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Neale Hanvey

Alba Party - Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

1,243 (2.6%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 12th December 2019


Neale Hanvey is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
Pensions, Restorative Justice, Unconscious Bias, Whistleblowing
Health and Social Care Committee
29th Jun 2020 - 25th May 2021
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health Team Member)
19th Jun 2020 - 6th Feb 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Neale Hanvey has voted in 412 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(20 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(17 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Business and Trade
(62 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(55 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(43 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(42 debate contributions)
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Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government must exercise its power under s.23 of the Gender Recognition Act to modify the operation of the Equality Act 2010 by specifying the terms sex, male, female, man & woman, in the operation of that law, mean biological sex and not "sex as modified by a Gender Recognition Certificate"

It has been reported that the Government may amend the Equality Act to "make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender." The Government has previously committed to not remove legal protections for trans people, an already marginalised group, but this change would do so.

The Government should bring forward legislation to allow assisted dying for adults who are terminally ill and have mental capacity. It should be permitted subject to strict upfront safeguards, assessed by two doctors independently, and self-administered by the dying person.

Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.

Reform the GRA to allow transgender people to self-identify without the need for a medical diagnosis, to streamline the administrative process, and to allow non-binary identities to be legally recognised.

Given how many animals are sold online, we want Government to introduce regulation of all websites where animals are sold. Websites should be required to verify the identity of all sellers, and for young animals for sale pictures with their parents be posted with all listings.

There should be a public inquiry into Government contracts granted during Covid-19. Many contracts have been granted without full and open procurement processes. A public inquiry would be able to ascertain whether contracts had been procured fairly and represent value for money for tax payers.

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

EU law recognises animals as sentient beings, aware of their feelings and emotions. Animals are at risk of losing these vital legal protections, post-Brexit. We want a BetterDealForAnimals: a law that creates a duty for all Ministers in the UK to fully regard animal welfare in policy making.


Latest EDMs signed by Neale Hanvey

24th April 2024
Neale Hanvey signed this EDM on Tuesday 30th April 2024

Remembering Fergie MacDonald

Tabled by: Angus Brendan MacNeil (Independent - Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
That this House notes with sadness the passing of the great Fergie MacDonald, the legendary Scottish Ceilidh King and bandleader, who died aged 86 on 23 April 2024; pays tribute to his life and the joy and delight he brought to so many throughout the Highlands, Scotland, the pan-Celtic nations …
20 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 9
Labour: 4
Independent: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Alba Party: 1
25th March 2024
Neale Hanvey signed this EDM on Monday 15th April 2024

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI)

Tabled by: George Galloway (Workers Party of Britain - Rochdale)
That this House commends the WASPI campaigners who have fought for many years against unilateral and discriminatory changes to the state pension age; welcomes the report of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman which found the Department for Work and Pensions was clearly guilty of maladministration over its treatment of …
13 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Apr 2024)
Signatures by party:
Independent: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Alba Party: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Labour: 2
Workers Party of Britain: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Neale Hanvey, 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.


Neale Hanvey has not been granted any Urgent Questions

6 Adjournment Debates led by Neale Hanvey

3 Bills introduced by Neale Hanvey


A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on providing additional allowances to people in receipt of the state pension and other social security benefits in places with colder climates to reflect the increased cost of domestic heating; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 to transfer the power to legislate for a Scottish independence referendum to the Scottish Parliament; to provide that that power may only be exercised where the Scottish public has demonstrated its support for the holding of such a referendum; to provide that no such referendum may be held sooner than seven years after the previous such referendum; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - None

A Bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 to transfer the power to legislate for a Scottish independence referendum to the Scottish Parliament; to provide that that power may only be exercised where the Scottish public has demonstrated its support for the holding of such a referendum; to provide that no such referendum may be held sooner than seven years after the previous such referendum; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 1st February 2023
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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4 Other Department Questions
20th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on supporting the wellbeing of gay, lesbian and bisexual young people.

Equality Hub Ministers regularly engage with their counterparts across Government on matters relating to LGB equality. This is because this Government is committed to improving the health and well-being of young people and we recognise that gay, lesbian and bisexual young people often face specific challenges.

This is why spending for children and young people’s mental health services has increased from £841 million in 2019/20 to just over £1 billion in 2022/23.

