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Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Health and Social Care, what plans he has to secure quarantine hotels in the north of England for passengers returning home to North Wales via Manchester during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Jo Churchill

There are no current plans to secure quarantine hotels in the north of England.


Written Question
Travellers: Caravan Sites
2 Dec 2020

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the Government response to the consultation Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments; and what the timetable is for implementing the conclusions of that response.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

We made a clear manifesto commitment to act on the issue of unauthorised encampments and I remain determined to ensure police have the powers they need.

I intend to publish our response to the consultation and to bring forward legislation later this session.


Written Question
Refugees: Children
2 Dec 2020

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps (a) Aberconwy and (b) the UK can take to provide additional support for refugees through (i) the National Transfer Scheme and (ii) other measures.

Answered by Chris Philp

We are grateful to over 110 local authorities who have participated in the voluntary National Transfer Scheme. Through this scheme in excess of 1,000 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) have been transferred to other local authorities, relieving pressure on areas who look after large numbers of UASC.

We have recently undertaken an informal consultation with local authorities on proposals to improve the NTS and are carefully considering the responses to this.

We are also grateful to the over 340 local authorities who have volunteered to resettle in excess of 25,000 vulnerable refugees under our schemes since 2015. If other local authorities wish to support these schemes, we would encourage local government officials to speak with their Strategic Migration Partnership for more information and guidance.

Many individuals, charities and community interest groups have also provided practical support for over 440 refugees through the UK's community sponsorship scheme, including providing accommodation and teaching English.

If members of the public would like to offer their support, either through donating goods, services or their time locally, they should visit the Help Refugees page at https://helprefugees.campaign.gov.uk/ where information about the types of support local authorities require can be found. The website also contains practical advice on becoming a community sponsor and signposts to refugee charities and voluntary organisations.


Written Question
United Kingdom
2 Dec 2020

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

What steps his Department is taking to strengthen the Union.

Answered by Robin Walker

This Government is committed to strengthening the Union. The UK is a family of nations which shares cultural, social and economic ties that, together, make us safer, more secure, and more prosperous.


The Government is committed to levelling up the whole of the UK and we will take every opportunity to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place within the Union, particularly as we approach its centenary year. This is something we have clearly demonstrated through the £2.8 billion previously provided to the Northern Ireland Executive to help fight coronavirus, along with the announcement last week by the Chancellor of an additional £918 million of funding for Northern Ireland for the incoming financial year.


The Government is clear that the UK must function as a single customs territory in practice as we operationalise the Protocol. That is why we have unequivocally committed to unfettered access for Northern Ireland goods to the rest of the UK, as outlined in New Decade, New Approach and in the 2019 manifesto.


We have brought forward draft regulations which establish the definition of Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods, ensuring no changes in how Northern Ireland businesses move goods directly to the rest of the UK from 1 January 2021, and the UKIM Bill will ensure that qualifying Northern Ireland goods can continue to be placed on the whole UK market and prohibit checks and controls as goods move from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK.


Written Question
Anniversaries: Northern Ireland
4 Nov 2020

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

What steps his Department is taking to mark the 100 year anniversary of Northern Ireland.

Answered by Robin Walker

The Government is committed to facilitating national recognition and international awareness of this important national anniversary.

The centenary will be an opportunity to reflect on this moment of profound significance in the history of the United Kingdom, in a way that includes diverse perspectives and facilitates respectful discussion.

It will also offer a platform to showcase what is best about Northern Ireland around the world. The programme of centenary events being developed will therefore celebrate Northern Ireland’s people, business, culture, arts, and young talent, looking forward to a positive future.


Written Question
Developing Countries: Water
25 Sep 2020

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote the importance of clean water and good sanitation as part of tackling covid-19 in developing countries.

Answered by Wendy Morton

With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the UK Government rapidly increased support to hygiene programmes in developing countries. Through the Hygiene, Handwashing and Behaviour Change Coalition on COVID-19 programme, we are working in partnership with Unilever and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 37 countries to provide advice, promote hand and surface hygiene, and deliver supplies including soap and sanitiser to people in urgent need.

The UK is also helping schools worldwide to re-open safely while managing COVID-19 transmission risks. The UK Government-supported Hygiene Hub for COVID-19 has produced specific guidance on reopening schools after lockdown. The hub provides national governments, NGOs and other stakeholders with evidence-based advice and examples of best practice on hygiene and behaviour change.


Written Question
Defence: Procurement
11 Sep 2020

Questioner: Robin Millar (CON - Aberconwy)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requirement there is for companies funded by his Department to pay financial penalties if they under-estimate the cost of projects awarded to them and fail a National Audit Office inspection.

Answered by Jeremy Quin

The National Audit Office (NAO) audits the Ministry of Defence (MOD) financial accounts and conducts investigations on MOD programmes and activities. It does not inspect or audit defence industry companies and, as such, companies do not fail NAO audit inspections.

The MOD regularly scrutinises the performance of its suppliers, holding them to account for performance against the terms and conditions of their contracts. This includes monitoring costs and progress against delivery milestones and taking action as appropriate in the event of an over or underrun. As a general principle, the MOD would seek to resolve issues of under or overestimation of cost through the terms and conditions of the contract, rather than through financial penalties.