Oliver Dowden: Holding answer received on 25 January 2018 As a routine, departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK, including those with representatives from companies such as Carillion. Cabinet Office returns can be viewed using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-transpar ency-publications
Oliver Dowden: Holding answer received on 29 January 2018 I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ122152 on 6th March.
Oliver Dowden: Holding answer received on 29 January 2018 This information is not held by the Cabinet Office.
Oliver Dowden: Holding answer received on 29 January 2018 The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) identifies areas where we can do further cross-government work, including as one example on our strategic communications. The NSCR will set out further details when published.
Oliver Dowden: Holding answer received on 31 January 2018 DHL was removed from the list of strategic suppliers following a decision by the Commercial Relationship Board in the Cabinet Office to prioritise those suppliers with the highest levels of criticality and the greatest levels of cross government presence. The Government continually reviews its portfolio of strategic suppliers.
Oliver Dowden: It is long standing Cabinet Office policy not to provide bottled water for meetings. Bottled water is sold via vending machines and in the local catering outlets in 70 Whitehall. Information on how much money the department have spent on bottled water is not held centrally and could only be produced at disproportionate cost.
Oliver Dowden: I refer my Hon. Friend to the answer to PQ123288 which was given on 1st February 2018.
Oliver Dowden: The Commission gathers information on the use of exceptions from departments annually. This is available at: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/appointment s-exception-scs-pay-band-2-2/
Oliver Dowden: The Childcare Implementation Taskforce focused on cross-government readiness for the rollout of a coherent and effective childcare offer to support parents to work. From 2017, we began rolling out 30 hours of free childcare to working families of 3 and 4 year olds; support with 20% of childcare costs (worth up to £2,000 per child per year) for children under 12 through Tax-Free...
Oliver Dowden: I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ120311 on 21st December 2017.
Oliver Dowden: I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ118845 on 7th March 2018.
Oliver Dowden: The powers in sections 38 and 39 of the Digital Economy Act 2017, which will help in supporting identification of those eligible for water poverty schemes, will commence once Parliament has debated the supporting codes of practice and regulations for Part 5 of the Act. The timetable will be announced in due course.
Oliver Dowden: Holding answer received on 25 January 2018 The Prompt Payment Code is monitored by the Prompt Payment Code Compliance Board, under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.
Oliver Dowden: We have not had any significant performance issues on direct government contracts. Departments continually monitor the operational performance of contracts to ensure the best outcome for taxpayers. Public sector contracts with Carillion were not the principal cause of the company's financial difficulties.
Oliver Dowden: It is the responsibility of the Insolvency Service and the Official Receiver to secure the best outcome for the delivery of public sector services and projects.
Oliver Dowden: I refer the Honourable Member to the Statement made to the House on Monday, 15 January 2018 by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Official Record, vol 634, col 624).
Oliver Dowden: The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) completed its vulnerability disclosure pilot in November 2017 and is currently reviewing the lessons learnt. NCSC aims to publish the details of the pilot, lessons learnt, blogs, and its rollout plans in April at the Government’s flagship cyber security event, CYBERUK 2018.
Oliver Dowden: Our top priority has been to safeguard the continuity of public services, rather than to bail out a commercial company. But of course we are mindful of the concerns of Carillion employees and we have made available a range of resources to those workers and businesses affected by Carillion’s liquidation who are seeking further information.
Oliver Dowden: Through the Public Contract Regulations 2015, public sector buyers must include 30-day payment terms in new public sector contracts; and require that this payment term be passed down the supply chain. Public sector buyers must also publish annually on their payment performance. We strongly encourage businesses to report poor payment practice and instances of late payment, including late...
Oliver Dowden: The Civil Service Workforce Plan 2016-2020 set out ambition to the UK’s most inclusive employer. To deliver this objective the Government published “A Brilliant Civil Service: becoming the UK’s most inclusive employer” in October 2017, which committed to focusing on religion, belief and non-belief as part of our wider approach to inclusion. This Strategy set out a...