Robert Goodwill Portrait

Robert Goodwill

Conservative - Scarborough and Whitby

First elected: 5th May 2005


Environmental Audit Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 11th Jul 2022
Down Syndrome Bill
19th Jan 2022 - 26th Jan 2022
Nationality and Borders Bill
15th Sep 2021 - 4th Nov 2021
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
12th May 2021 - 24th Jun 2021
Environmental Audit Committee
22nd Jan 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Mar 2019 - 25th Jul 2019
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
5th Mar 2018 - 8th Apr 2019
Minister of State (Education)
12th Jun 2017 - 9th Jan 2018
Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration)
15th Jul 2016 - 11th Jun 2017
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Oct 2013 - 15th Jul 2016
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
6th Sep 2012 - 7th Oct 2013
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Minister (Transport)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Opposition Whip (Commons)
8th Nov 2006 - 3rd Jul 2007
Transport Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 11th Dec 2006


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Robert Goodwill has voted in 969 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Robert Goodwill voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Robert Goodwill voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
22 Oct 2021 - Prayers - View Vote Context
Robert Goodwill voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 210 Conservative No votes vs 2 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 3 Noes - 336
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Robert Goodwill voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Robert Goodwill voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
21 Feb 2024 - Ceasefire in Gaza - View Vote Context
Robert Goodwill voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 24 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 20 Noes - 212
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Daniel Zeichner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(48 debate interactions)
Luke Pollard (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Defence)
(34 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(174 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(30 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(29 debate contributions)
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Scarborough and Whitby Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We want the Government to repeal the Dangerous Dogs Act and replace it with legislation that focuses on early intervention to prevent dog bites and tackle dog-related issues regardless of breed or type, based solely on their behaviour.


I believe that the XL bully is a kind, beautiful natured breed that loves children and people in general, and are very loyal and loving pets.

Mark Avery , Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay (Wild Justice) want the opening of the Woodcock shooting season to be pushed back to 1 December. 160,000 Woodcock are shot for fun across the UK whilst their population is declining. The Defra Secretary of State has powers to vary the shooting season.

The Government should prohibit the sale, use and manufacture of free-running snares under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, putting them in the same category as self-locking snares, which are already illegal.

For the most recent hunting season, Forestry England gave hunting licences for 34 fox & hare “trail hunts”. Despite hunting wild mammals with dogs being illegal, two of the licensed/previously licensed trail hunts have been associated with convictions under the Hunting and Animal Welfare Acts.

In March 2021 Mini the cat was chased and killed by hunting hounds in a quiet residential area.
The Government should back Mini’s Law (Public and Animal Safety Bill 2021) to ensure safety to the public and animals from hunting activity, such as trail hunts and exercise of hunting hounds.

Shooting of Badgers is licensed by Natural England as part of the DEFRA Badger cull. 24,000+ Badgers were shot in 2019.

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.

Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.


Latest EDMs signed by Robert Goodwill

26th March 2024
Robert Goodwill signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th March 2024

Referral of matters of 21 February 2024 to the Committee of Privileges

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House notes the Speaker’s decision on selection and calling of amendments on 21 February 2024 was not in accordance with the established precedent for Opposition days; and accordingly considers that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 February 1978, the matter of whether undue pressure was placed …
58 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Conservative: 13
Independent: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
24th September 2020
Robert Goodwill signed this EDM as a sponsor on Friday 25th September 2020

Mandatory reporting on plastic packaging

Tabled by: Geraint Davies (Independent - Swansea West)
That this House notes that UK supermarkets use some 114 billion pieces of throwaway plastic packaging each year; recognises that this equates to 653,000 tonnes of plastic waste, the equivalent of almost 3,000 747 jumbo jets; further recognises that almost all of this waste will end up polluting the natural …
45 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Mar 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 21
Scottish National Party: 6
Independent: 4
Liberal Democrat: 4
Conservative: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Robert Goodwill, 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.


Robert Goodwill has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Robert Goodwill has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Robert Goodwill has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of deploying small and advanced modular reactors on existing nuclear sites.

The Government recognises that there are areas across the UK with experience hosting nuclear developments and appreciates the potential benefits that these locations could offer to new nuclear projects.

The Government is developing a siting strategy, and a new National Policy Statement for nuclear electricity generation infrastructure deployable after 2025. The Government will consult on the strategy in due course.

The Government remains open to considering development proposals for projects at sites which stakeholders consider suitable, including existing nuclear sites. Any future project would be subject to planning and development consents.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of (a) large nuclear reactors and (b) small and advanced modular reactors that the UK requires.

Nuclear power generated in the UK plays a critical role in the UK energy system. Hinkley Point C is under construction and, when operational, will supply 3.2GW of secure, low carbon electricity for around 60 years, providing enough power for around 6 million homes. The Government aims to bring at least one large-scale nuclear project to the point of Final Investment Decision(FID) by the end of this Parliament, subject to value for money and all relevant approvals.

