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James Wild

Conservative - North West Norfolk

First elected: 12th December 2019


Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) (No. 2) Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Child Support Collection (Domestic Abuse) Bill
13th Dec 2022 - 14th Dec 2022
Public Accounts Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 29th Nov 2022
Charities Bill [HL]
19th Jan 2022 - 25th Jan 2022


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, James Wild has voted in 927 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
James Wild voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
James Wild voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
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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)
(13 debate interactions)
Chi Onwurah (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation)
(12 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(8 debate interactions)
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North West Norfolk Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We want suicide spoken about in schools in a safe and age-appropriate way. Speaking about suicide saves lives
The Dept for Education are conducting a review of the RSHE curriculum; this petition calls on the DfE to include suicide prevention within the statutory guidelines of the new curriculum.

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.


Latest EDMs signed by James Wild

James Wild has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by James Wild, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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James Wild has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by James Wild

James Wild has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

James Wild has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 50 Written Questions

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2 Other Department Questions
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will publish the (a) key performance indicators and (b) service level agreements in the contract for Members' security services.

Security of Members away from the parliamentary estate is a top priority for the Parliamentary Security Department (PSD). Contracts for Members’ security services are managed by PSD, who work with PPCS (Parliamentary Procurement & Commercial Service) to closely monitor performance. The key performance indicators and service level agreements are commercially sensitive with the companies that provide these services under contract, and cannot be published.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission plays a role in the (a) award and (b) monitoring of the contract with ADT for the security of hon. Members.

The House of Commons Commission has high level oversight of financial management and procurement but delegates the procurement and management of individual contracts to the relevant House officials.

The contract for Members Security Services was awarded in September 2021 following a robust procurement process managed in strict accordance with Public Contracts Regulations 2015. MPs’ interests were represented during the evaluation process by members of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and the Director of the Member Services Team.

The contract is currently managed by the Members’ Security Support Service (MSSS) in the Parliamentary Security Department. MSSS monitors the contract through regular review meetings with the contractor company, at which colleagues from IPSA and PPCS (Parliamentary Procurement & Commercial Service) are in attendance.

5th Sep 2023
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to her Department's transparency data on Outcome of unduly lenient sentence referrals updated on 5 September 2023, for what reason ULS reference 461 2023 is listed as application withdrawn.

Under the ULS scheme, the Law Officers may apply to the Court of Appeal to refer to it a sentence which appears unduly lenient. The decision to make such an application is kept under continual review.

Where an application to the Court has been made and further information changes their analysis as to whether the sentence should be referred, the application is withdrawn.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how many cases at Crown Courts have been discontinued in the last 12 months as a result of the lack of a prosecuting barrister.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of cases dropped/discontinued at the Crown Court due to the lack of a prosecuting barrister. This information could only be obtained by an examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
24th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Fujitsu has brought a legal claim against his Department since 2016.

Fujitsu has not brought a legal claim against the Cabinet Office since 2016.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's publication entitled UK Covid-19 Inquiry Management Statement, published in August 2022, what steps he is taking to ensure the Covid-19 public inquiry represents overall value for money.

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry is an independent public inquiry.

In line with the UK Covid-19 Management Statement, the Inquiry’s Accounting Officer must conform to value for money and good financial management requirements and must provide financial updates to the Cabinet Office as its sponsor department.

The Chair is under a statutory obligation to avoid unnecessary costs in the Inquiry’s work and she has been clear that she intends to complete her work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The Inquiry publishes regular financial updates, the latest from November 2023 can be found at the link here: https://covid19.public-inquiry.uk/documents/uk-covid-19-inquiry-financial-report-for-quarter-2-2023-24/. The total expenditure for the financial year to 31 March 2023 was £22.4m.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
4th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any (a) severance and (b) exit payments have been made to the former Second Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, Sue Gray following her resignation.

Sue Gray resigned from the Civil Service with effect from 2 March 2023. She was paid for the salary and untaken annual leave she had accrued up to this date. She did not receive any severance payment.

4th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contingent labour contracts (a) for people with day rates of £1,000 or over, excluding recoverable VAT and (b) durations of 18 months or over his Department has approved in the last five years, by department.

The approval of consultancy and professional services spend of over £500k or 9 months duration by Cabinet Office is subject to central government spending control since October 2021. Prior to this, approval of consultancy and professional services spending of up to £10m was delegated to departments and other central government bodies. As a result, the data requested is not available.

The approval of contingent labour spend for engagements with day rates of £1,000 or over, excluding recoverable VAT and (b) durations of 18 months or over by Cabinet Office is subject to central government spend control since November 2021. Prior to this, spend decisions were fully delegated to departments and therefore no central dataset was collected on this specific spend.

4th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultancy and professional services contracts of or over £500,000 in value or at least 9 months in duration his Department has (a) approved and (b) rejected in the last five years, by department; and what the total value of those contracts are.

The approval of consultancy and professional services spend of over £500k or 9 months duration by Cabinet Office is subject to central government spending control since October 2021. Prior to this, approval of consultancy and professional services spending of up to £10m was delegated to departments and other central government bodies. As a result, the data requested is not available.

The approval of contingent labour spend for engagements with day rates of £1,000 or over, excluding recoverable VAT and (b) durations of 18 months or over by Cabinet Office is subject to central government spend control since November 2021. Prior to this, spend decisions were fully delegated to departments and therefore no central dataset was collected on this specific spend.

2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Supreme Court ruling in R v Adams (Appellant) (Northern Ireland) UKSC 2018/0104 on the Carltona principle set out in the Cabinet Manual.

The Carltona principle is fundamental to the functioning of Government. We are considering the judgment of the Court carefully.

2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to give statutory effect to the Carltona principle.

The Carltona principle is fundamental to the functioning of Government. We are considering the judgment of the Court carefully.

7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Part 4, Chapter 2, of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill, what discussions her Department has had with businesses on (a) its provisions on subscription contracts and (b) the proportionality regulatory principle.

In ‘Reforming competition and consumer policy’ Government consulted on options to address consumer harm from unwanted subscription contracts https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reforming-competition-and-consumer-policy.

There were 188 responses, including 94 from businesses, business representatives, and trade associations. Alongside the consultation, and since, the department also held regular meetings and roundtables with business representatives. Government analysed the consultation responses, gathering further evidence from businesses where needed, and is implementing the measures which best balance the benefits to consumers and the associated costs to business. The cost to business and benefits to consumers is detailed in our impact assessment "Digital Competition and Consumers Bill: Subscription measures”: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-03/0294/ImpactAssessmentAnnex2.pdf.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what discussions she has had with (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail on the potential impact of the withdrawal of Mailwork contracts on the viability of post offices.

Government is aware of concerns around the impact removing Mailworks could have on individual post office branches and understands Post Office Limited has raised these concerns directly with Royal Mail.

Mailworks contracts are commercial matters for both companies and Government has no involvement in these matters. There would be a six-month notice period if Royal Mail were to decide to remove a Mailworks contract. Post Office would continue to work closely with an affected postmaster if notice were given.

The Government-set Access Criteria ensures that 99% of the population will continue to live within three miles of a post office.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what progress her Department has made on developing proposals to replace the Business Impact Target set out in the Deregulation Target 2015.

We plan to replace the current better regulation framework, which is underpinned by the statutory Business Impact Target, with a reformed better regulation framework. This will be aligned with our principles for regulation as set out in “The Benefits of Brexit”.

We are finalising the details of these reforms, which we intend to implement following the repeal of the Business Impact Target via the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness with which regulators have complied with the duty to promote growth in the Deregulation Act 2015.

Since it came into effect, the growth duty requires regulators to have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth, alongside the delivery of protections set out in relevant legislation. Guidance has been produced to assist regulators in fulfilling this responsibility, both at a strategic and operational level, including the proper consideration that must be made before allocating resources, setting enforcement policies, and making sanctioning decisions.

In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that the government’s new Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Dame Angela McLean, will oversee a review of the regulator growth duty.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has taken on the role of the Energy Efficiency Taskforce.

The Secretary of State, after careful deliberation, concluded that the draft work of the Energy Efficiency Taskforce could be streamlined into ongoing government activity. The numerous ideas, discussions and draft recommendations will be instrumental in driving forward energy efficiency.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, by what date local authorities are required to start processing applications under the Home Upgrade Grant 2 scheme.

Local Authorities applied for funding under Phase 2 of the Home Upgrade Grant within the bid window of September 2022 to January 2023, and were able to begin delivering installs of energy efficiency measures from April 2023. The timeframe for the assessment of homes and installation of energy efficiency measures will depend on the relevant local authority, but all projects should be completed by March 2025.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to respond to the Climate Change Committee’s 2023 Progress Report to Parliament.

The Government will respond to the Committee’s report by 31st October 2023.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will discuss with Ofgem the potential merits of reviewing variations in energy providers' (a) gas and (b) electricity standing charges.

The setting of standing charge is a commercial matter for suppliers. Standing charges are capped under the energy price cap which is set by Ofgem to protect customers on default tariffs.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people have contacted the Warm Homes Discount helpline as a result of being ineligible for an automatic rebate.

There have been just over 500,000 calls to the helpline from people who were not identified through the data matching as eligible for an automatic rebate this scheme year.

The Government will publish statistics on eligibility in the summer, after the scheme year has ended.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to paragraph 5.2 of the Autumn Statement 2022, CP751, published on 17 November 2022, what recent progress his Department has made on developing a new approach to consumer protection after April 2024.

The Autumn Statement set out a commitment to work with consumer groups and industry on a new approach to consumer protection in energy markets. Officials are proactively reaching out to stakeholders, to discuss their views on the issue. The Government will set out its position when this assessment is complete, in time to deliver a new approach from April 2024.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, which postcode areas in North West Norfolk constituency will benefit from improved mobile coverage under the Shared Rural Network; and when those improvements will go live.

Improvements from the Shared Rural Network (SRN) in North Norfolk will come from the industry-led element of the programme which is on track to complete by June 2024. This will see the four Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) tackle partial not-spots, or areas where there may be 4G coverage from one but not all four operators.

The exact site deployment plans will be managed by the MNOs themselves in order for them to best deliver the agreed coverage outcomes. Therefore we are unable to provide any specific details on the precise location or number of new or upgraded masts that may be delivered in North Norfolk as a result of the SRN. I would encourage you to get in contact with the operators directly to ascertain their plans for your constituency.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the Project Gigabit Winter Update published on 27 February 2023, when she plans to award the contract for Norfolk (Lot 7).

The Project Gigabit procurement for Norfolk launched in April 2022 and is currently in its final stages. Building Digital UK is assessing the bids put forward by suppliers and we aim to award a contract to the successful supplier shortly.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of park home residents eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme-Alternative Fund in (a) North West Norfolk constituency and (b) Norfolk.

The Department has made no such estimates for North West Norfolk constituency and Norfolk. However, it is estimated that over 130,000 residents of park homes, houseboats and caravans, who can provide proof of address, in England, Scotland and Wales, will be eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF). Overall, EBSS AF will provide support of £400 for energy bills for around 900,000 households that do not have a direct relationship with a domestic energy supplier, for example households with landlords that have a commercial energy contract, or those that are off-grid.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much onshore wind generation capacity (a) is operating, (b) is under construction and (c) has planning permission as of 30 September 2022.

The UK currently has approximately 14.6GW of operational onshore wind capacity. Individual projects under construction and with planning permission awaiting construction are listed in the Renewable Energy Planning Database at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract.

There are no published aggregated figures for these categories.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much onshore wind generation capacity (a) is operating, (b) is under construction and (c) has planning permission as of 28 March 2022.

According to latest figures (BEIS Energy Trends 6.1), at the end of September 2021 there was 14.4GW of operational onshore wind capacity in the UK. BEIS’ Renewable Energy Planning Database shows there was 6.1GW of onshore wind capacity with planning permission by the end of Quarter 4 2021, of which 0.9GW is under construction.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Bounce Bank Loan Scheme loans are where borrowers have (i) made repayments as scheduled and (ii) not started repayments.

As of 31 May 2021, 1,560,309 Bounce Back Loans had been approved by accredited lenders, to the value of £47.36bn.

Because many borrowers are using “Pay as You Grow” options, it is not possible to provide a definitive figure for on-schedule payments for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS). However, latest figures show that £2.04bn, or 4% of total facilities, have been repaid in full.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to review its shareholding in Urenco and options for reducing its stake.

The Government is not currently reviewing its shareholding in Urenco and has no current plans to pursue a sale of all or part of its one-third stake in URENCO.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total amount was of payments made by companies under Contracts for Difference to the Low Carbon Contracts Company when strike prices were below market prices in each of the last five years.

The Low Carbon Contracts Company publishes information on payments made by generators under the Contracts for Difference scheme on their Data Portal[1].

[1] https://www.lowcarboncontracts.uk/dashboards/cfd/actuals-dashboards/historical-dashboard

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what dividends have been received by the Government as a result of its shareholding in Urenco in each of the last five years.

The Government holds a one third stake in Urenco Ltd and receives one third of any dividends paid by Urenco to its shareholders.

Urenco Ltd reports its results in Euros and pays its dividends in Euros. These are converted at the prevailing exchange rate into Pound Sterling on the date the Government receives the dividend.

The table below outlines the dividend allotted by Urenco Ltd over the past 5 fiscal years to the Government in Euros and the Pound Sterling equivalent at the time.

Year

HMG Dividend Received

2016/17

€100 million (£86 million)

2017/18

€100 million (£88 million)

2018/19

€100 million (£87 million)

2019/20

€100 million (£94 million)

2020/21

€100 million (£88 million)

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the (a) dates and (b) attendees of all meetings held between Ministers and Post Office Limited from 2010 to 2015.

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. In July 2016 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) replaced the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Details of ministerial meetings for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills from 2010 to 2015 are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bis-quarterly-publications-april-to-june-2012.

15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide support for owners of off gas grid homes to install energy efficiency measures.

Support to improve the energy efficiency of homes off the gas grid is available through two current schemes:

  • The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme is worth £640m per year and is a legal obligation placed on larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures to fuel poor, low income and vulnerable consumers across Great Britain. The current scheme runs until March 2022 and requires energy suppliers to deliver at least 15% of their obligation in rural areas and suppliers are further incentivised to deliver measures to off-gas homes
  • Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery has allocated £500m with the aim of upgrading over 50,000 homes occupied by low income households, including those off the gas grid.

In addition, the Home Upgrade Grant has been allocated an initial £150m to specifically support low-income households with upgrades to the worst-performing off-gas-grid homes in England. The Home Upgrade Grant is due to commence delivery in early 2022.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many grants have been awarded under the Green Homes Grant scheme in North West Norfolk constituency.

Official statistics for the Green Homes Grant (Voucher) Scheme were released on 18 March. From this release, 27 vouchers were issued in the North West Norfolk Parliamentary Constituency, up to the end of February.

The figure above represents the number of measures approved for installation under the scheme, with a voucher for each measure awarded to the customer.

The next statistical release will be published on 22 April.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in North West Norfolk constituency have applied to the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

Official statistics for the Green Homes Grant (Voucher) Scheme were released on 18 March. From this release, 78 applications were received from households in the North West Norfolk Parliamentary Constituency, up to the end of February.

The figure above represents the number of household applications that have not been withdrawn or rejected from the scheme.

The next statistical release will be published on 22 April.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will increase the maximum permitted state aid limit of support that a business can receive under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities.

Under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities aid of up to €800,000 can be awarded to businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

On 20 October, UK authorities submitted a notification to the European Commission to take advantage of a new measure under the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. This new measure would enable greater support to companies facing a decline in turnover during the eligible period of at least 30% compared to the same period of 2019, due to the pandemic. The support will contribute to a part of the beneficiaries' fixed costs that are not covered by their revenues, up to maximum amount of €3 million per business.

The European Commission is currently considering the notification and will provide a response in due course.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the new Green Homes Grant scheme will be available to the owners and tenants of (a) park homes and (b) other mobile homes.

Park homeowners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites) are eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme. Further details regarding eligibility, terms & conditions et cetera will be published in due course.

21st Jul 2020
What steps his Department is taking to enable (a) beauty salons and (b) other businesses to conduct facial treatments in a covid-secure way.

We have worked closely with the sector and public health experts to ensure we now have the confidence that these services can resume safely on 1 August and in line with COVID-secure guidelines.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish Public Health England's assessment of the scientific evidence on which the Government has instructed that beauty salons are not permitted to carry out facial treatments under covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The Ministerial Taskforces have been getting scientific input from Public Health England (PHE), who have been directly involved in the taskforce meetings, helping to resolve scientific issues as they draft the guidance. Each individual working group which produced the guidance published on 11 May had active PHE presence, and each set of guidance was produced in collaboration with them, the Health and Safety Executive and other Departments. That model was followed for both the pubs and restaurants, close contact services, and non-essential retail taskforces. The PHE staff who have supported the BEIS taskforces are in regular direct contact with those attending SAGE and have access to the PHE SAGE read-outs. They have endeavoured to reflect closely the SAGE recommendations and have also been responsible for putting some subjects pertinent to BEIS discussions to SAGE, such as persistence of COVID-19 on surfaces, and consideration of social distancing requirements under different scenarios. SAGE information is shared on its website: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response.

13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will estimate the proportion of beauty industry sector turnover that is derived from facial treatments.

We do not currently hold accurate information on the proportion of the beauty industry sector turnover that is derived from facial treatments.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish covid-19 guidance for businesses in the hospitality sector on how to re-open safely.

We launched our pubs and restaurants taskforce on 11th May to develop new guidelines for their reopening where and when it is safe to do so.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in the roadmap, it is our ambition to allow such businesses (subject to the scientific and medical advice) from 4th July. Our intention is that any new guidance will precede this.

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish covid-19 guidance for pubs on how to re-open safely.

The Government launched our pubs and restaurants taskforce on the 11th of May to develop new guidelines for their reopening where and when it is safe to do so.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in the roadmap, it is our ambition to allow such businesses (subject to the scientific and medical advice) from the 4th of July. Our intention is that any new guidance will precede this.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Government's guidance, Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches, last updated on 25 May 2020, what reason it is advised that clothes and shoes that have been handled should be placed in a container or separate room for storage for 72 hours or cleaned prior to be returned for display on the shop floor whereas other products in essential retail stores are not subject to such advice.

The guidance is designed to help employers, workers and the self-employed understand how to work safely, including what employers need to think about to adapt a workplace to manage risk in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

We worked closely with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive to develop this guidance and continue to be guided by the science, so we do not put lives at risk.

We will keep the guidance under review and will consider updating it as circumstances change. We are being led by the science and we will make changes to the guidance when they are needed as determined by the science and as we learn best practices from businesses.

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total generating capacity is of onshore wind farms that are (a) operational, (b) under construction and (c) have planning approval but are not under construction in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.

Every quarter, BEIS publishes the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD), which lists applications for renewable energy projects as they progress through planning. The latest version was published on 14 January 2020.

A breakdown of onshore wind farms by capacity, planning status and location can be accessed on the REPD, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract.

9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) solar PV and (b) onshore wind projects have deployed on under the merchant model since the Pot 1 Contracts for Difference auction was held; and what the total generating capacity was of those projects.

Every quarter, BEIS publishes the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD), which lists applications for renewable energy projects as they progress through planning. The latest version was published on 14 January 2020.

A breakdown of merchant solar PV and onshore wind projects by number and capacity can be accessed on the REPD, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract.

5th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made on establishing an ombudsman for the gambling sector since publication of the Gambling Review in April 2023.

We are working at pace with industry and all stakeholders in the sector, including the Ombudsman Association, to ensure customers have access to an ombudsman that is fully operationally independent in line with Ombudsman Association standards, and is fully credible in the eyes of customers. As set out in the white paper, it is important that the body adjudicates fairly and transparently all complaints regarding social responsibility or gambling harm issues where an operator is not able to resolve these.

We remain clear that if this approach does not deliver as we expect, or shortcomings emerge regarding the ombudsman’s remit, powers or relationship with industry, the government will actively explore the full range of options to legislate to create a statutory ombudsman.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing deaf athletes to access funding allocated to Olympic and Paralympic sport through UK Sport.

UK Sport uses funding provided by the Government to support athletes with potential to achieve success in Olympic and Paralympic sports. As the Deaflympics falls outside of Olympic and Paralympic sport, UK Sport are therefore unable to fund athletes targeting this event.

This is in line with the Government’s approach to other Paralympic sports where competition is not offered in an athlete's particular classification or discipline.

Sport England has committed £1.2 million between 2022 and 2027 to UK Deaf Sport to boost deaf sport at the grassroots level and build wider participation. They have also agreed to explore a series of small-scale talent pilots for d/Deaf athletes. These pilots will see Sport England, National Governing Bodies, and UK Deaf Sport working together to explore these issues and suggest potential solutions.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the White Paper entitled High stakes: gambling reform for a digital age, what her planned timescale is for publishing a consultation on a stake limit for online slots.

We will publish a consultation this summer on the level at which the maximum stake limit for online slot games should be set, and on other details necessary for secondary legislation.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)