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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government: Digital Technology (14 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Clarification and assumption We assume that this question refers to external supplier digital services and products utilised by government. The Government enforces a number of controls to ensure that any supplier to government has adequate cyber security and demonstrates acceptable protection of government data Each department is responsible for understanding and managing the security...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Companies: Ownership (14 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Government has decided that the most effective way to achieve the required level of transparency on overseas entity beneficial ownership is to require information about beneficial ownership as a condition of awarding contracts that meet certain conditions or thresholds, and that this will enable the public and interested parties to easily identify the beneficial owners of entities awarded...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electronic Government: Proof of Identity (13 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Cabinet Office has recently conducted an assessment of the costs and benefits of GOV.UK Verify over the period 2016/17 - 2017/18; this assessment has yet to be audited and figures are not yet available. Previously audited figures indicate that GOV.UK Verify has cost £54.4m to develop and has saved £111.44m.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Construction: Electrical Engineering (13 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 require the principle contractor to check that anyone they appoint has the skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, the organisational capability to carry out their work safely and without risk to health.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Employment: Disability (13 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply. UKSA response (PDF Document, 87.95 KB)

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Peers (13 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: We do not hold a central record of all those who hold roles in the department, either paid or unpaid, who are members of the House of Lords. The Cabinet Office has responsibility for nine NDPBs covering a range of advisory functions which include, for example, the House of Lords Appointments Commission and the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Membership of the Boards is publically...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Mobile Phones (13 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The information requested is not held centrally. The Government Digital Service has, however, published guidance on gov.uk advising that developing native or hybrid apps is not usually the best way to deliver public services. https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/technology/working-with-mo bile-technology#native-or-hybrid-apps

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I am determined that the public sector embraces the huge opportunities for better public services at lower cost provided by technology. That is why last week I announced five new public sector challenges from the GovTech innovation fund and why I am also leading the development of a public services innovation strategy to be published next spring.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I know that she is committed to this issue. We, too, are committed to using emerging technologies to improve the quality of care for patients and to empower staff. Under one of the GovTech challenges last week, we are working with a healthcare trust to ensure prescriptions are not interrupted when people move between care providers and, as Members...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My right hon. Friend raises an important point. Under the GovTech innovation fund, in collaboration with Monmouthshire County Council, we are working to investigate a solution to identify vehicles with spare capacity to tackle loneliness and rural isolation. That is another example of the great potential of technology to help to alleviate loneliness across society and to support people in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, and I would be happy to discuss the example that he has raised. Local authorities have frequently bid for these GovTech funds. As I said, Monmouthshire County Council has been successful, as have local authorities in Northern Ireland, and I encourage others to make a bid when the next round opens shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Government Digital Service is committed to ensuring full accessibility to all public services, including in our home nation languages, and it will certainly look into that point.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My right hon. and learned Friend is absolutely correct, and this is a perfect example of how we can use technology. Indeed, in my experience many GP surgeries already use methods such as text messages to prompt people not to miss their appointments. He will have seen from recent announcements that the Health Secretary is genuinely committed, as are the Government, to investing large sums of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: Specifically on Verify, I would urge the hon. Lady not to read everything that is being speculated on in the newspapers. The Government are committed to ensuring secure online digital identities, and Verify has already delivered for 2.7 million people. More broadly, let us take the example of gov.uk, which has had 5.1 billion sessions and 15.2 billion page views. That did not happen when the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Steel Procurement (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The Government are clear that we will do all we can to support our steel industry. The publication of indicative pipelines of Government steel requirements, alongside revised procurement guidance, ensures that United Kingdom steel producers have the best possible chance of competing for major public sector contracts. We will be reporting on our performance later this year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Steel Procurement (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I am happy to update the hon. Gentleman on that point. I have consulted with the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Richard Harrington). He has written to Departments over the summer reminding them of that duty. We are reiterating our commitment to produce that information before the end of the year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend, as ever, makes a strong case for his region. The Places for Growth programme demonstrates our commitment to rebalancing the economy by moving Government jobs away from London and the south-east, and the One Public Estate programme is supporting this collaboration. I am pleased to say specifically that the Devon and Torbay partnership expects to deliver 288 jobs and land for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: I know my hon. Friend’s long-standing commitment to this cause. We are committed to delivering value for money for the taxpayer by extending best procurement practice into the wider public sector. The Crown Commercial Service, which manages procurement of common goods and services for both central Government and the wider public sector, including the NHS, has already delivered more than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point. The homelessness and rough sleeping implementation taskforce, which is chaired by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and on which I serve, supports the Government’s cross-Government strategy, which was announced earlier this summer. The taskforce is also monitoring the implementation of the new Homelessness...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Dowden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Although trade unions of course play an important role in the modern workplace, facility time in the public sector must represent value for money, which is why we have taken a transparent approach to it. We estimate that more than £120 million is being spent on it. Departments and Government agencies must seek to reduce that spending, as I am pleased...


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