Ben Wallace Portrait

Ben Wallace

Conservative - Wyre and Preston North

First elected: 5th May 2005


Ben Wallace is not a member of any APPGs
Secretary of State for Defence
24th Jul 2019 - 31st Aug 2023
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
17th Jul 2016 - 24th Jul 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
8th May 2015 - 17th Jul 2016
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
15th Jul 2014 - 8th May 2015
Administration Committee
1st Dec 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Scotland)
6th Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Scottish Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010


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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
Children Not in School: National Register and Support
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 292 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 189 Noes - 303
Speeches
Monday 8th January 2024
Oral Answers to Questions
I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the work he has done as Defence Secretary since taking on the Department. …
Written Answers
Thursday 26th October 2023
Ministry of Defence: Reorganisation
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Defence’s response to a more …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Armed Forces Act 2021
A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to amend that Act and other enactments relating to the armed …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
1. Employment and earnings
31 October 2023, received £2,000 for an article written on 1 October 2023. Hours: 10 hrs.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Ben Wallace has voted in 277 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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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
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(78 debate interactions)
John Healey (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
(74 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(1234 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(15 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(6 debate contributions)
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Wyre and Preston North 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).

Petitions with highest Wyre and Preston North signature proportion
Ben Wallace has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Ben Wallace, 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.


Ben Wallace has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Ben Wallace has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Ben Wallace

Introduced: 26th January 2021

A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to amend that Act and other enactments relating to the armed forces; to make provision about service in the reserve forces; to make provision about pardons for certain abolished service offences; to make provision about war pensions; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 15th December 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 18th March 2020

A Bill to Make provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Ben Wallace has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


10 Written Questions in the current parliament

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16th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants at the director general level from other Departments are working in the Cabinet Office as of 16 October 2023.

20 civil servants are working in the Department at the level of director general who are employed by the Cabinet Office as of 30 September 2023.

As of the same date the number of civil servants at the director general level from other Departments working in the Cabinet Office is less than 5 so we are unable to answer this as it would disclose personal data of the civil servants involved.

321 civil servants from other Departments are working in the Cabinet Office and on Cabinet Office payroll, on a Loan or Secondment as of 30 September 2023.

16th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants from other Departments are working in his Department as of 16 October 2023.

20 civil servants are working in the Department at the level of director general who are employed by the Cabinet Office as of 30 September 2023.

As of the same date the number of civil servants at the director general level from other Departments working in the Cabinet Office is less than 5 so we are unable to answer this as it would disclose personal data of the civil servants involved.

321 civil servants from other Departments are working in the Cabinet Office and on Cabinet Office payroll, on a Loan or Secondment as of 30 September 2023.

16th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants at the level of director general are employed by his Department as of 16 October 2023.

20 civil servants are working in the Department at the level of director general who are employed by the Cabinet Office as of 30 September 2023.

As of the same date the number of civil servants at the director general level from other Departments working in the Cabinet Office is less than 5 so we are unable to answer this as it would disclose personal data of the civil servants involved.

321 civil servants from other Departments are working in the Cabinet Office and on Cabinet Office payroll, on a Loan or Secondment as of 30 September 2023.

16th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many FTE civil servants have been employed by his Department in each year since 2015.

Please see the Government Annual Civil Service Statistics published online to show how many FTE civil servants have been employed by the Cabinet Office.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/civil-service-statistics

From 2015 to present day the Cabinet Office has grown to absorb a number of other functions. For example, the whole of the Civil Service Fast Stream headcount now sits in the Cabinet Office although the large majority do not work in the Cabinet Office. The establishment of a Government Digital Service, Government Recruitment Service and functional specialities like the Government Commercial Function have all resulted in an increase to the number of FTE employed by Cabinet Office although value and efficiencies are delivered across the Civil Service.

The Cabinet Office is committed to driving efficiencies as directed by the Chancellor.

16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of enabling the use of UCAS to (a) search and (b) apply for level (i) 6 and (ii) 7 apprenticeships on take-up of those courses; and if she will make a statement.

UCAS have recently expanded their service so students can easily see the different options open to them, including apprenticeships. Having apprenticeships showcased in this way boosts the profile of apprenticeships to school leavers and is a huge step forward in putting apprenticeships on an equal footing with traditional university degrees. Over 200 degree-level apprenticeship vacancies are currently being advertised on the UCAS website for people to consider.

This month the Department, in partnership with UCAS, will launch a pilot that aims to test different ways to connect even more students to apprenticeship opportunities. The pilot will run in 3 regions throughout the 2023/24 academic year – Lancashire, the North East and Greater London – engaging employers and providing students with access to additional support designed specifically for those interested in exploring and applying for apprenticeships alongside their other options (including undergraduate courses). The pilot will be followed by an evaluation in October 2024, including an assessment of the impact of having apprenticeship vacancies listed on the UCAS student hub. In 2024, students will be able to apply for apprenticeships through UCAS alongside an undergraduate degree application. The assessment of the impact of this will then follow at a later date.

We have seen year-on-year growth of degree-level apprenticeships with over 195,550 starts since their introduction in the 2014/15 academic year. To ensure that the supply of degree apprenticeship opportunities available meets demand, we are allocating an additional £40 million over the next two years, supporting degree apprenticeship providers to expand, on top of the £8 million investment in 2022/23.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on the New Hospital Programme in Preston and Lancaster; and if he will make a statement.

The New Hospital Programme (NHP) scheme for Royal Preston Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary is at the early stages of development and the trusts are currently exploring options for sites, including investment at Furness General Hospital. This will include a public consultation, expected in 2024. The trusts have received an overall indicative funding allocation for their scheme to support planning, and up to the end of the 2022/23 financial year, the trusts have received £11.36 million in fees and funding for the development of their scheme.

We are working closely with Preston and Lancaster on how our national standardised approach, Hospital 2.0, can support their plans using standardised designs to streamline approvals and speed up construction. This will deliver improvements for patients and staff whilst driving cost reduction and decreasing overall development timescales.

16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the assessed spiral development costs and upgrades for the CH47(ER) are.

The Department acknowledge and are working to resolve H47(ER) cost growth. The updated programme costs and schedule, including Spiral Development, will be considered by the Ministry of Defence Investment Approvals Committee upon conclusion of this work and, until this has taken place, it would not be appropriate to disclose the figures.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost growth is of the CH47(ER) since approval by his Department's Investment Approvals Committee.

The Department acknowledge and are working to resolve H47(ER) cost growth. The updated programme costs and schedule, including Spiral Development, will be considered by the Ministry of Defence Investment Approvals Committee upon conclusion of this work and, until this has taken place, it would not be appropriate to disclose the figures.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the delivery of the National Cyber Force at Samlesbury; and if he will make a statement.

The National Cyber Force (NCF) headquarters in Samlesbury is currently undergoing construction work. It will open in 2025, and the NCF is planning for several hundred staff to be based there within the first 12 months. By the 2030s this will have increased to up to two thousand people, including those from other partners, working there. We continue to prioritise the NCF workforce growth.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Defence’s response to a more contested and volatile world, published 18 July 2023, what his Department's expected timeline is for publishing its Head Office reform plans.

The key aspects of the reforms to Head Office were included in the Defence Command Paper Refresh, paragraphs 25 to 31 in Chapter 4, published 18 July 2023. Plans for the reform of Head Office will be taken forward as part of Defence Design, a departmental-wide programme to optimise the Defence operating model.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)