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star this property date less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he has had with (a) representatives of the Colombian government, (b) Colombian civil society and (c) Colombian businesses to discuss his Department's Action Plan on Business and Human Rights since its launch in September 2013. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Paisley and Renfrewshire South more like this
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Mr Douglas Alexander more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
unstar this property answer text <p>I visited Colombia in February this year and discussed business and human rights in my meetings with President Santos, and in meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Trade, and with civil society. I welcomed the development of the Colombian national policy on business and human rights during these meetings and raised the importance of protecting Trade Unionists and human rights defenders. We have a strong partnership with the government of Colombia on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in the context of the November 2011 Joint Declaration on Human Rights by the Prime Minister and President Santos.</p><p>In addition, British Embassy officials in Bogota have had several meetings with the Colombian government, civil society and businesses in Colombia to discuss the UK Action plan on business and human rights in line with our commitment to working for widespread international uptake of the UN Guiding Principles and to developing partnerships with other countries to progress this.</p><p>Last year, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded a project to assist Colombia in drafting its national policy. The Colombian public policy on business and human rights has been formed as a result of consultation across 33 regions and involving over 19,000 people.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr William Hague more like this
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less than 2014-05-06T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-06T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Hague of Richmond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Douglas Alexander more like this
48992
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star this property date less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK Border Agency staff in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the UK were (i) on zero-hours contracts and (ii) temporary staff in each of the last two years up to the most recent period for which records are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Pamela Nash more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK Border Agency was absorbed into the Home Office on 1 April 2013; its <br>successor business areas are UK Visas &amp; Immigration and Immigration Enforcement.<br><br>(i) The Home Office and its Agencies do not employ and have not employed staff <br>on zero-hours contracts. <br><br>(ii) A geographical breakdown of temporary staff employed in UK Border Agency <br>successor business areas in each of the last two years is shown at Table 1.</p><p>[ATTACH TABLE]</p><p><br>NOTE: Office for National Statistics defines temporary staff as those civil <br>servants with contracts of employment of less than one year; staff with Fixed <br>Term Appointments and Permanent staff are reported separately by all government <br>departments, as are Agency and Contingent Workers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Staffordshire Moorlands more like this
star this property answering member printed Karen Bradley more like this
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less than 2014-05-06T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-06T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Karen Bradley more like this
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star this property file name PQ 107079 Table 1 V1.xlsx more like this
star this property title TABLE 1 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Pamela Nash more like this
48991
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star this property date less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
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Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport 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 Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department are employed on zero-hours contracts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Pamela Nash more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-07more like thismore than 2014-05-07
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department has no employees with a zero hours contract.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Maidstone and The Weald more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Helen Grant more like this
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less than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-07T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Helen Grant more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Pamela Nash more like this
5741
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star this property date less than 2013-05-08more like thismore than 2013-05-08
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department scrutinises the Fundraising Standards Board; when a review was last conducted; and what the outcome was of this review. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Glamorgan more like this
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Alun Cairns more like this
star this property uin 153902 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-02-25more like thismore than 2014-02-25
unstar this property answer text <p>Lord Hodgson assessed the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) as part of his review of the Charities Act 2006 and concluded in his report &lsquo;Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities&rsquo; that it had broadly met 10 of the 12 success criteria set out when it was established in 2006. The FRSB and Cabinet Office are members of the Steering Committee established in response to Lord Hodgson's recommendations to drive forward further progress in strengthening self-regulation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Nick Hurd more like this
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less than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Nick Hurd more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alun Cairns more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-05-08more like thismore than 2013-05-08
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to consult on eligibility for free school meals ahead of the introduction of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sheffield South East more like this
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Mr Clive Betts more like this
star this property uin 153906 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-02-26more like thismore than 2014-02-26
unstar this property answer text <p>We are working very closely with other departments, including the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions, to simplify free school meals criteria under universal credit, while ensuring that free lunches continue to be available to the families who need them most. These discussions, which include consideration of a phased implementation timetable, are in recognition of the significant number and complexity of passported benefits across Government, most of which have different eligibility criteria.</p><p>We will allow good time to enable schools, local authorities and children's charities to comment on our proposals before we introduce new entitlement criteria for free school meals under universal credit.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Yeovil more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Laws more like this
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less than 2014-02-26T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-02-26T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr David Laws more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Clive Betts more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-05-08more like thismore than 2013-05-08
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the rate of underemployment in each UK parliamentary constituency in Scotland in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow East more like this
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Margaret Curran more like this
star this property uin 153939 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-02-25more like thismore than 2014-02-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Nick Hurd more like this
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less than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Nick Hurd more like this
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star this property file name Letter from ONS for uin 153939.docx more like this
star this property title Letter from Office for National Statistics more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Margaret Curran more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-05-08more like thismore than 2013-05-08
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the total loss to the economy as a result of underemployment in Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow East more like this
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Margaret Curran more like this
star this property uin 153940 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-02-25more like thismore than 2014-02-25
unstar this property answer text <p>This is not a matter for Cabinet Office Ministers.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Margaret Curran more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-05-08more like thismore than 2013-05-08
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed on zero-hours contracts in each government office region. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 154029 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-02-25more like thismore than 2014-02-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Nick Hurd more like this
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less than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Nick Hurd more like this
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star this property file name Letter from Glen Watson.docx more like this
star this property title Letter from ONS more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-05-08more like thismore than 2013-05-08
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Deputy Prime Minister more like this
star this property answering dept id 58 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the outcome of his Department's matching of the electoral register with Department for Work and Pensions data in communities with (a) seaside towns and (b) towns with high student populations; and what effect this work will have on the size of electorates in these constituencies. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-02-25more like thismore than 2014-02-25
unstar this property answer text <p>As part of the transition to Individual Electoral Registration (IER), entries on the electoral register will be matched against data held by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the purposes of confirming existing electors, a process which will simplify the transition for the majority of existing electors. Last year the Cabinet Office undertook pilots to test this process and we published our evaluation of these pilots earlier this year which is available to download from:</p><p>https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/simplifying-the-transition-to-individual-electoral-registration</p><p> </p><p>The evaluation report includes an analysis of match rates by population groups and while no specific analysis was undertaken of seaside towns, the results did suggest that match rates were lower in areas with high student populations. However, anyone who cannot be confirmed will still be invited to register individually and will retain their ability to vote in the 2015 general election. By using confirmation to simplify the process for the majority of electors it means resources can be focused on maximising registration among those people who cannot be confirmed, including individuals who are not currently registered. We are also currently running a separate set of pilots exploring whether data matching against DWP and other trusted national data sets can be used to find potential electors who are not currently registered but may be eligible to do so, in order to invite them to register. The results of the pilots, which are specifically targeted at boosting registrations among students, attainers and home-movers, will be published in the summer.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-02-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
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star this property date less than 2013-06-25more like thismore than 2013-06-25
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers and freedoms relating to (a) skills and employment, (b) housing and (c) economic development have been devolved since May 2010 to (i) local government and (ii) local enterprise partnerships. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Congleton more like this
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Fiona Bruce more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-13more like thismore than 2014-05-13
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 1 July 2013]</em></p><p>The Government is taking considerable steps to devolve power and freedom to local government and Local Enterprise Partnerships.</p><p>Through the Localism Act, councils now have the general power of competence that enables them to do anything that an individual might do, apart from that which is specifically prohibited. In addition we have radically reformed the local government finance system putting levers and incentives in the hands of local authorities, for instance:</p><p>· The removal of ring-fencing from local government grants has given councils the freedom and flexibility over the money they receive and allows them to work with their residents to decide how best to make their spending decisions to fit their local priority needs.</p><p>· rewarded places that deliver growth, through the New Homes Bonus and Business Rate Retention.</p><p>· Local authorities now directly retain 50% of business rates locally which amounts to nearly £11 billion, instead of returning it to Whitehall.</p><p>· We established five pilot Rural Growth Networks aimed at tackling the barriers to economic growth in rural areas, such as a shortage of work premises, slow internet connectivity and fragmented business networks. These pilots expect to create up to 3,000 new jobs and support up to 700 new businesses, offering a local approach to local problems. We will share the lessons they learn with other Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Authorities to help them promote growth in other rural areas.</p><p>We have also given councils the ability to borrow against their Housing Revenue Account.</p><p>Through the city deals programme we have devolved powers and responsibilities to 26 cities. For example we have:</p><p>•provided levers to deliver the skills and jobs that local businesses and people need;</p><p>•created joint investment programmes; and</p><p>• devolved greater financial powers and incentives to invest in growth to all cities.</p><p>As we made clear in our response to Lord Heseltine's review of Growth, we intend to go further. We have committed to negotiating Growth Deals with every Local Enterprise Partnership through which we will allocate the Local Growth Fund and negotiate broader powers, freedoms and flexibilities where a strong case for decentralisation can be made. The Local Growth Fund brings together funding from skills, housing and transport and we have committed £2 billion in 2015/16 and it will continue to be at least £2 billion a year up to 2021. The Local Growth Fund includes:</p><p> </p><ul><li>over £6 billion of transport funding;</li><li>£300 million of additional Housing Revenue Account borrowing;</li><li>£50 million of Local Infrastructure Funding for housing developers; and</li><li>£300 million skills capital funding.</li></ul><p>We are also for the first time putting £5 billion of European Structural Investment Funds for the 2014-20 period under the strategic direction of Local Enterprise Partnerships, bringing the total resource (including the Local Growth Fund) under the control of Local Enterprise Partnerships to over £17 billion up until 2020.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-13T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Fiona Bruce more like this