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Tony Lloyd

Labour - Rochdale

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
23rd Mar 2018 - 28th Apr 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
19th Dec 2019 - 6th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Housing)
9th Jan 2018 - 23rd Mar 2018
Shadow Minister (Housing)
3rd Jul 2017 - 9th Jan 2018
European Scrutiny Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 28th Nov 2011
Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party
5th Dec 2006 - 6th May 2010
North West Regional Select Committee
3rd Mar 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
6th May 1997 - 29th Jul 1999
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
1st Jul 1995 - 1st May 1997
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jul 1994 - 1st Jul 1995
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jul 1992 - 1st Jul 1994
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jul 1988 - 1st Jul 1992
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
1st Jul 1988 - 1st Jul 1989
Opposition Whip (Commons)
1st Jul 1986 - 1st Jul 1987
Home Affairs: Sub-Committee on Race Relations & Immigration
15th May 1985 - 5th May 1987
Home Affairs Committee
18th Apr 1985 - 5th May 1987
Social Services
9th Jun 1983 - 18th Apr 1985


Department Event
Tuesday 6th September 2022
Department for International Trade
Programme Motion - Main Chamber
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill
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Department Event
Tuesday 6th September 2022
14:30
Department for International Trade
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
6 Sep 2022, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Movement etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Wednesday 20th July 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
8. What assessment he has made of the potential role of energy efficiency in meeting the UK’s climate targets.
Written Answers
Wednesday 27th July 2022
Lighting: Pollution Control
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 5th July 2022
Draft Mental Health Bill
That this House welcomes the publication of the Draft Mental Health Bill; applauds the aim to ensure appropriate care for …
Bills
Wednesday 2nd February 2011
High Pay Commission Bill 2010-12
A Bill to make provision for the establishment of a High Pay Commission; and for connected purposes.
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Unite the Union
Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN
Amount of donation or nature …
EDM signed
Thursday 21st July 2022
Civil service jobs in the North West
That this House is extremely concerned about the government’s plan to cut 91,000 jobs from the Civil Service within three …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Short and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Notification of Local Authorities) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Tony Lloyd has voted in 416 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(21 debate interactions)
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
Sajid Javid (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(38 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(34 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(32 debate contributions)
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Rochdale Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

We ask Government to significantly increase targeted research funding for motor neurone disease (MND).

A new investment of £50m over 5 years could kickstart a pioneering MND Research Institute.

This would lead to better, faster and more definitive research outcomes and hope for those with MND.


Latest EDMs signed by Tony Lloyd

19th July 2022
Tony Lloyd signed this EDM on Thursday 21st July 2022

Civil service jobs in the North West

Tabled by: Margaret Greenwood (Labour - Wirral West)
That this House is extremely concerned about the government’s plan to cut 91,000 jobs from the Civil Service within three years; recognises that this amounts to around one fifth of civil service jobs based on 2021 figures; notes that, in 2021, outside of London, the North West of England was …
15 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Independent: 1
26th May 2022
Tony Lloyd signed this EDM on Thursday 21st July 2022

Dr al-Singace’s hunger strike and political prisoners in Bahrain

Tabled by: Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat - North East Fife)
That this House is deeply concerned by the ongoing hunger strike of 60-year-old human rights defender and academic Dr Abduljalil al-Singace in Bahrain; notes EDM 578 and reiterates the alarm that his hunger strike began on 8 July 2021 and has exceeded 300 days; expresses concern that despite al-Singace being …
30 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Liberal Democrat: 7
Scottish National Party: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
Alba Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Tony Lloyd has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Tony Lloyd


A Bill to make provision for the establishment of a High Pay Commission; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd February 2011

78 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1 Other Department Questions
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that employers take steps to close the gender pay gap.

Large employers must report their gender pay gap data each year. Alongside this, we have published advice to help employers diagnose the causes of their gaps, and evidence-based guidance on practical actions they can take to close the gap. We have actively engaged with employers to ensure they have the information they need to close their gender pay gaps.

In recognition of the unprecedented uncertainty and pressure facing employers, we suspended enforcement of gender pay gap reporting for the 2019-20 reporting year. However, as of 3rd September, 5,636 employers in-scope of the regulations have reported their gender pay gap data for 19/20. We continue to support employers if they wish to report, and encourage them to act to provide equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace.

23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his policy is on Ministers devolving responsibility for answering hon. Members letters to officials.

As outlined in the ‘Guidance for Handling Correspondence’, correspondence to Ministers from hon. Members should be signed off at an appropriate equivalent ministerial level. Where an MP has written about the day-to-day operations of an Executive Agency or a Non-Departmental Public Body, the appropriate Chief Executive may reply.

Official replies to letters from MPs should only be authorised in some circumstances, for example, when dealing with a large volume of letters on the same issue which would lead to an improvement in departmental performance handling or that it has been decreed that under certain circumstances an official reply would be more appropriate.

11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies on differential pricing policies of covid-19 vaccines for different countries.

Pricing of COVID-19 vaccines between pharmaceutical companies and other countries is a commercial matter for those parties involved.

Nadhim Zahawi
Chancellor of the Exchequer
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many actions under the statutory nuisance regime have been taken regarding light pollution since that regime came into force.

Defra does not hold information about Light Pollution cases investigated under the Environmental Protection Act. This information is only held at Local Authority level.

Steve Double
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of his Department's policies for reducing light pollution.

We take a broad approach to tackling all impacts on biodiversity, such as artificial light, and have indicators set out through the 25 Year Environment Plan reporting mechanisms which assess the effectiveness of this wider work towards nature recovery.

Steve Double
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to implement the 25-Year Environment Plan's commitment to ensure that light pollution management eases potential impacts on wildlife.

Defra has funded or co-funded national and international assessments of drivers of change on insects and wider biodiversity such as the global Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. This report notes the effects of artificial light on nocturnal insects may be growing.

Defra has worked with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to ensure that the National Planning Policy Framework is clear that policies and decisions should limit the impact of light pollution on local amenity, dark landscapes and nature conservation.

Furthermore, Defra has contributed to the development of the DLUHC Planning Policy Guidance on light pollution, published in November 2019, which emphasises the importance of getting the right light in the right place at the right time and sets out the factors that are relevant when considering the ecological impacts of lighting.

A range of measures are in place to ensure that light pollution is effectively managed through: controls in the planning system; the statutory nuisance regime; and improvements in street lighting.

We continue to work with partners including leading scientists to review the latest studies related to light pollution and ensure we continue to address key threats to biodiversity.

8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Pollinator Advisory Steering Group (a) last met formally and (b) will meet next.

The Pollinator Advisory Steering Group last met formally on Friday 19 November 2021.

The date for the next quarterly meeting is not fixed yet, but we have been working closely with members of the group during the development of the Pollinator Action Plan for 2021 to 2024, which will be published soon.

8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when a Minister from his Department last attend a Pollinator Advisory Steering Group meeting.

The Pollinator Advisory Steering Group is intended to be a working level meeting between officials and partners in stakeholder organisations. As such, Ministers are generally not invited to join their meetings, and so attendance by a Minister would be by exception.

The last time a Defra Minister attended the Pollinator Advisory Steering Group meeting was on 9 May 2016.

22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proposal in respect of a time limited waiver on covid-19 vaccine manufacture the Government plans to support at the forthcoming WTO TRIPS meeting.

I refer the Hon. Gentleman for Rochdale to the answer given to the Hon.Gentleman for Sefton Central on 23 November to Question UIN: 77440.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure that grant money for businesses in the music industry is provided in time to allow their representation at the National Association of Music Merchants show, Music China and Musikmesse Frankfurt.

The successor to the Tradeshow Access Programme, when launched, is designed to address market failures whilst aligning to the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Strategy. Supported shows are identified through departmental business planning, and prioritised collaboratively by DIT’s Campaigns, Sectors and Events Team.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Musikmesse Frankfurt take place in 2022-23 and will be prioritised through business planning for the coming financial year. Music China was not selected as a priority show for 2021-22.

18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to decide which trade shows are eligible for grant funding in its successor to the Trade Show Access Programme.

The successor to the Tradeshow Access Programme, when launched, is designed to address market failures whilst aligning to the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Strategy. Supported shows are identified through departmental business planning, and prioritised collaboratively by DIT’s Campaigns, Sectors and Events Team.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Musikmesse Frankfurt take place in 2022-23 and will be prioritised through business planning for the coming financial year. Music China was not selected as a priority show for 2021-22.

8th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what resources have been committed to the establishment of new electric vehicle charging points; what estimate he has made of the number of electric vehicle charging points that those resources will enable to be created; and if he will publish details of (a) expenditure and (b) the number of electric vehicle charging points by region.

Government has committed £2.5 billion since 2020 to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. Over £1.6 billion will be used to support charging infrastructure.

On 25 March 2022 the Government published the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Strategy, setting out our vision and commitments to make EV charging cheaper and more convenient than refuelling at a petrol station. In the strategy, Government laid out that it expects at least ten times more public chargepoints to be installed across the UK by the end of the decade, bringing the number to around 300,000 by 2030.

The Department publishes data on the number of publicly available chargepoints monthly. In addition, on a quarterly basis, it also publishes data on chargepoints installed with support from grants offered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. This includes both the number of installations and the grant value awarded, broken down to regional and local authority level for the whole UK.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of reports that aircraft belonging to sanctioned individuals have continued to use UK airfields.

Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unprovoked, premeditated attack against a sovereign democratic state. The UK government has shown there are massive consequences and a severe cost for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In coordination with our international allies and partners, we have developed and continue to expand an unprecedented package of sanctions.

Since 25 February Russian aircraft have been banned from entering UK airspace and landing in the UK.  This was strengthened on 8 March with the signing of the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. It is now a criminal offence to breach the airspace ban and it has conferred powers on the Secretary of State to direct airport operators to detain Russian aircraft.

Since the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 came into effect, we have detained three aircraft, and have held a further two aircraft while thorough investigations are carried out. We continue to work with the aviation industry and other Government departments to rigorously investigate any aircraft that the Department becomes aware of that may be connected with Russia. We will not hesitate to impose further detentions on aircraft connected with sanctioned individuals.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the DVLA on the backlog in reviewing driving licences.

The quickest and easiest way to make an application to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is by using its extensive suite of online services. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their licence within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application. The DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day and industrial action by members of the Public and Commercial Services union has led to delays for customers. The DVLA has been working with a significantly reduced number of staff on site to ensure social distancing in line with Welsh Government requirements. The current increased demand for the DVLA’s services has also contributed to delays with paper applications.

The DVLA has introduced additional online services and recruited additional staff. The DVLA is urgently securing extra office space to house more staff to help reduce waiting times while providing future resilience and business continuity.

The DVLA understands the impact that delays can have on people’s everyday lives and is working as quickly as possible to process paper applications and return people’s documentation to them.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the risk of transmission of covid-19 (a) on public transport and (b) in other crowded public spaces; what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of different types of facemasks in preventing such transmission; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 8 March 2021, to Question UIN 159378 regarding the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on public transport.

