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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked by Apsana Begum
(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 12 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Minister for Disabled People’s letter of 3 May 2019 apologising for his predecessor’s incorrect answers in March and May 2018 on who authorised the revision to the original wording of the ESA65B letters to employment and support allowance claimants’ GPs, for what reasons that was not corrected in the Answers of (a) 6 June 2018 to Question 146986, (b) 3 July 2019 to Question 155401 and (c) 22 March 2019 to Question 234145.
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Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 20 March 2020

For clarity, and following checks with the Table Office, it appears question UIN 155401 referenced in part (b) of the question was answered on 3 July 2018.

The relevant Parliamentary Questions were corrected with a letter to the Member for Kensington which was issued on 3 May 2019 and a copy placed in the House Library.

It was decided to make the correction this way because of the time that had elapsed since the original answers were given, and to provide a correction to all of the answers at once to avoid potential confusion. They cannot now be amended on the Parliament Q&A System because we are now in a different Parliamentary session.

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Asked by Apsana Begum
(Poplar and Limehouse)
Asked on: 12 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Minister for Disabled People’s letter of 3 May 2019 to the former hon. Member for Kensington apologising for his predecessor’s incorrect answers on who authorised the revision to the original wording of the ESA65B letters to employment and support allowance claimants’ GPs, when her Department first sought the advice of the Cabinet Office on proposed revised wording.
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Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 18 March 2020

The Department first consulted with the Cabinet Office on revising the ESA65B letter in November 2014.

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