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Written Question
Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations (a) he and (b) other member of the Government have received from Chinese Government on the purchase of Newport Wafer Fab.

Answered by Paul Scully

Ministers engage regularly with their colleagues on a range of issues, such as the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab. The Government does not comment on the content of these conversations.

The Government does not comment on the detail of commercial transactions or of national security assessments.


Written Question
Sainsbury's and Tesco: Coronavirus
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of Tesco and Sainsbury's continuing to ask shoppers to wear masks in their stores in England after 19 July 2021; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Paul Scully

On Monday 5 July, my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister set out the Covid-19 Response: Summer 2021 plan for living with Covid from 19 July. Lifting restrictions does not mean the risks from Covid-19 have disappeared. However, at this new phase of the pandemic response, we are moving to an approach that enables personal risk-based judgments. The Working Safely guidance is clear that wearing a face covering can still help to reduce risk of transmission of the virus. Therefore, we recommend people to continue to wear face coverings once the legal restrictions are lifted, particularly in crowded and enclosed places, when they are likely to come into contact with people they do not normally meet.

Businesses are free to determine their own face coverings policy based on a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks of Covid-19 in the workplace and identify control measures to manage that risk. Businesses must take equalities law into account when determining their entry policies. Employees and customers who wish to wear a face covering should be supported to do so.


Written Question
Wales Trade Union Congress
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met with representatives of the Wales Trades Union Congress.

Answered by Steve Barclay

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel


Written Question
Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment of the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Paul Scully

Ministers engage regularly with their colleagues on a range of issues, such as the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab. The Government does not comment on the content of these conversations.

The Government does not comment on the detail of commercial transactions or of national security assessments.


Written Question
Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last discussed the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab with the leadership of Newport City Council.

Answered by Paul Scully

Ministers engage regularly with their colleagues on a range of issues, such as the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab. The Government does not comment on the content of these conversations.

The Government does not comment on the detail of commercial transactions or of national security assessments.


Written Question
Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last discussed the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab with Cabinet colleagues.

Answered by Paul Scully

Ministers engage regularly with their colleagues on a range of issues, such as the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab. The Government does not comment on the content of these conversations.

The Government does not comment on the detail of commercial transactions or of national security assessments.


Written Question
Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last discussed the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab with the Welsh Government.

Answered by Paul Scully

Ministers engage regularly with their colleagues on a range of issues, such as the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab. The Government does not comment on the content of these conversations.

The Government does not comment on the detail of commercial transactions or of national security assessments.


Written Question
South Africa: Politics and Government
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political, (b) economic and (c) security situation in South Africa.

Answered by James Duddridge

The UK is concerned by the outbreak of violence and looting in South Africa in recent days, which has sadly resulted in loss of life, injuries, and substantial damage to buildings and businesses. We strongly support President Ramaphosa's emphasis on the importance of the rule of law and the government's determination to restore calm. As a long-standing friend of South Africa, the UK partners closely with the South African Government, business and civil society on a shared agenda of security, health, economic and social issues.


Written Question
Newport Wafer Fab: Nexperia
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of the Cabinet Office, what his planned timetable is for the conclusion of Sir Stephen Lovegrove's review into the sale of Newport Wafer Fab.

Answered by Penny Mordaunt

The Government does not comment on national security matters.


Written Question
Wales Trade Union Congress
23 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he last met with representatives of the Wales Trades Union Congress.

Answered by Paul Scully

The UK Government is committed to building back better from the pandemic as one United Kingdom. Ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy engage regularly with the trade unions on a variety of issues.


Written Question
Harassment and Incitement: Social Media
22 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues and social media platforms on tackling sectarian abuse and incitement online.

Answered by Robin Walker

Online abuse is an issue that affects all parts of the United Kingdom and it is important that we work together to keep people safe from such abuse.

In May, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published its draft Online Safety Bill. The Northern Ireland Office, as well as the Northern Ireland Department of Justice, who have lead responsibility in Northern Ireland for tackling sectarian abuse and incitement online, have been engaged in this work.


Written Question
Ministry of Defence: Ethnic Groups
22 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Black and ethnic minority staff are employed by his Department.

Answered by Leo Docherty

The Armed Forces represent the society they serve and diversity and inclusion is essential to their operational effectiveness. Defence has committed to a Diversity and Inclusion strategy and is working hard to achieve a more diverse workforce. Whilst progress has been made in the representative rates of our people, there is further to go if we are to successfully attract and retain diverse talent, both now and in the future. That is why we have renewed our levels of ambition at the highest levels in Defence as we work to fulfil the key objective in our 2018-2030 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to eliminate discrimination and improve diversity.

As at 1 April 2021, there were 13,690 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Regular Service personnel in the UK Armed Forces. This equates to a representation rate of 9.2 per cent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points compared with 1 April 2020. At the same date, there were 2,030 BAME civilian personnel working in MOD (Main). This equates to a representation rate of 6.3 per cent, a rise of 1.8 percentage points compared with 1 April 2017.

Defence publishes biannual statistics on diversity declarations for Armed Forces personnel and MOD civilian staff. The latest editions can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-biannual-diversity-statistics-index

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-diversity-dashboard-index


Written Question
Department for Transport: Ethnic Groups
22 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Black and ethnic minority staff are employed by his Department.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

The number of staff employed by the department who have declared themselves to be Black and ethnic minority is 1125 as of the 30th June 2021.

The breakdown between the central Department and the Executive Agencies is as follows:

DfTc

665

DVLA

106

DVSA

234

MCA

102

VCA

18

Total

1125

Note that the figures for black and ethnic minority staff do not include members of staff who have chosen either not to interact with the voluntary declaration system, or those who have chosen to interact but have declared that they prefer not to say.

The current declaration rate for ethnicity for the department is currently 86.61%.


Written Question
Internet: Harassment
21 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) social media platforms on tackling abuse online.

Answered by Alister Jack

Scotland Office officials and officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have been working closely with officials in the Devolved Administrations, including in the Scottish Government, throughout the development of proposals regarding the now published draft Online Safety Bill, and will continue to engage throughout the legislative process.

The new regulatory framework will hold platforms to account for tackling harmful content and behaviours online.




Written Question
Internet: Harassment
20 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ruth Jones (LAB - Newport West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Welsh Government and (b) social media platforms on tackling abuse online.

Answered by Simon Hart

The Government is wholeheartedly committed to tackling abuse online and we continue to press social media platforms to take a much tougher approach in their response to such abuse. UK Government officials have been working closely with officials in the Welsh Government, throughout the development of the Online Safety Bill, and will continue to engage throughout the legislative process.

Similarly, UK Government Ministers, including the Home Secretary, and officials regularly meet social media companies to discuss the steps that they are taking to address harmful content on their platforms, including hate crimes and racist abuse.