Department for Business and Trade

We are the department for economic growth. We support businesses to invest, grow and export, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.



Secretary of State

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Kemi Badenoch
Secretary of State for Business and Trade

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Democratic Unionist Party
Jeffrey M Donaldson (DUP - Lagan Valley)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business in the House of Commons)

Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville Roberts (PC - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

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

Scottish National Party
Deidre Brock (SNP - Edinburgh North and Leith)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Commons Business)
Richard Thomson (SNP - Gordon)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Trade)

Labour
Baroness Blake of Leeds (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business and Trade)
Lord Leong (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business and Trade)

Liberal Democrat
Lord Fox (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business)

Scottish National Party
Richard Thomson (SNP - Gordon)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business)

Labour
Jonathan Reynolds (Lab - Stalybridge and Hyde)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Trade
Lord McNicol of West Kilbride (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business and Trade)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Chi Onwurah (Lab - Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Rushanara Ali (Lab - Bethnal Green and Bow)
Shadow Minister (Investment and Small Business)
Ministers of State
Lord Johnson of Lainston (Con - Life peer)
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
Greg Hands (Con - Chelsea and Fulham)
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Kevin Hollinrake (Con - Thirsk and Malton)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
Maria Caulfield (Con - Lewes)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
Stuart Andrew (Con - Pudsey)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Equalities)
Kemi Badenoch (Con - Saffron Walden)
President of the Board of Trade
Lord Offord of Garvel (Con - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
Scheduled Event
Monday 26th February 2024
Department for Business and Trade
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Monday 26th February 2024
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Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Monday 26th February 2024
Department for Business and Trade
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (Consequential, Supplementary and Incidental Provisions) Regulations 2024
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Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
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Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Tuesday 5th March 2024
Department for Business and Trade
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Electricity Supplier Obligations (Excluded Electricity) (Amendment) Regulations 2024; Renewables Obligation (Amendment) (Energy Intensive Industries) Order 2024; Energy-Intensive Industry Electricity Support Payments and Levy Regulations 2024; Electricity Capacity (Supplier Payment etc.) (Amendment and Excluded Electricity) Regulations 2024
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Thursday 7th March 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Mar 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Monday 11th March 2024
Department for Business and Trade
Legislation - Main Chamber
Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - report stage (day 2)
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Tuesday 12th March 2024
Department for Business and Trade
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2024
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Wednesday 13th March 2024
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Legislation - Main Chamber
Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - report stage (day 2)
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Thursday 2nd May 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
2 May 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Friday 23rd February 2024
Select Committee Docs
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Select Committee Inquiry
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Written Answers
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Department for Business and Trade: Health and Safety
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their …
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Accounting Standards (Prescribed Bodies) (United States of America and Japan) (Amendment) Regulations 2024
These Regulations make amendments to the Accounting Standards (Prescribed Bodies) (United States of America and Japan) Regulations 2015 (“the 2015 …
Bills
Wednesday 29th November 2023
Post Office (Horizon System) Compensation Act 2024
A Bill to provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Secretary of …
Dept. Publications
Friday 23rd February 2024
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Department for Business and Trade 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:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

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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Feb. 22
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Jan. 30
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Bills currently before Parliament


A Bill to provide for the regulation of competition in digital markets; to amend the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002 and to make other provision about competition law; to make provision relating to the protection of consumer rights and to confer further such rights; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage
Wednesday 7th February 2024
Next Event - Report Stage
Monday 11th March 2024

A Bill To Enable the implementation of, and the making of other provision in connection with, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Lords Completed
Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage
Tuesday 20th February 2024
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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under, or in connection with, schemes or other arrangements to compensate persons affected by the Horizon system and in respect of other matters identified in legal proceedings relating to the Horizon system.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 25th January 2024 and was enacted into law.

