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Mike Amesbury

Labour - Weaver Vale

First elected: 8th June 2017

Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

(since September 2023)

Transport Committee
13th Dec 2022 - 20th Nov 2023
Data Protection and Digital Information (No. 2) Bill
3rd May 2023 - 23rd May 2023
Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) (No. 2) Bill
8th Mar 2023 - 15th Mar 2023
Ballot Secrecy Bill [HL]
1st Mar 2023 - 7th Mar 2023
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Sep 2021 - 30th Jun 2022
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL]
1st Dec 2021 - 9th Dec 2021
Building Safety Bill
9th Sep 2021 - 26th Oct 2021
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
10th Apr 2020 - 19th Sep 2021
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)
10th Jul 2018 - 10th Apr 2020
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 23rd Jul 2018
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 23rd Jul 2018


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Mike Amesbury has voted in 799 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Christopher Pincher (Independent)
(101 debate interactions)
Eddie Hughes (Conservative)
(94 debate interactions)
Shaun Bailey (Conservative)
(33 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(61 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(45 debate contributions)
Home Office
(44 debate contributions)
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Weaver Vale 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

We want suicide spoken about in schools in a safe and age-appropriate way. Speaking about suicide saves lives
The Dept for Education are conducting a review of the RSHE curriculum; this petition calls on the DfE to include suicide prevention within the statutory guidelines of the new curriculum.

Shooting of Badgers is licensed by Natural England as part of the DEFRA Badger cull. 24,000+ Badgers were shot in 2019.

We demand the Government restore England’s publicly funded, publicly provided NHS by reversing all privatising legislation, ending ongoing PFI contracts, and scrapping plans for Integrated Care Systems and for-profit US-style ‘managed care’.

Ensure Water companies treat the sewage they are responsible for. Not discharge it into rivers and water courses. After all what goes into the ocean comes back as the fish we eat.

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

Enact legislation to protect retail workers. This legislation must create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.

Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It’s time something was fine to stop this. There are enough organised firework groups around for us to still enjoy fireworks safely so please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!


Latest EDMs signed by Mike Amesbury

23rd October 2023
Mike Amesbury signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 24th October 2023

Death of Sir Bobby Charlton

Tabled by: Tony Lloyd (Labour - Rochdale)
That this House notes with sadness the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, arguably England’s greatest ever footballer; highlights that Bobby was one of the elite group of players known as the Busby Babes and made his way into first team football and won his first champions medal in the 1956-57 …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Oct 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Independent: 1
Conservative: 1
Alba Party: 1
23rd October 2023
Mike Amesbury signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Monday 23rd October 2023

Sir Bobby Charlton

Tabled by: Mike Amesbury (Labour - Weaver Vale)
That this House pays tribute to the life of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of England’s most successful footballers and a true great of the modern game, notes he won all the major honours with Manchester United and the World Cup with England. Notes he was admired for his gentlemanly behaviour …
2 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Oct 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 1
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mike Amesbury, 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.



Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
10th Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Office for National Statistics not collecting mortality data for homeless people on the effectiveness of data the Government holds on homelessness.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 10th January is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when does he expect the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 2 report to be published.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a statutory Inquiry established under the Inquiries Act 2005. Under the terms of the Act, the drafting of an inquiry final report and the timing of that process are both matters for the independent Chair of the inquiry.

In their April 2023 Newsletter published on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry website at https://www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/news/april-2023-newsletter, the Inquiry recognised the desire for the report to be published as soon as possible.

They noted that ‘The Inquiry hopes to complete the drafting of the report before the end of 2023. Various practical steps will then need to follow, such as proof-reading, typesetting and printing, all of which take time. We shall send the report to the Prime Minister, as required by our terms of reference, as soon as we can but that will probably not be possible before the beginning of next year.’

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of disqualifying late-paying companies from public procurement contracts.

The Government understands the critical importance of prompt, fair and effective payment to all businesses, helping them grow and thrive.

Since 1 September 2019, suppliers already risk being excluded from winning large government contracts if they cannot demonstrate prompt payment to their supply chains. Suppliers must now demonstrate they pay 90% of their invoices within 60 days or be excluded, and provide an action plan for improvement if they are not paying 95% within 60 days, or risk similarly being excluded.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that emergency alerts will be treated seriously by the public; and whether he plans to publish a list of reasons for sending an emergency alert.

The Emergency Alerts capability is expected to be trialled nationally later this year. This will be preceded by a public information campaign culminating in a national welcome message - a simultaneous test message sent to all compatible mobile phones across the United Kingdom. This approach has been found elsewhere to maximise awareness and understanding on how recipients should react on receiving alerts.

The capability is expected to be launched with a focus over the winter on extreme weather related events. Subject to an evaluation in the spring, its scope will likely be widened out to other use cases. There will always be a very high threshold for issuing an alert based on strict criteria centred on an immediate threat to life and the applicability of the capability to the event in hand, rather than a scenario driven approach.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
20th Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when his Department plans to launch the new emergency alert service; and whether his Department is taking steps to put in place a public information strategy on the introduction of emergency alerts.

The Emergency Alerts capability is technically ready to launch having been tested at a local and regional level and is expected to be trialled nationally later this year. The government is currently reviewing all new spending following the Chancellor's announcement last week in accordance with the government's plan for growth. This will inform a final decision on the timing of any trial.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2021 to Question 171714 on Kingspan Group, whether the Government plans to exclude Kingspan plc from eligibility for departmental and government contracts.

The Government is deeply concerned about the information that has come to light through the Grenfell Public Inquiry.

Kingspan are not direct suppliers on Crown Commercial Service’s frameworks. We expect the company to review aspects of the way it operates, to ensure that the public can be confident in construction products and corresponding marketing, particularly where public safety is paramount.

The grounds for the exclusion of bidders from public procurement procedures are set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These rules set out the circumstances in which bidders must, or may, be excluded from a public procurement process.

Decisions need to be based around firm evidence and individual contracting authorities are responsible for their own decisions on these matters.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Dec 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Elected Office Fund will be reopened.

It is the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in public office.

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office opened in December 2018 and closed in March 2020. The Government has been clear that the responsibility for supporting disabled candidates sits with political parties.

An evaluation of the EnAble Fund is due to be published shortly.

19th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what financial support is available to Royal British Legion social clubs during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has provided service charities with financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure the support being delivered by these crucial organisations can continue. In addition to the normal lines of funding offered to the service charity sector, the Government has made available £6million through the Covid-19 Impact Fund. This has been distributed to 100 charities, including the Royal British Legion. RBL social clubs may also apply for grants from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help small businesses train their skilled staff.

We provide extensive business support for Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) to upskill their teams.

Help to Grow: Management is an intensive national training programme to improve SMEs leadership and management skills. SMEs can apply and develop their skills in areas such as financial management, innovation, and staff engagement. Help to Grow: Management provides practical support for SMEs to upskill their staff, helping lead their business to its full potential.

The Department has also developed the UK Export Academy. This is a free training programme for SMEs and their staff, designed to give businesses the confidence to sell overseas.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of making it mandatory for lithium-ion batteries to have third-party certification in order to be placed on the market.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is prioritising work to understand and tackle the risks presented by e-bikes and e-scooters and has commissioned research into the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

OPSS and Local Authority Trading Standards Services have powers to remove unsafe products from sale and are using data and intelligence to target unsafe products at the border.

The Government launched its Product Safety Review consultation on 2 August which explores the future of the UK’s product safety framework including consideration of third party conformity assessment requirements.

On 9 August, the Home Office published new guidance for consumers on safe battery charging practices in the home.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the (a) safety and (b) potential fire risk of lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes and e-scooters.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is prioritising work to understand and tackle the risks presented by e-bikes and e-scooters and has commissioned research into the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

OPSS and Local Authority Trading Standards Services have powers to remove unsafe products from sale and are using data and intelligence to target unsafe products at the border.

The Government launched its Product Safety Review consultation on 2 August which explores the future of the UK’s product safety framework including consideration of third party conformity assessment requirements.

On 9 August, the Home Office published new guidance for consumers on safe battery charging practices in the home.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many small businesses went bankrupt in the last (a) 3, (b) 6, (c) 12 and (d) 24 months.

