Jeffrey M Donaldson Portrait

Jeffrey M Donaldson

Democratic Unionist Party - Lagan Valley

First elected: 1st May 1997

DUP Chief Whip

(since May 2015)

Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business in the House of Commons)

(since May 2015)

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)
8th May 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)
1st Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)
1st Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)
1st Jun 2007 - 30th Mar 2015
Committees on Arms Export Controls
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee)
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Defence Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
1st Jun 2009 - 1st Jun 2010
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
1st Jun 2007 - 1st Jun 2010
Members' Allowances
18th May 2009 - 6th May 2010
Transport Committee
9th Nov 2009 - 6th May 2010
Transport Committee
4th May 2004 - 12th Jul 2007
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
1st Jun 2005 - 1st Jun 2007
Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)
1st Jun 2005 - 1st Jun 2007
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
7th Jun 2001 - 25th Oct 2005
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
16th Jul 2001 - 24th Oct 2005
Regulatory Reform
16th Jul 2001 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jun 2004 - 1st Jun 2005
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
1st Jun 2004 - 1st Jun 2005
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
1st Jun 2001 - 1st Jun 2003
Shadow Minister (Defence)
1st Jun 2002 - 1st Jun 2003
Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry)
1st Jun 2002 - 1st Jun 2003
Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)
1st Jun 2001 - 1st Jun 2002
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
1st Jun 2001 - 1st Jun 2002
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Apr 2011 - 1st Jun 2002
Transport Sub-committee
14th Jun 2000 - 1st Jun 2001
Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs
12th Jun 2000 - 1st Jun 2001
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
28th Jul 1997 - 12th Jun 2000
Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry)
1st Jun 1997 - 1st Jun 2000


Department Event
Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Monday 26th February 2024
18:00
Department for Business and Trade
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
26 Feb 2024, 6 p.m.
The draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Company Law) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
09:25
Department for Business and Trade
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
27 Feb 2024, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Thursday 7th March 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Mar 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Thursday 2nd May 2024
09:30
Department for Business and Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
2 May 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Business and Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Ceasefire in Gaza
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 3 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 0 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 20 Noes - 212
Speeches
Wednesday 7th February 2024
Oral Answers to Questions
May I, on behalf of my party, extend our best wishes to His Majesty the King for a full recovery? …
Written Answers
Thursday 18th January 2024
Ministry of Defence: Lisburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his planned timeline for the disposal of Kirkwoods Road playing …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 1st February 2024
250th anniversary of Friends’ School Lisburn
That this House warmly congratulates Friends’ School Lisburn on reaching their 250th anniversary in 2024; notes the unveiling of their …
Bills
Tuesday 16th July 2013
Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Bill 2013-14
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 16th October 2023
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: HM Government of Gibraltar
Address of donor: Gibraltar House, 150 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA
Estimate of the …
EDM signed
Tuesday 9th January 2024
Pension restitution for women born in the 1950s
That this House welcomes the positive interventions from so many hon. Members from across the House on behalf of women …
Supported Legislation
Monday 1st November 2021
Public Houses (Electrical Safety) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to require public houses to have annual electrical safety tests; to make associated provision about licensing, insurance and …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Jeffrey M Donaldson has voted in 466 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

13 Oct 2020 - Fisheries Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jeffrey M Donaldson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 197 Noes - 331
23 Sep 2020 - PUBLIC HEALTH - View Vote Context
Jeffrey M Donaldson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 337 Noes - 6
23 Sep 2020 - Deferred Division - View Vote Context
Jeffrey M Donaldson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 335 Noes - 6
5 Feb 2020 - Transport - View Vote Context
Jeffrey M Donaldson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 311
24 May 2021 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
Jeffrey M Donaldson voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 7 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 218 Noes - 358
8 Nov 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Jeffrey M Donaldson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 279 Noes - 162
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
(59 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(40 debate interactions)
Chris Heaton-Harris (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(141 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(112 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(6 debate contributions)
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Lagan 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).

Jeffrey M Donaldson has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Jeffrey M Donaldson

1st February 2024
Jeffrey M Donaldson signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Thursday 1st February 2024

250th anniversary of Friends’ School Lisburn

Tabled by: Jeffrey M Donaldson (Democratic Unionist Party - Lagan Valley)
That this House warmly congratulates Friends’ School Lisburn on reaching their 250th anniversary in 2024; notes the unveiling of their inspirational legacy projects, which include a new book about the school, its historic Quaker ethos and fantastic record of academic achievement, and the development of an amazing outdoor performance space …
8 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Alliance: 1
8th January 2024
Jeffrey M Donaldson signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 9th January 2024

Pension restitution for women born in the 1950s

Tabled by: Kim Johnson (Labour - Liverpool, Riverside)
That this House welcomes the positive interventions from so many hon. Members from across the House on behalf of women born in the 1950s who have suffered pensions loss through the targeting of their pension rights; pays tribute to constituents and campaigners in their ongoing fight for justice; recalls that …
87 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 41
Scottish National Party: 25
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Alliance: 1
Conservative: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jeffrey M Donaldson, 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.


2 Urgent Questions tabled by Jeffrey M Donaldson

Jeffrey M Donaldson has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Jeffrey M Donaldson


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the definitions of victims and survivors for the purposes of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and related legislation; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 16th July 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to impose a duty on the devolved administrations to report annually on the Military Covenant and the effects of membership, or former membership, of the armed forces on service people; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd November 2011

63 Written Questions in the current parliament

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18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish details of the EU's proposals on the practical arrangements to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU Withdrawal Agreement on checks on goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

On 20 May 2020, the UK Government set out our approach to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Command Paper ‘The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol’. We are committed to meeting our obligations under the Protocol and, as we do, our priority remains protecting Northern Ireland’s place in our United Kingdom, and preserving the huge gains from the peace process and the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

The EU published a technical note on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland on 30th April, which can be found on the Commission’s website here.

The first meeting of the Specialised Committee on Northern Ireland took place on 30 April, following the first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

We stand ready to work with the EU in a constructive and collaborative spirit, building on our initial engagements in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made in negotiations with the EU on the practical arrangements to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU Withdrawal Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

On 20 May 2020, the UK Government set out our approach to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Command Paper ‘The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol’. We are committed to meeting our obligations under the Protocol and, as we do, our priority remains protecting Northern Ireland’s place in our United Kingdom, and preserving the huge gains from the peace process and the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

The EU published a technical note on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland on 30th April, which can be found on the Commission’s website here.

The first meeting of the Specialised Committee on Northern Ireland took place on 30 April, following the first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

We stand ready to work with the EU in a constructive and collaborative spirit, building on our initial engagements in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that an equitable system is in place for schools and students in the event that a predicted grade exam results system is introduced for exams in (a) October and November 2020 and (b) later in the 2020-21 academic year.

There are no plans to introduce a predicted grade results system in England for exams in the 2020-21 academic year. Exams and assessments are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance, and we are clear in our intention that both the autumn and summer exam series should go ahead.

Most students taking exams in the autumn series received a centre assessment grade, based on an assessment of the likely grades that students would have obtained had exams gone ahead, or a calculated grade if that was higher. There is, therefore, no basis on which to award a different grade other than the student sitting the exam. Some students, for example some home-educated students, were not in a position to provide sufficient evidence for them to be able to receive a grade in the summer, and it remains the case that there would be insufficient evidence to award grades to those students unless they sit exams.

We continue to discuss arrangements for exams in summer 2021 with Ofqual, the exam boards, higher and further education representatives and other sector bodies to ensure that arrangements are fair and the 2021 cohort of students receive the qualifications they deserve.

The arrangements for awarding qualifications to students in Northern Ireland are a matter for the Northern Ireland government and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment Regulation.

24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to address the concerns of schools who state that the Centre Assessed Grades at GSCE and A level allocated to them were fair and balanced in contrast to other schools where predicted grades were inflated and resulted in a skewing of the overall results.

All centre assessment grades in England were signed off by head teachers or college principals who confirmed that they honestly and fairly represented the grades that these students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams as planned.

Following the release of A level results based on calculated grades, it became clear that there were far too many inconsistent and unfair outcomes for students. The Department agreed with Ofqual that grades for A levels and GCSEs should be awarded to students in England on the basis of students’ centre assessment grades or their calculated grades, whichever was higher. The Department believes this to be the fairest approach in the exceptional circumstances of this year, to avoid some students in England receiving grades that did not reflect their prior performance.

There was scope for schools to appeal where they believed that there had been errors of process, and students could also raise complaints if they had evidence of bias or discrimination. Schools have also been able to enter candidates for the exceptional autumn series to sit exams if they remain dissatisfied with their result.

The approach taken in Northern Ireland this summer was a matter for the Northern Ireland government and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment Regulation.

26th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has sought legal advice on (a) the extent to which Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No.1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on Shipments of Waste will be binding on movements of waste from Great Britain for processing by companies based in Northern Ireland under the Protocol as amended by the Windsor Framework, (b) the date on which those requirements would come into effect, (c) the extent to which obligations will fall on those sending waste from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the Regulation and (d) the extent to which obligations will fall on waste processing companies in Northern Ireland receiving the waste from Great Britain under the Regulation.

Defra officials are working with colleagues across Government on the implementation of the Windsor Framework, including with regard to movements of waste. We will update businesses on the implications as soon as possible.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse has been of recruiting and training veterinarians to fulfil the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol since 1 January 2020.

DAERA reported in August 2022 that a total of £15.3 million capital, £16.4 million resource and £1.7 million depreciation has been expended on the provision of the infrastructure, IT systems and personnel for the work necessary to carry out the required SPS checks at Northern Ireland's Points of Entry as a result of the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse has been of establishing and administering the Scheme for Temporary Agri-Food Movements to Northern Ireland (STAMNI) as of 21 November 2022.

The information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse has been of the establishment and operation of the Movement Assistance Scheme (a) between 1 January 2021 and 21 November 2022, (b) prior to 1 January 2021 and (c) in each six-month period between 1 January 2021 and 21 November 2022.

The Movement Assistance Scheme has cost £18.08m up to 30 September 2022. This comprises of £3.53m in the 2020/2021 Financial Year, £9.78m in 2021/2022 Financial Year and £4.77m in the 2022/2023 Financial Year. These are the most up to date figures currently available.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the scope of costs recoverable under the Movement Assistance Scheme have been constrained by state aid provisions applicable to Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Movement Assistance Scheme only supports trade in agri-food goods within the UK internal market; this is the main factor determining whether costs can be included in scope of the scheme. The scheme therefore avoids constraints arising from the state aid provisions in the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether certification under the proposed Digital Assistance Scheme will include (a) customs and (b) sanitary and phytosanitary declarations.

We are currently in the process of phased testing for the first stage of the delivery of the Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS). It will include sanitary and phytosanitary declarations. We expect the first phase of DAS involving Export Health Certificates for Products of Animal Origin to be delivered next year. Additional development phases of DAS are planned to include the movement of live animals, phytosanitary certifications and interfaces with customs systems in order to achieve a simplified process for generating documentation. The DAS is a Government-funded programme that aims to simplify the process for movement of goods to Northern Ireland or onward to the Republic of Ireland that require certification.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on developing the Digital Assistance Scheme to support the movement of agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland in line with the Northern Ireland Protocol.

We are currently in the process of phased testing for the first stage of the delivery of the Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS). It will include sanitary and phytosanitary declarations. We expect the first phase of DAS involving Export Health Certificates for Products of Animal Origin to be delivered next year. Additional development phases of DAS are planned to include the movement of live animals, phytosanitary certifications and interfaces with customs systems in order to achieve a simplified process for generating documentation. The DAS is a Government-funded programme that aims to simplify the process for movement of goods to Northern Ireland or onward to the Republic of Ireland that require certification.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse was of developing points of entry for agri-food goods in Northern Ireland (a) between 1 January 2020 and 1 January 2021 and (b) between 1 January 2021 and 21 November 2022.

DAERA reported in August 2022 that a total of £15.3 million capital, £16.4 million resource and £1.7 million depreciation has been expended on the provision of the infrastructure, IT systems and personnel for the work necessary to carry out the required SPS checks at Northern Ireland's Points of Entry as a result of the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure that farmers remain competitive in the UK market and (b) prevent the importation of cheap food products that do not meet UK food standards after the end of the transition period.

The Government is in regular dialogue with the food and farming industry in all parts of the UK as we forge ahead in our negotiations with the EU and other trading partners. We want a productive, profitable, resilient farming sector that is empowered to produce more of the high-quality food that is prized around the world and appreciated so much at home.

The UK is justly proud of its world-leading standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. These are the high standards British consumers expect from the food they eat and the high standards our hardworking farmers will continue to deliver. The Government’s manifesto made clear that we will not compromise on these high standards.

Our priority is a productive, competitive farming sector – one that will support farmers to provide more home grown food produced to higher environmental and animal welfare standards. The Government has committed to a serious and rapid examination of what could be done through labelling in the UK market to promote these high standards and high welfare goods.

Defra is working closely with the devolved administrations to agree the common frameworks that we will need for those returning EU powers that intersect with Devolved competence. The set of principles agreed at the Joint Ministerial Committee for EU negotiations (JMC (EN)) in October 2017 guide Defra in the development of these frameworks. This includes enabling the function of the UK internal market.

At the end of the transition period, the Withdrawal Act will convert all EU standards into domestic law. This includes a ban on using artificial growth hormones in both domestic and imported products. Nothing apart from potable water may be used to clean chicken carcasses. Any changes to these standards would have to come before Parliament.

The Government has also committed to a rapid review and a consultation on the role of labelling to promote high standards of animal welfare.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the arrangements for checks on the shipment of food or animal products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU Withdrawal Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

As part of usual Government business, the Environment Secretary has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues and members of the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, including the elements relating to the movements of agri-food and animal products.

On 20th May, we published the Command Paper, The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226).

We have always been clear that checks on live animals and agri-food will be needed for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, building on what already happens at ports like Larne and Belfast. The Government is taking this forward with the NIE. We want to ensure new administrative procedures are streamlined and do not affect the flow of trade. The engagement forum announced in the Command Paper will enable business to put forward proposals in this regard.

There will be no new regulatory checks or export declarations as goods leave Northern Ireland for Great Britain. The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol reaffirms the Government’s commitment, first set out in New Decade, New Approach, to legislate to guarantee unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal market and will ensure that this legislation is in force for 1 January 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on future arrangements for any checks on the shipment of food and animal products from Northern Ireland to Great Britain under Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU Withdrawal Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

As part of usual Government business, the Environment Secretary has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues and members of the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, including the elements relating to the movements of agri-food and animal products.

On 20th May, we published the Command Paper, The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226).

We have always been clear that checks on live animals and agri-food will be needed for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, building on what already happens at ports like Larne and Belfast. The Government is taking this forward with the NIE. We want to ensure new administrative procedures are streamlined and do not affect the flow of trade. The engagement forum announced in the Command Paper will enable business to put forward proposals in this regard.

There will be no new regulatory checks or export declarations as goods leave Northern Ireland for Great Britain. The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol reaffirms the Government’s commitment, first set out in New Decade, New Approach, to legislate to guarantee unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal market and will ensure that this legislation is in force for 1 January 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
22nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have required hospital treatment following the home use of early medical abortion pills since March 2020.

The information requested is not collected centrally.

22nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made with Cabinet colleagues of the number of cases of domestic abuse and coercion connected with the home use of early medical abortion pills since March 2020.

The Department recognises safeguarding as an essential aspect of abortion care and officials are working with the Domestic Abuse Commissioners Office to understand issues related to domestic abuse and coercion and home-use of early medical abortion (EMA).

All abortion providers are required to have effective arrangements in place to safeguard women and girls accessing abortion services who may be experiencing domestic abuse or coercion. Following Parliament’s decision to make provisions for at home early medical abortion to be made permanent from 30 August, the Department is ensuring that robust safeguarding systems and processes for home use of EMA are embedded in all abortion services.

19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether residents in Northern Ireland will participate in the PANORAMIC study of antiviral and antibody treatments for covid-19 announced by his Department on 8 December 2021.

Oral antiviral treatments are available through the PANORAMIC national study, run by the University of Oxford. The study is open to individuals across the United Kingdom. General practitioner practices in Northern Ireland are expected to begin contacting patients eligible to enrol in the PANORAMIC study directly to increase recruitment.

8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what studies have been undertaken on the (a) side effects of Gardasil used in the HPV Vaccination programme and (b) the long term effect of Gardasil on the health of girls and young women.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with advice from the Commission on Human Medicines, has closely evaluated the safety of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine since the vaccination programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 2008 and since Gardasil has been in routine use from 2012. Extensive reviews of Gardasil vaccine safety have also been undertaken by other independent health bodies/authorities worldwide, including the European Medicines Agency, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. This continuous surveillance has found no evidence of serious harm or chronic illness caused by any HPV vaccine and is supported by published epidemiological studies from health authorities, including the MHRA and other independent academic researchers.

18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many cases of abortion pills prescribed remotely since 30 March 2020 the abortion was carried out later than 9 weeks and 6 days.

The information is not held in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many remote assessments for an early medical abortion have taken place since 30 March 2020 and how many have conducted by (a) telephone or mobile phone or (b) video call.

The Department does not hold this information centrally.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what changes in data collection requirements have been made for recording complications and maternal deaths for early medical abortions since 30 March 2020.

No changes in data collection requirements have been made for recording complications and maternal deaths for early medical abortions since 30 March 2020.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings the Government has had with the Care Quality Commission to monitor the evidence on the safety of abortion pills taken at home since 30 March 2020.

The Government has had four meetings with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to monitor the evidence on the safety of abortion pills taken at home since 30 March 2020.

The Department continues to closely monitor the impact of the temporary approval for women’s homes to be classed as a place where both sets of medication for early medical abortion can be taken up to 10 weeks gestation. Officials have regular meetings on abortion issues more generally at which the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the CQC and abortion service providers are present and the evidence on the safety of abortion pills taken at home may have been discussed at these meeting in addition to the meetings outlined.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many cases where both abortion pills have been taken at home since 30 March 2020 a woman received a scan to confirm the gestation of her pregnancy.

The Department does not hold this information centrally.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procurement arrangements he is putting in place for businesses wishing to provide logistical support to the planned covid-19 vaccination programme.

The National Health Service is ready to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination programme as soon as it is authorised for use by the medicines’ regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. As part of the extensive planning, the NHS is working with all stakeholders, including the United Kingdom logistics industry, to be ready to mobilise when a vaccine becomes available. NHS England and NHS Improvement are utilising existing Crown Commercial Services and NHS procurement frameworks to identify suppliers for all goods and services required to support delivery of non-vaccine goods and services to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s cohorts.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the publication on 1 October 2020 of supplementary analysis of the January-June 2020 abortion statistics, what gestation was reported on the notification form for each of the cases where abortion pills were taken after 10 weeks for (a) the 40 cases where the second pill only was taken at home and (b) the 10 cases where both pills were taken at home.

Further breakdowns of the provisional data by gestation and home use are not currently available as we are reviewing and assuring the underlying data in advance of the annual National Statistics publication in summer 2021.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 27 December 2018 approval of the home of a pregnant woman in England who is undergoing treatment for termination of pregnancy as a class of place where the second stage of treatment for early medical abortion may be carried out, how many maternal deaths occurred under the 27 December 2018 approval as a result of the second abortion pill taken at home in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020 to date.

It is not possible to identify the type of abortion performed from the mortality statistics. Mortality statistics published by the Office of National Statistics, show that for there was one death in 2018 where abortion was listed as the underlying cause of death on the death certificate. There were no deaths recorded in 2019. Data for 2020 is not available.

The Department is aware of reports of two women who died after seeking abortion treatment earlier this year. Both deaths have been appropriately investigated and in one case investigations are continuing. For the other case, the coroner concluded that there was no evidence to suggest the pregnancy or abortion contributed to the death either directly or indirectly. Both women attended an abortion service in person and based on information provided to the Department, at least one of these women was supplied with pills to take at home under the 2018 approval.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many notification forms were received where the second abortion pill only was taken at home after 10 weeks, in 2019.

In 2019, the number of abortions where the Department was notified that prostaglandin was provided for home use is as follows:

- 52,309 at three to nine weeks gestation; and

- 37 at 10 weeks gestation and above.

The information presented is based on information contained in abortion notification forms (HSA4) submitted by clinics and hospitals to the Chief Medical Officer at the Department.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings the Government has had with abortion providers to monitor the safety of abortion pills being taken at home since 30 March 2020.

The Government have had eleven meetings with abortion providers to monitor the safety of abortion pills taken at home since 30 March 2020.

The Department continues to closely monitor the impact of the temporary approval for women’s homes to be classed as a place where both sets of medication for early medical abortion can be taken up to 10 weeks gestation. Officials have regular meetings on abortion issues more generally at which the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Care Quality Commission and abortion service providers are present and the safety of abortion pills taken at home may have been discussed at these meetings in addition to the meetings outlined.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what assessment he has made for the implications of her policies of Paragraph 9(1) of Resolution 2318 (2020) of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on the establishment of appropriate monitoring mechanisms to assess the implementation of anti-discrimination legislation.

Resolution 2318 concerns the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace. Domestic anti-discrimination provisions covering religion or belief are contained in the Equality Act 2010. Anyone who feels that they have suffered discrimination because of religion or belief can contact either ACAS, for issues related to the workplace, or the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) for non-employment matters. Both services provide free advice to members of the public.

ACAS and the EASS refer appropriate cases to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which is the country’s national equality and enforcement body.

Both the EHRC and ACAS have published guidance for employers and employees about religion or belief and the workplace.

16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 178838 on Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review, what progress his Department has made on implementing recommendation number 11 of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of the FCDO’s work to support persecuted Christians to ensure that training in religious literacy and belief dynamics is undertaken in all roles where that understanding is important before each deployment.

The Government has committed to implementing in full the recommendations in the Bishop of Truro's review, and work continues to implement them in a way that will bring real improvement to the lives of those persecuted due to their faith or belief. Of the 22 recommendations we have fully delivered ten, made good progress on a further eight, and are confident that all 22 will be delivered by the time of the independent review in 2022. At a country level, Ministers and officials regularly raise specific cases of concern, and discuss practices and laws that discriminate on the basis of religion or belief.

On recommendation 11, the FCDO is currently working with an external implementer to develop training for staff on religion for international engagement. The implementer, the Edward Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham, is consulting with a wide range of external stakeholders, including those that work specifically on Christian Persecution. The training will support our work on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all, including amplifying the FoRB toolkit.

Posts across the FCDO network regularly report on the local human rights situation, including in relation to the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief, and reflect engagement with the host government, religious leaders, civil society and NGOs. Staff make use of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Toolkit to establish a baseline for their reporting. In line with recommendation 12 of the Bishop of Truro's review, good progress is being made on developing a framework for reporting on FoRB. It will include guidance on who to engage with, and how to form recommendations for action.

16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 178838 on Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review, which of the 22 recommendations made by the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of the FCO’s work to support persecuted Christians are yet to be fully delivered or significantly progressed.

The Government has committed to implementing in full the recommendations in the Bishop of Truro's review, and work continues to implement them in a way that will bring real improvement to the lives of those persecuted due to their faith or belief. Of the 22 recommendations we have fully delivered ten, made good progress on a further eight, and are confident that all 22 will be delivered by the time of the independent review in 2022. At a country level, Ministers and officials regularly raise specific cases of concern, and discuss practices and laws that discriminate on the basis of religion or belief.

On recommendation 11, the FCDO is currently working with an external implementer to develop training for staff on religion for international engagement. The implementer, the Edward Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham, is consulting with a wide range of external stakeholders, including those that work specifically on Christian Persecution. The training will support our work on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all, including amplifying the FoRB toolkit.

Posts across the FCDO network regularly report on the local human rights situation, including in relation to the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief, and reflect engagement with the host government, religious leaders, civil society and NGOs. Staff make use of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Toolkit to establish a baseline for their reporting. In line with recommendation 12 of the Bishop of Truro's review, good progress is being made on developing a framework for reporting on FoRB. It will include guidance on who to engage with, and how to form recommendations for action.

16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 178838 on Persecution of Christians Across the Globe Independent Review, what progress has been made on implementing recommendation number 12 of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of the FCO’s work to support persecuted Christians which calls for the establishment of a clear framework for reporting by posts to include engagement with majority and minority religious leaders, local civil society and NGOs, plus engagement where appropriate with representatives of such diaspora communities in the UK.

The Government has committed to implementing in full the recommendations in the Bishop of Truro's review, and work continues to implement them in a way that will bring real improvement to the lives of those persecuted due to their faith or belief. Of the 22 recommendations we have fully delivered ten, made good progress on a further eight, and are confident that all 22 will be delivered by the time of the independent review in 2022. At a country level, Ministers and officials regularly raise specific cases of concern, and discuss practices and laws that discriminate on the basis of religion or belief.

