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Catherine West

Labour - Hornsey and Wood Green

First elected: 7th May 2015

Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

(since September 2020)

Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
10th Apr 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
Foreign Affairs Committee
19th Mar 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee)
10th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
International Trade Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 25th Mar 2019
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
18th Sep 2015 - 29th Jun 2017


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Catherine West has voted in 741 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(33 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(22 debate interactions)
Michael Ellis (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(61 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(54 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(48 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Birmingham Commonwealth Games Act 2020
(4,656 words contributed)
Finance Act 2021
(2,352 words contributed)
Health and Social Care Levy Act 2021
(1,974 words contributed)
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Hornsey and Wood Green 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

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

Join other nations in providing a route to safety for refugees. Waive all visa requirements for Ukrainian passport holders arriving in the UK.

We demand the Government restore England’s publicly funded, publicly provided NHS by reversing all privatising legislation, ending ongoing PFI contracts, and scrapping plans for Integrated Care Systems and for-profit US-style ‘managed care’.

There should be a public inquiry into Government contracts granted during Covid-19. Many contracts have been granted without full and open procurement processes. A public inquiry would be able to ascertain whether contracts had been procured fairly and represent value for money for tax payers.

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme

The Government's manifesto stated “we will make intentional trespass a criminal offence”: an extreme, illiberal & unnecessary attack on ancient freedoms that would threaten walkers, campers, and the wider public. It would further tilt the law in favour of the landowning 1% who own half the country.

Matthew was taken to, ‘a place of safety’, and died 7 days later.
24 others died by the same means, dating back to the year 2000. An indicator that little was done to address the growing problems.
Something went terribly wrong with the NHS Mental Health Services provided to my son.

To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.

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.

In the event of a spike we would like you not to close gyms as a measure to stop any spread of Covid. Also for gyms to not be put in the same group as pubs in terms of risk or importance. Gyms are following strict guidelines and most members are following rules in a sober manner.

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

We want the Education Secretary and the Government to step in and review the exam board’s decision on how GCSE and A-Level grades will be calculated and awarded due to the current coronavirus crisis. We want a better solution than just using our previous data to be the basis of our grade.

A significant number of students will sit their final 2021 examinations. The outcome of which undoubtedly will be their passport, for many of their future life chances and successes. In order for this to be done fairly, it is imperative that the amount of content they are tested on is reduced.


Latest EDMs signed by Catherine West

12th June 2023
Catherine West signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 12th June 2023

Sixth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire

Tabled by: Dawn Butler (Labour - Brent Central)
That this House marks with sadness the sixth anniversary of the terrible Grenfell Fire disaster; calls for urgent action from the Government to ensure all buildings are made safe by remedying fire safety defects irrespective of building type, height, tenure or any other characteristics so a disaster like this can …
35 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Jul 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 20
Scottish National Party: 5
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
23rd September 2021
Catherine West signed this EDM on Friday 22nd October 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Feb 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 97
Scottish National Party: 15
Liberal Democrat: 10
Conservative: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Catherine West, 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.


Catherine West has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Catherine West

Friday 14th January 2022

1 Bill introduced by Catherine West


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 certain asylum seekers to be granted permission to work; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th February 2019

Latest 50 Written Questions

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14 Other Department Questions
10th Nov 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Restoration and Renewal Client Board, what steps the Board is taking to promote gender equality among engineers in the Parliamentary Restoration and Renewal team.

The R&R Programme is committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion so people from all backgrounds can thrive working on the programme. The R&R Delivery Authority currently employs 56% female and 44% male employees. The proportion of females in leadership positions is 40%.

Although the main construction works are still set to be some years away, the R&R Delivery Authority is establishing or exploring relationships with skills and training providers across the whole of the UK that support initiatives to promote women in the construction industry. The Programme also actively supports a number of awareness initiatives that encourage women into construction and engineering.

10th Nov 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Restoration and Renewal Client Board, what steps the Board is taking to promote gender equality in the Parliamentary Restoration and Renewal team.

The R&R Programme is committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion so people from all backgrounds can thrive working on the programme. The R&R Delivery Authority currently employs 56% female and 44% male employees. The proportion of females in leadership positions is 40%.

Although the main construction works are still set to be some years away, the R&R Delivery Authority is establishing or exploring relationships with skills and training providers across the whole of the UK that support initiatives to promote women in the construction industry. The Programme also actively supports a number of awareness initiatives that encourage women into construction and engineering.