Department for Business and Trade - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations make amendments to the Accounting Standards (Prescribed Bodies) (United States of America and Japan) Regulations 2015 (“the 2015 Regulations”) and the Accounting Standards (Prescribed Bodies) (United States of America and Japan) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (“the 2023 Regulations”).
These Regulations amend the Registrar of Companies (Fees) (Companies, Overseas Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1907 as amended by S.I. 2016/621) (“the 2012 Regulations”), the Registrar of Companies (Fees) (Limited Partnerships and Newspaper Proprietors) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/2392) (“the 2009 Regulations”) and the Registrar of Companies (Fees) (European Economic Interest Grouping and European Public Limited-Liability Company) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1908) which require payment of fees in respect of functions performed by the registrar of companies. These Regulations amend existing fees and introduce new fees following amendments made to section 1063 of the Companies Act 2006 (c. 46) by the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (c. 56). These amendments provide for the cost of investigation and enforcement activities to be taken into account by the Secretary of State when setting fees. These Regulations increase the fees payable at incorporation or registration of companies and certain other entities and those paid with the filing of the first confirmation statement each year (see section 853A of the Companies Act 2006) to provide funding for enforcement activities that will help to combat economic crime. These Regulations also increase the fees charged for other services that are provided by Companies House, whose officials act on behalf of the registrar, to reflect the registrar’s increased costs.
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Petitions

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

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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

30th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether, further to reports by the forensic accounting company Second Sight, any Minister, civil servant, or director appointed by the Government advised the Post Office to make provision for contingent liabilities in its annual financial statements; and if so, on what dates such recommendations were made.

In the timeframe available to us, we have not been able to identify any Minister, civil servant, or director appointed by the Government advising the Post Office to make provision for contingent liabilities in its annual financial statements. The Post Office Board is collectively responsible for approving what is in the Accounts.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Health and safety risk assessments have been undertaken in all Department for Business and Trade offices. Staff are advised to complete individual risk assessments if they regularly work from other workplaces, including home locations.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has plans to visit (a) Adelaide, (b) Melbourne, and (c) Hobart in the next nine months.

Following the Secretary of State’s visit to Australia last year to promote utilisation of the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), shortly after it entered into force, there are currently no plans for her to visit in the coming months.

Representatives of His Majesty’s Government, including ministers, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, High Commissioner and Consul General, regularly visit Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. The Government already has a strong trade and investment relationship with Australia which has been further strengthened by the FTA.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to monitor firms with financial ties to sovereign wealth funds originating from countries that do not have transparent and democratic systems to ensure the (a) effective allocation, (b) efficient implementation and (c) transparent reporting of committed funds.

The UK is an open economy and we welcome global investment. UK firms that have financial ties to Sovereign Wealth Funds already have to abide by the UK's regulatory regimes for corporate practice, including the Companies Act, 2006.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made a recent assessment of the impact of the disruption to shipping in the Red Sea on international trade.

My department is closely monitoring the situation and is working with key stakeholders, businesses and across government to identify and mitigate supply chain issues. We have held regular roundtables with industry exporting and importing into the UK, shipping companies, port operators and maritime representatives to hear their concerns and inform government. The Critical Import and Supply Chains Strategy is helping businesses work in partnership with the Government to build secure and reliable supply chains vital to the UK economy, national security, and the delivery of essential services.

We continue to monitor the Houthi attacks and activity in the Red Sea and are committed as a government to ensuring the Red Sea is safe for seafarers and traders to use, as shown through our commitment to Operation Prosperity Guardian.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she has taken to support the ceramic industry financially since the covid-19 pandemic.

Eligible businesses in the ceramics sector are eligible to apply for the government’s Energy Intensive Industry (EII) Exemption Scheme and have received around £15m from it since 2013.

The sector will also benefit from the related British Industry Supercharger (BIS), with the government committed to rolling out its measures between April 2024 and April 2025.

This is in addition to the broader support with energy bills provided for business through the Energy Bill Relief and Discount schemes and the support provided by the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) to help invest in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has received legal advice on the operations of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd at sites in the UK; and if she will conduct a review to ensure that imports and exports of arms and components are not being used in violations of international law.

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against our Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, including with regard to international humanitarian law.

All licences are kept under careful and continual review and the Government is able to amend, suspend, refuse or revoke licences as circumstances require.

The Secretary of State for Business and Trade receives legal advice as appropriate, on all matters related to import and export licensing, as part of advice from officials.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish a response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s research entitled Summary of consumer research and unit pricing analysis, published on 30 January 2024.

The Government published its response to each of the recommendations made by the Competition and Markets Authority on 24 January 2024, in the Government’s response to its consultation entitled ‘Smarter Regulation: improving price transparency and product information for consumers’. The response sets out the Government’s intention to reform pricing legislation to make pricing information clearer and more useful to consumers. The Government will continue to have due regard to the Competition and Markets Authority’s publications whilst reforming pricing legislation.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Government response: British Industry Supercharger Network Charging Compensation Scheme, updated by her Department on 11 October 2023, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals.

