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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 24 January 2018
Department for International Development
Syria: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the planned allocation of funding from her Department in respect of the Syrian crisis is for (a) 2018 and (b) 2019; and what proportion of that funding will be spent (i) inside and (ii) outside Syria.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 February 2018

DFID country allocations for 2018 and 2019 are yet to be determined. In 2017, we spent £508 million – 102% of our pledge at the April 2017 Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region conference.

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(East Renfrewshire)
Asked on: 24 January 2018
Home Office
Hezbollah
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Government uses to distinguish between the political and military wings of Hezbollah.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Government distinguishes between those parts of Hizbollah which are involved in Lebanese politics (and that maintains a social welfare network that encompasses education and health services) and those which are actively concerned in terrorism (and are responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of terrorist attacks). The activity an individual in Hizbollah is engaged in will contribute to what part of the organisation they belong to.

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Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 01 February 2018
Attorney General
Travellers: Discrimination
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many successful prosecutions there have been under the Equality Act 2010 for discrimination against the Gypsy and Traveller communities.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 19 February 2018

There was one prosecution under s175 (1)(a) and 2 of the Equalities Act in 2011/12. This creates offences in relation to access to public service vehicles. In accordance with CPS Retention Policy a case involving an offence under section 175 of the Equalities Act 2010 would be archived one year following sentencing. Therefore, no further information is held about the case in question.

Section 9 of the Equality Act 2010 defines the protected characteristics of ‘race’. Race includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins. Ethnic or national origins include being from a Roma or Traveler background, therefore the CPS prosecutes crimes against the Gypsy and Traveller communities under other legislation, in particular hate crimes against the community.

A programme of CPS mandated training for prosecutors, including racially aggravated crime, was developed and completed by the start of 2017.

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(North Durham)
[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: 02 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Public Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the savings which need to be realised by his Department over the 10 years to 2026-27.
A
Answered by: Gavin Williamson
Answered on: 19 February 2018

In the 2015 Spending Review, the Ministry of Defence agreed to an efficiency target of £7.4 billion between 2016 and 2021. These efficiencies will be sustainable and their enduring benefits, when carried forward a further five years, will release a total of around £20 billion of efficiency savings over the 10 years to 2025-26 - or £23 billion by 2026-27.

As a Department, we have also delivered over £5 billion of efficiency savings between 2010-2016, and are making good progress towards our Spending Review 2015 target.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Cameroon: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of 11 Cameroonian politicians at a meeting in Abuja on 5 January; what information they have about Cameroonian secessionist leaders either detained in Nigeria or transferred into the custody of the Cameroonian authorities; whether they have urged the Nigerian and Cameroonian authorities to make clear where the Ambazonian independence leaders are; whether they have any information as to whether those individuals have been charged with a crime, and if so, why; and whether they intend to take steps to establish the whereabouts of those individuals.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Eleven Cameroonians were detained in Abuja on 5 January and returned to Cameroon on 24 January. The Government of Cameroon's Information Minister has publicly confirmed that they have been detained and are awaiting trial but he did not specify the charges. The decisions to detain and extradite these individuals is a matter for the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of Cameroon.

Minister Baldwin raised our concerns about the situation in the Anglophone regions with Prime Minister Yang and other Cameroonian Ministers on 13 February. We will continue to engage the Government of Cameroon and opposition groups to reiterate the need to exercise restraint, enter into purposeful and inclusive dialogue and take action to reduce tensions.

We welcome their assurance that the detainees are being held in good conditions and urged them to allow access by an independent organisation.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sudan: Undocumented Migrants
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that Sudanese security officials have been involved in smuggling refugees from East Africa, (2) reports that the government of Sudan has been complicit in the illegal sale of Sudanese passports, and (3) how this relates to Sudan’s role as the EU’s partner in countering irregular migration; and whether they have raised those allegations with the government of Sudan.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

We raised our concerns about reports that Sudanese Government officials have been involved in the smuggling of refugees from East Africa with the Ministry of the Interior earlier this month, and continue to monitor this issue closely.

We are aware of media reports that have alleged a link between individuals with ties to senior Government officials and the illegal sale of Sudanese passports. We will continue to monitor the situation and to discuss passport security issues with the Government of Sudan where appropriate.

We will also continue to discuss issues relating to irregular migration from and to Sudan under the umbrella of the Khartoum Process, and through the UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tasneem El-Zaki
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they made to the government of Sudan during the imprisonment of the human rights lawyer Tasneem El-Zaki, after she was jailed for defending rape victims; and what assessment they have made of her statement that "There’s no personal freedom in Sudan”.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The British Embassy in Khartoum engaged extensively with the Government of Sudan throughout 2017 on the case of Tasneem El-Zaki and the human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim, both of whom were pardoned and released last year. Improving the human rights situation in Sudan, including urging the Government to respect the constitutional rights of Sudanese citizens, remains a key priority of our bilateral engagement. It is crucial that the people of Sudan are permitted to exercise their right to freedom of expression, including freedom of the media and of political participation, and we continue to make this clear to the Government of Sudan.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sudan: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about reports of (1) the beating with an electric rod, during an interrogation in January, of Amal Habani, the co-ordinator of the No Oppression Against Women Initiative in Sudan, and (2) the arrests of human rights activist, Nahid Jabrallah, and Mohamed Aldouma, the president of the Darfur Bar Association.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

We are aware of allegations made about the treatment of Amal Habani during her arrest, and of the arrests of Nahid Jabrallah and Mohamed Aldouma. The British Government has continually raised the issue of the arbitrary arrest of political leaders and activists and the treatment of those detained following the recent protests in Sudan, and most recently did so at a senior level in a bilateral meeting on 7 February, and publicly through a public statement by EU ambassadors resident in Sudan on 30 January.

We continue to call on the Government of Sudan to release all these detainees as soon as possible, and continue to make clear our expectation that all detainees will be treated in accordance with international standards. More widely, we urge the Government of Sudan to implement the recommendations of the National Dialogue that relate to limiting the powers of the National Intelligence and Security Service to arrest and detain individuals.

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Asked on: 05 February 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister initiated or authorised the production of any cross-departmental Brexit studies; and in what areas such studies have been undertaken.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Government is undertaking a wide range of analysis and preparatory work to support our EU exit negotiations and preparations. This analysis is a cross-Whitehall exercise, which has not been led by any single Department.

On the analysis subject to the recent Humble Address, as with all the Government’s work on EU exit, DExEU plays a coordinating role, working with the relevant Departments across Whitehall. The modelling work leveraged the best expertise from each department.

This analysis has only recently started to be shown to Ministers on the European Union Exit and Trade (Strategy and Negotiations) sub-Committee. This has been in order to get their input and feedback on how this analysis can be improved.

Grouped Questions: HL5362
Q
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments were consulted on cross-departmental Brexit studies; and which ones gave input.
A
Answered by: Lord Callanan
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Government is undertaking a wide range of analysis and preparatory work to support our EU exit negotiations and preparations. This analysis is a cross-Whitehall exercise, which has not been led by any single Department.

On the analysis subject to the recent Humble Address, as with all the Government’s work on EU exit, DExEU plays a coordinating role, working with the relevant Departments across Whitehall. The modelling work leveraged the best expertise from each department.

This analysis has only recently started to be shown to Ministers on the European Union Exit and Trade (Strategy and Negotiations) sub-Committee. This has been in order to get their input and feedback on how this analysis can be improved.

Grouped Questions: HL5361
Q
Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Religious Freedom
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to advance freedom of religion and belief in (1) Saudi Arabia, (2) Pakistan, (3) Myanmar, and (4) the Central African Republic.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Government strongly supports the right to freedom of religion or belief and our views are well known.

Saudi Arabia:
We regularly raise our concerns with the Government of Saudi Arabia using a range of Ministerial and diplomatic channels of communication, including the British Embassy and through the European Union in Riyadh. We will continue to look for opportunities to work with Saudi Arabia in encouraging greater freedom of religion or belief. We received positive messages from the Saudi authorities on the tolerance of religious minorities and freedom of religion or belief.

Pakistan:
During his visit to Pakistan in November 2017, the Minister for Asia and the Pacific raised the treatment of religious minorities, including discrimination and violence against the Ahmadiyya Muslim and Christian communities, with Pakistan's Ministry of Human Rights. The Foreign Secretary raised religious tolerance and the importance of safeguarding the rights of all Pakistan's citizens during his visit to Pakistan in November 2016. The UK has supported projects in Pakistan to promote greater tolerance and religious freedom. Pakistan remains a priority for UK development assistance, with programmes designed to improve human rights that include promoting tolerance of religious minorities.

Burma:
I raised concerns about the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities in Burma at the Human Rights Council in September 2017. The treatment of the Rogingya is of particular concern, the Foreign Secretary raised this with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma on 11 February. British Embassy Rangoon has been supporting local projects addressing the drivers of prejudice and inter-communal violence. In 2017 we delivered a two-day inter-faith dialogue and a workshop for civil servants, parliamentarians and non-government organisations.

Central African Republic:
We are working with the international community, including through the UN peacekeeping Mission (MINSUCA), to support the Central African Republic government's efforts to end the violence and bring about reconciliation and stability. In January, with our UN Security Council partners, the UK also agreed a mandate to sanction individuals who incite violence on an ethnic or religious basis (UN Resolution 2399). Since 2013, the UK has provided £63 million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the violence.

Q
Asked by Lord Boateng
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Religious Freedom
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries the Magna Carta Fund has been used to support projects to advance freedom of religion and belief.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has used the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy since its inception in financial year 2016/17 to support work to advance freedom of religion or belief in the following countries: Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to recent reports of civilian deaths and arrests following the crackdown on peaceful Church protests by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

​The Government released statements on 3 January and 23 January following the deaths of protestors on 31 December 2017 and 21 January 2018. The statements called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government to investigate and hold accountable security force members who fired on civilians or ordered the use of lethal force. The UK continues to pressure the DRC government to open political space and allow peaceful demonstrations.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
HM Treasury
Child Tax Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633), how many families have had their tax credits reduced as a result of the two-child limit, in each month, since the introduction of that limit in April 2017.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The government considered the impact limiting support in tax credits and Universal Credit has on different groups during its development. We published an Impact Assessment during the passage of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 which shows the number of Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit claimants who were expected to be affected by the policy over the next five years.

There will be no cash losers as a direct result of this policy. Those claiming Child Tax Credit for more than two children born before 6 April 2017 will not see a reduction in those payments.

Grouped Questions: HL5368
Asked on: 05 February 2018
HM Treasury
Child Tax Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633), of those families affected by the two-child limit for tax credits introduced in April 2017, how many (1) had one or more parents in work, (2) were lone parent families, and (3) were two-parent families, broken down by month; and what was the number of children involved in each family.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The government considered the impact limiting support in tax credits and Universal Credit has on different groups during its development. We published an Impact Assessment during the passage of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 which shows the number of Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit claimants who were expected to be affected by the policy over the next five years.

There will be no cash losers as a direct result of this policy. Those claiming Child Tax Credit for more than two children born before 6 April 2017 will not see a reduction in those payments.

Grouped Questions: HL5367
Asked on: 05 February 2018
HM Treasury
Child Tax Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4634), with reference to their commitment to publishing statistics relating to exceptions to the limit on Child Tax Credits support to two children, what is their criteria for "sufficient cases".
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Statistics on exceptions to the limit on Child Tax Credit support to two children will be published when there are enough cases to enable meaningful analyses and breakdowns of exception statistics into sub-categories (such as the type of exception), without compromising normal statistical standards regarding disclosure.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
HM Treasury
Child Tax Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4635), how they are measuring and monitoring the impact of the two-child limit for Child Tax Credits on the well-being of children in large families affected by that policy.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The government is committed to supporting all families. The government provides a range of support in addition to Child Tax Credit. Child Benefit is paid for each child in a household, at £20.70 per week for the first child and £13.70 a week for each subsequent child. To help working parents, the government has doubled the free childcare available for 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks a year (or 1140 hours per year), saving families in total around £5,000 a year per child. The government is committed to ensuring that the potential impacts on families of its policies are carefully taken into account as part of the policymaking process by applying the Family Test.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Home Office
Visas: Skilled Workers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the occupations and salaries of foreign workers for whom restricted certificates of sponsorship under Tier 2 (General) were allocated by the Home Office in the January 2017 allocation.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The specific information requested is not included in statistics published by the Home Office.

The number of restricted certificates of sponsorship granted, and the points threshold, for each monthly allocation since April 2016 is published on the Home Office website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-sponsorship-restricted-certificate-allocations/allocations-of-restricted-certificates-of-sponsorship

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by the Thomas Coram Foundation that there are some 120,000 children in the UK without regular immigration status, of whom half were born here; what are their proposals for improving this situation in line with the best interests of the child; and whether free legal advice is, or will be, available to such children who wish to claim citizenship.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Any non-European Economic Area national child wishing to remain in the UK to settle here must apply for leave under the family Immigration Rules. These Rules give direct effect to the Secretary of State’s statutory duty in section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009, to have regard, as a primary consideration, to a child’s best interests in making an immigration decision affecting them.

Comprehensive information about applying for citizenship is available on the GOV.UK website. If an individual wishes to seek additional legal advice there are a number of sources available, including regulated immigration advisers. Whether a person is charged for that advice would depend on the organisation concerned and the individual’s situation.

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Home Office
Deportation: Young People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with temporary leave to remain after reaching the age of 18 were deported to their countries of origin, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Home Office does not hold the data requested in a reportable format. The data requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The Home Office only returns an unaccompanied child with no lawful basis to remain in the UK if it is satisfied that safe and adequate reception arrangements are in place in the country to which they are to be removed.

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Home Office
Deportation: Young People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment of the best interests of the individual child is provided before a deportation at the age of 18 is approved.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Government’s duty under Section 55 of the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Act 2009 applies to those under the age of 18. In the case of vulnerable adults aged 18 and over, a risk assessment is completed prior to removal or deportation to ensure their safety and security is protected.

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Department for Education
Pupil Exclusions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children attending (1) primary, and (2) secondary schools, were (a) temporarily excluded, and (b) permanently excluded, from school, in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Table 1, attached, of the National Statistics release ‘Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England 2015 to 2016’ contains the number of primary and secondary school pupils with permanent and fixed-period exclusions. Data for the year 2016/17 is not yet available.

The table shows that the rate of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has increased over recent years, from 0.06% in 2013/14 to 0.08% in 2015/16. The rate of fixed period exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has also increased from 3.50% in 2013/14 to 4.29% in 2015/16.

The full release is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government
/statistics/permanent-and-fixed-period-exclusions-in-england-2015-to-2016
.

Data regarding the number of temporary and permanent exclusions for pupils enrolled in independent schools is not held centrally.

Table 1 (Excel SpreadSheet, 31.17 KB)
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Guantanamo Bay: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of the United States calling for the release or charging of the remaining 41 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The British Government’s long-standing position is that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay should close. We continue to engage with the US Government on this issue, as we do on a range of national security issues and in the context of our joint determination to tackle international terrorism and combat violent extremism.

Asked on: 05 February 2018
Department for Education
Construction: Training
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address skill shortages in the construction industry.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The construction industry needs to attract, retain and develop individuals with the appropriate skills, so it can meet the country’s ambition to build 1.2 million new homes by 2022 and upgrade our infrastructure.

The government is working with the construction industry to help meet this challenge, as set out in the construction sector deal announced in November last year. We are reforming technical education and apprenticeships, which will help train the workforce of the future in line with the industry’s needs. The department recently announced reforms to the Construction Industry Training Board, which oversees industry training, to improve its effectiveness and accountability.

In the Autumn Budget 2017, we announced a new National Retraining Scheme, including an additional £34 million to help adults retrain and develop the necessary skills to work in the construction industry. We expect to launch this construction skills fund in the coming months.

Q
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to call for international sanctions to encourage Israeli observance of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child; and if so, what form of sanctions they propose.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

​The Government has no plans to call for international sanctions on Israel. We continue to encourage the Israeli authorities to meet their obligations under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Q
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Home Office
Visas: Occupied Territories
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 January (HL4714), what assessment they have made of the reasons why (1) their immigration statistics show that 19 per cent of Israeli settlers living illegally on Palestinian land were refused entry to the UK in 2017 whereas 32 per cent of Palestinians were refused entry, and (2) in the last four years the Palestinian refusal rate has been over three times the Israeli refusal rate.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

All applications are assessed on a case by case basis, according to the individual circumstances and against the part of the Immigration Rules which relates to the purpose for which they are seeking entry. The nationality of the applicant only determines whether an application is decided before departure or on arrival.

All non-EEA citizens seeking to enter the UK are assessed against the criteria set out in the published Immigration Rules (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules). These are the same regardless of nationality.

Q
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: EU External Relations
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment (1) they, and (2) the EU, have made of Israel’s compliance with the conditions in the EU–Israel Association agreements, concerning human rights and democracy.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

​While we have not made an assessment of Israel’s compliance with the conditions in the EU–Israel Association agreements, concerning human rights and democracy, the UK is firmly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and compliance with international law especially in regard to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). We have a regular dialogue with the Government of Israel with regard to the implementation of their obligations under international law and regularly and robustly raise our serious concerns on issues relating to Israeli actions in the OPTs.

Q
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Laith Abu Naim
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the death of an unarmed 16 year-old, Laith Abu Naim.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

While we have not discussed this specific issue with the Israeli authorities, the UK has repeatedly made clear to Israel our longstanding concerns about the manner in which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) police non-violent protests and the border areas, including use of live ammunition. The Government is very concerned at the numbers of Palestinians killed by Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank and Gaza. We have raised the issue with the Israeli authorities, encouraging them to carry out transparent investigations whether use of live fire had been appropriate. We understand that the IDF are investigating this death.

Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Countryside Stewardship Scheme: North Cornwall
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of farmers in north Cornwall have taken up the Entry Level Stewardship scheme since 2015.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Entry Level Stewardship closed for new applications in 2014. There have been no new Entry Level Stewardship applications since 2015 in North Cornwall or elsewhere.

In 2015, the Environmental Stewardship Scheme was replaced by Countryside Stewardship, which offers 5 year land management agreements beginning on the 1st January in the year following application. In North Cornwall we have approved 83 Countryside Stewardship agreements with a 1st January 2016 start date and 102 with a 1st January 2017 start date.

Q
Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull 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: 05 February 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Franchises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many directly awarded rail franchise agreements have been made by his Department in each year since 2004-05.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 19 February 2018
Holding answer received on 08 February 2018

Direct Awards were not used prior to 2012. Since then, the following awards have been made:

Direct Award made

Franchise

2013

Essex Thameside

2013

Great Western

2014

Thameslink Great Northern

2014

Northern

2014

West Coast

2014

East Anglia

2014

South Eastern

2015

Trans-Pennine Express

2015

Great Western 2

2015

East Midlands

2015

West Midlands

2016

Cross Country

2018

West Coast 2

Direct Awards have been used primarily to smooth the franchising schedule and allow us to deliver the best possible value and benefits to passengers including to help minimise disruption through periods of major improvements or change.

Direct Awards may be used, for example, when significant operational change makes mounting a competition challenging.

Each Direct Award delivers new passenger benefits and service improvements in exchange for the contract extension before the new long-term franchise is competed.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fireworks: Prosecutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions there have been under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 in the last five years.
A
Corrected answer by: Andrew Griffiths
Corrected on: 19 February 2018
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 14 February 2018.
The correct answer should have been:

The Ministry of Justice has provided the following information:

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts for offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004, from 2006 to 2016 (latest available data), can be viewed in the attached table.

Court proceedings data for 2017 are planned for publication in May 2018.

Prosecutions under Fireworks Regulations 2006-16 (Excel SpreadSheet, 10.45 KB)
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 14 February 2018

The Ministry of Justice has provided the following information:

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts for offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004, from 2006 to 2016 (latest available data), can be viewed in the attached table.

Court proceedings data for 2017 are planned for publication in May 2018.

Prosecutions under Fireworks Regulations 2006-16 (Excel SpreadSheet, 10.45 KB)
Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Attorney General
Unexplained Wealth Orders
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has the resources necessary to implement the new unexplained wealth orders.
A
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has adequate resources to undertake work relating to unexplained wealth orders.

The Home Office will provide funding to the value of £70,500 in 2017-18 in order to support CPS POC and the ROCU/RART network to develop the knowledge and skills required in order to investigate cases appropriately and to conduct High Court civil litigation.

Asked on: 06 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Public Sector: Equality
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not bought into force section 1 of the Equality Act 2010; and whether they will now do so following recommendations by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

This Government is committed to creating a country that works for everyone, where success is based on merit, not privilege, and where everyone has the chance to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them. That is why the Government has in place a number of strategies to address social mobility and improve outcomes for those who experience disadvantage.

Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 is the public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities, which the Government has no plans to commence in England.

We believe that specific programmes designed to address social mobility problems in particular areas will be a more effective approach than blanket and potentially burdensome legislation of this type.

Asked on: 06 February 2018
HM Treasury
Personal Income
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 31 January (HL Deb, col 1584), on what data they base their claim that income inequality is lower than in 2010; and whether those data take account of housing costs.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 19 February 2018

This statistic is based on the ONS’s ‘Household disposable income and inequality in the UK: financial year ending 2017’ report, released January 2018. It shows that the Gini coefficient for disposable income inequality is lower than it was in 2010.

This measure of disposable income takes account of direct taxes and benefits, but does not take account of housing costs. The ONS do not publish a Gini coefficient on an after housing cost basis.

Q
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lakeside Energy from Waste
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the construction of a third runway at Heathrow will require the closure of the Lakeside Energy from Waste plant; and of the corresponding impact this would have on the 12 councils that use this plant.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The Environment Agency (EA) has not yet made a detailed assessment of the effect of proposals to expand Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is currently working on its detailed proposal and once this is submitted the EA will assess it. The EA will be responding to the first phase of HAL’s public consultation which was launched on 17 January 2018. The EA will not be able to assess the detailed proposals until HAL submit their application for a Development Consent Order, which they expect to do by the end of 2019.

Defra is aware of the potential effects of Heathrow’s expansion on local waste management and is monitoring the development.

Q
Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 06 February 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Parliamentary Estate: Construction
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many women are employed in construction works (1) on the House of Lords Estate, and (2) for bicameral projects on the Parliamentary Estate.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The House of Commons and the House of Lords are jointly responsible for the Palace of Westminster. The Strategic Estates department is a bicameral department and is responsible for delivering capital investment across the Parliamentary Estate. As at 14 February the department consisted of 64 (47%) women and 72 (53%) men. These staff work on a bicameral basis and it is not possible to allocate specific figures to those working on each part of the Estate. In addition to these staff, as at 14 February there were 2,620 contractor passes issued to the teams responsible for construction works and maintenance of the Palace and other areas of the Parliamentary Estate. Of these, 312 (11.9%) were issued to women.

Asked on: 06 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Part-time Employment: Pay
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking regarding reports of stagnant pay progression for part-time workers, particularly with regard to the gender pay gap.
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The majority of part-time workers are women, especially mothers of young children, and they often choose part-time work in order to balance work and family care. The unequal sharing of childcare responsibilities between men and women is a key driver of the gender pay gap. The Government is committed to tackling the gender pay gap, including through introducing a legal requirement for business to report their gender pay gaps in April this year. The Government has also taken measures to help parents to balance work and childcare. We introduced the right to request flexible working in 2014, and we have also introduced tax-free childcare and 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to support working families. We also launched a communications campaign on Shared Parental Leave on 12 February.

In response to Matthew Taylor’s Good Work report the Government will launch a joint taskforce with industry on flexible working to unlock the potential in the labour market, including amongst women.

Q
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Department for Education
Children: Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Children's Bureau, Children missing education, published in January; and what steps they are taking to support Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children who are particularly at risk of missing education.
A
Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Nothing is more important than keeping children safe and in suitable education. That is why in September 2016, the department amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, to include further duties on schools to improve the information they provide to local authorities when a child is removed from their roll. This will better enable local authorities to carry out vital enquiries to ensure children are safe from harm.

We have a commitment to review the impact of these amendements by September 2019. As part of this review we shall consider the views of all key stakeholders, including the points raised by the National Children’s Bureau in their report ‘Children missing education’.

We have engaged with a number of local authorities to gather and share best practice in improving outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) pupils. We plan to explore the barriers to education faced by GRT pupils in discussion with the department’s GRT stakeholder group. We are committed to ensuring that every child, whatever their background, has the opportunity to go as far as their talent and hard work can take them.

Q
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Livestock Industry: Licensing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the proposed increase in permit variation fees for the pig and poultry industries is due to (1) staff costs, and (2) IT costs; and whether the entire charge will accrue to the Environment Agency.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

The proposal under the Strategic Review of Charges is to recover fully the cost of permit variation of which 71% relates to Environment Agency (EA) staff costs (this excludes the cost of Defra staff within Defra Corporate Services which provide and charge the EA for the service). Around 9% of the proposed charge relates to IT provision and support, most of which is provided by Defra Corporate Services.

The total charge will accrue to the EA.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Total Allowable Catches
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use zonal attachments to determine internationally agreed total allowable catches of fish after Brexit.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

On leaving the European Union, the UK will become an independent coastal state with responsibility for controlling and managing our Exclusive Economic Zone. This will provide an opportunity to reach new agreements on the sharing of fishing opportunities. On average between 2013 – 2015, other EU Member States’ vessels landed around 750,000 tonnes of fish (£575 million revenue) caught in UK waters per year whereas UK vessels landed 100,000 tonnes (£100 million revenue) of fish caught in other Member States’ waters per year in the same time period.

We will have international obligations to cooperate with other coastal states over the sustainable management of shared stocks; we remain committed to sustainable fishing. We are looking at a range of data to support consideration of future fishing opportunities, including catches and zonal attachment of stocks in the UK Exclusive Economic Zone.

Grouped Questions: HL5496
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Total Allowable Catches
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the tonnages of the total allowable catches share-out the UK could expect to claim after Brexit.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

On leaving the European Union, the UK will become an independent coastal state with responsibility for controlling and managing our Exclusive Economic Zone. This will provide an opportunity to reach new agreements on the sharing of fishing opportunities. On average between 2013 – 2015, other EU Member States’ vessels landed around 750,000 tonnes of fish (£575 million revenue) caught in UK waters per year whereas UK vessels landed 100,000 tonnes (£100 million revenue) of fish caught in other Member States’ waters per year in the same time period.

We will have international obligations to cooperate with other coastal states over the sustainable management of shared stocks; we remain committed to sustainable fishing. We are looking at a range of data to support consideration of future fishing opportunities, including catches and zonal attachment of stocks in the UK Exclusive Economic Zone.

Grouped Questions: HL5495
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fishing Catches
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current discard rates for the major fisheries in the UK; and what assessment they have made of the impact on these discard rates of any changes in the level of total allowable catches after Brexit.
A
Answered on: 19 February 2018

Comprehensive data on the discard rates across different EU fisheries, including fisheries of major interest to the United Kingdom, were published in 2014 by the Scheveningen (North Sea) and North Western Waters regional groups of EU Member States, in the ‘Discard Atlas of North Sea Fisheries’ and the ‘Discard Atlas of the North Western Waters Demersal Fisheries’, respectively. The reports are available at the links below:

http://www.nsrac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/discardatlas_northsea_demersalfisheries_2014.pdf

http://www.nwwac.org/_fileupload/CEFAS_Discard%20Atlas%20of%20the%20North%20WesternWaters%20Demersal%20Fisheries_15_12_2014_FINAL.pdf

From 1 January 2019 all EU fisheries for species subject to catch limits will be covered by the EU landing obligation. Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for 2019 and beyond will be based on catch advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), which will reflect the fact that species subject to the landing obligation will no longer be discarded.

The UK Government remains fully committed to sustainable fisheries management which will continue when we leave the EU, with TACs set in line with the science and ending the wasteful practice of discarding.

Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to On Track – the 20 year plan, published by the Peninsula Rail Task Force on October 2015, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating funding for work to decrease journey times between Plymouth and Exeter.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to On Track – the 20 year plan, published by the Peninsula Rail Task Force on October 2015, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on decreasing journey times between Plymouth and Exeter.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to upgrade the train line between Plymouth and Totnes.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of recladding tower blocks that have combustible cladding in England.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to reduce the number of cats (a) killed and (b) left with life-changing injuries due to being shot by air guns; and if she will make a statement.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure the National Security Capability Review prioritises the capability of the UK's defence; and if he will a statement.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120603, on Ophthalmic Services, if he will publish the number of admissions for people with (a) age-related macular degeneration, (b) glaucoma and (c) diabetic retinopathy in each of the last five years.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121244, on Ophthalmic Services, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of local commissioning arrangements for (a) glaucoma, (b) age related macular degeneration and (c) diabetic retinopathy.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money her Department has spent on (a) direct aid and (b) providing assistance to (i) the Brazilian Government and (ii) projects in Brazil in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Prime Minister
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many former Conservative Members of Parliament who were defeated at the general election 2017 and who now work in her Office were appointed after a publicly advertised and open recruitment process.
Q
Asked by Ross Thomson
(Aberdeen South)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to maintain the statuses of (a) London and (b) Edinburgh as competitive centres for international arbitration after the UK leaves the EU.
Q
(North Swindon)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to pilot the commencement of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 in Swindon.
Q
(Hyndburn)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the House of Commons Library a lookup file of every (a) postcode and (b) postcode sector in the UK to its nearest JobCentre Plus office.
Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has asked the National Infrastructure Commission to assess the viability of building a bridge spanning the English Channel.
Q
(Battersea)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will compensate claimants who have (a) fallen into debt and (b) accrued interest charges as a result of decisions which are overturned in her Department's review of personal independence payments.
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the system for determining the number of points required for a certificate of sponsorship for overseas doctors seeking work in UK hospitals.
Q
(Bridgend)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department provides on the provision of nursing rooms in prisons for the use by breastfeeding mothers who attend domestic visits.
Q
(Bridgend)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information his Department holds on the number of prisons that provide nursing rooms for the use by breastfeeding mothers who attend domestic visits.
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.
Q
(Lewisham, Deptford)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the waiting time for mental health assessment and therapy in (a) Lewisham borough, (b) London and (c) England.
Q
(Luton South)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support freedom of religion and belief in other countries to meet the strategic commitment to supporting freedom of religion and belief set out in the FCO Departmental Plan 2015-2020.
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to extend the air pollution alert system to ensure that notifications about high pollution levels are disseminated as widely as possible.
Q
Asked by Peter Dowd
(Bootle)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 19 February 2018
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received relief from VAT on supplies to charities in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.
Q
Asked by Peter Dowd
(Bootle)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 19 February 2018
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received relief from VAT on certain ships and aircraft in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.
Q
(Mid Dorset and North Poole)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure guidance and regulations on Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools makes reference to marriage; and if he will make a statement.
Q
(Bristol East)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps have been taken by Rothamsted Research to ensure that conflicts of interest arising from its strategic framework agreement with Bayer are managed and that there is no risk to the perception of independence of Rothamsted’s advice to Government.
Q
(Wallasey)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the answer to FOI request ID3000 by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the reduced capacity at New Brighton lifeboat station since July 2016, what plans he has to restore New Brighton lifeboat station to full operational capacity.
Q
Asked by Andrew Lewer
(Northampton South)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
HM Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to re-examine the Geospatial Commission proposal of November 2017 on free access to Ordnance Survey data.
Q
Asked by Emma Reynolds
(Wolverhampton North East)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in financial support for disabled people under universal credit on living standards of that group.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to move responsibility for data policy and governance from Government Digital Services.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2018 to Question 125908, on Capita, how many such meetings occurred in that time period.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Attorney General
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2018 to Question 123531 on Attorney General: procurement, if he will list those contracts including the supplier name and value of those contracts.
Q
Asked by Ben Lake
(Ceredigion)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect his Department’s consultation on the deregulation of radio on the availability of Welsh-specific content in radio in Wales.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 30 January 2018 to Question 124263 on Amey and Carillion, what costs to the public purse have been calculated in each of those contingency plans.
Q
(Meriden)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations his Department has received on (a) violent threats and (b) demands made by gangs of tarmac workers to (i) farmers and (ii) rural landowners.
Q
Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the 19 suppliers are on the Spend Analysis and Recovery Services framework.
Q
(Brent North)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what methodology the Trade Remedies Authority will use to calculate dumping margins after the UK leaves the EU.
Q
(Brent North)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the economic interest test will have the same functions and be operated on the same basis as the Union Interest Test used by the EU.
Q
Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
House of Commons Commission
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2018 to Question 122128, if he will provide an assurance that no further reductions will be made to the opening hours of the Post Office in Central Lobby.
Q
Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the land connectivity of UK ports.
Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to respond to the recommendations made by the youth full-time social action review.
Q
(Belfast East)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make representations to the European Commission to reverse its decision that UK cities cannot bid to be the European Capital of Culture for 2023.
Q
Asked by Emma Hardy
(Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of installing CCTV cameras in care homes on the prevention of abuse; and if he will make a statement.
Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding his Department provides to schools to support students with special educational needs in (a) North Cornwall and (b) England.
Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £1.6 billion extra NHS funding announced in autumn 2017 will be spent in (a) North Cornwall constituency and (b) Cornwall.
Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses were employed in North Cornwall constituency in (a) 2013-2014, (b) 2014-2015 and (c) 2016-2017.
Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many new build planning approvals there were in North Cornwall constituency in each year since 2010.
Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built in North Cornwall constituency in each year since 2010, and how many of those homes were affordable homes.
Q
Asked by Scott Mann
(North Cornwall)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase bus usage in Cornwall.
Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what legislation regulates the operation of private car parks.
Q
(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer on 15 January 2018 to Question 121912, if she will publish the template grant agreement that is to be the basis for the agreements for the local authority asylum support liaison officers between the UK government and successful applicant local authorities.
Q
(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer on 29 January 2018 to Question 123998 on asylum: housing, how many proposals for additionally funded service provision have been received; what the total financial value of those proposals is; whether those proposals and funds were used for any purposes deemed appropriate by the provider; and whether they adhered to the stipulations outlined in the Written Statement of 8 December 2016, HCWS335 on asylum accommodation.
Q
(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 123997 on Home Office: Compass, if she will publish information or a summary report of the analysis to identify trends, good practises and areas for improvement.
Q
(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
[N]
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Asked on: 19 February 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the information provided in the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 123995 on Compass was not provided in the same detail as the information provided in the Answer of 2 March 2016 to Question 28212.
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(Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to require companies delivering public services through outsourced public contracts to pay all staff delivering such services (a) the national living wage irrespective of age or (b) the real living wage for 2018 as formulated by the Living Wage Foundation, of £8.75 UK rate and £10.20 London rate.
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