Graham Brady Portrait

Graham Brady

Conservative - Altrincham and Sale West

First elected: 1st May 1997


Select Committees
Panel of Chairs (since January 2020)
Speaker's Conference (since October 2022)
Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Panel of Chairs
26th May 2010 - 3rd May 2017
Panel of Chairs
13th Oct 2009 - 6th May 2010
Committee on Reform of the House of Commons
20th Jul 2009 - 6th May 2010
Treasury Committee
17th Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister (Europe)
15th Jun 2004 - 3rd Jul 2007
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
5th Jan 2004 - 12th Jul 2005
Urban Affairs Sub-committee
5th Jan 2004 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Minister (Education)
18th Sep 2001 - 1st Jul 2003
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jun 2000 - 1st Jun 2001
Education & Employment
14th Jul 1997 - 11th May 2001
Opposition Whip (Commons)
1st Jan 2000 - 1st Jun 2000


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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 279 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 226 Noes - 287
Speeches
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
Tributes to Sir Tony Lloyd
I am grateful for the chance to participate. Tony was a calm and decent man and a gentleman. When I …
Written Answers
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Economic Situation: GP Surgeries
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to the (a) Valuation Office Agency and …
Early Day Motions
Monday 17th July 2017
CHANNEL 4
That this House welcomes the Government's determination to move broadcaster Channel Four Television out of London; notes that the Government …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
From 15 September 2023, Graham Brady Consulting Ltd (not trading).
EDM signed
Wednesday 21st February 2024
No confidence in the Speaker
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 8th November 2022
Employee Share Ownership (Reform) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision for a new employee share ownership scheme allowing preferential access for lower income workers; to …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Graham Brady has voted in 651 divisions, and 18 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
10 Feb 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 526 Noes - 24
27 Jan 2021 - Local Government - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 344 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 553 Noes - 2
6 Jan 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 322 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 16
30 Dec 2020 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 328 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 335 Noes - 212
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
4 Nov 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 516 Noes - 38
21 Oct 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 330 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 4
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
6 Oct 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 285 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 287 Noes - 17
1 Jul 2020 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 316 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 254 Noes - 317
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Graham Brady voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative Aye votes vs 282 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 302
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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
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(37 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(15 debate interactions)
Sajid Javid (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(56 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(15 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(9 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2020
(1,362 words contributed)
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Altrincham and Sale 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).

Petitions with highest Altrincham and Sale West signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

We want the Government to review and increase allowances paid to foster carers, and also tax exemption levels for foster carers, so they reflect the true cost of caring for a child.

Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.


Latest EDMs signed by Graham Brady

21st February 2024
Graham Brady signed this EDM on Wednesday 21st February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Conservative - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
80 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 43
Scottish National Party: 35
Independent: 2
15th November 2023
Graham Brady signed this EDM on Wednesday 24th January 2024

VAT on audiobooks

Tabled by: Mike Penning (Conservative - Hemel Hempstead)
That this House recognises that audio books, now popular and widely available across all genres, from business to academic, from historical to self help, are a lifeline for many people with sight loss, visual impairment, dyslexia or other reading disabilities; agrees that audio books offer unique opportunities for visually-impaired and …
31 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Jan 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 10
Scottish National Party: 8
Conservative: 4
Liberal Democrat: 4
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Graham Brady, 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.


Graham Brady has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Graham Brady has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Graham Brady has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


94 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make a comparative assessment of the ventilation standards in buildings in the UK and (a) the United States, (b) Vietnam and (c) South Korea in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Department has no plans to make a comparative assessment of the ventilation standards in buildings in the UK and other countries.

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Government plans to provide to the events sector during autumn and winter 2020.

DCMS appreciates the important role that the events sector plays in the UK’s economy, and that the Covid-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge to many businesses operating in these sectors.

The Secretary of State provided a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. This funding will provide targeted support to organisations across a range of cultural and creative sectors. This support package will benefit cultural sector services by providing support to cultural venues and many other organisations in the Creative Industries that host live events, to stay open and continue operating.

From 15th August, and as part of the Government’s 5 stage roadmap to get performing arts and live entertainment sectors back up and running as soon as possible, organisations can now put on live indoor performances in front of a socially-distanced audience. This is in addition to the earlier announcement that from 11 July we can all enjoy performances outdoors with social distancing.

We are committed to continuing to work with the events sector to understand the difficulties they face and help them access support through these challenging times and through recovery. We recognise that the events industry and its supply chain has been severely impacted by Covid-19.

We are continuing to meet with stakeholders, including through the Events & Entertainment and Visitor Economy working groups and the Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel, to discuss the specific issues facing the sector.

19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Muslim students unable to access the traditional student finance system are able to access an alternative, faith-compliant method; and what his planned timetable is for such a system becoming fully operable.

I refer my hon. Friend, the member for Altrincham and Sale West, to the answer I gave in response to question 129057.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will take steps to encourage the (a) take-up and (b) provision of apprenticeships in the childcare sector in response to the shortfall in recruitment during the covid-19 outbreak.

We have introduced a broad range of flexibilities to ensure that apprentices can continue with their learning, as far as possible, and to encourage the take up of apprenticeships. These include encouraging the remote delivery of training, allowing changes to be made to end-point assessment, and removal of the requirement that level 2 apprentices should work towards or sit their level 2 English and maths GCSE or functional skills exams this academic year.

Apprenticeships will have an important role to play in creating employment opportunities, particularly for young people, and supporting employers in all sectors to access the skilled workforce they need to recover and grow post-COVID-19. We are looking to support employers of all sizes, and particularly smaller businesses such as childcare providers, to take on new apprentices this year. We will set out further details in due course. We will also ensure that there is sufficient funding to support small businesses wanting to take on an apprentice this year.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Scottish Government has submitted a request for a United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 exemption to implement a deposit return scheme in Scotland.

At the Inter-Ministerial Group for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (IMG EFRA) on 6 March, UK Government ministers received a formal request setting out the scope and rationale for a UKIM exemption for the Scottish Government's deposit return scheme. It will now be considered by Ministers at the relevant Whitehall departments.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will hold discussions with Girlguiding on their research on young people's views on deposit return schemes.

Defra officials have met Girlguiding to discuss their research on deposit return schemes. We will continue to engage with a large range of stakeholders, including young people, to ensure everyone has their say.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of business case for the Golborne Link section of the Phase 2b portion of HS2 as part of the Integrated Rail Plan.

The Integrated Rail Plan noted that there is a strong case for a connection to the West Coast Mainline (WCML) north of Crewe and that the Union Connectivity Review (UCR) was considering this further. The UCR, undertaken by Sir Peter Hendy, has considered whether any alternatives to the Golborne Link could further improve connectivity to Scotland. Evidence from the Review suggests that alternative connections to the WCML could slightly reduce journey times further compared to the ‘Golborne Link’. However, Sir Peter states that it is clear that further work is required to better understand the case for and against any such options; and has recommended the Government review options for alternative connections north of Crewe between HS2 and the WCML. The government will respond to Sir Peter’s recommendations in due course.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of the potential merits of removing the Golborne Link section of the Phase 2b portion of HS2 as part of the Integrated Rail Plan.

The Integrated Rail Plan noted that there is a strong case for a connection to the West Coast Mainline (WCML) north of Crewe and that the Union Connectivity Review (UCR) was considering this further. The UCR, undertaken by Sir Peter Hendy, has considered whether any alternatives to the Golborne Link could further improve connectivity to Scotland. Evidence from the Review suggests that alternative connections to the WCML could slightly reduce journey times further compared to the ‘Golborne Link’. However, Sir Peter states that it is clear that further work is required to better understand the case for and against any such options; and has recommended the Government review options for alternative connections north of Crewe between HS2 and the WCML. The government will respond to Sir Peter’s recommendations in due course.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timetable is for publication of the final report of the union connectivity review.

Sir Peter has published his Union Connectivity Review as of Friday the 26th of November, the Government thanks Sir Peter for his work and will respond to his recommendations in due course.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average length of time taken by his Department was from an application being received to issuing driving licenses to applicants arriving from Hong Kong with British national overseas status.

