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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 22 November 2018
Department for Education
Department for Education: Public Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the budget of (a) executive agencies, (b) non-departmental public bodies and (c) organisations which receive funding from his Department that is spent on staffing costs.
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Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 27 November 2019

All information shown is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-annual-reports.

A full breakdown of staff costs and the proportion of total costs for the period of 2016 to 2017 and for 2017 to 2018 is shown in Table 1, which is attached.

Table_of_staff_costs_for_194744 (Excel SpreadSheet, 55 KB)
Asked on: 07 January 2019
Department for Transport
Channel Ferries: Freight
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the companies contracted to provide ferries in the event of a no deal Brexit to deliver necessary freight services; and what assurances they have sought from those companies.
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Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Department had reviewed the plans of each company with the support of external advisers. On that basis, supported by contractual assurances, we are satisfied that the three companies concerned have the capacity to deliver these services. They will not be paid if services cannot be delivered.

More information is available in my Written Statement of 7 January (HLWS 1200) which can be viewed at the link below.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Lords/2019-01-07/HLWS1200/

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(Coventry South)
[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: 07 January 2019
Home Office
Police: Forensic Science
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of the quality of forensic science investigation work in police forces, and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) monitors the quality of forensic science investigations by police forces.

The Government is committed to ensuring that policing meets appropriate quality standards across the system and fully supports the Forensic Science Regulator's timetable for accreditation and is committed to giving her statutory powers.

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Asked by Wes Streeting
(Ilford North)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 07 January 2019
Home Office
Metropolitan Police: Emergency Calls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 999 calls were received by the Metropolitan Police in each month of 2018.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Home Office does not collect this data. Law enforcement, including the handling of 999 calls is an operational matter for the police.

It is for elected Police Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to decide how best to manage their communications and response to the public.

Grouped Questions: 205981 | 205982
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Asked by Wes Streeting
(Ilford North)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 07 January 2019
Home Office
Emergency Calls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 999 calls were graded as (a) S grade and (b) I grade in each month of 2018.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Home Office does not collect this data. Law enforcement, including the handling of 999 calls is an operational matter for the police.

It is for elected Police Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to decide how best to manage their communications and response to the public.

Grouped Questions: 205980 | 205982
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Asked by Wes Streeting
(Ilford North)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 07 January 2019
Home Office
Emergency Calls
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 999 calls were downgraded from I to S grade within 15 minutes of receiving the initial call in each month of 2018.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Home Office does not collect this data. Law enforcement, including the handling of 999 calls is an operational matter for the police.

It is for elected Police Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to decide how best to manage their communications and response to the public.

Grouped Questions: 205980 | 205981
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Asked by Wes Streeting
(Ilford North)
[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: 07 January 2019
Home Office
Police: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers, (c) non-uniformed police staff, (d) special constables, (e) designated officers, (f) dogs and (g) horses were deployed in (i) the London Borough of Redbridge and (ii) the Metropolitan Police Service area in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of police officers, police staff, designated officers, police community support officers and special constables employed by each police force in England and Wales on a bi-annual basis. These data are published in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins.

The Home Office collects this information at Police Force Area level only. Data on the number of police officers, police staff, designated officers, police community support officers and special constables in the Metropolitan Police Service, as at 31 March each year and going back to March 2007, can be found in the accompanying Open Data Table: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/629362/open-data-table-police-workforce.ods

The Home Office does not hold information on the total number of dogs or horses deployed by police forces.

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Asked by Lord Goodlad
Asked on: 08 January 2019
Department for Education
Post-18 Education and Funding Review
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when their review of post-18 education and funding will be published.
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding is being informed by independent advice from an expert panel, chaired by Philip Augar.

The panel have undertaken an extensive programme of stakeholder engagement and evidence gathering. They will report in 2019 before government concludes the overall review.

The government will want to move swiftly to improve the post-18 system once the review has concluded. Implementation timetables will depend on the review’s findings and recommendations and the legislative and operational requirements.

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Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 08 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Autonomous Weapons
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of governments that are, or are almost, able to mobilise new weapons systems capable of operating without meaningful human control; how soon they expect the UK will be able to deploy such systems; and what steps they are taking to secure international controls of such systems.
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Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 18 January 2019

UK policy is that the operation of weapon systems will always be under human control as an absolute guarantee of oversight and authority for weapons release - no UK weapons systems currently in development will be capable of attacking targets without human control and input. Officials from Her Majesty's Government are closely involved in international discussions on autonomy at the United Nations to ensure that developments occur responsibly and in line with international law.

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Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral contribution on 7 January 2019, Official Report, column 85, how many migrants arriving on the Kent coast in (a) the first nine months and (b) the final three months of 2018 have been detained in immigration removal centres.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2019

During 2018 there has been a rise in the number of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats to reach the UK to claim asylum.

Information on people entering detention by age, sex and place of initial detention (as at year ending September 2018) is available in table dt_01_q of the detention tables, which can be found in the latest release of ‘Immigration Statistics’, available from the Home Office website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2018/list-of-tables#detention

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Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Asylum: Undocumented Migrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 January 2019, Official Report, column 85, whether all those arriving on the Kent coast since 1 October 2018 who claimed asylum have had their claims registered.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2019

Over 500 migrants, the majority of whom are Iranian nationals, attempted to travel to the UK in small vessels during 2018. The vast majority of those attempts were made in the last three months of the year.

