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Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Cabinet Office
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Minister authorised the Cabinet Secretary to discuss the comments made by Lord Maude on the UK leaving the EU with the media.
A
Answered by: Damian Green
Answered on: 19 October 2017

It is not unusual for the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service to comment
publicly on matters relating to the management of the Civil Service. Information relating to
internal discussion and advice is not disclosed.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in recruiting Afghan refugees and child soldiers to fight in Syria and Iraq.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the extent of control exercised by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps over key elements of Iran's economy.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take steps to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 19 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent and effectiveness of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Middle East.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Home Office
Fires: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number is of fire-related deaths by fire authority in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 October 2017

The latest published information on numbers of fire-related deaths by fire and rescue service can be found in Table 0502a available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has provided to schools on the obligation to report criminal behaviour by pupils (a) in general and (b) under the age of criminal responsibility whilst on school premises.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 17 October 2017

The Department issues advice on behaviour and discipline to all schools, including on the need for every school to have a behaviour policy and advice on teachers in schools’ powers to discipline for poor behaviour. The Department’s Behaviour and Discipline in Schools statutory guidance, which applies to governing bodies sets out that police should always be informed where behaviour is of a criminal nature or poses a serious threat to a member of the public. This guidance can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools-guidance-for-governing-bodies.

In addition, the Department publishes Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). KCSIE is statutory guidance to which schools must have regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Guidance set out in KCSIE includes duties for schools to ensure:

  • All school staff should receive safeguarding and child protection training

  • All school staff should know what action to take if they have concerns about a child

  • Where there are concerns a child has been harmed (or is at risk of harm), the school should consider a referral to children’s social care (and the police) as appropriate

KCSIE is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2.

Grouped Questions: 107102
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has made available to schools on reporting criminal behaviour committed by pupils outside of school hours and off-site.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 17 October 2017

The Department issues advice on behaviour and discipline to all schools, including on the need for every school to have a behaviour policy and advice on teachers in schools’ powers to discipline for poor behaviour. The Department’s Behaviour and Discipline in Schools statutory guidance, which applies to governing bodies sets out that police should always be informed where behaviour is of a criminal nature or poses a serious threat to a member of the public. This guidance can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools-guidance-for-governing-bodies.

In addition, the Department publishes Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). KCSIE is statutory guidance to which schools must have regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Guidance set out in KCSIE includes duties for schools to ensure:

  • All school staff should receive safeguarding and child protection training

  • All school staff should know what action to take if they have concerns about a child

  • Where there are concerns a child has been harmed (or is at risk of harm), the school should consider a referral to children’s social care (and the police) as appropriate

KCSIE is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2.

Grouped Questions: 107088
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 16 October 2017
Attorney General
David Kelly
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, if he will consider overturning the decision to classify documents about the death of Dr David Kelly; and if he will make a statement.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Nuclear Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Iran nuclear deal of (a) ballistic missile tests carried out by Iran since July 2015 and (b) reports that Iran has provided support for the advancement of North Korea's development of nuclear weapons.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 October 2017

We are committed to the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – by all parties. Iran is in compliance with its nuclear-related commitments, as confirmed by the 31 August report of the International Atomic Energy Agency. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Since July 2015, Iran has carried out a number of ballistic missile tests and has launched a space launch vehicle using such technology. This activity is not a breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But it is inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and we have written to the UN Secretary General with France, Germany and the US to express our concern. We call upon Iran to refrain from such activity.

We condemn North Korea's illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. We are monitoring its programme developments, as the Foreign Secretary alluded to during his remarks to Parliament on 5 September. The assessment of any links between Iran and North Korea is sensitive information. It is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on matters relating to intelligence or national security.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 11 October 2017
Department of Health
Organs: Donors
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that the Government's policy for opt-out for organ donation does not contravene the religious beliefs of those who may not have opted out.
Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
HM Treasury
Financial Services: Advisory Services
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to establish limited liability for independent financial advisors with the introduction of a fixed 15-year long-stop.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 09 October 2017

The Government supports the recommendation in the recent Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR) against the introduction of a fixed 15-year long-stop. A fixed 15-year long-stop is not in the interests of consumers as it could limit the protection available on long-term investment products, where consumers may not realise they have a cause for complaint for more than 15 years. It is important that consumers can seek redress where it is due, so that they have the confidence to engage with financial services firms.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Home Office
Police: Disclosure of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued on the disclosure of information by the police to the Disclosure and Barring Service in cases where a person has been found not guilty or no charges were brought.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 09 October 2017

Statutory guidance is issued under section 113B(4A) of the Police Act 1997 in order to assist chief officers of police in making decisions to provide information from local police records for inclusion in enhanced DBS certificates. The first edition of this guidance was introduced on 10 September 2012 and the most recent revision came into force on 10 August 2015.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 06 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing Infrastructure Fund: Barnet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been received by the London Borough of Barnet from the Housing Infrastructure Fund; and which projects have been so funded.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 25 September 2017

The £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund, launched on 4 July 2017, will unlock up to 100,000 new homes by supporting the delivery of vital physical infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, energy networks and other utilities. Local authorities have been invited to submit bids by 28 September and decisions about funding will be taken after this date.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Public Spaces Protection Orders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue raised by public space protection orders since their inception.
A
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 21 September 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has made no such estimate.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 05 September 2017
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department has reduced the operational hours of the Immigration and Asylum Unit for hon. Members during the 2017 Summer Recess.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 18 September 2017

The UKVI MP Account Management teams have offered a reduced phone service from 11am – 4pm since the beginning of recess to enable them to respond to an unprecedented increase in written enquiries from Members of Parliament. Hon. Members continue to be able to contact their MP Account Managers direct to raise urgent enquiries outside of these operating times. Records show that the teams are handling similar call volumes in the reduced operating hours.

Reducing the operational hours of the service helps ensure that the teams continue to deliver high levels of service both on the phones and in writing.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 07 September 2017
Ministry of Justice
David Kelly
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will instigate a coroner-led inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly in 2005.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 15 September 2017

The Secretary of State has no power to instigate a coroner-led inquest.

Usually it is the coroner, who is an independent judicial office holder, who makes the decision whether to hold an inquest or, where the issue arises, to resume a suspended inquest.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Environment: Courts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which courts will enforce environmental legislation when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 14 September 2017

After we leave the European Union, the UK’s environmental legislation will be enforced and upheld by the courts in the various jurisdictions within the UK.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 07 September 2017
Department for Transport
Airports: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has made to other EU member states on easing waiting times at their airports.
A
Answered by: Mr John Hayes
Answered on: 14 September 2017

Both Ministers and officials of my Department have been in contact with other EU Member States regarding the increased queuing times at passport controls at Schengen borders. Whilst acknowledging the importance of security at the borders, we have urged the governments to do their utmost to ensure that the queuing times are kept as quick as possible.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Public Footpaths: Publicity
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of national trails.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 13 September 2017

Until 2012, Natural England managed a national trails website for this purpose. From January 2013, Walk Unlimited (a social enterprise) assumed the day to day lead for national trails promotion in England and Wales, and have established the new interactive website www.nationaltrail.co.uk. They work with and alongside the individual Trail Partnerships who remain responsible for providing information on their trail to the national site, and for local promotion. Natural England also encourage individual Trail Partnerships – and the emerging England Coast Path partners – to consider promotion of both the individual trails (and stretches) and the promotion of the family of National Trails.

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