as required under the 2003 Act).

Ofcom's consultation in 2018 on its proposed changes to the localness guidance and impact assessment covered the potential impacts on radio listeners and the industry.

6th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC on improving their subtitling service.

As the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom is responsible for setting targets and holding broadcasters including the BBC to account for delivering subtitling services.

28th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average in-year bonus was for (a) male and (b) female staff in his Department at each grade in each of the last three years.

The information below details the average in-year bonus by gender and grade for each of the last three financial years. The 2016/17 and 2017/18 tables use information consistent with that used for the respective gender pay gap calculations. The 2015/16 table is based on the same information from that year although this was before the legislative requirement to publish the gender pay gap came into effect.


Grades C and D have been combined as the sample size for grade D is too small to report on alone.


2017/18

Grade

Gender

Count of in year awards

Average in year bonus

C and D

M

23

£ 278

F

33

£ 273

B

M

51

£ 316

F

71

£ 309

A

M

50

£ 256

F

44

£ 350

A(U)

M

6

£ 312

F

17

£ 404



2016/17

Grade

Gender

Count of in year awards

Average in year bonus

C and D

M

16

£ 225

F

19

£ 248

B

M

41

£ 256

F

39

£ 268

A

M

34

£ 241

F

39

£ 333

A(U)

M

6

£ 408

F

10

£ 257


2015/16

Grade

Gender

Count of in year awards

Average in year bonus

C and D

M

26

£ 269

F

15

£ 317

B

M

30

£ 350

F

42

£ 324

A

M

34

£ 318

F

31

£ 356

A(U)

M

6

£ 342

F

7

£ 471


28th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's Gender Pay Gap Report 2018, for what reasons at Grade A 32.26 per cent of men received bonuses compared to 18.75 per cent of women.

To clarify, the figures specified in this question relate to the percentages of men and women at Grade A(U) who received end of year bonuses and does not include data relating to in-year bonuses. At Grade A (which has nearly 5 times as many staff members than grade A(U)), 14.84% of men received end of year bonuses compared to 18.06% of women.

Grade A(U) is the smallest of the delegated grades (other than grade D). A total of 16 individuals, out of 63, within this grade were granted end of year bonuses and so the overall percentage of staff receiving end of year awards at this grade is easily skewed due to the small sample size.

Across the department as a whole, the percentages of men and women receiving end of year awards were very similar (15.1% of men and 15.5% of women).

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the minutes of his meeting of the week commencing 18 February with Mark Zuckerburg.

We discussed a range of issues with a number of companies in the week beginning 18th February. As with all meetings held in my capacity as Secretary of State, full details, including minutes, are kept confidential, to allow full and frank discussions between parties.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he discussed Facebook’s role in UK elections in his meeting of the week commencing 18 February with Mark Zuckerburg.

We discussed a range of issues with a number of companies in the week beginning 18th February. As with all meetings held in my capacity as Secretary of State, full details, including minutes, are kept confidential, to allow full and frank discussions between parties.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to assess the merits of Facebook’s business practices towards other developers as part of the Government review of the UK’s competition powers in April 2019.

Competition investigations are a matter for the Competition and Markets Authority. This is carried out independently of Government. The Government’s statutory review of competition law will assess the extent to which competition powers have been effective in fulfilling their aims.

8th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the identity of the new part-owner of the Evening Standard's parent company, Lebedev Holdings.

Neither I nor my Department has had any contact from Lebedev Holding Ltd or its representatives about the transaction. While the Secretary of State has powers under the Enterprise Act 2002 to intervene in certain media mergers raising public interest concerns, there is no requirement under the Enterprise Act 2002 for parties to advise us of the transaction.

My officials will contact Lebedev Holdings Ltd about the transaction, and to obtain further information to determine whether there has been a change of control which would give rise to a merger falling within the jurisdiction of the 2002 Act. However, writing to the party does not necessarily indicate that any transaction raises any public interest concerns.

These decisions are always made in a quasi judicial capacity by the Secretary of State.

8th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the names of the lead negotiators for the BBC during the last BBC charter renewal process.

The Chair of the former BBC Trust and the BBC Director-General were responsible for engaging with government during Charter Review 2015-16.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) he (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have met representatives of Pinterest over the last two years.

Officials in my department have met with Pinterest previously to discuss the Internet Safety Strategy. We are extremely concerned by recent reports that algorithms are targeting young people with self-harm and suicide images and we intend to lay out our approach to tackling a range of online harms in a forthcoming White Paper. My Right Honourable friend, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has raised the government's concerns again this week in this area with a number of companies, including Pinterest, and I have instructed my officials to arrange a further meeting with Pinterest as soon as possible.

23rd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department’s invitation to comment on a request to accept undertakings in place of conditions relating News Corp UK and Ireland Limited’s acquisition of The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers in 1981 published on 19 January 2019, whether the proposals submitted to his Department seek to vary the existing condition of a criminal offence if the undertakings are breached as currently stated under section 62 of the Fair Trading Act 1973.

The pre-2003 newspaper merger regime, set out in the Fair Trading Act 1973 (FTA 1973), including the criminal offence in section 62 of the FTA 1973 for breaches of conditions, was repealed in 2003. The regime was replaced by the regime set out in the Enterprise Act 2002 which allows the Secretary of State to intervene in certain newspaper and media merger cases that raise public interest concerns.

The Communications Act 2003 gives the Secretary of State powers to vary conditions by accepting new undertakings in place of the previous conditions. Where new undertakings are accepted, they are subject to the monitoring and enforcement provisions under the 2002 Enterprise Act in place of penalties under the FTA 1973. This enables the Secretary of State to make enforcement orders if they consider an undertaking has not been fulfilled, or will not be fulfilled.

If an enforcement order is not complied with the Secretary of State or the Competition and Markets Authority can bring proceedings for an injunction. If a party did not comply with an injunction this would amount to contempt of court, which can be punished by a fine or imprisonment.

14th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to publish the Cairncross Review before 31 January 2018.

Dame Frances Cairncross will decide when the report is produced. We will publish the report as soon as possible thereafter.

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made any plans to merge with another government department.

The Prime Minister is responsible for Machinery of Government changes. No such discussions have taken place and there are no plans for DCMS to merge with any other department.

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Departments for Transport and for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on merging into one Department.

The Prime Minister is responsible for Machinery of Government changes. No such discussions have taken place and there are no plans for DCMS to merge with any other department.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information he holds on the number and proportion of (a) children who gamble by buying scratchcards and (b) problem gamblers among 16 to 18 year olds who buy scratchcards.

The legal age for playing National Lottery scratchcards is 16. The Gambling Commission’s Young People & Gambling 2018 report surveyed 2,865 children aged 11-16 years old in schools in England, Scotland and Wales. It reported that 2% of those aged 11-15 years old (45 individuals) had spent money on scratchcards in the past 7 days. Of the 11-15 year olds who have bought National Lottery products (National Lottery tickets or scratchcards) in the past, 62% said a parent or guardian handed over the money at the till.

Data from the Health Survey for England and Scotland 2015 and Problem Gambling Survey Wales 2015 indicates that none of the 16-17 year olds surveyed who played scratchcards were classified as problem gamblers. This is from a sample of 246 16-17 year olds, of whom 53 who had bought scratchcards in the last 12 months. The Gambling Commission also carries out regular telephone surveys, which again found that there were there were no problem gamblers amongst 16-17 and 16-18 year old scratchcard players surveyed. However, in both age groups sample sizes were small, and findings should be treated with caution.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure the safeguarding of children in unstaffed libraries.

The Department encourages local authorities to consider a range of approaches to support and enhance the delivery of their library services, such as making appropriate use of available technology. A number of library services are using technology to enable access for library users to library buildings outside staffed hours on a self service basis. The systems often include controlled access technology involving CCTV and communication systems. Good practice guidance, from the Libraries Taskforce, encourages library services to undertake a risk assessment before implementing such a service and also advises that it is important that staffed hours meet the requirements of children and young adults who wish to visit the library unaccompanied. In managing the safeguarding of children, library services that use these systems do not allow children under a specified age to access the library at unstaffed times unless accompanied by an adult.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to make an assessment of the effect of the Christmas period on rates of (a) under-age gambling and (b) problem gambling; and if he will make a statement.

The most reliable source of problem gambling rates is data collected from the Health Surveys for England and Scotland, and the Problem Gambling Survey Wales. This is collected annually, and we therefore do not hold data on the effect of Christmas on under-age or problem gambling.

The most recent report estimated the number of adult problem gamblers in Great Britain as approximately 340,000, 0.7% of the adult population. Headline rates of problem gambling has remained relatively stable at under 1% for many years.

GambleAware, an independent charity, commissions treatment services, including the GamCare National Gambling Helpline and counselling services and specialist treatment delivered by the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Gordon Moody Association.

The National Gambling Helpline and Netline are open all year round from 8 am to midnight, including all bank holidays. GamCare reports that numbers of calls and contacts are generally low during the festive period, with an increase in the first two weeks of January, in line with experience in other types of support services.

The Review of Gambling Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, published in May, set out measures to prevent and reduce harm from gambling, including strengthening existing protections across gaming machines, online gambling and gambling advertising. It also set out initiatives to improve for treatment and support for those who experience harm, including expanding access to existing services, strengthening the voluntary system for funding and building evidence of what treatment is most effective.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional counselling support is available for people with gambling-related problems during the Christmas period.

The most reliable source of problem gambling rates is data collected from the Health Surveys for England and Scotland, and the Problem Gambling Survey Wales. This is collected annually, and we therefore do not hold data on the effect of Christmas on under-age or problem gambling.

The most recent report estimated the number of adult problem gamblers in Great Britain as approximately 340,000, 0.7% of the adult population. Headline rates of problem gambling has remained relatively stable at under 1% for many years.

GambleAware, an independent charity, commissions treatment services, including the GamCare National Gambling Helpline and counselling services and specialist treatment delivered by the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Gordon Moody Association.

The National Gambling Helpline and Netline are open all year round from 8 am to midnight, including all bank holidays. GamCare reports that numbers of calls and contacts are generally low during the festive period, with an increase in the first two weeks of January, in line with experience in other types of support services.

The Review of Gambling Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, published in May, set out measures to prevent and reduce harm from gambling, including strengthening existing protections across gaming machines, online gambling and gambling advertising. It also set out initiatives to improve for treatment and support for those who experience harm, including expanding access to existing services, strengthening the voluntary system for funding and building evidence of what treatment is most effective.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing restrictions on the use of cartoons and animated figures in gambling advertising campaigns to ensure that they are not targeted at young people.

Strict rules already ensure gambling adverts are not targeted at, or appeal to, children, or exploit the vulnerable, and these apply across all media, including online and on social media.

Gambling operators are required to comply with the advertising codes of practice issued by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP). These are enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). In addition to rules covering children, the advertising codes have specific provisions to protect vulnerable people, and CAP’s new guidance in February further restricted adverts that create an inappropriate sense of urgency or give an irresponsible perception of risk or control.

Gambling adverts must not feature content that risks appealing to children, for example cartoon animals. Last year the Gambling Commission and ASA acted quickly to make clear that operators using such images were in breach of advertising rules and must remove the material or face enforcement action. In addition to rules on content, the ASA has made clear that operators advertising online must use data on customers’ interests to target marketing campaigns away from children.

The government considered gambling advertising as part of our Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and set out a package of initiatives to strengthen protections further, including further CAP guidance on protecting children and young people, and tougher Gambling Commission sanctions for breaches of the advertising codes, including fines.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent gambling companies from using user data to target marketing to (a) underage and (b) problem gamblers.

Strict rules already ensure gambling adverts are not targeted at, or appeal to, children, or exploit the vulnerable, and these apply across all media, including online and on social media.

Gambling operators are required to comply with the advertising codes of practice issued by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP). These are enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). In addition to rules covering children, the advertising codes have specific provisions to protect vulnerable people, and CAP’s new guidance in February further restricted adverts that create an inappropriate sense of urgency or give an irresponsible perception of risk or control.

Gambling adverts must not feature content that risks appealing to children, for example cartoon animals. Last year the Gambling Commission and ASA acted quickly to make clear that operators using such images were in breach of advertising rules and must remove the material or face enforcement action. In addition to rules on content, the ASA has made clear that operators advertising online must use data on customers’ interests to target marketing campaigns away from children.

The government considered gambling advertising as part of our Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and set out a package of initiatives to strengthen protections further, including further CAP guidance on protecting children and young people, and tougher Gambling Commission sanctions for breaches of the advertising codes, including fines.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has met the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip to discuss the future of Johnston Press since his appointment.

I have not met with the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip to discuss the future of Johnston Press.

22nd Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) he or (b) officials from his Department have (i) met or (ii) been in correspondence with representatives from GoldenTree Asset Management since his appointment.

I updated the House on Monday 19th November regarding Johnston Press. Johnston Press had a number of creditors including Golden Tree Asset Management, Fidelity, Caravel Asset Management, and Benefits Street Partners. As I set out on 19 November, a consortium of creditors formed JPI Media to take over the assets of Johnston Press. DCMS has been in contact with a number of stakeholders in relation to the takeover:I spoke with David King (Chief Executive of JPI Media) and John Ensall (Director at JPI Media). Officials at DCMS have also spoken to representatives of Johnston Press and JPI Media.

22nd Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the (a) dates and minutes of meetings and (b) correspondence between the Government and GVC Holdings PLC in the last 12 months; and whether the timing of the vote on the FOBT Statutory Instrument was raised in either case.

Details of Ministerial meetings are published on a quarterly basis on gov.uk. Details about such meetings, including minutes are confidential - to allow full and frank discussions between parties. Ladbrokes Coral (who have since been acquired by GVC Holdings PLC) were one of the attendees at a roundtable with the former Minister for Sport and Civil Society on 7 March 2018 to discuss the Consultation on Proposals for Changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures.

The current Minister for Sport and Civil Society and I have not met representatives of GVC Holding PLC since being appointed.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on the Government's funding of UNESCO.

No such discussions have taken place at this time.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has met any representatives from (a) the Association of British Bookmakers and (b) the Remote Gambling Association since his appointment.

As the Hon member would expect, details of Ministerial meetings are set out in regular transparency returns.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November to 2018 to Question 187322 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Departmental Responsibilities, whether officials in his Department were present at his meeting with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury.

As per my response on 12 November, I met with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury on 10 October. This meeting included a discussion of the changes to stakes on B2 Gaming Machines. I have discussed this issue with a number of other colleagues. There was no discussion of the commercial takeover of Ladbrokes. The appropriate arrangements were in place to support an official meeting.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2018 to Question 187322 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Departmental Responsibilities, whether the commercial terms of the takeover of Ladbrokes by GVC was discussed at his meeting with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury.

As per my response on 12 November, I met with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury on 10 October. This meeting included a discussion of the changes to stakes on B2 Gaming Machines. I have discussed this issue with a number of other colleagues. There was no discussion of the commercial takeover of Ladbrokes. The appropriate arrangements were in place to support an official meeting.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2018 to Question 187322 on Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Departmental Responsibilities, if he will publish an official note of his meeting with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury.

As per my response on 12 November, I met with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury on 10 October. This meeting included a discussion of the changes to stakes on B2 Gaming Machines. I have discussed this issue with a number of other colleagues. There was no discussion of the commercial takeover of Ladbrokes. The appropriate arrangements were in place to support an official meeting.

2nd Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what day he read the Government's response to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, published by the Gambling Commission on 17 May 2018.

I have not met with any gambling companies since my appointment. The Minister for Sport and Civil Society, together with officials, hold regular such meetings and I will be attending a roundtable with the gambling industry later this year.

I held a meeting with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury on 10 October and have held further conversations with colleagues on this issue.

I am fully briefed on all aspects of the Gambling Review, including the Government's response to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures.

2nd Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates he met with the hon. Member for Shipley since becoming Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

I have not met with any gambling companies since my appointment. The Minister for Sport and Civil Society, together with officials, hold regular such meetings and I will be attending a roundtable with the gambling industry later this year.

I held a meeting with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury on 10 October and have held further conversations with colleagues on this issue.

I am fully briefed on all aspects of the Gambling Review, including the Government's response to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures.

2nd Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which gambling companies he has held meetings with since he took up his current office.

I have not met with any gambling companies since my appointment. The Minister for Sport and Civil Society, together with officials, hold regular such meetings and I will be attending a roundtable with the gambling industry later this year.

I held a meeting with the hon Member for Shipley and the hon Member for Tewkesbury on 10 October and have held further conversations with colleagues on this issue.

I am fully briefed on all aspects of the Gambling Review, including the Government's response to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made on the potential economic cost to businesses who transfer data across borders in Europe in the event of the UK Government not reaching an adequacy decision with the EU before 29 March 2019.

EU exports to the UK of data reliant services were worth approximately £32bn (€36bn) in 2016. This includes a diverse range of sectors such as finance, telecoms and entertainment, which benefit from the free flow of data between the UK and EU.

In the event of the UK reaching a final Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, data flows between the UK and the EU would continue as they do presently until the end of the Implementation Period, with no additional restrictions or requirements. The UK will continue to make the case for the European Commission to begin and finalise an adequacy assessment as soon as possible, to provide the earliest possible reassurance that data flows can continue after the Implementation Period.

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place regarding future arrangements for data protection, the UK would at the point of exit continue to allow the free flow of personal data from the UK to the EU. However, in the absence of an adequacy decisions organisations would have to rely on alternative transfer mechanisms to transfer personal data from the EU to the UK. More detail can be found in the government’s technical notice on data protection.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK businesses that engage in data transfers with nations within the EU.

The number of UK businesses that engage in data transfers with EU Member States cannot be quantified directly. However, it is in everyone’s interests that the exchange of data between EU Member States and the UK continues and is unrestricted. Data flows envelop all trade in goods and services as well as other business and personal relations. They are a key driver of global trade and the life-blood of our digital economy.

The government’s recent White Paper (available on gov.uk) sets out an ambitious future relationship with the EU on data protection. It details an agreement that builds on standard EU adequacy arrangements to provide ongoing regulatory cooperation and joined up enforcement action between UK and EU data protection authorities, as well as a clear, transparent framework to facilitate dialogue and minimise the risk of disruption to flows of personal data.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the potential timeframe for the UK to reach a data adequacy agreement with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

As provided for in the General Data Protection Regulation and Law Enforcement Directive, the European Commission can adopt adequacy decisions in respect of the UK to allow the continued free flow of personal data from the EU to the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

The Commission has not yet indicated a timetable for this, but the UK has made it clear we are ready to begin discussions on an adequacy assessment now. The UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 strengthened UK standards in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and the Law Enforcement Directive, providing a unique starting point for an extensive agreement on the exchange of personal data that builds on the existing adequacy framework.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish its data on the gender pay gap for 2017-2018.

DCMS is currently consulting with Cabinet Office on a publication date in line with, and at the same time as, other Government departments.

For reference, last year DCMS published its data alongside other Government departments on 18 December 2017.


29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to close the gender pay gap since March 2017.

The steps we are taking to address the gender pay gap are detailed in the 2016/17 Gender Pay Gap report which was published in December 2017, and is available here (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-gender-pay-gap)

11th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average waiting time was for applications for charitable status to the Charity Commission to be processed in each of the last three years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. Please see the attached letter from Helen Stephenson, CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Commission for England and Wales.

