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Mark Francois

Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford

1 APPG membership (as of 21 Apr 2021)
Bahrain
1 Former APPG membership
Defence and Security Issues
Defence Sub-Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)
8th May 2015 - 17th Jul 2016
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2012 - 8th May 2015
Committee of Selection
21st Jun 2010 - 9th May 2013
Administration Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 22nd Oct 2012
Vice Chamberlain (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Armed Forces Bill Committee
17th Jan 2011 - 8th Mar 2011
Shadow Minister (Europe)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Paymaster General
10th May 2005 - 3rd Jul 2007
Environmental Audit Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Economic Secretary (Treasury)
10th May 2004 - 10th May 2005
Opposition Whip (Commons)
10th May 2002 - 10th May 2004


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 11th May 2021
14:00
Defence Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Responsibilities of the Minister for Defence People and Veterans
11 May 2021, 2 p.m.
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Johnny Mercer MP
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Immigration
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 357 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 270 Noes - 358
Speeches
Monday 26th April 2021
Written Answers
Monday 16th March 2020
A400M Aircraft: Procurement
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Airbus A400m aircraft have been delivered to the RAF; and …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 19th December 2019
Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big …
Bills
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Control of Roadworks Bill 2019-21
A Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Flowidea Ltd
Address of donor: Arbuthnot House, 7 Wilson St, London EC2Y 9AR
Amount of donation, or …
EDM signed
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE
That this House recognizes that the world has nearly eliminated polio thanks to dedicated healthworkers who are committed to immunizing …
Supported Legislation
House of Commons (Precedence of Government Business) (European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Mark Francois has voted in 265 divisions, and 8 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
22 Mar 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 29 Conservative Aye votes vs 318 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 300 Noes - 318
22 Mar 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 297
9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
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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
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(6 debate interactions)
Guy Opperman (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
(5 debate interactions)
Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative)
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(15 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(5 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(5 debate contributions)
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Rayleigh and Wickford 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).

Petitions with highest Rayleigh and Wickford signature proportion
Petitions with most Rayleigh and Wickford signatures
Mark Francois has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Mark Francois

19th December 2019
Mark Francois signed this EDM as a sponsor on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 48
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
27th June 2019
Mark Francois signed this EDM on Tuesday 3rd September 2019

GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE

Tabled by: Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative - Stafford)
That this House recognizes that the world has nearly eliminated polio thanks to dedicated healthworkers who are committed to immunizing every last child, as well as the tireless efforts of Rotary and other civil society volunteers to raise funds and awareness to end polio; and calls for full political and …
60 signatures
(Most recent: 1 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 25
Conservative: 14
Independent: 5
Scottish National Party: 5
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Green Party: 1
View All Mark Francois's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mark Francois, 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.


Mark Francois has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Mark Francois has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Mark Francois


A Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 5th February 2020

16 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
1 Other Department Questions
13th Jan 2020
To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of Big Ben chiming on (a) Remembrance Sunday 2019 and (b) New Year's Eve 2019.

The costs associated with striking Big Ben on Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve in 2019 were £14.2k including VAT in total.

The striking of Big Ben on these occasions was coordinated around the planned works so as to minimise the impact on the project costs and to ensure it did not result in any delay. If the project team are required to strike the bell with less notice, the costs would substantially increase due to the unexpected impact on the project schedule.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2020 to Questions 21898, 21899, 21900 and 21901 on Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership: Pay, what the standard salary band is for a Joint Accountable Office referred to in that answer.

The salary pay bands of Clinical Commissioning Group Accountable Officers (CCG AO), trust chief executives and trust chairs are likely to vary according to local circumstances. Further guidance can be found online at the following links:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/remuneration-structure-nhs-provider-chairs-and-non-executive-directors/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/clinical-commissioning-group-guidance-on-senior-appointments-including-accountable-officers-march-2017/

The principles of this guidance should also be followed when going through the process of recruiting an Integrated Care System Leader – in some cases this may be a joint role with that of a Clinical Commissioning Groups AO or Trust Chief Executive – and Non-Executive Chair.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the new independent chair of the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the chief executive of the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary is of the new interim joint accountable officer for the Mid and South Essex clinical commissioning groups.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the convenor for the Mid and South Essex clinical commissioning groups.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the new Strike Brigade will be in-service.

The development of the Strike capability continues at pace with ongoing experimentation within 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade. The formation of the strike brigade is dependent on the delivery schedule of the vehicles that will be used within the brigade. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement (Jeremy Quin) on 9 March 2020 to Question 24277.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of (a) the F-35 programme and (b) each F-35 aircraft.

The price of an F-35B from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 11 which comprises the last finalised contract is $115 million. This covers airframe and engine cost and represents a 24% price reduction from our first aircraft ordered. We expect this downward trend to continue in future lots.

Costs of the overall Lightning Programme are set out in the Ministry of Defence Government Major Projects Portfolio data, 2019, which is available in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Airbus A400m aircraft have been delivered to the RAF; and what the timetable is for the final delivery of that aircraft to be made.

To date, 20 aircraft have been delivered to the RAF, with the final delivery planned for 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the head of Defence Equipment and Support.

The salary of the Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is published in the DE&S Annual Report and Accounts, which is available on gov.uk at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-equipment-support-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-2019

The Chief Executive's current salary band is £270,000 - £275,000.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the expected into-service date of Ajax armoured vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

AJAX is a highly complex project, delivering the first fully digitised vehicle in the Land domain.

AJAX's in service date is projected to be July 2020 though work is currently underway to confirm the achieveability of this date.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to identify a replacement for the Land Rover Wolf.

The Army will bring into service a range of wheeled, protected vehicles to replace Land Rover Wolf (and other in-service vehicles) in the roles which require protected vehicles. These vehicles will be called the Multi Role Vehicle - Protected (MRV-P).

The Government is undertaking an integrated review of Britain's security, defence and foreign policy which will consider all aspects of our defence and security capabilities. A key strand of the review will explore how we modernise the equipment and improve the capability of our world-class Armed Forces, including that of the British Army, which may require further changes to extant programmes.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the (a) original and (b) most recent estimated cost to the public purse of the warrior capability sustainment development programme; and when he expects vehicles produced through that programme to come into service.

The Warrior Capability Sustainment Project (WCSP) aims to deliver an operational fleet of upgraded Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, with improved survivability and firepower, until at least 2040.

The original cost of the WCSP demonstration and manufacture phases in 2011 was estimated at £1.319 billion, with the most recent estimated cost being £1.546 billion. Manufacture discussions to confirm a date the vehicles will come into service are ongoing.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of the challenger 2 life extension programme; and when are vehicles produced through that programme expected to enter into service.

Challenger 2 remains a key capability for the Armed Forces as the British Army's main battle tank. The Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme will provide a suite of capability upgrades and substantially extend its service life.

Commercial negotiations surrounding the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project are being conducted and therefore it is not possible to disclose costs at this stage. Similarly, these negotiations will establish in service delivery dates.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the latest estimate is of the cost of the restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster.

The cost estimate for the restoration and renewal (R&R) programme, including the restoration of the Palace and temporary accommodation for the House of Lords, will be determined as part of an outline business case (OBC), which is being prepared by the R&R Sponsor Body. The OBC is being developed in line with the resolutions agreed by both Houses in early 2018, which endorsed the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster's recommendation that a full and timely decant of the Palace was the best and the most cost-effective delivery option.

In June 2015 the Independent Options Assessment (IOA) was published. It was produced by a Deloitte-led consortium in 2015, and was then considered by the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster which published its report in 2016. Both these events predated the establishment of the shadow Sponsor Body in September 2018. For full decant, the IOA estimated indicative costs for comparative purposes at between £3.52 billion and £3.87 billion, and assumed a construction start date of 2020. It cautioned that no budget could be set until a detailed design brief and means of delivery were agreed, and that these figures should not be taken as setting or estimating a budget for the Restoration and Renewal Programme. The IOA was not intended to provide fully costed estimates for the programme as they would be contingent upon full surveys, inspections, designs and the agreement of requirements. To provide these is the purpose of the shadow Sponsor Body's outline business case.

Once the programme's scope, requirements and forecast benefits have been determined the proposed approach to the works, including a funding envelope and schedule, will be put before both Houses for decision in 2022 as required by section 7 of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019. Throughout the development of the OBC there will be a rigorous review of all options and costs, in line with best practice established by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and external reviews by the National Audit Office.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons