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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 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135976, by what criteria he has assessed that Israel's investigation into the killings of protesters in Gaza will be independent and transparent.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 09 May 2018

There is an urgent need to entrust the facts of what happened during the recent protests in Gaza. The UK is supportive of an investigation which establishes the facts about the recent violence in Gaza. Given the importance of accountability, we urge that any investigation is independent and transparent, its findings are made public, and if wrongdoing is found, that those responsible be held to account.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
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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 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make an assessment of the effectiveness of Saudi Arabia's investigation into airstrikes carried out in Yemen.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 09 May 2018

Saudi Arabia has publicly stated that it is committed to investigating incidents of potential concern arising from the air campaign in Yemen and that any lessons will be acted upon. The Saudi-led Coalition set up a Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in May 2016 to investigate and report on such incidents. The JIAT continues to release the outcomes of its investigations. We welcome this. To date, the JIAT has announced the findings of a total of 55 investigations, with the most recent being released on 5 March 2018. Although the UK does not have a role in JIAT investigations, we have provided advice and support to the JIAT to help it strengthen its processes. Assessing compliance with international humanitarian law, is part of the UK’s arms export licensing process, which is one of the most robust in the world. We review all relevant factors including the effectiveness of measures to identify and learn lessons from incidents of potential concern.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israeli Settlements: UN Resolutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 2334 adopted in December 2016, what steps his Department has taken to distinguish in the UK's relevant dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 09 May 2018

The UK’s Policy is to support a two-state solution: a secure Israel living side by side a viable and contiguous Palestinian state which is why we voted for UN Security Council Resolution 2334. The UK’s dealings with the state of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories reflect this policy.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israeli Settlements: UN Resolutions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the full adherence to and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 09 May 2018

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 asks the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of its provisions. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. On 26 March Nikolay Mladenov , the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, delivered his most recent report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Period Poverty
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of women who are unable to afford sanitary products.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 08 May 2018

Officials from the Department for Work and Pensions attend regular cross-departmental meetings about a range of issues linked to the availability and affordability of sanitary protection. This Department has not, however, made any estimates of the number of women who are unable to afford sanitary products, or collected any relevant data.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dogs: Canine Distemper
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of dogs with canine distemper; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce incidences of that disease.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 08 May 2018

There is an effective vaccine available for canine distemper which is administered by private vets as part of the standard vaccination programme undertaken by responsible dog owners. As there is an effective vaccine, and as the disease is not notifiable or reportable in the UK, the Government does not collect surveillance data.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 April 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: International Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to fund the 2018 Occupied Palestinian Territory Humanitarian Fund administered by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

We remain concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Our current humanitarian support includes £1.9 million via the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is supporting up to 1 million Gazans by providing clean water and rehabilitating sanitation facilities to stop the spread of disease. We continue to monitor the humanitarian situation in Gaza closely, including through contact with relevant UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian donors, and we continue to ensure that our programmes can be responsive to spikes in need.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 April 2018
Department for International Development
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April to Question 137118, on Israel: Palestinians, whether any of the organisations she held direct conversations with were (a) Palestinian or (b) groups operating in (i) the West Bank or (ii) Gaza.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

Officials engaged directly and indirectly with a wide range of NGOs that work with both Palestinian and Israeli society including organisations that are run by Palestinians and operate in the West Bank. The programme does not currently work in Gaza.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 30 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Police: Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received from Police and Crime Commissioners on the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals for an offence of attacking service animals.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 04 May 2018

We have not received representations directly from Police and Crime Commissioners for bringing forward legislative proposals for an offence of attacking service animals.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 30 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Occupied Territories: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government of Israel has given undertakings to the UK Government on limits on the use in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of arms and arms components imported from the UK.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

​The Government takes its defence exports responsibilities extremely seriously and operates some of the most robust export controls in the world. We only approve equipment which is for Israel's legitimate self-defence and when we are satisfied that it would be consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and other relevant commitments. All applications for export licences are assessed on a case-by-case basis against strict criteria. We will not issue a licence if there is a clear risk that the equipment might be used for internal repression, or if there is a clear risk that it would provoke or prolong conflict.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 30 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Peacekeeping Operations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he is investigating the use by the Israeli Government of armoured vehicles, assault rifles, small arms ammunition, sniper rifles and components for sniper rifles exported from UK to Israel.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

​The UK has exported a number of military-listed items to Israel over the last 12 months. UK arms exports are subject to export controls and all decisions to approve export licences to Israel are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (Consolidated Criteria). Decisions are based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, including reports from our overseas network and military contacts. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require consideration of the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. We do not issue export licences where we assess there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression, in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, or where the export would provoke or prolong conflict. We keep the situation in Israel under continued review. We do not collect data on the use of equipment after sale.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 30 April 2018
Department for International Trade
Israel: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he has made changes to the conditions for the use of arms to arms components sold to Israel in the last two years.
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Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 03 May 2018

All export licence applications are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, known as the Consolidated Criteria, based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, including reports from NGOs and our overseas network.

The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require us to assess the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities.

We will not issue an export licence if to do so would be inconsistent with the Consolidated Criteria.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 30 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether any arms or arms components exported from the UK to Israel have been used against Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

The UK has exported a number of military-listed items to Israel over the last 12 months. UK arms exports are subject to export controls and all decisions to approve export licences to Israel are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (Consolidated Criteria). Decisions are based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, including reports from our overseas network and military contacts. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require consideration of the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. We do not issue export licences where we assess there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression, in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, or where the export would provoke or prolong conflict. We keep the situation in Israel under continued review. We do not collect data on the use of equipment after sale.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 30 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure his Department can track the use of arms and arms components exported from the UK to Israel.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

The UK has exported a number of military-listed items to Israel over the last 12 months. UK arms exports are subject to export controls and all decisions to approve export licences to Israel are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (Consolidated Criteria). Decisions are based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, including reports from our overseas network and military contacts. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require consideration of the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. We do not issue export licences where we assess there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression, in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, or where the export would provoke or prolong conflict. We keep the situation in Israel under continued review. We do not collect data on the use of equipment after sale.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 23 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
West Bank: Waste Disposal
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the transfer of (a) urban and industrial by-products and (b) hazardous waste from Israel to the West Bank.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 01 May 2018

We have not made a recent assessment of this issue. The Government's broader concerns about the impact of the occupation, including the humanitarian and environmental effects, are well known to the Israeli authorities. We will continue to make representations on these matters.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Speech and Language Therapy: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of recent trends in waiting times to access children’s speech and language therapy services.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 April 2018

No assessment has been made of recent trends in waiting times to access children’s speech and language therapy services as this data is not reported centrally. There are no mandated referral to treatment times for speech and language therapy services. Local commissioners have responsibility for assessing the needs of their local population, and arranging services to meet those needs.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Speech and Language Therapy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the role of speech and language therapy services in developing communication and literacy skills.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 April 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care are working with the Department for Education and Public Health England to enable early years professionals to identify and support children’s early speech, language and communication needs. In an exchange of letters with the former Minister of State for Children and Families (Robert Goodwill MP) last November, the Department agreed to ensure that we and Public Health England prioritise the required activities to support the social mobility action plan launched in December 2017. Detailed work is ongoing between the Department for Education and Public Health England.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 24 April 2018
Ministry of Justice
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the letter of 28 March 2018 from the hon. Member for Birmingham Northfield on legal aid for families of the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 27 April 2018

A response was dispatched on the 26th April.

Regarding the families’ application for legal aid for the judicial review, there is still a right of appeal to an Independent Funding Adjudicator. The law firm have been advised to submit the requisite paperwork to the LAA if they wish to exercise this right.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the increase in NHS dental charges from 1 April 2018 on people’s (a) ability to pay for such services and (b) decision to access such services.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 26 April 2018

Prior to the decision to uplift patient charges, the Department undertook an equality analysis and impact assessment. These have been published and can be found at the following link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/336/resources

The current exemption and charge remission arrangements are intended to ensure that individuals are not deterred from obtaining any necessary treatment on financial grounds.

There has been no change to the exemption arrangements as a result of current increases to National Health Service dental charges. NHS dental treatment remains free for those under the age of 18, those under the age of 19 and in full-time education, pregnant women, those who have had a baby in the previous 12 months and those on low incomes.

In addition, adults who are not in receipt of qualifying benefits, but are on a low income, may qualify for full or partial help with charges through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Pets: Sales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing legislation regulating the online sale of pets.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 26 April 2018

We have passed new legislation which replaces the existing law on the sale of pets. Under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 it is clear that anyone in the business of selling pets, whether online or from a traditional pet shop, will need a licence from their local authority. The new regulations come into force on 1 October and will be enforced by local authorities.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 23 April 2018
Department for International Development
Syria: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 26 April 2018

The humanitarian situation in Idlib is dire. Sites hosting internally displaced people and towns are severely overcrowded, and food, shelter and water are in short supply. We are deeply concerned by reports that the intensification of hostilities has displaced over 300,000 people within Idlib governorate since December 2017. An additional 50,000 people have arrived from Eastern Ghouta since mid-March, stretching scarce resources further.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 23 April 2018
Department for International Development
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April to Question 134885, on Israel: Palestinians, which local civil society organisations her officials consulted.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 26 April 2018

We held conversations directly with a number of organisations and indirectly via trusted donors and NGO groupings to draw on their experience and knowledge of the sector. Publishing the names of these organisations could harm their ability to do effective people-to-people work in the region due to the inherent sensitivities.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Tickets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps is he taking to ensure that the roll-out of smart ticketing on the rail network does not exclude people without access to the necessary technology from purchasing rail travel.
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Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 25 April 2018

Our ambition is to ensure that passengers across the rail network can use mobile phones, bar codes and smart cards across almost all of the network by the end of this year. This will mean every passenger will have the choice of travelling without a paper ticket and we do not currently have any plans to withdraw paper tickets.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 19 April 2018
Department for Education
Students: Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number students in receipt of an NHS Bursary who have been incorrectly awarded a maintenance loan; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 24 April 2018

793 Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions students are currently known to have received an overpayment of student support because of an error by the Student Loans Company (SLC).

The government announced on 18 April 2018 that the SLC will provide support to ensure that none of the students affected by the error suffer hardship.

Students affected by this error will be eligible to apply for additional, non-repayable, support of up to £1,000 for the remainder of this academic year, and should contact SLC. In addition, repayment of overpaid maintenance support will be deferred for all students affected until they have finished their courses and can afford to repay.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 19 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Pension Credit and Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of universal credit and pension credit regulations on couples where one person is over the pension age and the other is below that age.
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Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 24 April 2018

Currently, when one member of a couple has reached Pension Credit qualifying age, that member may claim Pension Credit for the couple. Under the Welfare Reform Act 2012, in order to ensure that the younger partner is subject to the same labour-market conditions as other people of the same age, couples needing benefit support where one member of the couple has yet to reach Pension Credit qualifying age will need to claim Universal Credit rather than Pension Credit. This will apply to new claims only. Existing claims to Pension Credit from such couples will be protected.

A number of Impact Assessments were published to support the passage of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 through Parliament; including the Universal Credit Impact Assessment on 10 December 2012. This can be found on GOV.UK at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/220177/universal-credit-wr2011-ia.pdf

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Genito-urinary Medicine: Clinics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the provision of services provided by sexual health clinics of moving responsibility for and funding of those clinics to local authorities.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The delivery of open access sexual health services is mandated for all local authorities. Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems. The Department closely monitors the range of indicators and outcomes at national level. Progress continues to be made: for example, in 2016, more people than ever were tested for sexually transmitted infections and the number of people infected fell, the under-18 conception rate in 2016 was 18.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15 to 17 years; this is the lowest rate recorded since comparable statistics were first produced in 1969, declining by 10% since 2015 and 45% since 2010. The United Kingdom is one of the first countries in Europe to witness a substantive decline in HIV diagnoses. In 2016, 5,164 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK (3,938 men and 1,226 women), representing an 18% decline from the 6,286 diagnoses reported in 2015. The decrease was most apparent in gay and bisexual men. In this group, the number of HIV diagnoses reported steadily increased from 2,850 in 2007 to 3,570 in 2015, and then decreased by 21% to 2,810 in 2016.

Q
(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he supports the creation of an independent body to (a) investigate, (b) document, (c) collect, and (d) analyse evidence of human rights violations in Burma.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 19 April 2018

The British Government has consistently made it clear that we seek justice to be done for the Rohingya. In line with the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, the British Government is considering how to support better co-ordination between organisations collecting evidence and testimony in Bangladesh. We are discussing this with international partners.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 16 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Bedouin
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Israeli counterparts in advance of the high court hearing on the demolition of school buildings in Khan al-Ahmar which is due to take place on 25 April 2018.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 April 2018

The UK remains concerned by proposals to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar. We have repeatedly called on the Israeli authorities to halt proposals to demolish this community, and we will continue to make representations including in discussions with the Israeli Ambassador this week. An official from our Consulate General in Jerusalem attended an event on 18 April in Khan al-Ahmar to show our support for the community.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Genito-urinary Medicine: Clinics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the (a) availability of sexual health clinics and (b) waiting times for appointments to see clinicians in those clinics.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 17 April 2018

The Government has mandated local authorities to commission comprehensive open access sexual health services, including free sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, notification of sexual partners of infected persons and free provision of contraception. Local authorities are responsible for commissioning sexual health clinics based on local population need. The location and opening times of sexual health clinics are for local determination.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Developing Countries: Sexual Offences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department work on (a) the preventing sexual violence initiative and (b) the preventing sexual violence team of experts; and of those staff, how many are deployed overseas.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 17 April 2018

We have three staff working full time in London on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI). The Team sits within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Gender Equality Unit, and additional staff from the unit dedicate a significant proportion of their time to PSVI. Furthermore, PSVI work is mainstreamed and taken forward by staff around our network of posts. They advance PSVI as part of a broader portfolio, including through our work on Women, Peace and Security, Girls' Education and wider human rights. This makes it very hard to establish the exact number of staff who work in some capacity on PSVI issues

The UK’s PSVI Team of Experts (ToE) is one part of the Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG), a roster of external experts managed by the UK Government Stabilisation Unit. The CSG offer a skillset that is not available in the Civil Service. The ToE currently consists of 38 independent experts (26 women), including criminal lawyers, policing advisers, gender based violence experts, international investigating officers, training experts and psychosocial experts. In 2017, twenty experts were deployed to ten countries to provide training and mentoring to judges, prosecutors and members of the armed forces on gathering and preserving evidence of sexual violence, prosecution and protection of civilians. Additional expertise on gender issues is regularly deployed from the wider CSG.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Community Relations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has (a) made and (b) received representations from the charitable sector on the effectiveness of people-to-people or coexistence projects.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 April 2018

DFID has engaged with several stakeholders in the people-to-people community, including not-for profit organisations, in considering the effectiveness of people-to-people projects. Ministers approved the ‘People for Peaceful change’ business case which reviewed the effectiveness of people-to-people programming including through analysis of independent research. The relevant documents can be found on the DevTracker page at this address: https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/projects/GB-GOV-1-300366

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for International Development
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultation her Department had prior to the announcement of the People For Peaceful Change project in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories .
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 April 2018

During the scoping phase of DFID’s People for Peaceful Change programme, officials consulted with local civil society organisations working in the people-to-people field in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of levels of violence and displacement in Rakhine State.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 16 April 2018

We remain deeply concerned by the suffering inflicted on the Rohingya people. Violence in Rakhine has decreased, but about 100 people a day are still crossing the border. More than 688,000 Rohingya have fled from Burma to Bangladesh since late August 2017.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for International Development
Bangladesh: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate she has made of the number of Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Burma border; and what assessment she has made of the capacity of refugee camps in Bangladesh to cope with the number of refugees entering that country.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 April 2018

The UN estimates that 1,000 people a week are still crossing the border from Burma to Bangladesh. Existing refugee camps are already overcrowded. In light of the imminent monsoon and cyclone season we are encouraging the Government of Bangladesh to reduce the population density of the existing camps by allocating additional land that is at lower risk of flooding and landslides, and to put evacuation plans in place including to safe places such as cyclone shelters.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 26 March 2018
Ministry of Justice
Post-mortems: Tomography
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of using computerised tomography for post-mortems; and what guidance his Department has issued to coroners on the use of that technology.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 04 April 2018

The Ministry of Justice has not assessed the use of computerised tomography for post-mortem examinations because this is a matter for individual coroners who decide how to proceed in light of guidance from the Chief Coroner. The guidance can be found on his website at: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/guidance-no-1-use-of-port-mortem-imaging.pdf

The guidance says that a coroner should consider, with the assistance of a pathologist and, where appropriate, a radiologist, whether this method is the most appropriate in any particular case, bearing in mind the wishes of the bereaved family and, if known, of the deceased.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Ministry of Justice
Post-mortems
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the extent of variations in rules and protocols surrounding second post-mortems throughout the UK; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 04 April 2018

The MoJ has not made such an assessment. Coroners continue to rely on Home Office Circular 30/1999

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20040722015642/http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs/hoc9930.html

Coroners are independent judicial office holders and the way they carry out their judicial functions is a matter for them.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 21 March 2018
Department for International Development
Bangladesh: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with her Bangladeshi counterpart on the emergency relocation of Rohingya refugees living in shelters most at risk from monsoon rains and cyclones; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 26 March 2018

Given the severe humanitarian impact that heavy rains and cyclones could have on Rohingya refugees, we have been urging the Government of Bangladesh and partners to prepare for the forthcoming heavy rains. The Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development wrote to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 20 March, calling to attention the need to reduce the density of shelters in the camps, and provide options for people to move to land that is at a lower risk of flooding.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gui Minhai
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in (a) Hong Kong and (b) the People’s Republic of China on the case of the missing Hong Kong bookseller, Gui Minhai.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 21 March 2018

I remain concerned at the developments surrounding Swedish National Gui Minhai, who was first detained, along with British national Lee Po and three others, in late 2015. We have repeatedly raised these cases at the most senior levels with the authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing. Following Mr Gui’s latest detention in January 2018, our Ambassador in Beijing raised the case with Vice Minister at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Chao, and my officials continue to liaise closely with Swedish and other EU counterparts. The EU have released two statements calling for Mr Gui’s release, which we fully support.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Israeli counterparts on the continued use of live fire by Israeli naval forces against fishermen off the coast of Gaza.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 March 2018

Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have previously raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities over the Israel Defence Force's use of live fire against fishermen.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 16 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government’s priorities are for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in April 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 March 2018

We want the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to agree tangible action across the four policy areas of prosperity, security, sustainability and fairness. These four areas have been agreed by all member states. With 60% of the Commonwealth's population under the age of 30, we believe it is particularly important that the summit speaks to the challenges faced by young people and addresses their ambitions. We also want the summit to celebrate the people to people and civil society ties that makes the Commonwealth such a unique and important institution.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 12 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hong Kong: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Government of Hong Kong on the disqualification of lawmakers from the Legislative Council; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Since October 2016, six legislators have been disqualified from the Legislative Council. The FCO issued a statement in November 2016 which expressed concern about developments in the Legislative Council. The by-elections held on 11 March 2018 filled four of those seats. The remaining two disqualified legislators are appealing against the judgement, and it would not be appropriate for the Government to comment on an ongoing legal matter. My department will continue to monitor developments closely.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 12 March 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) birth and (b) adoptive children with parents who are British citizens have been denied entry to the UK in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 19 March 2018

The Home Office does not hold the information in the format requested.

Refusal data is published in the Home Office transparency data https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-july-to-september-2017-data-tables

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for International Development
Gaza: Borders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) social, (b) economic and (c) humanitarian effects of the ongoing Israeli naval blockade on Gaza.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 March 2018

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) assesses that the restrictions on access to fishing waters in Gaza is a key factor discouraging investment and perpetuating high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and aid dependency. The fishing industry is important for the social and economic wellbeing of Gaza and we want to see an increase in the fishing zone, in line with the limit of 20 nautical miles stipulated in the Oslo accords. The UK has consistently called on the Government of Israel to ease movement, including at sea, and will continue to do so.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the source of consumer concerns relating to ownership and use of electric vehicles; and what steps his Department taking to allay those concerns.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 19 March 2018

Recent research found that 38% of motorists are now considering an electric car or van for their next vehicle. This figure is up from 25% in 2016.

However we recognise that some consumers still have concerns about electric vehicles. Recent surveys show that price, provision of infrastructure, and understanding of the technology are the most commonly cited barriers.

We are investing nearly £1.5bn‎ between April 2015 and March 2021 in one of the most comprehensive global programmes of support for electric cars, with grants available for plug in cars, vans, lorries, buses, taxis and motorcycles, and schemes to support charge point infrastructure at homes and workplaces and on residential streets.

The Government has also been working with industry for the past four years through the Go Ultra Low campaign to communicate the benefits of electric vehicles. In particular the Go Ultra Low website provides free advice and practical information focused on addressing the concerns of motorists contemplating making the switch to electric.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for International Development
Occupied Territories
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what classification of fragility her Department uses for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 March 2018

The Department for International Development (DFID) assesses fragile states against three categories, reflecting higher, medium and lower levels of fragility. The last assessment found that the Occupied Palestinian Territories overall results met the criteria of the lower fragility category.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Asked on: 14 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gaza: International Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government was represented at the US-led meeting at the White House on 13 March 2018 on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 March 2018

​Officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and our Embassy in Washington attended this meeting. The UK remains gravely concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. We welcome all practical steps to improve conditions as a matter of urgency.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: International Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department supports the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Occupied Palestinian Territories Humanitarian Response Plan.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 March 2018

The UK is providing £1.9 million to support the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Gaza urgent funding appeal which was part of the 2017 Occupied Palestinian Territories Humanitarian Response Plan. This is being delivered through the UN Children’s Fund and is helping to provide clean water and rehabilitate sanitation facilities to stop the spread of disease, benefitting up to 1 million Gazans. DFID is currently carrying out a Resource Allocation Round to confirm 2018/2019 financial year budgets.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 13 March 2018
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles: Grants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to renew the plug-in car grant for electric vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 16 March 2018

The Plug-in Car Grant will be maintained at the current rates until at least late April 2018. We are currently undertaking a review of grant rates and will make an announcement on next steps in due course. The Plug-in Car Grant will continue in some form until at least the beginning of 2020.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[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: 13 March 2018
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the uptake levels of electric and low-emission vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 16 March 2018

Since 2011, over 130,000 ultra-low emission battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles have been registered in the UK. Sales of ultra-low emission vehicles have been increasing rapidly, up by 27% in 2017 compared to 2016. However, they still make up only a small proportion of the total with 1.8% of all new car sales in 2017. We want to see this continue to increase and we will shortly be publishing a strategy on the transition to zero emission road transport.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the abduction of the university Student Council President at Birzeit University in the West Bank on 7 March.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 March 2018

​While we are aware that the Birzeit University Student Council President was arrested on campus on 7 March, we have not raised this issue with the Israeli authorities.

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