Neil O'Brien Portrait

Neil O'Brien

Conservative - Harborough

First elected: 8th June 2017


Neil O'Brien is not a member of any APPGs
3 Former APPG memberships
Indo-British, Loneliness, Psephology
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2022 - 13th Nov 2023
Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill
15th Jun 2022 - 11th Jul 2022
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Sep 2021 - 6th Jul 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Sep 2021 - 19th Sep 2021
Standing Orders
1st Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
11th Sep 2017 - 21st Jan 2019
Science and Technology Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 21st Jan 2019
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 21st Jan 2019


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Neil O'Brien has voted in 892 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Neil O'Brien voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Neil O'Brien voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Neil O'Brien voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 58 Noes - 525
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Neil O'Brien voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Neil O'Brien voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 536
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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
Alex Norris (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)
(95 debate interactions)
Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op))
(34 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(29 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(302 debate contributions)
Department for Business and Trade
(24 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(13 debate contributions)
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Harborough 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

1.Restaurants to put all information about allergens in their food on the face of the main menu so customers have full visibility on what they're ordering.
2.Servers must initiate a discussion with customers about allergies on all occasions.
3.National register for anaphylaxis deaths

The Government should appoint an Allergy Tsar to act as a champion for people with allergies to ensure they receive appropriate support and joined up health care to prevent avoidable deaths and ill health.

Continue to give free NHS prescriptions to over 60s. The Government is consulting on aligning the upper age exemption for NHS prescription charges with the State Pension age (SPA), which would render many people in their 60s ineligible.


Latest EDMs signed by Neil O'Brien

Neil O'Brien has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Neil O'Brien, 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.


Neil O'Brien has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Neil O'Brien has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Neil O'Brien has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Neil O'Brien has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


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
4 Other Department Questions
21st Mar 2024
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what average weekly attendance was in each year since 1994.

The National Church Institutions first started collecting attendance data centrally in the autumn of 2000; as a result, it is not possible to publish data for the period 1994-1999. A methodological change also took place between 2000 and 2003 which means statistics for those years are not directly comparable with the data now collected. The data displayed below shows the longest period of comparable figures available, from 2003-2022.

Adult average weekly attendance

Child average weekly attendance

All age average weekly attendance

Adult average Sunday attendance

Child average Sunday attendance

All age average Sunday attendance

Adult average school service attendance

Child average school service attendance

All age average school service attendance

2003

905,000

218,000

1,126,000

802,000

154,000

959,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2004

896,000

220,000

1,119,000

789,000

151,000

942,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2005

898,000

218,000

1,119,000

791,000

147,000

941,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2006

894,000

217,000

1,115,000

786,000

145,000

935,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2007

888,000

205,000

1,097,000

779,000

137,000

919,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2008

877,000

215,000

1,094,000

768,000

139,000

910,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2009

867,000

211,000

1,082,000

758,000

134,000

895,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2010

851,000

208,000

1,062,000

741,000

130,000

874,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2011

840,000

207,000

1,050,000

728,000

127,000

858,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2012

843,000

202,000

1,049,000

733,000

128,000

864,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2013

836,000

157,000

994,000

721,000

124,000

845,000

23,000

103,000

126,000

2014

831,000

144,000

975,000

711,000

119,000

830,000

35,000

113,000

148,000

2015

819,000

140,000

959,000

698,000

115,000

813,000

40,000

131,000

171,000

2016

791,000

132,000

922,000

671,000

108,000

780,000

42,000

139,000

182,000

2017

767,000

127,000

895,000

653,000

104,000

757,000

46,000

152,000

198,000

2018

752,000

120,000

872,000

635,000

96,000

730,000

40,000

137,000

177,000

2019

734,000

120,000

854,000

613,000

94,000

707,000

41,000

141,000

182,000

2020

317,000

28,000

345,000

273,000

24,000

298,000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2021

531,000

75,000

605,000

447,000

62,000

509,000

18,000

71,000

89,000

2022

567,000

87,000

654,000

477,000

70,000

547,000

36,000

128,000

164,000

Attendance figures are collected from churches for the first 4 Sundays of October and in the following Monday-Saturday midweek periods - this exercise is referred to as the "October count”. Figures include attendance at baptisms, as these usually take place in service, but not attendance at weddings and funerals. Attendance at services for schools is NOT included in the average weekly and average Sunday attendance figures but is reported separately.

In 2013, the question was changed to specifically ask about attendance at school services. Prior to 2013, it was apparent that some churches included such attendance in their reported figures while others did not. The change in question during this year resulted in a large change in the average weekly attendance from 2012 to 2013 and a more consistent practice across the church as a whole.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
21st Mar 2024
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how many confirmations there were in each year since 1994.

The table below shows the number of confirmations conducted in the Church of England each year since 1994.