The Government laid The Energy-Intensive Industry Electricity Support Payments and Levy Regulations 2024 Statutory Instrument in Parliament on 22nd January 2024, which will be debated once Parliamentary time allows.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, for what reason UK Export Finance would provide a 100% guarantee on lending to company under the Export Development Guarantee.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has not previously 100% guaranteed any Export Development Guarantee (EDG) facilities.

In principle, consideration can be given to guarantee percentages above 80% where this is needed to ensure the success of the transaction, subject to ensuring that the guaranteed loan meets UKEF’s requirements including compliance with applicable subsidy control rules.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many loan facilities under the Export Development Guarantee Scheme have been guaranteed by UK Export Finance up to 100% in each of the last five financial years.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has not previously 100% guaranteed any Export Development Guarantee (EDG) facilities.

In principle, consideration can be given to guarantee percentages above 80% where this is needed to ensure the success of the transaction, subject to ensuring that the guaranteed loan meets UKEF’s requirements including compliance with applicable subsidy control rules.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether their approach regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria differs from that of the European Union and, if so, in which areas.

The Government’s plans regarding company reporting on environmental, social and governance matters are set out in Mobilising Green Investment – 2023 Green Finance Strategy (March 2023). These plans differ from the European Union’s (EU) plans in several areas. Specifically, the UK will not adopt the European Sustainability Reporting Standards. Instead, the UK Government has stated its support for the International Sustainability Disclosure Standards and we are currently assessing the suitability for UK companies of the first two standards that have been issued by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that the supply chains of UK car manufacturers do not include Uyghur slave labour.

Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which we are determined to stamp out. In 2022, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published its assessment of the human rights situation in Xinjiang, which found that China had carried out “serious human rights violations” against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities.

Section 54 of The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with a turnover of £36m or more to publish modern slavery statements and statements from relevant UK car manufacturers are available at https://modern-slavery-statement-registry.service.gov.uk. We have set out clear guidance for businesses on the risks of doing business in Xinjiang and announced plans to introduce financial penalties for organisations who fail to meet their statutory obligations to publish annual modern slavery statements.

I have requested meetings with named manufacturers in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report entitled ‘Asleep at the Wheel: Car Companies' Complicity in Forced Labor in China’, published in February 2024, to discuss this issue in more detail.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report entitled China: Carmakers Implicated in Uyghur Forced Labor, published by Human Rights Watch on 1 February 2024 that car manufacturers including Tesla and Toyota are using Uyghur slave labour.

Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which we are determined to stamp out. In 2022, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published its assessment of the human rights situation in Xinjiang, which found that China had carried out “serious human rights violations” against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities.

The Government’s overseas business risk guidance sets out the risks of operating in Xinjiang and urges UK companies to conduct appropriate due diligence and consider their corporate responsibilities when making business decisions. The Department for Business and Trade is continuing to consider actor agnostic measures that would improve supply chain transparency and traceability. I have requested meetings with named manufacturers in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report to discuss this issue in more detail.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has taken steps in response to the findings in the Human Rights Watch report entitled Asleep at the Wheel: Car Companies' Complicity in Forced Labor in China, published on 1 February 2024.

Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which we are determined to stamp out. In 2022, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published its assessment of the human rights situation in Xinjiang, which found that China had carried out “serious human rights violations” against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities.

The Government’s overseas business risk guidance sets out the risks of operating in Xinjiang and urges UK companies to conduct appropriate due diligence and consider their corporate responsibilities when making business decisions. The Department for Business and Trade is continuing to consider actor agnostic measures that would improve supply chain transparency and traceability. I have requested meetings with named manufacturers in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report to discuss this issue in more detail.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to respond to Question 9354 tabled by the hon. Member for Gower on 12 January 2024 on Horizon IT System.

A response was published on 7 February. The Department apologises for the delay in publishing this response.
Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) non-financial, support they have provided to UK firms operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2020; and whether this support is contingent on any (a) environmental, or (b) transparency, commitments.

We have not provided financial support to UK businesses operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2020. The Department for Business and Trade's Export Strategy sets out the support available, including the Export Support Service, a Country Director based in Sarajevo, the PM's Trade Envoy for the Western Balkans and a UK Export Finance Officer covering the region. UK companies focused on the green transition are a strategic priority for this support. Any UKEF support would follow robust transaction due diligence to ensure that any projects or contracts supported meet stringent international Environmental, Social and Human Rights standards.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to make environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting mandatory by UK companies.

Reporting on ESG matters provides transparency to investors and other stakeholders, improving investment decisions. In particular, the Government supports the work of the International Sustainability Standards Board, which aims to align sustainability reporting globally, enabling investors compare investment decisions across markets.

The Government believes that a mix of voluntary and mandatory reporting provides the right balance between transparency and reducing burdens on companies. Further detail on the Government’s future plans is provided by Mobilising Green Investment - 2023 Green Finance Strategy.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she will make an assessment of the potential impact of tariffs on battery electric truck tractors on net zero targets.

The UK's trade policy is intended to support the achievement of government objectives and is kept under review. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles works across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. Zero Emission vehicles will help the UK decarbonise and Government remains committed to the Net Zero 2050 target.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what their policy is towards promoting environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles among UK companies.

The Companies Act 2006 requires directors to have regard to impact of a company’s operations on the community and environment when exercising their duties. It also requires certain companies to provide information regarding environmental matters and social, community and human rights issues within their annual reports.

The Government’s future plans to encourage companies to consider the impact of environmental, social and governance issues are set out in Mobilising Green Investment - 2023 Green Finance Strategy. This includes the Government’s plans to assess the suitability of the standards that were recently published by the International Sustainability Standards Board for use in the UK.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many people have been prosecuted for selling unsafe battery-charged (a) e-bikes and (b) e-scooters in the last 12 months.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is leading work to address risks from lithium-ion batteries used in e-bikes or e-scooters including prioritising removal of any unsafe or non-compliant products from the market. For example, last month OPSS issued Withdrawal Notices to stop 20 sellers and 5 online marketplaces from selling batteries linked to serious fires. OPSS also works closely with Local Authority Trading Standards including through a co-ordinated system of product safety checks at the border.

We are not aware of any product safety prosecutions relating to these products that have been brought to date, but prosecution remains an option for any serious breaches of product safety law.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Secretary of State for Wales’s oral contribution of 23 January 2024 during the debate on Protecting Steel in the UK, Official Report, column 265, whether her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned an independent assessment of the potential merits of the multi-union plan for steel production at Port Talbot.

Tata Steel are now conducting a formal consultation period with staff regarding the company’s proposed £1.25 billion pound project to transition to greener steelmaking at Port Talbot.

Prior to this, Tata Steel have been discussing Union’s alternative proposals with them for several months. Ultimately, this is a commercial decision for Tata Steel and engagement with trade unions has always been a process that must be led by the employer.

We are working with Tata Steel to provide up to £100 million pounds funding for a dedicated Transition Board, which includes members from the Welsh Government, to support both affected employees and the local economy.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent representations she has received from the Welsh government on the future of the steel industry in Wales.

Steelmaking remains a vital part of the Welsh economy and this Government is working tirelessly to secure a sustainable future for Port Talbot Steelworks. This deal delivers a £1.25 billion pound joint investment package with Tata, comprising of £500 million pounds from the UK Government.

The Welsh Government are not currently providing capital funding towards this project. The Transition Board; established to support affected employees and the local economy has up to £100m of funding. Over the last month, I have engaged with the Welsh government through the Transition Board and a ministerial call.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, following reports that corporate insolvencies rose to their highest level in 30 years last year, what steps they are taking to assist companies that are struggling.

The Government delivered nearly £27 billion of Business Grant Support during the pandemic and continues to support UK small businesses via a substantial business rates package worth £4.3 billion over the next 5 years. The Energy Bill Relief Scheme protects eligible businesses from excessively high energy bills over winter periods.

The British Business Bank supports 12.4bn of finance through targeted interventions such as The Recovery Loan Scheme and Pay as You Grow for businesses under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, offering repayment options where required.

Additional SME support is available via GOV.UK, the Business Support Helpline and local Growth Hubs.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they first became aware of the prosecutions being brought against sub-postmasters for alleged deficits arising from deficiencies in the Horizon software system.

This is a matter for the statutory Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry. It would be wrong to prejudice its work.

983 Post Office-related convictions have been identified during the relevant period. Not all of these will be directly related to the Horizon system.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish the UK position regarding tariffs on Chinese electric vehicle imports; whether they will adopt similar tariffs to the EU; and what is their impact assessment of the effect of increased tariffs on the UK automotive industry.

My officials continue to liaise closely with industry to understand any future impact of an EU tariff and will continue to monitor developments closely. Industry have been advised that they may apply to the Trade Remedies Authority to investigate the potential need for an anti-dumping or anti-subsidy trade remedy measure.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Johnson of Lainston on 1 February (HL1695), what assessment they have made of the impact of not renewing the Recovery Loan Scheme on small businesses in deprived areas who have received loans from Community Development Financial Institutions after being turned down for loans from high street banks.

Lenders are currently offering over £100 million of additional lending per month through the British Business Bank’s Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), with 85 per cent of facilities going to small and micro businesses. RLS is particularly effective at serving alternative and social lenders, with more than three quarters of lending delivered through smaller lenders, including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI). Since launch, RLS has enabled almost £50 million of CDFI lending: over 90% of the businesses which borrowed from CDFIs in 2023 had been turned down by another lender, and half were based in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Johnson of Lainston on 1 February (HL1695), what assessment they have made of the impact of not renewing the Recovery Loan Scheme on small businesses in deprived areas who have previously been turned down for loans by high street banks.

Lenders are currently offering over £100 million of additional lending per month through the British Business Bank’s Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), with 85 per cent of facilities going to small and micro businesses. RLS is particularly effective at serving alternative and social lenders, with more than three quarters of lending delivered through smaller lenders, including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI). Since launch, RLS has enabled almost £50 million of CDFI lending: over 90% of the businesses which borrowed from CDFIs in 2023 had been turned down by another lender, and half were based in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how much they have given to the Post Office in subsidies in each of the years since 2000.

The Postal Services Act 2011 established Post Office Limited as a company independent of Royal Mail Group. The following table sets out the subsidies awarded by Government to Post Office Limited since the 2011/12 Financial Year. The funding covers annual network subsidy payments, investment funding and from 2021/22 funding for Horizon compensation payments.

Financial Year

Total (£m)

2011/12

180

2012/13

410

2013/14

415

2014/15

330

2015/16

280

2016/17

220

2017/18

140

2018/19

228

2019/20

92

2020/21

50

2021/22

233 (of which £52m was a commercial loan)

2022/23

137

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 January 2024 on Wine Quantities and Units of Measurement Update HCWS168, when retailers will be able to sell still and sparkling wine in the 200ml size.

The Government is planning to introduce legislation in spring 2024 on the proposals for new prepacked wine quantities announced on 27 December. All new legislative changes are subject to parliamentary scrutiny and due process, including in this case the need to notify the World Trade Organisation. Once this legislative process is complete, the legislation is expected to come into force around Autumn 2024, permitting the sale of still wine in pre-packed 200ml formats. The sale of pre-packed sparkling wine in the 200ml size is already permitted.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what information they have about the application by the Post Office in 2019 to recuse Mr Justice Fraser from the High Court case of Bates and Others vs Post Office Ltd.

This is a matter which we expect that the statutory Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry under Sir Wyn Williams will examine. The Government is cooperating fully with the Inquiry’s work and should not pre-judge its findings.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Offord of Garvel on 30 January (HL1629) which noted that the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman does not have “any live investigations relating to the Post Office Horizon scandal”, whether any sub-postmaster contacted the Ombudsman in relation to this matter at any time since its inception.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) reports to Parliament directly and is held to account through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Therefore, the Department for Business and Trade is unable to respond on their behalf.

PHSO has confirmed that they were contacted regarding a complaint from a sub-postmaster in relation to the Post Office Horizon scandal.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how much funding they approved for prosecutions of sub-postmasters by the Post Office, if any.

The Government has not provided funding for prosecution of sub-postmasters.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her planned timetable is for the implementation of the Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.

The Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme (SCGS) was officially launched on 26 July 2023, and we are continuing to work closely with the National Shipbuilding Office on all aspects of scheme implementation.

The SCGS is a £500 million scheme to help ship buyers and operators to access finance to purchase UK-built vessels and upgrade existing ones. It guarantees a percentage of the value of loans used to purchase, refit, retrofit or repair vessels, sharing the risk with lenders. The scheme forms part of the Government’s £4 billion plan to revitalise UK shipbuilding and coastal communities through the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh, announced in 2022.

There have been 32 expressions of interest in the scheme so far and we are now working at pace to finalise the first transactions supported by the scheme.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of the value to shipyards of the Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.

The Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme (SCGS) is a £500m loan guarantee scheme, supporting eligible ship buyers and operators to access finance to buy UK-built vessels and upgrade existing ones. The scheme forms part of the Government’s £4bn plan to revitalise UK shipbuilding and coastal communities through the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh, announced in 2022.

The value generated by the scheme will depend on the details of individual transactions, but each SCGS deal agreed will directly benefit UK shipyards, supply chains and coastal communities right across the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of road haulage businesses entering insolvency in 2023; and what steps he is taking to support that industry.

In 2023 in the UK, 494 companies with a SIC code 49410 - Freight Transport by Road - entered insolvency.

At Autumn Statement 2023, the Government announced continuing support for haulage companies, freezing HGV Vehicle Excise Duty and the HGV Levy in 2024/25. This forms part of a package of support for hauliers, with the freezing of Fuel Duty announced at Spring Budget 2023, saving over £4,300 for the most common types of HGV in 2023/24.

The Department for Education is also offering high-quality apprenticeships and Skills Bootcamps, supporting the haulage sector to develop the skilled workforces it needs.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her Departments budget was for internal resource allocation, broken down by year, for each year in which projections are available.

The Department for Business and Trade’s resource allocation budget following the Supplementary Estimate for 2023/24 is:

Control Total

Full Yr Budget (£m)

Resource DEL Admin

513.1

Resource DEL Programme

1,454.1

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will review L3Harris’s licence to produce release systems for the F-35 combat aircraft in the context of the International Court of Justice's order relating to the case of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v Israel), published on 26 January 2024.

Decisions on export licensing are based on the UK's Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. The Government's export licences are kept under careful and continual review, and we can amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, or refuse new licence applications, where they are inconsistent with these criteria.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many postmasters or other staff members working at Post Office branches located within WH Smith have been prosecuted for alleged shortfalls arising from issues with the Horizon IT system; and how many of these prosecutions were reviewed while Henry Staunton was chairman of the Post Office.

We do not have the data related to WH Smith. In terms of reviewing prosecutions, after the landmark Court of Appeal judgment in April 2021, Post Office commissioned criminal lawyers to review all convictions which it had prosecuted which may have relied on Horizon data. Where Post Office has sufficient evidence that the conviction relied on Horizon data, it will contact that individual to let them know it would concede their appeal on the basis of evidence it holds, further to contact it has already made to convicted individuals. Furthermore, the Government is proceeding at pace with its commitments to legislate for the overturning of Post Office related convictions as per the Prime Minister's announcement of January 10th.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the terms and scope of the Review of Non-Financial Reporting; who is undertaking that review; and when it will be available for scrutiny by members of the House of Lords.

The Government published the “Smarter regulation non-financial reporting review: call for evidence” in May 2023, seeing views on the non-financial disclosure requirements under the Companies Act, particularly the Strategic and Directors’ Reports. A list of requirements in scope of the review can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/calls-for-evidence/smarter-regulation-non-financial-reporting-review-call-for-evidence/annex-individual-reporting-requirements. The review is being undertaken by the Department for Business and Trade with assistance from the Financial Reporting Council. The findings of the review will be published, and any resulting legislative changes will be laid before Parliament for scrutiny in due course.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what conflict of interest risk assessment was made regarding the appointment of Simon Jeffreys as a board member of the Crown Prosecution Service and a non-executive director of the Post Office.

When appointments are made, conflicts are routinely addressed as part of the appointments process. The Companies Act sets out that a director must avoid situations where they have conflicts which conflict with the interests of the company and they must disclose conflicts of interest. As per the Companies Act requirements, any conflicts are disclosed in the company's Annual Report and Accounts, as is the mechanism for managing any conflict.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what risk assessment was made regarding the appointment of Henry Staunton as chairman of the Post Office on 2 September 2022; and what plans they have to publish that assessment.

When appointments are made, conflicts are routinely addressed as part of the appointments process. The Companies Act sets out that a director must avoid situations where they have conflicts which conflict with the interests of the company and they must disclose conflicts of interest. As per the Companies Act requirements, any conflicts are disclosed in the company's Annual Report and Accounts, as is the mechanism for managing any conflict.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many director nominations or appointments they have made or approved to the board of the Post Office in each of the years since 2000.

