Daniel Kawczynski Portrait

Daniel Kawczynski

Conservative - Shrewsbury and Atcham

First elected: 5th May 2005


Subsidy Control Bill
20th Oct 2021 - 24th Oct 2021
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 20th Jul 2020
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 20th Jul 2020
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
20th May 2020 - 25th Jun 2020
Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
International Development Committee
10th Mar 2008 - 6th May 2010
Justice Committee
6th Nov 2007 - 20th Apr 2009
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 18th Dec 2007


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Daniel Kawczynski has voted in 803 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Daniel Kawczynski voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Daniel Kawczynski voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
22 Jun 2022 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Daniel Kawczynski voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Conservative No votes vs 106 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 70
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Daniel Kawczynski 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
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Daniel Kawczynski voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
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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
Philip Dunne (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(10 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(29 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(22 debate contributions)
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Shrewsbury and Atcham 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).

Daniel Kawczynski has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Daniel Kawczynski

4th December 2023
Daniel Kawczynski signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Monday 4th December 2023

Venezuela and Guyana

Tabled by: Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative - Shrewsbury and Atcham)
That this House recognises neither the illegitimate Socialist dictator of Venezuela as President nor his immoral and dangerous referendum to try to seize vast territory from Guyana; notes that this border was settled over 100 years ago; believes that in his attempt to distract the Venezuelan people from the economic …
5 signatures
(Most recent: 18 Dec 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 3
Independent: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
27th November 2023
Daniel Kawczynski signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Monday 27th November 2023

Conduct of David Snoxell

Tabled by: Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative - Shrewsbury and Atcham)
That this House urges relevant authorities to urgently investigate any commercial links between David Snoxell, administrator of the Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) APPG, and the Government of Mauritius, which seeks to take these islands from Britain and the indigenous population of Chagossians.
1 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Nov 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Daniel Kawczynski, 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.


Daniel Kawczynski has not been granted any Urgent Questions

3 Adjournment Debates led by Daniel Kawczynski

Wednesday 13th December 2023
Wednesday 10th March 2021

Daniel Kawczynski has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


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
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of bilateral trade with St Kitts and Nevis was in (a) 2021 and (b) 2022.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 6th December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of trade between Britain and St Kitts and Nevis was in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022.

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

A response to the Hon gentlemen’s Parliamentary Question of 15 March is attached.

6th Feb 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether contacts between Palantir and (a) Cambridge Analytica and (b) foreign national security organisations will be considered in future procurement opportunities for that company in relation to contracts that require handling of sensitive data and information.

UK public procurement is regulated by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, and public procurement policy is to award contracts on the basis of value for money, which means the optimum combination of cost and quality over the lifetime of the project.

Public sector procurers are required by law to assess the most economically advantageous tender from the perspective of the contracting authority, using criteria linked to the subject matter of the contract, including compliance with the published specification for all contracts.

Security implications are considered in detail on a case-by-case basis by commercial teams, and security clauses and schedules are included in government contracts, where necessary.

Public bodies must also comply with the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 when letting contracts involving personal data, including adequacy for the purposes of off-shoring, where relevant.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
26th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the UK's largest exports are to China.

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

A response to the hon. Member's Parliamentary Questions of 26 May is attached.

26th May 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the UK's largest imports are from China.

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

A response to the hon. Member's Parliamentary Questions of 26 May is attached.

22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the level of bilateral trade was with Poland in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

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

2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether weddings with one hundred or more guests are likely to be allowed before the end of the year as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

The Government has been working closely with stakeholders in the wedding industry, the Places of Worship Taskforce, and the National Panel for Registration to enable small marriages and civil partnerships to begin safely from 4 July 2020. Guidance can be found at the link below, which remains under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships

Large gatherings, for example of one hundred or more people, present greater risks of transmission.The Government continues to work with relevant stakeholders to consider how to enable receptions and larger marriage and civil partnership ceremonies to take place safely.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to promote agricultural technology to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) does not have an office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the commercial opportunities, either in general or the specific sectors named in the questions. However, DBT can support opportunities in DRC via its hub in South Africa or sector advisers. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Lord Popat, has a watching brief to evaluate the opportunities in DRC and His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa is working to ensure we understand the potential for British Business to operate ethically in the DRC. Both our Trade Envoy and HMTC are due to visit the DRC in April.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of increasing trade with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the aid required by that country.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) does not have an office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the commercial opportunities, either in general or the specific sectors named in the questions. However, DBT can support opportunities in DRC via its hub in South Africa or sector advisers. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Lord Popat, has a watching brief to evaluate the opportunities in DRC and His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa is working to ensure we understand the potential for British Business to operate ethically in the DRC. Both our Trade Envoy and HMTC are due to visit the DRC in April.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has taken recent steps to help support British hydropower companies to increase trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the context of energy market liberalisation in that country.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) does not have an office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the commercial opportunities, either in general or the specific sectors named in the questions. However, DBT can support opportunities in DRC via its hub in South Africa or sector advisers. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Lord Popat, has a watching brief to evaluate the opportunities in DRC and His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa is working to ensure we understand the potential for British Business to operate ethically in the DRC. Both our Trade Envoy and HMTC are due to visit the DRC in April.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of energy market liberalisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on levels of investment by British hydropower companies in that country.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) does not have an office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the commercial opportunities, either in general or the specific sectors named in the questions. However, DBT can support opportunities in DRC via its hub in South Africa or sector advisers. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Lord Popat, has a watching brief to evaluate the opportunities in DRC and His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa is working to ensure we understand the potential for British Business to operate ethically in the DRC. Both our Trade Envoy and HMTC are due to visit the DRC in April.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what financial support is available to businesses that have (a) been disrupted and (b) had stock damaged as a result of flooding.

The Business Recovery Grant (BRG), part of the Flooding Framework, provides £2500 per affected business premises to small and medium sized businesses in the immediate aftermath of flooding to help them get back on their feet.

This support was provided in October 2023 in response to Storm Babet and those affected by Storm Henk interested in the BRG should contact their Local Authority for details and qualification requirements.

Businesses significantly affected by recent flooding could also be eligible for business rates relief via schemes delivered by DLUHC and via DEFRA schemes.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will lift (a) tariffs and (b) quotas on (i) tomatoes, (ii) cucumbers, (iii) other winter fruit and vegetables and (iv) other products originating from Morocco.

The UK-Morocco Association Agreement requires both parties to undertake a review of all agriculture and fisheries tariffs within three years of its entry into force in 2021. This review was launched on 16 November 2023. Following conclusion of the review, the parties will examine granting further liberalisation on agriculture products on a regular basis.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to encourage British businesses to invest in (a) green energy, (b) hydrogen and (c) other sustainable initiatives in (i) the Western Sahara and (ii) Morocco.

The UK works closely with Morocco to maximise cooperation in several areas, including in trade and investment. The UK-Morocco Association Agreement facilitates this trading relationship, which has grown significantly since entry into force in January 2021.

The Department of Business and Trade frequently engages its Moroccan counterparts to promote and support green investment into Morocco. The UK and Morocco are co-leads on the Power Breakthrough, which aims to make clean power the most affordable and reliable option for all countries by 2030. With regard to Western Sahara, I refer my hon. Friend to my response to Question 1500.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Appeal Court decision in Western Sahara Campaign UK v Secretary of State for International Trade and Anor, what steps she is taking to encourage businesses to explore investment opportunities in the Western Sahara.

HM Government does not provide legal advice to private companies and individuals in relation to their commercial activities. It is therefore for companies to take their own decisions on whether to do business in Western Sahara, as elsewhere.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of professional relocation services on inward investment; and if she will make a statement.

There are no plans to make an assessment.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department issues any guidance to employee relocation businesses on the Association of Relocation Professionals' Code of Conduct as a professional standard.

My department does not issue guidance to employee relocation businesses on the Association of Relocation Professionals' Code of Conduct as a professional standard.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department plans to appoint a trade envoy to St Kitts and Nevis.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 23 March 2023, UIN 167068.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has provided support for (a) building a bridge between St Kitts and Nevis and (b) the Sea City development in St Kitts and Nevis.

My department has a team which covers the Caribbean and is in regular contact with governments and businesses, actively seeking export and investment opportunities for British firms. We are working with a number of UK companies on infrastructure projects in the region and would be delighted to discuss these opportunities with any UK exporters the Member is aware of. Please contact DITLATAC@fcdo.gov.uk.

Furthermore, Department for Business and Trade trade advisers in the region can provide dedicated, well-informed guidance on viable long-term commercial prospects across the Caribbean, including St Kitts and Nevis.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what guidance her Department issues on access to UK markets for St Kitts and Nevis.

The UK has a trade agreement with 14 Caribbean States, including St Kitts and Nevis. The UK-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement provides detailed information on St Kitts and Nevis’ preferential access to UK markets, including duty-free access on goods.

