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Rachel Reeves

Labour - Leeds West

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

(since May 2021)
1 APPG membership (as of 2 Jun 2021)
Women in Parliament
1 Former APPG membership
Loneliness
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Apr 2020 - 9th May 2021
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
27th Jan 2020 - 7th Apr 2020
Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system
13th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
6th Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
12th Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Treasury Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
7th Oct 2013 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
7th Oct 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 2nd Nov 2010


Department Event
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
11:30
HM Treasury
Oral questions - Main Chamber
22 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Thursday 24th June 2021
11:30
HM Treasury
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
24 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.
The draft Financial Markets and Insolvency (Transitional Provision) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
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Department Event
Thursday 1st July 2021
HM Treasury
Legislation - Main Chamber
The Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill
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Division Votes
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Investing in Children and Young People
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 193 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 224 Noes - 0
Speeches
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Economy Update

Five years ago, my friend and colleague Jo Cox was murdered. There is not a day goes by when I …

Written Answers
Thursday 29th April 2021
Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests: Powers
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 11th March 2020
Parents of premature and sick babies
That this House welcomes the announcement to allow employed parents of premature and sick babies to to claim up to …
Bills
Tuesday 11th June 2019
Climate Change (Emissions Targets) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 17th May 2021
1. Employment and earnings
From 1 April 2021 until further notice, I receive £100 a month from JPIMedia Publishing Ltd, Brightwell Business Hub, Bakewell …
EDM signed
Thursday 15th October 2020
St George’s Crypt 90th Anniversary
That this House congratulates St George’s Crypt in Leeds on 90 years of service to the homeless and disadvantaged; notes …
Supported Legislation
Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Rachel Reeves has voted in 239 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(44 debate interactions)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative)
Paymaster General
(7 debate interactions)
Eleanor Laing (Conservative)
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(34 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(23 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(14 debate contributions)
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Leeds 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).

Rachel Reeves has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Rachel Reeves

12th October 2020
Rachel Reeves signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 15th October 2020

St George’s Crypt 90th Anniversary

Tabled by: Hilary Benn (Labour - Leeds Central)
That this House congratulates St George’s Crypt in Leeds on 90 years of service to the homeless and disadvantaged; notes that the Crypt has been providing this support since the vicar of St George’s Church, the Reverend Don Robins, first opened the doors of the Crypt in 1930 to take …
5 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
20th July 2020
Rachel Reeves signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 20th July 2020

Leeds United and promotion to the Premier League

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House congratulates Leeds United, its manager Marcelo Bielsa, its players, its owner Andrea Radrizzani and its incredible supporters in Leeds and around the world on winning the Championship in the club's centenary season; believes that this outstanding achievement is a fitting tribute to Norman Hunter, Trevor Cherry and …
15 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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

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


5 Urgent Questions tabled by Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Rachel Reeves


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 amend the Climate Change Act 2008 to require net United Kingdom carbon emissions to be zero by 2050 and to include international aviation and international shipping in the calculation of such emissions.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 11th June 2019

A Bill to require the Financial Conduct Authority to make rules restricting the cost of credit for unauthorised overdrafts on bank accounts in certain circumstances; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 25th April 2017
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243 Written Questions in the current parliament

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8 Other Department Questions
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to a recent memorandum from the Cabinet Office Border and Protocol Delivery Group, what the 10 new IT systems are that the logistics industry will have to deal with from 1 January 2021; and which of those 10 are still in development.

In accordance with standard practice, the Government does not comment on leaked documents. There are a number of new systems that traders and hauliers will need to engage with both in the UK and EU.

Delivery is on track, however as part of standard programme delivery, contingencies are always prepared.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave on 8 September.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the recent memorandum by the Cabinet Office Border and Protocol Delivery Group.

In accordance with standard practice, the Government does not comment on leaked documents. There are a number of new systems that traders and hauliers will need to engage with both in the UK and EU.

Delivery is on track, however as part of standard programme delivery, contingencies are always prepared.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave on 8 September.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans he has put in place in the event that implementation of the (a) Smart Freight Service and (b) Goods Vehicle Movement Service is delayed.

In accordance with standard practice, the Government does not comment on leaked documents. There are a number of new systems that traders and hauliers will need to engage with both in the UK and EU.

Delivery is on track, however as part of standard programme delivery, contingencies are always prepared.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave on 8 September.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on businesses in the event that there are (a) significant queues and delays on the roads approaching ports in the UK as predicted in the Border Operating Model as a result of a high number of HGVs not having the correct documentation and (b) a delay in rolling out new IT systems.

In accordance with standard practice, the Government does not comment on leaked documents. There are a number of new systems that traders and hauliers will need to engage with both in the UK and EU.

Delivery is on track, however as part of standard programme delivery, contingencies are always prepared.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave on 8 September.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what metrics his Department is using to help ensure business preparedness by the end of the transition period.

Further to the statement of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July, Government has launched a campaign to communicate the actions businesses and individuals need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. We have established a core set of metrics for measuring the impact of the campaign drawing on our experience of the previous campaign.

The Government has also announced an unprecedented £705 million package of investment for border infrastructure, staff and technology to ensure our border systems are fully operational after the end of the transition period. As set out on 13 July, the Government will provide a breakdown of spend on ports by region and by port in due course. The funding will however include making available up to £470 million to build port and inland infrastructure needed to strengthen the UK’s border facilities and a £235 million investment in staffing and IT systems.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what new Government infrastructure will be needed to ensure that businesses are ready by the end of the transition period.

Further to the statement of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July, Government has launched a campaign to communicate the actions businesses and individuals need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. We have established a core set of metrics for measuring the impact of the campaign drawing on our experience of the previous campaign.

The Government has also announced an unprecedented £705 million package of investment for border infrastructure, staff and technology to ensure our border systems are fully operational after the end of the transition period. As set out on 13 July, the Government will provide a breakdown of spend on ports by region and by port in due course. The funding will however include making available up to £470 million to build port and inland infrastructure needed to strengthen the UK’s border facilities and a £235 million investment in staffing and IT systems.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of which ports plan to operate a paper-based office of transit.

Further to the statement of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July, Government has launched a campaign to communicate the actions businesses and individuals need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. We have established a core set of metrics for measuring the impact of the campaign drawing on our experience of the previous campaign.

The Government has also announced an unprecedented £705 million package of investment for border infrastructure, staff and technology to ensure our border systems are fully operational after the end of the transition period. As set out on 13 July, the Government will provide a breakdown of spend on ports by region and by port in due course. The funding will however include making available up to £470 million to build port and inland infrastructure needed to strengthen the UK’s border facilities and a £235 million investment in staffing and IT systems.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how the additional £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service will be spent; and if he will take steps to make an assessment of the effect of that additional funding on the number of prosecutions taken forward for the offence of rape.

The
additional £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be spent
over two financial years; £5 million in 2019-20 and £80 million in 2020-21. This
investment will enable the CPS to respond effectively to the expected increase
in caseload resulting from the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers; to
better meet their disclosure obligations; to work with investigators to pursue
all reasonable lines of inquiry; and to deliver much needed changes to external
counsel fees. Investing in the CPS to meet these pressures is essential for
justice to be served.

The
additional resources for disclosure will support the development of stronger
cases, including rape offences.

Michael Ellis
Attorney General
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to next publish the Register of Minsters’ Financial Interests.

The Prime Minister yesterday announced the appointment of Rt Hon Lord Geidt to serve as the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. The Independent Adviser oversees the production of a List of Ministers' Interests, and the next publication will occur once Lord Geidt has concluded that process.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to give the next Independent Advisor on Ministerial Standards the power to initiate investigations.

The Prime Minister yesterday announced the appointment of Rt Hon Lord Geidt to serve as the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. Lord Geidt is a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, a Privy Councillor and a former Private Secretary to The Queen. He brings a distinguished record of impartial public service and experience of Government to bear on the appointment.

The Prime Minister has agreed Terms of Reference for the role with Lord Geidt. These have been published on Gov.uk and will be deposited in the House libraries.

As part of these new Terms of Reference, and taking into account the recommendations of the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Independent Adviser will now have the authority to advise on the initiation of investigations.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to fill the vacancy for the Independent Advisor on Ministerial Standards.

The Prime Minister yesterday announced the appointment of Rt Hon Lord Geidt to serve as the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. Lord Geidt is a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, a Privy Councillor and a former Private Secretary to The Queen. He brings a distinguished record of impartial public service and experience of Government to bear on the appointment.

The Prime Minister has agreed Terms of Reference for the role with Lord Geidt. These have been published on Gov.uk and will be deposited in the House libraries.

As part of these new Terms of Reference, and taking into account the recommendations of the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Independent Adviser will now have the authority to advise on the initiation of investigations.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the date on which the Prime Minister repaid the costs of the refurbishment of the 11 Downing Street flat.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on who paid the invoices for the refurbishment of the Prime Minister’s 11 Downing Street flat.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Government's £290 billion annual public sector procurement expenditure has been spent (a) with businesses that use or have used child labour and (b) on products manufactured in, or using materials manufactured in, Xinjiang in each of the last five financial years.

This information is not held centrally.

The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year. This huge amount of government spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, and meeting our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Government has already reviewed the Green Book to ensure it supports “levelling up” and is taking other steps for example through the National Infrastructure Strategy to ensure vibrant and resilient supply chains. Our ambitious plans for reform, set out in our recently published Green Paper on transforming procurement, aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations.

The Government is committed to working to improve action to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and has published commercial policy and guidance which advocates a systematic approach to identifying and tackling modern slavery and labour abuses in government supply chains, focussing on areas of the highest risk. We are keeping this matter under close review.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Government's £290 billion annual public sector procurement expenditure has been spent on (a) goods made in the UK, (b) services provided by UK-owned companies, (c) goods made outside of the UK and (d) services provided by overseas-owned companies in each of the last five financial years.

This information is not held centrally.

The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year. This huge amount of government spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, and meeting our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Government has already reviewed the Green Book to ensure it supports “levelling up” and is taking other steps for example through the National Infrastructure Strategy to ensure vibrant and resilient supply chains. Our ambitious plans for reform, set out in our recently published Green Paper on transforming procurement, aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations.

The Government is committed to working to improve action to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and has published commercial policy and guidance which advocates a systematic approach to identifying and tackling modern slavery and labour abuses in government supply chains, focussing on areas of the highest risk. We are keeping this matter under close review.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Government's £290 billion annual public sector procurement expenditure has been disbursed by each (a) Government department, (b) local authority, (c) university, (d) research institute or research council, (e) NHS Trust and (f) further education institute in each of the last five financial years.

This information is not held centrally.

The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year. This huge amount of government spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, and meeting our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Government has already reviewed the Green Book to ensure it supports “levelling up” and is taking other steps for example through the National Infrastructure Strategy to ensure vibrant and resilient supply chains. Our ambitious plans for reform, set out in our recently published Green Paper on transforming procurement, aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations.

The Government is committed to working to improve action to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and has published commercial policy and guidance which advocates a systematic approach to identifying and tackling modern slavery and labour abuses in government supply chains, focussing on areas of the highest risk. We are keeping this matter under close review.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Government's £290 billion annual public sector procurement expenditure has been spent in each region of the UK in each of the last five financial years.

This information is not held centrally.

The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year. This huge amount of government spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, and meeting our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Government has already reviewed the Green Book to ensure it supports “levelling up” and is taking other steps for example through the National Infrastructure Strategy to ensure vibrant and resilient supply chains. Our ambitious plans for reform, set out in our recently published Green Paper on transforming procurement, aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations.

The Government is committed to working to improve action to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and has published commercial policy and guidance which advocates a systematic approach to identifying and tackling modern slavery and labour abuses in government supply chains, focussing on areas of the highest risk. We are keeping this matter under close review.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Government's £290 billion annual public sector procurement expenditure has been spent with or on (a) the private sector, (b) the voluntary sector, (c) SMEs, (d) public sector bodies, (e) goods and (f) services in each of the last five financial years.

This information is not held centrally.

The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year. This huge amount of government spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, and meeting our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Government has already reviewed the Green Book to ensure it supports “levelling up” and is taking other steps for example through the National Infrastructure Strategy to ensure vibrant and resilient supply chains. Our ambitious plans for reform, set out in our recently published Green Paper on transforming procurement, aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations.

The Government is committed to working to improve action to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and has published commercial policy and guidance which advocates a systematic approach to identifying and tackling modern slavery and labour abuses in government supply chains, focussing on areas of the highest risk. We are keeping this matter under close review.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2021 to Question, what the specific boundaries are of central London where 22,000 civil servants will be relocated from; and which specific regions those civil servants will be relocated to.

The Government is committed to relocating 22,000 civil service roles from central London to the regions and nations of the UK by the end of the decade. A number of announcements have been made on Places for Growth locations. This includes the Cabinet Office establishing a second headquarters in Glasgow, a joint headquarters for FCDO in East Kilbride, DfT building on its presence in Leeds and Birmingham, and a new economic campus in Darlington. Further announcements for other departments will be made in due course.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much David Cameron has received from the public purse since he resigned as Prime Minister and hon. Member in 2016; and what the purpose was of such payments.

Former Prime Ministers are entitled to claim the Public Duty Cost Allowance, which is the reimbursement of incurred expenses for necessary office and secretarial costs arising from the fulfilment of public duties. Amounts claimed each year are set out in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts.

Ministers of the Crown are eligible to receive a severance payment of three months of their Ministerial salary, as outlined in the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991 (as amended).

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
16th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on settling legal disputes, including legal costs, with former employees and civil servants since 2019.

This information is not held centrally.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
16th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the specialised committees and sub-committees established under the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement have (a) held meetings and (b) organised meetings for 2021.

The dates of the first meetings of the committees established under the UK - EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement have not yet been agreed with the EU. We are carefully considering the establishment of these committees, including the UK chairs and delegations, so that they can begin their formal business after ratification has been completed.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
11th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the total cost to the public purse of (a) refurbishments and (b) renovations to No.10 Downing Street since July 2019 has been notified to the Cabinet Secretary.

The Downing Street complex is a working building, as well as containing two Ministerial residences. As has been the case under successive administrations, refurbishments and maintenance are made periodically.

Works to the Downing Street estate are overseen by the Cabinet Office. It is not the practice of successive administrations to comment on which officials have been consulted or advised on matters.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent engaging with UK businesses on how they adapt to the new UK-EU trading relationship since the end of the transition period.

Ministers across government have been speaking directly to hundreds of businesses across the country, including through the Business Brexit Task Force, to develop a shared vision and plan for the future. Such engagement has been integral to support businesses in adapting to our new trading relationship with the EU and to continue to successfully compete on the global stage.

The Cabinet Office is consistently tracking and reviewing spend on the UK Transition campaign to ensure our communications to businesses and citizens are efficient. The Cabinet Office is committed to scrutiny and transparency. Details of spend of over £500, including on public information campaigns, are published on a rolling basis on gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-spend-data.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on adverts on news websites promoting the success of UK businesses in adapting to the new trading arrangements with the EU.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ 33512.

The cross-government Transition communication campaign is guiding and supporting businesses and citizens to adapt to new arrangements since the end of the Transition Period. The campaign has used national advertising including TV, SMS, Radio, Press, Print, Digital and outdoor advertising across owned, earned and paid for channels.

