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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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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: 19 April 2018
Scotland Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2017 to Question 105441 on Scotland Office: Social Media, the Answer of 15 December 2017 to Question 119818 on Scotland Office: Advertising and the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 121531 on Scotland Office: Advertising when his Department started using Carat Ltd and whether the Departmental procurement card is still used for social media advertising costs.
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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: 13 April 2018
Scotland Office
Sovereignty: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of his Department's social media campaigns have used the audience targeting filter, Exclude: Interests: Scottish independence since 2010.
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Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 April 2018

One.

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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: 13 April 2018
Scotland Office
Sovereignty: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which of his Department's social media campaigns used the audience targeting filter, Exclude: Interests: Scottish independence since 2010.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The “Scotland’s trade” campaign in 2017.

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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: 13 April 2018
Scotland Office
Sovereignty: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on social media campaigns which used the audience targeting filter, Exclude: Interests: Scottish independence since 2010.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The specific campaign spend is commercially sensitive. Digital activity, including social media campaigns, are funded through the Scotland Office programme budget. This is published in the annual report and accounts.

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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: 13 April 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Official Hospitality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on hospitality in each of the last eight years.
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Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 April 2018

I refer the honourable Member to the answer given to the honourable Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston on 2 February 2018 (UIN 124718).

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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: 18 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure Companies House verify the information provided on who the (a) shareholders and (b) directors are on registration documents.
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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: 18 April 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the minutes of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Migrants' Access to Benefits and Public Services for the period between its establishment and the 2015 general election.
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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: 18 April 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the evidence on the scale of abuse of benefits and public services by migrants that has been provided to the Inter-Ministerial Group on Migrants' Access to Benefits and Public Services since that group's inception.
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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: 18 April 2018
Scotland Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to Question 135483, on sovereignty: Scotland, for what reasons that filter was chosen for that campaign.
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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: 18 April 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the inter-Ministerial group on Migrant Access To Benefits And Public Services is still operational.
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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: 17 April 2018
Prime Minister
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons the meeting at 10 Downing Street with (a) Jeff Silvester and (b) Zack Massingham of AggregateIQ was not reported in the Cabinet Office Transparency data; and if she will publish the (a) date of the visit, (b) who issued them with the invitation to the meeting, (c) who attended that meeting and what the purpose of that meeting was.
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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: 17 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many investigations of breaches of section 1112 of the Companies Act 2006 have been undertaken by Companies House; and how many of those investigations (a) led to companies being dissolved and taken off the register and (b) resulted in Companies House referring the case to prosecutors.
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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: 17 April 2018
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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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: 17 April 2018
Treasury
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies her Department has used in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) external data analysts and (b) data collection companies his Department has used in each of the last five years.
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