10th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to create a new regulator for internet and social media companies.

We will publish an Online Harms White Paper later this winter, which will set out our proposals for future legislative and non-legislative measures. These proposals will deliver the Digital Charter's ambitions of making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, whilst also leading the world in innovation-friendly regulation that supports the growth of the tech sector.

10th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the number of UK users of Facebook who were affected by the data breach at the company that was announced on 29 September 2018.

We take both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. The Data Protection Act 2018 makes our data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed and empowers people to take control of their data. It is the responsibility of any UK organisation to identify when UK citizen's have been affected as part of a data breach and take the necessary steps to reduce harm to customers. The NCSC and ICO have been made aware of the issue concerning Facebook and are working together with the relevant authorities. The ICO, as the UK's independent regulator for data protection, is making enquiries with Facebook and their overseas counterparts to establish the scale of the breach and if any UK citizens have been affected.

10th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Facebook on their data protection arrangements since their announcement on 29 September 2018 of a major data breach at that company.

We take both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. The Data Protection Act 2018 makes our data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed and empowers people to take control of their data. As the independent regulator for data protection in the UK, the ICO have been made aware of the issue concerning Facebook and are currently making inquiries with the company. It is appropriate and necessary for the Government to allow the ICO and other relevant authorities to conclude their inquiries and before commenting any further on this issue.

19th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) local authority areas and (b) constituencies have an average download speed for fixed broadband services of less than 30 Mbps.

This information is available at the independent website, ‘Thinkbroadband’ (http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/england).

18th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many unstaffed open libraries that use technology to enable visitors to enter there are in each English region.

We do not hold the information requested.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to give local authorities increased powers to protect the public from gambling-related harms.

As set out in the response to the Consultation on proposed changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures on 17th May, the government considers that Local Authorities have sufficient existing powers in relation to gambling-related harm.

We encourage Local Authorities to continue making use of these powers to manage gambling at a local level, alongside working with the Gambling Commission to ensure the effective deployment of the existing tools at their disposal. We also welcome the guidance Tackling gambling related harm - a whole council approach, which was published this month by the Local Government Association.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what analysis his Department has commissioned (a) within and (b) outside of his Department on the effect of gambling advertising on (i) the general population (ii) people under the age of 18.

Our Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility looked at the evidence and protections around gambling advertising. A major survey of evidence by Per Binde, published in 2014, found the impact of advertising on the prevalence problem gambling was likely to be rather small, as one factor among many which make up the environment, although it identified areas for further research. Significant research has been commissioned by GambleAware into the impact of gambling advertising on children, young people and those vulnerable to harm. This is due to be completed next year.

The Gambling Commission carries out an annual survey of gambling behaviour among 11-16 year olds in Great Britain. In 2016 and 2017 this found that there was little evidence of a direct influence of advertising on gambling activity, with 1% of young people in the survey saying advertising prompted them to start gambling or increase the amount they gamble.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to restrict online gambling-style games targeted at people under the age of 18.

In March 2018, the Gambling Commission announced the conclusions from its review of online gambling which can be found at: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/Online-review-March-2018.pdf

Among the changes proposed was the further protection of children by requiring licensed gambling operators to complete age-verification checks before consumers are able to access free-to-play gambling-style games. The Gambling Commission also announced that it would conduct further work to understand the risks of gambling on credit cards before consulting on options for change.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to restrict credit card betting.

In March 2018, the Gambling Commission announced the conclusions from its review of online gambling which can be found at: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/Online-review-March-2018.pdf

Among the changes proposed was the further protection of children by requiring licensed gambling operators to complete age-verification checks before consumers are able to access free-to-play gambling-style games. The Gambling Commission also announced that it would conduct further work to understand the risks of gambling on credit cards before consulting on options for change.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory contributions for the (i) research, (ii) education and (iii) treatment of gambling disorders.

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. It does not specify how much this should be, nor which organisations should be supported.

GambleAware is the leading charity commissioning research, education and treatment, and currently asks operators to donate a minimum of 0.1% of their Gross Gambling Yield (GGY). Most do, with GambleAware receiving £9.4m in 2017/18. Industry also made donations to other bodies supporting research, education and treatment, bringing industry’s collective support for RET to above 0.1% of its GGY.

We considered research, education and treatment as part of our Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility and published our response on 17 May. The Review looked at protections across the gambling industry and support for those who experience harm, including the arrangements for funding support.

We want to see an effective and sustainable voluntary system, with improved coordination and better understanding of what measures are most effective to ensure future funding increases will be spent in the most effective way. Our response outlined a number of initiatives for improving the current system, increasing access to services and strengthening the evidence base. The Government does not consider that introducing a statutory levy is necessary or appropriate at this stage.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department made of the effectiveness of responsible gambling messages in tackling problem gambling.

We considered advertising as part of our Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility. The Review looked at protections around gambling advertising and set out a package of initiatives to strengthen protections further. The gambling industry changed its code to require responsible gambling messaging appears on screen throughout the length of TV adverts, and it is working with GambleAware and the Gambling Commission to identify good practice on identifying vulnerable players, pilot responsible gambling messaging and interventions and understand the information players need to help them manage their own gambling.

The package of measures also included a major responsible gambling advertising campaign, to run for two years with a budget of £5-7m each year, and will aim to raise awareness of risks and signpost to help where appropriate. The campaign will be led by GambleAware, with extensive input from experts on public health and gambling-related harm to ensure its effectiveness. Different messages will be tested with focus groups to build understanding around what type of core messaging can be used to achieve the desired behaviour and attitude change.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2018 to Question 137976 on Social Media: Children, and with reference to the ASA news release of 30 June 2017 stating Ads that directly or indirectly promote an HFSS product cannot appear in children’s media, if he will provide a list of those websites which cannot display such adverts.

Rules governing the promotion of HFSS products on children's media online are enforced on an ad-by-ad, self-regulatory basis and are a matter for ASA.

2nd May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2018 to Question 137975 on Social Media: Children, which organisation holds that information.

An Ofcom childrens media literacy report which was published last year and can be found here: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/108182/children-parents-media-use-attitudes-2017.pdf . This report provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which online media platforms operating in the UK are designated as children’s media.

Online media platforms are not classed in this way and there is not a designated category for children’s media.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which online media platforms operate in the UK for which children make up over 25 per cent of the audience.

DCMS does not hold information of this nature.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the system of voluntary contributions from the gambling industry to fund research, education and treatment of gambling disorder.

The government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility looks at research, education and treatment as part of our consideration of the effectiveness of social responsibility measures across the industry. The consultation closed on 23 January and we will publish our response in due course.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings he has had with (a) officials and (b) Ministers of the Department of Health and Social Care under its current and previous names to discuss problem gambling over the last 12 months.

We take problem gambling very seriously. As the minister responsible for gambling, I met my Rt. Hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care recently to discuss these issues.

Officials from the two departments have met to discuss the impact of problem gambling on several occasions and have worked together on the Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility. Our response to the consultation will be published in due course.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the gambling companies which have contributed less than 0.1 per cent of gross gambling yield to fund research, education and treatment of gambling addiction in each of the last two years.

The government does not hold this information. The Gambling Commission and GambleAware, the leading charity commissioning research education and treatment, are planning to work together to improve data on contributions, and to improve reporting on contributions, either by operator or sector. GambleAware has also announced that it plans to publish details of all the funding it receives.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on changing (a) film and (b) high-end television tax relief to encourage an increase in the diversity of people working in the film and television industries.

The Secretary of State meets regularly with his counterparts in Treasury to discuss a range of matters, including the creative sector tax reliefs, which have successfully encouraged the production of culturally British films and high-end TV programmes worth over £10 billion in expenditure since 2007, making the UK one of the top production destinations in the world.

We are committed to improving diversity in all DCMS sectors and is supportive of relevant work being undertaken by the British Film Institute (BFI) as the government’s arm’s length body for the moving image.

16th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information he holds on the amount of funding spent by local authorities on tourism in each region of England in each of the last five years.

The most recent Local Authorities tourism expenditure is logged as per the attached table.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
16th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) domestic and (b) international tourism visits made to each region of England in each of the last five years.

VisitBritain’s data for this is as follows:

Domestic overnight trip volume – All trip purposes (Millions)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

North East England

4.3

3.9

3.7

3.8

3.3

North West England

14.2

14.0

12.7

13.6

12.0

Yorkshire and The Humber

11.3

10.0

9.5

11.3

9.3

East Midlands

8.5

7.9

7.1

8.0

7.3

West Midlands

8.5

9.0

7.3

8.8

8.9

East of England

9.9

9.0

9.0

9.7

9.5

London

12.2

12.3

11.4

12.9

12.1

South East England

17.9

17.9

16.2

16.8

18.4

South West England

19.7

19.4

17.3

19.7

20.4

Total England

106.5

103.4

94.2

104.6

101.2



Domestic day visit volume (Millions)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

North East England

86

85

72

64

75

82

North West England

196

184

184

183

191

189

Yorkshire and The Humber

162

154

152

138

149

149

East Midlands

128

118

109

112

119

119

West Midlands

147

153

137

131

142

127

East of England

145

151

150

136

140

133

London

362

301

315

322

337

328

Total England

1,226

1,146

1,119

1,086

1,153

1,127

International trip volume – All trip purposes (Millions)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

London

15,461

16,811

17,404

18,581

19,060

North East

427

427

473

576

560

North West

2,311

2,408

2,512

2,674

2,839

Yorkshire

1,092

1,213

1,367

1,290

1,362

West Midlands

1,563

1,841

1,952

2,118

2,196

East Midlands

922

1,066

1,019

1,126

1,334

East Of England

1,946

1,997

2,106

2,192

2,406

South West

2,017

2,199

2,194

2,378

2,501

South East

4,308

4,535

4,647

5,141

5,214

Total England

26,802

28,522

29,823

31,820

32,970

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
16th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many jobs have been generated by the tourism industry in England in each of the last five years; and what the value of tourism was to the economy in each of those years.

