142369 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2018 to Question 140646 on Northern Ireland Assembly: Members, if she will place copies of the representations she received from political parties in Northern Ireland in the Library before Thursday 24 May 2018.

Mr Shailesh Vara

141820 - Northern Ireland Office: Incentives (Answered)

Deidre Brock
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each of the last six years; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.

Mr Shailesh Vara

As part of the Government’s transparency agenda, departments publish annual information on the number of awards and spend on end-year and in-year Non-Consolidated Performance Related Pay. The information for my Department for the years 2012-13 to 2015-16 can be found at:

142780 - City Deals: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timescale is for the Belfast and Londonderry city deals to become fully operational.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government has set out several public commitments, including in the Budget and in the Confidence and Supply Agreement, to work towards a ‘comprehensive and ambitious’ set of City Deals across Northern Ireland.

142409 - Northern Ireland Office: Apprentices (Answered)

Jack Lopresti
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what levels of apprenticeships are offered by her Department; and how many apprenticeship starts there were at each level in each of the last three years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

I can advise that the Northern Ireland Office has offered apprenticeships at Levels three and four.

During 2015/16, one apprentice started at Level 3.

During 2016/17, no apprentices started.

During 2017/18, three apprentices started - two at Level 3 and one at Level 4.

141748 - Northern Ireland Office: Official Cars (Answered)

Philip Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the job titles are of civil servants in her Department who have been provided with (a) an official car and (b) a driver; and how many civil servants are so provided for.

Mr Shailesh Vara

No civil servants in the Northern Ireland Office are provided with a dedicated official car or a driver.

141338 - Northern Ireland Office: Training (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on understanding the scrutiny and legislative roles of the UK Parliament; how many such courses have taken place; and how many civil servants have attended such training courses in each of the last five years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

All Civil Servants

141324 - Northern Ireland Office: Training (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what training his Department has provided to (a) general civil servants, (b) fast stream civil servants and (c) senior civil servants on devolution and inter-governmental relations; how many such courses have taken place; and how many civil servants have attended such training courses in each of the last five years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

All Civil Servants

905153 - Northern Ireland Office: Low Pay (Answered)

Catherine West
What steps she is taking to improve wages and conditions for staff in her Department who are on low pay.

Mr Shailesh Vara

No Northern Ireland Office employee earns less than the living wage - £10.20 in London and £8.75 outside London.

The Northern Ireland Office is aligned to the Ministry of Justice for terms and conditions including pay.

140646 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will place in the Library copies of the representations she has received from political parties in Northern Ireland on the subject of reducing the salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

139457 - Northern Ireland Office: Staff (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff were employed in her Department as of 1 May 2018.

Mr Shailesh Vara

A total of 151 staff are working in my department as of 1 May 2018. This number is made up of directly employed staff from the Home Civil Service (73%), and staff seconded in from the Northern Ireland Civil Service (27%).

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