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star this property date less than 2014-01-09more like thismore than 2014-01-09
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HM Treasury more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion and value of his Department's contracts have been let (a) under the restricted procedure, (b) by the open procedure, (c) via framework agreements and (d) via a tendering process involving the use of a pre-qualification questionnaire in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Nottingham East more like this
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Chris Leslie more like this
star this property uin 182696 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
unstar this property answer text <p>Since January 2011, central government departments have been required to publish on Contracts Finder information on the tenders issued and contracts they award with a value over £10,000 (excluding VAT) (www.gov.uk/contractsfinder).</p><p> </p><p>Public Procurement Regulations require that prescribed procurement procedures are used when procurements exceed the EU contract threshold values. This legal framework helps to ensure that public procurement is conducted in a fair and open manner both within the UK and across the EU.</p><p> </p><p>Less than two percent of all contracts were let under the restricted procedure in each of the last three years.</p><p> </p><p>In 2010/11 there was one contract let under the restricted procedure. This was for actuarial support to the independent commission on Equitable Life Payments that was set up by this government to recommend how best to fairly allocate funds provided for the Equitable Life Payments Scheme (ELPS) and had a contract value of £1million.</p><p> </p><p>In 2011/12 there were two contracts let under the restricted procedure. They were (i) Corporate Financial Advice framework contract (estimated contract value of £5 million over the 2 years but no guaranteed spend)and (ii) a contract for actuarial support for (ELPS) in making fair and transparent payments to Equitable Life policyholders who suffered financial losses as a result of Government maladministration which occurred in the regulation of Equitable Life. The contract value was £5.4 million.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The information requested for the proportion and value of HM Treasury contracts that have been let via framework agreements and where a tendering process involving the use of a pre-qualification questionnaire in each of the last three years is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
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less than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Chris Leslie more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-02-04more like thismore than 2014-02-04
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) contract staff in his Department as paid the living wage or above. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
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Mr David Ward more like this
star this property uin 186697 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
unstar this property answer text <p>100% of permanent and temporary staff at HM Treasury are paid the Living Wage or above.</p><p> </p><p>HM Treasury fully complies with EU procurement directives and awards contracts on the basis of the best value for money for the taxpayer. Nevertheless, we have encouraged contractors to commit to paying a living wage and expect all employers to pay at least the national minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p>The Government supports businesses that choose to pay the Living Wage however the Government's main policy on wages is the National Minimum Wage, which has continued to protect the relative wages of the low paid. This is independently set by the Low Pay Commission at a level that maximises their wages without reducing employment prospect. It is for workers and employers to decide the level of wages above the minimum wage based on current circumstances. This includes the Government as a procurer and an employer. Over 95%, around 20 million employees earn above the minimum wage and the majority of public sector workers currently earn above the Living Wage.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
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less than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr David Ward more like this
31321
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-01-07more like thismore than 2014-01-07
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with UKAR regarding the potential effect on customers of a rise in interest rates. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Cathy Jamieson more like this
star this property uin 182195 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-13more like thismore than 2014-05-13
unstar this property answer text <p>This Government's long term economic plan has kept interest rates at record lows for hardworking people across the country.</p><p> </p><p>Many lenders impose affordability stress tests on their mortgage lending decisions to ensure that the mortgage will remain affordable should interest rates rise. The Financial Conduct Authority's Mortgage Market Review rules, which came into force in April this year will require all mortgage lenders to conduct such a stress test.</p><p> </p><p>Although UKAR does not engage in new lending, UKAR runs a range of modelling scenarios to understand the potential effects of interest rate rises on customers. This work helps UKAR to identify customers who may be susceptible to higher interest rates and to engage with such customers at an early stage.</p><p> </p><p>UKAR assists all customers who wish to switch mortgage providers.</p><p> </p><p>NRAM and Bradford and Bingley are managed by UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR) which was established in 2010 to manage the disposal and rundown of outstanding assets at Bradford &amp; Bingley and Northern Rock Asset Management in an integrated way, with a view to creating value for the taxpayer. UKAR is managed at arm's length from Government, on commercial principles.</p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not for the Chancellor to discuss detailed commercial matters with UKAR.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 182196 more like this
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less than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Z
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4117
star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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4011
unstar this property label Biography information for Cathy Jamieson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-01-07more like thismore than 2014-01-07
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of an interest rate rise on customers whose mortgages are held by UKAR; and what support is available to assist such customers to switch providers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Cathy Jamieson more like this
star this property uin 182196 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-13more like thismore than 2014-05-13
unstar this property answer text <p>This Government's long term economic plan has kept interest rates at record lows for hardworking people across the country.</p><p> </p><p>Many lenders impose affordability stress tests on their mortgage lending decisions to ensure that the mortgage will remain affordable should interest rates rise. The Financial Conduct Authority's Mortgage Market Review rules, which came into force in April this year will require all mortgage lenders to conduct such a stress test.</p><p> </p><p>Although UKAR does not engage in new lending, UKAR runs a range of modelling scenarios to understand the potential effects of interest rate rises on customers. This work helps UKAR to identify customers who may be susceptible to higher interest rates and to engage with such customers at an early stage.</p><p> </p><p>UKAR assists all customers who wish to switch mortgage providers.</p><p> </p><p>NRAM and Bradford and Bingley are managed by UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR) which was established in 2010 to manage the disposal and rundown of outstanding assets at Bradford &amp; Bingley and Northern Rock Asset Management in an integrated way, with a view to creating value for the taxpayer. UKAR is managed at arm's length from Government, on commercial principles.</p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not for the Chancellor to discuss detailed commercial matters with UKAR.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 182195 more like this
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less than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Z
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4117
star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cathy Jamieson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-02-12more like thismore than 2014-02-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the size, in square metres, of the offices assigned to each of his Department's Ministers is; and how many officials, at what grade, work in the private offices of each of his Department's Ministers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Durham more like this
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Mr Kevan Jones more like this
star this property uin 188327 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
unstar this property answer text <p>I can confirm that Ministers have a total of 256.08 sq m of office space currently assigned to them.</p><p> </p><p>In total, there are 35staff working in ministerial offices, compared to 38 members of staff in 2009. This is as follows:</p><p> </p><p>Range B: 6</p><p>Range C: 8</p><p>Range D: 13</p><p>Range E: 5</p><p>Range E2: 2</p><p>SCS: 1</p><p> </p><p>These figures are based on the latest data available for staffing numbers for HMT Treasury as of May 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Kevan Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many allegations of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault were made within the chain of command against members of the armed forces in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013; and, of such cases, how many resulted in a prosecution by the Service Prosecution Authority. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Dunbartonshire more like this
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Gemma Doyle more like this
star this property uin 190438 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
unstar this property answer text <p>All allegations of rape and sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated by either the civil or Service police, depending upon who has jurisdiction. The following table provides details of the number of allegations of rape and sexual assault made within the chain of command against members of the Armed Forces in each of the last four years as recorded by the Service Police. Reference to rape covers offences under section one and sexual assault covers offences under sections two and three of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Offence</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rape</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sexual Assault</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>77</p></td><td><p>50</p></td><td><p>60</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The following table provides details of the number of referrals to the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) in each of the last four years, the number directed for trial and the number of convictions in the Military Court Service.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Rape Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial</strong></p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0<sup>1</sup></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Assault Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>51</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>45</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial </strong></p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>7<sup>2</sup></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Seven further cases are currently on trial.</p><p><sup>2</sup> 11 Trials ongoing</p><p> </p><p>The SPA may receive referrals in one year and the cases are directed/not directed and/or tried in the following year, so there is no direct correlation to the number of cases brought in any one year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I should also like to take the opportunity to clarify the relationship between the figures provided in this answer, and earlier answers. The figures for sexual assaults in this answer are different to those provided by the then Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) on 6 July 2012 (Official Report, column 822W) in response to a question from the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), for sexual assault referrals in the years between 2010 and 2012 (although 2012 was only for part of the year). This is because the term sexual assault has been expanded to cover the offences of indecent assault and sexual activity with a child. In addition, the figures provided in a response given by my predecessor (Mark Francois) on 30 November 2012 (Official Report, column 555W) again to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) referred only to the number of cases where the victim was a member of the Armed Forces. The figures in the tables above cover all cases handled by the SPA, whether or not the victim was a member of the Armed Forces.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property file name Hansard Extract 30 November 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 30 Nov 12 more like this
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star this property file name Hansard extract 6 July 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 6 July 12 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 190437 more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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4063
unstar this property label Biography information for Gemma Doyle more like this
41184
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many prosecutions of (a) rape and (b) sexual assault of members of the armed forces resulted in a conviction by the Military Courts Service in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Dunbartonshire more like this
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Gemma Doyle more like this
star this property uin 190437 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
unstar this property answer text <p>All allegations of rape and sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated by either the civil or Service police, depending upon who has jurisdiction. The following table provides details of the number of allegations of rape and sexual assault made within the chain of command against members of the Armed Forces in each of the last four years as recorded by the Service Police. Reference to rape covers offences under section one and sexual assault covers offences under sections two and three of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Offence</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Allegations in 2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rape</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sexual Assault</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>77</p></td><td><p>50</p></td><td><p>60</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The following table provides details of the number of referrals to the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) in each of the last four years, the number directed for trial and the number of convictions in the Military Court Service.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Rape Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial</strong></p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>10</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0<sup>1</sup></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Sexual Assault Case Referrals</strong></p></td><td><p>51</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>45</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Directed for Trial </strong></p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Convictions</strong></p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>9</p></td><td><p>7<sup>2</sup></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Seven further cases are currently on trial.</p><p><sup>2</sup> 11 Trials ongoing</p><p> </p><p>The SPA may receive referrals in one year and the cases are directed/not directed and/or tried in the following year, so there is no direct correlation to the number of cases brought in any one year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I should also like to take the opportunity to clarify the relationship between the figures provided in this answer, and earlier answers. The figures for sexual assaults in this answer are different to those provided by the then Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Andrew Robathan) on 6 July 2012 (Official Report, column 822W) in response to a question from the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), for sexual assault referrals in the years between 2010 and 2012 (although 2012 was only for part of the year). This is because the term sexual assault has been expanded to cover the offences of indecent assault and sexual activity with a child. In addition, the figures provided in a response given by my predecessor (Mark Francois) on 30 November 2012 (Official Report, column 555W) again to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) referred only to the number of cases where the victim was a member of the Armed Forces. The figures in the tables above cover all cases handled by the SPA, whether or not the victim was a member of the Armed Forces.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property file name Hansard Extract 30 November 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 30 Nov 12 more like this
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star this property file name Hansard extract 6 July 2012.doc more like this
star this property title Hansard extract 6 July 12 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 190438 more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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4063
unstar this property label Biography information for Gemma Doyle more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-11-11more like thismore than 2013-11-11
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, his Department has made in each year since 2010; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence were of each trip. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Nottingham East more like this
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Chris Leslie more like this
star this property uin 175475 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>Role of the Department</em></p><p>Reflecting our responsibilities for local government, housing, planning and communities across England, the work of the Department involves staff travelling to different parts of the country.</p><p>Improved procurement has reduced our average domestic hotel rate in the UK by 8% between 2009-10 and 2012-13. Moreover, domestic flights for longer journeys can avoid the need for paying for staff to stay in a hotel overnight.</p><p>Since 2011-12, the Department accepted responsibility for some new functions outside of London, including residual functions following the closure of the Government Offices for the Regions and then oversight of the European Regional Development Fund following the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies. As these business functions relate to work in areas outside of London and to the European Commission, this has therefore increased our travel spend compared to the base of 2010-11. However, this is far more than offset by the very significant savings to taxpayers of the abolition of these regional bodies.</p><p>Based on current estimates (which reflect accounting consequences from machinery of government changes) the DCLG Group is reducing its annual running costs by around 40% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2014-15. This equates to net savings of at least £532 million over this spending review period and includes savings of around £420 million from the closure of the Government Offices for the Regions.</p><p>In addition to this, I note that the Regional Development Agencies were spending in the region of £246 million a year on administration (as cited in 11 March 2009, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 592W).</p><p><em>Spending data</em></p><p>The tables below list spending on travel by financial year. Figures for 2009-10 are from July 2009, as this is when the department's current approved travel agent contract commenced; those figures are therefore only for three-quarters of the financial year, and the full year is likely to be proportionately higher.</p><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td> </td><td><p><em>Overseas Travel</em></p></td><td><p><em>Overseas Accommodation</em></p></td><td><p><em>Overseas Subsistence</em></p></td><td><p><em>Total</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>July 2009 - March 10</p></td><td><p>£408,621</p></td><td><p>£19,847</p></td><td><p>£79,574</p></td><td><p>£508,042 (part-year)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£56,304</p></td><td><p>£21,759</p></td><td><p>£27,798</p></td><td><p>£105,861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£69,463</p></td><td><p>£21,204</p></td><td><p>£19,946</p></td><td><p>£110,613</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£78,474</p></td><td><p>£29,224</p></td><td><p>£21,911</p></td><td><p>£129,609</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td> </td><td><p><em>UK Travel</em></p></td><td><p><em>UK Accommodation</em></p></td><td><p><em>UK Subsistence</em></p></td><td><p><em>Total</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>July 2009 - March 10</p></td><td><p>£621,028</p></td><td><p>£309,260</p></td><td><p>£174,888</p></td><td><p>£1,105,176 (part-year)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£434,467</p></td><td><p>£199,563</p></td><td><p>£81,315</p></td><td><p>£715,345</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£980,307</p></td><td><p>£162,544</p></td><td><p>£71,913</p></td><td><p>£1,214,764</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£1,030,710</p></td><td><p>£166,149</p></td><td><p>£74,424</p></td><td><p>£1,271,283</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Explanatory notes:</p><p>- Overseas subsistence costs can include accommodation, meals and travel tickets purchased locally.</p><p>- The costs of internal travel abroad are not routinely recorded in the form requested and this information could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.</p><p>- Data on cost per trip is not centrally held in the form requested.</p><p>- For car hire, the data from our finance systems do not separate out expenditure for domestic and international car hire and this could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p>- For helicopter hire, our records show that the Department has incurred no expenditure on this since 2010-11.</p><p>- Figures contained in this answer may differ from previous answers to Parliamentary Questions, as the data extracts have been re-run and reflect ongoing accruals and data. Delays in billing or crediting transactions can sometimes have an effect on the spend data between the financial years.</p><p>Taken in the whole, we have reduced overall travel spending compared to the last Administration, and delivered substantive savings for taxpayers' from the abolition of regional government in England.</p><p> </p>
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. more like this
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Chris Evans more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>Role of the Department</em></p><p>Reflecting our responsibilities for local government, housing, planning and communities across England, the work of the Department involves staff travelling to different parts of the country.</p><p>Improved procurement has reduced our average domestic hotel rate in the UK by 8% between 2009-10 and 2012-13. Moreover, domestic flights for longer journeys can avoid the need for paying for staff to stay in a hotel overnight.</p><p>Since 2011-12, the Department accepted responsibility for some new functions outside of London, including residual functions following the closure of the Government Offices for the Regions and then oversight of the European Regional Development Fund following the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies. As these business functions relate to work in areas outside of London and to the European Commission, this has therefore increased our travel spend compared to the base of 2010-11. However, this is far more than offset by the very significant savings to taxpayers of the abolition of these regional bodies.</p><p>Based on current estimates (which reflect accounting consequences from machinery of government changes) the DCLG Group is reducing its annual running costs by around 40% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2014-15. This equates to net savings of at least £532 million over this spending review period and includes savings of around £420 million from the closure of the Government Offices for the Regions.</p><p>In addition to this, I note that the Regional Development Agencies were spending in the region of £246 million a year on administration (as cited in 11 March 2009, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 592W).</p><p><em>Spending data</em></p><p>The tables below list spending on travel by financial year. Figures for 2009-10 are from July 2009, as this is when the department's current approved travel agent contract commenced; those figures are therefore only for three-quarters of the financial year, and the full year is likely to be proportionately higher.</p><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td> </td><td><p><em>Overseas Travel</em></p></td><td><p><em>Overseas Accommodation</em></p></td><td><p><em>Overseas Subsistence</em></p></td><td><p><em>Total</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>July 2009 - March 10</p></td><td><p>£408,621</p></td><td><p>£19,847</p></td><td><p>£79,574</p></td><td><p>£508,042 (part-year)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£56,304</p></td><td><p>£21,759</p></td><td><p>£27,798</p></td><td><p>£105,861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£69,463</p></td><td><p>£21,204</p></td><td><p>£19,946</p></td><td><p>£110,613</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£78,474</p></td><td><p>£29,224</p></td><td><p>£21,911</p></td><td><p>£129,609</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><thead><tr><td> </td><td><p><em>UK Travel</em></p></td><td><p><em>UK Accommodation</em></p></td><td><p><em>UK Subsistence</em></p></td><td><p><em>Total</em></p></td></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><p>July 2009 - March 10</p></td><td><p>£621,028</p></td><td><p>£309,260</p></td><td><p>£174,888</p></td><td><p>£1,105,176 (part-year)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£434,467</p></td><td><p>£199,563</p></td><td><p>£81,315</p></td><td><p>£715,345</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£980,307</p></td><td><p>£162,544</p></td><td><p>£71,913</p></td><td><p>£1,214,764</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£1,030,710</p></td><td><p>£166,149</p></td><td><p>£74,424</p></td><td><p>£1,271,283</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Explanatory notes:</p><p>- Overseas subsistence costs can include accommodation, meals and travel tickets purchased locally.</p><p>- The costs of internal travel abroad are not routinely recorded in the form requested and this information could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.</p><p>- Data on cost per trip is not centrally held in the form requested.</p><p>- For car hire, the data from our finance systems do not separate out expenditure for domestic and international car hire and this could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p>- For helicopter hire, our records show that the Department has incurred no expenditure on this since 2010-11.</p><p>- Figures contained in this answer may differ from previous answers to Parliamentary Questions, as the data extracts have been re-run and reflect ongoing accruals and data. Delays in billing or crediting transactions can sometimes have an effect on the spend data between the financial years.</p><p>Taken in the whole, we have reduced overall travel spending compared to the last Administration, and delivered substantive savings for taxpayers' from the abolition of regional government in England.</p><p> </p>
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 694W, on polling stations, what assessment he has made of the effect of foreign language translation by local authorities on integration of non-English speakers into their communities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bromley and Chislehurst more like this
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Robert Neill more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>In March 2013, my Department published new guidance for local authorities outlining how councils should stop translating into foreign languages. As outlined in the Written Ministerial Statement of 12 March 2013, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 5WS, such translation weakens integration; discourages communities from learning English; undermines rather than strengthens equality goals; harms community relations; and is an expensive waste of taxpayers' money at a time when councils need to be making sensible savings. It is disappointing that councils like Tower Hamlets have disregarded that guidance, and reflects broader issues with the dysfunctional governance and divisive practices of the council.</p><p>I would add that in light of previous instances of electoral fraud, including impersonation in polling stations, postal voting irregularities and allegations of improper influence, Ministers in this Department have concerns about the practice of allowing foreign language translators/interpreters inside polling stations. The privacy of the ballot must be protected and voters inside a polling station should not be subject to any pressure or influence to vote in a particular way. In that context, the integrity of the ballot box and of the local democratic process requires independent and transparent scrutiny in polling stations by polling agents, council staff, the police and, indeed, passing members of the public who are also voting. This is undermined by polling room administration being conducted in foreign languages.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
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