Peter Bottomley Portrait

Peter Bottomley

Conservative - Worthing West

First elected: 26th June 1975


83 APPG memberships (as of 24 Jan 2024)
12 Step Recovery, Adult Education, Afrikan Reparations, Ageing and Older People, Archaeology, Austria, BBC, British Muslims, British Overseas Territories, Carbon Monoxide, Children in Police Custody, Citizens' Rights, Closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, Commonwealth, Community Development, Croatia, Cycling and Walking, Dark Skies, Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Dentistry and Oral Health, Disability, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Ethnic Minority Business Owners, Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion, Explosive Threats, Fatherhood, Film and Broader Screen, Flags and Heraldry, Frozen British Pensions, Global Security and Non-Proliferation, Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood, Holocaust Memorial, Hospice and End of Life Care, Immigration Detention, Internet, Communications and Technology, Ireland and the Irish in Britain, Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, Limits to Growth, Manufacturing, Maternity, Media, Media Freedom, Music, Muslim Women, National Parks, National Trust, Night Time Economy, No Recourse to Public Funds, Opera, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Park Homes, Performing Arts Education and Training, Photography, Public Accountability, Race and Community, Religion in the Media, Religious Education, Rowing, Scientific, Scotch Whisky, Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK, Single Parent Families, Social Enterprise, Social Integration, Social Science and Policy, South East, St George's Day, Sustainable Finance, Tibet, Transport Safety, Ukraine, United Nations, United Nations Women, Vascular and Venous Disease, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Western Sahara, White Ribbon UK, Wine and Spirits, Wine of Great Britain, Women and Work, Women in Transport, Zimbabwe
81 Former APPG memberships
Artificial Intelligence, Arts and Heritage, Bahrain, Bees and Pollinators, Best Brexit, Betting Terminals, Black Maternal Health, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business Owners, Burma, Charity Retail, Citizens Rights, Community Development in Europe, Dalits, Domestic Violence, Equitable Life, Equitable Life Policyholders, European Citizenship Rights, Fire Safety and Rescue, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, Formula One, Foster Care Work, Freedom of Movement, Future of Transport, Gambling Related Harm, Gasworks Redevelopment, Governance and Inclusive Leadership, Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, Hate Crime, Health, Hillsborough Disaster, Housing and Planning, Insurance and Financial Services, Inter-Faith, Interfaith, Irish in Britain, Korea, Kosovo, Leasehold Reform, Lipoedema, Listed Properties, Liver Health, London's Planning and Built Environment, Longevity, Mayflower 400, Mayflower Pilgrims, Metaverse and Web 3.0, Miscarriages of Justice, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Olympic and Paralympic Games, Oracy, Overseas Territories, Patient and Public Involvement in Health and Social Care, Period Equality, Plastic Waste, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022, Race Equality in Education, Refugees, Republic of Korea, Retail Crime, Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit, Road Freight and Logistics, Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, Sex Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Social Work, South Africa, Statistics, Twelve Steps Recovery Programme from Addiction, UK Islands, Vascular Disease, Venezuela, Veterans, Votes at 16, Wellbeing Economics, Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Wine and Spirit Group, Women in the Penal System, Yoga in Society, Youth Affairs, Youth Hostelling
Co-operatives, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill
23rd Nov 2022 - 30th Nov 2022
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
29th Apr 2014 - 22nd Feb 2016
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
26th Oct 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft Defamation Bill (Joint Committee)
24th Mar 2011 - 12th Oct 2011
Unopposed Bills (Panel)
17th Oct 2001 - 6th May 2010
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
6th Jul 2005 - 8th Apr 2010
Constitutional Affairs
28th Jan 2003 - 12th Jul 2005
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Jan 2002 - 5th May 2005
Standards and Privileges
25th Jun 1997 - 4th Mar 2002
Transport Committee
27th Apr 1992 - 21st Mar 1997
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
4th Jul 1989 - 28th Jul 1990
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jan 1986 - 24th Jul 1989
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Employment)
11th Sep 1984 - 23rd Jan 1986
Overseas Development
1st Nov 1978 - 4th Apr 1979
Violence in the Family
8th Mar 1976 - 25th May 1977


There are no upcoming events identified
Division Votes
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Ministerial Severance: Reform
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 273 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 192 Noes - 275
Speeches
Thursday 8th February 2024
Protest Measures
It is an honour to follow the hon. and gallant Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis), who has just put …
Written Answers
Tuesday 13th February 2024
Power Stations: Timber
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 19th September 2023
Transitional arrangements for All-Party Parliamentary Groups
That this House acknowledges the intentions of the work of the Committee of Standards on all party parliamentary groups; asks …
Bills
Tuesday 30th November 2010
Waste Recycling (End Use Register) Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 20th March 2023
7. (ii) Other shareholdings, valued at more than £70,000
From 6 December 2022, HIRO Capital; a company investing in games development.
EDM signed
Thursday 1st February 2024
Jay Abatan
That this House expresses concern that 25 years after Jay Abatan was killed in a racist attack in Brighton his …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 21st March 2023
Same Sex Marriage (Church of England) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to enable clergy of the Church of England to conduct same sex marriages on Church of England premises …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Peter Bottomley has voted in 689 divisions, and 28 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
30 Sep 2020 - Town and Country Planning - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 325 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 208 Noes - 329
26 Apr 2021 - Financial Services Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 355 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 271
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
20 Oct 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 265 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 204
3 Nov 2021 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 242 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 248 Noes - 221
3 Dec 2021 - Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, etc.) Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative Aye votes vs 59 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 28 Noes - 59
7 Feb 2022 - Social Security and Pensions - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 297 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 29
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 188
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 189
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 310 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 190
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 311 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 188
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 291 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 294 Noes - 242
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 301 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 235
12 Dec 2022 - Standards: Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 135 Noes - 241
28 Jun 2023 - Holocaust Memorial Bill: Committal - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 11 Noes - 379
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 286 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 242
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative No votes vs 279 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 242
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 243
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 273 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 234
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 289 Noes - 220
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 279 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 227
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 280 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 226
17 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 292 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 197
17 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley 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
4 Dec 2023 - Victims and Prisoners Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 246 Noes - 242
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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
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(67 debate interactions)
Rosie Winterton (Labour)
(27 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(19 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(77 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(34 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Holocaust Memorial Bill 2022-23
(4,120 words contributed)
Building Safety Act 2022
(3,134 words contributed)
Media Bill 2023-24
(1,256 words contributed)
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Worthing West Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

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

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

Make it illegal for retailers and services to decline cash payments.

All businesses (excepting internet-based ones) and public services in which monetary transactions take place should be required by law to accept cash as a method of payment

The Government should create an emergency fund to deal with the massive waiting lists for autism & ADHD assessments for children AND adults. This would provide resources for local health services deal with current waiting lists and new patients.

The Government should commission a review of how Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments are managed by the NHS, including through Shared Care Agreements, and increase funding to reduce waiting times.

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

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


Latest EDMs signed by Peter Bottomley

1st February 2024
Peter Bottomley signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 1st February 2024

Jay Abatan

Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
That this House expresses concern that 25 years after Jay Abatan was killed in a racist attack in Brighton his murderers have still not been brought to justice; notes that Sussex police have apologised to Jay Abatan's family for the multiple failures in the way the investigation was conducted, as …
28 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Feb 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 15
Scottish National Party: 5
Independent: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
13th December 2023
Peter Bottomley signed this EDM on Monday 8th January 2024

Girlguiding UK and the British Overseas Territories and military bases

Tabled by: Judith Cummins (Labour - Bradford South)
That this House expresses its concern and disappointment in Girlguiding UK’s withdrawal of support in the British Overseas Territories and on military bases and the closure and sale of all their outdoor activity centres in the UK; notes this will have a detrimental impact on young women and communities within …
29 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Jan 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Conservative: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
View All Peter Bottomley's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Peter Bottomley, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Peter Bottomley

Peter Bottomley has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Peter Bottomley


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 require certain authorities to maintain a register of the destination of recycled materials; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 30th November 2010

18 Bills co-sponsored by Peter Bottomley

Same Sex Marriage (Church of England) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Ben Bradshaw (Lab)

Electricity Supply (Vulnerable Customers) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Sam Tarry (Lab)

Cladding Remediation Works (Code of Practice) Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Tom Hunt (Con)

Vehicle Registration Offences (Penalty Points) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Andrew Griffith (Con)

Tibet (Reciprocal Access) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Tim Loughton (Con)

Tibet (Reciprocal Access) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Tim Loughton (Con)

Gambling (Industry Levy Review and Protections for Vulnerable People) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Richard Graham (Con)

Sky Lanterns (Prohibition) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Ruth George (Lab)

Election Expenses (Authorisation of Free or Discounted Support) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Craig Mackinlay (Con)

Multi-employer Pension Schemes Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Alan Brown (SNP)

Bus Drivers (Working Hours on Local Routes) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Matt Western (Lab)

Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Helen Goodman (Lab)

Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Jim McMahon (LAB)

Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Peter Kyle (Lab)

Leasehold Reform Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Justin Madders (Lab)

Public Authority (Accountability) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Andy Burnham (Lab)

Rail Ombudsman Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - Tim Loughton (Con)

Diplomatic Service (United Kingdom Wines and Sparkling Wines) Bill 2016-17
Sponsor - None ()


176 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
13th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether gender identity is a protected characteristic and what training material on the Civil Service learning platform for civil servants states that the precise definition of discrimination in the Equality Act 2010 includes gender identity.

The relevant protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010 is ‘gender reassignment’. The Equality and Human Rights Commission website explains that: “To be protected from gender reassignment discrimination, you do not need to have undergone any specific treatment or surgery to change from your birth sex to your preferred gender. This is because changing your physiological or other gender attributes is a personal process rather than a medical one. You can be at any stage in the transition process – from proposing to reassign your gender, to undergoing a process to reassign your gender, or having completed it.”

The Civil Service training course ‘Inclusion in the Civil Service’ gives an explanation of the Equality Act 2010 as follows:

The Equality Act provides specific protection for people who have the following characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnerships
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

However, the training does reference ‘gender identity’ as an area that could lead to discrimination. The current training is shortly being replaced with a new product called “Civil Service Expectations” which will more clearly reflect the legislation.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning the Law Commission to consider draft proposals to change the criminal law relating to certain conversion practices.

Our focus is on developing a new robust policy and legislative ban which protects all LGBT people from this abhorrent practice. We continue to work closely with a range of stakeholders, including various criminal justice experts and the Ministry of Justice.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
20th Jul 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department issues to Heads of Departments on meeting with the Civil Service Sex Equality and Equity Networks; and if if he will make a statement.

