John Redwood Portrait

John Redwood

Conservative - Wokingham

7,383 (11.9%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 11th June 1987


John Redwood is not a member of any APPGs
Shadow Secretary of State for Deregulation
8th Sep 2004 - 5th May 2005
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions
15th Jun 1999 - 2nd Feb 2000
Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
11th Jun 1997 - 15th Jun 1999
Secretary of State for Wales
20th Jul 1993 - 4th Jul 1995
Minister (Department of Environment) (Local Government)
15th Apr 1992 - 26th May 1993
Minister of State (Department of Trade and Industry)
1st Jan 1990 - 1st Jan 1992
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry)
26th Jul 1989 - 2nd Nov 1990


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, John Redwood has voted in 899 divisions, and 22 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
4 Nov 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 516 Noes - 38
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
1 Jul 2020 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative Aye votes vs 317 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 232 Noes - 321
1 Jul 2020 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 316 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 254 Noes - 317
24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 240 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 242
2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 257 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 163
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
22 Mar 2023 - Northern Ireland - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 515 Noes - 29
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
5 Sep 2023 - Energy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative No votes vs 275 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 19
4 Dec 2023 - Business without Debate - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative No votes vs 217 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 381 Noes - 37
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 58 Noes - 525
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
John Redwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 536
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(22 debate interactions)
William Cash (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for Intergovernmental Relations
(19 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(110 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(71 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(54 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by John Redwood

1st February 2023
John Redwood signed this EDM on Wednesday 1st February 2023

Exiting the European Union (No. 2)

Tabled by: Jeffrey M Donaldson (Independent - Lagan Valley)
TThat this House calls upon the Government to withdraw the Official Controls (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2023 (S.I., 2023, No. 17) because they are injurious to the integrity of the UK Internal Market in circumstances where the Northern Ireland Protocol has not been replaced by new arrangements that respect and protect …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Feb 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 11
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 1
1st February 2023
John Redwood signed this EDM on Wednesday 1st February 2023

Exiting the European Union

Tabled by: Jeffrey M Donaldson (Independent - Lagan Valley)
That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, praying that the Official Controls (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2023 (S.I., 2023, No. 17), dated 11 January 2023, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 January 2023, be annulled.
20 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Feb 2023)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by John Redwood, 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.


John Redwood has not been granted any Urgent Questions

John Redwood has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

John Redwood has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 50 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
3 Other Department Questions
27th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making COP26 a virtual conference which can recommend reducing air travel through leading by example.

Our intent remains to hold the conference in person, respecting the wishes of all parties, many of whom feel strongly that the COP must be in person. However, we also continue to explore how technology and other innovations can make it more resilient, safe and inclusive.

We are working with our Sustainability Consultant on the principle priority to reduce emissions from the conference within a robust Carbon Management Plan, with any unavoidable carbon emissions from COP26 to be offset. We will encourage all delegates to consider low-carbon travel options and will be offsetting the emissions associated with travel, including those of the COP President and UK officials in the run up to COP26.

As part of our COP26 carbon management planning process, we are currently developing a baseline assessment of the scale of carbon emissions and the priority areas for action. All carbon accounting is being carried out in line with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and other sources of best practice guidance and will be published once the event has been delivered.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
27th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether he plans to make virtual participation in COP26 available.

Our intent remains to hold the conference in person, respecting the wishes of all parties, many of whom feel strongly that the COP must be in person. However, we also continue to explore how technology and other innovations can make it more resilient, safe and inclusive.

We are working with our Sustainability Consultant on the principle priority to reduce emissions from the conference within a robust Carbon Management Plan, with any unavoidable carbon emissions from COP26 to be offset. We will encourage all delegates to consider low-carbon travel options and will be offsetting the emissions associated with travel, including those of the COP President and UK officials in the run up to COP26.

As part of our COP26 carbon management planning process, we are currently developing a baseline assessment of the scale of carbon emissions and the priority areas for action. All carbon accounting is being carried out in line with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and other sources of best practice guidance and will be published once the event has been delivered.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
27th May 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint of COP26 with all delegates attending in person.

Our intent remains to hold the conference in person, respecting the wishes of all parties, many of whom feel strongly that the COP must be in person. However, we also continue to explore how technology and other innovations can make it more resilient, safe and inclusive.

We are working with our Sustainability Consultant on the principle priority to reduce emissions from the conference within a robust Carbon Management Plan, with any unavoidable carbon emissions from COP26 to be offset. We will encourage all delegates to consider low-carbon travel options and will be offsetting the emissions associated with travel, including those of the COP President and UK officials in the run up to COP26.

As part of our COP26 carbon management planning process, we are currently developing a baseline assessment of the scale of carbon emissions and the priority areas for action. All carbon accounting is being carried out in line with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and other sources of best practice guidance and will be published once the event has been delivered.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions are underway or planned of individuals charged with trafficking and smuggling people across the Channel.

The Government stands resolute in its commitment to tackle Organised Immigration Crime. We continue to pursue the Organised Crime Groups who facilitate illegal travel to the UK and who exploit vulnerable migrants, knowingly putting people in life-threatening situations. We are committed to prosecuting those who profit from dangerous and unnecessary Channel crossings in small boats.

We do not hold data relating specifically to the points in the question. However, so far in 2021, 9 people have been convicted for facilitation offences relating to small boat crossings, with sentences totalling over 17 years’ imprisonment. Further, the Joint Intelligence Cell activity (UK-France joint investigations) has seen 17 small boat Organised Immigration Crime Groups dismantled since July 2020.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants on full-time contracts there were in each year since 2019.

National Statistics on the number of full-time and part-time civil servants are published each quarter by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as part of their Public Sector Employment statistical release. The latest available statistics were published in December 2023 and at Table 8 show the number of full-time civil servants as at 30 September 2023. The next ONS publication is scheduled for release on 12 March 2024 and will show the number of civil servants as at 31 December. Statistics for 2019 and all previous and upcoming releases can be found on the ONS website at https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/datasets/publicsectoremploymentreferencetable

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full time equivalent civil service personnel there were in (a) 2019 and (b) 2024.

National Statistics on the number of civil servants are published each quarter by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as part of their Public Sector Employment statistical release. The latest available statistics were published 12 December 2023 and showed the number of civil servants as at 30 September 2023. The next ONS publication is scheduled for release on 12 March and will show the number of civil servants as at 31 December. Statistics for 2019 and all previous and upcoming releases can be found on the ONS website at https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/datasets/publicsectoremploymentreferencetable

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full time equivalent non-civil service public sector administrators there were in (a) 2019 and (b) 2024.

Information on the number of non-civil service public sector administrators is not held centrally by the Cabinet Office.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether there are controls on external recruitment of (a) new and (b) replacement (i) civil servants and (ii) other public sector administrators.

There are specific statutory provisions in place that control all appointments to new and replacement Civil Service roles arising from external recruitment.

The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 requires that selection to the Civil Service must be on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition. The Civil Service Commission has a statutory duty to ensure that the merit requirement is upheld and is not being undermined. The Commission’s interpretation of this statutory requirement is outlined to Civil Service departments in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles 2018.

The Aliens’ Employment Act 1955 outlines the eligibility for employment in the Civil Service on the grounds of nationality. The Cabinet Office has published the Civil Service Nationality Rules on Gov.uk to support departments in the interpretation of this statutory requirement.

The Civil Service Management Code delegates authority to individual departments to determine their recruitment approach within the scope of these statutory requirements. Additional policy provisions can be applied such as the Civil Service Recruitment Framework. Since January 2016, the Framework has been committed to opening up all Senior Civil Service (SCS) vacancies by advertising them externally to the public by default. In May 2022, this commitment was strengthened, requiring departments to obtain approval from the responsible minister when seeking to limit an SCS vacancy to existing civil servants only.

For other public administrators outside of the Civil Service, it would be down to their respective organisations to comment on whether they have such controls in place.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to reduce energy bills across government.

The Cabinet Office supports departments and coordinates across government to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. The 2022-2030 Government Property Strategy sets out how the estate will be transformed to become more efficient and sustainable.

The Government Buying Standard for Construction requires new build developments to meet BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘Excellent’ or equivalent standards, while refurbishment projects have a target of ‘Very Good’, ensuring new and upgraded properties meet high standards of energy efficiency.

In addition, Crown Commercial Services has developed an energy procurement strategy that has delivered significant commercial benefits from aggregation of government buying power and hedging future demand on commodity markets.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he is taking steps to reduce the use of external consultants by the civil service.

The use of consultants provides short term, specialist advisory services for specific engagements. Consultants provide niche skills that are not required full time within the Civil Service.

Every department is responsible for their own use of consultancy with governance, assurance and control over budgets to ensure value for money.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Directors and (b) Director Generals there are in his Department as of 20 November 2023.

As at 31 October 2023, the Cabinet Office employs 74 people at Director level and 21 people at Director General level.

The number of Senior Civil Servants (SCS) stems from our coordinating role at the heart of Government. First, the professional experts who lead functional services across the whole of the Civil Service sit in Cabinet Office (the level of professional expertise required, often recruited from the private sector, means a high number of SCS roles). Second, the Cabinet Office also delivers secretariat functions which need to be led at a senior level given their national significance, including the National Security Secretariat and Joint Intelligence Organisation.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are employed at each grade above SCS1.

The number of Senior Civil Servants by Director, Director General and Permanent Secretary paybands are shown in the table below.

This information is published each year by payband through the Government evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Board.

Table 1: Number of Senior Civil Servants by Director, Director General and Permanent Secretary paybands, as at 1 April 2023

Payband

Number

Director (Payband 2)

1140

Director General (Payband 3)

180

Permanent Secretary

45

Source: SCS Database, Cabinet Office

Notes: Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.

Numbers are provisional and subject to revision over time.

Numbers refer to the centrally managed 'Senior Civil Service' that does not include the Diplomatic Service and a number of civil servants that work at a senior level, for example some senior military officials and health professionals, and who are not part of the 'Senior Civil Service'.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of migrants to the UK from 2012 to 2020 were from the EU.

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

22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU citizens moved to live in the UK from 2012 to 2020.

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

22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his most recent estimate is of net migration into the UK since March 2020 and the introduction of covid-19 restrictions.

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

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure goods flow between all parts of the UK's internal market as smoothly as before 1 January 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to the Joint statement published following the meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 24 February. The Government is committed to facilitating the effective flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as required by the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to smooth the flow of parcels from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

I refer the hon. Member to the Joint statement published following the meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 24 February. The Government is committed to facilitating the effective flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as required by the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to tackle bottlenecks on the passage of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

I refer the hon. Member to the Joint statement published following the meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 24 February. The Government is committed to facilitating the effective flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as required by the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from (a) haulage and (b) ferry companies on the state of goods trade into and out of Northern Ireland from GB.

I refer the Hon. Member to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2 February and to the letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2 February.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to secure the effective passage of goods from GB to Northern Ireland.

I refer the Hon. Member to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2 February and to the letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2 February.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what matters he is raising with the EU in the Joint Committee on impediments to the trade in fish between the UK and the EU.

General trade in fish between the UK and the EU is covered by the provisions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and therefore matters relating to this would not be raised at the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to bring forward proposals for the UK internal market legislative framework to clarify that the UK determines the passage of goods between GB and Northern Ireland.

I refer the hon. Member to the response by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2nd February and his letter published 3rd February to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission available on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to ensure the free passage of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I refer the hon. Member to the response by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 2nd February and his letter published 3rd February to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission available on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) pattern of excess deaths.

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

4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make a comparative assessment of energy prices for steel production in (a) the UK, (b) China, (c) Germany and (d) the US.

Comparisons with energy costs in other countries is one of the considerations for the development and introduction of support for energy intensive industries including the steel sector. The British Industry Supercharger will introduce targeted measures to ensure the energy costs for key UK industries are in line with other major economies around the world – levelling the playing field for British companies across Europe. The government is committed to rolling out its measures between April 2024 and April 2025.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether Ministers approved the contracts to implement the Horizon system in Post Offices.

The Horizon IT Inquiry considered the procurement of the Horizon IT system during Phase 2. We should wait for the Inquiry to report.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much public money was allocated to the British Business Bank for the (a) 2023-4 and (b) 2024-5 financial years.

Public funding for the British Business Bank’s DEL funding, Business As Usual programmes and administration of the Covid-19 loan schemes, for 2023/24 is expected to be up to £735m. The projected figure for 2024/25 is £357m. Any capital gains will be returned to the taxpayer over the course of the investment cycle.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to improve the profitability of the Post Office.

The Government is clear that the Post Office should be a valuable social and economic asset for communities and businesses for years to come. To ensure the Post Office is fit for the future, the Government is engaging with stakeholders regarding the challenges facing the post office network and postmasters, resulting from the changing retail landscape and increased costs. ​

We have provided over £2.5 billion in funding to support the Post Office network over the past decade and is providing a further £588 million for the Post Office between 2022 and 2025. This includes a £50 million annual subsidy to safeguard services in the uncommercial parts of the network.

The Government also recognises that there are concerns about central costs, and we have been clear that Post Office must do more to cut central costs where possible.

The Post Office network is a crucial component of the UK's long-term provision of cash and banking services. That is why we have encouraged Post Office to be ambitious in their negotiations with banks for the next iteration of the Banking Framework agreement to ensure that both Post Office and Postmasters receive proportionate remuneration for the vital services they are providing.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential impact of the policy to reduce the sale of (a) petrol and (b) diesel cars by 2030 on the production capacity of the car industry.

Given the continued overseas demand for high-quality, UK-built vehicles, changes to policy in the nations we export to are more likely to affect levels of UK car production than changes in domestic policy. Like the UK, policy in key exports markets is toward greater electrification as the global shift to electric vehicles quickens.

Government’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate will ensure the UK’s share of ZEVs increases, putting our industry at the forefront of new technologies to grow the economy and attracting new inward investment, creating thousands of new jobs.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Board of the Post Office Ltd on whether Post Office managers received bonuses that were based on profits that were higher due to reclaims from sub postmasters affected by Horizon issues.

I hold meetings with the Post Office CEO on a monthly basis where we discuss a range of matters related to Horizon.

What Post Office Limited (POL) did with the monies claimed from postmasters due to errors in the Horizon system is a complex matter. We will approach POL and write when we have seen what information is available and in what form. However, Postmasters who paid Post Office money due to errors in the Horizon system will be paid this back as part of their compensation.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Board of the Post Office Ltd on what the Post Office did with the money it claimed from sub postmasters affected by Horizon issues.

I hold meetings with the Post Office CEO on a monthly basis where we discuss a range of matters related to Horizon.

What Post Office Limited (POL) did with the monies claimed from postmasters due to errors in the Horizon system is a complex matter. We will approach POL and write when we have seen what information is available and in what form. However, Postmasters who paid Post Office money due to errors in the Horizon system will be paid this back as part of their compensation.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Board of the Post Office Ltd on the amount of money the Post Office reclaimed from sub postmasters affected by the Horizon issues.

I hold meetings with the Post Office CEO on a monthly basis where we discuss a range of matters related to Horizon.

What Post Office Limited (POL) did with the monies claimed from postmasters due to errors in the Horizon system is a complex matter. We will approach POL and write when we have seen what information is available and in what form. However, Postmasters who paid Post Office money due to errors in the Horizon system will be paid this back as part of their compensation.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Board of the Post Office Ltd on the level of provision for (a) repayments and (b) compensation related to Horizon.

I hold meetings with the Post Office CEO on a monthly basis where we discuss the topic of Horizon compensation delivery.

Postmasters who paid shortfalls which were recorded in Horizon to the Post Office are paid those amounts back in their compensation claims, as well as any other financial and personal damage which they have suffered as a consequence of the IT system.

Government has made funding available for both the Horizon Shortfall Scheme and for Overturned Convictions compensation. Post Office has published its provisions for both in its annual accounts and Government has published the level of funding available on the Subsidy Transparency Database.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Board of the Post Office Ltd on the urgent return of funds wrongly claimed from sub postmasters.

I hold meetings with the Post Office CEO on a monthly basis where we discuss the topic of Horizon compensation delivery.

Postmasters who paid shortfalls which were recorded in Horizon to the Post Office are paid those amounts back in their compensation claims, as well as any other financial and personal damage which they have suffered as a consequence of the IT system.

Government has made funding available for both the Horizon Shortfall Scheme and for Overturned Convictions compensation. Post Office has published its provisions for both in its annual accounts and Government has published the level of funding available on the Subsidy Transparency Database.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Board of the Post Office Ltd on how funds wrongly claimed back from sub postmasters using Horizon software were used.

I hold meetings with the Post Office CEO on a monthly basis where we discuss the topic of Horizon compensation delivery.

Postmasters who paid shortfalls which were recorded in Horizon to the Post Office are paid those amounts back in their compensation claims, as well as any other financial and personal damage which they have suffered as a consequence of the IT system.

Government has made funding available for both the Horizon Shortfall Scheme and for Overturned Convictions compensation. Post Office has published its provisions for both in its annual accounts and Government has published the level of funding available on the Subsidy Transparency Database.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much the Government spent on subsidies to high energy using industries last year.

Over £450 million was provided across the Energy Intensive Industry schemes in 2022. This was in addition to support provided by the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) for businesses and other non-domestic customers. The EBRS ended on 31 March 2023 and provided around £7 billion of support to businesses, including high energy using industries.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate the Government has made of the potential maximum number of electric cars the UK will be able to produce in (a) two and (b) five years time.

This information is commercially sensitive to companies and not held centrally.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of changes in the level of investment in the car industry as a result of the ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2030.

The UK has demonstrated international leadership with our plans to implement a zero-emission vehicle mandate, phasing out the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The Department for Transport are carefully considering the responses to the recent consultation on this matter.

The government continues to work with industry to unlock private investment in the future of vehicle manufacturing, including via the Automotive Transformation Fund, which has already helped secure major investments in the UK.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the budget for subsidies to attract investment in car and battery manufacture (a) was this year and (b) will be next year.

HM Government has allocated £257m of capital budget for supply chain and finished vehicle manufacturing for this financial year (2023/24) and £268m for the next financial year (2024/25).

In addition, through the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Faraday Battery Challenge programmes, with budgets of £127.1m this financial year (2023/24) and £77.5m next year (2024/25), the Government supports research and development into the next generation of low carbon and zero emission vehicle technologies and the design, development, manufacturing, and recycling of electric batteries.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many former EU product regulations apply in the UK.

We do not hold information on the breakdown of the exact number of pieces of former EU product regulation that apply in the UK. The publicly available dashboard contains all of the relevant REUL. However, the relevant information cannot be readily or accurately ascertained and would encounter disproportionate costs to produce. Departments are assessing how best to reform this REUL using the powers in the REUL Bill.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much the Government (a) collected in carbon taxes and (b) provided in subsidies to energy intensive industries in last 12 months.

Although not a carbon tax, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was introduced in January 2021, setting a cap on the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that can be emitted by the sectors it covers. In 2022 it raised around £6 billion, though amounts can vary and in previous years this has been lower - such as around £1 billion in 2021-22.

The value of relief provided to eligible companies under Energy Intensive Industries (EII) schemes for financial year 2021-22 is just over £541 million. This is the most recent period for which full data is available.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2024 to Question 7768 on Oil: Refineries, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the closure of the Grangemouth oil refinery on imports.

The owners of Grangemouth refinery, Petroineos, recently announced that they were putting in place the enabling works for a future transition to an import terminal. Petroineos have not taken a decision on when refining operations will cease but they anticipate they will continue until at least May 2025.

The impact of a cessation of refining operations on UK imports will depend on the supply and demand for fuels at the time. The Government’s Net Zero policies to increase use of electric vehicles and renewable transport fuels, will progressively reduce demand for conventional fuels.

The UK already both imports and exports fuels to balance demand and supply. The Petroineos plans should continue to ensure that customer needs are met.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to Gridwatch.co.uk figures, for what reason the proportion of imported energy was over 25% on 25 February 2024.

On 25 February 2024, low wind generation in GB combined with high wind generation in Europe supported a price differential with Europe which led to higher imports. Interconnectors import when prices in GB are higher than on the other side of the interconnector.

11th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate he has made of the capacity of the UK electricity grid by the end of 2025.

The electricity network must have enough capacity to support peak electricity demand. The Electricity Networks Strategic Framework outlines that peak electricity demand is expected to be around 60GW by 2025 in Great Britain.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many jobs have been created in the UK to manufacture solar panels in the last 12 months.

The Office for National Statistics publishes estimates on the low carbon and renewable energy economy. This data does not provide a breakdown of jobs created to manufacture solar panels specifically, but the latest report (for 2021) estimates around 200 jobs were created in manufacturing for the solar sector.

11th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an estimate of the government's budget for carbon capture and storage expenditure over the next five years.

In the 2023 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced an unprecedented £20 billion investment in the early development of carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The quantum of spend within a given period will depend on the outcome of commercial negotiations and will be subject to confirmation at the next and subsequent spending reviews.

11th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has an estimate of how much CO2 was produced in the (a) manufacture and (b) installation of one gigawatt of offshore wind power within the UK in the last 12 months.

The Department does not publish information related to this request directly, however, the IPCC and UNECE have published estimates related to this request here:

https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/ipcc_wg3_ar5_annex-iii.pdf#page=7

https://unece.org/sed/documents/2021/10/reports/life-cycle-assessment-electricity-generation-options

Both estimates demonstrate that the lifecycle CO2 impact of generating electricity from offshore wind is significantly lower than fossil fuels.