123860 - Northern Ireland Office: Beverage Containers (Answered)

Mary Creagh
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many disposable coffee cups were purchased by her Department in each of the last five years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office has, in 2015 purchased 1,500 disposable cups, in 2016 purchased 1,000 and in 2017 purchased 5,000. Records relating to purchases of cups in the previous two years are not held.

122845 - Northern Ireland Office: Ministerial Powers (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many ministerial directions were issued to her Department in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Department has not issued any ministerial directions in the years listed.

123135 - Northern Ireland Office: Beverage Containers (Answered)

Catherine West
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate has been made of the number of single use disposable cups that are (a) used each year and (b) sent for recycling by her Department.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office has, in 2015 purchased 1500 disposable cups, in 2016 purchased 1000 and in 2017 purchased 5000. All waste from within the department is separated and sent for recycling.

122484 - Northern Ireland Office: Electric Vehicles (Answered)

Mary Creagh
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vehicles in her Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.

Mr Shailesh Vara

My Department holds two cars as part of fleet arrangements; neither are electric or ultra- low emissions vehicles.

122894 - Fraud: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many arrests there have been in connection with fuel fraud in Northern Ireland between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017.

Mr Shailesh Vara

122229 - Northern Ireland Office: Carers (Answered)

Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether her Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps her Department has taken to support employees with caring responsibilities.

Mr Shailesh Vara

122104 - State Retirement Pensions: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has to meet women in Northern Ireland born in the 1950s and adversely affected by the equalisation of state pension entitlement; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

121161 - Northern Ireland Government (Answered)

Stephen Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to convene a plenary of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland to seek a resolution to the political situation in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Northern Ireland Office Ministers will outline plans for further talks with the political parties shortly. The Government remains committed to getting devolution up and running in Northern Ireland.

120785 - Terrorism: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of recruitment to loyalist paramilitary groups in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

122234 - Offences against Children: Northern Ireland (Holding Answer)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make it her priority to meet the victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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