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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that insurance requirements do not prevent (a) deaf and (b) other disabled people from entering employment.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 27 June 2017

This question has been interpreted to be about Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI).

The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 requires most employers to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees arising out of that employment.

ELCI insures employers against the costs of compensation for those employees who are injured or made ill at work through the fault of their employer. It provides greater security to firms against costs which could otherwise result in financial difficulty; and to employees that resources will be available for compensation even where firms have become insolvent.

There is nothing to suggest that requiring an employer to have compulsory insurance prevents deaf and other disabled people from entering employment.

As the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, I am the champion for disabled people, and work with colleagues across Government to help ensure that disabled people can enjoy full equality of experience and participation across society.

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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to replicate the funding available to the creative industries through the European Regional Development Fund when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Leaving the EU means we can take our own decisions about how to deliver the policy objectives previously targeted by EU funding. We are discussing closely with stakeholders all EU funding schemes, to ensure that any ongoing funding commitments best serve the UK‘s national interest.

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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Arts: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the role of teaching creative subjects in schools in addressing any potential skills gap in the creative industries when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Secretary of State has regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a range of issues relating to the creative industries, including skills and education. The creative industries are a focus of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper and Sir Peter Bazalgette is reviewing access to skills and talent as part of his sector review.

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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Culture
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on smaller creative and cultural organisations.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We have met with a range of organisations, including large and small creative and cultural businesses to assess both the potential impacts, as well as the opportunities, arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Grouped Questions: 720
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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Culture: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with representatives of smaller creative and cultural organisations on replacing EU funding when the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We have met with a range of organisations, including large and small creative and cultural businesses to assess both the potential impacts, as well as the opportunities, arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Grouped Questions: 719
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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department of Health
Children: Mental Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government is taking to tackle the disproportionate levels of mental health issues among deaf children.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to work together to secure education, health and social care services to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disability, including those with hearing loss.

Over the past six years, the Department for Education has funded a partnership of charities through the National Sensory Impairment Partnership to help local authorities to compare their services, learn from the best in the country and make sure that services for deaf children and their families (as well as those with other sensory impairments) are effective and meet local needs. This has included work on how local authorities and clinical commissioning groups can jointly commission services for children and young people with sensory impairment.

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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Manufacturing Industries: North East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans he has to ensure that negotiations on the UK leaving the EU do not result in any job losses in the North East's manufacturing sector.
A
Answered by: Mr Steve Baker
Answered on: 27 June 2017

We will secure a deal that works for the entire United Kingdom. We want to ensure that UK companies, including those in the North East, have the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets. As a priority, we will seek a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement that is of greater scope and ambition than any such existing agreement. We want to have the greatest possible tariff- and barrier-free trade with our European neighbours. And we want to have a new customs agreement with the EU that supports these objectives. Furthermore, the Government’s industrial strategy green paper sets out our plan to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country, including in the North East.

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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens North)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Housing: Sales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to review regulations on the purchase of (a) leasehold properties and (b) the sale of freeholds to third parties by property developers.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has 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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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens North)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Jobcentres: Newton-le-willows
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to announce a decision on the future of Newton-le-Willows job centre.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department intends to confirm its plans for the DWP estate, including Newton-le-Willows Jobcentre, soon and will make a statement in due course.

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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens North)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Land: Contamination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's strategy and targets are for the remediation of contaminated land.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 27 June 2017

There are no central targets for the remediation of contaminated land. The majority (around 90 per cent) is remediated via the planning system as part of development and redevelopment.

Some of the remaining land is cleaned up voluntarily by landowners. Legislation under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is used to clean up land contamination where there is no market solution. Local authorities, and in the case of special sites[i], the Environment Agency, are the regulatory authorities under the Act for ensuring that land contamination that is posing an unacceptable risk is identified and cleaned up. The Act requires each local authority to have an inspection strategy in place to identify potentially contaminated land in their areas.

[i] Sites that have undergone a specific use as listed under section (2) of the Contaminated Land (England) Regulations 2006 are designated as special sites, and include sites that are affecting controlled waters or contain radioactive material.

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(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[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: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Self-harm
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to (a) record and (b) publish data on the number of incidents of self-harm.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 27 June 2017

All reported incidents of self-harm in prison are recorded. Data on these incidents are published quarterly in the Safety in Custody statistics, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/safety-in-custody-statistics

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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens North)
[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: 22 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Department's funding for projects supporting Armed Forces veterans by local authority area in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 June 2017

This information is not held in the format requested. However, details of all grants made by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund since 2015 are available on the Covenant Fund website:

https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/covenant-fund-awards-2015-2016/

https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/covenant-fund-large-grants-2015-2016/

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Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Meat: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on agreeing a bilateral trade deal to export British lamb to the US since 27 July 2016.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The US authorities are currently in the process of amending their regulation to formally lift their ban on EU ruminant products (including lamb).

Defra has provided the US authorities with required information on the UK animal and public health controls to review equivalence with US requirements. Once their review is complete we will welcome the US to conduct an in-country inspection visit.

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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens North)
[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: 22 June 2017
Attorney General
Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remains) Bill 2016-17: Legal Opinion
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, if he will publish any legal advice sought by or given to the Government on the Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remains) Bill.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Advice from the Law Officers is covered by legal professional privilege and is subject to a long-standing convention, which prevents disclosure of the advice (or even the fact that the Law Officers have been consulted) outside Government.

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Asked by John Mann
(Bassetlaw)
[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: 22 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Community Infrastructure Levy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many investors who have brought back into use derelict town centre premises have been subject to the community infrastructure levy since it was was introduced.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has 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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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Home Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied refugee children they estimate to be in Calais and nearby in northern France; and how they intend to identify those with a claim to come to the UK.
Answered on: 27 June 2017

In October 2016, the French Government requested the support of the UK Government for its clearance of the Calais camp. As part of our comprehensive support for the camp clearance we transferred more than 750 children to the UK directly from France. Those children who were not eligible for transfer to the UK are in the care of French authorities.

The French Government is alive to the threat of new camps appearing in northern France and we are aware of reports of some migrants returning to the area. However, official figures for the number of children present in the area are not available. Children in France are the responsibility of the French authorities.

On 10 March, the Government published the basis on which further transfers to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 will be made. The Government has invited referrals of eligible children from France, Italy and Greece. The UK Government will not be involved in the identification or assessment of children.

Under Article 8 of the Dublin III Regulation, children can have their asylum claims transferred to another EU Member State where they have close family. We continue to work closely with the French authorities and other EU partners to ensure the timely and efficient operation of the Dublin III Regulation.

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Asked by Lord Patten
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Home Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken, or intend to take, actions following the Home Office Consultation on the future regulatory regime for the Private Security Industry carried out in 2012.
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Further to the consultation of 2012, a review of the SIA was carried out in 2016 and the review report will be laid before Parliament. The Government will carefully consider the Review and its recommendations to inform future action on the regulatory regime of the SIA.

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Home Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expand the UK Syrian Vulnerable Persons scheme to include Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme is intended to help vulnerable Syrian nationals. Iraqi refugees are eligible for resettlement under our other, global resettlement schemes such as Gateway and Mandate. They may also qualify for resettlement under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS), which is not restricted to Syrian nationals.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 23 June 2017
Department of Health
Social Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on social care.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Social care is vital to enable people to live healthy and independent lives. This is why, against the context of tough public sector finances, we have taken steps to protect social care services.

The Government has already invested an additional £2 billion to put social care on a more stable footing and alleviate short-term pressures across the health and care system. However, further reform is required to ensure that the system is prepared to meet the challenges of the increasing numbers of over 75s.

We will work to address the challenges of social care for our ageing population, bringing forward proposals for consultation to build widespread support. We have committed to a wide and open consultation on our proposals, and want to work collaboratively with partners on these critical issues.

We will provide further details on the next steps on social care in due course.

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Asked by Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 23 June 2017
Home Office
Firearms: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 59293, what progress has been made on the development of the IT system for section 5 prohibited firearms licensing applications.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Licensing of section 5 prohibited firearms is administered by the Home Office, and it is anticipated that the new IT system for section 5 licensing applications will be implemented later this summer.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Green Investment Bank: Privatisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost has been to date to his Department and the Green Investment Bank (GIB) of privatising that bank; and what the projected cost to his Department and the GIB is of privatising that bank up until the point at which the sale is finalised.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Government will provide a full report to Parliament following completion of the transaction.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 23 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Self-employed
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are incorrectly classified as self employed in the UK.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Determining employment status can be complicated and is based on the reality of each working relationship. Government has not made an estimate of the numbers of people in each status, but shares concerns regarding insecure work. This is why in October 2016 my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister asked Matthew Taylor to carry out an independent review to consider employment practices and whether they need to change to keep pace with modern business models. We understand that Matthew Taylor is working to complete his report at the moment, and expect it to be published soon.

Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 23 June 2017
Home Office
Hate Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of hate crime have been reported in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of hate crimes recorded by the police on an annual basis. In 2015/16, the most recently published data, the police recorded 62,518 hate crimes in England and Wales. The statistical bulletin, which includes data for earlier years, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2015-to-2016

This Government is committed to tackling hate crime. The UK has a strong legislative framework to tackle hate crime. We are working across Government with police, (including National Community Tensions Team), the Crown Prosecution Service and community partners to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated and we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those who commit these crimes.

Q
Asked by Chris Law
(Dundee West)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Skilled Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle the skills gap.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Through our Industrial Strategy, we will deliver on our plans for the new Institutes of Technology which will help deliver excellence in technical education across the country, harnessing the expertise of employers to fill local skills gaps and providing learners with a clear route to employment or higher education.

Q
Asked by Liz Twist
(Blaydon)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the sector-based approach in delivering the aims of the Government's industrial strategy.
A
Answered by: Greg Clark
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I’m sure the Hon. Member will agree that the UK economy benefits from world-leading sectors and that building on their strengths is crucial as we develop our modern industrial strategy.

Businesses know how best to boost their parts of the economy, which is why we have issued an open invitation to any sector to propose ambitious Sector Deals with Government.

I am delighted work is progressing on a number of early sector deals.

Q
Asked by Will Quince
(Colchester)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Bereavement Leave: Parents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the merits of introducing statutory paid leave for parents who suffer the loss of a child.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I know my Hon. Friend has done a considerable amount of work on this, given his own tragic experience. I would like to reassure him that we are exploring options for supporting bereaved parents in employment.

We would expect employers to be compassionate and flexible at such a difficult time, however we understand this is not always the case.

So we are looking at ways to enable parents to take time away from work to grieve.

Q
(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the growth of small businesses.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I was delighted to visit Worcestershire earlier this year and look forward to visiting again soon.

This Government wants to help high-growth businesses scale-up, go global and invest in their future. The Scale-up Task Force which I co-chair focuses on that requirement.

This builds on the billions of financial support already provided by the British Business Bank to thousands of small businesses looking to start, scale up or stay ahead.

Q
(Gloucester)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Tidal Lagoons Independent Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I congratulate my Hon. Friend for his continued advocacy on tidal lagoons.

We are making progress on assessing the recommendations of the Hendry Review. As my Hon. Friend will be aware, the issues are complex, as they relate to an untried technology in the marine environment. It is important we understand the costs and challenges posed by this technology in relation to its possible role in the UK’s energy mix and potential environmental impact.

Q
Asked by Ruth Smeeth
(Stoke-on-Trent North)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sharing Economy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of precarious work on the workforce.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Atypical work arrangements, alongside traditional full-time employment, play a valuable role in today’s labour market.

This Government is live to the issues that come with new ways of working.

That is why Matthew Taylor was asked to undertake his independent review of modern employment practices, which is considering job security amongst a range of issues.

Q
(Ribble Valley)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of reducing the number of counter staff at rural police stations.
Q
(Ribble Valley)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will improve cyber security to ensure the resilience and security of Government information and communication technology infrastructure.
Q
(Ribble Valley)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, by what date EU citizens living in the UK will know the cut-off point after which any new EU citizens arriving in the UK may not be given settled status.
Q
(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
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.
Q
(East Yorkshire)
[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
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that future maintenance liabilities for abandoned or exhausted shale gas wells remain the responsibility of the operator of that well.
Q
(East Yorkshire)
[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
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what maintenance and inspection procedures he plans to put in place to protect underground water supplies from damage as a result of shale gas extraction.
Q
(East Yorkshire)
[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
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the need for increased reservoir capacity; and if he will make a statement.
Q
(East Yorkshire)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive are adequately resourced to monitor permitted shale gas operations.
Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plan he has to extend the national living wage to include those aged 18 to 24.
Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[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: 27 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government discussed the 2018 boundary review during recent negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party.
Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[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
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of increasing university tuition fees to over £9000 a year on the number of young adults from deprived backgrounds attending university.
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK EU national nurses were working in mental health in the NHS in each of the last five years.
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK EU psychiatrists were working in the NHS in each of the last five years.
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK EU nationals were working in mental health services in each NHS trust and clinical commissioning group in each of the last five years.
Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
[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
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK EU national mental health care workers there were in the NHS in each of the last five years.
Q
(Stevenage)
[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
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to make local economic partnerships more accountable to local people; and if he will make a statement.
Q
Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow 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
Scotland Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date he was informed that any funding arrangements associated with the DUP-Conservative confidence and supply arrangement would not have Barnett formula consequentials for Scotland.
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(Glasgow South)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens in Glasgow South constituency will have to apply for settled status as outlined in Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, published on 26 June 2017.
Q
(Glasgow South)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens working in the NHS in Glasgow will have to apply for settled status as outlined Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, published on 26 June 2017.
Q
(Glasgow South)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of processing settled status claims for EU citizens.
Q
(Glasgow South)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of EU citizens who have immigrated to Glasgow since 29 March 2017.
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Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assurance he can give councils that funding for ongoing housing programmes funded from the housing revenue account will not be compromised by necessary fire safety works.
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Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what fire safety inspections have been carried out at hospitals in London.
Q
Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fire pumps were available in (a) London, (b) the London Borough of Southwark and (c) the London Borough of Lambeth in each year from 2010 to 2017.
Q
Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been made available to local NHS trusts for fire safety inspections at hospitals in Lambeth and Southwark.
Q
Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the formula for the distribution of discretionary housing payment grant to local authorities.
Q
Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what fire safety inspections have been carried out at schools in Lambeth and Southwark.
Q
Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what resources have been made available to local councils for fire safety inspections at schools in Lambeth and Southwark.
Q
Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
[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
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the War Crimes Unit and the Home Office to (a) receive and (b) act on complaints from members of the pubic on alleged war crimes.
Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he last considered a review of sentencing for animal cruelty offences.
Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department is doing to ensure the provision of medication and healthcare to people affected by ISIS in Iraq.
Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received from the Government of Iraq on development aid for Iraq after the liberation of Mosul.
Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to raise awareness of fake news distributed online and on social media.
Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent terror attacks in the UK on the UK tourism industry.
Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the scientific evidential basis is that patients being treated at the congenital heart disease unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital will receive better care elsewhere when that unit closes.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many home fire safety checks have been made in each year since 2010.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the security of pedestrianised areas in York against (a) terrorist and (b) vehicle-borne terrorist attack.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to evaluate the effectiveness of Prevent Strategy training.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding she is providing for the erection of barriers to protect buildings and other places where people congregate in cities.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on planning to prevent terrorist acts in their communities.
Q
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will prioritise the site of Bootham Park Hospital, York as a community asset rather that its being sold for development.
Q
(Bristol West)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on adopting the agent of change principle in planning regulations to help protect live music venues.
Q
(East Renfrewshire)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) support the appeal and (b) secure the transfer from India to Scotland of Billy Irving of Neilston, East Renfrewshire.
Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[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
Department for Exiting the European Union
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the ceasing mutual recognition of architects qualifications as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had discussions with EU negotiators on the need for a data adequacy decision in respect of the UK at the point that the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.
Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[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: 27 June 2017
Scotland Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the Barnett formula consequentials of the financial support the Government plans to make available to Northern Ireland as a result of discussions with the Democratic Unionist Party.
Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all the bilateral agreements between the UK and EU member states relating to air travel which predate the current EU air travel regime and which were current when that regime was adopted; and if he will make a statement.
Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer of 27 June 2017 to the right hon. Member for Leeds Central, Official Report, column 309, whether EU citizens applying to have a (a) spouse or partner, (b) child over 18-years old, (c) child under 18-years old or (d) parent join them in the UK after the UK has left the EU will be required to meet a minimum income threshold.
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what formal processes were followed by 32 Signal Regiment related to the offer of the rank of Colonel to Ruth Davidson MSP; and if he will place all correspondence relating to that offer and acceptance of that rank in the Library.
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many honorary ranks have been accepted by civilians across all the armed forces in the last five years.
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether ministerial permission or agreement is required prior to the (a) offer and (b) confirmation of an honorary rank to a civilian.
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many honorary ranks have been offered to civilians across all the armed forces in the last five years.
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance the Government provides to senior military personnel on the offer of an honorary rank to a civilian.
Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the process is for offering to a civilian an honorary rank within each branch of the armed services.
Q
Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
[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
Department of Health
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans are in place in the event of a licensed medicine becoming unavailable owing to temporary shortage.
Q
Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
[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: 27 June 2017
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid to businesses from the £300 million business rates relief fund.
Q
Asked by Chris Elmore
(Ogmore)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to end the exemption of universities from Freedom of Information legislation.
Q
(Christchurch)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Planning Inspectorate plans to convene a hearing into the appeal by the site owner of Tall Trees Park, Matchams Lane, Christchurch against the decision of Christchurch Borough Council in 2007 to refuse an application for a lawful development certificate; and what the reasons are for the delay in the time taken to convene that hearing.
Q
(Christchurch)
[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
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangements his Department has put in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach between the Valuation Office Agency and local authorities on the designation of dwellings in respect of which council tax is payable rather than non-domestic rates; and if he will make a statement.
Q
(Christchurch)
[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: 27 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement the policy of prohibiting exit payments for public sector employees in England exceeding £95,000; and what steps he is taking to discourage such payments in excess of £95,000 in the interim.
Q
(Christchurch)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the DVLA plans to action the application by Mr Bentall of Christchurch for the reinstatement of his driving licence; and what the reasons are for the time taken in dealing with that case.
Q
(Christchurch)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Planning Inspectorate plans to issue a start date for the appeals lodged by residents of Tall Trees Park, Matchams Lane, Christchurch in January 2017 against the Enforcement Notice of Christchurch Borough Council of 30 November 2016; and what the reasons are for the time taken to issue that start date.
Q
(Hazel Grove)
[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: 27 June 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to provide funds for a further increase in the number of grammar schools.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Attorney General
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many contracts put out to tender by the Law Officers' Departments were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts put out to tender by his Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many contracts put out to tender by his Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts put out to tender by her Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts put out to tender by his Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many contracts put out to tender by her Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts put out to tender by his Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many contracts put out to tender by his Department were awarded to (a) charities and (b) social enterprises since its creation.
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