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Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Per Capita Costs (25 May 2018)

Nick Gibb: ...schools, Devolved Formula Capital and basic need funding. It does not include other condition funding allocated directly to academies, sixth form colleges and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) within the area. Standalone trusts and sixth form colleges are also not included, as they are instead eligible for funding through the annual Condition Improvement Fund. Additional funding is also...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Unemployment: North East (25 May 2018)

Alok Sharma: In the three months to March 2018 the unemployment level in the North East was 63,000, a joint record low for the area. The unemployment rate stood at 4.9%, 0.1 percentage points above the record low for the North East. Estimates of unemployment differ in different areas of the country due to a range of factors such as the demographics of the local area and local labour market conditions,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: York (25 May 2018)

David Rutley: ...of £598,078 in air quality grant funding has been awarded to the City of York Council (of which £216,008 was awarded in this year’s round) to support projects aimed at improving air quality in its area. The Government’s Air Quality Grant fund is a bid-in scheme to support local authorities to improve air quality. The Government also provides guidance and technical...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (25 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: Local housing authorities have obligations to ensure that housing in their areas is of an acceptable standard. They can take enforcement action against owners of buildings in their area that are not acting responsibly in respect of hazards, and we want them to use these powers to ensure residents are safe. To support the identification of private sector residential buildings over 18 metres...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Grenfell Tower: Fires (25 May 2018)

James Brokenshire: .... The Council has acquired over 300 properties for those who lost their homes, so each household can choose a good quality property that meets their needs, with the option of staying in the area if that is what they wish. We expect all households, regardless of their level of engagement, to be given whatever support they require to be rehoused as quickly as possible. However, due to the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Tenure (25 May 2018)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many residential high-rise buildings there are by tenure in each local authority area in England.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Crimes against Humanity (25 May 2018)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...or war crimes. Prosecution decisions are taken independently of Government. We do not currently have plans to conduct a formal review of the range of legislation that relates to this policy area.

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 May 2018)

Alistair Burt: ...statehood, the concern is what their process will be if that does not happen. Who do they talk to then? How do we move forward? In Gaza, the hopelessness caused by a combination of governance by Hamas and the pressures put upon the area from Israel has left a miserable situation where so many people are dependent on humanitarian access—the smell of the sea and all that sort of thing....

UK and the Western Balkans (IRC Report) - Motion to Take Note (24 May 2018)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...sexual violence in conflict, which I am now proud to lead. I know that the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, is not in his place but I also wish to acknowledge and put on record our thanks to him for his work in this important area. All noble Lords whom I have mentioned have played a vital role in bringing peace and stability to the region, and we have seen their continued commitment today. We...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Liz McInnes: be non-Muslims. This was done by passing the second amendment to the constitution of Pakistan, which declares Ahmadis to be non- Muslim despite their own belief and thought. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws remain a key area of concern. These legal provisions, which criminalise insults against Islam, are often misused to settle personal scores, and Ahmadis continue to face blasphemy...

Brexit: Competition and State Aid (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (24 May 2018)

Lord Henley: ...its experience and understanding of markets as the UK’s competition regulator, the independence of its decision-making from government and its excellent international reputation. The EU has indicated the importance of state aid in its negotiating guidelines. We know that it is an area in which it would like to find common ground. As my right honourable friend said in her Mansion...

Public Accounts Committee (24 May 2018)

Meg Hillier: ...with that. This is a real issue because if a Government contract is failing, it is still difficult for the Government not to award other contracts because of contract law, and we think that that area needs to be looked into. In any other situation, it would be crazy to give a contract to a supplier that was clearly failing. Given the size of these contracts, few organisations are bidding,...

Sharia Law - Question (24 May 2018)

Baroness Manzoor:’s findings were put in place on 1 February and a Ministerial Statement was made. However, we must ensure that reform of marriage is not done in a piecemeal fashion because it is a complex area of legislation. We are looking at that area carefully and, as I said, within the communities we are putting much greater effort into working with other organisations such as advice...

Forced Marriage - Question (24 May 2018)

Lord Bates: We have a major programme which is accelerating action against child and early forced marriage. We have been leaders in this area and put significant resource into it, and it has been engaging. We need to remind people not about the need for new declarations and new initiatives but of the fact that, 70 years ago, this matter was in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 16.2...

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Andrea Leadsom: ...of us where we have expanding populations in our areas. He will be aware that clinical commissioning groups are responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services for their local area, including the commissioning of hospitals. Where the local population expands over the course of a year, that is factored into the allocation formula so that the funding is adjusted as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Strategic Road Network (24 May 2018)

Kate Green: Substantial congestion exists on the M60, M62 and M56 around Greater Manchester, but Highways England’s investment plans start north-east of this area. Given the very significant economic regeneration plans for south-west Manchester including at the airport, the new HS2 station and New Carrington in my constituency, which the Minister has visited, does he agree that Highways England...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Thangam Debbonaire: Disabled passengers in the Lawrence Hill area of my constituency are not being served with step-free access, although they have been promised it for some years. They have to get a train upline and then another downline on the other side before they can get to Temple Meads to get a mainline train. Will the Minister meet me and Councillor Margaret Hickman to discuss this urgently?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Fishing Vessel Safety (24 May 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: ...use her offices to make a proper assessment of that and pass on her findings to the Home Office to inform its consideration of the opportunities for getting more crew from non-European economic area countries?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Chris Grayling: ...since the 1870s. The hon. Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) referred to the question of timetable changes. There have been a number of difficult timetable changes, both in the London area and further up the line. However, this is all paving the way. When this route is completed properly in 2020, when we will have new trains, the railway will be much better than it has been...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Infrastructure (24 May 2018)

Jo Johnson: ...a number of tactics, both covert and overt, to investigate these offences. BTP also uses technological solutions to combat cable theft. Within the last fortnight three suspects in the Hartlepool Area have been arrested for cable theft and the matter is being investigated.

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