Ian Levy Portrait

Ian Levy

Conservative - Blyth Valley

First elected: 12th December 2019


Energy Bill [HL]
17th May 2023 - 29th Jun 2023
Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill
7th Sep 2022 - 12th Oct 2022
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
20th Jul 2020 - 19th Oct 2021
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
20th Jul 2020 - 19th Oct 2021
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
12th May 2021 - 24th Jun 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Ian Levy has voted in 793 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Ian Levy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
6 Jun 2023 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
Ian Levy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 32 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 40
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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
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
Johnny Mercer (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
(10 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for Intergovernmental Relations
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(28 debate contributions)
Home Office
(19 debate contributions)
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Blyth Valley 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).

Ian Levy has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Ian Levy

21st February 2024
Ian Levy signed this EDM on Thursday 22nd February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
91 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 43
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Workers Party of Britain: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Ian Levy, 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.


Ian Levy has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Ian Levy has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Ian Levy


A Bill to amend the law relating to the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation; to increase penalties for the contravention of such licences; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 9th September 2020
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Latest 19 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
24th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase funding in port infrastructure to help support the development of floating wind supply chains.

The Government understands the importance of ports for the development of floating offshore wind to support the opportunities that this new industry offers the UK. The Government is engaging with stakeholders and analysing feedback following the launch of the Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme Request for Information earlier this year, and the next steps on the Scheme will be set out soon.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the 2030 phaseout of new internal combustion engine cars.

The Government is investing £2.5 billion to incentivise the transition to zero emission vehicles with £1.6 billion of this funding to support charging infrastructure.

In addition, the up to £1 billion Automotive Transformation Fund supports R&D and capital investments across the electric vehicle supply chain to develop next generation of zero emission vehicle technologies in the UK.

The Government will introduce a zero-emission vehicle mandate requiring a percentage of manufacturers' new car and van sales to be zero emission each year from 2024 and continue to regulate tailpipe CO2 emissions of new non-zero emission cars and vans to limit their emissions until 100% of new sales are zero emission.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative data her Department collects on the standard of boys' (a) language and (b) literacy skills prior to commencing primary education.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework requires early years providers in England, ordinarily schools, to complete the EYFS profile assessment at the end of the academic year in which a child turns five. This is usually reception year.

Each child’s level of development is assessed against 17 early learning goals (ELGs) across all seven areas of learning in the EYFS. This includes communication and language and literacy. For each ELG, practitioners must assess whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the EYFS, or if they are not yet reaching this level and should be assessed as ‘emerging’.

The EYFS profile results for the 2021/22 academic year are available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-results/2021-22. These statistics include breakdowns by characteristics such as gender.

Claire Coutinho
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of including The Countryside Code in the National Curriculum.

The department does not plan to make an assessment of including the Countryside Code in the national curriculum.

All state-funded schools have the flexibility within their school curriculum to teach about the Countryside Code, through for example:

  • Citizenship, which teaches young people about their responsibilities as adults and includes opportunities for active citizenship, for example, forms of volunteering to support a cause or their local community.
  • Science, where children are taught about the scientific concepts that relate to the environment.
  • Geography, as part of fieldwork and the teaching of key aspects of physical geography such as land use.
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to inform young people about opportunities to study abroad.

The department values international exchange and collaboration in education and training as part of our vision for a global Britain. That is why we support a number of outward mobility and exchange programmes which broaden access to international opportunities, including Fulbright scholarships and the Turing Scheme.

The department provides grant funding to the US-UK Fulbright Commission, which promotes and provides opportunities for young people to undertake education exchanges between the UK and the US.

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s programme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. The Turing Scheme is provider-led with communications and promotion targeted at education providers who are responsible for applying for funding and promoting opportunities to their students, learners, and pupils. Education providers successfully applied for funding for over 41,000 individual placements to over 150 destinations across the 2021/2022 academic year.

The department also works with the British Council, which is funded to deliver programmes such as English Language Assistants and Generation UK, to promote opportunities for UK students the opportunity to study and work abroad in countries such as Spain, Italy, and China.

The British Council's ‘Study and Work Abroad’ website contains information about opportunities to study, work, or volunteer in another country through the British Council and other organisations. The site includes a section targeted at UK-based students and graduates, providing information about current and upcoming opportunities to study, work or volunteer outside the UK through British Council programmes and the Turing Scheme.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th May 2020
What steps he is taking with Ofqual to ensure that students due to sit exams in summer 2020 will receive fair grades.

Ofqual is working with awarding organisations to develop a robust process for awarding grades. Wherever possible, schools, colleges and other institutions will produce fair and objective centre assessment grades, which will be externally standardised to ensure consistency. Our aim is that the arrangements deliver the fairest possible outcomes for students.

5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will introduce a requirement for visual checks to be carried out on all dogs entering via the Pet Travel Scheme.

We already operate one of the most rigorous and robust pet travel checking regimes in Europe. All non-commercial dogs, cats and ferrets entering Great Britain on approved routes (every route other than Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Crown Dependencies) under the Pet Travel rules undergo 100% documentary and identity checks by authorised pet checkers. We have no plans to introduce further visual checks.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department is taking steps to prevent exploitation of the Pet Travel Scheme by traders seeking to facilitate illegal importation of puppies.

We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill will bring in some of the world’s strongest protections for pets, livestock and kept wild animals including measures which tackle puppy smuggling.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to introduce a ban on the importation and sale of dogs with cropped ears and docked tails.

The practice of non-exempted mutilations such as cropping dogs' ears is abhorrent and has rightly been banned in the UK for 15 years. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, it is already an offence in England and Wales to carry out a non-exempted mutilation (e.g., where it is not carried out for medical purposes) including the cropping of a dog's ears. Now that The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 has come into force, anyone convicted of such an offence face being sent to prison for up to five years, or receiving an unlimited fine, or both.

Now that we have left the EU, we are making some significant changes to domestic law through the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, bringing in legislation to meet our manifesto commitment to crack down on puppy smuggling.

The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduces measures relating to the low welfare movements of pets into Great Britain and includes powers to introduce further restrictions on pet travel and on the commercial import of pets on welfare grounds, via secondary legislation.

In August 2021, the Government launched a consultation on how these powers should be used. We are currently analysing the replies to this consultation and will publish our response in due course.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) stakeholders on the potential merits of developing a British market for battery recycling.

a) I have not had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of developing a British market for battery recycling.

b) Defra will be consulting on improvements to the batteries regulations in 2023. This has and will continue to include routine engagement with stakeholders on all the options for treatment of waste batteries, including recycling.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the rising cost of fish; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of relaxing the rules on fishing quarters to help increase supply and tackle the rising cost of fish.

Food prices are influenced by a range of factors - from currency fluctuations to commodity prices. The UK has a highly resilient and diverse food supply chain which has coped well in responding to unprecedented challenges – including sourcing a large amount of the fish we consume from countries such as Iceland and Norway. The majority of UK seafood consumption is imported, meaning prices on UK supermarket shelves are largely determined by international supply and demand.

It is not for the UK Government to set retail food prices nor to comment on day-to-day commercial decisions by the companies. Food prices fluctuate in any given year and are dependent on a combination of factors including agri-food import prices, domestic agricultural prices, exchange rates, domestic labour and manufacturing costs.

We will continue to speak with industry to understand and support them in coping with any potential pressures. We do not intend to amend fishing quotas because they are an important tool, based on scientific evidence, for managing sustainable fisheries.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
10th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the roll-out of electric vehicle charging points on the motorway network.

Around 96% of motorway service areas (MSAs) in England have charging available. There are now 260 ultra-rapid (150kw+) chargepoints, and more than 480 open-access (can be used with any electric vehicle) rapid (50kW) and ultra-rapid chargepoints at MSAs in total.

The Rapid Charging Fund (RCF) will help to future-proof electrical capacity at strategic locations where it is not currently commercially viable for industry to do so in order to enable a visible, functional and long-distance charging network, which is vital for mass EV adoption.

The RCF will also support the market to deliver and grow by subsidising the uncommercial costs of new or additional electricity connections. In addition, the RCF will ensure that the private sector can continue to expand the charging network and future-proof electricity network capacity 10 years ahead to a minimum of 2035, with a stretch target of 2050.

A pilot for the RCF is expected to open for applications soon.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation on the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

The Government response to the rail reform legislation consultation will be published this summer. This consulted on elements of the Plan for Rail White Paper which require legislation to implement.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure adequate provision of support services for 16 and 17 year olds with autism and sensory issues who have left full time education but do not yet have access to adult services.

Through implementation of our national autism strategy, published on 21 July 2021, we are taking action to enable positive transitions into adulthood for autistic children and young people.

We are investing £121 million in 2023/24, including for Children and Young People’s keyworkers, to improve community support for autistic people and people with a learning disability as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. In addition, in 2023/2024, £4.2 million of funding is available to improve services for autistic children and young people aged 0 to 25 years old, including post-diagnostic support.

On 2 March 2023, the Department for Education published the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Alternative Provision Improvement plan in response to the Green Paper published in March last year. As part of this, the Department is currently exploring good practice on transitions, to provide consistent, timely, high-quality preparation for children and young people with SEND, including autistic children and young people, when they transition between different stages of their education, into employment, or adult social care services. Following this, the Department for Education will publish guidance to support effective transitions between all stages of education, and into employment and adult services by the end of 2025.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve access to early mental health care for children and young people who have not yet had a medical diagnosis; and what progress he has made on the provision of early support hubs in the North East.

We are making good progress on expanding access to mental health care for children and young people year on year. 689,621 children and young people In England aged under 18 years old were supported through National Health Service funded mental health services with at least one contact in the year up to July 2022 compared to 618,537 in the year up to July 2021.

We are continuing the roll-out of mental health support teams, offering early support to children experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns in schools and colleges across England. These teams also support the school in adopting a Whole School/College Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing and support the school to liaise with external specialists to help children get the right support to stay in education. There are currently 26 mental health support teams planned or operating within the North East and North Cumbria integrated care system area.

The Government is working with the sector to understand the role of early support hubs in supporting children and young people. There are currently around 60 locally designed and funded hubs in England, which often provide several different services, for example, early intervention and prevention services, sexual health clinics or careers advice. Integrated care boards and local authorities work with local partners to understand local needs and commission services on that basis.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reform and strengthen the fire and rescue service.

The government’s priority is keeping the public safe. Our fire reform white paper was published last month and is open for consultation until the 26th of July.

The proposals set out will ensure that fire and rescue services are highly skilled, professionally led and governed, and able to fully support the communities they serve.

3rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to increase the level of government support for the building of social rent housing.

The provision of affordable housing is part of the Government's plan to build more homes and provide aspiring homeowners with a step onto the housing ladder. Our Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes for both rent and to buy right across the country. The Levelling Up White Paper committed to increasing the supply of social rented homes.

Since 2010, we have delivered over 598,900 new affordable homes, including over 419,200 affordable homes for rent, of which over 157,200 homes are for social rent.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of support for veterans who served in Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has developed a comprehensive package of measures, ensuring that those who bravely served during the Troubles can access financial, pastoral and health support, no matter where they live in the UK.

Veterans can also apply to the Troubles Permanent Disablement Scheme - delivered by the NI Executive - which makes acknowledgement payments to permanently injured victims of the Troubles.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
20th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the Union.

My assessment is that our United Kingdom, and support for it, is strong.

This Government is delivering on issues that actually matter to people - from Levelling Up investment to tackling the cost of living, and working with the Scottish Government on delivering Freeports, Investment Zones and City & Region Growth Deals.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland