Karl McCartney Portrait

Karl McCartney

Conservative - Lincoln

First elected: 12th December 2019


Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jul 2022 - 8th Sep 2022
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
21st Jan 2020 - 12th Jul 2022
Committee on Exiting the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Transport Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Transport Committee
5th Nov 2012 - 30th Mar 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Karl McCartney has voted in 811 divisions, and 24 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
10 Feb 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 526 Noes - 24
6 Jan 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 322 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 16
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
17 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Conservative Aye votes vs 283 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 31 Noes - 400
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
8 Jun 2020 - Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 207 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 231 Noes - 16
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
Karl McCartney 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
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
19 Jun 2023 - Privilege: Conduct of Right Hon. Boris Johnson - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 118 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 354 Noes - 7
28 Jun 2023 - Holocaust Memorial Bill: Committal - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 238 Conservative No votes vs 9 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 11 Noes - 379
12 Jul 2023 - ADJOURNMENT (SUMMER, CONFERENCE AND CHRISTMAS) - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 270 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 395 Noes - 5
5 Sep 2023 - Energy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Karl McCartney 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
Karl McCartney 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
Karl McCartney voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 266 Conservative No votes vs 59 Conservative Aye 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
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(11 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(23 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(14 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(12 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(11 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Karl McCartney has not made any spoken contributions to legislative debate
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Lincoln Petitions

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

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

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

Karl McCartney has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Karl McCartney

26th March 2024
Karl McCartney signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th March 2024

Referral of matters of 21 February 2024 to the Committee of Privileges

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
58 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 13
Independent: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
21st February 2024
Karl McCartney signed this EDM on Wednesday 21st February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
91 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 43
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Workers Party of Britain: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Karl McCartney, 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.


Karl McCartney has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Karl McCartney has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Karl McCartney has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Karl McCartney has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


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
1 Other Department Questions
20th Oct 2021
What progress the Government has made on raising international ambition to tackle climate change as part of its preparations for COP26.

Over 70% of the global economy now has net zero or carbon neutrality commitments, up from less than 30% when the UK assumed the COP Presidency. Over 100 countries have submitted enhanced 2030 targets, but we must increase global ambition to keep 1.5 degrees in reach and will continue to push all countries, particularly the G20, to do so.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Nov 2020
What steps she is taking to ensure that the revised Guidelines on Disclosure will result in improved performance across the criminal justice system.

I am delighted that my revised Disclosure Guidelines have now been published. These Guidelines will come into force on 31 December and will be key to the requisite culture change and thinking approach needed when investigators and prosecutors carry out their disclosure obligations.

This will ensure that better, fairer decisions are made in criminal cases, which will help to ensure that fewer cases are dropped post-charge due to issues arising due to late disclosure.

28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Lincoln at Treasury questions on 28 June 2022, if he will make an estimate of (a) how many and what proportion of people use heating oil and (b) the volume of heating oil which is sold in (i) Greater London, (ii) inner London, (iii) Lincoln and (iv) Scotland in the most recent period for which data is available.

In England, as reported in the English Housing Survey, 799,000 dwellings (3 per cent) used oil central heating as their main heating system in 2019. In Scotland, as reported in the Scottish House Condition Survey, 129,000 households (5 per cent) used oil as their primary heating fuel in 2019. Data for Greater London, Inner London and Lincoln are not available.

Data on domestic petroleum consumption by Local Authority (including those authorities within Inner and Outer London, Lincoln and Scotland) is published annually in subnational total final energy consumption. The data available refers to domestic petroleum consumption as a whole, heating oil is not identified separately.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) scratch card and instant win games and (b) standard draw National Lottery tickets have been sold in each region in each year since 1994.

We do not hold data on sales by region, and Camelot does not publish sales data by region due to commercial sensitivities.

The table below shows sales data for draw based games (DBGs) and instant win games from 2010/11 to 2019/20. Data prior to this time was not in a readily accessible format. Sales data for instant games is not separated further into scratchcards and online instant win games. This information has been collated from an analysis of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited annual accounts.

DBG (£m)

Instants (£m)

Gross ticket sales (£m)

2019/20

£4,537.1

£3,368.0

£7,905.1

2018/19

£4,081.8

£3,125.0

£7,206.8

2017/18

£4,116.7

£2,835.0

£6,951.7

2016/17

£4,023.2

£2,902.1

£6,925.3

2015/16

£4,642.9

£2,952.3

£7,595.2

2014/15

£4,649.0

£2,628.8

£7,277.8

2013/14

£4,589.8

£2,141.0

£6,730.9

2012/13

£4,915.9

£2,062.0

£6,977.9

2011/12

£4,800.1

£1,725.9

£6,525.9

2010/11

£4,386.3

£1,436.1

£5,822.4

In addition, annual National Lottery sales from 1994/1995 to 2019/2020 are shown below:

1994/1995

£1,190.7m*

1995/1996

£5,217.0m

1996/1997

£4,723.0m

1997/1998

£5,513.7m

1998/1999

£5,207.0m

1999/2000

£5,092.6m

2000/2001

£4,983.3m

2001/2002

£4,834.4m

2002/2003

£4,574.5m

2003/2004

£4,614.6m

2004/2005

£4,766.1m

2005/2006

£5,012.8m

2006/2007

£4,911.4m

2007/2008

£4,966.3m

2008/2009

£5,149.1m

2009/2010

£5,451.8m

2010/2011

£5,822.4m

2011/2012

£6,525.9m

2012/2013

£6,977.9m

2013/2014

£6,730.9m

2014/2015

£7,277.8m

2015/2016

£7,595.2m

2016/2017

£6,925.3m

2017/2018

£6,951.7m

2018/2019

£7,206.8m

2019/2020

£7,905.1m

*As the Lottery began in November 1994, data from 1994/1995 is only for a partial year.

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has spent on advertising by region in each year since 2010.

DCMS does not hold this information. The amount the National Lottery operator spends on advertising is a commercial decision, subject to conditions set out in the licence which specify minimum amounts that must be spent on marketing. For the current year the figure is £72m or 1.07% sales, whichever is higher. Information for further years can be found at Schedule 10, Condition 11, Part 1 of the third licence at the following link: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/NL-licences/NL-Third-licence.pdf

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has spent on advertising (a) scratch card and instant win games and (b) standard draws since 2010.

DCMS does not hold this information. The amount the National Lottery operator spends on advertising is a commercial decision, subject to conditions set out in the licence which specify minimum amounts that must be spent on marketing. For the current year the figure is £72m or 1.07% sales, whichever is higher. Information for further years can be found at Schedule 10, Condition 11, Part 1 of the third licence at the following link: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/NL-licences/NL-Third-licence.pdf

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was allocated to good causes by Camelot UK Lotteries Limited by (a) region and (b) sector in each of those regions in each year since 2010.

The operation of the National Lottery and the distribution of good cause income are two separate processes. As the current operator of the National Lottery, Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has no influence over the distribution of National Lottery good cause income.

All good cause income generated through National Lottery sales is placed into the National Lottery Distribution Fund which is distributed by the 12 National Lottery Distributing Bodies at arms length from the Government. The Lottery Distributing Bodies distribute funding across four good cause areas as set out in legislation, the National Lottery etc Act 1993; communities 40%, arts 20%, heritage 20%, and sport 20%.

There is a publicly available database to access information on distribution of Lottery funding that can be accessed through the Gov.uk website. This website brings together National Lottery grant data from the commencement of the National Lottery in 1994 to January 2018 and allows searches to be made for good cause grants in each region within specific timeframes. Due to technical limitations with the historic database, we have not yet been able to incorporate more recent National Lottery grant data. We are currently developing a new database which will be launched this year and will include data from 2018 onwards.

27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the declared profits were of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited in each year since 2010.

The 3rd National Lottery Licence sets out the amount the operator and good causes retain after certain costs (for example, prizes, lottery duty and retailer commission).

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited publish their annual report on their website. Profit for the financial year and total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the Company after tax from 2010/2011 to 2019/2020 is shown below:

  • 2019/20 - £78.1m

  • 2018/19 - £68.0m

  • 2017/18 - £68.4m

  • 2016/17 - £70.5m

  • 2015/16 - £77.5m

  • 2014/15 - £71.0m

  • 2013/14 - £58.5m

  • 2012/13 - £54.6m

  • 2011/12 - £33.3m

  • 2010/11 - £28.6m

15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of esports; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

The government recognises the value of esports which has the potential to develop as an area of real national strength in the UK, building on our world-class video games, entertainment and sports sectors. Esports has also come to the fore during the Covid-19 lockdown, offering entertainment and a way to connect with others.

Ministers have met frequently with the creative industries, including meetings with the Creative Industries Council and weekly roundtable meetings during the current Covid-19 crisis which were attended by organisations such as UKIE that represent businesses in the esports sector. There has also been frequent discussion recently between officials and individual esports businesses and organisations.

15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of darts organisations; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations including national governing bodies.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had on the proposed purchase of Newcastle United Football Club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund; what the outcome was of those meetings; and if he will make a statement.

There have been no formal discussions on the potential sale of Newcastle United Football Club. Any such sale is a matter for the parties concerned, and for the Premier League to assess under its Owners’ and Directors’ Test.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings he has had with representatives of snooker organisations; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of rowing organisations; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of motorsport; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations, at which motorsport is represented.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of snooker; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

I am having regular discussions with sector and industry bodies to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on sport and how the government can best provide support. This includes a fortnightly meeting with sporting organisations.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent meetings he has had with representatives of e-sports; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

The government recognises the value of esports which has the potential to develop as an area of real national strength in the UK, building on our world-class video games, entertainment and sports sectors. Esports has also come to the fore during the Covid-19 lockdown, offering entertainment and a way to connect with others.

Ministers have met frequently with the creative industries, including meetings with the Creative Industries Council and weekly roundtable meetings during the current Covid-19 crisis which were attended by organisations such as UKIE that represent businesses in the esports sector. There has also been frequent discussion recently between officials and individual esports businesses and organisations.

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value of esports to the UK economy (a) during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) at other times; and if he will make a statement.

Esports has the potential to develop as an area of real national strength in the UK, building on our world-class video games, entertainment and sports sectors. The government continues to consider ways to further support the growth of esports in the UK, and officials have been in regular contact with esports companies to assess the impact of covid-19.

1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of how the specialisms taught at University Technical Colleges can support the (a) skills needs of employers and (b) UK’s economic recovery after the covid-19 outbreak.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are well positioned to support the skills needs of local economies, placing employers at the heart of designing their specialist curriculum, mostly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects such as engineering and digital technologies. There are over 500 employers involved in the 48 open UTCs, including leading names such as JCB, Network Rail, Toyota, Siemens and the Royal Navy, helping to create 30,000 opportunities for young people to train as the engineers, technicians and scientists of the future.

UTCs will continue to play a role in building the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future following COVID-19. An immediate focus for UTCs will be to help this year’s leavers use and build on their technical skills through becoming apprentices, as well as other paths to employment including progression to universities, or going straight into technical jobs.

Our latest guidance for schools and other educational settings is set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the potential acquisition of Newcastle football club by Saudi Arabia, what discussions she has had with her Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect of internet piracy by state-sponsored pirate broadcasters such as beoutQ on the export value of the UK creative industry's intellectual property.

Officials in the Department for International Trade work closely with their counterparts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Intellectual Property Office on matters relating to the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights around the world.

Government ministers and our Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have raised this matter with the Saudi Arabian government and will continue to make representations about any alleged broadcast infringement activities of UK IP.

We understand broadcasting piracy on satellite in Saudi Arabia, through the pirate operator beoutQ, has now stopped. This followed pressure by the UK, the US, European countries, and major sports rights holders.

We are aware that there are continued issues of infringement of UK-owned intellectual property rights across all industries through the use of IPTV apps, and we will work with the IPO to address these issues and work to protect UK intellectual property in all territories.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution to the UK's Net Zero targets of low-carbon liquid fuels.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to accelerate the (a) development and (b) commercialization of advanced low-carbon liquid fuel technologies.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure a (a) secure and (b) sustainable supply chain for low-carbon liquid fuel.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on promoting the use of low-carbon liquid fuels in the transport sector.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential role of low-carbon liquid fuels in reducing transport emissions.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to support research and development in the production and distribution of sustainable low-carbon liquid fuels for the transportation sector.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to incentivise the adoption of low-carbon liquid fuels.

The Government has supported the uptake of low carbon fuels for 15 years through its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. The RTFO sets targets for the supply of low carbon fuels and sustainability criteria, which these fuels must meet. The RTFO has been highly successful in securing a market for the supply of low carbon liquid fuels in the UK.

Under current carbon budgets, low carbon fuels contribute a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings in the domestic transport sector. In 2022, low carbon fuel that were reported under the RTFO saved on average 82 per cent carbon emissions compared to the fossil fuels that they replaced, saving 7.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In 2022, low carbon fuel made up 6.8 per cent of total road fuel supplied.

The Department plans to introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate from 2025, which will require at least ten per cent of UK aviation fuel to be made from sustainable sources from 2030. The Jet Zero Strategy set out that the use of SAF could contribute up to 17% of the emissions savings needed in the aviation sector by 2050.

The Department has accelerated the uptake of advanced low carbon fuels by allocating £171 million to advanced fuel demonstration projects through four competitions and is setting up a UK SAF Clearing House to support the testing and approval of advanced fuels for aviation.

The Department will also publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy to further support investment by setting out a vision for the deployment of low carbon fuels across transport modes up to 2050.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 on (a) cost and (b) journey times of emergency service vehicles; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (i) battery life and (ii) the availability of charging points for electric emergency service vehicles.

The Government recognises the efforts already being made by emergency services to transition to zero emission vehicles. British Transport Police has committed to moving its whole car fleet to electric by 2025 and NHS England announced last year that eight ambulance trusts are trialling new zero emission vehicles.

The Government will continue to work with organisations, including the emergency services, to improve knowledge of zero emission vehicles and to give further support to the rollout of suitable charging infrastructure.

25th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse was of (a) National Highways and (b) its predecessor agencies providing evidence to coroners’ inquests relating to smart motorways in financial year (i) 2018-19, (ii) 2019-20, (iii) 2020-21, (iv) 2021-22 and (v) 2022-23.

National Highways processes do not capture time spent by their staff on supporting coroner’s inquests.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
22nd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential role of synthetic fuels in meeting net zero targets.

Whilst synthetic fuels can be expensive and energy intensive to manufacture, they have the potential to contribute to the decarbonisation of transport sectors where there are limited alternatives, such as in aviation. In recognition of the potential benefits of synthetic fuels produced using renewable power, these fuels are eligible for support under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) certificate trading scheme.

Power-to-liquid (PtL) synthetic fuels will benefit from a specific target in the Department’s forthcoming Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate scheme to accelerate their commercial advancement.

13th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Growth Plan 2022 on the delivery of road upgrades.

My officials are already engaging with the delivery agencies whose schemes were identified for acceleration in the growth plan, including local authorities and National Highways, with the intent of removing barriers and delivering the schemes faster.

Government is committed to deliver the £24billion Roads Investment Strategy, including 58 major improvement schemes. Ten of these were included on the list of schemes to prioritise for acceleration and we are working with NH to speed up delivery of these to boost growth across all areas of the country.

1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the Government reduced the road maintenance grant for Lincolnshire in 2021-22; and if he will increase the grant to 2019-20 levels for 2022-23.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for deciding funding levels for departmental spending, including local highway maintenance. Spending Review 2020 (SR20) prioritised funding in 2021-22 to support the government’s response to Covid-19, invest in the UK’s recovery, and deliver on promises to the British people.

As announced in the Spending Review on 28 October 2021, the Department is providing local highway authorities with a three year funding settlement for highway maintenance and is investing over £5 billion over this Parliament (2020/21-2024/25). This is enough to fill in millions of potholes a year, repair dozens of bridges, and help resurface roads throughout the country, and provide funding certainty until 2024/25.

Funding for local roads maintenance is subsequently allocated based on a fair and proportionate funding formula agreed by the sector.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to make a decision on whether to renew or extend the leases at state-owned motorway service areas with leases expiring in 2020-32.

In November 2018 and March 2019 ministers met all three operators who directly hold leasehold interests, MOTO, Welcome Break, and Roadchef, to seek their general views about the options on expiry of the current lease for the state-owned Motorway Service Area (MSA) sites. There has also been frequent engagement between the operators and officials regarding site improvements.

In September this year, Baroness Vere met Roadchef, to hear their current proposals for lease renewal. Topics discussed included the option of agreeing an extension to the lease well in advance of the earliest lease expiry dates in 2030, which would provide a longer tenure in which the operators could invest to modernise the ageing sites, including the upgrades to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, provision of additional HGV parking.

Ministers are considering which approach will secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users and have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing of any investment.

In the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with operators of state-owned motorway service areas on renewing their leases.

In November 2018 and March 2019 ministers met all three operators who directly hold leasehold interests, MOTO, Welcome Break, and Roadchef, to seek their general views about the options on expiry of the current lease for the state-owned Motorway Service Area (MSA) sites. There has also been frequent engagement between the operators and officials regarding site improvements.

In September this year, Baroness Vere met Roadchef, to hear their current proposals for lease renewal. Topics discussed included the option of agreeing an extension to the lease well in advance of the earliest lease expiry dates in 2030, which would provide a longer tenure in which the operators could invest to modernise the ageing sites, including the upgrades to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, provision of additional HGV parking.

Ministers are considering which approach will secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users and have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing of any investment.

In the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with operators of state-owned motorway service areas on their ability to access investment for (a) site improvements, (b) HGV parking facilities and (c) electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In November 2018 and March 2019 ministers met all three operators who directly hold leasehold interests, MOTO, Welcome Break, and Roadchef, to seek their general views about the options on expiry of the current lease for the state-owned Motorway Service Area (MSA) sites. There has also been frequent engagement between the operators and officials regarding site improvements.

In September this year, Baroness Vere met Roadchef, to hear their current proposals for lease renewal. Topics discussed included the option of agreeing an extension to the lease well in advance of the earliest lease expiry dates in 2030, which would provide a longer tenure in which the operators could invest to modernise the ageing sites, including the upgrades to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, provision of additional HGV parking.

Ministers are considering which approach will secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users and have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing of any investment.

In the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of renewing or extending the leases at state-owned motorway service areas to leverage private sector investment in (a) electric vehicle charging infrastructure, (b) HGV parking and (c) site improvements.

Ministers are considering which approach, as the current leases begin to expire from 2030, would secure best value for the taxpayer and enhance the experience for future road users. Following initial discussions with the operators, Ministers have requested that the operators work with officials to help understand how the timelines for each option could affect the timing and opportunities for any investment in the sites.

At the March 2020 Budget, the Government announced the Rapid Charging Fund was announced as part of a £500 million commitment for EV charging infrastructure.

It will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites across the strategic road network where upgrading connections to meet future demand for high powered chargepoints would be prohibitively expensive and uncommercial. Timing and process for delivery of this funding will be confirmed in due course.

The Government will be working with the operators of MSAs to ensure that charging provision is in place ahead of customer demand. The aim is to help support early adoption of electric vehicles and remove range anxiety concerns for drivers on long journeys.

15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings Ministers of his Department have had with (a) representatives of British Transport Police and (b) the Home office on the British Transport Police; and what the outcome was of those meetings.

There were conference telephone calls on Monday 4th May and Wednesday 6th May, between the Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris MP and Paul Crowther, the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police. No other Ministers have met with BTP representatives recently. There was also a phone conference between the Rail Minister and the Chair and Chief Executive of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) on Thursday 7th May.

There have not been any recent ministerial meetings with the Home Office regarding BTP.

Outcomes

At the 4th May meeting, the Minister and the Chief Constable agreed that BTP and the Department would continue to work closely together to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on the rail network. During the discussion on the 6th May, the Chief Constable was able to give an update on BTP’s activities and the Minister did likewise regarding work within the Department.

During the discussion between the Rail Minister and BTPA, the BTPA representatives provided an update on the Authority’s work in supporting BTP activity and agreed to keep the Minister updated regarding future developments.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) face-to-face and (b) virtual meetings Ministers of his Department have had with representatives of London (i) taxi, (ii) minivan and (iii) private vehicle hire firms or organisations since the 2019 General Election; and what the outcomes of those meetings were.

Baroness Vere met with Addison Lee on 25 February 2020 and discussed the new structure of their business, licensing issues facing the private hire vehicle sector and the role the sector could play in adopting electric vehicles.

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Ministers of his Department have had discussions with representatives of Uber since the 2019 General Election.

Ministers meet regularly with the taxi and private hire vehicle sector to discuss a variety of issues. Details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings#2019

11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Ministers of his Department have had discussions with representatives of car insurance firms since the 2019 General Election.

There have been no meetings between Ministers of the Department for Transport and representatives of motor insurance firms since the General Election of 2019.

Department for Transport officials have been in regular dialogue with representatives of motor insurers such as the Association of British Insurers and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and bring issues to the attention of Ministers when necessary.

16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with the (a) National Federation of Retail Newsagents, (b) Association of Convenience Stores, (c) British Independent Retailers Association, (d) Scottish Grocers Federation and (e) Federation of Wholesale Distributors on the introduction of a generational ban on the purchase of tobacco.

Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 yearly deaths in the United Kingdom and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over £3 billion a year.

This is why the Government is planning to create a smokefree generation by bringing forward legislation so that children turning 15 years old this year or younger, will never be legally sold tobacco products.

Since this announcement, officials have undertaken a series of discussions with retailers and most recently met with the British Independent Retailers Association, the Association of Convenience Stores, and other trade associations to discuss the smokefree generation and youth vaping policy. We will continue to engage with the retail sector and ensure they are supported to implement future legislation.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will publish the names of the organisations who disclosed links to the tobacco industry that responded to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping.

Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 deaths in the United Kingdom a year, and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over £3 billion a year.

The Government response to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping, was published on 29 January 2024. The consultation received nearly 28,000 responses. Whilst there are no plans to publish the names of all the organisations that responded, we did confirm that we received responses from 896 organisations as well as 307 responses from those who disclosed links with the tobacco industry.

As outlined in our consultation response, the UK is a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and so had an obligation to protect public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry. In the consultation response we summarise the views of respondents with disclosed links to the tobacco industry but have been clear that we have not considered these views when determining our policy response.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will publish the names of the organisations that responded to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping.

Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 deaths in the United Kingdom a year, and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over £3 billion a year.

The Government response to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping, was published on 29 January 2024. The consultation received nearly 28,000 responses. Whilst there are no plans to publish the names of all the organisations that responded, we did confirm that we received responses from 896 organisations as well as 307 responses from those who disclosed links with the tobacco industry.

As outlined in our consultation response, the UK is a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and so had an obligation to protect public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry. In the consultation response we summarise the views of respondents with disclosed links to the tobacco industry but have been clear that we have not considered these views when determining our policy response.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the policy paper entitled 2024 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing, access and growth: summary of the heads of agreement, published on 20 November 2023, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of these policies on life science SMEs.

The Government’s Life Sciences Vision sets out our ambition to develop a globally competitive life sciences investment ecosystem in the United Kingdom. While no assessment has been made, the 2024 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing, access and growth includes several policies that will benefit innovative companies and drive innovation into the United Kingdom. This includes an exemption from payment for small companies with under £6m of sales to the National Health Service and a taper for medium sized companies with between £6 million and £30 million of sales.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the policy paper entitled 2024 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing, access and growth: summary of the heads of agreement, published on 20 November 2023, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that people with less common conditions are not disproportionately impacted by additional rebates for older medicines.

Commitments in the current voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access around patient access and uptake for innovative medicines have had a substantial positive impact on the speed of medicines access in England, ensuring that National Health Service patients benefit from cutting-edge treatments including personalised CAR-T cancer therapies, lifechanging treatments for rare conditions, and lifesaving gene therapies. The new voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing, access and growth agreement will continue to build on these significant achievements, for example, through the piloting of new approaches for paying for ground-breaking advanced therapy medicinal products.

We do not expect disproportional impacts on people with less common conditions resulting from these policies. Provisions in the scheme allow for companies to apply for price increases should supply of products be otherwise uneconomical. Under specific circumstances an adjusted ‘Top-up Payment Percentage’ can also be considered for other older medicines where there would otherwise be a negative impact on patients.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the uptake of (a) cigarettes, (b) vapes, (c) HTPs and d) nicotine pouches by young people in each of the last five years.

The Department does not hold this information in the format requested. However, we can estimate the change in vape and smoking use amongst young people, between 2018-2021, using the data available in the Smoking, Drinking and Drug use publication, which is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/smoking-drinking-and-drug-use-among-young-people-in-england/2021

Unfortunately, we cannot estimate this for HTPs or nicotine pouches as we do not hold this data.

The number of children aged 11 to 15 years who currently smoke cigarettes is at 101,189 (3.3%), down from 2018 where 159,240 children were current smokers (5%). The number of children in the same age group who currently use vapes (e-cigarettes) is 288,159, (8.6%), up from 188,332 (5.9%) in 2018.

Survey data from Action on Smoking and Health on youth vaping from 2023 in Great Britain shows similar trends related to youth smoking and youth vaping. The data is available at the following link:

https://ash.org.uk/resources/view/use-of-e-cigarettes-among-young-people-in-great-britain

11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ambulances in England are (a) currently electric and (b) are scheduled to be electric by 2030.

NHS England advise that there is currently one electric ambulance in operation. NHS England is working with industry partners and four ambulance trusts to pilot second generation electric ambulance vehicles, with 11 electric ambulances on order to be delivered in 2023/24.

It is not possible to accurately estimate how many and what proportion of ambulances will be electric by 2030. A number of factors will impact adoption including technological development, cost, and the availability of charging facilities. However, by 2030 NHS England expect all new emergency ambulance vehicles in England will be emission free (electric or hydrogen powered).

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what percentage of ambulances in England are (a) currently electric and (b) will be electric by 2030.

NHS England advise that there is currently one electric ambulance in operation. NHS England is working with industry partners and four ambulance trusts to pilot second generation electric ambulance vehicles, with 11 electric ambulances on order to be delivered in 2023/24.

It is not possible to accurately estimate how many and what proportion of ambulances will be electric by 2030. A number of factors will impact adoption including technological development, cost, and the availability of charging facilities. However, by 2030 NHS England expect all new emergency ambulance vehicles in England will be emission free (electric or hydrogen powered).

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)