Peter Aldous Portrait

Peter Aldous

Conservative - Waveney

First elected: 6th May 2010


Shark Fins Bill
9th Nov 2022 - 16th Nov 2022
British Sign Language Bill
9th Feb 2022 - 23rd Feb 2022
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill
14th Nov 2021 - 14th Nov 2021
Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Joint)
19th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Environmental Audit Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Peter Aldous has voted in 899 divisions, and 19 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 341 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 351 Noes - 276
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 344 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 353 Noes - 277
12 Oct 2020 - Agriculture Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 279
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
20 Jul 2020 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 323 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 263 Noes - 326
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
22 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 269 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 272 Noes - 246
23 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Conservative Aye votes vs 276 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative No votes vs 243 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 249 Noes - 167
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Conservative No votes vs 245 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 247 Noes - 150
25 Apr 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 276 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 278 Noes - 182
25 Apr 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 280 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 183
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous 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
22 May 2023 - Non-Domestic Rating Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 276 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 168 Noes - 282
6 Jun 2023 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 32 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 40
17 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 292 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 157
17 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative No votes vs 292 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 152
24 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 282 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 292 Noes - 177
24 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 283 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 292 Noes - 176
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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
Graham Stuart (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
(16 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(16 debate interactions)
Gavin Williamson (Conservative)
(14 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Non-Domestic Rating Act 2023
(5,016 words contributed)
Fisheries Act 2020
(2,681 words contributed)
Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023
(1,745 words contributed)
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Waveney Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We want the Government to abandon the planned implementation of affordability checks for some people who want to place a bet. We believe such checks – which could include assessing whether people are ‘at risk of harm' based on their postcode or job title – are inappropriate and discriminatory.

The HMRC mileage rate for reimbursing the use of private cars (e.g. for employees but also volunteers) has been fixed at 45p/mile (up to 10,000 miles) since 2011. The lack of any increase since then is a serious disincentive to volunteer drivers particularly as fuel has gone up again recently.


Latest EDMs signed by Peter Aldous

6th September 2021
Peter Aldous signed this EDM on Wednesday 8th September 2021

Communication of changes to the state pension age for 1950s-born women

Tabled by: Andrew Gwynne (Labour - Denton and Reddish)
That this House notes the recent findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report entitled Women's State Pension Age: our findings on the Department for Work and Pensions' communication of changes; urges the Government to recognise the negative effects of successive DWP maladministration; calls for compensation for 1950s-born women; …
94 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 44
Scottish National Party: 27
Independent: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Liberal Democrat: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
14th October 2019
Peter Aldous signed this EDM on Monday 28th October 2019

Women Against State Pension Inequality

Tabled by: Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
That this House calls on the Government to financially support women worst affected by the accelerated increase in the state pension age introduced through the Pensions Act 2011; notes with concern that significant numbers of women were unaware of pension age equalisation set out in the Pensions Act 1995; acknowledges …
45 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 20
Scottish National Party: 7
Independent: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Conservative: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Peter Aldous, 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.


Peter Aldous has not been granted any Urgent Questions

3 Adjournment Debates led by Peter Aldous

Tuesday 25th May 2021
Monday 20th January 2020

4 Bills introduced by Peter Aldous


A Bill to amend the law relating to mobile homes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th March 2013 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 10th June 2020
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision about protecting retention deposits in connection with construction contracts; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 9th January 2018

A bill to require the inclusion on vehicle fuel receipts of the amounts of each tax paid; to require all retail fuel pumps to display the amounts of taxes paid when dispensing fuel; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 1st February 2017
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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
2 Other Department Questions
28th Jun 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will undertake a review into the travel subsidy regime for schools to undertake educational visits to Parliament, in the context of disparities between the level of subsidy received by schools in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Commission notes that the Finance Committee has recently requested a briefing on the specific issues raised and the request for a review. The Commission will write to the Member after the matter has been considered and any recommendations made.

