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Gareth Johnson

Conservative - Dartford

First elected: 6th May 2010


Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
20th Sep 2022 - 27th Oct 2022
Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill
12th Jul 2022 - 22nd Sep 2022
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
9th Feb 2022 - 20th Sep 2022
Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill
22nd Jun 2022 - 7th Jul 2022
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
20th Sep 2021 - 10th Feb 2022
Assistant Whip
20th Sep 2021 - 9th Feb 2022
Assistant Whip
5th Nov 2018 - 14th Jan 2019
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
7th Apr 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Justice Committee
11th Feb 2013 - 10th Jun 2014
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
27th Feb 2012 - 3rd Dec 2012
Science and Technology Committee
27th Feb 2012 - 3rd Dec 2012
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
27th Feb 2012 - 3rd Dec 2012


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th March 2024
15:40
Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 13th March 2024
15:40
Scheduled Event
Friday 22nd March 2024
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging (Amendment) Bill: Second Reading
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 277 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 44 Noes - 285
Speeches
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Petitions
I am pleased to present to the House a petition on behalf of the Brent Primary School, a fantastic school …
Written Answers
Thursday 14th December 2023
Smoking
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the implications …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to amend the boundaries of the Greater London Low Emission Zone and Ultra Low Emission Zone; to provide …
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Wendy Johnson, as Parliamentary Assistant. (Updated 07 July 2017)
EDM signed
Thursday 11th April 2019
Exiting the European Union
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 21st July 2020
Death by Dangerous Driving (Sentencing) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 to increase the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gareth Johnson has voted in 879 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
Chris Philp (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(9 debate interactions)
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(6 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Justice
(35 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(27 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(15 debate contributions)
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Dartford 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

Revoke local government powers to charge CAZ, LEZ, and ULEZ.

The Mayor's proposed extension of ULEZ over a short timeframe could negatively impact millions of people and businesses across SE England.

The proposed Human Rights Act reforms must be withdrawn. The Government must not make any changes to the Human Rights Act, especially ones that dilute people's human rights in any circumstances, make the Government less accountable, or reduce people's ability to make human rights claims.

We propose to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make pet theft a specific offence, distinct from that of inanimate objects; and in sentencing, the courts must consider the fear, alarm or distress to the pet and owners and not monetary value.

Pet Theft Reform 2020: Revise the sentencing guidelines in the Theft Act 1968 to reclassify pet theft as a specific crime. Ensure that monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of dog and cat theft crime for sentencing purposes. Recognise pet theft as a category 2 offence or above.


Latest EDMs signed by Gareth Johnson

11th April 2019
Gareth Johnson signed this EDM on Thursday 11th April 2019

Exiting the European Union

Tabled by: William Cash (Conservative - Stone)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 859), dated 11 April 2019, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11 April 2019, be annulled.
82 signatures
(Most recent: 29 Apr 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 70
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 4
Non-affiliated: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gareth Johnson, 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.


Gareth Johnson has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gareth Johnson has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

6 Bills introduced by Gareth Johnson


A Bill to prohibit the wearing of medals or insignia awarded for valour, with the intent to deceive.

Commons - 80%

Last Event - Report Stage: House Of Commons
Friday 24th February 2017
(Read Debate)

A Bill to amend the boundaries of the Greater London Low Emission Zone and Ultra Low Emission Zone; to provide that Transport for London may not make an order amending those boundaries without the consent of the Secretary of State; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 22nd March 2024
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision for court orders to prohibit disruptive passengers from flying, and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 24th May 2023
(Read Debate)

A Bill to provide that the Mayor of London may not impose charges for driving in Outer London; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 13th April 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision for court orders to prohibit disruptive passengers from flying.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 10th March 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to extend the powers of prosecuting authorities to appeal against unduly lenient sentences imposed in the criminal courts.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 22nd January 2013

58 Written Questions in the current parliament

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25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to help improve broadband infrastructure in Dartford constituency.

I am pleased to share that more than 98% of premises in Dartford can already access a superfast broadband connection and almost 81% have access to a gigabit-capable connection. Both of these figures are above the national average. Across the UK, over 75% of UK premises now have access to a gigabit-capable broadband connection, which is a significant increase from just 6% in January 2019.

The Government is committed to working with broadband suppliers to ensure 85% of UK premises can access gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, and then for nationwide coverage by 2030. We are on track to achieve our target.

As part of Project Gigabit, the Government’s £5 billion mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband across the UK, we have begun launching procurements that give subsidies to broadband suppliers to build gigabit-capable infrastructure to premises that will not be reached by suppliers’ commercial plans alone.

In December 2022, we launched a procurement covering Kent, which will improve broadband connectivity for up to 72,000 premises, including many in Dartford. We currently aim to award a contract to the successful supplier later this year.

Constituents in Dartford have also made good use of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme which provides a subsidy of up to £4,500 for residents and businesses towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband. More than 85 premises in Dartford have received a fast, reliable connection through the voucher scheme, worth over £190,000.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will conduct a review of the adequacy of the regulatory system for the promotion and development of hydrogen technology.

Work is ongoing to ensure that the regulatory system supports the development of a UK hydrogen economy. This includes through the BEIS Hydrogen Regulators Forum and bilateral engagement. The Government will work with industry and regulators to identify, prioritise and implement any changes to the existing framework, including addressing any gaps, to support the growth of the hydrogen economy. BEIS recently consulted on existing regulatory arrangements through a consultation on hydrogen transport and storage infrastructure business models and regulation, and is currently reviewing the submitted responses.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support and develop the hydrogen supply chain in the UK.

In July 2022, the Government published the Hydrogen Sector Development Action Plan which sets out actions the Government and industry are taking to support UK supply chains. Actions include improving project visibility and holding ‘Meet the Specifier’ events, designed to increase transparency of project timings and requirements for supply chain companies. Industry will also lead work voluntarily to set levels of ambition for supply chains in UK hydrogen projects.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications he has received for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme in the last 12 months.

Between September 2019 and August 2020, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles received 38,612 applications under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will take steps to provide support to the British Evacuees Association.

With government support, charities and civil society organisations have shown significant resilience over the past few years.

Government is supporting all organisations, including charities such as the British Evacuees Association, with their energy bills. This support has now been extended until March 2024 via the Energy Bills Discount Scheme. This scheme provides long term certainty for organisations and reflects how the scale of the challenge has changed since September last year.

Whilst it is not usual for DCMS to provide direct funding to individual charities, the department will keep engaging constructively across the civil society sector to monitor the impact of rising costs, and signposting to other sources of funding where appropriate.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to help support charitable organisations with funding.

With government support, charities and civil society organisations have shown significant resilience over the past few years, and will again be crucial in supporting communities and households through this challenging period.

Government is supporting all organisations, including those across the civil society sector, with their energy bills. This support has now been extended until March 2024 via the Energy Bills Discount Scheme. This scheme provides long term certainty for organisations and reflects how the scale of the challenge has changed since September last year.

Government’s support for energy bills sits alongside a range of existing funding that is delivered by central and local government in the form of grants and contracts. My Department will keep engaging constructively across the civil society sector to monitor the impact of rising costs, and signposting to other sources of funding where appropriate.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to commemorate Second World War evacuees.

Government supports the commemoration of Second World War evacuees through the work of public bodies of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, including the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Since 1994, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded 120 grants, totalling £1,088,450, to projects across 95 local authorities that are specifically related to Second World War Evacuee activities. The Heritage Fund also works with museums, libraries and archives across the UK, funding a range of history-related projects, some of which will also go towards commemorating Second World War evacuees.

The Department also directly sponsors Imperial War Museums, one of our national museums devoted to highlighting the stories and experiences of the Second World War, and evacuees.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2023 to Question 187162 on the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, what his expected timescale is for bringing forward the provisions of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.

We will be taking forward measures in the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill individually through other means during the remainder of this Parliament. Parliamentary business will be announced in the usual way.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of a deposit return scheme in the UK.

Since consulting on the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in 2019, officials have been developing final proposals for a DRS using further evidence and ongoing engagement with stakeholders. This will be presented in a second consultation in 2021 alongside a full impact assessment.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to promote global free trade.

As we leave the EU, we will be a liberalising force for trade in the world. We aim to secure agreements with countries accounting for 80% of UK trade within three years of leaving the EU.

As we take up our independent seat at the WTO we will be a champion of global free trade.

13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will review the adequacy of processes for the changeover of the Dartford Crossing payment system providers.

Yes. Whilst the service is working well now, a number of users experienced unsatisfactory delays. National Highways will consider carefully similar processes in future.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Mayor of London has access to DVLA records for the implementation and enforcement of the expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) provides information about UK-registered vehicles to Transport for London in line with the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002. The release of DVLA information for this purpose is governed by Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of hydrogen transport technology.

Many of the Department’s research, development, and demonstration funding programmes support the development of hydrogen for transport. This includes the £206 million UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions, the £165 million Advanced Fuels Fund as part of the Jet Zero programme, the pioneering £212 million Zero Emission Road Freight Demonstrator, and the £7.6 million First of a Kind fund in rail.

The Department’s investment of £23 million to a dedicated Hydrogen Transport Hub on Tees Valley will be used to explore how hydrogen works across transport in conjunction with regions energy system and local businesses. The Government is also supporting the development of skills and announced funding to enable this, working with the Tees Valley Combined Authority to upskill the local workforce.

1st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) international counterparts on the viability of establishing covid-tested, resort based package holidays with British holiday companies.

We are committed to tackling this virus while enabling a sustainable and responsible return to international travel, and keep our approach to border measures under regular review to ensure that they remain effective and practical. To that effect, the Transport Secretary discusses a range of topics relating to COVID-19 with Cabinet colleagues and international counterparts.

On 7 October 2020, the Government announced the new Global Travel Taskforce, to support the travel industry and support the safe recovery of international travel. The Taskforce will accelerate work to inform proposals on a future testing regime, and develop options for how this could be introduced.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing the Dartford toll charges for owners of wholly electric vehicles.

The Dartford Thurrock Crossing was designed to handle up to 135,000 vehicle movements each day, but it is not uncommon for over 180,000 vehicles to use the Crossing.

The Dartford Road User Charge was introduced in 2003 to manage user demand which currently exceeds the capacity of the Crossing. Given that low or zero emission vehicles also use scarce road capacity, there is a rationale for continuing to charge them to use the Crossing. The Department currently has no plans to remove charges for owners of wholly electric vehicles using the Crossing.

23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of data from New Zealand on a generational ban on smoking.

Smoking is responsible for around 80,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom, causes around one in four cancer deaths and is responsible for just over 70% of all lung cancer deaths. No other consumer product kills up to two-thirds of its users. Smoking costs our country £17 billion a year and puts a huge burden on the National Health Service. Almost every minute of every day someone is admitted to hospital because of smoking, and up to 75,000 General Practice appointments attributed to smoking each month – over 100 appointments every hour.

This is why the Government is planning to create a smokefree generation by bringing forward legislation so that children turning 14 years old this year or younger will never be legally sold tobacco products.

Modelling assumptions for the policy outline that one of our four scenarios modelled reflects the assumptions used in modelling from New Zealand. The document is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/651d3fdf6a6955000d78b29e/cp-949-II-stopping-the-start-annex-1-modelling-assumptions.pdf

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether adult smokers will be required to present an identification document to retailers after the introduction of the generational ban on smoking.

Smoking is responsible for around 80,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom. Smoking causes around one in four cancer deaths in the UK and is responsible for just over 70% of all lung cancer deaths. No other consumer product kills up to two-thirds of its users. Smoking costs our country £17 billion a year and puts a huge burden on the National Health Service. Almost every minute of every day someone is admitted to hospital because of smoking, and up to 75,000 general practitioner appointments attributed to smoking each month, constituting over 100 appointments every hour.

This is why the Government is planning to create a smokefree generation by bringing forward legislation so that children turning 14 years old or younger this year will never be legally sold tobacco products. As per existing age of sale legislation, smokers will be required to produce identification if retailers are uncertain that they are above the legal smoking age.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to oppose restrictions on access to reduced-risk tobacco products at the Tenth Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

As at all events at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, we will use the opportunity to speak about the United Kingdom’s progress on the implementation of tobacco control policies. This will include, where relevant, the role of nicotine replacement therapy and vapes in supporting people to quit all forms of tobacco.

All the COP papers and decisions during the COP are available at the following link:

https://fctc.who.int/who-fctc/governance/conference-of-the-parties/tenth-session-of-the-conference-of-the-parties

18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in England in each of the last five years.

NHS England’s National Disease Registration Service, as the national cancer registry, collects diagnosis and treatment data on cancer patients in England.

There were 6,111 diagnoses of ovarian cancer in 2020. This figure is taken from the published national statistics publication, which is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/cancer-registration-statistics/england-2020

There were 6,527 diagnoses in 2021 and 6,451 diagnoses in 2022. These figures are not yet finalised and are taken from the rapid cancer registration data set, which is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/ndrs/data/data-outputs/covid-19-rcrd-and-treatment-data

Data on the number of people diagnosed with ovarian cancer in England before 2020 is available publicly at the CancerData website.

17th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase the availability of the CA125 blood test for the screening of ovarian cancer.

We do not currently screen for ovarian cancer, in part due to the unsuitability of the CA125 blood test as a screening tool. CA125 blood testing is not deemed by the UK National Screening Committee to be accurate enough for the purpose of screening. The blood test is offered to those who have symptoms that could be ovarian cancer as a part of routine diagnostics.

17th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

The Department invests in health research through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). As with other Government funders of health research, the NIHR does not allocate funding for specific disease areas. The NIHR continues to welcome funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including ovarian cancer research.

Currently, there is no national screening programme for ovarian cancer, in part due to the unsuitability of the blood test as a screening tool. No funding has been allocated for screening for ovarian cancer.

However, it is worth noting that the NIHR has funded six research projects into screening for ovarian cancer since 2018, with a combined total funding value of £3.8 million. The NIHR also supports delivery in the health and care system for screening for ovarian cancer research funded by research funding partners in the charity and public sectors.

The Department is committed to timely access to clinically and cost-effective new cancer drugs on the National Health Service. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence appraises all new cancer medicines, including for gynaecological cancers. The Cancer Drugs Fund supports patient access to the most promising new cancer medicines while further evidence is collected, including for ovarian cancer.

On ovarian cancer awareness, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Twickenham on 9 May 2023 to Question 183186.

15th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Crackdown on illegal sale of vapes, published on 9 April 2023, whether his Department has made an assessment of the efficacy and readiness of the vaping industry to share intelligence on non-compliant products.

No assessment has been made. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) within the Department is currently designing the detailed scope of the new illicit vaping enforcement squad. We will provide further details, including on data and intelligence gathered, in due course.

25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to increase awareness of the health effects of switching from smoking to vaping.

The best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit smoking. As shown in the recently published Nicotine Vaping in England Report there is clear evidence that vapes are substantially less harmful to health than smoking.

Last year, we published a vaping facts webpage that outlines the benefits of smokers switching to vaping, which is available at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/vaping-to-quit-smoking.

On 11 April, the Department announced a new national swap to stop scheme offering a million smokers across England a free vaping starter kit alongside behavioural support. More details will be available in due course.

28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to encourage GP's to refer patients to community pharmacies.

Under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework five-year deal 2019-2024, the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) was introduced in October 2019 and extended to general practices (GPs) in November 2020. Under the CPCS, NHS 111 can refer patients to community pharmacies for urgent medicines supply and advice and treatment for minor illnesses. GPs can refer patients for advice and treatment for minor illnesses. Over two million referrals have been made to the CPCS since its launch. NHS England has provided practice level support to GPs to support implementation of the referral pathway. As of March 2023, 80% of all practices are connected and able to refer with 85% of those already actively referring.

In September last year we announced the agreement with the sector for the remainder of the five-year deal, which includes a further one-off investment in the sector of £100 million. Under this agreement, urgent and emergency care settings will shortly be able to refer patients to a community pharmacist for minor illness consultation or for urgent medicine supply.

25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent per head in Dartford constituency in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

The lowest geographical level at which National Health Service spend was reported in 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial year was by clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Kent and Medway CCG covered the Dartford constituency. Their spend per head is set out in the table below.

Financial Year

Spend Per Head

2020-21

£1,675

2021-22

£1,860

25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses are employed by Darent Valley hospital group.

Darent Valley Hospital is a part of the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. It is not possible to report the number of staff that work at any particular site within a hospital trust but as at October 2022, there were 525 full-time equivalent (FTE) doctors and 1,112 FTE nurse at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what level of funding has been allocated to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to support enforcement actions related to the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

In October 2019, in light of the emerging suspected cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury in the United States, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requested data from 513 producers of nicotine containing e-liquid listed on the United Kingdom notified products list. The request was for information relating to any suspected respiratory adverse reaction in association with their products.

Overall 275 responses were received, covering approximately 72% of notified products. Seventeen producers confirmed they had received reports and provided data. This resulted in the addition of 125 cases of adverse respiratory reactions to the MHRA database of suspected adverse reaction reports to e-cigarette products.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many manufacturers, distributors and importers of e-cigarette products provided data on any adverse effects linked to their products, following the request for that data by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in October 2019; and what proportion that accounted for of all notified e-cigarettes and refill containers.

In October 2019, in light of the emerging suspected cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury in the United States, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requested data from 513 producers of nicotine containing e-liquid listed on the United Kingdom notified products list. The request was for information relating to any suspected respiratory adverse reaction in association with their products.

Overall 275 responses were received, covering approximately 72% of notified products. Seventeen producers confirmed they had received reports and provided data. This resulted in the addition of 125 cases of adverse respiratory reactions to the MHRA database of suspected adverse reaction reports to e-cigarette products.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what enforcement action he has taken against (a) manufacturers, (b) distributors and (c) importers of e-cigarette products for alleged non-compliance with Article 39 vigilance requirements in the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and non-reporting of adverse effects in relation to their products, since the October 2019 request by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

In October 2019, in light of the emerging suspected cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury in the United States, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requested data from 513 producers of nicotine containing e-liquid listed on the United Kingdom notified products list. The request was for information relating to any suspected respiratory adverse reaction in association with their products.

Overall 275 responses were received, covering approximately 72% of notified products. Seventeen producers confirmed they had received reports and provided data. This resulted in the addition of 125 cases of adverse respiratory reactions to the MHRA database of suspected adverse reaction reports to e-cigarette products.

28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Dartford constituency who have been tested for covid-19 in the last four weeks.

There are currently a record number of tests available. For those with symptoms of COVID-19 there is a local testing centre at 221 Erith Road, Bexley and a regional testing centre at Curtis Way Coach Park in Rochester.

Demand for testing is increasing and as such test sites in areas with higher prevalence will be prioritised. Areas with lower prevalence will have reductions of testing capacity.

We do not publish data on the number of people tested in the format you have requested. We publish daily statistics on tests cases and deaths down to lower tier local authority level; weekly Test and Trace statistics and Public Health England surveillance reports showing positive cases by various demographics at GOV.UK.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the availability of covid-19 tests for people living in North Kent of the closure of the covid-19 testing site at Ebbsfleet; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of tests available at the covid-19 testing site in Rochester.

There are currently a record number of tests available. For those with symptoms of COVID-19 there is a local testing centre at 221 Erith Road, Bexley and a regional testing centre at Curtis Way Coach Park in Rochester.

Demand for testing is increasing and as such test sites in areas with higher prevalence will be prioritised. Areas with lower prevalence will have reductions of testing capacity.

We do not publish data on the number of people tested in the format you have requested. We publish daily statistics on tests cases and deaths down to lower tier local authority level; weekly Test and Trace statistics and Public Health England surveillance reports showing positive cases by various demographics at GOV.UK.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of covid-19 infections acquired or transmitted in (a) educational settings, (b) hospital and healthcare settings, (c) care facilities, (d) pubs and restaurants, (e) offices, (f) residential premises and (g) retail premises in the last month.

Public Health England publishes the number of acute respiratory infection incidents reported each week in the national COVID-19 surveillance reports. 772 new incidents of acute respiratory infection were reported in week 38, week commencing 14 September 2020.

Of these, 195 incidents were from care homes where 134 had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19. 36 incidents were from hospitals where 31 had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19 and one tested positive for rhinovirus. 341 incidents were from educational settings where 222 had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19. Six incidents were from prisons where four had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19.

124 incidents were from workplace settings where 102 had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19. 22 incidents were from food outlet/restaurant settings where 17 had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19. 48 incidents were from other settings where 22 had at least one linked case that tested positive for COVID-19.

The most recent weekly COVID-19 surveillance report is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to represent the UK at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation’s Framework of Convention for Tobacco Control; and whether his Department plans to advocate within that forum for the UK position that vaping products are an effective smoking cessation tool.

Departmental officials will be attending the 9th World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties (CoP) as is usual practice for such events. At the CoP, officials would expect to set out the United Kingdom Government’s position on vaping.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to amend the legislation on vaping implemented under the EU Tobacco Products Directive after the UK leaves the EU.

The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR) enabled us to introduce measures to regulate e-cigarettes to reduce the risk of harm to children and protect against any risk of renormalisation of tobacco use, provide assurance on relative safety for users, and provide legal certainty for businesses. The Government has committed to review the TRPR by May 2021 to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that in advance of the 9th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control the WHO and its Europe region endorse the UK position that vaping products are an effective smoking cessation option.

Departmental officials will be attending the 9th World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties (CoP) as is usual practice for such events. At the CoP, officials would expect to set out the United Kingdom Government’s position on vaping.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the decision of the Chinese government to freeze the pensions of Hongkongers with British passports; and if she will make a statement.

We are aware of the difficulties British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport holders are experiencing in seeking early withdrawal of their pension held by the Mandatory Provident Fund in Hong Kong. The root of the problem is the Chinese Government's decision not to recognise the British National (Overseas) passport. The UK firmly opposes the discrimination against BN(O)s in this way. We have urged the Hong Kong authorities to facilitate the early withdrawal of funds as is the case for other Hong Kong residents who move overseas permanently. I raised this issue with Christopher Hui, Hong Kong Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 18 April and pressed for a pragmatic solution.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the potential merits of increasing financial support for people who are paid via dividends from their own companies in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.

The department has engaged with various stakeholders since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak with respect to company directors who are paid via dividends.

The Government’s concern is about identifying what is operationally feasible, managing technical complexities and fraud risks, and ensuring that other schemes the Government has committed to are delivered in a timely way.

Company directors who are paid via dividends may still be eligible for various elements of the support available, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (in respect of their salary but not their dividends), Bounce Back loans, tax deferrals, rental support, increased levels of Universal Credit, mortgage holidays, and other business support grants.

25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has sought legal advice on the compatibility of the provisions of the Illegal Migration Bill with habeas corpus.

Any legal advice received by the Home Office is subject to legal professional privilege and, as such, we do not comment on legal advice that may or may not have been sought or received.

25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent protests from disrupting traffic on the M25.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 is already in force. This raised the maximum penalty for wilful obstruction of the highway, ensuring offenders can receive proportionate sentences for the disruption they cause.

The Public Order Bill is now passing through Parliament and will improve the police’s ability to respond to highly disruptive tactics. For example, lock-on offence and the associated stop and search power will allow the police to pro-actively prevent the selfish minority of protesters causing serious disruption on our roads.

The Government have tabled an amendment to the Bill which will allow the police to intervene before disruption occurs, enabling them to shut down protests before they descend into chaos. The amendment also allows the police to consider the total disruption caused by multiple events occurring at the same time or in close proximity, as well as long-running campaigns designed to cause repeat disruption over a period of days or weeks.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help support people affected by safety defects in buildings that were built in the last 30 years and are under 11 metres in height.

The Government has implemented a risk-based and proportionate approach to regulating safety in residential buildings and in remediating cladding and other building safety defects. In general, the risk to life in lower-rise buildings is low and can be mitigated, for example, by installing fire alarms.

We are aware of a very small number of buildings under 11 metres where expensive remediation is proposed. We have written to freeholders and managing agents in affected buildings to make sure that any proposed works are necessary and proportionate and the rights to redress are being fully utilised.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
23rd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to introduce a right to appeal for (a) leaseholders and (b) freeholders in relation to disputes with a management agency.

This Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and making sure that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service.

By law, variable service charges must be reasonable and, where costs relate to works or services, the works or services must be of a reasonable standard. Leaseholders may make an application to the appropriate tribunal to challenge the reasonableness of their service charges. We are committed to better protecting and empowering leaseholders by giving them more information on what their costs pay for, and removing barriers to challenge when things go wrong.

For those homeowners living on freehold estates, we are also committed to making the management companies more accountable to their freeholders.

We are due to bring forward further leasehold reforms later in this parliament.

22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to regulate service charges by management agencies on leaseholders and freeholders.

This Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and making sure that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service.

By law, variable service charges must be reasonable and, where costs relate to works or services, the works or services must be of a reasonable standard. Leaseholders may make an application to the appropriate tribunal to challenge the reasonableness of their service charges. We are committed to better protecting and empowering leaseholders by giving them more information on what their costs pay for, and removing barriers to challenge when things go wrong.

For those homeowners living on freehold estates, we are also committed to making the management companies more accountable to their freeholders.

We are due to bring forward further leasehold reforms later in this parliament.

22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that management companies provide a minimum service level for leaseholders and freeholders.

This Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and making sure that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service.

By law, variable service charges must be reasonable and, where costs relate to works or services, the works or services must be of a reasonable standard. Leaseholders may make an application to the appropriate tribunal to challenge the reasonableness of their service charges. We are committed to better protecting and empowering leaseholders by giving them more information on what their costs pay for, and removing barriers to challenge when things go wrong.

For those homeowners living on freehold estates, we are also committed to making the management companies more accountable to their freeholders.

We are due to bring forward further leasehold reforms later in this parliament.

22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to make letting and managing agents subject to the same regulation as sales agents.

It is already a legal requirement for letting and managing agents in England and Wales, and residential sales (estate) agents in the UK, to belong to one of the two Government approved redress schemes.

The Government is considering the recommendations in the final report on the regulation of property agents from Lord Best's working group. We will continue to work with industry on improving best practice, including in relation to codes of practice. Announcements will be set out in the usual way.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of residential sales currently unable to proceed as a result of the lack of an EWS1 certificate.

The EWS1 form was introduced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to assist in valuation of high-rise residential buildings for mortgage purposes. Each lender has their own policies regarding valuation requirements. Some do not require an EWS1 form, and other seek them for a greater range of buildings than the process was designed for. Where requested the EWS1 assessments are commissioned by individual building owners and so the Department does not hold data on their use. The Department is working to estimate the potential impact of these requests on leaseholders and sales, and is urging a pragmatic approach by lenders and valuers, especially for lower rise blocks.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to protect existing leaseholders from increasing service charges.

The law is clear that service charges must be reasonable and, where costs relate to work or services, they must be of a reasonable standard.

Leaseholders may make an application to the First-tier Tribunal to make a determination on the reasonableness of their service charges.

Where disputes arise or there is uncertainty over costs, leaseholders may benefit from seeking free initial advice via the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), the specialist advisory body funded by?the Department to?provide assistance to?leaseholders.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with mortgage lenders to ensure industry-wide consistency in only requiring an EWS1 certificate for properties over 18 metres in height.

To support the valuation process for high-rise residential blocks, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors designed the EWS1 process. This is not a regulatory requirement and my Department is urging a more pragmatic approach, especially for lower rise blocks. The form should only be used where there is clear need, and where no reasonable assurances or regulatory evidence exists to support valuations. The Building Safety Minister has met with lenders and UK Finance on a number of occasions and will meet with them this month to seek assurance on progress.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to assist owners of commonhold properties in accessing flammability assessments and EWS1 certificates.

It is the responsibility of the building owner, whether freeholder or common holder, to ensure their building is safe. This includes ensuring that there is an up-to-date fire risk assessment. To support the valuation process for high-rise residential blocks, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors designed the EWS1 process. This is not a regulatory requirement and not all lenders require it. My department is urging a more pragmatic approach, especially for lower rise blocks.

26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) reports and (b) referrals were received by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office in respect of poor decision-making by lay magistrates in each of the last five years.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office’s (JCIO) statutory remit is to deal with complaints of judicial misconduct.

Judicial decisions, including sentencing decisions, fall outside the scope of the judicial disciplinary system as they can be only challenged through the courts. There have therefore been no referrals to the JCIO about poor sentencing or poor decision making by lay magistrates.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) reports and (b) referrals were received by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office in respect of poor sentencing by lay magistrates in each of the last five years.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office’s (JCIO) statutory remit is to deal with complaints of judicial misconduct.

Judicial decisions, including sentencing decisions, fall outside the scope of the judicial disciplinary system as they can be only challenged through the courts. There have therefore been no referrals to the JCIO about poor sentencing or poor decision making by lay magistrates.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many High Court Judges have been subject to disciplinary action in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) reason and (b) outcome was of that action.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) publishes statements, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, about judicial disciplinary cases which have resulted in a sanction on its website at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/disciplinary-statements/2020/

Additionally, for 2013/14-2018/19, data about judicial office holders subject to disciplinary sanction is available in the JCIO’s annual reports at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/

The annual reports of the JCIO and its predecessor, the Office for Judicial Complaints, covering the years 2006/7-2018/19 are available in the Library of the House. Data on disciplinary action in the reports is broken down by the following types of judicial office holders - the courts judiciary, tribunals judiciary, coroners and magistrates, and sanctions imposed.

The publicly available information does not break the data down by office (Lay Magistrates, Deputy District Judges etc), but the action needed to obtain this information would give rise to a disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Circuit Judges have been subject to disciplinary action in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) reason and (b) outcome was of that action.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) publishes statements, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, about judicial disciplinary cases which have resulted in a sanction on its website at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/disciplinary-statements/2020/

Additionally, for 2013/14-2018/19, data about judicial office holders subject to disciplinary sanction is available in the JCIO’s annual reports at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/

The annual reports of the JCIO and its predecessor, the Office for Judicial Complaints, covering the years 2006/7-2018/19 are available in the Library of the House. Data on disciplinary action in the reports is broken down by the following types of judicial office holders - the courts judiciary, tribunals judiciary, coroners and magistrates, and sanctions imposed.

The publicly available information does not break the data down by office (Lay Magistrates, Deputy District Judges etc), but the action needed to obtain this information would give rise to a disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Recorders have been subject to disciplinary action in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) reason and (b) outcome was of that action.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) publishes statements, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, about judicial disciplinary cases which have resulted in a sanction on its website at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/disciplinary-statements/2020/

Additionally, for 2013/14-2018/19, data about judicial office holders subject to disciplinary sanction is available in the JCIO’s annual reports at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/

The annual reports of the JCIO and its predecessor, the Office for Judicial Complaints, covering the years 2006/7-2018/19 are available in the Library of the House. Data on disciplinary action in the reports is broken down by the following types of judicial office holders - the courts judiciary, tribunals judiciary, coroners and magistrates, and sanctions imposed.

The publicly available information does not break the data down by office (Lay Magistrates, Deputy District Judges etc), but the action needed to obtain this information would give rise to a disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Deputy District Judges have been subject to disciplinary action in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) reason and (b) outcome was of that action.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) publishes statements, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, about judicial disciplinary cases which have resulted in a sanction on its website at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/disciplinary-statements/2020/

Additionally, for 2013/14-2018/19, data about judicial office holders subject to disciplinary sanction is available in the JCIO’s annual reports at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/

The annual reports of the JCIO and its predecessor, the Office for Judicial Complaints, covering the years 2006/7-2018/19 are available in the Library of the House. Data on disciplinary action in the reports is broken down by the following types of judicial office holders - the courts judiciary, tribunals judiciary, coroners and magistrates, and sanctions imposed.

The publicly available information does not break the data down by office (Lay Magistrates, Deputy District Judges etc), but the action needed to obtain this information would give rise to a disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Lay Magistrates have been subject to disciplinary action in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) reason and (b) outcome was of that action.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) publishes statements, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, about judicial disciplinary cases which have resulted in a sanction on its website at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/disciplinary-statements/2020/

Additionally, for 2013/14-2018/19, data about judicial office holders subject to disciplinary sanction is available in the JCIO’s annual reports at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/

The annual reports of the JCIO and its predecessor, the Office for Judicial Complaints, covering the years 2006/7-2018/19 are available in the Library of the House. Data on disciplinary action in the reports is broken down by the following types of judicial office holders - the courts judiciary, tribunals judiciary, coroners and magistrates, and sanctions imposed.

The publicly available information does not break the data down by office (Lay Magistrates, Deputy District Judges etc), but the action needed to obtain this information would give rise to a disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)