Small and Advanced Modular Reactors (SMRs/AMRs) could play a significant role alongside large nuclear as a low-carbon energy source to support a secure, affordable decarbonised energy system. In order to support this, the Government has announced up to £120 million for a new Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) to provide targeted support to address barriers to entry. The Government will publish a roadmap for new nuclear deployment, including large scale and advanced nuclear technologies, in 2022.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many High-Temperature Gas Reactors his Department plans to construct in the UK.

The Department’s Advanced Nuclear Fund includes funding for an Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) Programme to enable a High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) demonstration by the early 2030s to understand the potential of the technology and its contribution to achieving the UK’s Net Zero target.

The Government has published a stakeholder engagement note which sets out a proposed three phase approach for the programme. This approach will develop the evidence base to inform future policy.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an estimate of the cost of (a) extending free school meals to all children with a parent or guardian who is in receipt of Universal Credit and (b) making free school meals universal.

The department does not have plans to assess the cost of changing the current eligibility conditions for free school meals (FSM).

The department continues to monitor the rising cost of living whilst working with other government departments on support surrounding this issue. The department will continue to keep FSM eligibility under review to ensure that these meals are supporting those who most need them. In setting a threshold, the government believes that the current level, which enables children to benefit from FSM while remaining affordable and deliverable for schools, is the right one.

The latest published statistics show that around 1.9 million pupils are claiming FSM. This equates to 22.5% of all pupils, up from 20.8% in 2021. Together with a further 1.25 million infants supported through the Universal Infant Free School Meal policy, 37.5% of pupils are now provided with FSM.

13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of the support available for the biopesticide industry.

Biopesticide applicants in the UK are supported via the Biopesticide Scheme. Support provided through the scheme includes dedicated Health & Safety Executive (HSE) biopesticide champions, free pre-submission advice, and capped fees for biopesticide active substance approval.

We are considering where approvals and permissions for biopesticides might be made simpler and faster without compromising the environment or human health standards. This would aim to reduce the burden for manufacturers and bring more biopesticides to the market.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department is taking steps to help reduce the transition costs for farmers moving to regenerative agricultural methods.

Farming in England is going through the biggest change in a generation. We have listened to the needs of farmers and our approach to working with the farming sector is also changing. We are improving our policies and services to make them more effective, fair, flexible, accessible, and workable for farmers.

Environmental land management is the foundation of our new approach. Our new schemes will pay for sustainable farming practices (such as reducing carbon emissions, creating, and preserving habitat, and making landscape-scale environmental changes) and improvements to animal health and welfare. This is an important step towards achieving important environmental outcomes such as net zero, climate change adaptation, biodiversity, and water quality.

In late June 2022, we launched the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI). SFI pays farmers for actions that support food production and can help improve farm productivity and resilience, whilst also protecting and improving the environment.

The SFI scheme contains standards that can support a regenerative approach and are designed so that there are options available for all types of farmers. The standards include:


• hedgerows standard
• integrated pest management standard
• nutrient management standard
• arable and horticultural land standard
• improved grassland standard
• low input grassland standard

We are rolling out the SFI2023 in a controlled way, making sure we offer everyone the right level of support. We invited Basic Payment Scheme eligible farmers to register interest for SFI2023 with the Rural Payments Agency from 30 August 2023. Over 14,000 farmers have done so, representing one in six. This process is already being simplified, with the majority of farmers no longer needing to registrations of interest as of the week commencing 16 October 2023. We started to accept applications from 18 September, and I am pleased to confirm the first payments were made on 17 October 2023.

The Landscape Recovery scheme also supports a regenerative approach to agriculture. It focusses on restoring nature across a wider landscape, bringing together landowners and managers who want to take a more large-scale, long-term approach to producing environmental and climate goods on their land. Round two pilot applications opened on 18 May 2023 and closed on 21 September 2023. Applications were open to any individuals or groups who want to come together on projects of over 500 hectares and public bodies will need to apply in collaboration with other land managers – for example, with neighbouring landowners, farmers, and tenants. Projects involving elements of regenerative farming could apply.

Our Countryside Stewardship scheme includes actions that can form part of a regenerative or restorative farming approach; to improve soil quality, enhance biodiversity, decrease water pollution, and restore, create, and manage habitats.

We are offering farmers and land managers, including those who take a regenerative approach, funding for equipment, technology, and infrastructure that improves farm productivity and benefits the environment through the Farming Investment Fund. This offers funding for equipment, technology, and infrastructure that improves farm productivity and benefits the environment. This fund provides grants to farmers, foresters, and growers (including contractors to these sectors) so that they can invest in the things they need to improve productivity and enhance the natural environment.