Holders of a full Hong Kong car or motorcycle driving licence can exchange this for a GB equivalent without the need to apply for a provisional licence or take a driving test. Information on the average time taken to issue a driving licence to applicants from Hong Kong is not available.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has been working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about the potential number of applicants who may arrive from Hong Kong with British national overseas status over the next five years. The DVLA is confident that these applications can be absorbed within its existing processes and there are no plans to introduce a dedicated channel.

14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will establish a dedicated channel for people arriving from Hong Kong with British national overseas status to obtain driving licences.

Holders of a full Hong Kong car or motorcycle driving licence can exchange this for a GB equivalent without the need to apply for a provisional licence or take a driving test. Information on the average time taken to issue a driving licence to applicants from Hong Kong is not available.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has been working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about the potential number of applicants who may arrive from Hong Kong with British national overseas status over the next five years. The DVLA is confident that these applications can be absorbed within its existing processes and there are no plans to introduce a dedicated channel.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support research into (a) improving aircraft efficiency and (b) new technologies to enable electric and hybrid powered flight.

The focus of our policy development and analysis to date has been on ways to meet our 2050 net zero carbon commitment. We have not specifically made an assessment of the savings that could be made if the focus were the next five or ten years, but we continue to develop policies to reduce emissions over both the short term and the medium term.

The Transport Secretary recently announced the Jet Zero Council, which will provide leadership and strategic direction to cut aviation emissions. The Council will focus on developing UK capabilities to deliver zero emission flight.

Through the Aerospace Growth Partnership, Government and industry are committing a total of £3.9bn in funding for mid-stage aerospace research and development between 2013 and 2026.

DfT’s Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition makes £20 million of capital funding available for projects that will produce low carbon waste-based fuels for use in aircraft and heavy goods vehicles. This government funding will be matched by the private sector, and is expected to support construction of first-of-a-kind plants by 2021. The sustainable aviation fuel produced in these plants is expected to have emissions savings of at least 70% when compared to traditional jet fuel.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for airspace modernisation.

Airspace modernisation is vital to the future of aviation, to delivering net zero and, now, to supporting the aviation sector’s recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a critical infrastructure programme of national importance.

However, in light of the pandemic, we recognise that the timescales in which airspace modernisation will take place will change. We are working with the CAA to review the Airspace Modernisation Strategy, to consider the recommendations from ACOG’s recent report ‘Remobilising the Airspace Change Programme’, and will advise stakeholders of our preferred approach in the early Autumn.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the carbon emissions reductions that could be achieved in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years from (i) more sustainable aviation fuels, (ii) more efficient aircraft, (iii) hybrid and electric flight and (iv) airspace modernisation.

The focus of our policy development and analysis to date has been on ways to meet our 2050 net zero carbon commitment. We have not specifically made an assessment of the savings that could be made if the focus were the next five or ten years, but we continue to develop policies to reduce emissions over both the short term and the medium term.

The Transport Secretary recently announced the Jet Zero Council, which will provide leadership and strategic direction to cut aviation emissions. The Council will focus on developing UK capabilities to deliver zero emission flight.

Through the Aerospace Growth Partnership, Government and industry are committing a total of £3.9bn in funding for mid-stage aerospace research and development between 2013 and 2026.

DfT’s Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition makes £20 million of capital funding available for projects that will produce low carbon waste-based fuels for use in aircraft and heavy goods vehicles. This government funding will be matched by the private sector, and is expected to support construction of first-of-a-kind plants by 2021. The sustainable aviation fuel produced in these plants is expected to have emissions savings of at least 70% when compared to traditional jet fuel.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel in the UK.

To help overcome barriers to the production of sustainable fuels for aviation on a commercial scale, the Department’s Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C) makes capital funding available. As part of the competition we are currently supporting two projects to build plants capable of supplying advanced fuels for use in aviation.

In addition, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), a certificate trading scheme, promotes a market for low carbon fuels. Sustainable aviation fuels are eligible for support under the RTFO and are categorised as a development fuel, so potentially benefit from a higher tradeable certificate value.

On 12 June the Department announced the Jet Zero Council to create a partnership between industry and Government and bring together Ministers and CEO-level stakeholders to drive high ambition in the delivery of new technologies and innovative ways to cut aviation emissions. The Council will be jointly chaired by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for BEIS.

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what scientific or medical advice he based the decision to include passengers arriving from countries which have the same or lower levels of covid-19 infection as the UK in the 14-day quarantine policy.

The Home Office will be introducing new health protection measures at the border, and details will be published soon. Further queries should be directed to the Home Office.

12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the announcement of 4 February 2020 by the Sustainable Aviation Group on ensuring UK aviation meets a net zero target by 2050, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to a wider range of production methods.

As acknowledged and welcomed in the “Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road-Map”, announced by the Sustainable Aviation coalition on 4 February, the Government is encouraging the production and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels in the UK by making these eligible for reward under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

The Department is considering the aviation industry’s request to extend the scope of the RTFO to include Recycled Carbon Fuels (RCFs), which is repeated in the “Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road-Map”. RCFs are fuels produced from fossil wastes that cannot be reused, recycled or avoided.

The Department has commissioned two independent research reports to examine the potential greenhouse gas savings that RCFs could achieve. These are “Low carbon fossil fuels sustainability risks and accounting methodology” published in January 2018 and “Work Package 1-743 Waste Disposal Outcomes and Diversion Impacts” published in August 2019. Further to this research, the Department is developing a greenhouse gas assessment methodology for RCFs and have engaged on this with industry representatives. The Department hopes to consult later this year on legislative proposals.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Defence
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) business case and (b) estimated cost for the Golborne Spur section of phase 2b of High Speed Two.

The Department for Transport published the Business Case for HS2 Phase 2 on 17 July 2017, which includes a connection to the West Coast Mainline near Golborne https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-two-economic-case.

We will continue to update periodically cost estimates and business cases for delivery of HS2 in line with the Government’s protocol for developing major projects. Our latest estimates indicate that the HS2 network will cost between £72-£98 billion with Phase 2b in the region of between £33-£46 billion. The expenditure on Golborne falls within this remit.

As part of the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands we will assess the Golborne Junction to consider the benefits, costs and the best way to serve the North West and Scotland.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken by her Department was from an application being received to issuing National Insurance numbers to those people arriving from Hong Kong with British national overseas status.

Demand for the National Insurance Number (NINo) service is currently high with the average time taken to process applications around 13 weeks. This is for all employment inspired applications including people arriving from Hong Kong with British National Overseas status.

The Department is currently recruiting and training additional staff to reduce these waiting times.

The Department expedites NINo applications for those who require one in order to receive Social Security Benefits.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to update the guidance on ventilation for businesses in the hospitality sector in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.

HSE recently updated web guidance on Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is aimed at most businesses, including the hospitality sector.

The guidance provides businesses with simple ways to identify areas in a workplace that may be poorly ventilated and measures they can take to improve ventilation in those areas. It also addresses the issue of balancing good ventilation with thermal comfort (keeping a comfortable workplace temperature).

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's 27 November 2020 policy document Transmission Risk in the Hospitality Sector, what proportion of hospitality businesses have been determined to have poor ventilation.

Although the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has the national policy lead for occupational health and safety standards in the hospitality and catering industry, Local Authorities (LAs) are responsible for enforcing health and safety law at individual premises.

HSE is unable to provide data showing what proportion of hospitality businesses have been determined to have poor ventilation as this data is not collected from LAs.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has issued for businesses in the hospitality sector that wish to improve ventilation within their properties in order to expedite covid-safe reopening.

HSE recently updated web guidance on Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is aimed at most businesses, including the hospitality sector.

The guidance provides businesses with simple ways to identify areas in a workplace that may be poorly ventilated and measures they can take to improve ventilation in those areas. It also addresses the issue of balancing good ventilation with thermal comfort (keeping a comfortable workplace temperature).

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many approvals of open market rent for new GP surgeries have been issued by District Valuers in each of the last five years for which information is available.

We believe this question relates to ‘current market rent’ assessments of general practice (GP) properties undertaken by the District Valuer Service, which are provided to primary care organisations and integrated care boards under the Premises Cost Directions 2013. This helps to ensure agreed rent levels for these properties are in line with market conditions and provide value for money. It is then for integrated care boards, as part of their commissioning responsibilities for primary care, to consider applications for any new general practice surgeries, taking account of current market rent assessments.

