Jo Platt Portrait

Jo Platt

Labour (Co-op) - Former Member for Leigh

First elected: 8th June 2017

Left House: 6th November 2019 (Defeated)


Jo Platt is not a member of any APPGs
2 Former APPG memberships
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Post-Brexit Funding for Nations, Regions and Local Areas
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
10th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
11th Dec 2017 - 23rd Jul 2018
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
11th Dec 2017 - 23rd Jul 2018
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
4th Dec 2017 - 11th Dec 2017


Division Voting information

Jo Platt has voted in 372 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

22 Oct 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Jo Platt voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 299
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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
Theresa May (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
David Lidington (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
Oliver Dowden (Conservative)
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(37 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(15 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(12 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(11 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Jo Platt

23rd April 2019
Jo Platt signed this EDM on Monday 30th September 2019

PROVIDING FINANCIAL RESTITUTION TO 1950s WOMEN

Tabled by: Anna McMorrin (Labour - Cardiff North)
That this House welcomes the positive interventions from many hon. Members from across the House on behalf of women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions; welcomes the equalisation of retirement ages between women and men; recalls that women born in the 1950s were subject to discriminatory employment …
225 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 131
Conservative: 24
Scottish National Party: 22
Independent: 15
Liberal Democrat: 15
Democratic Unionist Party: 9
Plaid Cymru: 3
Non-affiliated: 3
Crossbench: 2
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Green Party: 1
28th January 2019
Jo Platt signed this EDM on Thursday 7th February 2019

RATES OF PAY FOR SECURITY STAFF ON THE PARLIAMENTARY ESTATE

Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
That this House notes the valuable work done by security staff on the parliamentary estate; further notes the current dispute between security staff represented by the PCS union and the House authorities concerning overtime rates; believes that security staff recruited in summer 2016 should be paid in line with the …
94 signatures
(Most recent: 18 Mar 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 64
Scottish National Party: 13
Independent: 8
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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

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Latest 50 Written Questions

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1 Other Department Questions
26th Apr 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether Huawei equipment is used in the parliamentary (a) telecoms and communications network and (b) security and surveillance network.

No Huawei equipment is used in the parliamentary telecoms, communications, security or surveillance networks.

The only use of Huawei kit is for mobile cellular enhancement. Firstly, this is in devices (commonly referenced as MiFi devices) that are used to boost access to the parliamentary mobile phone provider’s network (O2) where signal strength is problematic. The MiFi devices do not connect to the Parliamentary network and should be viewed as extensions to the O2 mobile phone network. This equipment is branded O2 rather than Huawei.

Secondly, there already is, and there will be some additional, Huawei equipment installed by the four Mobile Network Operators to provide cellular signal enhancement in Parliament.

Huawei components are used by all the major mobile telephony networks in the UK. Parliament has no evidence on which to base a recommendation either in favour of or against the use of Huawei kit on such networks. The risk of mobile phone telecommunications networks use of Huawei kit is managed at a national level by the National Cyber Security Centre, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the private sector, and Parliament takes its lead from the national stance on the risks present from its use.

21st Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 359 on Electronic Government: Proof of Identity, for what reason the Answer did not publish the 46 Government services which were originally intended to be accessible through GOV.UK Verify by March 2018.

As per PQ 359 not all the services originally considering using GOV.UK Verify completed their digital transformation, or had well-evidenced need for digital identity. It is therefore not appropriate to publish these services, a number of which are no longer in existence. The current government services available through GOV.UK Verify are available on GOV.UK.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
16th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 8 October to Question 293725 on Government Chief Data Officer, until what date the objective of appointing a Chief Data Officer by 2020 applies.

No specific date has been set for the appointment, however the government remains committed to appointing within the timeframe set out in the Government Transformation Strategy.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
16th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve electoral accessibility for voters with blindness following the decision of the High Court on 3 May 2019.