A further £3 million of funding has also been divided between five anti-bullying organisations to tackle bullying in schools. This includes projects that target homophobic and biphobic hate-related bullying.

In October 2022, we launched a Victim Support Service for anyone affected by or at risk of conversion practices, regardless of their sexual orientation, sex or transgender identity. The helpline can provide a safe, confidential listening and information service to anyone over the age of 13.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on Government support for the health of gay, lesbian and bisexual young people.

This Government is committed to improving the health and well-being of young people. We recognise that gay, lesbian and bisexual young people often face specific challenges.

We have ended the ban on blood donations from sexually active gay men, and are eliminating barriers for same sex couples to access IVF.

Spend for children and young people’s mental health services has increased from £841 million in 2019/20 to just over £1 billion in 2022/23.

And in 2021, we published our HIV Action Plan which sets our commitment to ending all new HIV transmissions, AIDS and HIV-related deaths within England by 2030.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has spent on external consultants in each of the last five years; and if he will publish a breakdown of the (a) amount paid to each consultancy contracted, (b) name of each consultancy contracted and (c) specific matters on which they were consulted.

Due to a change in IPSA’s financial systems, it is technically highly difficult for IPSA to provide the information in the detail requested for the previous five years. In its annual accounts, however, IPSA have presented annual expenditure on consultancy, including £55k for 2017-18 (Human Resources advice, reviews and surveys: £11,000, Information Technology projects: £37,000, and IPSA Online project: £7,000). For 2018-19, the figure was £315k (Human Resources advice, reviews and surveys: £18,000, Implementation of GDPR legislation: £40,000, Information Technology projects: £44,000, and IPSA Online project: £213,000). For 2019-20, the figure was £300k (Organisational improvements for the Chief Executive’s Office: £43,000, System maintenance and continuous improvement programme: £182,000, Organisational redesign by the HR department: £60,000, Business Support to MP Support and general professional advice: £15,000). For 2020-21, the figure was £530k (Organisational redesign work: £206,000, Business and technical support and general professional advice: £200,000, System maintenance and continuous improvement programme: £123,000, and Professional Advice to Compliance Office: £1,000). For 2021-22, the figure was £263k (Organisational redesign work: £161,000, Business and technical support and general professional advice: £39,000, System maintenance and continuous improvement programme: £56,000, and Governance: £7,000).

The delay in providing a response to this Question was due to an administrative error in the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

2nd Mar 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what recent assessment he has made of the role of carbon capture and storage in meeting the UK's climate change and COP26 commitments.

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) will of course play a role in meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero commitment. As we announced in our Ten Point Plan in November 2020, our aim is to establish CCUS in at least two industrial clusters by the mid-2020s and a further two by 2030, subject to value for money and affordability considerations.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Attorney General, what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Scottish Government on the potential impact of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill on the Act of Union 1707.

The Law Officers’ Convention prevents me from disclosing outside Government whether the Attorney General has been asked to provide advice or the contents of any such advice. This is a longstanding principle of Cabinet collective agreement. The Attorney General has not had any discussions with the Scottish Government on this topic.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
30th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to help improve the transparency of government procurement contracts in the last 12 months.

The Procurement Act, which recently received Royal Assent, helps deliver this Government’s promise to grow the economy by creating a simpler and more transparent system that will deliver better value for money, reducing costs for business and the public sector.

The Act embeds transparency throughout the commercial lifecycle so that the spending of taxpayers’ money can be properly scrutinised.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to his Department of (a) setting up and (b) running the Public Sector Fraud Authority each year are.

HM Treasury announced £24.7m funding over three years to support the creation of the PSFA in the Spring Statement 2022. This was added to the £5.7m annual budget that the Centre of the Counter Fraud Function was provided by the Cabinet Office. The additional funding brought the PSFA budget in 2022/23 to £11.25m.

In 22/23 the PSFA set a target of delivering £180m of savings to the taxpayer. The PSFA far surpassed this within the first 12 months by preventing and recovering £311 million. As it enters its second year, the PSFA has a target of achieving £185 million of savings for the taxpayer.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much Government expenditure lost to fraud has been recovered by the Public Sector Fraud Authority in each year since its establishment.

The PSFA was established in August 2022 - as such we only have audited counter fraud savings up to March 2023 (FY 2022/23).

