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(Arfon)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Attorney General
Attorney General: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department plans to spend on projects relating to the UK leaving the EU in the next five years; and if he will list the projects to which that funding has been assigned.
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Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 22 February 2018
Holding answer received on 21 February 2018

Given the role of the Attorney General’s Department, it does not lead on specific projects related to the UK leaving the EU and therefore has not incurred any additional expenditure. None of the Law Officers’ Departments has received direct funding therefore for work relating to the UK leaving the EU. Members of staff across the Law Officers’ Departments provide advice and analysis on different issues as required, and different Government departments bid for funding from HMT to pay for their resource needs, including the services of the Government Legal Department (GLD).

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(Hyndburn)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 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.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 22 February 2018

There are currently no plans to put this information in the House of Commons Library as the information is in the public domain. A search facility is available on gov.uk which enables the public to find the nearest Jobcentre Plus office for the specific post code entered in to the search tool.

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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: 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.
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Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 22 February 2018

We are carefully considering the recommendations made by the Review of Full Time Social Action by Young People. The Government will issue its response in due course.

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(Canterbury)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has assessed the potential merits of introducing a new criminal offence of theft of a pet.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 22 February 2018

Theft of a pet is already a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968. The maximum penalty is 7 years imprisonment. The Sentencing Council updated its guidelines in relation to sentencing for theft offences in February 2016. The guidelines take account of the emotional distress and therefore harm that theft of personal items such as a pet can have on the victim and accordingly recommends higher penalties for such offences.

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Asked by Vernon Coaker
(Gedling)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 February 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has received representations on the provisions for data protection breaches in the Data Protection Bill; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 22 February 2018

We have received a wide range of queries and correspondence from organisations and individuals during passage of the Bill about the Information Commissioner’s role in enforcing the new legislation, the increased administrative fines she will be able to impose for data breaches under the new legislation, and the criminal penalties that may be available for the very worst data breaches. Many of the Commissioner’s existing functions, such as powers to make codes of practice and guidance, her range of investigatory and enforcement powers are all preserved by the Bill to support organisations to achieve compliance. However, we have also modernised some of the tools at her disposal, including through the creation of a new offence of unlawfully re-identifying encrypted data, to keep pace with changes in technology and the way that the use of data has evolved.

Further guidance on the ICO’s enforcement powers can be viewed on the Bill website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/644818/2017-09-06_Factsheet05_Bill_ICO.pdf

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull 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: 19 February 2018
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many University Vice-Chancellors were members of their institution’s remuneration committees at the start of the (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2017-18 academic year.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 22 February 2018

The information requested is not held centrally.

We recently consulted on behalf of the Office for Students on a new condition of registration to promote transparency on senior staff pay in higher education.

We have also called on the sector to work through the Committee of University Chairs to develop their own fair remuneration code. A draft of this code was published for consultation in January 2018, and it requires that a vice-chancellor is not a member of the remuneration committee that sets their pay.

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Asked by Will Quince
(Colchester)
[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 February 2018
HM Treasury
Commons
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of changes to stamp duty in helping first-time buyers.
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[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 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What steps his Department is taking to promote the sale of Scottish food and drink to the international market.
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Asked by Bob Blackman
(Harrow 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: 22 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What steps he is taking to strengthen trade co-operation with Israel in the high-tech sector.
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(Dumfries and Galloway)
[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 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What steps his Department is taking to help small and medium-sized British businesses to export.
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(Bedford)
[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 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What steps he is taking to ensure that the Government’s trade policy maintains and promotes high standards of animal welfare.
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(Berwick-upon-Tweed)
[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 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of UK trade deals with poorer countries on the economies of those countries.
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(Swansea 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: 22 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What estimate his Department has made of the number of new institutions required to replicate the terms of existing trade agreements with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
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(Brighton, Kemptown)
[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 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Commons
What steps his Department has taken to ensure the compliance of the arms export sector with consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[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 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Commons
What steps the Government is taking to provide sanitary products to all school students who cannot afford to buy those products.
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(Ealing, Southall)
[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 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Commons
What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the timetable for the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
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(Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)
[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 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Commons
What steps the Government is taking to support women back into the workplace after having children.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 February 2018

In the Spring Budget of 2017, the Government committed £5 million to support people returning to work after time out for caring. We have announced programmes for returning allied health professionals, social workers and those that want to join the Civil Service. We are gathering evidence on what works in the private sector and in Spring will publish best practice guidance for large and small employers.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to table AS 08 Q of the Quarterly Immigration Statistics, January to March 2017, published on 25 May 2017, how many applications for asylum made during Quarter 1 of 2017 were made by unaccompanied children who arrived in the UK (a) under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, (b) through the Dublin III Regulation and (c) by their own initiative.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 21 February 2018

On 30 November, the Government published data on the numbers of children transferred to the UK from the Calais camp clearance under both the Dublin III Regulation and section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. The data can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transfers-of-children-to-the-uk-from-the-calais-operation-november-2017The Government has committed to publishing regular updates on the number of those transferred under the Dublin III Regulation. This data will be published in the coming months. Eurostat the EU’s statistics agency regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report.

The Home Office publishes a range of data on asylum claims from unaccompanied children which can be found at the following link. This data relates to all unaccompanied children who have claimed asylum in the UK and does not provide a breakdown depending on the child’s method of entry.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-july-to-september-2017/how-many-people-do-we-grant-asylum-or-protection-to

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which EU legislation within her Department's responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 21 February 2018

In the Government White Paper on the Repeal Bill [‘Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union’], published on 30 March 2017, we estimated around 800 - 1,000 EU-exit related Statutory Instruments will be required to make the necessary changes to UK law as a whole.

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Asked by Bill Esterson
(Sefton Central)
Asked on: 06 September 2017
Home Office
Home Office: Sign Language
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department takes to provide (a) information on its services in British Sign Language (BSL) and (b) correspondence in BSL to people whose principal language is BSL.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 21 February 2018

The Department publishes information on its services on GOV.UK. Documents we publish can be requested in an alternative format, in line with the Equalities Act 2010, and this includes British Sign Language.

When hosting staff events we provide a British Sign Language signer where one has been requested in advance.

We have existing frameworks in place to provide communication support services which includes BSL Interpreters. In circumstances where this service is not suitable for the individuals requirements we have arrangements in place to provide alternative support though the Crown Commercial Service framework agreements.

We ask our customers if they require any reasonable adjustments and aim to meet their bespoke needs.

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