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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: 12 October 2017
Department for Transport
London-Brighton Railway Line: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 July 2017, HCWS160, on rail infrastructure funding: 2009-24, whether the upgrade of the Brighton Mainline is one of the new enhancement schemes for which funding will be available for early-stage development; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 20 October 2017

The Government recognises the importance of the Brighton Mainline upgrade proposals, which are at an early stage of development. We will continue to support Network Rail in further developing and refining the proposals, including identifying any development funding that is required during the period 2019-2024.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 October 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether pupil nationality data is used to match pupil or family records in order to process data requests by the Home Office, for purposes including immigration enforcement as part of the ongoing monthly data transfers to the Home Office; and if she will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 20 October 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will place a copy in the Library of any current Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Home Office on the use or sharing of pupil data.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 12 October 2017
Home Office
Radicalism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September to Question 6756, what guidance her Department (a) has provided or (b) plans to provide to financial institutions on how to respond to the Government's report on the funding of Islamist extremism in the UK.
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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 19 October 2017

The Government has engaged with the financial services sector on the review of the funding of Islamist extremism in the UK.

This includes giving verbal guidance to the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce on the review’s findings and discussing with the group its approach to managing risks around non-violent extremism. The Government has also discussed the review with the British Bankers’ Association (now part of UK Finance).

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has performed any assessment of the effects of withdrawal from the EU and the decision to leave Euratom on the compensation clause in the Secretary of State Investment Agreement for Hinkley Point C.
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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: 19 October 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the oral contribution of 17 October 2017, Official Report, column 739, whether the Government's undertaking that there will be a parliamentary vote on any withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU27 encompasses there being such a vote on how to proceed in the event that no deal is achieved.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Education
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Teachers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) are unavailable as a free teacher subject specialism training course; if she will make it her policy to make those subjects available as a free teacher subject specialism training course; what steps she has taken to increase provision of teacher training on those subjects following recent legislative changes; and if she will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Payments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 17 October 2017 to Question 106977, on universal credit, what estimate he has made of the number of weeks a successful claimant will wait before receiving their first payment in those areas where the roll-out will begin on 29 November 2017; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 17 October 2017 to Question 106977, on universal credit, what support his Department will provide over the Christmas period to claimants of universal credit in areas where full roll-out will start on 29 November 2017 and who are ineligible for an advance payment; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 17 October 2017 to Question 106977, on universal credit, what the enhanced functionality and faster payment contingency function in universal credit are designed to deliver; and if he will make a statement.
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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: 18 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to Questions 107373, 107372 and 107371 on cost of energy independent review, for what reasons his Department is not able to answer those Questions within the usual time period; and if he will answer those Questions before Professor Dieter Helm Cost of energy review is published.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fracking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 107214, on fracking, if he will make it his policy to undertake a public consultation prior to any decision being taken on granting hydraulic fracturing consent; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 18 October 2017
HM Treasury
Import Controls
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to mitigate potential delays at the UK border which occur as a result of additional customs control on goods originating from the EU after the UIK leaves the Customs Union.
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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: 10 October 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the minimum six week wait for successful claims of universal credit on (a) families and (b) other claimants over the Christmas 2017 period as part of his Department's planning for full-rollout of universal credit from 29 November 2017 in (i) Brighton and Hove and (ii) other areas; if he will make it his policy to suspend the full roll-out of universal credit in (A) Brighton and Hove and (B) other areas where the six week wait falls over the Christmas period; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 17 October 2017
Holding answer received on 16 October 2017

The Department plans to advance the timing of all payments where people would be impacted by bank holidays, to ensure they have money over the festive period. This includes the careful assessment of technical system and banking system availability to ensure successful payments can be made. This year we have enhanced the functionality and added a faster payment contingency function in Universal Credit. This includes supporting those customers with any request for an advance payment.

There are no plans to suspend Universal Credit rollout as stated by the Secretary of State in the House of Commons on Monday 9th October.

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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: 12 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cost of Energy Independent Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the document entitled Professor Dieter Helm - declaration of interest, published by his Department on 6 August 2017 in relation to the Cost of Energy Review, whether Professor Helm drafted that document.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 17 October 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)
[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 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cost of Energy Independent Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the document entitled Professor Dieter Helm - declaration of interest, published by his Department on 6 August 2017 in relation to the Cost of Energy Review, whether restrictions on Professor Helm's activities in relation to the Review were imposed by or agreed with his Department.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 17 October 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.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
Close

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 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cost of Energy Independent Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the document entitled Professor Dieter Helm - declaration of interest, published by his Department on 6 August 2017 in relation to the Cost of Energy Review, whether that document is a declaration of interest by Professor Helm.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 17 October 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.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Pregnancy: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 70 of the Women and Equalities Committee's report of Session 2016-17, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination, HC90, whether he plans to implement a system similar to that used in Germany under which pregnant women and new mothers can be made redundant only in specified circumstances.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Pregnancy: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the Government's review of redundancy protection for pregnant women and new mothers.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 155 of his Department's Clean Growth Strategy, published on 12 October 2017, what the energy intensity level was of the UK economy measures by final energy demand of MWh of energy per million pounds of GDP in real 2016 prices in each of the last three years.
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