Cabinet Office

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Secretary of State

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union

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Oliver Dowden
Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office

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Oliver Dowden
Deputy Prime Minister

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Democratic Unionist Party
Gregory Campbell (DUP - East Londonderry)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Plaid Cymru
Hywel Williams (PC - Arfon)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Liberal Democrat
Lord Wallace of Saltaire (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
Christine Jardine (LD - Edinburgh West)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Scottish National Party
Kirsty Blackman (SNP - Aberdeen North)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

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Angela Rayner (Lab - Ashton-under-Lyne)
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Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
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Baroness Chapman of Darlington (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Pat McFadden (Lab - Wolverhampton South East)
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Nick Thomas-Symonds (Lab - Torfaen)
Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Nia Griffith (Lab - Llanelli)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
Ministers of State
Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Con - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Con - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Oliver Dowden (Con - Hertsmere)
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Johnny Mercer (Con - Plymouth, Moor View)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
Nusrat Ghani (Con - Wealden)
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
Richard Holden (Con - North West Durham)
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
John Glen (Con - Salisbury)
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
Esther McVey (Con - Tatton)
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Alok Sharma (Con - Reading West)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
Alex Burghart (Con - Brentwood and Ongar)
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any non-executive directors employed in his Department are non-domiciled as of …
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 31st January 2024
Windsor Framework (UK Internal Market and Unfettered Access) Regulations 2024
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Cabinet Office 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. 21
Westminster Hall
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 11th May 2022

A Bill to make provision about procurement

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th October 2023 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 15th November 2022

A Bill to add His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to the persons to whom royal functions may be delegated as Counsellors of State.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 6th December 2022 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to make provision about the dissolution and calling of Parliament, including provision for the repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011; and for connected purposes.

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

Introduced: 30th December 2020

A Bill to Implement, and make other provision in connection with, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement; to make further provision in connection with the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the EU and its member States; to make related provision about passenger name record data, customs and privileges and immunities; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 30th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 19th May 2020

A Bill to make provision about reports of the Boundary Commissions under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986; to make provision about the number of parliamentary constituencies and other rules for the distribution of seats; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 14th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Cabinet Office - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations amend the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 and the Definition of Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.
This Order amends Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972 (“the Act”). Section 1 of the Act permits the Minister for the Civil Service to make schemes which make provision for pension and other benefits in respect of civil servants and persons serving in an office or employment listed in Schedule 1 to the Act. The Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme, the Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme, the Civil Service Compensation Scheme and the Civil Service Injury Benefit Scheme are some of the schemes that have been made under section 1 of the Act.
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

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

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Call an immediate general election so that the people can decide who should lead us through the unprecedented crises threatening the UK.

The individual must remain sovereign over their own body, discrimination against those who cannot or will not be vaccinated against COVID is incompatible with a free democracy. The Government must take firm action to prevent 'vaccination passports' and discriminatory 'no jab, no job' policies.

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The Prime Minister should call an immediate general election to allow the British public to have their say on how we are governed, we should not be made to wait until January 2025

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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

19th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any non-executive directors employed in his Department are non-domiciled as of 19 February 2024.

Non executive board members are not employees of the Cabinet Office and act in an advisory capacity. Non-executive’s personal data, including those relating to personal taxation or status, are protected by the UK General Data Protection Regulation. Collection of personal data on non-dom status is not routinely collected and is generally not required for making public appointments. If any such data was held it could only be published if doing so was in compliance with data protection law.

Data relating to public appointments are covered by the Public Appointments Privacy Statement found here https://apply-for-public-appointment.service.gov.uk/privacy.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
7th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) concerning requests from staff in those organisations to work overseas; and in which circumstances NDPBs are expected to agree to such requests.

The government does not issue guidance to non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) on temporary working from non-UK locations. Departments have delegated policy responsibility concerning requests from staff in NDPBs to work overseas. However, they must comply with FCDO and other regulatory requirements when posting employees overseas permanently, travelling overseas for business and considering requests from employees to work temporarily overseas. Departments work with their own arm’s length body (ALB) when considering requests from staff in NDPBs to work overseas.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Government marketing expenditure has been for local newspapers in each year since 2015.

The requested spend information is not held centrally.

The Government runs a number of advertising campaigns across a range of media channels. Channels are selected based on whether they will reach a campaign’s target audience effectively to have the most impact.

Local media channels such as print and radio are regularly used in campaigns to help reach hard to reach audiences. Social media is also an essential part of government communications used to reach younger audiences and help to inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the proportion of Government marketing expenditure received by local newspapers.

The requested spend information is not held centrally.

The Government runs a number of advertising campaigns across a range of media channels. Channels are selected based on whether they will reach a campaign’s target audience effectively to have the most impact.

Local media channels such as print and radio are regularly used in campaigns to help reach hard to reach audiences. Social media is also an essential part of government communications used to reach younger audiences and help to inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Government marketing expenditure has been with social media corporations in each year since 2015.

The requested spend information is not held centrally.

The Government runs a number of advertising campaigns across a range of media channels. Channels are selected based on whether they will reach a campaign’s target audience effectively to have the most impact.

Local media channels such as print and radio are regularly used in campaigns to help reach hard to reach audiences. Social media is also an essential part of government communications used to reach younger audiences and help to inform the public directly about matters which may affect their lives or interests.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make the cost-of-living payment made to civil servants in the year to 31 March 2023 available to all civil servants (a) employed and (b) who retired in that year.

I refer the Honourable Member for Coventry South to the answer given on 25th October 2023 in response to PQ 203635.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
7th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government which existing EU regulations and laws applying to Northern Ireland are within the scope of the Stormont Brake mechanism.

With the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive back up and running, the powerful democratic safeguard of the Stormont Brake is now in operation. This gives MLAs a vital role in the decision on whether significant new goods rules impacting on everyday life in Northern Ireland should be applied. Its operation is set out in detail in the Windsor Framework (Democratic Scrutiny) Regulations 2024.

The operation of the Windsor Framework and the application of a limited subset of EU law in Northern Ireland are subject to a consent vote of the Northern Ireland Assembly, due to be held later this year.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how parliamentarians and members of the public can engage with and make recommendations to the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee.

The Queen Elizabeth Committee is in the early stages of its work of developing recommendations for a national memorial to Queen Elizabeth II, including both a permanent memorial and a legacy programme.

As part of its work, the Committee will undertake public engagement and consultation, details of which will be shared in due course, and will consider how best to consult other stakeholders including parliamentarians.

Further information on the Committee can be found on GOV.UK on https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/the-queen-elizabeth-memorial-committee.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when all (1) checks, and (2) paperwork, will cease to be required for goods moving via the UK Internal Market Scheme.

As set out in the Safeguarding the Union Command Paper, the internal market system will ensure the smooth flow of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland for internal UK trade. In line with the Government’s commitments since 2021, these arrangements establish individual schemes that can be used only by UK internal market traders, to preserve those benefits for UK traders and to maintain the smooth flow of that trade. Checks on Internal UK movements under the schemes will be removed except those conducted by UK authorities and required as part of a risk-based or intelligence-led approach to tackle criminality, abuse of the schemes, smuggling and disease risks. We will set out further information on the transition to these new arrangements shortly.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether a matter vetoed under the operation of the Stormont Brake and not subsequently agreed by the UK–EU Joint Committee may be brought to international arbitration; and whether the UK has committed to accepting such a decision as final.

It is correct to note that the Stormont Brake safeguard is not subject to any ECJ oversight, and any dispute on this issue would be resolved through subsequent independent arbitration according to international, not EU, law.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase funding and resource to the Counter Fraud Profession and counter-fraud function to fight fraud (1) against His Majesty's Government, and (2) in the wider public sector.

The government launched the Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA) in 2022, and a key principle was that it should be expert-led. The PSFA is developing the capability of public servants in dealing with fraud through the Government Counter Fraud Profession. The standards and guidance that the Function creates, led from the PSFA, must be used in central government, and can be used more widely in the public sector and beyond. Since its inception in 2018, GCFP membership has expanded to over 7000 members beyond central government, including policing and local government.

The government is proactively seeking to find and prevent more fraud in the system and has invested an extra £1bn in tackling fraud and error since Autumn 2021 across government. This included £24.7m funding over three years to support the creation of the PSFA, building on lessons learned in the management of fraud risk and loss in the pandemic.

The PSFA regularly engages with Cabinet Office and HMT Ministers and Parliament, via the Public Accounts Committee, on its work and progress against its published mandate. In addition, the PSFA further engages with, and reports to, the National Audit Office.

In order to maintain its commitment to transparency, the PSFA publishes annual plans and annual reports. Last year the PSFA updated Parliament through a Written Ministerial Statement and by depositing a copy of the 2022-2023 Annual Report in the Library of both Houses.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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.

Yes, all buildings and workplaces staff from Cabinet Office occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraph 56 of The Border Target Operating Model, published in August 2023, what costs are within the scope of the estimated £330 million per year overall cost of the new model.

The estimated £330 million per year new costs to EU imports covers the costs to industry and traders for both Safety and Security and Sanitary and Phytosanitary aspects of the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM).

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether paying a minimum wage equal to that recommended by the Living Wage Foundation is a stipulation in the tendering process for facilities management contracts at the Darlington Economic Campus.

The Darlington Economic Campus (DEC) receives facilities management (FM) services via the "Provision of TFM Services to GPA Sites", and this contract was awarded to ISS Mediclean Ltd under the RM3830 framework.

The Government Property Agency (GPA) ensures that their supply chain is compliant with the relevant employment legislation, including the relevant statutory staff pay rate.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the employment terms and conditions were for subcontracted employees working on the facilities management contract at the Darlington Economic Campus as of 7 February 2024.

The Darlington Economic Campus (DEC) receives facilities management (FM) services via the "Provision of TFM Services to GPA Sites", and this contract was awarded to ISS Mediclean Ltd under the RM3830 framework.

The Government Property Agency (GPA) ensures that their supply chain is compliant with the relevant employment legislation, including the relevant statutory staff pay rate.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a contract has been awarded for facilities management at the Darlington Economic Campus.

The Darlington Economic Campus (DEC) receives facilities management (FM) services via the "Provision of TFM Services to GPA Sites", and this contract was awarded to ISS Mediclean Ltd under the RM3830 framework.

The Government Property Agency (GPA) ensures that their supply chain is compliant with the relevant employment legislation, including the relevant statutory staff pay rate.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) charities and (b) other bodies were involved in the organisation of the Prime Minister's visit to Haughton Academy in Darlington on 29 January 2024.

As has been the practice under successive administrations, official visits by the Prime Minister are organised by his or her office - in this case, liaising directly with the Academy.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what was the cost of running the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Integrated Data Service in 2023; how many projects were active in the Integrated Data Service in 2023; and what are the equivalent figures for the ONS Secure Research Service for the same period.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Noble Lord’s Question of 5th February is attached.

The Lord Clement-Jones CBE

House of Lords London

SW1A 0AA

13 February 2024

Dear Lord Clement-Jones,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking (1) what was the cost of running the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Integrated Data Service in 2023; (2) how many projects were active in the Integrated Data Service in 2023; and (3, 4) what are the equivalent figures for the ONS Secure Research Service for the same period (HL2184).

  1. The approximate costs of running the nascent Integrated Data Service in 2023 were £4,200,000, including infrastructure costs that permit future scaling of the service.

  1. There were 20 active projects within the Integrated Data Service in 2023.

  1. The cost of running the ONS Secure Research Service in 2023 were £7,000,000.

  1. The Secure Research Service had a total of 842 projects during 2023. On average, there were around 600 live projects at any one time during 2023.

Equivalent operating costs and projects numbers should be interpreted with caution. The Integrated Data Service (IDS) is in development and currently operates within a BETA maturity phase. In September 2023 IDS received Digital Economy Act (2017) accreditation for data provision, making IDS the first cloud-native trusted research environment to be accredited for data provision under the legislation and opening the opportunity to scale.

The IDS is built to be future proofed, to better enable the Government’s data sharing agenda in a more effective and efficient way. The IDS will grow at pace over the remainder of the programme with a pipeline of additional and transformational capability, data, projects and users which exceed the capabilities of the Secure Research Service (SRS). Improved data integration and cross-sector collaboration enabled through cloud technologies will drive significant uptake.

The SRS is a long-standing and mature Trusted Research Environment which has operated in its current form since 2017, having previously operated as the Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML) from 2004. The SRS grew rapidly upon achieving DEA accreditation in 2019, which enabled greater expansion of its data catalogue and user base. An improved trajectory is anticipated for the IDS with many SRS’s data sets, as well as projects (where applicable) migrating to the IDS as part of a transition that is underway.

Yours sincerely.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made on increasing the accessibility of the Great Place to Work employment programme.

This Government understands that recruiting veterans is one of the most effective business decisions that any employer can make, and is committed to ensuring that all veterans have equity of opportunity and access into sustainable employment, including in the Civil Service, after they leave the Armed Forces.

The Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative provides an enhanced opportunity for all veterans, whatever their accessibility requirements, to secure employment and pursue a career in the Civil Service. It enables those who meet the minimum requirements to proceed to the next stage of the application process, which is usually an interview.

The Government has also introduced a range of measures to support veterans and members of the Armed Forces community in the workplace, including the Service Leavers’ Adjustment Passport. The passport enables veterans to have empowered, and where appropriate, confidential conversations with current or future prospective employers, including the Civil Service, to communicate any reasonable adjustments or any other support requirements they may require or benefit from.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) farming and (b) growing businesses that have gone out of business in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 8th February is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2024 to Question 11285 on Blood: Contamination and with reference to the oral contribution of the Rt hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North during Points of Order on 1 February 2024, Official Report, column 1019, for what reason the Paymaster General stated that the (a) psychological support and (b) clinical, legal and care experts were in place; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure the accuracy of information provided by Ministers about (i) support and (ii) compensation for people affected by infected blood.

I thank the Honourable Lady for her point and note that I wrote to her on the 2nd February 2024, following the point of order she raised on 1st February. During Cabinet Office Oral Questions on 18 January 2024, Jessica Morden MP raised a question about the urgency of compensation for the victims of the infected blood scandal. In response, I sought to assure her that I was doing everything I could to deliver as quickly as possible, and that psychological support for victims was now in place. As I requested, my statement regarding psychological support has been corrected in Hansard and makes clear that a bespoke psychological support service for infected blood victims, commissioned by NHS England, is currently being developed, and is planned to go live in early Summer 2024. Regarding experts, when I spoke on 18 January, the Government was onboarding experts to advise on the Government’s response to the Infected Blood Inquiry’s recommendations on compensation. On 22 January, the chair of the expert group and clinical experts formally took up their appointments and the advising legal firm contract was awarded. The Government will update on the appointment of social care experts in due course.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have considered taking steps to reduce the single tiered registration fee to the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists for small consultant lobbyists or businesses working with charities below the level levied on larger companies working with profit making organisations; and, if not, why.

The Government believes it is right that registrants contribute to the costs of administering the lobbying register and we continue to keep the registration fee level under review. There are currently no plans to introduce a banded fee structure.

We look forward to the findings of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the operation of the Lobbying Act 2014 and will respond in due course.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of issuing free portraits of His Majesty King Charles III to registered charities.

The Government does not have any plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of offering a free portrait of The King to registered charities.

The UK Government launched an Official Portrait scheme in November 2023 to enable certain Public Authorities across the UK to apply for a free, framed official portrait of His Majesty The King for display in their buildings.

The scheme is ongoing and is due for completion by mid year 2024. His Majesty’s accession has marked the beginning of a new reign and the UK Government considers it is right that public authorities, as part of the fabric of our nation, have the opportunity to commemorate this moment, strengthen civil pride and reflect the new era in our history.

Local authorities, court buildings, schools, police forces and fire and rescue services are among the public institutions across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, to be offered the new official photographic portrait of His Majesty, funded by the Government.

The scheme’s second phase will be open for applications from Town, Parish, City and Community Councils across UK and MoD sponsored Cadets from the 12th February.

A portrait will be available for purchase in due course for those not eligible for this scheme and details will be communicated at the time.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
30th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what length of time passed between the original incident or complaint, and the end of the final public inquiry or related prosecutions, in relation to (1) the Hillsborough stadium disaster, (2) the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, (3) the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash, (4) Operation Conifer, and (5) the Iraq Inquiry.

The Hillsborough stadium disaster occurred on 15 April 1989. Lord Justice Taylor published an interim report into the disaster in August 1989, and delivered his final report in January 1990. The Hillsborough Independent panel was instituted in 2009, and published its final report on 12 September 2012.

The independent inquiry into child exploitation was commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in October 2013. It covered the period between 1997 and 2013, and published its report in August 2014.

The Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash happened on 2 June 1994. The final inquiry into the crash published its findings in July 2011.

Operation Conifer, the police investigation into allegations made against the late Sir Edward Heath, began in August 2015, and published its findings in October 2017.

The Iraq Inquiry was announced in June 2009 to identify lessons that could be learned from the Iraq conflict. It considered the period between 2000 and July 2009, and published its report in July 2016.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
30th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sweden's decision to reinstate civic duty for 18-year-olds, including training in emergency services and the maintenance of vital infrastructure, and of the similar model in Norway; and what consideration they have given, if any, to introducing a comparable model in the UK.

Resilience is a top priority for this government. Ministers and officials regularly engage with International partners to learn from and share good practice in relation to resilience. There are no current plans to replicate Sweden’s model of civic duty.

The UK already has many reservist programmes: these include programmes for the armed forces, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Mountain Rescue, Retained Firefighters, Coastguard volunteers, NHS volunteers and special constables.

The Government has set out its ambition for a whole of society approach to resilience in the Resilience Framework. The Deputy Prime Minister’s first annual statement to Parliament on resilience offered more detail on plans to build on the community spirit in our country and the willingness of individuals to volunteer in a crisis by developing an index of volunteering opportunities.

To support the broader training offer the Government has committed to the development of a UK Resilience Academy that will provide a full suite of learning and training opportunities for the whole of society.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Government data which is shared with third-party organisations is protected.

The Central Digital and Data Office, in the Cabinet Office, sets the policy and leads the cross-government approach to the safe, ethical, legal and secure sharing of government data. They work with the Government Security Group, who also lead on the topic of Supply Chain Security.

When sharing personal data with third party organisations, departments must make sure data is used fairly, lawfully and transparently, in compliance with the data protection principles set in UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. This includes having the requisite data protection controls and governance in place and working with vendors and partners to identify and remediate any risks. All government contracts with suppliers must consider the security of all information and set expectations for how it should be protected.

Departments are responsible for managing their security risks, including the risks to their information that is held and processed by authorised third-parties. The Government Security Standard, local security policies and assurance frameworks such as the Cyber Assessment Framework set out how they should do this. These frameworks and good practice have been collaboratively developed by the Cabinet Office, the National Cyber Security Centre and Departments themselves.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Civil Service Code with the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill.

On 17 January 2024, there was an exchange of letters between the Cabinet Office and the Home Office regarding the future implementation of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill which set out draft guidance to the Civil Service.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-guidance-safety-of-rwanda-bill. Full guidance will be issued when the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum

and Immigration) Bill becomes law.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many bilateral meetings the Prime Minister has held with foreign leaders in each year since 2015.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer of 15 November 2021, Official Report, PQ 66179.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
1st Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which civil service training programmes include the spotting of microaggressions.

There was a specific course on Microaggressions which was withdrawn from the prospectus in November 2022.

There are not any other courses that include microaggressions as part of the course outline available as part of the cross Civil Service training catalogue. We do not hold details of any local procurement or bespoke commissions of courses, the relevant department would need to be contacted to confirm.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
1st Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what value of goods was (a) imported from and (b) exported to the Kingdom of Morocco in (i) 2021, (ii) 2022 and (iii) 2023.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 1st February is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's cyber security measures in protecting public sector organisations.

The Government prioritises public sector cyber security, which is why in April 2023 GovAssure was launched. Under GovAssure, government organisations regularly review the effectiveness of their cyber defences against common cyber vulnerabilities and attack methods. We are currently evaluating the first year’s assessments.

GovAssure will enable government organisations to accurately assess their levels of cyber resilience across their critical services, highlight priority areas for improvement and provide the Government with a strategic view of cyber capability, risk and resilience across the sector.

With its foundations in the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Assessment Framework, GovAssure will help us to understand our risk at scale and put us on the pathway to reducing it, as well as aligning Government with the best practice in management of wider UK Critical National Infrastructure sectors.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of incorporating device security in public sector risk management strategies.

The Government Cyber Security Standard requires government organisations to meet or exceed the security outcomes specified in the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

One of the four objectives which make up the CAF is managing security risk; this objective covers a range of security outcomes in relation to organisations’ internal processes for managing security risk, accountability and decision-making and managing assets such as corporate devices. The CAF also includes specific security outcomes in relation to the secure configuration and management of devices.

In November 2023 we published the cross-government Mobile Device Management (MDM) policy to help government organisations and their Arms Length Bodies keep their corporately owned mobile devices secure and prevent data breaches. This policy is mandatory for all government organisations and Arms Length Bodies. It requires them to manage corporately owned mobile phones and tablets which access, process or store OFFICIAL government and/or citizen data via critical systems using an appropriate MDM solution.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria his Department uses to determine the security standard of hardware devices before they are purchased by Government.

The Government Cyber Security Standard requires government organisations to meet or exceed the security outcomes specified in the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This includes specific security outcomes in relation to the secure configuration and management of devices.

As the CAF is outcomes-based, it does not specify which commercially available devices meet these security requirements or which vendors government organisations should buy their devices from. That is a matter for government organisations to determine locally, in consultation with their commercial, security and IT teams, based on their organisation’s business needs, risk tolerance and threat profile.

In addition, in November 2023 we published the cross-government Mobile Device Management policy to help government organisations and their Arms Length Bodies keep their corporately owned mobile devices secure and prevent data breaches. NCSC also provides guidance on how to securely configure devices from each of the most commonly used platforms.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's policy is on the security requirements for endpoint devices procured by the public sector.

The Government Cyber Security Standard requires government organisations to meet or exceed the security outcomes specified in the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This includes specific security outcomes in relation to the secure configuration and management of devices.

As the CAF is outcomes-based, it does not specify which commercially available devices meet these security requirements or which vendors government organisations should buy their devices from. That is a matter for government organisations to determine locally, in consultation with their commercial, security and IT teams, based on their organisation’s business needs, risk tolerance and threat profile.

In addition, in November 2023 we published the cross-government Mobile Device Management policy to help government organisations and their Arms Length Bodies keep their corporately owned mobile devices secure and prevent data breaches. NCSC also provides guidance on how to securely configure devices from each of the most commonly used platforms.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Procurement Act 2023 on strengthening cyber security requirements for public tenders.

The Procurement Act 2023 brings in new powers to exclude and debar companies from public procurement on grounds of national security. The new National Security Unit for Procurement (NSUP), in the Cabinet Office, will work across government to coordinate assessments of companies and support ministers in national security debarment decisions.

In addition, Procurement Policy Note 09/14 requires central government contracting authorities to ensure that for contracts with certain characteristics, suppliers must meet the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials, including where suppliers store, or process, personal information or data at Official level.

The Cabinet Office encourages all organisations to follow National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidance which sets out the security matters to be considered during the procurement process. The National Protective Security Agency (NPSA) has also published guidance to prevent hostile actors exploiting vulnerabilities in supply chains.

The National Procurement Policy Statement sets out the national priorities that all contracting authorities should have regard to in their procurement where it is relevant to the subject matter of the contract and proportionate to do so. The current statement does not include cyber security as a separate, wider policy because the need for cyber security protection is fundamental to procurements where it applies and therefore built into the procurement process as described above. The new legislative statement that will come into force alongside the Procurement Act is currently being drafted and will be subject to a consultation process as set out in Section 13 of the Act.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Procurement Act 2023 for tackling cybersecurity threats in public tenders.

The Procurement Act 2023 brings in new powers to exclude and debar companies from public procurement on grounds of national security. The new National Security Unit for Procurement (NSUP), in the Cabinet Office, will work across government to coordinate assessments of companies and support ministers in national security debarment decisions.

In addition, Procurement Policy Note 09/14 requires central government contracting authorities to ensure that for contracts with certain characteristics, suppliers must meet the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials, including where suppliers store, or process, personal information or data at Official level.

The Cabinet Office encourages all organisations to follow National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidance which sets out the security matters to be considered during the procurement process. The National Protective Security Agency (NPSA) has also published guidance to prevent hostile actors exploiting vulnerabilities in supply chains.

The National Procurement Policy Statement sets out the national priorities that all contracting authorities should have regard to in their procurement where it is relevant to the subject matter of the contract and proportionate to do so. The current statement does not include cyber security as a separate, wider policy because the need for cyber security protection is fundamental to procurements where it applies and therefore built into the procurement process as described above. The new legislative statement that will come into force alongside the Procurement Act is currently being drafted and will be subject to a consultation process as set out in Section 13 of the Act.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the impact of the National Procurement Policy Statement, published in June 2021, on cybersecurity in public sector procurement processes.

The Procurement Act 2023 brings in new powers to exclude and debar companies from public procurement on grounds of national security. The new National Security Unit for Procurement (NSUP), in the Cabinet Office, will work across government to coordinate assessments of companies and support ministers in national security debarment decisions.

In addition, Procurement Policy Note 09/14 requires central government contracting authorities to ensure that for contracts with certain characteristics, suppliers must meet the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials, including where suppliers store, or process, personal information or data at Official level.

The Cabinet Office encourages all organisations to follow National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidance which sets out the security matters to be considered during the procurement process. The National Protective Security Agency (NPSA) has also published guidance to prevent hostile actors exploiting vulnerabilities in supply chains.

The National Procurement Policy Statement sets out the national priorities that all contracting authorities should have regard to in their procurement where it is relevant to the subject matter of the contract and proportionate to do so. The current statement does not include cyber security as a separate, wider policy because the need for cyber security protection is fundamental to procurements where it applies and therefore built into the procurement process as described above. The new legislative statement that will come into force alongside the Procurement Act is currently being drafted and will be subject to a consultation process as set out in Section 13 of the Act.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve the cyber resilience of public services.

We are working extensively to improve the cyber resilience of public services, particularly through the Government Cyber Security Strategy. As part of this, in April 2023 we launched GovAssure, which introduced stringent new measures for Government cyber security to be reviewed against. We have also published the Cyber Policy Handbook and the Secure by Design Framework, as well as soft launching the Government Cyber Coordination Centre (GC3), to share best practice and embed it throughout the UK’s public services.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
25th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many statutory and non-statutory inquiries they have undertaken since 2005, and what were their (1) length, (2) cost, (3) sponsoring department, and (4) subject matter.

Since 2005, our records show that His Majesty’s Government has established 19 non statutory inquiries and 23 statutory inquiries under the Inquiries Act 2005 on a broad range of subject matters. 28 of the total 42 inquiries have been completed. Several of these statutory inquiries had previously been established as non statutory inquiries or inquests. The length of completed inquiries in this period ranges from 7 to 99 months and published costs vary significantly from between £0.2m and £194m. Most Whitehall departments have sponsored public inquiries. Further information can be found on inquiry and departmental websites and in the National Archives.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report by the Office for National Statistics entitled Equalities data audit, final report, published on 25 October 2018, how many and what proportion of the datasets audited as part of that process included data on Sikhs.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon lady’s Parliamentary Question of 5th February is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an estimate of the number of local council waste collector vacancies in each year since 2015.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon lady’s Parliamentary Question of 31st January is attached and I have placed a copy of the datasets in the Libraries of the House.


John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to your Department's publication entitled Rt Hon Liz Truss MP and Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP overseas travel, October to December 2022, updated 30 March 2023, what the cost was of the accommodation used by the Prime Minister on his visit to Indonesia between 13 and 17 November 2022.

The Government publishes details on gov.uk of the total cost of overseas Ministerial travel, including costs of travel, and on other costs (visas, accommodation, meals).

But as has been the case under successive administrations, the Government does not publish granular detail on Ministers’ travel at home or abroad, nor details of those accompanying them.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how long on average it takes his Department to respond to a subject access request; and what proportion of such requests are answered after 20 days.

