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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have entered into contracts with CTF Partners since 2015.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department monitors radiation levels around the radioactive waste disposal site at Hurd Deep.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to her Department's archived document entitled British Isles Explosive Dumping Grounds, what monitoring her Department undertakes of explosives dumped at the following areas and positions (a) Off the Continental Shelf 48 20 00 N 13 40 00 W, (b) East of Aberdeen 57 09 00 N 01 58 30 W, (c) Loch Linnhe 56 30 00 N 05 37 00 W, (d) Inner Sound 57 19 00 N 05 51 00 W (e) Isle of May, Firth of Forth 56 10 45 N 02 30 15 W, (f) Hurd Deep 49 30 00 N 03 34 00 W ,(g) St Catherines Deep 50 34 00 N 01 12 00 W, (h) East of Orford Ness 52 07 00 N 01 55 00 E, (i) East Swin (Kings Channel) 51 47 30 N 01 30 00 E, (j) NW of Alderney 49 50 00 N 02 18 00 W, (k) NW of Alderney 49 47 00N 02 17 00 W, (l) SSW Guernsey 49 18 00 N 02 42 00 W, (m) Whitesand Bay (Plymouth) 50 18 45 N 04 16 00 W, (n) Milford Haven 51 34 30 N 05 01 00 W, (o) Milford Haven 51 38 00 N 05 20 00W, (p) Milford Haven 51 43 30 N 05 33 45 W, (q) Sound of Mull 56 30 00 N 05 37 00 W and (r) Isle of May (Firth of Forth) 56 11 24 N 02 29 00 W.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to her Department's archived document entitled British Isles Explosive Dumping Grounds, what records her Department holds on chemical weapons dumped on the following dates and at the following areas and positions (a) 02.07.45, Lat 58 00.9 N, Lon 11 00.0 W, Empire Fal, 2000M, (b) 11.09.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Empire Simba, 2500M, (c) 01.10.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Empire Cormorant, 2500M, (d) 30.10.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Wairuna, 2500M, (e) 30.12.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Botlea, 2500M, (f) 25.08.46, Lat 47 57.00 N, Lon 08 33.24 W, Empire Peacock, 700-800M, (g) 03.09.46, Lat 48 03.00 N, Lon 08 09.00 W, Empire Nutfield, 500M, (h) 01.10.46, Lat 47 54.00 N, Lon 08 21.00 W, Kindersley, 1000M, (i) 02.11.46, Lat 59 00.00 N, Lon 07 40.00 W, Empire Woodlark, 800M, (j) 11.11.46, Lat 48 00.00 N, Lon 08 21.00 W, Lanark, 800-900M, (k) 05.02.47, Lat 47 40.00 N, Dora Oldendorf, 3500-4000M, (l) 27.07.47, Lat 47 55.00 N, Lon 08 17.00 W, Empire Lark, 750-800M, (m) 09.08.47, Lat 56 22.00 N, Lon 09 27.00 W, Leighton, 1300M, (n) 08.09.47, Lat 47 47.30 N, Lon 08 21.00 W, Thorpe Bay, 1500M, (o) 03.11.47, Lat 47 36.00 N, Lon 09 31.00 W, Margo, 4100M, (p) 01.03.48, Lat 47 55.00 N, Lon 08 58.00 W, Harm