The Cabinet Office is consistently tracking and reviewing spend on the Transition campaign to ensure our communications are efficient. Campaign spend is proportionate to ensure UK businesses and consumers know what they need to do to make sure they adapt and thrive under the new rules.

Details of spend over £500, including on public information campaigns, is published on a monthly basis on gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-spend-data.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what voucher schemes the currently advertised £3.3 billion contract relates to.

The Government has a longstanding commitment to the principle of transparency in procurement.

We have recently launched our Green Paper on transforming the UK’s public procurement regulations. The proposals outline specific measures to strengthen transparency throughout the commercial lifecycle and make sure we can have a choice of direct award and more competitive tendering during crises.

The Crown Commercial Service aims to create a framework which will provide an efficient and compliant route to market for public sector bodies for a broad range of voucher schemes. A Prior Information Notice was issued to the market on 29th January 2021 and stakeholder engagement is ongoing, prior to the issuance of a formal contract notice. The maximum potential value of call offs by the public sector is anticipated to be £3.3bn over the lifecycle of this framework agreement.

The framework agreement will not deliver voucher based reward and recognition schemes to employees but will cover a wide range of voucher types, such as to reward and incentivise the general public (i.e. in response to completing surveys) and to provide support to those in times of need or distress.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to adapt Government procurement strategies as a result of the High Court’s recent ruling on contract publication.

The Government has a longstanding commitment to the principle of transparency in procurement.

We have recently launched our Green Paper on transforming the UK’s public procurement regulations. The proposals outline specific measures to strengthen transparency throughout the commercial lifecycle and make sure we can have a choice of direct award and more competitive tendering during crises.

The Crown Commercial Service aims to create a framework which will provide an efficient and compliant route to market for public sector bodies for a broad range of voucher schemes. A Prior Information Notice was issued to the market on 29th January 2021 and stakeholder engagement is ongoing, prior to the issuance of a formal contract notice. The maximum potential value of call offs by the public sector is anticipated to be £3.3bn over the lifecycle of this framework agreement.

The framework agreement will not deliver voucher based reward and recognition schemes to employees but will cover a wide range of voucher types, such as to reward and incentivise the general public (i.e. in response to completing surveys) and to provide support to those in times of need or distress.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of Public First’s performance in its contracts relating to the covid-19 response.

Further to my answer to PQ 77727 on 6 October 2020, public sector procurement is subject to a legal framework which encourages fair and open competition and value for money, in line with internationally and nationally agreed obligations and regulations. Public sector procurers are required to assess value for money using criteria linked to the subject matter of the contract, including compliance with the published specification.

Cabinet Office, like all departments, is responsible for the monitoring of its contracts. This research has helped us to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies during the pandemic.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to consider Public First as a candidate for future covid-19 contracts.

Further to my answer to PQ 77727 on 6 October 2020, public sector procurement is subject to a legal framework which encourages fair and open competition and value for money, in line with internationally and nationally agreed obligations and regulations. Public sector procurers are required to assess value for money using criteria linked to the subject matter of the contract, including compliance with the published specification.

Cabinet Office, like all departments, is responsible for the monitoring of its contracts. This research has helped us to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies during the pandemic.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the UK has made in its engagement in the Open Government Partnership; and what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the latest independent report finding that the UK's latest open government commitments were limited in scope, did not take proper account of proposals from the public and charities, and did not address major issues like Freedom of Information processing and public procurement issues, as highlighted by the NAO.

The UK is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and is committed to upholding the organisation’s values of transparency, accountability and public participation. Work on the forthcoming National Action Plan will take place throughout 2021, with a model of engagement designed to encourage greater public participation, collaboration, and expert involvement.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 2 February 2021, Official Report column 837 on Northern Ireland Protocol: Implementation, what the significant issues are that he would not describe as teething problems.

I refer the Honourable Member to the letter sent to Vice-President Sefcovic on 2 February.

The letter can be found here.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister to the Liaison Committee on 13 January 2021, what teething problems are being experienced by UK exporters.

I refer the Hon. Member both to the letter by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 11 February, a copy of which I have asked to be placed in the House of Commons Library and to the response, published on gov.uk, to erroneous claims made by the Road Haulage Association available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/response-to-points-raised-in-road-haulage-association-letter-to-the-chancellor-of-the-duchy-of-lancaster

I also refer the Hon. Member to the answers given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to questions on 11 February.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many lorries have been turned away at UK borders as a result of inadequate paperwork since 1 January 2021.

I refer the Hon. Member both to the letter by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 11 February, a copy of which I have asked to be placed in the House of Commons Library and to the response, published on gov.uk, to erroneous claims made by the Road Haulage Association available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/response-to-points-raised-in-road-haulage-association-letter-to-the-chancellor-of-the-duchy-of-lancaster

I also refer the Hon. Member to the answers given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to questions on 11 February.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many lorries have been turned away at UK borders as a result of the driver failing to produce a negative covid-19 test since 1 January 2021.

I refer the Hon. Member both to the letter by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 11 February, a copy of which I have asked to be placed in the House of Commons Library and to the response, published on gov.uk, to erroneous claims made by the Road Haulage Association available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/response-to-points-raised-in-road-haulage-association-letter-to-the-chancellor-of-the-duchy-of-lancaster

I also refer the Hon. Member to the answers given by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to questions on 11 February.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, under what circumstances the Government would trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

I refer the Honourable Member to the letter my Right Honourable Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster sent to Vice-President Maros Sefcovic on 2 February 2021.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will outline the steps taken by the Government to identify which parts of its response to the covid-19 outbreak should be outsourced to private companies.

This Government recognises that outsourcing is an important component in a “mixed economy” of public service provision and that the private sector has played a crucial role in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the development and procurement of the Government’s world-leading vaccine programme. Under the terms of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, departments and other public authorities are able to use various applicable procedures. Public authorities across the United Kingdom including the devolved administrations and local authorities have made use of direct awards - this includes Leeds City Council. Similar approaches were adopted by many other countries, including Japan, Finland and New Zealand. It is unrealistic to suggest that the government ought to have run a full public procurement competition for PPE and other critical contracts at the height of the pandemic. The minimum number of days a competitive award could take place under the current rules is 25 days. This would have hugely slowed down the buying of vital PPE supplies.

Further to the Outsourcing Playbook, available on gov.uk, and as has been the case under successive administrations, public sector contracting authorities are responsible for their own commercial decisions, such as the award and monitoring of contracts. New commercial policy relating to the evaluation and delivery of social value outcomes through central government procurement did not come into force until 1 January 2021. It is therefore unlikely that a formal assessment of social value was made in relation to direct award contracts relating to the covid-19 response. Regarding cyber security, details of the Cyber Essentials scheme is available on gov.uk. The requested information on service credits is not held centrally.

I note that the Hon Member has not yet replied to the letter by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 20 November 2020. As a courtesy, I will ensure that a further copy of the letter is sent to her office to ensure she has a chance to reply to the points raised.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the process is for (a) identifying and (b) evaluating the capacity of companies being considered for contracts relating to the covid-19 response.

This Government recognises that outsourcing is an important component in a “mixed economy” of public service provision and that the private sector has played a crucial role in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the development and procurement of the Government’s world-leading vaccine programme. Under the terms of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, departments and other public authorities are able to use various applicable procedures. Public authorities across the United Kingdom including the devolved administrations and local authorities have made use of direct awards - this includes Leeds City Council. Similar approaches were adopted by many other countries, including Japan, Finland and New Zealand. It is unrealistic to suggest that the government ought to have run a full public procurement competition for PPE and other critical contracts at the height of the pandemic. The minimum number of days a competitive award could take place under the current rules is 25 days. This would have hugely slowed down the buying of vital PPE supplies.

Further to the Outsourcing Playbook, available on gov.uk, and as has been the case under successive administrations, public sector contracting authorities are responsible for their own commercial decisions, such as the award and monitoring of contracts. New commercial policy relating to the evaluation and delivery of social value outcomes through central government procurement did not come into force until 1 January 2021. It is therefore unlikely that a formal assessment of social value was made in relation to direct award contracts relating to the covid-19 response. Regarding cyber security, details of the Cyber Essentials scheme is available on gov.uk. The requested information on service credits is not held centrally.

I note that the Hon Member has not yet replied to the letter by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 20 November 2020. As a courtesy, I will ensure that a further copy of the letter is sent to her office to ensure she has a chance to reply to the points raised.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the (a) social value, (b) ethnic diversity and (c) gender diversity in the awarding of public sector contracts relating to the covid-19 response.

This Government recognises that outsourcing is an important component in a “mixed economy” of public service provision and that the private sector has played a crucial role in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the development and procurement of the Government’s world-leading vaccine programme. Under the terms of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, departments and other public authorities are able to use various applicable procedures. Public authorities across the United Kingdom including the devolved administrations and local authorities have made use of direct awards - this includes Leeds City Council. Similar approaches were adopted by many other countries, including Japan, Finland and New Zealand. It is unrealistic to suggest that the government ought to have run a full public procurement competition for PPE and other critical contracts at the height of the pandemic. The minimum number of days a competitive award could take place under the current rules is 25 days. This would have hugely slowed down the buying of vital PPE supplies.

Further to the Outsourcing Playbook, available on gov.uk, and as has been the case under successive administrations, public sector contracting authorities are responsible for their own commercial decisions, such as the award and monitoring of contracts. New commercial policy relating to the evaluation and delivery of social value outcomes through central government procurement did not come into force until 1 January 2021. It is therefore unlikely that a formal assessment of social value was made in relation to direct award contracts relating to the covid-19 response. Regarding cyber security, details of the Cyber Essentials scheme is available on gov.uk. The requested information on service credits is not held centrally.

I note that the Hon Member has not yet replied to the letter by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 20 November 2020. As a courtesy, I will ensure that a further copy of the letter is sent to her office to ensure she has a chance to reply to the points raised.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the length of extensions required to the proposed grace periods for traders moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I refer the Honourable Member to the letter my Right Honourable Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster sent to Vice-President Maros Sefcovic on 2 February 2021.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to reintroduce open tendering processes when awarding contracts relating to the Government’s covid-19 response.

This Government recognises that outsourcing is an important component in a “mixed economy” of public service provision and that the private sector has played a crucial role in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the development and procurement of the Government’s world-leading vaccine programme. Under the terms of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, departments and other public authorities are able to use various applicable procedures. Public authorities across the United Kingdom including the devolved administrations and local authorities have made use of direct awards - this includes Leeds City Council. Similar approaches were adopted by many other countries, including Japan, Finland and New Zealand. It is unrealistic to suggest that the government ought to have run a full public procurement competition for PPE and other critical contracts at the height of the pandemic. The minimum number of days a competitive award could take place under the current rules is 25 days. This would have hugely slowed down the buying of vital PPE supplies.

Further to the Outsourcing Playbook, available on gov.uk, and as has been the case under successive administrations, public sector contracting authorities are responsible for their own commercial decisions, such as the award and monitoring of contracts. Regarding cyber security, details of the Cyber Essentials scheme is available on gov.uk. The requested information on service credits is not held centrally.

I note that the Hon Member has not yet replied to the letter by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 20 November 2020. As a courtesy, I will ensure that a further copy of the letter is sent to her office to ensure she has a chance to reply to the points raised.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he made of a company’s vulnerability to cyberattacks when awarding contracts relating to the Government’s covid-19 response.

This Government recognises that outsourcing is an important component in a “mixed economy” of public service provision and that the private sector has played a crucial role in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the development and procurement of the Government’s world-leading vaccine programme. Under the terms of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, departments and other public authorities are able to use various applicable procedures. Public authorities across the United Kingdom including the devolved administrations and local authorities have made use of direct awards - this includes Leeds City Council. Similar approaches were adopted by many other countries, including Japan, Finland and New Zealand. It is unrealistic to suggest that the government ought to have run a full public procurement competition for PPE and other critical contracts at the height of the pandemic. The minimum number of days a competitive award could take place under the current rules is 25 days. This would have hugely slowed down the buying of vital PPE supplies.

Further to the Outsourcing Playbook, available on gov.uk, and as has been the case under successive administrations, public sector contracting authorities are responsible for their own commercial decisions, such as the award and monitoring of contracts. Regarding cyber security, details of the Cyber Essentials scheme is available on gov.uk. The requested information on service credits is not held centrally.

I note that the Hon Member has not yet replied to the letter by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 20 November 2020. As a courtesy, I will ensure that a further copy of the letter is sent to her office to ensure she has a chance to reply to the points raised.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value is of service credits applied to contracts awarded without tender since 1 March 2020 for failure to meet performance standards; and how much has been returned to the public purse to date.

This Government recognises that outsourcing is an important component in a “mixed economy” of public service provision and that the private sector has played a crucial role in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the development and procurement of the Government’s world-leading vaccine programme. Under the terms of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, departments and other public authorities are able to use various applicable procedures. Public authorities across the United Kingdom including the devolved administrations and local authorities have made use of direct awards - this includes Leeds City Council. Similar approaches were adopted by many other countries, including Japan, Finland and New Zealand. It is unrealistic to suggest that the government ought to have run a full public procurement competition for PPE and other critical contracts at the height of the pandemic. The minimum number of days a competitive award could take place under the current rules is 25 days. This would have hugely slowed down the buying of vital PPE supplies.

Further to the Outsourcing Playbook, available on gov.uk, and as has been the case under successive administrations, public sector contracting authorities are responsible for their own commercial decisions, such as the award and monitoring of contracts. Regarding cyber security, details of the Cyber Essentials scheme is available on gov.uk. The requested information on service credits is not held centrally.

I note that the Hon Member has not yet replied to the letter by my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster of 20 November 2020. As a courtesy, I will ensure that a further copy of the letter is sent to her office to ensure she has a chance to reply to the points raised.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of when the volume of GB-EU freight crossings may return to the level at 1 November 2020.

The Government is monitoring freight flow across UK ports through the Border Operations Centre in the Cabinet Office. November 2020 is not a baseline for 'normal' flow levels but freight levels have been increasing over recent weeks.

The Government has announced a wide range of support for businesses, traders and hauliers - full details are available on gov.uk. Future announcements will be made in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what additional support his Department plans to provide to tackle the problems experienced by hauliers at UK borders since 1 January 2021.

The Government is monitoring freight flow across UK ports through the Border Operations Centre in the Cabinet Office. November 2020 is not a baseline for 'normal' flow levels but freight levels have been increasing over recent weeks.

The Government has announced a wide range of support for businesses, traders and hauliers - full details are available on gov.uk. Future announcements will be made in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total sum is that (a) the Government has assessed for claw back following unsatisfactory delivery of covid-19 related contracts, (b) has been instigated and (c) returned to date.

This information is not held centrally.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the UK's new Border Control Posts and related infrastructure for the new customs procedures coming into force on 1 July 2021.

The UK announced that it would introduce new border controls on imports coming into Great Britain from the EU in three stages up until 1 July 2021, as set out by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancester by Written Ministerial Statement on 15 June 2020. Government is supporting the infrastructure needed for these changes through £470m of investment, including £200 million for the Port Infrastructure Fund (PIF) and a further £270m allocated to the provision of inland facilities. We are keeping progress on infrastructure and wider preparedness continually under review.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many haulage lorries have successfully made the (a) GB-NI and (b) GB-EU crossings each week since 1 January 2021.

Goods are moving effectively between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and there are no significant queues at Northern Ireland ports.

Border Force has put in place additional resource in Northern Ireland to manage any operational requirements following the end of the Transition Period, including under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The UK Government is working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive on the implementation of the requirements of the Protocol.

Goods also continue to move effectively between Great Britain and the European Union. Compliance with new border requirements continues to improve. The numbers of HGV freight turned back at the Short Straits, either for lack of border readiness or inability to present a negative COVID test has been low and decreasing over time, with an average of less than 5% over the period from 20-26 January. The Government is working with industry to ensure traders understand the new border requirements.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many haulage lorries have been delayed at UK borders as a result of inadequate paperwork each week since 1 January 2021.

Goods are moving effectively between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and there are no significant queues at Northern Ireland ports.

Border Force has put in place additional resource in Northern Ireland to manage any operational requirements following the end of the Transition Period, including under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The UK Government is working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive on the implementation of the requirements of the Protocol.

Goods also continue to move effectively between Great Britain and the European Union. Compliance with new border requirements continues to improve. The numbers of HGV freight turned back at the Short Straits, either for lack of border readiness or inability to present a negative COVID test has been low and decreasing over time, with an average of less than 5% over the period from 20-26 January. The Government is working with industry to ensure traders understand the new border requirements.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how long it has taken on average for haulage lorries to cross the (a) GB-NI and (b) NI-GB route in each week since 1 January 2021.

Goods are moving effectively between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and there are no significant queues at Northern Ireland ports.

Border Force has put in place additional resource in Northern Ireland to manage any operational requirements following the end of the Transition Period, including under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The UK Government is working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive on the implementation of the requirements of the Protocol.

Goods also continue to move effectively between Great Britain and the European Union. Compliance with new border requirements continues to improve. The numbers of HGV freight turned back at the Short Straits, either for lack of border readiness or inability to present a negative COVID test has been low and decreasing over time, with an average of less than 5% over the period from 20-26 January. The Government is working with industry to ensure traders understand the new border requirements.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many empty haulage lorries have made the (a) GB-NI and (b) GB-EU crossings each week since 1 January 2021.

Goods are moving effectively between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and there are no significant queues at Northern Ireland ports.

Border Force has put in place additional resource in Northern Ireland to manage any operational requirements following the end of the Transition Period, including under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The UK Government is working closely with the Northern Ireland Executive on the implementation of the requirements of the Protocol.

Goods also continue to move effectively between Great Britain and the European Union. Compliance with new border requirements continues to improve. The numbers of HGV freight turned back at the Short Straits, either for lack of border readiness or inability to present a negative COVID test has been low and decreasing over time, with an average of less than 5% over the period from 20-26 January. The Government is working with industry to ensure traders understand the new border requirements.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions the Cabinet Office has had with organisations representing the creative industries since the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement was agreed.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport leads on the relationship with the UK's creative industries. Where appropriate, officials from Cabinet Office and other departments, participate in discussions. Details of ministerial meetings are published on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the (a) Exit Strategy and (b) Exit Operations Cabinet Committees have met since 1 January 2020.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ105615 on 22 October.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, on which dates the (a) Exit Strategy and (b) Exit Operations Cabinet Committees have met since 1 January 2020.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to PQ105615 on 22 October.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many orders through contracts awarded by his Department are currently unfulfilled.

Departmental contracts are not managed centrally. Therefore, the information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. It is Cabinet Office policy that all contract managers have appropriate skills to ensure contracts are managed correctly. Any potential unfulfilled orders would be dealt with in accordance with the contract’s terms and conditions.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultants have been seconded to his Department with security clearance since 1 March 2020.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of security clearance are not normally disclosed.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultants have been seconded to the Treasury with security clearance since 1 March 2020.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of security clearance are not normally disclosed.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many consultants have been seconded to 10 Downing Street with security clearance since 1 March 2020.

In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of security clearance are not normally disclosed.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the projected cost of the renovations of his Department's collaboration hub in 70 Whitehall.

Details of expenditure are published on GOV.UK.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of the renovations to the Cabinet Office collaboration hub.

Details of expenditure are published on GOV.UK.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that relocation of civil servants outside of London helps to facilitate regional representation in decision-making.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to PQ72996 on 21 July 2020.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the use of dynamic purchasing systems to support SME's access to procurement contracts.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by Amanda Milling MP on 16 July 2020.

Information about the Crown Commercial Service Dynamic Purchasing System is available online. https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/help-and-support/frameworks/dynamic-purchasing-system/

Regarding feedback, I refer the hon. Member to the guidance on ‘Bid Evaluation’ available on GOV.UK as part of the Outsourcing Playbook.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure systematic feedback is provided for unsuccessful bidders to Government tenders.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by Amanda Milling MP on 16 July 2020.

Information about the Crown Commercial Service Dynamic Purchasing System is available online. https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/help-and-support/frameworks/dynamic-purchasing-system/

Regarding feedback, I refer the hon. Member to the guidance on ‘Bid Evaluation’ available on GOV.UK as part of the Outsourcing Playbook.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to remove barriers to SMEs bidding for Government tender.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by Amanda Milling MP on 16 July 2020.

Information about the Crown Commercial Service Dynamic Purchasing System is available online. https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/help-and-support/frameworks/dynamic-purchasing-system/

Regarding feedback, I refer the hon. Member to the guidance on ‘Bid Evaluation’ available on GOV.UK as part of the Outsourcing Playbook.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government’s commitment to spend £1 in every £3 with SMEs by 2022, what estimate he has made of the level of expenditure on public procurement with SMEs in the last two years.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my Rt. Hon. Friend Amanda Milling MP on 16 July 2020.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Port of Dover will receive the Government funding announced for preparations ahead of the end of the transition period.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to PQ 95015 on 2 October 2020.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money the Government has spent on advertising that was subsequently withdrawn as part of its covid-19 response.

Further to the answers given to PQ 40655 on 11 May 2020 and to PQ 46692 on 29 May 2020, no spend on advertising has been withdrawn.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the his Department has made of the value of insourcing services as part of the Government’s covid-19 response.

Working with the private sector has been a vital part of the government’s response to tackling the coronavirus crisis, with private sector workers standing alongside those from the public sector on the front line. Collaborative working between the public and private sectors has enabled us to respond to the challenges of Covid, including rapidly manufacturing over 15,000 mechanical ventilators for use by the NHS, sourcing over 32 billion items of PPE and building the capacity to carry out more than 500,000 tests per day. When making decisions on how to deliver public services, departments should consider various possible delivery methods including in-house, joint ventures or via the private sector.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with SMEs on their requirements as the end of the transition period approaches.

Further to the statement by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 23 September, details of external ministerial meetings are published on gov.uk

Regarding the 'Check an HGV is ready to cross the border' service (formerly known as 'Smart Freight'), I refer to the answer given to PQ 92707.

It is vital businesses, including those who rely on seasonal work, and workers prepare for the end of the Transition Period. That is why the Government has launched a public information campaign to ensure those affected are ready for the changes this will bring.The campaign uses a range of communication channels and events to help employers understand and prepare. Guidance for businesses is available on gov.uk/transition.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the organisations he has had discussions with on preparations for the end of the transition period.

Further to the statement by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 23 September, details of external ministerial meetings are published on gov.uk

Regarding the 'Check an HGV is ready to cross the border' service (formerly known as 'Smart Freight'), I refer to the answer given to PQ 92707.

It is vital businesses, including those who rely on seasonal work, and workers prepare for the end of the Transition Period. That is why the Government has launched a public information campaign to ensure those affected are ready for the changes this will bring.The campaign uses a range of communication channels and events to help employers understand and prepare. Guidance for businesses is available on gov.uk/transition.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to provide (a) businesses and (b) their employees who rely on seasonal work with the information they require to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Further to the statement by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 23 September, details of external ministerial meetings are published on gov.uk

Regarding the 'Check an HGV is ready to cross the border' service (formerly known as 'Smart Freight'), I refer to the answer given to PQ 92707.

It is vital businesses, including those who rely on seasonal work, and workers prepare for the end of the Transition Period. That is why the Government has launched a public information campaign to ensure those affected are ready for the changes this will bring.The campaign uses a range of communication channels and events to help employers understand and prepare. Guidance for businesses is available on gov.uk/transition.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Smart Freight system will be ready in time for the end of the transition period.

Further to the statement by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 23 September, details of external ministerial meetings are published on gov.uk

Regarding the 'Check an HGV is ready to cross the border' service (formerly known as 'Smart Freight'), I refer to the answer given to PQ 92707.

It is vital businesses, including those who rely on seasonal work, and workers prepare for the end of the Transition Period. That is why the Government has launched a public information campaign to ensure those affected are ready for the changes this will bring.The campaign uses a range of communication channels and events to help employers understand and prepare. Guidance for businesses is available on gov.uk/transition.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published 13 July 2020, how much advance notice will be provided to traders to allow them to prepare accordingly for the additional Border Control Posts.

The UK transition period will end on 31 December 2020. The Government's new public information campaign, The UK’s new start: Let’s get going, sets out the actions required by businesses (including traders) and individuals to prepare for the end of the UK transition, including processes related to moving goods through Border Control Posts. Further details are available at gov.uk/transition.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many potential locations for physical customs inspection sites his Department has identified; what consultation his Department has undertaken with local on those sites; and whether he plans to publish the research undertaken to determine the location of those sites.

Further to the statement by my RHF the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July 2020, the Government will make further announcements in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the findings of the work carried out under each contract awarded to Public First Limited.

Further to the answer given by the Paymaster General on 16 July 2020, Public First was engaged by the Cabinet Office to test public opinion and reaction to government messaging including focus groups for COVID-19 research. This work has helped to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies, and has enabled us to deliver a strong, national, cross-government communications campaign to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic.

In the discharge of this activity it was necessary for Public First to meet with civil servants to report on the findings of the focus groups. Public First also provided on-site resource to support Number 10 communications. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed. Any Government announcements will be made in the usual way.

Cabinet Office publishes expenditure, including on research, on a rolling monthly basis, and details of its contracts on GOV.UK as part of routine government transparency arrangements. GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and EU EXIT COMMS were existing cost codes used to pay invoices relating to COVID-19 research within a reasonable period of time. These payments were subsequently journaled over to the COVID-19 cost centre once that was created.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the findings of the focus groups carried out under the contracts awarded to Public First Limited have been shared with other Government departments.

Further to the answer given by the Paymaster General on 16 July 2020, Public First was engaged by the Cabinet Office to test public opinion and reaction to government messaging including focus groups for COVID-19 research. This work has helped to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies, and has enabled us to deliver a strong, national, cross-government communications campaign to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic.

In the discharge of this activity it was necessary for Public First to meet with civil servants to report on the findings of the focus groups. Public First also provided on-site resource to support Number 10 communications. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed. Any Government announcements will be made in the usual way.

Cabinet Office publishes expenditure, including on research, on a rolling monthly basis, and details of its contracts on GOV.UK as part of routine government transparency arrangements. GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and EU EXIT COMMS were existing cost codes used to pay invoices relating to COVID-19 research within a reasonable period of time. These payments were subsequently journaled over to the COVID-19 cost centre once that was created.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many focus groups will be carried out under the contracts awarded to Public First Limited.

Further to the answer given by the Paymaster General on 16 July 2020, Public First was engaged by the Cabinet Office to test public opinion and reaction to government messaging including focus groups for COVID-19 research. This work has helped to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies, and has enabled us to deliver a strong, national, cross-government communications campaign to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic.

In the discharge of this activity it was necessary for Public First to meet with civil servants to report on the findings of the focus groups. Public First also provided on-site resource to support Number 10 communications. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed. Any Government announcements will be made in the usual way.

Cabinet Office publishes expenditure, including on research, on a rolling monthly basis, and details of its contracts on GOV.UK as part of routine government transparency arrangements. GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and EU EXIT COMMS were existing cost codes used to pay invoices relating to COVID-19 research within a reasonable period of time. These payments were subsequently journaled over to the COVID-19 cost centre once that was created.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason a retrospective direct award letter was sent to Public First Limited on 5 June 2020 formalising contracts that had been awarded in March 2020.

Further to the answer given by the Paymaster General on 16 July 2020, Public First was engaged by the Cabinet Office to test public opinion and reaction to government messaging including focus groups for COVID-19 research. This work has helped to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies, and has enabled us to deliver a strong, national, cross-government communications campaign to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic.

In the discharge of this activity it was necessary for Public First to meet with civil servants to report on the findings of the focus groups. Public First also provided on-site resource to support Number 10 communications. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed. Any Government announcements will be made in the usual way.

Cabinet Office publishes expenditure, including on research, on a rolling monthly basis, and details of its contracts on GOV.UK as part of routine government transparency arrangements. GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and EU EXIT COMMS were existing cost codes used to pay invoices relating to COVID-19 research within a reasonable period of time. These payments were subsequently journaled over to the COVID-19 cost centre once that was created.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the titles (a) GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and (b) EU EXIT COMMS were used as cost codes for two contracts awarded to Public First Limited since the beginning of March 2020.

Further to the answer given by the Paymaster General on 16 July 2020, Public First was engaged by the Cabinet Office to test public opinion and reaction to government messaging including focus groups for COVID-19 research. This work has helped to understand public attitudes and behaviours to inform our vitally important public health messages and policies, and has enabled us to deliver a strong, national, cross-government communications campaign to support the UK’s response and recovery from the pandemic.

In the discharge of this activity it was necessary for Public First to meet with civil servants to report on the findings of the focus groups. Public First also provided on-site resource to support Number 10 communications. In line with the practice of successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed. Any Government announcements will be made in the usual way.

Cabinet Office publishes expenditure, including on research, on a rolling monthly basis, and details of its contracts on GOV.UK as part of routine government transparency arrangements. GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and EU EXIT COMMS were existing cost codes used to pay invoices relating to COVID-19 research within a reasonable period of time. These payments were subsequently journaled over to the COVID-19 cost centre once that was created.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of fraud or error in contracts awarded under the Regulation 32 (2)(c) exemptions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 during the covid-19 outbreak.

Further to the answers given to PQs 64368 and 64369 on 6 July 2020, the Government is clear that being able to procure at speed is critical during the covid-19 response. I have taken note of the Hon. member's letter to the Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster, sent 18 March 2020, in which she referenced the "desperate need for more to be done and faster".

The Hon Member also sent the Cabinet Office a list of companies which the Hon Member asked the Government to contact in relation to the procurement of PPE. I can confirm that the Government conducts diligence before contracting with parties, including when it makes use of exemptions under the Public Contracts Regulations. I note that other administrations, including the Welsh Government, have made use of "specific flexibilities of the procurement rules at this time".

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the (a) political, (b) legal and (c) reputational risks of a difference in tariff controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I refer to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July 2020. Details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed, in line with the practice of successive administrations.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the effect of the Government’s post-transition period border plans on the Government's trade negotiations with non-EU countries.

I refer to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July 2020. Details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed, in line with the practice of successive administrations.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the level of risk of smuggling from the EU in the event that UK ports are not ready to carry out checks on imports.

I refer to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July 2020. Details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed, in line with the practice of successive administrations.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the UK’s plans for the customs border after the end of the transition period; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that UK border posts are (a) effective and (b) comply with international rules.

I refer to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July 2020. Details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed, in line with the practice of successive administrations.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the risk of legal challenge against the UK at the World Trade Organisation as a result of the Government's plans to phase in border checks on imports from the EU after the transition period.

I refer to the oral statement made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 13 July 2020. Details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed, in line with the practice of successive administrations.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
25th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the figures supplied on the number of ventilators procured through the Ventilator Challenge are different in the Answer of 23 June 2020 to Question 61475 and the Written Statement of 22 June 2020, HCWS306.

The Ventilator Challenge has been a significant success and has been rapidly producing devices.

Further to the speech by the Prime Minister today, which is available on GOV.UK, there are now well over 9,500 new ventilators. More information will be published in due course.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60837 on Contact Tracing: Computer Software, if he will publish the results of the peer review carried out by the GDS into Zuhlke Engineering.

The answer to PQ 60837 did not mention a peer review into Zuhlke Engineering. GDS peer reviews are not conducted on organisations or companies.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to award further contracts under the ventilator challenge.

The Ventilator Challenge has been a resounding success, with four designs in production and over 8,500 devices delivered to the NHS. At this stage, there are no plans to award further manufacturing or design contracts through the Ventilator Challenge.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to co-ordinate the stockpiling of non-medical face masks for public use during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has recently published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.

The guidance recommends that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

Guidance on wearing and making a face covering is also available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering#wearing-a-face-covering

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make any estimate of the number of non-medical face masks that would be required to be produced in the event that the Government makes the wearing of such face masks mandatory for the general public during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has recently published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.

The guidance recommends that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

Guidance on wearing and making a face covering is also available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering#wearing-a-face-covering

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
6th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to plan for the effective and fair distribution of non-medical face masks to the general public in preparation for the event that the Government requires the general public to wear non-medical face masks or coverings during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has recently published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.

The guidance recommends that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

Guidance on wearing and making a face covering is also available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering#wearing-a-face-covering

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the the geographical spread of technology and knowledge economy jobs by region of the UK.

There is no single accepted definition of knowledge economy jobs. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes workforce jobs by region and industry in its JOBS05 dataset, and more detail is available through Nomis official labour market statistics at :https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/.

Separately the ONS publishes a country and region breakdown of business R&D employment in table 18 of the annual release on research and development performed in UK businesses (BERD). The rounded aggregate figures for 2019 were:

Full time equivalent

Total

United Kingdom

263,000

North East

6,000

North West

20,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

14,000

East Midlands

20,000

West Midlands

26,000

East of England

42,000

London

31,000

South East

50,000

South West

22,000

England

232,000

Wales

7,000

Scotland

15,000

Northern Ireland

9,000

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the geographical spread of research and development spending by (a) region and (b) local authority of the UK.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a country and region breakdown of R&D spending in table 6 of the annual release on UK gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD). The aggregate figures for 2018 were:

Current prices

£ million

Total

United Kingdom

37,072

North East

780

North West

2,950

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,641

East Midlands

2,209

West Midlands

3,285

East of England

6,598

London

5,886

South East

7,029

South West

2,483

England

32,862

Wales

786

Scotland

2,706

Northern Ireland

715

The ONS does not publish a breakdown of R&D spending by local authority area.

HM Revenue and Customs publish a breakdown of corporate R&D tax credit claims by county and unitary authority area at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878879/200408-_R_D_Supplementary_final_tables.xlsx, though those numbers are distorted by headquarters reporting effects, since the local and regional allocation is based on the postcode of the company's registered address, which might not correspond to where the R&D activity takes place.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings the Government has had with UK businesses on how they adapt to the new UK-EU trading relationships since the end of the transition period.

The Government has extensive engagement with businesses of all sizes, trade associations and business representative organisations. Engagement for the transition period supports the Government’s public information campaign to inform businesses and citizens of the actions they need to take now we have left the EU. Since October last year, BEIS has contacted over 4.7 million businesses. This engagement includes letters, meetings, webinars, and email bulletins.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Departmental officials have met with individual businesses awarded support under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme since 1 January 2020.

As of 18 October 2020, 73,094 loans totalling £17.16 billion have been approved under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). For commercial confidentiality reasons, the British Business Bank cannot disclose whether businesses are or are not in receipt of support without their approval. As such, we are only aware of businesses that are in receipt of a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan where they have publicly disclosed this information.

The Government will continue to work closely with local authorities, businesses, business representative organisations, and the financial services sector to monitor the implementation of current support and understand whether there is additional need.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which businesses have been awarded a loan under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme since 1 January 2020.

The table below shows a breakdown of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme facilities offered as per sector as of 4 October.

CBILS by sector:

Sector

Value of Loans Offered (£m)

Number of Loans Offered

Proportion of Offered Facilities

Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

2,612

10,270

18%

Manufacturing

2,047

7,376

13%

Construction

1,785

7,815

14%

Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities

1,444

6,009

11%

Administrative and Support Service Activities

1,376

6,017

11%

Accommodation and Food Service Activities

1,212

4,494

8%

Information and Communication

615

2,608

5%

Transportation and Storage

500

2,264

4%

Human Health and Social Work Activities

453

2,496

4%

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

419

1,558

3%

Real Estate Activities

342

1,244

2%

Financial and Insurance Activities

323

737

1%

Education

273

827

1%

Other Service Activities

232

1,570

3%

Mining and Quarrying; Electricity, Gas and Air Conditioning Supply; Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities

196

709

1%

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

85

464

1%

Sector not specified

13

33

0%

Details of individual aid awards under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme will be published where required on the European Commission’s Transparency Aid Module in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of people recruited by her Department’s Partner Organisations were appointed to positions outside of London in the last 12 months; and what the locations were of those appointments.

As of July 2019, the Department’s 40 Partner Organisations employed approximately 30,950 full time staff, of which 84% were based outside London.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people were recruited by her Department in the last 12 months, by (a) gender and (b) ethnicity at each grade level.

The tables below show the gender and ethnicity splits of new employees at my Department over the last 12 months (Feb 19 – Jan 20). As per departmental policy, numbers below 5 have been redacted.

Grade

Female

Male

Grand Total

AO

21

12

33

EO

73

60

133

HEO

144

145

289

SEO

80

75

155

G7

112

116

228

G6

32

36

68

SCS 1

10

13

23

SCS 2

3

4

7

SCS 3

2

2

Grand Total

477

461

938

Grade

BAME

White

Prefer not to say

Not Declared

Grand Total

AO

6

13

=

13

33

EO

26

49

=

57

133

HEO

49

126

8

106

289

SEO

26

56

=

70

155

G7

30

109

9

80

228

G6

8

34

=

25

68

SCS 1

=

11

=

6

23

SCS 2

=

=

7

SCS 3

=

=

=

Total

938

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of her Department’s policy roles are based outside of London.

As of 31st January 2020, 8% of policy roles in the Department were based outside London.

The current distribution of our workforce reflects legacy decisions about office locations and role placements. We are committed to working with the Places for Growth Programme, Beyond Whitehall, and other related initiatives, as part of the Government Estates Strategy.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress her Department has made (a) on the Beyond Whitehall programme and (b) in providing more policy professional roles outside London, in the last 12 months.

The Department is working with the Beyond Whitehall programme and wider Government initiatives to create and relocate policy roles outside of London in a managed, sustainable way.

We are reviewing our presence across the UK, as well as increasing inclusivity in policy making, so policy is inclusive of the citizens it represents.

In consultation with the Cabinet Office and trade unions, we will shortly agree a strategy for delivering more job opportunities outside London.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people her Department employs (a) in London and (b) outside of London.

As of 31st January 2020, the Department employs 4,429 people, of which 4,048 are in London and 381 outside London, excluding contractors and temporary staff.

The current distribution of our workforce reflects legacy decisions about office locations and role placements. The Department is committed to working with the Places for Growth Programme, Beyond Whitehall, and other initiatives as part of the Government Estates Strategy.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when she plans to publish the outcome of the Neonatal Leave and Pay consultation, which closed on 29 November 2019.

This Government is determined to make Britain the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest reform of workers’ rights in over 20 years. This will include measures to allow parents of children who have been in neonatal care for a prolonged stay to take additional paid leave (subject to qualifying criteria).

This will take forward the proposals which the Government consulted on from July to October last year. The consultation outlined our estimates of the cost of this policy to business and to the Exchequer. This covered a range of options for how many weeks leave and pay the entitlement would cover, as well as the impact of a qualifying ‘minimum stay’ in neonatal care. The consultation document is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/good-work-plan-proposals-to-support-families with provisional costings on p44. The Government will publish a full impact assessment when the Bill is introduced in Parliament.

We look forward to setting out our plans soon with the publication of the Government Response.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when neonatal leave and pay will be available to parents with a baby receiving neonatal care.

This Government is determined to make Britain the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest reform of workers’ rights in over 20 years. This will include measures to allow parents of children who have been in neonatal care for a prolonged stay to take additional paid leave (subject to qualifying criteria).

This will take forward the proposals which the Government consulted on from July to October last year. The consultation outlined our estimates of the cost of this policy to business and to the Exchequer. This covered a range of options for how many weeks leave and pay the entitlement would cover, as well as the impact of a qualifying ‘minimum stay’ in neonatal care. The consultation document is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/good-work-plan-proposals-to-support-families with provisional costings on p44. The Government will publish a full impact assessment when the Bill is introduced in Parliament.

We look forward to setting out our plans soon with the publication of the Government Response.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate her Department has made of the cost per annum to the public purse of introducing for parents of premature babies an entitlement to (a) two weeks of neonatal leave and pay and (b) an additional week of neonatal leave and pay for each week a baby is in neonatal care paid at the statutory maternity pay rate.

This Government is determined to make Britain the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest reform of workers’ rights in over 20 years. This will include measures to allow parents of children who have been in neonatal care for a prolonged stay to take additional paid leave (subject to qualifying criteria).

This will take forward the proposals which the Government consulted on from July to October last year. The consultation outlined our estimates of the cost of this policy to business and to the Exchequer. This covered a range of options for how many weeks leave and pay the entitlement would cover, as well as the impact of a qualifying ‘minimum stay’ in neonatal care. The consultation document is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/good-work-plan-proposals-to-support-families with provisional costings on p44. The Government will publish a full impact assessment when the Bill is introduced in Parliament.

We look forward to setting out our plans soon with the publication of the Government Response.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate her Department has made of the cost per annum to the private sector of introducing for parents of premature babies an entitlement to (a) two weeks of neonatal leave and pay and (b) an additional week of neonatal leave and pay for each week a baby is in neonatal care.

This Government is determined to make Britain the best place in the world to work. As announced in the Queens’ Speech, we will be bringing forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest reform of workers’ rights in over 20 years. This will include measures to allow parents of children who have been in neonatal care for a prolonged stay to take additional paid leave (subject to qualifying criteria).

This will take forward the proposals which the Government consulted on from July to October last year. The consultation outlined our estimates of the cost of this policy to business and to the Exchequer. This covered a range of options for how many weeks leave and pay the entitlement would cover, as well as the impact of a qualifying ‘minimum stay’ in neonatal care. The consultation document is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/good-work-plan-proposals-to-support-families with provisional costings on p44. The Government will publish a full impact assessment when the Bill is introduced in Parliament.

We look forward to setting out our plans soon with the publication of the Government Response.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department offers additional parental leave to its employees who become parents of premature babies.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not currently offer additional parental leave specifically to employees who become parents of premature babies. All employees can apply for paid special leave or unpaid parental leave, both of which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Department does offer employees maternity leave, adoption leave, paternity leave, and shared parental leave.

The Government is committed to enhancing workers’ rights and to supporting people to balance their work and caring responsibilities. We have already laid regulations in Parliament that will give grieving parents a right to paid time off work. We will also introduce a new entitlement to carers’ leave as well as entitlement to paid leave for parents of children who spend time in neonatal care.

We are committed to making the UK the best place to work and grow a business. As announced in the Queen’s Speech, we will bring forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest reform of workers’ rights in over 20 years.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government has had with representatives of the fashion industry on tackling the issues that sector has been experiencing at UK borders since 1 January 2021.

The government recognises the significant contribution of the UK’s world-leading fashion and textiles sector to the UK economy, and is committed to supporting it. The sector delivered £35bn in GVA and 890,000 jobs in 2019, and is an important contributor to the UK’s soft power via events such as London Fashion Week.

We are aware of the challenges the fashion and textiles industry has raised around specific aspects of our new trading relationship with the EU, and we are working closely with the sector to ensure businesses get the support they need.

Officials in my department recently hosted a webinar with the fashion industry to provide guidance and clarity on the new rules for trading with the EU. In addition, my colleague the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has created a DCMS-led working group, which brings together creative sectors’ representatives, including the British Fashion Council, and other key government departments, to look at the issues facing the creative and cultural sectors when working and touring the EU. It will provide clarity regarding the practical steps that need to be taken and will seek to ease movement and facilitate touring as far as circumstances allow.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Government stating in February 2020 that it aimed to negotiate a Canada-style agreement with the EU; and statements by Baroness Barran in Parliament on 3 June 2020 outlining that the government was seeking reciprocal arrangements for temporary entry and stay (Mode IV) to facilitate touring and other short-term creative work based on best precedent; what assessment the Government had made of the precedent for touring provisions in other Free Trade Agreements on temporary entry and stay, including Annex 10-D of Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Through the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK and the EU agreed to a list of 11 activities that can be carried out by short-term business visitors without the need for a work permit, on a reciprocal basis in most Member States – subject to any reservations taken. This list of permitted activities is based on the best precedent established in the EU’s Free Trade Agreements with Canada and Japan. It includes, among other activities, permissions for after-sales, translation and market research services. The EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement does not include any facilitations for touring musicians.

The UK pushed for the list of permitted activities to be expanded to capture the work done by musicians, artists and entertainers, and their accompanying staff. This was a straightforward solution for our creative industries which would have benefited all sides. Regrettably, the EU rejected these proposals.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contributions of the Minister for Digital and Culture of 19 January 2021 ., Official Report column 773 on UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements; what assessment the Government has made of (a) the effectiveness of adding musicians to the list of independent professionals for short-term business visitors in enabling frictionless work travel for touring musicians and (b) whether adoption of that policy would have removed the requirement for EU work permits.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement includes a list of 11 activities that can be carried out by short-term business visitors without a work permit, on a reciprocal basis in most Member States, subject to any reservations taken.

During negotiations with the EU, the UK proposed expanding this list of activities for Short Term Business Visitors to cover musicians and their accompanying staff. This would have enabled musicians and other creative professionals to travel and perform in the UK and the EU without needing work-permits. Regrettably, these proposals were rejected by the EU.

Therefore, UK cultural professionals, including musicians, seeking to perform within the EU will be required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for each Member State in which they intend to perform. Although some Member States may allow paid performances without a visa or work permit, others will require musicians and other creative professionals to obtain a visa or work permit, in the same way that they are required for other international artists.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the EU’s standard definition of short-term business visitors which explicitly excludes any situation in which the visitor is selling services to the general public during their visit and receiving payment from people in the country they are visiting, what assessment the Government made during the EU-UK negotiations of the (a) viability of that category for touring musicians and (b) compatibility of that category with the requirements of music touring.

During the negotiations, the EU tabled a declaration accompanying their proposals on visa-free travel. The declaration identified which paid activities could be allowed as part of visa-free visits. However, these proposals would not have addressed the creative and cultural sectors’ concerns. The proposals were non-binding, did not include touring but only ‘ad hoc’ performances, did not include technical staff, and did not address work permits. The EU’s proposals were also part of a package on visa-free travel that was not consistent with the UK’s manifesto commitment to take back control of our borders.

During our negotiations with the EU, the UK proposed measures, reflecting the views of the music industry itself, that would have allowed musicians to travel and perform in the UK and the EU more easily, without needing work-permits. This would have delivered an outcome that is closer to the UK’s approach to incoming musicians, artists and entertainers from non-visa national countries, such as EU Member States and the US. Regrettably, these proposals were repeatedly rejected by the EU.

The Government recognises the importance of touring for UK musicians and other creative professionals. A DCMS Working Group with key cultural sector representatives and other key government departments has been established to tackle the range of specific issues with a view to assisting the sector as far as possible to confidently work in the EU.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Digital and Culture of 19 January 2021, Official report, col 774-789, on what dates the EU rejected the UK’s offer during the negotiations to include musicians on the list of independent professions for short-term business visitors.

During the negotiations, this Government proposed that musicians and technical staff be added to the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors in the entry and temporary stay chapter of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This would allow them to travel and perform in the EU more easily, without needing work-permits.

As with legal text shared in confidence, publishing correspondence and details exchanged between parties related to the development of legal text for trade agreements would not be appropriate.

A DCMS Working Group with key cultural sector representatives and other key government departments has been established to tackle the range of specific issues with a view to assisting the sector as far as possible to confidently work in the EU.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations the Government has made to its European counterparts on frictionless trade and travel for the creative industries since the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement was agreed.

This Government recognises the importance of the UK’s cultural industries, and that is why we pushed for ambitious arrangements to make it easier for performers and artists to perform across Europe as part of the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU.

During the negotiations with the EU, the UK proposed measures, developed in consultation with the creative industries, that would have allowed creative professionals to travel and perform in the UK and the EU more easily, without needing work-permits. Specifically, we proposed to capture the work done by musicians, artists and entertainers, and their accompanying staff through the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors. Regrettably, these proposals were rejected by the EU.

There is scope to return to this issue in the future should the EU change its mind. The Government is looking at whether we can work with our partners in EU Member States to find ways to make life easier for those working in the creative industries in our respective countries.

We are also undertaking an extensive programme of engagement with the industry to assess impacts and support these sectors in understanding new requirements. DCMS Secretary of State had a very productive discussion with representatives from across the creative and cultural sectors on the issue on 20 January, and has committed to establish a DCMS-led working group on this issue.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government’s policy is on securing a supplementary agreement with the EU on the UK's creative workers being able to travel freely in the EU.

This Government recognises the importance of the UK’s cultural industries, and that is why we pushed for ambitious arrangements to make it easier for performers and artists to perform across Europe as part of the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU.

During the negotiations with the EU, the UK proposed measures, developed in consultation with the creative industries, that would have allowed creative professionals to travel and perform in the UK and the EU more easily, without needing work-permits. Specifically, we proposed to capture the work done by musicians, artists and entertainers, and their accompanying staff through the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors. Regrettably, these proposals were rejected by the EU.

There is scope to return to this issue in the future should the EU change its mind. The Government is looking at whether we can work with our partners in EU Member States to find ways to make life easier for those working in the creative industries in our respective countries.

We are also undertaking an extensive programme of engagement with the industry to assess impacts and support these sectors in understanding new requirements. DCMS Secretary of State had a very productive discussion with representatives from across the creative and cultural sectors on the issue on 20 January, and has committed to establish a DCMS-led working group on this issue.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of relaxing (a) General Data Protection Regulations and (b) UK data protection rules on securing a free trade agreement with the EU before the end of the transition period.

During the transition period (until 31 December) there is no change to the current data protection regime, and the GDPR will continue to apply.

At the end of the transition period, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA) will retain the GDPR in UK domestic law, while the legislation implementing the Law Enforcement Directive (LED) (Part 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018) will also be preserved.

We have made Regulations under the EUWA to make necessary and appropriate changes to the retained legislation so that the UK’s data protection law continues to function effectively after the transition period. In order for the free flow of data from the EEA to the UK to continue at the end of the transition period, we are seeking adequacy decisions from the EU under both the GDPR and the LED.

As with all policy areas, the UK will control our own data protection laws and regulations in line with our interests, after the end of the transition period. We want our data protection law to remain fit for purpose and to support the future objectives of the UK. The UK intends to operate a high-quality regime that promotes growth and innovation, and underpins the trustworthy use of data as the global economy becomes increasingly digitised and data-enabled.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the UK ornamental horticulture industry to harvest under the new UK-EU trading arrangements.

The Government recognises the importance of the ornamental horticultural sector to local economies. We have the climate, landscape, and entrepreneurial growers in this country allowing us to grow top-quality fresh flowers, ensuring consumers are able to access the widest range of beautiful UK grown flowers for most of the year.

We will always champion the ornamental sector, looking for ways they can stay competitive with measures to increase productivity and invest in new technology. Defra is collaborating with the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group, and in particular the Horticulture Trades Association, on a Growth Strategy for the sector to help ensure the ornamental horticulture sector continues to thrive. This is industry led and underlined by research identifying key areas of opportunity for growth in the sector.

The Government is aware that a reliable source of labour is a key part of bringing in the harvest for the ornamental sector. Defra is working closely with industry to understand labour demand and supply and help our world-leading growers access the labour they need.

In 2021 and beyond, horticultural businesses will continue to be able to rely on EU nationals living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status. More than 4.5 million EU citizens and their families have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and the application deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to alleviate the difficulties trading with the EU experienced by UK shellfish exporters since 1 January 2021.

Defra is working with other government departments, industry and EU authorities to ensure smooth trade flow and minimise disruption at the border. We have established a weekly seafood exports working group to identify issues and resolve across government. A joint Defra/HMRC support package of guidance and training has also been issued to exporters, including sector-specific technical workshops for shellfish exporters. A £23 million fund has also been made available to support seafood businesses, covering losses caused by delays incurred between 1 - 31 January, with applications now open.

With regard to live bivalve molluscs, we continue to raise the issue with the EU to seek urgent resolution to their unacceptable change of position regarding exports from ‘Class B’ waters. We have offered to provide reasonable additional reassurances to demonstrate shellfish health, on the understanding the Commission must recognise the existing high standards and history of UK-EU trade.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published 13 July 2020, what the timescale is for creating the additional Border Control Posts.

We are working with ports and airports to develop a delivery programme which will be supported by the investment fund of £705 million announced last week. We expect Border Control Posts to be operational from July 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to page 42 of The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published 13 July 2020, what criteria will determine the risk-led approach to identity and physical checks on live animals until July 2021.

Between January and July 2021, health certification and pre-notifications will be required for live animals and germinal products, and identity and physical checks will continue to be carried out at destination on a risk basis. The following parameters are usually assessed to determine if a live animal is high risk: country of origin including its disease status, importer risk, species. Future levels of checks will take into account the level of checks imposed by the EU on UK goods of similar risk status.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published 13 July 2020, what estimate he has made of the staffing levels required for the increased checks on animals and food referenced in that policy paper.

The new funding of £705 million announced on 9 July includes funds for recruitment of specialist staff including vets and plant health inspectors. We are working with the Food Standards Agency and our delivery bodies, including the Animal & Plant Health Agency and Port Health Authorities, to develop resourcing plans for the required expansion of controls. We are already expanding the capacity of some of these delivery bodies and as the details of the new regime are finalised, we will continue to work with them to ensure recruitment of the required number of additional staff.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that Network Rail takes biodiversity into account when undertaking lineside work.

Network Rail targets have been set to achieve no net loss of biodiversity by 2024 and biodiversity net gain by 2035. Network Rail have committed to publishing a national biodiversity standard by the end of 2021 and will establish a biodiversity baseline, map all relevant data and make that available to their supply chain by 2024.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
1st Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that Network Rail implements the recommendation of the Varley Report 2018.

Following the Varley Report, a target of no net loss by 2024 and biodiversity net gain by 2035 has been set by Network Rail. Network Rail set out further targets on lineside vegetation and biodiversity in their recently published Environmental Sustainability Strategy and will publish detailed plans on meeting these targets and how they are addressing other recommendations in the Varley Report in their forthcoming Biodiversity Action Plan.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 3.8 of the Budget 2021, how much of the £15 billion announced for NHS Test and Trace will be outsourced to private companies.

Spending plans for the £15 billion for 2021-22 is currently undergoing detailed financial planning exercise and will be finalised in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of countries the UK has imported personal protection equipment from each month in the last six months.

We have continued to receive personal protective equipment (PPE) ordered earlier in the pandemic to provide a reliable and sustainable stockpile. The following table shows the available data on inbound supply from September 2020 to February 2021.

September 2020

China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Vietnam

October 2020

Belgium, Cambodia, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

November 2020

Cambodia, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam

December 2020

Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam

January 2021

Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam

February 2021

China, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam

Alongside the central programme, some providers or wholesalers may have continued to procure stock from other countries.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of companies that have applied to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) via the PPE procurement tender portal since 1 March 2020.

Over 15,000 suppliers approached the National Sourcing team via the online portals. We do not intend to publish a list of these suppliers as the Department has to consider their position in terms of the recognition that disclosure of their names may damage the supplier’s reputation, affecting their competitive position, their revenue and ability to obtain future contracts. The Department takes its transparency requirements very seriously and has now published the majority of the Contract Award Notices and contracts for the successful suppliers which were awarded contracts.

Experienced external consultants were involved in supporting the cross-Government team’s procurement of personal protective equipment, working under the management and supervision of officials.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether applications to the Government's personal protective equipment procurement portal established in March 2020 were managed by (a) Government officials or (b) external consultants.

Over 15,000 suppliers approached the National Sourcing team via the online portals. We do not intend to publish a list of these suppliers as the Department has to consider their position in terms of the recognition that disclosure of their names may damage the supplier’s reputation, affecting their competitive position, their revenue and ability to obtain future contracts. The Department takes its transparency requirements very seriously and has now published the majority of the Contract Award Notices and contracts for the successful suppliers which were awarded contracts.

Experienced external consultants were involved in supporting the cross-Government team’s procurement of personal protective equipment, working under the management and supervision of officials.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's timeframe is for meeting the commitment to manufacture 70 per cent of personal protective equipment in the UK.

We have taken steps to reduce our dependence on imported personal protective equipment (PPE) and build sustainable manufacturing of PPE in the United Kingdom. Prior to the pandemic, just 1% of PPE used in the UK was produced domestically. The Government’s PPE strategy stated that by 1 December 2020 UK manufacturers would be able to provide 70% of the PPE we expected to use in England through the winter, for all items except gloves. That commitment was met and exceeded by 1 December. The Department is working to publish official statistics to present fully validated figures showing the position as at 1 December 2020 and we expect to publish those figures during March 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the ONS release published on 23 February 2021, entitled Experimental statistics: personal protective equipment distributed for use by health and social care services in England: 15 February to 21 February 2021 and with reference to the 8.6 billion items of PPE that his Department has distributed since February 2020, what the product type categories are for the remaining PPE purchased by the Government; and how much and what proportion of that remaining PPE is usable.

We are working to publish official statistics on the stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) as soon as the figures are fully validated.

PPE must be fit for purpose, meeting the necessary essential health and safety requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2018. We have a robust process in place which ensures that orders are high quality and meet strict safety standards as per the published technical specification for PPE. When faults with PPE are found, immediate action is taken to verify the issue, notify the users and, if necessary, quarantine the stock of the products. Emergency replacements can be ordered or are distributed through the National Supply Disruption Response unit while investigations are undertaken.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the size of the PPE stockpile as at 25 February 2021; and how much of that PPE is usable within the next (a) month, (b) three months and (c) six months.

The information is not available in the format requested. The operational process to build stockpiles is supported by a range of detailed operational and management information. We are currently working to fully validate this data.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to hold itself accountable for procurement practices under the terms of the new NHS White Paper.

The National Health Service is currently consulting on the proposal for a new provider selection regime. The central requirement of the proposed new regime is that arrangements for the delivery of healthcare services must be made in a transparent way, in the best interests of patients, taxpayers and the population. All other procurement will continue to be subject to Cabinet Office procurement processes.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which companies have been awarded contracts for the hotel covid-19 quarantine system.

The Managed Quarantine Service consists of contracts with Corporate Travel Management, G4S, Mitie and Corps Security.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the public purse and (b) individuals of hotel quarantining for covid-19.

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

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish (a) a list of PPE orders agreed by the Government and subsequently cancelled since 1 March 2020 and (b) the reasons why those orders were cancelled.

In line with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 the Department has published Contract Award Notices including those which were cancelled. In the period April to June 2020 fifteen contracts were either fully or partly cancelled and information on these can be found in the following links on Contracts Finder:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/e691a0b2-234a-4f8c-ae5b-e6fa0a8317bc

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/e467b115-7731-4769-a666-a762cb8aa461

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/notice/39c2094c-54b1-434c-a513-c3add39b6bf6?origin=SearchResults&p=1

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/e8c51efb-a070-4965-8cd0-61a58f324287

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/0a9a85aa-d5e6-4885-b904-69bed464d6bc

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/a9f380c5-878f-4652-8a61-128fe44be2e2

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/4bd4c3ee-fde6-4a0a-a749-becae79615ac

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/7a53e9bc-c9d2-4b15-a741-580d05797d08

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/844bd97f-8a73-4160-8799-a7fcedfe0e1b

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/382d720b-fe06-4718-8ff0-e8678bb11792

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/934c6776-454e-497f-9b3f-bbdf38ac45f8

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/7d45e537-9eac-4c1d-8d4c-9d846d8909f7

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/7d45e537-9eac-4c1d-8d4c-9d846d8909f7

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/f909783a-e57b-441a-85b2-6ee50e746354

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/346fa88c-62f6-42e1-87da-e82b523a03e9

Information on the reason individual contracts have been cancelled or part cancelled is not published as it is regarded as commercial in confidence.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for the retrieval of the lost PPE that consultants are looking for.

It is incorrect to say that personal protective equipment (PPE) has been lost. In any industry, it is common practice to undertake a stocktake to update records to reflect the amount and value of stock being held.

This stocktake exercise is being undertaken with support from consultants, to ensure that our accounting records are accurate and updated prior to the end of the financial year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which companies are involved in each element of the mandatory border quarantine scheme.

We have contracted with (Corporate Travel Management) to provide hotels and transport. The security providers are G4S, Mitie and Corps Security.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards sustenance costs.

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

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards testing costs.

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

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards security costs.

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

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards accommodation costs.

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

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of contracts awarded to Randox in 2020 was to help the Government’s response to covid-19.

