William Wragg Portrait

William Wragg

Independent - Hazel Grove

First elected: 7th May 2015


Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
29th Jan 2020 - 15th Apr 2024
Liaison Committee (Commons)
20th May 2020 - 15th Apr 2024
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
7th Oct 2022 - 4th Mar 2024
Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill
30th Nov 2022 - 6th Dec 2022
Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill
15th Dec 2021 - 5th Jan 2022
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
29th Jan 2020 - 7th Dec 2021
Backbench Business Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Education Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Procedure Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Finance Committee (Commons)
30th Oct 2017 - 5th Mar 2018
Finance Committee (Commons)
6th Feb 2017 - 3rd May 2017
Backbench Business Committee
13th Jun 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Education Committee
22nd Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee
8th Jun 2016 - 14th Sep 2016


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, William Wragg has voted in 642 divisions, and 55 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
10 Feb 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 526 Noes - 24
9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
27 Jan 2021 - Local Government - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 344 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 553 Noes - 2
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
30 Dec 2020 - European Union (Future Relationship) Bill: Business of the House - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 354 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 60 Noes - 362
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
4 Nov 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 516 Noes - 38
21 Oct 2020 - Additional Covid-19 Restrictions: Fair Economic Support - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 339 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 340
19 Oct 2020 - Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 324 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 264
19 Oct 2020 - Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 326 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 328 Noes - 264
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
6 Oct 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 285 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 287 Noes - 17
30 Sep 2020 - Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative No votes vs 330 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 330 Noes - 24
1 Jul 2020 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative Aye votes vs 317 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 232 Noes - 321
1 Jul 2020 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 316 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 254 Noes - 317
23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Conservative Aye votes vs 283 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 31 Noes - 400
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
3 Nov 2021 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 247 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 250 Noes - 232
3 Nov 2021 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 242 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 248 Noes - 221
22 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 269 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 272 Noes - 246
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 251 Noes - 296
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
17 Jan 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 315 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 234 Noes - 327
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 304 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 231
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 291 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 294 Noes - 242
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 236
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 234
27 Apr 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 295 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 306 Noes - 213
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative Aye votes vs 282 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 302
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 276 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 283 Noes - 234
12 Dec 2022 - Standards: Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 234 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 135 Noes - 239
3 Jul 2023 - Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 267 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 212 Noes - 272
3 Jul 2023 - Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 261 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 70
28 Jun 2023 - Holocaust Memorial Bill: Committal - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 11 Noes - 379
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 293 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 231
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg 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
William Wragg 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
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 243
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 273 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 234
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 292 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 300 Noes - 212
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg 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
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 279 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 227
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 280 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 226
10 Jan 2024 - Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 279 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 228 Noes - 284
10 Jan 2024 - Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg 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
1 Mar 2024 - Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill - View Vote Context
William Wragg voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 14 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 15
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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
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(26 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for Intergovernmental Relations
(23 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(20 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(59 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(50 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(22 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(18 debate contributions)
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Hazel Grove 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

Enact legislation to protect retail workers. This legislation must create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.

We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any e-vaccination status/immunity passport to the British public. Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable.


Latest EDMs signed by William Wragg

26th March 2024
William Wragg signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Tuesday 26th March 2024

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

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
71 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 25
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 1
21st February 2024
William Wragg signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Wednesday 21st February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
90 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 42
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Workers Party of Britain: 1
View All William Wragg's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by William Wragg, 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.


William Wragg has not been granted any Urgent Questions

2 Adjournment Debates led by William Wragg

Tuesday 21st January 2020

1 Bill introduced by William Wragg


This Bill received Royal Assent on 12th May 2016 and was enacted into law.

20 Bills co-sponsored by William Wragg

Police (declaration) Bill 2023-24
Sponsor - Tonia Antoniazzi (Lab)

National Minimum Wage Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Paula Barker (Lab)

Local Authority Boundaries Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Robbie Moore (Con)

Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Anthony Mangnall (Con)

Assaults on Retail Workers (Offences) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Alex Norris (LAB)

June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Peter Bone (Ind)

Fracking (Seismic Activity) 2017-19
Sponsor - Lee Rowley (Con)

Green Belt (Protection) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Christopher Chope (Con)

Forensic Science Regulator Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Chris Green (Con)

Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Peter Bone (Ind)

Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Helen Goodman (Lab)

Student Loans (Debt Interest) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Christopher Chope (Con)

Principal Local Authorities (Grounds for Abolition) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Christopher Chope (Con)

Voter Registration Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Christopher Chope (Con)

Access to Banking Services Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Ben Lake (PC)

June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Peter Bone (Ind)

Parish Council Governance (Principles of Public Life) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Mims Davies (Con)

Statutory Nuisance (Aircraft Noise) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Tania Mathias (Con)

Representation of the People (Voter Proof of Identity) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Chris Green (Con)

Farm Produce (Labelling Requirements) Bill 2015-16
Sponsor - Anne Main (Con)


Latest 50 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
6 Other Department Questions
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the House Service has made of the number of potential redundancies among parliamentary staff which are consequential to (a) the closure of catering and hospitality venues and (b) restrictions placed on the number of visitors to the parliamentary estate.

No redundancies have been made, or are expected, consequential to (a) the closure of catering and hospitality venues and (b) restrictions placed on the number of visitors to the parliamentary estate.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the mental health implications of requiring Members' and House staff to work from home.

The House of Commons Commission has implemented relevant Government guidance which at times required individuals to work from home. Since legal restrictions were lifted no member of House staff has been required to work from home where this would have an impact on their health.

Arrangements for their staff are a matter for the Member as the employer, who likewise have been able to allow their staff to work on the estate once legal restrictions were lifted where there was a health need.

The health and wellbeing of all on the estate remains the highest priority for the Commission. A range of services are offered by the House to support the wellbeing of Members and staff, including:

  • Mental Health Guidance, including Mental Health: A Guide for Managers
  • Wellness Action Plans
  • In partnership with Mind – a number of additional resources recognising the impact of Coronavirus on individuals
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Health, Wellbeing & Medical Services


Through the use of these tools suitable arrangements for an individual can be put in place based on their specific circumstances.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether House of Commons employees and lay members of the House of Commons Commission have the same voting rights as Members of Parliament on the House of Commons Commission.

The House of Commons officials and external members who sit on the Commission do not have voting rights. However, their views are sought in respect of any Commission decision. This is in line with the recommendations of the Report of the House of Commons Governance Committee, House of Commons Governance, Session 2014–15, HC 692, paragraph 141, which was endorsed by the House on 22 January 2015.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons Commission has the power to make decisions outside of its formal meetings.

Schedule 1 (Paragraph 6(2)) of the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978 empowers the House of Commons Commission to determine its own procedure. The Commission has an established practice of making decisions by correspondence outside of its formal meetings. Such decisions usually relate to matters that are considered either uncontroversial or time-critical.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, with reference to the Covid-19 Member Bulletin of 2 November 2021, whether all members of the Commission were consulted on the measures it contained; and whether all those members were in agreement.

The urgent request for approval for the revised guidance on covid-19 was sent to all members of the Commission on 1 November, following advice from the UK Health Security Agency earlier that day. The revised guidance was agreed by a majority of the parliamentarian members of the Commission before it was issued.

13th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his correspondence of 7 May 2021 on Government polling, reference MC2021/08351, if he will provide the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee with a list of all the topics on which polling has been commissioned by (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) its associated bodies and (c) the Prime Minister’s Office since 1 March 2020.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 82315 and 82316 on 9 September 2020, and PQ 156454 on 2 March 2021.

Covid-19 polling for the cross-government public information campaign has been conducted regularly since the start of the pandemic. This work allows the Cabinet Office to optimise campaign messaging and maximise effectiveness, ensuring vital public health information reaches as many people as possible. The insight gathered continues to inform the Government’s ongoing communications strategy and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so shall not be published at this time.

The Cabinet Office publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder and spend over £500, including on public information campaigns, on a rolling basis. This will include expenditure on this campaign and will be broken down by supplier.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his correspondence of 7 May 2021 on Government polling, reference MC2021/08351, if he will provide the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee with copies of the reports that have been compiled on polling related to the covid-19 since 1 March 2020.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 82315 and 82316 on 9 September 2020, and PQ 156454 on 2 March 2021.

Covid-19 polling for the cross-government public information campaign has been conducted regularly since the start of the pandemic. This work allows the Cabinet Office to optimise campaign messaging and maximise effectiveness, ensuring vital public health information reaches as many people as possible. The insight gathered continues to inform the Government’s ongoing communications strategy and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so shall not be published at this time.

The Cabinet Office publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder and spend over £500, including on public information campaigns, on a rolling basis. This will include expenditure on this campaign and will be broken down by supplier.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his correspondence of 7 May 2021 on Government polling, reference MC2021/08351, if he will provide the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee with copies of all the questions that have been used in the polling related to the covid-19 since 1 March 2020.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 82315 and 82316 on 9 September 2020, and PQ 156454 on 2 March 2021.

Covid-19 polling for the cross-government public information campaign has been conducted regularly since the start of the pandemic. This work allows the Cabinet Office to optimise campaign messaging and maximise effectiveness, ensuring vital public health information reaches as many people as possible. The insight gathered continues to inform the Government’s ongoing communications strategy and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so shall not be published at this time.

The Cabinet Office publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder and spend over £500, including on public information campaigns, on a rolling basis. This will include expenditure on this campaign and will be broken down by supplier.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his correspondence of 7 May 2021 on Government polling, reference MC2021/08351, if he will provide the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee with a list of the companies contracted to conduct polling by the Cabinet Office since 1 March 2020.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 82315 and 82316 on 9 September 2020, and PQ 156454 on 2 March 2021.

Covid-19 polling for the cross-government public information campaign has been conducted regularly since the start of the pandemic. This work allows the Cabinet Office to optimise campaign messaging and maximise effectiveness, ensuring vital public health information reaches as many people as possible. The insight gathered continues to inform the Government’s ongoing communications strategy and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so shall not be published at this time.

The Cabinet Office publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder and spend over £500, including on public information campaigns, on a rolling basis. This will include expenditure on this campaign and will be broken down by supplier.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many former Speakers of the House are in receipt of a pension associated with that office.

The Speaker pensions are paid from the Consolidated Fund account. These accounts do not list Speaker pensions independently. They are listed as part of the number of recipients of Pensions for Parliamentary Officers for political and civil services. (P31 of the 2019/20 Consolidated Fund accounts)

The number of pensions in payment quoted in the Consolidated Fund accounts, relate to pensions for former Prime Ministers, Speakers, Comptrollers and Auditors General, Parliamentary Commissioners, Information Commissioners, Northern Ireland Chief Electoral Officers and Chairs of the Electoral Commission.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for civil service HR and shared services.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for fraud, error, debt and grants.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the Geospatial Commission.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the Government Digital Service.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the Government Security Group.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for public bodies and appointments policy.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Government property.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Controls (Communications).

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Cyber and resilience.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Commercial models.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Controls (commercial, digital, property).

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Cabinet Office domestic (including Cabinet Office HR, Finance and Security).

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Cabinet Office parliamentary business.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the UK Statistics Authority.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Knowledge Management.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the Government Communication Service.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of all Government Departments’ preparations for Brexit.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of all communications and other Government interventions to ensure businesses and citizens get ready for Brexit.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of the devolution consequences of Brexit.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for Brexit preparedness and legislation.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of constitutional affairs and efforts to maintain the integrity of the union and defend democracy.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of work on cross-government efficiency, transformation and resilience.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of the Cabinet Office Equalities Hub.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for constitutional policy and democracy.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for FOI and transparency.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for the integrity of the Union.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, which Minister is responsible for oversight of cross-government work on veterans’ issues.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office is responsible for the supervision of the overall work of the Cabinet Office across all policy areas.

Further to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020, details of areas of responsibility for junior ministers will be published in due course.

19th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, if he will publish the time taken for the updated list of ministerial responsibilities to be published after each (a) Ministerial reshuffle and (b) General Election in each of the last ten years.

Details of the updates to the List of Ministerial Responsibilities are published on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-ministers-and-responsibilities#history

15th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a list of (a) the responsibilities of Ministers in his Department and (b) senior officials of grade SCS2 and above that work on each of the policy areas in that Department and its associated bodies.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 43737 on 11 May 2020. The Cabinet Office senior officials organogram will be published in due course.

8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will develop and promote an international kite mark scheme to show products manufactured using low-carbon materials and methods.

The Government plans to publish proposals related to low carbon labelling (such as kite marks) for manufactured products in the autumn. The supporting call for evidence Towards a market for low emissions industrial products is open for responses until 28 February[1].

The UK leads the Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative with India, which is a global coalition of public and private organisations working to standardise carbon assessments and design industry guidelines.

[1] Gov.uk. Towards a market for low emissions industrial products: call for evidence.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what parameters his Department are monitoring to determine the rate of climate change.

The HadCRUT5[1] global temperature series, produced by the Met Office, University of East Anglia and UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science, is the primary data set BEIS uses to assess the rate of climate change.

[1] https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcrut5/

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to identify potential failures in the insolvency industry; and whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a single regulator and ombudsman to oversee that industry.

The Government is currently reviewing the arrangements for regulation of the insolvency profession and will shortly publish proposals for consultation.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support SMEs operating in the UK to transition to net zero.

This Department is taking many steps to encourage SMEs to transition to Net Zero and to support SMEs through the barriers which prevent the transition. These steps are detailed below.

Information and engagement

Ahead of COP26, BEIS has launched the Together for Our Planet Business Climate Leaders’ campaign, which has encouraged over 1,900 small and micro businesses across the UK to join the Race to Zero by making the SME Climate Commitment.

Addressing energy efficiency

In order to help SMEs overcome barriers to investing in energy efficiency we launched the Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency innovation competition. The competition offered up to £6m to fund the development of new, innovative market solutions that can provide businesses with tailored energy efficiency advice, as well as simplifying the energy efficiency investment processes through the creation of one-stop-shop platforms.

Access to Finance

I have recently given the British Business Bank a new mission to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by supporting access to finance for smaller businesses. Between 2014 and the third quarter of 2020 a total of £160m has been invested into clean technology businesses by equity funds backed by the British Business Bank.

Small businesses can access the government grants available for plug-in vehicles which help reduce the up-front purchase price of electric vehicles. Eligible cars, costing less than £35,000, can receive a grant of £2,500. Small vans can receive up to £3,000 and large vans up to £6,000.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of an exclusion order for regional mutual banks to allow those banks to scale up their offerings.

The Government welcomes the efforts to establish regional mutual banks in the UK. The Government is also committed to seeing a highly competitive banking sector, working in the interests of all consumers and businesses across the country, and recognises the potential of regional mutual banks in achieving this goal. HM Treasury officials have been engaging with prospective mutual banks over challenges to their establishment.

The Government has the power to relax competition rules where there are exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy to do so. The Government does not use these powers lightly as under normal circumstances, a sector should be able to operate in a way that is compatible with competition law. We will consider requests for public policy exclusion orders where the exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy have been demonstrated.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is considering the use of incentives to encourage the use of concrete with lower carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to set a net zero target in law, and our Nationally Determined Contribution to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 is the most ambitious in the world. Delivering on this target requires the deep decarbonisation of all sectors. The Government is setting incentives to ensure a smooth transition to net zero across industry, and we are working closely with the construction sector to reduce its emissions contribution.

In June, we published the National Procurement Policy Statement. This sets out the principles that all contracting authorities need to consider when procuring goods and services, and one of these is tackling climate change and reducing waste. The Government has also published Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 06/21 which requires suppliers bidding for major government contracts to commit to achieving net zero by 2050, and to provide emissions reporting.

In March, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) launched CO2nstructZero, a cross-industry decarbonisation programme. This prioritises development of innovative low-carbon materials including concrete, and it will advance low-carbon solutions for manufacturing production processes and distribution. The CLC will report regularly to Government on its progress against CO2nstructZero priorities.

In addition, BEIS funded the Industrial Fuel Switching Competition. The concrete and cement sectors are carrying out demonstrations of a 'zero carbon fuel mix' for cement kilns in 2021, funded by this programme. Further research funded by the BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator programme is enabling the sector to formulate and demonstrate new low carbon multi-component cements for the UK market. Through utilisation of new technologies and improved efficiency of infrastructure, the industry is set to deliver net zero concrete and cement products across all supply chains by 2050.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Department’s guidance for close contact services in England is consistent with the latest evidence on covid-19 transmissibility; and what the evidential basis for advising against the provision of newspapers and magazines for clients is, as referenced in section 5.2 of that guidance.

We continue to keep the Safer Working guidance under constant review and will update the guidance in line with new scientific evidence as it arises. Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive have advised that there is currently no scientific evidence to support changing the Safer Working guidance in light of the new variants.

PHE guidance states that Covid-19 spreads from person to person through small droplets, aerosols and through direct contact. Surfaces and belongings can also be contaminated with Covid-19 when people with the infection cough or sneeze or touch them. The risk of spread is greatest when people are close to each other, especially in poorly ventilated indoor spaces and when people spend a lot of time together in the same room.

Given that client waiting areas are high traffic with frequent contact on common surface areas, we recommend not providing shared reading materials to reduce transmission risk via surface contact. Individuals can bring their own reading materials that they have purchased but we advise businesses to not provide sharing copies due to the frequent change of hands.