In regard to what assessment has been made of the efficacy of different types of face masks, in 2020 Public Health England’s rapid evidence review reported that the published literature indicated that face coverings of varying materials are more effective than no covering, and multi-layered coverings more effective than single-layer. Further information is available here: https://phe.koha-ptfs.co.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=5f043ca658db1188ffae74827fa650d9

A second review published in January 2021 corroborated the findings of the first review and found consistent evidence that the use of face coverings in community settings reduced the spread of COVID-19: https://phe.koha-ptfs.co.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=d86880bf65bd6b18eae21aa3bdaf2a4b

1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to bus operators on the need to provide safe seating to ensure that people from different households do not sit next to each other on buses; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Transport has issued safer transport guidance for operators, which aids transport operators to understand how to provide safer services for passengers. It outlines measures to assess and address the risks of COVID-19 on public transport.

7th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in the context of potential closure of her Department's Phoenix House office in Barrow-in-Furness, whether her Department has taken steps to maintain knowledge and experience of staff dealing with claims arising from asbestos exposure.

Following the plans to close Phoenix House being announced in 2017, resources have been increased other locations, and capability is being built in these locations which includes those cases arising from asbestos exposure.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) is delivered by experienced teams in three sites, the planned closure of Barrow-in-Furness means that work currently undertaken in this site will be delivered from our other IIDB teams based in Barnsley and Bradford.

Transfer of work will be done in a seamless way, with no degradation of service to our customers, including those customers who claim with asbestos related diseases, or under schemes such as the “Workers’ Compensation Scheme, Pneumoconiosis (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 and the 2008 Mesothelioma Scheme.”

Julie Marson
Assistant Whip
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a statutory basis for the Child Support Agency to write off debt; and whether that Agency can reinstate debts it has written off.

In 2012, powers were introduced which allowed the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to write off Child Support Agency (CSA) and CMS debt in specific scenarios where it would be unfair or inappropriate to enforce liability.

Further powers were then introduced in 2018 which allowed remaining cases on the CSA to be closed following the collection or write off, of historic arrears, as part of the closure of the scheme. The debt must meet certain criteria relating to the amounts owed and the effective date of the maintenance calculation to be considered for write off.

The CMS can reinstate debt that has been written off in very specific and exceptional cases, for example, if the debt was written off in error.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provisions her Department has made for monies to fund tribunal cases involving applicants appealing against the refusal of Personal Independent Payments.

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment (PIP) claimants (a) were refused PIP, (b) appealed against the refusal of PIP and (c) were successful in appealing against the refusal of PIP in each of the last five financial years.

The number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims disallowed at initial decision is available on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/. In particular, you may be interested in the ‘PIP Clearances’ table, which, under ‘Clearance Type Detail,’ contains the breakdown of PIP claims awarded and disallowed at initial decision.

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html.

PIP dispute customer journey statistics are available for new PIP applications as part of the PIP Official Statistics quarterly release. The latest release is available here:

Personal Independence Payment statistics to October 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In the accompanying tables Table 5D shows the disputes journey for those who receive a disallowance at initial decision, for each financial year, including the number lodging an appeal and how many receive each appeal outcome. Note that these appeal numbers may include some decisions which were changed at the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) stage (MR data also shown in Table 5D). Additionally, Table 5A shows appeal figures separately for awards changed and unchanged at MR following an initial disallowance decision, though this table does not show data by financial years. Note that these figures include only decisions following a PIP assessment or evaluation so exclude claims which end before this, such as where there is a failure to return required paperwork or attend an assessment, or withdrawals / relinquishments.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people affected by delays in initiating payment of the state pension to those who reach the appropriate retirement age; and if she will make a statement.

This information is not collated as part of normal business and is only available at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Normal processes have now returned and payments are back to normal times. Where we are awaiting additional information to process a customer’s claim, these claims will be actioned on receipt of the required information.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the availability across health providers of (a) cognitive behavioural therapy, (b) eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing and (c) dialectical behaviour therapy.

The ‘Health Education England Adult IAPT Workforce Census 2021’ reported that in March 2021, 92% of providers offered cognitive behavioural therapy through local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and 88% offered eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. Dialectical behaviour therapy is not offered through IAPT services.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition to expand and transform community mental health services for adults, including increasing access to evidence-based psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing and dialectical behaviour therapy. No assessment has been made of the availability of psychological therapies provided by adult and children and young people’s community health services.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2022 to Question 3475 on Mental Health Services: Children and Young People, what criteria are used to determine whether health and wellbeing measures affecting children and young people are to be afforded statutory protection; and which measures have been afforded that protection in the last 12 years.

Any decision to place such measures on a statutory footing would be subject to the Department’s policy development process, any legal obligations such as the Public Sector Equality Duty, any relevant impact tests such as the family test, consultation with interested parties and value for money, with the final decision made by Minsters. The information on the specific measures afforded this protection in the last 12 years is not held in the format requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he received on the needs of children and young people during public consultations on the White Paper on Reforming the Mental Health Act.

The Government consulted on the proposals for legislation made by the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act in 2018, including the white paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’, which received more than 1,700 responses. Of the responses, 1,449 were used in the qualitative analysis, of which 1,119 responses were received from individuals. This included 74 from people aged under 25 years old; 1,020 from people aged 25 years old and over; and 25 respondents did not specify their age. There were also 330 responses received on behalf of organisations, including those representing the needs of children and young people.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to address the needs of children and young people as part of the proposed reform of the Mental Health Act 1983.

A draft Mental Health Bill will be published shortly. The legislative reforms aim to give greater autonomy to children and young people to inform their care and treatment and ensure that inpatients, whether or not they are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, are given improved support to access their rights under the Act.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy to pursue a non-statutory strategy in matters concerning early intervention and school and community-based measures for the mental health support of children and young people; what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a non-statutory basis for that strategy; and what consideration he gave to providing a statutory basis for these services.

‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’ and the NHS Long Term Plan set out the policy concerning early intervention and school and community-based measures for the mental health support of children and young people. These do not require a statutory basis to implement. No assessment of the merits of a non-statutory or statutory approach for these services has been made since the publication of the green paper and the Long Term Plan.

We continue to consider the Committee’s recommendations in the context of the development of a new long term, cross-Government plan for mental health. We will update our response to the Committee’s recommendations once the final plan is published. A call for evidence to inform the development of the plan is open until 7 July 2022.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 23 July 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on treatment for lymphedema.

We replied to the hon. Member on 8 March 2022.

11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Rochdale’s correspondence dated 8 October 2021 regarding ICS Boards and dated 25 October 2021 regarding training for radiologists and oncologists.

We replied to the hon. Member’s letter dated 8 October 2021 on 31 January 2022 and the letter dated 25 October 2021 on 16 March 2022.

6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding is available for research into brain tumours; and what research streams on brain tumours the Government is allocating funding to.

In May 2018 the Government announced a £40 million investment over five years for brain tumour research as part of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR released a public announcement to the research community, making clear our desire to receive brain tumour research funding applications. We are relying on researchers to submit high-quality research proposals.

As with other Government funders of health research, the NIHR does not allocate funding for specific disease areas. The level of research spend in a particular area is driven by factors such as scientific potential and the number and scale of successful funding applications. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including brain tumour research.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding the Government is making available for the treatment of brain tumours.

The information is not available in the format requested. Expenditure on the treatment of brain tumours forms part of system budgets for the National Health Service. Funding is made available to Cancer Alliances to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions for all cancers, including brain tumours.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing spending on targeted research on motor neurone disease ahead of the 2021 Spending Review.

There are no plans for specific discussions. The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is not usual practice to ring-fence funding for particular topics or conditions. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including motor neurone disease. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality. We are currently working on ways to significantly boost further research on dementia and neurodegeneration at all stages, including medical and care interventions.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 July 2021 to Question 35705 on Motor Neurone Disease: Drugs, if he will provide details of the projects relating to Motor Neurone Disease that were funded by the National Institute for Health Research in each of the years between 2015 and 2020.

The information requested is shown in the following table. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is also funding research on motor neurone disease through the NIHR’s research infrastructure, including the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre. However this information is not available at individual study level.

Year

Project

2015/16

Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. * Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) *

2016/17

Head up: The development of a novel cervical orthosis to support neck weakness due to neurological disease. * Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. *
Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) *
DiPALS: A randomised controlled trial evaluating NeuRx/4 Diaphragm Pacing in patients with respiratory muscle weakness due to Motor Neurone Disease

2017/18

Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. * Evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Short-term Integrated Palliative Care Services (SIPC) to OPTimise CARE for people with advanced longterm Neurological conditions (OPTCARE Neuro) * A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) *

2018/19

Telehealth in Motor Neurone Disease: the TiM trial. A randomised controlled pilot study of the use of the TiM system to deliver highly specialised care to patients and carers of those living with motor neurone disease. * A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) * Nusinersen for treating infant or child spinal muscular atrophy [ID1069] A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS) * Enhancing the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: Synthesising the evidence, mapping the services and translating the evidence into clinical practice. *

2019/20

A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) * A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS) * Enhancing the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: Synthesising the evidence, mapping the services and translating the evidence into clinical practice. * Onasemnogene abeparvovec for treating spinal muscular atrophy type 1 [ID1473] - Part 1

2020/21

A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of acceptance and COMmitment therapy for people with Motor nEuroN Disease (COMMEND) * A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS) * Enhancing the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease: Synthesising the evidence, mapping the services and translating the evidence into clinical practice. * Onasemnogene abeparvovec for treating spinal muscular atrophy type 1[ID1473] - Part 2 Risdiplam for treating spinal muscular atrophy [ID1631]

Note:

* Project funded for multiple years spanning the period 2015-2020.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 25 February 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on the legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill.

We replied to the hon. Member on 3 September 2021.

7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on (a) the efficacy of the Novavax vaccine following its trial and (b) whether volunteers who received two vaccinations as part of the Novavax trial are eligible to receive other types of approved covid-19 vaccines.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has regular meetings with Novavax regarding their submission for the vaccine but this is not yet complete. A review of the quality, safety and efficacy data will be required before the MHRA and Commission on Human Medicines can consider approval of the vaccine.

As trial participants become eligible for the vaccination programme, they should discuss with the trial investigator to decide whether they should receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine. This should be informed by whether they had received a placebo or control vaccine, an active vaccine with known efficacy against COVID-19, an experimental trial vaccine product with no current efficacy data and whether they have received a full proposed or incomplete regimen. There is currently a lack of evidence to inform whether a subsequent dose of a different COVID-19 vaccine after a full regimen of experimental vaccine provides any benefit. Subjects should also be made aware that the risks of receiving the deployed vaccine after the trial vaccine are unknown.

Nadhim Zahawi
Chancellor of the Exchequer
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 3 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on differential pricing policies for covid-19 vaccinations.

We replied to the hon. Member on 21 May 2021.

26th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 20 November 2020 from the hon. Member for Rochdale.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what circumstances NHS patient information is transferred outside of the NHS; what the protocols are for the transfer of such (a) aggregate anonymised and (b) personal information; what steps are taken to supervise such transfers of information (i) in general, (ii) to a private sector company and (iii) to an entity outside of UK legal jurisdiction.

Confidential patient information is not transferred outside of the National Health Service unless there are strong legitimate and appropriate reasons to do so. Aggregated data may be made publicly available by organisations through their publication schemes as required under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Any data transfer to the public or private sector, inside or outside the United Kingdom, aggregated or personal information, is subject to strict process and procedure and the legal obligations set out in privacy legislation including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the obligations set out by the National Data Guardian and the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality. In addition, from 1 January 2021, the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies in the UK in place of the GDPR.

