Andrew Rosindell Portrait

Andrew Rosindell

Conservative - Romford

First elected: 7th June 2001


Select Committees
Panel of Chairs (since January 2020)
Foreign Affairs Committee (since March 2020)
Co Chair, British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly
4th Jul 2016 - 11th Oct 2022
Glue Traps (Offences) Bill
12th Jan 2022 - 19th Jan 2022
Animal (Penalty Notices) Bill
1st Dec 2021 - 8th Dec 2021
NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation
23rd Nov 2015 - 6th Nov 2019
Foreign Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Panel of Chairs
29th Jun 2010 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Opposition Whip (Commons)
10th May 2005 - 3rd Jul 2007
Constitutional Affairs
5th Jan 2004 - 12th Jul 2005
Regulatory Reform
16th Jul 2001 - 12th Jul 2005
Vice-Chair, Conservative Party
1st Jul 2004 - 1st Jul 2005
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
23rd May 2002 - 15th Dec 2003
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
23rd May 2002 - 15th Dec 2003


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Andrew Rosindell has voted in 436 divisions, and 21 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
22 Mar 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 29 Conservative Aye votes vs 318 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 300 Noes - 318
22 Mar 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 297
22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
10 Feb 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 526 Noes - 24
9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
6 Jan 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 322 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 16
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
4 Nov 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 516 Noes - 38
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
17 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Conservative Aye votes vs 283 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 31 Noes - 400
8 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 207 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 231 Noes - 16
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Andrew Rosindell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(9 debate interactions)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(6 debate interactions)
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Romford 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government must introduce legislation to abolish greyhound racing, via managed shutdown of activities, and ensure welfare of redundant dogs through a levy on the industry. In 2019 Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) data confirmed 4970 injuries & 710 deaths (14 per week).

The maximum penalty for failure to stop after an incident is points and a 6-month custodial sentence. Causing death by careless/dangerous driving is between 5-14 yrs. The sentence for failing to stop after a fatal collision must be increased.

The offence of causing 'death by dangerous driving' should be widened to include: failure to stop, call 999 and render aid on scene until further help arrives.


Latest EDMs signed by Andrew Rosindell

11th March 2024
Andrew Rosindell signed this EDM on Thursday 14th March 2024

World Kidney Day 2024

Tabled by: Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat - St Albans)
That his House notes that World Kidney Day takes place on Thursday 14 March 2024; recognises that an estimated 7.2 million people in the UK are living with early- and late-stage chronic kidney disease; acknowledges that some patients are being told about their risk or their diagnosis too late, when …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 6
Labour: 4
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Conservative: 1
6th March 2024
Andrew Rosindell signed this EDM on Thursday 14th March 2024

200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (No. 2)

Tabled by: Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party - Strangford)
That this House notes the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution; highlights the phenomenal work that has been carried out and lives that have been saved over 200 years in communities throughout this UK; further highlights the promotional work that is being carried out during this 200th anniversary …
10 signatures
(Most recent: 14 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 3
Labour: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Andrew Rosindell, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Andrew Rosindell has not been granted any Urgent Questions

2 Adjournment Debates led by Andrew Rosindell

12 Bills introduced by Andrew Rosindell


A Bill to make provision for and in connection with the giving of penalty notices for certain offences in relation to animals and animal products.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the imposing of restrictions on assets owned by persons involved in conduct that gives support and assistance to terrorist organisations in the United Kingdom for the purpose of securing compensation for citizens of the United Kingdom affected by such conduct

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 7th February 2018

A Bill to require public houses to have annual electrical safety tests; to make associated provision about licensing, insurance and enforcement; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to establish rights to keep dogs and other animals in domestic accommodation; to make provision about the protection of the welfare of dogs and other domestic animals; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 14th October 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about the freezing and seizing of assets belonging to states or organisations who sponsor or perpetrate acts of terrorism for the purposes of enabling compensation to be paid to the British victims of such terrorism; to provide a definition of British victims for the purpose of eligibility for such compensation; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision for a national public holiday marking the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee in 2017 and to establish a framework to ensure that the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and Crown dependencies appropriately commemorate this occasion; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 7th March 2017
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision for the re-establishment of the control and sovereignty of policy, administration and all other matters relating to the United Kingdom’s borders with the European Union and to the entry and exit to the United Kingdom of foreign nationals; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 15th September 2015

