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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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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Asked on: 31 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iraq Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department received a memo on 31 January 2003 from Frank Koza, Defence Chief of Staff (Regional Targets) entitled Reflections of Iraq Debate/Votes at UN-RT Actions + Potential for Related Contributions and published in The Observer on 2 March 2003, asking for information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results favourable to US goals.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 February 2019

It is the longstanding policy of successive British Governments not to comment on intelligence matters.

The Government deplores the leaking of any classified information, wherever it occurs. Such leaks can make the work of maintaining the security of our own country and that of our allies more difficult.

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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[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: 29 October 2018
Ministry of Defence
Army: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2018 to Question 134413 on Army: Recruitment, if he will publish the regional breakdown for the direct paid marketing on social media platforms in recruiting year 2015-16.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 01 November 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 16 July 2018 to Question 161579.

161579 - Army: Recruitment (Word Document, 26.52 KB)
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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[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: 10 September 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisons
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria his Department used when selecting the establishments for inclusion in the 10 Prisons Project; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 13 September 2018

The prisons selected are typical of Category B (Local)+ Category C prisons found in any regional Prison Group, or cluster, across England and Wales. They are a mix of high performing and significantly more challenged establishments such as Nottingham and Wormwood scrubs, and have the capacity to be part of the Project without detriment to their daily operations. They also all have specific challenges to overcome, including drugs-related ones, which enables them to be used as a template for the wider estate.

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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
[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: 27 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Army: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many print adverts focused on Army recruitment were placed in regional newspapers by newspaper in each of the last three financial years.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 16 April 2018

The Army's Recruiting campaigns utilise national media platforms, such as national UK newspapers and online content. Adverts may also appear in publications associated with events, such as apprenticeship shows and job fairs.

These campaigns have not utilised regional newspaper print advertising in the past three years and no records are held centrally of Army units placing adverts in regional newspapers.

Some Army Reserve regiments may have placed localised print adverts in regional newspapers, but this information is not held centrally.

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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Attorney General
Crown Prosecution Service: Welsh Government
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to ensure greater collaboration between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Welsh Government.
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Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 25 October 2017
  1. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) works actively and regularly alongside the Welsh Government on a range of issues of mutual interest, notwithstanding that responsibility for criminal justice is not devolved.

  2. Recent examples of cooperation between the CPS and the Welsh Government include the following:

  • The CPS has contributed to the development of the Welsh Government’s National Strategy on Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. The Welsh Government has committed to work with the CPS and other criminal justice agencies to improve the response to those who report domestic abuse and sexual violence. The CPS continues to work with the Welsh Government on the delivery of the strategy.

  • The CPS contributed substantially to the establishment of the Hate Crime Criminal Justice Board Cymru and its first chair was the CPS Hate Crime Coordinator. The Board draws together the Welsh Police Forces, and other non-devolved bodies such as the CPS and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.

  • CPS Cymru-Wales is represented strongly on the Welsh Government’s Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group which provides strategic leadership for the delivery of tackling slavery in Wales.

  • The CPS is represented on the regional Welsh Government Mental Health and Criminal Justice Boards.

  • The CPS has met with representatives of the Counsel General for Wales and has responded to the consultation on developing a Welsh Government Code for Prosecutors.

  • The CPS has worked with the Welsh Government and the four Police Forces in Wales to develop a Memorandum of Understanding on Tackling Violence and Aggression Against NHS Wales Staff.

  • CPS Cymru-Wales has appointed a senior manager to take lead responsibility for liaison with the Welsh Government to further strengthen relationships.

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(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Asked on: 17 July 2017
Home Office
Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to ensure that each police service in England and Wales invests in training on the prioritisation, investigation and evidence-gathering for digital crime and abuse.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 08 September 2017

The cyber threats we face continue to grow in scale and sophistication. This is why the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 is supported by £1.9billion of transformational investment. Through the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP), this Government continues to invest in law enforcement capabilities at the national, regional and local levels to ensure delivery agencies have the capacity to deal with the increasing volume and sophistication of cyber crime.

The College of Policing Cyber Digital Career Pathway Project will create a Cyber Digital Investigation Profession across law enforcement providing a career pathway and professional certification for professionals at the core of digital investigations – setting the industry standards.

With £4.6m from the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) 2016-17 the NPCC set up the Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP) to help provide a step-change in digital capability, equipping forces with the tools to police effectively in a digital age and protect the public from digital crime. In addition, the Police Transformation Fund awarded £1.5m to the ‘Crystallise’ project; ‘Defining the Digital Intelligence & Investigations Service Model for Local Policing’. This aims to make Digital Intelligence and Investigation part of day-to-day local policing by creating a service model.

Individual police forces are responsible for ensuring that their officers and staff have the necessary training to do their job. The College of Policing supports forces by setting standards for professional practice, supported by the best available evidence, and ensures that those working in policing have access to the right training to meet those standards.

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