Simon Fell Portrait

Simon Fell

Conservative - Barrow and Furness

First elected: 12th December 2019


Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill
18th Jan 2023 - 23rd Jan 2023
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill
10th Oct 2022 - 18th Oct 2022
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill
9th Nov 2021 - 14th Nov 2021
Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (England and Wales)
27th Oct 2021 - 1st Nov 2021
Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill
22nd Sep 2021 - 27th Oct 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Simon Fell has voted in 816 divisions, and 8 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 286 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 242
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative No votes vs 279 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 242
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 243
11 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 273 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 234
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 289 Noes - 220
17 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 280 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 226
1 Mar 2024 - Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill - View Vote Context
Simon Fell voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 14 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 15
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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
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(13 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
Paul Scully (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(24 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(23 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(19 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(17 debate contributions)
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Barrow and Furness Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming it is not in the “public interest”.

We, the British public, demand the release of the official research on grooming gangs undertaken by the Government in full.

The Home Secretary said what happened to victims of child sexual exploitation gangs was “one of the biggest stains on our country’s conscience.” Last year local authorities identified 18,700 suspected victims of child sexual exploitation. We want an independent public inquiry into Grooming Gangs.

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.


Latest EDMs signed by Simon Fell

Simon Fell has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Simon Fell, 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.


Simon Fell has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Simon Fell has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Simon Fell


A Bill to make provision about the days on which offenders are released from detention; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 29th June 2023 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for a public consultation to inform a set of national wellbeing goals; to require public bodies to act in pursuit of the United Kingdom’s environmental, social, economic and cultural wellbeing by meeting wellbeing objectives, publishing future generations impact assessments and accounting for preventative spending; to establish a futures and forecasting report; to establish a Commission for Future Generations for the United Kingdom; to extend the duty of the Office of Budget Responsibility to consider wellbeing and the future generations principle in their work; to add onto a Minister in each government department's portfolio a duty to promote the future generations principle across government policy; to establish a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Future Generations; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 10th December 2021

A Bill to establish a body to assess the benefits and effectiveness of third sector organisations and provide support to such organisations; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 5th February 2020

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
1 Other Department Questions
26th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the impact of the cost of living crisis on survivors of domestic abuse.

Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for this Government and ensuring all victims and survivors of this heinous crime get the support they need.

It’s concerning increases in the cost of living may exacerbate risk factors which Women’s Aid have highlighted, and the Home Office is looking to act on.

The Government’s Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan commits £230m to tackling domestic abuse , including a focus of over £140m to work to support victims, and will establish trials of a ‘flexible fund’, which charities could use to provide extra money to victims and survivors. .

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what her expected timeline is on when her Department will launch its consultation on community energy.

The Government is working with the Community Energy Contact Group on the content of the annual report and consultation. Until these discussions have concluded, the Government is unable to outline a definitive timeline.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking with international partners to share best practice on renewable energy generation.

The UK plays a leading role with international partners in accelerating renewable and green-grid deployment, drawing on our world-leading experience. Sharing our expertise has helped countries increase their clean energy ambition, as evidenced in declarations made throughout our COP26 Presidency.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Mar 2022
What support his Department is providing to energy intensive industries operating in the UK in the context of energy price rises.

We recognise this continues to be a worrying time for businesses due to the significant increases in global energy prices.

Extensive engagement is happening across Government at both an official and ministerial level on this issue.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on the commitment in the Future of Carbon Pricing document to develop a long-term decarbonisation funding stream, funded by UK Emissions Trading Scheme auction income, to support Energy Intensive Industries.

The Department remains committed to exploring long-term options for accelerating the decarbonisation of industry, while maintaining UK competitiveness. The Government has set out an ambitious package of support for industrial decarbonisation, including: the Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Revenue Support (IDHRS) scheme to fund the new hydrogen and industrial carbon capture (ICC) business models; the £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund, the £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and the £289 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). This support will enable the Government to meet its ambitions as set out in the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy and Hydrogen Strategy.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of increased numbers of electric cars on the grid capacity of the (a) UK and b) North West.

The Government is working with the energy industry to plan for electric vehicle uptake, and the market is already set up to bring forward investment in new generation capacity; for example, the Contracts for Difference scheme supports investment in new low carbon generation, and additional demand can be managed through adjustments to the amount of capacity secured through the Capacity Market auctions.

Ensuring the adequacy of the electricity network is the responsibility of electricity network companies, and they are incentivised to do so through the regulatory framework set out by Ofgem, the independent regulator. Electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) submitted their draft business plans for the next price control (RIIO ED2), which will run from 2023-28, on 1 July. As part of this, DNOs, including Electricity North West, will include forecasts for electric vehicle uptake and how they plan to ready the network for these technologies.

As well as creating significant new demand, the transition to electric vehicles offers opportunities for flexible management of the electricity system. Smart charging during off-peak periods, when demand is low, can reduce peak demand and avoid triggering unnecessary network reinforcement. It can also maximise use of renewable electricity and can benefit consumers with cheaper electricity.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that (a) poor and (b) vulnerable fuel consumers do not face increased costs as a result of a transition to (i) low carbon and (ii) decarbonised energy plans.

Our aim is to deliver net zero at the lowest cost for all consumers. A key part of this is supporting consumers who may struggle to afford their energy.

We intend to publish an updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England by the end of the year which will provide further information on our plans to support low income and vulnerable households as we transition to net zero.

The Energy Company Obligation, worth £640m per year, is already focused on low income and vulnerable households and the recently launched Green Homes Grant, which will provide up to £10,000 for vulnerable consumers to make their home more energy efficient. We also provide support with energy bills for low income and vulnerable consumers through the Warm Homes Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in (a) onshore wind, (b) solar and (c) offshore wind which could be created in the 2019 Parliament as a result of the Contract for Difference Auction Round 4.

The low carbon economy is a success story, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs, and it will continue to grow as we deliver net zero. The Government has not estimated the number of jobs that could be directly created as a result of the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4. Auction outcomes are dependent on many factors including the auction parameters, which are yet to be set. However, we work closely with industry to maximise the opportunities for UK suppliers from projects with approved Supply Chain Plans.

7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the value of broadcast services for individuals living in areas with limited broadband connections.

The Government remains committed to the future of free-to-air TV and radio services. Millions of households across the UK rely on these services, particularly those living in rural communities. We also recognise the crucial role that free-to-air television and radio services play in the wider UK broadcasting system, in particular in helping ensure that public service content continues to be widely available and free-to-air to all audiences.

The Government has recently launched a major research and engagement programme looking at how UK audiences will get their TV in the decades to come, including digital terrestrial television (DTT), satellite, cable, and online.

Before any decisions about the future of terrestrial television are made, close consideration will be given to how any changes would impact audiences, and especially those who rely on DTT as their primary means of watching television.

Currently, over 97% of premises across the UK have access to a superfast connection (>=30 Mbps), which in many cases is likely to be sufficient for audiences wishing to watch or listen online. In addition, by 2025, the Government’s target is to have at least 85% gigabit-capable broadband coverage, and to achieve nationwide coverage (99%+) as soon as possible thereafter, and by 2030. As of November 2023, over 78% of UK premises can now access gigabit-capable broadband, which represents significant progress since January 2019, when coverage was just 6%.

7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the needs of rural communities in her Department’s review of the future of TV distribution; and whether Ofcom plans to conduct a similar review.

The Government’s recently launched research and engagement programme will look at how UK audiences, including those in rural communities, will get their TV in the decades to come, across digital terrestrial television (DTT), satellite, cable, and online.

Before any decisions about the future of TV distribution are made, close consideration will be given to how any changes would impact audiences, and especially those who rely on DTT as their primary means of watching television.

Ofcom is the UK’s independent broadcasting regulator, and it is for Ofcom to determine the scope of their work. However, as set out in the Broadcasting White Paper, the Government asked Ofcom to continue to track changes in DTT viewing and to undertake an early review on market changes that may affect the future of content distribution before the end of 2025. To that end, Ofcom recently published a call for evidence on the future of TV distribution, which includes how audience trends are changing and how the use of TV platforms varies between different demographics.

7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the public service value of (a) broadcast TV and (b) radio service for those living in rural communities with minimal access to broadband.

The Government remains committed to the future of free-to-air TV and radio services. Millions of households across the UK rely on these services, particularly those living in rural communities. We also recognise the crucial role that free-to-air television and radio services play in the wider UK broadcasting system, in particular in helping ensure that public service content continues to be widely available and free-to-air to all audiences.

The Government has recently launched a major research and engagement programme looking at how UK audiences will get their TV in the decades to come, including digital terrestrial television (DTT), satellite, cable, and online.

Before any decisions about the future of terrestrial television are made, close consideration will be given to how any changes would impact audiences, and especially those who rely on DTT as their primary means of watching television.

Currently, over 97% of premises across the UK have access to a superfast connection (>=30 Mbps), which in many cases is likely to be sufficient for audiences wishing to watch or listen online. In addition, by 2025, the Government’s target is to have at least 85% gigabit-capable broadband coverage, and to achieve nationwide coverage (99%+) as soon as possible thereafter, and by 2030. As of November 2023, over 78% of UK premises can now access gigabit-capable broadband, which represents significant progress since January 2019, when coverage was just 6%.

25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 71465, on National Lottery, if he will provide a breakdown by region of the 222 National Lottery retailers that only sell National Lottery scratchcards and do not sell tickets for draw based games.

The Gambling Commission have provided the following information showing retailers across different regions that only sell National Lottery scratchcards and do not sell tickets for draw based games. These retailers are spread throughout the different regions of the UK.

Following on from the previously mentioned PQ, Question 71465 answered on 15 November 2021, the number of retailers selling only National Lottery scratchcards has decreased by one as one of the stores is no longer active, meaning the total number in the table below is 221.

Region

Active stores

East Coast of Scotland & Northeast England

8

West Coast of Scotland & Northern Ireland

11

Lake District, North Lancashire, West Yorkshire

25

East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, East Midlands

30

M62 Corridor, Yorkshire to Liverpool (including Manchester

18

West Midlands & North Wales

18

East Anglia

12

Home Counties (Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire)

15

M4 Corridor (Bristol to London)

21

London

18

South Coast

22

South West, South Wales

23

Total of 221

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the National Lottery’s 44,000 retail partners sell (a) both draw based tickets and instant win tickets, (b) only instant win tickets and (c) only draw based game tickets.

The vast majority of National Lottery retailers sell both draw based games and scratchcards. Currently, 1,931 sell only draw based games and 222 sell only scratchcards.

The Retailer Agreement which is entered into between individual retailers and the current operator of the National Lottery does not stipulate that particular categories of National Lottery products must be sold.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2021 to Question 59963 on Channel 4, what estimate she has made of the transfer of value if Channel 4 moves from a publicly owned not-for-profit body to a privatised broadcaster if the publisher-broadcaster model is removed.

Channel 4 has played an important role in supporting independent production in the UK. The sector is now flourishing and increasingly less reliant on income from UK Public Service Broadcasters. Independent production has grown exponentially from an estimated worth of £850 million in 2003 to in excess of £3 billion in 2019, driven in particular by the boom in international revenues with 158% growth between 2014 and 2019. In 2014, international revenue accounted for 19% of total producer revenue, whereas in 2019 it accounted for 38%.


We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision. Whatever decision we make will not compromise this government’s commitment to the independent production sector.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2021 to Question 59963 on Channel Four Television, whether her Department has made an estimate of the annual value of the (a) intellectual property and (b) exports generated for independent producers by working with Channel 4.

The government has not decided to sell Channel 4, or how Channel 4 may be sold.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 into the future. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. The government's view on policy choices, including the publisher-broadcaster model, will be informed by the consultation responses, which we are still analysing.

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

If we were to decide to proceed with a sale, as with the sale of any government asset, it would need to meet stringent scrutiny processes to ensure value for money is achieved for the taxpayer.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to maintain Channel 4’s 50 per cent commissioning spend outside of London in the event that Channel 4 is privatised.

Whatever decision is made about Channel 4’s ownership, we are clear that any changes will not compromise our commitment to the independent production sector or the wider creative economy, including our creative powerhouses across the UK. We are clear that we want Channel 4 to remain a public service broadcaster, with public service obligations.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come. Our public consultation ran for 10 weeks before closing on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the annual value of the intellectual property and exports generated for independent producers by working with Channel 4.

Channel 4 has played an important role in supporting independent production in the UK. The government has been clear that we want Channel 4 to remain a public service broadcaster, with obligations and benefits similar to those all public service broadcasters have - including those PSBs that are currently privately-owned broadcasters - if there is a change of ownership.

We are clear that Channel 4’s public service remit, and its strengths in working with independent producers are precisely the strengths we would expect to be attractive to a buyer, and that we would expect any buyer to be likely to nurture and develop through new investment.

We have consulted on a potential change of ownership of Channel 4. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

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

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policy of the Spending Review on funding school breakfast provision beyond March 2021.

The department is considering how to encourage and support schools to ensure that children continue to benefit from school breakfasts beyond March 2021. We are developing our thinking in this area. The department is engaging with the breakfast food market, following the release of a Public Information Notice in October 2020.

17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to work with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to identify opportunities for combined transport and planning policies, including the potential merits of the 20-minute walkable neighbourhood, to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use.

My Department is working closely with the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government on the forthcoming planning reforms to deliver on our commitments in Gear Change and Bus Back Better to ensure that walking, cycling and public transport are the first choice for journeys.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders on a refresh to the tonnage tax regime.

The Government is engaged in regular discussions with stakeholders at both Ministerial and official level. As with all taxes, the Government keeps the tonnage tax regime under review and regularly engages with relevant stakeholders. Any changes to the tax system are considered and announced by the Chancellor.

Robert Courts
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing women born in the 1950s to be able to access their state pensions early.

The Secretary of State has made no such assessment.

Unlike a personal or workplace pension, it has always been the case that nobody can claim their State Pension before they reach their State Pension age.

We have no plans to reverse changes to State Pension age. Changes to State Pension age were made over a series of Acts by successive governments from 1995 onwards, following public consultations and extensive debates in both Houses of Parliament.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of young people who were referred to child and adolescent mental health services waited (a) two weeks, (b) one month, (c) three months, (d) six months and (e) longer than six months for an assessment in the last 12 months.

The following table shows the number of referrals of children and young people aged between zero and 17 years old in England in 2021/22, as well as the time waiting between referral and their second contact for the timescales available:

Number waiting between zero and four weeks

137,943

Percentage waiting between zero and four weeks

18.80%

Number of waiting between four and 12 weeks

62,037

Percentage waiting between four and 12 weeks

8.50%

Number waiting over 12 weeks

38,855

Percentage waiting over 12 weeks

5.30%

Total number

733,756

Source: NHS England

Note: These statistics are classified as experimental and should be used with caution.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what crisis assessment and intervention services are available to young people under the age of 18 in South Cumbria.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) has commissioned crisis and intensive support services for children and young people; this is known as the Responsive And Intensive Support Team (RAIST).

The teams work seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. The team providing support in South Cumbria has registered nurses and social workers who provide a full assessment of need and work with children and young people to develop a safety plan, risk assessment and care plan. Once this has been completed, a two-week pathway of care will be identified. The children and young people will have contact daily with the community mental health practitioners to develop new skills to support the prevention of further crisis.

Since the RAIST has been established with the north of the trust, there has been a reduction in the need for attendance to the emergency departments and admission to the paediatric wards.

For those with severe needs or in crisis, urgent mental health helplines operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, are already available in all areas of the country. They are staffed by trained mental health professionals who can provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services. These crisis lines currently take around 200,000 calls a month and received five million calls between May 2020 and April 2022.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many referrals have been accepted by South Cumbria CAMHS in each of the last 12 months.

The following table shows the number of referrals made received for patients aged between zero and 17 years old between December 2022 and November 2023, with data between April and November 2023 still being subject to revision:

Reporting period

Local authority

Number of referrals received in month for patients aged between zero and 17 years old at time of referral

Number of referrals received in month where patients aged between zero and 17 years old at time of referral and who have received at least one care contact any time after referral

December 2022

Cumberland

415

195

January 2023

Cumberland

465

225

February 2023

Cumberland

560

235

March 2023

Cumberland

580

230

April 2023

Cumberland

410

155

May 2023

Cumberland

545

225

June 2023

Cumberland

475

175

July 2023

Cumberland

460

175

August 2023

Cumberland

255

110

September 2023

Cumberland

360

185

October 2023

Cumberland

500

210

November 2023

Cumberland

640

210

December 2022

Westmorland and Furness

270

150

January 2023

Westmorland and Furness

365

200

February 2023

Westmorland and Furness

320

145

March 2023

Westmorland and Furness

425

220

April 2023

Westmorland and Furness

260

120

May 2023

Westmorland and Furness

320

155

June 2023

Westmorland and Furness

265

135

July 2023

Westmorland and Furness

270

125

August 2023

Westmorland and Furness

235

100

September 2023

Westmorland and Furness

310

125

October 2023

Westmorland and Furness

275

95

November 2023

Westmorland and Furness

390

110

Source: Mental Health Services Dataset, NHS England

Notes:

  1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
  2. For the area of South Cumbria, the former Cumbrian councils have been mapped to their new unitary local authorities with referrals based on the patient’s postcode. Cumberland Council comprises of the area formerly covered by Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland districts; and Westmorland and Furness Council comprises of the area formerly covered by Barrow-in-Furness, Eden and South Lakeland districts.
Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many referrals have been accepted by South Cumbria CAMHS in each of the last 10 years.

Information relating to children and young people was not collected prior to 2016/17. The following table shows the number of referrals received in Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness local authorities between 2016/17 and 2022/23, the latest period for which data is available:

Financial year

Local authority

Number of referrals received in year for patients aged between zero and 17 years old at time of referral

Number of referrals received in year where patients aged between zero and 17 years old at time of referral and who have received at least one care contact any time after referral

2016/17

Cumberland

250

110

2017/18

Cumberland

975

570

2018/19

Cumberland

4,030

2,520

2019/20

Cumberland

5,555

2,810

2020/21

Cumberland

5,025

2,670

2021/22

Cumberland

6,280

3,145

2022/23

Cumberland

6,140

2,795

2016/17

Westmorland and Furness

325

165

2017/18

Westmorland and Furness

1,060

670

2018/19

Westmorland and Furness

3,590

2,265

2019/20

Westmorland and Furness

4,665

2,305

2020/21

Westmorland and Furness

3,840

1,955

2021/22

Westmorland and Furness

4,370

2,270

2022/23

Westmorland and Furness

3,645

1,870

Source: Mental Health Services Dataset, NHS England

Notes:

  1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
  2. For the area of South Cumbria, the former Cumbrian councils have been mapped to their new unitary local authorities with referrals based on the patient’s postcode. Cumberland Council comprises of the area formerly covered by Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland districts; and Westmorland and Furness Council comprises of the area formerly covered by Barrow-in-Furness, Eden and South Lakeland districts.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many established posts are vacant by (a) discipline and (b) job role in South Cumbria CAMHS.

The information requested is held by NHS England but is not centrally validated.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote the recruitment of dentists in communities with comparatively low levels of dental provision.

Health Education England (HEE) set out a range of recommendations in their Advancing Dental Care Review, which aim to tackle recruitment, retention and attracting dentists to the NHS. One of their proposals was the creation of Centres for Dental Development in localities where there is a shortage in provision, which would bring together education and service elements in smaller units. HEE have now moved into their implementation stage through their Dental Education Reform Programme.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to mandate Integrated Care Systems to implement the NHS England Eye Care Planning and Implementation Guidance 2021-22.

While integrated care systems are expected to work autonomously, they should take into account NHS England and NHS Improvement’s priorities. The Eye Care Planning and Implementation Guidance 2021/22 explains how systems should plan local eye care recovery and transformation in line with the requirements of the NHS England 2021/22 Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
23rd Feb 2021
What steps his Department is taking to support the NHS in tackling future waves of coronavirus.

We have made over £59 billion available this year to support the response to COVID-19 and are committing a further £20.3 billion in 2021/22, of which £3 billion is to support National Health Service recovery from the impact of the pandemic.

The Government continues to ensure the NHS has the resourcing and support it needs to meet any pressures or costs arising from its continued response to COVID-19.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reportedly high number of cases of covid-19 in Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakes.

Variation in the number of COVID-19 cases is caused by a number of factors including demography, behaviour and rate of testing. The rate of testing in the area has been high due to an early and proactive approach to testing taken by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMB) NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Westmorland General in Kendal in South Lakeland.

The Trust commenced swabbing of employees and household members who were symptomatic of coronavirus at the end of February 2020. Testing has included UHMB NHS Foundation Trust employees and household members, hospital inpatients, care home residents and staff, and key workers from other organisations and their households.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of reports that Russia is to receive Iranian made drones for its invasion of Ukraine.

Reports that Russia is buying drones from Iran illustrates that UK efforts with allies to isolate Moscow internationally and cripple its military are having an impact. Russia is struggling to source some vital military parts. We saw overwhelming opposition to Russia's behaviour at both the G7 and NATO Summits in May and the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in July. The UK is committed to working with allies to isolate Russia further, including through the use of sanctions. The reports also highlight Iran's continuing threat to international security and stability. We will continue to hold Iran to account for its destabilising activities.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps she is taking to help increase British soft power overseas.

The FCDO funds projects and programmes that promote UK influence overseas, including the British Council, BBC World Service and our Chevening, Commonwealth and Marshall Scholarships.

Our diplomatic leadership is another important component of how others perceive the UK, as we have seen through our hosting of the G7 and COP26 and our support for a globally accessible Covid-19 vaccine.

Amanda Milling
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on Iran's nuclear activity of the statement by the IAEA’s Director General that all countries that have enriched uranium to 60 per-cent fissile purity have gone on to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran has been in non-compliance with its Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) commitments since 2019. This includes producing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) at 60%, which is unprecedented for a state without a nuclear weapons programme. Iran's increasing 60% stockpile is bringing Iran significantly closer to having fissile material which could be used for nuclear weapons.

We call upon Iran to halt all activities in violation of the JCPoA without delay and take the opportunity in front of them in the JCPoA Vienna negotiations to restore the nuclear deal. If a deal is not swiftly concluded, and Iran continues its nuclear escalation, Iran will be responsible for missing the opportunity to restore the JCPoA and for bringing about the collapse of the deal. Iran's nuclear escalation means we have weeks, not months, to restore the deal before the JCPoA's core non-proliferation benefits are lost and the deal collapses. In the event of the JCPoA collapsing, we would carefully consider all options in partnership with our allies.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he is making to his Indian counterpart on the arrest and imprisonment of Fr Stan Swamy.

FCDO officials raised Father Stan Swamy's case with the Indian High Commission on 12 November. On 9 October, British High Commission officials in New Delhi highlighted to the Ministry of Home Affairs the impact of recent amendments to Indian security legislation on activists and human rights campaigners in India.

Where we have concerns, we raise them directly with the Government of India, including at ministerial level.

22nd Feb 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether they plan to amend the £2.5 million lending cap for wholesale Community Development Finance Institutions lending to retail Community Development Finance Institutions using the Community Investment Tax Relief.

At Spring Budget 2023, the government increased the amounts that Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) can raise through the Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) from £20 million to £100 million for wholesale CDFIs, and £10 million to £25 million for retail CDFIs. The amounts that CDFIs can lend to eligible businesses was also increased from £250,000 to £375,000 for non-profit distributing organisations and £100,000 to £250,000 for profit distributing organisations. The government keeps all tax reliefs under review and will monitor the impact of these changes.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support the growth of the life sciences sector.

Life sciences is one of my priority growth sectors. In May, the Government announced a bold new policy package backed by over £650m funding, reaffirming the government’s commitment to supporting a thriving life sciences industry.

This follows a number of initiatives announced at Spring Budget that will support the sector, including £10m extra funding for our medicines regulator the MHRA, full expensing of capital expenditure and reforms to R&D tax credits.

Gareth Davies
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Sep 2021
What fiscal steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support people who are out of work to gain skills to find new, well-paid jobs.

The Plan for Jobs supports people to gain the skills needed to access high quality jobs. The Chancellor provided £111 million to triple traineeships, £17 million to expand sector-based work academies, and £32 million to boost the National Careers Service’s capacity.

At the Spending Review, the Government announced £95 million to fund free courses for adults in subjects with strong employment prospects and £43 million to provide 16,000 places on employer-led skills bootcamps.

At Budget, the Chancellor announced £126 million more for traineeships, and increased incentives for hiring apprentices to £3,000.

20th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders on a refresh to the tonnage tax regime.

As with all taxes, the Government keeps the tonnage tax regime under review and regularly engages with relevant stakeholders. Any changes to the tax system are considered and announced by the Chancellor.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on social enterprises of the end of Social Investment Tax Relief once the sunset clause is reached in April 2021.

The Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) was introduced in 2014 to encourage risk finance investments in qualifying social enterprises and charities. HMRC statistics show that up to 2018-19, about 110 enterprises have used the scheme to raise £11.2 million.

The Government keeps all taxes and reliefs under review in order to ensure they continue to meet policy objectives in a way that is fair and effective. The Government previously published a Call for Evidence on SITR’s use to date. A response to the consultation will be published in due course and a decision on SITR’s future will be announced at the Budget ahead of its sunset clause in April 2021.

29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to take steps to proscribe Hizb ut Tahrir.

While the UK Government keeps the list of proscribed organisations under review, we do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not being considered for proscription.

We are committed to tackling those who spread views that promote violence and hatred within our communities.

We have some of the strongest laws in the world to protect our citizens.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the potential role of members of Hamas in pro-Palestinian protests in the UK.

The Government takes proscription offences seriously. Investigations into the activities of proscribed organisations or individuals who may be members of or who demonstrate support for proscribed organisations are an operational matter for the police and intelligence agencies.

Following the terrorist attacks on Israel, the (then) Home Secretary wrote to police chiefs in England and Wales urging them to step up patrols and use the full force of the law to tackle those inciting hatred towards our Jewish communities.

Public order policing has disseminated briefing materials to police forces covering hate crime and the proscription offences, including advice on the flags associated with proscribed organisations Hamas and Hizballah.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans for the Defending Democracy Taskforce to publish an (a) plan of action and (b) report on its conclusions.

As set out in the Integrated Review Refresh, the Defending Democracy Taskforce is now an enduring Government function. It is a cross-departmental and inter-agency initiative seeking to protect the democratic integrity of the UK from foreign influence. The Taskforce is working on bringing together all components of the system, working across Government and with Parliament, the UK Intelligence Community, devolved governments, local authorities, the private sector and civil society on the full range of threats facing our democratic institutions.

Meetings of the Taskforce are complemented by wider engagement with partners outside central government and Parliament. The Taskforce will continue to use targeted engagement activities to raise awareness of the Taskforce’s priorities in tackling current and future threats.

The work of this Taskforce reports to the Prime Minister via the National Security Council.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
13th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Defending Democracy Taskforce plans to make an assessment of whether foreign powers may seek to influence political parties through covert donations.

UK electoral law sets out a stringent regime of controls on donations to political parties to ensure that only those with a legitimate interest in UK elections can make donations. Donations from foreign powers – made directly or indirectly – are illegal, and there are strong rules safeguarding against impermissible donations via backdoors.

It is an offence to attempt to evade the rules on donations by concealing information, giving false information, or knowingly facilitating the making of an impermissible donation.

The National Security Act 2023 will create a challenging operating environment for foreign states who seek to undermine UK interests – including our political system. The Act provides for substantially increased maximum penalties for electoral offences relevant to donation rules, where activity is done for, on behalf or with the intention to benefit a foreign power.

The Government has committed to taking forward a consultation on ways to enhance information-sharing between relevant agencies or public bodies to help to identify and mitigate the risk of foreign interference in political donations that are regulated by electoral law. This will be taken forward by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and be supported by the Defending Democracy Taskforce.

The Defending Democracy Taskforce’s mission statement is to reduce the risk to the UK’s democratic processes, institutions, and society. This includes protecting the democratic integrity of the UK from threats of foreign interference. We continue to keep potential threats under review, including foreign interference in public office and political parties, to ensure UK democracy remains robust.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the rates of return on investment of asset recovery projects that received funding through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme top slice in the 2021-22 financial year.

The projects funded through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) Top Slice scheme continue to offer positive returns in terms of recovered criminal assets.

This includes significant cash and asset seizures by operational teams funded by the Top Slice, at the Border and across national policing.

Since not all projects funded through the Top Slice are directly targeted against asset recovery, the Home Office does not conduct an investment return analysis on each one. In the 21/22 HMG/ law enforcement seized £354.8 million of criminal assets (up £135.1 million from 20/21).

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects received funding from the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme top slice in the 2021-22 financial year; what each of these projects were intended to do; how much funding each project received; what recent progress each project has made against its objectives; and if she will make an assessment of the impact of each project on levels of further asset recovery.

In the financial year 2021-22 there were 16 Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme Top Slice projects. The performance of these projects is governed by the Strategic Asset Recovery Group.

The most recent public update on use of ARIS funding by POCA partners is available at: Asset recovery statistical bulletin: financial years ending 2017 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). We are currently exploring options for providing a further public breakdown of this data.

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
8th Feb 2021
What steps her Department is taking to prevent acquisitive crimes.

This Government recognises the devastating impact acquisitive crime can have on individuals, businesses and the wider community.

This Government is committed to tackling these crimes and preventing them from being committed in the first place and we are working closely with police, industry and other Government Departments to understand what more we can do.