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1699143
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-26more like thismore than 2024-03-26
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Arms Trade: Export Controls more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make it his policy to establish an independent review to guarantee that UK arms export policy does not breach obligations under international law. more like this
tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
tabling member printed
Dan Carden more like this
uin 20761 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>All export licence applications are already assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sutton Coldfield more like this
answering member printed Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:44:27.847Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:44:27.847Z
answering member
1211
label Biography information for Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
tabling member
4651
label Biography information for Dan Carden more like this
1698553
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-25more like thismore than 2024-03-25
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 Graduates: Visas 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 assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of changes to the graduate visa route on (a) the financial sustainability of the university sector and (b) local economies. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel more like this
uin 20405 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned to provide further evidence to support the government’s understanding of how the Graduate Route is operating in practice. The focus of the Graduate Route review will be to prevent abuse and ensure the integrity and quality of our world-leading UK higher education (HE) sector is protected. No decisions have been made on the future of the Graduate Route and the department awaits the report of the MAC in May.</p><p>​</p><p>​The Office for Students (OfS), as the independent regulator of HE in England, is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the sustainability of HE providers. The department works closely with the OfS to understand the impact of international student recruitment on HE provider financial sustainability.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
answering member printed Luke Hall more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:43:07.203Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:43:07.203Z
answering member
4450
label Biography information for Luke Hall more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1699197
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-26more like thismore than 2024-03-26
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Gaza: Humanitarian Aid more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will make an estimate of the amount of aid that will enter Gaza before the end of Ramadan, in the context of UN Security Council resolution 2728. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 20698 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>On 5th April Israel committed to significant steps to increase the amount of aid getting to Gaza, including allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid through the Port of Ashdod and the Erez checkpoint.</p><p>The UK has urged Israel to take these steps for a long time and they are welcome. We are resolved that the international community will work with Israel to see these vital changes fully implemented.</p><p>We are doing everything we can to get more aid in as quickly as possible by land, sea and air.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sutton Coldfield more like this
answering member printed Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:38:01.677Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:38:01.677Z
answering member
1211
label Biography information for Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1700498
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-12more like thismore than 2024-04-12
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 Adult Education and Community Education: Finance 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 assessment she has made of the impact of trends in the level of funding of Adult and Community Education since 2010 on that sector; and whether she plans to restore funding to 2010 levels. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Zarah Sultana more like this
uin 21385 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>The department is continuing to invest in education and skills training for adults through the Adult Education Budget (AEB), the Multiply programme and Skills Bootcamps.</p><p>The AEB is worth £1.34 billion in 2023/24 and approximately 60% of the AEB is devolved to nine Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCA) and the Greater London Authority (GLA). These authorities are now responsible for the provision of AEB-funded adult education for their residents. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for the remaining AEB in non-devolved areas.</p><p> </p><p>In ESFA AEB areas, the department applied a 2.2% increase to the final earnings for all AEB formula-funded provision, excluding associated learner and learning support, in 2022/23 and 2023/24. The department also applied a 20% boost on top of earnings for all AEB formula-funded provision in six sector subject areas: Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies, Transport Operations and Maintenance, Building and Construction, ICT for Practitioners, and Mathematics and Statistics. Additionally, in 2024/25, as part of the AEB transition to the Adult Skills Fund, the department will introduce five new funding rates that will apply to the ESFA Adult Skills Fund with 78% of qualifications seeing a funding increase.</p><p> </p><p>Prior to devolution, the Community Learning portion of the AEB amounted to approximately £230 million in 2018/19. The department does not collect data on what MCAs and the GLA currently spend on Community Learning.</p><p> </p><p>In 2024/25, as part of the Adult Skills Fund, the term Tailored Learning brings together what was the AEB Community Learning, formula-funded AEB non-regulated learning, which was previously delivered through the adult skills, and new employer-facing innovative provision that is not qualification based.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The department is also providing up to £270 million directly to local areas in England to deliver innovative interventions to improve adult numeracy through the Multiply programme. The department is also building the evidence base on what works to improve adult numeracy, including through randomised control trials.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills, with an offer of a job interview upon completion. This is supported by £550 million over the current Spending Review period as well as £170 million in grant funding to MCAs and local areas in 2024/25.</p><p> </p><p>Spend by the department on further education is reported through publication of the Annual Report and Accounts. This can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-annual-reports" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dfe-annual-reports</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
answering member printed Luke Hall more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:34:37.733Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:34:37.733Z
answering member
4450
label Biography information for Luke Hall more like this
tabling member
4786
label Biography information for Zarah Sultana more like this
1699151
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-26more like thismore than 2024-03-26
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Hamas: Hostage Taking more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what information his Department holds on the number of Israeli hostages taken on 7 October 2023; and how many and what proportion (a) have died, (b) have been released and (c) remain in captivity. more like this
tabling member constituency Poplar and Limehouse more like this
tabling member printed
Apsana Begum more like this
uin 20791 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>The FCDO holds information on the hostages being held in Gaza, which is taken and updated regularly from official Israeli government sources. As of 10 April 2024;</p><p>• On 7 October, 253 hostages were kidnapped and taken into Gaza.</p><p>• 124 hostages have been returned to Israel (112 alive and 12 deceased). 129 hostages remain in Gaza. Of these 129 hostages, the Israeli government has stated that it has evidence that 34 are deceased. The remaining 95 hostages are either presumed alive or their status is unknown.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sutton Coldfield more like this
answering member printed Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:32:10.263Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:32:10.263Z
answering member
1211
label Biography information for Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
tabling member
4790
label Biography information for Apsana Begum more like this
1700410
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-12more like thismore than 2024-04-12
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Parking: Pedestrian Areas 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 Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2024 to Question 16992 on Parking: Pedestrian Areas, if his Department will publish its response to that consultation before the end of this Parliament. more like this
tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
tabling member printed
Simon Lightwood more like this
uin 21297 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>Pavement Parking is a complex issue. The Department is considering the consultation findings in order to reach the best outcome for all road users. We want to take the right step for communities and ensure that local authorities have appropriate and effective tools at their disposal and will make an announcement in due course.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:24:13.047Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:24:13.047Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4943
label Biography information for Simon Lightwood more like this
1699155
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-26more like thismore than 2024-03-26
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Gaza: Casualties more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has made a recent estimate of the number of (a) civilians, (b) women and (c) children (i) killed and (ii) injured in Gaza using UK-made (A) arms and (B) technologies since October 2023. more like this
tabling member constituency Poplar and Limehouse more like this
tabling member printed
Apsana Begum more like this
uin 20795 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. We keep all export licences under careful review.</p><p>The Foreign Secretary has underlined the need for Israel to ensure effective deconfliction in Gaza, and we want to see Israel take greater care to limit its operations to military targets.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sutton Coldfield more like this
answering member printed Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:22:52.61Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:22:52.61Z
answering member
1211
label Biography information for Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
tabling member
4790
label Biography information for Apsana Begum more like this
1698920
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-26more like thismore than 2024-03-26
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Gaza: Humanitarian Aid more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had on opening crossing points into Gaza for medical and humanitarian aid. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 20688 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>The British Government has pressed with Israeli counterparts the urgency of getting significantly more aid into Gaza to alleviate the desperate situation.</p><p>On 5th April Israel committed to significant steps to increase the amount of aid getting to Gaza, including allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid through the Port of Ashdod and the Erez checkpoint.</p><p>The UK has urged Israel to take these steps for a long time and they are welcome. We are resolved that the international community will work with Israel to see these vital changes fully implemented.</p><p>The Foreign Secretary has also called on Israel to reform its deconfliction mechanism to ensure the safety of aid workers, and to make progress on the UN's minimal operating requirements, including more visas and driver approvals granted, as well as more trucks permitted to cross into Gaza.</p><p>Palestinians are facing a devastating and growing humanitarian crisis. The UK is playing a leadership role in alleviating that suffering. We are doing everything we can to get more aid in as quickly as possible by land, sea and air.</p><p>150 tonnes of more UK aid arrived in Gaza on 13 March, including 840 family tents, 13,440 blankets, almost 3,000 shelter kits, and shelter-fixing kits, 6,000 sleeping mats and more than 3,000 dignity kits.</p><p>A field hospital, provided by UK Aid funding to UK-Med, has arrived in Gaza. This facility, staffed by UK and local medics, will be able to treat over 100 patients a day.</p><p>On 20 March, the Foreign Secretary announced the UK has funded WFP to provide 2000 tons of food aid, enough to feed 275,000 people in Gaza.</p>
answering member constituency Sutton Coldfield more like this
answering member printed Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T11:11:01.743Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T11:11:01.743Z
answering member
1211
label Biography information for Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1700545
registered interest true more like this
date less than 2024-04-12more like thismore than 2024-04-12
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading West Bank: Terrorism more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports of activity by Iran-backed terrorist groups in the West Bank. more like this
tabling member constituency Chipping Barnet more like this
tabling member printed
Theresa Villiers more like this
uin 21494 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>Iran poses an unacceptable threat to Israel, including through its long-term support for proscribed groups such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas operating in Gaza and the West Bank. This . Iran must bear responsibility for the actions of its proxies and partners.</p><p>We introduced a new sanctions regime designed to target Iran and its proxies and partners' hostile and destabilising activity last December. We immediately used these new powers to designate individuals and an entity responsible for Iran's support to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.</p><p>The Foreign Secretary condemned in the strongest terms Iran's attack on Israel in a call with the Iranian Foreign Minister on 14 April, and made clear that Iran must stop these attacks and de-escalate.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sutton Coldfield more like this
answering member printed Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T10:59:55.847Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T10:59:55.847Z
answering member
1211
label Biography information for Mr Andrew Mitchell more like this
tabling member
1500
label Biography information for Theresa Villiers more like this
1700274
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-12more like thismore than 2024-04-12
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Defence: Finance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) fiscal and (b) economic conditions have to be met for defence spending to be raised to 2.5% of Gross Domestic Product. more like this
tabling member constituency Wells more like this
tabling member printed
James Heappey more like this
uin 21171 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>The government’s aspiration is to invest 2.5% of GDP on defence, when the fiscal and economic circumstances allow. The Prime Minister has been clear that the target and path towards 2.5% will be set out at the next Spending Review.</p><p>The government has consistently prioritised defence spending. The Ministry of Defence was the first department to get certainty on its budgets in this Parliament. This settlement was the largest sustained spending increase in defence since the end of the Cold War, with a £24 billion uplift in cash terms over the four-year period. In March 2023, we also provided an extra £11 billion for defence and national security priorities over the next five years, with £4.95 billion over the next two years.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sevenoaks more like this
answering member printed Laura Trott more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T10:54:11.687Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T10:54:11.687Z
answering member
4780
label Biography information for Laura Trott more like this
tabling member
4528
label Biography information for James Heappey more like this