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Dave Doogan

Scottish National Party - Angus

First elected: 12th December 2019

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy Security and Net Zero)

(since September 2023)

Defence Committee
5th Jan 2022 - 12th Sep 2023
Defence Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2022 - 12th Sep 2023
Committees on Arms Export Controls
26th Jan 2022 - 12th Sep 2023
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)
12th Dec 2022 - 4th Sep 2023
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)
5th Jan 2022 - 12th Dec 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Rural Affairs)
7th Jan 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Manufacturing)
16th Oct 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
3rd Nov 2021 - 18th Nov 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Dave Doogan has voted in 575 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(30 debate interactions)
Douglas Ross (Conservative)
(25 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(63 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Agriculture Act 2020
(3,561 words contributed)
Fisheries Act 2020
(2,907 words contributed)
Energy Act 2023
(2,188 words contributed)
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Angus Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should repeal breed specific provisions in dangerous dogs legislation. We believe these provisions are a flawed approach to public safety and an ethical failing with regards to animal welfare.

Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.

Now that we have left the EU, the UK has the ability to finally stop the importation of Shark Fins. They had previously stated that 'Whilst in the EU, it is not possible to unilaterally ban the import of shark fins into the UK.'

Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP.

Leading veterinary and welfare bodies are concerned by the alarming rise in ear-cropped dogs in the UK. Ear cropping is illegal in the UK and an unnecessary, painful mutilation with no welfare benefit. The practice involves cutting off part of the ear flap, often without anaesthesia or pain relief.

The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.


Latest EDMs signed by Dave Doogan

15th April 2024
Dave Doogan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 16th April 2024

Culloden Academy and the Scottish Cup 2024

Tabled by: Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
That this House congratulates Inverness school Culloden Academy on its success in the Scottish Cup, with both the first-year girls' and senior girls' teams winning national basketball championship titles; notes the performance of the first-year girls' team, winning with a score of 59-25, and the senior girls' team, achieving a …
10 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
15th April 2024
Dave Doogan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 16th April 2024

Matthew Knapman, Assynt Mountain Rescue

Tabled by: Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
That this House commends 17-year-old Matthew Knapman from Inverness for his commitment to volunteering with Assynt Mountain Rescue Team; recognises that he was inspired to help others through mountain rescue following a mountain bike accident in 2022 where he received vital support; notes that he has assisted on two call-outs …
10 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Dave Doogan, 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.


Dave Doogan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Dave Doogan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Dave Doogan 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
19th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of the Emergency Alerts system is.

The total cost to date of developing the technical architecture and systems that underpin the emergency alert capability, in addition to the first three years of operational delivery, will be a maximum of £25.3 million.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2023 to Question 191383 on Veterans: LGBT+ People, when he plans to publish the findings of the LGBT Veterans Independent Review.

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs and Ministry of Defence jointly commissioned an independent review to better understand the impacts and implications of the pre-2000 policy relating to LGBT people serving in HM Armed Forces.

Lord Etherton has concluded this work and submitted his report to the Government.

We are carefully considering the findings and, in line with the review’s terms of reference, shall publish the report and an initial Government response in due course.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he is taking steps to (a) create and (b) promote mutually supportive networks among LGBT+ veterans.

This Government is committed to ensuring that the service of every veteran is understood, valued and recognised.

My officials and I regularly meet organisations that have created networks for LGBT veterans, and I strongly support these initiatives.

In January 2022, we commissioned an Independent Review into the impact of the ban on LGBT personnel serving in the military, and we are currently considering the Review's findings.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) contracts and (b) sub-contracts (i) Government Departments, (ii) executive agencies and (iii) non-departmental public bodies hold with Infosys.


Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
20th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria does Civil Service Pension Scheme apply in implementing 59(A) Social Security Pensions Act (SSPA)1975, resulting in no reduction in public service pension.

The Cabinet Office applies the provisions of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, including those set out in Section 59(5), to the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

The responsibility for making Directions under the Social Security Pensions Act 1975 about when public service pension schemes should not deduct part or all of a Guaranteed Minimum Pension under section 59(5) of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975 before applying pension increases sits with HM Treasury.

