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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 James Frith
(Bury North)
Asked on: 13 April 2018
Prime Minister
Older People: Departmental Responsibilities
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of creating at Cabinet level a Minister for older citizens .
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Tatton (Esther McVey) and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the right hon. Member for South West Surrey (Jeremy Hunt), are responsible for a wide range of issues affecting older people.

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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
AggregateIQ
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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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 23 April 2018

The transparency data published on a quarterly basis relates to official meetings with external organisations and individuals.

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Asked by Jo Swinson
(East Dunbartonshire)
[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 April 2018
Prime Minister
Jagtar Singh Johal
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she plans to discuss the case of Jagtar Singh Johal during her bilateral meeting with Narendra Modi, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 19 April 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the press release issued on 18 April following my meeting with Prime Minister Modi and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-prime-minister-of-india-18-april-2018

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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: 29 March 2018
Prime Minister
AggregateIQ
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings with (a) staff and (b) representatives of AggregateIQ have taken place in No10 in each year since 2010; what the purpose was of those meetings; and who represented the Government at those meetings.
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 16 April 2018

Officials and advisers have meetings with a wide range of individuals and organisations on a wide range of subjects.

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Asked by Lady Hermon
(North Down)
Asked on: 08 March 2018
Prime Minister
Northern Ireland Government
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, if she will publish the advice she received from the DUP in relation to her visit to Belfast on 12 February 2018 during the negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Fein; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 16 March 2018

As you would expect, Ministers and advisers spoke to a number of people from different parties in the run-up to the my visit, but no written advice was received from the DUP or any other party.

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Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 19 February 2018
Prime Minister
Prime Minister: Former Members
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many former Conservative Members of Parliament who were defeated at the general election 2017 and who now work in her Office were appointed after a publicly advertised and open recruitment process.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 27 February 2018

Special advisers are appointed in accordance with the rules on the appointment of Special Advisers set out in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, and in line with the Ministerial Code and the Special Adviser Code of Conduct.

A named list of all special advisers was published in December, as per the Written Ministerial Statement of 14 December 2017, Official Report, HCWS352. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-adviser-data-releases-numbers-and-costs-december-2017

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Asked by Keith Vaz
(Leicester East)
Asked on: 20 February 2018
Prime Minister
China: Visits Abroad
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many members of the UK delegation were of UK-Chinese origin during her recent visit to China.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 27 February 2018

A list of the UK delegation is available on the gov.uk website.

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Asked by Lady Hermon
(North Down)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Prime Minister
Domestic Visits: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, if she will visit Northern Ireland before summer 2018; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 26 February 2018

I refer the hon. Member to my speech at Stormont House on 12 February and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-at-stormont-house

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Asked by Lady Hermon
(North Down)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Prime Minister
Borders: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the effect upon the Irish border of the UK leaving the EU in advance of the Cabinet meetings held on 7 and 8 February 2018; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 26 February 2018

I discuss a range of issues with Ministerial colleagues. It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose information relating to internal discussions.

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(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Prime Minister
Hong Kong: Elections
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed the disqualification of candidates from Hong Kong elections with the Government of China during her recent visit to that country.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 26 February 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the press release issued on 1 February following my meeting with President Xi and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-president-xi-1-february-2018.

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Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
[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: 08 February 2018
Prime Minister
Social Mobility Commission
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many times she met with (a) Alan Milburn in his capacity as Chair or (b) Baroness Gillian Shephard in her capacity as Deputy Chair of the Social Mobility Commission during their tenure at that Commission.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 20 February 2018

I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues, officials and others.

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(Mid Sussex)
Asked on: 31 January 2018
Prime Minister
Middle East: Trade Promotion
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, whom she is appointing as trade envoys to which countries in the Middle East.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 08 February 2018

Details of Trade Envoys can be found on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/trade-envoys

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Asked by Ian Blackford
(Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
[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: 01 February 2018
Prime Minister
Royal Bank of Scotland
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with RBS on bank branch closures between 1 November 2017 and 31 January 2018.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 06 February 2018

Details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations and individuals are published quarterly and made available on the gov.uk website.

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Asked by Norman Lamb
(North Norfolk)
Asked on: 23 January 2018
Prime Minister
Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings she had with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser between October and December 2017.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 31 January 2018

I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues, officials and others.

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Asked by Hugh Gaffney
(Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
Asked on: 22 January 2018
Prime Minister
Domestic Visits: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many official visits she has made to Northern Ireland since her appointment as Prime Minister.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 30 January 2018

I visit all parts of the United Kingdom regularly. Details of my visits within the United Kingdom are published on the gov.uk website.

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Asked by Hugh Gaffney
(Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
Asked on: 22 January 2018
Prime Minister
Michelle O'Neill
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many times she has spoken to Michelle O'Neill since June 2017.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 30 January 2018

Details of my Official meetings are in the public domain and can be found on the gov.uk website.

Grouped Questions: 124229
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Asked by Hugh Gaffney
(Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
Asked on: 22 January 2018
Prime Minister
Arlene Foster
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many times she has (a) met and (b) spoken to Mrs Arlene Foster since June 2017.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 30 January 2018

Details of my Official meetings are in the public domain and can be found on the gov.uk website.

Grouped Questions: 124227
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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Prime Minister
Department for Exiting the European Union: Junior Ministers
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January to Question 121819, for what reasons she did not provide an explanation of why she appointed an additional Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union on 9 January 2017 in that Answer.
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 25 January 2018

I have nothing further to add.

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Asked by Liz Twist
(Blaydon)
Asked on: 16 January 2018
Prime Minister
Food Banks: Maidenhead
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, how many times she has visited food banks in Maidenhead constituency in her official capacity.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 24 January 2018

Details of Ministerial UK official visits and official meetings with external organisations and individuals are published quarterly and made available on the gov.uk website.

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(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[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 January 2018
Prime Minister
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her Answer of 4 December 2017 to Question 116373, when she plans to respond the letter of 8 November 2017 from the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston on the Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991.
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Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 22 January 2018

A reply has been sent.

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