The total value of contracts awarded to Randox in 2020 was £479.5 million.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the attendees at negotiations for the contracts awarded to Randox to help deliver the Government’s covid-19 response.

A range of Government officials conducted the negotiations for the contracts awarded to Randox.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of contracts awarded to Serco in 2020 was to help the Government’s response to covid-19.

The Department has two contracts with Serco in response to COVID-19. The first is for the provision of facilities management services to support the operation of testing sites around the United Kingdom. The contract was let in March 2020 for an initial term of six months to September for the sum of £57 million. This has now been extended to 30 April 2021 with an allocated budget of £208 million for an expanded service.

The second contract is for call handling services to support the test and trace initiative. The total contract has a maximum value of £410 million to cover the initial period and any and all extension periods undertaken up to a period of 12 months. The contract has recently been extended for its full term to the end of May 2021.

Officials working on the Test and Trace programme from several Government departments negotiated these contracts.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the attendees at negotiations for the contracts awarded to Serco to help deliver the Government’s covid-19 response.

The Department has two contracts with Serco in response to COVID-19. The first is for the provision of facilities management services to support the operation of testing sites around the United Kingdom. The contract was let in March 2020 for an initial term of six months to September for the sum of £57 million. This has now been extended to 30 April 2021 with an allocated budget of £208 million for an expanded service.

The second contract is for call handling services to support the test and trace initiative. The total contract has a maximum value of £410 million to cover the initial period and any and all extension periods undertaken up to a period of 12 months. The contract has recently been extended for its full term to the end of May 2021.

Officials working on the Test and Trace programme from several Government departments negotiated these contracts.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value of contracts awarded to PPE MedPro in 2020 was to help the Government’s response to covid-19.

Two contracts have been awarded to PPE MedPro by the Department with a total value of £202 million.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contractual penalties are in place to ensure that clinical contact tracers working for Intelling follow NHS guidance on personal data safety.

NHS Test and Trace’s primary suppliers and their sub-contractors providing contact tracing services are legally obliged to adhere to the standard data handling conditions of all preferred Government suppliers, alongside terms specified by the Department. Contracts awarded by the Department include break clauses and clauses on managing product and service quality and delivery. These provisions allow us to review contracts and/or reclaim money where a company is deemed to have supplied faulty products, services or failed to deliver key outputs. Activity which could prompt the use of such mechanisms includes failure to meet legal obligations on data handling.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what formal process the Government used to award funding to the Medical Detection Dogs charity as part of the covid-19 response.

No funding award has been made to the Medical Detection Dogs (MDD). Funding for the COVID-19 Detection Dog studies was provided as a grant in line with Test and Trace grant processes to the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine (LSTHM). The LSTHM is leading a research project including the MDD charity and Durham University to determine whether trained dogs can discriminate pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19 from uninfected individuals.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a formal application was made for funding awarded by the Government to the Medical Detection Dogs charity as part of the covid-19 response.

A letter of application was sent from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to the Department.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a formal application was made for funding awarded by the Government to the Medical Detection Dogs charity as part of the covid-19 response.

A letter of application was sent from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to the Department.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records are available relating to the awarding of funding by the Government to the Medical Detection Dogs charity as part of the covid-19 response.

The announcement of Government funding the trials can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-detection-dogs-trial-launches

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSTHM) published information relating to the funding award on their website, which specifies the amount awarded to LSTHM to conduct the research, which can be found at the following link: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2020/uk-government-supports-covid-19-detection-dogs-trial

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds relating to the (a) intended and (b) ultimate use of funding awarded by the Government to the Medical Detection Dogs charity as part of the covid-19 response.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s (LSTHM) letter of application states the intended purposes of the research grant. Annex 2 of the Grant Agreement with LSTHM details the activities that funding be directed towards. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Phase 1 trial report will outline how these funds have been used to determine whether trained dogs can discriminate pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic and mild cases of SARS-CoV-2 from uninfected individuals by their smell, using breath and odour samples.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what basis (a) Omega Diagnostics, (b) SureScreen and (c) Global Access Diagnostics were chosen for contracts to produce lateral flow devices for covid-19.

SureScreen, Global Access Diagnostics and Omega were selected via targeted engagement with the wider United Kingdom testing industry. This engagement was coordinated via the Rapid Antigen Consortium – an open forum bringing together UK companies with applicable experience and expertise. Due diligence and relevant commercial processes were applied prior to the contract award.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of people successfully reached by the Isolation Assurance Service.

Between 9 June and 7 September 2020, the Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) made 149,579 total calls and texts resulting in 66,773 successful contacts to eligible arrivals. The IAS activity includes up to three calls and a text per eligible United Kingdom arrival sampled. This is the most recent data published in the format requested.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value is of service credits applied to SITEL’s contract to run call centres under NHS Test and Trace.

Service credits have not been applied to SITEL’s contract to run call centres under NHS Test and Trace.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total value is of service credits applied to Serco’s contract to run call centres under NHS Test and Trace.

Service credits have not been applied to Serco’s contract to run call centres under NHS Test and Trace.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of the companies awarded contracts via the high priority lane for procurement since 1 March 2020.

In March 2020 the Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support. The cross-government PPE team considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministers’ offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was commonly referred to as a ‘high priority’ or ‘VIP’ channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into exactly the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. About one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. The Department has to consider the position of suppliers in terms of the recognition that disclosure of their names may damage the supplier’s reputation, affecting their competitive position and could have a potentially detrimental impact on their revenue and/or their ability to obtain future contracts. Contract Award Notices and the contracts themselves have now been published for all the PPE contracts awarded by the Department which contain the details of the supplier, the value of the contract and the items ordered under the contract.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money has been spent on contracts awarded via the high priority lane for procurement since 1 March 2020.

In March 2020 the Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support. The cross-government PPE team considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministers’ offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was commonly referred to as a ‘high priority’ or ‘VIP’ channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into exactly the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. About one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. The Department has to consider the position of suppliers in terms of the recognition that disclosure of their names may damage the supplier’s reputation, affecting their competitive position and could have a potentially detrimental impact on their revenue and/or their ability to obtain future contracts. Contract Award Notices and the contracts themselves have now been published for all the PPE contracts awarded by the Department which contain the details of the supplier, the value of the contract and the items ordered under the contract.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria have been applied in the awarding of contracts via the high priority lane for procurement since 1 March 2020.

In March 2020 the Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support. The cross-government PPE team considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministers’ offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was commonly referred to as a ‘high priority’ or ‘VIP’ channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into exactly the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. About one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. The Department has to consider the position of suppliers in terms of the recognition that disclosure of their names may damage the supplier’s reputation, affecting their competitive position and could have a potentially detrimental impact on their revenue and/or their ability to obtain future contracts. Contract Award Notices and the contracts themselves have now been published for all the PPE contracts awarded by the Department which contain the details of the supplier, the value of the contract and the items ordered under the contract.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts have been awarded via the high priority lane for procurement since 1 March 2020.

In March 2020 the Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support. The cross-government PPE team considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministers’ offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was commonly referred to as a ‘high priority’ or ‘VIP’ channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into exactly the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. About one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. The Department has to consider the position of suppliers in terms of the recognition that disclosure of their names may damage the supplier’s reputation, affecting their competitive position and could have a potentially detrimental impact on their revenue and/or their ability to obtain future contracts. Contract Award Notices and the contracts themselves have now been published for all the PPE contracts awarded by the Department which contain the details of the supplier, the value of the contract and the items ordered under the contract.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether any service level credits have been applied to contracts to run the Isolation Assurance Service.

There have been no service level credits awarded by Public Health England to the contractor working on the Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) and no refunds have been sought. The IAS contractor has met all obligations under the contract to present.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money has been refunded from contracts to run the Isolation Assurance Service as a result of failures to meet Public Health England's target of monitoring one in five arrivals with three daily phone calls.

There have been no service level credits awarded by Public Health England to the contractor working on the Isolation Assurance Service (IAS) and no refunds have been sought. The IAS contractor has met all obligations under the contract to present.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many orders for personal protective equipment through contracts awarded by his Department are currently unfulfilled.

Over 32 billion items of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been ordered overall from United Kingdom-based manufacturers and international partners of which over 20 billion is already in the UK. We have a robust process which ensures that orders are of high quality standard, meet commercial due diligence and are checked for risk and fraud. All contracts are monitored for the delivery and safe receipt of the PPE and any compliance issues are followed up, the timings of which will vary according to when the contract was let.

All contracts have clauses in them that allow the Department to seek redress if the company supplies faulty products or misses delivery dates.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have worked at least one shift per week as a contact tracer since the NHS test and trace system was established; and how long an average each shift is.

Sitel and Serco recruited and trained 18,000 full time equivalent (FTE) staff at the peak of delivery to provide the non-National Health Service call handling services to support the test and trace initiative. There is a standard replacement of staff who leave.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much on average the companies that the Government has outsourced to carry out covid-19 testing are paying testing site workers.

We are unable to provide this information as it is commercially confidential.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been trained as contact tracers for the national system since it was established.

Sitel and Serco recruited and trained 18,000 full time equivalent (FTE) staff at the peak of delivery to provide the non-National Health Service call handling services to support the test and trace initiative. There is a standard replacement of staff who leave.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been recruited as contact tracers for the national system since it was established.

Sitel and Serco recruited and trained 18,000 full time equivalent (FTE) staff at the peak of delivery to provide the non-National Health Service call handling services to support the test and trace initiative. There is a standard replacement of staff who leave.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have worked at least three shifts per week as a contact tracer since the NHS test and trace system was established.

Sitel and Serco recruited and trained 18,000 full time equivalent (FTE) staff at the peak of delivery to provide the non-National Health Service call handling services to support the test and trace initiative. There is a standard replacement of staff who leave.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that covid-19 testing site workers are adequately supported to self-isolate in the event that they are required to.

Test sites have clear guidance for treating suspected COVID-19 cases to ensure individuals are self-isolating whenever it is necessary to do so. Our commercial partners have their own measures in place to support staff members who are ill or otherwise unable to work. In addition, eligible test site workers who have to self-isolate can apply for the NHS Test and Trace support payment.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what facilities are available at covid-19 testing sites for workers to change their clothes when entering and leaving those locations.

Changing facilities have been provided at each regional test site and local test site. Staff members are also provided with a uniform. Service providers have been instructed to advise staff to change into their uniform on arrival and before leaving the test site.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that medical expertise is available on covid-19 testing sites.

All regional test sites have at least one first aider on site at all times. For regional test sites that operate assisted testing, these tests are conducted by a member of staff who is clinically trained to carry out this procedure. There is not a requirement for other staff to be medically trained, but all staff must complete health and safety training before starting to work on site.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to protect covid-19 testing site workers on outsourced contracts carrying out aerosol generating procedures.

A COVID-19 test is not an aerosol generating procedure, nor is processing of lateral flow devices. We have a number of measures in place to maintain health and safety at sites. These include strict social distancing, sites are cleaned multiple times a day to ensure very high standards of hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment in line with the latest guidance.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criminal background checks are undertaken against (a) covid-19 testing site workers who interact with children under 12 years old and (b) other testing site workers.

We expect our providers to have rigorous recruitment practices to ensure that the staff they recruit to work on test sites are appropriate for the role. Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at a test site. Test site staff are not permitted to test children aged under 12 years old. In all test settings other than a National Health Service setting such as in hospital or a general practitioner surgery, children aged under 12 years old must only be tested by their parent or guardian.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s national Track and Trace system routinely uses shared surname and household data to identify the close contacts of people who are required to self-isolate.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to provide the details of people who are their recent close contacts, including all other members of their household. The information they are asked to provide about their close contacts includes: their name, phone number, email address, whether they are under 18 years of age or an adult, and how and where the individual came into contact with them. If this was through work, school, college or university, or another activity outside their home, such as a hospital or care home visit, a sports or leisure activity, or a visit to an event or a place of worship, the individual is asked to provide the location name and postcode.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) inform and (b) engage Black and ethnic minority communities to ensure that those communities can access and engage covid-19 self-isolation support where applicable.

When an individual is required by National Health Service Test and Trace to self-isolate, financial support is available, subject to certain eligibility criteria, through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme. This scheme is administered through local authorities, enabling tailoring of messaging and communication to best support and engage local communities. The NHS Test and Trace service also helps signpost people who need support while self-isolating to local authority helplines and to the NHS Volunteers service.

At both the testing and contact tracing stages, there are also services in place to provide real time translation in a range of languages.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s national Track and Trace system routinely instructs people who need to self-isolate to inform other members of their household to also self-isolate.

Where someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, both they and other household members should self-isolate immediately and should continue to self-isolate if they receive a positive test result. The NHS Test and Trace service asks people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to provide contact details for other members of their household so that they can be formally notified to self-isolate and, if eligible, can claim the Test and Trace Support Payment.

National Health Service Test and Trace has recently introduced changes to its processes so that, where a person who has tested positive confirms they have informed – or will inform – other family members of the requirement to self-isolate, the formal notifications to those other family members are issued by text or email rather than separate telephone calls.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, under what formal status Baroness Harding heads NHS Test and Trace programme in the absence of a formal ministerial or special advisor role.

Ministers frequently make appointments to a wide variety of roles governed by a huge variety of arrangements and have done over successive administrations.

There is no set process for these appointments but in making these appointments – which are often of a type referred to as ‘direct appointments’ – general public law principles apply.

Appointees are expected to adhere to the Nolan Principles.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) professional rules and (b) behaviour code apply to Baroness Harding in her role as head of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

Baroness Harding adheres to the Nolan Principles, the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders, in her role as Head of NHS Test and Trace.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who the Senior Responsible Owner is for the NHS Track and Trace programme.

The Senior Responsible Officer for NHS Test and Trace is Jonathan Marron, Director General for Prevention, Community and Social Care.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the National Institute for Health Protection’s status as an administrative unit, executive agency or non-departmental public body will be announced.

We are currently developing the transition process to support full and formal establishment of the National Institute for Health Protection. The administrative classification of the new body will be determined as part of this process over the coming months.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to maximise opportunities for UK-based companies to fulfil orders of personal protective equipment.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government effort to unleash the potential of British industry to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health and social care sectors. This will maximise opportunities for United Kingdom-based companies to fulfil orders of PPE.

Almost 28 billion items of PPE have been ordered overall from UK-based manufacturers and international partners to provide a continuous supply in the coming months. More than 30 deals have been struck with companies through the Make initiative to manufacture and deliver PPE in the UK. We are also working with over 175 new suppliers to deliver at the scale and pace the UK requires. Around 20% of all PPE will be manufactured in the UK by the end of the year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse has been spent with small and medium-sized businesses in the procurement of personal protective equipment.

The Department has a small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) Action Plan to achieve its SME target of 23% of procurement spend going to SMEs by March 2022. The calculation and validation process for the proportion of spend on SMEs across different procurement categories for each closed financial year is usually undertaken and reported on in August of the following financial year, so information on this spend is not yet available for 2019/20.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse has been (a) allocated to and (b) spent to date on the (i) test, (ii) trace, (iii) contain and (iv) enable elements of the Test, Trace, Contain and Enable programme.

The breakdown of how the £10 billion allocation for 2020-21 has been spent will be published as part of the 2020-21 Annual Report.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether an internal audit has been undertaken into reported problems with data collection for testing during the covid-19 outbreak.

We can confirm that our internal audit function has not undertaken an audit into reported problems with data collection for testing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a Pandemic Concept of Operations was produced following Exercise Cygnus.

The United Kingdom Government’s Concept of Operations describes how the Government response to civil emergencies will be organised, and the relationship between central, regional and local tiers in England. Following Exercise Cygnus, a cross-Government work programme was established to improve plans for the use of information in a flu pandemic. This work builds upon the current UK Government Concept of Operations, specifically for pandemic influenza.

The lessons learned from Exercise Cygnus continue to be considered by Government, and have been shared with a range of stakeholders, to ensure that the UK remains well-prepared for infectious disease outbreaks.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of his Department’s stockpile of personal protective equipment in each year since 2010.

The management of the pandemic influenza preparedness stockpile was transferred from the Department to Public Health England (PHE) when it was formed on 1 April 2013.

The value of the personal protective equipment stockpile held with PHE in preparedness for an influenza pandemic has been approximately £80 million in each financial year since April 2013.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who the members of the National Planning Team were with responsibility for managing the development and delivery of Exercise Cygnus.

Exercise Cygnus was a national-level pandemic influenza exercise, which took place from 18 to 20 October 2016. Due to the size and complexity of the exercise, a number of groups were established to assist with its planning.

The Exercise Cygnus Steering Group was accountable for the overall strategic direction of the exercise and included representation from Cabinet Office, the Department of Health, the Department of Communities and Local Government, as well as Public Health England and NHS England.

The National Planning Team had responsibility for managing the development and delivery of the exercise and consisted of representation from some of those who took part in the exercise, including from the Department of Health and 12 other Government departments; the devolved administrations; NHS England, Public Health England, and eight Local Resilience Forums.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who the members of the Steering Group were which was to oversee the overall strategic direction of the 2016 Exercise Cygnus.

Exercise Cygnus was a national-level pandemic influenza exercise, which took place from 18 to 20 October 2016. Due to the size and complexity of the exercise, a number of groups were established to assist with its planning.

The Exercise Cygnus Steering Group was accountable for the overall strategic direction of the exercise and included representation from Cabinet Office, the Department of Health, the Department of Communities and Local Government, as well as Public Health England and NHS England.

The National Planning Team had responsibility for managing the development and delivery of the exercise and consisted of representation from some of those who took part in the exercise, including from the Department of Health and 12 other Government departments; the devolved administrations; NHS England, Public Health England, and eight Local Resilience Forums.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Deloitte was awarded for the Government contract to increase British production of protective equipment and source stocks from the UK and abroad.

Procurement Regulations require the publication of Contract Award Notices which contain the finalised agreed value of the contract. The Department publishes certain information on Contracts Finder in line with these regulations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the contracts relating to the construction and maintenance of the seven Nightingale field hospitals will be published.

Contracts in the form of licences to occupy have been entered into for the Nightingale hospital sites. However, disclosure of these contracts is likely to harm the legitimate commercial interests of the site owners. Information contained in the contracts has been provided in confidence and in circumstances where disclosure would amount to an actionable breach of confidence. These contracts will not be published.

Each Nightingale hospital has a host trust to provide healthcare services. Host trusts put in place contracts for necessary works/facilities and management matters, and contract award notices should be published in accordance with applicable requirements.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason no procurement contracts been published to date relating to the construction and maintenance of the seven Nightingale field hospitals.

Contracts in the form of licences to occupy have been entered into for the Nightingale hospital sites. However, disclosure of these contracts is likely to harm the legitimate commercial interests of the site owners. Information contained in the contracts has been provided in confidence and in circumstances where disclosure would amount to an actionable breach of confidence. These contracts will not be published.

Each Nightingale hospital has a host trust to provide healthcare services. Host trusts put in place contracts for necessary works/facilities and management matters, and contract award notices should be published in accordance with applicable requirements.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statement by the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the 28 April 2020 that the UK has fulfilled the clinical need for ventilators through a combination of existing CE marked ventilators and existing applications to the Ventilator challenge, how many ventilators were required to meet that clinical need; and how many of those ventilators were (a) existing CE marker ventilators and (b) secured through the Ventilator Challenge.

As of 18 June, there were 20,356 mechanical ventilators available to patients across the United Kingdom. This compares to around 9,000 at the start of the pandemic in March. Of the additional stock, 7,778 have been bought from new suppliers via the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge, 2,283 were bought from established suppliers and 1,156 comprises stock in the private sector which is available in future should it be needed.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mechanical ventilators are available to the NHS; how many have been made available as a result of the Ventilator Challenge; and how many ventilators are in use as at 18 June 2020.

As of 18 June, there were 20,356 mechanical ventilators available to patients across the United Kingdom. This compares to around 9,000 at the start of the pandemic in March. Of the additional stock, 7,778 have been bought from new suppliers via the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge, 2,283 were bought from established suppliers and 1,156 comprises stock in the private sector which is available in future should it be needed.

As of 18 June, of the 10,061 mechanical ventilators bought and delivered since March, 1,286 have been distributed to hospitals across the UK and 8,775 remain in storage ready to be distributed if needed.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 48563 on NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing, what the timeframe is for the delivery of the 2 billion items of personal protective equipment.

We are confident in the stocks and sources of supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet the needs of health and social care over the next seven and 90 days.

The global PPE market remains challenging and we are continuing to sign further deals to make our position more secure.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the level of stock was of (a) FFP3 masks, (b) FFP2 masks, (c) fluid-repellent gowns, (d) fluid-resistant gowns and (e) protective visors on 1 January 2020 and in each fortnight since that date.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in England we held around 50,000 pallets of medicines and consumables, including personal protective equipment (PPE), to enable us to respond to a United Kingdom pandemic, with the devolved administrations holding their own stockpiles. About 25,000 of those pallets held PPE and hygiene products.

Between 25 February and 26 April, we delivered over 997 million items of PPE across the health and social care system in England, with tens of millions more being distributed by the devolved administrations. This figure includes the following: 143 million masks; 163 million aprons; 1.8 million gowns; and 547 million gloves.

Unprecedented efforts are being undertaken to replenish and distribute PPE evenly across the UK, to ensure demand is met and the right equipment reaches our frontline.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK businesses have offered support to the Government for the manufacture of personal protective equipment.

As of 15 May, over 13,000 businesses have contacted the Government with offers of help on supplying personal protective equipment (PPE). Many are related to the manufacture of PPE for the National Health Service and care sectors, a vast majority of which we are taking forward, predominantly from United Kingdom based companies but also including multinational companies. Some offers were not progressed due to financial and capability considerations.

The Department engages directly with potential manufacturers to qualify and prioritise the opportunity, based on availability of/access to raw supplies, lead-times to manufacture, and other commercial considerations. Product prototypes are submitted to a Technical Product Review process, to ensure they meet essential health, safety and quality standards for PPE. Financial due diligence and fraud prevention measures are also undertaken, after which the Department can contract with the manufacturer.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government’s efforts to secure sufficient PPE and ensure this gets to where it is needed. He is also driving forward coordination of the end-to-end process design and manufacture of new domestic PPE supplies. As at 15 May, the Department has entered into contract and placed orders with 8 manufacturers to provide millions of items of PPE products to the National Health Service and carers. The volumes will increase in the coming weeks. Details of this work can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-more-items-of-ppe-for-frontline-staff-from-new-business-partnerships

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/70-million-face-masks-for-nhs-and-care-workers-through-new-industry-deal

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much personal protective equipment stock was available for social care workers in each fortnight from 1 January 2020 to date; and what the composition of that stock was.

We are working around the clock to give the social care sector and wider National Health Service the equipment and support they need to tackle this outbreak.

We have made over 68 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to designated wholesalers for onward sale to social care providers and delivered a further 94 million items to local resilience forums (LRFs) between 6 April and 12 May to help them respond to urgent local spikes in need across the adult social care system and some other front-line services, where providers are unable to access PPE through their usual, or dedicated wholesaler routes.

The full weight of the Government is behind this effort and we are working closely with industry, social care providers, the NHS, and the army to ensure the right equipment continues to be delivered.

Information on how much personal protective equipment (PPE) stock was available for social care workers is not available centrally.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what deliveries of personal protective equipment have arrived in the UK since 1 January 2020, by date of delivery; and what equipment was contained within each of those deliveries.

Since 25 February 2020 the Department has distributed over 2.7 billion personal protective equipment (PPE) items for use by health and social care services in England.

These deliveries have included masks (types II, IIR, FFP2, FFP3), eye protectors, gloves, gowns, coveralls and aprons.

Though the global market remains challenging, we have procured over 31 billion items of PPE from United Kingdom manufacturers and overseas suppliers.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of personal protective equipment have been exported from the UK since 1 January 2020; and if he will provide a breakdown of those items.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for the collection and publication of data on United Kingdom imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC releases this information monthly, as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics.

There is aggregated trade data available for personal protective equipment (PPE) goods and for the periods requested on HMRC’s website, under ‘Build your own data tables’. The site also contains a ‘Help’ function with information on how to extract trade data. This is available at the following link:

uktradeinfo.com

HMRC also maintains a list of COVID-19 products, including PPE goods, and their commodity codes on GOV.UK. Unfortunately, the trade data collected does not allow HMRC to distinguish PPE goods classified under a particular commodity code from any non-PPE goods classified under that same commodity code.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure personal protective equipment is allocated to workers in women's refuges during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has issued guidance to providers of supported living, and homeless provision, which includes advice on safety, cleaning and isolation, which is available at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping/covid-19-guidance-for-hostel-or-day-centre-providers-of-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

The Government is in discussion with refuge providers who are engaged in their own contingency planning to keep specialist domestic abuse safe accommodation and associated support services available to victims in line with Public Health England’s advice.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature babies required neonatal care for four weeks or longer in (a) 2019, (b) 2018, (c) 2017, (d) 2016 and (e) 2015.

The information requested is not collected at a national level or held centrally by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature babies required neonatal care for six weeks or longer in (a) 2019, (b) 2018, (c) 2017, (d) 2016 and (e) 2015.

The information requested is not collected at a national level or held centrally by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature babies required neonatal care for twelve weeks or longer in (a) 2019, (b) 2018, (c) 2017, (d) 2016 and (e) 2015.

The information requested is not collected at a national level or held centrally by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to review the process by which patients are given a no evidence of active disease verdict.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have no current plans to review the process by which patients are given a no evidence of active disease verdict. We would expect clinicians to use their clinical and professional judgement, accompanied by any relevant guidance and supporting evidence, when making such decisions and informing patients of a clinical decision.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature babies required neonatal care lasting two weeks or longer in (a) 2019, (b) 2018, (c) 2017, (d) 2016 and (e) 2015.

We have provided the count of birth episodes with a gestational duration of less than 37 weeks (premature), and a postnatal stay of equal to or greater than 14 days, from 2014-15 to 2018-19.

Year

Count

2014-15

6,043

2015-16

6,059

2016-17

6,458

2017-18

6,529

2018-19

6,172

It should be noted that this data should not be described as a count of people as the same person may have been admitted on one or more occasion.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for repatriating all UK citizens awaiting repatriation to the UK from India.

Our repatriation effort from India is a priority for the UK Government and is one of our largest COVID-19 repatriation operations, based on the number of British travellers there and the absence of commercial options. As of 12 May, more than 14,000 people have been repatriated from India on 60 flights. We are working around the clock to return more on daily flights from across India. We announced an additional five flights on 7 May, departing from Amritsar and Ahmedabad between 12-15 May. Our top priority is to help the most vulnerable British nationals return to the UK and we reserve as many seats as possible for these individuals on all flights. The addition of these upcoming flights is expected to return almost all of those who are eligible to fly from our waiting lists, and the small minority of those who are unable to travel are currently being looked after by our consular teams in India.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take to ensure that the proposed freeports will be adequately resourced with fully-trained staff.

The government is pleased to have announced the locations of 8 new English Freeports at Budget.

Freeports will be introduced as soon as possible and successful bidders will be confirmed subject to a business case review, agreement of governance arrangements, and the fulfilment of the appropriate authorisations.  The government will be working with bidders on these through 2021 and expects Freeports to be operational in late 2021.

As part of this process there will be an assessment of the costs of benefits of specific sites within the Freeport.

As part of the authorisation of Freeport customs sites, operators will need to demonstrate adequate staffing arrangements.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to businesses of using freeports over traditional ports and border points.

The government is pleased to have announced the locations of 8 new English Freeports at Budget.

Freeports will be introduced as soon as possible and successful bidders will be confirmed subject to a business case review, agreement of governance arrangements, and the fulfilment of the appropriate authorisations.  The government will be working with bidders on these through 2021 and expects Freeports to be operational in late 2021.

As part of this process there will be an assessment of the costs of benefits of specific sites within the Freeport.

As part of the authorisation of Freeport customs sites, operators will need to demonstrate adequate staffing arrangements.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the eight proposed freeports will become operational.

The government is pleased to have announced the locations of 8 new English Freeports at Budget.

Freeports will be introduced as soon as possible and successful bidders will be confirmed subject to a business case review, agreement of governance arrangements, and the fulfilment of the appropriate authorisations.  The government will be working with bidders on these through 2021 and expects Freeports to be operational in late 2021.

As part of this process there will be an assessment of the costs of benefits of specific sites within the Freeport.

As part of the authorisation of Freeport customs sites, operators will need to demonstrate adequate staffing arrangements.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
5th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the eight proposed freeports (a) for each freeport and (b) in total.

The government is pleased to have announced the locations of 8 new English Freeports at Budget.

Freeports will be introduced as soon as possible and successful bidders will be confirmed subject to a business case review, agreement of governance arrangements, and the fulfilment of the appropriate authorisations.  The government will be working with bidders on these through 2021 and expects Freeports to be operational in late 2021.

As part of this process there will be an assessment of the costs of benefits of specific sites within the Freeport.

As part of the authorisation of Freeport customs sites, operators will need to demonstrate adequate staffing arrangements.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support the Government is providing to UK charities facing difficulties in exporting second-hand clothing to the EU under rules of origin requirements.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) ensures there will be zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin. Rules of origin are a standard feature of trade agreements and serve to protect UK industry from unfair competition by ensuring that products from third countries cannot unduly benefit from the TCA.

The Government has always been clear that leaving the Single Market and Customs Union will result in new customs processes for businesses trading with the EU, and this also applies for charities exporting clothes. The rules of origin in the TCA were developed in close consultation with stakeholders to reflect the needs of UK-EU supply chains, and those agreed for the textiles and clothing sectors are in line with the most liberal precedents found in other FTAs the EU has agreed, ensuring as many UK exports as possible can meet them and benefit from zero tariffs. However, there will necessarily be some circumstances where goods do not satisfy rules of origin requirements. The Government is working closely with businesses and other organisations to ensure that they understand any new requirements, and it has published detailed guidance.

For goods that do not meet rules of origin requirements, depending on the goods’ circumstances, businesses may be able to use existing reliefs in place to ease trade between the UK and EU. The Government understands that the EU, like the UK, provides for relief from customs duties on imports of humanitarian goods, irrespective of the TCA. Charities can find out more information on the EU’s procedures on its Europa.eu website and on those of its Member States.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Mastercard’s decision to increase transaction fees for UK shoppers using debit or credit cards to make purchases in the EU, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the implementation of a cap on such transaction fees.

The Government has legislated to ensure that interchange fees remain capped for UK domestic card transactions, where both the card issuer and acquirer are located in the UK, through secondary legislation made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Any changes in cross-border interchange fees between the UK and EU, as between the UK and other third countries, are a result of commercial decisions by card schemes.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support businesses to register for VAT in multiple jurisdictions in response to the UK no longer being part of the single EU VAT area.

UK businesses exporting goods into the EU will be subject to EU rules relating to import VAT. Many businesses will already be registered in Member States that they export into as a result of existing distance selling rules. The Government is committed to supporting business to understand and carry out the requirements necessary to continue trading.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the number of (a) UK and (b) EU businesses unable to send goods across the border due to changes to tax and VAT since 1 January 2021.

The Government has provided extensive guidance for the VAT treatment of cross-border goods 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.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to protect UK consumers from (a) hidden or unclear customs and (b) VAT charges when buying goods from EU retailers.

Where goods are subject to both import VAT and customs charges, these are due at the border and will be collected from the UK recipient. Guidance on this can be found at GOV.UK.

The Government recognises the importance of transparent prices for goods purchased from abroad. That is why, from 1 January, the Government introduced new rules for most goods in consignments not exceeding £135. Overseas businesses involved in these sales are now required to show a price which includes VAT at the point of purchase.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to retire its Chief customs system and transition to the Customs Declaration Service for GB-EU trade.

HMRC are currently dual running both CHIEF and the Customs Declaration Service. HMRC will continue to work with key delivery partners and declarants on their readiness for CDS and any change to a single customs platform will be considered as part of HMRC’s continued joint working.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office's oral contribution of 9 December 2020, Official Report, column 852, and the letter of the hon. Member for Leeds West of 3 December 2020, how many of the 50,000 customs agents needed for the end of the transition period are ready to begin their duties on 1 January 2021.

HMRC’s focus has been on capacity to make declarations, rather than the number of staff employed. This is because the sector is varied and made up of a number of different business models including specific customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators. All of these require varied numbers of staff to complete declarations and to provide their services.

Many in the sector have innovated and brought in IT solutions to reduce the numbers of staff they require. The Government has helped them to do this by making over £80 million of support available, including flexible grants that can be used for IT and training, as well as recruitment; depending on the needs of their business.

The findings from recently published Ipsos MORI research set out that the sector expects to be able to complete 76-119 million additional declarations by the end of the transition period. This aligns with HMRC’s estimate that intermediaries will need to facilitate c.94m EU declarations per year at that point.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of haulage and logistics companies who will be unable to find a customs brokerage service by 1 January 2021.

The UK has a well-established customs intermediaries sector which serves British businesses trading outside the EU. The sector is varied and consists of a number of different business models, including specific customs agents, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators; all of which will require differing numbers of staff.

The sector is responding to the increased demand from traders. Government support of up to £84m has been designed to meet the needs of the sector to build capacity flexibly by covering training and IT, as well as recruitment.

The Government continues to monitor progress carefully and keeps support under review.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) applications have been made and (b) how much funding has been issued to customs intermediaries by HMRC.

In total, the Government has now made £84 million available to support the customs intermediary sector to deal with EU trade after 2020.

The initial £34 million has been fully allocated with over 4,000 grant offers for the recruitment and training of agents, improved software and hardware capability for businesses and supporting the establishment of the customs academy. The Government opened an additional £50 million of funding on 29 July and since then it has received over 1,300 applications totalling £18.4m.

Businesses are applying enthusiastically, and funding is still available. The Government encourages industry to take advantage of this support to expand.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs intermediaries (a) there are as at 30 September 2020 and (b) will be needed from 1 January 2021.

The UK has a well-established customs intermediaries sector which serves British businesses trading outside the EU. The sector is varied and consists of a number of different business models, including specific customs agents, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators; all of which will require differing numbers of staff.

The sector is responding to the increased demand from traders. Government support of up to £84m has been designed to meet the needs of the sector to build capacity flexibly by covering training and IT, as well as recruitment.

The Government continues to monitor progress carefully and keeps support under review.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of state aid rules on the ability of customs intermediaries to scale up ahead of the end of the transition period.

Total grants claimed across the customs grant scheme and any similar schemes must be under €200,000 (the maximum amount of state aid available).

The Government continues to consider how the grant scheme can be improved, including how it best operates within subsidy rules.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timescale is for testing the Goods Vehicle Movement Service before its introduction in January 2021.

HMRC are co-developing delivery plans with carriers and operators. A virtualised test service has been in place since 31 August allowing carriers and operators to test their software against the HMRC specification. Service guides are available on the Developer Hub on GOV.UK, allowing hauliers, carriers and operators to access the specifications and understand the technical requirement ahead of physical testing. Technical discussions with carriers and operators to supplement this testing have started and will continue to 31 December.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) firms and (b) intermediaries hold a customs handling of import and export freight (CHIEF) systems badge; and what the increase was in the number of firms with access to CHIEF in (i) July and (ii) August 2020.

There are currently 19,296 business and intermediaries that hold a customs handling of import and export freight (CHIEF) systems badge. The number of CHIEF badges that have been issued increased by 151 across July and August 2020.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published on 13 July 2020, what estimate he has made of the number of business who will need to use a customs intermediary in January 2021.

The vast majority of the UK’s rest-of-world traders use an agent or intermediary to comply with customs formalities and manage their logistics and transport needs. Based on this, the Government expects that intermediaries will play an essential role as the majority of UK businesses trading with the EU will want to use their services to facilitate the import/export process.

There are a number of different types of customs declarations depending on how goods are moved and under which procedure. It is estimated that traders will need to make c.156-172m additional declarations. HMRC expect most businesses to use an intermediary to do this (eg. a freight forwarder, fast-parcel operator or a customs agent) as over 90 per cent of rest-of-world traders currently use one.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published on 13 July 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential cost to businesses of making customs declarations if they decide not to use a customs intermediary.

There are a number of different types of customs declarations depending on how goods are moved and under which procedure.

The latest published estimates are in the third edition impact assessment from December 2018, which are based on historic data. The estimates of the range are between £20-£56 for import declarations, and £15-£46 for export declarations.

The final costs of completing customs declarations will vary significantly from business to business depending on how often they trade, and how they choose to fulfil customers’ requirements; some will use an intermediary while others will do it themselves.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of traders who have used the UK Customs Academy.

The online UK Customs Academy training centre (where the Government has directly procured training capacity) has delivered 1,139 courses so far. This is just one of several companies providing training for customs intermediaries in the UK.
Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to UK businesses of complying with new customs rules required after the end of the transition period.

The latest published estimates are in the third edition impact assessment from December 2018, which are based on historic data.

The estimates of the range are between £20-£56 for import declarations, and £15-£46 for export declarations, but the final costs of completing customs declarations will vary significantly from business to business depending on how often they trade, and how they choose to fulfil customers’ requirements; some will use an intermediary while others will do it themselves. Costs are likely to fall over time as businesses become more proficient in filling in customs declarations.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published on 13 July 2020, what comparative assessment assessment he has made of the current number of customs intermediaries and the expected number that will be in place by January 2021.

The vast majority of the UK’s rest of world traders use an agent or intermediary to comply with customs formalities and manage their logistics and transport needs. Based on this, the Government expects that intermediaries will play an essential role as the majority of UK businesses trading with the EU will want to use their services to facilitate the import/export process.

HMRC do not employ customs agents/customs intermediaries directly. The UK has a well-established industry of customs intermediaries which serve British businesses trading outside the EU. The sector is varied and made up of a number of different business models including specific customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators, all of which will require varied numbers of staff. HMG has recently announced an additional £50m of grant scheme support for the sector to increase capacity, in addition to the £34m of support currently available.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 12 of The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published on 13 July 2020, what estimate he has made of the number of what estimate he has made of the number of businesses currently using a customs intermediary to help them comply with their obligations.

The vast majority of the UK’s rest of world traders use an agent or intermediary to comply with customs formalities and manage their logistics and transport needs. Based on this, the Government expects that intermediaries will play an essential role as the majority of UK businesses trading with the EU will want to use their services to facilitate the import/export process.

HMRC do not employ customs agents/customs intermediaries directly. The UK has a well-established industry of customs intermediaries which serve British businesses trading outside the EU. The sector is varied and made up of a number of different business models including specific customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators, all of which will require varied numbers of staff. HMG has recently announced an additional £50m of grant scheme support for the sector to increase capacity, in addition to the £34m of support currently available.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contracts for the planned physical customs inspection sites have been signed.

To date HMRC have signed leases to secure four sites that were developed as temporary customs facilities ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January 2020. Where necessary, contracts will be reviewed to extend them beyond 1 January 2021. Contracts are also in place for the development and running of these sites.

It is intended to conduct physical inspections at most of these locations after the end of the Transition Period.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what environmental impact assessment has been carried out on building physical customs inspection sites in Kent.

Environmental matters have been taken into account when considering the development of any potential inland customs facilities. Such matters will continue to be considered carefully as proposals are developed and taken forward for planning approval.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether ministerial directions relating to the response to the covid-19 outbreak have been issued other than those that have been published.

Ministerial Directions are published on GOV.UK. As set out in paragraph 3.4.5. of Managing Public Money, (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-public-money) it is the responsibility of the relevant Accounting Officer to arrange for the existence of the direction to be published, no later than in the next report and accounts, unless the matter must be kept confidential.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to support charities who face a loss of income due to covid-19.

The government has announced an unprecedented package of financial support that will also support charities. Many charities are already eligible for 80% charitable rate relief, and charities will also benefit from the new enhanced retail rate relief at 100%. Charities will also benefit from the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Further detail of government support is available at: www.businesssupport.gov.uk

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Data on health measures at the UK border, published on 10 September 2020, when she plans to publish further statistics on the performance of the Isolation Assurance Service.

The Government continues to identify whether it is possible to publish a further data set which will provide more detail in support of the measures at the UK border.

No date is yet set for publication.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
20th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support will be made available to migrants with insecure immigration status during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has put in place a?range of measures?to ensure people can stay safe and many of these are available for those with a No recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition. We have also published advice and information about the support available to migrants living here,?including where they are subject to NRPF

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk

Testing and treatment for Covid-19 is free of charge to all regardless of immigration status and NHS Trusts have been advised that no immigration checks are required for these patients.

Local authorities may also provide basic safety net support, regardless of immigration status, if it is established that there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases where the wellbeing of a child is in question.

The Government has allocated more than £3.2 billion to local authorities in England to help them respond to Covid-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including services helping the most vulnerable.? The funding will mean councils can continue to provide vital services, including adult social care and children’s services.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information his Department holds on the number of veterans who were part of the Balloon Unit of Operation Grapple Z in 1958; and how many of those veterans were alive as at 3 February 2021.

The information is not held in the format requested. The unit records for the Balloon Unit are in the public domain and are held by The National Archives. The Ministry of Defence does not collect data on all Service personnel once they have left the Armed Forces and therefore the number of veterans who were part of the Balloon Unit of Operation Grapple Z in 1958 and were alive on 3 February 2021 is not held.

19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 self-isolation on access to refuges for victims of domestic violence.

The Government will do everything it can to support refuge providers to keep these vital services open, up and running.

Government officials are in discussion with domestic abuse service providers who are undertaking their own contingency planning, in line with advice from Public Health England, to keep the national domestic abuse helpline and safe accommodation support services open and available.

Following these discussions, on 23 March my Department published guidance for providers of refuge and other types of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-provision.

This guidance is in line with current Public Health England advice and sets out guidelines for daily service operation, including where victims may need to self-isolate within refuges and other types of domestic abuse safe accommodation provision.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
25th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps with the Home Secretary to include a joint inspection of the CPS and police in the Government's review of the criminal justice system handling of rape cases.

The decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences being charged and prosecuted in England and Wales is a cause for concern. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure these appalling crimes are tackled effectively and victims are supported.

A joint inspection between HMCPSI and HMICFRS into the handling of rape cases by the Police and CPS is currently being planned.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Home Office)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what engagement there has been with victims of sexual violence as part of the cross-Government end-to-end review of the criminal justice system handling of rape cases.

The Government recognises that the decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences being charged and prosecuted in England and Wales is a cause for concern, and we are determined to do everything we can to ensure these appalling crimes are tackled effectively and victims are supported.

The end-to-end review was commissioned in March 2019 by the National Criminal Justice Board (CJB). A sub-group of the CJB is driving forward this review and met in April 2019, June 2019 and October 2019. The sub-group includes representation from across the criminal justice system, and many members regularly engage with victims and victims’ groups.

In addition, the review has established a Stakeholder Reference Group, which is made up of victim organisations, which is consulted to ensure the inclusion of the victim experience and to provide independent scrutiny. This group met in May 2019 and February 2020, and has been involved in development of some of the research carried out as part of the review. A number of members have played crucial roles in engagement with agencies and practitioners, helping to facilitate and attending relevant focus groups.

In addition to the work of the undertaken by the Reference Group in the context of the review, we regularly consult with victims’ groups to inform our wider work on issues relevant to victims of sexual violence, such as reforms to the Victims’ Code and the Rape Victims’ Pledge. The Lord Chancellor hosted a roundtable in September 2019 which focused on victims of sexual violence and was attended by those with lived experience and a number of members of the Reference Group.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings related to the cross-Government end-to-end review of the criminal justice system handling of rape cases have taken place with the (a) National Criminal Justice Board and (b) victims and survivors stakeholder group since March 2019.

The Government recognises that the decline in the number of rape and serious sexual offences being charged and prosecuted in England and Wales is a cause for concern, and we are determined to do everything we can to ensure these appalling crimes are tackled effectively and victims are supported.

The end-to-end review was commissioned in March 2019 by the National Criminal Justice Board (CJB). A sub-group of the CJB is driving forward this review and met in April 2019, June 2019 and October 2019. The sub-group includes representation from across the criminal justice system, and many members regularly engage with victims and victims’ groups.

In addition, the review has established a Stakeholder Reference Group, which is made up of victim organisations, which is consulted to ensure the inclusion of the victim experience and to provide independent scrutiny. This group met in May 2019 and February 2020, and has been involved in development of some of the research carried out as part of the review. A number of members have played crucial roles in engagement with agencies and practitioners, helping to facilitate and attending relevant focus groups.

In addition to the work of the undertaken by the Reference Group in the context of the review, we regularly consult with victims’ groups to inform our wider work on issues relevant to victims of sexual violence, such as reforms to the Victims’ Code and the Rape Victims’ Pledge. The Lord Chancellor hosted a roundtable in September 2019 which focused on victims of sexual violence and was attended by those with lived experience and a number of members of the Reference Group.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department made of the risks to security at Northern Ireland ports during preparations for the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021.

The Government worked closely with the devolved administration in Northern Ireland and security partners to understand and mitigate against security related risks in preparation for the end of the transition period. We will continue to work with our partners to understand any emerging issues and work together to address them.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)