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Mike Kane

Labour - Wythenshawe and Sale East

First elected: 13th February 2014

Shadow Minister (Transport)

(since April 2020)

Seafarers' Wages Bill [HL]
11th Jan 2023 - 17th Jan 2023
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [Lords]
4th Feb 2021 - 9th Feb 2021
Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)
9th Oct 2016 - 10th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (International Development)
18th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Treasury Committee
24th Nov 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Environmental Audit Committee
18th Mar 2014 - 30th Mar 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Mike Kane has voted in 669 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Mike Kane voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 135 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Mike Kane voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 189 Labour 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
Robert Courts (Conservative)
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
(29 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(14 debate interactions)
Grant Shapps (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Defence
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Transport
(135 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(14 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(13 debate contributions)
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Wythenshawe and Sale East 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.

The Government’s modernising vehicle standards proposal suggested new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road. This could have a hugely detrimental impact on the UK motorsport and custom aftermarket industry.

Invest in FOP research to support this ultra-rare disease community. Research into FOP could inform the understanding/treatment of many more common conditions such as osteoporosis, hip replacements, DIPG (a rare childhood brain cancer) and many common military injuries.

Cervical screening needs to be every year.

This is because women are dying, mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters and sisters are dying.


Latest EDMs signed by Mike Kane

12th May 2022
Mike Kane signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 12th May 2022

Arrests in Hong Kong

Tabled by: Edward Leigh (Conservative - Gainsborough)
That this House notes with concern reports that His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, aged 90, has been arrested in Hong Kong on charges relating to breaches of China's National Security Law; further notes reports that alongside Cardinal Zen, Cantopop singer and actor Denise Ho, former …
30 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Jun 2023)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 17
Labour: 4
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
23rd March 2022
Mike Kane signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 24th March 2022

P&O Ferries and DP World

Tabled by: Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice or consultation with their trade unions, the RMT and Nautilus; demands the immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers; condemns their replacement with agency workers earning as little as £1.80 per …
125 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 93
Scottish National Party: 12
Liberal Democrat: 7
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mike Kane, 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.


Mike Kane has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Mike Kane

2 Bills introduced by Mike Kane


Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 5th January 2016

A Bill to amend the Mesothelioma Act 2014.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 10th March 2015

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
1 Other Department Questions
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the British Film Institute has spent in each region in each of the last three years.

At the heart of the British Film Institute’s ten year strategy, Screen Culture 2033, is a core principle for the work of the BFI to reach across the UK, so that everyone across the regions and all four nations can experience, create and benefit from screen culture.

The below table has been extracted from data that government publishes on identifiable expenditure in the regions and nations of the UK.

It shows all expenditure in 2021/22 prices, to provide a more accurate picture accounting for inflation.

BFI Country and Region Spend 2019-2022; 2021-22 prices

Country/Region

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Total

Scotland

£1,629,000

£2,132,000

£2,049,000

£5,810,000

Wales

£971,000

£1,271,000

£1,108,000

£3,350,000

Northern Ireland

£5,076,000

£5,029,000

£6,565,000

£16,670,000

England - North East

£802,000

£1,284,000

£889,000

£2,975,000

England - North West

£2,234,000

£4,162,000

£2,675,000

£9,071,000

England - Yorkshire and the Humber

£1,730,000

£5,147,000

£2,706,000

£9,583,000

England - East Midlands

£1,560,000

£6,522,000

£1,727,000

£9,809,000

England - West Midlands

£1,959,000

£4,380,000

£2,454,000

£8,793,000

England - East

£6,200,000

£15,438,000

£6,944,000

£28,582,000

England - London

£10,155,000

£21,422,000

£13,668,000

£45,245,000

England - South East

£3,607,000

£7,781,000

£5,365,000

£16,840,000

England - South West

£1,793,000

£6,181,000

£2,633,000

£10,607,000

Outside UK

£971,000

£1,330,000

£1,006,000

£3,307,000

Total

£38,687,000

£82,169,000

£49,786,000

£170,642,000

Whilst BFI spending in London and the South East accounts for almost 36% of its total spending over 2019-22, this is due in part to the relatively high proportion of the industry based in London and the South East (70%) and also, due to the established method of recording awards based on applicant postcode, does not capture the broader outputs and widespread impact of organisations based in London and the South East but delivering on a regional or UK-wide basis.

