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Damien Moore

Conservative - Southport

First elected: 8th June 2017


Electronic Trade Documents Bill [HL]
14th Jun 2023 - 19th Jun 2023
Electricity and Gas Transmission (Compensation) Bill
18th Jan 2023 - 25th Jan 2023
Assistant Whip
20th Sep 2022 - 27th Oct 2022
Online Safety Bill
18th May 2022 - 28th Jun 2022
Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill
2nd Mar 2022 - 14th Mar 2022
Charities Bill [HL]
20th Jan 2022 - 25th Jan 2022
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
27th Oct 2021 - 23rd Nov 2021
National Insurance Contributions Bill
16th Jun 2021 - 22nd Jun 2021
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
22nd Jan 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Petitions Committee
16th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee
22nd Jan 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
22nd Jan 2018 - 6th Nov 2019


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Damien Moore has voted in 916 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Damien Moore voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 269 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 272 Noes - 246
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Damien Moore 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
Damien Moore 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
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Damien Moore voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
16 Jan 2023 - Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - View Vote Context
Damien Moore voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 299 Conservative No votes vs 18 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 49 Noes - 482
4 Dec 2023 - Victims and Prisoners Bill - View Vote Context
Damien Moore voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 246 Noes - 242
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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
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(19 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(15 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(12 debate contributions)
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Southport 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

Make it illegal for retailers and services to decline cash payments.

All businesses (excepting internet-based ones) and public services in which monetary transactions take place should be required by law to accept cash as a method of payment

Mark Allen, aged 18, drowned after jumping into a freezing reservoir on a hot day in June 2018.

In May 2019 we watched whilst 3 throwlines were installed where he died.

Mark could have possibly been saved if they were in place beforehand.

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.

The threat of covid19 is real. Children can’t be expected to maintain sufficient social distancing to keep this virus from spreading. They are social creatures. Allowing them back to school could cause a new spike in cases. They could bring it back home, even if they are a-symptomatic.

The Government should cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021 due to the disruption of Covid-19. By the time students go back to normal learning, 6 months will have passed since schools were closed to most pupils. This has already had a huge impact on the studying of so many.

Schools should move to online learning from 9 December so that all students and school staff have a chance to isolate for two weeks and then can safely meet older relatives.

Close down schools and colleges due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. We are seeing cases of students and teachers catching the virus since schools have reopened.


Latest EDMs signed by Damien Moore

6th June 2022
Damien Moore signed this EDM on Monday 13th June 2022

Treatment of Liverpool fans at the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris

Tabled by: Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
That this House condemns the deeply disturbing treatment by French police of Liverpool and Real Madrid fans outside Stade de France at the Champions League Final in Paris; notes catastrophic failures in stadium management by UEFA and French authorities which threatened the lives and wellbeing of supporters; further notes the …
81 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Feb 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 54
Independent: 7
Scottish National Party: 7
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Damien Moore, 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.


Damien Moore has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Damien Moore has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Damien Moore


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 regulate online news platforms; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 11th March 2019
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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 about postal voting at elections.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 20th February 2018
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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
9 Other Department Questions
19th Sep 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what information the Commission holds on how much asbestos is located in pipes leading into the House of Commons Chamber.

The House of Commons Commission has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

13th Jun 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Restoration and Renewal Client Board, what options are being considered for the occupation of Victoria Tower after the exit of the Parliamentary Archives.

The Parliamentary Archives are due to complete their move from the Victoria Tower in 2025. The future use of the internal space of Victoria Tower is currently within the scope of the Restoration and Renewal Programme as future occupation is likely to require substantial renovations. In line with the mandate set by the Houses, the Delivery Authority has been developing a wide range of options for the restoration and renewal work. These will be shortlisted into a smaller number of options by the R&R Programme Board and the R&R Client Board before summer recess and both Houses will be asked to approve a way forward later this year. The Programme will deliver to the requirements set by Parliament.

