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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 Lee Rowley
(North East Derbyshire)
Asked on: 14 January 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to publish updated guidance on Traveller accommodation needs assessments following the withdrawal of the 2007 guidance in 2016.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 18 January 2019

In March 2016 the Government published draft guidance to local housing authorities on the periodical review of housing needs for people living in caravans and houseboats, in relation to the duty under section 8 of the Housing Act 1985. We are considering the future of this guidance in light of the responses to the consultation on unauthorised development and encampments.

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Asked by Bill Grant
(Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)
Asked on: 15 January 2019
Department for Education
Adult Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish the conclusions of his Department's consultation, Review of Post-18 Education and Funding.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding is being informed by independent advice from an expert panel, chaired by Philip Augar.

The panel have undertaken an extensive programme of stakeholder engagement and evidence gathering. They will report in 2019 before government concludes the overall review.

Asked on: 15 January 2019
Department for Transport
Railways: Ownership
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what parts of the UK's railways, including tracks and trains, they own.
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Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 18 January 2019

The national rail infrastructure is held and managed by Network Rail, a Non-Departmental Public Body reporting to the Department for Transport. A number of privately owned lines and sidings are connected to the national rail network. Almost all rolling stock in operation on the national rail network is privately owned. The franchised passenger train operating companies are contracted out by the Department for Transport or devolved administrations. The Intercity East Coast franchise is currently operated by a publicly owned operating company, LNER Ltd, pending the letting of a new franchise. All these train services operate on the national rail network alongside privately owned freight and passenger train operating companies.

The High Speed 1 infrastructure between London St Pancras and the UK Channel Tunnel portal is owned by the Department for Transport and let as a thirty year concession. Some UK cities own and operate their own rail networks, notably London, Newcastle and Glasgow.

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(East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Women and Equalities
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress his Department has made on the consultation on a renewed access to elected office fund.
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(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Department for International Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who the members of the reconvened Board of Trade are; and what assessment he has made of the most significant achievements of that Board for the Scottish economy have been since June 2017.
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(Coventry South)
[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 January 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2018 to Question 201570 on Children: Care Homes, what funding from the Children’s Social Care Innovation programme has been allocated so far to (a) Coventry City Council and (b) other local authorities.
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(Coventry South)
[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 January 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the total debts owed by domestic energy suppliers that have ceased trading in each year since 2010.
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(Motherwell and Wishaw)
[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 January 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on the testing of microchips intended for implantation in humans.
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(Coventry South)
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under the age of 18 have been denied UK citizenship in each year since 2010.
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(South Shields)
[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 January 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Ofsted's Freedom of Information request datasets 2017: Residential education provision as at 16 November 2017, published on 9 January 2019, when the most recent Ofsted inspection of the residential education provision at Medway Training centre took place; and what the effectiveness grade was of that assessment.
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(South Shields)
[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 January 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Ofsted's Freedom of Information request datasets 2017: Residential education provision as at 16 November 2017, published on 9 January 2019, when the most recent Ofsted inspection of the residential education provision at Oakhill Secure Training centre took place; and what the effectiveness grade was of that assessment.
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(South Shields)
[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 January 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Ofsted's Freedom of Information request datasets 2017: Residential education provision as at 16 November 2017, published on 9 January 2019, when the most recent Ofsted inspection of the residential education provision at Rainsbrook Secure Training centre took place; and what the effectiveness grade was of that assessment.
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Asked by Stephen Twigg
(Liverpool, West Derby)
[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 January 2019
Department for International Development
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the scale of anti-vaccination fake news in (a) Pakistan and (b) Afghanistan.
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Asked by Stephen Twigg
(Liverpool, West Derby)
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of potential concern regarding violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen his Department has tracked in each month since January 2018.
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Asked by Stephen Twigg
(Liverpool, West Derby)
[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 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2018 to Question 142518 on employment support allowance, what guidance her Department has issued to GPs on the provision of medical notes to claimants of employment and support allowance that are appealing her Department's decision on their claim.
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Asked by Keith Vaz
(Leicester East)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 18 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of nurses and non-clinical staff paid under £30,000 per annum who will be able to continue to work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
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(South Shields)
[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 January 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release Funding announced to train 900 new children’s social workers dated 8 January 2019, how many applications his Department’s tender 142495-2018 received.
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(South Shields)
[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 January 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release Funding announced to train 900 new children’s social workers dated 8 January 2019, when the supplier information day was for the tender 142495-2018; and what the attendance at that event was.
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(South Shields)
[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 January 2019
Department for Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of spending on social work education.
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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
[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 January 2019
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2018 to Question 196094, whether Interserve has submitted its living will.
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