19th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of increases in the cost of living on (a) women, (b) Black, Asian and ethnic minority people and (c) people with disabilities.

The Government understands the pressures people across all communities are facing with the cost of living and is taking action to help. Overall, we are providing total support of over £94bn over 2022/23 and 2023/24 to help households and individuals with the rising cost of bills.

For people who require additional support, in England, the Household Support Fund will continue until March 2024. This year long extension allows Local Authorities in England to continue to provide discretionary support to those most in need with the significantly rising cost of living. Local Authorities are expected to support households in the most need, and in particular those who may not be eligible for the other support Government recently made available but are nevertheless in need of support.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the report of the Runnymede Trust and Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation entitled Dear Stephen: Race and belonging 30 years on, published in April 2023, whether she has made an assessment of the impact on her Department's policies of that report's findings.

The report ‘Dear Stephen: Race and belonging 30 years on’ concludes that we have made ‘considerable progress on the path to achieving racial equality’ since the tragic death of Stephen Lawrence, although there is still more to be done. This is similar to the conclusions reached by the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

Our response to the Commission’s work, Inclusive Britain, was published in March 2022 and sets out a ground-breaking action plan to tackle unjust disparities across education, employment, health and criminal justice. Earlier this month the government published a report to Parliament on the substantial progress we have made in delivering this action plan, with 32 of the 74 actions now completed, and how this work is making a real difference to people’s lives.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Spring Budget 2023, HC1183, published on 15 March 2023, whether the £63 million funding for swimming pools and leisure centres will be available to centres with charitable status.

We recognise the importance of ensuring public access to swimming pools, as swimming is a great way for people of all ages to stay fit and healthy. The responsibility of providing this access lies at Local Authority level, and the Government continues to encourage Local Authorities to support swimming facilities.

At the Budget, we announced a dedicated £63 million support package for swimming pools, which is targeted at addressing cost pressures facing public swimming pool providers. It will also help provide investment in energy efficiency measures to reduce future operating costs and make facilities sustainable in the long-term.

Details of the eligibility process will be published shortly, however, this fund will focus on those public swimming pool providers whose cost pressures are most acute, leaving them most vulnerable to closure. The Government intends for community and charitable trusts to be eligible to receive this funding. Sport England will manage a competitive application process and set out further detail on eligibility shortly.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on funding for swimming pools and leisure centres.

We recognise the importance of ensuring public access to swimming pools, as swimming is a great way for people of all ages to stay fit and healthy. The responsibility of providing this access lies at Local Authority level, and the Government continues to encourage Local Authorities to support swimming facilities.

We appreciate the impact rising energy prices are having on organisations of all sizes, including on operators of swimming pools. At the Budget, we announced a dedicated £63 million support package for swimming pools. This is targeted at both addressing cost pressures facing public swimming pool providers and providing investment in energy efficiency measures to reduce future operating costs and make facilities sustainable in the long-term.

This follows the £18 billion Energy Bill Relief Scheme provided since September last year. This scheme has now been superseded with the Energy Bills Discount Scheme under which swimming pools will continue to receive discounts on their gas and electricity bills until March 2024.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to undertaken an audit of the condition of pool facilities in England.

We recognise the importance of ensuring public access to swimming pools, as swimming is a great way for people of all ages to stay fit and healthy. The responsibility of providing this access lies at Local Authority level, and the Government continues to encourage Local Authorities to support swimming facilities.

We appreciate the impact rising energy prices are having on organisations of all sizes, including on operators of swimming pools. At the Budget, we announced a dedicated £63 million support package for swimming pools. This is targeted at both addressing cost pressures facing public swimming pool providers and providing investment in energy efficiency measures to reduce future operating costs and make facilities sustainable in the long-term.

This follows the £18 billion Energy Bill Relief Scheme provided since September last year. This scheme has now been superseded with the Energy Bills Discount Scheme under which swimming pools will continue to receive discounts on their gas and electricity bills until March 2024.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is on broadcasting television signals through aerials beyond 2034.

The Government remains committed to the future of digital terrestrial television (DTT), the technology underpinning the popular Freeview platform.

We know that millions of households across the UK rely on DTT and we expect this to continue over the next decade. We also recognise the crucial role that DTT plays in the wider UK broadcasting system, in particular in helping ensure that public service content continues to be widely available to all audiences.

