Nick Thomas-Symonds Portrait

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Labour - Torfaen

First elected: 7th May 2015

Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

(since September 2023)

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
29th Nov 2021 - 4th Sep 2023
Shadow Home Secretary
5th Apr 2020 - 29th Nov 2021
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Security)
3rd Jul 2017 - 5th Apr 2020
Shadow Solicitor General
9th Oct 2016 - 5th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
18th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Justice Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 26th Oct 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Nick Thomas-Symonds has voted in 676 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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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
Priti Patel (Conservative)
(50 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(23 debate interactions)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(115 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(52 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(21 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(18 debate contributions)
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Torfaen 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).

Nick Thomas-Symonds has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Nick Thomas-Symonds

23rd March 2022
Nick Thomas-Symonds signed this EDM on Monday 28th 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
16th November 2021
Nick Thomas-Symonds signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 16th November 2021

Town and Country Planning

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That the Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 962), dated 26 August 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27 August 2021, be revoked.
18 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 1
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Nick Thomas-Symonds, 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.


5 Urgent Questions tabled by Nick Thomas-Symonds

Wednesday 26th October 2022
Monday 22nd November 2021
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Tuesday 30th June 2020

Nick Thomas-Symonds has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Nick Thomas-Symonds


A Bill to require the Secretary of State to seek licences for off-patent drugs in new indications; to require the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to conduct technology appraisals for off-patent drugs in new indications; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 6th November 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
13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2015.

Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provide data showing the average number of days from receipt of the pre-charge case from the police to the decision to charge. The CPS does not have a record of the number of days from the date a crime was reported to the police to the date the police refer the case to CPS for a charging decision.

The table below shows the average number of days from the date a case is received from the police to the date the decision to charge was taken for cases flagged as rape in each year from 2015/16 to 2018/19.

2015 – 2016

2016 – 2017

2017 – 2018

2018 - 2019

Average police and CPS time to charge

52.70

67.28

77.98

107.68

In cases where a file is submitted to the CPS for early investigative advice or where there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge at the first referral, the prosecutor will advise the police officer on the further evidence to be gathered. Once this further evidence has been gathered the officer will return the case to the CPS in order for a charging decision to be made. With the increase in use of early investigative advice, the CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings, which has an effect on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of cases of suspected rape were given No Further Action as a result of insufficient evidence to proceed in each of the last three years.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of suspects, flagged as rape suspects, referred to prosecutors for a pre-charge decision and the number of decisions not to prosecute suspects following the charging decision.

The table below shows the volume and percentage of legal decisions not to prosecute for evidential reasons in each year from 2016/17 to 2018/19.

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

Volume

%

Volume

%

Volume

%

Legal Decision: No Further Action: Evidential

2061

31.2%

1786

29.7

1816

35.5

Data Source: Case Management Information System

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Government is taking to improve conviction rates for rape and sexual offences.

Rape is a devastating offence that can have a significant and profound impact on victims, and the CPS is committed to bringing perpetrators of these horrific crimes to justice. The CPS welcomes and accepts all recommendations made in HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate’s ‘Rape Inspection’ report, published in December 2019, and joint work with the police is already underway to make improvements. This work covers a range of areas, including case progression, digital capability and disclosure, expertise, supporting victims, and stakeholder engagement.

The ongoing cross-Government review into this complex area will offer comprehensive findings across the whole criminal justice system, and I look forward to its completion.

13th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to increase the number of reported rape and sexual offences that are brought to trial.

The reduction in suspects charged in rape and serious sexual offence cases is a cause of concern. Both Government and the CPS are committed to exploring what improvements can be made to the handling of these horrific cases and making progress in this area.

The CPS welcomes and has accepted all recommendations made in HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate’s ‘Rape Inspection’ report, published in December 2019, and a joint action plan with the police is already underway to make improvements. The ongoing cross-Government review into this complex area will also offer comprehensive findings across the whole criminal justice system, and I look forward to its completion. The CPS will address any issues highlighted by the review openly and honestly.

12th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to paragraphs 7.16 and 7.17 of the Ministerial Code, on how many occasions have ministers in his department informed the Law Officers that they are the defendants in a libel action in (a) their personal capacity, (b) their official position and (c) both since 19 December 2019.

As set out in paragraph 2.13 of the Ministerial Code: “The fact that the Law Officers have advised or have not advised and the content of their advice must not be disclosed outside Government without their authority”. As a result, the Government is unable to provide the details requested.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the cross-Whitehall Crime and Justice Taskforce was created; and who the members of that Taskforce are.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ107708. The membership of the Taskforce is available on Gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
13th Jan 2021
To ask the the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the dates were of each of the meetings of the Crime and Justice Taskforce.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ107708. The membership of the Taskforce is available on Gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what the total value of UK defence exports in actual prices was in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

The defence and security export statistics are published annually on GOV.UK.

To the questions:

185377: what proportion of the global defence export market the UK accounted for in
(a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

a) 19% b) 16% c) 6% d) 7% e) Not available (Source Official Stats 2018-2021)

185378: what the total value of UK defence exports in actual prices was in
(a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

a) £14bn b) £11bn c) £7.52 bn d) £6.64bn e) Not available (Source Official Stats 2018-2021)

The value of UK defence exports are based on orders received, and are not the value of actual exports.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what proportion of the global defence export market the UK accounted for in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

The defence and security export statistics are published annually on GOV.UK.

To the questions:

185377: what proportion of the global defence export market the UK accounted for in
(a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

a) 19% b) 16% c) 6% d) 7% e) Not available (Source Official Stats 2018-2021)

185378: what the total value of UK defence exports in actual prices was in
(a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022.

a) £14bn b) £11bn c) £7.52 bn d) £6.64bn e) Not available (Source Official Stats 2018-2021)

The value of UK defence exports are based on orders received, and are not the value of actual exports.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the announcement on 11 November 2021 by her Department of the Clean Growth programme, how many businesses in England received support from that programme in each month in (a) 2021, (b) 2022 and (c) 2023 broken down by English region.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to his previous question on 17 January 2023 to PQ UIN 119996.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Office for Budget Responsibility publication entitled Economic and fiscal outlook, published in March 2023, what assessment his Department has made of the sectors most likely to be impacted by the 6.6 per cent fall in exports in 2023 referenced in that document.

Growing UK exports to reach £1 trillion by 2030 is at the centre of the UK’s export ambitions, with all sectors of the economy needing to contribute to this shared goal. The UK’s Export Strategy is addressing barriers to exporting through a 12-point plan.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the terms of the Free Trade Agreement with Australia will commence.

Our ground-breaking free trade agreement with Australia is our first ‘from scratch’ since we left the EU, and is set to benefit every nation and region of the UK. We are working hard to bring the FTA into force at the earliest opportunity so businesses and consumers can reap the benefits. This includes working to pass the necessary legislation and to coordinate with Australia. We expect to be able to bring the agreement into force this spring.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has commissioned legal advice on the UK's exposure to Investor State Dispute Settlement claims under the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Please see the answer given to UIN 155771 tabled on 19th April 2022 for a response to this question.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her planned timetable is for concluding accession negotiations for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The UK is continuing to negotiate accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Recent discussions have seen the department make considerable progress towards concluding talks, aiming to finish them at the earliest opportunity. The Government is working to ensure that the UK joins on terms that work for British business and are in line with domestic priorities.

Joining CPTPP will offer significant benefits to exporters. It could give tariff free access to up to 99% of UK goods, to export to a market of 500 million people, while reducing barriers to our world leading service firms.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her planned timetable is for negotiating trade agreements with (a) India, (b) Canada and (c) Mexico.

We have an ambitious programme of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations to help our nation become a truly Global Britain.

We have completed seven rounds of negotiations with India, four rounds of negotiations with Canada, and two rounds of negotiations with Mexico.

We look forward to concluding negotiations at the earliest opportunity, but it is the substance of trade deals that is important, not the timing.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much her Department spent on end of year bonus payments for members of staff involved in export support roles in 2021-22.

We have interpreted your question to mean end of year performance bonuses paid to those employees whose roles directly support on export activity.

Within the former Department for International Trade, the Director General for Exports and Trade area has a primary role of supporting on exports. In the year 2021 – 2022 the Director General for Exports and Trade Group paid out at total of £250,115 to 195 people for end of year performance bonuses.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Albania was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Mark Eastwood MP

Pakistan

August 2021

0

Mark Garnier

Thailand

October 2020

3

Mark Menzies

Colombia

September 2017

5

Martin Vickers

Albania

October 2020

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Colombia was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Mark Eastwood MP

Pakistan

August 2021

0

Mark Garnier

Thailand

October 2020

3

Mark Menzies

Colombia

September 2017

5

Martin Vickers

Albania

October 2020

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Thailand was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Mark Eastwood MP

Pakistan

August 2021

0

Mark Garnier

Thailand

October 2020

3

Mark Menzies

Colombia

September 2017

5

Martin Vickers

Albania

October 2020

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Pakistan was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Mark Eastwood MP

Pakistan

August 2021

0

Mark Garnier

Thailand

October 2020

3

Mark Menzies

Colombia

September 2017

5

Martin Vickers

Albania

October 2020

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Canada was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Lord Popat

Uganda

January 2016

9

Lord Risby

Algeria

November 2012

16

Lord Sarfraz

Singapore

January 2022

2

Lord Walney

Tanzania

August 2021

3

Dame Maria Miller

Canada

May 2022

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Tanzania was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Lord Popat

Uganda

January 2016

9

Lord Risby

Algeria

November 2012

16

Lord Sarfraz

Singapore

January 2022

2

Lord Walney

Tanzania

August 2021

3

Dame Maria Miller

Canada

May 2022

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Singapore was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Lord Popat

Uganda

January 2016

9

Lord Risby

Algeria

November 2012

16

Lord Sarfraz

Singapore

January 2022

2

Lord Walney

Tanzania

August 2021

3

Dame Maria Miller

Canada

May 2022

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Algeria was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Lord Popat

Uganda

January 2016

9

Lord Risby

Algeria

November 2012

16

Lord Sarfraz

Singapore

January 2022

2

Lord Walney

Tanzania

August 2021

3

Dame Maria Miller

Canada

May 2022

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Uganda was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Lord Popat

Uganda

January 2016

9

Lord Risby

Algeria

November 2012

16

Lord Sarfraz

Singapore

January 2022

2

Lord Walney

Tanzania

August 2021

3

Dame Maria Miller

Canada

May 2022

1

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Australia was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Daniel Kawczynski MP

Mongolia

October 2020

2

Greg Clark MP

Japan

May 2022

0

Helen Grant MP

Nigeria

November 2020

3

Lord Austin of Dudley

Israel

October 2020

3

Lord Botham of Ravensworth

Australia

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Israel was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Daniel Kawczynski MP

Mongolia

October 2020

2

Greg Clark MP

Japan

May 2022

0

Helen Grant MP

Nigeria

November 2020

3

Lord Austin of Dudley

Israel

October 2020

3

Lord Botham of Ravensworth

Australia

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Nigeria was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Daniel Kawczynski MP

Mongolia

October 2020

2

Greg Clark MP

Japan

May 2022

0

Helen Grant MP

Nigeria

November 2020

3

Lord Austin of Dudley

Israel

October 2020

3

Lord Botham of Ravensworth

Australia

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Japan was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Daniel Kawczynski MP

Mongolia

October 2020

2

Greg Clark MP

Japan

May 2022

0

Helen Grant MP

Nigeria

November 2020

3

Lord Austin of Dudley

Israel

October 2020

3

Lord Botham of Ravensworth

Australia

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Mongolia was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic, many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Daniel Kawczynski MP

Mongolia

October 2020

2

Greg Clark MP

Japan

May 2022

0

Helen Grant MP

Nigeria

November 2020

3

Lord Austin of Dudley

Israel

October 2020

3

Lord Botham of Ravensworth

Australia

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Ghana was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Andrew Selous

South Africa

September 2017

4

Baroness Hooper

Panama

October 2020

1

Baroness Morris

Jordan

November 2012

3

Baroness Nicholson

Azerbaijan

April 2016

9

Baroness Hoey

Ghana

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Azerbaijan was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Andrew Selous

South Africa

September 2017

4

Baroness Hooper

Panama

October 2020

1

Baroness Morris

Jordan

November 2012

3

Baroness Nicholson

Azerbaijan

April 2016

9

Baroness Hoey

Ghana

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Jordan was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Andrew Selous

South Africa

September 2017

4

Baroness Hooper

Panama

October 2020

1

Baroness Morris

Jordan

November 2012

3

Baroness Nicholson

Azerbaijan

April 2016

9

Baroness Hoey

Ghana

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Panama was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Andrew Selous

South Africa

September 2017

4

Baroness Hooper

Panama

October 2020

1

Baroness Morris

Jordan

November 2012

3

Baroness Nicholson

Azerbaijan

April 2016

9

Baroness Hoey

Ghana

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for South Africa was appointed; and how many times they have visited that country since their appointment.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment. In addition to visiting their respective markets, Trade Envoys undertake a variety of activities including meeting UK companies, hosting inward delegations, and speaking engagements. Due to travel restrictions arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic many visits to markets were disrupted and Trade Envoys had to work virtually or through other means, strengthening the relationships to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda.

Trade Envoy

Country

Appointment Date

Number of Visits

Andrew Selous

South Africa

September 2017

4

Baroness Hooper

Panama

October 2020

1

Baroness Morris

Jordan

November 2012

3

Baroness Nicholson

Azerbaijan

April 2016

9

Baroness Hoey

Ghana

August 2021

2

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will publish the advice from officials that provided the basis for her claims about Professor Kate Sang.

It is a longstanding principle that advice between officials and ministers remains confidential.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what is the average cost to the public purse per participant supported by the Turing Scheme.

The department cannot currently calculate the actual average cost to the public purse per participant supported by the Turing Scheme in each academic year. Currently the only data available are the allocated funding amounts and projected participant numbers published on the Turing Scheme website. These will differ from actual expenditure and participation figures.

The department will shortly be publishing actual data regarding the international mobilities that were delivered in the first year of the Turing Scheme, the 2021/22 academic year, including the actual number of participants and expenditure by organisations who received Turing Scheme funding. The department will also be publishing finalised data for the 2022/23 academic year in the coming months, following collection of final reports from participating education providers and other organisations in the Turing Scheme, analysis and quality assurance.

Funding was allocated for 41,024, 38,374, and 40,206 planned participants in the 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023/24 academic years respectively. The total cost to the public purse of the Turing Scheme is not known until final reporting is complete.

13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what has been the total cost to the public purse of the Turing Scheme.

The department cannot currently calculate the actual average cost to the public purse per participant supported by the Turing Scheme in each academic year. Currently the only data available are the allocated funding amounts and projected participant numbers published on the Turing Scheme website. These will differ from actual expenditure and participation figures.

The department will shortly be publishing actual data regarding the international mobilities that were delivered in the first year of the Turing Scheme, the 2021/22 academic year, including the actual number of participants and expenditure by organisations who received Turing Scheme funding. The department will also be publishing finalised data for the 2022/23 academic year in the coming months, following collection of final reports from participating education providers and other organisations in the Turing Scheme, analysis and quality assurance.

Funding was allocated for 41,024, 38,374, and 40,206 planned participants in the 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023/24 academic years respectively. The total cost to the public purse of the Turing Scheme is not known until final reporting is complete.

13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students participated in the Turing Scheme in (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23.

The department cannot currently calculate the actual average cost to the public purse per participant supported by the Turing Scheme in each academic year. Currently the only data available are the allocated funding amounts and projected participant numbers published on the Turing Scheme website. These will differ from actual expenditure and participation figures.

The department will shortly be publishing actual data regarding the international mobilities that were delivered in the first year of the Turing Scheme, the 2021/22 academic year, including the actual number of participants and expenditure by organisations who received Turing Scheme funding. The department will also be publishing finalised data for the 2022/23 academic year in the coming months, following collection of final reports from participating education providers and other organisations in the Turing Scheme, analysis and quality assurance.

Funding was allocated for 41,024, 38,374, and 40,206 planned participants in the 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023/24 academic years respectively. The total cost to the public purse of the Turing Scheme is not known until final reporting is complete.

13th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what has been the total cost to the public purse of services provided by Capita to administer the Turing Scheme.

The department cannot currently calculate the actual average cost to the public purse per participant supported by the Turing Scheme in each academic year. Currently the only data available are the allocated funding amounts and projected participant numbers published on the Turing Scheme website. These will differ from actual expenditure and participation figures.

The department will shortly be publishing actual data regarding the international mobilities that were delivered in the first year of the Turing Scheme, the 2021/22 academic year, including the actual number of participants and expenditure by organisations who received Turing Scheme funding. The department will also be publishing finalised data for the 2022/23 academic year in the coming months, following collection of final reports from participating education providers and other organisations in the Turing Scheme, analysis and quality assurance.

Funding was allocated for 41,024, 38,374, and 40,206 planned participants in the 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023/24 academic years respectively. The total cost to the public purse of the Turing Scheme is not known until final reporting is complete.

21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to meet the commitments of the Kigali Agreement.

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol commits the UK to reduce its consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of refrigerant gases that are very damaging to the Earth’s climate, by 85% between 2019 and 2036.

Under the EU F-gas Regulation, quotas are allocated to HFC importers which are cut every three years until a 79% reduction is achieved by 2030. HFC consumption in the UK has already been cut by 37% since 2015, a world-leading phasedown which is faster than required under Kigali.

The Government will soon start a review of the F-gas Regulation, to be finished before the end of 2022, to decide how we will meet the final Kigali phasedown step between 2030 and 2036. The review will also look at how the UK can continue being even more ambitious than Kigali.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that perfluorooctanoic acid is not used in the manufacture of goods and products; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of regulations on the use of that acid.

Perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds, was listed as a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and banned from use under the UN Stockholm Convention with a number of time-limited specific exemptions at the Conference of Parties in May 2019.

POPs are toxic, persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in humans and animals and have long-ranging properties. The ban on the manufacture, sale and use of PFOA will come into force in July 2020 through the POPs regulation.

The effectiveness of this legislation cannot be assessed until it is in force but UK regulators will be responsible for ensuring that these regulations are adhered to and emissions monitoring will include PFOA.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2023 to Question 114753 on Department for International Trade: Public Expenditure, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of the reduction of the Total Departmental Expenditure Limit; and whether she expects her Department to reduce its headcount in financial years 2023-24 and 2024-25.

Spending Review 2021 provided a £67.6 million cash increase for the Department for International Trade (DIT) over the Spending Review period, enabling HMG to transform and digitise its services for exporters and investors, maintain increased capacity to secure world class free trade agreements and continue to support the rules-based international trading system. Sustainable DIT workforce plans for 2023-24 and 2024-25 will be finalised as part of the current annual business planning process.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost to the public purse was of her travel arrangements for the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Details of Ministerial travel are routinely recorded on the Department’s transparency returns, published at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dit-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings. Returns are published on a quarterly basis.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will list the meetings she held whilst at the World Economic Forum in December 2022.

All meetings held by the Secretary of State in her Ministerial capacity are routinely released on quarterly Departmental transparency returns. These will be published at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dit-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she held discussions with the United States Trade Representative at the World Economic Forum in December 2022.

The Secretary of State had a bilateral discussion with the United States Trade Representative at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 18th January 2023.

This was their second bilateral discussion since the Secretary of State’s appointment in September 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many times she has met with the United States Trade Representative since September 2022.

The Secretary of State had a bilateral discussion with the United States Trade Representative at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 18th January 2023.

This was their second bilateral discussion since the Secretary of State’s appointment in September 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications have been made to the Attendee element of the UK Tradeshow Programme; and how much has been spent on that element in 2022-2023.

A total of 258 and 164 applications have been submitted to the UK Tradeshow Programme, seeking support to either exhibit at, or attend, overseas trade shows respectively.

Forecasted spend for 2022-23 is £228k for exhibitor support and £53k for support to attendees. In addition, there is a further £16k of spend on Export Academy training across both elements of the programme.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)