Any use of NHS data that is not already in the public domain must have an explicit aim to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens or to improve how the NHS operates. This would include, for instance, research by universities, clinical audits and clinical trials by pharmaceutical companies.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on access to medical cannabis following disruption of supplies after the end of the transition period.

The Department, supported by the British Embassy to The Hague, has reached an agreement with the Dutch Government to allow the continued supply of Bedrocan oils, a form of unlicensed medicinal cannabis, against United Kingdom prescriptions for existing patients until 1 July 2021. The medicines supply chain has ensured that there continues to be good supply of licensed and unlicensed cannabis-based medicines after the transition period.

The Written Ministerial Statement of 26 January (HCWS734) provided an update on action taken by the Government on supply from the Netherlands and next steps to establish a more permanent solution.

15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department is providing support to former FARC combatants in Colombia forcibly displaced to Doncello, Caquetá in the context of a lack of security in their reincorporation zone.

To date, the UK has spent over £69 million through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) to support the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Colombia. Our funding is supporting the Colombian Government's rural development and reintegration programmes, transitional justice mechanisms, and strengthening the security and participation of the communities in conflict-affected areas, such as Caquetá.

We will continue to support the Colombian Government in its commitment to implement the 2016 Peace Accords and ensure the protection and safety of former FARC combatants.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government has plans to align the sanctions it has imposed against Belarus with those it has imposed against Russia.

We will ensure that the Belarusian regime continues to feel the economic consequences for its facilitation of Putin's war of choice. On 5 July, the UK introduced new economic, trade and transport sanctions against Belarus, including import and export bans on goods and restricting access to UK financial services.  This follows on from our sanctions imposed on Lukashenko and 117 other individuals and entities. These sanctions deliver commitments made by the Foreign Secretary in February to extend those sanctions against persons in Russia who support Putin's illegal war, to include people or entities in Belarus.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to her oral contribution of 28 February 2022, Official Report, column 724, in response to the question from the hon. Member for Rochdale, whether she has determined whether a breach of the sanctions regime took place in respect of a sanctioned jet twice landing at Luton Airport in January; and what steps she plans to take to determine how such a breach occurred in the event that it did.

The UK and our partners continue to put pressure on the Lukashenko regime and those who support it, including through tough sanctions. On 1 March we announced a first tranche of sanctions against Belarusian individuals and organisations in response to the role the country is playing in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including facilitating the invasion from within its borders. These designations are in addition to the wide-ranging measures we have already imposed on Belarus under our Belarus sanctions regime, which include sanctions on President Lukashenko and 117 other individuals and entities as well as trade, financial and aviation sanctions. The UK's Belarus sanctions prohibit the direct or indirect provision of technical assistance to or for the benefit of designated persons, where that assistance relates to any aircraft. HM Revenue and Customs are responsible for enforcing trade sanctions measures on the provision of technical assistance.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of the reduction in the Official Development Assistance budget on the humanitarian response in Syria.

The UK works closely with our humanitarian partners, such as the UN, International and Syrian NGOs to understand the impact of UK aid spending and will continue to keep this under review. Despite difficult funding decisions due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK remains a leading humanitarian donor to Syria. To date, we have committed over £3.7 billion in response to the regional Syrian crisis, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. Our focus remains on protecting and prioritising the most vulnerable and ensuring our aid is delivered in the most effective and efficient way. Our aid to Syria this financial year has supported the distribution of 3,125 food rations with each individual's ration covering their needs for a month. In addition, our support ensured that 12,556 people benefitted from psychosocial support, 170,399 pupils were provided with access to formal education and 20,633 people benefited from sexual and gender-based violence services.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to work with (a) other donors and (b) the UNHCR to strengthen support for (i) mechanisms to monitor the protection situation in Syria and (ii) the conditions for safe, voluntary and dignified returns in that country.

The UK, along with the likeminded international community, continue to call upon all parties to the conflict in Syria to uphold International Humanitarian Law and protect civilians. The UK supports humanitarian, accountability and legal organisations to monitor, document, report, gather evidence on and investigate human rights and international humanitarian law violations.

Whilst the UK Government hopes that Syrian refugees will, ultimately, be able to return home, we agree with the UN judgement that conditions in Syria do not currently allow this. We are engaged with UNHCR on its framework review which will address these issues more closely. However, only a political solution under UN Security Council Resolution 2254 can ensure conditions safe for returns. UN Envoy Geir Pedersen has our full support in this effort.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will raise at the UN the reporting of the regime in Belarus to the International Criminal Court to investigate the Lukashenko regime in respect of (a) torture allegations as documented by the International Accountability Platform for Belarus, (b) the interception of RyanAir Flight FR4978 in May 2021 and (c) the recent immigrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border.

The UK has been clear in its condemnation of the Belarusian regime's harmful and aggressive behaviour, including the continued repression of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Belarus. There is not an international body where we would not be willing to exert our influence and lead on applying pressure to the Lukashenko regime. We continue to support efforts through UN and other international mechanisms, and the work of independent NGOs, to investigate human rights violations in Belarus and hold those responsible to account. We have received the final fact-finding investigation report from the International Civil Aviation Organisation into the forced diversion of Ryanair flight 4978, which we are studying carefully. We remain in solidarity with our Polish and Lithuanian counterparts and will continue to work to counter the behaviour of the Lukashenko regime, including the use of migrant flows to exert pressure on Belarus' neighbours.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans she has for engagement in the Vienna conference on Belarus due to take place on 22 November 2021.

The UK has taken a leading role in the international response to the Belarusian political crisis, working closely with partners. We welcome opportunities to maintain the spotlight on the shocking actions of the Belarusian authorities and to keep pressure on Lukashenko to change his behaviour. UK officials are in touch with their Austrian colleagues regarding planning for the upcoming conference on Belarus, including the question of UK participation.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the evidential basis was for the decision to remove AGAT System from the consolidated list of financial sanctions targets in the UK.