While the Department does not hold this information on how many current market rent assessments for new GP surgeries the District Valuer Service has completed centrally, the Department does engage with NHS England and the District Valuer Service to ensure policy around rent reimbursements for GP surgeries is fit for purpose.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve access to technology to treat type 1 diabetes for local diabetes services in Greater Manchester.

NHS Greater Manchester is currently considering the adoption of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance in relation to access to glucose monitoring technology. Working with the Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group and provider trusts, NHS Greater Manchester is seeking to review commissioning procedures and bring forward plans for adoption of NICE guidance


NHS Greater Manchester is currently reviewing NICE guidance on making available Technology Appraisals on Hybrid closed loop systems for managing blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes available.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase equality of access to medical technologies for people with type one diabetes.

NHS England have achieved their Long-Term Plan objective of 20% of all Type 1 diabetes patients in receipt of Flash Glucose Monitoring by April 21. Performance was 50% at June 2021 with an even distribution of access across all deprivation quintiles.

The ratio of prescribing Flash glucose monitoring between the most and least affluent areas has been reviewed and has reduced in every English region. When the programme started Flash was twice more likely to be prescribed to patients living in the most affluent areas, but current ratios show virtual parity between the most and least deprived patient groups across England.

2nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership, (b) Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System and (c) Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership on plans to collaboratively support people with type one diabetes to access timely and localised care.

The Department has held no discussions with the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership, Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System or Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership on plans to collaboratively support people with type one diabetes to access timely and localised care

The NHS Long Term plan sets out how NHS will enhance its support offer for those people living with type one diabetes, including further expanding the provision of structured education and digital self-management support tools.


The Major Conditions Strategy will set out how we intend to tackle conditions that contribute most to morbidity and mortality across the population in England which includes diabetes.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership on the release of the NICE technology appraisal on Hybrid closed loop systems for managing blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

NHS Greater Manchester is currently considering the adoption of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance in relation to access to glucose monitoring technology. Working with the Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group and provider trusts, NHS Greater Manchester is seeking to review commissioning procedures and bring forward plans for adoption of NICE guidance


NHS Greater Manchester is currently reviewing NICE guidance on making available Technology Appraisals on Hybrid closed loop systems for managing blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes available.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken by MHRA to evaluate a clinical trial was in each of the last five years for which data is available.

For the financial year 2018/19, the average time taken by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to assess a clinical trial was 23.29 days. The longest time taken was 56 days. For the financial year 2019/20, the average time taken by the MHRA to assess a clinical trial was 23.47 days. The longest time taken was 56 days. For the financial year 2020/21, the average time taken by the MHRA to assess a clinical trial was 21.43 days. The longest time taken was 49 days. For the financial year 2021/22, the average time taken by the MHRA to assess a clinical trial was 27.58 days. The longest time taken was 68 days. For the financial year 2022/23 (April 2022 – February 2023 inclusive), the average time taken by the MHRA to assess a clinical trial was 42.78 days. The longest time taken was 146 days.

1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the standard time is for a coordinated response by MHRA for clinical trails; and what the performance has been against that standard in the last 12 months.

The standard time for the initial coordinated response from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is 30 days from the date of receipt of a valid request for authorisation of a clinical trial. The average coordinated performance against the standard for the last 12 months between February 2022 to February 2023 inclusive was 43.96 days.

1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the overall effectiveness of the MHRA in supporting and evaluating clinical trials in the UK; and what assessment he has made of the potential future risks to that effectiveness.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recently underwent a programme organisational reform and transformation, supported by independent advisors, to deliver an agency able to modernise medicines and medical device regulation in the United Kingdom and take advantage of its new sovereign regulator status. This process and the ongoing implementation of the changes is under constant review by MHRA itself and departmental officials, including any impact on delivery and effectiveness. As part of that and the normal business planning cycles, the two teams will continue to work together to support the Agency to continue to protect the health of the UK population including ensuring the safety of clinical trials.

1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many phase one inspectors were employed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in each January since 2019.

The following table shows the number of Good Clinical Practice inspectors who are trained to perform the inspections of phase I clinical trial units, who are members of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Phase I Accreditation Scheme of this type during each January from 2019 to 2023

Year

Number of inspectors

January 2023

5 (plus 1 inspector in training)

January 2022

6

January 2021

7

January 2020

6

January 2019

6

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the cost of each quality-adjusted life year added to 5 to 11 year old children as a result of offering that cohort a covid-19 vaccination.

On 22 December 2021, the Government accepted the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children aged five to 11 years old who are in a clinical risk group, or who are household contacts of the immunosuppressed. On 16 February 2022, the Government subsequently accepted the JCVI’s advice to offer vaccination of children aged five to 11 years old not in a clinical risk group. However, the size and characteristics of a potential future wave were uncertain at the time of the JCVI’s advice, therefore it was not possible to determine the cost per quality adjusted life years gained.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 38143 on Coronavirus: Research, what his timetable is for publication of the research funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Four of the eight projects have published at least one paper on their findings. We anticipate papers from the remaining four studies although we do not have a confirmed timetable for their publication.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the relative benefits of administering covid-19 vaccinations via aspiration compared to intravenous injection.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has not made this assessment. The UKHSA provides guidance on immunisation techniques in Chapter Four of the Green Book, which follows available evidence and international recommendations for the administration of vaccines. This is reviewed and updated regularly by the UKHSA and states that it is not necessary to aspirate the syringe after the needle is introduced into the muscle because there are no large blood vessels at the recommended injection sites.

In addition, the only licensed route of administration for COVID-19 vaccines is via intra-muscular injection into the preferred site, the deltoid muscle. No assessment has therefore been made for intravenous injection. Vaccinations are not administered into the vein as this would be potentially harmful.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Trading Standards on tackling non-compliant disposable e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are regulated under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR). Local Trading Standards are responsible for the enforcement of these regulations. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities provides central funding to local authorities for local trading standards activity. It is for local decision making how this is allocated across services.

To support local enforcement of TRPR, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are currently reviewing evidence and assisting in the identification of e-cigarette device seizures across the United Kingdom. It is working with various trading standards organisations, to correctly identify grey, black market and counterfeit devices entering illegally from foreign markets to UK distributors.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to provide additional funding for Trading Standards to help remove from the market disposable e-cigarettes that breach provisions of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

E-cigarettes are regulated under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR). Local Trading Standards are responsible for the enforcement of these regulations. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities provides central funding to local authorities for local trading standards activity. It is for local decision making how this is allocated across services.

To support local enforcement of TRPR, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are currently reviewing evidence and assisting in the identification of e-cigarette device seizures across the United Kingdom. It is working with various trading standards organisations, to correctly identify grey, black market and counterfeit devices entering illegally from foreign markets to UK distributors.

22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 154773, if he will take steps to ensure the immediate publication of findings from any of the eight projects jointly awarded by the National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation looking into the routes of transmission of covid-19 in different environments or groups of people, in the event that they report during the Parliamentary summer recess.

These studies will now be completing between August 2021 and January 2022. Additionally, the National Institute for Health Research funded researchers are expected to publish their main study findings in peer-reviewed open access journals.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of (a) hospital admissions with covid-19 and (b) intensive care admissions of patients with covid-19 had previously been diagnosed with asthma in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Many cases of asthma will be diagnosed and managed in a primary care setting. Primary care data is not currently linked to the data collected by the National Health Service for hospital admissions.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of inhaled budesonide in reducing (a) admissions to hospital with covid-19 and (b) the progression of covid-19 from a mild to severe disease.

Inhaled budesonide was trialled as part of the PRINCIPLE trial platform in the United Kingdom as a treatment for COVID-19 in non-hospitalised patients who are 65 years old and over or 50 years old and over with an underlying health condition. On 12 April, interim analysis from the PRINCIPLE trial revealed that inhaled budesonide reduced the time to self-reported recovery by a median of three days. However, the full analysis is currently underway to understand the full benefit of this treatment. Clinical guidance has been issued for clinicians to consider prescribing inhaled budesonide on a case-by-case basis, but inhaled budesonide is not currently recommended as the standard of care in the UK. The Department will continue to monitor the results as more detailed data and analysis from the trial becomes available and stand ready to adjust guidance should this be appropriate.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of removing the requirement to quarantine following international travel for people who have received both doses of a vaccination on the transmission of covid-19.

