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Kirsty Blackman

Scottish National Party - Aberdeen North

First elected: 7th May 2015

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

(since December 2022)

Finance (No. 2) Bill
10th May 2023 - 18th May 2023
Procurement Bill [HL]
25th Jan 2023 - 21st Feb 2023
Online Safety (Re-committed Clauses and Schedules) Bill
7th Dec 2022 - 15th Dec 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
29th Mar 2022 - 12th Dec 2022
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
5th Jan 2022 - 8th Nov 2022
Online Safety Bill
18th May 2022 - 28th Jun 2022
Procedure Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill
9th Nov 2021 - 25th Nov 2021
Subsidy Control Bill
20th Oct 2021 - 18th Nov 2021
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
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
European Statutory Instruments
18th Jul 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Procedure Committee
24th Jun 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)
20th May 2015 - 20th Jun 2017
Scottish Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 5th Sep 2016


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Kirsty Blackman has voted in 766 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
Paul Scully (Conservative)
(149 debate interactions)
Chris Philp (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(103 debate interactions)
Alex Davies-Jones (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Tech and Digital Economy)
(50 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(102 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(57 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Online Safety Act 2023
(64,035 words contributed)
Media Bill 2023-24
(22,473 words contributed)
Procurement Act 2023
(11,138 words contributed)
Finance (No. 2) Act 2023
(7,214 words contributed)
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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).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Prime Minister should call an immediate general election to allow the British public to have their say on how we are governed, we should not be made to wait until January 2025

We want the Government to amend the Grocery Supply Code of Practice (GSCP) to require retailers, without exception, to:

- Buy what they agreed to buy
- Pay what they agreed to pay
- Pay on time

We believe the current GSCP is inadequate and doesn't protect farmers from unfair behaviour.

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.

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.

Mark Allen, aged 18, drowned after jumping into a freezing reservoir on a hot day in June 2018.

In May 2019 we watched whilst 3 throwlines were installed where he died.

Mark could have possibly been saved if they were in place beforehand.


Latest EDMs signed by Kirsty Blackman

26th March 2024
Kirsty Blackman signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th March 2024

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

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
58 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 13
Independent: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
20th March 2024
Kirsty Blackman signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Wednesday 20th March 2024

University of Aberdeen course on the impact of female genital mutilation

Tabled by: Kirsty Blackman (Scottish National Party - Aberdeen North)
That this House commends the University of Aberdeen for its efforts in training the next generation on the impact of female genital mutilation (FGM); notes that since its free online course on this topic launched in 2022, over 1,000 learners have participated; and welcomes that it continues to expand the …
12 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 7
Independent: 2
Labour: 1
Workers Party of Britain: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 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.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th March 2019
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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5th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Civil Service Code with the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill.

On 17 January 2024, there was an exchange of letters between the Cabinet Office and the Home Office regarding the future implementation of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill which set out draft guidance to the Civil Service.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-guidance-safety-of-rwanda-bill. Full guidance will be issued when the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum

and Immigration) Bill becomes law.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of requests to receive an official portrait of His Majesty The King by public authorities in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

As is usual practice following accession, an Official Portrait has been taken of His Majesty The King to mark the start of the new Reign, for use in public buildings and for other official purposes. His Majesty’s Government will use this portrait for the Official Portrait Scheme, announced by the Deputy Prime Minister in April last year.

The scheme opened in November 2023 to enable certain Public Authorities across the UK to apply for a free, framed official portrait of His Majesty The King for display in their buildings.

The scheme is ongoing and is due for completion by mid year 2024. While the scheme is ongoing, we will not be releasing figures on total uptake but requests have been made by Public Authorities across all four nations of the United Kingdom.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil servants on full-time equivalent contracts at senior civil servant pay band two (SCS2) are women.

As at April 2023 the percentage of Senior Civil Servants (SCS) at Director level (Payband 2) working full-time who are women is 41.0%.

The answer has been calculated by dividing the number of women at Payband 2 in the Senior Civil Service by the total number of staff in the Senior Civil Service at Payband 2 where sex is known. All Civil Service organisations have been included in the calculation.

On Civil Service recruitment more broadly, in 2022/23 more than half of new entrants to the Civil Service were women (54.1%) up from 51.6% in 2021/22. 53.9% of promotions to the Senior Civil Service were women.

13th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil servants on temporary contracts in the Cabinet Office are women.

