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Kirsty Blackman

Scottish National Party - Aberdeen North

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Economy)

(since February 2021)
Procedure Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
SNP Deputy Westminster Leader
20th Jun 2017 - 1st Jul 2020
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Economy)
20th Jun 2017 - 7th Jan 2020
European Statutory Instruments Committee
18th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Procedure Committee
24th Jun 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
European Statutory Instruments
18th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)
20th May 2015 - 20th Jun 2017
Scottish Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 5th Sep 2016


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th January 2022
14:00
Division Votes
Monday 17th January 2022
Elections Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 39 Scottish National Party No votes vs 0 Scottish National Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 325 Noes - 234
Speeches
Monday 17th January 2022
BBC Funding
I am no fan of the regressive licence fee, but the Secretary of State saying on Twitter that this will …
Written Answers
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Visas: Turkey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of Turkish Businessperson visa applications …
Early Day Motions
Monday 15th November 2021
Transgender Day of Remembrance
That this House recognises Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November, a day, observed annually and internationally, to memorialise trans …
Bills
Wednesday 20th March 2019
Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (Eligibility) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
MP Financial Interests
Tuesday 1st June 2021
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Clare Sainsbury
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: …
EDM signed
Wednesday 15th December 2021
A decade of the Kaleidoscope Trust
That this House congratulates Kaleidoscope Trust on reaching the milestone of its 10th Anniversary; notes that the Kaleidoscope Trust is …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Kirsty Blackman has voted in 310 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Paul Scully (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(108 debate interactions)
Seema Malhotra (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(49 debate interactions)
Bill Esterson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
(15 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(15 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(6 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(5 debate contributions)
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Aberdeen North 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).

Kirsty Blackman has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Kirsty Blackman

15th December 2021
Kirsty Blackman signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 15th December 2021

A decade of the Kaleidoscope Trust

Tabled by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
That this House congratulates Kaleidoscope Trust on reaching the milestone of its 10th Anniversary; notes that the Kaleidoscope Trust is a UK-based charity focused on fighting for the human rights of LGBT+ people across the Commonwealth and that it funds, fights for, and empowers those upholding the human rights of …
10 signatures
(Most recent: 10 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 8
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
15th November 2021
Kirsty Blackman signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Wednesday 10th November 2021

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Tabled by: Kirsty Blackman (Scottish National Party - Aberdeen North)
That this House recognises Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November, a day, observed annually and internationally, to memorialise trans people lost to transphobia; further recognises that, while the murder of trans people for being trans in the UK is rare, suicide is not, and more than one in four …
13 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 6
Labour: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Kirsty Blackman, 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.


Kirsty Blackman has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Kirsty Blackman has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Kirsty Blackman


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th March 2019
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Kirsty Blackman has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


43 Written Questions in the current parliament

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19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the reasons are for the delay in publication of the Hydrogen Strategy; and when that strategy will be published.

The first ever UK Hydrogen Strategy will be published shortly and will set out the key steps needed in the 2020s to deliver our 5GW production ambition and set the context for further scale up on the way to net zero.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish a Biomass Strategy.

In the Energy White Paper we outlined our plans to publish a Biomass Strategy in 2022. On 20th April this year, we launched a Call for Evidence to inform the strategy. The Call for Evidence is now closed, and we are reviewing the responses received.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of land use practice in the UK.

The Government recognises that the way land is used and managed has a range of environmental impacts, both positive and negative. We regularly review and assess these impacts, working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Increasing the public and private benefits of land-use, and of land management, will be critical to achieving our environmental goals – particularly on climate change and nature recovery.

It is critical that the right environmental actions are delivered in the right places, while maintaining food security and sustainable development. In recognition of this, we have recently published our trees and peat actions plans. In addition we are:

o developing new schemes that will reward environmental land management;

o introducing a mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain via the Environment Bill; and

o introducing Local Nature Recovery Strategies across England that will propose priority locations for nature recovery and the delivery of nature-based solutions.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to publish the terms of reference for the urgent review into regional connectivity.

Levelling up connectivity across our regions and nations is a top priority for this Government. Our review of regional air connectivity will ensure the UK has the domestic transport connections local communities need. We will publish the terms of reference shortly.