To assist access to UK markets, Gov.uk also provides a range of tools and resources for exporters. A key resource is the tariff-look up tool that can be used to search commodity codes, duties and VAT rates on exports to the UK. There is also guidance on finding trade partners, such as importers and retailers, to assist with trade in the UK.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether he plans to take steps to remove tariffs on goods and services from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean.

The UK has a comprehensive trade agreement with all 12 Caribbean Commonwealth countries covering both goods and services. The UK-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement provides immediate duty-free quota-free access to the UK market for all goods from partner Caribbean States, except arms and ammunition.

The Agreement also provides CARIFORUM partners access to the majority of UK service sectors and opens most services in the UK and CARIFORUM to investment. Under the agreement the UK has committed to allowing specific categories of professional employees of CARIFORUM firms and self-employed CARIFORUM professionals in specific sectors, to enter the UK to supply services.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the adequacy of opportunities for British construction firms to bid for the Bridge project connecting St Kitts with Nevis.

My department has a team covering the Caribbean and is in regular contact with governments and businesses about opportunities for UK firms. We are working with a number of UK companies on infrastructure projects in the region and would be delighted to discuss these opportunities with any UK exporters the Member is aware of. Please contact DITLATAC@fcdo.gov.uk.

Additionally, validated infrastructure opportunities overseas are published on the Department for Business and Trade’s (DBT) export opportunities portal https://www.great.gov.uk/export-opportunities/ and UK companies can also engage DBT trade advisors in the region directly, who can provide well-informed guidance on viable long-term commercial prospects in the Caribbean.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when he plans to appoint a Trade Envoy to cover the territory of St Kitts & Nevis.

The Department for International Trade is constantly reviewing suitable markets to identify where the appointment of a Trade Envoy can be of greatest benefit to the trade and investment aims of the UK alongside the Department’s other support for exporters and investors. There are currently no plans at present to solely appoint a Trade Envoy to St Kitts & Nevis.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on the supply of arms to countries in Central Africa of reports on the activities of the March 23 Movement.

HM Government takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously and rigorously assesses every export licence application on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. These Criteria are one of the means by which we implement a range of international legal commitments including United Nations sanctions.

HM Government will not grant a licence for items where we determine there is a clear risk that the items might be used to commit or facilitate internal repression, or where we determine there is a clear risk that the items might be used to commit or facilitate a serious violation of international humanitarian law. We also do not license items where we determine there is a clear risk that the items would, overall, undermine peace and security, including internal peace and security.

Licensing decisions are based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available at the time and all licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard.

The UK condemns recent atrocities committed by armed group March 23 Movement (M23) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether his Department has plans to modernise the Certification Officer to help ensure that legal advice obtained by trade unions is communicated to their members.

The Certification Officer is the regulator of trade unions and employer associations. The Government modernised the role of the Certification Officer recently by implementing in April last year the reforms under the Trade Union Act. This has given the Certification Officer greater investigatory powers, the power to impose financial penalties and the ability to raise a levy on trade unions and employer associations. The Government has no further plans to reform the role of the Certification Officer at this time.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of using non-fungible tokens in the issuing of North Sea licences.

The North Sea Transition Authority, the regulator and licensing body for oil and gas, offshore hydrogen and carbon storage, has made no such assessment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of a Government grant for the replacement of old double glazing windows.

Our ‘Help to Heat’ schemes ensure homes will be warmer and cheaper to heat. We are continuing to deliver energy efficiency improvements to a significant number of homes, helping households to save money on energy bills.

Double glazed windows are currently eligible to be installed under the Home Upgrade Grant, Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and Energy Company Obligation schemes, and many households have already benefited from this measure.

We are considering which measures will be eligible under the future schemes announced in December 2023.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
7th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will discuss with Rolls Royce SMR Ltd his plan for procurement of small modular reactors.

The Government has awarded up to £210m from the Advanced Nuclear Fund to Rolls Royce SMR Ltd to support the development of their Small Modular Reactor design.

As outlined in the British Energy Security Strategy, the Government intends to initiate a selection process in 2023, with the intention that we will enter negotiations with the most credible projects to enable a potential Government award of support as soon as possible.

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, what plans he has for small modular reactors to contribute to (a) net zero and (b) energy security; and whether he has discussed these goals with Rolls Royce SMR Ltd.

The British Energy Security Strategy (BESS) announced that Government will scope and set up Great British Nuclear (GBN), a body to help projects through every stage of the development process and develop a resilient pipeline of new build projects.

There remains a wide range of nuclear technologies available for deployment, including small modular reactors (SMRs). SMRs have the potential to play a key role in the UK’s future energy mix as we transition to Net Zero in 2050 and in supporting our energy security.

The Department’s engagement with Rolls Royce SMR Ltd and with vendors across all technologies reflects the Government’s policy priorities, and ambitions, in line with the BESS.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of which UK-based industries, other than wind farms and electric vehicles, are dependent on the supply of lithium-ion batteries.

According to projections from a June 2022 report by the Faraday Institution, in 2040 lithium-ion batteries manufactured for private cars and light commercial vehicles will account for around 80% of total UK battery demand, with the remainder manufactured for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses, micromobility and grid storage:

https://www.faraday.ac.uk/news-ev-battery-prod-2040-update-june2022/.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, where the lithium-ion batteries used in UK wind farms are sourced from.

The use of large lithium-ion batteries in UK wind farms is limited to wind turbines attached to battery storage facilities or that are involved in the National Grid’s Black Start service. Any UK windfarms that use lithium-ion batteries will source them globally.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has a policy on stockpiling lithium-ion batteries.

The Government does not have a specific policy on the stockpiling of lithium-ion batteries.

As for other goods, the approach to the storage or stockpiling of batteries will be a decision for any parties involved. The storage of batteries should be carried out in compliance with UK laws, including ensuring safety requirements are met.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she is taking steps to promote public awareness of (a) blockchain and (b) Non-Fungible Tokens.

I refer the Honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham to the answer given in response to PQ 4875 and PQ 4876.

Saqib Bhatti
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has a policy on the stockpiling of critical materials.

The Critical Minerals Strategy sets out the Government’s plans to make critical mineral supply chains more resilient. The Department of International Trade’s Supply Chains Resilience framework highlighted stockpiling as one of five possible areas to explore when building resilience in supply chains. We are analysing the pros and cons of stockpiling, including engagement of stakeholders and international partners, before making commitments.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the publication of the Critical Mineral Strategy, what steps is his Department taking to engage with mineral-rich countries.

We work collaboratively with mineral producing countries, putting environmental, social and governance considerations at the heart of our engagement. In recent months the UK has signed a Partnership on Minerals for Future Clean Energy Technologies with South Africa and agreed to deepen collaboration on critical minerals with Saudi Arabia. To support this work, I will be travelling to the Mining Indaba in South Africa, where I will meet with my ministerial counterparts to strengthen UK ties with key producer countries, attend the Minerals Security Partnership Ministerial, and promote the UK’s key role in global critical mineral supply chains

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
8th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will provide support for rural coal users who are unable to obtain gas or oil and rely on coal to heat their homes.

Households not on standard gas or electricity contracts, such as those in rural areas, will receive equivalent support to that provided through the Energy Bills Support Scheme, and the Energy Price Guarantee. The Government is working at pace to determine the most practical and tested routes to deliver this support. As part of this, for households who do not use gas for domestic heating, the Government has committed to provide an additional payment of £100 to compensate for the rising costs of other fuels such as coal.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what involvement The Insolvency Service has on the matter of redundancies at P&O Ferries; what the cost to the public purse of that engagement is; what assessment his Department has made of the solvency of P&O Ferries; and what plans the Government has to safeguard ferry services in the event that P&O Ferries becomes insolvent.

On 1 April 2022 the Insolvency Service commenced formal criminal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries. As these are ongoing investigations, no further comment or information can be provided at this time.

The Department for Transport regularly looks at resilience of businesses within the maritime sector.

30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to safeguard the operation of the (a) Billingham and (b) Ince fertiliser plants.

An industry agreement reached in October ensured that CF Fertilisers on Teesside could continue to operate for 3 months. This market-led agreement was renewed in January 2022 and continue a the current time, even with high global gas prices.

The Government welcomes industry’s agreement which is in the best interests of businesses.

The continued operations at Billingham, and any decision to restart operations at Ince, remains a commercial matter for the company. In the longer term, the Government would like to see the market take measures to improve resilience, and we are engaging on ways this could happen. We would encourage industry, where possible, to pay a price necessary to continue to secure the supply of these critical chemicals and to continue to build their resilience plans.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
18th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the incorporation of Non-Fungible Tokens into cultural objects held by (a) the British Museum and (b) other museums to (i) confirm their authenticity and (ii) help prevent their theft.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not made a specific assessment of the merits of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in this context. The British Museum has noted that, due to the cost and resource requirements involved, and as they do not significantly mitigate risk, the Museum currently has no plans to adopt the use of NFTs in this way.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the incorporation of Non-Fungible Tokens into digital artworks to confirm their authenticity.

Although DCMS has not made a specific assessment of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), HMT looked at NFTs as part of its consultation on cryptoassets. Developments like NFTs may provide new opportunities, as well as challenges, and we are aware of private sector services offering NFT-based authentication for digital art.

9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she will take steps to prevent Russian players participating at Wimbledon tennis tournament.

The Government strongly condemns Russia’s unprovoked, flagrant actions. Russia must not be allowed to exploit major sporting and cultural events on the world stage to seek to legitimise its illegal invasion of Ukraine.

That is why we brought together an international coalition to see what more we could do to increase the pressure on Putin’s regime, and issued a joint statement with 36 other nations calling on international sporting federations to endorse the principles that:

  • Russia and Belarus should not be permitted to host, bid for or be awarded any international sporting events.

  • Individual athletes selected by Russia and Belarus, administrators and teams representing the Russian or Belarusian state should be banned from competing in other countries, including those representing bodies, cities or brands that are effectively representing Russia or Belarus, such as major football clubs.

  • Wherever possible, appropriate actions should be taken to limit sponsorship and other financial support from entities with links to the Russian or Belarusian states.

The full statement is available here.

The issue of Russian or Belarussian individual sports persons participating in a truly neutral capacity - in the UK and overseas - adds further complexity, and our position will have the greatest impact if it is taken in line with other nations. We are engaging with national governing bodies, including the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and international counterparts in order to reach an agreed position that can be implemented as consistently as possible.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the (a) balance of and (b) level of input from (i) Open Society Foundation and (ii) other NGOs on BBC World's coverage of (A) Poland and (B) Hungary.

The Government recognises the vital role that the BBC, including the World Service, plays across the globe. However, the BBC is operationally and editorially independent from the government and the government cannot intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations, including its editorial decisions.

The BBC has a duty to deliver impartial and accurate news coverage and content under its Royal Charter. It is for the BBC Board to ensure the quality of all BBC’s content, and that BBC output meets the highest standards the public expects.



Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the BBC on the operation of the convention of the Monarch’s office being shown footage intended to be broadcast by the BBC.

The BBC is an independent body governed by the Royal Charter. It is operationally and editorially independent from the government, and the government cannot intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason his Department has recently changed the value of vouchers on the Community Fibre Partnership from the value that was originally agreed.

Community Fibre Partnerships are an Openreach product that they use on our Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS). Openreach operates the Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) Scheme all over the UK and they use this as an aggregation platform to gather initial contact details and ‘pledges’ (Openreach term) for communities who want to improve their broadband. The particular costings of a CFP scheme are determined by Openreach, but since the launch of the GBVS, Openreach has encouraged communities to use the voucher funding provided by the government to pay for the cost of installing the network to rural communities.

We are investing up to £210 million in vouchers over the next three years. The new voucher’s value matches that of our previous scheme, £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses,which has already successfully transformed connectivity for communities across the country with 72,000 vouchers issued worth £137 million.

If you are referring to a particular project in your constituency my officials would be happy to investigate this for you, but in order to do so they would need a Pre-Registered Package (PRP) number associated with the voucher project.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to provide further financial support to organisations in the voluntary sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

The £750 million package offered unprecedented support to allow charities and social enterprises to continue their vital work in our national effort to fight coronavirus. This funding will continue to support this work over the winter.

We are not able to replace every pound of funding charities would have received this year, and many organisations will need to assess what measures they need to take. Information on the wider measures the government has made available and details on how to access the support can be found on gov.uk. The Charity Commission has also published guidance on gov.uk, which sets out how charities can get support for their staff, advice on use of reserves, and other potential issues.

We will continue to work with the charity and social enterprise sectors to assess emerging needs and how we can best support them during the COVID-19 pandemic and through recovery.

Ensuring charities can safely begin fundraising activities will be a crucial part of the sector’s recovery. DCMS has worked closely with its sectors to publish guidance relating to COVID-19. This includes practical guidance and resources from the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising supporting charities to safeguard the public, staff and volunteers as they plan to return to fundraising activities in a safe and responsible way. This can be viewed at;

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-dcms-sectors-in-relation-to-coronavirus-covid-19