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Asked on: 05 February 2020
Department for Education
Pupils: Mobile Phones
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban children from using their mobile phones during lesson time.
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Answered by: Lord Agnew of Oulton
Answered on: 13 February 2020

Schools are able to choose how mobile phones are used on school premises and during the school day. This can include banning or limiting their use. Schools are required by law to have a behaviour policy, which should make any policy regarding mobile phones known to all staff, pupils and parents. This policy should also outline any sanctions that will be imposed for breaking the rules. Sanctions can include confiscating mobile phones, where this is set out in the school’s behaviour policy.

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Asked by Ronnie Cowan
(Inverclyde)
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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 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cosmetics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the UK cosmetics portal to go live.
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Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 13 January 2020

The timeframe for whether the UK Cosmetics Portal needs to go live is dependent on the outcome of negotiations on the future economic relationship between the UK and the EU. The Government has made preparations so that the UK cosmetics portal can go live as soon as it is needed.

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