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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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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 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Christchurch of 9 November 2018 on harmonisation of council tax.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 07 January 2019

The Secretary of State responded to the letter from my Hon Friend by post on 5 December 2018. A copy of the letter has subsequently been sent by email.

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(Christchurch)
[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 2018
Ministry of Justice
Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL]
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward a regulatory impact assessment of the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) [HL] Bill.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 07 January 2019

It is not anticipated that there will be any significant cost implications arising from the procedural change proposed by the Bill. As a result, an impact assessment is considered unnecessary.

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(Christchurch)
[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 November 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 November 2018, Official Report column 454, what the meaning is of the legal term best endeavours.
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Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 22 November 2018

The reference to best endeavours in Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement is a legally binding commitment that requires the UK and the EU to conduct themselves so that negotiations on the future relationship are meaningful. It prohibits inflexible or obstructive behaviour and obliges the parties to pay reasonable regard to the interests of the other party.

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(Christchurch)
[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 November 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 November 2018, Official Report column 454, what process there will be for resolution of any dispute as to whether best endeavours have been used.
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Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 22 November 2018

In the unlikely event that a Party considers that the other has not used best endeavours, as set out in Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement, the complaining Party could bring a complaint under the processes established by the Withdrawal Agreement.

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(Christchurch)
[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 November 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 15 November 2018, Official Report column 454, what the sanction or other mode of enforcement will be for a failure to comply with the legal requirement to use best endeavours.
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Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 22 November 2018

In the unlikely event that it is determined that a Party has not complied with Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement, the primary remedy would be that the party in default would be obliged to return to the negotiating table and modify its position. In the event that there was further non-compliance, remedies may be imposed under the processes established by the Withdrawal Agreement.

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(Christchurch)
[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: 01 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it the Government's policy that the current average council tax across Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth be used as the base for setting the 2019-20 council tax across the new unitary authority.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 06 November 2018

As I explained in my answer of 22 October to my Hon Friend's Question UIN 180627 and in my answer of 31 October to my Hon Friend's Question UIN 184365, it is now open to the shadow Dorset Council and the shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council to comment on the approach to council tax harmonisation which we are minded to adopt. Having regard to any comments we receive, we will decide the approach to council tax harmonisation to be adopted, and make any legislation necessary for its implementation.

Grouped Questions: 186924
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(Christchurch)
[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: 01 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy that the current average council tax across Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth be used as the base for setting the 2019-20 council tax across the new unitary authority.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 06 November 2018

As I explained in my answer of 22 October to my Hon Friend's Question UIN 180627 and in my answer of 31 October to my Hon Friend's Question UIN 184365, it is now open to the shadow Dorset Council and the shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council to comment on the approach to council tax harmonisation which we are minded to adopt. Having regard to any comments we receive, we will decide the approach to council tax harmonisation to be adopted, and make any legislation necessary for its implementation.

Grouped Questions: 186923
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(Christchurch)
[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: 31 October 2018
Treasury
Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184368 on Public Sector Exit Payments, whether the affirmative regulations referred to are the same as the necessary regulations which were reported in the Answer of 6 July 2017 to Question 1447 on Public Sector: Redundancy Pay, as being currently in the process of drafting; and whether the regulations have now been drafted.
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Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 05 November 2018

The Government will be consulting on the set of affirmative regulations referred to both answers. These regulations are in the process of being drafted, and will be published for consultation in due course.

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(Christchurch)
[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 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 25 October 2018 to Questions 182083 and 182084, on Council Tax: Dorset, whether he plans to consult on the draft secondary legislation providing for harmonisation that he referred to in those Answers; and whether exemplifications of the different methods of calculating average made council tax is planned to be made available to facilitate public understanding.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 31 October 2018

As I explained in my answer of 22 October to the Hon Member's Question UIN 180627, it is now open to the shadow Dorset Council and the shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, the membership of which includes the areas' elected representatives, to comment on the approach to council tax harmonisation which we are minded to adopt. Having regard to any comments we receive, we will decide the approach to council tax harmonisation to be adopted, and make any legislation necessary for its implementation which will be accompanied by such an Explanatory Memorandum as Parliamentary procedures require.

Grouped Questions: 184366
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(Christchurch)
[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 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 25 October 2018 to Questions 182083 and 182084, on Council Tax: Dorset, whether that draft secondary legislation will enable both new Dorset unitary authorities to adopt a day one weighted average harmonisation model to ensure that no council tax is foregone in 2019-2020.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 31 October 2018

As I explained in my answer of 22 October to the Hon Member's Question UIN 180627, it is now open to the shadow Dorset Council and the shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, the membership of which includes the areas' elected representatives, to comment on the approach to council tax harmonisation which we are minded to adopt. Having regard to any comments we receive, we will decide the approach to council tax harmonisation to be adopted, and make any legislation necessary for its implementation which will be accompanied by such an Explanatory Memorandum as Parliamentary procedures require.

Grouped Questions: 184365
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(Christchurch)
[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 October 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether it is the Government's policy that any treaty made between the UK and the EU pursuant to Article 50 should have a provision allowing the treaty to be denounced in the event that the terms of the political declaration are not adopted within a specified period.
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Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 31 October 2018

The Government said in the White Paper that the Withdrawal Agreement should include an explicit commitment by both parties to finalise the legal agreements to give effect to the future relationship as soon as possible, in order to achieve a smooth transition out of the implementation period and into the future relationship. We have been discussing proposals on the linkage needed between the Withdrawal Agreement and the future relationship, and the EU is engaging constructively.

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(Christchurch)
[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 October 2018
Treasury
Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his Department's policy to support the Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 31 October 2018

The Government legislated through the Enterprise Act 2016 for a £95,000 cap on exit payments in the public sector. This reform to exit payment compensation requires affirmative regulations to come into force, which I plan to consult on before bringing them before Parliament.

I fully support the intention to limit exit payments across the public sector, however this Bill would duplicate existing primary legislation and delay its implementation.

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(Christchurch)
[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: 22 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October, Question 180627 on Council Tax: Dorset, if he will publish his preferred methodology for the calculation of the average amount of council tax across an area.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 25 October 2018

As I explained on 22 October to Question UIN 180627 in response to my Hon Friend's earlier question, how any average council tax is to be calculated for the purposes of any council tax harmonisation will be a matter for the council concerned acting in accordance with the secondary legislation that provides for that harmonisation of council tax.

Grouped Questions: 182084
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(Christchurch)
[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: 22 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October, Question 180627, whether the calculation of the average amount of council tax across an area includes (a) parish and (b) town council precepts.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 25 October 2018

As I explained on 22 October to Question UIN 180627 in response to my Hon Friend's earlier question, how any average council tax is to be calculated for the purposes of any council tax harmonisation will be a matter for the council concerned acting in accordance with the secondary legislation that provides for that harmonisation of council tax.

Grouped Questions: 182083
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(Christchurch)
[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: 17 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the average amount of council tax is across the area of (a) the Shadow Dorset Unitary Authority and (b) the Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth Shadow Authority for the purpose of his Department's approach to council tax harmonisation.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 22 October 2018

I wrote on 17 October to the leaders of the shadow Dorset Council and the shadow Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council setting out the approach to council tax harmonisation we are minded to adopt.

It will be for each of the councils to calculate any average council tax across its area needed for the purposes of any approach to council tax harmonisation that we adopt, in accordance with the secondary legislation that makes provision for that approach.

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(Christchurch)
[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 September 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Gardening Leave
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff of his Department have been absent from work on full pay for more than twelve consecutive months.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 10 September 2018

There are less than 5 staff in the Department who have been absent from work on full pay for more than twelve consecutive months.

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(Christchurch)
[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: 05 September 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Gardening Leave
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many staff of his Department have been absent from work on full pay for more than twelve consecutive months.
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Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of staff currently employed by this Department that have been absent from work on full pay for more than twelve consecutive months is fewer than five and therefore not suitable for release. Providing a more accurate response to this request would breach the Data Protection Act.

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(Christchurch)
[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 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Gardening Leave
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of her Department have been absent from work on full pay for more than twelve consecutive months.
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Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 10 September 2018

As at 31 July 2018, the latest date for which data is available, there were no members of the Department’s staff who were absent from work on full pay for more than twelve consecutive months.

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(Christchurch)
[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: 05 September 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Council Tax: Dorset
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July to Question 162973 on council tax: Dorset, whether representations have been received in response to the consultation; and on what date the Government plans to announce its decision.
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Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The Secretary of State is currently considering the local preferences on council tax harmonisation that have been received from shadow authorities responsible for setting council taxes in 2019-20, including those views from the Shadow Dorset Council and the Shadow Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He intends, as soon as practicable, to reach a preliminary view on the approach to be adopted, and on which he will invite any further comments from the shadow authorities before taking a final decision and making any new secondary legislation.

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(Christchurch)
[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: 11 July 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the application for leave to remain in the UK submitted on 19 October 2017 under Immigration Case Ref 922984523 will be determined.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 16 July 2018

A decision on the application (with the correct reference number 22984523) is scheduled to be dispatched by 23 July 2018.

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