Jobs created due to direct tourism and tourism’s economic contribution through GVA are presented below.

Year

Jobs (000s)

Percentage change from previous year

GVA (£bn)

Percentage change from previous year

Percentage of UK GVA

2011

1,457

-

53,947

-

14.1

2012

1,532

5%

57,344

6.3%

13.9

2013

1,604

5%

58,997

2.9%

14.1

2014

1,432

-11%

60,438

2.4%

13.9

2015

1,531

7%

64,642

7.0%

14.2

2016(p)

1,504

-2%

66,065

2.2%

14.2

This data can be sourced at the Office of National Statistics and the DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates for 2017.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
16th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the proportion of gross value added is which has been generated by the heritage sector in each region of England in each of the last five years.

The figures in the table below show the proportion (%) of regional gross value added (GVA) generated by the Heritage Sector across each region in England in the last five years, based on DCMS economic estimates, and without adjusting for inflation.

It is however recognised that our published estimates are likely to be an underestimate for the Heritage sector due to a narrow definition of the sector. We are working with Historic England to address this matter.

GVA for DCMS sectors can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/684142/Regional_GVA_2016_SubSector_tables.xlsx

Proportion of regional GVA generated by the Heritage Sector across each region of England over the last five years

Year

North East

North West

Yorkshire and The Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

East

London

South East

South West

2012

0.1

0.05

0.05

0.06

0.07

0.03

0.03

0.14

0.07

2013

0.09

0.02

0.03

0.02

0.06

0.02

0.02

0.12

0.05

2014

0.11

0.02

0.04

0.04

0.06

0.04

0.02

0.13

0.07

2015

0.16

0.02

0.03

0.04

0.01

0.05

0.02

0.16

0.07

2016

0.13

0.02

0.02

0.04

0.01

0.04

0.02

0.17

0.07

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
16th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of gross value added has been generated by the tourism sector in each of the regions of England in each of the last five years.

The latest data of regional GVA was for 2013. This data is held by the Office of National Statistics. The results are as follow:

Region

Tourism direct gross value added (£ millions) in regions and nations of the UK in 2013

London

15391.4

South East

8240.2

North West

5799.8

South West

5517.6

East of England

4304.2

West Midlands

3757.6

Yorkshire and The Humber

3244.8

East Midlands

2573.6

North East

1578.0

Total England

50,407.2

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
2nd Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of 1 March 2018, Official Report, column 965, on the Leveson Inquiry, if he will publish the total proportion of respondents to the government consultation on the Leveson inquiry including (a) directly and (b) people who signed petitions that were in favour of reopening that inquiry.

This is set out in the Government's response to the consultation which is published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/leveson-consultation-response
2nd Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of 1 March 2018, Official Report, column 965, on Leveson Inquiry, for what reason he did not include the number of people who signed petitions in his evaluation of people in favour of reopening the Leveson Inquiry’in that Ministerial Statement.

As I said in my statement to the House, petition signatures were not counted as direct responses and this is in line with the approach taken by other government consultations - including those on same-sex marriage and the BBC Charter Review. The number of people who signed each petition is clearly set out in our response to the consultation, and their views have been considered fully as part of the Government's deliberations on these issues.
1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 124468, what progress the Government is making on ensuring that existing broadcasting licence arrangements with the EU continue during the implementation period.

It is in the interests of both the UK and the European Union to agree the precise terms of the implementation period as quickly as possible, in order to provide vital certainty to businesses, including those in the broadcasting sector.

As the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has recently stated, we are confident that there is a broad agreement between the UK and the EU positions on the implementation period, and that we will come to an agreement by March. We expect that this should be based on the existing structure of EU rules and regulations, during which the UK and the EU would continue to have access to one another’s markets on current terms. This would indeed cover the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) which governs the pan-EU broadcasting legislation and allows the UK-based broadcasting licensees to broadcast into the EU.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he had made of the effectiveness of restrictions on food and drink advertising.

We are committed to tackling childhood obesity and supporting people to make healthy choices.

Strict new rules came into effect on 1 July 2017 banning the advertising of HFSS food or drink products in children’s media. These restrictions apply across all non-broadcast media including in print, cinema, online and in social media.

In addition in August 2017 we announced £5 million investment in a policy research unit on obesity to provide a robust evidence, evaluation and research capability including looking at advertising and promotions.

Advertising is regulated by the independent Advertising Standards Authority and underpinned by consumer protection legislation. This system is independent of the Government. It is vital that the advertising codes reflect the best available evidence of the effect of advertising on the public, and are periodically reviewed to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to review the (a) scope and (b) effectiveness of guidelines on advertising in relation to junk food marketing.

We are committed to tackling childhood obesity and supporting people to make healthy choices.

Strict new rules came into effect on 1 July 2017 banning the advertising of HFSS food or drink products in children’s media. These restrictions apply across all non-broadcast media including in print, cinema, online and in social media.

In addition in August 2017 we announced £5 million investment in a policy research unit on obesity to provide a robust evidence, evaluation and research capability including looking at advertising and promotions.

Advertising is regulated by the independent Advertising Standards Authority and underpinned by consumer protection legislation. This system is independent of the Government. It is vital that the advertising codes reflect the best available evidence of the effect of advertising on the public, and are periodically reviewed to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of junk food advertising on young people.

We are committed to tackling childhood obesity and supporting people to make healthy choices.

Strict new rules came into effect on 1 July 2017 banning the advertising of HFSS food or drink products in children’s media. These restrictions apply across all non-broadcast media including in print, cinema, online and in social media.

In addition in August 2017 we announced £5 million investment in a policy research unit on obesity to provide a robust evidence, evaluation and research capability including looking at advertising and promotions.

Advertising is regulated by the independent Advertising Standards Authority and underpinned by consumer protection legislation. This system is independent of the Government. It is vital that the advertising codes reflect the best available evidence of the effect of advertising on the public, and are periodically reviewed to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of social media companies on restricting junk food adverts to children.

The department meets regularly with online platforms to discuss what more can be done to protect young people online, including from the advertisement products online.

The Internet Safety Strategy will explore how higher expectations of online safety from advertisers can be translated into a greater focus on safety from platforms.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many international broadcasters currently hold an Ofcom licence that allows them to broadcast throughout the EU.

All Ofcom broadcast licence holders are allowed to provide broadcasting services throughout the EU. The Country of Origin principle, which underpins the single market for audiovisual media services, enables broadcasters to obtain a broadcasting licence in one EU Member State for all their channels and services in different EU countries.

The UK is currently one of the biggest European broadcasting hubs. According to a 2017 report by European Audiovisual Observatory, 758 channels based in the UK mainly target the European market. This represents 55% of the TV channels which hold Ofcom licenses.

Similarly, around half of the UK-based video-on-demand services (152 video-on-demand services) primarily target EU audiences.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Ofcom broadcast licence holders broadcast primarily outside the UK.

All Ofcom broadcast licence holders are allowed to provide broadcasting services throughout the EU. The Country of Origin principle, which underpins the single market for audiovisual media services, enables broadcasters to obtain a broadcasting licence in one EU Member State for all their channels and services in different EU countries.

The UK is currently one of the biggest European broadcasting hubs. According to a 2017 report by European Audiovisual Observatory, 758 channels based in the UK mainly target the European market. This represents 55% of the TV channels which hold Ofcom licenses.

Similarly, around half of the UK-based video-on-demand services (152 video-on-demand services) primarily target EU audiences.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on maintaining current broadcast licensing arrangements during the transition period after March 2019.

We continue to engage constructively with the Department for Exiting the European Union to ensure that we provide our broadcasters with stability and certainty in the period leading up to the UK’s departure from the EU.

As the Prime Minister set out, the UK is seeking a strictly time-limited implementation period, based on the existing structure of EU rules and regulations, during which the UK and the EU would continue to have access to one another’s markets on current terms.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK-based jobs which are linked to international broadcasters which are licensed by Ofcom and mainly broadcast outside the UK.

DCMS economic estimates show that 194,000 people were employed in the wider audiovisual sector in 2016. However, we do not possess granular data on international broadcasting specifically.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department are working on broadcast licensing as part of any future trade deal that the UK agrees with the EU.

Staff within DCMS’ Media Team and EU Team lead on providing advice to Ministers on broadcasting and EU exit. Members of staff across the Department also provide advice and analyses on EU exit issues as required. Given the interactions between broadcasting policy, EU exit work and the Department's other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure.

19th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what contracts his Department has with Carillion.

Zero.

19th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the liquidation of Carillion on the roll-out of broadband across the UK.

The department does not foresee the liquidation of Carillion impacting our ability to deliver on the government's broadband roll out programme.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her department is negotiating with the European Commission on its reversing the decision that the UK cannot participate in the European Capital of Culture 2023.

The European Commission wrote to the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 22 November 2017. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library. The five candidate cities were informed of the European Commission’s decision on 23 November 2017.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if it is her Department's policy that the UK should continue to pay in and be a member of the Creative Europe programme once the UK has left the EU.

We remain committed to supporting the UK creative industries and are consulting closely with stakeholders to ensure that any ongoing funding commitments best serve the UK's national interest.

The Prime Minister made clear in her speech in Florence that, where possible, and where they are greatly to the UK and EU's joint advantage, we will want to continue taking part in specific policies and programmes like Creative Europe.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much participating cities have spent on their bids to be European City of Culture 2023.

The information requested is not held by Government.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department was made aware of the data breach that occurred at Uber in October 2016.

I refer the Hon. member to the answers given to the Urgent Question on 23rd November.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with Uber on the number of British users of that company's service who were affected by the data breach at that company in October 2016.

I refer the Hon. member to the answers given to the Urgent Question on 23rd November.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with representatives of Uber on steps that company is taking to inform British customers compromised by the Uber data breach in October 2016.

I refer the Hon. member to the answers given to the Urgent Question on 23rd November.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to support British customers compromised by the Uber data breach in October 2016.

I refer the Hon. member to the answers given to the Urgent Question on 23rd November.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Information Commissioner plans to investigate the Uber data breach that occurred in October 2016.

I refer the Hon. member to the answers given to the Urgent Question on 23rd November.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to what proportion of UK Premises superfast broadband is available.

Over 94 per cent of UK homes and businesses can now access superfast broadband and coverage is on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of the year.

Superfast broadband coverage will extend beyond that to at least another 2 per cent of premises. For those not covered by superfast broadband we will ensure universal broadband coverage of at least 10Mbps.

13th Nov 2017
4G
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in what proportion of UK premises 4G is available.

As of June 2016, there was 90% geographic voice coverage across the UK from at least one Mobile Network Operator (MNO), and 96% of UK premises had indoor 4G coverage from at least one MNO.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in what proportion of the UK geographic area voice coverage is available.

As of June 2016, there was 90% geographic voice coverage across the UK from at least one Mobile Network Operator (MNO), and 96% of UK premises had indoor 4G coverage from at least one MNO.

1st Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the application deadline for the better broadband scheme is being extended beyond December 2017.

We are assessing the options to renew the 2017 application deadline and will make an announcement in due course. To date the Better Broadband Scheme has provided access to basic broadband for over 10,000 premises. We will ensure that all premises continue to have access to basic broadband prior to the implementation of the Government's commitment that all premises have speeds of at least 10Mbps.

23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many crimes have been recorded under the Gambling Act 2005 in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

The Home Office collects information on the number of notifiable offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. The only Gambling Act 2005 offence that is notifiable is ‘cheating at gambling or enabling or assisting person to cheat’. In the tables published by the Office for National Statistics, this offence is included in the offence classification “other notifiable offences’. It is not possible to separate out the number of offences recorded under the Gambling Act by the police in England and Wales from within this wider offence classification.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to provide a response to the consultation on the Broadband Universal Service Obligation that closed on 9 October 2017.

Yes, as indicated in the consultation on the broadband Universal Service Obligation, a summary of responses will be published in due course.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government is represented on the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group.

The government is represented by officials from DCMS at the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance is available to cultural institutions which have incurred extra security costs resulting from recent acts of terrorism in London.

I refer the Hon Member to my answer to PQ 106697.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of UK premises experience broadband download speeds of less than (a) 1MB/s, (b) 2MB/s, (c) 5MB/s and (d) 10 MB/s.

The Department does not hold this level of information. Think Broadband (http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/uk) publish up-to-date information on the percentage of premises receiving below 2 and 10 MB/s. These are currently reported as follows:

0.76% of UK premises experience download speeds below 2Mbps.

2.81% of UK premises experience download speeds of less than 10Mbps.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial assistance the Government has given to cultural and artistic venues to assist with extra security costs incurred as a result of recent terrorist attacks in London.

I refer the Hon Member to my answer to PQ 106697.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2017
5G
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what the £740 million 5G research and infrastructure fund announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement has been spent.

At Autumn Statement 2016, the Government announced a a £1.1bn package to boost the UK’s digital infrastructure. This sum is intended to cover all future connectivity technologies and cover work in this area until 2020-21. This included investment in a nationally coordinated programme of full fibre and 5G Testbed & Trials.

To date, the Government has invested £16 million for three leading 5G research institutions to establish a test network to test and trial 5G technologies and applications. This week, a £25 million competition was announced to select projects for initial funding as part of the first Phase of the Testbeds & Trials Programme.

For the Local Full Fibre (LFFN) Programme, the Government announced in September that £10 million has been allocated for 6 full fibre test projects around the country, in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol (with Bath and North East Somerset), West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. Further measures will be set out in due course.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group met over the last year.

Tourism Industry Emergency Response (TIER) has been active through all the terror attacks over the past few months, including convening four meetings since the first attack in March.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many prosecutions under the Gambling Act 2005 there have been in each of the last five years.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts for offences under the Gambling Act 2005 in England and Wales, in each year between 2012 and 2016, can be viewed in the attached table.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the additional costs incurred by cultural institutions as a result of extra security after recent acts of terrorism in London.

The Department has made no formal assessment of the costs. However, we meet regularly with a range of cultural institutions, including sponsored museums and sector bodies, in which we discuss both financial and security arrangements. We are aware that cultural institutions have and are taking steps to ensure security measures are in place. The Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group also convenes after incidents to evaluate impact and discuss the future response.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the introduction of a compulsory levy on licensed gambling businesses to help treat problem gamblers.

As I made clear at Departmental Oral Questions on 14 September, I am determined that the gambling industry acknowledges its social responsibilities, including properly funding the work undertaken by GambleAware, and other organisations, on research, education and treatment for gambling-related harm.

The industry currently contributes over £8 million per year to GambleAware. GambleAware is seeking to increase this to £10 million per year in line with work that has been done by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) to cost the short term work of delivering the National Responsible Gambling Strategy.

The industry must step up and fulfill their obligations under these new targets.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the average download speed for fixed broadband services is in each region of the UK.

We do not hold information on current average download speed by region. The 2016 Ofcom Connected Nations report showed that the home nations had average download speeds of:

England - 38Mbit/s

Northern Ireland - 34Mbit/s

Wales - 29Mbit/s

Scotland - 35Mbit/s

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the percentage take-up of superfast broadband is in each region of the UK.

The Department does not hold information on superfast broadband take-up percentage by regions. The 2016 Ofcom Connected Nations report showed average take up percentage by home nation to be:

England - 32%

Northern Ireland - 34%

Wales - 24%

Scotland - 27%

Take up percentages of premises covered by BDUK projects can be found in the 'Table of local broadband projects' on the department's website : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/broadband-delivery-uk#superfast-broadband-programme.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many premises in each parliamentary constituency in the UK have taken up a superfast broadband connection.

We do not hold information on superfast broadband take-up percentage by constituency.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to prepare for the possibility that the UK might leave the EU without having agreed a deal with the EU.

The Government are responsibly preparing for a range of outcomes to ensure we have a smooth exit from the EU. The Government is engaging with businesses in every sector and region of the UK economy in order to understand the challenges and opportunities that may impact them in the coming months and years.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an assessment of the potential capacity of England to host the 2022 World Cup; and if she will make a statement.

Qatar is FIFA's agreed host for the 2022 World Cup, and therefore no assessment has been made.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the UK film and television industry maintains the right to contract freely on the basis of territorially exclusive licences during discussions on the Data Single Market proposals between the European Commission and European Parliament.

The UK Government believes that copyright owners should remain able to tailor content to different markets and to license on a territorial basis. While we remain in the EU we are continuing to take an active part in negotiations regarding the DSM ensuring that British views are heard.

We are keen to ensure that the ability of audio-visual producers to license their content territorially does not change when we leave the EU.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the role of the Board of Channel 4 Corporation in any decision on (a) the relocation of Channel 4 and (b) the location of Channel 4 staff.

The government's consultation closed on 5 July and we will set out the next steps on this issue in due course.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2017 to Question 609, on Channel Four Television: location, what account she will take of the responses to the consultation Increasing the Regional Impact of Channel 4 Corporation in any decision to relocate Channel 4 outside London.

The government's consultation closed on 5 July and we will set out the next steps on this issue in due course.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2017 to Question 609, on Channel Four Television: location, what account she will take of (a) the financial effect of an increased Nations and Regions commitment on Channel 4 Corporation, (b) the state of the advertising market and broader economy and (c) the effect of any decision to relocate Channel 4 outside London on the UK independent production sector.

The government's consultation closed on 5 July and we will set out the next steps on this issue in due course.

6th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she will make a decision on referring the 21st Century Fox bid for Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority before the summer recess; and if she will make a statement.

I refer the Hon Gentleman to the oral statement made to the House on 29 June [Official Report 29 June; Vol 626 Col 762] by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in particular to the response given to the Hon Member for Wellingborough [Col 770]

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 229, whether anyone from her Department has had discussions with the British Olympic Association on a name change for the Olympic team from Team GB to Team UK.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has had no discussions with the British Olympic Association (BOA) , an independent organisation, ​about​ a name change for the Olympic team from TeamGB to Team UK.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to proceed with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry.

The government is currently considering over 140,000 responses to the consultation on this issue.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has for the relocation of Channel 4 outside London.

The government wants Channel 4 to do more to drive economic growth outside London, stimulate regional creative industries, and better serve regional audiences. That means relocating out of London, and we want to work with Channel 4 to do that.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to institute an expert data use and ethics commission; and if she will make a statement.

The effective use and governance of data is of vital importance for our economy and society and my officials continue to work with others in government, industry and academia on this issue.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to introduce an industry-wide levy from social media companies and communications service providers to support awareness and preventative activity to counter internet harms; and if she will make a statement.

As part of the work on the Digital Charter, which was announced in the Queen's speech, the Government is considering a range of options to counter internet harms. Further details of our approach is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/matt-hancocks-speech-on-technology-at-the-margaret-thatcher-conference-on-security

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is her Department's policy to retain the entitlement to free television licences for the over-75s for the period 2020 to 2022.

We retain the power to maintain free TV licences for over 75s until 2020, when the power transfers to the BBC. Any change proposed by the BBC would of course require consultation with the public.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to ensure the reliability and objectivity of information essential to our democracy and a free and independent press; and if she will make a statement.

