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Kirsten Oswald

Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire

First elected: 12th December 2019

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women)

(since February 2021)

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

(since February 2021)

SNP Deputy Westminster Leader
7th Jul 2020 - 6th Dec 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
7th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2021
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)
7th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2021
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work, Pensions and Inclusion)
7th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2021
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans)
20th May 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Armed Forces Bill Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 24th Nov 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Kirsten Oswald has voted in 643 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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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
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(30 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(27 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(26 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(74 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(57 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(48 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Tobacco and Vapes Bill 2023-24
(1,817 words contributed)
Holocaust Memorial Bill 2022-23
(1,499 words contributed)
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East Renfrewshire 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government must exercise its power under s.23 of the Gender Recognition Act to modify the operation of the Equality Act 2010 by specifying the terms sex, male, female, man & woman, in the operation of that law, mean biological sex and not "sex as modified by a Gender Recognition Certificate"

It has been reported that the Government may amend the Equality Act to "make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender." The Government has previously committed to not remove legal protections for trans people, an already marginalised group, but this change would do so.

Amend legislation to make it a legal requirement for a driver to stop & report accidents involving cats.

The Government should prohibit the sale, use and manufacture of free-running snares under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, putting them in the same category as self-locking snares, which are already illegal.

Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.

Have non binary be included as an option under the GRP (Gender Recognition Panel)/ GRC (Gender Recognition Certificate), in order to allow those identifying as non binary to be legally seen as their true gender identity. As well as having ‘Non-binary’ be seen as a valid transgender identity.

Make specialist training mandatory for all police and other government agencies that support black women and girls affected by domestic abuse. Police and agencies should have culturally appropriate training to better understand the cultural needs of black women affected by domestic abuse.

Reform the GRA to allow transgender people to self-identify without the need for a medical diagnosis, to streamline the administrative process, and to allow non-binary identities to be legally recognised.

Current legislation allows for public use of fireworks 16 hours a day, every day, making it impossible for vulnerable groups to take precautions against the distress they can cause. Better enforcement of existing law is insufficient; limiting their sale & use to licensed displays only is necessary.

Endometriosis and PCOS are two gynaecological conditions which both affect 10% of women worldwide, but both are, in terms of research and funding, incredibly under prioritised. This petition is calling for more funding, to enable for new, extensive and thorough research into female health issues.

Much like the existing mandatory requirement for employers with 250 or more employees must publish their gender pay gap. We call upon the government to introduce the ethnicity pay gap reporting. To shine a light on race / ethnicity based inequality in the workplace so that they can be addressed.

I would like the Government to:
• make running conversion therapy in the UK a criminal offence
• forcing people to attend said conversion therapies a criminal offence
• sending people abroad in order to try to convert them a criminal offence
• protect individuals from conversion therapy

12 kids in the UK are diagnosed with cancer daily. 1 in 5 will die within 5 years, often of the deadliest types like DIPG (brainstem cancer) - fatal on diagnosis & other cancers on relapse. Yet there has been little, or no, funding for research into these cancers and little, or no, progress.

EU law recognises animals as sentient beings, aware of their feelings and emotions. Animals are at risk of losing these vital legal protections, post-Brexit. We want a BetterDealForAnimals: a law that creates a duty for all Ministers in the UK to fully regard animal welfare in policy making.


Latest EDMs signed by Kirsten Oswald

22nd April 2024
Kirsten Oswald signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Monday 22nd April 2024

Paradise Golf and Beach Resort, Morocco

Tabled by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
That this House recognises that some 800 investors, the vast majority of whom are British citizens, made investments in the Moroccan Paradise Golf and Beach Resort which was first advertised in 2006; understands the development was widely promoted as part of Morocco’s Vision 2020 tourism plan and was marketed as …
3 signatures
(Most recent: 23 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
19th April 2024
Kirsten Oswald signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Thursday 18th April 2024

Himalayan Dine Barrhead and the Scottish Curry Awards 2024

Tabled by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
That this House congratulates Himalayan Dine Barrhead, based on Barrhead Main Street, East Renfrewshire, on being crowned Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year at the prestigious 16th annual Scottish Curry Awards; notes that Himalayan Dine Barrhead was also highly commended in the category of Most Wanted Restaurant of the Year; understands …
5 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Kirsten Oswald, 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.