In 22/23 the PSFA set a target of delivering £180m of savings to the taxpayer. In fact the PSFA far surpassed this within the first 12 months by preventing and recovering £311 million. As it enters its second year, the PSFA has a target of achieving £185 million of savings for the taxpayer.

This shows the Government is delivering its mission to transform the way we fight fraud and safeguard taxpayers’ money. Every pound we save in taking action on fraud reduces the cost of public services and makes taxpayers’ money go further. Better use of data and technology has been key in achieving this.



Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of how much (a) was lost from the public purse due to fraud during the covid-19 pandemic, (b) of that fraud has been recovered and (c) is irrecoverable.

During the pandemic, the Government delivered an unprecedented package of economic support to preserve livelihoods and save businesses across the whole United Kingdom.

The Government is committed to transparency in its efforts to tackle fraud against the public sector. The UK is one of the few countries to publish data on fraud and error within the public sector in the Fraud Landscape Report. The Government will continue to be transparent and prioritise its efforts in detecting, preventing and recovering fraud associated with the pandemic.

The Fraud Landscape Report showed that in 2020/21, across government and outside of tax and welfare (so, excluding COVID-19 expenditure in HMRC and DWP), departments reported £88m of recovered fraud and error related to COVID-19.

Since 2021, we have invested in taking action on fraud, to bolster the prevention and recovery of fraud losses in welfare, tax and COVID Business Loans, and prosecute those who have defrauded the public purse - this included the establishment of the Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA).

Fraud is a hidden crime and the Government’s focus remains on detecting and recovering as much of it as is possible. That is done by deploying cutting edge tools supported by world leading expertise to find and recover as much fraud as possible.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the cost to the public purse of Government attendance at the World Economic Forum in (a) total and (b) by each Department in each of the last five years.

Ministers from the following departments have attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with officials since 2018: Her Majesty’s Treasury (2020, 2019 and 2018); Cabinet Office (2022); and the Departments for International Trade (2022, 2019 and 2018); Health and Social Care (2019); Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2019 and 2018); Culture, Media and Sport (2019 and 2018); and International Development (2019). The then Prime Minister also attended in 2018.

The Cabinet Office does not hold a centralised database of total Government spending on travel to the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings. However, Ministerial and senior official foreign travel transparency data is published on gov.uk.

17th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the National Audit Office report published in April 2022, Managing cross-border travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, if he will take steps to help avoid unnecessary expenditure by Government Departments on official cross-border travel in the context of potential further travel restrictions being introduced due to the emergence of new variants of covid-19.

The Government currently has no plans to introduce new travel restrictions at this time.

It is the responsibility of each individual department to ensure the proper and efficient use and spending of taxpayers money. All Cabinet Office employees that undertake cross-border travel must seek relevant approvals to do so and must book this travel through approved contractors.

20th Jul 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish a response to EDM 689 on Conduct of the Prime Minister.

When I stood on the steps of Downing Street one year ago, I pledged to be a Prime Minister for every corner of the United Kingdom. Whether you are from East Kilbride or Dumfries, Motherwell or Paisley, I promised to level up across Britain and close the opportunity gap.

The last six months have shown exactly why the historic and heartfelt bond that ties the four nations of our country together is so important and the sheer might of our union has been proven once again.

In Scotland, the UK’s magnificent armed forces have been on the ground doing vital work to support the NHS, from setting up and running mobile testing sites to airlifting critically ill patients to hospitals from some of Scotland’s most remote communities. And the UK Treasury stepped in to save the jobs of a third of Scotland’s entire workforce and kept the wolves at bay for tens of thousands of Scottish businesses.

More than ever, this shows what we can achieve when we stand together, as one United Kingdom.

20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations of the UK Trade and Business Commission's report entitled Trading our way to prosperity, published May 2023.

His Majesty’s Government is getting on with the job of delivering economic growth for the whole of the UK. Our trade strategy is to trade our way to prosperity. We are driving prosperity by seeking to strengthen the World Trade Organisation, reform the global rulebook, protect UK business, and open markets by signing high-quality trade deals and removing trade barriers.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a moratorium on deep sea mining activities until a review has been conducted into its environmental, social and economic impacts.