The Government continues to work with the Accessibility of Elections Working Group to make an informed assessment of the most suitable options to take forward. Officials are due to hold a meeting on this topic with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) very soon

Work has been undertaken to revise guidance to electoral administrators and, with input from RNIB, to research technical solutions which will be further discussed at a dedicated sub-group.

We are also starting to bring forward measures following the Government’s response to the 2018 Call for Evidence on Access to Elections. Proposals were announced during the Queen’s Speech. This 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.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he has had with the RNIB since the 3 May 2019 decision of the High Court on electoral accessibility.

The Government continues to work with the Accessibility of Elections Working Group to make an informed assessment of the most suitable options to take forward. Officials are due to hold a meeting on this topic with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) very soon

Work has been undertaken to revise guidance to electoral administrators and, with input from RNIB, to research technical solutions which will be further discussed at a dedicated sub-group.

We are also starting to bring forward measures following the Government’s response to the 2018 Call for Evidence on Access to Elections. Proposals were announced during the Queen’s Speech. This 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.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 284390 on Public Sector: Computer Software, whether (a) his Department and (b) the GDS is monitoring the number and proportion of public sector computers transitioning from Windows 7 prior to the end of the support date.

Individual technology choices and volumes purchased rest with individual departments

The Cabinet Office will soon start work on an audit to allow for a more comprehensive and consistent approach to reviewing legacy IT in government and will support departments to understand their legacy systems and any risks associated with those systems.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many known cases of incorrect identity verification on Gov.UK Verify there have been since 2014.

We are not aware of any cases where an individual has been verified as being someone they are not, or as an identity that is fake or synthetic through GOV.UK Verify.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which 46 Government services were originally intended to be accessible through GOV.UK Verify by March 2018.

Not all the services originally considering using GOV.UK Verify are still in service, completed their digital transformation, or had well-evidenced need for digital identity. 21 services currently use GOV.UK Verify.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent correspondence he has received from each Gov.UK Verify provider on their continued participation in that scheme.

The Cabinet Office, including ministers, is in regular contact with all GOV.UK Verify identity providers. For example, we held a roundtable in July 2019. Details of ministerial meetings are published as part of routine government transparency on GOV.UK.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the call for public sector application programming interfaces will include the interoperability of databases containing citizens' data.

There is an increased desire for standards and guidance for application programming interfaces (APIs) due to their increasing popularity and the benefits they offer to departments and their users.

APIs are being used more frequently within government because they assist the interoperability of databases in an affordable and user-friendly way.

While APIs allow interoperability to enable data sharing, in government they are programmed to only share small subsections of data or “attributes”, thereby protecting identity and limiting the specific data available.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the application process for a local electoral identity document will be; and how identity will be verified.

The Government will bring forward measures to introduce voter ID when parliamentary time allows.

As was the case in the 2018 and 2019 voter ID pilots, electors who do not have any of the required types of ID will be able to apply for a locally issued electoral identity document, free of charge. We will continue building on this experience and working with the pilot authorities who have tested voter ID, the Electoral Commission, and the Cabinet Office pilot and reference group to develop a process for national implementation.

2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September to Question 286366 and with reference to page 10 of the Government Transformation Strategy, which Minister made the decision to extend the objective of appointing a Chief Data Officer from by 2020 to in 2020; and on what date that decision was made.

No decision has been made regarding an extension of the objective of appointing a Chief Data Officer It remains our intention to appoint the Chief Data Officer in the timescales set out in the Government Transformation Strategy.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291432, if he will list the job responsibilities of the Chief Data Officer role and how they will work with the Government Chief Digital Information Officer.

The role of Chief Data Officer will be outlined in due course.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
26th Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the working relationship will be between the Chief Digital Information Officer and the Chief Data Officer.

The Government Chief Digital and Information Officer (GCDIO) will lead HMG’s 17,000 strong DDaT community and be responsible for shaping and delivering HMG’s innovation and transformation strategies, the Chief Data Officer will work with the GCDIO to deliver this agenda.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent communications he has had from each Gov.UK Verify provider on their continued participation in the scheme.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2019 to Question 276285, if she will outline the responsibilities of the chief data officer role; and when she plans to appoint an individual to that position.

The Government intends to appoint a Chief Data Officer in 2020 as set out in the Government Transformation Strategy. The role of the Chief Data Officer will be outlined in due course.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 22 July 2019 to Question 278600, for what reason that Answer did not confirm whether the Government has requested an extension for Windows 7 support from Microsoft.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) provides government departments with guidance on selecting technology through the Technology Code of Practice. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technology-code-of-practice/technology-code-of-practice

Individual technology choices and volumes purchased rest with individual departments. As such, GDS does not provide guidance to departments on specific operating systems, such as Windows 7 and the Government does not hold information concerning departments choice to use Windows 7 machines centrally. Microsoft provides guidance for its operating systems should departments need specific information.

Additionally, the National Cyber Security Centre published information on their blog on the upcoming removal of Windows 7 Support. The blog post can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/one-year-left-windows-7-support

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) Cabinet and (b) former Cabinet members have returned severance payments to the public purse in the last three years.

Severance payments for Ministers are a statutory entitlement under section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991. Information relating to Cabinet Ministers’ severance payments is held by individual departments, and is published in their departmental annual report and accounts. These are published on gov.uk.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government press release New plans to make it safer for people to confirm their identity online, published 19 July 2019, under the proposals to allow organisations to digitally check identity using British passport data whether information will be held by the Government on the purpose of the verification sought.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2019 to Question 279145, on what date his Department most recently assessed the number of Government Transformation Strategy objectives on track to be met by 2020; and if he will set a time frame for the publication of this information.

The Government Transformation Strategy concludes in March 2020. The Government Digital Service (GDS) will publish an assessment of progress against the commitments set out in the strategy later in 2020.

Simon Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
18th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2019 to Question 276281 on Huawei: 5G, if he will meet with operators to raise cybersecurity CNI standards.

As stated in my answer to Question 276281 of 16 July, regular meetings take place between telecommunications operators and HM Government officials from the National Cyber Security Centre, Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of computers in the public sector that are using Windows 7; and whether his Department has set a deadline for the withdrawal of Windows 7 in advance of Microsofts' end of support for that operating system.

Decisions about technology choices rest with individual departments and bodies in the public sector. As such, Cabinet Office does not hold this information centrally.

The Cabinet Office itself does not have any computers using Windows 7.

The National Cyber Security Centre has published information on the upcoming removal of Windows 7 Support, here:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/one-year-left-windows-7-support

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Microsoft on support for Windows 7 operating systems used by the public sector; and whether he has requested an extension of that support.

Details of Ministerial meetings are published on GOV.UK.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
11th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 272302 on Huawei: 5G, whether he has met with the operators that are known not to follow Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice and guidance.

Regular meetings take place between telecommunications operators and HM Government officials from the National Cyber Security Centre, Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


The National Cyber Security Centre engage with every operator who uses the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre to manage cyber security risks within their networks. Other operators may use the guidance that is publicly available on the NCSC website, which we cannot track, or advice from other relevant bodies such as Ofcom, the regulator.

11th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2019 to Question 274634, what cost/benefit analyses have been conducted for each of the catalyst challenges; and if he will publish those analyses.

I refer the Honourable Member to my answer given to Question 271623 on 2 July 2019.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
10th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister or official is responsible for ensuring cross-governmental compliance with the Minimum Cyber Security Standard.

I am accountable to Parliament for the National Cyber Security Strategy and the accompanying investment programme. I am also the lead Minister for the cyber resilience of the government sector.

The Government Chief Security Officer (GCSO) leads the Government Security Function, which seeks to build the capacity and capabilities of security professionals across UK government departments, covering physical, human and information security.

The GCSO is also Director General of the Government Security Group within the Cabinet Office, which is responsible for the oversight, coordination and delivery of protective security capabilities within all central government departments, their agencies and arms-length bodies.

The responsibility for security, including risk management and policy implementation, sits with the Accounting Officer and the executive board of each department.

8th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 271623 on the GovTech Fund, whether (a) business cases and (b) budgets were produced for each of the 11 challenges prior to their advertisement.

The complete selection criteria required for all GovTech Catalyst challenges can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-submit-a-govtech-catalyst-challenge#criteria

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2019 to Question 255390 on Cabinet Office: Public Appointments, what relationship the Chief Data Officer will have with the cross-government Data Advisory Board.

A Chief Data Officer would lead on government's use of data, working closely with the Data Advisory Board which provides strategic oversight for the collection and use of data held by government departments

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
3rd Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2019 to Question 255390, whether strategic oversight for the collection and use of data held by Government departments provided by the cross-government Data Advisory Board, chaired by the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, is a permanent​ arrangement.

Yes. The cross-government Data Advisory Board, chaired by the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, is a permanent board that provides strategic oversight for the collection and use of data held by Government departments.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2019 to Question 270401, whether the number of operators who use Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice is collated and monitored centrally.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) engages with every operator who uses the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) to manage cyber security risks within
their networks. The number of operators that use HCSEC is recorded centrally but for commercial reasons we will not release the number or the names of operators. All of the
significant commercial networks in the UK who use Huawei have access to and work with the HCSEC. It is the responsibility of operators to ensure the security and resilience of
their networks. Other operators may use the guidance that is publicly available on the NCSC website, which we cannot track, or advice from other relevant bodies such as Ofcom, the regulator.

1st Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269128 on GovTech Fund, how many of the 11 challenges have been fulfilled; and what the cost-benefit ratio was for each of those challenges.

Five of the eleven challenges have now completed Phase 1, which involves testing different approaches to the challenge raised.

Most of the GovTech Catalyst challenges are at an early stage of development so measuring long term economic effects is not yet possible. Independent economic analysis will be undertaken as part of measurement and evaluation at a later stage.

All information on the GovTech Catalyst, including the selection criteria can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-govtech-catalyst-challenge-process#public-sector-challenge-process

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1st Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269128 on the GovTech Fund, how many of the (a) 416 bidding suppliers and (b) 55 selected suppliers were SMEs.

Of the total number of bidding suppliers for which we have data, 88% or 352 are SMEs. Whilst 91% or 50 of the funded suppliers are SMEs.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260726 on Huawei: 5G, if he will publish the number of operators on the National Cyber Security Centre list that (a) do and (b) do not utilise Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice and guidance.

Owing to commercial sensitivities the names and number of operators who use HCSEC advice cannot be published. All of the significant commercial networks in the UK who use Huawei have access to and work with the HCSEC.

27th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2019 to Question 268615, for what reason that Answer does not state whether it is still the Government's ambition to appoint a Chief Data Officer.

I refer the Honourable Member to my answer given to Question 255390 on 21 May 2019.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2019 to Question 267786 on Cabinet Office: Amazon, how many SMEs were present at the roundtable discussion.

I refer the Honourable Member to my response to Question 268379 on 2 July 2019. A number of the industry bodies in attendance represent SMEs.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
25th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of applications for GovTech catalyst funding were successful in each funding round.

Out of the 11 challenges launched to date, 416 suppliers have bid and 55 have been selected to offer their technological solutions. There were 25 suppliers appointed in both Round 1 and 2 and 5 so far in Round 3.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266866 on Cabinet Office: Public Appointments, for what reason that Answer does include information on plans to appoint a Chief Data Officer.

I refer the Honourable Member to my answer given to Question 255390 on 21 May 2019.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
21st Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2019 to Question 263239 on Huawei: 5G and with reference to the blog post of 22 February 2019 written by the technical director of the National Cyber Security Centre, how many companies do not actively use Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice and guidance.

Significant and impactful commercial networks in the UK have access to the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre. The remaining, mostly smaller operators are able to refer to the annual report from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre Oversight Board. It is the responsibility of operators to ensure the security and resilience of their networks.

21st Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings each Minister in his Department has had with Amazon Web Services in each month in the last two years.

Details of external meetings by Ministers are published quarterly and are available on GOV.UK.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
21st Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) the purpose was of and (b) matters were discussed at the lunch meeting between Amazon Web Services and the Minister for Implementation held on 12 February 2019.

The event on 12 February 2019 was a roundtable discussion, jointly hosted by the Spectator and Amazon Web Services. The purpose of the event was to have a broad discussion on digital transformation in government and the role of the private sector in supporting this.

It was attended by stakeholders from industry, the media and the public sector. Ministers regularly meet with external stakeholders in a range of forums as part of their normal duties.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
19th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to appoint a chief data officer.

I refer the Honourable Member to my answer given to Question 255390 on 21 May 2019.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
18th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department will work with the Home Office to include proposals for identity verification for the sale of alcohol as part of the proposed Digital Identity Unit.

The government announced the creation of a new Digital Identity Unit, a collaboration between the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) on 11 June. The Digital Identity Unit will work closely with other government departments. We will set out the remit of the unit in more detail in the coming weeks. The Home Office will take decisions on areas on which that Department has policy responsibility.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13th Jun 2019
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has discussed with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport the delay in the publication of the supply chain review.

The decision will be announced in due course.

13th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2019 to Question 261279 on Huawei: 5G, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of assessing 5G equipment for resilience and reliability prior to deployment.

5G standards are still being ratified and the hardware and software that implements them is still being updated often during early commercial service. As a result, there are limited benefits in testing 5G equipment pre-deployment due to those changes and updates. The National Cyber Security Centre is focusing on those deployments and software releases in the UK which are most important.

11th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2019 to Question 260726 on Huawei: 5G, how many operators has the National Cyber Security Centre identified as (a) using and (b) do not using Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice and guidance.

The National Cyber Security Centre engage with every operator who uses the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) to manage cyber security risks within their networks. All of the significant commercial networks in the UK who use Huawei have access to and work with the HCSEC.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June to Question 257533, when the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre plans to begin its assessment of 5G equipment.

As detailed in the HCSEC Oversight Board report, the HCSEC work programme is
determined by a risk-based prioritisation scheme and their plan of evaluation is driven by
the commercial rollout of services by the UK operators that use Huawei equipment. The
operators, NCSC and the HCSEC collaboratively prioritise the work of HCSEC. Providing
further details on what equipment has, and has not, been subject to HCSEC evaluation is
commercially sensitive.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257533 on Huawei: 5G, what recent assessment he has made of the risks to the (a) security and (b) reliability of UK 5G networks from Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre evaluating 5G equipment after deployment.

As detailed in the HCSEC Oversight Board report, the HCSEC work programme is
determined by a risk-based prioritisation scheme and their plan of evaluation is driven by
the commercial rollout of services by the UK operators that use Huawei equipment. The
operators, NCSC and the HCSEC collaboratively prioritise the work of HCSEC. Providing
further details on what equipment has, and has not, been subject to HCSEC evaluation is
commercially sensitive.

5th Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257536 on Huawei: 5G, for what reason the answer does not make reference to whether the National Cyber Security Centre monitors the number of UK telecoms operators that utilise Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre advice and guidance.

The National Cyber Security Centre engage with every operator who uses the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre to manage cyber security risks within their networks. Owing to commercial sensitivities this list cannot be disclosed. Other operators may use the guidance that is publicly available on the NCSC website, which we cannot track, or advice from other relevant bodies such as Ofcom, the regulator.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the Government Estate is in the North West region.

The total floor area for the North West as at March 2018 was 983,403 sq.m, c.12.7% of the total size of the central estate.


For the purposes of comparison, the proportion of the general UK population in the North West is approximately 11%, whilst the proportion of Civil Servants based in the North West is 12.27%.

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster