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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 October 2017
Department for Education
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
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
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
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 Diete-Helm's Cost of energy review is published.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
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 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
Department for Exiting the European Union
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 that document is a declaration of interest by Professor Helm.
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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)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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
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.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the number of small and medium-sized enterprises who export goods to other EU countries but have no experience of customs documentation or procedures for trading with countries outside the Customs Union.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 106966, on Fracking: Ryedale, on what day that application was received; what the timetable is for a decision to be made; whether he plans to publish an assessment of that application; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for International Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how he plans to ensure bilateral cumulation in rules of origin exist as part of plans to replicate existing EU third-party trade agreements.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what support the Government is planning to provide to small and medium-sized enterprises who face additional customs procedures after the UK has left the Customs Union.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to publish previously unpublished reviews, studies and reports into the effects of EU migration on UK wages and the UK economy.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 16 October 2017

A number of reports on the economic impacts of migration have been published by the Government, including the report jointly published by the Home Office and then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2014 titled ‘Impacts of migration on UK native employment: an analytical review of the evidence’ which provides a comprehensive summary of the research on labour market impacts of migration.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Education
Sixth Form Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2017 to Question 3811, how much of her Department's budget allocated to 16 to 19-year old education was reallocated to other budgets in the financial year 2016-17.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 16 October 2017

Budgets for 16 to 19-year-old education are set on the basis of the established funding formula which uses student number estimates. As in 2014-15 and 2015-16, student numbers and associated costs were lower than these estimates in 2016-17 which resulted in a lower spend of £106m. This represents 1.8% of the budget that was available for reallocation. Because this was a result of lower student numbers, it did not affect funding per student.

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