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unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading East Coast Railway Line more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Grand Central will not pay the same access charges as Intercity East Coast as Open Access Operators do not pay Fixed Track Access Charges (FTAC). However, both Franchised and Open Access Operators pay Variable Track Access Charges (VTAC) since these are set to reflect the direct ‘wear and tear’ costs that train services impose on the network when they are run.</p><p> </p><p>For Control Period 5 (CP5) the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has held <ins class="ministerial">the Capacity Charge element of VTAC at CP4 levels for services currently run by existing passenger Open Access Operators, however they will pay CP5 rates for any additional or new services whilst any new entrant Open Access Operator will pay CP4 rates on services below a set threshold and CP5 rates on services above that threshold. </ins><del class="ministerial">Open Access (both passenger and freight) VTAC at CP4 levels, whilst</del> Franchised Operators pay the new, higher CP5 rates<del class="ministerial">.</del> <ins class="ministerial">for both existing and new services.  However, this is the only element of VTAC that is calculated on a different basis.</ins></p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Gulf National Security Secretariat Implementation Group more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The requested information is not readily available. The information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost. </del></p><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong><em> </em></strong></ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">National Security Strategy and Implementation Groups (NSSIGs) were established after the 2017 National Security Capability Review to support the delivery of national security priority programmes, including by better utilising the full range of national security capabilities. Each NSSIG is chaired by a Senior Responsible Official (SRO), who is accountable to the National Security Council.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Gulf Delivery Board has not met since the establishment of the Gulf &amp; Iran NSSIG, which subsumed its primary roles and responsibilities in April 2018. Cabinet Office officials are members of the Gulf &amp; Iran NSSIG and attend all meetings. The Cabinet Office also provides some secretariat support to the NSSIG, alongside that provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.</ins></p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Scriven more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Railways: North West more like this
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unstar this property uin HL2361 more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The case for improving inter-regional rail links in the North West of England has been assessed in a number of studies including the Northern Hub and Network Rail’s Lancashire and Cumbria and North-West Route Utilisation strategies. The case will be further addressed in respect of Network Rail’s Control Period 6 (2019-20<ins class="ministerial">2</ins><del class="ministerial">1</del>4) and beyond through the Northern Route Study as part of Network Rail’s Long Term Planning Process to inform decisions on the Government’s Rail Investment Strategy for Control Period 6.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Massey of Darwen more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Ministers: Resignations more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The following ministers have resigned from office since the formation of the Government on 11 June 2017:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Lord Price CVO, former Minister of State for Trade Policy</li><li>Lord Nash, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System</li><li>The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St. Johns DBE, former Minister of State for Exiting the European Union</li><li>The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, former Secretary of State for Defence</li><li>The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, former Secretary of State for International Development</li><li>The Rt Hon Damian Green MP, former First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, former Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities</li><li>Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen, former Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)</li><li>The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, former Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities</li><li>Dr Philip Lee MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Youth Justice, Victims, Female Offenders and Offender Health</li><li>The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, former Minister for Trade Policy</li><li>The Rt Hon David Davis MP, former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union</li><li>The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs</li><li>Steve Baker MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union</li><li>Andrew Griffiths MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business Consumers and Corporate Responsibility</li><li>Guto Bebb MP, former Minister for Defence Procurement</li><li>Tracey Crouch MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society</li><li>Jo Johnson MP, former Minister of State for Transport and Minister for London</li><li>The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union</li><li>The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions</li><li>Suella Braverman MP, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union</li><li>Shailesh Vara MP, former Minister of State for Northern Ireland</li><li><ins class="ministerial">Sam Gyimah MP, former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation</ins></li></ul>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Tebbit more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Public Sector: Billing more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">Details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 and wider public sector contracts above the value of £25,000 are published on Contracts Finder.</del></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">Public procurement regulations do not contain requirements for public bodies to include auditing or whistleblowing policies in the operational delivery and management of public contracts.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Public bodies in scope of these regulations are individually responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their own data prior to publication, and operate their own whistleblowing policies.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Government encourages whistleblowers to get independent advice (e.g. from Citizens Advice) to ensure that they are adequately protected.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Public sector suppliers that have not been paid on time can raise the issue with the Public Procurement Review Service.</ins></p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mendelsohn more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies: Governing Bodies more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The department’s expectations of effective governance in multi academy trusts (MATs) is set out in the Academies Financial Handbook and Governance Handbook. This includes the skills, knowledge and behaviours that boards need to demonstrate to be effective. Both handbooks are currently being updated and once completed, copies will be <ins class="ministerial">placed</ins> <del class="ministerial">available</del> in the Libraries of both Houses. The Academies Financial Handbook is updated annually.</p><p> </p><p>Through the Academies Ambassadors Programme, over 1200 volunteers with commercial and business experience have been recruited to join academy boards.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Watson of Invergowrie more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Slavery: Albania more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office engages closely with Local Authorities, through Strategic Migration Partnerships, on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of asy-lum dispersal and discuss issues such as local cohesion. In addition, accommodation Providers must consult on every property that is to be used for asylum dispersal with Local Authorities who will assess its viability in relation to social cohesion, as well as a number of other factors</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">A governance structure has been established to facilitate a joint review into asylum dispersal which will be co-designed and co-produced by Local Au-thorities and the Home Office</del>.</p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office record the number of all individuals referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and this information is published Quarterly by the National Crime Agency. This information does not distinguish an individ-ual’s immigration status. The reason for this is two-fold, firstly because the NRM is not an immigration route by which individuals should regularise their stay in the United Kingdom and, secondly, because a person’s immigration status is not permanent and can change. <p><ins class="ministerial">Providing the information requested would therefore require a manual check of individual records which could only be done at disproportionate cost.</ins></p></ins></p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Asylum: Children more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office does not publish this data in the format requested, however we are committed to publishing more detailed figures in future data releases.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">We are able to provide a breakdown of total applications pending by duration (±6 months), but we can’t separately identify UASC’s in the dataset. The table has been reproduced below:</del></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">Pending Duration (Initial Decision)</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">Main applicants</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">Main + dependants</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">More than 6 months</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">12,213</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">16,555</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial">Less than 6 months</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">15,043</del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial">19,300</del></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>Total</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>27,256</strong></del></p></td><td><p><del class="ministerial"><strong>35,855</strong></del></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><del class="ministerial">The Home Office takes its responsibility for the welfare of children very seriously, including ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of the child. There are stringent statutory and policy safeguards in place in the asylum process for unaccompanied children, in recognition of their additional needs.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are looked after by local authorities who have a statutory duty to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality. Under these arrangements, children are assessed with regard to their individual needs and provided with access to education, accommodation and health services, as would be provided to any other looked after child in the UK.</del></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office does not publish this data in the format requested, however we are committed to publishing more detailed figures in future data releases.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">We are able to provide a breakdown of total applications pending by duration (±6 months), but we can’t separately identify UASC’s in the dataset. The table has been reproduced below:</ins></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Pending Duration (Initial Decision)</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Main applicants</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Main + dependants</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">More than 6 months</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">12,213</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">16,555</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial">Less than 6 months</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">15,043</ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial">19,300</ins></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>Total</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>27,256</strong></ins></p></td><td><p><ins class="ministerial"><strong>35,855</strong></ins></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><ins class="ministerial">Children and unaccompanied children seeking asylum, like anyone else claiming asylum in the UK, can claim in two ways; either at port of entry or at one of the national intake units.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Home Office takes its responsibility for the welfare of children very seriously, including ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of the child. There are stringent statutory and policy safeguards in place in the asylum process for unaccompanied children, in recognition of their additional needs.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">While in the UK, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are looked after by local authorities who have a statutory duty to ensure that they safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality. Under these arrangements, children are assessed with regard to their individual needs and provided with access to education, accommodation and health services, as would be provided to any other looked after child in the UK.</ins></p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Stroud more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Brunei: Legal Systems more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">I</del> <ins class="ministerial">Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon </ins>spoke to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth about the situation in Brunei on 4 April. The Secretary General is in contact with the Government of Brunei and is working through Commonwealth channels.</p><p>​The UK encourages all Commonwealth partners to protect and promote the values in the Commonwealth Charter, including its opposition to all forms of discrimination. We have made clear that nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.</p><p>Brunei is one of several Commonwealth countries that imposes corporal and capital punishments. It has now introduced new potential penalties under the Sharia Penal Code.</p><p>We have raised our concerns with the Government of Brunei. We will continue to encourage Brunei to remove corporal and capital punishment from its statutes, to pass laws that decriminalise same-sex relations and protect LGBT people from all forms of discrimination.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Gender Recognition: Children more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The research is an ethically approved study being carried out by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 2011, which is the largest provider of services for the alleviation of gender dysphoria in the United Kingdom.</p><p>The study will evaluate early pubertal suppression in a carefully selected group of adolescents with a clinical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. There are 44 young people taking part in the study.</p><p>The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has plans to publish the data <ins class="ministerial">on the blocker and cross-sex hormones, for those who were appropriate for this, as</ins><del class="ministerial">once</del> all of the young people in the study have reached <ins class="ministerial">this</ins><del class="ministerial">the</del> stage<ins class="ministerial">.</ins> <del class="ministerial">when a clinical decision is made about moving from pubertal suppressants to cross-sex hormones, which the Trust expects to occur in the next 12 months.</del></p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Lucas more like this