Information on company insolvencies is sourced from Companies House. As Companies House does not hold information on the size of companies or all types of businesses, we cannot provide specific numbers of small business failures.

The total number of company insolvencies in the United Kingdom in the periods requested up to 31 May 2023 was:

3 Months

7,060

6 Months

12,863

12 Months

24,670

24 Months

44,498

The number of trader (self-employed) bankruptcies in England & Wales up to 31 March 2023 (the latest date for which data is held) was:

3 Months

395

6 Months

694

12 Months

1,291

24 Months

2,599

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of giving investigatory powers to the Small Business Commissioner.

The Government is considering the impact and role of the Small Business Commissioner as part of the Payment and Cash Flow Review. The conclusions of the review will be published in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to publish up-to-date carbon usage for each local authority.

The UK local and regional greenhouse gas emissions national statistics, 2005 to 2020 set out emissions data down to the local authority level.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate he has made of when the Aston Grange solar and energy storage project will be connected to the power grid.

The Government does not hold information on, nor has it estimated, the network connection date for this project. The latest publicly available information on the connection of the Aston Grange project is provided on the Scottish Power Energy Networks Embedded Capacity Register:

https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/pages/embedded_capacity_register.aspx.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people in Weaver Vale constituency have received the Alternative Fuels Energy Support Payment.

Regional data, such as for Weaver Vale, is not yet available. Electricity suppliers, who delivered the automatic enrolment element of the scheme, are providing MPAN-level delivery data to Government, and further details will be published in due course. The Alternative Fund for the Alternative Fuel Payment, the element which requires an application, launched recently on 6 March and early data is still being collected. Transparency data also will be published in due course.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of delays in providing the Alternative Fuels Payment to people in Weaver Vale constituency.

Over 85% of eligible households have received the payment automatically via their electricity supplier during February. Most households did not need to take any action to receive the support. A small proportion of households will need to apply for the AFP, for example because they do not have a relationship with an electricity supplier. Applications for this Alternative Fund opened on 6 March through a GOV.UK portal which includes an overview of eligibility and what steps households need to take to apply for support.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many households have received the Alternative Fuels Payment as of 18 April 2023.

The vast majority of the estimated 2 million households in the UK who use alternative fuels for heating will have received their payment automatically from their electricity supplier in January / February (Northern Ireland) and February (Great Britain). The application schemes for those households who did not receive an automatic payment but are eligible for support opened on 27 February (Northern Ireland) and 6 March (Great Britain).

Transparency data will be published in due course.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
29th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of the proposed hydrogen levy on the level of fuel bills; and if he will make a statement.

The precise impact of a new hydrogen levy on energy bills will depend on future policy design choices and market conditions. This means there is currently uncertainty regarding possible consumer bill impacts.

The Government will consult on the detailed levy design before laying regulations that introduce the levy. The Government intends to publish an Impact Assessment alongside the first set of regulations that is expected to provide information on the potential impacts of the levy on consumers’ energy bills.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to remove the proposed hydrogen levy in the Energy Bill.

There are no plans to remove the proposed hydrogen levy from the Energy Bill.

The purpose of the levy is to provide long-term funding for the hydrogen production business model. This could unlock significant private sector capital by 2030, create thousands of jobs, grow CCUS and hydrogen supply chains, and deliver carbon savings which help meet net zero.

The provisions in the Bill will not immediately introduce a levy. They will only enable Government to introduce a levy through secondary legislation. The decision to introduce the levy will take into account all relevant considerations, including energy bill affordability.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether underspend from the first year of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme will be returned to the Treasury.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) budget is £450 million, split equally over three financial years (2022-2025). The Government explored options to carry over unused budget from year 1 of the scheme, but due to the accounting rules for capital spending, the Government does not expect this to be possible and the underspend will be returned to HM Treasury.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he plans to take steps to extend the Alternative Fuel Bill Support Scheme to people permanently living on house boats.

House boats with a permanent residential mooring can receive the Alternative Fuel Payment via the Alternative Fund where otherwise eligible. To check eligibility and apply, people need to search for “Apply for the alternative fuel bill support if you do not get it automatically” in the search bar on GOV.UK or in an internet search engine.

The Government is also keen to support those without fixed address. The Government is currently working to find an acceptable method for these households to provide proof of eligibility, whilst protecting public funds, so they can claim the AFP AF support.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of excluding swimming pools from a support scheme for energy intensive businesses.

During the review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, contributions from the private sector, trade associations, the voluntary sector and other types of organisations were assessed. These included leisure centres and swimming pools.

The Government has taken a consistent approach to identify the most energy and trade intensive sectors, with all sectors that meet agreed thresholds for energy and trade intensity eligible for Energy and Trade Intensive Industries support. These thresholds have been set at sectors falling above the 80th percentile for energy intensity, and 60th percentile for trade intensity, plus any sectors eligible for the existing energy compensation and exemption schemes.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will review the decision to exclude swimming pools from high energy business support schemes.

There are currently no plans to review the list of Energy and Trade Intensive Industries eligible for support under the Energy Bill Discount Scheme. The Government has taken a consistent approach to identify the most energy and trade intensive sectors, with all sectors that meet agreed thresholds for energy and trade intensity eligible for Energy and Trade Intensive Industries support. These thresholds have been set at sectors falling above the 80th percentile for energy intensity, and 60th percentile for trade intensity, plus any sectors eligible for the existing energy compensation and exemption schemes.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of households with submeters that will not receive the Energy Bills Support Scheme payment.

The Government has not made an estimate of the number and proportion of households with submeters that will not receive the Energy Bills Support Scheme payment. However, the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding will provide a £400 discount off energy bills for the small percentage of households that will not be reached through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. Details on delivery mechanisms, eligibility and timing will be announced shortly.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
26th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential implications of variations in regional energy distribution costs for the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme is a broad based scheme which recognises that the high costs of energy are being felt by many households across the UK this winter. The Government has worked at pace to ensure the benefits are felt this winter. No assessment has been made of the implications of variations in regional energy distribution costs.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on ensuring landlords pass the Energy Bill Support Scheme (EBSS) discount on to tenants who pay all-inclusive bills.

The Government introduced the Energy Prices Bill in Parliament on 12th October. The Bill includes provisions to require landlords to pass benefits received from the Energy Price Guarantee, Energy Bills Support Scheme, or Energy Bill Relief Scheme as appropriate to tenants who pay all-inclusive bills.

The legislation makes clear that intermediaries must pass the benefits to the end user. The government will introduce regulations to allow end users to recover any benefits they are due as a debt if they do not receive them by a specified period. This means that end users will be able to pursue recovery of benefits through civil proceedings.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to increase levels of investment in Green Hydrogen in (a) Cheshire (b) the UK.

The recent Energy Security Strategy doubled our ambition from 5GW to 10GW of low carbon production capacity by 2030 with at least half of this coming from ‘green’ electrolytic hydrogen. This included a commitment to host yearly electrolytic allocation funding rounds for projects across the UK, which combines Hydrogen Business Model revenue support with optional CAPEX funding through the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund. Together with a clear policy and regulatory environment, we expect to mobilise over £9 billion of private investment in production alone across the UK by 2030, which will benefit the hydrogen economy across the UK.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of decoupling the cost of electricity using renewables from the wholesale price of gas.

The recently introduced Energy Prices Bill includes powers to help address the link between high global gas prices and the cost of low-carbon electricity, allowing consumers to benefit from the ‘green dividend’ of low-priced clean energy.

The Government has launched the Review of Electricity Market Arrangements. It considers a range of enduring reforms, including ways of increasing investment in low-carbon capacity, making gas-fired generation the price-setter for electricity less often, and reforms to the wholesale market so volatile gas prices do not set the price of cheaper renewables, which could have the effect of decoupling gas and electricity prices.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department will provide to help insulate uninsulated homes in the UK.

The Government provides support to households to improve their energy efficiency. The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Home Upgrade Grant, and Local Authority Delivery schemes will deliver energy efficiency upgrades to around half a million homes. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has also been extended until March 2026 at an increased value of £1 billion per year.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential environmental impact of shale gas extraction on communities in (a) Weaver Vale constituency and (b) Cheshire.

Exploration or development of shale gas will need to meet rigorous safety and environmental standards, including those set by the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing industry-specific support for energy-intensive industries over autumn 2022.

