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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 07 December 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Economic Situation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to his oral evidence to the Exiting the EU Committee on 6 December 2017, whether the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast of the economic impact of withdrawal from the EU is in the public domain.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 14 December 2017

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) latest Economic and Fiscal Outlook was published on 22 November 2017 and is available at the following address: http://cdn.budgetresponsibility.org.uk/Nov2017EFOwebversion-2.pdf. This sets out forecasts of the UK economy and public finances to 2022-23, which extends well beyond the point at which the UK leaves the EU.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has held any recent discussions with his international counterparts on the prospect of resuming the six-party talks in relation to North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme; and if he will make a statement.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 14 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to deploy the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier near the Korean peninsula when it enters service.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 30 November 2017
Home Office
Crime: Victims and Witnesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to ensure that (a) victims of crime and (b) witnesses of crime can come forward and report crimes to police services without risk of immigration enforcement; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 13 December 2017

It is important that criminal offences are reported to the police for investigation and that victims have access to justice. Where individuals involved in criminal cases have issues related to their immigration status, the Home Office will support the police, when asked to do so, by helping them to identify the persons concerned and establishing their status in the UK, and will consider any request from the police to place immigration enforcement action on hold in a particular case pending the resolution of criminal proceedings.

The police and the Home Office also work together to identify victims of modern slavery and refer victims to appropriate sources of support. Each individual immigration case is considered on its merits by the Home Office and any relevant circumstances will be taken into account in determining applications to remain in the UK. Those without lawful status in the UK should take steps to engage with the Home Office so that their case can be properly considered.

Grouped Questions: 116881
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 30 November 2017
Home Office
Crime: Victims and Witnesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of police services referring victims and witnesses of crime to the Home Office for immigration enforcement on access to justice for victims of crime with irregular migration status.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 13 December 2017

It is important that criminal offences are reported to the police for investigation and that victims have access to justice. Where individuals involved in criminal cases have issues related to their immigration status, the Home Office will support the police, when asked to do so, by helping them to identify the persons concerned and establishing their status in the UK, and will consider any request from the police to place immigration enforcement action on hold in a particular case pending the resolution of criminal proceedings.

The police and the Home Office also work together to identify victims of modern slavery and refer victims to appropriate sources of support. Each individual immigration case is considered on its merits by the Home Office and any relevant circumstances will be taken into account in determining applications to remain in the UK. Those without lawful status in the UK should take steps to engage with the Home Office so that their case can be properly considered.

Grouped Questions: 116880
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2017 to Question 115913, if he will list the Government's programmes aimed at reducing regulation.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The Government is committed to a system of better regulation that supports well-targeted and effective regulations which protect the public.

Our Industrial Strategy, published on 27th November, sets out our commitment to working with businesses to inform development of an agile approach to regulation that promotes and supports innovation, growth of new sectors and the requirements of innovative market entrants – while ensuring effective protections for citizens and the environment.

We are strengthening our horizon scanning, including through a new Ministerial Working Group on Future Regulation, to help us identify arising regulatory issues and priorities for future work. As my Rt Hon Friend, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced at Budget, we will also support a new £10m Regulators’ Pioneer Fund to help regulators to develop innovative approaches aimed at getting new products and services to market.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to ensure that local authorities are regularly informed by his Department of households in their area in receipt of universal credit in which a child is or is about to be two years’ old to ensure that local authorities can promote free early years education entitlement for two-year-olds to qualifying households; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 13 December 2017

Early Years Education for Disadvantaged 2 Year Olds is a policy of the Department for Education which aims to ensure that less advantaged children can benefit from high quality early education by providing 15 hours of free early years education and childcare.

Entitlement to early education is based on criteria set by the Department for Education.

The Department for Work and Pensions has a system in place to provide Department for Education with information of eligible households, including qualifying households who are in receipt of Universal Credit and other legacy benefits.

We are working closely with the Department for Education to improve our data-sharing process and ensure the accuracy of information that is provided.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in her Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many non-UK EU nationals started employment in his Department since 23 June 2016.
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