For example, BFI National Lottery distribution awards - such as the award which supported Parasite to reach 1.6 million people across the UK - are used to give audiences everywhere the chance to enjoy the widest possible range of films; overall, titles supported by distribution awards have generated 4.5 million admissions across every corner of the UK over the course of 2017-2022. The Light Cinema Co. received £3 million from the Culture Recovery Fund and, whilst its head office is in London, the award was used to support its 10 cinemas, 7 of which are in the North of England. And ‘Into Film’, a London-based organisation who received £24 million from the BFI over 2017-2022, used this funding to deliver Film Clubs in UK schools, reaching in the last year alone more than 3 million children at over 6,500 schools across the UK. Through its National Lottery Funding Plan, the BFI will be devolving even more funding to organisations across the regions and nations through its National Lottery Skills Clusters Fund, which will invest £9 million in 6-7 clusters across the UK to lead on skills and training in their area, making sure people from a wide range of places have the opportunity to get into the industry. The BFI also funds a network of organisations across the UK - including in Nottingham, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester - to lead audience and talent development work in their respective regions and nations, with £15.2 million to be awarded to 11 partner organisations over the next three years.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the National Security Council has received briefings on red-rated legacy computer systems used by Government departments in the last three years.

The National Security Council (NSC) is a committee of Cabinet and is bound by the same rules and conventions as all Cabinet Committees. Information about discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees are not normally publicly shared.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his final guidance to employers in the shipping industry on the National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020; and when he last discussed this matter with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Transport.

On 1 October 2020, the Government passed the National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 that extended the NMW to include an individual who ordinarily works in the territorial waters of the United Kingdom or in the United Kingdom section of the continental shelf.

The Government’s “Calculating the Minimum Wage” guidance has been updated to take account of these changes and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calculating-the-minimum-wage/calculating-the-minimum-wage#seafarers.

We are currently drafting further guidance on this issue for employers and seafarers. We will publish this in due course, and will consult unions and other stakeholders ahead of publication.

The Department works closely with the Department for Transport on this matter, as evidenced by the joint appearance by ministers from both departments at a recent roundtable organised by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.

10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to consult trade unions and other stakeholders on the draft guidance for industry on the National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020.

On 1 October 2020, the Government passed the National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 that extended the NMW to include an individual who ordinarily works in the territorial waters of the United Kingdom or in the United Kingdom section of the continental shelf.

The Government’s “Calculating the Minimum Wage” guidance has been updated to take account of these changes and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calculating-the-minimum-wage/calculating-the-minimum-wage#seafarers.

We are currently drafting further guidance on this issue for employers and seafarers. We will publish this in due course, and will consult unions and other stakeholders ahead of publication.

The Department works closely with the Department for Transport on this matter, as evidenced by the joint appearance by ministers from both departments at a recent roundtable organised by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers.

11th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many producers who have secured BFI Film Hub North short film funding in the last five years have been supported by the BFI with (a) development and (b) production funding for a feature film; where each of those producers was based in the North of England; and how many of the directors of those films were based in the North of England.

The Short Film Fund is delivered centrally by the BFI, rather than through its five regional hubs, including Film Hub North. The Short Film Fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with BFI NETWORK Talent Executives, who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects. Regional hubs make recommendations to the BFI on which projects should receive support.

Film Hub North supports regional producers in a variety of other ways. This includes the Creative Producer Lab in partnership with Film Hub Midlands, which has supported over 50 producers since 2019, including 34 based in the North of England.

Through a range of measures, Film Hub North has helped to support 73 short film production awards over the period FY 2018/19 - FY 2022/23. The BFI has identified at least nine producers who were supported by Film Hub North and received funding from the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund, who then applied for and received further support via either the BFI National Lottery development and/or production funds for a feature film. This includes producers based across the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside. However, this does not capture the full range of benefits available to producers in the North through the BFI NETWORK. Additionally, Short Film Fund funding recommendations are made based on the location of the director, not the producer, so Northern producers may receive support through other regional hubs.

Moreover, with regards to the BFI supporting producers to transition from short films to feature films: where producers choose to take this step, it can often take longer than five years, for a variety of reasons, with many filmmakers needing more than one funded short film before they gain production funding for a feature film.

17th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the British Film Institute has received in applications for funding from each region in each of the last three years.

The British Film Institute’s (BFI) ten year strategy, Screen Culture 2033, sets out the core principle for the work of the BFI to reach across all of our nation.

The below table sets out the number of applications to the BFI for both their National Lottery funding and their government-provided Grant-in-Aid funding, broken down by region, in the past three years (2019-2022). The table also sets out the number of awards given over each of those years, also broken down by region based on beneficiary location (drawn from postcode data, in accordance with the methodology agreed with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport).

Region

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

3-Year TOTAL

Applications

Awards

Applications

Awards

Applications

Awards

Applications

Awards

ENGLAND East Midlands

4,708

5,397

15,043

8,175

5,013

5,339

24,763

18,911

ENGLAND Eastern

7,644

9,247

10,463

12,046

22,533

10,559

40,640

31,852

ENGLAND London

143,213

17,814

138,301

24,541

152,278

18,405

433,793

60,760

ENGLAND North East

1,935

2,301

1,099

2,159

2,705

2,720

5,740

7,180

ENGLAND North West

7,953

6,133

11,773

6,297

18,170

7,155

37,896

19,585

ENGLAND South East

19,484

8,445

20,407

10,630

18,800

11,473

58,692

30,548

ENGLAND South West

9,707

5,520

13,548

8,261

10,341

7,191

33,595

20,972

ENGLAND West Midlands

11,406

6,022

12,375

5,823

5,717

6,714

29,499

18,559

ENGLAND Yorkshire & Humberside

9,088

6,190

9,993

7,247

11,384

7,610

30,465

21,047

NORTHERN IRELAND

10,495

6,253

10,925

5,737

11,281

8,095

32,702

20,085

SCOTLAND

7,618

5,059

5,619

3,841

7,285

5,912

20,522

14,812

WALES

3,399

3,172

4,307

2,345

6,562

3,422

14,268

8,939

Total

236,652

81,553

253,854

97,102

272,067

94,595

762,572

273,250

To note, given the assessment process, applications may be made in one year, and processed or awarded in the following year. Therefore, a direct correlation cannot be established between the applications and awards made in any single year.

Extrapolated from the figures in the above table, the below table further provides the proportion of applications and awards over the three years 2019 - 2022, broken down per region.

Region

Proportion of Applications (over 3 years)

Proportion of Awards (over 3 years)

ENGLAND East Midlands

3%

7%

ENGLAND Eastern

5%

12%

ENGLAND London

57%

22%

ENGLAND North East

1%

3%

ENGLAND North West

5%

7%

ENGLAND South East

8%

11%

ENGLAND South West

4%

8%

ENGLAND West Midlands

4%

7%

ENGLAND Yorkshire & Humberside

4%

8%

NORTHERN IRELAND

4%

7%

SCOTLAND

3%

5%

WALES

2%

3%

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have (a) been granted permission to move (i) up to 0.5 per cent, (ii) between 0.51 and 1 per cent and (iii) over 1 per cent of schools block funding to high needs block funding, (b) been denied permission to move schools block funding to high needs block funding and (c) made a request to move schools block funding to high needs block funding but no decision has yet been made; and what criteria his Department uses to determine those requests.

In total, 25 local authorities submitted a request to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, to move schools block funding to high needs block funding. All schools block movement requests are reviewed against the criteria set out in paragraphs 261-286 of the ‘Schools revenue funding operational guide: 2020 to 2021’, which is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pre-16-schools-funding-local-authority-guidance-for-2020-to-2021.

Of these 25 requests, the following were granted permission to move funding from the schools block to the high needs block:

  • no requests to move up to 0.50%;
  • one request, from Kent County Council, to move between 0.51% and 1%; and
  • two requests, from Rotherham and South Gloucestershire local authorities, to move 1%.

The remaining 22 requests to move funding away from the schools block were denied.

All decisions have been made as advised in Table A.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to introduce mandatory reporting of incidents of restraint in schools.

