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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: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason restaurants that offer a takeaway or home delivery service have been precluded from becoming Tier 2 visa sponsors since 2011; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that policy on the strength of the south Asian and east Asian restaurant sector since that date.
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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: 24 May 2018
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the restrictions on Tier 2 visa sponsorship for chefs.
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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: 24 May 2018
Home Office
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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(Edinburgh East)
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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 May 2018
Home Office
Prince Harry: Marriage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to question 135723, on Prince Harry: Marriage, whether Thames Valley Police have submitted an application to her Department for Special Grant funding for additional costs associated with policing the royal wedding.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 15 May 2018

The Home Office is working with Thames Valley Police to support the policing operation around the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle. The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has not applied for Special Grant funding at this point, but any such application will be considered carefully.

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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 May 2018
Cabinet Office
Civil Servants
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the Civil Service in July 2016.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The official figures on Civil Service employment are produced by the Office for National Statistics as part of their Quarterly Public Sector Employment Statistics. As at the end of June 2016 figures were 415,700 on a headcount basis and 384,230 on a full-time equivalent basis.

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(Edinburgh East)
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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 May 2018
Cabinet Office
Civil Servants
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the Civil Service in April 2018.
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Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The official figures on Civil Service employment are produced by the Office for National Statistics as part of their Quarterly Public Sector Employment Statistics. The latest data were published 21 March 2018 and showed Civil Service employment was 426,670 on a headcount basis and 395,760 on a full-time equivalent basis as at the end of December 2017.

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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 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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(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: 13 April 2018
Treasury
Prince Harry: Marriage
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost to public purse of the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The Government has not made an assessment of the costs. The Sovereign Grant, which is paid annually to Her Majesty The Queen to support Her official duties, will not be used to fund the wedding. Thames Valley Police are responsible for the policing of the operation and it is open for them to submit an application to the Home Office for Special Grant funding.

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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: 26 March 2018
Cabinet Office
Chequers: Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what grant in aid was awarded to the trustees of Chequers in each year between 1997 and 2008.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 16 April 2018

Cabinet Office is required to keep accounting records for 7 years. Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts for financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08 disclose in the Programme Expenditure Note to the accounts grant-in-aid paid to Chequers Trust; see pages 143 and 52 respectively. These can be located on the GOV.UK website.


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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: 22 March 2018
Cabinet Office
11 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent from the public purse on repairs and maintenance at No. 11 Downing Street in each of the last ten years.
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Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 29 March 2018

Number 11 Downing Street is a part of the Cabinet Office estate which is managed as a whole. Separating these costs would not be possible without incurring disproportionate cost.

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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: 22 March 2018
Cabinet Office
10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent from the public purse on repairs and maintenance at No. 10 Downing Street in each of the last ten years.
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Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 29 March 2018

Number 10 Downing Street is a part of the Cabinet Office estate which is managed as a whole. Separating these costs would not be possible without incurring disproportionate cost.

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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: 26 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1 Carlton Gardens
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the annual running cost of 1 Carlton Gardens was for each year between 2006-07 and 2010-11.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 29 March 2018

Comparable figures for expenditure on running costs at 1 Carlton Gardens are only available from 2009/10 due to changes in financial recording processes.

Running costs include rent, maintenance, minor improvement and repair costs, cleaning, security, facilities management charges and utilities.

Running costs for the 2 available financial years are:

2009/10: £590,830

2010/11: £716,121

During 2010/11 Financial Year the Foreign Secretary moved in to the Official Residence at 1 Carlton Gardens. As a result there was an increase in Security costs. The balance of the increase in costs is due to works that were required as a result of the Quadrennial Inspections of listed buildings in 2009, and in accordance with lease obligations. We are required under the terms of the lease for 1 Carlton Gardens to: “as often as necessary, well and substantially to repair, renew, uphold, clean and keep in repair the demised premises.” ​

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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: 26 March 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Hillsborough Castle
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been allocated to Historic Royal Palaces for the (a) management, (b) maintenance, and (c) running of Hillsborough Castle in each year since 2014.
A
Answered by: Mr Shailesh Vara
Answered on: 29 March 2018

The funding allocated to Historic Royal Palaces in each year since 2014 for expenditure at Hillsborough Castle is shown below:

Expenditure

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Total

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Management

-

-

-

-

-

Maintenance

14

9

2

8

33

Running Costs

1,582

82

81

-

1,745

Total

1,596

91

83

8

1,778

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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: 26 March 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Hillsborough Castle
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on repairs to Hillsborough Castle in each of the past 10 years.
A
Answered by: Mr Shailesh Vara
Answered on: 29 March 2018

Expenditure on repairs to Hillsborough Castle in each of the past 10 years is shown below:

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Repairs Expenditure

185

350

317

340

14

9

2

8

Details for the years preceding are not retained by the department.

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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: 22 March 2018
Cabinet Office
Admiralty House: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on repairs and maintenance of the Admiralty House flats in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 27 March 2018

This information is not held centrally and could only be produced at disproportionate cost.

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: 22 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1 Carlton Gardens: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on repairs and maintenance of No 1 Carlton Gardens fin each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 March 2018
Holding answer received on 27 March 2018

Comparable figures for expenditure on repairs and maintenance at 1 Carlton Gardens are only available from 2009/10 due to changes in financial recording processes.

Information is available to the last full financial year.

2009/10 - £143,711

2010/11 - £132,399

2011/12 - £144,641

2012/13 - £156,302

2013/14 - £161,773

2014/15 - £167,435

2015/16 - £161,963

2016/17 - £164,725

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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: 20 March 2018
Treasury
11 Downing Street: Operating Costs
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the running costs of No.11 Downing Street were in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 26 March 2018

The No.11 Downing Street running costs for the last ten years are in the table below. The figures cover a service charge payable to the Cabinet Office, maintenance, furniture & fittings and official entertainment

Year

Spend (£)

2007-08

430,596

2008-09

519,992

2009-10

436,909

2010-11

351,054

2011-12

553,903

2012-13

545,073

2013-14

643,414

2014-15

561,089

2015-16

524,381

2016-17

698,672

2017-18*

594,142

*2017-18 spend represents April 2017 to February 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: 20 March 2018
Cabinet Office
10 Downing Street: Operating Costs
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the running costs of No.10 Downing Street has been for each of the past 10 years.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 26 March 2018

10 Downing Street is a part of the Cabinet Office estate which is managed as a whole. Separating these costs would not be possible without incurring disproportionate cost.

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: 20 March 2018
Cabinet Office
Admiralty House: Operating Costs
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the running costs have been for Admiralty House Flats for each of the past 10 years.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 26 March 2018

This information is not held centrally and could only be produced at disproportionate cost.

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: 20 March 2018
Cabinet Office
Chequers: Operating Costs
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been paid out of the public purse to (a) the trustees and (b) the estate for the running costs for Chequers in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 26 March 2018

Chequers is run and managed by an independent trust and is maintained by an endowment administered by the Trustees. The Trust also receives an annual grant-in-aid from public funds towards maintenance and staffing costs. Details of the grant-in-aid are published after the end of the financial year and accounted for in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts, which can be accessed on the GOV.UK website.

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