Such provisions for the indexation of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMPs) by public service pension schemes in specified circumstances are set out in Directions made by HM Treasury under section 59A of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975. Taken together with general provisions for indexing public service pensions under section 59 of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, read with the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971, these provide for the full indexation of GMPs earned as part of a public service pension in circumstances where those GMPs are not increased through the State Pension.

The latest Section 59A direction is available here: Treasury_Direction_30.03.2021_FINAL.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
11th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people receiving the Civil Service Pension who had a reduction in their pension then received (a) an increased pension and (b) a lump sum payment following a further adjustment to their Guaranteed Minimum Pension since 2016.

The requested information is not available. The outcome of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) exercise was a single adjustment to a member’s pension. In a small number of cases a member’s pension may have been adjusted for other reasons and then subsequently changed again as a result of the GMP exercise.

8th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Guaranteed Minimum Pension review in 2016, whether (a) notional or (b) payable additional State Pension was compared to Guaranteed Minimum Pension before the adjustments were made to civil service pensions.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the pension arrangements of Equiniti. 26,715 of around 700,000 pensioner members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme were affected following the Civil Service Pension Scheme Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation and rectification exercise.

Civil Service Pension Scheme members were provided with detailed information about the change to their pension, along with any lump sum underpayment due to the member. In cases where pensions had been overpaid the overpayment was written-off and future pension payments adjusted to the correct level. Members requesting a complete breakdown of the calculations supporting these figures, following receipt of the detailed information about the change to their pension, were provided with the complete breakdown.

The reconciliation exercise compares member data held by the scheme with records held by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Where there is a discrepancy between the data sources the reason is investigated in order to reconcile the scheme data with the HMRC data which may result in changes to pensions in payment. Consideration of notional or payable Additional State Pension is not relevant to the reconciliation exercise.

8th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has provided Civil Service Pensions with all the necessary information relating to Guaranteed Minimum Pension for all pension holders.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the pension arrangements of Equiniti. 26,715 of around 700,000 pensioner members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme were affected following the Civil Service Pension Scheme Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation and rectification exercise.

Civil Service Pension Scheme members were provided with detailed information about the change to their pension, along with any lump sum underpayment due to the member. In cases where pensions had been overpaid the overpayment was written-off and future pension payments adjusted to the correct level. Members requesting a complete breakdown of the calculations supporting these figures, following receipt of the detailed information about the change to their pension, were provided with the complete breakdown.

The reconciliation exercise compares member data held by the scheme with records held by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Where there is a discrepancy between the data sources the reason is investigated in order to reconcile the scheme data with the HMRC data which may result in changes to pensions in payment. Consideration of notional or payable Additional State Pension is not relevant to the reconciliation exercise.

8th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many pensioners with (a) Civil Service Pension and (b) Equiniti had their pensions reduced following the Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation exercise undertaken between 2016 and 2019.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the pension arrangements of Equiniti. 26,715 of around 700,000 pensioner members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme were affected following the Civil Service Pension Scheme Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation and rectification exercise.

Civil Service Pension Scheme members were provided with detailed information about the change to their pension, along with any lump sum underpayment due to the member. In cases where pensions had been overpaid the overpayment was written-off and future pension payments adjusted to the correct level. Members requesting a complete breakdown of the calculations supporting these figures, following receipt of the detailed information about the change to their pension, were provided with the complete breakdown.

The reconciliation exercise compares member data held by the scheme with records held by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Where there is a discrepancy between the data sources the reason is investigated in order to reconcile the scheme data with the HMRC data which may result in changes to pensions in payment. Consideration of notional or payable Additional State Pension is not relevant to the reconciliation exercise.

16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment has the Prime Minister made of the adequacy of the standards of probity in public life.

Her Majesty’s Government is committed to maintaining high standards of conduct and probity, whilst making improvements where necessary to policies and processes which help support this.

There are a range of mechanisms in place to maintain and drive up standards, including Codes of Conduct (such as the Ministerial Code, Civil Service Code, Special Adviser Code), policies and guidance (such as Managing Public Money), and bodies and offices charged with overseeing aspects of government activity (for example the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and the Civil Service Commission). The Committee on Standards in Public Life also issues regular reports with ideas and recommendations for the Government and other public bodies to consider.

I also refer the Hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 16 December 2021, Official Report, HCWS500, on the Government's anti-corruption strategy work.

30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that there are minimal delays at the border as a result of non-tariff barriers to trade.

The Government has provided comprehensive guidance on the new arrangements for trade with the EU. We are working closely with the devolved administrations, operational partners, industry groups and transporters to minimise any potential disruption. The Border Operating Centre is operating around the clock to pull together all the necessary sources of information to track what is happening at the border.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will instruct Ofgem to update the (a) Holistic Network Design and (b) Centralised Strategic Network Plan to ensure a greater proportion of future electricity transmission infrastructure is built offshore.

The Electricity System Operator (ESO) is responsible for assessing and recommending transmission reinforcement options.

Its Holistic Network Design recommendations give equal consideration to impacts on communities, cost to consumers, environmental impacts, and deliverability.

The ESO has assessed a wide range of options for each network need identified in order to minimise impacts against the four criteria. This includes assessing both on and offshore options. Where an offshore route performs best, the ESO recommends this.

The ESO will publish the transitional Centralised Strategic Network Plan on March 19th, which will include details of its recommended design options.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the maximum capacity of offshore wind that could be funded through the Contracts for Difference allocation round six.

Contracts for Difference auctions have successfully used competition to procure 30GW of new renewable capacity across all technologies, including around 20GW of offshore wind, since their introduction, while driving costs down for consumers. In any round, the volume of capacity that is successful for each technology, including offshore wind, depends on a range of factors including the volume of eligible applications, and the prices that applicants bid at. We cannot pre-judge the outcome of allocation round six.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the potential additional costs for offshoring the required new grid capacity between north east (a) Scotland and (b) England.

Electricity network planning is a function of the independent Electricity System Operator (ESO). Through the Holistic Network Design (HND), the transitional Centralised Strategic Network Plan and in the future through the Centralised Strategic Network Plan (CSNP), the ESO considers the best approach to coordinate transmission infrastructure to balance community impact, environmental impact, cost and deliverability and reduce the amount of planned infrastructure. Additional costs will vary depending on the specific infrastructure considered, however subsea cabling is several times more expensive than overhead lines, due in part to lower capacity of offshore circuits (2GW in comparison to 6GW for onshore alternatives).

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will instruct Ofgem to publish an estimate of the impact of the cost of future transmission charges for renewable companies in more expensive Transmission Network Use of System Charges zones on the agreed strike price for the fifth Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round.

The Government acknowledges the uncertainty that renewable developers face in pricing in the cost of future transmission charges (TNUoS), and that this presents particular challenges for transmission-connected projects in more expensive TNUoS zones. Whilst network charges are a matter for Ofgem, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has overall responsibility for Contracts for Difference allocation rounds. The Department continues to assess implications of charging arrangements on CfD generators and will continue to engage with Ofgem to mitigate the impacts where possible and appropriate.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the switching off of renewable wind power because of grid capacity on household bills.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave to him on 7 March to Question UIN 16816.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing financial penalties on network companies that fail to deliver grid connections on schedule.

The regulatory framework for electricity network connections is a matter for the independent regulator, Ofgem. As set out in the Connections Action Plan[1], Ofgem is undertaking a full review of existing incentives and obligations on parties, including network companies, relating to connections to ensure they are fit for purpose. This will include consideration of the use of financial incentives and penalties, as well as other regulatory levers. Ofgem will report its findings by the end of June.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
5th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many projects that have been granted grid access which have (a) stalled and (b) ceased entirely have been removed from the national grid connection queue in the last year.

Data from the Electricity System Operator (ESO) shows that 31 projects have been removed from the transmission connections queue since 1 March 2023. Of these 31 projects, 13 terminated their agreements voluntarily as part of the ESO’s Transmission Entry Capacity (TEC) Amnesty.

As set out at Budget, the ESO has begun the process of inserting delivery milestones into over 1000 connection agreements, enabling it to terminate stalled projects from Autumn 2024. The Government will also work with the ESO and network companies to outline further reforms by summer 2024 to raise barriers to entering and remaining in the queue.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to improve energy network resilience by investigating the potential of radio spectrum access for energy networks.