The quarantine system is a risk based one, based on medical evidence. International travel, particularly to ‘red list’ countries, where there is a high risk of transmission of new variants of COVID-19, presents a danger to the public. This continues to be the case even when vaccinated. The Government is prioritising the prevention of new variants entering the country and the possibility of these being spread in the wider community. Individuals who have been vaccinated might nonetheless contract another variant, particularly while in ‘red list’ countries and spread it even if quarantining at home. This means it is vital to continue to follow the public health guidance and rules including the necessity of quarantining in hotels.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the rate of positive swab tests for covid-19 among people who have received both doses of a vaccination.

Data on effectiveness of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be published in due course, once larger numbers of the population have been vaccinated with two doses and sufficient time has elapsed for an effect to be monitored.

19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what account his Department is taking of the prevalence of false positive results when assessing the efficacy of covid-19 vaccines.

Public Health England (PHE) is considering the impact of false positives on vaccine efficacy estimates, as part of its vaccine monitoring work. Several vaccine effectiveness studies, including PHE’s, use both repeat virology swabs and antibody testing to help exclude false positives.

13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of ivermectin as a (a) prophylactic and (b) treatment for covid-19.

The Department continues to monitor evidence on the use of ivermectin both as a prophylactic and treatment for COVID-19. A recent collection of small studies shows some positive indications that ivermectin may act as a treatment for COVID-19. However, further high quality, larger-scale studies are still needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of this treatment. The Therapeutics Taskforce will keep the position on ivermectin under review as more data becomes available.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2020 to Question 75983, on Coronavirus: Shops, if he will publish (a) the studies and (b) other research reports that his Department holds on the presence of viable covid-19 virus in the air in (i) supermarkets, (ii) other large retail settings and (iii) other non-clinical settings.

The National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation jointly awarded over £5.3million for a programme of research of eight projects to understand the routes of transmission of COVID-19 in different environments and groups of people. These projects are 12-15 months in duration and are expected to report findings in the summer of 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the Oxford University study on the efficacy of inhaled Budesonide in preventing the development of severe covid-19 symptoms; and to what extent the use of inhaled steroids could be effective in treating all variants of covid-19.

We are aware of the STOIC study on the efficacy of inhaled Budesonide. STOIC is a Phase II trial with 146 participants. Phase II trials can indicate whether a treatment has potential to benefit patients, and positive results are normally followed by larger scale Phase III trials.

The Phase III PRINCIPLE trial, which currently has over 4,200 patients enrolled to date, is also trialling inhaled budesonide as a trial arm, the results for which are imminent. This will help us to assess whether this drug provides an effective way of treating COVID-19 in community settings.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of ivermectin as a (a) prophylactic and (b) treatment for covid-19.

The Therapeutics Taskforce is continuing to monitor any new, high quality evidence on COVID-19 therapeutics and has been following recent findings on ivermectin.

The Department has monitored a collection of small studies which have now completed and provided some positive signals on the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. However, larger scale studies are still needed to confirm the effectiveness and safety of this treatment. The Therapeutics Taskforce is aware that several more studies into ivermectin are set to conclude in the next few months and will continue to monitor these ongoing trials to assess the evidence available on whether ivermectin can prevent and/or reduce the severity of COVID-19.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to Answer of 20 October to Question 102756, what proportion of businesses within the hospitality sector meet SAGE standards for ventilation; and how many of those are in areas currently under Tier 3 restrictions.

Enforcement of the regulations is a matter for local authorities. Ministers and officials have regular discussions on a wide range of issues including ventilation for businesses within the hospitality sector.

11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with businesses within the hospitality sector on ventilation in venues in the last six months.

Enforcement of the regulations is a matter for local authorities. Ministers and officials have regular discussions on a wide range of issues including ventilation for businesses within the hospitality sector.

11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department the effect of far-field aerosol transmission of covid-19 in venues that have ventilation levels of 10 litres of fresh air per person per second.

The Department has undertaken no specific assessment.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considered the paper ‘Role of ventilation in controlling SARS-CoV-2 transmission’ at meeting 60 on 30 September.The paper is published online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emg-role-of-ventilation-in-controlling-sars-cov-2-transmission-30-september-2020

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of fresh air per person per second required to limit the transmission of covid-19.

The Department has undertaken no specific assessment.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considered the paper ‘Role of ventilation in controlling SARS-CoV-2 transmission’ at meeting 60 on 30 September.The paper is published online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emg-role-of-ventilation-in-controlling-sars-cov-2-transmission-30-september-2020

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2020 to Question 89613 on care home vacancies, when the Adult Social Care Winter Plan will be published.

‘Adult social care: coronavirus (COVID-19) winter plan 2020 to 2021’ was published on the 18 September.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to amend the guidance on hospital and care home visitations under the Tier 2 and Tier 3 covid-19 rules to accommodate visits beyond exceptional circumstances at end of life.

Care homes and hospitals look after some of the most vulnerable members of our society. We recognise this has been a difficult time for many residents, patients, their families and staff members and that visits are important for those in care settings. However, the first priority must remain to prevent infections and local hospitals being overwhelmed from outbreaks.

Visiting is allowed in inpatient settings, in a very careful and COVID-19-secure way. Unfortunately, in local Covid alert level high areas and above, this means visiting restrictions will be limited to exceptional circumstances. Where visiting is restricted, care homes and hospitals should support visiting in a virtual manner. We will keep these regulations under regular review.

13th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will expand funding for immunotherapy for advanced cancer in cases where clinical trials have shown that patients have responded well to that treatment.

NHS England funds licensed medicines that have been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), or off-label use of licensed medicines that have been approved by the NHS England clinical policy process.

The Cancer Drug Fund allows early access to drugs with residual clinical uncertainties which can be addressed following further data collection.

Companies should go to NICE for licensed indications with any new data – and as long as drugs are priced appropriately, they will be made available for patients via the National Health Service. For drugs which will not be licensed, clinicians should apply to NHS England for a clinical policy and a commissioning position based on the strength of clinical evidence for use.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria the Government will use to decide whether the wearing of face coverings (a) in shops and (b) on public transport will remain compulsory.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 set out that a review of these requirements must take place within six months to ensure they continue to be necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection in England. These Regulations will expire after 12 months.

United Kingdom advice on face covering follows advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. As always we are committed to following the evidence and will keep reviewing evidence from around the world and update our position as and when we need to.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will add the activities of non-profit music organisations to the list of exemptions to the rule of six restriction on socialising.

The latest evidence indicates that the COVID-19 infection rate is beginning to rise across the country. It is therefore now vitally important that the Government takes decisive action to limit any further spread and reduce the likelihood of a further national lockdown of the type that was necessary earlier this year. These measures were announced last week with clear guidance on what would change.

The rule of six does not apply to gatherings necessary for work. Non-professional performing arts activity, including choirs, orchestras or drama groups can legally continue to rehearse or perform together where this is planned activity in line with the performing arts guidance and if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between groups of more than six at any time.

If an amateur group is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between these sub-groups of no more than six (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such non-professional activity should not take place.

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of face coverings in reducing the level of covid-19 cases since the wearing of face coverings was made compulsory in shops and on public transport on 24 July 2020.

There is strong scientific evidence that the risk of transmission is higher in enclosed spaces compared to outdoors, it is this risk of transmission that wearing a face covering will reduce.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies advised that using cloth masks as a precautionary measure could be at least partially effective in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible consistently, creating a risk of close social contact with multiple parties the person does not usually meet.

This advice does not replace or change existing advice on other measures – such as hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation – which remain more important (because of stronger evidence and larger effects).

People should continue to follow the advice on using face coverings closely, which is to wash hands or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on and after taking it off. People should try to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until they have an opportunity to wash or dispose of them.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 16 July 2020, Official Report, column 1795, what progress his Department has made on developing a support package for care homes with high rates of vacancies.

Following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s statement of 16 July 2020 (Official Report, columns 1784-1786) outlining the Government’s ongoing work to support care homes with a high rate of vacancies, the Department has continued to review vacancy levels and the support on offer to care homes. As part of the Department’s continued commitment to supporting the social care sector during COVID-19 we will shortly be publishing our Adult Social Care Winter Plan. This plan sets out our strategy for providing national support to the sector over the winter period. Additionally, the Infection Control Fund is being extended until March 2021, providing a further £546 million for the care sector. This new investment underlines the Government’s commitment to ensuring that adult social care has the resources it needs over winter.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will relax the rules on the number of family visitors for relatives in residential care on compassionate grounds in circumstances where residents are approaching end of life.

We are aware that limiting visits in care homes has been difficult for many families and residents who want to see their loved ones. Our first priority is to prevent infections in care homes, and this means that visiting policy should still be restricted with alternatives sought wherever possible.

As set out in our guidance on visiting guidance for care homes, visiting policies will now be tailored to the individual care home, and will be based on a local dynamic risk-based approach. The guidance sets out how there may need to be different rules applied to different residents or categories of resident, taking into account tahe benefits to a person’s wellbeing by having a particular visitor or visitors. Specifically, the guidance confirms that any imposed visitor restrictions should have regard to exceptional circumstances such as end of life. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus

This guidance will be updated as the risk posed by COVID-19 continues to change.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of evidence suggesting a potential link between vitamin D deficiency and susceptibility to covid-19.

Public Health England (PHE) commissioned the Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition (SACN) to examine new evidence on whether vitamin D supplementation could reduce the risk of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (ARTIs). The SACN’s rapid review concluded that evidence currently does not support vitamin D supplementation to prevent ARTIs in the general United Kingdom population. The review reiterates the importance of vitamin D for bone and muscle health. The SACN will keep this topic under review and consider updating this assessment if emerging high-quality evidence suggests a change to existing conclusions. The review can be accessed at the following link:

https://app.box.com/s/g0ldpth1upfd7fw763ew3aqa3c0pyvky

PHE supported the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to review emerging evidence on vitamin D and the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. NICE’s review concluded that there is currently no robust evidence to support taking vitamin D supplements to reduce the risk or severity of COVID-19. The review can be accessed at the following link:

www.nice.org.uk/advice/es28/evidence/evidence-review-pdf-8777674477

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage the maintenance of adequate vitamin D levels to support immune response during the covid-19 outbreak.

Public Health England re-issued its advice on vitamin D supplementation in early April 2020, in response to the stay at home measures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It recommended that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms to mitigate the effects of reduced time outdoors. This advice was published on NHS.UK and related to protecting muscle and bone health. The advice is not about preventing COVID-19 or mitigating its effects. This guidance can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has undertaken of the validity of evidence linking time spent out of doors with improving vitamin D levels.

Public Health England monitors the diet and nutritional status of the United Kingdom’s population through the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme.

Data from the NDNS show that mean blood vitamin D concentrations were lowest in the winter months (January-March) and highest in the summer months (July-September). These data can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/ndns-time-trend-and-income-analyses-for-years-1-to-9

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) studies and (b) other research reports that his Department holds on the presence of viable covid-19 virus in the air in (i) supermarkets and (ii) other large retail settings.

The Department commissions research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is the largest public funder of health research in the United Kingdom. Companies and research institutes are welcome to submit proposals to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and NIHR research calls. Government support is available to prioritise, coordinate and deliver studies which qualify as urgent public health research.

As part of the NIHR-UKRI rolling call for rapid research proposals research, a £0.3 million project has been commissioned to investigate how long SARS-CoV-2 can survive in air and on different surfaces, which is being led by Public Health England. In addition, a highlight notice was issued in May inviting COVID-19 research proposals on transmission. Whilst the research is not specific to supermarkets and other large-scale retail settings it is hoped that the research is applicable to these and many other scenarios.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of routinely available, non-clinical face masks in preventing aerosol spread of viruses.

In June 2020 Public Health England conducted a rapid evidence review on the efficacy of different types of face coverings designed for use in community settings, and the effectiveness of face coverings to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV2 in the community.

The review found evidence from eight laboratory studies that materials commonly used in non-medical masks such as cotton and polyester may block droplets with a filtering efficiency similar to medical masks when folded in two or three layers. This evidence was limited by variations in materials, study design and testing methods, and judged to be weak.

The review identified evidence from epidemiological and modelling studies that mask wearing in the community may contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19, but again the evidence was limited by study design and quality.

‘Face coverings in the community and COVID-19: a rapid review’ is available to view at the following link:

https://phe.koha-ptfs.co.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=5f043ca658db1188ffae74827fa650d9

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the criteria according to which the legal requirement to wear face masks in retail settings will be ended; and how frequently a review of that policy will take place.

As of Friday 24 July, members of the public must wear a face covering when visiting a shop or supermarket in England.

In addition, the Government is running a major proactive communications campaign on face coverings to alert the public where they are now required to wear face coverings and educate the public on how to correctly wear one.

The Government will keep the regulations under review and will continue assessing if measures need to be put in place for other settings going forward.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the role of food hygiene in spreading covid-19.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has carried out a detailed risk assessment which considered the probability of food or food contact materials and surfaces being a source or transmission route for SARS-CoV-2. Their advice is that the overall probability that United Kingdom consumers will receive potentially infectious exposures of SARS-CoV-2 via the consumption of food or the handling of food contact materials or packaging is Very Low (“very rare but cannot be excluded”). Further risk assessments will be carried out as needed to inform FSA policy.

Food businesses should continue to follow good food hygiene standards.

The full qualitative risk assessment has been published on the FSA’s website at the following link:

https://www.food.gov.uk/research/research-projects/qualitative-risk-assessment-on-the-risk-of-food-or-food-contact-materials-as-a-transmission-route-for-sars-cov-2

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the R value of (a) covid-19, (b) seasonal influenza and (c) measles.

The latest value of ‘R’ for COVID-19 is estimated each week and published by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-number-in-the-uk

The ‘R’ value for seasonal influenza and measles are not assessed regularly as rates of infection and are measured in a different way. A variety of data sources are collated to provide information on circulating influenza strains. In-season and end-of-season monitoring of seasonal influenza vaccine uptake and vaccine effectiveness is undertaken. Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Flu annual report: winter 2019 to 2020’ is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-flu-reports

PHE have published the ‘Measles and rubella elimination UK strategy’ which includes information on transmission of measles and how to reduce transmission rates. This report is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/measles-and-rubella-elimination-uk-strategy

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will amend the guidance for allowable expenses under the Infection Control Fund to include the purchase of (a) specialist infection control equipment and (b) specialist infection control services from contractors.

On 15 May we published details of an additional £600 million Infection Control Fund for Adult Social Care. This funding is to support adult social care providers in England reduce the rate of transmission in and between care homes and to support workforce resilience. A small percentage of it may be used to support domiciliary care providers and support wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections.

Given the evidence of the prevalence of asymptomatic transmission, Public Health England strongly recommends that care homes do all they can to restrict staff movement wherever feasible. The specific purpose of this fund is to support the implementation of a new set of measures, identified in the Care Home Support Package published alongside the fund. This includes measures such as ensuring, as far as possible, that members of staff work in only one care home and helping to limit their use of public transport – steps that we believe not all providers would ordinarily be taking without specific support.

We published further information on the use of this funding on 9 June. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-fund/about-the-adult-social-care-infection-control-fund

The Government has already provided local government with £3.2 billion of unringfenced additional funding to help deal with the pandemic and has committed to keeping future funding under review.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will take steps to assist British citizens living overseas to access vaccination for covid-19.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is closely following other countries' plans to roll out vaccines. We are keeping British Nationals updated on what healthcare options are available to them and how they can receive a vaccine locally through Travel Advice pages and 'Living In' guides on gov.uk. In addition, the UK is playing a leading international role to ensure global access to vaccines, including by contributing the equivalent of £330m a year, totalling £1.65bn, for the next five years to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance that provides equitable access to safe and effective vaccines for 190 economies.

1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to review Government advice on all but essential travel before the introduction of the Test to Release for International Travel scheme.

From 5 November, the FCDO moved away from advising against all non-essential international travel, returning to country specific advice. We retained advice against all but essential travel to a number of countries based on risks due to Covid-19. FCDO travel advice remains under constant review and considers both the epidemiological and non-epidemiological risks associated with Covid-19 in each destination. When the FCDO no longer assesses the risks to British nationals to be unacceptably high, travel advice is updated accordingly.

30th Jan 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to the (a) Valuation Office Agency and (b) District Valuer Service on assessing the market conditions for developing new GP practices in the last five years.

The District Valuer Service (DVS) is the specialist property arm of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), providing independent, impartial, valuation and professional property advice across the entire public sector, and where public money or public functions are involved.

HM Treasury has not issued any guidance to the VOA. The VOA uses recognised valuation approaches in line with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) guidance.

The VOA provides the current market rent to enable the NHS to assess the financial value for money of newly proposed developments. This then enables the NHS to determine access to reimbursements. The role of the DVS is set out in the NHS Premises Cost Directions 2013, which is publicly available online: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/6520111caea2d0000d219939/nhs-general-medical-services-premises-costs-directions-2013.pdf

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employment tribunal cases have been held involving HMRC staff in each of the last five years; and if he will provide a breakdown by type of dispute heard for each of those years.

HMRC's Raising and Resolving Concerns and Upholding our Standards of Conduct guidance aligns to the ACAS codes of practice. However, there will always be occasions where employees and ex-employees are dissatisfied with the outcome of the process.

Individuals have the right to submit a claim to an Employment Tribunal where the merits of the case will be considered.

HMRC will consider whether to defend the claim. However, if based on legal advice our chances of successfully defending a claim appear to be limited then HMRC will negotiate with the individuals’ legal representatives and aim to reach a settlement that provides value for money and protects the public purse. In all cases any settlement is in line with HMT’s Managing Public Money guidance.

If HMRC is unable to reach a settlement, then the case will proceed to a full hearing before the Tribunal.A hearing is held in a public forum and the outcome is freely available to members of the public and media via the Gov.uk site.

In the last 5 financial years HMRC has received an average of 149 Employment Tribunal cases per year.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the efficiency of the Respect at Work programme in HMRC.

HMRC published an independent review about what it’s like to work at HMRC, Respect at Work Review in 2019. The review made a series of recommendations that HMRC implemented including significant changes to departmental policy, processes and practice.

The programme closed at the end of March 2023 and ongoing work was absorbed into business as usual. As reported (on page 50) of HMRC’s Annual Report and Accounts HMRC’s activities in 2022-23 included ‘delivering the remaining aspects of the Respect at Work Programme’.
Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of employees in each regional centre of the Criminal Investigations Unit of HMRC have declared their ethnic origin as Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic.

HMRC requests that staff voluntarily and confidentially record their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity and carer details.

The recording of diversity information is not mandatory, but we ask all HMRC employees to consider the reasons why diversity information is important for individuals and the Organisation.

As a responsible employer, HMRC need to make sure that their policies and procedures do not discriminate against any particular group.

HMRC do not publish the information in the form requested. The ethnicity data that HMRC do publish is available in the Public Sector Equality Duty annual compliance report HMRC: Public Sector Equality Duty compliance 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and in the Annual Report & Accounts HMRC annual report and accounts: 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of planned wine duty increases on (a) elasticity of demand and (b) forecast levels of future revenue to the Exchequer from alcohol duty.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published its latest Economic and Fiscal Outlook report in March 2023. The publication contained an alcohol duty revenue forecast up to and including 2027-28 and was inclusive of all planned changes to alcohol duties including wine duty increases.

Table 2.12 in the supplementary tables published alongside the Economic and Fiscal Outlook report contains separate clearance and receipt forecasts by type of alcohol.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential value of the sustainable aviation fuel sector to the UK economy.

The government is committed to supporting the uptake of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). The UK’s SAF programme is one of the most comprehensive in the world, that includes the £180 million Advanced Fuels Fund and an ambitious SAF mandate which other low carbon technologies do not have.

On 17 April, we published a government response to an independent report on a UK SAF industry. It sets out how we are already taking action to address many of the report’s recommendations. We have committed to continue working with industry to consider the case for broader support alongside the AFF and the SAF mandate from 2025 (that will provide a long-term investment signal and price support), with a focus on industry funded intervention, to increase revenue certainty for UK SAF plants. If required following that work, we will launch a formal consultation this summer.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing measures to assist (a) producers and (b) importers supplying the off trade in alcoholic drinks following the increases in alcohol duty announced in the Spring Budget 2023.

The new alcohol duty system will provide a simpler and more consistent duty regime for producers and importers supplying the off trade and on trade.

The Government is also introducing specific measures that will benefit produces and importers. The approval, return and payment processes for domestic producers of alcoholic products are being harmonised. Small Producer Relief reforms and extends the relief currently enjoyed by small breweries to all producers of other alcoholic products under 8.5% abv. Temporary arrangements for producers and importers of wine in place until 1 February 2025 will help them manage the transition to the new method of calculating the duty on their products.

The Government has also committed to evaluating the policy and its impacts after implementation.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department made an assessment of the average proportion contributed to the income of hospitality venues by (a) wines and (b) spirits when formulating plans for the draught relief introduced on 1 August 2022.

The Government consulted extensively and took account of evidence from a wide range of stakeholders and a variety of data sets as part of the tax policy making process on the alcohol review, including on the design of Draught Relief.

The Government has committed to evaluating the policy and its impacts after implementation.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on using fiscal measures to support the aviation industry's plans to decarbonise.

The Treasury remains in close dialogue with other government departments, including the Department for Transport, in designing policies to support decarbonisation.

The government keeps fiscal policies under review and changes are made at fiscal events. The Chancellor confirmed at the Summer Economic Update that the next Budget will take place in the Autumn.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require transparency in the (a) fees and (b) charges applied to international (i) payments and (ii) remittances; and if he will include in those proposals, reference to the exchange rate margin, calculated from the interbank exchange rate.

Since April 2020, provisions of the amended Cross Border Payments Regulation (also known as CBPR2), which require transparency of currency conversion fees and charges, have applied in the United Kingdom. These provisions require that where a currency conversion is offered at a Point of Sale, ATM, or when making a credit transfer, the full cost of any fees and charges is shown as a percentage mark up over the latest foreign exchange reference rates issued by the European Central Bank. This is intended to enable consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing currency conversion services.

CBPR2 is a directly applicable EU regulation which continues to apply in the United Kingdom during the Transition Period under the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement. Before the end of the Transition Period, the Government will bring forward secondary legislation under the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 to ensure that these provisions continue to work effectively in UK law after the end of the Transition Period.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the off-shoring of contracts as a consequence of the planned extension of IR35.

The Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN) published in July 2019 sets out HMRC’s assessment that the reform to the off-payroll working rules is expected to affect 170,000 individuals. The TIIN can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rules-for-off-payroll-working-from-april-2020/rules-for-off-payroll-working-from-april-2020.

HMRC are undertaking an extensive programme of education and support to help organisations and contractors prepare for the reform.

4th Feb 2020
VAT
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of VAT collection regimes in countries that require online platforms to collect and remit VAT online.

The Government is determined to ensure that all businesses pay the tax that is due, and it is well aware of the potential for VAT losses that may arise when overseas businesses fail to comply with UK VAT rules, and the disadvantage for domestic businesses.

The Government has therefore taken action to make online marketplaces responsible for VAT losses as a result of fraud and error on their sites. HMRC have now issued over 10,800 joint and several liability notices to online marketplaces resulting in the removal of non-compliant sellers. These measures act as a strong deterrent to overseas businesses evading VAT.

The Government will continue to monitor the success of these interventions and will continue to look at alternative methods to address this issue.

4th Feb 2020
VAT
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Association of Accounting Technicians' recommendation to make online platforms liable for the collection and remittance of VAT; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is determined to ensure that all businesses pay the tax that is due, and it is well aware of the potential for VAT losses that may arise when overseas businesses fail to comply with UK VAT rules, and the disadvantage for domestic businesses.

The Government has therefore taken action to make online marketplaces responsible for VAT losses as a result of fraud and error on their sites. HMRC have now issued over 10,800 joint and several liability notices to online marketplaces resulting in the removal of non-compliant sellers. These measures act as a strong deterrent to overseas businesses evading VAT.

The Government will continue to monitor the success of these interventions and will continue to look at alternative methods to address this issue.

4th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of online VAT fraud on small businesses; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is determined to ensure that all businesses pay the tax that is due, and it is well aware of the potential for VAT losses that may arise when overseas businesses fail to comply with UK VAT rules, and the disadvantage for domestic businesses.

The Government has therefore taken action to make online marketplaces responsible for VAT losses as a result of fraud and error on their sites. HMRC have now issued over 10,800 joint and several liability notices to online marketplaces resulting in the removal of non-compliant sellers. These measures act as a strong deterrent to overseas businesses evading VAT.

The Government will continue to monitor the success of these interventions and will continue to look at alternative methods to address this issue.

4th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse in revenue lost as a result of VAT fraud on online marketplaces in the 2018-19 financial year; and what proportion of that cost was attributable to overseas sellers.

The Government is determined to ensure that all businesses pay the tax that is due, and it is well aware of the potential for VAT losses that may arise when overseas businesses fail to comply with UK VAT rules, and the disadvantage for domestic businesses.

The Government has therefore taken action to make online marketplaces responsible for VAT losses as a result of fraud and error on their sites. HMRC have now issued over 10,800 joint and several liability notices to online marketplaces resulting in the removal of non-compliant sellers. These measures act as a strong deterrent to overseas businesses evading VAT.

The Government will continue to monitor the success of these interventions and will continue to look at alternative methods to address this issue.

22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department’s review into the Innovator Route is planned to conclude; and if she will publish its conclusions.

The conclusions of the review and next steps will be set out in the Government’s Innovation Strategy, led by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, this summer.

16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any further Endorsing Body Status applications will be granted by her Department while the review into the Innovator Route is being conducted.

We are currently considering whether to continue accepting applications from prospective endorsing bodies whilst the review is ongoing and will publish details on Gov.uk shortly.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the widespread wearing of face coverings for the (a) incidence of crime and (b) efficacy of law enforcement.

The Home Office has not made a recent assessment of the impact of face coverings on the (a) incidence of crime and (b) efficacy of law enforcement. We will continue to engage with our policing partners on the implications of face coverings for crime and investigation.

11th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to update the ventilation standards for buildings in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

SAGE (the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) have considered evidence on aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2. SAGE provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies. During the coronavirus pandemic, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) and the Environmental and Modelling Group (EMG) provided advice to SAGE on this matter.

A paper on ventilation and Covid-19 has been prepared by SAGE EMG:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emg-role-of-ventilation-in-controlling-sars-cov-2-transmission-30-september-2020.

SAGE EMG and NERVTAG have also published a paper on aerosol transmission which includes comments on ventilation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nervtagemg-role-of-aerosol-transmission-in-covid-19-22-july-2020.

We are planning to consult on changes to the Building Regulations ventilation standards, including a number of measures to enhance the ventilation provision for non-domestic buildings to mitigate the risk of transmission of infectious agents. This work has been informed by discussions with public health and ventilation experts. The Building Regulations apply when a new building is constructed, or when significant work takes place on an existing building.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what protection each of clauses 204(a) and 205(d) of the National Planning Policy Framework provide against (a) housing, (b) commercial and (c) public infrastructure development on peat moss.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) paragraphs 204(a) and 205(d) relate to the extraction of peat. The Framework makes clear that new sites or extensions to existing sites for peat extraction should not be planned for or permitted by Mineral Planning Authorities. The Framework includes strong policies to conserve and enhance the natural environment. The NPPF expects planning authorities to protect and enhance biodiversity and geodiversity in their plans and, when determining planning applications, not to grant planning permission for development that would result in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats (such as peat land) unless there were wholly exceptional circumstances (Paragraphs 174 & 175(c)).

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what covid-19 related provisions the Government has put in place since 1 March 2020; under what statutory powers each provision was put in place; on what date each provision was (a) announced and (b) laid before Parliament; and on what date each provision (i) came into force and (ii) was approved by Parliament.

Since 1 March 2020, and as of Monday 20 July, the Government has laid 127 statutory instruments in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This has enabled the Government to swiftly put in place the legislation needed and we will continue to bring forward further SIs for Parliament to consider, as required. The table below provides a list of each SI, outlining the powers it was made under; the date it was laid before Parliament; the date the SI came into force; and, where applicable, the date it was approved by Parliament.

The Government continues to make every effort to ensure that announcements are made in good time ahead of the legislation being brought forward, while balancing the need for urgent action to deal with the pandemic.

Table of Statutory Instruments laid since 1 March 2020

Department

Title

Power it is made under

Procedure

Laying date

Coming into force date

Approved in Parliament

DHSC

The Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

06/03/20

05/03/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

12/03/20

13/03/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance Amendment Regulations 2020 and their

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

12/03/20

13/03/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance Amendment (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

12/03/20

13/03/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) No.2 Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

16/03/20

17/03/20

N/A

HMT

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2020

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

Negative

20/03/20

23/03/20

N/A

Defra

Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

Climate Change Act 2008

Negative

20/03/20

21/03/20

N/A

MHCLG

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Negative

23/03/20

24/03/20

N/A

DHSC

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

23/03/20

21/03/20

The regulations were revoked before they could be approved.

DfT

Street and Road Works (Amendments Relating to Electronic Communications) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and The Traffic Management Act 2004

Negative

26/03/20

30/03/20

N/A

DHSC

The National Health Service (Amendments Relating to the Provision of Primary Care Services During a Pandemic etc.) Regulations 2020

The National Health Service Act 2006

Negative

26/03/20

27/03/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

26/03/20

26/03/20

14/05/20

DWP

Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (General Levy) (Revocation) Regulations 2020

The Pensions Act 2004

Negative

27/03/20

31/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Health Services for Patients in England) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Groceries) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The European Communities Act 1972

Negative

27/03/20

26/03/20

N/A

DWP

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; the Jobseekers Act 1995; the Housing Act 1996; The Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

27/03/20

30/03/20

N/A

DWP

NI Equivalent

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; the Jobseekers Act 1995; the Housing Act 1996; The Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

27/03/20

30/03/20

N/A

DWP

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

DWP

NI Equivalent

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

DWP

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (General Levy) (Revocation) Regulations 2020

The Pension Schemes Act 1993

Negative

27 March

31/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Solent Maritime Crossings) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

HO

Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Police Act 1997

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

HO

Investigatory Powers (Temporary Judicial Commissioners and Modification of Time Limits) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

27 March

27/03/20

N/A

BEIS

The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

The Energy Act 2008

Negative

30 March

31/03/20

N/A

DfT

The Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Road Traffic Act 1988

Negative

30/03/20

31/03/20.

N/A

DHSC

Nursing and Midwifery Council (Emergency Procedures) (Amendment) Rules 2020 Order of Council 2020

The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001

Negative

30/03/20

31/03/20

N/A

HO

Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) Regulations 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

01/04/20

02/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Negative

02/04/20

04/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations 2020

The Housing Act 1996 and the Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

3 April

06/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

Negative

3 April

06/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

6 April

07/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Prison and Young Offender Institution (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

The Prison Act 1952

Negative

6 April

06/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Offender Management Act 2007 (Coronavirus) (Approved Premises) Regulations 2020

The Offender Management Act 2007

Negative

6 April

06/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 The Jobseekers Act 1995 The State Pension Credit Act 2002 The Welfare Reform Act 2007 The Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

7 April

08/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 Northern Ireland

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 The Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 The State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 The Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

Negative

7 April

08/04/20

N/A

DWP

Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

7 April

08/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Negative

7 April

30/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Negative

08/04/20

09/04/20

N/A

DHSC

The National Health Service (Performers List) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The National Health Service Act 2006

Negative

08/04/20

09/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020

The Courts Act 2003

Negative

09/04/20

14/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Electronic Monitoring (Responsible Persons) Order 2020

The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

Negative

09/04/20

10/04/20

N/A

MoJ

Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Negative

09/04/20

10/04/20

N/A

MoJ

Employment Appeals (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

The Employment Tribunals Act 1996

Negative

09/04/20

10/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

15/04/20

16/04/20

N/A

BEIS

Land Registry Amendment 2020

The Land Registration Act 2002

Negative

15/04/20

16/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Structural Changes) (Consequential Amendments) (England) Regulations 2020.

The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

16 April

08/04/20

N/A

DHSC

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Regulated Activities) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Negative

17/04/20

17/04/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Health Services for Patients in Wales) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

20/04/20

21/04/20

N/A

BEIS

Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) (Coronavirus) (Amendments) 2020

The European Communities Act 1972

Negative

22/04/20

23/04/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

22/04/20

22/04/20

14/05/20

DfE

The Adoption and children (coronavirus) (amendment) Regulations 2020.
Negative Procedure

The Children Act 1989 The Care Standards Act 2000 The Adoption and Children Act 2002 The Children Act 2004 The Education and Inspections Act 2006

Negative

23/04/20

24/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Non-Domestic Rating (Transitional Protection Payments and Rates Retention) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Local Government Finance Act 1988

Negative

23/04/20

1(2)Subject to paragraph (3), these Regulations come into force on 15th May 2020.
1(3)This regulation and regulation 3(1) and (3) come into force on 29th April 2020.

N/A

DfE

The School Admissions (Appeals Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020.
Negative Procedure

The School Standards and Framework Act 1998

Negative

23/04/20

24/04/20

N/A

DfE

The Early Years Foundation Stage (learning and development requirements) and (Welfare requirements) Miscellaneous provisions) (amendment) (coronavirus) Regulations 2020.
Negative Procedure

The Childcare Act 2006

Negative

23/04/20

24/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Negative

24/04/20

25/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

24/04/20

25/04/20

N/A

DWP

The State Pension Credit (Coronavirus) (Electronic Claims) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Administration Act 1992

Negative

27/04/20

04/05/20

N/A

DHSC

National Health Service (Quality Accounts) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

The Health Act 2009

Negative

28/04/20

29/05/20

N/A

HO

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Pandemic supply) Regulations 2020

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Negative

29/04/20

29/05/20

N/A

DfE

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Children and Families Act 2014 The Education Act 1996

Negative

30/04/20

01/05/20

N/A

DfE

The Education (School Teachers' Qualifications and Induction Arrangements) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Education Act 2002

Negative

30/04/20

21/05/20

N/A

MoJ

Criminal Legal Aid (Coronavirus, Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Negative

30/04/20

01/05/20

N/A

Defra

The Common Agricultural Policy (Control and Enforcement, Cross-Compliance, Scrutiny of Transactions and Appeals) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.

The European Communities Act 1972 Article 78(b) of Regulation (EU) 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Negative

01/05/20

15/05/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Dairy Produce) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

Competition Act 1998

Negative

01/05/20

01/05/20

N/A

HMT

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2020

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

Negative

01/05/20

04/05/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

13/05/20

13/05/20

15/06/20

MHCLG

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Order 2020

European Communities Act 1972

Negative

13/05/20

14/05/20

N/A

HMRC

The Individual Savings Account (Amendment No 3) Regulations 2020

Finance Act 1993; Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005; Finance Act 2016

Negative

14/05/20

04/06/20

N/A

Defra

The Direct Payments (Application Deadlines) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

Article 78(b)(1) of Regulation (EU) 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Negative

14/05/20

15/05/20

N/A

MoJ

Prison and Young Offender Institution (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2020

Prison Act 1952

Negative

14/05/20

15/05/20

N/A

DWP

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers' Liabilities) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

15/05/20

26/05/20

N/A

DWP

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers' Liabilities) Northern Ireland Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

Negative

15/05/20

26/05/20

N/A

MoJ

The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Negative

18/05/20

08/06/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Self-employed Claimants and Reclaims) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Administration Act 1992; Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

20/05/20

21/05/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Self-employed Claimants and Reclaims) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

Negative

20/05/20

21/05/20

N/A

BEIS

Electricity Capacity (Amendment etc.) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Draft affirmative

20/05/20

N/A

02/07/20

HMRC

The Income Tax (Exemption for Coronavirus Related Home Office Expenses) Regulations 2020

Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Negative

21/05/20

11/06/20

N/A

HMRC

The Social Security Contributions (Disregarded Payments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

21/05/20

11/06/20

N/A

HMRC

The Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

Tax Credits Act 2002

Negative

22/05/20

23/05/20

N/A

DfT

The Traffic Order Procedure (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Negative

22/05/20

23/05/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

27/05/20

28/05/20

N/A

DfE

Independent Schools (DBS Checks) (Coronavirus) SI

Education and Skills Act 2008

Negative

28/05/20

18/06/20

N/A

DfE

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Education Act 1996

Negative

28/05/20

01/06/20

N/A

DfE

The School Discipline (England) (Coronavirus) (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Education Act 2002

Negative

28/05/20

01/06/20

N/A

DfE

The Schools Forums (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

School Standards and Framework Act 1998

Negative

28/05/20

18/06/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

01/06/20

01/06/20

25/06/20

AG

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2020

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985

Negative

02/06/20

02/06/20

N/A

DHSC

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

Negative

03/06/20

01/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Passengers Travelling to England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

03/06/20

08/06/20

N/A

DfT

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Advice for Passengers) (England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

03/06/20

08/06/20

N/A

DfE

The Higher Education (Fee Limits and Student Support) (England) (Coronavirus) SI

Higher Education and Research Act 2017; Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998

Draft affirmative

04/06/20

N/A

02/07/20

BEIS

Contracts for Difference (Electricity Supplier Obligations)

Energy Act 2013

Draft affirmative

04/06/20

N/A

02/07/20

Defra

Direct Payments to Farmers (Inspections) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020

Article 62(2)(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Negative

09/06/20

30/06/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

12/06/20

13/06/20

The regulations were revoked before they could be approved.

DfT/DHSC

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 592)

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

15/06/21

15/06/20

08/07/20

DfE

The Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Education Act 1996

Negative

18/06/20

09/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Business Tenancies (Restriction on Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

19/06/20

29/06/20

N/A

MoJ

Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (No.2) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Negative

19/06/20

24/06/20

N/A

MoJ

Competition Appeals Tribunal

Crime and Courts Act 2013

Draft affirmative

22/06/20

N/A

15/07/20

BEIS

Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2020

Enterprise Act 2002

Made affirmative

22/06/20

23/06/20

15/07/20

HMRC

The Life Assurance Scheme (English and Welsh Schemes) (Excluded Benefits for Tax Purposes) Regulations 2020

Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Negative

22/06/20

13/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Negative

24/06/20

25/06/20

N/A

BEIS

The Limited Liability Partnerships (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2020
Negative Procedure

Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000

Negative

26/06/20

26/06/20

N/A

BEIS

The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 Negative Procedure

Companies Act 2006; Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

Negative

26/06/20

27/06/20

N/A

BEIS

Patents, Trade Marks and Registered Designs (Fees) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

Trade Marks Act 1994; Registered Designs Act 1949

Negative

29/06/20

30/07/20

N/A

DfT

Electric Scooter (Trials) Regulations - (working title)

Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994; Road Traffic Act 1988; Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Negative

30/06/20

04/07/20

N/A

HMRC

The Childcare Payments (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

Childcare Payments Act 2014

Negative

30/06/20

21/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment)(England) Regulations 2020

The Planning Act 2008

Draft affirmative

30/06/2020

N/A

14/07/20

MOJ

The Secure Training Centre (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020

Prison Act 1952

Negative

01/07/2020

02/07/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020

Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Act 1994; Coronavirus Act 2020; Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999

Negative

03/07/20

06/07/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992; Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

03/07/20

06/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020

06/07/20

Made affirmative

03/07/20

04/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

03/07/20

04/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Public Health Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

06/07/20

07/07/20

N/A

DWP

Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) Regulations 2020

The Insolvency Act 1986; The Companies Act 2006; Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

Made affirmative

06/07/20

07/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DCMS

Charitable Incorporated Organisations Moratorium Regulations 2020

Charities Act 2011

Made affirmative

08/07/20

06/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

HMRC

The Value Added Tax (Zero Rate for Personal Protective Equipment) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2020

Value Added Tax Act 1994

Negative

09/07/20

30/07/20

N/A

HMRC

International Tax Enforcement (Disclosable Arrangements) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

the Finance Act 2019

Negative

09/07/20

30/07/20

N/A

DfE

The Childcare (Coronavirus) (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Negative Procedure

the Childcare Act 2016

Negative

10/07/20

31/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

10/07/20

11/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

10/07/20

11/07/20

N/A

HMRC

Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Hospitality and Tourism) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

the Value Added Tax Act 1994

Negative

14/07/20

15/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

Negative

15/07/20

16/07/20

N/A

BEIS

Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Negative

15/07/20

16/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

17/07/20

18/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

20/07/20

18/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the proposed deposit return scheme in Scotland requires notification to the World Trade Organization under the Technical Barriers to Trade procedure.

At this stage, the Scottish Government has not raised a requirement for WTO notification with the UK Government.

Devolved Administrations are aware of WTO obligations and the need to fulfil transparency obligations at the WTO as necessary.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland