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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 17 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of powers available to local authorities to deal with illegal traveller encampments in (a) England and (b) Birmingham.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 July 2017

The Government recognises the issue of unauthorised encampments and the effect they can have on local communities. Local authorities and the police have a range of powers which enable them to take action and the Government wants to see them working together to address this issue. A summary of the powers available to deal with unauthorised encampments has been published on the Government website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dealing-with-illegal-and-unauthorised-encampments

We will consider whether these powers are adequate.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 17 July 2017
Home Office
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of powers available to the police to deal with illegal traveller encampments in (a) England and (b) Birmingham.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 20 July 2017

There are a range of existing powers available for both the police and local authorities to tackle unauthorised encampments. The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 provides specific powers to the police to move travellers from unauthorised encampments if certain criteria are met. The Home Office work closely with the police to ensure these powers are effective. However, the decision on whether to use these powers and remove travellers from a site is an independent decision to be made by the police.

A summary of the powers available to deal with unauthorised encampments has been published on the Government website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dealing-with-illegal-and-unauthorised-encampments

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 17 July 2017
Home Office
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letters of 5 July 2016, 19 July 2016, and 17 February 2017 from the hon. Member for Birmingham Northfield regarding a constituent's immigration case.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 20 July 2017

The letters of 5 and 19 July 2016 and 17 February 2017, were responded to on 26 July 2016 and 31 March 2017 respectively.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 20 July 2017
HM Treasury
Bank Cards: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the proposed ending of separate fees for credit and debit card payments will apply to (a) council tax and (b) rent payments to local authorities and housing associations.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 July 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2017 to Question 4557, when he plans to reach an agreement with NHS England on the revisions to NHS England Premises Costs Directions.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 July 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2017 to Question 4557, how many projects, for which investment has been approved in principle under the NHS Estates Technology and Transformation Fund require a revision of the Premises Costs Directions to be agreed by his Department before they can receive final approval.
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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department hold data on the number of councils who have credit card charges in place for payment of council tax by credit card.
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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 17 July 2017

That information is not held by the Department.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 July 2017
Department of Health
Health Centres: Birmingham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Health and Wellbeing Centre in College Green, Birmingham, which has been approved for investment from the NHS Estates Technology and Transformation Fund is completed on schedule.
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Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 17 July 2017

NHS England has advised that the building of the new Health and Wellbeing Medical Centre is supported in principle for funding through the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund, subject to due diligence checks, including a value for money exercise.

NHS England is working closely with Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group and remains fully committed to keeping this scheme on track, subject to satisfactory completion of checks. To support the progress of the scheme, NHS England has provided funding to assist the development of the Outline Business Case for the project.

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