Geraint Davies Portrait

Geraint Davies

Independent - Swansea West

First elected: 6th May 2010


Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 19th Jun 2023
Panel of Chairs
15th Jan 2020 - 6th Jun 2023
European Scrutiny Committee
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Welsh Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Environmental Audit Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Substitute Member)
10th Nov 2010 - 3rd May 2017
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
European Scrutiny Committee
15th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Panel of Chairs
25th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
European Scrutiny Committee
5th Jul 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Welsh Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Public Accounts Committee
25th Jul 1997 - 10th Sep 2003


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Geraint Davies has voted in 502 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
Simon Hart (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
(25 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(24 debate interactions)
David T C Davies (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(21 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2021
(2,186 words contributed)
Environment Act 2021
(2,051 words contributed)
Health and Care Act 2022
(1,784 words contributed)
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Swansea West 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

Hundreds of thousands of people signed numerous petitions calling for actions that the Government has included in the Kept Animals Bill. The Government should urgently find time to allow the Bill to complete its journey through Parliament and become law.

The Government should bring forward legislation to allow assisted dying for adults who are terminally ill and have mental capacity. It should be permitted subject to strict upfront safeguards, assessed by two doctors independently, and self-administered by the dying person.

I would like the UK Government to make it law that nightclubs must search guests on arrival to prevent harmful weapons and other items entering the establishment. This could be a pat down search or metal detector, but must involve measures being put in place to ensure the safety of the public.

Across the UK, millions of farmed animals are kept in cages, unable to express their natural behaviours. This causes huge suffering.

We call on the UK government to end this inhumane practice by banning all cages for farmed animals. Cages are cruel.

After 9 months of maternity leave, most working mums do not receive any maternity pay and need to go back to work. I think all working parents should be entitled to 15 hours free childcare from the time a child is 9 months. It makes more sense to provide this funding from 9 months instead of 2 years


Latest EDMs signed by Geraint Davies

7th February 2024
Geraint Davies signed this EDM on Thursday 21st March 2024

International Court of Justice Ruling on Gaza and the UK’s duties under the Genocide Convention

Tabled by: Zarah Sultana (Labour - Coventry South)
That this House notes the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 26 January 2024, which found that it is plausible that Israel’s ongoing attacks on the Palestinian people in Gaza are in breach of the Genocide Convention; further notes that the ICJ issued provisional measures, including ordering …
66 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 31
Scottish National Party: 23
Independent: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Alliance: 1
19th February 2024
Geraint Davies signed this EDM on Monday 11th March 2024

Alan Bates and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool

Tabled by: Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
That this House supports the call for the Freedom of the City of Liverpool to be bestowed upon Liverpool-born Post Office Horizon campaigner Alan Bates; notes this is the highest civil award in the city and has previously been awarded to those who have left an indelible mark on the …
49 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 28
Scottish National Party: 12
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Geraint Davies, 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.


Geraint Davies has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Geraint Davies has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

28 Bills introduced by Geraint Davies


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to establish a right to breathe clean air; to make provision about reducing air pollution; to require the Secretary of State to set, measure, and report on air quality targets; to establish the National Clean Air Agency to enforce air quality targets; to make provision for the development of sustainable public, private and commercial transport by road, rail, air and sea; to restrict the use of polluting vehicles in urban areas; to prohibit the sale of new petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles from no later than 2030; to make it an offence to remove permanently devices that reduce vehicle emissions; to make requirements regarding indoor air quality; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd October 2019

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for promoting a circular economy in respect of plastics, including setting targets and measures for the elimination and recycling of single-use plastics; to require the Secretary of State to establish a taskforce to develop proposals to encourage the use of reuse and refill models of packaging; to require the Secretary of State to report annually to Parliament on the implementation of the strategy; to place a duty on the Secretary of State to ensure that UK targets for the elimination and recycling of plastic packaging are more demanding than equivalent targets set by the European Union; to require manufacturers and retailers to pay for the cost of recycling plastic; to require the Government to set annual targets for reducing the quantity of plastic waste that is incinerated; to require the Secretary of State to publish a plan for banning the export of plastic waste by 2027; to make provision for the purpose of reducing the cost of recycling plastic, including measures to encourage the standardisation of plastic packaging; to give powers to the Office for Environmental Protection to enforce legislation relating to plastic pollution; to make provision for the purpose of encouraging the development of sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging; to require the Government to publish a plan for the use of fiscal policy to incentivise investment in recycling infrastructure and sustainable behaviour by consumers and retailers in relation to plastic; to require the Government to publish a plan for agreeing a global treaty on plastic pollution reduction; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 9th November 2022

A Bill to establish the right to breathe clean air; to make provision for the purpose of reducing indoor and outdoor air pollution, including greenhouse gases; to set minimum standards for air quality in workplaces, homes and public spaces; to require the monitoring of air quality; to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for reducing air pollution, including setting targets and measures for air quality, and to report to Parliament annually on the implementation of that strategy; to give powers to the Office for Environmental Protection to enforce legislation relating to air quality and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; to make provision for the purpose of reducing pollution from vehicles; to place a duty on the Secretary of State to encourage and facilitate forms of active travel and to publish a strategy for reducing emissions from transport; to require the Secretary of State to promote public awareness of the impact of air pollution on public health; to place restrictions on the use of wood-burning stoves in urban areas; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 31st January 2023
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to measure and regulate the impact of unconventional gas extraction on air and water quality and on greenhouse gas emissions; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

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

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the holding of a referendum in which one option is to approve the withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union and the other option is for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 26th February 2019

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to set, measure, enforce and report on air quality targets; to make provision about mitigating air pollution, including through the use of clean air zones; to make provision about vehicle emissions testing; to restrict the approval and sale of vehicles with certain engine types; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to set, measure, enforce and report on targets for the reduction and recycling of plastic packaging; to require that such targets following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union at least match such targets set by the European Union; to establish enforcement mechanisms in respect of such targets and associated provisions; to make provision for support for the development of sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 9th May 2018
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Prime Minister to revoke the notification, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union unless two conditions are met; to establish as the first condition for non-revocation that a withdrawal agreement has been approved by Parliament by 21 January 2019 or during an extension period agreed by that date under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union; to establish as the second condition for non-revocation that a majority of participating voters have voted in favour of that agreement in a referendum in which the United Kingdom remaining as a member of the European Union was the other option; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 18th December 2018

A Bill to require the holding of a referendum to endorse the United Kingdom and Gibraltar exit package proposed by HM Government for withdrawal from the EU, or to decide to remain a member, following the completion of formal exit negotiations; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 6th September 2017
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to set, measure, enforce and report on air quality targets; to require that vehicle emissions targets and testing reflect on-road driving conditions; to make it an offence to remove permanently devices that reduce vehicle emissions; to provide powers for local authorities to establish low diesel emissions zones and pedestrian-only areas; to restrict the use of diesel vehicles in urban areas; to make provision about the promotion of electric and hydrogen powered vehicles and for the development of sustainable public, private and commercial transport by road, rail, air and sea; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 16th November 2016
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to lay bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements before Parliament; to prohibit the implementation of such an agreement without the approval by resolution of each House; to provide a process for the amendment of such agreements, including any arrangements for investor-state dispute settlement, by Parliament; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th July 2016

A Bill to make provision about the safeguarding of standards of environmental protection derived from European Union legislation, including for water, air, soil, flood protection, and climate change, after the withdrawal of the UK from the EU; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 13th July 2016

A Bill to require the holding of a referendum to endorse the United Kingdom and Gibraltar exit package proposed by HM Government for withdrawal from the EU, or to decide to remain a member, prior to the UK giving notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 6th July 2016

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to set targets for sugar content in food and drinks; to provide that added sugar content on food and drink labelling be represented in terms of the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar; to provide for standards of information provision in advertising of food and drinks; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 14th September 2016

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to measure and regulate the impact of unconventional gas extraction on air and water quality and on greenhouse gas emissions; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 8th December 2015

A Bill to make provision about urban air quality targets; to require vehicle emissions targets and testing to reflect on-road driving conditions; to provide powers for local authorities to establish low diesel emissions zones and pedestrian-only areas; to restrict the use of roads in urban centres by diesel vehicles; to make provision about the promotion of the development of electric tram systems and buses and taxis powered by liquefied petroleum gas in urban centres; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 23rd February 2016

A Bill to make provision about urban air quality targets relating to diesel emissions; to require vehicle emissions targets and testing to reflect on-road driving conditions; to make the removal or disablement of pollution-reducing devices in vehicles a criminal offence; to provide powers for local authorities to establish low diesel emissions zones and pedestrian-only areas and to restrict the use of roads in urban centres by diesel vehicles; to promote the development of trams, buses and taxis powered by electricity or hydrogen in urban centres for the purpose of improving air quality; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 14th September 2016

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to set targets for sugar content in food and drinks; to provide that sugar content on food and drink labelling be represented in terms of the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar; to provide for standards of information provision in advertising of food and drinks; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 21st October 2015

A Bill to require scrutiny of and enable amendments to international trade agreements, including investor state dispute settlements, by the European and UK Parliaments; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 16th September 2015

A Bill to prohibit the distribution of sexually explicit images via the internet and text message without the consent of the subjects of the images; to provide that mobile phones and other devices capable of connection to the internet be set by manufacturers as a default to deny access to pornography; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 10th September 2014

A Bill to require scrutiny of and enable amendments to international trade agreements, including investor state dispute settlements, by the European and UK Parliaments; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 27th October 2014

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to measure and regulate the impact of unconventional gas extraction on air and water quality and on greenhouse gas emissions; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 21st January 2015

A Bill to prohibit the advertising of electronic cigarettes; to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 18; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A Bill to provide that the Health and Care Professionals Council be the regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists; to prohibit gay to straight conversion therapy; to make consequential provision for the protection of children and adults; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 16th July 2014

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to set targets for sugar content in food and drinks; to provide that sugar content on food and drink labelling be represented in terms of the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar; to provide for standards of information provision in advertising of food and drinks; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 15th July 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to provide that the Health Professionals Council be the regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 23rd October 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require multinational motor manufacturing companies to provide a duty of care to former employees in respect of pension provision

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 12th December 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 21st July 2010

Latest 50 Written Questions

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6 Other Department Questions
24th Oct 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what plans he has to ensure the UK stays on track to meet its commitments made in the Global Methane Pledge; and what plans he has to help maintain Britain’s global leadership on climate at COP27.

The UK has been working closely with Egypt and the UAE, as incoming COP27 and COP28 Presidencies, with the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Secretariat and other international organisations, to ensure commitments and agreements made at COP26 are built upon and delivered. The UK remains committed to playing a leadership role on the global stage tackling climate change.

The UK is showing global leadership on reducing our methane emissions, cutting emissions across energy, waste and agriculture by just over 60 percent since 1990, more than any other OECD country.

The UK will continue to implement domestic methane emissions reductions as we strive to meet our net zero target by 2050. For example, as set out in the Net Zero Strategy we are exploring policies to work towards the near elimination of biodegradable municipal waste to landfill by 2028. Building on our commitments under the Global Methane Pledge, we will publish a methane memorandum by COP27.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what plans he has to publish a strategy for reducing methane emissions in the UK to meet commitments made in the Global Methane Pledge, ahead of COP27.

The UK has been working closely with Egypt and the UAE, as incoming COP27 and COP28 Presidencies, with the UNFCCC Secretariat and other international organisations, to ensure commitments and agreements made at COP26 are built upon and delivered. The UK remains committed to playing a leadership role on the global stage tackling climate Change.

The UK is showing global leadership on reducing our methane emissions, cutting emissions across energy, waste and agriculture by just over 60 percent since 1990, more than any other OECD country.

The UK will continue to implement domestic methane emissions reductions as we strive to meet our net zero target by 2050. For example, as set out in the Net Zero Strategy we are exploring policies to work towards the near elimination of biodegradable municipal waste to landfill by 2028. Building on our commitments under the Global Methane Pledge, we will publish a methane memorandum by the end of the year.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to engage with children and listen to their views (a) ahead of and (b) during COP26.

We have long recognised the threat that climate change and environmental degradation poses to the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the world, including the most marginalised and vulnerable.

We share the concerns set out in the recent Save the Children report that climate and environmental threats are disrupting the education of nearly 40 million children each year and that the impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect women and girls, particularly those living in low income countries.

