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Peter Dowd

Labour - Bootle

First elected: 7th May 2015


Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill
7th Jun 2023 - 11th Jul 2023
Child Support (Enforcement) Bill
22nd Feb 2023 - 1st Mar 2023
Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill
18th Jan 2023 - 25th Jan 2023
Electricity and Gas Transmission (Compensation) Bill
18th Jan 2023 - 25th Jan 2023
Shark Fins Bill
9th Nov 2022 - 16th Nov 2022
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill
1st Dec 2021 - 14th Dec 2021
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
9th Feb 2017 - 6th Apr 2020
Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury)
6th Oct 2016 - 9th Feb 2017


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Peter Dowd has voted in 652 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Paul Scully (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Alex Norris (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)
(8 debate interactions)
Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)
(8 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Criminal Justice Bill 2023-24
(4,889 words contributed)
Health and Care Act 2022
(1,178 words contributed)
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Bootle Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We believe kids shouldn't learn about this at an early age. I am sure there are many parents who do not want their or other children taught about LGBT in primary school.

We believe kids should learn about this at an early age. I am sure there are many parents who want their and other children taught about LGBT issues in primary school.

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

The maximum penalty for failure to stop after an incident is points and a 6-month custodial sentence. Causing death by careless/dangerous driving is between 5-14 yrs. The sentence for failing to stop after a fatal collision must be increased.

The offence of causing 'death by dangerous driving' should be widened to include: failure to stop, call 999 and render aid on scene until further help arrives.

Recognise the state of Palestine to help stop the conflict from Israel. Not recognising the Palestinian state allows Israel to continue their persecution of the Palestinians.

The Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms.

The government is helping private firms to protect jobs by paying up to 80% of staff wages through this crisis. If it can do this why can it not help key workers who will be putting themselves/their families at risk and working extra hard under extremely challenging and unprecedented circumstances.

During the pandemic government workers have delivered vital public services and kept our country safe and secure. After ten years in which the real value of civil service pay has fallen, many face hardship. The Government must start to restore the real value of their pay with a 10% increase in 2020.


Latest EDMs signed by Peter Dowd

22nd March 2024
Peter Dowd signed this EDM on Monday 25th March 2024

Four-day working week

Tabled by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)
That this House understands the importance of exploring the possibility of a shorter working week, including a four-day week, which trials have shown can benefit workers, employers, the economy, society and the environment; recognises that companies in the world's biggest four-day week trial saw healthy growth, with an average revenue …
23 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Scottish National Party: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 1
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
20th February 2024
Peter Dowd signed this EDM on Monday 26th February 2024

Household Support Fund (No. 2)

Tabled by: Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
That this House expresses deep concern that the UK Government has not committed to extending the Household Support Fund (HSF) beyond March 2024; notes that via this fund the Government has invested significantly in local crisis support as a response to the cost-of-living crisis; further notes that more than £2 …
36 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 29
Independent: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Peter Dowd, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Peter Dowd has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Peter Dowd has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Peter Dowd


A Bill to amend the Working Time Regulations 1998 to reduce the maximum working week from 48 hours per week to 32 hours per week and to provide for overtime pay; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 20th October 2023
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Latest 50 Written Questions

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1 Other Department Questions
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether it remains her Department's policy to end period poverty by 2025.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. 94% of eligible secondary schools had accessed this scheme by December 2021. We are pleased to confirm that the continuation of free period products in schools in England for all learners who need them until 2024. We have expanded the range of products included to ensure more environmentally friendly and sustainable products, based on user feedback.

Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax Fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the long term priorities for the Office for Veterans' Affairs are.

This Government is committed to making the UK the best country in the world to be a veteran.

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) sits at the heart of government in the Cabinet Office and is responsible for coordinating and driving forward work across the UK Government to support our veteran community.

In the long term, the OVA is committed to continue transforming and improving services for veterans, making sure veterans and their families have the support and services they need, whilst using data and research to better understand, and deliver for, this community.

The ten-year Strategy for our veterans (2018) sets out the UK Government's vision, and can be accessed online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-our-veterans

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish the (a) UK Commission on Covid Commemoration's report and (b) its response to that report.

The Government is grateful to the Commission for its work. We will publish the Commission’s report and our response in due course.

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on our society and it is important for the Government to fully consider the Commission’s report and how this period should be marked and remembered.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government plans to take in response to the Future of Work Review, published on 1 September 2022.

On 12 May, the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, asked Matt Warman MP to lead a review into how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market. Matt Warman MP’s response was published on GOV.UK on 1 September 2022.

