139463 - Northern Ireland Office: Sick Leave (Answered)

Luciana Berger
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have had days off sick because of mental illness or stress in each of the last three years; and how many days off that amounted to in each of those years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Fewer than five civil servants were on a leave of absence from work in the Northern Ireland Office due to mental illness in each of the last three years. A full answer would risk the identification of individuals and is therefore not provided.

138384 - Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what apps her Department has approved for use on mobile phones issued by her Department.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Due to national security concerns it would be inappropriate to publicly supply a list of applications approved for use on mobile phones issued by the Department, as to do so facilitates attacks against official systems by hostile actors.

137894 - Students: Loans (Answered)

Mr Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to increase the student loan repayment threshold for students who have taken out loans in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

137447 - Northern Ireland Office: Procurement (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of her Department's invitations to tender have received no bidders in the last two years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

My Department uses two centres of procurement excellence for all procurement action who manage the tender process on behalf of the client. Details on returning tenders are not held by the department.

137493 - Sinn Fein (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has had with the Leader of the House on bringing a motion before the House to reduce the representative money paid to Sinn Fein; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Under a resolution of the House, brought forward under the previous Labour Government in 2006, financial assistance is provided to opposition parties represented by Members who have chosen not to take their seats.

136351 - Northern Ireland Office: ICT (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many IT systems which her Department uses are more than (a) three, (b) five and (c) eight years old; and what steps she is taking to ensure that all his Department's IT systems are updated promptly.

Mr Shailesh Vara

My department has no IT systems which are over three years of age.

137499 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Pay (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons she did not exercise her power to cut the salaries of members of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

137495 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Elections (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will clarify her plans on the use of her statutory power to call Northern Ireland Assembly Elections; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

136119 - Northern Ireland Office: Cybercrime (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with key infrastructure providers on the steps they are taking to protect themselves from cyber-attack.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Government Departments and the National Cyber Security Centre have regular discussions with key infrastructure providers on their management of cyber risk.

136202 - Mr Laurence Robertson - 17-Apr-2018 (Answered)

Mr Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of pupils attending integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government is committed to supporting shared and integrated education in Northern Ireland, as demonstrated by the £500 million dedicated funding allocated under the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements.

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