The designation of AGAT System was insufficiently clear as to which entity was to be designated. The UK has therefore revoked the listing for AGAT System with immediate effect. The UK makes decisions on whether or not to designate each person under powers provided by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 and the relevant sanctions regulations.

We have imposed over 100 designations in response to the fraudulent elections and the subsequent human rights violations in Belarus. We will continue to keep all evidence and potential listings under close review, guided by the objectives of the UK Belarus sanctions regime.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to reinstate the visit by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, following its deferment from 12 May 2021.

As my Rt Hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made clear during his 2 June phone call with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, he looks forward to meeting her in London soon. FCDO officials are in contact with Ms Tsikhanouskaya's office to agree a mutually convenient date.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government's support for the transformation of the Colombian National Police includes a disestablishment from the Colombian Ministry of Defence as called for by human rights organisations in that country.

The internal structures of the Colombian Government and state are a matter for that Government.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make a statement in response to the reported human rights abuses committed by the national police during protests in Colombia in April and May 2021.

The UK supports the right of all Colombians to protest peacefully, and the right to peaceful assembly and association must be guaranteed. I reiterated this message via social media on 6 May, which followed up on similar public messaging from our Embassy in Bogotá on 4, 5, and 7 May.

Colombia is a UK 'Human Rights Priority Country,' and we have raised our concerns with the relevant state actors in Colombia since protests began. Most recently, I spoke with acting Foreign Minister Adriana Mejía on 14 May to express my concerns, and welcome Colombia's commitment to transparent investigations into allegations of abuse.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 5 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Rochdale on the Counter-Daesh Update.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 21 May.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to pursue the ambition of free and fair elections in Belarus since November 2020; and what assessment he has made of the effect of controls on the capacity of the Government in Belarus to raise capital using (a) the London Stock Exchange and (b) other UK financial institutions.

The UK is working with our international partners to promote a political settlement in Belarus, which is acceptable to the Belarusian people. We continue to put pressure on the regime through sanctions, including on economic actors, and raising our concerns in international fora, including the OSCE, the UN Human Rights Council and informal Arria-formula meetings of the UN Security Council. We are supporting and promoting the democratic and political rights of the Belarusian people, through increased funding to civil society organisations, including independent media. On 1 February, the Foreign Secretary expressed the UK's support for new elections in his call with the opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The UK is one of the largest shareholders in the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The Bank has announced it will not support further Belarusian sovereign projects. Like the EBRD, we remain committed to supporting investment into the Belarusian economy where it supports the Belarusian people. Controls on the UK financial markets and institutions falls within the mandate of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to tackle the humanitarian harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

In August 2020 HMG published the UK's approach to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The paper summarises the UK's Protection of Civilians activity in seven UK commitment areas including: ensuring respect for International Humanitarian Law in UK military operations; political engagement; strengthening accountability; and humanitarian action.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
22nd Jun 2021
What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support available to businesses in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has sought to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods while also supporting businesses and public services across the UK.

We have put in place an economic package of support totalling £352 billion through the furlough and self-employed income support schemes, support for businesses through grants and loans, business rates and VAT relief.

At the Budget, the Chancellor extended this package of economic support to accommodate even the most cautious view about the time it might take to exit restrictions and to provide certainty and continuity to business. The Government continues to keep all impacts and policies under review.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office inspects the work of the National Crime Agency; and whether any concerns have arisen during those inspections in the last three years.

IPCO carries out an inspection for each of the different powers utilised by the NCA at least once a year, though some powers are inspected more often. Following each inspection, feedback is provided in a detailed report to the public authority, with issues of note being set out in the Annual Report in the section on Law Enforcement Agencies and the Police.

The annual reports for years up until 2020 can be found on the IPCO website here: Annual Reports – IPCO. The Annual Report for 2021 has not yet been published but is due to be released before the end of the year. IPCO’s Annual Reports are subject to a rigorous cross-government clearance process to ensure no information is included which might be injurious to national security, and as such inspection reports are not released outside of this process.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the National Crime Agency’s website and media reports, whether the National Crime Agency has taken steps to ensure (a) training of and (b) assistance with the collection of intelligence to Colombian officials does not endanger (i) human rights defenders, (ii) opposition politicians and (iii) journalists in that country, including through (A) potentially unwarranted surveillance and (B) targeted reprisals.

The NCA works with law enforcement partners around the world. In Colombia, the Agency works with the Colombian National Police and the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia. This activity is focused on reducing the threat to the UK from the cocaine trade in Colombia and the region, as well as disrupting the money laundering and other criminal economies linked to drugs trafficking and other organised crime.

When cooperating and sharing intelligence with its international law enforcement partners, the National Crime Agency must comply with the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance, which enables assessments to be made about the human rights and reputational risks of international security and justice work undertaken by the UK. It is also subject to the Principles relating to the detention and interviewing of detainees overseas and the passing and receipt of intelligence relating to detainees.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Crime Agency is able to (a) vet policing personnel to be trained in Colombia and (b) monitor policing personnel already trained in Colombia to ensure they are not responsible for any future serious human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, disappearances and torture.

The NCA works with law enforcement partners around the world. In Colombia, the Agency works with the Colombian National Police and the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia. This activity is focused on reducing the threat to the UK from the cocaine trade in Colombia and the region, as well as disrupting the money laundering and other criminal economies linked to drugs trafficking and other organised crime.

When cooperating and sharing intelligence with its international law enforcement partners, the National Crime Agency must comply with the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance, which enables assessments to be made about the human rights and reputational risks of international security and justice work undertaken by the UK. It is also subject to the Principles relating to the detention and interviewing of detainees overseas and the passing and receipt of intelligence relating to detainees.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the overseas work of the National Crime Agency is (a) monitored and (b) evaluated in order to assess its effectiveness in combatting drug trafficking and drug use in the UK.

The UK’s drugs strategy, published in December 2021, sets out the role of the NCA in tackling drugs supply and misuse in the UK and overseas.

In June 2022, the government published guidance for local partners in delivering the strategy which included the National Combating Drugs Outcomes Framework. These high-level outcomes will provide a clear focus for national and local accountability. We will monitor the effectiveness the NCA and other partners in delivering the new strategy against progress towards these key outcomes including disruption of criminal groups involved in drugs supply. Central oversight of progress against the strategy is led by the cross-government Joint Combating Drugs Unit.

Additionally, the NCA monitors its effectiveness using a performance outcomes framework, which assures delivery of the wider strategic priorities set by the Home Secretary. NCA performance is reported to parliament and publicly through its Annual Report and Accounts.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are in place to ensure that the National Crime Agency’s (a) cooperation and (b) intelligence sharing with officials and bodies in FCDO Human Rights Priority Countries is carried out without (i) violating the UK’s international human rights obligations, (ii) undermining the UK’s policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and (iii) endangering people undertaking lawful activities, including as a result of potentially unwarranted surveillance.

It is vital that the Government’s work on security and justice overseas is in accordance with our obligations under international law, including international human rights law.

When cooperating and sharing intelligence with its international law enforcement partners, the National Crime Agency must comply with the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance, which enables assessments to be made about the human rights and reputational risks of international security and justice work undertaken by the UK.

It is also subject to the Principles relating to the detention and interviewing of detainees overseas and the passing and receipt of intelligence relating to detainees.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the meeting between the hon. Member for Torbay, the Minister for Immigration and Future Borders, and the hon. Member for Rochdale on 2 November 2021, what progress he has been made in resolving the constituent's case and other similar cases, reference ASS GWF055081555.

Our aim is to conclude applications for an EEA family permit or an EUSS family permit as soon as possible after identity and supporting documents are submitted. More information can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk#if-you-want-to-join-family-in-the-uk

A concession was published within guidance on 1 November 2021 EU Settlement Scheme: family and travel permits - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The constituent’s case in question was concluded on 18 November 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide details of the outstanding issues preventing the UK's ratification of the Istanbul Convention; and what steps the Government is taking to bring forward (a) legislative or (b) other proposals to enable the ratification of that convention.

The UK signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) in 2012, signalling our strong commitment to tackling violence against women and girls.

This Government remains committed to ratifying the Convention as soon as possible.

16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has published for people who have not yet received the Aspen card.

If a service user is eligible for asylum support and a payment card but has not received their card, they have been advised this should be reported to Migrant Help as per the existing published process and guidance for service user concerns or issues.

Migrant Help will forward the concern onto the relevant operational team to investigate and action a replacement card, if needed, as well as issue an Emergency Cash Payment (ECP) to cover the period until the card arrives and is activated.

Service users can also contact their accommodation provider who have been instructed to reach out to service users known to not have activated their cards. Through these checks, accommodation providers are actively ensuring service users have both received their card and activated accordingly as well as self-authorise ECPs accordingly.

Finally, service users can also reach out to any third sector representatives/voluntary sector partners to escalate an issue on their behalf. Third sector colleagues have a direct escalation route to Home Office teams where they can direct issues (such as the need for replacement cards and issuing ECPs to service users) for Home Office colleagues to investigate and action.

The vast majority of service users have now received their new Aspen card, activated it and have been using it successfully since the service went live on Monday 24th May 2021.

Numbers are fluid as activation numbers continue to increase on a daily basis as well as having new eligible asylum seekers coming into the system over the same period of time.

We are proactively working with partners to ensure any eligible service users receive their new Aspen card and activate it successfully. In the interim, Emergency Cash Payments (ECPs) are being provided to support their critical needs.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information she holds on the progress on the roll-out of the Aspen card; and what percentage of those planned to receive that card have received it to date.

If a service user is eligible for asylum support and a payment card but has not received their card, they have been advised this should be reported to Migrant Help as per the existing published process and guidance for service user concerns or issues.

Migrant Help will forward the concern onto the relevant operational team to investigate and action a replacement card, if needed, as well as issue an Emergency Cash Payment (ECP) to cover the period until the card arrives and is activated.

Service users can also contact their accommodation provider who have been instructed to reach out to service users known to not have activated their cards. Through these checks, accommodation providers are actively ensuring service users have both received their card and activated accordingly as well as self-authorise ECPs accordingly.

Finally, service users can also reach out to any third sector representatives/voluntary sector partners to escalate an issue on their behalf. Third sector colleagues have a direct escalation route to Home Office teams where they can direct issues (such as the need for replacement cards and issuing ECPs to service users) for Home Office colleagues to investigate and action.

The vast majority of service users have now received their new Aspen card, activated it and have been using it successfully since the service went live on Monday 24th May 2021.

Numbers are fluid as activation numbers continue to increase on a daily basis as well as having new eligible asylum seekers coming into the system over the same period of time.

We are proactively working with partners to ensure any eligible service users receive their new Aspen card and activate it successfully. In the interim, Emergency Cash Payments (ECPs) are being provided to support their critical needs.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Feb 2021
What steps she is taking to tackle the grooming of children and young people.

On the 22 January, the Government published the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy, which sets out a system-wide response to all forms of child sexual abuse.

The strategy details the government’s work to tackle child grooming, including supporting local prevention initiatives, piloting innovative approaches to law enforcement, and work to improve data on the characteristics of offending.

28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Rochdale of 11 November 2020, on the deportations of members of the Rochdale Grooming Gang.

I apologise for the delay. The Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts will respond shortly.