The Government commissioned an independent review from the British Geological Survey, the National Oceanography Centre and Heriot-Watt University. The terms of reference included a review of minerals contained in seafloor deposits and how this compares to terrestrial resources, with discussion on future resource potential and knowledge gaps. The review was published in October 2022 and is available here:

https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/deep-sea-mining-evidence-review-published/

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
6th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much has been provided to each project that received funding through the Green Industries Growth Accelerator.

The Government has committed £1.1bn for the Green Industries Growth Accelerator (GIGA) to support the expansion of domestic green manufacturing capacity and strengthen clean energy supply chains across the UK. No funding has been awarded to projects yet.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much funding has been allocated to the Green Industries Growth Accelerator fund to date; and how much and what proportion of the expenditure for by the Green Industries Growth Accelerator fund has been spent in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

The Government has committed £1.1bn for the Green Industries Growth Accelerator (GIGA) to support the expansion of domestic green manufacturing capacity and strengthen clean energy supply chains across the UK. No funding has been awarded to projects yet.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much her Department has spent on developing (a) HyNet North West, (b) East Coast Cluster, (c) Acorn and (d) Viking CCS.

£210 million (matched by £261 million from industry) has been allocated through the UKRI Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) since 2019 to drive the decarbonisation of the UK’s six major industrial clusters, of which £150 million has been allocated to projects within HyNet, East Coast Cluster, Acorn and Viking CCS clusters. The breakdown of funding allocated (all funding will be allocated by the end of March 2024) and funding provided to date through the IDC to projects within the clusters mentioned are as follows:

  • HyNet North West
    • Total Allocated – £32,850,730
    • Funding Provided to Date - £29,732,965
  • East Coast Cluster
    • Total Allocated – £73,726,209
    • Funding Provided to Date - £63,317,114
  • Acorn
    • Total Allocated – £31,376,167
    • Funding Provided to Date - £26,451,986
  • Viking CCS
    • Total Allocated – £12,692,911
    • Funding Provided to Date - £10,992,417

The clusters have also received funding through other sources other than the IDC. Since 2019, a) the HyNet cluster was awarded £8.5m, b) East Coast Cluster was awarded £1.3m c) the Scottish cluster was awarded £9.3m and d) the Viking CCS was awarded £7.9m of innovation funding under the BEIS CCUS Innovation, Advancing CCS Technologies (ACT) and Hydrogen Supply programmes.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
14th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much the Government has allocated to the carbon capture utilisation and storage Scottish cluster in each financial year since 2017-18.

This information is being gathered. As soon as it is available, the information will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

14th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral evidence of the Minister for Energy and Climate to the Scottish Affairs Committee's inquiry into Hydrogen and carbon capture in Scotland, HC 83 Q258, on 16 January 2023, across which financial years the £40 million of Government expenditure on the Scottish cluster for carbon capture utilisation and storage was allocated; and how much funding was provided in each of those financial years.

This information is being gathered. As soon as it is available, the information will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

19th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much her Department has spent on research into carbon capture utilisation and storage in each (a) research institution and (b) science and technology cluster in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland in the last three years.

UK Research and Innovation has a list of research in carbon capture and storage by area. It is available at https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOChooseTTS.aspx?Mode=ResearchArea&ItemDesc=Carbon+Capture+and+Storage

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
16th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on behalf of people for whom a park home is their sole or main residence, who are not currently eligible for assistance through the Government’s Energy Bill Support Scheme or any other related forms of assistance with the rising cost of energy bills.

My Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State receives representations on a wide range of issues. Officials at the Department for Business have had a number of conversations with stakeholder groups, including those who represent park home residents, to discuss the alternative funding arrangements under the Energy Bills Support Scheme AF. The Energy Bills Support Scheme AF will provide a discount of £400 on energy bills for around 900,000 households without a relationship with a domestic electricity supplier, including park homes.

16th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to take steps to ensure that people for whom a park home is their sole or main residence will be eligible for support under the (a) Energy Bill Support Scheme and (b) other schemes providing support with the rising cost of energy bills.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding will be available to households without a direct relationship with a domestic electricity supplier. This will be a payment of £400 per eligible household and is expected to include park home residents. On 19 December, the Government announced that the application portal for this extension will open later in January. Further details will be published shortly.

The Government has launched Help for Households on GOV.UK, outlining the full range of support available to help with the cost of living, including detail on types of support to help with winter heating costs.

