Results 1–20 of 1049 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Caroline Nokes

[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Nokes: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson, and, indeed, to be back in this Chamber after a gap of a considerable number of months. I apologise if I am somewhat rusty. I have often said—and I believe that the Chairman of the Select Committee, my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), shares the view—that sometimes Parliament is at its best...

[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Nokes: Do you know, I really thank the hon. Lady for those comments. The hon. Member for West Ham told me that I would be a coward if I did not stand up in Westminster Hall today and say that part of the problem was the media. The hon. Member for Livingston makes an absolutely valid point about the pale, male and stale nature of those that we see in the Lobby during PMQs. Other hon. Members have...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: The whole Government are preparing for the UK to make an orderly and successful exit from the European Union. We are equipping ourselves with the right people and the right skills across the Government to make that happen. Although workforce planning is primarily the responsibility of each Department to determine, the civil service constantly reviews its capabilities in this respect.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: As the hon. Gentleman will know, the Cabinet Office works closely with HMRC on workforce planning and, indeed, on Government hubs, with which we are seeking to make sure that we make the best possible use of our resources to provide an effective civil service that provides the best service for his constituents.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: My right hon. Friend is absolutely correct to say that the survey is crucial to Ministers, and I greet it with relish when it arrives on my desk. It provides invaluable information about our workforce, their attitudes and how they feel about working for us. I am very surprised at the PCS comments, but I reassure all unions that I continue to leave my door open to them and that I am as...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: I am sure that it will come as no surprise to the hon. Gentleman that the Cabinet Office works closely with those Departments most affected by exit from the EU, including the Department for International Trade as well as the Department for Exiting the European Union and, of course, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We have already created 3,000 new roles, 2,000 of which have been filled. As I have said, further roles will be created and, specifically, the Cabinet Office is working most closely with those Departments most affected.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: Our small business panel, which I met on 1 November to celebrate its first birthday, is working on a number of key issues to further break down barriers to entry for SMEs. It was pleasing to hear that Contracts Finder, and the mystery shopper service in particular, are, in the panel’s words, “stonkingly good”.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2017)

Caroline Nokes: Departments will publish new gender pay gap figures before the end of the year to meet the requirements of the Government’s new gender pay gap regulations for all large employers. The new requirements will provide unprecedented transparency, generate wider debate, and encourage employers to take the action required to close that gap.

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Lady for her question. It is important that we look closely at the findings of the racial disparity audit that was released this week, and work across the Government in every Department—including the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education—to bring forward positive changes to address some of the very uncomfortable findings in the audit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: SMEs (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We will shortly publish the latest small and medium-sized enterprises’ spending performance figures. The Government remain committed to a challenging target to ensure that a third of their procurement spending is with small businesses by 2022, and we are continuing to take action to achieve that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: SMEs (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady has always been a doughty champion of the spreading down of procurement practices to local government so that it, too, encourages more SMEs to take part in the process. We have issued guidance to local authorities on how local government can support SMEs, and have legislated to ban burdensome pre-qualification questionnaires for low-value contracts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Relocation of Government Functions (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: The Government’s industrial strategy will help create a more balanced economy by moving arm’s length public bodies out of London and the surrounding areas, and into clusters in the regions and devolved nations of the UK. Our hubs programme is also expected to save £1.78 billion over 20 years, as well as providing state of the art buildings from which civil servants can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Relocation of Government Functions (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: The Leeds hub will be a catalyst for growth in the surrounding region. We continue to do more to connect our communities and drive productivity. The Chancellor recently announced a further £300 million investment for HS2 and £100 million for the road network—significant investments for the northern powerhouse. That will be crucial for driving growth and regeneration in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Relocation of Government Functions (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend has, as ever, emphasised the stunning attributes of his constituency. Our commitment to the public bodies relocation programme seeks to move significant numbers of public servants out of London. I assure my hon. Friend that I have heard his advertisement for the English riviera and the potential it certainly brings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We will ensure that Government functions are increasingly spread throughout the UK and not just in the capital. The Government are reviewing the location of all arm’s length bodies to help to drive growth across the nation, and we will ensure that the east midlands is fully considered as a possible location.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We are working hard with the National Cyber Security Centre to improve competency not only within the civil service and across Government, but among our young people. Our CyberFirst programme, which I visited in Portsmouth this summer, shows that there is a massive range of really enthusiastic young people who are determined to learn the skills that they will need to help us going forward.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Prompt Payment Code (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: Since 2015, we have worked closely with the Government’s major strategic suppliers to encourage them to sign up to the prompt payment code. I am pleased to say that all 32 strategic suppliers that we targeted in 2015 have now signed up.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Prompt Payment Code (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We know how important prompt payment is to smaller businesses, and we are committed to making further improvements to payment practice. We are working to remove all barriers facing small and medium-sized enterprises bidding for Government contracts, and we are committed to increasing spend with SMEs, both directly and through the supply chain. We have also opened the free-to-use...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Prompt Payment Code (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: I welcome my hon. Friend to the House. The Government are committed to paying our suppliers promptly. All public sector buyers must include a 30-day payment term in new public sector contracts, pay undisputed invoices within 30 days, and require that this payment term be passed down the supply chain. Our own payment performance is published quarterly, and the Government are doing brilliantly...


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