We are also offering support to drive adoption of new innovation by farmers and growers. The Farming Innovation Programme encourages groups of farmers, growers, businesses, and researchers to get involved in collaborative research and development. We believe that by working together, they will be able to solve challenges and exploit opportunities for increasing productivity and environmental sustainability in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England. Farmers testing out regenerative approaches to agriculture will be able to apply for these grants.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of regenerative agriculture on achieving the Government's climate goals while increasing UK food security; and whether her Department is taking steps to increase the adoption of regenerative farming practices.

Farming in England is going through the biggest change in a generation. We have listened to the needs of farmers and our approach to working with the farming sector is also changing. We are improving our policies and services to make them more effective, fair, flexible, accessible, and workable for farmers.

Environmental land management is the foundation of our new approach. Our new schemes will pay for sustainable farming practices (such as reducing carbon emissions, creating, and preserving habitat, and making landscape-scale environmental changes) and improvements to animal health and welfare. This is an important step towards achieving important environmental outcomes such as net zero, climate change adaptation, biodiversity, and water quality.

In late June 2022, we launched the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI). SFI pays farmers for actions that support food production and can help improve farm productivity and resilience, whilst also protecting and improving the environment.

The SFI scheme contains standards that can support a regenerative approach and are designed so that there are options available for all types of farmers. The standards include:


• hedgerows standard
• integrated pest management standard
• nutrient management standard
• arable and horticultural land standard
• improved grassland standard
• low input grassland standard

We are rolling out the SFI2023 in a controlled way, making sure we offer everyone the right level of support. We invited Basic Payment Scheme eligible farmers to register interest for SFI2023 with the Rural Payments Agency from 30 August 2023. Over 14,000 farmers have done so, representing one in six. This process is already being simplified, with the majority of farmers no longer needing to registrations of interest as of the week commencing 16 October 2023. We started to accept applications from 18 September, and I am pleased to confirm the first payments were made on 17 October 2023.

The Landscape Recovery scheme also supports a regenerative approach to agriculture. It focusses on restoring nature across a wider landscape, bringing together landowners and managers who want to take a more large-scale, long-term approach to producing environmental and climate goods on their land. Round two pilot applications opened on 18 May 2023 and closed on 21 September 2023. Applications were open to any individuals or groups who want to come together on projects of over 500 hectares and public bodies will need to apply in collaboration with other land managers – for example, with neighbouring landowners, farmers, and tenants. Projects involving elements of regenerative farming could apply.

Our Countryside Stewardship scheme includes actions that can form part of a regenerative or restorative farming approach; to improve soil quality, enhance biodiversity, decrease water pollution, and restore, create, and manage habitats.

We are offering farmers and land managers, including those who take a regenerative approach, funding for equipment, technology, and infrastructure that improves farm productivity and benefits the environment through the Farming Investment Fund. This offers funding for equipment, technology, and infrastructure that improves farm productivity and benefits the environment. This fund provides grants to farmers, foresters, and growers (including contractors to these sectors) so that they can invest in the things they need to improve productivity and enhance the natural environment.

We are also offering support to drive adoption of new innovation by farmers and growers. The Farming Innovation Programme encourages groups of farmers, growers, businesses, and researchers to get involved in collaborative research and development. We believe that by working together, they will be able to solve challenges and exploit opportunities for increasing productivity and environmental sustainability in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England. Farmers testing out regenerative approaches to agriculture will be able to apply for these grants.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to reply to the correspondence of 24 May 2023 from the Rt. hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby on the time taken to complete full checks on EU SPS imports and on the EU’s Entry/Exit System and Short Strait agrifood flows.

A reply was sent the hon. Member on 21 June 2023.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to reply to the correspondence of 26 April 2023 from the Rt hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby on Supplementary Estimate 2022/23 and Post-Implementation Reviews.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 21 June 2023.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many breaches of the Heather & Grass Burning Regulations 2021 have required official action, since those regulations came into force.

To date, we have received 1,584 individual reports of alleged breaches of the Heather and Grass etc Burning (England) Regulations since the regulations came into force on 1 May 2021.

Of these, 1022 could not be assessed because they included insufficient location information.

490 reports have been assessed by Defra and Natural England. Many of these were established to be duplicates or were established to not amount to offences under the regulations.

A total of 72 reports, related to the current burning season, are currently undergoing assessment by Defra and Natural England.

A small number of reports have progressed to formal investigation with one instance resulting in the issue of a formal warning. It would be inappropriate to comment on the ongoing investigations.

30th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many alleged breaches of the Heather & Grass Burning Regulations 2021 have been reported to Defra, since those regulations came into force.

To date, we have received 1,584 individual reports of alleged breaches of the Heather and Grass etc Burning (England) Regulations since the regulations came into force on 1 May 2021.

Of these, 1022 could not be assessed because they included insufficient location information.

490 reports have been assessed by Defra and Natural England. Many of these were established to be duplicates or were established to not amount to offences under the regulations.