The Government remains determined to secure a competitive future for our energy intensive industries (EIIs), providing them with extensive support, including over £2 billion to help with the costs of energy and to protect jobs. As part of our British Energy Security Strategy, we recently announced an extension of the EII Compensation Scheme for a further three years and its budget will be more than doubled.

The Government announced a new six-month scheme – the Energy Price Guarantee for Businesses (EPGB) – to protect all businesses and other non-domestic energy users from soaring energy costs. It will offer comparable support to that being provided for consumers and we expect the scheme to be available in the autumn.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the rise in energy costs on energy-intensive industries; and if he will make a statement.

The Government remains determined to secure a competitive future for our energy intensive industries (EIIs), providing them with extensive support, including over £2 billion to help with the costs of energy and to protect jobs. The British Energy Security Strategy recently announced an extension of the EII Compensation Scheme for a further three years and its budget will be more than doubled.

The Government announced a new six-month scheme – the Energy Price Guarantee for Businesses (EPGB) – to protect all businesses and other non-domestic energy users from soaring energy costs. It will offer comparable support to that being provided for consumers and more details will follow shortly. After this initial six-month scheme, the Government will provide focused support for vulnerable sectors, targeted to make sure those most in need get support.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support the Government plans to provide to people who rely on domestic heating oil as their main heating source for their homes.

Households not on standard gas or electricity contracts, such as those in rural areas, will receive equivalent support to that provided through the Energy Bills Support Scheme, and the Energy Price Guarantee. The Government is working at pace to determine the most practical and tested routes to deliver this support. As part of this, for households who do not use gas for domestic heating, the Government has committed to provide an additional payment of £100 to compensate for the rising costs of other fuels such as heating oil.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to remove the requirement to pay back the £200 payment for energy costs through the Energy Bill Support Scheme.

On the 26 May my Rt hon Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Energy Bills Support Scheme will increase to £400 from October 2022, which will now be a non-repayable grant.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will amend the changes to the eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount to retain support for disabled people’s higher energy usage needs.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford on 28 April 2022 to Question 155833.

My Rt hon Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer has also announced a one-off £150 payment for people on disability benefits this year, alongside other cost of living support measures.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide additional targeted support for all disabled people with high energy usage needs.

The Government understands that some households with a disability or medical condition will have higher energy costs than average. Certain specialised NHS England services do provide rebates on energy costs for patients using medical equipment at home, such as home oxygen concentrators or adult home dialysis. These arrangements are unique to the contracts or service specifications of these conditions. Clinical Commissioning Groups are best placed to support their local populace.

On 26 May, as part of an additional £15 billion package of cost-of-living support, it was announced that the six million people who receive disability allowance will get a payment of £150 to assist with rising energy prices. Additionally, households will get £400 of support with their energy bills through an expansion of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the process on retrofitting homes; and if he will take steps to speed up that process.

The Government has committed to spend £6.6billion across this Parliament to decarbonise buildings. This funding supports energy efficiency improvements through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, the Local Authority Delivery Scheme and the Home Upgrade Grant.

Through the Energy Company Obligation, the Government has also set a target for larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency savings by 2026. For those not eligible for Government support, the green finance offer will be improved.

The Government is also investing in training. In 2021, the £6 million BEIS Skills Training Competition resulted in 7,000 opportunities to learn retrofit skills and will be developing plans for a 2022/23 competition.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Warm Home Discount, if he will reverse the proposed change to the criteria of eligibility for financial support towards energy bills that would mean those in receipt of disability living allowance, personal independence payment and attendance allowance will no longer be able to claim from the discount scheme.

Introducing non-means-tested benefits, such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA), into the eligibility criteria would mean that many households on lower incomes and in deeper fuel poverty would be disadvantaged.

Around 62% of PIP and DLA recipients also receive one of the qualifying means-tested benefits and so would be considered low-income under the Core Group 2 criteria. Those households with high energy costs would be eligible for a rebate. Recipients of AA, a pension-age benefit, who claim Pension Credit Guarantee Credit will, in most cases, qualify for a rebate through Core Group 1.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on Royal Mail customers of (a) the price increase on Royal Mail stamps and (b) current stamps which will no longer be valid from January 2023.

