Results 21–40 of 2673 for speaker:Chris Skidmore

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Health: Age (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Through the Ageing Society Grand Challenge (ASGC), led by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Government has set an ambitious mission to “ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035”.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Environment Protection (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The move to cleaner economic growth is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time, and our Clean Growth Grand Challenge sets out how we will maximise advantages for UK industry. We have allocated £102.5 million to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ challenge and invested in the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business: South Basildon and East Thurrock (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: We are committed to making the UK the best place to start and grow a business. BEIS has unveiled several new measures to support business across the UK, including an £88 million boost for productivity and the publication of the SME Finance Charter. We have also invested £591 million to South East Local Enterprise Partnership, which covers South Basildon and East Thurrock, to empower...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Loans (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The government remains committed to introducing an Alternative Student Finance product for tuition fee and maintenance support. Details on implementation will follow the conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Erasmus+ Programme (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The government places great value upon international exchange and collaboration in education and training. This will continue to be the case after we leave the EU and establish new relationships with academic institutions across Europe and the rest of the world. If it is in the UK’s interest, we will seek to participate in some specific EU programmes as a third country. The draft political...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The Government support growing our national space capabilities, especially by establishing the new national space council, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister. We are supporting Orbex to develop an exciting new launch vehicle technology with a grant of £5.5 million as part of our industrial strategy. We are keen to work with it as part of the wider national space framework we are...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Carbon capture, usage and storage is essential to meet our mission for net zero by 2050. We have committed £25 million so far to supporting new companies to progress CCUS, with an additional £100 million as part of the £505 million energy innovation programme. I know that my hon. Friend has taken Heatric to the Department, and officials are keen to ensure that they can continue to work...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: May I start by thanking my hon. Friend for his work as the Government’s engineering envoy and for the work he has taken forward as part of our Engineering: Take a Closer Look legacy campaign? We have so far invested £406 million in maths, digital and technical education to help to focus on the shortage of science, technology, engineering and maths skills, but we must ensure that the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Biofuels: Research (21 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The majority of BEIS funding for research is allocated through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI currently funds a large portfolio of research projects looking at bioenergy and other alternative energy sources. Algae have considerable potential as an industrial biotechnology platform serving a wide range of bio-based products. Developed in the right conditions, this could offer a low...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Research and Innovation (17 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: UK Research and Innovation has established several mechanisms to encourage and support multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and this is a central theme in the organisation’s recently published Delivery Plans. In addition to examples taking place across its Councils, UKRI supports a multibillion pound portfolio of cross-cutting funds demonstrating commitment to interdisciplinary...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Chief Scientific Advisers (8 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Since taking office, the Secretary of State had meetings with the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) in her department twice in this period.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fusion Reactors (7 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: As announced over the weekend, the government has just approved a ground-breaking commitment to fund the first five-year phase of the STEP programme costing £220m. This phase will complete detailed design and development work will allow the UK to maintain its world-leading status in fusion and enable cost estimates for the full programme to be made in detail. The Government’s expectation...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Post-18 Education and Funding Review (7 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Philip Augar and his independent panel have provided the government with a detailed and comprehensive report. We are considering the report carefully, but we have not yet taken any decisions with regards to the recommendations put forward. We will provide Parliament with an update later this year.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Erasmus+ Programme (7 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The government places great value upon international exchange and collaboration in education and training. This will continue to be the case after we leave the EU and establish new relationships with academic institutions across Europe and the rest of the world. We want to leave the EU with a deal but are preparing for a range of outcomes. Our officials are preparing for all eventualities. We...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Plastics: Waste (4 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: This Government is building a globally competitive sustainable plastics industry through research and innovation. We have already allocated 95% of the funding available through the £20m Plastics Research and Innovation Fund. This includes £8m on academic research, £6m on collaborative R&D, £3m on an Investor Partnership with Sky Ocean Ventures and almost £2m on a Circular Plastics...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Graduates: Archaeology (4 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The Higher Education Statistics Agency collects and publishes statistics on enrolments and qualifications obtained at UK Higher Education Institutions. Latest statistics refer to the academic year 2017/18. Statistics on qualifications obtained by subject areas are available in Table 19 of their Open Data pages: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/table-19. The number of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Archaeology: High Speed Two Railway Line (4 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education meets his counterparts and officials from other government departments regularly to discuss the Department for Education agenda.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fusion Reactors (3 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: As announced over the weekend, the government has just approved a ground-breaking commitment to fund the first five-year phase of the STEP programme costing £220m. This phase will complete detailed design and development work will allow the UK to maintain its world-leading status in fusion and enable cost estimates for the full programme to be made in detail. This will take into account any...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Housing (2 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Higher education (HE) providers are autonomous bodies, independent from government; government plays no direct role in the provision of student residential accommodation. Each provider will be best placed to identify the needs of their particular student body and develop the services needed to support it. This includes the pastoral care, support and advice given to students affected by...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Universities (1 Oct 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Formal student number controls were phased out in 2012/13 with the exception of capped medical places to enable as many students as possible to access and succeed in higher education (HE). This has enabled record rates of 18-year olds to benefit from a university education than ever before, including from disadvantaged backgrounds. 50% of students are now choosing to study in HE and in 2018,...


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