22nd Jul 2020
What steps the Government is taking to ensure economic opportunity for women as the economy reopens and covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

We came into this pandemic with a record employment rate for women at 72.9% to the end March 2020, and our measures so far have protected millions of jobs.

The Government has launched a plan for jobs to Get Britain Back into Work, targeting support to get those who can, back into work as quickly as possible. We will work to provide more intensive support for those who are further away from the labour market.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her Department's expected timeline is to publish its response to the Improving boiler standards and efficiency consultation, published on 13 December 2022.

The consultation on Improving Boiler Standards and Efficiency launched on 13 December 2022 and closed on 22 March 2023. We have been analysing responses and plan to publish a government response in due course.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the take-up of smart meters.

The Government is committed to enabling as many households and small businesses to benefit from smart meters as soon as possible. This is why we’ve set energy suppliers ambitious, but realistic minimum installation targets to deliver the rollout.

Energy suppliers are responsible for engaging their customers and encouraging them to upgrade to smart metering. Smart Energy GB, an independent not for profit organisation is responsible for national consumer engagement on the rollout in Great Britain.

Ofgem is responsible for regulating both energy suppliers and Smart Energy GB against their statutory obligations.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to case study six of research commissioned by her Department entitled Defining and identifying complex-to-decarbonise homes and retrofit solutions Annex C case studies, published on 3 January 2024, what steps her Department plans to take to help consumers with Victorian 'Eco Home' whole house retrofit work.

The Government published the research report ‘Defining and identifying complex-to-decarbonise homes’ alongside the cross-Government review ‘Adapting historic homes for energy efficiency: a review of the barriers’ in January 2024. The review looks at the practical barriers to energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures in historic homes, and sets out the actions the Government is taking to overcome these barriers.

The Government is investing £6.6 billion over this Parliament on clean heat and improving energy efficiency in buildings, reducing our reliance on fossil fuel heating. In addition, £6 billion of new Government funding will be made available from 2025 to 2028.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero during Consideration of Lords message on the Energy Bill [Lords] on 18 October 2023, Official Report, column 352, what his planned timetable is for the consultation on barriers to developing community energy projects.

The Government is working with the Community Energy Contact Group on the content of the annual report and consultation. Until these discussions have concluded, the Government is unable to outline a definitive timeline.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when her Department plans to respond to its consultation on minimum energy efficiency standards for the non-domestic private rented sector.

The Government has reviewed the responses to its consultations on minimum energy efficiency standards in the non-domestic private rented sector. The policy design is being reviewed to ensure it remains fair and proportionate for landlords and tenants and to help realise the benefits to businesses of reduced energy bills, more comfortable and healthier workplaces and greater energy security.

The Government is engaging with commercial building owners and representative groups to understand the different pathways to support decarbonisation and give certainty to the energy efficiency supply chain. The response will be published in due course.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if her Department will publish guidance to inform businesses about the measures that can be taken to ensure they comply with the forthcoming minimum energy efficiency standards; and whether her Department plans to make support available to help them achieve those requirements.

The Government has guidance on gov.uk advising landlords on the measures and steps to comply with current non-domestic minimum energy efficiency standards. The Government recently launched a campaign to inform businesses of available support and to help reduce their energy consumption and in the West Midlands have launched an audit and grant pilot for small businesses.

For future regulation options the policy design is being reviewed to ensure it remains fair and proportionate for landlords and tenants and to help realise the benefits of energy efficiency. The Government is considering what support and guidance may be required.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when her Department plans to bring forward its consultation on minimum energy efficiency standards in the social housing sector.

As part of the 2021 Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government committed to consider setting a new regulatory standard of EPC Band C for the social rented sector.

The Government has now made a further commitment to consult on energy efficiency in the social rented sector within 6 months of the Social Housing Regulation Act receiving Royal Assent on 20th July 2023.

Officials are working on proposals for the consultation, which will ensure that social housing providers and social housing tenants have an opportunity to give their views before any regulatory standard is set.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether it remains her Department's policy to provide £3.8 billion to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

The Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) over a ten-year period to 2030.

The total committed funding for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) and associated Demonstrator is over £1 billion to date. On 2nd October 2023, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced that the SHDF Wave 2.2 ‘top up’ competition will allocate up to £80 million of additional grant funding from April 2024.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he is taking to support the offshore wind sector.

We are supporting our world leading offshore wind sector through our Contract for Difference scheme and have increased the frequency of auctions.

Allocation Round 5 is currently underway and will bring forward new projects.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made as to the adequacy of the performance of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme since its introduction.

Up to the end of April 2023 the Boiler Upgrade Scheme received 17,001 voucher applications and paid out on 10,847 to the cost of £54.5 million.

Industry has reacted positively to the scheme during its first year, with suppliers developing competitive offers alongside the grant.

Government announced that the BUS will be extended until 2028, with an additional budget allocation for each year.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the report from the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council entitled Skills, Training and the Future of Heat, published in January 2023, whether his Department has conducted any further research into the conclusion that the industry will need 150,000 trained installers to meet this Government target of 600,000 heat pumps by 2028.

The Government notes that different industry organisations have varying estimates for the number of heat pump installers needed by 2028, with the Heat Pump Association estimating this to be 33,700. The Government is taking steps to ensure that there will be sufficient installers to meet demand through schemes such as the Heat Training Grant as well as the Low Carbon Heating Technician Apprenticeship.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he is taking to encourage the installation of smart-enabled hot water cylinders.

The Government intends to introduce a smart mandate, which will require heat pumps, storage heaters and heat batteries to have smart functionality, from the mid 2020s. The Government is also considering whether to extend the scope of the mandate to include other appliances, such as hot water cylinders.

The Government is also seeking to improve standards regarding hot water cylinder efficiency and has sought feedback on possible options for achieving this in the recent consultation “Improving Boiler Standards and Efficiency.”

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the number and proportion of homes that will be able to simultaneously use two electric car chargers and a heat pump.

The Government has not made such an estimate, which would depend on variables such as size of heat pump, power of electric vehicle charge point and existing supply capacity. Domestic supplies can be upgraded if required and the use of smart energy management solutions such as electric vehicle smart charging can also help reduce the maximum demand of a property to facilitate the installation, and use, of low carbon technologies.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Nov 2023
o ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to encourage investment into research and development in the East of England.

World-leading, globally connected innovation clusters will create more jobs, productivity and growth, and boost private sector investment.

That is why, alongside £790 million investment in R&D by UK Research and Innovation in the East of England in 2020-21, we are supporting key clusters of R&D excellence such as Freeport East to become hotbeds of innovation.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that full fibre broadband is available to all properties.

I am pleased to share that more than 98% premises in Waveney can access a Superfast connection, which is above the national average. Almost 61% of premises in Waveney have access to a full fibre, gigabit-capable connection.

The competitive and pro-growth regulatory environment we have created is enabling suppliers to expand their networks to reach more homes and businesses. Over 75% of UK premises now have access to a gigabit-capable broadband connection, up from just 6% in January 2019.

The Government is committed to working with broadband suppliers to ensure 85% of UK premises can access gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, and then for nationwide coverage by 2030. We are on track to achieve our target.

Project Gigabit is the Government’s £5 billion mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband across the UK. More than £1.2 billion of public subsidy has already been made available to broadband suppliers to extend their gigabit-capable networks to rural and hard to reach parts of the country. We have awarded eight contracts to date, and we have launched a further 18 procurements, which combined will deliver fast, reliable broadband to up to 850,000 premises that would not be reached by suppliers’ commercial rollout plans alone.

Support is also available through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which provides a subsidy of up to £4,500 for residents and businesses in rural areas towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband via local community broadband projects.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish details regarding the additional funding being provided under the Energy Bills Support Scheme to ensure that the £400 payments are extended to include people who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents.

As announced on 29 July, the EBSS Alternative Funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the households who will not be reached through the EBSS. This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents.

