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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the detention of (a) unsafe and (b) non-compliant electrical consumer goods at ports and borders in Scotland; and whether he has plans to allocate additional funding for those activities.
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Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 14 February 2019

The Office for Product Safety and Standards will publish its first Strategic Assessment covering trends in relation to the safety of goods in due course and this will inform future decisions about how best to support capacity on the front line, including in Scotland.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the volume of (a) unsafe and (b) non-compliant electrical consumer goods entering Scotland at its ports and borders.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 14 February 2019

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is developing the first national Strategic Assessment to identify trends and risks associated with the supply and use of consumer goods. This will provide a comprehensive analysis of how well the product safety system functions and will support local authorities and other agencies to prioritise their operational decisions and interventions based on evidence and risk. In addition, the OPSS is working to support local authorities in Scotland to further improve product safety.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Borders: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is made available by the Office for Product Safety and Standards to the Scottish Government to improve safety at ports and borders in scotland.
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Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 14 February 2019

The Office for Product Safety and Standards is working to support local authorities in Scotland including at ports and borders, to further improve product safety. For example, OPSS has provided free technical training on product safety to local authority officers, provided all front-line officers with free access to British Standards on line and training on risk assessment will take place in March. We are exploring what additional support and resource would assist with safety at ports and borders.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made on the cost to the Scottish economy of the sale of (a) counterfeit and (b) substandard electrical products.
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Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 14 February 2019

The Government does not hold data for estimating the cost to the Scottish economy of counterfeit or substandard electrical products.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions (a) he, (b) ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the representatives of the Scottish Government on the sale of unsafe electrical goods online; and whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the regulation of the sale of those products online.
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Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 11 February 2019

The Department has had discussions with the Scottish Government on a number of issues related to the safety of consumers, including on the Office for Product Safety and Standards’ (OPSS) new strategy for product safety. OPSS also works closely with local authority Trading Standards services across Scotland on specific issues, including the safety of electrical goods.

All electrical goods must meet essential safety requirements before they can be placed on the UK market, including electrical goods sold to consumers by online retailers. The Government has no plans to introduce further regulation in this area.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
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Asked on: 01 February 2019
Ministry of Defence
Defence Policy Board: Public Appointments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 207593, if he will publish the (a) criteria and (b) selection process for the membership of the Defence Policy Board.
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Answered by: Gavin Williamson
Answered on: 06 February 2019

The Defence Policy Board will serve the important purpose of bringing outside perspectives and challenge to bear on Defence policy and strategy. Sir John Chilcot's  Iraq Inquiry recognised this as a key imperative for Defence and the Government as a whole.

Following the publication of the report on the Modernising Defence Programme on 18 December 2018, we are working to establish the Board, including determining membership, and we will shortly be reaching out to prospective members. The criteria and selection process continue to be developed. We expect to establish the Board by the summer, at which point we will publish its membership and terms of reference.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 25 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Royal Tank Regiment: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2019 to Question 208873 on Royal Tank Regiment: Death, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's response to HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 February 2019

I attach a copy of the Ministry of Defence's response to the Prevention of Future Deaths Report issued by HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull and dated 27 September 2018.

This response has also been been provided to the Chief Coroner who will publish it on his website in due course. The website can be accessed via this link:

https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/matthew-hatfield.

You may wish to note that the Prevention of Future Deaths Report was jointly placed on the Ministry of Defence and BAe Systems. You may wish to ask BAe Systems for their response to the Prevention of Future Deaths Report to obtain the comprehensive picture.

I will place a copy of the document in the Library of the House.

Royal Tank Regiment: Death; MOD response (PDF Document, 375.66 KB)
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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 15 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Royal Tank Regiment: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has issued a response to HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull in relation to the Regulation 28 report, dated 17 July 2018 on the deaths of two members of the Royal Tank Regiment on 14 June 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 23 January 2019

Yes, the Secretary of State for Defence issued a response to HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull within the required 56 days following the Prevention of Future Deaths Report.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 11 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Coroners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2018 to Question 185063 on armed forces: coroners, what the timetable is for the consultation on whether to publish those protocols; and if his Department will publish the pre-Section 104 Order protocols between the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the Scottish Government and the Chief Coroner on dealing with military deaths in Scotland separately.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 21 January 2019

I refer the hon. Member to my previous answer on this issue as the consultation on publication has not yet taken place. I will write to the hon. Member once that consultation has taken place.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 11 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Defence Policy Board
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence he will publish more details on the timescale and implementation for the Defence Policy Board as set out in his Department’s report on the Modernising Defence Programme in December 2018; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Gavin Williamson
Answered on: 21 January 2019

The Defence Policy Board will serve the important purpose of bringing outside perspectives and challenge to bear on Defence policy and strategy.

Following the publication of the report on the Modernising Defence Programme on 18 December 2018, we are working to establish the Board, including determining membership, and we will shortly be reaching out to prospective members. We expect to establish the Board by the summer, at which point we will publish its membership and terms of reference.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 09 January 2019
Department for International Development
Iraq: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian aid her Department is providing in the camps for the displaced people from Mosul, Iraq.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 January 2019

DFID is one of the largest donors to the UN’s Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF), having committed over £74m since 2014. The IHF was one of the largest and most comprehensive funding mechanisms available for humanitarian partners responding to the needs of Moslawis throughout 2017 and 2018. The IHF rapidly scaled up its operations in advance of Mosul’s liberation, including with significant financial support from DFID. In March 2017, for example, over £1.5m was allocated by the IHF to expand and upgrade water and sanitation facilities in Haj Ali IDP camp in Ninewa Governorate, to ensure preparedness for the increasing caseload of displaced people from Mosul. The IHF continues to support dozens of humanitarian camps in the region, and DFID maintains a close dialogue with the UN in this respect.

In addition to helping those displaced from Mosul, DFID is supporting efforts to improve conditions in the city so that people can return home following the conflict. This includes over £30m in funding for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilisation (FFS) since 2015. UNMAS focusses on the removal of explosive hazards and the FFS works to restore basic services; the latter has already rehabilitated dozens of hospitals and schools, and is currently carrying out work to repair the decimated electricity grid in West Mosul.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 09 January 2019
Department for International Development
Iraq: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid and support is being provided by her Department to unaccompanied children resident in the internally displaced camps of Iraq.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 January 2019

Children in Iraq have been disproportionately impacted by four years of Daesh control. DFID is working with UNICEF to provide specialist child protection services, tailored to the individual needs of 12,000 of the most vulnerable children, including in IDP camps. This specialised programme provides psychosocial support, counselling, legal representation, as well as wider protection services to the children who need them most.

Furthermore, DFID is one of the largest donors to the UN’s Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF), having committed over £74m since 2014. The IHF is the primary mechanism through which the international community has responded to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq since 2014. It provides multi-sector support for girls and boys through the provision of education, protection, education, and healthcare services to hundreds of thousands of children each year.

DFID humanitarian experts maintain a close dialogue with all humanitarian stakeholders in Iraq and we remain committed to advocating for the needs of children displaced by the conflict, including those who are unaccompanied.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 17 December 2018
Ministry of Defence
Patrol Craft: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has plans to base River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels in Scottish ports. .
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 24 December 2018

The Ministry of Defence has recently announced Batch 1 Offshore Patrol Vessels will be retained to support Batch 2, so the Royal Navy can continue to play an important role in protecting the whole of the UK’s waters. There are currently no plans for the vessels to be stationed in Scottish ports.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 17 December 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2018 to Question 200133 on Armed Forces: Vehicles, whether Hexavalent Chromium is still being used in vehicle servicing by his Department; and on what date the decision was made to undertake that research.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 24 December 2018

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to managing and reducing hazardous substances and restricted materials throughout the lifetime of equipment to reduce the risk of harm to both human health and the environment. However, Hexavalent Chromium is still used when necessary. The MOD has instigated testing and evaluation of chromate-free paint products since 2012. This research is due to finish in the first quarter of 2019.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 07 December 2018
Ministry of Defence
Unmanned Marine Vehicles: Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse has been of the development of the ecoSUB-µ5-SVP vehicles to be deployed from HMS Enterprise.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 17 December 2018

The ecoSUB-µ5-SVP vehicles were not developed as part of a defence contract. The vehicles were developed by industry, Planet Ocean, in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 07 December 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has used paint containing (a) hexavalent chromium and (b) chromium VI in servicing vehicles.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 14 December 2018

Hexavalent chromium, which is also known as chromium VI, has been used by the Ministry of Defence in vehicle servicing. Research, concluding in early 2019, is currently being undertaken to investigate alternatives.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 07 December 2018
Ministry of Defence
Australia: Military Alliances
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Royal Navy of the Joint Guidance for the RAN-RN Relationship signed by the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Royal Australian Navy on 28 November 2018; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 13 December 2018

The Joint Guidance, signed by the First Sea Lord and the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, will increase dialogue and information sharing, particularly in the field of Anti-Submarine Warfare. This will promote interoperability and further our nations' shared values.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 07 December 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 28 November 2018 to Question 194225, whether Queen's Regulation J975 is compatible with the lack of a mandatory requirement to hold a fatal accident inquiry for a military death in Scotland prior to the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 December 2018

Yes.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 21 November 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures were in place prior to the 2016 Fatal Accident Act coming into force to brief military personnel and their families on the lack of a mandatory requirement for a Fatal Accident Inquiry in Scotland for military deaths.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 28 November 2018

It has not been possible to establish what, if anything, military personnel and their families may have been told regarding the differences between the English and Scottish legal systems in the event of a death prior to the introduction of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016. We can advise that such information is not included in briefing for military personnel and their families should they have been deployed to Scotland post 2016.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Accidents: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which organisation (a) undertook investigations and (b) ensured mandatory compliance with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights before the establishment of the Fatal Accident and Sudden Deaths (Scotland) Act 2016.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 16 November 2018

This is a devolved issue and is therefore the responsibility of the Scottish Government.

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