This data is available in the Public sector employment Dataset published quarterly by the Office for National Statistics. For the most recent data, June 2023, the details requested are found in Table 8.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/datasets/publicsectoremploymentreferencetable

7th Sep 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the projected number of full-time equivalent civil servants is that will surpport the work of the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee.

A detailed assessment of the resourcing requirements, and estimated spend associated with the operation of the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee will be made once it is fully established.

Following the appointment of the Chair, Lord Janvrin, the Committee's Secretariat is being delivered by existing civil servants as part of their wider duties. Any increase in dedicated resources to support the work of the Committee will be considered in due course.

It is right that as a country we honour Her Late Majesty’s legacy. For more than 70 years, she was our greatest public servant, an anchor of stability in an ever-changing and often uncertain world.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
25th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which companies were contracted and sub-contracted to deliver the Emergency Alert System; and how much each of those companies were paid for their services relating to that purpose.

The Emergency Alerts contract was awarded to Fujitsu in line with procurement regulations and transparency guidelines through Crown Commercial Services.

The contract was let on 10th October 2022 and runs until 9th October 2025. The estimated contract value for Year 1 is £1,013,200, with a contingency to increase the value up to £1,600,000 (excluding VAT). Subject to further approval, the total contract value may be uplifted to £5,000,000.00 (excluding VAT) for years 2 and 3 of the contract, if the provider meets the performance objectives specified.

The Cabinet Office operates a triple gateway process of approvals to ensure compliance and transparency in procurements. All contracts are reviewed and approved by delegated Cabinet Office Commercial Heads and then published. All procurements over £10,000 are subject to Commercial approvals. All contracts are then managed by accredited Contract Managers in accordance with Cabinet Office Commercial guidance.

Contract agreements are published within 30 days in accordance with our obligations.

The Government’s number one job is to keep people safe. Emergency Alerts are a critical new tool in the Government’s toolkit for warning and informing people where their lives are at risk, such as flooding and extreme weather.

25th Apr 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish his Department's guidance on vetting social media accounts of potential speakers.

Civil Service Human Resources who sit within the Cabinet Office developed the Due Diligence and Impartiality guidance for all Cross-Government Diversity networks, and this requires the networks to carry out checks on external speakers prior to inviting them to participate in Civil Service events.

The revised guidance advises that cross-Government Diversity Networks conduct checks to avoid invitations being issued to individuals and/or organisations that have provided adverse commentary on government policy, political decisions, approaches or individuals in government that could undermine the Civil Service’s position on impartiality and create reputational damage.

The guidance emphasises that it is imperative that we retain impartiality across the Civil Service, avoiding any politicised events or groups impacting on the working life of civil servants and distracting from the excellent work delivered on Diversity and Inclusion.

The guidance was introduced in November 2021.

This helps to ensure when Cross-Government Diversity Networks organise events the Civil Service is not prejudiced by political views but helps deliver efficient public service for the taxpayer.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

The number of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last ten years is not held within the Department.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

The number of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last ten years is not held within the Department.

21st Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many pieces of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation their Department has sponsored in each of the last 10 years.

Cabinet Office has sponsored nineteen pieces of primary legislation in Parliament from the 2010-2012 Parliamentary session to the current Parliamentary session.

The number of pieces of secondary legislation is not held by the Department.

These figures may not be not exhaustive as a result of machinery of government changes and departmental structures over the past decade.

21st Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to support effective collaboration between (a) employers and (b) education providers to help ensure an adequate pipeline of skilled (i) electrical maintenance, (ii) pipefitting and (iii) other workers in the oil and gas sector.

Government and industry are working collaboratively to train the existing workforce in England through programmes including Skills Bootcamps, Higher Technical Qualifications and apprenticeships. Government is working with trade associations like the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board to encourage career pathways across the energy sector, including in offshore oil and gas.

The Government is developing a Green Jobs Plan for publication in the first half of 2024, which will provide the actions needed to ensure we have the skills within the UK workforce to deliver on the Government’s targets.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps she is taking to encourage private investment in the (a) offshore oil and gas and (b) renewables sectors, in the context of private investment in the recruitment and development of personnel in those sectors.

Government is developing a Green Jobs Plan, which will provide the actions needed to ensure we have the skills within the UK workforce to deliver on the Government’s targets. Drawing on work by the Government convened Green Jobs Delivery Group, this will be published in the first half of 2024.

To support ongoing investment and protect the 200,000 jobs supported by the offshore oil and gas sector, Government has introduced the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill. Work is ongoing to enable workers to move between sectors, to protect jobs and to ensure skills, which are vital for the transition, are not lost.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that (a) foreign states and (b) bad actors cannot access people's neuro-data.

The Government welcomes the recent reports from the Regulatory Horizons Council and the Information Commissioner's Office, and agrees on the importance of appropriately protecting neurodata. The UK’s data regime already provides enhanced protection for personal neuro-data when it takes the form of biometric, genetic, or health data. The Government is keeping protections under review and will not hesitate to take action in future as needed.

The Government is also actively monitoring threats to UK data, including neuro-data, and will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to protect our national security.

19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether she plans to update consumer legislation to protect people from unauthorised access to their neuro-data.

The Government welcomes the recent reports from the Regulatory Horizons Council and the Information Commissioner's Office, and agrees on the importance of appropriately protecting neurodata. The UK’s data regime already provides enhanced protection for personal neuro-data when it takes the form of biometric, genetic, or health data. The Government is keeping protections under review and will not hesitate to take action in future as needed.

The Government is also actively monitoring threats to UK data, including neuro-data, and will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to protect our national security.

19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether he plans to update employment legislation to protect workers from unauthorised access to their neuro-data.

The Government welcomes the recent reports from the Regulatory Horizons Council and the Information Commissioner's Office, and agrees on the importance of appropriately protecting neurodata. The UK’s data regime already provides enhanced protection for personal neuro-data when it takes the form of biometric, genetic, or health data. The Government is keeping protections under review and will not hesitate to take action in future as needed.

The Government is also actively monitoring threats to UK data, including neuro-data, and will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to protect our national security.

19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps the Government is taking on protection of the neuro rights of citizens.

The Government welcomes the recent reports from the Regulatory Horizons Council and the Information Commissioner's Office, and agrees on the importance of appropriately protecting neurodata. The UK’s data regime already provides enhanced protection for personal neuro-data when it takes the form of biometric, genetic, or health data. The Government is keeping protections under review and will not hesitate to take action in future as needed.

The Government is also actively monitoring threats to UK data, including neuro-data, and will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to protect our national security.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he has met with representatives of the (a) Scottish Government and (b) Welsh Government to discuss floating offshore wind.

The Department has regular discussions with the Devolved Administrations on matters of mutual interest. The Government will work with the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, and industry to build a sustainable, competitive UK based floating wind supply chain.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the floating offshore wind industry on the potential economic benefits of setting a target of 15GW of floating wind by 2035.

The Department holds regular discussions with representatives of the offshore wind industry. The Government has a world-leading target of 40GW by 2030 including 1GW of floating wind and anticipates further rapid expansion of both fixed and floating offshore wind through the 2030s and beyond.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure grid infrastructure is developed to support further deployment of floating offshore wind.

Network regulation, including ensuring security of supply, is a matter for Ofgem, the independent energy regulator. Ofgem uses the RIIO price control framework to incentivise electricity network companies to invest efficiently in the grid – providing a safe, secure and reliable network for all consumers at the lowest possible cost.

As part of the BEIS-led Offshore Transmission Network Review, National Grid Electricity System Operator will shortly publish a Holistic Network Design (HND) which brings together the coordinated planning of wider onshore network reinforcements and the connections for around 23GW of offshore wind, including over 3GW of floating wind.

The objective of the OTNR is to ensure that the transmission connections for offshore wind generation are delivered in the most appropriate way, considering the increased ambition for offshore wind to help achieve net zero. This will be done with a view to finding the appropriate balance between environmental, social and economic costs.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

In the last five years, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy have undertaken the following Post Implementation Reviews (PIR) on primary and secondary legislation.

Year

Total PIRs

Primary PIRs

Secondary PIRs

2017

5

0

5

2018

10

2

8

2019

6

1

5

2020

20

3

17

2021

16

0

16

Totals

57

6

51

Notes:

  • An individual PIR can cover several pieces of legislation within the same review.
  • Primary PIRs tend to refer to an evaluation of specific clauses within an Act, and not a review of the full Act.
  • This information is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

The number, and proportion, of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last ten years is not held within the Department. However, the number of PIRs undertaken in the last five years is available as follows.

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy have undertaken the following Post Implementation Reviews (PIR) on primary and secondary legislation.

Year

Total PIRs

Primary PIRs

Secondary PIRs

2017

5

0

5

2018

10

2

8

2019

6

1

5

2020

20

3

17

2021

16

0

16

Totals

57

6

51

Notes:

  • An individual PIR can cover several pieces of legislation within the same review.
  • Primary PIRs tend to refer to an evaluation of specific clauses within an Act, and not a review of the full Act.
  • This information is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.
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
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

The number of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last five years is not held within the Department.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

The number of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last ten years is not held within the Department.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many pieces of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation their Department has sponsored in each of the last 10 years.

Below are the estimated numbers for the pieces of primary and secondary legislation sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport over the last 10 years. It is important to note that ​​this information is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive - for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.

Year

Pieces of Primary Legislation

Pieces of Secondary Legislation

2012

0

24

2013

2

13

2014

0

28

2015

0

10

2016

3

18

2017

4

28

2018

1

32

2019

1

19

2020

3

23

2021

6

19

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

The number of post legislative reviews the department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last five or ten years is not held within the department.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

The number of post legislative reviews the department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last five or ten years is not held within the department.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pieces of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation their Department has sponsored in each of the last 10 years.

The number of pieces of both primary and secondary legislation sponsored by government departments could be calculated utilising publicly available information. This information is not held within the department.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

Information on the number of pieces of primary and secondary legislation that have gone through post-legislative scrutiny by the department in the last five years is not held by a central team in Defra. It would therefore incur disproportionate costs to obtain this information in full. We do have some information that we are able to provide on the last five years which we have detailed here.

This information is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.

These post-implementation reviews have been made publicly available and links are included below.

Number of post-implementation reviews undertaken for primary and secondary legislation in each of the last five years:

Year

Primary Legislation

Secondary legislation

2021

0

3

2020

0

4

2019

1

3

2018

0

1

2017

0

1

Links to publications by year publicly available on legislation.gov.uk:

Year

Link to Publication

Type of Legislation

2021

The Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2021

The Alien and Locally Absent Species in Aquaculture (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

Year

Link to Publication

Type of Legislation

2021

The Energy Information Regulations 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Honey (England) Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2019

The Food Information Regulations 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Primary

2019

The Tuberculosis (Deer and Camelid) (England) Order 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2019

The Tuberculosis (England) Order 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2019

The Products Containing Meat etc. (England) Regulations 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2018

The Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (England) Regulations 2013 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2017

The Tuberculosis (England) (Amendment) Order 2012 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

Information on the number of pieces of primary and secondary legislation that have gone through post-legislative scrutiny by the department in the last ten years is not held by a central team in Defra. It would therefore incur disproportionate costs to obtain this information in full. We do have some information that we are able to provide on the last five years which we have detailed here. We are unable to provide information older than five years without incurring disproportionate costs as this information is not held within the department.

The information provided here is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.

These post-implementation reviews have been made publicly available and links are included below.

Number of post-implementation reviews undertaken for primary and secondary legislation in each of the last five years:

Year

Primary Legislation

Secondary legislation

2021

0

3

2020

0

4

2019

1

3

2018

0

1

2017

0

1

Links to publications by year publicly available on legislation.gov.uk:

Year

Link to Publication

Type of Legislation

2021

The Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

Year

Link to Publication

Type of Legislation

2021

The Alien and Locally Absent Species in Aquaculture (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2021

The Energy Information Regulations 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2020

The Honey (England) Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2019

The Food Information Regulations 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Primary

2019

The Tuberculosis (Deer and Camelid) (England) Order 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2019

The Tuberculosis (England) Order 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2019

The Products Containing Meat etc. (England) Regulations 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2018

The Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (England) Regulations 2013 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

2017

The Tuberculosis (England) (Amendment) Order 2012 (legislation.gov.uk)

Secondary

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pieces of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation their Department has sponsored in each of the last 10 years.

(a)

The number of pieces of primary legislation sponsored by Defra over each of the past ten years is publicly available and can be calculated using the Parliament.uk website (https://bills.parliament.uk/).

(b)

The number of statutory instruments introduced by Defra over each of the past ten years is publicly available and can be calculated using the Defra Lex website (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/defralex). This information may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
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)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has not undertaken any post legislative reviews of primary legislation.

The number of post legislative reviews undertaken by DIT on secondary legislation is not held within the Department.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has not undertaken any post legislative reviews of primary legislation.