The Government is working with a range of organisations, such as local authorities, as well as Devolved Administrations and across UK Government, to finalise the details of the Alternative Funding and have the process up and running for applications this winter.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
7th Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on his policies of trends in the level of population growth in the East of England; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises that the East of England is a fast growing and diverse region. The Department considers a range of factors when making policy decisions and, where population is a factor in those decisions, the latest official population statistics are used.

19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government's policy to advocate for the UK’s return to the North Sea Energy Cooperation.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides for the establishment of a specific forum for cooperation in relation to offshore grid development and the large renewable energy potential of the North Seas region, similar to the previous North Seas Energy Cooperation. The Government is currently negotiating the terms of cooperation with the European Commission, with a view to agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding that is acceptable to both sides as soon as possible.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to engage his counterparts in other countries bordering the North Sea on energy cooperation in the North Sea.

The North Seas cooperation, as laid out by Government in its British Energy Security Strategy, will accelerate the development of offshore windfarms with links to continental power grids. This will unleash hundreds of gigawatts of clean energy into North Seas countries’ electricity systems.

The Government has strong, cooperative relationships with North Seas partners and has recently concluded a Treaty with Norway on interconnection and a Memorandum of Understanding with Belgium on offshore cooperation.

The Government has also been working with Denmark to agree to formalise cooperation on the energy transition and is currently negotiating the terms of cooperation on North Seas Energy Cooperation with the European Commission.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent conversations he has had with his counterpart in the Norwegian Government on the North Sea Link interconnector.

On 23 March 2022, my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State attended the International Energy Agency 2022 Ministerial meeting and met Mr Terje Aasland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway. Following this introduction, the Secretary of State wrote to Mr Terje Aasland on 1 April 2022 and copies of that letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to support the domestic heat pump manufacturing industry in advance of the implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

The Government is putting in place a package of measures to build a globally competitive UK heat pump manufacturing sector. This includes policies to help build demand for heat pumps, like the £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme, as well as those that incentivise inward investment in the supply chain, such as the Super Deduction Capital Allowance Scheme and the Heat Pump Investment Accelerator Competition. There has already been significant investment in the UK heat pump supply chain over the past 12 months from companies like Mitsubishi, Octopus Energy, Vaillant and Ideal Heating, and the Government expects this growth to continue.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has a record of the number of trained heat pump installers in 2021.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) reports that over 1300 businesses are certified to install heat pumps under its scheme and estimates that this includes approximately 4,000 installers in the UK, up from approximately 3,500 at the end of 2021. The total number of trained installers is, however, likely to be greater than this, as MCS Certification is only required for installations receiving Government grant funding. The Government has commissioned further research into the existing heating and cooling installer workforce in England, which will be completed later this year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to provide support for gas boilers installers retraining as heat pump installers in advance of the implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

The Government is working closely with industry to support gas boiler installers retraining to install heat pumps. In September 2020 the Government launched a £6 million skills competition to provide training opportunities for the energy-efficiency and low-carbon heating supply chains, including heat pump training for over 2000 heating engineers. The Government is developing plans for a further Skills Training Competition in 2022/23 and intends to continue work with industry to support retraining.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of a heat pump installer certification scheme, similar to the Gas Safe Register, to protect consumers who are purchasing heat pumps.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Strangford on 1st July 2022 to Question 22437.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase consumer awareness of heat pumps in advance of the implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

The Government is working to review and improve its communication to ensure that the public has access to the information and advice they need to make the right decisions. The Government has recently published a series of heat pump user case studies and heat pump user guides with Energy Systems Catapult. There is also further information and advice on heat pumps available through Simple Energy Advice service and the recently launched ‘Check if your home could be suitable for a heat pump’ calculator on GOV.UK.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of consistency between the UK’s recently-negotiated carve-out of fossil fuels from the Energy Charter Treaty and the UK Government's net zero strategy.

The modernised Energy Charter Treaty recognises the urgent need to address climate change and align with the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement. The Treaty removes the protection for new fossil fuel investments in the UK, in line with the UK’s Net Zero Strategy.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce potential bureaucratic barriers for scientists wishing to access the £50 million funding for motor neurone disease research announced in November 2021.

Funding for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research is available now through applications to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The NIHR and UKRI are undertaking new activities to support the MND research community in effectively accessing funding. This includes a new £4.25 million MND partnership, which the government is delivering alongside charity partners, to pool expertise and resources across the research community to coordinate access to the committed funding.

11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of jobs supported directly and indirectly by the UK oil and gas industry are in the supply chain.

Industry representative body Offshore Energies UK estimates that 178,500 jobs were supported by the UK oil and gas industry in 2021, including 25,700 direct and 91,700 indirect jobs in the supply chain.

These estimates are set out in the Workforce Insight Report 2021, which is published at oeuk.org.uk/product/workforce-insight-report-2021.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the outcome of the Designing a climate compatibility checkpoint for future oil and gas licensing in the UK Continental Shelf consultation will be announced; when he expects such a checkpoint to come into force; and whether the checkpoint will require primary or secondary legislation.

The Government invited contributions on the design of the checkpoint, with a public consultation which closed at the end of February.

The Government is considering the responses to the consultation, including consideration of whether to put the checkpoint on a statutory footing, and will respond to the consultation in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons customers that use hydrotreated vegetable oil for heating and hot water in rural, off-grid homes are not able to benefit from the discounts of up to 80p per litre through government-supported obligation schemes, that are available to customers who use that fuel for vehicles, mobile machinery and aircraft.

The Government recognises that biofuels such as hydrotreated vegetable oil biodiesel may play a role in future off-gas-grid decarbonisation, particularly for properties that are not suitable for a heat pump.

However, further evidence is needed to consider what role these biofuels could play and to develop the policy framework which would support such a role.

The forthcoming Biomass Strategy will consider evidence on the likely supply and sustainability of mass feedstocks, including those used to produce biofuels, available to the UK, the total lifecycle emissions for different biomass uses, and the best uses of biomass across the economy to achieve the Government’s net zero target.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many off gas grid homes that applied to join the electrification of heat demonstration project heat pump trial were declined on the grounds of technical reasoning, cost or disruption caused.

Due to high levels of interest in the Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project, the majority of applicants did not progress through to installation, because they either did not meet the project requirements - including a target of 85% of homes to be on the gas grid - or withdrew from the project. Further findings and data from the project will be published in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Government policy on the roll out of heat pumps will not be finalised until the trials of the electrification of heat demonstration project are complete and a full report has been published, including all technical and financial data, to enable time for sufficient scrutiny of the project.

As set out in the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government is taking action now to decarbonise heat in buildings and to stay on track to meet net zero. Extensive evidence suggests that heat pumps are a cost-effective means of decarbonising heat in homes and businesses. The Government will soon launch the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to support the installation of heat pumps. The Electrification of the Heat Demonstration Project will provide further insights into enabling heat pump deployment. Findings and data from the project will be published in due course.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making on the Employment Bill; and when he plans to introduce that legislation.

The Employment Bill will support the Government’s aim to build a high skilled, high productivity, high wage economy that delivers on our ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work and grow a business. COVID-19 is having a profound impact on the labour market, so it is right that we introduce the Employment Bill when we are sure it will address the needs of businesses and workers in the post-Covid economy. We will bring forward the Employment Bill when the Parliamentary time allows it. In the meantime, we will continue to take necessary action to support businesses and protect jobs.

We have already made significant progress in bringing forward legislation to protect workers’ rights, including:

  • Giving all workers the right to receive a statement of their rights from day one;
  • Introducing new rights to workers to receive a payslip and for payslips for hourly paid workers to include the numbers of hours worked;
  • Quadrupling the maximum additional penalty fine that Employment Tribunals can use for employers who treat their workers badly;
  • Closing a loophole which sees agency workers employed on cheaper rates than permanent workers;
  • Extending the holiday pay reference period from 12 to 52 weeks, ensuring those in seasonal or atypical roles get fair holiday pay; and

Announcing a new naming scheme for employers who fail to pay Employment Tribunal awards.

