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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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Consultants
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether, and at what cost, consultants have been contracted to carry out (a) marketing, (b) polling, (c) focus group and (d) other promotional activity relating to his Department's responsibilities in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
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(Edinburgh East)
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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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Official Hospitality
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many receptions his Department has hosted for representatives of print and broadcast media since 2015; how much each such reception cost; and how many people attended each such reception.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Sick Pay
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of sickness pay to staff in his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Home Office
Migrant Camps: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the French authorities on the living conditions of young children at refugee camps; and what support her Department has offered to the French authorities to improve those conditions.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cybercrime: Third Sector
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the National Crime Agency, the National Cyber Security Centre and other relevant agencies are identifying and helping to address the cyber security vulnerabilities of third sector health providers.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 July 2017

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a key objective to understand the cyber security environment, share knowledge, and use that expertise to identify and address systematic vulnerabilities.

The NCSC provides guidance to organisations on how to protect themselves from cyber attack, and CareCERT was established in 2015 to provide national cyber support services for the health and care system. It is delivered by NHS Digital, working with the NCSC.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) leads the law enforcement response to cyber crime, including the recent 'WannaCry' cyber attacks, working with NCSC and partners across Policing to identify cyber criminals and bring them to justice.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Location
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which of his Department's functions are carried out in (a) England and (b) London; and what the administrative costs were of those functions in each of those areas in the last year for which figures are available.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of carbon emissions from his Department's buildings in each year since 2015.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Consultants
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible spent on external consultants and advisers in each year since 2015.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Advertising
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department and (b) each of its (i) non-departmental public bodies and (ii) executive agencies in each year since 2015.
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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 04 July 2017
Ministry of Defence
Trident: Electronic Warfare
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the cyber security of the Trident nuclear weapons system.
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Answered by: Sir Michael Fallon
Answered on: 10 July 2017

We continually assess the capability of the United Kingdom's nuclear submarine fleet to ensure its operational effectiveness and to maintain resilience against potential threats.

I am withholding information on the specific systems used by our submarines as disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Grouped Questions: 2989
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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 04 July 2017
Ministry of Defence
Trident: Electronic Warfare
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of upgrading the current operating system for the Trident nuclear weapons system to ensure its cyber security.
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Answered by: Sir Michael Fallon
Answered on: 10 July 2017

We continually assess the capability of the United Kingdom's nuclear submarine fleet to ensure its operational effectiveness and to maintain resilience against potential threats.

I am withholding information on the specific systems used by our submarines as disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Grouped Questions: 2990
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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 04 July 2017
Ministry of Defence
Nuclear Disarmament
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on his Department's policies of the draft treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons published by the UN in May 2017.
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Answered by: Sir Michael Fallon
Answered on: 10 July 2017

The UK has not taken part in negotiation of this treaty, and does not intend to sign, ratify or become party to it. It will not be binding on the UK. The UK does not accept that this treaty can constitute a development of customary international law binding on the UK or other non-parties. The UK continues to pursue step by step nuclear disarmament consistent with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 27 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to introduce measures to require voter ID in the 2017-2019 Parliamentary session.
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Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The Government intends to legislate to ensure that a form of identification must be presented before voting. It is intended that this requirement be tested through pilot schemes at the May 2018 elections. Pilots will help to identify how and when it would be best to introduce this new requirement more widely.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 28 June 2017
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Public Relations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost was of his Department's communications team in 2016-17; and what the projected costs are for 2017-18.
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Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The communications team in the Scotland Office is resourced to enable effective engagement and communication with the public on matters relating to the UK Government. This includes supporting communications and engagement from the Secretary of State for Scotland and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State on Scotland’s constitutional arrangements, including the delivery and implementation of significant new tax and welfare powers associated with the Scotland Act 2016. More recently, the Department has undertaken significant engagement on the UK Government’s approach to EU Exit, meeting and feeding information directly to the UK negotiating team from a large number of businesses and organisations across a wide variety of sectors. The team also supports all UK Government departments in their communications activities in Scotland. The cost of the communications team at the Scotland Office was £686,166.29 in 2016-17. In 2017-8 we expect the cost to be £774,567.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 21 June 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Venezuela: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the Venezuelan Government on the political situation in that country; and what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for International Development on foreign aid for citizens of Venezuela.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 26 June 2017

I met the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, in his previous role as Minister for Europe on 26 October. We discussed the political, humanitarian and economic situation and I shared my concern about the Venezuelan Government's response to protests. In March, I hosted a delegation of Venezuelan MPs from the National Assembly and stressed the importance of an independent and empowered legislature. This was followed by my statement of 31 March echoing those views following a move by the Supreme Court to wrest power from from the National Assembly.

During her visit to Caracas in early May, the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for Human Rights, Baroness Anelay, met senior government and opposition figures to express our concerns about the political situation and the need to respect human rights.

There have been no recent discussions between the FCO and Department for International Development about foreign aid for the citizens of Venezuela. However, on 12 May 2017, the UK joined EU member states in issuing a statement calling on the Venezuelan Government to allow access for external cooperation to meet the urgent needs of the population.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for International Development
Venezuela: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the UK has provided for the citizens of Venezuela in the past five years.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 26 June 2017

Details of all UK ODA can be found in the annual Statistics on International Development.

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