The Department does not collect or record information about schools’ use of restraint or restrictive practices, and does not intend to introduce mandatory reporting at this time. We trust schools to use their judgement in recording incidents involving force and, when serious incidents occur, we would expect schools to record the incident and let the parents know.

Schools need to be safe and calm environments with effective behaviour management policies and approaches that meet the needs of all pupils, including those with mental health difficulties, special educational needs or disabilities.

At times, it may be necessary to use reasonable force to restrain a pupil – for example, to break up a fight in order to protect teachers and other pupils. Wherever possible, restraint and restrictive intervention should be avoided; and proactive, preventative, non-restrictive approaches adopted in respect of behaviour that challenges.

In June 2019, the Department for Health & Social Care and Department for Education jointly published non-statutory guidance on reducing restraint and restrictive intervention in health and social care services and special education settings. This guidance aims to help settings adopt a preventative approach to supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were subjected to the use of physical restraint in schools in each of the academic years (a) 2017-18, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2015-16.

The Department does not collect or record information about schools’ use of restraint or restrictive practices, and does not intend to introduce mandatory reporting at this time. We trust schools to use their judgement in recording incidents involving force and, when serious incidents occur, we would expect schools to record the incident and let the parents know.

Schools need to be safe and calm environments with effective behaviour management policies and approaches that meet the needs of all pupils, including those with mental health difficulties, special educational needs or disabilities.

At times, it may be necessary to use reasonable force to restrain a pupil – for example, to break up a fight in order to protect teachers and other pupils. Wherever possible, restraint and restrictive intervention should be avoided; and proactive, preventative, non-restrictive approaches adopted in respect of behaviour that challenges.

In June 2019, the Department for Health & Social Care and Department for Education jointly published non-statutory guidance on reducing restraint and restrictive intervention in health and social care services and special education settings. This guidance aims to help settings adopt a preventative approach to supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties.

17th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the block allocations for (a) individual maintained schools and (b) academies for 2019-20; and for what reason the allocations will be published later in the school year than in previous years.

In previous years, school-level allocations for local authority maintained schools and academies have been published as transparency statistics in late autumn, but not to a fixed schedule.

This year we will be publishing the individual school-level school’s block allocations, covering allocations for 2019-20, in the Department’s new school funding official statistics report on 30 January 2020.

The Department already publishes detailed information on school funding, including full details of individual grant funding allocations issued to schools and local authorities, but we recognise that this information can be hard to understand and navigate. The aim of this new official statistics report is to help users’ understanding of this issue, and we are including the 2019-20 school-level allocations in that report.

This dataset will include details of more grants than in previous years, giving a fuller picture of school-level funding for the year.

28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to support (a) riding schools and (b) livery yards during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has introduced an unprecedented package of support for businesses that are required to close or which are severely affected by the restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19, protect the NHS and save lives.  The Government is working closely with local authorities in England to ensure that funding can get to the right places as quickly as possible.  Business premises that are required by law to close during the current period of national restrictions since 5th January can access grants of up to £4,500 per 6 weeks of closure (Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)). In addition, each closed business will be eligible for a one-off payment of up to £9,000 to help them through Spring. This is the Closed Business Lockdown Payment.

Local authorities have been allocated a further £500m in discretionary funding via the Additional Restrictions Grant to support businesses that are significantly impacted by the restrictions even though not required to close.  This is in addition to £1.1bn already allocated in November 2020.  Local authorities have discretion to use this funding to support businesses in the way they see fit.  For example, this could include businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector or businesses outside the business rates system, which are effectively forced to close such as market traders.

In addition the British Horse Society has issued advice for equestrian businesses during this time, including setting out loans and grants that businesses may be eligible for (www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19/business-support-resources).

Whilst riding centres and livery yards are required to close to the general public this does not prevent access to facilities where necessary for animal welfare purposes. Employees may continue to go to work there if they are unable to work from home. Members of the public can continue to visit these establishments if this is where their horse is kept and if this is necessary in order to care for their horse. Further information on this has been distributed to all local authorities via the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of staff employed by her Department are apprentices.

As of 31st January, there are 75 apprentices employed by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF). This is 3.2% of the total staff employed by DIT and UKEF.

23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the methodology on the basis of which he has concluded Euston HS2 station can be delivered without public funding.