Kirsten Oswald has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Kirsten Oswald has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Kirsten Oswald


A Bill to authorise the repayment of fees for driving tests delayed as a result of an emergency.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Latest 50 Written Questions

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18 Other Department Questions
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what proportion of officials who are (a) graded as senior civil servant 2 and (b) on full-time equivalent contracts in the Government Equalities Office are women.

In 2022/23 more than half of new entrants to the Civil Service were women (54.1%). In 2021/22 51.6% of new entrants and 53.9% of promotions to the Senior Civil Service were women.

The Equality Hub is currently led by one Director at SCS2 level. This person is male and on a full time equivalent contract. Another member of staff at this grade, who is female, is on a career break.

To note, the Equality Hub comprises the Government Equalities Office, the Disability Unit, the Race Disparity Unit and the Social Mobility Commission. The percentages provided include information from all 4 units.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what proportion of officials on temporary contracts in the Government Equalities Office are women.

With regards to the gender of those on temporary contracts across all grades, 50% of these officials are women.

To note, the Equality Hub comprises the Government Equalities Office, the Disability Unit, the Race Disparity Unit and the Social Mobility Commission. The percentages provided include information from all 4 units.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
19th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to publish (a) a draft Bill and (b) her Department's response to its consultation on banning conversion therapy.

No one in this country should be harmed or harassed for who they are and attempts at so-called ‘conversion therapy’ are abhorrent. That is why we are carefully considering this very complex issue. We will be setting out further details on this in due course

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
11th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make it her policy to require incontinence bins to be made available in all male public toilets.

I refer the Hon member to my previous answer UIN 196323 provided on 11th September 2023.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
11th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on providing incontinence bins in male public toilets.

I refer the Hon member to my previous answer UIN 196323 provided on 11th September 2023.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps to introduce enforceable penalties for businesses who refuse access to guide dog users.

No one should be refused access to businesses or services because they use a guide or other assistance dog.

Under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act), businesses and public bodies that provide goods and services to the public must not unlawfully discriminate against disabled people, including those with assistance dogs. The Act places a duty on service providers to make reasonable adjustments to improve access to premises, buildings and services. This could include allowing the use of assistance dogs so that disabled customers have the same access to goods and services and are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled customers.

Parliament intended the Act to guide the policies of service providers, including those exercising public functions, as well as providing legal protection. Failure by a service provider to comply with the Act by making a reasonable adjustment will mean that they have unlawfully discriminated on grounds of disability.

People who feel that they have been discriminated against can use other provisions within the Act to seek redress against a non-compliant service provider, including going to Court if necessary.

This is the case for all the other protected characteristics in the Act and the Government has no plans to amend this process, which is based on the long-established civil law principle that it is for an aggrieved person to enforce the law.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that guide dog users are protected from access refusals.

No one should be refused access to businesses or services because they use a guide or other assistance dog.

Under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act), businesses and public bodies that provide goods and services to the public must not unlawfully discriminate against disabled people, including those with assistance dogs. The Act places a duty on service providers to make reasonable adjustments to improve access to premises, buildings and services. This could include allowing the use of assistance dogs so that disabled customers have the same access to goods and services and are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled customers.

Parliament intended the Act to guide the policies of service providers, including those exercising public functions, as well as providing legal protection. Failure by a service provider to comply with the Act by making a reasonable adjustment will mean that they have unlawfully discriminated on grounds of disability.

People who feel that they have been discriminated against can use other provisions within the Act to seek redress against a non-compliant service provider, including going to Court if necessary.

This is the case for all the other protected characteristics in the Act and the Government has no plans to amend this process, which is based on the long-established civil law principle that it is for an aggrieved person to enforce the law.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government plans for the upcoming Conversion Therapy Bill to prohibit the advertising of conversion practices.

The Government is committed to protecting people from these practices.

We are carefully considering the responses to the public consultation on banning conversion practices which closed last year.

We will be publishing a draft bill to ban conversion practices for pre-legislative scrutiny in this parliamentary session. We hope to send it to a Joint Committee for scrutiny and will work with the Liaison Committee accordingly.

