Jim Cunningham Portrait

Jim Cunningham

Labour - Former Member for Coventry South

Jim Cunningham is not a member of any APPGs
2 Former APPG memberships
Ghana, Hydrogen
Scottish Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Standards and Privileges
26th Jul 2010 - 22nd Nov 2010
Procedure Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 6th Nov 2006
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 5th Dec 2005
Trade & Industry
9th Jul 1997 - 11th May 2001
Panel of Chairs
1st Jan 1998 - 1st Jan 2001
Home Affairs Committee
23rd Feb 1994 - 21st Mar 1997


Division Voting information

Jim Cunningham has voted in 2624 divisions, and 34 times against the majority of their Party.

27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 111 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 184 Noes - 293
16 Jan 2019 - UK Participation In The EU Agency For Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust): Post-Adoption Opt-In Decision - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 577 Noes - 20
25 Jun 2018 - National Policy Statement: Airports - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour No votes vs 119 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 415 Noes - 119
30 Jan 2018 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 13 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 12
8 Feb 2017 - Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 68 Labour No votes vs 85 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 126
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Labour No votes vs 153 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 399 Noes - 42
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 178 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 292
27 Oct 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Labour Aye votes vs 162 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 340
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (Business of the House) - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Labour No votes vs 181 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 436 Noes - 49
15 Jul 2014 - Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour Aye votes vs 185 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 56 Noes - 454
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Labour Aye votes vs 185 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 50 Noes - 451
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour No votes vs 186 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 452 Noes - 41
31 Oct 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 74 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 350 Noes - 34
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Labour Aye votes vs 82 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 37 Noes - 325
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 84 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 330 Noes - 27
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Labour Aye votes vs 190 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 321
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour No votes vs 141 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 184
10 Jul 2012 - House of Lords Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 201 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 462 Noes - 124
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Labour No votes vs 50 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 203 Noes - 82
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 230 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 45 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Labour Aye votes vs 215 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Labour Aye votes vs 233 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 149 Noes - 318
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Jim Cunningham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 96 Labour No votes vs 207 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 337 Noes - 224
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All Debates

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
John Bercow (Speaker)
(40 debate interactions)
Andrea Leadsom (Conservative)
(37 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(244 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(177 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(143 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(142 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Jim Cunningham

28th October 2019
Jim Cunningham signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 30th October 2019

Water pollution in northern Sri Lanka

Tabled by: Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat - Carshalton and Wallington)
That this House expresses concern regarding water quality in northern Sri Lanka; is concerned by reports stating that the Sri Lankan Government refused to allow independent assessments of water quality in the region; notes that the consumption or use of water contaminated by waste oil has been linked to many …
11 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
Independent: 2
Labour: 2
Scottish National Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
28th October 2019
Jim Cunningham signed this EDM on Wednesday 30th October 2019

Josh Taylor: world champion boxer

Tabled by: Martin Whitfield (Labour - East Lothian)
That this House congratulates Prestonpans’ Josh Taylor on making Scottish boxing history by becoming a double world champion with his latest victory, a majority decision over American fighter Regis Prograis, which resulted in him adding the WBA and Ring Magazine titles to his IBF super-lightweight crown; notes that this was …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Scottish National Party: 6
Conservative: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jim Cunningham, 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.


Jim Cunningham has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Jim Cunningham has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Jim Cunningham


A Bill to make provision about the establishment by the Secretary of State of an independent review of the operation of the Employment Rights Act 1996 in relation to the determination of employment status and dispute resolution mechanisms for employers and employees relating thereto; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd March 2016

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to introduce a regulatory regime for bailiffs which would preclude the making of multiple fee charges without explanation; to introduce guidelines for dealing with potentially vulnerable debtors; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Jim Cunningham has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


3594 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
180 Other Department Questions
30th Sep 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the number of violent threats made against hon. members in each of the last five years.

The House of Commons Commission does not hold specific figures regarding the violent threats made against hon. Members or crimes as the information will be spread across the 45 UK police forces.

The police Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team (PLaIT) is a specialist unit based at Westminster that investigate crimes and incidents that take place on the Parliamentary Estate. Since April 2017 they have collated the following figures:

April 2017–March 2018: 152
April 2018–March 2019: 353
April 2019–May 2019: 43

The figures are reported crimes to PLaIT with relevance to threats, abuse or intimidation towards MPs and their offices only. It does not include other work that PLaIT investigates. The figures do not include ones held by other forces.

15th Jul 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to improve the working conditions for Members' staff.

Members’ staff are regularly consulted on service issues by House authorities. These consultations include regular meetings between House staff and MPs’ staff representative bodies, and invitations to focus groups to feed into service design. A sample of Members’ staff have also recently been surveyed on how effective the services provided by the House are for them. There is also an annual meeting between House staff and MPs’ staff bodies (specifically Members and Peers Staff Association and Unite) at which service issues can be raised.

More recently, the House of Commons Commission has discussed the Gemma White review, and it welcomed the broad thrust of the recommendations made, which included better HR services for Members’ staff and how the sense of isolation that they feel can be addressed. They have asked the House Administration to carry out further work to examine the practical steps that can be taken in response to it.

Terms and conditions of service for Members’ staff fall within the remit of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

9th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to bring forward legislative proposals to make LGBTQ+ conversion therapy illegal.

Conversion therapy is wrong and we are committed to ending these practices.

We have committed to considering all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting these practices whether they are occurring in a medical, commercial or faith-based context.

The LGBT Advisory Panel are looking at conversion therapy to help us identify the most effective actions to end it. We are conducting detailed research into the experiences of those that have undergone conversion therapy and how it has affected them.

This is a complex issue that we will be approaching sensitively. We are engaging widely before bringing forward proposals, and we will consult on the final package to ensure that the actions we take are proportionate, targeted and effective.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to promote LGBTQ+ rights in the religious community.

The Government will always protect people’s legitimate right to free speech, to be themselves and to practise their religion within the law.

These values are fundamental but we will not shy away from challenging cultures and practices that are harmful to individuals or hold them back from making the most of the opportunities of living in modern Britain.

In July 2018, we launched the LGBT Action Plan, setting out comprehensive commitments on LGBT equality. These actions aim to help all LGBT people, of all backgrounds and faiths, reach their full potential.

From our commitment to end conversion therapy to using behavioural insights to tackle deep-seated prejudices, this government is committed to building a society that works for everyone, regardless of faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
26th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of making an employer legally liable if they fail to protect their staff from sexual harassment at work.

Under the existing law employers are already liable for harassment carried out by their employees at work, unless they have taken ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent it. A duty on employers to prevent harassment would not therefore change the legal responsibility of employers to take steps to prevent sexual harassment in their workplaces.

However, following a recommendation by the Women and Equalities Select Committee for an explicit duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, the Government launched a consultation this month which will explore the evidence for introducing such a duty.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th May 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to reduce the amount of food waste produced by the kitchens on the parliamentary estate.

The House of Commons has implemented a variety of initiatives to reduce the amount of food waste. The only food which is disposed of consists of products that are not safe to be consumed, following guidance from, for example, the Catering Services’ Food Safety Policy and in relation to use-by dates.

Measures taken to monitor and reduce food waste from our catering venues includes:

  • Menu plans and cycles are used which enables orders to be planned in advance;
  • Most dishes are made fresh in-house, which allows for improvisation if products need to be used up, and enables short life products to be used in smoothies, soups and salads;
  • Stock is regularly counted, and order volumes consider the level of stock-in-hand;
  • Dates are checked regularly on ambient food products and any short life products are issued to the kitchens for immediate use;
  • Many of the high-volume protein items are ordered by unit (rather than weight) which makes portion control more accurate and reduces the likelihood of over ordering;
  • Venue orders are checked by a purchasing team for accuracy, to ensure that orders and volumes are correct and in-line with historic figures;
  • The kitchens make salad items in-house, meaning venues can cook-off and utilise any surplus protein products effectively;
  • Stock is always rotated using ‘first-in, first-out’ principles;
  • Various smart storage methods and materials are used to help prevent premature spoilage;
  • Some products are frozen if not used on the day;
  • Products which show high levels of wastage are changed (for example, some high frequency/low volume lines are now frozen which enables portion control);
  • Any hot food which is re-usable is transferred immediately to where it can be sold (or blast chilled within food safety requirements and used the following day).


The Sustainable Restaurant Association has rated the House of Commons as a good practice organisation in respect of food waste.

7th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Government strongly condemns sexual harassment in the workplace, and is committed to seeing it end.

The UK has some of the strongest workplace protections in the world. These include explicit protections against sexual harassment in the workplace under the Equality Act 2010, and the Government will be consulting this summer on whether these should be further strengthened.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Nov 2018
What steps the Government is taking to close the gender pay gap for women over the age of 40.

The gender pay gap for women between 40 and 49 has actually fallen since 2010. Employers reported their gender pay gaps for the first time this year and we now expect them to take action to close them.

The Government published the Fuller Working Lives strategy last year, and continues to work with businesses to ensure everyone can adapt to the changing face of the workforce.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th Sep 2018
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has had discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities on increasing the proportion of women employed as parliamentary researchers by hon. Members.

The Commission has no remit in relation to employees of Members of Parliament. It has therefore had no discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities on increasing the proportion of Members’ parliamentary researchers who are women.

4th Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has held discussions with the Leader of the House on tackling the inequality in the number of males and females carrying out parliamentary assistant/researcher roles for Members of Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

My Rt Hon Friend has not held any discussions with the Leader of the House on this matter. Where a Parliamentary assistant or researcher is engaged under a contract of employment, apprenticeship or contract personally to do work, the Member of Parliament, as their employer, is subject to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, and therefore must not unlawfully discriminate in any aspect of recruitment covered by the Act. The positive action provisions in the Act enable an employer to treat one gender more favourably than the other in connection with recruitment providing certain conditions are met.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Jul 2018
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission holds information on the number of security passes to access the Parliamentary estate held by (a) males and (b) females working for hon. Members as Parliamentary Assistants or Researchers.

As at 19 July 2018, the Pass Office database showed that 782 security passes were held by male researchers, and 512 security passes were held by female researchers. Parliamentary Assistant is not a category on the pass application.

2nd Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Treasury on funding for women's centres in Coventry.

Local funding for women’s centres is a matter for my Right Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice. The Minister for Women and Equalities has not had any discussions with the Treasury on this.

In addition, I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice on this topic on 26th June 2018.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of women’s centres to reduce the number of short-term prison sentences given to women in Coventry.

Local funding for women’s centres is a matter for my Right Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice. The Minister for Women and Equalities has not had any discussions with the Treasury on this.

In addition, I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice on this topic on 26th June 2018.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
19th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to encourage equal pay across genders in private corporations.

The need to pay men and women equally for the same work has been required by statute for nearly 50 years, and we expect employers in the private sector to comply with equal pay law.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a Statutory Code of Practice on Equal Pay, and provides extensive advice guidance on its website to ensure employers know what is required to comply with the law. The EHRC and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) also provide guidance to help individuals understand their rights and take action if they believe that they are being discriminated against in the pay they receive.

Employees who are concerned that they may not be being paid fairly can seek authoritative and free advice from Acas, before deciding whether to bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal. Where an employer is found to have breached equal pay law, an Employment Tribunal can order it to carry out an equal pay audit.

Our requirement for all larger employers to publish their gender pay gap is helping to increase transparency of all the factors underlying the endemic differences in pay between men and women.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
27th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what meetings her Department held with LGBT+ organisations in 2017.

The LGBT policy team at the Government Equalities Office meet with a range of organisations regularly and will continue to do so as part of their ongoing policy engagement. In 2017, they met with key stakeholders including the LGBT Foundation, Intersex UK, the LGBT Consortium, Stonewall, GIRES Gendered Intelligence and the Commonwealth Equality Network.

The UK has a proud record of promoting equality for LGBT people, including introducing marriage for same-sex couples. We continue to be recognised as one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBT rights by ILGA-Europe. Meeting with LGBT+ organisations ensures that we continue to be at the forefront of progressing LGBT rights in this country.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
26th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress the Government is making towards its goal of seeking the views of LGBT people in the UK on public services.

We launched a national survey on 23 July to ask lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK about their experiences of using public services, and about any experiences of discrimination that they may have faced throughout their lives.

The survey closed on 15 October. We received more than 100,000 responses, making this one of the largest ever surveys of LGBT people in the world. We will analyse the results and use them to inform the Government’s policy on LGBT equality. We will publish our findings when this analysis has been completed.

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to meet the Government's target of women making up 33 per cent of FTSE 350 boards by 2020.

Since 2010, the number of women on FTSE 350 boards has more than doubled and we now have the highest ever percentage of women on boards – over 24% in the FTSE 350. We also have only eight all-male boards remaining in the FTSE 350, and none in the FTSE 100. We are supporting the Hampton-Alexander Review to meet their target of women holding 33% of FTSE 100 senior leadership positions and 33% of FTSE 350 board positions. The Hampton-Alexander Review will report on 9 November regarding progress over the last 12 months of women on boards for FTSE 350 companies.

We will continue to work with businesses to highlight the benefits they gain from a more diverse board membership.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the timetable is for the Government's review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

The Department announced on 23 July that it will be consulting on changes to the Gender Recognition Act in the Autumn. We are currently considering the content of the consultation. We will be making an announcement shortly.

6th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2016 to Question 41418, whether she plans to start making projections of the cost of energy imports by the UK; and if she will make a statement.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not currently have plans to produce projections of the cost of energy imports by the UK.

The government is committed to making sure consumers have secure, affordable and clean energy. Keeping the cost of energy imports low will be important in helping achieve this goal.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40727, if his Department will increase the number of its employees based in Coventry in the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

In the answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40727 the reference to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the answer was specifically to BIS HQ and not any of its agencies.

BIS has no plans to increase the number of HQ employees in Coventry, given the decision to move to a single HQ and policy centre based in London.

The Skills Funding Agency has a significant presence in Coventry and our estate plans include a further education funding centre whose final location is yet to be decided but will initially be in Coventry.

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40279, what forecast the Oil and Gas Authority has made of the proportion of UK energy consumption to be supplied by other countries in each of the next 10 years.

The Oil and Gas Authority does not produce a forecast of the proportion of UK energy consumption to be supplied by other countries.

However, as indicated in the answer to Question 40279, the Oil and Gas Authority publishes projections of UK oil and gas import dependency (defined as net oil and gas imports as a percentage of UK oil and gas demand).[1]

These projections for 2016-2026 are given in the following table.

Year

Oil and Gas import dependency (%)

2016

43%

2017

44%

2018

44%

2019

45%

2020

46%

[1] Oil and Gas Authority (February 2016), Production Projections https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/503852/OGA_production_projections_-_February_2016.pdf

28th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2016 to Question 40363, what estimate she has made of the cost of energy imports by the UK in each of the next five years.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) does not produce projections of the cost of energy imports by the UK. The latest available estimate of the cost of UK energy imports is for the year 2015, valued at £37.9 billion.[1] Future costs of energy imports will depend on the volumes traded and also on fuel prices, which are inherently uncertain.

[1] The Office for National Statistics publishes estimates of the value of trade according to internationally agreed classifications (SITC), with category 3 comprising most energy products (coal, crude oil, oil products, gas and electricity). This data is republished by DECC in table G7 of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), and shows estimates of the value of energy trade.

27th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from businesses expressing concern at the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has been keeping in close contact with business since the referendum. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State made a series of calls on Friday immediately following the result including to the major business representative bodies. On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State held a business roundtable with the UK’s largest business organisations, and representatives from our most important industries. Further such roundtables will be held over the coming weeks.

27th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department plans to recruit more trade specialists as a result of the outcome of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

As my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister announced during his statement to the House on 27 June, the Cabinet has agreed the creation of a new EU unit in Whitehall, which will bring together officials and policy expertise from across the Cabinet Office, Treasury, Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

It will report to the whole of the Cabinet on delivering the outcome of the referendum, advising on transitional issues and exploring objectively options for our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world from outside the EU.

My Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister said it is also important for us to secure the best and brightest from the private sector, whether they are lawyers, financial experts or trade experts.

27th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full-time trade specialists are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

There are 40 civil servants in my Department primarily working on trade policy. They are assisted by officials in other Government Departments, notably the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as by other officials within my Department for whom trade policy is not their primary responsibility.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many Civil Service employees of his Department were based in Coventry in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has 6 civil servants currently based in Coventry. Prior to that, some BIS employees were working on a multi-site basis. To establish which employees had worked in the Coventry office and the proportion of time they had spent in the Coventry office, over each of the past 5 years, would incur disproportionate costs.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of UK energy consumption that was supplied by other countries in each of the last 10 years.

The UK’s net import dependency is published in DECC’s Energy Trends table 1.3, and is reproduced below:

Import dependence

2006

21.3%

2007

20.6%

2008

26.3%

2009

27.0%

2010

28.6%

2011

36.7%

2012

43.1%

2013

47.1%

2014

46.2%

2015

38.6%

Source: DECC Energy Trends, March 2015

In 2015, the UK’s net imports of 79.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent accounted for 38.6% of the UK’s primary consumption of energy.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of UK energy consumption which will be supplied from other countries in each of the next five years.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not produce projections of the proportion of UK total energy consumption which will be supplied from other countries.

However, the Oil and Gas Authority publishes projections of UK oil and gas import dependency (defined as net oil and gas imports as a percentage of UK oil and gas demand).1

These projections for 2016-2021 are given in the following table.

Year

Oil and Gas Import dependency (%)

2016

43%

2017

44%

2018

44%

2019

45%

2020

46%

2021

50%

[1] Oil and Gas Authority (February 2016), Production Projections https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/503852/OGA_production_projections_-_February_2016.pdf

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the cost of energy imports by the UK in each of the last five years.

The Office for National Statistics publishes estimates of the value of trade according to internationally agreed classifications (SITC), with category 3 comprising most energy products (coal, crude oil, oil products, gas and electricity). This data is republished by DECC in table G7 of DUKES, and shows estimates of the value of energy trade. The table is reproduced below:

£billion

Year

Imports

Exports

Net imports

2011

61.8

42.7

19.1

2012

65.3

43.7

21.6

2013

61.5

42.7

18.7

2014

53.0

36.0

17.0

2015

37.9

24.0

13.9

10th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the effect on the UK offshore oil and gas industry workforce of the withdrawal of the Super Puma airframes from commercial operation.

The withdrawal from service of most of the Super Puma helicopter models followed the tragic crash in Norway with the loss of 13 lives on 29 April this year. We are confident that the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board will determine the cause of the crash and that the UK regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, will then decide on the appropriate longer term action to take. It was entirely appropriate for the relevant Super Puma models to be immediately withdrawn from service by the CAA in the light of the circumstances of the accident, and this should have given assurance to the UK offshore oil and gas industry workforce about the regulatory controls in place. Oil and Gas UK, the main trade association for the industry, has formed a Helicopter Resilience Group with members from industry to discuss how logistics can be managed more effectively.

25th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number and value of arms export licences issued to Saudi Arabia since 19 March 2015; and if he will make a statement.

Information on arms export licences are published as Official Statistics in the Annual and Quarterly Reports on Strategic Export Controls. These reports contain detailed information on export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. They are available to view at GOV.UK.

The most recently published information covers the period to 31 December 2015. Information covering 1 January to 31 March 2016 will be published on 19 July 2016 and information covering 1 April to 30 June 2016 will be published on 19 October 2016.

All export licences are issued in strict accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

25th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many visits (a) by Ministers and (b) officials from his Department were made to Coventry in each of the last five years.

This information can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

25th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the cost of hotel bookings made for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in her Department in each of the last five years.

Overall expenditure on international Ministerial trips, which includes hotel costs, is published on the Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/decc-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-meetings-and-travel

Providing similar information for all DECC officials would incur disproportionate cost, as this information is not held centrally.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of providing adult education courses over the next five years.

The skills funding letter published in December 2015 sets out priorities and funding for adult education over the next 5 years. Across all of the funding streams used to support adult education participation, we are increasing funding by 40% in cash terms. It is for colleges and private providers, working with their local areas, to decide how best to use that funding in the interests of the learners and employers they serve.

A full copy of the funding letter can be viewed via - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-letter-april-2016-to-march-2017.

25th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much EU (a) 7th Framework Programme and (b) Horizon 2020 funding has been provided to (i) universities, (ii) other research institutions and (iii) small businesses in the UK in each of the last five years.

The figures requested are set out below. These reflect the full value of grant agreements signed in each calendar year, not the money received in that year.

Higher and Secondary Education Organisations (HES) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

832,679,583

923,451,655

1,017,766,046

390,441,742

22,102,754

Horizon 2020

178,789,606

910,814,167

Non-profit Research organisations (REC) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

109,612,016

78,523,761

107,290,576

38,249,216

1,469,761

Horizon 2020

48,957,471

140,977,361

All Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

127,491,096

180,348,365

229,312,029

39,929,247

241,625

Horizon 2020

49,215,444

219,693,279

Please note that the SME figures may include some HES or REC organisations.

The variation in the figures across the years in part reflects the fact that calls are competitively bid for and vary considerably in the amount of funding available; and in part the fact that the FP7 budget was back-loaded, with increasing amounts of money available to award as grants in the final two years of the programme (2012-2013). In contrast, relatively few grants were awarded in the first year of Horizon 2020 (2014), which thereafter is due to run with annual budgets larger than those available to FP7.

Overall, the UK was the second biggest recipient of EU research funding under FP7, and remains so under Horizon 2020.

21st Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to increase take-up of government-funded adult learning courses; and if he will make a statement.

We have maintained funding for the core adult skills participation budgets in cash terms at £1.5bn and are increasing opportunities in technical and professional education by doubling the level of spending on apprenticeships by 2019-20 in 2010-11 cash terms, including income from the new apprenticeship levy.

The new Adult Education Budget (AEB), which replaces three separate funding lines will engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or further learning. It will enable more tailored programmes of learning to be made available, to help those furthest from learning or the workplace.

The combination of the levy, the protection of the AEB, the extension of loans, and the introduction of the youth obligation means that by the end of the Parliament, the cash value of core adult FE funding to support participation will be at its highest ever. By 2019-20, spending on apprenticeships in England will be £2.5 billion and the total spending power of the FE sector to support participation will be £3.41bn, a cash terms increase of 40% compared with 2015-16 (real terms 30%).

21st Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adult learners participated in government-funded (a) mathematics and (b) English courses in each of the last three years.

Information on the number of adult learners participating in government-funded further education, and specifically English and maths, in each of the last three years is published as part of a Statistical First Release.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held

Information on Skills Funding Agency spending on the Adult Skills Budget is outlined in their Annual Report and Accounts which can be found at the following links:

2014-15: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2014-to-2015

2013-14: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2013-to-2014

2012-13: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2012-to-2013

21st Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many adult learners participated in government-funded further education courses in each of the last three years.

Information on the number of adult learners participating in government-funded further education, and specifically English and maths, in each of the last three years is published as part of a Statistical First Release.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held

Information on Skills Funding Agency spending on the Adult Skills Budget is outlined in their Annual Report and Accounts which can be found at the following links:

2014-15: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2014-to-2015

2013-14: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2013-to-2014

2012-13: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2012-to-2013

21st Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on adult education courses in each of the last three years.

Information on the number of adult learners participating in government-funded further education, and specifically English and maths, in each of the last three years is published as part of a Statistical First Release.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held

Information on Skills Funding Agency spending on the Adult Skills Budget is outlined in their Annual Report and Accounts which can be found at the following links:

2014-15: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2014-to-2015

2013-14: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2013-to-2014

2012-13: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-skills-funding-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2012-to-2013

14th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of exports from the West Midlands to other EU countries was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Data on the value of exports of goods from the West Midlands to EU countries are available from the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ Regional Trade Statistics database.

Data on the value of exports of services from the West Midlands to EU countries are not available.

14th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much EU (a) 7th Framework Programme and (b) Horizon 2020 funding has been provided to (i) universities, (ii) other research institutions and (iii) small businesses in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

The figures for organisations in the West Midlands are set out below. These reflect the full value of grant agreements signed in each calendar year, not the money received in that year.

Higher and Secondary Education Organisations (HES) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

34,512,638

65,197,543

62,376,751

23,703,605

Horizon 2020

10,025,431

64,947,891

Non-profit Research organisations (REC) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

459,795

1,873,085

946,077

2,102,799

Horizon 2020

819,340

2,297,233

All Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) agreed funding (€):

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

FP7

7,861,934

11,503,709

11,193,539

2,773,696

Horizon 2020

3,471,182

14,249,221

Please note that the SME figures may include some HES or REC organisations.

The variation in the figures across the years in part reflects the fact that calls are competitively bid for and vary in the amount of funding available; and in part the fact that the FP7 budget was back-loaded, with increasing amounts of money available to award as grants in the final two years of the programme (2012-2013). In contrast, relatively few grants were awarded in the first year of Horizon 2020 (2014), which thereafter is due to run with annual budgets larger than those available to FP7.

Overall, the UK was the second biggest recipient of EU research funding under FP7, and remains so under Horizon 2020.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2016 to Question 30126, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of running sites operated by the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) Education Funding Agency in each of the last five years.

The following table details the total costs for running sites operated by the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency for the past 5 years:-

YEAR

SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY TOTAL (Million)

EDUCATION FUNDING AGENCY (Million)

2011/12

12.0

-

2012/13

8.1

4.5

2013/14

8.3

4.6

2014/15

7.1

4.6

2015/16

5.3

4.8

The figures include costs relating to rent, rates, insurance and service charges.

9th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Government has spent on overnight accommodation for (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiation process; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon Member to my answer of 9 March to question UIN 29561 concerning travel costs incurred by Ministers and officials in relation to the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. My answer would also apply to cost of overnight accommodation.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2016 to Question 28328, what estimate his Department has made of the number of officials who will work in the unit dedicated to assisting negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement in each of the next two years; and if he will make a statement.

No such estimate has been made. The number of officials working in the Transatlantic and International Unit will vary according to the state of the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. There is no predetermined staffing level.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many offices were operated by the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) Education Funding Agency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

In response to your question:-

Year

EFA

SFA

April 2012

11 sites

21 sites

April 2013

11 sites

18 sites

April 2014

7 sites

20 sites

April 2015

6 sites*

21 sites

April 2016

6 sites*

15 sites

* In addition a small number of EFA staff are based at a satellite office in Bristol

EFA is co-located on all sites with other parts of the Department for Education and the reduction in the number of sites since 2012 was part of a DfE wide change programme.

2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2 March to Question 28299, on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if he will estimate the cost to his Department of each of the 12 rounds of negotiations; and if he will make a statement.

The European Commission conducts trade negotiations – including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – on behalf of the EU and, where appropriate, Member States. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not therefore incur the direct costs of the TTIP negotiating rounds.

It is rare that travel undertaken by Ministers and officials relates solely to TTIP, but will usually encompass other issues. Officials within the Transatlantic and International Unit in my Department have the lead policy responsibility for TTIP as well as certain other international matters. The total travel expenditure by these officials in 2014/15 was £25,081, in 2015/16 £14,269.

The cost to the Department of any travel undertaken in relation to TTIP is greatly offset by the economic prize that an ambitious agreement offers. Independent analysis shows that a comprehensive TTIP agreement could give an annual boost to the UK economy of as much as £10 billion each year.

2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the (a) total number and (b) cost has been of (i) flights, (ii) rail journeys and (iii) taxi journeys taken by (A) ministers, (B) special advisers and (C) officials of his Department related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiation process; and if he will make a statement.

The European Commission conducts trade negotiations – including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – on behalf of the EU and, where appropriate, Member States. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not therefore incur the direct costs of the TTIP negotiating rounds.

