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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading thebigword more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters under the contract with <i>thebigword</i>; and if so, what is it, and against what baseline it is measured. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL4606 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a range of quality language services that meet the needs of all those that require them.</p><p> </p><p>All our new language service contracts contain robust performance and charging provisions which are designed to ensure the value for money and affordability of the services provided by the department's suppliers. However, we have not felt it appropriate to set a target figure for cost savings for the provision of court interpreters, which is a demand-led service, given the importance we attach to the provision of such support to those who most need it.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T14:22:30.823Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:22:30.823Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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3829
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672269
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading thebigword more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the contract with <i>thebigword</i> for court interpreters specifies any particular level or type of qualification which individual interpreters are expected to have. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL4607 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a range of high quality language services that meet the needs of all those that require them.</p><p> </p><p>Bookings are classified depending on their complexity level, namely: ‘standard’, ‘complex’ and ‘complex written’. These complexity levels were determined by each Commissioning Body.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that the contract sets out the minimum level of qualification and experience a language professional is required to have in order to work on each complexity level of booking. Details of these qualifications can be found at: <a href="https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/975cb99e-fec6-430f-8f31-fd532a907137" target="_blank">https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/975cb99e-fec6-430f-8f31-fd532a907137</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T14:23:54.683Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:23:54.683Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
star this property tabling member
3829
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672273
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading thebigword more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government which company, or companies, are being sub-contracted by <i>thebigword</i> to provide court interpreting services; and whether those companies are subject to quality assurance. more like this
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Baroness Coussins more like this
star this property uin HL4611 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>To ensure a high and consistent level of fulfilment across all geographical areas and in rare languages, thebigword have partnered with a number of subcontractors, namely: Global Language Services Limited, Cintra Translations Limited, Debonair Languages Ltd, Supreme Linguistic Services Ltd, Mango Spice Language Solutions, J-anne Interpreting and Translation Service Limited, Global Translation Services and Language River.</p><p> </p><p>Thebigword must ensure that its subcontracts contain obligations no less onerous on the sub-contractor than those imposed on them by the Ministry, including those relating to quality and performance standards. Thebigword are also responsible for carrying out audits to ensure subcontractor adherence to the contract service specification.</p><p> </p><p>All language professionals provided by thebigword, whether directly or via subcontractor, will be subject to ongoing quality assurance provided by The Language Shop. This includes a programme of 'spot checks' of interpreters undertaking assignments.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T14:27:17.82Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T14:27:17.82Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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3829
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
672296
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Trade with EU more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK economy of leaving the Single Market. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL4634 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government continues to undertake a range of analyses to inform the UK’s position for the upcoming EU exit negotiations. As the Prime Minister has said, we will pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the European Union as a priority to allow for the greatest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and EU member states. Autumn Statement funding decisions ensure that departments have sufficient resource to deliver this new relationship.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4637 more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:14:27.733Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:14:27.733Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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1796
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
672300
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Trade with EU more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on GDP if trade negotiations with the EU are not successfully concluded prior to the UK’s withdrawal; and what steps they are taking to ensure that they have access to adequate advice from trade experts as they approach those negotiations. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL4637 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government continues to undertake a range of analyses to inform the UK’s position for the upcoming EU exit negotiations. As the Prime Minister has said, we will pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the European Union as a priority to allow for the greatest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and EU member states. Autumn Statement funding decisions ensure that departments have sufficient resource to deliver this new relationship.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL4634 more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:14:27.673Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:14:27.673Z
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4284
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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1796
star this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
674015
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-17more like thismore than 2017-01-17
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Planting more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target for the planting of new trees in England for (1) 2016–17, and (2) 2017–18. more like this
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Lord Patten more like this
star this property uin HL4738 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Woodland cover in England is at its highest since the 14th century. We have not set annual targets for the numbers of trees planted in England, but have instead set an overall target of 11 million trees to be planted by the end of this Parliament.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:49:50.343Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:49:50.343Z
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4161
star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
674016
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-17more like thismore than 2017-01-17
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Planting more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of environmental stewardship schemes in the planting of new trees in England. more like this
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Lord Patten more like this
star this property uin HL4739 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>New woodland planting is supported by the Rural Development Programme Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant Scheme. Latest figures show that planting in 2015/16 and so far in 2016/17 has achieved 1,009 hectares or close to 1.4 million trees.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, to encourage further tree planting, we launched the second round of the Woodland Creation Planning Grant in September and the Woodland Carbon Fund in November.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:54:20.343Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:54:20.343Z
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4161
star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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1137
star this property label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
672291
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Syria: Refugees more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the UN Security Council regarding the status of refugees from Syria. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL4629 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In the UN Security Council, we have sought to address the humanitarian situation inside Syria, calling for an end to the fighting and full access for humanitarian aid. At the UN, we have worked with partners to help Syrian refugees, including in September 2016 when we co-hosted a meeting in the margins of the General Assembly to review progress on implementation of the February conference. The UK is at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, including support for Syrian refugees. We have committed £2.3 billion in response to the Syrian crisis, of which £1.1 billion is for countries neighbouring Syria. This money is to meet the needs of refugees, help host communities and enable Syrian refugees to remain in the region. In February 2016, the UK co-hosted the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference, which raised over $12 billion in pledges, and included a focus on education and employment opportunities for refugees in the region.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:44:14.43Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:44:14.43Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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3691
star this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
672294
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Syria: Diplomatic Service more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what permanent representation they currently have in Syria. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL4632 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The UK Government does not currently have any permanent diplomatic representation in Syria. We withdrew our staff from the British Embassy in Damascus in 2012.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:45:32.297Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:45:32.297Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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3691
star this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
672310
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-01-12more like thismore than 2017-01-12
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Visits Abroad more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the visit of Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald to Sudan, what was discussed during the visit and what were the conclusions. more like this
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Lord Lexden more like this
star this property uin HL4647 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>A senior delegation led by the Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon McDonald, and the Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, Sir Mark Lowcock, visited Khartoum and Darfur between 9-10 January for wide-ranging talks. In addition to Sudan-UK bilateral interests, discussions also centred around human rights, conflict, migration, humanitarian and development assistance, economic issues and regional security. These were productive and constructive discussions that helped build a frank and open dialogue on issues of mutual concern, whilst also allowing us to underline the central importance of respect for human rights and political freedoms.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2017-01-26T17:46:21.733Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-26T17:46:21.733Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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4202
star this property label Biography information for Lord Lexden more like this