In line with departmental responsibilities, this work is being followed up across government through collaboration between departments including the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education.

17th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) offices, (b) envoys and (c) advisors the Government plans to create as part of the Strategic Framework outlined in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR) established the Government’s national security and international policy objectives to 2025. The IR Strategic Framework is designed to be flexible, rather than an exhaustive description of all of the Government’s activity to 2025.

The Government is considering the processes, systems and structures for effective implementation of the IR. A new strategy team in the National Security Secretariat will lead implementation, working with Departments to develop plans to deliver the vision described in the IR Strategic Framework. This work is ongoing.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons holding wedding ceremonies will be restricted to (a) places of places of worship and (b) some public buildings from 12 April 2021 when all wedding venues can be made equally covid-secure.

Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships was published on 22 March and can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships#wedding-and-civil-partnership-ceremony-venues

We recognise that any restrictions on wedding venues may be disappointing for those planning such events, but we have to take necessary steps to limit transmission of COVID-19. This includes the closure of some settings and restrictions on social contact, including wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. By their very nature, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are events that bring families and friends together, making them particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the sacrifices people have had to make across the COVID-19 pandemic and we do not wish to keep any restrictions in place longer than we need to.

In the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021, the Government has set out the gradual and cautious approach to reopening in England, guided by science and the data, including the staged return of weddings and civil partnerships, as well as sporting events.

In order to inform the pace and sequencing of the roadmap, the Government commissioned advice and modelling from SAGE and its sub-groups. Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus is regularly published here - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/scientific-evidence-supporting-the-government-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to introduce in central Government Departments similar transparency rules to those applied to local authorities under the Local Government Transparency Code 2015.

Since 2010, the Government has been at the forefront of opening up data to allow Parliament, the public and the media to hold public bodies to account.

Under the terms of the Ministerial Code, departments regularly publish data on a range of information such as Ministers’ external meetings.

Despite the need to reprioritise resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, tremendous progress continues to be made this year by central government departments in publishing core transparency data.

13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to help (a) small businesses and (b) individuals access (i) Community Development Finance Institutions and (ii) other alternative lending sources.

The British Business Bank’s Finance Hub provides a comprehensive guide for small businesses seeking finance, including the role played by Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) and other alternative lending sources. Several CDFIs are delivery partners for Start Up Loans, providing finance of up to £25,000 for business owners who have been trading for up to three years. CDFIs also provide loans to businesses through the British Business Bank’s regions and nations funds.

In addition, CDFIs play an invaluable role in enabling individuals to access finance who would otherwise be excluded.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
28th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an energy social tariff for people living with (a) cystic fibrosis and (b) other long-term conditions.

As set out in the autumn statement, we are exploring the best approach to consumer protection from April 2024, as part of wider retail market reforms.

Officials are engaging with stakeholders with a view to targeting support for the most vulnerable and alleviating fuel poverty.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department plans to take to increase the growth in community energy generation.

The Government’s approach to community energy is set out in the Net Zero Strategy. This includes running the Community Energy Contact Group which provides a dedicated forum to discuss the role that community energy can play in the delivery of net zero with the sector. The approach also includes support for community energy projects from Ofgem, which welcomes applications from the sector to the Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.

The Government is supporting local authorities and community energy groups to work together to develop projects within UK Growth Funding schemes.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
11th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to help facilitate an increase in non-animal testing methods.

The Government is committed to supporting the growth of technologies that support non-animal research. UK Research & Innovation funds the development of techniques that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs) through the National Centre for 3Rs (NC3Rs). Since it was established the NC3Rs has invested £89.3 million in research and £27 million in contracts through its CRACK IT Challenges scheme. UK law requires that animals are only used in science where there are no alternatives, where the number of animals used, and potential harm is the minimum needed to achieve scientific benefit.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if her Department will take steps to create (a) partnerships and (b) collaborations with industry stakeholders to (i) establish best practice for and (ii) increase the uptake of non-animal testing.

The Government is committed to supporting the growth of technologies that support non-animal research. UK Research & Innovation funds the development of techniques that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs) through the National Centre for 3Rs (NC3Rs). Since it was established the NC3Rs has invested £89.3 million in research and £27 million in contracts through its CRACK IT Challenges scheme.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
11th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will have discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of establishing a cross-departmental roadmap to transition away from animal testing.

The Government has no current plans to establish a cross-departmental roadmap. The Government supports advances in biomedical science to reduce the use of animals in research, including stem cell research, cell culture, imaging and computer modelling techniques. UK Research & Innovation funds the development of techniques that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs) through the National Centre for 3Rs (NC3Rs). UK law requires that animals are only used in science where there are no alternatives, where the number of animals used, and potential harm is the minimum needed to achieve scientific benefit.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to provide an energy assistance payment for families of disabled children and young people who have a high energy usage.

The Government is delivering the Energy Bills Support Scheme, a £400 non-repayable grant to support families with their energy bills. Additionally, The Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) will save a typical household in Great Britain £900 this Winter. Families with disabled children are also entitled to a one-off £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment. The Government is currently reviewing the EPG. This consultation will explore the best ways to ensure that vulnerable high energy users, such as those with medical requirements, are not put at risk.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to provide additional statutory protections for night shift workers, in the context of the potential health risks associated with night shift work.

The Working Time Regulations provide extensive protections to night workers. Before someone starts working at night, they must be offered a free health assessment to see if they are fit to work nights before they become a night worker and on a regular basis after that. A record of this must be kept by the employer. Employers must also make sure that night time workers do not work more than an average of 8 hours in a 24-hour period. Employers can make collective or workforce agreements to change or exclude this limit.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will create a departmental working group which brings together industry stakeholders to discuss conditions for night shift workers.

The Working Time Regulations provide specific protections to night workers. Before someone starts working at night, they must be offered a free health assessment to see if they are fit to work nights before they become a night worker and on a regular basis after that. A record of this must be kept by the employer. Employers must also make sure that night time workers do not work more than an average of 8 hours in a 24-hour period. Employers can make collective or workforce agreements to change or exclude this limit.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to assess the health and wellbeing of the night shift workforce.

The Working Time Regulations provide specific protections to night workers. Before someone starts working at night, they must be offered a free health assessment to see if they are fit to work nights before they become a night worker and on a regular basis after that. A record of this must be kept by the employer. Employers must also make sure that night time workers do not work more than an average of 8 hours in a 24-hour period. Employers can make collective or workforce agreements to change or exclude this limit.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a legal requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to have a workplace Menopause Policy to protect and support people experiencing menopause.

The Government considers the best approach is to engage with employers to promote best practice and to support them to implement approaches that work for their own individual workplace. Through the Business Champion for Older Workers, and with external partners, Government is seeking to ensure that employers are aware of how best to support their staff experiencing menopause.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the case of the Lamp Insurance Company Limited, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the steps required of (a) liquidators and (b) regulatory bodies in (i) Gibraltar and (ii) the UK to ensure that (A) creditors and (B) consumers are protected when a company goes into liquidation.

LAMP Insurance Company Limited is a Gibraltar-incorporated and registered company which was authorised and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. The company was placed into liquidation in Gibraltar on 31 May 2019 in accordance with the Gibraltar Insolvency Act 2011. The UK Government has no involvement in the legal or regulatory functions of the authorities in Gibraltar.

LAMP Insurance Company Limited also operated in the UK and was authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. In the event that an authorised insurer fails operating in the UK or Gibraltar, there are consumer protections in place. Eligible policyholders can seek compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and refer claims disputes to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Creditors of the company who are not policyholders can lodge their claims and obtain further information via the Liquidator’s appointed agents, Grant Thornton Limited, who can be contacted by email at lampinsurance@gi.gt.com.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to mitigate the potential effect of rising energy costs on health inequalities for people with kidney failure receiving home dialysis treatment, which uses large volumes of electricity; and if he will make a statement.

Consumers in vulnerable situations due to health issues are protected by the energy price cap if they are on a supplier’s default or standard variable tariff. They will also receive a £200 discount on their electricity bill this autumn, as part of the Government’s package worth £9.1 billion to help domestic households with rising energy bills. The Government will continue to support eligible vulnerable and low-income households through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government plans to take to help ensure that people with kidney failure receiving home dialysis treatment, which uses large volumes of electricity, are able to maintain their energy requirements as energy costs rise; and if he will make a statement.

Consumers in vulnerable situations due to health issues are protected by the energy price cap if they are on a supplier’s default or standard variable tariff. They will also receive a £200 discount on their electricity bill this autumn, as part of the Government’s package worth £9.1 billion to help domestic households with rising energy bills. The Government will continue to support eligible vulnerable and low-income households through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a list of UK companies who participate in the UK-China Green Finance Centre.

UK-China Green Finance Centre Partners can be found on the UK China Green Finance Centre website: https://www.ukchinagreen.org/about-us/partners/

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK companies currently have joint-partnerships with Chinese companies as part of their operations in China.

