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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: 16 October 2018
Prime Minister
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to her oral Answer of 12 September 2018, Official Report, column 749, when she plans to write to the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith in relation to Questions 136216 and 135115 tabled in April 2018 and March 2018 on the visit of Aggregate IQ founders to Downing Street.
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 22 October 2018

The transparency data published on a quarterly basis relates to ministerial meetings with external organisations and individuals. I have not met Aggregate IQ and there was therefore nothing to publish in the transparency data.

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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: 16 October 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish an substantive Answer to Questions 142890 and 142899, on Clyde Naval Base: Submarines, tabled on 10 May 2018 by the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith.
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Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 22 October 2018

The work to retrieve and assess the data to provide a substantive answer to the hon. Member's questions is still ongoing. 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)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Advertising
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on social media advertising in each month since May 2017.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Advertising
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on non-social media advertising in each month since May 2017.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Public Relations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's communications team in the most recent financial year for which information is available.
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Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Facebook
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether it is his policy to place adverts on Facebook after that company introduces its transparency register.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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