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Asked on: 27 June 2016
Home Office
Asylum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sharing of policing and security information between the UK and other EU member states is continuing in the light of the result of the EU referendum; and whether it will continue during negotiations on the UK's exit from the EU.
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Answered on: 12 July 2016

The UK remains a member of the EU and is subject to EU legislation. The UK and EU Member States continue to share policing and security information, including via Europol.

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Asked on: 27 June 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Asylum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they have received about whether the result of the EU referendum is legally binding.
Answered on: 11 July 2016

The Prime Minister, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has been clear in his statement on 27 June 2016. The British people have voted to leave the European Union, and that the decision must be respected.

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Asked on: 27 June 2016
Cabinet Office
Asylum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the result of the EU referendum, whether British companies can still tender freely and on equal terms for active public procurement opportunities in other EU member states; and whether they will be able to do so (1) after Article 50 is invoked, and (2) up until negotiations for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are concluded.
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Answered on: 11 July 2016

The current public procurement rules will continue to apply until the UK has left the EU following the successful conclusion of exit negotiations.

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Asked on: 12 July 2017
Home Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what modelling they have undertaken to forecast the number of applications for permanent status and consequent (1) rejections, (2) appeals, and (3) deportations, that will result from their offer to enable EU citizens who are resident in the UK to remain in the UK following Brexit; how many additional staff they estimate will be required to manage those applications; whether they intend to publish their model or forecast; and if so, when.
Answered on: 20 July 2017

On Monday 26 June, the UK published the paper ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union: safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the UK’. Formal negotiations with our EU partners on the shape and nature of the immigration regime that will apply after the UK leaves the EU will soon be underway. The Home Office currently processes several million immigration decisions each year and will ensure that the necessary resources are provided to process applications for the new residence status outlined by the Government. The Home Office has a well-developed process for modelling operational demand that will be used as appropriate to support internal capacity planning.

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Asked on: 05 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government which companies are currently contracted to provide outsourced services by each Government department and to state, for each company listed, (1) the country in which the company, or any relevant parent company, is registered and, (2) the renewal date for any contract through which they are engaged.
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Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 18 July 2017

Full information on which companies are currently contracted to provide outsourced services to each Government department is not held centrally.

However, a list of those suppliers that departments may engage through the Crown Commercial Service’s range of frameworks can be found at:

http://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/suppliers

Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at:

https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive

Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

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Asked on: 05 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government whether they have a strategy for the outsourcing of services; and, if so, whether they plan to alter this strategy as a result of Brexit.
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Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 13 July 2017

The driving principle underpinning the delivery of public services is – and will remain – the best value for money for the public purse. As part of this, we are committed to opening up government procurement and to identifying opportunities for private and voluntary sector involvement in service delivery where these can offer benefits to the taxpayer.

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Asked on: 05 July 2017
Cabinet Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government which companies are currently contracted to provide outsourced consultancy services by each Government department and to state, for each company listed, (1) the country in which the company, or any relevant parent company, is registered and, (2) the renewal date for any contract through which they are engaged.
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Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 13 July 2017

Full information on which companies are currently contracted to provide outsourced services to each Government department is not held centrally.

However, a list of those suppliers that departments may engage through the Crown Commercial Service’s range of frameworks can be found at:

http://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/suppliers

Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at:

https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive

Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

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Asked on: 26 June 2017
Department for International Trade
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of export finance available by country, together with the amount that was allocated to projects, for each of the last four years.
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Answered by: Lord Price
Answered on: 10 July 2017

Measures introduced in the 2016 Autumn Statement enable UKEF to increase export finance capacity for individual countries by up to 100%, subject to country reviews.

UKEF's public expression of current risk appetite for new business for each country is available on its website. It does not hold historical information about its public expression of risk appetite for each country, but the website notes where the risk appetite has been increased following the Autumn Statement.

UKEF publishes details of the support it provides by country on an annual basis on its website. Details of its support for the last year will be published once its 2016-17 Annual Report and Accounts are laid before Parliament.

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Asked on: 26 June 2017
Department for International Trade
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what was the total export finance facility available by country as at 1 June.
Answered on: 10 July 2017

UK Export Finance covers over 200 countries and it details the amount of export finance available (market risk appetite) for each country on its website.

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Asked on: 26 June 2017
Department for International Trade
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what criteria they apply for allocating export finance facilities.
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Answered by: Lord Price
Answered on: 10 July 2017

UK Export Finance sets its total risk appetite for each country by taking into account the size of that country's economy and the level of risk. Its assessment framework is aligned with that used by the credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's (S&P), but is additionally informed by cross-Whitehall forums, local UK diplomatic representatives, OECD country risk expert meetings and country visits, where appropriate.

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Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for International Development
Lords
Her Majesty's Government whether they would support future regionalisation of the Pillars of the Cotonou Agreement.
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Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 03 July 2017

The UK government has supported calls for a differentiated and more regionalised approach during EU discussions on the successor to the Cotonou agreement. While the future agreement will come into force after our exit from the EU, we remain interested in what will be a major element of the global development architecture and will continue to participate in the discussions while we remain an EU Member State.

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