Vicky Ford Portrait

Vicky Ford

Conservative - Chelmsford

First elected: 8th June 2017


Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill
7th Jun 2023 - 11th Jul 2023
Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill
1st Mar 2023 - 8th Mar 2023
Equipment Theft (Prevention) Bill
25th Jan 2023 - 1st Feb 2023
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
6th Sep 2022 - 25th Oct 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Sep 2021 - 6th Sep 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Feb 2020 - 16th Sep 2021
European Statutory Instruments Committee
10th Feb 2020 - 14th Sep 2020
European Statutory Instruments
18th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Women and Equalities Committee
5th Mar 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
16th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
European Statutory Instruments Committee
18th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee
16th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
16th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019


Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
11:30
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
Oral questions - Main Chamber
27 Feb 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Energy Security and Net Zero (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Monday 11th March 2024
14:30
Department for Education
Oral questions - Main Chamber
11 Mar 2024, 2:30 p.m.
Education (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 26th March 2024
11:30
Ministry of Justice
Oral questions - Main Chamber
26 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Justice (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 16th April 2024
11:30
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
Oral questions - Main Chamber
16 Apr 2024, 11:30 a.m.
Energy Security and Net Zero (including Topical Questions)
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Scheduled Event
Friday 19th April 2024
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Affordable Housing (Conversion of Commercial Property) Bill: Second Reading
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Department Event
Monday 29th April 2024
14:30
Department for Education
Oral questions - Main Chamber
29 Apr 2024, 2:30 p.m.
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Division Votes
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Ministerial Severance: Reform
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 273 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 192 Noes - 275
Speeches
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Business of the House
In order to be here at this time, I have delayed giving a personal statement to the police on the …
Written Answers
Monday 12th February 2024
Households: Parking
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Monday 11th December 2023
Affordable Housing (Conversion of Commercial Property) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to make provision to enable local authorities to establish planning obligations relating to affordable housing in respect of …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
8. Miscellaneous
From 31 October 2023, Vice Chair of the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union. This is an unpaid role.
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 13th June 2023
Spiking Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision about the law in relation to administering or attempting to administer drugs, alcohol or any …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Vicky Ford has voted in 746 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Vicky Ford voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Vicky Ford voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Vicky Ford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 286 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 242
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Vicky Ford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative No votes vs 279 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 242
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Vicky Ford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 289 Noes - 220
10 Jan 2024 - Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - View Vote Context
Vicky Ford voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Conservative No votes vs 279 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 235
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(44 debate interactions)
Andrew Mitchell (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
(36 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(229 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(50 debate contributions)
Home Office
(48 debate contributions)
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Chelmsford Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should not reduce the existing adult-child childcare ratios as has been suggested. There are surely better ways to reduce the cost of living – potentially endangering children in trusted care is not how it should be done.

We have the second most expensive childcare system in the world. A full time place costs, on average, £14,000 per year, making it completely unaffordable for many families. Parents are forced to leave their jobs or work fewer hours, which has a negative impact on the economy and on child poverty.

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme

After 9 months of maternity leave, most working mums do not receive any maternity pay and need to go back to work. I think all working parents should be entitled to 15 hours free childcare from the time a child is 9 months. It makes more sense to provide this funding from 9 months instead of 2 years


Latest EDMs signed by Vicky Ford

Vicky Ford has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Vicky Ford, 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.


Vicky Ford has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Vicky Ford has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by Vicky Ford


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A Bill to amend building regulations to require letter boxes in new buildings to be positioned above a certain height; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 16th January 2019
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision requiring local authorities to exercise their functions with a view to improving and promoting regular attendance by registered pupils at schools in their area; and to make provision requiring school proprietors to have an attendance policy to promote regular attendance.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 2nd February 2024
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision to enable local authorities to establish planning obligations relating to affordable housing in respect of the conversion of commercial property to residential use; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 11th December 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 19th April 2024
Order Paper number: 10
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to make provision to enable local authorities to establish planning obligations relating to affordable housing in respect of the conversion of commercial property to residential use; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 22nd February 2023
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27 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1st Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to protect children online.