Freitzen, 2500M, (q) 22.08.48, Lat 47 16.30 N, Lon 09 24.00 W, Empire Success, 4200M, (r) 22.09.48, Lat 47 23.00 N, Lon 09 24.00 W, Miervaldis, 4000M, (s) 20.06.49, Lat 47 52.00 N, Lon 08 51.00 W, Empire Connyngham, 2000M, (t) 27.07.55, Lat 56 30.00 N, Lon 12 00.00 W, Empire Claire, 2500M, (u) 30.05.56, Lat 56 30.00 N, Lon 12 00.00 W, Vogtland, 2500M, (v) 23.07.56, Lat 56 31.00 N, Lon 12 05.00 W, Krotka, 2500M, (w) ??.06.56, Lat 56 00 N, Lon 10 00 W, UNKNOWN, 2000M and (x) ??.06-09.56, Lat 56 00 N, UNKNOWN, 2000M.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to her Department's archived document entitled British Isles Explosive Dumping Grounds, what monitoring her Department undertakes of chemical weapons dumped on the following dates and at the following areas and positions (a) 02.07.45, Lat 58 00.9 N, Lon 11 00.0 W, Empire Fal, 2000M, (b) 11.09.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Empire Simba, 2500M, (c) 01.10.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Empire Cormorant, 2500M, (d) 30.10.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Wairuna, 2500M, (e) 30.12.45, Lat 55 30.00 N, Lon 11 00.00 W, Botlea, 2500M, (f) 25.08.46, Lat 47 57.00 N, Lon 08 33.24 W, Empire Peacock, 700-800M, (g) 03.09.46, Lat 48 03.00 N, Lon 08 09.00 W, Empire Nutfield, 500M, (h) 01.10.46, Lat 47 54.00 N, Lon 08 21.00 W, Kindersley, 1000M, (i) 02.11.46, Lat 59 00.00 N, Lon 07 40.00 W, Empire Woodlark, 800M, (j) 11.11.46, Lat 48 00.00 N, Lon 08 21.00 W, Lanark, 800-900M, (k) 05.02.47, Lat 47 40.00 N, Dora Oldendorf, 3500-4000M, (l) 27.07.47, Lat 47 55.00 N, Lon 08 17.00 W, Empire Lark, 750-800M, (m) 09.08.47, Lat 56 22.00 N, Lon 09 27.00 W, Leighton, 1300M, (n) 08.09.47, Lat 47 47.30 N, Lon 08 21.00 W, Thorpe Bay, 1500M, (o) 03.11.47, Lat 47 36.00 N, Lon 09 31.00 W, Margo, 4100M, (p) 01.03.48, Lat 47 55.00 N, Lon 08 58.00 W, Harm Freitzen, 2500M, (q) 22.08.48, Lat 47 16.30 N, Lon 09 24.00 W, Empire Success, 4200M, (r) 22.09.48, Lat 47 23.00 N, Lon 09 24.00 W, Miervaldis, 4000M, (s) 20.06.49, Lat 47 52.00 N, Lon 08 51.00 W, Empire Connyngham, 2000M, (t) 27.07.55, Lat 56 30.00 N, Lon 12 00.00 W, Empire Claire, 2500M, (u) 30.05.56, Lat 56 30.00 N, Lon 12 00.00 W, Vogtland, 2500M, (v) 23.07.56, Lat 56 31.00 N, Lon 12 05.00 W, Krotka, 2500M, (w) ??.06.56, Lat 56 00 N, Lon 10 00 W, UNKNOWN, 2000M and (x) ??.06-09.56, Lat 56 00 N, UNKNOWN, 2000M.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 10 June 2019
Church Commissioners
Church of England: Scotland
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the Church of England's landholdings are in Scotland.
A
Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 13 June 2019
Holding answer received on 12 June 2019

