Government Activity to 23 November

On Sunday 18th November, Sam Gyimah announced the introduction of new two-year accelerated degrees, creating an unprecedented level of choice and flexibility in higher education.


On Monday 19th November, the Prime Minister addressed the CBI Conference, saying she will work hard to secure a deal at Sunday’s special European Council that can be taken back to the House of Commons.


Also on Monday, Greg Clark announced a new multi-million pound satellite investment deal, creating hundreds of high-skilled, well-paying jobs.


Also on Monday, David Lidington announced new government procurement measures to deliver better public services and use contracts as a “force for good”.


On Tuesday 20th November, Jeremy Wright appointed a panel of expert advisers to the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, ensuring we are world leaders in using data-driven tech for the maximum benefit of society.

On Wednesday 21st November, Penny Mordaunt outlined our mission to support marginalised women, ensuring we build a country where everyone can go as far as their talents and hard work can take them.

On Thursday 22nd November, the Prime Minister made a statement in Downing Street and updated the House of Commons on the progress of EU negotiations  She also published the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and Draft Political Declaration, which have been agreed in principle between the negotiating teams.

Also on Thursday, the Prime Minister and Matt Hancock announced £3.5 billion for primary and community healthcare so that more people can access the healthcare they need from the comfort of their own home as part of our long term plan for the NHS.

Also on Thursday, the Prime Minister and Sarah Newton called on businesses to reveal how many disabled staff they employ as part of a drive to build a more inclusive society. 10,000 businesses have signed up to the flagship Disability Confident scheme, which marks its second anniversary this month.

On Friday 23rd November, David Gauke announced that the Ministry of Justice are recruiting nine additional Dedicated Search Teams, doubling their capacity to search the prison estate for contraband.

Also on Friday, Penny Mordaunt announced £50 million to tackle to practice of female genital mutilation in 20 African countries.