A total of 72 reports, related to the current burning season, are currently undergoing assessment by Defra and Natural England.

A small number of reports have progressed to formal investigation with one instance resulting in the issue of a formal warning. It would be inappropriate to comment on the ongoing investigations.

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to not support industrial fishing for sandeel in English waters, on a similar basis to the policy of the Scottish Government, as part of the upcoming publication of the Joint Fisheries Statement.

We are concerned about the impacts on the marine ecosystem by the removal of forage fish by industrial fishing. Following a recent call for evidence, Defra is presently working with others, including the Devolved Administrations, to develop a management strategy for industrial fishing in UK waters. We will consult on the introduction of any new measures in English waters.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the proportionality of the plant health regulatory regime for the import of seeds, plants and trees; and whether he has plans to revise that regulatory regime.

High plant health and biosecurity standards keep harmful pests and diseases, like Xylella fastidiosa, out of the UK, benefiting both the horticultural trade and the environment in the long term. The UK has some of the highest plant health and biosecurity standards in the world, and we have been clear we will not compromise on these standards. They are integral to supporting and protecting the horticultural industry overall as well as sustaining our food supply and natural environment.

The UK Plant Health Risk Group is continuously reviewing risks to plant biosecurity and identifying actions needed to mitigate the most significant threats. These include keeping our regulatory regime up to date, carrying out focused surveillance and inspections, contingency planning, research, and awareness raising as well as identifying areas where intervention would not be helpful or justified.

Since plant health controls on high-priority plants and plant products imported from the EU to GB were introduced on 1 January 2021, 94 interceptions of harmful organisms have been made, which all had the potential to lead to a damaging outbreak in GB.

In addition, more than 300 other instances of non-compliance have been identified.

These cases demonstrate the importance of effective import controls to safeguard commercial plant production; protect food supply and avoid the serious impacts on our natural environment which pest/disease outbreaks can lead to.

We have recently consulted on a permanent system of import checks and frequencies which will deal with imports from EU Member States and other third countries consistently.

This system is based on technical assessments of risk and retains the default position of 100% inspections for imported plants and trees. However, it also considers cases where a lower percentage of checks can be adopted for certain categories of plants where there is an identifiable lower risk (examples could be annual plants, because they are short lived, or house plants, because they are kept indoors).

The consultation closed in early 2022 and we expect to update stakeholders on the outcome of this consultation in March.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure free movement of cultivated plant biodiversity.

UK plant health controls take a risk-based approach informed by the evidence and balance ensuring robust biosecurity with the facilitation of trade. The threat from plant pests and diseases is significant and growing due to globalisation and climate change.

The increase in trade and travel has resulted in an escalation in the volume and diversity of plants and plant products entering the UK from sources across the world. These plant imports can act as hosts or vectors and are one of the primary ways in which new pests and diseases can be introduced.

High plant health and biosecurity standards keep harmful pests and diseases, like Xylella fastidiosa, out of the UK, benefiting both the horticultural trade and the environment in the long term. The UK has some of the highest plant health and biosecurity standards in the world, and we have been clear we will not compromise on these standards. They are integral to supporting and protecting the horticultural industry overall as well as sustaining our food supply and natural environment.

The UK Plant Health Risk Group is continuously reviewing risks to plant biosecurity and identifying actions needed to mitigate the most significant threats. These include keeping our regulatory regime up to date, carrying out focused surveillance and inspections, contingency planning, research, and awareness raising as well as identifying areas where intervention would not be helpful or justified.

Further, the UK is a member of both:

o the OECD Seed Schemes which provide harmonised standards for the international trade of seed of regulated plant species for agriculture, and

o the OECD Forest Seed and Plant Scheme which ensures Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) is produced, controlled and traded according to harmonised standards.

The EU has granted equivalence to the UK for agricultural seed (excluding production of vegetable seed), fruit and vegetable propagating material, and forest reproductive material (FRM), ensuring these commodities may be marketed in the EU.

The UK Plant Health Information Portal has published Defra guidance to importers and exporters of plant material to support trade facilitation.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry in the transition to peat-free plant exports.

Alongside publishing our consultation on ending the sale of peat and peat containing products in horticulture in England and Wales, we assessed the economic impact of each of the proposed measures. This assessment can be found at: Consultation Impact Assessment Ending the Retail Sale of Peat in Horticulture in England and Wales.pdf (defra.gov.uk)

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to establish a plant health agreement with the EU for the export of seeds, plants and trees.

Defra is not looking to establish a specific plant health agreement with the EU

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement includes a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter which allows the UK and the EU to take a risk-based approach to our respective SPS border controls and provides a basis for cooperation on avoiding unnecessary barriers to trade.

A key part of this is the Trade Specialised Committee, which is tasked with regularly reviewing the Parties' SPS measures, including certification requirements and border clearance processes, and their application, in order to facilitate trade between the Parties.

We are open to discussions with the EU on additional steps to further reduce trade friction, but these cannot be on the basis of future alignment with EU rules. This would compromise UK sovereignty over our own laws.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) Cefas and (b) the Environment Agency on investigating the cause of the deaths of crabs, lobster and other crustacea along the Tees Valley coastline.

Defra, Cefas, MMO and the Environment Agency (EA), along with other agencies, are continuing to collaborate on the investigation into the cause of death of crustacea along the Tees Valley and other parts of the coastline in the north east. The EA and Cefas have undertaken extensive tests to try to determine the cause and are reviewing the evidence gathered since the start of this incident, as well as considering any additional work needed. Previously, chemical pollution was ruled out by the EA as a likely cause for the mortality.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of compensation required to support fishermen on the Tees Valley coast affected by the large scale deaths of crustacea in that area.

No assessment of the potential for compensation has been made as the investigation into the cause of the mass mortality is ongoing. The Department along with its Arm’s Length Bodies are undertaking extensive testing and engaging with fishermen and their representatives to get a fuller understanding of the incident.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department has given to fishermen and coastal communities affected by the mass deaths of crustacea on the Tees Valley coast.

Defra has regularly updated stakeholders and attended a public meeting on 14 December with the industry and its representatives. This gave an opportunity for industry to raise concerns and to hear actions taken to date as part of the multi-agency response to ascertain and address any potential cause for the mortality. Advice to fishermen and coastal communities has been provided in relation to food safety and hygiene practice, and we remain in close contact with fishermen and others to fully understand the impacts of the incident.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will publish the risk assessments and relevant documents relating to the dredging on the River Tees in September and October 2021.

All applications, decisions and supporting documentation associated with licensed dredging activity are published on the Marine Licensing public register. This includes the results of sampling and testing undertaken in accordance with international guidance developed to ensure this activity does not harm marine life.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of supply of seasonal workers for ornamental horticulture.

Defra is considering the latest data and working with the ornamental horticulture production industry to understand labour demand and supply, including both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements. We will continue to monitor the labour needs of the ornamental horticulture sector and to help ensure that these are met.

The Government has announced that the seasonal worker visa route will be extended to 2024 to allow overseas workers to come to the UK for up to six months to harvest both edible and ornamental crops. 30,000 visas will be available. This will be kept under review with the potential to increase by 10,000 visas if necessary.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) ornamental horticulture’s contribution to the environment and biodiversity and (b) the potential merits of including that sector in the Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme to support the sector to increase the production of plants and trees.

While no specific assessment has been made of the ornamental horticulture sector’s contribution to the environment and biodiversity, domestic ornamental horticulture production is an important part of the supply chain for green infrastructure. Green infrastructure includes greenspace such as parks and woodlands but also other environmental features such as street trees, hedgerows and green walls and roofs.

Defra is considering the latest data and working with the ornamental horticulture production industry to understand labour demand and supply, including both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements. We will continue to monitor the labour needs of the ornamental horticulture sector and help to ensure that these are met.

The Seasonal Workers Pilot was expanded for 2021, from 10,000 to 30,000 visas, for workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick and package fruit and vegetables on our farms. The Government has announced that the seasonal worker visa route will be extended to 2024 to allow overseas workers to come to the UK for up to six months to harvest both edible and ornamental crops. 30,000 visas will be available. This will be kept under review with the potential to increase by 10,000 visas if necessary.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the seasonal workers visa scheme from six to nine months to include tree production and other ornamental horticulture workers.

Defra is considering the latest data and working with the ornamental horticulture production industry to understand labour demand and supply, including both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements. We will continue to monitor the labour needs of the ornamental horticulture sector and help to ensure that these are met.

The Seasonal Workers Pilot was expanded for 2021, from 10,000 to 30,000 visas, for workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick and package fruit and vegetables on our farms.

The Government has announced that the seasonal worker visa route will be extended to 2024 to allow overseas workers to come to the UK for up to six months to harvest both edible and ornamental crops. 30,000 visas will be available. This will be kept under review with the potential to increase by 10,000 visas if necessary.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) legal fees and (b) associated costs in connection with the proposed culling of Geronimo the alpaca from Shepherds Close Farm in Wickwar.

With the exception of legal costs which were awarded to Defra by the High Court following the unsuccessful Judicial Review in 2019 and the owner’s failed appeal against the granting of a warrant, the costs associated with the compulsory slaughter of the twice-TB-test positive alpaca have not been separately accounted for.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of peatland (a) restoration and (b) management for helping to (i) abate greenhouse gas emissions, (ii) manage fuel loads and (iii) deliver conservation outcomes on deep peat; and what steps he is taking to ensure that learning from (A) scientific research on and (B) practitioner management of peat informs the restoration and protection of blanket bog.

Restored peatland achieves a variety of natural capital objectives, including carbon sequestration, water regulation and quality, optimising biodiversity, preserving archaeology, and minimising wildfire hazards. We are committed to restoring and sustainably managing England’s peatlands. The Chancellor announced in March that as part of the Nature for Climate Fund, 35,000ha of peatland restoration would be achieved over the next five years. This represents a significant step forward in our restoration efforts and will require us to work closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including landowners and land management representative organisations.

We continue to monitor all aspects of scientific research on the impacts of burning on blanket bog habitat. The balance of evidence remains that burning on blanket bog is detrimental as it moves the bog away from its original wet state and risks vulnerable peat bogs becoming converted to drier, heathland habitat. That is why we are taking action to prevent further damage by bringing forward legislation that will limit burning of vegetation on protected deep peat.

The Government will be setting out further measures to restore, protect and manage England’s peatlands this year as part of a package of measures to protect England’s landscapes and nature-based solutions.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that proposed licences for vegetation management by controlled burning on blanket bog will be made available at the same time as legislative proposals to enable wildfire risk to be managed are brought forward.

The proposed licensing regime for managed burning on protected blanket bog will include the ability to obtain a licence to burn for the purposes of wildfire mitigation where no other practicable management technique is available. We are currently drafting guidance that will be published in advance of the start of the burning season in 2021.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to mitigate the risk of wildfires on peat soils and priority habitats where the vegetation fuel load and soil conditions may combine to increase that risk.

Wildfire is a devolved matter and therefore, the information provided relates to England only.

It is the responsibility of the relevant Fire and Rescue Service to investigate the reasons for any particular wildfire, with these findings being collated by the Home Office. Where appropriate the findings of the relevant Fire and Rescue Service will be shared with Defra so that lessons can learned, as appropriate.

The Met Office developed the Fire Severity Index, which is an assessment of how severe a fire could become if one were to start. It enables landowners and land managers to take action where the severity is identified as high risk.

We recognise that the primary cause of wildfire is people. We are encouraging sustainable land management practices that mitigate wildfire risk by reducing fuel loads and returning the land to a naturally wildfire resilient state. This includes encouraging landowners and land managers to adopt or create good quality wildfire management plans to reduce wildfire risk and prepare for any eventualities of wildfire. We are also exploring with Natural England and the Forestry Commission the possible development of suitable training around wildfire for landowners and land managers.

The Government will be setting out further measures to restore, protect and manage England's peatlands this year, as part of a package of measures to protect England's landscapes and nature-based solutions.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the reasons for wildfires (a) on Bodmin Moor, (b) on Dartmoor, (c) on Benbecula and (d) in Northern Ireland in February 2021; and which other areas of high fuel load he has identified as being at risk of those fires.

Wildfire is a devolved matter and therefore, the information provided relates to England only.

It is the responsibility of the relevant Fire and Rescue Service to investigate the reasons for any particular wildfire, with these findings being collated by the Home Office. Where appropriate the findings of the relevant Fire and Rescue Service will be shared with Defra so that lessons can learned, as appropriate.

The Met Office developed the Fire Severity Index, which is an assessment of how severe a fire could become if one were to start. It enables landowners and land managers to take action where the severity is identified as high risk.

We recognise that the primary cause of wildfire is people. We are encouraging sustainable land management practices that mitigate wildfire risk by reducing fuel loads and returning the land to a naturally wildfire resilient state. This includes encouraging landowners and land managers to adopt or create good quality wildfire management plans to reduce wildfire risk and prepare for any eventualities of wildfire. We are also exploring with Natural England and the Forestry Commission the possible development of suitable training around wildfire for landowners and land managers.

The Government will be setting out further measures to restore, protect and manage England's peatlands this year, as part of a package of measures to protect England's landscapes and nature-based solutions.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will support a Minor and Temporary Adjustment to Higher Level Stewardship Schemes to permit the continuation of the £2 million heather vegetation management experiment partly funded by his Department.

The request for a Minor and Temporary Adjustment to Higher Level Stewardship Schemes is a matter for the Rural Payments Agency in consultation with Natural England, who will take into consideration any wider circumstances surrounding that adjustment where it is made known to them.

In relation to the Moorhouse National Nature Reserve, there have been no representations to perform any future burning. There is no specific ban on burning for scientific purposes, but any such burning would need to be undertaken in accordance with the legislation.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from Natural England on the (a) granting of licences for scientific research on deep peat to inform his Department's policy and land management decisions in the future and (b) continuation of long-term research on Moorhouse National Nature Reserve.

The request for a Minor and Temporary Adjustment to Higher Level Stewardship Schemes is a matter for the Rural Payments Agency in consultation with Natural England, who will take into consideration any wider circumstances surrounding that adjustment where it is made known to them.

In relation to the Moorhouse National Nature Reserve, there have been no representations to perform any future burning. There is no specific ban on burning for scientific purposes, but any such burning would need to be undertaken in accordance with the legislation.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether fire and rescue services are exempt from bans on controlled burning where it facilitates wildfire training.

