136275 - Electronic Voting: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Nigel Dodds
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether her Department has assessed the viability of online voting in Northern Ireland elections.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government made a firm commitment in its 2017 manifesto to retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper.

135785 - Northern Ireland Office: Travellers (Answered)

Kate Green
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, since 2016, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, and pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 134113, on Travellers: Equality, what meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor have had since 2016 with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on using the 2011 census classifications that differentiate Gypsies and Travellers.

Mr Shailesh Vara

135784 - Northern Ireland Office: Travellers (Answered)

Kate Green
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, what progress his Department has made in using the 2011 census classifications that differentiate Gypsies and Travellers.

Mr Shailesh Vara

135703 - Northern Ireland Office: Living Wage (Answered)

Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) direct employees, (b) agency staff and (c) outsourced staff working for (i) her Department and (ii) agencies of her Department are paid less than the living wage, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.

Mr Shailesh Vara

No direct employees, agency staff or outsourced staff working for the Department are paid less than the living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.

135590 - Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment (Answered)

Ben Lake
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her Department's implementation plan is for banning the box on job applications.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Department uses the recruitment services of the Ministry of Justice who implemented banning the box on job applications in October 2016.

135585 - Northern Ireland Office: Recruitment (Answered)

Ben Lake
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of job roles advertised within her Department in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 excluded the box under the Ban the Box initiative.

Mr Shailesh Vara

135501 - Northern Ireland Office: Public Expenditure (Answered)

Tom Brake
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £0.4 million in EU exit funding for his Department will be allocated.

Mr Shailesh Vara

134660 - GCSE: Agriculture and Land Use (Answered)

Julian Sturdy
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many schools offered a GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use in 2017.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Education policy is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and the information requested is not held by the Northern Ireland Office.

134659 - GCSE: Agriculture and Land Use (Answered)

Julian Sturdy
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many students took a GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use in each of the last three years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Education policy is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and the information requested is not held by the Northern Ireland Office.

134488 - Northern Ireland Office: Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group (Answered)

Neil Gray
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether her Department or any of its agencies or associated bodies has had contracts with SCL group or Cambridge Analytica.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Neither my Department or any of its associated bodies has had contracts with SCL Group or Cambridge Analytica.

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