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Yasmin Qureshi

Labour - Bolton South East

First elected: 6th May 2010


Shadow Minister (Equalities Office)
28th Oct 2022 - 15th Nov 2023
Child Support Collection (Domestic Abuse) Bill
7th Dec 2022 - 14th Dec 2022
Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill
30th Nov 2022 - 7th Dec 2022
Shadow Minister (International Development)
2nd Sep 2020 - 4th Dec 2021
Shadow Minister (International Development)
10th Apr 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
Shadow Minister (Justice)
9th Oct 2016 - 10th Apr 2020
Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2016 - 31st Oct 2016
Foreign Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 31st Oct 2016
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
29th Apr 2014 - 7th Jul 2015
Home Affairs Committee
4th Nov 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Justice Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee)
14th Jul 2011 - 12th Mar 2012
Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
12th Jul 2011 - 12th Dec 2011


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Yasmin Qureshi has voted in 638 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(9 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(9 debate interactions)
Nadine Dorries (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(24 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(22 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Illegal Migration Act 2023
(1,612 words contributed)
Fire Safety Bill 2019-21
(481 words contributed)
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Bolton South East 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).

Yasmin Qureshi has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Yasmin Qureshi

8th January 2024
Yasmin Qureshi signed this EDM on Monday 11th March 2024

Pension restitution for women born in the 1950s

Tabled by: Kim Johnson (Labour - Liverpool, Riverside)
That this House welcomes the positive interventions from so many hon. Members from across the House on behalf of women born in the 1950s who have suffered pensions loss through the targeting of their pension rights; pays tribute to constituents and campaigners in their ongoing fight for justice; recalls that …
97 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 44
Scottish National Party: 30
Democratic Unionist Party: 6
Independent: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Alba Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Conservative: 1
Workers Party of Britain: 1
11th October 2022
Yasmin Qureshi signed this EDM on Tuesday 25th October 2022

Financial restitution to women born in the 1950s

Tabled by: Ian Byrne (Labour - Liverpool, West Derby)
That this House welcomes the positive interventions from many Members across the House on behalf of women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions; pays tribute to constituents and campaigners in their ongoing fight for justice; notes that at least 3.8 million women have been impacted by the …
87 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Apr 2023)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 52
Scottish National Party: 12
Independent: 7
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Plaid Cymru: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Alba Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Conservative: 1
Alliance: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Yasmin Qureshi, 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.


Yasmin Qureshi has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Yasmin Qureshi has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Yasmin Qureshi


A Bill to make provision in relation to the right of employees and other workers to request variations to particular terms and conditions of employment, including working hours, times and locations.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 20th July 2023 and was enacted into law.


Latest 50 Written Questions

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3 Other Department Questions
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on banning sexual orientation and transgender conversion practices.

The Government has been liaising with territorial offices and the devolved administrations including the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on this important issue.

Officials will continue to work with their counterparts across the devolved administrations to discuss the UK Government’s approach to protecting everyone in England and Wales from conversion therapy practices.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
31st Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her Department's policies of the recommendations of the Ending Conversion Practices Expert Advisory Group.

The Government has been liaising with territorial offices and the devolved administrations including the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on this important issue.

Officials will continue to work with their counterparts across the devolved administrations to discuss the UK Government’s approach to protecting everyone in England and Wales from conversion therapy practices.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make single parents the tenth protected characteristic to the Equality Act 2010.

We are clear that the Equality Act 2010, which provides protection against direct and indirect discrimination across a range of fields, including employment, service provision and housing, already offers some protection for single parents.

Given that significantly more women than men, and disproportionately more members of particular ethnic groups, have single parent responsibilities, employers in particular must ensure that their rules and practices which may affect single parents do not indirectly discriminate on grounds of sex or race. We continue to keep the effectiveness of the Act under review.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Attorney General, what steps she is taking to help improve prosecution levels under section 24 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861.

The recent rise in reports of spiking is incredibly concerning and is being investigated by the police. The CPS will always treat maliciously administering poison as a high harm offence and is working in close partnership with the police to bring perpetrators of this offence to justice.

Between 2020-2021 there were 222 prosecutions for cases charged under Section 24, which was an increase of 22% on the previous year.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
29th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6633 on Prosecutions, how many defendants had prosecutions (a) carried forward and (b) finalised in each year since 2014.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of defendants whose prosecution is carried forward or waiting to be completed at the end of each year. The table below shows the number of these, in cases where the CPS made a decision to charge, at the end of each year since 2014-15.

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

Total Defendants Carried Forward

87,530

77,200

69,676

59,422

53,631

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

Records are also held showing the number of finalised (or resolved) prosecution outcomes (by defendant) where the CPS authorised a charge. The table below provides the volumes of these in each year since 2014-15. The 21% reduction in the number of CPS authorised charges since 2014-15 follows the falling caseload trend. Police charged CPS prosecutions reduced by 28% and total finalised prosecutions by 26% in the same time period.

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

Total Finalised Prosecution Outcomes

233,959

234,124

223,079

211,154

183,917

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how many cases in which the CPS has made a decision to charge are waiting to be (a) completed and (b) resolved.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of defendants whose prosecution is carried forward or waiting to be completed at the end of each year, representing a snapshot in time. The table below shows the number of these, in cases where the CPS had made a decision to charge.

2018-2019

Total Defendants Carried Forward

53,631

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

Records are also held showing the number of finalised (or resolved) prosecution outcomes (by defendant) where the CPS authorised a charge. The table below provides the volumes of these.

2018-2019

Total Finalised Prosecution Outcomes

183,917

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

30th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that civil service recruitment processes comply with provisions in the Equality Act 2010 on discrimination against people according to their (a) socio-economic status and (b) other protected characteristics.

The Cabinet Office operates a policy requiring all employment opportunities to be made readily available to all.

The current selection process is designed to be fair and objectively identify the best candidates.

There are a number of safeguards built in to the process:

  • Applications are anonymised until after the sift stage.

  • All sifters are expected to act in accordance with the Civil Service Code.

  • We would also expect an independent presence during any sift exercise. Each panel should include at least one member from outside of the line of business to provide an independent view.

We are committed to providing services and developing policies which promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and will not unlawfully discriminate in any aspect of employment, including how employees are selected or how employees are treated.

30th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what schemes the Government run to encourage people from lower socio-economic backgrounds into the civil service.

We have a range of schemes to encourage people from lower all backgrounds to join the civil service including:

  • Apprenticeships, a new strategy was launched in April 2022 and included a target for lower-socio economic backgrounds.

  • Accelerated development schemes like the Fast Stream. (Representation from lower socio-economic backgrounds in the Fast Stream has increased annually since 2016.)

  • Civil Service Commission’s Going Forward into Employment Scheme: Life Chances scheme, uses innovative approaches to recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds into the Civil Service with targeted recruitment of care leavers, prison leavers and veterans.

  • Internships such as the Summer Diversity Internship Programme, the scope of which has been broadened to include lower-socio economic backgrounds.

  • Mentoring and sponsorship such as the Ministry of Justice Graduate Aspiration programme.

  • Outreach is carried out by many of our departments within Schools, Colleges and Universities to raise awareness of the broad range of Civil Service careers available.

  • Work experience placements such as Movement to Work which supports employers to provide work placements that combine employability skills training with on-the-job experience.

27th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the level of foreign direct investment into Bolton in the period since 2010.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon Lady’s Parliamentary Question of 27 March is attached and the completed answer will be deposited in the House of Commons Library.

24th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the proposal to place a statue of Queen Elizabeth II on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.

The Government is grateful for the many suggestions received to commemorate the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. We will carefully consider these suggestions, including those that relate to Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, as part of thinking about how we remember Her extraordinary legacy.

Following the passing of the Deregulation Act 2015, consent from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is no longer required to erect statues in London.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on implementing a framework for compensation for the victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

Work is currently underway and I will update Parliament as soon as possible on this.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Racial Disparity Unit's explain or change communications strategy was announced; what the cost to the public purse was of that strategy; and what assessment he has made of that strategy's efficiency in promoting change.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answers to PQ 59728 on 16 June 2020 and PQ 62369 on 24 June 2020.

The details of expenditure are published regularly on GOV.UK.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Explain or change campaign continues to inform the work of the Racial Disparity Unit.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answers to PQ 59728 on 16 June 2020 and PQ 62369 on 24 June 2020.

The details of expenditure are published regularly on GOV.UK.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Race Disparity Audit, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the explain or change approach adopted by the Race Disparity Unit when working with the Department for Health and Social Care; and what changes to that Department's policies has the unit recommended as a result of data it has gathered since its inception.

The ‘Explain or Change’ communications campaign concluded in June last year, and the Race Disparity Unit (RDU) continues to work with other Government departments to address disparities. This includes working with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Department for Education (DfE). This work includes, for example, considering recommendations from an independent review of the Mental Health Act, acting on the recommendations of the Lammy Review and taking forward recommendations from the Timpson Review into school exclusions. As has been the case under successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Race Disparity Audit, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the explain or change approach adopted by the Race Disparity Unit when working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; and what changes to that Department's policies has the unit recommended as a result of data it has gathered since its inception.

The ‘Explain or Change’ communications campaign concluded in June last year, and the Race Disparity Unit (RDU) continues to work with other Government departments to address disparities. This includes working with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Department for Education (DfE). This work includes, for example, considering recommendations from an independent review of the Mental Health Act, acting on the recommendations of the Lammy Review and taking forward recommendations from the Timpson Review into school exclusions. As has been the case under successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Race Disparity Audit, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the explain or change approach adopted by the Race Disparity Unit when working with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy; and what changes to that Department's policies has the unit recommended as a result of data it has gathered since its inception.

The ‘Explain or Change’ communications campaign concluded in June last year, and the Race Disparity Unit (RDU) continues to work with other Government departments to address disparities. This includes working with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Department for Education (DfE). This work includes, for example, considering recommendations from an independent review of the Mental Health Act, acting on the recommendations of the Lammy Review and taking forward recommendations from the Timpson Review into school exclusions. As has been the case under successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Race Disparity Audit, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the explain or change approach adopted by the Race Disparity Unit when working with the Ministry of Justice; and what changes to that Department's policies has the unit recommended as a result of data it has gathered since its inception.

The ‘Explain or Change’ communications campaign concluded in June last year, and the Race Disparity Unit (RDU) continues to work with other Government departments to address disparities. This includes working with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Department for Education (DfE). This work includes, for example, considering recommendations from an independent review of the Mental Health Act, acting on the recommendations of the Lammy Review and taking forward recommendations from the Timpson Review into school exclusions. As has been the case under successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Race Disparity Audit, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the explain or change approach adopted by the Race Disparity Unit when working with the Department of Education; and what changes to that Department's policies has the unit recommended as a result of data it has gathered since its inception.

The ‘Explain or Change’ communications campaign concluded in June last year, and the Race Disparity Unit (RDU) continues to work with other Government departments to address disparities. This includes working with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Department for Education (DfE). This work includes, for example, considering recommendations from an independent review of the Mental Health Act, acting on the recommendations of the Lammy Review and taking forward recommendations from the Timpson Review into school exclusions. As has been the case under successive administrations, details of internal discussions are not normally disclosed.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Race Disparity Audit, whether her Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the explain or change approach adopted by the Race Disparity Unit when working with the Home Office; and what changes to the Home Office that unit recommended as a result of data that it has gathered since its inception.

‘Explain or Change’ was a short-term communications campaign that was launched in 2018, on the one year anniversary of the Race Disparity Audit. The campaign concluded in June last year, and the Race Disparity Unit continues to work with other Government Departments, to address disparities highlighted by the Audit. This includes work with the Home Office to improve trust between police forces and the local communities they serve, increasing diversity in the police workforces themselves, and developing a new strategy to act on and prevent hate crime.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Racial Disparity Unit has taken to reduce racial disparities at local government level; and what assessment he has made of the effect on analysis by that Unit of including regional data categories.

The Unit engages local authorities to support their work to use data to identify and act on areas of local challenge. It is working to improve local authority data it holds to give an overview on the experiences and outcomes of different ethnic groups, and to support delivery of the levelling-up agenda.

21st Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the goods sold by online marketplaces are compliant with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards leads a national programme of regulatory action to tackle risks from unsafe and non-compliant goods, including from online marketplaces.

This includes test purchasing to assess compliance and removal of non-compliant products; engagement with marketplaces to understand the steps they are taking to meet their responsibilities under law; and taking enforcement action including serving Withdrawal Notices.

The recent Product Safety Review consultation includes additional proposals to ensure products bought online are as safe as on the high street. A Government response will be published this year.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when her Department plans to publish a response to its consultation entitled Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families, published on 19 July 2019.

In 2019, the Government consulted on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay. The Government is currently considering responses to the consultation and will respond in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill on costs for businesses.

We have published an overall impact assessment for the Bill which is available on gov.uk. Going forwards, departments will identify how they will reform their REUL using the powers in the Bill. In doing so they will conduct proportionate analysis of any economic impacts, including the impact on costs for businesses. The Government remains committed to engaging with stakeholders to ensure policy decisions are well informed and result in benefits for UK businesses and the wider population.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill on the competitiveness of UK-based businesses.

We have published an overall impact assessment for the Bill which is available on gov.uk. Going forwards, departments will identify how they will reform their REUL using the powers in the Bill. In doing so they will conduct proportionate analysis of any economic impacts, and where relevant this will include the impact on the competitiveness of UK businesses.The Government remains committed to engaging with stakeholders to ensure policy decisions are well informed and result in benefits for UK businesses and the wider population

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
30th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

The 2022 interim evaluation of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) found the fund had increased productivity, employment and skills across the North of England.

Of the businesses surveyed, 73% had increased workforce skills, and 62% reported additional investment in research and development. In total 6,071 new jobs have been created through the fund – almost 1,000 more than originally planned.

For 68% of surveyed businesses, the NPIF investment had funded the development of new products or services. Of these, 48% said their innovations would reduce carbon emissions, and 42% said they would improve health or the delivery of health services.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department issues guidance on steps that members can take to support (a) foreign direct investment, (b) local businesses that export, (c) small and medium-sized enterprises and (d) start-ups in their constituency.

The Department for Business and Trade works closely with MPs to encourage exports and attract foreign direct investment including through our network of Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys.

At an Export Showcase for parliamentarians in March we shared information about export support available to business and guidance on signposting businesses to the department. We published an ‘MP Toolkit’ to help members support and encourage exporters in their constituencies.

We provide a range of support and guidance to help small and medium-sized enterprises grow, including the free Business Support Helpline and newly-launched Help to Grow website. Businesses of all sizes can access government-backed finance from the British Business Bank.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to help Bolton Council (a) support (i) businesses, (ii) exporters and (iii) manufacturers and (b) attract foreign direct investment.

The Department for Business and Trade offers a range of nationwide export support services which can be adapted to meet local needs. The department has recently in-housed a team of International Trade Advisors, a number of whom are based in the North- West and offer one to one export advice and support to businesses. Initiatives such as the Export Academy, the Foreign Direct Investment strategy and the Export Champions scheme offer knowledge and practical help to local businesses.

The department works closely with local partners in the North-West such as the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce which covers the Bolton area.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department is taking steps to increase the use of rooftop solar panels on (a) civic and (b) commercial buildings.

The Government has established a Government/industry taskforce focussing on rooftop solar to drive forward solar deployment. The Government recently consulted on proposals to amend permitted development rights to support commercial solar and will publish practical guidance to support the installation of rooftop solar on its own estate and the wider public sector estate.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme provides grants for public sector bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures, including solar.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent estimate he has made of the number of green jobs in (a) the North West, (b) the Borough of Bolton and (c) Bolton South East constituency.

The Department does not collect data with the level of granularity required to discuss green employment figures for the North West, the Borough of Bolton and Bolton South East.

ONS figures show there were over 400,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country in 2020.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is working with the Green Jobs Delivery Group, exploring how government and businesses can support local areas to deliver a successful transition. For example, ensuring green skills are considered through Local Skills Improvement Plans and setting out skills needs and priority changes required in an area.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
16th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of permitted development rules on the commercial performance of telecommunications companies that have built networks under those rules.

The Government is committed to ensuring gigabit broadband is available across the country as soon as possible. To support this, we are working to support efficient network deployment and promote market competition in a variety of ways. Permitted Development Rights for telegraph poles form part of this strategy, enabling operators to deploy their infrastructure without costly and disruptive roadworks, increasing the speed of rollout, and increasing competition and consumer choice.

Separately to the Permitted Development Rights regime, we have introduced a number of changes to legislation aimed at making it easier for operators to upgrade and share the use of existing infrastructure, reducing the need for future installations. These measures came into force in February and April of last year and we will continue to promote their use and monitor their impact.

Since the Permitted Development Rights regime forms part of a wider deployment strategy and legal framework, it would be extremely difficult to assess the impact of that regime on the commercial performance of operations in isolation. Furthermore, while creating the right environment to attract investment is a key pillar of our strategy, we do not set operational targets for commercial projects which are privately funded and managed.

DSIT is looking closely at the way operators install fixed networks and as part of this, will consider whether additional guidance is needed.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
30th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the level of investment by IX Wireless in the local authorities in (a) Bolton, (b) Blackburn, (c) Rochdale, (e) Bury, (f) Lancashire.

I am aware that IX Wireless is in the process of rolling out its network in your constituency and surrounding areas, making use of permitted development rights to install telegraph poles.

This issue was debated in the House on 15 March 2023. During that debate I said the Government is looking closely at how to ensure all operators are aware of, and adhere to, their responsibilities when under both the legislative framework and the associated code of practice on pole siting. In addition we are looking at whether additional work is needed to ensure local authorities understand their role in the process, including their ability to impose conditions on where poles and cabinets are sited and the ability to escalate issues to Ofcom.

Increasing competition and investment in the fixed telecoms market is integral to the Government’s strategy to deliver nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable broadband. In the 2018 Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and the 2019 Statement of Strategic Priorities, we brought forward substantive proposals to make it easier for new firms to enter the market and compete with the incumbent provider, such as granting competitors access to Openreach’s national network of ducts and poles.

As a result of our pro-competition policies, there is now a thriving market of over 80 providers investing nearly £35bn rolling out gigabit broadband all over the UK. In Lancashire, 73% of premises can access gigabit-capable networks, up from just 5.6% in November 2019.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the rates are for Smart Export Guarantee (a) generators and (b) licensees.

It is for Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) licensees to determine the tariff rates they offer to eligible generators who may seek to sell their exported electricity. There are a range of different tariffs available to generators.

Further details on tariffs offered in the second year of the scheme can be found within Ofgem’s Annual Report ( https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/smart-export-guarantee-seg-annual-report-2021-22) or third party comparison websites such as https://solarenergyuk.org/resource/smart-export-guarantee/ that provides current market offerings.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeline is for the implementation of the Government’s reforms to tipping practices, announced in September 2021.

Tips earned by workers should go to the workers they were intended for. The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Private members bill sponsored by the Hon. Member for Yns Môn, and supported by the Government, will require employers to pass all tips to workers.

This Bill has just passed Committee stage in the House of Commons and is expected to move to the House of Lords in January. We expect new rules to commence no earlier than one year after legislation is given Royal Assent, giving employers sufficient lead-in time to adjust their business practices.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with (a) Apple and (b) Google on the potential merits of hosting apps for the Myanmar military.

This is not a matter for BEIS.

2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of reintroducing grants or interest-free loans to fund the installation of domestic solar panels.

In the British Energy Security Strategy, the Government committed to look into facilitating low-cost finance from retail lenders to drive rooftop solar deployment. Rooftop solar is supported in a range of schemes such as the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, the Energy Company Obligation, and the Home Upgrade Grant, subject to certain requirements. The Smart Export Guarantee introduced in January 2020, allows households with rooftop solar to receive payment for electricity they export to the grid.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review legislation on the sale of fireworks.

There is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place for fireworks which aims to strike the right balance for people to enjoy fireworks, whilst aiming seeking to reduce risks and disturbances to people, animals, and property.

The Government will continue to keep this area under review to ensure we promote the safe and considerate use of fireworks.

8th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of standardising charging cables for portable electronic devices.

The Government is aware of the proposal of the EU for a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. There are currently no plans to introduce similar requirements in domestic law, but we will monitor developments in this area.

8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the finding of a recent study by the GMCA that 75 per cent of vacancies make no reference to flexible working in their job descriptions, what steps the Government (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to encourage more businesses to introduce flexible working practices.

The Government is committed to supporting businesses and individuals to work flexibly. Our consultation on making flexible working the default closed on 1 December 2021, receiving over 1,600 responses. The Government is analysing these responses and will issue its consultation response in due course.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government's policy is on setting up a compensation scheme for the 555 claimants in the group litigation of Alan Bates and others vs Post Office.

The 555 sub postmasters involved in the Group Litigation Order (GLO) agreed a settlement of £42.75m plus costs. In bringing this case they performed a public service; I understand their frustration that they have received less compensation than others.

BEIS officials have recently met their representatives to understand the harms which they have experienced, and we will continue to work with sub postmasters in the GLO to see what can be done.

24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what the timeline is for the implementation of the reforms to tipping practices announced in September 2021.

Tips earned by workers should go to the workers they were intended for. We will bring forward legislation requiring employers to pass all tips to workers as soon as parliamentary time allows.

This legislation will require employers to pass on all tips, gratuities, and service charges to workers without any deductions. Employers will be required to distribute tips in a fair and transparent manner, where employers have control or significant influence over tip distribution. We will introduce a new right for workers to make a request for information relating to an employer’s tipping record, to enable them to bring forward a credible claim to an employment tribunal.

We expect new rules to commence no earlier than one year after legislation has passed, giving employers sufficient lead-in time to adjust their business practices.

9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help protect consumers from rising wholesale gas prices.

The Government is committed to protecting customers, especially the most vulnerable. The price cap will ensure millions of households pay a fair price for energy this winter. Low income and fuel poor households will continue to be supported with their energy bills through the Warm Home Discount, which provides eligible households with a £140 discount. Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments will also ensure that the most vulnerable are better able to heat their homes over the colder months.

Additionally, the Government announced an extra £500 million for local authorities through the new Household Support Fund to help millions with their household bills.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support small businesses affected by rising energy prices.

Ministers and officials continue to engage constructively with businesses to understand, and to help mitigate the impacts of, high global gas prices. The Government’s priority is to ensure costs are managed and energy supplies maintained.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on tackling the disability (a) employment and (b) pay gap.

I have frequent discussions with the Minister for Disabled People, who has responsibility for these issues.

Pay gaps are caused by a range of factors. To address them, we must ensure that everybody has equal access to opportunities.

We support disabled people to enter employment and stay in work through a range of initiatives such as the Work and Health Programme, Access to Work and Employment Advice in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services. One of the key transformational elements of Universal Credit is that it provides us with the opportunity to support people who are in work to progress and increase their earnings.

In November 2018, we published a voluntary reporting framework on disability, mental ill health and wellbeing. This is aimed at large employers (with over 250 employees) and it is recommended that they publicly report on the pay and progression of disabled people at regular intervals. The framework can also be used to support smaller employers who are keen to drive greater transparency in their organisation or industry.

The Government will publish a National Strategy for Disabled People which will take into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people. The strategy will focus on the issues that disabled people say affect them the most in all aspects of life, including employment.

More broadly, while our current focus, rightly, is on helping to get people into work, our longer-term ambition, based on clear evidence about the importance of work in tacking poverty, remains to build an economy that gives everyone the opportunity to progress out of low pay.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith is leading a time-limited Commission looking at how DWP, wider Government and employers can best support people to progress out of low pay, especially for those groups more likely to be in persistent low pay, such as disabled workers. The Commission has recently launched a call for evidence to help inform their report, which will be published in the new year: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-and-good-practice-on-in-work-progression.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of (a) the implications for his Department's policies of Greater Manchester's plans to become carbon neutral by 2038 in light of the covid-19 pandemic, and (b) levels of consumer willingness to pay for a just and low cost transition to a decarbonised energy system.

The BEIS Local Energy Programme is supporting Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the clean energy economy. BEIS has allocated £500k directly to Greater Manchester Combined Authority since 2017, through devolution, to develop innovative business models (for decarbonisation) and public sector leadership (for climate change and zero carbon targets) in support of their 2038 target, which are then shared with other Local Authorities.

As we recover from COVID-19, the Government intends to deliver a UK economy which is stronger, cleaner, more sustainable and resilient. My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Statement included investments which will both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the economic recovery, reflecting the Government’s commitment to build back greener, deliver a green recovery and reach our net zero ambition.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to publish the Government's strategy to prioritise and accelerate net zero solutions to decarbonise energy use in order to increase operator and business confidence in investment in low carbon infrastructure.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State will publish an Energy White Paper in the Autumn which will address these issues. The White Paper will drive economic recovery and help deliver our climate goals.

23rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which official development assistance programmes funded by his Department are targeted at supporting women and girls.

The UK’s Gender Equality Act 2014 (an amendment to the International Development Act 2002), legally requires all overseas development funding to meaningfully consider the impact of how it will contribute to reducing gender inequality.

The Department works with trusted delivery partners, such as the World Bank, to ensure that women and girls are accounted for throughout the delivery process. The Department uses its position as a Board member to ask all delivery partners to disaggregate the data they receive, to show how each project levels the playing field for women and girls.

Our two research and innovation funds, the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund, recognise the importance of women and girls. Both funds define gender equality as an eligible research for development objective and all funding calls require applicants to submit their Gender Equality Statement, against which funding applications are assessed.

Some examples of the Funds’ gender work include: the Gender, Justice and Security Hub, which delivers innovative, interdisciplinary research on the challenge of achieving gender justice and inclusive security in conflict-affected societies; the Newton-Bhabha partnership with India, which has funded research into maternal care across a range of eight lower- and middle-income countries; and a project in Brazil with Sempreviva Organizção Feminista, which aims to develop skills in sustainable agriculture and commerce to help women in rural Brazil have better access to markets, both as producers and consumers.

4th May 2020
What estimate he has made of the number of self-employed people who do not qualify for covid-19 support.

We have prioritised helping the greatest number of people as quickly as possible and it is difficult to come up with reliable criteria that apply to all the relevant sectors of the economy. We are aware some people will not be eligible for the scheme, but they may still benefit from a number of other support schemes available.

The Department is engaging a wide range of stakeholders in relation to Covid-19, and in addition to the Business Secretary’s regular meeting with business representative organisations, I recently hosted a call with stakeholders on support for the self-employed and will continue to engage on the issue.