132865 - Northern Ireland Office: Cleaning Services (Answered)

Catherine West
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information she holds on the rate of remuneration for cleaners in her Department.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office is unable to provide the requested information as they do not directly employ cleaning staff.

132223 - Northern Ireland Office: Buildings (Answered)

Jon Trickett
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of her Department's estate is (a) rented, (b) owned and (c) occupied through any other type of agreement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office has three areas of estate. The 1 Horse Guards Road holding is occupied via a lease with HMT. A further holding in Stormont Estate, Belfast is occupied via a Memorandum of Terms Of Occupation with the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

132739 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her oral contribution of 12 March 2018, Official Report, column 642, if she will publish the full and final representations from the Northern Ireland political parties about reducing the salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

132725 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her oral contribution of 12 March 2018, Official Report, column 642, if she will set out the timescale to receive full and final representations from the Northern Ireland political parties before she makes a final decision on reducing the salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

132653 - St Patrick's Day: Police (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what information she holds on policing costs during St Patrick’s Day celebrations in 2017 in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Policing is a devolved matter. The PSNI’s main grant budget is allocated by the Department of Justice from the Northern Ireland block grant, through the Policing Board. Operational policing costs are a matter for the Chief Constable.

132317 - Devolution: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Rosie Cooper
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

131709 - Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will meet the Chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland to discuss the implementation of his report; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

131703 - Northern Ireland Government (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to appoint an independent person to chair the next round of talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein and other political parties in order to restore a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

131416 - Northern Ireland Government (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government plans to place a Minister in the Department of Health in Northern Ireland in the absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mr Shailesh Vara

It remains the UK Government’s strong belief that devolved government is in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland. Our commitment to devolution under the terms of the Belfast Agreement remains steadfast.

131782 - Abortion: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Stella Creasy
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her policy is on equal direct access to abortion services for women in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government has made arrangements that women from Northern Ireland will not be charged for termination of pregnancy services in England, and that travel support will be made available for such women who find themselves in a financial hardship situation.

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