Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Secretary of State

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

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Lord Grantchester (LAB - Excepted Hereditary)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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)
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
Imran Hussain (LAB - Bradford East)
Shadow Minister (Employment Rights and Protections)
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)
Paul Scully (CON - Sutton and Cheam)
Minister of State (London)
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)
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Wednesday 19th January 2022
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Legislation - Main Chamber
Subsidy Control Bill – second reading
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Monday 31st January 2022
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Legislation - Grand Committee
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Subsidy Control Bill - committee stage (day 1)
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Wednesday 2nd February 2022
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Legislation - Grand Committee
2 Feb 2022, 4:15 p.m.
Subsidy Control Bill - committee stage (day 2)
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Tuesday 22nd February 2022
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
22 Feb 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (including Topical Questions)
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Monday 17th January 2022
National Living Wage
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Select Committee Inquiry
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Energy pricing and the future of the Energy Market

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Written Answers
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries
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Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021
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Bills
Tuesday 9th November 2021
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill 2021-22
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Tuesday 18th January 2022
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Appearances

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


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 are made in part in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular paragraphs (a), (d), (e), (ea) and (g) of section 8(2) of that Act) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (“the Act”) provides for persons to notify the Secretary of State about acquisitions that constitute trigger events and to apply for retrospective validation of a notifiable acquisition. These Regulations set out the information that must be provided to Secretary of State when submitting a mandatory notice (under section 14 of the Act), a validation application (under section 16) or a voluntary notice (under section 18).
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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

50 most recent Written Questions

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10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Minister for Energy’s statement that coal has no part to play in future power generation in the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 69602, what discussions he has had with Welsh Ministers regarding plans to extend the Aberpergwm drift coalmine site; and if he will place a copy of that correspondence in the Library.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State met with the Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change in November 2021 and subsequently officials from the Department and the Welsh Government have met to discuss the licence for coal extraction held by Energybuild Limited in relation to Aberpergwm; an operational coal mine in Wales that produces high grade anthracite for industrial use.

I am happy to place in the Libraries of the House a copy of my letter of 7 January 2022 to the Welsh Government Minister setting out the UK Government’s position.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department conducted an impact assessment on vulnerable and protected groups for the Heat and Buildings Strategy, as required by the Equality Act 2010.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2022 to Question 94366 on Dementia: Research, how much the Government spent on dementia research in the financial year 2020-2021.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made in the investigation into Carillion; and when that investigation is planned to conclude.

The Official Receiver investigated the failure of Carillion plc (“the Company”) and reported to the Secretary of State in relation to the conduct of the Company’s directors. Consequently, director disqualification proceedings were issued on 12 January 2021 against 8 directors and former directors of the Company. The proceedings are ongoing.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the correlation between supply and demand in the (a) secondhand van and (b) greener vehicles market.

The latest industry statistics show that demand for electric vehicles is stronger than ever, with about as many fully electric car registrations in 2021 as in the five years of 2016 to 2020 combined. In 2021 as a whole, 11.6% of all new cars registered were fully electric, trending upwards throughout the year, with over 1 in 4 new cars sold being fully electric in the month of December.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with Ofgem to review the energy price cap and its components to reflect increases in domestic energy prices.

Decisions on the level of the price cap are for Ofgem. Ofgem’s consultation on proposed changes to the price cap closed on 17 December 2021. Ofgem intends to have a decision published by the beginning of February 2022.

The Government is in regular contact with Ofgem and industry to discuss the impact of unprecedented global gas prices and will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure consumers are protected.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding is being provided to train and re-train the workforce in the North West needed for the Rolls Royce Small Nuclear Reactor programme.

The Government has made a grant of £210 million to Rolls Royce SMR ltd to undertake phase two of the Low Cost Nuclear programme. This has been match funded by industry and investors, and will support the further development and assessment of the Rolls Royce SMR design up to 2025.

Whilst initial costing estimates have been made by Rolls Royce SMR Ltd, a key output of the programme is data that will enable more detailed whole life cost analysis, which could be used to inform any potential deployment decisions in the next parliament.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the full-life costs of the Rolls Royce Small Nuclear Reactor programme, including the disposal of nuclear waste during and after decommissioning.

The Government has made a grant of £210 million to Rolls Royce SMR ltd to undertake phase two of the Low Cost Nuclear programme. This has been match funded by industry and investors, and will support the further development and assessment of the Rolls Royce SMR design up to 2025.

Whilst initial costing estimates have been made by Rolls Royce SMR Ltd, a key output of the programme is data that will enable more detailed whole life cost analysis, which could be used to inform any potential deployment decisions in the next parliament.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to introduce mandatory energy performance labelling for electric heaters.

The Department, as it laid out in the recently published Energy-Related Products Policy Framework, will be looking at whether changes to minimum energy performance standards and labelling could encourage uptake of more efficient and cost-effective heating solutions, which would help protect consumers’ energy bills and reduce energy demand. This includes direct electric heaters such as panel heaters, electric radiators and electric storage heaters, which are currently expensive to run.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has plans to strengthen the security of the electricity supply in the context of the move from the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for landline telephones.

Maintaining a resilient and secure energy supply for the UK is a key priority for this Government. The Government continues to work with both the energy and telecommunication industries to understand the implications of the move from the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of energy price increases on the bills of people living in properties with district or communal heating systems.

The Default Tariff Act requires Ofgem, as the gas and electricity markets regulator, to put licence conditions in place for a cap on domestic default gas and electricity tariffs. District or communal heating systems typically buy their energy through commercial contracts which are not covered by the Act.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to include people living in properties with district or communal heating systems in Ofgem's review of the energy price cap.

The Default Tariff Act requires Ofgem, as the gas and electricity markets regulator, to put licence conditions in place for a cap on domestic default gas and electricity tariffs. District or communal heating systems typically buy their energy through commercial contracts which are not covered by the Act.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to increase manufacturing capacity for the creation of heat pumps.

The Government is supporting the development of a thriving heat pump supply chain in the United Kingdom through a package of measures to create demand, supporting innovation and providing fiscal support to onshore manufacturing. Recent investment in British manufacturing of heat pumps by companies like Mitsubishi, Vaillant and Ideal Boilers demonstrates that manufacturers are responding to policy signals and the United Kingdom continues to be a great place to invest.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for the full delivery of heat pumps; and what estimate he has made of how many homes will receive a heat pump each year.

In order to meet Net Zero by 2050, virtually all heating will need to be decarbonised. Given the diversity of heat demand, a mix of technologies and customer options will be needed to decarbonise heat at scale.

As part of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, the Government is aiming to reach 600,000 heat pump installations per year by 2028. This ambition is in line with the minimum market capacity that the Government anticipated needing for all eventual pathways to decarbonise heating in buildings by 2050. The Government is drafting a range of policy measures to best support the market with this trajectory.

A transition to predominantly electric heating would require deployment to increase beyond 600,000 heat pumps per year by the early 2030s. In the Net Zero Strategy, the Government stated that, in this scenario, deployment would need to increase up to 1.9 million per year from 2035.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Answer of 16 March 2021 to Question 167254 on Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Green Deal Scheme, what the updated cost to the public purse is of expenditure by his Department on the Government’s legal department on First Tier Tribunal litigation related to the sale of Green Deal plans by Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd.

For Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd appeals at the First Tier Tribunal, the Department has incurred estimated total costs of £142,300 from the Government Legal Department.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what comparative estimate his Department has made of the typical cost of (a) retrofitting eight solar panels to a home and (b) installing eight solar panels at the time of building a new home.

The cost of installing a domestic solar PV system varies with the type of solar panels, space for installation and roof design. In December 2021, the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities published indicative data on costs for fitting solar panel systems on new homes. The fixed cost to install a solar PV system of under 4kW capacity system is £1,100, with a variable cost of £600 for each kW installed[1]. Data published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in May 2021 indicate the mean cost per kW for installations smaller than 4kW, whether new build or retrofit, has reduced from £2,080 in 2013/14 to £ 1,628 per kW installed in 2020/21[2].

