Results 121–140 of 4104 for speaker:Shailesh Vara

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Staff (9 Oct 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Northern Ireland Office employs 119 staff directly, 34 staff on secondment and fewer than 5 staff are working under contract.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Living Wage (9 Oct 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I can confirm that no members of staff in the Northern Ireland Office either inside or outside Greater London are paid at a rate below the London Living Wage.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Working Hours (9 Oct 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The highest paid member of staff in the Northern Ireland Office is contracted to work a minimum (over a 5 day week) of 41 hours per week. Senior Civil Servants are contracted to work a minimum (over a 5 day week) of either 41 or 42 hours, including daily meal breaks for one hour. The new model contract was introduced on the 1st July 2013, which standardise the working hours to 42 hours...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Schools: Northern Ireland (14 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: On 8 March, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland set out a NI budget position for 2018-19 to give clarity and certainty on NI finances for the year ahead. It provides a secure basis for protecting and preserving public services including in education which has seen spending protected in real terms for the 2018/19 financial year. Education is a devolved matter and while we have ensured...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Peers (14 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Two members of the House of Lords hold paid roles in the Northern Ireland Office. Lord Duncan of Springbank has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State since October 2017. Jonathan Caine has been Special Adviser since May 2010 and was created Lord Caine in September 2016. We do not hold a central record of all those who hold roles, either paid or unpaid, within the Department's agencies...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones (14 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Northern Ireland Office receives managed ICT services from IT Assist (ITA), which is a service provided by Enterprise Shared Services, a body within the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland. Any such applications would be developed by them. The information requested is, therefore, not held by this Department.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Health Services: Northern Ireland (13 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: In the absence of the Executive, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland continues to engage with political leaders and representatives across Northern Ireland’s health sector to discuss key health challenges and priorities including the implementation of the Bengoa recommendations.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Listed Buildings: Fire Prevention (13 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland holds regular discussions with the Northern Ireland Civil Service on a range of pressing issues. This is a devolved matter but we are assured that appropriate action is taken to ensure fire safety checks are carried out regularly on buildings which pose the greatest risk to public safety as this is a statutory requirement.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (13 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: On 6 September, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that she will, by way of determination, bring forward a two stage 27.5% reduction in MLA pay with the first reduction to come into effect from November. The Northern Ireland Office has not undertaken any estimate of the savings that will accrue from this reduction. The budget for the payment of salaries to MLAs is held by...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Police Service of Northern Ireland (13 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Across Government we are working closely with operational partners on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios. Northern Ireland Office officials continue to engage with the PSNI to ensure that the case for additional resources, once finalised, is directed to the appropriate authorities for proper consideration.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Police Service of Northern Ireland (13 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is in regular contact with the Chief Constable about the specific and unique concerns in Northern Ireland. Policing is a devolved matter and the PSNI’s main budget is allocated by the Department of Justice from the Northern Ireland Block Grant, through the Policing Board. Whilst operational policing matters are a matter for the Chief Constable,...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Sick Leave (13 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Data is held from 2012 and the information below details the number of sick days registered under Mental Disorders, which includes stress. A wide range of conditions are encapsulated under the term “Mental Disorders” including conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, mood-affective disorders, disorders of personality and behaviour and schizophrenia. The number of days that were...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Brexit (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as: £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016. £286m of...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Brexit (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: At Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU Exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU Exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Brexit (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: This information is not available as we do not account for costs in that way. Details of the Department’s expenditure is available in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Devolution: Northern Ireland (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland’s statement to the House of 6 September set out our clear plan for restoring the Northern Ireland Executive as soon as possible. We intend to introduce primary legislation after the conference recess to provide for a limited and prescribed period in which there will be no legal requirement to set a date for a further election. Importantly, during...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: NHS: Northern Ireland (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The UK Government has made the NHS its top spending priority. The Prime Minister recently pledged an additional £20.5 billion to the NHS by 2024, which means an extra £760 million a year by 2023/34 for Northern Ireland under the Barnett formula. In the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive, it remains for the NICS to implement the NI departmental budgetary allocations flowing from the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Act 2018 enables the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to, by way of determination, vary the pay of MLAs while the Executive is not present. The Secretary of State has already exercised that power to halt the planned £500 MLA pay rise, and on 6 September she announced that she will, by way of determination, exercise that power again to...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Prosecutions: Northern Ireland (11 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Government does not hold figures on prosecutorial decisions as this is a matter for the prosecuting authorities, in this case the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland who act independently of Government. We are aware, however, that since 2011 the following decisions have been taken in relation to offences connected to the security situation in Northern Ireland that took place...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Incinerators: Northern Ireland (10 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Following the decision of the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, the UK Government recognises that there is a need to provide reassurance and clarity on the mechanisms for the continued delivery of public services and good governance in Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland’s statement to the House of 6 September set out our clear plan to introduce legislation that...


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