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Asked by Andrew Percy
(Brigg and Goole)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
World War II: Genocide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with FIFA and UEFA on Holocaust education in football clubs.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 22 November 2017

We have had no such discussions. We abhor racism and discrimination, which has no place in football and will not be tolerated. The Home Office works closely with partners at Council of Europe and European Union fora to support a safe environment for spectators and players at matches in Europe.

Grouped Questions: 6940 | 6941
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Asked by Andrew Percy
(Brigg and Goole)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Racial Discrimination: Football
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with FIFA and UEFA on programmes to tackle racism and discrimination in football.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 22 November 2017

We have had no such discussions. We abhor racism and discrimination, which has no place in football and will not be tolerated. The Home Office works closely with partners at Council of Europe and European Union fora to support a safe environment for spectators and players at matches in Europe.

Grouped Questions: 6939 | 6941
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Asked by Andrew Percy
(Brigg and Goole)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Racial Discrimination: Football
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on racism and discrimination in the Champions League or the Europa League.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 22 November 2017

We have had no such discussions. We abhor racism and discrimination, which has no place in football and will not be tolerated. The Home Office works closely with partners at Council of Europe and European Union fora to support a safe environment for spectators and players at matches in Europe.

Grouped Questions: 6939 | 6940
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Asked by Stephen Kerr
(Stirling)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Devolution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the dates were of the most recent meetings between Ministers from her Department and their counterparts in the devolved administrations; and what the dates are of the next planned meetings.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The table below lists the most recent meetings between Ministers from DCMS and their counterparts in the devolved administrations and the next planned meetings:

Minister

Devolved Administration

Date of most recent meeting

Next planned meeting

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Welsh Government

26 September 2016

N/A

Minister for Digital

Scottish Government

6th November

28th November 2017

Minister for Sport & Civil Society

Welsh Government

20th November 2016

N/A

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Governments

26th October

N/A

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 30 October 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the cost to the public purse has been of the analyses undertaken to assess the potential effect on different sectors of the UK economy in the event that no deal is reached in negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 22 November 2017

We are confident of securing a deal which is in the interests of both the UK as a whole and our European partners. However, a responsible Government should prepare for all potential outcomes, and that is exactly what we are doing across the whole of Government.

As part of our work preparing to make a success of our departure from the European Union, we are carrying out a wide range of analysis. Officials in DExEU and other Departments across Whitehall continue to work to provide the most up to date evidence to inform our negotiations with the EU.

This work is undertaken as business as usual and so is paid for out of the Department’s budget. The Department does not hold information centrally concerning other Department’s expenditure.

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Asked on: 01 November 2017
Home Office
Edward Heath
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire regarding (1) the investigation by Wiltshire Police into the allegations brought against Sir Edward Heath, and (2) the extent to which the Commissioner carried out his statutory responsibilities.
Answered on: 22 November 2017

How an individual force conducts an investigation is a matter for the relevant Chief Officer. It is for locally elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to hold their Chief Officers to account for the operational delivery of policing.

If they deem it appropriate in exercising this duty, PCCs are able to commission a review into an investigation. It would not be right for the Government to seek to intervene in, or influence, the exercise of these functions.

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(Gainsborough)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, on the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, how many and which of the organisations consulted in 2015 proposed or supported locating the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 22 November 2017

During the course of 2015, the organisations referred to in the answer to Question UIN 106180 assisted the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Fund (UKHMF) in identifying possible locations. This helped UKHMF to consider almost 50 sites, including Victoria Tower Gardens and the Imperial War Museum.

On the advice of UKHMF the Government decided that Victoria Tower Gardens was the most fitting of all the sites considered. This decision received wide-ranging support, including from The Royal Parks, which, as noted in the answer to Question UIN 106181, was first consulted in December 2015.

By placing the story of the Holocaust next to our Parliament, our country will make a powerful statement about our own democracy and its values, reminding us what can happen when hatred is left unchecked.