As the Established Church, every member of the public, whatever their belief, living within a parish in England has the right to access baptism, marriage and burial services of the Church of England as long as performing that service is lawful under Canon Law.

The detailed data on the number of baptism and confirmation services is published in the annual data ‘Statistics for Mission’.

Post 2009 figures can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2023-11/statisticsformission2022_tables.xlsx

Pre-2009 figures can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/data-services/resources-publications-and-data#na

Year

Number of confirmations

1994

48,024

1995

43,667

1996

42,768

1997

40,881

1998

39,926

1999

37,469

2000

36,387

2001

33,367

2002

33,425

2003

31,797

2004

30,425

2005

29,833

2006

29,380

2007

27,926

2008

26,972

2009

25,028

2010

22,349

2011

22,242

2012

22,540

2013

19,883

2014

18,028

2015

16,723

2016

15,917

2017

15,253

2018

14,475

2019

13,355

2020

2,165

2021

6,388

2022

10,855

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
18th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many equalities impact assessments were completed by each Department in the most recent year for which data is available.

The number of equality impact assessments completed by each Department is not collected centrally.

Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (the Duty) all public authorities are required by law to ensure that they have due regard to certain equality considerations when carrying out their functions.

Departments are individually responsible for the monitoring of their own equality assessments and their compliance with the Duty. An ‘equality impact assessment’ (EIA) may be produced. However, this is not a legal requirement.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many members of House of Commons staff have roles with equality, diversity, inclusion or disability, gender, LGBT and race in their job title.

Currently eight people in the House of Commons have job roles including these words in the title: seven in the Diversity & Inclusion team and one person in HR, responsible for the disability specific workplace adjustment process.

17th Jan 2024
To ask the Attorney General, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (the Duty), all public authorities, including Government departments, are required by law to ensure that they have due regard to certain equality considerations when carrying out their functions. While ‘equality impact assessments’ (EIAs) may be produced, there is no legal requirement for duty assessments to be recorded in a specific format.

The Government Legal Department (GLD) is the Attorney General’s Office’s (AGO) HR shared service provider and is therefore responsible for EIAs at the AGO. In the last five years, GLD has completed four EIAs when making substantive changes to HR policies and procedures (two EIAs in 2021 and two in 2023).

The AGO has completed no EIAs relating to policy changes. This aligns with its role as a department that does not hold policy in its own right.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

No job titles in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Government Legal Department (GLD), and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) include the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) employs 6260 members of staff and 21 members of staff within the Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has no staff with these words in their job titles, however, one of the SFO’s Strategic Objectives is to build an effective and inclusive workforce, treating their staff fairly and with respect and dignity. There are also a large number of people in the organisation engaged on improving equality, diversity and inclusion across the office.

20th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what staff networks there are in his Department.

There are 15 active networks listed below:

  • Flexible working and job share,

  • Carers,

  • Parenting,

  • CORE (Race),

  • ABLE (disability),

  • Social Mobility,

  • Menopause,

  • Faith & Belief,

  • Christian Network,

  • Civil Service Jewish Network,

  • LGBT+,

  • EU Nationals

  • EngAge (intergenerational/age)

  • Gender Equality Group.

  • Neurodiversity Network

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the (a) projects and (b) subjects worked on by the 10 Downing Street data science team since it was established.

The No10 Data Science Team has a remit to improve the way in which key decisions are informed by data, analysis, and evidence using cutting-edge data science techniques. This enables the Government to use the best available evidence, throughout the policy and decision-making process, to drive long-term systems change and enable staff to collectively solve the most pressing policy challenges. They also use data to track delivery of government priority programs, working closely with Delivery Unit. Notwithstanding, the Government would not normally comment on the details of policy development and formation, nor the process by which collective decisions are made across government.

The team also runs a transformation program including: (1) project rAPId, a free, open source, lightweight data sharing system; (2) the No10 Innovation Fellowships, bringing industry expertise in AI into central government on year-long secondments to improve public services; (3) Evidence House, a program to upskill civil servants in data science, AI and software engineering; and crowdsource technical solutions to wicked problems; and (4) creating and managing the new Incubator for Artificial Intelligence, a 30-strong team of AI experts who are working on rapid delivery of AI projects in line with the Prime Minister’s priorities.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the release entitled National population projections: 2021-based interim, published by the Office for National Statistics on 30 January 2024, for what reason the National Population Projections Committee agreed the average of 10 years of historical international migration data including the years ending mid-2022 and mid-2023 on which to base the long-term assumptions.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Questions of 31st January is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the release entitled National population projections: 2021-based interim, published by the Office for National Statistics on 30 January 2024, what (a) bodies and (b) individuals provided expert advisory feedback to the National Population Projections Committee on long-term assumptions.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Questions of 31st January is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
18th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2023 to Question 5990, if he will publish the employment rate by nationality in each year since 2010.

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

A response to the Hon Members Parliamentary Question of 18th December is attached. I will also deposit a copy of the dataset in the House Libraries.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
12th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish (a) net and (b) gross non-EU immigration figures by individual country of origin for each year since 2012.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 12 December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a breakdown of what employee monthly earnings were in the first full-year of employment for people from (a) each individual EU member state and (b) country of nationality for non-EU member states in each year between 2016 and 2022.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 8 December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Dec 2023
Pay
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average gross hourly pay was of (a) men and (b) women whose ethnicity was (i) white, (ii) mixed, (iii) Indian, (iv) Pakistani/Bangladeshi and (v) Black in each year since 1993.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 8th December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the employment rate was of (a) women and (b) men whose ethnicity was (i) white, (ii) mixed, (iii) Indian, (iv) Pakistani/Bangladeshi and (v) Black in each year since 1993.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 8th December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish a breakdown of the number and proportion of workers by (a) nationality and (b) occupational skill level in each year since 2010.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 11th December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women whose ethnicity was (i) white, (ii) mixed, (iii) Indian, (iv) Pakistani/Bangladeshi and (v) Black were (A) in work, (B) working 14 hours or less, (C) working 15 to 19 hours, (D) working 20 to 24 hours, (E) working 25 to 29 hours, (F) working 30 to 39 hours, (G) working 40 to 49 hours, (H) working 50 hours or more per week in each year since 1993.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Questions of 8th December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
8th Dec 2023
Pay
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the median gross hourly pay of workers was by nationality in each year since 2010.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Questions of 8th December is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) gross and (b) net long-term migration was each year from July 1993, broken down by arrivals by (i) asylum and (ii) other humanitarian routes.

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

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 28 November is attached.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

A review is currently being done of what future diversity and inclusion learning should be provided as part of a cross-Civil Service Learning offer. This includes looking at unconscious bias training, and what training shall be promoted. The information on spend is not held centrally.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is on unconscious bias training for civil servants; and what plans he has to encourage the use of that training among civil servants.

A review is currently being done of what future diversity and inclusion learning should be provided as part of a cross-Civil Service Learning offer. This includes looking at unconscious bias training, and what training shall be promoted. The information on spend is not held centrally.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

As at 31 August 2020, at least 66 staff in the Cabinet Office have roles with equality, diversity, inclusion or disability, gender, LGBT and race in their job title. Further staff within the Department may have roles which contribute to aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion. This answer includes data for the Government Equalities Office, which for HR purposes falls under the Cabinet Office and which accounts for 41 of the 66 roles.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The data available indicates that over the last 5 years up to 22 July 2020, 4,615 Cabinet Office staff completed Civil Service unconscious bias e-Learning training.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average gross hourly pay was of people whose ethnicity was (a) white, (b) mixed, (c) Indian, (d) Pakistani/Bangladeshi and (e) Black in each year since 1991.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the employment rate was of (a) women and (b) men whose ethnicity was (i) white, (ii) mixed, (iii) Indian, (iv) Pakistani/Bangladeshi and (v) Black in each year since 1991.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) Black African and (f) Black Caribbean households were (i) owner occupiers, (ii) social renters and (iii) private renters in each year since 1991.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond. A copy of the UKSA response will be placed in the Library of the House.

7th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of (a) women and (b) men who were (i) White British, (ii) Indian, (iii) Bangladeshi, (iv) Pakistani, (v) Black African and (vi) Black Caribbean had poor English proficiency in (A) 1991, (B) 2001 and (C) 2011.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond. A copy of the UKSA response will be placed in the Library of the House.

23rd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many staff in their Department have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

Nine DBT staff members have the words equality and/or gender in their job titles. These roles are all externally facing roles, responsible for negotiating provisions and chapters within bilateral and multilateral contexts. There are no DBT staff members with diversity; inclusion; LGBT; or race in their job title.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all activities that support the

equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of the workforce, through the review of EDI

spending announced last June. As stated in the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister for Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (the Duty) all public authorities, including Government departments, are required by law to ensure that they have due regard to certain equality considerations when carrying out their functions. While ‘equality impact assessments’ may be produced, there is no legal requirement for Duty assessments to be recorded in a specific format.

The Department promotes awareness of the Duty as well as relevant analytical and other tools to help ensure compliance with the Duty in departmental decision making.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will publish an organogram of her Department and the directorates within it.

Organogram data is released by all central government departments and their agencies. Snapshots are published on 31st January, 30th April, 31st July and 31st October. The published data is validated and released in CSV format and OGL-licensed for reuse.

Please refer to the link below:

https://www.data.gov.uk/dataset/55efc916-edbb-4468-8c71-0786cb9463c1/desnz-organogram-of-staff-roles-salaries

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what units in her Department have responsibility for equalities.

All teams have a duty to consider equality in their own policy areas. The Human Resources directorate is responsible for departmental equality considerations and for providing advice and guidance to the Department on equalities-related issues, including the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many staff have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race in the (i) Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, (ii) Civil Nuclear Police Authority and (iii) UK Atomic Energy Authority.

The table below refers to the organisations as per your question:

Organisation

Number of roles

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

4

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

6

UK Atomic Energy Authority

1

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many staff in their Department have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

There is currently no centrally recorded list of job titles held within the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many staff in (a) UKRI and (b) each of the Research Councils have job titles which include the words (i) equality, (ii) diversity, (iii) inclusion, (iv) gender, (v) LGBT and (vi) race.

UKRI’s workforce, including the Research Councils, consists of 8,733 people. Of this total, 22 have the search terms requested in their job title. Not all of the roles are full time.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all activities that support the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of the workforce, through the review of EDI spending announced last June. As stated in the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister for Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
23rd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many staff in their Department have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

Currently across DSIT, there are three members of staff that hold roles which include the word inclusion. There is a nil return related on job titles which include the terms equality, diversity, gender, LGBT and race.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all activities that support the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of the workforce, through the review of EDI spending announced last June.

As stated in the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister for Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty, all public authorities, including our Department, are required by law to have due regard to certain equality considerations when carrying out their functions. While ‘equality impact assessments’ are a tool utilised in this process, there is no legal requirement for these assessments to be recorded in a specific format or centrally monitored. Therefore, providing data for each year is currently not feasible.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
29th Sep 2020
What steps he is taking to help reduce the number of late payments to small businesses.

I wrote in May to the FTSE 100 Group and accountancy firms, highlighting the importance of paying promptly.

We are engaging with Prompt Payment Code signatories on reforming the Code and will consult on strengthening the Small Business Commissioner’s powers.

21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff his Department employs.

Data regarding the number of staff employed by each Government Department is published monthly as part of routine Government transparency. The most recent report was published in August, covering the Department’s headcount and payroll data for July 2020, and can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/beis-workforce-management-information-july-2020.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

There are six members of staff in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that have equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

The Department encourages all staff to complete Unconscious Bias training through Civil Service Learning.

We are only able to draw data from 1st April 2018, and 84% of Unconscious Bias training since that date was delivered online and therefore incurred no cost.

The estimated cost of the face-to-face training over the same period is shown in the table below.

Face-to-face training

Cost

2018/19

221

£44,200

2019/20

167

£33,400

1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many members of staff in his Department have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

There are six members of staff in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that have equality, diversity or inclusion in their job title.

29th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each UK higher education institution has received from Huawei over the last 10 years.

Higher education providers are independent, autonomous organisations. HM Government does not collect data of this sort.

Higher education providers in the UK are required to submit certain categories of data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This is published annually. This includes their overall income from a variety of sources and for a range of different activities, including teaching, research and commercial. This includes research grant and contract income from business. However HESA data does not indicate the individual businesses concerned.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
21st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which higher education institutions have received funding from Huawei in the last ten years.

Higher education providers are independent, autonomous organisations. HM Government does not collect data of this sort.

Higher education providers in the UK are required to submit certain categories of data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This is published annually. This includes their overall income from a variety of sources and for a range of different activities, including teaching, research and commercial. This includes research grant and contract income from business. However HESA data does not indicate the individual businesses concerned.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
3rd Mar 2020
What steps he is taking with UK Research and Innovation to increase funding allocated to projects in regions of lower productivity.

We will publish an ambitious place strategy for R&D in the next few months. This will build on existing and emerging research and innovation capabilities across the country, enabling areas to ‘level up’ and reach their economic potential. This is an important part of our ambition to increase R&D investment across the economy.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in the Big Lottery Fund have job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

The National Lottery Community Fund currently has four employees with job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT or (f) race.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in Arts Council England have job titles which include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

The average number of Arts Council England employees (headcount) during the most recent reported year (2022-23) was 700. 11 members of staff have job titles which include one of these words.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
23rd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in their Department have job titles that include the words (a) equality, (b) diversity, (c) inclusion, (d) gender, (e) LGBT and (f) race.

There are five roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that contain any of these words. This includes roles in our sector teams with responsibility for taking forward the government’s commitment to increasing participation in sport.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all activities that support the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of the workforce, through the review of EDI spending announced last June. As stated in the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister for Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many equalities impact assessments her Department completed in each of the last five years for which data is available.

Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (the Duty) all public authorities, including Government departments, are required by law to ensure that they have due regard to certain equality considerations when carrying out their functions. While ‘equality impact assessments’ may be produced, there is no legal requirement for duty assessments to be recorded in a specific format.

We do not centrally collate equalities impact assessments in the department, but are confident that we are meeting the Duty in our decision-making processes.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)