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star this property date less than 2020-06-23more like thismore than 2020-06-23
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Treasury Solicitor's Department more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what plans he has in place to ensure that the Treasury Solicitor - Bona Vacantia Division (a) undertakes investigations into the existence of wills for the deceased in an efficient and diligent manner and (b) administers estates in accordance with the law. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Zarah Sultana more like this
star this property uin 63512 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-29more like thismore than 2020-06-29
star this property answer text <p>The Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department (GLD) deals with the estates of people domiciled in England &amp; Wales who appear to have died without leaving a valid will or relatives entitled to share in their estates in priority to the Crown.</p><p> </p><p>Estates are administered by BVD in compliance with the law and the legal duties which apply to the administrators of estates.</p><p> </p><p>This includes making reasonable enquiries to establish whether the deceased has left a valid will or relatives entitled to share in the estate in priority to the Crown. Such enquiries include publishing details of the estate on BVD’s website and in the national and local press; making enquiries of banks, local solicitors and other parties and potentially conducting a search of the deceased’s property to establish whether they left a will.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-29T10:52:45.277Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-29T10:52:45.277Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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4786
unstar this property label Biography information for Zarah Sultana more like this
1216028
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star this property date less than 2020-06-22more like thismore than 2020-06-22
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Attorney General: Public Inquiries more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, if she will publish the (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory public inquiries being undertaken by her Department. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ashfield more like this
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Lee Anderson more like this
star this property uin 62604 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-30more like thismore than 2020-06-30
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office is not currently undertaking any statutory or non-statutory public inquiries.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-30T14:50:08.997Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-30T14:50:08.997Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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4743
unstar this property label Biography information for Lee Anderson more like this
1216448
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-06-22more like thismore than 2020-06-22
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Attorney General: Public Opinion more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups each month since January 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bradford South more like this
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Judith Cummins more like this
star this property uin 62482 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-30more like thismore than 2020-06-30
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Government Legal Department (GLD) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have not had any spending on opinion polling and focus groups since January 2019.</p><p> </p><p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has spent £9,000 in May 2019, £9,000 in Nov 2019, £3,421 in Mar 2020 and £9,000 in May 2020 on opinion polling. The CPS has not had any spending on focus groups since Jan 2019.</p><p> </p><p>The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) commissioned a short reputation survey from YouGov at a cost of £1100 + VAT on 30 May 2020 to inform and guide its work on communications and recruitment. There has been no other spending on opinion polls or focus groups since Jan 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-30T14:49:03.017Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-30T14:49:03.017Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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4391
unstar this property label Biography information for Judith Cummins more like this
1205287
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star this property date less than 2020-06-18more like thismore than 2020-06-18
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Sentencing: Appeals more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) appeals and (b) successful appeals the Government has made against sentences on the basis of undue leniency, in each of the last 20 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North West Durham more like this
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Mr Richard Holden more like this
star this property uin 61628 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-23more like thismore than 2020-06-23
star this property answer text <p>The statistics from 2000 are provided below. It should be noted that Attorney General’s Office does not hold accurate data prior to 2001 and we are not in possession of the data indicating the number of successful appeals for the year 2000.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Appeals the Government has made against sentences on the basis of undue leniency</p></td><td><p>Successful appeals the Government has made against sentences on the basis of undue leniency</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2000</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>Data unavailable</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2001</p></td><td><p>147</p></td><td><p>90</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2002</p></td><td><p>148</p></td><td><p>94</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2003</p></td><td><p>96</p></td><td><p>78</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2004</p></td><td><p>105</p></td><td><p>66</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>108</p></td><td><p>67</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>144</p></td><td><p>104</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>76</p></td><td><p>53</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>59</p></td><td><p>46</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>84</p></td><td><p>58</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>77</p></td><td><p>60</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>117</p></td><td><p>94</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>82</p></td><td><p>62</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>70</p></td><td><p>61</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>106</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>136</p></td><td><p>102</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>180</p></td><td><p>130</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>173</p></td><td><p>137</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>140</p></td><td><p>99</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2019</p></td><td><p>97</p></td><td><p>63</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-23T14:28:46.527Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-23T14:28:46.527Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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4813
