William Wragg Portrait

William Wragg

Conservative - Hazel Grove

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


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Division Votes
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Environment Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 352 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 210 Noes - 359
Speeches
Tuesday 13th July 2021
National Health Service

It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Dr Spencer), and indeed the …

Written Answers
Friday 23rd July 2021
Coronavirus: Disease Control
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies …
Early Day Motions
Monday 24th June 2019
YOUNG CARERS
That this House recognises the importance of young carers; highlights the pressures and strains that they can experience through their …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 4th January 2021
1. Employment and earnings
15 December 2020, received £200. hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 04 January 2021)
EDM signed
Monday 14th June 2021
At home abortions
That this House recognises that legalising the unsupervised self-administration of both sets of abortion pills at home following a telephone …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 4th March 2020
June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to make provision for an annual national public holiday on the Friday nearest to 23 June; and for …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, William Wragg has voted in 231 divisions, and 22 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
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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 (Conservative)
(28 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(23 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(16 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(42 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(40 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(15 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(13 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

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

11th May 2021
William Wragg signed this EDM on Monday 14th June 2021

At home abortions

Tabled by: Carla Lockhart (Democratic Unionist Party - Upper Bann)
That this House recognises that legalising the unsupervised self-administration of both sets of abortion pills at home following a telephone or digital consultation has placed women’s safety at risk by removing a routine in-person appointment which allows medical practitioners to certify gestation and potential coercion or abuse; expresses concern that …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 13 Jul 2021)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Scottish National Party: 2
Alba Party: 1
Labour: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
1st March 2021
William Wragg signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 1st March 2021

Stockport Fairtrade Group

Tabled by: Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)
That this House celebrates the current Fairtrade Fortnight and acknowledges Stockport’s position as a Fairtrade borough since 2003; recognises the contribution of Stockport Fairtrade Group and its volunteers in raising awareness of the importance of purchasing Fairtrade products and supporting disadvantaged farmers and workers in countries to help prevent exploitation …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Mar 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Scottish National Party: 1
Conservative: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 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.



69 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
25th Jan 2021
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when Parliament plans to introduce a rapid covid-19 testing programme for people working on the parliamentary estate.

Parliament in conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Care, has set up a pilot programme for onsite rapid testing, in line with a number of workplaces across the country. The pilot went live on Monday 25 January. Rapid testing is one of a number of useful mitigations that can be used by the House. The most effective measures remain, in line with public health advice, social distancing and the reduction of numbers on site.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
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
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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 Commercial Function.

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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet 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.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a crowdsourcing scheme for covid-19 vaccine acceleration ideas.

At the start of the pandemic, the Government acted swiftly to establish the Vaccine Taskforce to ensure that the UK population has access to clinically effective and safe vaccines. Activity includes:

  • Securing early access to 407 million vaccines doses through agreements with seven separate vaccine developers.
  • Funding the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to deliver a range of 'rapid response' research to better understand and tackle COVID-19, which included research into vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests.
  • Investing over £300 million to secure and scale up the UK’s manufacturing capabilities to be able to respond to the pandemic.
  • Launching a new NHS service in July 2020 to enable people across the UK to sign up to COVID-19 vaccine trials – over 390,000 have signed up to volunteer.

The UK was the first country in the world to start a vaccination programme using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, shortly followed by the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine. Due to our swift and decisive action there has been a regular and steady supply of vaccine doses arriving into the UK since early December 2020. We are on track to offer a first dose of the vaccine to priority cohorts 1 to 4, as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, by 15 February 2021.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the ministerial work of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Business and Industry) comprises overseeing the (a) Vaccine taskforce and (b) Covid-19 vaccination programme.

I am fully committed to ensuring that the entire adult UK population has been offered a vaccine by Autumn 2021. We are working hard to meet the initial target of offering a first dose to all those in priority cohorts 1 to 4, as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, by 15th February.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality of responses to his Department's consultation on total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, sugar and salt, and (b) potential merits of extending that consultation to allow for more responses to be submitted.

We have already received a number of responses to the current consultation, and we hope that the public and industry stakeholders make full and constructive contributions to the consultation. The consultation is due to close on 22 December, having run for a total of six weeks. We have no plans to extend the consultation.

When we announced that we would be consulting on a total online HFSS advertising restriction we committed to this being a short consultation.

The Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted that for our nation to be a healthy, resilient country we need to help prevent obesity developing and support those who are already overweight or living with obesity to reduce their weight and improve their health. The Prime Minister is clear that this is a priority for him and he wants to push ahead with measures to tackle obesity, and get policies implemented as soon as possible.

Our 2019 consultation was open for 12 weeks as it dealt with a broader range of policy including: TV, online, other media, and products in scope. This consultation just focuses on online, therefore we think a short consultation is appropriate.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for allowing amateur brass bands to resume rehearsals and perform during the covid-19 outbreak.

We are committed to getting the performing arts sector fully back up and running as soon as it is safe to do so. It is a priority of my department to work with the arts and cultural sectors to address the challenges of reopening. We have released guidance to support the performing arts sector resume activity in line with the roadmap announced by the Secretary of State last month.

Playing wind and brass instruments, especially in groups, are considered higher risk activities because of the potential for aerosol production and the absence presently of developed scientific analysis to assess this specific risk. The evidence is being developed rapidly. Whilst further evidence is being developed, we advise that non-professional groups should not play brass instruments at this stage and should only do activities in line with government guidance on social mixing.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when live performances will recommence in theatres and concert halls during the covid-19 outbreak.

In order to ensure appropriate support and guidance is given to the cultural sector, DCMS has established the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and the Entertainment and Events working group which include extensive membership from across the artistic and creative sectors.

The focus of these groups’ work is on ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phasing ambitions and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input. These groups specifically include representatives for theatres and stage based entertainment, all of whom are being consulted extensively on how the sector can reopen and operate under social distancing.

Following the establishment of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce, on 23 June the Prime Minister announced that from 4 July theatres will be able to reopen for rehearsal, pre-production and broadcast, although not yet for live performance with an audience. Alongside the work that we are doing with representatives of the entertainment and events industry to develop supporting guidance, this represents the first steps in the roadmap to recovery for our nations’ theatres.

The Government remains committed to supporting the cultural sector through this pandemic and getting the curtain up at venues for live performances across the country as soon as it is safe to do so.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department has taken to assist (a) theatres and (b) concert halls to stage socially-distanced live performances.

In order to ensure appropriate support and guidance is given to the cultural sector, DCMS has established the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and the Entertainment and Events working group which include extensive membership from across the artistic and creative sectors.

The focus of these groups’ work is on ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phasing ambitions and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input. These groups specifically include representatives for theatres and stage based entertainment, all of whom are being consulted extensively on how the sector can reopen and operate under social distancing.

Following the establishment of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce, on 23 June the Prime Minister announced that from 4 July theatres will be able to reopen for rehearsal, pre-production and broadcast, although not yet for live performance with an audience. Alongside the work that we are doing with representatives of the entertainment and events industry to develop supporting guidance, this represents the first steps in the roadmap to recovery for our nations’ theatres.

The Government remains committed to supporting the cultural sector through this pandemic and getting the curtain up at venues for live performances across the country as soon as it is safe to do so.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the (a) two metre, and (b) one metre plus, social distancing guidance on theatre and concert hall audience capacities.

In order to ensure appropriate support and guidance is given to the cultural sector, DCMS has established the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and the Entertainment and Events working group which include extensive membership from across the artistic and creative sectors.

The focus of these groups’ work is on ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phasing ambitions and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input. These groups specifically include representatives for theatres and stage based entertainment, all of whom are being consulted extensively on how the sector can reopen and operate under social distancing.

Following the establishment of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce, on 23 June the Prime Minister announced that from 4 July theatres will be able to reopen for rehearsal, pre-production and broadcast, although not yet for live performance with an audience. Alongside the work that we are doing with representatives of the entertainment and events industry to develop supporting guidance, this represents the first steps in the roadmap to recovery for our nations’ theatres.

The Government remains committed to supporting the cultural sector through this pandemic and getting the curtain up at venues for live performances across the country as soon as it is safe to do so.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what level of funding he plans to allocate for higher education courses in music and arts.

The Strategic Priorities Grant plays an important role in supporting providers and students to develop the skills and knowledge needed locally, regionally, and nationally to support the economy.

The government has asked the Office for Students (OfS) to reform the Strategic Priorities Grant for 2021-22. These reforms include the reallocation of high-cost subject funding towards the provision of high-cost subjects that support the NHS and wider healthcare policy, high-cost science, technology and engineering subjects, and subjects meeting specific labour market needs, as well as the removal of the London Weighting element of the grant.

One of our proposals is for a 50% reduction in the rate of high-cost subject funding, which is one element of the wider Strategic Priorities Grant, for some subjects in order to enable this reprioritisation.

Under current proposals, outlined in the OfS’ consultation on recurrent funding for 2021-22, the high-cost subject funding rate for arts and music courses will be set at £121.50 in 2021-22, down from £243 in 2020-21. This fall is equivalent to a reduction of around 1% in combined funding (on a per-student basis) from a £9,250 tuition fee and OfS grant funding. The OfS’ methodology for calculating funding allocations, which are done at subject price group-level rather than on an individual subject basis, means that the total amount of high-cost subject funding cannot be calculated for individual subjects such as music.

It is important to note that the Strategic Priorities Grant accounts for a relatively small proportion of the total income of higher education providers today. For the providers losing funding due to this reallocation, the income lost would account for approximately 0.05% of their estimated total income, based on the latest data available.

This important reprioritisation of taxpayers’ money does not mean this government is devaluing the arts or social sciences. High-quality provision in a range of subjects is critical for our workforce, and our public services, and is culturally enriching for our society.

That is why, as part of the same reform programme, we have asked the OfS to invest an additional £10 million in our world-leading specialist providers, many of which specialise in arts provision. We want to ensure that our specialist providers receive additional support, and that grant funding is used to effectively support students.

The OfS has now publicly consulted on these proposals, and responses from universities, students and others will be taken into account before any final decisions on allocations are made.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish details of the PE and Sport Premium for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Department is aware of the importance of giving schools as much notice as possible of future funding. We will confirm arrangements for the primary physical education and sport premium for the 2021/22 academic year as soon as possible.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
10th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will allow an appeals process which takes into account pupil-specific data for schools to challenge GCSE grades awarded during the covid-19 outbreak in 2020.

This is a matter for Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation. I have asked its Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, to write to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Written Statement of 29 June 2020, HCWS319, on Capital Update, whether capital funding for further education can be used for information technology upgrades on college campuses.

In March this year, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor, announced that we are going to transform further education colleges across the country, investing £1.5 billion of new capital over the next five years, starting in 2021. On 29 June, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the Department for Education will bring forward £200 million of this capital funding this year to further education colleges in England. This will enable colleges to undertake immediate remedial work in this financial year to upgrade the condition of their estates and infrastructure. We will announce further details about how this funding will be allocated in due course.

Gillian Keegan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether passengers on private tour coaches will be required to socially distance while (a) wearing and (b) not wearing face coverings during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Safer Travel guidance recommends that where it is not possible to keep a 2 metre distance, such as in enclosed spaces, passengers should maintain a 1 metre distance where possible and take suitable precautions, such as wearing a face covering, not directly facing other passengers and regularly washing or sanitising their hands.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing coaches and buses to operate without social distancing but with the compulsory wearing of facemasks by passengers and other similar measures.

It is a Government priority to ensure that passengers can travel safely on public transport. On 15 June, it became law that passengers must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport services in England. Following a review of social distancing guidelines, from 4 July, where it is not always possible to stay two metres apart, passengers should try to?keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, taking actions which reduce the risk of transmission, such as wearing a face covering, not directly facing other passengers and regularly washing or sanitising your hands.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of when the private coach industry will be able to return to either partial or full operation during the covid-19 outbreak.

On 10 May, the Government set out its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the Coronavirus outbreak, which included five tests which must be satisfied in order to progress forward to enable the country to recover as quickly and safely as possible. As and when sectors of the economy re-open, coach operators should see a return to operation as demands for home-to-school transport, leisure travel and other activities increase.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a bespoke package of support for the private coach industry during the covid-19 pandemic.

We are encouraging coach operators to make use of the wide range of support measures the Chancellor announced. These amount to £330 billion of loans and guarantees for businesses. We are continuing to engage with the coach sector to understand what the ongoing risks and issues are, and how these could be addressed in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

On 12 May, the Government published guidance for passengers and transport operators to help them keep themselves and their staff safe, including how social distancing rules should be interpreted to do this. This guidance will be kept up-to-date as restrictions on travel change.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the two metre social distancing requirements on the viability of the private coach industry.

We are encouraging coach operators to make use of the wide range of support measures the Chancellor announced. These amount to £330 billion of loans and guarantees for businesses. We are continuing to engage with the coach sector to understand what the ongoing risks and issues are, and how these could be addressed in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

On 12 May, the Government published guidance for passengers and transport operators to help them keep themselves and their staff safe, including how social distancing rules should be interpreted to do this. This guidance will be kept up-to-date as restrictions on travel change.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies research and analysis, Potential application of Air Cleaning devices and personal decontamination to manage transmission of COVID-19, 4 November 2020, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the deployment of professional air purification systems.

The Department has not received or commissioned any such independent validation and no further assessment has also been made of the potential merits for the deployment of air purification systems as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Health and Safety Executive are responsible for determining future policy and regulatory action.

The Government has established a programme to improve CO2 monitoring and ventilation across public and private sector buildings to help limit transmission in autumn and winter and improve long-term pandemic resilience.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons his Department has not made an assessment of the potential benefits of professional air purification systems in indoor settings, such as hospitals where adequate ventilation, such as opening windows is not always possible or does not provide the required amount of ventilation.

The Department has not received or commissioned any such independent validation and no further assessment has also been made of the potential merits for the deployment of air purification systems as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Health and Safety Executive are responsible for determining future policy and regulatory action.

The Government has established a programme to improve CO2 monitoring and ventilation across public and private sector buildings to help limit transmission in autumn and winter and improve long-term pandemic resilience.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies research and analysis, Potential application of Air Cleaning devices and personal decontamination to manage transmission of COVID-19, 4 November 2020, whether his Department has received any independent validation that UV technology in standalone air cleaners provides any additional benefits to the benefits of a leakage free high-efficiency particulate absorbing filter in such a system would give.

The Department has not received or commissioned any such independent validation and no further assessment has also been made of the potential merits for the deployment of air purification systems as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Health and Safety Executive are responsible for determining future policy and regulatory action.

The Government has established a programme to improve CO2 monitoring and ventilation across public and private sector buildings to help limit transmission in autumn and winter and improve long-term pandemic resilience.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking as a result of new customs arrangements to ensure that (a) the sight-preserving eye drops atropine and (b) other medicines sourced inside the EU are able to reach patients and clinical trial participants in the UK.

Our priority is to ensure that patients continue to have access to the medicines and clinical trial supplies they need, including eye medicines such as atropine. We continue to work closely with the pharmaceutical industry, sponsors of clinical trials, the National Health Service, and others in the supply chain to deliver the shared goal of continuity of safe patient care under all circumstances.

The Department wrote to all suppliers of medicines and medical products, including sponsors of clinical trials, coming to the United Kingdom from or via the European Union on 17 November 2020. The letter sets out how we are continuing to work with suppliers and sponsors to deliver our multi-layered approach to mitigate any potential disruption to supply of medicines into the UK, including supplies for clinical trials, now that the UK has left the EU Single Market and Customs Union.

The letter is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-to-medicines-and-medical-products-suppliers-17-november-2020

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the bonus payments that GPs have received for administering the covid-19 vaccine to care home patients to the vaccination of other difficult to reach groups.

We have made no such assessment.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to hospital trusts on vaccinating vulnerable inpatients against covid-19 on admission rather than discharge.

There are no current plans to issue guidance to hospital trusts on vaccinating vulnerable inpatients against COVID-19 on admission rather than discharge.

Timing of vaccinations for vulnerable inpatients, if they have not already been vaccinated as one of the priority cohorts, would be a decision for clinicians responsible for their care taking into account their risk of contracting COVID-19 relative to the potential impact of the vaccine on their treatment.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish percentage rates of covid-19 vaccination for the (a) first and (b) second dose, by priority group, at Clinical Commissioning Group level.

NHS England is continually reviewing the data and information it publishes about COVID-19 and the related vaccine. The level of data published about the vaccination programme has increased since the original dataset was first published.

Further information on vaccination levels across the country is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

The latest data on first and second dose vaccinations is available at the following link:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/vaccinations

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the potential effectiveness of cotrimoxazole in the treatment of covid-19.

The Department is considering carefully all available evidence around the potential of different drugs for use in treating COVID-19, including from clinical trials in the United Kingdom and overseas. NHS England, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory are working together through the RAPID-C19 oversight group as part of a multi-agency approach to ensure any products deemed safe and effective in clinical trials to treat COVID-19 can rapidly be brought into wider use across the National Health Service in the UK.

There are currently no UK clinical trials investigating cotrimoxazole in the treatment of COVID-19; however, we are aware of two Phase II trials using this product running in Bangladesh and Greece. These studies have not yet reported results.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the arrangements are for relatives who wish to visit family members who are residents in care homes in Greater Manchester.

Our aim is to enable residents to be reunited safely with their loved ones. This guidance will be updated as the risk posed by COVID-19 continues to change.

On 22 July 2020 the Government published updated guidance on visiting arrangements for care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus

Our first priority is to prevent infections in care homes and therefore visits should be carried out with caution.

Care homes can develop their visiting policies based on a local dynamic risk assessment, taking into account the circumstances and needs of the individual care setting, including both residents and staff, and the external COVID-19 environment. The process of considering visitors should be led by the relevant local Director of Public Health.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support he is providing to UK citizens living in Vietnam to secure covid-19 vaccinations.

We are in close contact with the Government of Vietnam on the provision of Covid-19 vaccinations to British nationals. The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has indicated that foreign nationals resident in Vietnam will be included within their national vaccination programme, in line with their prioritisation strategy. Vietnam is currently prioritising vaccination of frontline medical staff, essential workers, and older or medically vulnerable groups. We will provide information on Vietnam's plans through the FCDO's Vietnam Travel Advice page.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue guidance on the duties importers and exporters are liable for on goods of Turkish origin exported to the EU via the UK.

The UK has negotiated a Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU. This agreement maintains zero tariffs and zero quotas on trade in goods between the UK and EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin. Rules of origin specify the minimum amount of UK/EU content that is required for the good to be considered ‘originating’ in either market. A very small number of products that contain significant inputs from outside the UK and EU may face tariffs.

Guidance to check product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs and regulations that currently apply to UK trade in goods can be found at https://www.gov.uk/get-rules-tariffs-trade-with-uk and at https://www.gov.uk/check-duties-customs-exporting.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the removal of the Extra Statutory Concession on VAT on goods supplied at duty-free and tax-free shops on the economy.

Ahead of the end of the transition period, the Government has announced the VAT and excise duty treatment of goods purchased by individuals for personal use and carried in their luggage arriving from or going overseas (passengers). The following rules will apply from 1 January 2021:

- Passengers travelling from Great Britain to any destination outside the United Kingdom (UK) will be able to purchase duty-free excise goods once they have passed security controls at ports, airports, and international rail stations.

- Personal allowances will apply to passengers entering Great Britain from a destination outside of the UK, with alcohol allowances significantly increased.

- The VAT Retail Export Scheme (RES) in Great Britain will not be extended to EU residents and will be withdrawn for all passengers.

- The concessionary treatment on tax-free sales for non-excise goods will be removed across the UK.

The Government published a consultation which ran from 11 March to 20 May. During this time the Government held a number of virtual meetings with stakeholders to hear their views and received 73 responses to the consultation. The Government is also continuing to meet and discuss with stakeholders following the announcement of these policies.

The detailed rationale for these changes are included in the written ministerial statement and summary of responses to the recent consultation: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2020-09-11/hcws448 and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-consultation-on-duty-free-and-tax-free-goods-carried-by-passengers. A technical note has also been issued to stakeholders to expand on this document and to respond to issues raised by stakeholders.

HMRC estimate that VAT RES refunds cost around £0.5 billion in VAT in 2019 for around 1.2 million non-EU visitors. In 2019 the ONS estimate there were substantially more EU visitors (24.8 million) than non-EU passengers (16.0 million) to the UK. This implies an extension to EU residents would significantly increase the cost by up to an estimated £0.9 billion. This would result in a large amount of deadweight loss by subsidising spending from EU visitors which already happens without a refund mechanism in place, potentially taking the total cost up to around £1.4 billion per annum.

The concessionary treatment on tax-free sales currently affects airports that fly to non-EU destinations. The extension of duty-free sales to EU bound passengers will be a significant boost to all airports in England, Scotland and Wales, including smaller regional airports which have not been able to offer duty-free to the EU before.

HMRC estimate that around £150 million of VAT is not charged as a result of tax-free airside sales. As with the VAT RES, extending the relief to the EU would significantly increase the cost of the scheme and result in a large amount of deadweight loss by subsidising spending from EU-bound passengers which already happens.

The final costings will be subject to scrutiny by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility and will be set out at the next forecast.

The Government also recognises the challenges the aviation sector is facing as it recovers from the impacts of Covid-19 and has supported the sector throughout the pandemic, and continues to do so, including schemes to raise capital, flexibilities with tax bills, and financial support for employees.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the submission of contracts as evidence of employment are not permitted to allow new starters to access the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme.

The Government has prioritised helping the greatest number of people as quickly as possible, and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will enable millions of people to remain employed.

The Government set up the CJRS to operate at significant scale and with limited manual intervention. To be eligible for the CJRS, employees must have been on their employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020 and HMRC must have received an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee on or before 19 March 2020. The eligibility requirements aim to ensure that as many people as possible are included in the scheme, while allowing HMRC to verify claims using data they hold, mitigating the risk of fraudulent use of the scheme.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the eligibility criteria for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to include new starters who were not on the payroll with their new company on 19 March 2020 but had a contractual agreement in place with that employer.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020 and for whom HMRC received an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee on or before the 19 March 2020. Processing claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where HMRC did not have RTI data by 19 March would significantly slow down the system while risking substantial levels of fraud. It would also require greater resource for HMRC when they are already under significant pressure to deliver the system designed.

Those not eligible for the scheme may have access to other support which the Government is providing, including a package of temporary welfare measures and up to three months’ mortgage payment holidays for those in difficulty with their mortgage payments.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)