Fire and rescue services will not have a general exemption from the requirements of the regulations. We consider that our most protected sites are not the place for wildfire training, and that other more suitable locations exist. We will engage with the Chief Fire Officers Association to understand whether this will impact on their ability to retain their expertise.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any of the zero emission buses funded by the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (a) are and (b) will be manufactured outside the UK.

The following table presents information on the number of zero emission buses funded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme by local transport authority. The numbers in this table are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore indicative and subject to change. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included.

Local Transport Authority  

Number of buses funded

Number of buses ordered

Bus manufacturer 

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

30

Volvo

Kent County Council

33

33

5 - Volvo.
28 - Irizar.

Leicester City Council

114

114

108 – Wrightbus  
6 - Pelican/Yutong

Warrington Borough Council

105

105

Volvo

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

27

4 - Alexander Dennis Ltd   23 - Pelican/Yutong

Norfolk County Council

70

70

Wrightbus

North Yorkshire County Council

39

39

20 - EvoBus/Mercedes 19 - Alexander Dennis Ltd

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

62

62

Wrightbus

Blackpool Council

90

0

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Nottingham City Council

68

24

24 - Pelican/Yutong  
Bus manufacturer for remaining buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

170

Volvo

Hertfordshire County Council

27

0

Bus manufacturer for remaining buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

0

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City of York Council

53

53

Wrightbus

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

136

57

57 – Wrightbus  
Bus manufacturer for remaining buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Oxfordshire County Council

159

159

104 - Wrightbus  
55 – Alexander Dennis Ltd  

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to introduce a Crown Commercial Services framework for zero emission vehicles.

The Department for Transport works closely with Crown Commercial Services, which have multiple procurement frameworks to help public bodies buy goods and services, including on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The frameworks are used by government fleets, local authorities and the wider public sector to support the transition to zero emission vehicles and help meet our net zero goals.

31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to increase the speed of the UK rollout of zero emission buses.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what targets his Department plans to set for the use of zero emission buses up to 2030.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on methods to prioritise domestic manufacture of zero emission buses.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK jobs that would be created through delivering the Government’s 4,000 zero emission buses target.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to prioritise the community benefit element of zero emission bus tenders.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which non-UK manufacturers have received orders for zero emission buses through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Area scheme.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of zero emission buses funded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Area scheme are manufactured outside of the UK.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to maximise UK content in zero emission buses.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the 4,000 zero emission buses the Government has committed to will be UK-made.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government will meet its target of delivering 4,000 zero emission buses within the 2019 Parliament.

We are providing over £525 million dedicated funding for zero emissions buses (ZEBs) this Parliament, though a number of funding schemes:

  • The Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City. This funding will support the introduction of up to 300 electric buses.
  • £270 million funding was awarded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) which will support up to 1,278 zero emission buses. In London, government funding has supported the introduction of an estimated 600 ZEBs.
  • The Department will provide details on how the remaining £205 million of new funding will be used shortly. We will continue to explore how best to maximise the community benefits of future investment.

Funding from other funding schemes, such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), can also be used by local areas to support the introduction of ZEBs. In addition, the rate at which the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) can be claimed for ZEBs was increased from 6p to 22p per km in April 2022. This supports operators to introduce ZEBs by reducing the overall cost of ownership.

Table 1 below presents the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in England since February 2020. Where available, information has been provided on the status of the buses and the name of the bus manufacturer has been included. The numbers in Table 1 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding scheme

Funding awarded to

No. Buses

Status

Bus manufacturer

ZEBRA

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Kent County Council

33

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Leicester City Council

96

6 buses on the road 68 buses ordered 22 buses funded

6 buses on the road supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong 68 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 22 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Milton Keynes City Council

56

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Warrington Borough Council

120

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Norfolk County Council

15

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

North Yorkshire County Council

39

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

34

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

Blackpool Council

115

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Nottingham City Council

78

12 ordered. 66 funded.

12 buses supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong. Bus manufacturer for 66 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Hertfordshire County Council

27

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

City of York Council

44

Ordered

Wrightbus

ZEBRA

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

111

32 buses ordered 79 buses funded.

32 buses ordered from Wrightbus Bus manufacturer for 79 buses subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

ZEBRA

Oxfordshire County Council

159

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

All Electric Bus Town or City Scheme

West Midlands Combined Authority

Up to 300

130 buses ordered

130 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

Leicester City Council

18

18 buses on the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Transforming Cities Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

20

Ordered

20 buses ordered from Alexander Dennis Ltd

Transforming Cities Fund

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

50

Ordered

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Brighton & Hove Buses

20

Ordered

Wrightbus

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

First West Yorkshire

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Go North East

9

On the road

Supplied by Pelican & Coach UK and manufactured by Yutong

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Nottinghamshire County Council

4

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

Stagecoach Manchester

32

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Big Lemon

3

On the road

Supplied by Harris Group and manufactured by Higer

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

5

On the road

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Local transport authority funding

Surrey County Council

34

Funded

Bus manufacturer subject to outcome of procurement process by local transport authority or bus operator.

Local transport authority funding

Hertfordshire County Council

1

On the road

Switch Mobility

Local transport authority funding

Transport for London

600

Total

2,391

Table 2 below presents information on the estimated number of zero emission buses that have been funded in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since February 2020. The numbers in Table 2 are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore subject to change.

Funding Scheme

Number of Buses

UK Government funding for Wales through the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

68

Welsh Government funding

16

Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme

272

Scottish Zero Emission Bus challenge fund

276

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2020-21

100

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2021-22

38

Northern Ireland Executive Funding FY 2022-23

100

Total

870

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support the UK bus and coach industry.

Since the start of the pandemic, an unprecedented level of support has been provided to the bus sector. Initially, over £1.5bn in emergency support was provided to operators and Local Transport Authorities through the Coronavirus Bus Service Support Grant.

Recognising the ongoing financial challenges faced by the sector as passengers return, the Government has provided an additional £226.5m in recovery support through the Bus Recovery Grant. This scheme will run between September 2021 and April 2022.

For the coach industry, the Government has announced a range of measures available to support UK businesses, including coach operators, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough), loan schemes and grant funding.

On 25 March 2021, the Government announced a new Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion, available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates. While this funding is allocated at local authorities’ discretion, the Government has issued guidance to councils encouraging them to consider tour operators among the businesses eligible for support. Coach operators should contact their local authorities for more information.

The Department continues to engage with stakeholders from both sectors to understand the challenges faced and support recovery.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the role of the bus industry in delivering the levelling-up agenda.

The National Bus Strategy published in March 2021 will help deliver better bus services for passengers across England, including through far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered, targeted fares reductions and bus priority measures. Enhanced Partnerships and Franchising arrangements will deliver more comprehensive services to drive forward the Government’s levelling-up agenda.

15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the £335 million allocated in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 for zero-emission buses, how much of this funding will be made available in the next financial year.

As set out in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 £355 million of new funding has been made available for zero emission buses. £150 million of this funding has been made available for 2021-22. The Department intends to allocate this funding to support to the Zero Emission Bus Region Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, taking the total funding available for the scheme to £270 million in the financial year 2021 to 2022.

£70.8 million of this funding has been awarded from the ZEBRA to five local transport authorities: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Leicester City Council, Kent County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Warrington Borough Council. The Department is in the process of formally awarding funding to these areas. A further 17 local transport authorities are working to produce business cases under the standard process of the scheme. The Department will award funding to successful business cases under the standard process in Spring 2022. As set out in guidance for the ZEBRA scheme all zero emission buses should come into service no later than two years after funding has been awarded.

The remaining £205 million funding announced in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 will be available over the Spending Review period. The Department will provide further details on how this funding will be used in due course.

15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many zero-emission buses will be purchased using the £335 million allocated in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 for this purpose.

As set out in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 £355 million of new funding has been made available for zero emission buses. £150 million of this funding has been made available for 2021-22. The Department intends to allocate this funding to support to the Zero Emission Bus Region Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, taking the total funding available for the scheme to £270 million in the financial year 2021 to 2022.

£70.8 million of this funding has been awarded from the ZEBRA to five local transport authorities: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Leicester City Council, Kent County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Warrington Borough Council. The Department is in the process of formally awarding funding to these areas. A further 17 local transport authorities are working to produce business cases under the standard process of the scheme. The Department will award funding to successful business cases under the standard process in Spring 2022. As set out in guidance for the ZEBRA scheme all zero emission buses should come into service no later than two years after funding has been awarded.

The remaining £205 million funding announced in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 will be available over the Spending Review period. The Department will provide further details on how this funding will be used in due course.

15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the £355 million allocated in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 for zero-emission buses, when he expects production of these buses to begin.

As set out in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 £355 million of new funding has been made available for zero emission buses. £150 million of this funding has been made available for 2021-22. The Department intends to allocate this funding to support to the Zero Emission Bus Region Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, taking the total funding available for the scheme to £270 million in the financial year 2021 to 2022.

£70.8 million of this funding has been awarded from the ZEBRA to five local transport authorities: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Leicester City Council, Kent County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Warrington Borough Council. The Department is in the process of formally awarding funding to these areas. A further 17 local transport authorities are working to produce business cases under the standard process of the scheme. The Department will award funding to successful business cases under the standard process in Spring 2022. As set out in guidance for the ZEBRA scheme all zero emission buses should come into service no later than two years after funding has been awarded.

The remaining £205 million funding announced in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 will be available over the Spending Review period. The Department will provide further details on how this funding will be used in due course.