16th Nov 2021
What steps his Department is taking to increase funding for research and development.

We are making the UK a Science Superpower and the Spending Review confirmed we will be funding the fastest increase in R&D spending ever. We are increasing core science funding, doubling Innovate UK’s budget, giving £800m for ARIA and putting £1.7bn into Net Zero R&D.

15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take in response to Ofgem’s July 2020 consultation, Supporting Retail Innovation, to provide derogations from standard licence conditions and grant supply licences for specific geographic areas or premises types; and whether Ofgem plans to progress its consideration of a local electricity supply licence.

The right to local energy supply already exists under the Electricity Act 1989. As the independent regulator, Ofgem has powers to award supply licenses that are restricted to specified geographical areas or premise types. In some circumstances, electricity suppliers can also apply to Ofgem for a derogation from a particular provision of their supply licence. If granted, those provisions of the supply licence will not apply.

In July 2020 Ofgem consulted on proposed changes to their approach to granting supply licences for specific geographical areas or premise types and to supply licence conditions relating to derogations, to support innovation in the retail energy market. The consultation closed on 12 October 2020, and we await Ofgem’s announcement on any next steps.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Ofgem’s July 2018 Call for Evidence on Future Supply Market Arrangements, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reforming the supplier hub model.

The December 2020 Energy White Paper committed the Government to review the overall retail market regulatory framework, including for energy supply, to make sure that it is fit for purpose in the future, and accommodates emerging and innovative business models that can best meet consumer needs and contribute to our net-zero ambitions. The Government will engage with industry and consumer groups this year to assess what market framework changes may be required, in advance of a formal consultation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether, as part of the process of issuing a Strategy and Policy Statement to Ofgem as set out in the Energy White Paper, his Department plans to include guidance to Ofgem on steps to support community energy and to establish a right to local supply.

As set out in the Energy White Paper, the Government will consult on an energy sector Strategy and Policy Statement (SPS) for Ofgem during the course of 2021. The consultation will be a chance to engage with stakeholders from across the energy sector.

The SPS will reflect the strategic priorities and policy outcomes of the Government’s energy policy and the roles of Government, Ofgem and other parties which are collectively responsible for delivering these outcomes.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the follow-up to the recent call for evidence on the electricity exemptions regime, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of modifying the exemptions regime to enable community or local supply.

The current electricity licence exemptions regime already provides a framework for small scale electricity supply without the need for a licence. For example, there is an exemption for those who do not at any time supply more electrical power than 5 megawatts of which not more than 2.5 megawatts is supplied to domestic consumers.

The recent call for evidence is part of a wider review of the exemptions regime. We are currently considering responses to the call for evidence and will issue a response in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to issue a call for evidence or consult on community energy and local supply in advance of the publication of the Net Zero Strategy to inform its proposals.

The Government has ongoing discussions with Community Energy England and other community and local energy groups, and the views and evidence provided are being taken into account as we consider future plans for community energy in the Net Zero Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when Ofgem plans to issue its first annual report on the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme; whether that report will include the range, nature and uptake of SEG tariffs; when his Department plans to carry out its review of the effectiveness of that scheme; and what steps his Department is planning to take to improve the route to market for community energy generators.

Ofgem are required to publish a report on the SEG each calendar year, starting in 2021. Ofgem are currently in the process of collecting data from suppliers, with plans to publish the first report later this year. This will include information regarding available SEG tariffs, the size and technology of installations, the electricity exported, and the payments provided. BEIS will review the findings and consider whether any changes to the SEG are required in the future.

On route to market for community energy generators, our recent call for evidence, as part of a wider review of the licence exemptions regime for supply and generation, is designed to ensure licence exemptions are fit for purpose in the changing landscape. BEIS are currently considering responses and will issue a response in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the production of green hydrogen from nuclear energy.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.

The Government welcomes the nuclear industry’s ambition to support low-carbon hydrogen production. BEIS funded EdF’s ‘Hydrogen to Heysham’ feasibility study[1] showing that current nuclear technologies are technically capable of producing low-carbon hydrogen in the 2020s. Recognising planned decommissioning and the time required to build new nuclear, we assess that the amount of hydrogen produced from nuclear in this period will be determined by the availability of nuclear power for this purpose.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We intend to support a range of low carbon production methods but will be guided by timing, volumes and other considerations to meet our 5GW ambition. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hydrogen-supply-competition

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the UK's potential to produce green hydrogen from nuclear energy between (a) 2021 and 2025 and (b) 2025 and 2030.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.

The Government welcomes the nuclear industry’s ambition to support low-carbon hydrogen production. BEIS funded EdF’s ‘Hydrogen to Heysham’ feasibility study[1] showing that current nuclear technologies are technically capable of producing low-carbon hydrogen in the 2020s. Recognising planned decommissioning and the time required to build new nuclear, we assess that the amount of hydrogen produced from nuclear in this period will be determined by the availability of nuclear power for this purpose.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We intend to support a range of low carbon production methods but will be guided by timing, volumes and other considerations to meet our 5GW ambition. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hydrogen-supply-competition

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the production of green hydrogen from onshore renewable energy.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.

The UK has abundant sources of renewable electricity, and the Prime Minister has made a further commitment to deploying 40 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, alongside further deployment of onshore wind.

Our ongoing work with stakeholders suggests there is a strong pipeline of electrolytic hydrogen projects ready to deploy in the 2020s, building on our existing investment in research and innovation to ensure we can achieve the scale up in low carbon hydrogen production necessary to meet our future energy needs.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition, including electrolytic projects using offshore and onshore wind as a primary electricity input. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the production of green hydrogen from offshore renewable energy.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.

The UK has abundant sources of renewable electricity, and the Prime Minister has made a further commitment to deploying 40 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, alongside further deployment of onshore wind.

Our ongoing work with stakeholders suggests there is a strong pipeline of electrolytic hydrogen projects ready to deploy in the 2020s, building on our existing investment in research and innovation to ensure we can achieve the scale up in low carbon hydrogen production necessary to meet our future energy needs.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition, including electrolytic projects using offshore and onshore wind as a primary electricity input. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the UK's potential to produce hydrogen from onshore renewable energy between (a) 2021 and 2025 and (b) 2025 and 2030.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.

The UK has abundant sources of renewable electricity, and the Prime Minister has made a further commitment to deploying 40 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, alongside further deployment of onshore wind.

Our ongoing work with stakeholders suggests there is a strong pipeline of electrolytic hydrogen projects ready to deploy in the 2020s, building on our existing investment in research and innovation to ensure we can achieve the scale up in low carbon hydrogen production necessary to meet our future energy needs.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition, including electrolytic projects using offshore and onshore wind as a primary electricity input. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the UK's potential to produce hydrogen from offshore renewable energy between (a) 2021 and 2025 and (b) 2025 and 2030.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan confirmed our aim, working with industry, for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.

The UK has abundant sources of renewable electricity, and the Prime Minister has made a further commitment to deploying 40 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, alongside further deployment of onshore wind.

Our ongoing work with stakeholders suggests there is a strong pipeline of electrolytic hydrogen projects ready to deploy in the 2020s, building on our existing investment in research and innovation to ensure we can achieve the scale up in low carbon hydrogen production necessary to meet our future energy needs.

The forthcoming UK Hydrogen Strategy will set out further detail on the role of hydrogen production technologies in meeting our 5GW ambition, including electrolytic projects using offshore and onshore wind as a primary electricity input. This ambition will be supported by a range of measures, including a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and our preferred long term, sustainable business model, which we will finalise in 2022. We will be consulting shortly on these measures, alongside the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)