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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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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: 10 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
State Retirement Pensions: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria are for determining which WASPI cases submitted to the Independent Case Examiner are referred to the Parliamentary Ombudsman; and who makes the final decision on which cases are referred.
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Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 15 October 2018

The Independent Case Examiner is independent. All final investigation reports issued by the Independent Case Examiner explain that if the complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation into their complaint, they can ask their Member of Parliament to escalate the matter to the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Decisions on whether a referral is made to the Parliamentary Ombudsman rest with the relevant Member of Parliament.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 10 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
State Retirement Pensions: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases relating to her Department have been considered by the (a) Independent Case Examiner and (b) Parliamentary Ombudsman in each month since January 2017.
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Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 15 October 2018

The table below details the number of complaint examinations concluded by the Independent Case Examiner’s Office in relation to the Department for Work and Pensions and its service providers, in each month since January 2017.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has agreed to write to the Hon. Member with the information requested.

Month

Complaint Examinations Concluded by Independent Case Examiner’s Office

January 2017

73

February 2017

71

March 2017

115

April 2017

57

May 2017

84

June 2017

85

July 2017

83

August 2017

69

September 2017

71

October 2017

81

November 2017

76

December 2017

65

January 2018

85

February 2018

82

March 2018

83

April 2018

74

May 2018

87

June 2018

108

July 2018

91

August 2018

104

September 2018

91

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 04 September 2018
Home Office
Princess Eugenie: Marriage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Thames Valley Police made an application for special grant funding for the costs of policing the wedding between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 10 September 2018

No formal application has been received from the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner in respect of this event. However an unusual number of major events have taken place in the police force area this year and we are working with the force to understand the implications. Typically, applications for Special Grant funding are made after an event has taken place, when a full assessment of the costs can be made.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 19 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nicaragua: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to promote UN efforts to resolve the political crisis in Nicaragua.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 24 July 2018

The UK has welcomed the Nicaraguan Government’s invitations to the UN and other investigatory bodies and has called for the authorities to allow them to carry out their work fully without hindrance. I am pleased the EU is ready to accompany and support the Dialogue and has reinforced its support to human rights organisations.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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 July 2018
Home Office
Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visitor visa applications were received by UK Visas and Immigration in each of the last five years by country; and what proportion of those applications were refused by country.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 23 July 2018

Applications for visit visas are considered against Appendix V of the Immigration Rules and on a case by case basis. Detailed information on how UK Visas and Immigration makes decisions on visitor cases is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visit-guidance.

Information on total entry clearance visas (the majority of which are visitor visas) broken down by nationality and outcome (grants, refusals, withdrawals, lapsed) is published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics, Visas data tables volume 1, table vi_02_q, latest edition at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2018.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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
Cabinet Office
Elections: Campaigns
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the June 2018 report of the Electoral Commission, Digital Campaigning: Increasing Transparency for Voters, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on its recommendation that (a) online materials produced by parties, candidates and campaigners have an imprint stating who has created them and (b) spending categories be revised so that campaigners are compelled to provide detailed information about money spent on digital campaigns.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 10 July 2018

The Government will begin a consultation this summer considering the introduction of digital imprints. The consultation will seek views on the scope of material to be covered, enforcement of the rules and how the requirement to introduce a digital imprint can be appropriately framed.

The Government has no current plans to bring forward legislation to revise spending categories.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 28 June 2018
Treasury
Fort Kinnaird: Sales
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 156466, on Fort Kinnaird: Sales, in what ways the revenue from the sale of the Crown Estate’s interest in Fort Kinnaird is planned to be used for the benefit of the UK as a whole.
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Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 03 July 2018

The Crown Estate’s revenue surplus, including any from the sale of Fort Kinnaird, is passed to the UK Consolidated Fund, which funds activities across the whole of the UK. If the UK government spends more in England, then where policy areas are devolved, the Devolved Administrations will receive a population share of the funding through application of the Barnett formula, which they will be able to spend in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as they wish.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 21 June 2018
Treasury
Fort Kinnaird: Sales
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Scottish Government receives a share of the sale to a private company of Fort Kinnaird.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 26 June 2018

90B(3) of the Scotland Act 1998 stipulated that assets held in joint venture structures, rather than by The Crown Estate alone, were not included in the transfer to Scottish Ministers.

The Crown Estate held a 50% interest in the Gibraltar English Limited Partnership, with the remainder held by the Hercules Unit Trust, advised by British Land.

The Crown Estate operates independently from Government under the Crown Estate Management Act 1961 and therefore HM Treasury has had no discussions on the sale of Fort Kinnaird with private companies.

Revenue from the sale of The Crown Estate’s interest in Fort Kinnaird will be passed to the UK Consolidated Fund, for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

Grouped Questions: 156464 | 156465 | 156466
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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 21 June 2018
Treasury
Fort Kinnaird: Sales
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department began discussions with M&G Estates on the sale of Fort Kinnaird.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 26 June 2018

90B(3) of the Scotland Act 1998 stipulated that assets held in joint venture structures, rather than by The Crown Estate alone, were not included in the transfer to Scottish Ministers.

The Crown Estate held a 50% interest in the Gibraltar English Limited Partnership, with the remainder held by the Hercules Unit Trust, advised by British Land.

The Crown Estate operates independently from Government under the Crown Estate Management Act 1961 and therefore HM Treasury has had no discussions on the sale of Fort Kinnaird with private companies.

Revenue from the sale of The Crown Estate’s interest in Fort Kinnaird will be passed to the UK Consolidated Fund, for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

Grouped Questions: 156463 | 156465 | 156466
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 June 2018
Treasury
Fort Kinnaird: Sales
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many private companies his Department held discussions with on sale of Fort Kinnaird; when these meetings took place; and who attended those meetings.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 26 June 2018

90B(3) of the Scotland Act 1998 stipulated that assets held in joint venture structures, rather than by The Crown Estate alone, were not included in the transfer to Scottish Ministers.

The Crown Estate held a 50% interest in the Gibraltar English Limited Partnership, with the remainder held by the Hercules Unit Trust, advised by British Land.

The Crown Estate operates independently from Government under the Crown Estate Management Act 1961 and therefore HM Treasury has had no discussions on the sale of Fort Kinnaird with private companies.

Revenue from the sale of The Crown Estate’s interest in Fort Kinnaird will be passed to the UK Consolidated Fund, for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

Grouped Questions: 156463 | 156464 | 156466
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(Edinburgh East)
[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 June 2018
Treasury
Fort Kinnaird
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria his Department used to decide to sell Fort Kinnaird to a private company.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 26 June 2018

90B(3) of the Scotland Act 1998 stipulated that assets held in joint venture structures, rather than by The Crown Estate alone, were not included in the transfer to Scottish Ministers.

The Crown Estate held a 50% interest in the Gibraltar English Limited Partnership, with the remainder held by the Hercules Unit Trust, advised by British Land.

The Crown Estate operates independently from Government under the Crown Estate Management Act 1961 and therefore HM Treasury has had no discussions on the sale of Fort Kinnaird with private companies.

Revenue from the sale of The Crown Estate’s interest in Fort Kinnaird will be passed to the UK Consolidated Fund, for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

Grouped Questions: 156463 | 156464 | 156465
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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Home Office: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Question 142891, tabled on 10 May 2018, by the hon. Member for Edinburgh East; and what proportion of named day questions his Department has not answered by the due date in the last 12 months.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 June 2018

UIN 142891 was responded to on the 14th June 2018.

The latest departmental figures on response rate to parliamentary questions is published by the Procedure Committee, the latest publication can be found here:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/procedure-committee/publications

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to match the Scottish Government's interim target reducing emissions by 56 per cent by 2020.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 June 2018

We have an ambitious UK wide target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, supported by ambitious carbon budget targets which are set until 2032. Our focus is on delivering these targets through implementation of our Clean Growth Strategy. We welcome all ambitious targets set by devolved administrations as they count towards are overall UK targets.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to match the Scottish Government's target of reducing carbon emissions by 90 per cent by 2050.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 June 2018

The Government announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April that we will be seeking advice from the UK’s independent advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, on the implications of the Paris Agreement for the UK’s long-term emission reduction targets after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report later this year.

The Clean Growth Strategy made clear that the Government believes the UK will need to legislate for a net zero emissions target at an appropriate point in the future, to provide legal certainty on where the UK is heading.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Prices
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to establish a subsidy-free contracts for difference price stabilisation mechanism in the energy market.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 June 2018

No decisions have been made to establish a subsidy-free contracts for difference price stabilisation mechanism in the energy market.

Q
(Edinburgh East)
[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: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Offshore Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating additional resources to support the oil and gas sector in the increase of production.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 June 2018

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State and my rt. hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer regularly meet to discuss a range of issues, including the oil and gas industry.

In recent years the Government has provided unprecedented levels of financial support to the sector, paid for by UK tax payers, and we have seen an increase in production since 2015. A great improvement in industry productivity.

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(Edinburgh East)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wylfa Power Station
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) Hitachi and (b) other private sector companies will be financially liable for safety failures at the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 21 June 2018

As announced in my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s statement to Parliament on 4th June 2018, the Government has decided to enter into negotiations with Hitachi over the Wylfa Newydd new nuclear project.

Safety and security are of paramount importance and the UK has a robust and effective regulatory regime. No final decisions have been taken to proceed with the project.

The successful conclusion of these negotiations will be subject to full Government, regulatory and other approvals—including, but not limited to, value for money, due diligence and state aid requirements. These negotiations are commercially sensitive and no final decision has yet been taken to proceed with the project.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 18 June 2018
Cabinet Office
Civil Servants: Pay
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money from the public purse was disbursed in civil service pay by all Departments in April 2018.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 21 June 2018

Departments are required to publish each month their total workforce costs on gov.uk.

These are available on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/government-transparency-and-accountability?keywords=workforce+management+information&public_timestamp%5Bfrom%5D=&public_timestamp%5Bto%5D=

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 14 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Tidal Power: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's policy is on allocating funds from the public purse to expand the UK's tidal energy capacity.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 19 June 2018

Tidal stream projects are eligible to bid into the next Contract for Difference allocation round, which is planned for Spring 2019.

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(Edinburgh East)
[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: 10 May 2018
Home Office
Visas: Families
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applicants seeking to join a family member in the UK had a DNA test to evidence their relationship to that family member in each year for which information is available; and how many of those DNA tests proved that the relationship between the visa applicant and their family member living in the UK was as they claimed it to be.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The information requested is not available in Home Office published statistics. DNA tests are not required and if the applicant chooses to submit one it will be considered along with the other evidence submitted to support a visa application.

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