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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 28 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Listed Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) names and (b) locations are of the non-inhabited listed buildings on his Department's estate.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 09 March 2020

A list of names and locations of the non-inhabited listed buildings on the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) estate will be placed in the Library of the House.

The list consists of 463 sites that are located on the MOD's estate.

The list is limited to the UK estate.

Ministry of Defence's Estate (Excel SpreadSheet, 50 KB)
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 28 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Empty Property
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's unused properties in Scotland; and what plans he has for each of those properties.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 09 March 2020

As of 2 March 2020, there are 863 unused Ministry of Defence (MOD) properties in Scotland. These properties are Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and a complete list by county can be found below:

Aberdeenshire

4

Angus

27

Argyll and Bute

133

Ayrshire

7

Dumbarton

4

Edinburgh

159

Fife

206

Inverness-shire

29

Isle of Benbecula

6

Midlothian

23

Moray

234

North Lanarkshire

3

Perth

1

Renfrewshire

21

Stirling

6

The Department needs to maintain a management margin of 10% vacant properties at each location so that there are sufficient homes of the appropriate size to accommodate Service Personnel when required. Although currently above this level at 27%, the Department has a plan to reduce these as part of the work to achieve a 10% management margin by Autumn 2021.

MOD continues to maintain vacant properties in Scotland at minimum Decent Homes Standard to allow their allocation to Service families, while looking for opportunities to better utilise or further rationalise the SFA estate.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 28 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Wetlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) location and (b) condition is of Ramsar sites in his Department's (i) ownership and (ii) control.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 09 March 2020

A list of the location of Ramsar sites within the Defence estate will be placed in the Library of the House.

The list includes land that is either freehold, leasehold or a combination of both.

All sites on the list are deemed to be in Ministry of Defence (MOD) control by virtue of being Defence establishments.

The list is limited to the UK estate.

No information is held with regards to the condition of Ramsar sites with MOD ownership or control.

Ministry of Defence's Estate (Excel SpreadSheet, 52.64 KB)
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 28 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Nature Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) sites and areas of special scientific interest, (b) special protection areas and (c) special areas of conservation under his Department's (i) ownership and (ii) control.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 09 March 2020

A list of the Sites and Areas of Special Scientific Interest; Special Protection Areas and Special Areas for Conservation within the Defence estate will be placed in the Library of the House.

The list includes land that is either freehold, leasehold or a combination of both.

All sites on the list are deemed to be in Ministry of Defence control by virtue of being Defence establishments.

The list is limited to the UK estate.

Ministry of Defence's Estate (Excel SpreadSheet, 52.64 KB)
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 28 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Cultural Heritage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) names and (b) locations are of the (i) listed buildings and (ii) scheduled monuments under his Department's (A) ownership and (B) control.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 09 March 2020

A list of names and locations of the listed buildings and scheduled monuments under his Department's ownership and control will be placed in the Library of the House.

The list includes 778 scheduled monuments and 851 listed buildings that are located on the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) estate.

All sites on the list are deemed to be in MOD control by virtue of being Defence establishments.

The list is limited to the UK estate.

Ministry of Defence's Estate (Excel SpreadSheet, 346 KB)
Ministry of Defence's Estate (Excel SpreadSheet, 346 KB)
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 25 February 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change Convention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the UK and China have made in bilateral discussions on the UNFCCC COP26; and what steps he is taking to encourage other countries to improve their ambitions at that COP.
A
Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 04 March 2020

The Prime Minister spoke to President Xi of China on the 18th Feb and agreed to work closely together on the issue of climate change ahead of COP26 in Glasgow and the Convention on Biological Diversity Summit in China.

As part of our incoming COP Presidency, in partnership with Italy, we are encouraging all countries to submit increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and long term net zero strategies ahead of COP26 which represent their highest possible ambition. The UK will play its part and come forward with an enhanced NDC well ahead of COP26 in November.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 25 February 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
UN Convention on Biological Diversity
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage other countries to improve their ambitions at the forthcoming Conventional on Biological Diversity COP.
A
Answered by: Rebecca Pow
Answered on: 04 March 2020

At the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15, to be held in Kunming, China in October 2020, the 196 Parties to the CBD are set to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The UK is seeking an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework to spur global action, recognising the transformative change needed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. The Government wants to see new targets agreed that are ambitious, implementable and measurable.

