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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)
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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: 21 February 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power: Seas and Oceans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the future asset value of the UK Green Investment Bank's investments in the Galloper and Rampion wind farms upon completion of their construction.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 24 February 2017

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 24 February 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Written Statement HLWS366, on Strategic Defence and Security Review - Army, whether the operations and activities of the Army's new Specialised Infantry Battalions will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny and the War Powers Convention (a) in general and (b) when those battalions are operating alongside Special Forces.
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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: 20 February 2017
Northern Ireland Office
Political Parties: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the breakdown of spending by registered parties in Northern Ireland during the EU referendum campaign recorded by the Northern Ireland Electoral Commission.
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Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 23 February 2017

Under the provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the Electoral Commission are responsible for publishing details of spending by registered campaigners, including in relation to the recent EU referendum. I have no role in publishing information relating to campaign expenditure.

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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: 20 February 2017
Northern Ireland Office
Political Parties: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make public donation information recorded in the Northern Ireland Electoral Commission's donor register from 2014 onwards required under the Northern Ireland Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2014; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 23 February 2017

I am keen to see progress on this issue and have written to the NI political parties seeking their views on moving to full transparency. I am currently considering responses from the parties before deciding on next steps. In line with usual pre-election protocols I will not be making any announcements until after the forthcoming Assembly election.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £2.4 million that Argos has reportedly agreed with HM Revenue and Customs to pay to current and former employees was identified under the self-correction mechanism introduced by HM Revenue and Customs in 2015.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether regular units from the Army and Royal Marines are subject to parliamentary scrutiny and the War Powers Convention when those units are attached to the Special Forces Support Group.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to written statement HCWS431, of 17 December 2015, on UK embedded forces, when he plans to publish details of UK service personnel embedded on the armed forces of other nations.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms of reference are for her Department's EU Exit Programme; how many full-time equivalent civil servants are working on that Programme; and what budget has been allocated to that Programme for each of the next two years.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Investigatory Powers Commissioner will have oversight of the Government guidance, Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel on the Detention and Interviewing of Detainees Overseas, and on the Passing and Receipt of Intelligence Relating to Detainees, published in July 2010.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the 359 employers named by his Department for non-compliance with the national minimum wage on 15 February 2017 identified further arrears, not included in the sum of arrears for which they were named, under the self-correction mechanism introduced by HM Revenue and Customs in 2015; what the combined total was of such further, self-corrected arrears; and to how many workers such arrears were owed.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 09 February 2017
Department of Health
Neuromuscular Disorders: South East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2016 to Question 58050, on neuromuscular disorders: South East, how many neuromuscular care advisers will cover Kent, Surrey and Sussex; which clinical commissioning groups in Kent, Surrey and Sussex will be contributing to funding neuromuscular care adviser roles; when the relevant clinical commissioning groups will be meeting to finalise job descriptions and begin recruitment; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 22 February 2017

NHS England is responsible for commissioning specialised neurological services, including some services for patients with neuromuscular disorders. NHS England has published a service specification for neurological care that includes an exemplar service specification for neuromuscular conditions that sets out what providers must have in place to offer evidence-based, safe and effective services. The service specification for neurological care can be found at the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/d04-neurosci-spec-neuro.pdf

The responsibility for delivering the service rests with National Health Service provider organisations, and each trust will develop an appropriate role to ensure that the care pathway is delivered. The role may vary depending on the provider organisation, but an NHS England service specialist will be working with trusts to ensure that they meet the requirements of the overall service specification.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 22 February 2017
Cabinet Office
Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2017 to Question 63244, whether the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) Trustee appointed by the Minister for the Civil Service has independently verified the professional advice received by the PCPF Trustee on the long-term risks to financial performance of the PCPF of that fund's investments in the fossil fuel extractive industry.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 22 February 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 22 February 2017, how the hardest cases of small businesses that are particularly affected by the business rates revaluation will be defined and identified; how appropriate relief will be calculated; for how long such relief will apply; how much new funding will be made available for transitional relief; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 22 February 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) publish or (b) place in the Library a copy of the memorandum of understanding between his Department and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on requests by the Child Maintenance Service to HMRC for income information from paying parents' self-assessment tax returns.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 22 February 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of non-resident parents with cases in the Child Maintenance Service's caseload have a statutory calculation which includes earnings from self-employment.
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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: 08 February 2017
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many and (b) which local authorities offered no spaces for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under the Dubs amendment.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 21 February 2017

On 8 September, I wrote to all local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland asking them to confirm how many places they could offer to accommodate unaccompanied asylum seeking children. This is a voluntary scheme whereby local authorities sign up to accept unaccompanied asylum seeking children. We ask local authorities to consider carefully whether they have the infrastructure and support networks needed to ensure the appropriate care of these unaccompanied children before participating in the National Transfer Scheme.

Local authorities reported they have capacity for an additional 400 unaccompanied asylum seeking children. This is in addition to the unaccompanied children already in local authority care. We estimate that at least 50 of the family reunion cases will require a local authority placement in circumstances where the reunion does not work out.

We estimate that at least 50 of the family reunion cases transferred from France as part of the Calais clearance will require a local authority placement in cases where the family reunion does not work out.We estimate that at least 50 of the family reunion cases transferred from France as part of the Calais clearance will require a local authority placement in cases where the family reunion does not work out.

Every region in England is participating in the National Transfer Scheme and we are working very closely with local authorities in Scotland and Wales who have also responded positively.

It is for individual local authorities to decide the number of children they are able to accommodate but we continue to work with those not currently participating in the National Transfer Scheme to support them to do so at the earliest opportunity.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 21 February 2017
Cabinet Office
Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the Financial Reporting Council placed the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund in the secondary tier for compliance with the Financial Stewardship code; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 21 February 2017
Cabinet Office
Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2017 to Question 63244, from which organisations or individuals the Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) sought professional advice regarding the long-term risks to the financial performance of the PCPF of that fund's investments in the fossil fuel extractive industry.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 21 February 2017
Home Office
Drugs: Misuse
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's press release of 29 December 2016, psychoactive substances ban six months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions, of the 500 people arrested how many were (a) charged with an offence and (b) prosecuted with an offence under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016; how many of those prosecutions were (i) unsuccessful and (ii) successful; and of the four prosecutions that resulted in prison sentences, if she will list for each case (A) the grounds for prosecution, (B) how the defendants pleaded, (C) whether those defendants were found guilty of any other offences and (D) what sentence was given by the court.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 21 February 2017
Home Office
Drugs: Misuse
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many premises and prohibition (a) notices and (b) orders have been issued since the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force.
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