Results 1–20 of 899 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

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...

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

Caroline Nokes: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his optimism. In fact, this Government have made sure that undisputed invoices are paid within five days in many cases, and 96% of all contracts are paid within 30 days when the invoices are not disputed.

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

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman is of course right to point out what a problem this is for small business in particular. However, I want to draw his attention to the Government’s mystery shopper service, which has secured a positive outcome for the vast majority of companies that have brought disputed payments to our attention, and indeed to the signatories to the independent Prompt Payment Code...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cyber-security (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: Our world-leading national cyber-security strategy, supported by £1.9 billion of transformational investment, sets out measures to defend our people, businesses and assets; deter our adversaries; and develop the skills and capabilities we need. Our experts in the National Cyber Security Centre provide advice and guidance to help both public and private sector organisations be more...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cyber-security (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Only 10% of the global cyber workforce are female. That represents a huge pool of untapped talent. As part of our ambitious plans to transform the nation’s cyber capabilities, we have launched new initiatives, such as the incredibly successful CyberFirst Girls competition to encourage young women to pursue a career in the industry—it has...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cyber-security (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: I agree that it is important that our young people have the skills they will need to support the nation’s future security and economic prosperity. We are working with industry experts and organisations such as Cyber Security Challenge to reach out and inspire children, parents and teachers through a range of extracurricular activities, mixing teaching with real-world challenges and...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cyber-security (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend raises a really important issue. The impact of WannaCry was felt by the NHS as a result of a legacy of some unsupported IT systems and inconsistent software patching. NHS Digital is taking a proactive approach to ensure that security patches are applied promptly, and the National Cyber Security Centre has provided expert guidance to CareCERT and is supporting individual NHS...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cyber-security (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: Our advice is very clear: we have funded a substantial national cyber-security programme, which goes alongside expertise from the National Cyber Security Centre. That is directed specifically towards improving the cyber-security of Government and the wider public sector. Our collective focus is on ensuring we have the most secure systems, and that public services and buildings are kept up to...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cyber-security (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Gentleman will have heard my comments about the National Cyber Security Centre. It is really important that we have specialists in place to address what is a very particular and high-tech crime.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We have made good progress on reducing dramatically the number of XP machines in the Government cyber-estate. The hon. Lady will know that the National Cyber Security Centre takes the lead on this issue and is co-ordinating work across government.


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