Nominations to the Board of Post Office Limited are generally made by Post Office Limited’s Nominations Committee (‘NomCo’, a sub-Committee of the Post Office Board) with the resulting appointments confirmed by the Board, on the advice of the NomCo. The Shareholder Representative Non-Executive Director sits on NomCo, and the Shareholder (the Department for Business and Trade) approves the appointment. The exceptions to these processes are the appointment of the Shareholder Non-Executive Director and the appointment of the Chair, which are made by the Shareholder.

A historic record of appointments, as set out on Companies House, is provided below.

Name

Position

Occupation

Appointment date

Resignation date

Ms Maria Luisa Cassoni

Director

Director

01/02/2001

17/06/2002

Mr Peter Michael Corbett

Director

Director

13/11/2001

01/07/2009

Mr John Basil Larkins

Director

Director

13/11/2001

25/04/2002

Mr David William Miller

Director

Director

13/11/2001

31/07/2006

Mr Paul Andrew Rich

Director

Director

13/11/2001

15/04/2002

Mr Allan Leslie Leighton

Director

Director

08/01/2002

25/03/2009

Mr David Mills

Director

Director

15/04/2002

31/12/2005

Mr Alan John Munro Barrie

Director

Director

03/09/2002

08/06/2004

Mr John Charles Main

Director

Director

03/09/2002

01/07/2003

Mr Gordon Ramsay Steele

Director

Director

03/09/2002

31/01/2006

Elmar Toime

Director

Director

10/04/2003

16/11/2004

Mr Michael Hodgkinson

Director

Director

01/05/2003

31/08/2007

Mr John Barnetson Anderson

Director

Director

01/07/2003

14/04/2007

Mr Stephen Graham Halliday

Director

Director

20/08/2003

31/07/2006

Mr Brian Joseph Goggin

Director

Director

01/09/2004

21/07/2006

Mr Alan Ronald Cook

Director

Director

22/02/2005

15/03/2010

Mr Richard Phillip Francis

Director

Director

02/03/2005

02/05/2008

Ms Sue Rachel Whalley

Director

Director

01/09/2006

05/11/2009

Mr David Ian Glynn

Director

Director

26/10/2006

31/10/2009

Mr Gary Hockey Morley

Director

Director

26/10/2006

31/10/2009

Ms Deborah Lois Moore

Director

Director

12/06/2007

31/10/2009

Mr Michael Thomas Young

Director

Director

01/08/2008

31/10/2009

Mr Donald Hood Brydon

Director

Director

01/05/2009

22/09/2011

Mr Michael John Moores

Director

Director

01/07/2009

10/06/2011

Mr David John Smith

Director

Director

06/04/2010

13/06/2011

Moya Marguerite Greene

Director

Director

18/10/2010

17/12/2010

Mr Arthur Leslie Owen

Director

Director

18/10/2010

15/03/2012

Ms Paula Anne Vennells

Director

Director

18/10/2010

30/04/2019

Mr Matthew Lester

Director

Director

17/12/2010

01/11/2011

Ms Alice Elizabeth Perkins

Director

Director

21/07/2011

31/07/2015

Mr Christopher Mark Day

Director

Director

22/09/2011

28/01/2015

Mr Neil McCausland

Director

Director

22/09/2011

30/09/2015

Ms Virginia Anne Holmes

Director

Director

04/04/2012

27/03/2018

Ms Susannah Jemima Storey

Director

Civil Servant

18/04/2012

26/03/2014

Mr Alasdair Marnoch

Director

Director

23/05/2012

31/07/2015

Mr Timothy Franklin

Director

Director

19/09/2012

31/12/2019

Mr Richard John Callard

Director

Director

26/03/2014

27/03/2018

Mr Alisdair Charles John Cameron

Director

Chief Financial Officer

28/01/2015

NA

Mr Timothy Charles Parker

Director

Chairman

01/10/2015

30/09/2022

Mr Kenneth Stanely McCall

Director

Director

21/01/2016

26/01/2022

Ms Carla Rosaline Stent

Director

Director

21/01/2016

17/02/2023

Mr Thomas Knut Glenn Cooper

Director

Non Executive Director

27/03/2018

11/05/2023

Ms Shirine Khoury-Haq

Director

Director

24/05/2018

18/07/2019

Mr Nicholas James Read

Director

Chief Executive Officer

16/09/2019

NA

Zarin Homi Patel

Director

Non Executive Director

26/11/2019

13/03/2023

Ms Lisa Harrington

Director

Director

08/04/2020

01/06/2023

Mr Sarfaraz Gulam Ismail

Director

Director

03/06/2021

NA

Mr Elliot Marc Jacobs

Director

Director

03/06/2021

NA

Mr Brian Gaunt

Director

Director

25/01/2022

NA

Mr Henry Eric Staunton

Director

Chairman

01/12/2022

27/01/2024

Mr Simon Jeffreys

Director

Non Executive Director

23/03/2023

NA

Ms Amanda Jane Burton

Director

Director

27/04/2023

NA

Ms Lorna Rachel Gratton

Director

Director

12/05/2023

NA

Mr Andrew Atta Darfoor

Director

Director

20/06/2023

NA

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, following reports that businesses have faced increasing difficulties and costs trading with the EU since Brexit, what steps they are taking to (1) identify areas of improvement, and (2) provide support.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement allows for a new relationship with the EU, giving us the freedom to do things differently and better.

The Department is leading a cross-government effort to identify trade barriers and break them down with our EU partners. For example, in the year to March 2023, we broke down 45 market access barriers in the HMTC Europe region, a 10% increase year-on-year.

HMG provides a wide range of support, including help to grow overseas by providing information, training, and expert support to exporters, whilst HMRC’s Customs & International Trade Helpline ensures businesses have access to the additional support they need.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the volume and value of cheese exports to Canada in each of the last five years, and what assessment they have made of the likely impact on those figures of not concluding a trade agreement with Canada.

Between 2018 and 2022 the UK exported between 1.5 and 2.2 kilotonnes of cheese to Canada each year, worth between £11 million and £18.7 million.

Prior to 1 January 2024, UK exporters could export cheese to Canada through a Canadian importer with a licence for Canada’s “EU” World Trade Organisation quota. As of 1 January 2024, the Canadian importer must have a licence for Canada’s “non EU” World Trade Organisation quota to import UK cheese.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Post Office Horizon software system that was updated in 2017 has any issues with discrepancies of cash shortfalls in individual Post Offices; and if so, in how many Post Offices such problems have occurred.

There have been several versions of Horizon since its introduction in 1999 and the current version of the system, introduced from 2017, was found in the Group Litigation to be robust, relative to comparable systems. Post Office continue to make improvements to the system and will be moving away from Horizon to a new IT system. The Government is providing funding to support this programme.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Appendix 1, Section B, Subsection 1, A, 2 of the Annex Modifications to Annex 1 to the UK-Andean Trade Agreement, signed in Quito on 15 May 2019, CP 122, what the (a) timing and (b) process is of the examination of the improvement of tariff liberalisation of goods included in staging category BA; against what criteria she plans to assess the potential impact of that improvement; what plans she has to consult countries potentially affected; and whether she plans to publish an impact assessment.

The examination of goods included in Appendix 1, Section B, Subsection 1, A, 2 of the Annex Modifications to Annex 1 to the UK-Andean Trade Agreement must take place within two years of entry into force of the UK-Andean Countries Trade Agreement. The agreement entered into force for all parties in June 2022.

In the review, the UK will consider the interests of businesses and consumers alongside our development objectives. The Government will engage stakeholders and meet our existing commitments for consultation in the UK-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement.

There are no plans to publish an impact assessment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had discussions with the Royal Mail on service delivery in (a) rural areas and (b) Leicestershire.

Ministers and officials meet with Royal Mail regularly to discuss a range of issues in relation to its role as the universal postal service provider.

I recently met the CEO of Royal Mail’s parent company to raise concerns about Royal Mail’s performance. He recognised that the current level of service is not good enough and has said that improving quality of service is his top priority. I note that to improve performance Royal Mail has recruited an additional 3,000 postmen and is continuing to actively recruit new postal staff. I will continue to raise the issue if service levels do not improve.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to replace any directors of the Post Office in post during the period when sub-postmasters were being prosecuted as the result of deficiencies in the Horizon software, so that none of those directors is involved in the administration of any compensation scheme.

Post Office has not undertaken any private prosecutions related to Horizon since 2015. All Non-Executive Directors of Post Office joined from 2021 onwards and no current Board member was in place before 2015.

The Government has set up a statutory inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal. Collective and individual accountability for the scandal can only be considered when the Inquiry has reviewed all of the evidence.

The Horizon Compensation Advisory Board is an independent advisory board of parliamentarians and academics which oversees compensation related to the Post Office Horizon scandal, ensuring that the compensation schemes achieve fair outcomes for postmasters.

Lord Offord of Garvel
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)