On recommendation 11, the FCDO is currently working with an external implementer to develop training for staff on religion for international engagement. The implementer, the Edward Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham, is consulting with a wide range of external stakeholders, including those that work specifically on Christian Persecution. The training will support our work on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all, including amplifying the FoRB toolkit.

Posts across the FCDO network regularly report on the local human rights situation, including in relation to the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief, and reflect engagement with the host government, religious leaders, civil society and NGOs. Staff make use of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Toolkit to establish a baseline for their reporting. In line with recommendation 12 of the Bishop of Truro's review, good progress is being made on developing a framework for reporting on FoRB. It will include guidance on who to engage with, and how to form recommendations for action.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to introduce sanctions against human rights violators in (a) Eritrea, (b) North Korea and (c) Myanmar.

The UK remains deeply concerned about the appalling human rights situation in the DPRK. Its Government must address the many reports of continued and widespread human rights violations in the country, including the arbitrary detention of its citizens. That is why, in July 2020, the UK designated two DPRK entities through the Global Human Rights sanctions regime, including the Ministry of State Security Bureau 7 and Ministry of People's Security Correctional Bureau.

The UK, in conjunction with partners including the US and Canada, have announced targeted sanctions against nine high-ranking military officials and two military conglomerates for their role in serious human rights violations in Myanmar. We are consulting with partners on further measures, including additional sanctions. There will be a cost on the Myanmar military, and we will consider all tools at our disposal to do so. These sanctions follow the 16 individuals from the Myanmar military who were previously listed by the UK for human rights violations.

We are deeply concerned by Eritrean involvement in the conflict in Tigray. The Minister for Africa has made clear to the Eritrean Ambassador the UK's concern about reports of human rights violations by all parties to the conflict, the dire humanitarian conditions in Tigray, and the need for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray. Perpetrators of human rights abuses and violations must be held to account, whoever they are.

12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of his Department's work to support persecuted Christians.

The Government has committed to implementing the Bishop of Truro's recommendations in full, and work continues to implement them in a way that will bring real improvement to the lives of those persecuted due to their faith or belief. Of the 22 recommendations we have fully delivered ten, made good progress on a further eight, and are confident that all 22 will be delivered by the time of the independent review in 2022. At a country level, Ministers and officials regularly raise specific cases of concern, and discuss practices and laws that discriminate on the basis of religion or belief.

On 20 December 2020, the Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to FoRB by appointing Fiona Bruce MP as his Special Envoy for FoRB. Mrs Bruce works with the Minister of State responsible for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, to continue work on delivering the recommendations.

19th Jan 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has employed (a) consultants and (b) businesses to provide advice on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

With respect to customs, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has employed consultants to deliver the protocol and advise on trade between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI). Furthermore, the Government has carried out an extensive programme of business engagement in relation to the movement of goods between GB and NI.

HMRC does not hold data on other Government departments in relation to the matters specified.
Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2022 to Question 92121 on UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland, how much was paid in tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland destined for the Republic of Ireland between 1 January 2021 and 31 October 2022; and which Government received those tariffs.

As stated in the answer provided to UIN 92121 on 2 December 2022, the Government intends in the future to release further information in relation to tariff liabilities for goods and will do so in due course. Any customs duties collected on goods entering Northern Ireland are retained by the UK Government.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many supplementary declarations the Trader Support Service processed for the trade of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland between 1 January 2021 and 31 November 2022.

The total number of supplementary declarations processed by the Trader Support Service for the trade of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland between 1 January 2021 and 31 November 2022 was 2.2million.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2022 to Question 92120 on Customs: ICT, what the cost to the public purse was for the establishment and operation of Government IT systems relating to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as of 1 December 2022.

As stated in our answer of 5 December 2022 to Question 92120: HMRC spending on individual IT systems cannot be broken down to the level specified in the question. HM Treasury does not hold information on spending by other Government departments in relation to the matters specified.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pre-frontier notifications the Trader Support Service processed for the trade of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland between 1 January 2021 and 31 November 2022.

The total of pre-frontier notifications the Trader Support Service processed for the trade of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland between 1 January 2021 and 31 November 2022 was 2,304.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in tariffs on goods entering Northern Ireland between 1 January 2021 and 31 October 2022; of that figure how much was paid in tariffs on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain; and of that figure how much went to the (a) Government and (b) EU.

In September 2022, HMRC was for the first time able to release data in relation to the declarations made on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, for the 2021 calendar year. This information sets out the number of full declarations cleared by HMRC in 2021 for movements of goods into NI from GB and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/summary-of-movements-of-goods-into-northern-ireland-from-great-britain-2021/summary-of-movements-of-goods-into-northern-ireland-from-great-britain-2021.

Traders moving goods into Northern Ireland can claim a waiver for duty on goods which might otherwise be charged tariffs, if they have not exceeded the total ‘de minimis aid’ allowance when their import declaration is submitted. Most businesses can claim up to a maximum of €200,000 of aid over 3 tax years.