The strongest protections in the Online Safety Bill are for children, and platforms will have to take proactive steps to prevent children being exposed to illegal content and behaviour, including child sexual exploitation and abuse and content assisting suicide.

Services likely to be accessed by children will also be required to protect children from other harmful material, including pornography and cyberbullying. If sites fail in their duties, they will be subject to tough enforcement action.

5th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in Chelmsford constituency received school improvement grants in (a) 2010-2017 and (b) 2017-2023; how many grants were received in each period; and what the total amount for each school was in each period.

Departmental records show that between 2010 and 2017 five schools in Chelmsford constituency received or benefited from specific school improvement grants, and between 2017 and the end of December 2023 ten schools received or benefited from specific school improvement grants.

The following grants have been included in this analysis:

  • Regional Academy Growth Fund (RAGF) 2016/17
  • Multi-academy Trust Development and Improvement Fund (MDIF) 2018/19
  • Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) - 2019 to date
  • Strategic School Improvement Capital Budget (SSICB) - 2016 to date
  • Environmental Improvement Grant (EIG) - 2016 to date
  • Emergency Strategic Improvement Fund (ESIF) - 2017 to date
  • School Improvement offer (SI) - 2018 to 2020
  • Trust and School Improvement offer (TSI) – 2021 to date.

The department has also included grants allocated for sponsored academy conversions (2010 to date), as well as grants for transferring academies between trusts (2012 to date) because these grants may include elements for school improvement activities.

The department has limited this analysis to these grants as they can be quantified for some of the time periods requested. The department's policy of retaining financial records for seven years limits access to data before the 2016/17 financial year. Other department grants may contribute less directly to wider school improvement. In addition, many of these and other grants are allocated via academy trusts or other organisations, and so schools may benefit indirectly without being the designated recipient from department. Finally, not all grant programs have been operational throughout the entire period between 2010 and 2023.

For a summary of the grants awarded, and for relevant school-level data, please refer to the tables below:

Table 1: Summary of school improvement grants paid for supporting schools in Chelmsford constituency.

Number of institutions in receipt of a school improvement grant and their total value

Grant programme

(a) 2010 to 2017

(b) 2017to2023 (to end December 2023)

Regional Academy Growth Fund**

RAGF 2016-2017 2 trusts each with 1 school in Chelmsford*

N/A

Multi-academy Trust Development and Improvement Fund**

N/A*

2 trusts, one with 2 schools and 1 with 1 school in Chelmsford*

Trust Capacity Fund **

N/A*

1 trust with 2 schools in Chelmsford*

Strategic School Improvement Capital Budget

N/A* 2010-2017
None – 2016-17

None

Environmental Improvement Grant

None for 2016-17.
Records not available prior to 2016-17.

None

Emergency Strategic Improvement Fund

N/A as fund started in 2017-18

None

Sponsored conversions to academy status

3 academies, totalling £210,000

None

Transfer of an academy

None

None

School Improvement Offer

N/A*

1 school, totalling £1,800

Trust and School Improvement offer

N/A*

4 schools, totalling £16,800

* Grant programme not operating during this period.

** The RAGF, MDIF, and TCAF funds support growth in the capacity of academy trusts to oversee academies. Funding is allocated to trusts, and available data only reflects the total amounts received at the trust level. We are unable to attribute specific portions of the funding awarded under the RAGF, MDIF or TCaF programmes to individual school improvement efforts within any given trust or locality.

Table 2: Value of school improvement grants awarded where it is possible to identify a value attributable to the Chelmsford constituency.

Name of school or trust

Grant name

Year funding allocated or first payment made

Amount paid or allocated

Melbourne Park Primary and Nursery School

Pre-opening sponsored grant

2014

£70,000

Meadgate Primary School

Pre-opening sponsored grant

2013

£70,000

Larkrise Primary School

Pre-opening sponsored grant

2016

£70,000

Newlands Spring Primary School

School Improvement Offer Tier 1

2019

£1,800

South Essex Academy Trust

Trust and School Improvement Offer

2022

£3,000

Bridge Academy Trust

Trust and School Improvement Offer

2022

£1,800

The Chelmsford Learning Partnership

Trust and School Improvement Offer

2023

£6,000

Attain Academy Partnership

Trust and School Improvement Offer

2023

£6,000

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
5th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the per pupil funding to schools (a) in Essex and (b) nationally was in (i) 2016/17 and (ii) 2023/24; and what the percentage increase adjusted for inflation for schools (A) in Essex and (B) nationally was between those years.

The department publishes statistics on schools funding at the national level, including revenue funding to state-funded schools in England for pupils aged 5 to 16, in cash and real terms. Statistics for the 2010/11 to 2023/24 financial years are available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-funding-statistics.

In 2016/17 national per pupil funding in cash terms was £5,590 and in 2023/24 this had risen to £7,460 in cash terms. This represents a cumulative growth in per pupil funding since 2016/17 of 9.9% in real terms, as measured by the GDP deflator.

The published information has been designed to capture core funding for schools and be as consistent and comparable as possible across these years, given that the funding system has changed significantly during that time. It covers mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools, alternative provision, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools. Information about the methodology can be found at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/methodology/school-funding-statistics-methodology. The department does not have a breakdown of this time series at local authority level, therefore equivalent figures are not available for Essex.

At local authority level, the department instead publish per pupil units of funding for the schools block of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) in cash terms. In 2016/17 for Essex, this was £4,392. Following changes to the funding system in 2017/18, the primary and secondary per pupil units of funding were provided separately and, in 2023/24 for Essex, these were £4,720 and £6,116 respectively. These figures are for mainstream schools only and do not include any additional grant funding outside of the DSG, such as the mainstream schools additional grant and teachers’ pay additional grant. The national equivalent to these local authority figures is £4,636 for 2016/17 and £4,954 and £6,422 for 2023/24 for primary and secondary schools respectively.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
15th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2023 to Question 188370, when she plans to bring forward proposals to introduce re-use obligations.

Re-use has a significant role to play in driving down unnecessary waste. In accordance with the waste hierarchy, the priority should be on reuse of materials, before recycling, and so we are working to identify measures that could be used to encourage greater use of reusable packaging. We will bring forward our proposals in 2025.

In the meantime, EPR will contribute to a reduction in the creation of new packaging from virgin materials as producers are incentivised to reconsider the need for packaging and, where it is needed, to use reusable and recyclable packaging. This will contribute to climate change mitigation in line with our commitment to comprehensive action on climate change.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing measures to encourage fast food restaurants to use plates or re-usable containers.

From October this year, we will ban the supply of single use plastic plates and cutlery, as well as expanded and extruded polystyrene food and drinks containers. Government guidance on the ban makes it clear businesses should prepare by considering reusable alternatives..

The introduction of the Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging regulations will encourage businesses to think carefully about how much packaging they use, and to design and use packaging that is easily recyclable. It will also encourage use of reusable and refillable packaging.

Re-use has a significant role to play in driving down unnecessary waste. We are working to identify measures that could be used to encourage greater use of reusable packaging, but we haven’t specifically assessed measures targeting non-plastic plates in fast food restaurants. We remain committed to introducing re-use obligations and will bring forward our proposals with the intention of introducing these in 2025.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have moved into employment since the roll out-of universal credit in each year for which figures are available.

The latest caseload data shows Universal Credit is supporting 2.8 million claimants across the country to more easily start work and access smoother incentives, such as the work allowance and taper, to increase hours. We have scrapped the cliff edges and complicated hours’ rules of the legacy benefit system to ensure claimants have flexibility to access the opportunities offered in the labour market.