5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the (a) nations and (b) regions of the UK have access to air connections.

We are urgently working with industry to identify opportunities to re-establish key Flybe routes throughout the nations and regions of the UK, and have kept in close contact with airlines and airports over the last few days to emphasise this. We are pleased to see that a number of airlines have already committed to operating many of these routes in the near future.

In addition to this immediate work, levelling up connectivity across our regions and nations remains a top priority for this government. This is why we are undertaking a review of regional air connectivity which will ensure the UK has the domestic transport connections local communities need.

5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of Flybe entering administration on the provision of air freight at each airport in the UK.

Our preliminary assessment is that Flybe entering administration will have a minimal impact on the provision of air freight but we will keep this under review.

14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the 27 claims made to the Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme on behalf of deceased individuals who received a covid-19 vaccination have concluded.

Currently no claims on behalf of deceased individuals who received a covid-19 vaccination have concluded.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of he 33 claims made to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme on behalf of people who have died over the last five years have (a) concluded and (b) resulted in a positive outcome.

Of the 33 claims in the last five years, 6 have concluded, with one resulting in an award.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of updating the gov.uk webpage for the Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme to provide (a) an estimate for how long it may take for an application to that scheme to be acknowledged and decided upon and (b) separate forms for people who have (i) died and (ii) been disabled as a result of receiving a vaccination.

All claimant to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme have their claims acknowledged upon receipt by the Vaccine Damage Payment Unit. As each claim requires medical record to be gathered, causation links to be established and disability assessments to be undertaken. It is not possible to provide a defined timeframe for the period in which a claim can be decided.

The Government are currently looking at how it can improve the operational aspects of the scheme to make the application process simpler, swifter and more accessible for claimants this review will include a review of the application form.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an online form for the Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme.

The Government is currently looking at how it can improve the operational aspects of the scheme to make the application process simpler, swifter and more accessible for claimants this review will include consideration of an online claim form.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications have been made to the Vaccine Damages Payment Scheme on behalf of people who are deceased in each of the last five years; and how many of those applications have been resolved with a full payment being made.

Between April 2016 to 08/09/2021 there have been 33 claims made to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme on behalf of people who have died. No payments have been awarded on these cases.

Year

No of Claims

2016/17

1

No payment

2017/18

2

No payment

2018/19

1

No payment

2019/20

0

No payment

2020/21

5

No payment

2121/22 (up to and including 08/09/2021)

24

No payment

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter dated 27 July 2021 from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to the hon. Member for Aberdeen North, reference MC2021/53746, what progress the Government has made on clarifying the wording on the gov.uk website with regards to submitting a claim to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme on behalf of a deceased person.

The work to clarifying the wording on the gov.uk website with regards to submitting a claim to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme on behalf of a deceased person will be concluded this week (w/c13/09) and revised information will be available from w/c 20th of September

5th May 2020
What assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in the health and social care sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

Social care workers are at the frontline of our battle with COVID-19. We are grateful to all care workers, caring for our loved ones every day.

Care workers must follow the guidance on isolating if they or a household member have COVID-19 symptoms - which means that there are higher absence levels than normal – but there must also be enough staff to provide essential care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been monitoring staff absence rates to see where there are particular risks.The CQC is sharing this information with local authorities and the Government has provided them with guidance on supporting care providers. We are encouraging returning health and social care professionals to work in social care and we have launched a national recruitment campaign with the ambition to attract 20,000 people into adult social care.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect on health of negative ion products; and if he will make a statement.

Public Health England has not undertaken a recent assessment of the possible health effects associated with the use, or wearing, of negative ion products.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle (a) regional and (b) national differences in breastfeeding rates; and what discussions he has had with representatives from the devolved Administrations on a strategy to improve preterm nutrition.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Sharon Hodgson MP) on 10 February 2020 to Question 10737.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any recent discussions with representatives from the devolved administrations on a strategy to improve preterm nutrition.

A human milk-based diet is important to a baby at any age and provides the best start in life.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the benefits of a human milk-based diet for the development of preterm infants.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Sharon Hodgson MP) on 10 February 2020 to Question 10737.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any recent discussions with representatives from the devolved administrations on a strategy to improve preterm nutrition.

