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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 12 February 2019
Home Office
Visas: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of visa applications made using the Super Priority 24 hour service have received a decision within the service standard.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 19 February 2019

The Home Office does not collate or publish the information requested. Avail-able information on visas and service standards can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-november-2018

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 208938 on Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Public Records, what the titles are of the records that have been withdrawn.
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Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 19 February 2019

It is not possible to provide the titles for all of the records that have been placed under review, as there are in excess of 80,000. The entire Atomic Branch collection of public records have been temporarily withdrawn from open access while the Atomic Weapons Establishment and Ministry of Defence perform a review. It is expected that the majority of records will be returned to open access.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2019 to Question 208938 on Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Public Records, for what reason the review was initiated.
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Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 19 February 2019

Shortly after the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) was established in 2005, many thousands of public records dating from the nuclear industry’s earliest days were transferred to its ownership from a range of sources, including the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) which was established in 1954 and was responsible for the UK's entire nuclear programme. The NDA is responsible for safeguarding this, and other collections, as well as ensuring compliance with legislation on public accessibility and security. The NDA, Ministry of Defence and the Atomic Weapons Establishment are jointly undertaking a security review to ensure that it is appropriate for the records to remain in the public domain. As part of the review process, a collection of records (including many relating to the early development of military and civil nuclear technology) has been temporarily withdrawn from general access via The National Archive at Kew.

During the review period, requests for the documents are being handled through the freedom of information inquiry route. Once the review is complete, it is anticipated that public access will be restored to the vast majority of the documents.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many records her Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 19 February 2019

DWP reviewed 45,981 files in 2018 and transferred 1369 files to The National Archives (TNA) in October 2018. 3205 files are due to be transferred to the TNA in March 2019.

DWP has 569 files that are awaiting review, these files have start dates pre-1995. Some of these files may be selected for transfer to the TNA.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 February 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he will make it his policy to offer UK citizenship to EU citizens free of charge on the same basis as the EU Settlement Scheme.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many records her Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Attorney General
Attorney General: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Treasury
Treasury: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Wales Office
Wales Office: Public Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Personal Records
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many records her Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 14 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Disqualification
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's guidance for Decision makers on issuing sanctions.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Department for Transport
Channel Ferries: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 08 January 2019 to Question 206390 on Ferries: Scotland, if he will undertake a review of his policy on funding ferries services in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal as a result of the cancelling of the Seaborne Freight contract.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 13 February 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Boston Consulting Group
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2018 to Question 199427 on Boston Consulting Group, on which cross-cutting complex policy and delivery matters the Boston Consulting Group provided strategic analytical support.
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