The Civil Service has not developed or issued any specific guidance to Heads of Departments on their engagement with the Civil Service networks, including the Sex Equality and Equity Network.

The Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022 outlines a focus on the delivery of inclusion, to support our key priorities as outlined in the Declaration on Government Reform.

21st Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date following the publication in September 2015 of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation briefing entitled Search for a Central London site did their Department become aware of the plan to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Responsibility for delivering the Government’s manifesto commitment to construct the UK Holocaust Memorial rests with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

18th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department's departmental and public agency spending on (a) services provided by and (b) contracts with Stonewall reconcile with the figures given in that charity's accounts.

There are currently no publicly available accounts from Stonewall for 2020/21 which we can compare with the Cabinet Office published accounts.

9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a person with a birthday between the date they completed the census form and the census date can confirm an age that will not be correct.

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

9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which tenure type a residential commonholder or leaseholder should select in a census return.

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

12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to promote Scotch whisky in international markets.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) offers a comprehensive package of support for whisky exporters, from our export academy which supports ‘new to export’ smaller businesses through to dedicated trade missions to key markets, inward buyer visits and a UK presence at major food and drink trade shows such as Prowein, Germany.

Moreover, DBT has staff in over 100 markets globally, contactable via our Export Support Service, a team of agriculture attachés in 11 markets focused on eliminating barriers for the food and drink industry and a dedicated team in Scotland focusing on support for Scottish exporters, including the Scotch whisky sector.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to make the approval of wood-burning power stations to be built after 2027 contingent on parliamentary approval.

Ensuring the electricity system is reliable, as well as net zero consistent, means variable renewables, such as wind and solar, need to be complemented by technologies which can provide dispatchable or baseload power.

Biomass electricity generation can provide this flexibility and plays a key role in delivering a more secure, clean energy sector in Britain.

Parliamentary approval was granted for the updated energy National Policy Statements on 17 January 2024. This covers the use of biomass in electricity generation at the scale of Nationally Significant Infrastructure under the Planning Act (which applies to projects in England and Wales).

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she plans to seek approval from Parliament before taking a decision on burning of wood in UK power stations after 2027.

Government is currently consulting on potential arrangements to help facilitate the transition of large-scale biomass generation to power bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. Responses to the consultation will help to inform government policy on this matter. As set out in the consultation, a potential support mechanism is expected to require secondary legislation which would be brought to Parliament as part of the legislative process.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will reopen the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding scheme to enable households that were eligible for that scheme and did not apply to access that support; and if he will make an estimate of the number of households that have not yet received that support.

The Government currently does not have any plans to reopen the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding. The Government estimated that there were around 900,000 households eligible for the scheme, and the current application figures can be found on GOV.UK - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-bills-support-scheme-alternative-fund-gb-ni-and-alternative-fuel-payment-alternative-fund-applications-made-by-customers.

I recommend that any household who was not able to access the EBSS AF visits the ‘Help for Households’ webpage on GOV.UK to view what other support they may be able to receive - https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps he is taking in response to comments made by the Chair of the Energy Security and Net Zero Committee on 15 July 2023 on the effectiveness of the Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding.

The Government understands the concerns expressed regarding the take-up of the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding. However, the scheme is now closed to new applications. The scheme was open for applications from end February to end May. During that time, the Government used a variety of communication methods to ensure as many eligible households as possible could apply for their support. This included press notices, roundtables with key stakeholders, and a request for local authorities to write to care homes and park home sites in their area.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much and what proportion of the funding allocated to the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding scheme was not paid to eligible vulnerable households; and how much and what proportion of that funding will be (a) retained by his Department and put to alternative uses and (b) returned to the Treasury.

The department was allocated £362m to deliver the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Over £60m has been paid to eligible households who have made a successful application, and any remaining budget will be returned to HM Treasury.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Scouts UK and (b) other charities on increased energy costs; and what steps he is taking to support those organisations with those costs.

Discussions have taken place with a number of charities regarding increased energy costs. The Government is fully aware of the impact this is having on the voluntary sector.

This is why the Energy Bill Relief Scheme has been introduced, with legislation coming into force on 1 November, shielding charities across the United Kingdom from soaring energy prices and saving some around half of their wholesale energy costs. The scheme applies to energy usage from 1 October 2022 for an initial 6-month period.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the public purse has been authorised and over what time period to subsidise burning wood products at Drax; what the range of future public liabilities is for Drax's operations; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my Hon. Friend to the answer given by my Rt. Hon. Friend the then Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth to the Hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside on 21st January 2022 to Question 103693.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will consult Parliament on whether to extend Government funding for the burning of pellets for fresh wood at Drax beyond 2027.

There are no intentions to extend any contracts under the Renewables Obligation or Contracts for Difference schemes. In November 2021 the Government announced it would develop a business model to support bio-based power generation with carbon capture and storage. Any implementation of this would be subject to the appropriate parliamentary procedures.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential maximum annual amount of CO2 that captured in the UK (a) bioenergy with carbon capture, use and storage and (b) that technology operating at Drax power station by 2050.

Through the Biomass Strategy, which will be published later this year, the UK will establish the role of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS) in reducing carbon emissions across the economy and set out how the technology could be deployed.

The Net Zero Strategy, outlined the UK’s ambition of 5MtCO2/year of engineered removals by 2030 and included illustrative ranges of 22-23MtCO2/year of engineered removals by 2035 and 75- 81MtCO2/year by 2050. Power BECCS projects have the potential to play a role in reaching these ambitions.

The UK is currently assessing the potential for carbon capture at existing UK biomass plants, however no decision has been made on future BECCS deployment or the award of power BECCS contracts.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to arrange the meeting requested by the hon. Member for Worthing West to discuss burning north American wood products at UK power stations.

My office will be in contact shortly to arrange a suitable date for this meeting.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the wood burnt in the Drax power station is sourced from the (a) UK and (b) rest of the world.

This information is reported by suppliers to OFGEM. The latest dataset can be accessed here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/biomass-sustainability-dataset-2019-20.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make a statement on the decision of S&P Global Dow Jones to remove Drax from its Global Clean Energy Index.

The decision of S&P Global Dow Jones to remove Drax from its Global Clean Energy Index is a commercial decision for S&P Global Dow Jones.

The Government only supports biomass usage that complies with strict sustainability criteria.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will instruct the Royal Parks to adjust the barriers at the Buxton Memorial Fountain in Victoria Tower Gardens to allow access to the east of the Fountain by the Thames wall.

The Royal Parks have full operational responsibility for the Buxton Memorial Fountain and the barriers which have been erected for the duration of essential repairs to it. A temporary footpath has been constructed around the memorial, so that access to the Embankment path remains.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department holds information on when barriers were erected around the Buxton memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens; for what reason those barriers were erected; and how long they will remain in place.

Barriers were erected around the Buxton memorial in April 2023, in order to protect the monument ahead of and during essential structural repairs needed to maintain it. They will remain in place until completion of the repairs, which has an estimated date of July 2024.

6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much public funding the English National Opera received in each of the last 15 years; and what discussions his Department had with Arts Council England on funding that organisation (a) over the next three years and (b) in the long term; and if she will make a statement.

Records of the level of public funding for English National Opera are available in its annual accounts, which are published online on the Companies House website.

Following Arts Council England’s decisions relating to English National Opera and its 2023–26 Investment Portfolio, which are taken at arm’s length from the Government, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is helping to convene relevant parties and support them to find a way forward. I am keen that Arts Council England and English National Opera work together on the future of the organisation.

All decisions on which organisations to fund through the 2023–26 Investment Programme, and by how much, have been taken by Arts Council England in line with the long-standing principle that Arts Council England makes such decisions at arm’s length from the Government. The Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley, answered questions from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on these issues on 8 December 2022.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date following the publication in September 2015 of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation briefing entitled Search for a Central London site did their Department become aware of the plan to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation member Lord Andrew Feldman wrote to the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale, on 26 October 2015 proposing that the Holocaust Memorial be located in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Following investigations into the feasibility of this site, the Foundation recommended Victoria Tower Gardens to the Government in January 2016 as the best choice of site. The then Prime Minister accepted this recommendation and announced Victoria Tower Gardens as the chosen site on Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Prime Minister will instruct each relevant Department to authorise the National Archive to make available access to all the material requested by Rupert Burgess and Clive Stafford-Smith in relation to the investigation and prosecution of the Hosein brothers for killing Mrs Muriel McKay; and if she will make a statement.

The National Archives has not received a direct request for information from Mr Clive Stafford-Smith for access to material relating to the investigation and prosecution of the Hosein brothers.

The National Archives received a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on 02 June 2021 on behalf of one of the parties named for access to ten Crown Prosecution Service records (DPP 2/4806-4815) and one Attorney General’s Office record (LO 2/192).

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives applicants the right to know whether a public authority holds the information requested and to have it communicated to them, subject to any exemptions, which may apply. Some of the information contained within the requested files has been made accessible to the public, however the majority remained closed because the information is exempt under sections 38 (1) (a) and 40 (2) (by virtue of section 40 (3A) personal data exemption) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. As exemptions apply, The National Archives cannot make these records available to the applicant or to the public in general.

The FOI process is not subject to Ministerial or Prime Ministerial approval. There is, however, an appeals process in which any application of FOI exemptions/closure can be re-reviewed.

Outside of the FOI process, individual government departments may allow discretionary access to their historic files, having first recalled them from The National Archives for the purposes of review, as permitted by the Public Records Act (1958).

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses to the Channel 4 consultation have been received as of 16 December 2021; how many have been considered; and whether those responses are affecting the Government's position on the comparative merits of (a) maintaining the present ownership of Channel 4 and (b) alternatives.

The Government has consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We have received around 60,000 responses, and we are carefully considering all the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what regulatory barrier prevents non-public broadcasters adopting any or all of Channel 4's obligations and methods of operating.

The government wants Channel 4 to remain a public service broadcaster. Public service broadcasters - publicly and privately owned - have both benefits and obligations. Our consultation document outlines that we see the value in many of these obligations.

Channel 4’s ability to make distinctive content, and its work with independent producers are precisely the strengths we would protect and expect any potential buyer to look to develop and nurture, should we decide to proceed with a sale. We do not therefore subscribe to a false binary choice between public service remit and privatisation.

Indeed, we already have two privately-owned - and very successful - public service broadcasters in the examples of ITV and Channel 5. Both continue to deliver public service objectives.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on (a) inclusiveness and (b) diversity of a possible sale of Channel 4.

Our consultation document outlines that the government sees the great value delivered to society through the obligations placed on Channel 4 to broadcast content appealing to diverse audiences. We have sought views on whether to retain or increase such obligations through our consultation.

We consider that Channel 4’s ability to reach a diverse range of audiences is a strength to be celebrated and maintained into its future, and that this is not at odds with private investment - in fact, this is an important facet of Channel 4’s brand that is likely to be an attractive asset to nurture and develop for any potential buyer.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come.

Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what is her assessment of the impact on the intellectual property of independent producers from a possible sale of Channel 4.

Channel 4 has played an important role in supporting independent production in the UK. The sector is now flourishing and increasingly less reliant on income from UK PSBs. Total UK production sector revenues increased by more than 30% over the five years to 2019, reaching £3.3 billion in 2019. The export market for UK content has continued to grow with the sector’s international revenues exceeding £1 billion in 2019, 30% more than the previous year.

Channel 4’s strengths in working with independent producers are precisely the kinds of attributes we would expect to be attractive to a buyer, and that we would expect any buyer to be likely to nurture and develop through new investment.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Whatever decision we make about the future ownership model of Channel 4 will not compromise this government’s commitment to the independent production sector and to the wider creative economy.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to assess the potential impact on (a) advertisers and (b) prospective consumers of a possible sale of Channel 4.

Channel 4 is one of this country’s greatest broadcasting assets but we must think long-term about the challenges ahead and make sure it has the capital it needs to continue to contribute to the UK’s success in public service broadcasting.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 into the future. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received, including from advertising stakeholders, to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Whatever decision is made about Channel 4’s ownership model, any reforms will not compromise our commitment to the wider creative economy.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of a possible sale of Channel 4 on (a) advertisers and (b) prospective consumers.

Channel 4 is one of this country’s greatest broadcasting assets but we must think long-term about the challenges ahead and make sure it has the capital it needs to continue to contribute to the UK’s success in public service broadcasting.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 into the future. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received, including from advertising stakeholders, to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Whatever decision is made about Channel 4’s ownership model, any reforms will not compromise our commitment to the wider creative economy.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41606 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason the Answer did not indicate the timetable for announcing the detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens after the construction of the Holocaust Memorial.

No Ministerial direction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been requested.

In regard to future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens, the Government intends to let a long lease.

Detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens will be announced in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41606 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what plans the Government has to let all or part of Victoria Tower Gardens on a lease exceeding five years following the construction of the Holocaust Memorial.

No Ministerial direction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been requested.

In regard to future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens, the Government intends to let a long lease.

Detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens will be announced in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Permanent Secretary has asked for an instruction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

No Ministerial direction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been requested.

In regard to future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens, the Government intends to let a long lease.

Detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens will be announced in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the management of the parts of Victoria Tower Gardens not required for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what his timetable is for announcing detailed arrangements.

The site will continue to be owned by Government. We are in discussion with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and The Royal Parks about the future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the ownership of Victoria Tower Gardens following the proposed construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

The site will continue to be owned by Government. We are in discussion with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and The Royal Parks about the future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens.

11th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's expected timeline is for determining the location of the new primary SEND school in West Sussex .

The department is currently pursuing negotiations with West Sussex County Council for the department’s preferred location for the new special school, in West Durrington. Subject to this agreement, the department will be in a position to begin the process of acquiring the site. The department will ensure that the project director continues to keep my hon. Friend, the member for Worthing West updated as things progress.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
4th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take steps to increase the number and proportion of teachers trained in religious education teaching.

One of our top priorities is to ensure that the department continues to attract, retain and develop the highly skilled teachers we need to inspire the next generation. There are now over 468,000 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers in state-funded schools in England, which is an increase of 27,000 (6%) since 2010. This makes it the highest FTE of teachers since the School Workforce Census began in 2010.

The department understands there is further to go to improve recruitment in some subjects. That is why the department has put in place bursaries worth £10,000 tax-free to encourage talented trainee teachers to teach Religious Education (RE).

The 2023/24 pay award means that teachers and leaders in maintained schools received the highest pay award in over thirty years and it delivers our manifesto commitment of at least a £30,000 starting salary for school teachers in all regions of the country in all subjects, including RE.

RE is an essential part of a school’s curriculum and remains a compulsory subject in all state-funded schools, including academies, to all pupils up to the age of 18.

Whilst no detailed assessment of primary teacher’s confidence in teaching RE has taken place, it is right that teachers feel confident in delivering the content for this subject. To ensure high standards and confidence in RE teaching, RE resources are being procured by Oak National Academy as part of the second tranche of its work. Oak will work closely with the sector and utilise sector experience when producing new materials for RE. This will ensure that high quality lessons are available nationwide, benefitting both teachers and pupils. These resources will begin to be available from Autumn 2024 and be fully available by September 2025

Data on numbers of qualified RE teachers are available on a national scale only. Using the Teacher Workforce Census there were 15,721 RE teachers in state-funded secondary schools nationally in 2022/23, which represents an increase from 15,529 in 2021/22 (up 192 teachers or 1.2%).

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
4th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of regional variations in levels of supply and demand for religious education teachers in secondary schools.

One of our top priorities is to ensure that the department continues to attract, retain and develop the highly skilled teachers we need to inspire the next generation. There are now over 468,000 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers in state-funded schools in England, which is an increase of 27,000 (6%) since 2010. This makes it the highest FTE of teachers since the School Workforce Census began in 2010.

The department understands there is further to go to improve recruitment in some subjects. That is why the department has put in place bursaries worth £10,000 tax-free to encourage talented trainee teachers to teach Religious Education (RE).

The 2023/24 pay award means that teachers and leaders in maintained schools received the highest pay award in over thirty years and it delivers our manifesto commitment of at least a £30,000 starting salary for school teachers in all regions of the country in all subjects, including RE.

RE is an essential part of a school’s curriculum and remains a compulsory subject in all state-funded schools, including academies, to all pupils up to the age of 18.

Whilst no detailed assessment of primary teacher’s confidence in teaching RE has taken place, it is right that teachers feel confident in delivering the content for this subject. To ensure high standards and confidence in RE teaching, RE resources are being procured by Oak National Academy as part of the second tranche of its work. Oak will work closely with the sector and utilise sector experience when producing new materials for RE. This will ensure that high quality lessons are available nationwide, benefitting both teachers and pupils. These resources will begin to be available from Autumn 2024 and be fully available by September 2025

Data on numbers of qualified RE teachers are available on a national scale only. Using the Teacher Workforce Census there were 15,721 RE teachers in state-funded secondary schools nationally in 2022/23, which represents an increase from 15,529 in 2021/22 (up 192 teachers or 1.2%).

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
4th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of levels of confidence among primary school teachers in teaching religious education.

One of our top priorities is to ensure that the department continues to attract, retain and develop the highly skilled teachers we need to inspire the next generation. There are now over 468,000 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers in state-funded schools in England, which is an increase of 27,000 (6%) since 2010. This makes it the highest FTE of teachers since the School Workforce Census began in 2010.

The department understands there is further to go to improve recruitment in some subjects. That is why the department has put in place bursaries worth £10,000 tax-free to encourage talented trainee teachers to teach Religious Education (RE).

The 2023/24 pay award means that teachers and leaders in maintained schools received the highest pay award in over thirty years and it delivers our manifesto commitment of at least a £30,000 starting salary for school teachers in all regions of the country in all subjects, including RE.

RE is an essential part of a school’s curriculum and remains a compulsory subject in all state-funded schools, including academies, to all pupils up to the age of 18.

Whilst no detailed assessment of primary teacher’s confidence in teaching RE has taken place, it is right that teachers feel confident in delivering the content for this subject. To ensure high standards and confidence in RE teaching, RE resources are being procured by Oak National Academy as part of the second tranche of its work. Oak will work closely with the sector and utilise sector experience when producing new materials for RE. This will ensure that high quality lessons are available nationwide, benefitting both teachers and pupils. These resources will begin to be available from Autumn 2024 and be fully available by September 2025

Data on numbers of qualified RE teachers are available on a national scale only. Using the Teacher Workforce Census there were 15,721 RE teachers in state-funded secondary schools nationally in 2022/23, which represents an increase from 15,529 in 2021/22 (up 192 teachers or 1.2%).

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the longest length of time a primary school has been waiting for a response from Edenred relating to a query about free school meal vouchers since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

As my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have both made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by Covid-19.

During this period, we are asking schools to support pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why, on 31 March, we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Voucher codes are being processed and many thousands of families are redeeming them. As of 28 April, Edenred have indicated that over 16,500 schools have placed orders for codes under this scheme. As of Friday 7 May, Edenred reported that over £58 million worth of voucher codes have been redeemed into supermarket e-gift cards by schools and families.

Schools can contact Edenred using either the email address or phone number setup specifically for the Department of Education’s national voucher scheme (freeschoolmeals@edenred.com or 0333 400 5932). We do not hold details of the time taken to respond to individual queries. We are working closely with Edenred regarding the performance of the voucher scheme and their engagement with queries from schools.

We are working tirelessly with Edenred to resolve any outstanding technical problems so that children eligible for free schools meals are supported quickly. As always, we thank schools for their patience while we expand the system to meet the high demand and for ensuring that the families who are most in need continue to receive the support that they require.

These are rapidly developing circumstances and we will continue to keep the situation under review and to keep Parliament updated accordingly.

13th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the content of BSI Document BS8683 is available for the public to read at no cost.

BS8683 is the British Standard document on the process for designing and implementing Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG).

It is considered best practice for BNG, but adherence to the Standard will not be a requirement for the design or delivery of mandatory biodiversity net gain.

It is available for the public to purchase as a digital or hard copy from the British Standards Institution website.

17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of taking the use case of large capacity L-Category vehicles into consideration when setting proposed phase-out dates for new non-zero emission (a) mopeds and (b) motorcycles.

The consultation on when to end the sale of new non-zero emission L-category vehicles was open to responses from 14 July to 21 September 2022 and supported by a thorough programme of stakeholder engagement, which is ongoing. The Department is now analysing the responses, including points raised on the use cases of these vehicles, and will bring forward the Government’s response in due course.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the actions identified in the joint action plan published by the Motorcycle Industry Association entitled Realising the Full Potential of Zero Emission Powered Light Vehicles in February 2022.

The Government continues to engage with industry to deliver the Action Plan where appropriate. To address actions 2 and 3 on growing and developing the supply chain, the Government made up to £350,000 of funding available for research and development projects to grow the zero-emission motorcycle supply chain in the UK. The Department is also working with the recently established “Powered Light Vehicle Community” to address action 9 on creating a formal L-category community. In addition, the Department is engaged with the MCIA’s recent licensing review proposals to address action 6 to review minimum testing and licence entitlements for all battery electric L-Category vehicles.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will work with the Motorcycle Industry Association on establishing a credit scheme for non-zero emission L-Category vehicles after the end-of-sale phase-out date.