The Government will always protect the reliability and objectivity of information essential to our democracy and a free and independent press.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is on national museums charging for entry to temporary exhibitions.

The Government is committed to maintain free entry to the permanent collections of major national museums and galleries as a condition of funding. Temporary exhibitions are a valuable addition to the museum visitor experience, but can be costly to put on. Charging for these exhibitions is, for many national museums, one way of generating commercial income to supplement their grant-in-Aid and philanthropic revenue. DCMS-sponsored national museums operate at arm's length from government, and decisions about curatorial matters and entrance fees for temporary exhibitions are taken independently by these organisations.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure that the UK Olympic team is referred to as Team UK rather than Team GB.

The British Olympic Association is responsible for the trading name and branding of the Olympic team representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the UK Overseas Territories.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the UK's participation in Creative Europe.

The Secretary of State for Culture has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (EU) on a range of issues affecting the creative and cultural industries in the context of leaving the EU.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

The government is currently considering over 140,000 responses to the consultation on this issue.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish her response to the consultation on Commercial Radio Deregulation which closed in May 2017; and if she will make a statement.

The commercial radio deregulation consultation closed on 8 May 2017. We intend to publish the government response in due course.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish her response to her Department's consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation; and if she will make a statement.

The government is currently considering over 140,000 responses to the consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to continue to participate in Creative Europe when the UK leaves the EU.

Leaving the EU means we will want to take our own decisions about how to deliver the policy objectives previously targeted by EU funding. We are discussing closely with stakeholders all EU funding schemes, to ensure that any ongoing funding commitments best serve the UK‘s national interest.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the trends in the entrance fees charged for temporary exhibitions at national museums in England in the last five years.

DCMS does not hold data on entrance fees for charged temporary exhibitions at national museums in England over the last five years. DCMS-sponsored national museums operate at arm's length from government and decisions about entrance fees for temporary exhibitions are taken independently by these organisations.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to introduce the new cultural development fund to use cultural investment to turn around communities; and if she will make a statement.

We believe investment in arts and culture increases the economic, social and wellbeing benefits for individuals and communities. DCMS will continue to work with our sectors to explore new and innovative ways in which cultural investment can be used to foster economic growth in local areas whilst also benefitting the wider communities.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many stadiums in the UK had disabled access in (a) 2010 and (b) 2016.

We do not hold this information. The Equality Act 2010 – which applies to England and Wales - requires that ‘reasonable adjustments’ are made by service providers, which include the owners of sports stadia, to make premises accessible for disabled people. It is for individual clubs to determine what adjustments are ‘reasonable’ taking into account their own circumstances. Structural changes are not always necessary to make sports grounds accessible to spectators with disabilities. Clubs and stadia owners can also change policies and procedures to make their grounds more accessible for disabled spectators.

21st Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which capital investment projects have been funded by her Department in each of the last five years; and what the costs of each such project have been.

This information is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

21st Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether Ofcom plans to report to her and provide a fit and proper assessment on the 21st Century Fox bid for Sky by 16 May 2017.

I refer the Hon. Gentleman to the written statement made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 24 April 2017, Official Report Vol 624, Col 56WS

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-04-24/debates/1704249000010/SkyFoxMerger
21st Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the effect of the General election 2017 and purdah period is on the 40-day deadline by which Ofcom is required to assess the bid by 21st Century Fox to take over Sky.

I refer the Hon. Gentleman to the written statement made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 24 April 2017, Official Report Vol 624, Col 56WS

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-04-24/debates/1704249000010/SkyFoxMerger
19th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to announce the findings of her Department's review of stakes and prizes for gaming machines.

A review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures was launched in October 2016, which included a look at the issue of B2 gaming machines (more commonly known as fixed odds betting terminals). Responses to the review’s call for evidence are currently being considered and a response will be published in due course.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is enrolled on any trusted flagger programmes with social media companies.

This Department is not enrolled as a Trusted Flagger with social media companies.

30th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) access to funding for the charity sector and (b) the charity sector in general.

The Government has a long term plan and strategy to make sure that the sector is supported. Given the sector’s diversity, we recognise that there could be a broad range of implications and we are carefully assessing the impact of leaving the EU on the voluntary and community sector. We are also continuing to gather information and listen to the concerns and priorities of the charity sector.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice her Department has given to local authorities on attracting future investment for digital start-ups as a result of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

We regularly engage with local authorities to discuss their role in growing the digital economy. This includes our investment of £200 million to fund locally-led projects across the UK to leverage local and commercial investment in full fibre. This builds on the relationship BDUK developed with the Superfast, and Connected Cities projects. We are continuing this close partnership with local authorities across the UK to develop our approach to this full fibre investment.

At Budget 2016 Government announced reductions in business rates worth almost £9 billion over the next 5 years. This included permanently doubling Small Business Rate Relief and extending the thresholds of the relief to ensure that 600,000 businesses will not pay business rates again.

Furthermore, at Spring Budget we announced an additional business rates package providing £435m of further support for businesses facing significant increases in bills in England. This includes:

· support for small businesses losing Small Business Rate Relief to limit increases in their bills to £600 each year

· providing English local authorities with £300m of funding to support to allow them to provide support to individual hard cases in their local area.

We have awarded Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield councils over £11m of grant funding in March 2016 to establish and develop new work space, business incubation and other services for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses based in the North of England whose ambitions and business models rely on digital technologies and their applications. We regularly meet to discuss progress with these projects.

We recently published the Digital strategy which set a clear vision to make the UK the best place in the world to start a digital business, building on our commitment to back our economic strengths as we leave the EU.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of increases to business rates on the viability of digital start-ups in the UK.

We regularly engage with local authorities to discuss their role in growing the digital economy. This includes our investment of £200 million to fund locally-led projects across the UK to leverage local and commercial investment in full fibre. This builds on the relationship BDUK developed with the Superfast, and Connected Cities projects. We are continuing this close partnership with local authorities across the UK to develop our approach to this full fibre investment.

At Budget 2016 Government announced reductions in business rates worth almost £9 billion over the next 5 years. This included permanently doubling Small Business Rate Relief and extending the thresholds of the relief to ensure that 600,000 businesses will not pay business rates again.

Furthermore, at Spring Budget we announced an additional business rates package providing £435m of further support for businesses facing significant increases in bills in England. This includes:

· support for small businesses losing Small Business Rate Relief to limit increases in their bills to £600 each year

· providing English local authorities with £300m of funding to support to allow them to provide support to individual hard cases in their local area.

We have awarded Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield councils over £11m of grant funding in March 2016 to establish and develop new work space, business incubation and other services for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses based in the North of England whose ambitions and business models rely on digital technologies and their applications. We regularly meet to discuss progress with these projects.

We recently published the Digital strategy which set a clear vision to make the UK the best place in the world to start a digital business, building on our commitment to back our economic strengths as we leave the EU.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with local authorities on their role in strengthening the digital economy.

We regularly engage with local authorities to discuss their role in growing the digital economy. This includes our investment of £200 million to fund locally-led projects across the UK to leverage local and commercial investment in full fibre. This builds on the relationship BDUK developed with the Superfast, and Connected Cities projects. We are continuing this close partnership with local authorities across the UK to develop our approach to this full fibre investment.

At Budget 2016 Government announced reductions in business rates worth almost £9 billion over the next 5 years. This included permanently doubling Small Business Rate Relief and extending the thresholds of the relief to ensure that 600,000 businesses will not pay business rates again.

Furthermore, at Spring Budget we announced an additional business rates package providing £435m of further support for businesses facing significant increases in bills in England. This includes:

· support for small businesses losing Small Business Rate Relief to limit increases in their bills to £600 each year

· providing English local authorities with £300m of funding to support to allow them to provide support to individual hard cases in their local area.

We have awarded Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield councils over £11m of grant funding in March 2016 to establish and develop new work space, business incubation and other services for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses based in the North of England whose ambitions and business models rely on digital technologies and their applications. We regularly meet to discuss progress with these projects.

We recently published the Digital strategy which set a clear vision to make the UK the best place in the world to start a digital business, building on our commitment to back our economic strengths as we leave the EU.

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has met local councils to discuss making empty buildings available for use by digital start-ups.

DCMS awarded Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield councils over £11m of grant funding in March 2016 to refurbish existing buildings to establish and develop new work space, business incubation and other services for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) based in the North of England whose ambitions and business models rely on digital technologies and their applications. My officials regularly meet with their counterparts to discuss progress with these projects.

The Government encourages Local Authorities to think creatively about actions they can take to contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of our town centres. Specifically, local authorities can act as a focal point for economic regeneration efforts in local areas, including making better use of the public sector estate to provide a place for business incubators.

16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) staffing, (b) advertising and marketing and (c) other administrative costs of developing each of the 32 currently operational social impact bonds.

The 32 social impact bonds (SIB) have been developed by a range of local and central government commissioners so DCMS does not hold this information. We are working closely with partners to develop our understanding of the costs of setting up and running a SIB.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the reasons were for the time taken by her Department to lay Written Ministerial Statement HCWS533, on the EU-US Umbrella Agreement.

Following the conclusion of the EU-US Umbrella Agreement, a formal request for a Written Ministerial Statement was received from the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee in January. Government clearance procedures allowed this statement to be laid on March 14th.

8th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times the Digital Infrastructure and Inclusion Implementation Taskforce has met in the last 12 months.

To protect the integrity of the policy making process, we do not publish details of when Implementation Taskforces have met or what they have discussed.

23rd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the total Government Art Collection was loaned out or placed on public view in the last year.

The majority of the Government Art Collection is displayed in Government buildings around the world, or placed on public view.

The GAC welcomes requests for loans to public exhibitions and responds positively whenever possible. Displays on the GAC premises are accessible to the public on tours of the Collection and special events such as London Open House. In addition to themed displays, visitors to the Collection are also able to see a range of other work that may be on the premises at the time of their visit.

22nd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that items from the Government Art Collection are displayed where they can be readily viewed by communities around the country.

We are looking at options for increasing public access to the Government Art Collection (GAC). Around two-thirds of the collection's holdings of over 14,000 works of art are already on display in more than 370 buildings at home and abroad promoting the UK and its art. For example, an exhibition from the Collection will be held in Hull during its tenure as the UK City of Culture.

22nd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in which locations items from the Government Art Collection have been shown in the last 12 months.

A list of the locations in which items from the Government Art Collection have been shown in the last 12 months is attached.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2017 to Question 63301, on the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), for what reason she did not provide in her Answer the dates on which Ministers of her Department met the BBFC.

Ministers have met the BBFC on a number of occasions, including as part of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Executive Board. In addition, David Austin the Chief Exec of the BBFC was a witness at a Digital Economy Bill Committee evidence session on 11 October 2016. The Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office and I both sat on the Public Bill Committee.

The latest meeting with Ministers took place on 22nd February.

8th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the General Data Protection Regulation will be implemented in the UK.

The General Data Protection Regulation will be directly applicable to UK law.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in her Department are working on preparations to implement the General Data Protection Regulation.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport leads on data protection policy, which includes implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). There are around 21 officials in the Department contributing to implementation of the GDPR, with many departments across Government also supporting the work.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote media literacy.

Ofcom is responsible for promoting Media Literacy, including through annual research on the media lives and attitudes of adults and children, and works closely with other agencies who use the findings to develop specific actions and initiatives to promote Media Literacy. We regularly engage with Ofcom in the discharging of their duties.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in her Department work on promoting media literacy.

Ofcom is responsible for promoting Media Literacy, including through annual research on the media lives and attitudes of adults and children, and works closely with other agencies who use the findings to develop specific actions and initiatives to promote Media Literacy. We regularly engage with Ofcom in the discharging of their duties.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on promoting media literacy in each year since 2008.

Ofcom is responsible for promoting Media Literacy, including through annual research on the media lives and attitudes of adults and children, and works closely with other agencies who use the findings to develop specific actions and initiatives to promote Media Literacy. We regularly engage with Ofcom in the discharging of their duties.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates Ministers of her Department have met the British Board of Film Classification to discuss the Digital Economy Bill since July 2015.

We have been in regular dialogue with the BBFC since July 2015.

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with representatives from the digital industries on data protection regulations since the UK's decision to leave the EU.


We have had widespread and ongoing discussions with the digital industry on Data Protection.

24th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to reply to the letter of 16 December 2016 from the hon. Member for West Bromwich East on the recently revealed fraud against the National Lottery.

A response was sent to the Hon. Member on January 25th 2017.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2016 to Question 57594, on museums and galleries, which 14 museums she visited.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 December 2016 to Question 57595, on museums and galleries, which 14 museums she visited. 59168


A: Since her appointment, the Secretary of State has visited 16 museums and galleries in an official capacity. This includes two museums in Scotland and two institutions overseas:


  • British Museum,
  • Design Museum, London,
  • Imperial War Museum, London,
  • Museum of Liverpool, part of National Museums Liverpool,
  • Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
  • National Gallery, London,
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh,
  • Natural History Museum, London,
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester,
  • Qin Tomb Terracotta Warriors and Horses, China,
  • Royal Collection at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh,
  • Science Museum, London,
  • Tate Britain, London,
  • Tate Liverpool,
  • Tate Modern, London, and
  • Tate St Ives.

14th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many museums she has visited in an official capacity since her appointment.
14th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regional museums have closed in each of the last six years.

The Department does not hold data on museums closures in the last six years. However, DCMS is currently in the process of conducting a review of the museums sector, which includes consideration of the resilience of the sector. A link to the Museums Review consultation may be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-museums-in-england. I also refer the hon Gentleman to the answer provided to PQ 49502.

14th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how she plans to notify hon. Members immediately in the event that 21st Century Fox gives her formal notification of its takeover bid for Sky (a) when the House is sitting and (b) during recess.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend [the Minister of State for Digital and Culture] made clear in his response to the Urgent Question on 12 December [tabled by the Hon. Member for Cardiff West [Kevin Brennan] [vol 618 col 512]] the role of Secretary of State here will be a quasi judicial one and she will make decisions and announcements in accordance with the requirements of such a role.

14th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to consult hon. Members on issuing a public interest intervention notice in the event that 21st Century Fox gives formal notification of its takeover bid for Sky during the Christmas recess.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend [the Minister of State for Digital and Culture] made clear in his response to the Urgent Question on 12 December [tabled by the Hon. Member for Cardiff West [Kevin Brennan] [vol 618 col 512]] the role of Secretary of State here will be a quasi judicial one and she will make decisions and announcements in accordance with the requirements of such a role.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to increase the number of libraries with internet access and electronic workstation facilities.

Libraries play a significant role in providing computers and Wi-Fi to enable people to access the internet and digital services, as well as offering digital skills training and support. The Government invested £2.6m in 2015/16 to install and upgrade Wi-Fi in over 1,000 libraries in England. This means that Wi-Fi is now available in over 99% of public libraries in England.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to support and promote the recommendations of the Parker Review on increasing the ethnic diversity of UK boards in appointments for which her Department is responsible.

DCMS is fully committed to ensuring diversity in all public appointments. In the first two quarters of 2016/17, 50% of new DCMS appointments went to women and 18% to BAME candidates.

The DCMS public appointments team are always working to find ways to attract a wider pool of talent and to meet - and exceed - diversity targets. The team works closely with the Cabinet Office to identify potential barriers and has put in place a number of actions to overcome them - including bespoke advertising plans for each appointment campaign, targeting under-represented groups, and outreach events such as one aimed at women being equally represented on public sector boards.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department proposed candidates to Ofcom for vacant Channel 4 non-executive director posts in 2016.

Non-executive members of the Channel 4 Corporation board are appointed by Ofcom with the approval of the Secretary of State. Ofcom advertised for four vacancies for candidates with specific sector skills and experience. The Secretary of State approved the four candidates on the basis that they met the skills and experience set out the advertised job descriptions.

The OCPA (Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments) code, which is a measure of good practice in public appointments, is very clear that it is approprate for Ministers to suggest potential candidates to be invited to apply for public appointments.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason she rejected the appointment of Althea Efunshile as a non-executive director of Channel 4.

Non-executive members of the Channel 4 Corporation board are appointed by Ofcom with the approval of the Secretary of State. Ofcom advertised for four vacancies for candidates with specific sector skills and experience. The Secretary of State approved the four candidates on the basis that they met the skills and experience set out the advertised job descriptions.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account she took of the diversity of public appointments in her decision relating to the approval of Ofcom's candidates for vacant Channel 4 non-executive director posts.

DCMS is committed to ensuring diversity in all public appointments. In the first two quarters of 2016/17, 50% of new DCMS appointments went to women and 18% to BAME candidates

Regarding the recent Channel 4 board posts, the Secretary of State approved the four candidates on the basis that they met the skills and experience set out the advertised job descriptions.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many candidates for vacant Channel 4 non-executive director posts her Department has discussed the appointment process for those roles with on what dates in 2016.

The Secretary of State can ask a Minister to meet with candidates deemed appointable at interview before making a final decision, or indeed meet them herself. There were no meetings or conversations between ministers and any candidates in relation to the Channel 4 board appointments.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many candidates for vacant Channel 4 non-executive director posts were interviewed by Ministers of her Department on what dates in 2016.

The Secretary of State can ask a Minister to meet with candidates deemed appointable at interview before making a final decision, or indeed meet them herself. There were no meetings or conversations between ministers and any candidates in relation to the Channel 4 board appointments.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people working in the creative industries whose jobs are linked to Channel 4, but who are not employed by that channel.

No decision has been taken on the future of Channel 4. The government is looking at a broad range of options, including those proposed by Channel 4’s leadership.

In a fast-changing and challenging broadcasting environment, we want to ensure Channel 4 has a strong and secure future and can continue to make a positive contribution to the overall public service broadcasting (PSB) system and wider creative industries.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the wider creative industries of any change to the structure of Channel 4.

No decision has been taken on the future of Channel 4. The government is looking at a broad range of options, including those proposed by Channel 4’s leadership.

In a fast-changing and challenging broadcasting environment, we want to ensure Channel 4 has a strong and secure future and can continue to make a positive contribution to the overall public service broadcasting (PSB) system and wider creative industries.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her plans are for the future of Channel 4; and if she will make a statement.

No decision has been taken on the future of Channel 4. The government is looking at a broad range of options, including those proposed by Channel 4’s leadership.

In a fast-changing and challenging broadcasting environment, we want to ensure Channel 4 has a strong and secure future and can continue to make a positive contribution to the overall public service broadcasting (PSB) system and wider creative industries.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answers of 6 December 2016 to Questions 55206 and 55161, for what reasons the advisers were named in only one of those Answers.

To abide by the Data Protection Act, we did not provide the names of the advisers in Question 55206.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40504, whether she has held any meetings with her Ministerial colleagues on options for the future of Channel 4 since her appointment.

Ministers and officials periodically meet with a range of colleagues across government to discuss departmental issues, including regularly updating the Prime Minister’s office on progress on the department’s priorities.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings her Department and the Prime Minister's Office have had on the future of Channel 4 in the last six months.

Ministers and officials periodically meet with a range of colleagues across government to discuss departmental issues, including regularly updating the Prime Minister’s office on progress on the department’s priorities.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers based in the Libraries and Cultural Property Directorate of her Department.