There are a record number of people in work at 32.9 million – up by over 3.8 million since 2010. During August 2019 and September 2019, the latest information available, just over 200,000 Universal Credit claimants have succeeded in getting into jobs.

Monthly information surrounding the volumes of Universal Credit claimants who have moved into work is shown in the table below.

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2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

April

320

5,150

25,000

79,900

May

550

5,900

26,800

87,400

June

650

6,310

29,200

81,600

July

1,010

6,500

31,600

87,800

August

1,290

7,630

38,900

94,200

September

1,890

10,100

47,300

106,300

October

2,150

10,800

52,600

N/A

November

2,600

11,700

59,900

N/A

December

2,320

9,600

44,300

N/A

January

3,230

14,700

61,400

N/A

February

3,940

16,600

68,800

N/A

March

5,070

22,100

84,200

N/A

Notes:

1. Figures are for Universal Credit Full Service only

2. Figures are at household level. In some cases both members of a household may have entered work in the same month, but only one job entry would be counted in our response.

3. Figures are based upon situations when a household reports no earnings in one Assessment Period but then has earnings in the next.

4. Self-employed jobs are not included in the table.

5. Figures also include instances of a household moving out of work and at a later date moving back into work.

24th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that there is adequate pharmacy provision.

The Department monitors changes to the market closely to understand patient access to pharmaceutical services within the National Health Service. The law requires that every three years, local authority Health and Wellbeing Boards undertake pharmaceutical needs assessments to identify if there is a need for improvement or better access to services in the local areas. Contractors can apply to open a pharmacy where there is a gap or a need for improved access to services or if they can make a case for providing other benefits to the local communities.

When their usual local pharmacy closes, patients can choose to access any of the remaining pharmacies nearby. Patients can also choose to access NHS pharmaceutical services remotely through any of the approximately 400 internet pharmacies in England, which are contractually required to deliver medicines to patients’ home address free of charge.

There were 10,673 pharmacies on 31 December 2023 providing NHS services in England. Access remains good with 80% of the population living within 20 minutes walking distance of a pharmacy and twice as many pharmacies in the most deprived areas of the country.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help prevent weapons being supplied to the Rapid Support Forces by the United Arab Emirates via (a) Chad and (b) other neighbouring countries.

The UK condemns any actions that further fuel the brutal conflict in Sudan. There is a UN Arms Embargo and Sanctions Regime on Darfur, which the UK renewed in March 2023, and which complements a longstanding bilateral UK arms embargo in place for the whole of Sudan. These regimes have been used to constrain the flow of weapons into the country and support efforts to stop those who pose a threat to stability in Darfur. The UN Arms Embargo and Sanctions Regime on Darfur will be reviewed by September 2024. Ministers continue to place emphasis on the importance of neutrality and of supporting a ceasefire and civilian political transition.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Sudanese counterpart on (a) travel permissions for international humanitarian relief workers, (b) transport permissions for humanitarian aid and (c) other bureaucratic barriers to delivering humanitarian aid in east Sudan.

The UK condemns the lack of humanitarian access into and across Sudan, as a result of the actions of the parties to the conflict. Lack of security remains the biggest constraint for international agencies and national NGOs seeking to deliver much-needed life-saving assistance. We continue to raise humanitarian access, including bureaucratic and administrative impediments, with the warring parties, our international partners and in international fora such as the UN.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his (a) UN and (b) other international counterparts on taking steps with the Sudanese government to (i) provide travel permissions for international humanitarian relief workers, (ii) provide transport permissions for humanitarian aid and (iii) tackle other bureaucratic barriers to delivering humanitarian aid in east Sudan.

The UK condemns the lack of humanitarian access into and across Sudan, as a result of the actions of the parties to the conflict. Lack of security remains the biggest constraint for international agencies and national NGOs seeking to deliver much-needed life-saving assistance. We continue to raise humanitarian access, including bureaucratic and administrative impediments, with the warring parties, our international partners and in international fora such as the UN.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending sanctions to the (a) subsidiaries, (b) suppliers and (c) buyers of businesses that have been sanctioned for funding of the war in Sudan.

In response to the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sudan, on 12 July I announced a package of six sanctions under the UK's Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. The UK has imposed an asset freeze on three commercial entities linked to the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and three commercial entities linked to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), as the two main parties to the conflict. These sanctions, which target entities which the SAF and RSF have used to support their war efforts, are designed to press the parties into a permanent ceasefire, allow unfettered humanitarian access and commit to a sustained and meaningful peace process.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing financial sanctions on (a) Omdurman National Bank and (b) Al-Khalij Bank in the context of their association with factions in the war in Sudan.

In response to the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sudan, on 12 July I announced a package of six sanctions under the UK's Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. The UK has imposed an asset freeze on three commercial entities linked to the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and three commercial entities linked to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), as the two main parties to the conflict. These sanctions, which target entities which the SAF and RSF have used to support their war efforts, are designed to press the parties into a permanent ceasefire, allow unfettered humanitarian access and commit to a sustained and meaningful peace process.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of establishing an informal Sudan Advisory Group which includes specialists on Sudan and on conflict and justice-related issues.

In response to the outbreak of conflict on 15 April, the FCDO created an enhanced Sudan Unit, bringing in a range of specialist, including on humanitarian, conflict, and justice-related issues. The FCDO also regularly engages with a range of partners on the current issues facing Sudan. This includes engagement with the Sudanese diaspora community, NGOs, academics, domestic stakeholders and both international and regional partners on topics including conflict, atrocity prevention, human rights, and humanitarian assistance. These engagements have created opportunities for knowledge-sharing and for the UK to support international efforts to secure the permanent cessation of hostilities and a return to peace and stability in Sudan.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking as a member of the Core Group of the Expanded Mechanism under the leadership of the African Union to help ensure that tangible measures are taken by the African Union to tackle the conflict in Sudan.

The UK believes the African Union is best placed to coordinate an African-led international response to the crisis in Sudan. As a member of the African Union-led Core Group, the UK is working with regional and international partners to end hostilities in Sudan, push for urgently needed humanitarian access, particularly in Khartoum and Darfur, and to secure a viable peace process, including support for the emergence of an all-inclusive civilian and political platform for dialogue on a future vision for Sudan. We will continue to pursue all diplomatic avenues to secure an end to the violence, protection of civilians and humanitarian access. We urge both parties to the conflict to engage in an inclusive dialogue that will deliver a political transition to a democratic process as called for by the Sudanese people.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure humanitarian aid arriving at Port Sudan is reaching its intended recipients; and what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the UN on the steps being taken to help ensure de facto Sudanese authorities are facilitating humanitarian agencies work in Sudan.

The UK's top humanitarian priority for Sudan is to secure improved access and security guarantees for humanitarian agencies, whose operations are highly constrained by insecurity and restrictions on the movements of humanitarian aid and relief workers. The UK is working closely with the UN, neighbouring countries, donors and humanitarian agencies to put pressure on the warring parties to abide by their commitments under international humanitarian law and to allow lifesaving aid to reach those in need.  FCDO officials meet regularly with UN counterparts to discuss the present humanitarian challenges in Sudan.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will impose targeted sanctions on the financial networks of the warring parties in Sudan and on Sudanese individuals (a) inside and (b) outside the country who are advocating the continuation of the war and disseminating hate speech against Sudan’s civilian and political pro-democracy leaders.

In response to the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sudan, I announced on 12 July a UK package of six sanctions under the Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. We are freezing the assets of three commercial entities linked to each party involved in the conflict: the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). These sanctions, which target entities which the SAF and RSF have used to support their war efforts, are designed to press the parties to engage in a sustained and meaningful peace process, allow humanitarian access and to commit to a permanent cessation of hostilities.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to discourage regional and other external actors from aiding conflict in Sudan through provision of financial, logistical or military support to factions in that country.

We are pursuing all diplomatic avenues, including at the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council, and through cooperation with counterparts from African, Quad (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America) and European countries, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union and the United Nations, to end the violence in Sudan. We are also working through a new African Union-led Core Group to ensure inclusive regional and international action to secure a viable peace process. On 12 July, we announced a package of six sanctions under the Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, freezing the assets of three commercial entities linked to each party involved in the conflict. These sanctions target entities which the Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces have used to support their war efforts and are designed to press the parties to allow humanitarian assistance, end the violence and engage in a meaningful and sustained progress to peace. We will continue to use all our diplomatic levers to urge regional and external actors to support international efforts to bring the warring parties back to the negotiating table and end the conflict.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps his Department is taking to call for the release of Matiullah Wesa, head of Afghan education NGO Pen Path; and what steps his Department is taking to (a) clarify where he is being held, (b) clarify the reasons for his arrest and (c) help ensure he has access to legal representation and contact with his family.

The UK Government has repeatedly condemned the Taliban's decisions to restrict women and girls' education. We are committed to upholding the rights of women and girls and regularly press the Taliban to provide full and equal access to education for all. We support the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan's call for the Taliban to clarify where Matiullah Wesa is being held, the reasons for his arrest, and to ensure he has access to legal representation and contact with his family.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax revenue is accrued from VAT on public charge points in residential areas.

The information is not available. HM Revenue and Customs does not hold information on VAT revenue from specific products or services, including VAT on public electric vehicle charging points. This is because businesses are not required to provide figures at a product level within their VAT returns, as this would impose an excessive administrative burden.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax revenue is accrued from VAT on public charge points.

The information is not available. HM Revenue and Customs does not hold information on VAT revenue from specific products or services, including VAT on public electric vehicle charging points. This is because businesses are not required to provide figures at a product level within their VAT returns, as this would impose an excessive administrative burden.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Sudanese applicants who were notified that they had been selected for Chevening scholarships will be granted visas to the UK.

Student visa applications for Chevening scholars will be considered on their individual merits and in line with immigration rules.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office have confirmed that Sudanese nationals who have been offered a Chevening award for the 2023-24 academic year and are unable to take up the scholarship due to the conflict and travel restrictions are able to defer their award to the 2024-25 academic year.

19th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle street crime against women and girls.

We remain committed to delivering our Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

We have allocated £125 million across England and Wales through the Safer Streets Fund and the Safety of Women at Night Fund, including £550,000 investment into the constituency of My Right Honourable Friend, the Member for Chelmsford.

The Government is supporting my Right Honourable Friend the Member for Tunbridge Wells’s ‘Protection from Sex-Based Harassment in Public Bill’, which would make public sexual harassment a specific offence.

5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of households that own a car that do not have a driveway.

The Department does not hold the information required to fully respond to this question. We do hold some data on parking facilities available to households and dwellings, published annually in Live Tables DA2201, DA2202, and DA2203 available online, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/amenities-services-and-local-environments.The Department does not collect data on households’ car ownership.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of people living in (a) tower blocks and (b) residential properties without a driveway own cars.

The Department does not hold the information required to fully respond to this question. We do hold some data on parking facilities available to households and dwellings, published annually in Live Tables DA2201, DA2202, and DA2203 available online, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/amenities-services-and-local-environments.The Department does not collect data on households’ car ownership.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution on Amendment 476 of 22 May 2023 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Faith and Communities and Lords Minister) in Lords Committee Stage of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, Lords Official Report column 710, what progress his Department has made on including the recommended height for letter boxes into statutory guidance; and when he plans to (a) introduce and (b) implement that guidance.

We will give an update on this important matter in due course.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
21st Nov 2022
What progress his Department has made on increasing the supply of social housing.

This Government understands the importance of social housing and are clear that more homes must be built.

Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver tens of thousands of high-quality social homes right across the country, ensuring that hard working families and individuals can live in safety and security in the communities they call home.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport