Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

We are building an economy that works for everyone, so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow.



Secretary of State

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Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy

Liberal Democrat
Sarah Olney (LDEM - Richmond Park)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Labour
Baroness Blake of Leeds (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Lord Bassam of Brighton (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Lord Lennie (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)

Liberal Democrat
Lord Fox (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Scottish National Party
Stephen Flynn (SNP - Aberdeen South)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville Roberts (PC - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Bill Esterson (LAB - Sefton Central)
Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)
Justin Madders (LAB - Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)
Chi Onwurah (LAB - Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Seema Malhotra (LAB - Feltham and Heston)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Ministers of State
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Greg Hands (CON - Chelsea and Fulham)
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Paul Scully (CON - Sutton and Cheam)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lee Rowley (CON - North East Derbyshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lord Callanan (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
George Freeman (CON - Mid Norfolk)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 5th July 2022
09:45
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
5 Jul 2022, 9:45 a.m.
The Semiconductor Industry in the UK
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 12th July 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) Order 2022
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 12th July 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft Register of Overseas Entities (Delivery, Protection And Trust Services) Regulations 2022
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 12th July 2022
11:30
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Oral questions - Main Chamber
12 Jul 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 30th June 2022
Select Committee Docs
Tuesday 28th June 2022
14:31
Select Committee Inquiry
Wednesday 15th June 2022
Written Answers
Monday 4th July 2022
Renewables Obligation: Costs
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Secondary Legislation
Thursday 30th June 2022
Register of Overseas Entities (Verification and Provision of Information) Regulations 2022
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Bills
Tuesday 9th November 2021
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill 2021-22
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Dept. Publications
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

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Jun. 30
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Westminster Hall
Jun. 06
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Bills currently before Parliament

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to make provision regulating the giving of subsidies out of public resources; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision relating to entitlement to practise certain professions, occupations and trades; and for connected purposes

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for the implementation of a regulated asset base model for nuclear energy generation projects; for revenue collection for the purposes of that model; for a special administration regime for licensees subject to that model; and about the circumstances in which bodies corporate are not associated with site operators for the purposes of programmes relating to funding the decommissioning of nuclear sites.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 31st March 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill To make provision enabling relief from payment of certain rent debts under business tenancies adversely affected by coronavirus to be available through arbitration; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 24th March 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 24th February 2022 and was enacted into law.


To make provision for the making of orders in connection with national security risks arising from the acquisition of control over certain types of entities and assets; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


To make provision in connection with the internal market for goods and services in the United Kingdom (including provision about the recognition of professional and other qualifications); to make provision in connection with provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol relating to trade and state aid; to authorise the provision of financial assistance by Ministers of the Crown in connection with economic development, infrastructure, culture, sport and educational or training activities and exchanges; to make regulation of the provision of distortive or harmful subsidies a reserved or excepted matter; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about companies and other entities in financial difficulty; and to make temporary changes to the law relating to the governance and regulation of companies and other entities.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 25th June 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations make provision relating to the register of overseas entities (“the register”) kept by the registrar of companies for England and Wales (“the registrar”) in accordance with Part 1 of the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (c. 10) (“the 2022 Act”).
These Rules make necessary amendments to the Land Registration Rules 2003 (S.I. 2003/1417) (‘the 2003 Rules’) to implement the new requirements for applications to register an overseas entity as proprietor of an estate in land or where an application includes some types of disposition made by an overseas entity. The new requirements are set out in Schedule 4A to the Land Registration Act 2002, which was introduced by Schedule 3 to the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (c.10). The requirements are that either the overseas entity is registered in the register of overseas entities (kept by Companies House) or an exemption or exception applies.
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Current legislation allows for public use of fireworks 16 hours a day, every day, making it impossible for vulnerable groups to take precautions against the distress they can cause. Better enforcement of existing law is insufficient; limiting their sale & use to licensed displays only is necessary.

In light of the recent outbreak and lock down, those on maternity leave should be given 3 extra months paid leave, at least. This time is for bonding and social engaging with other parents and babies through baby groups which are vital for development and now everything has been cancelled.

We would like the Government to ban all animal testing UK, including for the development of cosmetics, household products and medicines. Alternatives need to be actively funded. Many products that are tested on animals end up not being suitable for humans. Animal testing is outmoded and should end.

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Departmental Select Committee

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Darren Jones Portrait
Darren Jones (Labour - Bristol North West)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Chair since 6th May 2020
Alexander Stafford Portrait
Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Pawsey Portrait
Mark Pawsey (Conservative - Rugby)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Jenkinson Portrait
Mark Jenkinson (Conservative - Workington)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Nusrat Ghani Portrait
Nusrat Ghani (Conservative - Wealden)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Richard Fuller Portrait
Richard Fuller (Conservative - North East Bedfordshire)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Alan Brown Portrait
Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Paul Howell Portrait
Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 9th March 2020
Charlotte Nichols Portrait
Charlotte Nichols (Labour - Warrington North)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Andy McDonald Portrait
Andy McDonald (Labour - Middlesbrough)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 5th January 2022
Tonia Antoniazzi Portrait
Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour - Gower)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 5th January 2022
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee: Upcoming Events
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - Oral evidence
The Semiconductor Industry in the UK
5 Jul 2022, 9:45 a.m.
At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Toni Versluijs - General Manager, BG MOS Discretes and Country Manager at Nexperia UK
Americo Lemos - Chief executive officer at IQE plc
Simon Thomas - Chief executive officer at Paragraf
Professor Ken Young - Technology Director at MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre)
At 10.55am: Oral evidence
Simon Beresford-Wylie - Chief executive officer at Imagination Technologies
Dr Andrew Rickman - Chief executive officer at Rockley Photonics
Paul Williamson - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Client Line of Business at Arm
At 11.35am: Oral evidence
Rina Pal-Goetzen - Director of Global Policy at Semiconductor Industry Association
Trish Blomfield - UK Country Manager at Intel

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50 most recent 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

29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle recruitment agencies that unlawfully charge recruitment fees for people seeking roles in the care sector.

The Employment Agencies Act 1973 and its associated Conduct Regulations apply to all recruitment agencies operating in Great Britain and are enforced by the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate. This state-enforced framework prohibits recruitment agencies operating in Great Britain from charging work-finding fees, so any agency in the care sector in Great Britain that charges work-finding fees is acting illegally. EAS investigates all relevant complaints. It takes a compliance-based approach initially to support businesses to correct breaches but does undertake robust enforcement action where necessary.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of legally requiring care sector recruitment agencies to demonstrate that they are not charging recruitment fees as a pre-condition for obtaining their licence to operate.

The Employment Agencies Act 1973 and its associated Conduct Regulations apply to all recruitment agencies operating in Great Britain and are enforced by the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate. This state-enforced framework prohibits recruitment agencies operating in Great Britain from charging work-finding fees, so any agency in the care sector in Great Britain that charges work-finding fees is acting illegally. EAS investigates all relevant complaints. It takes a compliance-based approach initially to support businesses to correct breaches but does undertake robust enforcement action where necessary.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials in his Department have had since 24 February 2022 with representatives of EDF on a potential life extension for Hinkley Point B.

Whilst there has been parliamentary and public interest in the potential for life extensions, the Department has no formal role in these decisions. The continued operation, or closure, of any UK nuclear power station is a decision for EDF (the stations’ owner and operator) and the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (the ONR), based on safety and commercial considerations. The Department is in regular communication with EDF and the ONR.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the volume of nuclear waste produced by small modular reactors; and what assessment he has made of the implications of that volume for waste management.

Developers of new nuclear power stations are required to undertake an Assessment of Disposability as part of the UK’s nuclear regulatory and environmental permitting processes. The Assessment of Disposability is carried out by Radio Waste Management to demonstrate there is an effective disposal route for expected wastes from a new nuclear project before a final decision can be taken to proceed.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase investment in the development of (a) onshore and offshore wind, (b) tidal energy, (c) solar power, (d) hydrogen power and (e) other renewable energy sources.

The Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme is the Government’s main mechanism for supporting renewable generation in Great Britain. The latest round is the largest yet and will support technologies including offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, tidal and floating offshore wind. The next CfD round will be held in March 2023, and future rounds will run annually, rather than every two years, helping to drive deployment of renewable power.

The Government’s policy levers for hydrogen, including the Hydrogen Business Model, are designed to unlock significant private sector investment to reach the 10GW by 2030 production ambition.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2022 to Question 16933 on Fuels: Prices, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the difference in retail petrol prices between 2014 and 2022 that is the result of changes in (a) traded wholesale prices for the fuels and (b) exchange rates; and if he will publish those prices and exchange rates.

UK petrol and diesel prices since 2014 have been primarily driven by the underlying price in the global market of crude oil. These are also influenced by exchange rates and a range of other supply and demand factors specific to the wholesale markets for the fuels, including stock levels, logistics and distribution costs and seasonal demand variations.

BEIS publishes weekly national average pump prices online at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/weekly-road-fuel-prices.

BEIS does not publish wholesale prices nor UK exchange rates.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) carbon footprint of the methane plasma process for producing hydrogen and (b) suitability of that process for Government decarbonisation grants such as the net zero hydrogen fund.

The most common form of converting methane into hydrogen is through steam or thermal reformation. Plasma technology could also be used to convert methane into hydrogen, but this has not yet been proven at commercial scale. This was not one of the hydrogen production routes modelled to support the development of the UK Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard as this was not considered to be amongst the main potential routes for production in the UK pipeline and lacked broadly available emissions data. As set out in the standard, the Government welcomes evidence from stakeholders on emerging technologies and potential production routes that could contribute to the UK’s future net zero energy system.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
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 grant for those on the Island of Anglesey who rely on domestic heating oil or liquified natural gas in order to connect them to the mains gas supply.

Meeting the UK’s net zero target will require virtually all heat in buildings to be decarbonised. The Government is working with the Welsh Government (and the other devolved administrations) to address the challenges of decarbonising heating. This includes building the evidence to support a decision on the future use of the gas grid.

The Government is aware of the programme of local area energy planning underway in Wales, which will identify the changes needed to the local energy system to decarbonise heat and local transport, support strategic network planning and realise opportunities for local renewable energy production.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans to support the expansion of the offshore wind industry to the north Wales coast.

The Government remains firmly committed to the renewables industry across the UK, including in Wales. Future Contracts for Difference auctions will provide further opportunities for developers of low-carbon electricity projects in Wales to secure contracts and expand the amount of offshore wind capacity supported by the scheme in Wales.

One of the successful projects in the Crown Estate’s Round 4 seabed leasing is located off the North-East of Anglesey.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce a temporary price cap on the price of (a) domestic heating oil and (b) liquified natural gas for those in rural areas not connected to the mains gas supply.

The Government has carefully considered the introduction of a price cap to help domestic fuel customers with high fuel prices, however the Government’s analysis indicates that a cap would not be in the long-term interests of consumers.

The existing gas and electricity price cap was designed to protect consumers on default tariffs from the loyalty penalty, which the Competitions and Markets Authority warned was causing customers to be overcharged. The structure of the heating oil and LPG markets are different and imposing a price cap below wholesale costs would drive companies out of the market, reducing competition and possibly result in supply shortages.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sanctions Trading Standards can impose on advertisers referred to them by the Advertising Standards Agency for consistently breaking advertising standards.

Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards Service (B&STSS) acts as the prosecuting authority for investigations carried out by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

B&STSS uses its own legal powers to assess, investigate and take action, where appropriate, on any matter ASA refers to it. Action available to B&STSS includes arranging undertakings with traders and prosecutions.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will strengthen healthcare and workplace support for women and partners affected by pregnancy loss and other fertility related issues.

The Government recognises that pregnancy loss is upsetting and that parents affected will need healthcare and may need support at work.

The Department of Health and Social Care's plans to improve healthcare support for those affected by fertility issues will be set out in the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy.

Parents who suffer a stillbirth after 24 weeks may be entitled to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay. Women who are not able to return to work following a miscarriage earlier in pregnancy may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay while off work. Many employers also offer ‘Compassionate Leave’, and we encourage employers to respond sensitively to each individual’s specific needs.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require companies to conduct (a) human rights and (b) environmental due diligence assessments across their (i) operations, (ii) subsidiaries and (iii) value chains.

The Government supports and encourages the current voluntary approach to due diligence by UK businesses as set out in international frameworks such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.

Whilst the Government keeps this approach under review, we currently have no plans to require companies to conduct due diligence assessments for human rights and environmental protection on top of their existing corporate annual reporting on these issues.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 59782 on Employment Tribunals Service, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the report by the Law Commission entitled Employment Law Hearing Structures, published on 29 April 2020.

The full response to the Law Commission’s recommendations will be available on the Law Commission website in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 23 June 2022 on Business Update, Official Report, HCWS137, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the (a) Welsh Government, (b) Wales TUC, (c) CBI Wales and (d) Secretary of State for Wales on the Senedd's Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017.

While we continue to work with the Welsh Government in a number of areas, it has always been the case that employment and industrial relations law is a reserved matter for the UK Government.

It is right that we seek to apply trade union law equally and fairly across Britain to ensure that services, such as train lines, are run as effectively as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had recent discussions with UKRI on the reintroduction of imperial measurements.

The Government is reviewing the current law on units of measurement and has recently launched its consultation, ‘Choice on units of measurement: markings and sales’.

BEIS has not discussed this with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) but continues to gather views through this early-stage consultation.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultation he has undertaken on the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022.

The Government carried out a consultation on revoking the ban on using agency workers to cover strikes in 2015. It asked what effect the removal would have on a wide variety of stakeholders, including workers, employment businesses, employers, employees on strike and about the impact on wider economy and society. It received a large number of substantive responses from a wide range of stakeholders, including employers, agencies and trade unions which have been carefully considered before deciding to proceed with removing Regulation 7 of the Conduct Regulations 2003.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to institute financial penalties against firms which fail to answer customers' telephone calls within a specified acceptable period of time; and if he will make a statement.

High quality customer service makes commercial sense and the Government expects all businesses to treat consumers fairly. However, the Government does not seek to intervene in the detail of how businesses conduct their activities, which are essentially commercial matters. For free advice on consumer rights and how to make complaints, consumers may contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 (www.consumeradvice.org.uk/) or Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 (www.consumeradvice.scot) for consumers living in Scotland.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the announcement in the Energy Security Strategy in April 2022 to consider increasing the reduction in the indirect cost due to the Renewables Obligation for energy intensive industries, when he plans to publish the consultation on the future of schemes to exempt these industries from the indirect costs of renewable policies in industrial electricity prices.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Newport East on 29th June 2022 to Question 24565.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of a bespoke heat pump installer certification scheme, similar to the gas safe register, to protect consumers who are purchasing heat pumps.

The Government oversees authorisation of a number of competent person schemes, including the Gas Safe Register. This includes schemes which allow heat pump installers to self-certify compliance with Building Regulations in England. Contractors installing heat pumps within UK Government schemes, such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, are additionally required to be certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). MCS certification provides additional protections to consumers getting a heat pump installed.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of trained heat pump installers in the UK in 2021.

There are currently over 1300 businesses in the UK certified with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to install heat pumps, estimated to employ approximately 4,000 installers. The total number of trained installers is likely to be greater than this, as not all trained heat pump installers are required to be MCS Certified. MCS Certification is only required for installations receiving Government grant funding. The Government has commissioned further research into the existing heating and cooling installer workforce in England, which will be completed later this year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to put his plans to remove eligibility for the warm homes discount from disabled people not on income related benefits on hold for the purpose of holding discussions with disabled people's organisations on the impact of this plan on disabled people; what assessment he has made of the (a) net difference between the amount a disabled person who would previously have been eligible for the Warm Home Discount loses and gains with the Disability Cost of Living Payment and the (b) adequacy of this for paying for the additional costs faced by disabled people referred to by the Chancellor in his statement to the House on 26 May; and if he will make a statement on the impact of this plan on disabled people.

Due to the expansion and reform of the scheme, the Government estimated that 160,000 more households where someone has a disability or long-term illness will receive a rebate compared to the unreformed scheme. The scheme will be better targeted to households in fuel poverty and on the lowest incomes. Around 62% of Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance recipients also receive one of the qualifying means-tested benefits. Those households with high energy costs would therefore be eligible for a rebate.

The cost-of-living support measures announced this year will mean low-income people with a disability and in receipt of a means-tested benefit will receive £1,350 this year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the Public Sector Decarbonization Steering Board’s terms of reference.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the Public Sector Decarbonization Steering Board’s meeting minutes from 1 January 2020 to 22 June 2022.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal meetings are not normally disclosed.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 146696 on Carbon Emissions: Coal and Timber, what quantity of carbon dioxide emissions did the UK report internationally as a memo item for (a) Drax Group from the burning of wood in its power station and (b) all UK bioenergy production in the last 12 months.

Defra publish the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register to comply with the Kyiv Protocol requirements. For 2020, the most recent year with available data, the total carbon dioxide emissions from the Drax site in North Yorkshire were 14.3 million tonnes and the carbon dioxide emissions excluding biomass were 1.53 million tonnes. This implies that burning wood at the Drax power station emitted 12.8 million tonnes of biomass derived carbon dioxide.

The quantity of carbon dioxide emissions from biogenic sources that the UK reported internationally to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for 2020 was 47.198 million tonnes.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of average annual household carbon equivalent emissions broken down by constituency.

BEIS publishes statistics on UK territorial carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, but these are not broken down by constituency, social class, or income.

Instead, statistics showing carbon dioxide emissions by local authority and average carbon dioxide emissions per capita by local authority up to 2019 are available:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-local-authority-and-regional-carbon-dioxide-emissions-national-statistics-2005-to-2019.

Statistics showing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by local authority up to 2020 were published on 30 June 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of average annual household carbon equivalent emissions broken down by income.

BEIS publishes statistics on UK territorial carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, but these are not broken down by constituency, social class, or income.

Instead, statistics showing carbon dioxide emissions by local authority and average carbon dioxide emissions per capita by local authority up to 2019 are available:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-local-authority-and-regional-carbon-dioxide-emissions-national-statistics-2005-to-2019.

Statistics showing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by local authority up to 2020 were published on 30 June 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of average annual household carbon equivalent emissions broken down by social class.

BEIS publishes statistics on UK territorial carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, but these are not broken down by constituency, social class, or income.

Instead, statistics showing carbon dioxide emissions by local authority and average carbon dioxide emissions per capita by local authority up to 2019 are available:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-local-authority-and-regional-carbon-dioxide-emissions-national-statistics-2005-to-2019.

Statistics showing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by local authority up to 2020 were published on 30 June 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral statement of 26 May 2022 on Economy Update, Official report, column 449, what steps he is taking to ensure that people on shared electricity tariffs receive financial support.

Households supplied with electricity via a contract entered into by their landlord are protected by the Maximum Resale Price provisions put in place by Ofgem. This prevents landlords reselling energy at a higher price than they paid the energy supplier.

Further to my rt. hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement on 26 May, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced the Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS), a £37billion cost of living assistance package and will deliver a £400 non-repayable grant to households over winter 22/23. The Government continues to work with consumer groups and suppliers on delivery and is exploring ways in which households, who do not have direct contract for electricity might receive similar support

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of oil and gas from new licences in the North Sea that will come to the UK market.

The North Sea Transition Authority publishes projections of oil and gas production in the UK, including comparisons with forecasts of demand, at www.nstauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections.

Statistics on current UK oil and gas production and supply are available at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/oil-and-oil-products-section-3-energy-trends and www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gas-section-4-energy-trends respectively.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what powers the Government has to ensure that oil and gas extracted in the North Sea comes into the UK market.

The North Sea Transition Authority publishes projections of oil and gas production in the UK, including comparisons with forecasts of demand, at www.nstauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/production-projections.

Statistics on current UK oil and gas production and supply are available at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/oil-and-oil-products-section-3-energy-trends and www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gas-section-4-energy-trends respectively.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support tenants who do not have a domestic electricity supply contract with the cost of energy.

Ofgem’s Maximum Resale Price provisions prevent landlords from reselling energy to residents at a higher price than they paid to the licensed energy supplier.

Customers without a domestic electricity supply contract are not eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme, so the Government is exploring options for other ways in which they might receive similar support. This was raised in a recent Government consultation and a response will be published later in the summer. The Government has also provided £144 million of discretionary funding for Local Authorities to support households who need support but are not eligible for the Council Tax reduction.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he approved the agreement between (a) the National Grid and (b) EDF on keeping the West Burton A coal plant open until March 2023.

The extension to operations at West Burton A was made to further boost the UK’s energy security and domestic supply, in light of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. It remains the Government’s firm commitment to end the use of coal power by October 2024.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that domestic energy customers living in park homes are eligible for the £400 discount on energy bills in autumn 2022.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for St Albans on 20th June 2022 to Question 18990.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support park home owners who do not have a domestic electricity supply contract with the cost of energy.

The Government raised this in its technical consultation on the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The responses to this consultation are being analysed and will be published later in the summer.

Vulnerable consumers, including park home residents will be eligible for a £150 contribution towards their energy bills each winter through the Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme. It is anticipated that the Park Homes Warm Home Discount scheme will re-open again in September 2022. There will also be payments to households on means tested benefits and pensioner and disability cost of living payments. Other support available includes the Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to help encourage people who use domestic heating oil to switch to more environmentally friendly forms of heating.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants for heat pumps and biomass boilers to support people using domestic heating oil to make the transition to lower carbon heat. Since launch, 373 properties which used oil have applied to the scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO4) is available for those who use domestic heating oil and who meet the eligibility criteria. This includes replacing their oil heating system with renewable heating or a District Heating System.

Where these customers meet the eligibility criteria and are customers of a participating energy supplier, they may qualify for a £150 Warm Home Discount rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to provide support to people who use domestic heating oil until green heating alternatives become more affordable.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants for heat pumps and biomass boilers to support people using domestic heating oil to make the transition to lower carbon heat. Since launch, 373 properties which used oil have applied to the scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO4) is available for those who use domestic heating oil and who meet the eligibility criteria. This includes replacing their oil heating system with renewable heating or a District Heating System.

Where these customers meet the eligibility criteria and are customers of a participating energy supplier, they may qualify for a £150 Warm Home Discount rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes that previously used domestic heating oil have successfully applied for funding through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme since the commencement of that scheme.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants for heat pumps and biomass boilers to support people using domestic heating oil to make the transition to lower carbon heat. Since launch, 373 properties which used oil have applied to the scheme.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO4) is available for those who use domestic heating oil and who meet the eligibility criteria. This includes replacing their oil heating system with renewable heating or a District Heating System.

Where these customers meet the eligibility criteria and are customers of a participating energy supplier, they may qualify for a £150 Warm Home Discount rebate.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to introduce a cap on the prices of domestic heating oil.

The Government has carefully considered the introduction of a price cap to help heating oil customers with high fuel prices, however the Government’s analysis indicates that a cap would not be in the long-term interests of consumers.

The existing gas and electricity price cap was designed to protect consumers on default tariffs from the loyalty penalty, which the Competitions and Markets Authority warned was causing customers to be overcharged. The structure of the heating oil market is different and imposing a price cap below wholesale costs could drive companies out of the market, reducing competition and possibly result in supply shortages.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help tackle the effect of the rise in the cost of energy on rural homes reliant on domestic heating oil.

BEIS Ministers are in regular contact with the fuel industry and have made it clear operators should do everything they can to reduce costs to end users.

Through the cost of living support package, the Government is providing over £15 billion in support to households, targeted at those with the greatest need. This is in addition to all domestic electricity customers receiving £400 from October.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help connect rural homes that rely on domestic heating oil to mains gas heating.

Under the gas network price control Ofgem oversees the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES), which is delivered by the Gas Distribution Networks. The FPNES provides a discount to eligible households against the cost of connecting to the gas network.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a grant scheme for connecting rural homes to mains gas.

Under the gas network price control Ofgem oversees the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES), which is delivered by the Gas Distribution Networks. The FPNES provides a discount to eligible households against the cost of connecting to the gas network.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2022 to Question 132331 on Drax Power Station: Timber, what was the age profile of forests felled for use in the Drax power station.

The Government does not hold this data. Generators only receive subsidies for biomass that complies with strict sustainability criteria, which includes requirements under both land and greenhouse gas criteria. More information on the sustainability criteria can be found on the Ofgem website https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/renewables-obligation-sustainability-criteria.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage industrial symbiosis.

BEIS is exploring the role that industrial symbiosis can play in reducing emissions from industry and how best to facilitate this. The Department is engaging with stakeholders to learn from regional and international experiences, most recently through interactions with the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group’s event “Industrial Symbiosis: using resource efficiency to achieve net zero goals”.

DEFRA is developing a digital waste tracking system, which will improve understanding of stocks and flows of waste returned to the economy as secondary materials. This improved access to data can unlock further industrial symbiosis opportunities

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of heat pumps sold in the UK were (a) manufactured and (b) imported to the UK in the most recent 12 months for which data is available.

The latest data available is from the BEIS commissioned Heat Pump Manufacturing Supply Chain Research Project, which found that approximately 30 per cent of heat pumps sold in the UK in 2019 were manufactured domestically. The report also noted that this is expected to increase over time as the market matures.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what Government grants or support are available for (a) residential and (b) commercial properties for (i) solar, (ii) wind and (iii) ground source heat energy.

Schemes including the Local Authority Delivery, Home Upgrade Grant, and Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund enable installing solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

VAT on installing solar panels, including with storage in Great Britain’s residential settings is now 0%. The Smart Export Guarantee enables small-scale renewable electricity generators, including from solar panels and small wind turbines, to receive payment for what they export.

The Government offers tax-relief to businesses installing solar panels, including for onsite-renewable generation, and will review existing permitted development rights that, subject to conditions, allow solar on and around domestic and commercial buildings without planning permission.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the details of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) Scheme to help householders will be released.

The Statutory Instrument for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) Scheme was laid in Parliament on 22 June and is subject to the affirmative procedure.

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has published ECO4 scoring details is expected to publish other delivery and administrative guidance in the coming weeks.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to reduce petrol and diesel prices.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Strangford on 17th June 2022 to Question 14492.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 19 April 2022 to Question 151160 on P&O Ferries: Redundancy, whether the investigations by the Insolvency Service have been completed; and whether any prosecutions have commenced.

The Insolvency Service has confirmed that the investigations into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies made by P&O Ferries are ongoing. As such no further comment or information can be provided at this time.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)