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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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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Pressure Groups: Environment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the rights of land and environmental activists operational in other countries; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 26 July 2017

We support the right and ability of civil society, including those focusing on land rights and the environment, to operate freely and hold both Governments and businesses to account. Our National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights reasserts our commitment to promote the protection of human rights defenders active on such issues from any act of intimidation.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2017 to Question 1063, if he will make it his policy to record the data necessary to calculate the average time between universal credit applicants making their initial application and receiving their first payment; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 26 July 2017

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave on 18 July 2017 to question 4898

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 July 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Overseas Companies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government takes to ensure that British businesses abroad uphold (a) international law on free, prior and informed consent, (b) the International Labour Organisation Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and (c) the rights of land and environmental activists operational in other countries.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 26 July 2017

The Government’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights implements the United Nations’ voluntary Guiding Principles and sets out expectations of businesses to respect human rights wherever they operate. As part of this, businesses are encouraged to adopt appropriate due diligence policies to identify, prevent and mitigate human rights risks and to consult people who may be affected at all stages of project design and implementation, in ways which ensure their participation and take into account language or other potential barriers, and to pay particular attention to indigenous peoples. The Government’s Overseas Business Risk service helps with this by providing geopolitical and economic analysis on overseas markets to exporters, including information on potential human rights risks.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment report, entitled More homes, fewer complaints, published in July 2016; and what assessment has been made of the implications for his policies of section 4.1 of that report on improving workmanship and inspection.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 24 July 2017

The Government welcomes the contributions of the report to improving the quality and workmanship of new housing in England. In respect of specific recommendations made in the report, we have taken action to enable inspection records to be made available to building owners on request.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
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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: 13 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that all those homes affected by the Grenfell Tower fire have access to appropriate translation services and that all information provided by the Government and Kensington and Chelsea Council is translated into the 21 languages spoken by the residents of that building.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 July 2017

Translation services are provided by the local authorities that manage the Westway Assistance Centre using existing contracted providers, with additional support available from voluntary sector organisations.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Public Buildings: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to fire safety and post fire response in respect of public buildings of the guidelines produced by the EU research project RECONASS.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 July 2017

Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the Prime Minister has committed to look at wider issues. This work will need to be progressed after the publication of the terms of reference for the public inquiry and the guidelines produced by RECONASS will be considered as part of that exercise.

An independent expert panel has been set up to provide advice to the Government on any immediate measures needed to make buildings safe following the Grenfell Tower fire. The panel will be led by Sir Ken Knight, former London Fire Commissioner and former Government Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser. It will consider safety measures, policies, inspection and regulation, taking account of both the Grenfell Tower fire and ongoing fire safety inspections. It will look at any immediate action required to ensure public confidence that everything possible is being done to make all public and private buildings safe as quickly as possible.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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: 13 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to reinstate section 20 of the London Building Act 1939.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 July 2017

Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the Prime Minister has committed to look at wider issues. This work will need to be progressed after the publication of the terms of reference for the public inquiry.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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: 13 July 2017
Department of Health
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to provide psychological assessment and mental health support to (a) emergency service personnel, (b) volunteers, (c) local residents, (d) victims and (e) other people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire; what assessment he has made of the capacity of local mental health services to provide full and ongoing access to psychological treatment and support for all who are assessed or diagnosed as being in need because of that fire; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 July 2017

Comprehensive psychological services have been put in place for those affected by the fire.

Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) is the lead health provider for the National Health Service response to the Grenfell fire. CNWL established a walk-in desk at the Westway centre on the day of the fire. Twelve qualified staff are working from this space including one general practitioner and two child and adolescent mental health service workers.

Much of CNWL’s work is now focussed on outreach work in the community such as visits to former residents of the tower block in their temporary accommodation, visits to a number of community centres, going door to door in the three blocks immediately surrounding the tower and liaising with local schools and colleges.

Enhanced mental health support for first responders, including the fire brigade and those working to support the bereaved, has been put in place by London’s NHS Mental Health Services. A pathway of care has been designed, reflecting learning from Manchester and using London’s clinical expertise in this area. London Fire Brigade Counselling and Wellbeing team continue to identify and support individual firefighters. The NHS is providing additional support to the London Fire Brigade on request. The London Fire Brigade is also working closely with NHS England to establish what psychological support may be available for the families of firefighters.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[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: 14 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will continue to answer questions from hon. Members on fire safety in high-rise towers during the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire incident.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 July 2017

We wrote on 22 June and 11 July to update all Members of Parliament on the Grenfell Tower disaster, and will continue to provide regular updates at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/grenfell-tower

We, as well as Home Office colleagues, will continue to provide what information we can to hon. Members during the public inquiry.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4993, whether he has (a) requested and (b) been provided with evidence from the Saudi authorities establishing where the helicopter that fired on a boat carrying Somali civilians off the coast of Yemen on 16 March 2017 was made; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 July 2017
Home Office
Radicalism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition her Department used for Islamist extremism for the purposes of its report on the funding of Islamist extremism in the UK.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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
Department for Transport
London-Brighton Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 21 March 2017 to Question 68148, if he will take steps to safeguard for transport purposes critical land in the central Croydon area for the Brighton Mainline upgrade; what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail about that land; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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
Department for Transport
Govia Thameslink Railway
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 25 July 2016 to Question 43366, for what reasons the requirements for services to be Driver Only Operation were (a) not redacted in the Invitation to Tender for the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Franchise and (b) redacted on the GTR Franchise Agreement; if he will remove the redactions on the requirements for services to be Driver Only Operation on the GTR Franchise Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's freedom of information response 1740 of 15 May 2017, what factors his Department took into consideration in setting the 80 per cent of the original decisions are to be upheld measure for monitoring mandatory reconsideration; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to replace the 20 metre walking distance for personal independence payment mobility criterion with the 50 metre walking distance used for disability living allowance; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Motability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Written Statement HCWS603 of 20 April 2017, if individuals subject to an appeal lodged before that statement will have their mobility vehicles returned.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of personal independence payment claimants had the original decision on their application overturned as a result of (a) mandatory reconsideration, (b) the lodging of an appeal, without that appeal being heard and (c) an appeal hearing in each month for which data is available.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Red Tape Initiative
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 3012, on the Red Tape Initiative, how many (a) items of correspondence and (b) other forms of contact his Department has exchanged with the Red Tape Initiative project since 20 April 2017.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 05 July 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Red Tape Initiative
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's correspondence with the Red Tape Initiative project since that project's inception.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 18 July 2017

Ministers do not routinely place copies of their department’s correspondence with external organisations in the House of Commons Library.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2017 to Question 1354, on regulation, whether his policy on regulating over the course of the current Parliament includes contact with the Red Tape Initiative launched on 20 April 2017 and chaired by the right hon. Member for West Dorset.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 18 July 2017

We are currently considering how best to continue to deliver our commitment to regulate more efficiently and effectively over the course of this Parliament.

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