It is rare that travel undertaken by Ministers and officials relates solely to TTIP, but will usually encompass other issues. Officials within the Transatlantic and International Unit in my Department have the lead policy responsibility for TTIP as well as certain other international matters. The total travel expenditure by these officials in 2014/15 was £25,081, in 2015/16 £14,269.

The cost to the Department of any travel undertaken in relation to TTIP is greatly offset by the economic prize that an ambitious agreement offers. Independent analysis shows that a comprehensive TTIP agreement could give an annual boost to the UK economy of as much as £10 billion each year.

24th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many officials of his Department were employed specifically to assist with negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement

Prior to 1 April 2014 the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was handled alongside a number of other trade negotiations. On 1 April 2014 my Department established a Unit whose primary purpose is to assist with the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership but which also handles certain other international matters. In April 2014 this Unit comprised 8 staff primarily working on TTIP and 4 working on other international matters. It currently comprises 10 staff working primarily of TTIP and 6 working on other international matters. Staff expenditure for this Unit in 14/15 was £793313, and in 15/16 is projected to be £916007. Total expenditure for this Unit in 14/15 was £886813 and in 15/16 is projected to be £926774.

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24th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how much of his Department's staff expenditure was specifically related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Prior to 1 April 2014 the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was handled alongside a number of other trade negotiations. On 1 April 2014 my Department established a Unit whose primary purpose is to assist with the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership but which also handles certain other international matters. In April 2014 this Unit comprised 8 staff primarily working on TTIP and 4 working on other international matters. It currently comprises 10 staff working primarily of TTIP and 6 working on other international matters. Staff expenditure for this Unit in 14/15 was £793313, and in 15/16 is projected to be £916007. Total expenditure for this Unit in 14/15 was £886813 and in 15/16 is projected to be £926774.

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24th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the likely timetable for conclusion of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and if he will make a statement.

There have now been twelve rounds of negotiations for the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The twelfth round took place in Brussels last week. We are making progress and our ambition remains to reach a political agreement on the bulk of the deal during the Obama presidency.

24th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the expenditure of his Department which specifically related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Prior to 1 April 2014 the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was handled alongside a number of other trade negotiations. On 1 April 2014 my Department established a Unit whose primary purpose is to assist with the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership but which also handles certain other international matters. In April 2014 this Unit comprised 8 staff primarily working on TTIP and 4 working on other international matters. It currently comprises 10 staff working primarily of TTIP and 6 working on other international matters. Staff expenditure for this Unit in 14/15 was £793313, and in 15/16 is projected to be £916007. Total expenditure for this Unit in 14/15 was £886813 and in 15/16 is projected to be £926774.

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24th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many representations he has received from (a) European and (b) American officials pertaining to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement in each of the last 12 months.

Ministers and officials in the Department, for Business, Innovation and Skills are in regular contact with officials from the European Commission, EU Member States and US, as we work to secure a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement that benefits UK businesses, workers and consumers. This includes discussions with negotiators, legislators, administrations, and various other stakeholders from the EU and US.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2016 to Question 22794, how many beneficiaries of the Student Opportunity Fund there were in each of the last five years.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) allocates the Student Opportunity Fund to Higher Education providers as part of the teaching grant. Although the different elements of the fund are calculated on the basis of the number of students within an institution with particular characteristics, institutions have been able to use the funding in whichever way they feel is most appropriate for their students. Therefore, there is no centrally collected data on the numbers of students supported by the fund.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on Higher Education Funding Council for England spending to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in each of the last five years; and what the expected spend will be by that Council on supporting such students in each of the next five years.

The table below provides information regarding HEFCE funding for each of the last 5 years to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Student Opportunity Fund. HEFCE has not yet made decisions for future years. Its decisions will be made in the light of its overall grant settlements from Government.

Since 2012, universities have been expected to take greater responsibility for widening access. Institutions wishing to charge fees above the basic rate are required to have Access Agreements with the Director of Fair Access showing what more they will do to widen access. In 2014/15, institutions spent £713 million on Access Agreements, up from £404 million in 2009/10.

Hefce funding to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds through Student Opportunity Fund, £’000

Academic Year

Student Opportunity Fund Total

2011-12

368,127

2012-13

365,601

2013-14

332,002

2014-15

367,846

2015-16

378,648

In addition, a total of £116mn was provided between 2011 and 2014 through the Access to Learning Fund, and a total of £198mn between 2011 and 2016 through the National Scholarship Programme.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of maintenance support for undergraduate students; and if he will make a statement.


The support available under the student finance system is reviewed annually.


An Equality Analysis of changes to the support package for full-time students in 2016/17 was published on the GOV.UK website on 3 December 2015.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) value of maintenance grants issued in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Statistics showing the number and value of Maintenance Grants awarded to English applicants for study at UK providers are published annually by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education in England’.


The latest publication covering the last five academic years can be found here:

"http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-support-awarded/england-higher-education.aspx"


Publications covering previous academic years can be found here:

http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/full-catalogue-of-official-statistics/student-support-for-higher-education-in-england.aspx

13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing universities to increase collaboration with Chinese research institutions; and if he will make a statement.

We are working with UK universities in a number of important ways to increase our collaboration with Chinese researchers.

We have regular discussions with the Chinese government on education and research collaboration These discussions are both at the working level, where BIS science and higher education teams have a close relationship with their opposite numbers, and also through regular Ministerial exchanges such as the annual People to People Dialogue, the UK-China Education Summit, the biennial UK-China Science and Innovation Joint Committee meetings and the annual Prime Ministerial summit meetings.


In addition, our flagship international science and innovation fund, the Newton Fund, has achieved a transformation in UK-China research collaboration since it was launched in April 2014 and continues to strengthen our collaborative work. The fund, includes significant university participation in programmes on urbanisation, climate change, environment, food security and health. Universities also play a major role in building research capacity in China through means of Newton grants for partnerships, PhD placements, training and joint workshops.


13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent estimate her Department has made of the square mileage of the UK which has (a) permanent wind farms installed, (b) has been granted planning permission for wind farm installation and (c) is being considered for wind farm installation; and if she will make a statement.

The renewable electricity planning database (REPD - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract) extracts data on planning from authorities across the country but it does not collate information on the square mileage of projects

12th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of FTE positions supported by funding from Research Councils UK; and if he will make a statement.


The table below provides the figures for full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed by the Research Councils as at 31 March 2015. It is not possible to estimate the number of FTE positions supported by grant funding awarded by the Research Councils given the multiple sources of funding which support many researchers.


FTE as at 31st March 2015

Head Office staff1

Institute, Research Centre and Unit staff

Total

AHRC

134

0

134

BBSRC

282.3

962

1244.3

EPSRC

193

0

193

ESRC

140

0

140

MRC

2202

2205

2425

NERC

214

2171

2385

STFC

217

1558

1775

1 Figures in this column include Research Councils UK Executive Directorate and cross-research council support staff.

2 Locally employed staff at the MRC’s two units in Africa are not included in this data.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2015 to Question 20062, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of student loans likely to be written off in each year between 2025 and 2036; and if he will make a statement.

More people than ever before are now able to benefit from higher education, and the student loan system ensures that access to finance should not be a barrier to participation.


For students starting their Higher Education course prior to the 2020-21 academic year the nominal value of student loans that are expected to be written off in each of the financial years 2025-26 to 2036-37 are as follows:

Financial year

2025-26

2026-27

2027-28

2028-29

2029-30

2030-31

2031-32

2032-33

2033-34

2034-35

2035-36

2036-37

Write-off amount (nominal; £m)

480

460

480

530

570

610

670

640

710

1,160

1,550

1,660

Source: BIS Student Loan Repayment Model. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10m.


This table includes loans written-off owing to any of the following circumstances: a) if the loan borrower started their Higher Education course prior to 2006-07 academic year and has reached the age of 65; b) the borrower has died; c) the borrower becomes disabled and is permanently unable to work; or d) if the loan borrower started their Higher Education course between 2006-07 and 2011-12 academic years and 25 years have passed since the borrower became eligible to repay.



5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 1958, what the total budget of the BIS Automotive sector team was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The total administrative budget associated with the BIS Automotive sector team for the last five financial years was £6,265,356. This is illustrated below:


Financial Year Administrative Cost

11/12 £1,393,614*^

12/13 £1,187,636^

13/14 £1,207,986^

14/15 £1,256,570^

15/16 £1,219,550^

*Includes funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Showcasing team who were under the same administrative budget for these years.

^ Includes one FTE on loan to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.


The total budget to support Industrial R&D primarily for the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Driverless cars over the last 3 years* was:


RDEL(Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit) - £79.327m

CDEL (Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit) - £11m.

RDEL CDEL

13/14 £452,000 £0

14/15 £26,000,000 £5,000,000

15/16 £52,875,000 £6,000,000

*There is no data available for 11/12 and 12/13

16th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2015 to Question 19589, what the budget for the BIS Automotive sector team has been in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.



The administrative budget associated with the BIS Automotive sector team for the last five financial years is illustrated below.


Financial Year

Administrative Cost

11/12

£1,393,614*^

12/13

£1,187,636^

13/14

£1,207,986^

14/15

£1,256,570^

15/16

£1,219,550^


*Includes funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Showcasing team who came under the same administrative budget for these years.

^ Includes one FTE on loan to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles



15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the total (a) number and (b) payments made from feed-in tariff schemes in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

The table below shows (a) the number of commissioned installations under the feed – in tariff scheme, and (b) generation payments made under the scheme:



Generation payments (£)*

Cumulative installations (at end March)**

2010-11

12,487,029

47,746

2011-12

135,937,392

319,057

2012-13

504,272,611

430,445

2013-14

685,973,264

545,245

2014-15

850,823,544

683,462


*Source; feed-in tariff annual report 2014-15

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/sites/default/files/docs/feed-in_tariff_annual_report_year_five_2014-15.pdf

** Source; DECC feed-in tariff statistics

Monthly feed-in tariff commissioned installations by month - Publications - GOV.UK


14th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total value of student loans likely to be written off in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

More people than ever before are now able to benefit from higher education. The student loan system ensures that access to finance should not be a barrier to participation in higher education.


For students starting their Higher Education course prior to the 2020-21 academic year the nominal value of student loans that are written off in each of the next 10 years is forecast as follows:


Financial year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

2024-25

Write-off amount (nominal; £m)

220

140

190

230

310

350

390

450

520

520

Source: BIS Student Loan Repayment Model. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10m.


This table includes loans written-off due to any of the following circumstances: a) if the loan borrower started their Higher Education course prior to 2006-07 academic year and has reached the age of 65; b) the borrower has died; or c) the borrower becomes disabled

11th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to review its automotive strategy for growth and sustainability, published in July 2013; and if he will make a statement.


The Automotive Council will lead a review of the Automotive Industrial Strategy in the first half of 2016, to take stock of progress since its publication in July 2013 and to confirm future priorities.

10th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff made up the BIS Automotive sector team in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Information on the number of staff in the BIS Automotive sector team over each of the last five years is illustrated in the table below.

Year (Calendar)

Number of Staff (Full-Time Equivalent)

2011

15

2012

15

2013

17

2014

20

2015

20

10th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Automotive Council on the long-term sustainability of automotive manufacturing in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has regular and constructive dialogue with the automotive industry – including through the Automotive Council, which is taking a leadership position in ensuring the sustainable growth of the sector in the UK.

2nd Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has conducted of the adequacy of the level of financial support offered to small businesses that have been in operation for two years or less; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises that new businesses can encounter difficulties in obtaining the finance they need to start-up or grow. However I am encouraged that net lending to smaller businesses has been recovering strongly since the end of 2014. The Bank of England has reported that credit conditions for SMEs seeking finance are improving and the SME Finance Monitor shows that 80% of SME loan and overdraft applications were successful in the 18 months to 2015 Q3, up from 68% in Q4 2013.

Latest figures show that net SME lending from banks participating in the Funding for Lending Scheme grew by £675m in the third quarter and the Bank of England recently announced that allowances earned by banks for increasing their net lending under the scheme will be available to draw down for a further two years. The government also continues to fund start-up loans, with more than 33,000 loans worth over £180 million issued so far and a target to deliver 75,000 loans by the end of the parliament.

I am also encouraged by our growing alternative finance sector, with the UK the leading fin tech centre of Europe.

A recent report from the Legatum Institute rated the UK as the best country in the EU in which to start a business and the government will continue to back our small businesses to start and grow.

2nd Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2015 to Question 17311, what financial support his Department is providing for the Government's Productivity Plan; and if he will make a statement.



All Government Departments have a role in helping to raise productivity and foster a dynamic economy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) holds many of the key productivity levers, including skills, innovation, competition and regulation. The bulk of BIS spending therefore supports the Productivity Plan. The table displays total BIS Departmental Expenditure Limits up to 2019/20, as set out in the Spending Review. Specifically with regard to research, the Government has committed to protect the science resource and capital budget in real terms during this Parliament.



2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Total DEL (£bn)

16.6

16.5

14.5

13.4

13.2

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/479749/52229_Blue_Book_PU1865_Web_Accessible.pdf



30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the average per kwh cost of energy in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

Energy price assumptions underpinning DECC’s 2015 Energy and Emissions Projections are available in Annex M of the supporting documentation available online.1 The table includes wholesale coal, crude oil, electricity, and natural gas price assumptions, and retail electricity, natural gas, and petroleum product price assumptions for a range of sectors. Assumptions are available out to 2035, and for a range of scenarios.


The Government is implementing a package of measures to reduce the projected cost of policies on the average household dual fuel bill by £30 from 2017. The bulk of these savings will come from reforms to the current Energy Company Obligation, which will be replaced by a new cheaper supplier obligation from April 2017. The new scheme will deliver on the government’s commitment to help 1 million homes see lower energy bills through energy efficiency improvements by the end of this parliament. The government is committed to ensuring that energy is affordable for families and businesses.


[1] Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2015.


23rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of government funding for translational research programmes; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s Productivity Plan in July set out our ambition that UK Universities will continue to increase their collaborations with industry to drive the translation and commercialisation of research and broader knowledge exchange. Universities’ external income from engagement with business and the community reached £3.93 billion in 2013-14, up by 27% from 2009-10. The World Economic Forum ranks the UK among the top four nations in the world for university-industry collaboration in R&D. The recent Research Excellence Framework 2014 has demonstrated the breadth and extent of economic impact arising from university research, with 84% of submissions assessed as outstanding or very considerable by expert and academic peer review.



23rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of UK energy production that takes the form of non-renewable energy production outputs in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

We estimate that the proportion of electricity produced in the UK (gross total electricity supplied) which will be generated by non-renewable means over the next five years is as follows:


2016 75%

2017 71%

2018 68%

2019 66%

2020 62%


This excludes electricity supplied from other countries via interconnectors.

The above data is taken from the reference scenario in Annex J of DECC’s 2015 Energy and Emissions Projections. This and other scenarios with differing economic growth and fossil fuel prices are available online at:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2015

16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2015 to Question 15604, what information her Department holds on the (a) number of petroleum exploration and development licences which have been (i) applied for and (ii) issued in the last 12 months and (b) the location to which such applications and licences apply.

No landward Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences have been applied for, nor issued, during the last 12 months. However, in the latest (14th) Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round, which closed for bids on 28 October 2014, 95 applications were received from 47 companies covering 295 Ordinance Survey Blocks. The Oil and Gas Authority announced on 18 August 2015 that a first tranche of 27 onshore blocks will be formally offered to companies, and that a second group of 132 further blocks has been subjected to detailed assessment under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. Subject to the outcome of this consultation, the OGA intends to announce offers for the second group of licence blocks later this year. A map showing the location of the first tranche blocks and those being considered further can be found here:


https://decc-edu.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=29c31fa4b00248418e545d222e57ddaa.

9th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2015 to Question 13387, what information her Department holds on the number of sites approved for fracking in England and Wales; what the location is of each such site; and if she will make a statement.

There are currently no sites approved for fracking in England and Wales. Any operator would need a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) in place before commencing hydrocarbon operations. A PEDL does not, in and of itself, allow an operator to commence hydrocarbon operations. Rather, they grant exclusivity to licensees within a defined area. All operations would also require local planning permission,Environment Agency permits, Health and Safety Executive scrutiny, Oil and Gas Authority consent and access agreement(s) with relevant landowner(s).


The Infrastructure Act 2015 introduced a range of further requirements that must be met before an operator can carry out hydraulic fracturing in a responsible, sustainable and safe manner. A hydraulic fracturing consent will not be issued unless my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State is satisfied that the conditions are met. The Secretary of State must also be satisfied that it is appropriate to issue the consent.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support his Department is providing to higher education institutions to increase the number of post-doctoral positions offered; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the importance of sustaining a strong research community across the UK. In allocating Science and Research funding, the Government asks the Research Councils, Higher Education Funding Council for England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society to ensure that they are “maintaining a substantial flow of new researchers and high level skills”. Research Councils support 14,000 research staff and fellows, including 10,000 university researchers, many of whom are in early research careers. The National Academies provide over 690 early career research fellowships.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage retailers to source their products from ethical and sustainable sources; and if he will make a statement.

The Department encourages more responsible supply chain management by businesses, including retailers, by requiring companies to be more transparent about their business operations. UK listed companies are required to report on social and environmental matters where necessary for an understanding of their business.

More widely, the Government supports the Ethical Trading Initiative which helps member companies realise their commitment to continuous improvement in ethical sourcing.

We are also providing £18 million over six years to help Fairtrade International have a greater impact in their work and strengthen the global Fairtrade system.

The Government also supports work by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on voluntary agreements such as the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan which encourages sustainability of clothing across the product life cycle including, for example, use of lower impact fibres. In addition, Government co-ordinates work on the UK statement on the sustainable production of palm oil, working with retailers and others towards achieving 100% sourcing of credibly certified sustainable palm oil in the UK.

In October the transparency in supply chains provision (section 54) of the Modern Slavery Act came into force.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the proportion of total UK energy production likely to be sourced from fracking in each of the next five years.

The Government is of the view that there is a national need to explore and test our shale resources in a safe, sustainable and timely way.


It is too early to make an assessment of the future extent of shale gas and oil production. We do not yet know the full scale of the UK’s shale resources nor how much can be extracted technically or economically.


30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the likely proportion of total UK energy production which will be solar energy in each of the next five years.

In August, DECC published projections for UK solar electricity capacity by 2020/21:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/457313/Estimated_capacity_of_selected_renewable_technologies_in_2020-21.pdf


https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/458662/IA_for_FITs_consultation_August_2015_-_FINAL_docx__e-signature_included__v2.pdf.


This projected that, as of August 2015, UK solar electricity capacity would be 9.55GW by 2020/21, which would be 9.1TWh of generation, or 2.8% of UK electricity generation. The projections as of August 2015 for each of the next five years as follows:

Solar PV as a proportion of total UK electricity generation – August 2015 projection

2016/17

2.6%

2017/18

2.6%

2018/19

2.7%

2019/20

2.7%

2020/21

2.8%


These estimates include assumptions about policy changes which have been proposed but not yet finalised and which could therefore change subject to the responses received – in particular, the consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme and the consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV under the Renewables Obligation.

30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what material and financial support his Department is providing to people made redundant in the steel industry; and if he will make a statement.

In relation to SSI’s closure in Redcar, I expect the majority of the fund announced on 2 October to go towards supporting training of former SSI workers and those in the supply chain, helping businesses to grow and create jobs, and the future of the Tees Valley economy more broadly. We are working with the local Task Force, chaired by Amanda Skelton, to shape these proposals and in total, we have agreed over £40 million of support aimed at skills and jobs creation:

  • £3 million has been made available to four Further Education colleges in the region to support re-training activity, as well as a further £2.65m skills funding to plug any gaps in skills provision not available via the Further Education Offer;
  • £1.7 million to ensure that the fifty apprentices who were with SSI can continue their apprenticeships with alternative employers;
  • A £16.5 million Jobs and Skills Fund to help local firms employ former SSI workers or their spouses in full-time or part-time jobs for a minimum of three years;
  • £16 million support for firms in the SSI supply chain and wider Tees Valley impacted by the Redcar steelworks closure, to safeguard jobs, provide the stimulus to create new posts and provide expert assistance to help them expand their business
  • £750,000 to fund advice and grants to start up a new business.

In addition, we have announced a package, worth up to £9 million, jointly with Tata, to support Scunthorpe steelworkers, the local economy and supply chain. We are working closely with a local Task Force, chaired by my noble Friend Baroness Liz Redfern, to deliver this support.

26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the ability of the UK solar industry to meet service demand; and if she will make a statement.

As set out in the November 2013 Renewable Energy Roadmap Update, analysis indicated a potential deployment range of 7-20 GW (equivalent to 6-18 TWh) of solar PV at all scales, with 20GW being our estimate of the technical maximum level of solar PV deployment by 2020 on the basis of grid and other constraints. Solar PV in the UK was 8.007GW as of August 20151.


In the absence of cost effective storage, solar PV can make a contribution to meeting electricity demand but this will be limited by the nature of its diurnal cycle.


REF:

  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-pv-deployment-august-2015
26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many sites are approved for fracking in England and Wales; what the location is of each such site; and if she will make a statement.

Licensing and consent of onshore oil and gas activities in England is now a matter for the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences are not specific to shale gas. They grant exclusive rights to extract hydrocarbons, including shale gas but also other hydrocarbons, within a particular onshore area. A separate consent from the OGA is required before any drilling or hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can take place, as well as planning permission, environmental permits and review of the well design by the Health and Safety Executive.


The OGA does not have any undetermined consent applications.


26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the role of fracking in meeting the future energy needs of the UK; and if she will make a statement.

The Written Ministerial Statement by my rt. hon. Friends, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 16 September 2015 (Official Report, Column 34-38WS), sets out the Government’s view that there is a national need to explore and develop our shale gas and oil resources in a safe, sustainable and timely way, to help meet our objectives for secure energy supplies, economic growth and lower carbon emissions.


A successful shale industry could help create jobs and grow local economies. Investment in shale could reach £33billion and support up to 64,000 jobs in oil, gas, construction, engineering and chemical sectors. The opportunity to extract this energy, as well as to secure jobs and investment, cannot be ignored.

21st Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students with a disability in higher education; and if he will make a statement.


The latest statistics available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that in the academic year 2013/14 there were 1.1 million UK domiciled enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions, of which 138,670 declared a disability.


Further information is published on the HESA website and can be located from this web-link https://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/1973/239/

21st Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has reviewed the adequacy of financial support for students with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.


Disabled Students’ Allowances are available to help meet the additional costs that a disabled student is obliged to incur, in relation to their study, by virtue of their disability.


Disabled Students’ Allowances, along with all other types of student support, are reviewed before laying the annual student support regulations.

15th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the total cost to the public purse was of the disability students' allowance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students’ Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education England’. The latest statistics are available at the following link: http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-support-awarded/england-higher-education.aspx


Payments to full-time undergraduate students are presented in table 3b on page 21 and payments to part-time undergraduates and postgraduates in tables 5a and 5b on page 31.


15th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people have received the disability students' allowance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students’ Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education England’. The latest statistics are available at the following link: http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-support-awarded/england-higher-education.aspx


Payments to full-time undergraduate students are presented in table 3b on page 21 and payments to part-time undergraduates and postgraduates in tables 5a and 5b on page 31.


14th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2015 to Question 10357, how many arms export licences of what value and type have been issued for exports to (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Yemen in 2015.

Please refer to gov.uk for the latest quality assured data published for Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

13th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to better identify pyramid schemes involving UK nationals; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has no plans to identify pyramid selling schemes.


The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) regulate how traders market and promote goods and services to consumers by prohibiting unfair commercial practices, such as the use of misleading actions or aggressive commercial practices. Establishing, operating or promoting a Pyramid scheme, where the intention is that a consumer receives compensation primarily from the introduction of other consumers into the scheme, rather than from the sale or consumption of products, is a banned practice under the CPRs. Enforcement of the CPRs is by local authority trading standards services.


Alleged breaches of the CPRs should be reported, in the first instance, to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 (https://www.adviceguide.org.uk/). The helpline offers a free service advising consumers on their rights and passes on details of complaints to Trading Standards services where appropriate.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) value of arms export licences issued for Israel in the last year.

The Government publishes comprehensive information about export licences granted and refused on gov.uk.

The Government has granted 167 licences for export of military goods and technology to Israel in the last year.

Of these 163 were for Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) with a value of £18,596,344 and 4 Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs).

OIELs are generally not limited by quantity or value and therefore we are unable to give a figure for the value of the goods that might be exported under OIELs.

15th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many arms export licences of what value and type have been issued for exports to (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Yemen in each of the last five years.

The Government publishes (on a quarterly and annual basis) comprehensive information about export licences granted and refused on gov.uk.

A summary of the licences granted for export of military goods and technology to Saudi Arabia and Yemen for each of the last five full calendar years detailed below. Please note Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) are generally not limited by quantity or value and therefore we are unable to give a figure for the value of the goods that might be exported.

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Saudi Arabia

Number of SIEL Licences

105

101

125

128

129

Value (£)

£341,007,088

£1,735,418,108

£111,721,756

£1,608,104,771

£80,749,168

Number of OIEL Licences

5

20

18

20

19

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Yemen

Number of SIEL Licences

4

2

0

2

6

Value (£)

£160,245

£863,218

£0

£841,426

£1,044,253

Number of OIEL Licences

0

0

0

1

0

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2015 to Question 8264, what reviews his Department conducted into the adequacy of capital research spending in each of the last five years.

In 2013 the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) commissioned the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base Report to understand how the UK compares with other nations in research terms. The report highlighted that the UK’s field-weighted citation impact was the highest of those countries included in the report, rising to 1.66 in 2012[1], compared to the world average of 1.0.

All science capital spend is agreed as part of a wider allocations process, informed by information from Research Councils and other partner organisations, as well as by evidence provided in business cases for specific capital projects. In addition, the 2014 science capital consultation allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on the adequacy of capital research spending.

All capital projects undertake regular assurance reviews.


[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/performance-of-the-uk-research-base-international-comparison-2013

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of maintenance support for undergraduate students; and if he will make a statement.

The Student Income and Expenditure Survey which took place earlier this year will report on the finances of HE students in England and Wales. The report is expected to be published in early 2016.

Maintenance support is a contribution to student living costs. However we are increasing the overall cash-in-hand we provide to students to support their cost of living.

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14 September 2015 to Question 9131, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of admissions to university of students from low-income backgrounds in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The latest information published by UCAS showing the percentage of 18 year olds from the most disadvantaged areas in England who obtain a place at university, is shown in the table. The figures show that in 2014 the entry rate reached its highest ever level.

Entry rates of English 18 year olds from the most disadvantaged areas1.

Year of entry

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Entry rate

14.0

15.0

15.1

16.4

18.2

Source: UCAS end of cycle report 2014

1. Quintile 1 of the POLAR2 measure of disadvantage. This measure was developed by HEFCE and classifies small areas across the UK into five groups according to their level of young participation in HE. Each of these groups represents around 20 per cent of young people and is ranked from quintile 1 (areas with the lowest young participation rates, considered as the most disadvantaged) to quintile 5 (highest young participation rates, considered most advantaged).

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what representations she has received from the solar energy industry on the feed-in tariff subsidy for solar panels; and if she will make a statement.

We issued a public consultation on the FIT Review on 27th August. The consultation will close on 23 October and we expect many responses from across the renewable energy industry, finance, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the general public.

Since then the Secretary of State has held meetings with the British Photovoltaic Association and the Solar Trade Association, and officials are planning a series of stakeholder events to be run across Great Britain, before the consultation ends.