A human milk-based diet is important to a baby at any age and provides the best start in life.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding eligibility for the Matching Adjustment to include morbidity liabilities as part of the Solvency II Review.

The Government published a Call for Evidence for its Review of Solvency II in October 2020. The Government published a Response to its Call for Evidence on 1 July 2021. This Response set out the next steps including a consultation in early 2022.

The matching adjustment was identified in the Call for Evidence as an area for review. As noted in the Response to the Call for Evidence, “respondents also raised a variety of other eligibility-related points, for example that the eligibility of liabilities for the matching adjustment could be expanded”. The Government is considering the range of views received on this topic.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish formal proposals arising from the Solvency II Review; and if he will make a statement on the timetable for implementation of those proposals.

The Government published a Call for Evidence for its Review of Solvency II in October 2020. The Government published a Response to its Call for Evidence on 1 July 2021. This Response set out the next steps including a consultation in early 2022.

The matching adjustment was identified in the Call for Evidence as an area for review. As noted in the Response to the Call for Evidence, “respondents also raised a variety of other eligibility-related points, for example that the eligibility of liabilities for the matching adjustment could be expanded”. The Government is considering the range of views received on this topic.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent comparative assessment his Department has made of the (a) performance and (b) effectiveness of (i) UK business banking regulation and (ii) that of other OECD countries.

The government, along with regulators, are committed to ensuring that UK regulation promotes safe and sustainable financial services, while still allowing room for innovation and continually reviews its effectiveness.

It has long been the case in the UK that business lending is generally not subject to regulation – much like many other major economies such as; the US, Canada, and Australia. Ultimately, the government only looks to regulate where there is a clear case for doing so, in order to avoid putting additional costs on lenders that would ultimately lead to higher costs for business customers.

But of course, that does not mean – should things go wrong - that businesses do not have access to free, independent dispute resolution services. In fact, 99% of businesses have recourse to the Financial Ombudsman Service. And with the launch of the Business Banking Resolution Service in February this year, larger eligible SMEs also have somewhere independent to take their complaint.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of business banking regulation during the covid-19 pandemic.

The government, along with regulators, are committed to ensuring that UK regulation promotes safe and sustainable financial services, while still allowing room for innovation and continually reviews its effectiveness.

It has long been the case in the UK that business lending is generally not subject to regulation – much like many other major economies such as; the US, Canada, and Australia. Ultimately, the government only looks to regulate where there is a clear case for doing so, in order to avoid putting additional costs on lenders that would ultimately lead to higher costs for business customers.

But of course, that does not mean – should things go wrong - that businesses do not have access to free, independent dispute resolution services. In fact, 99% of businesses have recourse to the Financial Ombudsman Service. And with the launch of the Business Banking Resolution Service in February this year, larger eligible SMEs also have somewhere independent to take their complaint.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) costs and (b) risks to UK businesses of Government covid-19 loans from banks and other authorised lenders.

The government guarantee loan schemes have provided a lifeline to thousands of businesses, supporting over £79 billion in funding. There are robust rules in place that set out how accredited lenders must behave, including treating borrowers fairly.

The government has always been clear that these are loans to be repaid, and that they may not be the right answer for all businesses. That’s why our varied package of support also includes grant funding and tax deferrals.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to strengthen the system of accountability in the financial sector to ensure that banks are accountable for financial misconduct in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.

The Government is committed to ensuring that the interests of businesses and individuals who use financial services are protected.

In response to the banking crisis and significant conduct failings, Parliament passed legislation leading to the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority applying the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. This regime aims to reduce harm to consumers and govern market integrity by making individuals more accountable for their conduct and competence.

Additionally, the FCA has been given a strong mandate to stop inappropriate behaviour in financial services, and the Government is confident they have the appropriate tools to protect consumers, including powers to ban or restrict products; powers of disclosure; power to take formal action against misleading financial promotions; and a power to accept super-complaints from consumer bodies about competition and consumer problems.

The Chief Executive of the FCA has set out his plans to transform the FCA into a more assertive regulator; testing the limits of its powers and working with other agencies to ensure they bring their own powers to bear, to ensure consumer protection and market integrity.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the changes by the major banks to interest charges on personal overdrafts relative to levels before the covid-19 outbreak.

The pricing of financial products, including the interest rates charged on overdrafts, is a commercial decision for firms and the Government does not seek to intervene in, or make assessments of, such decisions.

In April 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) required firms to have implemented new rules governing how they can charge for overdrafts. These included mandating that firms cannot charge more for unarranged overdrafts than arranged overdrafts, banning fixed daily and monthly charges, and a package of measures to improve the transparency of pricing. FCA analysis found that 7 out of 10 overdraft users would be better off or see no change to their overdraft costs as a result of the FCA’s rules.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the FCA announced a series of temporary proposals to provide emergency support for consumer credit customers who were facing short-term cash flow problems as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. On overdrafts, firms were expected to provide up to £500 interest free buffer for customers, if requested, and make sure that customers did not see increased overdraft fees.

In September 2020, the FCA announced updated guidance to ensure that firms continued to provide tailored support for users of consumer credit and overdraft products who continue to face payment difficulties due to Covid-19. Where a customer needs further support, firms are expected to use measures such as reducing or waiving interest, agreeing a programme of staged reductions in the overdraft limit, or supporting customers to reduce their overdraft usage by transferring the debt.

In 2022, the FCA will carry out a post-implementation evaluation of the remedies it introduced on overdrafts.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of Turkish Businessperson visa applications received be her Department in the last five years were successful.

The Home Office publishes data on ECAA Businesspersons in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release(opens in a new tab)’.

Data on applications for ECAA Businesspersons are published in table Vis_D01 of the entry clearance visa detailed dataset. Data on the number of ECAA Businesspersons issued and refused are included in table Vis_D02. These data may be selected using the ‘ECAA Businessperson’ visa type subgroup.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure that all Afghan people who were evacuated from Kabul and are housed in bridging hotels are able to access legal advice and support as a matter of urgency.

A significant cross Government effort is underway to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into local communities. We continue to work with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation as quickly as possible, although we have had to use hotels as a temporary measure due to unprecedented demand. In the meantime, we are providing wrap around support to enable families to build successful lives in the UK.

Legal Aid is available to all those entitled to it who are currently accommodated in the bridging hotels.

There are around 11,000 people in bridging accommodation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what access to legal support her Department is facilitating for Afghans who were evacuated and are currently housed in bridging hotels.

A significant cross Government effort is underway to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into local communities. We continue to work with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation as quickly as possible, although we have had to use hotels as a temporary measure due to unprecedented demand. In the meantime, we are providing wrap around support to enable families to build successful lives in the UK.

Legal Aid is available to all those entitled to it who are currently accommodated in the bridging hotels.

There are around 11,000 people in bridging accommodation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people evacuated from Afghanistan who are currently housed in bridging hotels have been given access to legal support.

A significant cross Government effort is underway to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into local communities. We continue to work with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation as quickly as possible, although we have had to use hotels as a temporary measure due to unprecedented demand. In the meantime, we are providing wrap around support to enable families to build successful lives in the UK.

Legal Aid is available to all those entitled to it who are currently accommodated in the bridging hotels.

There are around 11,000 people in bridging accommodation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people evacuated from Afghanistan are currently housed in bridging hotels.

A significant cross Government effort is underway to ensure the thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the UK receive the support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into local communities. We continue to work with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation as quickly as possible, although we have had to use hotels as a temporary measure due to unprecedented demand. In the meantime, we are providing wrap around support to enable families to build successful lives in the UK.

Legal Aid is available to all those entitled to it who are currently accommodated in the bridging hotels.

There are around 11,000 people in bridging accommodation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy have been received as of 29 November 2021; and of those, how many have not received an acknowledgment response.

The Ministry of Defence has received over 90,000 applications to the ARAP Scheme and continues to receive new applications daily.