No tariff duties collected on goods entering Northern Ireland are remitted to the EU.

The Government intends in future to release further information in relation to tariff liabilities for goods and will do so in due course for the most recent possible time period.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been for the establishment and operation of Government IT systems on (a) declaration, (b) transit, (c) safety and security and (d) movement of goods since the UK's exit from the EU (i) in total and (ii) in relation to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as of 21 November 2022.

HMRC spending on individual IT systems cannot be broken down to the level specified in the question. In total, HMRC spent £714m on Border IT systems in 2020/21 and 2021/22.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the funding his Department committed for the establishment of a Royal Ulster Constabulary museum in Northern Ireland is still available.

Over the Spending Review 2021 period, the Northern Ireland Executive is receiving an average of £1.6 billion per year of additional funding through the Barnett formula on top of its £13.4 billion annual baseline.

It is for the Northern Ireland Executive to decide how to allocate their funding across their devolved responsibilities, including how to provide support to the culture sector.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive about funding for the troubles-related Victims Payment Scheme as set out in the New Decade New Approach Agreement.

I welcome the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive.

The UK Government is providing £2 billion of financial support to the re-formed Executive as part of the New Decade, New Approach Agreement to transform public services and address Northern Ireland’s unique circumstances.

The responsibility for the Troubles-related incident victims payment scheme sits with the Northern Ireland Executive.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of Aggregates Levy revenues collected by HMRC from quarries and sandpits in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

During the last five financial years HMRC collected the following total cash receipts for the Aggregates Levy (AGL) from UK taxpayers:

2014/15 = £342 million

2015/16 = £356 million

2016/17 = £374 million

2017/18 = £376 million

2018/19 = £367 million

HMRC publish this information within the Aggregates Levy Bulletin:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/aggregates-levy-bulletin

No disaggregation of AGL receipts collected from quarries and sandpits in Northern Ireland is available, as this information is not recorded on trader returns or cash receipts.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the revenues accrued from the Aggregates Levy have been spent in Northern Ireland.

As with most taxes, the revenue raised from the Aggregates Levy goes into the Consolidated Fund, which is used to finance public services and the Government’s priorities. The Barnett formula is applied in the normal way on all planned changes in UK government departmental budgets.

As a result of UK Government decisions at this Budget, the Northern Ireland Executive will benefit from a funding boost of over £210 million, on top of the £430 million additional funding in 2020-21 provided at Spending Round 2019. Taken together, the Northern Ireland Barnett-based block grant will rise to over £13 billion in 2020/21.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of paragraph 9(4) of resolution 2318 (2020) of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on the provision of training and advice to public and private employers.

Resolution 2318 concerns the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace. Both the Equality and Human Rights Commission and ACAS have published guidance for employers and employees about this matter.

Additionally, ACAS offers online training for employers on religion or belief in the workplace.

The guidance and the online training are available at: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/religion-or-belief-workplace ; and https://elearning.acas.org.uk/login/index.php

15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his planned timeline for the disposal of Kirkwoods Road playing fields; and what steps he has taken toward the disposal.

The Department has entered into negotiations with a prospective buyer, and the intent is to dispose of the land later this calendar year.

The land is being disposed of in accordance with Ministry of Defence processes, which are mandated by His Majesty's Treasury guidelines for the disposal of Government property.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to make changes to the composition or strength of the Northern Ireland Garrison.

The right hon. Member will be aware that the full conclusions of the Integrated Review will be published next week, and the Defence Secretary intends to set out his plans for Defence shortly afterwards. It would not be appropriate for me to pre-empt these announcements in any way however you can rest assured that the Government is absolutely committed that the UK continues to have a world class Armed Forces based across all of our Nations, and that we remain resolute in our intent to protect and promote the combined strengths of our Union.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
20th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Resolution 2318 (2020) on the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace.

Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental human right, and one which underpins many of the others. Britain has a proud tradition of religious tolerance, within the law. The UK is committed to defending Freedom of Religion or Belief and promoting respect between communities of different religions and those of no religion. Promoting the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief is one of the UK’s human rights policy priorities. In the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and other multilateral fora, the UK works with like-minded partners on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

The Government is committed to ensuring that people are protected against discrimination because of religion or belief, and that they?are able to?exercise the right to hold and manifest their beliefs in a reasonable manner.

Resolution 2318 concerns the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace. Domestic anti-discrimination provisions covering religion or belief are contained in the Equality Act 2010. Anyone who feels that they have suffered discrimination because of religion or belief can contact either The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), for issues related to the workplace, or the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) for non-employment matters. Both services provide free advice to members of the public.

ACAS and the EASS refer appropriate cases to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which is the country’s national equality and enforcement body. Both the EHRC and ACAS have published guidance for employers and employees about religion or belief and the workplace.

The UK Government thanks the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for its recent debate, report, and Resolution 2318 (2020) on the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace. Working with partners and key stakeholders, the UK Government will continue to consider actively, and across departments, the important topics raised by Resolution 2318 (2020).

16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the commitment in the New Decade New Approach Agreement to tackle health inequalities and provide sustainable funding for investment in and reform of the health and social care system through the Elective Care Framework announced by the Northern Ireland Minister of Health.

The UK Government recognises the importance of ensuring proper provision of, and access to, health services right across the UK. That is why it is important we continue to see a functioning Executive delivering for all the people of Northern Ireland and tackling these crucial issues.

The Executive’s focus over the past year has been on responding to the Covid-19 pandemic but as we now recover, the Executive must ensure that they Build Back Better to deliver the public services that the people of Northern Ireland deserve.

I welcome the plan to address waiting times in Northern Ireland and reform the health and social care system through the Elective Care Framework announced by the Executive’s Health Minister and I look forward to engaging with him on it in the near future.

The UK Government is providing substantial funding to the Executive of £15.6bn in 2021/22 to enable it to deliver excellent public services. This is in addition to the £445m explicitly to support the transformation of public services from NDNA and Confidence and Supply. It is for the Executive to make the necessary decisions to ensure this funding is used effectively.

8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on the inclusion of Northern Ireland infrastructure projects for support under the Levelling Up Fund.

I have held, and will continue to hold, engagements with colleagues across the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and with other stakeholders in Northern Ireland on the Levelling Up Fund.

The Levelling Up Fund will invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities. It will run from 2021/22 to 2024/25, and drive regeneration in places in need. The prospectus for the Levelling Up Fund was published last week and sets out that the Fund will focus on three themes in its first year: smaller transport projects that make a genuine difference to local areas; town centre and high street regeneration; and support for maintaining and expanding the UK’s world-leading portfolio of cultural and heritage assets.

The Fund is being delivered as part of a broad package of complementary UK-wide interventions, including the UK Community Renewal Fund and the UK Community Ownership Fund.

8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress the Government has been made on bringing forward legislative proposals on legacy issues in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has been clear that it will bring forward legislation to address the legacy of the troubles that focuses on reconciliation, delivers for victims, and ends the cycle of investigations.


We continue to engage with victims groups and civic society stakeholders, as well as the Irish Government and Northern Ireland parties in order to find a way forward as soon as possible. We will provide further details in due course.


8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on a freeport designation for Northern Ireland.

Freeports will be national hubs for international trade, innovation and commerce, regenerating communities across the UK; attracting new businesses, spreading jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities across the country.

We want to ensure that the whole of the UK can benefit, and we are working with HM Treasury and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, as well as working constructively with the Northern Ireland Executive, to establish at least one Freeport in Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent progress has been made on full implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland.

We have been making good progress on implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland, in line with my party’s manifesto pledges and UK Government commitments in the New Decade, New Approach Agreement.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has appointed Danny Kinahan as the first ever Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner, to act as a voice and advocate for veterans as they make the transition to civilian life. Moreover, we have secured additional funding for the Veterans’ Support Office to assist them in delivery of the Covenant at ground level in Northern Ireland.

Elsewhere, a review of the Aftercare Service will consider whether their remit can be extended to cover all HM Forces veterans living in Northern Ireland with service-related injuries and conditions.

Finally, our Armed Forces Covenant legislation will mandate local authorities to pay due regard to the experience of veterans so that they suffer no disadvantage in society. This will apply UK-wide, and the Ministry of Defence is working closely with the territorial offices and devolved administrations to ensure it is implemented effectively across the four nations.

24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to publish further proposals on dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

The Government has been clear that we will introduce legislation to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in a way that focuses on reconciliation, delivers for victims, and ends the cycle of reinvestigations that has failed victims and veterans alike.

We remain committed to making progress and engaging on these issues with the Northern Ireland parties, the Irish Government, and stakeholders from across the community including victims groups as quickly as possible.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequor on the funding of a Payments Scheme for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland.

The UK Government’s position has always been that the Victims Payment Scheme - which we legislated for in line with commitments placed on it by the Northern Ireland (EF) Act 2019 - should be funded from the NI Executive budget. The Executive committed to delivering such a scheme 6 years ago, so it is right that they fund these provisions as a priority for the benefit of all victims who have waited for this too long already.

The UK Government is providing £2 billion of additional financial support as part of the New Decade, New Approach agreement. It is open to the Executive to raise broader budgetary pressures with the Government; but it has received generous allocations and should now make funding available.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies of the request made by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland for additional funding to implement changes to the law on abortion.

I recently met the Northern Ireland Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, to discuss the abortion regulations which will be laid in Parliament shortly.

Once the law comes into force on 31 March 2020 it will be for the Northern Ireland Department of Health to commission abortion services through the health and social care system.

The Northern Ireland Department of Health is continuing to work to explore the full costs of commissioning and operating the new services.

16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on (a) retaining and (b) ring fencing under the proposed new financial package for the Northern Ireland Executive the funding that was allocated under the previous confidence and supply agreement for the extension of broadband coverage in Northern Ireland.

The Government committed to providing £1bn to Northern Ireland in the Confidence and Supply financial annex. So far in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, £763m has been released. The decision to release any further funding will be taken in due course as part of the normal Estimates process, which sets Departments’ budgets and devolved administrations’ block grants for the year