The Delivery Authority, working with the Restoration and Renewal Client Team and Strategic Estates, is currently considering the feasibility of early works that could be delivered as part of the Restoration and Renewal Programme in a number of areas including the Victoria Tower.

13th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues of the potential merits of requiring all (a) utility, (b) banks and (c) other companies to provide paper bills in addition to electronic bills to people aged over 70.

We fully recognise that some older people do not find it easy to access bills and statements electronically. Utility companies, banks and other service providers should, and in many cases do, recognise the varying communication needs of their customers but there is always scope for them to do more.

The Equality Act 2010 provides strong protection for older people, from discrimination because of age and disability. This includes protection from indirect discrimination, which can happen where, for example, a service provider treats some of its younger customers the same but in doing so disadvantages its older customers. While every case is different and subject to an “objective justification” test, using purely electronic communication could amount to indirect discrimination because of age and/ or disability and companies need to be aware of that.

A person who feels that they have experienced age discrimination may contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS), the government helpline established to provide free bespoke advice and in-depth support to individuals with discrimination concerns. The EASS can be contacted via their website - http://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/, by telephone on 0808 8000082 or text phone on 0808 8000084. The EASS has the ability to intervene on an individual’s behalf with a service provider to help resolve an issue. The EASS can also advise people who wish to take their complaint further on their options.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission is taking steps to enable public access to Saint Stephen’s Cloisters at appropriate times.

In the long-term, we are committed to enabling public access to the St Stephen's Cloister. At present this is not possible because the condition of the stonework is very poor.

One bay within the Cloister was conserved as a trial project. This will inform the next phase of repair, which is currently being developed. Our intention is to develop proposals to repair both the stonework and the roofs, with a view to conservation works starting on site by 2025.

Once this work is complete, public access to Cloister Court should be possible; however, due to current access routes and its proximity to Members’ Entrance, access will need to be carefully managed.

23rd May 2023
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Commissioners are taking steps to reduce average lengths of time between (a) the retirement and enthronement of bishops in dioceses and (b) the retirement and consecration of priests in parishes.

Diocesan bishops are appointed by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister following a recruitment process overseen by the Crown Nominations Commission. Every effort is made to appoint suitable candidates swiftly, however an interregnum is often necessary to allow the Vacancy in See Committee to consult on and produce an up to date statement of needs. Suffragan bishop appointments are overseen by the diocesan bishop, who is required to present a role description to the Dioceses Commission so that an assessment can be made of mission and ministry needs, capacity and resources in the diocese. Parish priest appointments are a matter for diocesan bishops.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
23rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of the BBC's use of externally contracted presenters on the impartiality of its output and content.

The impartiality of the BBC, as a publicly-funded broadcaster, goes to the very heart of the contract between the Corporation and all the licence fee payers it serves. This is why the BBC’s Royal Charter enshrines the need for the BBC’s services and output to be impartial.

The Charter guarantees the BBC’s operational and editorial independence, which means that it is for the BBC itself to determine how to deliver impartiality in its output. This would include the BBC’s approach to using externally contracted presenters and what impact that has on the impartiality of its output and content.

The Government stands fully behind the requirements of the Royal Charter, and has been clear that the BBC must place a firm emphasis on impartiality and maintaining the highest editorial standards. It can never be the BBC’s role to judge, or appear to judge, the diverse values of people from across the country it serves. In an era of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important, and the BBC has been, and should be, a beacon that sets standards to which others can aspire.

The Government established Ofcom as the independent regulator of the BBC in 2017, and it remains a priority for the Government to work with Ofcom to deliver an effective and proportionate regulatory framework that holds the BBC to account while maintaining its creative freedom and operational independence. Ofcom is responsible for the regulation of editorial standards, and can consider complaints about BBC content, including accuracy and impartiality.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
23rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to help ensure that there is a public consultation with listeners on the planned changes to BBC local radio services.

The Government recognises the important role that the BBC’s local radio services play in terms of the provision of local news and information, and of community engagement in the local area.

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from the Government as set out in its Royal Charter, and decisions on service delivery and how it consults with audiences are a matter for the BBC. However, we are disappointed that the BBC is planning to reduce parts of its local radio output. In the Department’s regular conversations with the BBC, we have been clear that it must make sure it continues to provide distinctive and genuinely local radio services, with content that reflects and represents people and communities from all corners of the UK.

The Government also expects Ofcom, as regulator of the BBC, to ensure the BBC is robustly held to account in delivering its public service duties. Ofcom recently published a new BBC Operating Licence, which sets out that it will hold the BBC to its commitments on local radio in England in relation to news and travel, breaking news and major incidents and its contribution to local democracy.

Under the new Operating Licence, the BBC will be required to monitor the impact of changes on audiences and publish more information about how it delivers high quality, distinctive content and services for audiences across the UK. Ofcom monitor the BBC’s performance in this area closely and step in if they are concerned the BBC is not delivering for audiences. Ofcom also plans to commission new research to better understand what audiences need and value from local services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
23rd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions her Department has had with the BBC Board on the provision of BBC local radio services.

The Government recognises the important role that the BBC’s local radio services play in terms of the provision of local news and information, and of community engagement in the local area.

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from the Government as set out in its Royal Charter, and decisions on service delivery and how it consults with audiences are a matter for the BBC. However, we are disappointed that the BBC is planning to reduce parts of its local radio output. In the Department’s regular conversations with the BBC, we have been clear that it must make sure it continues to provide distinctive and genuinely local radio services, with content that reflects and represents people and communities from all corners of the UK.

The Government also expects Ofcom, as regulator of the BBC, to ensure the BBC is robustly held to account in delivering its public service duties. Ofcom recently published a new BBC Operating Licence, which sets out that it will hold the BBC to its commitments on local radio in England in relation to news and travel, breaking news and major incidents and its contribution to local democracy.

Under the new Operating Licence, the BBC will be required to monitor the impact of changes on audiences and publish more information about how it delivers high quality, distinctive content and services for audiences across the UK. Ofcom monitor the BBC’s performance in this area closely and step in if they are concerned the BBC is not delivering for audiences. Ofcom also plans to commission new research to better understand what audiences need and value from local services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment she has made of the trends in the number of people called to the bar in England and Wales over the last five years.

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent of Government and is regulated by approved regulators, for which the Legal Services Board (LSB) has oversight responsibility. The approved regulators and LSB are independent of Government. Data on the trends of the number of people called to the bar in England and Wales, broken down by gender, ethnicity and age, provided by the Bar Standards Board can be found here. The statistics show that over the past 5 years the number of females being called to the bar is greater than the number of males. They also show that over the last three years the number of those called to the bar from an ethnic minority background is greater than those from a white background. This is testament to the huge amount of work to improve diversity of those practicing at the bar.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Attorney General, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the time taken by the Crown Prosecution Services to make a decision on whether to prosecute in respect of Operation Sheridan.

The Attorney General and I are responsible for superintending the Crown Prosecution Service but do not have oversight of specific cases.

Operation Sheridan is a live investigation under active review by a team of lawyers from the CPS Specialist Fraud Division. It is a large and complex case with significant sensitivities. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further on individual case details.

The CPS have confirmed that they have substantial legal resource devoted to progressing the case and there is also significant management oversight, at a senior level from both CPS and police.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
27th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Second Interim Report of the Infected Blood Inquiry, published 5 April 2023, what his Department's policy is on the implementation of that report's recommendation of interim payments to children, parents and siblings of people affected by infected blood.

Work is currently underway across Government to give thorough consideration to each of the recommendations that Sir Brian made in his second interim report. As you know, the Victims and Prisoners Bill was amended on 4 December 2023, and we are aware of the strength of feeling across Parliament on this issue. I will make a statement to Parliament as soon as possible before recess to update on Government progress.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential security implications of the installation of TikTok on Government devices.

We continue to monitor potential threats to our systems and data and will not hesitate to take further action if necessary.

With regards to potential security risks, His Majesty’s Government does not comment on these matters.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Dec 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government will respond to Sir Robert Francis QC’s recommendations in the Interim Report on the Infected Blood Inquiry.

I refer the Hon Member to the statement I made in the House on 15 December.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his timelines is for the implementation of the remaining 18 recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis QC in the Interim Report on the Infected Blood Inquiry.

I recognise the importance of the issue and the desire of the honourable Member to receive an update on Government work in relation to Sir Robert Francis’ recommendation.

It is my intention to provide an update to the House as soon as possible.

2nd Sep 2022
G7
To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with his G7 counterparts following the summit in Bavaria, Germany.

Details of discussions with world leaders including members of the G7 are published on gov.uk.

10th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of publishing the infected blood compensation framework report by Sir Robert Francis QC by 14 March 2022 or on its receipt.

I refer the Hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS681, made on 15 March.

10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has held recent discussions with the Royal British Legion on support for veterans' mental health.

The Government regularly engages service charities, including the Royal British Legion, who make an enormous contribution to veterans and their families. We are firmly committed to continuing to work with the charity sector through forums including the Covenant Reference Group and the Service Charities Partnership Board to better understand veterans' needs, as well as deliver high-quality mental health support to former service personnel. We welcomed the opportunity to work closely with the Royal British Legion and other service charities last year to ensure support was in place for members of the Armed Forces community who had been impacted by the Afghanistan conflict and subsequent withdrawal.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of proposing a timeline to respond to Sir Robert Francis QC’s report in relation to the infected blood inquiry, following its publication no later than 14 March 2022.

Sir Robert Francis QC is conducting a study that looks at options for a framework for compensation for people infected and affected by infected blood. The study will report to the Paymaster General with its recommendations before the Infected Blood Inquiry reports. Sir Robert will deliver his study no later than 14 March 2022. The Government will give full consideration to Sir Robert's study - which is separate from the independent public inquiry.

14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that age restrictions are appropriately enforced for people signing up to be delivery drivers.

The Government is clear that all businesses must fulfil their legal obligations in respect of employment law.

The Government is in regular conversation with businesses who utilise the service of delivery drivers. On 14th November Minister Jenrick hosted a roundtable with industry representatives. While onboarding processes are a matter for businesses themselves, this department continues to work closely with business to ensure that risks are minimised by ensuring business has robust onboarding systems and processes in place, to cover matters such as age verification.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will take steps to require all businesses to provide paper bills to people over the age of 70.

Government has no plans to introduce new rules. Businesses should treat all their customers fairly. Anyone who feels they have experienced age discrimination may contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS), the government helpline established to provide free support.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the level of regional disparity in fuel prices.

The Competition and Markets Authority’s road fuel market study found, with the exception of Northern Ireland, differences in average prices between the regions of the UK are relatively small but there was much wider variation between rural and urban categories than between them.

The Government is committed to ensuring drivers get a fair deal for fuel and has a consultation on the PumpWatch scheme which will require petrol-filling stations to share price information within 30 minutes of a change. This will drive down prices by reigniting competition and empowering drivers to find the best deals. Petrol prices are now at a level not seen since the end of October 2021 following our work to bring transparency back to the market.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to support the development of nuclear fusion technology.

In October 2023, I announced our updated Fusion Strategy, with a renewed focus on supporting the whole UK fusion sector. This includes an additional £650m through to 2027 for Fusion Futures – a suite of new R&D programmes to support the sector and strengthen international collaboration. This builds on over £700m we committed from 2021 to 2025 to the UKAEA.

At the site of the former coal-fired power plant at West Burton in Nottinghamshire, we will build, by the 2040s, STEP, a prototype fusion power plant capable of delivering energy to the UK grid – a globally unique programme.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to increase the amount of energy produced by offshore wind.

In November 2023, the Government published core parameters for the sixth Contracts for Difference Allocation Round (AR6), the Government’s flagship renewable energy scheme. The Administrative Strike Price for offshore wind projects in AR6 has increased 66% since the previous CfD round and by 52% for floating offshore wind projects. This will encourage greater investment into UK offshore wind.

In the Autumn Statement, the Government announced the £960 million Green Industries Growth Accelerator to support clean energy manufacturing capacity, including for offshore wind. Additionally, the Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme will provide up to £160m to kickstart investment into port infrastructure.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if the Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of a review of what remedial assistance may be given to support energy suppliers in maintaining the National Grid in areas where costs of upkeep are higher.

Electricity network operators are private companies which build, own, and operate electricity network infrastructure. As regional monopolies, they are regulated by the

independent energy regulator, Ofgem. Ofgem uses the price control framework to set the level of investment in infrastructure for each network company and their allowable rate of return. The costs incurred in the maintenance, reinforcement, and new build of

Electricity network infrastructure are recovered mainly through electricity consumers’ bills. The price control and charging arrangements are matters for Ofgem.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The Government has reformed the Warm Home Discount in England and Wales to provide more rebates automatically and better target households in fuel poverty, who have low incomes and live in homes that are costly to heat. The Department’s official statistics for winter 2022/23 show that 95% of eligible households received an automatic rebate.

A three-year evaluation of the scheme will consider how successful the targeting is and the experience of beneficiaries.

In Scotland, low-income working-age households apply to their energy supplier for a rebate, which may set their own eligibility criteria, subject to approval by the scheme administrator, Ofgem.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what scientific evidence his Depatment has which demonstrates the need to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report provides a comprehensive and up to date synthesis of the current understanding of climate change, its impacts, future risks and options for adaptation and mitigation. The UK Government regards the assessments of the IPCC as the most authoritative view on the science of climate change available and uses it to inform its policies.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to Ofgem's Code of Practice for domestic energy suppliers, published on 18 April 2023, what recent discussions his Department has held with Ofgem on measures to ensure that energy companies comply with the requirements to provide customers with more time to clear their debts before they are involuntarily switched to a prepayment meter.

The Department has regular discussions with Ofgem on many issues.

The Government welcomes the Code of Practice announced by Ofgem, but there must be proof that it works and leads to strengthened protections for vulnerable consumers. The Code sets out clear procedures for suppliers and includes the banning of force-fitted prepayment meters for a debt outstanding less than 3 months after a bill has been issued or less than £200 per fuel, or where the customer is on or transitioning to a repayment plan. All suppliers have signed up to the Code and must demonstrate its implementation before reinstating force-fitted prepayment meter process. Ofgem will consult on incorporating the Code into the supply licence, to make it fully enforceable by winter.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to reduce the curtailment restriction on new Bio Mass energy installations wishing to connect to the national grid.

The Government is working with Ofgem and the network companies to release network capacity and improve the connection process, which should bring forward unrestricted connections for electricity generators, including for biomass. However, connection agreements with curtailment can provide benefits by allowing generators to connect sooner, while the network is being upgraded to facilitate an unrestricted connection.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will take steps to prevent energy suppliers forcibly installing prepayment meters under warrant; and what steps he is taking to help prevent the mistreatment of vulnerable customers.

Following my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s intervention, all suppliers have agreed to cease the forced installation of prepayment meters and the remote switching of smart meters to prepayment mode. This pause was due to end on 31 March but was indefinitely extended whilst Ofgem and industry developed a code of practice to improve consumer safeguards.

All energy suppliers have now signed up to an updated Code of Practice and tougher Ofgem oversight of involuntary prepayment meter installations. More information can be found here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/all-energy-suppliers-sign-tougher-ofgem-oversight-and-new-code-practice-involuntary-prepayment-installations.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he is taking steps against energy providers that fail to account for levels of customer vulnerability when recovering arrears.

Ofgem rules, including the Ability to Pay Principle, obligate suppliers to provide appropriate support for those struggling to pay their bills by setting up repayment plans based on a customer’s ability to pay, and providing additional support credit to customers in vulnerable circumstances.

The Government recently launched a 5-point plan to tackle issues around prepayment meters and support for vulnerable customers. This includes coordination with Ofgem to ensure they take a more robust approach to the protection of vulnerable customers, and they conduct a review to make sure suppliers are complying with rules.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to help ensure energy companies remove prepayment meters that have been installed in households that are classed as vulnerable.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero has written to energy suppliers making it clear that providing appropriate remedial action to consumers who have been wrongly forced onto a prepayment meter is critical.

Ofgem has called on all suppliers to proactively check if any prepayment meters have been installed incorrectly and, where rules have been broken, to act now to offer customers a reversal of installations and compensation payments where appropriate. Ofgem also has powers to fine suppliers, if appropriate, to tackle non-compliance.

The Government will continue to engage with Ofgem and suppliers to ensure sufficient action is taken.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to help secure the UK’s long-term energy needs.

As set out in the British Energy Security Strategy, the Government is increasing energy security by reducing our dependence on imported oil and gas. This means more home-grown energy, including the low carbon technologies required to deliver net zero. My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer noted in his Autumn Statement that the Government will set out further plans for energy security and delivering greater energy independence in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the OneWeb and Eutelsat merger on the UK's (a) strategic economic interests in space and satellite technology and (b) wider economy.

OneWeb’s merger with Eutelsat means the Government now has a significant stake in a larger and more diverse company, which will play an important role in securing UK interests in an increasingly competitive satellite communications sector.

The Government retains certain rights in OneWeb. These provide a range of national security rights and ensure that the UK remains a preferred location for activity on a commercially competitive basis. The merger was approved by all relevant regulatory bodies in 2023.

OneWeb continues to innovate in the UK satellite communications sector, contributing to one of Government’s five critical technologies for the future.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the OneWeb and Eutelsat merger on the UK's (a) national security and (b) strategic interests in space and satellite technology.

OneWeb’s merger with Eutelsat means the Government now has a significant stake in a larger and more diverse company, which will play an important role in securing UK interests in an increasingly competitive satellite communications sector.

The Government retains certain rights in OneWeb. These provide a range of national security rights and ensure that the UK remains a preferred location for activity on a commercially competitive basis. The merger was approved by all relevant regulatory bodies in 2023.

OneWeb continues to innovate in the UK satellite communications sector, contributing to one of Government’s five critical technologies for the future.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to paragraph 5.174, page 105 of the Autumn Statement 2023, what steps her Department is taking through (a) distribution decisions and (b) monitoring of expenditure to help optimise the impact of funding for AI compute on the UK's (i) technological advancement and (ii) economic competitiveness.

UKRI is working with its delivery partner UKRI to identify appropriate host sites for the £500m AIRR expansion through a competitive process. We will provide updates on the outcomes in due course.

DSIT is working with industry and academia to understand how AI and compute technologies are developing over time to ensure the UK secures best value for money and maximum impact from our investments.

As announced in the 2024 Spring Budget, DSIT will set out in due course the access model for public compute facilities, ensuring that both researchers and innovative companies can access the compute they need.

Saqib Bhatti
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to support research into the causes of motor neurone disease.

In November 2021, the Government committed to delivering at least £50 million to support motor neurone disease (MND) research over five years, as part of a package of £375 million for research into neurodegenerative diseases.

In June 2023, the government announced that more than £35 million of the £50 million pledged to cutting-edge MND research has now been allocated, just two years into a five year funding commitment. Work continues at pace to support MND researchers to submit high quality bids for open funding calls. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-continues-delivering-on-50-million-funding-pledge-for-motor-neurone-disease-research)

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
9th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) size and (b) growth rate of the commercial space and satellite sector in the UK in (i) the 2022-23 and (ii) each of the last three financial years.

The Department is committed to supporting the growth of the commercial space and satellite sector in the UK. Data on the size and growth rate of the commercial space and satellite sector in the UK is currently unavailable for 2021-22 and 2022-23. The Department is committed to publishing updated figures as they become available.

The latest data available for the previous three financial years is set out in the table below. The figures and growth rates are inflation-adjusted based on 2020/21 prices.

Year

UK space industry income, 2020/21 prices (£m)

Real growth
(year-on-year percentage)

2018/19

16,883

5.8%

2019/20

16,632

-1.5%

2020/21

17,475

5.1%

1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Department has made of the (a) feasibility and (b) contribution to the national heritage of continuing the use of stamps without barcodes after 31 July 2023.

The development of stamp products is an operational matter for Royal Mail. The Government is not involved in the operational decisions of Royal Mail, a private business.

Royal Mail is not barcoding special stamp issues, which are printed to commemorate a person or event.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of trends in the data by the Office for National Statistics entitled (a) Working Days Lost due to strike action in the public sector and (b) Working Days Lost due to strike action in the private sector, published on 13 December 2022.

Strike action by its very nature is disruptive to the economy. That is why it should always be a last resort and the Government always encourages unions and employers to seek a resolution of disputes before strike action takes place.

While the Government recognises the importance of the right to strike, we need to balance this against the need to protect the public and keep them safe. The Government is therefore reviewing our industrial relations legal framework to ensure that it gets this balance right. More details will be given in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plan to take to improve consumer protection for victims of rogue traders who are no longer able to make contact in order to gain redress.

The Government will bring forward the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill in this session of Parliament. The legislation includes measures that will considerably strengthen the UK's consumer protection framework, such as introducing civil fines for traders that infringe consumer protection law.

Furthermore, the Department funds the Citizens Advice consumer service, which provides advice on general consumer issues, online or by phone. They can provide help and information on consumer rights, how to find trusted traders, using Alternate Dispute Resolution, and making a claim in the court. They provide referrals to partner consumer organisations for additional help or enforcement, such as Trading Standards.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to incentivise uptake in the ownership of electric vehicles.

The Government has committed £2.5 billion since 2020 to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. This provides funding to offset the higher upfront cost of electric vehicles and more than £1.6 billion to be used to support charging infrastructure.

Plug-in Grants, to reduce the upfront cost of vehicles, will continue until at least 2024 for taxis and motorcycles, and 2025 for vans, trucks and wheelchair accessible vehicles. In addition, generous tax incentives are in place, including zero road tax and favourable company car tax rates, which can save drivers over £2,000 a year.

We want to ensure drivers who make the switch to an electric vehicle can charge easily. In March the Department for Transport published the UK electric vehicle charging infrastructure strategy. The strategy sets out the Department’s vision and commitments to make electric vehicle charging cheaper and more convenient than refuelling at a petrol station so that drivers can make the switch to an electric vehicle wherever they live.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to families with the cost of energy bills.

The Government is committed to supporting households with energy prices and the cost of living.

This winter the government is providing direct support to millions of households through the Energy Price Guarantee and Energy Bills Support Scheme. This is in addition to the Cost of Living Support Package, which is targeted at those greatest in need. It includes a one-off £300 payment, for over 8 million pensioner households to be paid alongside the Winter Fuel Payment.

For families needing additional support, the £421m Household Support Fund has been extended until March 2023, to help vulnerable households in England with the cost of essentials.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Department is taking to support (a) postmasters and (b) sub-postmasters with the rising cost of living.

The Government has introduced the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, which seeks to provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic consumers, including Post Offices. It will apply to energy usage from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, running for an initial 6-month period for non-domestic energy users. The savings will be first seen in October bills, which are typically received in November. The Government will publish a review of the scheme in 3 months. This review will consider how best to offer further support to customers who are the most vulnerable to energy price increases.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional steps his Department will take to assist businesses struggling with the cost of gas and electricity.

The Government announced a new six-month scheme – the Energy Price Guarantee for Businesses (EPGB) – to protect all businesses and other non-domestic energy users from soaring energy costs. The scheme will offer comparable support to that being provided for consumers and more details will follow shortly. After this initial six-month scheme, the Government will provide focused support for vulnerable sectors, targeted to make sure those most in need get support.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to ensure that OneWeb continues to receive funding and support.

The Government has successfully supported OneWeb to fully fund its business plan and continues to support OneWeb to become commercially successful. The Government does not intend to make any further investment in OneWeb.