Research by consumers’ association Which?[3] and the Energy Savings Trust estimates that the cost of a typical domestic solar installation of 3.5kW capacity and comprising 10 to 15 panels, is around £4,800 [4].

[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1040631/Domestic_Part_L.pdf

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-pv-cost-data

[3] https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/solar-panels/article/solar-panels/solar-panel-costs-aDxBY2v7kr60

[4] https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/solar-panels/#jumpto-17 and https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/solar-panels/

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made on supporting the development of effective, low-cost heat pumps.

The Government is supporting the deployment of heat pumps through a package of policies, which will stimulate demand and help deliver the economies of scale that will reduce costs of heat pumps. In addition, the Government has launched a £60 million Heat Pump Ready Programme, part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which will support the development of innovative solutions across the heat pump sector. Collectively, this support will help deliver the Government’s ambition to work with industry to reduce the upfront costs of installing a heat pump by 25-50% by 2025.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to install a heat source pump to replace an existing gas boiler in a standard three bedroom semi-detached home.

Based on the best available evidence, the Government estimates the current total cost of installing an air source heat pump to replace a gas boiler in an average three-bedroom semi-detached house to be around £10,500. However, as the market develops, heat pump installation costs are expected to fall. In the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government set an ambition to reduce the upfront costs of installing a heat pump by 25-50% by 2025.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce excess winter deaths in Warwickshire.

The Government is committed to helping low income and vulnerable households to sufficiently heat their homes, recognising the impact cold homes can have on people’s health.

Energy efficiency is the best long-term solution to tackling fuel poverty. The Government is driving energy efficiency improvements through a number of schemes, including the Energy Company Obligation and the Home Upgrade Grant. Since the Energy Company Obligation Scheme began in 2013, Warwickshire has received 21,746 energy efficiency measures (Headline Energy Efficiency Statistics, Table 3.4).[1]

Additional support is available to eligible households through the Warm Home Discount, the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel Payment. The Household Support Fund is also providing £421 million to help vulnerable people in England with the cost of food, utilities and wider essentials this winter.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/household-energy-efficiency-statistics-headline-release-december-2021

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2022 to Question 96947, on Energy Supply: Fife, what discussions he has had with energy companies on (a) the levels of debt accrued by customers in Glenrothes and Central Fife during the first and second covid-19 lockdowns and (b) the plans those companies have to collect that debt.

Ministers and officials regularly met energy companies during the first and second covid-19 lockdowns to discuss a range of issues relating to the energy retail market. The Government’s Voluntary Agreement with energy suppliers prioritises customers at risk and supports those impacted by covid-19. Based on circumstances, this could include reassessing, reducing or pausing debt repayments for households in financial distress and support for prepayment meter customers to stay on supply. The Agreement was introduced in March 2020 and is still in place today.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) support and (b) increase the number of high wage jobs in British industry.

The Government aims to support a high-skilled, high productivity, high wage economy that delivers on our ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work and grow a business.

There are high paying jobs across all sectors and regions of the UK economy, including 600,000 high wage manufacturing jobs. Whilst businesses ultimately drive job growth, it is for the Government to create the right environment for job creation, and since 2010 there are an additional 3.6 million more people in work with the majority in high-skilled occupations.

The Government remains committed to the target of UK economy-wide R&D investment reaching 2.4% of GDP by 2027. This investment will continue to support a high innovation economy and deliver high wage jobs over the long term.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has discussed the rise in energy costs with the Welsh Government.

Yes, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has met with Devolved Administrations, including the Welsh Government at a ministerial level to discuss rising energy prices. Engagement at an official level is ongoing.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of the target to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy set out the range of policies that will combine to support the development of the heat pump market towards 600,000 per year by 2028.

This package includes: the Future Homes Standard, which will ensure that new homes are built zero carbon-ready without the need for costly retrofitting; targeted funding support, through the £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme, the Home Upgrade Grant and Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund; and proposals currently out to consultation for a new market-based incentive, to be introduced from 2024, and to phase out new fossil fuel heating systems in off-gas grid buildings, starting with larger non-domestic buildings from 2024 and smaller buildings and homes from 2026.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many annual extra heat pump installations the introduction of the interim uplift to building energy efficiency requirements from June 2022 will incentivise.

There will be several routes to compliance with the 2021 uplift, and it is therefore not possible to produce a robust estimate of the number of annual heat pump installations that will result. Modelling from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities produced as part of their impact assessment in the case of domestic properties specifically, estimates that around 10% of new homes built in 2022 could include an air source heat pump.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has had any (a) financial contract and (b) meetings with (i) Clifford Chance LLP, (ii) FTI Consulting and (iii) Fenchurch Advisory Partners in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of rising electricity prices on the sustainability of UK steelmakers.

We recognise the effect rising energy prices are having on businesses of all sizes and we are regularly engaging with them to discuss impacts and mitigations.

Since 2013, we have provided more than £2 billion in relief to help energy intensive industries with the costs of electricity, with over £600 million for steel. In addition, we have various funds in place to support businesses with high energy use to cut their bills, including the £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compliance of his Department's staff working from home with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

Line managers and individuals have joint responsibility for ensuring that staff work their agreed hours and take breaks in accordance with the Working Time Regulations 1998, and to manage any issues if they arise. This applies to both where the employee is attending the workplace and where they are working from home.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure consistently high standards in (a) approval processes and (b) testing for individual wood burning appliances or ranges of appliances before they are certified as complying with the requirements of the Ecodesign Regulations.

Prior to placing a product on the market, manufacturers must demonstrate conformity with the implementing measures as set out in the product specific regulations. This includes a declaration of conformity and technical documentation, and can include relevant standards used to demonstrate compliance. This technical documentation must be kept by the manufacturer for a period of 10 years after production and made available to the market surveillance authority, who can conduct independent testing after the product has launched on the market.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure consistently high standards in (a) approval processes and (b) testing for wood burning appliances or ranges of appliances before they receive an Ecolabel rating.

Prior to placing a product on the market, manufacturers must demonstrate conformity with the implementing measures as set out in the product specific regulations. This includes a declaration of conformity and technical documentation, and can include relevant standards used to demonstrate compliance. This technical documentation must be kept by the manufacturer for a period of 10 years after production and made available to the market surveillance authority, who can conduct independent testing after the product has launched on the market.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what forecast he has made of trends in the cost of fuel in the UK up to the end of 2022.

Retail prices of petroleum products such as petrol and diesel are primarily driven by the underlying price in the global market of crude oil (priced in US$) and exchange rates. Recognising that fuel is a major cost for households and businesses, the Government has kept fuel duty frozen for 12 successive years.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed increase in the rate of National Insurance on levels of fuel poverty in Newport West constituency.

Fuel poverty is a devolved matter. The Department only has responsibility for England. Therefore, no estimate has been made by the Department on the impact of proposed changes to National Insurance on levels of fuel poverty in Newport West constituency, Wales.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what forecast he has made of trends in the cost of gas and electricity in the UK up to the end of 2022.

The Government is monitoring the significant increases in wholesale energy prices closely, and meeting regularly with Ofgem, suppliers and consumer groups to understand the future impact on consumers as well as to discuss potential mitigations.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will commit to taking forward plans to implement the new iteration of the Energy Company Obligation Scheme, ECO4.

Last summer, the Government consulted on extending the Energy Company Obligation Scheme from 2022-26 and expanding it to £1billion per year. The Government keeps all costs on bills under review and will issue a response to the consultation in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of effectiveness of the Energy Company Obligation in respect of tackling fuel poverty and climate change; and if he will make a statement.

The Energy Company Obligation Scheme has been in place since January 2013 and has delivered around 3.3 million improvements in 2.3 million homes up to the end of October 2021.

To date, the Energy Company Obligation Scheme has delivered £6.6 billion in Lifetime Bill Savings up to the end of October 2021 and an estimated lifetime energy saving of 211,300 Gigawatt Hours.

Since the Energy Company Obligation Scheme began in 2013, the average energy efficiency rating in England has increased from 59, to 66 in 2020. During that same period, 2012-2019, the number of fuel poor households in England fell from 4.4million to 3.2million.

In September 2019, the Department appointed Kantar to undertake a scheme evaluation, reporting in late 2022. The initial findings of the evaluation show that overall, more than half of households surveyed (57%) said they had benefitted a fair amount or a great deal from having the energy saving measures installed. Benefits cited by participants included savings on energy bills, a more comfortable temperature in the home and reduced worry about heating their home.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Welsh-based financial services company Admiral closing its Newport office on the economy of Newport West constituency.

It is disappointing that in streamlining its office presence in South Wales Admiral has announced it will begin a phased exit of its Newport City Centre offices in 2022. However, it is positive that the leader of Newport City Council has committed to working closely with Admiral and its landlord to ensure the building’s future use is fully explored and secured.

The UK Government is playing its part in supporting Newport’s post-pandemic economy and is investing over £2m through the Community Renewal Fund to level up the city. This includes a project to develop entrepreneurs in the Pillgwenlly area of Newport. Developing entrepreneurs and start-up businesses will be key to the future of Newport’s economy and its newly developed workspaces.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a potential increase in energy prices in 2022.

The Government is monitoring the significant increases in wholesale energy prices closely, and meeting regularly with Ofgem, suppliers and consumer groups to understand the future impact on consumers as well as to discuss potential mitigations.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, against the directors of Tempus Court Developments Limited concerning the accuracy of annual accounts filed at Companies House on 18 March 2021 and 9 November 2021 for the financial years ending 31 July 2020 and 31 July 2021.

Where a document (whether filed electronically or on paper) appears to be “properly delivered”, the registrar is obliged to register it. A document is properly delivered when it contains the information required by law; is completed in the proper form; has the correct fee attached (where appropriate) and is authenticated.

The Registrar of Companies does not have the legal power to verify or validate information filed with her. If a complaint is received as to the content of the filing, Companies House may contact the entity to make enquiries. No complaint has been received in this case.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, against the directors and partners of Mortar Tempus Court LLP concerning the accuracy of annual accounts filed at Companies House on 18 March 2021 and 9 November 2021 for the financial years ending 31 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Where a document (whether filed electronically or on paper) appears to be “properly delivered”, the registrar is obliged to register it. A document is properly delivered when it contains the information required by law; is completed in the proper form; has the correct fee attached (where appropriate) and is authenticated.

The Registrar of Companies does not have the legal power to verify or validate information filed with her. If a complaint is received as to the content of the filing, Companies House may contact the entity to make enquiries. No complaint has been received in this case.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, against the directors of Tempus Court Developments Limited concerning claiming dormant company exemptions in their filings at Companies House on 18 March 2021 and 9 November 2021 for the financial years ending 31 July 2020 and 31 July 2021.

Where a document (whether filed electronically or on paper) appears to be “properly delivered”, the registrar is obliged to register it. A document is properly delivered when it contains the information required by law; is completed in the proper form; has the correct fee attached (where appropriate) and is authenticated.

The Registrar of Companies does not have the legal power to verify or validate information filed with her. If a complaint is received as to the content of the filing, Companies House may contact the entity to make enquiries. No complaint has been received in this case.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings he has held with petrol retailers regarding fuel prices between 25 October 2021 and 6 January 2022.

Officials are in regular contact with the fuel supply industry including those within retail operations, to discuss a range of issues, including the Government’s draft Downstream Oil Resilience Bill. The Department also monitors changes in fuel prices and has therefore decided to freeze fuel duty for the twelfth consecutive year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government plans to provide to industry to train and retrain the workers required to retrofit the UK’s ageing housing stock.

Upskilling and growth of the supply chain is essential to deliver against Net Zero targets for the decarbonisation of buildings. In September 2020, the Government launched a £6.9m Skills Training Competition to provide 8,000 training opportunities for the energy efficiency and low carbon heating supply chains. Training delivery for this scheme finished at the end of October 2021.

The Government is also supporting growth of the supply chain by investing £2.5 billion in a National Skills Fund and continues to work closely with the market to support training in key skills shortage areas as well as opportunities for increasing capacity.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to improve the energy efficiency of owner occupier homes.

The Government has committed to spend £6.6 billion in this Parliament on improving the energy efficiency of buildings. The Government has already allocated more than £900m to improving the energy efficiency of privately owned homes through the Local Authority Delivery scheme and the Home Upgrade Grant. In Spring 2022, the Government will launch the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme, worth £450 million, to support householders with the cost of installing of a heat pump. Moreover, the Government has already installed 3.3 million energy-efficiency measures in 2.3 million homes via the Energy Company Obligation scheme. Once this scheme ends in March 2022, a successor scheme, with a value of £1billion, is planned to provide support until 2026.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support local authorities to help deliver the net zero transition and implement decarbonisation plans for housing within their areas.

The Net Zero Strategy sets out the Government’s commitments to enable local areas to deliver net zero. This includes establishing a Local Net Zero Forum to bring together national and local government senior officials to discuss policy and delivery options on net zero, and continuing the Local Net Zero Programme to support all local areas with their capability and capacity to meet net zero.

The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD), which supports projects to install energy efficiency measures such as various types of insulation and low-carbon heating systems for low-income households, has already provided £500million to Local Authorities for upgrades to low-income households across England, and is being delivered up to June 2022 through a managed closure.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he will require the disclosure of the emission results for wood burning stoves, including efficiency, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and organic gaseous compounds, when they are sold in accordance with the Ecodesign regulations from 1 January 2022.

As of 1 January 2022, new Ecodesign regulations require that when a solid fuel local space heater (wood burning stove) is placed on the UK market, the product’s efficiency and its emissions of particulate matter, organic gaseous compounds, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides under standardised test conditions must be provided in the instruction manual for installers and end-users as well as on a free-access website.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Heat and Buildings Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of building standards and certifications in improving energy efficiency standards of the built environment.

The Heat and Building Strategy sets out how Government is taking a ‘fabric first’ approach to improving the energy efficiency of buildings; this ensures transition to low-carbon heating is cost effective.

The Strategy sets out measures including:

  • Upgrading fuel-poor homes to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030 where reasonably practicable to do so.
  • Additional funding to the Home Upgrade Grant and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund – investing a further £950m and £800m respectively over 2022/23 to 2024/25. Both schemes use Trustmark standards to ensure quality installations and both use an improvement in EPC to measure increased energy efficiency.
  • Consulting on phasing in higher minimum performance standards to ensure all homes meet EPC Band C by 2035, where cost-effective, practical and affordable.
  • Setting long-term regulatory standards to upgrade private-rented homes to EPC C by 2028.
  • Requiring mortgage lenders to disclose energy efficiency standards of their portfolios in order to incentivise them to provide attractive finance offers so their customers can retrofit their homes.
  • Considering setting a long-term regulatory standard for all homes, subject to consultation.
Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his response to his Department's joint consultation with Ofgem on proposals for a Future System Operator.

The Energy Future System Operation consultation closed on the 28th of September 2021 and received a high volume of responses. The Department and Ofgem are considering these responses and will publish a response in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department made of the resilience of energy networks and infrastructure prior to Storm Arwen in the regions affected by that storm.

Great Britain has one of the most reliable energy systems in the world and maintaining a secure electricity supply is a key priority for Government.

Government regularly liaises with industry through the Energy Emergencies Executive Committee to continually improve and maintain the resilience of energy infrastructure, networks and assets, to reduce vulnerabilities, and to ensure an effective response to actual or potentially disruptive incidents.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money his Department has spent on electricity infrastructure in each of the last 10 years.

Electricity network operators are private companies which build, own, and operate electricity network infrastructure. As regional monopolies, they are regulated by the independent energy regulator, Ofgem. The total value of the electricity transmission price control between 2013 and 2021 was over £15bn, while the forecast total value of the electricity distribution price control between 2015 and 2023 is over £29bn.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of profit made by private electricity companies compared to investment in electricity infrastructure in each of the last 10 years.

Electricity network operators are private companies which build, own, and operate electricity network infrastructure. As regional monopolies, they are regulated by the independent energy regulator, Ofgem. The total value of the electricity transmission price control between 2013 and 2021 was over £15bn, while the forecast total value of the electricity distribution price control between 2015 and 2023 is over £29bn.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)