For these reasons, the Government has legislated to secure continuity of digital terrestrial television until at least 2034. We will continue to evaluate the future distribution of television as the sector evolves over the next decade, and we have asked Ofcom to undertake an early review on market changes that may affect the future of content distribution before the end of 2025.

Before any decisions about the future of terrestrial television are made, close consideration will be given to how any changes would impact audiences, and especially those who rely on DTT as their primary means of watching television.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
7th Feb 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has had recent discussion with the Home Office on the potential (a) cyber and (b) espionage threat from hostile state actors.

House officials regularly meet with the Home Office and related agencies to discuss a wide range of security matters including threats.

15th Nov 2021
To ask the President of COP26, if he will use the remainder of his time as COP President to establish a process to identify (a) the scale of funding required to address loss and damage and (b) suitable mechanisms to deliver that finance to developing countries.

In Glasgow, COP26 made progress on the issue of loss and damage. It agreed to establish a process to discuss the funding of actions to avert, minimise and address loss and damage. It also recognised that funding for loss and damage already flows from a number of sources and called for this to be scaled up. COP further agreed on practical steps to deliver technical assistance to countries to set the needs they have and the action required on loss and damage.

In our Presidency year, we will be taking forward the decision made at COP, facilitating and encouraging further progress on the issue of loss and damage.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to help ensure that new and additional finance for loss and damage is included in the discussions on the new post-2025 climate finance target at COP26.

At both Ministerial and official level, we continue to raise the need for finance and action on loss and damage, noting that relevant finance for averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage comes from sources under and outside the UNFCCC.

As COP26 incoming Presidency, the UK has convened seven consultations which have devoted substantial time to the issue of operationalising the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage and included the question of finance to enable its work. The COP President also convened dedicated Ministerial sessions on loss and damage at the July Ministerial in London and at PreCOP. At these sessions, the issue of finance was discussed, including the post-2025 goal, with a view to political leaders providing the strategic framing for negotiator-level discussions at COP26.

As part of the COP25 Presidency and incoming COP26 Presidency joint informal work plan on finance, we have undertaken informal negotiator-level consultations on the post-2025 climate finance goal with all Parties that have expressed an interest. Public reflections notes on these engagements are available on the UNFCCC website. The COP26 Presidency role is to facilitate balanced progress on this item in Glasgow, reflecting the positions of all Parties as best possible.

9th Mar 2021
To ask the President of COP26, how many and what proportion of the UK’s team of delegates are women; and for each (a) team and (b) role within the UK delegation, what the gender breakdown is.

We are currently developing plans related to the makeup of the COP26 UK delegation. It is too early to confirm names at this stage.

The UK has committed to championing diversity and inclusion throughout our COP26 Presidency and all civil servants in the Cabinet Office COP26 unit have been appointed in line with civil service guidance and rules. In the COP Unit, 45% of the senior management team in the COP26 unit are women. In 2020, the Prime Minister appointed Anne-Marie Treveylan as the COP26 Adaptation and Resilience Champion.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what discussions he has had with the new US Administration as part of preparations for the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

I welcomed the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, to London on Monday 8 March 2021, his first international visit since his appointment. We discussed the new US Administration’s climate ambition and our joint efforts to ensure that COP26 is a success. Our discussion built on previous conversations I have had with Secretary Kerry and with Gina McCarthy, US National Climate Advisor.

I refer the hon. Member to the joint statement on climate change from myself and Special Envoy Kerry published on GOV.UK on Tuesday 9 March 2021. The UK and US will be working closely together to ensure that President Biden’s Leaders’ Summit on Climate on 22 April and the UK-hosted G7 build momentum on the way to COP26 in Glasgow.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government (a) is taking steps to ensure the security of genetic data of UK citizens and (b) has raised potential concerns relating to Chinese genomics companies as part of the US-UK Strategic Dialogue on Biological Security.

Organisations which hold sensitive biological data are subject to the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In addition, organisations such as Genomics England, UK Biobank and NIHR BioResource consider national security in decision making about partnerships with other companies.

The Office for Life Sciences is undertaking a programme of work to assess how we can minimise the risks from biological data to protect our burgeoning bioeconomy, without stifling innovation, and build confidence in sharing personal data to improve health outcomes in the UK and across the world. This is being conducted in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies across Government, and key partners such as Genomics England and UK Biobank.

Underpinned by the UK Biological Security Strategy and the U.S. Biodefense Strategy, the U.S.-UK Strategic Dialogue on Biological Security reflects a shared ambition to protect against a growing and diverse spectrum of biological threats. These risks include future pandemics as well as those that might arise from misuse of biotechnology and genomic data by state actors.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 47, paragraph M of Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee report on China, whether the Government plans to update guidelines for the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in relation to intelligence and security matters with particular reference to China.

The Government’s recently published response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on China states: “The government will consider the findings of the committee’s report … and consider strengthening the Business Appointment Rules in relation to intelligence and security matters as appropriate.”

The report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-the-isc-china-report

It is already the case that, depending on the nature of the role, national security implications may form part of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments’ considerations.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he held discussions with Prime Minister Modhi on the detention of Jagtar Singh Johal during the G20 summit.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton during my statement on the G20 on 11 September 2023, Official Report, Column 686.

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
11th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to recommendation U on page 61 of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament's report entitled China, published on 13 July 2023, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of moving policy ownership of all elements of national security activity to the Cabinet Office.

HM Government has today laid before Parliament a full response that considers and addresses each of the recommendations and conclusions drawn by the Intelligence and Security Committee in its report on China, including the committee’s recommendation ‘U’.

The Cabinet Office is best placed to coordinate cross-government strategy across a range of issues including China, with departments responsible for delivery of that strategy. This allows for a coherent view across the extent of China’s activity, and allows the Government to prioritise work, assess trade-offs, and mitigate risks, with delivery across all departments.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he discussed China during his meeting with Prime Minister Modi at the G7 Conference in Japan.

I spoke to Prime Minister Modi on 21 May 2023 at the G7 Summit. A readout is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-prime-minister-modi-of-india-21-may-2023.

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average cost to the public purse was of answering Written Parliamentary Questions as of March 2023.

The cost to the public purse of answering written PQs depends on numerous factors, including the size of parliamentary teams, volumes of parliamentary questions submitted, and the complexity of the question asked (and required policy work to answer it), amongst other factors. Across both Houses, there were 61,427 WPQs submitted in 2022, normally each requiring several hours of officials’ time, so the cost is likely to be substantial.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
20th Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies utilise Chinese-manufactured CCTV systems.

As has been the case under successive administrations, it is not government policy to comment on the security arrangements of government buildings. Specific details regarding the make and model of security systems are withheld on national security grounds.

2nd Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Prime Minister was aware of bullying allegations made against the Rt hon. Member for Esher and Walton before appointing him to the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions on 1 February 2023, Official Report, Columns 335-336.

26th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2023 to Question 129915 on Government Departments: Languages, when the cross-Government skills platform will be established.

Subject to Cabinet Office and HM Treasury approvals, the new online skills platform will be rolled out in three phases from February 2024. The first phase to be rolled out will include the front-end of the online platform and launch the skills collection tool.

23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of of 17 January 2023 to Question 122197 on Cabinet Office: Mandarin Language, if he will make it his policy to introduce a record of the foreign language proficiency of officials in (a) his Department and (b) all Departments.

The Cabinet Office has no current plans to introduce a policy to record foreign language proficiency. Whilst we hope to make use of a future cross-Government skills platform, we do not currently have the functionality in our department to centrally record these skills. However, Government Business Service work to deliver a cross-Government skills platform has started and we would expect to capture this type of information centrally at a future date.

CSHR has no current plans to introduce a cross-department policy to record foreign language proficiency.

12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Cabinet Office officials have professional working proficiency in Mandarin.

We do not currently hold a central record of Mandarin skills (or other languages) in the department.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he is taking steps to protect genetic data of civil servants from potential security threats posed by surveillance technology companies.

Genetic data of Civil Servants is very rarely held by Government. There are a range of measures in place to protect the personal data of Civil Servants in addition to the UK’s robust data protection laws.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government Security Group’s recommendation to protect government’s systems, people and estate from Chinese surveillance technology companies applies to genetic surveillance companies, including Beijing Genomics Institute.

On 24 November, the Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement on surveillance equipment. However, the instruction relates solely to visual surveillance systems on the government estate.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to ensure the government’s new resilience framework focuses on the genomics industry in the context of the Government's strategic approach to economic and societal resilience and privacy, ethical and national security risks facing the industry, including from systemic competitors based in China.

While the genomics industry is not designated as critical national infrastructure in the UK, the UK Government Resilience Framework sets out the Government’s ambition to work in partnership across sectors to ensure they are able to fully contribute to national resilience whilst strengthening their own.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of Genomic Surveillance on UK national security.

The UK Government believes that sharing biodata with all bona fide researchers focused on human health is essential to fostering innovation and enabling the rapid development of safe and effective medical countermeasures.

However, we recognise the dual-use potential of new and emerging technologies. This is why the Cabinet Office has conducted a thorough assessment of associated risks through the ongoing refresh of the biological security strategy. In implementing the strategy, we will engage with key organisations such as Genomics England to ensure the UK maintains effective policies which protect National Security while fostering innovation as science and technology evolve.

10th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is his policy that the genomics industry is critical national infrastructure; and whether that industry should be included within the UK Government Resilience Framework, published on 19 December 2022.

While the genomics industry is not designated as critical national infrastructure in the UK, the UK Government Resilience Framework sets out the Government’s ambition to work in partnership across sectors to ensure they are able to fully contribute to national resilience whilst strengthening their own.

16th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of to UIN 64378, whether all interim payments to infected individuals and bereaved partners of those affected by contaminated blood were made by the end of October 2022.

I refer to the Minister for the Cabinet Office’s previous answer PQ72224 on 2 November 2022.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he raised the case of Jagtar Singh Johal during his meeting with Prime Minister of India at the G20 conference on 15 November 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Glasgow Central during my statement on the G20 on 17 November 2022, Official Report, Column 839.

Rishi Sunak
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
20th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the heatwave in the UK on 18 and 19 July 2022, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK is prepared for future heatwaves.

In a statement to the House at the time of the heatwave, CDL (then Kit Malthouse) noted that ‘although Britain may be unaccustomed to such high temperatures [reaching 40c], the UK, along with our European neighbours must learn to live with extreme events such as these.’

In response to this statement, the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, now the COBR Unit, commissioned all key delivery partners to submit lessons learned from responding to the heatwave as part of the continuous improvement process. A series of recommendations were designed to embed these reflections into working practices and make future responses to extreme heat more effective.

Central government departments and partner agencies are implementing these actions over the winter and autumn period to improve our resilience to severe summer and winter weather events.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
6th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reviewing the national security implications of foreign-owned businesses employing former Government ministers.

The Government is reviewing the Business Appointment Rules, taking into account all relevant considerations, and will provide more information in due course.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to evidence presented to the Infected Blood Inquiry, what steps he is taking to (a) respond to and (b) implement Sir Robert Francis’ recommendations.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 35990 on 18 July 2022.

19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Sir Robert Francis QC's Infected Blood Compensation Framework Study, published in June 2022, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues and other stakeholders regarding funding the compensation recommended for people infected and affected by contaminated blood and blood products.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 35990 on 18 July 2022.

1st Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what opportunities the Government plans to make available for university graduates to join the civil service in the context of the civil service fast stream programme not running in 2023.

Fast Stream places for this Autumn 2022 will be honoured and our direct entry and internship schemes will continue to bring new and diverse talent to the Civil Service. 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.

18th May 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he had discussions with (a) Prime Minister Modi and (b) other Indian Government officials on the sale of arms to the Myanmar military by India during his recent visit to India.

The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to prevent the flow of arms to Myanmar. On 27 March 2022, we coordinated a joint statement, agreed by 47 countries, which urged all countries to stop the flow of arms to Myanmar. We also worked with partners to secure strong language in the April 2022 Human Rights Council Resolution on Myanmar. We continue to raise this issue bilaterally with those who are reported to be providing arms to the Myanmar military.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether products from the Malaysian company, ATA, in the UK’s public procurement supply chain are supplied through public sector contracts to Schneider Electric.

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

Information regarding products within the UK public sector supply chain is not held centrally.

This government is committed to preventing modern slavery occurring in public sector supply chains.

The Cabinet Office has published commercial policy and guidance setting out the steps that all Government departments must take to identify and mitigate modern slavery and labour abuse risks throughout the commercial life cycle - focussing on the areas of highest risk. This policy is mandatory for all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies. The policy can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0519-tackling-modern-slavery-in-government-supply-chains.

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether products from the Malaysian company, ATA, are in the UK's public procurement supply chain.

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

Information regarding products within the UK public sector supply chain is not held centrally.

This government is committed to preventing modern slavery occurring in public sector supply chains.

The Cabinet Office has published commercial policy and guidance setting out the steps that all Government departments must take to identify and mitigate modern slavery and labour abuse risks throughout the commercial life cycle - focussing on the areas of highest risk. This policy is mandatory for all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies. The policy can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0519-tackling-modern-slavery-in-government-supply-chains.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what products Dyson supplies to the UK public sector; and which Departments and services that includes.

This information is not held centrally.

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

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any Departments are affiliated to the labour rights monitoring organisation Electronics Watch.

This information is not held centrally.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has previously held a contract with Electronics Watch, which expired in June 2021. CCS are currently reviewing the service to assess whether it is the best source of data for labour rights monitoring and how this data can be shared more widely.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to promote diversity in the Civil Service Fast Stream.

The proportion of ethnic minority groups overall being appointed to the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2021 was 23.3%, this aligns with the 2019/20 Higher Education Statistics Agency graduate population level of 23.7% for ethnicity.

Steps to ensure that students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are successful in their application to the Civil Service Fast Stream start with outreach, attraction and marketing activity, which is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations. This is undertaken via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial and internship placements. We have developed an inclusive website, social media strategy, and refreshed the target university list for outreach.

Further to this, the Cabinet Office is:

  • expanding the range of internships we offer,

  • undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes,

  • increasing assessor diversity, and

  • improving our fair and inclusive selection processes by incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of applications to the Civil Service Fast Stream from poorer and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The proportion of ethnic minority groups overall being appointed to the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2021 was 23.3%, this aligns with the 2019/20 Higher Education Statistics Agency graduate population level of 23.7% for ethnicity.

Steps to ensure that students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are successful in their application to the Civil Service Fast Stream start with outreach, attraction and marketing activity, which is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations. This is undertaken via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial and internship placements. We have developed an inclusive website, social media strategy, and refreshed the target university list for outreach.

Further to this, the Cabinet Office is:

  • expanding the range of internships we offer,

  • undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes,

  • increasing assessor diversity, and

  • improving our fair and inclusive selection processes by incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of black applicants in the Civil Service Fast Stream.

The proportion of ethnic minority groups overall being appointed to the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2021 was 23.3%, this aligns with the 2019/20 Higher Education Statistics Agency graduate population level of 23.7% for ethnicity.

Steps to ensure that students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are successful in their application to the Civil Service Fast Stream start with outreach, attraction and marketing activity, which is designed to encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds and locations. This is undertaken via early stage schools, college and apprenticeship engagement, along with industrial and internship placements. We have developed an inclusive website, social media strategy, and refreshed the target university list for outreach.

Further to this, the Cabinet Office is:

  • expanding the range of internships we offer,

  • undertaking cultural bias reviews of our selection processes,

  • increasing assessor diversity, and

  • improving our fair and inclusive selection processes by incorporating more regional/virtual assessment.

19th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of the Prime Minister's use of a private jet to travel from London to Cornwall on 9 June 2021 ahead of the G7 Summit.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 14211 on 29 June 2021.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
7th Jul 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 of the proposed Voter ID reforms on the number of eligible voters in Haringey.

Everyone who is eligible to vote will have the opportunity to do so.

Any voter who does not have one of the wide range of accepted documents will be able to apply for a free, locally issued Voter Card from their local authority.

We continue to work with local authorities and other stakeholders, including charities and civil society organisations, to make sure that voter identification works for all voters.

6th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to pay the cost of providing voter cards to people with no other forms of photographic document for identification purposes.

Everyone who is eligible to vote will have the opportunity to do so.

Any voter who does not have one of the wide range of accepted documents will be able to apply for a free, locally issued Voter Card from their local authority.

Cabinet Office will cover costs of Voter Cards for local authorities.

9th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to discuss (a) EU touring for musicians and other creatives professionals and (b) the proposal for a bespoke UK-EU visa waiver for the creative industry at the next meeting of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement Partnership Council.

At the first UK-EU Partnership Council on 9 June, the UK raised the issues faced by touring performers and noted work under way with Member States to try to resolve the barriers presented by visa and work permit requirements.The UK and EU have not yet agreed a date or agenda for the next Partnership Council. We continue to discuss these issues with all EU Member States to find solutions that work for our great creative industries.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons