Tom Blenkinsop

Labour - Former Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

First elected: 6th May 2010

Left House: 3rd May 2017 (General Election)


Tom Blenkinsop is not a member of any APPGs
6 Former APPG memberships
Energy Storage, International Mining, Mining and Quarrying, Scientific, Steel and Metal Related Industries, Union
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
1st Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committee of Privileges
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committee on Standards
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Energy and Climate Change Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 17th Oct 2016
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
13th Jul 2015 - 22nd Feb 2016
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
13th Jul 2015 - 22nd Feb 2016
Opposition Whip (Commons)
7th Oct 2011 - 18th Sep 2015
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 23rd Jan 2012
Treasury Committee
4th Jul 2011 - 14th Nov 2011
Standards and Privileges
22nd Nov 2010 - 7th Nov 2011


Division Voting information

Tom Blenkinsop has voted in 1358 divisions, and 4 times against the majority of their Party.

2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Tom Blenkinsop voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 56 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 211 Noes - 390
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Tom Blenkinsop voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Labour Aye votes vs 153 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 397 Noes - 223
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Tom Blenkinsop voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Tom Blenkinsop voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
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All Debates

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

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Latest EDMs signed by Tom Blenkinsop

20th March 2017
Tom Blenkinsop signed this EDM on Tuesday 18th April 2017

PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION AND EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL TIME LIMIT

Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
That this House notes the key findings of research funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that some 54,000 women a year are forced out of work by pregnancy or maternity discrimination, and that 77 per cent of …
71 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 30
Scottish National Party: 25
Liberal Democrat: 6
Independent: 5
Plaid Cymru: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
13th June 2016
Tom Blenkinsop signed this EDM on Tuesday 18th April 2017

CHRONIC PAIN

Tabled by: Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party - Strangford)
That this House notes that chronic pain is identified as a condition in its own right, and that the measured prevalence of chronic pain varies according to precisely how it is defined and identified; further notes that the cited figure is 20 per cent, or 1 in 5, of the …
68 signatures
(Most recent: 18 Apr 2017)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 27
Labour: 17
Democratic Unionist Party: 6
Independent: 6
Liberal Democrat: 5
Conservative: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Ulster Unionist Party: 2
Non-affiliated: 1
Crossbench: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Tom Blenkinsop, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Tom Blenkinsop

Thursday 15th October 2015

5 Adjournment Debates led by Tom Blenkinsop

Monday 27th February 2017
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Wednesday 4th June 2014
Monday 13th May 2013
Wednesday 20th June 2012

4 Bills introduced by Tom Blenkinsop


A Bill to make provision about the disclosure, consideration and approval of proposals for onshore electricity power stations of 50MW or less; to require the application of Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) terms and conditions in certain circumstances; to require sector-specific collective national workforce agreements in other circumstances; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 25th January 2017
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A Bill to make provision about the disclosure, consideration and approval of proposals for onshore electricity power stations of 50MW or less; to require the application of Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) terms and conditions in certain circumstances; to require sector-specific collective national workforce agreements in other circumstances; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 4th May 2016
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require security search arrangements at airports to ensure that appropriate levels of privacy are provided for people with disabilities; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 1st February 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to give the Coal Authority responsibility for preventing adverse environmental impacts from former metal mines; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 9th February 2011

Latest 50 Written Questions

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25 Other Department Questions
6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure greater collaboration between businesses and education to promote skills for potential future careers.

We are strengthening business influence in schools, further education, the skills system, higher education and in giving young people a broad experience of the careers options open to them. Our education reforms are ensuring that young people leave school or college with everything they need to get on and succeed in life. The new Careers and Enterprise Company aims to help schools and colleges in England to prepare young people aged 12 to 18 for the world of work, and increase the level of employer engagement in schools and colleges across England.


In further education we have given employer-led Local Enterprise Partnerships significant local influence over the skills system. National Colleges are being established by employer-led partnerships to design and deliver specific higher level training, and we are working in direct partnership with employers in reforming technical and professional education to ensure the new system provides the skills most needed for the 21st century economy. In trailblazer apprenticeships, employers develop the standards themselves.


In higher education, the government fully supports and actively encourages collaboration between universities and business. Partnership is needed to ensure graduate skills and employability meet the needs of business, to maximise the university sector’s capabilities in business-led research and innovation, and to realise the benefits of a strong role for Higher Education Institutions in the development of their local economies.



4th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the whole system costs of different energy technologies; and when that information will be published.

Quantifying the whole system impacts of electricity technologies is a complex exercise which requires sophisticated electricity system modelling. In order to build on previous internal analysis quantifying system costs for some electricity technologies, DECC has commissioned a project titled: Whole System Impacts of Electricity Generation Technologies.

This project will improve DECC’s internal electricity system modelling capability to better capture the costs and benefits of all generation technologies on the whole electricity system. It will also allow a better representation of the dynamics behind these costs and benefits, in particular how they vary over time and with the background electricity mix.

This project is currently ongoing and given the complex modelling involved, it requires a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure the analysis is robust. We are aiming to complete the project in the first half of 2016, and will publish the results as soon as possible.


Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps her Department is taking to take account of the whole system costs of different energy technologies when formulating future government policy on delivering renewable support at least cost to consumers.

DECC recognises the importance of considering the whole system impacts (both costs and benefits) of different electricity technologies when formulating future government policy, since it is a crucial element in delivering secure, clean and affordable energy to consumers.

In order to continue to improve its evidence base in this area and inform future policy developments, DECC has commissioned a project on the Whole System Impacts of Electricity Generation Technologies on the electricity system. This project will improve DECC’s understanding of what these system costs are (for example the impact of electricity technologies on wider system balancing actions and networks requirements), as well as improve DECC’s modelling capability to quantify these system costs and their dynamics.

Once this project is completed, DECC will be able to better quantify these system costs to inform policy decisions. Any future policy development, such as future renewable support, will be informed by the improved evidence base developed through this project.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will extend the support package for workers affected by the closure of Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK to people employed at Cleveland Potash.


I refer the hon Member to the reply I gave on 30 November to Question UIN 16315 and in the debate in Westminster Hall on 2 December.

13th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much funding his Department will make available to support the retraining of workers recently made redundant by Cleveland Potash.

This is clearly a worrying time for those affected by ICL’s announcement that it is proposing to make 220 employees and 140 contractors redundant as part of a restructuring at its Boulby mine. Those affected will be able to access Jobcentre Plus’ Rapid Response Service, which is delivered locally with partners, is tailored to an individual’s needs, and can include some or all of the following elements:


  • Help with job searches, including CV writing and interview skills.
  • Help to identify transferable skills and skills gaps (linked to the local labour market).
  • Training to update skills, learn new ones and gain industry recognised certification that will improve employability.
  • Help to overcome barriers to attending training or securing a job or self-employment such as child care costs, tools, work clothes, travel costs etc.

We will, of course, consider with local partners whether the area needs extra support to respond to this news - including Jobcentre Plus, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Local Authority. However it is important to fully understand the impacts of this announcement before any decisions are taken.


Whilst this remains a difficult time, it was encouraging to read that the company intends to invest at least £20m in infrastructure at the mine to support its restructure.


26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much additional funding his Department will make available to support the retraining of steelworkers recently made redundant.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is continuing to work closely with local Task Forces in Redcar and Scunthorpe to support individuals and businesses affected by SSI’s closure and Tata’s recent announcement.


In Redcar, as part of a support package worth up to £80 million, we have agreed over £40 million of support aimed at skills and jobs creation following proposals put forward by the Task Force chaired by Amanda Skelton:


  • £3m has been made available to four Further Education colleges in the region to support re-training activity, as well as a further £2.65m skills funding to plug any gaps in skills provision not available via the Further Education Offer;
  • £1.7m to ensure that the fifty apprentices who were with SSI can continue their apprenticeships with alternative employers;
  • A £16.5m Jobs and Skills Fund to help local firms employ former SSI workers or their spouses in full-time or part-time jobs for a minimum of three years;
  • £16m support for firms in the SSI supply chain and wider Tees Valley impacted by the Redcar steelworks closure, to safeguard jobs, provide the stimulus to create new posts and provide expert assistance to help them expand their business
  • £750,000 to fund advice and grants to start up a new business.

In Scunthorpe, we have announced a package, worth up to £9 million, jointly with Tata, to support Tata steelworkers, the local economy and supply chain. We are working closely with a local Task Force, chaired by Baroness Liz Redfern, to deliver this support.

26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, from what part of his Department's budget the support package for Redcar steelworkers will be funded.

The support package will be funded through central budgets.

As part of this, we have agreed over £40 million of support following proposals put forward by the Task Force chaired by Amanda Skelton, including:

  • £2.42 safety net fund, to support workers with short-term financial challenges;
  • £2.65m skills funding to plug any gaps in skills provision not available via the Further Education Offer;
  • £1.7m to help ensure that the fifty apprentices who were with SSI can continue their apprenticeships with alternative employers;
  • £16.5m Jobs and Skills Fund to help local firms employ former SSI workers or their spouses in full-time or part-time jobs for a minimum of three years;
  • £16m support for firms in the SSI supply chain and wider Tees Valley impacted by the Redcar steelworks closure, to safeguard jobs, provide the stimulus to create new posts and provide expert assistance to help them expand their business; and
  • £750,000 to fund advice and grants to start up a new business.

All of the requests for spend in 2015/16 have been transferred from Government to the SSI Task Force, which is beginning to implement its planned programme of interventions. This is on top of the up to £3m that has been made available to four Further Education colleges in the region to support re-training activity, and redundancy and final salary payments of former SSI employees.

26th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if (a) statutory redundancy payments and (b) final salaries will be paid from the Government's support funding package for those affected by recent redundancies in the steel industry.

I can confirm that the support package covers both of these aspects. The money allocated towards redundancies factored in payments for owed salaries and does not affect the money for training and regeneration of the local economy. I also note that without Government action, SSI workers would not have been paid their salaries in September.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what advice the Government has received on Government intervention in the steelworks in Redcar and European Community state aid rules; and what discussions his Department has had on this issue.

I received advice from Departmental officials on the legality of supporting a steel company in difficulty. The state aid rules on giving rescue and restructuring aid to steel companies are clear and all such interventions are prohibited.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment she has made of the potential role of ports on Teesside in the decommissioning of offshore oil installations.

We are setting up the OGA to have a strong role in the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure in the UK Continental Shelf. OGA are developing a decommissioning strategy, working closely with industry and government, to reduce the costs and increase the efficiency of decommissioning, and to encourage technology development. OGA is seeking to develop a more competitive model for decommissioning which stimulates market solutions and innovation. Decommissioning represents opportunities for UK industry to compete for business and I would encourage companies to engage to give themselves the best chance of winning contracts.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what transmission charges (KW/hour) are levied by the National Grid on organisations commuting electricity from one place to another for each region of the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Transmission Network Use of System charges are charged on £/KW basis and include a locational element to reflect the extent to which the transmission system is used to move electricity from where it is generated to the centres of demand. Details of the 2015-16 charges are in National Grid’s charging statement which can be found at this link:

http://www2.nationalgrid.com/UK/Industry-information/System-charges/Electricity-transmission/Transmission-Network-Use-of-System-Charges/Statement-of-Use-of-System-Charges/

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what forecasts the Government has made of steel (a) production and (b) demand in the next 20 years; and from which countries he expects the UK will import steel to meet that demand.

Neither the Office for National Statistics nor other governmental statistical sources make such forecasts for steel. The Government forecasts can influence markets and therefore must be able to be robust.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of finance for small firms and the level of lending by banks to small businesses.

Recent data from the Bank of England shows some signs that bank lending to SMEs is starting to recover. Gross lending to SMEs in the first 7 months of 2014 was nearly £30 billion, up 21% on the equivalent period last year. Net lending was at zero or modestly positive in each of the last three months if overdrafts are excluded, reversing a long term negative trend. Credit conditions, however, remain tight for the smallest businesses in particular.

29th Aug 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the competitiveness of the prosthesis manufacturing industry.

The Government has not made a specific assessment of the competitiveness of the prosthesis manufacturing industry. However, prosthetics form a key part of the wider medical technology sector, and work is underway with the main medical technology trade associations (including the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA)), under the aegis of the Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group to identify and address the competitiveness challenges across the sector and its supply-chains.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 649W, on disabled students' allowances, if he will publish a list of all stakeholders being consulted on the Equality Analysis and Disabled Students' Allowances Guidance for 2015-16.

We have and continue to actively engage with a wide range of stakeholders following the laying of a Written Ministerial Statement on Disabled Students' Allowances on 7 April. A list of those who have submitted information or evidence for the Equality Analysis and Disabled Students' Allowances Guidance for 2015-16 will be published as part of this document.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) Middlesbrough, (c) Stockton North, (d) Stockton South, (e) Hartlepool, (f) Redcar constituency and (g) the North East received disabled students' allowance in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13 and (iii) 2013-14.

Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students' Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education England'. The latest statistics are available at the following link:

http://www.slc.co.uk/media/694170/slcsfr052013.pdf

A further breakdown for the requested constituencies, local authorities and North East region has been provided in the table for academic years 2011/12 and 2012/13.

The effective date is that used for the November 2013 Awards Statistical First Release. Hence, the figures for 2012/13 are classified as provisional and do not include students who were awarded DSA after November 2013.

Equivalent figures for the academic year 2013/14 will be available from November 2014.

Students in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance(1,2) in the North East region(3)

Academic Year

Effective date: 13/11/2013(4)

Application Type

2011/12

2012/13(4)

Full-Time Application

Part-Time Application

Post Graduate DSA

Total

Full-Time Application

Part-Time Application

Post Graduate DSA

Total

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

80

10

10

100

80

10

10

100

Middlesbrough LEA

100

10

10

120

90

10

10

110

Stockton North constituency

60

-

-

60

60

-

-

70

Stockton South constituency

70

10

-

80

90

-

-

90

Hartlepool LEA

70

10

10

90

70

-

-

70

Redcar constituency

70

10

-

80

60

-

-

70

North East region

1,470

160

140

1,770

1,590

150

100

1,860

Notes:

1. Disabled Student Allowance may be paid to the Student or to a Supplier on the student's behalf.

2. DSA Payments may be made at any point during the Academic Year or after the end of the Academic Year.

3. Figures are derived from the Post Code of the applicant's home address.

4. The effective date is that of the November 2013 Awards Statistical First Release. The figures are therefore provisional and do not include students who were awarded DSA after November 2013.

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may not add to the sum of the components due to rounding.

'-' represents a number less than 5.

1st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the UK's energy infrastructure was exposed to the recent Energetic Bear cyberattack.

Cyber security is one of the Government's top four national security priorities. DECC is working with government departments and agencies, as well as with industry partners, to ensure that the risks to the energy sector are understood and that appropriate mitigations are established. It would not be appropriate to comment on specific cases.

1st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 423W, on local enterprise partnerships, if he will make it his policy that his Department should record the gender composition of local enterprise partnerships boards for the purpose of strengthening equality impact assessments.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been established as voluntary partnerships of local business and public sector leaders, and board membership is a matter for LEPs themselves. This information will not be collected centrally.

18th Jun 2014
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Tees Valley City Deal.

All City Deals are available on gov.uk.

A copy of the Tees Valley City Deal has been placed in the Library of the House.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of Scottish independence on businesses in the North East and Cumbria.

I have not made such an assessment. The UK Government's Scotland Analysis Programme identified benefits for UK businesses from common rules and institutions that create a larger domestic market, reduce administrative burdens and encourage fair competition. Diverging regulatory regimes and new burdens created by an international border may affect the level of trade (£48 billion from Scotland to rest of UK in 2012, and £59 billion in the opposite direction) and the 30,000 people who currently travel freely between Scotland and North England each day to work.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his Written Statement of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 1WS on higher education, what public consultation he has undertaken on the proposed changes to disabled students' allowance.

We are currently consulting with a wide range of stakeholders to help inform both the Equality Analysis and Disabled Students' Allowances Guidance for 2015/16.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the extent to which there is a gender imbalance in the composition of Local Enterprise Partnership boards.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) board membership is a matter for LEPs themselves and they are best placed to ensure it meets the needs of their businesses and local people.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will urge energy providers to offer unconditional price freezes.

Pricing decisions are a matter for energy suppliers. I welcome any steps by suppliers to keep energy bills down.

To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, whether his Department will attend the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia Forum 2014 in Valletta.
2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Serious Fraud Office's incorrect reclamation of VAT on fees it paid to barristers and other contractors; and if he will make a statement.

The incorrect reclamation of VAT by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is an historical event which the Director of the SFO has taken steps to deal with. I am satisfied that it has no implications for the policies of the SFO.

To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2014, Official Report, column 40W, how many offences charged under section 14(1) and 22 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 reached a first hearing in magistrates' court in each year since 2008.

The number of offences charged under section 14(1) and 22 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 that reached a first hearing in magistrates' courts in each year since 2008 are:

Make a counterfeit of a

protected coin with intent

Make a counterfeit of a

currency note with intent

Total

2008

2

22

24

2009

0

4

4

2010

0

4

4

2011

3

17

20

2012

2

12

14

2013

2

13

15

Total

9

72

81

12th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the changes made to the steel procurement guidelines in the last two years are being adhered to by (a) local authorities and (b) central government departments.

Central government departments are required to report on a regular basis, alongside the collection of forward pipeline information, to confirm that they are compliant with the steel procurement guidance and provide evidence on how they are applying this guidance on their projects.

Local Authorities and other parts of the wider public sector are not currently required to provide this information, given their separate legal nature.

This information is published in the guidance on Procuring steel in major projects, which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-1116-procuring-steel-in-major-projects-revised-guidance.

12th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to take further steps to allow local authorities to make procurement decisions which favour local economies and businesses.

Whilst contracting authorities may not favour suppliers on purely geographical grounds, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 allow them to consider incorporating social, ethical and environmental aspects into specifications, contract conditions and award criteria if they relate directly to the subject matter of a contract from the point of view of the contracting authority.

Furthermore, the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 places a requirement on commissioners to consider the economic, environmental and social benefits of their approaches to procurement before the process starts, at the pre-procurement stage.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has made an assessment of the level of potential risk of cyber interference by foreign governments in elections in the UK.

We treat Cyber Security extremely seriously. Our 2015 National Security Strategy confirmed that cyber remains a top threat to the UK’s economic and national security. The threat posed by cyber-attacks continues to grow in both scale and complexity. Cyber security is crucial for keeping the UK safe.

To meet the challenges of cyber security threats, the government launched its new National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 on the 1 November. Supported by £1.9billion of transformational investment, the strategy sets out ambitious policies and capabilities to protect the UK in cyber space.

The strategy is available online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-cyber- security-strategy- 2016-to-2021.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings of the EU Exit and Trade Cabinet Committee have been (a) held and (b) attended by the Secretary of State for (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees, including how often they have met and which Ministers have attended, is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, if she will make the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a permanent member of the EU Exit and Trade Cabinet Committee.

A list of members of the European Union Exit and Trade Cabinet Committee is available in the Library of the House.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what adjusted change there has been in average gross weekly earnings of (a) full-time workers, (b) men working full-time and (c) women working full-time since January 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the proportion of manufacturing jobs held by women in (a) each English region, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

25th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 April 2017 to Question 70406, on energy intensive industries: trade competitiveness, whether such compensation funding has been allocated on a rolling basis until an exemption is secured or a set amount has been committed to the policy.

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

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 57226, on energy intensive industries: trade competitiveness, how much additional contingency funding has been allocated to the continuation of compensation for the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs for energy intensive industries beyond 1 April 2017.

The government is in continuing discussions with the European Commission on securing the remaining exemptions for energy intensive industries. Sufficient funding is in place to continue the current compensation for the indirect cost of the Renewables Obligation (RO) and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs (FIT).

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2016 to Question 57227, on energy intensive industries: trade competitiveness, by what date his Department plans to introduce the exemption for energy intensive industries.

The government is in continuing discussions with the European Commission on securing the remaining exemptions for energy intensive industries. The intention is to introduce the exemptions once the necessary clearances have been secured. The current compensation for the indirect cost of the Renewables Obligation (RO) and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) will remain in place in the meantime.

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much public funding has been provided to (a) energy intensive industries and (b) UK steel producers under the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff schemes in the last 12 months.