As a private business, Royal Mail’s management sets the prices for its services. The Government does not have a role in Royal Mail’s day-to-day commercial or operational decisions. In setting its prices however, Royal Mail must work within the regulatory framework set by Ofcom, the independent regulator. This framework currently imposes price caps on certain second-class products.

In January 2021, Royal Mail raised the price of second-class standard letter stamps to the level of the cap, and it can now only raise prices for that product in line with CPI rates for the remainder of Ofcom’s current review period, ending in March 2024. Ofcom plans to begin work towards the end of this year on a review of the appropriate scope and level of the safeguard caps that should apply from April 2024.

The development of stamp products is also an operational matter for Royal Mail. Royal Mail has announced a ‘Swap Out’ scheme to exchange existing stamps for new barcoded versions which is set to open on 31 March 2022. Royal Mail will set out further details on the scheme in due course.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will hold discussions with representatives of British Gas on the effect of the increase in energy tariffs on customers with pre-payment meters (a) with and (b) without pre-paid credit on their pre-payment meter.

The Government is in regular contact with industry to discuss the impact of unprecedented global gas prices and will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure consumers are protected.

Ofgem has robust rules in place to protect Prepayment meter customers. In December 2020, Ofgem introduced Licence Conditions that require energy suppliers to provide extra support for customers using prepayment meters. These include an obligation on suppliers to make emergency and friendly-hours credit available to all pre-payment meter customers.

Where a supplier identifies that a prepayment customer is in a vulnerable situation, including where a customer is self-disconnecting or self-rationing their supply, they must offer additional support credit. When assessing how a customer will repay any credit offered, suppliers must also consider their ability to pay.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the rise in energy bills on customers in Weaver Vale constituency.

The Government recognises many households will need support to deal with the impact of high wholesale energy costs, which are being affected by global factors.

In response, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a package of support to help households with rising energy bills, worth £9.1 billion in 2022-23. This includes a £200 rebate for households delivered via their energy bill this autumn, a £150 non-repayable reduction in Council Tax bills for all households in Bands A-D in England and £144 million of discretionary funding for Local Authorities to support households who need support but are not eligible for the Council Tax reduction.

This is in addition to the support Government will continue to provide through the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which this winter is providing over 2 million households a £140 rebate off their energy bill each winter. The Government have announced that it would be increasing to £150 and help an extra 780,000 households next winter. Further, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments help ensure the most vulnerable are better able to heat their homes over the colder months.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of Royal Mail deliveries in Runcorn and Helsby.

Royal Mail has publicly stated that it is aware of the reduction in service levels in some areas and is taking action to reduce delays to deliveries. Its contingency plans to mitigate disruption to postal services are overseen by Ofcom.

Ofcom continues to monitor Royal Mail’s performance to ensure it is providing the best service it can to customers and has powers to investigate and take enforcement action if Royal Mail fails to achieve its performance targets.

25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the financial difficulties of CNIM, if he will make it his policy to halt the construction of a waste incinerator in Weaver Vale constituency.

The Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant was granted consent under the Electricity Act 1989 in October 2012 by Ministers in what was then the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The consent was subsequently varied in July 2019. A further application to vary this consent was submitted in October 2021 to my department. When deciding whether to refuse or consent this application, the Secretary of State will consider all matters relevant to planning. The Government does not comment on specific matters relating to live applications.

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, what steps his Department is taking to tackle C02 shortages resulting from gas supply issues and its effects on the availability of meat and frozen products.

We are monitoring the situation and are not aware of any material supply issues with CO2 for the meat and frozen food industries at the current time.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of number of families at risk of entering fuel poverty as a result of the decision to raise the price cap; and what steps his Department is taking to support those families once the cap has been lifted.

The energy price cap from 1 April 2022 will be announced by Ofgem in February.

The Government continues to offer support for energy efficiency measures, which contribute to reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty in the long term. This includes schemes available to support low income households in improving the energy efficiency of their homes, including the Local Authority Delivery Scheme and the Energy Company Obligation. Financial support with energy bills is also available to eligible households through the Warm Home Discount, Cold Weather Payment and Winter Fuel Payment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)