124630 - Northern Ireland Office: Presidents Club (Answered)

Jess Phillips
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether any Ministers in her Department attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational Trust in an official capacity.

Mr Shailesh Vara

No Ministers attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational Trust.

124387 - Northern Ireland Office: Chief Scientific Advisers (Answered)

Norman Lamb
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser between October and December 2017.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There have been no meetings with the Chief Scientific Adviser and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between October 2017 and December 2017.

124876 - Northern Ireland Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many special advisers were employed in her Department in each year from 1997 to 2018.

Mr Shailesh Vara

124874 - Peace Lines: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many peace walls there are in Northern Ireland; and how many there were in each year since 1997.

Mr Shailesh Vara

124872 - Northern Ireland Office: Staff (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff were employed by her Department in each year since 1996.

Mr Shailesh Vara

124870 - European Capital of Culture: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what support her Department provided to the joint bid by Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council to be named European Capital of Culture.

Mr Shailesh Vara

124532 - LGBT People: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Ged Killen
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with representatives of the DUP and Sinn Fein on cross-party attempts to improve LGBT rights in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has discussed a wide range of issues with the Northern Ireland parties, with the focus of initial engagement being the restoration of a fully functioning Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive.

124529 - LGBT People: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Ged Killen
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will meet representatives of the Love Equality Coalition to discuss moves to improve LGBT rights in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland intends to meet Love Equality in the coming weeks, subject to diary commitments.

123865 - Weather: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Paul Girvan
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Permanent Secretaries of devolved Departments in Northern Ireland have the authority to set up financial support schemes to address damage caused by severe weather conditions.

Mr Shailesh Vara

I sympathise with those who have been adversely affected by severe weather conditions recently.

122235 - Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Hart Report of 20 January 2017 on compensation for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

This Government has always been very clear in its outright condemnation of any form of abuse of children. Any tolerance by people in positions of authority of such activity by others is abhorrent.

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