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Written Question
Rolls-Royce: Coronavirus
11 Feb 2021

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the management and unions of Rolls-Royce on (a) the effect on the supply chain and (b) other effects of a shutdown in production; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Paul Scully)

The Government has regular engagement with Rolls-Royce on a wide range of issues, including to understand the impact of COVID-19 on its business, employees and UK supply chain and how best to help them through the crisis and into recovery.

Temporarily closing facilities is a commercial decision for Rolls-Royce and I understand the company is currently consulting with Union and Employee representatives around these proposals.


Written Question
Rolls-Royce
12 May 2020

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with representatives of Rolls Royce on measures to support the manufacturing sector to manage the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Nadhim Zahawi)

The Government is committed to supporting companies through the COVID-19 crisis and has worked with many businesses across the economy to understand how best to do so, including Rolls-Royce.

The Government has been in close discussions with Rolls-Royce on the various business support schemes available to the business and its suppliers. Through the Aerospace Growth Partnership , the company has also fed into the Government’s dialogue with the wider aerospace sector about business support.


Written Question
Cybercrime
20 Nov 2018

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the forthcoming cyber security skills strategy; and what plans his Department has to consult the devolved Administrations on that strategy.

Answer (Margot James)

Government is committed to publishing a Cyber Security Skills Strategy by the end of 2018. We are working with Devolved Administrations on the development of the Strategy and the document will set out our approach to implementation and next steps. In the meantime, government continues to deliver a range of initiatives designed to boost cyber security skills in the UK.


Written Question
Agency Social Workers
2 Mar 2017

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the cost to local authorities of agency social workers.

Answer (Marcus Jones)

Local authorities receive funds through local taxes, fees and charges, as well as through central government. Local authorities are best placed to take decisions on spend for social care based on local priorities. In response to calls for further funding to tackle the immediate pressures, the Local Government Finance Settlement increased the dedicated funding available for social care through increased flexibility around the social care precept and with a new dedicated £240 million Adult Social Care Support Grant in 2017 to 2018, distributed according to relative need.


Written Question
Agency Social Workers
1 Mar 2017

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regions have used regional memoranda of understanding in order to manage the cost of agency social workers.

Answer (Marcus Jones)

This information is not held by the department.


Written Question
Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges
27 Feb 2017

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of memoranda of understanding and regional agreements in managing the costs of agency social workers.

Answer (Edward Timpson)

The Department for Education recognises the costs associated with the use of agency social workers. The department welcomes the efforts made by local authorities through regional memoranda of understanding to improve the deployment, and manage the costs, of agency social workers. The department has not conducted an assessment of their effectiveness or of the effect on local authority expenditure. Similarly, the department has not carried out an assessment of a national cap on agency social worker fees.


Written Question
Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges
27 Feb 2017

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a national cap on agency social worker fees.

Answer (Edward Timpson)

The Department for Education recognises the costs associated with the use of agency social workers. The department welcomes the efforts made by local authorities through regional memoranda of understanding to improve the deployment, and manage the costs, of agency social workers. The department has not conducted an assessment of their effectiveness or of the effect on local authority expenditure. Similarly, the department has not carried out an assessment of a national cap on agency social worker fees.


Written Question
Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges
27 Feb 2017

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of trends in agency social worker fees on local authority expenditure; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Edward Timpson)

The Department for Education recognises the costs associated with the use of agency social workers. The department welcomes the efforts made by local authorities through regional memoranda of understanding to improve the deployment, and manage the costs, of agency social workers. The department has not conducted an assessment of their effectiveness or of the effect on local authority expenditure. Similarly, the department has not carried out an assessment of a national cap on agency social worker fees.


Written Question
GCHQ: Staff
11 Apr 2016

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the letter from the National Security Adviser to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy of 10 March 2016, how many GCHQ staff were (a) recruited to and (b) completed the GCHQ cyber apprenticeship scheme in each year since 2012.

Answer (Tobias Ellwood)

Since 2012 the scheme has already provided over 70 highly skilled new entrants to the GCHQ workforce. Of the 18 students who joined the GCHQ apprenticeship scheme in September 2012, over 60% successfully graduated from the course in 2014 and joined the GCHQ workforce. In September 2013, the nature and scale of the apprenticeship scheme changed as it expanded to become a scheme covering the whole of the SIA: all three of the UK's intelligence Agencies (MI5, SIS and GCHQ) now directly recruit successful graduates from the scheme, which means that the exact number of apprentices each year cannot be openly released for security reasons. I can confirm however that over 160 new apprentices have joined the scheme since 2013, and of these a substantial majority are expected to join GCHQ when they graduate.


Written Question
GCHQ: Staff
11 Apr 2016

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the letter from the National Security Adviser to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy of 10 March 2016, how many GCHQ staff have been (a) recruited to and (b) completed the CyberFirst scheme.

Answer (Tobias Ellwood)

The CyberFirst scheme was launched in 2015 and met its initial target of awarding 21 bursaries, of which 19 have been taken up and committed to by UK students. Eight of the students are in the first year of their degree, ten are in their second year and one student is in the third year of a four year course. The first students will be able to join the department when they graduate in 2017. As announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, we will have 1000 students on the scheme by 2020. During summer 2016, five of the students will attend GCHQ Student Technical Internships, seven will attend the various GCHQ summer technical schools, one will start a 1 year industrial placement at GCHQ and six will attend internships in other government cyber operations.


Written Question
Care Proceedings: Eastern Europe
29 Feb 2016

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will estimate the number of care proceedings involving children and families from countries in Eastern Europe in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Information is not held centrally by the Ministry of Justice about the nationality (or ethnicity) of the children and families involved in family court proceedings in England and Wales.


Written Question
Children in Care: EU Nationals
25 Feb 2016

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the number of children from families from Eastern European countries that have entered the care system in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answer (Edward Timpson)

The Department does not hold the information requested.


Written Question
None
29 Apr 2014

Questioner: Margaret Beckett

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many family visit visa applications to the UK were made between June 2013 and December 2013; and how many such applications were (a) granted, (b) refused, (c) withdrawn, (d) lapsed and (e) given the right to appeal.

Answer (James Brokenshire)

From the 1st of June until the 31st of December 2013 there were 149,995
applications for family visit visas. Of those applications:

• 111,990 were issued
• 37,370 were refused
• 65 were lapsed
• 330 were withdrawn
• 4,570 were given the right to appeal

These figures are based upon management information, and have been rounded to
the nearest 5. Until the 24th June 2013, any family visit visa that was refused
was given a right of appeal against that decision. The numbers above reflect
this change to appeal rights.