In the meantime, we have launched a support service open to all victims and those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances, backed by up to £360,000 over three years.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the upcoming Conversion Therapy Bill will support the aims of the Online Safety Bill in preventing online harms.

The Government is committed to protecting people from these practices.

We are carefully considering the responses to the public consultation on banning conversion practices which closed last year.

We will be publishing a draft bill to ban conversion practices for pre-legislative scrutiny in this parliamentary session. We hope to send it to a Joint Committee for scrutiny and will work with the Liaison Committee accordingly.

In the meantime, we have launched a support service open to all victims and those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances, backed by up to £360,000 over three years.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban conversion practices.

The Government is committed to protecting people from these practices.

We are carefully considering the responses to the public consultation on banning conversion practices which closed last year.

We will be publishing a draft bill to ban conversion practices for pre-legislative scrutiny in this parliamentary session. We hope to send it to a Joint Committee for scrutiny and will work with the Liaison Committee accordingly.

In the meantime, we have launched a support service open to all victims and those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances, backed by up to £360,000 over three years.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent progress the Government has made on banning conversion practices.

The Government is committed to protecting people from these practices.

We are carefully considering the responses to the public consultation on banning conversion practices which closed last year.

We will be publishing a draft bill to ban conversion practices for pre-legislative scrutiny in this parliamentary session. We hope to send it to a Joint Committee for scrutiny and will work with the Liaison Committee accordingly.

In the meantime, we have launched a support service open to all victims and those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances, backed by up to £360,000 over three years.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with her counterparts and legislators in (a) Malta, (b) France, (c) Canada, (d) New Zealand, (e) Greece and the relevant regional or state governments of the (i) US, (ii) Spain and (iii) Australia on their legislation on banning conversion practices and their protection of transgender people.

The Government has engaged with a wide range of international counterparts including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Malta, to understand the approaches they have taken to ban conversion therapy. We will continue to engage with counterparts around the world that are committed to protecting everyone from conversion practices to share insight and develop our approach.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what work has been undertaken by her Department on transgender conversion practices since the Government set out its plans on this topic in its background briefing to the Queen’s Speech in May 2022.

Since May 2022, the Government has launched a support service open to all victims or those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances. The Government has committed up to £360,000 over three years to this service. The service includes a helpline, instant messaging service, and website to enable people to get the support they need.

More widely, the Government remains committed to protecting everyone from these practices. We are carefully considering the responses to the public consultation which closed earlier this year and will respond in due course.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations made by the Ending Conversion Practices Expert Advisory Group in Scotland on 4 October 2022.

The Government has been liaising with territorial offices and the devolved administrations including the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on this important issue.

Officials will continue to work with their counterparts across the devolved administrations to discuss the UK Government’s approach to protecting everyone in England and Wales from conversion therapy practices.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the (a) full-time equivalent headcount and (b) outturn expenditure was on communications for her Department in each of the last three financial years.

Equality Hub communications is managed by the Government Equalities Office (GEO), and as such staff and budget sit within the GEO. The headcount and outturn expenditure is as follows:

a) Full-time equivalent headcount

18-19

19-20

20-21

9

12

11

b) Outturn expenditure on communications for her Department in each of the last three financial years

18-19

19-20

20-21

£131,216

£89,849

£112,233

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to ensure that employers with a headcount of 250 or more continue to report gender pay gap data ahead of the usual annual deadlines.

On 23 February, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced that employers will have until 5 October 2021 to report their gender pay gap information. The EHRC enforces the regulations, contacting any late reporters and follows up on potentially inaccurate data. For the 2020/21 reporting year, enforcement activity will commence after the additional time period ends on 5 October 2021.

The government is fully committed to women’s economic empowerment but, given the impact of the pandemic on businesses, extending the deadline by six months is the correct decision.

Lots of positive work has been done by employers to encourage equality in the workplace, and although ONS figures show that the gender pay gap stands at a record low, we need to continue making progress, including making sure that we are tackling the causes of the gender pay gap.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
29th Jun 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to publish equality impact assessments of the move by the House of Commons from hybrid to physical proceedings on House staff by ethnic origin.