The Network North paper published by the Department for Transport on 4 October 2023 sets out that we will appoint a development company, separate from HS2 Ltd, to manage the delivery of this project. We will also take on the lessons of success stories such as Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, which secured £9 billion of private sector investment and thousands of homes. So we will harness the future growth that the station will unleash to support its development, to ensure we get the best possible value for the British taxpayer - and ensure that funding is underpinned by contributions from those people and businesses its development supports.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of reducing the number of platforms at the Euston HS2 terminus on commuters.

Following the rephasing of works at Euston announced in March 2023, work commenced on developing an affordable and deliverable scheme for the HS2 Euston Station including looking at options to reduce the number of platforms to match expected levels of service over time. This will continue under the new arrangements for Euston announced as part of Network North.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of reducing the number of platforms at the Euston HS2 terminus on station capacity.

Following the rephasing of works at Euston announced in March 2023, work commenced on developing an affordable and deliverable scheme for the HS2 Euston Station including looking at options to reduce the number of platforms to match expected levels of service over time. This will continue under the new arrangements for Euston announced as part of Network North.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on reforms to its enforcement powers.

The recent public body review of the CAA made 24 recommendations including in relation to enforcement. DfT officials discuss implementing these recommendations with the CAA regularly. The Department published its response to the Aviation Consumer Policy Reform consultation on 27 June 2023, which included a commitment to legislate when parliamentary time allows to provide the CAA with additional administrative powers. The Department will work closely with the CAA on the design of those powers to make sure they are effective and proportionate. A review of safety enforcement powers last took place in 2022; further work is needed to evaluate properly and fully the available options and to consider any additional engagement or consultation needed to understand the implications of any changes to current policy. Any changes agreed will be implemented as part of our joint DfT CAA rulemaking programme.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support consumers affected by flight cancellations in summer 2023.

The Department has been clear with industry partners that they should ensure passengers receive the best possible service and are provided with the support they need in the event of disruption.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is responsible for ensuring that airlines are meeting their obligations under the legislation that sets out air passenger rights. It continues to monitor industry performance, and will take action where required.

It is very important that passengers understand their rights. This is why the Department published the Aviation Passenger Charter in July 2022. The Charter provides passengers with information needed for each stage of their journey, including if something goes wrong.

15th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2022, published on 10 May 2023, whether he plans to undertake a review into the (a) training and (b) employment of UK seafarers.

The Department is working with the Maritime Skills Commission to address the recommendations from its 2021 review of training for officer cadets.

In June 2022 the Government announced a review of ratings training, barriers, opportunities, and areas for growth. Government will work with the Maritime Skills Commission on findings that emerge from this review.

The Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry report is updated annually, and the next planned update is scheduled for early 2024

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2022 to Question 107115, if he will list the organisations represented by the five external maritime consultants on the UK delegation to the 79th session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection Committee.

Five representatives were registered for this session comprised of: one from academia; two from the UK Chamber of Shipping; and two from Lloyd’s Register.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) value and (b) duration is of the contract between his Department and KPMG for research into internet connectivity for seafarers.

The total contract value is £95,000. The contract was designed to run from 19th December 2022 - 28th February 2023, with provision built in to enable work to be extended if required at no additional cost to the department.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the members were of the UK delegation to the 79th session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection Committee.

The UK’s delegation to the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO’s) Marine Environment Protection Committee 79th session is led by Katy Ware, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the IMO. She is support by 15 officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, 12 from the Department for Transport, four from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, two from HM Treasury and five external maritime consultants.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out the Government’s negotiating position ahead of the 79th session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection Committee.

The 79th session of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO’s) Marine Environment Protection Committee runs from 12 to 16 December 2022.

The UK’s position on the matters, such as Greenhouse Gas emissions and ballast water, that will be discussed during this session has been consulted on and agreed by Ministers.

It would not be appropriate to set out the UK’s negotiation position while those discussions are taking place. The IMO will publish, on its website, a meeting summary after the session has concluded.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2022 to Question 80719, on Ferries: Crew, how many meetings officials in his Department have had since 1 March 2022 with representatives of (a) the International Labour Organisation and (b) the International Maritime Organisation at which (i) roster patterns and (ii) minimum crewing levels in the short sea shipping industry were discussed.

Officials meet with representatives from the maritime industry on a regular basis to discuss progress with the seafarer protections nine-point plan, including on matters such as roster patterns and the Seafarers’ Wages Bill.

In parallel to this engagement, officials have also met with relevant multilateral institutions, including the International Labour Organization, to ensure seafarer protections remains on the global agenda.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2022 to Question 80719 on Ferries: Crew, how many meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of the ferry industry at which roster patterns were discussed since 1 March 2022.

Officials meet with representatives from the maritime industry on a regular basis to discuss progress with the seafarer protections nine-point plan, including on matters such as roster patterns and the Seafarers’ Wages Bill.

In parallel to this engagement, officials have also met with relevant multilateral institutions, including the International Labour Organization, to ensure seafarer protections remains on the global agenda.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money P&O has received from contracts under the Freight Capacity Framework Agreement since it was introduced.

Payments under the Freight Capacity Framework Agreement to P&O Ferries Holdings Ltd have totalled approximately £11M. Eligibility of services ceased at the end of July 2021; all the contracts under the Framework have terminated and there is no intention to let further contracts under it.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether P&O Ferries was considered for funding through round two of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition; and whether P&O Ferries will be barred from round three.

P&O Ferries did not bid into either Round 2 or Round 3 of the CMDC and will therefore not directly receive any CMDC funding.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Secretary of State for Justice on developing minimum wage corridors between UK ports and ports in Crown Dependencies.

There have been no discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice on this matter.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet with (a) Manchester Airport and (b) other business in Manchester affected by service performance of TransPennine Express to discuss potential improvements to that service.

Ministers are always happy to discuss opportunities to work together with business partners to improve rail services for passengers across the North and the Northern economy. The Transport Secretary will shortly be meeting a number of Northern mayors to discuss these issues and we look forward to conversations with business and other stakeholders in the future.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help improve the services operated by TransPennine Express.

The Department, which manages TPE’s contract in partnership with Transport for the North, as a temporary solution and subject to strict conditions, agreed that TPE could introduce a revised timetable from mid-September 2022 for services it operates on the West Coast Main Line.

The amended timetable was discussed with Northern stakeholders, including the Manchester Airport Group and Transport for Greater Manchester, and entails reductions in services back to a similar level provided pre-May 2022, complemented by additional bus services in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

My officials have been in regular contact with TPE to manage the provision of services and have agreed a programme of measures to deliver a more reliable timetable, including:

  • Ongoing review of timetables to establish a stable and reliable base in the short term;
  • Introduction of additional drivers and conductors (currently being trained);
  • Recruitment of 68 more drivers to reduce TPE’s reliance on rest day working and overtime; and
  • Resolution with the unions of current industrial relations issues, including the possible reinstatement of rest day working, to increase available staff resources and operational flexibility.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
9th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there is a short-term service improvement plan in place for TransPennine Express.

The Department, which manages TPE’s contract in partnership with Transport for the North, as a temporary solution and subject to strict conditions, agreed that TPE could introduce a revised timetable from mid-September 2022 for services it operates on the West Coast Main Line.

The amended timetable was discussed with Northern stakeholders, including the Manchester Airport Group and Transport for Greater Manchester, and entails reductions in services back to a similar level provided pre-May 2022, complemented by additional bus services in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

My officials have been in regular contact with TPE to manage the provision of services and have agreed a programme of measures to deliver a more reliable timetable, including:

  • Ongoing review of timetables to establish a stable and reliable base in the short term;
  • Introduction of additional drivers and conductors (currently being trained);
  • Recruitment of 68 more drivers to reduce TPE’s reliance on rest day working and overtime; and
  • Resolution with the unions of current industrial relations issues, including the possible reinstatement of rest day working, to increase available staff resources and operational flexibility.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made changes to the Maritime 2050: People Route Map, published on 7 September 2019, following the (a) covid-19 pandemic and (b) the actions of P&O Ferries.

The Department has worked with the sector to publish a Maritime Recovery Route Map in June 2022 to help boost the sector’s recovery from the pandemic. The Route Map has a dedicated section on People and Skills and sets out progress on the Seafarer Protections Nine-Point Plan. Over £2.4m funding was announced alongside publication of the Route Map to support maritime skills, diversity, careers and seafarer wellbeing.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received advice from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the safety of (a) roster patterns and (b) minimum crewing levels in the short sea ferry sector since 17 March 2022.

The Department is currently developing a new Seafarers’ Charter, which aims to boost long-term working conditions for seafarers. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have been involved with the development of the Charter, along with the wider maritime industry. The Department for Transport and Maritime and Coastguard Agency are both of the view that roster patterns and crewing levels are important areas that require further research.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to implement the Nine-point plan for seafarers, published on 6 July 2022.

Delivery of the nine-point plan continues at pace. A key aspect of this has been the development of the Seafarers’ Wages Bill, which progressed to Third Reading in the House of Lords on 07 November 2022. The Bill will now progress into the House of Commons, marking a major step towards ensuring that seafarers with close ties to the UK are paid at a rate at least equivalent to the UK National Minimum Wage.

We are continuing with delivery of the wider nine-point plan, including engagement with our near European neighbours to explore the creation of minimum wage equivalent corridors, as well as working through international organisations to create a step change in seafarer welfare.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether seafarer (a) training and (b) employment policies are within the remit of the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions.

The first package of interventions announced by the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE) included a commitment to explore green skills initiatives, in partnership with the Department for Education and the National Shipbuilding Office.

UK SHORE will continue to work across government and industry on options to support the training and skills required for zero emission shipping.

Employment policy is not within the remit of UK SHORE.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to contribute to the work of the Maritime Just Transition Task Force since it was established at COP26.

The Department regularly engages with the members of the Taskforce, although it has not directly engaged with the Taskforce itself.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
7th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much public funding P&O Ferries has received through the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

The first round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition awarded funding to the Dover Clean Ferry Project for a feasibility study between September 2021 – March 2022. The University of Kent was the lead organisation and P&O Ferries was one of their partners in the project consortium.

Funding was given to P&O for costs incurred as part of the Dover Clean Ferry Project. This amounted to £3,168.45. They received no further funding after this point.

P&O Ferries was not part of any winning bids in the second round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned timetable is for the publication of the review conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority into (a) practices to ensure that legal responsibilities on providing care and assistance, refunds, and compensation are being met and (b) encouraging best practice.

Government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have been clear with industry on their obligations to passengers in the event of flight disruptions. The CAA is undertaking engagement and information gathering with airlines. The CAA, as the regulator for aviation, will take enforcement action where they identify systemic failures.

CAA publishes guidance to industry to support good practice. Additionally, we are regularly engaging with industry through the weekly Strategic Risk Group and through our development of the Aviation Passenger Charter to encourage best practice.

It is essential that consumers have access to the information they need when travelling and are clear on their rights and responsibilities. The CAA and industry already publish guidance for consumers. To further support this, the Government is working with the CAA, industry, disability and consumer groups to develop and publish an Aviation Passenger Charter. The Charter will provide passengers with a single point of information to help understand their rights and responsibilities when travelling by air. The Charter will be published shortly.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Written Statement of 30 June 2022 entitled 22-point plan to tackle aviation disruption, when he plans to launch the Generation Aviation campaign to increase the number of people applying for jobs in the sector.

The Department for Transport will launch the Generation Aviation campaign in due course. The campaign will aim to work with industry to raise awareness of aviation careers and increase the number of people applying for jobs in the aviation sector.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
11th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) additional enforcement powers for the Civil Aviation Authority and (b) other consumer protections for air passengers will be implemented before the House rises for the Summer Adjournment on 21 July 2022.

The Department for Transport recently consulted on a range of aviation consumer policy reforms, including additional powers for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the Regulator for aviation, to enforce consumer rights.

The consultation closed on the 27 March and we are conducting a comprehensive analysis and review of the responses. We will publish the Government’s response and set out next steps, including consideration of any potential legislative requirements, in due course.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
11th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the new Aviation Passenger Charter will be published.

As announced in the Flightpath to the future and the recent plans for minimising disruption, Government is working alongside aviation industry, consumer and disability groups to develop the Aviation Passenger Charter.

The Charter will help passengers understand their rights and responsibilities when travelling by air.

The Charter will be published shortly.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
11th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he received representations from representatives of industry on continuing the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme beyond January 2022.

We have received a large number of representations on a variety of issues from industry, all which are considered carefully.

Since the start of the pandemic, DfT estimates that the air transport sector (airlines, airport and related services) have benefitted from around £8bn of support, including grant awards made by the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme.

Since the UK became the first major economy in the world to remove all COVID-19 travel rules for anyone entering the UK on 18 March, now is the right time to start looking ahead to the future. We continue to take a flexible approach and keep all impacts and policies under review.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to plan for the potential effect on international travel of new variants of covid-19.

The Government will conduct a full review of international travel restrictions by the end of January, including the approach to responding to future variants, to ensure a stable system for 2022.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the (a) coverage and (b) accessibility of hydrogen filling stations in the UK.

Hydrogen is likely to be fundamental to achieving the full decarbonisation of UK transport. Our £23 million Hydrogen Transport Programme has supported the building of three new refuelling stations, with a further three planned; as well as upgrades to two existing stations, with a further four upgrades planned. As of September 2021, there are fifteen publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK which provide hydrogen suitable for use by vehicles.

Our £20 million Zero Emission Road Freight Trials (ZERFT) are looking at hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK. The trials will inform which technology, or technologies, are best suited for use in the UK and help to clarify our understanding and identify the potential barriers to the installation of refuelling infrastructure, so that these can be addressed before rollout.

18th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Table SFR0303 of the Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry statistics, published on 24 February 2021, what proportion of (a) UK, (b) EEA and (c) non-EEA seafarers in each seafarer type has received at least one shot of vaccine against covid-19; and if he will outline the procedures in place to monitor covid-19 vaccination rates in countries supplying labour to the UK shipping industry.

A person’s occupation is not recorded when administering the Covid-19 vaccination. Seafarers in the UK are being vaccinated as part of the general population, with all adults aged 18 and over now eligible. Proof of Covid vaccination is not required to obtain a permit to work in the UK maritime sector.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish the Transport Decarbonisation Plan before the summer 2021 Parliamentary recess.

Our Transport Decarbonisation Plan will set an ambitious pathway to end UK transport’s carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest and we intend to publish it shortly.

24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Clean Maritime Council has met since October 2018 to date; and if he will list its membership.

The department regularly engages with the Clean Maritime Council on all matters that concern them, including reducing the sector’s emissions. The Council has met eight times since October 2018, including four times in the past six months since December 2020. Meetings were temporarily paused in 2020 due to Covid-19 but were resumed virtually at the end of the year.

The organisations represented on the Clean Maritime Council include the British Ports Association, Clean Cargo Working Group, Engie, IMarEST, ING, Innovate UK, Maritime Enterprise Working Group, Maritime London, ORE Catapult, Red Funnel, Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Strathclyde University/MarRI-UK, University College London, UK Chamber of Shipping, UK Major Ports Group as well as the Department for Transport, the Maritime Coastguard Agency, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on implementing the Clean Maritime Plan.

The Department has made good progress in implementing the Clean Maritime Plan. As set out in the plan, clean maritime innovation in the UK has been supported with a round of Research and Development grants and a Clean Maritime Innovation call, and a consultation on how the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation could be used to encourage the uptake of low carbon fuels in the maritime sector was launched. A Clean Maritime Award was established to celebrate leaders in the field of emissions reduction, a study to identify and support potential UK zero emission shipping clusters was undertaken and the Maritime Future Technologies team within the Maritime & Coastguard Agency was launched. This year, a Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which build on the commitments set out in the Clean Maritime Plan was launched.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the availability of shore side electric recharging facilities for roll-on roll-off ferries in the Port of Dover; and how far that port is to the nearest grid connection of sufficient capacity to support those facilities.

The Department has made no assessment of the availability of shore side electric recharging facilities for roll-on roll-off ferries in the Port of Dover and of its related grid requirements.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the issues discussed at the last meeting of the Clean Maritime Council.

The department regularly engages with the Clean Maritime Council on all matters concerning maritime decarbonisation. The Council last met on 19 May 2021 and the agenda included a discussion on the recent announcement to include International Aviation and Shipping emissions in the Sixth Carbon Budget, as well as future domestic policy priorities including the forthcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan. Officials also gave a brief update on the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)