The Government does not hold this information, which is an independent commercial matter for the companies involved.

As set out in the Integrated Review, the UK will continue to pursue a positive trade and investment relationship with China, while ensuring our national security and values are protected.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many UK companies are currently involved in providing financing to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

The provision of all financial services is an independent commercial decision. The Government does not monitor individual companies’ activities.

As set out in the Integrated Review, the UK will continue to pursue a positive trade and investment relationship with China, while ensuring our national security and values are protected.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has undertaken an assessment of the potential links between (a) universities based in the UK and research institutes in China and (b) the People’s Liberation Army.

The UK’s research sector is independent, but Her Majesty’s Government is supporting the sector to make informed decisions on international research collaboration. The government has published “Trusted Research” and supported the Universities representative body, Universities UK, to develop its own security guidelines which were published in October 2020. We continue to work closely with universities to promote advice and best practice, and to respond to specific inquiries.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government allocated to the UK-China Green Finance Centre in 2019-20.

The UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK-PACT) China Programme has spent £32,154.08 supporting the UK-China Green Finance Centre. The UK-China Green Finance Centre’s mission is to enhance UK and China green finance cooperation to accelerate the global transition to an environmentally sustainable future. UK PACT’s contribution to the UK-China Green Finance Centre is part of a wider grant supporting the City of London Green Finance Initiative and China Green Finance Committee. UK PACT has supported a number of influential initiatives under the Centre over the past two years, most notably the UK-China Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Pilot Working Group; and the Green Investment Principles (GIPs).

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government has allocated to the China-UK PACT since its inception.

Up to £5m has been approved for the UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT) Programme in China between 2018-2022. This programme is a demand-led technical assistance programme, working with high-emitting ODA eligible countries to support their low carbon transition in high impact areas. UK PACT China focuses on green finance, which China has recognised as critical to its climate mitigation. Greening China’s financial system and investment decisions is critical to climate mitigation globally and essential to meeting of the Paris Agreement. It is also central to UK’s objectives as COP26 upcoming Presidents.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of restricting wedding ceremonies to places of worship and some public buildings from 12 April 2021 on the wider wedding industry.

At Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 15 people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open or where a broader exemption applies.

Receptions can take place with up to 15 people in the form of a sit-down meal and in any COVID-19 Secure outdoor venue that is permitted to open. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private gardens or public outdoor spaces.

Over the course of the pandemic, the Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support to business, which we keep under regular review.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of a sector specific support grant of £680 million for eligible wedding business.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support to businesses, including those in the wedding industry, which we keep under regular review.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of establishing a Government-backed scheme to support (a) consumers and (b) business in the wedding sector in the absence of available insurance cover.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support to businesses, including those in the wedding industry, which we keep under regular review.

In order to help consumers, the Competition and Markets Authority have produced guidance for businesses to help them comply with pre-existing consumer law in respect of refunds and cancellations.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what economic impact assessment has been made on the extended closure of the wedding industry.

We have provided an unprecedented package of financial support since March 2020 to businesses, including those in the weddings sector. We keep this regularly under review, through discussions with HM Treasury.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the wedding sector and its supply chain on the sectors' re-opening timelines as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce and we will continue to discuss how the Government can support the sector through the different steps towards reopening.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the financial support required by the wedding industry to support its safe re-opening when covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support to businesses, including those in the wedding industry, which we keep under regular review. I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce and we will continue to discuss how the Government can support the sector through the different steps towards reopening.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has for the safe reopening of the wedding sector when covid-19 restrictions are eased.

I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce and we will continue discussions on how we can support the sector through the different steps towards reopening.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the wedding industry on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak (a) on that sector and (b) on employment levels of women working in that sector.

I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce, established to represent all parts of the UK Weddings sector, to understand the impact of the pandemic on jobs and businesses.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has been made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on employment levels in wedding sector (a) in total and (b) by gender.

I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce, established to represent all parts of the UK Weddings sector, to understand the impact on jobs and businesses.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the wedding sector has not received tailored financial support during the covid-19 outbreak.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support to businesses, including those in the wedding industry, which we keep under regular review. I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce, established to represent all parts of the sector, to understand the impact on jobs and businesses.

28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) level of children’s exposure to alcohol marketing and (b) impact of that exposure on children.

The Government does not currently have plans for a comprehensive assessment of the level of children’s exposure to alcohol advertising or its impact. However, the government recognises that there is some evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing can increase the risk that children will start to drink alcohol or, if they already drink, that it can increase the risk that they will consume greater quantities of alcohol. We will continue to assess any emerging evidence in a proportionate, measured way.

Additionally, there are measures in place to protect children and young people from alcohol advertisements. Material in the Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice Codes (CAP and BCAP codes) relating to the advertising and marketing of alcohol products is exceptionally robust, to ensure that alcohol advertising is responsible and that children and young people are suitably protected. If new evidence emerges that highlights major problems with the existing Codes, then the Advertising Standards Authority should revisit the Codes and take appropriate action.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the (a) Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group’s action plan entitled Unlocking Green Growth: A plan for the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry, published on 7 September 2021 and (b) proposals contained in that document that aim to support UK tourism.

I am aware of the value of the garden tourism market, especially domestic ornamental horticulture and the positive impact it makes to the UK, through job creation, encouraging creativity and promoting people’s well-being. The Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group (OHRG) report identifies how barriers to the sector's growth can be unlocked through a collaborative approach between the government and industry. This collaboration reflects the shared ambition for a truly vibrant and sustainable ornamental sector which can support the UK tourism industry.

The government is working with the OHRG and the sector to build on current good work already happening within the industry. The recently published Tourism Recovery Plan highlights our commitment to ensuring the tourism sector enhances the country’s natural heritage, in a sustainable and inclusive manner.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason the SEND and alternative provision improvement plan does not make specific reference to (a) cerebral palsy and (b) physical disability; and what steps her Department is taking to ensure that children with cerebral palsy are not overlooked by the SEND and alternative provision implementation board.

The department wants all children and young people to be able to reach their full potential and receive the right support to succeed in their education and as they move into adult life.

The Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan is designed to support all children, rather than being restricted to specific conditions, and to meet those needs within a fair and financially sustainable system, by improving national consistency. This will mean that the right support is provided in the right place at the right time for children and young people with SEND.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, mainstream schools and colleges must use their best endeavours to make sure any child or young person who has Special Educational Needs, including those with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities, gets the special educational provision they need. Alongside this, all schools have duties under the Equality Act 2010 towards individual disabled children and young people. They must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services for disabled children, to prevent them being put at a substantial disadvantage.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children with cerebral palsy attend mainstream schools.

The department’s ambition is for all children and young people, no matter what their Special Educational Need (SEN), to receive the right support to succeed in their education and as they move into adult life. The department wants them to achieve well in early years, at school (whether mainstream or special), in further education and to live more fulfilling and independent adult lives with improved employment outcomes. The department is creating a new single national SEN and disability system in England for how needs are identified and met across education, health and care, including for those with cerebral palsy.

The department does not hold the data requested.

The department collects data from schools in England on pupils with SEN, but type of need is held according to the categories specified in the school census.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with cerebral palsy in (a) Bootle constituency and (b) England and Wales have been assigned education, health and care plans.

The department’s ambition is for all children and young people, no matter what their Special Educational Need (SEN), to receive the right support to succeed in their education and as they move into adult life. The department wants them to achieve well in early years, at school (whether mainstream or special), in further education and to live more fulfilling and independent adult lives with improved employment outcomes. The department is creating a new single national SEN and disability system in England for how needs are identified and met across education, health and care, including for those with cerebral palsy.

The department does not hold the data requested.

The department collects data from schools in England on pupils with SEN, but type of need is held according to the categories specified in the school census.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the the potential impact of the initial Teacher Training Market Review on its objective to recruit more teachers from diverse backgrounds.

In the 2019 Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Department committed to reviewing the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) market, with the aim to make it more effective.

The subsequent ITT accreditation process was recommended by an expert advisory group and implemented following public consultation. The process was designed to assess providers’ capacity to deliver high quality, reformed ITT from September 2024, in line with the new Quality Requirements identified in the advisory group’s ITT Market Review.

The consultation invited views on any impact people considered could arise from implementation of the proposed Quality Requirements in relation to equalities issues. The Department also assessed the potential equalities impacts of the reforms and published the findings here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1037339/Government_response_to_the_initial_teacher_training__ITT__market_review_report_-_equalities_impact_assessment.pdf.

The Department continues to provide support to attract the best possible candidates to teacher training. £181 million has been made available in bursaries and scholarships to attract trainee teachers in high priority subjects for the 2023/24 academic year, which is a £52 million increase on the current academic year. As graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects attract the highest salaries outside teaching, the Department is offering a £27,000 tax free bursary and a £29,000 tax free scholarship in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. In addition, a Levelling Up Premium worth up to £3,000 tax free annually is available for maths, physics, chemistry and computing teachers who choose to work in disadvantaged schools early in their career. This reflects the priority the Department places on training teachers to teach STEM subjects and on supporting the recruitment and retention of specialist teachers in the subjects, schools and areas that need them most.