There are no unpaid advisors currently based in the Libraries and Cultural Property Directorate.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers based in the gambling, licensing and lottery section of her Department.

There are no unpaid advisors currently based in the gambling, licensing and lottery section.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers based in the Museums and ALBs' Directorate of her Department.

There are no unpaid advisers in the Museums & ALB's Directorate.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in the Government Art Collection of her Department.

Details of the current unpaid advisers within the Government Art Collection can be found here: http://www.gac.culture.gov.uk/advisory-committee.html

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in the First World War Centenary and Ceremonials Directorate of her Department.

The only current unpaid advisers within the First World War Centenary and Ceremonials Directorate are the members of the Centenary Advisory Group, who provide strategic oversight and challenge to the WWI Centenary programme; monitors delivery and progress and ensures that objectives remain current and appropriate. The group is made up of the following:

  • The Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the centenary of the First World War
  • One author
  • One academic
  • Three former Chief's of Defence Staff
  • Two historians
  • One director general of a British charity
  • Two MPs
  • One former Chief of the General Staff
  • One novelist
  • One playwright
  • Three peers
  • One public relations and philanthropy expert
  • One Dean
  • One print media expert
  • One former Defence Secretary
  • One expert in leadership development and cultural change
  • One history school teacher
  • Special Representatives for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in the Digital Economy Unit of her Department.

The only unpaid advisers within the Digital Economy Unit are a) the members of the Council for Digital Inclusion, whose are responsible for creating the right environment for motivating and enabling more people to make the most of the internet:

  • Two Directors/Managing Directors from leading UK retail banks

  • One Director at a leading telecoms, broadband & media provider

  • One CEO of an accessibility charity

  • One Commercial Director of a social housing organisation

  • Two senior leaders from leading digital inclusion and skills charities

  • One Senior leader from a local authority

And b) the Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG), who advise DCMS on how the UK can lead in the development of 5G technology:

  • One President of a Learned Society

  • Four Professors of Electronic and Radiocommunications Engineering

  • Staff member at an Innovate UK sponsored Catapult project

  • Two Heads of R&D at telecoms companies

  • One Vice President of an electronics components company

  • One Head of Standards and Industrial Affairs with a communications device manufacturer

  • One Chair of an International Radio body

  • One Representative of a manufacturing trade body

  • One CTO of a communications equipment manufacturer

  • One Head of telecoms at an investment bank

  • One Employee of a communications security company

  • Two independent radiocommunications experts

In abiding by the DPA, to provide the name of each adviser would incur a disproportionate cost.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in the Private Office Group of her Department.

There are no unpaid advisers currently based in the Private Office Group.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in the Broadband Delivery Unit of her Department.

There are no unpaid advisors currently based in the Broadband Delivery Unit.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in the Sport Directorate of her Department.

There are no unpaid advisors currently based in the Sport Directorate.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November 2016 to Question 53795, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers based in the Tourism and Heritage Directorate of her Department.

The only unpaid advisers in the Tourism and Heritage Directorate are the members of the Events Industry Board, who focus on implementing the Business Visits and Events Strategy; ways to improve and promote the UK Events sector; and act as a sounding board and point of dialogue between Ministers and the industry.

The 9 unpaid members are:

Nick de Bois - Chair

Michael Hirst OBE - Deputy Chairman and Chair of BVEP

Will Whitehorn - Chairman of SECC

Martin Lewis- Founder of Intellectual Capitals and Managing Director of CAT Publications

Mike Rusbridge - Formerly Chairman of Reed Exhibitions - attending in a personal capacity

Tracy Halliwell MBE - Director of Business Tourism and Major events - London and Partners

Chris Skeith - Chief Executive of AEO

Simon Hughes - Director of EVCOM

Ufi Ibrahim - CEO of British Hospitality Association

Further Details can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/events-industry-board#membership

22nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which UK projects have received how much funding from the Creative Europe Programme in each of the last six years; and where each such project was based.

A database of all projects supported EU-wide under the Culture Programme is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/projects.

22nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the creative industries have added to the UK economy in each of the last six years.

The table below shows the estimated contribution of the Creative Industries to the UK economy (GVA) over the past six years.

Gross value added (GVA) for Creative Industries

Unit: £m / %

Years: 2010 - 2015

Coverage: UK

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Number

65,188

69,398

73,033

77,885

81,625

87,350

Percentage of UK GVA

4.6

4.8

4.9

5.0

5.0

5.3

Notes:

1. Data are in current prices (i.e. have not been adjusted for inflation).

2. 2015 GVA is based on the output measure of GVA to allow consistency with the sector measures for 2015. This is aligned to average GVA up to and including 2014 (last Supply Use balanced year) but then uses growth in the output measure as a proxy for GVA beyond that. The 2015 figure therefore differs from ABML. 2010 – 2014 GVA estimates use balanced GVA at current prices (ABML).

22nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the UK's GVA was contributed by the creative industries in each of the last six years.

The table below shows the estimated contribution of the Creative Industries to the UK economy (GVA) over the past six years.

Gross value added (GVA) for Creative Industries

Unit: £m / %

Years: 2010 - 2015

Coverage: UK

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Number

65,188

69,398

73,033

77,885

81,625

87,350

Percentage of UK GVA

4.6

4.8

4.9

5.0

5.0

5.3

Notes:

1. Data are in current prices (i.e. have not been adjusted for inflation).

2. 2015 GVA is based on the output measure of GVA to allow consistency with the sector measures for 2015. This is aligned to average GVA up to and including 2014 (last Supply Use balanced year) but then uses growth in the output measure as a proxy for GVA beyond that. The 2015 figure therefore differs from ABML. 2010 – 2014 GVA estimates use balanced GVA at current prices (ABML).

21st Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of trends in the level of dissemination of fake news by social media; and if she will make a statement.

We are currently considering the implications of the dissemination of fake news on social media sites.

18th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates she has been invited to participate in meetings of the EU Exit and Trade Cabinet Committee.

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees, including ​when they ​met and which Ministers attended, is generally not disclosed.

18th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 50339, what the (a) name, (b) job title and (c) responsibility is of each of the unpaid advisers currently based in her Department.

This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has budgeted for the overall running of the competition to decide the potential winner of the European Capital of Culture 2023.

The administrative costs of running the 2023 competition process has yet to be determined.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51894, how many officials in her Department work in the EU team.

There are 14 officials in the department's EU team. Officials across DCMS will be exploring the opportunities that Brexit creates for their policy areas.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2016 to Question 50349, what the (a) job title and (b) specific responsibilities and associated remuneration was of the unpaid advisors that recently left her Department.

The Secretary of State appointed an Advisory Group to help inform the Government's deliberations on Charter Review. The group met six times and the Terms of Reference for the Group were published on the 12th July 2015. The Terms of Reference are available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445912/TERMS_OF_REFERENCE.pdf . The group members were not paid.

Sir David Clementi was also appointed by the Secretary of State to undertake the Review of Governance and Regulation of the BBC. The Terms of Reference were published on the 1st March 2016 and are available on page 85 of the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/504003/PDF_FINAL_20160224_AM_Clementi_Review.pdf . Sir David was not paid for conducting the review.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51897, who made the representations she has received from the video games industry on the UK's decision to leave the EU; and on what date.

Further to our answer to PQ 51897, we have received a range of representations from the videogames industry on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and we are working with industry to assess the potential impacts and maximise the opportunities that our exit presents for the sector.

However, we do not provide a running commentary on our discussions with individual companies. Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-ministerial-hospitality-overseas-travel-meetings-and-gifts-1-april-2016-to-30-june-2016

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51897, who attended the roundtable referred to in that Answer.

The attendees of this roundtable came from a broad cross section of the creative industries at a senior level.

However, we do not provide a running commentary on our discussions with individual companies. Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-ministerial-hospitality-overseas-travel-meetings-and-gifts-1-april-2016-to-30-june-2016

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2016 to Question 51896, who made each of the representations she has received from the film industry on the UK's decision to leave the EU; and on what dates.

Further to our answer to PQ 51896, we have received a range of representations from the film industry on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and we are working with industry to assess the potential impacts and maximise the opportunities that our exit presents for the sector.

However, we do not provide a running commentary on our discussions with individual companies. Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-ministerial-hospitality-overseas-travel-meetings-and-gifts-1-april-2016-to-30-june-2016

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent to date on the preparation for the competition to decide the potential winner of the European Capital of Culture 2023.

To date only existing DCMS civil service resource has been applied to the policy development around the competition for 2023, which is met within the overall DCMS administrative expenditure cap.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential economic effect for the cities and regions in contention for the European Capital of Culture 2023 of being in contention for that award.

To date DCMS have made no assessment of the potential economic impact of the 2023 competition. Previous analysis of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, carried out by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/media/livacuk/impacts08/pdf/pdf/Creating_an_Impact_-_web.pdf.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in her Department are working on the competition process for European Capital of Culture 2023.

There are currently 3 civil servants within DCMS focused on the European Capitals of Culture programme, together with others across both DCMS and other Governmental Departments who are involved as part of their wider duties.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials of her Department have specific responsibilities for cyber security.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has 30 full- and part-time staff with specific responsibilities for cyber security, which include promoting the UK cyber security industry, supporting cyber security research & innovation, improving cyber security skills, ensuring the UK’s economy and society is cyber secure, engaging with EU & international partners and ensuring the cyber security & resilience of critical national telecommunications and Internet infrastructure. The work described above is part of the of the cross-Government national cyber security strategy and feeds into DCMS's wider remit in promoting the UK's digital economy.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in her Department have access to the government car service.

All DCMS Ministers have access to use the Government Car Service when needed for their work and duties as a DCMS Minister.