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Richard Holden more like this
1204491
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-06-16more like thismore than 2020-06-16
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Crown Prosecution Service: Staff more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether any (a) employed and (b) indirectly employed Crown Prosecution Service support staff have been furloughed. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warrington North more like this
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Charlotte Nichols more like this
star this property uin 59902 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-29more like thismore than 2020-06-29
star this property answer text <p>The CPS has not furloughed any support staff that it a) employs or b) indirectly employs.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-29T10:58:55.067Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-29T10:58:55.067Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Charlotte Nichols more like this
1203569
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star this property date less than 2020-06-15more like thismore than 2020-06-15
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading National Fund more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 17 March (HL2334), when they first became aware of a request from a relative of the donor to return the money in the National Fund to the family; and whether they intend to make any change to the Attorney General's application to release the funds as a result. more like this
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
star this property uin HL5676 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-29more like thismore than 2020-06-29
star this property answer text <p>In October 2019 the Attorney General’s Office was contacted by representatives of an individual who claimed to be a descendent of the anonymous donor that established the National Fund. They also claimed that the trust was void ab initio and that unless the court finds that the donor had a “paramount charitable intent”, the Fund belongs to his residuary estate.</p><p> </p><p>The individual subsequently applied to join the proceedings initiated by the Attorney General in May 2018, in order to represent the interests of all persons who are or may be or become entitled to share in the residuary estate of the donor. In January 2020 the Court ordered that this individual be joined to the proceedings and that they serve evidence in support of their claim.</p><p> </p><p>The Attorney General remains of the view that the trust establishing the National Fund is valid and its purposes exclusively charitable.</p><p> </p><p>It is now for the High Court to determine the individual’s claims and decide whether the terms of the charitable trust should be varied as sought by the Attorney General. If the Attorney General’s application is successful the money in the fund will be paid over to the National Debt Commissioners towards the reduction of the national debt.</p><p> </p><p>The hearing in the High Court is scheduled for October 2020.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2020-06-29T11:16:41.393Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-29T11:16:41.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
1203693
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star this property date less than 2020-06-15more like thismore than 2020-06-15
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Attorney General: Energy more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how much energy her departmental buildings have used in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2020 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston and Surbiton more like this
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Sir Edward Davey more like this
star this property uin 59361 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-29more like thismore than 2020-06-29
star this property answer text <p>The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is unable to provide information on its building energy usage as it is currently sharing a building and there is no way of identifying the AGO’s energy usage.</p><p> </p><p>The Government Legal Department (GLD) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), who are GLD’s tenants, have used the following:</p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2"><p>Energy Consumption (MWh)</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>2019-20</p></td><td><p>2020-to-date (end of May 2020)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>3,359</p></td><td><p>3,433</p></td><td><p>3,399</p></td><td><p>3,304</p></td><td><p>4,935</p></td><td><p>441</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>GLD publish this data in their Annual Report and Accounts. The 2019-20 publication can be found <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gld-ago-and-hmcpsi-annual-report-and-accounts-2019-to-2020" target="_blank">here</a>. Please note that the 2019-20 total also covers the period of commissioning, decommissioning and relocating GLD’s Head Office from One Kemble Street to 102 Petty France and consequently includes the GLD proportion of energy usage for both buildings during this period..</p><p> </p><p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have used the following:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2"><p>Energy Consumption (MWh)</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>2018-19</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>3,359,251</p></td><td><p>3,433,141</p></td><td><p>3,399,001</p></td><td><p>3,303,878</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>CPS publish these figures in their Annual Report and Accounts. The 2018-19 publication can be found <a href="https://www.cps.gov.uk/publication/cps-annual-report-2018-19" target="_blank">here</a>. The figures for 2019-20 will be available in the CPS 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts once it is published. Please note that The Ministry of Justice Estates Sustainability Team is responsible for reporting and managing sustainability in the CPS. Their data is gathered and validated by the Estates Sustainability Team and Building Research Establishment on behalf of DEFRA. The CPS is unable to report data from locations where property owners are not obliged to provide it. All data is UK only.</p><p> </p><p>The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) routinely publishes details of its energy use in their Annual Report and Accounts which can be found <a href="https://www.sfo.gov.uk/publications/corporate-information/annual-reports-accounts/" target="_blank">here</a>. The data for the most recent financial year 2019/2020 is due to be published in the near future.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-29T10:57:53.817Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-29T10:57:53.817Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Edward Davey more like this
1202419
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star this property date less than 2020-06-10more like thismore than 2020-06-10
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Intestacy more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, whether she has made a recent assessment of levels of compliance among local authorities with the guidance issued by the Government Legal Department on the referral to the Bona Vacantia Division of estates of people who have died without (a) known entitled relatives and (b) leaving a will and instead passing the details directly to a single heir hunting firm. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath more like this
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Wera Hobhouse more like this
star this property uin 58045 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-24more like thismore than 2020-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department (GLD) deals with the estates of people domiciled in England &amp; Wales who appear to have died without leaving a valid will or relatives entitled to share in their estates in priority to the Crown. Estates which potentially fall to be dealt with as bona vacantia may be referred to BVD by a variety of routes, for example, banks, other financial institutions, solicitors or members of the public.</p><p> </p><p>There is no statutory obligation to refer estates to BVD but guidance on the referral process and the circumstances in which a referral will be accepted are published on BVD’s website (<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/bona-vacantia" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/bona-vacantia</a>). It is for local authorities to determine whether an estate should be referred to BVD.</p><p> </p><p>In 2017-2018, 2768 estates were referred to BVD of which 909 were referred by local authorities. In 2018-2019, 1971 estates were referred to BVD of which 575 were referred by local authorities.</p><p>In 2019-2020, 2336 estates were referred to BVD of which 561 were referred by local authorities</p><p> </p><p>GLD has no responsibility for overseeing local authorities or their compliance with guidance issued by GLD about the handling of estates. Such information – including whether an estate has been referred to the Bona Vacantia Division of GLD, or whether the local authority has instructed an heir hunter – will be held by the particular local authority concerned.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-24T16:20:38.063Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-24T16:20:38.063Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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4602
unstar this property label Biography information for Wera Hobhouse more like this
1202420
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star this property date less than 2020-06-10more like thismore than 2020-06-10
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Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Intestacy more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, if she will make it her policy to strengthen the guidance issued by the Government Legal Department to local authorities on handling the estates of people who have died without (a) known entitled relatives and (b) leaving a will to ensure that they refer all eligible estates as soon as possible after death to the Bona Vacantia Division and do not pass the details directly to a single heir hunting firm. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath more like this
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Wera Hobhouse more like this
star this property uin 58046 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-24more like thismore than 2020-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department (GLD) handles the estates of people who die without known entitled relatives, and without leaving a will. There is no statutory obligation to refer estates to GLD. However, GLD publishes guidance on the matter. In addition, local authorities can and do seek advice from GLD about the referral of specific cases.</p><p> </p><p>GLD does not provide advice to local authorities on the use of heir hunters.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-24T16:23:59.877Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-24T16:23:59.877Z
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4116
star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wera Hobhouse more like this
1202467
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star this property date less than 2020-06-10more like thismore than 2020-06-10
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unstar this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General remove filter
unstar this property hansard heading Attorney General: Carers more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many staff in her Office had caring responsibilities in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston and Surbiton more like this
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Sir Edward Davey more like this
star this property uin 57889 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-23more like thismore than 2020-06-23
star this property answer text <p>The Annual Civil Service People Survey includes a question on caring responsibilities. The affirmative responses to this question for the Government Legal Department (GLD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are listed below. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) responses are not included due to the small number of staff and the risk of individuals being identified.</p><p> </p><p>Please note that figures collected from the People Survey may not fully represent the number of carers as it is reliant on responses to the question. The CPS and SFO do not hold records of the responses to the question for all of the past five years. The CPS cannot provide data before 2018, the SFO cannot provide data before 2019 and GLD is also unable to provide data for 2018 as those data stores are no longer accessible and records were not held by the departments. Please also note that the wording of the question in 2016 and 2019 were different and the higher figures are likely due to the inclusion of childcare responsibility in those years.</p><p> </p><p>Government Legal Department (GLD):</p><p>2015 – 266 out of 1,602 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p><p>2016 – 580 out of 1,530 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p><p>2017 – 300 out of 1,780 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p><p>2018 – No data</p><p>2019 – 482 out of 2,214 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p><p> </p><p>Serious Fraud Office (SFO):</p><p>2015 – No data</p><p>2016 – No data</p><p>2017 – No data</p><p>2018 – No data</p><p>2019 – 84 out of 448 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p><p> </p><p>Crown Prosecution Service (CPS):</p><p>2015 – No data</p><p>2016 – No data</p><p>2017 – No data</p><p>2018 – 1,359 out of 3,974 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p><p>2019 – 1,102 out of 3,720 who responded stated they had caring responsibilities</p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-06-23T14:30:40.337Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-23T14:30:40.337Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Edward Davey more like this