We are unable to state how many applications from this route have had their claims registered, as we do not comment on the status of cases once they have claimed asylum.

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Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 January 2019, Official Report, column 85, how many unaccompanied children arrived at the Kent coast in (a) the first nine months and (b) the final three months of 2018.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2019

We do not routinely publish this level of data on clandestine entry or attempts to enter the UK and we do not comment on the status of cases once they have claimed asylum.

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(North Durham)
[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants: English Channel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral contribution of the Home Secretary of 7 January 2019, Official Report, Column 94, how many of the 316 migrants arriving in the UK who had crossed the English Channel subsequently claimed asylum.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2019

Over 500 migrants, the majority of whom are Iranian nationals, attempted to travel to the UK in small vessels during 2018. The vast majority of those attempts were made in the last three months of the year.

We are unable to state how many applications from this route have claimed asylum, as we do not comment on the status of cases once an asylum claim has been made.

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(North Durham)
[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Undocumented Migrants: English Channel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrants crossing the English Channel in each of the last three months have subsequently claimed asylum in the UK.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 18 January 2019

Over 500 migrants, the majority of whom are Iranian nationals, attempted to travel to the UK in small vessels during 2018. The vast majority of those attempts were made in the last three months of the year.

We are unable to state how many applications from this route have claimed asylum, as we do not comment on the status of cases once an asylum claim has been made.

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Asked by Priti Patel
(Witham)
Asked on: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Firearms: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal firearms possessed by people living in the UK.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and wider law enforcement regularly assess the volume of illegal firearms used in crime in the UK. NABIS produce quarterly reports on the threat, but their assessment is continuous and key information is shared amongst law enforcement on a real time basis. This information is operationally sensitive and not published.

We are continuing to deliver the Strategic Defence and Security Review commitment to choke off the supply and availability of illegal firearms to prevent their use by criminal or terrorist groups in the UK. This includes ensuring we have the right intelligence, detection and enforcement capabilities and policies, internationally, at the UK border, and within the UK.

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(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Police: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on police forces in 2019-20 of (a) employers' contribution to police pensions schemes, (b) inflation and (c) national pay awards.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Government has worked closely with policing stakeholders to understand the impact that changes to police officer pensions will have on their budgets in 2019/20 and beyond.

The Police Remuneration Review Body will submit their recommendations for the police award for 2019/20 to the Government in May. The Government will very carefully consider their recommendations and the impact on force budgets.

The Government’s proposed funding settlement for the police for 2019/20 was announced last month and provides additional funding of up to £970 million, including additional Government grant funding, council tax precept and investment in national priorities. This substantial increase will enable forces to meet their genuine financial pressures as well as to invest in key capabilities.

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Asked by Liam Byrne
(Birmingham, Hodge Hill)
[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Mayor of the West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times he has met with the Mayor of the West Midlands since 1 November 2018.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Home Secretary last met with the Mayor of the West Midlands on 7 August 2018 where they discussed a range of issues including police funding and devolution

Ministers meet regularly with Police and Crime Commissioners and Mayors to discuss a range of topics. This includes significant recent engagement on demand ahead of the publication of the Provisional Police Funding Settlement last month.

Under these proposals total funding for West Midlands Police could increase by up to £34.2 million to £568.6 million in 2019/20, including funding from council tax, if the Police and Crime Commissioner uses the full precept flexibility provided.

Grouped Questions: 206267
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Asked by Liam Byrne
(Birmingham, Hodge Hill)
[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: 08 January 2019
Home Office
Police: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Mayor of the West Midlands on police funding.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Home Secretary last met with the Mayor of the West Midlands on 7 August 2018 where they discussed a range of issues including police funding and devolution

Ministers meet regularly with Police and Crime Commissioners and Mayors to discuss a range of topics. This includes significant recent engagement on demand ahead of the publication of the Provisional Police Funding Settlement last month.

Under these proposals total funding for West Midlands Police could increase by up to £34.2 million to £568.6 million in 2019/20, including funding from council tax, if the Police and Crime Commissioner uses the full precept flexibility provided.

Grouped Questions: 206266
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Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
Asked on: 09 January 2019
Department for Transport
Channel Ferries: Freight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the full procurement process took in each case to agree the public contracts his Department recently awarded to (a) DFDS, (b) Seaborne Freight and (c) Brittany Ferries for roll-on roll-off freight ferry services; and if he will place a copy of each contract in the Library.
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Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 18 January 2019

In each case, the full procurement process was completed within the month of December. Details of the contracts are commercially sensitive.

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Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
Asked on: 09 January 2019
Department for Transport
Channel Ferries: Freight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the minimum number of vessels required to fulfil the public contracts his Department recently awarded to (a) DFDS, (b) Seaborne Freight and (c) Brittany Ferries for roll-on roll-off freight ferry services from UK ports.
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Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 18 January 2019

Specific vessel arrangements are a matter for operators.

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