...provides for the new paragraph 8A for Schedule 1 to the Bill (inserted by Amendment 76) to extend to Northern Ireland. Amendment 50, page 63, line 21, after “14,” insert “22A,”.—(Kemi Badenoch.) This amendment provides for the new paragraph 22A for Schedule 1 to the Bill (inserted by Amendment 90) to extend to Northern Ireland.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government keeps section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 under review but has no current plans for it to be commenced. We encourage political parties to lead the way in improving diverse electoral representation through their selection of candidates and we are happy to engage political parties and civil society groups on how best those responsibilities can be fulfilled.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government has a robust process for assessing the impact of spending decisions on achieving our environmental goals. Our world-leading Green Book guidance mandates the consideration of climate and environmental impacts in all spending decisions. Using the Green Book all interventions are appraised against the Government’s strategic and economic objectives, including the net zero...
Kemi Badenoch: Backdated payments for those areas which entered Tier 3 prior to 5th November will be made in the week commencing 14th December. A total of £6.5m will be paid to relevant Local Authorities. This funding will enable those Local Authorities to make payments of up to £1,500 per two weeks that businesses were closed under the previous Tier 3 restrictions.
Kemi Badenoch: A call for evidence was held in 2020, which closed on 29 November. The Government is now analysing the responses provided and will provide further updates on the duty review in due course. Alcohol duties are kept under review and the impact of a change to spirits duty is considered at each fiscal event, including its effects on the economy.
Kemi Badenoch: The hon. Lady raises a very interesting question, and this is something the Government are aware of and are looking into. Yesterday, I spoke to Dr Tony Sewell, who is chairing the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities; I am aware that it has researched this extensively and I look forward to seeing what its report says on it.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government has made clear its commitment to banning conversion therapy and will set out proposals shortly. To ensure we get our proposals right, we have undertaken research to understand the prevalence of practices and experiences of those impacted. Furthermore, officials have been speaking with a range of organisations who hold diverse views, to fully inform our next steps.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government has no intention of extending full voting rights to all UK residents after a qualifying period of residency. Citizenship restrictions are the norm for participating in national elections in most democracies, including the UK. The right to vote in UK Parliamentary elections is restricted to British citizens and those with the closest historic links to our country.
Kemi Badenoch: Equality Hub communications is managed by the Government Equalities Office (GEO), and as such staff and budget sit within the GEO. The headcount and outturn expenditure is as follows: a) Full-time equivalent headcount 18-19 19-20 20-21 9 12 11 b) Outturn expenditure on communications for her Department in each of the last three financial years 18-19 19-20 20-21 £131,216...
Kemi Badenoch: A universal basic income is not the best way to deliver social equality because it is not targeted at those who need it most. In response to the covid-19 outbreak, the Government set out a substantial package of targeted measures to provide support to people affected by the coronavirus, which can be delivered quickly and effectively through existing systems.
Kemi Badenoch: As Minister for Equalities, I frequently discuss with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and other Ministers the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority people and how the government should respond to this. The new regulations on vaccinations for care home staff follow an extensive consultation with the social care sector, staff, residents and their families.
Kemi Badenoch: We support the UK oil and gas sector, especially as gas is a transition fuel to net zero. The sector supports 147,000 jobs directly in its supply chains. I take the point that the hon. Gentleman raises; if he would like to write to me with more detail, I think I will be able to give him more comprehensive answers.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government is exploring what options are possible to assist local authorities who are reconsidering their contracts This includes secondary legislation, as set out here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-polic y-note-0122-contracts-with-suppliers-from-russia-and-belarus My officials are engaging with local authorities as part of this process, including officers...
Kemi Badenoch: We are reviewing this carefully ahead of the next Spending Review and are considering how effective our funding and regulatory structures are in supporting providers to deliver excellent education for young people and adults. We have been working with the sector to ensure the system can support sustainable, high-quality education, and effective recruitment and retention of teachers and leaders.
Kemi Badenoch: The Chancellor of the Exchequer meets Cabinet colleagues to discuss a range of issues as part of the policy making process. The government continues to take its environmental responsibilities very seriously, and is committed to meeting its climate change targets. With this in mind, the government is considering how it can most effectively progress transport decarbonisation through the...
Kemi Badenoch: I always support the Secretary of State for International Trade. It is a pleasure to work with her, and we definitely want to see more flexible working and more job sharing. I cannot say for certain what will be part of the employment Bill, but we will speak to colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions and across government.
Kemi Badenoch: HM Treasury is advised on the management of designated heritage assets in its portfolio by Historic England’s Government Historic Estate Unit. Further details can be found here: https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/our-planning- services/advice-for-government-historic-estates/ HM Treasury does not collect or collate data on the value (property value) or income data for these assets.
Kemi Badenoch: I am keen to hear what the APPG thinks the solutions are to this issue. The hon. Lady will know that collecting ethnicity data is a sensitive issue and it is not something that all people want to do, but I am happy to work with her and the APPG to learn about how we can come to some resolution.
Kemi Badenoch: The Government recognise the importance of energy efficiency in achieving our climate change objectives and tackling fuel poverty. That is why in July my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced over £2 billion of new funding to upgrade homes through the green homes grant scheme. In addition, we have a range of policies in place to support home energy efficiency improvements.
Kemi Badenoch: I wanted to mention the enterprise investment scheme earlier, but I did not have time. Saffron Walden is right next to the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and houses many knowledge-intensive industries. Does my hon. Friend agree that increasing the allowance for the EIS will provide a boost to the small and medium-sized companies that are the backbone of this country—