The House of Commons Commission has previously committed to publish any mitigations identified as part of the equality impact assessment, alongside any other steps taken in the Covid-19 risk assessment. Following the publication of Public Health England advice, the House authorities are currently reviewing the mitigations and will be providing an updated version of the risk assessment ahead of the House rising for summer recess.

8th Jun 2021
To ask the Attorney General, what steps she is taking to ensure the prosecution of people whose acts towards fellow passengers on domestic flights are perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on disability or perceived disability.

Courts in the United Kingdom have the power to deal with offences which are committed on board any aircraft whilst on the ground or in the air over the United Kingdom, and on “British-controlled aircraft” whilst “in flight” outside United Kingdom airspace. In such instances, as with any crime, the CPS will prosecute cases that are referred to it by the police and other law enforcement agencies where the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors is met.

The Code makes it clear that where an offence involves hostility or prejudice based upon race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, gender or age, it is more likely that a prosecution will be required in the public interest. Where a crime is found by a court to involve hostility based on a disability, this will be an aggravating factor in the sentence and the court must openly state the crime involved this hostility.

20th May 2021
Whether his Department has received representations on the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.

The Member for East Renfrewshire will be aware of my decision, alongside the Advocate General’s for Scotland, to refer the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill to the Supreme Court on legislative competence grounds. We have also referred the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill.

It would not be appropriate for me to comment in detail on what are live proceedings.

Ultimately, our concerns with regards to these Bills do not relate to their policy content, nor to the approach the Scottish Parliament has taken in incorporating these international agreements into Scots law. Rather they relate to specific provisions in the Bill and whether they fall outside the Scottish Parliament’s legislative powers.

30th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of advertised jobs that can be undertaken solely at home in each of the last 5 years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon lady’s Parliamentary Question of 30th January is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to introduce funding for public bodies to help ensure the provision of offline options for service users.

The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has affordable access to public services, whether online or offline.

Government departments are already required by the Government's Service Standard to provide support via alternative channels for all their online services. The wider public sector, including local government, is also encouraged to use the service standard, with some Local Authorities having committed to doing so via the Local Digital Declaration.

Government teams are assessed against Service Standard to ensure that services are accessible to all users, including disabled people, people with other legally protected characteristics, people who do not have access to the internet and/or lack the skills and/or confidence to use the internet.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to help ensure that people who are not online have the choice of accessing public services (a) by phone, (b) by letter and (c) face-to-face.

The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has affordable access to public services, whether online or offline.

Government departments are already required by the Government's Service Standard to provide support via alternative channels for all their online services. The wider public sector, including local government, is also encouraged to use the service standard, with some Local Authorities having committed to doing so via the Local Digital Declaration.

Government teams are assessed against Service Standard to ensure that services are accessible to all users, including disabled people, people with other legally protected characteristics, people who do not have access to the internet and/or lack the skills and/or confidence to use the internet.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answers of 8 November 2021 to Question 68322 and 19 January 2022 to Question 105589 on Ministers: Leave, and with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 15 July 2021, HCWS185, when the Government plans to present a report to Parliament setting out considerations and proposals on adoption and parental leave, absences for sickness and other reasons, and unpaid roles.

Policy development in these areas is ongoing. It remains the Government's intention to lay a report before Parliament in due course.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answers of 8 November 2021 to Question 68322 and 19 January 2022 to Question 105589 on Ministers: Leave, and with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 15 July 2021 on Government Transparency and Accountability, HCWS185, when the Government plans to present a report to Parliament setting out considerations and proposals on adoption and parental leave, absences for sickness and other reasons and unpaid roles.

Policy development in these areas is ongoing. It remains the Government's intention to lay a report before Parliament in due course.

8th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department issues guidance to companies that deliver public-facing services on behalf of the Government on establishing routes where MPs can raise issues on behalf of constituents.

The Cabinet Office does not issue guidance to service providers on establishing routes where MPs can raise issues on behalf of constituents. However, MPs are able to raise any issues with government suppliers through existing channels - by writing to the Secretary of State, writing to the Department through MP correspondence, or through Parliamentary questions.