24th May 2021
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on improving the transition of armed forces personnel into employment.

Improving and recognising the employability of our Service leavers is a personal priority. All personnel have access to the Career Transition Partnership for two years before and after discharge - over 84% of Service leavers find employment within six months. But we go further, working across Government, we have launched an interview scheme and a national insurance holiday for employers. I will shortly be writing to cross-Government colleagues to continue this work throughout 2021 and beyond.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
2nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on endorsing an international Political Declaration to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

The final version of the Political Declaration has not yet been published.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Sep 2020
When the Government plans to publish the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

The Integrated Review will remain closely aligned with the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), to ensure that ambition, capabilities and budgets can be closely coordinated.

Both will publish later in the year. At its heart the Integrated Review is about developing the capabilities we need to meet the threats we face.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of controls for light pollution within the planning system; and what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that planning rules on light pollution are being followed.

Planning guidance is just one of the ways that we seek to manage light pollution impacts and most types of lighting will fall outside of the control of the planning system. Local planning authorities must take the National Planning Policy Framework into account when preparing their plans; and its policies - including those on light pollution - also need to be taken into account in making individual planning decisions.

We have given local planning authorities a wide range of enforcement powers, with strong penalties for non-compliance, to deal with development which has not been carried out in accordance with the planning permission granted. It is for authorities to decide when and how they use those powers depending on the circumstances of each case.

Beyond the limits of planning guidance, the statutory nuisance regime provides individuals with recourse to their local authority where artificial light constitutes a nuisance.

DEFRA coordinates policy relating to light pollution across Government and undertook a review of light pollution policy in January 2014, titled Artificial light in the environment: policy update.

Marcus Jones
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
4th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much and what proportion of funding for brownfield restitution has been (a) identified for and (b) allocated to each (i) local authority and (ii) region.

The £1.8 billion funding announced at Spending Review will help to regenerate communities and level up the country. This includes £1.5 billion to regenerate underused land and deliver transport links and community facilities, and £300 million locally led grant funding to unlock smaller brownfield sites for housing, regenerating and improving communities. Further details on how to access the funding will be provided as soon as possible


This is on top the of £400 million Brownfield Housing Fund, which will help unlock 26,000 homes by bringing under-utilised brownfield land back into use and. The fund was allocated as follows:

Mayoral Combined Authority Allocation
Greater Manchester £96,999,805
Liverpool City Region £44,643,420
North of Tyne £23,853,618
South Yorkshire £40,340,322
Tees Valley £19,352,315
West Midlands  £108,031,802
West Yorkshire £66,778,719
Total  £400,000,001*

*Total of £400,000,001 is due to rounding.

And also our Brownfield Land Release Fund, which has so far allocated the following: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-new-homes-to-be-built-and-derelict-land-transformed

20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is planning to take to ensure the provision of safe shelter for homeless people facing both the cold and covid-19 over winter 2021-22.

The Government has committed over £750 million this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

This includes over £202 million across England for the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI), which is more than an 80% increase from the £112 million provided last year. The funding will provide up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff. Within this year's RSI, local authorities were asked to plan for winter and any other surge capacity throughout the year.

We recognise that winter brings with it extra pressures especially with the on-going risk of COVID-19. For this reason, we are we are supporting the voluntary and community sector with the £3.8 million Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund. This funding will help provide safe accommodation that creates a sustained route of the streets by supporting investment in improved accommodation and of self-contained bed spaces over winter 21/22.

Night Shelters that are considering opening this winter should consult their local authorities and consider the COVID-19: provision of night shelters guidance on gov.uk, which was drafted with advice from the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England).

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans he has to bring forward a Renters Reform Bill that includes a landlord register and scrapping no-fault Section 21 evictions.

The Government remains committed to building back fairer and delivering a better deal for renters. To that end, we will publish a White Paper setting out a package of reforms that creates a fairer private rented sector that works for both tenants and landlords. This will include providing further detail on repealing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and well targeted, effective enforcement that drives out criminal landlords, for example exploring the merits of a landlord register.

We are undertaking robust and structured stakeholder engagement working with the sector to inform this while also learning from the pandemic and its impact on the sector. Following the publication of the White Paper, we will bring forward legislation.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what plans the Government has to build high quality and environmentally friendly affordable homes.

This Government is committed to increasing the supply of quality affordable housing and through the Affordable Homes Programme we are investing over £12 billion, including our new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme.

These new homes will need to align with the ‘Future Home Standard’ from 2025, to ensure they produce at least 75% fewer CO2 emissions than those built to current standards. This represents a considerable improvement in energy efficiency standards for new homes.

20th Jan 2021
What progress he has made on bringing forward legislative proposals on dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

This Government has been clear that it will bring forward legislation to address the legacy of the Troubles that focuses on reconciliation, delivers for victims, and ends the cycle of investigations that is not working for anyone.

While the challenges presented by the pandemic have affected progress, work on this - including engagement with key stakeholders - continues to take place, and we remain committed to moving forward as quickly as possible.

24th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 January 2020, Official Report, column 1020, what the Government's definition is of vexatious prosecutions; and how legislative proposals will prevent vexatious or unfair prosecutions of veterans who served in Northern Ireland.

The Government is committed to reforming the current legacy system in Northern Ireland in a way which provides reconciliation for victims and greater certainty for veterans. Nobody who has served in our armed forces should be subject to unfair prosecution in cases where no new evidence has been provided.

3rd Feb 2021
What steps the Government is taking to support the manufacturing industry in Wales.

We have provided over 2.7 billion pounds in direct support to businesses in Wales, and our Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution will mobilise 12 billion pounds of government investment to stimulate manufacturing across the UK. We have also extended the 1 million pounds annual investment allowance to stimulate investment in UK manufacturing.

David T C Davies
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) (Jointly as unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office)