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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 22 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department disposes of material from decommissioned nuclear warheads.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 30 May 2018

The Atomic Weapons Establishment stores and re-uses fissile material removed from dismantled nuclear warheads which have been withdrawn from operational service as part of routine stockpile management. Fissile material waste which is generated from this process is safely and securely stored in preparation for future long-term storage and disposal.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
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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
Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations
Commons
When she last visited a personal independence payment assessment centre.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 21 May 2018

The last time I attended a Personal Independence Payment assessment centre was 12th December 2017. I was struck by the professional and helpful attitude displayed by all the staff at the assessment centre.

My Honourable Friend, the member for North West Hampshire (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Kit Malthouse MP) visited Vauxhall assessment centre on the 17th April 2018. Like me he found the visit extremely informative.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 10 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Radioactive Materials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the protected nuclear safety baseline staff complement numbers are for each of the nuclear authorities within his Department; and how many authorisees were in post as of 31 December 2017.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 18 May 2018

The attached table summarises the number of nuclear organisational baseline posts for each nuclear authority within the Ministry of Defence (MOD). As of 31 December 2017, there was a full complement of six Authorisees in post.

A nuclear organisational baseline is a requirement of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator. Some, but not all, baseline posts require Nuclear Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (NSQEP), and not all NSQEP are employed in baseline posts.

142887 - MOD Nuclear Organisational Posts (Word Document, 24.76 KB)
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 16 May 2018

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, departments publish annual information on the number of awards and spend on end-year and in-year Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay. This information can be found on the FCO’s website - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/foreign-and-commonwealth-office-non-consolidated-performance-related-pay - and on data.gov.uk. Information for future years will be published in the usual way

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: Mr Shailesh Vara
Answered on: 16 May 2018

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, departments publish annual information on the number of awards and spend on end-year and in-year Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay. The information for my Department for the years 2012-13 to 2015-16 can be found at:

2012-13

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/non-consolidated-performance-related-payments-ncprps-2012-to-2013

2013-14

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/non-consolidated-performance-related-payments-ncprps-2013-to-2014

2014-15

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/non-consolidated-performance-related-payments-ncprps-2014-to-2015

2015-16

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/non-consolidated-performance-related-payments-ncprps-2015-to-2016

2016-17

Information has not yet been published for this year, however four bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at my Department with a total cost of £45,000.

2017-18

Decisions on bonuses for the most recent year have not yet been taken.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 16 May 2018

As part of the Transparency agenda, my Department has published information annually about bonuses (Non-Consolidated Performance Related Payments) paid to Civil Servants working in the Cabinet Office and its agencies for each financial year since 2010/11.

These are available at:

2015/16

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621431/CO_NCPRP_2016.csv

2014/15

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/645603/CO_NCPRP_2015_.csv

2013/14

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/414856/Cabinet_Office_NCPRP_2014.csv

2012/13

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/285248/CO_2013.csv

2011/12

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/83748/CO_NCPRP.csv

2010/11

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/62006/ncprp-data-collection.csv

We expect figures relating to payments made in 2017-18 for performance during 2016-17 to be published during June 2018.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 10 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Military Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which types of aircraft and how many of each type are in (a) the forward fleet, (b) sustainment and (c) storage.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Forward Fleet comprises serviceable and short term unserviceable aircraft. The Sustainment Fleet is also included below. The number of aircraft available varies day-to-day according to normal fleet management activities.

Figures for fixed and rotary wing aircraft as at 1 April 2018 are given in the table below. They exclude contractor provided aircraft fleets with the exception of Voyager which is included for completeness.

Fixed Wing Aircraft

Aircraft

Service

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

Total

Air Seeker

RAF

2

1

3

Atlas A400M

RAF

14

4

18

Bae 146

RAF

3

1

4

C-17 Globemaster

RAF

7

1

8

C-130J Hercules

RAF

14

4

18

Hawk T1

RAF/RN

39

43

82

Hawk T2

RAF

20

8

28

King Air 350

RAF

1

2

3

Lightning

RAF

15

0

15

Reaper

RAF

7

3

10

Sentinel

RAF

3

2

5

Sentry

RAF

3

3

6

Shadow

RAF

4

1

5

Tornado

RAF

22

18

40

Tucano

RAF

24

27

51

Typhoon

RAF

94

47

141

Voyager

RAF

8

1

9

Avenger

RN

4

0

4

Defender

Army

7

2

9

Islander AL Mk 1

Army

2

1

3

Rotary Wing Aircraft

Aircraft

Service

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

Total

Chinook

RAF

41

19

60

Puma

RAF

16

7

23

Dauphin

RN

2

0

2

CHF Merlin

RN

11

14

25

Merlin Mk2

RN

25

5

30

Sea King Mk 7

RN

7

0

7

Wildcat HMA Mk2

RN

24

4

28

Apache AH

Army

42

8

50

Gazelle AH

Army

19

7

26

Wildcat AH

Army

24

10

34

Gliders

Vigilant

15

Viking

73

Note:

The RAF does not differentiate between Forward and Sustainment fleets of the Vigilant and Viking aircraft. Vigilant was withdrawn from service on 6 May 2018.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 15 May 2018

Two bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in the Scotland Office at a total cost of £20,000.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 15 May 2018

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, departments publish annual information on the number of awards and spend on end-year and in-year Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay. This information can be found on the department’s website and on data.gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dcms-non-consolidated-performance-related-payments-for-the-appraisal-year-2015-to-2016.

Information for future years will be published in the usual way.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Wales Office
Wales Office: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 15 May 2018

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, departments publish annual information on the number of awards and spend on end-year and in-year Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay. This information can be found on the Office of the Secretary for Wales’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments%5B%5D=office-of-the-secretary-of-state-for-wales&publication_type=corporate-reports

Information for future years will be published in the usual way.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 09 May 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Married People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to issue guidance to UK citizens who are living with non-EU spouses in the UK under the Surinder Singh principle on their residence rights after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 May 2018

We have reached an agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights that will protect those EU citizens and their family members who are lawfully resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. We will introduce a new settlement scheme under UK law for EU citizens and their family members to secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Although not covered by citizens rights’ agreement with the EU, it is our intention that family members of UK nationals who have exercised their free movement rights in another EU Member State before returning to the UK before 31 December 2020, as per Surinder Singh case law, will be eligible to apply for the UK’s settlement scheme. We will provide details in advance of the scheme opening on the eligibility of those who benefit from the Surinder Singh judgment to apply for the settlement scheme.

Currently, non-EU born spouses of British citizens returning to the UK from another EU member state under the Surinder Singh judgment are not required to apply for a right of residence and therefore no estimate of numbers is available.

Grouped Questions: 142477
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 09 May 2018
Home Office
British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK citizens with non-EU born spouses who have returned to the UK from another EU Member State under the Surinder Singh principle.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 May 2018

We have reached an agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights that will protect those EU citizens and their family members who are lawfully resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. We will introduce a new settlement scheme under UK law for EU citizens and their family members to secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Although not covered by citizens rights’ agreement with the EU, it is our intention that family members of UK nationals who have exercised their free movement rights in another EU Member State before returning to the UK before 31 December 2020, as per Surinder Singh case law, will be eligible to apply for the UK’s settlement scheme. We will provide details in advance of the scheme opening on the eligibility of those who benefit from the Surinder Singh judgment to apply for the settlement scheme.

Currently, non-EU born spouses of British citizens returning to the UK from another EU member state under the Surinder Singh judgment are not required to apply for a right of residence and therefore no estimate of numbers is available.

Grouped Questions: 142476
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Nuclear Weapons: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents excluding trivial incidents involving the nuclear weapons convoys between Coulport and Berkshire there have been in each of the last ten years which were classified as (a) engineering incidents to nuclear convoy vehicles and (b) operational incidents.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 15 May 2018

The transportation of Defence Nuclear Material, including warheads, is carried out to the highest standard in accordance with stringent safety regulations.

We record every incident and occurrence during a convoy, which could consist of over 20 vehicles, regardless of how minor. This may, for example, include very minor occurrences such as a vibration in the wing-mirror glass of a vehicle. The list below comprises largely unscheduled stops to make minor maintenance checks on the vehicles - none posed any risk to the public.

Defence Nuclear Material Movements 2008 -2017

Engineering

Operational

2008

9

3

2009

2

4

2010

13

1

2011

10

2

2012

19

3

2013

5

5

2014

6

6

2015

6

4

2016

17

21

2017

20

24

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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: 10 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Clyde Naval Base: Submarines
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear safety events have occured on submarines docked at Faslane in each year since 2006 by (a) class of submarine and (b) type of incident.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 15 May 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member when this has been completed.

Grouped Questions: 142890
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
[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: 10 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Clyde Naval Base: Submarines
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many leaks of radioactive coolant there have been from submarines berthed at Faslane in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 15 May 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member when this has been completed.

Grouped Questions: 142889
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 02 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment: Harassment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118660 on Employment: Treaties, if he will publish its publish its response to the International Labour Organization’s Questionnaire.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 14 May 2018

The Government response to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) questionnaire on ‘Ending Violence and Harassment for Women and Men at Work’ has been reflected in the ILO report on the consultation which is available on the ILO website. The Government fully supports the ILO initiative and is engaged in discussions in the ILO on the scope and content of any new resulting instrument.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 02 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment: Harassment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government discussed the potential ILO Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 14 May 2018

As part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this year, the Commonwealth Women’s Forum released an outcome statement calling on business leaders to support the proposed ILO convention on ‘Ending Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work’.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 02 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
International Labour Organisation: Conferences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who is a part of the Government’s planned official delegation to the International Labour Conference from 28 May to 6 June 2018.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 14 May 2018

The Government will be sending a delegation comprising of officials from a number of Government departments to the International Labour Conference.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 02 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment: Harassment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions the Government has had with other states on their support for a legally-binding ILO Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 14 May 2018

The Government is fully engaged in discussions in the ILO on the scope and content of any new instrument and as part of that is in regular contact with other states on the issue.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Incentives
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 14 May 2018

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, departments publish annual information on the number of awards and spend on end-year and in-year Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay. This information can be found on the department’s website [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dwp-performance-related-pay] and on data.gov.uk. Information for future years will be published in the usual way.

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