Those dissatisfied with government services can also raise issues directly with the responsible government department. Departments provide details on their complaints procedure on their GOV.UK pages. If, having followed the stages of the complaints procedure the complainant remains dissatisfied, our published guidance recommends that members of the public contact their MP and ask for your complaint to be referred to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman can carry out independent investigations into complaints about government departments, agencies and some public bodies.

17th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2021 to Question 68322, on Ministers: Leave, and with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 15 July 2021, HCWS185, when the Government plans to present a report to Parliament setting out considerations and proposals on adoption and parental leave, absences for sickness and other reasons and unpaid roles.

Policy development in these areas is ongoing. These are complex policy matters and the Government is giving them careful and thorough consideration. It remains the Government's intention to lay a report before Parliament in due course.

9th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the degree of compliance by UK Government departmental offices located in the devolved nations with the guidance on the need for continued home working issued by the devolved administrations.

Civil Service employers are responsible for following and embedding government guidance across all of the four nations.

7th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that the panel leading the inquiry into the Government's handling of the covid-19 pandemic (a) includes and (b) hears from disabled people.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed that a public inquiry into COVID-19 will be established on a statutory basis, with full formal powers and that it will begin its work in spring 2022. A chair will be appointed by the end of the year. More details, including the terms of reference for the inquiry, will be set out in due course.

7th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that the inquiry into the Government's handling of the covid-19 pandemic is accessible to allow disabled people to participate.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed that a public inquiry into COVID-19 will be established on a statutory basis, with full formal powers and that it will begin its work in spring 2022. A chair will be appointed by the end of the year. More details, including the terms of reference for the inquiry, will be set out in due course.

7th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that disabled people are referenced in the Terms of Reference of the inquiry into the Government's handling of the covid-19 pandemic.

On 12 May, the Prime Minister confirmed that a public inquiry into COVID-19 will be established on a statutory basis, with full formal powers and that it will begin its work in spring 2022. A chair will be appointed by the end of the year. More details, including the terms of reference for the inquiry, will be set out in due course.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the (a) Written Statement by the Prime Minister of 4 February 2021 on the Ministerial and Other Maternity Allowances Bill, HCWS765, and (b) oral contributions of the Paymaster General of 11 February 2021, Official Report, col. 559 and 1 March 2021, Official Report, col. 60, when the Government plans to present a report to Parliament setting out considerations and proposals on adoption and parental leave, absences for sickness and other reasons, and unpaid roles.

I refer the honourable member to the Written Ministerial Statement made by my honourable friend, the Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith), on 15 July 2021.

11th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the proportion of people who died from covid-19 who were (a) disabled and (b) not disabled.

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

24th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he last met representatives of Barclays to discuss the closure of the Barclays Identity Service; and if he will make a statement.

Barclays entered into a contract with the Cabinet Office in April 2017 to provide an identity verification service to support GOV.UK Verify. As scheduled, this contract expires on 23rd March 2021. Cabinet Office officials have been in regular contact with Barclays to ensure a good level of service is maintained until the end of their contract.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office have not met Barclays to discuss this contract expiry.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what equality impact assessment his Department has undertaken on the potential (a) legal and (b) socioeconomic effects of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on different groups with protected characteristics.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made a statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998 regarding the provisions of the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill. This Bill, now Act, implements the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Further to this, relevant requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and other relevant legislation have been followed.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department last met with representatives of each of the devolved Administrations to discuss the implementation of the 10 year Veterans Strategy.

The 2018 Strategy for our Veterans is the UK’s commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces. Each nation in the Union is responsible for delivering the outcomes for veterans contained in the Strategy.

Officials regularly engage with counterparts in the Devolved Administrations to discuss progress made on the delivery of their respective Strategy action plans and wider veterans matters. I have also met ministerial counterparts from the Scottish and Welsh Government this year to discuss veterans issues including the Strategy.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will appoint a new Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief before the Open Doors World Watch List launch event to be held in January 2021.

An appointment will be announced in the usual way.

All Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Ministers raise concerns about human rights violations and abuses, including on Freedom of Religion or Belief, where appropriate. As the UK Minister for Human Rights, my Hon Friend Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also champions and leads on Freedom of Religion or Belief as part of his wider responsibilities and through multilateral fora including the United Nations.