Ofcom published a consultation on possible spectrum for the energy and water utilities in June, identifying 5 bands for the potential use by the energy sector (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/potential-spectrum-bands-to-support-utilities). We will be working with Ofcom to take forward the outcomes from this consultation.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with refence to the Second National Infrastructure Assessment, published by the National Infrastructure Commission in October 2023, whether her Department is co-ordinating with the Department [WHICH?] on efforts to enable radio spectrum access for energy networks.

Officials at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero are currently discussing the recommendations from the NIC report with several Government departments and public bodies while we assess the future need for telecommunications for the energy industry.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to households of curtailing wind generation due to a lack of grid capacity.

The National Grid Electricity System Operator is responsible for managing constraints and annual network constraint costs for 2022 were £2.0bn (2023 prices). Constraints are a natural part of operating an efficient electricity system, and balancing the network by curtailing wind and turning up alternative generation can be an efficient way to manage these.

Necessary grid infrastructure improvements are being made to manage the level of constraints on the system and ensure the UK's homes can be powered by clean, green energy in future.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the additional costs to consumers associated with uneven Transmission Network Use of System charges increasing the administrative strike price for renewables contracts.

The Government acknowledges the uncertainty that renewable developers face in pricing in the cost of future transmission charges (TNUoS), and that this presents particular challenges for transmission-connected projects in more expensive TNUoS zones which primarily impact wind technologies. Whilst network charges are a matter for Ofgem, the Department has considered implications for the upcoming sixth Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round and has taken into account the risk of higher TNUoS charges for certain wind technologies. The Department continually assesses implications of charging arrangements on future CfD rounds beyond Allocation Round 6.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of trends in the level of fuel poverty since 2018.

Fuel Poverty is a devolved matter and the Department has responsibility for England.

The share of households in fuel poverty in England has reduced from 22% in 2010 to 13% in 2023, with energy efficiency being the key driver.

Other support includes the Warm Home Discount scheme which provides low-income and vulnerable households with a £150 rebate off their winter energy bill, which it is estimated took 248,000 English households out of fuel poverty in 2023.

The department is currently reviewing the 2021 fuel poverty strategy and is engaging with key stakeholders as part of this process.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy not to carry forward surplus emissions from the Third Carbon Budget into future carbon budgets.

The Government has overachieved on all its carbon budgets to date. As required under the Climate Change Act, the Government has consulted the Climate Change Committee (CCC) and Devolved Administrations (DAs). The Government will consider the CCC and DAs’ responses and make a decision ahead of the statutory deadline of 31 May 2024.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many renewable energy projects are awaiting a decision on their application to connect to the national grid as of 28 February 2024.

The latest data from the Electricity System Operator, from 31 January 2024, reports that there were 40 renewable energy projects awaiting transmission connection offers.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what capacity of floating offshore wind projects she plans to fund in the next Contracts for Difference auction round.

The Budget Notice for Allocation Round 6 of the Contracts for Difference Scheme is due to be published by 13 March 2024. Decisions about funding any technology are determined by the available pipeline of eligible projects. The Government seeks to set the budget at a level that supports competition and delivers on the deployment and value for money objectives of the scheme.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate her Department has made of the potential GDP value to the economy of reaching the 50GW offshore wind capacity target.

The Department has not estimated the potential GDP value to the economy of reaching the 50GW ambition. The Offshore Wind Industry Council estimates in their Skills Intelligence Report, published June 2023, that with our world leading 50GW ambition, the offshore wind sector is expected to grow to support over 100,000 jobs by 2030. This will require over £50 billion in construction capital expenditure.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the closure of the Grangemouth oil refinery on the labour market in Scotland.

The owners of Grangemouth refinery noted that refining operations will continue until at least Q2 2025. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State met their CEO in November to discuss this transition, the future of the site and seek assurances on their continued support for their employees.

In the meantime, The Falkirk Growth Deal, supported by the UK and Scottish Governments, has a firm focus on the themes of Innovative Industry and Great Places. It will see £40m invested by the UK government in projects that will create new high-value jobs for the future.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an estimate of the potential impact of trends in the level of imported energy on the cost of energy for (a) domestic and (b) business customers in the last five years.

The main driver of trends in energy prices for domestic and business customers over the last 5 years has been movements in international gas prices, which determine the amounts charged for both domestically produced and imported gas. The Department publishes data on the UK's overall net imports, with separate data on imports of gas and other energy products, alongside energy prices. Developing more home-grown sources of energy supply – including renewables – will help reduce the exposure of UK energy prices to volatile international markets.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of oil refinery capacity for energy security.

The UK is a significant producer of both crude oil and petroleum products, and UK demand is met through a combination of domestic production and imports from a diverse range of suppliers. The UK is already a net importer of refined oil products, and we both import and export all major products.

The drive to reduce carbon emissions towards Net Zero will inevitably reduce the demand for fuels over the coming decades. The oil product market is a liquid and widely traded market, meaning the UK will continue to meet its needs for refined oil products from a flexible and diverse range of sources.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the UK’s oil refinery capacity for meeting demand for domestic energy.

The UK is a significant producer of both crude oil and petroleum products, and UK demand is met through a combination of domestic production and imports from a diverse range of suppliers. The UK is already a net importer of refined oil products, and we both import and export all major products.

The drive to reduce carbon emissions towards Net Zero will inevitably reduce the demand for fuels over the coming decades. The oil product market is a liquid and widely traded market, meaning the UK will continue to meet its needs for refined oil products from a flexible and diverse range of sources.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to negotiate the removal of the sunset clause from the Energy Charter Treaty.

The Energy Charter Treaty sunset clause applies if Contracting Parties withdraw from the Treaty. On 1 September 2023, the UK announced it is reviewing its membership of the ECT if the modernised Treaty was not adopted by November 2023. The Government is considering the views of stakeholders in business, civil society, and Parliament as part of this process. Parliament will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of establishing energy islands in the North Sea.

The Government has not made any such assessment as it does not plan or develop energy infrastructure but sets the regulatory framework for the independent energy industry. The development of energy islands is subject to consent through the planning system and consistency with environmental protections and value for money requirements set by the regulator Ofgem. The Holistic Network Design and the Centralised Strategic Network Plan will set the high-level design for offshore transmission and identifies those responsible for its construction. It is for those companies to assess options for the detailed design.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will have discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential merits of reinstating the Offshore Wind Workers Concession.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State discusses a range of issues with my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department, including offshore wind where relevant. The Offshore Wind Industry Council estimate that the total UK offshore wind workforce at the end of 2022 was 32,257, representing an increase of four per cent from the previous year.[1]

[1] Offshore Wind Skills Intelligence Report June 2023

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Social housing tenants helped to cut energy bills with £80 million for home upgrades, how many social homes will be insulated under that funding scheme.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) will upgrade a significant amount of the social housing stock currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C in England up to that standard.

The SHDF Wave 2.2 ‘top up’ competition will allocate up to £80 million of grant funding from April 2024, building on the allocations made under the previous Wave 2.1.

SHDF Wave 2.1 awarded £778 million in March 2023 to deliver energy performance improvements to around 90,000 social homes, and the Wave 2.2 competition funding aims to upgrade around 9,500 additional homes.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much and what proportion of insulation costs per home will be funded by the additional £80 million under the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund; and whether (a) social housing tenants and (b) local councils will be required to contribute towards the cost of those insulation upgrades.

Policy for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) is designed following engagement with the sector. Draft guidance for Wave 2.2 of the SHDF outlines that social housing landlords are required to provide match funding of at least £1 for each £1 of grant funding received, to maximise the number of properties that can be retrofitted with the funding available. Social housing tenants will not be required to contribute to the cost of SHDF retrofits.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many and what proportion of FTE civil servants at pay band SCS2 in her Department are women.

The number and proportion of women at pay band SCS2 in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (core dept only) is 17.8 FTE and 49.9% respectively.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many Renewable Obligation Certificates have been issued to hydroelectric power stations in Scotland since 2015, broken down by (a) the total over that period and (b) each year.

Renewables Obligation Certificates for stations in Scotland are issued under the Renewables Obligation Scotland scheme. That scheme is devolved to the Scottish Government.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many staff in her Department at (a) Grade 6, (b) Grade 7 and (c) SCS are contractually based in (i) Scotland, (ii) London and (iii) the South East.

The table below shows the number of staff in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (core department only) by location and grade.

Location

G7

G6

SCS

London

1161

402

176

Scotland

36

9

2

South East (Inc London)

1161

402

176

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many and what proportion of civil servants on temporary contracts in her Department are women.

The number of women in the department for Energy Security and Net Zero (core department only) on temporary contracts* is currently 15.

The percentage of women on temporary contracts of all temporary contracts (male and female) is 57.7%.

The percentage of women on temporary contracts as a share of all women in the department is 0.7%.

*Temporary contracts are defined as being on the payroll and holding a ‘fixed term contract’ that is 12 months or less in duration.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to accelerate the use of (a) battery storage and (b) other energy storage installations to store renewable energy on the grid when it cannot accept it due to capacity constraints.

The Government is facilitating the deployment of electricity storage, including battery storage, through actions set out in the 2021 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan.

On longer duration electricity storage, the Government has committed to developing an appropriate policy framework by 2024 to enable investment and deploy sufficient storage to balance the system. The Department is planning to consult on the framework this year.

On hydrogen storage, the Government has set out its preferred hydrogen storage business model to unlock private sector investment and remove barriers. The Government has secured amendments to the Energy Bill to introduce the primary powers to deliver this business model by 2025.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to have discussions with the Home Secretary on the potential merits of reinstating the offshore wind worker concession.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State discusses a range of issues with the Home Secretary, including offshore wind.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is developing revised operation criteria to ensure that the System Operator moves away from selecting gas by default in the power system's balancing mechanism and develops greater use of battery storage.

Operation of the Balancing Mechanism is the responsibility of the Electricity System Operator, which has a responsibility to minimise the cost of balancing for electricity consumers.

The Government, through the Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) programme, is considering reforms needed to electricity market arrangements to drive the necessary investment and efficient operation of a secure, cost-effective, low-carbon electricity system. This includes reform options to maximise the potential for a range of flexible technologies to deploy and operate flexibly, including battery storage.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many staff in her Department in grades (a) 6, (b) 7 and c) SCS are contractually located in (i) Scotland, (ii) London and (iii) the South East.

The table below shows the number of staff in the department for Energy Security and Net Zero (core dept only) by locations and grades.

Location

G7

G6

SCS

London

1161

402

176

Scotland

36

9

2

South East (Inc London)

1161

402

176

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department plans to process all applications to the Alternative Fuel Payment scheme that were made before the deadline.

All applications to the Alternative Fuel Payment Alternative Fund made before the closure of the application window on 31st May will be processed.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
2nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when his Department plans to provide funding for eligible businesses through the energy and trade intensive industries scheme.

Eligible organisations will have 90 days from the scheme introduction date of 26 April 2023 to apply for the higher support of the Energy Bills Discount Scheme. New organisations or newly eligible organisations will have 90 days to apply from the date at which they become eligible. Once eligibility has been determined, support will be backdated to the 1st April 2023.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what support his Department provides to people who are unable to apply for Alternative Fuels Payment because they do not spend the minimum £200 and who depend upon alternative fuels.

The Government has increased the number of receipts an applicant can use to evidence £200 of alternative fuel usage from 2 to 10. The Government has worked constructively with stakeholders to reach this decision. A limit is necessary however, to help prevent fraudulent applications.

The window to apply for funding closes on 31 May 2023, meaning households can still make purchases to bring their total spend to £200 ahead of that date.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is implementing a mechanism to help ensure that households are not rejected from the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding due to records incorrectly stating that the £66 and £67 monthly discount from the Energy Bills Support Scheme has already been automatically applied to a postal address.

Rejected applicants of the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding can contact the contact centre helpline on 0808 175 3287 where a representative can provide additional information on the reasons why their application was rejected and provide further assistance where necessary.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury