Ruth Jones Written Questions

11 Questions to Cabinet Office tabled by Ruth Jones


Date Title Questioner
17 Jun 2020, 6:08 p.m. Civil Servants: Coronavirus Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to ensure that civil servants in public-facing roles are able to work safely during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

Government advice remains that people should work from home where possible.

For civil servants whose roles require them to be in the workplace, advice has also been provided to support them in line with the government guidance on safer working during Covid-19. In addition, a Workplace Incident Framework, developed with trade unions, sets out the activity that must take place when an individual develops Covid-19.

Departments are working closely with individuals to ensure their personal circumstances are fully factored into decisions about their working arrangements. This includes supporting ethnic minority individuals based on their particular circumstances and ensuring they have the right to challenge a proposed return to the workplace if they have concerns, to have those concerns properly considered and addressed and to not return where they feel this has not been done.

Measures to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19 for temporary agency workers have been put in place, including a payment scheme to support the pay of temporary agency workers who cannot work for reasons associated with Covid-19 (up to the value of 80% of their salary to a cap of £2,500 per month) and the use of virtual pre-employment screening checks and interviews.

17 Jun 2020, 6:08 p.m. Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the risk to BAME (a) civil servants and (b) contracted workers working in Government Departments of (i) contracting and (ii) spreading covid-19.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

Government advice remains that people should work from home where possible.

For civil servants whose roles require them to be in the workplace, advice has also been provided to support them in line with the government guidance on safer working during Covid-19. In addition, a Workplace Incident Framework, developed with trade unions, sets out the activity that must take place when an individual develops Covid-19.

Departments are working closely with individuals to ensure their personal circumstances are fully factored into decisions about their working arrangements. This includes supporting ethnic minority individuals based on their particular circumstances and ensuring they have the right to challenge a proposed return to the workplace if they have concerns, to have those concerns properly considered and addressed and to not return where they feel this has not been done.

Measures to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19 for temporary agency workers have been put in place, including a payment scheme to support the pay of temporary agency workers who cannot work for reasons associated with Covid-19 (up to the value of 80% of their salary to a cap of £2,500 per month) and the use of virtual pre-employment screening checks and interviews.

12 May 2020, 12:23 p.m. UK Relations With EU Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress the Government has made on negotiating the UK's future relationship with the EU.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 39669 on 4 May 2020.

12 May 2020, 11:53 a.m. Life Expectancy Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of life expectancy.

Answer (Chloe Smith)

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

13 Mar 2020, 3:21 p.m. Brexit: Coronavirus Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the length of the transition period following the outbreak of covid-19 in Europe.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

The transition period ends on 31 December 2020. This is enshrined in UK law. Our preparations for the end of the transition period continue as normal and remain a priority.

3 Oct 2019, 3:55 p.m. Cabinet Office: Official Hospitality Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on refreshments in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

The Cabinet Office does not routinely collect information on the amount spent on refreshments. They are part of catering figures which can not be disaggregated without incurring disproportionate cost.

3 Oct 2019, 2:30 p.m. Cabinet Office: Travel Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office, and the answer is for the Cabinet Office as a whole.

The information regarding the spend on travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017 by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

3 Oct 2019, 2:30 p.m. Cabinet Office: Travel Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2018.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office, and the answer is for the Cabinet Office as a whole.

The information regarding the spend on travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017 by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

3 Oct 2019, 2:30 p.m. Prime Minister: Travel Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's office spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office, and the answer is for the Cabinet Office as a whole.

The information regarding the spend on travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017 by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

3 Oct 2019, 2:30 p.m. Prime Minister: Travel Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's office spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2018.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office, and the answer is for the Cabinet Office as a whole.

The information regarding the spend on travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2017 by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

17 Jul 2019, 3:06 p.m. Referendums: Brexit Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what preparations his Department has made for holding a second referendum on UK membership of the European Union.

Answer (Sir David Lidington)

The Government has not made preparations to hold a second referendum.