The Department wants to attract and retain diverse, talented teachers from all backgrounds and support all teachers in their career journeys. The Department is committed to dismantling the stereotype of what a good teacher looks like and supporting people into teaching, regardless of their gender or background.

The new Apply for Teacher Training service, rolled out in October 2021, will allow the Department to collect more data, giving a greater insight into candidate behaviour and the behaviour of providers of teacher training, so that the Department can identify barriers and work to address them. The Department will continue to work closely with ITT providers to explore, design and test new interventions to ensure teaching is an inclusive career that is open to candidates from all backgrounds.

28th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of its most recent round of Initial Teacher Training accreditation on recruitment in STEM subjects.

In the 2019 Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Department committed to reviewing the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) market, with the aim to make it more effective.

The subsequent ITT accreditation process was recommended by an expert advisory group and implemented following public consultation. The process was designed to assess providers’ capacity to deliver high quality, reformed ITT from September 2024, in line with the new Quality Requirements identified in the advisory group’s ITT Market Review.

The consultation invited views on any impact people considered could arise from implementation of the proposed Quality Requirements in relation to equalities issues. The Department also assessed the potential equalities impacts of the reforms and published the findings here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1037339/Government_response_to_the_initial_teacher_training__ITT__market_review_report_-_equalities_impact_assessment.pdf.

The Department continues to provide support to attract the best possible candidates to teacher training. £181 million has been made available in bursaries and scholarships to attract trainee teachers in high priority subjects for the 2023/24 academic year, which is a £52 million increase on the current academic year. As graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects attract the highest salaries outside teaching, the Department is offering a £27,000 tax free bursary and a £29,000 tax free scholarship in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. In addition, a Levelling Up Premium worth up to £3,000 tax free annually is available for maths, physics, chemistry and computing teachers who choose to work in disadvantaged schools early in their career. This reflects the priority the Department places on training teachers to teach STEM subjects and on supporting the recruitment and retention of specialist teachers in the subjects, schools and areas that need them most.

The Department wants to attract and retain diverse, talented teachers from all backgrounds and support all teachers in their career journeys. The Department is committed to dismantling the stereotype of what a good teacher looks like and supporting people into teaching, regardless of their gender or background.

The new Apply for Teacher Training service, rolled out in October 2021, will allow the Department to collect more data, giving a greater insight into candidate behaviour and the behaviour of providers of teacher training, so that the Department can identify barriers and work to address them. The Department will continue to work closely with ITT providers to explore, design and test new interventions to ensure teaching is an inclusive career that is open to candidates from all backgrounds.

18th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the amount of time it takes for a young person to be accepted for an education, health and care plan in the Sefton Council area.

The department does not have specific detailed information on the Bootle constituency. However, 602 requests for assessments were received by Sefton Council in the 12 months up to January 2022. In the same time period, 321 new education, health and care plans were issued by Sefton Council. This compares to 431 requests and 296 plans issued in the 12 months preceding January 2021.

In 2021 61.1% of new assessments were completed by Sefton Council within the statutory 20-week timescale. The national average in this time period was 59.9%.

18th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many requests for Education Health and Care Plan were (a) requested by parents or (b) signed off by Sefton Council for students in the Bootle constituency.

The department does not have specific detailed information on the Bootle constituency. However, 602 requests for assessments were received by Sefton Council in the 12 months up to January 2022. In the same time period, 321 new education, health and care plans were issued by Sefton Council. This compares to 431 requests and 296 plans issued in the 12 months preceding January 2021.

In 2021 61.1% of new assessments were completed by Sefton Council within the statutory 20-week timescale. The national average in this time period was 59.9%.

18th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) exclusions of SEN pupils and (b) total exclusions of students there were in schools in Bootle constituency in each of the last three years.

The table below shows the numbers of permanent exclusions and suspensions in total and by special educational needs (SEN) provision for Bootle constituency in academic years 2018/19 to 2020/21.

Type

Year

Total

No SEN

Education health and care plan

SEN support

Permanent exclusions

2020/21

4

3

0

1

2019/20

4

2

0

2

2018/19

8

2

0

6

Suspensions

2020/21

259

125

6

128

2019/20

283

166

8

109

2018/19

441

276

15

150