The Renewables Obligation (RO) and small-scale Feed in Tariffs (FIT) schemes support the generation of renewable electricity and are funded from levies on electricity supply.

Over the past 12 months the government has provided over £190m in compensation payments to eligible businesses for the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation (RO) and small scale Feed in Tariffs (FIT) schemes. Of this we have paid over £54m to the steel sector.

15th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which nuclear energy stakeholders he consulted on whether the UK should seek to withdraw from the European Atomic Energy Community (a) before and (b) after the publication of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17.

The Government has had detailed discussions with nuclear sector stakeholders since the referendum. Both officials and Ministers have been in frequent contact with nuclear industry and research stakeholders, and we will continue to work closely with them as we take the negotiations forwards.

31st Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential use of deep offshore saline aquifers in developing a viable business model for carbon capture and storage technology.

The Department funded a twelve month £2.5 million project, led by the Energy Technologies Institute, to progress the appraisal of five selected carbon dioxide storage sites in the North and Irish Seas; three of these sites were offshore saline formations. The report, “Progressing Development of the UK’s Strategic Carbon Dioxide Storage Resource”, was published by the Energy Technologies Institute in May 2016 and is available at: http://www.eti.co.uk/project/strategic-uk-ccs-storage-appraisal/.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of leaving the European Atomic Energy Community on projects that require the co-operation of American nuclear energy companies.

Withdrawal from the Euratom Treaty will not diminish the UK's nuclear ambitions for its new build nuclear programme, and the Government remains committed to delivering a world leading nuclear programme in close collaboration with international counterparts, including the USA.

Non EU countries that have a relationship with Euratom do so mainly through international nuclear cooperation agreements (NCA) with the Euratom Community. These provide frameworks for cooperation in the civil nuclear sector, but are not an absolute requirement for trade in civil nuclear material or goods with every country, and in many cases trade continues without being covered by an NCA.

We will maintain continuity of cooperation and develop new arrangements as necessary.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of leaving the European Atomic Energy Community on the construction of Hinkley Point C.

Maintaining the UK’s ability to trade in nuclear materials and equipment will be a key objective in negotiations to allow the uninterrupted progress of the UK’s nuclear programme, which includes the construction of Hinkley Point C. Those negotiations have not yet started, but officials and Ministers are in regular contact with industry stakeholders and will continue to work closely with them as the negotiations progress.

12th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of carbon capture and utilisation technology.

The Government recognises the potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies, even though many are still at an early stage of development. The Department has commissioned further analysis to help assess the commercially-viable technologies and the CCU carbon abatement opportunities for the UK.

12th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money the Government invested in carbon capture and storage projects in each year between 2010 and 2015.

In each year between 2010 and 2015, the Government has invested the following in carbon capture and storage projects:

  • £1.39 million between 2011 and 2012
  • £ 4.87 million in 2012/13;
  • £ 15.45 million in 2013/14;
  • £ 50.60 million in 2014/15; and
  • £ 33.87 million in 2015/16.

Figures for the 2015/16 financial year are provisional.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) expedite the Government's application to the European Commission to exempt energy-intensive industries from the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs and (b) ensure that legislation on that exemption is in place before financial year 2017-18.

We are engaging with the European Commission about our state aid pre-notification to move from compensation to exemption for the indirect cost of the Renewables Obligation (RO) and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs (FiT). We aim to introduce the exemption for Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) from 1 April 2017.

The Government continues to provide relief to those EIIs most affected by the rising cost of electricity and has paid over £360m in compensation since August 2013.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to secure contingency funding for the continuation of compensation for the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs for (a) the steel industry and (b) other energy-intensive industries beyond April 2017.

We aim to introduce an exemption for Energy Intensive Industries from the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation and small-scale Feed-in Tariffs from 1 April 2017. It is not currently necessary to allocate contingency funding for the continuation of compensation beyond April 2017.

2nd Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made in improving the interoperability of early smart meters.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch, on 21 November 2016 to Question 53430:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-11-16/53430/.

2nd Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department holds information on the number of households using foundation stage meters which have switched energy suppliers in each of the last five years.

The Department does not hold this information.