The Government will consult on any future regulatory framework to deliver and enforce the end of sale dates for new non-zero emission L-category vehicles as is appropriate. This would involve engagement with industry and other stakeholders.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to each of his Department's open consultations relating to transport safety.

There are several consultations currently open that include safety considerations in some form. The Department aims to publish government responses to all consultations in a timely fashion, in line with Government Consultation Principles.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will have discussions with transport operators on ensuring that their services accept cash payments.

Passengers should have access to a ticketing system which is user-friendly. As modern ticketing and payment methods are rolled out more widely, we will continue to work with the transport sector to cater for those passengers that need to use cash to buy a ticket.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the (a) daytime and (b) night-time occupancy of HGV parking places in motorway service areas.

The Department does not hold data on the daytime occupancy rates of HGV parking places in Motorway Service Areas (MSAs). The National Survey of Lorry Parking (2018) contains data on night-time occupancy of HGV parking places across all lorry parks, including MSAs, which can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/723349/national-survey-of-lorry-parking-report.pdf.

The Department is currently tendering to update the National Survey of Lorry Parking to ensure strong and up to date evidence is available on the national picture of lorry parking demand to inform decision making. We expect this to be complete by September 2022.

18th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the time and distance for a user of a wheel chair to get from one platform to the other at Durrington-on-Sea station.

Durrington-on-Sea is a category B2 station, which means that there is step-free access to both platforms and technically a step-free route between platforms. However, the step-free route between the two platforms is quite impractical as it is 0.6 miles via a nearby road-bridge on Shaftesbury Avenue. This is approximately a 12-minute journey for someone walking and the bridge is steep. Govia Thameslink Railway does not treat B2 category stations as accessible.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) number of and (b) deficit in MOT testing in each month since March (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020; what estimate he has made of the (A) number of MOT tests required to restore adequate service levels and (B) average number of days before a request for a MOT test is met; and if he will make a statement.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) monitors MOT testing capacity constantly to inform future planning. The agency does not hold data on MOT booking requests as they are made directly to MOT testing stations (cars) or authorised testing facilities (lorries, buses and trailers).

For lorries, buses and trailers, where DVSA staff conduct annual road worthiness (MOT) tests, the DVSA has issued a series of exemptions. The deadline for a vehicle’s next test depends on when the MOT was originally due and whether the vehicle qualifies for a 3-month or a 12-month exemption. These exemptions will be automatically applied. The DVSA is confident, with its plan for exemptions in place, that it can deliver to capacity to carry out tests when they are due. DVSA is working with industry to ensure that tests are presented when due, so that demand is managed.

For light vehicles, such as cars, where private garages carry out MOTs, a six month extension was applied automatically to all MOTs expiring between 1 April and 31 July 2020. The DVSA is working closely with the industry to help it manage demand for MOTs now extensions are no longer being issued. There is confidence the network of 23,000 garages that conduct MOTs will be able to meet demand for MOTs from light vehicle owners.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse in each year since charges replaced the original tolls at the Dartford crossing; and what estimate he has made of the time taken to pay for the costs of building the Elizabeth Bridge and funding its long-term maintenance.

The revenue accruing from the Dart Charge is published each year in the Dartford-Thurrock river crossing charging scheme accounts (in the table headed income) which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/search/all?keywords=%22dartford+thurrock%22+accounts&order=relevance.

Toll charges were levied until 2003 when the debts associated with the construction of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and the tunnels had been fully discharged. A Road User Charge was introduced in 2003 to manage the high demand for use of the Crossing after a study reported that traffic levels would be 17% higher if payment was removed. The charges imposed and collected are used to fund transport improvements in accordance with the Transport Act 2000, though not exclusively Dartford-related.

The published accounts include figures on the maintenance and operation of the crossing in the expenditure table.

The maintenance cost for both the tunnels and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, for the year ended 31 March 2019, amounted to £11.371 million. This figure included costs for:

Expenditure (2018-2019)

£000

Highways England Staff

3,530

Safety Scheme

4,833

EU Tunnel directive on safety

1,848

Technology projects safety

890

Network Resilience

136

Routine maintenance

494

27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the number of prospective pensioners who would benefit from contacting the Pension Service to establish the contributions they can pay before 5 April 2023.

It is not possible to estimate the number of people who would benefit from contacting the Pensions Service in relation to voluntary National Insurance Contributions and filling gaps between 2006 and 2016. This is because it is not possible to know all the variables in an individual’s circumstances (including their future employment record) that would mean they would benefit from filling past gaps in their National Insurance records.

DWP advise customers to use the online Check your State Pension forecast service to get a personalised State Pension forecast. This gives the customer their expected State Pension entitlement based on their National Insurance (NI) record, and a forecast entitlement if they fill all the Qualifying Years available to them. Once they have done this, if people are below State Pension age, they can contact the Future Pension Centre to find out if they will benefit from voluntary contributions. If they have reached State Pension age, they can contact the Pensions Service.

I am pleased to confirm that a Written Ministerial Statement has been made today by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury confirming that the deadline for contributions has been extended to 31 July. This is to ensure customers do not miss out on the opportunity to make voluntary NICs for the period between 5 April 2006 to the end of the 2016/17 tax year. All voluntary NICs payments for this period will now be accepted at the existing 2022/23 rates until the 31 July. This extension allows HMRC and DWP the time to process enquiries and payments to ensure people’s State Penson eligibility can be maximised.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times there were technical problems with the Pension Service phone line in the last two weeks.

There have been no technical problems with the Pension Service phone line.

DWP continues to proactively monitor increased call demand following Martin Lewis’ broadcast on voluntary National Insurance contributions on 22 February. Collaborative working with HMRC continues. We have also introduced additional measures such as adapted in-call messaging and use of Social Media to improve customer experience.

I am pleased to confirm that a Written Ministerial Statement has been made today by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury confirming that the deadline for contributions has been extended to 31 July. This is to ensure customers do not miss out on the opportunity to make voluntary NICs for the period between 5 April 2006 to the end of the 2016/17 tax year. All voluntary NICs payments for this period will now be accepted at the existing 2022/23 rates until the 31 July. This extension allows HMRC and DWP the time to process enquiries and payments to ensure people’s State Penson eligibility can be maximised.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
27th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times calls to the Pension Service phone line were disconnected in each of the last two weeks.

The Department does not hold information on calls that were disconnected.

DWP continues to proactively monitor increased call demand following the broadcast on 22 February. Collaborative working with HMRC continues. We have also introduced additional measures such as adapted in-call messaging and use of Social Media to improve customer experience.

I am pleased to confirm that a Written Ministerial Statement has been made today by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury confirming that the deadline for contributions has been extended to 31 July. This is to ensure customers do not miss out on the opportunity to make voluntary NICs for the period between 5 April 2006 to the end of the 2016/17 tax year. All voluntary NICs payments for this period will now be accepted at the existing 2022/23 rates until the 31 July. This extension allows HMRC and DWP the time to process enquiries and payments to ensure people’s State Penson eligibility can be maximised.

Laura Trott
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of when the average waiting time for a Personal Independence Payment assessment will return to that prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

We do not forecast Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment waiting times.

In February 2020, pre-covid, the median waiting time for a PIP assessment was 9 weeks for new claims, and 10 weeks for reassessments. In April 2022 (the latest available data) the median times waiting for a PIP assessment was 12 weeks for new claims and 11 weeks for reassessments.

Time waiting for a PIP assessment is defined as the time from the date an application was referred to the provider from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to the date the assessment was completed and referred back to DWP. Where claimants are outstanding, the assessment is not yet complete.

Median waiting times for each stage of the claimant process can be found in published stats.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) 20th, (b) 40th, (c) 60th and (d) 80th percentile of average waiting times was for receiving the outcome of a Personal Independence Payment assessment in each month since May 2021.

This information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to list for each overseas country when resident UK pensioners do not receive yearly increases what the lowest current payment to a pensioner is who was entitled at retirement to a full basic UK state pension, stating the year the pension was frozen.

The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and is up-rated in countries where there is a legal requirement to do so. This is a longstanding policy which has been supported by successive post-war governments for over 70 years.

Up-rating is paid to State Pension recipients in the UK, European Union, European Economic Area, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel, Jamaica, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, The Philippines, Turkey, and the United States.

Information on the lowest full basic State Pension in payment, in each country where up-rating is not paid, is not readily available and to provide it would incur a disproportionate cost.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which countries the UK has (a) bilateral or (b) reciprocal agreements on provision of the State Pension; when each of those agreements was made, whether UK pensioners resident in those countries receive yearly increases; and how many UK pensioners there were in each country as of 9 June 2022.

The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and is up-rated annually in countries where there is a legal requirement to do so. This is a longstanding policy which has been supported by successive governments for over 70 years.

As of November 2020, 473,842 State Pension recipients residing in the European Union or countries which are members of the European Free Trade Association (Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein) receive annual up-rating under various EU-Exit related agreements, including the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, which entered into force in 2020 and the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force in 2021.

Other countries with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement also allowing for State Pension up-rating, the date in which the particular agreement was made, and the number of State Pension recipients residing in these countries (as of November 2020) are:

  • Barbados (1992) – 3,849 recipients.
  • Bermuda (1969) – 718 recipients.
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina* (1958) – 31 recipients.
  • Israel (1957) – 5,077 recipients.
  • Jamaica (1997) – 10,807 recipients.
  • Kosovo* (1958) – no data.
  • Mauritius (1981) – 1,007 recipients.
  • Montenegro* (1958) – 0 recipients.
  • North Macedonia* (1958) – 121 recipients.
  • Serbia* (1958) – 9 recipients.
  • Philippines (1989) – 3,144 recipients.
  • Turkey (1961) – 1,870 recipients.
  • USA (1984) – 126,977 recipients.

*Following the break-up of Yugoslavia, the UK agreement with former Yugoslavia now covers Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Croatia and Slovenia are EU Member States covered by the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The UK also has reciprocal social security agreements with New Zealand (1983) and Canada (1995) covering provisions for State Pension, but these agreements do not provide for annual up-rating. As of November 2020, 63,930 State Pension recipients reside in New Zealand and 126,426 recipients reside in Canada.

Source:

State Pension statistics by country of residence are currently available to November 2020 and these are available on Stat-Xplore here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance for users is available at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

     

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether British citizens stranded abroad during the covid-19 outbreak who would be eligible to receive universal credit in the UK can apply for universal credit from abroad.

