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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: International Criminal Court
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to support the drafting of a resolution at the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, to the International Criminal Court so that allegations of atrocities can be impartially investigated.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 27 July 2018

We continue to work in the UN Security Council to ensure it remains strongly focused on the Rohingya crisis, including discussing accountability. While we keep this under constant review, we are not pursuing a referral to the ICC at this time for two reasons. First, we know the Council is divided on the issue of an ICC referral. A vetoed resolution now would do nothing to further the cause of accountability. Second, on 31 May the Burmese Government announced its own Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations in northern Rakhine. The UK has welcomed the Commission while making clear that it needs to be credible, transparent and impartial. The ICC only takes up cases if referred when national authorities prove unable or unwilling to prosecute.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 03 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned publication date is for the next Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator annual assurance report.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 09 July 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Leeds North East (Fabian Hamilton) on 3 July 2018 to Question 157649.

Nuclear Weapons: Safety (Word Document, 26.38 KB)
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 29 June 2018
Home Office
British Nationality: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the administrative cost to the public purse is of processing an application for British citizenship.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The Home Office publishes a list of Border, Immigration and Citizenship (BIC) application fees and estimated unit costs which can be reviewed via the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/691200/Fees_Unit_Cost_Table_-_April_2018.pdf

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 29 June 2018
Home Office
Passports: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the administrative cost to the public purse is of processing a passport for applicants with newly attained British citizenship.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The full costs of processing all UK passport applications are covered by passport fees which are set in accordance with HM Treasury Guidance – Managing Public Money and reviewed on an annual basis. All passport fee income and costs are published within the consolidated Home Office Annual report and Accounts, the latest published version for 2016-17 can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-annual-report-and-accounts-2016-to-2017

The report for 2017-18 is due to be published before summer Parliamentary recess.

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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: 03 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Origin Marking: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2017 to Question 2142 on Origin Marking: Scotland, what progress he has made on UK designations after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The Government recognises the economic and cultural importance of UK Geographical Indications (GIs). We are working with the devolved administrations and stakeholders to develop UK operable GI schemes for when we leave the EU.

We will use the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 to put these schemes in place on day one for wines, aromatised wines, spirit drinks, and agricultural products and foodstuffs. This will provide UK protection for UK GIs when we leave the EU and ensure that the UK fulfils its obligations under the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

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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: 03 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond substantively to Questions 142890 and 142899, on Clyde Naval Base: Submarines, tabled on 10 May 2018 by the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The retrieval and collation of the data to provide a substantive answer to the hon. Member's questions is taking some time. Once the process is complete I will provide a response, placing a copy in the Library of the House.

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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: 03 July 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of children who have been separated from one or both parents or guardians as a result of immigration enforcement proceedings in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 July 2018

Providing the information requested would require a manual check of individual records which could only be done at disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 160266 | 160267
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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: 03 July 2018
Home Office
Deportation: Parents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parents were deported or removed from the UK without their children as a result of immigration enforcement in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 July 2018

Providing the information requested would require a manual check of individual records which could only be done at disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 160265 | 160267
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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: 03 July 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been placed in foster or local authority care as a result of immigration enforcement action taken against their parents or guardians in each of the past ten years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 July 2018

Providing the information requested would require a manual check of individual records which could only be done at disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 160265 | 160266
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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: 25 June 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Edinburgh
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Government departments he plans will have staff at HMG New Waverley.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 28 June 2018

We will have a range of government departments based at HMG New Waverley. HMRC has been commissioned to deliver this building, as part of Phase One of the Government Hubs Programme. HMRC has confirmed it will base its Edinburgh Regional Centre in this building. This will be the UK Government’s cross-departmental flagship Hub in Scotland, which will function as the Scottish base of several government bodies, including the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Advocate General, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Government Actuary’s Department and HM Treasury.

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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)
[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: 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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