The Cabinet Office endeavours to respond to all Subject Access Requests (SARs) received within the Statutory timescales listed within the DPA2018 and UK GDPR legislation which is within one month. This commitment is reflected in our performance data for SARs responses: in the last fiscal year (2022-2023) we received 686 requests, of which 678 requests (over 98%) were responded to within the legal deadline of one calendar month. We extended the deadline for the remaining 8 requests due to their complexity and responded to these requests within the 3 month extension period.

The Cabinet Office Data Protection Officer (DPO) is responsible for investigating any SAR complaints. The DPO’s investigation provides independent oversight to resolve complaints. In all of our responses to subject requestors, we proactively emphasise that there is a complaints process, and advise anyone who has concerns about how their personal data has been handled to contact the department's DPO directly. We also inform the subject requester of their legal right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent regulatory body, should further resolution be required. We, in the Cabinet Office, fully cooperate with any subsequent investigations by the ICO.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department takes to resolve complaints about unsatisfactory responses to subject access requests.

The Cabinet Office endeavours to respond to all Subject Access Requests (SARs) received within the Statutory timescales listed within the DPA2018 and UK GDPR legislation which is within one month. This commitment is reflected in our performance data for SARs responses: in the last fiscal year (2022-2023) we received 686 requests, of which 678 requests (over 98%) were responded to within the legal deadline of one calendar month. We extended the deadline for the remaining 8 requests due to their complexity and responded to these requests within the 3 month extension period.

The Cabinet Office Data Protection Officer (DPO) is responsible for investigating any SAR complaints. The DPO’s investigation provides independent oversight to resolve complaints. In all of our responses to subject requestors, we proactively emphasise that there is a complaints process, and advise anyone who has concerns about how their personal data has been handled to contact the department's DPO directly. We also inform the subject requester of their legal right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent regulatory body, should further resolution be required. We, in the Cabinet Office, fully cooperate with any subsequent investigations by the ICO.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of welfare services for veterans.

This Government is committed to ensuring that our welfare services for veterans are fit for the future. That is why in March last year, my right hon. friend the Minister for Defence People, and Families and I jointly commissioned an Independent Review of UK Government Welfare Services for Veterans, which I was pleased was published in full in July 2023.

The Government's response, which was published in December 2023, accepts the principle and intended outcome of all of the review's recommendations.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made on delivering the Great Place to Work employment programme.

Recruiting veterans is one of the most effective business decisions that any employer can make. The Civil Service recognises this, and has in place a range of dedicated recruitment initiatives for veterans in order to make the most of their skills and capabilities, and provide the opportunity of a fulfilling career in public service.

The Great Place to Work for Veterans programme is one of a number of veterans’ recruitment initiatives being delivered across the Civil Service.

Over 1,000 veterans to date have secured a job in the Civil Service through the ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans’ initiative and a further 200 veterans have been recruited through the 'Going Forward Into Employment' initiative.

The Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative enables veterans who meet the minimum criteria to progress to the next stage of the application process, which is usually an interview.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department plans to measure and monitor the impact of the Veterans Strategy and Action Plan.

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs, alongside partners across and beyond government, continue to monitor the progress of delivery against commitments in the 2022-2024 Strategy Action Plan, and regularly publish updates on progress. The most recent update was provided in the Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Annual Report laid in Parliament in December 2023. Additionally, the Veterans Advisory Board receives verbal updates on progress made to delivering the Strategy and Action Plan at regular intervals.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of advertised jobs that can be undertaken solely at home in each of the last 5 years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon lady’s Parliamentary Question of 30th January is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which policies under each arms length body reporting to their Department fall within the scope of the Environmental principles policy statement, published on 31 January 2023.

The duty does not require us to maintain a comprehensive list of policies within scope of the duty.

The duty applies to all policies made from 1 November 2023, whether developed by a central department or an arm’s length body, which are:

  • made by Ministers of the Crown; and

  • not covered by the exemptions for the armed forces, defence or national security, taxation, spending or the allocation of resources within government.

The environmental principles policy statement provides further information on what is considered policy in scope of the duty.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)