Cabinet Office

We support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government. We are also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and we take the lead in certain critical policy areas.



Secretary of State

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union

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Dominic Raab
Deputy Prime Minister

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Andrew Griffith
Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Policy and Head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit)

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Liberal Democrat
Lord Wallace of Saltaire (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
Alistair Carmichael (LDEM - Orkney and Shetland)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

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

Labour
Baroness Smith of Basildon (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office, Constitutional and Devolved issues)
Baroness Smith of Basildon (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Scottish National Party
Stewart Hosie (SNP - Dundee East)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Democratic Unionist Party
Gregory Campbell (DUP - East Londonderry)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Angela Rayner (LAB - Ashton-under-Lyne)
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Baroness Chapman of Darlington (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

Scottish National Party
Brendan O'Hara (SNP - Argyll and Bute)
Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Labour
Conor McGinn (LAB - St Helens North)
Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Fleur Anderson (LAB - Putney)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
Ministers of State
Nigel Adams (CON - Selby and Ainsty)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
Steve Barclay (CON - North East Cambridgeshire)
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Michael Ellis (CON - Northampton North)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
Lord True (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Heather Wheeler (CON - South Derbyshire)
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
Alok Sharma (CON - Reading West)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
Scheduled Event
Wednesday 6th July 2022
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6 Jul 2022, 4:15 p.m.
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Monday 11th July 2022
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Legislation - Grand Committee
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Wednesday 13th July 2022
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Legislation - Grand Committee
13 Jul 2022, 4:15 p.m.
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Thursday 14th July 2022
09:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
14 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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Monday 18th July 2022
15:45
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Legislation - Grand Committee
18 Jul 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Procurement Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 5)
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Debates
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
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Written Answers
Monday 4th July 2022
Government Departments: Buildings
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Secondary Legislation
Thursday 16th June 2022
Freedom of Information (Additional Public Authorities) Order 2022
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Bills
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Procurement Bill [HL] 2022-23
A Bill to make provision about procurement
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Monday 4th July 2022
22:30

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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Jun. 28
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Westminster Hall
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Bills currently before Parliament

Introduced: 11th May 2022

A Bill to make provision about procurement

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Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 25th May 2022
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Next Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Monday 4th July 2022

Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

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 Thursday 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 Wednesday 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 Monday 14th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Cabinet Office - Secondary Legislation

The obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c. 36) (“the Act”) apply to public authorities. Section 3(1) provides that a “public authority” includes a body or holder of any office which is listed in Schedule 1 to the Act. The Minister for the Cabinet Office may add bodies and office holders to Schedule 1 by an order under section 4(1), provided that the conditions in section 4(2) and (3) are satisfied. By section 4(6), an order under section 4(1) may relate to a specified person or office or to persons or offices falling within a specified description.
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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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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.

We would like the UK Govt to negotiate a free cultural work permit that gives us visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states for music touring professionals, bands, musicians, artists, TV and sports celebrities that tour the EU to perform shows and events & Carnet exception for touring equipment.

Isolation essential to the Government’s strategy for fighting coronavirus, and UK citizens must remain healthy and exercise whilst keeping adequate distance between people. The Government should allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely.

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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

28th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of workers on zero hour contracts in the UK.

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

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Questions of 28 June is attached.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers who are on zero-hours contracts in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the Wakefield district.

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

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Questions of 28 June is attached.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
30th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people appointed to public bodies reflect the diversity of the UK.

The Government is committed to making sure that these important opportunities are available to talented people across the UK. Work to support this includes a number of virtual and face-to-face events held across the UK and the phased rollout of a new digital system that will make it easier for anyone to apply for these roles. The Cabinet Office also publishes annual data on public appointments diversity. The latest figures, published on 21st October 2021, show that compared to the previous year there were more women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and people from outside London and the South East in these vital roles.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has plans to make (a) leadership and (b) administrative roles in the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network paid positions.

Leadership (chair, co-chair, deputy chair of committee member) and administrative roles of the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network are voluntary roles as part of an employee's corporate contribution and are not paid positions. There are currently no plans to make these roles paid positions.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the impact of its plans to pause civil service fast-stream recruitment on (a) organisational effectiveness and (b) diversity in recruitment.

The Fast Stream is a talent pipeline for government departments and professions. It is only right we pause bringing in candidates as departments set out how they might achieve the Prime Minister’s commitment to return the Civil Service to the size it was in 2016.

Whilst we pause the Fast Stream for the 2023 intake, we will take the opportunity to further improve the Fast Stream offer. This reform will ensure that when the scheme reopens, it is focused on driving up specialist skills in the Civil Service, as well as improving the regional representation of the Fast Stream. In this sense, both organisational effectiveness and diversity recruitment can be enhanced.

We will also seek to maintain other approaches towards diversity and inclusion in recruitment - such as continuous improvement of our assessment and selection approaches. The Declaration on Government Reform set out our commitment to a skilled and capable Civil Service, our united Campus for government training and Curriculum framework will enable all Civil Servants to access quality, relevant training.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2022 to Question 23221, on Ukraine: Military Aid, how many meetings of the National Security Council have taken place since April 2022; and how many he has attended since that date.

The National Security Council is a committee of the Cabinet. It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
20th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord True on 16 June (HL736 and HL840), what specific investigation processes are being referred to; who is carrying out each investigation; who each investigation will report to; and by what date they expect each of the investigations to be complete.

The specific investigation process being referred to is that set out in both the Update of 31 January 2022 and the 25 May 2022 final report outlining the findings of the Second Permanent Secretary’s investigation into alleged gatherings on Government premises. The methodology of the investigation is outlined within the report. The Second Permanent Secretary’s Update made clear what investigation work had been carried out. It is never appropriate in investigations to either confirm or deny whether the Cabinet Office has had any communications with specific individuals in order to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of investigation processes.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report by Sir Robert Francis QC on Compensation and Redress for the Victims of Infected Blood - Recommendations for a Framework, published in March 2022, if he will take steps to implement the recommendation in paragraph 9.136 of that report that arrangements should be made immediately through the existing support schemes for an interim lump sum payment of compensation to be made to every living infected person accepted by a support scheme as eligible for annual support payments.

I refer the Rt Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 16932 on 20 June 2022.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to help support the (a) education, (b) housing and (c) health needs of veterans.

The Veterans' Strategy Action Plan sets out over 60 UK Government commitments with a combined value of over £70m to help support veterans and their families between 2022-2024. We are already making good progress with 24% of commitments already completed at the 6 month point.

We have changed the law to improve access to social housing, removing the local connection test, and awarding priority access to social housing for vulnerable veterans. We are improving the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, making sure veterans have access to the right training opportunities; and in reletting the Career Transition Partnership contract, we are taking the opportunity to improve and enhance the service. Over the next three years NHS England will be providing £18m more to improve access to Op COURAGE and the Veterans Trauma Network. Additionally, this year, we will administer the new £5m Veterans' Health Innovation Fund - supporting projects developing innovative treatments and initiatives to support veterans' health.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to support veterans with welfare needs including (a) housing, (b) health and (c) education.

The Veterans' Strategy Action Plan sets out over 60 UK Government commitments with a combined value of over £70m to help support veterans and their families between 2022-2024. We are already making good progress with 24% of commitments already completed at the 6 month point.

We have changed the law to improve access to social housing, removing the local connection test, and awarding priority access to social housing for vulnerable veterans. We are improving the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, making sure veterans have access to the right training opportunities; and in reletting the Career Transition Partnership contract, we are taking the opportunity to improve and enhance the service. Over the next three years NHS England will be providing £18m more to improve access to Op COURAGE and the Veterans Trauma Network. Additionally, this year, we will administer the new £5m Veterans' Health Innovation Fund - supporting projects developing innovative treatments and initiatives to support veterans' health.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Property Sustainability Board’s terms of reference.

I will place a copy of the terms of reference and meeting minutes in the library of the House.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Property Sustainability Board’s meeting minutes from 1 January 2020 to 22 June 2022.

I will place a copy of the terms of reference and meeting minutes in the library of the House.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
16th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government to list the peers who have been appointed to the House since 2010 to serve as ministers; and, in each case, how long the peer remained in ministerial office.

Life peers are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to serve in the House of Lords for life, or until they retire from the House. Such peers may continue to provide public service long after they have ceased to be a Minister of the Crown – as the Noble Lord will, I am sure, attest himself.

The Government does not hold this information centrally.

Notwithstanding, to assist the Noble Lord’s scrutiny, the attached list of ministers who were appointed to the House of Lords within a month of appointment to Government has been compiled from information in the public domain. For completeness, we have provided information from 1997 to now.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Prime Minister plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for North Durham of 16 August 2021 regarding Ultra Electronics.

The Prime Minister's office has no record of receiving this correspondence. If the hon. Member would like to supply a further copy, a reply will be sent.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, through what mechanism a civil servant can raise a complaint of (a) bullying, (b) sexual harassment and (c) other misconduct against a minister during any time the post of Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interest is unfilled; and if he will make a statement.

In the event of a complaint against a minister relating to potential misconduct, the dispute resolution procedure in place in all departments would be used. The matter would be escalated to the department’s Permanent Secretary, who would handle the complaint in conjunction with the Cabinet Office and the member of staff concerned.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2022 to Question 19595 on Civil Servants: Recruitment, when the last meeting between the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network and (a) the Civil Service Disability Network and (b) other cross-Government Diversity Networks took place; and (i) when and (ii) in what format the Government has consulted with the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network in each of the last three years.

As set out in the Declaration on Government Reform and the recent Civil Service Diversity Strategy, the civil service is committed to setting a new standard for inclusive workplaces. The Cabinet Office values the importance of ensuring our workplaces are inclusive for colleagues with dyslexia and we engage with relevant Networks where appropriate.

The Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network are a sub-network of the Civil Service Disability Network. As a sub-network of the Civil Service Disability Network, the chairs of the sub networks meet every two months, a representative of the Civil Service Inclusive Practice Team attends these meetings, the most recent meeting was on 19 May 2022.

Additionally the team will engage with individual Networks on an ad hoc basis when requested or helpful to test HR policy which impacts specific groups. Individual HR policy teams, such as those on recruitment, organise and meet separately with stakeholders.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report by Sir Robert Francis entitled, Compensation and Redress for the Victims of Infected Blood, Recommendations for a Framework, published on 7 June 2022, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on providing additional funding allocations to ensure that compensation payments to people affected by contaminated blood products are not funded from existing health and social care budgets.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 16932 on 20 June 2022.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is the Prime Minister’s policy to maintain the obligations set out under Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; and whether the Prime Minister has discussed the Government’s tobacco policy with (a) Lynton Crosby or (b) any people or organisations with links to the tobacco industry.

As outlined in my answer of 23 May 2022 to PQ 7958, Sir Lynton Crosby is not a Government Adviser; any assistance he may provide is in a party political capacity to the Conservative Party.

In relation to Government policy on tobacco control, I refer the Hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement of 9 June 2022, Official Report, HCWS87. In developing the new Tobacco Control Plan, I can confirm the Government will continue to follow WHO principles.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the (a) number of civil servants who were involved in and (b) the cost to the public purse of the (i) creation and (ii) maintenance of the Retained EU law dashboard as of 23 June 2022.

a) The Cabinet Office staff resource for the dashboard was less than 1 FTE.

b) There has been no additional non-pay cost to the public purse by creating the dashboard. The process was led by the Cabinet Office, who commissioned Government Departments to find REUL within their legislation and compile an authoritative account of where REUL sits on the UK statute book.

The dashboard itself is made by the Government Strategic Management Office and is hosted on Tableau Public, which is a free platform for hosting public dashboards. The dashboard will continue to be updated at no additional cost.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report by Sir Robert Francis entitled, Compensation and Redress for the Victims of Infected Blood, Recommendations for a Framework, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional funding allocations to ensure payments for compensation to those affected by contaminated blood products is not funded from existing health and social care budgets.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 16932 on 20 June.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the report by Sir Robert Francis entitled, Compensation and Redress for the Victims of Infected Blood, Recommendations for a Framework, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure timely action on implementing compensation for those infected and affected by contaminated blood products.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 16932 on 20 June.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
20th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the Prime Minister's flight to Ukraine on 17 June.

Details of the Prime Minister’s overseas travel are published quarterly and will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
20th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister's flight to Ukraine on 17 June was (1) a special charter flight, or (2) a regular commercial flight.

Details of the Prime Minister’s overseas travel are published quarterly and will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what equalities impact assessment his Department has undertaken in respect of the Government Property Agency's decision to retender their Facilities Management contracts in late 2022; and if he will place a copy of that equalities impact assessment in the Library.

At this stage no Equality Impact Assessment has been undertaken for the Government Property Agency (GPA) Workplace Services Transformation Programme that will see the procurement of new facilities management contracts in this current financial year. There is no legal requirement to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment and GPA is confident it has had due regard to the public sector equality duty.

The new facilities management contracts will be procured using Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework agreements. The commercial terms of these agreements include obligations on suppliers to follow all applicable equality law including protections against discrimination and also any other requirements imposed by the authority in relation to equality law.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Audit Office report published in April 2022, Managing cross-border travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, if he will take steps to help avoid unnecessary expenditure by Government Departments on official cross-border travel in the context of potential further travel restrictions being introduced due to the emergence of new variants of covid-19.

The Government currently has no plans to introduce new travel restrictions at this time.

It is the responsibility of each individual department to ensure the proper and efficient use and spending of taxpayers money. All Cabinet Office employees that undertake cross-border travel must seek relevant approvals to do so and must book this travel through approved contractors.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of the (a) creation and (b) updating of the Retained EU law dashboard since its inception.

There has been no additional cost to the public purse by creating the dashboard. The process was led by the Cabinet Office, who commissioned Government Departments to find REUL within their jurisdiction and compile an authoritative account of where REUL sits on the UK statute book.

The dashboard itself is made by the Government Strategic Management Office and is hosted by Tableau, who allow public dashboards to be hosted for free. The dashboard will continue to be updated at no additional cost.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
20th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of private companies using internet addresses suggesting those sites are linked to the government, such as GovNet.

Government departments have a set of processes in place to tackle fraudulent websites set up by private companies, for example sites purporting to be government using government-type domains. The nature of the action depends on the type of site and can include asking the domain registrar to suspend the domain, reporting to Action Fraud or National Trading Standards or reaching out directly to organisations concerned to tell them to stop using misleading branding or information. In some cases, we work with the Government Legal Department to take direct legal action.

Some sites, although potentially misleading, are able to operate within legal boundaries. In these cases, we work to ensure that government services are correctly listed and rank highly in search engine results. This helps to ensure that they are easy for people to find and identify as government services. Where misleading websites have paid for prominent positioning in search results, we also raise this with the relevant search engine.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Stakeholder (PHSO) Survey 2021, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reforming the operation of the PHSO.

The government has no plans at this time to introduce an Ombudsman Bill to Parliament.

Whilst the government will consider specific proposals on Ombudsman reform, we do not currently view more large scale Ombudsman reform as a priority for this Parliament.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the scrutiny of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is an office holder, established to provide an independent complaint handling service for complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS and UK Government departments.

The Ombudsman is accountable to Parliament through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, who hold an annual scrutiny session to evaluate his performance.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
21st Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 7 June (HL708), what are the original (1) regions, and (2) nations, given as the living address for the 63 current holders the Companion of Honour at the time their honour was awarded; and what percentage of current holders came from each region or nation.

There are currently 63 living recipients of the Companion of Honour. Information is only held on 41 living recipients. Honours data is routinely destroyed by the Cabinet Office in accordance with our data retention policy for honours and not all the nominations were processed by the Cabinet Office, therefore we do not hold all of the information requested.

Data is collected using the county that the recipient gives as their correspondence address; this is usually their current home address and does not necessarily reflect their area of origin.

Regional data for living Companion of Honour recipients:

Region

Number of living Companion of Honour recipients per region

Percentage of living Companion of Honour recipients per region

East

3

4.8%

East Midlands

1

1.6%

London

18

28.6%

North East

0

0.0%

Northern Ireland

1

1.6%

North West

0

0.0%

Scotland

3

4.8%

South East

10

15.9%

South West

1

1.6%

Wales

0

0.0%

West Midlands

2

3.2%

Yorkshire & Humberside

1

1.6%

Abroad

1

1.6%

No information held

22

34.9%

Data for living Companion of Honour recipients by nation:

Nation

Number of Companion of living Honour recipients per nation

Percentage of living Companion of Honour recipients per nation

England

36

57.1%

Northern Ireland

1

1.6%

Scotland

3

4.8%

Wales

0

0.0%

Abroad

1

1.6%

No information held

22

34.9%

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's Office spent on consultancy fees in each of the last five years.

For management and staffing purposes the Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Spend on consultancy is published in the Annual Report and Accounts. Figures for the last five years are:

Year

£000s

2021/22

28,997

2020/21

79,799

2019/20

35,380

2018/19

36,893

2017/18

23,988

Note - currently 2020/21 remains provisional until our annual audit is finalised.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each of the last five years.

For management and staffing purposes the Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Spend on consultancy is published in the Annual Report and Accounts. Figures for the last five years are:

Year

£000s

2021/22

28,997

2020/21

79,799

2019/20

35,380

2018/19

36,893

2017/18

23,988

Note - currently 2020/21 remains provisional until our annual audit is finalised.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 25 May to Question 5664 on Cabinet: Public Opinion, how much of the £16.539 million cited in that answer was spent on focus groups.

Specific expenditure on focus groups is not held centrally. This means that any breakdown of the £16.539 million provided would not be accurate.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency)
14th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, for individuals beginning work at airports and requiring airside clearance, what is the average time between the point the individual is offered the job to the point where such clearance is granted.

I should advise that National Security Vetting (NSV) undertaken by Her Majesty’s Government, remains separate from concurrent industry background checks. Background checks as conducted by industry can take between 12 and 14 weeks to complete. The Department for Transport (DfT) has implemented changes to help reduce these industry timescales utilising HMRC data to support reference checks.

The Cabinet Office acts as a service provider for NSV clearances only. For national security reasons I am unable to share processing times for security clearances. However, I can advise that United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) expedite all NSV cases for the aviation industry, in response to operational challenges currently impacting the aviation sector. Security checks for the aviation sector are being processed in a timely manner with no current delays.

In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to (a) assist the growth of the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network and (b) ensure it is accessible to staff in all civil service departments.

As set out in the Declaration on Government Reform and the recent Civil Service Diversity Strategy, the civil service is committed to setting a new standard for inclusive workplaces. The Cabinet Office values the importance of ensuring our workplaces are inclusive for colleagues with dyslexia and we engage with relevant Networks where appropriate.

We engage with Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network, via the Civil Service Disability Network and with other cross-Government Diversity Networks to update on key initiatives and share best practice. The network also features on the Diversity Networks webpage on GOV.UK and the Chairs are able to collaborate with other networks using our Diversity and Inclusion hub.

Across the civil service we provide support via a range of individualised workplace adjustments to remove workplace barriers to enable dyslexic colleagues to thrive at work. Our Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network is a great support to improving the working environment for Civil Servants impacted by dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia across civil service departments. The development of the Toolkit has been widely shared with colleagues in Diversity and Inclusion.

Our recruitment processes are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain as inclusive as they can be, with involvement from occupational psychologists to ensure they meet the requirements of as many people with disabilities as we reasonably can.

An equality analysis was carried out in 2016 to demonstrate due and proper regard to our equality obligations. We used the analysis to assess the impact the introduction of online tests in recruitment was likely to have. This included reviews of the literature and involved a range of stakeholder and user consultations. External neurodiversity experts are also providing ongoing independent advice to GRS about how to improve the inclusive experience of neurodiverse test takers. The Civil Service publishes written and video guidance on the alternatives that exist for disabled test takers through the reasonable adjustment process.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
30th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made towards the appointment of a chair of the independent review into the impact of the pre-2000 ban on LGBT+ personnel in the military.

The Lord Etherton Kt PC QC has been appointed as Chair of the Independent LGBT Veterans Review.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 30 July 2021 to Question 35830 on Coronavirus: Death, if he will publish figures on the proportion of NHS staff who have died from covid-19 since March 2020 in each ethnic group for which figures are available.

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

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 15 June is attached.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
13th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to decarbonise the heating of buildings accommodating government departments (1) on, and (2) close to, Whitehall.

The primary source of heating for government offices in Whitehall is the Whitehall District Heating System, which is operated by the Government Property Agency (GPA). GPA has ongoing plans to reduce carbon emissions from and decarbonise the district heating system.

  • In 2021/22FY, a pipework lagging project was completed to reduce heat losses and provide carbon savings.

  • In 2022/23FY, it is planned to start a project to lower the operating temperature of the system from 145oC to 95oC.

  • Forecast reductions in Carbon from the completion of both projects is approximately 17%.

  • GPA has plans from 2025 to consider a decarbonisation of the Whitehall Boiler System that feeds the district heating system.

Other government office projects are ongoing in and around Whitehall to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions through upgrades to LED lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment has the Prime Minister made of the adequacy of the standards of probity in public life.

Her Majesty’s Government is committed to maintaining high standards of conduct and probity, whilst making improvements where necessary to policies and processes which help support this.

There are a range of mechanisms in place to maintain and drive up standards, including Codes of Conduct (such as the Ministerial Code, Civil Service Code, Special Adviser Code), policies and guidance (such as Managing Public Money), and bodies and offices charged with overseeing aspects of government activity (for example the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and the Civil Service Commission). The Committee on Standards in Public Life also issues regular reports with ideas and recommendations for the Government and other public bodies to consider.

I also refer the Hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 16 December 2021, Official Report, HCWS500, on the Government's anti-corruption strategy work.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the UK's cyber security in the context of the potential increased risk of malicious cyber activity from Russia.

Our new National Cyber and Government Cyber Security Strategies set out our approach to making the UK more resilient to cyber attacks and countering cyber threats. We have undertaken significant outreach within the Government and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sectors, and the UK Devolved Administrations, providing mitigating advice to bolster the UK’s cyber preparedness.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster recently wrote to Cabinet colleagues to seek assurances that their departments and sectors are implementing the necessary resilience measures.

All organisations should follow the NCSC’s guidance on actions to take when the cyber threat is heightened. Individuals should follow the NCSC’s Cyber Aware guidance.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
9th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 6 June (HL302), how many UK-based (1) Permanent Secretaries, and (2) Senior Civil Servants, have been working from abroad at any time in the last 24 months.

As I stated in my response to HL302 on 6 June, the Cabinet Office does not hold departmental information about civil servants in UK-based senior leadership roles working from abroad.

In terms of departmental records, these records are not collected by the Cabinet Office, with information captured at a line manager level.

Working abroad has always been by exception in the Cabinet Office and is not permitted unless there is a specific business need or under the most exceptional of circumstances (an example of which might be where an employee’s partner is a civil servant and is permanently posted abroad).

This is still the current position of the Cabinet Office.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to make the civil service recruitment process more dyslexia-friendly.

As set out in the Declaration on Government Reform and the recent Civil Service Diversity Strategy, the civil service is committed to setting a new standard for inclusive workplaces. The Cabinet Office values the importance of ensuring our workplaces are inclusive for colleagues with dyslexia and we engage with relevant Networks where appropriate.

We engage with Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network, via the Civil Service Disability Network and with other cross-Government Diversity Networks to update on key initiatives and share best practice. The network also features on the Diversity Networks webpage on GOV.UK and the Chairs are able to collaborate with other networks using our Diversity and Inclusion hub.

Across the civil service we provide support via a range of individualised workplace adjustments to remove workplace barriers to enable dyslexic colleagues to thrive at work. Our Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network is a great support to improving the working environment for Civil Servants impacted by dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia across civil service departments. The development of the Toolkit has been widely shared with colleagues in Diversity and Inclusion.

Our recruitment processes are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain as inclusive as they can be, with involvement from occupational psychologists to ensure they meet the requirements of as many people with disabilities as we reasonably can.

An equality analysis was carried out in 2016 to demonstrate due and proper regard to our equality obligations. We used the analysis to assess the impact the introduction of online tests in recruitment was likely to have. This included reviews of the literature and involved a range of stakeholder and user consultations. External neurodiversity experts are also providing ongoing independent advice to GRS about how to improve the inclusive experience of neurodiverse test takers.The Civil Service publishes written and video guidance on the alternatives that exist for disabled test takers through the reasonable adjustment process.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
8th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the introduction to the latest edition of the Ministerial Code, they will amend the Prime Minister's reference to "my Ministers" to "Her Majesty's Ministers".

It is customary for the foreword of the Ministerial Code to be refreshed when the Code is re-issued from time to time. The current Ministerial Code was issued only recently on 27 May 2022. As such, there are no plans for a further update.

The code begins in section one with an appropriate reference to Ministers of the Crown and continues in that style.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
9th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the numbers and total values of public contracts covered by (1) the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013, (2) the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, (3) the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, (4) the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016, and (5) the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011.

The Cabinet Office does not hold the data in the manner requested. However, information on the value of contracts anticipated to be covered by the Procurement Bill and the NHS Provider Selection Regime is set out in the Impact Assessment published alongside the Procurement Bill (https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3159/publications)


Details of Government contracts above £10,000, and £25,000 in the wider public sector, should be published on Contracts Finder (https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder).

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
9th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with public contracts entered into by (1) government departments, their executive agencies, and non-departmental public bodies, and (2) other public authorities covered by public procurement regulations.

The Cabinet Office does not hold the reporting or recording of contract level greenhouse gas emissions for the public sector. Individual departmental emissions (including contributions made by public contracts) are recorded via the Greening Government commitments (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/greening-government-commitments).

By the end of May 2021, 50 commercial agreements above the threshold of £5m per annum had applied Procurement Policy Notice 06/21, with a total value of £82 billion over the life of those agreements.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
9th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) numbers, and (2) total values, of public contracts entered into by government departments, their executive agencies, and non-departmental public bodies with an anticipated contract value above £5 million (excluding VAT) per annum, that are (a) subject to Procurement Policy Note 06/21, and (b) not subject to Procurement Policy Note 06/21.

The Cabinet Office does not hold the reporting or recording of contract level greenhouse gas emissions for the public sector. Individual departmental emissions (including contributions made by public contracts) are recorded via the Greening Government commitments (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/greening-government-commitments).

By the end of May 2021, 50 commercial agreements above the threshold of £5m per annum had applied Procurement Policy Notice 06/21, with a total value of £82 billion over the life of those agreements.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
9th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) numbers, and (2) total values, of public contracts entered into by public authorities with an estimated value of (a) more than £2 million that is not a light-touch contract, (b) more than £2 million that is a light-touch contract, and (c) less than £2 million.

The Cabinet Office does not hold this information.


Details of Government contracts above £10,000, and £25,000 in the wider public sector, are published on Contracts Finder (https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder).

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the average life expectancy in each region of England.

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

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 13 June is attached.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to abolish the post of the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

In light of the resignation of the Independent Adviser, Lord Geidt, on 15 June 2022, and the issues raised both by Lord Geidt and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the adviser’s role, the Government is taking time to consider how best to fulfil the Prime Minister's commitment to ensuring rigorous oversight and scrutiny of ministerial interests.

The process of managing ministerial interests continues in line with the Ministerial Code, which sets out that the Permanent Secretary in the department and the Cabinet Office can provide advice, and have a role in scrutinising interests.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General