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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 February 2019
Women and Equalities
Domestic Abuse: Females
Commons
What steps the Government is taking to support women who have experienced domestic abuse.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 07 February 2019

On 21 January we published a draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which includes a ground-breaking series of measures to promote awareness, support victims, tackle perpetrators and improve services.

We have also published a package of non-legislative actions that will see further support for children affected by domestic abuse, the elderly, disabled, male and migrant victims and those in the LGBTQ community.

Ending domestic abuse remains an absolute priority for this government.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
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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: 06 February 2019
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad
Commons
What plans he has to change the time limit on the entitlement of UK citizens living overseas to register to vote in UK parliamentary elections.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 06 February 2019
British citizens living abroad retain strong links with the United Kingdom, no matter how far they have travelled.

The Government is supporting the Member for Montgomeryshire’s Private Member’s Bill on Overseas Electors which delivers our manifesto commitment to introduce votes for life.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
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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 January 2019
Treasury
Income Tax
Commons
What progress he has made on reducing the amount of income tax that people pay.
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Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 29 January 2019

The government is committed to keeping taxes low to support working people keep more of what they earn.

Budget 2018 announced that the government will increase the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 from April 2019, one year earlier than planned.

This tax cut means, in 2019-20, a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay £1,205 less in tax than in 2010-11. Across the UK, 1.74 million of the lowest paid will be taken out of tax entirely since 2015, leaving more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
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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: 20 December 2018
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: Israel
Commons
What recent discussions he has had with the Government of Israel on bilateral trade and investment.
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Answered by: Dr Liam Fox
Answered on: 20 December 2018

I met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen during a visit to Israel in November, when we discussed our record levels of trade and investment and noted the good progress made on our continuity trade arrangement. I agreed with President Netanyahu to increase trade cooperation through joint Government sponsorship of a high-level trade and investment conference in 2019.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
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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 December 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Local Government
Commons
What recent steps his Department has taken to support local government.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 10 December 2018

At the Autumn Budget the Government announced over £1 billion of extra funding for local authorities, this year and next, to help them deliver the services their communities need and support their most vulnerable residents.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 21 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Maintenance
Commons
What plans the Government has to increase compliance with child maintenance responsibilities.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 21 May 2018

The Child Maintenance Service has wide ranging powers to enforce the collection of both ongoing child maintenance liability and arrears.

We publish regular information about this activity which shows for example, increasing use of the Financial Investigation Unit with over 1000 more complex earner investigations referred this year compared with last.

We recently consulted on a new Compliance and Arrears Strategy with the aim of increasing these powers. The Government’s response to this consultation will be published later this summer.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 26 February 2018
Home Office
Cybercrime
Commons
What steps she is taking to tackle cyber crime.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 26 February 2018

This Government takes the threat of cyber crime extremely seriously, which is why we have committed to spending £1.9 billion to deliver the National Cyber Security Strategy. This includes boosting the capabilities of the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit and investing in the cyber teams within Regional Organised Crime Units to bolster our response.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
Asked on: 01 February 2018
Home Office
Hezbollah
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of whether Hezbollah is a unified organisation under a single leadership.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 06 February 2018

The UK proscription regime distinguishes between the political and military wings of Hizballah. The UK proscribed Hizballah’s External Security Organisation in March 2001 and in 2008 the proscription was extended to Hizballah’s military apparatus.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Armed Conflict
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on rocket fire into Israel from Gaza.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 January 2018

I refer my Hon. Friend to my answer of 11 January 2018 (PQ 120721).

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 16 January 2018
HM Treasury
Public Sector: Borrowing
Commons
What assessment he has made of potential risks to the economy from high levels of Government borrowing.
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Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 16 January 2018

In 2010 we inherited the largest deficit since the second world war at nearly 10% of GDP. We’ve successfully reduced that to 2.3% last year, but our debt is still too high.

High levels of debt leave us vulnerable to economic shocks and incur significant amounts of debt interest.

That is why the government has clear fiscal plans to reduce borrowing further and get debt falling.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 19 December 2017
Department of Health
Hospitals: Standards
Commons
What recent progress his Department has made on improving the performance of hospitals in special measures.
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Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 19 December 2017

The Special Measures programme has been in place since 2013 with 37 instances of trusts entering. 21 trusts have exited Special Measures since the programme began, including five which have exited since March this year. I particularly congratulate Colchester, which exited in November.

Eight former Special Measures trusts are now rated either “Good” or “Outstanding”.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 24 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Affordable Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to increase the number of affordable homes.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 30 October 2017

The Government is investing over £9 billion between 2016-2021 to deliver a wide range of affordable housing - to meet the needs of a broad range of people, including homes for social rent. We have also confirmed long-term rent certainty for social landlords – creating a stable investment environment to support councils and housing associations to build more affordable homes.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 09 October 2017
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade and Foreign Investment in UK
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to identify potential barriers to trade and investment after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 12 October 2017

The Government is developing a range of options for identifying and tackling non-tariff market access barriers once we leave the EU. The Secretary of State and I host regular Ministerial Trade Dialogues with overseas markets, which provide an excellent forum for addressing non-tariff barriers to trade. The Government will continue to deploy its international network, and is also able to conduct trade reviews to identify and address trade and investment barriers.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 21 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the growth of small businesses.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

I was delighted to visit Worcestershire earlier this year and look forward to visiting again soon.

This Government wants to help high-growth businesses scale-up, go global and invest in their future. The Scale-up Task Force which I co-chair focuses on that requirement.

This builds on the billions of financial support already provided by the British Business Bank to thousands of small businesses looking to start, scale up or stay ahead.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 05 December 2016
Women and Equalities
Young People
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will take steps to support young people to (a) develop their self-confidence and (b) understand pressures related to advertising.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 08 December 2016

We want all young people to be comfortable and confident in themselves and understand that the way you look should not define who you are.

That is why we funded Media Smart, a media literacy resource for parents and teachers of Key Stage 2 pupils. The resource helps young people understand and challenge the stereotypes they may see in advertising.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
[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: 24 October 2016
Women and Equalities
Females: Directors
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of women on boards and at senior executive levels of FTSE companies.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 27 October 2016

We have more women on boards than ever before and no all-male boards in the FTSE 100. We have established the new, independent Hampton-Alexander Review which will have a particular focus on improving gender representation in the all-important executive layer of the FTSE companies.

I fully endorse the business-led target of 33% women on FTSE 350 boards by 2020 and would like to go further.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
Asked on: 18 July 2016
Department for Education
Education: Left Handed People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the potential correlation between left-handedness and levels of educational attainment; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 26 July 2016

The Department does not hold data on whether pupils are left-handed and therefore has not made an assessment of their levels of educational attainment.

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(Mid Worcestershire)
Asked on: 18 July 2016
Department for Education
Pupils: Left Handed People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has made an estimate of the proportion of left-handed pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 26 July 2016

The Department does not collect data on the number of left-handed pupils in primary and secondary schools.

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