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 25th November 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to establish a Commission to establish and maintain a national register of places within the United Kingdom, including but not limited to countries, counties, cities, towns, villages and hamlets, with a permanent identity defined by historical, social and geographical boundaries, separate from existing administrative and electoral boundaries; to grant each such place the right to its own coat of arms, flag and other symbols of local identity; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 15th January 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to allow subjects of Her Majesty’s realms to enter the United Kingdom through a dedicated channel at international terminals, to ensure that all points of entry to the United Kingdom at airports, ports and terminals display prominently a portrait of Her Majesty as Head of State, the Union Flag and other national symbols; to rename and re-establish the UK Border Agency as ‘Her Majesty’s Border Police’; and to enhance the Agency’s powers to protect and defend the borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 11th July 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to repeal the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; to require the introduction of compulsory microchipping of dogs; to make provision relating to the welfare of dogs and public safety around dogs; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 27th July 2010

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State annually to prepare and publish a list of the festivals and commemorations which will take place in the year 10 years after publication; to indicate which days will be designated as Bank or Public Holidays; to make provision to enable local communities to observe significant occasions; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 13th December 2011

18 Bills co-sponsored by Andrew Rosindell

Senior civil service (accountability and appointment) Bill 2023-24
Sponsor - Giles Watling (Con)

Sale of Property (Sealed Bids) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Bill Wiggin (Con)

Recognition of Armenian Genocide Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Tim Loughton (Con)

Seals (Protection) Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Tracey Crouch (Con)

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Virginia Crosbie (Con)

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Status) (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
Sponsor - Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con)

Pig Husbandry (Farrowing) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - David Amess (Con)

Food Labelling (Environmental Sustainability) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Chris Grayling (Con)

Planning (Proper Maintenance of Land) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Jonathan Gullis (Con)

Hong Kong Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Alistair Carmichael (LD)

June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Peter Bone (Ind)

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Act 2019
Sponsor - Theresa Villiers (Con)

British Indian Ocean Territory (Citizenship) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Henry Smith (Con)

Dog Meat (Consumption) (Offences) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Bill Wiggin (Con)

Representation of the People (Gibraltar) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Craig Mackinlay (Con)

Pets (Theft) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Ross Thomson (Con)

Victims of Terrorism (Pensions and Other Support) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Emma Little Pengelly (DUP)

Electoral Reform (Local Elections and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Ranil Jayawardena (Con)


Latest 50 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
6 Other Department Questions
27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is providing to the fair, circus and showground industries; what assessment she has made of the contribution of that sector to culture; and if she will make a statement.

The Government strongly believes in the benefits that the arts and creative industries bring to the UK, and this includes fairs, circuses and showgrounds. The cultural and creative industries are some of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy, and the Government is committed to helping them continue to grow.

Our arm’s-length body, Arts Council England, funds local festivals and circus arts, both through performing arts organisations and individuals who practise circus skills.

For example, in 2021-22 Arts Council England invested over £6.5 million in circus-related activity. Organisations such as Out There Arts in Great Yarmouth and Greenwich & Docklands Festival in London offer a range of support for established and emerging circus artists. Companies such as Upswing and Gorilla Circus offer performance and participation opportunities to people of all ages, and organisations such as Circomedia in Bristol offer a range of support for established and emerging circus artists, directors, and choreographers.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of flying the Pitcairn Island flag in Parliament Square on Bounty Day.

There are no plans to fly the Pitcairn Islands flag in Parliament Square on Bounty Day.

We fly the flags of the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories including the Pitcairn Islands Flag on Parliament Square for Royal events and occasions such as Trooping of the Colour and for State Visits to London.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Crown Dependencies on their contribution to and participation in the COP26 conference.

The UK Government represents the interests of UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including in negotiations at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP).

We are working with the Crown Dependencies to ensure that their perspectives are accurately represented. In June, I met with representatives from the governments of the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey to discuss preparations for COP26.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effect of participation in training sessions based on Critical Race Theory on local authority employees.

In the Written Ministerial Statement of 15 December 2020, HCWS652, the Government outlined how unconscious bias training fails to deliver value for taxpayers' money and is ineffective. We indicated that it will be phased out in the Civil Service, and encourage the wider public sector to do the same.

Similar principles can be applied to "critical race theory" training, which is a controversial political ideology. Councils should be seeking to keep council tax down, and focus resources to supporting frontline services and covid recovery.

Moreover, the application of critical race theory to municipal public services threatens to undermine integration and community cohesion, by exaggerating differences within local communities; instead, councils should be seeking to build and strengthen a shared local and national identity across class, colour and creed.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
18th May 2021
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to ensure the future of St. Paul's Cathedral.

The Church Commissioners and other National Church Institutions have been in regular contact with the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral throughout the pandemic as they have with all the Anglican cathedrals in England. The Church Commissioners made additional financial support available to all cathedrals and dioceses throughout the pandemic over and above the financial support they regularly make available.

The Third Church Estates Commissioner, Dr Eve Poole, has also been in touch with both the Dean and the Chair of Council of St Pauls in the wake of recent headlines and conversations about the additional specific needs of St Paul's are ongoing. Currently, the Church Commissioners are aware that St Paul's Cathedral has received the following financial support during the pandemic from the Church Commissioners and the Government. This does not account for any support received through the Government's furlough scheme:

Church Commissioners Financial Support to St Paul's Cathedral

Dean and 2 Residentiary Canons - Standard Grant

£158,000

Cathedral Sustainability Grant - staff and administration

£172,000

Heritage Trade and Skills Grant

£96,500

Music Grant - Lay Clerks

£131,000

Government Financial Support to St Paul's Cathedral

Culture Recovery Fund round 1 & 2

£3 million

Culture Recovery Fund Capital Works Grant

£320,000

The pandemic has impacted the finances of all cathedrals and churches right across the country to varying degrees, and this is not an experience unique to the Church of England. However, the Church of England is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of 45% of all grade one listed buildings in the country and the lack of in-person worshipers, educational visits and events have impacted not just the charitable giving and income of all cathedrals and churches but also the social and community and education work the Church supports and funds. Prior to the pandemic, the 'House for Good' report by the National Churches Trust showed clearly the positive social and economic impact a church and cathedral have on their local community, with over 70% of parishes operating over 35,000 social action projects across the country.


The Church of England is grateful to the Government for the continued support of DCMS via the Culture Recovery Fund. The Church looks forward to the opportunity to engage with the Government to look at the future sustainability of its buildings following the publication of the Government's Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals 2017.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how many offenders involved in violent knife crime have engaged in a charge bargain to lessen their sentence in each of the last three years.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of people illegally carrying knives who have been charged with the offence or offences of manslaughter. This information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

There is no system of plea bargaining in courts in England and Wales. It may be appropriate for a plea to be accepted to alternative charges in some cases. However, the CPS do not capture any data on cases where this occurs centrally; therefore, the information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost. The CPS uses the Code for Crown Prosecutors to decide the charge and the Attorney General’s guidelines on acceptance of pleas, in deciding whether to accept a guilty plea to a lesser charge. In both its Legal Guidance on Offensive Weapons and the Knife Crime Practical Guidance, the CPS state that the weapon offence should be charged in addition to the substantive offence.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how many people illegally carrying knives have been charged for manslaughter in the last five years.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of people illegally carrying knives who have been charged with the offence or offences of manslaughter. This information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

There is no system of plea bargaining in courts in England and Wales. It may be appropriate for a plea to be accepted to alternative charges in some cases. However, the CPS do not capture any data on cases where this occurs centrally; therefore, the information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost. The CPS uses the Code for Crown Prosecutors to decide the charge and the Attorney General’s guidelines on acceptance of pleas, in deciding whether to accept a guilty plea to a lesser charge. In both its Legal Guidance on Offensive Weapons and the Knife Crime Practical Guidance, the CPS state that the weapon offence should be charged in addition to the substantive offence.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Attorney General, whether she has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the legal basis to extending the scope of the public consultation for an online advertising ban of foods high in fat, salt or sugar to communication and marketing restrictions to brands’ and companies’ own websites and social media channels.

This policy is led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The Law Officers regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest.

However, it is a fundamental and longstanding principle of our system of government that the fact that the Law Officers have advised (or not advised) and the content of any such advice is, by convention, not disclosed outside Government, without their consent.

21st Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal drug related deaths in (a) Romford constituency and (b) England.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman Parliamentary Question of 21st March is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
22nd Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of mould-related (a) deaths and (b) illnesses in (i) England and (ii) Romford constituency in the last three years.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 22nd February is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the 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)
19th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) adopting the Australian policy of the constitutional right to a portrait of the Sovereign and (b) offering a free portrait of the King to all homes in the United Kingdom.

The Government does not have any plans to make an assessment regarding the Australian policy of the constitutional right to a portrait of the Sovereign, or offering a free portrait of the King to all homes in the United Kingdom.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of lighting a D-Day 80 Lamp Light of Peace.

The Government recognises the significance of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day this year as an important opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought during World War Two.

Officials from across government are working to support the 80th anniversary celebrations with the appropriate events. The Ministry of Defence and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will liaise with the Cabinet Office so that the Major Events Team here can support as required.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of trade between the UK and Palau was in (a) 2023 and (b) 2020.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 15th January is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
4th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the value of the UK's trading relationship with (a) the Southern Africa Customs Union and (b) Mozambique.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 4 December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
30th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to amend the House of Lords Reform Act 1999 to restore the position of hereditary peers.

The Government has no plans to amend the House of Lords Reform Act 1999.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of trade was between the UK and (a) Vanuatu, (b) Solomon Islands and (c) Tuvalu in the latest period for which data is available.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 22 November is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether an official portrait has been commissioned following the Coronation of His Majesty The King.

As is usual practice, an Official Portrait has been taken of His Majesty The King to mark the start of the new Reign, for use in public buildings and for other official purposes. The portrait has been commissioned by the Royal Household and will be published by them in due course. His Majesty’s Government will provide this portrait for the Official Portrait Scheme, announced by the Deputy Prime Minister in April this year. The scheme opened earlier this month and enables certain Public Authorities across the UK to obtain a free, framed official portrait of His Majesty The King for display in their buildings.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
24th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to erect a permanent memorial to the late Duke of Edinburgh.

The Government and Royal Household announced on 3 September the creation of The Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee and appointed its Chair, Lord Janvrin. The Committee will develop proposals for both a permanent memorial, and a national legacy programme that will allow everyone in the UK to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s life of service.

The Government and Royal Household are still actively considering the most appropriate way to commemorate Prince Philip, the Late Duke of Edinburgh, as part of this process.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make an assessment of (a) the potential merits of a visit by him to Northern Ireland during the Orange Order parades on 12 July 2024 and (b) the potential impact of such a visit on the strength of the Union.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regularly meets groups representing all communities in Northern Ireland. In July this year he attended the County Armagh Twelfth Demonstration in Lurgan in recognition that parading is an important part of Northern Ireland’s rich cultural heritage. This Government has always stressed the importance of Northern Ireland’s place within the Union. We share cultural, social and economic ties that make us more prosperous and secure.

Details of my future official visits will be announced in the usual way.

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
19th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of recent trends in the level of immigration from (a) Australia, (b) New Zealand and (c) Canada; and how many people from (i) Australia, (ii) New Zealand and (iii) Canada reside in the UK.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 19th September is attached.

12th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee has been allotted a budget for the future memorial of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is right that as a country we honour Her Late Majesty’s legacy. For more than 70 years, she was our greatest public servant, an anchor of stability in an ever-changing and often uncertain world. The Government welcomes the work of the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee and will consider funding options as proposals develop.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has made for the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s 75th birthday in November 2023.

It is not customary for the Cabinet Office to make plans to celebrate the 75th birthday of a Monarch, as seen with the late HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 75th birthday celebrations.

However, the Sovereign's birthday was officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour (King's Birthday Parade) on Saturday 17th June 2023.

The Ministry of Defence also fires gun salutes every year for The King's birthday on 14th November.

Equally, I am sure that, like me, he welcomed the wonderful weekend of celebrations for His Majesty the King’s Coronation last month, which were a triumph of pomp, pageantry and pride in Britain.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans for a permanent memorial to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Government is working with the Royal Household on the approach to commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s life and legacy, which will include any planning and development of a permanent memorial. Further information and a public announcement will be made in due course.

15th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the county flag of Middlesex will be flown from 10 Downing Street on Middlesex day; and whether he plans to fly the respective county flags from 10 Downing Street on county days.

I am happy to confirm to my Hon. Friend that the Middlesex Flag flew from 10 Downing Street on 16 May. This reflects the fact Downing Street is within the county of Middlesex, and Middlesex is its ‘local’ flag.

The Government is continuing to support the flying of all county flags within Westminster on the annual county flag week in Parliament Square.

29th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of UK trade is with Commonwealth countries; and what the trends in the level of that trade with those countries has been since 2020.

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

A response to the Hon gentlemen Parliamentary Question of 29.03 is attached.

27th Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value of (a) imports and (b) exports between the UK and San Marino in each of the past five years.

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

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Question of 27 February is attached.

9th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value of (a) imports and (b) exports between the UK and Norfolk Island.

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

A response to the Hon. gentlemen’s Parliamentary Question of 9 January is attached.

9th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the value of UK direct investment in Norfolk Island.

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

A response to the Hon. gentlemen’s Parliamentary Question of 9 January is attached.

8th Dec 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has further plans to commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Government is working with the Royal Household on the approach to commemorating Her Late Majesty. Further information will be shared in due course.

2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the level of trade was with the Gambia in the latest period for which data is available.

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

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Question of 2 November is attached.

31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve Government procurement (a) speed, (b) efficiency and (c) capacity.

The Procurement Bill, currently being considered in the House of Lords, aims to make it simpler, quicker and cheaper for suppliers, including SMEs and social enterprises, to bid for public sector contracts.

The new rules focus more on delivering outcomes and will provide clearer rules overall and more flexibility for officials to use their commercial skills to achieve the desired outcomes.

In addition, the Commercial Playbooks include key policy reforms which help government and industry work better together to deliver quality public services and value for money.

10th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department will be taking steps to celebrate the appearance of Gibraltar, Hamilton, Jamestown and Stanley on the list of cities in the United Kingdom, its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories published on 29 August 2022.

The creation of new cities, and the publication of the updated list of cities on 29 August, celebrates the rich and diverse communities which make up not only the United Kingdom, but also the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Local communities have often taken the initiative to celebrate their city status, and periodically Ministers and Members of the Royal Family have also visited.

2nd Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to honour the veterans during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Government is totally committed to championing our veterans, and ensuring they have the support they need to thrive in civilian life. We recently launched a new Veterans' Strategy Action Plan, which sets out our commitments to the veteran community.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession, a commemorative medal, the Platinum Jubilee Medal, will be awarded to those serving in the Armed Forces and certain other public services on 6th February 2022, and who have completed the required five years’ service. This approach is consistent with that taken for the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to (a) implement the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative and (b) help ex-service men and women secure employment.

We have successfully piloted the Great Place to Work scheme across six government Departments and have commenced the roll out of this initiative across Departments for all Civil Service roles, including Senior Civil Servant positions by the end of March 2022. During the pilot phase, the scheme received 3,000 applications, made 155 appointments to roles and saw 180 successful applicants placed on a reserve list.

The new Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan outlines over 60 commitments funded by over £70 million from departments across Government, including initiatives to make sure veterans are able to find quality employment after leaving service.

These commitments build on recent progress and support to encourage employers to recruit veterans, such as the National Insurance contribution holiday for employers of Service leavers and the Defence Employer Recognition scheme. We have committed to promoting pathways into careers in public service for veterans, such as teaching and in the uniformed and health services and introduced a fast-track recruitment scheme for veterans wishing to become prison officers.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2021 to Question 21838 on World War II: Channel Islands, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of transferring the documents from the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands that were subject to legal exemptions to the National Archives.

The Cabinet Office no longer holds files on this subject. Records from this period transferred to The National Archives (TNA) are listed on its online catalogue. Any closures or retentions can be requested via the FOI process and quoting the file reference on TNA's catalogue.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the UK holds classified documents that relate to the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

Government records from this period will have been transferred (subject to any legal exemptions) to The National Archives under the Public Records Act and will be listed on their catalogue which is available online.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing all covid-19 restrictions on weddings pending a negative lateral flow test in line with large sporting events.

From 21 June, there is no longer a maximum number of attendees at weddings set out in law. Instead, the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.

The Government committed to explore whether and how COVID-status certification might be used to reopen our economy, reduce restrictions on social contact and improve safety. As set out in the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021,’ the Government will set out its conclusions on the COVID-status Certification Review in advance of Step 4 of the Roadmap, in order to inform the safe reopening of society and the economy.

An update on the Roadmap Reviews was published on 5 April and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021-reviews-terms-of-reference/roadmap-reviews-update.


The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster further updated via a Written Ministerial Statement on 29 April 2021, which can be found below: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-04-29/hcws947

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on rates of covid-19 transmission of easing covid-19 restrictions on weddings on 21 June 2021 to allow more than 30 guests.

The Government announced a four-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap following an assessment of the data against the four tests.

After carefully considering the potential impacts, on 14 June the Government announced that there will no longer be a maximum number cap for attendees at wedding and civil partnerships, and receptions set out in law. From 21 June, the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.

The changes allow people to celebrate their union with their families and loved ones, and aligns the wedding sector with the way most other COVID Secure venues operate - such as restaurants and pubs - where social distancing determines a venue’s capacity. Additionally, changes also bring commemorative events, such as wakes, in line with existing rules on funerals so people can say goodbye to those they have lost.

This change does not enable a wedding of any size to take place. To manage the risks around the virus the exact number of attendees will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of each venue or outdoor space, and measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

At Step 3, social distancing and COVID-secure rules apply to all businesses, venues and workplaces. While we feel it is safe to make some easements, we have not made the decision to move to Step 4. We will only lift remaining restrictions on weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events when the decision is taken to move to the next stage of the roadmap. We know this pause will be disappointing to many people, including those planning weddings and other events, but we hope that these cautious changes will enable some more people to attend these special events.

We have published extensive guidance on wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations on GOV.UK, which can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-wedding-and-civil-partnership-ceremonies-receptions-and-celebrations

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
20th May 2021
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on determining the number of attendees allowed at a wedding ceremony by how many people the venue can safely accommodate and not a numerical limit in line with funeral restrictions during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Events Research Programme aims to examine the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from attendance at events and explore ways to enable people to attend a range of events safely. To achieve this, the programme will explore how a combination of testing and non-pharmaceutical interventions (actions that people can take to mitigate the spread of coronavirus) can inform decisions on safely lifting restrictions at events from Step 4. The initial research pilots have already started and are taking place throughout May.

At Step 4, which will be no earlier than 21 June, the Government aims to remove all limits on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, subject to the outcome of the Events Research Programme and the Social Distancing Review. Further guidance will be issued ahead of Step 4.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his Engagements for St. George’s Day on 23 April 2021.

My engagements are still to be finalised, and will be announced in due course. I can inform my hon. Friend that the Cross of St George will be proudly flying alongside the Union Flag in Downing Street.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing covid-19 restrictions on funeral services before 20 April 2021.

We understand that losing a loved one is always a very difficult time. Throughout the pandemic, restrictions on funerals have sought to balance the needs of the bereaved with the need to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the government has had to take the difficult decision to put measures in place to ensure funerals can continue whilst reducing risk, particularly if vulnerable people wish to attend.

The Government is taking a gradual and cautious approach to removing restrictions on end of life gatherings, guided by science and the data. Further information can be found in the guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support his Department is providing to people without access to a computer to ensure that they can access the paper forms for the 2021 census.

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

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to (a) allocate additional funding and (b) take other additional steps to facilitate local elections going ahead in May 2020.

Primary legislation states that the elections will go ahead in May 2021.

We continue to work closely with the electoral community and public health bodies to resolve challenges and ensure everyone will be able to cast their vote safely and securely - and in a way of their choosing.

The Government is also bringing forward additional measures to extend the ability to appoint a proxy, so that those that are affected by Covid-19 in the days before the poll are still able to make their voice heard.

Guidance will be published in good time ahead of the polls and this matter will be kept under review.

30th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what legislation regulates the establishment of organisations in the UK by overseas political parties.

The government welcomes open and transparent engagement in the UK. Depending on what the established organisation seeks to do, there are different applicable regulations regarding the activities that such an organisation could undertake.

If the organisation is political in nature then a variety of legislation could apply. If it seeks to make political donations then it would need to be compliant with the rules set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA) 2000 and the Representation of the People Act 1983. Only those with a genuine interest in UK electoral events can donate to candidates, campaigners and political parties.

If the organisation seeks to act as a third-party campaigner at UK elections then it would need to comply with the rules on third-party campaigning set out in the PPERA.

If the organisation engages with financial activities then it would need to comply with the UK financial regulatory framework.

From a security perspective, there are rules around the type of activity that groups set up in the UK may undertake. Organisations set up to conduct illegal activities, for example offences related to spying, sabotage and related crimes, would be subject to a range of enforcement legislation such as the Official Secrets Acts. There are also rules around proscribed terrorist organisations.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect on national security of the establishment of front organisations in the UK by overseas political parties.

The Intelligence and Security Agencies produce and contribute to regular assessments of the threat posed by Hostile State Activity, including around potential interference in UK democratic processes. We keep such assessments under review and, where necessary, update them in response to new intelligence.

It is and always will be a priority for this Government to secure the UK’s democracy against all forms of interference, whilst welcoming transparent political participation and debate. The Defending Democracy programme brings together government, civil society and private sector organisations. As announced in the Queen’s Speech, we will bring forward new legislation to provide the security services and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to disrupt hostile state activity.

17th Sep 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, when the Government plans to fill the position of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

An appointment will be announced in due course.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of the details of the Government's guidelines on meeting friends and family and the need to maintain social distancing with people outside of support bubbles.

The government recognises how difficult it has been for people to be cut off from their family and friends in recent months. This has been necessary to help us all control the virus and save lives. We have published detailed guidance on gov.uk which explains how you can now see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.

We developed a national cross-government campaign to increase awareness of all coronavirus-related guidance and provide information and reassurance to the public. The campaign uses national advertising including TV, social media, radio, poster and signage advertising as well as other media channels in all four nations of the UK.

We have also partnered with over 600 national, regional and local newspaper titles to help amplify public information on critical coronavirus messaging and ensure it reaches all communities.