Grouped Questions: 111709
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(Gainsborough)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, on the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, whether the £50 million allocated from public funds is the full contribution from the public purse towards the capital and running costs of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 22 November 2017

With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

Grouped Questions: 111708
Q
(Gainsborough)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106036, on the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, for what reasons that Answer did not provide the date of the Government's decision on the learning centre's location in Victoria Tower Gardens.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government took the decision to co-locate the learning centre with the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, subject to technical, financial, planning or other constraints, in September 2016, prior to announcing the start of the architectural design competition.

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(Gainsborough)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the proportion of visitors to the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre who will arrive (a) on foot or by public transport and (b) by coach or car.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation envisage that the Memorial and Learning Centre will primarily attract a subset of the millions of people already visiting the area. A significant proportion will therefore arrive on foot. Detailed pedestrian and traffic surveys are currently underway as part of the development of the design.

Q
(Gainsborough)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the total cost to the public purse of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 22 November 2017

With cross-party support, the Government has committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-start a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

Grouped Questions: 111731
Q
(Gainsborough)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 06 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government decided that the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre should not be located at the Imperial War Museum.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 22 November 2017

During the course of 2015, the organisations referred to in the answer to Question UIN 106180 assisted the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Fund (UKHMF) in identifying possible locations. This helped UKHMF to consider almost 50 sites, including Victoria Tower Gardens and the Imperial War Museum.

On the advice of UKHMF the Government decided that Victoria Tower Gardens was the most fitting of all the sites considered. This decision received wide-ranging support, including from The Royal Parks, which, as noted in the answer to Question UIN 106181, was first consulted in December 2015.

By placing the story of the Holocaust next to our Parliament, our country will make a powerful statement about our own democracy and its values, reminding us what can happen when hatred is left unchecked.

Grouped Questions: 111729
Q
Asked by Lord Wigley
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit: Wales
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a Brexit impact study on the Welsh economy; and if so, when.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 22 November 2017

As part of our work preparing to make a success of our departure from the European Union, we are carrying out a broad range of analysis, as you would expect a responsible Government to do.

This analysis covers a variety of sectors from across the UK economy, including Wales. However, as Parliamentary Under Secretary Robin Walker said in his opening remarks to the House on 1st November, the Government has not produced a series of sectoral impact assessments. The sectoral analysis which has been conducted is a wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis contained in a range of documents developed at different times since the referendum.

The Government is engaging extensively with the Welsh Government, along with Welsh organisations and institutions and in order to secure a deal that works in the interests of not just Wales, but the whole of the United Kingdom.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 10 November 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Space Technology
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department supports the development of a domestic UK satellite launch capability.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 22 November 2017

This Government wants the UK to be the go-to place for researchers, innovators and investors across the world. We have made a landmark commitment to work with industry to boost spending on Research and Development (R&D) to 2.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2027. The work could increase public and private R&D investment by as much as £80 billion over the next 10 years. This will start with government making an extra investment of £2.3 billion in 2021/22, raising total public investment in R&D to £12.5 billion that year alone.

As part of our ambition for a new deep and special partnership with the EU, recognising our shared interest in maintaining and strengthening research collaboration, the UK will seek an agreement that promotes science and innovation across Europe now and in the future. This includes continued collaboration in vital sectors such as life sciences that, through programmes such as the Innovative Medicines Initiative, help deliver better care for patients in the UK, member states and around the world.

While we remain a member of the EU, UK businesses and universities should continue to bid for competitive EU funds, and we will work with the Commission to ensure payment when funds are awarded. The Government will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. This includes awards that are bid for before exit that are successful after exit.

Asked on: 13 November 2017
Department for International Trade
Trade Promotion: Public Appointments
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for appointing the new network of Trade Commissioners, as described on page 29 of the Department for International Trade’s October document, Preparing for our future trade policy.
A
Answered by: Baroness Fairhead
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The nine new Her Britannic Majesty’s Trade Commissioners will form a cadre of senior leaders for the Department for International Trade, who will lead and drive our future commercial and trading relationships with our overseas partners. We anticipate that all appointments will be made in 2018.

Asked on: 13 November 2017
Department for International Trade
World Trade Organisation: Conferences
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their objectives for the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference, taking place in December; and who will be the UK participants.
A
Answered by: Baroness Fairhead
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is the home of the rules-based international system for global trade. As a founding member of the WTO, the United Kingdom is committed to the multilateral trading system. The UK wants to see a successful outcome at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference, and looks forward to discussing a range of important trade issues, including fisheries subsidies, digital trade, agricultural domestic support and public stockholding, domestic regulation in services and investment facilitation.

The United Kingdom’s official delegation will be headed by my Rt Hon Friends the Secretary of State for International Trade and the Minister of State for Trade Policy. They will be supported by officials from the Department for International Trade, the Department for International Development, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Asked on: 13 November 2017
HM Treasury
Health Insurance: Regulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations are in place relating to private medical insurance.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The Government is determined that all insurers, including private medical insurers, should treat customers fairly and firms are required to do so under the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) rules. The FCA is an independent body responsible for regulating and supervising the financial services industry, including firms operating in the health insurance market.

The FCA’s Insurance Conduct of Business Sourcebook (ICOBS) sets the conduct standards required of insurance firms in relation to their business. These standards include requirements that firms take reasonable steps to ensure a customer is given appropriate information about a policy in a comprehensible form.

The FCA keep their rules under regular review: since the ICOBS came into force in 2008, it has been modified several times to add new rules and amend existing ones.

The Government is confident in the FCA’s ability to monitor the private medical insurance market and their powers to intervene if necessary.

Grouped Questions: HL3095 | HL3096 | HL3210
Asked on: 13 November 2017
HM Treasury
Health Insurance: Regulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last reviewed the regulations relating to private medical insurance.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The Government is determined that all insurers, including private medical insurers, should treat customers fairly and firms are required to do so under the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) rules. The FCA is an independent body responsible for regulating and supervising the financial services industry, including firms operating in the health insurance market.

The FCA’s Insurance Conduct of Business Sourcebook (ICOBS) sets the conduct standards required of insurance firms in relation to their business. These standards include requirements that firms take reasonable steps to ensure a customer is given appropriate information about a policy in a comprehensible form.

The FCA keep their rules under regular review: since the ICOBS came into force in 2008, it has been modified several times to add new rules and amend existing ones.

The Government is confident in the FCA’s ability to monitor the private medical insurance market and their powers to intervene if necessary.

Grouped Questions: HL3094 | HL3096 | HL3210
Asked on: 13 November 2017
HM Treasury
Health Insurance: Regulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is an overseeing body that ensures that those purchasing private medical insurance are receiving a fair service.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 November 2017

The Government is determined that all insurers, including private medical insurers, should treat customers fairly and firms are required to do so under the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) rules. The FCA is an independent body responsible for regulating and supervising the financial services industry, including firms operating in the health insurance market.

The FCA’s Insurance Conduct of Business Sourcebook (ICOBS) sets the conduct standards required of insurance firms in relation to their business. These standards include requirements that firms take reasonable steps to ensure a customer is given appropriate information about a policy in a comprehensible form.

The FCA keep their rules under regular review: since the ICOBS came into force in 2008, it has been modified several times to add new rules and amend existing ones.

The Government is confident in the FCA’s ability to monitor the private medical insurance market and their powers to intervene if necessary.

Grouped Questions: HL3094 | HL3095 | HL3210
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Asked by Lord Lexden
Asked on: 13 November 2017
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Homosexuality
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will fulfil their commitment to make posthumous pardons available to former army personnel convicted of crimes involving homosexual conduct under laws that have since been repealed.
A
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 22 November 2017

I refer my noble Friend to the answer I gave on 19 January 2017 to Question number HL4522. Primary legislation will be needed to add to the list of Service disciplinary offences set out in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, and we continue to explore how that can be effected.

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