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to support the installation of solar energy panels; and if she will make a statement.

Government incentives to deploy solar, in the form of the renewables obligation, the feed-in tariff scheme and contracts for different, have driven a very rapid increase in deployment – from approximately 43MW in May 2010, to 7872MW in July 2015[1], totalling nearly 740,000 installations. DECC has recently consulted on measures under the FIT and the RO to bring the costs of support under these schemes under greater control and ensure that they provide value for money for electricity bill payers whilst still supporting deployment.

[1] Solar PV Deployment: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-photovoltaics-deployment

10th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has conducted of the effectiveness of the feed-in tariff subsidy for solar panels in achieving its objectives; and if she will make a statement.

DECC published an independent review of evidence on the performance and impact of the Feed-in Tariff scheme, undertaken by Dr Colin Nolden, an academic at Sussex University, on 27 August 2015. This evidence review can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-a-review-of-the-feed-in-tariff-scheme.

9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of subsidies paid to the (a) solar and (b) wind power industries in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Solar and wind have received support over the past five years from the Renewables Obligation (RO) and the Feed-in Tariff (FITs) schemes. The cost of the schemes is reclaimed from electricity consumers, not from general taxation.

The cost of supporting solar and wind through the RO in 2010/11 to 2014/15 was as follows (figures not adjusted for inflation):

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Onshore wind

£398m

£483m

£557m

£756m

£787m

Offshore wind

£254m

£371m

£699m

£989m

£1,108m

Solar PV

£0.2m

£0.1m

£0.9m

£35m

£134m

Solar and some small-scale onshore wind are also supported by the FIT, but FIT costs are not available disaggregated by technology. Total support under FiT in 2013/14 (the latest year for which data are available) was £691m.

9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the total subsidy paid for biomass production for the purposes of power generation in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

The previous government supported the Energy Crop Scheme which provided a five year subsidy support for farmers and landowners producing biomass for electricity and heat production. This scheme, which provided support for planting and developing new energy crops, closed on 31st August 2013 to new applicants but continues to support those still in the scheme. The payments in the last five years were estimated by Natural England to be:

  • 2010 – £425,942
  • 2011 – £594,698
  • 2012 – £1,320,813
  • 2013 – £427,198
  • 2014 – £330,438

Natural England, who run the scheme, estimate that 80% of the energy crops planted under the scheme will eventually be harvested for power generation, the remainder being for heat generation.

9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the value of biomass imported for the purposes of power generation in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

DECC holds data, obtained from HMRC, on the imports of fuel wood products, including: wood, wood pellets, wood chips, sawdust and wood waste. The vast majority of wood pellets are used for the purpose of electricity generation in large biomass plants. However, this may not be the case for other fuel wood products. This is summarised in the table below:

Value of imports (£million)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Wood pellets

68

129

185

412

545

Other fuel wood products (wood, wood chips, sawdust, wood waste)

9

10

13

15

All fuel wood products

68

138

195

425

560

9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of biomass energy crops in delivering carbon reductions as set out in the UK Bioenergy Strategy.

The 2013/14 Renewables Obligation sustainability data [1] indicate that, for data available, the average greenhouse gas saving from energy crops on the European Union fossil fuel electricity average, by consignment, was approximately 90% (within a range of 85-94%). Feedstock data will begin being collected for Renewable Heat Incentive from the beginning of October, but energy crops are expected to make up a small proportion of heat biomass feedstock.

As recommended in the Bioenergy Strategy, this year the UK government is introducing mandatory sustainability criteria for biomass supported under the Renewables Obligation and the Renewable Heat Incentive. This will ensure that bioenergy feedstock is from sustainable land types, and that feedstock must meet a minimum 60% greenhouse gas saving on the EU fossil fuel electricity average. These requirements apply to energy crops.

[1] https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/biomass-sustainability-dataset-2013-14

9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment her Department has made of the capacity of the UK to meet the 20 per cent renewable target for 2020 set out in the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on 6 June 2015 to Question 4832:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-06-30/4832/.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will make an assessment of the likely effect of the abolition of student maintenance grants on widening participation in higher education.

The Government expects to lay amendments to the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011 later this year and publish an Equality Analysis when the Regulations are laid. The Equality Analysis will include an assessment of the potential impacts of the changes.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what funding his Department has allocated to encourage students from low-income backgrounds to access higher education in each of the next five years.

More young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are applying to higher education than ever before. 18 year olds from the most disadvantaged areas were 72% more likely to apply to higher education in 2015 than in 2006.

Since 2012, institutions have been required to take more responsibility for widening participation. Institutions wishing to charge fees above the basic rate must have Access Agreements agreed by independent Director of Fair Access. The amounts institutions expect to spend on widening access through these agreements are as follows:

Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Amount

£m

718.8

745.4

741.6

746.2

750.8

In addition, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) allocates funding to institutions to help with the additional costs of recruiting and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Student Opportunity Allocation. In 2015/16, HEFCE is allocating £364.2m to institutions through the Allocation. In recent grant letters, Ministers have asked HEFCE to prioritise widening participation in their decisions about allocating funding from their block grant.

Through the Student Opportunity Allocation, the Government has provided £22 million seed-corn funding for the establishment of national networks of collaborative outreach, across 2014-15 and 2015-16. The networks bring together universities to provide a single point of contact for schools and colleges to find out about outreach opportunities for their students and to access information about higher education. There are 35 local and three national networks involving 200 universities and further education colleges. They are reaching 4,300 secondary schools and colleges. From 2016 onwards, funding will be provided by universities themselves.

7th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage students from low-income backgrounds to access higher education; and if he will make a statement.

More young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are applying to higher education than ever before. 18 year olds from the most disadvantaged areas were 72% more likely to apply to higher education in 2015 than in 2006.

Since 2012, institutions have been required to take more responsibility for widening participation. Institutions wishing to charge fees above the basic rate must have Access Agreements agreed by independent Director of Fair Access. The amounts institutions expect to spend on widening access through these agreements are as follows:

Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Amount

£m

718.8

745.4

741.6

746.2

750.8

In addition, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) allocates funding to institutions to help with the additional costs of recruiting and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Student Opportunity Allocation. In 2015/16, HEFCE is allocating £364.2m to institutions through the Allocation. In recent grant letters, Ministers have asked HEFCE to prioritise widening participation in their decisions about allocating funding from their block grant.

Through the Student Opportunity Allocation, the Government has provided £22 million seed-corn funding for the establishment of national networks of collaborative outreach, across 2014-15 and 2015-16. The networks bring together universities to provide a single point of contact for schools and colleges to find out about outreach opportunities for their students and to access information about higher education. There are 35 local and three national networks involving 200 universities and further education colleges. They are reaching 4,300 secondary schools and colleges. From 2016 onwards, funding will be provided by universities themselves.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the total amount that will be available to ring-fenced science and research funding organisations in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

The Government protected the science ring-fence in cash terms for financial year 2015/16 at £4.6bn. In addition the Chancellor announced in December 2014 a long-term commitment to investment in science infrastructure at £1.1bn per annum in real terms to 2021.

Decisions on the amount and allocation of funding beyond 2015/16 will be made as part of the Spending Review. We cannot pre-judge the Spending Review outcome.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if his Department will conduct a review into the adequacy of capital investment spending as part of the science research budget allocation; and if he will make a statement.

The Government protected the science ring-fence in cash terms for financial year 2015/16 at £4.6bn. In addition the Chancellor announced in December 2014 a long-term commitment to investment in science infrastructure at £1.1bn per annum in real terms to 2021.

Decisions on the amount and allocation of funding beyond 2015/16 will be made as part of the Spending Review. We cannot pre-judge the Spending Review outcome.

14th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the effect on small businesses of them meeting CE marking requirements on their products; and if he will make a statement.

The CE marking indicates that a product complies with one or more pieces of EU Single Market legislation. The cost of compliance for small businesses therefore varies significantly depending on which legislation applies, and reflects factors such as the complexity of the product and the risks associated with it. Whilst I have not made a specific assessment of these costs at an aggregate level, I will continue to press the European Commission to identify opportunities to reduce the burden of complying with Single Market legislation, particularly for SMEs, wherever possible.

14th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support small businesses to produce products which comply with CE marking standards; and if he will make a statement.

The CE marking indicates that a product complies with one or more pieces of EU Single Market legislation. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills works with businesses, including small businesses, to support them in meeting the requirements of the legislation, for example by producing guidance, working with trade associations to raise awareness, and engaging directly with businesses to solve specific issues. In addition, I will continue to press the European Commission to identify opportunities to reduce the burden of complying with Single Market legislation, particularly for SMEs, wherever possible.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received from automotive manufacturers on promoting UK automotive exports.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and UK Trade and Investment regularly offer export support to automotive companies. As part of our review of exports we are seeking views from industry, including the automotive sector, on what more can be done to drive UK exports. I met the Automotive Council on 17 June.

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 6273, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who complete apprenticeship programmes receive a full-time job soon after completion of their apprenticeship.

Apprentices must be employed during their apprenticeship, which must last at least a year. After investing in an apprentice and seeing them develop, most employers keep employing the individual when their apprenticeship is complete. We know that around 90% of apprentices are employed on completion of their apprenticeship with 71% being retained by the same employer.

(Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-evaluation-learner-survey-2014)

Our reforms are driving up the quality of apprenticeships to ensure that they fully meet employers’ needs; that apprentices are fully competent in their occupation at the end of their training and have the transferable skills needed to progress their career. This will make apprentices in future an even more attractive prospect for further employment.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the minimum wage for people aged under 18; and if he will make a statement.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body that advises the Government about the National Minimum Wage, including the rate for 16-17 year olds. The LPC recommended that from October 2015 the 16-17 year old rate would be £3.87 an (increase of 2.2%). The LPC’s recommendations follow consultation with businesses and workers and their representatives, together with extensive research and analysis. The LPC’s report can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-minimum-wage-low-pay-commission-report-2015. Having considered the LPC’s report, the Government accepted its recommendation and laid draft uprating regulations in Parliament on 23 June 2015.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with apprenticeship providers to ensure that people on apprenticeship schemes receive a full-time job afterwards.

Apprenticeships are paid jobs with high quality training. We are committed to 3 million apprenticeship starts during the next 5 years and are working with a range of organisations, including employers and training providers, to secure more apprenticeship opportunities across all sectors and for all ages.

The Government’s 2014 survey of apprentices showed that around 90% of apprentices are employed on completion of training (including 2% who were self-employed). 71% are with the same employer.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-evaluation-learner-survey-2014

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote automotive manufacturing in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Through the long-term economic plan the Government is creating the right business environment for automotive manufacturers to prosper by removing barriers to productivity and growth. We will do this through de-regulation, by promoting fair competition and by simplifying the business support landscape. We will work closely with the automotive sector, in particular through the Automotive Council, to understand its needs and what more the Government can do to help retain its competitive position within the global market.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote the export of automotive products; and if he will make a statement.

Our Trade Advisers work with companies across the UK to provide step by step advice and guidance on automotive exports. Last year we supported £421m worth of automotive exports.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 3461, what steps his Department is taking to increase uptake of adult skills training in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

The steps we are taking for skills training in the West Midlands are the same as those throughout the country.

Apprenticeships are our priority for skills and after delivering 2.3m apprenticeships last parliament, we are committed to 3m starts this parliament. Employers are designing apprenticeships that are more responsive to the needs of business. Trailblazers are leading the way in new apprenticeship standards. Led by employers both large and small and professional bodies, they are developing new apprenticeship standards and assessment approaches to equip people with the skills they need


We are also committed to delivering traineeships which are an education and training programme with work experience, focused on giving 16-24 year olds the skills and experience they need to be able to compete for apprenticeships or other sustainable employment.

We are also prioritising skills funding for all adults without a level 2 qualification in English or maths and for the unemployed to enter and progress into work.

We are also making Advanced Learning Loans available to thousands of adults wishing to advance their current skills or retrain. Learners aged 24 and above studying at Level 3 and Level 4 can access loan support to help meet up-front fees, removing one of the main barriers to learning.

We are also establishing National Colleges, such as the National College for Advanced Manufacturing with facilities in Coventry, to deliver high level skills training in sectors that are critical to economic growth, where there are recognised gaps.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 3911, what steps his Department is taking to increase apprenticeship starts for people aged 18 and below.

We are committed to 3 million apprenticeship starts during the next 5 years and we will work with employers to provide more apprenticeship opportunities for all ages but particularly for our young people.

Measures will include introducing a new duty on public bodies to ensure the employment of more apprentices in the public sector and encouraging employers to develop new apprenticeship standards including for job roles not previously covered by apprenticeships.

In addition, the funding of apprenticeships training undertaken by 16-18 year olds is more generous than for older age groups irrespective of whether they are following a framework or a new apprenticeship standard.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 3910, what partnerships with business his Department has formed to increase the availability of apprenticeships in Coventry.

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has employer facing teams and dedicated small business advisers that work with businesses across England to increase the availability of apprenticeship opportunities and Government funded training providers support over 3000 apprenticeships a year in Coventry.

The SFA also advised on the implementation of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Apprenticeship Strategy Action Plan for 2014/15 that included direct contact with a number of employers such as JLR, GE Power Conversion, National Grid, Caterpillar, IBM, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Alstom UK.

The Coventry Growth deal is providing £18 million in 2015/16 for an Apprenticeship Centre at Warwickshire College. This will provide state of the art equipment and will support additional apprenticeships starts and provision in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

24th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to maintain the adult skills funding budget.

All future spending decisions will be taken as part of the Spending Review.

In the last 5 years, we have increased funding for apprenticeships whilst cutting the overall level of the adult skills budget as a contribution to deficit reduction.

23rd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands on the availability of apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills regularly receives representations from a wide variety of hon Members, employers, education and training providers and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery of apprenticeships matters.

23rd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2015, to Question 892, what proportion of apprenticeship starts in Coventry were given to people aged over 18.

Table 1 below shows the proportion of Apprenticeship starts in Coventry that were undertaken by those aged 19 and over from 2009/10 to 2013/14.

Table 1: Apprenticeship Programme Starts in Coventry by Age (2009/10 to 2013/14)

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

19+

1,030

2,340

2,720

2,920

2,190

All ages

1,820

3,150

3,800

3,650

2,940

Proportion aged 19+

56.8%

74.2%

71.6%

80.0%

74.5%

Notes:

(1) The data source is the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).

(2) Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten; percentages are calculated on pre-rounded data.

(3) Apprenticeship starts include all funded and unfunded learners reported on the ILR.

(4) Age is calculated based on age at start of the programme.

(5) Volumes are a count of the number of starts at any point during the year. Learners starting more than one Apprenticeship will appear more than once.

22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the Skills Funding Agency budget has been spent in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

Adult skills funding is made available to further education providers, not local areas or regions. The funding system is demand led and money follows the learners.

Allocations for 2015-16 will be published for all colleges as a matter of course. These will be made available on the Skills Funding Agency website. Historic allocations are also available on the Skills Funding Agency website.


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-allocations-to-training-providers-2005-to-2013

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-allocations-to-training-providers-2014-to-2015

22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget is for the Skills Funding Agency for the next five years; if he will conduct a review into the level of funding of the Skills Funding Agency for each of those years; and if he will make a statement.

A budget of £3.91 billion was set for the 2015-16 financial year to fund adult Further Education and Skills. This was published in the Skills Funding Letter in February 2015 although the figure will be subject to revision in the budget.

All spending decisions for 2016-17 and beyond will be taken as part of the Spending Review, the timetable for which is yet to be finalised.

18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Post Office sub-postmaster mediation scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Post Office Limited’s Complaint Review and Mediation Scheme was set up in 2013 to consider cases from current and former subpostmasters relating to the Post Office Horizon IT system. This is an operational matter for Post Office Limited and the Scheme has been set up to be independent of Government.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received from current and former sub-postmasters on the performance of the Post Office sub-postmaster mediation scheme; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has received a number of written representations from current and former sub-postmasters, both in direct correspondence and through correspondence received via hon Members, regarding Post Office Limited’s Complaint Review and Mediation Scheme. This is an operational matter for Post Office Limited and the Scheme has been set up to be independent of Government.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of total apprenticeship starts in Coventry begun by women in each of the last five years.

Table 1 shows apprenticeship starts in Coventry Local Education Authority by gender and academic year.

Table 1: Apprenticeship starts in Coventry Local Education Authority by Gender, 2009/10 to 2013/14

Year

Female

% Female

Male

% Male

Total

2009/10

1,010

56%

810

44%

1,820

2010/11

1,690

56%

1,460

46%

3,150

2011/12

1,940

56%

1,860

49%

3,800

2012/13

2,020

56%

1,640

45%

3,650

2013/14

1,560

56%

1,390

47%

2,940

Notes:

1) Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten.

2) Local Education Authority is based upon the home postcode of the learner.

3) These figures are based on the geographic boundaries of regions as of May 2010.

2nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeship starts in Coventry for people aged (a) 16 to 24 and (b) aged 25 and older in each of the last five years.

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by geography and age is published in the FE Data Library (first link) as a supplementary table (second link) to a Statistical First Release (SFR):

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/422358/apprenticeships-starts-by-geography-level-and-age.xls

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans his Department has to increase non-apprenticeship opportunities in adult skills in further education colleges in Coventry and the West Midlands in 2015-16.

We have no plans to change the Skills Funding Agency’s budget allocation for 2015-16. It represents a fair funding settlement for skills in this country, as a partnership between Government, businesses and individuals. We continue to give top priority to apprenticeship as the gold standard for vocational education, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ annual funding for apprenticeships has now doubled over the lifetime of this Parliament.

Ministers frequently meet further education colleges to discuss matters of policy and implementation. Indicative funding for the 2015-16 financial year was set out in our skills funding statement for 2014-15 published in February 2014, and the Government has consistently emphasised the priority it is gives to apprenticeships in allocating funding. The 2015-16 allocations are consistent with a strategy that we have pursued since 2010, and colleges have had opportunity to respond to this by growing their apprenticeship provision, and opening up new income streams.

The overriding principle is that funding should follow the learner, and be allocated to the most valuable programmes. But the approach to funding also takes into account the impact on individual providers from year to year.

The Skills Funding Agency considers the impact on colleges and providers when agreeing allocations.

The Government does not plan skills funding and provision at local or regional level. The freedoms and flexibilities offered by the adult skills budget gives colleges the ability to offer apprenticeships and other provision to respond best to those priorities and meet the needs of learners and employers in the local area. The Skills Funding Agency will where appropriate seek the views of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on funding allocations.

In the region recent investments have included:

· £18 million for a new training facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. This will form part of the National College in Advanced Manufacturing opening in September 2015.

· £1.3m of Local Growth Fund to take forward the development of a new Apprenticeship Centre at Warwickshire College as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal.

· £1.2m in skills capital projects which will include FE establishments from 2016/17 to meet the skills needs of local employers.

· £783,000 of Regional Growth Fund to support the implementation of the Skills for Growth programme as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP City Deal.

Beyond apprenticeships, our funding priorities include traineeships to enable young people who are not yet work ready to develop the skills and experience they need to get into employment. We also prioritise English and maths for those who have yet to achieve GCSE Grade A* to C standard.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to address the adult skills gap in Coventry and the West Midlands.

We have no plans to change the Skills Funding Agency’s budget allocation for 2015-16. It represents a fair funding settlement for skills in this country, as a partnership between Government, businesses and individuals. We continue to give top priority to apprenticeship as the gold standard for vocational education, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ annual funding for apprenticeships has now doubled over the lifetime of this Parliament.

Ministers frequently meet further education colleges to discuss matters of policy and implementation. Indicative funding for the 2015-16 financial year was set out in our skills funding statement for 2014-15 published in February 2014, and the Government has consistently emphasised the priority it is gives to apprenticeships in allocating funding. The 2015-16 allocations are consistent with a strategy that we have pursued since 2010, and colleges have had opportunity to respond to this by growing their apprenticeship provision, and opening up new income streams.

The overriding principle is that funding should follow the learner, and be allocated to the most valuable programmes. But the approach to funding also takes into account the impact on individual providers from year to year.

The Skills Funding Agency considers the impact on colleges and providers when agreeing allocations.

The Government does not plan skills funding and provision at local or regional level. The freedoms and flexibilities offered by the adult skills budget gives colleges the ability to offer apprenticeships and other provision to respond best to those priorities and meet the needs of learners and employers in the local area. The Skills Funding Agency will where appropriate seek the views of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on funding allocations.

In the region recent investments have included:

· £18 million for a new training facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. This will form part of the National College in Advanced Manufacturing opening in September 2015.

· £1.3m of Local Growth Fund to take forward the development of a new Apprenticeship Centre at Warwickshire College as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal.

· £1.2m in skills capital projects which will include FE establishments from 2016/17 to meet the skills needs of local employers.

· £783,000 of Regional Growth Fund to support the implementation of the Skills for Growth programme as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP City Deal.

Beyond apprenticeships, our funding priorities include traineeships to enable young people who are not yet work ready to develop the skills and experience they need to get into employment. We also prioritise English and maths for those who have yet to achieve GCSE Grade A* to C standard.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has conducted a review of the effect on recipients of the budget reduction for the adult skills allocation of the Skills Funding Agency for the financial year 2015-16.

We have no plans to change the Skills Funding Agency’s budget allocation for 2015-16. It represents a fair funding settlement for skills in this country, as a partnership between Government, businesses and individuals. We continue to give top priority to apprenticeship as the gold standard for vocational education, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ annual funding for apprenticeships has now doubled over the lifetime of this Parliament.

Ministers frequently meet further education colleges to discuss matters of policy and implementation. Indicative funding for the 2015-16 financial year was set out in our skills funding statement for 2014-15 published in February 2014, and the Government has consistently emphasised the priority it is gives to apprenticeships in allocating funding. The 2015-16 allocations are consistent with a strategy that we have pursued since 2010, and colleges have had opportunity to respond to this by growing their apprenticeship provision, and opening up new income streams.

The overriding principle is that funding should follow the learner, and be allocated to the most valuable programmes. But the approach to funding also takes into account the impact on individual providers from year to year.

The Skills Funding Agency considers the impact on colleges and providers when agreeing allocations.

The Government does not plan skills funding and provision at local or regional level. The freedoms and flexibilities offered by the adult skills budget gives colleges the ability to offer apprenticeships and other provision to respond best to those priorities and meet the needs of learners and employers in the local area. The Skills Funding Agency will where appropriate seek the views of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on funding allocations.

In the region recent investments have included:

· £18 million for a new training facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. This will form part of the National College in Advanced Manufacturing opening in September 2015.

· £1.3m of Local Growth Fund to take forward the development of a new Apprenticeship Centre at Warwickshire College as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal.

· £1.2m in skills capital projects which will include FE establishments from 2016/17 to meet the skills needs of local employers.

· £783,000 of Regional Growth Fund to support the implementation of the Skills for Growth programme as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP City Deal.

Beyond apprenticeships, our funding priorities include traineeships to enable young people who are not yet work ready to develop the skills and experience they need to get into employment. We also prioritise English and maths for those who have yet to achieve GCSE Grade A* to C standard.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will reconsider the budget allocation for the Skills Funding Agency for adult skills for 2015-16.

We have no plans to change the Skills Funding Agency’s budget allocation for 2015-16. It represents a fair funding settlement for skills in this country, as a partnership between Government, businesses and individuals. We continue to give top priority to apprenticeship as the gold standard for vocational education, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ annual funding for apprenticeships has now doubled over the lifetime of this Parliament.

Ministers frequently meet further education colleges to discuss matters of policy and implementation. Indicative funding for the 2015-16 financial year was set out in our skills funding statement for 2014-15 published in February 2014, and the Government has consistently emphasised the priority it is gives to apprenticeships in allocating funding. The 2015-16 allocations are consistent with a strategy that we have pursued since 2010, and colleges have had opportunity to respond to this by growing their apprenticeship provision, and opening up new income streams.

The overriding principle is that funding should follow the learner, and be allocated to the most valuable programmes. But the approach to funding also takes into account the impact on individual providers from year to year.

The Skills Funding Agency considers the impact on colleges and providers when agreeing allocations.

The Government does not plan skills funding and provision at local or regional level. The freedoms and flexibilities offered by the adult skills budget gives colleges the ability to offer apprenticeships and other provision to respond best to those priorities and meet the needs of learners and employers in the local area. The Skills Funding Agency will where appropriate seek the views of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on funding allocations.

In the region recent investments have included:

· £18 million for a new training facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. This will form part of the National College in Advanced Manufacturing opening in September 2015.

· £1.3m of Local Growth Fund to take forward the development of a new Apprenticeship Centre at Warwickshire College as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal.

· £1.2m in skills capital projects which will include FE establishments from 2016/17 to meet the skills needs of local employers.

· £783,000 of Regional Growth Fund to support the implementation of the Skills for Growth programme as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP City Deal.

Beyond apprenticeships, our funding priorities include traineeships to enable young people who are not yet work ready to develop the skills and experience they need to get into employment. We also prioritise English and maths for those who have yet to achieve GCSE Grade A* to C standard.

9th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received from further education colleges on the adult skills allocation from the Skills Funding Agency for 2015-16.

We have no plans to change the Skills Funding Agency’s budget allocation for 2015-16. It represents a fair funding settlement for skills in this country, as a partnership between Government, businesses and individuals. We continue to give top priority to apprenticeship as the gold standard for vocational education, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ annual funding for apprenticeships has now doubled over the lifetime of this Parliament.

Ministers frequently meet further education colleges to discuss matters of policy and implementation. Indicative funding for the 2015-16 financial year was set out in our skills funding statement for 2014-15 published in February 2014, and the Government has consistently emphasised the priority it is gives to apprenticeships in allocating funding. The 2015-16 allocations are consistent with a strategy that we have pursued since 2010, and colleges have had opportunity to respond to this by growing their apprenticeship provision, and opening up new income streams.

The overriding principle is that funding should follow the learner, and be allocated to the most valuable programmes. But the approach to funding also takes into account the impact on individual providers from year to year.

The Skills Funding Agency considers the impact on colleges and providers when agreeing allocations.

The Government does not plan skills funding and provision at local or regional level. The freedoms and flexibilities offered by the adult skills budget gives colleges the ability to offer apprenticeships and other provision to respond best to those priorities and meet the needs of learners and employers in the local area. The Skills Funding Agency will where appropriate seek the views of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on funding allocations.

In the region recent investments have included:

· £18 million for a new training facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. This will form part of the National College in Advanced Manufacturing opening in September 2015.

· £1.3m of Local Growth Fund to take forward the development of a new Apprenticeship Centre at Warwickshire College as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal.

· £1.2m in skills capital projects which will include FE establishments from 2016/17 to meet the skills needs of local employers.

· £783,000 of Regional Growth Fund to support the implementation of the Skills for Growth programme as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP City Deal.

Beyond apprenticeships, our funding priorities include traineeships to enable young people who are not yet work ready to develop the skills and experience they need to get into employment. We also prioritise English and maths for those who have yet to achieve GCSE Grade A* to C standard.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223247, what funding the Government has allocated to the Student Forum in each of the last five years.

The Student Forum was established by the Government to help share best practice between local councils, Electoral Registration Officers and universities. It does not require funding itself; instead, the Government has funded national organisations and Electoral Registration Officers to carry out activities to increase the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register.

This funding amounts to £14 million over the past two financial years, and includes a specific allocation of £530,000 for student organisations.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223245, what information his Department holds on the uses to which funds released to individual Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) under section 31 of the Local Government Act in 2014-15 have been put by EROs.

In 2014/15 Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) have received £27 million resource funding to support them in the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

EROs have also received a share of £6.8 million funding to support activities such as targeted canvassing, mail-outs and communications campaigns aimed at increasing the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register, with allocations based on levels of under registration. This funding is paid to EROs via grants under Section 31 of the Local Government Act (2003).

Where EROs can justify the need for further support, bids for additional funding can be made. These are assessed on a case by case basis.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223244, if he will increase the budget available to Electoral Registration Officers who bid for additional support.

In 2014/15 Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) have received £27 million resource funding to support them in the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

EROs have also received a share of £6.8 million funding to support activities such as targeted canvassing, mail-outs and communications campaigns aimed at increasing the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register, with allocations based on levels of under registration. This funding is paid to EROs via grants under Section 31 of the Local Government Act (2003).

Where EROs can justify the need for further support, bids for additional funding can be made. These are assessed on a case by case basis.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department spent on (a) television, (b) print, (c) online and (d) billboard advertising mentioning the word apprenticeship in the last 12 months.

I refer the hon Member to the reply I gave to the hon Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) to question UIN 223662.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what amount his Department spent on (a) television, (b) print, (c) online and (d) billboard advertising in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

4th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what amount his Department has allocated for spending on (a) television, (b) print, (c) online and (d) billboard advertising in the next 12 months.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills marketing budgets for the financial year 2015/16 have not yet been decided.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to attract non-EU students to universities in England and Wales.

In 2013/14 there were more non-EU international students studying in the UK than ever before (310,200). More recent data from UCAS show a continuing growth trend for undergraduates: in 2014/15 there was an increase on the previous year of 5.7% in the number of overseas accepted applicants; and for 2015/16, February figures show the number of overseas applicants higher than at the same stage last year.

In 2013 Government published its International Education Strategy which includes a range of measures to strengthen the UK’s attractiveness as a study destination. For example, promotion activity through the Education UK brand, which is managed by the British Council, the ‘Britain is GREAT’ marketing campaign, which has an education pillar and ministerial engagement with overseas Governments through international visits. This promotes the breadth of the UK’s higher education offer and long-term education relationships through partnerships between UK and overseas institutions.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much his Department has spent on advertising higher education aimed at non-EU nationals in each of the last five years.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has not funded advertising specifically aimed at non-EU nationals in the last five years. Government promotion of UK higher education to students overseas principally takes place through the British Council, the Britain is GREAT marketing campaign which has an education pillar, and via ministerial bilateral engagement.

In the last five years ministers have promoted UK education opportunities through a wide range of overseas visits.

24th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to attract non-EU academic staff to seek employment at universities in England and Wales.

UK Universities are autonomous bodies and determine their own recruitment policies.

3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 222323, under what headings the funding for Electoral Registration Officers to support the transition to Individual Electoral Registration will be spent.

Cabinet Office has provided over £30m of funding to all Electoral Reform Officers (EROs) to support the transition to Individual Electoral Registration (IER). This funding has been paid via grants under Section 31 of the Local Government Act (2003) in England and Wales and via invoices in Scotland and was given to EROs to meet their statutory obligations around the introduction of IER. They are non-ring-fenced to allow EROs to make their own decisions about how best to allocate funding to successfully deliver IER. We also sought and received signed declarations from Section 151 officers in England and Wales and EROs in Scotland to ensure that there would be no reduction in current levels of funding and that the allocations were intended to be supplementary funding to cover the net additional cost of IER only.

3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 222325, under what headings the £4.2 million to increase student registrations following the transition to Individual Voter Registration will be spent.

The £4.2m funding was paid via grants under Section 31 of the Local Government Act (2003). These are non-ring-fenced to allow Electoral Registration Officers to make their own decisions about how best to allocate funding to increase voter registration.

3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2015 to Question 222323, what plans he has to increase the amount of funding available to councils with large student populations to support the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

Over £10.5 million of funding has been shared across every Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) in Great Britain between financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to support the costs of activities to increase the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register. Allocations were based on levels of under registration and are therefore weighted to areas with higher concentrations of unregistered electors, including students. Throughout the transition to Individual Electoral Registration, EROs have been able to bid for additional funding where they can justify the need for further support.

3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's budget is for social media advertising on the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

The Electoral Commission has lead responsibility for public awareness activity to promote Individual Electoral Registration. In addition, the Government uses its own social media channels to promote voter registration.

3rd Feb 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received from (a) councils and (b) electoral registration officers in towns and cities with universities on the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

The Cabinet Office established and manages a Student Forum which enables and encourages all council and Electoral Registration Officers to directly communicate their issues, queries and good practices relating to student electoral registration. The Forum exists to support closer working relationships between universities and authorities and in addition to its work with electoral services receives representation direct from the higher education sector.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of people on the electoral roll (a) before and (b) after the switch to individual electoral registration.

We are only mid-way through the transition to Individual Electoral Registration and so the current electoral registers offer only a partial snapshot of the registration landscape.

Electoral statistics based on the last electoral registers published under the previous system are available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/pop-estimate/electoral-statistics-for-uk/2013/stb---2013-electoral-statistics.html

ONS plans to publish statistics for England and Wales on 26 February based on the registers as at 1 December 2014 and on 16 April for the Scottish registers as at 2 March 2015.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps the Government is taking to increase voter registration in Coventry following the switch to individual electoral registration.

The Government is investing over £14 million between financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to support the costs of activities aimed at increasing the completeness and accuracy of the register.

Over £10.5 million of this funding is being shared across every Electoral Registration Officer in Great Britain with Coventry City Council receiving a total of £70,000. Coventry City Council has also been allocated over £140,000 resource funding to support the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

In addition, on-line registration makes registering to vote more accessible than ever before.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding the Government has provided to increase student voter registration following the switch to individual electoral registration.

The Cabinet Office has been running a student forum since early 2013 which brings together organisations that represent universities and students to agree and evaluate best practice to register students.

In addition the Government has recently announced £9.8 million to be used to maximise registration rates. Part of this allocation will go to organisations that can support activities to register currently under registered groups including students. £6.8 million will go to Electoral Registration Officers to support their activities to register their key groups such as students. This is in addition to the previous allocation of £4.2 million which has, in part, been spent on increasing the rate of student registrations.

14th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how often he reviews the cost effectiveness of corporate welfare schemes; and what the criteria are for such schemes to be continued.

The Government does not support any corporate welfare schemes.

6th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what meetings officials or Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of City Link in the last 12 months.

Better Capital notified the department of City Link’s imminent administration by telephone on 23 December 2014. Otherwise, no Ministers or officials have had meetings with individuals or groups representing City Link in the last 12 months.

As my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has stated, he was in frequent contact with the Unions over the Christmas and New Year period to discuss developments and BIS officials have been in regular contact with City Link’s administrator.

6th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what support the Government plans to provide to the City Link employees made redundant on 31 December 2014.

The Department for Work and Pension’s rapid response teams will support individuals to find alternative employment. The service is delivered with local skills and employment partners and tailored to an individual’s needs. It includes some or all of the following elements:

o Information, advice and guidance

o Help with job searches including CV writing, interview skills, where to find jobs and how to apply for them

o Help to identify transferable skills and skills gaps (linked to the local labour market)

o Training to update skills, learn new ones and gain industry recognised certification that will improve employability

o Help to overcome barriers to attending training or securing a job or self-employment such as child care costs, necessary tools, work clothes, travel costs etc.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to help workers on zero hours contracts who desire regular, contracted employment.

Under the Flexible Working Regulations, brought in on 30 June, all employees with 26 continuous weeks of service have the right to request flexible working from their employer. Individuals on zero hours contracts, who are employees, can request a change in their contracts, which could also include a request to move to a fixed hours contract.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of people in work who are in poverty.

Work is the best route out of poverty. Universal Credit allows people who work to keep more of the money that they earn by introducing work allowances, which, in most cases, are more generous than the current system. The Department for Work and Pensions estimates that 2.4 million working families will be better off, potentially by £167 per month, as a result of Universal Credit. Furthermore, additional support for childcare costs for families on Universal Credit will see 500,000 working families getting more out of the money they earn.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase the participation of women in STEM fields.

The Government is backing the three-year Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the number of people participating in a wide range of careers that need skills in science, technology, engineering and maths, particularly women. To date more than 200 organisations have pledged action to the campaign to boost the role of women in STEM fields. A publicity drive to encourage young people, especially girls, aged 14 to 16 to take STEM subjects, will launch in November 2014.

We fund the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering to run a joint STEM Diversity Programme to understand and address issues of diversity, including gender, in the STEM workforce. Actions include a 10 point plan to ensure that women in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing have the same opportunities to progress in their career as their male counterparts

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure continued investment into the manufacturing industry.

Business is being encouraged to invest by a strong stable economy; competitive corporate tax rates; a good regulatory environment; strong legal frameworks; a dynamic labour market and a long-term sustainable industrial strategy. This provides stability for UK businesses and gives them the confidence to invest.

A £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is providing investment, across England, for projects and programmes such as capital investment, training and research & development. Additionally, the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) has made £345 million available, over 5 national rounds and a regional scheme, to support the repatriation, anchoring and growth of supply chains in England.

The Government continues to support inward investment in the UK and, in Coventry & Warwickshire, the local LEP successfully achieved 43 Foreign Direct Investment projects in 2013/14 (30 involving UKTI) - an increase on 2012/13 - creating 2,427 new jobs and safeguarding 719. The majority of these projects are spread across advanced engineering & manufacturing and business, professional & financial services.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase domestic sales in the manufacturing sector.

Through Reshore UK, which brings together the expertise of UKTI and MAS, we are backing business every step of the way to bring back jobs and strengthen our manufacturing base. The Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) has made £345 million available to support the repatriation, anchoring and growth of manufacturing supply chains in the UK.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has a specific requirement to support manufacturing supply chain activity. £59.3 million has been allocated over 3 years and more than 17,250 manufacturing firms have already received specialist support from MAS, helping them improve and grow.

To support commercialisation of technology and innovation, Government has launched the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and 16 new university-based EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing. Budget 2014 included a further £74 million investment in the Catapult network.

Government has also created a Skills package that supports businesses in taking on apprentices and provides support for investment in higher level skills: providing an additional £85 million to extend Apprenticeship Grants for Employers Scheme; and £20 million for apprenticeships up to postgraduate level.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that economic growth occurs across the country.

The Government's economic policy objective is to achieve 'strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.' The economy is growing and unemployment falling in all regions.

To date significant progress has been made to achieve this. This includes:

· Industrial strategy, through which the whole of government is working in partnership with industry to set the long term direction needed to give business the confidence to invest. Industrial strategy has already helped to create jobs and encourage significant investment by industry. Notable examples include the announcements by Siemens and the UK’s Associated British Ports to invest a total of £310m in wind turbine factories in Hull and across the UK creating over 1,000 jobs and Balfour Beatty to spend a record £1bn in 2014 on contracts with SMEs across the country.

· Growth Deals. These are a crucial part of the Government’s long term economic plan to secure a better future and stronger economy for our country. The first £6bn of local projects agreed under the first wave of Growth Deals were announced in July 2014. This includes £74.1million invested in the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership area, which will help to create at least 1,000 jobs and allow up to 1,000 homes to be built. It will also generate up to £30million in public and private investment

· Finally, the Regional Growth Fund which is a competitive £3.2 billion government fund operating across England to provide grants to private sector projects and programmes with significant potential for economic growth and support particular areas and communities that are currently dependent on the public sector for employment. To date £2.9 billion has been allocated across England with over £1 billion going to projects and programmes in the north and £670 million to nationwide programmes. These investments have in turn generated £2.4 billion of private investment with a further £13.6 billion to follow over the next ten years.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase manufacturing sector exports.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) staff are providing expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based manufacturing companies growing their business overseas and helping them trade successfully in foreign markets.

Exports of manufactured goods from the West Midlands region increased by over £4 million between 2012 and 2013.

UKTI involvement has directly assisted a number of West Midland companies increase exports and overseas sales; leading to bigger workforces, investment in new machinery and expansion of premises. Additionally, UKTI has helped West Midland companies attend international trade shows, raising companies’ profiles and significantly increasing the total business turnover. UKTI also provides overseas sales support enabling West Midlands companies to successfully acquire multi million pound contracts.

21st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent representations he has received about ensuring the presence of workforce representatives on Board of Directors of companies.

I have received no recent representations about ensuring the presence of workforce representatives on Board of Directors of companies. Giving employees both a meaningful stake and a ‘voice’ in the business can lead to growth and productivity benefits. While what is right will vary from business to business, I therefore encourage employee ownership. Guidance, model documents and links to further expert advice for businesses and employees considering a move to employee ownership, are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employee-ownership-company-model-documentation

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employee-ownership-guide-for-employees

Research also suggests a link between employee engagement and enhanced employee wellbeing. Initiatives such as Engage for Success (http://www.engageforsuccess.org/) support employers to bring these practices into their workplaces.

14th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps the Government has taken to unify carbon mitigation strategies between (a) the public and private sectors and (b) different industrial sectors.

In 2011, the Government published the Carbon Plan describing how the UK will make the transition to a low carbon economy in the most cost effective way. The Plan sets out a unified strategy for reducing emissions across all sectors of the economy, including: buildings, transport, industry, power, agriculture and waste.

The Government will set a new unified strategy in an updated Carbon Plan, which will be published after the Fifth Carbon Budget has been set in law, in 2016. The Government sets out on an annual basis its assessment of the progress made in each sector of the economy in response to the Committee on Climate Change’s annual progress report. The Government’s latest response was published on 15 October 2014.

In addition, Government Departments, industry and academia are working collaboratively on the development of long-term decarbonisation and energy efficiency roadmaps for the eight most heat intensive sectors in the UK. These roadmaps will enable Government and industry to identify and set out opportunities for reducing emissions in industry while remaining competitive.

13th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much the Government has spent in grants and support schemes to businesses since 2010.

The Department’s finance systems do not hold data on total government support to business since 2010.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if she will take steps to increase maintenance loans for university accommodation in respect of (a) students in places with expensive accommodation costs and (b) other students.

The Government announced an increase of 3.34% to maximum maintenance loans for the 2015/16 academic year earlier this year. This increase will apply to all rates of maintenance loan, including the higher rate loan for students living away from home and studying in London, where living costs (including those for accommodation) are generally higher.

Decisions on student support arrangements for higher education courses are taken on an annual basis. The Government will review student support arrangements for the 2016/17 academic year in 2015.

18th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 599W, on apprenticeships; what steps he has taken to introduce grading into new apprenticeships; and whether such grading will be mandatory.

Grading is being introduced into new Apprenticeships through the Trailblazer process. Groups of employers are coming together to design Apprenticeship standards and assessments. All new Apprenticeships must be graded, and we have made grading of the end-point assessment a minimum requirement of the new Apprenticeship programme.

Having had their standards approved and published in March, the first phase of Trailblazer projects are now working on their assessment plans, including implementation of the grading requirement.

Grading is important to ensure qualifications are aspirational for all – including those on track to pass who could benefit from being challenged to aim higher.

18th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2014, Official Report, column 213W, on apprenticeships, if he will make it his policy to collect information centrally on how many individuals who started an apprenticeship in the 2012-13 academic year were existing employees or new employees.

Information will be collected via the Individualised Learner Record for the 2013/14 academic year onwards on the length of time a learner has been with their employer prior to starting their apprenticeship.

6th Jun 2014
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress the Cabinet Secretary's review into the provision of assistance for unemployed young people has made.

The Government has announced a number of policies that have been informed by the review's findings, including two pilots for 18-21 year olds claiming Jobseeker's Allowance aimed at improving basic skills in Maths and English for those without level 2 from the beginning of their claim and ensuring people receive work or skills base activity best suited to their needs after six months. We will also be piloting, for the first time, extending Job Centre Plus advisor support to 16 and 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and not in receipt of an out of work benefit. The Government has also introduced new statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance, and announced the creation of an online portal for post-16 education and training opportunities.

6th Jun 2014
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the findings of the Cabinet Secretary's review into the provision of assistance for unemployed young people will be published.

The Prime Minister and I commissioned work last summer to look at provision for 16-24 year olds to see if more could be done to help young people into work. This has informed internal policy advice that has been provided to myself and the Prime Minister on an ongoing basis. A number of initial findings led to announcements by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement, and by myself in February 2014. Further findings will be announced over time.

6th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 140W, on the national apprenticeship service, how many times the search function 'find an apprenticeship provider' on the national apprenticeship website has been used.

There were 89,370 recorded visits to the Find an Apprenticeship Training Organisation[1] web page between April 2013 and May 2014. This counts the number of visits to the page not the number of individuals who visit.

Please note that the figure provided is used to indicate the use of a specific web page and is not a recognised measure of interest in Apprenticeships.


[1]http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/employers/find-an-apprenticeship-training-organisation.aspx

6th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts relate to (a) existing employees of the organisation concerned and (b) new employees in the 2012-13 academic year.

Information collected centrally through the Individualised Learner Record does not identify whether an individual who started an Apprenticeship in the 2012/13 academic year was an existing employee or a new employee.

6th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will provide a breakdown of the Employer Ownership Pilot funding for the unified communications sector.

Funding has been awarded to one project focusing on the unified communications sector. A project led by Freedom Communications was awarded funding of £786,503 over four years. This project seeks to address a skills need within the Unified Communications Technology (UCT) sector - a business enabling technology that benefits the economy through improved productivity. Freedom Communications (a UCT employer) has developed the project to address skills gaps through the creation of a UCT Higher Apprentice programme to develop a skilled workforce, delivering end to end skills by working with schools, delivering pre employability qualifications to enhance the skills of the future workforce.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people have applied to be an employee shareholder under the Government's Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

There is no requirement for someone using the employee shareholder employment status to register with any government department or agency. Therefore, Government does not hold numbers.

The employee shareholder employment status is a voluntary option that people may wish to consider using.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many companies have applied to participate in the Government's Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

There is no requirement for companies considering using the employee shareholder employment status to register with any government department or agency. Therefore, Government does not hold numbers.

The employee shareholder employment status is a voluntary option that people may wish to consider using.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which independent advisers have been paid to advise employees about the Government's Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

The Government does not hold information on independent advisers used by individuals in relation to the employee shareholder employment status.

It is for the individual to make their own decision about who to approach for independent advice, and a matter for the individual and company to agree the payment for independent advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 8W, on employee ownership, what estimate he has made of how many people will apply to be an employee shareholder under the Shares for Rights Scheme.

The employee shareholder status is a new employment status that is optional for companies and offer and for individuals to take up. There is no requirement for individuals to apply to Government to become an employee shareholder or for companies to register or apply to Government to use it.

The Government has therefore made no assessment of levels of current or future take-up.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 8W, on employee ownership, how many companies have applied to participate in the Shares for Rights Scheme to date.

The employee shareholder status is a new employment status that is optional for companies and offer and for individuals to take up. There is no requirement for individuals to apply to Government to become an employee shareholder or for companies to register or apply to Government to use it.

The Government has therefore made no assessment of levels of current or future take-up.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the economic benefits to the UK of international students.

The Government's International Education Strategy, published in July 2013, included an analysis of the value of international education to the UK. This analysis showed that international students across all parts of the education sector (higher education, further education, English language training, and independent schools) were estimated to contribute £13.6bn to the UK economy in 2011. More recent data indicates that this figure rose to £13.9bn in 2012.

International students also bring indirect economic benefits to the UK, including: strengthening the quality, diversity and reputation of the UK education sector; providing a pipeline of prospective students who may study at higher levels in the UK; and improving overseas business, research, social and cultural links.

The International Education Strategy and the accompanying analytical narrative can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-education-strategy-global-growth-and-prosperity.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the effect on higher education providers of charging fees to international students for use of the NHS.

The Home Office published an impact assessment on its website on the 11 October 2013 entitled ‘Regulating migrant access to health services in the UK', in which it estimates the impact of implementing a health surcharge as outlined in the Immigration Bill. The Home Office predicts that implementing a health surcharge could cause Tier 4 visa grants to fall by approximately 830, which will have an impact on higher education providers of approximately £11 million per year. The surcharge is £200 per annum for most migrants however, to reflect their contribution to UK growth, a concession was factored into the Immigration Bill for students - they will pay £150 per annum rather than the full cost.

BIS will continue to work closely with the Home Office and the higher education sector to monitor the effects of the surcharge on student numbers and to ensure that the impact is manageable.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the findings of the Oxford Economics report commissioned by the University of Sheffield entitled the Economic Costs and Benefits of International Students, January 2013.

The Government welcomes the benefits that international students bring to the UK as highlighted in theOxford Economics report entitled Economic Costs and Benefits of International Students, January 2013.

In July the same year, we published our International Education Strategy which estimated that in 2011/12 international higher education students contributed £10.2bn to the UK economy through tuition fees and living expenses. The Strategy also recognised the wider benefits that students bring in boosting the local economy where they study, as well as enhancing our cultural life, and broadening the educational experience of the UK students they study alongside. It is because we value this contribution that there is no cap on the number of genuine overseas students who can come to the UK, nor do we have plans to introduce one.

After completion of study, all students who can secure a skilled job from a licensed sponsor and are paid at least £20,300 are welcome to stay and work in the UK. Those who complete a PhD have up to a year to find a graduate level job and move on to Tier 2 or move on to the graduate entrepreneur or exceptional talent schemes in Tier 1.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 8W, on employee ownership, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the qualifications and independence of the independent advisers provided by companies to advise employees on their employee shareholder employment status.

In order for an individual to become an employee shareholder, the individual must obtain advice from a relevant independent adviser on the terms and effect of the proposed agreement. An employee shareholder employment contract is of no effect if an individual does not get independent advice before the agreement is made. It is in the interest of the individual to understand the employee shareholder contract and its implications before they accept a job.

Advice must be given by a qualified lawyer, certified trade union member, certified worker at an advice centre or a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives who is employed in a solicitor's practice. The law does not permit advice from a person employed by the employer to count towards fulfilling the legal advice requirement.

The law is already clear in this area. Government has drawn on the same legal mechanism detailing the provision of advice which is set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 8W, on employee ownership, if he will produce guidelines for companies and employees on choosing independent advisers provided by companies to advise employees about the Shares for Rights Scheme.

Detailed guidance on the employee shareholder status was published on the www.gov.uk website before the status came into law on 1 September 2013, and this guidance includes a section on who qualifies as a relevant independent advisor.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department has taken to minimise disruption to the work of the Serious Fraud Office in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The SFO has already put contingency plans in place to ensure minimal disruption to its casework in the event of no deal. This includes delivering training and awareness sessions and reviewing cases that are using or will use EU tools and measures. In addition an exercise is underway to recruit six additional staff members to support case teams when the UK exits the EU.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Attorney General, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of knife related incidents that have not resulted in a successful prosecution in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK in each year since 2010.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of cases relating to knife crime incidents that have not resulted in a successful prosecution. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

National figures on selected offences involving a knife or sharp instrument may be obtained from the Crime in England and Wales Bulletin Tables published by the Office of National Statistics.

National figures on the numbers of prosecutions and outcomes for specific criminal offences including possession of weapons may be obtained from the official statistics published by the Ministry of Justice.

Prosecutions for knife related incidents may be brought by way of Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 which provides for the offence of possession of a bladed or pointed article in a public place or Section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 which makes the possession of an offensive weapon in a public place an offence.

The information held by CPS on such offences is limited to the number of offences in which a CPS prosecution was charged and which reached a first hearing in the Magistrates Court. The tables below show the number of these offences for England and Wales and the West Midlands CPS Area.

Table 1 - England & Wales

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Criminal Justice Act 1988 { 139 }

12,717

12,641

10,483

11,090

11,712

13,261

15,204

16,619

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 { 1 }

12,387

11,272

9,460

8,846

9,018

9,821

10,789

10,906

Table 2 - West Midlands CPS Area

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Criminal Justice Act 1988 { 139 }

1,147

1,259

1,036

1,078

1,145

1,455

1,676

1,890

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 { 1 }

1,123

1,054

822

877

914

994

1,158

1,183

It should be noted that the figures relate to the number of offences and not the number of individual defendants. It is often the case that an individual defendant is charged with more than one offence.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Attorney General, if he will estimate the costs attributed to the Department for Education by the Government Legal Department since 2010.

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department was renamed the Government Legal Department (GLD) on 1 April 2015. It is primarily funded through the fees it charges for its legal services. It provides Litigation, Employment, Commercial and Advisory legal services to the Department for Education (DfE). The fees charged to DfE for this work, including the cost of disbursements, are as follows:

Financial year

Fees (excluding VAT) £

2010-11

4,208,845

2011-12

4,499,546

2012-13

4,805,840

2013-14

4,409,976

2014-15

4,098,629

Providing information on the costs attributed to cases relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 would incur disproportionate cost as it would involve a manual exercise to identify those historical cases that relate to FOI.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Attorney General, if he will estimate the costs attributed to the Department for Education by the former Treasury Solicitor's Department in each year since 2010.

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department was renamed the Government Legal Department (GLD) on 1 April 2015. It is primarily funded through the fees it charges for its legal services. It provides Litigation, Employment, Commercial and Advisory legal services to the Department for Education (DfE). The fees charged to DfE for this work, including the cost of disbursements, are as follows:

Financial year

Fees (excluding VAT) £

2010-11

4,208,845

2011-12

4,499,546

2012-13

4,805,840

2013-14

4,409,976

2014-15

4,098,629

Providing information on the costs attributed to cases relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 would incur disproportionate cost as it would involve a manual exercise to identify those historical cases that relate to FOI.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Attorney General, if he will estimate the costs attributed to the Department for Education in cases relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by the Government Legal Department since 2010.

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department was renamed the Government Legal Department (GLD) on 1 April 2015. It is primarily funded through the fees it charges for its legal services. It provides Litigation, Employment, Commercial and Advisory legal services to the Department for Education (DfE). The fees charged to DfE for this work, including the cost of disbursements, are as follows:

Financial year

Fees (excluding VAT) £

2010-11

4,208,845

2011-12

4,499,546

2012-13

4,805,840

2013-14

4,409,976

2014-15

4,098,629

Providing information on the costs attributed to cases relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 would incur disproportionate cost as it would involve a manual exercise to identify those historical cases that relate to FOI.

10th Dec 2014
To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions there have been for shoplifting in each of the last five years.

Theft from a shop is one way in which the offence of Theft contrary to Section 1(1) & 7 of the Theft Act 1968 is committed. There is no specific offence of that title. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of prosecutions for the specific offence of shoplifting. Identifying the number of prosecutions in which there was one or more charges relating to theft from a shop would require a manual exercise to review individual files which would incur a disproportionate cost.

The CPS does maintain a central record of the number of offences of shoplifting charged under section 1 of the Theft Act 1968 in which a prosecution commenced and reached a first hearing in magistrates’ courts. It is not possible to identify the number of defendants or cases prosecuted from this data. The table below shows the number of shoplifting offences that reached a first hearing for the last five years:

Theft Act 1968 { 1(1) and 7 }: Theft from a shop

2009-2010

111,386

2010-2011

115,112

2011-2012

116,115

2012-2013

113,258

2013-2014

124,621

The CPS’s offences data provides no indication of the final prosecution outcome, or if the charged offence was the substantive charge at the time of finalisation. It is also often the case that an individual defendant is charged with more than one offence against the same victim.

23rd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many drug-related deaths there were in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to encourage more people to vote in elections.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) and online registration have transformed electoral registration, making it easier than ever before to register to vote. The register for the 2017 General Election was, at 46.8 million, the largest ever.