16th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the devolved Administrations on extending assistance through the Government’s Energy Bill Support Scheme or any other related forms of assistance with the rising cost of energy bills to people for whom a park home is their sole or main residence.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular conversations with Cabinet and Devolved Administration colleagues on a range of issues.

5th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations he has received on the potential impact of an international exhaustion regime on the publishing industry in the UK.

The Government recently held a consultation on the UK’s future exhaustion of intellectual property rights regime. During the consultation period, the Intellectual Property Office held constructive discussions with stakeholders from multiple business sectors, including representatives of the publishing industry. The Government is currently assessing consultation responses and will provide an update in due course.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from (a) individual companies, (b) employers organisations and (c) trade unions on the practice of fire and rehire; and if he will make a statement.

This Government has been consistently clear that we do not accept the inappropriate use by some employers of fire and rehire as a negotiation tactic.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State meets regularly with a diverse range of stakeholders including trade unions and employers to discuss various policy matters, across the sectors covered by the Department. The Department has also welcomed further evidence from trade unions and employers on the nature and scale of the issue.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with companies or organisations in the (a) aviation, (b) retail, (c) higher education, (d) further education, (e) local authorities, (f) manufacturing, and (g) energy sectors on the practice of fire and rehire; and if he will make a statement.

This Government has been consistently clear that we do not accept the inappropriate use by some employers of fire and rehire as a negotiation tactic.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State meets regularly with a diverse range of stakeholders including trade unions and employers to discuss various policy matters, across the sectors covered by the Department. The Department has also welcomed further evidence from trade unions and employers on the nature and scale of the issue.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish expanded guidance for employers on the practice of fire and rehire; and if he will make a statement.

This Government has been consistently clear that we do not accept the inappropriate use by some employers of fire and rehire as a negotiation tactic.

Earlier this year we asked Acas to produce more comprehensive, clearer guidance to help all employers explore all the options before considering ‘fire and rehire’ and encourage good employment relations practice. Acas will publish the guidance shortly.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what communication his Department has had with (a) private companies and (b) public sector employers with the purpose of dissuading them from engaging in the practice of fire and rehire; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has made clear to all employers, including those in the private and public sector, that using threats to ‘fire and rehire’ as a tactic to pressure workers during negotiations is unacceptable. We have been consistent in telling employers that the use of firing and rehiring tactics in negotiations is unacceptable. I made a statement in the House in June urging employers to negotiate fairly and openly.

Earlier this year we asked Acas to produce more comprehensive, clearer guidance to help make our expectations clearer. It will set out the ways employers can explore all the options before considering ‘fire and rehire’ and encourage good employment relations practice.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the existing statutory protections of workers in relation to the practice of fire and rehire; and if he will make a statement.

This Government has been consistently clear that we do not accept the inappropriate use by some employers of fire and rehire as a negotiation tactic. The valid variation of contractually binding terms and conditions usually depends upon mutual agreement between the employer and worker as parties to the contract. Should an employer seek to enforce contractual variation without agreement, there are a number of legal obligations and protections they will need to comply with, depending on the circumstances. Where a business feels that redundancies must be made, they must follow the rules which include giving a notice period and consulting staff before a final decision is reached.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the total monetary value of reductions to previously agreed terms and conditions arising from the practice of fire and rehire on (a) wages, (b) holiday pay, (c) maternity leave and (d) pensions; and if he will make a statement.

The Department asked Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) to conduct an evidence gathering exercise to learn more about the use of fire and rehire practices. This report was published on 8 June and is available from https://www.acas.org.uk/fire-and-rehire-report. In addition, the Department has also welcomed further evidence from trade unions and employers on the nature and scale of the issue.

The Government has been consistently clear that we do not accept the inappropriate use by some employers of fire and rehire as a negotiation tactic. Earlier this year we asked Acas to produce more comprehensive, clearer guidance to help all employers explore all the options before considering ‘fire and rehire’ and encourage good employment relations practice. Acas will publish the guidance shortly.

26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) private companies and (b) public sector employers who have engaged in the practice of fire and rehire since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

The Department asked Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) to conduct an evidence gathering exercise to learn more about the use of fire and rehire practices. This report was published on 8 June and is available from https://www.acas.org.uk/fire-and-rehire-report. In addition, the Department has also welcomed further evidence from trade unions and employers on the nature and scale of the issue.

The Government has been consistently clear that we do not accept the inappropriate use by some employers of fire and rehire as a negotiation tactic. Earlier this year we asked Acas to produce more comprehensive, clearer guidance to help all employers explore all the options before considering ‘fire and rehire’ and encourage good employment relations practice. Acas will publish the guidance shortly.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will undertake a review of the Transmission Network Use of System charges.

Transmission charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator, and it published a call for evidence on 1 October 2021 on possible transmission charging reforms. The call for evidence is available at: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/tnuos-reform-call-evidence. BEIS is engaging with Ofgem as it progresses this work.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to increase the discounted sum available to eligible people through the Warm Home Discount Scheme provided by energy companies annually in line with inflation.

When it was established in 2011, the Warm Home Discount scheme rebates were set at £120 per household. Since then, the rebates have been increased to £140, and this winter around 2.2 million low-income and vulnerable households will receive rebates off their electricity bills.

Over the summer, the Government consulted on extending and expanding the Warm Home Discount scheme from next year until 2026 at least. This included an expansion of the overall spending envelope from around £350 million to £475 million (in 2020 prices) and setting the rebates at £150. These proposals would mean around 3 million households every year would receive a rebate. The Government will publish its response to the consultation in the coming months.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of energy companies on ensuring that the Warm Home Discount Scheme provided by those companies remains fit for purpose.

In the summer, the Government consulted on extending, expanding, and reforming the Warm Home Discount scheme from 2022 until 2026 at least. The measures included expanding the overall spending envelope from around £350 million to £475 million (in 2020 prices) and increasing the value of the rebates to households to £150, which would mean 3 million low-income and vulnerable households each winter would receive a rebate. We also proposed reforming the scheme to better target those in fuel poverty and enabling the vast majority of households to receive their rebates automatically without having to apply, as around half of recipients currently do.

The consultation received responses from a large cross-section of stakeholders, including from energy suppliers. We will publish the Government’s response to the consultation in the coming months.

In addition, officials from BEIS, the Department for Work and Pensions, and Ofgem continue to engage regularly with energy suppliers on the functioning of the scheme.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing support to pensioners to avoid fuel poverty ahead of the energy bill increases expected in October 2021.

This winter, the energy price cap will continue to protect around 15 million British households on default tariffs, saving them between £75 and £100 a year on dual fuel bills. A £500 million Household Support Fund has also been announced by the Department for Work and Pensions to help vulnerable people with essential household costs over this winter.

The Winter Fuel Payment provides pensioners with support for their energy bills over winter. The Government has committed to keeping the winter fuel payment and will continue to pay £200 to eligible households with those aged between state pension age and 79, and £300 to a household with those aged 80 or over.

The Warm Home Discount scheme, worth £354 million this year, further provides eligible low-income and vulnerable households with £140 off their fuel bill over winter. Around one million low-income pensioner households – in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of the Pension Credit – will receive a rebate this winter. The scheme will be extended to 2026 and continue to support low-income pensioners with their energy bills.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will calculate what the level of the Warm Home Discount Scheme would be in the event that it had been uprated in line with inflation in each subsequent year in which that scheme has been in operation.

In 2011, the Warm Home Discount scheme rebates were set at £120 per household. The rebates were subsequently increased in 2012 to £130, in 2013 to £135, and in 2014 to £140.

The rebate for winter 2021/22 is worth £140. The Government has proposed to increase the value of the rebate to £150 for winter 2022/23.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Scottish Government since the UK Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva was issued, on that matter.

Ministers regularly discuss COVID-19 vaccine matters with the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has discussed the termination of our supply agreement with Valneva with his counterpart in the Scottish Government and the UK Government will maintain dialogue with the Scottish Government on this matter.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received a request from the Scottish Government to discuss the impact of the UK Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva.

Ministers regularly discuss COVID-19 vaccine matters with the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has discussed the termination of our supply agreement with Valneva with his counterpart in the Scottish Government and the UK Government will maintain dialogue with the Scottish Government on this matter.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received a request from the Scottish Government to discuss the impact on Scotland of the UK Government's notice of termination of the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Agreement with Valneva.

Ministers regularly discuss COVID-19 vaccine matters with the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has discussed the termination of our supply agreement with Valneva with his counterpart in the Scottish Government and the UK Government will maintain dialogue with the Scottish Government on this matter.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva on (a) vaccine provision and (b) science, research and innovation in the UK.

The UK has contracted for a portfolio of vaccines from a number of developers, and we have sufficient contracted supply for the expected booster campaign as well as to complete the first round of vaccinations.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Scottish Government (i) prior to and (b) since the UK Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva, on that matter.

Ministers regularly discuss COVID-19 vaccine matters with the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has discussed the termination of our supply agreement with Valneva with his counterpart in the Scottish Government and the UK Government will maintain dialogue with the Scottish Government on this matter.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list those companies manufacturing vaccines or developing vaccines in the UK which use (a) messenger RNA and (b) inactivated virus.

The Government’s approach to seeking a vaccine for COVID-19 has, from the outset, been to secure access to a portfolio of candidate vaccines from a range of developers. This has resulted in four regulated COVID-19 vaccines within the portfolio to date providing both diversity of supply and diversity of vaccine type.

The Government has secured early access to 332 million COVID-19 vaccines doses through supply agreements with five separate vaccine developers. This includes agreements with:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech for 135 million doses of its mRNA vaccine;
  • University of Oxford/AstraZeneca for 100 million doses of its adenovirus vaccine;
  • Moderna for 17 million doses of its mRNA vaccine;
  • Novavax for 60 million doses of its protein adjuvant vaccine; and
  • Janssen for 20 million doses of its adenovirus vaccine.

Of these COVID-19 vaccines, the AstraZeneca vaccine is manufactured in the UK and Novavax has a UK supply chain subject to regulatory approval. Vaccine manufacture is a global business, and the response to COVID-19 a global effort, and we are proud of AstraZeneca’s contribution to that from the UK.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure diversity of (a) suppliers and (b) technology within vaccine provision in the context of the notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva.

The Government’s approach to seeking a vaccine for COVID-19 has, from the outset, been to secure access to a portfolio of candidate vaccines from a range of developers. This has resulted in four regulated COVID-19 vaccines within the portfolio to date providing both diversity of supply and diversity of vaccine type.

The Government has secured early access to 332 million COVID-19 vaccines doses through supply agreements with five separate vaccine developers. This includes agreements with:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech for 135 million doses of its mRNA vaccine;
  • University of Oxford/AstraZeneca for 100 million doses of its adenovirus vaccine;
  • Moderna for 17 million doses of its mRNA vaccine;
  • Novavax for 60 million doses of its protein adjuvant vaccine; and
  • Janssen for 20 million doses of its adenovirus vaccine.

Of these COVID-19 vaccines, the AstraZeneca vaccine is manufactured in the UK and Novavax has a UK supply chain subject to regulatory approval. Vaccine manufacture is a global business, and the response to COVID-19 a global effort, and we are proud of AstraZeneca’s contribution to that from the UK.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contingency measures the Government has put in place to ensure adequacy of covid-19 vaccine supply in response to the Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva.

Our vaccination programme is continuing to make phenomenal progress, with four out of every five adults now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

I cannot comment on commercial decisions, the termination of our supply agreement with Valneva will have no impact on our vaccine supplies for autumn.

The UK has contracted for a portfolio of vaccines from a number of developers, and we have sufficient contracted supply for the expected booster campaign as well as to complete the first round of vaccinations.

17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK Government's notice of termination of the covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Valneva on his Department’s ability to meet vaccine supply requirements.

Our vaccination programme is continuing to make phenomenal progress, with four out of every five adults now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

I cannot comment on commercial decisions, the termination of our supply agreement with Valneva will have no impact on our vaccine supplies for autumn.

The UK has contracted for a portfolio of vaccines from a number of developers, and we have sufficient contracted supply for the expected booster campaign as well as to complete the first round of vaccinations.

30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding he has allocated to support charity-funded medical research.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave the Hon. Member for Central Ayrshire on 1st December 2020 to Question 121276.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department spent of the coronation ceremony; and how this money was spent.

The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla was a moment of celebration for the UK and my department was privileged to play its part in this historic occasion.

The Government contributes funding to national state occasions. As with all events of this kind, we will publish costs in due course once all spend has been reconciled.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)