Tony Lloyd Portrait

Tony Lloyd

Labour - Rochdale

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
23rd Mar 2018 - 28th Apr 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
19th Dec 2019 - 6th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Housing)
9th Jan 2018 - 23rd Mar 2018
Shadow Minister (Housing)
3rd Jul 2017 - 9th Jan 2018
European Scrutiny Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 28th Nov 2011
Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party
5th Dec 2006 - 6th May 2010
North West Regional Select Committee
3rd Mar 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
6th May 1997 - 29th Jul 1999
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
1st Jul 1995 - 1st May 1997
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jul 1994 - 1st Jul 1995
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jul 1992 - 1st Jul 1994
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jul 1988 - 1st Jul 1992
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
1st Jul 1988 - 1st Jul 1989
Opposition Whip (Commons)
1st Jul 1986 - 1st Jul 1987
Home Affairs: Sub-Committee on Race Relations & Immigration
15th May 1985 - 5th May 1987
Home Affairs Committee
18th Apr 1985 - 5th May 1987
Social Services
9th Jun 1983 - 18th Apr 1985


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 27th October 2021
09:45
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: COP26 and international trade
27 Oct 2021, 9:45 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP - Secretary of State for International Trade at Department for International Trade
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 27th October 2021
15:00
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: UK trade negotiations
27 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP - Minister for Trade Policy at Department for International Trade
Victoria Prentis MP - Minister of State at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Chris Heaton - Deputy Director in International Trade Policy at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Oliver Phillips - Senior Civil Service Lead for Agriculture at Department for International Trade
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Division Votes
Friday 22nd October 2021
Prayers
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 114 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 3 Noes - 336
Speeches
Friday 22nd October 2021
Health Incentives Scheme

Like my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham North (Alex Norris), I cannot oppose what the Minister tells us here …

Written Answers
Friday 22nd October 2021
Music: Trade Fairs
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure that grant money for businesses in the …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Political prisoners in Belarus
That this House believes there to be 570 political prisoners in Belarus; notes the credible reports of prisoners facing extreme …
Bills
Wednesday 2nd February 2011
High Pay Commission Bill 2010-12
A Bill to make provision for the establishment of a High Pay Commission; and for connected purposes.
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Unite the Union
Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN
Amount of donation or nature …
EDM signed
Thursday 21st October 2021
Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021
That this House recognises that Baby Loss Awareness Week took place from 9 to 15 October 2021; offers sincere sympathy …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Tony Lloyd has voted in 256 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(15 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
Robin Walker (Conservative)
Minister of State (Education)
(11 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(17 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(15 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(12 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Tony Lloyd has not made any spoken contributions to legislative debate
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Rochdale Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We ask Government to significantly increase targeted research funding for motor neurone disease (MND).

A new investment of £50m over 5 years could kickstart a pioneering MND Research Institute.

This would lead to better, faster and more definitive research outcomes and hope for those with MND.


Latest EDMs signed by Tony Lloyd

18th October 2021
Tony Lloyd signed this EDM on Thursday 21st October 2021

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021

Tabled by: Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party - North Ayrshire and Arran)
That this House recognises that Baby Loss Awareness Week took place from 9 to 15 October 2021; offers sincere sympathy to those families who have lost precious babies; acknowledges that stillbirth, miscarriage, and infant loss is a tragedy which governments across the UK must work to prevent; pays tribute to …
45 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 22
Labour: 11
Liberal Democrat: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Independent: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
10th September 2021
Tony Lloyd signed this EDM on Thursday 21st October 2021

Introducing a Wealth Tax

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House notes that almost a quarter of all household wealth in the UK is held by the richest one per cent. of the population; further notes that the wealth of UK billionaires increased by £106 billion since the start of the pandemic; believes that it is unjust that …
31 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 24
Independent: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Tony Lloyd, 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.


Tony Lloyd has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Tony Lloyd has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Tony Lloyd


A Bill to make provision for the establishment of a High Pay Commission; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd February 2011

Tony Lloyd has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


33 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that employers take steps to close the gender pay gap.

Large employers must report their gender pay gap data each year. Alongside this, we have published advice to help employers diagnose the causes of their gaps, and evidence-based guidance on practical actions they can take to close the gap. We have actively engaged with employers to ensure they have the information they need to close their gender pay gaps.

In recognition of the unprecedented uncertainty and pressure facing employers, we suspended enforcement of gender pay gap reporting for the 2019-20 reporting year. However, as of 3rd September, 5,636 employers in-scope of the regulations have reported their gender pay gap data for 19/20. We continue to support employers if they wish to report, and encourage them to act to provide equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on Ministers devolving responsibility for answering hon. Members letters to officials.

As outlined in the ‘Guidance for Handling Correspondence’, correspondence to Ministers from hon. Members should be signed off at an appropriate equivalent ministerial level. Where an MP has written about the day-to-day operations of an Executive Agency or a Non-Departmental Public Body, the appropriate Chief Executive may reply.

Official replies to letters from MPs should only be authorised in some circumstances, for example, when dealing with a large volume of letters on the same issue which would lead to an improvement in departmental performance handling or that it has been decreed that under certain circumstances an official reply would be more appropriate.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies on differential pricing policies of covid-19 vaccines for different countries.

Pricing of COVID-19 vaccines between pharmaceutical companies and other countries is a commercial matter for those parties involved.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure that grant money for businesses in the music industry is provided in time to allow their representation at the National Association of Music Merchants show, Music China and Musikmesse Frankfurt.

The successor to the Tradeshow Access Programme, when launched, is designed to address market failures whilst aligning to the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Strategy. Supported shows are identified through departmental business planning, and prioritised collaboratively by DIT’s Campaigns, Sectors and Events Team.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Musikmesse Frankfurt take place in 2022-23 and will be prioritised through business planning for the coming financial year. Music China was not selected as a priority show for 2021-22.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to decide which trade shows are eligible for grant funding in its successor to the Trade Show Access Programme.

The successor to the Tradeshow Access Programme, when launched, is designed to address market failures whilst aligning to the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Strategy. Supported shows are identified through departmental business planning, and prioritised collaboratively by DIT’s Campaigns, Sectors and Events Team.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Musikmesse Frankfurt take place in 2022-23 and will be prioritised through business planning for the coming financial year. Music China was not selected as a priority show for 2021-22.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the risk of transmission of covid-19 (a) on public transport and (b) in other crowded public spaces; what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of different types of facemasks in preventing such transmission; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 8 March 2021, to Question UIN 159378 regarding the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on public transport.

In regard to what assessment has been made of the efficacy of different types of face masks, in 2020 Public Health England’s rapid evidence review reported that the published literature indicated that face coverings of varying materials are more effective than no covering, and multi-layered coverings more effective than single-layer. Further information is available here: https://phe.koha-ptfs.co.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=5f043ca658db1188ffae74827fa650d9

A second review published in January 2021 corroborated the findings of the first review and found consistent evidence that the use of face coverings in community settings reduced the spread of COVID-19: https://phe.koha-ptfs.co.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=d86880bf65bd6b18eae21aa3bdaf2a4b

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to bus operators on the need to provide safe seating to ensure that people from different households do not sit next to each other on buses; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Transport has issued safer transport guidance for operators, which aids transport operators to understand how to provide safer services for passengers. It outlines measures to assess and address the risks of COVID-19 on public transport.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing spending on targeted research on motor neurone disease ahead of the 2021 Spending Review.

There are no plans for specific discussions. The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is not usual practice to ring-fence funding for particular topics or conditions. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including motor neurone disease. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality. We are currently working on ways to significantly boost further research on dementia and neurodegeneration at all stages, including medical and care interventions.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 July 2021 to Question 35705 on Motor Neurone Disease: Drugs, if he will provide details of the projects relating to Motor Neurone Disease that were funded by the National Institute for Health Research in each of the years between 2015 and 2020.

The information requested is shown in the following table. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is also funding research on motor neurone disease through the NIHR’s research infrastructure, including the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre. However this information is not available at individual study level.

Year

Project

2015/16

Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. * Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) *

2016/17

Head up: The development of a novel cervical orthosis to support neck weakness due to neurological disease. * Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. *
Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) *
DiPALS: A randomised controlled trial evaluating NeuRx/4 Diaphragm Pacing in patients with respiratory muscle weakness due to Motor Neurone Disease

2017/18

Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. * Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) * A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) *

2018/19

Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. * A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) * Nusinersen for treating infant or child spinal muscular atrophy [ID1069] A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS) * Enhancing the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: Synthesising the evidence, mapping the services and translating the evidence into clinical practice. *

2019/20

A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) * A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS) * Enhancing the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: Synthesising the evidence, mapping the services and translating the evidence into clinical practice. * Onasemnogene abeparvovec for treating spinal muscular atrophy type 1 [ID1473] - Part 1

2020/21

A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) * A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS) * Enhancing the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: Synthesising the evidence, mapping the services and translating the evidence into clinical practice. * Onasemnogene abeparvovec for treating spinal muscular atrophy type 1[ID1473] - Part 2 Risdiplam for treating spinal muscular atrophy [ID1631]

Note:

* Project funded for multiple years spanning the period 2015-2020.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 25 February 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on the legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill.

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

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on (a) the efficacy of the Novavax vaccine following its trial and (b) whether volunteers who received two vaccinations as part of the Novavax trial are eligible to receive other types of approved covid-19 vaccines.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has regular meetings with Novavax regarding their submission for the vaccine but this is not yet complete. A review of the quality, safety and efficacy data will be required before the MHRA and Commission on Human Medicines can consider approval of the vaccine.

As trial participants become eligible for the vaccination programme, they should discuss with the trial investigator to decide whether they should receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine. This should be informed by whether they had received a placebo or control vaccine, an active vaccine with known efficacy against COVID-19, an experimental trial vaccine product with no current efficacy data and whether they have received a full proposed or incomplete regimen. There is currently a lack of evidence to inform whether a subsequent dose of a different COVID-19 vaccine after a full regimen of experimental vaccine provides any benefit. Subjects should also be made aware that the risks of receiving the deployed vaccine after the trial vaccine are unknown.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 3 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on differential pricing policies for covid-19 vaccinations.

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

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what circumstances NHS patient information is transferred outside of the NHS; what the protocols are for the transfer of such (a) aggregate anonymised and (b) personal information; what steps are taken to supervise such transfers of information (i) in general, (ii) to a private sector company and (iii) to an entity outside of UK legal jurisdiction.

Confidential patient information is not transferred outside of the National Health Service unless there are strong legitimate and appropriate reasons to do so. Aggregated data may be made publicly available by organisations through their publication schemes as required under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Any data transfer to the public or private sector, inside or outside the United Kingdom, aggregated or personal information, is subject to strict process and procedure and the legal obligations set out in privacy legislation including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the obligations set out by the National Data Guardian and the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality. In addition, from 1 January 2021, the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies in the UK in place of the GDPR.

Any use of NHS data that is not already in the public domain must have an explicit aim to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens or to improve how the NHS operates. This would include, for instance, research by universities, clinical audits and clinical trials by pharmaceutical companies.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on access to medical cannabis following disruption of supplies after the end of the transition period.

The Department, supported by the British Embassy to The Hague, has reached an agreement with the Dutch Government to allow the continued supply of Bedrocan oils, a form of unlicensed medicinal cannabis, against United Kingdom prescriptions for existing patients until 1 July 2021. The medicines supply chain has ensured that there continues to be good supply of licensed and unlicensed cannabis-based medicines after the transition period.

The Written Ministerial Statement of 26 January (HCWS734) provided an update on action taken by the Government on supply from the Netherlands and next steps to establish a more permanent solution.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the evidential basis was for the decision to remove AGAT System from the consolidated list of financial sanctions targets in the UK.

The designation of AGAT System was insufficiently clear as to which entity was to be designated. The UK has therefore revoked the listing for AGAT System with immediate effect. The UK makes decisions on whether or not to designate each person under powers provided by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 and the relevant sanctions regulations.

We have imposed over 100 designations in response to the fraudulent elections and the subsequent human rights violations in Belarus. We will continue to keep all evidence and potential listings under close review, guided by the objectives of the UK Belarus sanctions regime.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to reinstate the visit by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, following its deferment from 12 May 2021.

As my Rt Hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made clear during his 2 June phone call with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, he looks forward to meeting her in London soon. FCDO officials are in contact with Ms Tsikhanouskaya's office to agree a mutually convenient date.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government's support for the transformation of the Colombian National Police includes a disestablishment from the Colombian Ministry of Defence as called for by human rights organisations in that country.

The internal structures of the Colombian Government and state are a matter for that Government.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make a statement in response to the reported human rights abuses committed by the national police during protests in Colombia in April and May 2021.

The UK supports the right of all Colombians to protest peacefully, and the right to peaceful assembly and association must be guaranteed. I reiterated this message via social media on 6 May, which followed up on similar public messaging from our Embassy in Bogotá on 4, 5, and 7 May.

Colombia is a UK 'Human Rights Priority Country,' and we have raised our concerns with the relevant state actors in Colombia since protests began. Most recently, I spoke with acting Foreign Minister Adriana Mejía on 14 May to express my concerns, and welcome Colombia's commitment to transparent investigations into allegations of abuse.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 5 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on the Counter-Daesh Update.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 21 May.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to tackle the humanitarian harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

In August 2020 HMG published the UK's approach to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The paper summarises the UK's Protection of Civilians activity in seven UK commitment areas including: ensuring respect for International Humanitarian Law in UK military operations; political engagement; strengthening accountability; and humanitarian action.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jun 2021
What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support available to businesses in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has sought to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods while also supporting businesses and public services across the UK.

We have put in place an economic package of support totalling £352 billion through the furlough and self-employed income support schemes, support for businesses through grants and loans, business rates and VAT relief.

At the Budget, the Chancellor extended this package of economic support to accommodate even the most cautious view about the time it might take to exit restrictions and to provide certainty and continuity to business. The Government continues to keep all impacts and policies under review.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has published for people who have not yet received the Aspen card.

If a service user is eligible for asylum support and a payment card but has not received their card, they have been advised this should be reported to Migrant Help as per the existing published process and guidance for service user concerns or issues.

Migrant Help will forward the concern onto the relevant operational team to investigate and action a replacement card, if needed, as well as issue an Emergency Cash Payment (ECP) to cover the period until the card arrives and is activated.

Service users can also contact their accommodation provider who have been instructed to reach out to service users known to not have activated their cards. Through these checks, accommodation providers are actively ensuring service users have both received their card and activated accordingly as well as self-authorise ECPs accordingly.

Finally, service users can also reach out to any third sector representatives/voluntary sector partners to escalate an issue on their behalf. Third sector colleagues have a direct escalation route to Home Office teams where they can direct issues (such as the need for replacement cards and issuing ECPs to service users) for Home Office colleagues to investigate and action.

The vast majority of service users have now received their new Aspen card, activated it and have been using it successfully since the service went live on Monday 24th May 2021.

Numbers are fluid as activation numbers continue to increase on a daily basis as well as having new eligible asylum seekers coming into the system over the same period of time.

We are proactively working with partners to ensure any eligible service users receive their new Aspen card and activate it successfully. In the interim, Emergency Cash Payments (ECPs) are being provided to support their critical needs.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information she holds on the progress on the roll-out of the Aspen card; and what percentage of those planned to receive that card have received it to date.

If a service user is eligible for asylum support and a payment card but has not received their card, they have been advised this should be reported to Migrant Help as per the existing published process and guidance for service user concerns or issues.

Migrant Help will forward the concern onto the relevant operational team to investigate and action a replacement card, if needed, as well as issue an Emergency Cash Payment (ECP) to cover the period until the card arrives and is activated.

Service users can also contact their accommodation provider who have been instructed to reach out to service users known to not have activated their cards. Through these checks, accommodation providers are actively ensuring service users have both received their card and activated accordingly as well as self-authorise ECPs accordingly.

Finally, service users can also reach out to any third sector representatives/voluntary sector partners to escalate an issue on their behalf. Third sector colleagues have a direct escalation route to Home Office teams where they can direct issues (such as the need for replacement cards and issuing ECPs to service users) for Home Office colleagues to investigate and action.

The vast majority of service users have now received their new Aspen card, activated it and have been using it successfully since the service went live on Monday 24th May 2021.

Numbers are fluid as activation numbers continue to increase on a daily basis as well as having new eligible asylum seekers coming into the system over the same period of time.

We are proactively working with partners to ensure any eligible service users receive their new Aspen card and activate it successfully. In the interim, Emergency Cash Payments (ECPs) are being provided to support their critical needs.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Feb 2021
What steps she is taking to tackle the grooming of children and young people.

On the 22 January, the Government published the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy, which sets out a system-wide response to all forms of child sexual abuse.

The strategy details the government’s work to tackle child grooming, including supporting local prevention initiatives, piloting innovative approaches to law enforcement, and work to improve data on the characteristics of offending.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Rochdale of 11 November 2020, on the deportations of members of the Rochdale Grooming Gang.

I apologise for the delay. The Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts will respond shortly.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th May 2021
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on improving the transition of armed forces personnel into employment.

Improving and recognising the employability of our Service leavers is a personal priority. All personnel have access to the Career Transition Partnership for two years before and after discharge - over 84% of Service leavers find employment within six months. But we go further, working across Government, we have launched an interview scheme and a national insurance holiday for employers. I will shortly be writing to cross-Government colleagues to continue this work throughout 2021 and beyond.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on endorsing an international Political Declaration to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

The final version of the Political Declaration has not yet been published.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Sep 2020
When the Government plans to publish the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

The Integrated Review will remain closely aligned with the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), to ensure that ambition, capabilities and budgets can be closely coordinated.

Both will publish later in the year. At its heart the Integrated Review is about developing the capabilities we need to meet the threats we face.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
20th Jan 2021
What progress he has made on bringing forward legislative proposals on dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

This Government has been clear that it will bring forward legislation to address the legacy of the Troubles that focuses on reconciliation, delivers for victims, and ends the cycle of investigations that is not working for anyone.

While the challenges presented by the pandemic have affected progress, work on this - including engagement with key stakeholders - continues to take place, and we remain committed to moving forward as quickly as possible.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
24th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 January 2020, Official Report, column 1020, what the Government's definition is of vexatious prosecutions; and how legislative proposals will prevent vexatious or unfair prosecutions of veterans who served in Northern Ireland.

The Government is committed to reforming the current legacy system in Northern Ireland in a way which provides reconciliation for victims and greater certainty for veterans. Nobody who has served in our armed forces should be subject to unfair prosecution in cases where no new evidence has been provided.

3rd Feb 2021
What steps the Government is taking to support the manufacturing industry in Wales.

We have provided over 2.7 billion pounds in direct support to businesses in Wales, and our Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution will mobilise 12 billion pounds of government investment to stimulate manufacturing across the UK. We have also extended the 1 million pounds annual investment allowance to stimulate investment in UK manufacturing.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)