The Government is working hard to ensure that Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) have the tools to ensure that electoral registers are complete and accurate. We have developed a range of resources which we have made available to the electoral community and we are convening partners to transfer our knowledge, evidence and resources so they are equipped to tackle barriers to registration for under-registered groups and deliver democratic engagement activities.

The Government also continues to work with the Cabinet Office-chaired Accessibility of Elections Working Group to make elections more accessible to disabled people. We are also starting to bring forward measures that respond to issues raised in the Government’s response to the 2018 Call for Evidence on Access to Elections, with the proposals announced as part of the package around the Queen’s Speech.

It is for candidates and political parties to encourage people to vote in elections.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people are able to vote in elections (a) confidentially and (b) easily.

The Government continues to work with the Cabinet Office chaired Accessibility of Elections Working Group to make elections more accessible to disabled people. Work has already been undertaken with Mencap and the Electoral Commission to produce Easy Read guides for registration and voting at recent polls, and we have worked with the Electoral Commission to update its guidance for Returning Officers and polling station staff.

We are also starting to bring forward measures which respond to issues raised in the Government’s response to the 2018 Call for Evidence on Access to Elections, with the proposals announced as part of the package around the Queen’s Speech. These will include increasing the range of support available to voters with disabilities in polling stations and allowing a wider range of people (such as carers) to assist disabled voters in polling stations if needed.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people over the age of 60 experiencing domestic abuse.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to respond.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to implement the Law Commission’s recommendation to consolidate the UK’s electoral laws into a single, consistent legislative framework governing all elections.

The Government is continuing to work with the Law Commission, as well as other stakeholders such as the Electoral Commission, to consider ways to streamline and clarify our electoral system in order to make elections easier to administer and therefore more resilient to errors or fraud.

We will consider their proposals in full once we receive the Law Commission’s final report.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the West Midlands earning less than £9 an hour.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of Government Departments that plan to set up foodbanks in their offices.

We are not aware that any department has plans to open a foodbank.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of incidents of domestic abuse in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of staff in his Department in London that are paid less than the London living wage.

No staff in Cabinet Office are paid at a rate below the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people below 18 years of age who are married.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whats steps the Government is taking to encourage young people to register to vote.

The Government is committed to respecting, protecting and promoting our democracy. We want to build upon recent record levels of individuals registering to vote and participating in elections. Our Register to Vote website is widely used by young people: over 7.83 million online applications have been submitted by 16-24 year olds since the service was introduced in 2014. Ahead of the General Election in June 2017 young people aged under 25 were particularly engaged, submitting over 1 million applications - more than 35% of all applications received in the pre-election period.

Since then we have taken further steps to promote democratic engagement amongst young people. Making use of the Suffrage Fund, we have delivered three projects to promote youth engagement: a scheme to recruit and train 1000 youth Democracy Ambassadors; the development and publication of a toolkit for parliamentarians to engage young people; and a new history and citizenship resource for secondary schools (www.suffrageresources.org.uk).

The Government’s recent report, Democratic Engagement: Respecting, Protecting and Promoting Our Democracy, sets out how we work with partners to encourage democratic participation. This includes National Democracy Week, which convenes youth focused organisations such as the British Youth Council, UK Youth, Elevation Networks and Patchwork Foundation to deliver targeted democratic engagement activity. The report also highlights steps to help Higher Education providers work with local authorities to promote electoral registration amongst their student populations.

DCMS provides funding for the UK Youth Parliament, Youth Select Committee and Make Your Mark ballot which support young people to raise issues on local and national levels.

Make Your Mark is a ballot of youth views which gives the UK Youth Parliament its mandate and gets young people, aged 11-18, involved in democracy, with over 1 million young people voting in 2018. (http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens living in the UK unable to register and vote in the 2019 European elections.

Data on the registration and voting rates of EU citizens in the 2019 European elections is not collected centrally. In line with their statutory duty, the Electoral Commission will be publishing a report into the administration of the polls later this year.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to increase voter (a) registration and (b) turnout at local government elections in May.

The Government is committed to building upon recent record levels of electors registering to vote and participating in elections. One year on from the Democratic Engagement Plan the Government published its follow up report, Democratic Engagement: Respecting, Protecting and Promoting Our Democracy, setting out progress in 2018 and priorities for 2019 and beyond.

The UK Government will help equip councils and civil society groups to improve engagement in democratic events such as at the upcoming local elections in May. This will be achieved by: sharing our knowledge and products, including our Suffrage Centenary 'Educate' projects for young people; insight and solutions to tackle barriers to electoral registration for ethnic minorities and those who are homeless or move frequently; by evaluating progress on student registration; and we have an ‘Easy Read’ guide on the Register to Vote website homepage, produced in partnership with the Royal Mencap Society, to make it easier for people with learning difficulties to apply online.

Since its introduction in 2014, the Individual Electoral Registration digital service has been a huge success, facilitating over 38 million applications; with over 75% of these being made online.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in levels of domestic abuse in (a) Coventry and (b) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of civil servants employed directly or indirectly by the Government (a) inside and (b) outside of Greater London that are paid below the London Living Wage.

The government is committed to paying people a decent living wage, which is being addressed through the national living wage, with a commitment to increase this to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. As of 31 March 2018, 0.9% of civil servants employed by the Government inside of London were paid below the London Living Wage rate of £10.20 per hour and 1.9% of civil servants outside of Londno, including where their location is not specified in this dataset, were paid below the Living Wage rate of £8.75 per hour. Data is not held centrally on indirectly employed agency staff and contractors working in government departments.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
14th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to prepare for the possibility of holding elections to the European Parliament in May 2019.

It remains the priority of the Government to leave the European Union with a deal.

Government is not contingency planning to hold European Parliamentary Elections.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of stress in the civil service.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of all our staff, including helping them to manage stress in the workplace.

We have committed to delivering the Thriving at Work standards to refine our approach to mental health support in the workplace. The Civil Service health and wellbeing strategy features specific actions including:

  • A Health and Wellbeing Dashboard which tracks progress against six health and wellbeing indicators.
  • Wellbeing Confident Leaders interventions to equip all Senior Civil Servants with the knowledge and tools to understand their impact on staff stress and embed wellbeing into planning, decision-making, communications and change management.
  • A Resilience and Wellbeing toolkit that includes learning, resources, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and practical tips to manage resilience and wellbeing individually or in team supplemented by departmental resources.
  • Promoting softer adjustments for mental ill health such as adjustable start and finish times and working from home

Building a network of an estimated 4000 Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) or equivalent who are equipped with the knowledge to recognise early symptoms and provide initial help to colleagues experiencing mental health concerns.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Mar 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of efforts to secure UK elections from outside interference in each year since 2010.

Whilst we have no seen evidence of successful interference, we are not complacent: this Government takes the security and integrity of our electoral processes extremely seriously. The Government is committed to working together with a full range of partners: academia, businesses, charities, regulators and civil society to respect, protect, and promote our democracy.

Protecting the UK’s electoral mechanics from foreign cyber interference is one of the National Cyber Security Centre’s key priorities. The NCSC offers political parties access to the best cyber security guidance and support, and will provide cyber security guidance to the range of bodies – notably local authorities – involved in an election.

It is also the responsibility of organisations and individuals to do what they can to reduce the vulnerability of data, which is the most effective method to deny states and others the opportunity to do harm or interfere. This is why we have spent £1.9 billion on cyber security, including establishing the NCSC since 2016.

There is also ongoing work with local authorities and electoral administrators to ensure our elections remain secure. Within these broad programmes of work to secure our democratic processes, costs specifically to secure elections from outside interference are not recorded separately.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Feb 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost to the public purse of holding a second referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

No such estimate has been made. The Government has no plans to hold another referendum on EU membership. The Government remains committed to delivering on the result of the 2016 EU referendum by leaving the EU.

24th Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of job vacancies in the intelligence services that have remained unfilled for over three months in each year since 2010.

As has been the policy of successive governments, the government does not comment on matters relating to the intelligence agencies. The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament scrutinises the policies, expenditure, administration and operations of the intelligence agencies on behalf of Parliament.

18th Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females working for GCHQ in each year since 2010.

As at 31 March 2018, the GCHQ headcount is made up of 35% Women and 65% Men. These figures have remained constant since 2010. Further detail can be found in the recently published document “GCHQ Gender Pay Gap Report 2018”.

19th Dec 2018
What steps the Government is taking to protect the UK electoral system from overseas interference.

We have not seen evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes. However, we are not complacent, as the Prime Minister said: we will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise. Cabinet Office coordinates cross-Government work to protect our democracy.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Dec 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of civil service staff that have been paid an annual salary of (a) less than and (b) more than £30,000 in each year since 2010.

The numbers of Civil Servants for each year from 2010-2018 earning below £30,000; and above £30,000 are:

Year Below 30K Above 30K

2010 403,700 117,850
2011 367,620 125,250
2012 339,370 118,090
2013 322,560 120,810
2014 304,280 129,210
2015 297,600 135,400
2016 277,710 139,910
2017 276,300 142,570
2018 273,380 154,890

Data on salary is missing for a small number of Civil Servants, who are not counted in these figures.

11th Dec 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment her Department has made of trends in the rate of unemployment for adults with learning difficulties since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulations on political lobbying of members of the Government.

The Government is confident that the Transparency of Lobbying Act, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 is working well in requiring consultant lobbyists to declare on whose behalf they are lobbying. The Act complements existing transparency mechanisms including the quarterly publication of Ministerial meetings with external organisations and industry-led regulation such as subscription to industry codes of conduct.

The Ministerial Code is clear that Ministers must not accept invitations to act as patrons or otherwise offer support to pressure groups and Ministers must ensure that they do not place themselves, or appear to place themselves under an obligation to such groups. The Code also requires Minister to ensure that no conflict arises or could reasonably be perceived to arise between their public duties and their private interest, financial or otherwise.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of domestic violence in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the socio-economic background of civil servants employed in each Government Department; and if he will make a statement.

The Cabinet Office holds data on socio-economic background (SEB) in the following ways: from applications to the Fast Stream graduate programme and the centrally run accelerated development schemes, including the Future Leaders’ Scheme (FLS), the High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) and the Senior Leaders’ Scheme (SLS) and is piloting other ways of gaining data, on a voluntary and anonymous basis, including from the annual People Survey, in future years.

The SEB measures are questions which the Civil Service developed over two years to assess socio-economic background.

The Civil Service Fast Stream has been recording socioeconomic background data of its applicants since 2011.

The Civil Service Future Leaders Scheme (FLS) and Senior Leaders Scheme (SLS) have been recording SEB data from its applicants since 2016. The Civil Service High Potential Development Scheme have been recording SEB data from its applicants since 2017.

Individual departments may have undertaken surveys of the socio-economic background of their employees, but this is not held by the Cabinet Office.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of young people moving from small towns and villages to large towns and cities; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that movement on the long-term sustainability of small towns and villages.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the levels of net migration from EU countries to (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) men and (b) women in employment who do not receive the national minimum wage.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of campaign finance legislation in ensuring transparency in campaign donations to political parties and campaigns.

The rules about transparency of political donations are clearly set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. Those rules are effective at root because they prevent non-UK nationals living abroad from making large donations to political parties here and provide for transparency by publishing donations and loans on the Electoral Commission website under Donations and Loans.

The Government will continue to work with the Electoral Commission to ensure there is sufficient guidance on donations to political parties and campaigners.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to promote voter registration in secondary schools.

As part of the Suffrage Centenary programme, the Government has been leading on a number of projects designed to promote democratic engagement and electoral registration in secondary schools. This includes the Parliamentarian Toolkit and Secondary Schools Resource.

The Toolkit includes activities and worksheets that parliamentarians can use with pupils when visiting schools or engaging with young people at youth clubs or on social media. It has been designed to teach young people about their democratic rights today and the history of those who fought for these rights. Exercises will help generate discussion and encourage young people to think about the role of democracy in their lives.

The Government has also commissioned the Historical Association to develop a Schools Resource which will be launched later this year. The Resource will use a historical knowledge base to improve pupils’ understanding of UK democracy, democratic institutions and of how they can participate in our democratic processes today. While the funding is England-only, Devolved Administrations are welcome to utilise the materials.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will provide a list of ministerial residences and their authorised occupants.

The official residences available to government ministers are:

  • Flats above 10 and 11 Downing Street, which are available for the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer respectively;
  • 1 Carlton Gardens, leased from the Crown Estate, which has been used as the official residence for the Foreign Secretary;
  • Three flats in Admiralty House, to be allocated at the Prime Minister’s discretion; and
  • Hillsborough Castle and Stormont, which are available for ministers in the Northern Ireland Office while on duty in Northern Ireland.

The Chequers, Dorneywood and Chevening estates are available to ministers for both official and private use. None of these properties are owned by the Government, and are run by trustees.

Chequers is used by the Prime Minister. The use of Chevening currently divided between the Foreign Secretary, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and the Secretary of State for International Trade. By convention, Dorneywood is at the disposal of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Ministerial use of these official residences is managed by the relevant Government Department. Information on the time taken for Ministers to vacate those residences on leaving office is not held centrally.

23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Ministers vacated their official residence within (a) one week, (b) two weeks and (c) three weeks of leaving that position in each of the last ten years.

The official residences available to government ministers are:

  • Flats above 10 and 11 Downing Street, which are available for the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer respectively;
  • 1 Carlton Gardens, leased from the Crown Estate, which has been used as the official residence for the Foreign Secretary;
  • Three flats in Admiralty House, to be allocated at the Prime Minister’s discretion; and
  • Hillsborough Castle and Stormont, which are available for ministers in the Northern Ireland Office while on duty in Northern Ireland.

The Chequers, Dorneywood and Chevening estates are available to ministers for both official and private use. None of these properties are owned by the Government, and are run by trustees.

Chequers is used by the Prime Minister. The use of Chevening currently divided between the Foreign Secretary, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and the Secretary of State for International Trade. By convention, Dorneywood is at the disposal of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Ministerial use of these official residences is managed by the relevant Government Department. Information on the time taken for Ministers to vacate those residences on leaving office is not held centrally.

19th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to improve staff retention in the civil service in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to attracting and retaining the best talent for the Civil Service, across all regions of the UK.

The Places for Growth Programme will move Civil Service roles and public bodies outside of London and the South East of England to cities across the UK in line with the Industrial Strategy and Civil Service Estates Strategy. The Programme is bringing together central government units and other departments to work together to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based workforce and place-based strategy for locations around the UK including Birmingham and the West Midlands.

We are developing career pathways for professions across the Civil Service, which enable civil servants to build a common understanding of skills and experience needed at each level, exposing them to the right opportunities to build a successful career in the Civil Service.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
12th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed in the hospitality sector in each of the last eight years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th May 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department plans to use the evaluation of the voter ID pilots to inform (a) further pilots taking place in 2019 and (b) the implementation of voter ID requirements at the next general election.

Voter ID was successfully tested at the local elections on 3 May by five local authorities. Photographic and non photographic ID and free locally issued ID were all tested. Data so far and statements by the five Returning Officers indicate the pilots were overwhelmingly positive.

The Government is making our voting system more secure to protect it from possible fraud, including by requiring electors to present a form of identification before voting. We will evaluate the pilots before announcing the next steps in delivering voter ID nationally.

The Electoral Commission has welcomed the voter ID pilots as a positive first step towards implementing its 2014 recommendation that an accessible, proportionate voter identification scheme should be introduced in Great Britain. The Commission will publish its evaluation of the pilots in July.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate the Government has made of the number of eligible people who are not on the electoral register in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

The Cabinet Office does not hold information on the number of eligible electors in local authorities. A range of registration statistics is available from the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) website: www.ons.gov.uk


Estimates of the number of eligible people not included on electoral registers are published occasionally by the Electoral Commission, but not at sub-regional level. The latest report on register completeness and accuracy was produced by the Electoral Commission in 2016 and is available online: www.electoralcommission.org.uk. The report estimates register completeness in the West Midlands at 88 per cent in December 2015, compared to a national average of 84 per cent.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Feb 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people who live in Coventry South constituency are employed on zero-hour contracts.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that major public sector construction projects in the West Midlands held by Carillion will proceed as planned.

I refer the Honourable Member to the Statement made to the House on Monday, 15 January 2018 by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Official Record, vol 634, col 624).

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
18th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts the Government awarded to Carillion in Coventry South constituency between (a) 5 May 2010 and 7 May 2015, (b) 8 May 2015 and 13 July 2016, (c) 14 July 2016 and 8 June 2017, (d) 9 June 2017 and 10 July 2017, (e) 11 July 2017 and 29 September 2017 and (f) since 30 September 2017.

Information on public sector suppliers within a specific constituency is not held centrally.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
18th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts the Government holds with Carillion in (a) Coventry and (b) Coventry South constituency; and what the value is of those contracts.

Information on public sector suppliers within a specific constituency is not held centrally.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to record centrally the number of cyber attacks on public services.

The Cabinet Office does currently not plan to record centrally the number of cyber attacks against public services as each department manages incidents which affect the services they are responsible for. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), working with law enforcement partners, strongly encourages all organisations to report cyber attacks but this is currently voluntary for all such incidents. Those reports received by the NCSC are recorded.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the level of Government procurement from small and medium-sized enterprises.

On 11th October 2017 we published the latest small and medium-sized enterprises’ spending performance figures:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/central-government-spend-with-smes-2015-to-2016

These show that government spent £12.2 bn in 2015-16 with small and medium sized enterprises, more than we have ever before recorded.

The Government remain committed to a challenging target to ensure that a third of their procurement spending is with small businesses by 2022, and we are continuing to take action to achieve that.

12th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for electoral registration officers.

The majority of electoral registration activity is funded by local authorities across England,
Scotland and Wales. Since 2014 the Cabinet Office has provided funding to LAs to cover
the additional costs generated by the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration,
including a second bidding round after the canvass if initial funding is insufficient to cover
costs incurred over the year.

12th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK voter registration system.

The most recent formal assessment of register quality, based on the 1 December 2015 registers
and published in July 2016, found that individual electoral registration boosted the accuracy of the
register by 4 per cent

Alongside individual registration, the successful introduction of online registration has transformed
the way citizens can register. It now takes just a few minutes to apply to register and nearly 30
million citizens have taken the opportunity to do so in the last three years. In large part thanks to
online registration, the parliamentary register used for the 2017 general election was the largest
ever at nearly 47 million

2.9 million applications were submitted between the calling of the election and the registration
deadline date, with 622,000 applications coming on deadline day itself

The government has continued to modernise the registration process and to make it more
accessible, as underscored, for example by recent policy commitments on making it easier for
survivors of domestic abuse to register anonymously.

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Government departments meet their obligations to publish transparency data in a timely fashion.

The UK Government is among the most transparent in the world and each Department is responsible for publishing a range of data on its activities. We will be working with departments over the coming months to improve the publication process to ensure we continue to meet our obligations in this important area.

18th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people aged between 18 and 25 in Coventry South constituency were recorded in the latest census estimate.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

18th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people aged between 18 and 25 in Coventry South constituency were on the electoral register for the 2017 General Election.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

18th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of constituents in Coventry South constituency worked in the public sector in each year for which data is available.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of the UK's agricultural workforce in 2016 were non-British nationals.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

30th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are currently registered as self-employed in (a) Coventry South constituency, (b) the city of Coventry and (c) the West Midlands.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

10th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary of full-time equivalent employees was in Coventry South constituency in April of each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

9th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of deaths associated with respiratory conditions in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

20th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average income for (a) men and (b) women in Coventry South constituency was in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

17th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses that have closed in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

30th Nov 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2016 to Question 54390, how many civil servants are employed full-time in support of the 2018 boundary review; and if he will make a statement.

Following laws passed by Parliament, the independent and impartial Boundary Commissions are currently consulting on their proposals to deliver the Boundary Review, and their final proposals will be shared with Parliament in autumn 2018. These reforms will ensure fair and equal representation for the voting public across the United Kingdom by the next general election, and also delivers on the Government’s manifesto pledge to reduce the size of the Commons which will save an estimated £66 million over the course of a Parliament.

Equalising the size of constituencies in the Boundary Review will ensure everyone’s vote will carry equal weight. Without such boundary reforms, MPs could end up representing constituencies based on data that is over 20 years’ old, disregarding significant changes in demographics, house building and migration. As it stands, some constituencies have twice as many electors than other constituencies and this cannot be right.

The four Boundary Commissions are between them currently employing a total of 32 staff (full-time equivalent) on the conduct of the Boundary Review. The four Boundary Commissions have, to date, spent approximately £2.3 million on the conduct of the current Boundary Review. This is money which would be wasted under the Labour Party’s proposals to try to block and delay this independent Review (as per the divisions of 18 November 2016, Official Report, Columns 563-666).

22nd Nov 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the amount the Government has spent on the 2018 boundary review to date; and if he will make a statement.

Following laws passed by Parliament, the independent and impartial Boundary Commissions are currently consulting on their proposals to deliver the Boundary Review, and they will submit their final proposals to Parliament in autumn 2018. These reforms will ensure fair and equal representation for the voting public across the United Kingdom by the next general election, and also delivers on the Government’s manifesto pledge to reduce the size of the Commons which will save an estimated £66 million over the course of a Parliament.

Equalising the size of constituencies in the Boundary Review will ensure everyone’s vote will carry equal weight. Without such boundary reforms, MPs could end up representing constituencies based on data that is over 20 years’ old, disregarding significant changes in demographics, house building and migration. As it stands, some constituencies have twice as many electors than other constituencies and this cannot be right.

The four Boundary Commissions have, to date, spent approximately £2.3 million on the conduct of the current Boundary Review. This is money which would be wasted under the Labour Party’s proposals to try to block and delay this independent Review (as per the divisions of 18 November 2016, Official Report, Columns 563-666).

4th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2016 to Question 40722, if his Department will review its official guidance on the keeping of travel records of Ministers and departmental officials; and if he will make a statement.

All Departmental records are kept in line with Departmental policies and National Archives and Cabinet Office Guidance. The Government publishes details of Ministers’ overseas travel on a quarterly basis.

19th May 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of hotel bookings his Department made for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in each of the last five years.

Details of Ministerial overseas travel, and senior officials' business expenses are published on a quarterly basis. The remaining information requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of neonatal deaths in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK in each of the last ten years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths resulting directly from epilepsy have been recorded in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths of children aged under 18 resulting directly from epilepsy have been recorded in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of internet service provision across all Government departments in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is not held centrally, departments have responsibility for their own Internet service provision.

10th Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many freedom of information requests were (a) granted and (b) refused by his Department in each of the last five years.
24th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the advertising budget was for each Government department in the financial years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for North Durham on 2 February 2015 and 4 February 2015 to UIN: 222564 and 222567.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were on the electoral roll in each parliamentary constituency in Coventry on (a) 17 February and (b) 1 December 2014.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

10th Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the annual percentage change in median gross weekly earnings was for (a) full-time employees who were in (i) continuous and (ii) discontinuous employment from one year to the next and (b) full-time employees aged 30 to 50 who were in (i) continuous and (ii) discontinuous employment from one year to the next in each year since 2005.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-EU students remained in the UK for more that one year after the completion of their studies.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the reasons for entry of non-EU migrants were in the last five years; and how many such migrants entered for each such reason.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-EU students came to the UK to study in the last year.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU students came to study in the UK in the last year.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much each Government department spent on tickets to the World Cup 2014; and for what purposes those tickets were acquired.

Expenditure incurred by other Government departments is not held by the Cabinet Office.

Spend incurred by my department on the items requested can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, my department has not spent money on World Cup Tickets.

This Government reduced the percentage of the Cabinet Office annual pay bill spent on in year rewards from 0.55%, prior to May 2010, to 0.25% now.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much each Government department and its agencies spent on external legal advice and representation in each year since 2010; and for what purpose.

Expenditure incurred by other Government departments is not held by the Cabinet Office.

Spend incurred by my department on the items requested can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, my department has not spent money on World Cup Tickets.

This Government reduced the percentage of the Cabinet Office annual pay bill spent on in year rewards from 0.55%, prior to May 2010, to 0.25% now.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much each Government department spent on (a) focus groups and (b) polling in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013.

Expenditure incurred by other Government departments is not held by the Cabinet Office.

Spend incurred by my department on the items requested can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, my department has not spent money on World Cup Tickets.

This Government reduced the percentage of the Cabinet Office annual pay bill spent on in year rewards from 0.55%, prior to May 2010, to 0.25% now.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much each Government department spent on participation in employment tribunals in (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

Expenditure incurred by other Government departments is not held by the Cabinet Office.

Spend incurred by my department on the items requested can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, my department has not spent money on World Cup Tickets.

This Government reduced the percentage of the Cabinet Office annual pay bill spent on in year rewards from 0.55%, prior to May 2010, to 0.25% now.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the number and value was of Instant Rewards awarded to civil servants in the last year.

Expenditure incurred by other Government departments is not held by the Cabinet Office.

Spend incurred by my department on the items requested can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, my department has not spent money on World Cup Tickets.

This Government reduced the percentage of the Cabinet Office annual pay bill spent on in year rewards from 0.55%, prior to May 2010, to 0.25% now.

27th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government departments use (a) Pearson VUE and (b) Pearson Professional Centres for delivering tests; and if he will provide details of each such use.

This is information is not held centrally.

Civil Service Resourcing do not use Pearson VUE and Pearson Professional Centres.

18th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of 16 to 24 year olds declared themselves self-employed in each year between 2008 and 2013.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on the development of an indicator on five year survival rates from all cancers to support early diagnosis and reduction of preventable mortality from cancer.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

24th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent job losses in the retail industry.

Retail remains a high employment sector – approximately 3 million jobs in the UK. More people are involved in retailing than in any other single industry in the country.

There were 84,000 vacancies in the retail sector as of August 2019.

In 2018, Government established the industry led Retail Sector Council to bring Government and industry together to boost the sector’s productivity and economic health. The Council has agreed its six priority work areas with four already underway. These are: Costs to Business, Skills and Lifelong Learning, Industrial Strategy and Employment workstreams.

As part of wider Government efforts to support adult training, we are also investing £100m to develop The National Retraining Scheme, which will help prepare adults for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation, and help them retrain into better jobs. This funding has allowed us to start delivering the first part of the service, Get Help to Retrain, whilst developing and evaluating as we build-up the scheme.

We have introduced Get Help to Retrain to 6 areas of England and we will be rolling it out across England in 2020. The digital service helps adults understand their existing skills and explore alternative occupations, and training opportunities to develop new skills.

24th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps her Department is taking to support discussions between local governments and the retail industry to help ensure a joint approach to draw consumers to the high street.

The Government is committed to helping communities adapt to market processes and we are taking action to help the high street evolve. In July 2019, my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced a £3.6 billion Towns Fund to re-energise local economies so that everyone can share in a new era of prosperity. This included £1 billion for the Future High Streets Fund, which will support local areas in England to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability.

We are also supporting local leadership with a High Streets Task Force, giving high streets and town centres expert advice to adapt and thrive. This will provide hands-on support to local areas to develop data-driven innovative strategies and connect local areas to relevant experts. The Task Force will also provide training and help to improve coordination between different groups working to improve their high streets which includes retailers.

The Government has also established the industry led Retail Sector Council​ to bring Government and industry together to boost the sector's productivity and economic health. The Council has established its six priority workstreams which includes the Industrial Strategy with a focus on place. The Council has identified high streets as an important area to be considered on an ongoing basis.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to increase consumer confidence in high street retail.

Government wants high street retail to thrive. We are committed to supporting the sector whilst it responds to changing consumer expectations and recognise that 82% of sales by value are still in physical stores.

The industry led Retail Sector Council has brought Government and industry together. Its aim is to accelerate positive change, increase the productivity of the sector, and ensure the sector remains robust and sustainable to continue providing a valuable service to consumers and the community.

Government is also taking steps to help high streets and communities adapt. On 26th August, my rt. hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced the expansion of the Future High Streets Fund from £675m to £1bn which will enable more local areas in England to invest in town centre infrastructure, increase access to high streets and support redevelopment and densification around high streets.

We have also launched ​a new forward-thinking High Streets Task Force supporting local leaders to revitalise high streets and town centres. ​The High Streets Task Force will be comprised of experts who will provide tailored guidance and advice to local authorities and other local partners seeking to breathe new life into their local high streets and town centres.

Since 2010, Government has helped create over 360 town teams, and given over £18million to towns - funding successful initiatives such as "Love Your Local Market", the "Great British High Street" and also supporting Small Business Saturday UK, where an estimated £812 million was spent with small businesses across the UK for Small Business Saturday in 2018, up from £748 million in 2017.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to provide (a) advice, (b) support and (c) services for small business owners looking to grow their business.

Through our ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy we are working to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business. We are committed to ensuring all small businesses have access to the advice and support they need to succeed to start, grow, and scale their businesses.

All businesses can access core services, information and guidance on starting up and running a business, as well as their statutory rights and obligations, on our GOV.UK sites and www.gov.uk/browse/business. The Business Finance and Support Finder tool on the website provides information on how to access a wide range of Government-backed financial support for start-up businesses, such as funding and grant schemes.

The Business Support Helpline forms a key part of the Government’s offer to SMEs in England, providing trusted and joined-up information and sign-posting businesses to relevant sources of support. The Helpline number is 0300 456 3565. In 2018, it helped 31,500 businesses, of which 65% were entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The network of 38 Growth Hubs across England (one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area) provide businesses with tailored advice and support, as a dedicated, free and impartial ‘single point of contact’. At the end of FY18/19, Government had invested £56.4 million in Growth Hubs, with a further £12 million committed of core grant funding to LEPs for Growth Hubs for the FY19/20 funding period. LEPS have self-reported that in FY17/18 their Growth Hubs supported over 130,000 businesses, of which over 13,000 received high intensity support of 12 hours or more. They helped over 8,000 individuals start a business and achieved an average customer satisfaction rate of 89.5%.

The Government-backed British Business Bank is there to make finance markets work better for small businesses at all stages of their development. The Bank’s programmes are currently supporting over £6.6bn of finance to over 89,000 smaller businesses (as at end-March 2019). The British Business Bank’s Start-Up Loans programme provides loans to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their own businesses. Since 2012, the Programme has delivered almost 65,000 loans, worth nearly £511m to small businesses (as at end-June 2019).

Finally, we are working to make small business owners more aware of the wide range of advice and support available to them. We continue to develop our online support through GOV.UK, ensuring SMEs can access the key information they need on running their business any time they wish. And we are also improving SME awareness of finance options: the British Business Bank helps publish the Business Finance Guide, and has launched an online Finance Hub, an online advice platform aimed at raising awareness of appropriate finance options for SMEs.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that small business owners are aware of the advice, support, and services available from the Government to help them grow their business.

Through our ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy we are working to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business. We are committed to ensuring all small businesses have access to the advice and support they need to succeed to start, grow, and scale their businesses.

All businesses can access core services, information and guidance on starting up and running a business, as well as their statutory rights and obligations, on our GOV.UK sites and www.gov.uk/browse/business. The Business Finance and Support Finder tool on the website provides information on how to access a wide range of Government-backed financial support for start-up businesses, such as funding and grant schemes.

The Business Support Helpline forms a key part of the Government’s offer to SMEs in England, providing trusted and joined-up information and sign-posting businesses to relevant sources of support. The Helpline number is 0300 456 3565. In 2018, it helped 31,500 businesses, of which 65% were entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The network of 38 Growth Hubs across England (one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area) provide businesses with tailored advice and support, as a dedicated, free and impartial ‘single point of contact’. At the end of FY18/19, Government had invested £56.4 million in Growth Hubs, with a further £12 million committed of core grant funding to LEPs for Growth Hubs for the FY19/20 funding period. LEPS have self-reported that in FY17/18 their Growth Hubs supported over 130,000 businesses, of which over 13,000 received high intensity support of 12 hours or more. They helped over 8,000 individuals start a business and achieved an average customer satisfaction rate of 89.5%.

The Government-backed British Business Bank is there to make finance markets work better for small businesses at all stages of their development. The Bank’s programmes are currently supporting over £6.6bn of finance to over 89,000 smaller businesses (as at end-March 2019). The British Business Bank’s Start-Up Loans programme provides loans to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their own businesses. Since 2012, the Programme has delivered almost 65,000 loans, worth nearly £511m to small businesses (as at end-June 2019).

Finally, we are working to make small business owners more aware of the wide range of advice and support available to them. We continue to develop our online support through GOV.UK, ensuring SMEs can access the key information they need on running their business any time they wish. And we are also improving SME awareness of finance options: the British Business Bank helps publish the Business Finance Guide, and has launched an online Finance Hub, an online advice platform aimed at raising awareness of appropriate finance options for SMEs.

9th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of the use of non-disclosure agreements for incidences of sexual harassment in the fast food hospitality sector.

Any form of sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace is clearly unacceptable. The Government does not accept any behaviour that causes people to feel intimidated or humiliated in the workplace.

The Government has consulted on proposals to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. It will be publishing a response with its final proposals, in due course.

We have launched a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace led by the Government Equalities Office. This consultation welcomes suggestions of alternative interventions to prevent and better monitor cases of sexual harassment and discrimination.

8th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential carbon reductions if hydrogen combined with carbon capture utilisation and storage is used for the heat for homes sector.

The Government commissioned an assessment on the potential for low carbon hydrogen production with carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS). The assessment was conducted by the consultancies Element Energy and Jacobs.

Their report identified that for steam methane reformation, the current dominant UK hydrogen production technology, carbon capture rates of up to 90% could be achieved. It also states that next generation methane reformation technologies and further innovation could deliver increased capture rates and lower costs. To prove this, we launched a £20 million Hydrogen Supply Programme which aims to accelerate the development of low carbon bulk hydrogen supply solutions; the programme will provide real world evidence on the potential for increased capture rates.

In December 2018, we published the report ‘Clean growth: transforming heating’ which included a review of the evidence base on the potential carbon reductions if hydrogen produced from low carbon methods, including from natural gas combined with carbon capture utilisation and storage, is used to providing heating, including to homes, businesses and industry.

5th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to make the UK a world leader in electric car manufacturing.

The Government has a long-standing programme of support to maintain the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector. Through our Industrial Strategy and landmark Automotive Sector Deal, we are placing the UK at the forefront of new automotive technology development. Government and industry have committed £1 billion over 10 years to 2023 through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Government has also committed £274m to the Faraday Battery Challenge, and circa £80m in the last Budget to the Stephenson Challenge, newly named ‘Driving the Electric Revolution’.

In May 2018, as part of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister launched our mission to put the UK to be at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. The Road to Zero strategy sets out a clear pathway to zero emissions. In order to achieve this, we are investing nearly £1.5bn between April 2015 and March 2021 with grants available for plug in vehicles, schemes to support chargepoint infrastructure and grant funding to support R&D into cleaner vehicle technologies.

There are a number of manufacturers already producing electric vehicles in the UK or with ambitious plans to begin production in coming years. The Nissan Leaf – manufactured in Sunderland - is currently the UK’s best-selling electric vehicle. From later this year, BMW’s MINI Electric – launched this month – will be made at its Oxford plant. Jaguar Land Rover also announced this month its commitment to invest in building a new range of electric vehicles at its Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, and the first of the new vehicles to be produced will be the new, all-electric Jaguar XJ. In September 2018, Aston Martin Lagonda announced that its new production facility in Wales will become the home of its electric vehicle range.

Global demand for UK designed, engineered and manufactured vehicles is strong and the industry has one of the highest productivity levels in Europe. In 2018 the UK was the second largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles and the fourth largest market for battery electric vehicles in the European Union. The UK is also global leader in the development and manufacture of electric vehicles; in 2018 a fifth of battery electric cars sold in Europe were made in the UK. So far in 2019, sales of battery electric vehicles have increased significantly, up by 60% over the same period in 2018. There are 200,000 ultra-low emission battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles registered in the UK.

This Government will continue to work closely with the automotive industry, to ensure that it can succeed globally long into the future as it invests in electric car manufacturing. We are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for the automotive sector.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to protect workers rights in the gig economy.

Advances in technology and the rise of the gig economy have increased opportunities for people to work more flexibly. While we welcome these opportunities, they cannot be at the expense of workers’ rights.

That is why my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor to undertake his review of Modern Working Practices, and why we are taking the decisive action set out in the Good Work Plan to address his recommendations.

We have already made good progress. This Government have taken important steps to improve the transparency of information between workers and employers. Our research found that flexible workers, such as those in the gig economy, require stronger protections in terms of understanding the conditions of their employment before starting a job.

As such, we laid two statutory instruments in December that extends the right to a written statement to all workers and make access to a written statement a day one right.

Previously, an employee was entitled to a written statement after a month with the same employer. Our legislation means that from day one, workers in the gig economy have access to information such as maternity and paternity leave, specifics of when they are expected to work, whether the work is variable, and their eligibility for certain benefits.

This represents a significant step in the protection of workers rights in the gig economy and highlights our commitment to protecting the rights of workers across the country.

20th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a four day working week on productivity.

The Department is following trials of the four-day working week closely but has not yet conducted a robust assessment of the impacts.

13th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more new parents to take up shared parental leave.

Between February and April 2018, we ran a £1.5m paid for communications campaign to promote Shared Parental Leave and Pay to eligible parents. This was supported by the publication of revised tools and guidance which make it easier for parents to understand and access the scheme.

We ran a further campaign between February and April 2019 to maintain the high levels of awareness that we achieved in 2018 and are planning further communications activity for 2019/20.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage employers to be more flexible in their employee working hours.

Through the Industrial Strategy, the Government is working to transform our economy and ensuring that everyone, whatever their background, can access and progress at work.

Flexible working can play an important part in helping businesses to improve their productivity and recruit and retain the best available talent. All employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service with their employer have the right to request flexible working. The Government is also considering a new duty on employers to be clear when advertising a job whether it is available on a flexible basis.

In addition, the Government, with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has established the Flexible Working Taskforce to promote wider understanding and implementation of inclusive flexible work and working practices. The taskforce has developed a high-level business case for flexible working guidance on flexible recruitment and continues to promote more flexible hiring through the on going campaign “Happy to Talk Flexible Working”.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage a better work-life balance in the UK.

Employees in the UK have a variety of different leave entitlements which can help them balance work with other commitments or interests. These range from short term leave to cover emergencies, through annual leave, to a range of entitlements to parental leave and pay. The Government is also considering new employment rights for carers.

In addition, the Government continues to support flexible working practices to help people manage their work other commitments. Employees with 26 weeks of continuous service have a right to request flexible working and we are considering a new duty on employers to be clear when advertising a job whether it is available on a flexible basis.

16th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of women in senior roles at UK energy companies.

Government does not make assessments of the number of women in senior roles at UK energy companies, but alongside sponsoring the Hampton-Alexander Review on FTSE Women Leaders and promoting diversity in the energy sector, we support the work of POWERful Women which collates data on gender diversity in senior and middle management levels in the energy sector - which can be found at: http://powerfulwomen.org.uk/board-statistics-by-company/

Strong progress has been made in that the representation of women on FTSE 100 boards has increased from 12.5% in 2011 to 31.6% in May 2019 and among executive directors has doubled from 5.5% to 10.3% in the same period.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of rooftop solar panels deployed on domestic homes since the closure of the Feed-In Tariff scheme.

The number of domestic solar installations during April 2019 will be published by BEIS on Thursday 30 May using information from the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) installation database. These are provisional numbers which are subject to revision in future publications.

Solar photovoltaic deployment statistics is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-photovoltaics-deployment.

30th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to promote the retail industry through the Government's Industrial Strategy.

At Autumn Budget 2018, my rt. hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Future High Streets Fund, which aims to invest £675m in England to support local areas to develop and fund plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future. Autumn Budget also announced a cut in business rates by one third for the next two years for all retailers in England with a rateable value below £51,000, worth almost £1bn to retailers.

The industry-led Retail Sector Council has agreed its priority work areas for the next two years, focusing on: costs to business, skills and lifelong learning, employment protections, the circular economy, consumer protections, and retail and the Industrial Strategy.

A senior industry figure is leading each of these work groups and will bring proposals for action for both industry and government back to the Council for consideration. The Industrial Strategy workstream is led by Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and member of the Industrial Strategy Council, and will look at how the Industrial Strategy can work to the benefit of the retail sector.

As part of the Industrial Strategy, and following the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, the Government responded with the Good Work Plan, which will bring forward legislation to extend workers’ rights, including for people who work in the retail sector. This includes the introduction of new guidance to support the interpretation of holiday pay rules, as well as the biggest ever increase to the National Living Wage. An awareness campaign will be launched, targeted at both individuals and employers, to boost awareness and understanding to help ensure all workers are benefiting from their paid entitlement to leave. All these measures will improve the wages and working contracts of many of those working in the retail sector.

30th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the 2018 Annual Report of the Committee on Fuel Poverty, what steps his Department is taking to respond to the recommendation for a new Clean Growth Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund.

I am grateful of the advice from the Committee, which we are considering carefully as part of our plan to update the Fuel Poverty Strategy later in 2019.

24th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of skilled workers in the construction industry.

The following table provides information about skills levels in the construction workforce in 2018.

Skill level

Number

Percentage

High

532,100

23%

Upper Middle

1,216,600

53%

Lower Middle

373,800

16%

Low

176,500

8%

Total

2,299,000

100%

Data source: Annual Population Survey Jan-Dec 2018, extracted from NOMIS

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of young people training for a career in the construction industry.

The Government and construction industry have agreed an ambitious Sector Deal which aims to transform the productivity of the sector, including measures to increase skills and apprenticeships. We are working with the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), Construction Innovation Hub and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to identify the skills needed for the construction sector of the future and helping design the qualifications frameworks and training programmes that will enable firms to train the next generation of apprentices in these skills. A joint Government and industry commitment to develop 50 new construction apprenticeship standards by the end of 2018 has already been exceeded, with 82 new apprenticeship standards agreed.

Other measures include: a commitment to complete CITB’s reform programme by end 2019, to make it a more streamlined, responsive and effective organisation; an industry-led goal of increasing construction apprenticeship starts to 25k per annum by 2020; £34m investment in the Construction Skills Fund, to establish 20 onsite training hubs by 2020; an improved careers portal for the sector (through CITB’s GoConstruct), to help improve diversity of recruitment; work with industry to ensure sufficient high-quality work placements are available for the introduction of construction T Levels in 2020; and using public procurement to help drive investment in construction skills.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
4th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce fuel poverty (a) in Coventry and (b) the UK.

Improving energy efficiency is the best long term solution to tackle fuel poverty. That’s exactly what we are doing through the new Energy Company Obligation scheme which is now entirely focused on low income and vulnerable households.

Since ECO launched it has delivered energy efficiency measured to nearly 2 million homes. In Coventry ECO has improved 14,565 homes, representing 10.4% of homes in the city, well above the average delivery rate of 7.2%.

Additionally, from 1 April 2019 strengthened energy efficiency regulations came into force for the domestic private rented sector in England and Wales. These regulations require landlords of privately rented homes with an energy efficiency rating of EPC F or G to improve them to a minimum of EPC E before letting the property on a new tenancy, or by 1 April 2020, whichever comes soonest. Approximately 42% of households in privately rented F and G rated accommodation are in fuel poverty. Improving these homes from F or G to E will save households an average of £180 per year on their energy bills.

In addition to energy efficiency there is a strong package of financial support. The Warm Home Discount provides a rebate of £140 off the winter energy bill for over 2 million low income and vulnerable households. All pensioner households receive a payment between £100 and £300 each winter through the Winter Fuel Payments. Additional payments of £25 are available for cold periods through the Cold Weather Payment. Also, the energy price cap protects 11 million households from poor value tariffs, saving them a total of £1billion, in addition to the 5 million households already protected.

25th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses that have paid workers below the national minimum wage.

The Government is committed to cracking down on employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage when it is due. In the past three years, we have doubled HMRC’s budget to enforce the minimum wage from £13.2 million in 2015/16 to a record £26.3 million in 2018/19.

As a result, the Government achieved record enforcement results in 2017/18. We closed 1,046 cases for breaches of the minimum wage legislation, identifying £15.6 million of minimum wage arrears owed to over 200,000 workers.

The Government’s latest evidence on compliance and enforcement regarding the minimum wage can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-living-wage-and-national-minimum-wage-government-evidence-on-compliance-and-enforcement-2018.

7th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of UK electricity demand which will be supplied by non-nuclear renewable sources in (a) 2020, (b) 2030 and (c) 2040.

The Department’s Energy and Emissions Projections[1] include estimates of total electricity generation by source to 2035. The latest published projections show (non-nuclear) renewable sources accounting for around 40% of total generation in 2020 and over 50% of total generation in 2030. The projections do not extend to 2040, but it is anticipated that the equivalent proportion for 2040 would be over 50%.

[1] Available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/energy-and-emissions-projections

28th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of UK factories that used robots in the manufacturing process in each year since 2010.

The information requested is not available centrally from official sources. However, according to the International Federation of Robotics, the UK ranks 22nd in the world with a robot density of 71 units per 10,000 employees, slightly under the global average of 74 units.

The industry-led initiative, Made Smarter Review, has highlighted how UK manufacturing can be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technology – including that of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence – boosting UK manufacturing by £455bn, reducing CO2 emissions by 4.5%, and creating a net gain of 175,000 jobs. Government has pledged to make the UK a global leader in industrial digitalisation, and has committed up to £141m to the Made Smarter programme.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support previous customers of Wonga who have outstanding complaints against that company since it entered administration.

Any outstanding complaints are being dealt with directly by the joint administrators of Wonga Group Limited. The joint administrators, along with the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Ombudsman have issued advice to former customers of Wonga on how to submit any complaints or claims and the process under which they will be dealt with.

14th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of state aid allocated to (a) Nissan and (b) other car manufacturers since 2010.

The Government supports the automotive sector via a number of routes, including the Regional Growth Fund to support individual investment projects as well as the Advanced Propulsion Centre which is aimed at research and development to bring forward the next generation of low carbon technologies, keeping the UK at the cutting edge of low carbon automotive innovation. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, provides R&D support across a range of technology themes including low carbon, materials and manufacturing; and connected and autonomous vehicles.

Scheme

Nissan

Other car manufacturers

Regional Growth Fund

£95,656,500

£143,512,396

Advanced Propulsion Centre

£10,865,412

£111,622,294

Innovate UK

£9,042,950

£55,284,141

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the automotive sector on the effect on that sector of no new import tariffs being imposed in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

BEIS Ministers and officials regularly meet with the automotive industry, including through bilaterals with manufacturers, via interactions with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and through BEIS’s participation in the Automotive Council.

Leaving the EU with a deal that supports the future of British industry remains the government’s top priority. As set out in the Political Declaration, the UK and the EU have agreed on a free trade area for goods, including automotive. This will combine deep regulatory and customs cooperation with no tariffs and no quotas, underpinned by provisions ensuring open and fair competition. We will continue to make the case for the benefits of free trade.

We are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for the automotive sector.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the effect on climate change policy of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. The Government has accelerated no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. The recently updated technical notices set out the UK’s firm commitment to addressing climate change, including in a no deal scenario, and provides advice on meeting climate change requirements if there is no withdrawal agreement.

EU exit will not affect UK emissions reduction commitments, as our ambitious emissions reduction commitments are enshrined in UK law in the Climate Change Act. Continuing discussion on global challenges such as climate change is in the UK’s and EU’s mutual interest. I have been engaging on behalf of my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State, including supporting international climate negotiations at COP24 where I had many constructive talks with EU counterparts. The importance of cooperation in the fight against climate change was recognised in the joint statement on behalf of President Junker and the Prime Minister on 7 February 2019, and we intend to continue building on this momentum in the coming months.

My upcoming speech at a European young leaders’ event is a further example of how we are taking advantage of all opportunities to engage on this subject. We are prepared to intensify our engagement and cooperation with EU institutions and member states, and the Secretary of State stands by ready to engage counterparts.

12th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to prepare the energy sector for the effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. The Government has accelerated no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

The Government has recommended that all businesses ensure they are prepared, enacting their own ‘no deal’ plans as they judge necessary. The Government has published eight Technical Notices related to energy policy, as well as further guidance of relevance to the energy sector. Businesses are advised to visit gov.uk/euexit for latest guidance.

1st Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of UK-based businesses based in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK that are considering relocating out of the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Government is working to ensure an orderly exit from the EU and a good deal for the UK. We continue to engage extensively with business across the country, including the West Midlands, to understand their concerns.

The Government is providing businesses with the latest advice and information to ensure that they are prepared for all aspects of leaving the EU. The guidance published at https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/ helps businesses locate the most relevant information based on their sector and activities.

31st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Post Office closures on high street footfall in (a) Coventry and (b) other towns and cities across the country.

The Government recognises the critical role that post offices play in communities and for small businesses across the UK. This is why the Government committed to safeguard the post office network and protect existing rural services. The overall number of post offices across the UK remains at its most stable in decades with over 11,500 branches thanks to significant Government investment of over £2 billion since 2010.

The management of the Post Office network is an operational matter for the Post Office Limited who are responsible for maintaining the network of branches and achieving the accessibility criteria set by Government. The Post Office does not have branch closure programme, rather they are seeking to open new branches. Branches can sometimes change location as a result of the Post Office Network Transformation Programme or franchising.

31st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has held with representatives of the automotive manufacturing sector on trends in the annual levels of car production; and if he will make a statement.

Leaving the EU with a deal that supports the future of British industry remains the government’s top priority. We are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive. Through our Industrial Strategy and landmark Automotive Sector Deal, we are working with industry to put the UK at the forefront of new automotive technologies to ensure the UK remains the destination of choice for future investment decisions.

BEIS Ministers and officials regularly meet with the automotive industry, including through bilaterals with manufacturers, via interactions with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and through BEIS’s participation in the Automotive Council.

The UK automotive industry is one of our great success stories. Global demand for UK designed, engineered and manufactured vehicles is strong and the industry has one of the highest productivity levels in Europe. A number of companies have recently committed to investing billions of pounds in the sector. This includes recent announcements of a £50m Technology Centre in partnership between McLaren and University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), as well as Aston Martin’s announcement that its St Athan facility in Wales will become the home of its electric vehicle range.

18th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the total debts owed by domestic energy suppliers that have ceased trading in each year since 2010.

The debts from a company that ceases to trade are matter for the company, their creditors and, in the case of insolvency, the appointed administrators. The Department is not in a position, therefore, to be able to estimate these debts.

Ofgem, the sector regulator, deals with any unpaid industry obligations, working with administrators as necessary. Ofgem also operates the Supplier of Last Resort process that has been put in place by the Government. This ensures that customers do not experience any disruption to their supply when a company ceases trading, and limits the impact on the wider market.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2017 to Question 206232 on Energy: Prices, what estimate he has made of the total cost incurred by (a) the public purse and (b) other energy suppliers as a result of the transfer of customers of domestic energy suppliers who cease trading through the Supplier of Last Resort process in each year since 2010.

A Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) appointed through a competitive process may make a claim to recover some of the costs they incur via an industry-wide levy. None of the levy costs are met by the public purse. The recovery of any tax arrears in an insolvency is a matter for the administrators and HMRC.

The Department is not able to make estimates of the expected costs as a result of the SoLR process. The costs of an insolvency will depend on the circumstances of each case and variables such as the number of customers, the short term costs of ensuring they continue to be supplied with energy, the settlement of customer bills and the costs absorbed by the incoming supplier. It is for Ofgem, as the expert regulator, to scrutinise the costs in any levy claim and to consult with industry and interested parties before any decision is taken to use the levy.

8th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the energy bills of consumers of domestic energy suppliers ceasing trading.

In the event of an energy supplier insolvency, the Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) process allows a quick transfer of customers to another supplier appointed by Ofgem and ensures credit balances are protected.

As a result of the competitive SoLR processes, successful suppliers have agreed to absorb a proportion of the costs of the process and claim some of the remaining costs via the industry-wide SoLR levy. The amount claimed through the levy will vary depending on the terms of the successful SoLR bid and other factors such as number of customers and how much credit they have built up. It takes time for the extent of some SoLR-related costs to become clear and Ofgem consult with industry and interested parties before any levy claim decision is taken.

8th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of domestic energy suppliers that have ceased trading as a result of financial difficulties in each year since 2010.

There are now over 60 domestic energy suppliers in the market, up from 13 in 2010. Since 2010, 14 domestic suppliers have ceased trading. GB Energy (in 2016), was the first supplier to cease trading since 2008.

30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the earthquakes at the fracking site in Little Plumpton Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

The independent oil and gas regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), is responsible for ensuring operators mitigate the risk of induced seismicity. The OGA is continually monitoring operations around the Preston New Road site to ensure they remain in line with Cuadrilla’s Hydraulic Fracture Plan, which was independently approved by the OGA and Environment Agency before the commencement of hydraulic fracturing operations.

The Traffic Light System, which dictates the required response to seismic activity, has worked at the Preston New Road site in exactly the way that it was designed to. The very minor seismic events recorded at the Preston New Road site cannot be felt at the surface.

The UK has world-leading safety and environmental regulations to ensure that shale gas exploration is carried out safely and responsibly, and the Government believes the current system is fit for purpose.

23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of export tariffs on solar energy usage since their introduction; and if he will reassess the proposals to end the export tariff for new solar installations from April 2019 as outlined in the consultation Feed-in tariffs scheme of July 2018.

The impact of changes in the Feed-In Tariffs on deployment of different small-scale technologies have been considered in both the 2015 and 2018 scheme consultations. The impact assessments can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-a-review-of-the-feed-in-tariff-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/feed-in-tariffs-scheme

No assessment has been made of the export tariff independent of the generation tariff.

We are considering responses to the recent consultation proposing to close the FIT scheme. The Government will set out its response in due course.

22nd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of businesses paying the national living wage in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England; and if he'll make a statement.

This Government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone, and the National Living Wage is part of our wider commitment to ensuring this, both in terms of fair pay and fair working conditions.

We do not hold these particular statistics. Analysis from the Low Pay Commission (published in March 2018) shows that around 2.1 million workers are on the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates, in England, which equates to 8.9% of all workers. In Coventry around 11,400 workers are on the minimum wage (equivalent to around 8.1% of all workers), and across the West Midlands 266,000 workers are on the minimum wage (equivalent to 11.5% of all workers in the region).

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research funding the (a) UK Government and (b) EU have given (i) the University of Warwick and (ii) Coventry University in each year since 2010.

The information you have requested is routinely published annually by the Higher Education Standards Agency (HESA) as a part of the HE Finance Plus publication.

UK and EU Government Funding of the Universities of Coventry and Warwick, 2010/11-2016/17

(£ thousands)

University

Year

UK Government Research Income1

EU Government Research Income2

Coventry University

2010/11

5,167

1,225

2011/12

4,814

1,153

2012/13

5,289

2,674

2013/14

5,318

3,578

2014/15

5,856

3,271

2015/16

7,936

2,502

2016/17

13,760

3,014

The University of Warwick

2010/11

98,705

6,595

2011/12

95,277

8,210

2012/13

92,059

9,412

2013/14

93,107

11,847

2014/15

99,086

13,404

2015/16

115,242

14,212

2016/17

111,596

16,321

Source: HESA Finance Records 2010/11-2016/17

Notes:

1. Includes funding from Research Councils, academies, other central government funding and research tax credits

2. EU Government research income covers funding from EU government institutions. Other funding is received from within the EU which is not included, such as from businesses or charities.

10th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the National Living Wage on the economy; and if he will make a statement.

In April 2016, the Government introduced a new National Living Wage (NLW). This year increases in the minimum wage gave over two million of the lowest paid workers a pay rise of over 2 per cent in real terms. Over the year, full time workers aged 25 and over on the NLW will see their earnings grow by more than £600.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) draw upon a wide range of independent research and stakeholder consultation in monitoring the impact of the NLW. To date, they have found limited evidence of an impact on hours worked and employment.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the retail sector in Coventry.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has recently approved a grant of £98.8m towards the City Centre South scheme. This will be a major retail, leisure and residential development in Coventry City Centre.

This builds on financial support offered by the British Business Bank, the Small Business Commissioner ensuring fair payment practices, and Local Growth Hubs offering advice and information, with Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub acting as the local contact to business.

In addition, Government recently established a panel of experts, chaired by Sir John Timpson, to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting our high streets, and advise on the best long-term approach. The panel, in conjunction with the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Growth, will launch a call for evidence later this year looking at the future of our high streets.

Government has also launched the 2018 Great British High Street Awards, which champion the hard work of local businesses and communities around the country who are determined to ensure that their high streets thrive.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of job loss on mental health and well-being; and if he will make a statement.

BEIS Ministers and officials meet regularly with counterparts in DWP and DHSC to discuss issues around disability, work and health – including mental health – to pursue a joined up approach across Government. On 30 November 2017 the Government published ‘Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability’, which set out the actions that we are taking across the three key settings: the welfare system, workplace and health services. This report also provided the Government response to “Thriving at work: The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers”.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of Jaguar Land Rover on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) current plans to build electric cars in Coventry and (b) plans to create 6,000 new jobs on land south of the A45 by Coventry Airport as part of the Whitley South scheme.

We have regular dialogue with key stakeholders in the automotive sector such as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) about a wide range of matters, including the challenges that leaving the EU poses and the opportunities that will become open to us.

JLR have recently announced plans for investment in their factories in the West Midlands, which will include production of electric vehicles.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the shortage of CO2 on businesses in Coventry.

The Government recognises the importance of the industrial gases sector, including the CO2-providing subsector. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has continued to monitor the shortage and Ministers and officials have been in regular contact with producers and suppliers throughout the process. We have been assured by producers of CO2 that production and supply levels are now returning to normal.

BEIS officials have also regularly discussed the shortage with counterparts in departments whose sectors were affected.

The use of CO2 is particularly prevalent in the agri-food sector, including farming, food and drink manufacturing and processing, soft and alcoholic drink carbonation and cane sugar refining. As the department responsible for these industries, Defra have worked closely with the Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group (FCELG) and additional food supply chain stakeholders to understand the impacts of the carbon dioxide shortage across the food supply chain.

11th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding allocated from the public purse to businesses in Coventry to encourage (a) economic growth and (b) employment.

Government is actively encouraging economic growth and employment in Coventry via a number of policy initiatives and funding.

As part of Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (CWLEP) Growth Deal, government is investing £131.84 million in the locality.

The LEP simplifies and coordinates access to business advice and support through CWLEP Growth Hub. In 2017/18, the government provided £328,000 to CWLEP to enable the Growth Hub to support local business growth and has committed to provide similar amounts in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

More widely, Innovate UK in 2016/17 invested £30.4 million to stimulate innovation and growth in the West Midlands. And the Midlands Engine Investment Fund will facilitate investment of over £250 million across the Midlands to help SMEs to achieve their growth ambitions, revitalise local economies, and create jobs.

22nd Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on funding for higher education academic research at universities in the West Midlands.

The Government is undertaking a wide range of analysis in support of our EU exit negotiations and preparations. Ministers have a specific responsibility, which Parliament has endorsed, not to release information that would reveal our negotiating position.

However, we have consistently made clear that research and innovation are vital to the UK’s prosperity, security and wellbeing, which is why they are at the heart of the Government’s industrial strategy.

It is in the interests of the UK and EU for us to continue to collaborate and my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister has recently said that the UK would like the option to fully associate with the excellence-based European science and innovation programmes under the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF).

Under the current MFF, the text of the December Joint Report envisages that UK entities’ right to participate in EU programmes will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the duration of projects. We have made significant progress in turning the Joint Report into the legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, and the Government’s guarantee of funding continues to stand if necessary.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have been employed by the automotive industry in each of the last eight years.

The numbers employed by the automotive manufacturing industry have increased strongly in the last eight years – by nearly 34% since 2010. This compares favourably with the manufacturing sector overall which increased employment by 4% over the same period and the economy as a whole at 11%.

Number employed in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Employment (‘000s)

2010

134

2011

129

2012

136

2013

142

2014

147

2015

160

2016

170

2017

179

Source: Employee jobs and self-employed jobs (both ONS)

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the science and technology sectors in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

The Government is undertaking a wide range of ongoing analysis in support of our EU Exit negotiations and preparations. We have been engaging with relevant stakeholders from all sectors of the economy and all regions of the UK as part of this process, and will continue to do so as we move forward.

We have been clear the Government will not provide an ongoing commentary on internal analytical work that is being carried out within government.

As part of our future partnership with the EU, the UK will look to establish an ambitious future agreement on science and innovation that ensures the valuable research links between us continue to grow.

In March 2018, the UK and EU negotiating teams reached an important milestone in the Brexit process by agreeing the terms of a time-limited implementation period. The draft Withdrawal Agreement reflects the text of the December Joint Report, which envisages that UK entities’ right to participate in EU programmes will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

In addition, the UK Government has committed to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding if necessary. This guarantees funding for UK participants in projects ongoing at the point of exit, as well as any successful bids submitted before the UK leaves the EU.

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much government research funding was provided to each higher education institution in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

The Research Councils and HEFCE have provided the following amount of research funding to each higher education institution in the West Midlands in each year since 2010. Table 1 shows research grants and contracts income from Research Councils and Table 2 shows income from HEFCE research grants.

Table 1

Income from Research Councils (£k)

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Aston University

1767

1267

2404

3049

3534

4097

3602

Birmingham City University

249

386

261

227

309

210

192

The University of Birmingham

35241

32975

32610

34092

38098

44355

39436

University College Birmingham

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Coventry University

591

777

852

1174

826

1099

957

Harper Adams University (Harper Adams University College until 2012/13)

109

229

196

142

377

868

356

Keele University†

2767

2726

2501

2494

2326

2599

2305

Newman University

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire University

75

72

113

89

7

13

18

The University of Warwick

32421

28160

28565

32087

35219

37716

37109

The University of Wolverhampton

536

190

-12

304

218

18

89

University of Worcester

0

0

0

23

136

87

253

Table 2

Income from HEFCE research grant (£k)

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Aston University

6256

6043

5893

5893

5756

6084

5892

Birmingham City University

249

1635

1597

1710

1742

2153

2142

The University of Birmingham

35241

42249

42371

41865

41572

39619

40488

University College Birmingham

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Coventry University

591

1980

1843

1903

1936

3222

3261

Harper Adams University (Harper Adams University College until 2012/13)

109

334

284

299

371

532

546

Keele University†

2767

6528

6178

6200

6293

7011

6927

Newman University

0

42

25

17

16

134

154

Staffordshire University

75

654

562

527

530

724

711

The University of Warwick

32421

32950

33819

33306

34215

34879

35900

The University of Wolverhampton

536

1937

1790

1783

1800

1884

1956

University of Worcester

0

216

142

178

211

931

894

Source – Higher Education Statistics Agency “Finance Plus” publications 2010/11 to 2016/17.

8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of its policy on onshore wind energy on domestic energy prices.

Our policies for delivering clean growth generated an average net saving on household energy bills of £14 in 2016[1].The Clean Growth Strategy sets out our ambition to secure the lowest electricity costs in Europe, particularly for domestic consumers, and also to deliver the Government’s carbon targets and ensure security of supply.

[1] PG 42 Clean Growth Strategy - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/700496/clean-growth-strategy-correction-april-2018.pdf

1st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of British farms at risk of bankruptcy in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not hold this information.

1st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many farms have declared bankruptcy in each of the last five years.

The Insolvency Service produces quarterly statistics on the number of new insolvencies for companies and individuals in England and Wales, including breakdowns by industry. The most recent statistics, covering the period January to March 2018, which include a comparison with previous periods, were published on Friday 27 April 2018 on gov.uk.

26th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost per MWh of energy generated by (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore wind, (c) solar PV, (d) open cycle gas, (e) combine cycle gas and (f) coal in 2020.

BEIS’s most recent published assessment of electricity generation costs can be found in the generation costs report (2016)[1] which covers both renewable and non-renewable technologies. We are currently undertaking a review of our evidence on levelised costs of electricity generation.

The relevant section of the 2016 generation cost report is included below. BEIS no longer produces estimates for the levelised cost of unabated coal.


Levelised Cost Estimates for NOAK Projects Commissioning in 2020, Technology-specific Hurdle Rates, £/MWh (2014 prices)

CCGT H Class

OCGT 600MW (500hrs)

Offshore Wind Round 3

Large Scale Solar PV

Onshore Wind >5MW UK

Pre Development Costs

0

5

5

6

4

Construction Costs

7

63

73

52

44

Fixed O&M

2

17

24

9

10

Variable O&M

3

3

3

0

5

Fuel Costs

35

52

0

0

0

Carbon Costs

19

28

0

0

0

Total

66

166

106

67

63

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/566567/BEIS_Electricity_Generation_Cost_Report.pdf

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support local businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

Small and medium-sized businesses across England can access support through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline. Over the last three years, Government has also supported and invested in the creation of 38 Growth Hubs (one in each Local Enterprise

Partnership area), providing businesses across England with tailored advice and support. To date, Growth Hubs have engaged and supported over 570,000 businesses, delivered 68,000 diagnostic interventions and helped 11,391 individuals to start a business.

Since launch, the six Growth Hubs in the West Midlands have supported over 37,500 businesses; delivered over 2,200 intensive diagnostics; and helped over 1,850 individuals to start a business. Of these, the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub has supported over 2,530 businesses; delivered 380 intensive diagnostics and helped 415 individuals to start a business.

In addition, the recently launched £250 million Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), provides finance to help smaller business across the Midlands to start up and grow, helping realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise. As at March 2018, it had made 6 investments into 6 SMEs in the West Midlands with £203k invested.

Aligned to this, the Midlands Engine Strategy sets out our actions to date and the next steps to deliver our vision for the Midlands by tackling local productivity barriers. This includes; £392m for Midland's projects to accelerate local growth, bringing the total Growth Deal Funding for the Midlands to nearly £1.9 billion, a flagship £20 million Midlands Skills Challenge to improve skills across the Midlands, £4 million to support the Midlands Engine Partnership to deepen their excellent work.

Furthermore, programmes operated by the government-backed British Business Bank (BBB) are supporting £4 billion of finance to over 65,000 smaller businesses (as at end Sept 2017). Since the launch of the British Business Bank in November 2014, its programmes have facilitated over £607m to businesses in the West Midlands. Of this figure, over £75m has supported businesses in Coventry*. Additionally, since 2012, the Start-up Loans programme has made over 4,500 loans totalling over £31m in the West Midlands, this includes 244 loans totalling over £1.5m in Coventry**.

Through our Industrial Strategy, we will continue to back small and medium-sized business to grow and create jobs by providing an environment in which they can thrive.

*BBB figures minus SUL are as at end of December 2017

** SUL figures at end of December 2017

17th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many new start-ups there have been in the media and culture sector in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

We do not hold data showing the number of business start-ups in the Media and Culture sector.

The Business Demography Publication details how many start-ups there have been in the Creative Industries.

When looking at business start-ups we look at business births. The Office of National Statistics defines business births as new business registrations.

The following table gives the number of business births within Creative Industries in Coventry and West Midlands from 2012 to 2016

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

West Midlands

1,780

2,270

2,185

2,225

2,205

Coventry

145

185

185

170

180

27th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with OFGEM on Distribution Network Operator margins and profits; and if he will make a statement.

Energy network price controls are a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator and, by law, must be set independently of Government. Government welcomes Ofgem’s recent proposals for the next set of price controls (due to start in 2021) which Ofgem estimates will save customers £5 billion over 5 years. Government expects network companies to act in the best interests of consumers and welcomes the voluntary returns that have been made by some network companies in this price control. Ofgem estimates that these will benefit customers by more than £650 million. We expect the remaining companies to follow suit.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of smart meters on (a) domestic household energy bills and (b) the level of domestic energy switching; and if he will make a statement.

Smart Meters are forecast to reduce household bills by £300m by 2020. Smart Energy GB have also found that 86% of people with a smart meter have already made energy saving changes to their behaviour, while British Gas have reported that their dual fuel smart meter customers are reducing their energy consumption by almost 4% on average.

Smart meters offer real-time information on energy usage in pounds and pence, enabling consumers to better understand their bills and how they use energy. Ofgem’s Consumer Engagement Survey for 2017 showed that consumers who say they have a smart meter are more likely to have switched supplier in the past 12 months (23% versus 17% who don’t say they have a smart meter). The survey is available here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/consumer-engagement-survey-2017

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the viability of the future of the Energy Companies Obligation scheme; and if he will make a statement.

The Department will shortly consult on the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme that will run until March 2022. We propose focusing the scheme on low income and vulnerable households to reduce fuel poverty and support more innovation and as the Clean Growth Strategy published last October stated we will continue to enact support for home energy efficiency measures to 2028 at least at the current level of ECO funding.

6th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of not bringing forward new funds through the Levy Control Framework before 2025 on future renewable and low-carbon investment in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The Government’s sustained support for clean energy has led to dramatic falls in the costs of some renewable electricity generation technologies. For example, Government support has helped halve the Contracts for Difference strike prices needed to bring forward new offshore wind projects.

Nevertheless, the Government is committed to keeping energy costs as low as possible in order to protect consumers. In Autumn Budget 2017 the Government announced the Control for Low Carbon Levies, which sets out that there will be no new low carbon electricity levies until the burden of such costs is falling.

The Control does not rule out future support for any technology. In addition, all existing contracts and contracts and commitments will be respected, including the commitment of up to £557 million (in 2011-12 prices) for further Contracts for Difference confirmed in the recent Clean Growth Strategy. The significant cost reductions that were achieved in the last Contracts for Difference auction indicate that this support could secure far more low carbon electricity than originally anticipated.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Regional Growth Fund money has been allocated to the West Midlands.

The Regional Growth Fund was established to support job creation and economic growth. The West Midlands has been allocated £430 million of RGF funding.

1st Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the change in level of the network cost component of household energy bills in each year since 2010.

The table below outlines the network cost component of the average dual fuel bill from 2013 to 2016. This is the longest period for which there is comparable data for a dual fuel (gas and electricity) bill.

These data are published by Ofgem and based on realised costs as reported by the six largest energy companies in their annual Consolidated Segmental Statements, which can be found - https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2018/02/february-bills-prices-profits.pdf

Year

Average dual fuel household energy bill

Network cost component

2013

£1,286

£276 (21%)

2014

£1,190

£278 (23%)

2015

£1,165

£279 (24%)

2016

£1,123

£292 (26%)

1st Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the reasons for the change in the level of fuel poverty between 2014 and 2015; and if he will make a statement.

Whether a household is classified as fuel poor depends on the interaction between three key factors: household incomes, household energy efficiency and fuel prices. Between 2014 and 2015 incomes for all groups increased, however the rise for lower income households was relatively small. This may have resulted in some low income households being reclassified as fuel poor in 2015. Furthermore, the number of households classified as fuel poor in 2015 is lower than the peak number of household in 2009.

Our primary focus is on reducing the severity of fuel poverty by improving home energy efficiency. The energy efficiency of fuel poor homes is improving with 835,000 fewer E, F or G rated fuel poor homes in 2015 compared to 2010.

We are committed to keeping bills down for all households. Last year Ofgem introduced a safeguard tariff, capping the amount suppliers can charge pre-payment meter customers. The safeguard tariff cap was recently extended to those getting the Warm Home Discount so that five million vulnerable people are now protected. We have also just introduced new measures into Parliament on capping energy prices for domestic customers on standard variable or default tariffs by the end of the year that will bring even more benefits to customers.

1st Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking which support job creation schemes in Coventry South constituency.

Government is supporting local jobs growth and economic development through the £131.84m Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal, estimated by the Local Enterprise Partnership to create 7,500 new jobs and support the local area’s aspirations to build on its advanced manufacturing and engineering strengths.

The investment programme is already bringing forward key employment sites including the recently opened One Friargate building in Coventry, the first phase in the development of a new business district, and the ambitious regeneration of Coventry City Centre South.

The Government has made available £35m funding to unlock a new development in Whitley near Coventry, which will become home to nearly 3,000 highly-skilled engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs.

27th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of fuel poverty in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.

The table below shows the number and proportion of households living in fuel poverty in Coventry and the West Midlands from 2008 to the latest data available (2015).

Year

West Midlands

Coventry

Fuel Poor Households

Percent Fuel Poor

Fuel Poor Households

Percent Fuel Poor

2008

403,000

18%

-

-

2009

346,000

15%

-

-

2010

306,000

14%

-

-

2011

323,000

14%

20,000

16%

2012

340,200

15.2%

20,500

16.3%

2013

320,000

13.9%

20,600

15.9%

2014

279,700

12.1%

16,800

13.0%

2015

316,000

13.5%

18,900

14.4%

Household figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

We do not have data available for Coventry before 2011 due to our fuel poverty methodology change from the 10% measure to Low Income High Cost.

The latest sub-regional fuel poverty statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-sub-regional-statistics

22nd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people living in fuel poverty in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry in each of the last six years.

The table below shows the number and proportion of households living in fuel poverty in the West Midlands and Coventry, from 2012 to 2015: 2016 data will not be available until summer 2018, and 2017 data will not be available until summer 2019.

West Midlands

Coventry

Fuel Poor Households

Percent Fuel Poor

Fuel Poor Households

Percent Fuel Poor

2012

340,200

15.2%

20,500

16.3%

2013

320,000

13.9%

20,600

15.9%

2014

279,700

12.1%

16,800

13.0%

2015

316,000

13.5%

18,900

14.4%

Household figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

The latest sub-regional fuel poverty statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-sub-regional-statistics

21st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of business start-ups in (a) the Midlands and (b) Coventry.

Our Industrial Strategy aims to make Britain the best place to start and grow a business, and a global draw for the most innovative companies.

The British Business Bank (BBB) programmes are supporting £4 billion of finance to over 65,000 smaller businesses (as at end Sept 2017), whilst the Start Up Loans programme had lent £392.1m to more than 53,000 entrepreneurs (at end of January 2018). We will also offer support for SMEs in future sectors to tackle barriers growth. This will include a further £900m in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for start-ups that are developing new propositions that respond to key global challenges

The Government also provides support to start-up businesses across England through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline. In addition we have funded the provision of tailored advice and support through the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub and across the Midlands via the establishment of a Growth Hubs in each Local Enterprise Partnership area.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub provides support to businesses in Coventry and includes a number of bespoke business support schemes for start-ups. The Government supported British Business Bank also has start-up loans available for small businesses in Coventry and the Midlands, including through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 2 February 2018, HCWS445, on energy policy; if he will publish a list of the items that the £2,275,000 is planned to be spent on.

The Contingency Fund advance was sought to enable the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to establish a new domestic civil nuclear safeguards regime ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and Euratom on 29th March 2019.

ONR has already begun some preparatory work to deliver the regime but requires this cash advance to move to its next phase of project implementation which includes financial commitments towards recruitment and asset purchases, to be able to deliver the regime ahead of day 1 of exit.ONR has already begun some preparatory work to deliver the regime but requires this cash advance to move to its next phase of project implementation which includes financial commitments towards recruitment and asset purchases, to be able to deliver the regime ahead of day 1 of exit.ONR has already begun some preparatory work to deliver the regime but requires this cash advance to move to its next phase of project implementation which includes financial commitments towards recruitment and asset purchases, to be able to deliver the regime ahead of day 1 of exit.ONR has already begun some preparatory work to deliver the regime but requires this cash advance to move to its next phase of project implementation which includes financial commitments towards recruitment and asset purchases, to be able to deliver the regime ahead of day 1 of exit.

The cash advance is required, in particular, to cover matters including: establishing and running a project team, procuring an IT Information Management System, recruitment and training of inspectors, drafting the regulatory framework and providing technical support to BEIS in its international negotiations relating to nuclear safeguards.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the spending from the public purse to date on the smart meter roll-out; and if he will make a statement.

The smart meter roll-out is being funded from investment by energy suppliers and network operators.

The only expenditure relating to the Smart Metering Implementation Programme that comes from the public purse is the direct cost to Government of delivering the Programme.

This represents around 1% of the Programme’s total costs, for which estimates are set out in the latest version of the Government’s cost-benefit analysis of the Programme:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-meter-roll-out-gb-cost-benefit-analysis.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing for the (a) reskilling and (b) retraining of employees in the coal sector as result of its policy to phase out unabated coal by 2025.

The Government is clear that we need to build an economy that delivers good, skilled, well-paid jobs and creates the conditions for competitive, world leading businesses to prosper and grow right across the UK. To foster this, last year we published the Clean Growth Strategy and the Industrial Strategy White Paper.

We recognise that the continued transition away from coal generation, which has been underway for some years, will have an impact on jobs and communities. Analysis suggests that the majority of coal plants are likely to close ahead of the intervention in 2025.

We expect that the losses in activity associated with the closure of unabated coal generators will be compensated by increased activity in new, clean generation. We want all regions of the UK to benefit from the creation of new jobs in the clean economy. Our new Local Energy Programme will support local areas to develop their capability and capacity to unlock local clean energy and low carbon opportunities.

6th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of launching, running and closing the Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation Programme Competition.

As set out in the National Audit Office report published in January 2017, the Government spent £100 million on the Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation Programme Competition.

The full report, ‘Carbon Capture and Storage: the second competition for government support’ is available at: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Carbon-Capture-and-Storage-the-second-competition-for-government-support.pdf

6th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the average spend on energy bills by UK households in each year since 2010.

Based on estimated average annual consumption figures of 3,800kWh for standard electricity and 15,000kWh for gas, BEIS has published the following figures. Note that 2017 figures are provisional, with actual figures being published in March.

In real terms, average (standard) electricity and gas bills (in 2010 prices) are:

Electricity

Gas

Combined

2010

£474

£564

£1,038

2011

£503

£605

£1,108

2012

£523

£662

£1,185

2013

£547

£690

£1,237

2014

£551

£701

£1,252

2015

£541

£661

£1,202

2016

£532

£591

£1,123

2017(p)

£552

£564

£1,116

Notes:

Figures in the table can be found in Table 221 and Table 231 of Quarterly Energy Prices:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-energy-prices-december-2017

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of methodology used in the Committee on Climate Change report, published on 17 January 2018 and what assessment his Department has made of whether the UK is on course to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets.

The independent Committee on Climate Change is a vital part of the Climate Change Act framework, and the Government welcomes the scrutiny it provides.

We are currently reviewing the report and the recommendations contained within it.

We remain fully committed to meeting our carbon budgets and our ambitious Clean Growth Strategy sets out how we intend to do this. Our latest estimates show that we are on track to be 97% and 95% of the way to meeting our fourth and fifth carbon budgets respectively, even before many of the new policies and proposals in the Clean Growth Strategy are taken into account.

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report State of Clean Energy Investment, published 16 January 2018; and if he will make a statement.

As part of our commitment to clean growth, we are always interested in the views of external organisations and their predictions and recommendations.

The UK is a world leader in clean growth and has invested more than £52 billion in renewable energy in the UK since 2010. Our Industrial Strategy sets out how we want to make sure that the UK continues to reap the benefits from the transition to a low carbon economy. That’s why we are investing £2.5 billion to support low carbon innovation in the UK between 2015 and 2021, and are making Clean Growth a priority of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund,

In addition, Government has established a Green Finance Taskforce to accelerate the growth of green finance and look for ways in which the Government can further support investment in low carbon deals.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse to date of the (a) Hinkley Point C and (b) Moorside nuclear projects.

The estimated cost to the Department to date for Hinkley Point C, for the internal project team and external advisers, is approximately £26m. Since the Moorside project is in predevelopment phase, we do not have a project specific estimate of Departmental costs.

13th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry South constituency are employed in the automotive industry.

In 2016 the Automotive manufacturing industry employed 54,000 in the West Midlands region with 7,000 of these employed in the Coventry South constituency.

These figures come from publicly available data collected by the Office for National Statistics’ Business registers and Employment Survey and can be accessed via their NOMIS database - https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/

1st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes will have been offered a smart meter in the West Midlands by the end of 2017.

We do not hold this information.

Energy suppliers have their own individual systems and criteria for recording offers for installations of a smart meter.

The rollout of smart meters is on track to deliver significant benefits, including putting an end to estimated bills, and is set to save consumers £300m in 2020 alone.

Suppliers are mandated by government to offer every household and small business a smart meter by 2020, and remain committed to this target.

30th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on the UK continuing to be legally bound by the Paris Agreement after the UK leaves the EU.

The UK will continue to be legally bound by the Paris Agreement after it leaves the EU; this is because it is Party to the Agreement both in its own right and through the EU.

Climate change is one of the most serious issues that we are facing and we remain firmly committed to the Paris Agreement and our emissions reduction and climate finance efforts, which are the result of this commitment. Climate change can only be tackled by nations working together and we will continue to work closely with the EU on this issue.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the nuclear industry in each year since 2010; and what forecast he has made of the number of people employed in that industry in each year to 2025.

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group conducts, as part of its activities, a labour market intelligence gathering exercise across the sector to produce an annual Nuclear Workforce Assessment (NWA), which identifies the sector’s forward demand requirements. However, the first NWA report was published in 2014, with a subsequent iteration released in 2015, to improve the estimates for job figures across the industry, and as such we are not able to provide an accurate estimation before this date. The estimate for total demand across the nuclear industry (in Full Time Equivalents) for 2014 and 2015 is 70,000 and 77,000 respectively.

The latest NWA published in July 2017 estimates the total demand each year to 2025 in FTEs as follows: 2016 – 84,000, 2017 – 87,000; 2018 – 89,000; 2019 – 90,000; 2020 – 96,000; 2021 – 100,000; 2022 – 100,000; 2023 – 97,000; 2024 – 94,000; 2025 – 90,000.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has allocated to the Green Finance Taskforce in each of the next three years.

The Green Finance Taskforce is a voluntary group of senior leaders from the finance sector who will deliver recommendations to help Government accelerate the growth of green finance, deliver the investment required to meet our domestic carbon reduction targets and consolidate our leadership in financing international clean investment.

No funding is allocated to the Taskforce or its Secretariat.

21st Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on a cap for default tariffs which are not standard variable tariffs; and if he will make a statement.

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee are scrutinising the Government’s Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill. The draft bill would require Ofgem to impose a cap on all standard variable and default tariffs, and defines a default tariff as a rate or amount charged for if the customer fails to choose an alternative rate.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the preparation and publication of the independent report, entitled Cost of energy, published on 25 October 2017; and if he will make a statement.

The reviewer, Professor Dieter Helm, was paid £500 per day, for 30 days work. Members of the advisory panel were not paid. The Department also reimbursed the travel costs of the reviewer and advisory panel members, which amount to £410. A small team in BEIS supported the reviewer in the conduct of the review, in particular by providing publicly available information.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has for additional support to assist vulnerable people with their energy bills in winter 2017-18; and if he will make a statement.

Four and half million households on pre-payment meters are already protected by a price cap that came into effect in April. Ofgem is consulting on extending this to a further one million vulnerable households this winter.

The Government also provides £140 a year for over 2 million low income households through the Warm Home Discount, between £100-£300 a year for pensioners through Winter Fuel Payments, and £25 a week for low income and vulnerable households during a cold snap through Cold Weather Payments.

In April 2017 the Government reformed the Energy Company Obligation so that it has a greater focus on low income and vulnerable households. The current scheme, which is worth £640m per year and runs to October 2018 is expected to deliver over 300,000 measures, helping to make homes warmer now and for years to come.

3rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the implications for his Department's policies are of the policy proposals outlined in the independent report Cost of energy published on 25 October 2017; and if he will make a statement.

As the review by Professor Dieter Helm is independent, we will now take the time to assess carefully its findings. We have published a Call for Evidence to gather views from industry, academics, businesses and consumer groups.

2nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average level of outstanding household energy bill debt in each year since 2010; what estimate he has made of the number of fuel-poor households which will remain in properties insulated below Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030; and if he will make a statement.

Ofgem’s Domestic Suppliers Social Obligation: 2011 Annual Report shows the average level of consumer debt held by energy consumers in 2010 was £360 for electricity and £339 for gas, and in 2011 £357 for electricity and £371 for gas. The Ofgem report ‘vulnerable consumers in the retail energy market 2017’ shows the average level of debt at the point customers start to repay “take-on debt” from 2012 to 2016. The methodology for reporting debt levels changed in 2012. This means it is not possible to provide a like for like comparison from 2010 through to 2016.

Figure 6 in the Ofgem report shows the average level of debt from 2012 to 2016, and can be found at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/10/consumer_vulnerability_report_web_003.pdf

The fuel poverty strategy has interim milestones to improve fuel poor homes to Band E by 2020 and Band D by 2025. This guides an approach to targeting the least energy efficient properties first, as they are facing the most severe problem. The latest official statistics show that there were 835,000 fewer E, F or G rated fuel poor homes in 2015 compared to 2010. This focus on the least energy efficient homes does mean that fewer D rated homes are improved to Band C, within the same budget. The latest statistics show that 8% of fuel poor households are were rated Band C or better in 2015 and this is projected to increase to 11% in 2017.

We will continue to make progress towards the fuel poverty milestones and 2030 target. The Clean Growth Strategy recently committed to at least £640m of support per year for home energy efficiency through to 2028 and we will be consulting in the new year on our proposals for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to run from 2018 to 2022. In parallel, we will be considering the best forms of support for home energy efficiency over the longer term for subsequent consultation.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the average spend on domestic energy bills by household Energy Performance Certificate rating in the last 12 months for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.

The Department’s latest assessment of the cost of households’ energy requirements, split by their EPC rating, is contained within the Clean Growth Strategy:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651916/BEIS_The_Clean_Growth_online_12.10.17.pdf (see page 73).

To derive these costs, these estimates make standardised assumptions about the temperature a home is heated to, its hot water use and lighting patterns (these assumptions are consistent with those contained within EPCs). Households’ actual energy use may differ - for example where households heat their home to different levels, or use more or less hot water than assumed.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of profit made by distribution network operators in the last 12 months.

According to Ofgem, the energy regulator, the forecasted Return on Regulatory Equity for electricity Distribution Network Operators across the sector is 9.03%, and this ranges between 7.26% and 11.5% for individual companies. These figures are an eight year average over the current price control (2015-2023). Further information is available at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/02/riio-ed1_annual_report_2015-16.pdf

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 108128, on energy: debts, what steps his Department is taking to support vulnerable consumers with debts associated with unpaid energy bills.

Ofgem’s Standard Licence Condition 27 requires suppliers to offer customers experiencing difficulties paying their energy bills the following:

  • A means where payment may be deducted at source from benefits received by that customer;

  • Regular instalments paid through a means other than a prepayment meter - taking all reasonable steps to ascertain the customer’s ability to pay; and

  • Using a prepayment meter, where it is safe and reasonably practicable in all the circumstances of the case for the Domestic Customer to do so, and taking all reasonable steps to ascertain the customer’s ability to pay.

Meanwhile, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy continues to work closely with the Regulator on initiatives such as removing barriers that vulnerable customers face in switching to cheaper suppliers.

23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2017 to Question 106537, on Energy: prices, what estimate he has made of the length of time it will take Ofgem to consult stakeholders before introducing an energy price cap.

This is a matter for Ofgem. However, the provisions of the draft Bill allow Ofgem to consult on the methodology and the licence condition to implement the cap to take place during the passage of the Bill through Parliament. The provisions of the Bill also require Ofgem to implement the cap as soon as practicable after Royal Assent.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of energy customers in Coventry South constituency who are on (a) standard variable and (b) default tariffs.

The Department collects data from energy companies by public electricity supplier (PES) regions; data is not available by parliamentary constituency. In the West Midlands, 61% of gas and electricity customers are estimated to be on variable tariffs.

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on the proportion of energy customers on standard variable tariffs who are also in receipt of the winter fuel payment for each of the last seven years.

The Department does not hold data on the tariffs paid by those in receipt of winter fuel payments. The Department estimates the proportions of all customers who are on variable tariffs, in the table below; data prior to 2013 is not available.

Year

Proportion of customers on variable tariffs

2013

80%

2014

74%

2015

71%

2016

68%

Data are published in Quarterly Energy Prices in tables, 2.4.2 and 2.5.2 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/quarterly-domestic-energy-price-stastics

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the level of personal debt associated with unpaid energy bills; and if he will make a statement.

Figures on levels of personal debt associated with unpaid energy are sourced from the Ofgem report ‘vulnerable consumers in the retail energy market 2017’. Ofgem estimates that in 2016 the proportions of customers in debt for gas by nation were: England: 2.5%, Scotland: 2.7%, and Wales: 2.3%. For electricity the proportions are similar with England: 2.5%, Scotland: 2.5%, and Wales: 2.2%. The average level of debt owed at the point customers started repaying was for gas £622 and for electricity £628.

The full report can be found at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/10/consumer_vulnerability_report_web.pdf

When a supplier becomes aware a customer is having difficulties paying their energy bills they are required by license conditions to offer:

  • A means where payment may be deducted at source from benefits received by that customer;
  • Regular instalments paid through a means other than a prepayment meter - taking all reasonable steps to ascertain the customer’s ability to pay.
  • using a prepayment meter, where it is safe and reasonably practicable in all the circumstances of the case for the Domestic Customer to do so, and taking all reasonable steps to ascertain the customer’s ability to pay.
16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of competition conditions for domestic supply contracts within the retail energy market; and if he will make a statement.

Since 2010, the number of domestic energy suppliers in the UK has increased from 13 to over 60 and independent suppliers now have over 20% share of the dual fuel market. In addition, almost 3 million electricity and gas switches took place between January and July this year.

However, the Competition and Markets Authority has found that millions of domestic energy customers were paying around £1.4 billion annually more than they would if the market were functioning effectively. On 12 October the Government published a draft Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny that would require Ofgem to put in place a temporary price cap on standard variable and default tariffs.

11th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of homes insulated at Energy Performance Certificate Band D or below in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

The energy performance ratings of homes are influenced by a number of factors beyond insulation, including the heating system deployed.

Since 2010 the number of homes in England rated EPC band D or below has fallen by 2.4 million.

Table: Number of homes (000’s) in England rated EPC band D or below

Number of homes (000’s)

Percentage of homes

2010

18,588

86%

2011

18,465

84%

2012

17,714

81%

2013

17,347

77%

2014

16,630

74%

2015

16,208

72%

Based on weighted English Housing Survey data

Since 2013, around 2.3 million energy efficiency measures were installed in around 1.8 million properties in Great Britain through the Energy Company Obligation and under Green Deal related schemes to the end of July 2017. Around 1.5 million of these installed measures were insulation measures.

10th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of energy customers who are currently on standard variable tariffs; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy estimates of customers on variable tariffs are shown in the table below.

Proportion (%)

Number of customers (million)

Gas (GB only)

63

14.2

Electricity

64

17.9

Estimates are produced from a survey of the largest energy suppliers, which covers around 83% of the market. This survey collects information on customer numbers by tariff, and BEIS categorises the data as either fixed or variable based on the tariff name supplied. The estimates for variable tariffs shown will also include some customers on non-standard variable tariffs.

This data is published as part of the quarterly energy price (QEP) statistics which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/quarterly-domestic-energy-price-stastics.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of fuel-poor homes which are insulated below Energy Performance Certificate Band C in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

The number of fuel poor households which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) below Band C can be seen in the table below:

Band F/G

Band E

Band D

Total Below Band C

Number of fuel poor households (000’s)

Proportion of all in this Band that are fuel poor (%)

Number of fuel poor households (000’s)

Proportion of all in this Band that are fuel poor (%)

Number of fuel poor households (000’s)

Proportion of all in this Band that are fuel poor (%)

Number of fuel poor households (000’s)

Proportion of all in this Band that are fuel poor (%)

2010

531

25

1,227

20

694

7

2,452

13

2011

447

24

1,146

20

772

7

2,365

13

2012

348

23

1,015

20

893

8

2,256

13

2013

313

23

875

20

1,055

9

2,243

13

2014

287

24

758

20

1,199

10

2,244

13

2015

278

27

736

20

1,337

12

2,351

15

The most recent official statistics are for the year 2015. The data above is from the fuel poverty national statistics publication which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-trends-2017

Since April 2017, the Energy Company Obligation has been 70% focussed on low income households. The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of over 300,000 homes per year. Combined with rebates of £140 for over 2 million low income households through the Warm Home Discount, this will be over £770m of support in 2017/18.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the statutory obligation on Ofgem to consult with energy firms on an energy price cap across standard variable tariffs on the time taken to implement such a cap.

The draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill was published for pre-legislative scrutiny on the 12th October 2017. Clause 2 (3) of the draft Bill requires Ofgem to consult certain stakeholders on the methodology. Clause 1 of the draft Bill sets out a requirement for Ofgem to modify the standard licence condition to impose a cap as soon as practicable after the Act is passed.

13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants in his Department made use of a cycle-to-work scheme in each of the last five years.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was created on 14 July 2016. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) were merged to create this new department.

The table below shows the number of civil service employees in BEIS, and before BEIS was created, the combined total within DECC and BIS, over the last five years.

Year

Number of Civil Service Employees using Cycle to Work Scheme

2017 (until 30 September 2017)

78

2016

79

2015

111

2014

105

2013

47

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of Government policy on trends in the average cost of domestic dual fuel energy bills over the last five years.

After an increase in 2013, average household dual fuel bills declined in real terms between 2013 and 2016. Actions taken to tackle emissions have helped to reduce average energy bills for households as efficiency savings have more than offset the increased cost of supporting low carbon technologies.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) estimate that the cost of policies delivering cleaner energy, support for vulnerable households, and investing in upgrading our buildings account for around 12 per cent (around £140) of an average household dual fuel bill in 2016. However, these costs are on average more than offset by savings from improvements to the energy efficiency of people’s homes. The CCC estimate that household energy efficiency improvements made since 2008 are delivering average bill savings of around £290 per year, driven in large part by government policy.

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the percentage change in the cost for the average domestic dual fuel bill for customers of (a) British Gas, (b) EDF, (c) Npower, (d) E.ON, (e) Scottish Power and (f) SSE since 2010.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy collect data from energy companies on the price of energy. This data is collected in confidence and therefore cannot be provided by individual supplier.

In real terms, the cost of an average annual UK domestic energy bill based on fixed consumption levels[1] for combined gas and standard electricity increased year on year from 2010 to 2014 but fell between 2014 and 2016. Overall from 2010 to 2016, bills increased by 8.4 per cent, assuming fixed consumption. However, over this time period average household consumption of gas and electricity also fell, in large part as a result of improved energy efficiency. Based on actual consumption, bills were slightly lower in 2016 than 2010, although this reflects colder than average temperatures in 2010.

Data based on fixed consumption can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/annual-domestic-energy-price-statistics. Information on the impact of variable consumption can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/604317/Domestic_energy_bills_in_2016_-_the_impact_of_variable_consumption.pdf.

Additionally, individual companies have published their total revenue from sales of domestic gas and electricity through the consolidated segmental reports which can be found here:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/06/links_to_consolidated_segmental_statements_0.pdf

[1] Consumption levels: 3,800kWh for electricity and 15,000kWh for gas

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 78 of the publication entitled Queen's Speech 2017: background briefing notes, if his Department will estimate the number of vulnerable energy customers on the poorest value tariffs who will be covered by extending energy price protection; and if he will make a statement.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has written to the Chief Executive of Ofgem asking him to advise on what action the regulator intends to take to safeguard consumers on the poorest value tariffs and to consider the future of standard variable tariffs. The Secretary of State will consider Ofgem’s proposals and their potential impact on vulnerable consumers, in deciding on how to proceed.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises are not adversely affected as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Ministers and officials have engaged extensively on EU exit with businesses and trade bodies across all regions of the UK. My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has been meeting regularly with the five main employer bodies, including the Federation for Small Business. We want to achieve the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership - one that works for UK businesses. We plan to be ambitious in the upcoming negotiations and will secure the best possible access for firms to trade with and operate in the European market.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of people in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry South constituency will be covered by the Government's proposals to safeguard customers on the poorest value tariff.

Ofgem is considering options to protect vulnerable consumers and has yet to announce a formal proposal.

6th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support micro-enterprises in Coventry South constituency.

British Business Bank programmes are supporting finance to smaller businesses, with one of the main programmes administered by the Start-Up Loans Company. As of 31st May 2017, there were 68 start-up loans worth £493,000 in the Coventry South constituency.

Micro-enterprises in the Coventry South constituency have access to the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub which can provide tailored advice and support. The Business Support helpline also provides information and guidance over the phone, via e-mail, webchat and social media.

6th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support small business growth in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.

Small businesses are vital to our economy and so it is important we do all we can to make the UK a great place to start and grow a business.

Government has actively supported and invested in the creation of a network of Growth Hubs to provide businesses with tailored advice and support at the local level.

In the West Midlands, including Coventry, this is delivered by six Local Enterprise Partnership led Growth Hubs. The Business Support helpline also provides information and guidance over the phone, via email, webchat and social media.

To stimulate innovation and growth in the region, Innovate UK in 2016-17 committed almost £36.1m to 110 projects for SMEs based in the West Midlands.

In addition, the soon to be launched Midlands Engine Investment Fund, aims to boost the region’s economy and support the growth ambitions of its smaller businesses. It will facilitate investment of over £250 million across the region to help SMEs to achieve their growth ambitions, revitalise local economies and create jobs.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on the closure of the Rough gas storage facility on domestic gas prices; and if he will make a statement.

Centrica Storage Ltd’s decision to close the Rough gas storage facility is a commercial decision based on the age of the asset and the costs of repair. As such, we do not have the information to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effect on wholesale gas prices of maintaining the gas storage facility at Rough. However, Rough was unavailable in the market last winter, and we believe this was largely expected by market participants so we don’t expect any significant effect on prices.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether the smart meter roll-out is proceeding according to timetable; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to ensuring that every home and small business in the country is offered a smart meter the end of 2020. The Programme is making good progress and consumers are already benefiting from smart meters. There are now almost 7 million meters operating across homes and business in Great Britain: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statistical-release-and-data-smart-meters-great-britain-quarter-1-2017

4th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK energy security of any change in ownership of the NuGen power station at Moorside; and if he will make a statement.

There are no security of supply implications arising from the potential change in ownership of NuGen. The UK has established processes through the Capacity Market to ensure security of supply through a diverse range of generation assets.

4th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the completion date for the NuGen nuclear power station at Moorside; and if he will make a statement.

Toshiba are considering options for the sale of NuGen, who are currently undertaking an internal strategic review looking at options to take forward their proposed project at Moorside. The project timetable will be dependent on decisions made in the light of this review.

4th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on establishing a Shale Environmental Regulator; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has been recently elected and its approach to implementing the manifesto proposals, including the establishment of a Shale Environmental Regulator, has yet to be finalised.

4th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether any planning applications have been submitted for new onshore wind farms since 9 June 2017; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is not held by the Department at this time.

The Department maintains the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD), which tracks the progress of new renewable energy projects, including onshore wind projects, as they move through the planning system. The database is updated and published on a monthly basis. An update for June 2017 will be published shortly on the Department’s website at:

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

It should be noted that the REPD shows projects that have applied for planning permission in the previous month or earlier for projects with a capacity greater than, or equal to, 1MW. Therefore, planning applications that were submitted in June may appear in later monthly REPD updates.

29th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the total compensation payable to the NNB Generation Company in the event of the shutdown of the Hinkley Point C project due to the existing Secretary of State Investor Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

Under the Secretary of State Investor Agreement (SOSIA) the total compensation payable to the NNB Generation Company in the event of the shutdown of the Hinkley Point C project is set down in the Departmental Minute* laid before Parliament on 21 October 2015. This explains:

Under the SOSIA, in certain, highly unlikely, scenarios e.g. HMG permanently prevents the construction or operation of the facility or a reactor or where there is a political shut down of HPC by a UK, EU or international Competent Authority, payments could be up to around £22bn excluding non-decommissioning operational costs that may be incurred after any shutdown. However, the liability to make payments under the SOSIA is almost entirely within the control of HMG.

*http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/425357%5Coriginal%5C20151021%20Minute%20to%20Parliament%20HPC%20contingent%20liabilities.docx

27th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of households (a) with prepayment meters, (b) on standard variable tariffs and (c) on fixed-price tariffs; what the average price paid was for a dual fuel energy bill on each available tariff and type in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

Customer proportions and energy bill estimates are based on a BEIS survey of energy providers which covers around 84 per cent of the market. This data is published as part of our Quarterly Energy Prices publication.

a) At the end of Q1 2017 the proportion of GB households on a prepayment meter was 14 per cent for standard electricity, 21 per cent for Economy 7 electricity and 13 per cent for gas.

b) At the end of Q1 2017 the proportion of GB households on variable tariffs was 66 per cent for standard electricity and 65 per cent for gas.

c) Data is supplied to BEIS in confidence so dual fuel bills are not available for each individual tariff, however aggregate statistics of average bills by payment and tariff type can be published. The table below shows average 2016 dual fuel bills based on combined UK standard electricity bills and GB gas bills, using consumption levels of 3,800kWh/year of standard electricity and 15,000kWh/year of gas.

Credit

Direct Debit

Prepayment

Variable Tariff

£1345

£1269

£1337

Fixed Tariff

£1233

£1059

£1309

Domestic energy price statistics are also published by Ofgem at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/data-portal/retail-market-indicators.

27th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will publish a Green Paper examining markets that are not working fairly for consumers; and if he will make a statement.

The Government will in due course publish a Green Paper that will examine markets which are not working fairly for consumers.

27th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 78 of the background document to the Queen's Speech 2017, published on 21 June 2016, how his Department will extend price protection for those on the poorest value tariffs; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to extending price protection currently in place for some vulnerable customers to more customers on the poorest value tariffs.

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State has written to the Chief Executive Officer of Ofgem to ask for advice on what action the regulator might take to safeguard customers on these tariffs. This Department will consider how to proceed in light of his response.

27th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many civil servants work full-time in the shale gas team in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

The staff allocation to the shale gas team is 12.4 full time equivalents for this financial year (2017/2018).

27th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to publish a clean growth plan; and if he will make a statement.

We want the Clean Growth Plan to be an ambitious, robust and clear blueprint for Britain’s low carbon future, and are working with colleagues across Government to ensure it meets these criteria.

We will publish the Clean Growth Plan when Parliament sits again after summer recess.

19th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support investment in science research at universities in the West Midlands.

The Government is fully committed to maintaining the UK’s world-leading science, research and higher education base.

According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data, eleven institutions in the West Midlands, which includes the Universities of Warwick; Birmingham; and Aston, received public research funding from Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Research Councils totalling £188 million in 2015/16.

The Autumn Statement 2016 announcement of an extra £2 billion a year in research and development by 2020-21 underlines the place of science and innovation at the heart of this Government’s industrial strategy.

19th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support investment in science research at universities in Coventry.

The Government is fully committed to maintaining the UK’s world-leading science, research and higher education base.

According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data the University of Warwick and Coventry University received public research funding from Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Research Councils of £72.6 million and £4.32 million respectively in 2015/16.

The Autumn Statement 2016 announcement of an extra £2 billion a year in research and development by 2020-21 underlines the place of science and innovation at the heart of this Government’s industrial strategy.

28th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2017 to Question 68609, what estimate his Department has made of the average (a) spend on household energy bills as a percentage of household expenditure and (b) real term spent per household on energy bills in each year since 2010.

The average expenditure on household energy bills as a proportion of total expenditure is as follows:

Proportion of total expenditure spent on domestic

2010

4.5%

2011

4.6%

2012

4.7%

2013

5.1%

2014

4.9%

2015/16

4.4%

Based on data from ONS’s living costs and food survey (table A6): https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/expenditure/datasets/detailedhouseholdexpenditurebygrossincomedecilegroupuktablea6

The average annual bills in real terms from 2010 are as follows:

Standard Electricity

Gas

Combined

2010

£474

£564

£1,038

2011

£503

£605

£1,108

2012

£523

£662

£1,185

2013

£547

£690

£1,237

2014

£552

£701

£1,253

2015

£541

£662

£1,203

2016

£533

£592

£1,125

Based on a fixed consumption of 3,800kWh for standard electricity and 15,000kWh for gas. Data are taken from tables 2.2.1 and 2.3.1 of energy prices: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/annual-domestic-energy-price-statistics

28th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2017 to Question 68280, if he will publish the evidential basis for the statement that 500,000 homes will be insulated between April 2017 and September 2018; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published the ‘ECO: Help to Heat’ Final Stage Impact Assessment in January 2017. The number of homes treated under ECO 2 (April 2015 – March 2017) and the estimated number of homes treated under the ECO extension period (April 2017 – September 2018) are presented in section 9.4 (page 10) in the Final Stage Impact Assessment. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/586266/ECO_Transition_Final_Stage_IA__For_Publication_.pdf

27th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the level of Government funding for the Citizens Advice Service in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands in the last five years.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provides an annual core grant to Citizen Advice (CitA), the umbrella body for the Citizen Advice Service in England and Wales to support the delivery of essential central services to the local Citizens Advice offices.

BEIS does not hold information about local Citizens Advice Service funding. Central Government does not provide funding directly to local individual Citizens Advice offices, core funding for which is usually provided by the local authority in which they are located.

24th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of every home having a smart meter by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is committed to ensuring that every home and small business in the country is offered a smart meter the end of 2020.

Energy suppliers’ licence conditions require them to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to roll-out smart meters to all their domestic and non-domestic customers by 31 December 2020. Ofgem is responsible for regulating energy suppliers against that obligation.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the differences in (a) future carbon and capture and storage projections detailed in his Department's publications, Energy and emissions projections 2015 and (b) Energy and emissions projections 2016; and if he will make a statement.

The Energy and Emissions Projections 2015 assumed carbon capture and storage (CCS) generation from 2025.

The Energy and Emissions Projections 2016 take into account the ending of the CCS Competition in November 2015, and assumes that CCS will not come on in any significant capacity over the period of this modelling to 2035.

21st Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of homes to be insulated through the Energy Company Obligations scheme in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

The Department estimates that around 545,000 homes (or over 360,000 a year) will be treated, with around 500,000 insulated, during the 18 month Energy Company Obligation extension (running between April 2017 and September 2018).

Estimates for the number of homes insulated in the period post September 2018 will be published alongside the consultation later this year.

20th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK energy production that will originate from natural gas in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

We estimate that the proportion of electricity produced in the UK (gross total electricity supplied) which will be generated from natural gas over the next ten years is as follows:

2017 38.80%

2018 36.78%

2019 34.50%

2020 34.76%

2021 35.38%

2022 38.99%

2023 41.13%

2024 44.58%

2025 42.19%

2026 37.20%

This excludes electricity supplied from other countries via interconnectors.

The above data is taken from the reference scenario in Annex J of BEIS’ 2016 Energy and Emissions Projections.

This and other scenarios with differing economic growth and fossil fuel prices are available online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2016

20th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the real-terms increase in household energy bills since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Between 2010 and 2016, household energy bills in real terms increased by 9.2 per cent. For gas, the increase was 5.9 per cent, whilst for electricity, it was 13 per cent. This comparison is based on bills based on average consumption levels of 15,000kWh for gas and 3,800kWh for standard electricity.

Between 2010 and 2015 domestic energy consumption on a temperature corrected basis fell by 5.2%. Consumption data for 2016 will be published in Energy Trends on March 30th.

17th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with key stakeholders in the automotive industry on the effect of the UK leaving the EU.

We have frequent conversations with key stakeholders in the automotive sector about both the challenges that leaving the EU poses and the opportunities that will become open to us, including through our partnership with the Automotive Council.

17th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the structure of the Levy Control Framework for 2021 to 2026.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a number of issues, including the Levy Control Framework.

16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the carbon reduction plan required by the Climate Change Act 2008 following the adoption of the fifth carbon budget.

The Government’s intention is to publish the plan as early on in 2017 as possible in order to move on to the delivery stage. The plan will set out how to reduce emissions through the 2020s and send an important signal to the markets, businesses and investors.

16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes due to have insulating measures installed through the Energy Company Obligation in each of the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

The Department estimates that around 520,000 homes (or 260,000 per year) will be treated with 365,000 insulated, between April 2015 and the end of the current stage of ECO (in March 2017). An additional 545,000 homes (or over 360,000 a year) will be treated, with around 500,000 insulated, during the 18 month ECO extension (running between April 2017 and September 2018).

Estimates for the number of homes insulated in the period post September 2018 will be published alongside the consultation later this year.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the completion dates for renewable energy projects across the UK for which (a) planning permission has been approved and (b) the installed capacity is to be equal to or above one gigawatt; and if he will make a statement.

In England and Wales, the following offshore wind projects have development consent and capacities equal or higher than one gigawatt: Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A (1.2GW), Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B (1.2GW), Dogger Bank Teeside A (1.2GW), Dogger Bank Teeside B (1.2GW), Hornsea One (1.2GW), Hornsea Two (1.8GW) and Triton Knoll (1.2GW).

Hornsea One is currently under construction with target commissioning dates of 31 March 2019, 31 March 2020 and 31 March 2021 for its three phases. Completion dates for the other projects listed above are not known.

In Scotland, the Moray Firth offshore wind project has consent for 1.116GW. The completion date for this project is not known.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the expiry date for the planning permission granted for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project; and if he will make a statement.

The Swansea Bay Tidal Generating Station Order 2015, which granted development consent for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, does not set an expiry date.

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the total proportion of UK energy supply which will come from renewable sources in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

The EU 2020 renewable energy target requires the UK to achieve 15% of final energy consumption from renewables in electricity generation, heating and transport by 2020.

We are currently progressing in line with the trajectory set out in the Renewable Energy Directive, having met the Directive’s interim targets for 2011/12 and 2013/14.

The latest progress report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/493857/3RD_UK_PROGRESS_REPORT_ON_RENEWABLE_ENERGY.pdf

14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of