The UK is a global leader in girls’ education and the largest donor to Education Cannot Wait – the global fund for education in emergencies. At COP26, the UK will use our unique position as host and as a leading international donor on girls’ education to sound the alarm on the impact climate change is having on education, and advocate for the role of education in helping to tackle the crisis. This will include calling for action at both global and country levels and giving young people the opportunity to use their voices to call for the changes they think are needed. We will also be supporting Education Cannot Wait’s call for funding to ensure it can meet the needs of children in crisis.

The UK COP26 Presidency is committed to amplifying the voices of young people from across the world in the lead up to, and at, COP26 this November. I have committed to meeting with young people in every international visit over the last year and have established the COP26 Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council. At COP26, we will host a dedicated Youth & Public Empowerment Day to elevate youth voices and demonstrate the critical role of education and empowerment to drive climate action. We have been working closely with YOUNGO (the official children’s and youth constituency to the UNFCCC) to co-create the events programme for the day.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, with reference to the report by Save the Children entitled Born Into The Climate Crisis, published on 27 September 2021, what assessment he has made of the analysis set out in that report of the potential impacts of climate change on children living in low income countries.

We have long recognised the threat that climate change and environmental degradation poses to the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the world, including the most marginalised and vulnerable.

We share the concerns set out in the recent Save the Children report that climate and environmental threats are disrupting the education of nearly 40 million children each year and that the impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect women and girls, particularly those living in low income countries.

The UK is a global leader in girls’ education and the largest donor to Education Cannot Wait – the global fund for education in emergencies. At COP26, the UK will use our unique position as host and as a leading international donor on girls’ education to sound the alarm on the impact climate change is having on education, and advocate for the role of education in helping to tackle the crisis. This will include calling for action at both global and country levels and giving young people the opportunity to use their voices to call for the changes they think are needed. We will also be supporting Education Cannot Wait’s call for funding to ensure it can meet the needs of children in crisis.

The UK COP26 Presidency is committed to amplifying the voices of young people from across the world in the lead up to, and at, COP26 this November. I have committed to meeting with young people in every international visit over the last year and have established the COP26 Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council. At COP26, we will host a dedicated Youth & Public Empowerment Day to elevate youth voices and demonstrate the critical role of education and empowerment to drive climate action. We have been working closely with YOUNGO (the official children’s and youth constituency to the UNFCCC) to co-create the events programme for the day.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to help ensure that children’s rights are advanced globally through the outcomes of COP26.

We have long recognised the threat that climate change and environmental degradation poses to the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the world, including the most marginalised and vulnerable.

We share the concerns set out in the recent Save the Children report that climate and environmental threats are disrupting the education of nearly 40 million children each year and that the impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect women and girls, particularly those living in low income countries.

The UK is a global leader in girls’ education and the largest donor to Education Cannot Wait – the global fund for education in emergencies. At COP26, the UK will use our unique position as host and as a leading international donor on girls’ education to sound the alarm on the impact climate change is having on education, and advocate for the role of education in helping to tackle the crisis. This will include calling for action at both global and country levels and giving young people the opportunity to use their voices to call for the changes they think are needed. We will also be supporting Education Cannot Wait’s call for funding to ensure it can meet the needs of children in crisis.

The UK COP26 Presidency is committed to amplifying the voices of young people from across the world in the lead up to, and at, COP26 this November. I have committed to meeting with young people in every international visit over the last year and have established the COP26 Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council. At COP26, we will host a dedicated Youth & Public Empowerment Day to elevate youth voices and demonstrate the critical role of education and empowerment to drive climate action. We have been working closely with YOUNGO (the official children’s and youth constituency to the UNFCCC) to co-create the events programme for the day.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how much her Department spent in total on social media advertising in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022 as of 28 February 2022; and on which platforms that money was spent.

The Attorney General’s Office uses the free subscription services only on departmental social media accounts and therefore has had a nil spend on social media advertising.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
12th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) average and (b) longest time between application and a start date for recruiting a civil servant was in the last three years; and whether he is taking steps to reduce those times.

Civil Service recruitment must follow the rules set out in legislation within the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (CRaGA) 2010 which outlines the requirements to ensure that Civil Servants are recruited on merit, via fair and open competition. The Civil Service must also ensure that detailed pre-employment checks (such as appropriate levels of security clearance) are carried out before employment can begin.

Information on the average time to hire across departments can be found in the recent National Audit Office report published on ‘Civil service workforce: Recruitment, pay and performance management', found here: https://www.nao.org.uk/reports/civil-service-workforce/

As set out in the Civil Service People Plan published on 10 January 2024, we are committed to ensuring we attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds, to create a brilliant Civil Service now, and for the future.

We must modernise the ways we recruit, speed up and simplify the process and improve the candidate experience without compromising on quality or fairness. We must also continue to expand the use of secondments and other direct entry routes (including the Fast Stream and apprenticeships), ensuring they are properly embedded in the skills and resourcing strategies of all departments and professions.

The Cabinet Office is introducing a set of consistent and comparable Civil Service recruitment measures and benchmarks which will be implemented across the Whitehall 17 departments. This will give greater transparency of metrics across the recruitment cycle.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 30 May 2023 to Question 185872 on Death, if he will publish the total number of deaths from all causes (a) including and (b) excluding covid-19 for each (i) area, (ii) region and (iii) country in 2022 in which there was an estimated fraction of mortality attributable to particulate air pollution in 2021.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 1 December is attached

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
19th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths from all causes excluding covid-19 there were in people aged 30 and older in (a) East Midlands, (b) East of England, (c) Greater London, (d) North East, (e) North West, (f) South East, (g) South West, (h) West Midlands, (i) Yorkshire and Humber and (j) England in each year since 2018.

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

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Questions of 19 May are attached.

19th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths from all causes there were in people aged 30 and older in (a) East Midlands, (b) East of England, (c) Greater London, (d) North East, (e) North West, (f) South East, (g) South West, (h) West Midlands, (i) Yorkshire and Humber and (j) England in each year since 2018.

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

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Questions of 19 May are attached.

19th May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May to Question 183298 on Death: Greater London, how many total deaths excluding excess deaths due to COVID-19 of people aged 30 years and older were there in Greater London in each year between 2018 and 2022.

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

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Questions of 19 May are attached.

2nd May 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answers of 24 April 2023 to Questions 181813 and 181814, what estimate he has made of when the UK Statistics Authority will publish that information for 2022.

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

A response to the Hon Gentlemen’s Parliamentary Question of 2 May is attached.

19th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died from alcoholism in (a) England and (b) North Ireland in each year since 2018.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman Parliamentary Question of 19th April is attached.

19th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died from obesity in (a) England and (b) North Ireland in each year since 2017.

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

A response to the Hon gentlemen Parliamentary Question of 19th April is attached.

19th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of all adult deaths in England in 2019 from (a) heart disease, (b) stroke, (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (d) lung cancer and (e) dementia and Alzheimer's disease were caused by air pollution.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman Parliamentary Question of 19th April is attached.

19th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died from air pollution in (a) East Midlands, (b) East of England, (c) Greater London, (d) North East, (e) North West, (f) South East, (g) South West, (h) West Midlands, (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (j) England in each year since 2018.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman Parliamentary Question of 19th April is attached.

19th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died from air pollution in (a) England and (b) North Ireland in each year since 2017.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman Parliamentary Question of 19th April is attached.

12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information her Department holds on how many (a) UK health workers have returned to UK from EU countries and (b) EU health workers have returned to EU countries from the UK since June 2016.

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

A response to the Hon. Gentlemen’s Parliamentary Questions of 12 January is attached.

12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) UK citizens who have returned from the EU to the UK and (b) EU citizens who have returned to EU countries who are over the age of 60 in the period since June 2016.

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

A response to the Hon. Gentlemen’s Parliamentary Questions of 12 January is attached.

3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent in total on social media advertising in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022 as of 28 February 2022; and on which platforms that money was spent.

Social Media is an integral part of the Cabinet Office's strategy for communications, therefore data on how much we spend on social media is not split out from wider communications spend.


Routine transparency spend data, broken down by supplier for each year requested, can be found here. For reporting purposes, Cabinet Office accounts include No10, therefore specifics on the Prime Minister’s Office are not split out separately.

3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's Office spent in total on social media advertising in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, (c) 2021 and (d) 2022 as of 28 February 2022; and on which platforms that money was spent.

Social Media is an integral part of the Cabinet Office's strategy for communications, therefore data on how much we spend on social media is not split out from wider communications spend.


Routine transparency spend data, broken down by supplier for each year requested, can be found here. For reporting purposes, Cabinet Office accounts include No10, therefore specifics on the Prime Minister’s Office are not split out separately.

5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2021 to Question 14131, whether Arup made any specific recommendations on air pollution as part of their work on the G7 event.

The Cabinet Office worked with UK-based consulting firm Arup to provide independent expertise to secure ISO20121 sustainability accreditation for the G7 Summit and deliver a carbon neutral summit, as part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to hosting a sustainable and carbon-neutral event.

The Government plans to publish an executive summary of the Carbon Management Plan developed as part of this work in due course, following a full assessment. It is intended that this document will be made available publicly on the G7 website. https://www.g7uk.org/sustainability/

The Carbon Management Plan will include the final travel arrangements for all G7 and Partner Country Leaders and staff for the G7 summit, including air travel.

Arup did not make specific recommendations on air pollution, as this was not within the remit of their support for the Summit’s ISO20121 accreditation and assisting HMG in delivering a carbon neutral summit.

The cost for Arup’s work developing the Carbon Management Plan for the G7 Summit will be released under the usual transparency process, along with other Summit costs.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2021 to Question 14131, what the carbon emissions were from the travel by (a) the Prime Minister, (b) other G7 leaders and (c) staff for the G7 summit; and whether the Prime Minister's travel by private jet was included in the Carbon Management Plan designed by Arup.

The Cabinet Office worked with UK-based consulting firm Arup to provide independent expertise to secure ISO20121 sustainability accreditation for the G7 Summit and deliver a carbon neutral summit, as part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to hosting a sustainable and carbon-neutral event.

The Government plans to publish an executive summary of the Carbon Management Plan developed as part of this work in due course, following a full assessment. It is intended that this document will be made available publicly on the G7 website. https://www.g7uk.org/sustainability/

The Carbon Management Plan will include the final travel arrangements for all G7 and Partner Country Leaders and staff for the G7 summit, including air travel.

Arup did not make specific recommendations on air pollution, as this was not within the remit of their support for the Summit’s ISO20121 accreditation and assisting HMG in delivering a carbon neutral summit.

The cost for Arup’s work developing the Carbon Management Plan for the G7 Summit will be released under the usual transparency process, along with other Summit costs.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of Arup's work on the Carbon Management Plan for the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The Cabinet Office worked with UK-based consulting firm Arup to provide independent expertise to secure ISO20121 sustainability accreditation for the G7 Summit and deliver a carbon neutral summit, as part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to hosting a sustainable and carbon-neutral event.

The Government plans to publish an executive summary of the Carbon Management Plan developed as part of this work in due course, following a full assessment. It is intended that this document will be made available publicly on the G7 website. https://www.g7uk.org/sustainability/

The Carbon Management Plan will include the final travel arrangements for all G7 and Partner Country Leaders and staff for the G7 summit, including air travel.

Arup did not make specific recommendations on air pollution, as this was not within the remit of their support for the Summit’s ISO20121 accreditation and assisting HMG in delivering a carbon neutral summit.

The cost for Arup’s work developing the Carbon Management Plan for the G7 Summit will be released under the usual transparency process, along with other Summit costs.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
5th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2021 to Question 14131, if he will publish the Carbon Management Plan designed by Arup (a) for the G7 event and (b) any other events they have worked on.

The Cabinet Office worked with UK-based consulting firm Arup to provide independent expertise to secure ISO20121 sustainability accreditation for the G7 Summit and deliver a carbon neutral summit, as part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to hosting a sustainable and carbon-neutral event.

The Government plans to publish an executive summary of the Carbon Management Plan developed as part of this work in due course, following a full assessment. It is intended that this document will be made available publicly on the G7 website. https://www.g7uk.org/sustainability/

The Carbon Management Plan will include the final travel arrangements for all G7 and Partner Country Leaders and staff for the G7 summit, including air travel.

Arup did not make specific recommendations on air pollution, as this was not within the remit of their support for the Summit’s ISO20121 accreditation and assisting HMG in delivering a carbon neutral summit.

The cost for Arup’s work developing the Carbon Management Plan for the G7 Summit will be released under the usual transparency process, along with other Summit costs.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report of the all-party group on air pollution entitled Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus Infection, published on 29 May 2020.

The Cabinet Office welcomes the All-Party Group’s report and has noted its recommendations. Improving air quality is a priority for the Government. DEFRA has recently published the report of the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) on its Call for Evidence to understand more fully the impact that coronavirus is having on air pollution emissions, concentrations and exposure.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make it her policy to monitor firms with financial ties to sovereign wealth funds originating from countries that do not have transparent and democratic systems to ensure the (a) effective allocation, (b) efficient implementation and (c) transparent reporting of committed funds.

The UK is an open economy and we welcome global investment. UK firms that have financial ties to Sovereign Wealth Funds already have to abide by the UK's regulatory regimes for corporate practice, including the Companies Act, 2006.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the recommendations of the report of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development on Safeguarding democracy, rights and the environment in international trade, which was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 27 April 2023.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to my Hon. Friend the Member for Henley on 18th May 2023, UIN 183392.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations in Council of Europe report entitled Safeguarding democracy, rights and the environment in international trade, published in April 2023, on protecting the environment.

As an independent nation in control of our trading future, the UK government considers a broad range of factors when developing international trade policy – including benefits to the UK economy and our international obligations.

In line with those international obligations, the Government will continue to ensure that our trade policy reflects our high standards and protections – both in new trade agreements and via multilateral fora.

Having secure and growing trading relationships can increase UK influence and assist open conversations with partners on a range of issues, many of which are listed in the Council of Europe report “Doc. 15739”.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the report from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology entitled Indoor Air Quality, published on 26 September 2023.

The Department takes note of the report.

The Department is aware of the impacts of domestic cooking appliances on indoor air quality. In particular, we are currently considering the impacts of potential updates to Ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for domestic cooking appliances, including the societal benefits of reduced asthma rates caused by an increased use of electric cooking appliances reducing amounts of NOx and small particulates in the home. The published report reinforces the importance of retaining these benefits as a key consideration in ongoing policy development in this area.

The Department is also a member of the cross-Government Working Group on indoor air quality which is led by Defra. We will continue to ensure that the Department is represented in that group.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to reduce emissions from construction vehicles.

The Government has made available funding to support the development of low and zero carbon technologies with relevance to construction vehicles, including through the Advanced Propulsion Centre and the Red Diesel Replacement Competition. The use of renewable fuels in construction vehicles is also encouraged through the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. Government has committed to publishing a decarbonisation strategy for Non-Road Mobile Machinery which includes construction vehicles intended for use on site, with a Call for Evidence on decarbonisation options to be issued shortly.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2022 to Question 157261 on Biofuels: HETAS, whether any conflicts of interest have been declared by (a) Woodsure and (b) HETAS since 1 January 2022.

Neither Woodsure nor HETAS have declared any conflicts of interest since 1 January 2022.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Answer of 19 May 2023 to Question 185867 on Buildings: Carbon Emissions, what guidance he has issued to (a) owners, (b) operators and (c) occupiers of large buildings on the requirements of the Energy Act 2023.

The Government’s landmark Energy Act 2023 gained Royal Assent on 26 October 2023. While the Department has not issued guidance for owners, operators, or occupiers of large buildings on the requirements of the Energy Act 2023, details of the Act have been published on the Gov.UK website.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to issue guidance to (a) owners, (b) operators and (c) occupiers of large buildings in Greater London on recent changes to the law affecting how they should connect to and use heat networks.

The Department has recently completed a consultation on consumer protection for heat network customers and intends to lay secondary legislation before Parliament in 2024. We will also publish a consultation on zoning regulations for heat networks shortly. The Department is engaging with heat network customers, owners, operators, and other key stakeholders to inform them of future changes to heat networks policy, and to ensure that regulations provide fair prices for consumers, mitigate risk for heat network developers and ensure heat networks form an effective part of the UK’s net-zero commitment.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to provide guidance to (a) owners, (b) operators and (c) occupiers of large buildings in Greater London on the use of electricity from the national grid for (i) space heating and (ii) hot water after 2025.

The Government has no plans to provide guidance to owners, operators, and occupiers of large buildings in Greater London on the use of electricity from the National Grid for space heating and hot water after 2025.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has published recent guidance for the (a) owners and (b) operators of large buildings in Greater London on replacing ageing (i) gas boilers and (ii) combined heat and power units with zero or ultra-low emission alternatives.

The Department has not published guidance for owners or operators of large buildings in London on replacing ageing gas boilers. Powering Up Britain sets out the Government's ambition to phase out new and replacement natural gas boilers by 2035.

In September 2021, the Government issued a call for evidence – ‘Combined heat and power: pathway to decarbonisation’ – in which it sought views on potential decarbonisation options. The feedback has been published and is informing future Government policy.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the report by Energy UK entitled Allocation Round 5: Why it matters, and risks to the UK if the Government doesn’t act, published on 3 May 2023, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings on the contribution of allocation round five of the contracts for difference scheme to meeting the capacity needed to reach the Government’s target for a decarbonized power sector by 2035.

The Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 5 opened on 31 March 2023. Since this is an open round, the Government cannot predetermine the capacity that will be delivered.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the budget for allocation round five of the contracts for difference scheme to help meet (a) increased construction costs and (b) Government targets for the rollout of renewable energy.

National Grid Electricity System Operator (NG ESO) runs the auction process for Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Rounds and is currently assessing the eligibility of all CfD Allocation Round 5 applicants. Once the Department has received the final valuation of eligible participants, the Secretary of State will consider any budget uplift for the round, taking into account decarbonisation targets and the cost to bill-payers.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to help increase the output of offshore wind.

The Government has set a world leading ambition of up to 50GW of offshore wind by 2030 including up to 5GW of floating wind. As set out in the Powering Up Britain: Energy Security Plan published on 30 March 2023, actions to increase deployment of offshore wind include a new £160m fund for floating offshore wind and legislation to streamline the consenting process.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to help increase investment in renewable energy sources to the same level as in the oil and gas industry.

The renewable and oil and gas sectors will continue to make vital contributions to achieving the Government’s economic, energy security and low carbon ambitions. Examples of how the Government is incentivising investment in renewables are through the flagship contracts for difference scheme with the competition for allocation round 5 currently underway, and generous capital allowances announced at the recent Budget.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a voluntary contract for difference scheme.

Allocating Contracts for Difference to operational electricity generators is one of a series of options being assessed as part of the Department’s wider Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) and an update will follow in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had recent discussions with trade unions on the exposure to high levels of air pollution of (a) people who work in drive throughs and (b) other workers.

Ministers regularly meet with external stakeholders. Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

The latest published data covers July to September 2022, further data will be published in due course. In line with Cabinet Office Guidance, organisations are listed instead of individuals.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of research at Swansea University on the production of green hydrogen from off-peak renewables and recycled plastic.

The Government welcomes research into waste-to-hydrogen technologies. We have stretching ambitions for low carbon hydrogen production in the UK and our innovation and deployment support is designed to bring forward multiple production technologies.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that oil and gas operations in the North Sea urgently tackle their gas leaks and losses, to improve the UK's energy security, reduce their methane emissions and help to meet the UK’s commitments in the Global Methane Pledge.

Companies operating in the North Sea are required to assess methane management measures in line with regulatory approval processes. The Government is taking steps to drive down methane emissions in the North Sea, including those from leaks and losses, through commitments set out the in North Sea Transition Deal, supported by the industry Methane Action Plan commitment to a 50% reduction in methane emissions by 2030.

In addition, the Offshore Major Accident Regulator inspects offshore installations for compliance with regulations relating to the release of gases; working with companies to prevent losses, and taking enforcement action where required.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to the UK's net zero target of burning imported wood pellets in UK power stations.

The Net Zero Strategy outlined the UK’s ambition of 5MtCO2/year of engineered removals by 2030 and included illustrative ranges of 22-23MtCO2/year of engineered removals by 2035 and 75- 81MtCO2/year by 2050. Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS) projects have the potential to play a role in reaching these ambitions as the UK will likely require around 58Mt of negative CO2 emissions via engineered removals by 2050 to meet net zero. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recommend deploying BECCS in the UK at a potential rate of 53 MtCO2/yr by 2050 which makes BECCS the main option for negative emissions.

Through the Biomass Strategy, the UK will establish the role of BECCS in reducing carbon emissions across the economy and set out how the technology could be deployed.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what is his policy on the sustainability of burning imported wood pellets for energy in the UK.

The UK Government supports the use of sustainable biomass but generators must only receive subsidies for biomass that complies with strict sustainability criteria. Generators must demonstrate to the regulator that they meet the criteria, and that evidence must be independently audited.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)