The Church Commissioners hold 12,333.67 hectares of land in Scotland.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 10 June 2019
Church Commissioners
Church of England: Scotland
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church of England has made of the profits from its operations in Scotland in the last 12 months for which information is available.
A
Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 13 June 2019
Holding answer received on 12 June 2019

The Church Commissioners recieved a total net income of £8,858,429 from forestry and windfarms between 1st January 2018 to the 31st December 2018.

We are unable to provide a figure for profit in the equivalent period as liabilities, including for restocking, will be borne over a number of years and the cost of purchasing the asset should be taken into consideration.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 10 June 2019
Church Commissioners
Church of England: EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what EU funding the Church of England has received in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 13 June 2019
Holding answer received on 12 June 2019

The table shows grant aid received from the UK Government by the Church Commissioners in association with operations in Scotland from 2012 onwards.
It is not possible to separate what proportion of these grants comes from the UK Government and what originates from the EU.

Date (Year)

Total for Scotland

2012

£170,748.72

2013

£143,838.87

2014

£537,843.27

2015

£140,542.04

2016

£20,491.35

2017

£448,926.37

2018

£213,472.78

2019

£12,249.00

Grand Total

£1,688,112.40

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Explosives: Waste Disposal
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to her Department's archived document entitled British Isles Explosive Dumping Grounds, what records her Department holds on explosives dumped at the following areas and positions (a) Off the Continental Shelf 48 20 00 N 13 40 00 W (b) Beauforts Dyke 54 54 00 N 05 23 00 W (c) Beauforts Dyke 54 54 00 N 05 05 00 W (d) Inner Sound 57 19 00 N 05 51 00 W (e) Isle of May, Firth of Forth 56 10 45 N 02 30 15 W (f) Hurd Deep 49 30 00 N 03 34 00 W (g) St Catherines Deep 50 34 00 N 01 12 00 W (h) East of Orford Ness 52 07 00 N 01 55 00 E (i) East Swin (Kings Channel) 51 47 30 N 01 30 00 E (j) NW of Alderney 49 50 00 N 02 18 00 W (k) NW of Alderney 49 47 00N 02 17 00 W (l) SSW Guernsey 49 18 00 N 02 42 00 W (m) Whitesand Bay (Plymouth) 50 18 45 N 04 16 00 W (n) Milford Haven 51 34 30 N 05 01 00 W (o) Milford Haven 51 38 00 N 05 20 00W (p) Milford Haven 51 43 30 N 05 33 45 W (q) Beauforts Dyke 54 45 00 N 05 15 00W (r) Sound of Mull 56 30 00 N 05 37 00 W (s) Isle of May (Firth of Forth) 56 11 24 N 02 29 00 W (t) East of Aberdeen 57 09 00 N 01 58 30 W (u) Loch Linnhe 56 30 00 N 05 37 00 W.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 23 May 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Financial Services: Environment Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for the publication of the Green Finance Strategy.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 06 June 2019

Green Finance is a key priority for the Government - to support delivery of our ambitious Clean Growth Strategy, to drive economic growth as part of our Industrial Strategy, and to ensure the UK remains a key driving force in enabling the global transition to a low carbon economy.  We have already taken action to respond to the recommendations of the Green Finance Taskforce. This includes announcing the establishment of the Green Finance Institute. We will be publishing our Green Finance Strategy in due course.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2019
Ministry of Defence
Radioactive Waste: Dalgety Bay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 April 2019 to Question 241447 on Radioactive Waste: Dalgety Bay, what those works will entail; what residents of Dalgety Bay and the surrounding area can expect in terms of disruption to their lives; and what visual remediation will take place on site at the end of each period of works.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 14 May 2019

The implementation of the agreed management strategy at Dalgety Bay involves the removal of radium sources; the reinforcement, replacement and extension of coastal armour stone and the construction of a replacement slipway at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club.

It is not possible at this time to determine the amount of disruption that may be caused by the work at Dalgety Bay as this has only recently gone to tender. Once a contractor has been appointed, a construction plan will be developed by them in consultation with the local council to minimise disruption.

Works on site will only be permitted between 1 April and 30 September each year. At the end of the first season any incomplete works will be protected and made safe, and will be completed in the following season.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 May 2019
Cabinet Office
Politics and Government: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the results of the polling his Department recently commissioned from Ipsos-Mori on Scottish opinion on the state of the union.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 14 May 2019

The Government considers publication of research in line with relevant guidelines.

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Emerdata
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's associated public bodies have entered into contracts with Emerdata Limited in the last year.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 13 May 2019

Our records show that neither; (a) the Home Department, (b) the Department’s agencies, or (c) the Department’s associated public bodies have entered into any contracts with Emerdata Limited in the last year.


Home Office are committed to the HMT Transparency Agenda and EU Competition regulations and therefore all contract requirements and awards that exceed the EU procurement directives' financial thresholds are advertised in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) via contract notices. Furthermore, all requirements and contract awards over £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder at this link: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder .

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Emerdata
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's associated public bodies have entered into contracts with Emerdata Limited in the last year.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 13 May 2019

The Ministry of Defence has never entered into a contract with Emerdata Limited.

Records of Government contracts above £10,000 in central government and £25,000 in the wider public sector are published on Contracts Finder:

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Emerdata
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) his Department, (b) his Department's agencies and (c) his Department's associated public bodies have entered into contracts with Emerdata Limited in the last year.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 13 May 2019

Records of contracts above £10,000 in central government and £25,000 in the wider public sector are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

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