We are proactively engaging in the CBD process in the lead up to CBD COP15. UK officials are currently attending the second CBD Open Ended Working Group in Rome where negotiations on the proposed post-2020 framework are beginning. The UK is holding an extensive program of meetings with member countries to form ongoing working partnerships, to secure agreement for an ambitious post-2020 framework.

Outside of the formal CBD process ministers, officials and our diplomatic network will continue to press to raise ambition and secure ambitious outcomes and delivery, notably with China as the host of CBD COP15.

We are focusing, among other topics, on the contribution of nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and on effective and supportive communications to spur global ambition in the time leading to CBD COP15. The UK is also leading the Global Ocean Alliance in support of a new global target of protecting at least 30% of the global ocean within Marine Protected Areas by 2030.

The UK-led Global Ocean Alliance is currently made up of 12 countries (Belgium, Belize, Costa Rica, Finland, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Palau, Portugal, Seychelles, Sweden, Vanuatu) and we are proactively lobbying many more countries to join.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 25 February 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change Convention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to improve the UK's ambitions for the UNFCCC COP26.
A
Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 02 March 2020

COP26 is the most important Climate Conference since Paris in 2015 and delivering success at COP26 is a top priority for the Government. We are determined to use the COP26 Conference in November to demonstrate that the zero carbon economy is the growth story of the future. We must show that this transition is irreversible and accelerating; and that it will be fair and inclusive.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 25 February 2020
Department for International Trade
Trade Agreements: Biodiversity and Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to incorporate into her trade negotiations the UK's priorities on promoting nature-based solutions at the UNFCC COP26 and the Convention on Biological Diversity COP.
A
Answered by: Conor Burns
Answered on: 02 March 2020

We’re clear that more trade doesn’t have to come at the expense of the environment. We are exploring all options in the design of future trade and investment agreements, including possible environmental provisions.

We are committed to upholding the UK’s high environmental standards and will consider the full range of mechanisms available to us.

The Department is considering ways to maximise trade and investment opportunities in clean growth sectors during, and in the run up to, COP26.

The UK is also seeking an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework to spur global action, recognising the important role of nature-based solutions.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Blood: Contamination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to provide resources to ensure that the palliative care of victims of the contaminated blood transfusions involves medical experts in the diseases contracted by those victims as a result of the contaminated transfusions.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 27 February 2020

Since 1988, successive Governments have voluntarily provided ex-gratia financial and non-financial support for people affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through historic treatment with National Health Service-supplied blood or blood products in the 1970s and 80s.

In 2017, country specific support schemes were set up in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. These four schemes are devolved, and each nation has made different choices around their offers of support over time.

We are working with our partners in the devolved nations and other relevant Government departments to improve parity of support across the United Kingdom.

We will consider any recommendations when the Infected Blood Inquiry reports, including any on compensation and other support.

Grouped Questions: 15029
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Blood: Contamination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend the compensation scheme for carers of victims of contaminated blood transfusions beyond widows and partners.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 27 February 2020

Since 1988, successive Governments have voluntarily provided ex-gratia financial and non-financial support for people affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through historic treatment with National Health Service-supplied blood or blood products in the 1970s and 80s.

In 2017, country specific support schemes were set up in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. These four schemes are devolved, and each nation has made different choices around their offers of support over time.

We are working with our partners in the devolved nations and other relevant Government departments to improve parity of support across the United Kingdom.

We will consider any recommendations when the Infected Blood Inquiry reports, including any on compensation and other support.

Grouped Questions: 15028
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 12 February 2020
Treasury
Blood: Contamination
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding is available through the Scottish Government for victims of contaminated blood.
A
Answered by: Steve Barclay
Answered on: 24 February 2020

Following UK government decisions at Spending Round 2019, the Scottish Government benefited from an increase of over £1.3 billion in the Barnett-based block grant, which will therefore increase to £34.5 billion in 2020-21. This is the biggest day-to-day funding settlement for Scotland in a decade.

It is for the Scottish Government to allocate this funding across their devolved responsibilities, including to victims of contaminated blood if they so choose.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 12 February 2020
Cabinet Office
Infected Blood Inquiry
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria his Department uses to select the patient-side participants in meetings on resolving the contaminated blood scandal.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The attendance list for the recent meeting between Ministers and campaigners was the subject of careful consideration by Cabinet Office to ensure representation from a wide range of groups across the infected and affected communities.

The agenda for the 28 January meeting was circulated to attendees before the meeting. The record of the meeting has been circulated to attendees for comments on factual accuracy. The Cabinet Office has no plans to publish the minute.

Grouped Questions: 15032
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 12 February 2020
Cabinet Office
Infected Blood Inquiry
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of the meetings with patient-side participants on the contaminated blood scandal.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 24 February 2020

The attendance list for the recent meeting between Ministers and campaigners was the subject of careful consideration by Cabinet Office to ensure representation from a wide range of groups across the infected and affected communities.

The agenda for the 28 January meeting was circulated to attendees before the meeting. The record of the meeting has been circulated to attendees for comments on factual accuracy. The Cabinet Office has no plans to publish the minute.

Grouped Questions: 15031
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 16 January 2020
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls the helpline for EU citizens applying for settled status received in the latest period for which figures are available.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 07 February 2020

We do not currently publish data on calls into the Settlement Resolution Centre. We do ensure that resource allocated is maximised to allow our dedicated teams to answer and support as many callers as possible to assist them through the EU Settlement scheme process. Our current average answer time is 25 seconds. (January 2020)

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 16 January 2020
Home Office
Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of the revenue stream from visa applications represented the cost of processing those applications in each of the last four years.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 05 February 2020

Published information for financial years 2016-17, 2017-18 & 2018-19 for revenue from visa applications can be found in the Home Office’s Annual Report and Accounts via the links below:

The cost of processing applications is not reported separately from other UKVI expenditure in the accounts, but unit cost information is published, and the link to that is also below.

2018-19

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/807126/6.5571_HO_Annual_Report_201920_WEB.PDF#page=137

2017-18

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/727179/6_4360_HO_Annual_report_WEB.PDF#page=126

2016-17

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/627853/ho_annual_report_and_accounts_2016_2017.pdf#page=119

Income generated via visa applications for the current financial year 2019-20 is expected to be published in June 2020.

Published visa unit costs are provided in the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-fees-transparency-data

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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: 29 January 2020
Cabinet Office
Crown Commercial Service: Contracts for Services
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what communications were required by the Scotland Office in the contract tendered and awarded by the Crown Commercial Service to World Headquarters Ltd on the 29th of March, 2019.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 04 February 2020

The Cabinet Office and Scotland Office campaign teams required a creative agency to support the early development of concepts and content for a public information campaign to support UK Government policies in Scotland.

The subject matter was the same for the CCCO19A12 contract, which was not awarded after assessing the bids. The contract was subsequently awarded following an open market procurement conducted by the Crown Commercial Service.

Grouped Questions: 10393
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 January 2020
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Publicity
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the subject matter was of the public information campaign for his Department and the Scotland Office in the contract that was published on the 25 February 2019, CCCO19A12; and for what reasons that contract was not awarded.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Quin
Answered on: 04 February 2020

The Cabinet Office and Scotland Office campaign teams required a creative agency to support the early development of concepts and content for a public information campaign to support UK Government policies in Scotland.

The subject matter was the same for the CCCO19A12 contract, which was not awarded after assessing the bids. The contract was subsequently awarded following an open market procurement conducted by the Crown Commercial Service.

Grouped Questions: 9713
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 30 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Military Aircraft: Ministers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft owned by his Department have carried Ministers on flights in each of the last five years; and how many of those flights were (a) scheduled flights and (b) flights arranged for Ministers.
A
Answered by: Johnny Mercer
Answered on: 04 February 2020

Depending on the situation, the Ministry of Defence has a number of aircraft that could be used for Ministerial travel. This information is publicly available as part of the Government's commitment to publishing transparency information which includes Ministerial travel. The information is published every quarter and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/search/all?keywords=Ministerial+travel&order=relevance

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 21 January 2020
Home Office
Former Prime Ministers: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of providing transport for former prime ministers in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 03 February 2020

It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on the security arrangements for protected individuals. To do so could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals concerned

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 15 January 2020
Cabinet Office
Infant Mortality
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the infant mortality rate has been in England in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 30 January 2020

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 93.89 KB)
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 21 January 2020
Home Office
Former Prime Ministers: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of providing police and other security protection for former prime ministers in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 29 January 2020

It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on the security arrangements for protected individuals. To do so could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals concerned.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 21 January 2020
Home Office
Visas: Entertainers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what visa regime will apply to performers who are EEA nationals travelling to the UK on short working trips after the UK leaves the UK; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 29 January 2020

The Government has announced at the end of the transition period, EEA and Swiss nationals will be able to continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short-term trips, without needing a visa.

The current Immigration Rules, including those for visitors, contain a wide range of provisions to cater for artists, entertainers and musicians.

The Home Office is currently engaging with the creative sector and other government departments, including DCMS, to ensure the future immigration system continues to support the thriving cultural sector in the UK.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 15 January 2020
Treasury
Money Laundering: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to implement the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive of the EU.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 21 January 2020

The government transposed the vast majority of the provisions in the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive into domestic law through, ‘The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019’, which came into force on 10 January 2020.

This transposition ensures the UK’s AML/CTF regime remains comprehensive, responsive to emerging threats, and in line with evolving international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force.

The consultation on the implementation of the Directive committed to a further technical consultation on the details of the implementation of measures related to trust registration. This consultation will launch in early 2020 and will ensure the Trust Registration Service contains a robust and proportionate framework, which will be transposed into domestic law during 2020.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 15 January 2020
Cabinet Office
Weather: Death
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many excess winter deaths there have been in England in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 21 January 2020

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 103.66 KB)
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 21 January 2020
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 900237 on Immigration: EU Nationals, what her timescale is for the publication of the guidance on what will constitute reasonable grounds for missing the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 13 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Clyde Naval Base: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unauthorised incursions there have been at (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport naval bases in each of the past ten years.
A
Answered by: Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Answered on: 20 January 2020

The number of unauthorised access incidents at HMNB Clyde, Faslane and Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport, is provided in the table below:

Year

Total

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Unauthorised access Faslane

10

-

-

~

~

~

~

~

-

-

-

Unauthorised access Coulport

~

-

-

~

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 in line with disclosure control policy. Figures ending in 5 are rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid bias, 5 or fewer is represented by ‘~’, 0 is represented by ‘-‘.

Unauthorised access is defined as an individual, or individuals, gaining access to a defined Restricted access area within HMNB Clyde by circumventing the site security system. There was no risk to the safety of personnel or vessels arising from these incidents.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 January 2020
Attorney General
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
If he will hold discussions with the Home Secretary on defining the term Reasonable Excuse for missing the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.
A
Answered by: Mr Geoffrey Cox
Answered on: 16 January 2020

I regularly meet ministerial colleagues to discuss important issues of common interest, including of course on matters relating to the UK’s exit from the EU. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the detail of those discussions.

The question of the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is a matter for the Home Secretary, but I can assure the Member for Edinburgh North and Leith that the Home Office will publish guidance on what will constitue ‘reasonable grounds’ for missing the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 16 January 2020
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applications by non UK national EU citizens for settled status were submitted through her Department's app.
Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Treasury
Money Laundering
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on preventing banks in the UK being used as depositories in the laundering of state funds from other nations.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 14 January 2020

HM Treasury is responsible for the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (‘the Regulations’). The Regulations set out the high-level requirements on regulated firms to combat money laundering and ensure that key professionals identify their customers and understand the purpose behind transactions, including the source of funds. The Regulations are designed to combat illicit finance, while minimising the burden on legitimate customers.

The Regulations require firms in scope of the regulations to have in place appropriate risk-management systems and procedures to determine whether a customer (or their beneficial owner) is a Politically Exposed Person (PEP), family member of a PEP or close associate of a PEP.

PEPs are individuals entrusted with a prominent public function. This definition includes but is not limited to heads of state, heads of government, ministers and deputy or assistant ministers, members of parliament or of similar legislative bodies.

PEPs can pose a high money laundering risk because they may be able to abuse their position for private gain. Not all PEPs, however, pose the same money laundering risk; there is a hierarchy depending on country of origin and rank, from middle tier officials to individuals with significant or absolute control over the levers, patronage and resources in a given area. For example, the Financial Conduct Authority’s guidance states that UK PEPs should be considered as lower risk.

Where a firm has identified that a customer (or their beneficial owner) is a PEP, family member or close associate of a PEP, it must conduct an appropriate range of Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) measures. When carrying out EDD on PEPs, firms must take adequate measures to establish the source of wealth and source of funds which are involved in the proposed transaction or business relationship, get approval from senior management to establish or continue a relationship with that person and carry out enhanced monitoring of the business relationship.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to vary the EU Settlement Scheme to guarantee EU citizens' right to remain in the UK.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 14 January 2020

The EU Settlement Scheme already provides resident EU citizens with the UK immigration status they will need to continue living here after the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020. The status granted under the scheme will guarantee them the same rights to work, study and access benefits and services as they have now.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Home Office
Immigration: Windrush Generation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications there have been to the Windrush Scheme; what proportion of those applications resulted in documentation being supplied free of charge; and how many people have received British citizenship free of charge under the Windrush Scheme.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 14 January 2020

The Home Secretary provides the Home Affairs Select Committee with updates on the work of the department in connection with Windrush. This includes information on decisions made by the Taskforce under the Windrush Scheme. The correspondence can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/correspondence-on-the-work-of-the-home-office-windrush

The published Windrush guidance confirms what documentation is provided to the applicant dependent on the individual’s circumstances, and that there is no charge for an application under the Windrush Scheme. The guidance can be found at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/807384/windrush-scheme-v3.0-ext.pdf

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Answer of 3 September 2019 to Question 286275 on Scotland Office: Freedom of Information, if he will take steps to ensure that all future responses to Freedom of Information requests are published.
A
Answered by: Mr Alister Jack
Answered on: 14 January 2020

There is no obligation to publish responses to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Where requests relate to matters of wider public interest we consider publishing the responses on a case by case basis.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Freedom of Information
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2018 to Question 136969 on Scotland Office: Freedom of Information, if he will publish his Department's review of its practices on publication of Freedom of Information responses.
A
Answered by: Mr Alister Jack
Answered on: 14 January 2020

In 2018, the Office considered carefully whether or not it should retrospectively seek to publish online all of the responses to FOI requests since August 2014. We concluded that we did not have the resources to do so, and that the benefit to the public would not be proportionate to the cost.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Social Media
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on social media advertising in each month since June 2019; and on which platforms that money was spent.
A
Answered by: Mr Alister Jack
Answered on: 14 January 2020

The Department spent the following on social media advertising since June 2019:

2019-2020

Twitter

Facebook & Instagram

Total Expenditure

June

£1,861.02

£1,777.52

£3,638.54

July

£747.30

£807.06

£1,554.36

August

£239.60

£1,340.96

£1,580.56

September

£768.74

£595.78

£1,364.52

October

£ -

£1,924.11

£1,924.11

November

£ -

£1,307.89

£1,307.89

December

£ -

£ -

£0.00

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Scotland Office
Scotland Officers: Information Officers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230101 and the Answer of 3 September 2019 to Question 286276, for what reasons the cost of his Department's communications team rose from £108,439 in 2010-11 to £819,640.02 in 2018-19.
A
Answered by: Mr Alister Jack
Answered on: 14 January 2020

The Office is resourced to deliver all of the communications functions and activities expected and required of a Government Department in its own right and on behalf of the UK Government in Scotland. The number of staff in communications reflects this requirement.

As well as frontline communications functions, such as media handling, the Government Communications Service Modern Communications Operating Model requires UK Government communications divisions to deliver the following functions: campaigns, digital, internal communications, strategic communications and external affairs - such as organising ministerial visits, events, committee meetings and stakeholder engagement activities.

The number of staff working at the Office is recorded in the Annual Report and Accounts, which are available online at gov.uk/scotland.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 06 January 2020
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Travel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the travel costs for his Department have been in each quarter since January 2018 by (a) mode of travel and use by (i) Ministers and (ii) officials.
A
Answered by: Mr Alister Jack
Answered on: 14 January 2020

The costs incurred in each quarter for travel by Ministers and officials in the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is enclosed.

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Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 19 December 2019
Cabinet Office
Brexit: : Publicity
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 7172, if he will publish the evaluations for the Get ready for Brexit campaign made under the Government Communication Service Evaluation Framework.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 13 January 2020

Further to my answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 7172, any such publication would be released on GOV.UK.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 December 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agricultural Products: UK Trade with EU
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118358 on Agricultural Products: UK Trade With EU, what progress her Department has made on developing the UK’s system for the management of agri-food imports and exports with EU countries.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 07 January 2020

The UK Government is committed to ensuring UK businesses can continue to trade with our EU partners as easily as possible after Brexit, while continuing to protect the UK’s high level of biosecurity.

Defra has built and tested a new import notification system and is in the final testing phase of a new online system for processing Export Health Certificates. Both of these could be used after the implementation period, if required, to ensure trade continues.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 December 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agricultural Products: UK Trade with EU
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 13 December 2017 to Question 118331, what progress has been made on getting the best possible deal that allows the UK to continue to have tariff-free and frictionless access for goods and services into the European market.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 07 January 2020

The principles underpinning any future trade deal with the EU were set out in the Political Declaration which accompanied the Withdrawal Agreement. We would expect formal discussions on the Political Declaration to commence after we leave the EU at the end of this month.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 December 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Potatoes: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to support seed potato exporters in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 07 January 2020

Both the UK and the EU have committed in the Political Declaration to reaching an agreement on our future relationship by the end of 2020. Defra will continue to work closely with seed potato businesses as the Withdrawal Agreement is signed and discussions on the future relationship start.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 December 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animals: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 4 October 2019 to Question 290388, what replies have been received from those third countries on UK plans for the continued use of existing Export Health Certificates once the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 07 January 2020

Since the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) wrote to third countries on 21 December 2018, we have continued to work with third countries to ensure that the UK’s Export Health Certificates (EHCs) remain when the UK leaves the EU.

93 countries have responded and no notifications have been received from third countries stating the UK’s EHCs will be not be accepted.

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 19 December 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fisheries: Navy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 2 October 2019 to Question 290370 on Fisheries: Navy, how many additional frontline warranted officers have been recruited, (b) by how much has aerial surveillance been increased, (c) how many extra sea patrol vessels are now available and (d) what the baseline figure was in each case.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 07 January 2020

In England, the Marine Management Organisation has increased the number of frontline warranted officers by 50% (35 people) for 2019/2020. A framework is in place to increase aerial surveillance by a maximum of two surveillance aircrafts as risk and intelligence demands. Two additional commercial vessels have been chartered to enable an increase in routine sea-based inspections to supplement provision from the Royal Navy Fisheries Protection Squadron. A framework of agreements has been put in place with other Government departments and relevant agencies which enables provision for up to 22 further vessels to be activated, should the operational situation demand it.

As fisheries management is a devolved matter, it is for the devolved administrations to decide on appropriate levels of fisheries control and enforcement provision in their waters. However, we continue to work closely with the devolved administrations to ensure a coordinated approach to fisheries control and enforcement across UK waters.

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