The number of post legislative reviews undertaken by DIT on secondary legislation is not held within the Department.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many pieces of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation their Department has sponsored in each of the last 10 years.

The number of pieces of both primary and secondary legislation sponsored by Government departments could be calculated utilising publicly available information at the following link: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the digitisation of the process for applying for driving licences through the DVLA.

The quickest and easiest way to transact with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is by using its extensive suite of online services. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their documents within a few days.

The DVLA is continuing to expand its driver application online services over the next year. This will allow customers to upload their own photograph and signature instead of using one from a UK passport, as the current service requires. The DVLA is also working with the Home Office to create an electronic link to its View and prove your immigration status service. This will allow those with a non-UK passport to be authenticated online and use the DVLA online application service.

Drivers with diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, a visual impairment, a sleep condition or a heart condition are also able to renew their licence online.

The DVLA has also recently introduced a simplified licence renewal process for drivers with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis and is piloting this for some mental health conditions. This renewal process has significantly reduced the need for the DVLA to seek further information from medical professionals and enabled more licensing decisions to be made based on the information provided by the driver. The DVLA is looking at adding more medical conditions to this new process.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

The number of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last ten years is not held within the Department.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

The number of post legislative reviews the Department has undertaken on primary and secondary legislation in each of the last ten years is not held within the Department.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pieces of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation their Department has sponsored in each of the last 10 years.

Due for example to machinery of Government changes to Departmental structures over the past decade, accurate comparisons between years cannot be made. However, based on the best available data, the number of primary and secondary legislation sponsored by the Department in the last 10 years is as follows:

Year

Primary Legislation

Secondary Legislation

2021

2

207

2020

0

133

2019

0

226

2018

4

206

2017

3

174

2016

0

139

2015

1

587

2014

0

1825

2013

2

1831

2012

1

1884

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
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, 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.

5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the regulatory framework for renewable energy generation for (a) onshore and (b) offshore health & safety regimes.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has established a Net Zero Hub dedicated to reviewing the measures in place for effective regulation of Net Zero technologies. The Hub comprises Senior Managers, Policy Advisors, Operational Staff and Scientists and is underpinned by full governance arrangements including authorisation at HSE Board level.

As part of this, the suitability of existing legislation for both on and offshore wind industries will be considered.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the report by MMI Engineering Ltd for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) entitled Study and development of a methodology for the estimation of the risk and harm to persons from wind turbines, RR968, published in 2013, is the most recent HSE study on the methodology for the estimation of the risk and harm to people from wind turbines.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) research report ‘RR968’ remains one of a range of studies, guidance and industry data used to assist in the evaluation of risk to people from wind turbines and operations.

Further, HSE continues to support industry in the development of industry specific guidance for this rapidly developing sector.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many concerns relating to offshore employment (a) met the criteria for follow-up and (b) were investigated in the first six months of 2022.

In the first six months of 2022:

  • 1 offshore renewable incident met the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Incident Selection Criteria, and a subsequent investigation was completed.

  • There were 5 reportable dangerous occurrences related to the offshore renewables industry.

  • No planned inspections were completed on offshore renewable energy installations. This is because HSE’s focus was on responding to operational concerns.

  • 9 concerns relating to offshore employment were reported to HSE. Of these, 6 investigations have been completed and 1 investigation is currently underway.
Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many planned inspections of offshore renewable energy installations were made in the first six months of 2022.

In the first six months of 2022:

  • 1 offshore renewable incident met the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Incident Selection Criteria, and a subsequent investigation was completed.

  • There were 5 reportable dangerous occurrences related to the offshore renewables industry.

  • No planned inspections were completed on offshore renewable energy installations. This is because HSE’s focus was on responding to operational concerns.

  • 9 concerns relating to offshore employment were reported to HSE. Of these, 6 investigations have been completed and 1 investigation is currently underway.
Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many dangerous occurrences relating to the offshore renewables industry were reported to the Health and Safety Executive between January and June 2022.

In the first six months of 2022:

  • 1 offshore renewable incident met the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Incident Selection Criteria, and a subsequent investigation was completed.

  • There were 5 reportable dangerous occurrences related to the offshore renewables industry.

  • No planned inspections were completed on offshore renewable energy installations. This is because HSE’s focus was on responding to operational concerns.

  • 9 concerns relating to offshore employment were reported to HSE. Of these, 6 investigations have been completed and 1 investigation is currently underway.
Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)