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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)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)
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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.
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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.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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: 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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Table - PQ 415 (Word Document, 30.44 KB)
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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.

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