It is not possible to confirm the number of applicants who have received an acknowledgement response; however, I can advise that upon submitting an ARAP application the applicant will receive a notification that the form has been submitted. Contact will then be made directly to the applicant in order to source further information to determine an eligibility decision.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy have been received as of 29 November 2021; and of those, how many have received a substantive response.

The Ministry of Defence has received over 90,000 applications to the ARAP Scheme and receives more every day. Efforts to process those applications to a decision, and to inform applicants of those decisions are a high priority and are being progressed as swiftly as possible. All applications are acknowledged, however, a large number of those applications are sifted out as incomplete or duplicate applications and these will not necessarily receive a substantive response. As such, it is not possible to provide a definitive answer.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the direct costs of the first deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH's Carrier Strike Group 2021 deployment will involve multiple ships and capabilities from across Defence. The construct of this deployment is still in the planning phase and as such costs have not been finalised.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on UK-China relations of the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth on freedom of navigation operations in the Pacific in the vicinity of disputed islands.

Planning for the inaugural deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2021 as part of a Carrier Strike Group continues. It will be an ambitious deployment which demonstrates the UK's commitment to upholding a rules based international system and showcases our world-leading carrier capability. Once plans for the deployment have been agreed, the Government will make a statement to the House.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) current and (b) projected capital costs for the joint logistics support base and regional land training hub at Duqm, Oman.

I am withholding this information as it would, or would be likely to, prejudice our relations with another State.

The UK will continue to invest into Duqm to provide the UK with a Joint Logistic Support Base and Regional Training and Logistic Hub in Oman. Its location is strategically useful for the UK and facilitates maritime basing east of Suez but outside of the Gulf. The port was used to support the delivery of Ex SAIF SAREEA 3-the UK's largest joint exercise since 2001-which tested our ability to conduct a strategic deployment to the Middle East and to underpin one of the UK's bilateral strategic partnerships.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is to his Department of renting facilities at Duqm, Oman.

I am withholding this information as it would, or would be likely to, prejudice our relations with another State.

The UK will continue to invest into Duqm to provide the UK with a Joint Logistic Support Base and Regional Training and Logistic Hub in Oman. Its location is strategically useful for the UK and facilitates maritime basing east of Suez but outside of the Gulf. The port was used to support the delivery of Ex SAIF SAREEA 3-the UK's largest joint exercise since 2001-which tested our ability to conduct a strategic deployment to the Middle East and to underpin one of the UK's bilateral strategic partnerships.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purpose is of the first deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Following her first deployment in 2019, the next deployment of the HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH will be as part of the Carrier Strike Group in 2021 (CSG21). CSG21 will be a profound moment in the UK's military history, a key milestone in achieving our Carrier Strike Full Operating Capability and an opportunity to showcase this world-leading capability on a global stage. It will be an ambitious deployment which also demonstrates the UK's commitment to upholding a rules-based international system, reinforces the UK's commitment to a global Britain and invests in our relationships with global friends and partners. Once plans have been agreed, the Government will bring a statement on the deployment before Parliament.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the amount of CO2 that will be generated by the first deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH was designed, as far as possible, to minimise her impact on the environment, incorporating many new technologies such as integrated platform management system which allows only the minimum number of engines to be operated, adapting to demand.

Until the duration and nature of the deployment is finalised it is not possible to accurately estimate the environmental impact or amount of CO2 that will be generated by HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH on this tasking.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the environmental impact will be of the first deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH was designed, as far as possible, to minimise her impact on the environment, incorporating many new technologies such as integrated platform management system which allows only the minimum number of engines to be operated, adapting to demand.

Until the duration and nature of the deployment is finalised it is not possible to accurately estimate the environmental impact or amount of CO2 that will be generated by HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH on this tasking.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of (a) army reserves rates of pay and (b) the method by which those rates are calculated from regular army pay scales.

I refer the hon. Member to my previous answer on 9 September 2019 to Questions 286771, 286772, 286773 and 286774.

27th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the equity of paying the equivalent of (a) £6.28 an hour for a newly trained army reservist, or (b) £4.68 an hour for a new recruit to the army reserves.

I refer the hon. Member to my previous answer on 9 September 2019 to Questions 286771, 286772, 286773 and 286774.