25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Audit Office report, Investigation into Verify, published on 5 March 2019, HC1926, what assessment he has made of the findings in paragraph 2 on page 5 on the Infrastructure and Projects Authority's report that the Verify platform has been an innovative technical success and is performing to specification, but it is not producing the promised benefits.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems reflect the different legal systems operating in the UK and the associated variation in statutory provisions regarding name changes.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems facilitate women registering for some Government services under their maiden surname even if they also register for some services under a surname they adopt on marriage.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when registered users of the (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems will be able to view payments made on their behalf under the (i) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (ii) Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government services can be accessed by registered users of (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government departments have signed up to use (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of potential barriers to people signing up for (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the numbers of users registered on (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems have met departmental targets.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have registered as users of (a) GOV.UK Verify and (b) Government Gateway identity verification systems to date.

GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway provide millions of citizens with access to essential government services. The number of users can be accessed publicly at any time through the GOV.UK Verify performance dashboard, and is updated weekly. Currently, 7.2 million users use their GOV.UK Verify identity accounts to access 22 government services across 9 departments. HMRC has 25.1 million unique individual users who have confirmed their identity and who have accessed their personal tax account, with a total of 96 million authentication credentials. For Government Gateway these include individual, business and agent users.

GOV.UK Verify keeps its accessibility under review and has consistently reduced barriers to make access to services simpler, focusing on the customer's end-to-end experience, and ensuring members of the public can access online government services simply and securely.

We are constantly looking to balance the need of inclusion and demographic coverage of government services with the need for strong digital identity assurance to reduce the risk of fraud. Both GOV.UK Verify and Government Gateway use ongoing user research, user testing and service monitoring to improve, simplify and reduce friction in users’ experience of these services. Offline channels and support are offered to users unable to use either GOV.UK Verify or Government Gateway identity verification services.

Government Gateway is currently used to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). CJRS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment, and SEISS claimants (employers or their authorised agent) can log into the claims service and see the claims made and the date they were sent for payment.

GOV.UK Verify can be adapted to reflect requirements relating to name changes to support departmental service requirements, provided there is suitable evidence of their change in name. Government Gateway Identity Verification allows online service access where sufficient confidence can be gained on a user’s identity and the ownership of the name in question.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report recognised that the Verify programme has delivered on three of its four original objectives. The Verify programme has successfully developed world-leading standards that are used by governments across the world. It has also developed a secure technical platform and a procurement framework for identity services.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2020 to Question 40706 on Subversion: Russia and the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59573 on Intelligence and Security Committee, what timeframe is for the Intelligence and Security Committee to be established; and whether the current circumstances referred to have affected that timeframe.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 59573 on 18 June 2020. The Committee is being formed in the normal way and as quickly as current circumstances allow. An announcement will be made in due course.

11th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many suspicious emails have been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre by (a) people and (b) organisations in (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) each of the English Regions since the start of the (A) Cyber Aware campaign and (B) covid-19 lockdown.

The public has been able to report suspicious emails to the NCSC through the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) since 21 April 2020 when it was launched alongside the Cyber Aware campaign. Since its launch, the SERS has received over 800,000 reports, and removed over 7,500 URLs and over 2,000 sites. Safeguards protecting the anonymity of reporters means that a regional breakdown cannot be conducted.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) prevent any potential conflicts of interest for (i) Cabinet Ministers and (ii) Ministers in her Department in relation to the UK-India free trade negotiations.

The Department for Business and Trade manages ministerial conflicts of interest through an established system set out in the Ministerial Code and led by the Cabinet Office. This ensures that steps are taken to avoid or mitigate any potential conflicts of interest.

The Permanent Secretary, together with the Prime Minister’s Independent Advisor for Ministers’ Interests, have reviewed the interests of DBT Ministers and, where necessary, have proposed mitigations to manage any potential conflicts of interest. These mitigations have been agreed and implemented with the relevant Minister.

We do not manage conflicts of interest for Ministers outside of the Department for Business and Trade.

The Ministerial Code is available on GOV.UK at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministerial-code.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)