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1305895
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading UK Government Union Capability Independent Review more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps he is taking in response to the Dunlop Review on relations between the UK Government and the Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. more like this
tabling member constituency Harwich and North Essex more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Bernard Jenkin more like this
uin 913910 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answer text <p>This government is a government for the whole of the United Kingdom.</p><p>Yesterday, my Right Honourable Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster updated the House on the significant progress we’ve made in implementing Lord Dunlop's recommendations, alongside a progress update on the intergovernmental relations review and our first IGR transparency report.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-25T15:12:47.53Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-25T15:12:47.53Z
answering member
1609
label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
tabling member
40
label Biography information for Sir Bernard Jenkin more like this
1305896
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Civil Servants: Apprentices more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps he is taking to improve the quality of civil service apprenticeships. more like this
tabling member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
uin 913912 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answer text <p>The Civil Service will be launching a new Apprenticeships Strategy in the new financial year. The first phase will have delivered 30,000 apprenticeships by April. In this strategy we will focus not just on numbers but on the quality of training on offer to ensure that departments are better equipped to nurture talent in house and in plugging skills gaps</p><p>To this end, we recently published the &quot;Curriculum and Campus for Government Skills&quot;, with the goal of setting the highest standard in vocational training for all Civil Servants, including apprentices.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Hornchurch and Upminster more like this
answering member printed Julia Lopez more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-25T15:18:29.077Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-25T15:18:29.077Z
answering member
4647
label Biography information for Julia Lopez more like this
tabling member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
1305897
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Electronic Government: Proof of Identity more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of GOV.UK Verify. more like this
tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Zeichner more like this
uin 913913 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answer text <p>Verify continues to work well, in support of 22 government services. Over 8 million people have used Verify, with 2 million added in the last year as citizens accessed critical online services during the pandemic.</p><p>Building on the lessons and experiences of Verify, and as we announced in last year's Spending Review, the Government Digital Service is collaborating with other departments to develop a new login and identity assurance system that will make it easier for more people to use online services safely.</p><p>For example, we know that extra data sources will be needed for a more inclusive service, so we are also working with the Home Office on its digitisation of birth, marriage and death records.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Hornchurch and Upminster more like this
answering member printed Julia Lopez more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-25T15:19:51.01Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-25T15:19:51.01Z
answering member
4647
label Biography information for Julia Lopez more like this
tabling member
4382
label Biography information for Daniel Zeichner more like this
1305898
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Internet: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the Defending Democracy programme as part of its plans to bring forward legislative proposals on online harms. more like this
tabling member constituency Folkestone and Hythe more like this
tabling member printed
Damian Collins more like this
uin 913916 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answer text <p>The Defending Democracy programme coordinates work and expertise across government work to safeguard the integrity and security of our democratic processes.</p><p>Through the Online Harms legislative proposals, the programme is making good progress against two of its strategic objectives: to encourage respect for open, fair and safe democratic participation; and to promote fact-based discourse.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-25T15:16:03.52Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-25T15:16:03.52Z
answering member
1609
label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
tabling member
3986
label Biography information for Damian Collins more like this
1305899
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What progress has been made by the UK-EU Joint Committee on revising the Northern Ireland Protocol. more like this
tabling member constituency Belfast East more like this
tabling member printed
Gavin Robinson more like this
uin 913920 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answer text <p>The Joint Committee has been working on the many difficulties presented to the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol by the EU’s decision to activate Article 16 on 29 January. There are outstanding issues to be resolved and we have taken temporary operational steps to avoid disruption to everyday life. We remain committed to working within the Joint Committee process to find solutions.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-25T17:16:20.107Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-25T17:16:20.107Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
4360
label Biography information for Gavin Robinson more like this
1305900
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Public Sector: Procurement more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps his Department is taking to improve transparency in procurement in its response to the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
tabling member constituency Salford and Eccles more like this
tabling member printed
Rebecca Long Bailey more like this
uin 913904 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answer text <p>The government recognises the importance of maintaining public confidence in how we manage taxpayers’ money and I have set out before the challenges we faced in our response to the covid 19 outbreak. We are taking steps to improve the processes already in place and ensure public spending is fair and transparent.</p><p>Proposals in the Green Paper aim to improve transparency in procurement across the public sector and include specific measures to strengthen transparency through the commercial lifecycle from planning through to procurement, contract award, performance and completion.</p><p>We are also taking forward all 28 recommendations from the independent Boardman report to set out areas for improvement within the Cabinet Office’s own internal contracting procedures.</p><p>We have also made KPI data on 379 contracts available to the public, as a further step towards greater transparency.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Hornchurch and Upminster more like this
answering member printed Julia Lopez more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-25T15:17:24.47Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-25T15:17:24.47Z
answering member
4647
label Biography information for Julia Lopez more like this
tabling member
4396
label Biography information for Rebecca Long Bailey more like this
1306209
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Pregnancy: Caffeine more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings of the recent study by the University of Rochester that caffeine consumed during pregnancy can alter the structure of an unborn baby's brain; and whether his Department has plans to undertake further research on the effects of caffeine consumption during pregnancy. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 175846 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-04-13more like thismore than 2021-04-13
answer text <p>The Food Standards Agency (FSA) keeps under review the evolving body of credible scientific evidence on the safety of food including caffeine and advises the Government if any action is needed.</p><p>The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) is an independent scientific committee that provides advice to the Food Standards Agency on matters concerning the toxicity of chemicals. Current Government advice on caffeine consumption during pregnancy is based on the COT evaluation of the evidence. The COT is currently undergoing a review of various chemicals in relation to maternal health during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes. Caffeine will be reviewed as part of this work<em>.</em></p><p>Therefore, the FSA does not consider that any action in relation to the safety of caffeine is needed at the present time.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
answering member printed Jo Churchill more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-04-13T09:03:54.347Zmore like thismore than 2021-04-13T09:03:54.347Z
answering member
4380
label Biography information for Jo Churchill more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1306214
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Assessments: Coronavirus more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support private candidates for examinations during the summer 2021 examination season. more like this
tabling member constituency Luton North more like this
tabling member printed
Sarah Owen more like this
uin 176054 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-04-13more like thismore than 2021-04-13
answer text <p>Given the ongoing disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we announced in January that GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead as planned this summer.</p><p>The Department and Ofqual have ensured that there is a clear and accessible route for private candidates to receive a grade this year at the same time as other candidates. Private candidates can work with a centre to be assessed on a range of evidence, which could include evidence from an established educational provider and the board-provided assessment materials. These candidates should have the same opportunity as other students to be assessed on what they were taught. Centres can conduct assessments remotely if needed. This guidance includes information for centres about assessing private candidates, taking into account their different circumstances: <a href="https://www.jcq.org.uk/summer-2021-arrangements/" target="_blank">https://www.jcq.org.uk/summer-2021-arrangements/</a>.</p><p>The Department is working with the sector to ensure there are enough centres available to support private candidates. The Joint Council for Qualifications have published a list of available centres: <a href="https://www.jcq.org.uk/private-candidates-summer-2021/" target="_blank">https://www.jcq.org.uk/private-candidates-summer-2021/</a>, giving private candidates the opportunity to find a centre at a similar cost to a normal year. The exam boards have committed that private candidates will not be charged late fees if entries are received by 26 April.</p><p>To support centres with the additional requirements of assessing private candidates this year, and avoid the cost being passed on to candidates, we are providing a grant for centres to claim £200 per private candidate entry. Guidance on the grant is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/private-candidate-support-grant-information-for-exam-centres/private-candidate-support-grant" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/private-candidate-support-grant-information-for-exam-centres/private-candidate-support-grant</a>. The Government is encouraging all available exams centres to sign up to help these candidates achieve their qualifications in this exceptional year.</p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-04-13T10:05:01.747Zmore like thismore than 2021-04-13T10:05:01.747Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4777
label Biography information for Sarah Owen more like this
1306215
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Food: Advertising more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2021 to Question 169025 on Food: Marketing, whether the Government will make it its policy to introduce the proposed restrictions on foods high in fat, salt and sugar in ways other than secondary legislation, in order to permit additional parliamentary scrutiny and debate. more like this
tabling member constituency Mansfield more like this
tabling member printed
Ben Bradley more like this
uin 176030 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-04-13more like thismore than 2021-04-13
answer text <p>Non-regulatory options have been considered as insufficient to reduce the excess purchasing and therefore overconsumption of products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS). Previous voluntary actions by retailers, including through measures such as the public health responsibility deal, had limited impact. Businesses have also stated that voluntary action on promotions is not feasible.</p><p>We want to create a level playing field in which stores that make voluntary progress are no longer penalised. The response to the consultation on restricting promotions of HFSS food and drink made clear the Government’s intention to use powers in the Food Safety Act (FSA) 1990 to lay secondary legislation before Parliament by mid-2021. That position remains.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
answering member printed Jo Churchill more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-04-13T08:57:45.22Zmore like thismore than 2021-04-13T08:57:45.22Z
answering member
4380
label Biography information for Jo Churchill more like this
tabling member
4663
label Biography information for Ben Bradley more like this
1306217
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-03-25more like thismore than 2021-03-25
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Coronavirus: Vaccination more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to prioritise elite level athletes for early covid-19 vaccinations in light of the progress of the vaccination programme. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 175850 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-04-13more like thismore than 2021-04-13
answer text <p>If elite level athletes are captured in phase one or two of the programme due to age or clinical need, then they will be vaccinated accordingly. However, we are not currently planning to prioritise elite level athletes for COVID-19 vaccination.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-04-13T09:03:14.223Zmore like thismore than 2021-04-13T09:03:14.223Z
answering member
4113
label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this