As with most benefits, one of the basic rules of entitlement to UK benefits, including Universal Credit, is that a claimant must be resident in the UK at the time of application and satisfy other qualifying conditions. We have no plans to change this.

12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a British citizen returned to the UK after more than one month stranded abroad can be entitled to receive universal credit extended beyond the one month limit to include the period that person was unable to claim the benefit because they were not in-country.

Universal Credit claims may be backdated by up to one calendar month in only certain circumstances for vulnerable claimants, who may be delayed in claiming Universal Credit through no fault of their own. Claims may also be backdated in specific circumstances when a couple separates, to ensure that there is no gap in entitlement between the couple claim and the new claim made by a single claimant.

FCO consular staff continue to provide advice and support to British nationals who face financial difficulties overseas due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Those in real financial distress whilst stranded overseas can seek advice and support from their local consular team, who will be able to advise on any local support that may be available as well as facilitate contact with friends and families who may be able to help. The FCO are also working with Non-Governmental Organisations to facilitate support to British nationals in need, including accommodation, food and medicine.

If a British national cannot afford travel costs back to the UK or essential living costs while they are waiting to return and have exhausted all other options they may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the government. These loans are interest free. This is a last resort option, with repayment required in full. However, the FCO would work with those British nationals’ currently stranded overseas to ensure flexible repayment plans are in place if they cannot afford to repay the loan within six months.

2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many places in residential care settings dedicated for profoundly autistic adults there are in (a) West Sussex, (b) Hampshire and (c) Surrey.

The information requested is not available. The Department does not collect data on care settings places for autism only. The following table shows data on total capacity in care homes that are able to serve users with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder.

Local authority

Hampshire

Surrey

West Sussex

Number of beds in care homes that can serve users with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder

1,659

2,338

1,585

All Care Home Beds in local authority

14,127

13,567

9,950

Source: The CQC Care Directory data as of 1 March 2023.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of health commissioners for (a) identifying local demand and (b) implementing the right services and support for people with autism in (i) West Sussex, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) Surrey.

There are no current plans to make this specific assessment. NHS England publish quarterly data on how many people are waiting for an autism assessment, and for how long, by local area. The data provides useful information to support local areas to identify local demand.

It is the responsibility of integrated care boards (ICBs) to make available appropriate provision to meet the health and care needs of their local population in line with relevant guidance, including assessments and services of support for autistic people.

In 2021, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership published the Autism Strategy for Surrey (2021-26). Sussex Health and Care Integrated Care System have been implementing the Sussex All Age Learning Disability and Autism Strategy (2021-2024) since 2021.

The Provider Collaborative for Wessex and Dorset, responsible for Hampshire, are working in partnership with relevant ICBs on Dynamic Support Registers to ensure young people are assessed at an early point and there are timely interventions that will prevent escalation. Additionally, where gaps in commissioning are identified, system partners are working together to address these.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of ending current pensions abatement for NHS staff in October 2022 on levels of (a) workforce retention and (b) patient care.

Pension abatement was temporarily suspended as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to resume in October 2022. The Department is keeping the position under review.

Abatement normally applies to staff who return to NHS service before the age of 60 years old having used a special reserved right to retire early from the age of 55 years old without a reduction in their pension. Staff with these ‘special class’ pension rights have not paid extra contributions for this benefit, which is unavailable to other staff in the National Health Service. Abatement therefore ensures there is fairness to all scheme members. Staff without these special retirement rights are not subject to abatement after taking their pension. However, where abatement applies, staff with long careers can perform substantial amounts of work. Typically they can work at least half-time before reaching their abatement ceiling and the Department will ensure that staff potentially affected by abatement are aware of the amount of work which can be undertaken.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of rules relating to pensions abatement for NHS staff after October 2022 on those staff affected.

Pension abatement was temporarily suspended as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to resume in October 2022. The Department is keeping the position under review.

Abatement normally applies to staff who return to NHS service before the age of 60 years old having used a special reserved right to retire early from the age of 55 years old without a reduction in their pension. Staff with these ‘special class’ pension rights have not paid extra contributions for this benefit, which is unavailable to other staff in the National Health Service. Abatement therefore ensures there is fairness to all scheme members. Staff without these special retirement rights are not subject to abatement after taking their pension. However, where abatement applies, staff with long careers can perform substantial amounts of work. Typically they can work at least half-time before reaching their abatement ceiling and the Department will ensure that staff potentially affected by abatement are aware of the amount of work which can be undertaken.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assess the number of dentists scheduled to have taken the part 2 exam since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; what constraints there are to taking the ORE assessment for British citizens and others; what steps he will take to suspend or overcome the impact of the five year limit; and what the outcome has been relevant discussions with the General Dental Council on this matter; and if he will make a statement.

The Dentists Act 1984 requires overseas applicants to the General Dental Council’s register to undertake its Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) to confirm they have the requisite skills and knowledge to practise dentistry in the United Kingdom. This legislation restricts system capacity, including the availability of places on the ORE exam. The Department is currently working with the General Dental Council on legislative proposals to allow it greater flexibility to expand the registration routes open to international applicants.

Safety restrictions brought in as part of the COVID-19 response made it necessary for the General Dental Council to suspend Parts 1 and 2 of the ORE in April 2020. On 2 December 2021, it announced a planned sitting of the Part 2 exam in January 2022. The legislation also restricts Part 2 ORE places being offered to candidates where five or more years have passed since they first attempted Part 1 of the exam. Therefore, the General Dental Council has not been able to offer places for the January 2022 sitting to any candidates whose five-year period expired during the time that the ORE has been suspended. Before the pandemic, three sittings a year were offered for the Part 2 exam, each with a capacity of 144 candidates.

Officials are working with the General Dental Council to develop proposals which will provide candidates with additional time to take the Part 2 assessment in the future. We plan to consult on this proposed legislative change, alongside proposals to change the Council’s international registration processes, in early 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to restore full NHS dentistry services in (a) England and (b) West Sussex; and what the planned timescale is for ensuring that new patients can be registered across West Sussex.

NHS England has set a threshold of 60% of normal activity volumes for the first six months of 2021/22. Dental practices have been asked to meet as many prioritised needs as possible, focussing first on urgent care and vulnerable groups followed by overdue appointments. There are also 718 urgent dental centres continuing to support the provision of services across England. In addition, NHS England and NHS Improvement have provided a flexible commissioning toolkit to local commissioners to help focus the available capacity on those that need it most and to reduce oral health inequalities.

In Sussex, NHS England has offered practices additional funding for delivering appointments during evenings or weekends to patients who do not have a regular dentist. Two practices will be offering these sessions and NHS England are in the process of arranging additional services. There is no longer a requirement for registration in order to receive care.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health on 10 September 2020, what steps his Department is taking to preserve the institutional expertise and leadership on women's contraceptive care within Public Health England during its reorganisation.

Preventing ill-health and reducing health inequalities remains one of the top priorities. Alongside work to establish the National Institute for Health Protection, we will continue to focus on health improvement and preventing ill-health with support from expertise within Public Health England (PHE). We are not anticipating that there will be any changes to PHE’s current functions and responsibilities before spring 2021. There is much to do between now and then but work is ongoing and the intricacies of the system are still in development.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for training and professional development for members of the NHS workforce involved in delivering contraceptive care.

Health Education England funds training programmes for obstetrics and gynaecology, community sexual and reproductive health and general practice. However, the training curricula for these specialties are set by other organisations, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, their Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Curricula must meet the standards set by the General Medical Council and be formally approved by them.

No specific assessment has been made around the adequacy of funding for training and professional development. Training and workforce issues for contraception care will be considered in the development of our new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had discussions with the High Commissioner for Pakistan on the recent attack of Pakastani national on 26 November 2023 in England.

The UK Government engages with the High Commission of Pakistan on a wide range of issues. This includes ensuring the safety of Pakistani nationals in the UK. It would not be appropriate to comment further while active police enquiries into the incident are underway.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of prisoners in Bahrain on death row; whether his Bahraini counterpart has responded to British representations about Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for taking Bahrain off the list of human rights priority countries.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office continues to follow and discuss both the use of the death penalty and the cases referenced with the Government of Bahrain, as well as with Bahrain's oversight bodies. The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear; we oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The decision to remove Bahrain from the Human Rights Priority Country list reflects consistent and systemic progress in a range of human rights areas over a number of years, some of which have been directly supported by the UK. The UK remains committed to supporting reforms in Bahrain and encouraging the government to meet its human rights commitments.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of changes to the Indian visa application process on UK visitors to that country; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the present visa system; if he will make an estimate of the number of prospective tourists that would be affected; and if he has had recent discussions with his Indian counterpart on these changes.

This is an internal matter for the Government of India (GoI). We respect the Indian Government's right to set its migration and citizenship policies, just as we expect the Indian authorities to respect UK Government policy. We regularly raise the matter of our exclusion from the list of countries eligible for e-visas with the GoI. Most recently, the Foreign Secretary raised this with the Indian External Affairs Minister during his visit to India on 29 October. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also raised it with the Indian High Commissioner on 25 October. British nationals can continue to use the GoI's regular/paper visa application services for all visa categories. We will update India Travel Advice with the latest information if there are any changes in India's visa rules.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the response to the Urgent Question on 9 July 2020, Official Report, columns 1115-26, if she will uphold the commitment made by the former Minister for Middle East and North Africa to call for Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa’s death sentences handed down by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation to be set aside.

Ministers and officials continue to reiterate the UK's opposition to use of the death penalty, in all circumstances, with the Bahraini Government. During a visit to Bahrain in July the former Minister Amanda Milling met with senior members of the Bahraini government and discussed human rights issues, including the death penalty where she restated the UK position.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the Valuation Office Agency do not make bedrooms in single shared houses liable for council tax bills.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has a statutory duty to maintain accurate council tax bands and undertakes this duty independently of Ministers. The VOA makes banding decisions based on the facts in each case, with reference to relevant legislation and case law.

Some Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) have separate bands and other HMO properties are aggregated with a single council tax band. Decisions are based on the individual characteristics of the property, considering the nature of the occupation and the degree of physical adaptation. These decisions are supported by legislation and case law.

The VOA’s Council Tax manual provides further guidance about the assessment of HMO properties in practice note 6: www.gov.uk/guidance/council-tax-manual/council-tax-practice-notes#PN6

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date following the publication in September 2015 of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation briefing entitled Search for a Central London site did their Department become aware of the plan to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Since 2015, HM Treasury has been working closely with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to deliver on this Government’s manifesto commitment to construct the UK Holocaust Memorial.

12th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) policies or (b) practices of the Valuation Office have changed in relation to (i) houses in multiple occupation and (ii) for bedsitting rooms.

There has been no change in the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) policy or practices when assessing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) or bedsitting rooms for Council Tax. The VOA’s listing officers make their valuation decisions based on the facts in each case, with reference to relevant legislation and case law. As such, some HMOs are assessed as multiple dwellings and others as a single dwelling.

The VOA has a statutory duty to maintain an accurate Council Tax list. The VOA acts on information received from external sources, including local authorities and other taxpayers, if it is believed that a property’s assessment may be incorrect or needs to be reviewed.

Further information is available in the Council Tax Manual, practice note 6: premises in multiple occupation: www.gov.uk/guidance/council-tax-manual/council-tax-practice-notes#PN6

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the trade association for the amusement machine industry and supply chain (BACTA) on its eligibility for the VAT reduction to 5 per cent; and if he agree to attend a meeting with BACTA.

The Government has provided extensive guidance on the VAT treatment of cross-border goods and services following the end of the transition period and is committed to supporting businesses to enable them to continue to trade.

As with all tax measures, where new changes have been introduced, the Government includes its assessment of the impacts of the changes in Tax Information and Impact Notes. Notes for measures recently legislated for in the Taxation (Post-transition Period) Act were published alongside that legislation.

9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the forthcoming spending review, if his Department will preserve the current ring-fence on public health funding for local authorities.

Details on public health funding for local authorities for 21/22 will be set out at the Spending Review on 25 November.

Investing in prevention is a vital part of the NHS Long Term Plan to help people live longer, healthier lives. In 2020/21, we invested £3.279 billion in local authority public health services through the Public Health Grant, in addition to what the NHS spent on preventative interventions such as immunisation and screenings.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether public sector employees under PAYE on zero-hours contracts are eligible for the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event that those employees are unable to be redeployed.

The Government expects that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as most public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contributing to the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Where employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, the Government expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion, and correspondingly not furlough them. This also applies to non-public sector employers who receive public funding for staff costs. Organisations who are receiving public funding specifically to provide services necessary to respond to COVID-19 are not expected to furlough staff. In a small number of cases, for example where organisations are not primarily funded by the Government and whose staff cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response, the scheme may be appropriate for some staff. Employees on any type of employment contract are eligible for the scheme, including those on zero-hours contracts.

4th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the value to the economy of the British wine and sparkling wine industry in each of the last five years.

The Government recognises the important role that wine, and the wine industry, plays in our economy and society. At Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced a freeze on wine duty, making the price of a bottle of wine 5p lower than it would have been had prices risen with inflation.

4th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the value to the economy of the Scottish whisky industry in each of the last five years.

The Government recognises the important role of the Scottish whisky industry in Scotland, and in the UK economy.

At Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced a freeze on spirits duty, and a range of other measures to support the industry, including an additional £1m to promote Scottish food and drink products overseas.

13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog is for enhanced DBS checks by police area.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) operates to service standards of completing 80% of Enhanced check applications within 14 days. These service standards can be seen in quarterly performance reporting which the DBS publishes at: DBS dataset 1: DBS checks, the DBS Update Service, and disputes - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The latest published statistics are for September 2023 which show that the DBS is completing 78.1% of Enhanced check applications within 14 days. The DBS does not publish data by police area.

An Enhanced check requires the DBS to send applications to the police for local data searches and local intelligence checks. Currently some police forces’ turnaround times have been affected by increased volumes of disclosure applications against original forecasts.

Police forces are recruiting more staff to service the additional demand for Enhanced DBS checks The DBS is working collaboratively with policing partners to enhance the quality of an enhanced criminal record check referral to improve turnaround times and continues to modernise its services through the replacement of legacy systems and further digitisation of disclosure products.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
20th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the implementation of the Public Order Act 2023, what support her Department is providing to local councils that are managing protestors outside facilities providing abortion care.

It is completely unacceptable that anyone should feel harassed or intimidated when trying to access, provide or facilitate abortion services.

The Police and Local Authorities already have powers to restrict harmful protests and prevent antisocial behaviour.

The Public Order Act 2023 received Royal Assent on 2 May. The timescales for commencing the new Section 9 offence of interference with access to, or provision of, abortion services will be confirmed in due course.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
27th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) fraud and (b) robbery of tourists on the west side of Westminster Bridge there have been in the latest period for which data is available; and if she will make a statement.

The information is not held in the requested format.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there were earned regularisation processing of distinct groups of undocumented people in each of the last five years; and what assessment her Department has made of the trends in the numbers of asylum applications in following years.

The Immigration Rules provide routes for someone who does not have leave in the United Kingdom to apply for leave to remain and regularise their stay.

Under the Family and Human Rights route a person and their dependents if appropriate can apply to remain on the basis their Article 8 Human Rights would be breached if they were required to leave the UK.

The statistics for people applying to stay in the UK permanently can be found at Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release, please note that these statistics are taken from a live database and are subject to change.

The statistics for the numbers claiming asylum can be found at asylum detailed datasets

27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide by 2 February 2022 the information asked for by Clive Stafford-Smith on the cases of Muriel McKay and Krishna Maharaj.

The files in question are not owned by the Home Office, and so the department is not in a position to make decisions as to access. Officials are exploring this further with a view to directing the family to the appropriate body if possible.

Any authority in receipt of such a request for information will consider the request on its merits, according to their standard procedures, as the Home Office has.

30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she plans to publish the Government response to the consultation on the review of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, published in May 2014.

The government is actively working on publishing the response to the consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, and it will be published in due course.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral evidence hearing of the Holocaust Memorial Bill Committee on the afternoon of 24 January 2024, whether he has had discussions with his Department's Counsel on the press release issued by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the Cabinet Office entitled Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects win UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition; for what reason his Counsel contradicted the assertion that Sir David Adjaye was the lead designer of the architecture for that memorial; and if will take steps to draw that press release to the Committee's attention.

Counsel for the Secretary of State correctly drew the Select Committee’s attention to the role of the late Asa Bruno in designing the Holocaust Memorial. Mr Bruno’s evidence to the planning inquiry summarised the position as follows:

I am co-founder and Director of Ron Arad Architects Ltd, the architectural practice acting as Memorial Architect for the project, and I am leading the role of Memorial Architect on behalf of the practice.”

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department last met the architect named as leading the design team for the new national landmark next to the Houses of Parliament in the press notice issued by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the Cabinet Office published on 24 October 2017.

There have been no officials meetings with ministers from this department. Officials last met on 21 February 2023.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department last met the architect named as leading the design team for the new national landmark next to the Houses of Parliament in the press notice issued by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the Cabinet Office published on 24 October 2017.

There have been no officials meetings with ministers from this department. Officials last met on 21 February 2023.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will (a) publish a list of the freedom of information requests relating to the proposed Holocaust Memorial and associated learning centre that (i) his Department has not yet responded to and (ii) are waiting for adjudication by the Information Commissioner and (b) order his Department to release all the information requested.

No Freedom of Information requests relating to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre are awaiting a response from the Department. A letter from the Information Commissioner about the Department’s handling of a previous request was received on 18 January 2024 and will receive a response shortly.

A great deal of information about the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been published as part of the planning application. When Freedom of Information requests have sought information which falls within statutory exemptions, careful consideration is given and the appropriate public interest tests are applied. Some material requested by Doran Gerhold in December 2018 was withheld on this basis: the Information Commissioner and the First Tier Tribunal have each, twice, upheld the Department’s approach.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the redacted Holocaust Memorial material subject to the freedom of information request by Dorian Gerhold in December 2018.

No Freedom of Information requests relating to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre are awaiting a response from the Department. A letter from the Information Commissioner about the Department’s handling of a previous request was received on 18 January 2024 and will receive a response shortly.

A great deal of information about the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been published as part of the planning application. When Freedom of Information requests have sought information which falls within statutory exemptions, careful consideration is given and the appropriate public interest tests are applied. Some material requested by Doran Gerhold in December 2018 was withheld on this basis: the Information Commissioner and the First Tier Tribunal have each, twice, upheld the Department’s approach.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much has been spent on architectural costs for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens to date; how much is committed to be spent in future; and if he will make an estimate of the cost for architectural services if the proposals are enacted.

The department has spent £4,156,379.80 to date on architectural services for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre programme, including £638,000 on architectural services for the planning inquiry held in 2020. The department is forecasting future spend on architectural services of between £1.6 million and £1.9 million, taking into account estimates of inflation caused by delays to the programme.

Officials meet regularly with representatives of the design team, and met Ron Arad, the designer of the Holocaust Memorial on 6 July 2023. Officials keep the Secretary of State updated on the project overall.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when (a) he and (b) officials in his Department last met the architect of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens.

The department has spent £4,156,379.80 to date on architectural services for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre programme, including £638,000 on architectural services for the planning inquiry held in 2020. The department is forecasting future spend on architectural services of between £1.6 million and £1.9 million, taking into account estimates of inflation caused by delays to the programme.

Officials meet regularly with representatives of the design team, and met Ron Arad, the designer of the Holocaust Memorial on 6 July 2023. Officials keep the Secretary of State updated on the project overall.

Simon Hoare
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much has been (a) spent and (b) committed by (i) the Government and (ii) Government agencies to the proposal for a National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

The Minister with responsibility for the Holocaust Memorial, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, has visited the Holocaust Galleries and been briefed about the Imperial War Museum's work.

The Government has spent £17.8 million on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. Details of any future spend will be set out in the usual way.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the (a) duration and (b) cost of holding a competition for designing a Holocaust memorial in (i) Parliament Square, (ii) Abingdon Gardens and (iii) at the north end of Victoria Tower Gardens that would be opened within two years.

The Minister with responsibility for the Holocaust Memorial, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, has visited the Holocaust Galleries and been briefed about the Imperial War Museum's work.

The Government has spent £17.8 million on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. Details of any future spend will be set out in the usual way.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has visited the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Holocaust Galleries; and whether he has been briefed on the IWM Learning Programmes.

The Minister with responsibility for the Holocaust Memorial, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, has visited the Holocaust Galleries and been briefed about the Imperial War Museum's work.

The Government has spent £17.8 million on the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. Details of any future spend will be set out in the usual way.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if she will publish a list of official sources of advice for groups of residential leaseholders wanting to add solar heating to an existing or replacement roof.

Individual residences can find tailored and impartial information on how to improve the energy performance of their homes on gov.uk. This is part of the Government's three-tiered consumer advice and information offer, consisting of the 'find ways to save energy in your home' website, launched in July 2022, a new phoneline service launched March 2023 and the local in-person advice which will launch in due course.


The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is responsible for solar panels and heating.

25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the earliest estimated date is for the completion of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Subject to approval of the Holocaust Memorial Bill, and to obtaining planning consent when the designated Minister re-takes the decision, we aim to open in 2027.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; what allowance this makes for (a) contingencies and (b) optimism bias; and what the last such estimate of (i) cost, (ii) contingencies and (ii) optimism bias was.

The forecast cost, produced in line with Green Book guidance, was published in the NAO report of 5 July 2022. Costs are currently being reviewed in light of the delay due to the High Court judgement.

28th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the total commissions received by site owners from home sales by park home residents in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is not held centrally.

The report 'The impact of a change in the maximum park home sale commission', which we published in June this year, estimated that the average commission earned per sale in the last three years since 2018/20, was just over £11,000. Most park owners also received three or fewer commissions in the same period.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the annual costs to park home residents of pitch fees since 2010; what estimate he has made of the those levels if increases were linked to CPI instead of RPI; and if he will make a statement.

The data requested is not held centrally.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when the potential merits of the proposal to site the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Tower Gardens were compared with the potential merits of placing it with the Imperial War Museum; how the decision was taken; and if he will place the comparison in the Library.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation considered almost 50 locations for the Holocaust Memorial, including the Imperial War Museum, none of which were deemed to meet the published criteria. The Foundation subsequently suggested Victoria Tower Gardens as a potential location and following investigations into the feasibility of this site, recommended it to Government in January 2016 as the best choice of site. The then Prime Minister accepted this recommendation and announced Victoria Tower Gardens as the chosen site on Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on what date following the publication in September 2015 of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation briefing entitled Search for a Central London site did their Department become aware of the plan to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation member Lord Andrew Feldman wrote to the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale, on 26 October 2015 proposing that the Holocaust Memorial be located in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Following investigations into the feasibility of this site, the Foundation recommended Victoria Tower Gardens to the Government in January 2016 as the best choice of site. The then Prime Minister accepted this recommendation and announced Victoria Tower Gardens as the chosen site on Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on what date following the publication of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation briefing entitled Search for a Central London site in September 2015, did their Department become aware of the plan to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation member Lord Andrew Feldman wrote to the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale, on 26 October 2015 proposing that the Holocaust Memorial be located in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Following investigations into the feasibility of this site, the Foundation recommended Victoria Tower Gardens to the Government in January 2016 as the best choice of site. The then Prime Minister accepted this recommendation and announced Victoria Tower Gardens as the chosen site on Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when (a) the holder of his office and (b) the Government Legal Service considered the London County Council (Improvements) Act 1990 in each of the last 8 years.

The London County Council (Improvements) Act 1900 was considered ahead of the planning application for the Holocaust Memorial, submitted in December 2018, and has been considered subsequently in the context of a statutory review of the decision to grant planning consent.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when LEASE last initiated purposeful engagement with (a) leaseholders’ cladding groups, (b) the National Leasehold Campaign, (c) the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and (d) hon. Members known to be concerned with leasehold and commonhold reforms.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the elements of the visas and housing schemes for Ukrainians that can effectively and appropriately be extended to Afghans; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to my answer to Question UIN 141238 21 March 2022.

15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of which elements of the visa and housing schemes for Ukrainians can be made available to Afghans; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to my answer to Question UIN 141238 21 March 2022.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will include buy-to-let landlords who are leaseholders within the scope of the package announced on 10 January 2022 to ensure no leaseholders in medium rise blocks of flats have to pay for remedial action to tackle unsafe cladding and fire defects.

As set out in the Secretary of State's statement to Parliament on Building Safety on 10 January 2022, building owners and industry should make buildings safe without passing on costs to leaseholders, and leaseholders living in their own medium rise buildings should not pay a penny to remediate historic cladding defects that are no fault of their own. We have clarified that we have no intention of excluding leaseholders who have moved out and sublet from the protections that will be in place (including those in shared ownership) for buildings below 18 metres in England. We will explore whether this support should extend to other leaseholders, such as buy-to-let landlords.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will (a) enable and (b) encourage local and parish councils to hold remote and hybrid meetings; and if he will make a statement.

We launched a call for evidence on 25 March to gather views and inform a longer-term decision about whether to make express provision for councils to meet remotely on a permanent basis. The call for evidence closed on 17 June.

The Department has considered the responses to the consultation and the Government will respond shortly.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to publish revised guidance for planning authorities on requiring onsite carbon neutral energy generation in new building permissions.

The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that the planning system should support the transition to a low carbon future in a changing climate and we will make sure that the reformed planning system further supports our efforts to combat climate change and help bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Alongside this, the Government sets minimum energy efficiency standards for buildings through the Building Regulations. From 2025, the Future Homes Standard will ensure that new homes produce at least 75% fewer CO2 emissions than those built to the 2013 standards and highly efficient new non-domestic buildings. Homes and buildings constructed to these Standards will be future-proofed with low carbon heating and high levels of energy efficiency. No further energy efficiency retrofit work will be necessary to enable them to become zero-carbon over time as the electricity grid continues to decarbonise.

To work towards this, in December 2021 we introduced an uplift in energy efficiency standards, which will come into force in June 2022. The uplift delivers a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions; once the uplift comes into force new homes will be expected to deliver around 30% fewer CO2 emissions compared to the previous standards and new non-domestic buildings will be expected to produce 27% fewer CO2 emissions.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will provide the chronology of (a) Government departments, (b) ministers and (c) agencies holding responsibilities for the proposed national holocaust memorial and associated campus and learning centre.

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities leads for Government on delivering the longstanding commitment to build the Holocaust Memorial, as did his predecessors in the post.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what new information the Government obtained on the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens between the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation’s recommendation in principle on 13 January 2016 and the announcement of the decision on 27 January 2016.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation conducted a very extensive comparison of possible sites before recommending that Victoria Tower Gardens as the most fitting site for the Holocaust Memorial in terms of its historical, emotional and political significance and its ability to offer the greatest potential impact and visibility for the project. The Government accepted the Foundation’s advice and announced on 27 January 2016 that Victoria Tower Gardens was the chosen location.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate the (a) UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and (b) Government made of the cost of building the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (i) before the Foundation’s recommendation about the location on 13 January 2016 and (ii) before the announcement of the location on 27 January 2016.

In January 2015, the Government committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-starting a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much of the £102 million estimated in 2018 as the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was accounted for by contingencies for (a) construction cost inflation and (b) other contingencies; and which contingencies other than construction cost inflation were covered.

The 2018 cost estimate reflected a range of possible contingencies. Publishing a detailed breakdown of cost estimates would require the release of commercially sensitive information.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what budget allocation has been made by his Department for the (a) capital cost of building and (b) total cost of planning, managing, building and operating the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in each of the financial years 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25 and 2025-26.

Expected costs will be published in due course in line with the Government Major Projects Portfolio reporting process.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65356 on the proposed endowment fund for Holocaust education, what plans the Government has for public consultation on the size and operation of the proposed fund.

The recommendations in Britain’s Promise to Remember rested on extensive consultation.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65356 on the proposed endowment fund for Holocaust education, for what reason no information has been published on progress in setting up the endowment fund.

Information will be published at the appropriate time.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65355 on the estimated running costs of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, whether the total annual running cost remains the same whichever operating model is chosen.

Costs may vary depending on the chosen operating model.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65352 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, who is conducting the independent verification of the planned mitigation relating to optimism bias.

The programme management arrangements include independent scrutiny by officials outside the project team, with periodic assurance reviews.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65351 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, for what reasons the information requested on the (a) category of project, (b) mitigation factor and (c) optimism bias factor used would risk being misleading.

Financial information will be published in due course in line with the Government Major Projects Portfolio reporting process.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2021 to Question 56724 on the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, on what date the estimate of the total cost of the proposed Memorial and Learning Centre was last reviewed; and what the estimate was following that review.

Costs are regularly reviewed and updated figures will be published in due course in line with the Government Major Projects Portfolio reporting process.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on what date the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation decided that the criteria for the site of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre set out in September 2015, including relating to number of square metres, should no longer apply; and how were those decisions recorded.


The objective throughout has been to build a striking new national memorial co-located with a world class learning centre.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities,, what procedure is available for investigating conduct of court appointed managing agents.

The Government is committed to making sure that those living in the leasehold sector are protected from abuse and poor service. This commitment includes raising professionalism and standards amongst managing agents, protecting consumers while defending the reputation of good agents from the actions of rogue operatives. Property agents can play an important role in the management and upkeep of buildings and protect the value of people’s homes. Many take a professional approach, but others do not. We therefore welcome the ongoing work being undertaken by the industry itself to raise professionalism and standards across the sector.

Section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 gives the First-tier Tribunal the power to appoint a manager to take over the landlord’s right to manage the building under specific circumstances. As part of the process leaseholders are expected to nominate a suggested manager (which may include a managing agent), and the First-tier Tribunal will seek assurances that the nominated person is capable of performing the role before issuing an Order.

Following appointment, leaseholders can access the Government-recognised redress scheme that the agent is obliged by law to belong to for the resolution of any conduct or behavioural issues that may arise. Where the agent is a voluntary member of an established trade association, leaseholders may make a complaint to that association where appropriate. Any party may also apply to the First-tier Tribunal to have the Section 24 Order varied or discharged.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will consult representatives of (a) Welcome Break and (b) other motorway service operators on designating parking contraventions by HGVs at motorway service areas a specific use-class contravention.

My Department has recently consulted on private parking contraventions as part of the ‘Private Parking Charges, Discount Rates, Debt Collection Fees and Appeals Charter: Further Technical Consultation’. We will carefully consider all views submitted in response, including those of Welcome Break and other motorway service operators, before finalising the list of contraventions proposed in the consultation.

The consultation closed on 27 August and we will publish the response, together with the new parking Code of Practice, in due course.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will designate parking contraventions at motorway service areas as specific use-class contraventions.

My Department has recently consulted on private parking contraventions as part of the ‘Private Parking Charges, Discount Rates, Debt Collection Fees and Appeals Charter: Further Technical Consultation’. We will carefully consider all views submitted in response, including those of Welcome Break and other motorway service operators, before finalising the list of contraventions proposed in the consultation.

The consultation closed on 27 August and we will publish the response, together with the new parking Code of Practice, in due course.

12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on what date he was informed of the change in (a) policy or (b) practice of the Valuation Office relating to council tax for homes in multiple occupation and for bedsitting rooms.

The Valuation Office Agency acts independently of Government and is responsible for the banding of dwellings for council tax purposes, including property which involves a degree of shared living space. Its listing officers make their decisions based on the facts of each individual property, with reference to legislation and case law.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56731 on the Holocaust Commission, what progress has been made to date in implementing the recommendation of the Holocaust Commission relating to an endowment fund to secure the long-term future of Holocaust education.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation has been established to advise the Government on all the recommendations made by the Holocaust Commission in their 2015 report. Good progress is being made with the implementation of that report and updates on specific elements will be provided at the appropriate time.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56728 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what criteria will determine the appropriate time for providing more detailed figures; and for what reason those criteria are not currently met.

The timing of publication will depend on the chosen operating model.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2021 to Question 56730 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, in what form the commitment to provide £25 million of private funding for that centre was made; and if he will publsh the wording used.

Foundation member, Gerald Ronson CBE, has set up an independent charity to raise the funding and has committed to securing pledges of at least £25 million.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2021 to Question 56730 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what assurances the Government has received on progress in raising the £25 million of private funding required for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the private funding required will be available before main construction begins.

The Government receives regular progress updates. Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56726 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, on what dates the independent verification of the planned mitigation relating to optimum bias took place.

Independent verification is ongoing as part of the programme management arrangements.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56726 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason that answer did not provide the information requested about the (a) category of project, (b) mitigation factor and (c) optimism bias factor used.

Separately identifying elements of the project appraisal would risk a misleading answer. The HMT Green Book is the Government’s comprehensive guidance on project appraisal.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the specifications for the National Holocaust Memorial specified in September 2015 and how close proposed sites had to be to Parliament.

The site specification published on 7 September 2015 stipulated a prominent location in Central London (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/459046/National_Memorial_and_Learning_Centre..

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56727 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, whether the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation made approximate estimates of the cost of creating that centre on each of the three sites shortlisted in January 2016 by CBRE; and what the basis was for its conclusion that one of the sites was cost prohibitive.

The Foundation's assessment of sites identified by CBRE, and all other alternatives considered, was set out in Volume 2 of the Environmental Statement submitted as part of the planning application and published on Westminster City Council's website.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what allowance has been made in the estimated cost of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre for optimism bias; what (a) category of project, (b) mitigation factor and (c) optimism bias factor were used; and whether the planned mitigation has been independently verified.

The estimated cost has been produced in line with Green Book guidance.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much of the funding available for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been spent on education in each of the last six years.

Funding for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is allocated solely for the development of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41612 on the Holocaust Commission, when the Government plans to announce funding for implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 Holocaust Commission other than the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and from which budgets those funds will be allocated.

Good progress is being made with implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 Holocaust Commission. Announcements will be made at the appropriate time.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what contracts for the (a) construction, (b) operation, (c) maintenance and (d) security of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been signed to date; and what proportion of the estimated total cost has been committed.

A contract is in place under (a) construction for enabling works, including redirecting cables, new incoming services, relocating the Spicer Memorial, tree root investigation and pruning. No contracts have been let under (b) operation, (c) maintenance and (d) security.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41607 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will provide a breakdown of the estimated annual running costs of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and if he will place the detailed figures in the Library.

Estimated running costs are kept under review. More detailed figures will be provided at the appropriate time.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation made of the costs of creating the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre on each of the three sites shortlisted in January 2016 by CBRE.

The sites shortlisted by CBRE were not assessed by the Foundation as suitable and no detailed cost estimates were made.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what the estimated cost of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is for (a) pre-construction planning and design, (b) site preparation, (c) construction including for (i) materials and (ii) labour, (d) fitting out, (e) taxes, (f) contingencies and (g) any other significant categories of cost.

This information is commercially sensitive and not currently suitable for publication

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will revisit the cost estimate for that Centre made in December 2018 to take account of recent changes in costs.

The cost estimate is reviewed regularly as part of normal programme management arrangements.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41611 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, which operating models are under consideration for the management of the proposed Centre.

A range of operating models are under consideration.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer to Question 41609 of 13 September 2021 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, by what date the charity undertook to secure pledges of at least £25 million of private funding for that Centre.

Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Permanent Secretary has asked for an instruction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

No Ministerial direction has been requested.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to visit the Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum.

Members of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation have accepted an invitation from the Imperial War Museum to visit the new galleries.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41609 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason that Answer did not provide the figures requested for the quantity and proportion of the private funding required for the creation of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre that had been raised as of 2 September 2021.

The money is being raised by an independent charity.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date the estimated cost of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was increased from £100 million to £102 million; for what reasons that estimated cost changed; and if he will place the detailed costing in the Library.

The overall cost was estimated at £102 million in December 2018. As set out in the answer to Question UIN253497 on 21 May 2019, additional funding is to cover the revised entrance pavilion, the Memorial courtyard and surrounding landscaping, and to take account of VAT incurred on the overall project costs.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of the private funding required for the creation of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been raised as of 2 September 2021.

A fund-raising campaign is being led by an independent charity, led by Foundation member Gerald Ronson CBE, who has committed to securing pledges of at least £25 million.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that work will begin on constructing the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre only when the private funding required has been raised in full.

Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what organisation he plans to (a) own and (b) manage the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what his timetable is for setting up that organisation.

We are considering various operating models and a decision will be made in good time before the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre opens.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government has not announced funding for implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 Holocaust Commission other than the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation will continue to consider all the recommendations made in the Commission’s report and the best way to deliver them.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the wording was of the recommendation of 13 January 2016 by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation relating to the location of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and if he will place the minutes of the relevant part of that meeting in the Library.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation recommendation of 13 January 2016 was “in principle to siting a memorial in the Gardens (without prejudice to the site of a learning centre )”.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the annual (a) operating and (b) maintenance costs of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Ahead of the public inquiry in 2020, running costs including maintenance costs were estimated at around £6 million. Estimates will be kept under review as the programme proceeds.

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter from the Information Commissioner’s Office of 24 March 2021 entitled, Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Decision notice, reference IC-44478-C9Q4, whether his Department has complied with the Commissioner’s requirement for his Department to disclose the nine sets of minutes from the Windrush Commemorative Committee produced from June 2018 to 8 April 2020.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has disclosed the information to the requester.

22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of (a) the costs required for necessary fire remediation works in residential leaseholders' block and (b) the amounts left for leaseholders to pay.

Section 11 of the Building Safety Bill: Impact Assessment estimates the average costs per building for addressing safety remediation in high rise buildings. These estimates consider all necessary remediation, which goes beyond façade remediation.

In relation to removal and replacement of unsafe cladding, we are providing over £5 billion of Government grant funding for the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings of 18m and above, and a low interest finance scheme (under which no leaseholder will need to pay more than £50 per calendar month) for the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings of 11-18m in height.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a moratorium on forfeiture of all residential leasehold properties under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

All ongoing possession proceedings, including forfeiture possession cases for leaseholders were suspended from 27 March until 20 September 2020. Any new claims entering the court system were automatically suspended.

The Government has also provided support to leaseholders through the mortgage holiday, and the application window is open until 31 March 2021. All payment holidays must end by 31 July 2021. Borrowers, including those with a buy-to-let mortgage, are entitled to up to a six-month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.

The Government believes that forfeiture is a draconian measure and should only be used as a last resort. In practice forfeiture happens very rarely and is subject to the right of relief, to be exercised at the court’s discretion.

17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which Ministers are responsible for reviewing the (a) law and (b) practice relating to the provision of support for children whose parents separate or divorce.

Ministers work closely across government to support children, including those going through parental separation or divorce.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is responsible for private family law, which includes child arrangements upon separation, marriage and divorce. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the MoJ responsible for this is Lord Bellamy KC.

David Johnston MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children, Families and Wellbeing at the Department for Education, works closely with Lord Bellamy KC at the MoJ, including through jointly chairing the national Family Justice Board, which is focused on providing the best possible outcomes for the children and families that come into contact with the family justice system.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
27th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what years the requirement to report on implementation and non-implementation of Law Commission proposals has not been met since 2010; and when he expects to publish this year's report.

The Government’s report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals was published in line with requirements between 2010 and the publication of the last report in 2018. A draft of the next report, including updates on all relevant proposals since then, is currently being prepared and is expected to be laid before Parliament as soon as practicable.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
13th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many errors have been made in cases determined under the single justice procedure in magistrates' courts in each of the last five years; and what errors these were.

There is no definition of what constitutes an error in criminal proceedings and therefore no data is collected.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department was first informed of the 21 June 2021 Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Parker v. Financial Conduct Authority; on what dates his Department received subsequent communication from David Parker or his Member of Parliament; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for which a payment has not yet been agreed with David Parker.

The Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Parker v. Financial Conduct Authority was handed down on 25 June 2021 and in the public domain from that point. A letter from Mr Parker’s solicitors, addressed to the Secretary of State, was received on 18 October 2021 informing him of the Court of Appeal judgment and seeking compensation for Mr Parker’s loss. An initial holding response was sent by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service Customer Investigations Team on the 3 December 2021.

Letters from Mr Parker’s solicitors were received by the Ministry of Justice on 18 October 2021, 9 February 2022 and 7 March 2022. HM Courts & Tribunal Service Customer Investigations Team replied to these on the 3 December, 11 February and 31 March 2022. Ministerial correspondence was also received from the Honourable Gentleman on 16 and 30 November and 2 and 6 December 2021, to which former minister James Cartlidge MP replied on 14 December, and 4 April 2022, following which the Government Legal Department wrote to Mr Parker’s solicitors on 8 April. Emails from the Honourable Gentleman’s office were received on 7, 8, 13, 21, 28 June, and 6, 12, 14, and 18 July. Replies to these were sent from MoJ officials on 8 and 14 June, and 13, 15, and 18 July.

The Government Legal Department has written to Mr Parker’s solicitors outlining the Government position. It would not be right to comment on the specifics of this.

3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to review the conduct of Richard Davidoff in his role as a court appointed managing agent.

Under section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, a tenant can apply to the Tribunal for the appointment of a manager. Tenants can also apply to the Tribunal for it to discharge or vary an order that has already been made. Tribunal decisions are only challengeable on appeal.

The link below provides useful background information:

https://www.lease-advice.org/advice-guide/what-does-appointing-a-manager-mean/

The Tribunal does not have any powers to carry out an independent investigation or review performance of a court appointed managing agent.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Court of Appeal judgement, [2021] EWCA Crim 956, if he will make an ex gratia payment to the appellant in accordance with paragraph 104 of that judgement.

Ex gratia offers are discretionary, and the Ministry of Justice is required to consider all the relevant information before making a decision on an individual case. Correspondence relating to this specific case is currently being considered.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Leader of the House, on what date following the publication in September 2015 of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation briefing entitled Search for a Central London site did their office become aware of the plan to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Responsibility for delivering the Government’s manifesto commitment to construct the UK Holocaust Memorial rests with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)